Weekly Link Love — Edition 33

Research of the Week

Distracting yourself to get through unpleasant but important activities doesn’t work.

Cereal is still full of glyphosate.

How estrogen protects bone.

A very low-carb diet is effective and sustainable (over 2 years) for type 2 diabetics.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 348: CJ Hunt: CJ Hunt returns to chat with host Elle Russ about misleading health studies and media headlines.

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 15: Laura and Erin talk with Reed Davis, Nutritional Therapist and founder of the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition certification course about the power of lab assessments and the commitment to be the last person his clients need to see in their healing journeys.

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.

Media, Schmedia

Russian man discovers a prehistoric wolf’s head half as long as a modern wolf’s body.

The Pentagon considers keto.

Sociologist goes back to school to learn genetics to disprove “nature over nurture,” ends up confirming it.

“Beyond Meat” stock tumbles.

Interesting Blog Posts

The advice people would give to their younger selves.

Testing your own genes creates a genetic profile for your entire family.

Social Notes

Adventures in eFoiling.

Great Twitter thread full of ideas on how to maintain the love of movement in kids (and adults).

Everything Else

2500 years ago in China, cannabis was used in funeral rites.

Chimp meat reportedly being sold in British market stalls.

European officials warn against the damaging effects of light at night.

The Savory Institute responds to claims made by the makers of the Impossible Burger.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Great line in a very interesting article on the attempt to save the Japanese tradition of eco-friendly “minka homes”: “Lie on the ground; you’ll be a different man.”

Race I might come out of retirement for: The Marathon du Médoc.

This doesn’t sound healthy to me: The average person consumes a credit card-worth of plastic each week.

This is cool: Type A blood converted to universal donor blood using bacterial enzymes.

This shouldn’t be happening: Osteopenia is one the rise among younger men.

Question I’m Asking

What advice would you give to your younger (any age) self?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 9– Jun 15)

Comment of the Week

“I cut down from 2 glasses of wine to 1. I also switched from a regular wine glass to a pint glass… but hey, that’s just details.”

– Those are some details, Nibbler.

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. please label articles from NY times there is a limit to the free articles to read per month.

  2. The advice I would give my younger self is to keep walking. All those years of school and my first job required a lot of walking and I was skinny. When my lifestyle changed I stopped all that walking and gained 3 pounds a year–for 30 years. Three pounds a year doesn’t sound like much but you do the math.

  3. The Pentagon looking at keto to increase the lethality of its troops. This is exactly the opposite of the dogma that’s on every part of us military nutrition. This is very exciting even if I’m probably going to be long out by the time anything like keto options are integrated into military provided food. So much wasted potential

    1. “So much wasted potential,” Robert. Yup. All that potential for further healthily and efficiently invading and bombing foreign countries for no good reason, and causing the deaths of a further hundred thousand here and there. And maybe if they are in better health (google “military drug cocktails”), there might actually be fewer than the 22 military suicides per day, perhaps.

      1. Wow, you just know so much more than he does and than everyone else.

        You would have more potential if you contributed something positive to the discussion.

  4. Advice to my younger self – continue to question everything but consider that, just maybe, we DON’T all have to earn our own scars.

    Followed by a very long list of future mistakes, and a preemptive punch in the face – because I know he won’t listen.

  5. Advice to my younger self: Make your health and wellness a priority. If you take care of yourself first, you can do a much better job of taking care of everything else in your life. At 52 I’m trying to do just that, but correcting years of neglect takes time.

  6. Glossed over in the Pleistocene wolf head article…the permafrost is melting enough that preserved ancient animals are thawing out, because, you know…

  7. If I went back in time to my younger self I would tell him that when you go back in time, stay away from those Russian wolves. They look terrifying.

  8. I love those Sunday emails, and I’m hoping that this lands with my intent of curiosity rather than anger or bitterness. Having said that, I’m wondering how you, Mark, reconcile the image you have to project for your business aspirations vs. the struggle that comes with it. If your tagline is live awesome, it needs to look like you’re living awesome when you post to social media, write a post, or do an interview. I’ve heard you mention things that sound less than awesome about business stress, loneliness, and I even heard you say that you wouldn’t have started Primal Kitchen if you knew what was coming to you via that experience.
    To be honest and vulnerable, sometimes I find social media postings inspirational and other times I find them daunting and even jealousy-inspiring. My meditation seems to ground me and I have so much gratitude for the things I do have. BUT, you’re right, seeing what others have often leaves me wanting more than I have or, more importantly, need.

