Weekly Link Love — Edition 38

Research of the Week

Weight lifting without weights… works?

Exercise fights off Alzheimer’s.

Capping medical resident training hours at 80 per week didn’t hurt patients.

When you train to failure, the load and volume don’t matter.

Now they’re considering a saturated fat tax.

Swapping out dairy fat for plant fat results in a reduction in key nutrients.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 356: Dr. Jason Bussanich: He was a doctor who destroyed his adrenal function and gut health with too much exercise, and got it back by going carnivore.

Episode 357: Jay O’Hare: Host Brad Kearns chats with ultrarunner Jay O’Hare about the anti-inflammatory healing effects of CBD.

Episode 358: Paul Saladino, MD: I sit down with Paul Saladino to talk carnivore.

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

New cancer therapies that use your own cells are very promising but extremely expensive.


Interesting Blog Posts

Vox likes fiber.

How to get affordable grass-fed beef.

Success Stories

How Jonathan Geiman reinvented his relationship with food.

Bodybuilder Susan Hoff’s Primal Health Coach success story.

Social Notes

Grilling with Primal Kitchen.

Everything Else

A mom runs a 3:11 marathon while pushing 185 pounds of stroller-bound child.

Would you drink this?

Changes in global meat consumption over the last 50 years.

Whenever you’re in Athens, try this meat place.

Of course “cow cuddling” is real and costs $300 a session.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Video I found interesting: Geoffrey Miller’s take on what the paleo movement gets right and wrong about sexual fitness.

Conspiracy theory I’m enjoying: That the Pentagon weaponized ticks in the 70s and released them into the public.

Does this even taste good?: New Starbucks Tie-Dye frappuccino has 3 days’ worth of sugar.

I guess I knew this, but the video evidence really hammers the point home: Lions are strong.

Question I’m Asking

How would you react to a tax on sources of saturated fat? Remember that this would increase prices of dairy, meat, eggs, and coconut oil.

Recipe Corner

  • Improve that Caprese by adding chicken.
  • Stuff these stuffed sliders into your mouth.

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jul 14 – Jul 20)

Comment of the Week

“Collagen! I’m 56 and can still jump off of the roof of my house with no ill effects.”

– Unless you’ve got two stories this means nothing, Al Saunders.

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. “New Starbucks Tie-Dye frappuccino has 3 days’ worth of sugar”

    Since a human’s daily requirement for sugar is ZERO, I am glad to hear it’s sugar-free

  2. A hamburger and a half a week is not a dietary goal. It’s a socialism goal. Say no to socialism and vegetarianism, two fanatical sides of the same misguided obsession: To control your life.

    1. Can we please make a point regarding diet and nutrition without resorting to inflammatory (and patently false by the way) political labels?

      1. Thanks HealthyHombre. I feel like there’s been an increase in these kinds of dopie nonsense conspiracy nutters on here recently.

        1. I had noticed, some two or three years back, an uptick of these kinds of people on Paleo-type communities. I heard rumors that Alex Jones had name-dropped it a few times, so that’s probably a source of it.

      2. I’ll never understand why socialism is seen as a dirty word in the US

  3. “the change in fat intake observed under the Danish fat tax would translate to 36 saved lives annually.”

    Wow! The numbers are staggering. 36 more Danes will linger on their hospital beds for an extra year, at the mere cost of the liberty of all Danes.

    But here is the scariest statement in that report:

    “Moreover, the saved lives would total 123, if changes in fruit and vegetable, as well as salt and fibre intake were also considered”

    They don’t really want to stop at just SFA.

  4. To answer the question about the saturated fat tax, in short, I’d be screwed… I barely afford even low quality meat as it is.

  5. Not going to lie, I don’t think I’m too keen on being told what I can and cannot eat, or being taxed on particular macros. I like food freedom. I like being responsible for my own health. I guess I can stick to free diving and spearfishing and I guess its also a good time to take up hunting! Seems as unfair as being told we must vaccinate, being force fed birth control (thankfully I escaped that one), and as unfair as my grandpa being fed Ensure shakes when he was in the hospital….makes no sense to me!

