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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: July 2008

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 asked students to consider their body shape and then gave them potato chips and instructed them to watch television. According to researchers, the students ate nearly twice as many chips when they were packaged in nine small bags as opposed to two larger ones. In addition, the students in the experiment showed fewer signs of hesitation before opening the smaller bags than they did when opening the larger ones.

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Happy 4th!

We’re taking the day off. We’ll see you all tomorrow! Have a happy and healthy 4th!

Chrislrmo Flickr Photo (CC)

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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 some point or another most of us partake in the context of occasional compromise. Additionally, some of us consciously choose to include grain alternatives in our diets more regularly for varied reasons surrounding personal taste, economical savings, environmental commitments, or alternative nutrient sources (particularly for vegetarians).

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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 you, but you’re not quite there yet:

“Compared to my lifestyle now, I don’t know if I could make this big of a change.”

“Do I trust that I could stick to this kind of life?”

“Maybe this is just for diehards. Do I really have it in me to be part of something like this?”

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The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: June 2008

June was a momentous month. We began with the Definitive Guide to the Primal Blueprint and ended with the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. In between we had great conversations on everything from cold water therapy, carb binging and grains to managing stress, ketosis and nightshades. Revisit your faves or catch an article you missed… this is the best of June ’08:

Dear Mark: Primal Personal Products? – June 2

10 Ways to Forage in a Fast Food Nation – June 3

The Definitive Guide to the Primal Blueprint – June 4

Drink Less Water? – June 9

10 Ways to Forage in the Modern World – June 10

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30-Day Primal Health Challenge Update

The following is a slightly modified version of an email that went out to all Mark’s Daily Apple readers who openly expressed (either in the comment boards or via email) their interest in being participants in the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. We thought we’d publish it here to offer our services (we’ll, as always, do our best to answer all comments and emails) to all participants and to request your feedback. We’ll be publishing weekly reader-experience updates, so if you’d like to share your story feel free to drop us a line.

Also, Charlotte of The Great Fitness Experiment will be going Primal for this challenge (she’s a sucker for experiments). She has put together a good summary of Primal guidelines for her readers. Check out her blog post in addition to our archives of over 1,200 blog posts to get you off on the right foot!

This is a special email to all 30-Day Primal Health Challenge devotees. As the post stated, this is a simple experiment to see what living 100% Primal 100% of the time is like. All you have to do is act as if.

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