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January 06, 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 224

By Mark Sisson
33 Comments

Weekend Link LoveResearch of the Week

Another reason to work out in nature: training outdoors in an urban (read: polluted) environment elicits fewer cognitive improvements than training in a rural (read: fresh air-abundant) environment.

Selecting for big-brained guppies subsequently reduced gut and litter size (yes, I know that fish don’t technically have “litters,” but you know what I mean), appearing to confirm the expensive tissue hypothesis and mirroring what happened to big-brained hominids (Duggar family notwithstanding).

Interesting Blog Posts

Dr. Emily Deans explores the difference – in your brain – between drinking fructose and drinking glucose.

Media, Schmedia

Some caveman diet guy sat down with Los Angeles Magazine to talk about mastodon ribeyes, loincloths, and Channing Tatum (or is it Tanning Chatum?).

Can chronic, low-level lead exposure explain the varying rates of crime? Yeah, yeah, correlation does not equal causation, but an extremely plausible mechanism (lead adversely affects the brain) exists to potentially explain the astonishing levels of correlation.

Everything Else

Cavemen’s cave paintings were better at depicting correct quadruped ambulation than modern artists.

As of this typing, CJ Hunt’s The Perfect Human Diet is the sixth most rented and ninth most purchased movie on iTunes. It’s the number 1 documentary, too. Let’s see if we can push this baby up to number 1 overall!

Recipe Corner

  • How awesome does this look: purple sweet potato stegosaurus plates and breakfast sandwich.
  • Nothing better than meat on a stick. Try these Moroccan-esque lamb skewers (with cauliflower tabbouleh) and attempt to contradict the claim.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 6 – Jan 12)

Comment of the Week

I had a lamb tongue stew in Belgium once. It was delicious! I called it Silence of the Lamb stew.

– That’s… that’s absolutely genius. I approve.

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Scratch
Scratch
3 years 10 months ago

I agree, there is absolutely nothing better than meat on a stick

Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
3 years 10 months ago

Stuff on a stick makes me laugh.

Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
3 years 10 months ago

Out loud.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 10 months ago

Madama Butterfry laughing loudly at meat sticks.

That is hara-kiri to a man’s ego.

Kris Gunnars
3 years 10 months ago

That’s very interesting about training in an urban vs. rural environment.

I live in a city and walking outside during high traffic hours has that heavy air and polluted smell. Luckily I live pretty close to a secluded area and forest near the ocean, air is fresh over there.

I can only speak for myself, but exercising in the fresh air makes me feel a lot better afterwards.

Gonna watch CJ Hunt’s movie some time this week, pretty excited about it.

Shamra
3 years 10 months ago

Perfect! I was just now needing some great ideas for kid-friendly Paleo recipes and Three Diets, One Dinner provides beautifully with Purple Sweet Potato Stegosaurus Plates. Ask and you shall receive!

Brittanie Duncan
3 years 10 months ago

Thanks! My son asked for more this morning. You could get super creative with this. I made a pulled pork sandwich with them last night.
Renaming anything in dinosaur lingo gets my kid to eat it. Ribs=Dinosaur bones, brisket=brontosaurus, chicken=comsagnauthus, fish=ichthyosaurus, etc.
Also, I’ve convinced him that broccoli makes you see through walls.

Shamra
3 years 10 months ago

I had to laugh just reading this. This is brilliant!

Paleo App
3 years 10 months ago

+1… Genius! Oh the tales they will be sharing at school!

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 10 months ago

Look no further than the book “How to Eat Like A Dinosaur”.

mars
mars
3 years 10 months ago

Love the purple steggy plates! Our 5-yr old will too!

mars
mars
3 years 10 months ago

The lead article is disturbingly fascinating.

Gabriele
3 years 10 months ago

Cool stuff, as usual.

Hey Mark, I just pre-ordered your new book on Amazon. Looking forward to it.

Are you happy? 😉

Sandra from NZ
Sandra from NZ
3 years 10 months ago

I was interested to read the blog post from one year ago on Inflammation markers. My CRP markers are normal but my ESR marker is constantly around 25 (normal is 1-15) over the last 6 months. I have gone off dairy and taken other natural products to try to reduce that figure but it doesn’t change. Can anyone explain why CRP is normal but ESR it constantly high? What could cause that? Thanks

landon
landon
3 years 10 months ago

I remember reading a backpacking article on huge cognitive performance increases after a week long backpacking trip. Think it was in backpacker magazine.

Jason
Jason
3 years 10 months ago

If he was I don’t think he meant any offence by it. He probably just meant that unlike the majority of humans who no longer have such large amounts of children they are an exception to the rule and instead have had a great deal of children. And that’s assuming he was referring to them at all.

Diane
Diane
3 years 10 months ago

Since hiking the Pacific Crest Trail I notice a definite cognitive degredation in my ability to do computer programming. It’s not as interesting anymore.

zgurl
zgurl
3 years 10 months ago

Haha…I believe this to be true with most indoor activities. Especially maintaining supplier relations for corporate companies. Ugh…

Brittanie Duncan
3 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the link love, Mark. I was particularly proud of my steggy sandwich.

Keith
Keith
3 years 10 months ago

Remarkably balanced LAT article. It started out shaky, but straightened out toward the end. The last line is the kicker. 40,000 year fad. How did you draw a writer who didn’t just parrot the party line?

Peter
3 years 10 months ago

Wow, I ended up in the MDA Link Love Recipe Corner!
Thanks so much for this, really appreciate it! 🙂

Have a great week!
Best Regards
// Peter (Strictly Paleo…ish!)

PS. Top visits record got upped by about 300% thanks to this post, that’s awesome! haha 🙂

Peace Karen
3 years 10 months ago

Am I the only one wondering why Los Angeles Magazine included a photo of breaded chicken drumsticks in the article about Primal eating?

Txomin
Txomin
3 years 10 months ago

And speaking of cave paintings of animals, what is the interpretation vegans give to them? No disrespect intended. Just curious.

Angela
Angela
3 years 10 months ago

The cognitive benefits from exercising outdoors may have more to do with the scenery than the fresh air.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22464936

There were better studies on this, but I’m in a rush right now.

Deanna - Coach Calorie
3 years 10 months ago

Fascinating about training in fresh air! I also read that article earlier about fructose vs glucose, I hope more and more independent research starts coming out and we can begin to expose high fructose corn syrup for the addicting obesity magnet that it is.

Mary
Mary
3 years 10 months ago
Mark, I don’t understand LA Magazine. First, they associate you with the “Paleo” Diet. I think they should have credited you for “Primal Blueprint” and talked more primal than paleo. I realize folks tend to lump the two together but in my humble opinion, Paleo and Primal are just as similar and different as boot camp and crossfit (they are based on the same principles, but one seems more sensible & less “fad-like” than the other). Also, why the photo of fried chicken, for Pete’s sake? (grumble, grumble). I realize you have no control over this, just my beefs with… Read more »
Ben
Ben
3 years 10 months ago

I think the lead-crime finding is interesting, but I’d be wary of drawing any conclusions from it given the perfect overlap–that is, there’s no lag in between lead levels and criminal behavior. Unless lead is “criminogenic”, you’d expect lead to increase crime by affecting brain development in children, so you’d expect a 10-20 year lag between lead levels and crime levels.

PeterB
PeterB
3 years 10 months ago

They’re breeding guppies with bigger brains? We’re doomed I tell you. All doomed! Have these people never seen a horror movie?

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