Sunday, December 5, 2010

Links Beyond Well -- Eggs, Travel and Protein, 'The Doubler'

Todays reads help clarify how to decipher the language of eggs, offer some great insights on travel, and look further into the roles of protein in the diet and how we can find the best sources.  Enjoy!

The Truth About Free Range, Organic, Cage Free Eggs Nutrition – Which Ones Should You Buy And Are They Safe Raw? -- Scott Kustes, Fitness Spotlight
"A pastured egg from a chicken eating something very close to the primal version of a chicken diet is our baseline, not the conventional egg. It’s not that pastured eggs are packed with more vitamins. It’s that conventional eggs have less nutrition."
More on eggs ...

The Conscientious Omnivore: Eggs -- Whole9Life
" “cheap” eggs are not really cheap when you factor in all of the hidden costs to the environment, animal welfare, society and your health. In addition, reading and interpreting the claims made on an egg carton is a confusing and complex task. Labels like “vegetarian fed”, “all natural” and “cage-free” may sound healthier, but often these stamps are worth less than the ink with which they’re printed. "

20 Things I've Learned From Traveling Around The World For Three Years -- Gary Arndt Guest Post on The Blog Of Tim Ferriss
"8) You Don't Need A Lot Of Stuff: Condensing my life down from a 3,000 sq/ft house to a backpack was a lesson in knowing what really matters. I found I could get by just fine without 97% of the things I had sitting around my home. Now, if I purchase something, I think long and hard about it because anything I buy I will have to physically carry around. Because I have fewer possessions, I am more likely to buy things of higher quality and durability."
*Also see 8 Exotic Destinations You Can Afford for some travel ideas--a great way to spend some time away from the daily grind.

Does Eating More Protein Reduce Fat and Increase Muscle Mass? A Paleo Diet Advantage -- Don, Primal Wisdom
"Many people notice a decrease in fat mass and an increase in lean mass when they increase the protein and decrease the carbohydrate content of the diet. This results from the hormonal effects of these nutrients, which are ignored by those who assert that 'a calorie is a calorie.'"
I procured a freezer full of grassfed beef straight from the farmer who raised it via
 Eat Wild -- provides:

  • Comprehensive, accurate information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture.
  • A direct link to local farms that sell all-natural, delicious, grass-fed products. 
  • Support for farmers who raise their livestock on pasture from birth to market and who actively promote the welfare of their animals and the health of the land.