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25 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 170

weekend link loveFirst 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.

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. Johan Grönlund wrote on December 25th, 2011
  2. Thank you Mark for posting every day! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year! My rib roast is waiting for the oven.

    Melinda wrote on December 25th, 2011
  3. i must plank now. you’re going down! life long training begins now

    Steffo wrote on December 25th, 2011
  4. Merry Christmas everyone!

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

    Arty wrote on December 25th, 2011
  5. Mashed potatoes are great! Why unfortunately? We’re having Lamb. Mmm.

    B. Knight wrote on December 25th, 2011
  6. I agree that women need fat – dietary and body fat – but the conclusions the article interviewees have reached from statistical correlations are ridiculous.

    AlyieCat wrote on December 25th, 2011
    • 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.

      greensleeves wrote on December 25th, 2011
  7. 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!!

    peggy wrote on December 25th, 2011
  8. “Humans evolved in an environment with very low levels of ionizing radiation”

    I hear that’s called sunlight (UV).

    Steven wrote on December 25th, 2011
  9. 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 and all, but with meal frequency going from 3+ to 1 you have to make sure to consume nutrient rich foods, not foods that taste great and provide little more than protein.

    Chris wrote on December 25th, 2011
  10. 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 used here.

    It’s a fact that over consuming anything can be harmful. This includes water. Thus, this sentence can be omitted from the article. I mean, its just going to scare most who read it.

    They then discussed some great myths and then said, once again…

    “In short, eating animal-derived foods is not a health risk. Only overconsumption is.”

    WHY SAY THIS? What does OVER CONSUMPTION mean? It’s way too broad of a word. It’s false. You can not eat too much beef unless you stuff yourself. You can drink too much water but no one says… “Drinking water is not a health risk. Only overconsumption is.”

    I’m annoyed.

    I just finished reading the article. Overall its pretty damn good. I’ll give it 4 out of 5 stars. I mean, the authors have been vegetarians for a combined 52 years. Two now eat meat

    I’m still annoyed… does anyone else make sense of what I am saying? What mention overconsumption? I feel like thousands will take that to heart and eat just a few bites of meat. Maybe some veggies or whatever but then what else… junk?

    Ok, I’m done.

    Primal Toad wrote on December 26th, 2011
  11. That vegan mindset ajustment article just made my day! Who said eating organic grass-fed meat was bad for the planet?

    Félix wrote on December 26th, 2011
    • Oh and that George Hood guy is a WARRIOR.

      Félix wrote on December 26th, 2011
  12. That plank video was ugly to watch, but very inspiring to me. Been working on my plank since watching it.

    Thanks for posting.

    Ousama wrote on December 26th, 2011
  13. 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. :)

    Diane the Purple wrote on January 5th, 2012

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