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Archive for March, 2009

31 Mar

Building a Primal Community with Twitter

I’m going to be frank. A quick look around at our general surroundings, whether it’s the flawed studies being parroted by the clueless media or your coworkers rolling their eyes because you didn’t eat the bun, confirms that we Primalists are a rare breed. Bouncing around between all the great blogs that actually get it […]

30 Mar

Dear Mark: Rapid Fire Edition

Hello, everyone! I thought I’d give this “Dear Mark” format a try again. I literally get dozens of emails every day from readers. I try to respond to every last one of them, and the best questions (or at least those I want to rant in response to) get reserved for Monday’s “Dear Mark” posts […]

29 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 43

Want a fun way to chronicle your weight loss? Try out Daily Mugshot. Shampoo is overrated. So says NPR, dermatologists, and Grok. For those Tabata sprinters, Emma of Paleo Girl found a few rockin’ MP3s with Tabata intervals spliced in. Is this woman really 130 years old? Via Neatorama. If my coconut pancakes didn’t satisfy […]

28 Mar

Roasted Pork Loin with Apples, Onions and Sauerkraut

This week we gave you brief history of sauerkraut, explained why you might want to add it to your diet, and even gave you a step-by-step guide to making your own. But we all know man cannot live on sauerkraut alone. The solution? A special edition of “What’s for Dinner Tonight?” that not only includes […]

27 Mar

The Many Uses of Coconut Flour

A barrage of comments to our post on low-carb thickeners confirmed that while coconut flour is terrible for thickening sauces, it does serve other purposes. Our last post on a Primal flour – almond meal – went over well, so I figured the time was ripe for a look at coconut flour. Coconut flour is […]

26 Mar

The Red Scare

It’s a headline you’ve probably seen by now splashed all over the news sites and channels – “Eating More Red Meat Ups Mortality Risk.” (Red meat once again wears the black hat: surprise, surprise.) Actually, millions of readers/viewers have likely stumbled across the caption and unfortunately taken it at face value. But you know us […]

25 Mar

Sodium Nitrite: Another Reason to Avoid Processed Meats

It’s lurking in breakfast meats, lunchboxes and carving stations across the country. Sodium nitrite, that is: preservative and coloring additive extraordinaire. It’s undeniable that we have a penchant for processed foods in this country, and meats are no exception. Bacon, sausages, hot dogs, cold cuts, ham, packaged smoked meats, pates, Slim Jims (everybody’s favorite, right?) […]

24 Mar

The Wonderful, Pungent World of Sauerkraut

Although fermented cabbage has been around in some form or another since ancient times – Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote of the stuff in the first century A.D. – modern methods for making sauerkraut were developed sometime between the 16th and 18th centuries. It’s primarily known as a German staple, but most other European […]

24 Mar

Get the Body You’ve Always Wanted

A few months ago I participated in a blog round-up with Gym Junkies in which I described my top 3 favorite exercises. Well, they’re at it again. This time around they’ve asked bloggers and personal trainers what their #1 tip is for achieving fitness goals. Mine? Make your easy workouts longer and easier, and your […]

23 Mar

Dear Mark: Hunger Pangs a Thing of the Past?

Dear Mark, Since eating more fat and protein (while cutting down on the carbs), I seem to get fuller faster. Sometimes I won’t even finish my plate, which basically never happened before! I’m guessing it has something to do with eating more primal foods, and it makes sense from an anthropological standpoint (getting full on […]

22 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 42

I’m back from a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. If you’re interested in pics of Carrie and I romping with the elephants, join me on Facebook. TED is such a wonderful hub of smart content. Watch this video of Aimee Mullins and her super-power legs. What’s your cooking personality? Find out over at New York […]

21 Mar

Poblano Chicken with Verde Sauce Casserole

Ok. Ok. Yesterday’s “What’s for Dinner Tonight?” post may not have appealed to everyone. I hear you. Organ meat, especially to people that have never experienced them, can be challenging in more than one way (if you can accomplish selecting and preparing it you still have to – gulp! – eat it). For everyone that […]

20 Mar

Organ Meat Recipes

Yesterday, we walked you through the basics of organ meats. We thought we’d follow that up by giving you the opportunity to put this new knowledge to work with some traditional recipes that include organ offerings. Take your pick and have an offal dinner!

19 Mar

It’s Not So Offal

MDA’s Quick Guide to Purchasing, Preparing and Eating Organ Meats Everything but the Squeal, Thrift Cuts, Hunting Ethics… it would seem that in recent months we’ve spent a good deal of time talking about the benefits of feasting on the entire animal, but we’ve kind of side-stepped the fact that eating the whole animal also […]

18 Mar

Are Microwave Ovens Safe?

To Nuke or Not to Nuke? The verb itself suggests the unleashing of atomic destruction, but we wondered, “Is there a grain of truth behind the slang?” What’s the real story behind these boxes of convenience sitting in so many of our kitchens? Are microwaves a benign bastion of modern handiness or, as some claim, […]

17 Mar

The Depression Diet

The Depression Diet? We’ve discussed the “Recession Diet” and we’re always on the lookout for food budget hacks and tricks for our readers, and the economy isn’t getting any better. And so, although commentators, pundits, and politicians are loathe to utter the “D” word, we just couldn’t resist the chance to alliterate and provide some […]

16 Mar

Dear Mark: Low-Carb Sauce Thickeners

Dear Mark, I’m trying to stay strictly primal/paleo, but I always run into problems when I need to thicken sauces or soups. I grew up learning to use flour/cornstarch like everyone else, but is there a good low-carb/primal alternative? Thanks, Raul I received this email a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t the first. A […]

15 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 41

The Primal mentality is really expanding around the world. This week Men’s Health ran a piece on Erwan Le Corre, a modern Tarzan who promotes the natural world as the perfect gymnasium. After you’ve read about his strikingly Primal philosophy, check him out in action. Le Corre may be a modern Tarzan, but Chris Sharma […]

14 Mar

The Importance of Cooking in the Evolution of the Human Brain

Even the most ardent vegetarians will begrudgingly admit that meat eating played a large role in the evolution of early man (although now we’re somehow expected to totally revert back several million years). Including calorie-dense meat in our diets allowed us to ditch the larger guts used for digesting inefficient plant matter, and we developed […]

13 Mar

Better than Take-Out Beef and Broccoli

Sure, you could just pick up the phone and order in a number 14 from your local Chinese restaurant, but this homemade recipe for Beef and Broccoli is so easy – and so much healthier – you’ll want to remove the take-out menu from the prime spot on your refrigerator! Ingredients: 1 lb sirloin steak, […]

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