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3 Jul

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveIf Grok barbecued an auroch, what would he reach for first? According to prehistoric remains of a cookout, the bone marrow and ribs were prized above all else.

A study found that TV food advertisements increase kids’ preference for unhealthy processed junk food. Okay, but those are just dumb kids. Advertising doesn’t work on you, right?

Well, advertisers are certainly doing something right: 25% of Americans’ calories now come from snacks (and they aren’t marketing steaks, eggs, and fresh greens). I think when something makes up a quarter of your calories, it no longer qualifies as a snack.

Here’s more evidence that bigger, less frequent meals (maybe with a bit of intermittent fasting) are a better choice for most people.

Kelly Starrett visits Google and addresses the sitting issue.

What does your walk say about your health?

Speaking of which, more and more evidence accumulates for the benefits of moving frequently at a slow pace.

Some nice thoughts on the emergence of meditation as a response to the tumult of relatively modern life (in India, 500 BCE), from Wildness and Wonder.

Evolution of Man: The Sequel.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (June 27 – July 3)

Comment of the Week

I wonder if Grok asked the sabre-toothed tiger to wait until he’d done his stretching and warm-up exercises?

- Comment from Stevemidd on Are Stretching and Warmups Overrated?

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. Evolution of Man: The Sequel.

    I love how they drew Korg slightly shorter and hunched over…lol. Should’ve given him a small gut, too.

    And I agree that the wrong kinda snacks add to obesity, but what are people supposed to do when they don’t research health like most of us Primals did to get here, and keep buying bran muffins because it’s advertised by the Heart Assoc. as heart healthy?

    Primal Palate wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • What are they supposed to do? Exactly what they are doing – get fat and be miserable. Unless the government bans packaged foods (which would never happen as long as corporations control them), less intelligent, less fortunate people will always suffer.

      Peggy The Primal Parent wrote on July 3rd, 2011
      • What are they supposed to do?

        What we did.

        Dave, RN wrote on July 3rd, 2011
      • And thus we have survival of the fittest.

        Oh wait, no…not anymore, because we now have a “great” health care system that can keep anybody alive when they get old, even if they have lost limbs to diabetes or can’t walk due to obesity.

        Dawn wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  2. Gotta love kstar doing his thing!

    Hal wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  3. People are always asking me how I raise my kid primal so easily. She doesn’t beg for dorritos or pop tarts or any other snack food because she’s never even heard of them. Not only do I not buy non-foods of that sort but she’s had no exposure to them – partly because we don’t shop at grocery stores and partly because we’ve never had a tv. I doubt she’s ever seen a commercial in her life.

    Peggy The Primal Parent wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • Your daughter is possibly the luckiest 5 year old (I think?) on this planet!

      Primal Toad wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • That’s really great, Peggy! I am envious. My son was doing pretty good in the junk food department until we had to move in with my in-laws last fall for a few months while we relocated. After months of binging on ice cream, Trix, and you name it, I am now trying to recover his eating habits but it is so hard. Once they have the taste for something like Trix, they never forget it (and he’s only two and a half). I think it’s better to never expose them to it in the first place!! But…sometimes life throws us curveballs and then we just have to do what we can…

      Dawn wrote on July 3rd, 2011
    • I salute you on how you raise your child! TV & junk food are the biggest destroyers of the mind & body in this day & age and the less youngsters get exposed to it the better.

      I don’t have any kids of my own but when I tell people I don’t watch tv or don’t eat the foods in advertisements these days they think I’m from the stone ages(no pun intended). Honestly, getting rid of my tv is the best thing I’ve done for myself. I enjoy real life more.

      Now if I could only get rid of my cellphone lol.

      Shameer M. wrote on July 3rd, 2011
      • She is lucky isn’t she! Yeah she’s five. I’m raising her as primal as I can here in the city – doing the things I wish my parents had done.

