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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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October 08 2017

Weekend Link Love — Edition 472

By Mark Sisson
24 Comments

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Women who exercise before breakfast burn more fat throughout the day.

Whole eggs beat egg whites for gains.

Taking alpha-linolenic acid (ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in flax and canola oil) prevents exercise-induced metabolic improvements in obese rats.

LSD promotes freudian slips.

Vitamin K2 supplementation may support weight loss.

Both gluten/casein-free diets and modified Atkins keto diets improve autistic symptoms in children.

A low meat intake during pregnancy may increase the offspring’s risk of substance abuse.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 189: Mark Sisson: Elle Russ and I chat about my new book, the Keto Reset Diet.

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Interesting Blog Posts

Big Data is making baseball a big bore.

Dogs and carbs shouldn’t mix.

Media, Schmedia

The stone tools that weren’t.

As KFC expands across Ghana, so do the inhabitants’ waistlines.

Everything Else

Tattoos that monitor your blood glucose.

Three Americans just received the Nobel Prize in Physiology for their work on circadian clock responses to light and darkness.

Tim Noakes on why you should eat more meat to save the environment.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Thrills of my week: Being on Good Morning America to share about The Keto Reset Diet and watching it hit #1 on Amazon. I am humbled and so grateful for the support of this community, which has been an incredible seedbed for this—and all my Primal projects.

Interview I enjoyed: The one I did with Chris Armstrong at Re-Find Health about what and where I eat.

Stat I found alarming: Only 1 in 10 Americans loves to cook.

I’ve never seen a study retracted for this reason: The co-authors couldn’t agree on whose name would go first.

I think the man in this video exaggerates the technique but the point is well-made: How people walked before hard-soled shoes hit the scene.

Phenomenon I find fascinating: When the Silicon Valley engineers who helped create the “attention economy” fear they’ve set us on course for a smartphone dystopia. 

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 8 – Oct 14)

Comment of the Week

I’m all for learning but I would never eat a broad. Or a gent. Bugs yes, people no. Sorry, Mark, that’s where I draw the line with meat.

– You’re missing out, TomB-D (is that Tom Bombadil?).

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  1. Only 1 in 10 Americans loves to cook? Probably because they never learned how. In today’s world, it’s possible to live one’s entire life without ever cooking anything from scratch with fresh, real ingredients. As an example, just look at all the people who grew up thinking soup only came in a can. No wonder they see homemade bone broth as a modern-day miracle.

  2. So GMA wouldn’t let you call it the Big ASS Salad? Congrats Mark on hitting #1 on Amazon.

    1. Ha Ha. I’m sure all us Primal Blueprint fans shared a big grin with that shot of “Mark’s Big Salad”

  3. I guess the old research rule that the main author is the one that did the most work breaks down when ten authors each did 10% of the work.

  4. Mark must be a true Lord of the Rings fan as Tom Bombadil was not a character that made it to the movies version. #1 book on Amazon … that is awesome … your success is well deserved!

    1. (Ps it was intended to be an emoji face with 2 hearts instead of eyes ! Love eyes emoji =)

  5. Deciding to be a vegetarian is a decision to be sub-optimal. The whole insufferable holier-than-thou vegetarian problem can be easily solved. Just print up and follow through on a few million bumper stickers that say;

    EAT VEGETARIANS

    1. Most vegetarians do not push any agenda, it is a personal choice they make. Yes, there are some extremists, but you can choose to ignore them. Making these kinds of incendiary comments, as you are want to do, just gives the rest of us ancestral-oriented lifestyle practitioners a bad name. I suggest you take up meditation, it will help you deal with your anger and hostility issues.

      1. Lol I think the real issue here is your lack-of-a-sense-of-humor issues.

    2. I eat vegetarians, cows and chickens are primarily vegetarian so, if you are primal we do …… they are rather tasty, however I will not eat human vegetarians, ew.

  6. The Harvard Business Review is a masturbatory conglomeration of writers’ biases designed to impregnate their sycophants with profit envy and everyone else with morning ickness.

  7. Congrats on the success of Keto Reset!!! It’s awesome that this message is reaching so many people. And thanks for posting the dog article…cannot believe the crap some people feed their dogs. I’ve been feeding mine a ridiculously expensive “biologically appropriate” dog food that is a mix of wild boar, heritage beef, etc. No grains…some greens for fiber. He is 11 but everyone thinks he is much younger since he’s so full of energy. But after reading the article I feel like I have to start making his food myself!

    1. Commercial dog food is never going to be as nutritious as home cooked for pretty much the same reasons that commercial (processed) human food isn’t. If you want to be sure your dog has a high-quality diet, make it yourself. It isn’t hard, and it probably wouldn’t be any more expensive than what you’ve been feeding him.

  8. Hmm. well yes, raised heels encourage overstriding, and that heel-digging foot plant. But subtracting those maladaptations is NOT the same as this weird toe-heel demonstration. This guy is trying to counter the defect, with his whole life experience of walking guided by the same defect.

    You can’t expect to walk like someone who isn’t influenced by stiff, raised heel shoes until you’ve STOPPED walking that way.

    In my own experience getting back to more barefoot walking. Just taking shoes off, or ‘trying’ to land on the ball of the foot, doesn’t change enough.

    For one thing, to change the way your feet touch down, you’re going to have to make at least as much change in the way you pick them up. And there’s no guarantee which change you’ll be able to register and repeat consciously.

  9. I don’t understand why people don’t like to cook. For the price of a visit to the local hamburger joint, I can plate a really good dinner. I can understand some of the time constraints, but slow cookers and Instant Pots take care of most of that. If i were king of the world you wouldn’t get out of high school without knowing basic cooking skills.

  10. Just wanted to chime back in….finally watched the GMA segment and laughter my ASS off at the “Big Salad.” And everyone needs to listen to Elle’s talk with Mark on the podcast…so cool to listen to two really smart people discuss this stuff in a way that anyone can understand and follow.

  11. The Ministry of Silly Walks strikes again, with the mid-foot, of course.

  12. So what does the ALA study say about fish oil supplementation? Or do we expect this adverse effects were specifically caused by ALA and wouldn’t be caused by DHA or EPA?

  13. Ahh frustrating lack of any detail on the Tim Noakes link to the point of uselessness! Need to be en pointe with scientific evidence to counter the plant-based claims not just a “this guy says” opinion piece

  14. It’s no surprise that taking alpha-linolenic acid defeats the benefits of exercise, antioxidants have been shown to have a negative impact on longevity probably by interfering with mitochondrial signalling.

  15. Yeah – I laugh at these people who crack eggs and discard the yolk – although if its eggs from caged chickens then that would make sense,but you should never each eggs from caged chickens – its cruel and the eggs are unhealthy – save money on eggs, and pay for a heart attack I guess.