Sunday, May 27, 2012

Primal Eating

I started reading a new book, "The Primal Blueprint" by Mark Sisson. I've been following his blog Mark's Daily Apple for a while now. He follows pretty closely in line with the folks at Weston A Price Foundation, which is the standard I come back to for whether we should eat something. Were people eating this 500 years ago and were they rugged and healthy. While the WAPF recommends grains and legumes which are properly prepared (soaked, sprouted, etc), The Primal Blueprint does not. If you are more than 10 lbs overfat, then I would recommend you avoid the until which point you have healthy enough insulin and blood sugar regulation to add them back in moderation.
So you have to give up grains, what do you replace it with? How about meat, chicken and seafood and lots of veggies. I came across an article on oysters and their nutritional content as well as a recipe for lemon granita. It's basically lemon juice, salt, pepper and diced red onion. A spoonful on top of a raw oyster and bingo you have a delicious snack. I say snack because oysters are so nutritionally dense and low in calories. Below are the nutrition facts for the 3 I just had.

As you can see, loaded with Zinc, Selenium, B12, and Vit D all with only 30 kcals. Zinc status is very low in this country and zinc plays a vital role in sugar metabolism via insulin. It is also required for optimal levels of testosterone in men and progesterone in women. Both hormones keep estrogen from becoming over-dominant. Men think man boobs, women think PMS and both think increased cancer risk. This is my 4th time having oysters, the first 2 I had them on a saltine and kinda choked them down. But I am willing to try about anything if it's good for me. The past two times I used the granita and I really enjoy them now. I even chew them and slurp the brine.