Weekend Link Love – Edition 135

Irritable bowel syndrome is usually no laughing matter, but Blisstree blogger Lia Serbyn’s account of her battle with chronic IBS will make you simultaneously laugh and cringe.

By now, you’ve probably heard that Dr. Oz faced off with Gary Taubes on Oz’s show last week. It was pretty much what you’d expect, but check out Taubes’ latest blog entry giving his side of the story.

Cocktail craftsmen are experimenting with adding animal products to alcoholic drinks – maple bacon bourbon, salmon-infused vodka, distilled Dungeness crab essence, a beef stock Bloody Mary – and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Ever wonder what a Primal pregnancy might look like? Expectant mother and Crossfitter Carli is documenting her experience (and smashing conventional pregnancy advice about exercise and eating to pieces in the process). Her nascent blog (just a month-old) is already packed with content, so check it out.

Over at Hunter-Gatherer, John Durant toasts his latest Upstanding Citizen: Donald Rumsfeld. Whether you agree or disagree with his handling of the war, I think everyone can appreciate Rummy’s insistence that “sitting is weird!”

Primal Toad, a truly splendid chap, is giving away $50 to Amazon. The contest ends today at 7 PM EST, so get on over there and put your name in.

Have you taken the 2011 Paleo Community Survey yet? Get to it!

Recipe Corner

  • Stuff I Make My Husband made her husband low-carb pad thai using kelp noodles. Lucky guy.
  • Ever had cevapi, a kind of Croatian lamb and beef sausage? Me neither. Looks good, though, and easy to make (and I bet you could slip some offal in there).

Time Capsule

One year ago (March 13 – March 20)

  • Dear Mark: Nuts and Omega-6s – Nuts for nuts? Cool. Just be aware of the omega-6 content.
  • I’m in Awe… – Last year, “The Primal Blueprint” made it to second place on the Amazon best sellers list, thanks to you guys. I’m still in awe.

Comment of the Week

Reading “Watership Down” can probably prevent cancer.

– J. from Bibliotherapy: the Power of Books

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. That IBS article is awesome. Love it.

    And, thanks for the love Mark! The giveaway does and will end today at 7 PM. I might extend it through Midnight, EST but I may not. Simply leave a comment and you got a chance to win!

    And, everyone needs to take the paleo community survey!

    1. The giveaway has now been extended through 11:59 PM EST tonight. But, any comment posted after this time will be deleted and not counted.

      Hurry up!

  2. Not sure if I agree with Carli and her “Paleo CrossFit Pregnancy.”

    FIrst of all, glucose the primary and most important fuel for a developing fetus (studies have shown that too little glucose causes developmental problems). Assuming, however, she is getting adequate carbs for her growing child, there is another side to the coin of her little experiment.

    There is currently no evidence that moderate or even vigorous exercise is harmful during pregnancy. HOWEVER, there is a weight limit of about 25 lbs and a condition that you should NEVER be out of breath. Why? Because if you are out of breath, then your baby is receiving compromised oxygen. CrossFit is likely not the best for this reason alone.

    There is such a thing as GOOD conventional wisdom, people. Having you (or worse, and unborn child) be a lab rat in a little test is foolish if you go into it blindly without doing your research.

    1. Also, just in case any of you bring up the fact that she addresses the issue of weight lifting: No she doesn’t. Not only does she not cite any research, but none of her reasons supposedly backing up weightlifting during pregnancy REFUTE the main reasons why it is condemned during pregnancy.

      1. If you have “research” that backs up your claims, there’s no reason not to have already provided it. Personally, were I you, I would have sent a private email to the woman in question informing her of my opinion that she was endangering her child, and allowed her the courtesy of an equally private response before condemning her in public. But maybe that’s not your style.

        Or perhaps, given your stance, you might think it more important to convince people like this to eat their darn carbs.

        1. The Point <==== I think you missed it.

          1) I made this comment publicly so as to warn everyone of the possible negative consequences to the lifestyle she is carrying a developing child in. Seems a bit selfish to just tell her. My aim was not to publicly disgrace her; she makes her choices aware enough with a PUBLIC BLOG.

