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25 Sep

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

weekend link loveOver at The Primal Challenge (fitting name), more than thirty people are officially taking on the 30-day Primal Blueprint Challenge and logging their progress throughout the month.

How safe is your home? The Daily Infographic explains the chemical composition of your house.

Cracked.com’s back again with more of their shameful gotcha journalism. I for one love the taste of wood pulp in my bagels and ammonia in my burgers, and everyone knows that fake berries and artificial orange flavor taste better than the real things. You’ve got me on your side, food industry.

Chronic diseases, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental illness, and respiratory illness, are slated to cost the globe $47 trillion by 2030, according to a recent study by the World Economic Forum. Going Primal suddenly doesn’t sound so expensive, does it?

According to ergonomics researchers at Cornell, standup workstations are overrated and people should be sitting to work at a computer. They say the key is getting up and moving around on a regular basis. I agree that everyone should be moving, but I find their arguments against standing to be unpersuasive. What do you think?

Dr. William Davis gets some love from Bodybuilding.com, where he gives an interview and talks about his new book “Wheat Belly.” Good interview, I just wished we got to see a shot of Davis flexing for the camera.

A woman is spending a month training for a marathon and eating only McDonald’s. She got sick after her first five mile run. Yeah, I’m sure this’ll go great! (And man is Ronald McDonald a creeper; check out that picture.)

Long-time Primal fan Leah made something extremely cool to sell on Etsy, apparently inspired by MDA. I’m honored. Fans of bacon should click this link immediately.

Recipe Corner

  • Miss crackers? (That’s a question, not a detective from Masterpiece Theater.) Try these crackers from Paleo on Main Street.
  • Get filthy with Paleo dirty rice.

Time Capsule

Two years ago (Sep 20 – Sept 26)

Comment of the Week

“Let’s eat Grandma.”
“Let’s eat, Grandma.”

Punctuation saves lives. LOL

- Amen, Sarah.

Brain Teaser

djubi gameThe Prize:

Toys! I write and talk a lot about nutrition and exercise, but there’s so much more that goes into health and wellness. One of these is “Play.” So today I’m giving away…

Djubis. Frisbee is fun, but occasionally you need a change-up. Enter the Djubi. My best description of this game would be slingshot lacrosse using the rules of Ultimate. The balls have good zip, heavier than modern-day Nerf fare, they’re more akin to the old school, tough 1980′s Nerf balls that could obliterate a Lego castle if shot from an air canon. Tip: They’re best used in a large, open space, because they can really fly. See ‘em in action here. They even have their own Facebook page.

You may want to do this as a group, so the winner of today’s contest gets six pairs of Djubis. That’s enough for a twelve person game. 

The Contest:

UPDATE: A winner has been announced in the comment boards, so this contest is now closed.

Post the answers to the following clues in the comment board. Each answer relates in some way to the Primal lifestyle. The first person to answer all of them correctly wins the prize. Good luck!

1. Dr. Dre’s chosen method of ambulation.

2. Eaten, it’s a delicacy. Diagnosed, it means insulin resistance.

3. Aufero Canis Lupus.

4. What’s smooth when young, hairy when old, and produces edible liquid?

5. Transplants some to health, certain Pleistocene hominids to bigger brains.

6. Nutritious homophone.

7. Capcom boss, wise guy, wallower.

8. Rhymes with presidential hopeful, completing a session is like being “how it sounds.”

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 like having the option to stand behing my desk. Of course moving is best, but we’re not always so lucky to be able to get up and move every 20 minutes. So standing every now and then is, for me, better than just sitting all day.

    I suck at the brain teaser…only know a few. Good luck to everyone winning this one :-)

    Anna wrote on September 25th, 2011
  2. While reading the standing article and the list of drawbacks, it struck me that those were the complaints I had after 2 weeks of standing. After 6 weeks I’ve found that I have no problems anymore. In fact, I’ve found my compulsive need to lean against something and shift back and forth on my feet while standing around in a group have disappeared. Did those Cornell researchers spend more than a week developing their “recommendations”?

    Zach wrote on September 25th, 2011
  3. I’ve never embraced the idea of a standing workstation. Having worked a job that involved standing in one place most of the day I don’t recall any thing good coming out of it only backaches. Of course I was a slouchy teenager at the time but I suspect today my posture would suck after a couple hours. I think that article gets the key you need to move and take breaks from the desk whether your standing or sitting.

