John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek

A few years ago, John Maynard Keynes and F.A. Hayek traveled to the future to stage an economic rap battle.  John Maynard Keynes (the Standard American Diet in human form) and Friedrich August von Hayek (the economist on Team Paleo).    The Austrian economic perspective really does help explain how we got to where we are with mass feedlot and subsidized grain production in industrialized societies.  Unfettered money printing and currency devaluation brought down the Roman Empire… but this was done to prop up agricultural subsidies.  In our modern times, if/when prices of grains go up, look for more government intervention in the marketplace regarding subsidies and price controls.  Which will artificially make whole foods less competitive and more expensive in comparison.  It will also cause healthy foods to be scarce in the event of mandated prices that make them unprofitable to produce.  People’s health will grow worse as they gorge more and more on propped up grains and HFCS as this economic crisis deepens.  Health care costs for the metabolically deranged will continue skyrocket until a monetary collapse.  You may not be an Austrian economic adherent, but if you want affordable whole healthy food you’re more on Team Hayek than Team Keynes.

"Fear the Boom and Bust" a Hayek vs. Keynes Rap Anthem

Outside of the government socialist mass murderers of the last 100 years, the two people that have done the most damage to humanity are probably Keynes and Ancel Keys.  Two peas in a pod that should have gone bowling together.

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The Three A's Podcast Episode 4: Interview with Dana Faulkner

Thanks to Dana Faukner of Live Wild Health Coaching.  In episode 4 of The Three A's podcast, Dana discusses her path to living an Ancestral Health lifestyle, her education in nutrition, and her passion to coach others, especially women, to finding freedom to live a healthy life.

Show notes:

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Here's the audio file and the YouTube video of episode 4.  Please stop by iTunes to subscribe to The Three A's podcast where we delve into the interconnections of Ancestral Health, Austrian Economics and Awareness/mindfulness. 

 

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The Three A's Podcast Episode 003: Interview with Dr. Randall Holcombe

Here's the audio file and the YouTube video of episode 3.  Please stop by iTunes to subscribe to The Three A's podcast where we delve into the interconnections of Ancestral Health, Austrian Economics and Awareness/mindfulness. 

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Thanks to Dr. Randall Holcombe, economist at Florida State University and author of The Great Austrian Economists, Entrepreneurship and Economic Progress, and many other great works of scholarship.

In episode 3 of The Three A's podcast, Dr. Holcombe discusses Liberalism and Cronyism, and how Austrian Economics explains the political and economic structures in our society, and how it may help you see the world in an entirely different way.

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Video: The Three A's Podcast: Interview with Lloyd Burnett of Train and Sustain, Episode 2

Here's the video of episode 2.  Please stop by iTunes to subscribe.  More are on the way. 

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Video: The Three A's Podcast episode 1, interview with Primal Ground

Hi all.  The Three A's podcast lives!  I have about 2 interviews in the can and will be producing them over the weekend, and about 5 interviews with a very brilliant and eclectic group of folks from the Ancestral Health, Austrian Economics and Awareness communities.  Here's the video of The Three A's Episode 1 until then!  Have a great weekend. 

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Top 5 Things to Avoid Late Night Binge Eating

And so it begins.  It's late.  And that feeling is starting to take hold.  You're turning into Dr. Jekyll. You need to consume.  Right now.  You begin the auto pilot sequence, and 3... 2... 1.....  you are stuffing your face.

What if you had 5 things to turn to though before the big red happy easy button of Binge is puhed?  These are my 5 below.

Absence makes the binge get squander.  Don’t allow the sugary, packaged things into your house.  If possible, have everything that contains wheat removed from your house.  If you indeed binge on bacon, eggs, and cooked vegetables… I’ll even say if you binge on sweet potatoes, it aint so bad compared with the comatose state you’re going to feel after polishing off 3 bowls of pasta.  Don’t let the bad stuff into your house.