        My parents did limit tv when I was younger and I just never got into it as a result. Watching shows is boring to me so I’ve never had a tv since I moved out of my parents house like 17 years. I don’t actually understand how people find time for tv. I guess you’d have to substitute quality family time, or reading time, or bike riding time, or conversation…. I’m not willing to do that.

        I know what you mean about getting a taste for junk food. “You never forget it”. That’s so true. I know she’ll run into that crap eventually but I’m trying to fill her head full of knowledge and instill her taste for animal fats so that she won’t be so intrigued by the time she does get to try it. So far it’s working pretty well. She declines candy and junk when offered. She understands that if it comes from a package, or is brightly colored and not a fruit or a vegetable, then chances are it’s bad for her. That’s pretty good criteria for now. :)

        Peggy The Primal Parent wrote on July 5th, 2011
  4. I really enjoyed that stone age article. Oh how I can not wait to go hunting for the first time in my life. I plan on successfully killing a deer which I will then have shipped to my apartment in Orlando!

    Love the Evolution of Man: The Sequel photo!

    Primal Toad wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  5. I loved the article about the brain slowing down without all that “seeking.” I am a seeking addict I think. The internet is my drug dealer. I read too much, write too much, and think too much. Once I took a reading sabbatical (before the Internet) and it was amazing. But I could only stand it for a few days. This was inspired by Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s WAy, in which she recommends a week-long reading fast.

    shannon wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  6. “I wonder if Grok asked the sabre-toothed tiger to wait until he’d done his stretching and warm-up exercises?”

    I really hate this kind of comments on warm up exercises.

    It really just seems like the typical idealizing of hunter gatherer lifestyle.
    Completely ignoring that they lead a very different lifestyle in order to be capable of doing this.

    (HG are not running from a tiger surprising them after 8 hours of work hunched over their computers. While the person making these statement usually just stepped out of their SUV for the cross fit class)

    Also a torn muscle is still better than being wounded by a lion.
    Saving 7 min on your workout ain’t worth a lot once you hurt yourself.

    But i did like your advice on how to warm up. its smart.

    Samson wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  7. I dreaded opening the article on walking figuring it would tell me I had only a few years to live. I’ve always been a slow walker. As of the beginning of last year, I would be walking as fast as I could and elderly, obese people in walkers would pass me. I exaggerate only slightly.

    Now, my feet are recovering from too many years crammed in “sensible” shoes. They actually have arches after being flat for nearly 70 years. My whole body walks from doing full body exercises. It helps to have less fat to move although my weight hasn’t dropped much. More muscle, bone density, connective tissue, etc. IMHO. My energy level is higher.

    I have the whole Primal lifestyle to thank for these changes.

    Harry wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  8. Kelly Starrett–at Google?? I’m impressed. I will sit through the full hour video for this one!

    (Just realized I said “sit through.” Ironic, eh?)

    Anne wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  9. One thing this site woke me up to was how long I spend sitting at work. All 8 hours most times. So It a desk return that was the same size as my return (it even matches) and used two unused drawers that happened to be the right hight as supports and created a standing desk. So my return is standing and the other larger part is sitting. My keyboard and monitor is on the standing part.
    I hope the walking fast thing is right. I’ve always been a fast walker.

    Dave, RN wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  10. I like the article that talks about more frequent eating contributing to obesity. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that energy density of meals decreased while frequency increased… eating low fat makes you hungry! ALL the time!

    Robin wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  11. I don’t know about anybody else, but their is nothing “slow paced” about fidgeting when I do it. My family nicknamed me tremor because sometimes the house shakes when I start ‘fidgeting’ my calf muscle. It is probably not a coincidence I’ve always been able to eat so much and been accused of having a super fast metabolism.

    Jeff wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  12. The article states that the ribs and other “smaller parts” were cooked on the spot. While it’s possible that the successful hunters ate the most nutritious or desirable portions of the animal, it’s equally as likely that they ate the “small stuff” that was less desirable on a per kg basis or simply the little stuff that wasn’t worth trying to bundle up to take back. The larger hocks of meat would have been easier to carry back.

