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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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November 25 2018

Sunday With Sisson 11.25.18

By Mark Sisson
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Hi, everyone. Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday morning. For those of you accustomed to receiving Sunday With Sisson in your inbox, I wanted to give you a heads up that the team and I are making some changes (just technical) with the newsletter and “Sunday With Sisson” for just a few weeks. Some of you may notice some temporary interruption in your email delivery from MDA. It’s all part of upgrading our systems. Unfortunately, there’s never a good time for these things.

In the meantime, I’ll be posting “Sunday With Sisson” letters each Sunday on the blog until we’re back to our full mailing capacity. Enjoy, and—as always—thanks for joining me here. 

Good morning, everybody.

I hope you enjoyed a good holiday (those of you in the U.S.). Last week’s Sunday with Sisson was pretty heavy, so I’m going much lighter this week with a list of things I’m liking, media I’m consuming, and anything else that comes to mind.

Conventional wisdom-buster: Humans delayed desertification of the Sahara. Recent estimates suggest that nomadic pastoralists actually held off desertification of the Sahara region for at least 500 years by introducing densely-packed ruminants that fertilized the land, improved soil quality, and fostered growth of grasses. How about that?

Listening: For whatever reason, I’m on a Celtic music kick, which I don’t usually listen to. The Pogues’ “Rum Sodomy and the Lash,” a classic Celtic punk album is great. It doesn’t get much better than their version of Dirty Old Town. I’ve also been liking the Chieftains “Chieftains 7” album. Try Away We Go and O’Sullivan’s March.

Watching: A smattering of food shows on Netflix. I like doing this to get inspiration for posts and Primal Kitchen products and kitchen experiments. Oftentimes, one random thing will get my creative juices flowing, wondering how I can make something similar in a pre-packaged, healthier, Primal-friendly form. Ugly Delicious and Chef’s Table are both great—and both very different from each other. From the former, try the barbecue episode. From the latter, the “Mallmann” episode from the first season is a must-see. The “Ivan Orkin” (American guy who did ramen in Japan) episode of Chef’s Table is also worth a watch. Meat Eater is also good, a combination hunting, philosophy, nature, and cooking show.

Question for you (reply to this week’s Sunday With Sisson blog post): What was the best thing about Thanksgiving this year? Food, family, funny comments, anything at all.

That’s it for me. What are you liking, watching, or listening to?

Enjoy your Sunday.

Best,

Mark

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  1. Best thing about Thanksgiving this year: A comment from my 4 year old great nephew- My mother died this past September at the age of 97. She was a remarkable person, and as a family, we are still grieving. We all miss her terribly. My great nephew asked if his Great Grandmother “was finished with God” because he wanted her to come back home. Ah, the innocence of a child.

  2. We had our most enjoyable Thanksgiving day yet. We went hiking at a local metropark with wild turkeys in the woods. The boys can tell others they had 7 or 8 turkeys for Thanksgiving! Being autistic (Asperger’s), they are most grateful for not having to go to large family gatherings or dinners anymore. We learned that this is a much better way for us to celebrate the holidays. We can eat the food we would normally eat on any other day, instead of the overeating and new foods that most people use for celebrating. This is a large part of eliminating some of the stress that can make us feel so ill from holidays. As I said, this was the best Thanksgiving yet!

  3. The best part of my Thanksgiving was having all my kids and grandkids together again. Seeing how they’re all changing and relating to each other just as I had hoped they would. Feeling so happy that I gave them to each other to appreciate and lean on for their lifetime

  4. Playing board games (Concept and Codenames) with my family — wife, kids, cousins, aunt and uncle. And enjoying a bottle of 50-year old single malt (Glen Garioch) that was produced the same year I was born, 1968! It was a gift from my cousin born the same year.

  5. I make the best thing for Thanksgiving every year: reservations! This year we went to the Majestic in Old Town Alexandria, VA. They provided fabulous food & drink.

  6. Funny! yesterday I was saying to my daughter that I was trying to be like if Francis Mallmann and Mark Sisson had a baby. Living with Mallmann”s lifestyle, but ripped as Sisson!

  7. If you like Celtic guitar try some Scott Williams. The two songs I know by him are Crystal Tears and The Burning of the Piper’s Hut, both excellent.
    There’s a band called Celtic Cross that I like. They have some Celitic mixed with electronic and psychedelic stuff.
    Following a similar theme I read a book called Trinity by Leon Uris a while ago and it was pretty good. It’s about Ireland in the 1800s and early 1900s. Oppressed peasants, religion and its factions, business, politics all factor into the story. It follows a bunch of characters and their conflicting ambitions. Basically the main character is working for the Irish Republican Brotherhood (like IRA) to gain Irish independence from England and defy the more powerful Protestants. The cover says it was the top selling book in the world for a while. It was a good score from a free book box that a book store leaves outside, which I rummage through all the time.
    The other day I read one about the life and works of Einstein called Eintstein’s Cosmos. That was also interesting. Some baffling concepts.

  8. My estranged daughter came to our family’s Thanksgiving meal for the first time in three years! My heart is full!