How not to Make a Media Server…

This is a step-by-step guide to how I set up my media server.  There are more elegant ways to do this, and to be honest, if I had a choice I would do it differently.  My main motivation for doing it this way was that it cost me absolutely nothing.  I already had a spare computer, 2 Apple TVs and all my movies and TV shows on an external HD.

First of all, a brief overview of my setup:

The heart of this setup is an old laptop running Plex Server.  A utility called PlexConnect redirects the trailers section of the Apple TV to Plex.  I have all my movies and TV shows on a Mac formatted 2TB external HD, which I access from the laptop, which is running Linux Mint 13.  I’m using Linux Mint 13 simply because I happened to have an install CD for it, and it actually runs fairly well on the old laptop.

There was a fair bit that needed to be done to get this working:

  1. Set up Linux
  2. Make the laptop able to read and write my external Mac HD
  3. Install Plex Server, and configure the media Libraries
  4. Install PlexConnect
  5. Tweak the Apple TVs to look at the laptop instead of Apple’s servers for Trailers.

Step 1: Setting up Linux

Initially I was going to use a lightweight Linux distro called ArchLinux, but in the end I decided that as I already had Linux Mint 13 on the laptop and that it ran quite well, that I would save myself some time by not installing a new version.  With that task gone, all that needed to be done was to give the laptop a static IP address.  As my home network is a simple setup I just set a manual IP on the laptop, but to be more robust it would be better to assign a fixed address in DHCP on my ADSL router.

Step 2: Making the laptop access the Mac HD

The first step was to install the necessary software to allow Linux to read HFS+ volumes.  There are two ways of doing this, either with apt-get from the command line, or using Synaptic Package Manager.  I chose to use Synaptic Package Manager, because it helpfully installs any necessary dependencies.

If you want to use the command line, all you need to type is:
sudo apt-get install hfsprogs

One thing I discovered early on is that if the Mac volume has journaling enabled, then it will be mounted read-only in Linux.  To avoid this it is necessary to disable journaling from within Disk Utility on the Mac.  This is a simple procedure, just select the drive in Disk Utility then select “Disable Journaling” from the File menu (or press cmd + J).

After installing hfsprogs, the drive mounted in linux as soon as it was connected.  I happily started to setup folders for Plex Server, only to discover that the drive was read-only.  It turns out that I had ownership enabled on the drive under MacOS, so Linux was unable to access the data.  One quick
sudo chmod -R o+r /media/2TBDrive
later I had read/write access to my Mac drive in Linux.

Step 3: Installing Plex Server

Rather than detailing the exact install process of Plex Server, it’s probably best for me to simply link to the Installation Guide.  All the necessary steps have been laid out there, and are easy to follow.  Depending on the exact Linux Distribution you use, the install steps will be slightly different.  Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, so I just followed the Ubuntu directions with no problems.

Step 4: Installing PlexConnect

This is where things started to get a bit hazy.  The installation of PlexConnect itself is pretty straight forward.  PlexConnect is downloaded and installed using git, a version control system.  I did need to install git first, but using Synaptic Package Manager it was a simple task.  Python version 2.7.x is also needed for PlexConnect to run, and this was already installed on the laptop.

Once git is installed, PlexConnect is installed by typing:
git clone
in a terminal window.

Once PlexConnect is installed, it is necessary to generate security certificates.  I used the Mac Certificate Install Guide, with no issues.

PlexConnect can be started from a terminal window (which requires the terminal window to stay open) or as a daemon.  I wanted to have it start as a daemon automatically on startup, so I waded into the unfamiliar territory of init.d under Linux.  After much googling, I found that the best way to start it was simply to edit /etc/rc.local and add the following line:
/path/to/PlexConnect/PlexConnect_daemon.bash start

Having done that, I rebooted, and typed:
cd PlexConnect
sudo ./PlexConnect_daemon.bash status

in a terminal window to confirm that PlexConnect was running.

Step 5: Pointing the Apple TV to Plex

The last step is to change a couple of settings on the Apple TV to get it to point to the Plex server.  First of all it is necessary to change the DNS server address to the static IP given to the server in the first step.  This is done by going to Settings > General > Network > Wi-Fi > <Network Name> > Configure DNS and changing it to Manual.  Then change DNS to the address of the machine running Plex.

