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February 27, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 132

By Mark Sisson
35 Comments

How do you make a monkey fat? Feed him carbs! How do you make a monkey healthy? Let him eat Primal! That’s a mild oversimplification, but the full NYT story of the life and times of obese monkeys is definitely worth a read.

And the fun doesn’t stop with monkeys. Gorillas need real food too. Hunter-Gatherer follows the natural recovery of Bebac and Mokolo.

Want a healthier city? Design a healthier city. Fast Code Design discusses the task of designing a cityscape that is fun to walk.

Bug cuisine is all the buzz right now, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Look out, Segway, the unicycles are coming to shut you down.

Apparently choreographed spinning is all the rage in Korea. Movie franchise opportunity… Step Up 4: Korean Spin Off. I’d watch it.

For city folk or any folk with an ardor for urban and square foot gardening, here’s a fun story covering the trial and error of pantry horticulturalists.

And finally, a meat knit.

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Two years ago (February 20 – 26)

Comment of the Week

An email from a reader…

Mark,

We’ve been following your site ever since we got turned on to the Paleo Diet about a year and a half ago, and recommend Paleo/PB to our patients as chiropractors. We even sold copies of your book in our office for our patients and their families.

We have a 3 1/2 month old beautiful baby boy, Tyson. Not on solids yet, but when he is, it’s be Primal all the way! We thought he should start doing some research and understanding this way of eating early – see attached pictures – enjoy!

Karen

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Sandy
Sandy
5 years 6 months ago
I’ve wondered about growing plants from vegetable seeds from the kitchen. And I really need to go through the archives and check out any gardening posts. I’m a bit obsessed with gardening right now because I’m in the planning stage for a garden that’s still a blank slate. The house is still under construction and we’ll be putting in retaining walls soon, and once they’re in I’m sheet mulching the front. I’ve been reading Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway http://patternliteracy.com/index.html on permaculture, which I think fits perfectly with paleo. Work smart, not hard, taking your cues from nature to increase… Read more »
Poppabear
5 years 6 months ago

I’d love to try the salmon pouches. Been an excellent week 30 day primal challenge day 44! Down a full 10 lbs, done the smart way. I’m doing a happy dance!

Karen Osburn
5 years 6 months ago

That’s our boy, Tyson! Thanks for posting Mark-we thought it was pretty funny, too. And you better believe that baby is going to be eating primal when he starts solids:)

Darlene
Darlene
5 years 6 months ago

Way to go Karen! Nothing like starting their Primal education early!

Primal Toad
5 years 6 months ago

That baby is going to turn out to be one healthy boy! He is so fortunate to have parents who live a primal lifestyle… congrats on the newborn and good luck!

JP
5 years 6 months ago

Beautiful baby.

John
John
5 years 6 months ago

I like the article about eating insects. Could be an interesting alternative/alteration in favor of eating meat. A focus on the changing conditions of living on earth is always good in my opinion.
Sooner or later we have to face probs that are prohibiting us to eat quantities of high-quality meat every day.
So, getting yourself a container full of bugs might get attractive 😉

Dana
Dana
5 years 6 months ago
Yeah, one of those problems being that there are huge fields of grain and bean plants standing in the way of raising more animals; another being that city ordinances are often insane and don’t allow the level of animal husbandry that would be possible and desirable in an urban setting. I don’t object to bug-eating. We’re primates, so we’re fundamentally insectivores, right down to the structure of our hands (this, oh lurking vegans, is why we don’t have huge canines and claws!). But cultural considerations are going to get in the way for a while, and of course if someone… Read more »
Sondra Rose
5 years 6 months ago

Mark~
I LOVE your links–and it’s frustrating when you link to a NYT page that requires a subscription to even see the article!

rob
rob
5 years 6 months ago

NYT does not require a subscription. You have to register (it’s free).

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 6 months ago

Or you could use the site Bugmenot and not need to register…

Sondra Rose
5 years 6 months ago

Oops! Thanks!

