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Chocolate!

The good news is that you don’t have to give up chocolate to be primal. Yay!!!! That doesn’t mean you can pig out on a box of milk chocolate every day. in fact, you will need to cultivate a liking for dark chocolate if you don’t already have one. And you need to limit your self to a small amount per day. But still . . . .

Chocolate is the one food I still sometimes pig out on. So I stick to very dark stuff. I love it but don’t want to eat a lot of it.

I eat E. Guittard nocturne Extra Dark 91% cacao when I can get it. And no, it does not taste like baking chocolate to me. (Yes, I have tasted baking chocolate.)

Here is Mark’s post about chocolate. Enjoy!

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Chili

Revised 2/7/11

Classic Texas chili has beef, peppers, cumin, maybe a few other spices, and water. It does not have tomatoes or beans. I do add onions, vinegar and tomatoes, and sometimes beans, but mostly I think most anything you add beyond the basics amounts to gilding the lily.

Ingredients:

Ground or diced up beef or bison. (How much? Depends how much chili you want.)

Diced onion – Maybe one

Garlic – Up to you how much

Smokey paprika – a lot

Chipotle powder – Depends on what you can handle. Maybe a few dashes. Can adjust at the end.

Cumin – optional.

Balsamic vinegar – a lot.

Chopped up tomato(es) (or a can of diced tomatoes.)

One can of tomato paste

Water

Directions:

Smash garlic. Let sit.

Brown the beef. Remove from pot (optional).

Brown the onions. Add back the beef.

Chop up garlic and add.

Add tomatoes and whatever spices you are using.

Add a lot of vinegar.

Add water (or chicken stock) to cover. Cover, cook on low for an hour. Ideally longer.

Mix in tomato paste.

Cook a while longer.

Adjust spices.

Eat.

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Holy Cow

Just recommending the following post. Nothing to add.

Holy Cow. Lessons in Food Respect.

See also:
Is Red Meat Unhealthy?

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Pagan

This post is not about the Primal Blueprint. It is my own thoughts.

People who do ancestral diets and lifestyles belong to many religions. Some don’t even believe in evolution, which is the basis for the whole Paleo concept.

I happen to belong to the same religion as ancient and modern hunters and gatherers – paganism (more accurately in my case, Neopaganism).

About the time I started doing Primal, I also started attending a weekly pagan circle in which we ask the universe to heal others. According to Wicca/Neopaganism, sending energy out in to the universe for others returns three times as much to you. I believe I am receiving healing energy from the universe. And I believe that if you send out prayers that others be healed, based on whatever religion you follow, you will get healing in return.

Why am I Neopagan?

I have a mental list of things I would be looking for in a religion. All the organized religions fail on at least one of the criteria. Most fail badly on a lot. Some fail on every single one.

Any religion I followed would have to treat men and women, gay, straight, bi and transgendered identically. The few religions that meet that requirement are dogmatically pacifist, which I am not. Any religion I followed would have to be non-puritanical. That fails nearly every religion, including the liberal ones that tell you they are not. (Puritanical = Opposing alcohol, dancing, nudity, sex outside marriage, gambling, etc. etc. Not that I have any interest in some of these.)

I would never join a religion that told me I couldn’t eat certain animals. Certainly not any vegetarian religion.

Nor any religion that set up a state religion.

Any religion I followed could not dogmatically hold socially conservative positions on topics such as birth control and abortion. Nor knee jerk liberal ones. In fact, any religion I followed couldn’t be dogmatic about anything.

I don’t call myself Wiccan because so many Wiccans are dogmatically pacifist and vegetarian.

On the other hand, I follow Neopaganism because it is earth centered. I like the reverence for Mother Earth and Green Man, and being in tune with the seasons. Blessed be.

The Kalahari Bushmen, as they were in the 1950s when first studied, are about as close as you can get to our paleolithic ancestors. Read about their religion in The Bushman Way of Tracking God: The Original Spirituality of the Kalahari People.

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Primal Burial

Moved to ancestralhealth.info/primal_burial.htm

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Avatar of me as an explorer in Africa.

This is an old, outdated site. When I made this WordPress site, my attitude was still a pigheaded “I ain’t givin’ up potatoes or tortillas or beans or rice. Fasting? I ain’t fasting when there is good food I could eat.” Etc. I have found that I can cut back on potatoes, white rice, beans and corn tortillas without dying. And I usually fast until around 11 am with no problem. My primary blog is now Ancestral Health Info.

Photo credit: Little Serengeti in Arusha National Park by Haplochromis July 2009. Our species evolved in this setting.

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