My Walk on the Wild Side

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I live in a city like many other cities; it has fantastic restaurants, lots of green space, great shopping and a laid back and friendly culture.  My city is a beautiful place where you can smell the sea air and look at snow capped mountains.

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Unfortunately like all cities, it has its chaotic side; car accidents, crime, and poverty among other things.

Today is a beautiful sunny day.  I am at work and feeling sleepy, so I decide to get some “outside” time along with some walking (a.k.a. “fat burning”) time.  As I am walking, I notice that the street has been blocked off.  I am overwhelmed with curiosity and apprehension.

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I start to imagine different scenarios. Is it a shooting? An accident? Some kind of “police incident”? No way to know because they aren’t letting anyone through, so I detour to the next block, thinking sadly that I will never find out.

Then I pass by an alley that has been blocked off and realize it is the same alley where the “incident” occurred. Apprehension builds as I realize I am going to finally see what is going on.

What I see is that a garbage truck has knocked over a power pole while driving in to the alley. Given the size of the truck and the smallness of the alley I am not surprised that this has happened; I am actually more surprised I have never seen this before.  I stand and stare for awhile, waiting for something to happen, but all is quiet at the other end so I continue on my way.

When I get back to the office I decide to see if this accident has been reported (Is the driver okay?  How did it happen?) so I Google “Garbage truck hit power pole” and look eagerly for recent news. To my surprise, I find nothing on this incident but do find pages of news reports of garbage trucks hitting power poles.

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According to Google, it is actually common practice for garbage trucks to go around hitting power poles. Huh?  How is it that I had never heard of this?  I started watching videos and looking at pictures of garbage trucks in dire situations, including this poor fellow who knocked down power lines and set the garbage in the back on fire.  Scary!

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I had no idea picking up garbage was such a dangerous job!

I would like to give my thanks to Google for enlightening me on this unfortunate trend, and to thank all of our brave garbage truck drivers for their continued service despite the dangers of driving garbage trucks.  I will never forget when I see a garbage truck in the future just how much you do for us.

Merry

My beautiful new workstation!

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I got a new workstation! Normally I wouldn’t post about getting new furniture but this is really special … Made just for me by my dad, carefully and perfectly measured, cut, sanded and varnished with as my dad puts it, blood sweat and tears and best of all…. Love. It is literally the best and most meaningful present I have ever received. 

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Thanks for the present Dad… Clearly that creative gene runs in the family!

Is Wheat Addictive?

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As I was messing around with my blog today, I realized that it was pretty heavily weighted to my posts on fashion and style.  While I do love fashion and style and of course my own jewelry ;), I love many other things as well, including health and nutrition.  Mark Sisson, author of the blog called Mark’s Daily Apple and the book “The Primal Blueprint”, posted a blog today called Is Wheat Addictive?. This topic  is something near and dear to my heart, something I have struggled with since letting go of grains… my absolute addiction to bread and pasta.

I love the taste, texture, and feeling I get of satiety as I chow down on a big piece of sourdough bread slathered in butter; I DO NOT love what happens within hours of eating that stuff, but that’s a story for another day. When I gave up eating grains, bread and pasta was the hardest thing for me to let go, and I still find that when I am confronted with bread I start to drool like my 16 year old cat.

Back to Mark’s blog… apparently it isn’t chemically addictive, but we all know how attached we can get emotionally to that floury goodness.  For me it requires a big commitment and a lot of healthy substitutes to let go of wheat products, and now that it has been awhile, I don’t miss them nearly as much as I did.  There are lot’s of great Paleo and Primal recipes out there that we can use to nourish ourselves and make the withdrawal from wheat products less painful.

Stay tuned for more posts on the topic of bread/Paleo/nutrition, and happy reading!

 

 

 

What is Primal? – The 80/20 Rule

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Hi Readers!

Today I wanted to write my second post in the series on the Primal life.  Yesterday I briefly (and I mean briefly… have you seen all the information out there??) summarized the Primal Blueprint; today, I want to talk about the 80/20 rule.

I had coffee with a friend today who has decided to explore the Primal/Paleo lifestyle.  To me that’s pretty cool, because I have been trying to convince my friends and family to participate since I started, with only moderate success; it seems most people are pretty skeptical that such a lifestyle is as good as people say it is, and you know what?  That is totally understandable; conventional wisdom has been preaching the opposite for so long it is natural that people WOULD be skeptical.   My goal is not to convince people that it is a good idea without allowing them to use critical thinking; in fact, I always say I am not an expert and that people should do their own research on the topic to see if they agree.

Back to the 80/20 rule.  There are many many diets out in the world today, including the standard conventional wisdom; eat less calories than you burn, and you will lose fat.  For me this either meant starving myself or exercising so much I had no time for living life to compensate for the calories I took in. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was never good at sticking to such a strict regimen for any length of time; usually after 6 weeks I was either bored, starving, binging, injured, or something else that brought my plan screaming to a halt.

Enter the Primal lifestyle; whether it be eating, exercising, playing, or just plain living…. the 80/20 rule allows us to be human beings without getting discouraged and feeling shame that we failed.  Everyone has their own interpretation of the rule; for me it means I get to have bread once in awhile, indulge in 80% dark chocolate, have my french press made coffee in the morning, or even have dessert on a special occasion.  The 80/20 rule in activity means I can skip a workout and not feel horrible guilt, but instead feel like I am taking care of my body and resting.

I truly believe in being Primal, and I know that 80% of the time I AM.  The 20% gives me the opportunity to live and not feel deprived or like I am missing anything.  As a result of being 80/20 and not feeling guilt about the 20, I have managed to stay Primal for the last 7 months, and loved every minute of it.

For Mark Sisson’s (PB author). take on the 80/20 principle, check out the following link: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/8020-principle/

What is Primal?

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Hi Readers!

If you read my About page, you saw that I am “Primal”.  Some of you might have heard of the Primal lifestyle, but others are probably thinking “what the heck is that??”

What I know about Primal comes from “The Primal Blueprint”, written by Mark Sisson, one of the leaders of the primal/paleo community.  He also has a blog called “Marks Daily Apple”…I highly recommend it as a great source of information about how to be primal in today’s world.

The PB outlines how we can be healthy, super fit and strong, and enjoy life.  Mark Sisson breaks it down on his blog in the “Definitive Guide: The Primal Blueprint” into the following components:

  • Eat lots of animals, insects (eww) and plants
  • Move frequently at a slow pace
  • Lift heavy things
  • Run really fast
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Play
  • Avoid Trauma
  • Avoid poisonous things
  • Get sunlight each day
  • Use your mind

When I first saw the list, a light bulb went off… and also the words “well duh!” popped into my head.  I mean doesn’t that all make perfect sense?  And it really is that simple.

Of course, when I first heard about it I was sceptical that something so simple could be so good for me… I mean weren’t we always taught the conventional wisdom of calories in vs. calories out?

The PB looks at health and fitness differently by focusing on the theory that fat stores are driven by insulin production rather than excess calories; and fat burning happens with consistent low level exercise, building muscle, occasional sprints, and a diet higher in protein and healthy fats rather than extreme cardio, low fat, low sodium diets.

There are actually many books and scientific journals on this topic; I am far from an expert in this area, however I have done enough reading about it and actually living it to be firmly committed to the concept.

I plan to blog alot more about this topic, so stay tuned for the next in my Primal Musings series!