Weekend Highlights

Wow, what a great weekend! Saturday, in particular, was outstanding. Before I get rolling about that, I just want to say that a Monday – Wednesday school schedule is SO much better than going through Thursday. One less day of school during the week really makes a big difference. If you’re curious, my classes this term include exercise science, fitness assessment II, and professional activities: special populations (fitness programming for older adults).

My post-workout Saturday morning breakfast: pastured eggs scrambled with leftover US Wellness Meats Easter ham, kale, avocado, and raw sauerkraut.
My post-workout Saturday morning breakfast: pastured eggs scrambled in grass-fed butter with leftover US Wellness Meats Easter ham, kale, avocado and raw sauerkraut. There’s a splash of full-fat coconut milk in the scramble too. Yum! (Taken on iPhone).

Anyway, Saturday started with another great workout at Recreate. Then, it was breakfast at home and a little downtime before heading to Whole Foods for a healthy fats presentation by my friend, Ashley, also the blogger behind Craving4more, in case you didn’t remember. The event was actually titled, “Fat is NOT the F-word!” Ashley had a great spread laid out, as usual and we had the opportunity to sample the delicious food. I tried the macadamia-crusted halibut, a fig olive walnut tapenade, roasted watermelon radishes (roasted in coconut oil), and lemon pound cake bites (grain-free and similar to a larabar). She also had an avocado chocolate mousse with port berries and spiced pecans, but I needed to opt out. I brought some home for Jesse though, and he said it was delicious. Ashley also had some freshly made grass-fed tallow and grass-fed ghee on display for participants to see.

Ashley's spread (Taken on iPhone).
Ashley’s spread (Taken on iPhone).
Freshly rendered grass-fed beef tallow (Taken on iPhone).
Freshly rendered grass-fed beef tallow (Taken on iPhone).

Ashley gave a great overview of the types of fat, which to cook with, which not to cook with (finishing oils), which to avoid, omega-3 vs. omega-6, myths and overall benefits. I knew most everything already, but it was neat to see others learn about it that did not know all these details. It was fun and I was happy to be there to support Ashley, and taste the delicious food too! Be sure to keep an eye on Ashely’s blog this week because I know she’ll be posting some of the recipes.

The macadamia-crusted halibut and roasted watermelon radishes were my favorite! I plan to make the halibut for dinner tonight, actually!
The macadamia-crusted halibut and roasted watermelon radishes were my favorite! I plan to make the halibut for dinner tonight, actually and probably the radishes too (Taken on iPhone).

Then, when leaving Whole Foods, I randomly ran into two different friends, one of which I hadn’t seen in a long time (also a former lululemon co-worker). The other was one of my special yoga buddies. I love them both and was happy to see and chat with them, even if it was only for a few minutes.

Fast forward a little later in the day and I remembered that Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind, was giving a talk at a local bookstore about 5-10 minutes away from my house. I called to make sure there was still spots available, and lucky for me, there was, but I wasn’t sure if I’d make it in time or not. I had dinner going and realized I’d have to eat quickly and bolt, and I really detest rushing! I knew I’d regret missing it though, so I made it work.

Here’s the description of Nora’s presentation, as stated by New Renaissance Bookshop:

“Dietary fat has been treated like a villain for the better part of the last century by medical authorities, the USDA and other mainstream nutritional authorities. Instead, dietary carbohydrates have been lauded as foundational to human dietary needs largely without question and now makes up the majority of mainstream dietary intake. Dietary fat is demonstrably central to our most basic energy, metabolic, neurological and physiologic needs and by restricting its intake we foster a much less healthy and unnatural dependence upon dietary sources of sugar and starch. Nora Gedgaudas is the author of the critically acclaimed international best-selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind. She maintains a private practice in Portland, Oregon as both a Board-Certified nutritional consultant and a Board-Certified clinical Neurofeedback Specialist.”

