Weekend Link Love – Edition 375

Weekend Link Love

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Research of the Week

Frequent eating does not reduce appetite.

In Americans, “adipose tissue LA (linoleic acid) has increased by 136% over the last half century.”

Standing at work is great and all, but what happens when you get home?

Now they admit it: going barefoot improves balance and posture and could even prevent common lower leg injuries.

Nine “micro-workouts” per week might give better strength, size, and performance gains than three longer workouts.

Pretty much every light emitting device, including the Kindle Paperwhite, disrupts sleep.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode: Dr. Dana Lyons: Dr. Lyons is a Primal-aligned (and certified) holistic health practitioner. In this week’s episode, she and host Elle Russ discuss willpower, sugar addiction, acupuncture, mindfulness, and the potential synergy between Eastern and Western systems of medicine.

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.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Be a writer who moves/a mover who writes.

When being overweight is good for you.

“If it couldn’t be recorded, why bother doing it at all?”

Does iron drive aging?

Media, Schmedia

The creators of the We Love Paleo movie are fighting back against critics who say feeding kids meat, fruit, veggies, nuts, roots, tubers, and healthy fats is tantamount to child endangerment.

REI’s president and CEO has an interesting take on the modern office.

Next time, search for “paleo diet” instead of “paleolithic diet.”

Everything Else

A new device can reduce or eliminate blue light from your TV display.

The pigeon prank that never was (for now).

Grow your own edible insects.

Sick Ugandan red colobus monkeys practice herbal medicine.

“Bro, you mid-Victorian?”

Low-carbers burn more fat during exercise and have glycogen for when it counts.

Like your poop? Bank it while you can.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 24 – Nov 30)

Comment of the Week

“A 40-60 range might be ideal, as drops in insulin sensitivity have been seen at slightly higher levels, but don’t quote me on that.” -Mark Sisson

Sorry, I had to…

Walked right into that one.

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 saw the link to an article about whey protein. Before I went primal, I bought some vegetable protein powders. They were expensive so I don’t want to throw them out, but are they primal?

    1. I’d go with them. I wouldn’t buy more, but if they are there, it’d be better not to waste them unless you have a sensitivity to any of the ingredients or they have artificial sweeteners in them.

  2. “Maybe the real paradox here lies in our assumptions about what constitutes normal weight.”

    1. Substituting the term “overweight” for “too fat” and “obese” is misleading because weight is a very individual thing and doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s actually much easier to tell if a person is fat or obese simply by looking at him or her. There’s a big difference between healthy, well-defined muscle and slabs of excess fat where it doesn’t belong.

  3. re: A new device can reduce or eliminate blue light from your TV display.

    And it has blue legends, apparently blue indicators, and an app GUI with blue fields and buttons. That pegged my cognitive dissonance meter.

    It’s also not going to be fully effective on most LCD displays (white-light back-lit, without really effective local dimming), as these cannot go completely blue-dark. Credible blue-blocker eye ware works for all your light sources.

    1. I heard about that thing and I thought it was just silly. Just turn off the damn TV. Read a book or something!

      1. The product might be silly, but the problem is not.
        blue light at night hazard

        Artificial light at night has always been a mild circadian disruptor. Use of personal electronics has exacerbated it. Growing blue light peaks in the spectra of these devices, not to mention their trendy blue indicator LEDs, has turned it into a significant health hazard.

        Yes, if you obey the sun, you don’t need blue blockers, f.lux or this gimmick box.

  4. I’m very curious to know Mark’s take on the “obesity paradox.” I agree with Mayberne that our culture’s ideas about “normal” weight are probably out of whack; however, I have a number of fat friends (of the anti-fat-shaming camp) who have posted that same article as a sort of vindication of their BMI and (non-primal) lifestyle. The article says that exercise is important, and those friends point to their 20-minute sessions on the elliptical machine, implicitly arguing that they are going to be better off in the long run than their lean peers.

    Mark, or anyone else in the know: how does the research behind the obesity paradox stand up against the research suggesting that leanness = longevity?

