Weekend Link Love – Edition 349

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Research of the Week

Researchers just found stone tools from 3.3 million years ago, pushing hominid technology back 700,000 years.

Despite their bamboo diets, pandas still have the guts of carnivores. Poor pandas.

Preschoolers by and large are not getting enough active play time at daycare.

More than half of all probiotic supplements contain gluten.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 68: Nicolette Hahn Niman: If you want to know the truth behind livestock sustainability and the solutions to today’s most pressing environmental issues, you should listen to host Mike DiLandro talk to Nicolette Hahn Niman, a cattle rancher from Northern California.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Making meals out of insects is great and all, but how about art?

If you plan on eating a ketogenic diet, try using food.

Media, Schmedia

The Guardian gives keto a fair shake.

Also from The Guardian, a look at a new book on proper pooping.

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.

A great (and important) 30 minute video about the legal difficulties faced by CrossFit. If you don’t want to watch a video, read this article.

I think I’ll pass on these burgers, thanks. Although it might be fun to order them bunless and see what happens.

How to grill steaks using actual lava.

In case you missed the Paleo f(x) livestream (and weren’t there in person), the videos, including my keynote, are now available here.

Anthony Bourdain plans to open a NYC food market based on Blade Runner. I’d go.

Japanese foodies on Twitter are apparently obsessed with slathering butter all over their food and posting about it. Sure, why not?

Recipe Corner

  • Paleo ambrosia salad. It’s well worth it to use fresh coconut if you can swing it.
  • Fat bombs are one delicious way to up your fat intake, if that’s what you’re into.

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 26 – June 1)

Comment of the Week

I was reading this thinking it would be a great workout to do one set of all of these in succession. Then I decided to just go walk the dog.

– Hey, that totally works too.

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. Trying to legislate against Crossfit is an underhanded yet expected tactic due to its commercial success. Competitors will try and carve out a niche to distinguish themselves as a superior alternative…which is healthy and beneficial to the consumer. However trying to use semantics and subjective legal prose to undermine Crossfit could lead to a furthering of the “nanny state” mentality that has pervaded Western culture. Every time any of us electively grab an iron bar and drive it over head while sheets of sweat burn our eyes we assume liability for our actions as the specter of injury looms nearby. I am by no means advocating for promiscuous licensing standards for personal trainers but this is ridiculous.

  2. Interesting article about the Japanese craze for slathering butter on their food. I love good butter and am not above occasionally eating a slice directly from the stick. Fascinating what people do with their food.

    1. You should look into their obsession with mayo. Mark could make a fortune shipping his mayo to Japan.

  3. A side note on Blade Runner. It was taken from a 1968 story by the great Philip K. Dick called, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”.

  4. The keto article was very interesting.

    Not a CrossFit fan. Funny thing is take a look at the picture at the top of the article. Does it not appear that the woman is hyperextending her knees backwards while she is doing the overhead press (maybe it started as snatch and press, but regardless not good).

    I used to train with a guy who was licensed and had a four year degree in Kinesiology from an major university (to get licensed in CrossFit requires a couple of weekends training I believe, correct me if I’m wrong). He was a real stickler for warming up, form, intensity and volume and said after 45 minutes you get kicked out of my gym. Once we were watching some CrossFit people a few doors down. They were all hunched over, horrible form, flipping tires that were obviously too heavy for them across the parking lot. My trainer said they would do that for half an hour at a time, then go on to other activities. Very disturbing. Sure we did tire flipping and sled dragging and sack lifting during some workouts, but in short intervals a couple of sets for one hundred yards at a time.

  5. I worked in my 40’s as a paramedic. I worked out…heavy, but not fast…to keep up with the men on the lifts. I was awesomely strong. When I was finally done with that, I took a few years off and then went back and tried Crossfit.

    O.M.G. I loved the class. But the emphasis on speed and weight over form was shocking. The trainers were nice, but “scaling” a workout to a 50-something was pretty much ignored, especially when they realized I knew what I was doing. They pushed, and I fell for it (a vanity thing I am long over 😛 ). I pulled muscles/ligaments that took months to heal, and I finally told them I was NOT going to do box jumps because if a tiger was chasing me through the forest, that kind of thing would certainly cease to be “functional” in a hurry. Plenty stink eye from the trainer for that comment.

    What was most disturbing was the conversation among the 20-somethings. Injuries, visits to the chiro/PT, chronic pain. Self medication with ibuprofen at dosages that exceeded prescription strengths, cortisone injections, etc. Fully a quarter of these hale young things…25-30 years younger than me… were being torn up over WODs, hobbling around like broken old people, and afraid to speak up. A couple of ladies mentioned to me that a particular exercise aggravated their backs, which for some mysterious reason weren’t healing. The trainer had told them to gut it out. “We can’t do it,” they complained. I finally said, “You’re injured. It hurts. You don’t HAVE to do it”. Big-time stink eye from the trainer again, but I didn’t care. I had had it.

    I see Crossfit lifting form on the internet, even from “elites,” that makes me see red. I see videos from our local box and just shake my head. Injuries are inevitable. Crossfire Level 1 instructor training isn’t worth diddly. I wouldn’t blanket-recommend Crossfit to anyone.

    1. That is really a shame. Technique and form are very highly emphasized at my CF gym and modifications are always suggested to me if I communicate to my coaches that something is bothering me. I think that the quality of a CrossFit gym completely depends on the quality of coaches.

      I hear what you’re saying about the Level 1 training not being enough for everyone… but it is enough for some.

  6. This:

    ” I was reading this thinking it would be a great workout to do one set of all of these in succession. Then I decided to just go walk the dog.

    – Hey, that totally works too.”

    A thousand times this.