Weekend Link Love

From Live Science, scientists have engineered a new kind of vegetable oil. Apparently you can put it in your body or in your car. Those are pretty much the same, right?

As American as squeezable cheese and marshmallow fluff… Take a tour of the American ethnic section.

Does fasting play tricks on the mind? Yes, yes it does. But in a good way. Read this PubMed abstract about short term fasting and neuronal autophagy.

Richard Nikoley doesn’t care too much for Vibrams. Before you shake your bare-toed foot-fist in anger, read Richard’s opinion of Vibram alternatives.

The Biggest Loser loses support as contestant Kai Hibbard speaks out on CBS News about some of the unhealthy conditions on the show. Surprise, surprise.

I’ve linked to Suicide Food before, but this Flickr Group steps up the cannibalism.

For the constant baconnist… bacon camp.

Uh….too much vitamin D?

Recipe Corner

  • For the  fiddlehead fern enthusiast (I know, I know, who isn’t, right?), here’s an extensive list of fiddlehead green recipes.
  • Jules Food makes pork rind pancakes. As far as weird batters go, this recipe takes the cake. The pan cake.
  • Watermelon pickles. Is that the name of a Judy Bloom book, or just Wilderness Childe‘s latest recipe?

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 20 – 26)

Comment of the Week

1 tbsp baking soda, mix with 1 cup water, pour through your hair and then rub around a bit. Rinse with warm water. Baking soda seems to get rid of any smells. You can rinse with apple cider vinegar (again I do 1tbsp per cup water).

Kat from Pooh-Poohing the ‘Poo

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Ahh, The definitive guide to play.

    Although it’s counter-intuitive (play being the most natural thing) I still need to ask.

    Does anyone have some more good ideas of how to play?

    1. Some deas: Go to the kids playground lol. Jump off the swings after swinging on them, swing on monkeybars, climb up the slide, go through the tunnels, do cartwheels just have fun like you were a kid 😀

      1. I can not wait to go play on a playground. I have been meaning to do this for a while. I feel like joining a bunch of kid and just going back to ole times and having a blast!

  2. Hmm.

    I don’t share any of the concerns about Vibrams that the article’s author mentions.

    I love them and they’re always a fun conversation starter too.

    1. The author confuses his personal experiences as representative of others’. His logic for why VFF’s are a fad is based on his personal experience. He doesn’t offer an observation of other people’s experiences. Looking at his other postings, though, it seems that is his habit.

      His list of criticisms are grossly subjective:
      1. he may not be coordinated enough to put on his VFFs, but I must be one of the miraculous few that can slip into them without hands. I certainly have never found them to be a “pain in the ass”. It’s fine for him to express his experience, but to that everyone else’s experiences are the same is ridiculous.

      2. I find that independent articulation of the toes is vitally important in going barefoot. I have spoken to dozens of people who have similar experiences with their VFFs/barefooting … of course, he is trying to make arguments that support his view.

      3. one of his favored alternatives is “FLIP FLOPS”?! they are terrible for your feet … this one comment destroys the author’s credibility

      4. funny that for a guy who espouses to be a contrarian that he would bow to social acceptability … he eats paleo and evidently loves attacking the ignorant masses who don’t, but he avoids wearing better footwear?

      5. he has a long middle toe … so we finally get the truth of the situation: the author has a foot that Vibram specifically says most often will not be able to wear VFFs. The author could have simply written: “I have feet that don’t fit VFFs. Despite Vibram’s best efforts to explain this on their website and in their written materials, I am too smart for that and bought them anyway. Truth be told, I’m a sheep following others and had to have VFFs because it’s what the cool kids wear. After wearing my feet out trying to be cool, I decided that VFF’s suck, that they really aren’t cool, and that they are just a fad.” Or better yet: “I’m an idiot. I bought something I shouldn’t have. But my experience may or may not be representative of others’ experience.”

      1. Wow, someone attacks your foot wear and you counter with a point by point on why you think they’re an idiot. I think a little lightening up might be in order.

      2. Hi William.

        Well, I see I’ve touched a nerve. A few MDA readers commented on that post negatively too, yesterday.

        Excellent! I guess I’m gonna have to keep touching, maybe even stabbing. I do love stirring the pot.

        Admittedly, I seem to have missed the memo that my own blog should not focus on me.

