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May 08, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 141

By Mark Sisson
68 Comments

Dr. Briffa presents the case for vitamin D as an athletic performance enhancer, calling it “solar power.” Clever.

Stick-wielding Swedish male backs down an angry moose, albeit a baby one. Man the hunter, indeed (although I’d like to see him up against a full-grown moose).

Statins certainly lower LDL, if you’re into that sorta thing, but they may also lower your ability to put on lean mass. A new study shows that middle-aged men who gained the most muscle mass also had the highest LDL. Interesting (also interesting that muscle pain is a common complaint of statin-takers…) correlation.

Paleo Baby gnaws bones, poops solid, sleeps deep, cries little, shows muscle, and makes parents of other babies sullen, jealous, and despondent. Read how the Hawaiian Libertarian made it happen.

Medieval recipes for all things meat.

Here’s a comprehensive review of the new Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 minimalist shoes. Whadya say, MDA readers? Do Inov-8s sound like a good barefoot alternative?

Reader Aaron Rentfrew’s experience with PB fitness gets coverage in the Miami NewTimes. Then the next day, they covered his buddy’s experience with the diet.

Recipe Corner

  • Getting medieval with pourcelet farci: suckling pig stuffed with pork, pork liver, egg yolks, brie, and chestnuts. I told you old timey stuff was the best.
  • Chili powder? Check. Ground espresso? Check? Pork ribs? Check. Dry-rubbed espresso chili slow cooker ribs from Feasting on Fitness.

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One year ago (May 2 – May 9)

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Primal Toad
5 years 4 months ago

That moose’s mind must be going insane. What the hell is that dude trying to do?!

Awesome medieval times meat recipe list! I bookmarked that one.

I prefer being barefoot over anything else. Vibrams allow me to be close to that experience. I prefer sandals when I am out so I can easily slip them off and be truly barefoot. When I can afford it I will be buying some luna sandals or will just make my own.

Malin
5 years 4 months ago

I think the moose seems to be vacillating between the thought: “What ARE you doing?” and: “Fuck this shit, I’m going home”

Re: medieval recipes. As a historian I’m compelled to point out that meat & similar luxury foods were a privilege of the nobility & royalty. For the avarage medieval man the most common food item was bread, the poor bastards.

Brett K
Brett K
5 years 4 months ago

My favorite link this week was probably “Paleo Baby.” Someone having the balls to do all of that is pretty amazing, and I’m really happy that it’s going well.

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago

I agree completely!

Nina
Nina
5 years 4 months ago

Ditto. In a land where women have had their babies taken away for breastfeeding too long, this probably looks like infanticide.

shannon
shannon
5 years 4 months ago

But that Hawaiian Libertarian guy is kind of a jerk. Have you read the rest of his posts about never really apologizing if you treated your girlfriend badly? Apparently that makes you “beta” and that’s no good. I guess there’s no possibility of equality in his world.

Evan
Evan
5 years 4 months ago

@ Shannon –

You’re misconstruing his advice re: girlfriends/wives. I won’t get into the nitty gritty on MDA, but he definitely respects/cares for his wife, of that I can guarantee.

Peggy
5 years 4 months ago

It does take balls I’ll attest to that!

I did all the same things from before conception, through pregnancy, and into childhood with my daughter. You do feel really alone and it’s scary at first because you’re wondering if all this isn’t just bullshit, but then the results are so obvious and so quick that it gets easier to keep the courage going.

You can read about my pregnancy and child here.

http://theprimalparent.com/2011/03/31/paleo-from-pregnancy/

Daria
Daria
5 years 4 months ago

Peggy – thanks for the link. I will definitely be checking out your blog as well. I’m new to the paleo or primal diet and I’m also trying to become pregnant for the first time. All of this is just even more compelling evidence for this lifestyle. But I know it will be hard, especially after the child starts going to school and you have less control over what they are really eating. Not to mention my relatives, who think what I’m doing is crazy and will probably try to sneak the child candy!

Jeremy Priestner
5 years 4 months ago

I really like those medieval recipes. They definitely have a primal feel to them. I wonder if people really ate that much meat during the medieval era. An interesting research project for sure.

