Weekly Link Love – Edition 70

Research of the Week

Sufficient training may make meal timing less important for weight management.

Increasing handwashing at airports could have a huge impact on the risk of pandemics.

Dogs were probably domesticated during the Ice Age.

Using forced swim tests to determine a lab mouse’s depression probably doesn’t work.

How does ketosis impact appetite? A review.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Primal Blueprint endurance podcast

Episode 405: Sara Hall: Host Brad Kearns chats with Sara Hall, fresh off her amazing 2:22 marathon.

Primal Blueprint podcast

Episode 406: Paul Saladino, MD: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Paul Saladino about all things carnivore.

Primal Health Coach Institute Podcast

Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 49: Laura and Erin do the year in review.

Media, Schmedia

UAE Tour ends after two Italian cyclists test positive for coronavirus.

Interesting Blog Posts

Dave Feldman’s thoughts on LDL-P and other lipid issues.

Social Notes

Has Trump gone keto?

The more things change

Everything Else

The history of Sichuan peppercorns.

Listing your European study abroad experience in your resume might not be a great idea.

“We developed an experimental model to assay transfer of bacteria during greeting exchange, and show that transfer is dramatically reduced when engaging in alternative so-called dap greetings known as the high five and fist bump compared with a traditional handshake.”

Things I’m Up to and Interested in

I can’t imagine anything going wrong with kids relying on this for their veggies: Ice cream with broccoli in it.

I’m happy to see it: New Zealand Beef+Lamb has started a global study on regenerative agriculture.

I’m unhappy to see it: Obesity remains on the rise.

I’m intrigued: Quarks and electrons may experience consciousness.

I am SHOCKED that food labels can be misleading: Are Foods Labeled “Low Sugar” Misleading Consumers?

Question I’m Asking

Will obesity ever go back down?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 22–Feb 28)

Comment of the Week

“If you subtract the average 3.5 lbs. gained by the freshmen in the walking study from the standard “Freshman 15”, then they actually lost 11.5 lbs. Not too shabby! Walking does work.”

– That’s the math I like, jeff.

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. A tree in the Southeast U.S. (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) is related to Sichuan. The seed pods can be used like pepper.

  2. Well a dog doesn’t half make a decent bed-warmer on a night when the frost is on your swag.

    My record is three. The night was cold alright, but I wasn’t feeling it.

  3. Tim Ferris is an interesting human with unusual ideas. He’s also a male in a relative position of privilege. Eye gazing such as he promotes may be uncomfortable for him and an interesting exercise. For many, if not most women, (and some men in some situations) it is potentially dangerous. The world is not a safe place and staring at strangers can be hazardous rather than “interesting.” Context and environment are all.

    1. some woman might find this a bit creepy…I don’t want to have that title…creepy..

  4. Unless you’re looking to create your own Fight Club, a suggestion to go along with gazing uncomfortably at a stranger is to smile, nod or say ‘top of the morning!’ in a very strong Irish accent. Staring them down may not be in your best interest…well, unless a ‘mad dog’ moment is your desired ‘discomfort’.

  5. I’d love to read the follow up article Lyndsey Taylor mentioned in the “Can Keto and cardio mix” link.

    Is that still available somewhere?

  6. Sunday Comfort Challenge: I’ve done many of the ones on your list! Eye contact is something I do regularly, and it’s interesting how many people look down! Regardless, I usually say hello. So looking is only part of this challenge – I think it’s just as important to say something kind. I’ve tried the elevator backwards, and I also say something to whoever might listen. I rarely use my phone while standing in line – it’s more interesting to try finding someone else who isn’t on their phone, and start a conversation. Walking on rocks barefoot in our yard – really awakens the senses! Sitting in the cold – we’ve gone outside to sit on the snow covered lounge chairs, then run into the sauna. We’ve never made it for more than 5 minutes sitting in the snow, so 10 minutes might be our next challenge. How about a dinner party at home with friends/family, with a plate of food in front of you, not taking a single bite? I wonder if anyone would join the challenge?

  7. Being willing and able to accept discomfort and to make others uncomfortable is a valuable skill, but I don’t see the point of doing it for no reason, even when it might feel threatening to someone. As a woman, I might interpret a sustained, direct gaze from a man, especially in a confined or remote space, as a danger signal. KInd of insensitive for all those of us who aren’t fast, strong, and male.

    1. I am totally in agreement. One has to be careful in this day and age of invading people’s space. One can kinda read peoples faces to determine whether or not to gaze and smile, just error on the side of not I am sorry to say

  8. Re: Fast during meals out with others; Comfort Challenge

    I’ve altered my diet so drastically that I can no longer eat dinner with my family at Thanksgiving. There’s just too much sugar, flour, additives, preservatives, etc. I think it’s a bit insulting to invite someone to dinner only to have them refuse your hospitality. The first year I brought my own food, but the next couple of years I didn’t eat anything. My family understands that I no longer eat at Thanksgiving for health reasons. They can see that I’ve lost 150 lbs, and have a life now, but the price that must be paid is high. It is no fun eating a wonderful meal while someone else sits at your table eating nothing.

