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Month: October 2010

Grokfeast in Cape Coral, Florida

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

When I saw this contest description, I knew that I had to get my kids involved. By ‘my kids’ I mean my 4th grade class. From the beginning of the school year, they’ve listened to me talk about just eating fruits, vegetables and meat and this contest was my chance to demonstrate a good time, Old-School err…. Primal-School. The parents think I’m a bit nuts, but they’ve seemed to embrace, or at least can’t deny, the nutritional value of eating more fruits and vegetables (I always mention organic of course). Several have thanked me for my influence on their kids eating habits already. As such, 9 families embraced the spirit of the event and joined the fun, each bringing primal-styled foods.

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Grokfeast in San Jose, California

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

‘Twas the night of the Grokfeast, when all through the ‘hood
was a dozen or so Grok-wannabes hunting for food;
Their tummies were hungry and fridges were so bare, they foraged
together, because they care;
With Audra stoking the fire, and Frank roasting the meat, Cherry and
Robin busily cutting the veggies to eat;
Lindsay and Eden carefully weighing and measuring to ensure every
Grokee would get their fill,
As Joe watched the little ones, so Becca could bag the many meals;
After slaving away over hot, open fires, well over four and one-half hours,
though time quickly flew, enjoying each others’ company,
Then what to their wondering eyes could it be,
A week’s worth of primal food for each Grok family,
No, not just two or three small little snacks, but twenty-one delicious
cavemen dishes to develop a healthy heart and make strong backs.
As the clan separated to go their own ways, they knew in their tummies
and hearts it was a well-spent day;
Building good eating habits and maintaining their health, it’s teaching by
example that is much more than wealth!

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Grokfeast in Florida

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

My Grokfeast started out very early as some of us were running in a local two mile racing event. The weather was absolutely gorgeous for a morning run. When the run was finished it was still a little early and the official start of the feast wasn’t scheduled for another couple hours, so the group disbanded while I headed over to the park in order to ensure our location. Groks and Grokettes showed up just after the start of the Grokfeast with a bang, with everybody arriving within a minute or two of each other; which ended up working really well. The overall attitude of the group was fatigued and hungry so we fired up the grills right away while Joshua set up the slackline. The running “events” were canceled since there was already a race that morning. The slackline proved challenging to get up using a five carabineer system but eventually was rocking and ready for play!

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Grokfeast in New York

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Are you sitting down? If not, you should be, because I am about to tell you of the GrokFeast we threw that can only be described as the best party of the Neolithic era. One part luau pig, one part dinosaur, and one part giant bonfire dance celebration with one hundred of our nearest and dearest friends is all you need to have a true caveman party.

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Contest: Two Days of Grokfeasts

The Prize:

Lardo. What’s lardo? It’s delicious, precious, raw seasoned pork back fat from Mangalitsa pigs. You can slice it and eat it plain. You can melt it into a meal. It makes for a great, calorie dense snack if you’re a constant hiker. The winner of today’s contest will win four blocks of lardo, courtesy of Heath Putnam Farms. That’s roughly four pounds artisan pig fat in an assortment of seasonings (raw, garlic & oregano, Hungarian sweet paprika, black pepper and juniper berries). For the pig connoisseur, Mangalitsa pigs – also known as wooly pigs – are a lard-type swine. Their fat has such a light texture that it can be whipped like cream. If you’re looking for a new pork experience well beyond the joys of bacon, learn more about the wonders of the Wooly Pig, and check out Heath Putnam’s Wooly Pigs Blog.

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Grokfeast in San Francisco, California

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.


What We Did

  • Moved Frequently at a Slow Pace
  • Sprint Once in a While
  • Lift Heavy Things
  • Swimming in the cold SF Bay
  • Play
  • Rest!

We started off the NorCal Paleo Grokfeast at our local rockclimbing gym in San Francisco. While we waited for participants to show up we weightlifted, did pull-ups, sit-ups and stretching. Sophia and Justine both unexpectedly showed up in their Vibram Five Finger Toe Shoes — Toe mates!

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