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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: November 2009

Dear Readers

From time to time I’ll get an email from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader that just throws me for a loop. It might be esoteric, simply outside of my core knowledge, or just downright strange. Still other questions are best answered by consensus.

When enough of these spill into my inbox I’ll crowdsource the questions, opening them up to the infinite wisdom of the MDA community. This has resulted in some great discussions in the past (Dear Readers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

Well, it’s that time again. Help out a fellow MDAer with a response in the comment board. Thanks, everyone!

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 73

National Geographic asks a familiar question: what we can learn from (living) hunter-gatherers?

I’m not the only one slamming The Biggest Loser. The NY Times reveals the dark side of the ratings juggernaut with their piece, “On ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Health Can Take a Back Seat.

Read this short, true story titled ‘My Favorite Liar‘ at Zen Moments.  So applicable. (and a thanks to these folks!)

I scored another TV spot to tell the world about the Primal Blueprint – this time staying classy down in San Diego. You can watch me on San Diego living (though you may have to scroll through the other health videos to find my segment).

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No Oat Oatmeal… It’s No-atmeal!

When you’re looking for a protein-packed breakfast, eggs and meat seem like the most obvious choice. But if you go for the most obvious choice every single morning, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. So on those mornings when meat and eggs aren’t what you’re craving and you wake up feeling less like a hunter and more like a gatherer, try Mark’s Daily Apple reader Doug Descant’s ingenious recipe for No-atmeal.

Pronounced “note-meal” (as in, no oatmeal) Doug’s recipe, that he submitted for the Primal Cookbook Challenge, is for all you ex-cereal lovers out there and for anyone who needs a warm bowl of comforting goodness on a cold winter morning. As Doug says, “it’s a hot meal full of essential proteins and fats, not to mention the necessary vitamins and minerals, in order to stay energized for the cold weeks ahead.”

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Getting Primal in the Netherlands

As part of our ongoing Primal Blueprint Fitness Video Contest Mark’s Daily Apple reader and competitive CrossFitter Blair Morrison submitted his interpretation of a Primal Blueprint Bodyweight Routine (the new contest theme is Creative Sprint Routines). He’s in the running for a cash and Primal prize package and has a one in four shot of winning.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you could probably use a little activity, so try out this Primal routine to get your heart pumping.

5 rounds for time:

  • Sprint to the top of stairs
  • 5 burpees
  • Bear crawl down stairs
  • 5 burpees

If you’d like to be featured on Mark’s Daily Apple for a chance to win Primal gear read the Primal Blueprint contest details and submit your video (fitness or recipe), real life Primal story or Primal recipe today!

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Happy Thanksgiving

The staff and I are taking the day off to honor the holiday, but I didn’t want to let the opportunity slip by without extending my gratitude to you, the MDA community. To all our readers, I want to say thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and involvement (in the comment boards, in the forum, and in spreading the word about the site and book). It’s been a truly amazing and transformative year here at Mark’s Daily Apple, and I hope it’s been a successful and enjoyable journey for you as well. Of course, I realize that not everyone is in holiday mode today. Actually, MDA had visitors from 189 countries worldwide last month – Australia to Sweden, India to Brazil, Canada to Hong Kong, and on goes the list. Nonetheless, I hope you all have much to be grateful for today. Happy Thanksgiving – and best wishes – to everyone out there!

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The Vegetarian Myth


It isn’t often that I write book reviews (have I ever? – serious question), but it isn’t often that a truly important book like Lierre Keith’s The Vegetarian Myth pops up on my radar just begging for one.

You may remember it from a brief mention I gave back in September, or maybe from Dr. Eades’ endorsement of it. You may have even already read the book yourself. If you haven’t, read it. And if you have? Read it again or get one for a friend.

That goes double for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone on the cusp of adopting that lifestyle. If you fit the bill, especially if you’re considering veganism/vegetarianism for moral reasons, drop what you’re doing and run to the nearest bookstore to buy this book. It’s incredibly well-written, and the author has a real knack for engaging prose, but that’s not the main reason for my endorsement. The real draw is the dual (not dueling) narratives: the transformation of a physically broken moral vegetarian into a healthier moral meat eater; and the destructive force of industrial agriculture. The “Myth” in question is the widely-held notion that vegetarianism is the best thing for our health and for our planet. On the contrary, Keith asserts that a global shift toward vegetarianism would be the absolute worst move possible. It’s vitally important. It’s definitive. It’s somewhat depressing, and it’s brutally honest. It also might be the book that changes your life.

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