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10 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 150

Have you ditched the Purel yet? Studies show that carpet-bombing your microbial passengers with antibiotic soaps and hand sanitizers is counterproductive and even dangerous, while simple soap works best.

The United States Army banned Vibram Fivefingers (and, if anyone actually has a pair, those Fila knockoffs). To be fair, they do allow other minimalist offerings.

Longtime reader Alex Shalman went strictly Primal and lost a bunch of weight and inches. Check his blog post for detailed stat and food porn.

In pleasantly surprising news, the USDA concluded that grass-fed cows are more environmentally friendly than feedlot cows.

My favorite research of the week: tennis match grunting proven to negatively affect opponent’s performance. Of course, grunting positively affects other types of performance.

Second favorite: better sleep improves athletic performance.

Have you been eating deep-fried wood pulp?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 4 – July 10)

Comment of the Week

i don’t know, isn’t Glee on then?

– Reader Dasbutch, in the comment section from “Expedition Impossible Team Goes Primal”

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. That reduction sauce looks amazing!

    Never thought I’d be cheering on the USDA. Love me some grass-fed beef regardless of what they say, but glad to see it all the same.

    Anne wrote on July 10th, 2011
  2. Thanks for the link love again this weekend! That’s interesting on the Army and VFF’s. I wouldn’t give mine up for a lot of things, but I can also see where the unified appearance of your fighting force is important. And I can also see the advantages of the “single compartment” argument in terms of safety and protection.

    Casey P wrote on July 10th, 2011
  3. Interesting that the Army bans VFFs, but the Air Force is allowing them (so long as injinis are worn).

    Matt Berry wrote on July 10th, 2011
  4. Amen to grass-fed beef and sleep!

    Primal Toad wrote on July 10th, 2011
  5. Deep-fried wood pulp! That sounds so yummi.
    If I eat enough will I grow beaver teeth?

    Primal Palate wrote on July 10th, 2011
    • Not sure about the beaver teeth, but you’ll definitely sprout leaves—-do you look good in green? LOL

      PrimalGrandma wrote on July 10th, 2011
  6. I am so disturbed by the cellulose article, obviously the food system is irreparably broken. I felt like an alien from a different planet clicking through the slideshow of “foods”. I mean, really? Frozen cream cheese-jalapeno bread bowl bites?

    Karen P. wrote on July 10th, 2011
    • “Frozen Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bread Bowl Bites”… Haha, if what you’re eating takes longer to say than it takes to actually eat a bite of it, or if it has a brand name, that’s the first sign you’re doing something wrong with your life.

      Hal wrote on July 10th, 2011
  7. Thanks for the shout out Mark!

    Will continue to stay on the path and hope to inspire people along the way.

    Two weeks ago I had a conversation with my girlfriends grandparents and their elderly friend, and told them the whole story of what Primal is, and our results (they’ve got 240 years of life and experience on me combined). They called yesterday to say they’ve been Primal since our conversation and have already seen great results. Also, I’ve been posting pictures of all my meals on facebook, and a number of friends have converted to Primal.

    I tell you this, because I know it matters to you. I know you feel like you’ve made a difference when you see my results, and I thank you big time, and I want you to know that it spreads out and out and out and you are making a difference in more people’s lives than you will ever know.

    I bet if we could calculate the lbs of fat that have been shed because of your efforts, we would see mountains full :)

    Alex Shalman wrote on July 10th, 2011
    • Congrats Alex!!! You are doing awesome man!! And to Mark, wow, you have made such an impression on me, and like Alex, follow your principals and am on my way to curing my t2 diabetes!! You have made such a huge difference in so many lives that I will be forever grateful that I came across your fabulous blog!!

      Thank you!!
      Tim

      Tim wrote on July 10th, 2011
  8. Re: the silly article about wood pulp.

    Don’t get excited, folks! Cellulose = plant fiber = wood fiber. Fiber = fiber. What do healthywholegrain purveyors and diners think makes their healthywholegrain “healty?”

    “It’s the wood pulp, stupid!”

    M wrote on July 10th, 2011
  9. Triclosan safety is currently under review by the FDA. And all the antibiotic use too. just stay healthy!!! eat your veggies, and of course…relax.

