Month: September 2009

Mondo Weekend Link Love

It’s been over a month since the last Weekend Link Love, so I’m making up for it with this mondo list of the best stuff from August. That’s an entire month of hot blog posts, funnies, buzz-worthy scientific studies, and ironic conventional wisdom fails…

You may have heard of Mike O’Donnell from the IF (Intermittent Fasting) Life. He now makes up half the brains behind the wonderful Fitness Spotlight, and he’s got a great new video exposing the biggest weight loss and diet scams. Watch it.

How long ago was Grok chopping up his kill? As some anthropologists from the University of Arizona found, a very long time ago.

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Curried Chicken Salad

Thanks to a generous forum member, curried chicken salad is now an official Primal recipe! And a delicious one, to boot. It’s the perfect combination of crunch and flavor, using nuts, celery, and a bit of chopped apple for slight sweetness. It’s also a great recipe for the traditional bun-substitute: wrapped in a giant, fresh lettuce leaf.

When I tried this recipe, I found homemade mayonnaise to be best, since even high-quality brands of mayo (even the kind that use Extra Virgin Olive Oil) often still include preservatives, thickeners, and other unpronounceable junk. Try the mayo recipe below or, if you have leftovers, the coconut chive mayo recipe from yesterday’s post would also work nicely. Mustard can also substitute, instead, if you prefer the spice, don’t have time to use the blender, or simply aren’t a fan of mayo.

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Coconut Shrimp and Chive Mayonnaise

Appetizers are one of the great pleasures in life that can quickly get out of hand. Noshing before a meal is a relaxing social ritual, but it’s also a true test of self-control. It’s entirely too easy to pop an entire meal’s worth of finger food in your mouth before the main meal is even on the table.

A wise solution to this dilemma is to follow the advice that mothers everywhere preach to their children: moderation in all things. Or, (no offense to Mom) you can deal with your cravings for finger food a little more creatively. Why not turn finger food into an entire meal?

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Will Momentary Compromises Derail Your Efforts?

Anyone who’s ever followed the Primal eating plan for a significant length of time has probably made a few compromises along the way. If you live, work, or otherwise commiserate with regular folks, you’re bound to be exposed to grains, sugary desserts, and sodas, and austere abstinence can be difficult to maintain in these situations. It’s not even as if the food itself is necessarily tempting; it’s more accurate to say the social pressure to comply and dig in can be overwhelming. If your boss gets you a cake for your birthday, you’re probably going to have a piece regardless.

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Building on Momentum: 5 Steps for Continued Success

Whenever the end of a Primal Challenge month rolls around, certain reader questions tend to flood my inbox. “When’s the next one?” is a popular one, as is “Did I win?” Still others concern the same basic content as regular questions, only delivered with a bit more enthusiasm and a touch more desperation (I guess immersing yourself in a formal challenge will do that). And finally, the most common question I’ve been getting is this:

“What now?”

If you’re new to the PB but well versed with the dieting world, this question is completely natural. So many of the fad diets are diets rather than lifestyle changes, and a big part of making an ultra restrictive, ultra low-calorie regimen “attractive” is telling their adherents that the diets are only temporary – that they can go back to eating like they used to as long as they exercise moderation. Hmm. Unlimited access to moderate amounts of fries, chips, and cookies (all eaten with the blessing of “insert feel-good eating guru here”)? I dunno about you, but I somehow envision that scenario escalating until the weight returns (“and in greater numbers”).

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Final Contest: Raising the Bar

The Prize:

Would you rather have a pull up bar or a dip bar? No need to pick, if you win you get both! Get excited, because Ultimate Body Press is donating their full package as the final prize of the the 30 day challenge. No need to drill pilot holes into your doorway, the pull up bar pops right onto the door frame. And no need to clear out your garage, because the dip bar easily stores in a closet. Push up rings are also included in the package, which can be used with either bar. You can also follow the Ultimate Body Press blog for tips on healthy living and workout gear.

The Contest:

You’ve made videos; you’ve told stories. You’ve taken pictures of your meals, your groceries, and your refrigerators. You’ve quipped, joked, and Grokku’d. You’ve tweeted, facebooked, and newslettered. And most importantly, you challenged yourself and grunted, sweated, and cooked your way through 30 days of that challenge. All in all, you’ve done plenty of work. So today’s contest is simple. Leave a comment on the video post above and you’re entered to win.

To reiterate, comment on today’s VIDEO post (This is Just the Beginning) for a chance to win. Commenting on this post will get you nothing.

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