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24 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 139

If you’re near Kansas City, Kansas, next weekend, we’ve still got open spots for my upcoming PAST session. I’ll be there and would love to meet you!

“Is Sugar Toxic?” Gary Taubes wonders in the NY Times. The question isn’t totally rhetorical, and it’s a great read.

In another Times piece, another author wonders if sitting is a lethal activity. Again, great that it’s appearing on this scale, but totally unsurprising to our readers.

The NY Times really isn’t fooling around. They asked “What’s the Single Best Exercise?” and came back with a varied response: walking, the squat and HIIT. Applause is in order, I think.

Chef Rachel gave an extensive rundown of her experience at PrimalCon on her blog. She’s hoping to be back next year, and we hope to have her (contingent upon that cashew dip coming too, of course).

Primal Toad is running a great deal on his new Primal Smoothie Recipe e-Book. Blending enthusiasts may want to take notice.

The folks over at Perfect Health Diet have been running a great series on HDL. Their latest is on the importance of raising it smartly in a way conducive to good health, rather than blindly without regard for anything but the number.

Recipe Corner

  • Lamb doesn’t get nearly enough love. In swoops Primal Palate to rectify the situation, along with beets (another underrated food) and spinach.
  • The black sheep of chowders, Manhattan clam, looks pretty darn delicious after Cheeseslave’s treatment.

Time Capsule

One year ago (April 18 – April 24)

Comment of the Week

“Urban Dictionary Word of the Day for April 6 – net lag

A feeling like jetlag that happens after you use your computer after sunset and the bright backlight tricks your body into thinking it’s still daytime.”

– Reader Allison, via email.

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. applause IS in order, i can’t believe the new york times got it right! the conventional wisdom is slowly changing…

    Burn wrote on April 24th, 2011
    • Gary Taubes is brilliant, but it would take so much more for CW to really change… people like sandwiches too much.

      Danielle wrote on April 25th, 2011
      • Even if the majority don’t change their eating habits, changing CW to the point where *recommended* dietary changes for things like controlling insulin/body fat leans toward Paleo will be a huge leap forward.

        Not everyone goes on a diet, but right now most of those who do, are being given BAD advice so I think thats the most important change to CW…and the one I see growing steadily!

        Joel wrote on April 25th, 2011
      • Haha you got that right! My father and brother are increasingly becoming more interested in living primally day by day. They are in fact living more and more primal week by week.

        But, my brother claimed he will never be able to give up bread.

        I laughed inside because I am certain he will. He will give it up and may enjoy it a few times a year when he does. That counts as giving it up in my mind!

        Primal Toad wrote on April 25th, 2011
  2. That smoothie recipe eBook is mine! You can’t fail at a $5 cost with a 100% money back guarantee.

    And, thanks again for the reminder about PAST. I completely forgot about them. I will be making it to a couple this spring or summer!

    Primal Toad wrote on April 24th, 2011
  3. Hi Mark & company, thanks much for the link!

    I love the New York Times stories too; Mark’s Daily Apple can take great pride in leading them by several years. Whether or not sitting is lethal, it’s definitely HDL-lowering and health-impairing!

    Best, Paul

    Paul Jaminet wrote on April 24th, 2011
  4. Only 3.5% of people 20-59 get at least 30 minutes of brisk walking (or equivalent) in a day? That’s too damn low in my eyes.

    Maarten wrote on April 24th, 2011
  5. I’m just happy I got a comment of the week. Yeah!

    AlyieCat wrote on April 24th, 2011
  6. speaking of lamb – fixed the Greek Salad with lamb recipe from the new Primal cookbook for Easter Dinner. Added a bit of feta cheese to the top – oh my – was this ever good.

    Rklmaj wrote on April 24th, 2011
  7. Net lag! I can so identify with that.

    slacker wrote on April 24th, 2011
  8. “The soul of the nation is sapped, and now it’s time for the soul of the nation to rise.” (off its duff, that is)

    Quote of the week right there.

    IvyBlue wrote on April 24th, 2011
  9. That is truely a very low percentage of people who walk. Glad to be in that low number. I walk/run, carry heavy things, & take the bus for a living. (don’t care for a car yet) That’s how I lost alot of fat.(still use sneakers though w low tread)Some I know offer me rides & I tell them I love to walk/run & carry heavy things.

    It may sound unreal but I remember seeing the movie Wall-E with my son & feel most are headed in that direction when it comes to having an easy relaxed kind of life. Things just come to you or you don’t have to get up as often or walk cause it’s all at your fingertips. The weight accumulates as a result even walking is ho hum. Some just don’t get it when you don’t move around enough and you just sit/lay for many hrs daily, you weaken yourself little by little & it becomes your life of aches & pains.

    Good post & comments. Always learning from others :)

    madeline wrote on April 24th, 2011
  10. Love this quote from NY Times article
    “If you work out the numbers, you come to the surreal conclusion that you can eat lard straight from the can and conceivably reduce your risk of heart disease.”
    LOVE IT!

    Robin wrote on April 24th, 2011
  11. I have been finding it difficult to develop a consistent exercise routine. I finally hit on something that I enjoy and have been able to become pretty consistent. I love how Mark always makes things sound and look FUN. So that was my inspiration. My favorite exercise is sort of a routine I made up in January that I call the Fab 4. I turn on YouTube and dance to 4 songs with a good beat and also within those 4 songs I add 4 exercises (25 reps each: Push ups, jumping jacks, squats and sit ups. The time flies by, only taking about 20 minutes. Then usually I pick 1 slower song and do stretches. To that I have been adding sprints once a week and a 45-60 minute hike. My body is getting stronger, smaller, and harder.

    I know this sounds lame to a lot of you but I my fitness level was horrible as well as my will power. This is only meant to be a start, something I will keep building on.

    Thanks Mark, for all of the great info, support, encouragement, and fun that you keep providing.

    Vanessa wrote on April 24th, 2011
    • I think your workout sounds great Vanessa! Spot on :-)

      Annette wrote on April 24th, 2011
      • Cosign!!!!

        Pamela wrote on April 24th, 2011
  12. Metabolically, sitting is equivalent to a dead horse. A vivid image that will keep me moving.

    Sharon wrote on April 25th, 2011
  13. I watched Mark’s video about slowly building up to the “grok squat”, but have had incredibly bad back spasms and pain that radiates down the back of my leg. I’m fairly active so it seems crazy that simple body weight squats would result in such a big problem. Just curious, because it seems like so many of the comments on the many paleo blogs and forums are that folks eat paleo and jump into crossfit without ever incurring injury or pain and it doesn’t seem like that would be the case for everyone.

    Treespeed wrote on April 25th, 2011
    • Never mind, moved to forums.

      Treespeed wrote on April 25th, 2011
  14. Love the lamb link. As an ex-vegetarian I tackled lamb for the first time this weekend and was surprised that it came out tasting wonderfully… even though I totally winged it on a recipe.

    jj wrote on April 25th, 2011
  15. f.lux – a free program that automatically changes the color/brightness/time settings of your computer monitor to keep it blue light-ish during the day and transitions away from it in the evening.
    Will install it on my wife’s laptop, as she is often up late on her computer and has trouble sleeping, sometimes. This might help.
    Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow?
    Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?
    During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun. …..

    John D. Pilla wrote on July 18th, 2011

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