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Archive for September, 2008

30 Sep

Make Your Own Primal Energy Bars in 10 Easy Steps

You know the drill. You slept late, your son misplaced his lunchbox, the cat threw up in the flowers. You’re already 10 minutes late for work and there’s nary a minute to scarf down a breakfast, let alone one that a caveman would approve of! Enter the protein bar – it’s individually packaged, it’s relatively […]

29 Sep

Dear Mark: To Tea or Not to Tea?

Dear Mark, Do the benefits of tea outweigh its negatives (caffeine, teeth staining, etc.)? Is tea a worthy substitute to a glass of water? If so, how many times a week should one drink tea? Given our big fall theme the last week or so, I thought this was an especially timely question. The truth […]

28 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 17

I Look Like Fit gives step by step instructions on how to get a comprehensive workout in with no gym equipment in sight. Zen Habits provides 10 unbeatable tips to overcoming micro-addictions. You may be feeling the financial pinch, but your workout certainly doesn’t have to. Blogger 60 in 3 tells you how to score […]

27 Sep

Sports Fans, Fish Eyes and Dental Hygiene

Ah, yes. Another mishmash of random yet relevant contemporary science news updates is upon us. This week’s offering includes news that engaging in sports (or even just being a fan) can improve one’s mental faculties; that though a diet rich in oily fish is supremely beneficial to your overall health, just a once-a-week fishy fix […]

26 Sep

Fantastic Fall Recipes

This week, we hyped some of Fall’s finest vegetables and, while they all sounded great, you’re not exactly sure what to do with them. Read on to discover some of delicious Primal Autumn recipes…

25 Sep

Kettlebellin’ for Strength

Dietary advice and nutrition trends get the brunt of our attention here at MDA, but an equally crucial component to the Primal Blueprint is the development of functional strength and fitness through Primal exercises. Lifting heavy weights, running intense sprints, and incorporating constant, steady movement into your day mimic the activities of early man and […]

24 Sep

Healthy Tastes Great! – The Great Pumpkin

It’s that time of year. Cool evenings, vibrant leaves, autumn festivals and harvests. For many a cook, it’s a favorite time of year. One of the greatest fall delicacies, of course, is the pumpkin. But if you’ve found yourself estranged from this beloved gourd because you think it’s only the stuff of pie and puddings, […]

23 Sep

Top 10 Fall Vegetables

As we make our first foray into fall cuisine, we wanted to serve up the top 10 Primal-approved fall vegetables. Read on to discover our picks for this autumn.

22 Sep

Dear Mark: Seasons for Nuts and Seeds?

Dear Mark, Every fall I stock my freezer with nuts and seeds. Obviously I want to buy fresh, not last season’s warehouse leftovers. I am wondering when to expect a fresh supply of popular nuts and seeds like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and pine nuts. I know that most pine nuts sold […]

21 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 16

Diet Blog profiles a recent study suggesting that teens in the U.K can’t recognize even the most common fruits and vegetables (and we’re pretty sure this applies to teens on this side of the pond too!) Dr. Briffa sorts through various studies and reports on the relationship between cholesterol and heart risk. Elastic Waist offers […]

20 Sep

A Pooper Scooper-Less World?

For running a blog committed to following in Primal man’s footsteps, we Bees were initially all abuzz at the news that the FDA would be reviewing the prospect of introducing genetically engineered animals into the US system. We’re all about kickin’ it old school, as it were, so we weren’t too sure if eating super […]

19 Sep

Fabulous Fish and Excellent Egg Recipes

It’s been all about fish and eggs this week. If you’re a follower of the Primal Blueprint diet, you know you need to put a premium on protein. However, that doesn’t have to mean digging in to steak after steak after steak. Instead, try one of these flavorful fish recipes or, alternatively, go the easy […]

18 Sep

Egg Purchasing Guide

Ah, eggs. We Primals appreciate your delicious creamy yolky goodness and fluffy decadent ivory insides, like so many edible clouds upon whose buoyancy our breakfast relies. You’re good for us and come naturally pre-packaged. What’s not to love? The myriad terms used to describe them, for one. Cage free. Organic. All natural. Free range. You […]

17 Sep

Reader Response: Better Fish Choices

Thanks so much to everyone for their comments and emails on last week’s “Farmed versus Wild Salmon” post. The response, both posted and personal, was amazing. It’s what I love about doing the blog – getting you, our MDA readers, the information you want and the resources you can use. Keep those comments and suggestions […]

16 Sep

10 Primal Exercises for Elder Apples

First thing’s first. Mark himself (at 55 years and going strong) is a proud member of this group, and he knows many of you are too. Art De Vany, good friend to Mark and fellow Primal practitioner, is a hearty 71. In truth, there’s no shortage of exceptionally fit, strong and seasoned men and women […]

15 Sep

Dear Mark: Visting Family – Primal Compromises and Grain Alternatives

Dear Mark, Browsing the Crossfit nutrition forums, I recently came across an interesting discussion about buckwheat, a possible Primal-friendly grain alternative. It caught my eye because I’ve been on the lookout for alternatives to pasta and bread ever since I found out that my Standard-American-Diet family will be visiting for an entire week (!) next […]

14 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 15

Squeezing in a last minute summer vacation? 60 in 3 shares his secrets for creating the ultimate hotel workout (using only hotel room furniture and a very heavy suitcase!) Overrun with squash, Cranky Fitness dishes up some innovative – and healthy – recipes to use it all up! The Consumerist blows the lid off the […]

13 Sep

Science News Roundup: Brain Health

We’re back with another slew of new scientific studies that seem to reinforce our commitment to the Primal Blueprint. Of course, we admittedly don’t need much convincing, but it’s always important for newcomers to see some of the tangible benefits of the lifestyle supported by cutting-edge scientific research.  This week, we’re examining the effects of […]

12 Sep

Salmon: Factory Farm vs. Wild

Last week I noted in my podcast with Jimmy Moore how expensive genuine wild salmon can cost. Since then, I’ve received a healthy number of emails asking for more info, tips, and the real benefits behind buying “wild.” What exactly are salmon “farms”? How does the farm setting change the nutritional content of salmon? Is […]

11 Sep

New Study: Exercise is Good and Lowers Obesity

In a new study out of the Archives of Internal Medicine investigators discovered that even people with extra copies of the “fat mass and obesity” genes called FTO did NOT get fatter if they were active throughout the day. In other words, a so-called genetic predisposition to obesity was effectively avoided when the owners of […]

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