          2) I never meant to knock primal eating down a peg. Just made the point that too few carbs during pregnancy can be severely detrimental (primal eating is usually fine, but it is paleo that you have to be careful with).

        2. And you miss my point, which is that if you feel the urge to hector a pregnant woman for eating paleo, your first priority ought to be those damn zero-carb women eating only meat and water — pemmican, clutch the pearls! — which is obviously endangering their child far more than any silly paleo plan.

        3. I actually am happy that @Kyle brought this up as I am a woman planning my pregnancy for later this year.

          Not everything is about the blogger, sometimes it’s good to disseminate dissenting opinions so that others can take notice.

          Thank you, Kyle.

    1. I watched Dr. Oz about 3 weeks ago and he had the South Beach diet, Dr. Agatson on and praised him up and down for his revolution in helping to heal heart disease. The South Beach diet is about controlling insulin levels and blood sugar so you can loose weight and correct high cholesterol and inflammation. Sounds kinda primal to me! There are some differences for sure when you add in the whole primal package but over all the eating plan on level 1 is very close to primal eating. So why the hate for Taubes?

  3. Kyle, if women aren’t to carry more than 25lbs during pregnancy, what are they to do if they have another younger toddler running around?

    It’s silly to set an arbitrary weight amount for a pregnant woman to lift. 25lbs might be heavy for some women, but not for others. I think it depends on the individual. The only way lifting heavy could compromise the health of the fetus is if the mother was holding her breath while lifting, and even then, the possibility for harm is marginal at best. The concern her is more for the mother, since she’s at greater risk for injury due to having a different center of balance and the relaxin hormone making her joints looser and more prone to strains.

    I agree that it’s not a good idea to get out of breath, or overwork yourself, but every woman knows her body and it’s important to stay in your comfort zone. I lifted heavy all through my pregnancy and ran until my 40th week (not to mention ate Paleo) and gave birth to a perfectly healthy 7lb 6oz baby girl.

    Check out http://www.crossfitmom.com for many other similar healthy crossfit pregnancies.

    1. when I was pregnant with my first child (over 30 yrs ago) there was no such thing as Cross Fit. Also, I was too poor for prenatal care. I had to work. At that time I had a job in a gas station. I had to mop floors, shovel snow, etc. I even had to change my own flat tire. My daughter is 31 & pretty bad-ass.
      Yes, some women need to take it easy during their pregnancies, but for the most part we’ve been carrying on “business as usual” for countless generations… & if women couldn’t survive on a paleo diet whilst preggers or lactating, well we wouldn’t be having this conversation now, would we?

      1. Like I said in my original post, vigorous exercise is not shown to be detrimental during pregnancy. Heavy lifting may be.

        Also, please refer to a reply I made above how primal is typically okay when pregnant.

        1. Heavy lifting is only a problem when you’ve an incompetant cervix or a high risk pregnancy. Of course I’m not saying do bodybuilding but I carried around 50# feed sacks, shoveled wheelbarrows full of manure, used my chainsaw to clear woods and make brush piles, split wood, etc, up til giving birth with all three of my children. I also only had about 10 minutes of real labor each time before pushing out a perfectly healthy, almost 9# baby.

        2. Exactly Marie!!
          None of us would be here if we couldn’t do these things while pregnant! As recent as our grandparents & great-grandparents the women were doing all their usual daily labouring, which might include periodic heavy lifting (like you & your chainsaws & feed sacks). What about all the expectant mothers in undeveloped parts of the world who still have to carry on? Some with a toddler on their backs…

  4. Re: the survey — I just took it, and I found some of the questions problematically worded, forcing choices without providing clear context (meaning that answers may vary widely depending on individual interpretation of the question) or without providing the option to choose “other.”

    As an example of an interpretive problem, if somebody selects “health unchanged,” will the surveyor interpret that to mean that the paleo diet hasn’t helped an existing health problem or that the respondent didn’t have any health issues before starting the diet? The difference is important, but there will be no way for the surveyor to know, by looking at the data, which was intended by the respondent.

