Weekend Link Love – Edition 191

“What people confuse is that ‘carnivore’ really means animal eater, not muscle-meat eater.” The NY Times did a nice, fairly balanced writeup on raw food for pets.

Abel James, the Fat Burning Man, is giving away some Paleo goodies for free. Go on and check ’em out.

Evolutionary changes in organisms – caused in part by environment – can trigger evolutionary changes in the environments themselves. Isn’t this stuff fascinating?

Dang, guess I’ll have to return all my skinny jeans and find something else to spice up my wardrobe, as they’ve been implicated in various health issues.

How one Canadian aboriginal man returned to his dietary roots. Oh, and he may have lost some weight in the process.

A recent report out of Britain finds that grass-fed beef is good for the environment (PDF).

Do you have your pair of bread gloves yet?

Recipe Corner

  • From the Half-Indian Cook comes crispy coconut kale.
  • I’ve always thought Julia Child woulda fit right in at MDA. Here’s her Coq au Vin recipe, slightly altered by The Endless Meal.

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 27 – June 2)

Comment of the Week

I also ate a couple snails and ants. The snails were sort of bland but the ants were like candy. All you have to do is lie down in the grass and food will crawl on you! P.S. if you liked Gushers before you made the switch to Primal, I suggest you try ants.

– I always love me some Animanarchy comments.

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. I was disappointed in the summary of the PDF you mentioned. The second bullet point was: “Lower in the saturated fat associated with heart disease”

    After *decades* of trying, nutritional “researchers” have completely failed to show any good science to support the notion that saturated fat is bad for you.

    1. Yes but if they don’t keep saying it people might start eating butter and lard and tallow again (because they taste so darned good!) and the corporate sponsors won’t like how that impacts the quarterly reports.

  2. I love your comment about Julia Child (and the link to the flour-free recipe!)

    And thanks for showcasing the old post The Blame Game. I needed to read that today.

  3. But carnivore is derived from the Latin for flesh eater, it does really mean muscle meat eater.

  4. The NYTimes article was nice, but it seemed to confuse (i) eating raw meat with (ii) not eating grains as the reason for the pets’ health.

  5. I despise the fallacious idea that the use of salt is not paleo. Salt trade in Europe and Asia is evident well before the neolithic era and in the Americas is present as far back as 8,000 BP (6,900 BCE). Salt was especially important for the arctic/sub-arctic peoples of the Americas and in most cases very easy for them to obtain.
    If Mr Ducharme wishes to eliminate salt from his diet it’s his right to do so, however, spreading disinformation to justify his actions shows that he is not quite as learned about his ancestors as he wishes to appear.

    1. That’s exactly the problem. The cultural heritage of the native peoples of North America has been systematically obliterated. These people don’t remember what it is they ate, what herbs they used for poultices, how they lived day to day. Only stories remain and most of those concern the epic doings of the spirits. You don’t tell your children stories about how to grow squash, you just show them until you can’t because you’ve been moved to a new land against your will and given flour and lard to subsist on (because it’s cheap). Precious little has survived, only here and there where individual people kept parts of the old ways but it’s never much. It’s one recipe or one part of what was obviously a longer and more complex process. I say good luck to this man, trying to figure out his past and bring it forward to the present. He’s going to need it. I’d like to chat with him though, because if he ate more fat he’d be less hungry. Elk, Deer and Bison don’t have a lot of fat in their muscle but they do have visceral fat stores just like cattle do, if you know where to look (though the amount varies by the season).


      1. Though you are somewhat correct as to the obliteration of Native American culture when referring to the United States, it didn’t quite work that way in Canada. There was little displacement of First Nation peoples and the cultural change was, for the most part, not forced but a willing change.

        As an anthropology student one of the main issues I see with people such as Mr. Ducharme , people who are attempting to reclaim their heritage, is the inability to accept science when it contradicts their oral tradition. All the information he needs is there, it’s contained in books, magazines, journals which should be easily accessible to him as a student, and most of all its freely available online, you just have to look for it. He claims to have found conflicting information as to the traditional diet of his people yet he doesn’t say where he was getting this information or what tribe he comes from (he is simply labeled as Metis in the article which means his family has some amount of Caucasian blood). Living on the western edge of Manitoba places him on the boundary of the Ojibwa nation of whom there are mountains of information regarding diet and lifestyle pre contact. I’ve gotten carried away here, poor research and disinformation really sets me off.

        You are correct though that he is leaving things out of his diet that would stifle his constant hunger. Based on the article, it appears as though he is eating elk and bison muscle meat only. He seems to be refraining from eating organ meats, bone marrow, bone grease and blood. He’s likely not enough meat either, based on historic accounts at the time of European contact, the people of this area were eating on average upwards of 4 pounds of meat/person/day.