The next step to to add a profile for the security certificates created in step 4.  Under Settings > General scroll down to Send Data to Apple and press Play on the remote.  On the next screen select Add Profile, select OK, type the following into the URL field:
then select Submit

That’s it!  If everything is working, going to Trailers on the Apple TV menu will now take you to your Plex Server, and you can happily watch Movies and TV shows in any media format that Plex can handle.

I said at the start that this is not my ideal setup, but it works, and it was free, so I can’t really complain.  In the distant future when I have spare funds, and the motivation to do something about it I’d ideally like to have a NAS for storing my media files.  At the moment I’m happy enough with Plex and the Apple TV that I’d consider still using them.

Right now, the only feature that I wish I had was something like the XBMC Remote app for playing stuff.  The Apple Remote app will control the Apple TV, but it’s a bit clunkier than just selecting what I want to watch on the screen of the phone or iPad.  Still, beggars can’t be choosers, and what I have is a heap better than what I didn’t have yesterday.

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The Joy of Being a Geek

I’ve long considered myself to be something of a geek, which I consider to be a positive thing.  I love tinkering with stuff, particularly computers and electronics.  It comes in handy, especially when you want to make something do things it wasn’t intended to do.

Take, for example, the Apple TV.  Apple TVs are great little devices for accessing media in your computer’s iTunes library on a TV.  They’re not so great if you have an extensive collection of media that’s not in iTunes, and would be too time consuming to move over.

I recently stayed with my cousin and her husband, and was mightily impressed with his media server setup.  He used a Raspberry Pi single board computer connected to the TV to access his movies and TV shows that were stored on a NAS.  It was a simple task to view movies using the XMBC Remote iOS app from a phone or iPad.

I’d love to have such a setup, but I don’t have a NAS, and don’t have the funds to get one.  I have a smart TV which can access a DLNA server, but based on a past experiments using Plex Server on my Mac, I wasn’t impressed with how it worked.  Plex itself worked fine, but the interface on the TV was atrocious.

I do have a couple of Apple TVs, so it would be nice to use them to access a Plex server, but Apple have not put that functionality in them.  I’ve read that a jail broken Apple TV can do it, but I can only jailbreak one of my Apple TVs (possibly…).  What ever I did, I wanted it to work on both of them.  Fortunately I found a solution.

I chanced upon an article showing how to tweak an Apple TV to redirect the trailers feature to access a Plex server.  This is supposed to work on both the V2 and V3 Apple TVs.  All I needed was a Plex server.  I didn’t want to use my MacBook Pro, because all my media files are on an external drive, and I like being able to move the laptop around.  What I do have are a couple of old PC laptops acquired for the purposes of playing around with Linux and Windows.

Now, wouldn’t it be great to use my existing drive of movies with Plex on Linux?  Yes, yes it would, except the drive is formatted in HFS+, and I wasn’t sure if Linux had the ability to read and write HFS+ drives.  I didn’t want to backup and reformat, since the drive has more data on it that I have backup space available.  Fortunately there are ways of using HFS drives in Linux.

The upside of all this is that I have an old laptop running Linux, happily connecting to my Mac formatted external HD.  My Apple TVs have been tweaked so that when you access trailers, you instead get my Plex server, but with the Apple TVs nice interface.  This all took a bit of messing about to set up, with much searching required to find out how to do some more obscure parts, so I will be posting a complete walk through of how I set everything up in the next day or so.


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A Step in the Right Direction

Confession time: I’ve been struggling with being overweight for nearly 20 years.  For the last 10 or so I’ve been over 100kg, something I’ve been extremely unhappy about.  I did manage to get down under 100kg for a few months when I was trying to eat paleo, but events conspired to make that hard to maintain, so I never persisted.  In the mean time I continued to put on weight.

My health issues late last year were a big wake up call, and I’ve been trying to get my weight back under control.  I’ve had a bit of success, thanks to being much more careful with my diet, but I still ended up with my weight refusing to go lower than 105kg.  Then, a while back, a friend posted on Facebook that they’d lost 50kg in the last year using the 5:2 diet.

I looked into the 5:2 diet, and was rather surprised.  Instead of the extreme fad diet I was expected, the 5:2 seemed to be rather sensible.  It involves eating normally for 5 days of the week, and fasting for 2 days.  On the fast days you eat a quarter of your normal intake.  The 5:2 diet website even has a handy calculator to workout what your normal calorie intake should be, and what your fasting intake should be.  This takes into account your age, activity level, height and weight.