    1. Anti-Vaxxer

      A person who thinks they know more about medicine and public health than the overwhelming majority of doctors, scientists, immunologists, and every major health organization across the whole entire planet.

      Pfffft, I don’t need to believe in “evidence based medicine” & fancy “science” made up by sheeple and shills! I’m an arrogant anti-vaxxer!

      1. HH, you’re literally on a site that eschews conventional wisdom. Vaccinating is also conventional wisdom.

        The overwhelming majority of doctors, scientists, immunologists and every major health organization across the whole entire planet also believe fat is bad, grains are good and to eat a “well-balanced diet” (whatever that means).

        You’re tying your own noose, bro

        1. The science for vaccinating is about as solid as research can be.

          Nutritional science, on the other hand, is comparatively trash – the gold standard for nutritional studies was set by a single nutritional researcher in the 50’s, and very very few studies have actually managed to reach that standard since.

    2. Natalie, I went spearfishing all day today. Wait, if I didn’t catch anything doesn’t that mean I just went swimming.

      1. Nice Ryan! I live out on Catalina Island…every now and then I come home with dinner but lately I’ve been swimming a lot too haha ; ) Anytime in the ocean is a good time if you ask me!

    3. Natalie, BTW … I do agree with your sentiments, and the definition I copied from the “Urban Dictionary” was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, did not mean to be rude and may have come off as such. Aside from that, I do think there are good and bad aspects to traditional alopathic medicine, but vaccinations I believe overall do much more good for the health of our children than harm and should be mandated. But … that is just my opinion. 🙂

      1. Im all for looking at both sides of the coin and l love hearing different opinions, so thanks for sharing yours! There is certainly a time and a place for everything. Always good to question : )

    4. Nor am I. I love living in a rural area where I’m surrounded by small farms and forest. People out there would shoot a middle finger at a saturated fat tax and go back to business as usual

  6. Hey Mark,
    I know you’ve done a lot of writing about fiber, but I’m wondering what a typical day of primal/keto eating might look like in terms of fiber. BA salad, some chocolate and nuts, roasted broccoli, steak, and some more greens, for example.
    Do you think we need to be conscious of adding fiber if we are following a keto reset type eating plan?
    Thanks for all you do!

    1. I suggest you listen to the Marks podcast with Paul Saladino. It may answer your question

  7. I would say only a meat head would tax a great natural source of energy and health as saturated fat. They should be taxing grain instead of subsidizing it.

  8. You know, I feel like I’ve heard a lot of sneering about dynamic tension. It’s nice to know those comic book ads from the 70s were right.

  9. As I grow towards retirement age, I find that my main meaning in life is expressing compassion, and I’m choosing to put that to work by being a volunteer reflexologist at a local hospice.
    Having meaning in life is the antidote to all the downsides to growing older.

  10. Hi All,

    Mark, thank you for your writing and thoughts about “mission” on your “Sunday With Sisson” newsletter.

    I agree with your view on how more people of this world need a purpose or a mission.

    For me, I found that by writing my own eulogy – deciding when I die, and focusing on what I want to be remembered for and what things I want to have contributed for being here on this earth.

    My purpose is to bring joy, harmony and gratitude into relationships.

    What I have discovered by doing this work is that I have the power to make my vision a reality, and at the heart of that power is my purpose.

    If you or your readers believe it would be beneficial to go through this eulogy exercise, I offer this service in my personal coaching offering.

    Thanks again for the insightful and meaningful writing.

    -Nick K.

  11. Mark, thank you for writing this. I really needed to hear this today. I was just questioning my life purpose and what I choose to do on a daily basis. I have a great life and have many purposes. I spend my days moving each passion to the next level. Today I was wondering if it would be easier just to have a 9 to 5 job and just come home and watch Netflix, eat out and have no worries about anything else. Sometimes I crave the mundane. Thanks again, your message today has reminded me that my purpose in life is to share my gifts with the world in all my different professions.

