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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. Haha! – “Competition” should be the focus of a post… Reading the last three pages was great!

    waxedhands wrote on September 25th, 2011
  2. I’m reading William Davis’s book “Wheat Belly” now and It Is Scary. You’ll never be tempted to cheat and eat anything made with wheat ever again, no matter what the circumstances. If you need any exxtra motivation to help you get over the first hump going primal, just read “Wheat Belly.” Problem solved.

    Island Girl wrote on September 25th, 2011
  3. #1 dancing

    lunasma wrote on September 25th, 2011
  4. I’m also suspicious of the standing vs. Sitting article. No data is given to back up their assertions (which are not all that well articulated either). I sincerely wonder how they arrrived at enough data points (people who switched from exclusively sitting to exclusively standing over a long period of time) in order to conclude something like a 900% increase in your chance of atherosclerosis. And, anecdotally, since switching from sitting to standing I am FAR more likely to move around the office than before. You just feel more primed for action – I amble during conference calls, to suss out problems, when eating. Not convinced at all that the problems they identify wouldn’t be caused by other lifestyle elements and therefore wouldn’t be fixed by addressing other aspects of Primal living – better diet, more exercise, more sleep, etc.

    Kris wrote on September 26th, 2011
  5. I’ve seen this Wheat Belly book come up in a post on just about every health-related website I go to.

    Guess I better check it out!

    Josh Frey wrote on September 26th, 2011
  6. I loved the bacon belt buckle, so creative! I am not sure about training for marathon while eating Macdonalds, I really do consider fast food as a slow poison, especially Macdonalds – that challenge is definitely crazy!

    Tatianna wrote on September 26th, 2011
  7. Miss Crackers. I would watch that.

    PeterB wrote on September 26th, 2011
  8. Guest host Dr. Davis? Sounds good.

    IvyBlue wrote on September 26th, 2011
  9. #1 sprinting

    viviana wrote on September 26th, 2011
  10. If I get around to upgrading from a sitting desk, I might consider a treadmill desk instead. They seem to do foldable manual for a fair price. Barefoot, of course.

    Hopefully it would also incur the benefits of a nice walk like getting the creative juices flowing. There are people out there doing it who seem quite happy, so perhaps it is something worth exploring.

    Stinkoman wrote on September 28th, 2011

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