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December 23 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 222

By Mark Sisson

Weekend Link LoveIf you are convenient to Phoenix, AZ, don’t miss this awesome 2013 kickoff event – a combination Primal Transformation Seminar and spectacular Primal Cooking Class! Brad Kearns will present the popular seminar on the heels of his 20-city nationwide tour last winter. He’ll be joined on stage by very special guest Tara Grant, whose remarkable success story has been featured on MDA as well as in The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. Immediately following the seminar will be Chef Rachel’s lauded Primal cooking performance/presentation/party that has been a huge hit at the last three PrimalCon events. This event is limited to 40 attendees, so act fast before they’re sold out.

Research of the Week

The human hand may be uniquely “designed” to form a fist that’s perfect for the concentrated application of force. Meaning, punching each other could have shaped human evolution, and the ability to form a fist isn’t just an accident.

Applying physical pressure to malignant mammary cells was able to redirect their growth into a healthy pattern away from cancer. In other words, you now have a persuasive excuse to squeeze your partner’s breasts.

Interesting Blog Posts

Ben Greenfield outlines his race day nutrition that allowed him to eat fewer calories and still torch the competition at the Leadman Triathlon.

That Paleo Guy returns with a nice long rant about calories and the futility of thinking of humans as walking bomb calorimeters (with more to come).

Media, Schmedia

What we can probably learn from hunter-gatherers about how to raise our children.

Man, just look at this horrible kale-ridden eyesore! How do neighbors stand it?

Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, Gary Taubes, Michael Eades, and yours truly all made Greatist’s 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness for 2012. Congrats, all!

Everything Else

For a truly last-minute gift idea, consider Cranky McSlacker’s $3.99 fitness e-book, Cranky Fitness: Exercise Your Ass OffIt’s a simple and effective book geared toward the person who really doesn’t like exercising, but knows they need to do something. Cranky helps you figure out what you can do without wanting to kill yourself so that you don’t end up killing yourself from inactivity. Check it out!

I wonder how a similar video filmed in today’s high schools would turn out.

This virtual fireplace from Applegate Farms should really warm your cockles. Specifically, cockles sautéed in bacon fat.

Recipe Corner

  • You haven’t tasted heaven (literal “angel feathers, spittle flying from the mouth of the eternal chorus” heaven) until you’ve had bacon-wrapped, goat-cheese stuffed dates.
  • Speaking of bacon (yes, that’s thrice I’ve mentioned it), how about trying bacon sushi?

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 23 – Dec 29)

Comment of the Week

I hear ya. Whenever someone talks trash about the mesozoic era makes me want to fight.

– Word, Paleo Bon Rurgundy.

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  1. Just what we breast cancer patients love…another excuse for adolescent “ta-ta” jokes in the name of the disease that is trying to kill us.

    1. I keep abreast of science strictly in the pursuit of knowledge. My hope is that new information can shine high beams into the darkness that is the medical unknown. The last thing I want is for someone to go tits up prematurely.

      1. I’m glad it has never touched your life. I’ll leave some space below for your apology.

      2. Glad someone else chooses levity over depression. I’ve known too many lost or fighting cancer, sometimes all they want is a good laugh and a friendly squeeze ^_^

    2. I’m a two time cancer survivor and I truly think that having a sense of humor and my friends teasing me is what got me through it. Not a lot of other people here have been through what we’ve been through, and I know I can’t speak for all, but I’d rather go through life laughing at what comes my way instead of being horribly offended. I know first hand that life is too short.

  2. One nice thing about living in Seattle is that planting vegetables anywhere is just fine, even in curb planting strips. (You still need to leave enough room for people to get in and out of their cars.) You can also have up to eight hens (no roosters, please). And two goats. There are few things as pretty as an artichoke allowed to go to full bloom.

    All of this is within city limits, though. Once you’re out in the burbs, people start measuring each other’s lawns.

    1. I worked on a small organic farm on Bainbridge Island for a season this year, and my favorite sight was the bolting purple cabbages- the deep dark purple foliage with the yellow flowers, ugh, so beautiful.

