Friday Link Love: Ready for a Zombie Apocalypse?

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Are You Prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse?

“When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance!”

The quote above is lifted from a must-read article posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week on how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.  (“That’s right z-o-m-b-i-e- a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e,” says the author Ali S. Khan.) The tongue-in-cheek tips, which were originally posted the CDC’s Public Health Matters blog, give you practical ways to ready yourself and your family for “the day when zombies take over entire countries, eating any living thing that gets in their way.”

The article also offers advice for how to prepare in case of an, ahem, real natural disaster. And it just so happens that disaster preparedness tips are pretty much the same whether  you’re getting ready for a hurricane, earthquake, or flood or that disastrous day when zombies…attack!

The Whitewashing of Skim Milk

The May issue of Details magazine offers an interesting perspective on dairy consumption that has me wondering which type of milk to request for my morning latte. The story questions our assumptions that whole milk makes you fatter and is more likely to raise cholesterol than nonfat milk. It cites studies that have been published in reputable medical journals such as The Archives of Internal Medicine and The American Journal of Medicine. And it highlights a few key points:

1. It’s been long assumed that our bodies store more fat if we consume whole milk vs. nonfat. But, according to the article, “Fats slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream, reducing the amount that can be stored as fat.” The fat in whole milk also triggers a hormone that makes you feel fuller.

2. They also point out that dairy fat is not necessarily worse for your heart. Even though it raises LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind), it affects only the “benign” segment of LDL.

The article doesn’t go so far as to suggest how much whole milk (or nonfat, for that matter) is too much. Nor does it answer my million dollar question – Can I ditch the froyo and start eating Haagen Dazs instead?

Conan Gets a Yoga Lesson

For all of you yoga dorks in the crowd, we bring you a highlight from the official YogaDork blog this week. Check out the clip of Conan O’Brien getting his first yoga lesson from the fabulously buff and beautiful star, Maggie Q – who, by the way, claims that the only thing she does to get ready for her high octane action movies is yoga!  Q’s demo makes it look easy…Coco’s faceplant tells another story.

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