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December 07 2014

Weekend Link Love – Edition 325

By Mark Sisson
31 Comments

Weekend Link LoveTuesday’s the last day to get in on the chance to win $500 worth of Primal foods from Thrive Market. Enter to win here!

The introductory price for the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification expires on Dec. 15. If you’ve been thinking about furthering your Primal knowledge and becoming certified I’d encourage you to do it today and save $200 off the final retail price.

Heads up for Portland, OR area readers. Brad Kearns is coming to town to deliver the Primal Transformation Seminar on Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015 at VC CrossFit. Get your tickets now!

Fans of Katy Bowman (and heck, people who have no idea who she is but enjoy walking and moving well): this month, Katy is posting daily tidbits about improving your walking, posture, and biomechanics. These are tips you can incorporate throughout the day and they only take a few minutes to read, so check out her 24-Day Walking Advent Calendar.

Research of the Week

Restricted eating windows (9-12 hours long) help prevent metabolic damage from unhealthy diets, even when weekends are free-for-alls.

Train passengers instructed to speak to total strangers instead of ignore them were happier, even if they were introverts and usually preferred keeping to themselves in similar situations.

A new “hug” brain test designed to test emotional processing of “emotion-laden actions” is meant for autism diagnoses, but I bet it could also be used to ferret out android replicants in the near future.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 45: Interview with Rich Wilson, Vendeé Globe Skipper: In 2009, Rich Wilson was the oldest (age 58) of 11 finishers to complete the Vendeé Globe, a 28,000 mile solo yacht race around the world. To prepare for his second attempt, Rich is embracing the Primal Blueprint and in today’s episode we talk all about it.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

How important was inter-group conflict in determining human brain evolution?

Marvel’s Fiber Man Meets Microbial Man is slated for a 2016 release (with a post-Avengers credits teaser that takes place in a porta potty).

Media, Schmedia

A therapist tries the average middle schooler’s daily routine — sitting at a desk for six hours and paying close attention in class — and can’t handle it. Quick, get her a prescription for Adderall!

Willie Murphy, a 77-year old grandmother, deadlifts 215 pounds, does 1 handed pushups, and probably gives the best hugs.

Everything Else

In Denmark, hygge is a pervasive feeling of cozy togetherness, like how Americans might feel at Thanksgiving dinner. Is that why the Danes are so dang happy all the time?

Instead of playing “Which industrial toxin is safest to use on children’s playgrounds?” I propose that we just let kids play in the dirt.

23andMe, the personal genomics service that’s been severely curtailed by the FDA, is coming to the UK.

That’s certainly something.

Did anthropologists just find the earliest evidence of human creativity — engravings on a shell dated 500,000 years ago — made by Homo erectus?

Birds really are terrible monsters.

Recipe Corner

  • Highly nutrient-dense, highly delicious stuffed mushrooms.
  • This barbacoa handily beats Chipotle’s soy oil-laden stuff any day of the week.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 7 – Dec 13)

Comment of the Week

I implement this by not moving unless I absolutely have to, in all other circumstances I stay perfectly still, just breathing gently.

– Not quite what I had in mind, but if it works for you, who’s to say?

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    1. I know right?

      What really bothers me about this is… if you are vegetarian or vegan and you do not want to eat meat, that is cool with me (we know its not healthy, but their body, their choice). But if you do NOT want to eat meat, why on earth would you try to replicate feel, and taste of meat?

      I wonder what would they think if we started eating fake-apples…

      1. I dont know any vegans that well but i would imagine that they dont become vegans because they dont like the taste of meat.
        a bit like drinking diet coke to get the taste ( yuck ) without the sugar or making paleo pizza with coconut flour or something.
        unless a vegan moves out to a hutt in a forest without running water or electricity and grow their own food they still indirectly kill millions of animals. and if they did they’d get ill from lack of essential fats and vitamins/minerals since no supplement shops have branches in the middle of a forest i’d imagine. but hey, they dont eat meat. how noble. Not.

        1. I’m still not so certain its not cruel to eat plants as well.

          Just because we can’t hear their cries, doesn’t mean they don’t face the plight of the growing human populations the same as mammals do.

      2. Some people eat a vegan diet because it’s cheaper. Animal protein is an expensive luxury many struggling families can’t afford on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many vegans rely too heavily on grain products, which are filling but not particularly nutritious. Grains can also contribute to numerous health problems.

