Weekend Link Love – Edition 423

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Walking slows memory decline in older folks already experiencing it.

Case study: fecal transplant cures celiac.

Anxious dogs go gray.

Researchers dig through poop and find new antibiotics that reverse drug-resistance in bacteria.

Not all of the genetic material Neanderthals bequeathed to us was negative.

Spending a few hours in the mountains changes your blood cells’ ability to retain oxygen in hypoxic environments.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 139: Allan Misner: Host Elle Russ chats with Allan Misner about fitness for people over 40.

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.

Interesting Blog Posts

Does rosemary extend time?

Real women have meat (in their diet).

What happens when seven New Zealand dietitians try the paleo diet for four weeks?

How to bake bacon for a crowd.

Media, Schmedia

A group of health experts are urging British doctors to educate themselves about nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle.

A gorilla escaped from the London Zoo and, rather than head for the armory and begin a counter-sapien insurgency, drank five liters of blackcurrant syrup and probably gave himself a tummy-ache.

An elephant (just a baby, no less) shows signs of empathy, compassion, and concern for a friend. Really makes me think twice about springing for that ivory bed frame.

Everything Else

We may be creating as many species as we’re killing.

This guy really loves Bulletproof coffee.

I’m not sure what’s more unfortunate: the weed or the fact that a toddler gets an entire box of fries.

Cave paintings help researchers discover the elusive ancestor of the European bison.

OJ consumption is down.

Is reciting a tongue twister in your head just as hard as reciting it out loud?

Northern Ireland: land of giants.

An algorithm for fair cake-cutting.

Yes, that horse just ate that chicken.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Development I really want to share: I just launched the new Primal Kitchen YouTube channel. I’ve already made a few videos you might enjoy, so subscribe to stay tuned for new ones to come.

Product I’m excited about: You’ve heard me talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting, and my friend Jimmy Moore has just published a great book on it: The Complete Guide to Fasting.

A blog post I’m reading: “Self-Stereotypes and How to Overcome Them.”

Movement I’m loving: These Daily Vitamoves mobility exercises for the thoracic spine and shoulders.

Burying the lede: Media outlets report that capuchin monkeys are making stone knives, just like ancient hominids. Midway through we learn the stone knives are accidental byproducts of the monkeys smashing quartz into mineral-rich powder to lick.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 23 – Oct 29)

Comment of the Week

No dessert unless you eat your choccoli.

– Indeed, Soupy.

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Plant screen

plant screen-1

I have transformed the IKEA SOCKER plant stand to create some privacy on my balcony.


Photo: IKEA.com

The plant stand originally has rings on it to hold the pots. I removed the rings and sawed 4 wooden boards so they would fit inside the metal construction. I made 2 holes on both ends of each board and looped tie wraps through the holes.

plant screen-2

I secured the tie wraps to the metal construction: at the top and at the bottom. Pull the tie wraps and the boards are secured, even when there’s much wind it stands tall!

~ by Esther van Beek

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Introducing The Paleo Primer: A Second Helping

pp2-320-3It’s been busy this year with the release of several new books, but there’s one that’s been under the radar that I think you’ll be especially excited about. Remember in 2013 when I published The Paleo Primer by Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore? This delightful book introduced us to paleo/primal principles in the wittiest of ways, and then dished out creatively delicious primal recipes. Well with your help it went on to enjoy global success with copies published in the UK (Ebury Publishing) and Germany (Goldmann Verlag), and it’s ranked #1 in many categories on Amazon, including Paleo Diet, Low-Carb Cooking, and Exercise and Fitness. Thankfully, Keris and Matt weren’t done, and they’ve spent the last three years perfecting even more mouthwatering, primal-approved meals. And we’ve packaged them all together in The Paleo Primer: A Second Helping!

Your second helping includes:

  • Healthy, great-tasting meals you can whip up with minimal ingredients, logistics, or preparation time.
  • Primal-friendly recipes complete with details about macronutrients, calories, and portion size.
  • The latest in nutrition science, including hot topics like gut health, the hormonal effects of food and exercise, and the Top 10 nutrition myths.
  • Further guidance to help personalize meal plans and dial in your goals for fat loss or fitness.Sure, there are a plethora of paleo and primal nutrition guides and cookbooks out there, but you know my style-I’m committed to delivering something different. And what I especially love about Keris and Matt is the relaxed, humorous, and insightful way they share their knowledge and spread the primal love.

