daaaaaamn that’s a lot of points O_O
Well, how else am I gonna level up like a boss, huh?
As long as the Paleo movement continues to focus on individuals as the primary unit of research and analysis, in terms of health outcomes of individual bodies, the Paleo advocates will continue to be co-opted and colonized (essentially, dominated and controlled exactly as they are now—apparently without their awareness)—by well-established power structures, by the same old social and political institutions, and by the dominant cultural discourses.
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You address every point in the article, so I don’t have to. Thank you!
But one thing I would expand upon: this idea that the Paleo folks are so focused on an individual’s health markers - eating better, locally, seasonally, et cetera - and that this focus is somehow faulty or problematic.
Well, here’s the thing: an individual can control her own actions and practices. She a) can’t invent this magical community around her that will improve her overall health and b) can’t control the actions and practices of whatever community she happens to have around her. So sometimes, to start with, she must shut out the world and focus on what she can do to improve her own health. Maybe she reaches out to a few others for guidance or encouragement. Maybe those others are local flesh-and-blood people, or maybe they’re people on the internet. She may not be able to share animal skins and a fire with those people, but they’re the beginnings of a community nonetheless.
So the Paleo practice isn’t perfect. Does it mean that we should all give up, raid the nearest convenience store, and roll around naked in a bed of soda-soaked Twinkies? I hope not. I say: do the best you can for yourself and your family first, and reach out to others when you can.
Ah, ah, AH. You put your finger on it, thank you! I think the person we are both actually thinking of must be Gandhi. What did he say? “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Pretty sure that’s what he said. And as I recall, he was pretty successful at creating massive societal change, wasn’t he? But in that famous quote, he’s saying, don’t wait for the weather to change, folks; get off your couch and do it in your own life, right now.
Okay then. If it’s good enough for Gandhi, I think it’s good enough for me.
Seriously, please click the X and watch this bizarrely hilarious video. I pray that if we are all really, really good and eat our vegetables and honor Baby Krishna at all times, maybe this guy will do a collaborative track with either LMFAO or Weird Al Yankovic (or even better, both at once) and my world will be forever complete.
Ohhhh tell me more about kale chips. What recipe do you like?
So far I don’t like any recipe. I used a recipe off of quietthethunder.com but now it won’t even let me access it anymore. But as I said, it came out way too lemony. Texture was pretty nice, though.
Anyway, the basics are as follows: strip the kale off the stems and wash. Mix up your flavor mix which will vary tremendously. Olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and the sky’s the limit. I’m actually contemplating something like an almond butter mixture. If you do dairy I bet any sort of ranch or goddess dressing would be a good bet. Anyway, you mix up the leaves with the flavor and massage it into the leaves. Massaging apparently makes the kale less intensely chewy. LOL. It’s sort of like pre-chewing it, I suppose. And then dry it in your dehydrator.
The main things I learned from my last batch were, of course, to take it easy on the lemon, and also to not chop up the kale much at all. It shrinks in the dehydrator, so if you want large-ish chips you need large pieces of kale. The commercial chips I get often have the kale sort of wadded-up in chunks, so I’ll try doing that, too.
I’ll do my best to avoid participating in lycanthropy.
LOL clearly I am doomed! You too, queenbliss.