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30 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 128

The schnozberries taste like schnozberries, and the blueberries taste like… synthetic approximations of sweetened fruit crunchlets. This won’t come as a surprise to most of you, but Natural News reveals just how few blueberries go into blueberry food products.

Speaking of fake foods… Poor Taco Bell just wants to bring affordable, healthy meat-flavored blends to the American masses. And yet, a Montgomery law firm is suing them, claiming their “beef” isn’t really beef at all. Taco Bell should have heeded my advice!

Good news for barefooters, Vibrams is finally coming out with a line of winter wear! What say you? Like? Dislike?

Golfers exercise too, or so says Ben Crane.

The “Caveman Diet” made ABC’s list of celebrity fad diets this year! Apparently Megan Fox is into evolutionary health? Citation needed. Head over to Hunter-Gatherer for a little analysis on the “Paleo Fad.”

DiGiorno does America a favor and produces a frozen pizza/frozen cookie combo. But where are the french fries, DiGiorno? You almost scored a trifecta!

And finally, do nothing for two minutes.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (January 23 – 29)

  • 17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight – Perfect for anyone who has dabbled in Primal living, but has yet to see the desired results.
  • The Definitive Guide to Dairy – Milk, butter, cheese, yogurt. It’s not a necessary component of a Primal diet, but not all forms of dairy are villainous. Learn all you need to know about this entire “food group.”

Comment of the Week

From my cold, dead hands, Mark Sisson.

@Beam_ad’s Twitter response to The Not So Definitive Guide to Diet Soda.

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. Yikes!! Vibram winter-wear is grotesque! Do they still have minimalist soles? Kudos for keeping the philosophy alive as they try to branch out, and good luck selling those things. Personally, I’ve not had any problems running in New England this winter (sub-freezing for the last couple of weeks, sub-zero farenheit for a few days). My hands and face are frozen long before I feel it in my feet. I wish they would take minimal soles and put them on a business shoe that I could wear to work – but I’m not sure how my boss would feel about me waving my toe gloves at him every time he walked by.

    Andrew Brooks wrote on January 30th, 2011
    • I agree on the feet not getting cold. These seem more of a line for fashion as much as anything else, which as you said is great as long as they maintain the minimalist philosphy as much as possible. You should give the vibrams at work thing a try, they may say yes. It worked for me: shirt, tie, pants & my black ksos, everyday. I think that’s as primal as they’ll allow though!

      Justin S wrote on January 31st, 2011
    • Those are creepy. Love the “normal” Vibrams but those other ones look like you’re wearing someone else’s foot skin on your feet. Yuck.

      AustinGirl wrote on January 31st, 2011
  2. I’m not a fan of the winter look vibrams, but it took a bit for some of the current styles to grow on me too. They may be a good choice for folks who have no option for running inside in the winter. I’m happy I have a treadmill so I can hide in my cave when the weather is too bad.

    Poppabear wrote on January 30th, 2011
    • Baby Food Diet… ‘Da Hell?

      Poppabear wrote on January 30th, 2011
  3. I really need to save my comments til I finish going over all the links! LOL. The 17 reasons you’re not losing weight article is perfect also for keeping on the straight and narrow. I’m going to print that one out and put it on my fridge. Good focus reminder. I needed the poke to cut down on my fruits. I verge on being a sugar junkie for apples.

    Poppabear wrote on January 30th, 2011
  4. Thanks for the link to the video of the enchiladas. I made them a couple of weeks ago, but I couldn’t get the crepes right. They fell apart (I was not good at pancake crepes either, so that might be it ;), but I just tossed them into the mix, and it still tasted great. Great book.

    Jesper wrote on January 30th, 2011
  5. My guy says that french fries are supposed to be fried, so they can’t complete the trifecta – it needs potato skins.

    Twibble wrote on January 30th, 2011
  6. The Taco Bell lawsuit is hilarious!

    “At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket, like Tyson Foods. We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef.”

    Gee, even if it’s true, it’s less than inspiring to be touting our USDA inspected beef.

