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21 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 118

Is man as fit, strong, fast, and productive as he used to be? Salon interviews archeologist/author Peter McAlister on his book Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male is Not What He Used to Be. What say you, readers?

From Free Range Kids, I’d categorize this sign as an active fail.

New York City is one giant pullup bar. Al Kavadlo and brother do pullups on the scaffolding of Manhattan. I love how most of the pedestrians don’t even bat an eye while passing. And bonus points for the pistol squats!

November 14th was World Diabetes Day and MDA reader Ryan (of AndariegoBlog) participated by performing the Big Blue Test to show the power of exercise and blood sugar control.

The scuff marks, the scuff marks!!! Danny MacAskill is quite handy with a bike.

Reader Tiffani found these at her local farmers’ market. The sticker means it helps you get diabetes, right?

Recipe Corner

  • Food Renegade makes bacon-wrapped salmon cakes with asparagus. Holy moly, this is a good one. The recipe also includes pine nuts, Dijon mustard, Parmesan cheese, coconut oil, and of course, butter. It’s the unicorn of the wrapped salmon world.
  • If you haven’t started planning for T-Day, The Food Lovers Primal Palate posts a full Thanksgiving menu, eight gobblingly good recipes.

Time Capsule

One year ago (November 14 – 20)

  • Primal Trail Food – Because granola bars just won’t do, this list of Primal munchies will keep you energized hiking all day.
  • Is the Primal Blueprint a Type of Asceticism? – Living Primal means letting go of the sugars and starches, but does it mean letting go of life’s pleasures? Living Primal is neither fully Spartan nor Hedonistic, so where does it lie on the spectrum between the two?

Comment of the Week

I met a couple in Hawaii last Fall. She was wearing Vibram Five Fingers and he was wearing those rocker shoes; she thought “Born to Run” was the awesome-est book ever, he thought it a load of merde.

Talk about a mixed marriage!

-Scott M from When Grok Lives with Korg, or How to Cope with an Unsupportive Partner

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. Hey guys,

    That recipe on Food Renegade was one of mine!! I was so happy to share it with her and become a regular Paleo/Primal contributor on Food Renegade!

    I also have my own site and this week I have Thanksgiving recipes up for Just Like Bread StoveTop Style Primal Stuffing as well as a Goat Cheese Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Pecan Hazelnut crust (for those of us that still implement dairy- or use your 80/20!!)

    Thanks for the links!

    Life as a Plate

    AndreAnna wrote on November 21st, 2010
    • Cool, we’re going to check out your site.

      The Primal Palette wrote on November 21st, 2010
    • I am so trying those biscuits…

      Naomi wrote on November 22nd, 2010
  2. I love watching Al!! And the Big Blue Test is really worth watching…great example of a 14 minute workout.

    I will definitely be making those Salmon Bacon Asparagus wraps. Thanks for coming up with those AndreAnne!!

    Patty wrote on November 21st, 2010
  3. Those Salmon Bacon Asparagus wraps look fantastic. I will definitely be giving them a try for this coming New Years gathering. Thanks for sharing!

    Susan wrote on November 21st, 2010
  4. Forget one giant pull up bar, New York is one giant playground.

    These are just some of the other things you can do to exercise on scaffolding.

    Jeff wrote on November 21st, 2010
  5. Thanks for posting the Danny MacAskill video. The man is an artist with that bike. It’s like “Bikour” or something. lol

    Steve Scarfia wrote on November 21st, 2010
  6. After reading the article about it, that Manthropology book looks fascinating. It kind of explains to me why at 31 I still compete in sports (strongman), and why I just don’t understand men that make themselves look effeminate.

    Aren’t men supposed to be strong and rugged?

    Nathan wrote on November 21st, 2010
  7. Mark. As you said, special mention to the pistol squats. Al and his brother are awesome.

    Furan wrote on November 21st, 2010
  8. Hi Mark,

    Been reading your blog for quite a while now. I had a question- Is there anything in Vegetables that I cant get by eating fruits? I am currently eating a mix of different fruits everyday (along with a lot of protien and medium amount of carbs) but for some reason have realized that vegetables are almost out of my diet for one reason or another (mainly convenience) … Do u think I am missing out on some essential nutrients?

    Btw, just to share my own experiences, I actually switched to a high red meat diet long before reading your blog and I totally agree with everything you have to say. In India, culture/religion has influenced our eating habits to an extent that even non-vegetarian families will have meat maybe twice or thrice a week and it was the same when I was growing up. However, I had long running and continous problems with my digestion. It was only when I started living independently during my first job that I found that a high meat, eggs and nuts diet (i used to call this category ‘solid’ food and preach to my friends) along with avoiding eating dairy and fruits on an empty stomach worked best for me. I gained a number of kilos and my digestive system was perfect. Till today I have realized my body feels most light, strong and ‘vital’ after meals of Indian kebabs or steaks.

    Anyways, I am curious to know about the vegetables and will definitely make an effort if you could clarify the issue. Else, if we do get all the vitamins and minerals required from fruits, then I guess I can just keep going with my current lifestyle.

    Rahul wrote on November 22nd, 2010
    • “Is there anything in Vegetables that I cant get by eating fruits?”

      As for the veg I eat, and the fruit I used to eat, the vegetables are a lot higher in vitamins A, C and K and a lot lower in carbs. I don’t eat fruit because it gives me acid reflux and it’s too carby.

      I just did a blog post on this–see

      Lori wrote on November 22nd, 2010
  9. Ahhh it’s good to see Edinburgh featured on MDA! The first city in the Danny MacAskill Video is the city where I currently live.

    Steve wrote on November 22nd, 2010

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