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10 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 308

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #31 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. I hang out with Jimmy Moore to talk about his new book, Keto Clarity, and the wide array of health benefits a ketogenic diet can offer. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

This guy’s taken it upon himself to record himself doing each of the Primal Blueprint Workouts of the Week. He’s up to number 7 so far.

Research of the Week

A cool (but also depressing) paper explores all the possible ingredients, additives, and accidental contaminants in our food that could be making us fatter.

The more stressed out you are, the longer it’ll take to recover from your workouts.

Among a cohort of women, aged 25-64 and living in southern Sweden, sun avoidance increased the risk of all-cause mortality.

Neonicotinoids really, really hate bees. In new research, the pesticides inhibited the ability of bee mitochondria to generate energy.

Play builds brains.

Interesting Blog Posts

How to undo the damage to your body caused by sitting.

Gardening makes you happy, especially if you get really dirty.

Media, Schmedia

Lebron James has gone low-carb to slim down. If former teammate Ray Allen had any input on the situation, he’s probably gone Paleo, too. “In Whole Foods, I kill the fruit and vegetables section.”

I’m all for bacon and Crossfit, but this seems unnecessary.

Everything Else

Should hospitals really strive for maximum sterility?

Hardboiled eggs are changing the lives – and health – of rural Rwandan kids. Too bad about all that cholesterol, though.

Denise Minger talks about the failures of the food pyramid and makes some recommendations for correcting them.

Ever think about striking out and living off the land? These people are actually doing it.

Monsanto really will stop at nothing.

How Coca-Cola is responding to the growing awareness among, well, everyone that Coke is terrible for your health.

I’d eat it.

Companies are rebranding bugs to make them cuter and more appealing to squeamish consumers. “Sky prawns” is my favorite.

Recipe Corner

  • If you’re worried about the quality of the bacon you eat, why not just make your own?
  • Sweet potato pancakes, so healthy and nutrient-dense that they absolve you of all potential guilt.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 10 – Aug 16)

Comment of the Week

Instead of passing acquaintances with a wave and a hello I’m going to try and stop and ask, ‘How are you?’ (and listen to the reply!)

-You know, I really like this idea.

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. In that article about Coca Cola I thought the second best thing was this quote: “Next year the company hopes for a national rollout of Fairlife, milk in which the molecules have been disassembled and then reformed to create different variations (high-protein, lactose-free milk) that taste like the regular thing.”

    The best thing was the image of Santa. I’d like to see that thing spread all over the universe.

    Tyrannocaster wrote on August 10th, 2014
  2. So I clicked the link to the ‘things that are making us fatter’ paper, and the first thing I came to was saturated fat. It’s fair to say I closed the link pretty quickly :)

    Josh wrote on August 10th, 2014
  3. Monsanto might have some trouble paying off legitimate blogging mom’s to sell out their kids. They’re going to have to stick to the corporate created “fake” ones if they want bankrolled liars when it comes to their offspring.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on August 10th, 2014
    • From their perspective the fake ones are just as good if not better, at least as far as messaging goes. They want the real ones so they can get inroads into the real world community; not sure how well that’s going to work out for them, but there’s always someone who will do anything for money. Taint has an odor, though. :-)

      Tyrannocaster wrote on August 10th, 2014
  4. RE: first paper – this is why I push people towards eating things that don’t have labels. Meat and produce. Okay.. throw some grass fed butter and coconut oil in there :)

    Dr. Anthony Gustin wrote on August 10th, 2014
  5. Most hospitals are real germ pits. When I can’t avoid them, I keep my hands away from my face and wash them on the way out. With so many people working, visiting, or staying at hospitals, “maximum sterility” is probably something of a joke, depending on whose standards you’re going by and which hospital you’re talking about. Some are definitely better than others. I do think the level of cleanliness should be above that found in the average home simply because they’re dealing with sick people who often have depressed immune systems.

    Shary wrote on August 10th, 2014
    • My husband was once in one that had at least an inch of dust on the tops of the wainscoting–I don’t know if that was on purpose, or if it was neglectful housekeeping. Either way, I was allergic to it. I couldn’t even visit my own husband without as box of tissues, antihistamine, and a dust mask!

      Another time, Hubby was at the once-famed Walter Reed hospital (during our navy tenure) for a heart checkup, and he called me at home to tell me of the roach count just sitting in the central waiting room (this was years before the revelations of decay during the Iraq was days). The count was in the HUNDREDS!

      Maximum sterility, no. Moderate sterility, YES.

      Wenchypoo wrote on August 11th, 2014
  6. I tried to read the Coke article, and then I realized that I couldn’t care less about what Coke is doing anymore. Ah, the freedom of not consuming that kind of garbage….

    Casey wrote on August 10th, 2014
    • I still have a Coke every now and then. I think I’ve had maybe 3-4 in the last year. The only time they actually taste good to me is when I’ve spent a lot of time out in the heat – like all day at the zoo in July. Then the soda that normally tastes nasty, suddenly tastes really good. I’m pretty sure that what really after is the sodium, and maybe the carbs too.

      b2curious wrote on August 14th, 2014
  7. Re: sitting. Just saw Esther Gokhale at AHS. Seeing her glide up onto the stage, you immediately know she understands posture. And she said no, it is not sitting all day that is bad. It is sitting incorrectly. She gave illustrations of people who sit all day and have good health with no back pain. She did agree that you also have to get up and do some active things too. I would say you need to do that for a few minutes at least once an hour.

    Harry Mossman wrote on August 10th, 2014
    • I have Esther’s book and employ a number of her postural suggestions. I agree that it’s sitting improperly that’s bad, not sitting itself. The human body is designed to be able to sit comfortably for long periods of time. Otherwise we wouldn’t have padded butts.

      Shary wrote on August 10th, 2014
  8. Wow!!! What a great recipe for bacon. Thanks for passing along the link!

    Melissa Bitter wrote on August 10th, 2014
  9. Re the comment about eggs and Rwanda children…. “Pity about the Cholesterol?.”
    I thought you said eggs every day are good?
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/eggs/#axzz3A2qYypoI

    Mark wrote on August 10th, 2014
  10. “I’d eat it” comment seems rather juvenile. If you’re going to take a life for the purpose of your own sustenance, it should be done with gratitude. I don’t eat baby animals because I think every animal deserves to have a life of its own, that is worth living, even if it eventually becomes fuel for another life.

    Kimberly wrote on August 10th, 2014
    • Ease up there, Kim. It was a playful remark and Mark never said he’d eat a baby Geep. Not putting words in his mouth, just pointing out the assumptions being made in your admonishment. He could have very well have meant that he sees the Geep crossbreed as a viable meat source in general…not “mmm… that baby Geep would look tasty with some butter and a baked potato.”

      Also, do you eat eggs?

      Jacob wrote on August 11th, 2014
  11. Reebok bacon? Think I’ll pass…

    Now AIR JORDAN bacon…that’s something I could get behind…

    Jacob wrote on August 11th, 2014
  12. Great article about play covering the work of my friend and colleague Sergio Pellis. He’s been studying the psychology and neurobiology of play in rats for decades now. I just gave a talk on this same subject at #AHS14: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfhudq8J2Yc&list=UUSIUpXeC1QEjNm54X7KylkQ.

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on August 12th, 2014
  13. When I read the article about neonicotinoids and bees, one of the pesticides mentioned, imidacloprid, caught my attention and after a second or two, I realized why. It is one of the main ingredients in Advantage II (which I use on my cats), Advantix, and Advantage Multi (which I use on my dogs).

    b2curious wrote on August 14th, 2014

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