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16 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 160

Like Yoda a new paper proposes that early humans spoke.

I guess it doesn’t require giving up all worldly possessions or camping out under a fig tree to be effective. Small servings of meditation have large (positive) effects on brain function and focus.

From Wired, a visual guide to the ecosystem of the human microbiome.

Fifth Ape, a natural movement training group out of North Carolina, recently released a “big fancy marketing video.” Go check it out. They’re doing some great work.

The many joys of bottled water, courtesy of Primal Palette.

Remember Joanne, one of our success stories from a couple months ago? She has good news for us, and I’ve just updated her story to reflect it.

The results from a 30-year study comparing organic farming to conventional farming are in, and it seems multiple myths are busted. Organic crops were more resilient, productive, sustainable, and they brought in more money for the farmers and produced better soil. In short, organic left conventional in the (crop) dust.

Kipping squats: for the trainee who wants a few extra reps and is willing to sacrifice a sliver of meniscus to get them.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

Two years ago (Oct 11 – Oct 17)

Comment of the Week

– Courtesy of reader Amy 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. Re: kipping. Why stop at “exercise” moves? How about kipping sex? Kipping car racing (watch out for kip lash!)? I may throw kipping into my next lecture just for kicks.

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on October 16th, 2011
  2. That Fifth Ape video was great! I also really liked the article on the study of organic vs. conventional farming. Another great WLL. Thanks Mark!

    Bodhi K. wrote on October 16th, 2011
    • I thoroughly enjoyed this video. This beats crossfit any day!

      Primal Toad wrote on October 16th, 2011
  3. Regarding the Primal Palette… While clean, unpolluted water is undeniably essential to health, it is a shame that so many people opt for bottled water instead of filtering it at home.

    It’s absurd and upsetting that it is common and expected to buy a bottled drink, consume it, and promptly throw the bottle away. It’s clearly not sustainable or necessary. Baby steps, I suppose.

    Abel James wrote on October 16th, 2011
    • My brother in Chicago recycles nothing… he’s a lazy ass… their are recycle bins all over the streets!

      Primal Toad wrote on October 16th, 2011
      • Recycling is a good idea but like anything else, at what cost? Think about the energy and water footprint that goes into recycling.

        liberty1776 wrote on October 17th, 2011
  4. hahaha! love that vegetarian quote… classic!

    Burn wrote on October 16th, 2011
  5. Re: Organic farming.

    Its a shame organic food cost so much more. And unless that changes its not going to be the norm in industrialized nations with high food consumption. Even I, who could possible afford a splurge here and there find myself unable to pay $2 for a head of organic lettuce when I can get a non-organic one for $1. It sounds like not a big deal buying organic can be a $100 grocery bill compared to a $50 one. $50 can be a bill, gas for the week, or to get more food.

    Kia wrote on October 16th, 2011
    • +1

      Hopeless Dreamer wrote on October 16th, 2011
    • Farmers markets, farmers markets, farmers markets! Grass fed meat and chicken is pretty expensive though. I’ve been able to find buffalo and lamb on sale sometimes. I still buy pasture raised eggs, milk, butter, cream. Plus get some grass fed neck bones and make your own stock, cheap cuts and lasts for awhile :-)

      Gino wrote on October 19th, 2011
      • I’ll be researching the grass fed meats and free range chicken options here and will be blogging about it. Next month I’m going to buy free range turkey. They do grain feed, but I think they also let them forage. It’s a start. It’s a pretty well known turkey farm here in central Illinois that takes good care of their birds. They sell for about 2.29 a pound. That really isn’t bad…I usually get a conventional turkey on sale for .99 a pound. Usually they are closer to 1.69 or higher. (I do miss the days when they were .69 a pound!)

        Kim wrote on October 19th, 2011
  6. That kipping video was hilarious, but I was getting sympathy spasms in my back as I watched it.

    dragonmamma wrote on October 16th, 2011
  7. After watching Food, Inc, I’d gladly pay the $2 for a head of organic lettuce. I’m tight as can be with $$$, but I refuse to pay for garbage any more. Lately I’ve been finding organic food at the farmer’s markets for cheaper than conventionally grown at the grocer. Unfortunately, they’re almost done for this year (I’m in the Midwest). I’m hoping next year to grow my own. I think there are very good and inexpensive alternatives to conventionally grown food. Just requires some extra creativity.

    Kim wrote on October 16th, 2011
    • Kim, I’m in the midwest too (Chicago area). What do you plan to do the 7-9 months of the year when there are no farmer’s markets? My favorite closes at the end of Oct. and I’m at a loss as to where I will be able to afford to shop for organic produce.

      spincycle wrote on October 17th, 2011
      • Spincycle,
        I’m sad about the farmer’s markets too! I will certainly miss them. I’ve stocked up as best I can, and have canned this year (as well as made some lacto-fermented veggies). A few of the farmers sell directly from their farms through the end of this month. But you’re right, that leaves November till at least April or May with no market. :(

        I’ll do my best to catch organic produce on sale (I’ve found very good deals at Hy-vee) and citrus in season this winter, even though it’s not local. There’s a local health food store here that sells organic produce and has coupons in the paper for 15% off a sale of $35. That might help.

