Weekend Link Love – Edition 283

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #6 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. In it I discuss the reality of the calories in, calories out concept. Check it out and let me know what you think.

If you’re convenient to Newark, Delaware, don’t miss the Primal Blueprint Seminar coming to your area on Feb. 27.

Research of the Week

Both biking for an hour and shivering for 10-15 minutes release the same amount of irisin, a hormone that turns white fat into metabolically-stimulating brown fat.

Steeping green tea for 15 minutes at 90 ºC extracts the most flavonoids. That would be a pretty bitter brew, and I wonder if that would be too many flavonoids and exceed the hormetic threshold.

Interesting Blog Posts

How much control do you really have over your food intake? Part 1 and part 2.

No text is necessary to show what’s wrong with the modern diet. These 11 graphs are plenty.

This blog post from the ever on-point Frank Forencich is the most mind-rending, consciousness-shattering, paradigm-shifting piece you will read all year.

Media, Schmedia

Why nutrition is so confusing.

The man who tried to warn us about sugar – and had his career destroyed in the process.

NPR reports on the “full-fat milk paradox.” I think we need to reassess our use of the word “paradox” when they seem to pop up every other day.

A long and sobering read from the New Yorker on a Berkeley scientist’s fight against agro-chemical companies. This certainly makes me even more suspicious of industry-funded research.

The new UK cholesterol guidelines seek to put people at a low risk of heart disease on statins. Sure, why not? Makes perfect sense.

Everything Else

Midwest corn farmers are beginning to switch admittedly small portions of their crops over to fruits and vegetables, where there “is vastly more money to be made.” I suspect this trend will continue.

Looks like those insignificant inconsequential muscles in our feet are actually good for something after all.

The rise of caveman-style dining is apparently upon us.

Here are a bunch of photos of Russian people squatting.

This kid gets it.

PrimalCon isn’t coming to South Africa anytime soon. You could do way worse than this retreat if you’re local to SA, though.

One-upping the standing workstation.

new book on entomophagy recently came out, and it looks pretty interesting.

This split keyboard might be a nice adjunct to a standing or walking workstation.

The good things fasting did to this guy’s body.

Recipe Corner

  • Easy to make and more delicious than it has any right to be, I give you Paleo crockpot chili.
  • From a blog that couldn’t be called anything but Jamaican It Paleo comes a recipe for beef liver, Jamaican style.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 17 – Feb 23)

Comment of the Week

I believe being forgetful is natures way of exercising the old people. Go upstairs. Why am I here? Go back down stairs. Ah, I remember. Go back upstairs. Come to think of it, maybe I get in more than 10 flights in per day.

– I kind of want to hug this comment.

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. Lot’s of great stuff!

    Interesting to see how Gary Taubes is moving away from the carbohydrate hypothesis of obesity which he’s worked so hard to defend. Suddenly it’s only sugar and refined carbs he touts as problematic. I guess even Gary can’t turn a blind eye to all the conflicting evidence and therefore slowly softens his stand on insulin and obesity.

    1. Gary has always been about pasta, bread and sugar. In the books of his I’ve read, these are the foods most often mentioned? Why? Because they are the carbs most people eat, and have the strongest effect on insulin. When we talk about total carb in the US diet, these are the foods supplying it.

  2. Apparently the Russians like to smoke and drink while squatting so I’m not quite sure I see the “benefit” of this – lol.

  3. I guess my being cold all the time is my body’s attempt to get me to loose weight, but I just have been ignoring it and piling on the fleece. I think I will try to do that less now.

  4. Regarding the squatting Russians. Did you count how many of them were smoking and/or had bottles of alcohol in hand or nearby. I wonder if the squatting will counteract the tobacco and booze. 🙂

  5. Before Yudkin was Adelle Davis. “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit” was published in 1954, and touted vitamins, exercise, avoiding prepared and hi-carb foods, reduction of hydrogenated fats, plus a heaping helping of liver and brewer’s yeast for breakfast. Davis is widely considered a quack these days, partly, I think, because her ideas are diametrically opposed to the modern “low fat high carb” idea of a correct healthy diet, and partly because some of her vitamin work might have been a bit over the top. But here I am healthy at 60 and wondering if the tattered copy I picked up at a college used book sale (and still have 40 years later) has anything to do with it. By nature I’m a sugar junkie but I’ve always fought to keep that tendency in check because of what I read there. When the low fat high carb craze came in, I never bought into it because of that book. Eating healthy has always meant protein, fat, and veggies to me. As a nutrition pioneer, Adelle Davis deserves more credit than she gets IMHO.

  6. After reading the eating control links…all i want is cake now.

  7. yes, caaaaaaake!!

    re: the squatting smoking drinking Russians….also notice that they are ALL slim.

  8. I’ve been using one of those split keyboards for at least 5 years. I used to have terrible arm, shoulder, neck, and back pain, and did workers’ comp claims twice to get physical therapy (not that this helped any). Finally, I bought myself a split keyboard and haven’t had an issue since. I can’t say enough good things about mine.

  9. I question whether John Yudkin’s career was harmed to quite the extent claimed.
    In 1985 Yudkin wrote the Penguin Encyclopedia of Nutrition.
    You don’t get that job if you’re not respected in the field of nutrition.

  10. Listened to the pod cast twice today as I shoveled out the drive way (three hours of digging and chipping) really enjoyed the discussion on ideal body composition and the need to separate vanity and health at times.
    I have been using a compressed eating window for over a month now (11:00 to 19:00) and after a somewhat uncomfortable initial two weeks I think I may be reducing the remaining stubborn belly fat.
    The podcasts are a great addition to the site. It personalized the entire primal community.

  11. Ohhh we wish we could visit all those primal restaurants! We have a few paleo friendly cafes here in Canberra, Australia. FINALLLYYYY catching on. Love this link love! So much info.

  12. Many years ago in Indiana I knew one farmer who told me that the 10 acres of melons that he grew made more money for him than the 160 acres of corn/soybeans that he planted each year. But it was far more labor intensive – he said he would have grown more if he could have found the part time labor, but most farms around were controlled by companies even at that time, and very few people lived within a reasonable working distance.

  13. I doubt the white fat turning to brown through shivering will be beneficial to someone with raynaud’s phenomenon though.
    I like the idea of the “Are you really hungry, or just bored” sign in the fridge.

  14. Calories in, calories out is exactly what has been rolling around in my head for the last couple days. Thanks, Mark. You nailed it!

  15. Is there anything within the primal/paleo framework that addresses Raynauds?

  16. Anyone have access to this proquest.com ?
    I’d love to know more details about the green tea study- steeping time and temperature. There are just so many different opinions on this that can be found on the Internet I don’t think we should just “believe” it without reviewing.

    Go check this one, for example:

    The research they refer to here says it’s enough to brew green tea for 5 minutes (tea leafs).
    I’m all for brewing longer, I even like it- but just wondering if it really makes sense.

  17. Hi Mark,

    Yeah Tyrone Hayes has been saying those chemicals sprayed on crops are the devil for years. A few years back I sent you a link to his TED talk and emailed you about it. The sciences bares it out that atrazine is a killer.

  18. Big up to you for shouting out my family’s Jamaican Beef Liver Recipe! We are so humbled and are one of your biggest fans! Thank you so much!