Weekend Link Love – Edition 290

Weekend Link LoveNext week, I’m speaking at Paleo f(x), along with other paleo/Primal luminaries like Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, the Hartwigs, Nora Gedgaudas, and dozens more. I’ve got three talks scheduled – two on the 11th and one on the 12th – and you can buy separate tickets to each day, or a full three-day pass. If you can’t make the event, you can stream it, live, on your computer or mobile device. Hope to see you there!

Episode #13 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. Our very own Brad Kearns gives the lowdown on attaining peak performance levels without destroying your health.

Research of the Week

People who get most of their exposure to bright light in the morning have lower body weights than people who get most of their light at night.

According to a recent study, folks who eat seven servings of produce a day are the least likely to die, regardless of age. It’s an observational study, so the usual caveats apply.

In pregnant, diabetic, non-obese mice, a gluten-free diet reduces inflammation and risk of diabetes in their offspring.

Some of the health benefits of fish oil pills may be mediated by changes to the gut biome.

CDC sodium guidelines are “excessively and unrealistically low,” according to a new study.

Interesting Blog Posts

How many of the 100 hardest body weight exercises of all time are you doing?

This is a good tip for doing anything on a consistent basis. Minimum effective dose, anyone?

Media, Schmedia

More and more kids are going on juice cleanses, with some juice programs being aimed at 2 year old kids. Babies, basically. I’m sure nothing untoward will come of this trend.

NPR entertains the case for adding some fat back into your diet. How gracious.

A more scholarly response to the “protein will kill you” study from a few weeks back.

Everything Else

Stefani Ruper just released her long-awaited woman’s health book: Sexy by Nature. It’s geared toward any woman interested in “radiant health, life-long sex appeal, and soaring confidence.” Go grab a copy for the lady in your life (even if that’s you!).

The evolutionary function of laughter.

A Virginia beer brewer recently brewed beer using yeast found on a 40 million year-old whale fossil.

According to some researchers, antibiotics have turned our guts from gardens into battlefields. We should go back to gardening.

This is stupid, but I still laughed.

A new diabetes wonder drug makes you piss out sugar, lose weight, increase LDL cholesterol, and get more urinary tract infections. Sounds great! (Wait, aren’t all those things symptoms of untreated type 1 diabetes?)

Recipe Corner

  • For those of us who normally can’t be bothered to make our own mayo, maybe two minute mayo is the solution. Just skip the vegetable oil for something more palatable and Primal.
  • Sometimes (most times), you just want to eat some meat off a bone. Paleo balsamic apple ribs fit the bill.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 7 – Apr 13)

Comment of the Week

First: When we work on blueprints we find a flat surface to spread them out and work standing over them. It’s a good way to spend more time standing.

Then, the reply:

Sound like a Primal way to work on Blueprints.

Sorry, couldn’t resist…

– That was terrible. Just awful. But I still loved it. Keep up the good work.

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 make the 2 minute mayo with light olive oil, and it’s never come out bad. Never. I can’t say the same for the pour in slowly recipes, that take 5 or more minutes.

    1. I also make this and use a combination of olive, avocado and coconut oil. Skip the 1T water and just put in the whole egg, that way you don’t waste the white and all its goodness. If I have a little leftover bacon fat I add that for flavor. The coconut and bacon have to be warmed enough to be liquid, but NOT hot and all the oils mixed together.

      1. I’m definitely trying the mayo recipe. But, I’ve always liked Miracle Whip better than mayo, which always tastes oily to me. I figure I’ll add just a pinch of sugar (probably better than Splenda, huh?) and some apple cider vinegar, as one commenter mentioned, to get the tangier taste.

        I was wondering which oil to use. I’ve heard that olive oil is not always that good in this recipe, but maybe it’s the kind or quality used. I figured light would be best (meaning light olive taste).

        If I were to use the combination of olive, avocado, and coconut oil (or bacon grease … YUM), how much of each would you recommend? About a third cup of each?

        1. Just a little bit of bacon fat goes a long way – just add 1/8 cup of that to start and see how you like it. I’ve done half/half olive and coconut, and half/half olive/avocado, both come out fine.

        2. Juicing just seems like a fancy name for crash dieting. I’ve been doing IF for a few years, so I’m all for skipping meals. But replacing solid food with juice for a prolonged period seems a little dangerous–plants are great source of trace mineral and all, but you’re missing out on so many essentials. I’d suspect that all these cleansing diets actually have the opposite effect by interfering with normal liver functions.

          And letting kids cleanse? Good intentions, road to the hell, etc.

        3. Not sure why my comment showed up as a reply to this. Oh well.

          The only thing I’d be careful about with the coconut oil and bacon fat (which sound incredible) is making sure you’ve got enough olive/avocado oil in there to make sure you don’t end up with solidified mayo when you refrigerate it.

        4. Add a small dash of onion powder, garlic powder and paprika as well. They are all listed in the ingredients of Miracle Whip. And definitely use the whole egg instead of just the yolk. I have been making mine this way for ages using a combination of light olive oil and coconut oil.

  2. If raw eggs make you nervous check out this egg-less mayo recipe:


    You do have to wait 4 minutes for the flax & water mixture to thicken. I’ve made it twice so far, no problems. The oil will separate out slightly in the fridge, so it isn’t as pretty as mayo made with egg, but it tastes great and I’ve been able to use it in recipes calling for mayo.

  3. I’m a bit appalled by parents subjecting their children to juicing. It’s not that I think juicing is unhealthy or that cleansing is bad, but it seems like it would be much more supportive for their bodies to simply ensure they’re eating organic whole foods.

  4. A 2 year old on a juice cleanse? They haven’t even been alive enough to accumulate the so-called toxins a juice cleanse program claims to eliminate!

  5. You couldn’t pay me to take that new diabetes drug. That sounds like misery in pill form. Not just UTI’s, probably yeast infections too. Yuck.

  6. I’ve been making mayo for about three years, I will never buy mayo again, now if I could only perfect ketchup.

  7. I disapprove of the disproportionate number of women featured in the 100 hardest bodyweight exercise post! I counted ONE! Absurd!

  8. Children should be learning to sit down with the family at mealtimes and eat their vegetables, not drink them.

    As for doing things on a consistant basis I have found this to be true with many things. If there is something which I know I should be doing, but don’t really want to do, I say to myself that I will only do it for a few minutes and see how I feel. Usually, once I have started, I just go on till the job is done.

  9. I kind of want to try that beer. I’ve been drinking too much beer lately though and am actually getting kind of sick of it. It’s been tasting too sweet. Seems like my body has been alright at telling me what to avoid lately. As well as cravings I’ve regularly been experiencing some aversions.

    1. I remember back in one of the younger grades, 2 or 3, the teacher asked everyone to find out for the next day why a particular whale was named what it was. I’d recently heard that right whales got their name because they always float on the right side after they get harpooned so I couldn’t wait, put my hand up, and told the class. I was going to say the same thing the next day but some other kid stole it and had his turn to speak before me so I used my back-up (misinformation) fact and, being young and not that knowledgeable and thinking that it seemed like “sperm” was a verb describing the swimming motions of a whale, when it was my turn to speak I told the class that the sperm whale got its name by the way it sperms through the water.

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