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Lebron James: Paleo Diet

Lebron James Paleo

Lebron James: Paleo Diet

Lebron James is Paleo! Recent pictures from August ’14 show a trimmed down Lebron James. With his 3oth birthday coming up in December, King James understands the importance of diet and longevity in the NBA. Numerous NBA players past & present have used Paleo to increase the duration and effectiveness of their playing careers. Ray Allen turned James onto Paleo after Allen turned Paleo last summer and saw immediate impacts to his physique, performance, and recovery. In my early twenties, I used to have severely inflamed knees after playing basketball. Now, approaching forty my knees never bother me after two hours of basketball multiple times per week.

The growing list of NBA Paleo dieters includes Lebron James, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan, Chris Kaman, Luis Scola, Manu Ginobili, and Dwayne Wade. Lebron James is arguably the top athlete in the world and a very smart business man. It would be nonsensical to think he would be taking up a lifestyle that was dangerous to his health. Is it a possibility that a growing majority of the top trainers and sports medicine doctors at James’ disposal approve of the Paleo Diet? Tides are changing rapidly. The explosive trend in Paleo awareness will continue as professional athletes and Hollywood A-listers all turn to the Paleo Diet.

Fermented Carrots Recipe

Fermented Carrots Recipe

Fermented Carrots Recipe

Get your probiotics fix with this fermented carrots recipe. The recipe includes some cilantro, ginger, garlic, and chile for a little extra zing.

Ingredients

  1. 5 large carrots
  2. 1/4 teaspoon minced ginger
  3. 2 minced garlic cloves
  4. 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  5. 1/2 chile pepper (optional)
  6. 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Shred the carrots in a food processor
    Fermented Carrots - Shredded Carrots  
  2. In a large bowl combine the carrots, cilantro, ginger, garlic, chile, and salt.
  3. Work the mixture with your hands for ten minutes to extract the juices.
    Fermented Carrots Juices 
  4. Pack the vegetable mixture into the mason jar up to the where the jar neck starts.
  5. The vegetables should be immersed in it’s own juices. If the vegetables are not immersed, add additional brine.
    Fermented Carrots Recipe Brine 
  6. Place a fermentation weight on top of the vegetables
  7. Fill the air release half way with water
  8. Seal the mason jar and twist the air release into place to form a seal
    Fermenting Carrots 
  9. After about 3 days, the fermenting carrots will start forming air bubbles
    Fermented Carrots Bubbles 
  10. Let the carrots ferment for 14 days

Let us know how you like our fermented carrots recipe!

Paleo Skirt Steak: Mexican Arracherra

paleo skirt steak mexican arracherra

Paleo Skirt Steak: Mexican Arracherra

This is my favorite recipe. I could eat this over and over every day and never get sick of it. In my opinion a good skirt steak puts other steak cuts to shame. You can pick up skirt steak at most grocery stores. If not, head over to a local carniceria or ethnic fruit market. There are two types of skirt steal cuts, the outer and inner cut skirt steak. Most places won’t differentiate between the two cuts but if you have a choice go with the outer cut. The outer skirt steak is thinner and the meat is more tender. While at the store, have the butcher run the skirt steak through their tenderizing machine a couple times (insist on this). If there is an outer membrane on the skirt steak have it trimmed off by your butcher. If you don’t remove the membrane, your mexican arracherra will not turn out as desired.

Ingredients
1.  1.5 lbs grass fed skirt steak (substitute regular if needed)
2.  1 medium onion
3.  1 orange ( juiced )
4.  6 limes (juiced)
5.  1 cup chopped cilantro
6.  4 garlic cloves
7.  1 tablespoon sea salt
8.  1 teaspoon black pepper
9.  1 green chile (optional)

mexican arracherra ingredients


Instructions

1.   Blend the onion, cilantro, garlic, chile, salt, pepper, lime juice, and orange juice in a food processor or blender.

paleo skirt steak ingredients

2.  In a large bowl, work the mexican arracherra marinade into both sides of the grass fed skirt steak
3.  Pour the remaining arracherra marinade into the bowl
4.  Cover and let the marinaded skirt steak rest in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours.  Letting the arracherra marinade overnight is fine.

mexican arracherra marinade

5.  When the skirt steak is done marinating it will become very tender and will rip apart without much effort
6.  Place the mexican arracherra on a super HOT grill.  This is important!
7.  Cook the arracherra on each side to your doneness liking.  If you have a hot grill it won’t take long for a medium rare arracherra.

grilled mexican arracherra

8.  The mexican arracherra pairs wonderfully with with guacamole, pico de gallo, and salsa verde

Debunked: High Protein Diets Linked To Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Early Death

high protein diets dangerous

Debunked: Paleo Diet Dangerous

There was a flutter of news headlines and emails today about a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California’s Davis School of Gerontology.  Articles related to the study state that high protein intake is detrimental and is as dangerous to health as smoking cigarettes.   The study associates increased protein intake to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  Some of the articles warn Paleo Diet followers to reconsider their protein intake.  One news source is linked below:

High-Protein Diets In Midlife Linked To High Risk Of Premature Death, Study Says

Scary Paleo Diet headlines from today
High protein diet quadruples cancer risk: Paleo-style diet compared to smoking
High-protein diet ‘as bad as smoking 20 cigarettes a day’
High-Protein Diet Linked with Cancer, Early Death
Low-carb diet may make you unhealthy, shorten your life: study

If I was new to Paleo and considering following the Paleo Diet, I wouldn’t be after reading those headlines.  Is Paleo is going to kill me?  Steer clear!

