Weekly Link Love — Edition 111

Research of the Week

Men who use fish oil have bigger, better balls.

A junk food diet reduces the amount of hedonic reward we get from other sources.

Less shoe, more stability and mobility in people with a history of falls.

Men vary more in their cooperativeness than women.

Chimps don’t show evidence of cumulative cultural learning.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 460: Kara Collier and Dan Zavorotny: Host Elle Russ chats with Kara and Dan of NutriSense.

Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 89: Laura and Erin chat with Dr. Jane Tornatore.

Media, Schmedia

Is this progress?

Now that’s my kind of defection.

Interesting Blog Posts

It does a Viking good.

Social Notes


Everything Else

Researchers uncover a new Aztec skull pyramid.

France may be building GMO super soldiers.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

This is good to know: Asymptomatic spread within households is just 0.7%.

Great news: Vitamin D therapy improves COVID mortality.

How did they do it?: Wuhan is recovering nicely.

Interesting: A COVID vaccine grown on tobacco plants.

Can any Australian readers confirm?: Kangaroos can communicate with people.

Question I’m Asking

Is this Primal?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 11 – Dec 17)

Comment of the Week

“In the midwest you get a different kind of bath in every season and time of day. Currently I live near a river and it is winter. Many types of birds have gone south for the winter or animals hibernating. When I walk now it’s more restful. There is almost a hush over everything with the snow. It smells crisp and fresh, exhilarating. Leaves crackle under foot barely covered by the new snow. Towering, gnarled oak trees standing guard here. Enormous branching maples like big hug there. A stand of pretty, white peeling Birch on another slope. Evergreens dotting the woods and permeating the air with minty freshness. The feeling is of strength and timelessness. Bathing in dappled sun through the trees, sounds of river flowering by and birds flitting from bough to bough. Feeling steady and at peace and full of life no matter what happens in the rest of the world.”

-I can see it, Josie.

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. Just answering regarding the GMO super-soldiers – no, that’s an ethical barrier that will not be crossed in France (at least, not regarding the official documents so far) and there won’t be research on the matter. The research is more about “augmented soldiers”, with minimally invasive interventions (think drugs rather than Robocop) and nothing that would change the soliders’ cognition because the military/State consider that this would impede their free will, which would be a big issue considering they are allowed to kill.
    However, according to the CIA, China is making some experiments to create GMO super-soliders.

    1. “According to the CIA,” MDA fell for that agitprop last week.

      1. Well, that’s the source, I don’t know if that’s a true information but I wouldn’t be surprised either way.

  2. Australian here:

    Can confirm, kangaroos communicate with me all the time.

    They’re especially easygoing around Nimbin.

    1. Never see it here…
      Anthropomorphism is alive and flourishing. Call it “Bambi syndrome” if you prefer. People see what they want to see.

  3. All in favour of local businesses, our local shops have been the backbone of support in the community since March. taking orders and delivering food to those who cannot get to shops. We have a brilliant butcher, veggie shop and health shop and local co-op.

  4. I support my local small businesses whenever I can. We have small family owned restaurants, a hardware store and a florist in our area that I frequent. One of the dojo’s that I train at has both owners still working full time jobs on the side, so that they can keep it open.

    Do what you to keep our small businesses alive!

  5. When I bought a new winter coat this autumn I bought it from a local small business which is a hiking store. They have like 2 or 3 employees all together. The store seems to be doing well probably because there are lots of active people in the area, lots of hiking trails. I also buy stuff from Etsy which I figure also supports small business. I figure Etsy is a one person business. Like I bought over $100 of handmade corn & coconut free bar soap from a lady with a store on there. Where else are you going to find that if you have a problem with coconut and corn?? Due to numerous food sensitivities I can’t eat anything from restaurants but I can buy from other types of small business.

  6. The sad fact as a result of this pandemic is the lockdowns have decimated small and medium size businesses. Some have reinvented their models by adding online sales and curbside pick up while many have gone bankrupt. Whatever emerges in 2021 I am hopeful we can all contribute more by shopping local.

  7. I think my business fits your Sunday comments, so I appreciate the nod. Hill Country Natives grows trees native to the Texas Hill Country. We’re a Mom & Pop operation and the pandemic required quite a few adjustments but our customers have kept on coming. Big thanks to them!

  8. I try to buy local. As an aside. The Primal Kitchen mayonnaise’ tastes different these days. Enough that I won’t be buying anymore. Back to making my own I’m afraid. Also please make your font here heftier. I can barely read them. I have been a graphic designer and this font sucks. Modern but awful for reading. Otherwise ??

  9. Mark,
    I love this heart and perspective that is so needed. Maybe give some examples of what people can do sans buying from local business. Im sure there is an affluent group following you. What can folks who are affluent do. Open up a fund? Supplement small business they know through this time? What is primal kitchen doing?

  10. Our local yarn shoppe is a place of warmth and quality. Longmont Yarn Shoppe. Our farmers market has such a nice variety of choices as well as CSA farmers. I purchase the avocado-based mayonnaise at our local Natural Grocer. That makes our town home to me.

  11. About small businesses –

    I’m recommending that people assess where they’re being hurt the most, shut downs, etc – and where they’re still being allowed to operate. Some relocating is in order for those who can do it.

    I live in rural Utah and the small business I’m a part of, with just a handful of employees, is doing fine and hasn’t been affected except some decrease in sales. We make recreational products and people are traveling less.

    But we’re open and not in danger of shutting, and we’re just hoping that in 2021 things can return closer to normal even if they never go back to 2019 ever again.

  12. My wife and I go out of our way to buy as much of our food as possible from local growers. Just yesterday we drove out to a local ranch and bought over $400 of organic grass fed beef

  13. Great points made here. Thank you for explaining why small businesses are a critical part of the American economy and how many of the services and goods they provide are NOT available from large corporations!

  14. Thanks Mark! As an accountant for the State of Wyoming as well as our local county, I can see how the closure of small businesses as well as large businesses affect not only those businesses, but the state and local governments. It is like a domino effect. I personally support our local businesses as much as possible. We live in a small town, so product is not always the cheapest option, but I know in the long it is the best option.

  15. I order and pre-order books from our local book store (Shout out to Copperfields, Petaluma, CA.

  16. Wonderful essay on small business! There’s a local “hipster cafe” owned & run by a young man who I’ve known since he was a toddler. He & his crew do a booming business but have struggled this year. So you’ve convinced this old lady (62, not old, lol) to cease giving Starbux my $ on the way to work and take the extra, oh probably 7 minutes, and get my keto coffee w/cream from his store. Thanks, Mark, for the much-needed lesson in humanity.

