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An Update on Things!

26 Jul

Greetings everyone! Just a quick update on how things are going, since I totally suck at consistently updating the blog… I have to be honest, keeping up with posting on a regular basis while keeping up a full time medical practice, being a husband and dad, exercising when I can, and sleeping adequately is hard!! I’m on vacation right now in North Georgia and am enjoying relaxing!

Things are well, kids are growing, and this update will be short as I’m pecking away at my iPad keyboard which tends to aggregate me! So what’s going on?

-The family garden is going well. This is our first actual attempt to grow a garden and we are starting to enjoy the harvest. Regular tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, and ton of peppers so far. Also, our apple trees that we planted 5 years ago have applets this year! It takes years to produce, and you have to hope they cross pollinate….woohoo!!

-I continue to push the Paleo lifestyle in my traditional Internal Medicine practice…and of coarse many patients remain resistant (shocker). That said, I am very pleased that in my small Louisiana town the Paleo community is growing. My good friend and next door neighbor the Fit Paleo Mom even has a special Summer Cooking Series on a local TV station spotlighting Paleo cooking. Honestly guys, if you have not checked out her recipe blog DO IT, it’s great. In the last several years since I began my Paleo life, our small town has really come a long way, and I feel it is very much fueled by the Paleo community. We have two local farms producing grass fed beef, a local organic farm producing amazing produce they sell twice a week (they also sell pastured pork, fresh farm eggs, and are developing ducks to sell), and our local big chain grocery has tremendously expanded their organic produce and food area. Our community is passionate about sourcing our food, and local business has responded.

-I have personally started to push my road cycling. I dabbled in it a few years ago and bought a nice starter Specialized bike. I enjoyed it, but rode off and on. A few months ago I decided to push it, make goals, trying to get faster and better. More than anything the quiet time it gives me is amazing. I cherish alone time, and my bike has become a sanctuary. Cycling is now my main exercise, and I’m loving it. I’m doing what I normally do…reading all I can on improving my cycling and am already seeing the steady results. I entered a local race, the Tour de Bayou 2013 in November. This is very unlike me, as I’m not that competitive by nature. I’m pretty excited though, should be fun (I’ll get a T-shirt too 🙂 ).

-Lastly I’m staring to make it a point to get my kids and I outside much more. With them small my wife and I’s enjoyment of hiking, camping, kayaking etc slowed down tremendously. They just could not enjoy these activities being so small. At Easter we went camping in Texas, and after a VERY cold first night we really enjoyed being outside. Nighttime fireside chats with my daughter were priceless. We are utilizing our love of Geocaching to get outside as well, and if you are looking for a way to get your kids excited about getting outside, CHECK IT OUT! On this vacation we took the kids on a 3 hour river Kayak trip and they absolutely loved it. Kourt and I are so excited as we feel we can start enjoying this part of our life again now that the kids are old enough to tag along, and most importantly enjoy it! We have many plans coming together, the first of which is a 4-5 night canoe camping trip next year…float by day, fireside by night :). This way the kids don’t have to carry much, the canoes can do that for us. Oh how I love being outside…

I’m honest, I’m not as good at updating the blog as I should be. I’ll get better, but I know it will be intermittent while my kids are small. If you want though, please follow my Instagram feed as I update it regularly with my meals and adventures. I really enjoy interacting with you all, and truly love our inspirational community. As always, you can find me on Twitter @PaleolothicMD.

Keep in touch, God bless, and stay safe.

Ernie

 
6 Comments

Posted by on July 26, 2013 in General Paleo Discussion

 

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6 responses to “An Update on Things!

  1. macarroll

    July 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Ernie, even though you don’t update often I enjoy every post! I am super impressed that you continue to discuss nutrition with your patients and believe this is just not done enough in the Western MD field. I haven’t updated my blog in a while but am feeling inspired again and was doing some research for my dad who has been experiencing some TIA symptoms and stumbled upon this video by Dr. William Davis, the author of Wheat Belly. It’s an hour long lecture but if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbBURnqYVzw It will completely reinforce why you are doing what you are doing for yourself, family and patients. I know it has helped me convince my dad to eat better. Thanks again for your great blog!!

     
  2. Nannette

    July 26, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Never you worry about how often you post. Any post we get is just happy confirmation that there’s an MD still out there who believes in the Paleo lifestyle, and who may make a big difference being “on the inside.”

     
  3. Your Living Body

    July 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Ernie,

    Like Nannette said, don’t worry about the posting so much – post what is enjoyable.

    I can understand the frustration that you experience in your practice. There’s so much “information” out there based off the guidelines that the USDA has put in place and that has been taught to dietitians, nurses, and MD’s like yourself due in part to lobbying. I work as a RN on a neuro/trauma floor and I try to do my fair share of educating patients on a less tradational, more primal way of living their life. It’s not well perceived. The thing that’s horrible is some of the advice that these dietitians give our diabetic patients. What drives me insane is hospital meal trays that include pancakes for diabetics or white pasta. I can’t stand it… Keep up the good work – it’s great to see other health care professionals doing something non-traditional.

     
  4. deanco

    July 28, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I liked your post, mostly your honesty about it being hard to keep up and what your going to with your kids more too. Lets see more.

     
  5. segmation

    August 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Love your blog! Thanks for making the world a better place. http://www.segmation.wordpress.com

     
  6. Tina

    November 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I don’t know a single doctor who is recommending the paleo lifestyle. When I was diagnosed with diabetes, I was sent to an education class. Still so many carbs being recommended. I was shocked. Moving to the paleo life style is the only thing keeping my BS under control. Good for you!

     

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