I was already aware of intermittent fasting, but had never really tried it.  After a bit more research, I decided that I had nothing to lose, and would give it a go.  Coincidentally, my lovely wife had also seen the same friend’s post, and was wanting to try the diet too, so we decided to do it together.

The first fast day was a shock to the system.  I normally have a decent breakfast, so when morning tea time rolled around and I hadn’t eaten my stomach was complaining quite loudly.  I ended up caving in and having a light snack, but I figured I’d eat a few less carbs for tea.  I managed to make it through the day without gnawing my arm off (thankfully), but I did wonder how I was going to manage to keep going. Fortunately things did get easier each fast day, especially when I remembered that green tea works well as an appetite suppressant.

At this point in time I’m getting used to feeling hungry on the fast days, and the hunger is nowhere near as severe as it first was.  As a bonus I’ve managed to break the plateau I was on at 105kg, and I’ve now dropped down to 102kg.  Right now my first weight loss goal of dropping below 100kg looks easily achievable this month.

My ultimate weight loss goal is to lose 30kg, which would put me around 80kg.  Thinking about it, when I used to go bush walking, if I took all my camera gear my pack was about 25-26kg, and was damn heavy.  The thought that I’m actually carrying more weight than that day to day is kind of scary, and I’m looking forward to how I’ll feel when it’s gone.

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Looking to the Sky…

It’s been a while since I used my telescope, and with Jupiter, the Moon and Venus so near to each other in the evening sky, I thought it was time to dust it off.  I was quite keen to get out and do some observing, so I set up the telescope before sunset, and made sure it was collimated. Thank goodness for laser collimators, as I got the scope collimated in 10 minutes, as opposed to the good half hour it used to take me.

Once the sky was dark enough to see the brighter stars I set up the scope, and had a look at the crescent moon.  I always enjoy looking at the different phases of the moon, as there is always something interesting to see, particularly on the edge of the light and dark parts of the moon, when the details of the mountains and craters are most obvious.  I turned the scope to Venus next, and enjoyed the view of its crescent phase as well.

For me, though, the highlight was the chance to see Jupiter.  Jupiter is definitely one of my favourites to observe, and while I don’t have an eyepiece with enough magnification to see a lot of surface detail, the ever-changing positions of the Galilean moons is always rewarding.  The other rewarding aspect of astronomy is seeing other people’s reactions when they see something for the first time.

Last night it was my wife and mother-in-law having their first experience.  My wife has done a bit of observing with me, but she’s not had a chance to see Venus with a pronounced crescent phase, nor has she seen Jupiter.  Both of them found the sight of the moon amazing, and loved Jupiter and Venus too.  I still haven’t found anything to show my wife which will replace Saturn as her favourite thing to view, though.

As the evening darkened I decided to see if I could get a photo of the moon through the scope.  After much messing around I managed to get my phone camera lined up with the eyepiece, and snapped a few shots.  I was quite happy with the result, to be honest.  They’re not the greatest shots, being blurred from my hand movements, but there’s still a nice amount of detail.

Clearly if I want to do more of this sort of thing I’ll need a way of attaching a camera to the scope.  A bit of messing around this afternoon suggests it might be possible to rig up a mount strong enough to hold a small compact digital camera.  While I won’t be photographing deep sky objects with such a set up, it will be more than enough to get some half decent shots of the moon, and maybe planets.

Crescent Moon

Crescent moon, captured on iPhone 6 camera using eyepiece projection.

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It’s Never Too Late

Three weeks ago I wanted a small app to simulate rolling dice on my computer.  Unfortunately the few apps for Mac OS that I could find didn’t really do what I wanted them to do.  So, rather than admit defeat and just roll a handful of actual dice, I decided to learn how to write software for Mac.

I had a bit of a chuckle to myself over that, because I had the same thought 18 years ago, when I was studying at Uni.  Back then I was studying electronics, but had several subjects devoted to programming, and I wanted to be able to write software for the Mac.  I even went so far as to outlay a large (for a uni student) chunk of cash on a software development package.