Take a dose of fish oil.  I’m not saying gargle with it!  But, if late at night, you feel the anxious state of emotional eating sweeping over you, get a spoonful of fish oil.  I buy the Carlson’s lemon flavored cod liver oil.  Keith Norris in a comment post from probably 5 years ago compared taking a dose of fish oil for a late night binge urge to methadone for a heavy drug user trying to kick the habit.

Turn off all electronics by a certain time each night (including your streaming music!).  This by far is the hardest thing to do consistently.  There’s TV, there’s movies, clips, and surfing to be done your laptop, tablet, or bookreader.  There’s also your smart phone that many people use as an alarm clock.  And what do you do when you set the alarm for the next morning?  Well, one last look at email.  One last look at all of your favorite sites.  At 9pm (that’s my goal at least), set your alarm then and turn it all off.  And then move on to #4 on the list below…

Get in bed as early as you can.  When you start your routine of shutting down, the muscle and thought memory of all of the things you need to take care of before you go to sleep kicks in.  Gotta shave, take an evening shower, iron or pick out clothes from next day, and put a load of laundry.  Also… you brush your teeth.  You’ll find that after getting in your night clothes (or commando mode if that’s your thing) and brushing your teeth, that giving into the desire to rush to the kitchen to eat something is put into the same category of brushing your teeth and drinking orange juice.  It’s not a good idea.

Breathe.  Emotional eating for me leaves me in a breathless state.  I’m reduced to short little breathes as if the oxygen is being depleted from the room.  Try to stay in the present moment.  Don’t worry about the past or the things to come tomorrow.  Start breathing deeply.  Remember all of the good things in your life right now, relive the good moments in your life enjoying the fact that it’s brought you to where you’re at right now.  Don’t doubt that the good moments to come despite the many steps to get there will be hindered by your self-doubt.  It starts with breathe.  Sometimes, it also ends the binge cravings.

There are sub-parts for each of these 5, and these 5 certainly don’t complete the list of X.  What are your top 5?  If you don’t have one, it may be a good idea to take stock. 

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Chutes, Ladders and Fire Pits

Every family had one.  A closet probably where there was a stack of board games.  Half of them were missing pieces.  And not a single one in the other half has been played in at least 2 years.  When was the last time?  Was it when grandma came over and she suggested that we don’t turn on the TV after dinner? 

When you weren’t taking your knocks from losing it all in Monopoly, these board games with friends and family were there for looking everybody in the eye, being in the moment of the game.

Perhaps, nowadays, families are less likely to have a box full of old board games.  They’re more likely to have a collection of antiquated computers with a big mass of electric chords that have ceased their function long ago.

Whether board games have passed their time or not, there is something that has a long track record.  Fire.

I set up a fire pit in the backyard recently.  It’s nothing fancy.  A wok pan with a grill that may be placed on top.  It sits on a stand.

In the backyard on a late summer night, there is no choice but to be here right now looking at the fire.  The firelight flickers on the faces around you.  The shadows turn the trees, shrubs, fences, and the outlines of the surrounding neighborhood into shifting colors, shapes, and meanings.

Silence is an option around the fire with your family, friends, and even from time to time neighbors spontaneously invited over at twilight.  And you’ll also find no barriers to comment or speak where once stood hesitation or distraction to check the latest update.  There is no update that the fire, the shadows, and the changing thoughts that you feel and hear from the people sitting with you aren’t already telling you.

You are in the update by being incessantly in the now.  Board game night is now fire pit night.  We may learn how to lose Boardwalk and stay in the moment in the flickers of the present even in the bright sunlight or artificial light of the cubicle.

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Change your thinking and the seasons in 3 days

It’s the moment when the leave falls from the tree.  It’s moment when a book slides off the shelf and makes a loud boom when it hits the floor. 

It’s the moment when you open up your mind beyond infomercials and decide to exclude wheat from you diet.

To get into this awareness of your body, how it evolved, how your ancestors brought you to this moment… I suggest that you let the birds migrate with the changing times as regards your previous thinking that what you see manufactured for you on labels and in adverts represents the sole outcome of ancient wisdom.

