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Paleo Diet – updated log


I am updating my post on my new eating regime, with daily info on what I am eating, and how I am feeling (the important bit).

The log and post on the Paleo diet can be found here.

Some observations I would make about reactions from friends that hear I am doing it:

  • It’s clear there is LOTS of mis information out there about what to eat to be healthy.  Lots of people talk about protein, carbs, fat etc, but not a lot of talk about FOOD.
  • The vast majority of people think a diet is to lose weight (I ain’t trying to lose anything here)
  • People seam to get the basic premise: eat food not stuff; eat food we were, in evolutionary terms, designed to eat; don’t eat plant foods that tries not to be eaten1 (i.e. has chemicals that fight proper digestion)
  • Most people think fat is bad.  A few think it’s just saturated fat that’s bad.  Only a handful get that neither is overly true – if there is one bad fat, it’s transfat (an unsaturated fat).
  • Almost no one gets that the worst things in western diets is sugar.  If one thing is evil, it’s sugar! (fructose being the worst).
  • People really do want black and white stuff – this is good, that is bad.  Life ain’t like that (yep – and I do see the irony about this blog (whiteandblack) blogging about that – life AIN’T like that, but people WANT it to be – hence this blog)

Note 1: It was pointed out to me by a few people that almost all animals try not to be eaten (mainly by running away if they get a chance), so the distinction is made above about plants that try not to be eaten.  AKA grains, or potatoes (try eating one raw and see what happens).

The more I read about the Paleo diet the more it seams clear that a number of proponents believe (limited) diary is OK, like PaNu.  Also most allow small amounts of caffeine (aka coffee) and alcohol – not because they are inherently good for you, or somehow a Paleo thing, but just coz they know people will consume them anyway, and they aren’t that bad for you when one looks at the big picture.

Update 22 Feb: My log now has a “cheats” section for each day – ie how well did I stick to the strict Paleo way.

Black and White Version: I am still learning about this area, but it’s clear what I thought was fact relating to healthy eating (e.g. low fat, high complex carb) was WAY wrong.

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Drunk women are targets? – WELL DUH!


Today the Christchurch Press lead story online was Drunk young women ‘sexual attack targets’

I have criticised the media (especially newspapers ) for misleading headlines a fair bit in the past, but this time I am gonna take the contrary view and say the headline is so obvious there is no story.

The 1st line of the article says it all:

Young women found grossly drunk and alone on Christchurch streets are “easy prey for sexual predators”, say police.

Ummm, yep.   But how is this NEWS?    That’s always been the case.

Although as is typical with anything about personal responsibility, the media still manage to screw the story up with quotes like this:

He did not blame those who abandoned the women as much as the alcohol industry, which marketed liquor to women and young people.

It’s good to see the person quoted didn’t blame the friends.  But blaming the alcohol industry is rather simplistic.  He missed the most important person in the whole situation: The Drinker.

Personal responsibility, together with good friends that say stop is the key to addressing this.

Black and White Version: Media love reporting obvious facts and then try to make it news with a new spin.   Drunk people are drunk coz they drink to much, and they shouldn’t – that’s the story.

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Drinking age in NZ – there isn’t one!


Drinking Age Debate in New Zealand

Once again a group starts on a rant about raising the drinking age in NZ.  There is quite a bit wrong with the argument, but probably the most significant is that there ISN’T a drinking age in NZ, there is a PURCHASE age.  And yes, there IS a big difference!

The media keep getting it wrong.  Case and point is the NZ Herald back in NOV last year – the headline is all about Drinking Age Legislation.  The headline is 100% misleading, but the 1st paragraph gets it right:

Legislation introducing the change to a split drinking age will be one step closer after it is tabled in Parliament next week, Justice Minister Simon Power says.

But the journalist then reports the correct facts in the next paragraph without seeing the error in the headline.  There is no drinking age, and the proposed changes don’t talk about one either!

The drinking/purchase age issue is explained well on KiwiBlog, but in a nutshell I agree with DPF on this.  I also think there are two issues with drinking in NZ, and the purchase age actually isn’t one of those issues.  My view is the two big alcohol issues are:

  • Lack of a drinking age
  • Binge drinking behaviour in NZ

Raising the purchase age doesn’t fix any of these. The problem with the ban it brigade is that it restricts and punishes the majority from based on the behaviour of the minority.  Just like saying let’s ban alcohol in all public council spaces sounds like a good policy to stop louts getting drunk and ruining it for others, but it also says you can’t have a picnic in a park with a glass of wine, or fish and chips and a beer on the beach on a Sunday evening.  The correct solution is MUCH harder than banning something – it actually involves targeting those that ruin it for others, finding them and using teh existing laws in NZ to punish them (or at the very least stop them from doing it again).  Oh yes, but this is hard.  Banning something is MUCH easier (and of course doesn’t fix the problem, coz the minority who ruin it for everyone else will in many cases just ignore the ban anyway).

I have the same problem with a drinking age of 21.  At 18 a person can get married, flight for their country (in fact be drafted if there is a war), be charged for any offense as an adult.  In fact there isn’t ANYTHING they can’t do as an adult. Oh wait, except drink some would have you believe.  Yeah right, that’s the most important thing in my list (btw, that was sarcasm in case you missed it).

Some argue all about how teenagers are drinking too much and dieing of alcohol poisoning, or drinking and driving.  Well IMO, NONE of this would be fixed by having a higher purchase age.  Just like some people drink 10 x the adult limit and drive and kill someone, calls for people to lower the alcohol limit when driving.  Well sorry, that’s not going to solve anything.  As I said above the 2nd problem NZ has is binge drinking.  And THAT should be addressed, but not by raising any purchase age.

Banning something won’t changing behaviour.  So banning 19 year olds from drinking won’t stop a small minority from binge drinking and driving, or drinking till they kill themselves.  The focus needs to be on education, not banning stuff for everyone.

Black and White Version: Media and lobby groups need to get it right.  There is no drinking age laws in NZ.  There is only a purchase age for alcohol.  The lack of a drinking age, and binge drinking are the issues.

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