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I live at Umina Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

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Where abouts is Lisbon?

Food & Diet / Re: Hey Ma, pass the grubs!
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:43:56 PM »
It's strange, one day I was at a friends house hanging out and drinking beers. I was eating fries when I saw a moth flying around in front of me. Without hesitation I grabbed it and shoveled it into my mouth, chewing and swallowing without a second thought. My friend gave me a look as if I had 5 heads. Could this be my animal instinct coming out? My ingrained knowledge that bugs are a great source of protein? Or was it just my strange self coming out? I don't know but I for one can say, I've consciously eaten a bug or two in my day  :)

Perhaps you get all primal after a few beers?  :D

Anyway, it's a quick way to get some protein!

General Discussion / Re: Monogamy - is it biologically natural?
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:42:29 PM »
I believe both men and women have the desire to have sex with many different partners, but our society created these rules, almost everything in our lives isn't natural, we're not "allowed" to live by our nature, religions and society in general, have decided what are the rules that are normal and acepted, all the rest is seen as bad, as something that can't be done. The powers that rule us, simply want to tame our human spirit, and keep us in the path of the sheep.

Sort of... I think we (as a civilisation) have made certain compromises to maintain peace and security, but as you've pointed out; sometimes the means become the ends.

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Strength and Power suggestions
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:40:52 PM »
i would love to train with rings, but i have no acess to them, they demand huge strength.

Do yourself a favour and find some  ;)

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Strength and Power suggestions
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:40:12 PM »
Train like a fighter... And everything will fall into place!

I absolutely agree.

General Discussion / Re: Diet and exercise survey
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:38:56 PM »
No.  Sorry mate, it was way too long.

Make it shorter and i'll do it.

(just being honest)  :-[

I do a similar thing, I live near a beach and a huge national park - and i'm utterly grateful for it too - sometimes it does more than help my physically, the ocean and bush centre me and often give me clarity if I have something on my mind that I just can't figure out.  It also can be a great opportunity to detox.

In summer I bodysurf and bushwalk, and in winter I go mountain bike riding and waterfall climbing.

For me, mother nature provides more fun that any amusement park could ever do.

Sounds like you live in a nice place  :)

General Discussion / Re: Uncontacted Tribes
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:30:04 PM »

I had a feeling something wasn't right....

..bummer, I was hoping that there were some uncontacted tribes.  Ah well, I guess it's all up to NASA now  ;)

Advice Column / Re: ahoy
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:28:00 PM »
G'day mate :)

Thanks by dropping by.  Feel free to yell out if you have any questions.

General Discussion / Re: Monogamy - is it biologically natural?
« on: June 16, 2008, 07:17:13 AM »
Well, I was reading a study recentley that the areas of the brain triggered by "romantic love" are the same areas as that of addictions. Weird.

Dopamine and the Frontal Cortex... not always a good combination   :P

Food & Diet / Re: farmer's market
« on: June 15, 2008, 04:52:01 AM »
Nice foraging TrailGrrl  :)

The strawberries we get these days in supermarkets have absolutely no taste. They look nice and big and red, but you might as well be eating cardboard.

I found this with Tomatoes as well.

Food & Diet / Re: GMO's: Your Take
« on: June 15, 2008, 04:49:32 AM »
I agree with BigKhanz.... GMO's don't kill people, people kill people.

In other words, GMO's are a tool; neutral by definition.

Food & Diet / Re: confused
« on: June 15, 2008, 04:47:09 AM »

I think that there is ample room in our biosphere for a sustainable food industry that provides Paelo (healthy) style foods.  It's simply not a priority though, because it's more expensive to produce, and suburbs/cities would have to spread out over large geographical areas.  So I can understand why the governments subsidise agriculture, but that is a choice, and not a necessity.

People wouldn't starve, but they'd have to go without a few Ipods and gas guzzling hummers  :P

...or the Internet...   ;)~

My intent was to point out extraneous luxury items  ;)

Fitness & Exercise / Re: Strength and Power suggestions
« on: June 15, 2008, 04:37:47 AM »
I always try to make things harder each workout, i change positions, i change tempos and i'm really enjoying training with my body as the weight, i've been reading about gymnastics and the way they train for strength and i'll be adding exercises, belive me they're hard to do.

I love your approach i.e. variety and outdoor training.

Try some Olympic Rings... they are incredibly humbling.  Also, I like what Crossfit have to say about their methodology; train like a Weight Lifter, Sprinter and Gymnast... it's probably one of the closest thing i've seen to being true to your biology/physiology in a workout program (when compared to other world famous fitness programs).

