Weekend Link Love – Edition 151

My next book is available for pre-order on Amazon, but before you hop on over there to reserve your early-adopter copy, consider that, just like my previous book releases, I will be putting together a special pre-order offer for people that purchase it through PrimalBlueprint.com. Keep your eyes peeled this coming October. (P.S. Pay no attention to the cover design at Amazon. It’s an early mockup of an in-the-works final design, and will be changed.)

Peggy, The Primal Parent, just wrote a great article on polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS. Turns out going Primal helps with that, too.

Good posture makes you tougher and more resistant to physical pain, while a submissive posture makes you less resistant.

Surprise, surprise: toning shoes don’t actually tone anything. What you do in a shoe (or in no shoe) is key.

Check out a London art student’s human hair necklaces, which bridge the tenuous gap between creepy and beautiful.

How to build your brain circuitry and get really, really good at something.

According to HuffPo, paddleboard yoga is the latest trend. I got an email from a friend the other day telling me he and friends played Ultimate on paddleboards.

You might miss it if you blink, but an NPR article briefly mentions how sunlight helps the eyes.

It’s a rare breakfast that encompasses the balance between protein, fat, and micronutrient requirements, along with the nature of reality itself, but this egg manages to do it all.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 11 – July 17)

Comment of the Week

That’s kind of what I was thinking when I ripped the heads off four living crayfish, pulled out their main intestine using the center tail fins, and scraped most of their guts out with a knife, all while they were still wriggling. Then I plopped them in a pot of boiling water and watched them turn red, along with the bundles of eggs still attached under three of their tails. But then after transferring them into a pan and frying them with some eggs, I enjoyed an excellent, hearty dinner that satisfied me to the core. This is the way of nature.

– Reader Animanarchy spares no details.

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. Mark! Excited for the new book. Are you still going to come out with the book that was possibly going to be called “Re-Connect”? You talked about it at Primal Con. I am very curious about this.

    I have a tiny recommendation on this book… how about “life” transformation instead of “body” transformation?!

    I understand that MOST people lose a significant amount of weight and thus they go through a significant BODY transformation. I, however, went through a LIFE transformation. My entire life changed when I went primal April 5, 2010. It’s been an amazing 15 months.

    Sure, my body has changed too. I’ve always been “healthy” compared to the general population. I’ve lost fat while gaining muscle. But, to me, its more about my entire life. Not just my body.

    Get what I am saying? Anyone else? Just a thought.

    When one finds peace with him or herself it has nothing to do with ones body. Its more life and how one lives it. I guess it could still be body. But, its more mind too. When people say body I usually think of the physical appearance.

    Ok, I’ll leave it at that.

    1. Paddleboard yoga? I am all over that. I have yet to takea yoga or paddleboarding class. I want to asap. Why not combine the too? Ultimate on paddleboards? That’s crazy. Adventurous. Something I want to do.

      Adventure sports in Miami, FL. Jotting that down….

    2. The “life transformation” term is too general/vague for the purpose of this book so it may confuse the potential buyers/new-comers.

    3. Wow you went primal April 5th 2010…I did April 7th, 2010! 🙂

      1. Really?! I think we need to celebrate our 5th anniversary together. Maybe we can get Mark to make Primal Con happen between April 5 and April 7 some year?

        I’m serious…

        NOO!! Next year! Mark! Make Primal Con April 6-8. Everyone arrives on April 5 so we will both easily be able to celebrate our 2nd year anniversaries.

        We get free tickets too…

    4. @Toad, Reconnect (now re-titled The Primal Connection) will be out the start of second quarter next year as promised. It is shaping up to be everything I wanted it to be and more. As with the PB, the dilemma now is how much to cut, because I have so much new material to draw from in writing it.

      Meanwhile, The 21-Day Transformation is a cut-to-the-chase, step-by-step guidebook on exactly what to do for 21 days to go Primal. It’s for people who need a road-map to make it easier. The idea is that if you do every one of these steps, in 21 days you will have transformed yourself (literally reprogrammed your genes)to the point that every day thereafter as you stay on this path, you get closer to your ideal body composition and ideal health. So that first “transformation” only does take 21 days. The reason we use “body” and not “life” in the title is simply to appeal on the bookstore shelf to people who might not have been so interested in the more sciencey PB. Because we have a major, life-changing program, we are trying to find a way to reach the greatest number of people.

