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January 05, 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 277

By Mark Sisson
36 Comments

Weekend Link LoveTodd Dosenberry’s put together another insane special offer. It’s an $887 package that includes 52 eBooks, 23 discounts (including one for PrimalBlueprint.com) and more. It’s just 39 bucks. The offer expires on Jan. 6, 11:59 PM EST, so act fast if you’re interested.

Research of the Week

According to new research, a genetic variant associated with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes comes from Neanderthals.

It was recently reported that resveratrol inhibits the benefits of exercise in older people, but those results have just been refuted.

Interesting Blog Posts

Did Anderson Silva break his leg because of an undiagnosed vitamin D deficiency? Interesting hypothesis, but there’s no real evidence.

File this under “Avoid stupid mistakes”: dialing a cell phone is the most dangerous thing you can do while driving.

Media, Schmedia

Costco’s magazine, Costco Connection, is running a really well-done piece on Primal/paleo eating.

The World Health Organization is planning to cut its sugar recommendations in half to no more than 5% of your daily calories. I’m just surprised they were recommending 10%, which is higher than I was expecting.

Everything Else

It seems other animals of high intelligence also enjoy altered states of consciousness; dolphins “deliberately get high” on puffer fish toxins, employing a “chew chew pass” protocol.

Aeon Magazine thinks we should be excited about the eventual “optimization” of sleep by science, suggesting that our need for around 8 hours a night is the “greatest mistake the evolutionary process ever made.” I’m not so sure. Even if it were possible to cut sleep and maintain our mental edge, there’s a lot more to sleep than just alertness. And would that really translate into more free time, or just longer workdays?

How Primal has your day been? How Primal was it yesterday? Did you get good sleep, some sun, eat well, and lift something heavy? How about last week? Primal Days, the new habit tracker app for iPhone and iPad, helps you keep tabs on your Primalness by tracking your Primal/paleo activities by day, week, and month. Developed by an MDA reader, you can download it today for free.

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out Cereal Killersa movie with the tagline “Let fat be thy medicine.”

Nom Nom Paleo’s new cookbook is fantastic, if you haven’t given it a look. Go grab a copy.

Recipe Corner

  • Carne adovada tastes best with a New Mexico sunset as the backdrop, but it still tastes pretty good when you make it at home.
  • Bang bang shrimp” is a fun name, isn’t it? Not a bad meal, either.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 5 – Jan 12)

Comment of the Week

Do you mean me? If so, I contend that though I fire off lots of my thoughts amusing myself and in an attempt to amuse others that may not be applicable to your primal life, I have certainly contributed to this blog and I am about as primal as pond scum. I’ve eaten roadkill raw, as well as living things for example.

I love Animanarchy so, so much.

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Melisssa
Melisssa
2 years 8 months ago

I want that Primal app to be available on Android! Or even just a website with the same function..

Elliot
Elliot
2 years 8 months ago

Me too! Android app + website + syncing between devices would be even better. I have an android phone and an iPad, but don’t always carry my ipad with me…

DT
2 years 8 months ago
Howdy — I’m the guy who wrote the primal app — Primal Days. First — Thanks Mark for letting folks know about it! I’d love to bring it to Android and the Web, but I’m not set up to do that right now. If the app does well enough on iPhone and iPad, I’ll find a way to get it done! Also, I have to warn folks about a small bug. When you first use the app, be sure to drag at least two or more of the images (“petroglyphs”) in to your first day before closing out that day.… Read more »
Adam
Adam
2 years 8 months ago

…wish that app was available on the Windows phone! Mind you, there are a lot of things I wish were available on the windows phone…????

Doug
Doug
2 years 8 months ago

lol. Our company built a Windows app….still waiting for users 🙂

2Rae
2Rae
2 years 8 months ago

I love the comments of Animanarchy too.

Eirik
2 years 8 months ago

Looking forward to the cereal killers movie! Although it seems that most people benefit from excluding grains from their diet it could be that changes to the human microbiome is to blame for the increased rates of gluten allergy and “grain intolerance”…

Read my take on it here: http://organicfitness.com/is-the-rise-in-graingluten-sensitivity-and-celiac-disease-caused-by-changes-iin-the-human-microbiome/

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 8 months ago

Intelligent creatures wanting to get high? Go Dolphins. Almost all human cultures in the past used mind altering drugs WITHOUT abuse, and as tools for deeper connection and learning. How bout some thoughts on this Mark. So many people are either addicts or are so anti-drug paranoid, that it makes the subject controversial. I think it’s time to go there and write about it.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago
Mark’s mentioned drugs a number of times (and even said once that not all of them are bad, though in an interview recently that he doesn’t partake) and apparently he lives exclusively on dark chocolate and red wine, so my guess is that he doesn’t disapprove of responsible drug use. I would like to read a post by him about that as well. I think it would have to be very objective though because a famous educator of health could get some backlash from seeming to promote drugs and it might turn those who are heavily biased against drugs away… Read more »
Karen
Karen
2 years 8 months ago

“Paging Joe Rogan. Please pick up the red mushroom curtesy phone.”

