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2 Jan

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveAre redheads really the redheaded stepchildren of the world-family? Scientists pop the carrot top to find out what makes gingers tick and what makes them sick.

Kevin MD talks facebook, narcisism, and self esteem. What say you readers, would your off-line and on-line selves like each other?

Here’s a fun hack: Steve Maxwell barefootifies his Nikes with a steak knife.

Should women use creatine? Charlotte over at The Great Fitness Experiment gives it a try. Read her personal account and chime in with your own opinion.

More on the D-Wars: The Huffington Post covers vitamin D, and how the IOM may be SOL with their IUs for RDA.

And finally, I’m not a huge fan of treadmills, but this one is novel.

Recipe Corner

  • Girl Gone Primal is running a series of fall-back favorites (meals that don’t require all the meticulous measuring and preparation) including bacon-stuffed capsicum.
  • Cinnamon up your salmon with Feasting on Fitness’s fun breakfast recipe.

Time Capsule

Two years ago (December 26 – January 1)

Comment of the Week

Multitasking is half-assing a bunch of sh** at once!

-Carl from 15 Ways to Fight Stress

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. Mark, I don’t know if you are aware but the good folks over at Rivendell Bicycle Works are fans of yours. They even sell The Primal Blueprint and are about to start selling Taubes’ new book.
    http://www.rivbike.com/blogs/news_post/318

    Todd S. wrote on January 2nd, 2011
  2. I like the treadmill, LOL!

    maba wrote on January 2nd, 2011
    • I imagine it’ll be handy for virtual reality games.

      Jenny wrote on January 2nd, 2011
  3. Re the creatine, imo taking 20-30 grams a day during “loading” is silly as you will piss away most of it, but in any case, being concerned with a short-term gain in water weight (or fiber weight or any other kind of weight that is not accumulated stored fat) is so silly that I won’t even …

    Humans live a long, long time, you need to think in terms of YEARS. Come up with a four year plan to achieve your goals … week to week plans are just setting yourself up for failure … are you committed to getting stronger or are you more concerned with how much you weigh four days from now?

    Not going to weigh in on creatine pro or con, but do some thorough research and understand that strength training supplements are intended as part of a strength training program, and there is no such thing as a two week or two month strength training program.

    I devoted nine months to pullups alone … I wanted to be able to do a bunch of them … twice a week for nine months, starting from zero.

    Now I can do a bunch of them.

    rob wrote on January 2nd, 2011
    • Yeah the “loading” didn’t make any sense to me either. And don’t worry about me Rob, I’m definitely in this health game for the long haul:) I’ve been weight lifting seriously for 7 years now and have no plans to stop. I was tempted by the edge creatine might give me. And just being real about the bloating – not trying to disparage it. Anyhow, I’m really interested in whether you are “pro or con” creatine, if you have the time to explain it to me. I still haven’t decided one way or the other and I’d love more info! Been reading my brains out on the Internet but it’s hard to find reliable sources that aren’t sponsored by supplement companies. PS> I can do a bunch of pull-ups too! And by “bunch” I mean six but I’m darn proud of those six:)

      charlotte wrote on January 2nd, 2011
  4. Rob, nothing wrong with short-term goals. The bloating may be just water weight but it’s darn uncomfortable. Not wort it for the slight benefit it may provide.

    Sue wrote on January 2nd, 2011
    • That was my thought too, Sue. Although a friend gave me some ethyl esther creatine over the weekend and that stuff didn’t make me bloat at all. Anyhow, like I replied to Rob, still not sure if I’m going to give it a go but am def. open to more opinions! (And thanks for backing me up on the bloating – seriously, I was so uncomfortable!)

      charlotte wrote on January 2nd, 2011
  5. Thanks for the link-love guys! Although I have to say that my head is already spinning over all the vit. D stuff. Thanks for the additional info though!

    charlotte wrote on January 2nd, 2011
  6. There is quite a bit of non-supplement creatine info on the web, ignore the muscle head sites … 10g per day in 2 or 3 doses is more than enough, even at that level you are pissing some of it out … arguably 5g is plenty. Don’t bother with “loading,” the 10g is the most your body can use to any extra is just waste.

    rob wrote on January 3rd, 2011
    • Thank you Rob! One last q – does the dosage matter in regards to what type of creatine I use? I switched to an estherized type and I noticed their measurements seem different. Do I need less of this stuff? Don’t want to have overly expensive pee:)

      charlotte wrote on January 3rd, 2011
  7. Here is something about how carbs kill, you might like this for your next WLL.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2011/01/04/mochi-new-years-silent-killer/?mod=wsj_share_twitter

    Curly wrote on January 4th, 2011

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