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May 27, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 191

By Mark Sisson
34 Comments

“What people confuse is that ‘carnivore’ really means animal eater, not muscle-meat eater.” The NY Times did a nice, fairly balanced writeup on raw food for pets.

Abel James, the Fat Burning Man, is giving away some Paleo goodies for free. Go on and check ’em out.

Evolutionary changes in organisms – caused in part by environment – can trigger evolutionary changes in the environments themselves. Isn’t this stuff fascinating?

Dang, guess I’ll have to return all my skinny jeans and find something else to spice up my wardrobe, as they’ve been implicated in various health issues.

How one Canadian aboriginal man returned to his dietary roots. Oh, and he may have lost some weight in the process.

A recent report out of Britain finds that grass-fed beef is good for the environment (PDF).

Do you have your pair of bread gloves yet?

Recipe Corner

  • From the Half-Indian Cook comes crispy coconut kale.
  • I’ve always thought Julia Child woulda fit right in at MDA. Here’s her Coq au Vin recipe, slightly altered by The Endless Meal.

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Comment of the Week

I also ate a couple snails and ants. The snails were sort of bland but the ants were like candy. All you have to do is lie down in the grass and food will crawl on you! P.S. if you liked Gushers before you made the switch to Primal, I suggest you try ants.

– I always love me some Animanarchy comments.

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Howard
4 years 4 months ago

I was disappointed in the summary of the PDF you mentioned. The second bullet point was: “Lower in the saturated fat associated with heart disease”

After *decades* of trying, nutritional “researchers” have completely failed to show any good science to support the notion that saturated fat is bad for you.

Tim
Tim
4 years 3 months ago

Yes but if they don’t keep saying it people might start eating butter and lard and tallow again (because they taste so darned good!) and the corporate sponsors won’t like how that impacts the quarterly reports.

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Anne
4 years 4 months ago

I love your comment about Julia Child (and the link to the flour-free recipe!)

And thanks for showcasing the old post The Blame Game. I needed to read that today.

Mr Ed
Mr Ed
4 years 4 months ago

But carnivore is derived from the Latin for flesh eater, it does really mean muscle meat eater.

Dan
Dan
4 years 4 months ago

The NYTimes article was nice, but it seemed to confuse (i) eating raw meat with (ii) not eating grains as the reason for the pets’ health.

Bryan
Bryan
4 years 4 months ago

I despise the fallacious idea that the use of salt is not paleo. Salt trade in Europe and Asia is evident well before the neolithic era and in the Americas is present as far back as 8,000 BP (6,900 BCE). Salt was especially important for the arctic/sub-arctic peoples of the Americas and in most cases very easy for them to obtain.
If Mr Ducharme wishes to eliminate salt from his diet it’s his right to do so, however, spreading disinformation to justify his actions shows that he is not quite as learned about his ancestors as he wishes to appear.

Trav
Trav
4 years 4 months ago

Word.

Tim
Tim
4 years 3 months ago
That’s exactly the problem. The cultural heritage of the native peoples of North America has been systematically obliterated. These people don’t remember what it is they ate, what herbs they used for poultices, how they lived day to day. Only stories remain and most of those concern the epic doings of the spirits. You don’t tell your children stories about how to grow squash, you just show them until you can’t because you’ve been moved to a new land against your will and given flour and lard to subsist on (because it’s cheap). Precious little has survived, only here and… Read more »
Bryan
Bryan
4 years 3 months ago
Though you are somewhat correct as to the obliteration of Native American culture when referring to the United States, it didn’t quite work that way in Canada. There was little displacement of First Nation peoples and the cultural change was, for the most part, not forced but a willing change. As an anthropology student one of the main issues I see with people such as Mr. Ducharme , people who are attempting to reclaim their heritage, is the inability to accept science when it contradicts their oral tradition. All the information he needs is there, it’s contained in books, magazines,… Read more »
Tim
Tim
4 years 3 months ago
Bryan: It doesn’t surprise me at all that native peoples reject ‘scientific knowledge’ about their own life ways from the culture that displaced them. To me that’s tantamount to kicking a dog repeatedly and then being surprised when it won’t come at your call. Heck isn’t this very site for and about people seeking an alternative explanation to the current fashion in conventional ‘scientific’ wisdom? Anthropology has gone through many fashions of its own in its ongoing quest to understand humanity. We had ‘the savage’, then the noble savage, now there’s been a turn back against the noble savage toward… Read more »
Andi
Andi
4 years 4 months ago

So I am sitting here trying to figure out what my English / German ancestors ate 200 years ago…

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 4 months ago

My guess it was anything the could get their bread gloved hands on…

Tim
Tim
4 years 3 months ago

Hmm. I wonder if those bread gloves come in marble rye… I feel a Seinfeld joke coming on. Somebody beat me with a slab of liver!

