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Archive for October, 2008

31 Oct

Smart Fuel: Coconut

In the Phillipines, it’s called the “Tree of Life.” Malays refer to it as pokok seribu guna, “the tree of a thousand uses.” Yes, today’s edition of Smart Fuel is all about the coconut. I’m going to focus purely on the culinary benefits, but the non-culinary, utilitarian advantages of the coconut are many, varied, and […]

30 Oct

Build Your Own Slosh Tube

But not with alcohol (save that for after the workout). Nope, I’m talking about working out with a slosh tube. A slosh tube is a large PVC pipe filled with water and capped on the ends. It’s a surprisingly effective workout tool. Best of all, you can build one yourself for less than twenty bucks. […]

29 Oct

Healthy Halloween!

We thought we’d take on the ultimate challenge this week: how to make Halloween somewhat healthy instead of horrifically unwholesome. Yes, Halloween, that spastic stroll through Candy Land, the annual Willie Wonka nightmare of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Does it really need to be this way, we ask? According to the conventional practice […]

28 Oct

How to Break Bad Habits

A show of hands here. Chronic cardio buffs? Halloween candy freaks? Caffeine fiends? Stress addicts? French bread fanatics? Bad health habits come in all forms, we know. But the question of the day is this: how do we finally rid ourselves of those compulsive longings, those simultaneously desired and resented routines? Is it simply a […]

27 Oct

Dear Mark: Running Across the U.S.

Dear Mark, My name is Katie, and I’m planning on running across the U.S. from Boston to San Diego starting this March! I’m 23 and have been an avid runner since high school. I train on my own now and am deciding whether to run 9-12 miles a day or kick it up to an […]

26 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 21

Where would E.T. be without Reese’s Pieces? Where would Cookie Monster be without cookies? Where would America’s children be without the salacious abundance of product placement creeping right into the plot lines of Saturday morning cartoons? Probably a lot healthier. Shaping Youth tackles the invasiveness of product placement in kids programming. Get Simple! Zen to […]

25 Oct

The Many Faces of the Sugar Monster

Our major qualm with high fructose corn syrup is its overwhelming ubiquity in processed food – which accounts for a significant portion of the average American’s daily diet. While we may not fall prey to the lure of excessive packaging and convenience offered by processed food, far too many people – about whose health we […]

24 Oct

Son of Grok’s Primal Pizza Recipe

I was at the gym yesterday when a fellow weightlifter and I got to talking about diet (for lack of a better word) and nutrition. He listened intently, interested in the philosophical foundation upon which the Primal eating plan is based. At the end of the conversation he had the same response I get from […]

23 Oct

Reader Response: Plyometric Exercises for Everybody

Not too long ago, we ran a story about how to incorporate plyometric exercise into your fitness round-up, but warned that because of the explosive nature of plyo exercises, this one was probably best left to those that were in the upper fitness brackets (and free of any sprains, strains or other injuries!). This post […]

22 Oct

Health Engagement

As often as we critique the current health care model and many of its practices, you may have noticed that we also recommend readers discuss our lifestyle recommendations with their doctors. More than some stock disclaimer, we say it with a respectful sense of earnestness and with a healthy dose of cautious optimism (about the […]

22 Oct

Top 10 List Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Every comment and suggestion is appreciated. Check back on future Tuesdays to see these Top 10 topics covered. Oh, and the contest winners are: Clare new_me Donna I’ll get your prize in the mail right away. Thanks again!

21 Oct

Top 10 Top 10 Lists of All Time

With over 80 Top 10 lists under my belt I feel like a Top 10 list pro at this point. I keep doing them because they are a great way to condense a lot of information down to the essentials. And because readers seem to look forward to them. Putting this list together was tough […]

20 Oct

Dear Mark: Glycogen

Dear Mark, I’m trying to understand how glucose that’s created by proteins and fats is used and stored. Is that ~200g of glycogen stored in the muscles to be used for exercise, or is it stored in the liver and used to fuel the brain and “day-to-day” functions? Also, if muscle glycogen is depleted, will […]

19 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 20

Need another reason to eat your broccoli? A Hearty Life profiles this cruciferous vegetables’ heart healthy benefits. We’ve talked a lot about the dangers of overtraining before, and now blogger Arthur De Vany gives us the top 10 reasons not to run a marathon. Ever wondered if that whole service with a smile thing is […]

18 Oct

Don’t Let “D” Stand for Deficiency

Remember how we’re always going off about the importance of getting enough vitamin D in your life? How outdoor activity – and vitamin D producing sunlight – is important for any Primal Blueprinter? It seems some recent scientific research is again making this point for us.

17 Oct

Primal Pies: Fill ‘er Up

A few weeks ago we previewed a recipe for a flourless pie crust. Our only regret? We didn’t actually tell you what you could be filling those pie crusts with! With the fall season now in full swing (seriously… where did summer go?) we wanted to offer up a few Primal pie fillings. Granted, some […]

16 Oct

Disclaimer: Results ARE Typical

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

16 Oct

The Primal Stance on Exercise Equipment

Primal living in today’s decidedly post-Paleo world requires making at least a few concessions. We simply cannot live in exact accord with the ways of Primal man. For most of us, it’s just not feasible to live completely off the land (too many humans and their developments getting in the way). And besides, even if […]

15 Oct

The High-Tech, High-Risk State of Maternity Care

I’ve been known to critique various elements of the medical establishment now and then, it’s true. (Anyone for a good Big Pharma rout?) But I’ll admit I’m venturing into new and weighty territory today. (My Y chromosome and I will tread lightly and respectfully, I promise.) It’s been a while since my own (indirect) experience […]

14 Oct

How to Build Your Own Square Foot Garden in 10 Easy Steps

Let’s face it: Produce is expensive and, with the economy moving the way it is, it doesn’t look like its going to get any cheaper any time soon. A simple solution? Grow your own. Now before you quit reading thinking this isn’t the post for you and your far-from-green thumb, it really doesn’t have to […]

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