    2. He also says, “Vibram does, and they make it out of that super hard & dense rubber that’s used in rock climbing shoes and such.” in reference to the soles of the shoes he advocates. I don’t see how having a dense and hard sole is going to be conducive to replicating barefoot walking.

      I also agree with the concern about flip flops. I live in Florida and people wear them all the time (including myself on occassion). But, I always walk extra careful in them because of how they can create hammer toe.

      As for the fit and social acceptability. The first time I put them on I had some difficulty, but after that it’s been smooth sailing and it takes less time to put them on than regular tennis shoes. And I have only ever had a few questions about them. The most recent questions I’ve had are along the lines of “I’ve seen a lot of people wearing those recently, are they as comfortable as they look?”

    3. I’ve heard wonderful things about the Vibrams, but I can’t stand having anything between my toes.

    1. They look like mesh baggies attached to a thin rubber sole. I’m thinking I could sew myself a pair.

  3. RE: “too much vitamin D?”

    The woman’s vitamin D level is probably too low, because it’s a painted-on “tan.” Fitness and other physique competitors sometimes paint on a very dark tan to keep their physique from looking “washed out” under the bright stage lights.

  4. Now I know I have “Morton’s Toe”. I hope he doesn’t want it back. (I didn’t know there was a name for this foot anomaly.) Thanks for the review, Richard.

    “Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle” is actually a poetry anthology that was on school reading lists back in the 1970s. (I remember it!)

  5. Morton’s toe is really common (I have it too) and while mine is not so bad that I can’t wear my VFFs in relative comfort, I do wish Vibram would make some of their shoes to properly fit those of us with a longer second toe! I feel like I could get a much better overall fit if the proportions were correct to my feet.

    1. I probably should have specified what I meant by “long hike” in my post.

      Contrary to William’s long projection of what I might have written in his last paragraph, I was well aware of Vibram’s caution. It says:

      “If you second tow is more than 1/6″ longer than your big toe it may be difficult to get a precise fit.”

      At the time, I just eyeballed it and figured, oh, maybe 1/8″ (less than 1/6, of course) and got them and had no problem. Until I did an eight mile hike. At mile 5-6 the pain set in on both second toes so it was unmistakable what the cause was. I should also mention that the pain persisted for some hours after all was done and the shoes were off.

      At any rate, I just did an actual measurement by striking a line with a straight edge held vertically on the end of each toe.

      1/8″ exactly, well within Vibram’s stated parameters. And that’s not “subjective.” Neither the compression discomfort, nor the measurement, nor Vibram’s guidelines.

      The only conclusion to reach is that Vibram doesn’t quite have fitting wired, at least for long hikes or long use, contrary to William’s false accusations.

  6. and for women who have been wearing vanity shoes for – ever – VFF are very helpful in training your toes to go back to where they belong.

    Kinda like turning a piano. You need to do it often to start, then less so as the strings acclimate to the proper tension.

    Mr. Nikoley’s views are sometimes a bit ‘strong’ for my taste, so I occasionally read, but do not subscribe to his blog. He has perfect right to voice his opinion. I just think on this one’s he’s thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

  7. I really feel for this woman from the biggest loser, Erica Hill.

    We should start a petition or something against this show. It’s really stupid and someday someone will die from it.

    Reminds me of I story I read about a radio station that held a contest where contestants had to drink an insane amount of water while retaining from peeing and the last contestant to pee would win a Nintendo Wii. Hold you wee for a Wii! Guess what, the woman who won the contest… Well, she died that evening! Water intoxication (when your blood sodium concentration becomes too low)!

    What I think is the saddest is that this woman from the biggest looser is putting herself into financial risk for speaking the truth. This shouldn’t be.

    As a side note, I absolutely love my Vibrams and don’t feel like myself now without them. I like being different and it tells people up front that they’re not dealing with an average Joe so they’re less surprised with my eating habits.

  8. A number of months ago because of a post on another blog I tried the baking soda and vinegar on my hair-yi–left it crackly dry and in horrible shape and didnt think i would ever do that again. I was reminded again this week because of the post and decided to try just once more and used only the baking soda. i am “older”, not with oily teen hair, and was concerned about the dryness factor. the baking soda alone is great! Tons of body in my hair and it wasnt too dry. I will def being doing this more.

  9. In regards to the newly invented oil, at first I thought it was a joke. Burning bush? Weird. I don’t really understand the article though. How does faster digestion of the oil make it lower calorie? And how does that increase the chance it will be burned instead of stored?

