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1 Aug

Weekend Link Love

You don’t have to take my word from it. From the New York Times:

“Vitamin D  promises to be the most talked-about and written-about supplement of the decade. While studies continue to refine optimal blood levels and recommended dietary amounts, the fact remains that a huge part of the population — from robust newborns to the frail elderly, and many others in between — are deficient in this essential nutrient.”


“Most people in the modern world have lifestyles that prevent them from acquiring the levels of vitamin D that evolution intended us to have. The sun’s ultraviolet-B rays absorbed through the skin are the body’s main source of this nutrient. Early humans evolved near the equator, where sun exposure is intense year round, and minimally clothed people spent most of the day outdoors.”

“As a species, we do not get as much sun exposure as we used to, and dietary sources of vitamin D are minimal…”

Read the entire NYT vitamin D article. Then go get some sun.

As the great H. Simpson once said, “Here’s to alcohol… the cause, and solution to all of life’s problems.” Read Lean Gains incredibly thought-provoking (and entertaining) breakdown of alcohol consumption.

MizFit joined the Vibram crowd this week. Now it’s your turn!

A big shout out to all my Norwegian readers (there’s really quite a few). Kristoffer Clausen is “A Wild Man,” living alone on the unforgiving tundra of Norway, surviving off the land. For English speakers, watch a subtitled video of Kristoffer preparing for a hard winter. Does anyone know how to say “Primal” in Norwegian?

Remember these Vibram-clad newlyweds? Well, they now have a blog. Read Suzi’s full success story transforming to a Primal lifestyle over at Winter Herbs.

And finally, cute knit meat.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

Two years ago (July 25 – 31)

Comment of the Week

So, will the PBF be available for Wii?

hahaha, just kidding

– Peggy from The Cost of “Perfection”

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Mark,

    So now that the New York Times is talking about Vitamin D does that mean that Omega-3’s will take the backseat the all the food marketers? Watch all the pre-packaged food that comes out that tout Vitamin D. Get some sun, it’s free.


    David Grim wrote on August 1st, 2010
    • i think Cheerios boxes are now actually advertising being a source of Vitamin D. haha

      mike wrote on August 1st, 2010
    • Here in Sunny California they are selling mushrooms that have Vit. D added. WTF?!

      pj wrote on August 2nd, 2010
      • Actually, mushrooms (or at least buttons – “mushrooms” are a broad group, and I can’t guarantee this for other species) are pretty cool in that, if you irradiate them with UV light, they’ll produce a variety of coloring and protective substances on the surface of their caps, including vit. D2… and so probably isn’t all that useful. It is just D2, afterall.

        On the other hand, mushrooms which have seen some sunlight during growth are paleo, and while I can’t vouch for their nutrition being better than “protected” (say it with the tone-of-voice you use for “grain fed”) specimens, it wouldn’t surprise me.

        Foltz wrote on August 2nd, 2010
  2. As one of the Norwegian readers of this blog (are there actually more of us?) I really enjoyed reading about Kristoffer Clausen! I’m looking forward to the movie. I hadn’t even heard about the project before. Oh, and I’m actually struggling to find a decent Norwegian expression for primal, or paleolithic. Or five-fingers :) Any good suggestions?

    Fable wrote on August 1st, 2010
    • Steinaldersk? Steinalderdiett. Steinalderkosthold. That’s what I’ve heard it being mentioned as anyway.

      Krissy wrote on August 2nd, 2010
    • I’m part of the Norwegian contingent! Though not actually norwegian, I do live in Oslo. :) Would love to chat about going primal in this bread- and potato-loving country!

      Laura wrote on August 4th, 2010
      • Awesome! Yeah, bread- and potato-loving country is absolutely right. Would be cool to have a Norwegian Primal-Con. 😉

        Sungrazer wrote on August 4th, 2010
        • It certainly would!! Or at the very least a meet up :)

          Laura wrote on August 5th, 2010
  3. Crocheted meat. Not knit. It’s similar but not the same.

    Michele wrote on August 1st, 2010
    • He got the “cute” part right…

      pj wrote on August 2nd, 2010
  4. Finally an article about how alcohol relates to fitness. Cause you know you like the alcohol!

    Ken Rogers wrote on August 1st, 2010
    • I know I do! Without shame, I can say that alcohol is the main reason why I will never be “Perfectly Primal.” I’ve definitely cut back over the last few months, but I still have 1-2 drinks a week, and I don’t see any ill effects.

      Besides, almost every society on earth has, at some time, made somewhat regular use of one type of intoxicant or another, frequently in religious ceremonies. Regardless of the nutritional consequence, might we be hard-wired to enjoy intoxication?

      Dan wrote on August 1st, 2010
  5. A Wild Man (En Villmann) is probably the best way to describe this guy. Because let’s face it, he’s not primal, he is wild. In a good way.

    S wrote on August 1st, 2010
  6. Is it weird that the first link I clicked was the crocheted meat?

    Maggie wrote on August 1st, 2010
    • It’s not weird at all. I did too. :)

      Primal K@ wrote on August 2nd, 2010
    • How cute was the bacon, egg & chips! I love seeing stuff like that – stirs up the crochet part of my brain with all kinds of new ideas! & crocheted candy laces, bad I know, but the recovering sugarholic in me loved that idea!

      Peggy wrote on August 2nd, 2010
  7. I’ve gone almost alcohol free for a few years now. I did it for the health benefits. But the more I read about it, the more it seems like the health benefits don’t really exist.

    That being said, I don’t miss alcohol. And it’s much cheaper. Alcohol drinkers subsidize dinner for people like me.

    thehova wrote on August 1st, 2010
  8. I spent yesterday in the glorious, glorious sun. Now I have sunburn. :( However that’s unlikely to stop me from soaking up every ray I can get during the all-too-brief PNW summer. :)

    Ely wrote on August 2nd, 2010
  9. For the record: I haven’t had a game console since the Atari in the early 80’s. Space Invaders!

    Peggy wrote on August 2nd, 2010
  10. Thanks for the heads up on the youtube videos of Kristoffer Clausen. I wrote about him in my journal the other day. I’ve tried to come up with a Norwegian translation of the English word Primal, but it’s hard. Primær, meaning the first, might be the closest literal translation.

    Sungrazer wrote on August 2nd, 2010
    • In it’s historical sense I’d translate primal as forhistorisk (witch is roughly translated as “before history”). But that’s just me…

      Krissy wrote on August 2nd, 2010
      • Ooh – of course! :) Forhistorisk Blåkopi would be a great translation of Primal Blueprint. It has got a nice ring to it too I think.

        Sungrazer wrote on August 2nd, 2010
  11. Laura – I know of at least one other person that wants to do a primal meetup in Oslo. It would be pure awesomeness! :)

    Sungrazer wrote on August 5th, 2010

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