Now wouldn’t that be an interesting guest blog.

Rob
Rob
2 years 8 months ago

Drugs are not “high” on my list of what I would find enlightening to read about… be it responsible use or abuse.

Ara
Ara
2 years 8 months ago

I too am interested in this topic from an anthropological and historical perspective. I’ve tried to read some of Carlos Castañeda’s stuff surrounding shamanism and spirituality in native cultures but the use of mind-altering drugs seemed to taint it for me. Isn’t it possible to gain knowledge and truth without these drugs? How did their use come about? It would be an interesting study, I think.

Thomas
Thomas
2 years 8 months ago

Don Miguel Ruiz will show what Carlos Castaneda was saying in all those books, which are great, read The 4 Agreements. He gives you a great view of Toltec beliefs I believe you might have been looking for.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

p.s. Not that it’s that important, but due to his references (“food is a drug of sorts” for example) and apparent lenient stance regarding substances (and possibly the fact that he prefers the “grassier varieties” of tea) I speculate that at least once the scribe has Tolkien.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

actually, I think it was, “After all, isn’t food a drug of sorts?” because of how differently certain foods can affect us.

Annakay
Annakay
2 years 8 months ago

I watched “Cereal Killers” and although it was a good film felt that it did not make it clear that there were good fats and bad fats.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago
Whoopee another notch on the keyboard for Comment of the Week. I read about the dolphins and the pufferfish somewhere else the other day, which led me to read about some other dolphin behaviours. Some are quite despicable: dolphins beat other animals to death just for the hell of it and male dolphins group up and gang rape females. Regarding other animals and altered states of consciousness, I remember from high school biology that birds, deer, and rabbits have been observed eating “magic mushrooms” and it’s a well-known fact that many mammals get drunk on fermented fruit. I’ve known some… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago
Without ID, I can only use 15 minute time-out “express” computers at this library so I have to reply to finish this comment. My day, yesterday, and basically the last few weeks have been fairly primal. I’ve spent a good deal of time outdoors, including walking/biking through the snow, fought a dog, have been play-fighting/horsing around with friends, eating well (lots of meat and fish, not too many carbs) and in the last few weeks I’ve shed most of the extra body fat I accumulated in a two month stint in jail without trying too hard, and overall feel optimistic… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
2 years 8 months ago

I’d love to know exactly what crap they fed you in Jail. Please let us know.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago
The meals come in compartmentalized trays. There are hot trays and cold trays. Cold trays always come with hot trays. Some meals are only cold trays. Breakfast always includes a cold tray of 2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 small instant coffee packet, 1 cup milk and 1 cup juice (there are orange [from concentrate, the only “real” juice in the prison], apple, peach-mango, raspberry – these basically artificial juices have 100% added Vitamin C) in plastic bags. Usually the method of opening them is to bite the corner and pinch and pull. Cereal breakfasts include 2 packets sugar. Breakfasts:… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago
The eggs, if I know my eggs, are reconstituted or come as liquid. There’s also processed ham or salami sometimes at lunch. The whole meal plan is on a 4 week cycle. Most of the food is steamed. Keep in mind some of the food sounds good and some actually is decent but the portions are all wrong and there is not enough protein and fat and too many carbs, plus a lot of the meat and gravy is too processed and full of additives, as are most of the sauces, which include barbeque, pineapple, . Sides are peas, carrots,… Read more »
Leigh
Leigh
2 years 8 months ago

Thanks for the heads up on Cereal Killers. Just purchased and will be watching with the family later today.

Fritzy
Fritzy
2 years 8 months ago

Aeon Magazine thinks we should be excited about the eventual “optimization” of sleep by science, suggesting that our need for around 8 hours a night is the “greatest mistake the evolutionary process ever made.”

