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24 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 51

Tummy tucking and breast augmentation are behind the times. In the world of useless, invasive surgery, the fashionable thing to do is get the fat sucked out of your eye sockets. (Thanks to Dr. Eades for digging up this one)

Are pets good for your health? Read Cranky Fitness to find out. (Warning: Lolcats included)

If you’ve got an hour, this video of Gary Taubes does a great job of summing up his wonderful book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. (thanks for posting this in the forum, Tim!)

Zen Habits has an epic list of 55 ways to get more energy. The list is solid, but if you’re an MDA regular, you’ll probably spot the 4 I don’t agree with.

What’s the worst fast food you’ve ever seen? Go Healthy Go Fit points toward Dominos’ Pasta Bread Bowl. If you can find something worse, leave it in the comments section.

And finally from Elana’s Pantry–wrong or right–an almost-Primal twinkie recipe (just be careful with the agave nectar).

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. Much more primal alternative to the pasta bread bowl here:
    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/35060

    Nick wrote on May 24th, 2009
  2. the bread bowl commercial has been raising my blood pressure ever since i caught it about a week ago. i’m sure there are worse things to eat, like domino’s pizza in general, but the redonk processed carbs served in processed carbs is insidious. stop the madness, people.

    liz wrote on May 24th, 2009
  3. Going to try that Twinkie recipe!

    George wrote on May 24th, 2009
  4. Have you seen the Rice University T.W.I.K.I.E.S Project? T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. stands for Tests With Inorganic Noxious Kakes In Extreme Situations.

    http://www.twinkiesproject.com/

    Renee wrote on May 24th, 2009
  5. For the Zen habits, the recommendation for aerobic exercise is obviously something Mark disagrees with.

    Can’t find the other 3 though.

    thehova wrote on May 24th, 2009
  6. There is a local restaurant chain that serves bowtie pasta, breaded and deep fried. Bleck!

    annadragon wrote on May 24th, 2009
  7. I love Elana’s Pantry! We have very similar styles, and have worked off of eachother’s recipes.

    Thanks for the Taubes link. Always looking for more content from him!

    Lauren B wrote on May 24th, 2009
  8. I tried the twinkie recipe, just not in the twinkie format – i don’t have a mold like that.

    I liked it as a regular cake recipe, however.

    A few changes to try out – instead of the agave nectar, blend a banana. This will make the twinkies more brown colored, but the original twinkies were banana flavored.

    I’d also recommend whipping the eggs right before you incorporate the other part of the batter with it. It took long enough for me to mix the batter that they’d fallen enough that it was annoying.

    Depending on your cooking & baking skills, it may take a few times to get this right – it’s a kind of complex recipe that requires a light touch with the mixing of the ingredients.

    timconradinc wrote on May 24th, 2009
  9. Sir..please keep your shirt on in the photos.

    Aside from rampant envy ( and you look bloody good is an non homosexual as way as i can say !) it seems to lump yr site in with all the knobheads who self-aggrandize (Arse De Vany being the primo self-aggrandizer)
    Yr site is really quite quite super and when i see those it kinda detracts as it reminds me of one of those horrific ad’s for whatever is being sold.
    Heavily detracts for me anyways.

    Am sure it ‘moves’ many of the lasses.

    Justin De Quim wrote on May 24th, 2009
  10. LOL!! There’s a point to Mark being shirtless. Take a read around.

    Ecala wrote on May 25th, 2009
  11. Pets are GREAT for your health. I will always live with a dog, cats are good for you, too. They love unconditional and they’re always so much fun to be around. They have an unusual way of turning around a bad day into good and make your best days even better, they always care about you! I believe everyone should experience the happiness a pet gives. If you think about it, dogs are used in some hospitals to some sick patients for therapy, just makes patients feel so much better for the time they’re holding the dog!
    Dogs are so magical to people’s lives!!!

    Donna wrote on May 26th, 2009
  12. Okay Mark… re: the zen list of 55 energy tips… which 4 don’t you agree with? thehova weighed in and said you wouldn’t agree with the tip for aerobic exercise… I would think that you may agree with getting rid of the stuffy nose but NOT by using OTC allergy meds… MDA also had a post saying that it wasn’t necessary to drink 8 cups of water per day… maybe eating low glycemic foods are good, but wheat bread and pasta??? sooooo…. which 4 didn’t you agree with????

    Marti wrote on May 27th, 2009
  13. Interesting Taubes video, much common sense.
    I have never catered to the vegetarian way of life and never really followed the food pyramid. I was lucky enough to be raised on wild game and plenty of vegetables too, many of them grown in the backyard garden and in season. Oh and my parents made me go outside and “play” rain or shine.
    If you want to read a juvenile attempt at “debunking” Taubes views read this…
    http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/debunking-diet-myths-the-doughy-gary-taubes-big-fat-lies.html

    Rachel wrote on May 28th, 2009

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