  17. I got into wholistic health in 1968. I have a successful maid service company. People pay me to exercise. I eat primal. I never get sick.

    Currently, in Pittsburgh people think my business is spreading Covid because we go from house to house.

    Very few people listen. You do, Mark, and a few others do. (In fact some of you know more about this than me.)

    When I start feeling too sorry for myself, the Angels whisper, “Would you prefer to be unhealthy?”.

  18. Small business implies private property and personal expression in success. These little businesses are being gobbled up by big business, because of The Reset. Our lives are being changed/directed, and by 2030 the globalists hope to end private property and manage the population through artificial intelligence. Even politics might disappear. A form of Communism, I’m told.

  19. Really great comment on small businesses. Thank you. Without them, we would not have the most positive aspects of USA. Seriously.

  20. I live in New Hampshire. I am from Northern Maine and understand and appreciate hard, honest work. I search out small businesses. Such as butchers shops, bakeries, restaurants, coffee shops, and vitamin and supplement stores. I happily pay a little extra for the personal touch and quality of products.

  21. Thank you for this thoughtful and important message. Malibu Fitness rises to the forefront of my mind in response: a keystone in our community, rising through the fires, the pandemic, to keep our community moving forward in health, unity, and team work. Thank you for being a shining star in our community, Mark!!

  22. As a small business person (1 person shop) I appreciate my loyal customers more than ever. I always try to do something special for them, or give them something for free.

    Don’t ask big business to do that for you…

  23. Just doing our vehicle inspired kids tee line here… been a small shop for over 10 years now selling online from day 1. Way back when all that mattered was that coveted DMOZ listing and organic search. Here we are in 2020 and Amazon is pretty much everything for us.
    Doing the niche small business is so so so much fun! It is a labor of love. We source within the US for everything we need and love working with our long time partners and friends.

  24. Big Dipper Wax Works makes amazing bees wax candles. By avoiding paraffin we help the planet and of course the corn and soy based candles are destroying our land because they are made from GMO plants. The dead zone in the gulf of mexico is due to GMO corn pesticide and fertilizer run off.
    Support small business, support our planet.

  25. Thank you for writing about small businesses. You are so right on this. Independent restaurants, little cafes, boutiques and shops of all kinds need our support at this time, along with food trucks and street vendors, and those selling goods at farmers markets and other similar markets. We in my San Francisco household have been doing our best to support restaurants we’ve known and those we’ve gotten to know in COVID times, by going and dining outside when we could and ordering take-out now that we’re locked down again. We have also tried to shop locally, at farmers markets and from outdoor vendors and artists selling their wares. As much as we can, we also support local boutiques and even small manufacturers. It’s heartbreaking to see so many small businesses suffering right now, and I hope that having people like you, with a community that trusts you, saying something about this will drive many others to support local small businesses in their areas and just maybe save some of these places that provide great products, character and JOBS!!! Happy Holidays.

  26. I just purchased 5 lbs of frozen blueberries from a Maine farmer who drove down to Cape Cod delivering blueberries at various stops. I support local farmers and dairies. I also like to shop on Etsy.com for you name it handmade items.

  27. Love your note/letter today and you heart for small business!!!

  28. Thanks so much for posting this! I personally think small businesses are being targeted as just one more way to push us toward communism. The “pandemic” has been a vehicle to usher in more regulations and take away more freedom’s. Because of the indoctrination that is going on in our schools currently I believe the next generation will see communism in its fullness if people don’t wake up, do their own research, and make a stand. Im not normally one to talk politics but our nation is at a critical juncture and i can no longer in good conscience be quiet.

    1. What’s the connection with “communism” here??? I don’t see what you are referring to.
      The big enemies of small businesses are, as always, big businesses. Everyone at every level – individuals, business people, politicians – needs to realize that small businesses are the engine that drives the American economy. They supply huge numbers of jobs, they supply competition, they produce innovation, and they and their employees are our most important domestic markets.
      Unfortunately, many of the breaks that large companies can get are not available for small businesses. We need to keep them in mind.

      1. Sometimes the threat is big business, but government is a much bigger threat. They over-regulate and over-tax and at times forced business to supply benefits they really couldn’t. At times–all without rewarding those who take risk and provide jobs at all. Government jobs, teachers, all of them, ride on the back of business, especially small business. All while people call us dirty names.

    2. Given that this blog and as far as I know most of its readership are based in the only developed country that doesn’t even have a national healthcare system I’d say there’s probably bigger concerns than sleepwalking into full-on communism!

  29. A very well thought out article. No pandering just heartfelt thoughts. Thank you

  30. Mark,

    I wish more people of influence would give a shout out to our heroic small business owners in these turbulent times. Great post!


  31. I’ve been buying as much as I can from small businesses for awhile and trying to keep it local as much as possible. I like being able to build a relationship with the people who work for them. It feels more personal.

  32. Thank you, Mark! I’m so pleased you are writing about small business. We have owned several in our lifetime. An apartment complex and a small construction company. We take risk, create jobs, support people. Or we used to. It’s small business that makes the world go round — not just by their tax base, but because they represent the American spirit. We will do our part to help local businesses when we can. I hope you get a chance to read these sometimes. You have brightened many of my days, particularly Sundays with Sisson — I love it.

  33. In Canada, in Ontario small business is going under at an alarming rate. As many as 40% are or will have gone under. It is impossible to keep these places afloat because the government keeps closing them down

  34. I support small businesses through Kiva.org. I make an automatic monthly donation that goes toward making 0% 0 fee loans. I used to pick the businesses to support but now they do for me. It’s a terrific organization.

  35. Initial headline scanning I thought, “Now that’s my kind of defection” was “defecation”. Ya know, because, poop.

  36. Bearing in mind i have eaten low or lower carb since 2003, I panic bought a bag of flour in March as our lock down of 3 months commenced. I baked bread and cakes, upset my stomach, put on weight and realised there’d been no reason to panic anyway. So i returned to eating healthily. More than that, I was strict and emerged slimmer and feeling great. I learnt i liked the solitude and control being in lock down gave me. If it happens again i wont be worried.

  37. Life is very short so do you best to be a positive person during it because that will make you remembered most by others that you have encountered during your lifetime.