Give up wheat for 3 days, and see how you feel.  That’s all.  Start there.  There may indeed be a time when you bring it back, on rare occasion, or perhaps as frequent as once a day.

Once you give it up for 3 days, you’ll feel something by that 3rd day.  Something that dares you to go for a 4th day, then a 4th week, then 4th month….  I’m at more than 5 years now.

If you can forsake watermelons in the winter, or hot soup in the summer… can you give up all wheat products for 3 days?  If you can do that, you’ll go further.  Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn and soybean oils, they all will be something that you may walk away from to replace with the foods from your ancestors.

It doesn’t matter what you call it.  I still like the term paleo diet, not because it’s the most descriptive but rather it reminds me of all of the interactions I had with folks back in 2008 when I removed wheat from my diet, lost 60 pounds, and learned more about diabetes from an evolutionary medicine point of view than many diabetologists.

Now, I do prefer the phrase Ancestral Health.  It’s a big tent for nearly every diet or lifestyle that is inspired from your ancestors.  Which ancestors to learn from?  Well, that’s for you to figure out.  Probably, more than a generation ago, but maybe not if you have Vibrams-wearing parents.

Let the leaves fall.  Let the time of year change.  You’re locked right now into a perpetual season of overindulgence. 

Do you want to know how to get started?  I’ll tell you how I took my first step.

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Chicken & Pork Rinds, a recipe of the ancients!

(If you don't eat pork, substitute the pork rinds with coconut flakes) 

Well, maybe not quite the ancients, but who knows.  One of the easiest things I make is baked chicken dipped in crushed pork rinds.  I really can't remember where I first heard of this recipe.  I think it was from the now (I think retired) website Son of Grok that used to have some of the best recipes circa 2008/2009.   This was when there were was only a few dozen paleo websites out there, when many of the conversation had just began.

I've been making this for the last 5+ years, and it's a great substitute for fried chicken.  I have given it to friends who didn't know it was pork rinds until after I told them.  They gross out before tasting it (if you tell them) and/or after they taste it (if you don't tell them beforehand).  But in either case they try it, and in either case they have more.

I am on an ancestral diet for my personal fit.  The biggest thing for me is no wheat and no soy. I don't ever, and I mean that resolutely, ever backslide on these 2 items.  But I always loved my grandma's fried chicken, and ma's, too.   Again, I give credit to anyone who has this documented before me... but this is how I make it. 

Baked Chicken with Pork Rinds

Ingredients: 

  • 3-4 Boneless chicken thighs (or a couple of chicken breasts)
  • small bag o' Pork Rinds
  • 2-3 eggs (depending how much chicken you want to make)
  • Butter

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Open your bag of pork rinds at the top.  On a flat surface crush and smash the bag into powder as much as you can.  Take contents out and further mash on cutting board if you like. Put ~1/3 of the powdered pork rinds into a bowl.

 Prepare your chicken thighs by cutting into just bigger than bite size pieces).   Dip your chicken piece into a bowl with two scrambled eggs.  Then, dip and roll the chicken piece into the bowl with powdered pork rinds.  Place the chicken piece on a buttered broiler pan (use aluminum foil if you like).  Fill up the broiler pan with all of your chicken pieces dipped in egg and rolled in pork rinds.  Use more pork rind powder to your bowl if needed, you'll go through it quick if you roll to much on the first few pieces.  But you'll get the hang of it!  

Place broiler pan in oven for 25 minutes, then flip the pieces over and cook for another 25 minutes.  When you flip the pieces, it may be a bit sticky, you'll need to perfect how much to grease the broiler pan.

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This will be the greatest thing for any party.  I have received nothing but high regards for it over the years.

Just one thing.... when you're not making this dish, and company at your house see pork rinds in your pantry, there's a moment of panic that sets in.  It's quite funny.

 

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To Be Aware is not To Be On Alert

Whenever I really wanted to get something done, I psyched myself up.  Perhaps, it was from all of the montages I had seen in action movies.  You know the ones, where in a short 8 weeks Johnny goes from a skinny kid in New Jersey to a butt-kicker of blonde California bullies.

