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September 25, 2011

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

By Mark Sisson
106 Comments

Over 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

The 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.”

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Anna
5 years 3 days ago

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 🙂

Zach
Zach
5 years 3 days ago

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”?

Darcy
5 years 3 days ago

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.

Tony Ingram
5 years 1 day ago

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.

Chris
Chris
5 years 3 days ago

ANSWER #6 is “roe”?

Chris
Chris
5 years 3 days ago

ANSWER #5: Bone marrow.

Chris
Chris
5 years 3 days ago

ANSWER #7: Bison

Warwick
Warwick
5 years 3 days ago

#4 is coconut?

Andy
5 years 3 days ago

1) barefoot?
2) fatty liver
3) send the guy with the worst throw to the wolves
4) coconut
5) bone marrow
6) deer/dear

Chris
Chris
5 years 3 days ago

ANSWER #1: Beats

Chris
Chris
5 years 3 days ago

Erm, as in Beet. Maybe not, just a guess 😉

Andy
5 years 3 days ago

7) bison

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
5 years 3 days ago

ANSWER #4: testicles

Jane
Jane
5 years 3 days ago

OMG…that made me laugh my butt off.

Sharon
Sharon
5 years 3 days ago

me too

taihuibabe
5 years 3 days ago

WIN.

Anne
5 years 3 days ago

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!

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
5 years 3 days ago

ANSWER #3: Robb Wolf

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

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

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

not sure about 1 though – that one’s a bit of a shot in the dark!

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
5 years 3 days ago

ANSWER #5: Cooking food

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

Umm….

barefoot

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

1)crawl
2) fatty liver
3) robb wolf
4) coconut
5) bone marrow
6) offal
7) bison

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

just simple – walk? As in get your walk on?

Ella
Ella
5 years 3 days ago

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

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

Or 1 could be walk

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

oh and 8 is HIIT

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

Ah ha! 100 miles and running? Now i’m grasping at straws!

So, last shot is running?

Ware
5 years 3 days ago

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

Ware
5 years 3 days ago

Or else 1 = c walk?

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

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

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

1 = rollin

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

1=running

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

or maybe 1=sprint

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

I’m just pulling out random stuff now. 1=barefoot

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

me too Ben!

Riding?

Megan
Megan
5 years 3 days ago

#1 crip walk?

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

slow moving

Scott
Scott
5 years 3 days ago

1=barefoot in the snow

Andy
5 years 3 days ago

1) rapping

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

moon walk?

Scott
Scott
5 years 3 days ago

1= let me ride

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

walking it out

Ware
5 years 3 days ago

Walk on by?

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

dance?

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

Ridin dirty

Andy
5 years 3 days ago

1) Impala

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

running man

Andy
5 years 3 days ago

1) hip-hops!

Hilda Weigl
Hilda Weigl
5 years 3 days ago

1. hip hop
2. pancreas
3. robb wolf
4. coconut
5. bone marrow
6. deer
7. buffalo
8. cross fit?

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

hopping?

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

“let me ride”

Brian
Brian
5 years 3 days ago

1) Playing

Ben
Ben
5 years 3 days ago

hip hops? that’s a good one andy! ha

Emily
Emily
5 years 3 days ago

rappelling? (as in climbing/abseiling)

shamelessly trying anything that comes to mind now! 🙂

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