    Derek Weiss wrote on January 30th, 2011
    • You didn’t read it carefully. They said they “[i]start[/i] with USDA-inspected beef.” They are the ones adulterating it.

      I tried their “Classic ‘Lime’ Fruitista Freeze.” OMG, yucky! It was so chemically, it tasted to me exactly how Formula 409 cleaner smells. I wondered if somebody in the back messed with my beverage.

      chipin wrote on January 30th, 2011
    • And…Tyson doesn’t exactly have a stellar record…

      Shelli wrote on January 30th, 2011
  7. It get’s better.

    From Taco Hell’s website……regarding “sand in my taco” and the use of silicon dioxide.

    “Furthermore, we use certified organic silicon dioxide.”

    Well that makes me feel better, knowing it’s “organic”.

    Derek Weiss wrote on January 30th, 2011
  8. That Ben Crane video makes me laugh every single time I watch it.

    Amy in Austin wrote on January 30th, 2011
  9. I suppose if someones idea of ‘winter’ is low 50s in No-Cal, these might be perfect. Alas, it’s -34c/-29f outside my door right now.

    Anyone who actually lives in cold weather climates knows that mittens beat gloved if the want to have warm hands. It’s no difference with feet.

    Haggus wrote on January 30th, 2011
    • Good point! I bought a great pair of mitt-gloves from Mark’s Work Wearhouse here a couple winters ago…inside you have a thinsoft fingered glove and the outside is a full mitt shell. They keep my paws nice and toasty.

      Unamused Mouse wrote on January 30th, 2011
  10. Those Vibram winter ankle boots look just like the ones Dr. Cornelius wore in Planet of the Apes.

    Samantha Moore wrote on January 30th, 2011
    • LOL!! I thought the same thing.

      Poppabear wrote on January 30th, 2011
  11. I nearly peed myself laughing at the Ben Crane vid. The helmet really sets off the look of his outfit.

    Trav wrote on January 30th, 2011
  12. Ok. I LIKE the ankle boots, The ‘lace up’ sneakers are funny but ye gods the tall boots are ugly!

    Noctiluca wrote on January 30th, 2011
  13. I like the Vibrams including the boots! But I need waterproof ones here in Scotland in the Winter, these look warm but will they keep out the wet!

    Wonder when they are available, can’t find anything on the net so far and I bet the boots are megabucks.

    Kelda wrote on January 30th, 2011
  14. From someone living in the mountains, I’m looking forward to the new Vibram Winter collection!

    Chris wrote on January 30th, 2011
  15. Re: Fad diet.

    Sticks and stones….

    Re: Winter Vibrams.

    Nope, putting laces on them doesn’t make them anymore “normal” looking. How about an elastic, spandex-type, “webbing” to go over the top making them appear to be like normal shoes? It should be thin enough that wearers still have the freedom of movement that individual toe pockets provide.

    chipin wrote on January 30th, 2011
    • That’s a great idea! Just on top to cover the toes.

      Unamused Mouse wrote on January 30th, 2011
  16. You know, when watching that ‘Fad Diet’ video, none of them actually said anything bad about paleo, in fact they even said they liked it only to get it mediocre ratings and their shortest segment and move on. It was funny to watch really, but how can you dis our diet of natural meats and fresh produce with a straight face. Unless you want to start pitching it yourself, you better change the subject :P. And I’m all about having Megan Fox as our spokesperson, she is cavewoman hot (it’ll catch on) for sure!

    Jeff wrote on January 30th, 2011
  17. The winter Vibrams scare me. I mean, the beige color is especially a no-win, because everyone will be creeped out by them looking like bare skin. Hope no ones gets nicknamed “Leatherfeet” for wearing them.

    Nastia wrote on January 30th, 2011
  18. The winterwear vibrams that look like boots are scary. It’s like…yeti feet. Its like the result of some sort of unholy union between Uggs and Vibrams and I think Uggs look freaking absurd.

    The ones that don’t look like boots look fine to me.

    ahk wrote on January 30th, 2011
  19. I just tried the Do Nothing For 2 Minuets website.

