This was another restaurant that surprised me by how good it was. We went to Leith (not far from central Edinburgh) to eat at Fisher’s. Unfortunately, Fisher’s was fully booked, so we stepped next door to The Shore restaurant.
There is a vast array of research showing that a woman’s diet and lifestyle dramatically influences the health of her children.
Every expecting or soon-to-be-expecting mom is usually aware of this.
But the research and awareness is much sparser for men.
Guys, It Matters What You Eat and How You Live
Epigenetics has been a particularly popular topic lately (over the past couple years). If you’re not familiar with the concept, the general theory is that it’s not just genetics (genes) that get inherited by our kids. A lot of other information is also stored and passed by our bodies to our children.
Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Below are his photos and interview with Christina (Dwayne’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo & CrossFit scene.
It all started when I was looking for a change in my exercise routine. A friend of mine told me about CrossFit and asked if I wanted to join him in a workout; our schedules didn’t coordinate but I gave it a try anyway. I was immediately hooked and haven’t looked back since. As I got more and more into CrossFit, I began learning about the Paleo lifestyle and different diets CrossFit athletes tend to adopt. CrossFit Danbury participated in a Paleo Challenge one summer and although I didn’t “sign up,” I began following it little by little.
How much of your diet would you say is based off of the Paleo lifestyle? Will you ever go 100% Paleo?
A vegetarian Paleo might sound like an oxymoron to you, but it’s actually something that is quite possible.
Having said that, being a vegetarian Paleo (or Paleo vegetarian) is not easy and will require you to tailor your Paleo diet to ensure you get all the nutrients you need. That’s what this article is all about. Below you’ll find suggestions on how best to do a vegetarian Paleo diet.
I love frozen yogurt.
In fact, there was a month last year when I had frozen yogurt probably 15-20 times. A full-fledged crisis, if you will.
On days that I would walk to the gym (3-5 times per week), I would stop on the way home and get frozen yogurt from one of the many “off-the-wall” shops. And I didn’t like just the frozen yogurt. Nope – I loved the M&Ms and chocolate chips that I would mix in.
Everyone who worked at the shops knew my name. I, on the other hand, made it a point never to learn their names. Let’s just say that I wasn’t excited to be their favorite regular.
I Can Justify Anything!
The worst part is that although I enjoyed the 5 minutes of eating the fro-yo, I was stressed for the other 23 hours and 55 minutes about NOT going to the frozen yogurt shop.
In the morning, the first thing I’d think about was that today would be a better day, and I wouldn’t give in to my cravings. Before I’d go to the gym, I’d tell myself that there was no way I was going to be weak on my way home. And yet, every time, I’d end up savoring the cookies-and-cream flavored fro-yo.
And afterwards, I’d start stressing about why I’d given in. Many days, I’d even find ways to justify it to myself.
The first time I made oxtail stew, it turned out not that great. It was a similar recipe to the one below, but I put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. And it came out all watery and not very flavorful. I had given up on oxtail stews until my friend in London made me some delicious oxtail stew in the slow cooker!
So what did she do differently? Just that she cooked the oxtail in the slow cooker first and then made the stew after so there was no watery, flavorless stew. Instead, it was rich, powerful, and really delicious!
It’s often tough figuring out what to eat when you’re on vacation, and I’ve definitely had to put up with non-Paleo food or fasting on vacation before. However, Scotland has been pretty easy to stay Paleo!
My parents came to visit us in Edinburgh a few weeks ago, and we drove up to the Isle of Skye for a quick weekend tour. Not only was the scenery absolutely amazing (take a look at the some of the photos below), but the food was superb too!
We didn’t make any reservations or do any research – many of the B&Bs and restaurants were all fully booked, so we just wandered into the Restaurant at the Rosedale Hotel because they had a table free.
Nate Creamer is a Connecticut-based photographer who recently did a photo shoot with two amazing CrossFitters, Dwayne and Christina. Check out his fantastic photos and interview with Dwayne below. Christina’s interview and photos can be found here. And please go check out Nate’s amazing photography at his website, www.natecreamer.com.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got started into the Paleo and CrossFit scene.
