Oh, the webbernet! It gets me all riled up with dire news and mainstream idiocy, then blammo! it hits me with something so awesome, it must be shared. Dear friends, welcome to this week’s collection of Rants & Raves.
Stuff that made me want to smash my face into the desk in frustration or outrage, in no particular order…
The FDA won’t ban BPA
From the article: “The ubiquity of BPA is unsettling. Studies have found the chemical in the blood of newborn babies, who absorbed it while still in utero. We consume the stuff every day: It leaches from can linings into our food and drink…” I try not to get too freaked out because there are only so many things a girl can worry about in regards to food, but I do always buy Muir Glen tomatoes because their cans are BPA free, and I invested in these BPA-free storage containers.
I can’t believe he did that.
Remember last week when I told you about the Pizza Hut Middle East Crown Crust Pizza? First, here’s the commercial for the ultimate Frankenfood:
And here’s a review by a dude who actually flew to Dubai to try it. “…the pizza looked nothing like the pizza I saw in the commercial. It was smaller, thinner, and all around greyer.”
Thanks for bringing us down, Reuters
The news organization Reuters goes beyond the obesity epidemic numbers (incidence of obesity in the United States has soared from 13 percent to 34 percent over the last 50 years) to calculate the other associated costs. Example: “$5 billion annually for additional jet fuel needed to fly heavier Americans, compared to fuel needed at 1960 weights.” Sure, the dollar costs are sobering, but you know what’s more tragic? Quality of life costs and media/government that continue to push the same tired, outdated ideas about healthy nutrition.
Let’s move on to the happy stuff, shall we?
MUST READ #1: Meditation Matters by Kathleen Shannon
As always, Kathleen does a brilliant job of informing and inspiring at the same time. Her step-by-step instructions demystify meditation and will make it so easy for you to give it a try.
MUST READ #2: Whole9 Movement Series, Part 3
Last week, I told you about the Movement Series written by Melissa and Dallas of Whole9. Be sure to read their summary of Part 1 and Part 2 for some excellent guidelines for creating your best bod.
Peek Inside an Olympic Training Diary
Holley Mangolds is a pretty inspiring chick. She was a lineman on a boys’ football team in high school (!) and recently qualified for the 2012 US Olympic weightlifting team. Her qualifying lifts? 242.5# snatch and 319.67# clean and jerk. Can you even?! For constrast, my best snatch ever was 55#. That makes me giggle. Every Friday, Holley will guest post at BreakingMuscle.com to share her journey from here to London in July. Read the first installment right here!
It’s a mule. It’s a bookmobile.
If those two thoughts together aren’t compelling enough to get you to click, I’m not sure I can help you. And only the most hard-hearted curmudgeon would fail to be moved by the details in the story.
“Lukewarm coffee tastes bad because cavemen didn’t have refrigerators.”
Again, the click is hard to resist, right?! “… biological processes such as our sensory systems tend to be designed by evolution to perform most effectively at the temperatures we are typically exposed to. ‘Our ancestors did not eat food at extreme temperatures… Their meals consisted of mostly foraged berries and freshly hunted meat in the 20 to 37 degree Celsius range — almost exactly the window in which our taste buds are most sensitive.’”
Food Geekery, Through the Ages
This Food Timeline is jam packed with tasty tidbits about popular foods, recipes, and food history through the ages. I could lose days following these links. And if you have anything productive you need to do, don’t even think about exploring the Food History index.
So many good ideas here!
Charles Poliquin’s Fifty Fat Loss tips. These are my two favorites and next week, I’m starting to incorporate one sprint session into my weekly routine. (‘Cause Jen Sinkler is a beautiful badass, and I know she loves sprints, too.)
9. For gradual fat loss over a longer period, include strength cycles that favor testosterone release with heavier loads (up to 95 percent 1RM), slightly longer rest (2 to 3 minutes), and lots of sets.
12. Do high-intensity sprint intervals for conditioning. Two examples are 60 cycle sprints of 8 seconds each, 12 seconds rest; or 6 all-out 30-second running sprints on a track, 4 minutes rest.
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