Grab BagMy weekly roundup of podcasts, blogs, news, and recipes that tickled my fancy…


Everyone is talking about sleep this week… It was the main topic on The Paleo View and Ameer Rosic was on Underground Wellness Radio to share his ideas on sleep. This is one area of a healthy lifestyle that I still struggle with, but I’ve recently started wearing amber glasses for an hour or two before bed. So far the jury is out. I’m falling asleep faster it seems, but not necessarily staying asleep.

Dr. Tom O’Bryan was on the Bulletproof Executive this week and talked about gluten sensitivity. Good review of the potential problems with gluten and excellent starting point for people who are unfamiliar with it.

Speaking of podcasts… I just discovered that the new version of iTunes synchs with the podcast app on my iPhone! This is going to make it much easier to listen to podcasts both on the go and in the office.

Crohn’s disease in the news

Story in this month’s Scientific American magazine on the role that air pollution may play in the development of inflammatory bowel disease. The article cites several different studies that show a correlation and says that some experts think air pollution disrupts the intestinal barrier making it more permeable to bacteria in people who are genetically suceptible. You may not be able to do much about the quality of the air you breath or your genetics, but eating a paleo diet can help balance bacteria and reduce intestinal permeability.

Around the paleo blogosphere

Mark Sisson shared the 10 Habits of Highly Successful Hunter Gatherers at Mark’s Daily Apple this week as part of his 21 day primal challenge series. I’m personally working on habit #4 (be present) these days.

Also on Mark’s Daily Apple, a great guest article from David Maren on the historical trend of how much Americans spend on food. Hint: Those $7 pastured eggs at your local farm market are really not that expensive at all when you look at it from a historical perspective.

Eating with my eyes

Happy news! I successfully added eggs back into my diet last week and am now experimenting with tapioca starch in baked goods. These pumpkin muffins from Health-Bent are amazing! Inspired me to order their book Primal Cravings.

Holistic Squid posted a roundup of tasty-looking recipes that use pumpkin.

Keeping with the squash theme, I bookmarked this post from the Food Network on butternut squash soups. Not all are paleo, but could be easily modified.

Just got some in my CSA box, so I was happy to see this recipe from Virginia is For Hunter Gatherers for grilled portobello mushroom caps.

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