The reason I found it funny was that back then I struggled to find the resources to learn the ins and outs of programming for the Mac, and never actually managed to write any software.  Now, however, it’s completely different.  It’s possible to get everything needed for Mac software development for free, including some very good tutorials.  I think I spent 3 or 4 days learning how to use Apple’s new language, Swift, followed by a couple of days building my first app.

Now, I won’t claim to be any sort of expert, and I’m pretty sure that the code I’ve written could be improved, but I’m pretty happy.  I’ve managed to achieve something that I’ve wanted to do for many years.  I might even be able to make some software that someone else finds useful.

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Rolling the Dice

Last night was a momentous occasion for me.  After a break of over a year, I’ve been able to start up an RPG campaign.  I made the decision a month or so back to start up a campaign, and the lure of the Warhammer 40k setting was too great.  Dark Heresy beat Pathfinder as system of choice, not only because I have experience GMing Dark Heresy already, but because I absolutely love the 40k universe.

I’m not sure exactly what it is about the 40k setting, to be honest.  Possibly it’s familiarity from years of playing 40k and absorbing the background material, possibly it’s the dark, grim nature of the setting, but I just keep getting drawn back to it.  I was made aware of the second edition of Dark Heresy around the time when I was looking to start up a campaign, and having looked at the radically over-hauled rules, and the new background material, I decided pretty much there and then to run with it.

Actually running the session last night was an eye opener.  It’s been that long since I GMed a game I found myself being very rusty.  I also found my train of thought getting derailed quite easily, probably a sided effect of last year’s drama.  I certainly felt like it was hard work, and rather harder than I expected.

Still, at the end of the night, everyone seemed to have fun, which is the most important thing.  Now comes the hard part, thinking up nasty things to do to their characters.  Part of the appeal of the new edition’s background is the larger emphasis on nasty stuff happening.  I think the hardest bit will be narrowing down exactly what nasty stuff will happen…

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Making Something From Nothing

Earlier in the year, as I was recovering from my recent health woes, I wondered if there was anyway for me to earn even a small bit of money on the Internet.  It turns out that there are several ways that you can do this.  I ruled out things like selling stuff, because a) the stuff I have to sell is not stuff people want to buy, and b) I wasn’t in a position to be able to make stuff that people might want to buy on sites like Etsy.

Still, there were plenty of options.  More than one website pointed out that there are plenty of sites on the ‘Net that will pay you to take part in online surveys.  There were also options like online stock trading.

I initially discounted the stock trading, until I found eToro, which calls itself a “Social Trading Network.”  It works much like any other social network, allowing its users to connect with each other.  The nice part of this is that a newcomer to online trading (such as myself) can search users of the site, follow people who seem to be doing well, and even copy the trades that they make.  This tends to make what can be quite a risky way of making money less so.

There’s always a catch, though, isn’t there.  To be able to trade you have to fund your trading account, and the minimum amount you can deposit is US$50.  If you want to be able to copy other users then you need at least US$100, preferably more.  After discussing things with my wife, we decided that while it sounded interesting, we weren’t in a secure enough position financially to be able to try it out.

So, back to the drawing board, how do you get $50?  Let’s have a look into these survey websites.  It turns out that your typical survey website allows you to earn points for completing surveys, which you can then convert to actual money.  A few reviews I read suggested that the best course of action was to sign up with several sites at once.  I found 4 or 5 sites, and signed up.  Of these sites, the majority offered remuneration as in the form of gift-cards to various sites and stores (like Amazon), or as a deposit into your Paypal account.  I only found one site that wouldn’t deposit to Paypal, but it did offer remuneration in the form of gift-cards to local grocery stores, which was just as handy I figured.

After signing up I discovered the next drawback.  Initially I was rubbing my hands with glee at the long lists of surveys I could take on each site.  However, I soon found that actually getting to complete a survey was not going to be quite so simple.  For the most part surveys have particular people they want to hear from, and I got quite familiar with the message saying that I wasn’t in the demographic they wanted to hear from.  Another issue is that most surveys have a limited number of positions, and I missed out on quite a few thanks to them filling up their quota quite quickly.

The other major issue is simply the sheer number of surveys you have to fill out to actually be eligible to receive any sort of payment.  In the end I abandoned most of the sites, just due to how much work was involved in being able to receive payment.  As it stands I use two sites now, SwagBucks and MySurvey.

