Incapacitation

July 16, 2010

I haven’t posted in a while because of a surgery last Wednesday which left my right hand in a mega-cast, which i will be getting off today…

…and then being put into a regular cast. Tragic (not really).

So my posting will be close to non-existent until I get this cast off – which should be right before I head up to my university (August 23rd).

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

I suggest reading marks blog in the meantime: www.marksdailyapple.com

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Day 1 Vibrams: I have good news, and bad news.

Which do you want first?

  • Bad News

I took my new pair of Vibram FiveFingers Classic out for a test run today and the ball of my big toe became chaffed so I had to take them off before I finished.

Now, I’m gonna be nice and attribute this to my lack of experience in these, as well as the shape of my foot considering years of hard time spent in commercially shaped footwear. I, like most people who wear terribly shaped shoes, have bunions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunion). Luckily mine aren’t as bad as the picture on wikipedia, but they could stand to be better. The problem I had today was that my right bunion became irritated by the material of the shoe. I haven’t concluded the root cause of this yet, as it could be my foot, the Vibram not being the correct size, my inexperience in the shoes, or a multitude of other things. Ultimately, my first impression of these for running is poor (my running is more sprint-based. I’ll save that for another post).

  • Good News

On the positive side, I love the feel of having my toes “free.” I can feel myself walking with a stronger stride, using my toes to provide momentum as opposed to the traditional heel roll. I also love that you can still feel the texture and shapes of things beneath your feet without actually hurting your feet (like walking on gravely-hot street pavement or grass – the first thing I recommend you do is walk in grass).

I’ve always had minor balance problems while trying to standing alert and healthily (as opposed to nasty slouching). Vibram FiveFingers to the rescue! I could stand strong, tall, and powerful without even straining, as if my toes were built for balancing. I don’t understand how modern culture has ignored the fact that toes are a useful extremity. I assume that shoes, originally, were built with closed ends because people didn’t have the technical ability to effectively cut toe holes and our modern companies have kept this dated-method up to date. Nike probably went through a few slogans before they came with up with the politically correct “Just Do It.”

Nike – “Fuck Toes.”

Nike – “Forget Toes”

ect.

Once the information becomes mainstream that shoes are not healthy for your feet, I’d bet money on their slogan becoming:

Nike – “Cmon, Just Do It, Please?”

My verdict after one day of wearing Vibram FiveFinger Classics is that, although they are miles ahead of mainstream shoes, they are a few hundred yards behind being barefoot.

I’ll get back to you on that though.

Vibram FiveFingers

June 24, 2010

I was able to stalk out a pair of Vibram FiveFingers (classic, black) after calling roughly 100 stores around my area. They only had 1 size (my size) and in 1 color (the color I wanted).

I’ll post a more extensive review of them after a week or so, then a month or so, and then so on if anything important needs to be said (like my toes growing biceps).

I’m guilty of having a craving for something sweet after most of my meals. My mom says my grandpa did this so I guess I always assumed it was genetic, but that’s completely stupid after I put some thought into it.

It’s all related to the Carb Craving, or a Flavor Craving (these two things I will cover eventually).

Since I recently started the Paleo/Primal diet, I definitely still crave sugar more often than I should.

My solution? Chocolate.

After deliberate research, millions of dollars in case studies, and Google, I came across a chocolate brand that fit my caveman needs quite perfectly.

Enter: Theo brand chocolate.

Flavors from left to right: Cherry Almond, Orange, Mint

And here’s the ingredients listing for those interested (although this is the orange one, the differences between each are minor):

  • Cocoa Beans
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Orange Oil
  • Orange Zest
  • Ground Vanilla Bean

The cocoa beans, sugar, and cocoa butter are all “Fair Trade Certified By Trans Fair USA” and everything is “Certified Organic By Washington State Dept. Of Agriculture.” Aka, this stuff is a solid choice.

Each package is broken up into 6 smaller bars, and the nutritional info is 2 serving size, so thats 3 bars.

Nutritional Info:

  • Calories: 200 Fat Cal 150
  • Total Fat 17g
  • Sat Fat 10g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholet 0mg
  • Sodium 0mg
  • Total Carb 20g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Sugar 11g
  • Protein 3g
  • Iron 6%

Only downside is its “Manufactured on shared equipment with products containing milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts and other nuts” but that sort of thing doesn’t bother me since I’m not deathly allergic.

This chocolate isn’t sweet as mainstream stuff, so the common M&Masaurus might need to ease into the dark chocolate world.

Also available in milk chocolate if you dare.

If. You. Dare.
P.S. I found these at Whole Foods, but check your local overpriced health food shop.

Off Campus Notice

June 16, 2010

I think it’s important to note that since it’s currently summer vacation, I am not on campus at this time.

This means I have more support from my family when it comes to purchasing food, and thus my whole idea of “living paleo on a college budget” isn’t playing out right now.

I won’t be back up at UCF until mid august (the 21st I think), but I will be posting about budget-paleo living occasionally. Expect a related post tomorrow and a recipe either tonight or tomorrow as well.