Weekend Link Love – Edition 120

You may have heard about the incoming report that high levels of vitamin D supplementation is unnecessary. I’d suggest reading Heart Scan Blog‘s version of what the Institute of Medicine should have said. And for those of you who still think D is a good idea, check out this handy infographic on vitamin D.

GrinchHabits? No, Leo Babauta’s blog is called Zen Habits, but he displays all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile with his post, The Case Against Buying Christmas Presents. What say you, readers?

Is world health steamrolling toward a calories-per-dollar bottom line? Free the Animal asks the question, “For Paleo to go mainstream, must it be price competitive?

TED (now in Chicago) has another great video this week featuring Jason Fried on why work doesn’t happen at work.

Quail is Primal. But how about quail for an entire month? Here’s an interesting find from Snopes about the impossible-to-win 30-days-of-quail bet.

EasyTone shoes are one thing, but EasyTone flip flops, pants, and sports bras? Reebok is trying to turn you into a human rubber band!

And finally, sacrilicious?

Recipe Corner

  • Have a chorizo burger, courtesy of Health-Bent.
  • Should you eat cake on your birthday? The Food Lover’s Primal Palate thinks so. Though, I have to make air quotes when I call this dark chocolate cake recipe “Primal” as it it does call for an entire cup of maple syrup.

Time Capsule

One year ago (November 28 – December 4)

Comment of the Week

My dog Wesley is the opposite of a morning dog–the only thing that gets him up is the smell of bacon. But forget that evening walk, and he will stare a hole in my head. He’s totally committed to primal eating, but no fan of broccolini.

– Louise D from How to Use the Buddy Effect to Achieve Your Health Goals

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. About 10 years ago we quit playing the Christmas game. It’s been all good since. I figured out that what Christmas really is is spending money you don’t have buying things for people that you don’t necessarily like, stuff they don’t need. What we now do is make a donation to a good cause (usually an Angel tree type deal for kids) and forgo the gift giving. Christmas has been much better ever since.

  2. I tend to agree with Leo. I have a 1.5 year old, and I still can’t decide exactly what I want to establish as “tradition” (best to start now!). I’m thinking I’ll have him choose something of his to donate (or a few things) around Christmas time every year. Then, I’ll just give him a stocking with a few little things (books and music probably). I feel like that’s a safe middle ground.
    As for giving gifts to other adults…I’m lucky that most of my immediate family has converted to Judaism lol. My girlfriends and I usually just get together for cocktails, and I’m not married. So, that’s that 🙂

    1. When our three kids were small, we spent Christmas Eve at my mother-in-law’s. She put Scrooge to shame. My kids had to wait for adult bachelor brothers to show up after lunch to open their stockings! Not to mention the presents under the tree I expected to be an early-morning rip-fest.

      So – I got an idea the next year. The Yule fairies came for solstice. This can be Christmas just as easily. The fairies pulled out the kids’ toys and made a diorama under the tree. Like the dollhouse set up, or a doll tea party or trucks at work, whatever. And the old toys would be mixed with a few new – the dolls reading books or playing a board game. New room of furniture or animals or dishes for the dollhouse. The new gifts were immediately played with along with the old. With a sprinkle of glitter and a few scattered candies or cookies, it was magic. Today I’d do mandarins and pomegranates with nuts.

      Santa still brings a stocking Christmas morning. We exchange personal gifts at Yule. That’s where new pajamas and power tools come in.

      My husband and I are keeping Yule in the hope that when our kids have in-laws, we are not all fighting over the same Christmas afternoon to get together.

      1. Yule fairies — i love it! wish i’d heard about (or thought of) such a thing when my kids were little!

  3. This may be America’s last Christmas. Buy up and enjoy your purchasing power while you still have it. The People’s Bank of China said they will strive for a “more sound” monetary policy next year which probably means they will relax their monetary peg between the Yuan and the US dollar. This means China will sell their products domestically to themselves and Americans will have to buy American products, unfortunately all our manufacturing is now in China and we don’t make anything any more. So no matter how much US dollars the Feds prints, it ain’t gonna help if there’s nothin’ to buy…

    1. That’s not necessarily true. Even though we may not have the major corporations manufacturing over here (well, there are still some) this can be taken as an excuse for our culture as a whole to get rid of this silly consumerism idea and become sustainable. Besides, there are a great number of things that we use daily that are very easy to make. Most of us, however, don’t- we just use the same old lame excuses like “I’m too busy”. So you see, this new Chinese monetary policy could be an enormous opportunity for us.

