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July 17, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 151

By Mark Sisson
44 Comments

My next book is available for pre-order on Amazon, but before you hop on over there to reserve your early-adopter copy, consider that, just like my previous book releases, I will be putting together a special pre-order offer for people that purchase it through PrimalBlueprint.com. Keep your eyes peeled this coming October. (P.S. Pay no attention to the cover design at Amazon. It’s an early mockup of an in-the-works final design, and will be changed.)

Peggy, The Primal Parent, just wrote a great article on polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Turns out going Primal helps with that, too.

Good posture makes you tougher and more resistant to physical pain, while a submissive posture makes you less resistant.

Surprise, surprise: toning shoes don’t actually tone anything. What you do in a shoe (or in no shoe) is key.

Check out a London art student’s human hair necklaces, which bridge the tenuous gap between creepy and beautiful.

How to build your brain circuitry and get really, really good at something.

According to HuffPo, paddleboard yoga is the latest trend. I got an email from a friend the other day telling me he and friends played Ultimate on paddleboards.

You might miss it if you blink, but an NPR article briefly mentions how sunlight helps the eyes.

It’s a rare breakfast that encompasses the balance between protein, fat, and micronutrient requirements, along with the nature of reality itself, but this egg manages to do it all.

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One year ago (July 11 – July 17)

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That’s kind of what I was thinking when I ripped the heads off four living crayfish, pulled out their main intestine using the center tail fins, and scraped most of their guts out with a knife, all while they were still wriggling. Then I plopped them in a pot of boiling water and watched them turn red, along with the bundles of eggs still attached under three of their tails. But then after transferring them into a pan and frying them with some eggs, I enjoyed an excellent, hearty dinner that satisfied me to the core. This is the way of nature.

– Reader Animanarchy spares no details.

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Primal Toad
5 years 2 months ago
Mark! Excited for the new book. Are you still going to come out with the book that was possibly going to be called “Re-Connect”? You talked about it at Primal Con. I am very curious about this. I have a tiny recommendation on this book… how about “life” transformation instead of “body” transformation?! I understand that MOST people lose a significant amount of weight and thus they go through a significant BODY transformation. I, however, went through a LIFE transformation. My entire life changed when I went primal April 5, 2010. It’s been an amazing 15 months. Sure, my body… Read more »
Primal Toad
5 years 2 months ago

Paddleboard yoga? I am all over that. I have yet to takea yoga or paddleboarding class. I want to asap. Why not combine the too? Ultimate on paddleboards? That’s crazy. Adventurous. Something I want to do.

Adventure sports in Miami, FL. Jotting that down….

sylverCode
sylverCode
5 years 2 months ago

The “life transformation” term is too general/vague for the purpose of this book so it may confuse the potential buyers/new-comers.

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 2 months ago

Wow you went primal April 5th 2010…I did April 7th, 2010! 🙂

Primal Toad
5 years 2 months ago

Really?! I think we need to celebrate our 5th anniversary together. Maybe we can get Mark to make Primal Con happen between April 5 and April 7 some year?

I’m serious…

NOO!! Next year! Mark! Make Primal Con April 6-8. Everyone arrives on April 5 so we will both easily be able to celebrate our 2nd year anniversaries.

We get free tickets too…

Mark Sisson
Mark Sisson
5 years 2 months ago
@Toad, Reconnect (now re-titled The Primal Connection) will be out the start of second quarter next year as promised. It is shaping up to be everything I wanted it to be and more. As with the PB, the dilemma now is how much to cut, because I have so much new material to draw from in writing it. Meanwhile, The 21-Day Transformation is a cut-to-the-chase, step-by-step guidebook on exactly what to do for 21 days to go Primal. It’s for people who need a road-map to make it easier. The idea is that if you do every one of these… Read more »
Michal Palczewski
Michal Palczewski
5 years 2 months ago

You mean Skecher’s won’t turn every girl into Kim Kardashian?

Alison Golden
5 years 2 months ago

Thank god for that.

Chantal
Chantal
5 years 2 months ago

“Total body transformation” in just 21 days?! – I am thrilled: The Eades still need 6 Weeks(!) for getting their “middle aged middle” cured!… But both claims do not sound very respectable to me I’m afraid.

Cheers, Chantal

Dave Fish
5 years 2 months ago

Good luck with your Six Months To Minimal Results book Chantal.