  12. I am SO glad you found your mission, Mark, and that I found you. I never tire of telling people that you saved my life.

    Spring, 2009, bumping 290 pounds, constant low level body pain. I had to do something. I looked at all the diet programs out there, the paleo idea made perfect evolutionary sense and Primal was the whole lifestyle, of course. Bought the book, two actually, one for a daughter.

    A year and a half later I weighed 210. I’ve been as high as 260 once again, but all I needed to do was get back to the basics. Two years ago I was going to meet The Love of My Life from 23 years before. She saw me at my fattest, that was one of my motivations to change.

    It was with more than a bit of glee that I told her that I weighed the same as when we were dating! She didn’t, although not bad at all. Snark, snark.

    Well, I’ll be seeing her again in less than a week. I’m up again, but 225 sure beats 290, still.

    Anyway, Mark, you changed my life. You saved it.

  13. Yes, we do are invited for the Life to have a meaningful life. What we are going to leave for others after dying? Only money? Interesting that Salomon wrote in the Bible that it’s better to go to a house where someone has died, than going to a house where there is a party. And he explains us telling that when we go to a funeral, we remember we are not gods and so we are going to die. If we think we are mortals, maybe that thought may help us to choose to have a more helpful and meaningful life NOW, one day at a time. Bless for all!

  14. I decided a few year’s ago that take command of my life. To pay attention to what I am eating and what I am doing. We are growing some of our food and building a house for our sons. I make a Christmas gift each month so we are ready before the holidays get here. I am clueless on how long I will live but I want to live my life to its fullest until I draw my last breath.

    1. Yeah, don’t address the issue of compelling other people to eat in any way just make sure the dictator agrees with you!

  15. Mission and purpose is a popular topic these days. For me, it was the intersection of my professional and technical areas of expertise in operations and coaching and developing people, with my personal passion around nutrition and fitness. I built a consulting practice incorporating all of these areas: leadership coaching, operational excellence consulting, and heath & wellness coaching. One year in I have never had a bad day at work, and have had some truly exceptional days! The most personally fulfilling events are guiding people to elevate their performance in all areas of their lives. Thankful I have many more years to serve others!

  16. Hi Mark. I’m closing in on eighty now. I feel great. Mainly thanks to you and the paleo movement. A cautionary note however: Restoring a body to functioning health is meaningless in itself. It is like rebuilding an old car with no journey in mind. Having it sitting there shining in the workshop, wondering what to do with it next. Like you I eventually realised that my mission in life had found me. A bit like the joke about the man who was delighted to find that he had been speaking prose all his life. I’m not a writer. I’m just an old man that likes to work with his hands. Being paleo has meant that I have been able to keep on being active and doing the things I love. My wife and I live in the country. There are constant repairs and chores to do. Trees fall over. I cut and split them up, stack them in the woodshed, and burn them through winter. True we have electric heating, and it is used occasionally, but nothing beats the simple joy of sitting in front of a fire in the evening, burning the wood you have gathered. My wife has a lovely vegetable garden. I know that she has such quiet pleasure working in there all year round. Even mid winter there is parsley and kale. Broccoli is doing fine this year. Of course we buy in some additional fruit and veggies. We also give a lot away in the flush of the season. She is a medical doctor. The garden is her personal therapy. I am an artist and landscape painter. Working with my hands keeps me grounded. The best thing about having found your mission in life is that it makes every day meaningful and exciting. My mission is to do the task in front of me to the best of my ability. When it comes to art that is an endless challenge. I know that my life must end one day. I hope that when they come into my studio the day after my funeral they will find some of the best painting I have ever done, still wet on the easel…

    1. Your story really touched me, I too am fixing an old-ish car that spent too many years on the racetrack of life lol, I hope to live a content and peaceful life that sounds a lot like yours xx

  17. been looking for my purpose for years, family and friends have all married and have families of their own and call that their purpose, maybe it is, maybe I just missed that memo. It seems I thought there would be…still searching

  18. I do bread your daily rants with interest??

    I’m 79 and never planned my future and was pretty lucky as the chips fell into place as I moved along. As a rule I can confess that ‘As one door closed, two more opened up’! Do I believe in a ‘Supreme Being’, you bet that that I do??

