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24 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 231

weekend link loveIn case you haven’t heard, we’ve got a Dream Team shaping up for PrimalCon Austin 2013!

  • Tracy Barksdale and Matthew Lee Willis present their awesome True Nature Training obstacle course.
  • Michelle Norris (Paleo Fx Queen) and Instinct Catering offering deluxe salad bar, quail, paleo carrot cake, mustard/mushroom roast beef, baked sweet potatoes, kale pesto shrimp, honey shredded pork BBQ, and much much more!
  • Evening entertainment: Fat Burning Man Abel James will display his renaissance talent with a one-man music extravaganza
  • Evening entertainment: Paleo comedian Dan French presents his stand-up act, “The Comedians Diet
  • Learn to run with Valerie Hunt; Learn to energize your morning with Angelo dela Cruz; Learn to prevent and rehab injuries with Dr. Dave Cohodes; Learn all the things you can do with a kettlebell with William Vives, and many more presenters!
  • Stay cool! Enjoy urban trail hike to the one-of-a-kind Barton Springs natural swimming pool
  • Standup paddle on Town Lake!
  • Wanna hang with me? Bring your Ultimate Frisbee A-game! Or we can just enjoy some extensive leisure and Q&A time.

Reserve your spot today before it’s sold out just like PrimalCon Oxnard and PrimalCon Lake Tahoe 2013.

Professor Hamilton Stapell, PhD, who sits on the Evolutionary Studies Board at SUNY New Paltz, wants to understand the size, composition, trajectory, and commonalities of the ancestral health movement. To do it, he needs your help. Spend a few minutes to fill out his survey if you can.

Research of the Week

Perhaps getting down to superhuman levels of leanness isn’t so healthy: a recent case study of a natural bodybuilder showed that dropping from 14.8% to 4.5% body fat severely lowered strength, testosterone, and “mood disturbance.”

It seems our paleolithic ancestors had more diverse oral flora populations and subsequently far healthier teeth than modern people. Now all we need is a time machine and some breath mints.

Interesting Blog Posts

The evolutionary argument for snuggling.

Make sure the sound is on for this. Oh, and have a bib handy.

Media, Schmedia

From the NY Times comes a startling piece about the addictive junk food industry. Simply put, these guys know exactly what they’re doing. I especially liked how the daughter of the inventor of Lunchables doesn’t let her own kids eat the things.

SF Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has gone paleo. He talks about his new diet and propensity to “crush kale” in this video. Does the speaker sound a little robotic to anyone else?

Everything Else

The demise of play, and what it means for children (PDF).

Are dolphins people?

How Indian farmers are using husbandry, skill, and attention rather than GMOs, chemicals, and industrial ingenuity to produce the best yields they’ve ever seen.

You’ve heard the rally cry to “Eat Real Food!” But is it enough to just eat real food? Read the “Eat RICH Food” manifesto.

We’re growing organs! Seeing as how they have plastic backing, though, I eagerly await the first liver implantee who’s up on the literature to demand a BPA-free one. Then someone will uncover research about how even BPA-free plastic backings are potentially xenoestrogenic, and we’ll be back to square one.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 24 – Mar 2)

Comment of the Week

Stretch! When I get done stretching I just feel like puddy and want to go to bed. Even better if I can get someone else to stretch me!

-I want to feel like Puddy, too.

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. It just so happens I have a large pile of shrimps.

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on February 24th, 2013
  2. In the body building link, it’s surprising to see that their resting heart rate dropped all the way down to 27 bpm…. I can’t say I’m surprised at the mood distrubances, especially with what I’ve heard about the ridiculous lengths they go to just to cut weight… definitely not primal.

    This line certainly caught my eye in the snuggling article – “The human penis as a semen displacement device*”

    bjjcaveman wrote on February 24th, 2013
  3. The Giants video reminds my of this;
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVa8rj1mm7A

    Speed it up the the 2:15 minutes.

    Tee wrote on February 24th, 2013
  4. Thanks for the Link Love!!!

    And wow- I need to get my hands on some pork belly!

    Victoria wrote on February 24th, 2013
  5. and I have a liver!

    jacalore wrote on February 24th, 2013
  6. Great to see the article about Hunter Pence. As the paleo diet becomes more widely accepted, I can see numerous athletes switching to this way of eating in order to gain a leg up.

    Paul wrote on February 24th, 2013
  7. I have to laugh at a video of the ‘caveman diet’ showing a large healthy looking male purchasing brussels sprouts, kale, and dark chocolate. Maybe the media will actually come around!

    Siobhan wrote on February 24th, 2013
    • Hunter Pence didn’t seem to talk much about his meat intake. He surely did talk about eating it but I guess he knows that he would get a lot of attention if he said he ate large amounts of red meat. I’m glad more and more athletes are starting to see the benefits of eating “real” food.