BigKhanz and yourself seem to be embracing the spirit of that, and so am I  ;D

Food & Diet / Re: Nutrition by Color
« on: June 15, 2008, 04:32:29 AM »
Colours in food... that's an excellent point.

The more variety of foods eaten, the more chance of snagging some essential vitamins and minerals.  It's a random approach, rather than a precise one... but it's simplicity is wonderful (as you've pointed out).

I'll think about this and let you know how I go... sans-skittles .

On the average I mostly eat pink and yellow (Tuna, Salmon and Olive Oil).

General Discussion / Re: Monogamy - is it biologically natural?
« on: June 15, 2008, 04:26:11 AM »
I sometimes wonder if monogamy evolved as a behavioural trait between male and female species to ensure procreation (and perhaps security for their offspring), and over numerous generations became imprinted genetically.

General Discussion / Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« on: June 15, 2008, 04:14:15 AM »
These days, offal and various organs go into pet food... perhaps pets are eating healthier than humans. :)

General Discussion / Website Statistics - June 2007 to June 2008
« on: June 11, 2008, 01:15:08 AM »
For those who are interested  ;)

Advice Column / Re: Hello
« on: June 10, 2008, 07:22:21 AM »
Welcome Helder  :D

I hope we can be of assistance, and I too look forward to your posts.


Cheers mate - I had not idea he had a Podcast.  I'm subscribing to it now.

I think he's talking about "Phytoestrogens" (estrogen found in plants). It's an interesting topic... i'll have a look into it more.

Food & Diet / Re: Cheat food?
« on: June 10, 2008, 07:10:37 AM »
There is no reason to make yourself sick or unhappy!!!!!!

The only thing you did wrong, is your misuse of the word "diet". You are still falling into the trap of thinking it only means an attempt at calorie reduction in order to lose weight. A diet, and the Paleo/Caveman diet in particular, is a Way of Eating. All diets are. If your body is telling you it's hungry, eat. Just be smart about it. And there is a reason it's called a feast, so eat a giant chunk of prime rib and be happy!!!

Think of this: If a Caveman/Aborigine/Native American came across a old tree full of honey comb, you can bet he would have chased of the bee's and pigged out! It was probably a rare enough occurrence that it didn't hurt him anyway. With that in mind I say give yourself something special as long as it's not a constant thing. You'll be ok and happy, which is the overall goal anyway.

Took the words right out of my mouth  :)

BigKhanz is correct, it is a primal urge to consume large amounts, in the event that starvation is around the corner.

Personally, I lack the so-called "willpower" to avoid delicious foods.  So I make sure to indulge every week.  The funny thing is though - the urge to indulge has got less and less, without any willpower.  It's like my brain releases dopamine (feels good) at the prospect of eating good food, rather than a pizza or cream bun.  This was a process that happened relatively quickly too.

Last weekend I ate a bag of delicious gummy lollies (in record time), and had plenty of dessert after dinner... it was great!  And i'll be sure to do it again  ;)

Food & Diet / Re: Hey Ma, pass the grubs!
« on: June 10, 2008, 07:01:46 AM »
The Australian Aboriginal people are well known for eating witchetty grubs - their instincts are spot on.  I've eaten a few ants, but i'd love to eat a witchetty grub or two.

I've seen various survivalists resort to eating grubs/insects and I think it was Les Stroud who ate a scorpion... check him out here;

Let us know how you go Tony - i'd be interested in trying it myself!

General Discussion / Re: Newbie here
« on: June 10, 2008, 06:56:41 AM »
Welcome aboard Wheeler - sorry I couldn't get back to you earlier, i've been 'off the grid' for a few days.

I hope the operation went well.  And I applaud you for taking a proactive stance against health problems.

The fact that you don't have a sweet tooth is going to go in your favour massively - you're already halfway home  ;)

Be sure to check out sonme healthy fats as a substitute for starchy foods.  You'll feel much better and food cravings will diminish greatly.

If there's anything we can do to help, just yell out  :)

The Voting Booth / Re: 3 days without television, can you do it?
« on: June 10, 2008, 06:44:52 AM »
What a sad bunch of people you are.  They key to life is balance and moderation.

You are now banned.

As the "Acceptable User Policy" states: there is zero tolerance when it comes to insulting other members.

Food & Diet / Re: Paleo on the go!
« on: June 02, 2008, 08:23:18 PM »
I needed a little pick me up today, so I had them add a couple shots of espresso to it, and it was on!!!!

I'm there for that!

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