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24 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 81

Zen Habits delivers the goods again with an ultimate how to get lean guide. You may recognize (cough, cough) some of the contributors.

I hate to even mention this because of the sheer headline-grabbing sensationalism it wreaks of, but if you feel like shaking your fist at the ridiculous, a doctor in Britain wants to ban butter.

Like ham? Would you spend $3,000 for good ham? Check out the BBC‘s piece on the most expensive ham in the world.

A little BPA leaching couldn’t hurt, right? The NY Times reports on new concerns over BPA in your baby’s bottle.

Omega 3’s just can’t be stopped. Is a sea change coming in conventional wisdom? Several major news outlets joined the omega-3s-are-healthy camp this week.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One Year Ago (January 17 – 23)

  • Primal Blueprint Sample Menu – Want to know what eating Primal for a day looks like? Here you go.
  • Dear Mark: Should I Join a Gym? – The pros and cons of paying to have a place to work out. While treadmills and stairclimbers aren’t as fun as, say, a mountain, does the gym provide additional opportunities to the modern day Grok?

Comment of the Week

Yesterday I ate a vending machine blue berry muffin. It pretty much made me ill for about 5 hours, which makes me wonder if I do have glutton sensitivity and the lack of it in my diet has lowered my defenses to it.

-Samson from The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve

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. I hate it when someone tries to ban something, ‘for my own good.’ Leave me the hell alone and let me decide what’s best for me!

    Chris wrote on January 24th, 2010
  2. I’m with Chris. Ridiculous! The government’s role shouldn’t be trying to protect us from personal choices…ugh!

    Thanks for linking to my red peppers! The soup was incredible… hopefully some primal folks will try it out and love it as much as I did. I also feel fairly certain that it would work with coconut milk in place of the cream, but would definitely have a slightly different flavor (not one I think would be bad).

    FlyNavyWife wrote on January 24th, 2010
    • Thanks for the recipe! I tried it yesterday and it was really good. The red peppers smell SO GOOD when roasting!

      hkay wrote on January 25th, 2010
    • My pleasure, FlyNavyWife. Thanks for the great recipe!

      Mark Sisson wrote on January 25th, 2010
  3. Also, awesome spot in Zen Habits!!

    FlyNavyWife wrote on January 24th, 2010
  4. If you want to fight the Ban on Butter, join my Facebook Group via

    Chris wrote on January 24th, 2010
  5. Nobody takes anything in the Daily Mail very seriously.

    French Margaret wrote on January 24th, 2010
  6. Great post, Mark. MDA is also getting some love on Karen De Coster’s website today.

    Anthony Z wrote on January 24th, 2010
  7. Great post Mark. It is impeccable timing too. I’m at that “last 10lbs” stage in my fitness life. I’ve been training in a Crossfit-style way for about a year, and have been eating primal for at least 6 months. 40lbs later, and numerous lifting PR’s later, I am at the “last 10 lbs” stage, and have been so for at least 2 months. I’ve been looking for ways to change it up a bit, and this is a great post to read. Thanks!

    Bo Boland wrote on January 24th, 2010
  8. LOL @ “glutton sensitivity”

    Pikaia wrote on January 24th, 2010
  9. Hey Mark, just wanted to say thanks for everything. You have THE definitive site for nutrition information that is actually usable. Thanks!

    Andrew Benton wrote on January 24th, 2010
  10. Man, did you read the comments on that Daily Mail article? It seems that the vast majority of them across the pond are very suspicious of the garbage that this guy is spewing… for good reason too! It seems like only about 5 comments were people agreeing this this tool, whereas everybody else was practically quoting MDA word for word…. Almost got me all teary-eyed. lol.

    If only everybody could be made to watch Fat Head… Then maybe we could finally stop CW from having such a strangle-hold over so many people.

    Steve wrote on January 24th, 2010
  11. “Kolvekar’s call for a butter ban this week turns out to have been timed to coincide with the FSA’s campaign [to reduce saturated fat consumption], by a PR agency called KTB, that also runs the account for two of Unilever’s fat spreads: Flora pro.activ and Bertolli Light.”

    So not just a comment out of the blue but part of this week’s political and commercial maneuvering…

    Ana wrote on January 25th, 2010
  12. I love ZenHabits. Been a fan since the start. I’m starting to exercise daily in March so I’ll let you guys know how it goes! I’m planning on Tabata Intervals daily. I’ve done it before.

    Richard Shelmerdine wrote on January 25th, 2010

    Marisa’s recipe is AWESOME!!! She has actually tweaked it and the edit and picture are above.

    I love her almond butter choco-bit brownies too (esp post-WOD)… just a vehicle for the walnuts and Valrhona CHOCOLATE chopped bits… MMMmmmhh…

    Dr.BG wrote on January 25th, 2010
  14. Coconut cookies were great! Kind of messed up with the coconut cream concentrate so I added some coconut flour to thicken it up a bit.

    I absolutely love oatmeal raisin cookies but have avoided them since giving up grains on January 1st. Next batch will be made with raisins instead of dark chocolate chips!

    Dave wrote on January 25th, 2010
  15. Mark, I’m a first time visitor here from Zen Habits and I’m excited about this site. Looks like you have a ton of valuable info/links here. I’ll be subscribing for sure.

    Hugh wrote on January 25th, 2010
    • Thanks for reading and subscribing. I hope you find a lot of valuable information here. Stay in touch!

      Mark Sisson wrote on January 25th, 2010
  16. Perhaps I should hide my squash soup that I made yesterday before the authorities come knocking – shhh, don’t tell anyone, but it has *butter* in it!

    Chris Sturdy wrote on January 25th, 2010
  17. As an aside, it is interesting to note that many of the comments tell the good doctor what he can do with his “butter ban”.

    Chris Sturdy wrote on January 25th, 2010
  18. Ban Butter?! oooh, doctor, what are you thinking?

    Alecia wrote on January 26th, 2010

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