  38. I just want to tell you I love Sunday with Sisson. One of the few emails I get that I look forward to and truly read. I know it must be an incredible amount of work/time to put it together. Thank you for putting it out there!

  39. 2020 was definitely a hard rest for me in the area of not taking anything for granted. I got to continue to work as an essential employee so I did not have the isolation other folks did. I made me focus on my inner self and as a result I finished a certificate on spiritual direction from a very prominent school. I also discovered tai chi and embroidery

  40. 2020 was definitely a hard reset for me in the area of not taking anything for granted. I got to continue to work as an essential employee so I did not have the isolation other folks did. I made me focus on my inner self and as a result I finished a certificate on spiritual direction from a very prominent school. I also discovered tai chi and embroidery

  41. I have learned more than ever this year , that you can only truly depend on yourself , for yourself. You must feed your soul to embody any sort of happiness. It truly does come from within. I’ve also learned that those you would never think could or would leave your life, can do so by their own choice and without a reason that makes sense. It’s hurtful, but explanations are not always provided. You must pick up and move forward but the challenge is to keep your heart open. Fitness truly is mind, body and soul and even when you think you’ ve got it mastered? The universe steps in to show us that we are never really in charge. Thanks for all you do for us , Mark.

  42. Don’t believe and follow what the government says.
    Think for yourself. Do some research on covid and masks. Read the CDC reports.
    For example on every mask package there us a warning which says:
    “offers NO protection against viruses and influenza”.
    Yet people wear them. Why?
    Do they know more than the people who design and manufacture the masks?
    Also a recent CDC study reported that of people who tested positive for covid, 70% responded that they ALWAYS wore a mask!
    3.9% NEVER wore a mask!
    These are facts, not a blogger or Fox News.
    Don’t be a sheep. Use your brain!

    1. My understanding is that the mask that I wear doesn’t protect me, it protects you. The mask that you wear protects me. I wear one when I can’t keep my distance, like when grocery shopping. In and out. If their is the slightest chance that it would offer you any protection whatever, why would I not do that for you? It’s 15 minutes out of my life.

      1. Yes yes yes, Mary. It’s common courtesy. I can’t understand the selfishness of those who refuse to wear them. I’ve always worn mine with the more vulnerable populations in mind, never because I thought it would protect me…

    2. My son in law & his family own a small bakery & restaurant that has had to make a lot of adjustments since COVID. All of their staff wear masks without exception while in the building. One staffer came back with Covid from Thanksgiving with family but didn’t realize that’s what the “cold” was until the loss of smell & taste. By that time, everyone had been exposed at work. Everything shut down for a week as everyone was tested. Only 2 other people got sick – the original staffer’s best friends that all hang out together (without masks!) after work. MASKS WORK.

  43. I love your message today about what “lessons” have we learned, instead of dwelling on how difficult or bad things were. Every day I remind myself of how lucky I am to remain healthy with a roof over my head and plenty to eat when there are so many without. Learning to embrace change instead of fearing it is also extremely helpful. Accepting that the normal we knew is gone, but hopefully a better one is yet to come:)

  44. One thing I wish everyone would acknowledge is the importance of human interactions: the spur of the moment conversations, the little touches, the hugs and kisses, to out well being. This past year has driven people away from each other, and there are forces that will try to exploit that distance. Don’t let it. Human touch and random interaction are essential to our health.

  45. We stocked up on staples, but it’s not what we want to eat a lot of: flour, rice, sugar, beans, and canned food. But it gives us insurance. We vaccuum sealed jars full of nuts and quinoa and almond flour, too. What we need now is a deep freeze so we can vaccuum-seal more fresh produce. Or vacuum sealer has made our weekday food prep easier. We cook large quantities of meat, vacuum seal it into 8 or 10 oz portions, and then just take out a small portion to defrost and pair with some vegetables for a quick dinner.

  46. Hi Mark; there was less social gatherings, and less reasons to cheat. I have learned a better way of eating and I am aware of scripture that says be happy and thankful in all things. Blessings,

  47. Hi Mark, I’ve been able to develop my prayer life, address unfinished projects at home and spend quality time with my husband and family. Thanks, Marie

  48. It was confirmed to me that politicians are not my friend. I knew they were self serving and pretty much impotent about meaningful change. I learned that they, in California, seem to desire only personal control and care little about lives of those who elected them.
    Fear and panic are our enemy , not a virus that statically only affects .000023 of population under 70 seriously.
    I have really learned that LOVE and things of God are what really matter. Blessings to all. Gary

    1. Yes re: politicians….I’ve long said “Limit all politicians to two terms; one in office, one in prison”….

  49. what we should have learned from 2020:
    1. take one day at a time
    2. your not guaranteed tomorrow
    3. be mindful of others
    4. share something that makes someone smile
    5. provide your body with activity/ nutrients it needs

  50. It has taught me that we Americans can no longer trust our local governments to make the right choices fir we the people. It has validated to me that our governmental officials think that rules they make are for us to follow and not them and their families. It has taught me that we Americans certainly need to employ a very firm (but non violent) revolution against our government and remind them that they work for us!
    Additionally the pandemic was brought about by China via an obvious biological warfare strategic release, and they should pay the price for these actions.

  51. It has taught me that we Americans can no longer trust our local governments to make the right choices fir we the people. It has validated to me that our governmental officials think that rules they make are for us to follow and not them and their families. It has taught me that we Americans certainly need to employ a very firm (but non violent) revolution against our government and remind them that they work for us!

  52. I find the thing that I have learned is how important HUGS are. I miss rapping my arms around those I greet or my dear friends and especially my family that I haven’t been able to see all year!

  53. What I’ve learned about 2020: try to take care of your neighbors. We grow a lot of our own fruits & veggies and tend to have a surplus. We are happy to share food, firewood and anything else we can. Building a sense of community is satisfying and could be a lifesaver if/when the world economy collapses.

  54. 2020 has taught me the importance to stand guard at the portal of your mind and to limit our exposure to the news and everyone else’s fears. We can be successful no matter the circumstances, if we start with a positive mindset and stay away from “doomscrolling”. 2020 has also shown me that all that is needed for success is already within us!

  55. 2020 has taught me that unfortunately, fear guides most people’s health and wellness decisions more than mindfulness and self awareness. Also that the business of sponsored media fuels the fire of that fear.
    Thank you for your efforts to educate us and help us make better informed decisions.

