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31 Jan

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveSlate digs up some dirt on grass fed beef. Is no cow sacred?!

Cake or fruit cup? Do you have the guts to shoulder your way through this no-brainer? NPR has a fascinating piece on willpower and the war going on in your head.

Remember that awesome rib video from the 30 Day Primal Challenge? Well, Dan and his wife started a blog called Sweat. Give it a read.

Is it just me, or has the NY Times been getting things right recently? This week they dish out six meaningless claims on food labels.

Listen to the hoot of the bamboo flute over at Primal Wisdom.

Here are some useful instructions. (thanks, brian7972, for finding it!)

Recipe Corner

  • Perennial favorite Girl Gone Primal just came out with a recipe index listing dozens of her best eats.
  • The Super Bowl. It’s a national frickin’ holiday. Primal your Super Bowl with these recipes. Not enough? Make these too.  But whatever you do, don’t make this!

Time Capsule

One year ago (January 24 – 30)

  • Meet Grok – The post that formally introduced the little jumping guy with the spear to the modern world. Find out who he is and what he has to do with your health.
  • Primal Comfort Foods – Chicken soup, meatloaf, and butternut squash recipes. Both Mom and Grok approved.

Comment of the Week

“That’s music to my primal Texan ears. Guacamole and hot sauce are like water and oxygen in the south.”

-Doug from Fat Guacamole Devils


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. Check out the link that is listed just below the food label one (from last August)…

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/17/doctor-forced-out-for-disparaging-donuts/

    Kathy wrote on January 31st, 2010
  2. I was wondering if you’d mention that Slate article. I thought it had some good information to consider, but e.coli isn’t the primary reason I try to eat grass-fed beef, so it didn’t hold a lot of water for me.

    Karell wrote on January 31st, 2010
    • agreed. When I emailed the link (I’m sure many people did too) I was thinking E.coli wasn’t the main concern for me, but it was a fine reminder that nature is a harsh mistress and not everything is perfect.

      magnus84 wrote on January 31st, 2010
    • Also, when you’re looking at grass fed beef, you’re *probably* looking at food that is developed on a smaller scale than your average CAFO. By virture of that alone, your chances are going to be far less.

      Matt wrote on February 1st, 2010
  3. I really liked that Slate article. I think the biggest takeaway message is that mass production, even of something better for you, is not good. Even more of a reason to buy as local as possible.

    Liz wrote on January 31st, 2010
  4. “Sweat” looks like an interesting new blog.

    Jim Purdy wrote on January 31st, 2010
    • Jim, thanks! Great list of 50 sites. Adding that to my list!

      Daniel Merk wrote on February 1st, 2010
  5. I’m really surprised that you’ve posted a recipe calling for “toasted whole grain bread” or “tortilla wedges” for dippers…! What’s up with that?

    Also, calling for canned tomatoes is entirely appropriate, considering that it’s the middle of winter. Should have no apologies there – using canned is a far better practice than using imported, crappy-tasting “fresh” tomatoes in February.

    jojo wrote on January 31st, 2010
  6. Hey all,

    Here is an interesting link I got from TMuscle online (A bodybuilding site) which has a few almond milk and almond flour recipes to try. Enjoy!

    http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_nutrition/food_nazi_nuts_to_you?utm_source=weekly_dose&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tmuscle

    Steve wrote on January 31st, 2010
  7. That NY Times article is a great one and I absolutely loved the comment of the week. LOL

    Richard Shelmerdine wrote on February 1st, 2010
  8. Something from my twitter feed:

    “Slow down people. SLATE E. Coli article on grass fed beef incomplete, read on http://bit.ly/SLATE_fullstory

    Michael wrote on February 1st, 2010
  9. Also saw this interesting article towards the end of last week. Combined with the article on low-carb diets improving blood pressure, WebMD has been a treat to read.

    http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20100127/barefoot-running-laced-with-health-benefits

    Derek wrote on February 1st, 2010
  10. PS I liked the Times article but I’m interested that the entire thing is based on a report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, having watched Fathead last night.

    Karell wrote on February 1st, 2010
  11. http://bit.ly/SLATE_fullstory

    Please read the EXCELLENT link above in reply to the E. Coli article.

    This is exactly what I thought when I read the article! Ok, so grassfed cows have E.coli in their gut, but what conditions increase the likelihood of it getting into food?

    Also, the original article DID make a good point about rushing to promote an idea to fit into your personal agenda — in this case, the pro-grass fed beef crowd incorrectly assumed or poorly tested the hypothesis that grass fed cows did not spawn the nasty versions of E. Coli. Oops! They do.

    Logi wrote on February 2nd, 2010

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