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April 27 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 293

By Mark Sisson
25 Comments

Weekend Link LoveEpisode #16 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. It’s another great reader question roundup.

Research of the Week

Hypoglycemic married couples get into more and worse fights than normoglycemic married couples.

Naps are linked to a higher risk of dying, but I doubt it’s causative. Far more likely is that people who get worse sleep at night and have worse health as a result require more naps.

Yes, endurance athletes. You still need to strength train.

Snacking increases liver and belly fat more than eating big meals, even when overall caloric intake is the same.

Interesting Blog Posts

The ergogenic effects of sitting in a dark, blistering-hot room with sweaty, naked old men and/or women.

Too busy to meditate? Try these helpful tips for integrating mindfulness into your everyday life.

Pollen may not be the actual cause of seasonal allergies.

Are you getting enough vitamin J?

Media, Schmedia

I wrote a piece for Bare Essentials Magazine about the many faces of Primal life. Check it out.

How being a doctor became the most miserable profession.

Or perhaps not.

Everything Else

The NY Times Learning Network put together a respectable prompt for teaching students how to study nutrition, disease, and clinical trials.

Is food so cheap that we can’t bring ourselves to respect it?

Want the perfect standing workstation tailored to your body? Enter your specs here and get the results.

Forget Code Blue. Do hospitals need a Code Death?

Recipe Corner

  • This is an odd – but excellent – one: deconstructed paleo bacon sushi.
  • What do you do when you want carnitas real bad but haven’t got any pork butt? If you view language as a fluid substance, you make beef carnitas.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Apr 27 – May 3)

Comment of the Week

Once again it looks like all roads lead to the gut. It’s hard to stomach what conventional wisdom tries to stuff down our throats.

– Har, har.

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  1. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can barely grow weeds, let alone my own food!

    1. Start with containers, that’s what I did.. you can grow herbs, tomatoes, green beans, onions, garlic, strawberries, blueberries, lettuce…(lettuce is so easy it’s ridiculous!). The list goes on and on.. try it, you might enjoy it! I know that I do!

    2. Me neither. So I looked ’em up and realized I can eat some of the weeds.

    3. You should grow weed, its a weed, and it will grow in spite of you.

  2. Thanks for the link to the vitamin J post – a little long but spot on, IMHO. Got a good laugh — a deficit of 102.48 calories is so do-able! I just have to eliminate that half walnut I eat between my morning probiotic and my afternoon weight session! — and some food for thought (and action). Think I’ll go outside for a walk in the forest. Soul food is just as important as food food, if not more important.

  3. From an LCHF perspective, the referenced snacking trial appears to be seriously glycemic confounded. It does seem to be more evidence that the common looney advice to diabetics to stay on their HC diets, but “graze”, is actually making matters worse.

    My attitude on snacking has been:
    a. On an HC diet, grazing doesn’t help.
    b. On an LCHF diet, grazing doesn’t hurt.

    It appears that “a” needs to be changed to:
    a. On an HC diet, grazing turns spiky TG/BG into chronically elevated TG/BG.

  4. Oh my gosh! My Vitamin J post is getting the weekend link love! THANK YOU so much, Mark! (And your team.) Really appreciate you including me this week. 🙂

    1. Amy that was a great article. I really enjoyed it and agree with much of what you said! Off to the beach today. Or maybe tonight actually!

    2. Love the article! I’m planning a weekend hike, need some time in nature. Thanks so much for a great read Amy!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing the link to my deconstructed sushi recipe! 🙂

  6. Another awesome Link Love week. Read every one of them. Great article on Vitamin J, Amy. Dare I say, it was a JOY to read!

  7. I used to take a nap every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. I think it was linked to my diet, rather than my sleep quality at night. I still slept good at night, but my energy was so low, that I could sleep during the day also.

    I have been primal for almost two years now, and I can honestly say that I have taken maybe 5-10 naps over those two years….I simply don’t need them or even want them while I am living this lifestyle.

  8. So does this mean that naps increase your risk of dying prematurely? Because we all have a 100% risk of dying, unless someone’s discovered the cure for mortality.

  9. On the articles about Doctors, in Britain we have had maximum 10 min consultations for ages. So 12 mins for a USA primary care consultation is a luxury. Doesn’t mean it’s ideal, though!

  10. I’d like to thank Amy on the vitamin J article and her service in the military.I think the article was spot on.I work in a resort/condo development that is on a amazing beach,the people that live here are extremely wealthy and at the same time most of them are extremely unhappy.The condo fees alone in this place start at 5,000+ and everybody drives a Ferrari or other exotic sports car,yet with all that they are unhappy.I believe that these people are among other things board and don,t seem to have things that they are truly passionate about in life.I on the other hand don,t have their wealth(although I am investing and trying to improve my financial state)but I am much happier.I love the outdoors and enjoy fishing,hunting, and snorkeling among other activities.I also try to learn new things all the time and try to take in all the beauty that is around me wherever I happen to be and this has worked out for me pretty well.I think we don’t notice the beauty around us to often and we get lazy and board,basically we need to keep ourselves busy and keep our passionate fires burning.

    1. Thanks, thinker. You make me feel better about my own financial situation. I’m not hurting for anything, but a little more might be nice for my peace of mind. Funny how I always feel okay about where I’m at until I start comparing myself to others — never mind that expensive things on the outside (homes, cars, clothing, travel) reveal nothing about what goes on behind closed doors. Lots of people are living way beyond their means and underneath it all they have far less than I think they do. That being said, like you mentioned, money’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Some of the wealthiest are the unhappiest. More money —> more stuff to maintain, chase after, and worry about.

      1. Great article and site Amy. Fellow Airman here also (JSTARS, got out in 09). In regards to what you’ve said here, check out the movie “I Am”… it is just amazing. Take care!

  11. I had severe allergies all year round before going Primal. I was tested and told I’m allergic to basically every single allergen on the test-all pollens, trees, dust, etc. Since going Primal I have maybe one or two very mild allergy attacks every year, and I can probably attribute those to the little bit of sugar and other non-Primal foods I indulge in once in awhile.

    Considering before I was suffering very bad attacks, often to the point of missing work 3-4 times a week, this is a huge improvement. I tell everyone with allergies to try it but of course no one believes me, or says through the sniffles “But I could never give up bread!’

    1. Same here, and I have read the exact same story form dozens of others. I think a lot of it has to do with a suppressed and/or overworked immune system as well.

    2. My mother has really bad seasonal allergies; this year’s allergy season was a lot easier for her, though. She has mostly stopped eating bread – not entirely, but almost. I think there’s a connection.

  12. on the Sitting in a Sauna post – it increases prolactin and norepinephrine and also allows the body to store more epinephrine. Mark, as a carb wary man you should know the dangers of norephinephrine (adrenaline). It’s the opposite of a growth hormone, and it suppresses the realease of necessary positive hormones.

    DONT SIT IN SAUNA’S! DONT DO CARDIO! DUUH.