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12 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 278

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Research of the Week

It looks like hunter-gatherers weren’t necessarily free from tooth decay, particularly if they ate a ton of starchy sweets.

Famine is actually more common among agriculturalists than hunter-gatherers.

83.3% of studies from researchers without financial ties to sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) find that the drinks may increase the risk of obesity. 83.3% of studies from researchers with financial ties to sugar-sweetened beverages conclude that the evidence is insufficient to support a connection between SSB and obesity. Who to believe?

Interesting Blog Posts

This is an awesome analysis of how and why some people have to squat differently than others, using photos of actual bones and joints to explain the anatomical differences.

Why one man runs and sprints (when he hunts).

Media, Schmedia

Sorry, folks: you’re officially eating the worst diet in the world. I’m moving to Weight Watchers. (Be sure to read Ancestralize Me’s take on the report if you’re seriously worried.)

Somehow, Kellan Lutz was able to obtain a Herculean physique eating the worst diet in the world. Go figure.

A website apparently thinks I’m pretty influential in the realm of health and fitness.

Everything Else

I guess I’ll have to slum it with some 18-month gouda or mediocre triple cream brie, what with the looming Velveeta shortage and all.

Talk about live long, drop dead

Preaching the gospel of the forest-fed pig.

I think I’d get along with this guy.

Who says we can’t have non-partisan cooperation when it really matters? Both Democrats and Republicans freely embrace sugar subsidies.

Recipe Corner

  •  I’d probably make this coconut lemongrass pulled pork in the pressure cooker rather than the suggested slow cooker, but that’s only because I’m impatient.
  • No excuse not to eat a decent breakfast when you can just make easy paleo egg cups.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 13 – Jan 19)

Comment of the Week

I like that approach. Live in the now. Zen get on with your day.

Good message with an excellent Dad joke embedded within.

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. Thanks for the link love Mark! :-)

    Laura Schoenfeld wrote on January 12th, 2014
  2. That analysis of squatting and skeletal differences is amazing. I wonder how it affects flexibility as well?

    Anemone wrote on January 12th, 2014
  3. Dear US News, Paleo ranking last on your list of diets does not phase me. Yes its restrictive. Yes its unproven and I’d love to see a study. Let’s do it! In the meantime, I’m doing my own study of one.

    The dietary guidelines of the last 35 years have miserably failed Americans and failed me. I believe the Meditterean diet is one step in the right direction, but I believe over the next 10 years we’ll see that the important pieces of these diets are the fruits, vegetables and fish, not the whole grains.

    And as for weight loss, for 17 years I tried to lose my post-baby weight through calorie counting and exercise and failed. Since starting Paleo this past year, I’ve lost 10 of it and have tools to lose the next 10. As a sidenote, my cholesterol and HDL have improved. I know what diet I’m sticking to.

    JJ wrote on January 12th, 2014
    • #31 – Loren Cordain’s ‘The Paleo Diet’

      I agree. Any lifestyle that excludes butter goes to the bottom of the list!

      Jane Morgan wrote on January 13th, 2014
  4. As for diet and Hubby, following the Paleo diet has dropped his IR level from over 5 to just a hair above 1 over the last 7 years, and his HDR dropped from 4-point-something to 2-point something. Can the DASH diet do that? Can the Pyramid diet do that? How about Weight Watchers?

    My own IR has dropped from 4 to below 1, and my HDR dropped from 4 to just over 1 in the same period.

    We haven’t lost much weight–well, I did and promptly gained it all back when menopause set in. BUT WE HAVEN’T GAINED.

    Change diets around here? Not on your life (or ours)!

    Wenchypoo wrote on January 12th, 2014
  5. The white powder that is sugar makes that other white powder look like a saint.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on January 12th, 2014
  6. US News is half right: Paleo is a terrible diet… because it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle!

    phenocopy wrote on January 12th, 2014
  7. My mom does Weight Watchers and Primal at the same time. It works rather well actually.

    Aria wrote on January 12th, 2014
  8. Any Montanan would know that picture was in Montana in the running/hunting article. However, I made it 1/3 through the article before I realized it was written by my friend, Mike Wolfe. Way to go Mike!

    Ms. Zing wrote on January 12th, 2014
  9. Another fantastic Link Love. Thanks!

    Nocona wrote on January 12th, 2014
  10. The hip structure analysis is great, although there’s no information about whose hips they were. It’s important to know the age, gender, and ethnicity of the people; as well as their nutrition, disease and movement histories.

    Nevertheless, we ARE all different, and we must always keep that in mind when we train, or just move about in our daily lives. I’m not saying our bone structure should be the go-to excuse for not doing certain exercises; but to ignore or deny our individual physiology, and plow through joint pain is just asking for trouble.

    As a dancer, I tried for years to eliminate the outward rotation of my back hip in a front split, because I believed in the “keep-practicing-and-you’ll-eventually-get-it” mantra. No amount of stretching or repetition helped. And yet I can fall asleep in a full side/straddle split with my torso on the floor without feeling a stretch at all.

    I eventually accepted that the perfect front splits were never going to happen, but I still experience occasional hip pain as a result of my stubborn determination to overcome my own physiology.

    Your bone structure might be preventing you from squatting. Just make sure that’s the real reason, rather than tightness in the surrounding tissues.

