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22 Sep

Dear Mark: High Uric Acid and Gout; From Vegetarian to Primal Without a Gallbladder

iStock 000024843539SmallFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m covering two questions. First, what’s the deal with really, really high uric acid levels? Assuming a person is fit with good body composition, feels good, and has no complaints, are they still worrisome? Can they still lead to gout? Maybe. Read on. And then I cover a question on the best way to transition from vegetarian to Primal. If that seems fairly standard, there’s a little wrinkle: the potential convert has no gallbladder.

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21 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 314

weekend link love2For everyone that’s been inquiring, this year’s annual 21-Day Challenge is postponed to January 1. Check back in 2015 to take part in the next challenge. I’ve got some fun stuff planned.

Check out the trailer for a great new movie – Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat. It comes out October 1 and features a who’s who of obesity and nutrition experts.

Pure Food. Pure Training. is a colorful interactive iBook with delicious recipes, videos, functional fitness workouts and tips on how to integrate a Primal lifestyle into your daily life. The author, Romy Dollé, joined us at PrimalCon Tulum and lives with her family in Zurich, Switzerland. I highly recommend checking it out.

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20 Sep

Primal Celery Root Lasagna

Lasagna2If lasagna is comfort food that you just can’t quit thinking about, then pull out that lasagna pan because this recipe is going to make you really happy. Even the most carb-addicted, pasta-loving person you know will be hard pressed to admit that this Primal lasagna isn’t delicious. This lasagna is the real deal – minus the noodles, of course.

In place of noodles are thin sheets of celery root, a vegetable with a mild flavor and tender texture that does a fine job of impersonating a lasagna noodle. Extra scraps of celery root are pureed with butter to give the lasagna a creamy middle, no ricotta or béchamel sauce needed. This recipe isn’t completely dairy-free though, because if you’ve been really craving lasagna, then a cheese-free version just isn’t going to cut it. However, if you don’t do dairy no matter what, then you can use this recipe as inspiration to make a cheese-free casserole of meat and veggies layered with celery root (and let us know how it turns out).

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19 Sep

Overcoming Anxiety: I Finally Feel Comfortable in My Own Skin

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. 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!

real life stories stories 1 2I have always been a fit person. In my teens and early twenties I spent countless hours both weight lifting and performing extensive cardio routines in the gym. I worked hard in all areas of my life— juggling school, work, and an excessive fitness routine. I was young and insecure and put in two (or more) workouts per day to attain an ideal figure. I was in great shape, but over-stressed and exhausted from over-training. I had issues with reoccurring anxiety attacks as well as hypoglycemia. I was a solid 120 with great muscle definition and a low body fat percentage, but I didn’t feel healthy. I often felt weak and fatigued. By the age of 22, the pressure of work-life balance was causing issues in all aspects of my life. After visiting a physician, it was determined I should be administered anxiety medication to help my stress levels. Like most medications, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) are known to cause major side effect—one of the most common being weight gain. The medication, along with my heavy carbohydrate and low protein intake, sent my weight up by 20 lbs. At the age of 23, I weighed 140 lbs at only 5’2”.

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18 Sep

Join Us Next Week at the 5th Annual PrimalCon Oxnard!

primalcon oxnard graphic 320We’ve just finalized our room block at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort for PrimalCon Oxnard September 25-28th. We’ll have over 100 guests taking that place over and hitting the omelet bar so hard every morning they won’t know what hit them! I grabbed just a couple extra rooms at our incredible discount rate (starting $159/night), and the rest have been released to the public at the premium summer rates of $259/nite on up. So, if you want to come to PrimalCon, contact our offices immediately (888-774-6259 or 310317-4414) so we can secure you a suite at the resort and a ticket.

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