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I started this Primal Cooking for Men series back in March, and it had a sum-total of (…drumroll…) one post. Here is another one: Irish Stew. Now, I am not a cook. But if I don’t cook, I end up eating baguette with cheese. So I have to cook – efficiently, without much ado.
Don Matesz has this new post up that goes directly against the “conventional wisdom” of the Paleo community, at least the likes of Mark Sisson, Kurt Harris, That Paleo Guy Jamie Scott, etc. Now clearly, Don is on a mission to show that Paleo does not equal low carb – but just because he is on a mission does not mean that he is wrong. And I believe that we in the Paleo community must be very careful not to establish our own “conventional wisdom” and try to defend it against objective evidence provided. Continue reading
There is a thread over at Mark Sisson’s discussion board that got me thinking about the dangers of microwaving food. I do not know whether or not it is in fact unhealthy to cook in the microwave, but I can think of a number of pathways how a microwave could potentially be dangerous, or at least less healthy than other means of cooking or heating up your food. To use a metaphor: cooking with a microwave is like putting millions of very thin needles into the food, and the tips of those needles repeatedly heat up to say thousand degrees, but only for a split second. Intuitively it makes sense that this is much more aggressive than conventional cooking, and that it can lead to denaturation of food constituents So I would not disregard the Heret & Blanc study (UPDATE: see this post also) out of hand – it is probably worth checking what they have done before jumping to conclusions.
This is more of a comment for Kurt Harris’ blog, but I am still in two minds about what I am about to write, so I’d rather have the opportunity to edit it. The thing is – I am not too fond of the Paleo 2.0 name and I think we should eventually change it. But just to be clear: this is not the priority – the priority should be to get the content right first and foremost. And I am actually rather excited about the fact that this is happening right now! Continue reading
Kurt Harris over a PaNu
(link later when off the iPad) coined the Paleo 2.0 term in his “Manifesto for Paleo 2.0” post. Whilst I am not very keen on the term itself for a number of reasons I decided I will go with it, in the hope that along the line someone somewhere will come up with a better one (UPDATE: more on that topic here). After all, there is a long history of giving work-in-progress a codename, and changing it once the product was nice and finsihed. So Longhorn became Vista, and Windows 7 became – ahem, forget about it… So lets move on to the more substantive points: