Thanksgiving, Links, and Quick Hits

Did you survive it? The big feast?

Down here in So-Cal on an absolutely gorgeous day, we had 15 or so people here at Bea’s parents’ place for the standard fare: turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings, snacks, desserts & such. I chipped in to do the green beans (slow cooked with onion and bacon), mashed potatoes (2/3 white & 1/3 white sweets), and the gravy. The gravy was the masterpiece. A nutritional powerhouse, I used all the giblets (heart, liver, gizzard) and the neck meat, chopped fine and reduced with white wine, vegetable stock and chicken stock. In the end, chopped hard boiled egg is added. It’s a chunky gravy for the potatoes, the turkey, even the stuffing.

For myself, I managed to get by just fine with very minimal snacks (a few corn tortilla chips & salsa). For dinner, it was simply an enormous amount of turkey (all dark meat), modest potatoes, green beans & gravy. I splurged with a small piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and then a couple of pieces of the best english toffee I have ever had in my life: Sweet Bricks. The peanut butter chocolate is amazing. The proprietors are three siblings raising money for both of their parents’ very serious health problems (see ‘About’ link) and, are longtime friends of Bea’s family. So, not paleo, but as a rare holiday indulgence, not so bad, and a good cause.

I slept well with no issues and felt fabulous this morning, though pretty hungry by 9am. Probably the sugar getting back at me. But, eggs, bacon and chili verde fixed that. Man, I can remember in years past and prior to paleo that recovery from the Thanksgiving feast took days.

So here’s some links for your Holiday enjoyment.

~ Healthy Mind / Fit Body, with whom I did a podcast interview a while back, has put up a list of "The 10 Most Important Blogs You Should Be Reading…if you care about your health." While Free the Animal is on the list these things are, of course, subjective. But, if one of your favorites isn’t on the list you are invited to give a mention in comments.

~ Tasha at Voracious is A Vegan No More (the comments from Shiite vegans over there are a real kick; laugh your ass off funny). And in related news, an email just in this morning:

I made up a quick list of all the ailments people are complaining about over at a Raw Food Talk. And this is just recent comments: losing hair, hair thinning, hypothyroidism, teeth rotting, headaches, food cravings, depression, and my favorite, which is that the moderator of the forum is so confused about what to eat and has such an eating disorder that she has been juice fasting for over 140 days straight. She is currently in bed with the "flu" and is too weak to post right now.

I just scrolled down and wrote the ailments of the people over there. Every day, there are problems and ailments. They are all, of course, attributed to "detox". Even if someone were to die, they would say it was "detox".

Ah, what the hell…how about another? Chandelle at Chicken Tender kicked the vegan habit as well.

~ I listened to a bunch of jimmy moore podcast interviews in what turned out to be 8 1/2 hours on the road Wednesday. My three favorites were:

  • Episode 362: Dr. Frederic Vagnini Presents ‘The Weight Loss Plan For Beating Diabetes
  • Episode 363: Get ‘The Paleolithic Solution’ With Fitness And Health Expert Robb Wolf
  • Episode 365: Low-Carb Pioneer Dr. Ron Rosedale Focuses On The Role Of Leptin

All three are just great. Vagnini, while a bit off on saturated fat nonetheless is an encyclopedia on diabetes and the spectrum of treatments from diet to nutrition to supplementation to drugs. Robb Wolf is simply an authority on the paleo lifestyle, is scientifically minded, and somewhat brash like nobody you know. This was the first time I’ve heard Rosedale, and I’ve never read any of his books, but what an amazing 100-minute interview. There were lots of surprises in there for me.

~ Food still rots. Even McDonalds

~ Just as virtually all vegan propaganda is total BULLSHIT!, like meat doesn’t digest and rots in your intestines, kids don’t naturally like meat (BS: watch this), our digestive tracks resemble that of herbivores and so on, how about the one that meat makes people aggressive? Yep, you guessed it: Total BULLSHIT!

