So here are the greens from the beets that I made on Wednesday night, making an appearance alongside Thursday night’s totally awesome, locally/pasture-raised cut of smoked pork. Damn fine eats, I gotta say. The greens were sautéed with onions in a liberal amount of coconut oil, then splashed with a bit of coconut vinegar, salt and pepper. I made two same-size chops (the other is going with me to work this morning). Actually, all I had to do with these was heat them up in a coconut-oiled pan, as they’d been smoked previously by my supplier. How cool is that?
Thursday night iron games –
I reeled-off a good bit of hard riding before I hit the gym which skewed my deadlift numbers substantially. I’m shifting to a sumo stance for a while, for no other reason than to do something that I suck at. I never have felt comfortable, or been able to pull well from a sumo stance. That doesn’t mean that it’s not a super exercise, though – the weakness is all mine. We’ll see about fixing that over the next few weeks.
Sumo deadlift (clean grip): 245 x 5; 275 x 5; 300 x 7
btn jerk : 115 x 3; 135 x 3; 165 x 3; 185 x 1; 195 x 1, 1, 1
then a superset of,
feet-elevated push-ups (24” box): bw x 50, 40, 31
parallel-grip pull-ups: be x 15, 16, 13
Just a quick thought on what I’m sure by now everyone has had a chance to look at. If anyone can take T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study as anything even remotely resembling serious, quality, ethically-performed science after considering Denise Minger’s complete dismantling of the work…well, there’s just not much hope for them. And I use the term “work” loosely, here. Agenda-influenced farce is more like it. But, hey, some folks still believe that the earth is 6,000 years-old, too. So it goes. Anyway, be sure to check out Denise’s exhaustive work. All I can say is, wow , well friggin done, Denise. And thanks to Richard, of Free the Animal, for giving Denise’s work the exposure it deserves.
The following paragraph, taken from Denise’s conclusion, really struck a cord with me (emphasis mine):
In rebuttals to previous criticism on “The China Study,” Campbell seems to use his curriculum vitae as reason his word should be trusted above that of his critics. His education and experience is no doubt impressive, but the “Trust me, I’m a scientist” argument is a profoundly weak one. It doesn’t require a PhD to be a critical thinker, nor does a laundry list of credentials prevent a person from falling victim to biased thinking. Ultimately, I believe Campbell was influenced by his own expectations about animal protein and disease, leading him to seek out specific correlations in the China Study data (and elsewhere) to confirm his predictions.
Question authority (or supposed authority, as the case may be). That single attitude will serve you well. “Show me the properly performed science!!” doesn’t exactly have the same ring, but our enthusiasm in requiring it should be no less emphatic.
Have a great weekend, folks.