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Archive for June, 2008

30 Jun

Dear Mark: Ketosis

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What are ketones? How does ketosis play into the Primal Blueprint? Did our bodies evolve to run on ketones? If not, why do they exist?

Ketones, to put it briefly, are compounds created by the body when it burns fat stores for energy. When you consume a diet very low in carbohydrates, the body responds to the significantly lowered levels of blood sugar by flipping the switch to another power source. The body converts fatty acids in the liver to ketones. Ketones, then, become the main energy source as long as blood sugar levels remain low.

29 Jun

Portion Distortion

Which came first, the larger waistline or the bigger portion size? This is like one of those philosophical questions about art imitating life or the chicken/egg paradox.

28 Jun

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveA Hearty Life briefs us on a new study suggesting that our socioeconomic standing in life determines our likelihood to recover from a heart attack!

Cognitive Daily is undergoing a site redesign an invites you to weigh in on the topics you’d most like to have them blog about.

Conditioning Research evaluated a study by Canadian researchers suggesting that almonds may be the key to reducing insulin fluctuations.

Dr. Briffa tells us why we need to keep up our Vitamin D (hint: it could save your life!).

Fitness Destinations gives us 11 tips for cooking out without pigging out (a great post toread before heading out to your 4th of July celebration!).

27 Jun

The “As If” Challenge: Starter Recipes

So, you’ve decided to accept the Primal challenge. No time like the present, we say! To get you started we thought we’d share a few recipes in keeping with the “as if” challenge. No compromises or indulgences. It’s the PB diet straight up!

27 Jun

Act “As If” – A 30-Day Primal Health Challenge

calendarcopyLast week we looked at what goes into our decisions to be healthy: the hows, the wheres, the whos and whys of consideration, of envisioning and finally of commitment. It’s a decision that puts ourselves at the core, we said.

Sometimes our path to that decision is smooth. Sometimes it’s a collection of fits and starts. Usually, it’s a little of both. Progress can come with slow, steady dedication and effort. But, oftentimes, there’s at least a few experiences when we put the pedal to the metal. Whether it’s an overwhelming, positive rush of internal motivation or the insistence of an external, swift kick in the pants, these instances of hyperdrive move us forward. And, yes, even if we lose some ground afterward, we’re changed for the experience nonetheless. We’ve felt that higher level of health, whether it be fitness, nutrition, life balance, etc. Even if we give up some of the result, we know how good it was, and mark our words, you’ll eventually crave it again and be back for more.

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