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Archive for March, 2010

31 Mar

How Much Is Too Much?

Although the Primal Blueprint leaves ample room for individual determination, I do try to offer folks a clear picture of the impact different dietary and lifestyle choices have on their overall health picture. At times I even offer specific recommendations or ranges that readers can tailor to their particular needs and situations. I’m often asked, […]

30 Mar

The Question of Seasonality in Fructose Availability

Let’s continue the discussion from last time. Again, I apologize for any meandering. This is a big topic, and I think it helps to leave no stone unturned. Seasonal eating is currently pretty popular, perhaps even trendy in some circles. You’ve got the locavores, folks who only dine on meat and produce grown and harvested […]

29 Mar

Dear Mark: Sugar as Immune Suppressant

Dear Mark, Since going Primal last summer, my vegan buddy and I have some very explicit differences of opinion. I’m sure you can guess where they come up. Where we agree though is on the subject of sugar, especially refined sugar (syrups, honey, HFCS, table sugar, etc). Neither of us eat the stuff as a […]

28 Mar

Weekend Link Love

Want more evidence of a positive sea change? Slate joins the cause with a call to end the war on fat. The British Medical Journal catalogs instinctive sleeping postures. Courtesy of Jon from my sleep guide, this one is seriously worth a look. Don’t want an aftershave full of unpronounceable chemicals? Head over to The […]

27 Mar

Lamb’s Lettuce and Spinach Salad

We can’t think of a better green to welcome in spring than one with an adorable name like Lamb’s Lettuce. Of course, this green has many identities and what you call it depends a lot on where you buy it. In France and in most American grocery stores it goes by the name mâche (pronounced […]

26 Mar

Sustainable Lifestyles: Green Living and Health

Over the last couple weeks I’ve had the pleasure to announce two PrimalCon speakers: Maya White and Brad Kearns. As you may recall, Maya will be teaching PrimalCon participants how to sit, stand and walk like Grok, and Brad will be explaining how to apply the Primal Blueprint principles to endurance training. Today I’m pleased […]

26 Mar

Announcement: The Primal Blueprint Poster

You can now get a copy of The Primal Blueprint Poster. It is officially on sale for $14.95. The shipping and handling costs are on me unless you are outside of the U.S. I think it’s a pretty cool poster if I may say so myself. Many thanks to Kristin, my ace designer, Farhad, and […]

25 Mar

The Question of Seasonality in Human Health and Nutrition

How important is seasonality in our understanding of human health? In last week’s nuts post, I referred to the seasonality and intermittence of nut availability in the wild, implying that because they weren’t available to our ancestors on a year-round basis, excessive daily nut consumption may not be in our best interest. Regular, consistent, high-volume […]

24 Mar

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

Sleep Awareness Week (as sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation) technically ended March 13th, but somehow I’m guessing there are just as many sleep deprived folks milling about this week as there were a few days ago – just like our good reader Monday. Maybe a few of us feel better adjusted to the time […]

23 Mar

How-to Guide: Standing at Work

Besides stuff like tribal warfare, cannibalism, and high infant mortality, it seems like most any divergence from our ancestral norms is ultimately detrimental, or at least problematic. Nutrition is an obvious one, along with sunlight, sleep, and exercise. The mainstream media is even beginning to question the superiority of modern footwear. And then there’s the […]

22 Mar

Dear Mark: Sleep and Oxidative Stress

Dear Mark, The time change pretty hit me hard this year. I’ve noticed that as I age I value my sleep more and more. When I was in my 20s and 30s I use to be able to get by on about 6 hours of sleep each night. Now if I don’t get at least […]

22 Mar

Announcement: New Recipe Theme for the Cookbook Contest

Enter your best Primal Blueprint recipes for your chance to win prizes and be featured in the Reader-Created Cookbook The new theme: Primal Salad Recipes! In the last month I’ve received and published some delicious Primal Pork recipes (the previous theme): Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Pesto Crock Pot Pork-Stuffed Peppers Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Loin Garlic […]

21 Mar

Weekend Link Love

Last Saturday at a San Francisco book fair, three men threw cayenne laced pies in the face of Vegetarian Myth author Lierre Keith. On Thursday, Jimmy Moore interviewed Lierre about the cowardly act, and the reaction to it. A couple Grok Stars have their own blogs!… Diana Hsieh now runs Modern Paleo. Stop by, leave […]

20 Mar

Garlic Pulled Pork

Search through a few cookbooks or food blogs for a pulled pork recipe and you’ll find that everyone has a slightly different approach. Some cooks add broth and tomatoes, some sear the meat at the beginning, some cook the pork in a crock pot and others go all-out with a charcoal grill. Each cook will […]

19 Mar

Applying the Primal Blueprint Principles to Endurance Training

This is a guest post written by Brad Kearns, my long-time friend and integral member of the Primal Blueprint team. He’ll be speaking at this year’s PrimalCon, instructing athletes and non-athletes alike on how to properly train for endurance events the Primal Blueprint way. Greetings MDA readers. It’s been a wonderful experience to work closely […]

17 Mar

I’m in Awe…

Before I say anything else I want to express my extreme gratitude to everyone involved. In fact, gratitude is too watered down a word to describe how I feel. I am in awe of the support. I set out to generate some much-needed exposure for the book and had my fingers crossed for a top-ten […]

16 Mar

Complete Recovery Within a Week

There’s nothing like a receiving an email from a reader that chronicles their Primal journey. It makes my day. This one, from active forum member Timothy Williams, was sent in a couple months ago (and then an update last week). Timothy has seen tremendous results following the Primal Blueprint principles. Read his inspiring success story […]

15 Mar

Dear Mark: Nuts and Omega-6s

Nuts have gotten a surprising amount of flack as of late. Many nuts have a fairly high PUFA content, and most of that PUFA is Omega-6, which is the bad one. It’s easily oxidized, highly unstable for cooking, usually rancid on the shelf, and, thanks to government farm subsidies and public hysteria over animal fat, […]

14 Mar

Weekend Link Love

Remember the guy who made the challenge-winning “Bringing Home the Bacon”  video? He’s got a new one. Watch this Primal workout, epic music included. Fat is a flavor, says science. And me. Yum. What’s the difference between a fish and a goat? Hunt. Gather. Love talks about the role emotion plays in our food choices. […]

13 Mar

Mediterranean Stuffed Pork Loin

Regardless of any opinions we might have about the Mediterranean Diet, this stuffed pork loin with a Mediterranean flair is right up our alley. The recipe for Mediterranean stuffing, made from red peppers, spinach, olives, garlic, nuts and an optional sprinkle of feta cheese (we couldn’t resist throwing some in), was sent in by Jade […]

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