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February 28, 2010

Weekend Link Love

By Mark Sisson
29 Comments

Fitness Spotlight talks cardio with a dozen bloggers. You’ll find a myriad of varied, smart opinions  (mine included!).

Are personal trainers useless? The Lean Saloon thinks so. Sort of.

Life Isn’t Over discusses Chip & Dan Heath’s book, Switch, with an explanation of emotional and rational decision making. Good stuff.

You may have seen John Durant on The Colbert Report. But did you see the Vegan/Paleo throwdown backstage?

Fidelity started up a great forum post this week on non-olive oil based salad dressings. Hit it up for some tasty ideas, or contribute your own recipe!

Grok never checked the expiration date. Should you? Slate confronts the near-pointlessness of the “use by” date on many products.

I don’t use an alarm clock, but I have to grin when I see something like the Wake ‘n Bacon. (thanks, Steve!)

Don’t want to go Primal? No worries, just get one of these. Totally works.

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Time Capsule

One year ago (February 21 – 27)

  • How to Develop Good Habits – Just as important as breaking bad habits, this post offers five simple, practical habit forming techniques.
  • Endorphin Mainline – This is a step-by-step bodyweight workout that will push your body to exhaustion.

Comment of the Week

I’m not an “endurance athelete” but I am a hawaiian pig hunter. Pig Hunting with dogs in the dense, mountainous rain forests in Hawaii is a very rigorous, endurance-based activity. We often can start the hunt before the sun rises, and get out of the mountains long after it’s set…oftentimes covering up to 14 miles of mountainous terrain. If we catch a good size hog, it also involves taking turns with your partners carrying the hog out on your back. I think it’s safe to say, Carrying 150 lbs. of dead hog on your back up the steep side of a thick-brush mountain certainly requires endurance.

I’ve been hunting for over 16 years…and over time, I’ve noticed a significant difference in my endurance from before and after going primal with my diet.

When I was younger, I would often fill my pack up with all sorts of foods, so that I could constantly eat while exerting all the energy when we are out on an all-day hunt. My friends and I would also “carb-load” before hunting. We’d eat a lot of pasta and rice based dishes the night before.

Within the past three years, after going Primal, things are much different now. Instead of “carb-loading,” I protein-and-fat load. I’ll cook up twice the amount of bacon and eggs, sausages and mushrooms – all fried in grassfed butter – and eat until I’m positively stuffed before heading out on the hunt.

I now no longer have to carry any food in my pack. Eating like that gives me the energy and endurance to walk all day long, and I don’t even begin to feel hungry until evening time. I also find I no longer feel so exhausted the day after a rigorous hunting expedition.

Meanwhile, my hunting partners are all still carb loading and continually eating while we trek through the mountains. They don’t understand how I can hunt all day without eating, and how I easily keep up with them.

I know it has everything to do with my diet.

by Dave from Hawaii on Can You Be an Endurance Athlete and Primal?

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29 Comments on "Weekend Link Love"

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Sterling
6 years 7 months ago

So true on ‘personal trainers being useless’ link. When it’s all said and done, it’s based on what you put or do not put into your mouth. Trainers are great, but if you eat like crap and don’t supplement your ‘trained exercise’ with good eating habits…oh well.

jpickett1968
6 years 7 months ago

I love the Paleo Man Vs Vegan video from Colbert – thanks for posting that one. Clearly we know who rules already without watching it, but getting confirmation, while not needed, is simply bonus material!

fidelity
fidelity
6 years 7 months ago

Great video from the Colbert report. Thanks for shouting out my topic Mark! Love your stuff and thank you for doing what you do.

Todd
6 years 7 months ago

The Veggie Lasagna looks outrageously delicious. Gotta love a good ole lasagna without the white pasta!

Time Capsule – can’t wait to checkout the good habits article. Oh, and I have not put my body to exhaustion yet… I guess I shall try this week! 🙂

I agree with the trainers thing… I don’t see myself ever having one – unless its Mark!

shastagirl
shastagirl
6 years 7 months ago

haha i loved the paleo vs vegan guys. jenga was the best challenge!