    SumoFit wrote on January 12th, 2014
  11. I was just reading the sugar article… I loved the bit about becoming dependent on foreign suppliers for our sugar needs. Has it occurred to anyone that there is no NEED for sugar? Even corn has more of a NEED, as animal feed!

    Aria wrote on January 12th, 2014
  12. That last sentence should read: “…rather than tightness or lack of strength in the surrounding tissues.” :)

    SumoFit wrote on January 12th, 2014
  13. Lots of great links. Sugar article was great. Was really suprised by the comments the hunting photos stirred up. Hope the people don’t ever watch the show Bones!

    Luke wrote on January 12th, 2014
    • It’s ok for a lot of people to see a hunk of meat on their counter that they’re going to eat like a roast beef but a picture of a dead animal? Nasty!

      Animanarchy wrote on January 12th, 2014
  14. That Kellan Lutz got his Herculean physique following the Paleo diet is not suprising.

    Paleo diet will make anyone a Calvin Klein underwear model – if they have the ability to stick with the diet day in – day out … and that is the hard part.

    For anyone interested in Lutz’s training regimen beyond his diet, BodyBuilding dot com has a new article (from Jan 8) with video him training for the movie role, titled “Built Like Hercules” (google it).

    Interesting detail: Lutz trains wearing Titin weighted compression shirts.

    Grokster wrote on January 12th, 2014
    • These comments suggesting a paleo diet (I’m more primal..obviously not as “restrictive”) has more to do with the individual and their progression then any actual eating. There is absolutely an endless variety of food to choose from. Being able to liberate yourself from that which is unhealthy is the key. The further along you are with the lifestyle (forget calling it a diet) the less it matters or bothers one if at all.

      Rob wrote on January 13th, 2014
  15. Typical that the vegies had to get all over the hunting story in the comments and demand the removal of pics…

    That Hercules link: I could feel my IQ dropping with every word I read. 😉

    phreebie wrote on January 12th, 2014
  16. It’s the job of the US News and their panel of experts to keep people plugged into the corporate food machine and the SAD.

    How could a top nutrition expert make a living if everyone was healthy and eating real food that was actually tasty and nutritious, instead of crap that is specially formulated to appeal to our sense of taste and nutrition?

    phreebie wrote on January 12th, 2014
  17. In regards to the hunter-gatherer population that experienced tooth decay … In the original article, the authors state that the acorns were possibly consumed raw due to the rarity of charred remains found. Raw acorns increases the tannic and phytic acid load in the diet, which can lead to mineral deficiencies, which can ultimately lead to tooth decay. Most wild food experts will tell you that acorns must be leached and cooked properly in order to remove the anti-nutrients. So to say that sweet acorns lead to tooth decay may be accurate … only if they are not processed in the proper way.

    This hunter-gatherer population also may have experienced tooth wear from the abrasive particles found in the snails, as well as the stones used to grind their food. Several confounding factors that the media outlets omitted!

    Adam wrote on January 12th, 2014
    • Fascinating! Thanks for giving us the rest of the story.

      SumoFit wrote on January 12th, 2014
  18. I like that Mick Dodge guy. I was just thinking about a similar life for myself just today. Been thinking about it since forever, actually.

    Diane wrote on January 12th, 2014
  19. You know, I’m sick of feeling great all the time. I’m thinking I might try the Cookie Diet mentioned in the U.S. News article. Oh! Oh! Do you think it will work faster if I combine it with Weight Watchers? (Work faster to make me feel like I want to die, that is)

    Casey wrote on January 12th, 2014
  20. Great link to the article on the “Belgian bolt”. Love that he was in charge of his life and his death. That’s a discussion for everyone who strives to live well: how do you want to die?

    colleen wrote on January 12th, 2014
  21. Great links today – I love reading MDA on a Sunday as much as on Fridays! Some scary and some inspiring stuff.

    Grokesque wrote on January 13th, 2014
  22. I don’t think there is a question on who to believe on the sugary-sweet beverage question. I did my own research, with my own body and got results that show those things do cause you to be obese. I don’t need to read anyone else’s studies.

    Captain Competition wrote on January 13th, 2014
  23. I am pretty sure Grok was extremely sarcastic. “Sorry, folks: you’re officially eating the worst diet in the world. I’m moving to Weight Watchers.”

    Absolutely hilarious. Really, what else can you say. Other than “Slim Fast.”

    MDA should have a 4/1 success story contest. “I ate shakes and wore a vibrating exercise belt from 1957 and look at me now!” “I have no teeth from SSB diet!” Sadly, I fear this could be taken seriously.

    Still “Worst Diet in the World” tee-shirt with “ask me about push ups?” on the other?

    Juli wrote on January 13th, 2014
  24. Thanks so much for the link love on my coconut lemongrass pork! Pressure cooker would definitely be a great shortcut. :-)

    Cookie wrote on January 13th, 2014
  25. Ugh! The new WW ads are just killing me! I don’t know about in America, but here in Belgium, all the do is tell women they are giving up their lives and not have any fun while trying to lose weight… unless, of course, they are on WW because then they can eat pasta, and chips, and cookies, and ice cream… =/

    Come on people! Cookies are cookies are cookies! (Delicious and worth it at times, yes, but they will never help you lose weight/be healthier!)

    meg wrote on January 14th, 2014
  26. Great links! Thanks!

    Anya wrote on January 14th, 2014
  27. My only question is, why is Mark so low on the influential health list…

    Alex wrote on January 15th, 2014

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