HISTORYRUNNER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HISTORYRUNNER HISTORYRUNNER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Back after a break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823619 Happy to report back to Spark after an extended break ... I spent the past number of months getting into the world of Facebook. Lots of fun there, but I have decided I'm capable of and interested in pursuing two major on-line forums, esp. given Spark's focus on cultivating a healthy lifestyle. Look forward catching up on what's been going on and learning from you all. Happy Thanksgiving! Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:37:58 EST Two primal celebratory meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589709 Within this past week I enjoyed two celebratory meals - my 25th anniversary <BR> (! <em>334</em> ) dinner, and lunch with my student who just completed his PhD. Both were delicious and healthy. It helps that gluten-free options are becoming a standard part of some restaurants here. Since I live in small-town/rural E. Washington, if it's happening here I assume this is indeed becoming a common option around the country. <BR> <BR> Anniversary: here is the link to the menu: <BR> <li... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:39:53 EST Primal start to 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578770 I -- better said, my whole family -- made a strong nutritional start to the new year. I should note that we didn't go out to any New Years Eve parties so we avoided the temptation of festive junk food. Stayed up watching "Dr. Who" videos with my teen daughter and watching the crowds in Times Square and thinking, "Man, that is way too many people for me!" <BR> <BR> Anyhow, here's how we greeted 2014: <BR> Breakfast: homemade yoghurt from raw milk with apples, nuts, and sunflower seeds. Ha... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 23:31:23 EST We make the journey alone -- together. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573480 I just read an article in "Trail Runner" magazine by a woman who did an amazing "fastpacking" trip around Lake Tahoe last July 4 week - 170 miles in 6 days (!!!) <em>40</em> She did it solo but interacted with a few people at key points along the way who helped her (often unknowingly) to keep her spirits up. This was essential for her to be able to keep going and complete her quest. <BR> <BR> She was reflecting on this toward the end of the adventure and came up with beautiful thought: ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 01:38:34 EST 5.0 in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569631 Yesterday I got the results back from a blood test I had done. My hemoglobin A1C (blood sugar) level was 5.7, up from 5.6 a year ago, and putting me officially in the "pre-diabetic" range. I'm obviously not pleased by this. On the other hand, the other results were excellent: <BR> - C-reactive protein 0.33 <BR> - Vitamin D 44.7 <BR> - Insulin 5.0 <BR> - TSH 1.410 <BR> - Cholesterol (total) 202 (LDL/HDL ratio = 1.2; LDL = 102, VLDL = 12; Triglycerides = 59, HDL = 88) <BR> <BR> So my goal i... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 01:55:51 EST "Primal Mocha" (thanks to Mark Sisson) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564590 I came across this idea for a nice winter treat on Mark Sisson's website, "Mark's Daily Apple" - here is the link: <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-paleo<BR>-mocha/#axzz2nR0Mp8UW </link> <BR> <BR> It made for an excellent start to the day, and I imagine it will end some of my nights equally well. Check it out! <em>91</em> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:40:27 EST Passing up those holiday goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558802 Well, 'tis the season. This past week my office has had cookies and pie free for the taking. I'm either too busy to look a second time, or making progress over the past year-plus in just not considering them. For that I am very thankful. Also, each time I pass up the pastries it builds the habit and it becomes easier. I do keep a supply of nuts and raisins, as well as cheese sticks, in my private office to ward off hunger pangs. <BR> <BR> I'm curious: How do your workplaces look regard... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 01:52:42 EST Back to running - looking for some good events in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554726 Today I ran a simple four-mile road-run. There was a strong wind on the uphill stretch so I got a good workout before being blown back into town! <BR> <BR> This is actually the third run I've managed to string together in a week, so I am getting back on track, so to speak. I'd actually stopped running from July on due to a double hernia that required surgery in late August. Between recovery time and a too full workload I didn't run until early November, although I was doing strength train... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 01:51:12 EST Simple and good Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552540 Enjoyed a Thanksgiving at home and with the family. We had sunshine so we took advantage and walked dogs and horse, did a little on-line shopping to take advantage of the Thanksgiving sales (was it for this that the pilgrims sailed? <em>40</em> ), and I wrote email notes of appreciation to colleagues in my workplace. <BR> <BR> Paleo Thanksgiving dinner: roast turkey breast, sauteed green beans, mashed cauliflower, grain-free stuffing, and pumpkin pie with a nut-flour crust. All but the... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 01:56:04 EST Becoming used to becoming middle aged? Ruminations on my trail run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375100 I ran a 10-K trail run this morning on our local E. Idaho "mountain." It was a great experience - temps in the 50s, wildflower season, running up and around woods and maintaining reasonable form and pace (finished in 1:00:29). This drew a good crowd, 3 dozen people - interestingly at least 60% women, I'd guess, showing the evolving demographics of trail running - and was a fine start to the day and the weekend. <BR> <BR> Later I shared with my wife that I was probably the oldest person t... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 22:43:00 EST Eight-mile trail run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353680 I had fun today! An eight-mile trail run by Liberty Lake (WA), just across the Idaho border. Beautiful trail (woods, waterfalls), weather, and a well-organized, hospitable, and laid-back event. I am definitely into trail running now - challenging, great scenery, fun! <BR> <BR> I was pleased to place 14th overall out of 71 participants; ninth male of 31 overall, and second in my age group (50-59) with a time of 1:19:26 - right around a 9:56/mile pace. <BR> <BR> Too late tonight to provi... Sun, 12 May 2013 02:28:14 EST Grappling with Boston (and Newtown) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330243 Like most of you, I'm sure, I've been following this past week's drama in Boston with intense interest. I think that because I've been doing some distance running in the past few years, and can claim at least a degree of relationship to the family of runners, with some understanding of what the process of training for and setting out to do a long race means, that the bombing of the Boston Marathon hit me much more directly than it would have before. <BR> <BR> It also struck me that the la... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 02:17:41 EST New life Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306331 Today is Easter Sunday, and this year it really sneaked up on me - or more truthfully, I was so (too) preoccupied by work deadlines that I didn't really pay attention until "suddenly, it was Easter!" <BR> <BR> Still, I've had some time to process and focus a bit - working quietly on preparing a garden on a sunny Saturday was a well-timed break. So here are a few thoughts. <BR> <BR> For those of the Christian faith, like I am, Easter of course means new life in a deep spiritual sense - Jesu... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:33:23 EST Gawd, I love running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289417 Just had to get this on record. Yesterday I went for a run, and it was one of those where I'd planned a relatively short 4+ miles but wound up going 6+ because it felt so good. A lot of this was because I was soaking in the scenery. It was one of those early spring days where there was sunshine on the wheatfields (rural E. Washington) which are a mix of brown earth, shades of green from the winter wheat coming up, and yellow from the dried grass, against a background mix of blue sky and bi... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 01:18:44 EST "Mashed, baked sardines" - help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289404 Today my daughter had a craving for fish sticks <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So, she tried to make her own: as the subject line promised, mashed up a few tins of sardines (lots of good Omega-3s there), mixed them with some egg and coconut flour, and baked what I'd more accurately call "fish rolls." My, but our kitchen was aromatic. <em>24</em> r <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Didn't taste half-bad; my daughter gave it a "B." <BR> <BR> My question is, does anyone have a good recipe for makin... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 01:00:02 EST Big Sugar still rules in NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284736 And here is more nutrition news - a judge has blocked a planned new law in New York City that would have banned sugar-laden drinks (re. soda pop) in sizes above 16 oz., on administrative and technical grounds. Here is one of many links to the story (and enjoy the slide show about 12 other foods that Mayor Bloomberg could consider banning!): <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/11/ny<BR>c-soda-ban-dismissed-judge-large-sugar<BR>y-drinks_n_2854563.html </link> <BR> <BR> I'm curious abo... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 02:02:21 EST Whole Foods will label GMOs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284505 Hi All -- this just was reported yesterday in a lot of media. In case you missed it, the retail chain "Whole Foods" will require labeling of GMO foods in the USA (where virtually all of its stores are located) by 2018. Here is a link to one of the stories this news generated: <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/08/wh<BR>ole-foods-gmo-labeling-2018_n_2837754.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Here's hoping that this will help tip the balance in the American food culture. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:49:19 EST Half-marathon recovery (question) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271999 Hi again -- I just wanted to note that I'm recovering really fast this time around from yesterday's HM. I was indeed pretty stiff yesterday afternoon and evening and into the early morning. Shortly after breakfast things loosened up well, so that I could do some dog walking without problem. Also took a soak in the therapy pool (warm!) after lunch. <BR> <BR> I should note I ate well to replenish and restore after the race: bratwurst, red cabbage, potato salad and mixed green salad with b... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 00:33:18 EST Half-Marathon Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270134 The Snake River Half Marathon. This was the big day for which I've been training since ... November? December? Something to keep me motivated and running throughout the winter. <BR> <BR> The headline news is that I ran a PR, cutting almost exactly 4 minutes off my time from last year - by my watch I did a 1:49:28. The official time is 1:50:02 but I started at the back of a pack of 700 (registered) entrants and it took +30 seconds to even get to the starting line. So I'll award myself t... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 19:00:16 EST Half-Marathon Prep: 7 mile run, tapering for Saturday 3/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262726 I did my last "distance" run prior to my upcoming HM on Saturday. I went on a new route today to keep it interesting. Originally I'd wanted to go down to the Snake River, where the race will take place, but time and distance (45 min. each way) spoke against it. So instead I ran around the perimeter of the school where I teach. I'm glad I did, new sights, new terrain - some long, gradual hill work (up and down). A few runners out there, enough to feel solidarity, not so many as to feel ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:56:43 EST Half-Marathon Prep: Ran 12 miles, last pre-race long run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254122 OK, you all just read the subject line, so you know I just did a long run. I missed last week's long run due ito being sick, so this was a "must do" run with the HM coming on March 2, two weeks away. <BR> <BR> I ran a down and back on the trail (former RR line) that I described on Super Sunday. Today the outer leg was straight into a headwind I estimate at 15-20 mph. Certainly added to the workout. Did the first 6 miles in 66 minutes. On the return leg I was of course favored by a tail... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:54:03 EST Paleo Valentine's Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252209 We had a good paleo Valentine's Day dinner and no, it was not at a fancy-smanchy (and expensive and crowded) restaurant. The menu was simple - roasted chicken thighs with sauteed spinach and sweet potatoes cooked in coconut oil. Dessert, though, was special, as my daughter lovingly made heart-shaped tarts out of crushed almonds and hemp seed, covered them with cream cheese, and topped with blueberries and strawberries. Very-berry good! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 01:18:38 EST Half-Marathon Prep: Slept 11 hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245248 In my last blog I whined about how I was getting sick and joked that instead of my scheduled 11-mile run I ought to sleep for 11 hours. <BR> <BR> It turns out I did just that last night/this morning (plus two naps during the day Saturday). It did wonders. Yesterday I had an achy head and periodic chills. Went out and ate hot & sour soup for dinner - right on target! - and then retired while the movie "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises" echoed from downstairs (teen daughter was determined to ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:22:43 EST Half-Marathon Prep: Too sick to run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243489 My training just got sidetracked by the bug that's floating around. My daughter went to a sleepover last weekend and bingo, two days later she was sick. (Life lesson to be drawn from this: prohibit daughter from socializing until she is 30...). Followed in order by my wife, and now me. While this makes for a cozy shared family experience, it's not so good for things like working efficiently, or sleeping, or exercising. I somehow don't think I will do my scheduled 11 mile run on Sunday.... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 00:45:49 EST Half-Marathon Prep: Super Sunday Run plus good eatin' watching the game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236488 Four weeks minus a day until my half-marathon: 27 days. 27 Yikes! <BR> <BR> So, I ran a total of one (1!!!) mile during the workweek due to a string of early morning meetings. Not good. But I decided I would still continue with my plan to increase my long runs a mile per week until I reach 12 miles, then taper off. So today was my 10 mile day. <BR> <BR> I changed routes this week to keep things fresh and went on a trail built over a former railroad line. It attracts a lot of bikers, ... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 00:58:11 EST Half-Marathon Prep: "FEB"or "FEF?