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October 31, 2010

Halloween Link Love

By Mark Sisson
25 Comments

Spooky Scary! Thanks to Bryant for the Grok carving to the right.

U.K. Mail Online asks… Can cutting carbohydrates from your diet make you live longer? The answer is a bonafide “Yes!” Good to see Conventional Wisdom cracking.

Razor blades in bite sized Snickers, a kidnapper around every corner, Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids pens a great piece on Halloween Paranoia in the Wall Street Journal.

Want to scare you kids away from sugar? Gross them out with chocolate poo drops, urine sample candy, and these other nasty concoctions. On second thought, they might love this stuff.

Today is the last day to sign up for Jimmy Moore‘s Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb fan club. Take your Jimmy podcast listening to the next level.

And finally, here’s RoboKid. How are you dressing your kid for Halloween? Tell me in the comments section.

Bloody Recipe Corner

  • Fake Blood – Finally, a good use for corn syrup!
  • Blood Soup – Slit a duck’s throat, pour it in a bowl, top with nuts, what more do you need?

Time Capsule of Terror

Gory old posts of yesteryear.

  • Healthy Halloween! – What to serve at your cryptastic Halloween party, and what to give the wee trick or treaters.
  • Trick or Treat: Yea or Nay? – Is sending the kids out to collect buckets of sugar really a good idea? What’s better, one more day of healthy healthiness or the grand tradition of costumed nighttime scavenging?

Frightening Comment of the Week

Here’s a reader email that will shiver yer bones…

Every year I have to take a health survey for my insurance coverage at work. I answer it honestly and depending on what they consider “healthy” I get some money back during the year. Last year I weighed 220 at a height of 5’8″ and scored a 66 which is better than my peer average of 55. This means I save a good deal of money. I picked up a copy of Primal Blueprint in July and started living it in August. Now I weigh 186, BP is lower and I get more activity! Sadly the primal living dropped my “healthy points” to 44 and cost me 225 buck over the next year in premiums. The questionaire was riddled with diet questions. How many whole grains on a daily basis, ZERO?  How much lean meat, LOTS? How much low fat dairy, ZERO?

Then came the workout questions. Apparantly they only love chronic cardio. Short intense “primal workouts” are frowned upon.

At the end of the survey I was given reasons why my premiums had increased so much. Due to my diet, and lack of exercise I was at great risk of heart disease, and stroke.

I should be to single digit body fat in the next three months. If I’m lucky I will still be able to get health coverage next fall. Maybe I should start eating sugar, and grains again, start feeling bad again, gain 50 pounds and save on my health coverage! GEEZ

Thanks for helping me feel great again!

-Sincerely, Scott

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FairyRae
FairyRae
5 years 10 months ago

My 3yo son is being an Ironman-octopus for Halloween. Basically, an Ironman costume with 8 octopus legs hanging from his waist. He says he will ‘transform’ from Ironman to the octopus and back. He loves to transform…

The ‘fake blood’ link has me thinking of Sifl and Olly. 🙂

Fake blood
You scare me like the real thing
And if you were the real thing
You’d scare me more

Happy Halloween MDA!

tjrouill
tjrouill
5 years 10 months ago

I love Sifl and Olly. I don’t think many people knew it existed!

Liz Chalmers
5 years 10 months ago

In response to the frightening comment of the week….I was just filling out a medical history form yesterday, and under diet it asked “Do you eat a healthy, low fat diet?” So I crossed out “low fat” and answered yes 🙂

Unamused Mouse
5 years 10 months ago

That blood soup looks and sounds revolting. *barf*

Re: the “health” surveys, sometimes you just have to tell them what they want to hear!

Peggy
Peggy
5 years 10 months ago

Great pumpkin carving! Once again, I love the notes when I roll the mouse over the picture 😀
I now feel inspired to bake a pumpkin clafouti…

Ahmed Serag
5 years 10 months ago

That pumpkin took some expert carving!

PrimalStyle-Real.Yummy.Food
5 years 10 months ago

Awesome pumpkin! I am a cavewoman for Halloween with my tattoo=) I know–I really stretched my imagination this year!….lol

Meagan
5 years 10 months ago

That’s funny Scott. I would just lie on the test, they’ve got everything wrong!

cathyx
cathyx
5 years 10 months ago

Wow. That email is incredible. He has to pay more for his health care when he’s healthier. Single digit body fat may give him cause to go on disability.

