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A game called Mad Gabs turns simple phonetics into brain-twisting fun. You have to translate odd phrases like ‘Cohen Peas’ into the more common ‘go in peace.’ The answer to a game card that reads ‘Europe Art Tough Fit’ would be ‘you’re a part of it.’
You get it. Well, that’s how we announced Amy’s pregnancy to our family. We had a game day, played Mad Gabs, and we slipped in a custom clue for the grand finale. When they realized ‘Aim Ease Gnawed Cup’ translated to ‘Amy’s knocked up,’ well, let’s just say the looks on their faces were priceless.
Puzzle solved! But then, still puzzled…then excited, disbelief, squeaking, screaming, hugging!
I thought I’d share a little bit about what we’ve been up to this Winter, so read on, and you’ll learn why things have been a little quiet on the blog, see pictures of a few of our meals, and even get a 3D peak at the littlest one in the family.
This is a delicious oil-free Caesar salad dressing recipe made from scratch with whole foods . I eat it at least a few times a week, tossed into a super-sized dinner salad.
One of the basic tenets of The Plant Paleo Diet is to avoid or greatly reduce processed foods, including oil. Some people are interpreting this to mean totally avoid fat.
But no, the idea is to eat whole foods. The fat is in the food.
Today’s my 42nd birthday, so I figured I’d share a bit about how this old geezer’s doing. My birthday also marks 9-½ months of practicing The Plant Paleo Diet. I won’t rehash my entire history in this article, though. To learn more about how I went from life-long obesity to where I am now, check out my previous body comp update.
In that last update—almost 6 months ago—I weighed 163 lbs. This morning, I weighed in at 161 lbs. So, it’s safe to say I’ve been in a fairly stable energy balance with Plant Paleo. My lowest measured weight in the last 6 months was 157 lbs and my highest was 163 lbs.
In Part 1 of this series, I suggested that:
(1) a single set of Paleolithic-inspired dietary rules is not only futile, but entirely misses the point of the actual Paleolithic example, which shows us vast diet diversity amongst human groups; and that (2) the Paleo paradigm includes a wide array of whole-food diets consisting of various macronutrient ratios and plant-to-animal ratios.
This article will show that a dietary approach with plenty of whole fiber-containing foods, including grains and legumes, is consistent with both the evolutionary clues and the scientific evidence.
Paleolithic Consumption of Grains & Legumes
The common Paleo narrative tells us that humans did not eat grains or legumes prior to 10,000 years ago when we suddenly started farming and cultivating them during the agricultural revolution. This, according to the narrative, marked the end of Paleo Eden and the beginning of Neolithic Toil & Suffering.
Until now, it’s been about two years since I’ve posted any body composition pictures on the blog. There are a couple of main reasons for this.
1) I always feel awkward having pictures taken of myself. For nearly all of my life I’ve been overweight or obese, and most folks who have been there can probably relate to not being overly fond of cameras. Hopefully this is changing now, but it applies pretty consistently for my generation and up.
Plus, are you supposed to smile in body-comp pictures? Who knows. I think they tend to look silly either way.
2) There just hasn’t been a heck of a lot of change in my body composition since 2013. I’ve been mostly happy with where I was, hovering around a BMI of about 25, zigzagging above and below, back and forth between being technically “normal” and technically “overweight.”
The reason why I’m posting this article now is that I’ve been talking about my current dietary approach, Plant Paleo, on my podcast, Latest in Paleo. Follow that first link for details on the diet, but quickly: it’s an omnivorous diet that calls for far more plant-based food than animal-based food. I’ve started a series of articles that will explain the Paleolithic underpinnings. Here’s Part 1, if you’re interested.
In order for the Paleo approach to make any sense at all, it can’t be a diet. Not just one diet.
A fundamental feature of human diets during the Paleolithic era was that there were several of them. The eating patterns of humans were spread across Africa and eventually most of the globe. Dietary variances hinged on the unique characteristics of local ecosystems, the dance between organisms and environments—innumerable variables all at play and changing over millennia.