  56. My sister and I, who are both just starting Primal, were just talking about how 2020 has been, in ways, a transformative year. Instead of just letting life happen to us, we have been learning to live life more intentionally even in a year where so much was beyond our control. We’ve learned that we don’t need as many “things”; we want to live more simply and get back to a more sustainable, enjoyable, and meaningful style of living. So we’ve learned to prioritize health, to spend time on our food and our cooking, to tell people we love them, to help those who need it, to tend ourselves and others. I didn’t think this year would be what it has been, but it may end up being the most transformative year of my life.

  57. No one is given tomorrow. I lost my only sister to cancer at 60 years old in less than 10 days with no warning, in the midst of caring for both parents, in home hospice, never thinking it could be one of us going first. I’ve learned a big eye opening lesson…preventative care is so necessary, tell your people you love them often, live everyday like it’s your last….

  58. Not sure how many will resonate with this?……I have not found 2020 difficult since I employ The Four Agreements and Abraham-Hicks teachings in my daily life….couple that with a basic trust in the Creator, life continues to be joyous….almost all situations/circumstances can have positive and less positive aspects…..why not focus on the positive?…..instead of looking at the glass as half empty or half full, see your cup running over….for us, we are teleworking almost full time and live in the mask-free zone of the Texas Hill Country…..as long time preppers, and gardeners, we never ran out of anything……just trust in the Lord and all will be well…..

  59. 2020 has been different than any other I have known in almost 60 years. But my takeaway that I will keep with me for the rest of my days is begining my journey into Stoicism. The importance of learning to truly live well with Nature, and to love those with whom fate has surrounded me has been a revelation. That, and eating primally & lifting heavy weights will see me through all that 2021 has to offer just fine ?

  60. I learned that all the investments we made over the decades in our human capital (our employees) kept our company together and strong through this year of 2020. One we all will never forget.

  61. Thanks, I was just talking with a good friend and telling him how I was amazed that everyone felt relieved that it was going to be a new year. As if that will fix what appears to be broken. I too felt that hopefully many will realize that what seemed important and absolutely necessary, really never was that important or necessary. Throughout this entire time I woke up everyday same as before, thankful for another day on the green side. I got dressed and went about doing all I could and went home and went to bed. Hoping to wake up tomorrow on the green side and do it all again. Also knowing that if I didn’t wake on the green side, It really didn’t matter. I was where I was supposed to be. 

  62. I Love cold weather and Snowy conditions! Love to take dogs for long hikes in the morning to start my days in the winter – very invigorating!

  63. Getting out in the Cold: I’m a Michigander – West Michigan near Lake Michigan. Hold up your hand like a mitten and we are about half way down the mitten on the left hand side. (This is something all Michiganders do, by the way) Here in West Michigan, we get a lot of snow and cold. I look forward to it every year. It’s beautiful to behold as it adorns the drab, leafless trees with sparkling white beauty, and fun to play in with the grandkids. (Not as much fun to drive in or shovel – but we take the fun with the not so fun). Love reading your Sunday articles! Thanks for sharing from your heart. Always interesting to read.

  64. I love and crave snow and cold, crisp weather. In fact we got married in January, because I had visions of ski vacations to celebrate our anniversary. It didn’t work out that way, but there is always that hope, especially since my son is settling in Sweden, and my daughter lives in Michigan. Once the vaccine is more or less universal, believe you me that I am headed to the places where my kids now reside!

  65. Am I going crazy, or is this the third week in a row that the Sunday morning Love Link goes to this same page (Edition 111)?

    1. You are not crazy unless we are both crazy. I have the same experience.

  66. Mark, We are “ex-pats” from Austin Texas living in Lancaster County PA. We love the 4 seasons here and although miss year round golf, we enjoy the climate here. I have started to walk in the colder weather although still avoid the windier days. I am also a former triathlete (late 80s and 90s) and have really enjoyed your website and Sunday’s with Sisson.

  67. I love and crave snow and cold, crisp weather. Probably this is set in my genes….ancestors came from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Austria etc. I also spent half my childhood in Northern Europe, and got to enjoy ski vacations, and snow! I love snow!

  68. Regarding the cold Mark, no I don’t like it! However I ran for 30 minutes this morning in 26 degrees and I’m better for it. Cheers.

  69. Love the cold weather too. But people here in PA don’t appreciate it! It makes you look forward to the different seasons. I love the first snowfall it is so beautiful! I even don’t mind shoveling! But it gets tougher the older we get! ??

  70. I grew up in one of the coldest places in the US, just south of the Canadian border in Northern Minnesota. Later, as and adult I lived for a couple of decades in Texas and a very different climate. Now I live in the Colorado foothills, which experiences broad temperature fluctuation, and of course winter weather is a short drive away much of the year.
    What I resonated with in Mark’s post is that we have to get outside, be in the weather, wherever we live. Our bodies acclimatize if we get outside on a regular basis…daily.
    When I first moved to Texas from the Midwest, I couldn’t believe how hot it was. Months of the year were 90+ everyday, and often summer months daily above 100. But, I got outside in the Texas summer, riding a road bicycle, and within a year was completely acclimated to the heat. I recall one century ride where my bike computer displayed the temperature coming off the asphalt at 127 degrees. As long as I stayed hydrated and slathered on sunblock, I was fine with it. It became that some days temps in the 90’s felt uncomfortably cool.
    My wife, on the other hand, stayed in her air conditioned home, car and stores, and never acclimated to Texas weather. We moved to Colorado to give her the more desirable climate.
    But, cold is no different than heat. I get outside in the Colorado winters, embrace the cold when it comes, and look forward to it. My temperature tolerance range is broad, and I know that is because I force my body to adapt.
    Mark is right. It’s simple really. Get out of the house and your body will adjust!

  71. Love the cold! I’ve been practicing Wim Hoffs method for a while. My exposure to cold is limited. A cold shower in the morning and a walk outside during the soft winter here in Texas. Wish I could get of it. If you haven’t I’d suggest you check out Wim Hoff and his ideas.

    He precisely talks about “hormesis” or activating dormant genes through exposure to different t environments—in this case to cold. And how cold is beneficial and healthy.

  72. In reference to getting out in the cold. This is an interesting article to me personally right now. I’ve just moved back down to the Gulf South (where I was born) from Northern California. For me, this was a beautiful place but as I was getting older, the cold really started to bother me. Moving back home to the warmer weather was a welcomed change. Unlike other people who live in a warmer climate, I can understand the cold would be a nice change. I guess the moral is you really can’t deny what’s in your genes.

