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Archive for July, 2008

8 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Reminder

calendar2There 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 would like their Primal Health Challenge results and questions published on MDA. Make sure to send them on over no later than tomorrow so we have time to edit the post.

And for all bloggers out there that are tracking their progress on their own blogs feel free to send us a link. We’ll include it in the update post.

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?

aaplogocopy 1Driving 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 given statin drugs and/or other anti-cholesterol meds to fend off potential heart disease later in life. Clearly, this is a last-ditch attempt to somehow get control over an increasing problem with childhood obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol issues. What happened to dispensing advice on exercise and healthy eating? Just doesn’t pay enough? On the other hand, in their defense, something tells me they still know very little about either, hence the drugs.

7 Jul

Dear Mark: Primal Compromises for Athletes

270559926 b8af2bc008I’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 training? (Hint: you generally can’t)

What would you recommend for carb refueling post-race?

Can I even do the PB challenge if I have to adapt the diet for training purposes?

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 “cookies.” (Do tell us what we’re leaving out. We know there has to be something!) We swear you could set the list to that Billy Joel tune. There’s a weekend challenge – anyone?

Whatever way you slice it, just reading the above list is enough to make your insulin rise. What is it about breakfast that is so darn carb-dependent? The most important meal of the day suddenly seems the most irksome, uninspiring, even ominous. You throw open the cabinets and fridge door on your way out, keys in hand. “What am I going to eat???” Too many of us end up just closing the cabinets with a frustrated, rushed muttering of expletives as we grab our bags and finally go. There’s a great way to start the day. (Just think: you get to sit through the morning meeting staring a hole through the gigantic box o’ donuts your supervisor brings every week.)

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