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16 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 126

I was laughing and wincing at the same time reading Hunter-Gatherer‘s analysis of the particular idiocy of a NY Citibank ad featuring gourmet cupcakes. On a positive note, one of the two gourmet cupcake shops here in Malibu recently closed.

Reader Eric sent me this tidbit about where red food dye comes from. And to paraphrase him, “No more Kool-Aid for the vegetarians!”

Four year olds don’t mince words. When Joe’s young son asked him why he was so fat, Joe realized it might be time to make a few changes. Read Joe’s story of transformation here.

If you’d like a lesson in the art of tearing apart a scientific study, read Primal Wisdom‘s piece, “Red Meat Gives Women Strokes? No.”

Here’s an interesting news segment covering the fattest place on earth (no it’s not America, though our food may be to blame).

For those in the San Francisco Bay area, I’ll be giving a free seminar on taking the Primal Leap in Danville, CA on February 3. Check it out!

And finally, gasp at the horror of meat baby.

Recipe Corner

  • Guess what? Chicken feet! The Wilderness Childe can always be counted on to cook up something you’ve never tried (or possibly have never even heard of). This week she fries up some chicken feet.
  • Not quite as unusual, but still as tasty, Purely Primal wants you to make sirloin steaks with parsley and capers, and he wants you to bag that steak before you cook it. Bag well, readers.

Time Capsule

One year ago (January 10 – 15)

  • An Open Letter to Taco Bell – Taco Bell is clearly trying to inspire excellence in health through their Frescolution program. I applaud their efforts and have a few humble suggestions for lofty improvement to the pillar of healthy eating that is the Taco Bell menu.
  • To Circumcise or Not To Circumcise – Is circumcision safe? Learn the science and read the debate in what became one of the most controversial MDA posts of last year.

Comment of the Week

One of my dearest mentors, Beatrice Wood, lived to 105. She did yoga, threw pottery and swore that the key to a long life was young men and good chocolate right up until the day she went to sleep and never woke up

– Sandra from Monday Musings: Importance and Simplicity of Physical Activity for Oldsters

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. I have an unrelated question here. I woiuld appreciate your opinion. I’m a female girl who is very underweight. My iron levels are terribly low and my energy is gone. I currently take one or two short walks a day and I do some gentle yoga. Things like jogging or jumping seem impossible.
    I need to gain weight. I feel full all the time and am extremely (extremely) constipated. The BM is actually “there” ready to go, but will not release. This is highly horrible. My doctor is growing suspicious of me and believes I’m simply not eating enough.
    I don’t eat grains. Maybe I should?
    I do eat a TON of eggs each day, chicken/fish/turkey, veggies, oils, the best dairy products I can find, some whey, nut butter, nuts, etc..maybe I do need some more grains? TO PUSH my stool through?
    I have bad stitches in my lower ribs and abdomen , very bad. Perhaps a blockage of gas? I feel literally impacted with “s&^t”, but I look tiny , so I guess not. But still, I need to gain weight and I need to get back my energy so I can exercise and funciton again. And I REALLY want my bowel function back. This is horrendous! Highly uncomfortable to walk or sit still when I have to “go” and not able to.
    What gives? I know people say it is the food and not the calories that matter. But is it possible that I’m so tiny I can’t get the food out? Or that there simply is not enough food in me? I would really appreciate your advice. Doctors have thrown me back and forth and I’m pretty much ready to give up on them.

    Anne wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • Pose that question on
      Also provide a detailed meal plan.
      And give as much info as you can in a more reader-friendly fashion than this.

      Tom wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • Dom wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • I think eating a TON of eggs could be your problem with regard to the constipation issue. How about cutting them out for a week and eating other protein – it seems like you don’t eat beef (which would help on both fibre and iron) – I’d consider adding that in too. Obviously iron-rich veggies like the dark green ones (they are also good fibre sources) and some fresh fruit (vit C and iron together is a good thing) particularly a small helping of prunes each day. When I have constipation issues it’s usually because I haven’t been drinking enough so increase your fluids too. I use sennacot (ex-lax) occasional to get my bowels back on track! DO NOT EAT GRAINS!