      1. Quaint town, Elizabeth. I used to live on the Olympic Pennisula and bought my bicycle at Classic Cycle. Cyclists from the PNW are pretty hard core, hat tip to them. (Some of your hills made me literally barf. And the people who cycle Hurrican Ridge are f’ing nuts!). If you are into charcuterie or local humane pork, google “farmsteadmeatsmith”.

        1. I actually hail from Florida and am not living in WA anymore. I do agree with you on some of those hills- being stopped at a light that’s perched at the crest of a monster incline gave me sweaty palms and mild heart palpitations on several occasions.

          I am into both of those things, and I’ve actually talked to Andrew from FMS at the Small Farmer’s Journal Auction in Oregon. I love what they’re doing. I meant to take a course with them while I was in the area, but I ended up learning some of it while working on the farm. I can’t wait until I’m settled in one place long enough to begin dabbling in charcuterie on my own.

    2. I live in the ‘burbs (and in an HOA too). Although my vegetable garden is in the back yard, i would much rather see this beautiful yard then just grass. I bet it uses less water too – even in rainy Seattle it’s hard to keep a lawn green in the summer months.

  3. My suggestion for people doing front yard gardening is to NOT plant in rows. Make round beds, oval or other shapes, so that it doesn’t look so much like a traditional “garden.”

    Also look for plants that are ornamental. I took out a juniper bush under a front window and replaced it with dwarf blueberries. Kale can be very attractive, as well as bright lights chard.

    The book “Edible Landscaping” by Rosalind Creasy is a great resource for hiding out edibles in a front yard.

  4. Congrats, Mark, for making the 100 most influential list. I hope you quickly rise above the many creepy people higher on the list.

  5. As a person from the UK, it amazes me to read about your laws governing what plants you are allowed to grow in your garden. Here, unless it’s cannabis, or causes a serious physical nuisance outside your property like a 70 foot conifer shading next door’s windows, you’re good to go.

    1. Is the entire UK like that or just your neighborhood? We have neighborhoods that have home owner’s associations (HOA) that charge a fee to everyone for the organization to support itself, but you know that when you buy into it. My family would not buy into one of those b/c who wants to pay money to be told how to live? On the other hand we are usually on the neat side of things and sometimes you do need help with a neighbor who starts collecting cars or putting couches out in the yard. Those laws are there for a reason, not usually for lettuce, however.

      1. “b/c who wants to pay money to be told how to live?”

        Heh, nobody WANTS to pay taxes.

        1. Oh, Bon. I am happy to pay taxes. I love driving on paved streets (which I did just this morning), calling the fire department when my fridge catches on fire (happened about five years ago), sending my kids off to school on a very convenient school bus (last week), hiking in Forest Park (today as well). I’m fond of sewers, electricity, kids baseball teams, infrastructure, libraries . . . I could go on. We live in a great time in a gret place. In gratitude,

        2. @Vanessa. All of those things are nice, I do not dispute that. I question the price paid, quality and most importantly, the choice/availability for such services.

          If you are happy with all the services you receive from your billed taxes, then why not voluntarily pay more to show your appreciation? People commonly do that at restaurants. Would you do it with taxes?

    2. From the UK, as well. What’s particularly surprising is that the front garden in question looks rather nice, I think.

  6. Having not read the article yet, the fist argument sounds bunk right off the bat.

    We didn’t evolve to punch out our prey.

  7. It is amazing how much our culture can’t understand raising a child in the manner the article linked to above talks about. Reading it, I realized I already do a lot of this just naturally. It just feels right to go to my infant every time she is crying. It just feels right to hold her close and attend to her needs (even if it does exhaust me). It feels right to let my toddler figure things out for herself – even if it means a horrible mess or maybe even a hurt. She doesn’t touch hot pans on the stove anymore and I didn’t even have to tell her not to. It feels right to let her play how she’s going to play – even if that means pushing the other kid down the slide in a manner other moms totally freak out over. I just don’t understand why we should expect young children to have adult experience without getting to acquire this experience themselves. My daughter doesn’t know it hurts to hit until some kid hits her. Telling her doesn’t mean anything to her.
    I wish more parents weren’t so freaking afraid of everything. We’re hurting our kids in a deep way to deny them the chance to learn for themselves.

