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Archive for April, 2009

30 Apr

The Problems with Conventionally Raised Beef

As mentioned in our Red Scare commentary a few weeks ago, beef gets a seriously bad rap these days. “Saturated fat!” the status quo shrieks, running in all directions, hair on fire, arms flailing, gnashing their teeth. Let’s set the record straight here. You know our decidedly pro-fat leanings. No need to go any further […]

29 Apr

Is All Cheese Created Equal?

The answer to that question is (hopefully) pretty obvious, but I’ll still explain why. Short answer: No. Slightly longer answer: C’mon – you really think that stuff you can spray out of an aerosol can is qualitatively identical to a 2-year old Gouda? Long answer: The paleo purists shun all forms of dairy, but the […]

28 Apr

Yoga Therapy?

Primal living, of course, is ultimately about overall wellness. Sure, we focus a lot on nutrition and exercise (important points, after all), but these topics are only part of the picture. Wellness, as it’s often defined, embodies healthful living in several dimensions of self-care and actualization. Our sense of emotional well-being, for example, figures strongly […]

27 Apr

Dear Readers

I’m getting dozens of emails from readers every day. Though I try to give personalized advice to each and every one of them, I’ve got to say, it can be a little overwhelming. What is one to do? Lucky for me, many Mark’s Daily Apple readers are highly educated or otherwise informed about all health […]

26 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 47

Bare feet are back in action! I’ve been proselytizing bare feet for years, but now the benefits of going shoeless are finally hitting mainstream media. It that’s not enough here’s a video showing side-by-side comparisons of Grok-style and Nike style. And it’s not just about barefoot running – barefoot hiking counts too! After Wednesday’s spinach […]

25 Apr

Chicken and Avocado Sandwich with Spinach Bread

Adapted from a lunchtime favorite from a hip Washington, D.C. bistro, this sandwich is hearty enough to see you through the final frigid days of winter but, with the inclusion of only the freshest ingredients, will have you thinking of summer afternoons spent lingering at a sidewalk café. As an aside, we want to mention […]

24 Apr

Primal Twitter Community Going Strong!

A few weeks ago I proposed to the MDA community that we leverage the growing popularity of Twitter to spread the message and to add an additional way for all of us to connect with another. And connect we have! After I published the post hundreds of people began following me on Twitter and conversing […]

23 Apr

Taxing Sweet Drinks

Earlier this month, The New England Journal of Medicine featured an opinion piece about taxing nutritionally empty, sweetened beverage items. The article, entitled “Ounces of Prevention – The Public Case for Taxes on Sugared Beverages,” specifically highlighted the proposal considered but recently dropped in New York State. Governor Patterson of New York late last year […]

22 Apr

Handy Primal Sandwich Alternatives (Or, Sub Subs)

Last week, I got this email from a reader: I work 12 hour ER shifts.  Our cafeteria is too expensive and the food is horrendous anyway (where do you think hospital food gets that reputation?)  My staple has been making half sandwiches by just folding a single piece of bread around some meat, cheese or […]

21 Apr

Did Humans Evolve to Be Long-Distance Runners?

Thanks to the several readers who have pointed out this recent article in SEED Magazine which once again dredges up the tired argument that humans evolved to be long-distance runners. Most of you know by now that I totally disagree with that theory. I say humans evolved to be excellent slow movers (walk, jog, migrate, […]

20 Apr

Dear Mark: Primal Blueprint Superiority?

Dear Mark, If you’ll bear with me for 4 paragraphs, I’ll get to the question which is the purpose of this email! My name is Greg, and I’ve followed your blog for a few months now. I’m grateful for the knowledge you’ve shared about nutrition. Thanks to you, I’ve eliminated virtually all white flour and […]

19 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 46

Extreme aerial sports like base jumping and sky diving are typically associated with adrenaline spikes and fist pumping glory, but Free the Animal dug up a video on the beautiful, serene world of hang gliding. Take Fit has a good list of lift-heavy health websites, and MDA is included! Make of this what you will: […]

18 Apr

Slow-Cooked Asian Pepper Steak

If you’ve been following the Primal lifestyle for any degree of time, you know that we fully endorse steak. But in reality, we all know that every now and again, a steak, as tasty as it is, can get a bit… well, boring. This recipe, however, puts an Asian twist on a traditional steak dinner […]

17 Apr

Lipoic Acid

Every day we run across research that further bolsters the logic of Primal living. However, once in a while we read something that just feels like a good pat on the back, the kind of news that makes us nod our heads smiling or do a little end zone dance if it’s Friday and we’re […]

16 Apr

Natural Headache Remedies

Months ago, we discussed natural alternatives to OTC pain relievers. Now, before you assume I’m some hippie snake oil peddler, mine is not a blanket, ideological opposition to pharmaceuticals; rather, it’s just that if there are more natural, cheaper, less intrusive ways to relieve pain, why not try them first? But that last post was […]

15 Apr

The Allure of Crock Pots

I recently received an email from a reader: Mark, First of all, I have enjoyed getting to know more about the Primal Blueprint and I have found it to be very useful. Perhaps you have addressed this before, but do you have any primal recipes for crock pots? I am on the go quite a […]

14 Apr

The Low-Carb Wonders of Jicama

Jicama is that white, crispy tuberous root that the fruit cart guys always douse in chile power and lime and serve on a stick. The naturally-occurring oligofructose inulin lends it a slightly sweet flavor. It’s tasty, refreshing, and seemingly innocuous – but is it loaded with carbs? It seems a little carby, and I’ve mostly […]

13 Apr

Dear Mark: Considering Cookware

Hi Mark, I couldn’t find any MDA posts that tackled the matter of cookware possibly leaching heavy metals and/or toxic chemicals into food. I’ve read that a porcelain/ceramic inside surface is the way to go, (thereby avoiding Teflon and metals), but good-quality examples like Le Creuset are darn expensive, and lesser-quality ones like Heuck look […]

12 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 45

Happy Easter! Before you pop a peep, check out FitSugar’s Easter candy breakdown. It’s a little late for April Fools’ Day jokes, but Fitness Spotlight’s charming review of wonderful, foolproof, ab machines was too funny not to mention. Pay Now Live Later put together a fantastic video montage of the Primal eating plan in a […]

11 Apr

Slow-Cooked Cabbage, Tomatoes and Meatballs

Last week we discussed the merits of canning your own foods. So you canned a bunch of tomatoes and now you need a good reason to use ‘em! Enter the following unstuffed cabbage recipe: Ingredients: 1 large head of cabbage 1 pound of ground meat (turkey, chicken, beef…you decide) ½ pound of spicy sausage, casing […]

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