  73. Like you, I really miss the cold.
    I grew up in California and the military took me to New England in 1964. Years went by and we ended up living in Maine for 35 years.. We spent a few winters snowbirding to SC and Florida. Now, very retired living full time in Florida and still think of the cold and snow.

  74. I agree with you Mark. Living in upstate New York affords us a wonderful opportunity to experience four distinct seasons.
    Fall is my favorite but shortly after I do look forward to winter time. Daily walks out in the snow covered woods with my dog amidst the natural sounds, smells and the wonderful fresh cool air makes me feel exhilarated, renewed, and down to earth.
    Having a primitive stone fire ring built in a wooded area just 200 feet from my back door where my family and I can sit around on logs and laugh in the winter is a carefree joy that enhances our moods.
    I have family that live in the southern and western United States and they visit in the fall and winter for that reason. If I wanted, I could live anywhere. However, I will not leave my seasons.
    In fact, I’m finishing my morning coffee and getting ready to head out and walk some trails now Cheers to a happy New Year.

  75. Lol, the perspective is interesting. Midwesterner here, and today it might be in the 50’s so we are excited to head to the outdoor pickleball courts and yesterday it hit 50, so we took off for the nearby trails! For us 50 marks time to get outside!

  76. So true! I lived in California for a year and I really missed the seasons, being from the Midwest. I b***ch and moan every Winter, but I do love a brisk winter jog and the beauty of the snow. Until about March, and then I’m wish I left for the Winter.

  77. Mark, love your work and words. We are of the same age and lineage. My Mum was from Scotland and genetics say I’m 100% Northern European. I have followed you since your triathlon days. I was sponsored by a running shoe company and now paid the price by having a knee replacement. Running was my meditation and now I can only walk. You inspire me to keep moving and accept my place in life. Thanks ?
    PS move to Savannah. We have a little cold with the hot.

  78. I so agree with your article on inclement weather. I’m a 69 year old female and love the outdoors. I’ve noticed that as I push myself to take those long walks on winter days even enduring some windy, cloudy conditions, I always, without fail, feel exhilarated. My body thanks me, and my mind takes the lead. ??

  79. Growing up and currently raising my children in WI, I have a deep respect and appreciation for all 4 seasons. As I enter my 40’s I have to admit that Winter is becoming my favorite season. The snow and the cold are something to respect, yet actively enjoy and participate in. My husband and I love snowshoeing and hiking outdoors with our son,daughter and 2 Black Labs. There is something so tranquil about hiking in the woods and the beauty of falling snow….

  80. I live in Colorado on the front range. I enjoy going outside in nicer winter weather. I have noticed that since it is getting cooler that “nicer” is now in the 40s. No jacket required. Wind does change things for me. 10 or 15 mph is okay, but we get 50mph often and 90 mph gusts up to several times a year. Not fun getting knocked over.

  81. Hi Mark! I’m responding to the article about the cold. I love it. I dream about moving to an area where it actuality gets cold and mostly overcast (i live in socal) when we do have this days occasionally here, something happens inside me, I get a ton of energy, and want to go out and run in it lol! I get up extra early and make coffee and sit and watch the grey glow of the sun coming up behind the clouds. Since I was a kid I’ve been this way. I don’t tolerate heat very good at all, so I know I’m meant for the cold. According to my 23 and me most my people are from Switzerland and Germany so this totally makes sense. As soon as the clouds and fog clear up, I get a little bummed. Thanks Mark! Have an awesome day!

  82. I’ve lived in Southern California, Michigan, and am currently in rural central Utah –

    I laughed at your comment about Southern Californians getting jackets, etc when it’s 60 degrees or below. I know all about that. Oddly I was the only one still in a t-shirt when it was 45 degrees out. That was before I moved to Michigan or Utah.

    Utah isn’t as cold or snowy as Michigan, but I still am not sure I need quite this much cold and snow, lol.

    My ancestors are northern European (mostly Danish, English, and German), and also Native American (Wampanoag tribe, from the New England area). They definitely knew cold!

  83. For someone who was born in Alaska, I don’t enjoy cold at all. My hubs (from Upstate NY) says I have dragon’s blood. Anything less than 55 degrees is a no go! It is why I wouldn’t move from Central Texas if you paid me…unless it was to move to a Mediterranean climate!

  84. Hey Mark! I live in Maine! Getting our cold on! And fun snow to play in!

    Where in Maine did you live

  85. In the North East Kingdom of Vermont we had our first real snowfall yesterday with about 7″ of snow accumulation. I took a break from clearing the snow to look at the magnificent blue and gray striped sky.
    I took a deep breath of the cold crisp air and realized there is no air that feels fresher and cleaner than the cool crisp air right after a snowfall.

  86. First I want to say that I appreciate your weekly thoughts. It makes me think of life in a different way. I live in the cold of central Wyoming and I know what you mean. It is easy to get bogged down in life when it is cold outside. Recently I have been exploring other options for outside exercises. I am 52 years old and I find I want to take up ice skating, which I haven’t done in 30 years. I also have thought about cross country skiing,, which I have never done. Trying to think outside of my comfort zone. I know being out side makes me feel better, it is just getting the mind set to go.

  87. I grew up in Cincinnati and have fond winter memories. Lived in Dallas for ten years and found that I, too, missed the cold. I am now in Omaha and am enjoying every winter moment!

  88. I live in Maine and prefer the cold over hot weather plus there is the benefit of no ticks, mosquitos and deer flies.

    Also easier to sleep as we don’t have AC. The only thing I disliked about winter was driving and I don’t to worry about that any longer as I now work full time from home.

  89. I live in Minneapolis and grew up in Sioux Falls SD. I absolutely love winter!! Why? Because I play in the snow- make snow forts, snow angels and snowmen! I ice skate on the frozen lakes and cross country ski our many many groomed trails right in the metro area. I have great winter gear…layering is key…and I have 4wheel drive. I am 54 and never could imagine retiring to a warm climate. Cheers( with some hot tea!)

  90. When I was a military advisor in Vietnamese Nam the temperature dropped down to the upper 50s to low 60s for a couple of days. The VN sure bundled up. Dis not know they had pile lined field jackets?

