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29 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 187

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.

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. 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.

    Harry Mossman wrote on April 29th, 2012
  2. 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?

    Jenn (GH) wrote on April 29th, 2012
    • Jenn, there’s actually a PB app that will keep you up to date. I use it sometimes.

      Lady Grok wrote on April 29th, 2012
  3. I wish I could be at the Australian Paleo Weekend. I’m sure it will be a great time! Go Suz!

    superdeluxe wrote on April 29th, 2012
  4. There’s nothing vegetable about vegetable oil. Could we change the name to ‘factory oil’?

    Moshen wrote on April 29th, 2012
    • This is a brilliant idea.

      Coconut and olive oil are vegetable oils too after all…

      Primal Toad wrote on April 29th, 2012
      • More like fruit oils!

        PaleoDentist wrote on April 29th, 2012
      • 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.

        Jeffrey of Troy wrote on April 29th, 2012
        • Very, very, very well said.


          Primal Toad wrote on April 29th, 2012
        • And the Cottonseed isn’t even a food, yet it is used as such… after gobs of processing of course.

          Tim wrote on April 30th, 2012
  5. 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…

    Gretchen wrote on April 29th, 2012
  6. 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

    Moshen wrote on April 29th, 2012
    • In conjunction with #5 you’d have to add #6: shark grappling.

      dragonmamma wrote on April 29th, 2012
  7. “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.

    skink531 wrote on April 29th, 2012
  8. 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.

    Animanarchy wrote on April 29th, 2012
  9. 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.

    Nionvox wrote on April 29th, 2012
    • 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 feet away in relative calm watching a big, vicious predator go berserk, an extremely primal experience yet one I probably never would have in nature. Afterwards the owner of the zoo fed the cat by hand and pet it.
      One of my other more vivid memories of that visit was crouching beside a little monkey’s cage and picking and handing it weeds that it ate, then sticking my fingers into the cage so it could hold on to them, and it squeezed them and wouldn’t voluntarily let go. I had to pull my hand away when we moved on to see the other animals but I wish I could have stayed for a while and hung out with it without a cage between us. It was a very cute monkey.
      I used to live near an old abandoned house often occupied by raccoons and once went in and saw three babies lying together but no adult around so I took one of them, intending to make it my pet. It clung to my shirt and I had to walk around half a km to get back to my house. When I was almost there I examined its teeth closer and realized it probably couldn’t chew food yet and I began to doubt that I’d be capable of feeding it properly and then I put it down on the ground, I forget why but I had some reason, but it started making squeaks of distress so I picked it back up again, which made it go quiet, and then when I tried to put it down again it clung to my shirt with its claws. I walked back to the house and left it with its two siblings, though I was worried it would be rejected by its mother because of my scent. Much later I returned and there were three young adult raccoons that ran into a hole in the attic wall once I got up the stairs so I guess it was still taken care of.

      Animanarchy wrote on April 29th, 2012
      • 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.

        Nionvox wrote on April 29th, 2012
    P.S. Worker Bees, I assume it is you who check all the links, long overdue thanks for doing so.

    Animanarchy wrote on April 29th, 2012
    • 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.

      BillP wrote on May 9th, 2012
  11. Oh hey! That’s my smoothie recipe. Calls for 5 cups of spinach but add more if you have them available!

    Primal Toad wrote on April 29th, 2012
  12. 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!

    caroline wrote on April 29th, 2012
    • 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.

      Karen P. wrote on April 29th, 2012
  13. YES! Thank you Mark for the sardine love 😀 Mmmm greasy little omega-3 bombs. If only I can get my husband on board…

    Erica wrote on April 29th, 2012
  14. Just made lard for the first time today! Thanks to my friend for sharing her pork fat. My house smells like bacon. yummm!

    Kari wrote on April 29th, 2012
  15. Australian Paleo convention, yes! Wombat spit roast, emu-egg omelette and kangaroo lasooing; i’m there.

    Catie wrote on April 29th, 2012
  16. 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.

    Dangph wrote on April 29th, 2012
  17. 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 wrote on April 29th, 2012
  18. And I swear, I don’t know the author. 😉

    CMW wrote on April 29th, 2012
  19. I’m in the Netherlands and I like to try sweet potatoes. Is there a difference between sweet potato and yam?

    Bob wrote on April 30th, 2012
  20. First: search, then ask.. I’m sorry. Just found a great post from Mark that answers my question. Thank you Mark.

    Bob wrote on April 30th, 2012
  21. Mark, why don’t you write a review of Phinney and Volek’s “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance”?

    Martin wrote on April 30th, 2012
  22. 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

    spincycle wrote on April 30th, 2012
  23. Will durianrider be at the Aussie primal fest? Lol.

    Graham wrote on April 30th, 2012
  24. Alex wrote on May 2nd, 2012

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