    As for Vibrams, is it a crime now in the paleo community to not love Vibrams? Horror of horrors! The Vibrams did actually hurt the hell out of my small toes for a while. I had to have high pain tolerance, but now that the pain has subsided, I like them. But I will probably never be able to easily get my tiny little almost vestigial small toes into them without a bit of wrangling. I got the solid black Vibrams specifically so that people would not notice them as much, and therefore, I only occasionally need to explain them.

  10. I want those watermelon pickles and bacon pancakes…

    I saw Richards post on the vibrams before. I was surprised by his thoughts as I have not heard any complaints from them. They have been all positive things until I found his post. Then other people were agreeing with him – some.

    I have owned my KSO’s for almost 2 months and love them to death. I have yet to go hiking in them but I am taking a 3 night camping trip for the 4th and I will be going barefoot and wearing vibrams the entire time. I can’t wait to go into stores, etc. with them and get weird looks.

    I truly do not care what people think of me. The vibrams make me unique. It gets people curious. I then tell them what I am doing – what the primal lifestyle is all about and hopefully I can get someone to join in on the bandwagon!


    1. Good to hear that you are taking them into the woods! That’s where I think they have an advantage over any other barefoot type shoe. They are truly amphibious so I hike, SUP and kayak in them. The only places I do not hike with them are in deserts (cactus spines!),in the snow, and when serious bushwacking is involved.

      Not so good things = really fine sand gets in, but it’s not too hard to get out. Some little rocks hurt. You eventually learn what’s ok to step on.

      Really good things = They aren’t any heavier when wet and unlike your buddies in clunky boots, you make almost no noise on a trail and will see more wildlife before they dart away.

      Have fun out there!

  11. *Going into why I’m wearing V5F
    *Explaining why I don’t want cake
    *what “medications” I just took
    *why I’m getting just beer after looking at the menu for 10 mins

    What are things I’m tired of explaining?

  12. RE: The Vibrams…I personally think he’s made that post so that he can be the “I told you they were a fad first” guy…if they ever happen to go out of favour, which I personally don’t think they will.

    His points cover his own personal experiences with VFF’s which isn’t enough to say that they aren’t good. I bought a pair of KSO’s 2 months ago for lifting and walking in. I always squat, deadlift, clean, etc in bare feet (well socks, as bare foot in a gym is nasty), but now I don’t have to worry about taking my shoes off for different lifts.

    Personally I couldn’t disagree more with his opinions on them, I love them and so do everyone I’ve recommended them too…I’m planning on buying a pair of sprints next month for the summer.

  13. I really enjoy Richard Nikoley’s blog. For someone new to the primal scene–any suggestions about weight loss blogs for women. MDA is great for a wealth of info, but I would also like to follow a women’s path to paleo. PaleoChix a good start?

  14. “When the fats are broken down in your gut, they’re re-synthesized and then they’re usually shipped off to the adipose—fatty—tissues, so that’s what makes you fat,” Pollard said. Fats not re-synthesized are burned off and used as energy, a process otherwise known as oxidation.”

    This from the Live Science article about the new frankenfat. Is this not opposite to what you talk about in your book Mark?

    1. How is this opposite?

      Energy needs to be stored. You can’t eat a 700 cal meal and just have the fats floating in your system.

      Mark’s book shows an example of how to create a metabolic environment in which the fats in adipose tissue are made readily available for the times you aren’t eating.

      1. Isn’t this more of the ” Fat makes you Fat” nonsense? If you are eating Primally then healthy fats are metabolized for energy, are they not?

        1. It’s not nonsense in the context of SAD. It’s a fact of metabolism.

          Glucose will be burned for energy and excess fat calories will be stored.

          In the context of PB excess fat calories will still be stored however they will be easily available after a meal.

  15. Now that i have read the comments on all the shoe stuff i think people are missing a big point, it is about what you want to wear, no shoe is going to be right for everyone, i love the fact that there are options for all of use, if one does not work for somebody there is another that will, if a shoe is no good for you that dose not make it a bad shoe.
    we should all be thanking richard for taking the time to point out that there are lots of minimalist shoes to try out, not just VFF’s

  16. Anyone else just love the American ‘food’ section. Oh what the world must think…

  17. I don’t agree with how they do things on The Biggest Loser either. Those people are not gonna be able to maintain a routine like that when they get home! They need practical things they can do for the rest of their lives.