  91. I like the cold. It’s bracing. Skiing is good when it’s around 25 degrees because the snow is better. Some people like spring skiing but I’m not a fan of skiing in slush.
    The coldest cold I’ve ever enjoyed was once when we overnighted in West Yellowstone on the way to go skiing in Jackson. The temp got down to -52 (52 degrees below zero). Nobody’s car would start, including ours. We put on warm clothes and went for a walk. It was a gorgeous day.

  92. I absolutely love the cold and would much rather be cold than hot….. I too have some (a 30% amount) of Scandinavian ancestry – my friends call me the Black Viking (ha,ha)!

  93. I missed the cold and snow in the few years I didn’t live in it. It’s invigorating and Beautiful in the Rockies in the winter. But just getting back from a tropical vacation and returning to below zero And snow….hmmmm, I’ll take the tropics!

  94. I’ve always loved the cold and been completely heat intolerant. Those crisp fall days walking through the woods are some of my best memories.

  95. I live in upstate N.Y. Right on Lake Ontario. We got cold winds and lake effect snow. We really don’t get concerned about snow until we start measuring it in feet. I love going out snowshoeing when it’s at its nastiest! There’s something about being out there in it! Ice fishing is another great pastime that makes you feel primal! I love that we get all the seasons!

  96. I love your Sunday reflections! This one was no exception.

    I am one of those who suffered horribly from the cold for most of my life. I could not seem to generate enough body heat to stay warm even in the best winter gear. Living in Canada that’s robbed me of about 6 months of enjoyment each year. That is, until I got a dog.

    Once going for a walk was a daily event I developed a greater tolerance to the cold. I am still quite possibly the most ridiculously bundled person outdoors in inclement weather, but I no longer suffer from it. Sometimes I even get warm enough to open the jacket or remove the scarf. And now the sweetest part of my daily routine is that midmorning long walk, weekend hike, or evening stroll outside. I even look forward to the crisp winter air. It never fails to pick up the spirits and get me feeling more limber.

    I now enjoy the snow and cold weather immensely.

    Thanks for another great Sunday with Sisson!

  97. Winter Weather
    Even going through a flare right now, I made myself go outside after we had 8″ of snow and move. Played like a kid with my dogs, sled, made snow angels etc… It does feel good to be outside and have the cold air hit your face. Simple pleasures bring on healing.

  98. Thank you for mentioning the other extreme. I had friends on the south side of Chicago who complained when there were not many 100+ degree days in the summer–now I begin to understand what was behind the complaint.

  99. I always laugh at others ideas of cold. Cold is -40 or below. It was hovering at the freezing mark yesterday and we were out skating without jackets it was so warm. Living in a climate where winter lasts 6+ months a year, you have to learn to embrace the cold. I go outside daily, no matter how cold it is (even when it is in the -50′ C’s with the wind chill). With enough layers you stay warm enough as long as you are moving. I don’t mind the cold as much as how long it takes to get ready to go outside (so many layers), and how dark it is (dark until 9 am and dark again by 5 pm).

  100. Totally agree! My husband and I work remotely so a couple of years ago we became young empty nesters and decided to travel full time. After living in Northern California all our lives (both of us traveled for work all over), we wanted to really experience other parts of the country . One of our favorite stays was on a barrier island in south Florida for ( it was our longest stay (stayed for short periods of time in over 40 states so far) and fell in love as we have always loved the beach life. But we soon noticed how much we missed the mountains and skiing and wearing cute sweaters. This winter we are in Colorado for a few winter months… to try it out. It’s absolutely beautiful but I’m not convinced this is for us on a regular basis yet. I love all the seasons NorCal offered but it’s not the only state to have everything. We won’t move back to California as it’s just too out of control for so many reasons now and we are getting used to having more of our earned income in our pocket now.

  101. I live in the Mountains of So Cal. and love it win it snows and I get outside to shovel it

  102. Is it just me or is this the 3rd week where the link goes to the same Weekly Link Love blog post?

    Just seems weird.

  103. I lived in MI for 28 years and in CA many more than that. Your comment about people in CA bundling up when temps drop below 60 made me smile. When I first moved to CA from MI, I used to be slack jaw to notice what you describe. I would be out in shorts and sleeveless tops. But then I realized our wonderful bodies acclimate to the climate we live in, and within a couple short years, I was dressing for ‘the cold’.

  104. I grew up in Montreal and loved Winter- as a kid I remember moving snow to cover exposed grass when it began melting in late March. Still need the cold – but not for as long 😉

  105. I take a cold shower, 1 minute as cold as I can make it every morning after my workout. I don’t like it but figure I don’t get out in the cold enough. And for one minute for the benefits it is supposed to bring well worth it. I do take my kids outside sledding as we have snow now but I have warm clothes on so don’t feel the cold much. Maybe I should skip the heavy jacket next time:)

  106. My mother lived to be 97, just 2 mo. short of her 98th birthday. Born in Illinois, her ancestors came from Switzerland, Germany, France etc. In her later years we tried to get her to move to warmer climates near us; she refused. For as long as I can remember she said, “I am convinced it is healthier to live in a place where you can experience all of the seasons.” She lived what she believed.

  107. Thought about this yesterday as I went to the gym for an “outdoor only” session because of restrictions. It was 45 degrees and the cloudy sky turned into short-lived rain and then constant sprinkling. As you can imagine, at the first droplets people abandoned ship and went home. I stuck it out, thinking my Grok ancestors would likely be doing a lot more moving, building, hunting or migrating in less-than-ideal weather. Doing another round today, alone with an outdoor hike despite the call for rain.

  108. I greet the morning outdoors on my deck, winter and summer. Right now, I bundle up in fleece and down and have my morning tea out there, write in my journal, sketch a little…usually for 15 minutes to a half an hour. You’re right it DOES feel great and I’m quite acclimated.

  109. I love the cold weather as well as the warm. I’m originally from Arizona, but currently live in Northern Utah and my genes are from the cold northern parts of Europe and Scandinavia. The nice thing about where I am In Utah is that we usually get four distinct seasons. Plus, it’s not too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, here. I enjoy the summer, but when winter rolls around, I’m ready for the cold. I love the change of seasons and always look forward to the different times of year here in Utah. Cold is refreshing to me and warm is rejuvenating.

  110. I LOVE the four seasons. I lived in Florida for a brief period of time and it did not feel natural for my body at all. It was north Florida and even though there was colder weather, it did not include snow (nothing like a good snow angel). I now live in Colorado, where winter is the longest season and I wouldn’t want to change that! Cold equals high energy for me.