At the event, I had the opportunity to meet a couple other Portland paleo bloggers and it was awesome to finally put a face with the name in person! I’m referring, specifically, to Holly over at The Paleo Blog of Yay and Jennifer over at Paleo Dieting. Jason Seib, my mentor and author of the book, The Paleo Coach, was also there. I grabbed a seat and Jason told me to save the seat next to him. I still feel so fortunate to have him as a friend and mentor.

Nora’s talk was 90 minutes long and I was engaged every second of it. I took notes and could have taken a lot more, but was so enthralled by her at times, that all I could do is sit and listen. She is a wealth of knowledge, as well as a fantastic speaker and presenter. I am SO glad I went.

After the talk, I chit-chatted with some others and was able to meet Nora and have her sign my book, which was such a pleasure. I didn’t get a picture with Nora, but did take one of Jason and Nora together on my phone.

Nora and Jason. I actually borrowed Jason's picture because the lighting was better than in mine.
Nora and Jason. I actually borrowed Jason’s picture because the lighting was better in his than in mine. Still a phone picture none the less.

Here are a few highlights from Nora’s presentation that I wrote down (note, this is not everything I wrote down):

  • Taking statins for high cholesterol levels is the equivalent to shooting the fireman at the fire.
  • Cholesterol is an indicator, not a disease marker. To know what’s really going on, you have to look under the hood.
  • The more we depend on fat, the longer we live.
  • Cell membranes require 50% saturated fat for functioning and other parts of the body, including the heart, need it to function properly as well (she listed how other parts of the body use saturated fat, but this is the one I was able to jot down in time).
  • Cholesterol functions as an antioxidant and acts as duct tape in our arteries.
  • Cholesterol — not diamonds — is a girl’s best friend.
  • Using ketones for fuel creates more ATP.
  • The brain uses >20% of the body’s total energy demands.
  • For human longevity, it’s best to keep protein around 25 grams per meal. (Note: this varies for some people with specific goals or needs, such as athletes or those trying to gain muscle).
  • Special note: go watch Allan Savory’s TED talk titled, “How to green the desert and reverse climate change.” Jason made sure I wrote this down.

On a completely different note and just because I want to share, Jesse and I get married exactly two months from today!

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7 thoughts on “Weekend Highlights

  1. Naz (@CinnamonEats) April 8, 2013 / 6:40 am

    Great post! Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend! Lucky you! I love Nora’s work! Haven’t had a chance to read her book yet, will have to get my hands on it now πŸ™‚ And yes amazing that you’re working with Jason! I would love that opportunity! Still haven’t been able to get his book, but might be able to get Joe’s friend to bring me a copy over from America when he comes over here, otherwise will have to wait until next month to get it here!

    Anyway I was first introduced to Nora in 2011 via Sarah Wilson’s blog through this blog post she did with Nora: http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2011/10/my-chat-with-nora-gedgaudas-on-paleo-eating-a-podcast/

    Oh and the food looks delicious!

    • paleoinpdx April 8, 2013 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks, Naz! It was a stellar weekend all around. Thanks for sharing the link too!

  2. siochanaw April 8, 2013 / 8:08 am

    Love the bit about statins. Such a great way to explain it for folks who don’t quite get the science bit of it. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend! πŸ˜‰

    • paleoinpdx April 8, 2013 / 1:57 pm

      I know, right? I loved the way she coined it. See you soon πŸ˜‰

  3. Craving4More April 8, 2013 / 8:10 am

    Great weekend, for sure! I hope your Sunday turned out to be almost as good as Saturday.
    Thanks for sharing some of the highlights of Nora’s talk. I guess I now know that my new best friend can be a tad more affordable than diamonds πŸ™‚

    • paleoinpdx April 8, 2013 / 1:59 pm

      Sunday was nice too! I’m glad you enjoyed some of the highlights. I know…who would’ve thought that all we need to be happy is cholesterol and not diamonds! Haha!

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