    Holy shit that thing is magic! I clicked the link, sat back and folded my hands… 30 seconds in I was starting dreamily at the gorgeous sunset and 1 minuet in a big goofy smile started to creep upon my face. After 2 min I was feeling happier and more at peace than I’d done all day.

    I’ll say it again. Freaking. Magic.

    Malin wrote on January 30th, 2011
  20. Totally unrelated, but hilarious!! http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6868901/

    “I am a real doctor.”

    Bobby Crason wrote on January 30th, 2011
  21. The synthetic blueberry thing doesn’t suprise me. I get nauseous each time I eat a product with synthetic blueberry flavoring…but tend to forget because I just don’t eat stuff like muffins any more. Yuck!

    Shelli wrote on January 30th, 2011
  22. I did nothing for 2 minutes… yay! I was thinking the whole time that something was going to jump out at me but that didn’t happen.

    I wouldn’t mind a pair of Vibrams to run in the winter with… but its a little late now!

    Primal Toad wrote on January 30th, 2011
  23. OH MY GOSH. Ben Crane is now my idol. He’s absolutely hysterical. Who wouldn’t want to work out with him? You’d probably burn extra calories because you’d be laughing so much.

    Tara wrote on January 30th, 2011
  24. Lol I failed the do nothing for two minutes.

    labbygail wrote on January 30th, 2011
  25. I’m all about some winter Vibrams, those would be my “dress shoes” lol!

    huntergirlhayden wrote on January 30th, 2011
  26. Good news about the winter vibrams, I live in Iceland and it can get reeeally cold here in the winter time

    Kristjan wrote on January 30th, 2011
  27. If the winter vibrams catch on, reports of Abominable Snowman snow track sitings will skyrocket.

    Sharon wrote on January 30th, 2011
  28. oops… sightings

    Sharon wrote on January 30th, 2011
  29. Liked the Super Troopers reference!!

    Mother of God!!

    Steve wrote on January 30th, 2011
  30. Dude! I had no idea Vibram was previewing a cold weather line. That rocks! I am counting the days until I can wear my V-5s again – even though we have had a mild winter so far in Boulder, I like toasty toes. I am already saving my pennies for some V-boots! =)

    Dawn wrote on January 30th, 2011
  31. Yes, winter Vibrams!

    Travis wrote on January 30th, 2011
  32. I love that Ben Crane vid, he has another video about his pre round routine which is just as funny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wygbfBNPH50

    Matt wrote on January 31st, 2011
  33. YES!!!!! Winter Vibrams! I’ve been dreaming of these. It’s a bit cold up here in Canada and I miss my Vibes!! YAY.

    Stef wrote on January 31st, 2011
  34. How much real food do you expect out of a $.79 taco, anyway? The lettuce might count as real food.

    Save the outrage for if a steak house starts replacing parts of the meat with filler.

    Eric wrote on January 31st, 2011
  35. I kind of like the winter Vibrams. Imagine how many times a day you will be stopped to explain your feet.

    JenCat wrote on January 31st, 2011
  36. The winter vff. I think they need to stop before they take it too far and things get even uglier.

    Phil wrote on February 1st, 2011
  37. I don´t know-I don´t think five fingers are any better than Converse all-stars.

    drpierredebs wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  38. I’m in agreeance with the glove vs mittens gang. I have some Sanuk booties that I like… & since it was -40 here today, it’s sorels & smartwool! Then change into the Nike Frees in the office. I think because of my bunions the VFFs will never fit me comfortably.
    As to Taco Bell, I agree with the article commenter that it’s just another frivolous lawsuit that consumers will pay for. It’s fast “food” people – the cattle aren’t raised out back

    Peggy wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  39. Those Vibram winter things have to be the ugliest shoes in the shoe kingdom. absolute hideousness! Also, it appears as though they are getting farther away from what the original shoe was meant for and how they actually work, but who can blame someone for wanting to make an extra buck

    Rocco wrote on February 2nd, 2011

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