      Peacemaker wrote on February 24th, 2013
  8. Good article on “the rich food manifesto”… however, if just people started with “real food”, we could witness great overall improvements…

    Daniel wrote on February 24th, 2013
  9. Fancy doing a PrimalCon in the UK any time soon?

    Orielwen wrote on February 24th, 2013
  10. This : I especially liked how the daughter of the inventor of Lunchables doesn’t let her own kids eat the things.

    Reminded me of my son (8) just came back a friend’s sleepover party where there was KFC to eat. My son refused to eat it saying it was gross and told my wife it wasn’t real chicken. What can I say when you’ve only known organic free range chicken there’s no going back.

    Phil wrote on February 24th, 2013
  11. Bodybuilders are notorious for doing stupid things to get to single digit BF%. However there are those that understand nutrition enough to do it smart and keep their metabolisms and hormone levels in shape. Martin Berkhan Has had great success with this as have Eric Helms, 3DMJ and Layne Norton. The trick is slow and steady prep as well as starting with an intact metabolism.
    the study does however add to the increasing data for bodybuilders and credits the use of IIFYM and flexible, sane dieting.

    Erik wrote on February 24th, 2013
  12. Thanks for the Seinfeld clip! I haven’t seen that show in a few too many years…

    Brian wrote on February 24th, 2013
  13. Primal Con in Austin?! I just signed up! What an awesome surprise for this beautiful Sunday in Waikiki, Hawaii…

    Primal Toad wrote on February 24th, 2013
  14. WOO HOO! Thanks for the Link Love! Looking forward to meeting everyone at PrimalCon Austin!

    Tracy Barksdale wrote on February 24th, 2013
  15. I think the Rich Food resources and info shared so far are great. But it’s hard to not feel like what they’re presenting isn’t just another example of “not doing enough.” You know what I mean?

    TJ wrote on February 24th, 2013
    • Go Giants!

      Yes, it seems a little like they want to micromanage your micronutrients, but if reading their book helps you make better decisions and you feel better everybody wins, that being said their book is low priority on my reading list, But I will eventually read it so I can make better recommendations to people that want to eat junk.

      ADK wrote on February 24th, 2013
  16. Ash Simmonds wrote on February 24th, 2013
    • +1 that’s awesome

      mars wrote on February 25th, 2013
  17. Why does the paleo survey have a question related to evolution/creation? That makes absolutely no sense to me. I would ask the developers myself – they give contact info, but after having completed the survey, I cannot access the front page again to check the e-mail-addresses. Not so well designed, methinks.

    Zahira wrote on February 25th, 2013
    • Well, I think first and foremost, if you adhere to an evolutionary diet-they want to know what’s your take on evolution:)
      And second, many studies that try to crate a profile of the people being questioned, often feature religion oriented or education/profession oriented questions… This gives them a more complete picture of the person.
      That’s my take on it at least

      Primal Wanderer wrote on February 25th, 2013
    • Basically what Primal Wander said.
      It seems like it would be interesting to know if people who make the effort to eat what we evolved to eat believe that we evolved. And this study is coming from an evolutionary perspective.

      On the other hand, even strict Biblical Creationsists could probably agree that there were no Doritos in the Garden of Eden.
      There is room for everyone under the primal/paleo umbrella!

      anabelle wrote on February 25th, 2013
      • Yeah, it’s neat how paleo works even from a biblical perspective. God created Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden, then *cursed* them with farming & eating grains.

        Sofie wrote on February 26th, 2013
  18. My 11-year-old son is a HUGE baseball fan and goes around telling his friends that no, his paleo-eating mom is not weird — Hunter Pence has gone paleo too!

    NJ Paleo wrote on February 25th, 2013
  19. Pimped MDA, Primal Blueprint and Everyday Paleo on the survey.

    glorth2 wrote on February 25th, 2013
  20. Wow. I’m only half way through, but that NYT article is absolutely fascinating!

    Wafaa wrote on February 25th, 2013
  21. Here’s something that’s not primal but I think it’s better that more people are informed about mini-surveillance-assassin drones.
    http://www.sott.net/article/258799-Mini-stealth-assassin-drones-Welcome-to-the-Brave-New-World

    Animanarchy wrote on February 25th, 2013
  22. When life gives you shrimp? What about when life gives you lemons? Mark, I know that as a southern Californian you’re probably nose deep in lemons right now, like I am. :-)

    jj wrote on February 25th, 2013
  23. This is the link to the non-PDF version of ‘the demise of play’, an article on Joe Frost’s work on playgrounds at UT Austin.

    Ion Freeman wrote on February 27th, 2013
  24. Hunter Pence played for the Phillies the last few years and I always thought he was robotic, lol. Glad to see him in this video.

    JoeBrewer wrote on February 28th, 2013
  25. Wow, this post is good, my sister is analyzing these things, therefore I am going to inform her.|

    Jumpers wrote on March 7th, 2013

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