Weekend Link Love – Edition 330

Weekend Link LoveThis year’s annual 21-Day Challenge begins tomorrow (Jan. 12-Feb. 1). Get the free app by then to join in. And check out the 21-Day Transformation Program packages available to you.

According to Greatist, I’m one of the top 100 most influential health and fitness people. Cool.

Portland and surrounding environs! The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar is coming your way on Thursday, January 29.

I was just on the Entrepreneur Fitness podcast, where I talked about living for longevity. Go check it out.

Research of the Week

Avocados are special. Even when pitted against another diet with equal amounts of monounsaturated fat, an avocado-a-day-diet lowers LDL and small LDL.

Exercising in the sun is better for your circadian rhythm than exercising indoors (PDF).

Prebiotics reduce the waking cortisol response and make subjects less responsivee to negative emotional stimuli.

Staying active counteracts aging.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 49: Ask the Primal Doctor — Q&A with Dr. Cate Shanahan: Dr. Cate answers reader questions about DNA-reprogramming short sprints, DNA-damaging seed oils, the dangers of processed food, how the Lakers stay on the right dietary track when on the road, and more.

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

What’s your genetic muscular potential?

An infographic showing the importance of sleep for teen athletes.

Media, Schmedia

Why a “technology shabbat” is a good idea.

Whatever, NY Times. We were writing about and drinking bone broth before it was cool.

Foie gras is back on the menu in California.

US News health experts continue to show how out of touch they are.

Everything Else

Is depression an autoimmune disease?

The newest Tough Mudder obstacle courses will use tear gas in certain sections. What’s next, white phosphorus?

A guide to the nutrients in pasture-raised New Zealand beef and lamb.

This looks cool: Topo, an ergonomic mat for standup workstations designed to make you move more, sit less, and vary your stance.

Grains kill, specifically targeting senior citizens.

Two men are free climbing (just hands and feet; the rope’s only there to prevent falls to their death) El Capitan in Yosemite, and they’re doing the toughest route possible and live blogging it. Check out these wild photos of their ascent.

Would you take a pill that tricks your body into thinking you’ve just eaten?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jan 11 – Jan 17)

Comment of the Week

Is the lack of availability of Primal products available for Android, due to the fact that the version names are sugar based snacks?

– Exactly it. We just can’t compromise here.

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’m a 68 year old woman. I used the maximum muscular bodyweight calculator and it was interesting. Like the guy who was writing about it, I have a 7 inch wrist and 9 inch ankle, but I’m a little taller. At 5% bodyfat, it said I should weigh 188 lbs, 196 if I muscled up. Woo hoo! This is the only chart I’ve seen that says I’m underweight (at 175). I don’t care if the calculator probably isn’t accurate for women. I’ll take it!!!

    1. How does one figure out the body fat info – the body fat percentage that you want to calculate your maximum bodyweight at. Do you just enter your ideal body fat? Mine is definitely not ideal right now.

  2. Well this quote from World News Report about Paleo clears it up their evaluation standards:

    “How easy is it to follow?

    Can you get used to the idea of breadless sandwiches? Or having your milk and cookies without either milk or cookies? Diets that restrict entire food groups are difficult to follow. ”

    So yes, if to keep eating just the way you always had before, is a central point to weather a diet is good or not, then yes, paleo fails in a major way. Duh!

    Next Month US News and World report will examine which drug programs work best with methadone clinics at number one which easily beat quitting heroin entirely…because abstaining from drugs is just too darn inconvenient to follow. It’s just not realistic to give up your favorite drugs. Methadone is the perfect “cheat” drug!

    1. I’ve been around plenty of methadone heads and it’s kind of sad to witness some of them.
      Example: “Guard! Guard! When’s the methadone nurse gonna get here? I need my drink! Where are the freaking meds?! Freaking cow feces!”
      I’ve heard a first hand account of a prisoner making himself throw up his methadone into a chip bag or cup and selling it to another who eagerly drank it. Apparently that was common practice. Now they have to stay locked up out of the normal unit room or their cells under observation for I think half an hour after drinking their evil alchemy concoction.

