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23 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 127

Whether you’re sitting on the couch, raiding the fridge, or just doing nothing at all… thank you, America, for inventing the Forever Lazy. (Sheesh.)

Sure, school lunches are nasty. But fear not, readers. There is hope. Domino’s has decided to rescue children from the odious morass of poor nutrition. Enter the Smart Slice School Lunch Pizza Program! No, this isn’t a parody piece.

Joe Robinson is searching for a cure, a cure for adulthood.

According to The Telegraph, mammoth steaks may be on the menu in the near future! Or at the very least a mammoth amusement park located on a tropical island where nothing could go wrong…

Orthotics may not be for everyone… or anyone. Find out what the New York Times has to say about drug store and designer foot molds. Now, what do you have to say about them?

Swing, baby, swing! Fair warning, this is some extreme baby swinging. What do you think, healthy or reckless? (from this forum thread)

A little late in coming, but have a flippin’ happy 2011, everyone.

Recipe Corner

  • Paleoblocks makes a roasted carrot and avocado salad so lip-smackingly simple, it will make your head explode. The trick? Buy your carrots from a farmers’ market.
  • For those who enjoyed the pressure cooking that happened a couple weeks ago, step it up a notch with the world of Hip Pressure Cooking, a one-stop resource for lovers of steamy, clamped-down, stainless steel.

Time Capsule

One year ago (January 16 – 22)

  • The Belly Whisperer – An in-depth expose covering the long and tortured life of one of the most famous fitness gurus ever to appear on television.
  • The Wonderful World of Coconut Products – Oil, butter, milk, flour, cream, and yes, even bras can be made from this fine, fine tropical food.

Comment of the Week

An email from a reader…

I’ve been a punk since middle school and learned the value of eschewing popular opinion in favor of what works for the individual, and I can definitely say that living Primal is punk as f@*%.


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. >>>Domino’s sees an opportunity to provide hot food that not only meets nutrition guidelines – but also tastes great.<<<

    Wouldn't Domino's pizzas meeting nutrition guidelines be a pretty good hint that you need to change your f'ing nutritional guidelines?

    Unbelievable. But hey, the positive side of mass obesity is that at least everyone will be even slower and more lumbering when the zombie apocalypse hits. Lean and primal Groksters will escape their clutches with ease and then rule the world.

    Patrick wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • I like the way you think Patrick!!!

      Poppabear wrote on January 23rd, 2011
      • Ditto! – I wandered around my local town today and marvelled (actually despaired) at what I was looking at – were they really the same species as me? Bring on the Zombie attack I say :-)

        Kelda wrote on January 23rd, 2011
        • Anyone who thinks even fit Groksters would rule the world after a Zombie apocalypse needs to be fed to them first to raise the IQ of the remaining gene pool. Life will be wack, and no one will be ruling nothing.

          Matthew Duhamel wrote on January 24th, 2011
    • :)

      fritzy wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  2. I honestly thought the Forever Lazy suit was a parody, as I was watching it on the Colbert Report. Now I’m scared. (More scared than I was before.)

    Poppabear wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • I hoped it was a parody, but the pessimist in me says it’s just the way that we’ve been going for decades now.

      Griff wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • Maybe it’s just me but I’m 100% sure that the Forever Lazy segment was completely tongue-in-cheek. Definitely funny but notice that there is no way to actually order it. I think it was a pretty decent take on the state of society as a whole at the moment

      DocOne wrote on January 23rd, 2011
      • Doc,

        I’m not so certain (but I’ve only watched it via YT; being in the UK I can’t watch US talk shows) you’re probably right (we Aspies can take things a little too literally).

        No, I tell a lie – I think we can get Ed Sullivan on some channel or other, but that’s about it. We get CNN news bulletins, though…

        Sarah wrote on January 24th, 2011
  3. Who needs a parody when the Snuggie is an extant product?

    Peter wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  4. But Mark, it has an escape hatch and a hoodie. Its just so practical and comfortable. What else are the future diabetics of america going to wear?

    BenK wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • Kinda like the Uni-suit the rolly polly humans wore in Wall-E…

      Poppabear wrote on January 23rd, 2011
      • That’s EXACTLY what I pictured. Freaky.

        Patrick wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • They need to build in diaper so it completely negates the need to move … oh yes and probably a couple of arm ‘hatches’ for the insulin IV line to go in.

      I would say ‘only in America’ but I have an awful feeling it’s here already!

      Kelda wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  5. I’m all about the Lazy suit :) It looks so warm and comfy, not that I’d wear it anywhere but late at night, at home. Not that I buy anything that’s As seen on TV or advertised like that, looks too much a scam. It’s probably super crappily made. And on the baby swinging, my husband and I swing our kids around a ton, they love it, even at a very young age, but not by the arms, except to put in a back carrier. And for sure not by one arm, I think that’s going a bit too far. Now the by legs, babies love being swung around, at least mine do.

