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Archive for September, 2009

30 Sep

10 Ways to Quench a Primal Thirst

I’ll admit it. For the most part, beverages don’t get a lot of attention around here. I tend to take a pretty dismissive stance on them, perhaps as a reaction to the ridiculous mainstream obsession with water intake (64 ounces per day? C’mon!). Also, besides the occasional hankering for a cold beer, I don’t really […]

29 Sep

The Biggest Loser… Is the Audience

I watched The Biggest Loser last week – as well as the prior week’s opener, thanks to TiVo. I know what you’re thinking, but, hey, it’s my job and it has to be done. Truth is, I figure it’s about time someone shook America by the lapels and exposed the myths and fallacies in this […]

28 Sep

Dear Carrie: Reader Question Roundup

What is your workout schedule? What do your meals look like? How did you lose weight and stretch marks after pregnancy? These are just a few of the questions you sent in last week. Hello, everyone! It’s Carrie Sisson here today to field your questions. Last week Mark and I asked for any questions you […]

27 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 64

Another major sign conventional wisdom is starting to crack: This week The Huffington Post ran a piece on why cholesterol may not be the cause of heart disease. A swing and a hit! Perennially spot-on with life advice, Zen Habits wants you to do less. Find out why. Are humans meat eaters or vegetarians? You […]

26 Sep

Baba Ghanoush with Squash Chips

Confession: The squash chips failed miserably. Or rather, I failed miserably at the squash chips. I gave it the old college try after reading about Diana’s new love affair, but to no avail. I used a conventional oven to try and “bake” the squash slices, but the chips barely resembled something edible at the end, […]

25 Sep

Ginger Soup with Scallops and Shrimp

Is there anything more comforting on a chilly autumn evening than a bowl of soup? It warms the body and the soul, especially when the broth is infused with aromatic, slightly spicy ginger. Ginger has long been thought to be a natural immune booster. With flu season on the horizon, homemade soup with ginger broth […]

24 Sep

Update: Primal Blueprint Contests Galore

A few weeks ago as the Worker Bees and I wrapped up this season’s Primal Blueprint Health Challenge I announced that Mark’s Daily Apple will continue to hold contests. We had so much fun giving away Primal gear, reading real life stories of people that are living the Primal life, and watching reader-created fitness and […]

23 Sep

You Don’t Know Squat

A while back, I gave a bit of Link Love to Nature’s Platform (thanks, NeoPaleo), a contraption that fits over regular toilets and allows users to squat instead of sit. I included it mainly for the laughs, a bit of tongue-in-cheek (no, not that cheek – the other one!) ribald humor that was somewhat relevant […]

22 Sep

Sprint for Your Life: A Primal Workout

For the modern Grok, sprinting is generally an elective endeavor. His animals come pre-slaughtered, his honey comes bee-free, and the once-constant threats of predator or rival clan usually fail to materialize nowadays. He doesn’t “have” to run. If he runs fast, it’s probably because he chooses to do so – for sport, for fitness, or […]

21 Sep

Ask Carrie a Question

I’m not sure if I’ve ever formally introduced my wife, Carrie, to the Mark’s Daily Apple community. (That’s her to the right. 53 years strong and on her way to the gym today.) She’s shown up in some posts in the past and we’ve talked about her contributing to the blog, but it just hasn’t […]

21 Sep

Dear Mark: Contest Questions

For this week’s post I’m dipping into the hundreds of comments-questions I received for the Contest last month. Although I could highlight only a few for the winning set, I appreciated all your responses and will try to cover as many as possible in upcoming posts. Thanks, everybody! Mark, As part of my more primal […]

20 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 63

Get ready for new styles of Vibrams! Birthday Shoes has photos and a zippy video review of the FiveFingers Mocs. Does juggling qualify as a workout? MizFit says, “YES!” In case you missed it in the comments section of last week’s conventional wisdom post, Michael Pollan wrote a great Op-Ed piece in the NY Times […]

19 Sep

Root Vegetable Hash

Breakfast hash is traditionally a dish that’s meant to use up leftovers from the night before. The thing is, hash is so good that’s it’s a shame to only make it when you happen to have leftover meat lying around. Personally, I’ve been known to set pot roast or pork loin aside at dinner to […]

18 Sep

Halibut, Snapper and Shrimp Ceviche

Summer might be just about over, but last night in my kitchen it certainly didn’t seem like it. This had nothing to do with the weather, which was a bit cool, and everything to do with the refreshing, lively flavors in a bowl of colorful ceviche. There is no better way to highlight the flavor […]

17 Sep

Lisa in “Onederland”

This story comes from reader Lisa. Her personal tale of going Primal was sent in during this season’s Primal Blueprint Health Challenge. She is the second of four entrants that will be part of the first round of drawings for the ongoing Primal Blueprint Real Life Stories contest. If you have a Primal story that […]

16 Sep

Battling the Python: Swinging Rope Training

If you’re interested in a low-cost, no-hassle piece of homemade training equipment, look no further than a heavy rope. Not a jump rope (although that’s a worthy ally, too); just a thick, unwieldy rope, a confederation of fibers woven together to form a cordon to be used for strange and unconventional workouts (my favorite kind). […]

15 Sep

What Does it Mean to “Grok On”?

We like to throw “Grok” around pretty liberally. It’s the name of our prototypical human ancestor, sure, but it’s also become a rallying cry of sorts: Grok on! What does it mean when we say “Grok on”? Do you know? Do I know? I have something in mind, but I’ve never really expounded on it […]

14 Sep

Weighing the Evidence: Science and Anecdote in Nutrition Studies

I was a science major (biology) in college, yet I have always been a little suspicious of the use of the “scientific method” when it comes to biological systems – especially humans. I guess it started when we were all taught in labs as far back as high school to strictly adhere to the scientific […]

13 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 62

Medical News Today covers the growing Swedish fat wars. Methinks I need to translate the Primal Blueprint into Swedish!(thanks, Dr. Eades!) Runner’s World takes a very serious (super serious) look into the misguided, dangerous, and downright un-American practice of running barefoot. You may have read my tirade against ridiculous food labels, but it’s good to […]

12 Sep

Beef Burgundy

If you’ve been to the movies lately, it’s likely you’ve seen Julie and Julia on the marquee. This true story contrasts the life of TV chef and cookbook author Julia Child with a modern-day fan, Julie, who blogs about cooking all 524 recipes in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. It’s a movie that makes […]

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