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16 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 283

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #6 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. In it I discuss the reality of the calories in, calories out concept. Check it out and let me know what you think.

If you’re convenient to Newark, Delaware, don’t miss the Primal Blueprint Seminar coming to your area on Feb. 27.

Research of the Week

Both biking for an hour and shivering for 10-15 minutes release the same amount of irisin, a hormone that turns white fat into metabolically-stimulating brown fat.

Steeping green tea for 15 minutes at 90 ºC extracts the most flavonoids. That would be a pretty bitter brew, and I wonder if that would be too many flavonoids and exceed the hormetic threshold.

Interesting Blog Posts

How much control do you really have over your food intake? Part 1 and part 2.

No text is necessary to show what’s wrong with the modern diet. These 11 graphs are plenty.

This blog post from the ever on-point Frank Forencich is the most mind-rending, consciousness-shattering, paradigm-shifting piece you will read all year.

Media, Schmedia

Why nutrition is so confusing.

The man who tried to warn us about sugar – and had his career destroyed in the process.

NPR reports on the “full-fat milk paradox.” I think we need to reassess our use of the word “paradox” when they seem to pop up every other day.

long and sobering read from the New Yorker on a Berkeley scientist’s fight against agro-chemical companies. This certainly makes me even more suspicious of industry-funded research.

The new UK cholesterol guidelines seek to put people at a low risk of heart disease on statins. Sure, why not? Makes perfect sense.

Everything Else

Midwest corn farmers are beginning to switch admittedly small portions of their crops over to fruits and vegetables, where there “is vastly more money to be made.” I suspect this trend will continue.

Looks like those insignificant inconsequential muscles in our feet are actually good for something after all.

The rise of caveman-style dining is apparently upon us.

Here are a bunch of photos of Russian people squatting.

This kid gets it.

PrimalCon isn’t coming to South Africa anytime soon. You could do way worse than this retreat if you’re local to SA, though.

One-upping the standing workstation.

new book on entomophagy recently came out, and it looks pretty interesting.

This split keyboard might be a nice adjunct to a standing or walking workstation.

The good things fasting did to this guy’s body.

Recipe Corner

  • Easy to make and more delicious than it has any right to be, I give you Paleo crockpot chili.
  • From a blog that couldn’t be called anything but Jamaican It Paleo comes a recipe for beef liver, Jamaican style.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 17 – Feb 23)

Comment of the Week

I believe being forgetful is natures way of exercising the old people. Go upstairs. Why am I here? Go back down stairs. Ah, I remember. Go back upstairs. Come to think of it, maybe I get in more than 10 flights in per day.

– I kind of want to hug this comment.

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. Lot’s of great stuff!

    Interesting to see how Gary Taubes is moving away from the carbohydrate hypothesis of obesity which he’s worked so hard to defend. Suddenly it’s only sugar and refined carbs he touts as problematic. I guess even Gary can’t turn a blind eye to all the conflicting evidence and therefore slowly softens his stand on insulin and obesity.

    Eirik Garnas wrote on February 16th, 2014
    • Gary has always been about pasta, bread and sugar. In the books of his I’ve read, these are the foods most often mentioned? Why? Because they are the carbs most people eat, and have the strongest effect on insulin. When we talk about total carb in the US diet, these are the foods supplying it.

      George wrote on February 16th, 2014
  2. Apparently the Russians like to smoke and drink while squatting so I’m not quite sure I see the “benefit” of this – lol.

    Susan wrote on February 16th, 2014
  3. Does that zipper end where I think it does?

    basil cronus wrote on February 16th, 2014
  4. I guess my being cold all the time is my body’s attempt to get me to loose weight, but I just have been ignoring it and piling on the fleece. I think I will try to do that less now.

    CrazyCatLady wrote on February 16th, 2014
  5. Regarding the squatting Russians. Did you count how many of them were smoking and/or had bottles of alcohol in hand or nearby. I wonder if the squatting will counteract the tobacco and booze. :-)

    D. M. Mitchell wrote on February 16th, 2014
  6. Before Yudkin was Adelle Davis. “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit” was published in 1954, and touted vitamins, exercise, avoiding prepared and hi-carb foods, reduction of hydrogenated fats, plus a heaping helping of liver and brewer’s yeast for breakfast. Davis is widely considered a quack these days, partly, I think, because her ideas are diametrically opposed to the modern “low fat high carb” idea of a correct healthy diet, and partly because some of her vitamin work might have been a bit over the top. But here I am healthy at 60 and wondering if the tattered copy I picked up at a college used book sale (and still have 40 years later) has anything to do with it. By nature I’m a sugar junkie but I’ve always fought to keep that tendency in check because of what I read there. When the low fat high carb craze came in, I never bought into it because of that book. Eating healthy has always meant protein, fat, and veggies to me. As a nutrition pioneer, Adelle Davis deserves more credit than she gets IMHO.

