Weekly Link Love — Edition 96

Research of the Week

Insulin exemplifies “too much of a good thing.”

Sleep-induced memory consolidation is more pronounced in kids than adults.

Early sewing needles.

In older adults with obesity, a high-fat, low-carb diet burns a ton of visceral fat.

“Activating” your nuts doesn’t improve nutrient bioavailability.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 442: Drew Manning: Host Elle Russ welcomes Drew Manning back to the podcast to discuss his latest Fit2Fat2Forty experiment.

Media, Schmedia

Why has the Brazilian Amazon had such a good go with COVID-19?

One-night stands during a pandemic.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why are dietary guidelines still insisting we eat less saturated fat?

Are we all feeling acedia?

Social Notes

No tie.

I prefer dogs, but I have to hand it to cats on this one.

Everything Else

COVID-19 lockdowns killed pro cyclists’ performance. Indoor training wasn’t enough.

Parents: give your kids more salmon, less poultry.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Chat I really enjoyed: The with Tara Garrison about metabolic flexibility and how low-carb changes everything.

Research I found interesting: New review of the interplay between selenium and COVID-19.

Cool study: Can a carnivore diet provide all essential nutrients?

Sadly I’m not surprised (though I wonder if it’s purely causal): More BPA, higher long-term mortality.

Reminder: A gluten-free diet has the potential to be lower in micronutrients if you don’t base it on whole foods.

Question I’m Asking

What’s your favorite go-to meal right now?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 22 – Aug 28)

Comment of the Week

“I have a B.A. in Interior Design, but no one ever taught me how to design my own life; I had to discover that years later on my own. I would like to see classes in finding your life purpose, goal setting and developing good habits. In other words, classes in personal transformation.”

-Great point, Michael. Ideally, changing schools to adhere more to a child’s nature would allow this ability to develop organically.

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. My go to meal is lunch while I continue to fast from dinner to lunch time. Typical lunch which is fast and easy:

    – 2 to 3 soft boiled eggs.
    – Half an avocado.
    – Bowl of plain Greek yogurt, blueberries, with teaspoon of turmeric and collagen.

    Keep the great articles coming Mark!

  2. Yeah, I still activate my nuts…it takes away the bitterness and they taste like creamy butter.

    Favorite go-to meal at the moment: Big gfgf hamburger patty with sauteed peppers and onions, topped with raw cheddar, home made sauerkraut and pickles and Greek salads from the bounty of our garden.

  3. My go to meal remains cottage cheese with a scoop of protein powder, lots of almond butter, blueberries, and a banana. It’s been my daily go-to at least for one meal (sometimes both meals) for over a decade.

  4. “Activating” your nuts doesn’t improve nutrient bioavailability.“

    Unless their activated with testosterone and sperm cells.

    1. “Activating your nuts” sounds Extremely Rude, although “unless they’re activated with testosterone and sperm cells” does suggest I am not the only person with a low mind who reads this
      publication. Gave me the laugh of the week which is a great way to destress really.

      1. Just came on here to say that I spit out my coffee when I read that I must activate my nuts

        Glad to see I’m not the only one with a low mind…

  5. escuchar cosas alegres, útiles, como este blog

  6. I recently decided to imagine myself as a Teflon duck that stress slides off the back of.

  7. Bottom line is that the only things we really have control over are our thoughts, words, and actions. Everything else is largely outside of our control. The trick is to recognise that and to try and stress less about those things – they aren’t ours to control in the first place.

  8. Yesterday watching the birds at the feeders, I mentioned to my husband “I’m so glad I’m not a bird, their life seems so stressful. They can barley take a bite without looking all around for danger.”
    We can see stress in humans or animals and recognize it, we can also choose not to engage that behavior.

  9. After 10 years and due to Covid here in Toronto I decided to dust off my classical guitar and resume playing. Tons of great resources on the internet to relearn how to tune, strum and play chords. Loving it as a creative outlet and stress reliever.

  10. I am a piano instructor and the positive effects for students, and everyone, are high IQ,improvement in reading comprehension, science and math ,self esteem and long term gratification instead of immediate gratification and memory. I am part of a program called Poetry Rocks, putting music to famous poems and teaching them in school!

    1. Gloria, I just posted about my son’s experience related to early childhood piano lessons and it fits exactly with what you’ve said here. I am sure your work makes a huge difference in the world. Thank you!

  11. I think I understand where you’re coming from on the Sunday newsletter, but I’m struggling with the line between not taking on stress and just sitting in privilege is. I think you probably meant that we need to be discerning about what kind of stress we let in, but the changes necessary today require some amount of information gathering and, yes, stress. It feels dangerous to me to avoid discomfort because broken systems who only serve a few will just churn on unless some real uncomfortable change involving sacrifice and discomfort happens.

