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30 Aug

The Genetics of Obesity: Are You Destined to Be Fat?

Obesity and Genetics in lineThe entire premise of the Primal Blueprint is enabling you to be the architect of your health and happiness. If we can identify the environmental triggers and selective pressures under which the human genome developed, we’ll have a great roadmap for engineering our optimal lifestyle. And for the most part, it works. Not everyone will get the exact body they desire. You won’t all lose every extra pound. I can’t guarantee a six pack or a complete eradication of baby weight. But all in all, eating and living this way seems to produce good results. You can, it seems, affect your health, body composition, and fitness.

But genes still matter. And there’s a large trove of evidence showing that a person’s genetics are really good at predicting their risk of obesity.

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29 Aug

Dear Mark: Tendon Edition

Dear Mark Tendon Edition in lineLast week, I told you how to strengthen your tendons and improve their resilience to strain and injury. You had a lot of questions in the comment section. For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering some of them. First, can Dan John’s “Easy Strength” program work for bodyweight training? Probably, and I give my suggestions on doing so. Next, what’s the deal with meniscus tears—mild ones? Can you heal them yourself? Are there any exercises that help the process? And finally, can the tendon exercises I discussed in the original post help folks with carpal tunnel syndrome?

There were some other questions about nutrition for tendon health, which I’ll cover in a future post. Don’t think I’m ignoring them.

Let’s go:

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28 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 415

Weekend Link LoveCheck out my interview with Kathy Smith. I so enjoyed watching Kathy’s daughter Kate run in the Olympic 800 meter finals in Rio this weekend!

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Research of the Week

Two years of using a standing desk at school lowers BMI in kids (and no, they weren’t six year-old bodybuilders losing lean muscle mass!).

Feared food additive carrageenan actually harmless, new study says.

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27 Aug

Greek Salad with PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Greek Vinaigrette Chicken Skewers

Greek Salad 1Grilled chicken tossed with crisp lettuce, cucumber, and red onion plus tangy cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts and olives makes an amazing Greek salad when everything is doused in PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Greek Vinaigrette.

It’s not only the zesty, herbal flavor that’s amazing. PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Greek Vinaigrette is also amazing because it’s packed with healthy and nutrient-boosting avocado oil and high-ORAC oil of oregano.

It’s shocking how many jars of bottled salad dressings are filled with ingredients that can cause weight gain, spiked blood sugar and high triglycerides. But not PRIMAL KITCHEN™ salad dressings. The Greek Vinaigrette is super-healthy and has a savory blend of Greek flavors (vinegar, oregano, coriander, marjoram, lemon) that can be used to both dress salad and marinate meat and seafood.

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26 Aug

How I Recovered from Hypothyroidism and Became My Own Best Advocate

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. This week’s featured success story was penned by Elle Russ, host of the Primal Blueprint Podcast and author of the upcoming Primal Blueprint Publishing title, The Paleo Thyroid Solution.

If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

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The first indication that something was wrong with me was in 2003, at the age of thirty, when I started my period two weeks early. Since I had experienced normal gynecological health all my life until this point, I didn’t consider it alarming, and I figured it was a fluke. I finally went to the doctor when I started bleeding again just two weeks later, and I was having worse than usual menstrual cramps. I went to my doctor and his immediate response to my symptoms was to put me on the birth control pill in order to control the bleeding (which is a classic solution, in my experience, from uninformed doctors).

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