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June 27, 2010

Weekend Link Love

By Mark Sisson
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From Live Science, scientists have engineered a new kind of vegetable oil. Apparently you can put it in your body or in your car. Those are pretty much the same, right?

As American as squeezable cheese and marshmallow fluff… Take a tour of the American ethnic section.

Does fasting play tricks on the mind? Yes, yes it does. But in a good way. Read this PubMed abstract about short term fasting and neuronal autophagy.

Richard Nikoley doesn’t care too much for Vibrams. Before you shake your bare-toed foot-fist in anger, read Richard’s opinion of Vibram alternatives.

The Biggest Loser loses support as contestant Kai Hibbard speaks out on CBS News about some of the unhealthy conditions on the show. Surprise, surprise.

I’ve linked to Suicide Food before, but this Flickr Group steps up the cannibalism.

For the constant baconnist… bacon camp.

Uh….too much vitamin D?

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1 tbsp baking soda, mix with 1 cup water, pour through your hair and then rub around a bit. Rinse with warm water. Baking soda seems to get rid of any smells. You can rinse with apple cider vinegar (again I do 1tbsp per cup water).

Kat from Pooh-Poohing the ‘Poo

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Clack_Attack
Clack_Attack
6 years 3 months ago

Ahh, The definitive guide to play.

Although it’s counter-intuitive (play being the most natural thing) I still need to ask.

Does anyone have some more good ideas of how to play?

madeline
madeline
6 years 3 months ago

Some deas: Go to the kids playground lol. Jump off the swings after swinging on them, swing on monkeybars, climb up the slide, go through the tunnels, do cartwheels just have fun like you were a kid 😀

Primal Toad
6 years 3 months ago

I can not wait to go play on a playground. I have been meaning to do this for a while. I feel like joining a bunch of kid and just going back to ole times and having a blast!

Amy
Amy
6 years 3 months ago

Frisbee works for me.

Richard Lomas
6 years 3 months ago

Hmm.

I don’t share any of the concerns about Vibrams that the article’s author mentions.

I love them and they’re always a fun conversation starter too.

William
William
6 years 3 months ago
The author confuses his personal experiences as representative of others’. His logic for why VFF’s are a fad is based on his personal experience. He doesn’t offer an observation of other people’s experiences. Looking at his other postings, though, it seems that is his habit. His list of criticisms are grossly subjective: 1. he may not be coordinated enough to put on his VFFs, but I must be one of the miraculous few that can slip into them without hands. I certainly have never found them to be a “pain in the ass”. It’s fine for him to express his… Read more »
mike
mike
6 years 3 months ago

Wow, someone attacks your foot wear and you counter with a point by point on why you think they’re an idiot. I think a little lightening up might be in order.

Richard Nikoley
6 years 3 months ago

Hi William.

Well, I see I’ve touched a nerve. A few MDA readers commented on that post negatively too, yesterday.

Excellent! I guess I’m gonna have to keep touching, maybe even stabbing. I do love stirring the pot.

Admittedly, I seem to have missed the memo that my own blog should not focus on me.

jus
jus
6 years 3 months ago
He also says, “Vibram does, and they make it out of that super hard & dense rubber that’s used in rock climbing shoes and such.” in reference to the soles of the shoes he advocates. I don’t see how having a dense and hard sole is going to be conducive to replicating barefoot walking. I also agree with the concern about flip flops. I live in Florida and people wear them all the time (including myself on occassion). But, I always walk extra careful in them because of how they can create hammer toe. As for the fit and social… Read more »
johnmc
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve heard wonderful things about the Vibrams, but I can’t stand having anything between my toes.

Richard Lomas
6 years 3 months ago

Additionally…

I think those Soft Stars look like something Robin Hood or a Leprechaun would wear.

🙂

Frank
Frank
6 years 3 months ago

Or a homeless man….

Michelle
Michelle
6 years 3 months ago

They look like mesh baggies attached to a thin rubber sole. I’m thinking I could sew myself a pair.