    No troll intent here, I am just wondering where this thoughtful group might take the conversation around balancing staying informed and active and preserving some sense of center in challenging times.

    1. I absolutely hear you on this! I choose to think about my emotional energy like a finite volume of liquid. On any given day, I get to choose whether to pour that energy into a funnel or a strainer. So often we pour ourselves into a strainer and end the day anxious and depleted without having made any measurable difference. I think the point is to be intentional about where we pour our emotional energy.

  12. Hey Mark!
    Combine the right “music” to aid in manipulating STRESS.
    Thanks for the Sunday gems:)

  13. On your Sunday with Sisson this week –for me, stress is not only “The modern scourge” but THE central factor in determining my health. At 59 years old, the one thing I’ve learned is that I either do the right things (especially diet and exercise) to manage my stress or I do the wrong things as a response to that stress. The latter is of course a seductive but temporary fix that ultimately adds to stress but it can be very difficult to break that cycle.

  14. I love that you’re taking up the drums. I learned as a kid and still have a kit sitting two feet behind where I’m typing this. I work out on it now and then, and it is a great stress reliever. If we were neighbors, I’d give you lessons for free as a way of giving back!

  15. I appreciated your Sunday article on stress. Such words of wisdom regarding taking on ‘others’ stress to include the media and social media sources.

    I liked your comments on learning a skill as a child because mine has stayed with me throughout my life AND helps me manage stress. I learned to knit as a young child. While I don’t always have time to pick up my needles for an extended period each day, a couple rows of knitting allows me a few meditative moments in my day. I let my mind focus on the rhythm of the knitting needles and come out of it with a much clearer and calm head.

  16. Mark, in my experience there is (or can be) a solid link between music, learning, and stress relief so your two topics today go very well together. When our second child was young he was so “one-handed” that while using a fork with his right hand his plate might slide right onto his lap without using his left hand to stop it. He was a squirmy, somewhat clumsy, and emotional child who made his teachers crazy. In first grade he started piano lessons and although he didn’t enjoy them we watched as his behavior calmed, his physical coordination improved, and his grades (especially math) soared. He stopped lessons in 5th grade but resumed playing on his own in high school to work off a rough day. School counselors felt that his “scary smart” test scores were related to having played a “two-handed” musical instrument in early childhood. His athletic coaches said the same thing. He played 3 sports in high school, was his class Valedictorian, did Track at the US Air Force Academy, and has been successful at everything he does. He is a combat search-and-rescue pilot with three little kids and too many deployments, and he still uses piano (and sports) to work off rough days. Sometimes we look at him now and can hardly believe he was once a child that some thought needed medication to manage his behavior. We think he needed the music.

  17. “The greatest influence on the particle is environment”. Einstein. We are a collaboration of 42 trillion particles comprised of particles. That the physics end of it. Mark, the nailed the big Kahuna…chronic stress. One reason in this unwinding world we now need new potential addictions like smartphones, the de-reality machines. Sorry, a duck is a duck is a duck. It stays home now when I’m in the woods. I’m rolling with Rich Roll and mostly sleeping outdoors now on my property and out in the woods. I regenerate with the other critters dusk to dawn, its awesome. Do it for 30 days, you may just come out a more wickedly lively & content savage if you can access a natural space to park yourself. I also possess ptsd, want to talk about a stressful episode? I successfully manage it outdoors with my Mother planet & the quantum field, no Big Pharma for me. As close to Grok’s world as I can get folks, She’s got everything I need. Thx Mark for a reminder to stay the course. Its not for everyone. Namaste’

  18. THIS! I required each of my kids to take piano for a year as well as do some sort of sport (karate and dance were their choices. It’s like learning math. The compound interest idea is such a good way to think of it! An organization I work with does the same for social-emotional learning and diversity awareness. Another thing it’s good to have training on at an early age. 🙂

  19. PS As an empathetic person (too much) I’ve always taken on stress of others but have recently been trying to not and it’s working. Your message is timely.

  20. Hey Mark – Would you add to your survey “rank” questions an indication of whether 1 or 10 indicates the most interest? Not sure if 10 is the most or 1 means “number one.”

  21. I am mostly successful in not taking on other people’s stress. I can’t afford to with Addison’s disease. My body does not make cortisol so stress makes me very, very sick (and could kill me). However, stress is everywhere and so many times when I don’t think I’ve been stressed, but body tells me otherwise afterwards. Even things as simple as being startled can cause quite the stress response.

  22. Mark,
    Thank You! Just what I needed to hear….don’t take on others stress and “drama”. I love all your posts and appreciate your writing style. Keep shining your positive light.

