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31 Oct

Halloween Link Love

GrokpumpkinSpooky 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

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. 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!

    FairyRae wrote on October 31st, 2010
    • I love Sifl and Olly. I don’t think many people knew it existed!

      tjrouill wrote on November 1st, 2010
  2. 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 :)

    Liz Chalmers wrote on October 31st, 2010
  3. That blood soup looks and sounds revolting. *barf*

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

    Unamused Mouse wrote on October 31st, 2010
  4. Great pumpkin carving! Once again, I love the notes when I roll the mouse over the picture :D
    I now feel inspired to bake a pumpkin clafouti…

    Peggy wrote on October 31st, 2010
  5. That pumpkin took some expert carving!

    Ahmed Serag wrote on October 31st, 2010
  6. Awesome pumpkin! I am a cavewoman for Halloween with my tattoo=) I know–I really stretched my imagination this year!….lol

    PrimalStyle-Real.Yummy.Food wrote on October 31st, 2010
  7. That’s funny Scott. I would just lie on the test, they’ve got everything wrong!

    Meagan wrote on October 31st, 2010
  8. 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.

    cathyx wrote on October 31st, 2010
  9. 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).

    Sue wrote on October 31st, 2010
  10. 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…

    Roland wrote on October 31st, 2010
  11. 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!

    ColoGrassFed wrote on October 31st, 2010
  12. 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 treat. Halloween is a recent and IMO undesirable import from the US, not something that we had as children. But the kids this year had a great time, the dressing up is really the highlight.

    julianne wrote on October 31st, 2010
  13. That is the best carved pumpkin I have ever seen. Trick or treat!

    Primal Toad wrote on October 31st, 2010
  14. 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.

    Jennifer wrote on October 31st, 2010
  15. 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!

    Tara wrote on October 31st, 2010
  16. 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 67 year old brother just died of a stroke a week ago). His 60 year old wife is also very big and diabetic. Seeing them in worse shape than my 80 year old grandparents scares me into wanting to eat better because I don’t want to end up like them. Many years ago we tried to convince them to go low carb, but my father in law said he would rather have his piece of cherry pie than live longer. I thought, at the time, how sad, but years later I had gained back the 80 pounds plus more ending up at 260 pounds (5’4″ female) from eating out every day. Then a few years ago went back to eating right and got back to 170. Now the last 2 years I keep going back and forth from 170 to 200 pounds, currently the latter. I’m constantly yo-yoing with eating primal and then going weeks eating crap. I can’t tell you how guilty I feel for eating so bad most of the time the last 7 years wondering what kind of damage I’m doing to my body. I know I just need to suck it up and eat right, and I want to, however I was raised for 20 years on eating food because it tastes good. I can’t tell you how hard it is to give that bad habit up. Any advice on how to mentally want to give up fast food for the next 60 years? (I know, most people actually love meat, eggs, and cheese and embrace switching to this way of life, but I don’t really like those foods, which is why I struggle with making healthy meals at home. I’m constantly trying new recipes, but it doesn’t seem to help). I’m addicted to food, I admit, but at least not to alcohol like my dad. Mark, I love your stuff, keep up the great work!

    Bee wrote on November 1st, 2010
    • 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)

      C2H5OH wrote on November 1st, 2010
    • 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. 9 years later, I’m still in good shape, despite my first 34 years being mostly chubby and sad.

      I will never stop loving me a Big Mac, but I just don’t eat them anymore. Food is now more my fuel than a comfort to me, even I have to remind myself of this quite often.

      I hope this helps.

      Roland

      Roland wrote on November 1st, 2010
  17. Haha that picture is awesome! Made me laugh.

    Oliver wrote on November 1st, 2010
  18. In response to the Frightening Comment of the Week. Just lie!!! Insurance companies are crooks anyway!!!

    Jiri Feala wrote on November 1st, 2010
  19. Not a fan of “trick-or-treating” myself…why not have a Primal Party with all sorts of nourishing treats!

    Mindi Anderson wrote on November 1st, 2010
  20. 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: 35 years of pension payments, plus care home fees.

    Govt answer: Let them eat cake. (Make sure cake is v. cheap)”

    wd wrote on November 2nd, 2010
  21. You have to take the Daily Mail with a big pinch of salt, it tends to distort scientific findings. See Ben Goldacre: http://www.badscience.net/2010/10/the-caveat-in-paragraph-number-19/

    PaleoMum wrote on November 1st, 2010

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