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Archive for November, 2008

10 Nov

Statin Insanity

Don’t know whether to laugh or cry (I have already screamed), but the headline in today’s LA Times and in many major papers across the country seemed like a paid advertisement for Big Pharma. “A New Front on Heart Disease: Stain drugs can cut cardiac and stroke risks in people with normal cholesterol levels, researchers […]

10 Nov

Dear Mark: Rest Days

Hi Mark, Do you ever take a rest day? I know Jack LaLanne claims he exercises even when tired and Art DeVany says you should do something every day. Spent last weekend splitting wood and lugging it into the barn and then Monday I did a 6 mile fall foliage hike in the mountains. Tuesday […]

9 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 23

Getting in shape used to be tough, but thanks to lowered standards, fitness is now more achievable than ever! Michael R. Eades M.D. comments on the government’s idiotic attempt to make fitness easier just by changing the guidelines! Remember the Heart Attack Grill from a few weeks ago? Well, a new local eatery is trying […]

8 Nov

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Conventional wisdom (our dear, dear friend) tells us that without the constant application of skin creams and face lotions and mineral moisturizers, we’ll become haggard parchment people with wrinkled mugs that’d put an elderly Sharpei to shame. It seems to have worked, too. Most bathroom mirrors conceal impressive caches of creams, lotions, and oils, and […]

7 Nov

Snack Solutions: Primal Alternatives For Non-Primal Snacks

In one sense Grok had it easy. He never had potato chips or candy bars in his diet. You, on the other hand, likely used to eat these foods in some way, shape or form before you found the Primal lifestyle. And, while you’re happy with all the changes that Primal Living has afforded, every […]

6 Nov

Movin’ and a Shakin’

I just want to throw out a quick thanks to Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb. Jimmy recently named me one of the Top 10 Low-Carb Movers & Shakers of 2008. It’s an honor. Thanks, Jimmy. Check out the post, everyone! Also, check out my podcast interview with Jimmy from a couple months back […]

6 Nov

The Sandbag Workout

Sandbags have traditionally been much-maligned in the strength and fitness communities for their instability, unbalanced weight distribution, odd shape, and general impracticality. As you might imagine, I take a slightly contrary view on the sandbag. In fact, all those characteristics I just listed as reasons sandbags don’t make good workout equipment? I posit that the […]

5 Nov

Compassion Meditation

When it comes to meditation, most of us probably think about inward focus, personal relaxation response, a deep concentration that allows for release and inner calm. And, certainly, meditation can offer that as well as an impressive host of physical benefits we’ve discussed in previous posts. (All part of the Primal Blueprint focus on comprehensive […]

4 Nov

The World’s Healthiest Countries (and What We Can Learn From Them)

More than anything, the Primal Blueprint is a pragmatic approach to diet and lifestyle. It is not dogma; rather, it is based on empirical evidence suggesting that following the diet and many lifestyle behaviors of our early ancestors is the healthiest way to live. Though we keep abreast of the latest scientific news, how we […]

3 Nov

Dear Mark: Muscle Building and Carbs

Dear Mark, I am a loyal Daily Apple reader who’s just begun a full-scale primal + IF + HIIT lifestyle. My only worry is that of muscle loss or impeded muscle growth. As a friend of multiple muscle builders, I’ve been told that carbohydrates are necessary for that muscle growth. While I’m not about to […]

2 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 22

Taking a lead from last week’s plyometric post, Andrew from Go Healthy Go Fit incorporates plyometrics into a jump rope routine. Do you read product labels on autopilot when shopping? Do you think the supermarkets have some nerve putting the low-fat, high sugar items in the ‘healthy living’ section? You might just be a low […]

1 Nov

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: October 2008

The Dope on Energy Drinks – Oct. 1 Top 10 Ways to “Go Nuts” – Oct. 7 Did Grok Really Eat That Much Meat? – Oct. 8 How to Build Your Own Square Foot Garden in 10 Easy Steps – Oct. 14 The High-Tech, High-Risk State of Maternity Care – Oct. 15

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