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Primally Yours

Swimming-pool

I flew down to Arizona this past week to get some much needed sun. I got more than I bargained for – highest temperature was 42 degrees Celsius (108 Fahrenheit)! I’ve never been in such heat before! Honestly, the heat was a tad much, but I loved the ever-present sun, not having to wear anything more than a t-shirt and shorts even at night, and the change of scenery (cacti are definitely a novelty for me, as are lizards and geckos). There are a few things I do “differently” than the average person when I travel – even beyond the typical primal/paleo adherent – from airport security, to sunscreen and swimming pools, read on to learn more about my vacationing habits…

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Go-Live Supplies
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Random thoughts, office edition…

People will eat just about anything at the office

I’m always amazed at how quickly the most random food items will disappear when placed for sharing on the common kitchen counter at work. All sorts of sugary junk is gone almost instantly, whether you put it there first thing in the morning, or in the afternoon. Is there anything people won’t eat? I almost want to do some sort of experiment timing how long it takes for the consumption of various random food items. I don’t want to be too much of a hypocrite though, pre-paleo I would also frequently graze on the free food offerings. But now a) I don’t feel the need to snack while at work – in fact, I never bring anything to work other than my lunch, and 2) there’s literally nothing for me to eat. Usually it’s cookies, donuts, and pastries. Sometimes there’s fruit. The only thing that seldom appears that I’ll indulge in is nuts, but those show up every once in a blue moon. The kitchen counter is great, though, for re-gifting any non-paleo items that I receive. Instead of junking the non-paleo items, I can offload them at work. I’ve got mixed feelings about that, since these sorts of things really do belong in the garbage. However, I’ve never been a fan of wasting food – and if these people are eating this stuff regularly anyway, then why not make someone’s afternoon with a snack offering. Keep reading…

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CoolWhip
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Funny shopping experience at Whole Foods the other day. Whole Foods has been out of Avalon Organic Whipping Cream for ages. So I inquired. Guy said Avalon’s having problems sourcing it. Then he suggested the frozen whipping cream. Huh? He led me to the frozen food aisle and proceeded to hand me a tub of Cool Whip (or whatever the Whole Foods equivalent is). Uhm, no thanks. Meanwhile, a lady unable to find low-fat milk had followed us over. As if the Cool Whip suggestion wasn’t offensive enough, the guy then suggested I buy soy milk. “Never.” What about almond or rice milk? “No Way”. Why would you suggest milk substitutes to someone looking for heavy cream? Perhaps he was vegan and that was what made sense to him. Keep reading…

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Paleo Cupcakes in Parenting Magazine

The April issue of Parenting magazine had something that caught my attention. Rewind. Why am I subscribing to Parenting? I’m not. I keep getting it in my mailbox. And this one had Jessica Alba and her daughters on the cover, so I thumbed through it before tossing it in the return mail box. And then I saw it – a recipe for “Barbecue Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting”. Add “Sweet” after mashed, and you’re looking at something you’d see on Chowstalker (just skip the crumbled corn bread). Except in this case, I can’t decide… Am I happy because they’re serving kids meat? Or am I annoyed that they feel the need to make meet cutesy? Or am I just sick of hearing about cupcakes already? :P Meh, I’ll stick to the positive – go paleo cupcakes!

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