Weekend Link Love

Fitness Spotlight talks cardio with a dozen bloggers. You’ll find a myriad of varied, smart opinions  (mine included!).

Are personal trainers useless? The Lean Saloon thinks so. Sort of.

Life Isn’t Over discusses Chip & Dan Heath’s book, Switch, with an explanation of emotional and rational decision making. Good stuff.

You may have seen John Durant on The Colbert Report. But did you see the Vegan/Paleo throwdown backstage?

Fidelity started up a great forum post this week on non-olive oil based salad dressings. Hit it up for some tasty ideas, or contribute your own recipe!

Grok never checked the expiration date. Should you? Slate confronts the near-pointlessness of the “use by” date on many products.

I don’t use an alarm clock, but I have to grin when I see something like the Wake ‘n Bacon. (thanks, Steve!)

Don’t want to go Primal? No worries, just get one of these. Totally works.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (February 21 – 27)

  • How to Develop Good Habits – Just as important as breaking bad habits, this post offers five simple, practical habit forming techniques.
  • Endorphin Mainline – This is a step-by-step bodyweight workout that will push your body to exhaustion.

Comment of the Week

I’m not an “endurance athelete” but I am a hawaiian pig hunter. Pig Hunting with dogs in the dense, mountainous rain forests in Hawaii is a very rigorous, endurance-based activity. We often can start the hunt before the sun rises, and get out of the mountains long after it’s set…oftentimes covering up to 14 miles of mountainous terrain. If we catch a good size hog, it also involves taking turns with your partners carrying the hog out on your back. I think it’s safe to say, Carrying 150 lbs. of dead hog on your back up the steep side of a thick-brush mountain certainly requires endurance.

I’ve been hunting for over 16 years…and over time, I’ve noticed a significant difference in my endurance from before and after going primal with my diet.

When I was younger, I would often fill my pack up with all sorts of foods, so that I could constantly eat while exerting all the energy when we are out on an all-day hunt. My friends and I would also “carb-load” before hunting. We’d eat a lot of pasta and rice based dishes the night before.

Within the past three years, after going Primal, things are much different now. Instead of “carb-loading,” I protein-and-fat load. I’ll cook up twice the amount of bacon and eggs, sausages and mushrooms – all fried in grassfed butter – and eat until I’m positively stuffed before heading out on the hunt.

I now no longer have to carry any food in my pack. Eating like that gives me the energy and endurance to walk all day long, and I don’t even begin to feel hungry until evening time. I also find I no longer feel so exhausted the day after a rigorous hunting expedition.

Meanwhile, my hunting partners are all still carb loading and continually eating while we trek through the mountains. They don’t understand how I can hunt all day without eating, and how I easily keep up with them.

I know it has everything to do with my diet.

by Dave from Hawaii on Can You Be an Endurance Athlete and Primal?

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. So true on ‘personal trainers being useless’ link. When it’s all said and done, it’s based on what you put or do not put into your mouth. Trainers are great, but if you eat like crap and don’t supplement your ‘trained exercise’ with good eating habits…oh well.

  2. I love the Paleo Man Vs Vegan video from Colbert – thanks for posting that one. Clearly we know who rules already without watching it, but getting confirmation, while not needed, is simply bonus material!

  3. Great video from the Colbert report. Thanks for shouting out my topic Mark! Love your stuff and thank you for doing what you do.

  4. The Veggie Lasagna looks outrageously delicious. Gotta love a good ole lasagna without the white pasta!

    Time Capsule – can’t wait to checkout the good habits article. Oh, and I have not put my body to exhaustion yet… I guess I shall try this week! 🙂

    I agree with the trainers thing… I don’t see myself ever having one – unless its Mark!

  5. haha i loved the paleo vs vegan guys. jenga was the best challenge!

  6. Mark,
    I am trying to find the reference (if it exists) on your reasoning behind soy protein isolate being in responsibly slim. I thought I had read your reasoning behind it at one point but cannot seem to find it through the search. I have a canister of responsibly slim that I recieved through one of your promotions, however I am fearful of taking much soy in due to its estrogenic effects. I would certainly appreciate any response. Thank you

    1. Rob, 90% of the protein source in the RS is Whey. The soy protein isolate is a tiny fraction (about two grams per serving) and furthermore has lost most of its isoflavone content in processing. Zero concerns of “estrogenic” effects.

  7. Hawaiian Pig Hunter. Wow, how do you put that on a resume? Super cool though. Everyday adventure.

  8. “I’m not an “endurance athelete” but I am a hawaiian pig hunter.”

    That’s just really cool. I wish I could use that line at parties when talking to my Iron Man buddies 🙂

  9. I can see why you chose the Hawaiian hunter’s story as your comment of the week. You certainly don’t hear that one every day…but the message really is something to make one seriously consider primal living not to mention all of the other information on your site. I plan on visiting here often. Thank you for the inspirational and motivational reading.

  10. Anyone know where I can view the Colbert vegan/paleo throwdown video in Canada? The link doesn’t work for us Canucks. 🙁

  11. The vegan/paleo challenge was a crack-up. (For those unable to view it, it included such challenges as sitting on tacks, Jenga, and opening a pickle jar.)

    I wonder if the vegan is a show writer or camera guy they pressured to participate!

    1. Oh wow, I finally had a chance to watch that video! The poor vegan guy looked so dejected as he ate the pickle…

  12. Dave: Do you use pit bulls in your hunt? Do you kill your game with a knife or gun? What island do you hunt on? Do you make portuguese sausage from the kill? Mahalo.

  13. Great video from the Colbert report. Thanks for shouting out my topic Mark! Love your stuff and thank you for doing what you do.

  14. So true on ‘personal trainers being useless’ link. When it’s all said and done, it’s based on what you put or do not put into your mouth. Trainers are great, but if you eat like crap and don’t supplement your ‘trained exercise’ with good eating habits…oh well.