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Archive for July, 2008

17 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Week 2 Results

Ok. I admit that this post has a ton of information. But instead of editing or paraphrasing any reader’s results (that just wouldn’t be fair!) I’ve included it all. Pick a participant or two and read them as case studies. This is just a small sample of the people that are taking the challenge (we […]

16 Jul

Unrestricted Low-Carb Diet Wins Hands Down

The New England Journal of Medicine has just come out with perhaps the most definitive comparison of low-fat, Mediterranean and low-carb diets ever, and the findings dovetail very nicely with what we’ve been discussing here recently about the merits of the Primal Blueprint. I think it also addresses some of the concerns shared about the […]

16 Jul

On the Problems of Cultivated Fruit

Though many of us here tend to frequent farmer’s markets or CSA co-ops for a lot of our regular shopping, we inevitably end up at the grocery store for a few miscellaneous things. Comparing the experiences of the market versus “super”-market has become an interesting exercise in consumer research. Besides the strange and overflowing array […]

15 Jul

2 Minute Salad

Most readers here understand the concepts behind the Primal Blueprint, but some seem to be concerned about the amount of time it must take to prepare PB-style meals every day. Nothing could be further from the truth. My 4-egg breakfast or protein shake take but a few minutes. My evening lamb-chop or grass-fed porterhouse with […]

14 Jul

Dear Mark: Low Energy on Primal Challenge

Dear Mark, I’m finding that I have low levels of energy in the evenings only. Could this be because my body is still adapting to primal living and adjusting to less carbohydrate intake? How long does this usually last? I’m also finding that after my sessions of intense Muay Thai training, I don’t have the […]

13 Jul

Weekend Link Love

Diethack proposes a junk food elimination plan that promises to slim your rear but fatten your wallet. FitSugar discusses the concept of “forced repetitions” and whether they might be right for you. InDenial Health gives us tips that’ll keep even the most unmotivated person motivated to keep working out. Laurel on Health Food discusses the […]

12 Jul

Watermelon a Natural Viagra?

A study by researchers at the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M University suggests that watermelon may act as a natural version of the erectile dysfunction (ED) drug Viagra. The Food of Lust? While researchers have always been aware of watermelon’s high citruline content, studies had suggested that the bulk of the chemical […]

11 Jul

Is All Chocolate Created Equal?

My wife and I tend to receive a lot of chocolate, usually as holiday or dinner party gifts. Friends and business associates know we’re not dessert people but that we indulge in chocolate and red wine on occasion (i.e. those Sensible Vices). As a result, I’ve gotten to try a lot of the best chocolates […]

10 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Week 1 Results

So here they are! Week 1 results from 30-Day Primal Health Challenge participants that were kind enough to send end in their stories. If you have any questions for participants, need advice or want specifics about diet and exercise hit us up with a comment. Also, if you would like your 2nd week, 3rd week […]

9 Jul

The Context of Calories

200 Calories is 200 Calories. Right? “What’s that in the road ahead?” vs. “What’s that in the road!? A head!?” Context is important. Many people think weight loss is simply about cutting calories. But context counts here, too. Calories do have context and that’s what I want to explore today. Is a calorie from fat […]

8 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Reminder

There has been an amazing response to the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. We’ve received dozens of positive emails and comments from people that are enthusiastic about acting as if they are Grok. We want to commend all participants for their efforts. Keep up the great work! Also, just a quick reminder to all participants that […]

8 Jul

Top 10 Summer Vegetables

While the wild world of global trading means that we now have access to many fruits and vegetables year round, somehow fruits and vegetables just taste better when you purchase them in season and literally days after its been picked!

8 Jul

The Beginning of the End?

Driving my daughter Devyn to the airport yesterday morning at 5:30 (she’s off to a summer-school program in Florence) I was stunned by what I was hearing on my radio. Apparently, the American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending much more aggressive cholesterol screening for children and urging that kids as young as eight be […]

7 Jul

Dear Mark: Primal Compromises for Athletes

I’ve been getting a slew of emails lately from marathon runners and other endurance athletes among our group, many in response to our 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. Questions have run the gamut but generally get at how to combine endurance training and Primal Blueprint methodology: How do I combine a low carb diet with marathon […]

7 Jul

Primal Breakfast Suggestions for People on the Go

The all-American breakfast smorgasbord: cold cereal of every variety (from super colon blow to candy coated balls of sugar in the shape of the latest cartoon fad), toast, toaster strudel, bagels, croissants, donuts, coffee cake, pop-tarts, French toast, pancakes, blintzes, crepes, waffles, muffins, scones, hash browns, oatmeal, breakfast bars, breakfast squares, and now even breakfast […]

6 Jul

Weekend Link Love

Here are some of the latest and greatest blog posts from some of the best health blogs around. Enjoy! Conditioning Research teaches us what happens when red meat and red wine interact in the stomach. The folks over at Diet Blog give us tips for staying active while we’re on vacation. FitSugar teaches us how […]

5 Jul

Single Serving Packs Don’t Curb Overeating

In a study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, researchers from the Technical University of Lisbon in Portugal suggest that single-serve packages do little to curb overeating and may actually lead consumers to eat more. To determine the impact of smaller, individually packaged food items on overall consumption, researchers in one experiment […]

4 Jul

Happy 4th!

We’re taking the day off. We’ll see you all tomorrow! Have a happy and healthy 4th! Chrislrmo Flickr Photo (CC)

3 Jul

Reader Response: Alternatives to Grains? What about Quinoa?

The Definitive Guide to Grains post last month got people talking about alternatives to the traditional rice, potato, and breads that load up the typical American dinner plate. For some, gluten is the major consideration. For others, it’s the glycemic load itself. While the Primal Blueprint recommends avoiding grains and higher glycemic foods altogether, at […]

2 Jul

How to Guide: Making the Switch to Primal Living in 6 Easy Steps

Perhaps you’ve been reading MDA for some time now, finding yourself intrigued, maybe even testing the waters a bit. The Primal Blueprint sounds good to you. It speaks to you. It makes sense. The mind is clearly motivated, but the heart is, well, a bit trepidatious. Maybe the “Act As If” challenge interested you, inspired […]

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