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.