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January 24 2010

Weekend Link Love – Edition 81

By Mark Sisson
22 Comments

Zen Habits delivers the goods again with an ultimate how to get lean guide. You may recognize (cough, cough) some of the contributors.

I hate to even mention this because of the sheer headline-grabbing sensationalism it wreaks of, but if you feel like shaking your fist at the ridiculous, a doctor in Britain wants to ban butter.

Like ham? Would you spend $3,000 for good ham? Check out the BBC‘s piece on the most expensive ham in the world.

A little BPA leaching couldn’t hurt, right? The NY Times reports on new concerns over BPA in your baby’s bottle.

Omega 3’s just can’t be stopped. Is a sea change coming in conventional wisdom? Several major news outlets joined the omega-3s-are-healthy camp this week.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One Year Ago (January 17 – 23)

  • Primal Blueprint Sample Menu – Want to know what eating Primal for a day looks like? Here you go.
  • Dear Mark: Should I Join a Gym? – The pros and cons of paying to have a place to work out. While treadmills and stairclimbers aren’t as fun as, say, a mountain, does the gym provide additional opportunities to the modern day Grok?

Comment of the Week

Yesterday I ate a vending machine blue berry muffin. It pretty much made me ill for about 5 hours, which makes me wonder if I do have glutton sensitivity and the lack of it in my diet has lowered my defenses to it.

-Samson from The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve


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  1. I hate it when someone tries to ban something, ‘for my own good.’ Leave me the hell alone and let me decide what’s best for me!

  2. I’m with Chris. Ridiculous! The government’s role shouldn’t be trying to protect us from personal choices…ugh!

    Thanks for linking to my red peppers! The soup was incredible… hopefully some primal folks will try it out and love it as much as I did. I also feel fairly certain that it would work with coconut milk in place of the cream, but would definitely have a slightly different flavor (not one I think would be bad).

    1. Thanks for the recipe! I tried it yesterday and it was really good. The red peppers smell SO GOOD when roasting!

  3. Nobody takes anything in the Daily Mail very seriously.

  4. Great post, Mark. MDA is also getting some love on Karen De Coster’s website today.

  5. Great post Mark. It is impeccable timing too. I’m at that “last 10lbs” stage in my fitness life. I’ve been training in a Crossfit-style way for about a year, and have been eating primal for at least 6 months. 40lbs later, and numerous lifting PR’s later, I am at the “last 10 lbs” stage, and have been so for at least 2 months. I’ve been looking for ways to change it up a bit, and this is a great post to read. Thanks!

  6. Hey Mark, just wanted to say thanks for everything. You have THE definitive site for nutrition information that is actually usable. Thanks!

  7. Man, did you read the comments on that Daily Mail article? It seems that the vast majority of them across the pond are very suspicious of the garbage that this guy is spewing… for good reason too! It seems like only about 5 comments were people agreeing this this tool, whereas everybody else was practically quoting MDA word for word…. Almost got me all teary-eyed. lol.

    If only everybody could be made to watch Fat Head… Then maybe we could finally stop CW from having such a strangle-hold over so many people.

  8. “Kolvekar’s call for a butter ban this week turns out to have been timed to coincide with the FSA’s campaign [to reduce saturated fat consumption], by a PR agency called KTB, that also runs the account for two of Unilever’s fat spreads: Flora pro.activ and Bertolli Light.”
    (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/23/margarine-butter-health-wars)

    So not just a comment out of the blue but part of this week’s political and commercial maneuvering…

  9. I love ZenHabits. Been a fan since the start. I’m starting to exercise daily in March so I’ll let you guys know how it goes! I’m planning on Tabata Intervals daily. I’ve done it before.

  10. Coconut cookies were great! Kind of messed up with the coconut cream concentrate so I added some coconut flour to thicken it up a bit.

    I absolutely love oatmeal raisin cookies but have avoided them since giving up grains on January 1st. Next batch will be made with raisins instead of dark chocolate chips!

  11. Mark, I’m a first time visitor here from Zen Habits and I’m excited about this site. Looks like you have a ton of valuable info/links here. I’ll be subscribing for sure.

  12. Perhaps I should hide my squash soup that I made yesterday before the authorities come knocking – shhh, don’t tell anyone, but it has *butter* in it!

  13. As an aside, it is interesting to note that many of the comments tell the good doctor what he can do with his “butter ban”.