Harry
5 years 4 months ago
Note that the full website has recipes for veg, including sallat (salad). The topic of how much meat they ate is almost as controversial as how much Grok ate. The rich probably ate lots of meat, but perhaps not as much as some people think (and they did eat veggies too). The poor ate less meat, more veggies, rye bread, cheese, butter. But they ate animals we normally don’t, e.g. pigeons, and fish if they lived near water. Vegetarians and lipid hypothesis types like to gloat that peasants ate better than kings because they didn’t eat much meat. (Of course,… Read more »
Harry
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the medieval links. I have played around some with medieval dishes for ren faire groups.

For those who avoid milk, medieval cooks rarely used fresh milk since it spoiled rapidly. Rather they used almond (or other nut) milk. The milk was made into cheese or butter (raw, of course.) I used to make rys (rice) with almond milk.

The website has lots of interesting veg recipes too. Keep in mind that some have been adapted by modern rennies an SCA folks.

Note that many original recipes say to ‘season’ with sugar, not overwhelm the dish with it.

misterworms
misterworms
5 years 4 months ago

While I don’t doubt that a paleo type of diet is best for pregnancy, breastfeeding and growing babies/children, hawaiian exhibits classic first-time parent naïvete 🙂 I think moms and dads of two or more would agree.

Peggy
5 years 4 months ago

Really? What do you mean by that?

I have a five year old which followed the Paleo diet since before conception, through pregnancy, till now. All of what the author said is true and more!

Nutritionator
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t understand the first comment either but thanks to that post and your blog I’m raising my kids primal along with me when that time comes!

fritzy
fritzy
5 years 4 months ago
Based on what? Conventional Wisdom? Look where that’s gotten us. Guess what: paleolithic families fed their children nothing but a “paleo” diet–because, well, that’s all that existed. Do you doubt they produced healthy, vibrant children? Babies that couldn’t have thrived on diet such as this simply would have been selected out of the gene pool. This guy’s simply provided a report of what he’s done and an honest summation of the results. What’s naive about that? And your statement about naivete, frankly makes you sound like you exhibit classic “multiple-child parent smugness.” I think most mom and dads who have… Read more »
labbygail
labbygail
5 years 4 months ago

I didn’t think the “multiples” comment was particularly smug, but I do have to say that there’s a lot of smugness going around in a lot of the paleo pregnancy anecdotes. I went primal shortly after my son was born, and it’s been a humbling experience. There is so much in child-rearing that is out of our control.

Samantha Moore
Samantha Moore
5 years 4 months ago

LOVE Paleobaby. Good for you, Dad.

Madbiker
Madbiker
5 years 4 months ago
Paleobaby rocks. I am raising my 6 month old this way – she’s been exclusively breastfed until now, and we are just starting solids for her. Her first food: chicken thighs and apple, cooked until soft and well mashed with butter. She is still getting used to the texture of solids in her mouth but no worries; soon enough I know she will want more than just milk. I had my own problems with will power while pregnant but ate mostly primal during pregnancy and up until now. I had low resistance when it came to crusty sourdough bread and… Read more »
Madbiker
Madbiker
5 years 4 months ago

*when I say “low weight” I don’t mean she is underweight – rather, she is the appropriate weight for her age/length and shows no sign of becoming inappropriately fat*

Lest anyone think I am depriving my child of proper nutrition, etc. etc.

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago

“…doesn’t really know what “normal” is…”

You’re right on. Besides eating Primal myself, my dogs are also on a primal diet and get raw meat, bones, marrow, organs etc.
People do not know what to feed a dog when there is no kibble. When I tell them I don’t feed any type of kibble to my dogs, I get that stupid question :” Well what do you feed it then?”

Doh!?

Jamie
Jamie
5 years 4 months ago

That’s child abuse to deprive your baby like that to be what you deem “normal”, shame on you!! Calling social services!!!

Michal Palczewski
Michal Palczewski
5 years 4 months ago

I’ve always wondered what would be a good minimalist shoe to play basketball in. One time I played in some old school sauconies and wrecked my ankle due to lack of any lateral support and my foot literally sliding out of the shoe to the side. Chuck’s are decent but very heavy. Anyone have any thoughts. I’ve been sticking to some new balance I have. I would rather not destroy my vibrams.

Worker Bee 2
5 years 4 months ago

Wrestling shoes. Just don’t lace up the tops. Your foot stays tight, there’s no heel drop, and your ankle is free and mobile.

