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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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March 07, 2010

Weekend Link Love

By Mark Sisson
29 Comments

Can’t afford Vibrams? Want some stylin’ kicks? InvisibleShoe shows you how to make your own huaraches! (originally found by CrossFit Marin)

You may have read my post on P90X and Crossfit earlier this week. For a little more perspective, read Sterling Advice‘s article: Can a person be Primal while following P90X?

If I ran network television, I’d fill up all the prime time slots with TED speeches. You’ll find a couple gems this week in Jamie Oliver’s food speech and Daniel Kahneman’s discussion of two versions of happiness.

What does a Primal kitchen look like? Mike Meire at Apartment Therapy bends the norm to create the Farm Project Kitchen.

Weight Watchers and McDonald’s are teaming up; what a perfect match! Now you can eat McNuggets and watch your weight… go up.

What do G.I. Joe, Mr. T, and the New Kids on the Block have in common? They’re all coated with high fructose corn syrup! Now That’s Nifty rounds up almost a hundred retro breakfast cereals – the stuff that kids have been raised on for years. Here’s part 1, part 2, and part 3.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

Two years ago (February 28 – March 6, 2008)

  • Dear Mark: Vegetarian Protein Possibilities – If you just won’t eat meat, here are a few ways to get protein (note, fish is on the list, I’m not sure what kind of vegetarian you are, but I implore you to be the fish eating kind)
  • Getting Canned: Is Canned Soup Really – You can probably guess I’m not a fan of Campbell’s chicken with stars. Besides talking canned goods, this post offers up a few tasty soup recipes including Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi’s Crab Bisque, which is quite Primal!

Comment of the Week

I installed f.lux yesterday after reading the article!

Yesterday evening, for the first time in living memory, I spent a couple of hours on the computer, and by 9:30 p.m. I was bored with the computer and wanted to curl up with a good book in bed. By 10:00 I was ready to turn out the light. I had read years ago in “Lights Out” that sleep before midnight is worth much more than sleep after it, but never was able to get to sleep until almost midnight.

This f.lux program is WIZARD! Mark gets a real vote of thanks for mentioning it!

I’ve also decided not to watch TV after dark except on Saturday night. And I changed the reading light above my bed for a “soft white” compact fluorescent, yellower than an incandescent bulb.

-piano-doctor-lady from How Light Affects Our Sleep

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Underwaterer
Underwaterer
6 years 6 months ago

Awesome!!!

Tara tootie
6 years 6 months ago

AGREED with the f.lux!

I am looking for orange glasses to wear at night too. And Ive switched one of my lights to a yellow one. WORKS!!!

Les
Les
6 years 6 months ago

Found some orange/amber tinted “reading” glasses at Staples. They were sold as ” driving” glasses for sitting in front of the computer.

Sterling
6 years 6 months ago

I installed F.lux the day of the post as well. I SWEAR I get sleepier at night now when I’m on my computer. Thanks for the link love today, Mark.

Todd
6 years 6 months ago

I passed on the F. Lux last time but with all these success stories I am going to have to give it a try tonight!

SO wearing glasses while sleeping doesn’t bother you? It sounds interesting.

Those huraches sound interesting. I think I am going to have to make some this spring/summer!

Tara tootie
6 years 6 months ago

Todd the glasses are orange tinted and you just wear them before bed to filter out all the blue light from lightbulbs. You don actually wear them to bed! 😉

Maybe I should get a blue lightbulb to turn on in the morning to wake me up too!

Todd
6 years 6 months ago

Haha I feel like a complete idiot. But, I don’t mind feeling that way once in a while 😉

I think I may have to try the orange tinted glasses out. I am using the F.lux for the first time… AMAZING!

Everyone here reading this comment… download F.lux NOW! That’s an order! Lol.

I have my computer on and a nite lite in my bedroom right now… should get a good night’s sleep!

piano-doctor-lady
piano-doctor-lady
6 years 6 months ago
Tara, in the kitchen I have a recessed light fixture with three sets of fluorescents (six 4-foot bulbs) and a plastic baffle underneath. When I moved in these were not all the same color, and they hummed. I replaced the three balasts with digital ones, and bought daylight bulbs for them. In the dim rainy winter mornings I turn on that light, and the kitchen looks like bright daylight, as if it were a skylight instead of fluorescent bulbs. In the evening, I use yellower lights and don’t turn on the overhead. I think it does do some good, to… Read more »
Russell
Russell
6 years 6 months ago

I listened to the Daniel Kahneman speech earlier this week – it’s full of fantastic insights from the father of behavioural economics. Great stuff.

shastagirl
shastagirl
6 years 6 months ago

yes f.lux definitely makes me more sleepy more quickly than before. i go to bed at 10:30/11pm now instead of 1am! i used to have bad insomnia but now i can settle down alot faster.