  9. A few years ago because of some difficult circumstances I lived for a short while with very few possesions. this was very liberating. I vowed to get rid of excess stuff, but never did until recently when I moved into retirement flat with less space & less cupcoard space & a smaller kitchen. If I hadn’t used it recently or didn’t like it, it went. the local charity shops did well out of me. After a friend lent me Marie Kondo’s book – The life-Changing Magic of Tidying – I have started on my clothes as well & I am beginning to have more space. Its very liberating. We all have too much stuff & don’t need half of what we have.

  10. How am I living for something bigger than myself?
    May I suggest faith in Jesus as your savior, not religion.

    1. I used to be a big skeptic and made fun of all religions. Until one day Christ apprehended me. Not unlike Paul. Can I tell you it’s not something to put your faith in when it’s actually GOD who gives you the gift of faith. Everything changed and I went from being a skeptic to born again and now I’m a preacher.

    2. Sure … you may suggest your Christian-based belief … just as proponents of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shinto, Confucianism, Scientology, Wiccans etc. etc. all offer up their religions dogma as The Truth.

    3. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer to your search for Contentment. “Living for something bigger than yourself” is Your God given desire to be restored in your relationship to Him. You were created for much more than the things of this world. Seek God while he can still be found. Once you close your eyes for the last time, your fate is sealed.

      1. Typical Christian mantra, believe what I believe or your all damned!

  11. the only constant, loyal, never ending friend and companion is yourself,
    self care is everything,
    you have to be kind to yourself,

    never really understood the materialistic aspect of life,

    I believe experiences and having good quality relationships is where meaning and life lies

  12. Great article; thank you! It reminds me of a sign I saw recently that really resonates with me: “GRATITUDE makes what you have enough”.

  13. Good article Mark, thank you! Check out the book by Michael Neill call “The Inside Out Revolution” – its all about this kind of thing.

  14. this morning’s post on finding/realizing “content” was excellent – the MOST critical component of health

  15. I just finished up competing at the USA water polo nationals. As a group of ex college players from all reaches of the country, we have been getting together once a year to play in the tournament , after one of our games we were all sitting at a dinner table and I asked each person to tell us about their families, what a great time we had it was the highlight of the tournament. We played 4 games in two days in the 60+ age group, yes 60+ age group and next year we get to move up in the 65+ age group with 5 to 6 other teams! The lesson I learned, pick a sport you can play your whole life, getting butterflies in you stomach before the game starts, enjoying a victory replaying a loss (we have many) always bring back emotions thought to have been lost in the black hole of time. Start moving set goals it’s never to late!!

  16. One way to avoid getting upset at someone who has spoken to you is to remember. “How i speak to you is how i speal to myself only worse”. It takes the sting out of hit and helps you have compassion for the other person. Then check in on how you sre speaking to yourelf.

  17. I don’t think”beyond meat” stock tumbles is an honest headline, seeing as the stock has now mostly recovered and has increased dramatically over the near term.

  18. I figured it out! In order to be happy is simple just
    turn off the TV or record and skip the commercials of a few choice shows. Professional sports are all rigged. Delete facebook. With just a few changes these will reprogram your life.

  19. Good morning Mark. This is the best topic on which you’ve written yet. Everything we ourselves do or don’t do stems from this which you have written about today; including our nutrition.
    Personally, I have always lived my life based upon a single belief: “the journey is inward as opposed to outward.” Through the vein of this perspective comes inner fulfillment which allows me to be a more giving and generous person; to give love away to others
    Thanks again. With gratitude, Robert

  20. Happy Father’s Day Mark!

    I’ve been working with gratitude lately. It’s helping to keep things in perspective.

  21. Another excellent insight , a challenge one this time. Sometimes having less is receiving much more.

    One thing is clear, what is your purpose in life ? right.

    Thank you Mr. Sisson, your way is an inspiration for many, including myself.

  22. Mark … you are one of my idols and you know I love ya man (can I have your Bud Lite?) but I’m always amused when a multi-millionaire posts a missive on how important it is to appreciate the simple life and not be materialistic.

    1. You could make the argument that he might know better than us non-millionaires that money doesn’t equal contentment because he’s lived it. As I said above, I sometimes struggle with the projection of a perfect life on this website, and I would love to hear more about Mark’s struggles on here.

  23. Hi Mark

    Your this Sunday’s e-mailed came at a right time for me. That internal work is something I need to start doing, writing it down and then read it daily to keep reminding myself. Thank you so much for it.


  24. Recommend reading “In Praise of Idleness” an essay by Bertrand Russell. There is a terrific little book with an introduction, afterword, notes and illustrations by NY Best selling author Bradley Trevor Greive. I’m on my third read: puts a different perspective on consumerism.

