Weekend Link Love – Edition 174

Both Robb Wolf and I made yet another Greatist list, this time for two of the “must-read” health and fitness blogs for 2012. I would tend to agree.

Vibram Five Fingers popped up at a recent award show. Or, in old timey gossip rag speak: Sassy Starlet Sports Showstopping Simian Shoes!

My good friend Richard Nikoley has just released his book, and it’s a great no-holds-barred introduction to the paleo lifestyle. Go pick up a copy.

The top ten reasons why you should(n’t) run barefoot, an exhaustive list of the most popular excuses for never trying, including my personal favorite: the mythical piles of broken glass, rusty nails, and perpetually-ripe dog poop that apparently litter every square inch of every city.

The FDA acknowledges the dangers of continuing to feed buckets of antibiotics to livestock in this country, yet refuses to do anything about it. What are we paying them for, again?

PaleoFX is the inaugural ?who?s who? gathering of the paleo, Primal and Physical Culture worlds, encompassing a theory-to-practice look at Ancestral Wellness and features more than 40 industry experts. I happen to be one of them. The event will occur March 14th to 17th at the University of Texas Austin. Take a peek.

Did a group of scientists just simulate the evolution of multicellular life from unicellular life in a lab dish?

Scientists revisit “The Carnivore Connection.”

The difference between an active 40-year old, an active 70-year old, and a sedentary 74-year old, in pictures (of cross-sections of quadricep muscle mass). It doesn’t get much more visceral than that. Excuse me while I go lift something heavy.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 16 ? Jan 22)

Comment of the Week


One week ago I got my first tattoo. I’m 39 years old. I’d been wanting one for a few years but could never settle on something I’d want on my body forever. And then I saw all the tattoos of Grok and I knew that’s what I wanted. So I did it. Tattooed Grok on my arm!

It was suggested to me to send you a link of the pic, so here it is.

Thank you Mark, for writing the book and putting the information out there, and helping SO many people find True Health and Happiness.

– Longtime reader Kimelah got some work done. I approve.

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. Thank you so very kindly, Mark, for all you have done to help advance my efforts and continue to do. What a class act!

    BTW, let me mention to those checking comments that the book is also on Amazon Kindle (US only so far, international sites hopefully soon) and B&N Nook. There will also be a print version available from Amazon soon.

    Thanks again.

    1. Richard: I’m glad there will be a print version available. I like having “real” books to loan to people when they express an interest in Primal/Paleo diets and exercise. I have two copies of the Primal Blueprint and they have been loaned out several times.

    2. Richard,

      I couldn’t wait for the print version (which I WILL buy), so I bought the Kindle version as soon as it was released and finally started it last night. I was sitting on my porch in lounge pants and a t-shirt (mid-40’s temperatures) while reading it, doing a little cold weather adaptation self-experiment. Your book made the time highly enjoyable, what a great read!

    3. Sorry to ask a potentially dumb question but if you are in the UK and have a kindle app on your iPhone, can you purchase the book?


      1. Lisa:

        Word is that it’s supposed to be available soon on all the international Amazon sites in Kindle and eventually, print. Some folks have said they were able to change to the US store in their settings, get it, then change their store back to their home country. But I’m not sure how that’s done.

        The PDF version can also be read within the Kindle app in iPhone, iPad, etc.

      1. true. I work out because I like to sprint, but it’s really enough to just skip the lift, walk instead of tube/bus, etc. Judging by the amount of fat on the sedentary guy’s scan, he wasn’t moving an inch and living on concentrated rancid vegetable oils. Move te butt and you’ll be fine.

      2. Today, in the Panhandle of Texas, being outdoors in the high winds isn’t looking so good. Maybe when it dies down a bit later on. The sky is slightly brown right now. On the upside, I did manage to get a small dose of dirt while trying to leave church and get into my truck! I also managed a small workout with my kid holding on so she didn’t get blown away. There’s always an opportunity somewhere!