Well, somewhere in my head, when I felt I really had to turn on the attention to get something done, I played a motivated soundtrack in my head.  The problem always is that you get sidetracked, the soundtrack skips when a phone call interrupts you, or a child wants your attention.  All of a sudden you go from Rocky jumping from a scene of punching a side of beef in a cooler or chasing chickens to an impatient parent or co-worker not really listening to the person or issue that needs to be addressed.  

The mind begins to flex like a bowed shoulders, uncomfortable.  The opposite of Opening The Hand of Thought.   You're in a position at that moment of spinning your wheels, pumping up your heart pressure and adrenals, and not ready to address what interrupted you or to get back into what you were doing.  You lost that flow.

A new study shows that folks who are in the now, in the present moment, who practice meditation are less negatively effected when faced with stressful moments.

People who practice simple meditation aren’t “just relaxing,” explained the study’s senior author, Dr. Herbert Benson. Instead, they’re experiencing “a specific genomic response that counteracts the harmful genomic effects of stress."

I am at my best when dealing with stress when everyday when I am not (imagine that I highlighted this word "not") under stress.  You don't expect to play the piano in a packed house and expect to perform under that pressure if you never practice in silence in a comfortable environment .  It's stands to reason then, that you shouldn't expect to stay in the present under stressful situations if you don't practice mindfulness when you don't "need" it.

Read more of this study here

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Episode 2 The Three A's Podcast: Interview with Train and Sustain

Thanks to Lloyd Burnett of Train and Sustain, and author of Craving The Perfect Body for being on The Three A’s podcast where we discuss The Three A’s: Ancestral, Austrian, Awareness.  In episode 2 of The Three A’s podcast, we discuss the Ancestral Health Symposium 2013, working with clients regarding understanding of forgiveness and awareness, and Lloyd’s overall practice implementing his system of Craving The Perfect Body.  And/or also check out the interview on YouTube.

If you’re in Atlanta and want to work with Lloyd, or, better yet, would like to know more about his Craving The Perfect Body system, visit Train and Sustain.

Show notes:

02:00   Ancestral Health Symposium 2013

02:45   Love Response therapy

03:45   Train and Sustain approach

04:30   Lloyd’s health and exercise journey

06:20   Suffering versus thriving, masking medicine versus nutritional healing

07:25   Guiding understanding with compassion

10:00   Integrating awareness with personal training

13:50   Realistic expectations when starting out getting healthy and becoming more aware

16:00   Craving The Perfect Body overview

20:25   Being there and creating space when you’re in the middle of your cravings

22:45   Helping someone learn how to forgive themselves

25:55   Where to find Lloyd Burnett: http://trainandsustain.com/, http://godeepergetlighter.com/, @trainandsustain on Twitter and Facebook

28:30   Ancestral Health Symposium atmosphere, after thoughts, and Train and Sustain’s reception

As noted at the end of this video podcast, expect some interesting news at the end of September.  Sign up for our newsletter and you'll be the first to hear about it.

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Episode 1 The Three A's Podcast: Interview with Primal Ground

Thanks to Kristi Beguin of Primal Ground for the great interview for the first published The Three A’s podcast where we discuss The Three A’s: Ancestral, Austrian, Awareness.  In episode 1 of The Three A’s podcast, we discuss herbalism, her upcoming book, working as a doula who practices martial arts, and the enchanted mountains of Northern New Mexico.  And/or, also, check out the interview on YouTube.

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Visit Kristi's Primal Ground:  http://primalground.com/

Show notes:

05:40   How Kristi works with her pregnant clients with the subject of ancestral health

07:08   Challenges for the process of change for pregnant women to ensure health of babies

09:20   Overview of Kristi’s presentation at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2013

11:50   Need solid support team when giving birth

13:00   Praise for Carl Lenore at Super Human Radio!