    I encourage any bloggers who will be using the information gathered from it to keep these issues in mind, as well as the shortcomings of self-report and self-selection, when they discuss the findings.

    1. I agree with Dru, good idea but a few of the q’s may pose statistical issues due to the the wording/lack of choices. Take the exercise q; no “real sports/play” option….

      1. I would have also liked a few short answer questions. There are things I am not doing now, but would like to work up to since my health is always improving. Perhaps there should have been a “goal” field to fill out in some areas (food, exercise, etc.).

  5. Gary Taube’s article answered a lot of questions that I couldn’t seem to find answers to on this website.

  6. Hi Kyle,

    Thank you for the feedback and concern. I just wanted to address a few of your points:

    1. Carbs – if you look back through my posts on diet, I mention on more than one occasion that I have increased my carb intake since becoming pregnant, by means of consuming both a higher quantity of fruit and higher glycemic fruits (such as bananas, which I never ate before). I have also dropped my protein intake proportionally, in order to accommodate the fact that pregnant women’s livers are evidently not capable of processing protein quite as well. While I do not count calories or macronutrients, I can tell you based on my previous experience doing so that I am very easily achieving the 150 grams per day of carbohydrates recommended (by conventional wisdom, no less). Still, I prefer to get my carbs from nutritious fruits and veggies, which have much more “bang for their buck” nutritionally than grain-based carbs. Please see my post entitled “Pregnancy and the Paleo Diet” for more information on the modifications I recommend/follow.

    2. Heavy lifting – Again, I have addressed this issue in at least two different posts in my blog, but I would love if you could provide some links to the research studies that state it is not safe to lift more than 25 lbs during pregnancy. I haven’t come across that anywhere, and I find it difficult to believe that anyone would advocate an arbitrary one-size-fits-all weight limit that doesn’t take into account the vast differences in individual womens’ conditioning and body size. 25 lbs is very different for a 5’2″, 105 lb woman who has never weight trained versus someone like me who is 5’8″, 155 lbs (pre-pregnancy) and has been training hard for more than three years. Neither the ACOG, ACE, SGOC nor CSEP (the major Cdn/US societies for both ob/gyn care and exercise) condemn weightlifting, and those are the four major bodies who conduct research into exercise and pregnancy.

    3. Lastly, the issue of oxygen deprival – again, I have addressed this a couple of times in various posts, where I have explained the importance of pacing oneself during workouts to the point where it is still possible to talk while completing the workout. Since I became pregnant, I do not take a “balls-to-the-wall” approach to my workouts anymore. Instead, I give myself lots of time to complete the required work in such a way that I do not find myself out of breath or gasping for air. I take breaks when needed, and drink lots of water. I have also stopped using the valsalva manoeuvre for weightlifting, and I explain the importance of that in my post about heavy lifting.

    Hope that helps! 🙂

  7. Cassandra Forsythe has an excellent blog and interviewed 9 women who exercised vigorously during pregnancy

  8. I’m disappointed.

    In the survey it asks:

    “Have any of the following medical conditions improved or become manageable for you while on the paleo diet?”

    and it doesn’t list Acne as a choice.

    Paleo healed my face, I wanna share that information :[

    1. Paleo also healed my acne problems. I think they will learn a lot from the survey and a better one will be created fairly soon.

  9. Being an Aussie I was unaware Gary was going to be on Dr Oz, thanks for the heads up. After so much of my time spent wondering why the nutrition industry is the way it is, seeing the transcript my suspicion was confirmed: people like doctors don’t like to think there are things they don’t know. They would rather stick to their guns and rely on their position than actually read the avalanche of evidence that disproves their stance. Considering it was research that has made medicine what it is today, I find Dr Oz one of the worst hypocrites out there. He holds people’s lives in his hands for Christ sake…

  10. I wondered if I should fill out the survey. I do a vlc(20g) primal(not paleo, daily raw and fermented dairy with protein shakes) diet 6 days out of the week with a heavy workout then mild cheat day.

    Is primal close enough to paleo? I know that Cordain discourages saturated fat while mark encourages it. I believe there are some large differences.