I’ve always been a very health conscious person. I played sports in high school and college so I know the importance of getting out of your body what you put in. I didn’t start eating Paleo until I joined CrossFit in July of 2013. I had heard people around the gym talking about it so I did my research and gradually got into it, and now with the combination I’m basically in the best shape of my life and I feel great.
Got this question from a reader recently:
My young daughter has the flu. My doctor recommends saltine crackers, Pedialite, and ginger ale, but I’d like to find Paleo or natural alternatives. Can you help?
This is a great question.
In particular, I love her desire to stay as natural as possible.
Natural Alternatives to Ginger Ale and Pedialite
As it turns out, recreating Ginger Ale and Pedialite is actually quite simple.
It’s darn near impossible to know what to believe about any weight-loss supplement, right?
Garcinia Cambogia extract is no different. If you watch TV or read Internet articles, you’ll hear hundreds of different stories about whether it’s a miracle drug or a complete scam. And you just don’t know whom to trust.
I feel the exact same way. Clearly, if there is an effective, all-natural weight-loss pill that’s 100% safe, then I want to use it.
But because I don’t know who to trust about Garcinia Cambogia, I decided to comb through all of the clinical trials and peer-reviewed journal articles.
If you want to jump to the answer I got after all my research, just jump down to the section titled “Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?” If you want a more in-depth understanding, then please keep reading.
Book Author(s): Jennifer Robins & Vivian Cheng
Overview of Book:
We Can All Scream For Ice Cream is a book filled with recipes for frozen treats allowing concerned parents to let kids ‘be kids’ and enjoy the same kinds of treats their friends are having, and for adults to enjoy without breaking their healthy eating patterns.
The book has been written specifically with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol in mind. This means the recipes have taken Paleo eating one step further, eliminating allergens including nuts and other ingredients that are often connected to food intolerances. Introductory chapters include information about digestion and the connection to health issues and kitchen tips. Recipes can be made with an ice cream maker or without so there are no special tools required.
Book Author(s): Sylvie McCracken
Overview of Book:
The Gelatin Secret is an in-depth look at the health benefits of gelatin – real, healthy gelatin – in every life. It includes comprehensive information about the benefits of gelatin for a variety of needs and health interests and wraps up with recipes aimed at adding gelatin to your diet. Stepping away from what we have come to think of as gelatin, the book explains the many benefits of gelatin from bones – the original inspiration – and how getting back to your roots is good for you.
You can call me the Paleo police or a bad person or whatever you want.
But this needs to be said, because I hear SO many people tell me that they’re 80/20 Paleo. And it’s a recipe for disaster.
80/20 Paleo is Completely Backwards
The term “80/20″ originated (at least popularly) with a guy named Vilfredo Pareto, who noticed that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. He went on to develop a general principle that 80% of the effects you get come from 20% of the actions/causes.
For instance, in business, 20% of your clients often account for 80% of your business.
Let’s think about this in the case of diet, nutrition, and Paleo.
What you’re trying to get is 80% of the results. You want to feel 80% as good as you would if you were 100% strict.
As you’re probably already aware, George Bryant and Juli Bauer are fantastic Paleo cooks! And they teamed up for The Paleo Kitchen cookbook, which you can win below.
You can find one of their delicious recipes from the book here: Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread.
And if you’d rather just buy the book now, you can find it on Amazon here.
Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy of the book and George Bryant, Juli Bauer and Victory Belt provided the prize for this giveaway, but I was not compensated in any other way. Links to the books (along with other links on this website) may be affiliate links.
I’m a huge fan of cooking in bulk, and I’ve written about my 3 step system to ensuring you always have Paleo food available (that post is here).
So, in this post, I wanted to give you a quick and delicious example of how to cook 3 meals super fast using slow cooker pork + 3 other easy meals to add some variation (so, lunch and dinner for 3-4 days or dinner for a whole week)!