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October 06, 2013

Weekend Link Love – 21-Day Challenge Edition

By Mark Sisson
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Weekend Link LoveThis year’s 21-Day Challenge contests are winding down, but there are one or two left that you can still enter. Check them all out here and get your entries in before the deadlines!

One more thing: I’ve got a pair of tickets to the largest permaculture conference in the world, Permaculture Voices, and I want to give them away to a deserving reader. If you’re a permaculture student, enthusiast, or small-time farmer, this could be a great opportunity to see such lauded speakers as Michael Pollan, Allan Savory, Joel Salatin, and Geoff Lawton. So leave a comment below telling us why you want and deserve to go, and then my team and I will pick a winner.

UPDATE: Wow. So many deserving people and so few free tickets! In the end, I held a random drawing to select the two winners from those that expressed interest in attending the event. If you haven’t received an email from my team I’m sorry to say you haven’t won. I wish all of you the best in your permaculture adventures. Grok on!

For those who don’t win, you can use the coupon code dailyapple to knock the price of a ticket down to $710 from $960. Good until 10/31/13.

Relevant Research

If you’re still having trouble fitting your workouts into a busy day because they take too long, perhaps this news will make things easier: in recreational strength trainees, performing a single set of resistance training was just as effective as performing three sets for strengthening the upper body.

And if you’re doing “cardio,” it doesn’t take much to get the good stuff. Just six sessions of high intensity interval training was enough to improve fitness and increase mitochondrial density and function in the muscle.

Helpful Blog Posts

Need a new fitness routine? Hit a stall? Stuck in a rut? Dr. Andro explains why undulating your periodization might lead to better gains – and a renewed sense of purpose.

Fuel For the Fire

If your Challenge is to eat fewer carbs, you’re in good company. A Swedish expert committee has just concluded that low-carb diets are the most effective for weight loss in the short term. Make sure you stick with it, though; due to non-compliance, long term dieting (low-carb or otherwise) doesn’t seem to work for most people.

No, Burger King did not just come out with a healthy French fry. No, the Satisfries are not allowable during the Challenge. Sorry.

You may be avoiding GMOs, but I think we can all wholeheartedly (or begrudgingly) accept these GMO trees as safe – and awesome.

Contest Sponsor Discounts

Get 10% off your order at Steve’s Paleo Goods using the code “MarksDailyApple2013.” Good until midnight tonight.

Want inexpensive (but not cheap) grass-fed meat? Tendergrass Farms has kindly provided a discount coupon for all Mark’s Daily Apple readers. During checkout, use NICE2MEATU to receive 15% off your entire order. This offer is good until 10/17/13.

Ever worked out with a dedicated training sandbag? Now’s your chance: at Ultimate Sandbag use promo code primalusb to receive 15% off any purchase through 10/31/13.

Tight muscles? Knotted-up gristly fascia that’s inhibiting your movement and sucking your will to live? Try a Radroller, and be sure to use the code MDAROLLER for 20% off your order. Good through today.

The Sling Trainer from Aerobis is a versatile training tool that you can take with you anywhere – and until 10/15/13, MDA2013 will get you 15% off your whole order.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 6 – Oct 12)

Comment of the Week

THANK YOU
THANK YOU
AND THANK YOU!!!!
Thanks to each and everyone of you, especially to the ones who voted for me.
Congratulations to the amazing GrokStar, (the third year competing!) to the funniest and cutest Los Flinstones (enhorabuena, Robert!) and of course to everyone who submitted a video, I know the great amount of work it requires…
And of course, thanks to Mark and the work bees for this great challenge, and for everything they share here to make us healthier and happier!

Gotta love that Nacho Rubio.

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Travis
2 years 11 months ago
Oh wow, would love to go to Permaculture Voices! My wife and I quit our corporate desk jobs to intern with friends on their organic farm and learn permaculture design (we were eating Primal/paleo on a vegan farm, made for some interesting conversations). We determined that sitting in a cubicle all day wasn’t good for us (where have I read about that?) and that we wanted to do something physical that nourished our bodies and minds. Winding down our 2nd year growing, getting ready for winter and planning for next year. Permaculture and ancestral living were a natural fit in… Read more »
Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
2 years 11 months ago

We’re doing this too. Makes perfect sense. : )