        1. Since the USA is by law a democratic republic, we are the government. Those who form the organized government are supposedly our representatives, but whether or not that truly occurs, the people still hold the majority of the power. Ergo, we need to allow ourselves to be free, and exercise our collective power rather than let industry, special interest groups, etc. try to take it from us.

      1. I should be more clear…by saying “allows us to be free” I mean, allows us to use a free monetary system, ie gold and silver. As long as we are beholden to the bankers and using their banker money, we will never be free. We will be forever poor and become forever surfs to our banker overlords.

    2. This myth that Americans don’t make anything anymore is a nauseating lie bandied about by economic illiterates. I despise government intervention in the economy as much as anyone but please look at the data.
      “In reality, the U.S. is by far the world’s largest manufacturer, with China trailing by 22 percent according to U.N. data for 2008 and arguably much more when we’re not in recession.”

  4. Yum!!! Chorizo burgers! We have been making them for years!

    Our recipe has been 1/4 to 1/2-lb chorizo to every 1-lb hamburger since chorizo seasoning, depending on the recipe, can be pretty strong.

    Or better yet, make your own chorizo. I like Rick Bayless’ Green Chorizo.
    ( https://www.rickbayless.com/recipe/view?recipeID=236 ) except chop up the cilantro stems to add more flavor and forget the spinach powder.

  5. Hey Mark – thanks for featuring our birthday cake! (What better birthday present than some link love from MDA!) We’re totally with you on the “primal” nature of the recipe, being a big splurge. However, twice a year we make this exception, once for Hayley and once for me. Hope everyone decides to give this a try on their birthday. It’s a nice way to “have your cake and eat it too” and not stray too far from primal eating…just try your best to only eat one slice!
    -Hayley and Bill

  6. I totally agree about Christmas–I’m moving towards giving a goat or chicks through Heifer Intl. What better gift could there be than knowing someone else will have a better life because you are loved? And it’s Primal!! This year, I still have a few things that I purchased earlier (like those five copies of the Primal Blueprint!). But next year, goats it is!

    Thanks also for the link to Health Bent–they have a lot of recipes that look great!

    1. So long as you know that Heifer Int’l doesn’t in fact designate your money for the particular animal “gift” you select — all the money they receive goes into their general fund. I’m sure it’s a good cause, but their advertising is intentionally deceptive. Basically your “gift” is no different than any other charitable donation.

  7. Frankly, I don’t think Freetheanimal deserves link love this weekend. Freetheanimal deserves to be smacked with a big old link sausage. Here’s why:

    1. Eating only potatoes is not primal. It’s pathetic, but not primal.

    2. It’d be tough to feed two on 37.50 a week even if you weren’t eating primal. That reader deserved a more thoughtful response. More importantly, he didn’t deserve to be the focus of Freetheanimal’s rage against the kale chip.

    3. And let’s look at his advice: eat eggs, chuck roast in the slow-cooker, and organ meats. Don’t eat vegetables. They’re for sissies, or “foodists,” whatever that means.

    4. Eggs are a sound bet. No argument there. But a grass-fed chuck roast costs about $20. Not the answer for Broke-Ass Paleo.

    5. Organ meats are all very well, but no kid is going to be convinced to live on heart, liver, and tongue by a man who breaks out in a cold sweat at the thought of eating green veg, at least not after said kid has added the word “hypocrite” to his vocabulary.

    6. I submit that very few kids are going eat large amounts of heart, liver, or tongue anyway.

    7. But okay, you’re the parent. You buy it, they eat it. Still, if everyone did that . . . Offal’s only cheap because no one wants it. If paleo went mainstream, those parts would be expensive too.

    8. If you’re eating organic grass-fed meat (and I hope you are, if you’re eating many organs whose function is to rid the body of toxins), they are not that cheap right this minute. At my butcher’s you have to get on a waiting list for liver, and it costs the same as hamburger meat.

    9. What should he have said? I dunno, but I’m guessing the only way to go paleo on that budget is to hunt and gather for realsies. Or buy some chickens and plant a garden, and even then it’d be a close run.

    I hope I’m not the only person who felt this way.