  9. Love the “discomfort challenge” in the Sunday newsletter, Mark!

    I’ve been doing a whack of work with boundaries the past 6 months (setting and upholding them and thereby breaking or renegotiating unspoken, harmful “contracts”). It is SO uncomfortable! And SO worth it!

    I’ve also put a pause on drinking alcohol – offers TONS of opportunity to practice getting comfortable with discomfort…and dissolving discomfort’s edges.

  10. Reading today’s comfort challenge gives me discomfort! Staring down people and challenging them is looking for trouble, big troubles in this day and age, a very bad way to build self esteem.
    Living in Arizona we don’t have lawns, we have gravel with rattlesnakes and I go barefoot all the time.
    There’s better ways to feel discomfort, turn on the news!

  11. Dear Mark,
    I read your latest Sunday with Sisson and have this to say. Eye gazing isn’t about feeling uncomfortable; it is about making the deeply human connection through things other than talking and sharing “Doing.” It is about searching the other person for the visceral connection that has no words. It is about using the time to become “Present,” as Eckhart Tolle would say. It is meditative and introspective. While it may also be uncomfortable, it isn’t to be used to expand our comfort borders, but rather to connect with people in ways that forge everlasting bonds.

  12. No to the looking in an eye for a woman. A man sees that as an invitation. No thanks, Mark.

  13. I _used to_ always eye gaze a lot at passing strangers. After over 10 years of therapy, I suspect it had something to do with seeking validation and extreme insecurities from childhood trauma. It was never uncomfortable for me.

    What _was_ uncomfortable was the fact that almost no one returned the gaze. I had to force myself to stop eye gazing because the lack of response was making my insecurities worse.

  14. Mark. I enjoy your emails, but take issue with the eye-gazing. It’s one thing to do something for your own discomfort. It’s quite another to do something that could make *others* uncomfortable — especially if you are a person who might be perceived as intimidating. You don’t know what someone else might have gone though. God forbid they were assaulted in an elevator — but because *I* think it’s interesting, I turn and lock eyes with them once the doors close.

    You want to be uncomfortable? Take a contrast shower.

  15. staring at people who are clueless to your intentions .. standing backwards in an elevator, looking like a nut job .. taking people to task/calling them out .. love ya mark, but man, you just had yr jumping the shark moment. you earned it, as all content for years has been a gift – but this one does not help the individual or the world. say hi, ask why .. better.

    1. After 10 years of “optimizing” and hacking his life, what does Tim Ferris have left but jumping the shark?

  16. #7 of Sunday with Sisson is extremely rude. There’s a difference between getting out of your comfort zone and ruining every one else’s experience by being socially inadequate.

  17. I held prolonged eye contact with a female gorilla at the zoo one time. Prior to this, a child had fallen down in the enclosure and she had gone and picked him up and became kind of famous. When I saw her return my gaze, I just kept looking, one mama to another. It was a special moment for me.

  18. The company I work for is great in many ways, but speaking up for yourself is considered disrespectful and not being a “team player” and the chain of command enforcement is quite strict. I need to somehow challenge that … which will be uncomfortable … without losing my job if possible lol.

    Something uncomfortable to share with the wonderful people here at MDA … the keto kraze is getting on my nerves. I’ve tried to incorporate more fats into my diet, and if a strict keto diet works for you and has been a game changer / life changer that’s awesome, but the degree to which some people obsess about it and stress about eating a few berries or whatever else … sheesh … give me a break. It’s the new normal at MDA, and I’m not feeling it. OK, got that off my chest … all the best and great health to everyone, and thank you Mark for all the good information and guidance you provide that we can sort through and choose what works best for each of us.

  19. I have no difficulty looking people in the eye and even holding the gaze for a moment and I always make sure I show delight or pleasure by including a slight smile. I have no desire in making someone uncomfortable yet use this as an opportunity to connect and engage, albeit for the moment. An exercise I like is to find a seat in a crowded venue, a mall or an outdoor market and while taking in the scene and people watching, I smile at as many people I can. Some smile back, others seem taken aback and others ignore the smile or will frown. Most people smile back but it is interesting to notice the different responses. I always keep my reaction friendly or neutral. Different situations evoke different responses, Christmas time gets the most smiles back, same in situations where there is live music. I am sure it makes a difference to people, I know I feel different when I smile or smile back at someone.

  20. I stood up for myself to a nit picking micro managing boss. I asked her to trust me that I know my job, that she trained me well. She got angry at my forthrightness and offered me counseling for “my stress”. I turned it down.
    I believe this is the beginning of a long and painful retaliation. I work for the county of LA.

  21. Like many others here, I take issue with some of the suggestions in this week’s newsletter: those that are also uncomfortable for others, who didn’t sign up for the challenge.

    As it’s been said, staring down people you know nothing about can trigger all sorts of unhealthy situations. And if someone showed up at a food gathering and refused to eat for the sole purpose of exercising their mental muscles, I’d be properly pissed and rightly so.

    I’m all for stepping out of my comfort zone, but I draw the line at treating other people like tools.

