Weekend Link Love – Edition 250

Weekend Link LoveOn May 20th, a tornado nearly wiped the town of Moore, OK off the map. Enter Lift Up Moore, an event spanning 60+ CrossFit gyms across the nation to raise money to help the rebuilding effort. Check out the official page to learn more and get involved!

Research of the Week

In one recent study, neither dehydration nor electrolyte loss could explain exercise induced muscle cramps.

A low-carb, ad libitum diet beats out a low-cal, low-fat diet in diabetics, according to a recent study. Low-carb eaters had better weight loss and HbA1c.

This is why I live close to the ocean.

Interesting Blog Posts

Dr. Loren Cordain makes a strong rebuttal to the media’s misguided, preliminary contention that a diet of grass seeds characterized the early human diet.

Dr. Emily Deans discusses zoo animals (and zoo humans).

Media, Schmedia

Why kids should drink whole milk, not skim. (Hint: it’s the scary saturated animal fat!)

Should boys (or girls) be penalized for not being able to sit still in school? Is it a problem – or a feature – of childhood?

Everything Else

Is expert wine tasting junk science?

The science and practical usefulness of meditation.

Sorry, Catholics who happen to be celiac: your rice flour wafer is spiritually damaging.

How drug companies hide clinical data, and why this might (hopefully) be changing (to big pharma’s great consternation).

5 crucial brain nutrients you can’t find in plants.

Recipe Corner

  • Since it’s the tail end of cherry season – and because it’s always pork season – you should try making these pork loin steaks with morello cherry sauce.
  • Lend her your ears and she’ll slow cook you a tongue. Surprisingly easy to pass off as shredded brisket to the squeamish among us.

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 7 – July 13)

Comment of the Week

This isn’t very profound, but a trick taught to me by a writer friend has helped me cut down my computer time quite dramatically. It happens to be very low tech. Turn off your computer. Get a paper and a pen. Put them next to your computer. Every time you think, “I’ll just Google that,” jot it down. Eventually when you allow yourself some computer time, Google away. Not only do you not need to look everything up instantly, it really isn’t good for your brain or your stress or your time management. It’s a step towards taking control, not letting technology control you.

– On the contrary, that was extremely profound.

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. We eat bison tongue weekly–instead of crocking (as the recipe suggests), we bake it covered for 3 hours at 350.

    We’ll never go back to brisket!

  2. Cheers Mark! That pork loin recipe is one of mine 🙂 Very excited to see it up here! Made my weekend 🙂

  3. That quote of the week is indeed profound! I’m trying it……thanks for highlighting it, I missed it the first time.

  4. I am a practicing Catholic with celiac disease, highly sensitive to gluten. I’m wondering if you clicked over and read the entire article by Msgr. Meridan. Yes, it is true that gluten free hosts (including rice wafers) are invalid for a number of reasons. However, there is an extremely low-gluten host that has been approved by the Vatican. I have taken it many times with no reaction. It is also an option to receive the consecrated wine only, which I also do regularly. Here are the details on the host:

    The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde Missouri have developed a low gluten host which has been approved for use by Catholic celiacs in the U.S. The total gluten content of this product is 0.01% or less; its contents of unleavened wheat, water, and no additives conform to the requirements of the Code of Canon Law, canon 924.2. This low gluten content is still enough gluten to confect bread for the Eucharist. This product is the only true, low gluten altar bread known to the Secretariat and approved for use at Mass in the U.S. Catholic celiacs are advised to check with their physicians before consuming this host, or some portion of it. The designation “low gluten” will be a concern for most celiacs. The amount of gluten in this altar bread is less than half of what is allowed to be labelled as “gluten-free” in Europe, where the standard is .02%. There currently is no labelling standard for the term “gluten-free” in the U.S.

    1. Sadly, I am allergic to the whole plant of wheat, not just the Gluten, but I can receive the wine if it is offered. If there is someone similar to me who also happens to be an alcoholic, the only option then is a spiritual communion. Alcoholic wine and gluten containing bread (including low-gluten) cannot be substituted with juice or gluten free crackers. It’s part of church law that cannot be changed because Christ used alcohol and used gluten containing bread.

  5. A good alternative would be to use emmer wheat, the wheat of the Bible. As William Davis says in Wheat Belly, there is no problem with the gluten in it and it raises blood sugar lesser than modern wheat. Spreading the word about emmer will take a long time.

    I’m Catholic too. And if I could ever get one of my family members to go Primal I would consider it a true miracle!

  6. I’ve always thought wine was very subjective. Drinking with good friends or listening to fine music, and the vino always tastes better. About living close to the ocean…I much prefer living in deserts. Probably anywhere in nature will give you great health benefits.

  7. good post mark i really enjoyed the benefits of living on the coastline. i get to spend some time on the beach in rhode island cause my friend has a house down there. i always notice im in a much better mood from the time i know im heading down there all the way til a few days after ive returned. i plan on living near the beach when im older for this reason. also liked the brain nutrients and meditation a lot. solid weekend link love right here.

  8. The ocean living thing is interesting – we live about 1/2 a mile from the sea but don’t often get to go down there to look at it. How close do you have to live to get the effects? We certainly get gulls, the sea weather etc. Also what about living by a large lake? Or a sea loch?

  9. There must be something wrong with me. I grew up near the Pacific Ocean and spent much of my youth hanging out with friends on the sand. Even so, I never was a big fan of the ocean and don’t miss it one bit. I don’t like sand stuck to me, Salt water makes me itch, tidal pools are creepy, seaweed stinks, sand can be burning hot, and swimming in the waves scares me. I also do not like boats. Looking at the ocean from a distance, or smelling the salt air if fine but that is about it.