Aurelia
Aurelia
5 years 6 months ago

Ugh…uni-ways, another lazy invention that ruins a good thing. Real unicycles are way much more fun. 🙂

Sarah
Sarah
5 years 6 months ago
Love the kitchen seed-sprouting article – I’ve done many an experiment like that (I had a fantastic book about it which I’ve since misplaced – can’t even remember the title now) – and my daughter and I have a small crop of litchis (well, longans – related) on the go now. Less-popular citrus varieties, organic if possible, sprout much more reliably than standard oranges and grapefruits. Pomelos are especially fun since the seeds are huge and the plants *can* be impressive right off the bat. I didn’t know about water chestnuts though, I’ll be looking into those as an option… Read more »
Dana
Dana
5 years 6 months ago

I once sprouted a corn kernel and a dried bean just to see what they’d look like. It was cool.

One drawback of sprouting grocery fruits and veggies is sometimes they come from F1 hybrids, so you don’t know what you’re going to get. Or the fruit was from a spliced tree. But half the fun is finding out.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
5 years 6 months ago

Synchro spinning is the dumbest thing I’ve seen in awhile.

Sergey
Sergey
5 years 6 months ago

This is a bit out of topic. Is there something wrong with the RSS feed? I don’t see updates in Google Reader for a few days already.

Paleohund
5 years 6 months ago

Same here. My last post in Google Reader was the 8-hour sleep one.

Saro
Saro
5 years 6 months ago

Just to echo Sergey, I noticed this morning that the last RSS feed I received from MDA was from Feb. 23. I have unsubscribed and resubscribed a couple times and each time only posts up to Feb. 23 load. When I validate the feed, it says the feed is not validated. I also use Google Reader via NetNewsWire. (Not sure if that is relevant.)

RobG
RobG
5 years 6 months ago
The monkey studies in the NYT article are ridiculous. Do we really need to put these poor animals through these ridiculous experiments to confirm the obvious–eating too many carbs makes you fat and leads to disease? I’m an unrepentant carnivore, but still, I see no reason to experiment on animals to prove AGAIN what has been obvious forever. Gee, if we feed monkeys the SAD they get fat and sick. Gee, we’ve fed 300 odd million Americans the SAD for the last few decades and they’re fat and sick. Gee, we have understood the mechanism whereby sugar, but not fat,… Read more »
Dana
Dana
5 years 6 months ago

I don’t see why being a carnivore and caring about unnecessary animal testing must be mutually exclusive.

I kind of wonder why more people don’t complain about the theory of gravity. Lord only knows people try to discredit WAPF by accusing them of relying on old data. Because the age of the information is TOTALLY RELEVANT in terms of its accuracy.

pixel
pixel
5 years 6 months ago

“the world’s heaviest rhesus, at 70 pounds, ate “nothing but an American Heart Association-recommended diet”

from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/health/20monkey.html?_r=1

i dont think the ADA is any better

chipin
chipin
5 years 6 months ago

There is a link on that city design page to find out the walkability of your neighborhood. You can also find out what businesses and amenities are near your house, and how long it would take you to ride your bike or walk to work.

Estinn
Estinn
5 years 6 months ago

To echo others’ comments–I haven’t received updates in several days either. Tried unsubscribing and resubscribing and that hasn’t worked.

Steve
5 years 6 months ago

Mark,

Yesterday I went to a local aquarium shop and bought some mealworms which I’m now breeding to eat.

There are so many good points to eating bugs but sadly knowledge of this way of eating has largely died in the western world. Trying to find tutorials about how to raise a variety of bugs is challenging. Once I’ve got meal worms mastered I plan to move onto silk worms, wax worms, crickets and locusts, cockroaches etc.

Will let you know how it goes.

