Save Time And Money With Paleo Diet

One of the benefits of paleo diet is that it teaches me to appreciate the time management aspects of slow food.

  • Good food takes time to grow
  • time to prepare
  • time to savour

No hurries, no worries. This is a good modus operandi when working the slow food recipe.

Linear time is an artificial constraint. Meal times should be opportunities to reset the clock to natural circardian biorhythms. Humans live life in a hurry and everybody seems to be going places…

  • “On the double!”
  • “No time to waste!”
  • “Time is money!”

And yet we must break for lunch. Can we suitably pause for a meal if we bring to the table a belly full of stress? Not really.

  • We may not chew toroughly
  • we may swallow a bunch of air
  • and we certainly will not digest optimally

Proper digestion requires relaxation. Relaxation requires the para-sympathetic system to be active. We cannot access this autonomic mode under duress.

  • time constraints
  • fear of penalties
  • multi-tasking

Technology has modified almost all chronological processes and can interfere with the Circardian Clock.

  • Artificial lighting
  • Birth control pills
  • Sleep medication
  • Stimulants and depressants

While technological advances have made life more efficient what about health benefits?

We excel at expediting all manner of activities and yet have done very little to make our food consumption more efficient.

Meal times often feel the time crunch. Why is that? I blame work stress and eating on the run.

It is unfeasible to speed up the elements of the digestion process.

  • mechanical breakdown
  • chemical reduction
  • peristaltic mobilization

These actions require time. Efficiencies here occur with slowing down not speeding up. Eating cannot be rushed without a waste of energy.

Time management fails at the dinner table when we are not considering our meal time qualitatively. We only seem to be aware of what we eat more than how long we take to do it.

We are good at time management as it applies to work which in paleo diet terms is called: hunting and gathering.

  • working while eating
  • speaking while chewing
  • worrying while dining

Even lower animals exhibit a tad of common sense here. This is why lions hunt intensely then relax plenty.

You will always see the pride lazing about after a meal time. Not us. It’s back to the treadmill.

The word siesta is completely alien to most western culture.

Anthropocenes seem to think we can just keep going and going without rest or recovery and not suffer the consequences.

Nutrition methods that are NOT useful

  • Eat on the run
  • Eat crap
  • Skip meals
  • Gobble vs chew

Here are some practical ways that can help to chronologically optimize the nutrition process.

  • plan the menu ahead of time
  • shop ahead of time
  • cook ahead of time
  • Consume smaller meals with greater frequency
  • Stack functions ie. hydration plus nutrition
  • eat paleo diet – many dishes here are raw, fresh, and not composite foods. These require little preparation time.

I like to obtain a significant part of my nutrition through liquids such as #bonebroth These are easy to prepare ahead of time and stay hot all day in a good thermos.

I use less water, gas, electricity, detergent, and energy when I do these things.

Another option is to remain a member of the Fast Food Diners Club.

But why do that? It is neither smart nor convenient to feel sick, bloated, and generally unwell. This will not do.

If you hire me as your Fitness Trainer I will be able to help only if we are both on the slow food page.

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Citric Acid, Morning Ritual

I like to add citric acid to a recycled glass water bottle that holds at least one (1) liter.

I will explain recycling’s benefits in another post so just take my word for it right now. It works.

Here it is simply a convenient way to obtain a measured quantity.

This water I make ready at night so I can flush my system first thing in the morning.

Well before anything else goes down the hatch.

How do I determine the dosage? Two easy criteria: Palatability and if my tooth enamel does not dissolve.

Just kidding although ANY acid is going to work the enamel.

If you are worried about this? Stop worrying.

Stress causes acidification of your inner ocean.

  • I moisten the first inch of a bamboo chop stick.
  • then I dip that in the citric acid jar.
  • What sticks is the amount I stir in the water.
  • And then I taste test.
  • The taste should be a little tangy, not unpleasantly sour.

If I like the taste so much that I am able to drink half of the one (1) liter in one guzzle?

That is probably the right dosage.

Foods That Are Twice Imported Double Their Carbon Footprint

So here I am in the southern part of North America and if suddenly I crave some seal bromic a cow

#theobromacacao #theobromine haha I’m not going to edit the voice to text. I am speaking about the feel good Nahuatl alkaloid that we call #chocolate ✨

So anyway if I live in Houston and go to CVS and get some Swiss chocolate?

Only $3.29 for that lovely Swiss brand of all dark? How odd. The cacao plant does not grow here. The cocoa beans or cocoa butter probably came from Central America or Africa and then to the base of the Alps to be confectioned.

Then it was imported to the USA and eventually found its way to the retail location here in Texas.

That’s what I mean by twice or even thrice imported. Foods that grow in first country, go to second country to be processed and then are exported again to the end consumer in a third-country.

This is a lot of mileage and it is all fueled by oil and gas.

Sure as eff ain’t sailing by wind power know what I mean?

Why I Blog About Health Food And Superfood

I am an ex-fat kid who grew up immersed in Mediterranean food lore as well as its rich sauces, gravies, ragus, patisserie creams, etc. Perhaps in another life I may have opted to become a pastry chef or even spent happy days tending a wood-burning stove. Not this time around. 

I consider this the realm of one eats another. It’s a Tibetan thing and I like those folks. I do feel it is my destiny to be fully part of the food chain. It takes courage to be part of the food chain so I treat the concept of nutrition quite seriously.

While there is no way to eat ourselves out of the human condition, there is the serious risk that the unbridled human appetite will cause grave suffering, both for us and the rest of the species on this planet.

Most humans beings consume way too much of the wrong food for their own good. I have done my fair share of gluttonous action in past but now that my blood sugar fluctuations are stable, much less so.

I blog about how I went from a “see-food” diet to being mostly…

  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Sugar Free
  • Grain Free
  • Organic 
  • No-GMO
  • Grown Local
  • and mostly on what is called The Paleo Diet.

I am also quite fascinated by cultural adaptations of food items: is Chicago pizza really better than New York style? And lastly, as a passionate environmentalist and permaculture student I will speak about food and the environment.

  • how to find healthy ways to enjoy seafood in the time of ocean acidification and over-fishing
  • How to grow food forests and not lawnscapes
  • Why gardening is a revolutionary act  that saves money, improve health, and lessens carbon footprint.

The only thing I dislike about a  food kitchen is washing the dishes. That aversion is just another good reason for me to eat more raw food. That said, cleaning and tidying things up after the party is key because food, like fitness, is best viewed from the restorative angle.

The lack of a sound nutritional program is a predictor of pain, stress, illness, low-work capacity. Similarly, the vital play function will tend to also be mal-nourished.

I must learn to observe the aftermath of my  foodismo. The goal is to try to map the causality between what goes down the hatch one day and the performance of the body mind 24/48 hours later.

Once this tracking is accomplished it is easier to eat to live rather than live to eat.

To adopt a functional staple diet that works well for my peculiar metabolism I must learn how to be:

  1. informed
  2. intuitive
  3. selective
  4. prepared

It is less than optimal to just grab stuff on the fly whenever I’m hungry. This will set me up to be manipulated by the vagaries of my appetites and the false entreaties of point of sale advertising.

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