      Kelda wrote on January 16th, 2011
      • What do you eat in a day? Can I overdo meat? Today I had eggs (only 2), sardines, fatty chicken, lots of veggies, oils, avocado, greek and goat yogurt, fruits, butternut squash, and some other stuff I cna’t rememeber.
        I have these horrible stitches , particularly in the left lower abdomen, very very tight and stitch like, and some back pain.
        Doctors just shake their head at me now and say ” you need to gain weight…you aren’t eating enough”…they think I just don’t eat.
        I’m getting so frustrated. Forced feeding and all this discomfort . I have no energy and only walk each day. I used to be an athlete, and I’ve completely 100 percent regressed to nothing. And I’m at a loss with healthcare :(

        Anne wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • Richard wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • Let me echo that sentiment. You do not need grains!!! What kind of veggies are you eating? Mix some good ole red meat in there and cut down on the eggs.

      Nic Kirkland wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • Ann –

      I just cured my Chronic, Severe constipation. I’d tried every supplement and natural medicine out I’ll write a forum post this afternoon and put the link on this site.

      Primalvore (Erin) wrote on January 16th, 2011
      • I hope to see the link! Desperately.
        I’m eating meat sources twice at day (at lunch and at dinner). But chicken and fish mainly. Already ate eggs at breakfast. I do eat fruit and dairy and avocado…lots of oils. Its true what Rob said- something isn’t’ working now, so change it. Also butternut squash, etc.
        The thing that really bothers and worries me is whether I ought to be forcing this weight gain (I’m always eating, forcing food) or not. Maybe its about the food.
        Maybe its not.
        I’m puzzled now about the whole cause and effect. Do I feel this weight cause of my low low weight? Or do I feel this way because of the food that has caused the low weight? Infuriating.

        Anne wrote on January 16th, 2011
        • Cut out the eggs!

          Kelda wrote on January 16th, 2011
        • Anne – as far as regularity goes, I can’t believe no one has suggested my favorite probiotic – get yourself some Kimchi! This is fermented cabbage with garlic & peppers, usually found near the tofu in grocery stores. Very good, very good for you, and in my experience nothing stops it from getting through =).
          I’m no expert, but if you’re having problems gaining weight, maybe you’re not absorbing nutrients properly – get the gut working right first, then see.
          Wishing you well.

          Daniel wrote on January 16th, 2011
      • Ann..I don’t know what you’ll be posting but I certainly have an interest in your discovery. My daughter is twelve and has had “plumbing” issues for years. I would be honored if we could chat through personal email if you are willing. I don’t have too much information and your post just happened to catch my eye. Honestly, I haven’t even purchased the primal blueprint (for myself) just yet but these stories I read seem to galvanize me into taking action with my own diet and health concerns. Again, my main concern is to pick your brain about your personal findings as it may help me with my little girl. Otherwise, thank you for your time in reading this and good luck with your health successes. Truly, Christopher R. Barnes email:

        Chris Barnes wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • Given you are small and “very underweight” I would advise eating whatever the hell will get your weight up … if a diet of 40 cupcakes a day will do the job then hold your nose and eat the damn cupcakes … your post reads like you have some serious health issues and that is not something to take lightly.

      Obviously what you are currently eating is not getting the job done. Results are what matter and you are not getting good results … you are getting terrible results … try something different. Sticking to a diet that produces bad results makes no sense whatsoever.

      rob wrote on January 16th, 2011
      • For constipation, chelated magnesium supplements work pretty well… I like Mg Malate and Mg citrate. Start with standard dose and increase slowly until things start working.

        Most people are magnesium-deficient. Due to decreasing content of magnesium in soils, high-Mg-containing foods may not contain as much as various sources say they contain.

        Jenny wrote on January 16th, 2011
        • try smooth move tea. always works for me. also Dairy will block me up so think about cutting the dairy out and drinking more water. follow the instructions on the smooth move tea.. 8oz of water and let it steep for 15 min.. drink it down and in 6-12 hours it will help. I have, once, had to drink 2 servings for the desired affect.

          beth wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • Oh my GOOODDD I have the same problem! I’ve tried everything diet-wise but it seems unrelated. The only thing that worked for me was to completely relax, get in the habit of at least trying to go in the morning, and eating only 2 times per day.

      But I still have issues fully emptying and would like to hear more about this.

      James wrote on January 16th, 2011
      • Oh yeah and eating less fiber, but not too little, I have to maintain a certain amount (too much backs up, too little no urge) to go.

        James wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • Add extra fat to your diet. Heaps of olive oil on salads is an easy way to do this (Or even some good old castor oil). Fat will speed up the process. Fiber only shunts everything through OR makes the constipation worse.

