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July 28 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 253

By Mark Sisson
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Weekend Link LoveAttention, Gmail users: Google is rolling out some changes to your inboxes that may affect how you receive emails from me. If you’ve got the new inbox, my emails will now show up in a tab called “Promotions.” To keep receiving my messages in your regular, or “Primary” inbox, simply drag one of my messages from your Promotions tab to the Primary tab, then click “Yes” when they ask you the question.

Research of the Week

In a recent small trial in patients with major depressive disorder, curcumin, a constituent of turmeric root, was just as effective as Prozac at improving the depression rating scale.

Why we like talking about ourselves (even if no one else is around): it triggers reward centers in the brain.

Interesting Blog Posts

The problem (or not) with pictures.

The physiological nitty gritty behind how we learn new skills.

Media, Schmedia

The truth behind (some) transformation photos.

How a ketogenic diet helped a previously mute three year-old girl begin to speak.

Everything Else

Our friend Abel James over at Fat-Burning Man has recently released a paleo recipe app for the iPhone/iPad. It was the #6 app in the world this week – ahead of Angry Birds! Check it out here on his blog, and here on iTunes.

The recent revelations that the cows behind Kerrygold butter may get a little supplementary feed, a little bit of which may contain GMOs has apparently caused a host of people to swear it off forever. What do you think?

I’d pay good money for this salad to be served in a vegan restaurant.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (July 28 – Aug 3)

Comment of the Week

haha, when reading through this article that was the first thing that came to mind, you beat me to it.

“The only permanent rule in Calvinball is that you can never play it the same way twice!”

Absolutely perfect

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  1. Just checked out that old post about when listening to your body doesn’t work. That was a great article!

    1. my classmate’s aunt makes ($)68/hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for 9 months but last month her payment was ($)20459 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more… c­a­n9­9.?­?­M

  2. Hi Mark,
    I follow Dr. Bernstein’s ketogenic diet (for over six months now). I have type 1 diabetes and wonder if type 1s should do carb re-feeds. I am 5″2 and 100lbs. Sometime, I experience muscle weakness and fatigue while cycling or hiking and wonder if increasing my carb intake occasionally would be a good idea to increase strength and energy.
    Thanks for any help you can provide.
    Suzanne

    1. Suzanne,

      You should check out the “Paleo Diet for Diabetics” website on facebook. A lot of us (type 1 diabetics) post there and share knowledge.

      As an aside, I have a man-crush on Dr. Bernstein and love his diet. However, for me, I modified it to fit my needs. I lift heavy four times a week at 11 am, and eat a high carb meal right after. The rest of my diet is VLC. I’ve found that I have no blood sugar problems with set carbs (rice or potatoes by weight, for example)as long as I eat them for lunch. If I eat them for dinner I fall asleep before they are all out of my system and inevitably wake up sugar high. Just my 2 cents. The high carbs four times a week do wonders for me, and the VLC eating the rest of the time keep me very insulin sensitive.

      –Adam

  3. I think Kerrygold is still one of the better choices but it’s sad to see one of the few worthwhile brands slide a little further down the tube. If we don’t care what we put in our bodies then why care about anything else? Once health is gone all is lost.

    1. I agree that Kerrygold is better than most other choices, but their misleading advertising is extremely annoying. See also: Organic Valley’s Pasture butter or “raw” cheeses, which have had the milk they’re made from heated to 158.

  4. I am curious to read more thoughts about KerryGold butter. The vigilance required in food purchasing these days is enough to make giving up almost seem reasonable.

    For now I will continue to buy it, keeping the big picture in mind. I buy local produce in season when it is available, and almost never eat out. Avoiding the larger traps of restaurant “food” and such seems much more important for those of us without specific health issues requiring more strict adherence.

    Too bad I no longer have a local source for my dairy, but I enjoy it enough that I have decided not to give it up completely as many Primal folks have.

  5. Curcumin is one of those Wonderfoods that helps with just about anything that could ail you. No surprise, really, as it is quite bitter and otherwise you’d wonder, Why on earth eat it?

    That other Wonderfood, Garlic, though, is simply delicious no matter what you do with it.