I can’t wait for you to try some of these recipes out, so I’m giving you a sneak peek of one of my favorites:

Easy Shrimp Red Thai Curry


Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 15 Minutes


  • 1 heaping tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 1/2-inch chunk of ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp hot chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 red chili, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, cut long ways and bashed with a rolling pin
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 lb (500 g) jumbo shrimp
  • 2 cups (500 ml) coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • Celtic Sea or Himalayan Pink salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lb (200 g) bean sprouts


1. Heat the coconut oil in a large pan, wok, or a casserole dish, and then add the ginger, garlic, scallions, paprika, chili, and cinnamon before stirring and cooking for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add the pepper, red chili, tomato purée, lemongrass stalks, zest of lime, and shrimp, and stir well, coating the shrimp in the tomato purée and spices. Then cook for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add the coconut cream, fish sauce, and salt and pepper and stir well. Simmer for about 3 minutes before adding the bean sprouts and simmering for another 2 minutes.

4. Serve with some white rice or cauliflower rice or just enjoy on its own as we did. We actually wilted some spinach into this at the end, so feel free to give it a try, too, for some added nutrients!

While you’re cooking, take advantage of the bonus items I’m throwing in for the book launch.

Buy a copy of The Paleo Primer: A Second Helping on Amazon before October 19th, submit your receipt, and you’ll get:

  • $10 coupon for any product on PrimalBlueprint.com
  • Digital download of the Primal Kitchen Mayo eCookbook


The Paleo Primer: A Second Helping retails for $11.74 on Amazon, so the $10 gift certificate almost covers the cost. With the $10 off coupon to PrimalBlueprint.com, you can grab some PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Avocado Oil to add some extra superfood flare to the recipes in the book.

If you’re stocked up on avocado oil, then consider buying a jar of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo as a must-have companion to the Primal Kitchen Mayo eCookbook, which is full of delicious side dishes to complement the main courses in The Paleo Primer: A Second Helping.

Just click here to grab your copy of The Paleo Primer: A Second Helping on Amazon and fill out this form here to get your free bonuses.

Hope you enjoy. And let me know what you think!


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BILLY boards into headboard

Materials: Old BILLY bookcases, dacron and a SANELA curtain.

Billy bookcase sides

The sides of a couple of old Billy bookcases that I did not need anymore was cut with a jigsaw to fit the width of the bed (160 cm). They were attached to one another with brackets and screws.

Billy bookcase into headboard

A smaller piece of the rear side of the Billy bookcase was also used. Both where covered with dacron and then a Sanela curtain was attached with a staple gun.

The result – The headboard placed behind the bed.

Billy bookcase into headboard

~ by Cecilie Utnes Hansen

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How to do a crackled paint MALM dresser makeover

Crackled paint drawers

I used a special technique to give the plain IKEA MALM a new life. The Crackled paint technique does not use any special paint. It uses white glue layered with paint to create the amazing textured look.

1. I gave the entire dresser a light sand with the 150 grit sanding block and wiped away all the sanding dust.

2. I painted the entire dresser with a plain gray paint

3. Now the fun starts! Its time to use the white glue crackled paint technique! I poured glue onto the drawer and spread it across.

Spread the paint over the glue

4. After impatiently waiting for 2 minutes for the skin to form, I poured the gray paint little by little and spread it out using a foam brush. It was fairly easy to spread it out with a light hand.

5. Watch it dry!

6. To add more dimension and enhance the crackled finish, I used a metallic cream to coat the drawers.

Metallic cream application

7. I added some crystal knobs because bling is not complete without diamonds. We have the crackled paint dresser ready!

The Final Dresser is a completely transformed piece!

How to do a crackled paint MALM dresser makeover

How to do a crackled paint MALM dresser makeover

More details, full source list and step by step pictures on my blog.

~ by Anika

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The Mindfulness of Social Photo Sharing

By Leo Babauta

This week I took a jaunt into the wilderness, and came across such jaw-dropping scenery that my first instinct was to take a picture and share it with everyone I knew.

Then I realized I didn’t have Internet in the Sierra Nevadas, so I just stared at it instead. And wondered.