    1. AGREED. Nikoley is a straight-up jerk. He is the Dr. Laura Schlessinger of the paleosphere. People must contact him with questions because they like being abused.

    2. Perhaps the Palosphere needs to lighten up a bit, too.

      First off, anyone who knows my Food Porn category on the blog knows I do vegetables with virtually every meal (not always pictured, but always there and mentioned in the post, and not always potatoes).

      Potatoes _are_ primal and sweet potatoes are, in addition, paleo. See Stephan Guyenet’s (Whole Health Source) series on potatoes, as well as Don Matesz (Primal Wisdom). The anti potato thing is a carry over from the low-carbers and while I’m all on board with low carb if you have to and lowish carb if you don’t…potatoes are not the villain they’ve been made out to be and in fact pack a lot of nutrition, much of it high quality protein.

      At any rate, the blog was written for rant and style and in fact I cleared that with the reader who sent the question in advance. You can see her comment amongst the 170 others that offer absolutely excellent advice for doing paleo/primal on the cheap. Her comment is from ‘chyshree’ a out 2/3 of the way down the page. Does she sound offended or appreciative?

      I do posts in this style sometimes because it’s one way (not the only way, or the best — just one) to motivate people to get in those comments and get things going, and that’s exactly what happened.

      If someone was facing serious budget problems preventing them from going paleo/primal there is enough diverse advice in those comments to help them move in the right direction and I’m proud of that.

      1. I’m with you Richard. I get sick and tired of hearing all the whiners saying they cannot afford to eat primal/paleo..whatever…as it is so much cheaper to eat REAL food than just pre-packaged crap. I can eat super cheap on inexpensive cuts of meats and cheap root veggies!! So, yeah, your comments are funny, biting, and ultimately true!!

  8. Thank you for the zen habits link – I just facebook shared it! I LOVE Christmas, but it’s gotten a little ridiculous. The adults in my family started using what we’d spend on each other (or less) and adopting a family, so at least those parents can see their kids open one gift and cook a nice meal to celebrate. My in-laws, however…..

    When did it become about “stuff” and not the spirit of Christmas?

  9. I agree with Leo. The post has got me thinking differently about christmas and how I can do things a little differently this year.

  10. I opted out of Christmas about 15 years ago and it has made the whole season more enjoyable without the mall feeding frenzy. I’m not of any religious bent so I usually have a Solstice gathering of some sort on Dec 21st.

    I completely agree that there are a lot of ways to give without having to buy. For example, give someone you care about a massage.

  11. Leo makes a good point. It is fun to give but we never go into debt for Christmas. We still come up with appropriate gifts for those we love. For further reading I would recommend Ellen R. Shell’s book “Cheap”. It is about why most of the stuff we have now doesn’t last and why that hurts us all.

  12. I completely agree with Leo. Have been letting go of the Christmas mania for several years now. The less fuss I make over it, the better I like it. As someone else said to me a couple of days ago, “Don’t forget that the real meaning of the season is PEACE.” Very good.

    The idea that anyone should go into debt for Christmas is horrible. I don’t know anybody, either, who doesn’t think they have too much STUFF already and I hate it when my financially stressed friends spend money on me. The George Carlin routine of the same name comes to mind. What I enjoy is the company of friends. For the same reasons, I try to give a good used book, or bottle of wine or something that isn’t more STUFF.

    1. Yup, I totally agree. I have an agreement with my husband that our gifts don’t end up being “stuff” ,but rather events or memories (tickets to a hockey game, dinner out, etc..) That is much more meaningful for us and don’t create excess crap….now if I could just convince the rest of the family! Baby steps..baby steps..at least I have them on a budget now!

    2. 😀 the original meaning of the season was, to take a wild party time and make it politically correct! (look up “saturnalia”….) we have *evolved* the season to mean “peace on earth and goodwill to men” — another attempt at political correctness!

      ye gods, i love history!

  13. I read Leo’s post, and have talked to my family about implementing some of his suggestions. This came to a head a few days ago when I gave away our spare fake Christmas tree. When I told my daughter we were giving it to a family that had no tree, she cried and insisted that she’d rather keep the tree in a box, in the garage, then to give it to someone else. That’s when we talked about what Christmas really meant, and about how ‘stuff’ is just ‘stuff’, and that I was worried about how she was handling the loss of ‘things’. At that point I threatened to take down the tree and go present free; however, my husband talked me out of it for this year. That doesn’t mean, though, that I’m not thinking about it for next year.

