Paleolithic Poop and Carbs

 I've been listening to a little bit of the Paleo Summit and today I listened to Nora Gedgauda's presentation on "safe" starches. You can still catch it for another hour or so I think, but let's just say it wasn't my favorite presentation in the world. 

Cross-Cultural Leptin Collection

 A couple of months ago I tangled with Dr. Rosedale, a prominent low-carb advocate who was talking about how his diet is better than the Kitavan diet at improving markers of longevity, like lowering leptin levels. It's kind of hard to refute that since there is no study utilizing the Kitavan diet in non-Kitavans and seeing how it improves leptin levels that I know of, but it made me curious to see some cross-cultural data on Leptin. I collected an assortment of things, just for fun (let me know in the comments if you have any interesting data I should add):

Paleolithic Post-Modernist Cuisine

 This week I spent almost my entire food budget for the month on one meal and it was completely worth it even if it means I have to eat just ground beef from my dad's farm for the rest of the time. 

My Teeny Tiny Crib: Kitchen and standing desk hacks

Since late last year, I've been working from home. I live in a studio apartment, which is because I prefer having more money for food and travel, rather than more space I have to clean and pay for. Sometimes I wish I had a big place so I could have supper clubs, but I know I'd only use it about once a month anyway.

Either way, I constructed a standing desk out of random laptop stands, which was pretty easy since I'm about five feet tall. If I were taller I would have to adjust the actual IKEA desk, which the manual informs me that I should not attempt alone

Incredible Meals I've Eaten

 Dr. Lustig's recent moralistic tirade on how we are all so fat and unhappy because are trying to get pleasure from food reminded me of exactly why I love food. For me, gaining a better relationship with food meant learning to enjoy it as an experience rather than just a rote vaguely pleasurable activity.

What the bleep do we know about carbs?

I realized something hilarious today. Dr. Jack Kruse is the What the Bleep Do We Know? of Paleo. You know, that pretentious movie about "quantum physics" that was actually woo dressed up in scienecy language? Here is a fun game, which quotes is from Dr. Jack Kruse and which is from What the Bleep Do We Know?

Why Women Need Fat

I read an advanced copy of Why Women Need Fat when I was moving and because things were so hectic, I didn't have time to review it before it was released. I haven't heard that much about it though, except for this interesting interview with one of the authors in Salon. It's co-authored by Dr. William D. Lassek and anthropologist Steven Gaulin. 

Minimalist Hair Care Tips

 I wish someone had told me in high school that I didn't have to get up at 6 AM every morning to fuss with my hair in order to get a sleek smooth look. Turns out that the natural oil most American women shampoo out of their hair every day has a function. In its proper place, it keeps hair healthy and shiny. The fact that nearly every shampoo and conditioner in the drugstore is for "dry hair" seems to point to that being an issue for many women.

The Invisible Woman

 A couple of days ago, a feminist site posted a quick little rant that used Erwan Le Corre as a segue to talk about how this whole "paleo" trend was promoting some hyper-patriarchal masculine past, comparing it to the modern Republican conservatism.

Lard, it's like, so backwards and stuff

 Maybe because I just moved from NYC to Chicago, I was a little insulted by this little rant the New York Times published on the horrible life of a vegetarian in the Midwest. Of course, she lumps the entire Midwest into her rant, even though it seems the author has only lived in one Midwestern city, which is Kansas City.