Primal Life: A Journey of Diet and Health

Friday, February 5, 2010
Posted in category Food & Nutrition

Note: The word “diet,” as used in this piece, refers to habitual nourishment, not a short-term “weight-loss” fixation.

People write me often and ask about resources, books, websites, etc. that point to the primal/paleo lifestyle and/or diet that I often refer to in my posts such as this one titled, ‘The Medical Establishment is Pathetic.” In that post, I point to one of the numerous articles that appear nowadays, in popular news sources, exclaiming some new scientific fact on food that is based on junk science supported by one man’s opinion or some flimsy “study.” This article in particular points to an establishment medical hack who makes the claim that replacing the saturated fat in your diet with industry’s toxic hydrogenated vegetable oils can make you healthy. Each time I read this simpleton trash I get a good chuckle, but then I ask – at what point does this tripe border on professional negligence? I can’t help but recall the words of Michael Pollan, who stated in his 2008 book, In Defense of Food:

…Most of the nutritional advice we’ve received over the last half-century (and in particular the advice to replace the fats in our diets with carbohydrates) has actually made us less healthy and considerably fatter.

As to the “considerably fatter” comment, one only needs to open his or her eyes in any public place to confirm that notion. Pollan goes on to say:

All of our uncertainties about nutrition should not obscure the plain fact that the chronic diseases that now kill most of us can be traced directly to the industrialization of our food: the rise of highly processed foods and refined grains; the use of chemicals to raise plants and animals in huge monocultures; the superabundance of cheap calories of sugar and aft produced by modern agriculture; and the narrowing of the biological diversity of the human diet to a tiny handful of staple crops, notably wheat, corn, and soy.

I’ve undergone a somewhat long and exploratory process to get to the point where I am now eating only fresh, whole, natural foods - real foods, such as meat, vegetables, animal fats, fruits, and nuts. And yes, plenty of saturated fats. My evolution to “things natural” started way before it was fashionable because I have never been a fad person or a follower. All my life I have never understood, or felt, this thing called “peer pressure.” Not as a teenager, not ever. In my opinion, that is a crock of you-know-what. In 1986 I was working in the printing industry – my starving artist days, as I like to call them. I was a keyliner (page designer), if you even remember that term. We printed up a quarterly newsletter for the local chiropractor, East Detroit Chiropractic. I would read the articles and ads as I worked on the layouts and I was eager to understand what chiropractic was all about. I had a horribly painful neck problem from bending over light tables and art tables all day, so I went to see Dr. Koukles, a chiropractor at the clinic. It turned out that he shared my passion and philosophy for athletics and conditioning, and he was firmly in the natural health camp, so twenty-four years later he is still my cherished chiropractor.

At the same time I started to scrutinize the food I was eating. I had pretty much always been thin – terrifyingly skinny as a kid – but I had put on some “soft” or what I call “inflammatory weight.” So I started eating more healthy, or at least what I *thought* was healthy at the time. I was a cyclist, occasionally racing mountain bikes and doing track and road training. And we were taught to, yes, carb load. Endurance athletes need tons of carbs, they say. Far more than the average person! So I raced, ate “healthy,” and loaded up on carbs before weekend rides or races. Eating healthy included cutting out the sugar (good), cutting down on meat (bad), and substituting those “healthy” Healthy Choice meals (real, real bad) for real food while at work each day. Also, I ditched sugar-loaded pop and I was drinking bottled water, Evian, as soon as it hit the shelves in the U.S. I did look pretty buff and everyone thought I was such a health nut. But not quite.

In 1996 I got very sick – an assortment of symptoms that I won’t get into here. How can a young, well-conditioned athlete get as sick as I did? The solution for me, from the medical specialists, was drugs and tests and more drugs and more tests. That lasted a very short while for two reasons: 1) the drugs made a nightmare of my metabolism and the side effects were not acceptable, and 2) I had no tolerance for short-term, easy solutions that glossed over the underlying issues. I wanted to know what was causing the problems, and then, what solutions were available to get rid of those problems.

