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6 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 129

This year’s Super Bowl does not feature Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs. Next year it will. (No link. Just an opinion.)

Mud wrestling is healthy. At any age. NPR explains why dirt is more than just a fun idea for little girls. The post features a picture from Mud Day in Westland, Michigan. Methinks there needs to be a Mud Day in L.A.!

Roasted rabbit is Primal. But, would you eat car-splattered bunny? Catherine Price would. Her piece on roadkill dinner in The Slate is an absolutely dish.

Where’s the beef? The new, new nutritional guidelines are officially out. Same low-fat CW as before, but at least they are no longer suggesting 10 servings of grain a day. What say you readers? A step in the right direction? Or one step forward, twenty steps back?

Are you an exercise widow? A Wall Street Journalist mourns the loss of her husband to the unforgiving clutches of Ironman competitions.

Via The Consumerist, Pepsico’s CEO says Doritos are not bad for you. You read that correctly.

And finally, according to seriously legitimate news source, The Onion, experts recommend standing at least once per day.

Super Bowl Recipe Corner

If you’re entering a last minute scramble for party foods, these should help…

Time Capsule

One year ago (January 30 – February 5)

  • A Sea Change Coming to Wash Your Shoes Away – A Harvard study shows the health benefits of running barefoot. A year later, the barefootprint of the barefoot movement has grown considerably.
  • Prodding Parents to Get Healthy – Your parents have been eating what they have been eating for a very long time. But when the doctor’s polite suggestions become “change or die,” how do you convince your parents that changing to a Primal lifestyle might actually do them good?

Comment of the Week

A few of the hundreds from The Unconquerable Dave


This is amazing! I’m sending this to my parents. Way to go man.


OMG! My eyes were full of tears of joy while I read this. GO DAVE!!!
After seeing the vegan episode on Oprah this week I just had to submit this post and ask them to consider doing a show on primal. Everyone needs to know this stuff!
Dave, you have given hope to a lot of people. I know you will be blessed for all the rest of your days.

Jen Duncan

This guy frakking rules!


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. yeahhh, they’re only mashed up corn fried in oil and seasoned with msg, what’s wrong with that?

    Brendan wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • And softdrinks arent bad either, I mean after all they were discovered in a pharmacy…?!

      Earthspirit wrote on February 6th, 2011
  2. I had no idea you guys were Chiefs fans! Yes! I used to live one mile from the stadium and so I’m prone to agreeing with you, Mark. Go Chiefs!

    Jeff wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • Lions vs Chiefs in Super Bowl 46… sounds good to me!

      Primal Toad wrote on February 6th, 2011
      • It sounds of marvel

        amorenlinea wrote on February 6th, 2011
      • That deserves a hell yea…die hard lions fan here!

        Rob wrote on February 6th, 2011
  3. Re: Doritos
    So the CEO spouts the old “everything in moderation” line eh? Whenever I hear that I ask, does that include cigarettes? Crack? Meth? Strychnine?

    Dave Fish wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • Yea this is such a joke. They area business and thus will do anything they can to make a profit.

      Saying doritos are not bad for you is a huge mistake.

      So if I eat a few doritos, 1 slice of bread, 1 scoop of ice cream, a shot of HFCS, 1 cookie, etc. then I should be ok right? I mean, everything in moderation?

      Primal Toad wrote on February 6th, 2011
      • The best part is that there are so many different cookies in the world — so your moderation could be like, one Oreo, one Fudge Stripe, one ginger snap, etc.

        Jenny wrote on February 6th, 2011
      • Anything you eat too much can be bad for you, although it is healthy food.

        Sinplanes wrote on May 15th, 2012
  4. about the nutritional guidelines, maybe a tiny step in the right direction. However it will take years and years for them to realize all the harm that grains even whole grains can do, and how they just stimulate and induce cravings for all grains.

    Gayle wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • The government will never ever admit that grains are unhealthy. They’d basically be admitting that one of our biggest exports is essentially poisonous. It’s not just a matter of entrenched CW, it’s a matter of economics.

      Carson wrote on February 6th, 2011
      • You are so right! unfortunately. Thank goodness for alternate sources of information like this site and others.
        I first eliminated grains about 6 years ago when I tried the Atkins diets. It was great and I lost a lot of weight. However in later phases some low carb grains are allowed back and for me that made the cravings and the weight come back.
        Now I have learned from this and other primal sites, that the same nutrients can be obtained from sources other than grains and white potatoes.
        I was always under the impression that grains MUST be in the diet at some point. So it is good to know they are not required and not really desired.