  111. I’m of Nordic heritage and lived for decades in states with Winter (SD, CO, MT), plus many trips to Iceland, Norway, Alaska, Nepal… Yet now I live in mild Puget Sound (rarely below 40 degrees). I miss the crisp winter mornings, but I don’t miss sllpping and falling on ice and snow, or the dangers of driving on it. It’s only an hour away when I do want it. I agree there is something Primally compelling about Winter. The Pleistocene was so long and cold, and we come from that.

  112. No stranger to cold here in northern Minnesota where if you don’t have a winter outdoor hobby you’re an outlier, and probably will go crazy for the six months+ you aren’t able to do your favorite warm-weather activity. There’s something about cold air in your lungs while ice skating, ice fishing, skiing, sledding, etc. that makes you feel alive. Even at wind chills of 40 below.

    One of my New Year’s resolutions is to only take cold showers the entire year. Never turn the dial warm. Something about that terror before I get in and satisfaction after I get out makes me think I may never stop doing it.

  113. I grew up in southern California. My husband is from NY. We moved to Maine in 1980 so I have been here longer than I was in CA. The cold didn’t bother me too much when I was young. Even when I was middle-aged I ran, cross-country skied, and biked when there wasn’t snow on the ground (I have ridden in 28-degree weather). I swam in cold lake water all summer long (yes I did wear a wetsuit.) I loved the beauty of being outside in the winter and snowshoeing in the woods with snow everywhere. I also work at an indoor pool and spend my life being cold and wet. But now I feel the cold more than I did even 10 years ago. My ankles don’t like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the local snowmobile trails anymore. My idea of heaven is to never be cold. Maybe that is wrong but it seems I have spent my life being cold. I am getting tired of it. Shoveling the driveway or fixing a broken snowblower – or even changing a flat bike tire is hard with frozen numb fingers. Maybe I will get tired of warm weather but I am moving south to retire. If I miss the cold I will swim and then ride (which is awesome here in the summer), take a late-night or early morning walk or ride, or just take a cold shower.

  114. As regards getting out in the cold and laughing at the Angelenos bundling up when the temp goes sub-60: Yes. I’m from the midwest, and I now live in Florida because I am not a fan of snow. But I will note, regarding modes of dress and weather, that most of the time in Florida we have to dress for jungle survival. We’re in shorts and tank tops or whatever minimum cover will keep us from getting arrested. And frankly, that s**t gets old. Consider the possibility, when you see Floridians and Californians in their puffer coats or fluffy sweaters or colorful scarves or Ugg boots when it’s barely below balmy, that we’re not dressing like that because we have to. We are dressing like that because we CAN.

  115. I miss cold too! It might be a Maine thing. I plan winter snow vacations and like to bundle up and be outside. I sleep better. I’m in New Orleans now with sun and palm trees but as soon as Covid is over I’m heading someplace snowy.

  116. Love the article Mark and can relate to
    Missing the cold here in Texas. I share in the Scandinavian genealogy and crave cold and I climate weather come September/ October in Texas. Thankfully we have 2- 3 months where it chills down and our pool is a true cold plunge!

    Thanks for the great work you and the team do and we’ll send some cold
    Weather your way!

  117. I live in Seattle and I feel the same as you except I crave heat and outdoor warmth. Getting rained on in 38-50 degree weather gets old.I lived in Cal until I was 8. Tucson seems pretty nice right about now.

  118. I can’t stand the cold. It’s like I can’t defrost. I need the heat to warm up to get me going and love the sweat and humidity. I am an Aussie but I find that I’m the only one I know like this.

  119. Grew up in Massachusetts. I hate the cold. That’s why I live in Florida. But I have tried to get used to it. I will take a cold shower and even get in the cold pool during the winter based on what Whim Hof recommends. It really is probably healthy to experience the extremes.

  120. I’m a Tennessee girl born and bred and I love the cold. I absolutely detest our summers and think I should have been born in Maine or somewhere up North.

  121. I embrace it. I hunt for good do it’s guaranteed in New England! I e endured hours in a tree bucking single digit temps. Watched the sun come up and felt the warmth as it hits your face snd then your body. Watched it set from the same place and feel the cold increase as it sets. Nothing like watching the woods come Clive in the dawn.

  122. In the spirit of what Wim Hof, would say, we have become soft.
    Lost touch with that, which would keep us strong and healthy.
    His deep breathing and cold exposure will continue to prove we have the ability to heal ourselves.
    Love you Mark. Thx as always for what you bring to the table.

  123. I agree. Love the cold and snow. We had more snow in southwest PA in December than all last year. Had a white Christmas which is always good. Do not like the gray, non snowy 40-50 degrees in mid winter. Give me colder, snowier weather any day.

  124. My Scandinavian roots crave the cold now and then, too! In fact, a walk on a brisk, sunny day is the healthiest feeling in the world. I love breathing in the cold air on my face, as long as the rest of me is comfortably warm with the right gear, of course! Winter outdoor activity is the best hidden secret, you just have to get out there!

  125. I must confess I prefer summer over winter. BUT I do in fact prefer to have winter each year. All this 70 year old wants right now is a sled as we got rid of all of ours years ago. But this last snowstorm was mixed with ice and boy oh boy I bet I could really fly down our icy hills! Had a good laugh when my 3 year old grandsons called to tell me about the snowman they had built but before mom could take a picture Hunter murdered the snowman. Perrin was quite a storyteller today! I took 3 walks in our winter wonderland today. I would rather walk outside in the icy snow instead of walking on the treadmill anyway.

  126. There is nothing like cold weather. I am from Northern Maine and love the fall and winter. In fact I prefer the cold and am out in it as much as possible.

  127. New England is rife with New Year’s Day ocean plunges. We get it and do it. ?

  128. I live in northern Ontario (the true North, about six hours north of Toronto) and I know exactly what you mean. I’m not crazy about how short our days get, in terms of daylight hours (compared to the summer months) but I embrace the cold. I have gone snowshoeing in the sunshine at -30C and gone running in a windchill of -37C. We dig dead brush and downed trees out of the snow and build fires until the snow just gets too deep. We had a beauty of a fire just yesterday. Our winters are getting milder, it’s been barely below zero (Celsius) this past week, but that is unusual. However, gone are the days of the six-week ‘cold snap’ of temps in the -40s that I clearly recall as a child. That IS a long, cold snap. We generally have snow from mid-November til mid- to late-April and you might as well get out there and enjoy it! I often think of my Scottish ancestors and consider what life would have been like for them, that what we do for ‘fun’ they had to do to survive. I love the challenge, sure beats sitting on the couch wishing winter away.