Dan
6 years 3 months ago

Biggest loser is such a joke. Im not surprised.

Ed
Ed
6 years 3 months ago

RE: “too much vitamin D?”

The woman’s vitamin D level is probably too low, because it’s a painted-on “tan.” Fitness and other physique competitors sometimes paint on a very dark tan to keep their physique from looking “washed out” under the bright stage lights.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
6 years 3 months ago

Now I know I have “Morton’s Toe”. I hope he doesn’t want it back. (I didn’t know there was a name for this foot anomaly.) Thanks for the review, Richard.

“Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle” is actually a poetry anthology that was on school reading lists back in the 1970s. (I remember it!)

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
6 years 3 months ago

Morton’s toe is really common (I have it too) and while mine is not so bad that I can’t wear my VFFs in relative comfort, I do wish Vibram would make some of their shoes to properly fit those of us with a longer second toe! I feel like I could get a much better overall fit if the proportions were correct to my feet.

Richard Nikoley
6 years 3 months ago
I probably should have specified what I meant by “long hike” in my post. Contrary to William’s long projection of what I might have written in his last paragraph, I was well aware of Vibram’s caution. It says: “If you second tow is more than 1/6″ longer than your big toe it may be difficult to get a precise fit.” At the time, I just eyeballed it and figured, oh, maybe 1/8″ (less than 1/6, of course) and got them and had no problem. Until I did an eight mile hike. At mile 5-6 the pain set in on both… Read more »
Anthony
6 years 3 months ago

Don’t forget about your speaking appearance in Central Florida Mark! =)

http://orlandofitness.eventbrite.com/

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Cheryl
6 years 3 months ago

and for women who have been wearing vanity shoes for – ever – VFF are very helpful in training your toes to go back to where they belong.

Kinda like turning a piano. You need to do it often to start, then less so as the strings acclimate to the proper tension.

Mr. Nikoley’s views are sometimes a bit ‘strong’ for my taste, so I occasionally read, but do not subscribe to his blog. He has perfect right to voice his opinion. I just think on this one’s he’s thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

Sebastien
6 years 3 months ago
I really feel for this woman from the biggest loser, Erica Hill. We should start a petition or something against this show. It’s really stupid and someday someone will die from it. Reminds me of I story I read about a radio station that held a contest where contestants had to drink an insane amount of water while retaining from peeing and the last contestant to pee would win a Nintendo Wii. Hold you wee for a Wii! Guess what, the woman who won the contest… Well, she died that evening! Water intoxication (when your blood sodium concentration becomes too… Read more »
janice
janice
6 years 3 months ago

A number of months ago because of a post on another blog I tried the baking soda and vinegar on my hair-yi–left it crackly dry and in horrible shape and didnt think i would ever do that again. I was reminded again this week because of the post and decided to try just once more and used only the baking soda. i am “older”, not with oily teen hair, and was concerned about the dryness factor. the baking soda alone is great! Tons of body in my hair and it wasnt too dry. I will def being doing this more.

Eva
Eva
6 years 3 months ago
In regards to the newly invented oil, at first I thought it was a joke. Burning bush? Weird. I don’t really understand the article though. How does faster digestion of the oil make it lower calorie? And how does that increase the chance it will be burned instead of stored? As for Vibrams, is it a crime now in the paleo community to not love Vibrams? Horror of horrors! The Vibrams did actually hurt the hell out of my small toes for a while. I had to have high pain tolerance, but now that the pain has subsided, I like… Read more »
Primal Toad
6 years 3 months ago
I want those watermelon pickles and bacon pancakes… I saw Richards post on the vibrams before. I was surprised by his thoughts as I have not heard any complaints from them. They have been all positive things until I found his post. Then other people were agreeing with him – some. I have owned my KSO’s for almost 2 months and love them to death. I have yet to go hiking in them but I am taking a 3 night camping trip for the 4th and I will be going barefoot and wearing vibrams the entire time. I can’t wait… Read more »
P Rana
P Rana
6 years 3 months ago
Good to hear that you are taking them into the woods! That’s where I think they have an advantage over any other barefoot type shoe. They are truly amphibious so I hike, SUP and kayak in them. The only places I do not hike with them are in deserts (cactus spines!),in the snow, and when serious bushwacking is involved. Not so good things = really fine sand gets in, but it’s not too hard to get out. Some little rocks hurt. You eventually learn what’s ok to step on. Really good things = They aren’t any heavier when wet and… Read more »
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JohnnyH
JohnnyH
6 years 3 months ago

