So the hot news this week is all about tinkling.

Specifically, a video from Crossfit which characterizes the “common” act of peeing during a workout as something that is “normal,” and even the sacrifice one must make to be fit and competitive.

If you are someone who cares about women’s health, as I am, this video troubles you greatly.

(BTW, there’s going to be a common vs. normal post from me eventually.  It’s percolating.)

Luckily, minds far better trained than mine were also troubled by this video, and they took to the blogosphere and social media to weigh in on the issue.  Here are some highlights (full pieces linked to their names):

Physiodetective:

I would prefer that my athletes train using their weakest link as their limiting factor.

Amen.  This is a terrifically comprehensive response with some great videos.  Take a little time and read through it.

Pelvic Guru:

Let’s NOT glorify “peeing” when you lift! This means there are intrinsic weak points that should be addressed. The pressure system and strength are not working and adding weights and or jumps to this is not good.

and

…even if many people are leaking, let’s not assume that’s a “cool” thing or an intensity goal to achieve. Let’s not glorify a dysfunction. Let’s educate and empower when there’s a solution. This should NOT be “what it takes to be the fittest woman on the planet”.

Katy Bowman of Aligned and Well:

…exercise — no matter the type — does not replace movement and result in health. Which isn’t to say that you won’t look hot with your organs sitting a centimeter or two lower than they should be, but that your exercise program isn’t making you healthier, only more fit.

And, then there’s my decidedly non-clinical two-cents:

Can we all just stop glorifying dysfunction?  Pretty, pretty please?

Moving on … (But first, Julie Wiebe weighed in this morning with some info from the survey she and Physiodetective initiated.)

This is a fantastic piece from a farmer who produces grassfed beef on why his beef costs more than the conventional kind.  Some nuggets:

In the grass-fed model, “sustainability” trumps all other considerations. The farmer’s job is to help transform sunshine and rain into nutritious pasture, creating a closed-loop system that requires no grain or chemical amendments. By grazing grass, the farm is essentially an enormous living solar panel.

and

…how can we really know what’s ‘expensive’ or ‘cheap’ until we recognize that grass-fed and grain-fed beef are distinctly different products?

How, indeed?

I was talking with my chiropractor this week about my skin woes and said to her, “If I read one more damn article that touts eating berries as the ‘key’ to ‘glowing skin,’ I’m going to lose my …”.  So, when I saw this piece on what to eat for healthy skin, I nearly lost my … .  Incidentally, a good four of the ten are foods that I specifically avoid because they break me out.

And this whole experience put me in the ideal frame of mind to read this piece entitled “Twelve Habits of Happy Healthy People Who Don’t Give a S%^& About Your Inner Peace.”  I totally needed that.  (Warning: it’s explicit!)

Finding acnegenic foods on a list for perfect skin also reminded me how what may be health-promoting in one person may be harmful to another person’s health.  Nowhere is that more evident than with goitrogenic foods.  If you have thyroid issues, you simply must be careful with goitrogens, as this blogger learned from overconsumption of kale.

Two ingredients.  Basically one step.  Kid-friendly treats don’t get any easier than these Apricot Bits.

The Fourth of July is next week for the US folks and these slow-cooker pork ribs would be welcome at my picnic!

Speaking of summer, these fudgsicles look delish and they have a nice healthy fat in them.

I love it crisp and raw, but jicama in hummus?  That’s worth investigating.

Homemade date sugar.  That’s just cool.

And, finally, this is a lovely little piece on kids.  As in, are they really misbehaving or do we just have unrealistic expectations of them?  I actually had to remind myself this earlier this week.  Hubby was on the road for four solid days and I nearly lost my mind.  It helped a lot to remember what I’ve learned about early childhood development.  My kids were acting in a totally age-appropriate manner, and once I adjusted my expectations, I felt a lot less anguish.

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