MySurvey is nice because its minimum payment figure is A$5, so it doesn’t take as long to be able to earn money.  SwagBucks, on the other hand, has a minimum figure of US$25 for PayPal transfers, but it does offer more than one way of earning points.  I’ve been chugging away for about 3 months now, and have actually been able to cash in points a few times.  Some of the money I earned went towards other stuff, but I’m slowly building up to a point where I could actually consider funding my eToro account.

Another way of earning money I discovered was crowd sourcing.  The idea with crowd sourcing is that if a company has a lot of basic tasks that need to be performed, then they can farm that out to willing people over the internet.  I actually discovered this through SwagBucks, who offer tasks with a site called CrowdFlower as a means of earning points.  The tasks themselves are quite repetitive, and it seems that you have to drudge away at the very boring repetitive tasks for some time before you can access other tasks.  Most of the tasks I did were either transcribing speech to text, or confirming if a speech to text transcription was correct.  I ended up not bothering, because it took a fairly long time for not much reward.

I did, however, find a couple of other crowd sourcing websites.  One site, UserTesting, caught my eye because it offered payment per task completed.  The site offers usability testing for web sites, and a typical tasks requires you to perform certain actions on a web site, while your screen actions are recorded, along with your voice (you need to talk through exactly what you are doing).

The tasks seem simple enough, although the site has a few drawbacks in terms of how easy it is to earn money.  This site has the same issue with wanting particular demographics to perform tests as the survey sites, as well as tests filling their quota quite quickly too.  I’ve found that unless I can do a test as soon as it appears in the test list I tend to miss out.

However, unlike the survey sites, they do pay per test, straight into PayPal.  The only downside is that there is a 7 day period between completing the test and the payment being processed.  Still, it all happens automatically, and most of the survey sites have a few days delay with PayPal deposits, so I don’t see that as a huge downside.

With all of these options for earning the odd bit of money here and there, I’m anticipating being able to fund my eToro account within the next week or two.  Once I’ve done that, then the fun will really start.  I’m hoping that I’ll be able to carefully invest my $50 starting money, so that I can then copy other traders who have been able to make consistent profits without taking huge risks.

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Back From the Dead (Thankfully not Literally…)

Wow, it’s been 2 and a half years since my last post (not including the draft post I discovered from 2 years ago), talk about a lapse in posting.  There have been some major upheavals in my life over the last 12 months or so, starting with me resigning from my job, followed by a stint in hospital shortly after with a brain haemorrhage and fractured vertebrae.  Consequently I’ve spent quite some time recovering, plus thinking about exactly what I want to do with my life now.

Having the haemorrhage has made me deal with things like how Ive been dealing with ongoing depression and stress in my life.  Being out of work has been a mixed blessing, as it’s made things tough for us financially, but I’ve been able to take a deep breather, metaphorically speaking, and deal with the side effects of being in an unpleasant work situation.

On the positive side, I’ve made some quite significant steps forward with recovering from depression, and for the first time in over 2 years I actually feel like I am making some progress.  Yes, things are still tough to deal with at times, I still have down days, and I don’t always deal with stress particularly well.  But I have enough really good days to know that the bad days aren’t here permanently, I’m better able to deal with the way my mind works when I’m feeling down, and there’s a lot less stress in my life than say 12 months ago.

So, I’ve decided to revive my blog, with the plan to write about a few new topics.  Firstly, there’s my newly discovered hobby of radio controlled quad copters.  Then there’s my old hobby of war gaming.  Then there’s my new interest in online stock trading.  I’ll be posting about all of those things in the near future.


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Archevore Diet – Stage 1

Last week I posted about the Archevore Diet, and how I planned to follow it.  It’s a bit over a week since I posted, and the experience so far has been rather different to what I expected.  The first stage is to deal with any non food addictions, and get good sleep.

When I first thought about it, I had a mixed reaction.  The addiction part was going to be easy, I don’t smoke or do drugs, and I rarely drink more than one drink every day or so.  Sleep, on the other hand, I knew was going to be a problem, after all I’m a father of a new born, not getting enough sleep is part of the territory there.

However, I’ve discovered that things aren’t always as they seem.  For starters, I’d thought that the sleep and addictions were two separate problems, but it turns out (at least for me) that the two are intertwined a bit.  What I hadn’t taken into account was computers and me.

Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I have an all out addiction to computers, technology and the Internet, but I do like using them.  And while I don’t get the shakes if I can’t check my email, it was pointed out to me during the week that I tend to sit down at the computer as a bit of a default response if I have nothing to do.  So, while I can live without the computer, I do tend to use it quite a bit.

The sleep issue is quite simple, you can’t have a new born and not have an interrupted night’s sleep.  The thing is, I don’t see this as such an insurmountable problem now.  Firstly, there is such a thing as Polyphasic Sleep, which is basically a fancy way of saying that you sleep several times a day, rather than just once.  The most hard-core version of this uses six short naps every four hours, but there are other easier to follow methods.

What’s interesting about polyphasic sleep is that research has suggested that humans probably evolved to use polyphasic sleep, in particular a kind called Segmented SleepStudies have shown that if humans are left to use only natural light, their sleep pattern changes to a distinct pattern of sleeping for a few hours, followed by an hour or so of wakefulness, followed by another few hours of sleep.

So, I can use this to my advantage.  I don’t have to get a solid 8 hours’ sleep (in fact, I probably shouldn’t, even), I can get away with several shorter sleeps, as long as I just get enough.  This is where the computer use pops its head up again.

It’s all well and good to say that I’ll have a nap, get up and feed the baby, and then get some more sleep, but the computer complicates things.  It’s quite noticeable that I find it harder to fall asleep after using the computer.  It makes sense, all that light from the monitor is going to make my body think it’s day time, rather than night, with subsequent difficulties sleeping.

I was already aware of this issue, and had installed a utility on my computer which changes the colour temperature of the display based on the time of day.  To be honest, it works quite well, but it can’t help with the demands of keeping a new born baby happy.  So, I’ll be limiting my computer use before I want to sleep in an attempt to get a better amount of sleep.

I’m feeling hopeful that a reduction in computer use, and a concerted effort to take a nap between feeds of an evening will help me get stage one of the Archevore diet sorted out.  The next stage will be harder, cutting out sugar, and caloric drinks.  I’m fully expecting to struggle with sugar, as I think it’s probably the worst, and hardest addiction to kick.

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The Winds of Change…

It’s 5 months to the day since my last post, and boy have things changed for me.  My wife and I have moved out of our house and are preparing to sell it, we’ve had a baby boy, and in the process have spent a lot of time in and out of hospital.  I don’t think I could have predicted any of this happening (well, except for the baby, we’ve known about that since early in the year…).

One thing that has to change for me is my lifestyle.  I promised myself that I’d try and live healthy when our baby arrived.  Well, actually I promised my self I’d be living healthy before he arrived, but with all the stuff we’ve been dealing with over the last few months that went out the window.  Regardless, we have a new baby, and I want to be able to keep up with him in a few years time, so that means getting healthy now, no excuses.

A couple of years ago I discovered The Primal Blueprint, and some good success losing weight and getting fitter following it.   Unfortunately for me I went off the rails about a year ago, and have been struggling to get back to eating the way I want to.  I’ve still been reading about Primal/Paleo diets, and one site I found was Archevore.  The Archevore Diet is the brainchild of Kurt Harris MD, and is essentially a Paleo diet, but approached through a series of steps.

The twelve stages of the Archevore Diet are as follows:
1. Get plenty of sleep and deal with any non-food addictions.
2. Eliminate sugar and all caloric drinks.
3. Eliminate gluten grains and wheat flour.
4. Eliminate seed oils
5. No snacking, 2 or 3 meals a day is best.
6. Whole foods from animals.
7. Choose fuels from the EM2.
8. Make sure you are Vitamin D replete.
9. Vegetables and fruits
10. Get proper exercise
11. Avoid eating excessive amounts of fruit.
12. If you are allergic to milk protein or concerned about theoretical risks of casein, you can stick to butter and avoid milk, cream and soft cheeses.

This approach appeals to me as it sounds like it will make changing my lifestyle easier to manage.  I think part of the problem I’ve had in the past has simply been the magnitude of the changes required to follow a Paleo diet.  With this step by step idea, I can deal with the changes in smaller increments.

So, as of today, I’m starting the process of changing my lifestyle.  As I tackle each step I’ll post it up here, along with any progress reports between steps.

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