John Little
4 years 4 months ago

Did I read that right? Did that 5’9″ man get his weight from 223 pounds to 78 pounds? Really hoping there’s a typo in there somewhere….

John Little
4 years 4 months ago

Yep, I read it wrong. Thank god!!!! (“,) Well done to him!

Wyatt
Wyatt
4 years 4 months ago

“Evolutionary changes in organisms – caused in part by environment – can trigger evolutionary changes in the environments themselves.”

This would seam rather obvious as organisms are environments by necessity.

Tim
Tim
4 years 3 months ago

I Hypersea exactly what you mean.

-Tim

jake3_14
jake3_14
4 years 4 months ago

Regarding the guy who ate “native,” this statement from the article stood out like a blinking neon light: “But the diet took its toll on his disposition – he was constantly hungry, moody, and emotional. His friends stopped eating their luscious meals in front of him to avoid tempting him, or taunting him with what he could not indulge in.”

Sounds like he isn’t getting enough saturated animal fat or animal protein in his diet. More fat would improve his disposition, and more protein would keep him full.

Tim
Tim
4 years 3 months ago

I was thinking exactly the same thing. He shouldn’t have to eat all day if he’s getting enough fat. The dude needs to learn him some deer butcherin’ and where that delicious visceral fat is stored (and the liver’s not bad either). I just hope he doesn’t find it so hard that he abandons his quest. His diet sounds a lot like Faileo.

Scott
Scott
4 years 4 months ago
The article about fish and plankton provides a nice example of evolution in action — but hardly an unusual one. And it doesn’t show, as the headline suggests, that evolution is “Not a one-way street”. On the contrary, it shows the usual (albeit long and interesting) street: dams > fish > plankton > Daphnia. There’s no feedback here (any more than usual), just feed-forward, or a “cascade” as the researcher calls it. Darwin himself talked about a similar example (of domestic cats eating birds, which increased the number os insects, which increased the diversity of flowers, etc etc). Evolution could… Read more »
Graham
Graham
4 years 4 months ago

Animanarchy- I hope those were aquatic snails… terrestrial snails can carry some extremely dangerous (deadly, in fact) parasites. Insects, aside from ants, should be cooked thoroughly before you eating to kill off any lurking baddies.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 3 months ago

They were terrestrial. I don’t feel sick.

Norma
4 years 4 months ago

Pffftttt…in the 80s we wore SKINNIER jeans (with stilettos most of the time) and none of these “health problems” were cropping up then! 😉

Trav
Trav
4 years 4 months ago

Perhaps it’s the unhealthy things they’re doing to fit into their skinny jeans that cause these problems? Also, I think the size of the jeans plays a bigger part. There’s a difference between form-fitting jeans and ones that require an industrial lubricant and a shoehorn to get into. At any rate, if the pants give even the skinny or lean person a li’l muffin top, they’re too tight.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 4 months ago

I avoid the ladies sporting the muffin top because I do not do grains

suzie
suzie
4 years 4 months ago

hahaha. Love it.

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 4 months ago

Lol

Team Oberg
Team Oberg
4 years 4 months ago

My furry babies are on a raw food diet that sounds much better than freeze dried anything! Freeze drying takes a lot of nutrients out through a very complicated and chemically assisted process. Anyone who wants yo get their dogs or cats on raw food should look at K-9 Kravings dog food. It comes frozen and is actually approved by the USDA.

Jenny W
Jenny W
4 years 4 months ago

I’ll give you another warning about jeans…as they shrink (which they do over time)..if the waistband is tight, they will compress your lower back between the crutch and the waistband, and this too can cause nerve problems – mimicking sciatica! Usually cheaper to buy new jeans than go to the osteopath – and you feel less stupid!!

Kristina
Kristina
4 years 4 months ago
I don’t get the concept of wearing too-tight jeans. First and most importantly (if you’re vain, which I am), if they’re too tight, you get the dreaded muffin-top. Numbers aren’t everything (and who came up with magically-generated pants sizes like that anyway? What was wrong with standard inches? My fiance has a 32-inch waist and buys size 32 pants. Easy.) The secret to losing ten pounds instantly is wearing clothes that fit right, not trying to cram into the next-smallest size for the sake of that stupid little number on the tag. And wearing jeans so tight they hurt?! Come… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
4 years 3 months ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnZLV2pWsD8
This is a 29 second video of a monkey swinging on a tree branch. It even swings just with the end of its tail.

Lillie F
Lillie F
4 years 3 months ago

That was highly amusing 🙂

Linwood
2 years 11 months ago

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