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19 Jul

What’s In Your Bowl?

Morning, Apples! Here’s a picture of my fruit bowl. I get my produce from the local farmer’s market every weekend, and I like to mix it up each week. (The greens and blueberries are in the fridge, of course). As you can see, I’ve got baby peppers, limes, lemons, a mango and tomatoes this week. I think it would be fun to create a post from the readers (that’s you!). Email me a picture of what’s in your fruit bowl, and I’ll put something fun together for all of us. Tell me about your favorite fruits and veggies, how you use them, or even how you get them (farmer’s market? garden?). I hope to hear from you! icon smile

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18 Jul

The SUV Diet Vs. the 100-Mile Diet

Locavores. The 100-Mile Diet. The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Local is the new organic, and with good reason. Most food travels thousands of miles, at a tremendous cost to our precious resources, just to land on your plate. Eating locally is better for the environment. But it may also be better for your health (what? better than organic?).

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Cookthinker blog tried out the 100-mile diet recently. This is their photo.

From the 100-Mile Diet authors’ page:

“When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 miles—call it ‘the SUV diet.’ On the first day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon (bios) chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.”The 100-Mile Diet

Eating locally – which necessarily means seasonally – is certainly what our ancestors did. These days, Americans wolf down upwards of 4,000 calories a day from refined grain, factory-raised meat and heavily-treated dairy – with little regard for how the food was grown, how it will affect your health, and what it’s doing to the planet. We have Food Processing magazine. Ridiculous processed and refined food “products”. And let’s not forget about Cheese Food. What we don’t have is sustainable agriculture, a humane food production system, or a healthy population. You know, the little things.

The locavore movement is spreading beyond its Berkeley bubble. (Even Google has gotten with the program and serves its employees free lunches comprised of local delicacies and garden vegetables.)

Some questions for the Apples:

– Is “organic” more marketing than meaningful?

– What’s better: organic produce or organic animal products?

– Do you eat locally, organically, both, or neither?

Further Reading:

Primal Health Posts

Interesting Flavor Combinations for Bored Taste Buds

The Fuming Fuji Rants Against Processed Food Marketed to Kids

Weird Processed Food Ingredients (Mold! It Tastes Like Chicken!)

If You Have to Brag About Your “All-White Meat Chicken”…

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18 Jul

Because Blessing Us With His Music Wasn’t Enough

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And here you thought chicken fries were bizarre. Nugget, you’ve been outdone. Inquiring minds want to know: what’s next? Chicken spirals, perhaps? Chicken braids? Or how about a lovely tray of chicken cubes?

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18 Jul

Hitting the Links

Hey gang, I’m off to Dallas for a couple days on business, but you’re in great hands with the Bees. I’m confident you’ll all find plenty of trouble to get into while I’m away. Quick FYI: I’m working on a whale of a proposal for publication next week. I’d intended to make it a two-fer and publish the first part today in lieu of Primal Health, because it’s much lengthier than what I typically publish (yes, that’s possible). Suffice it to say I’m not mincing any words…but there are plenty of them. At any rate, the health care system is a hot topic, and a critical one, and there are all kinds of conversations for new proposals going on in the blogosphere. I hope you’ll come back next Wednesday to check out my radical suggestion. I guarantee you’ll have something to say about it.

In the meantime, a few good links:

Getting Off the Treadmill of Life

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False (author’s reply to this ongoing debate)

Have you ordered your Fuming Fuji mug?

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17 Jul

MDA Blogroll Update (finally)

So much in love with blog changes…

Glad you’re enjoying the new and improved comment structure. Thanks for the constructive feedback, all. In the spirit of healthy changes, here’s the updated MDA blogroll. If you think there’s a great blog I’m evidently clueless about, please give me a shout and I’ll check it out.

General Health, Health Care, Lifestyles, and Perspectives:

Healthbolt

Health Care Vox

The Health Care Blog

Life in the NHS

Science Roll

Over! My! Med! Body!

Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Kevin M.D.

Julie’s Health Club

Health Politics

Highlight HEALTH

The Cheerful Oncologist

Interactive Health

That’s Fit

Men’s Health Blog

Fit Sugar

Go To Gabby

Body, Mind & Solar

Diabetes Mine

The Diabetes Blog

Diabetes Notes

Gluten-Free Girl

Livin’ La Vida Low Carb

The Steaks Are High

Sugar Shock Blog

Low Carb Freedom

The Cardio Blog

A Hearty Life

The Insomnia Blog

Supplement News Blog

Taste Better

Mark’s Daily Apple

Weight Loss, Diet, Nutrition, Food:

Burning the Scale

Diet Blog

Waisted in the Wasteland

Lose Weight With Me

Calorie Lab

I Ate a Pie

Junk Food Blog

Junk Food Science

Supersized Meals

Candy Blog

Eating Fabulous

Veggie Chic

Almost Vegetarian

Slashfood

Laurel on Health Food

Weight of the Evidence

Fitness and Body:

The BradVentures

Complete Running

Slow Twitch

Lean and Hungry Fitness

Arthur De Vany

Body Hack

The Fitness Insider

Science and World:

Enviroblog

Eye on Science

Eye on DNA

Ouroboros

Adventures in Ethics and Science

Pharyngula

Aetiology

The Good Human

Treehugger

The Mind:

Omni Brain

Cognitive Daily

Mind Hacks

Personal Improvement and Life Hacks:

Ririan Project

Zen Habits

Dumb Little Man

Pick the Brain

Lifehack

Lifehacker

Marginal Revolution

The Bigs*, Marketing, and The Man:

Extra Texture

Shaping Youth

Pharma Gossip

Pharmalot

The Last Psychiatrist

The Consumerist

Wise Bread

Food Processing

Quackfiles

Around the Web:

Tech Space

Suicide Food

Gouldenomics

If I forgot you, please let me know.

UPDATE 7/24/07:

Six Until Me (great D-blogging)

Fitness Destinations (daily fitness tips)

Dr. Briffa (a good look at good health)

UPDATE 7/27/07:

60 in 3 (weight loss journey)

*Pharma, Agra, Puff, Moo

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