  2. You mean Skecher’s won’t turn every girl into Kim Kardashian?

  3. “Total body transformation” in just 21 days?! – I am thrilled: The Eades still need 6 Weeks(!) for getting their “middle aged middle” cured!… But both claims do not sound very respectable to me I’m afraid.

    Cheers, Chantal

      1. You didn’t get my point.

        PB is phantastic. Also because it does NOT claim things like “Perfect body in 3 weeks”. Look at the PB success stories. Very impressive and inspiring and “proving” the method, but it took those folks months to achieve their results (and that’s of course realistic).

        Total transformation in 21 days sounds like another fraud as commonly seen in the weight loss / body tuning industry.

        It would be sad if Mark damaged his brilliant reputation while claiming things like these.

        But perhaps he found the philosopher’s stone for fastest body transformation, who knows… But if this is the case, he should better demand 116.10 $ and not only 11.61 $ for the new book as it is actually listed at amazon…

        Cheers, chantal

        1. And you didn’t get his point either, which is that you have to make fantastic claims to draw the eye of people casually cruising the bookstore shelves. Mark isn’t preaching to MDA readers–he’s already got us converted, or we wouldn’t be here. Also, if you pay attention, he doesn’t claim that you will get to your goal weight and be in perfect health after 21 days. The claim is that you can make the lifestyle changes you need to make to get on the road to health in 21 days. Big, big difference, the difference between a completely realistic and accomplishable change in lifestyle and a snake oil salesman peddling magic cures.

        2. I posted my comment BEFORE Marks explanation above appeared, so I did not miss anything at that state.

          “Phantastic claims”…, that’s how the business runs. Even Paleofolks are not innocent, one more lovely (naive?) dream destroyed… So it goes like this:

          Title of the book:
          “The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation*)”

          Be sure not to miss the asterixes = the smallprint on the inner flap of the back cover (in 6 pt, 5 pt, 4 pt)…:

          *) You will of course not get a total body transformation in 21 days as promised in the title of the book. [The 21-Day Transformation is a cut-to-the-chase, step-by-step guidebook on exactly what to do for 21 days to go Primal. It’s for people who need a road-map to make it easier. The idea is that if you do every one of these steps, in 21 days you will have transformed yourself (literally reprogrammed your genes)to the point that every day thereafter as you stay on this path, you get closer to your ideal body composition and ideal health. So that first “transformation” only does take 21 days.] We might of course have called it a “21 day phase of preparation, and it will take you months and years achieving your real results”, but can you imagine a single Non-Paleo-guy who would buy the book then?

          I have to admit, that we over here in continental Europe are not yet accustomed to this slightly fishy way of advertising with “phantastic claims”. Specially with books – we even still have our “Buchpreisbindung”!

          There seems to be a lot left to be learned here in “old Europe”…

          Cheers, Chantal

  4. “Important: Once mylelin wraps, it doesn’t unwrap. So if you’ve built a circuit that corresponds with an unwanted behavior (e.g. overeating), it will always reside in your brain. The bigger the behavior, the more it might take to change it, but from a myelin perspective, it requires overriding the old circuit by building a new one and firing it a lot (e.g. a circuit for stopping when you’re full, or eating only at certain times).”

    This was extremely interesting to me because it goes beyond simple “cravings” and actually shows a scientific basis for why we have them…because we haven’t overridden our previous myelin circuit with a new, improved circuit. Amazing!

  5. Article on Brain Circuitry is awesome. I think applies to tons of peoples lives these days I know when I’m doing almost anything except surfing my cell phone is there to distract me.

  6. Toning shoes don’t “tone” anything? Stop the presses! 😛

    Human hair as jewelry actually has a fairly long history; the Victorians would create incredibly elaborate jewelry and even sculptures using hair from deceased family members. (They were really into the whole momento mori thing; they’d also collect their tears shed at funerals in containers called lacrimosas and spill them on the grave of the deceased person on the one-year anniversary of their death.) Those necklaces are really cool and beautiful, though.

  7. Thanks for including me today, Mark. The brain circuity post seems to have resonated with some of your readers. The world can look very different just from knowing we can build brain circuitry that corresponds to things we do and don’t want to do.

    It’s completely changed how I do pretty much everything – because I know everything I do has a circuit!

    Thanks again, Mark!


  8. I work at a hospital part time and wear the shape ups. They have never done any toning for me but they are comfortable when you are walking for 8 or 12 hours a day. I do go barefoot when I am home, and it always feels so good to take those big heavy shoes off!

