Meet Mark

Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: July 2009

Rapid Fire Updates

1. I was interviewed by Jimmy Moore at The Livin La Vida Low-Carb podcast. Click here to listen or click the photo on the right to visit Jimmy’s site.

2. Next month I’m going to be holding an all-new 30-day Primal challenge. I don’t want to give away too much just yet, but I will say that there will be contests and some really great prizes, that the challenge will be much more interactive than last year’s 30-day challenge, and that it will be a perfect way to introduce all of your friends and family to the Primal concept. I’m very excited about it and hope all of you will be too! It begins August 3rd. Check back on Thursday for more details.

3. The first round of reviews by bloggers for my new health and fitness book are starting to roll in. I’ve published links to them on this page.

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Dear Readers

Two things have happened since I launched the forum a couple months ago.

1. The number of emails sent to me by readers has dropped a bit. It seems as if readers are hitting up the forum boards for answers to many of their Primal questions.

2. I’ve come to understand how intelligent (and opinionated!) MDA readers really are. (There have been some fantastic debates and discussions in the forum. If you haven’t already joined take a few moments to create an account and introduce yourself to the community.)

With that said I still receive dozens of reader emails every day. This fact coupled with observation number 2 above equals another round of “Dear Readers“! Check out what Primal newbies and veterans alike are wondering about the PB lifestyle and chime in with your thoughts below. (And keep sending me your thoughts and questions. I do my best to answer every one.)

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 58

Network news outlets occasionally drudge up a “look how many calories are in food!” report.  Dr. Eades points out the sloppy and fallacious reporting behind ABC’s most recent fat bash. It’s an absolute joy to watch Eades use real science to prove that the biggest plate of bloated tripe is the one ABC is feeding the viewer.

Can you name the 500 functions the liver performs for your body? If not, read Food Renegade’s comprehensive post on what the liver does, what hurts it, and what keeps it healthy.

FitSugar points out there is more to garlic than the bulb.

Karen De Coster gets Primal in Detroit. Follow her fun, lunchtime decathlon, it’s quite a pictorial!

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Broccoli Rabe Pesto with Baked Cod

During the summer, it’s easy to turn into an impulse buyer. How can you not come home from the store or farmers’ market with more than you need when there’s all that irresistible produce out there? Freezing is one way to handle the excess. Getting creative in the kitchen is another way. Start by looking at a recipe, then mix it up a little. Before long you’ll find yourself throwing things like broccoli rabe into the food processor with nuts, a few garlic cloves and olive oil. Voila! Broccoli Rabe Pesto. Just like there aren’t any rules that say pesto has to be made with cheese, there aren’t any rules that say pesto has to be made out of herbs.

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Creative Visualization

Last week, I discussed the tangible effects of positive thinking. While we can’t quite say whether the connection between happy thoughts and good health/success in life are correlative or causative, it’s safe to assume a couple things: positive thinking is strongly associated with self-confidence and initiative, and all three seem to lead to good things for most people. There are no guarantees in life, of course, but there are ways to stack the deck in your favor. Eating the right foods and living in accordance with our ancestral past are two important, obvious (at least around here) ones; creative visualization may be another.

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How to Gain Weight and Build Muscle

So you wanna put on some lean muscle mass. And you want to do it within the context of the Primal Blueprint, but aren’t sure where to start. It’s a common question and it’s about time I addressed it head on.

As I’ve made pretty clear, our ultimate goal is to achieve positive gene expression, functional strength, optimum health, and extended longevity. In other words: To make the most out of the particular gene set you inherited. These are my end goals, and I’ve modeled the PB Laws with them in mind. But that doesn’t mean packing on extra muscle can’t happen with additional input. After I retired from a life of chronic cardio and started living Primally, I added 15 pounds of muscle, while keeping low body fat levels without really trying, so it’s absolutely possible for a hardgainer to gain some. The question is how much and at what expense?

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