“As you live, believe in life. Always human beings will live and profess to greater, broader and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long.”
You may have heard me mention Artisana’s Raw Organic Coconut Butter before — maybe in a tweet, or in the TTP Facebook group, or elsewhere — but let me officially pronounce in this TTP post that I am, in fact, a HUGE fan of this product. In fact, to throw a little SAT-like word association at you, Artisana’s Raw Coconut butter is to whole coconut as Vibrams are to footware. Yeah, it’s that good.
So, how do you eat it? In any way you have normally (in your pre-Paleo days, of course) eaten peanut butter — except, needless to say, on bread, crackers or the like. Right out of the jar works pretty well for me. Or mix a bit with a bite of fruit, or with some raw nuts. Avocado, tomato, bacon and coconut butter? You bet. Here’s a great snack idea: I like to spread out some raw pecans and melt a generous portion of coconut butter over them; sometimes I’ll add a bit of raw butter to this concoction as well. Let your imagination run wild. And for those who are new to the Paleo game, or otherwise caught in the throes of a serious carb Jones, consider Artisana’s Raw Organic Coconut Butter as your methadone. Beating the carb Jones is one of the serious bug-a-boos (the other being “social alienation”) that folks new to the Paleo way must navigate prior to reaching the clear, wide open, Paleo seas. Got a carb pang going on? A tablespoon or two of Artisana’s will beat it back. I’ve long suggested tablespoons of olive, coconut, or fish oil for the same purposes and received the old “crinkley nose” response. I can just imagine the “old timer” Paleo now:
…yeah, I remember when all we had to beat back the carb Jones was coconut and olive oil — hell, even fish oil — young people today…
Anyway, the stuff is seriously good to eat. Pick some up and give it a shot. You’ll be oh so glad you did.
Long-term low calorie intake, and the subsequent rebound re-feed
It’ll be quite some time before I can speak about the events of last week in anything resembling an objective fashion. However, it is worth noting in a venue such as this, the mental and physical stamina and stability provided as a result of adhering to a Paleo lifestyle. Last week was characterized by unimaginable grief, and mental, physical and emotional anguish. Couple this with extensive travel, physical exertion (moving, clearing out an apartment), two funeral services (with one more to go) and a precipitous lack of sleep. Through it all, though, I never wandered into the low blood sugar “hinterland”; to be sure, hunger — true hunger — sprang up from time to time, though it was not the shaky hands and body, cold sweat “gotta eat right damn now kind of hunger characteristic of a high carbohydrate diet. In fact, because the Paleo hunger has no real side affects other than a craving for something substantial, it was quite easy to keep it pushed back and held at bay. I have no way of knowing what my caloric intake was day-to-day over the last week, but I do know that it was minuscule as compared to my norm — even as compared to my non-workout-day norm. I mostly ate one — and a couple of days, two — small Paleo meals per day over the stretch, and this following a very long initial fasting period. I augmented with spoonfuls of raw nut butters and coconut butter here and there as the opportunities arose. In fact, most days of the last week I took in no carbohydrates at all — no fruit and/or vegetables. I am back home now, and I can report that my hunger is rapacious — especially for high-quality protein and fat — I just can’t seem to top the tank off for long. Within 3 or 4 hours of a healthy feeding, I’m ready for another round. Of course I’m eating clean, giving my body what it’s asking for. I may even head out to the playground tomorrow.