Weekend Link Love – Edition 359

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

There is no connection between salt intake and heart disease or overall mortality in healthy older adults.

A single night of sleep deprivation can have lasting effects on circadian-related genes that control metabolism in men (PDF).

According to a recent review, low intensity radiofrequency radiation (emitted by devices such as smart phones) appears to “induce oxidative effects in biological systems.”

Supplementation with mammalian omega-3s (seal oil) improved athletes’ neuromuscular function and performance.

In overweight postmenopausal women, high-fat meals (with either meat or cheese as the source of fat) appear to be less atherogenic than low-fat, high-carb meals.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 78: Tovar Cerulli: A former vegan, Tovar is now a “mindful carnivore” teaching others the importance of conservation and highlighting the ways in which hunting, meat-eating, and wildlife protection coalesce. He’s also the author of a new book — The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance — earning praise from hunters, vegetarians, and ecologists.

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.

Also, be sure to check out and subscribe to the (relatively) brand new Primal Endurance Podcast.

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Interesting Blog Posts

How banana starch (a source of resistant starch) can help both lean and obese alike improve their postprandial and 48-hour blood sugar and insulin levels.

Tree climbing can boost memory.

Media, Schmedia

Many commercial almond milks are only 2% actual almond.

There’s a new guide to wine/insect pairing.

Everything Else

A nice interview with Gary Taubes just went up over at Carb-Free Nation.

Want to power clean correctly (plus gain a better understanding of what power actually means)? Learn from Mark Rippetoe.

I sure am glad I won’t be participating in the triathlon next Olympics.

A Swedish family went all organic for two weeks and cleared out almost all traces of pesticides in their urine samples.

Can’t seem to meditate? Try coloring.

How to experience the “deep, mystical sleep of our ancestors.”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 4 – Aug 10)

Comment of the Week

“15 WAYS TO GET UP OFF THE FLOOR SO YOU DONT NEED LIFE ALERT!” ….using furniture…nothing and ways to get to something to help you up…such as belly crawls and log rolls, and keeping and using items such as brooms, canes or umbrellas to reach for the phone….amongst other ideas we all think of whilst at it….incorporate this in your plan….old folks NEVER PRACTICE …GETTIN UP OFF THE FLOOR…GOTTA LOVE IT!!!

– Always a treat to hear from the Unconquerable Dave.

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. The idea of coloring for adults is quickly gaining popularity. It doesn’t just replace meditation; it IS meditation. It’s pouring one’s entire self into applying color to a surface. It works with paints and a canvas too, or chalk and a sidewalk. Or even spray painting someone else’s fence or building (which I don’t recommend). It’s all creatively absorbingly and mentally soothing.

    1. Love the article about coloring! Finally a valid reason to doodle at work!

  2. Over the years, I’ve colored with my kids when they’ve asked me to join them. It IS relaxing and pleasant to just sit and unwind quietly.
    I hadn’t really thought of buying my own coloring book & pencils, but now, I just might.

  3. I wonder if wearing blue-blocking glasses when awake between dusk and dawn would allow the “mystical sleep of our ancestors” to occur, or if a 100% removal of artificial light is necessary.

  4. I am really curious to know what percent of homemade almond milk is almonds. The measurements given in the article are for the ratio of almonds to water that you start with; every recipe I’ve ever seen for almond milk calls for straining the almonds out after soaking and blending. It sure doesn’t seem like there is much almond left after that process. Is it more than 2%?

  5. Great stuff this week. I’m curious if any of you think that playing music has the same meditative effects as coloring? When I have free time alone, I usually pick up my guitar and improvise over simple chord progressions. It’s very hard to think about anything else other than the notes I’m playing when I’m improvising; its consuming and has my full attention, and in that regard I would consider it a good mindfulness practice.

  6. I bought coloring books and crayolas a while ago. Love it!! Glad to see the validation. (although I think my hubs thought me crazy!)

  7. Unfortunately, as a professional artist, just drawing for fun (meaning no end user purpose) has been over for decades. I still get in the zone where time seems to have no meaning, but when I don’t have to draw for money, I don’t. To many other things I’d rather do. Doing even more of what I already just did for money the previous ten hours is not high on my list.

  8. Thank you – that Washington Post article on “deep, mystical sleep of our ancestors” was very thought-provoking. I think I will be giving this a try.