Modern Paleo: Paleo Notes on Chocolate

A few weeks ago, I posted the following notes on chocolate and dairy to OEvolve. As some of them might be of interest, here they are, with some editing:

  • To make unsweetened chocolate milk, just add pure cocoa powder to milk. (You might need to whisk or blend it, as it might not dissolve easily.) That’s how I make my hot cocoa — with just milk and cocoa powder. I find that the milk is sweet enough for me. (In years past, hot cocoa was just a delivery device for marshmallows. Ugh.)
  • The flourless chocolate cake I made for Thanksgiving — using the Cook’s Illustrated recipe — was fantastic. I used a pound-bar of 70% dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s (obtained when I was in California). Other than that, the cake contains only 1/2 pound of butter and eight eggs. You can also add 1/4 cup of liquor or strong

Paleo Versus Christianity?

Many moons ago, Jimmy Moore e-mailed me to ask me my opinion on whether a Christian could follow a paleo low-carb diet. Jimmy is a Christian, but his post included the opinions of many heathens, including me. (That was posted in November, and I’m just really late in posting about it here.) Here’s what I wrote in response:

I suppose that I’d say two things:

First, I don’t think that the Bible should be looked to — even by Christians — for dietary advice. That’s clearly not its purpose. It’s not a divine cookbook (except in some few laws). Its claims and metaphors about food reflect the habits of the primitive agricultural societies in and for which it was written.

Second, the Bible contains much worse things than bread-eating, such as stoning blasphemers, demands of death for gays, near-sacrifice of children, drunken incest, genocide, slavery, etc. Those things — not

Reminder: Modern Paleo’s E-mail Lists

In case you’d not noticed… Modern Paleo is the home of three specialized e-mail lists. They are not for debate, but instead for friendly discussion and sharing of useful information. These lists are not moderated, but members who violate the very basic rules will be subject to moderation, if not unsubscribed.

    • PaleoBloggers: PaleoBloggers is an informal private mailing list for bloggers who adhere to and advocate a broadly paleo approach to diet, fitness, medicine, and supplementation. Its basic purpose is to facilitate communication about matters of mutual interest — such as blogworthy links, the paleo carnival, upcoming events, posts of interest, and best blogging practices. Its broader purpose is to help paleo bloggers more effectively advocate and promote the paleo approach. Click here for more information.

 

    • PaleoThyroid: PaleoThyroid is an informal private mailing list for adherents of a broadly paleo diet with diagnosed or suspected thyroid disease.

Modern Paleo: Welcome to Modern Paleo!

Welcome to the just-launched web site and blog Modern Paleo! I’m Diana Hsieh. (Hi!) Let me introduce you to Modern Paleo…

What will you find on Modern Paleo?

Modern Paleo offers writings and other resources by Objectivists on the principles and practices of nutrition, fitness, and health most conducive to human flourishing.

Here are the highlights:

  • This Modern Paleo Blog contains writings on those topics by people who seek the best that modern life has to offer, informed by a broadly paleo approach. It is managed by Christian W., and its contributors are paleo-eating Objectivists. (Christian will introduce himself in the next few days.)
  • Modern Paleo hosts three e-mail lists: PaleoBloggers, SousVide, and PaleoThyroid. The first two lists have associated blog carnivals, to help paleo and sous vide bloggers promote their work.
  • I’ve written a fairly detailed list of core paleo principles, each with a slew of links for additional

Amazing Gluten-free, High-fat, Semi-paleo Mac & Cheese Recipe

I grew up with Mom’s made-from-scratch, baked-in-the-oven Macaroni and Cheese, which was always a favorite in our house. I never even tasted the stuff from the box (that strangely goes by the same name but is almost completely unrelated) until college.

Her basic cookbook, then and now, has always been the 1963 Good Housekeeping Cookbook.

In more recent years, Mom has managed to track down additional copies of that exact same edition…
…and now my sisters and I all have our own.

 

 

The recipe presented below was adapted from the “Basic Baked Macaroni and Cheese” recipe from that cookbook.
Mac + Cheese is one of the things I have missed after going paleo a couple of years ago. I won’t say I never made it again, but I have definitely gotten out of practice, with a recipe that had become something of a specialty. After discovering gluten-free pasta

What Paleo Is

When I posted this image to Modern Paleo’s Facebook Page, so many people liked it that I just couldn’t resist re-posting it here. And no wonder: It’s beautiful, tasty, and paleo! (Click to enlarge.)

It’s by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites (Facebook and Twitter).…

My Paleo Story

A year ago I was 255lbs. My waist size was 44. I ate a diet of cheeseburgers, steak and potatoes, soda, and lots of dessert. I was tired all the time, out of shape, unfocused, I snored, I felt an unholy pain in my chest whenever I exerted myself, and I hated looking in the mirror.

After looking up Objectivism on the web for the first time I joined a popular Objectivist site and got on the chat room. I mentioned having a problem with acne and struck up a conversation with Rob O’Callahan privately in the chat room and he said that he was able to get his acne under control just by changing his diet. I was dubious at first but he explained some of the foods he eats and it reminded me of the Atkins diet, which is what my mom has advocated as the best diet …

My (Mostly) Paleo Thanksgiving Menu

I am starting to get in the mood for Thanksgiving! Even though there are many happenings happening between now and next Thursday, I’ve planned out our menu.

Before I tell you what it is, here’s a big difference between this Thanksgiving and Thanksgivings Past–I’ve been cooking lots and lots of real food all year long, so THIS Thanksgiving is going to be a snap! No stressing out about where to put the meat thermometer or what to do with certain side dishes. Even the things I’m not really quite sure how to make–no worries. I am confident I can figure out how to make them palatable, and if they turn out to be inedible, oh well! There will be plenty of other food.

So, here’s what I’m making:

  • Roasted Turkey
  • Sausage Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Some other side veggie–maybe asparagus, green beans, or brussel sprouts
  • Salad with balsamic vinegar and

FormSpring Questions on Starting Paleo

Over the past two months, I’ve answered a slew of questions on FormSpring. I’ve covered all kinds of topics, from sex to academia to fallacies to paleo. My answers are not so fine-tuned as my blog posts, but I think they’re still of interest — at least as fodder for further discussion in the comments. I’ve got about four posts worth of paleo-relevant questions and answers that I’ll be posting here on Modern Paleo. (Almost everything I’ve done so far will be posted to my personal blog NoodleFood over the next few weeks.)

Some FormSpring Questions and Answers with advice on starting a paleo diet:

Does the paleo diet “work” if you don’t adhere to it strictly, or do the benefits only come if you completely cut out the forbidden foods, like wheat?

Health isn’t an all or nothing proposition: it exists on a continuum. So if you eat better, …