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March 06, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 133

By Mark Sisson
25 Comments

Is 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.

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Liz Chalmers
5 years 6 months ago

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/

Poppabear
5 years 6 months ago

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

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 6 months ago

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

Amber
Amber
5 years 6 months ago

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!!!

Sharon
Sharon
5 years 6 months ago

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.

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 6 months ago

think i’ll buy a copy for my doc

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 6 months ago

that’s great to hear, about as mainstream as it gets, r digest

gilliebean
5 years 6 months ago

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?!

Dave Fish
5 years 6 months ago

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.

Jenny
Jenny
5 years 6 months ago

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”

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 6 months ago

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

Eric
5 years 6 months ago

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.

Gary Deagle
5 years 6 months ago

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.

Courtney
Courtney
5 years 6 months ago

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!

rob
rob
5 years 6 months ago

Chocolate for breakfast … sign me up!

Primal Toad
5 years 6 months ago

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!

The Primalist
5 years 6 months ago

Mark, thanks so much for the link and trackback! 🙂

I hope everyone enjoys the ribs!

Suburban Mystic Mom
5 years 6 months ago

Hi Mark,

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

Glad you liked it!! 🙂

Peter Ross
5 years 6 months ago

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
5 years 6 months ago

Not to mention would love to get you here in Australia if there was enough support.

Suzy
Suzy
5 years 6 months ago

And when you are finished the PrimalCon in Australia, then pop on over here to NZ and do one as well please!

Dawn
Dawn
5 years 6 months ago

Yes, yes! Please come to New Zealand 🙂 The primal Kiwis would love to have you.

Adam
Adam
5 years 6 months ago
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… Read more »
Gary
5 years 6 months ago

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

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