        Gayle wrote on February 6th, 2011
        • to be honest: loading half your tablet with veggies at each meal and trying to avoid lots of saturated fats (well, it is avoiding hamburgers too) may help some (!) guys to lose some weight.
          Maybe its a small step in the right direction, but i suggest it wont go into a primal direction 😀
          And do we all want them to go into a primal direction?
          come on guys, our fat should be available for a reasonable price shouldn’t it?

          John wrote on February 6th, 2011
  5. Regarding dirt and children…I am a little confused. The anti-vaccination people say it is our sanitation practices that have cut disease numbers, not vaccines but then there is this thought that we should be exposed to more dirt to build up our immune systems. So which is it?

    Probably there is some truth in both ideas. Maybe someday scientists will figure it all out.

    I also think very feminine little girls don’t like to get dirty and prefer dressing up. It is not all culture.

    Then there is the not so feminine little girls like me, who as a child played in the dirt all day. I don’t remember my mother ever complaining about my filthy self.

    I was always a healthy kid, rarely sick with anything, no allergies or asthma. I always figured this had to do with the good genes from my mother’s side of the family. A healthy lot who live long lives but maybe all that dirt had a good effect as well.

    Sharon wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • The anti-vaccination people say it is our sanitation practices that have cut disease numbers

      By that logic, when removing vaccines, disease numbers shouldn’t increase by much.

      zoltan wrote on February 8th, 2011
  6. Ah..’Coca Cola products are not bad for you because they were discovered in a pharmacy.’ Oh yeah now I see…What?

    Sharon wrote on February 6th, 2011
  7. Sharon, I think there’s a difference between “mud” and “open sewer”. I’m not sure anyone is suggesting kids play in open sewers or anywhere else that human waste products are likely to be. I think the sanitation practices cited in vaccine arguments relate to the existence of toilets and sewage processing, not lack of mud. (And just for the record, I’m not anti-vaccine.)

    Liz Chalmers wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • well – i am pretty much anti-vaccine, until they can promise me they are both safe as good sanitation and they work better than a good immune system. BUT let’s not go there again in this thread – i wanted to second Liz’s comments that a bit of reason is in order – muddy non-human-toxin filled dirt also not laced with human or animal excrement is what we’re talking here, not the kind of sewage runoff i experienced traveling by camel through poor down-ridden country villages in India – now THAT was mud not to play in.

      DaiaRavi wrote on February 6th, 2011
      • As far as dirt and immune systems go some European researchers’ recommend eating boogers… Oh yah, your own!

        Doug Jackson wrote on February 6th, 2011
        • … oh jeeeze – that’s my little girl’s main calorie source… 😉

          DaiaRavi wrote on February 6th, 2011
  8. the pic of the mud-coated little girl is worth the click! and of course – our germ-paranoid society is already well discussed among those with a clue- farm kids fare best regarding allergies and sicknesses – seldom you see a farm kid confined to bed – too busy shoveling the horse poo (well – guess i’m remembering myself…!)
    My little girl nibbles in the greenhouse all day – we rinse what we give her (all organic soil grown) but she manages to get all kinds of bits and pieces of the environment into her mouth – and surprise – no sicknesses, allergies – anything – course she gets a paleo-inspired diet and now regular raw goat milk products – compared to my dear monther’s SAD of the day (not as bad 40 years ago as today’s of course) my little one is a lucky little s*it… 😉
    Discoveries for a Full Life

    DaiaRavi wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • Sounds like farms have dirt laced with animal waste. The subject is still confusing to me.

      And thanks Liz for clearing up the specifics in the anti-vaccine argument.

      Personally I try to keep things reasonably clean, what ever that is, but am not a germ-a-phobe. I haven’t killed anyone yet.

      Sharon wrote on February 6th, 2011
  9. Speaking of the Super Bowl this year, for those who are deaf or hard of hearing – not only will the show be captioned like always, but now for the first time ever, all the crazy commercials will be as well. :-)

    Ailu wrote on February 6th, 2011
  10. Mark,

    Camp Pendleton does yearly mud runs, I’d check it out!

    Nathan wrote on February 6th, 2011
  11. Cool Ranch Doritos = my 20…

    Alex wrote on February 6th, 2011
  12. Eat more vegetables and fruit and less sodium – that’s cool – BUT make sure to limit saturated fats to 10% of total daily intake and be sure to choose low fat dairy options!