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago

Paleo Baby rocks! 🙂

Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
5 years 4 months ago
Thanks for the linkage Mark. I’m glad I found this blog and all the other great ones out there in the “paleo-sphere” long before we decided to finally go ahead and have a kid. While I don’t doubt that a paleo type of diet is best for pregnancy, breastfeeding and growing babies/children, hawaiian exhibits classic first-time parent naïvete 🙂 I think moms and dads of two or more would agree. Naivete? lol I’m well aware of first time parents penchant for idealizing their baby and proclaiming to all who will listen that there child is somehow “special” or “different.” That’s… Read more »
fritzy
fritzy
5 years 4 months ago

Mr Galt–you and your baby ROCK!!

Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
5 years 4 months ago

BTW – whenever anyone ever asks me about anything related to “paleo,” I tell them “Mark’s Daily Apple.”

IMO, this blog is the best place to introduce people to the concepts of paleolithic-guided health and nutrition.

meret
meret
5 years 4 months ago

the paleo baby article was amazing! it’s so good to see people go against cw to do what’s best for themselves and their children. when my time comes to “produce offspring” you can bet i’ll be sticking to paleo!

Adrienne
Adrienne
5 years 4 months ago

Thank you to all the mothers (and Mark and team for posting the paleo baby article) for commenting on the paleo baby article! I just started primal/paleo in January and as someone who would like to have children one day I am eager for as much paleo/primal information on child rearing and pregnancy that I can get!

How do your children cope in a social setting with their ‘different’ diet around other children/parents etc?

Thanks again!! 😀

primal woman
4 years 1 month ago

Its not easy!! Our culture is very misguided as to what children need. And forget about taking your little one to pot luck’s or birthdays without feeding them first:)

Ben
5 years 4 months ago

Wow, those Inov-8 Bare-Grip 200 minimalist shoes look fantastic, thanks for pointing those out! I have been looking for a pair of barefoot “shoes” for a long time now as a replacement for cleats on grass. These might just be the trick…

primal tree top
primal tree top
5 years 4 months ago

Gotta love that Paleobaby! Dady knows what he is doing and that’s a good thing. Lots of fat and protein with carbs from veggie and fruit. We should all be so lucky to be raised this was, liking the rright things. This baby is on the way to NOT becoming a little sugar adict.

Peter Ross
5 years 4 months ago

Can’t wait to try that rib recipe, not to mention the medieval fare. Yum!

Marie
Marie
5 years 4 months ago

Awesome job with the Paleobaby! Though you can’t say it’s only the grains that make babies fat. My babies have all been at the top of percentile charts for weight, and that’s while they are 100% breastfed. Or maybe that’s because all that yummy fat I eat ends up making super good milk. Of course they loose all that fat as soon as they start walking and end up being lean, super strong wild children who are currently running around naked outside fighting monsters with their swords.

Flaura
Flaura
5 years 4 months ago

So impressed with the Paleo baby article. It really answered a lot of questions I have been forming in my mind about my diet choices and the potential repercussions for my (future) offspring.
I hope that whoever fathers my children is as caring and attentive as Paleo Dad obviously has been.

One question though, how old was the mother, and how long did it take to conceive?

Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
5 years 4 months ago

34.

A couple of months.

Steven
5 years 4 months ago

None of the minimalist trail shoes are a substitute for barefoot, nor do they try to be. They’re just, well, more minimalist than heavy, padded, motion-controlled shoes. That said, the Innov8 has a serious sole/tread, so it’s REALLY not a barefoot alternative.

Doing trails in something like that is a completely different experience than being barefoot or in a pair of “barefoot” sandals like Invisible Shoes.

Even with the magic “zero drop” (which shoe companies are now using to suggest “hey, we’re just like barefoot!”) that’s still a trail shoe.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years 4 months ago

I agree, the Paleo Baby article is interesting. Too bad the author writes for some less-than-subtly misogynistic blogs. References to “the Western Woman’s [collective?] mind” and translations from “Womanese.”

shannon
shannon
5 years 4 months ago

Agree. That guy is scary. There’s a whiff of his domineering attitude in the paleo baby article about not allowing his wife to eat bread. If you read further, you find out what a control freak he really is.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years 4 months ago

Haha, stupid woman, trying to carry his offspring incorrectly.

Evan
Evan
5 years 4 months ago

Yeah, what an evil, bitter, misogynist. Devotes a good portion of his blog on describing how to maintain attraction between him and his wife.