      Jesse wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • How many blog posts are you going to put this under? I see these same posts from you again and again. Go into forums for advice. Please? Provide specific details of exactly what and how much you consume, as well as what you’ve already tried to remedy your situation. You’ll get great comments and suggestions from helpful Primals IN THE FORUMS. I promise!

      Although the fact that you say you suspect you are so tiny you cannot pass bowel movements (seriously?!) AND you don’t appear to consider any of the commenters’ suggestions in all the other posts you’ve made about this very subject, makes me wonder if you’re just a spammer hijacking Mark’s posts with nonsense.

      Megan wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • How much water are you drinking? You really need a lot A LOT of water to help digest all that protein and push waste out. It sounds like you are horribly dehydrated. You really should drink your weight in ounces per day. I’m 5’7″ and a muscular 130 lbs, and I drink at least two gallons a day. When I do get dehydrated, I can’t poop.
      Hope this helps.

      J wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • No one has suggested this, so I will – have you been checked for fibroids? They can cause all all sorts of health issues, including constipation.

      Sharon wrote on July 14th, 2011
  2. red food dye link no worky here?

    AlyieCat wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • yes the link does not work for me either!

      Rainbow wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • The link is working now.

      Warwick wrote on January 17th, 2011
  3. that fattest place on earth video is scary… western food is a plague. i did think it was funny though when the guy said about the canned meat “it’s 23% fat!” as if that’s the problem. great piece, but i can’t believe people are still blaming dietary fat for obesity.

    Brendan wrote on January 16th, 2011
    • No doubt! It would seem a bigger problem is the statement preceeding the 23% fat comment… no fresh produce of any kind is sold there. Yikes.

      Megan wrote on January 16th, 2011
  4. I’ve been cooking chicken feet for years… they are indispensable for chicken soup, adding a lot of gelatin and wonderful flavor.

    When the stock is done, I pull out the feet, salt them and start noshing on them, spitting out the bones.

    I get chicken feet from my own chickens, but last week I had to laugh… in the frozen foods section of Sav-A-Lot here were frozen chicken feet, so word is spreading. If your stores don’t supply chicken feet, ask them to order some.

    Jenny wrote on January 16th, 2011
  5. That cupcake article is hilarious. I’ve been at war with the cupcake fad since it started. At least it’s on its way out!

    Also, that meat baby is terrifying!

    Sarah Due wrote on January 16th, 2011
  6. i googled where red dye comes from, and it’s only cochineal and carmine. big deal. the other big source of red dye is a petroleum product — and frankly, i’d rather eat the buga! :-)

    tess wrote on January 16th, 2011
  7. Great collection of links. I’m still processing the video of the fattest place on Earth. So sad. I am very excited about the seminar in Danville. And, success stories are always awesome. 😀

    Melissa Fritcher wrote on January 16th, 2011
  8. Whether circumcision is “safe” or not is completely irrelevant. It’s a sick, twisted act of child mutilation.

    I’m reminded of that South Park episode where they have “veal” legally changed to “tortured baby cow”. If we stopped using the foggy word “circumcision” and started calling it what it really is – infant genital mutilation – the awful practice would come to a grinding halt.

    Chaohinon wrote on January 16th, 2011
  9. The cupcake post cracked me up. Thanks for the link.

    Maba wrote on January 16th, 2011
  10. Thanks for sharing our site today Mark! It’s been fun putting together good recipes to share, and showing people that you CAN enjoy good variety and flavor with your meals while living like Grok – because enjoying lift involves enjoying good food. Beats the heck out of eating the same ground beef with onions and a few spices at every meal…

    Casey P wrote on January 16th, 2011
  11. Cochineal is a great dye for wool. So is unsweetened Kool-Aid powder. Now, maybe I know why.

    Sharon wrote on January 17th, 2011
  12. If it’s gotten to the extreme stage, it’s likely you’ll have to use something extreme like senna or a high dose of magnesium. Or if you can afford it and there’s a specialist near you, then colonic irrigation. Once you feel better, do as the others have suggested and up your fat intake (coconut oil and olive oil), drink bone broth and PLENTY of probiotics- kimchi, kombucha, kefir etc. Lots of green vegetables too and if you’re already eating yogurt that’s not too bad either (though dairy can be constipating for some). If you need to gain weight bump up your calories through fat- animal, coconut, olive (taken cold). And try triphala (Ayurvedic remedy) too, which is very gentle and non addictive and strengthens the gut.

    Sophie wrote on January 18th, 2011

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