  19. I love that you brought up Marvel movies! A thing I like to say is “I’ll kill myself after the next Marvel movie comes out”! Lol! There will always be another Marvel movie!

    In all seriousness, my calling is couponing and sweepstakesing. For instance, last week I was able to get 3 PK BBQ sauces and 1 of the dressings at Target for totally free, and not just “I bought stuff and got a gift card” free. Really free. I am able to help my extended family and friend’s out with GOOD and healthy free stuff all the time. It is work, but it is worth it and really fun! It’s a blessing.

  20. My mission is to do the best I can in every task I undertake.

  21. Hi Mark,
    We are in Miami frequently and found a good Ceviche restaurant after reading your post. It was in Wynnwood but it closed. Do you recommend any others?

  22. Replying to today’s Sunday With Sisson;
    I have always been a helper. When I was young my first jobs were in nursing homes, where I strived to be caring, I took my job seriously and truly cared for my patients. Later, in the military, I went on to pursue nursing, yet ended up working in the lab as an MLT but never finished my training. After the military, I stayed with lab work, even though without my degree, I could only be a phlebotomist/MA. Most recently, besides running a blog specializing in alternative health, I was a caregiver to a special lady with a rare form of muscular dystrophy. My mission is to help people in whatever way I can, which I try to do on my blog, with my family, and with my friends.
    I have been following you and your blog off and on since 2014 and I love your mission and passion as well. I’ve referenced you several times in my blog through the years!

  23. I’m not usually tempted to comment on anything. But your writing on mission got me. I have my mission. It found me just as many, as a co sequence of life experience.

    And I have the same struggles, sometimes thinking my blog posts are disappearing into a black hole. Always thinking how to frame this so it will Be found, actually read, and contribute positively to somebody.

    Fortunately I’m not trying to make a living in this or I would probably given up long ago. A blessing in disguise.

    Thanks for asking.

  24. I don’t really have a mission in life right now. At 65, mostly retired, I’m mainly trying to enjoy life, kids, grandkids(by being the crazy grandpa and doing physically active things with them), and sharing nutrition with anyone who is searching for answers to what ails them….

  25. Thanks Mark. I have come to really enjoy your blogs. I am so glad that there are other people who think along the same Lines I do.

  26. In response to the latest Sunday with Sisson email about purpose in life. Mine started with heartbreak, about 2 years ago. I misread my situation with a girl, gave in to my feelings, confessed them to her, was blatantly rejected. Needless to say, I was hurt. I was upset for weeks. Too long for such a trivial matter. After about 2 weeks, I started to question why I was feeling this way. I quickly came to the realisation that I wasn’t happy with my choices in life, not because of a girl… So I decided to make some changes. I started lifting heavyweights. I had watched the episode of The Joe Rogan Experience with mark Sisson in the past, and decided to read The New Primal Blueprint. This is when things really started to change. I instantly switch to a Primal lifestyle (later I realised that I’d gone keto ?). I felt great. My diet was immaculate, my body was transforming, I started reading books (mostly relating to fat loss, nutrition and body composition), and I started to notice other changes in my reality, from my social circle, to energy levels and motivation.
    I am now studying fitness, with my sights set on fat loss and lean muscle development. I now understand that the choice that we make can substantially change our reality. I began to create my own reality.

    Thanks for reading 🙂 good luck in your journey.