I tossed the pharma garbage – never to return again – and explored other alternatives such as massage, chiropractic, holistic health, homeopathic remedies, more meat and …… still I carb-loaded. I was an endurance athlete so I had to eat lots of carbs, remember? Then I discovered Atkins and started to flirt with that philosophy. But that went against my endurance athlete philosophy. What to do? I began cycling my carbohydrates – in other words, I was being smarter and cutting back on them at times. I was eating carbs when I felt I needed them, but I often cut back drastically on them, hence the “carb cycling.” I eliminated most all processed foods. Since I had chucked pop (soda for some of you) back in 80s, I thought the good alternative was diet Coke. I didn’t drink a lot of pop, but sometimes one a day. All that aspartame must’ve done wonders.

Things seemed to get better, or maybe I just wasn’t tuned in to my body as well as I should have been. In 2003, I got really sick again – out of the blue, and this time much worse. This whole event – and it was an event – left me bouncing back and forth between the infectious disease and rheumatology Docs at the local hospital for 3-4 months while they all ran around trying to solve the perplexing puzzle.

My recovery from that situation found me revisiting Atkins, where I tweaked and modified that philosophy into what would essentially become something very similar to the Mark Sisson primal diet. I still did not give up wheat and grains 100%, but fat started to become a staple of my diet and processed foods were nixed entirely. About that time I started to do intermittent fasting (IF) without any such planning – it just happened because I was busy and running around all over the place.

For instance, on Saturdays and/or Sundays, I’d jump from my morning gym workout to the Harley to meet up with friends to ride all day – and sometimes I was going between 18 – 24 hours without eating. And I discovered it made me feel great. The old bodybuilder ruse about “losing your muscle” if you didn’t eat gobs of protein post-workout had become a big joke in my mind. All the protein shakes and the constant assault of food is just not advantageous to one’s health. The more I incorporated intermittent fasting into my life, the leaner I became. On some days I’ll eat more, smaller meals, and on other days I’ll eat maybe one big meal, and nothing else for 18-24 hours. I never plan anything; I just take it by the day or hour. I take advantage of my busy schedule to fast, and if I am home all day I may eat a lot. I like the “confusion” and change this offers my body. And again, just as with exercise, things never get boring.

I consider Mark Sisson to be the chief proponent of the “primal” lifestyle that is based on returning to our roots as hunter-gatherers and eating the (real) food that we were meant to eat.  Mark’s “Primal Blueprint” (I will review the book soon) is the single best book available that discusses the various ways in which you can attend to your health through food, exercise, and clean living. Mark’s Daily Apple website is a magnificent source of information, and his passion and ideas have motivated me to experiment with my own food selections. And in spite of my continuous experimentation, I will never waver from my core philosophy on food – I feel and look too good to mess with the results.

Oh yeah – and my cycling? I don’t race anymore – not since 2003 and that illness – but I do occasional distance rides, and lots of medium-range rides. I have no stamina problems whatsoever. I pity those poor endurance athletes who think they need all of that nutritionally deficient pasta to keep riding. And so many cyclists I see out on the trails are 30-40 pounds overweight, or more. I’ll wake up on a weekend day, do a 20-40 mile road ride, get home at 1pm or so, and not eat anything until afternoon. On a longer ride I’ll stick some food in my bag — trail mix, fruit, or the occasional carb (Clif brand) bar.

Mark Sisson’s “primal eating plan” is about the best framework out there for laying the foundation for what to eat. No soy or wheat, low carbs, and limited (or no) grains. One thing I have done recently is swear off soy altogether. Poison! I never had it much, but once in a blue moon I admit to enjoying a tofu meal at my favorite Asian bistro, or a veggie burger. I eat very little grains, no processed anything, no processed oils or hydrogenated anything, no genetically modified (toxic) food, no pop (okay, a diet Vernors or diet Coke maybe once per month or less), and of course, I don’t do sugar. I do eat grains sometimes – rice, oatmeal, and granola in moderation – and I also eat some dairy products, especially cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt (Fage or Trader Joe’s Greek Yogurt). Of course, there are times to cheat a little (like when the Christmas cookies are surrounding me and calling my name), but essentially, there is a “primal” substitute for just about everything you enjoy right now.

As an example, I was watching the Food Channel one night, and a host on one of the weekly shows went to Philadelphia to eat at a famous dive known for its philly cheese steaks, and his goal was to eat its signature 4-pound Philly cheese steak sandwich. Gobs of bun, a ton of good meat, onions galore, and a whole lot of entirely disgusting cheese sauce. Yes, those Philly cheese steak sandwiches, that are supposed to be so good, are buried in a trashy, disgusting, heavily processed cheese sauce. He ate the whole thing, nearly getting sick, while the crowd cheered. That brings up the question – why do people cheer when they watch others gorge themselves into a coma?

