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Archive for July, 2008

31 Jul

Weekend Backsliding?

Researchers say Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most productive days of the week. Monday tends to be “recovery” day from the weekend, and the rest of the week, well, we’re often coasting along waiting for the weekend to arrive, aren’t we? (Ah, the lure of the weekend: the free time, the social activities, special occasions, […]

31 Jul

How to Make Your Own Jerky

In the modern world it’s hard to get more “primal” than dried meat. Consider it one of Grok’s many talents and culinary achievements. Jerky is essentially strips of lean meat that have marinated and dried. The result? Tasty, rich, salty and pumped with about twice the protein gram per gram of regular “hydrated” meat. To […]

31 Jul

Calling All 30-Day Primal Health Challenge Participants!

Yesterday marked the end of the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. Don’t fret! You don’t have to fall back in to your old ways. Take a moment to reflect on all that you accomplished (weight lost, resolve strengthened, muscle gained) as well as the difficulties faced (the midnight cravings and peer pressure from co-workers you gave […]

30 Jul

The Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan

Do the Math In my recent Context of Calories post, I explained how the different macronutrients we eat at each meal (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) have different effects in the body. I suggested that, despite their raw calorie values, it’s far more important to get a lasting intuitive sense of how much of each macronutrient […]

29 Jul

10 Classic DIY Salad Creations

To honor National Salad Week (seriously… ) we’ve devised a list of our top 10 all-time favorite – and Mark’s Daily Apple-approved – salad recipes…

28 Jul

Should We Allow Drugs in Sports?

Dear Mark, I know you used to be involved in triathlon sports administration. I see so much written about “banned substances” and “cheating” going on in the world of professional sports these days, especially with the Olympics looming. What do you make of all this? Ray Ray, my position hasn’t changed on this issue in […]

27 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 8

Fitsugar has a plan that will have you doing 100 push-ups in only 6 weeks. Gearing up for a vacation? Blogger A Hearty Life profiles a study suggesting that a trip isn’t just good for the mind, it actually improves the heart! Arthur DeVany posts a cute cartoon with a not-so-cute message about our future. […]

26 Jul

National Salad Week

National Salad Week officially began yesterday. If you are a regular reader here you know that salads are at the core of the Primal Blueprint diet. So to celebrate this momentous occasion we encourage you to whip up some fancy salad creations today, this week and the rest of your life for health and well-being! […]

25 Jul

Smart Fuel: Sweet Peppers

Sweet peppers aren’t just useful for adding a little pizzazz to your salad, eggs, soups or casseroles (is there no end to their talent?) they’re also a serious smart fuel. To start, sweet peppers are an excellent source of both vitamin C and vitamin A, providing more than 200% and 100%, respectively, of recommended daily […]

24 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Week 3 Results

Congratulations to everyone who is participating in the Primal Challenge. If you have any questions or would like to connect with other challenge participants hit us up with a comment. Here is a brief synopsis of our more vocal challenge particpants’ results for week 3 followed by their own full accounts: Nkem: Stayed the course […]

23 Jul

The Prison Workout

The Prison Workout. New idea? Nah. It’s been around as long as there has been anyone locked up that is looking to stay in shape. Still compelling? Absolutely. Here is MDA’s take on why we think it is worth another look, along with our own variations on this classic routine. Why We Can Appreciate the […]

23 Jul

Relaxation Response

In the last few months we’ve been highlighting new research that illustrates the power of individuals to influence their genetic expression through basic lifestyle choices, whether through diet, exercise, or avoidance of pollution. The message, as always, is that we aren’t passive victims to aging or any propensities in our genetic heritage. How we live […]

22 Jul

10 Delicious DIY Salad Dressings

Last week we gave you Mark’s 2 Minute Salad recipe and while we learned that many of you are already heartily digging into a big bowl of the good stuff each day (or Kitchen Sink/Really Righteous/Primal salad as various readers have dubbed it) there was still a question as to how to dress your salad […]

21 Jul

Dear Mark: Best Fruit Choices

Dear Mark, Right now there are so many kinds of fruit in season at the local farmers’ market. I know that we should limit fruit consumption and that some fruits offer more nutrition and higher antioxidants than others. I live alone and can’t afford to fill my small fridge with 20 different kinds of produce, […]

21 Jul

High Fat and Healthy: The Maasai Keep on Walking

Reader Peter emailed this new study today after he saw a discussion in which I was participating on Rusty’s site (fitnessblackbook.com) regarding the Maasai diet. Investigators in this new study suggested that one reason that the Maasai (African nomadic cattle farmers) have lower rates of heart disease, despite a high fat diet, is the amount […]

20 Jul

Sleep More to Forget Less

A study presented this week at the Forum of European Neuroscience conference in Geneva, Switzerland suggests that a good night’s sleep can improve memory. For the study, researchers from the University of Geneva in Switzerland enlisted 32 volunteers to each learn a new skill, such as following a moving dot on a computer screen using […]

19 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 7

Every weekend we bring you some of our favorite health related content from around the net. But first, check out a piece Mark wrote for Fitness Black Book titled Why We Need Meat. Almost Vegetarian this week celebrated the FDA’s lifting of the tomato warning by handing us a new info for the once-exiled food. […]

18 Jul

Budget Eating Recipes

Sure, you want to save money at the market, but how does that translate to the dinner table? Here are just a few options (among so many) for serving up healthy food without breaking the bank. No need to concoct strange dishes no one recognizes. These are tried and true meals that show up among […]

18 Jul

How to Eat Healthy and Save Money

In the last several weeks we’ve served up budget tips (and you’ve shared great suggestions and discussion) all in the interest of making the PB diet more affordable. It’s tough times out there (still), but it shouldn’t keep us from living the healthiest life possible. Actually, tightening the grocery belt might even have its benefits. […]

17 Jul

Fat-Oxidation Damage Control

Earlier this week we watched Mark make his signature salad: a veritable cornucopia of vegetable wonder (and anti-oxidant powerhouse). We’ve also heard Mark talk about his personal penchant for a good glass of red wine (another bearer of anti-oxidant goodness). It seems we primal types can’t get enough of those polyphenols, can we? And, wouldn’t […]

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