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6 May

Is All Olive Oil Created Equal?

To begin with, there are several types of olive oil, each determined by the method of processing.

Virgin olive oil is produced only by physical means, rather than by chemical treatment. The best stuff comes from only ripe olives (as green and overripe olives produce bitter and rancid oil, respectively) ground into a paste using millstones or steel drums. By definition, a virgin olive oil has not undergone any processing other than washing, decanting, centrifuging, and filtering (although none of these are required for virgin oil, nothing else is permitted). Some heat can be applied and, as long as it doesn’t alter the composition of the oil, the process can still be dubbed virgin pressing.

Refined olive oil is poor quality (either due to acid content or other defects) virgin oil that must be refined if it is to be edible. Refining is usually done with charcoal filters or chemical processes. Refined olive oil is more shelf-stable, but it’s also essentially flavorless.

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5 May

Barefoot Alternatives

I got the following email from a reader:

Mark,

The Vibram 5 Fingers look great for exercise but not very practical for daily use and I’m wondering if there are any decent shoes available.

The Vivo shoes are the most interesting I’ve been able to spot so far (but haven’t tried them yet).

Many thanks,

Scott

Thanks, Scott. This is actually a pretty common question I get from readers, and it’s typical of the essential problem we Primal Blueprinters face almost every day: that constant battle between doing what is right for our bodies and what is deemed socially acceptable.

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4 May

Dear Mark: Calcium for Women

Dear Mark,

I have been following the PB way of life quite closely now for about five months, and I haven’t felt or looked better!  Well, following it closely except for the dairy part. My question here is “How do I get all my calcium following the PB?” Also, as a female do I need more calcium than a male as we are lead to believe this by normal mainstream information? I guess my problem is I really don’t know how much calcium I should be having as the information ‘out there’ can be misleading and conflicting too. I am worried that I may be doing myself some harm later in life if osteoporosis could stem from not having much dairy.

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3 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 48

Summer approaches and Gym Junkies wants to get you shredded. If you’re ready to stop with the small indulgences and cheat days and really go hardcore for a month, take Gym Junkies’ Shredded For Summer 31 day challenge.

Throw, climb, scoot, lift, and all in 3 minutes. Not a routine for the Sunday stroller; watch this gorallatized workout video. (warning: turn the volume down before hitting play)

On the subject of raising Primal children, The UK has the right idea be getting kids out of the classroom. Let’s get this done in America! (thanks, Stephen)

What are the three unmagical words that may be ruining your life? Read Zen Habits’ post to find out.

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2 May

Coconut Encrusted Chicken Salad

Yesterday we covered the many nutritional benefits of coconut oil, so I wanted to follow it up with a delicious recipe featuring this tasty fat. I tried this recently and it really hit the spot.

If you are making the transition to the Primal lifestyle this may be just the breaded chicken alternative you need to make things easy. And, in my opinion, it beats out the best floured and fried drumstick the colonel has to offer. Let me know what you think in the comment board.

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