Meet Mark

Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

Tell Me More
Stay Connected
April 29, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 187

By Mark Sisson
36 Comments

For you safe starch fans (or those who want to learn how to incorporate them in their diets), Sweet Potato Power is a fantastic guide to our favorite tuber.

Aussies – got plans May 12 and 13? You do now. Longtime reader and friend of the blog Suz has assembled leading Paleo and Primal experts from your neck of the globe, including That Paleo Guy Jamie Scott, Dr. Anastasia Boulais, Julianne Taylor, and Dr. Ron Ehrlich, to bring you the first annual Australian Paleo Weekend. Pick up your tickets before they run out. (Kiwis welcome, too).

How vegetable oils replaced animal fats in the American diet.

A recent study suggests that humanity’s meat-eating allowed us to wean earlier and helped make our considerable evolutionary success possible. The study’s author is, of course, quick to iterate that this “says nothing about what we should or should not eat today in order to have a good diet.” Whew! Close call!

Avoiding carcinogens used to be easy. You’d quit smoking, move away from the coal plant, switch out the lead paint and asbestos in your house, stuff like that. But how do you avoid light pollution?

12 experts’ top five desert island exercises, parts one and two.

Maybe don’t drink 8 liters of Coke a day. Just saying.

The candy and the antidote.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (April 29 – May 5)

Comment of the Week

That is one happy kitty.

Indeed, Nionvox. Unfortunately, the happy kitty wasn’t available for belly scratches.

Subscribe to the Newsletter

If you'd like to add an avatar to all of your comments click here!

Leave a Reply

36 Comments on "Weekend Link Love – Edition 187"

avatar

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Harry Mossman
4 years 5 months ago

The sweet potato book looks good, but read the one 3-star review. As this reviewer points out, the other reviews look like a marketing push, e.g. get all your friends to write glowing reviews.

Jenn (GH)
4 years 5 months ago

I so need the “Scattered Mind” post. I’m certain if you google scatter brain my face would turn up.

Also I subscribed by email a few weeks ago and I noticed I don’t get your curent updates in my inbox. (I only get past posts.) I’m traveling the country in an RV so reading on my phone via email is the easiest way to keep up. Is there a way to get your posts via email?

Lady Grok
Lady Grok
4 years 4 months ago

Jenn, there’s actually a PB app that will keep you up to date. I use it sometimes.

superdeluxe
superdeluxe
4 years 5 months ago

I wish I could be at the Australian Paleo Weekend. I’m sure it will be a great time! Go Suz!

Moshen
Moshen
4 years 5 months ago

There’s nothing vegetable about vegetable oil. Could we change the name to ‘factory oil’?

Primal Toad
4 years 4 months ago

This is a brilliant idea.

Coconut and olive oil are vegetable oils too after all…

PaleoDentist
4 years 4 months ago

More like fruit oils!

Jeffrey of Troy
4 years 4 months ago

The public should never have been taught to think in terms of saturated or unsaturated fats; it has only increased confusion. The healthy dietary fats for humans are animal, nut, and fruit.

Animal fat should be organic, because animals store pollution in fat. Peanuts are not nuts. Olive, coconut, and avocado are good sources of fruit fat.

“Vegetable” oil is bad for you, and should be severely restricted, whether “hydrogenated” or “trans-fat” or not. I put vegetable in quotes because these oils are not from actual vegetables; peanut is a legume, corn is a grain, soy is a bean, etc.

Primal Toad
4 years 4 months ago

Very, very, very well said.

+1

Tim
Tim
4 years 4 months ago

And the Cottonseed isn’t even a food, yet it is used as such… after gobs of processing of course.

Gretchen
Gretchen
4 years 5 months ago

Why is it always the Germans that come up with insanely clever, yet extremely BAD things…

“How vegetable oils replaced animal fats in the American diet.”

Those darn Germans I tell ya…

Moshen
Moshen
4 years 5 months ago

If I’m on a desert island…
1. one-armed pushups – an amazing whole-body test
2. one-legged squats (pistols)
3. pullups or climbing
4. sprints

and last, but not least,

5. learn to swim REALLY far

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
4 years 4 months ago

In conjunction with #5 you’d have to add #6: shark grappling.

skink531
4 years 5 months ago

“As surprising as it might be to hear, the fact that animal fats pose this same risk is not supported by science.” I’m glad the article was able to sneak this fact in. Don’t tell me that conventional wisdom may actually be changing.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 4 months ago

On greens: a little earlier today I happened across a bunch of dandelions far from the road and figured I might as well eat a bunch of the leaves. They taste too bitter to me to be enjoyable plain so I covered up the taste by eating an apple and carrot with them at the same time. It was a nice salad.

Nionvox
4 years 4 months ago

I look at my site stats this morning and got a wee happy shock!
I did get to belly scratch a panther though, once 🙂 He was partially tame. But still, it was incredible.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 4 months ago
I went to a privately owned exotic animal zoo once that one of my cousins used to work at. One of the animals was a big black cat. I can’t remember if it was a jaguar or panther – I think a panther. Anyways, there was nothing between it and me but the rickety door of its cage and as soon as I got close it was growling, snarling, and throwing itself against the door. It was an awe-inspiring experience. If that door wasn’t there I’d have been torn apart and eaten but I was able to stand a few… Read more »
Nionvox
4 years 4 months ago

This one was a rescue cat, in a wildlife park in Australia. He had been injured, he’d never survive wild. The rangers were taking him for his morning walk on a rather deserted side of the park. Pretty cool experience. He was plainly still wild, but used to humans, as long as you were respectful.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 4 months ago

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/244756-Rice-Potato-Tomato-May-Be-As-Inflammatory-As-Wheat
P.S. Worker Bees, I assume it is you who check all the links, long overdue thanks for doing so.

BillP
BillP
4 years 4 months ago

That is in the tomato leaves, not the fruit. Many plants have a component that is poisonous; e.g., you can kill yourself by eating apple seeds.

Primal Toad
4 years 4 months ago

Oh hey! That’s my smoothie recipe. Calls for 5 cups of spinach but add more if you have them available!

caroline
caroline
4 years 4 months ago
I’m really shocked that none of those 5 movement choices included stretching. I’m a yoga instructor and not a cross-fitter, and i abhor The Gym, but still! Not one single stretch? I think if i were to pick five exercises, at least three would be yoga movements, assuming we’re not including getting from one place to another. At first thought, they’d probably be… well, a sun salutation, actually! A balanced movement series that strengthens AND stretches, can be cardiovascular, connects you to your breath and clears the mind. So that’s… a forward bend, lunge, plank/pushup, upward dog, downward dog, repeat!
Karen P.
4 years 4 months ago

There was a time I would’ve agreed with you, but after reading some new perspectives on stretching, I’m not so sure. I’m in the middle of Frank Forencich’s Exuberant Animal, and he talks about how stretching is actually detrimental to joints and how they function, which makes sense in light of all the injuries I’ve racked up over the years in yoga. I once even briefly dislocated a hip at the age of 29. No more static stretching for me.

Erica
4 years 4 months ago

YES! Thank you Mark for the sardine love 😀 Mmmm greasy little omega-3 bombs. If only I can get my husband on board…

Kari
Kari
4 years 4 months ago

Just made lard for the first time today! Thanks to my friend for sharing her pork fat. My house smells like bacon. yummm!

Catie
4 years 4 months ago

Australian Paleo convention, yes! Wombat spit roast, emu-egg omelette and kangaroo lasooing; i’m there.

Dangph
Dangph
4 years 4 months ago

How to avoid light pollution? Wear some blue blocking glasses in the evenings. I got some from a company called Low Blue Lights. The glasses may make me look like a dork, but they help me a lot with my insomnia. They approximate the light you would see if you were living outside in nature. They block the blue wavelengths of light that suppress melatonin production.

CMW
CMW
4 years 4 months ago

I bought the Sweet Potato Power book on kindle and I can’t put it down! I have to highly recommend it. I’ve done a lot of research and consider myself well versed in the way insulin and carbohydrates are used by the body, but this book lays it out in a whole new way and it flows so well. I’m thrilled to be learning more than ever in a new context! Read this book, it is more than worth your time.

CMW
CMW
4 years 4 months ago

And I swear, I don’t know the author. 😉

Bob
Bob
4 years 4 months ago

I’m in the Netherlands and I like to try sweet potatoes. Is there a difference between sweet potato and yam?

Bob
Bob
4 years 4 months ago

First: search, then ask.. I’m sorry. Just found a great post from Mark that answers my question. Thank you Mark.

Martin
Martin
4 years 4 months ago

Mark, why don’t you write a review of Phinney and Volek’s “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance”?

spincycle
spincycle
4 years 4 months ago

Great article on how Crisco came to replace animal fats in the American diet, it sent shivers down my spine. “If man made it, don’t eat it.”~ Jack LaLanne

Graham
Graham
4 years 4 months ago

Will durianrider be at the Aussie primal fest? Lol.

trackback

[…] For you safe starch fans (or those who want to learn how to incorporate them in their diets), Sweet Potato Power is a fantastic guide to our favorite tuber. Aussies – got plans May 12 and 13? You do now. Longtime reader and friend of the blog Suz has assembled leading Paleo and Primal experts from […]… Mark’s Daily Apple […]

Alex
4 years 4 months ago
wpDiscuz