Holiday Wrap-up, a Recipe Shout-Out, and Some Links

Holiday coma. No, that's not me. I have no idea who that is.

Judging by all the comments in the Paleoverse, everyone has over-indulged this holiday season and is looking forward to getting back in the Paleo groove. My holidays were great, if a bit drawn out. Because my husband was working, I had Xmas eve dinner with my in-laws at their place, then opened gifts the day-of between my husband’s shifts, then a proper dinner on Monday the 26th. We had a prime rib roast cooked to medium-rare perfection with a chanterelle mushroom/red-wine jus, buttered carrots and parsnips, creamed spinach, and some chocolate almond flour cupcakes with vanilla-bourbon whipped cream.

As for my track record, while there were indulgences, I steered clear of any major potholes. No gluten, very little refined sugar, and less alcohol than I would’ve imbibed in the past. I must be learning my lessons well. That being said, I’m looking forward to some straight-and-narrow eating.

The fact is I haven’t been feeling well for a while now. I’ve been waiting to see if I could figure some stuff out before reporting on it. The symptoms kicked in about 1 1/2 months ago, immediately after a mild intestinal bug courtesy of my toddler daughter and probably a half-dozen of her daycare buddies. Nothing has been the same since: bloating, gas, some IBS-type stuff, a few pounds of weight gain, and—get this—acne. This is the first time I’ve had these issues for a prolonged period of time since starting this WOE. The fact that these symptoms travel together, and that my husband has had some of the same issues, leads me to suspect that it may be a result of the intestinal virus. But I can’t quite make that theory make sense to me. But on the other hand, my diet has been a bit tighter due to the lessons I’d learned from my October Whole30. I’ve been consuming far less alcohol and almost no dairy, and yet still having issues. I’m not sure what to do at this point but to really buckle down now that the holidays are over and see if I can’t get this ship to turn around. I feel like if I just sit tight, things will straighten themselves out soon. I guess we’ll see.

I hope you’ll forgive the lack of substance in today’s post. I’ll make it up to you with some links in case you need some reading to rescue you from the nephews running around and shooting their new laser guns or whatever the kids are playing with these days. (Get off my lawn!)

  • Recipe Shout-Out: Stovetop Pork Carnitas. Melissa “Melicious” Joulwan lives up to her nickname with this one. I’ve linked to it before, because I tried the technique for this recipe, but I’d never tried these flavors with it. OMG. Amazingness. We had lettuce wraps with it one night, and the next day it made an amazing salad with pumpkin seeds, avocado, and salsa.
  • Dr. Michael Eades dug up this 8-year-old debate between Michael Fumento and Gary Taubes, wherein Fumento tries to take Taubes down. Fascinating nerd fighting. Start with Fumento’s punch here, then Taubes’s response here. I’m guessing you know with whom my loyalties lie.
  • I’d like someone to please review each of Michael Rose’s 55 Theses and report back to me. Thank you. But in all seriousness, this is a dense, important, and smart blog.
  • Speaking of the 55 Theses blog, I saw this talk there from Sweden’s Diet Doctor, Andreas Eenfeldt, at AHS11 in August. As much as I know the real food message is important, the statistics he gives in the first section remind me exactly what’s at stake. I dare you to watch him advance through years of American obesity statistics (from about 6:00 to about 9:30) and not feel moved to action. He’s right—it’s crazy, and we have to do something about it.

5 Responses to “Holiday Wrap-up, a Recipe Shout-Out, and Some Links”

  1. Sorry to hear about your digestive issue. Those are no fun. The only thing that came to mind was that maybe you could try adding more fermented foods/probiotics? That could help displace any bad bugs that may be lingering. I’m just now starting to incorporate more of them into my diet so the jury is still out on whether it’s helping me. Feel better!

    • Thanks, Amelia! Probiotics have been on my mind and I’ve had a bit of lacto-fermented sauerkraut here and there, but probably not consistently enough to matter. It’s one of the things on my list to try.

  2. I love that Taubes is so articulate!! Thanks for the link, I was losing my mind reading Fumento’s article. I had to remind myself it’s 8 years old. Some of the stuff he was mocking is actual accepted science now, even amongst non Paleo folk. Aside from my fury, it kinda made me sad that he was SO MISGUIDED.

    • Fascinating, no? I’ll never understand why researchers have to be so grooved into their rut and so closed-minded. Instead of accusing someone of being irresponsible and cherry-picking their evidence, why can’t they say, “His conclusions differ from what I and others have seen for this reason…”

      And if you watch Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt’s presentation immediately after, with his statistic that the obesity epidemic is just about 27 years old in our country, then Fumento really comes across as uninformed. Clearly something has gone very very wrong in a short amount of time and it ain’t our genetics.

  3. Thanks for the carnitas love! Glad you liked the seasonings!

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