The sandwich looked repulsive. That is how I have come to view food like that over the years. I do not desire it and therefore I miss nothing. I do not want sugar, pop, candy (except quality dark chocolate and Godiva), cakes, chips, snacks, bagels, donuts, and other junk. There are no food demons that I have to fight, and that’s because I eat so much great food. And that’s the great thing about the primal/paleo eating plan – eating good food and being satiated by fat.

One recent morning, post-gym, I decided to make a better, healthier KDC cheese steak than I had seen on the Food Channel. I had some ultra thin-cut chip steak that I cut up into small pieces and put aside. I fixed up a sauté of onions, fresh mushrooms, and red peppers, and added about five spices. When those were ready, I added diced-up grape tomatoes and got those hot. I dumped that mixture in my plate, and threw the chip steak into the pan with all the drippings from the veggie sauté. It took about 1 minute for that chip steak to get medium rare. I dumped the steak pieces on top of my pile of veggies, and then I topped that off with freshly shredded Romano cheese and fresh-chopped parsley. All it takes is a little effort and some brainstorming to come up with truly wholesome alternatives.

To sum things up, here’s a nice quote from Richard Nikoley, a popular primal/paleo blogger whose home is at Free the Animal:

So, many may have noticed that I’ve upped my carbohydrate considerably over the last few months. You can consider it another self-experiment. After all, it’s a long time I’ve been writing that Paleo is a dietary framework, a foundation. It’s not a prescription. It’s principles that are to be applied individually, and so the dietary makeup is going to differ individual to individual. But what if it also differs depending upon where you are? Are you fat or lean? Are you diabetic or borderline? Are you hungry all the time or never hungry?

And he nails it. This lifestyle is about taking a healthy food foundation and perpetually modifying it to customize your lifetime diet for your needs, and to accommodate your desires. It is a learning process, and for me it is also about constant change and experimentation. Everyone can start with the basic principles and make that dietary framework work for them. For instance, I’ll still cycle carbs in when I want them, or if I feel I need them. I am not afraid of carbs – I just respect their power to do damage. And I have cheat meals, or even cheat days, whenever it seems like a good occasion for it. A whole pizza and an order of cheesy bread sticks do the trick. I listen to my body and accommodate its needs, up to and including my half-bottle of wine – along with nuts and brie – almost every night before bedtime. That’s hardly a part of the “primal/paleo” system, but it’s me (!), and it does me no harm.

The one objective we should all share is the elimination of those non-food items that masquerade as food but are in fact toxins in your body. Among those are the packaged and pre-made foods of convenience that people turn to so they can get on to more important things … like shopping, gawking at the cell phone, and watching TV. Then there are the snacks, sweets, sugar beverages, and all of the mock foods chock-full of high-fructose corn syrup. When food is approached as an enjoyable experience rather than a daily demon you have to fight, the thrill of the experiment – shopping, creating, and cooking – becomes a passion, or perhaps a challenge, rather than a cumbersome task. The most amazing comment I hear from overweight acquaintances is, “I hate to go grocery shopping.” I hear that comment all the time and it perplexes me. I love to shop for food, and even more so, I like the challenge of finding, creating, and enjoying something new and delicious all the time. Recently, I just learned how to do some wicked things with a homemade artichoke and roasted red pepper spread.

The choices now offered to food consumers, due to the glories of the market, give all of us so many options to eat well, live healthy, and control what goes into our bodies. Michael Pollan calls this era the postindustrial era of food. He describes this as a time and place where, “for the first time in a generation it is possible to leave behind the Western diet without having to also leave behind civilization.” Those words describe my own pilgrimage over the last two decades. Two decades ago, there was little or no selection of organic foods, cage-free eggs, grass-fed beef, and websites that offered foods “from the farm, overnight to your door.” In these times, I can place an online order with a local grower, a Michigan farm 75 miles to the north, and get the goods delivered to my door.