    Marie wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  6. the heavy metal penguin version is much more loltastic

    PartyLikeAGrokstar wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  7. I think I’ll stick with the “Comfy Chair.”

    R Dunn wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  8. Excellent article about play.

    Samantha Moore wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  9. The baby-swinging is actually pretty cool – if you watch the woman, she is really very careful about exactly how she handles the childs limbs, when she releases the arms and legs – at the moment when the weight would be less – and she is very conscious of the angles – and for all detractors, you can’t argue with the love, care and development they seem to create in their children and families– i would **love** to have my daughter in the water with dolphins as i have been there myself – alas – the high desert doesn’t provide much opportunity-

    i used to do a small amount of this with my daughter -now 3 – and combined with the rough hillside we live on (which she tromps around on barefoot) she is quite sure of herself physically – seldom trips-up or falls and loves to climb and, is reading Shakespeare! (she still has a little trouble with the linguistic ambiguities….) I know that might apply to most kids, but whether or not being comfortable handling her more gingerly helped, anyone’s guess.

    DaiaRavi wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  10. I’m so wearing a “forever lazy” at primal-con!

    chris wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  11. I wouldn’t mind a mammoth steak…

    And Dominoes needs to get there facts straight. Pizza, no matter what the hell you do with it will never be healthy. Unless you make it primal of course!

    Primal Toad wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • I would totally like a huge slab or ribs served Flintstone style~!

      Poppabear wrote on January 24th, 2011
  12. Thank you Mark.

    Your lifestyle and website, and photos are an inspiration!



    hip pressure cooking
    making pressure cooking hip, one recipe at a time!

    Laura wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  13. Regarding the baby swinging–this woman seems to know what she is doing and is very careful. I’m sure the baby benefits from the experience.

    That said, it is reckless to post this for the world to see and stupidly imitate. The incidence of ER visits due to dislocated shoulders and elbows in young children as a result of parents picking them up by one arm is higher than many people realize All we need is for some well-meaning but misguided parent/aunt/uncle to attempt this.

    fritzy wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • People are responsible for their own actions, no matter if they imitate something or make it up on their own.

      DB wrote on January 24th, 2011
  14. I totally agree that play is a forgotten art! I’m a teacher of 3-5 year olds and one of the most fun things I do during a normal week is dancing around like an idiot to Michael Jackson and other pop songs with the kids (while they all sing along to ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billy Jean’, and try to do the moonwalk). There’s nothing quite like waving your arms and jumping around, just like you do at home in your bedroom where no-one can see you, cos the kids couldn’t care less what you look like. (If I was allowed, I would probably get on the slide, but that’s probably bordering on unprofessionalism.) Playing with them is what makes my job fun, and it really is a shame that we stop doing it as we get older. I for one will endeavour to play for my whole life. That’s why I do Crossfit too, cos I like to have fun during my workouts. :)

    April Foster wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • April – you’ve got preschoolers singing along to a track all about a whore who claims the song’s protagonist got her pregnant…?! Damned fine role model YOU are! What will you say if they go home and ask Mummy and/or Daddy what some of the lyrics mean…?

      Whatever happened to the likes of Wheels on the Bus, Incy Wincy Spider, 1-2-3-4-5, She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain, et al…?

      I used to work at an infant school* after school club and the kids had great fun making up extra verses for the latter.

      No, I don’t think I’m a prude (I’m sure you’ll probably beg to differ…) but whatever happened to allowing kids to be kids…? There’ll be plenty of time for them to listen to that kind of rubbish when they’re older…

      *that’s 4-7-year-olds

      Sarah wrote on January 24th, 2011
      • yeah you’re definitely a prude.

        joey wrote on January 24th, 2011
      • who listens to lyrics? I still don’t know what Billy Jean is about…

        Ely wrote on January 24th, 2011
  15. as i wrote in the forum, baby wearing provides all the same benefits as swinging, without the dangers.

    DS was rarely in a car seat and never in another stationary holder. for the first 6 months of his life, he was held or cosleeping (in the car seat less than 1 hr a day). when he learned to crawl, we taught him how to go up and down the stairs. he started walking (a few steps in the middle of the room) at about 8 mo, and started really walking (without holding hands) at 11 months old.

    today, at 2, he’s one of the most physical kids i know, wiht better balance, flexibility, and physical assuredness than counterparts 6 months older. people think he is 4 with the way he walks.

    he is also a bare footer, and has a beautiful (and fast) running gait. he also does yoga, climbs trees, ladders, and rocks, and is just all around very physical. he is interested in swimming right now, so we are looking at swimming lessons in the next year.

    Zoebird wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  16. I had never considered the concept of obese walking dead, but the more I think about it the harder I laugh, another note to consider is that they’ll be stumbling around a lot because their pants will fall down. Ever consider how many times a day you stop to hike your pants up? Suspenders should be a part of every Zombie Apocalypse survival kit… Just sayin’!

