Posts Tagged ‘food’

Paleo – The Way to Go. IMHO.

16/02/2011 7 comments

paleo- : combining form. Older or ancient, esp. relating to the geological past : Paleolithic | paleomagnetism.
ORIGIN from Greek palaios ‘ancient.’

The way I’ve been eating for approximately the last three months is called the paleo diet, or the Primal Blueprint (Sisson, see below), or the hunter-gatherer diet, or the Stone Age diet, or a multitude of other names.

It’s based on two ideas: a) over the course of more than 2 million years of eating a diet solely consisting of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and all parts of animals of all kinds, the human digestive system genetically evolved to process these food groups in an optimal fashion, and b) the “neolithic” foods, such as grains, legumes, added sugar, etc. have only been around since the Agricultural Revolution at the earliest – 10,000 years ago – and thus our digestive systems are not evolved to deal with these food groups.

In short, many foods that now make up much of the standard Western/North American diet are actually poisonous to us Read more…


First Experience with Intermittent Fasting

09/02/2011 2 comments

Intermittent fasting (IF) is a pretty popular concept in the paleo community (see this post on Mark’s Daily Apple for an explanation of IF and its benefits, which “include decreases in blood pressure, reduction in oxidative damage to lipids, protein and DNA, improvement in insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake, as well as decreases in fat mass.”). I tried it accidently yesterday.

Tuesday I have an 8:30am conference and usually set two alarms – one for 7am and one for 8am – just in case I pull a typical university student and sleep through one of them. Good thing I did, because yesterday I slept right through the first one!

As it takes me 15 minutes to get to the class, I only had time to wash my face and brush my teeth before running out the door and grabbing a coffee on the way. No breakfast. (Conventional wisdom disapproves!)

As I walked to class I started to think about all the reading I’d done on IF and decided to try it, just out of curiousity.

Wow. Just wow. Read more…

Faites Les Sauter!

04/10/2009 1 comment

Hier soir, j’ai passé trois heures à cuisiner et parler français. Kevin, qui était né en Belgique et vient d’arriver de Barcelona, offre les leçons de cuisiner pour les gens qui veulent améliorer son français en même-temps. C’était fantastique! Avec mon voisin Jarad et mon nouvel ami Ramin, j’ai fait des crêpes délicieuses. Nutella + des bananes = mmmmm:)

For those of you who don’t do the whole French thing, last night I spent three hours cooking and speaking French. Kevin, born in Belgium and just arrived from Barcelona, is offering cooking lessons for people who want to lean to cook and improve their French at the same time. It was fantastic – I made crêpes with my neighbour Jarad and my new friend Rami. Delicious, delicious crêpes. The best part of the night was flipping them. We didn’t have a crêpe pan, so we had to “faites les sauter” – make them jump! It’s exactly what you think it is: a hard scooping motion that sends the crêpe flying into the air and flips it. Then you catch it in the pan, let it cook a little more, and eat it. (Okay, I lied. Eating them was the best part.)

For only $25 a session, it’s a great deal. Good food, good people, and good fun. Hopefully this will become a regular engagement!

Anyways, now it’s time to study….midterm tomorrow, 2 papers due Tuesday, and a Philosophy paper on Descartes due Friday! Yikes!



Sunrise Over Montréal

18/09/2009 1 comment

‘Nuff said. Sunrise + good company = all is right in the world.

We were up all night – I went to bed at 8AM and then was up at 1130 or so to go to Marché Jean-Talon, a farmer’s market by one of the large east-west roads in Montréal. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so many free samples in my life! My culinary creativity definitely felt stimulated, but on a student’s schedule I didn’t think that I’d have the time to cook much of anything I bought. That, and I was going to go sit in a park and eat with my floor afterwards, so any meat might have been at risk. Trop domage! Next time though 😉

I shall see thee anon, Vancouver

16/08/2009 1 comment

I had my goodbye party yesterday…when I saw all these wonderful people it slowly started to sink in that I’m leaving in just over three days! Thanks to everyone who came out, I had a lot of fun and ate far too much. With the party all said and done I have only to pack for my imminent departure – that is my big goal for this week: pack ahead of time so Thursday is sane. I’m also hitting the ice on Monday and Tuesday, maybe Wednesday as well.

Count backwards from three and breathe.