Weekend Link Love – Edition 405

Weekend Link Love

Well, looks like we swept Paleo Magazine’s Best of 2015 contest. Thanks to everyone who cast their vote! We took home awards for the following:

Best Blog (Health): Mark’s Daily Apple

Best Blog (Fitness): Mark’s Daily Apple

Best New Packaged Product: PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo

Health Hero of the Year: Mark Sisson

Abel James teamed up with Quarterly to put a paleo/Primal-friendly Summer Survival pack together, complete with PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Dark Chocolate Almond bars. Check it out.

Research of the Week

Thicker shakes increase “perceived fullness” over thinner shakes.

Mouth guards make you stronger, faster, and overall better.

30 minutes of blue light exposure improves reaction times, even after the light’s removed.

Creatine reduces optimal rest time for lifters.

Female nurses who drink a lot of coffee have longer telomeres.

In 60+ year olds, those with higher LDL cholesterol live longer.

Air pollution linked to mental illness in kids.

Antibiotics may disrupt the establishment of healthy gut bacteria in breastfeeding infants.

Dietary fiber seems to protect the gut from outside incursions.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 53: Mark Sisson and Brad Kearns — Podcast host and friend Brad Kearns stopped by my house in Malibu to catch up on all our recent happenings. If you didn’t attend Paleo f(x), I talk about my keynote address based on Primal Endurance principles and share my take on where I think the primal/paleo movement is headed. We talk stress, wine, cooling mattresses, and more. If you’d like, you can catch a video of our discussion here.

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

Whether you’re a coach or a client, we can all learn something from this.

Should insomnia patients spend less time in bed?

Why 5Ks are better than marathons.

He looks way better (and happier/healthier/fitter) now.

Why the claims that seed oils are safe and healthy don’t hold up to scrutiny.

Media, Schmedia

Africa’s getting fatter.

I’m into cultured butter, but this is a little ridiculous.

90 year-old British woman credits her health and longevity to cutting carbs.

Everything Else

I’ve incorporated some of these concepts into my training and have seen big dividends. If you’re not performing 500 pound sled drags on the stationary bike with a resistance band around your Adam’s apple, what are you even doing?

The AspireAssist is a thin tube running from your stomach to an external port that removes food before you can digest it. This isn’t a premise from a dystopian sci-fi short story. It’s what the FDA just approved.

How frogs get down.

Timing is everything.

The All Blacks are cutting sugar.

For most Americans, the Milky Way is just a mediocre candy bar.

Is banning plastic bags really better for the environment?

The changing attitude toward fitness is a positive one, I think.

Breakfast’s reputation as the most important meal of the day might originate not from scientific research but a misreading of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 22 – Jun 28)

Comment of the Week

The salad guide is wrong. Avocados should be in every salad.

– I agree with this, Diane.

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. “Dietary fiber seems to protect the gut from outside excursions.”

    It’s like sunscreen for your intestines.

    Think you meant “incursions.” 🙂

  2. Mark, I was going to say that Ryan hall reminded me of a younger you, until I read that he went from one extreme to another; and chronic at that. But he looks healthy now.

    FYI – I love Weekend link love…

  3. The All Blacks are cutting sugar…….but are sponsored by Powerade (with even an All Blacks branded version) and every child in New Zealand follows their example.

  4. Pretty cool about Queen Elizabeth! I thought she and Prince Phillip looked good for their age! (Hopefully my genetics and good diet work in my favour! I’d love to make it to 95!)

  5. While I love the primal kitchen mayo, I’m completely sold on the greek dressing.

  6. Congratulations on the awards, Mark! But I must say that you’ve been my Heath Hero for the past five years, I’m just glad the paleo world acknowledged it this year. Thanks for all you do!

  7. Well done Mark, congratulations. You work very very hard on this blog and it’s good to see those efforts appreciated and recognised publicly. Thanks for everything.

  8. The plastic bag discussion was interesting. What to do, what to do? For the last twelve years I have used denim bags I made from worn out jeans. It took awhile to get in the habit to always bring them to the grocery store. Interestingly, I have had more compliments on them than anything I have ever made.

    Remembering to bring them to other retail stores took even longer. I have also made bags from t-shirts which work really good for large items. Silk bags fold up really small and are easy to always have with you. Bags can be made from old blouses or shirts as well or probably any type of discarded clothing. But then, most people do not sew.

    I don’t know about the rest of you but cloth bags of all sorts keep coming into our lives. We have a bunch of them in all sizes and materials. I am still amazed that people still take home their groceries in plastic bags. Surely they too have acquired cloth bags by now. At least all of our grocery stores will accept plastic bags to recycle which is a good thing.

    I do like one plastic bag to collect the household trash so I have made it a challenge to not buy any trash bags but use any I come across that would probably be tossed out as my trash bag. So far in 5 years or so of doing this I have not had to buy any plastic bags. Having said that, I cheat a bit by occasionally bringing home a suitable used bag from my husband’s office.

    1. Cloth bags certainly don’t come into our life that easily. I either buy them or sew them with discarded clothing, like you do. I’m really curious about how those bags enter your life.

      1. Let’s see, how have they come into our life…. Car dealer gave us one when car was serviced 2 years running. Two came with stuff in it at a Rotary convention 3 years running so that is 6 more bags, husbands charity golf tournaments have given us a few and husbands business conventions have resulted in numerous ones from companies promoting there businesses. I bought some that fold up for my son but he never used them so they are now back in our possession. I made a bunch of t-shirt bags to give away at the grocery store and kept 3 for myself. (I have never seen anyone actually use those bags) Neighbor moved and gave me some bags. Not sure where the others have come from.

        It is interesting to know that not everyone is having our experience with bags. Big bags, little bags, light weight bags, insulated bags, we got bags.

    2. I liked the discussion of all the impact, but they lost me at the end when they said to eat less meat