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Advice Column / Bye bye, wagon (or caveman equivalent)
« on: October 20, 2011, 08:22:41 AM »
So I haven't been on here for a couple of months. The reason? Full-time job and a part-time degree, with exams.

So about six weeks ago I fell off the wagon so hard that by the time I'd dug myself out, said wagon had vanished into the distance...

I'd been revising for the exams that will get me the first part of my degree, so pretty important, and was eating lots of mackerel and blueberries at work (not together) as they're supposed to be good for the memory and I needed all the help I could get. My revision timetable was so extreme that my partner was cooking dinner every night, and apart from the stir frys, the homemade curries and the meatballs, he was cooking non-paleo every time. I was stuck in the study revising, sitting on my butt eating dark chocolate, so I couldn't complain or take over the cooking duties. So potatoes and processed food crept back into my diet pretty quickly. I felt sick, but was so anxious about my exams I couldn't spare the time to cook.

The weeks rolled on and I was trying to revise in the morning and so, running late for work, going into the (please don't shout) bagel shop for a bacon and egg bagel most mornings. Then the stress increased and I just caved big time - McDonalds, beer, chocolate, crisps, bagels...

So the exams are over now and it was just my birthday and I requested bathroom scales. Got some, and have put on 10lbs. I feel disgusting and I feel ill, but I'm still studying for the final part of my degree, my last ever module, and so still haven't got any time off to exercise. I'm back on the cave-food wagon, but genuinely don't have even a spare 10 minutes to exercise. Other than walking to the bus stop and walking around the office, I'm sat in front of a computer from morning to night.

I know just getting back into eating healthily will drop most of those 10lbs, but I'm actually starting to get aching legs and arms because they're always in the same position at a desk and never moving enough. I just can't think what to do to help myself. 

So, long self-pitying and embarrassing ramble over, any advice would be greatly appreciated. A couple of hours' exercise at the weekend is definitely achievable, it's just those other 5 days a week that are foiling me.

A Chubby, sickly Falcon

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General Discussion / Andrew Boorde, 1490-1549
« on: April 12, 2011, 04:04:23 AM »
Andrew Boorde was, amongst other things, a spy for Henry VIII, as well as a physician and playwright. However, he also had this to say:

"Bread made of wheat maketh a man fat, especially when the bread is made of new wheat. Evil bakers will put wheat and barley together. Bread made of these aforesaid corns may fill the gut, but shall never do good to man, no more than bread made of beans and pease will do. Hot bread is unwholesome for any man, for it doth lie in the stomach like a sponge, yet the smell of new bread is comfortable to the head and the heart. Old or stale bread doth dry up the blood, or natural moisture in man, and doth engender ill humours, and is evil and tardy of digestion; wherefore is no surfeit so evil as the surfeit of eating naughty [unwholesome] bread".


Mr Boorde: you rock!

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General Discussion / Slippery slope
« on: March 24, 2011, 04:48:17 AM »
I've been eating chocolate.

This morning I had a bagel (full of bacon and egg).

Someone please help me! I'm backsliding!!  :-X

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Food & Diet / Tinned mackerel in sunflower oil
« on: March 21, 2011, 06:18:47 AM »
Having always loved the meaty texture and the taste of mackerel, I've included it in my paleo diet quite a bit, but never really checked out its nutritional content. Until today:

One tin of mackerel fillets in sunflower oil has a drained weight of 86g. That includes:

Kcal: 142
Carbs: 0 - yes, you read that right, 0 carbs!! Hurrah!
Fat: 6.5g
Protein: 23g
Fibre: 0.1g
Omega 3: 1.9g

So, low in calories, zero carbohydrate and lots of lovely fat and protein, not to mention Omega 3. I think I'll be eating it quite a bit more from now on!

Falcon

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General Discussion / Birds of Prey in Britain
« on: March 04, 2011, 04:41:57 AM »
After a costly and slow reintroduction, numbers of birds of prey in the UK are slowly rising. This is great news. But apparently, farmers want to cull them because they pose a danger to livestock, and a group called Songbird Survival think they should be eradicated so that the little sparrows can survive.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12634698

Surely biodiversity - including raptors - is the only way for an ecosystem to be stable and diverse and healthy?