*Going into why I’m wearing V5F
*Explaining why I don’t want cake
*what “medications” I just took
*why I’m getting just beer after looking at the menu for 10 mins

What are things I’m tired of explaining?

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Neil
Neil
6 years 3 months ago
RE: The Vibrams…I personally think he’s made that post so that he can be the “I told you they were a fad first” guy…if they ever happen to go out of favour, which I personally don’t think they will. His points cover his own personal experiences with VFF’s which isn’t enough to say that they aren’t good. I bought a pair of KSO’s 2 months ago for lifting and walking in. I always squat, deadlift, clean, etc in bare feet (well socks, as bare foot in a gym is nasty), but now I don’t have to worry about taking my… Read more »
Heather
Heather
6 years 3 months ago

I really enjoy Richard Nikoley’s blog. For someone new to the primal scene–any suggestions about weight loss blogs for women. MDA is great for a wealth of info, but I would also like to follow a women’s path to paleo. PaleoChix a good start?

Candice
6 years 3 months ago

Here are some of my favorite primal/paleo girls:

http://paleogirls.com/
http://astrogirl.com/
http://girlgoneprimal.blogspot.com/

-C

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Jesse
Jesse
6 years 3 months ago

“When the fats are broken down in your gut, they’re re-synthesized and then they’re usually shipped off to the adipose—fatty—tissues, so that’s what makes you fat,” Pollard said. Fats not re-synthesized are burned off and used as energy, a process otherwise known as oxidation.”

This from the Live Science article about the new frankenfat. Is this not opposite to what you talk about in your book Mark?

chima_p
chima_p
6 years 3 months ago

How is this opposite?

Energy needs to be stored. You can’t eat a 700 cal meal and just have the fats floating in your system.

Mark’s book shows an example of how to create a metabolic environment in which the fats in adipose tissue are made readily available for the times you aren’t eating.

Jesse
Jesse
6 years 3 months ago

Isn’t this more of the ” Fat makes you Fat” nonsense? If you are eating Primally then healthy fats are metabolized for energy, are they not?

chima_p
chima_p
6 years 2 months ago

It’s not nonsense in the context of SAD. It’s a fact of metabolism.

Glucose will be burned for energy and excess fat calories will be stored.

In the context of PB excess fat calories will still be stored however they will be easily available after a meal.

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Richard Nikoley
6 years 3 months ago

OK folks, I have done a side-by-side comparison of the vibrams vs the runamocs in video.

http://freetheanimal.com/2010/06/minimalist-shoes-revisited-showdown-vibran-five-fingers-vs-softstar-runamocs.html

Hope that helps.

JUPITER
JUPITER
6 years 3 months ago
Now that i have read the comments on all the shoe stuff i think people are missing a big point, it is about what you want to wear, no shoe is going to be right for everyone, i love the fact that there are options for all of use, if one does not work for somebody there is another that will, if a shoe is no good for you that dose not make it a bad shoe. we should all be thanking richard for taking the time to point out that there are lots of minimalist shoes to try out,… Read more »
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mike
mike
6 years 2 months ago

Anyone else just love the American ‘food’ section. Oh what the world must think…

Kody
6 years 2 months ago

I don’t agree with how they do things on The Biggest Loser either. Those people are not gonna be able to maintain a routine like that when they get home! They need practical things they can do for the rest of their lives.

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