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Archive for March, 2009

12 Mar

You’re Not Going to Change Overnight

A recent article confirms that, for better or worse, instant body composition changes from diet or exercise are relatively few and far between. Now, the exercise and diet routines referenced in the NY Times piece were likely conventional low-fat, low-cal diets and traditional workouts (chronic cardio, isolation exercises) as opposed to Primal, but I agree […]

11 Mar

Pepper and Salt: Not So Basic After All

I dined at a Sichuan Chinese place recently and was struck by the interesting properties of the dishes. Rather than blasting my mouth with simple, overwhelming spiciness (which I’ve always heard about in Sichuan cooking), the dishes presented a more nuanced, almost narcotic heat. It was definitely spicy, but much more than that – my […]

10 Mar

Why Skipping Meals and Workouts is Healthy

Conventional wisdom tells us that “grazing” is the optimal way to eat. Constant snacking; more frequent, smaller meals rather than the classic breakfast, lunch, dinner set-up; and an ever-present fear of hunger as the enemy: these are said to line the path to healthy weight loss. If we ever feel hungry, it says, we leave […]

9 Mar

How to Relieve Sore Muscles

Dear Mark, Been eating primal for a few months now, loving it, but I just started doing some workouts and the soreness that comes a day or two later is just killing me. Does it get better? Maybe I’m doing them wrong? Thanks, Jill Thanks, Jill, for the question. It’s a subject that, had you […]

8 Mar

Weekend Link Love

The Grunter, the no-wiper, the bluetooth person. These are just a few of the eccentrics who frequent most gyms. Life Spotlight covers the rudest, most ridiculous, most outlandish, and yet most common gym habits. So read up, and don’t be one of these guys/gals. Statins. Do we really need another reason not to take them? […]

7 Mar

Weekend Primal Health Challenge

Just so you know, the workout and recipe posts I publish aren’t just for show. They’re meant to inspire and inform, and although I know most of you take them to heart, I suspect a lot of people take mental notes while reading them without ever actually trying them out (it’s only human, after all). […]

6 Mar

Spicy Stuffed Eggplant

Think you’re the only one scrambling to figure out what’s for dinner tonight? We all do it – fly in from work absolutely famished, dig through the freezer and come up with nothing but a pair of lamb chops from the mid-90s and a bag full of sorry looking frozen beans. Today, however, we present […]

5 Mar

This is Why I Train

Sunday morning my friends Eric and Brandon joined me for a standup paddle workout off the Malibu coastline. It was an unusually warm day for mid-winter and we set out for a short jaunt to the pier at Paradise Cove, a little over a mile up the beach. We were cruising along at a good […]

4 Mar

Workout Suggestion: Planned Spontaneity

Ideally, we should look forward to exercising. Dreading an integral part of a healthy lifestyle makes falling off the wagon more likely; if you like what you’re doing, you’re more likely to keep it up. The easiest way to achieve this is to incorporate the Primal concept of play into everyday life, whether it’s Ultimate […]

3 Mar

Interviewed by Rivendell Reader

Grant Peterson and I are cut from the same cloth. By that I mean Grant, owner and operator of Rivendell Bicycle Works, is a card carrying challenger of Conventional Wisdom. While my beef is with flawed and outdated health and fitness paradigms, Grant questions modern bicycle design. In a time when bicycle sales are driven […]

2 Mar

Dear Mark: The Primal Cat Diet on the Cheap?

Dear Mark, What’s the least expensive way to move in the direction of feeding raw? What raw meats can I ask my butcher for that might be very cheap and suitable for cats? Thanks, Greg, for the question. Contrary to popular belief, the toughest thing about feeding your cats a raw diet isn’t the cost. […]

1 Mar

Weekend Link Love

USA Today harps about a new study that proves you can lose weight on any diet if you restrict calories enough. Is this evidence for you to start a burrito diet or perhaps the half-donut-a-day-and-nothing-else diet? Or maybe good health is something more than pounds lost. The department of obvious studies (UK division) is at […]

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