Rants & Raves – 06/17/12

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. Beautiful people, welcome to this week’s collection of Rants & Raves.


Sigh. That’s all: sigh.

MUST READ: Sugar is making us fat.
If you’re up on your paleo what-what and read paleo blogs, this statement won’t be surprising: “Why are we so fat? We have not become greedier as a race. We are not, contrary to popular wisdom, less active… But something has changed: and that something is very simple. It’s the food we eat. More specifically, the sheer amount of sugar in that food, sugar we’re often unaware of.” Read this article anyway. It weaves a sobering story of how this all happened.

This is particularly tasty: “If it could be proved that at that some point the food industry became aware of the long-term, detrimental effects their products were having on the public, and continued to develop and sell them, the scandal would rival that of what happened to the tobacco industry.”

While we’re naming names, let’s talk about wheat.
I’m more Jon Stewart than Bill O’Reilly, but I was glad to see this quote from the host of the O’Reilly Factor about his recent weight loss: “[M]y cholesterol has dropped, my allergies have left, my waist size is down two inches, just for giving up wheat… If the government would tell people, you might not want to eat all of this wheat, because it is blowing you up.” Sadly, the article also includes this bit of wisdom from a dietician: “”There is no scientific evidence to back up that gluten is toxic to anyone who does not have celiac disease, which only affects about 1 percent of the population.”

Sundaes and Pizza and Slurpees… Oh, My
Let’s just go with headlines here: Burger King is serving a bacon sundae this summer. (And while I’m turning up my nose at their poisonous concoction, it does inspire me to come up with a paleo-friendly, healthier version to share this summer. More on that when it happens. Promise.) This exists: a pizza vending machine that makes pizza to order. (Thanks to TCMTG reader Samantha for passing along the link!) 7-Eleven is downsizing its Slurpee from 64 ounces to a mere 50. But not because of health concerns: “It’s because no one could fit the massive drinks into their car’s cup holders.” FYI… 50 ounces is 156% of the average person’s stomach capacity.

How dare they do this to my Jane?!

Long-time readers know that Jane Eyre is my favorite book, so you can probably imagine my reaction to the upcoming besmirching of my Jane. (No) Thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey (have not read it; will not read it), an “erotic retelling” of Jane Eyre is coming this summer. I agree with the book’s publisher that the original is “full of sexual tension,” but that’s why it’s so good. Anticipation, restraint. But yeah, I’ll probably read Jane Eyre Laid Bare. How could I not?!


Let’s try to get over that Jane Eyre thing with some good stuff, shall we?

The face paint always seems like a good idea.
This roundup of photos of fans at the Euro 2012 Soccer Championship is absolutely delightful, a study in jubilation, heart break, and silly wigs. See all the photos here.

[photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press]

This is just a lovely blog.

A few weeks ago, I allowed myself to be lured around the internet wonderland and fell down a rabbit hole to the blog eggton: salty wit and a sweet tooth. I’m enjoying it immensely and thought you might like it, too. Like this post about a lifelong quest for a baby sheep — or this one that I’m not going to ruin by telling you what it’s about. Her writing is charming and makes me feel affectionate, even though I, of course, don’t know her. But you can learn a little more about her here.

Holly hits it out of the park again.

In a two-part series, the fabulous Holly of Holly Would If She Could writes about goal weights, body composition testing, body image, and a whole lot of common sense stuff about how we need to tell “generally-accepted standards” to go f*ck themselves. Part 1 | Part 2

And that’s why she’s a superhero.
Here’s Batgirl in a 1972 PSA on equal pay for women. Holy act of Congress!

Learning the Snatch

With an overview of lingo, step-by-step instructions with video, and relevant mobility work, this article gives you everything you need to start working on the snatch, the holy grail of speed plus strength.

Starts as a Rave, Turns into a Rant, Ends as a Rave…

Martha Payne, a 9-year-old living in Argyll, Scotland started a blog called Never Seconds with her dad to rate her school lunches according to mouthfuls, healthfulness, and (ew!) pieces of hair . She did such a good job, she received a supportive tweet from Jamie Oliver himself: “Shocking but inspirational blog,” tweeted the Naked Chef. “Keep going, Big love from Jamie x.”

But then the town council shut her down. BOO!

But then they changed their minds. YAY! As of Friday, Martha is back in blogging business. And despite offers from Hollywood (which she turned down), she’s teaming up with a celebrity chef to try to get healthier meals at her school. Read all about it.

[photo: Gordon Jack, The Telegraph]

And finally…

It Starts With Food is available now! It’s seriously the nonfiction must-read of the summer. Check out my review here (and get in on the giveaway), then get yourself a copy right here. I’m going to be doing another online book club to read It Starts With Food in July, so get ready for that!

Almost forgot! Happy Father’s Day!

To my awesome dad (who taught me to love cooking and told me I could be the first female president if I wanted to) and to dad’s and dad-like figures everywhere, have a totally kickass day. And eat something delicious. And visit Cute Overload to enjoy more cats in Father’s Day ties.

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  • Judi says:

    I’ve just spent the last hour reading the Eggton blog and have laughed out loud…like full belly laugh about a hundred times already!! Thanks for the share 🙂

    • Amanda Lindsay says:

      BLAH! ‘this is why we can’t have nice things’ reminded me so much of my beautiful cat Leelu whom I could never replace … every time I pick up a pre-2007 book from my shelves I see at least two chewed corners… she was a kickboxing, stuff-wrecking ball of brown burmese (insert nostalgic sigh)… Note to cat owners: lillies are poisonous – don’t have them in your home (found out the hard way)… LOVED Eggton and love this blog. : )

  • Ouida Lampert says:

    You are a delight! I fretted for a couple of days, convinced that you were no longer doing Rants and Raves – silly me! And Eggton is a nice addition to my daily delights. Thank you.

  • Katarina says:

    My local radio station has talked about Martha Payne’s blog several times. Just the other day I heard about her being able to blog again! Hooray for her!

    However, I get out of the car and forget to look up her blog so thanks for posting about her.

    I think it’s amazing the power kids can have. I also heard about a local girl, Rachel Beckwith, on the same radio station. She wanted to raise $300 for clean water for kids in Africa instead of receiving birthday presents. Unfortunately, she died in a tragic car accident before she saw her dream come true. Her story inspired so many that even after her death she raised over $1.2 million dollars for the charity!


    I am inspired by and applaud the Martha’s and Rachel’s of this world!

  • Anna says:

    There’s a BBC documentary that goes along with the Guardian article. It’s called “The Men Who Made Us Fat” and it is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE-H__aIEFE

  • katetastrophee says:

    I just wonder if any of those dieticians who pull out the old “no scientific evidence…celiac…blah blah blah…” have ever taken gluten grains out of their own diet for a week or two just to see how they feel. Scaredy cats!

  • Amy says:

    I have a bit of a reputation for being a Bacon Lover, and eeeeeeeveryone I know keeps sending/telling me about the stupid BK Bacon Sundae. Duh! I am not eating that ever! But I was also thinking of creating a better version of it myself…curious to see what you come up with! I am not strict paleo, so I’m sure yours will be healthier 🙂

  • De23 says:

    Just a quick question – why won’t you ever read Fifty Shades? I hear it is a very good if erotic romance. *cough* can’t put it down *cough*

    And Jane has had so many alternate versions, spinoffs, etc, what’s one more? But, I’m not sure I want to go there with those characters, I like them the way they are in “real life!”