Rob
Rob
6 years 7 months ago

Mark,
I am trying to find the reference (if it exists) on your reasoning behind soy protein isolate being in responsibly slim. I thought I had read your reasoning behind it at one point but cannot seem to find it through the search. I have a canister of responsibly slim that I recieved through one of your promotions, however I am fearful of taking much soy in due to its estrogenic effects. I would certainly appreciate any response. Thank you

Mark Sisson
6 years 6 months ago

Rob, 90% of the protein source in the RS is Whey. The soy protein isolate is a tiny fraction (about two grams per serving) and furthermore has lost most of its isoflavone content in processing. Zero concerns of “estrogenic” effects.

Charentais
Charentais
6 years 7 months ago

Love the video.
Love the pig hunter quote.

Erin
Erin
6 years 7 months ago

Backstage with Durant… hilarious!

David
6 years 7 months ago

I’m just echoing the other commenters, but anyways: that Durant video was hilarious.

Kent Hawley
Kent Hawley
6 years 6 months ago

I believe Mr. Durant is rocking the Vibram FiveFingers.

gilliebean
6 years 6 months ago

I love that comment from the Hawaiian!!

Rob
Rob
6 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the reply Mark, I appreciate it.

Mike
Mike
6 years 6 months ago

Hawaiian Pig Hunter. Wow, how do you put that on a resume? Super cool though. Everyday adventure.

Ryan Denner
6 years 6 months ago

Is it me, or can you just tell by the looks of paleo man versus vegan who the vegan is?

Mike
Mike
6 years 6 months ago

“I’m not an “endurance athelete” but I am a hawaiian pig hunter.”

That’s just really cool. I wish I could use that line at parties when talking to my Iron Man buddies 🙂

Julie
6 years 6 months ago

I can see why you chose the Hawaiian hunter’s story as your comment of the week. You certainly don’t hear that one every day…but the message really is something to make one seriously consider primal living not to mention all of the other information on your site. I plan on visiting here often. Thank you for the inspirational and motivational reading.

Jon
Jon
6 years 6 months ago

Anyone know where I can view the Colbert vegan/paleo throwdown video in Canada? The link doesn’t work for us Canucks. 🙁

e
e
6 years 6 months ago

CNN has a “real food” article as its headline:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/23/real.food.challenge/index.html?hpt=C1

Check out the comments: an excellent opportunity for PBers to enlighten CWers.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
6 years 6 months ago

The vegan/paleo challenge was a crack-up. (For those unable to view it, it included such challenges as sitting on tacks, Jenga, and opening a pickle jar.)

I wonder if the vegan is a show writer or camera guy they pressured to participate!

DianeThePurple
DianeThePurple
6 years 6 months ago

Oh wow, I finally had a chance to watch that video! The poor vegan guy looked so dejected as he ate the pickle…

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Godzilla
Godzilla
6 years 6 months ago

Dave: Do you use pit bulls in your hunt? Do you kill your game with a knife or gun? What island do you hunt on? Do you make portuguese sausage from the kill? Mahalo.

MARKETPLACE
6 years 4 months ago

i loved the paleo vs vegan guys. jenga was the best challenge!

ilan
6 years 4 months ago

Great video from the Colbert report. Thanks for shouting out my topic Mark! Love your stuff and thank you for doing what you do.

Firma Rehberi
6 years 4 months ago

Check out the comments: an excellent opportunity for PBers to enlighten CWers.

Vitamin
5 years 10 months ago

So true on ‘personal trainers being useless’ link. When it’s all said and done, it’s based on what you put or do not put into your mouth. Trainers are great, but if you eat like crap and don’t supplement your ‘trained exercise’ with good eating habits…oh well.

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5 years 10 months ago

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John
4 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the info, I’ve updated my schedule depending.

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