I’m as prone to social photo sharing as anyone else. I don’t have Instagram or Facebook, but I like to share photos with friends and family on Whatsapp and Snapchat (future readers, those are social sharing apps – in your day I’m guessing they’re called Shizap and FlooPowder). So I don’t judge anyone for wanting to share a photo on Instagram – I understand the urge. We all want to share pics of our awesome vacation, cuddly pets and lovely meals.

But what is this urge based on? And can we bring mindfulness into the process?

As I trudged through pine forests and over granite boulders, I wondered about the urge to share:

  • Why is this moment not enough, without the need to share?
  • Do I just want to brag, or is there a good-hearted motivation there too?
  • What am I so afraid of, that I can’t refrain from sharing?

I pledged to be mindful of my urge to share, and stay with this urge whenever I noticed it. Which was at least hourly over the two days I was hiking.

Here’s what I learned.

Banning the phone can help. By not allowing myself to take my phone out every time I had the urge to share something beautiful … I had no outlet for this urge. It caused me to feel a bit helpless at first. Then I started to stay with the urge. What was causing it? What did it feel like, physically in my body? What fears were coming up? What good-hearted intentions could I find?

By not giving myself an outlet, I allowed myself to explore with curiosity.

We want ourselves to look awesome. We’re social animals, so it makes sense that we want to look good in the eyes of others. We want them to think we’re living good lives, that we’re exploring the outdoors or traveling to new places or somehow finding a sense of awe in our lives. Photo sharing is a way of sharing that sense of awe, but also to let others know that we are awesome for finding these awe-inspiring moments.

I’m not saying anything bad about this desire to look good to others. Some might judge it, but I think it’s natural and normal. We wouldn’t be who we are if we didn’t have this desire, and those who say they don’t have the desire are probably not being honest with themselves. So what if we have this urge?

But what we can also realize is that we don’t need this. We can find happiness without having to show others how great we are. Of course, I’m negating that very statement by writing a blog post about it, so take this all with a grain of salt!

We want our friends and loved ones to enjoy it too. We made an amazing discovery … and we want other people to be inspired by this awesomeness. We want them to have this awesomeness in their lives. They might get so excited they’ll travel to this place too! And that is a good-hearted desire, this wanting to give what we’ve found to others.

I know I have been inspired by other people sharing their stories, travels, adventures with me. I’ve found good information from what they’ve shared. I’ve even been moved to travel to these places myself. So there’s good-heartedness there, and it is helpful. Still, there are others who are bothered by all the good things people share – they feel that it’s some sort of bragging, and might feel jealousy. It’s worth contemplating what kind of effect your sharing might have.

This moment is entirely enough. If you come across a gorgeous forest of pine trees, it can feel so amazing that you feel a need to share it. Why? Why do we need to add the act of sharing to the already great moment? What I forced myself to reflect on, as I ran into these breath-taking scenes, was whether the moment was already enough without the sharing. And it was. Repeatedly.

We can enjoy this moment without sharing it with anyone. We can appreciate it for all its beauty without needing anyone else to do so too. We can be alone in our appreciation, without needing someone to join us. It might feel incomplete without sharing it, but it’s not. It’s complete and wonderful just as it is.

Sharing is a way to deal with the overwhelming feeling of excitement. When we find a majestic view of mountains in the sunset … it can be so lovely, so moving … that we feel the need to deal with this overwhelming feeling somehow. When we share a photo, this is our way of coping with this feeling that overwhelms us. I couldn’t share it with anyone, so sometimes I would yell out loud in joy.

But other times I would just turn inward and notice this overwhelming feeling of joyfulness. I noticed how strong the feeling was, and how strong was my urge to deal with it in some way. How do we deal with powerful feelings? By taking action, usually. What if we just stayed with the feelings, noticed how they feel, faced them with courage, explored them with curiosity? This is harder than most people realize, but doable.

And what happens when we stay with the feelings … is that we realize we can handle them, without needing to take action. We can find the courage to stay. We can just sit and do nothing. It’s a brave way to live, this facing without running.

I’m not advocating you stop sharing. I’m not a technology-phobe. I am simply recommending inserting a dose of mindfulness into the process.

Note: If you’d like to dive into mindfulness, check out my Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness here.