A thought for engineers

Originally posted on b-reddy.org:

A TED talk about bionic limbs has been making waves through the internet. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a testament to the work being done for amputees. Where at the end of the talk a victim from the Boston marathon, who had her lower leg amputated, comes on stage and dances.

Amazing stuff. Well, most of it.

Something I’ve noticed in the research world is how often researchers attempt to generalize their work. Where they’ve done some great stuff, often in a specific niche, but then think it will be great for everyone. Like where you do some great work with amputees, and then think it will work great with non-amputees. (I wrote about a mathematician doing this here.)

I think the health arena is unique in this regard. You don’t see doctors trying to be computer programmers, but for some reason you see too many…

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Fried Chicken

Paleo Fried Chicken

Paleo Comfort Foods

Taken from Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen by Julie and Charles Mayfield


2 lbs chicken (We use chicken tenders. Original recipe uses bone-in thighs, drums and breasts.)

1 cup coconut oil

2 large pasture-raised eggs

1 cup almond flour/meal

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried basil (original recipe used thyme)

optional: 1 teaspoon chipotle powder


1. Heat oil in large frying pan to 350 degrees

2. Whisk eggs in medium sized bowl

3. Combine all dry ingredients in another bowl and mix well

4. Dip chicken in whisked eggs

5. Coat/cover chicken with dry mixture and place in hot oil. Allow both sides to brown. (About 2 min. on each side)

6. Place drying rack on sheet pan and assemble chicken on the rack so there is space between all pieces.

7. Place in 400 degree F pre-heated over for 10-15 min.

DELICIOUS! One of our very favorites!

Paleo Fruit Compote with Chia Seedsn

Paleo Fruit Compote with Chia Seeds


1.5 cups chopped strawberries (or blueberries or a mixture of the two)

1 teaspoon lemon zest

the juice of one small lemon

3 Tablespoons honey

1 Tablespoon chia seeds

1/4 cup water


1. Put Tablespoon of chia seeds in 1/4 cup of water and allow to sit. Stir briefly.

2. Roughly chop fruit in food processor

3. Empty contents into saucepan

4. Add honey, lemon juice, lemon zest

5. Bring ingredients to a boil. Stir frequently for 15 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for additional 20 minutes. Stir frequently.

6. Once mixture is of jam-like texture, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

7. After mixture cools, fold in chia seeds.

Store in glass container in refrigerator and enjoy for up to 2 weeks.

Goes perfectly on the Paleo Basic Bread Loaf.

strawberry muffins

Paleo Strawberry Muffins

modified from Ancestral Chef’s “Paleo Real Muffins”


3 cups almond meal/flour

1/3 cup grass fed whey protein

1.5 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup grass fed butter, melted

3 pasture-raised eggs

1/4 cup raw, organic honey (original recipe says 1/2 cup but this is not necessary)

1 cup rough chopped strawberries by hand or food processor (original recipe uses 1/2 to 3/4 cups chocolate chips) Strawberries are healthier!!

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat even to 300 degrees F

2. Mix all ingredients together except berries. You don’t need a whisk. Fold in berries last.

3. Place mixture into muffin pan. We use silicone reusable muffin liner which are naturally non-stick. Makes 12 large muffins.

4. Bake for 35 minutes.

Paleo Basic Bread Loaf

Paleo Basic Bread Loaf

Paleo Comfort Foods

This is a delicious and easy bread recipe taken from Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen by Julie and Charles Mayfield


3 1/2 cups (500g) almond flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs

1 Tablespoon honey

3/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


1. Preheat oven too 300 degrees F

2. Combine all dry ingredients

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the honey and apple cider vinegar, then pour into dry ingredients

4. Pour the batter into a well-greased loaf pan

5. Bake for 45 min or so or until bread is golden brown

Bread can be used for a variety of things but Paleo Fruit Compote with Chia Seeds is perfect on top!