Weekend Link Love – Edition 131

It’s over two hours long, but worth watching the Weston A. Price Foundation‘s press release regarding the USDA guidelines. While I’ve never put much stock in what the USDA tells me to eat, the WAPF brings up the unsettling point that our nation’s school lunches will now be ruled by these guidelines.

The Twinkie guy, the potato guy, now the chip lady… can we think of a name for these ridiculous people? How about “monogastronomers.” Does that work? Anyone have a better word?

A former vegetarian struggling with binge eating and an unhealthy relationship with food, Pepper went Paleo, took control of her life, and started a blog. Read her story at PaleoPepper.com.

The NY Times has a couple good ones this week. Mark Bitton discusses those obtuse SOFAS the USDA warns us about, and here’s an interesting article about long-living (sort of) Ecuadorians.

When is it a bad time to listen to Carl Sagan talk about the wonders of life and the universe? Never. Watch this and this (and here’s a nerdier version).

Join Daniel Klein at the Huffington Post as he kills and eats buffalo.

And finally, Thom Stockton is coming at you with “Teach Me How to Caveman.”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (February 20 – 26)

Comment of the Week

This is an email from reader Josh forwarded to me, originally from his friend Danny…

I thought you might enjoy the standing desk I put together recently.The items used:

4 CORK Trivets by IKEA – 7″ Round
12 Pack of Magnolia Brush 5 qt Galvanized Metal Pails
Rolodex Bridge Desktop Manager

I lifted the desk so that each leg would rest on 3 nested pails.  To reduce the stress on the bottom of the pails, I placed an IKEA cork trivet on each.  To lift my monitor, I used a rolodex desktop manager, and a laptop stand I had lying around.  I am still looking for the best way to elevate my keyboard.  I’ve had it for a week, and I can report that it works for me – I feel great.


About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. I don’t think there is anything ridiculous about either the “chip lady” or the “potato guy.” The former, Debbie, knows what she is doing isn’t healthy. Sad story.

    The potato guy, Chris Voigt, was not suggesting people live on potatoes, just making the point that they are not as unhealthy as lots of people, including most paleo types, claim. For me, he made his point.

    1. Agreed. I think he is consuming some sort of grease with the potatoes, too, unless I misread it. But the calories are overwhelmingly coming from potatoes.

      Potato feeding studies were done in the late 19th century. 85% cal from potato, 15% from dairy fats (I think? or was it “margarine” which used to be made from suet?). The investigators were skeptical at first but gradually increased activity levels of experimental subjects… the men actually grew muscle on the diet (over 18 months) and one took a job as a physical laborer. Potato contains a complete protein and at about 15% protein is adequate for human protein needs. The glucose-rich starch is good food for most people (not Type II diabetics or people with seizure disorders who don’t respond to medication, of course). 15% dairy fat as the Irish during English occupation had available would provide the necessary fat soluble vitamins. I would add greens for the minerals & other goodies (potato also has minerals).

      Tubers have been unfairly maligned. Potato, cassava, yam, and sweet potato–but especially potato and sweet potato–have a history of vastly improving health and survival rates (& increasing population) wherever they have gone. (Maybe I should say yam, too, as Bantus spread throughout Africa and displaced other groups about 1000? years ago.) Yam and sweet potato-dependent cultures actually have festivals in praise of these foods (as Europeans in antiquity once praised cereals, which can be stored through lean times, or the villagers of Loetschental once celebrated summer cream).

      Sugar/corn syrup, industrial seed oil/artificial trans fats, improperly-prepared grains*, and vitamin deficiencies* have heralded in the diseases of civilization.

      *-Early grain-based agriculture had the same problems, as evidenced by the fossil record. Eventually, agriculturalists overcame these problems through a combination of changes in foodways and genetic adaptations. The un-starred items are more or less novel, although there is documentation of populations with access to agave syrup suffering severe tooth decay in the pre-industrial past.

