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20 Oct

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveMake sure to vote in Paleo Magazine’s Best of 2013 poll – Part 1 and Part 2. We’re up for Best Paleo eBook (Primal Blueprint Fitness), Best New Paleo Book (The Primal Connection), and Best Paleo Lifestyle/Fitness site. Voting is open through November 1st.

Research of the Week

A recent study confirms that children learning to walk should not wear stiff, thick shoes. Light, flexible shoes were found to be the ideal choice. Why? Because “plantar pressures while wearing the most flexible shoe are similar to those while barefoot,” which “may enhance proprioception.”

For the first time, the World Health Organization has classified outdoor air pollution as a carcinogen. Particulate matter was analyzed separately and also found to be carcinogenic. Is anyone actually surprised?

Interesting Blog Posts

Bodyweight training is often recommended to those uninterested in building mass or gaining weight. Here’s a post explaining how to obtain mass using just your bodyweight (and a few tools like a pullup bar and the law of gravity).

How one family made Primal living work on their trip through Italy.

Should you treat GERD with nutrition or drugs? Dr. Eades weighs in.

Media, Schmedia

President Taft was a yo-yo dieter, “continuously hungry.”

Why your brain needs way more downtime than modern society affords.

How some teachers who are flouting conventional curriculums by letting kids learn what they want to learn and figure out problems on their own are getting amazing results. It’s a new (but old) teaching method.

Everything Else

Speaking of Italy, the country is losing its taste for pasta. Yearly per capita consumption has dropped by over 20% in the last decade.

Check out Zach Anner, a comedian with cerebral palsy who does workout videos every Wednesday. They’re hilarious and inspiring all at once – a rare combination.

An apparently messianic photographer named Jimmy Nelson has deigned to grace the world with his vision of tribal peoples poised on the precipice of being lost forever. Deifying captions aside, Nelson’s photos of different tribes from around the world are truly fantastic. You should look at them.

Even though people acknowledge that walking is healthy and they should do more of it, they by and large are not doing it.

A 72-year old hunter fell down a ridge, hurt himself, and was cut off from civilization for 14 days. He survived by building fires and shelters, catching squirrels, picking berries, and eating algae he knew to be safe and edible. It pays to know what you’re doing out there, huh?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 20 – Oct 26)

  • What About Type 1 Diabetes? – We always hear about type 2 diabetes, but how can Primal living and eating impact type 1 diabetes?
  • So, Is Organic a Scam? – It’s quite popular to bash organic food as a marketing scam, isn’t it? I let you know whether I think you should buy into that.

Comment of the Week

Granted, the temps haven’t yet dipped toward freezing, and I don’t know if we’ll get snow this year or not. But we have a native species here in the Northwest–the “Cargo Shorts All-Year-Round Guy”–whose weatherbeaten legs go exposed in all but the coldest conditions. And if they can handle being bare-legged, I imagine being bare-footed can’t be too hard.

- Ha! I know that species! An interesting animal indeed.

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 Italian pasta eating thing is funny to me as when I was recently there, every single menu had low amounts of pasta dishes on their menus. Growing up in the states I thought that everyone was going to be eating pasta, however it was reserved for the “sides” part of the menu. Everyone around us was eating a lot of meat and seafood, vegetables. Interesting observation…

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on October 20th, 2013
  2. Zach Anners workout wednesday is fantastic! Highly recommended!

    JKJ wrote on October 20th, 2013
  3. Zach is awesome! And I was worried my right arm is stronger than my left arm- need more duct tape!

    Jed Stream wrote on October 20th, 2013
  4. Interesting, my GERD has improved drastically, almost eliminated altogether (knock on wood). Never made the connection between that development and the drastic reduction of simple carbohydrates and grain from my diet (which resulted in a loss of 30 pounds BTW). Would like to learn more about mindfulness, some of what we used to call New Age type of concepts (in actuality some of it centuries old) and maybe snicked at now appear to have measurable benefits.

    George wrote on October 20th, 2013
  5. Here are two great reads on bodyweight training. They will not disappoint!

    1. Convict Conditioning
    2. Dinosaur Training

    Erik wrote on October 20th, 2013
  6. Mark! MARK! I request, nay, demand a list of minimalist shoes for children! My five month-old will be learning to walk soon, and you can bet he’ll be in the softest shoes I can find.

    Jessica wrote on October 20th, 2013
    • they make moccasins for kids………leather soles and all :-)

      Laura wrote on October 20th, 2013
    • http://www.medievalmoccasins.com/

      Add them to your list of minimalist shoes for children.

      PhilmontScott wrote on October 21st, 2013
    • Check out Shupeas! I ordered some for my son and my nephew. They are minimalist and grow with the baby!

      Abbe wrote on October 21st, 2013
  7. Paul Wade, bodyweight workout master. Great stuff. I’m also thinking that travelling anywhere in the world and eating primal, has got to be easier than in the states.

    Nocona wrote on October 20th, 2013
  8. Pasta and pizza is the McDo’ of Italy. The real italian recipes of the tradition use a lot of seafood (obviously) and offal.

    Primal_Alex wrote on October 20th, 2013
  9. I read the story about the man who survived in the wilderness for 14 days. I remember reading it and being amazed, then thinking, well, we survived like that for thousands of years, albeit with a community and our ancestors’ knowledge of how to get by.
    But the wilderness was human reality for a looooong time. If our optimal diet was soy, “healthy whole grains” and fruity yogurt, humans would have gone extinct ages ago.

    fitmom wrote on October 20th, 2013
    • Great Link, thanks !

      Sgt.Gator wrote on October 21st, 2013
  10. Holy cow! I made Comment of the Week?! Love it!

    Artemis67 wrote on October 20th, 2013
    • I’m one of those year round shorts while hiking and playing disc golf in the Portland area people you speak of! Soggy and muddy pants legs are way worse!!!

      Robert wrote on October 20th, 2013
  11. I love the article on how we all need plenty of down time-I’m sending that link to all of my friends!

    MDH wrote on October 20th, 2013
  12. Air pollution?
    There are some people who think saturated fat is toxic to the circulation, for others its fructose, glucose or omega 6.
    If any of that’s what you think happens, imagine what actual toxins will do.
    Has the CVD death rate been going down because of environmentalism?

    George wrote on October 21st, 2013
  13. That was a great article by Scientific American about shutting down our brains. Even more of a reason to take a social media (or even media as a whole) break.

    Mat wrote on October 21st, 2013
  14. Nelson’s photos have an Edward Curtis, posed quality about them. Don’t quite know what to make of them- I’ve seen a group of city kids with bows and arrows running through my friend’s woods have more life in them. WTF?

    Ponee wrote on October 21st, 2013
    • Totally edward curtis. Makes me feel a bit ill, glorification and poses. And where are the First Nations’ people I know to not be “a dying tribe”, my neighbours?

      max in canada wrote on October 21st, 2013
  15. “And where are the First Nations’ people?” I wondered also.

    Bee-Loon wrote on October 21st, 2013
  16. Jimmy Nelson doesn’t do what Jimmy Nelson does for Jimmy Nelson. Jimmy Nelson does what Jimmy Nelson does because he IS Jimmy Nelson.

    Jacob wrote on October 21st, 2013

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