  2. Love those comparative photos of the leg muscles. Anatomy fascinates me. Does anyone know of a good website that has more photos like this?

      1. Wow, you can see how most of the internal organs are encased in fat. No wonder being overweight makes you feel sluggish!

  3. Hi Mark-
    Love your blog! It has so much great information. What do you think about the five finger, near-barefoot, running shoes? Do you think they’re just as bad?


    1. Do a search. Mark has tons of posts about VFFs and how much he likes them.

  4. Liver with Sweet potato floor looks good. Where can one buy sweet potato floor and does anyone use it here?

  5. Man, I love liver so much just fried with onions. I have a whole lot of liver – duck liver, lamb liver, pork liver, chicken liver, venison liver, goat liver (!) – stashed in the freezer & fridge. I live at student accommodation and my flatmates think I’m crazy. Lol, its funny, one freezer case is stuffed full of ready meals and pizza, and one is full of meat and organs. Hahaha!

    The barefoot list is absolutely hilarious. Makes me think of the fact that there are some things nowadays that seem to highlight human incompetence. When did we get so soft? Taking the lift for one floor, ‘needing’ shoes to avoid dog poo, needing sugar in store-bought prawns and chicken to activate semi-dead tastebuds desensitized by additives…we need to wake up. That’s why primal makes me feel ALIVE! You vamps go hide in your office. I’m going to get some SUNSHINE!

  6. I was in prison for two and a half months at the end of last year, due to someone getting caught trying to steal drugs from a vet clinic at night and saying that I had been there with him (ok, maybe a few weeks earlier I might have biked there with him yet stayed outside while he snatched some stuff.. plea bargain deals destroy friendships). In “yard” in prison (yard is a concrete room with chain link for the ceiling and a basketball net), provided it wasn’t too crowded or cold, I jogged around in socks and a lot of the prisoners thought I was insane. They told me I’d catch a cold. I just wanted to get some good exercise in fresh air. I would have gone barefoot but I had a mild recurrence of athlete’s foot (peeing on it seems to ward it off the best – something I couldn’t do in the jail shower) that I didn’t want anyone to know about because some would probably be worried about getting infected and try to make me check myself into the medical ward.
    I wanted to work in the kitchen to get a bit more nutrition: peanut butter packets, milk, dates, leafy greens, humus, Smart Milk powder packets (hopefully those weren’t bad.. I was trying to keep my testosterone at a good level and felt I needed the extra zinc and other minerals), coffee, unlimited juice, apples, oranges, bananas, extra food, occasionally hard boiled eggs. We weren’t always allowed to have these extra provisions but we executed many subversive maneuvers. I returned to my cell bloated every day. I traded stuff away for fish, which we got once a week. I got a government check in there that I spent on Vector bars via canteen.
    One guy who did yoga and worked with me to help stretch each other’s legs who I had told I climbed trees piped up multiple times for my benefit when I was jogging and getting lots of inquiring stares and comments: “He’s a bushman!”
    I worked out fairly hard, did the bridge stretch, and calisthenic variations (like pull-ups with hands facing opposite directions and switching at the top, push-ups with feet flat on the wall, handstand push-ups, squat-lunges) and talked about food a lot so some of the guys started asking me for advice. I wrote a page of basic full-body fitness and nutrition advice (unfortunately including soy milk as a “healthy” ingredient in shakes) and referred people to this website. I also wrote on the wall in one cell how to make poppy seed (opium) tea. Hopefully some imprisoned addicts will use it to avoid pharmaceuticals.

  7. the difference between active and sedentary life styles… [email protected] & LHT, when you reach your numbers, move on, it’s taht simple. Oh yea, EAT RIGHT!!!

  8. I am printing off that picture of the active/sedentary muscles and posting it on every mirror in my house! That should be adequate motivation to move.

  9. The scans show that putting stress on your muscles and bones will maintain muscularity and bone density into the later years.

    What I would like to see is a similar scan of a sedentary 40-year-old quad. I bet it’s not a pretty sight.