Debbie
2 years 11 months ago
It’s funny how people react when you go into the little neighborhood gym (as a 45 yo woman) and start doing your sprints and 1 set of heavy lifting. (OK,OK, so mine wasn’t that heavy 🙂 ). I got so much advice about how I was just going to hurt myself until they saw my gains. One guy who thought my workout wasn’t going to work ended up saying, “why do you want to be so big?” (Of course I wasn’t getting big, either.) So I’m not surprised that 1 set was as effective as 3. That’s what I’ve been… Read more »
Charles
Charles
2 years 11 months ago

Attending Permaculture Voices would be a dream come true. I have been researching this subject for the last three years and plan to make a career transition to it in 2015. To be able to listen to and question the experts I have been reading and watching (youtube) to is an opportunity I greatly desire to capitalize on. I have implemented some of the practices in my 1-acre suburban yard and am excited about the potential I’ve seen.

Primal Praxis
2 years 11 months ago

Great links this week. And that clafoutis looks yummy! I might have to try that. 🙂

Keith Porter
2 years 11 months ago

You should definitely try it!

It is our go-to dish for so many different reasons, and we’ve really enjoyed adapting it over time. I’m really into the savoury versions too – olive and tuna is my current favourite!

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Paleo Bon Rurgundy
2 years 11 months ago

Applying permaculture to a few acres is the next phase in my life. Attending a conference would be sweet.

Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
2 years 11 months ago

Sounds like primal/paleo is helping to ‘infect’ the millions of brains Paul Wheaton is aspiring towards. If only Wheaton’d go full primal…

Sabrina
Sabrina
2 years 11 months ago
Not for me, but for my folks. They are in their late 50s and 60s and in their 3rd year of trying to get their organic farm in IA off the ground. They have put a lot of money in and more work than you’d think anyone could do and still haven’t made much out of it. Folks in rural mid-west just aren’t typically expecting to pay higher prices for organic/sustainably raised & there’s a lot of competition. A nearby organic farm we thought was doing really well just went bankrupt so they’re feeling really discouraged right now. They are,… Read more »
Ed
Ed
2 years 11 months ago

What do they grow and where can I buy it?

AmyHere
AmyHere
2 years 11 months ago

Unfortuneately, farming is not an easy business to make a profit. Organic restrictions make it even harder.

Ironically in places were land is expensive, it might be easier to make a profit. Usually those places are close to the large urban areas where people can afford to pay higher prices for food. Oraganics in the rural mid-west will be a hard sell on many levels, including generally lower incomes.

Matt
2 years 11 months ago

I think I’m definitely going to have to make those thyme braised short ribs.

CrazyCatLady
CrazyCatLady
2 years 11 months ago
I wish I could put some photos in here. I would include photos of our aquaponics with the veggies on the top and the tilapia nearing eating stage on the bottom. I would also include the 35 spaghetti squash I harvested yesterday, the 5 gallons of tomatillos, the 5 watermelons, the 20 geese and 25 ducks. Along with the row of leeks, the kale, the collards and tomatoes. I also might take some photos of my blueberry bushes that are under my picture window – where I ripped out the spiky evergreen bush that was really only a fire waiting… Read more »
dan
dan
2 years 11 months ago

Ha, glad to see the lorien like trees! This was a piece done last year or further back, but nothing came of the original research [even though it’s free lighting across the world] because, and I quote ‘we’ve already created lightbulbs so I don’t see the point of this.’ That was the response of the woman in charge of the study. Moron.
I was so happy when they got on kickstarter to fund some of the seeds and sell them [annoyed they won’t ship to the UK though].

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 11 months ago
Lena White
Lena White
2 years 11 months ago
I am a college student in middle GA working to make my DREAM of owning land and a sustainable permaculture farm a reality! I’ve been working and learning on a 100% off-the-grid, closed-loop homestead farm with the wisest hippie I have ever met, who lives directly off her permaculture land with little money and a huge heart. I mean hell, we compost our own poop and I lived in a hand-made clay and glass bottle walled shack. I’ll always be poor but money isn’t what I’m after; the freedom of self-reliance and beauty of permaculture farming is all I desire… Read more »
Lena White
Lena White
2 years 11 months ago
Sorry to be a double poster / life story dumper here, but I gotta say more. Even if I’m not considered, PLEASE please consider the woman who taught me everything who runs the homestead. She works every day of her life for the wwoof’ers who come through to learn and the people, animals, and community she loves. She doesn’t have a lot of money and at times not enough to spend on the basics. This summer we earned around $50 per week at the farmer’s market selling produce in this tiny community. If by the grace of the permaculture God’s… Read more »
Keren
Keren
2 years 11 months ago

Where is this permaculture farm? KY or GA?

