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May 23, 2010

Weekend Link Love

By Mark Sisson
20 Comments

Olympic triathlete Simon Whitfield gives some darn good training advice on Healthynomics. He even mentions a few familiar names (cough, cough).

Karl had been warned about low-carb eating. He knew the risks and the horror stories. Nevertheless, Karl made the grave mistake of living Primal and now he is suffering from the detrimental consequences…

William Li delivers an eye opening speech about cancer at TED. The “answer to cancer” may lie in eating the right foods, and if you’ve been living Primal, you may be quite familiar with the foods on his list.

If you’re new to the blog, perhaps you stumbled on my site a couple weeks ago and you’re wondering what’s up with the crazy footwear in the header photos. It’s time to learn about the barefoot side of Primal living. Read Zen Habitscomplete beginner’s guide to barefoot running.

I’d say the folks competing at this sport are definitely breaking Primal Blueprint Law #9.

Recipe Corner

  • The Clothes Make the Girl introduces the world to Primal Scotch eggs. For non-Scots, that’s an egg encased in sausage. Oh yeah.
  • Learn how to make bacon fruit cups over at Instructables. Yes, the cups are made of bacon. (Nix all the sugar if you actually end up making these.)

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 16 – 22)

  • 80/20 Principle – Strive for perfection, but don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
  • The “Grok Crawl” – A simple, Primal exercise that works many muscle groups and comes in handy every time you find yourself in a small tunnel.

Comment of the Week

Maybe that’s a big reason why many humans like pets so much. We can fulfill primal needs for touching and nurturing without the hassle of dealing with human social graces. For instance, it’s amazing how many ‘macho’ men will lapse into extreme levels of cutsy baby talk when they think they are alone with their pets! 😉

Eva from The Power of Touch

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Melissa Joulwan
6 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the Link Love, Mark. If y’all stop by for the Scotch Egg recipe, be sure to check out the comments, too. One of my readers made a suggestion for an ‘enhancement’ that sounds DELICIOUS!

ToddBS
ToddBS
6 years 4 months ago

Oh wow… back in my pub-crawling days I could devour a plate of Scotch eggs. At my favorite pub, the owner’s wife actually made them fresh every day (along with the shepherd’s pie). I’ll definitely be giving these a whirl.

Karl MacPhee
6 years 4 months ago

Thanks for the promo Mark. When I looked at my stats this morning and I saw that it jumped to well over 500 people I was wondering if it was a computer problem!

Loving the primal lifestyle.

Karl MacPhee

Sarah
Sarah
6 years 4 months ago

Karl,

In your blog pic, are you sitting on the Colorado National Monument? I am from Grand Junction, and it looks awfully familiar. 🙂

Karl MacPhee
6 years 4 months ago

I was sitting on the top of Angel’s Landing at Zion national park. That was in 2005 or 2006 when I was on a trip to visit Steve Ilg for a Wholistic Fitness Intensive. I was a Vegetarian/Triathlete in those days so I think I was about 155lbs. Today I am about 165-170.

It was a wonderful trip and I would love to go back some day.

Anna
6 years 4 months ago
The TED talk on angiogenesis is excellent (well, except for the brief mention of Ornish). The point about the very late diagnosis of most cancers, after angiogenesis has allowed tumors to grow large and powerful, is a very important one, esp with current breast cancer screening recommendations. By the time mammography can detect a tumor, the cancer may be well-developed, very aggressive, very difficult to treat, and too often, deadly. There is another little-known but FDA-approved imaging technology for evaluation of breast tissue health, which can detect and monitor the development of unhealthy inflammation and angiogenesis in the breasts (possibly… Read more »
Matt
6 years 4 months ago

The guy in the cancer video advocates soy. BOO!

Allen
Allen
6 years 4 months ago
I think that video is great and goes to show that the CW medical community is starting to open up and see the value of whole foods and medicinal benefits they bring from simply eating more colorfully potent fruits and veg. The soy issue might be controversial in the primal community but Mark has covered it in the past: (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/soy-scrutiny/). I think the reasonable conclusion to take right now is to use fermented soy products if you’re going to choose to eat soy. Anyways the often-referenced Asian populations that are touted to have less cancer and other ailments don’t really… Read more »
DavidC
DavidC
6 years 4 months ago
Booing seems a little childish. There’s no boo there. He’s recommending it due to certain cancer preventing compounds. Soy does have these. It’s undeniable. And, of course, it also has high levels of lectins and such. Also undeniable. The problem with soy is that it is both bad and good for you. That’s why you can so easily find articles stating either case. Depends on what you’re looking for and think is important. Doesn’t seem to bother Okinawans when they toss it in a pan with pork and vegetables. And it’s not that bad when fermented (tempeh). In fact, I… Read more »
Frank
Frank
6 years 4 months ago

Hi Mark,

Is your Primal Blueprint book available in PDF format that I can purchase and download right away? If not, I think you should make it available that way, as it’ll make it very convenient for your buyers 🙂

Cheers!

Jayne Hunter
Jayne Hunter
6 years 4 months ago

Hi Mark, Just finished watching the lecture on TED TV. Then I looked for more health lectures, OMG, Dean Ornish has 3 lectures on “improving” our diet. There must be some way of getting some low carb balance on TED, surely. Jayne

wo0t
wo0t
6 years 4 months ago

In the Zen Habits barefoot article I was a little perplexed at the ordering of #’s 1 and 5… it’s pretty questionable. Run on a hard hard surface before a soft one, really?
Nah, I’ll work up to the hard surfaces thereby building up the previously under-taxed muscles to respond more appropriately. If it works for some go ahead, have that extra pain, but it doesn’t for me.
(Responding here because my adblocker could be preventing my commenting on “Zen”‘s blog.)

Aaron Curl
6 years 4 months ago

I think it’s suggested to run on a hard surface because the hard surface is what makes you run with proper form. If I run in grass I start to feel my heals hitting a little harder. When I run on the road my brain won’t let my heels hit. Just my experience….it’s different for everyone. There’s nothing better than barefoot!

wo0t
wo0t
6 years 4 months ago

That’s definitely true, Aaron, it just seems like beginning on hard surfaces spikes the learning curve.
I don’t mind being rushed into a new methodology but if I have the choice I’d rather ease into it and perfect the form. Socks on a treadmill for now, in other words.

I definitely do agree that running barefoot works best.

Eva
Eva
6 years 4 months ago
Ah the wonders of internet meandering. A search on 5 finger shoes leads to research on running skills which leads to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wI-9RJi0Qo Like many, I have long assumed primal humans could not have run down our much faster prey animals. But I was wrong! Now I am just curious how he got all that meat back to the village! Did he wait for help or did he have to carry it himself? Or maybe the camera man carried it in the truck he was surely following with. Ironically, I noticed the hunter was wearing what looked to be ordinary… Read more »
Anna
6 years 4 months ago

I nominate Mark to do a TED Talk.

Dr. BG
6 years 4 months ago

And. Mark must wear a tight shirt, to compliment his dynamic, can’t-turn-my-eyes-away, articulate, science-based speaking style of course *wink*

Katherine
6 years 4 months ago

The barefoot running sport seems a little harsh for the feet. What is the best way to slip into doing that over tennis shoes?

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