    1. I read a story of a family with an 8 month old daughter and a 4 year old special needs son. The daughter doesn’t cry anymore…because she knows no one will come to her. She just sits in her dirty diapers and waits.

      Crying evolved for a damn reason. Anytime someone tells me about ‘spoiling’ a baby, I correct them quickly. A baby is not mobile and cannot meet their own needs, and is communicating their distress in the only way they know how.

      Children are not animals that have to be civilized.

      I’ve also had people tell me how ‘good’ my 5 month old baby is. The underlying thinking on that one deeply disturbs me, especially as a GAL with infant children on her case load.

      1. Amen. I tell my friends having their first, forget the baby books. Mother Nature gave you all the instincts you need to be a good parent. There’s a reason a crying baby is so difficult to listen to – you’re supposed to DO something about it. Sticking my kid in a prison cell to sleep never made a lot of sense either. If you look at the statistics of babies who die alone in cribs versus babies who get rolled over on (almost always involvind drugs or alcohol) the fact that child experts say sleeping with your kids is dangerous seems outlandish to me.

  8. Mark,
    Thank you so much for featuring my Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese! I laughed when I read your description of them… I thought I was the only one who could hear the angel’s chorus!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family from Alaska!
    Megan Ancheta

    1. They are going on my Christmas Eve menu. Thanks Megan. I also posted it on the Key Ingredient website. You will soon be famous.

    2. That makes two of us! Last winter solstice I made dates wrapped in bacon. I am so happy to find a recipe that one ups an already tasty recipe. Off hand I’m thinking a high quality balsamic reduction lightly drizzled over the wraps would be another way to raise the bar.

    3. They are actually called devils on horseback and have been a popular party appetizer forever.

  9. I always love the argument that vegetable gardens attract rats. No one ever says that about a flower garden.

    The only things attracted to my vegetable gardens so far have been snakes, tarantulas, birds, deer, racoons, chipmunks, cats and neighborhood children. Haven’t seen rats yet. Oh yeah, my front yard garden attracted Sunday drivers out to see what was new in one small town in which I once lived.

    1. The landlord was willing to compromise if the gardener put up a fence. A beautiful fence would block those unsightly vegetables from public view, and block sunlight as well. But won’t the rats just go under the fence, or climb over?

  10. If the fist has evolved into a structurally sound weapon why do boxers need their hands wrapped to fight?

    Why is the fracturing of the fifth metacarpal known as a “boxer’s fracture”?

    Why Is a broken hand such a common injury during street fights?

    Why did one of the best punchers in boxing history, Mike Tyson, break his hand during a street fight with pro-boxer Mitch Green?

    Man is aggressive but when it was time to visit real violence man did something no other mammal was able to do effectively–pick up a weapon and swing or thrust it. Then we became pretty good at making weapons and skilled at using them.

  11. My biggest question about that high school PE video is: What were the girls doing? Cooking and sewing? Ugh. I wish they had showed the girls’ PE program as well.

  12. ““Real men eat lettuce.” ??


    Are they sure that’s not a quote from T. Colon Campbell?

    How about “Real men eat FAT”!! And lots of it!

  13. Loved the article about hunter gatherer child care. They bring up some great points!

    Makes you wonder what else westerners got wrong

  14. That pales guys rant has confused me.
    So because i crossfit my body can’t run effective on fats? I need more sugar/carbs?
    Does this not contradict the primal lifestyle? Or was highlighting the post more for the calories in/out myth.

  15. I loved the article about hunter/gatherer child care. Makes me feel a bit better about the fact that my 10-yr-old only recently began sleeping in her own bed. I’m beginning to wish I’d let her older sister sleep with me for about as long. And as far as I’m concerned, baby slings rival the wheel in terms of great inventions. As a baby, my oldest was content to play on a blanket on the floor, within sight of me. My youngest, on the other hand, wanted to be held. When she was 10 months old, I realized I was not going to make a baby sling, so I ordered an inexpensive one online. It was awesome to be able to do things, like cook, using both hands again!