One of the things I love about the primal/paleo community is how generous its inhabitants are. They are so giving of their time, knowledge, help and experience – for free, on the internet! That is one of the many reasons I LOVE to buy their books and help them out personally. I am a little behind on the book buying right now due to our impending move, but Eat Like a Dinosaur is next on my priority list!
My favorite day of the week is Friday. Not for obvious reasons – actually, logistically, it’s a nightmare. Due to early dismissal from the high school, the kids’ volunteer schedule, and art class I am on the run from 12:30 until 6, making it hard to prepare and execute a healthy and nutritious reunion dinner for the five of us – so I usually beg my husband to take me out after the CaveBaby goes to bed. I love Friday because that’s when Mark Sisson publishes his success story of the week, and Modern Paleo it Paleo Rodeo.
If you think I like the success stories because I like looking at beefcake pictures of musclebound dudes, think again! Mark also highlights people who have changed from emaciated and malnourished to healthy, beaten PCOS into submission, brought together multiple generations in a family in pursuit of a common goal, and in general found a life of health and happiness outside the sphere of “normal” in our current society. The quote that became this guy’s title caused one of those seismic shifts in my brain when it came to the imperative to eat real food – that continuing to eat a regular American diet is a slow and painful suicide, one bite at a time. I find these stories and pictures to be so inspirational – they help me continue to make good choices in what I chose to consume every day.
The Paleo Rodeo over on Modern Paleo’s blog is also a great read every Friday. They round up interesting stories from the blogosphere and put them all in one handy little place. There is also a huge list of paleo blogs that writers self-submit. Two years ago it would have been feasible to view all the blogs in the list…but as the movement has grown, so has the list! No, you won’t find me on the list…yet. One of these days I will have the nerve to do so – maybe when I come up with a particularly good recipe and document it!
Another blog I like to read these days is The Paleo Mom. Sarah is funny and smart, with a scienc-y PhD, so she likes to approach paleo from a technical aspect – but then gets into the touchy-feely stuff about the effects of the changes on her family. So it appeals to both right- and left- brained folks. I also came across PaleoNonPaleo this week after Alison did a guest post on Paleo Parents. Her post was about how paleo had changed their family for the better, in terms of one of her kids’ behavioral issues.
I finished reading Why We Get Fat this week. It was a phenomenal read and caused some significant seismic shifts in my brain about the cause/effect relationship of diet and obesity. I am currently reading Dean Dwyer’s Make Shi(f)t Happen for a change of pace. It appeals to me because it approaches making changes to the mind/body connection like an organizational change, which was my job in a previous life. It’s very positive and inspirational, if that is your gig I definitely recommend it. Personally, I am a bit of a science nerd myself so my favorite books tend to approach this way of life from that perspective.
So there you have it! I still haven’t had much time to putz around in the kitchen like I’d like to, so still nothing new on the recipe front. But the days are getting longer, and I have a grill tank full of propane out back so I can envision a few splendid summer recipes on the horizon!