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Archive for November, 2009

30 Nov

Dear Readers

questions4readers 1 1From 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!

29 Nov

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveNational 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).

28 Nov

No Oat Oatmeal… It’s No-atmeal!

noatmealWhen 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.”

27 Nov

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!

26 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgivingThe 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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