  5. The Cretan men may have lower serum ferritin through less consumption of red meat and through drinking of red wine; iron fortification of food could play a role (not sure whether they do that in Crete), as well as a diet high in fiber, which inhibits iron absorption.

    Is THIS why people are jumping up and down about reducing our meat intake? This article is a wake-up call for hubby and I to have our ferritin levels checked.

    Good thing we’re fasting this week!

  6. The big takeaway for me this week, thanks to Mark’s earlier post about Iron, and this link above (“Does Iron Drive Aging?) is that in addition to altruistic reasons to give blood, we can add on a health reason.

  7. Re: obesity paradox. How much overweight is too much? Sure, it might be ok to be 20 lbs overweight. But here in the rural South, it is not at all uncommon for people to be 100 lbs overweight. Invariably, these people eventually have serious health problems. Joint replacements are common, if nothing else. And there is a lot else: a friend’s doctor told her that she was healthy despite being obese. A few years later, she had neuropathy in her feet probably from diabetes. She had kidney stones too. Her health went downhill very quickly. YOu can get away with a poor diet and no exercise for a while, but not into your fifties really.

    1. “When being overweight is good for you…”

      Shannon, I agree. The article might make the obese crowd happy but I wouldn’t bet the farm on its accuracy. Healthwise, there’s never a good reason for being overweight, no matter what researchers think they’ve discovered. There’s just too much overwhelming evidence to the contrary. As you say, being 15 or 20 pounds overweight might not be a big deal, but if we don’t correct the reasons for packing on that extra 15 or 20 pounds, it will soon be 40 or 50 pounds, then 75 or 100 pounds.

      1. “As you say, being 15 or 20 pounds overweight might not be a big deal, but if we don’t correct the reasons for packing on that extra 15 or 20 pounds, it will soon be 40 or 50 pounds, then 75 or 100 pounds.”


        1. Um, Maybeme, I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. Your “comment” is sort of an internet version of signing or braille. May I assume you agree with my comment? In any case, it’s pretty to look at, so thanks!

  8. I just finished the Gokhale foundations course. We practiced strengthening our foot cores, which I had never heard of. I’ve had very tight, painful toes for a long time. Figured it was just old age and arthritis. Now, after Gokhale, my toes are 100% better.

    I had read about the Mid Victorian diet. Interesting article but when they say the following, I think yeah, primal paleo. Limited heirloom grains, lots of veg. and fruit. Fish. Meat ‘scraps’. Fish.

    “Bread could be expensive but onions, watercress, cabbage, and fruit like apples and cherries were all cheap and did not need to be carefully budgeted for. Beetroot was eaten all year round; Jerusalem artichokes were often home-grown. Fish such as herrings and meat in some form (scraps, chops and even joints) were common too.”

  9. Love the barefoot article! From the time I was a kid I always preferred going barefoot. Shoes just seem so constricting! I do enjoy wearing a cute pair of heels when I’m dressing up, but when I am at home I am always barefoot.

  10. Okay Mark, riddle me this. Referring to the movement-when-writing blog, how bout this? While eating, should one actually be standing? I remember standing to eat when dining at Tommy’s. Ha.

    I’ve never heard this addressed, (standing while eating) but I assume that the one time hunter-gatherers did all sit, was to eat.

    1. Jed,
      This is an interesting one. I find that I eat less if I eat standing up, as I get the “full signal” a lot earlier than if I am sitting down. I have no idea why that would be the case.

    2. Eating standing up over the sink is called bachelor style. No plate or utensils are necessary and cleanup requires only a simple flick of the faucet. It’s the only way to eat hard cooked eggs with hot sauce.

    3. Did they squat, though? Squat in a circle around the food/fire? (going off of old documentaries here, LOL)

  11. jeff volek’s full studio on lchf performance is finally out … great stuff

  12. “(The trend was even reflected in people’s height. The minimum height for infantry was lowered from 5ft 6in to 5ft 3in, then later to 5ft, in just two decades.)”

    That’s really interesting and I wish the article would explain at least some hypothesis for that phenomenon.

  13. Shouldn’t we Google-search for paleo diet instead of *gluten-free* diet?

    (Presumably, paleo = paleolithic on the searches reported in the Vox.com article)