  14. Thanks for the links Mark! When the Vitamin D infographic first came out last week, I made this comment on McCandless’ site (he had made the comment that he took Vitamin D pills):

    “I find it interesting that despite your great infographic and obvious research into this topic, you completely miss the point. You should be getting your Vitamin D from SUN and not from a PILL. You stress the importance of getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin D from the sun, and then turn around and completely undermind it by popping a pill! Then you list Margarine on list of “best” sources for Vitamin D.Margarine is the original Snake Oil of foods!”

    Interestingly enough, he removed his comment that he takes Vitamin D pills. I love how in the Primal Blueprint (and even in the infographic) you stress getting Vitamin D nautrally–as in, from the sun. It’s the way it should be! Thanks again for the great info.

  15. I actually completely agree with pretty much everything said in the ZenHabits post. I grew up with parents who went way overboard for Christmas every year (mostly my mother), and I’ve always found Christmas to be a little depressing specifically because there is an explosion of wrapping paper and candy and excessive gifts that just seems so wasteful. This year, we’ve finally scaled way, way back. I’m making most of my gifts, and purchasing only two gifts: for my mother and my husband. I actually have found the winter holidays so much more meaningful and special this year, now that I don’t have to worry about the mindless consumerism.

    In fact, the post is specifically NOT Grinch-like because he’s decrying the idea that the Grinch had — that Christmas is all about the presents. By moving towards sharing home-cooked meals with friends and family, and giving small tokens of the spirit of the season, we could become more Who-like and keep in mind the true spirit of holiday giving.

  16. Great links. Thanks. I would like to point out that the TED talk you linked is not really a TED talk but a TEDx talk. A TEDx is an independently sponsored event, there are hundreds of them every year all around the world. We recently had two here in Hampton Roads, TEDx NASA and TEDx Youth, each with an obvious focus. I found that they were both very interesting and stimulating, please check out the site https://tedxnasa.com/

    You should have your own TEDx Primal, that would be interesting!

  17. “Vitamin D is being added to more and more foods, said Paul R. Thomas of the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. Not only is it in orange juice and milk, but more is being added to breakfast cereals, and it now can be found in very high doses in supplement pills.”

    Unbelievable! Only shows how corrupt and deceiving our healthcare and government are! Telling people to not take a supplement and eat fake food to get vit. d is just horrible advice!

    “The group said most people have adequate amounts of vitamin D in their blood supplied by their diets and natural sources like sunshine, the committee says in a report that is to be released on Tuesday.”

    We are told to slather on sunscreen…how would we get vit d from the sun with cancer causing sunscreen?

  18. What ever your beliefs may be towards government and politics and their relative roles in our lives. They may have originally created for good and yes their is corruption now but I just get soo flippin frustrated at the crowd that complains and does nothing about it but whine about how their is nothing you can do. Or even worse the far left and rights yelling back and for about how such and such is right and blah blah republican / blah blah democrat are always to blame and seem to ignore that most of it is all a dog and pony show. The vested interests that “have all the money” will continue to influence there constituents as long as the public continues to be uneducated, apathetic and instead “CHOOSE” to use the absolute largest vote you can and do make every day. Your dollar is what fuels such organizations and corporations and if you choose not to work or spend your money in such places and “CHOOSE” to spend/work in the places, businesses and etc that you agree with and appreciative the others will not have any other choice to conform or go out of business. So instead of blindly complaining and hating the so called left / right how about a level headed approach at education and foresight in our purchases.

    1. Awesome. Sugary politeness and finessed tip-toeing around everyones’ self esteem and personal sensibilities can get sickeningly rich.

  19. WOW, Leo must have read my mind Over 20 Years AGO!! I completely quit “christmas”. The biggest reaction was “OMG! what about your kids?!?” To which I responded: “There are millions of children all over the world who are perfectly happy & have never celebrated christmas”. I told everyone to quit giving me stuff – I have enough! (same goes for birthday & mother’s day) I cna’t believe the skewed priorities this time of year.
    And don’t get me started on all the trees cut down just to go in a landfill…

  20. The article about eschewing Christmas presents is excellent. I couldn’t agree more with his sentiments. I’m so tired of Spendmas.