Chantal
Chantal
5 years 2 months ago
You didn’t get my point. PB is phantastic. Also because it does NOT claim things like “Perfect body in 3 weeks”. Look at the PB success stories. Very impressive and inspiring and “proving” the method, but it took those folks months to achieve their results (and that’s of course realistic). Total transformation in 21 days sounds like another fraud as commonly seen in the weight loss / body tuning industry. It would be sad if Mark damaged his brilliant reputation while claiming things like these. But perhaps he found the philosopher’s stone for fastest body transformation, who knows… But if… Read more »
Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 2 months ago
And you didn’t get his point either, which is that you have to make fantastic claims to draw the eye of people casually cruising the bookstore shelves. Mark isn’t preaching to MDA readers–he’s already got us converted, or we wouldn’t be here. Also, if you pay attention, he doesn’t claim that you will get to your goal weight and be in perfect health after 21 days. The claim is that you can make the lifestyle changes you need to make to get on the road to health in 21 days. Big, big difference, the difference between a completely realistic and… Read more »
Chantal
Chantal
5 years 2 months ago
I posted my comment BEFORE Marks explanation above appeared, so I did not miss anything at that state. “Phantastic claims”…, that’s how the business runs. Even Paleofolks are not innocent, one more lovely (naive?) dream destroyed… So it goes like this: Title of the book: “The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation*)” Be sure not to miss the asterixes = the smallprint on the inner flap of the back cover (in 6 pt, 5 pt, 4 pt)…: *) You will of course not get a total body transformation in 21 days as promised in the title of the book. [The… Read more »
Megan
Megan
5 years 2 months ago
“Important: Once mylelin wraps, it doesn’t unwrap. So if you’ve built a circuit that corresponds with an unwanted behavior (e.g. overeating), it will always reside in your brain. The bigger the behavior, the more it might take to change it, but from a myelin perspective, it requires overriding the old circuit by building a new one and firing it a lot (e.g. a circuit for stopping when you’re full, or eating only at certain times).” This was extremely interesting to me because it goes beyond simple “cravings” and actually shows a scientific basis for why we have them…because we haven’t… Read more »
Kyle
Kyle
5 years 2 months ago

Article on Brain Circuitry is awesome. I think applies to tons of peoples lives these days I know when I’m doing almost anything except surfing my cell phone is there to distract me.

Sudenveri
Sudenveri
5 years 2 months ago

Toning shoes don’t “tone” anything? Stop the presses! 😛

Human hair as jewelry actually has a fairly long history; the Victorians would create incredibly elaborate jewelry and even sculptures using hair from deceased family members. (They were really into the whole momento mori thing; they’d also collect their tears shed at funerals in containers called lacrimosas and spill them on the grave of the deceased person on the one-year anniversary of their death.) Those necklaces are really cool and beautiful, though.

sylverCode
sylverCode
5 years 2 months ago

Will the new book have a Kindle version as well?

Susan Alexander
5 years 2 months ago

Thanks for including me today, Mark. The brain circuity post seems to have resonated with some of your readers. The world can look very different just from knowing we can build brain circuitry that corresponds to things we do and don’t want to do.

It’s completely changed how I do pretty much everything – because I know everything I do has a circuit!

Thanks again, Mark!

Susan

Mystic Knotwork Jill
5 years 2 months ago

I work at a hospital part time and wear the shape ups. They have never done any toning for me but they are comfortable when you are walking for 8 or 12 hours a day. I do go barefoot when I am home, and it always feels so good to take those big heavy shoes off!

Peggy The Primal Parent
5 years 2 months ago

I’m thrilled you included my article about PCOS, Mark! I hope to reach as many women as possible about this utterly annoying condition.

PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility and the cause of so much embarrassment and depression for women. But it is totally controllable and avoidable by living primal.

Primal Toad
5 years 2 months ago

Question…

what is NOT totally controllable and avoidable by living Primal?

Jim
Jim
5 years 2 months ago

Asteroids.

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 2 months ago

LOL

Mary C
Mary C
5 years 2 months ago

Enjoyed the article, Peggy, even though I’ve never had that particular disease to suffer. I do, however, see parallels with my younger son’s experiences. Obviously the same food and extermal conditions affect males as well as females…is anybody writing about the male version?

gilliebean
5 years 2 months ago

That’s a *great* article from Peggy! Can’t wait for her book too! 🙂

Anne
5 years 2 months ago

Love Peggy’s article, and the one about the silly toning shoes.