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226336 Five weeks to go and I am on schedule with my long runs. Today was my nine-mile run. Weather was grey, low 30s, and a headwind for the first half. I can't say the view was inspiring this time, but it was interesting to see the low-hanging clouds around the hills. Didn't feel as sharp as last week, maybe because I was woken early by a dog after staying up later than usual (fun time - dinner and ice skating with friends on the spur). But, I still felt good enough that it was an enjoyable r... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:48:36 EST The Battle vs. Obesity just got a lot bigger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225592 Good Sunday Morning All -- <BR> And what a cheery headline I found in my paper today but the following: "Global Obesity Rates Rising" by Jim Landers of the Dallas Morning News. Here is the link to the article - I urge you to read it, it will take you only a few minutes and shows some terrible, although not altogether surprising, trends at a global level: <link>thedailyworld.com/sections/newswire/<BR>nation-world/obesity-and-its-consequen<BR>ces-spreading-rapidly-around-world.html </li... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:52:27 EST Half-Marathon Prep: Sunny Sunday Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215984 Six weeks to go until my half-marathon. My goal is to increase the length of my long runs by a mile a week for the next four weeks. Today was my scheduled 8-mile run, which I did in 85 minutes. <BR> <BR> Weather conditions were great - sunny, clear skies, and warmer than last week, in the mid-30s. Even though I didn't get a lot of miles in over the workweek - maybe three on the treadmill?! - I felt stronger and smoother, especially on the back stretch. I have been working on strength a... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:25:11 EST Half-Marathon Prep: Snowy Sunday Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205732 I'm training for a half-marathon that will take place along the Snake River in E. Washington on March 2 - just under 7 weeks away (yikes!). I'm a bit behind my training at this point last year. The weather over the holidays was difficult for outdoor running, so while I got in some treadmill sessions and maintained my strength training, I didn't get in many long runs. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to reverse this pattern. My previous long run was 6 miles, so I decided to do 7 miles today. I ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 21:27:57 EST Simple tasty egg dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201415 My wife created (as promised in the title) a new simple, tasty egg dinner that I thought I would share if anyone else is looking for ... simple tasty egg recipes. <BR> <BR> Basically an mushroom omelet (crimini mushrooms, organic eggs) covered with white cheddar cheese and cilantro. Some dry herbs to taste. A glass of merlot on the side. Wonderful! <em>4</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 23:45:50 EST A primal anniversary feast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198022 Yesterday (Jan. 7) I had the privilege of celebrating my 24th wedding anniversary. Like 24 years ago it snowed heavily overnight, meaning I spent part of the celebration digging out our cars and clearing paths. For sure, if we'd been rational about it we would have simply waited until Spring for good weather to get married. But who said love is rational? <BR> <BR> Anyhow ... we did have a good walk with our pack of dogs, who raced around the snowy fields. We had bacon and eggs for brunch... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 00:24:24 EST Paleo Diet Day 50: GF anniversary, New Year's Run, and final installment of series http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184901 2013 opened cold and grey in E. Washington. After staying up late last night to share the New Year's celebrations with 1 million of our closest friends in Times Square, a bacon & eggs & coffee breakfast worked wonders. <BR> <BR> This was quite the day as it marks the one-year anniversary of going gluten-free. I have not been perfect but I'd put my "performance" at @95%. I am very grateful for having made this decision as I know from both feeling and my physical exam/blood test that this ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:44:48 EST Paleo Diet Day 49: Working out and a home-style New Year's Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182986 Today I decided to end the old year with determination and perseverance, in order to set good patterns for the coming year. I moved ahead in my workout program with an hour-long strength training session. I really want to add some muscle mass and solidify my core this year. I'm working mostly with free weights. I enjoy the workouts, and I find the strength training complements my running nicely. <BR> <BR> We declined an invitation to a New Year's Eve party, in part because the roads are ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 23:44:54 EST Paleo Diet Day 48: Cleanin', runnin', A good eatin' day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181640 Today I suppose I started to prepare for the New Year by cleaning up my study, dropping stuff off at the thrift store, recycling, returning library books and pre-positioning snacks at my office, much like Antarctic expeditions cached supplies for their trek. Yesterday I deleted lots of old email (too many to name, like the grains of sand on the beach ...). I also framed some Van Gogh art prints I'd ordered last year (!) and now they're ready to go up on the wall. Later I took the Grete Wai... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:54:14 EST Paleo Diet Day 47: Holiday Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180478 Today was cold and covered with a biting fog for much of the time. Perfect conditions for a small get-together of friends/colleagues, eight of us. It was a warm and relaxing couple of hours. Our hosts were aware of the various different diets going on in our family - gluten-free, wife on low-carb - and made a good-faith effort to accommodate. We brought a green salad (mushrooms, tomatoes, green onions, avocados, celery as ingredients with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing). The ma... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:19:54 EST Paleo Diet Day 46: More motivation to be strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179450 Today went by quickly. This being my break from school I had the luxury of spending more time in the gym so I could do a strength workout without rushing to get to work. My primary exercise is running but I'm conscious that many runners neglect to build their muscle mass and core. I'm working esp. on shoulder, chest, back, and core muscles to help keep strong form over longer distances. Then this afternoon I went to the doctor and got the good news that two moles that were removed last we... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 01:24:24 EST Paleo Diet Day 45: Unexpected trip to the dentist did not deter good meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178293 Today started with a bang, or rather, a break, as I felt something hard in my breakfast yoghurt and found half a tooth! Fortunately my dentist was going into the office on an errand. So I got the edges rounded off and the filling remnants sealed in, and an appointment for a crown in the new year. Good thing it didn't hurt at all. <BR> <BR> Worked out some of my frustration with a 2.5 mile run on the treadmill. Went home, took care of rabbits, ducks, and dogs, and then treated myself t... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:02:57 EST Paleo Diet Day 44: Christmas, Day 2: Hobbits, Dwarves, Rich Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177262 My wife is originally from Germany, and the Germans have the civilized custom of celebrating two days of Christmas. So today was "Day 2." Our celebration consisted of sleeping in a bit, having bacon & eggs for breakfast, my daughter using some of her petsitting money to prop up the US economy by purchasing clothing on-line, and then going to see the movie "The Hobbit." Recall that we prepared for this by her reading the book and seeing "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy the weekend before Chri... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 01:02:44 EST Paleo Diet Day 43: Had Myself a Merry Little Christmas ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176263 This was one of the best Christmas celebrations I can remember in recent years. <BR> <BR> We talked with both sets of relatives (Pennsylvania, Germany - from WA state) for about an hour each via Skype - what a blessing that invention is! So I felt nicely caught up with family without having to travel farther than from my couch to the kitchen table. <BR> <BR> In between we exchanged the presents we had found for one another. This year we seem to have scored exceptionally well in finding ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 01:43:49 EST Paleo Diet Day 42 (six weeks!): Christmas Eve!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175596 We had a snowy and white (ish - turned mushy in the streets) Christmas Eve. Spent the day at home - shoveling (lots), walking dogs in the wheatfields (a family tradition), cleaning up, and cooking. For Xmas Eve dinner I made hamburgers (bunless of course) seasoned with sea salt and tumeric, along with a mix of fried onions and mushrooms, plus organic spring mix and baby spinach pre-made salad with balsamic vinegar and half a sweet potato. <BR> <BR> After dinner we opened presents from my f... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 01:45:10 EST Paleo Diet Day 41: Running, shopping, football, good wishes to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174873 I'm finally taking time off from work - mentally as well as physically - and had a really good Sunday. Sunday is my day off in the family (Saturday is my daughter's, Mondays belong to my wife) so I felt a bit spoiled. Had breakfast cooked for me (eggs, coffee, apple). Started by running 45 minutes outdoors - temps were in the mid-30s, clear skies, even some sunshine. I ran a back road with not another person or car the whole time, just a few hawk overhead and the sound of some coyote pups ... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 01:48:30 EST Paleo Diet Day 40: Lots of eggs, some fun pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174116 I've now gone the same number of days on this paleo journey as Jesus spent in the desert after his baptism, except I think I ate better than he did. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> As today's subtitle promised: I ate a lot of eggs today. Bacon and eggs this morning (with raw milk yoghurt and half an avacado, and a gorgeous pear); eggs with kale and mushrooms for dinner, with a touch of dark chocolate to top it off (good with red wine). These are our own duck and chicken eggs, so I guess I was ea... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 01:11:59 EST Paleo Diet Day 39: I decided I'm worth a steak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173391 Lots of dining out today: Took the office staff out to breakfast - some of the best money I've spent in a long time, to judge by the festive mood. One of the staffers, my "right hand man," got the news he was a grandpa for the second time just before he arrived, so the joy was especially heightened. To eat I went with a "Hungarian goulash" was a mix of meat, potatoes, four eggs, and cheese. Had a fruit bowl on the side instead of the usual pancakes, etc. I have not been eating potatoes m... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 01:41:57 EST Paleo Diet Day 38: Food to ward off the darkness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172499 As you all know, tomorrow (Dec 21) marks the shortest day of the year -- really short, if the Mayan prophecy turns out correct, but let's assume not for working purposes - and man, does it get dark early here (4:30! <em>39</em> ). So I am cherishing our paleo dinners,esp., as a way to help cheer up the communal spirits. I'm sure this has been going on since the real paleo people were munching roast mastodon around their cave fires and waiting for daylight, so this thought is very, very de... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 23:49:52 EST Paleo Diet Day 37: Beyond sardines and carrots ... and chocolate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171588 As one of my regular blog readers pointed out, it doesn't look like I always eat enough. And in fact, during the day I often don't eat a lot, or enough, because ... because I don't want to eat too much before I work out in the morning. Because I'm busy at noon and in the afternoon. Because preparing a sizable breakfast or lunch would be too much bother. All true, but not valid excuses. <BR> <BR> So today I moved up from sardines and carrots (!!! <em>40</em> <em>198</em> ) and became... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:00:27 EST Paleo Diet Day 36: Were Hobbits Paleo dieters? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170660 My daughter, who just read "The Hobbit," reminded me that hobbits like to have two breakfasts, preferably bacon and eggs. She liked this idea so much she did it herself today (we home school and she trains for swimming so she has a healthy appetite). So the question must be posed ... did hobbits eat paleo? Do we have records of the incidence of diabetes, coronary disease, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, etc. among the hobbit population? Was the "Dark Lord" Monsanto (and if so, ha... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:41:39 EST Paleo Diet Day 35: Passed the restaurant test & Lord of the Rings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5169998 I didn't have time to blog yesterday since I spent the evening watching Part III of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. You may remember it from back in 2003 (!) - it was over 3 hours long! My daughter (teen) just discovered the film trilogy after she read "The Hobbit" in preparation for the new film. So she watched Pts 1 & 2 Saturday and we finished it off last night ... back in Middle Earth mentality! Wow! So much to remember and rethink. <BR> <BR> But ... today's task is to talk about w... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 10:12:48 EST My attempt to honor the Newtown, CT victims http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168974 This does not deal directly with diet and health; on the other hand, it does. <BR> <BR> I'll keep this short, since words are really inadequate. I am a history teacher, a parent, and a human being. I've been very touched and saddened by the Newtown shootings. Truly it was a slaughter of the innocents, one that tore at the heart of so many families, a community, and this nation. <BR> <BR> I have decided that my own way to honor the victims will be to take their memory to fuel my passion ... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:36:30 EST Paleo Diet Day 34: Hello (again) dairy & new book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168647 It felt and tasted very good to add raw-milk cream to my coffee this morning. Ahhh. <em>41</em> Same for when I had a nice glass of milk with almonds for an afternoon snack. So far no hives, bloating, or memory lapses. Let's hope this works. <BR> <BR> Thanks to a post from Houndlover1 I found out about a good looking new book, "The Great Cholesterol Myth" by Drs. Johnny Bowden and Stephen Sinatra. It came out in November and costs $11.50 on Amazon. They showed up on the Dr. Oz sh... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:18:56 EST Paleo Diet Day 33: A new dish and raw milk (anyone else?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167801 For the experienced cooks and Paleo People out there my "new dish" will sound pretty elementary, but I'm still pleased to be building my repertoire. I took two chicken breasts, cut them into stir-fry sized pieces, cooked them in olive oil (we usually use coconut oil but I was too lazy to refill the container). Seasoned with Jamaican Allspice and tumeric. Added a package of frozen broccoli and half a pack of frozen sweet potatoes. Cooked all together, added a bit of water and let steam f... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 03:10:34 EST