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19 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 122

weekend link loveIf this story doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

Melissa McEwen is fond of ponies. On her plate!

Congratulations are in order. After a four year engagement, I can now proudly announce that Jenny Craig is married to Nestle Corp. Mazel tov!

Here’s a good example of why evoking the question “What would Grok do?” only goes so far. Discovery has a piece on what early man devoured that you should probably not.

And finally, how to sled if you don’t have hills (requires fighter jet).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (December 12 – 18)

  • Primal Holiday Gifts – This is last year’s list of Christmas goodies to give your Primal loved one. The list works just as good in 2010 as it did in ’09!
  • In Defense of Meat Eaters – Meat is murder. Meat gives you cancer. Man is really an herbivore. You’ve probably heard those arguments before. This two part series chimes in with a rebuttal to the wave of anti-meat rhetoric pervading modern culture. Part one covers the evolutionary angle. Part two covers animal and human well-being.

Comment of the Week

Here’s a bit of Christmas cheer sent in by Grok Star and Primal Blogger, Batty, earlier this week:

merry grokmas

After high fiving my computer screen, I asked her how she did it…

…just following the directions for the tat itself, giving it a bit more water so it would stick. hat is done in acrylic paint, and there’s actually a jungle-y background painted on the back of it, you can kind of see the strokes near the bottom. glad you liked it!

FYI – She’s using the Grok tattoo that was given away during the Primal challenge. I still have a ton of ‘em. If you want them, same rules apply, mail me a stamped, self-addressed envelope and I’ll get a tat to you. Happy holidays!

P.O. Box 6250
Malibu, CA 90264-6250

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. “If this story doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.”

    I was a male version of Katie. The kid in school with glasses (and lazy-eye, but discovered too late to effectively use the patch) who played a violin and wore a pocket protector.

    I still wear glasses (trifocals now) play a violin (and teach), and wear a pocket protector. My pocket protector is reinforced with fiberglass tape, since they are so hard to find these days.

    CelticFiddler wrote on December 19th, 2010
    • smile??? I bawled my eyes out.

      Geeks rule.

      Ely wrote on December 20th, 2010
  2. I loved Melissa’s article! Really slants a different light on things.

    Thanks for linking my Brussels slaw!

    AndreAnna (Life As A Plate) wrote on December 19th, 2010
  3. “Fat is not the problem,” says Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. “If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases.”
    http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-carbs-20101220,0,5893431,full.story

    A great article in the LA Times on the benefits of low-carb diets.

    Tim wrote on December 19th, 2010
  4. I had horse meat when I was in Austria — really delicious, probably some of the yummiest meat I’ve ever had. (And I have a long history of dislike for red meat… makes primal tough!)

    I’m fine with eating meat, but I prefer that it not have an unnecessarily painful or terrifying demise. But because of the current anti-slaughter laws in the U.S., horses suffer in dramatically unnecessary ways. Here’s my summary:

    — It can cost hundreds of dollars to get a lame horse legally euthanized and disposed of. People send them to auction as a result and they sell for almost nothing. That’s fine, but…

    — Meanwhile backyard breeders are producing terrible quality, untrained horses by the literal truckload and sending them to auction. That’s technically fine (I guess?) but…

    — Combine this surplus of horses with the current economy, and that means a LOT of auction horses (including older ones who do have training) get sold to the kill buyer.

    — Since you can’t slaughter horses in America, that means they get packed into trucks for a long, often waterless, crowded, kicking, terrifying trip to Mexico or Canada.

    — By the time they get there some of them will be dead or badly injured.

    All a totally unnecessarily ordeal, IF they could be slaughtered locally. The current law making horse slaughter illegal in the U.S. is ironically making the situation _worse_ for horses, ethically speaking.

    Jenny wrote on December 19th, 2010
  5. Wow Batty, great ornament! Did D do the hat/jungle painting part this time?

    Jenny wrote on December 19th, 2010
    • no, i did it – i can paint as well :)

      batty wrote on December 19th, 2010
      • batty rules. ;)

        Ely wrote on December 20th, 2010
  6. Wonder how long it will be before we start seeing the Jenny Craig endorsed Nestle Crunch and Butterfingers. Maybe ‘health-sized’?

    Richard wrote on December 19th, 2010
  7. You say that we probably shouldn’t follow in Grok’s footsteps in this case, but you’re forgetting that none of that meat was grain fed.

    Allbeef Patty wrote on December 19th, 2010
  8. The Nestle & Jenny Craig thing is SO bizarre, I was really chuckling when I first read it in our daily paper last week. My OH asked me why I was sitting at the computer shaking my head and going OMG!

    Obviously they mean to extract money from the customers coming AND going.

    Odille wrote on December 19th, 2010
  9. My fellow Americans: do not worry. I am not tempted to eat you, despite all that fat on your bodies. It’s the chemical body burden problem, you know.

    shannon wrote on December 19th, 2010
  10. The eat-ponies link reminds me of this summer when I happen to ask my local deer butcher if he knew anyone who was looking for a good horse. He said, “Nope, but I can butcher it for you for $150.”

    His offer took me quite aback since horsemeat is taboo here, besides the fact that I really could not eat this horse; aside from the fact that I already had an upright freezer full of beef, pork and lamb. Fortunately, I was able to sell her for a good price so that was never even a considerable option. lol

    Still, since the Michigan horse market is very dismal, I have to wonder how many people he’s quietly butchered horses for.

    Many people aren’t even able to give theirs away.

    sagehill wrote on December 19th, 2010
  11. Yay, ponies! Love eating horse meat, don’t really understand why it’s so taboo in US, the meat itself is way higher quality than beef, you can’t force-feed them quickly and they are all in all very clean animals. And tasty. Delicious. Yummy. Ok, you get it :)

    Tilen Krivec wrote on December 19th, 2010
  12. For the article through to the comments on the article, I’ve been triggered to eat some pony meat and I shall tell you guys about it soon. Hope am gonna love it though!

    Saeed wrote on December 20th, 2010
  13. Good timing on the cannibalism article… Over breakfast, I exclaimed how delicious bacon fat was- my father said ‘apparently it tastes like human’. Polynesians called human meat ‘long pig’!

    Victoria wrote on December 20th, 2010
  14. Love that bullying story! Jen Yates who put it on her blog has some awesome blogs. She also runs the cakewrecks website… hilarious.

    Sonia wrote on December 20th, 2010
  15. That’s it, I am deleting my id from this site (after reading it for many months). Eating ponies is just beyond the pale.

    Linda wrote on December 20th, 2010
    • I don’t quite follow you. It’s better to let them rot unlike those silly, delicious cows?

      When I die, I wouldn’t mind so much if something ate me. It’s the circle of life.

      I’m pretty sure when you die something is going to eat you as well — even if just lowly bacteria.

      Richard wrote on December 20th, 2010
  16. Personally, I find cows way cuter than horses..and I happily eat them…so I would have no problem with eating horses! Why not horses? Why are they considered different and taboo?

    And, I love pigs best of all…cute, darling pigs, adorable to look at, delicious to eat..truly the “magical” animal that Homer Simpson so loves…

    Janine wrote on December 22nd, 2010

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