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8 Nov

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveMeatonnaise, 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.

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. 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

    Rafi Bar-Lev wrote on November 8th, 2009
  2. As always, thanks for the love, Mark & Aaron.

    Richard Nikoley wrote on November 8th, 2009
  3. I dont know, I kinda think that street strider looks fun, its not gonna make you skinny, but it looks kinda fun

    Marc wrote on November 8th, 2009
    • I thought it looked fun too. I like pretty much anything that can get me to play outside more.

      jdl409 wrote on November 9th, 2009
  4. That video from SNL was priceless :) 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.

    lbd wrote on November 8th, 2009
  5. Gotta love this line:

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

    Grok wrote on November 8th, 2009
  6. 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!

    Matthias wrote on November 8th, 2009
  7. 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.

    Dave wrote on November 8th, 2009
    • “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!!!!”

      FlyNavyWife wrote on November 9th, 2009
    • Thanks for the tip Dave, I really wanted to watch that special! I hope it’s on at the same time in my area.

      hannahc wrote on November 9th, 2009
  8. 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.

    David Kraus wrote on November 8th, 2009
    • $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.

      Dave wrote on November 9th, 2009
      • 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.

        WD wrote on November 9th, 2009
  9. Mark
    doesnt the presence of canola oil in the baconnaise make it a non no?

    I wonder if olive oil would be too flavorful?

    Falk wrote on November 8th, 2009
    • 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…

      Icarus wrote on November 9th, 2009
      • 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.

        newgrokdisciple wrote on November 9th, 2009
  10. 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.

    Gary-A wrote on November 8th, 2009
    • 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!

      hannahc wrote on November 9th, 2009
  11. The thought of beef mayonnaise is making my mouth water–but not in a good way. Coconut Milk Chicken Mole sounds much, much better.

    Tracey @ I'm (not) Superhuman wrote on November 9th, 2009
  12. 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?

    Tyler (Saskatchewan's Sexiest Blogger) wrote on November 9th, 2009

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