Month: October 2011

2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Updates

We’re now three weeks into this year’s Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge. (PDF) How has your journey been thus far? Staying the course? Have you turned the corner on the low-carb flu? Have you ventured to try any of the “optional” mini-challenges? Hit up the comment board below with your progress report. I’d love to hear how you are doing.

I imagine most of you are crushing this year’s challenge. In any case, I know that many of you have been busy. As part of this year’s 30-Day Challenge contests, you’ve created videos showcasing your talents in the kitchen and submitted pictures of your Primal life. You’ve shared your struggles (we all have them), success stories, and your favorite Primal recipes. You’ve put on elaborate Grokfeasts, bringing your friends and family members together for a Primal celebration. I’ve literally received thousands of contest emails since this challenge began. Now it’s time for the world to see your creations.

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Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

The Prize:

A Pullup Bar. And not just any pullup bar. It’s a portable, adjustable, polished aluminum, free standing, pullup/dip bar that can support a 350 lb Grok. You won’t find this thing tucked behind the cardioglides at your local Dick’s Sporting Goods. This bar was built for circus training, and circus folk don’t mess around…unless they are clowns. The adjustable height allows for bodyweight assisted pullups if you’re trying to work your way up to one pullup. Or if you can already pump out a quick 10, set the bar to a max height of 92? and get to work on the one-handed pullup. The bar comes courtesy of Trapeze Rigging, and is a new model that will be available this Fall. (But you can still get their 84″ model.) Besides pullup bars, these guys can outfit you with an entire backyard trapeze set if you’ve got a little Tarzan in your Grok veins. To win this prize…

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Three Dishes with Three Animal Fats: Lard, Tallow and Duck

While there is nothing wrong with throwing a big hunk of butter or a glug of olive oil in a pan, these two fats are far from perfect when it comes to cooking. Butter burns easily, turning dark and bitter when the heat is too high for too long. To a lesser extent, the same goes for olive oil. Coconut oil is a good alternative since it’s less sensitive to heat, but the coconut flavor is hard to mask and not every dish is enhanced by it. Even so, it’s not uncommon to reach for these three fats first while cooking, mostly out of habit, and overlook the most versatile fat of all: animal. (Yes, yes, I know, butter is technically animal fat.)

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