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16 May

Weekend Link Love

Primal Toad conquers the PrimalCon Primal Blueprint Fitness Challenge in a 3-part video series.

Don Matesz of Primal Wisdom provides a nice summary of a 2009 clinical study. The gist? A “practically paleo” diet “has similar metabolic effects to caloric restriction, without the restriction.” Who’d’ve thunk it?

Have a Droid? The Android Guys review the Mark’s Daily Apple droid app. And don’t worry iPhone folks, an MDA iPhone app is in the works!

Food allergies are like a**holes. Everyone has one… Or do they? Food allergies, not the… you know what I mean. NY Times reports on the doubts cast on food allergy claims.

Precision Nutrition provides a solid argument for why liking something isn’t always a good reason for doing it (gasp!).

Finally, it looks like I should have some Grok stickers printed up for all the Grok stars out there!

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 9 – 15)

Comment of the Week

The Primal Blueprint is full of “FRACTICAL” (Fractal + Practical = FRACTICAL) hedges against the bombardment of linearizing forces in our lives in modern times. I’m thankful for that.

-epistemocrat coining a new term at Dogs Teach Tricks, Too

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. I am loving that fitness challenge video 😉

    You have an app for the droid Mark? Since when!?!?! I can’t wait till one comes out on the iPhone… I plan on buying one somewhat soon. But I may buy the iPad first…

    Will you have the same app that will be on the iPhone on the iPad too???

    Primal Toad wrote on May 16th, 2010
  2. Ha! Love Brent’s word merging, or should I say werging skills.

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on May 16th, 2010
  3. Regarding food allergies: Working in the food industry, at conferences & such, I was amazed by the amount of allergies that arose when people don’t like what’s on the menu that day 😉

    peggy wrote on May 16th, 2010
  4. I think it helps me to imagine I’m allergic to grains and refined sugars. Diabetes runs in my family. Those foods contribute. They spike my insulin. They cause me to gain weight and develop mental dependency issues very similar to addiction. That’s a friggin’ allergy with bad consequences if not seriously addressed. That’s where I draw the line on defining what I am and what I am not allergic too. I don’t care what some doctors decide to call it. The first paragraph in that article was so ironic I laughed.

    And all I have to say to Precision Nutrition is, “But I like my bacon!”

    Grol wrote on May 16th, 2010
  5. aw heck yeah! thanks for the props, mark!

    batty wrote on May 16th, 2010
  6. Blueberry Butter Balls- sounds catchy.

    Janet wrote on May 16th, 2010
  7. I’m with Grol…I don’t really care whether something is an allergy or an intolerance. In a restaurant, I’m much more likely to have the staff take me seriously if I tell them that I am allergic to gluten and dairy. Am I? I don’t know for sure. I know that if I eat gluten I have stomach and intestinal pain for about four days afterward. If I eat dairy, I get a stuffy nose and my poop smells terrible (sorry for TMI but it’s true, folks) so I want the staff to keep that stuff outta my food! Intolerances don’t really get the same “respect” so I’ll say what I have to say to keep my body healthy. Just sayin’. :)

    Maggie wrote on May 16th, 2010
    • Maggie,
      Just tell your server that there simply can’t be any gluten or dairy in your dinner. You don’t need a reason. It shouldn’t matter to him whether it’s an allergy, dislike, intolerance or paranoid delusion, his job is either to deliver food that’s free of your poison or tell you that he can’t and suggest something else on the menu. If he’s any good, and I say this as a 20 year veteran of the business, your preferences and aversions are the center of his universe for the brief time you’re there.

      Gordon wrote on May 16th, 2010
      • Thanks Gordon. It would be great if everyone was that careful, but not everyone is. Tell me where you’re serving and I’ll make sure to eat there! :)

        Maggie wrote on May 19th, 2010
  8. God I love it how the app came for Android firstly! Take that sheeple! ha…

    wd wrote on May 16th, 2010
  9. That study with Dr. Rosedale is interesting but not so much for someone like me. So he shows that you can lose weight without caloric restriction and a diet like that will be an improvement over whatever the fat person was eating before, that’s good, more argumentative ammunition that a calorie isn’t a calorie.

    Things I would like to see done differently: supplements vs non supplements. Red meat included vs non red meat included. Animal fat centric vs. what they used in the study which was essentially assloads of linoleic acid and monounsaturated fat. I like Dr. Rosedale but to me recommending a high fat diet but extremely heavy on the omega 6 is wasted potential and counterproductive in the long run. I think that they might be afraid of doing such a study for fear of realizing that his current recommendations regarding fats is misguided.

    It kind of reminds me of the whole mediterranean diet thing. I’m pretty damn sure that the typical “mediterranean diet” isn’t going to cause heart disease, but is it anywhere close to optimal for overall health and longevity? Doubt it.

    Stabby wrote on May 16th, 2010
    • @stabby. You are quoting someone else but not Dr. Rosedale, he has a whole section in his book specifically stating to AVOID oils high in omega 6’s. If you are going to so strongly state your point then you should always be sure to have the facts straight. Rosedale was the first to talk about it, debating many of the so called experts 20 years ago who were saying to eat omega 6’s. Rosedale is so against excessive omega 6’s that he has cautioned against Udo’s popular oil blend, Udo’s CHOICE oil 3, 6, 9 blend because of omega 6 oil inclusion. Nuts are allowed because of their high omega 9 content. Further more, if one follows rosedale’s plan the omega 6’s that are eaten, if not in excess will be burned rather than incorporated in to cell membranes.

      fiona8 wrote on August 30th, 2011
  10. Odd… I’ve been a subscriber to PN for years now but honestly haven’t been reading it of late. I had no idea that Berardi was Mr. Plant-Based eating now.

    And I’ve already made a version of Richard N’s carnitas with cinnamon apples. I used a garlic-lime-chipotle marinade of a Boston Butt roast though. I’m pretty sure I’m going to make that every week from now on.

    ToddBS wrote on May 16th, 2010
  11. I liked the “But I like my…” until I got to this part:

    If I’m talking about plant-based eating, people say: “But I like my meat.”

    As paleoeaters, I believe we like our meat too, and our fat…

    Dave, RN wrote on May 16th, 2010
  12. Mark, don’t forget us Blackberry users; we too would love to have a MDA app. I’m sure it’s in your to do list lol.

    madeline wrote on May 17th, 2010
  13. Thanks for the Droid app, Mark! That’s great!

    Paula wrote on May 17th, 2010
  14. I would buy a WebOS version of your app if it were available! Too bad WebOS is only around 4% of the mobile market… it’s probably not on your list of high priorities.

    Uncephalized wrote on May 17th, 2010
  15. I found it a little upsetting that, underneath the app screenshots, an ad from Kellogg’s told me I could get “swimsuit ready” by eating Special K. Puh-leez!

    Jenny Lee wrote on May 25th, 2010

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