Leanne
Leanne
5 years 6 months ago

This is a shout out to Dr. Karen (and Dr. Ed too)!!!! You got quote of the week! Great photo of your son! I miss your office. I learned so much working for you and Dr. Ed. You should move your practice to Victoria and then I could work for you again. Hope all is going great for you both.
~Leanne

Primal Toad
5 years 6 months ago

I love the insects article and could see more people eating insects. We had to back in the day to survive sometimes! As the population grows, there is no doubt that we are going to have to start look at alternatives.

I would rather learn to eat insects then to start eating grains again!

I don’t like this but it is what it is… “Officials at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization recently predicted that beef could become an extreme luxury item by 2050, like caviar, due to rising production costs.” -From the Wall Street Journal article on eating insects

Dana
Dana
5 years 6 months ago

Let’s hope they were speaking in terms of CAFO. I doubt small farmers in developing countries have very high production costs involved in letting a heifer graze in the backyard.

chipin
chipin
5 years 6 months ago

Ohhh, that kind of spinning.

I thought it was some kind of thing inspired by whirling dervishes, no, more like inspired by OK GO.

Shelli
Shelli
5 years 6 months ago

I really enjoyed the links to Wilderness Childes’ pig head blog although I’m now having bad flashbacks to my earlier life married to a Greek man who had a fondness for stashing goat or sheep heads in our fridge for me to find at inopportune times….
Sometimes I get a little grossed out by the unrecognisable bits of the animals we serve up each night for dinner, then I try to think of our ancestors who rightly used anything useable from an animal. It’s the way it should be.

Johnn
Johnn
5 years 6 months ago

I CAN’T BELIEVE that you did not include Martin Berkhan’s latest cheesecake mastery! I would consider it Primal for the sake of its sheer debauchery…

http://www.leangains.com/2011/02/birthday-cheesecake-mastery.html

LOL just kidding.

Thanks for linking the Times article, that was quite interesting. I wonder if the researchers fed the monkeys fructose? I don’t believe we should fear carbs per se but rather it is the refined carbs like sugar and fructose that cause severe problems when consumed in excess.

juliemama
juliemama
5 years 6 months ago
RE: Monkey studies,Quote “Fat Albert, one of her monkeys who she said was at one time the world’s heaviest rhesus, at 70 pounds, ate “nothing but an American Heart Association-recommended diet,” she said.” Duh, no Monkey-shit! It is unfortunate that these poor animals are subjected to incarceration, a shitty diet, and obesity, diabetes and heart disease, but will the CW ever GET IT? Or is the greed of the governmental agencies already so far gone that this will never matter? And a quote from memory, “The high fat diet never made a difference” Really? NO WAY! Bunch of freakin idiots.… Read more »
Karen Osburn
5 years 6 months ago

@Darlene and @Primal Toad-thanks! We’re so happy to have this little being to mold and teach how to live life the best way possible.
@Leanne-thanks for the kind words! You were a great team member in our office, and we truly appreciated all your hard work. Move to Victoria? Tempting…

Ashley
5 years 6 months ago
Glad to see my two main passions in life (primal health and urban planning) collide on MDA! Public health is becoming an increasingly hot topic in planning circles, and the things we’ve been striving for in terms of environmental sustainability (dense cities, walkable streets, alternate transportation, etc.) are also good for our individual physical health and sustainability! I had the opportunity to study in Germany last summer, and noticed the obvious absence of obesity among the locals. I was living in a pretty environmentally progressive town (Freiburg), but EVERYONE walked, biked, or took the (awesome) public transit system. I’m working… Read more »
Codeguy
Codeguy
5 years 6 months ago

How are you tying the monkey studies to carbohydrates? The studies indicate the monkeys became obese from eating a calorically dense diet…they ate copious amounts of fats and carbohydrates. I know, I know, I must be some “Troll”…but the facts are the facts. The “normal” monkey’s diets are NOT low-carb and they are not fat. They eat a reasonable amount of calories and exercise.

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