How very, very Western. We have such a narrow view of what is “productive and beneficial.” *ugh*

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 8 months ago
This is but an amusing stop on the road to a total robot workforce–robots don’t need pay or benefits, no sleep, no personal life, and when not needed, they can be packed away in the basement somewhere. I’m surprised we haven’t gone there already! But we ARE headed there–if you ordered anything from Amazon lately, your order wasn’t picked by some snot-nosed kid on a scooter (like in the old ads), but rather by a high-tech robot. This is how Jeff Bezos can afford to bring his warehouses and stores off the west coast and into the rest of America.… Read more »
Camille
2 years 8 months ago

I definitely needed that Time Capsule link on time management. I’m not the type to get sucked into internet cat photos, but Pinterest is definitely my kryptonite. I was actually thinking of doing a brief no-data-package challenge on my phone this year to keep me from always getting distracted on the go or when I’m spending time with others… it could be enlightening!

Aria Dreamcatcher
Aria Dreamcatcher
2 years 8 months ago

I just got the Nom Nom Paleo cookbook. I was worried that it would be full of sous vide recipes, since she’s rather into that on her website, but it isn’t. 🙂 I think it’s excellent.

Pdawg
Pdawg
2 years 8 months ago

Any of you have Against All Grain’s cookbook? Debating between that and Nom Nom Paleo. I bought primal craving and I have made several recipes from it that I like.

Nicole
Nicole
2 years 8 months ago

I have and love both, but I’d go for Nom Nom Paleo. Her book is definitely more paleo focused and everything I’ve tried is excellent (and I’ve worked my way through 1/3 of the recipes so far). Against All Grain is really good too, but there are A LOT of treat recipes. That said, she has a couple recipes that have become staples in our home–Korean Beef “Noodle” Bowl is awesome!

Pdawg
Pdawg
2 years 8 months ago

Thank you Nicole!! I was worried about NomNom because her recipes on her site seem like they use a lot of ingredients I just don’t keep on hand, but I will give it a try. I am over making paleo “treats”. I have a few staples I make for my kids and husband but I have found (took me almost a year) that there is a reason why I shouldn’t be eating that stuff anyways, paleo or not. My poor tummy!!! Lol. I just cannot process sugar and to me it’s just NOT worth it!!

2Rae
2Rae
2 years 8 months ago

I have the Against Grain book, loved it so much that I put tabs in it to find the dishes I use the most. I didn’t notice the treats because we don’t do much of that. I have made a bit of the “jam” with fruit variations to use as flavor for my husband’s plain yogurt (as he goes slowly towards the primal eating life). Maybe I’ll look for Nom Nom’s book too.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago
Lunch continued – There’s ham or salami sometimes, dessert item could be an apple, orange, banana, muffin (carrot or bran), glazed donut, “sticky bun” (like a glazed donut pastry, a cinnamon bun basically without much cinnamon) Hot Trays for Lunch or Dinner: There’s a bunch. The whole meal plan is a 4 week cycle. Keep in mind that some of this stuff might sound good, and some of it actually is decent, but the portions are all wrong and a lot of the meat is too processed or full of additives and most of the gravy is disodium inosinate/ guanylate… Read more »
2Rae
2Rae
2 years 8 months ago

Hmmmm, sounds like what most day care centers feed the kids.
Sorry you had to eat that stuff for a while. Makes me wonder what our local jail feeds people.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

It was my fault. I should have worn a mask.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

Also forgot to mention that a bag of Mother Parkers orange pekoe tea comes in the lunch and dinner cold trays (there are styrofoam cups or canteen shampoo/bodywash bottles to use and a button at one sink for hot water). I made plenty of trades for the better food, for milk, and for coffee and tea.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

I find this frightening and depressing. The nuclear disaster at Fukushima has contaminated Pacific water life.
http://themindunleashed.org/2013/08/at-very-least-your-days-of-eating.html

Bob Geary
Bob Geary
2 years 8 months ago
The scariest thing in that “Don’t Dial And Drive” article wasn’t just the increased risk of accident while dialing a phone – it was the sheer number of *total* accidents in such a small study. They studied 151 drivers (42 newly-licensed teens, 109 more-experienced adults) for 12-18 months, and recorded SEVENTY-THREE collisions and SIX HUNDRED AND TWELVE near-collisions?! Among drivers who knew their cars were decked out with cameras and accelerometers, and so could maybe be expected to be on their best behavior? That’s at least three “incidents” per driver per year. Remind me to take the train the next… Read more »
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