9 Items You Need for a Primal Kitchen

9 Items You Need for a Primal Kitchen

9 Items You Need for a Primal Kitchen   “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan”   I learned a hard lesson in kitchen hardware the hard way (get it?… wasn’t that cleaver?). Most of my cooking frustrations originated from being ill-equipped. I’ve been armed with butter knives, garlic salt and a toaster for 5 years. I managed to operate like the bad news bears of the kitchen but after I realized that the in time it took me to prepare my bland meals, other people in the world were working wonders and cooking these amazing restaurant quality meals. In order to up my game I needed better armour. I found that when I got behind in meal prep, it was fueled by boredom and fear. I feared the labor and was bored by the outcome. So I began an experiment that made the labor easier, the outcome far more tasty and kept a list of the 9 most important items to have to make a primal kitchen.   1.  A cookbook– Duh. If you get a good one, you can live on it for years. Paleomg– This lady is funny and her food is amazing. She delivers alot of practical recipes with the food she has. No fancy shopping lists. Just a normal lady making normal food. Love it. Well Fed 1&2 – Paleo recipes for people who love food Any of Sarah Fergoso’s books – Thai, Italian and pure Paleo. I personally don’t own any of these yet but I have trustworthy friends that love them and they have great reviews on Amazon.   2. A good knife– This ceramic one...
What is natural flavoring?

What is natural flavoring?

What is “Natural Flavoring?” The latest craze in creative food labeling is the term “Natural Flavoring.” You can find it buried on nearly any packaged food items ingredient list. These natural ingredients are used to color, flavor or provide glaze but provide no nutritional value to the food. This raises two valid questions: If these natural ingredients provide no nutritional value what’s the benefit of putting it in the food? Natural is a comfort word. In an environment of more health conscious food consumers, it’s an attempt by manufacturers to provide a false security to buy a product that isn’t natural. By using insects, beaver by products, and other commonly used coloring manufacturers lower the cost of production and often increase shelf life and visual appeal of a product in the grocery stores. Often these items do not increase and often degrade the nutritional value of an item.  And, what exactly are the differences between natural and artificial substances? By USDA Definition:  Artificial Flavor or Artificial Flavoring: “…any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.” Specific artificial flavors are listed in 21 CFR Parts 172.515 and 182.60. Spice: “…any aromatic vegetable substance in the whole, broken, or ground form, except for those substances which have been traditionally regarded as foods, such as onions, garlic, and celery; whose significant function in food is seasoning rather than nutritional; that is true to name; and from which no portion of any volatile oil...
Shake It Don’t Break It: 3 Protein Powder Options

Shake It Don’t Break It: 3 Protein Powder Options

In our quick start guide (download now if you haven’t already) I mentioned that there are some great technological advancements you need to take advantage of from time to time. Beyond all the marketing voodoo we constantly bombarded with, on a human level, I truly believe that we are healthiest and happiest when our environment, food and relationships consist of the least amount of technological clutter. Albeit whey protein isn’t as mind-blowing as the iPhone but it does provide athletes and extremely busy people with the ability to get a solid amount of nutrition at a moments with little preparation. Whether you’re doing a primal, paleo, vegetarian, adkins, ketogenic or all-celery and water diet you need not dare judge or be judged for using a protein shake. Now, don’t hate me because I didn’t post your favorite but if you are looking for some great options here are 3 to check out for yourself: Pros Protein powders are convenient and cheap. Also if you are looking to build muscle, the micronized isolate protein does merge into your system faster than slowly digested food. You’re definitely taking better advantage of the post-exercise window with a protein shake or supplement. Most people generally eat far below the recommended .5g-1g of protein per day as a general health requirement. In the office you may not be able to take breaks long enough to heat up food. Keeping a shaker cup close by with dry powder can make a great and satiating 5 minute meal.   Cons It’s hard to know for sure where any company is getting their ingredients from. Typically the best way to get your nutrients is from food. Read Amy...
There is No Spoon

There is No Spoon

There comes a point where everyone gets their feet wet. They’ve learned a new lift or skill at a baseline level  and developed proficiency to progress the load.  Take a Kettlebell clean for instance: You can see it demonstrated here: Mike Mahler’s Kettlebell Clean and Hang Clean. It’s a fairly technical movement that requires a great deal of mobility, global strength and coordination where weakness in the musculature and neuromuscular connectivity can be exposed. When a client has problems getting the technique down I can usually go to some of my favorite accessory exercises or drills to isolate and help correct the problem whether it be a tight tissue, weak or sleepy muscles, or a coordination problem. All of that is well and good, and we will address those problems first, and continue once those problems are resolved.  The phenomenon of the spoon happens when I can take an experienced human who has performed over 100 repetitions perfectly of a given lift, (performing the previous ten consecutive YouTube worthy Kettlebell hang cleans @35lbs) only to move up one increment up at 44lbs and see their mechanics completely fall apart. If  they are physically capable of performing a task, what is the phenomenon that changes the way we approach the next progression? Sometimes the problem is in our heads. I’ve seen countless people talk themselves out of a new challenge simply because they are scared of it. Pardon me, but how the f@&k does that happen?! The answer is: The Law of the Oracles Spoon If you haven’t seen The Matrix you probably didn’t get the tag line right away but no worries,...
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