        Since you’re near Chicago, you may have more options with Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. We don’t have those here in the Peoria area (boohoo!)

        Personally, my dream is to grow most of my own food. Eliot Coleman grows food organically year round in Maine, and has written a few books on it. If he can do it there, we can do it here! It might take a few years to get to that point, but that’s the goal. Until then, I’ll continue to forge relationships with local growers and see how far I can extend the season, filling in the gaps with store produce and also altering my menus to eat as seasonally as possible (no tomatoes in winter if I can help it).
        Maybe we can come up with some ideas! It’ll be my first Paleo winter. Should be interesting!
        Kim :)

        Kim wrote on October 19th, 2011
  8. Awww…Thanks for the Link Love!! Only 8 more weeks until Baby #3!!!

    Baby Grok or Grokette?? What do you think?

    Joanne - The Real Food Mama wrote on October 16th, 2011
  9. Great links again. (I love Sunday’s) Meditation for me is a lifesaver. When I am stressed, take me to a quite spot. preferably by water, where I can meditate. Self healing for sure. Love the grilled banana idea Yum.

    Mary Hone wrote on October 16th, 2011
  10. So can we run kipping marathons in crossfit endurance?

    Mary E. Clark wrote on October 16th, 2011
  11. LOOOL the vegetarian quote is brilliant. If I were a very mean, nasty person I’d send it to my vegan mum…but I can’t bring myself to upset her :-(!

    Milla wrote on October 16th, 2011
  12. In the article from Wired on the human ecosystem… Can I get some feed back on the Diets. From what I have been learning on the Primal lifestyle on a Higher Calorie, high fat diet it should keep the rare species-rear and common species-common.

    In the article it reads:
    “We are what we eat, and so are our gut flora. When people switch to a high-calorie diet, their microbiome changes, with rare species becoming common and common species becoming rare. It also becomes less diverse. Scientists have tested the effect of the obese microbiome by rearing mice without any bacteria in them at all, then inoculating some of them with microbes from mice fed a high-calorie, high-fat Western diet and others with bacteria from mice fed a low-calorie diet. The mice that got the high-calorie germs became fat.

    Brenda Living Primal wrote on October 16th, 2011
  13. Oh, I SOOOOO want a Fifth Ape trainer in my city! That looks awesome.

    Sigi wrote on October 16th, 2011
  14. mmmmmmmmmm grilled bananas. Try throwing some into the fry pan next to your crackling, sizzling bacon. What a flavor sensation!

    Caroline wrote on October 16th, 2011
    • Wow, that sounds AMAZING!!

      Sarah wrote on October 17th, 2011
  15. The study on organic farming looks very interesting, except of course that it was done by the Rodale Institute, self touted “organic pioneers.” I haven’t read the full text yet, but if you choose to, please keep in mind that bias can go both ways, even against the team you’re rooting for. Read it with an aim for information, not to further your viewpoint, because there is an obvious potential for bias here.

    andrew wrote on October 16th, 2011
    • I thought the same thing when I saw the name Rodale. I’m taking it all with some healthy skepticism.

      spincycle wrote on October 17th, 2011
      • I think healthy skepticism is fine. After all, when I listen to the news these days everything said is automatically subject to suspicion for me. Having said that, I’ve used Rodale’s methods in my own home garden for years and they work. I’m a bit more likely to place a modicum of trust in a study of organic farming conducted for 30 years by Rodale than one, say, by Monsanto. I seriously doubt Rodale is a billion dollar business. They may sell some how-to books, magazines, or even farming classes or consultancy, but once the knowledge is learned by others it’s hard to make additional income from it. My Rodale books have saved me a ton of money by providing solutions when problems arose. Yeah, there could be bias, sure, but who else could be trusted to run such a study? Surely not the government. SAD has them bought and paid for.

        Deannacat wrote on October 20th, 2011
  16. Thanks to Mark for the link and to all of you for the great feedback! If you’re in or around the Triangle area of North Carolina we’d love to have you come play with us!

    Fifth Ape wrote on October 16th, 2011
  17. Very interesting article you linked to about conventional vs. organic farming. The truth about farming needs to get out! Hopefully we will see a larger shift towards organic farming in the near future, as people become more aware.

    Ps. loved the vegan quote! haha 😀

    Eirik wrote on October 17th, 2011
  18. I totally loved the Fifth Ape Video. It was very inspirational and has given me many ideas!
    And the kipping video was fantastic. Man, the guy is obviously a genius.

    alley cat wrote on October 18th, 2011
  19. I read a Men’s Health article on the MMA fighter Georges St. Pierre and according to it he does kipping pushups, called judo pushups in the article. He also does a lot of other explosive calisthenics like clap pushups.

    Animanarchy wrote on January 23rd, 2012

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