        1. I find it hard to believe that it’s so expensive to eat animals. Although i wouldn’t touch that kind of meat, I can get a chicken for $2 here in UK and if you go for the store’s own “value” brands i think calorie for calorie, one can get away eating meat and get more nutrition for the buck than being vegan. To me vegan is a luxury lifestyle full of supplements and engineered foods that would never be possible 10.000 years ago. Unless we are talking about starving children that only get to eat rice ( not by choice ) I don’t think veganism in the developed world has anything to do with saving money.

    2. Also sounds like an oxymoron–like “cordless extension cord” or “jumbo shrimp.”

  1. Re the engraved shell: the Venuses of Tan-Tan and Berekhat Ram also predate H. sapiens.

  2. Actually, Chipotle no longer uses soy! It’s corn oil, now, though –not really better, I know, but I’m allergic to soy. So, it means I can have it as a treat every once in a while :).

    1. I dunno….I would say it’s a tiny step up. To my knowledge, corn doesn’t have the same estrogen inducing effect that soy has.

    2. Actually, actually, it’s now rice bran oil. AND sunflower oil.

  3. The kid hugging the chicken in the comments on the vegan butcher shop article made me laugh out loud…

  4. *pushes Holiday shortbread cookie away

    Miss Willie is my new hero!

  5. I availed myself of the 23 and Me service before the Nanny State shut them down. I thought it very good. #@$% liberals who are always demanding more government in our lives. I think it is none of the government’s business who I choose to get DNA testing from, or why or how I use the information. As to the quality of the information, let the market place shake out the rift raft, NOT the government. So what did the anal-retentive bureaucrats not want me to know, what was dangerous for me to know? I have an extreme likelihood of an allergic reaction to two common drugs, and another common drug is probably ineffective on me. I fall in the very high probability for glaucoma which got me to my eye doctor real fast. The government considers that information dangerous for me (AND YOU) to know. Frankly I think the government itself is a far greater threat to my health and life than and damned DNA test.

    1. Well, I would normally be sympathetic to your position against restriction of free commerce, but it does sound like the DNA testing service is not quite ready for prime time. Different testing labs come up with very different results, so at this point it is likely that inexpensive genetic testing will result in a lot of false positives, and very little valuable data. In the future, I’m sure it will get better. Why not wait until it is reliable?

  6. I love that old lady. She gets what it’s all about: ‘I’m almost 80 years old and I am still living life.’

  7. By restricted eating windows, do you mean intermittent fasts? So, by fasting intermittently, one obviates some of the damage done by cheating … grateful if you would give more details.

  8. Wow how brilliant is Willie Murphy’s attitude?! I love her! I’m going to work out right now!

  9. “Do you use food as a crutch?” Unfortunately, many people do. Even more unfortunate, if you go to the doctor for a weight-loss diet, you are likely to get put on something that doesn’t work, either because the doctor doesn’t know any better or because he thinks you wouldn’t stick with a diet that eliminates the sweets, grain products, and comfort foods.

    The medical profession and so-called nutritional experts are very good at handing out “crutches.” They will give people a hundred reasons why obesity isn’t their fault. A good doctor will give a person the only two reasons that really matter–insufficient desire and lack of willpower–but too many people don’t want to hear that. They would rather buy into nonsense and be fat than bite the bullet and just do what needs to be done.

  10. It’s rice bran oil at Chipotle! And no, they won’t make any substitutes for you! I asked

  11. Just a comment about the train study and introverts – introverts are not necessarily quiet, shy, or socially disconnected. It’s just that interaction consumes an introverts energy, while interaction increases an extroverts energy. Both types can have meaningful and positive social exchanges with strangers, but the introvert might really need to go get some alone time after it’s all over. 🙂

  12. When they had people come in to take the big old tires and little jungle gym out from the playground in my elementary school (“too dangerous”) a few other kids and I staged a protest and sat on them or stayed near them.. though none of us were brave enough to stay out there more than about a couple minutes after the recess bell and risk detention.
    In other news, I recently witnessed an unleashed dog harassing two peaceful leashed dogs so I put down my bag of 11 pints, ran over, and shouted at it to stop. It then turned on me and advanced twice. Both times I held my fist up and looked it in the eyes. It wouldn’t come within arm’s reach. While walking away I apologized to the people walking the dogs, still half in growl-speak, and explained that I have nothing against them but hate hostile dogs.

  13. I think they need to introduce the Train Passenger Speaking to strangers as mandatory on the London underground. haha