My wife and I have started a new eating plan – the Paleo diet. Our son the fitness coach has used it (on himself and his clients) with good success. It is based on a lot of research that is nicely summarized in Robb Wolf’s new book, the Paleo Solution, which I finished reading this week. It is primarily a health recovery and fitness lifestyle plan but it can also be used for weight loss. Essentially, you eat like our hunter-gatherer ancestors, with whom we have identical DNA. No grains, no pasta, no dairy, and no legumes. Lots of protein from lean meat (preferably grass-fed), wild-caught seafood, and omega-3 eggs, plus fruits, nuts and seasonal vegetables.
< I visited our local farmers market yesterday morning. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of area farmers selling grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb. I bought some grass-fed ground beef and lamb. I knew I would like the beef because my brother had introduced us to awesomely delicious grass-fed beef hamburgers this summer at the lake.
Coincidentally, there was a cooking demonstration at the Farmers Market. The Chef was making a lamb and sweet-potato hash. If you substitute unrefined coconut oil for the butter, this is a Paleo-friendly recipe. So I promptly returned home and made both a beef and a lamb version. Both were delicious and perfect for re-heating at any meal. We are going to try this plan for 30 days. If I like it and see results, it may be permanent.
Enough about my eating (but I recommend you read Wolf’s book). On to some other interesting reads for the week:
The U.S. Treasury has eliminated paper savings bonds for payroll savings plans. They admit they want to do this for all bonds but at least for now, you can still purchase I Savings Bonds in paper form at banks. (I love I- Bonds for retirement.) Here is the link to the Treasury site to learn more about this news.
I wrote a post for the On Retirement blog at U.S. News and World Report about seven questions you should ask experienced retirees. This is based on conversations I have had with family, friends, and AARP conventioneers who have been in retirement.
The end of the window during which anyone can convert a conventional IRA to a Roth IRA is rapidly approaching. Here is a recent article from Emily Brandon that explains ten reasons why you might want to open a Roth IRA.
Vanguard has launched a new section on its website called “Annuity Access.” I have not studied Vanguard’s current annuity offerings (skip the variable annuities) but its nice to have the information all in one place. (Thanks to Jim at Bargaineering for the tip.
The Digerati Life blog published a summary of different strategies for re-balancing your retirement portfolio.
Last but not least, scan the articles in this past week’s Carnival of Personal Finance. You should find something to read that interests you.