13:55   Kristi’s thoughts on AHS13

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http://chriskresser.com/

17:30   Ancestral Health people!

19:30   Herbalist practice, let food be thy medicine

21:10   Overview of Earthing

24:30   Earthing mats

26:10   Getting outside in the winter is paramount

30:00   Cold showers and cold immersion therapy

31:10   Enchanted New Mexico

32:30   Peoples of New Mexico

33:30   How do you convey staying in the now to those who are not?

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The New Evolution Diet, a book review

Before I started an evolutionary lifestyle, meaning choosing a diet and lifestyle that takes into account the random patterns of nature, I often thought of campfires.   I’d imagine which people I’d want around my campfire in my tribe if I lived in a world without internet streams and cell phone apps.  I especially do that now.  It was my attempt to take into account those who had shaped my thinking, from the past or present.  And, perhaps, whom would I want to invite over the BBQ for a campfire chat.  healthcare epistemocrat gave me a more enhanced way to look at it with a great post about the writing of Joseph Campbell, the mythologist extraordinaire, and his book The Hero With 1,000 Faces.

Over the last 10 years or so, I have assembled quite the guest list that I would want to invite around this campfire.  Among many others, perhaps at the top of the list would be the late Richard Feynman the physicist, Richard Feinman the biochemist, Benoît Mandelbrot the recently deceased mathematician, Mike Mentzer the late bodybuilder empiricist, the late Friedrich A. Hayek of the Austrian economic school, and the thriving Nassim Taleb, for whom I will not create any descriptor.  Joining them all would be Arthur De Vany.  And in case none of them could make it, Art De Vany’s conversational skills and philosophy would fill in any prolonged silences in the course of such a dinner party, as he would be able to engage with any of them as a peer regardless of their respective fields.

After all, De Vany’s cognitive map of Evolutionary Fitness which has now been published as The New Evolution Diet does not consider any false separating barriers between physics, biochemistry, fractal mathematics, physical culturist philosophy, economics and epistemocracy.  The natural spontaneous order of our world (e.g., not centrally planned) provides an understanding that life may be enjoyed by embracing ambiguity and the unknown, rather than by trying to dictate the outcome and consequences of your human actions.

For the last 20 years plus, Arthur De Vany has been applying these “stochastic ideals” to aspects of the human experience that most of us incorrectly believe are utterly and completely in our absolute control.  Since the rise of agriculture 10,000+ years ago and the industrial revolution over the last 200 years, mankind has changed its topographical, dietary, and physical landscapes to render how we lead our lives nearly unrecognizable to that of the Paleolithic man.  The indisputable and desired beauty with which we define the world today with our understanding of mathematics, the stars, and the magma beneath our feet is sweeping and colossal.  Our modern collective intelligence, such as it is, we inherently believe is superior to the ostensible simplicity of our ancestors.

But the palm trees “understand” that they cannot survive in the alpine regions of the north.  The mighty redwoods of California comprehend that they would perish in the sandy beaches of Tahiti.  Squirrels don’t jog down your street with sweatbands, and a Cro-Magnon would avoid toxic unprocessed soy and grains (though they’re not much better when they’re processed).  We may understand intuitively how ridiculous it would be to expect an organism to thrive if it was taken out of its environment to be placed in a setting far out of its evolutionary adapted range, but somehow when it comes to us humans, it’s as if we believe the laws of nature don’t apply.

Professor De Vany began investigating how diet relates to disease by caring for his first wife and son both of whom were diagnosed with Type I diabetes 25 years ago.  He began to question the common wisdom diet recommended to diabetics at the time.  It’s interesting to note that after the rise of the evolutionary inappropriate lowfat dogma in the 1970’s  so much of the accumulated research showing the relationship between a high sugar/grain diet and disease went down the Orwellian memory hole.  Only researchers like Dr. Richard Bernstein, a contemporary of Dr. Atkins, continued to champion what would have been obvious to anyone actually looking at cause and effect.