    Darcy wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Sitting is bad… so stand. A little too easy if you ask me. I’d like to see evidence that it’s actually better.

      Any sustained position for too long is uncomfortable at best, and detrimental to our health at worse. Taking frequent ‘movement’ breaks is key.

      Tony Ingram wrote on September 27th, 2011
  4. ANSWER #6 is “roe”?

    Chris wrote on September 25th, 2011
  5. ANSWER #5: Bone marrow.

    Chris wrote on September 25th, 2011
  6. ANSWER #7: Bison

    Chris wrote on September 25th, 2011
  7. #4 is coconut?

    Warwick wrote on September 25th, 2011
  8. 1) barefoot?
    2) fatty liver
    3) send the guy with the worst throw to the wolves
    4) coconut
    5) bone marrow
    6) deer/dear

    Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
  9. ANSWER #1: Beats

    Chris wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Erm, as in Beet. Maybe not, just a guess ;-)

      Chris wrote on September 25th, 2011
  10. 7) bison

    Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
  11. ANSWER #4: testicles

    dragonmamma wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • OMG…that made me laugh my butt off.

      Jane wrote on September 25th, 2011
      • me too

        Sharon wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • WIN.

      taihuibabe wrote on September 25th, 2011
  12. I am always grateful for a good paleo cracker recipe. I have a fab recipe for almond flour crackers; I’ll definitely give this one that adds coconut flour to the mix a try!

    As for standing v sitting, eh. Yes, they do give actual reasons that standing all day may not be the greatest thing for your health, but they seem to be saying that actually moving some is better than just standing there. Well, yeah. Of course it is!

    That poor McDonald’s-fueled marathoner!

    Anne wrote on September 25th, 2011
  13. ANSWER #3: Robb Wolf

    dragonmamma wrote on September 25th, 2011
  14. 1) funky chicken
    2) fatty liver
    3) robb wolf
    4) coconut
    5) bone marrow
    6) offal
    7) bison
    8) HIIT

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  15. not sure about 1 though – that one’s a bit of a shot in the dark!

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Number 1 is your only incorrect answer, Emily!

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 25th, 2011
  16. ANSWER #5: Cooking food

    dragonmamma wrote on September 25th, 2011
  17. Umm….

    barefoot

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  18. 1)crawl
    2) fatty liver
    3) robb wolf
    4) coconut
    5) bone marrow
    6) offal
    7) bison

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  19. just simple – walk? As in get your walk on?

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  20. 1. Running (like a mofo on my own two feet.)
    2. Fat liver
    3. Robb Wolf
    4. Coconut.
    5. bone marrow
    6. Fast
    7. bison
    8. HIIT

    Ella wrote on September 25th, 2011
  21. Or 1 could be walk

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  22. oh and 8 is HIIT

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  23. Ah ha! 100 miles and running? Now i’m grasping at straws!

    So, last shot is running?

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  24. 1) barefoot walking
    2) fatty liver
    3) robb wolf
    4) coconut
    5) bone marrow
    6) offal
    7) bison
    8) HIIT

    Ware wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Or else 1 = c walk?

      Ware wrote on September 25th, 2011
  25. First person to get the correct answer to number 1 takes home the prize since all other riddles have been answered correctly by Emily (and others).

    Mark Sisson wrote on September 25th, 2011
  26. So, I think I’ve got to:

    1) running
    2) fatty liver
    3) robb wolf
    4) coconut
    5) bone marrow
    6) offal
    7) bison
    8- HIIT

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  27. 1 = rollin

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  28. 1=running

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  29. or maybe 1=sprint

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  30. I’m just pulling out random stuff now. 1=barefoot

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  31. me too Ben!

    Riding?

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  32. #1 crip walk?

    Megan wrote on September 25th, 2011
  33. slow moving

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  34. 1=barefoot in the snow

    Scott wrote on September 25th, 2011
  35. 1) rapping

    Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
  36. moon walk?

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  37. 1= let me ride

    Scott wrote on September 25th, 2011
  38. walking it out

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  39. Walk on by?

    Ware wrote on September 25th, 2011
  40. dance?

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011

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