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Archive for December, 2008

10 Dec

Oprah Hits 200 Pounds. Again.

If that sounds like a tabloid headline, well, it is. Except it was culled from Oprah’s own Magazine “O”.  It’s been an inside joke around here for years. We even thought about writing an entire book on the subject a few years ago “Why Can’t Oprah Lose Those Last 30 Pounds?” Well, now it turns […]

9 Dec

Ultimate Frisbee

A common mistake people make when completely overhauling their lifestyle is excessive earnestness, none more culpable than the recently converted Primal Blueprint enthusiast. You know it’s true, at least at first. You read about the monumental implications of eating and living the way our Primal ancestors did, see a few before-and-after photos of people on […]

8 Dec

Dear Mark: Flu Shots

Dear Mark, I’m sure you know it’s gearing up toward flu season again, and the folks at work have started pushing for flu vaccination sign-ups.  I’m always a bit wary of Big Pharm and the “common knowledge” of what’s good for us (more so than ever since I first started reading MDA), so you’ll understand […]

7 Dec

Weekend Link Love

Stephen King – novelist, master of horror, dietitian?. That’s Fit discusses King’s new short story about the ever creepy, ever scary….stationary bike! Holiday season is in full swing. If you’re like the average person, you’ll gain 4 pounds. If you’re like Grok, you won’t. The IF Life has a great list of tips to survive […]

6 Dec

New Findings: The Link Between Cancer and Exercise

Lance Armstrong has always been seen as the exception, rather than the rule. Conventional wisdom told us that he succeeded in spite of his cancer; that exercise is the realm of the healthy, rather than the ill. And it is that popular image of the bedridden, languishing cancer patient so prevalent in movies, media and […]

5 Dec

Study Spotlight: The Mood Diet

Were you angered by traffic this morning or awakened abruptly? Have you been feeling blue with the onset of winter or charged by the vigor of the holiday season? Would you describe your mood lately as generally optimistic and happy? Or are you plagued by an enigmatic anxiety or erratic energy? Has depression been a […]

4 Dec

Cowpooling: Share a Side

You grow much of your own produce, visit your local farmers’ markets for the foods that you can’t grow yourself and have even started participating in a food co-op, but you’re still left high and dry when it comes to purchasing a decent steak. Enter Cowpooling, the latest buzz term for the practice under which […]

3 Dec

Clubbells

As you know by now, inefficient equipment can lead to great workouts. It’s why we prefer free weights to machines, and it’s why kettlebells, slosh tubes, and sandbags have gotten so much attention from us recently. The more work the equipment does for you, whether it’s a bench press machine keeping your press perfectly aligned […]

3 Dec

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: November 2008

Dear Mark: Muscle Building and Carbs – Nov. 3 The Sandbag Workout – Nov. 6 Dear Mark: Do You Ever Take Rest Days? – Nov. 10 Statin Insanity – Nov. 10 10 Steps to “Primalize” Your Pantry – Nov. 11 What’s the Difference Between Paleo and Primal? – Nov. 12

2 Dec

My Self-Experimentation and Transformation

Thanks to Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal for this Guest Post! Here is more anecdotal proof that a high fat diet coupled with intermittent fasting can improve body composition. If you’re interested to know more about Richard’s transformation visit his site, or simply ask him a question in the comment board where he’ll be […]

1 Dec

Dear Mark: Weight Loss and Workout Routine

For this week’s Dear Mark I thought I’d publish a couple email correspondences I’ve had with MDA readers lately. Hit me up with your questions and comments in the comment board.

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