Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paleo Diet - Day 19

Paleo Diet - day 19

Still sticking to this paleo/Whole30 thing - trying to come up with different concoctions. I baked a banana and a sweet potato today...

Paleo Diet - day 19

and mashed them together.

Paleo Diet - day 19

The banana added some sweetness to the sweet potato, which was nice. Sweet potato is already pretty sweet, but I usually have some butter and brown sugar on it when I bake it. Adding the banana was a bit of an improvement to having it by itself.

not the paleo diet

And meanwhile, this is what the kids had this morning for breakfast.

Eleven more days. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014


I can't think of a better way to start the morning than having the time to sit out on the deck with my coffee and listen to the birds and think for a few minutes.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Machiavelli - Discourses

Finally picked up a copy of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Discourses . I've taught The Prince five times, and every time I read it, I feel like I discover something new and interesting that goes beyond the typical interpretation of M. as an advocate for political back stabbing. Looking forward to reading his less read work. I'm kind of embarassed that I hadn't read it yet. I have a sense that there is a Machiavelli problem (la difficolta Machiavelli?) much like das Adam Smith problem. It will be interesting to see if I feel that way after I read the Discourses. Honestly, I've never perceived das Adam Smith problem - the two books seem perfectly well integrated to me - but maybe that's my GMU background, so maybe I won't perceive the same kind of conflict that others perceive between these two books.


My poem, "Julia" was published today on Words Dance.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paleo Fajita Salad

Paleo Diet - Day 14 (explored!)

Paleo-friendly fajita salad.

Just saw this image hit Flickr's Explore category. For you non-Flickr nerds, that's a special honor bestowed by Flickr on the "most interesting" images of the day.

Paleo Diet - Week 2 stats

Made it through week 2 of Whole30/Paleo. Stats like last week are as follows:

This first chart shows the breakdown of daily calories by 
blue: fat
red: carbs
green: protein
It continues to be a struggle to keep fat down. I am still finding it necessary to eat a lot of nuts because of my lifestyle and the need for quick, portable food. having a couple of bags of them in the closet also leads to drive-by snacking.

The above chart shows calories consumed (blue) and calories burned (red). The calories burned come from my Fit-Bit tracker. 

Finally, weight intially dropped, but appears to have stabilized over the last week. Understandable given the fact that my cardio exercise has been severely limited by an injury that doesn't seem to want to get better. The fact that I've even dropped a modest amount of weight is a testimony to the diet.

I first got interested in paleo after listening to Art De Vany on Econtalk. I just don't think this diet is sustainable for me. I was initially intrigued, but I am having both taste and ethical issues with it. I've been reading more about the food supply and the industrialization of food, and my preferences are starting to shift toward a more vegetarian diet. I think the fundamental health principals are probably right, but I want to balance those with a more sustainable and ethical form of consumption. (Uggh - I can't believe I just said "sustainable". Hipster buzz words. What is happening to me?)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paleo Diet: A lot of cabbage

Paleo Diet - Day 12 

Paleo/Whole30 is super restrictive. Trying to come up with meals is a bit of a challenge.

Paleo Diet - Day 12 

I sliced up some apples and baked them with a bit of cinnamon - not bad. The skins were chewy - I'd peal them next time.

Paleo Diet - Day 12

Cole slaw, pulled pork, apples.

Having read Pollan's books about the industrial food supply, I had to try some grass fed beef.

Paleo Diet - Day 13

I had 8 oz of beef, stir fried with, you guessed it, cabbage. (and onions)

Paleo Diet - Day 13

and garlic.

Paleo Diet - Day 13 

Paleo Diet - Day 13

Heavy on the pepper. Not bad, not great. Didn't taste any difference in the beef, but I do like the idea that it was grass fed, since corn fed is what requires all the antibiotics and what not. Of course, grass fed might really be "grass fed" and something else awful is being perpetrated. Who knows. I'm just getting tired of meat.

Kandie and the kids didn't really care for the pulled pork without the sweet sauce, so I am eating through it on my own. Sooo... another pork stir fry with... cabbage!

But I decided to sweeten it up for myself, naturally, using mango

Paleo Diet - Day 13

and pineapple.

Paleo Diet - Day 13 

It always surprises me how little pineapple is actually left once you cut away all the inedible parts.

Paleo Diet - Day 13

Fried the fruits until the mango was softened. I had some cabbage on hand that I had already made cole slaw (i.e., soaked in oil and vinegar), so I tossed that in along with more of the left over pork.

Paleo Diet - Day 13

This was actually not bad. A little sweet and sour.

Still eating a lot of nuts. Often breakfast is nuts and a banana.

Tomorrow I'll work through my stats for week 2.

Can't say I would recommend this diet at this point. I've tossed out a lot of bad food, but I really feel limited. And I've eaten more red meat these past two weeks than I normally do in probably 2 months.

I don't like fish. I'll eat shrimp (plan to tomorrow), but regular fish I don't like. I will occasionally eat tuna, so I bought a few packets yesterday. The problem is, I like it with mayo, which I can't have on this diet. So we'll see.