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6 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 133

weekend link loveIs the military going Primal? They’re sure leaning that way. Kit Up! has a scoop on new Army fitness standards branded as “combat readiness,” much improved from plain old sit ups and 2 mile runs.

I’ve mentioned a New York Times piece almost every week for two months now. This leads me to believe that we may finally be seeing a major shift in CW. This week? Coconut oil is trendy and healthy.

Gone Primal, but still whinged into buying bread-product for your offspring? Suburban Mystic Mom explains why the birds around her house are well fed as of late.

Paleo’s in the news! Nightline recently ran a feature on “the caveman diet.” What is this crazy diet? Tell me more!

Focus. Focus now!

At 5,300 years old, Oetzi has managed to keep his body fairly toned. Must be Primal.

And finally, do you heart eggs?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (February 27 – March 5)

  • P90X and CrossFit – Used by many fans of Primal living (heck, you’ll even see my face in the DVDs of one of ‘em), read my official take on these intensive fitness regimes.
  • How Light Affects Our Sleep – There’s a reason we can’t see well in the dark. Find out what light – both natural and artificial – does to your brain during dream time.

Announcement of the Week

PrimalCon 2011 is less than 6 weeks away and there only a few spots remaining. If you need a break and would like to spend three days dining, playing and dancing (yes… there will be dancing) with me and other Primal Blueprinters at a beach resort in California reserve your spot today before it’s too late.

Comment of the Week

An email from a reader…

My fridge died yesterday and my first response was to cook the bacon.

-Ryan

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. Just thought I’d mention that it looks like the heart-shaped eggs photos were lifted from the originator’s website without permission. Maybe you could change the link to be here instead:
    http://www.annathered.com/2010/09/29/how-to-make-a-heart-shaped-egg/

    Liz Chalmers wrote on March 6th, 2011
  2. Primal day 49: Loved the Nightline segment. Now I have a short vid to show folks who ask me what it’s all about. Really helps inform those with a short attention span. LOL

    Poppabear wrote on March 6th, 2011
  3. yeah the only really funky thing in there was the nutritionist who said it was OK *if* they ate LEAN meat…they were still positive about the diet. i’m hoping Taubes’ new book (“Why We Get Fat”) is going to get more attention

    DThalman wrote on March 6th, 2011
    • I agree! That was the one of the red flags of this video for me.

      The other red flag that I constantly come up against with primal eating is people thinking it’s a meat heavy diet with a little vegetables on the side.

      I eat more vegetables now than I ever have in my life and feel fantastic. I also eat more meat than ever, but my plate usually is 1/2 to 2/3rds vegetables and the rest meat. Oh and I can’t forget the fat that the vegetables are cooked in. YUM!!!

      Amber wrote on March 6th, 2011
    • Taubes’ book is featured on the cover of last months Reader’s Digest. It was a nice article.

      The Reader’s Digest are in doctors waiting rooms all over the country. I wonder if any of the docs read the article? I’m sure some of the patients have.

      Sharon wrote on March 6th, 2011
      • think i’ll buy a copy for my doc

        DThalman wrote on March 6th, 2011
      • that’s great to hear, about as mainstream as it gets, r digest

        DThalman wrote on March 6th, 2011
  4. Re coconut oil. I’m excited that more people are into it. I’m sad I’m not part of the “in the know” elite anymore… ;)

    And in other news: Brad Pitt has a tattoo of a mummy on his forearm?!

    gilliebean wrote on March 6th, 2011
  5. I’ll believe there is actually a shift in CW thinking when the NY Times stops publishing recipes for “Hearty, Healthful Muffins” in the Health section.

    Dave Fish wrote on March 6th, 2011
    • CW’s been undermined for years in magazines — I expect they’d do the same for primal/paleo even if they did buy into it.

      Example, magazine covers with both these articles highlighted:
      “Lose Weight For Bikini Season”
      “Delicious Easter Cupcake Recipes”

      Jenny wrote on March 6th, 2011
      • that makes me think of the strip mall i see everytime i stop for a red light near my house….a video game rental store bordered by a bagel cafe and pizza place on one side and a doughnut store and ice cream place on the other

        DThalman wrote on March 6th, 2011
      • Easter cupcakes can fit into a primal way of life, as long as you eat cupcakes only on Easter and not every day.

        That’s what I love about the 80/20 rule. I save up grains and sugars for holidays, and then I can easily justify spending extra cash for the good stuff. Who wants cheap store brand cupcakes when you can go to a specialty store and pay $5 for an awesome cupcake? If I’m only going to eat it a few times a year, I’m getting the best stuff I can afford.

        Eric wrote on March 8th, 2011
  6. I was talking to a buddy of mine who is in the military and he was telling me how they are working on their nutrition program and making an efforty to improve it.

    Since a lot of military people are into crossfit he said the paleo/primal lifestyle is gaining steam as well.

    Gary Deagle wrote on March 6th, 2011
  7. Loved the nightline piece… it helps reinforce my soapbox with all those I’m trying to convince to go GROK… and for those who miss their cereal, I found that crushed almonds, blueberrys, rasberries, and some shredded dark chocolate with organic milk is a great supplement with all the crunch and sweetness minus the grain and overly processed junk!

    Courtney wrote on March 6th, 2011
    • Chocolate for breakfast … sign me up!

      rob wrote on March 6th, 2011
  8. I saw that coconut oil article before. Pretty awesome stuff in my mind. So many people are clueless that coconut is a sweet superfood.

    I enjoyed some coconut pancakes from TPB Cookbook this morning with a side of cottage bacon and blueberries!

    Primal Toad wrote on March 6th, 2011
  9. Mark, thanks so much for the link and trackback! :)

    I hope everyone enjoys the ribs!

    The Primalist wrote on March 6th, 2011
  10. Hi Mark,

    Thank you so much for mentioning my article on Weekend Link Love!

    Glad you liked it!! :)

    Suburban Mystic Mom wrote on March 6th, 2011
  11. Mark, I noticed the announcement for PrimalCon, any chance you will ever try it in other countries? I have no doubt there would be demand for it all over the world..

    Peter Ross wrote on March 6th, 2011
    • Not to mention would love to get you here in Australia if there was enough support.

      Peter Ross wrote on March 6th, 2011
  12. And when you are finished the PrimalCon in Australia, then pop on over here to NZ and do one as well please!

    Suzy wrote on March 6th, 2011
    • Yes, yes! Please come to New Zealand :) The primal Kiwis would love to have you.

      Dawn wrote on March 10th, 2011
  13. These are all great ideas, thanks! I get all my meals through http://www.reallifeforhealth.com. Have you heard of them? Their system is really easy to use and it does everything. They have 1000’s of different recipes to choose from and they help you build a fitness and nutrition plan that suits your goals. They even send you printable daily meal plans and menus, as well as printable daily or weekly grocery lists, which are broken down by the area of the grocery store or supermarket. All the recipes contain 12 ingredients or less, so they are easy enough for anyone to cook. There’s no fad diets, pills, required supplements or other b.s. I’m really impressed with it, especially since they offer a free trial. If you try it, I hope it works as well for you as it has been for me.

    Adam wrote on March 7th, 2011
  14. Hi,
    I just want to say that your blog is great Mark. I also bought your book Primal Blueprint and I’m about 1/3 the way through it…I actually started eating primally about a month ago and I have lost 8 lbs of fat and my clothes are much loser. I haven’t yet tried the coconut oil yet but that will be next on my list. Thank you for your great book and your blog. I’m excited about being in control of my body composition for a change. It really is about what you eat more than any other factor…

    Gary

    Gary wrote on March 7th, 2011

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