        1. Bryan:

          It doesn’t surprise me at all that native peoples reject ‘scientific knowledge’ about their own life ways from the culture that displaced them. To me that’s tantamount to kicking a dog repeatedly and then being surprised when it won’t come at your call. Heck isn’t this very site for and about people seeking an alternative explanation to the current fashion in conventional ‘scientific’ wisdom? Anthropology has gone through many fashions of its own in its ongoing quest to understand humanity. We had ‘the savage’, then the noble savage, now there’s been a turn back against the noble savage toward a (theoretically) more balanced view but in practice you see the writers typically have an axe to grind (or ‘flake’ if you’re into the stone age). I’ve left out only about a hundred other points of view. My point being that I’d ask you to be more forgiving of ‘poor research’ especially when cultural issues are involved. Not everyone can be objective about their ethnographic heritage, nor should they necessarily. It’s frustrating at times, I understand, but that’s humanity for you.


  6. So I am sitting here trying to figure out what my English / German ancestors ate 200 years ago…

      1. Hmm. I wonder if those bread gloves come in marble rye… I feel a Seinfeld joke coming on. Somebody beat me with a slab of liver!

  7. Did I read that right? Did that 5’9″ man get his weight from 223 pounds to 78 pounds? Really hoping there’s a typo in there somewhere….

  8. “Evolutionary changes in organisms – caused in part by environment – can trigger evolutionary changes in the environments themselves.”

    This would seam rather obvious as organisms are environments by necessity.

  9. Regarding the guy who ate “native,” this statement from the article stood out like a blinking neon light: “But the diet took its toll on his disposition – he was constantly hungry, moody, and emotional. His friends stopped eating their luscious meals in front of him to avoid tempting him, or taunting him with what he could not indulge in.”

    Sounds like he isn’t getting enough saturated animal fat or animal protein in his diet. More fat would improve his disposition, and more protein would keep him full.

    1. I was thinking exactly the same thing. He shouldn’t have to eat all day if he’s getting enough fat. The dude needs to learn him some deer butcherin’ and where that delicious visceral fat is stored (and the liver’s not bad either). I just hope he doesn’t find it so hard that he abandons his quest. His diet sounds a lot like Faileo.

  10. The article about fish and plankton provides a nice example of evolution in action — but hardly an unusual one.

    And it doesn’t show, as the headline suggests, that evolution is “Not a one-way street”.

    On the contrary, it shows the usual (albeit long and interesting) street: dams > fish > plankton > Daphnia.

    There’s no feedback here (any more than usual), just feed-forward, or a “cascade” as the researcher calls it.

    Darwin himself talked about a similar example (of domestic cats eating birds, which increased the number os insects, which increased the diversity of flowers, etc etc). Evolution could hardly work otherwise.

    So, the take-home message: journalists (and headline writers) can mangle basic science stories just as much as they mangle health and nutrition stories.

  11. Animanarchy- I hope those were aquatic snails… terrestrial snails can carry some extremely dangerous (deadly, in fact) parasites. Insects, aside from ants, should be cooked thoroughly before you eating to kill off any lurking baddies.

  12. Pffftttt…in the 80s we wore SKINNIER jeans (with stilettos most of the time) and none of these “health problems” were cropping up then! 😉

    1. Perhaps it’s the unhealthy things they’re doing to fit into their skinny jeans that cause these problems? Also, I think the size of the jeans plays a bigger part. There’s a difference between form-fitting jeans and ones that require an industrial lubricant and a shoehorn to get into. At any rate, if the pants give even the skinny or lean person a li’l muffin top, they’re too tight.

  13. My furry babies are on a raw food diet that sounds much better than freeze dried anything! Freeze drying takes a lot of nutrients out through a very complicated and chemically assisted process. Anyone who wants yo get their dogs or cats on raw food should look at K-9 Kravings dog food. It comes frozen and is actually approved by the USDA.

  14. I’ll give you another warning about jeans…as they shrink (which they do over time)..if the waistband is tight, they will compress your lower back between the crutch and the waistband, and this too can cause nerve problems – mimicking sciatica! Usually cheaper to buy new jeans than go to the osteopath – and you feel less stupid!!

  15. I don’t get the concept of wearing too-tight jeans. First and most importantly (if you’re vain, which I am), if they’re too tight, you get the dreaded muffin-top. Numbers aren’t everything (and who came up with magically-generated pants sizes like that anyway? What was wrong with standard inches? My fiance has a 32-inch waist and buys size 32 pants. Easy.) The secret to losing ten pounds instantly is wearing clothes that fit right, not trying to cram into the next-smallest size for the sake of that stupid little number on the tag.

    And wearing jeans so tight they hurt?! Come on! Stretch denim has been around for a long time. Get the size that actually fits instead of the one you WISH fit, and you get zero muffin-top, normal circulation, and bangin’ legs in one stop.

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