  3. I’m a fan of stimulants as performance enhancing drugs (main one is coffee, and sometimes even alcohol believe it or not) but I’m anti-steroids unless someone actually requires them for a medical reason. I’ve never used them – even the legal kind except maybe inadvertently through dairy, don’t want to, and think I’d be ashamed if I did. I’ve never even taken creatine except when it was already mixed into other things in small amounts like Energy Balls or sample protein powder packets. I think my choices of temporary performance enhancers or the amounts that I use them in should, as far as science knows, actually limit or slow down muscle gain. I read a little coffee might help with workout recovery due to the antioxidants in it but stress inhibits recovery and I tend to drink coffee until I’m surfing on stress. I’m in denial. I refuse to be held down. In your face, science.
    They say duplicating the paleo diet in modern times is difficult. Geez, I can do it living on the street, year round if I don’t waste my disability pension money (and it helps to forage from nature and gardens and go dumpster diving for free food and empty cans and bottles to return). Just who are these “experts”? They sound like pitiful quacks.
    I wonder if anyone is going to die during the tough mudder. Tear gas and tasers! At least it sounds like good riot preparation.
    I used to be more of a thrill seeker through doing risky things but now I have more of a safety first mindset. I don’t want to have some radically exciting moment and then put myself out of commission for it.
    Those climbers are inspiring. That’s an activity I ought to get back into for recreation. For a quite some time I’ve had trouble mustering the determination to stick with a training regimen or get exercise for its own sake. I like a tangible reward for my efforts such as a can of cod liver pate after a long walk to a grocery store, cashing in collected empties after lugging them half way through town, or a sickeningly excessive slab of merely slightly cooked bacon after loading up bags with “expired” food out of the garbage bin and taking the more scenic, natural route back to wherever I go, while trying to maintain good posture and flow the whole way. Seriously, I know of one dumpster that I might be able to survive off.
    I would not take that diet pill and if I were to take any bastardized pills that weren’t necessary it would be primarily for fun and usually only about once a week or two.

    1. I guess I may have also consumed steroids and growth hormones in meat, didn’t think of that earlier.

  4. I get mad every year at US News, then I remember that I don’t do Paleo, at least not what they call Paleo. I guess Mark still calls himself Paleo, and he is my main man, but I prefer to call myself “ancestral.” I wouldn’t live on the diet of meat and rabbit food that most people think of as Paleo. Yeah, it would be too hard to follow but also completely unnecessary for most people.

    1. But the meat and rabbit food idea is completely made up by the mainstream press. So of course none us do that. It’s a straw man argument they bring out article after article. It would be like US News asking “is surfing right for you” and then basing their requirements on the Spicoli character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

      Their open paragraph would be:

      “Want to try surfing? Think Again! Not everyone can afford to smoke pot, drop out of high school, and live in a van. Some people have ambitions, families and a mortgage to support. That’s why we recommend light stretching and walking for most of us who aren’t losers. So skip the surfing and make sure you get enough heart healthy carbs from whole grains!

  5. paltrow before sisson? bulls£$%& and “nstagram’s Most Famous Backside”. come on..

    1. I know right? The stuff about belfies made me cringe. How narcissistic can people be?

  6. “Avocados are special. Even when pitted against another diet…”

    Avocados….pitted…

    Ha!

  7. The prebiotic study only showed improvement in the B-GOS group, a synthetic prebiotic. The manufacturer sponsored the study, I’m not too sure about the results.

  8. I saw that bumpy mat on Katy Bowman’s Facebook page too. Looks like a really cool idea. Under my desk here we come.

  9. Keep up the good work. I still have your first book, autographed by you…

  10. I see US News is still reciting the usual line about eliminating grains putting you at risk of nutrient deficiency. Do they have a similar line in their reviews of the vegetarian and vegan diets warning against the dangers of cutting out animal foods, or in the Ornish diet review warning against the danger of eating too little fat? Of course not, everyone knows humans don’t get any valuable nutrients from those things!

    1. Maybe they’re trying to turn us all into cattle via diet.
      Unrelated, I had a thought that every animal is a cannibal. You must swallow some of your own cells sometimes and I assume other people’s too. Strange huh.

    2. I had a dietician give me that line, too. I asked her to tell me specifically which nutrients and how much grain material I’d have to eat to get them (so I could get an idea which supplements would make up for them). She couldn’t begin to tell me, had only memorized the phrase without learning any facts to support it. Gaaaah!