Sue
Sue
5 years 10 months ago

Our daughter doesn’t seem to really see the point of dressing up–she pretends just fine without a costume. And I let her try a Starburst candy yesterday. She didn’t care for it. She preferred the pumpkin bars I made from Elana’s Pantry (with half the normal sweetening).

Roland
5 years 10 months ago

The downside to lying to the test comes when they drop you because you lied.

The odds seem good that they never will, but if you were to one day become some huge cost to them and they decide to check you out…

ColoGrassFed
ColoGrassFed
5 years 10 months ago

I wish it were as easy as telling them what they want to hear (on “healthy” eating). If they find out that you lied
on the questionnaire, they can use that as an excuse to deny coverage when you, say, break your arm or something.

You have to be really careful what you tell the insurance companies. It goes into your files forever!

julianne
5 years 10 months ago
In New Zealand insurance companies are obviously behind the times. We have a pretty good public health system so that private insurance is not necessary but useful, they only ask questions like how many servings of fruit and veggies and how many times a week do you exercise and do you smoke? I don’t recall any on fat, grains or type of exercise. (lets hope they don’t follow the US lead on that unlike our import of just about everything else American, like Halloween!) And with regards to Halloween, we have finally caved into our children’s desire to trick or… Read more »
Primal Toad
5 years 10 months ago

That is the best carved pumpkin I have ever seen. Trick or treat!

Jennifer
Jennifer
5 years 10 months ago

I may be a minority in the primal world, but I really don’t think there is any harm in Halloween or trick-or-treating. Kids get to be a princess or a superhero and people give them something just because they’re cute. It’s one of the special parts of childhood, and healthy food or not, I’d never take it away from any child. Manage the candy, dole it out one piece per day and let the children enjoy the special day.

Tara
5 years 10 months ago

Oh my gosh, that article that Lenore wrote literally made me laugh out loud! She’s so great, I hope parents take heed! I don’t even have kids but I’m taking notes!

Bee
Bee
5 years 10 months ago
I really appreciated the link to: “Can cutting carbohydrates from your diet make you live longer?” I first heard about, and embraced, low carb living about 10 years ago and initially lost 80 pounds, but sad to say, my glutonous upbringing keeps rearing its ugly head. I’ve always felt that diet is the cause of most cancer and heart disease and I have great motivation in my 60 year old in laws: father in law is 64, VERY huge, sweats profusely all the time, diabetic, had heart bypass surgery several years ago, and stroke a couple years ago (and his… Read more »
C2H5OH
C2H5OH
5 years 10 months ago

Me too. If I liked Primal Food I would be already one year primal. And it sometimes not just about taste, something tasty relieves depression very well and is one of 2 my main pleasures in life, aparat from dating life (sometimes abundant, sometimes scarce meetings = need to eat more crap)

Roland
5 years 10 months ago
Bee, many of us can certainly relate. I was fat and using food for comfort most of my life. 9 years ago, I decided to be a happy person and suddenly my diet “worked.” Being fat wasn’t keeping me from being happy, but being unhappy certainly kept me fat because I would always head back to food when I was sad, angry, nervous, etc. I can’t say this book helps everybody, but it was my start. Happiness Is a Serious Problem – Dennis Prager I still find myself looking to food at times, but it’s so much easier to stop.… Read more »
Oliver
Oliver
5 years 10 months ago

Haha that picture is awesome! Made me laugh.

Jiri Feala
Jiri Feala
5 years 10 months ago

In response to the Frightening Comment of the Week. Just lie!!! Insurance companies are crooks anyway!!!

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Mindi Anderson
5 years 10 months ago

Not a fan of “trick-or-treating” myself…why not have a Primal Party with all sorts of nourishing treats!

wd
wd
5 years 10 months ago
Check out the comment from a visitor to the Daily Mail (warning: it’s a little dark, but perhaps some truthiness is in there). “Someone at some point in government has done their sums: Man A lives on the govt approved diet, he works all his life and drops dead at 60 of a heart attack (or spends the last 10 years off work due to diabetes related illnesses). Max cost to govt: 10 years healthcare & benefits. Man B lives on low carb diet, works until he’s 65 and then claims pension until he dies at 100. Cost to govt:… Read more »
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