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And the final product….

May 3, 2010

Flank Steaks Roulade, stuffed with bacon and white onion, served with roasted parsnip.  The Hendry 2005 Bordeaux blend paired perfectly:

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  1. John permalink

    Hi Daniel, I work with your brother and he told me to check out your blog since I started the whole “primal” living thing a few months ago. I like what you’re trying here look forward to hearingseeing the results! Looking at this pic though I notice a lack of greens and I haven’t seen too much said about fruits/berries in your blog. What are your thoughts on eating these foods? Have you found any relevant data on eating organic, grass fed, free range, etc…and what is your take on these types of food?

    Also, what’s your take on Mark Sisson and what he’s saying on his blog The Daily Apple?

    • Daniel Gregory permalink

      Hey John–
      Thanks for reading! Glad to have you. The lack of greens as you noted probably has more to do with my selection of photos to actually post, rather than a replica of my exact diet. I do, in fact eat greens, and I like them. However, vegetables are often more like condiments for me these days; my priority is more about getting most (60-70%) of my calories from good fat sources (animal, coconut). I don’t ‘discourage’ vegetables, and I quite like them. It’s more that I’m not so convinced that vegetables are ‘better’ for me than quality animal products. A lot of the science regarding the benefits of vegetables is the same junk science telling us to avoid saturated fat and cholesterol. I also like fruit and berries, but I only eat fruit VERY sparingly, as the modern fruit we have is both super-abundant and bred to be much sweeter (read: more fructose-rich) than would have been available to our hunter gatherer ancestors. See my previous post on the toxicity of fructose, or shoot me an email and we can talk more about it. I prefer berries as my fruit source, and I only eat those rarely. Part of my current experimentation has to do with minimizing carbohydrate intake to re-sensitize my body to the natural hormonal signals that are disrupted by excessive carbohydrate consumption and accompanying higher than optimal insulin levels. I’m also ‘shifting’ my body’s main fuel source over to fat, which means I need to ‘teach’ it to run on ketones; this means keeping carbs very low. Remember, within ‘primal’ or ‘paleo’ there is quite a bit of latitude regarding consumption of things like vegetables, fruit and nuts. I personally keep all of those things to a minimum. Nuts I only eat minimally as a means of not consuming too many PolyUnsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs). I hope this doesn’t come out too convoluted. I’d be happy to talk on the phone or via email to clarify things if I’m making too many assumptions here. I believe in buying and consuming organic, grass-fed, pastured meat, eggs, dairy etc. One the one hand, animals, especially ruminants (cows, sheep, etc.) ARE SUPPOSED TO EAT GRASS. Cramming them full of corn does to them what excessive grain does to us. In fact the omega-3:omega-6 fatty acid ratio, which is important to optimize [we consume far too much omega 6 PUFA] is much more favorable in meat which has been fed traditional (GRASS!) diets. Likewise, pasturing animals provides a net benefit to the environment. Chickens only started eating grain feed when we started packing them into closets and mass producing eggs. Chickens in fact eat grass, bugs, grubs, etc; find a source of pastured eggs. All these things are more expensive, but they are more consistent with good science, optimal metabolic health and beneficial environmental and ethical behavior.

      I like Mark Sisson; I think he has a giant wealth of helpful information.

      Best of luck, and let me know how I can be of any further help.


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