      1. I’m glad I’m not a crappy dietitian. Sometimes my peers make me really sad for my profession… Although honestly that attitude is typically among the older set in my experience. Some of them might as well be home ec teachers.

  11. The news about paleo being the worst diet is unsurprising.

    But I love this quote from http://paleononpaleo.com/27-ways-live-non-paleo-spouse (a brilliant article) that helps me deal with the rubbish the mass media reports…

    “Remind yourself you’re ahead of your time.

    “You are probably experienced with passive aggressive and not-so passive aggressive behaviors if you’re reading this. I’ve lost count of the number of people who joke about my way of eating. Or get concerned for me. It can get exhausting! In twenty years, I tell myself, paleo will be considered the normal, healthy way of eating and people will be saying, ‘Alison was right.’ (They probably won’t think that but it’s what I repeat to myself as a kind of mantra.) We are simply early adopters and like the missionaries we have to deal with prejudice and obstacles. Our ability to deal with this in order to achieve a goal is awesome and worthy. And something to be proud of. Be proud. And stand firm in the face of naysayers.”

    I always try to keep that in mind. No preaching or defensiveness if people want to criticise me or don’t (or won’t) understand… just staying firm to my beliefs and knowing that I’m healthier than I’ve even been in the four years I’ve been paleo/primal.

    1. True that. Just live by example. if what you are doing makes sense people will take notice over time. When I became a vegetarian 28 years ago, it confused a lot of people. Now people, at least in the Bay area, will even try to pretend they are a vegetarian for the status. Weird. Twenty years ago when I started ordering hot water with my meals, it was confusing to the wait staff. They kept trying to give me tea or just regular water with no ice. The idea of drinking just pure hot water was very unusual at the time. Now I have no problems because it’s normal to order hot water. Same with my back cushion for lumbar support I take everywhere (movies, eating out, etc). Twenty years ago people thought it was weird, now people get it and tell me what a great idea it is. Many even have their own now. So just keep plugging away, answer questions politely and if what you are doing makes sense, people will adopt it. Preaching doesn’t work, especially with something as personal as dietary choices.

  12. I’m fiending vegetables so I was going to microwave some frozen mix (the best available at the moment), though I rarely use microwaves just in case, but I decided to try them as they were and they’re very good.

  13. Congrats on the Greatist award! I know you’ve influenced me.
    Thank you for the Winter Salad shout out, too. I appreciate it!

  14. Re: Foie gras. Certain dishes, including foie gras and veal, are the result of intentionally inhumane production methods.

    Re: Tough Mudder and tear gas; Free-climbing El Capitan. WHY??? I agree with the inimitable John Cleese of Monty Python fame who wrote:

    “I do not understand why anyone should want to seek out experiences that involve any kind of discomfort. I find mountaineers and polar explorers and cage-fighters deeply mysterious. Why should people voluntarily take part in these slow-motion suicide attempts? If they want to end it all, why don’t they just get it over with, quickly?”

    Perhaps the Tough Mudder should include random attacks by a guy armed with a piece of fresh fruit.

    1. And a swim through a pool of piranhas.
      That would be befitting for the meatheads bound to participate.

  15. The depression piece is interesting. It might explain why my (mild to moderate) depressive symptoms all but disappeared after about 6 months of primal living and haven’t returned since. The one effect I never thought it would have on me, yet probably the one I’m most grateful for.

  16. A Tough Mudder utilizing tear gas? No thanks…I accidentally wiped jalapeno juice in my eye once and that was bad enough.

    1. I was just reading about a martial artist who chopped some chili peppers, washed his hands thoroughly, and then went to put in his contact lenses before training. As soon as he got the first one in his eye started to burn. The contact lens fused to his eyeball and it took him ages to get it out.

  17. Funny one I just found. Us News and World Report, who warns against low carb and Paleo in general in the Diet Ratings article also ran this very factual article saying the opposite. High carb/sugar diets are bad for everyone, especially people with dementia, diabetes, heart disease or compromised insulin responses. It even recommends Paleo and Mediterranean diets.

    http://news.yahoo.com/brain-preservation-diet-eating-save-brain-cells-153938520.html

    Looks like the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.