    Oh, and I’m really concerned for the shoulder development for swinging babies, I understand that the whole practice might not be detrimental, but that kids shoulders might be a little worn out by the time he starts walking…

    huntergirlhayden wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  17. I made the beef stew from the pressure cooker recipe a couple of weeks back, and it was one of the best stews I’ve ever made. My men loved it. I hadn’t used my PC much since I gave up rice and beans, but the stew was easy and so tasty.

    Thanks for the link to Hip Pressure Cooking. It looks like a great site to explore.

    julietx wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  18. Just a quick comment on the orthotics thing – I’ve had orthotics just in my running shoes for the past few years. I don’t do a lot of actual running – maybe once a week – but I used to wear them to the gym for my weights workouts. The runners are now beyond the state at which they’re acceptable for gym wear (totally glopped up with mud, and if I wash them they’ll fall apart) so for the last week or so I’ve been wearing completely flat little canvas shoes to the gym. I couldn’t figure out why my legs were all of a sudden so sore from my workout but now it totally makes sense – they have to do a lot MORE now I’m not wearing the orthotics… (and I never will again!)

    Sarah wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  19. Fantastic article about balancing adulthood in favor of PBP Rule #7: PLAY! Over the holidays, I’d take my 6 year old step daughter out on adventures in Vermont. We’d run through the snow, climb trees, and jump across icy streams. Never underestimate the therapeutic value of play.

    Primal Palette wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  20. Forever lazy seems like a form of birth control. Wear it and there is no chance your spouse will want you

    Real wrote on January 23rd, 2011
    • No chance he’d even be able to find you in it!

      Kelda wrote on January 23rd, 2011
  21. In the UK, we call those things ‘babygros’. Only in America could a company invent – and successfully market’ ‘adultgros’.

    Hey, why the f*ck should I bother to ‘get lean and stay lean forever’ when I can walk around in an oversized romper suit…?! Hey, it even has a ‘trapdoor, so it I don’t have to go to the bother of unzipping it when I need to take a leak!

    Still, maybe you could attach a pair of bunny ears to it and wear it for Easter dress-up! Bunny ears on the pink one just works, somehow…

    Coming soon – the adult nappy (diaper; just tell me if I’m being too patronising US bods!) and PLEASE don’t tell me it’s already been invented…(though why do I suspect that it has…?)

    Sarah wrote on January 24th, 2011
    • No need for diapers; check out the “snug wow” commercial… but luckily that one was a parody on the Bill Maher show.

      The Forever Lazy has a news clip in which they interview the inventors. Apparently, it’s real.

      Jen wrote on January 25th, 2011
  22. Re the ‘punk’ comment; my forum handle was going to be ‘Sarah_Is_A_Punk_Groker’ but it was too many characters…

    Sarah wrote on January 24th, 2011
  23. Reading these slowly

    Least now I have an excuse not to feel guilty about playing on the swings in the park, then!

    There’s a sign there, tacked to a tree which reads…

    “This play equipment is not to be used by children over the age of 12…”

    Judging by the size of some of the brats round here, I am EXTREMELY tempted to contact the parish council and have that sign amended to…

    “This play equipment is not to be used by children over 12 stone…” (though that’s probably a little weighty – I’m just over 8 stone (when I’m fit and healthy, which I’m not at the moment…)

    I live in an affluent area, and most of the schools round here are preparatory (public (that’s private to you lot over there) junior schools) and they all have uniforms Quite where the parents are getting said uniforms I have no idea (unlike the uniforms for many state schools, you can’t just walk into a high street store and buy them). I was in a local branch of Costa’s (coffee shop chain whose beverages are even worse than Starbucks) and there was a girl the purple-and-grey uniform of one of the local preps.

    She’d bought one of those disgusting iced things (Costa’s call ’em ‘frescatos’) largest size. She sat down at the table next to me (I’d not bought anything, just needed the shade – it was about 80 out!) and I caught sight of her book bag – she was in year 3 (in other words she was 8 rising 9!!!) She almost had bigger boobs than I do (in fact I think she probably did!)

    I’ve just looked at that Domino’s piece (and the website because a fast food outlet wouldn’t be allowed to hook up with schools over here) and could someone please enlighten me as to what “white whole-grain flour” is, please…?

    Sarah wrote on January 24th, 2011
  24. This post is quite informative with the links that supported it. I really like the you linked this article.

    FitnessBeginners wrote on January 24th, 2011
  25. I think it is very representative not a spare case……:)

    Elena wrote on January 24th, 2011
  26. The forever lazy looks a lot like some pajamas I had as a teenager. A grownup version of kiddie feetsie jammies, lol.

    Chipdogwa wrote on January 24th, 2011
  27. eating the carrot avocado salad. its yummy! of course, i used the whole avocado.

    but, doesnt olive oil become unhealthy (toxic?) at a certain temp?

    pixel wrote on January 24th, 2011

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