I have been on a “journey” since I opened that chiropractic newsletter back in 1986, with big changes coming in 1996 and 2003. I have more energy, now, than I have ever had in my whole life. People at the office often joke that I “bounce off walls.” And I am at my leanest weight ever, while retaining an abundance of muscle mass. I was about 97 pounds wearing size -0- pants post-high school, when I started bodybuilding. I stick in the 110-115 lb. range right now, wearing sizes in the range of 1 -3, and I feel better than I did twenty years ago.

In conclusion, I can chalk up all of my exploration and knowledge to two things: desire and availability. I want it, and it’s there – with so much of the knowledge being free. Free to explore, read, practice, and learn. Thanks to all of the benefits and marvels of Western civilization, I can delight in its advantages, pick from its countless alternatives, and leave most of its industrialized food-crap behind.

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Following is a hodgepodge of primal/paleo links that may be of interest to readers who want to learn more about this philosophy and lifestyle commitment. NOTE: Many of these resources reflect varying philosophies on carbs, fats, politics, and whatnot. I don’t agree with and/or endorse all the ideas contained within each resource I present, but rather, they are all valuable resources to people who want to earn more about health and food matters and determine what works best for them.

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22 Responses to Primal Life: A Journey of Diet and Health

  1. Michael says:

    February 5th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Karen,

    Very nice post.

    And thanks for the mention!

  2. Robin says:

    February 5th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I stopped snacking on the office candy just over a week ago, and I’ve quickly shed 5 lbs. Belly is flat again and the “love handles” are nearly gone. I still eat bread, but it’s homemade (the mass-produced stuff seems tasteless in comparison). Collard greens seeds arrived by mail order yesterday, so I will have more of this good, green, leafy stuff in my diet. It’s excellent when cooked with a bit of leftover bacon grease.

  3. Michael says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I listen to my body and accommodate its needs, up to and including my half-bottle of wine – along with nuts and brie – almost every night before bedtime.

    I can’t believe I let this slide by, but I always knew there was a reason I liked you. :-)

    Living La Vida!

  4. Big_Norm says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Oh babe, you have just made my day/week/month/year :-)
    Ten years ago when I was in my mid-50s I thought I would go to a doctor and ask for a full examination. A couple of days later I went back for the results. I was told that if I didn’t change my diet I would get diabetes! He then gave me a sheet of paper with a list of things I should and shouldn’t eat. When I left the ‘surgery’ and went home I read this sheet (pronounce it as you will) and decided that he was trying to either get me ill or worse kill me! I have stuck to my old regimen of real butter, real milk, real meat and most importantly the variety of real cheeses that I love.
    I still haven’t contacted diabetes! I still do not bruise! I still HAVE to cut my finger nails every two weeks! Any cuts or abrasions I get heal within two weeks and all signs are gone in four! BTW I have rarely done any exercise in my life because I am partially disabled but I have walked miles as a form of exercise. Worst of all I have been a heavy smoker for 50 (fifty) years! I haven’t been back to a doctor since!

  5. Karen De Coster says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I add bacon grease when cooking my Spinach.

  6. Zach says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Karen,
    Indeed, thank you for the mention of our work at the garden.  Not that I didn’t feel confident about returning to a human “normal carb” diet after ending my lifelong conditioned forced experiment of the nonhuman high carb diet that is better known as the “standard American diet”….. but when I realized you had chosen that same path it was indeed a welcome sign.  You see, I have been reading about your voluntaryist, individualist, and libertarian vigilante perspectives now for many more years than I’ve “gone paleo.”  So in that sense I’m glad that more than a few of my Venn diagram outlooks in this life overlap with yours.  Cheers, and hope to see you in the garden from time to time.

    Best Regards,
    your friends from The Paleo Garden

  7. Mark Rose says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Karen,

    I think I will do this!

    Cheers,
    Mark

  8. Timothy says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Karen, thanks for updating your very important article.  I am thrilled to see it linked on LRC today.  The more people read about the Primal Blueprint, the better!

    As a student of anthropology, I am used to applying the evolutionary perspective to economic and social relationships, but for some reason it never occurred to me to apply it to health!  Thanks to my penchant for Karen’s writing, I discovered the Primal Blueprint, which has changed my life (and that of my wife) in only a matter of weeks.

