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February 2012

Is Pork Unhealthy?

February 29, 2012

Bacon-&-Eggs
Photo by sxld

I quit pork long before I started paleo – in fact, I haven’t intentionally consumed any pork in almost 10 years. This may shock you, since it seems that most paleo adherents  worship pork, especially bacon and pork belly. It’s not one of those foods that I’m adamantly against, like wheat. So if some snuck into my food somewhere, I wouldn’t freak out. Nor have I ever previously recommended others to avoid it – I’ve pretty much stayed quiet on the topic. But I certainly have gone out of my way to avoid it.

Why? I’ve come across enough research and anecdotes over time, to have a sort of gut feeling to steer clear of it. Even more so, since I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything nutrition wise by keeping it out of my diet, as I eat plenty of other great meats and fats.

Needless to say, I was excited to see Paul Jaminet’s series, The Trouble With Pork (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). In these very interesting blog posts, Paul explains that there is a strong association between pork and liver cirrhosis, liver cancer, and MS. He covers a few possible contributing factors, ending with the one he finds to be the most probable culprit.

Keep reading…

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Larabars

Some random thoughts that don’t warrant blog posts but are too long for twitter…

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Yes, it was a few hours of pandemonium :P

But, now I have food ready to go for almost the entire week.

That’s the joy of batch cooking :)

On the menu this week: lamb stew and Waldorf chicken salad.

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What's-In-Your-Cart-Feb-26-12

Do you ever peek into other people’s shopping carts, or gawk at their purchases at the check-out? Do you then try to figure out what kind of diet, if any, they’re on? Followed perhaps by a quick glance at the shopper to evaluate the success of that diet?

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one ;) In which case, you might find my weekly shopping loot interesting.

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“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This post should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

Curry chicken apricot salad, honey and vinegar braised short ribs, and lamb shanks  – what could be tastier, or easier?

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