Lena White
Lena White
2 years 11 months ago

Good ol Southern Georgia 🙂

Zach rusk
2 years 11 months ago
MY HEART SKIPPED A BEAT WHEN I SAW “permaculture” and “give them away” in the same sentence! I would be speechless in appreciation if the tickets were given to me! Last year as a student in pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University and completing Army ROTC, I decided to attend a permaculture workshop by Peter Bane. That was one of the major catalysts of my move to study Natural Resources Management with a focus on Sustainable Agriculture. Now, my life revolves around promoting a healthier food system for our community and country. I even went… Read more »
Zach rusk
2 years 11 months ago

I forgot to mention I introduced The Real Food Challenge to my school and have plans on proceeding further this year!

Caitlin Canotas
Caitlin Canotas
2 years 11 months ago

My partner Alex, a former marine and amazing gardner, has turned practically our entire SF apartment into an organic garden. HIs passion for sustainable agriculture and permaculture has led him to pursue a degree in Environmental Sciences.

Attending Permaculture Voices would be an amazing opportunity for us both to extend our knowledge in advance of our relocation to a new space with land. We hope to become primarily self-sufficient over the next five years and look forward to continuing to advocate for smart, sustainable, permanent agricultural practices.

Thanks for considering us for this exciting opportunity!

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 11 months ago

Less is more…less is more…less is more…less is more.

fitmom
fitmom
2 years 11 months ago
I’d love to go to permaculture voices, although all I have right now is a backyard with chickens–I had bees but I think we had a colony collapse, and the cabbage moths feasted on my cauliflower. I’m a mediocre gardener with a serious passion for food justice. I’ve heard Joel Salatin speak and when I read about events like this, at the same time that gov’t is cutting food stamps and shutting down over health care for people who are dependent on grocery store crap to survive, I think the ideas of permaculture hold a better way. My hope is… Read more »
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Emily
Emily
2 years 11 months ago

Are flaming hot cheetos primal?

Suzanne
Suzanne
2 years 11 months ago
Going to the Permaculture Voices would be an astonishing experience. Over the past few years I’ve made the transition from totally wired computer professional to totally weird (beginning) permaculturist in Tasmania, Australia. I’ve read most of the books and am starting to put things into practice on my 8 acres, which I dream of un-pasturizing (much more primal! 🙂 and turning into a ‘riotous mess of glory’, with lots of fruit trees, animals and enough superb food to both supply myself and support that lifestyle. The people presenting at the conference are inspiring and the way they describe permaculture just… Read more »
Sana Kadri
2 years 11 months ago
I would love to go to Permaculture Voices! I grew up in Mumbai being told that microwavable packets of ‘Western’ food were gold whilst beautiful local eggplants were treated as ‘poor people’ food. The idea of starving myself all day and then eating oreos and cake for dinner was not uncommon during my teenage years, something I blame on the terrible lack of information given to young people regarding food and nutrition. Since moving to California in 2012, I’ve started working at my college’s organic farm, devoured every Michael Pollan and Alice Waters book, gone primal and become incredibly passionate… Read more »
Dr. Anthony Gustin
2 years 11 months ago

Great coupon for Tendergrass Farms! Thanks

Erik
2 years 11 months ago

Thanks for highlighting Dr. Andro’s post “Periodization Techniques Revisited: Improved Strength & Size Gains W/ 12-Week Undulatory vs. Linear Periodization.” I posted this earlier this week as well. Dr. Ando’s blog (http://suppversity.blogspot.com) is another great source for quality info!