  10. I used to love running around barefoot when I was a kid, but I can think of one good reason for shoes: deep snow. I was visiting my parents in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula last month, and having just seen some Vibrams for sale in Houghton, was enthusing about all the stuff I’ve learned on this blog while we trudged through the snow on a nature walk. After a while I said, “Yeah, the barefoot thing wouldn’t work right now, though. I bet our ancestors in northern lands wore animal skins on their feet!”

    1. LOL! Here in SE Michigan – in not such deep snow but pretty cold anyway – I just had the same thought (about our ancestor’s feet in winter)! I guess I’m a 59 yo kid-at-heart because I have always gone barefoot year round, at least inside. My daughter’s the same way. We just are odd women who just don’t like shoes – except that I like my Birkenstocks.

      When I lived in the South the summers could make the pavement too hot for even walking the dogs without burning their feet – not to mention mine. On went the Birkenstocks.

      Now, I still go barefoot in the winters here but I usually put on shoes when I go out. Yesterday I made a quick trip to the patio in bare feet and that’s when the thought about our ancestors occurred to me, too!

    2. A little late here, but in case anyone else is reading previous posts: I love VFF. I also appreciate Vivo Barefoot shoes. They do several versions of boots (women’s and men’s) with a thin but lugged soles good for snow. I bought one size larger than my usual to accommodate wool socks. Worked for me.

  11. greek meatballs…..my mouth is watering!!! Loved the read about the carnivores connection….and those pics are worth a thousand words….just goes to show we gotta stay active!

  12. Regarding running bare feet. I absolutely LOVE running bare feet, it’s the best way of running to my opinion, but it does destroy my feet, I went for a run 2 days ago and mostly I was running on the grass and occasional concrete and now my feet are absolutely dying of blisters and skin coming off and my feet look horrible… I know I should buy 5 finger ones, but always postpone it for the later date as they are really expensive…

  13. Every now and then I also work out barefoot, but I can’t do it on a regular basis because my left leg is 1cm shorter than my right leg. Doesn’t sound much, but for the body it is and my hips start hurting like crazy if I don’t wear my insoles very often 🙁 Anyone else got this problem?

    1. I was told for years that my left leg was shorter due to a knee injury when I was 14. Seemed legit. Tried insoles and they helped a little but I really don’t like shoes so mostly I just lived with it.

      Turns out that it was actually a pelvic issue, probably related in part to that same accident. Had PT – spinal traction – and started Pilates – and voila! No more hip, low back pain.

      So, I don’t know what caused your leg to be shorter but it might be worth checking out the possibility of other alignment issues.

      1. Thank you for your reply!

        I think I was born this way. At least I can’t think of anything which could have caused it. I always noticed my left shoulder was a little lower than my right one. I had to pull the straps of backpacks, e.g., to different levels for the backpack to be even on my back. When I was 17 or so, I felt a sharp pain in my hips when I was playing badminton. The pain worsened and I also felt it in my everyday life. After having been diagnosed, my insoles have actually relieved me from the pain and now my backpack straps have the same level, too 😉

        First my doctors considered a pelvic issue, too. My hips were set in place and the pain was absent for 2-3 days, but then it recurred. We tried this procedure 3 times (I was told hip malalignments can be nasty), but the pain came back each time.

  14. Thanks to the several dozens of you who got yourself a copy of the book yesterday (as of noon, yesterday).

    Amazon reviews are at 10, all 5-star so I’m really gratified how it’s being received as a concise entry into Paleo. Also, it’s work and grandma safe, unlike my blog. 🙂

    1. Richard, thanks for stating that. I will take a peek now! I stay away from your blog due to the language but I love your message!

  15. Ah Yes. Shutting down the FDA. Another Paleo/Primal reason to vote Ron Paul (he’s not just a fighter for raw milk righs, folks).

  16. Is there a way or will there be a way in the near future to buy the PDF of your book (I am in Canada and use Kobo so that is my best option I think) with paypal?