  129. Hi Mark; hubby & I love feeding the deer & wild turkeys corn & apples on our property as we hike outdoors in the snow & cold ?. Love the temperature extremes… man against the elements ??

  130. I grew up in Maine and am lucky to still live here. I too remember swimming in the cold ocean watered a youth, way too late into September ( hurricanes= great surf! Remember??) and only retreating when I began to turn blue. Swear I have Reynauds from those days?. But to this day, (I’m 61 now) I do love the cold months. We have endless xc ski trails throughout the state now, and as always, the downhill skiing, and snowshoeing anywhere but Ilove it on the carriage roads of Acadia NP.
    I just keep thinking it would be so nice to have a sauna?? Then I could roll in the snow to cool off???

  131. Hi Mark, My husband and I are fortunate enough to live in beautiful Bozeman, Montana. We LOVE the snow and the cold. Some of our favorite mountain hikes have been on trails blanketed in snow with temps in the teens or twenties. It could be a blue-bird day or during falling snow. Either way there is something really uplifting about the experience. Happy New Year! Beth

  132. Funny you should mention it. We live in Central Alberta and experience cold but I like it. Tonight I stepped out on our upper deck which overlooks the pond and park. In my bare feet! I love the shock of cold while I wait for the dog. So not for too long. But just enough to tingle the senses.

  133. I love the cold and as a Wim Hof Instructor and practitioner, I get into it every day. I have built myself a permanent ice bath so its 36 degrees 12 month of the year 24*7… I also walk every day in limited clothing whether its 100 degrees of 20 degrees… it is critical for our health and our immune system.

  134. Enjoyed the post about cold weather. I am from Johannesburg – South Africa, our summers get to about 92, I prefer much cooler weather. Cold days during our winters is about 50, the locals start packing on thick clothing here from anywhere below 60. Did genealogy test, my ancestors also from Nordic region. Best holidays have been in cold European winters, would love to visit the arctic on a Eco holiday sometime.

  135. It’s intuitive that our genetic code takes into account living in cold weather, as our ancestors predated the discovery of fire. I do cryotherapy twice a week, to shock my system and “exercise” those survival mechanisms coded in my genes. I may not fully understand why it’s good, but intuition and the primal principles assure me that it is.

  136. I love the cold and I love snow! There – I said it and I own it! Most people cringe and think of snow as a four letter word.

    There is something so beautiful about the snow quietly falling on a still cold winter’s night while you are watching from the comfort of your cozy warm home.

    Thank you so much for your posts! I love that you post about all aspects of a healthy life and not just about food. It really is all about balance and living a well-rounded life!

  137. A scene comes to my mind. I live in Italy and every year at Easter it makes me laugh to see the German tourists wearing T-shirts as they skillfully maneuver in the crowds with their ice cream cones piled high while the Italian women are still wearing fur coats, clutching them tightly to their chests! Believe me it makes for a good laugh!

  138. My son and his wife own Dogwood Forest School run on our 57 acres of forested property in Ontario. Children attend outdoor school weekly throughout the year experiencing all elements of nature. They build resilience and a true connection to our natural world. Winter is especially exciting bringing snow and animal tracks.
    I personally look forward to snowshoe season. A daily rejuvenating hike with the dogs and often my granddaughter on my back.

  139. I have a love/hate relationship with weather extremes. My friend repeats the mantra to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It has grown on me to the point where I seek out the extremes. So I find myself taking on a ride on the Assault Bike when its 99F and humid, or series of 400m sprints when its below 20, or pushups and burpees in the heavy rain. It can be paradoxically miserable and awesome at the same time.
    Standing in my office cubicle and staring at a computer screen for 8-10 hours a day is damaging to the soul and I find myself craving the real, the visceral, the uncomfortable as an antidote to this virtual world. I say bring on the extremes, it reminds me that I am human!

  140. I love the cold, within limits, lol. Likely because I lived in L.A. for the first 53 years of my life. I’ve been in Southern Oregon since that time and love the change of season, rainy and snowy days, and cooler temps. Love going outside for a brisk walk when it’s cooler.

  141. Re:this Sunday’s question
    No, I don’t like the cold! I’m a 5th generation Floridian who loves the heat and humidity. Tried living in Colorado for awhile and hated it in winter.

    By the way, what happened to the Weekly Link Love? All I’m seeing lately are recycled blog posts

  142. I don’t like the cold weather-like, at all! And I live in Green Bay, WI. I can never get warm enough in the winter; even inside. So, I don’t venture outside in the winter.
    I always thought it must be related to our ancestors and would love to have a study done on that. My mom was from GA and I always say that I have 1/2 southern blood and that’s why I love summertime.

  143. I’m a very white skinned person in Western Australia. I know I’m feral. It’s summer right now, it distresses me. I have to hide from November to the end of March, at least. It’s very limiting and upsetting: lockdown every year.

  144. First link: I guess there is a reason why the lowercase greek letter for omega looks like balls… ?

  145. Living in Miami, we are having our “cold spell” at 55 degrees it feels very cold here! I like it for a few weeks, but like the temp to be warmer. Around 70 would work for me! I know people up North are freezing! And laugh at us down here when we complain! LOL!

  146. I grew up up Jindabyne New South Wales Australia. Skiing in winter in our mountains, tobogganing and having fun in the cold. Temperatures ranged between 24 F to 42 F. I now live in Sydney and try to go back there in winter because I love the cold weather. I know what your talking about. Thanks for the blog snd tour book which have contributed to improving my 4 Pillars over the last 2 years. I’m a convert to ketogenic and primal life style ????

  147. My hiking buds-all in our 60’s say Snowing, Blowing and Cold time for a hike. We love it outside when it’s showing winters show.
    This morning 8 mile walk!

  148. As an Aussie I feel I must remind people again – Skippy the Bush Kangaroo is NOT a documentary 🙂

    Kangaroos communicate by first, eating all your rose bushes, secondly, eating all your vegetable plants that the birds and possums haven’t ALREADY eaten, then thirdly, by balancing back on their tail and kicking you in the chest with both powerful hind legs.

  149. I live in Illinois. We dont get the snow I remeber from my youth but we do get the cold. I enjoy being outside walking the dog or rucking feeling the cold on your face. You just feel alive.