    These recommendations are basically the same as those up here, north of the 49th. Partly right, but still so many problems.

    I think I’m going to drown my sorrows in another coffee with lots of 35% cream.

    Chris Sturdy wrote on February 6th, 2011
  13. Just read the NYT article on the dietary guidelines; it says the average American gets 3400mg of sodium a day! My jaw almost hit the keyboard. Is that even possible?

    I’m so sick of hearing about the food lobby’s influence on America’s food and nutrition policies. At this point, I feel like I’m just listening to a commercial, and I don’t trust anything the government tells me. It’s pathetic.

    Dan wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • Speaking as a crazy person with super low blood pressure who’s been known to add salt to V8 and just eat salt straight up: yes, it’s possible. 3.4 grams is only about a half-teaspoon of salt.

      Jenny wrote on February 6th, 2011
  14. I am starting to think that the government and the FDA don’t have our best interests at heart…

    Poppabear wrote on February 6th, 2011
  15. Cocacola was developed in a pharmacy. Cocaine was developed as a “less addictive replacement for morphine”. I’m sold

    Runnergal wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • whoops…I meant heroin, not cocaine.

      Runnergal wrote on February 6th, 2011
  16. I’m not sure I can spend some precious minutes of my weekend reading those nutritional guidelines based on the comments above.

    I’ll go do some sprints instead 😉

    Alison Golden wrote on February 6th, 2011
  17. Enough nutritional food talk. Back to what is music to my ears. Touchdown Kansas City! You know how it sounds.

    E-Cam wrote on February 6th, 2011
  18. We’re paying billions of dollars every year to Monsanto, ADM, Cargill and other big agribusinesses so they can grow more grain. All that corn isn’t going to eat itself, you know.

    Don’t expect the food pyramid to ever change. In fact, expect the anti-paleo propaganda to get stronger as the movement gains strength, because we emphasize grass-fed, sustainably produced meat that does not generate any profits for agribusiness.

    Meanwhile, anyone notice that the low-cholesterol “EGGS=DEATH” mantra has quietly disappeared? In another 30 or 40 years they’ll finally figure out a way to “disappear” the anti-saturated-fat dogma, too. It’ll happen as soon as Monsanto manages to engineer a soybean that produces stearic acid.

    J. Stanton wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • So true. The food pyramid is not about nutrition. It is about food politics.

      fritzy wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • jeeeeze don’t say that too loud – Monsanto will start working on corn that WILL eat itself…

      DaiaRavi wrote on February 7th, 2011
  19. Dorritos are healthy? Sounds like another good argument against the consumption of corn to me.

    fritzy wrote on February 6th, 2011
  20. Oh yeah; GO CHIEFS!!

    fritzy wrote on February 6th, 2011
  21. Two things come to mind when reading the NY Times article. The first is, we can only blame the government so much. How many people eating a large Domino’s pizza do so with the notion that it is somehow healthy? Our society is filled with lazy people that see eating junk food as an easier way to live. After all, drive throughs and delivery means even less effort is required to eat. This group is unfazed and would likely not change its eating habits, no matter what the food pyramid looks like. The only people that the food pyramid actually affects are the people that eat according to it. If they follow the guidelines and do not get the results they seek, then they should be the ones bitching and moaning. For the large percentage of our society that doesn’t even know what the food pyramid includes, who cares what the guidelines say–they’re not following it anyway.

    The second thought I had was how one sentence stood out: “The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services revise the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a thick booklet that lays out an ideal diet to maintain health, every five years. The panel produces a draft that is reviewed and tweaked by regulators and eventually made public.” How is it that the scientist and health experts submit their guidelines, only to have them “tweaked by regulators?” Why the hell are regulators tweaking any information before the public gets it? Is that so they make sure none of the important lobbying groups are offended by what is said?

    Randy wrote on February 6th, 2011
  22. Mmmm … car splattered bunny … my fav meal! haha

    As an aside… I’m really digging the new pictures featured up on the top banner of the site. I find myself refreshing the page sometimes trying to find new ones. haha They make me really wanna get a paddle board… but all I got around here is the dirty Missouri River with ice chunks floating it in. Oh well, one day…

    Kevin wrote on February 7th, 2011
  23. very cool what you’ve written

    Roberth wrote on February 28th, 2012

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