1) We harvested our first “new” potatoes yesterday (a mixture of La Ratte fingerlings, Cranberry Red’s, and Arran Victory). They should make a great side dish tonight to go along with our Spice Rub Slow-Cooked Chicken from Everyday Paleo.
2) The NIH has halted a major trial of a combination drug (a statin and Niacin) that was expected to have benefits to people with cardiovascular risk. “The lack of effect on cardiovascular events is unexpected and a striking contrast to the results of previous trials and observational studies….” Here is a link to more information.
3) Yesterday our family sampled the burgers (grass fed beef) and fries (cooked in duck fat) from Bull City Burger and Brewery. Highly recommended!
4) What do you think about these two? Separated at birth?
1) Dr. Andrew Weil has recently revised his stance on saturated fats:
“You’re correct that my thinking on saturated fat has evolved. One catalyst was a scientific analysis of 21 earlier studies, which showed “no significant evidence” that saturated fat in the diet is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. The 21 studies analyzed included nearly 348,000 participants, most of whom were healthy when they were enrolled. They were followed for five to 23 years, during which 11,000 developed heart disease or had a stroke. Looking back at the dietary information collected from these thousands of participants, the investigators found no difference in the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, or coronary vascular disease between those individuals with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat. This goes completely against the conventional medical wisdom of the past 40 years. It now appears that many studies used to support the low-fat recommendation had serious flaws.”
2) In spite of Dr. Weil’s intelligent reevaluation of the facts, our local newspaper dietician, Suzanne Havala Hobbs, continues to dole out the dogmatic advice of avoiding “artery clogging saturated fats.” Come on Mrs. Hobbs, your readers deserve guidance that is based on sound science, not fat phobic conventional wisdom.
3) If you are interested in making your own bacon, check out my guest post at Robb Wolf’s site. This post is similar to my very first blog post Makin’ Bacon; however I have made the instructions much easier to follow.
4) You have a few days left to post your June fitness goal in order to be eligible for the free, signed copy of Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo. I will pick a winner on June 1.
In no way do I want to nag or harass anyone about setting fitness goals, but I do have a challenge (if a little extra incentive might help).
For the month of June, I challenge you to pick a fitness goal that you feel is achievable and will move you towards better health. For some of you this may mean beginning an exercise program, it may be to simply walk X miles during the month, or it may be something much more advanced.
Please post your goal in the comment section below. For those of you that participate by publicly posting your goal, you will be eligible to win an autographed copy of Sarah Fragoso’s new book, Everyday Paleo.
Also, please let me know if you shared this post and/or provided a link to it on your blog. For each of these activities, you will receive additional chances to win the book (the winner will be selected on June 1). Continue reading