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Paleo Update

I feel like I am having a second awakening in life. The first awakening was 6-7 years ago when I woke up to libertarianism and began to reject the conventional wisdom of American politics. But over the past few months, being a libertarian and being politically active suddenly were not a enough. If there is a way I feel I should be living my life, don’t I owe it to myself to live my life that way? The problem, as is often the case, was that I didn’t know where to go to break the cycle.

A few of my Facebook friends had posted updates about being on the Paleo diet. I had no idea what it was. A few weeks ago, I was bored at work and just searching random things on the internet and I looked up this Paleo stuff. I got my first book, Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, and read it very carefully. The book makes me consciously aware of the alternative choices in nutrition, even if they are largely out my reach. That’s enough for now.

The budget of a college student doesn’t allow for many shopping sprees at Whole Foods. But I did learn LSU has a shuttle service to the Red Stick Farmers Market. Winning! And as soon as I can start working full time in the summer, then we’ll have those trips to Whole Foods for some better meat options. For now, I’m stuck shopping at Wal-Mart, washing my produce, and reading food labels very carefully.

I mentioned this as an awakening, because it’s comforting to know you can free yourself from the status quo in nutrition. The more I read, the more I believe many of my problems can be solved by better eating habits. I’ve already started to know some small changes in myself. Right now I’m reading Primal Body, Primal Mind and trying to understand some of the science behind this lifestyle. For me, finals are coming up so the reading will likely slow down through the next week, but when summer starts I’ve got some things to accomplish.

1) Visit Red Stick Farmers Market

2) Check out Truly Free Bakery (BR’s gluten free deli)

3) Shop at Whole Foods

4) Use the 6 month gym membership I won at the Public Speaking Competition.

5) Upgrade my kitchen arsenal. I need a blender and slow cooker.

6) This is perhaps the most daring, I want to procure some raw milk. I have to leave the state to get it, but it’s nutritious and an act of civil disobedience. Can you say win win?

Baton Rouge has some community gardens, but I think I’ve missed the boat for that this year and the Honda is not suited for farming, even of the small scale variety. However, with a farmers market, a Whole Foods, gluten free eatery, and the right attitude, there’s no reason the good results will not continue.

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Going Primal

Sometimes one needs to make a change in life. Recently, I’ve found myself at the kind of crossroads where I need to reexamine some of my priorities. Many of my day to day beliefs fall outside what is considered the “mainstream” but too many other areas are decidedly tame and very much in line with the conventional thinking. So long story short, I bought a copy of “The Primal Blueprint” and began to read. For the past few days, I’ve been easing in to the primal lifestyle. It isn’t easy for someone on a budget to just jump right in. Amazingly, almost none of the food I had in the house fit the primal blueprint. I didn’t throw out my chips and Easter candy but instead ate them in moderation. Now they are all gone and I’ve been to the grocery store to get more primal friendly foods. It will be sometime before I can fully immerse in the dietary part of the blueprint. I’m all for locally sourced foods and farmers markets, but I can’t afford them. For now, I’m buying my produce from Wal-Mart and washing it off. I plan on going to Whole Foods soon and picking up a few items there like almond or coconut flour. The blueprint has provided some interesting culinary opportunities and I can’t wait to get a recipe book and really try my hand at some new dishes. 

However, cooking meat and sautéing some onions and mushrooms is right up my culinary alley, so cooking hasn’t been an issue. I did, however, hit my first snag tonight. I decided to make paleo-burgers using lettuce in place of the bread. Lettuce is a poor substitute for bread. I don’t mean that in a nutritional sense, but that lettuce doesn’t hold everything together very well and thus the eating gets pretty messy. Still, its nice to know that I avoid bread and that I haven’t had any bread in about 5 days. 

This is the beginning of a journey, and I’m very excited about the possibilities. 

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