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December 25, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 170

By Mark Sisson
15 Comments

First off, Happy Holidays to every Primal enthusiast and MDA fan out there! As my small gift to you (well, some of you, at least, that have been requesting this for a long time), the Success Stories page has been updated so that stories are listed chronologically with the most recent story at the top of the first page. It’s sort of a Success Story blog within a blog. This should make browsing the stories much easier. Stay tuned as the new pages are updated with archived and new stories in coming weeks.

Remember forest bathing? It works in the ocean, too, and a Northern Californian marine biologist-cum-Gap model is raising ocean conservation awareness by capitalizing on humanity’s innately positive response to sand, waves, reefs, and things with gills and/or blowholes. Check out the website. Even if you hate the ocean, you get a cool marble.

A group of longtime, diehard vegans and vegetarians get together to talk about eating animals and arrive at the conclusion that…. doing so can be healthy, ethical, and good for the environment?!?

Why women need (the right kind of) fat.

Denise Minger brings the pain yet again, albeit this time to a slightly surprising victim: our own biases and sacred cows.

Less is more: hormetic responses to small (versus large) doses of ionizing radiation, detailed; standard theory of linear dose-response relationship of radiation to DNA damage, questioned.

Correlative data suggests meat might do a growing body good.

Weston A. Price Foundation offal-eating members who moonlight as Olympic hopefuls (I hear Sally Fallon has a killer breaststroke) may want to modulate their liver consumption before the Olympic trials; experts are saying that eating liver from clenbuterol-fed animals may cause false positives in tests for the banned substance. Wowzers.

A 54-year old former Marine just broke the world record for the longest plank held – by thirty minutes – by holding one for over an hour and twenty consecutive minutes!

Time Magazine contributor writes about his success with intermittent fasting, commenters jump to conclusions and warn about muscle wasting and hamstrung metabolisms. Rinse, repeat.

Recipe Corner

  • Primal-friendly Buffalo chicken wings will make a nice occasional treat.
  • Standing rib roast, prime rib, meat-encrusted edible jewel of unabashed beefiness – whatever you call it, this massive slab of cow meat will provide much joy and garner many accolades.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 19 – Dec 25)

Comment of the Week

I like to take this time to not only celebrate the solstice, but take stock of my Celtic roots. Autumn celebration of harvesting for me means the making food and other typoes of projects I can use to spend with my close friends and family. Personally I think the best gift to give in this time of the year is just that, time. Time with friends or family to try out a new hobby, explore a new place, or go on a little vacation.

I should also mention I am a bit materialistic and sent the Primal Blueprint to a few friends and family.

Patrick Wilson, I think, makes a fair concession to consumerism in this week’s post on the joy of receiving. And the typo in the second sentence is a pretty awesome one.

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Johan Grönlund
Johan Grönlund
4 years 9 months ago
Melinda
Melinda
4 years 9 months ago

Thank you Mark for posting every day! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year! My rib roast is waiting for the oven.

Steffo
Steffo
4 years 9 months ago

i must plank now. you’re going down! life long training begins now

Arty
Arty
4 years 9 months ago

Merry Christmas everyone!

We’re having Ham, Sauerkraut and (unfortunately) mashed potatoes.

B. Knight
B. Knight
4 years 9 months ago

Mashed potatoes are great! Why unfortunately? We’re having Lamb. Mmm.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
4 years 9 months ago

I agree that women need fat – dietary and body fat – but the conclusions the article interviewees have reached from statistical correlations are ridiculous.

greensleeves
greensleeves
4 years 9 months ago

I agree, Cat. I also think the authors are telling a huge lie. Let’s get real – about 38 or so you hit peri-menopause. If you work really hard, you can maintain your weight. But by 50, it’s over – your hormones are against you and even with Premarin you will gain between 20 and 40. Menopause is a reality that no one will honestly discuss, either in the paleo or conventional community.

peggy
peggy
4 years 9 months ago

I really enjoyed the article about the vegetarians & vegans & eating meat. Very well written!
I tagged the plank “circuit training” for future reference – a new routine!!

Steven
4 years 9 months ago

“Humans evolved in an environment with very low levels of ionizing radiation”

I hear that’s called sunlight (UV).

Chris
Chris
4 years 9 months ago
I thought the TIME contributor guy was way too focused on aesthetics, he may look better but his body still sounds pretty bad on the insides. E says he drank Crystal light and diet iced tea, I’m pretty positive both have more than one artificial sweetener. He also eats pepperoni, and judging by his other choices I don’t think it’s made with uncured pasture raised ham. With the 3 above choices I’m guessing he didn’t go with a good naturally sweetened whey protein but a Muscle-X-Plod 6000 type of artficially sweetened low quality heat processed protein. Intermittent fasting is great… Read more »
Primal Toad
4 years 9 months ago
I’m reading the article, “Eating Animals.” It’s been a great read thus far until I got to this… “Although health and nutrition research has yielded diverse and conflicting findings, there is consensus among mainstream experts: overconsumption of meat, dairy, and eggs can be harmful, but the optimal human diet includes some food derived from animals” I mean, this is true. BUT, what the hell does overconsumption mean? It seems as if they are saying a pound a day is too much. We all know this is not true. Overconsumption is way too broad of a term and should not be… Read more »
Félix
Félix
4 years 9 months ago

That vegan mindset ajustment article just made my day! Who said eating organic grass-fed meat was bad for the planet?

Félix
Félix
4 years 9 months ago

Oh and that George Hood guy is a WARRIOR.

Ousama
Ousama
4 years 9 months ago

That plank video was ugly to watch, but very inspiring to me. Been working on my plank since watching it.

Thanks for posting.

Diane the Purple
Diane the Purple
4 years 8 months ago

Mark, thanks for organizing the success stories! I have a few friends who are (hopefully) finally ready to listen to me about “this weird Primal thing,” and I’m glad I’ve got some place central I can point them so they can read the success stories at their own pace without having to dig for them. 🙂

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