Adam
2 years 11 months ago
Great analysis of the Swedish Expert Committee’s findings. I wonder how the low-carb diet fares for normal-weight folks long term. It looks like only obese (not even overweight) participants were included in the meta-analysis referenced, so the committee can only really say that the diet works for short term weight loss in the obese population, based on that particular review. What do the biomarkers look like in the normal weight population on a low-carb diet? Any significant differences? I’m still a believer in the lower-carb approach, but I think any whole-food diet that is adhered to long term (this is… Read more »
George
George
2 years 11 months ago
Undulating Periodization, interesting concept and makes sense. In the old days we used to call that doing an exercise one of three ways, to build bulk (heavy, low reps), strength (7 – 10 reps) or endurance (10+ reps) and varying the routine, angles, exercise, volume, intensity, number of sets, rest between sets … an infinite amount of combinations. I sometimes even do each type of a given exercise in the same workout, typically starting with high reps to kind of warm up, medium reps to really push myself, then finish with low reps higher weight to try to add the… Read more »
Andrew B.
2 years 11 months ago
A little over a year ago, I started the “Intentional Paleo Community” (mentioned on Weekend Link Love August 26, 2012!) group with the goal of stitching together ancestral health and indigenous knowledge with non-industrial food strategies and the face-to-face community so lacking in our modern lives. It quickly became apparent that permaculture was a main component for bridging the gaps, to the point that our focus soon changed to: Paleo / Permaculture / People Since then, the group has grown to 500+ folks, many ideas have been run through the gauntlet, and ground has been broken on an 8 acre… Read more »
jeff
jeff
2 years 11 months ago

Genetically Modified Trees that glow in the dark are just a great idea. We as a species have already done such a great job in altering the biodiversity of this planet; have we not? Will we ever learn? The one sure outcome of this venture will be the illumination of our own foolishness yet again.

Ethan
Ethan
2 years 11 months ago
I’m a 21 year old new farmer in western Ohio, and the opportunity to attend permaculture voices would be an amazing experience and learning experience for me. As soon as I saw Joel Salatin (who is a large part of what I am trying to model my farm after) and Paul Wheaton, among many others I instantly wanted to go. This year I had grown almost an acre of beyond organic vegetables and took them to columbus to sell and made hay and maple syrup as well. In the spring I am planning to add a small herd of beef… Read more »
Hal Knowles
2 years 11 months ago
Dear Mark and the Worker Bees, Thanks for all you do through this blog and your personal actions! I’m sure that I am no more deserving than any other reader in the hopes of winning the pair of tickets to the Permaculture Voices Conference. I wish whoever you may choose godspeed in paying it forward as we work toward healing our Self (both the ego and the eco). That said, I’d like to explain who I am and what I will do should I be chosen. I am a PhD candidate in interdisciplinary systems ecology at the University of Florida… Read more »
Joshua Sheats
2 years 11 months ago
Permaculture design is the missing link in our modern culture between the general desire of the population to be healthier in every way and the constraints of modern society. Good health comes from real food, real movements and work of life, and a sense of fulfillment, peace, and well-being. Unfortunately, this is tough to achieve in our current society because real food seems out-of-reach expensive, real movements are integrated into our normal daily life, and that sense of fulfillment is often elusive because we’re so busy making a living rather than building a life. Permaculture design shows every person how… Read more »
Jenna
Jenna
2 years 11 months ago
I would love to go! Being a full time Nutrition student, I spend most of my time studying health and fitness and when I am not in lectures or at the gym I’m often reading about the Primal lifestyle. I have been a Paleo follower for 4 years now and swear by this way of life. I feel that I would benefit greatly from an experience like this as I am passionate, dedicated and comited to encouraging others to follow this way of life. I spent my summer working at a weightloss camp learning about, and helping people who have… Read more »
Emily U
2 years 11 months ago
This is too good to be true!! Having recently completed a Permaculture Design course, I’ve been completely transformed by the ideas of these inspiring people. It all gels so well with my already Primal lifestyle. Totally buzzing with hope and motivation, I started up a blog to explore the idea further of how young people like myself, can incorporate these principles into their city lives as we don’t all have access to acres of property to grow food. As a 24 year old, I’m concerned for the future of our generation and what role we are going to play in… Read more »
Maggie
Maggie
2 years 11 months ago
Dear Mark, I could make a claim that I am deserving of your Permaculture Voices tickets, but I lead a wonderful, full, rich life and want for very little. I am blessed with a small farm at the base of the Mission Mountains in Montana… chickens in the orchard, pasture fed milk cow (creamy, fatty goodness!), and an abundant year-round garden. I spend my days enjoying all the bliss my farm holds because of my husband’s willingness to work off the farm – though he yearns to be a full-time farmer like me. He is the one that is truly… Read more »
Michael
Michael
2 years 11 months ago

I am currently a wwoofer in Oregon, traveling around and experiencing farming in different environments with full intentions to continue a lifestyle of farming. So ya I would be down to go to that conference

chicago
2 years 6 months ago

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park, doesn’t imply we’re any unique of where you are from.

myhdvest.com
2 years 6 months ago

Why each time a customized car moves byy you, your heart skips a beat?
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Another kind of energy rating could be the peak rating.

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