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17 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 114

To all the folks who found my free Grok tattoo offer on the final contest post of the 30 Day Challenge, your tats are in the mail! And speaking of which, it’s not too late to enter that last contest, but do it fast.

Cheers to reader Eric for finding this gem (PDF) in the Nutrition Journal that (Eric’s colorful words) “fully b****-slaps the American Dietary Guidelines for being based on faulty science, weak evidence, and weak results.”

In the three decades since, carbohydrate consumption has increased; overall fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol consumption have decreased to near or below targeted levels; caloric intake remains within recommended levels; and leisure-time physical activity has increased slightly (pp. D1-1, D3-10, B2-3). At the same time, scientific evidence in favor of these recommendations remains inconclusive, and we must consider the possibility that the “potential for harmful effects” has in fact been realized. Notably, “the prevalence of overweight and obesity in the US has increased dramatically in the past three decades” (A4); the number of Americans diagnosed with T2D has tripled.

Warning, the following article is hard to read, the title explains why: Family Farm Ordered to Destroy 50,000 Pounds of Cheese.

Tag is Primal, if you’re doing it right.

Girl Gone Primal attempted my Fast Food Challenge last month. What started as an optimistic foray to the local Red Rooster (Aussie version of KFC) resulted in a messy, free-range fail.

The armed forces are up in arms over footwear. Should Vibrams be allowed on base? The article has some great one liners. Apparently 35% of Navy SEALs where Vibrams, and “Once Navy SEALs start wearing them, everybody in Virginia Beach wants to wear them.” Or as they are called on base, “ninja shoes,” “gorilla feet” or “bear paws.”

And finally, banana bread does what? (NSFW)

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (October 10 – 16)

Comment of the Week

Like last week, this is technically a reader email…

Hi Mark,

I am recently engaged! My fiance and I are semi-new (2 months in) primal CrossFitters, and we’re looking forward to planning our primal wedding! I’ve been searching for some kind of caveman like cake topper, but I can’t find anything that looks as awesome as Grok.  Any ideas?  Thaks so much for everything you’ve given us (motivation, health, and happiness in our lives).


So, what do you think, folks? Any ideas for Coral and her wedding cake? Leave them in the comments section.

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. The tag video is too awesome!

    Primal Toad wrote on October 17th, 2010
  2. i think this is avery nice post , thanx mark i wait your new post .
    Eat This! wraps up one part of a pig with another part of a pig. Feast on bacon wrapped pork chops.

    brash wrote on October 17th, 2010
  3. Gonna invest in Vibram if the army/navy adapts them haha

    Ahmed Serag wrote on October 17th, 2010
  4. For the cake topper, I suggest using the Alchemy feature on For those unfamiliar with that, you basically write a description of what you want and how much you’d like to spend, and then artists can submit bids to make it for you.

    Brenna wrote on October 17th, 2010
  5. I second Etsy for Coral.

    Also, my friend (who’s in the Army) has a Navy Seal friend who’s all abt Vibrams. They’re always rock climbing and doing other primal stuff on their off hours so makes sense.

    MilesHedgehog wrote on October 17th, 2010
  6. I had a student who is a Marine and he is addicted to Vibrams, on campus anyway (he runs long distance in them too). Incidentally, his parents happen to be paleo–they are anti-aging consultants: draw the conclusions you will.

    Lizzie wrote on October 17th, 2010
  7. Is there an alternate link to the Cheese story? It’s said “Error: 509 Bandwidth Exceeded” all day. Your traffic probably crushed their webserver.

    Richard wrote on October 17th, 2010
  8. I really like the army/virbams story. Some pretty funny lines in that.

    Re – wedding cake topper – find a local artist and get them to scuplt a grok and grokette out of Scupley Clay.

    AlyieCat wrote on October 17th, 2010
  9. Thanks for the link love! But, just for the record, Red Rooster is not the Aussie version of KFC. We have KFC. Red Rooster chicken isn’t usually breaded, and it’s more of a wrap/burger place with fish & chips as well. There are some primal options there – shame the free-range meat isn’t filtered through all the primal possibilities. Fortunately, I just found a fully-free-range chicken place just down the road from the Red Rooster, so I have a healthy way to fulfill a fast food craving!

    Girl Gone Primal wrote on October 17th, 2010
  10. We went rock climbing this weekend and all we could think about was how awesome Vibrams would be for that, so I can see how they’d be coveted for certain military applications.

    The Primal Palette wrote on October 17th, 2010
  11. I had a good chuckle about the controversy surrounding the use of VFFs in the US military. As a member of the Canadian Forces, I’ve done unit PT and/or trained in my Vibrams at base gyms dozens of times in the past three years. While I often get some strange looks and comments from my colleagues, I’ve most certainly never been told I couldn’t wear them… even for a PT test.

    The problem with regulations is that they are often written in vague language that leaves them open to interpretation, for example, stating that PT strip must include “appropriate” athletic footwear. Who then gets to decide what is appropriate? Invariably, it’s some crusty old Sergeant Major who hasn’t played in bare feet since he was five!

    I hope this article opens up some much-needed debate and yields a positive outcome for my colleagues south of the border.

    CS wrote on October 18th, 2010
  12. You could try this:

    with suitable a substitute for the bread – just maybe warn people

    Don Q wrote on October 18th, 2010
  13. I suggest Fred & Wilma Flintsone for a cake topper :)

    Peggy wrote on October 18th, 2010
  14. Flintstone bobbleheads!!

    sbhar wrote on October 18th, 2010
  15. Just made the pork chops. One of my new favorite recipes.

    Kelly wrote on October 18th, 2010
  16. Aha! Meatcake!

    Reminds me of an old George Carlin routine…

    Dave S wrote on October 19th, 2010
  17. Meatcake. The term is used in a sketch by comedian George Carlin, in which he describes finding an unidentifiable item in the refrigerator. “Could be meat, could be cake…. It looks like… meatcake!”

    Dave S wrote on October 19th, 2010
  18. I’ve made a meatcake before. Seriously. It wasn’t PD or Paleo, but it was made for a potluck at my church where there are people with a variety of diets.

    I made two round meatloaves in cake pans and used mashed potatoes to “frost” them like a layer cake. My housemate mixed some mashed potato with tumeric and piped it on with a pastry bag to make pretty designs. People at the potluck where we served it had to be warned that it wasn’t a dessert cake. But they ate all of it!

    Elizabeth wrote on October 19th, 2010
  19. Wow… I cant believe no-one commented on the article..

    I actually read it. Amazing. This is one of the best things posted on this site right now. Stating dozens of scientific studies supporting the way us paleo/primals like to eat.

    One of the biggest comments I get from people when I talk about this diet is: “whatever, if that was how we should eat then why isnt it in the food guide?”

    Well… here’s my evidence.

    Thank you Mark. And reader Eric for sending it to Mark.

    Tony Ingram wrote on October 21st, 2010
  20. Mark, I have a question.I have just had a round with a kidney stone—aaagh, thats putting it mildly. I passed the stone.wheeeuu. Question is does beer help to flush out these things? Thanks Bill

    Bill Bryan wrote on October 21st, 2010

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