Friday, February 22, 2019

Weekly Link Love—Edition 17

Research of the Week

Self-expanding activities increase sexual desire in long-term couples.

Why you’re so naked and sweaty.

New isotope analysis reveals that Neanderthals were mostly carnivorous.

Alzheimer’s can’t touch musical memories.

We have a 7th sense—the link between the brain and the immune system.

Why the zebra got his stripes.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 313: Carrie Forrest: Host Elle Russ chats with Carrie Forrest, a thyroid cancer survivor and host of the Clean Eating for Women podcast.

Episode 314: Keto: Choosing Carbs Wisely (Especially for Kombucha and Chocolate): Host Brad Kearns gives his take on the best carb sources to spend your glucose on.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Media, Schmedia

Don’t do this.

Remember the CRISPR babies from last year? Turns out that obscure gene the scientist deleted—CCR5, most notably involved in resistance to AIDS—also happens to affect cognitive function.

Interesting Blog Posts

Here’s what exactly a health coach can do for you. Double that if it’s a Primal Health Coach.

The utility of genetic tests for people with autism.

Social Notes

I appeared on the Onnit Podcast with Kyle Kingsbury to talk about my mission.

Everything Else

Belarusian man beats muscle-up world record with 26 in a row.

American man unofficially beats a world record by running 10 marathons in 10 days, averaging under 3 hours for each.

Another American man trounces them all, finishing the 2,181 mile-long Appalachian Trail in 45.5 days while carrying a 25 pound pack and completely supporting himself (no team following along with food and shelter). For a great film about the previous record holder, watch this.

I wonder if they still say “namaste.”

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Good advice for those who need it: How Jocko Willink recommends you get yourself to get out of bed when you don’t feel like it.

Finding I found interesting: Psychology’s research replication crisis just got worse.

I’m totally unsurprised: High-fat diet (that’s actually also high-carb and also the fat comes from soybean oil) destroys microbial diversity in the gut. “Move away from high-fat diets,” indeed.

A film project I’m supporting because it’s that important: Diana Rodger’s Sacred Cowa film (actually, now a docuseries) about meat and environmental sustainability that promises to counter the overwhelming barrage of vegan anti-meat propaganda. We need this.

This is jarring: Gymnastics in the 1950s alongside gymnastics in 2016. Bonus: Banned skills in gymnastics.

Question I’m Asking

What’s your mission?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 17 – Feb 23)

Comment of the Week

“Increase ferritin with an iron man and an iron pan. That’s Mark’s iron plan.”

– Pretty catchy, Clank.

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Snow Day, Spring Day

We woke up on Wednesday morning to a lovely blanket of snow. Unfortunately it was the worst kind of snow day because shortly after sunrise the precipitation switched to a mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain, so it was too gross out to do any fun sledding. I’m hoping this was our last snow day of the year because yesterday was 60 degrees and spring like outside, but we will probably get 2 feet in March. That’s how this season goes.

They actually called off school the night before, so I found it funny when Mazen bounded into my room at 6:30 on Wednesday morning asking if he had school. I had forgotten to tell him the night before (although I turned off his alarm clock!) I said in a mean voice: “You’re late for the school bus!” and then told him I was joking. He cheered.

And lucky for us, Thomas was downstairs making Great Harvest pancakes! (He did not have a snow day but shared Mazen’s excitement for a lazy morning.)

We made fluffy slime (with shaving cream) for an activity using glow-in-the-dark glue. If you saw my story on Instagram, it was really cool!

Mazey helped me put Birch down for a nap. We left him in the crib but he started to cry and before I could jump back up Mazen ran in there and started holding his hand, singing, and showing Birch stuffed animals. It was the sweetest thing to watch!

I got in a shower during naptime. This is my new favorite sweatshirt from Stitch Fix. It zips down, so it’s breastfeeding friendly and has pockets! Also neutral gray = wardrobe colors.

Thomas came back home for lunch, and we made a double batch of tuna salad. I have just recently discovered the totally addictive Stacy’s Pita Chips. I know other people have been devouring them for years. I don’t know why I’m suddenly obsessed! They are perfect for scooping up tuna or egg salad. Also: clementines are perfection. I’m not sure I want to ever eat (or peel) any other kind of orange.

Look what arrived yesterday! I felt so bad for the nice delivery guys who carried this beast up the hill of my backyard, slipping on ice. But I was so glad that it was not delayed because assembly was scheduled for the next day. (FREE thanks to Amazon!!!) I’ll be sure to update you guys with a post on the new tread and how it compares when she’s all set up and I’ve given her a test ride!

Breakfasts

Other breakfasts this week have centered around Cinnamon Chip from Great Harvest! French toast with coconut butter and almond butter one day.

And toast with almond butter and a small leftover smoothie the next.

Lunches

Typical lunch: quiche, salad, pita chips. (I told you I can’t stop!)

Dinners

Thomas smoked a bunch of chicken on Sunday, and we’ve been eating the leftovers all week. Served on Sunday with asparagus and Instant Pot mac.

We had this salad on Tuesday with chicken, feta, chopped leftover cooked veggies, and pita chips (!!)

And this one on Thursday with kale, blue cheese, candied pecans, and peppers.

And on Wednesday, we had Mazen’s favorite: spaghetti with meat sauce!

Have a great weekend everyone! We’re escaping on a little getaway!

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