    Kathy wrote on February 16th, 2014
    • +1

      2Rae wrote on February 16th, 2014
  7. One more reason to go for bike rides in the winter, eh?

    Knifey wrote on February 16th, 2014
  8. I wonder if there are any similar studies to the green tea one for french press/coffee beans?

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on February 16th, 2014
  9. After reading the eating control links…all i want is cake now.

    ReggieW wrote on February 16th, 2014
    • The cake is a lie! (Oh, c’mon…someone had to say it.)

      Susan wrote on February 17th, 2014
  10. yes, caaaaaaake!!

    re: the squatting smoking drinking Russians….also notice that they are ALL slim.

    Jade wrote on February 16th, 2014
  11. I’ve been using one of those split keyboards for at least 5 years. I used to have terrible arm, shoulder, neck, and back pain, and did workers’ comp claims twice to get physical therapy (not that this helped any). Finally, I bought myself a split keyboard and haven’t had an issue since. I can’t say enough good things about mine.

    Kathy from Maine wrote on February 16th, 2014
  12. I question whether John Yudkin’s career was harmed to quite the extent claimed.
    In 1985 Yudkin wrote the Penguin Encyclopedia of Nutrition.
    You don’t get that job if you’re not respected in the field of nutrition.

    George wrote on February 16th, 2014
  13. Listened to the pod cast twice today as I shoveled out the drive way (three hours of digging and chipping) really enjoyed the discussion on ideal body composition and the need to separate vanity and health at times.
    I have been using a compressed eating window for over a month now (11:00 to 19:00) and after a somewhat uncomfortable initial two weeks I think I may be reducing the remaining stubborn belly fat.
    The podcasts are a great addition to the site. It personalized the entire primal community.

    Jaws76 wrote on February 16th, 2014
  14. Ohhh we wish we could visit all those primal restaurants! We have a few paleo friendly cafes here in Canberra, Australia. FINALLLYYYY catching on. Love this link love! So much info.

    Emma + Carla wrote on February 16th, 2014
  15. Many years ago in Indiana I knew one farmer who told me that the 10 acres of melons that he grew made more money for him than the 160 acres of corn/soybeans that he planted each year. But it was far more labor intensive – he said he would have grown more if he could have found the part time labor, but most farms around were controlled by companies even at that time, and very few people lived within a reasonable working distance.

    kent wrote on February 16th, 2014
  16. Isn’t a good French restaurant really a paleo restaurant?

    Diane wrote on February 16th, 2014
  17. I doubt the white fat turning to brown through shivering will be beneficial to someone with raynaud’s phenomenon though.
    I like the idea of the “Are you really hungry, or just bored” sign in the fridge.

    zach rusk wrote on February 16th, 2014
  18. Calories in, calories out is exactly what has been rolling around in my head for the last couple days. Thanks, Mark. You nailed it!

    Harry Mossman wrote on February 16th, 2014
  19. Is there anything within the primal/paleo framework that addresses Raynauds?

    Sarah Suski wrote on February 16th, 2014
    • Did you find replies or resources?

      JG wrote on November 2nd, 2014
      • nope :(

        Sarah wrote on November 2nd, 2014
  20. Anyone have access to this ?
    I’d love to know more details about the green tea study- steeping time and temperature. There are just so many different opinions on this that can be found on the Internet I don’t think we should just “believe” it without reviewing.

    Go check this one, for example:

    The research they refer to here says it’s enough to brew green tea for 5 minutes (tea leafs).
    I’m all for brewing longer, I even like it- but just wondering if it really makes sense.

    Michal wrote on February 17th, 2014
  21. The fasting article confused me. Isn’t IGF-1 a good thing?

    Jack wrote on February 17th, 2014
  22. For those with some weird fetish for eastern Europeans squatting – usually while drinking or smoking – there’s SLAVSQUAT [1]


    Philip Karpiak wrote on February 18th, 2014
  23. Hi Mark,

    Yeah Tyrone Hayes has been saying those chemicals sprayed on crops are the devil for years. A few years back I sent you a link to his TED talk and emailed you about it. The sciences bares it out that atrazine is a killer.

    Firefly wrote on February 19th, 2014
  24. Big up to you for shouting out my family’s Jamaican Beef Liver Recipe! We are so humbled and are one of your biggest fans! Thank you so much!

    Jamaican It Paleo wrote on February 22nd, 2014

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