  25. Hi Mark,
    Long time reader, first time posting.
    I have just started to ‘move the needle’ in my life, and it has been largely thanks to finding your book, The Primal Blueprint.
    I have regained my health, lost almost 30kgs, and turned around 20 years of bad habits, all within 6 months!
    The transformation I have gone through has awakened me so much that I now seek to improve so many other areas of my life and gain fulfilment without the need for material things and trying to ‘keep up with the Jonses’
    Thank you for your message and for what you do!

  26. My advice to my younger self? Cut down on carbs once you pass 40.

  27. When we bought our tiny shed, an 8x4metre box, half that size downstairs, we boxed what all we had and after a year donated what we hadn’t dragged out. We didn’t have much, now we have less and we love it. In 6 months we’ll be mortgage free at 47 and 53, permaculture based on an acre of off grid ocean paradise. Because we down sized and constantly checked in with need vs want. Life got simpler, easier and more fun. Now we choose. I recommend giving the Jones’ a wave but not trying to keep up with them.

  28. Advice to my younger self: health is wealth. Ambitions move mountains but a bad health ruins all your plans and strategies. So eat healthy, eat well and stay happy.

  29. I have a couple old fashioned mottos I live by, quality not quantity, busy hands happy heart and hard work never hurt anybody. I (we)have a house and I do all the work to maintain it. No maid, lawn service, gutter cleaning, pool boy, whatever. That can keep you so busy you don’t have time or energy to worry about what anyone else has. It also makes you not want more because you’re so busy maintaining what you have. I go for quality always and take really good care of it whatever it is. So many people don’t have taste for quality therefore I’m not wanting what they have. I don’t mean it to sound snobby but who does buy all that cheap crap that ends up in the landfill? I also have no interest in celebrities. Following them is a real waste of time. Gardening, digging in the dirt is great for inner peace. My mother always said when you are feeling sorry for yourself, go help someone less fortunate. I think of those things and it keeps me grounded and happy.

  30. Mark, you say you’re not a “religious” guy, yet you are aware of the need to live for something, or rather someone, bigger than yourself – but what, or who?! The answer to this question is not properly the subject of religion, but of theology. Once you encounter the living God through His revealed word and know the truth you can also know for certain whom you should live for. Best regards, and thank you for the awesome work you do!

  31. Are you always trying to get somewhere other than where you are? Is most of your doing just a means to an end? Is fulfillment always just around the corner or confined to short-lived pleasures, such as sex, food, drink, drugs, or thrills and excitement? Are you always focused on becoming, achieving, and attaining, or alternatively chasing some new thrill or pleasure? Do you believe that if you acquire more things you will become more fulfilled, good enough, or psychologically complete? Are you waiting for a man or woman to give meaning to your life?
    In the normal, mind-identified or unenlightened state of consciousness, the power and infinite creative potential that lie concealed in the Now are completely obscured by psychological time. Your life then loses its vibrancy, its freshness, its sense of wonder. The old patterns of thought, emotion, behavior, reaction, and desire are acted out in endless repeat performances, a script in your mind that gives you an identity of sorts but distorts or covers up the reality of the Now. The mind then creates an obsession with the future as an escape from the unsatisfactory present.
    (Eckhart Tolle) ??

  32. My advise to myself near 45 years ago:
    Do not take the bus to school that day
    (broken upper arm) …

    Hey, maybe it was good for me, remember the Star Trek episode where Captain Picard gets his heart pierced and he smiles …

    Wow all this mindfulness training is working 🙂 …

    I will remember this when a car hits me on my daily bike commute to work …

  33. Just read this quote in the Epoch Times: Contentment makes poor men rich, Discontent makes rich men poor. Benjamin Franklin

    1. Thank you, Betsy (and all who wrote in after this weekend’s email). I appreciate the feedback and am glad so many found it meaningful. I’ll be doing a follow-up in the coming weeks addressing some of the questions folks posed here/sent my way. Best — M

  34. I just finished a training session that is so closely related to this article. One of the ways to experience your mission in life is to think in a vertical mindset. You have to completely let go of your ego and find yourself and it’s core and what you want more than anything in this game called life. There is a pod cast called The vertical mindset podcast that goes into details.

  35. I’ve been giving music lessons remotely from my apartment since the shelter in place order began. It’s been an adjustment but my students are being very supportive. I’ve been one hundred percent primal since January. I suspect that it could be possible that the junk food consumers may be the ones that get really sick. Thanks for everything Mark

  36. I have another thought. What have the tech giants done to help this situation? I have heard a little but it seems they could do a heck of lot more. The Federal Government has failed us. We can’t depend of them. This is an excellent opportunity for Google, Facebook, for example to show us what they are made of. They’ve been selling our data behinds our backs, tracking us and engaging in dubious business practices. How about doing some serious good. Can they use their billions to crank out much needed ventilators? I don’t know but I thought I would mention it.