What. A. Jerk.

Jake
Jake
5 years 4 months ago

Very true! I found that a turn off to the article. He’s obviously a sexist piece of shit. Mark needs to review such things before posting/promoting such sexist crap on this site.

Mark B.
Mark B.
5 years 4 months ago
You tell ’em! There’s an obvious link between that type of blog post and how he truly feels about women. It’s the REST of this whole wide Western world of women that have the problem. What with all the “hysterical housewives,” and breast cancer awareness campaigns that regrettably tie “into the overall feminization of everything in our mass media culture.” Luckily, there’s the-Spearhead.com to help us translate things from “Womanese into English,” and warn us about “The 10 harmful things single mothers do to ruin their sons.” Because, as we all know, the best way to fight the anti-egalitarian message… Read more »
Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
5 years 4 months ago

Agree. That guy is scary.

MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

There’s a whiff of his domineering attitude in the paleo baby article about not allowing his wife to eat bread.

Yes, if I catch her, make her get back into the kitchen barefoot and pregnant!

If you read further, you find out what a control freak he really is.

Hilarious.

I’m as misogynistic in my relationship with women as my arteries are clogged with all that saturated fat I eat.

SCARY!

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years 4 months ago

Hahah, scary.

I’ll tell you what’s scary: “The female of the species is a master at absorbing herself in her own thoughts and neuroses and projecting them onto men,” and the “the deep ignorance of female thought on this subject.”

Holy crap! All the “living lardballs” (the womenfolk kind) out there need to listen up, or our perfect would-be society of not-misogynists like you will go balls up!

Erin
Erin
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks, Keoni! My house husband is readily willing to admit that I, the breadwinning, car- and house-fixing, hunting and fishing member of our relationship, pretty much wear the pants. Yet he cracked down hard when my appetite skyrocketed during pregnancy and I considered buying conventionally-raised meats in order to stretch our budget; he said that if we really couldn’t afford enough of the good stuff, he would short himself meat to keep me/us full and well fed. That’s not misogyny, girls, it’s instinct, and I for one am glad for it.

bbuddha
bbuddha
5 years 4 months ago

I really didn’t get that at all. I don’t think that being a man and enjoying it translates to misogyny. And he is obviously a very involved father. We all should be so lucky (as Mothers or Children)

Shema
Shema
5 years 4 months ago
I am so utterly RELIEVED to read the paleo baby post. I had gestational diabetes with my last pregnancy and unknowingly ate a “primal” diet (before I discovered what it was) to address my high blood sugars – just meat and veggies and when I craved sugar I had strawberries. I lost about 5 pounds toward the end of my pregnancy. And while my clinicians were fretting over my failure to meet my daily carb requirement, I had a healthy, thriving baby. Now I’d like to have another child, and my endocrinologist insists that I consume 150g of carbs a… Read more »
Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
5 years 4 months ago

Yeah, you should see the look on the Pediatrician’s face when she tells us it’s time to start giving baby fluoride supplementation and I tell her no way in hell…

Chris
Chris
5 years 4 months ago

Dude; fluoride supps?!?!
I work with Aboriginal communties in Australia – kids who eat meat cooked over open wood fires have AWESOME teeth…thats where the fluoride is coming from.

Scientists in Australia and Africa recorded this back in the 1920s – it has something to do with how fluoride is released from burning wood and trapped in the meat

Shelli
Shelli
5 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the thoracic spine links. I’m looking for ways to avoid a repeat of frozen shoulder and creating better posture and I’m going to give it a try.

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JD
JD
5 years 4 months ago

The medieval recipes look GOOD…

jus
jus
5 years 4 months ago

The INOV-8’s look cool, but I think I still prefer my Merrel Trail Glove’s to them.

Chipin the Moose Whisperer
Chipin the Moose Whisperer
5 years 4 months ago

MOOSE: “Hey, you’re supposed to run! Now what do I do?…Awkward…”

flatland
flatland
5 years 4 months ago

Great post on the paleo baby! We don’t have children yet but at some point we will and I know how they are going to be raised!
Primal Palate I just wanted to let you know that there is a dog food/kibble out there that is primal/paleo.

http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/about/

Like I said before… we don’t have children yet but our two dogs are the closest thing right now. They travel with us lots and when we can’t feed them raw meat, bones etc. this is the stuff.

