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April 17, 2009

Health Linkage

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Two of my favorites, together again: Tom Naughton interviews Jimmy Moore -- part one, part two. We recently interviewed Tom, and I warmly recommend his movie "Fat Head," a funny and smart new documentary that's the best intro I'm aware of to the low-carb critique of conventional eating advice. Jimmy Moore is a force of nature whose site is full of information, surprises, and fun. Podcast fans will have a field day exploring Jimmy's archive of downloadable interviews. Coming soon on Jimmy's podcast show: Nina Planck, whose wonderful book "Real Food" I raved about back here. Visit Nina's website here.

* Another fitness-and-eating tipster I'm a huge fan of is Mark Sisson, who has formulated what he calls the Primal Blueprint. Mark is brainy, cheery, knowledgeable, and helpful, as well as a hugely impressive specimen of middle-age manhood. What I like most about his point of view, though, is how quality-of-life-oriented it is. Primal livin' isn't about being a fanatic or adhering to rigid doctrines, let alone struggling for the sake of struggle. It's about enhancing your experience of life. Let's hear it for taking the time to enjoy what we're lucky enough to have. No surprise then that many of Mark's postings are discussions about food -- excellent recipes abound on his site. New today: How Primal fans can make tasty use of a crock pot. I'm eagerly looking forward to Mark's book, due out real soon.

* For many decades now, saturated fat has played the role of devil figure in American health advice. But is there in fact there any evidence -- any evidence whatsoever -- that saturated fat contributes to heart disease?

* MBlowhard Rewind: I did a little musing about exercise and aging.



posted by Michael at April 17, 2009


Once again, Pupu's primal instinct is confirmed. The food in Mark's crock pot looks awfully similar to what is cooking in Pupu's dutch oven. Mark is right, buffalo would also work for the stew. Pupu has been making buffalo bourguignon since last winter when the local food market started selling buffalo meat. In Pupu's humble opinion, some bacon fat is crucial for the taste of the stew.

Posted by: Pupu on April 18, 2009 12:27 PM

Interesting about the bacon fat, and about buffalo working in a crockpot. Our butcher tells us he doesn't bother with buffalo because it's 'way too lean. Sounds like you've solved the problem. I should tell him about your solution.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on April 18, 2009 1:09 PM

Bacon fat tastes good in beef stews too. 2-3 tbsp of bacon fat in a 2 lbs meat stew would do the trick. Adding the beacon bits in also helps. Pupu does both. A stew cooked in the weekend could last for days into the week so it is really not that bad to add the bacon into the mix.

Posted by: Pupu on April 18, 2009 5:12 PM

Which diet promotes the eating of entire bags of Hershey's Kisses -- the ones with the quishy peanut butter centers?

Posted by: Days of Broken Arrows on April 19, 2009 11:28 AM

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