  27. I just dropped in to see what condition my mission was in … yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my mission was in

  28. Hi Mark, Thanks for that on the mission thing. Reminding me why I have completely sabotaged my healthy eating. I have just spent a glorious week in Cornwall with my equally tubby friend and have enjoyed, for her benefit, all the supposed goodies of pasties, ice cream, fish and chips, cream teas etc. I feel like crap, bloated, heartburn, joint pain, sluggish and totally out of sorts. A bit like I did before I started keto. A good reminder of why I changed my eating habits in the first place. A reminder of how good keto felt after all the rubbish I had been eating. So getting to it, my mission is to record my current state diligently and plot my progress back to good health minute by minute to demonstrate to my fat friend that slimming world might not be the solution. I am happy to know that I have the solution and know that it works. And because I care about my friend I want her to know it too. Wish me well!

  29. I don’t think of it so much as a “mission” but more as a Quest. One quest completed leads to taking up another one. My current one is to hike all 48 4000 footers (mountains) in New Hampshire. The happiness comes in the pursuit of the quest. Satisfaction comes in the accomplishment of the quest.

  30. Mark,
    Thanks for this Sunday’s post. I really needed it. My wife of 43 years passed away on June 4th and I’ve pretty much been lost. I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest of my life. I have decided that I will write a journal of our life together for my grandchildren. I want to make sure that the kids know what a wonderful woman she was. I want to thank you for your book that has changed my life. I wish I was more eloquent but I’m just a simple man. I spend the rest my days remembering and taking care of the ranch we both loved so much. I have my Cattle, horses and dogs. I wish you could see my beautiful South Texas sunset.

    Respectfully, Tony

    1. Tony, I really appreciate your message. I’m sorry for the loss of your wife, but I’m inspired to know you’ll be sharing the story you and she lived in your many years together. Enjoy the land that’s been home and those beautiful sunsets. Best — M

  31. As a physician with over 40 years of medical experience, I have developed an interest in the connection between diet and brain function. I have proposed a new disease model to the medical and scientific communities based on the idea that highly processed food is neurotoxic and over time it can change your brain in a predictable way. I call this disease Carbohydrate Associated Reversible Brain syndrome or CARB syndrome. My mission is life is teaching people how to make their own diagnosis of CARB syndrome and arrange for their own treatment. The reason I take this approach is if I am right, it will likely take the medical profession decades to accept the idea and I don’t think it’s fair to expect people afflicted with this disease to wait until the experts get up to speed before receiving effective treatment.

  32. Mark,
    I am listening to Viktor Frankl’s The Meaning of Life.
    I got his audiobook
    after a post you did several weeks ago, as I read a quote by him.
    “ Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
    In that space is our power to choose our response.
    In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
    Your post, and that quote led me to listen to his book.
    The book is such a great parallel to your Sunday essay today.
    You inspire me to look at and seek out so much!
    And to see such connections.

    I am grateful,
    Linda L.

  33. I would love a big huge smack in the face blog post about the whole ‘cow’s are single-handedly destroying the environment’ media-induced frenzy. I seem to know a whole bunch of people who are currently putting their kids on very low fat vegan diets, and it is terrifying. Some of these kids have mental illnesses and developmental disorders that are very clearly worsening, but this is an ethical decision for the good of the planet they think they are making. This vegan propaganda is going to harm a lot of people who just want to do their part in helping the planet.

    And, taxing a whole food item should never be allowed to happen. That’s a line society should never cross.

  34. Keep it simple.
    What purpose do other animals have? Dogs, cats, bears, mice, birds, bees, monkeys, fish. They don't seem to have any purpose other than to be alive. Eat, sleep, play, breed, take care of their young.
    It's great to have a mission! Hunt down groceries. Go fishing, crabbing, oyster gathering. Look for mushrooms. Pick wild berries. Hunt game. Find ways to make money to maintain a shelter, food, clothes, transportation for most people. Do projects.
    Keep busy, stay healthy.
    But to need to have a purpose? That seems like an invitation to make a person feel like they lack something. "I can't accept the way I am or the way things are because it lacks purpose. It's not good enough if there's no greater purpose to it."
    We're homo sapiens, just another animal, our purpose is to survive.
    It's that feeling of 'there is something lacking' that drives us to over consumption. The latest super hero movie, etcetera. If we can learn to be happy with the basic necessities then we've got it made! Eat right. Exercise. Play. Do what actually needs to be done, in the moment. Live primal! Lol. Why add grief to your life wondering whether or not how you spend your days has purpose or not?
    Just sayin’ 😉