  9. I’m thrilled you included my article about PCOS, Mark! I hope to reach as many women as possible about this utterly annoying condition.

    PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility and the cause of so much embarrassment and depression for women. But it is totally controllable and avoidable by living primal.

    1. Enjoyed the article, Peggy, even though I’ve never had that particular disease to suffer. I do, however, see parallels with my younger son’s experiences. Obviously the same food and extermal conditions affect males as well as females…is anybody writing about the male version?

  10. Love Peggy’s article, and the one about the silly toning shoes.

    I’ll read any article that references Jackson Pollock (like the excellent brain circuitry link).

  11. Forest Bathing!!!
    Husband and I (and the dogs) just got back from a 3 hour hike through the Sawtooth Mtns 🙂

    Everybody is pooped but me…go figure, I’m the one on a primal diet. Well the dogs are, too, they eat raw. Husband had fruit with sugar at home before the hike, sugar cookies on the trail and a bowl of cherries coming home. And he wonders why he isn’t losing weight doing all this hiking…lol.

    1. I find dogs get pooped after a hike in the woods because they end up walking/running 5 times further than the people, who tend to walk in very boring straight lines. 😀

  12. 2 years ago, I was put on treatment for high testosterone levels (probably linked to PCOS, but not tested further at that time, since the medication worked on those T levels)

    Last month, still on the treatment and following the Primal/Paleo lifestyle for the past 10 mos, I went to another Dr and asked to be re-tested to see if I still needed to be on the meds. I’d lost 30+lbs and suspected that things had changed.

    Sure enough, after giving the meds time to leave my system, when they did the lab tests everything came back within normal ranges. The Dr agreed that probably did have PCOS when I first started treatment a few years ago. She also said that her first response to someone entering her office with the symptoms I had presented back then, would be to encourage weight loss as part of a treatment plan and for them to follow a low carb diet.

    I found this website from a friend of mine and I’m THRILLED at how I look and feel these days. I love that I’m off a medication that’s got some pretty intense side effects, if not managed properly. What I am peeved about is that this last Dr I spoke with was the ONLY one that mentioned loosing weight and changing my diet as important parts of treatment. What we eat MATTERS and being at a healthy weight (whatever that may be for your body type) also matters. I truly wish that the medical community would bite the bullet more often and tell their patients that, rather than reaching for the prescription pad.

  13. Interesting… As a child growing up in Minnesota, I realized around the age of 10 that when going out into the bitter cold, it was more tolerable if I straightened up, opened my chest, and pushed my shoulders down rather than curling up into a “standing ball”. It has always seemed counter-intuitive and I always wondered why. Now I know!

  14. Going Primal definitely helped me with PCOS. Not 100% for me as I still have to be on medication, but it contributed. I went years before getting a PCOS diagnosis and finding a doctor who recommended eating this way instead of just telling me there was nothing wrong with me except being fat.

  15. HI;
    I am fairly new to primal, only a few weeks. I do not have any books, yet. Wondering what the difference between this new book is and the existing book,”The Primal BluePrint’??? If get only one book, efficiently and for economical reasons, I would like to know what each book covers that the other does not, please.

    1. By all means, make MDA yet another playground for political flame-wars. Because we just don’t have enough of that elsewhere.

    2. Because all Fox publishes are articles about how grass-fed beef is a sham and how virtuous Sarah Palin’s cookies are. Not very Primal.

  16. I agree that the toning shoes don’t tone, but everyone (including me) who have used them with plantar fascitis (sp?!) have been super-pleased. The pain instantly goes away and I could continue with my day tear-free. They really helped me with stretching and proper exercise for healing. For that, I will always be grateful to MBT!

    1. Wow, thanks for the info! I suffered from plantar fasciitis for ages and ended up buying a contraption that held my foot in a certain way at night which eventually took care of the problem. I do worry about a balance problem as does DH (we’re “seniors”) but if the PF ever shows up again,I’ll definitely give them a try! Thanks for mentioning this!

      I guess the question is did you remain pain-free or do you have to continue to use the toning shoes? The thingy I wore at night did eventually alleviate the problem so I haven’t had any pain in several years. Just curious–

  17. Mark,
    I’ve bought and read your first book, and read most of the articles on your website. I’ve also read most other books on the primal/paleo way of living. I’ve managed to implment most of this stuff in my life with, not suprisingly, quite good effects…

    Will I learn anything new from your new book? Who is this book for?