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November 08, 2009

Weekend Link Love – Edition 70

By Mark Sisson
20 Comments

Meatonnaise, mayonnaise made from meat fat. Is it possible? Serious Eats attempts to turn mayo-fantasy into reality by creating mayonnaise using beef, duck, and lamb fat. Read the post and you may even catch a glimpse of the fabled mayo-unicorn, baconnaise. (thanks, double_t!)

Kellogg is scared of the swine flu. Or more accurately, they’re scared of consumers lashing out against their odious marketing tactics… (thanks Dan, and here’s a pic of Kellogg at their worst)

I’ll stop lambasting The Biggest Loser when they stop making it so easy… most recently they’ve backed a contraption of spectacular, unnatural movement that looks like the bastard offspring between an elliptical machine and a tricycle. I don’t know what’s worse about this Street Strider commercial, the looks of forced glee on the faces of contestants trying it out, or a fitness model using McDonald’s “I’m lovin’ it” slogan to describe the one-use-before-collecting-dust-in-garage device.

For a touch of the weird, The Great Fitness Experiment explores EFT, or “emotional freedom techniques” that involve thumping your own face to fight sugar cravings. Absolute malarkey or legitimate strategy? Read and discuss.

I think Andy Sandberg might be onto something with his treatment of energy drinks and birthday cake…

Primal Recipe Corner

  • Try Free the Animal‘s updated Coconut Milk Chicken Mole, because nothing goes better with chocolate and coconut than poultry.
  • Here’s a simple Chipotle chicken recipe hidden in the forum of the Diet Blog.

Best Posts of October, 2009

That’s right, I’m bringing back my “Best of the previous month” feature. Catch up on some good stuff.

Time Capsule

One Year Ago (November 2 – 8, 2008)

  • Muscle Building and Carbs – Is carb cramming to gain muscle good advice or just more conventional wisdom? This post outlines the role carbs play in weight lifting and strength training.
  • Snack Solutions: Primal Alternatives for Non-Primal Snacks – There are healthy versions of chips, trail mix, candy, and fruit roll-ups, all using Primal foods like eggplant, blueberries, and apples.
  • Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize – A Swedish scientist discovers that many skin creams actually dry out skin in long run. Find out whether you should ditch lotions altogether or just use the right ones.

And finally, Coke will harm you any way it can.

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Rafi Bar-Lev
6 years 10 months ago

The health crowd really needs to take a stand against cereals marketing themselves at the “healthy” alternative.

If you want to eat cereal, that’s your prerogative, but people ought’ to know how unhealthy it is.

Great list Mark.

-Rafi

Richard Nikoley
6 years 10 months ago

As always, thanks for the love, Mark & Aaron.

Marc
Marc
6 years 10 months ago

I dont know, I kinda think that street strider looks fun, its not gonna make you skinny, but it looks kinda fun

jdl409
jdl409
6 years 10 months ago

I thought it looked fun too. I like pretty much anything that can get me to play outside more.

lbd
lbd
6 years 10 months ago

That video from SNL was priceless ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the laugh, Mark and friends! Wouldn’t it be funny if we did that every time we were handed some junk food…I threw it to the grooouuuund.

Grok
6 years 10 months ago

Gotta love this line:

“Kellogg said it will take several months to phase out the packaging”

Matthias
Matthias
6 years 10 months ago

Believe it or not EFT works. And it’s goddamn powerful. If you’re interested in such stuff you should check out the movie “Try It On Everything”, it doesn’t only work for cravings, but can be powerful enough to help overcome serious traumas.
So if you wanna fend off some sugar cravings, give it a go!

Dave
Dave
6 years 10 months ago

Please don’t stop lambasting The Biggest Loser, one of the worst shows on television. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry about the shameless product placement on that show. And don’t get me started on the pulled faces of the contestants. EVERYTHING that Jillian or Bob says IS JUST THE MOST SURPRISING THING EVER.

Everyone should do themselves a favor and for the next two weeks watch NOVA’s excellent series “Becoming Human” instead of that tripe.

FlyNavyWife
6 years 10 months ago

“EVERYTHING that Jillian or Bob says IS JUST THE MOST SURPRISING THING EVER. ”

I totally agree! It’s like, “Wow!!!I never thought to use a Ziploc brand bag to portion out snacks for the next couple days!!!!”

hannahc
hannahc
6 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the tip Dave, I really wanted to watch that special! I hope it’s on at the same time in my area.

David Kraus
6 years 10 months ago

Wow, the derogatory comment about the StreetStrider sounds like the definition of ‘the arrogance of ignorance’. How enlightened this site is as a source of information, NOT.

Dave
Dave
6 years 10 months ago

$2,000 for that contraption? Well I guess you have to charge more to make up for the promotional fee you have to pay to the producers of The Biggest Loser.

WD
WD
6 years 10 months ago

I know, right? My dad, a retired mech engineer, was going to fabricate one of these a few years back, I remember him saying he could mass produce for less than $300… I sent him that link.
It’s insane.

Falk
Falk
6 years 10 months ago

Mark
doesnt the presence of canola oil in the baconnaise make it a non no?

I wonder if olive oil would be too flavorful?

Icarus
Icarus
6 years 10 months ago

Olive oil is way too flavorful for mayo, I’ve tried it before (without the bacon grease, though.) But “light” olive oil – which is from pressings after the first and is usually pretty flavourless – might work. Then again, I’ve never used light olive oil before, so who knows.

I’ve thought about using coconut oil (or refined palm oil) for mayo given its mild flavor, but it’d probably get really hard in the fridge and I don’t think I have the appetite to eat it all at once. Then again, baconnaise and duckonnaise might just be delicious enough to gorge on…

newgrokdisciple
newgrokdisciple
6 years 10 months ago

For anyone looking for a great mayo check out wildernessfamilynaturals.com they make one that is GMO free/soy free using olive oil,sesame oil and coconut oil (all organic). I picked mine up at a local independent health food store. Tastes great. It does have some organic cane juice in it but it’s still only 1g carb/tablespoon.

Gary-A
Gary-A
6 years 10 months ago

I always wondered what the elliptical machine would look like if it just popped off its moorings and started rolling down the street.

Now that it IS loose, I’m sure the stationary bike can’t be far behind.

hannahc
hannahc
6 years 10 months ago

Haha, and to think people might actually pay more for a moving stationary bike than a…normal bike? Wait a minute! It’s a trick!

Tracey @ I'm (not) Superhuman
6 years 10 months ago

The thought of beef mayonnaise is making my mouth water–but not in a good way. Coconut Milk Chicken Mole sounds much, much better.

Tyler (Saskatchewan's Sexiest Blogger)

I gotta say, the Street Strider actually looks like fun, but I would be worried about braking suddenly… especially if I was, um, a plus-sized, previously non-athletic Biggest Loser contestant (which I could have been, pre-CrossFit).

Oh, Mark, you conveniently left out that Samberg is also a big consumer of street vendor hot dogs. Maybe only on his 20 per cent?

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