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Archive for 2010

31 Dec

Taking Stock of 2010: Your Annual Health Review

The time leading up to New Year’s is typically about everything but resolutions – or related reflection. With the seasonal slew of parties, shopping, and travel, resolutions too often emerge spontaneously from the hazy shadow of holiday recovery. Little wonder these last minute, little thought out pledges barely make it beyond the starting gate. Here’s […]

30 Dec

Ignoring the Naysayers

Camzin is from South Africa. When she moved to America, the Standard American Diet greeted her with open arms. Today I get to share with you her journey to overcome flawed conventional wisdom, the world of carbs, and the naysayers. If you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it […]

29 Dec

Caviar Served Three Ways (plus a Primal Blini Recipe)

Even if you’ve tried to keep your head buried in the sand and avoid the media headlines this year, the onslaught of bad economic news has been hard to ignore. Unemployment, defaulted mortgages, a tanking economy…it’s no wonder we’re looking forward to New Year’s Eve more than ever, a holiday that celebrates moving forward and […]

28 Dec

15 Ways to Fight Stress

Do I need to really even say the holidays are a stressful time of year? Every lifestyle blog, magazine, evening news program, and newspaper will have a stress-related feature right about now. I bet Dr. Oz has a “holiday stress relief” show airing. It’s part of the culture – we expect holiday stress and seem […]

27 Dec

Monday Musings: Dairy Fat Good and Placebos Win (with a twist)

Dairy resides in a murky area for some of you guys, but I think most of us can appreciate a good slab of grass-fed butter, maybe a bit of raw cheese, and some fermented dairy, either kefir or yogurt. A select few may not. If dairy makes you feel bad, don’t use it – it’s […]

27 Dec

WOW: Retool and Revisit

Complete 6 cycles of: 10 Burpees 5 Pullups 10 Weighted Squat Throws 12 Clapping Pushups 10 Weight Tosses 50 Meter Sprint

26 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 123

Hope everyone had a merry Christmas. Is it a tradition in your family for someone to recite “Twas the Night Before Christmas?” Let’s just hope that someone wasn’t Werner Herzog. And now, on to something related to health… For those of you who keep emailing me about the blood type diet, Primal Wisdom has an […]

25 Dec

Happy Holidays!

A merry Christmas, everybody, and happy New Year! Like many of you, I’m celebrating with family today, but my thoughts are also with this incredible community at MDA. I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday and looking forward to the new year ahead. In the coming week, I’ll be sharing more of what 2011 will […]

24 Dec

Tons of Doctors and No Solution

It is my pleasure to share Tara’s success story with you today. Follow her journey through marriage, the birth of her twin boys, and a year and a half transformation to a healthy lifestyle. When doctors fail, when WebMD fails, it’s time to take health education into your own hands. If you have your own […]

23 Dec

Spice Rubs for Your Holiday Roast

Whether you’re cooking prime rib, pot roast, top round or brisket, a roast is a great way to feed a holiday crowd. A roast makes for a substantial meal, pairs well with any of your favorite side dishes and offers the promise of leftovers the next day. A roast can always be seasoned with salt […]

22 Dec

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple 2010

It’s been a year chock-full of notable developments here at MDA. Can you say first PrimalCon, first cookbook, first reader cookbook, and the Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook (not to mention new Primal Nutrition products)? On top of it all, the MDA web community, is bigger, more active, and more involved than ever. I’d say we’ve […]

21 Dec

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook Receives Illustrious Award

I am pleased to report that the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has just listed my very own “The Primal Blueprint Cookbook” as one of the five worst (most unhealthy) cookbooks of 2010, along with cookbooks by Gordon Ramsay, Barefoot Contessa, Trisha Yearwood and the creators of Top Chef. Why am I glad to […]

20 Dec

Monday Musings: Thoughts on Fasted Training

Even if I’m not expressly fasting, I gravitate towards working out on an empty-ish stomach. It just feels right to me to run on empty or, at the most, a couple eggs or a handful of nuts. Lifting heavy things while picturing the pounds of meat to come is, for lack of a better word, […]

20 Dec

WOW: Quality Time

Complete 4 cycles of: 100 Meter Leapfrog 100 Meter Foot Race Tug-of-War (losers do ten burpees)

19 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 122

If this story doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will. Melissa McEwen is fond of ponies. On her plate! Congratulations are in order. After a four year engagement, I can now proudly announce that Jenny Craig is married to Nestle Corp. Mazel tov! Here’s a good example of why evoking the question “What […]

18 Dec

Savory Goat Stew

Goat meat might not be on your table every week, but if you peeked into kitchens around the world, you’d see it being served more than you think. Goat meat is a central part of the cuisine in many cultures, showing up in stews, braises, curries, kabobs and ragus. In fact, many sources claim goat […]

17 Dec

100 Pounds Was My Initial Goal

A year ago, Wade realized he had a hundred pounds to lose. Today he shares his journey. Read on to find out if he pulls it off. And if you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it with me and the community please contact me here. Have a wonderful […]

16 Dec

Why You Should Practice Deep Breathing (and How to Do It)

Stressed, anyone? Whether it’s the holidays, the weather, or just the same old tensions, you know that stress takes its toll on your well-being. Sure, you’d love to motivate yourself to take up a meditation practice, yoga class or some other endeavor that promises an effective retreat from the weight of daily pressures. (A vacation […]

15 Dec

13 Holiday Gifts to Support a Primal Lifestyle

Whether you plan to herald the birth of an early Jewish radical, celebrate your Pan-African heritage and tradition, stimulate the lagging economy, perform feats of strength around the Festivus pole, observe the lighting of the menorah, or participate in Saturnalia, Yule, Modranect, or any of the other winter solstice celebrations, the latter half of December […]

14 Dec

The New Evolution Diet: An Excerpt (plus Art De Vany Answers Your Questions)

If you’ve been lurking in the Primal/Paleo community for any length of time, you already know who Art De Vany is. If not, here’s your chance to get a quick glimpse of the man who is billed as the grandfather of the modern Paleo movement. He’s been living this way for a quarter century, and […]

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