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February 08 2015

Weekend Link Love – Edition 334

By Mark Sisson

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Plastic exposure is linked to earlier menopause.

Obese women vigorously exercise for an hour a year. Obese men, 3.6 hours. Cause, effect, or both? Either way, it’s a sad state of affairs.

Kids who are free to explore the neighborhood and play without adult supervision are healthier than children raised under the yolk of the helicopter parent.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 53: Adam and Vanessa Lambert — Bee the Wellness Fitness App and Community: Host Brad Kearns sits down with Adam and Vanessa Lambert to discuss the unveiling of their new fitness challenge app, their unique approach to wellness, how to deal with the individual demands of the wide variety of clientele that is humanity, and much much 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

Since Apple isn’t allowing f.lux into the appstore anytime soon, here’s how to make your iPhone screen dimmer at night.

Are nuts responsible for the inverse association between PUFAs and heart disease?

Looking for an interesting blog with beautiful pics? Follow the Browns, two brothers who farm and eat only what they can grow, hunt, or forage.

Media, Schmedia


Tim Noakes responds to his critics.

Everything Else

Though the Super Bowl has passed, I’d still recommend checking out the newest edition of Pigskin Paleo, a book of delicious paleo-friendly game day sports bar-esque recipes.

This is my kind of tofu.

If you’re gonna run, trail running is the way to do it. Just ask Vibram-clad, Kiwi born Ruby Muir.

The best way to cook a frozen steak (without thawing it first).

How much “lost pleasure,” in dollars, have you suffered since going Primal?

Froot Loops are supersized bites with deliciously intense natural fruit flavors and, new research reveals, physiologically relevant glyphosate residues.

Incredible archery.

“We’re all fat again.”

Farmer’s market goers aren’t able to distinguish between cold-pressed juice and Tang.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 9 – Feb 15)

Image of the Week

Calories in, calories out, right?

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  1. Regarding “children raised under the yolk of the helicopter parent.”
    I think your words are scrambled !!

    1. Ahahahahaha

      My neighborhood is fairly safe to play and explore for kids except for all the “lookie loos” – people who like to look our their condo windows/doors and yell at kids playing like, wait for it…… KIDS. So we do “watch” ours as a form of protection from the mean people. However, my friend who does NOT eat primal, nor feed her family that way, her children play outside in the country and have a wonderful big yard/garden/chickens/sheep to play with and are SICK constantly….. I think that it’s how they eat, my son is rarely sick and usually I can see what he ate at school that was non primal.

      My computer is acting up today so this will probably be stuck in the “waiting room” for a while. No biggie. Sigh, need a new computer I guess, just too cheep.

    2. I was going to say, children under a yolk in the blades of a helicopter might be getting extra choline or something…. But it sounds kind of messy.

  2. Thank you for featuring my recipe for butternut squash breakfast sausage!! Genius tip about the frozen steak, and for the iphone screen dimmer too. I’ve been using f.lux on my computer for a couple months now and I can really tell how it makes a difference in my sleep!

    Thanks again!

    1. Nowadays, 1 free-roaming kid = 1 (or 2) neglectful parent(s). What a shame!

      1. Not at all, it’s just that my neighborhood was a safe place to let me roam. It was mostly exploring the woods. Maybe you’ve been watching too much TV…

        1. I kind of took Wenchypoo to mean that one will be interpreted that way. What is really tough is that if you let your kid out to roam, they are the ONLY kid out there. And grownups don’t get outside enough. For me, the thing is that there just are not the eyes on the street like there used to be. Neighborhoods are empty, everyone is shuttered away. If we could all just in a nice big group, SET THE KIDS FREE, and some of us be out there gardening… whatever. I grew up in a neighborhood where there were lots of folks out and about or soon to be out and about, It sucks now. I loved roaming as a child. Nobody ever bothered me, either. Probably wouldn’t now, but… my little girl is the one dream that came true, and we had two attempted kidnappings within 5 blocks of me two years ago and now we are a more frightened neighborhood. I feel brave letting her wait at the bus. I’m not a helicopter parent in many of the ways they describe, but I just want to not lose my kid. And not have authorities called on me. So, I’ll continue to set her free a bit at a time, and be sad, and just… that’s the way it is now. I’ll find other wins.

        2. I will agree that places like you’re describing are becoming rarer, but they exist. The neighborhood I grew up in is still like that. I’m 18 and moved a couple of hours away a couple years ago, but I go visit all my friends there in the summer, and it’s not much different from when I was little; it really is a “village,” so to speak (as in it takes a village). We’d travel the neighborhood in packs on our bikes or through the woods (or both), deciding our next activity sponteously, often both active and imaginative. Then, when we got hungry, we’d eat lunch at whoever’s house was closest. Then we’d go back out until dark and often played manhunt or ghost in the graveyard, especially in the later years. You really can’t ask for much better, and my parents, and likely most of the parents in the neighborhood, chose the neighborhood for that reason.

        3. Maybe she’s been watching the news, Kieran. I live in metro-Denver and scarcely a month goes by that an almost-kidnapping isn’t reported. I wandered all over the neighborhood as a child too, and my parents never gave it a second thought. These days, if I had young children I would be considerably more cautious. No place is completely safe for an unsupervised child any more. It’s an unfortunate fact of the times we live in.