  22. Whereas I think that learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable is a worthy goal, eye gazing seems to be something that would make strangers feel uncomfortable, and an infringement on their space. Not all of Tim Ferris’ ideas are good ones.

  23. Love the comment about waiting in line while not giving in to view social media. It’s actually relaxing to NOT pick up my phone vs. looking around, people watching, taking a closer look at my surroundings, planning the rest of my day, etc. It seems to slow my brain down a little.

  24. This year I made a spiritual commitment to fast the first three days of every month. Well, yesterday was day one for March. I work as a Women’s Program Staff in a faith-based recovery program, and yesterday we attended a pot luck where they were holding a chili cook off… of course!!
    There were so many wonderful smelling recipes and treats… and instead of removing myself I decided to build up some will power and sit with my girls while they enjoyed the meal.
    I have to admit, although I was hungry, I enjoyed just being able to sit and focus on the conversations instead of eating.
    I also asked to smell some of the different recipes, and found that I could actually enjoy the food just by smelling it! It wasn’t As satisfying or fulfilling, but that’s ok. I looked for the positives and felt closer to the people I was with as a result 🙂

  25. Maybe it’s because I’m from New York, but if someone enters an elevator and turns around to face the people there to make eye contact, I would get out on the next floor and wait for another one. Sorry, that’s just weird and creepy. Love your Sundays with Sisson articles, but this one about eye contact was a little off. No offense. Making eye contact and saying good morning to the people on the elevator and turning around to face the doors is ok- I’ve done it. But standing there looking at everyone in the eye? Creepy.

  26. Obesity won’t stop until the suspicion of hypochondria is gone from doctor’s training. Early diagnosis and treatment of metabolic syndrome won’t happen unless you stop telling 30 year olds that feeling tired is just a sign of “getting older.” There’s apathy that grows out of a desire to keep insurance payments low. Insurance is a baffle preventing diagnosis and treatment for many.

  27. Sunday with Sisson–
    1) On eye-gazing, I don’t think that because in some situations it’s creepy that means we should always avoid it. Pick the right situation. I’ve noticed that there is a understood culture of saying hi when passing someone hiking or biking in the woods. Before you can say hi, you have to look them in the eye. I usually look to see if they are looking at me, and used to even wait for them to say hi, but I have since realized that they may be waiting for me. So I make the connection and just say hi no matter what. And who knows if that just brightened their day? I agree that it’s more of a connect with people thing, but doing that could be uncomfortable as well. Over time, it gets less so.
    4) I laughed at this one. I work hard each summer to get my summer feet, so that walking in my parents’ driveway or running on pavement doesn’t hurt. I guess I’ll have to pick a new discomfort to work on.
    5) I stood up for myself and got myself banned from the family Christmas Eve. But I still felt it needed to be done.
    6) I don’t have a smartphone, in part for that reason. And finally, I’ve decided instead of being mad about waiting, I just meditate or think about something I haven’t had time to think about yet–a plan, a daydream, tomorrow’s dinner, etc. Or look around at the beauty surrounding me (if I’m outside) or shapes, etc. Being bored, having to wait can be a blessing and is necessary to life.
    7) I have so many foods I can’t eat that I don’t exactly fast during meals with others, but it feels as if I am, since I’ve brought the same old foods I always eat and can’t participate in the exciting feast going on. Smells help. Some said this would be rude, but I disagree. People need to understand that everyone has their needs and shouldn’t have to conform just to “not be rude”. Just getting together with others is the joy. I think that person not eating wouldn’t have been invited if they weren’t wanted and therefore would be missed if they skipped the event because they weren’t going to eat. Do what you need to do. I think some people find me rude for bringing my own food, but I’m not going to eat stuff and feel terrible the next day just so I can be polite.

  28. And now that I responded to Mark’s challenges, I’ll answer the question about other discomfort challenges.
    –touch, then hold worms, then snakes–or various bugs
    –eat spicier food than you normally tolerate
    –eat a food that you think is gross (bugs anyone?)
    –jump into water from a high height (that you know is safe)
    –introduce yourself to someone (in a situation like a party where it can’t be taken as creepy)
    –get yourself to swim in the ocean/pool/lake despite it feeling a little cold at first
    –dance in front of others because you really like the song playing
    –share a “secret” truth about yourself
    –learn a new skill (an art, an instrument, type of physical thing, etc.)
    –dye your hair a crazy color
    –wear a crazy outfit
    –speak in a public venue, town meeting, etc.
    –perform on stage or open mic

    The thing about all these (and most of Mark’s) is that they are “just do it” acts. None can bring harm. You know they are safe, but it takes a leap of faith to get yourself to do them. But once done, there is a relief in knowing you did it and it wasn’t so bad, and in fact, you are now enjoying life even more–instead of sitting back in fear and wondering “but what if….”. The list could go on and varies by person. The ones I’ve done were part of my goal of not living in fear. Plus, I started acting like I like snakes and eating more veggies so my daughter wouldn’t be turned off to it.

  29. I left my phone at home so I couldn’t look at while standing in line. Very interesting time! I’ll do it again and maybe it will be easier.