    1. I love this John! Very zen. I once forwarded my boss an article about how setting goals might actually be counter-productive … which I’m not sure how much he appreciated since he was requesting the annual exercise of stating our goals, discussing them, then reviewing at the end of the year and being evaluated to see how well we did and which has a big influence on what kind of bonus we might get. Hey, you hired me to do IT work, I love to write code and solve problems and I do that for you … is that not good enough, why all the BS … what are my goals … my personal mission … what course do I want to take six months from now … blah blah LOL. – George

    2. I agree 100% with what you’re saying. Thank you for sharing. Ever since having children all of my motivation comes from wanting them to lead healthy lives and be a healthy example for them, and for me that’s purpose enough. 🙂

  35. Good Sunday writing. We (wife and I)enjoyed it.

    Thanks for all you do and Happy Belated Birthday ?


  36. I enjoyed Mark’s sunday blog about his mission in life. Mine? I’m in my mid 70’s and one of my passions in life is my fibre based crafts. I spin every week with like minded friends, mainly wool, but other fibres as well. I knit almost every day and sometimes weave. I’ve demonstrated spinning at shows & given talks. I guess looking back I’ve always loved fibres. I vaguely remember as a child handling materials in shops whenever I could. I recently by chance went to a showing of a film about our plastic ocean & have now joined a local environmental group. Its great to meet up with other people who are much younger than me. I’ve been passionate about organic gardening for a large number of years. There are just too many chemicals in our environment.

  37. I walked aimlessly in life due to my codependency formed in childhood however I loved to sing and at 8years old learned how to play the accordion. While recovering from codependency and not succeeding as a singer a age 50 I earned my Masters in Holistic Health . However I kept learning how to play piano and now I am a Healthy Piano Instructor. My purpose in life is to live a healthy life, physically, emotionally and spiiritually. I revel in seeing my kid students make great strides in their musical ability. At age 63 I started a ketogenic lifestyle and lost 35 pounds and am keeping it off. I love to bowl and exercise every day.
    I love your writings and recipes as I LOVE to Cook. One more thing. I have a seizure disorder and have not had a seizure in 31 years!

  38. I found my purpose when I retired at age 62 after serving 27 years in the US Air Force as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. I knew I wanted to do something that allowed me to empower others to take charge of their own health. I took my first Core Passion course in 2017 in which I learned to create my own vision on “an experiential journey to discover the joy and fulfillment of your passion and purpose as you create and manifest your INTENTIONS”. This led to enrolling in a course in Herbalism in 2017, getting my certificate in Western Herbalism, and beginning my own business. I have found something that will be a lifelong journey expressing my passion and soul’s purpose!

  39. Thank you for your Sunday’s with Sisson message about mission. This is one area I’ve struggled with over the last several years – finding my “WHY.” I’ve gone through several exercises to uncover my why/mission, putting pen to paper, and what comes out of it seems to be as fluid as what is going on in my life at that point in time. So far there is zero consistency which makes me think I haven’t landed on my mission yet.

    Your post helped lift the pressure from finding my why and instead of feeling inadequate about not having a mission, I’m going to just enjoy gathering new skills and nurturing existing skills/strengths that I prize. I trust that one day these seemingly unrelated things will converge into a singular, perhaps surprising, purpose.

  40. Thanks for the Sunday thoughts, Mark–I count myself fortunate to have that sense of mission, which is primarily in my architectural practice, and also in painting (fine art, not the walls!). What’s been rewarding about my 8-year Primal journey is the way it has added dimension to my main mission: architecture is about thriving, just as personal health is. And that seems to be one of the great characteristics of a sense of mission–it magnetizes other good ideas that can feed one’s purpose and satisfaction. Gratitude.