    I used to consider myself fairly strong and athletic, a student of the martial arts for many years.  I had the idea that I could eat as many carbs as I wanted, as long as I burned them off.  But little did I realize at the time (as Karen realizes now) that my body was chronically inflamed, increasingly insulin-resistant, and gradually breaking down.  Eventually my digestive system gave out in a most horrifying way.  For several years I struggled with grave intestinal symptoms.  In desperation, I thought I had tried everything to fix it.  The doctors’ remedies were useless, of course, and they never mentioned diet; the best solution I had discovered (several months ago) was drinking tons of kefir, which helped enough to get me back on my feet, but something was still wrong and my symptoms had not disappeared.  I thought I had pretty much damaged myself permanently.  That was a sad place to be.

    Only after following Karen’s link to the Primal Blueprint did I discover that it was grains that were killing me!  Everything clicked into place.  I read about the nutritional science behind grains, and realized that they are a breathtaking deal with the devil — grains allowed humans to cover the earth, but only by relying on a poisonous food that we aren’t meant to digest, insidiously destroying our health over time and crippling our genetic potential.  The USDA food pyramid, with grains at the bottom, is a tombstone for millions!

    I gave up grains on the spot, and after reading about the experience of other Primal Blueprinters, got rid of carbs for good measure.  For the first time, I felt no guilt as I ate my fill of fatty meat products and dark green vegetables, which I oddly began to crave.  (Mind you, it was only a couple of years ago that I ate at McDonalds daily.)   For about a day I felt sluggish, and then my health began to improve dramatically.  To my amazement, I am now developing a six-pack!  I did not think this was possible!  My wife of eight years remarks that it’s as though somebody stuck my head on someone else’s body.  I’m a lot less Chris Farley and a lot more Mike Rowe.  And this is after only a few weeks!

    As for my wife, she has struggled since college years with various autoimmune disorders and a thyroid condition.  I won’t begin to go into the atrocities that Big Pharma has inflicted on her over the years, but as you can imagine, it has been awful.  Having noticed the effect on me, she decided to go primal and give up grains for just a week, and her condition has improved vastly!  We are both very excited to see a condition reverse that we thought would be a costly, lifelong burden!

    Folks, you owe it to yourselves to try the Primal Blueprint, or just cut out grains and minimize carbs for a week while indulging in whatever saturated fat and protein you desire.  The results speak for themselves, voluminously.

    And besides, what friend of liberty could decline an opportunity to boycott Big Pharma and Big Agribusiness for life, just by making healthy choices?

    Eat more bacon!

  9. Egils Evalds says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Great article.
    #1 Please DON’T drink DIET SODA.
    Aspertane almost killed me.
    My leg swelled to tree trunk size, but fortunately there were no drugs
    or operations for lymphodema. Eliminating diet soda “cured” me.
    #2 Read “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith. Extreme vegan diet,
    politically correct, destroyed her health. The book has a detailed examination of the human digestive system and it’s needs,
    as well as the effects of industrial mono agriculture.

  10. Richard Nikoley says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    To the list of movies (and also blogs) I’d add Tom Naughton’s Fat Head.

    http://www.fathead-movie.com/

    The first half deals with showing what a fraud Morgan Spulock is (Tom did fast food for 30 days, kept carbs to under 100g per day, lost about 12 pounds and improved his lipid profile). The second half of the film is a documentary about the nonsense of the lipid hypothesis.

    There are some great clips from the movie on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/FatHeadMovie

  11. Aaron says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I believe the intermittent fast is the key to it all. I have over the last 15 years had a variety of different eating lifestyles ranging from high protein for bodybuilding to high carb for endurance running. What I have never had is a weight problem. Like you I have always been thin and in high school I was geekishly thin. One thing that has always been a constant for me throughout, and until now unknowingly, was my intermittent fasting. I have never eaten on a regular schedule and will sometimes go 14-16 hours between meals. I graduated high school at 130lbs with about 5% bodyfat. In my early 20′s I became a gym rat and got my weight up to 185 with no increase in bodyfat. Today I’m 29 years old with a newborn so I no longer frequent the gym like I would like to, but I’m still at 160lbs and about 5% bodyfat, but lean muscle out the arse. I don’t consider myself to be a health nut, but I do eat fairly well. I always had a hunch that this could be a contributing factor to my ability to not gain weight. Thanks for the article!