The first things that jump out about the articles
1. Milk and cheese intake are included with meat as animal protein
2. Quality of protein is not taken into consideration (ie grassfed, pastured, organic)
3. No mention of carbohydrate intake anywhere in the articles
4. What does “High Protein” mean exactly?

From Study
On average, subjects consumed 1,823 calories, of which the majority came from carbohydrates (51%), followed by fat (33%) and protein (16%), with most of it (11%) derived from animal protein. The percent of calorie intake from protein was used to categorize subjects into a high protein group (20% or more of calories from proteins), a moderate protein group (10%–19% of calories from proteins), and a low protein group (less than 10% of calories from proteins).

From Wikipedia
The typical American diet is about 50% carbohydrate, 15% protein, and 35% fat.

Reading the study and deducing from above, the subjects of the study were ages 50-65 and were on a standard unhealthy Western Diet or “Standard American Diet” (S.A.D.).  Subjects that ate more meat, milk, & cheese died from heart attacks and cancer more often.  Subjects that ate less meat, milk, & cheese died less often.  Anything mind blowing here that we didn’t know before?

It was fun to see how the various news sources spun and sensationalized the study findings.  The real article title should be “Standard Western Diets Cause Heart Attacks and Cancer”.

Link to actual study
High Protein Diets Linked To Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Early Death

 

Paleo Grass Fed Ribeye Steak With Guajillo Chile Sauce Recipe

Here’s a paleo grass fed ribeye steak with guajillo chile sauce recipe.  The unseeded guajillo chiles provide a pretty good spice level.  If you want it super spicy go ahead and add some of the chile seeds to the recipe.  The chicken broth already provides a decent amount of salt, so make sure you taste the guajillo chile sauce before adding additional salt at the end.

Ingredients
1.  2 ribeye steaks
2.  2 cups chicken or beef broth
3.  3 oz package of guajillo chiles
4.  4 garlic cloves
5.   1 teaspoon oregeno
6.  1/2 teaspoon black pepper
7.  1/4 teaspoon cumin
8.  1 tablespoon coconut oil
9.  1/2 teaspoon salt
10.  1 teaspoon honey

Instructions
1.  Cut guajillo chilies open and remove seeds

2.  Lay the open guajillo chilies on a low heated skillet until they start to form a tan color.  Press guajillo chilies down with a spatula.
3.  Flip guajillo chilies over and repeat (ensure you don’t burn them)

4.  Place guajillo chilies in a large bowl and cover with hot water.  Rehydrate chilies for 30 minutes.

5.  Drain the water
6.  Place guajillo chilies, garlic, pepper, oregano, cumin, and 2/3 cup of broth into a blender to puree.  Add additional broth if needed.
7.  Press the guajillo chili puree through a medium mesh strainer to remove remaining skins

8.  Heat coconut oil in pot over medium heat
9.  Add guajillo chili puree to pot and cook over medium heat for 6-8 minutes until it darkens
10.  Add remaining broth and simmer for 30 minutes partially covered
11.  Taste guajillo chili sauce and add salt and honey as needed to your specific taste

12.  Season the grass fed ribeye steaks with salt & pepper
13.  Grill grass fed ribeye steak to desired doneness

14.  Add guajillo chili sauce to grass fed ribeye steak
15.  Feast!

Spicy Paleo Red Thai Curry With Grass Fed Beef Recipe

This spicy paleo red thai curry with grass fed beef recipe is a kitchen sink recipe.  It works great with any veggies you currently have in your fridge.  Substitute your favorite vegetables in place of what I have listed.  I’ve tried a couple brand’s of curry paste but like Roland’s red curry paste the best.  You can substitute any thai curry paste you have available.  Try experimenting with green, yellow, massaman, and schezwan curry pastes also.  I like to use the AROY-D coconut milk because the only ingredients it contains is coconut extract and water.  I use the entire bottle of curry paste for a strong spicy taste.  You may want to start with half the bottle and add more at the end if desired.

Ingredients
1.  1lb grass fed ground beef
2.  1 bottle Roland’s red curry paste
3.  1 can coconut milk
4.  1 onion
5.  1 bell pepper
6.  1 cup spinach or kale
7.  2 carrots
8.  1 large celery stick
9.  1 cup mushrooms
10.  5-10 broccoli florets
11.  1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions
1.   Brown the grass fed ground beef and set aside for later

2.  Chop/slice/dice all the vegetables
3.  Add coconut oil to large frying pan or wok
4.  Stir fry vegetables on high heat for 5-7 minutes

5.  Add the curry paste and coat vegetables for a minute
6.  Add the grass fed beef and coconut milk
7.  Heat uncovered on medium heat for another 5 minutes
8.  Feast!

Let us know how you like our spicy paleo red thai curry with grass fed beef recipe.