How To Go Primal (without really trying)

“I’m interested in trying Paleo/primal-style eating. How do I start?” Good question. Here’s how to start small — one step at a time. No crazy. No “rules”. Just good food and having fun.

Tofu makes you dumn?

I am often asked why I do not recommend soy protein for vegetarians. The aggregate data suggest that whatever benefit soy may offer is vastly outweighed by its many liabilities — especially when it is processed. (Really guys — did you honestly think that Tofurkey was healthy?) One key problem with soy appears to be its effects on brain health with aging.

Krista’s Kalorietastic Konfabulator

Now that you’ve read all about the major macronutrients — fat, carbs, and protein — you’re probably wondering how the heck you make, like, meals and stuff. After all, foods aren’t just “nutrients”.

Here’s a little chart that might be helpful. Here are common foods that are good sources of the major nutrients.

Body fat part 4: Philosophical thoughts on body fat

In our culture, body fat is associated with particular meanings, many of them negative. You may be asking, “Krista, why are you talking about fat on a woman-positive site? Aren’t we supposed to, y’know, be freeing ourselves from the beauty myth and all that?” Yes! Of course. And I get pissed off as hell with people and social institutions telling me how I should look. Yet we also have to live in a society where there is substantial negative reinforcement for excess body fat, as well as quite real potential health consequences from carrying around a lot of additional fat.

However, just because society is screwed up doesn’t mean you should be too…

Body fat part 1: An introduction

Body fat. The words can send otherwise rational women into fits of paranoia and hushed, ashamed discussion of their failures.

In this article, I bust out the F-word and explain how fat works.

The cottage cheese page

Many weightlifters badmouth cottage cheese, whining that it tastes bad and can’t be used in any recipes. I henceforth declare them crybabies. To overlook cottage cheese is to do without a great source of lean protein and a versatile food.

Thus, I have made it my mission to convert the heathen.

The carb myth part 3: Low carb vs lower carb

Are carbs all-or-nothing? Do you have to give up bread for all eternity just to see your abs? Well, you could, if you wanted. Or you could find a carb intake strategy that works for you. Here are some options.