HGH
5 years 4 months ago

love the name solar power from the doc..can you determine the natural foods where we can get the vitamin D more.
Thanks
Aimee Sparker

Daniel Merk
5 years 4 months ago

The paleo baby article makes me chuckle. Our son is now 1 year old. He’s never had grains, legumes or dairy. He has horrible GERD/Reflux and on meds. He was colicky and still never sleeps through the night. His poop is solid, but not perfect. He loves meat more than fruit and loves all veggies. He begins almond/coconut milk because our PED asked us to give him milk and we are against it so she ok’d coconut milk as long as he was not allergic.

janeray1940
janeray1940
5 years 4 months ago

A recommendation: have your baby screened for fructose intolerance. Or, go the DIY route: elminate all sugars – and that includes fruits – from baby’s diet for a couple weeks and see if things improve.

Standard disclaimer: IANAD, but I am a fructose-intolerant adult who was a mysteriously colicky baby many years ago. I was thirty before my dx of fructose intolerance changed my life; it’s now my little mission to spread the word about this condition so that others may be spared the years of gastrointestinal distress I lived with.

Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
5 years 4 months ago
Daniel, I truly recognize the reality of your point here. There are somethings that cannot be helped. You can feed your pregnant wife or your newborn the best foods in the world, and still have health problems. Perhaps your child would have had even more severe health problems if you had fed him the standard american baby diet than what he’s dealing with now? HOWEVER, the main point that needs to be made here is that there most certainly is a difference in diet and they will manifest in most babies growth and development based on what you’re feeding them.… Read more »
Lorraine
Lorraine
5 years 4 months ago

Big fail on the Paleo baby link, Mark. First of all, my daughter was exactly the same as paleo baby, but it was 29 years ago and I was eating SAD. Sure, a paleo diet is better than the SAD, but Hawaiian Libertarian is simply suffering from proud parent syndrome.

Second, the guy’s got a real problem with women. What does that have to do with a paleo diet? Nothing, really, lol…I just didn’t appreciate being sent to the blog of an insecure, woman-hating loser.

Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
5 years 4 months ago

I’m not insecure, and I do not hate women…but if your definition of a woman hater means I’m not a pussy-whipped doormat who lets my wife wear the pants in the family, than OK, I’ll accept that.

Epic fail on regurgitating mindless feminist shaming language, Lorraine.

I hate the conventional wisdom of our society that preaches the lie of “equality” and androgynous gender roles…as much as I hate the conventional wisdom behind SAD.

But MDA’s is not the place for this debate.

Lorraine
Lorraine
5 years 4 months ago
Lol…of course you don’t think you hate women. And lol at you thinking that means you’re a “pussy-whipped doormat” etc. And LOL at quotes around equality. I wouldn’t expect any less of someone who thinks “father really does know best.” (Yes, I poked around your blog.) In the real world of secure grownups, father knows best as often as mother does. And in the real world men and women are just people who relate to each other with their actual personalities, and don’t try on different ones for different effect. As far as MDA not being the place for a… Read more »
Keoni Galt
Keoni Galt
5 years 4 months ago
lol Lorraine….sticking to the MDA appropriate topic here: First of all, my daughter was exactly the same as paleo baby, but it was 29 years ago and I was eating SAD. The SAD of 29 years ago was far different from the SAD today. 29 years ago, most people ate home cooked meals far more than today’s fast food/convenience snack foods and microwaved fare. 29 years ago, partially hydrogenated oils were not ubiquitous. 29 years ago, all fried foods were fried in tallow or lard, unlike today’s Omega-6 vegetable oils. 29 years ago, you did not have the majority of… Read more »
Lorraine
Lorraine
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t know how old you were in 1981, but things were not as you state. Not only were partially hydrogenated oils in packaged foods back then, but we were encouraged to choose margarine over butter. Polyunsaturated oils were touted as the healthiest for cooking and salad dressings…corn oil was in every kitchen. And doctors and nutritionists were most definitely recommending lowfat dairy.

Enjoy your healthy baby.

Lorraine
Lorraine
5 years 4 months ago

Forgot to add, about the beef…I don’t know the history of CAFOs, but most beef was grain-fed in those days.

Paleo Josh
5 years 4 months ago

ALways lots of great links. Love it!

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