    What’s most interesting here to me is that we might estimate the weight and distance that they carried their spoils in order to get a ballpark figure for the kind of caloric output involved in what would be a rather regular activity, hunting. The article seems to indicate that there was little exercise involved in killing the animal either with a pitfall or shooting arrows at it. Chasing it down before it died if bow and arrow were employed probably would have been as close to a conventional cardio workout as they might have come. Which makes me wonder what the footspeed of a wounded Auroch was.

    NoLineOn wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  13. As a personal trainer, I loved the article on walking. It’s great to be able to guess things about your client before they tell you.

    Elisa sutherland wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  14. …”Stuff I Make My Husband “…

    what a goldmine! it is going on my daily visit list for sure!

    Notch wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  15. Not related to this post but have to vent…I just bought 5 lbs of freshly picked local cherries…omagawd, someone stop me!
    Nomnom …

    Primal Palate wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  16. Thanks for that last link regarding how Grok slept Mark. Since your recent post about the guy looking for a better way to sleep I’ve been theorising about it a lot. Your old post on sleep posture has given me a bit more to add to the puzzle.

    Peter wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  17. Sure glad I don’t have any of those Walk problems. Very interesting article.

    Emmentaler wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  18. I really don’t think you need an education to realize something that grows on a tree or in the ground is better for you than something in a plastic package. It is a no brainer. Then again, if you grow up on non organic produce & canned veggies & fruit..of course you will not like them.
    Proper nutrition, exercise is important, but people never talk about the importance of adequate sleep as well.
    Taking tv and junk food away is not the answer, learning self control is. We didn’t have a tv until my son was 5. We don’t even watch our tv more than once a week and not even that. Our Wii is an earned privilege that we only do 1 or 2 a month. We don’t give our kids computer time at all, no DS system, no cd players in the car. We talk, play car games, and listen to music. We play board games, go on bike rides, read together and just do normal non screen stuff. They go to bed early so you see, we don’t have time for tv anyway.
    I cook slow oats, fish & seaweed, etc…for breakfast. The whole concept that breakfast must be sweet and that there are “breakfast” foods is a farce. I lived in Japan for 10 years. My kids don’t complain. They have both been marked as TAG (talented and gifted) students by national tests. I think it is just because we participate in life without all the screens. Plenty of time for that later. They are 8 and 6. We do martial arts everyday, come home, bathe, eat, read & go to bed. We wake up early and do homework before breakfast. Easy peasey & they are well behaved.

    rinnie wrote on July 3rd, 2011
  19. I think most people eat packaged food because they can’t come up with the energy to cook.
    When you run on high omega 6, eat chemical laden foods, have sugar spikes up and down and feel depressed because of it you might always think you’re running out of time for life and you could do better things in your little ‘free’ time than standing in the kitchen cooking and then having to do dishes.
    I was one of those. My priorities were completely out of wack. I used money to have fun and buy entertainment or materialistic crap instead of truly healthy and nutritious foods.
    But, even when I thought I was eating healthy which consisted of breads, marmalades, organic burritos, organic chips things still felt wrong.
    I grew up with my mother cooking everything from scratch. It was a LOT of work every day. Now, walking past the fresh real food (raw meats and vegetables) in the store is like looking at all this work all over again. Why would I want to bust my balls to stand there and come up with a recipe (that I had no idea of anyways) and possibly ruin the whole thing…and then wasted all my money on a ruined meal that I also have to ‘work’ for?

    Boy, am I glad I found MDA…lol. My thought process sure has flipped 180 degrees.

    Arty wrote on July 4th, 2011
  20. I have to wonder if the fidgeting/moving slowly article means that people who move more become healthier, or that healthier people move more?

    Wout Mertens wrote on July 6th, 2011

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