Kachanoff, a researcher with a special interest in evolution at McGill University’s Department of Psychology, has discovered quite the reverse. According to research presented at a recent symposium at McGill, seeing meat appears to make human beings significantly less aggressive.

~ And just in case there’s not enough vegan bashing in this roundup yet, read "How Steve Pavlina Almost Killed Me."

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  1. Leia on November 26, 2010 at 13:41

    Great links! [I’m a long-time reader first time poster. :)] Regarding the “meat doesn’t digest and rots in your intestines” thing. I’ve read [in one of his You books] that Dr Oz actually thinks that meat rots in the stomach… I think I even heard him say it on TV. He’s a doctor so he should know better! Why would he say such a thing? Does many doctors agree with him? Puzzling.

  2. Trish on November 26, 2010 at 16:45

    I did ribeye roast for T-day (I’m not a turkey fan and I do the cooking so I got to pick). Low and slow was the trick, OMG it was tasty. Served it with mashed potatoes and spinach and garlic slices sauteed in pastured butter. I’ve bookmarked the toffee page; although I don’t have much of a sweet tooth I do like it and if it helps a good cause I’ll get some to give out as Xmas presents.

  3. Nathaniel on November 26, 2010 at 19:57

    I went to a Thanksgiving dinner with relatives; I just ate the turkey and mashed potatoes, which I made sure were made with real butter and cream. I politely declined the bread, stuffing, pies, and the gravy which was made with flour.

    I was determined not to make an issue out of diet and nutrition, although other people made it difficult. I was describing my favorite local butcher shop and its excellent rib-eyes to my cousin who lives nearby, thinking he might have heard of the place, only to receive a blank look from him and his wife – “We mostly just eat fish.”

    I quickly attempted to change the subject, but not before my cousin’s wife could add, “I think it’s all about balance.”

    I hate it when people say stuff like that. What does it even mean? It’s just an empty platitude that basically says “I haven’t taken the time to learn anything about nutrition, but I think it doesn’t really matter what you eat as long as you say it is balanced.”

    I could have really torn her statement apart, but instead I moved the subject in a different direction.

    Thanksgiving is not the right time or place for trying to educate people about nutrition.

  4. anand srivastava on November 26, 2010 at 20:42

    That kids video is amazing. I also have had first hand experience with this phenomenon. My friends son who was just 9 months old, was running after me on a stroller after I gave him some meat. The meat was very hot, and he needed to drink water after every few times, but he still wanted more.

  5. Melissa Fritcher on November 26, 2010 at 22:28

    Turkey Day I did fully Primal. Took my own food and stuck to the meat offerings and my own sides (bacon-roasted brussels sprouts, roasted cauli, and whipped sweet potatoes) as well as a dark-chocolate/peppermint oil/almond dessert. Doing another T-Day tomorrow – will also stick to the meat offerings, and having more whipped sweet potatoes (my new <3) and the cauli/shroom stuffing from MDA, and trying the gluten-free biscuits (sans agave) from Oh, and more of the dark chocolate.
    No reason to do anything but fully Primal, really. This food rocks!
    Thanks for the links. :) Love the list of blogs.

  6. Hopefully more 80 than 20 « paleowod on November 27, 2010 at 07:07

    […] Here’s a link from Free the Animal with some good links and articles on how veganism is not the bees knees. […]

  7. Patty on November 28, 2010 at 15:17

    Wow, I just posted about how I had to pass on the gravy. Next year, I’ll be trying your recipe which sounds very much like the gravy my grandmother use to make. You are the only other person I know of that adds the hardboiled egg, which seems odd (wonder where that started?) but it totally works.
    I actually managed to lose a couple of pounds over the holiday!

  8. Jason on December 1, 2010 at 00:36

    Small world; I’ve heard Dr. Vagnini on his radio show here in NY on WOR.

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