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Archive for January, 2009

12 Jan

Dear Mark: Common Stumbling Blocks

Dear Mark, As a newbie to MDA I’m interested in doing the Primal Challenge for the year. I’m sold on the idea of PB and understand how it should work. The problem is I’ve had one failure after another when it comes to diets, and I’m a little gun-shy going in. The PB is definitely […]

11 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 32

Do me a personal favor by following this link and selecting “Six Until Me” as the Best Patient’s Blog of 2008. My friend Kerri runs this great site and I think she deserves to win (check out her site and judge for yourself or just take my word for it). And check out her husband’s […]

10 Jan

Forging Your Own Genetic Destiny

As you may know, at the core of the Primal Blueprint is gene expression – the idea that our genes can be “switched” on or off, or influenced into producing varying amounts of proteins based on environmental factors (like diet, exercise, and exposure to toxins). In fact, the Primal Blueprint is designed around maximizing positive […]

9 Jan

Winter Chili for a Chilly Winter

It’s the middle of winter and – in most parts of the country – it’s bitterly cold. Whereas most people turn to “comfort” food like heaping bowls of mashed potatoes or platters of mac and cheese in the winter months, those of us living Primally must approach things a little differently. We can’t take solace […]

8 Jan

Primal Energy Bar Redux: Making a Better Bar

When you talk, we listen. You loved the Primal Energy Bar recipe we featured in September, but the comment section lit up with suggestions about how to modify and improve the recipe. Specifically, you guys wanted to up the protein ante, with commenter Paul recommending adding a few scoops of protein powder, and Anna offering […]

7 Jan

Sensible Vices Round 3: Personal Day Spa

The decorations are down (or you’ve thought about it). The good china, big platters and gravy boats have found their way back to their usual cupboard spaces. The boxes are collapsed and in the recycling bins. Relatives have come and gone. Everyone in the family is finally getting back to their normal sleep schedules. The […]

6 Jan

Low Carb Diets Affect Short Term Memory

A soon-to-be published study in Appetite [2009 Feb;52(1):96-103] (but apparently already published online earlier this summer) done by a group at Tufts seems to have “proven” that when you remove carbohydrates for three weeks from the diet of people who have depended on them for decades, you get some short-term memory loss, fuzzy thinking and/or […]

5 Jan

Dear Mark: Go Primal in 2009

We’ve had a lot of fun the last week or so putting together 2008 “retrospects” and looking forward to MDA’s strides in the year ahead. In that spirit, I thought I’d start out this first (real) post-holiday week with something new, something different, something I hope will be a grand movement within the MDA collective […]

4 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 31

Here at the Daily Apple type 2 diabetes is a common topic, but type 1 is rarely mentioned. Six Until Me offers some great personal insight on living with type 1 diabetes. Hungry? Why wait? Eat some dark chocolate. Dr. Briffa explains why dark chocolate may satisfy the appetite more than milk chocolate. Can one […]

3 Jan

Rewind and Fast Forward

2008 was a fantastic year for Mark’s Daily Apple. I had the pleasure of connecting with so many wonderful people. The whole blogging experience – interacting with readers, covering fascinating new studies, the research that goes into a blog post, sharing a bit of my personal life – has been a truly inspiring and an […]

2 Jan

Second Opinions

Sometimes I just think the world is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. My water bill last month was twice its usual already-outrageous amount. Since we hadn’t (to my knowledge) taken any more showers than normal, I figured there had to be a leak somewhere. Duh, right? I did a cursory review of […]

1 Jan

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: December 2008

Richard Nikoley’s Self-Experimentation and Transformation – Dec. 2 Become a Clubbell Master – Dec. 3 Cowpooling: Share a Side – Dec. 4 Dear Mark: Should I Get a Flu Shot? – Dec. 8 Oprah Hits 200 Pounds. Again. – Dec. 10

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