  41. Mark’s comment about consuming resonated with me. I make a habit of reading obituaries, and notice how many people are remembered for what they consumed (I.e. sports teams, tv, nascar, collectibles) rather than by what they produced. It has helped to motivate me to try to be a producer.
    As a Christian I note the the Great Commission given by Christ to His people was to “make disciples” – in other words, train others, don’t just be a consumer.
    I have dropped 15% of my body weight this year and experienced improved health through low carb eating, and hope to be able to encourage others to take this route.

  42. I’m starting to think my mission might be environmentalism. I’ve adopted zero waste (or, as I like to call it, “minimal waste”), and I’m starting to finally take advantage of the rural setting I live in to compost and try my hand at growing my own food. I’ve sworn to myself that I will never drink from another plastic water bottle, I’ve stopped buying new clothes (except underwear items), I’ve started bringing my own bags to grocery shop, and I’ve ramped up recycling of the disposable things that do come into my house. I even think I want to try my hand at making art papers to recycle junk mail. (Which often can’t be recycled at facilities due to the plastic coatings on the paper.)

    Maybe I’m going through a phase, but when I wake up in the morning I start thinking about it. I think about how I can reduce more, what I can do with those old shoes with the hole in the side to keep them out of a landfill, how I can recycle more, how I can recycle less…

    I would love it if I could figure out how to make a difference in this area and make that my career.

  43. Mark, Thanks so much for your blog on mission. My husband and I have been Keto for several years and are loving it! In terms of mission, we just love Falun Dafa, a Buddhist practice which includes an exercise system: 4 slow moving standing exercises and 1 sitting meditation. So, simple to learn. I had no idea that there was such a thing as this kind of energy. We’re taught not to believe in these things as Westerners. The exercise videos and books are completely free and it’s practiced and taught all around the world in public parks. The practice has helped us understand why we are here, our true mission, and how to practice truth-compassion-tolerance every day. It’s persecuted in China, so I participate in many activities to expose the persecution. This practice gives me joy and meaning in life. http://www.falundafa.org

  44. I thoroughly enjoyed your topic of ‘a mission in life’. It’s very inspiring. Thank you for the food for thought. I will definitely work on my life mission statement and have a goal to work toward everyday. It’s never too late!

  45. This is one of those “Sunday’s with Sisson” when I feel like a complete failure at life. Thanks Mark.

    1. I’m sorry for laughing at this. Perhaps read one of the above comments where one person was saying we don’t need a mission or purpose and to just appreciate the basics of life. 🙂 it helped me feel better about the topic.

    2. Diane, I appreciate the honest feedback, *and* I’d suggest that purpose isn’t about scope. It’s about the deep meaning a purpose holds for each individual and the ways that purpose ends up enriching a person’s life through relationships, satisfaction, creative expression, spiritual fulfillment, self-actualization, among many other ends. I hope that clarifies (or opens up) the subject the way I’d originally hoped. Best — M

  46. Couldn’t agree more about the importance of purpose in life. Mine chose me too. Was an attorney and living without purpose. Met some entrepreneurs into personal development and passive income projects that allowed them to leave unfulfilling careers and live from their heart and make a difference.

  47. In response to your recent “‘Sunday with Sisson” which I greatly enjoy with my morning coffee, I can identify with your ‘organic’ source of mission. Mine was my health, the ‘glaring omission’ being trusting doctors to know nutrition. After doing my own research into nutrients and keto I’ve improved my health tremendously by ‘curing’ the incurable (according to my doctors) and gained an understanding of my body and it’s individually based needs. My mission now, being retired, is to continue to improve my health, my life, and enlighten others to the value of understanding yourself rather than depending completely on others, and using doctors for their actual expertise rather than what I thought it was but wasn’t. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about meds or diabetes (things to verify with your doctor, and sometimes educating them when needed) interfering with changing my eating habits or supplement regimen. Thanks for the emails; they always give me interesting information to investigate and spur thought.