That is, excessive sugar and grains provide an elevated glucose load that causes your pancreas to excrete high volumes of insulin to regulate blood sugar/glucose.  These high levels of insulin over time will cause your cells to become insulin resistant, and your cells will need more insulin to accept glucose.  Thus, your pancreas must excrete ever more insulin while the fashionable high sugar/grain diet continues the abnormally high levels of blood glucose.  Eventually, Type II diabetes ensues, as well as the motley crew of Metabolic Syndrome.

But De Vany went further.  He surmised that in addition to evolutionary inappropriate foods such as grains, legumes, sugars, corn syrups, and other processed chemical food additives, a metronome-styled energy intake of 3 meals a day of X number of calories per meal, etc., was far from how are metabolisms were designed to function.  De Vany appeared on a televised PBS show on health and longevity 10 years ago long before the rise of the Paleo movement that has been burgeoning over the last couple of years.  On this show what was striking was that De Vany was not only the only non-medical professional, he was also the lone panelist talking about aging and disease as a function of dysfunctional hormonal crosstalk caused by living our lives chronically outside of evolutionary norms.

Intermittent fasting (IF), a very common practice now among paleo lifestylers, was a topic of Dr. De Vany’s lecture at the Calorie Restriction Society long before IF became a subject bandied about on Paleo Hacks or other great sites out there.  De Vany gained popularity on his university website, through his groundbreaking Evolutionary Fitness essay, and going back over 10-15 years ago in the classroom where he sometimes moonlighted teaching health and fitness, though he was a tenured economics professor.  For over a decade and long before the Paleo movement combusted into the awesome spontaneous order it is now, De Vany warned about chronic cardio, the danger of marathons, excessive training volume in the gym, the hazard of overdeveloping slow twitch muscles via oxidative cardiovascular exercise at the expense of atrophying your fast twitch fibers.

So, that’s more than a bit about my take on De Vany’s philosophy and some paleo history, but what about The New Evolution Diet, the book.  Before I got to commenting on the book, I thought it was important to go over what led up to this publication.  The book represents a primer and introduction to Art’s philosophy.  This may still be summed up as Evolutionary Fitness, which if you are a student of both evolution and a physical culturist, you know this term has a triple meaning.  Evolutionary Fitness could be thought of as a toggling between emphasizing and/or choosing the different meanings of “Evolution” and “Fitness.”  It’s human physical fitness & health better understood through evolutionary constructs.  It’s evolution understood through the biological meaning of “fitness” as defined by phenotype and gene propagation.

It was my intent to review The New Evolution Diet in a total vacuum.  With my current high tempo work schedule, and my wife’s growing psychology practice (which embraces many concepts of The New Evolution Diet working with her clients), I have had little time to keep up with the paleo community over the last couple of months.  But I couldn’t resist looking up whether any reviews had already been done.  I skipped other hits I got other than reading the quick review by Dr. McGuff.  The word that Doug used that stood out for me as to how to describe Art’s writing was “elegant.”  Indeed, elegant.

De Vany has successfully distilled down his prolific body of work into an accessible book that shines like a diamond after years of honing raw coal.  This book could have been 500 pages, but it wasn’t meant to be an exhaustively detailed textbook.  It was meant to be a guidebook for a manifesto of an elastic philosophy.  On the other hand, it is not dumbed or watered down.  The notes and additional reading sections of the book provide a huge stepping stone for the person who may be embracing paleo living for the first time with this book perhaps providing an assurance to give it a try.

For those paleo practitioners, who perhaps like I, fall into the habit of drinking too much of our bathwater, there may be some points of disagreement regarding dairy consumption or a phrase or two regarding fat.  What I mean to say is that once you’re into this lifestyle a language akin to Inside Baseball is used by us which often has us splitting hairs.

I don’t mean to deemphasize these very legitimate points of disagreement about dairy and fat that I know by scanning some other paleo and lowcarb sites people take very seriously, but going with Bruce Lee’s motto (and of course going back to the ancients) “Absorb what is useful from any source, discard what is not from even the most revered of sources”, given that 99% of what is now being written and spoken about in the paleo community was first expressed by De Vany over a decade ago, there is indeed much to absorb, and little if anything to discard.