  2. INRE to Sagan 1,2: Weepy? No. I just have a bacon crumb in my eye. 😉

    1. It’s on Netflix instant for those who’d like to see it (although due to copyright issues, I believe some of the music was changed).

  3. The best part about the Food Network recipe for “late night bacon” are the comments…pretty freaking funny

    1. I don’t find it funny to make fun of people with disordered eating by coming up with cute names.

      1. Nor is it funny to come up with cute names for eating disorders who don’t have people.

        No Cute Names (NCN) … a registered 501(c)(3) organization committed to stamping out cute names within our lifetimes.

      2. Who says its making fun of them? I think monovore is an appropriate term for people like that.

  4. Looking thru your website it seems healthy living is mostly (all?) about food & exercise. What about other non-paleo parts of modern living?
    Indoor environments, dependency on electricity, cooking with modern stoves, water issues, and working for money?

    1. The Primal Blueprint is based on how our diet and how our movement affects how are genes express themselves. Mark has continuously posted about spending a lot of time outside, especially getting enough sunlight. As for electricity and cooking with modern stoves, I’m not sure they have that big an effect on gene expression and our health. One can be Primal without being a Luddite or an Ascetic.

      1. These things do have an effect on our health because it makes life just a little too easy. For example, instead of searching for your own firewood and making your own fire for cooking, you can simply turn on a stove. Humans are programmed to do the least amount of work as possible, and with these modern ‘conveniences’, it is quite hard to find the motivation for the daily activities and exercise that keeps us healthy. The modern world doesn’t allow Mother Nature to push us and keep us in check. (Sure, you can do these things extra in your day, but you won’t be doing them based on biological needs and thus it will be hard to know to what extent, at what time, and to what degree you should do it).

        Besides, I hardly need mention the environmental effects of mass-use electricity and the subsequent indirect health issues. Oh, and not to mention the occasional house fire or electric shock… a campfire is surely not so dangerous.

        1. I’m quite happy to be living in the modern era. When I was a kid we would vacation at a cabin with no electricity or running water. Chopped a lot of firewood and hauled a lot of pails of water from the lake up a steep hill. Those aren’t part of my fondest memories of vacation. I exercise and eat Primally but have no desire to emulate every aspect of my Paleolithic ancestors’ life. For those that do, fine. But realize that such zealotry makes the movement look cultish and easier to dismiss by the mainstream.

          Finally I’ll add that electric or gas stoves are a lot healthier than wood burning. Anyone who has been to India or Indonesia knows that the cumulative effect of those campfires is a big air pollution problem.

        2. I see that as a combination of manual labor which is *similar* to paleolithic or tribal life combined with civilization. You hauled water and fire up to your cabin so you can do drink and have a fire in your cabin. Obviously, going up to a creek or river and drinking directly from that would have been a lot easier. And one probably wouldn’t have had to have gone far to find fire wood in the paleo days. I think most are quick to shun life in the paleolithic due to misconceptions.. and regardless if there are things that wouldn’t have been ‘fun’ in someone’s eyes, at least it would have kept one healthy.

          About the wood burning.. cumulative effects are only a result of civilization and in paleo times would have had nothing of an impact on air population. Besides, food tastes a lot better cooked next to wood coals. But yes, 6.9 billion people burning wood doesn’t do any good.

  5. I love bacon, “late night” or “early morning”, but 8 slices is a serving for one, not four. The “chip lady” is a satirical piece, right?

  6. Laughed so hard at the meme site!
    “Food” network is in a class by itself.

    Anthony Bourdain should take over the network in a hostile coup and scatter the celebucooks around to report from third world countries w/o hair and makeup teams. I’d watch that.

    1. LOL, I got a visual of all the celebrity/cooks with bed hair and no makeup Yikes!

  7. Thank you so much for the link to Pepper’s site. A lot of what she has to say in regard to disordered eating and body image really resonates with me. I think it will be a valuable resource for me.