Art
Art
6 years 6 months ago

Watched Jaimie Oliver’s speech on teaching kids about food–passionate and inspiring. But then I went to his website: filled with pasta, bread, and
pizza recipes. And plenty of sugar added! If only somebody would teach Jaimie Oliver about food.

romesaz
romesaz
6 years 6 months ago

I installed Flux on my work computer to experiment with it, but fortunately wasn’t at work late enough to fully experience it (although it did start to make the 1-hour transition i set it to).
pretty cool! 😀 It’ll be set up at home soon too.

vonterschpe
vonterschpe
6 years 6 months ago

made some of the shoes!! they rock. I used floor mats from a car to do it. I can’t wait to wear them the next time i run.

Jack
Jack
6 years 6 months ago

A few years ago, before I was truly primal, I made a similar pair of huaraches out of vibram. But it’s not REALLY primal. I had a few pair made with leather that I tanned, but now I make a similar huarache but I make the sole out of woven grass. If you’re wearing anything else, then you’re not really getting the full experience of walking in footwear that we evolved to wear.

Cristy
Cristy
6 years 6 months ago

Okay, Jack.
I gotta know how you wove the grass.
Please tell me you posted pix somewhere…
Cristy

piano-doctor-lady
piano-doctor-lady
6 years 6 months ago
I am so flattered, Mark, that you chose my reply for “reply of the week”. It is that much better when I see so many others trying the f.lux and having it work for them just like it did for me. Old Swedish saying someone told me a long, long time ago: ‘”Oh I’m so tired, if only I could go to bed!” said the old woman as she sat on the edge of the bed.’ Fiddling with the computer hour after hour till 1 a.m. feels just like that — and the more tired I was the longer I… Read more »
piano-doctor-lady
piano-doctor-lady
6 years 6 months ago

oops — speech on the two versions of _happiness._ That didn’t come out quite as planned.

Cullen D.
Cullen D.
6 years 6 months ago

F.lux is pure cool. It makes my whole room more comfortable at night. It just seems warmer. Being in college sometimes prevents me getting to bed before midnight anyway, but this definitely helps me give it the old… COLLEGE TRY? Couldn’t resist.

evolution
evolution
6 years 6 months ago

I didn’t notice much effect from F.lux 🙁

I would love to see all these ideas synthesised into one article/post regarding artificial lights, melatonin, circadian rhythm, glasses, etc.

Is there one about that anyone knows of?

shastagirl
shastagirl
6 years 6 months ago

http://books.google.com/books?id=SwbA66JW6B0C&dq=lights+out+sleep+sugar+and+survival&printsec=frontcover&source=bn&hl=en&ei=HmMqS_2MNNXhlAeT8aGqBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CBkQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=&f=false

is some sections of the book available online. of course alot of pages are missing since you have to purchase it but it gives you a rough idea. mine copy was shipped today and im expecting it by wednesday, cant wait.

Pat
Pat
6 years 6 months ago
Jamie Oliver is BRILLIANT. I really think that everyone should share this video with at least one person and ideally as many as possible because there are some really AWFUL truths (and I’m sorry for the rant, I’m just passionate about food): 1.) the foods in schools are determined by accountants (hell, if they didn’t use them as a cash source you wouldnt see vending machines…) This means cheap rubbish gets served to kids. My wife ran a breakfast program in a school for a while – and until she got there and changed things (and secured a little extra… Read more »
misterbulgarin
misterbulgarin
6 years 6 months ago

I’ve been using flux and it’s helped I think. The nights I spent on the PC before bed definately had me more sleepy. I think on saturday it was 10:45 and I just went to bed….wow.

hypnotikk
hypnotikk
6 years 6 months ago

f.lux seemed to work well, but it’s a resource hog on my laptop, so I had to uninstall it. I’ll try it on my desktop to see what happens.

avocado
avocado
6 years 6 months ago

So what would be comparable to f.lux when it comes to your bedside lamp?

Cristy
Cristy
6 years 6 months ago

Farm Project Kitchen?
No.
I love you Mark, but that kitchen’s dumb.
And phony.
Orange snow fence, bales of straw (still in bales) a manure fork and a potted lemon tree?
Exactly what type of farm animal are we expected to believe stays in that enclosure?
I’m all about harmony with food, but after looking more closely at that “project” I’m pretty sure Mike Meire hasn’t butchered many chickens in that kitchen. Interesting concept, but.. I’m not buying that one. Gimme the mudroom sink for cleaning fish… I’ll keep the animals outside and the meat processing activities to the shed.

Jay
6 years 6 months ago

Hi Mark,

I have a question that maybe you can help me out with.
My left leg is approx 1,3 cm shorter than my right leg. This causes an imbalance and for the last 1-2 years my lower back has been stiff/aching.

I wear an extra sole (0,9cm) in my left shoe to offset the imbalance a bit.

Say i would go for more primal footwear, do you know any tips/shoes i could use keeping my imbalance in mind?

Thanks,
Jay

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