There are other Evolutionary Fitness fans who may object to the word “diet” in the book’s title.  In some ways I compare this “The New Evolution Diet” title to Drs. Eades’ “Protein Power”, which by the way along with “The Protein Power Lifeplan” are a constant on my nightstand even as I type this.  According to Mike Eades inserting the word “protein” into these books’ titles by publisher recommendation didn’t agree with him at first.  However, in hindsight given the lipidphobes and the neutrality of the word “protein”, I couldn’t imagine these Eades publications by any other name.  For those of you who are big fans of De Vany’s works like I am, the inclusion of the word diet didn’t affect this book’s quality content.  The New Evolution Diet should open concepts of evolutionary fitness and the wider paleo movement to an even broader audience than the current core adherents who are more comfortable around a gym and Crossfit.

There are now countless paleo and evolutionary fitness inspired blogs.  There is input from doctors, medical researchers, physical trainers, physical culturists and laymen of all types.  Practically each line of The New Evolution Diet could be the subject of an entire blog post and could be further discussed in countless paleo forums.  Indeed, many of the points originally discussed by De Vany have now become “common knowledge” in the growing paleo movement.  It is not inconsequential that paleo luminaries such as Robb Wolf, Loren Cordain, and Mark Sisson, to name but a few, acknowledge De Vany’s contribution in the development of their own paleo cognitive maps.

There are many others however who simply don’t understand or perhaps never heard of the role that De Vany played in the synthesis of ideas that emerged into a movement to reexamine our ancestors’ energy intake and expenditure patterns.  This is to be expected because after all what percentage of NBA and college basketball players know who is Dr. James Naismith?  And in the grand scheme of things, a desire for every member of the paleo world to give him a blue ribbon just isn’t what motivates De Vany in the first place.  Don’t expect De Vany to publish any pieces like Ice Cube’s “Child Support” anytime soon (ahem, strange comparison, perhaps, but in case you actually click on this Child Support link understand Ice Cube is talking about current rappers not acknowledging his role in the emergence of gangster rap… better yet, just skip over this link).

So, along with the other leading lights out there, like Eades, Taubes, Gedgaudas, Cordain, Sisson and Wolf (I have all of their great books, along with others, by the way), it is time for De Vany to also enter into the published paleo Parthenon, which he himself in many ways largely constructed more than a decade before The New Evolution Diet hits the street next week.  There are many points of entry back into a life that makes evolutionary sense.  Art was one of the original voices out there that spoke to me.  This book not only was a good review for someone like me who is now I dare say more sophisticated in my paleo understanding, but Art’s writing still provided new insights and continuous rediscoveries.

Ultimately, I believe this book is accessible to those who need it most, the sickly amongst us surviving on the Standard American Diet and counting away hours at the gym on the dreadmill (or on the couch watching TV).  Basically, those that don’t know any better.  I have already purchased multiple copies of The New Evolution Diet for friends and family who I’d like to see have a kairos moment, and return to a world where palm trees grow in the sand, redwoods grow in the mountains, squirrels don’t jog, and humans live in physical and mental good health like we were evolved to be instead of carrying out a slow demise in disease and disappointment trying to control life.

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Slaughtering Sacred Cows

Suggest reading through Whole Health Source’s post, “The Carbohydrate Hypothesis of Obesity: a Critical Examination.”   Wow.  As Michael put it from “Nutrition and Physical Regeneration“ , it’s simply superb.

Whole Health Source (with comments from EVERYONE) is the very front lines of understanding how this community/movement & science in general moves forward in reversing the damage from the current USDA status quo.

As Richard Feinman of the Nutrition and Metabolism Society told me, we need to get to a point where their USDA guidelines (whether they’re reversed or not) are simply irrelevant because no one (outside of USG purchases & subsidies) take them seriously.  Those in power are always most threatened when you ignore and/or mock them.

