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Day #6: PaleoCon (Gabi Lewis & Greg Sewitz: eating insects, Elana Amsterdam: Natural MS treatment)

Saturday, February 01, 2014

G'Morning, SPARKlers!

Wanted to get this up before I had to fly off and be a soccer/dance mom (NOT that kind of dance mom, LOL... my kid is too real and too '9' for that to happen)... my awesome Mr. needs to put in some extra time at work this weekend, so it's just us girls over here... which has its FUN and challenges, LOL!

I'm getting some listening done, but unfortunately I won't get any notes typed up until after the weekend, so even if you miss the talks, I've provided some other relevant resources that fill out the topic for you... some really cool and challenging ideas today! Bugs for breakfast anyone?

Shocking factoid for today: "Italy has the highest incidence of Celiac Disease of anywhere in the world (still sure that grain/pasta isn't hurting you?)!"

Have a great day, and if you're watching at all, tell me what you think!

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May you find peace within and all around you. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith and desire... a desire which even itself issues from God. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May you answer your call and use those gifts that you have received to pass on the love that has been given to you. May the presence of God settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love beyond your wildest imagination. May you be overwhelmed by the grace of God as it simply "overtakes" you moment by moment... rather than being overwhelmed by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

Listen to the following talks HERE: paleocon.com/event/
(each set of talks is available for 24 hours)

Julie Foucher
Foucher on Crossfit, Paleo, Med School, and Women In Sports
♦ Secrets from Julies training training for the 2014 CrossFit Games
♦ How to eat Paleo for performance
♦ Body image and women in sports

• What Is Your Inner Athlete?

• 10 Rules for Becoming an Ancestral Athlete

• Can You Be an Endurance Athlete and Primal?

Gabi Lewis & Greg Sewitz
"Turns out insect protein is incredibly good for you. And it ALSO turns out it doesn't have to, well, taste like insects. In this interview, John speaks with the the founders of Exo.Co, a company that is in the process of creating protein bars made with cricket flour."
Insects: The Future of Protein?
♦ The stunning nutrient profile of cricket flour
♦ How insect protein could revolutionize the food system
♦ How to deal with the psychological aversion to eating insects

Ramona here: they are NOT as crazy as they sound (...and their protein bars look SO good!) Not an actual bug in sight... they use cricket flour.

I gotta admit - and this is even though food challenges on Survivor have me running from the room - I am really curious about meal worms... for some stupid reason, they actually look good to me, LOL We were watching a movie with the Divine Miss O last weekend, and the little girl and her Dad were making a stir fry with the most wonderful veggies and meal worms, and I was intrigued. If I could find a package at the grocery store, I'd cook them!

My Dad raised us with the philosophy (on the rare occasions that we questioned what was on the table), "someone in the word eats this and doesn't die, you can too!" LOL! Anyone feeling sorry for my kid, yet?

• Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security

• Future of meat: edible bugs as cheap, low waste, homegrown protein

• UN study suggests insects as the protein of the future

• Top Ten Reasons To Eat Insects (REALLY!)

10. Most edible insect species are highly nutritious.

9. It is up to 20 times more efficient to raise insect protein than beef. That’s per pound. This is mainly because bugs don’t ‘waste’ food energy on things like raising their body temperature, or making bones, fur, feathers, and other stuff we can’t eat.

8. Also, it takes less water to raise insects — much, much less: up to 1000 times less.

7. You are probably already doing it, as the FDA allows a certain amount of insect matter to be present in most commercial foods: an average of 150 or more insect fragments are allowed per 100 grams of wheat flour, for instance — that’s a lot of bug!

6. Most cultures in the world not only eat insects, but in many cases find them to be a delicacy.

5. If insects themselves were deemed a food crop, imagine how much we could cut down on pesticide use, and its associated environmental damage.

4. Many insects are tasty: some larvae taste like bacon. Who doesn’t like bacon?

3. Many animal rights activists often won’t get up in arms over eating bugs, as they are already exterminated on a daily basis (the bugs, not the activists).

2. Insects may be the food of the future, as scientists are researching their potential as a space food crop.

And the number one reason to eat insects is…

1. Insects are a great, inexpensive, green source of the protein desperately needed by starving peoples. If we can help create a market and funding for it, there is the potential to help spread nourishment throughout the planet.

So, what do YOU think?

Elana Amsterdam
Grain-free Cooking For The Whole Family
♦ How to help your family transition to grain-free easily
♦ Dealing with social situations, peers, and schools – for you and your kids
♦ Elana’s Essential cooking tools & time-saving tips for gourmet grain-free meals

Ramona here: Elana herself has Celiac Disease and MS... and she is using nutrition to manage/heal both (and looking at her you would never know that she is has debilititing illness to manage)... so she has run the gammut from diagnosis, focussing on gluten-free, realizing that it wasn't enough for true wellness, and then starting her own beautifully compassionate insistent revolution!

Her website is BEAUTIFUL, informative, helpful and an all-around great resource. Check it out! This interview is WONDERFUL!

• Natural Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

Christian Page
Interview With Executive Chef Christian Page
Lamb Roasting 101
♦ about roasting lamb
♦ sourcing organic ingredients,
♦ cooking oils
♦ so much more

Ramona here: This lamb looks OMG! delicious! Christian Page also does a really good job of of placing meat inot context of an Ancestral nutritional plan. Good intereview!

Some really great stuff HERE, too:
•17 Professional Cooking Tips From The Top Kitchens In Paleo

My faves:

"Here’s what you do: Put two large servings of frozen vegetables in a microwaveable container then dot them with coconut oil or ghee. Add a good shake of garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then toss in microwaveable protein (grilled chicken, frozen cooked shrimp, browned ground beef, leftover steak or roast pork), cram on the lid, and shove the container your bag. At lunchtime, microwave the whole shebang for three minutes, and voila! instant lunch with no real cooking time. It’s not a 4-star Michelin experience, but we all need to eat, like, 28 times a week, so a few of those meals can be “good enough.”"

"Whatever you are making, make more. Whether it is baking 3 sweet potatoes rather than 1, making double of a recipe and freezing half, or just peeling multiple carrots and putting some in the fridge, this will make your life SO much easier."

"Use what you have and keep experimenting until you figure out what works good together. The more you cook the better you get."

"If you give yourself permission to eat very simply and not feel like you have to slave over every meal, you’re more likely to stick within the parameters of this way of eating."

OVERVIEW & Register for the whole event here:

Over 25 renowned experts—including best-selling authors, nutritionists, doctors, sought-after chefs, olympic athletes, and more to guide you through the most effective and practical implementation of the Paleo diet & Paleo lifestyle…

...And it’s ALL FREE.

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    I was unimpressed today. I think that Julie Foucher would be far more interesting in print. She's not such a dynamic personality. I liked the lamb roasting interview. I skipped the cricket one, I JUST started being able to ingest venison for thoughts of what it is! I skipped Elena as well as I don't have kids and her recipes and website are always around.
    1479 days ago
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    Have a great weekend Ramona, are you and Miss O doing anything special?
    1480 days ago
    Sorry, can't imagine voluntarily eating insects emoticon
    Love Elana's website. I think I'm gonna try her mango salsa emoticon
    1480 days ago
    Let's crush February Ramona! Here we go! Big hugs!

    1480 days ago
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