  12. Alex says:

    February 6th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I agree with my favorite comedian, Jim Gaffigan, on the subject of bacon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaK9bjLy3v4

  13. Kurt G Harris MD says:

    February 7th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Thanks for the link!

    I’m another anarcho-capitalist LVM and CATO supporter who is a physician.

    You might also enjoy this:
    http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/11/6/kill-this-bill.html

  14. Marc says:

    February 7th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Great post. always looking for well written articles to forward to family and friends who can’t quite figure me out ;-) Thank you. And if you are ever looking for”meals inspiration”, take a look at my blog. http://www.feelgoodeating.blogspot.com I’ve been at it for over 4 years, my way of giving back what I’ve gained.

    Marc

  15. Toban says:

    February 7th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Libertarians should also check out the Paleo-libertarian group. There’s quite a strong connection between the two.

  16. JAlanKatz says:

    February 7th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Here’s an experiment I’ve started recently: Inspired by Bernarr McFadden and the “milk cure” I’ve started a modified form. From waking up until dinner, I take nothing but raw milk and water(other than my cod liver oil, brewer’s yeast, b12, and potassium). I generally add some cream to my “breakfast” milk, and sometimes I add a few drops of the liquid stevia. If I get hungry, or start feeling foggy, I drink a glass of milk; so far, it’s been clearing these things up pretty fast. As people suggest about the original milk cure, I seem to sweat more than usual on it, I’m not sure why that is. Anyway, for dinner I then eat, well, something. Usually I have a few eggs with coconut oil and mushrooms, sometimes some sprouted bread to go with it. I have fish a few times a week; I would have meat but I haven’t made much money lately. I plan to change jobs in August, maybe then I’ll start eating meat daily.

    My thinking has gotten clearer, and I’ve lost some weight, but I haven’t noticed any other changes; I haven’t done it long enough to check my lipids or other blood levels, my blood pressure hasn’t changed, and my resting pulse hasn’t changed. I have gotten stronger since I started it, maybe I wasn’t eating enough protein, I’m not sure, but I can handle a heavier kettlebell.

  17. Monnie says:

    February 8th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Excellent—informative & entertaining as always, Karen.

    I’m a 50-something guy and an ex-runner with a bad knee that forced me to give up running. Now, I do daily push-ups with those p/u handles that are advertised on TV (I highly recommend them), side straddle hops (jumping jacks), and crunches, plus twice-a-week weights and interval training on the elliptical machine. I’ve been neglecting the rebounder (perhaps the best all-around exercise you can do), but will get back to it.

    I also eat as much grass-fed, pasture-raised meat and whole-grain carbs as possible, butter (of course), fresh fruits and vegetables, and food-based supplements, absolutely no colas or sodas, no drugs (OTC or prescription), and some wine or beer almost daily.

    I find that some people think of me as extreme, but I note that most of those who do are diabetic or pre-diabetic, overweight to obese, totally lacking in muscle tone, sickly, constantly coughing or sneezing, with lots of allergies, heartburn, headaches, listless, and, in general, not aging well (but ready to go to a doctor at the drop of a hat).

  18. Monnie says:

    February 8th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I forgot to mention—–no sugar or artificial sweeteners, except in the occasional processed food I don’t know about. Instead, I use stevia, which is more expensive but tastes great and has no blood glucose effect or calories.

    I also try to minimize intake of MSG and HFCS, but I find one or both of these to be in most prepared and convenience foods, and I do have a weakness for fruit pie.

  19. Monnie says:

    February 8th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I want to recommend some add’l websites:

    naturalnews.com, earthclinic.com, herbresource.com, and mercola.com

  20. Danny Roddy says:

    February 10th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Thank you for the mention!

    Great article.

    Danny

  21. Lupe Gradert says:

    February 2nd, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Great blog! Sorry to change the subject, but, since this is the time for New Year’s Resolutions, I’m looking for a great Nashville persona trainer to get me in shape. Have you heard of any good ones? There’s a new gym called Next Level Fitness, but I’ve only seen a few reviews. Here’s the address of this new Nashville Personal Training Gym, 1917 Church Street Nashville, TN 37203 – (615) 329-2747. Let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

  22. Karen De Coster says:

    February 2nd, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Lupe – I know Shauna (a lifestyle coach). She lives in TN – maybe you can ask her about TN personal trainers? http://www.shaunainc.com/about.php

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