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Paleo Technology: Modern Devices To Make Being Paleo More Efficient?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2010 at 8:59 PM

The title is oxmoronic, I know, but at least that's better than just being moronic ;)

So -- does anyone use any modern technological devices to help you with your paleo? And I don't mean web sites (we all know fitday, nutritiondata, etc) but I mean actual devices.

I thought of this in reference to the weight-loss thread, because, key to my healthy eating is the following device, that I'm a HUGE fan of:

the Withings. I just weigh myself daily and it keeps automatically a record of my weight - I can download the data, see the curves/charts, etc etc. This is why I can tell you with precision how much I've lost since I started.

I've heard about different tools to measure your blood sugar levels and cholesterol at home. I've never tried any (has anyone?).

Any other tools anyone would recommend?

For example: a particular device to help cook meat so we easily keep it as close to raw as possible? A particular system to measure food quantities?

We are living in the future, this stuff should be here by now ;)

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

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on June 22, 2010
at 02:30 AM

Hitting things with atlatls ain't easy, that's for sure. Been at it for about six months now, and the best I can throw is minute of compost bin :).

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

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on June 21, 2010
at 06:52 PM

I've tried bow hunting (never got anything) for deer, turkey and antelope. And that was with a modern high tech compound bow and very good arrows. But have shot (rifle and shotgun) plenty of game and fowl. Can't imagine how poorly I'd fare if I had to make a weapon (spear, bow/arrow, atl atl, snare etc) to get my food. It is truly taken for granted that a fellow can go buy a rifle and some ammo and shoot up some grub. Might not be a bad thing for me to get some survival training!

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

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on June 21, 2010
at 10:50 AM

@Tim: I was entirely serious. Well, mostly serious. I've been messing around with every single bit of technology I mentioned there for years.

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on June 21, 2010
at 05:45 AM

Wow! That scale is expensive!! But what a fun tool!

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

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on June 21, 2010
at 12:19 AM

Great stuff! A good chuckle, but real advancements.

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0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

on June 20, 2010
at 11:12 PM

Refrigerators, freezers, gas range, gas bbq, food dehydrator, meat grinder, food processor, mixer, any number of kitchen gadgets all make Paleo food preparation easier. Nothing in particular stands out to me. I've had success with my dehydrator and meat grinder in making pemmican..

A cheapo blood glucose meter can be a handy tool for "neolithic foods avoidance" in social settings! Just flash the glucose meter and say "I can't/won't eat that" and you stop getting pestered!

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Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on June 21, 2010
at 12:16 AM

Rifles are far more efficient than bows or atlatls, even if archery and atlatlery are loads of fun, and shotguns definitely beat throwing sticks for bagging birds. Brass wire beats grass cordage for snares any day, and don't get me started on the superiority of metal points, axes and blades versus flint...

And metal fishhooks! Wow! And monofilament fishing line is wonderful stuff. And with the internet, you can research edible plants and mushrooms really quickly, without having to consult a tribal elder or worse, test it on yourself. Heck, you can even find fishing spots or plan hunts using the internet.

Edit: I should clarify that I definitely fall into the re-enactment camp ;).

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

(4089)

on June 21, 2010
at 10:50 AM

@Tim: I was entirely serious. Well, mostly serious. I've been messing around with every single bit of technology I mentioned there for years.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on June 21, 2010
at 06:52 PM

I've tried bow hunting (never got anything) for deer, turkey and antelope. And that was with a modern high tech compound bow and very good arrows. But have shot (rifle and shotgun) plenty of game and fowl. Can't imagine how poorly I'd fare if I had to make a weapon (spear, bow/arrow, atl atl, snare etc) to get my food. It is truly taken for granted that a fellow can go buy a rifle and some ammo and shoot up some grub. Might not be a bad thing for me to get some survival training!

Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

(4089)

on June 22, 2010
at 02:30 AM

Hitting things with atlatls ain't easy, that's for sure. Been at it for about six months now, and the best I can throw is minute of compost bin :).

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on June 21, 2010
at 12:19 AM

Great stuff! A good chuckle, but real advancements.

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93ae9f2d376e5426e891a9b58d8302fa

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on November 26, 2011
at 03:58 PM

THE BICYCLE!!!

How could you people miss this? It's the greatest, most efficient transportation method ever invented!

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on November 26, 2011
at 05:53 AM

So grateful for:

1) Internet, computers, Ipad, smartphone, Paleohacks :) - oh so many recipes, blogs, etc!

2) fridge, freezer, stovetop, oven, toaster oven (not for toast but reheating),

3) pressure cooker, food processor, grinder, digital scale, pots, pans, utensils, cutlery

4) transport for internet shipping of goods, and driving to buy groceries when needed

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on June 21, 2010
at 06:53 PM

The Wii Fit (.......NOT!!!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iYBmAVuBns

;-)

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A480640a53eb5dc8966f49141942f705

on June 21, 2010
at 04:12 AM

I've been doing a ton of sous vide cooking. Roast beast at 133ºF can't be beat.

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/food-porn/diy-sous-vide/

http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2010-01/cooking-sous-vide-inexpensive-diy-way

http://amath.colorado.edu/~baldwind/sous-vide.html

I now have a total of four controllers from AuberIns.com. Why so many? Because I'm a gearhead, that's why.

http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=44

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