So, here’s to all of those who advanced the ball along the way, but there are no sacred cows as the ball inches forward, even if you forwarded the ball previously.  Old ideas/movements will morph and mutate into new advancements which couldn’t have taken place without the old ideas.  But those old ideas can’t be enshrined and unquestioned as new ones are formed with new understandings.

So, as the sacred cows (e.g., previously held unquestioned truths) are slaughtered… let us give thanks, for new ideas may feed on and benefit from these old ideas’ contribution, and live on carrying the previous advancements’ spirit in their DNA. 

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No Whole Fat Yogurt, only at the Speak Easy

A Speak Easy is where in the 20′s during the prohibition of  alcohol you could covertly buy your favorite spirit from behind the bar.  You had to “speak easy” (e.g., softly the name of your contact or the password) at the front door, so they’d let you in, and you’d have access to the outlawed substance.

Yesterday, I was at the supermarket trying to buy yogurt.  I’m trying to get the haflings to eat more fruit (well, any fruit or vegetable) and thought that a smoothy recipe might do the trick.  As I vainly searched for the Whole Fat Yogurt amongst the lowfat, nonfat, 0% fat, 1% fat, etc., I thought of the Lewis Black bit on the subject of milk (h/t Robb Wolf’s The Paleolithic Solution #38).

I walked up to the checkout counter with a few items sans the whole fat yogurt for which I came there.  The following dialog took place:

Checker #1: “Did you find everything alright?”

Me: “Why, actually, no.  You have every possible combination of skim, lowfat, 0%, 1% milk and yogurt, but you don’t have any whole fat yogurt.  I’d settle for 50%, but that’s not an option either.”

Checker #1: “Yes, we sometimes carry it, but lately it’s been harder to come by.”

Me: “Are the inspectors coming to make sure that you don’t sell it?  It kind of reminds me of the medicinal marijuana shops in California operating legally under one set of laws, and illegally under a different set.”

Checker #2: [who had no customers at the adjacent checkout counter] “Excuse me [chucking], did I just hear you compare whole fat dairy with a controlled substance?”

Me: “Yes, of course, I was joking about the whole fat yogurt, but if I were talking about raw milk [something I honestly don't partake in regularly] it would be more of a crime than pot.  If I had a cow right here, and I milked it, and then offered you a glass, I’d be sent to jail faster and for longer than if I were to try to sell you a joint”

Checker #2: “I find that hard to believe.”

Checker #1: “No, it’s probably true.  I’ve read about it.”

Me: “Couple the overstated warnings against raw milk and it being banned with the campaign against fat and you’ve got the makings of a product like whole fat yogurt or milk that’s nearly illegal even if it’s pasteurized. ”

Checker #2: “Well, we don’t order a lot of it because it’s more expensive to process.” [Trying to save a bit of face]

Me: “It would seem to me since you’d actually be leaving the fat in the product that it would be less processing of the yogurt?”

Checker #2: [scratching his head, literally] “Well, because demand is so low, the supermarket may not be able to buy the high enough volume to make it worth it.  And it may be more expensive to market as a result.”

And on this point, he absolutely does indeed have a point.  The law of supply and demand is definitely relevant here as it finds a place to hop and skip amongst the ridiculous whole fat health warnings and the even more silly claims that skimmed dairy magically helps you lose weight.

I went in there to buy some good whole fat yogurt to mix with some strawberries and blueberries.  What I got was the confirmation of just how deeply rooted the lowfat propaganda is, and an economics lesson from a grocery store clerk.  I would like to think that both he and I learned something in the exchange for the better.

But I probably won’t see him that often when purchasing yogurt as I will heed his advice and go to the Whole Foods store which is farther away but is the only store in a 20 mile radius ironically and thankfully where I can find Whole Fat Yogurt.

I will whisper what I want before entering.  As crazy as it may sound, when I read this fictional piece written 30+ years ago it made me think that we’re not far from whispering for milk, we’re not far from 1984 when it comes to milk.  The Milk Whisperers.

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