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.
Is the scale a useful tool or a misleading, stressful, datapoint we’re better off without?
Many people recommend ditching the scale. After all, our weights fluctuate a lot throughout the day. The numbers on the scale tell us little, if anything, about our health or body composition. And some would say daily weighing leads to an unhealthy obsession with a near-useless marker.
“You can’t polish a turd,” the old saying goes. It tells us that when you start with crap, no matter what you do to it, you’ll still end up with crap; don’t waste your time making poo look good.
Well, it turns out that you can, in fact, polish a turd. Adam, Jamie, and our friends over at MythBusters even show us how.
And, you know something? There are people all over the world spending crazy amounts of time putting the shine on feces everyday.
What dietary advice do nutritionists, doctors, and researchers universally agree on? I see this very same advice more than any other in the hundreds of health stories and papers I read each week, too. It goes something like this:
Eat a whole-food diet!
Hippocrates and Michael Pollan imply this in their famous dietary dictums. It’s also the favorite afterthought of health and staff journalists everywhere. You know, those nearly-dismissive final words tucked away at the end of a long essay boosting or bashing the latest pill or magic potion. It typically goes something like this:
Many of us struggle with issues of control (or lack of control). We wish to run our lives like puppet masters pulling the marionettes’ strings. Each movement calculated. Each line rehearsed. Every story neatly tidied up before the curtain closes.
Decades ago a story began circulating about NASA and space pens. It went something like this:
When NASA started sending astronauts into space, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface including glass And at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 C.
The Russians used a pencil.
The first time I heard this story, it seemed plausible enough, and there was no Internet, let alone a snopes.com, to help with fact checking. Well, it turns out the story is totally bogus.
Something is killing a lot of Americans, and, surprisingly, it may have nothing to do with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, or cancer.
After about a century of near-Universal gains in American mortality rates, the tables have turned for one demographic: middle-aged white Americans. This is unheard of in the first-world, where despite all of the problems listed above, death rates have been steadily declining.
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.