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14 Feb

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveWhole Foods wants you to be a vegetarian. Jimmy Moore doesn’t. In his Whole FooLs piece, Jimmy rounds up responses from the low-carb community (including mine) on Whole Foods’ new push against meats and fats.

Many of you may remember Tom Greenwald‘s popular forest sprinting video. Tom has a blog with some good thoughts on living Primal, check it out!

Half a bowl of soup? A third of a muffin? One eighth of a pop tart? Read the NY Times piece on the FDA cracking down on ridiculous serving sizes. (thanks, Ben!)

With all the Tiger Woods drama, it’s good to watch an actual inspiring golf story. (thanks, Carole)

Dora the Explorer isn’t making your kid fat. It’s the food advertisements your kid watches every time Dora takes a break from exploring. Food Renegade interrupts your regularly scheduled programming with a staggering report of commercial gluttony.

And finally, the Olympics have begun. If you you need a refresher on bobsledding and speed skating, read The Onion‘s creditable and entirely unsatirical sports guide to Team USA.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (February 7 – 13)

  • A Visual Guide to Peppers – Can’t tell a poblano from a serrano? This guide contains pictures and descriptions of ten tasty peppers you’ll find at your local market.
  • The Dirt on Dirt – No need to start slamming down mud pies by the dozen; but it turns out when kids eat dirt they are actually ingesting bacteria which spur the development of their immune systems. So get a little dirty!

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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. I wish I had a forest to run around like that one in the video :(

    Mr Bulgarin wrote on February 14th, 2010
    • Urban jungles can provide more than enough obstacles. Just google yourself up some “parkour”. :)

      Grok wrote on February 14th, 2010
  2. Re: the FDA and serving sizes…

    Barbara O. Schneeman, director of the F.D.A. office that oversees nutrition labels says, “Ultimately, the purpose of nutrition labeling is to help consumers make healthier choices, make improvements in their diet, and we want to make sure we achieve that goal.” And, “…the agency may set rules to prevent companies from highlighting the good things about their products, like a lack of trans fats, while ignoring the bad, like a surfeit of unhealthy saturated fats.”

    Huh? I thought the purpose of nutrition labeling was to tell me what was in a particular package. I wish to heck the government would get out of the business of telling me what’s “unhealthy.” It’s so subjective. Of course, avoiding anything with a label is the best option.

    Kathy wrote on February 14th, 2010
  3. Mark I was thinking the same thing you said about Whole Foods as I read that article. I can’t wait to see them rip out the dairy, meat and seafood counters and remove the Newman-O’s and Auntie Annie organic junk food. It will never happen.

    Whole Foods is a huge ripoff anyway. I’ve found other natural grocers that charge a fraction of Whole Paycheck’s prices.

    DaveFish wrote on February 14th, 2010
    • No Kidding! I won’t shop there becuase I can’t afford it! However I shop at the Farmers Market, and buy our eggs from a local farmer. Typically, smaller outfits mean higher mark-up because they can’t rely on mass quantities to make up for slim margins, but my eggs are the same price as Walmart even, some veggies I buy for literally a third of the price, most are comparable at worst!

      It really angers me to see someone who won’t even entertain a scientifically supported idea for no reason! But If the winds ever change and we are granted a smathering of popularity (reguardless of truth mind you) they’ll soon be slapping ‘eat healthy America’ labels on canned bacon grease :)

      mike wrote on February 15th, 2010
  4. Mark thanks for the meatza linklove! Hope everyone who gives my Pop’s meatball (er … crust in this case) recipe a whirl enjoys it! Just remember to keep an eye on things when the pizza is in the broiler! It cooks FAST.

    justin wrote on February 14th, 2010
  5. Yummy recipes!

    And, great story about Diana. I did not read it all but will tomorrow. This inspires me to go fully primal sooner than later!

    Todd wrote on February 14th, 2010
  6. Here is what I think of Whole Foods Market. My friend posted this on Facebook. I call it…How to screw up whole food.

    Sweet Potatoes and Apples (product at the Whole Food Market)
    Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Red Onions, Jalapeno Honey, BBQ Sauce (honey, ketchup [tomato, vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt,onion, spice]), water, dijon mustard (mustard seed, vinegar, water, sea salt), sugar, cider vinegar, jalapeno, curry, garlic, lemon, shoyu (water, soybean, salt, wheat, alcohol), worchestershire (cider vinegar, soy sauce, water, molasses, agave syrup, garlic, salt, tamarind, spices, mushroom, xanthan gum, botanical extracts, cloves, smoke), canola oil, paprika, tabasco salt and pepper.

    While I am not a chemist or nutritionist, I am pretty good judge at what is considered a whole food. Adding this much crap to anything removes that badge!

    Mike Cheliak wrote on February 15th, 2010
    • Um, what? That’s almost entirely natural ingredients. I could see myself making a recipe using those ingredients at home.

      Mike H wrote on February 15th, 2010
      • I agree, except for shoyu (whatever that is) and worcestershire, canola, and honey I’m totally down for a serving (even if it’s only half a cup).

        mike wrote on February 15th, 2010
        • Shoyu is an all-purpose variety of Japanese soy sauce. (It’s distinguished from Tamari, which uses less — sometimes no — wheat in the production process). Basic ol’ Kikkoman is a shoyu.

          Personally, I’m fine with worcestershire but I’ll skip the oversugared/HFCS’d bbq sauce in favor of my own.

          John R wrote on February 15th, 2010
      • Ketchup? BBQ sauce? HFCS? Canola Oil? Try buying some of the main whole ingredients and tossing them with some butter or extra virgin olive oil and a little nutmeg. While I don’t disagree that there ARE a lot of good things in the recipe, the very fact that they start adding products that are NOT healthy choices is what I have the beef about.

        Mike Cheliak wrote on February 15th, 2010
  7. We started making our own BBQ sauce a few years ago, too. All the affordable brands are loaded down with HFCS! We use just a touch of homemade apricot preserves, it adds great flavor and a hint of sweetness.

    Susan wrote on July 11th, 2011

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