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25 Sep

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

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.’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, 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.”

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. Ridin dirty

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  2. 1) Impala

    Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
  3. running man

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  4. 1) hip-hops!

    Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
  5. 1. hip hop
    2. pancreas
    3. robb wolf
    4. coconut
    5. bone marrow
    6. deer
    7. buffalo
    8. cross fit?

    Hilda Weigl wrote on September 25th, 2011
  6. hopping?

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  7. “let me ride”

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  8. 1) Playing

    Brian wrote on September 25th, 2011
  9. hip hops? that’s a good one andy! ha

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  10. rappelling? (as in climbing/abseiling)

    shamelessly trying anything that comes to mind now! :)

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  11. 1=straight outa compton?

    Scott wrote on September 25th, 2011
  12. fast lane

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2011
  13. #1: slow motion?

    Megan wrote on September 25th, 2011
  14. 1. Get Your Walk On (w/ Xzibit)

    Jenna wrote on September 25th, 2011
  15. Perhaps it’s a Chrysler 300 Sedan. He just signed a deal to work with the company to improve their sound systems.

    Beowulf wrote on September 25th, 2011
  16. “rollin’ in my ‘4 with 16 switches”

    dragonmamma wrote on September 25th, 2011
  17. 1. We Run This City Now (w/ TI & Nas)

    Jenna wrote on September 25th, 2011
  18. 1. sprint

    Chris wrote on September 25th, 2011
  19. do the dre-walk

    Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
  20. bouncing? as in the song bounce with timberlake?

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  21. he needs a doctor , and in the music video he lifts like a madman but I don’t know if that has anything to do with ambulation.

    could be
    two legged.
    heel strike.
    but he specifically chose it? hmmm

    alex wrote on September 25th, 2011
  22. i have a feeling we are over thinking this (a lot)…

    Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • I bet Mark is sitting at his desk laughing at all our feeble attempts to get free stuff… haha jk

      Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
      • I bet he is! I’m sure its really obvious… just too obvious! :)

        Emily wrote on September 25th, 2011
  23. 1=bounce? light speed? zoom? 8 mile? vibrams?

    Scott wrote on September 25th, 2011
  24. ‘Chronic’ Cardio!

    Matt wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • We have a winner! Nice work, Matt. One of the Worker Bees will be in touch with you tomorrow to sort things out.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 25th, 2011
      • haha, that is clever. of course!

        shazkar wrote on September 25th, 2011
      • Actually Chronic Cardio doesn’t sound so bad now…

        Bruno wrote on March 8th, 2012
  25. he wears shoes

    # 1 . slow and low that is the tempo…

    alex wrote on September 25th, 2011
  26. Doh! Nice work Matt.

    Scott wrote on September 25th, 2011
  27. Of course, its so simple ,we all have egg yolk on our faces tasty nutritious egg yolk

    alex wrote on September 25th, 2011
  28. ammonia burgers?! ugh! I live in a small town so my access to meat is pretty limited, and if 70% of ground beef is really treated this way, I’m sure mine is too.

    I’m going to have to find a new place to buy meat!

    Christine wrote on September 25th, 2011
  29. Having worked in a factory and standing in one spot for hours on end, I tend to agree with the guy that moving is the way to go.

    That killed my knees.

    While standing some is commendable, I’d mix it up a bit so you don’t kill your knees.

    Jane wrote on September 25th, 2011
  30. Oh, and #4 is a coconut.

    Jane wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Ha ha ha, my claim to “fame”. But after reading through, that was already pointed out.

      Jane wrote on September 25th, 2011
  31. Stand up workstations are overrated? Laugh my ass off!!

    $47 TRILLION?!?! YIKES!!

    I REFUSE to let this happen!

    Primal Toad wrote on September 25th, 2011
  32. winner winner free-range chicken dinner!

    Andy wrote on September 25th, 2011
  33. ‘Wood pulp’ (aka cellulose, one of the most common organic compounds on the planet) in our food is more often referred to as dietary fiber – indigestible, zero calorie bulk that will do nobody any harm.

    It’s use should be encouraged to reduce overall carb intake, but I guess common sense wouldn’t generate a billion click-throughs for mendacious content farms like Cracked.

    Chris wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Why would you want to bulk up your food with anything indigestible? Why not just eat food? If I’m paying for it, I want 100% useful nutrition. I’m perfectly capable of filling myself up with more fat or veggies if I want.

      Kris wrote on September 26th, 2011
  34. That article was hilarious! Loved the part about free range chickens: “There may even be mandolin music”, haha.

    Chase wrote on September 25th, 2011
  35. Well, if she doesn’t kill herself, she should certainly kill her McDonald’s cravings after 31 days.

    Jen wrote on September 25th, 2011
  36. hell ya! for the bacon buckle 😀

    peggy wrote on September 25th, 2011
  37. I don’t think standing workstations are for everyone. I think the article is right in saying we generally need to move more; also, just standing stock still will probably aggravate varicose in people who are predisposed to it (I am); however, that is annihilated if you budge your feet around/shuffle.

    But the thing is that not everyone can concentrate on work standing all day. I can; I find I concentrate better if I stand and get the work done in less time. But that’s me, and other people might find it hard/uncomfortable.

    Milla wrote on September 25th, 2011
  38. About the health costs…
    I know the ‘Skull people” (1% elites) are trying to reduce the amount of ppl on the planet by poisoning our foods…but they’re doing a poor job when people limp along long enough to reproduce.

    The internet should also be controlled like the press so people wouldn’t even be able to look up their answers.

    I know this sounds like I’m a psycho, but #1. I know I’m right and #2. If I was running an empire such as the USA I would speed things up and blame it on a virus. (or Terrorists, lawl).
    Hmm, I wonder if this post will get me on the No-fly list…

    Ingrid wrote on September 25th, 2011
  39. I spend my time between sitting at a computer and standing at an easel, and there is no comparison to how I feel with each one. Of course, part of that might be mental…

    Gingersnapper wrote on September 25th, 2011
  40. Cellulose is indeed in EVERYTHING. I went to my local Whole foods to pick up some grated parmesan to toss on top of my spaghetti squash. I reached in, grabbed the container, and wandered off to the line, listening to my ipod. Only while standing in line did I see the second ingredient was “powdered cellulose.” I left the line, went back to the cheese monger and asked her why there was sawdust in my cheese. She said, “what sawdust? It says cellulose.” I no longer by any cheese at Whole foods – i just don’t know what’s in it anymore.

    greensleeves wrote on September 25th, 2011
    • Just don’t buy the pre-grated stuff. They add those things to prevent the cheese from sticking together ( which you’ll notice happens easily when you grate it yourself!). As with most things, the few extra second to DIY are worth it in cost and health

      Kris wrote on September 26th, 2011

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