  8. I made it through the Weston A. Price Foundation‘s press conference. Very worthwhile use of two hours.

    Ironic though that the Salt Institute’s spokesman’s first name is Morton. 🙂

  9. the salt thing has been such a big one for me all my adult life (now i’m 56) and to learn that the whole game vilifying salt is just another one of USDA-style bogus hypes. I also think that the paleo “use no salt” does not account for the fact that we probably consumed a lot more of the blood of our prey which had more salt compared to the organs or muscle meat – so our salt intake (not to mention seafood and living at the ocean) was higher than current paleo-purist thought–

    i’ve done a blog on salt with some great links over at Daiasolgaia: SALT, The Grim Reaper in a Shaker, or No? to help me justify my love for the tasty mineral –

    and BTW – been consuming on the higher side of the salt eating spectrum all my life – and although quite active, i’m not a big workout kinda primal-guy … and my blood pressure is always on the low-to low-average side regardless of my rather high-strung personality…

    1. Definitely could not quit salt. I somehow instinctually need it.
      I do not miss sweet, or most starches but salt .. No way I need salt.

    2. The issues around NaCl are complex. However, the SAD contains excess Na vs. K, which has unfortunate consequences for every cell in your body.

      I, too, tend towards lower (but adequate) BP. One’s taste for salt in food can vary–and mine is rather low–but I sometimes find it beneficial to supplement it a bit. The high value of salt in antiquity–and even in the recent past–speaks to its necessity for life. In hot countries, which includes much of the US, one’s need for salt increases because of the losses due to sweat.

      About 1/3 of the population is very sensitive to salt intake. (The other 2/3 is not.) I am one of those people. I could give myself a bad headache by getting too low in salt… I could also give myself a migraine by consuming too much. Since I mostly prepare my own food instead of being at the mercy of the processed food industry, I see this as a blessing instead of a curse. I can manipulate my salt levels and thus my BP at will. Cool.

  10. Thanks for posting the WAPF critique. I had a few people at my house when I opened that page up and started watching. They were all sucked in and shocked by all the counter-arguments against the USDA and the CW they all know. Some even wrote down the address so they could go home and watch it later with their SO

  11. HAHAHAHAHAHA… that rap song is hilarious!!

    I bookmarked the weston a price 2 hour video to watch later. I am sure it is well worth the time and then some.

  12. oh, the english peas recipe had me laughing, but the comments made my laugh so hard I cried!

  13. Omg, internet memes … thanks, I had a good laugh. I think I will be taking up a new hobby ….

  14. 8 Signs You Are Over Training was the VERY first post I ever read from MDA. It will always have a very special place in my heart. 🙂

  15. Go Sally Fallon and the panel of experts! The video is worth watching. Thanks for passing on the link Mark.

  16. I worried I might get bored during the 2-hour press conference, but I listened to most of it, getting up only to refill my glass of tea and answer the phone. Each speaker gave a different take and presented unique expertise. Sally Fallon’s responses were rich with pithy quotes like the puritanical lunches/pornographic snacks analogy. So true. My obese colleagues heat up little paper trays of 300-calorie Lean Cuisine meals for lunch every day yet never manage to get visibly smaller. I’ll bet they’ve got real food porn stashed in their desks or at home.

  17. “Twinkie guy” was doing an experiment.

    “Potato guy” was proving a point and engaging in a publicity stunt for potato growers.

    “Chip lady” has a mental disorder.

    There is no common thread amongst them.

  18. i loved the conference, very interesting and I am going to listen to it again. the schools lunches are terrible and will remain so unfortunately. And the explanation of how the processed foods industry is calling the shots is very revealing
    Good to see these presenters trying to buck the system because it is difficult to do.

  19. Wow, that video by the Weston A Price Foundation was so interesting to watch. Nice to see nutritionists and doctors fighting to get the truth out there. I’ve sent the video link to my parents. My mom is a transplant coordinator for kidneys at a pretty famous hospital in the US. You’d think she’d already know this stuff, but she herself is quite overweight and feeling terrible. It’s a shame it’s so hard to convince people to question “common knowledge”, even when it’s killing us…

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