I’ll read any article that references Jackson Pollock (like the excellent brain circuitry link).

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 2 months ago

Forest Bathing!!!
Husband and I (and the dogs) just got back from a 3 hour hike through the Sawtooth Mtns 🙂

Everybody is pooped but me…go figure, I’m the one on a primal diet. Well the dogs are, too, they eat raw. Husband had fruit with sugar at home before the hike, sugar cookies on the trail and a bowl of cherries coming home. And he wonders why he isn’t losing weight doing all this hiking…lol.

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 2 months ago

I find dogs get pooped after a hike in the woods because they end up walking/running 5 times further than the people, who tend to walk in very boring straight lines. 😀

AustinGirl
AustinGirl
5 years 2 months ago
2 years ago, I was put on treatment for high testosterone levels (probably linked to PCOS, but not tested further at that time, since the medication worked on those T levels) Last month, still on the treatment and following the Primal/Paleo lifestyle for the past 10 mos, I went to another Dr and asked to be re-tested to see if I still needed to be on the meds. I’d lost 30+lbs and suspected that things had changed. Sure enough, after giving the meds time to leave my system, when they did the lab tests everything came back within normal ranges.… Read more »
Kirstin
Kirstin
5 years 2 months ago

Interesting… As a child growing up in Minnesota, I realized around the age of 10 that when going out into the bitter cold, it was more tolerable if I straightened up, opened my chest, and pushed my shoulders down rather than curling up into a “standing ball”. It has always seemed counter-intuitive and I always wondered why. Now I know!

Michele
Michele
5 years 2 months ago

Going Primal definitely helped me with PCOS. Not 100% for me as I still have to be on medication, but it contributed. I went years before getting a PCOS diagnosis and finding a doctor who recommended eating this way instead of just telling me there was nothing wrong with me except being fat.

John D. Pilla
John D. Pilla
5 years 2 months ago

HI;
I am fairly new to primal, only a few weeks. I do not have any books, yet. Wondering what the difference between this new book is and the existing book,”The Primal BluePrint’??? If get only one book, efficiently and for economical reasons, I would like to know what each book covers that the other does not, please.

Colby
Colby
5 years 2 months ago

Mark: Why are you reading the Puffington Post and NPR???

Jim
Jim
5 years 2 months ago

By all means, make MDA yet another playground for political flame-wars. Because we just don’t have enough of that elsewhere.

Desert Caveman
Desert Caveman
5 years 2 months ago

Well said, Jim!

Karen P.
5 years 2 months ago

Because all Fox publishes are articles about how grass-fed beef is a sham and how virtuous Sarah Palin’s cookies are. Not very Primal.

Mary Hone
5 years 2 months ago

Great links. Glad I found the purely primal recipe site. And that new yoga, Hmmmm.

Tracy
Tracy
5 years 2 months ago

I agree that the toning shoes don’t tone, but everyone (including me) who have used them with plantar fascitis (sp?!) have been super-pleased. The pain instantly goes away and I could continue with my day tear-free. They really helped me with stretching and proper exercise for healing. For that, I will always be grateful to MBT!

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
5 years 2 months ago
Wow, thanks for the info! I suffered from plantar fasciitis for ages and ended up buying a contraption that held my foot in a certain way at night which eventually took care of the problem. I do worry about a balance problem as does DH (we’re “seniors”) but if the PF ever shows up again,I’ll definitely give them a try! Thanks for mentioning this! I guess the question is did you remain pain-free or do you have to continue to use the toning shoes? The thingy I wore at night did eventually alleviate the problem so I haven’t had any… Read more »
Tomasz
Tomasz
5 years 2 months ago

Mark,
I’ve bought and read your first book, and read most of the articles on your website. I’ve also read most other books on the primal/paleo way of living. I’ve managed to implment most of this stuff in my life with, not suprisingly, quite good effects…

Will I learn anything new from your new book? Who is this book for?

Dawn
Dawn
5 years 2 months ago

HOORAY for another book!!!! =)

The Real Food Mama
5 years 2 months ago

Nice to see the new book coming out!! Always cool for a step by step manual!! Can’t wait to check it out!!

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