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Archive for January, 2009

26 Jan

Dear Mark: Body Composition Through the Years

I got this email from a reader a couple months ago and was reminded of it when I stumbled across some old race photos recently.

Dear Mark,

I saw your photo on your blog post called Washboard Abs on a High-Fat Diet, No Ab Workouts and No Cardio and it got me wondering what you looked like as an endurance athlete when you were younger. Did you look like a typical long distance runner with hardly any muscle mass to speak of? You’ve noted that you used to eat a high-carb diet. How, if at all, do you think this played into your body composition at the time? Also, do you have any photos to share?!

Pat G.

25 Jan

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveRegular readers know how highly I esteem omega 3 fatty acids. But if you’re new on the Primal playing field or you want to learn the nitty-gritty, I’d suggest reading Best Life’s in-depth look at Omega 3’s.

For those in need of a new scale and a new toilet seat, now you can hit two birds with one stone. Read about the commode that weighs you at Switched.

I’d like to apologize to everyone who has been following the Primal Blueprint. Apparently I’ve been entirely wrong, and the only true way to be healthy is to just eat cookies. There’s even a new store that caters to all your cookie diet needs. And just in case you were wondering, yes, it’s located in Hollywood. (Thanks for the link, Mark.)

24 Jan

Weekend Special: Human Foie Gras

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A new clinical study was just released linking a low-carbohydrate diet to reduced liver fat. Get this, though – the scientists actually compared the low-carb diet to a low-calorie diet and found the low-cal diet severely lacking. Their results aren’t surprising, especially to our readers. In fact, we’re almost tempted to put this in the “Duh” files, but these guys seem to be on our side: they went into it with a hypothesis that maybe, just maybe, a low-carb diet could be helpful, and the results speak for themselves. A study that’s actually intended to investigate the advantages of a low-carb diet without the underlying assumption that CW-driven low-cal diets are better? No way we’re passing up a chance to discuss it!

23 Jan

Hot, Hot, Hot: How to Make the Ultimate Salsa

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The term salsa might by synonymous with chips but, realistically, there are plenty of uses for good ol’ salsa. Salsa makes a great filling for omelets, can be used to spice up – and keep moist – oven-baked chicken, to add bulk (and flavor) to burger patties, and even as a substitute for salad dressing. In fact, one source we referenced suggested that the Aztecs awaited the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors with pots of a boiling salsa in the hopes that theinvading troops would actually become the main course!

22 Jan

Exercising Through Injury

brokenlegLuckily, when we get injured, we can have surgery and then simply recline on the couch and catch up on old episodes of “The Wire” in between visits to the physical therapist. And for us Primal Blueprinters, staying off our feet doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll gain weight. Our body composition is, after all, mostly determined by diet, so sticking to healthy fats and protein (with copious amounts of vegetables) while watching the carbs will keep us trim. Grok didn’t have it so easy. If Grok broke a leg or dislocated a shoulder, he wasn’t bouncing back after a quick visit to the local shaman. He became a detriment to his clan, unable to hunt, forage, or fight. Without the type of medical knowledge we’re lucky to have today, what would be a relatively simple injury for us could end up being a life ending calamity for Grok, especially if necessity demanded he fight through the pain and risk further damage.

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