Monthly Archives: December 2012

Hawaiian Lau Lau

One of the best Hawaiian Paleo dishes I love is Lau Lau. I eat it all the time. Luau leaves are fresh, from the Taro plant. It may be hard to find on the US. Mainland. I heard some people use spinach in its place, but it would be hard to wrap. I got the recipe from the food network:

12 to 24 large luau leaves (leaves of the taro root plant), as needed to wrap proteins
1 (2 to 3-pound) pork butt, cut into 6 pork-chop sized slices
6 (6-ounce) boneless chicken breasts
12 (3-ounce) pieces sablefish, butterfish or other fish of your choice
Sea salt, as needed to taste

24 ti leaves to serve as wrappers, or aluminum foil (ti leaves are not to be eaten, but are used as the packaging material to bake/steam the luau leaf packets)

For the luau leaves, have a large bowl of ice water standing by. In a large pot fitted with a steamer basket (or use a stainless steel colander with handles), steam the luau leaves until soft but still bright green, and then plunge the steamer basket into the ice water to stop the cooking. Set the steamer basket on a utility platter or over a pot to let drain well and cool.
Lay the steamed luau leaves out on your work surface, then lay a piece of chicken or a piece of pork on each leaf topped with a piece of fish. Season with sea salt. Enclose the meat and fish in the luau leaves and then package them in ti leaves or aluminum foil. If you are using ti leaves, arrange the leaves perpendicular to each other in across arrangement. The stem of the ti leaf acts as the “string” to tie the package shut. The chicken and pork lau lau can then be cooked in an imu (the earthen oven) or in a conventional oven at 350 degrees F until cooked through, about 1 hour.

Bad family genes?

Genes can make you predisposed to cancer, diabetes, heart disease or obesity, but that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get it. If you send your genes the signals to activate those diseases, then maybe yes. Bad food, toxins, lack of sleep, stress, etc. send the wrong signals. Why not send your genes the right signals using a good diet, good exercise, and limiting toxic exposure. Maybe you will never get those problems. You have a say in the matter. Think of the bad genes all loaded up in a gun. All ready to fire. “Your genes load the gun, but YOU pull the trigger”.

Countries with low obesity rates

Obesity seems to have the same cause the world over, in both humans and lab animals: It results from food toxicity compounded by malnourishment.

The most important food toxins to watchout for are cereal grains (especially wheat), omega-6-rich vegetable oils, and fructose from sugar and corn syrup.

Japan and Korea have one of the lowest obesity rates in the world. What are they doing right?

Well, everything:

Their staple starch is rice, not wheat. Rice is the only non-toxic cereal grain and one of our “safe starches.”
They consume far less vegetable oils than Americans.
They consume far less sugar than Americans.
With a minimally toxic diet, it’s almost impossible to become obese, says Paul Jaminet author of the perfect health diet.

Are you a sugar burner or fat burner?

When we live our lives eating a carbohydrate and sugar burning (for energy) type diet, you have a roller coaster type hormonal response in your body. You eat the heavy load of sweets or carbs, and the glucose in your blood soars. Glucose(sugar) is damaging too many body systems, so your body tries to reduce the sugar content in your blood to the very least amount necessary for function. Insulin is released which then reduces the sugar in the blood. It sends the calories to be stored in the muscles, liver, and then to fat cells. This sugar crash sends a signal to the brain, that your sugar content is to low. So what does the brain do? Cause you to crave more carbs and sugar. This process occurs day in, day out, meal after meal, eventually making us fat and sick. If you do what we are genetically programmed to do, use fat as fuel, this does not happen.

All calories are not the same. It’s not all about calories in, calories out. It’s a bit more than that. The foods that cause obesity are not the ones in the store that are highest in calories. The most fattening foods are those that fluctuate your sugar and insulin levels. The HORMONE response is what you should be concerned with. It’s the poor quality carbohydrates and sugars that make us fat, and sick…..

It’s everywhere!

Availability is one of our major problems when it comes to health and obesity. In paleolithic times we were programed to seek out carbohydrates and sugar. It was not readily available and it was hard to find. When we found them, lets say a starchy tuber, it took time and energy to dig it up. This would give us a good workout.

Now days, just walk into a supermarket, and get as much as you want. No effort. No limits. This combined with our hardwiring to like sweets is making us fat. Sometimes I believe it’s not all of our fault we are obese.

When I Walk…..

When I walk, (I do it for health, not weight) I sometimes see the same familiar faces walking feverishly to lose weight. Month after month, I see the same faces. But their weight never changes. Our bodies are very strict about maintaining the least amount of glucose (sugar) levels at any given time because glucose (sugar) is inherently damaging to vessels, organs, and tissues. The less glucose (sugar) that is absolutely necessary the better.

Most people know eating candy and cakes are high is sugar and try to avoid them, except on occasions. What some don’t know (I did not, before I got into all this shit), is that nonfiberous forms of carbohydrates (grains, breads, rice, potatoes, etc) cause your blood sugar to spike. Two slices of bread for example contain about 6 teaspoons of glucose (sugar), 6 times the norm allowed in the blood stream. It converts to sugar pretty fast in the body. (A normal healthy person has about 1 teaspoon in their body at a time). So the body reacts to this sugar spike, sending out insulin. Insulin then regulates the sugar back to down manageable levels in the blood stream. It sends glucose to be stored as fat (if your not burning it through activity at the time). But insulin blocks fat being released as fuel. So you don’t burn fat. You STORE it. I’m pretty sure that’s why I see no change in the familiar faces. They are fueling up with the wrong fuel. They must be wondering why they are not dropping weight. I see them training, walking hard. I want to stop them and tell them this, but I don’t as most people won’t change.

My experience losing my 40 pounds came off (over a year and a half ago, so no I didn’t gain all my weight back like they said I would) when I stopped eating that stuff. I am now eating some sweet potatoes, regular potatoes and white rice(not brown due to phytates) on occasions,(but you got to cut it out in the beginning!) especially when I train harder. I never eat wheat, or gluten foods due to the damage it does to our digestive tracts…..

Some simple facts

In nature vitamins and nutrients are delivered to you in a complex, not in a isolated, concentrated form. Like pills on the shelves.

If you are looking to reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet, you need to re define what sugar is. It’s breads, pastas, noodles, potatoes, rice, any kind of grains, etc, these convert to sugar in our bodies. Its not only sugar crystals .

Parsley cleans out blood.

Cilantro binds to heavy metals to be purged from body.