  6. I don’t think I have to worry about the Kerrygold butter since I live in Canada and importing butter is illegal. And all butter here is identical…

    I hate my country sometimes.

    1. In Canada we are allowed to bring 20 lbs or $20 (whichever you reach first) worth of butter over the border from the US.

    1. Our salad greens are so fresh, the proof is in the package!
      Just ask one of our many inspectors, Mr. Frog!

  7. Living in Ireland we just buy the supermarkets own brand butter which is produced by the same coop that produces kerrygold. Less than half the price and every bit as tasty obviously as its the exact same product in a different wrapper.

    We had a bit of a grass growing shortage in Ireland earlier this year as the early part of the year was particularly cold and grass growth was slow so cows feed had to be supplemented. In general this is more expensive for the farmers so they switched to 100% grass fed asap once the grass growth were back to their usual high levels.

    It’s not ideal but its a case of good but not always perfect. I guess if I was paying a US imported premium price I’d be looking for closer to perfect.

    I also hate to think about the premium you guys have to pay for grass fed meats which we get as standard.

  8. DH and I got a chuckle over the “transformation” photos article. I’ve wondered about that. Sometimes it’s obvious!

  9. I’ve grown up around livestock and beef ranches, and supplementary feed is not an unusual thing. Even on a grass-fed operation, sometimes there won’t be enough grass because of a drought, or sometimes here in Florida we get a freeze or two too many in the winter and the grass dies and stays dead until spring. Enter a grain feed, especially in the case of the heifers (expectin’ mamas). Say what you will about grain feeding and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad effects on the animals that eat it, but based on my experience, supplementing a grass-fed cow’s diet with a few bags of grain-based feed really isn’t all that different from one of us enjoying a sweet treat or having a glass of wine once in a while.

    Demonizing a perfectly good butter brand because the cows are grain supplemented seems silly. You can’t magically make grass grow just because your cows are hungry.

    1. Oh dear. I should have read that blog post before getting on my high horse (cow?) She’s writing about an allergen issue, which is an entirely different ball game.

      I stand by my previous statement, however, that grain supplementing isn’t the nuclear blast of toxicity that I have heard about. Allergies, however, are always a first priority when it comes to food choices. My bad.

    2. Thanks for that perspective, Kristina. Also, reading above about the drought they had, I can understand and, even with that situation, I’ve no doubt KerryGold is still way better than most any other butter in the supermarket here in the states. I’ll continue to buy it since I can’t get locally farmed dairy where I am.

  10. Yesterday, while I was at work, my cousin stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a forty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube
    sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

    1. Becauase the 10% being used includes a percentage of genetically modified corn and soy. If that 10% was organic grains, there’d be much less concern about it.

      I see no place in anyone’s 10% or 20% for dubious GM food, it’s best used wisely for things that taste great, aren’t really primal, but aren’t actively damaging either.

  11. I make my own butter from raw milk. Put it in a glass jar with several glass marbles and shake it for awhile, perhaps while you are walking or watching tv. It is ridiculous to import kerrygold to the US when you can make your own butter for a fraction of the cost, and no petroleum-based overseas shipping! Luckily I can get raw milk from grass from grass fed cows.

    1. We used to make butter quite often when I was kid, but using marbles sounds dangerous to me, a tiny sliver could break off the marbles (or more likely, the jar, near the neck where it curves inwards) and end up being consumed.

      If you just shake it really well you’ll start to see butter forming with no help, I’d take the extra time over the risk of broken glass.

      1. Thanks Patrick! Never thought of that! I was actually wrong – the Boy Scouts taught my son this and they used metal balls, not glass marbles. I guess it just speeds things up, but you are right – safer and better to do it with nothing!

  12. Took a moment to read: Interesting Blog Posts The problem (or not) with pictures. This is a great read and pretty inspirational.

  13. Did anyone else notice, in the article about the mute girl who regained her voice, that she “piles the cream cheese on crackers”?

  14. I agree in concept with the Transformation Pictures blog post, but I’m not buying that the guy was 19% bf in the second picture series.