        4. Exactly, it just comes down to location. If the area isn’t safe, then that parenting style isn’t safe.

    2. I was sufficiently neglected to gestate into a cracked shell shoal.

  3. Re: obese people and exercise: Your summary, the title of the article, and the article itself promote unhelpful stereotypes. I’m obese and I exercise daily. Many are the same. As I know you know, there are many reasons people are obese, especially the SAD. I have serious questions about both the study and the conclusions drawn from it. Given the cutoffs for obesity, most obese people are not the often-envisioned morbidly obese folks that can’t get off their couch. Many of us are leading full, active lives. The article admits “One expert did note that the definition of vigorous exercise was very limited in the study, and the researchers themselves acknowledged that the device used to track physical activity did not measure swimming or biking very well.” That points to a bunch of crap right there. Sure, most Americans, including the obese, could do a lot more to add joyful, healthy activity into their daily lives. But this paints a finger-pointing picture that far from captures the whole truth. You are usually more sensitive, which I greatly appreciate. It makes your message inclusive.

    1. Agreed. Additionally, obesity is multifactorial and can be especially challenging to reverse and cyclical when you get beyond a certain point. “Vigorous” exercise can be a helpful tool but you can’t build a house with just a hammer.

    2. YEP.
      Not engaging in regular physical activity is often a *result* of obesity, not its cause. Gary Taubes has been saying that for years.

      See also – “Fatness leads to inactivity, but inactivity does not lead to fatness” —

      From the conclusion: :Physical inactivity appears to be the result of fatness rather than its cause. This reverse causality may explain why attempts to tackle childhood obesity by promoting physical activity have been largely unsuccessful.”

    3. I saw a very large woman go for a leisurely swim in the summer. She seemed like she would be sunk but calmly approached the water and did a slow breast stroke. That does take some strength.

  4. Archer Lars Anderson gets the bad-ass prize. Talk about turning conventional wisdom on its head. What. A. Scream.

    1. Unfortunately he hasn’t turned anything on its head, his video fails to demonstrate any skill other than (possibly) speed and has been soundly debunked by professional archers…

      Don’t believe the hype.

        1. The video is not fake. The debunking is more about his historical claims. No one doubts he can shoot fast and that he’s skilled and entertaining. He gets trashed for what some feel is historical revisionism or just plain speculation.

        2. Whether or not the historicism is accurate is irrelevant; whatever he’s doing is clearly worth a closer look.

  5. Just in case anyone needs another reason to say No to grains…

    “Froot Loops are supersized bites with deliciously intense natural fruit flavors and, new research reveals, physiologically relevant glyphosate residues.”

  6. Mark, I wasn’t sure what point you were trying to make with the “Ahem” link to the Danish study about slow joggers living longer. Were you trying to say that light and easy aerobic activity is better than Chronic Cardio in the moderate, no-man’s-land zone of intensity?

    I already agree with you on that, in general. But I just want to point out that the Danish study on which that NY Times article is based is ridiculously flawed. Even though the NY Times author addressed the drawbacks, her treatment of them was nowhere near comprehensive enough.

  7. That cooked from frozen steak looks pretty delicious!
    Now I’ll be more apt to pick up steak when it’s on sale. If I just freeze it properly in the first place, looks like cooking it straight from the freezer becomes easy!

  8. The Jimmy Kimmel video with the fake organic juice just demonstrates that in LA, people will say whatever they think will get them in the final cut of the video. Turn the cameras off and use a hidden microphone and the results would be radically different. This is the central flaw to all these “gotcha” videos. For decades it’s been proven that people will say just about anything they think the interviewer wants to hear if the camera is rolling. I’ve seen videos of people physically wincing while drinking an intentionally bad tasting drink while saying it tastes delicious.

  9. “When I’m trying to read my iPhone (or iPad) in bed” Hmmm…. something inherently wrong with that thought process. isn’t there?

  10. I’ve taken up the practice of hatchet flipping and catching. I had to take some breaks but without fully dropping it, sitting down or putting it down the hatchet I flipped it 266 times in my left (bad) hand.
    I flip it over a couch or chair usually to avoid trying to incite noise and damage.

    1. I also flip it backwards (blade facing me when I catch it), while in a lunge position, or running on the spot. I vary my arm position: sometimes to the side, sometimes slightly back like it’s behind me.

      1. And the cheap canned wet cat food helps me recover and fuels me.

    2. Update: I recently got 25 in a row with my right hand with my eyes closed. Hooray!

  11. Did I miss something in the steak video? He didn’t say it was frozen (that I heard) and it looked pretty thawed to me. In fact he says that he leaves it out for 20-30 minutes so the whole steak gets to same (room) temperature. I have been experimenting cooking mine from partially frozen (usually has been sitting out about an hour from frozen) with pretty good results. I find I can get the fat more loose (crispy yet soft – if that makes sense) without overcooking the meat. From room temperature the fat is often too hard to eat and that’s my favorite part! I usually just broil.