  23. So far as the Sunday newsletter question + minimizing stress, a few things are key for me: twice daily yoga and meditation, enough time alone, enough sleep, enough quiet, not multi-tasking, saying No more, and establishing clear boundaries.

    Also, giving up alcohol made longstanding anxiety and insomnia disappear. This had a huge effect on my stress levels.

    Current place of practice: pausing before reacting to emails or internet comments. Coming from a reactionary place ALWAYS amps my stress level, even when I’m “right” in my response.

  24. Thanks, Mark.
    Your post about stress reminds me of a Buddhist teaching:
    You cannot take on anyone else’s Karma. It is simply impossible. You only have your karma and you do have the power to change that. Turn negativity in to positivity and put it out there. We need this more than ever right now.

  25. Go to meal: Crock pot Salsa Chicken. Tastes good, makes a lot, freezes well.

  26. The thing I learned about stress and how to control it is just like tuning to another channel. I struggled for years working in a job where multitasking is huge. When things get hectic, I stop and take inventory of my feelings. I then take a deep breath and imagine myself turning a dial to a calmer more “who cares” attitude cause seriously, WHO CARES!!! I am not going to risk my health for a job that I’m being paid to do, just so not worth it. Sure I’m efficient and I do my work however, I’m no longer stressing about getting it done before a certain time. I actually let the vm pick up the calls too!! Yaaassss! Flow and ease, that’s what life is about! Enjoy your self!!?

  27. Stress was so huge, July 1, after my husband suddenly died, I had a Sinus Tachycardia (AFib) attack. Time and prayer, have helped to diminish the stress, but much remains. I’m exploring Heart Rate Variability, the Vagus nerve and ways to stimulate it.

    I intermittent fast from about 3p.m., until 7 a.m. My husband did our organic cooking, so I’m playing catch-up with lots of home-gardened greens and vegetables, along with organic eggs, wild salmon, sardines, chicken, bison and elk. Perhaps I will find others to enjoy my meals, so I won’t have to eat alone.

  28. What I learned about stress and life in general as a kid growing up on a California beach was living a healthy lifestyle was the key. I watched what the big guys did, what they ate, how they worked out, how to handle a rip current that could take you to China. If you panicked in the water you would drown, plain and simple. I’ve always carried that calmness to any situation.
    Approaching 80 I still workout on the rings, high bar, etc. it’s something I learned as a kid.

  29. Thank you, Mark, for your reminder regarding stress and bringing in music.
    I learned piano at a young age, trumpet as a 4th grader and continued to play trumpet in high school for marching band and jazz band. Although I may still pick up a trumpet, I learned how to play the French horn in jr. high. I am now 52 and still play the French horn in a small church ensemble and for a college orchestra. Wouldn’t trade knowing how to play music for all the tea in China.

  30. Keep at the piano, Mark. I kind of specialize in teaching piano to adults and there’s no reason they can’t learn as well (or better) than kids. HOWEVER, the up-front barrier is learning to track and coordinate 2 hands, and one or 2 feet, in time. It’s hard for kids, too, but they don’t notice it as much or as clearly. Once you get past that level, you are on equal footing. No matter how aversive it seems, practice counting out loud, it really helps the brain to focus and consolidate the task.

  31. Stress – Meditation benefits my mind in many ways and it reduces stress; and it shrinks the amygdala (anxiety center). I reduce exposure to the news if it begins to overwhelm. I write the most enlightening quotes from my favorite philosophical books into a beautiful journal. I listen to gentle music. I exercise. And beyond all that, there are always funny cat videos to watch.

  32. Great note (pun intended) on music here. And important to Mark’s comments on handling stress. Alas, I dabbled in guitar over my many years but did not stay with it. I do recall the practice was immersive and calming, never really frustrating, no matter my pitiful level of skill. If anyone here can share a success story of an “older” person taking up an instrument later in life and attaining some proficiency I might just dust off the old ax and give it another whirl.

  33. Concerning skills I learned in my youth, I think taking typing class in the 1960s was a very wise move for two reasons. Although I got the only D in my educational career, it was the most valuable class that I ever took. It was a breeze to transition to a computer keyboard. I was also the only guy in the class so I spent most of my time looking at the hot females. Now that I think about it, that’s probably why I got a D.

  34. For stress elimination I practice what Eckhart Tolle teaches.

  35. My “go to” meal? Hamburger patty with cheese, sometimes add mushrooms or olives or pickles. However, I’m thinking of adding some egg as well.

  36. My go to meal… I call it my “don’t feel like cooking” meal…. two boiled eggs, dollop of homemade mayo, tin of tuna, a few nuts and a couple of cheery tomatoes….. mix and enjoy 🙂

    1. lol… should have been cherry tomatoes…. although tomatoes always look cheery don’t they 😉