Why is it that as soon as we get some good environmental news, people want to trample all over it? It makes me so mad!  >:( And as you can tell from my picture and name, I'm on the raptors' side! Go eagles!!

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Food & Diet / Red meat/Processed meat
« on: February 26, 2011, 06:15:14 AM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12577618

Hi, saw this link today - new Govt guidelines about how much "red and processed" meat per day is advisable.

Can someone please tell me why they have lumped red AND processed meat together under the 'evil' label?  ???

Gah!   >:(

Falcon

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General Discussion / Junk food = a loss of IQ
« on: February 07, 2011, 11:23:51 PM »
Hello
It's now been proven - a diet high in processed fats, sugar and carbs fed to children below the age of three corresponds to a 5 point drop in their IQ at the age of 8.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1354683/Junk-food-diet-hits-childs-IQ-reveals-major-UK-study.html

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General Discussion / www.myfitnesspal.com
« on: February 07, 2011, 07:29:15 AM »
According to this website, if I want to lose a pound a week, I should be eating 173g of carbohydrate every day???????

Whenever I use this site to track my daily food consumption, I am under my "Recommended" allowance of calories by about 400, under my "Recommended" carbs - I usually consume about 40g per day from natural sources - should be 173g!! - and over my "Recommended" Fat and Protein by about 5g and 15g respectively.

Yet I'm losing more than a pound a week, or about a pound a week.

Just goes to show how blinkered the world is in regard to what's a healthy diet, and what isn't. And that websites like these simply reinforce bad dietary behaviour.

However, it is quite handy for tracking consumption and finding out where you can add/cut back to balance your natural carb/fat/protein intake.

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Fitness & Exercise / Stupid dancing for fitness!
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:57:02 AM »
Well, I've been out of the exercise game for some time, due to a full-time job and a part-time degree, both of which are very sedentary.

Going paleo I've lost some fat - more than I expected to - but naturally my fitness is on a downward spiral.

As I'm sick of workout DVDs and can't afford a gym and don't like running (I know, I know!) lately I've been waiting until my partner goes to work, then putting on my MP3 player, turning up the rock music and dancing like an idiot (with hand and ankle weights attached) for 30 minutes every morning. It's fun, it's exercise, it's feel good. And I keep the curtains shut!!

It's certainly helping me physically and mentally and although I'm sure it's not as hardcore as many workouts, something is better than nothing. As I won't graduate until summer 2012 and will be studying constantly between now and then, this may be pretty much all I get to do on a regular basis.

And I think any movement is better than no movement.

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Food & Diet / Favourite Paleo Feasts?
« on: January 11, 2011, 02:49:32 AM »
Hi, I thought we could post some of our favourite recipes here so that people new to the diet - including myself - had a range of meals to help them see how easy it is to eat Paleo.

So, my favourite at the moment is meatballs with a sauce made from one can of chopped tomatoes, an onion, double handful of mushrooms and a courgette. A little bit of pepper and garlic to taste. (Serves two).


Anyone else?

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General Discussion / Stage 2 Fear
« on: January 04, 2011, 05:03:43 AM »
Okay, help!! I'm starting Stage 2 today and already the hunger bears in my belly are sharpening their claws.
As I indulged quantity-wise in food over Christmas (though it was 99% paleo) I haven't been reducing my food intake to prepare myself for Stage 2.
Anyone have any good tips to stop me devouring people, plants or animals during the day?  :-X

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General Discussion / Neanderthal families
« on: December 22, 2010, 04:41:48 AM »
Hi, I found this in the BBC News today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12049854 - a story about a Neanderthal family from 49,000 years ago who were killed and eaten by other Neanderthals.

Don't think I'll be going that far, though...   :o

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Advice Column / Stage 1 and sleep
« on: December 07, 2010, 01:46:28 AM »
Hello
i started stage 1 a couple of days ago and have been unable to sleep! First day I ate very healthily in the day and had lasagne and potato wedges for my evening meal and then slept about two hours. Day 2 very similar.

Any theories?

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