    Dasbutch wrote on July 10th, 2011
  10. Hey, I like the Fila knockoffs! lol

    I have both, so I can make a comparison. I like them better than VFFs actually.

    Steve Scarfia wrote on July 10th, 2011
    • I could not afford them, but after envying the VFF te shoes and stopping by our local EMS store one Sunday after church, i did pick out a mdel, and a size and tried them on. but, sadl, had to leave empty-handed because of their rice.
      Then, a couple of hours later our two boys called and asked what I wanted for father’s day. Glad you asked, LOL! Ben wearing my VFF toe shoes for 4 weeks, now, except for a couple of days and when I kayak, do not want the awful river-water smell. Luv em!
      .
      I have flat feet, low instep, wide foot but a narrow heel. (Most folks are D/B ball/Heel.) I am E/A ball/heel.
      .
      Purchased the one model (KomodoSport) that has a velcroe heel strap, and it also happens to have the all-purpose sole tread I was looking for too.
      .
      Couldn’t be happier. I Do take them off at night before retiring fr the evening – lol…..

      John D. Pilla wrote on July 10th, 2011
      • VFFs are perfect for water sports! If you get that river water smell just rinse off any mud and throw ‘em in the washer with your laundry (make sure the velcro is covered). After that stick ‘em in the sun to dry out. That’s what I love about my VFFs, they don’t ever get completely saturated with “foot” smell because I can wash them easily whenever I want. Try doing that with most other expensive running shoes.

        Jeremy wrote on July 11th, 2011
  11. Thanks for the heads up on the wood pulp issue. Wayaaayyyy back when, I used to eat those low-fat tortillas and thought I was doing a good thing for myself – just like lots of folks did or still do. After going Primal, while at the grocery store, I started re-reading the ingredient lists of items I used to eat and was literally appalled at the junk in them.

    A while back, I found an article that opened my eyes even more. This isn’t a Primal/Paleo site, but there’s some stuff that’s definitely worth reading including this article on celluose:

    drhyman.com/health-foods-that-are-dangerous-for-your-health-3513/

    Part of this article discusses the evils of trans-fat which I know that no one here needs to be reminded of, but the section on wood pulp is just another eye-opener on how evil the prepared food industry really can be.

    PrimalGrandma wrote on July 10th, 2011
    • Oh, BTW, it’s “virgin” wood pulp that’s being used in prepared foods – what more could we possible ask for?

      PrimalGrandma wrote on July 10th, 2011
  12. WOW! The USDA got smart, at least on one thing!!

    The Real Food Mama wrote on July 10th, 2011
  13. Mark, I saw the article on the army banning vff yesterday and thought of you. A portion of the reasoning was aesthetics, that is silly for the army to be more concerned with how they look than how they perform
    On wood pulp in processed food, I’m glad I gave up processed foods.

    bbuddha wrote on July 10th, 2011
  14. Bad luck for our US Army brethren. I’ve had no problems here (Australian army) with wearing VFFs for PT sessions or fitness tests thankfully. In fact I see more and more army guys giving them a shot.

    Peter@themensdomain wrote on July 10th, 2011
  15. US army ban vffs???? Take a look at that pic!!! Ffs!! They can’t be that bothered about PT as that bunch are a bunch of fat bastards. In the British Royal Marines if you looked like that you would be given a warning and if nothing happened you would be binned back to civvie street!!! I think they should get their priorities right!! As the soldiers who bought vffs are obviously serious about their fitness.

    Bootneck wrote on July 10th, 2011
  16. I got my VFF in April for hiking. We hiked Buckskin Gulch, here in Utah, barefoot one day and it was awesome. The VFF give the same grounding feel with some protection. I wear mine all the time.

    Mary Hone wrote on July 10th, 2011
  17. I am not sure if you meant to answer my qestion with a link path to this topic, but it worked and you did it. Thanks Mark

    bradley wrote on July 11th, 2011
  18. I don’t know about wood pulp, but I’ve seen “ester of wood rosin” on many a label in my day… YUM! @.@

    Coyote Vick wrote on July 12th, 2011
  19. Next time I have a all the saw-dust up, add some milk, and I’ve got a full meal: Protein, Carbs, Fat, and Fiber – and I’d be recylcing, no waste. Kellogg’s sawdust anyone?

    John Pilla wrote on July 12th, 2011

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