    One time as I was walking on a pier and watching the surfers, I saw an ocean full of jelly fish. I did enjoy their beauty as they floated along but they are not so nice to tangle with. I do remember getting stung by jelly fish and also getting tar stuck to my feet. My high school friends who still live there say hypodermic needles plus other junk wash up on shore these days. We humans have trashed the ocean which is a huge crime on the earth. I do notice most people are drawn to the ocean and desire to live or visit it on a regular basis. I guess I am not one of them.

    1. I totally understand what you mean! I used to live in maritime Malaysia before I moved to continental Canada and back then, I was LITERALLY 5 minutes walk away from the beaches. Moving here to Alberta, I don’t even give a second thought about beaches at all. Maybe it had to do with the ridiculous amounts of sandflies and mosquitos back there though,.. :O

      Owh and the jelly fish threats also don’t help…

    2. The beach is usually a pretty harsh environment for homo sapiens, despite it’s current popularity. Fresh water is hard to find, but the sun has an intensified effect from the glare off of the sand and the water. Quite often there’s a steady wind (also dehydrating.) It’s hard to find large game, although obviously seafood is readily available. Beyond the sand is brackish water that breeds bugs. 🙁

      So, no, there’s nothing wrong with you. Also consider that most ocean front property was considered pretty worthless until the advent of modern transportation/tourism. When it was hard to get back and forth to the beach and no proper housing when you got there, it didn’t apparently sound so much like a vacation. 😉

      Personally, I like visiting the ocean, but mostly for the experience of walking on the beach. My limit is a few hours. The best “beach” vacation we ever had was a week at house off the beach where we could retreat when it all got to be too much. My favorite part was looking at the ocean from the house.

  10. Re: Time Capsule and Protein — Does anyone else think that RDA of .36 grams/per pound of bodyweight for sedentary people is really low at least within a low carb context? I think the RDA suggestions for protein might be ok in the context of the RDA high carbo diet but not so much for those of us eating low carb. I also think our protein needs vary from day to day and that nobody really knows the “ideal” amount of protein.

  11. The article on meditation is a winner , i’ve dabbled for years and never quite got it , but I really need it just now , thanks for the timely nudge .

  12. So, the only reason that whole milk might be better is that it’s more satiating than skim, so the kid will eat one less cookie?

    And [Update, July 1, 4:05 p.m.: Ludwig, by email, said 2% milk is “probably a reasonable compromise” between whole and 1% or nonfat milk.

  13. Hey guys! (The great Primal Blueprint community)

    Sorry for slightly are questions on this Blog post, but I figured this is the best place to ask for answers. As I don’t see a community chat or forum? Hope it’s ok.

    I was introduced to LCHF by Prof Tim Noakes here in South Africa 3 months ago and I LOVE it! I’m 7kgs down and feel healthier than ever. I’ve since been introduced to Mark Sisson’s stuff and want to go Primal in my workout. I’ve always been a gym goer, and try stay fit where possible. Although reading Mark’s PBF book has inspired me to change my workout. So I am starting the PBF workout, and started with sprints on thurs and loved them. Now I’m preparing for my Lift Heavy Things section. I just have a few basic questions that would really help if answered by one of you fine primal folk!

    Basically, I want to know if stretching is essential before and after each work out, including sprints. It’s the one thing I loathe and Mark seems to imply Primal living doesn’t require much stretching. But my muscles were feeling it the day after my sprints! I didn’t stretch. Should I stretch before sprints and LHTs?

    The second question is a lot more specific. It has to do with the LHT Self Assessment. The pull-up section of the self assessment doesn’t mention a Chin-up. Should I be doing a pull-up only for that self assessment? Or should I do one set of pull-ups and one set of chin-ups to see where my level should be?

    Sorry this essay. But any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for the great work guys! And thanks to Mark and the team and the Daily Apple for such a remarkable resource!

    1. Whoops. Sorry for the mistakes and errors in that comment! The opening line is meant to read “arb questions”. Written in a bit of a rush! Sorry,

      1. You may have noticed it already but there is a forum. Look at the top of this page, the green strip, the 3rd click from the right.

        You seem to want precise answers so I am not the one to answer them. I am much more casual about exercise.

        And…..Welcome to the site!

        1. I did see the forum after I said what I said! Silly man. I will paste there is as well. But any answers here are appreciated too. Thanks for the reply Sharon.

  14. How can you be so cruel as to mention amazing blogs right now? The death of google reader is still too fresh!

  15. Hey sorry i hated the other day. i just had some bad luck with some other alternative health tips. Don’t mind me

  16. I’m really glad to see that study which shows a statistically significant difference between LCHF and LF diets (p=0.04, or 96% certain not to be a random result). This helps put some rigor behind the experiences of many T2 diabetics.

    Personally, my A1c is down by 25% and well into the normal range without meds. It makes me wonder how compliant the study participants were if they experienced only a .59% reduction.

  17. Thanks for remembering some of us girls have “learning disorders” because we can’t sit still. One day I’ll work out a way not to live in cubeville where I am a disruption to all. 😛

  18. I tried some whole milk yogurt recently. Ingredients: whole milk, bacterial culture. I’m not sure if it was organic but the label looks like it was from a real farm, not a corporate owned commercial one. It was great.