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Archive for May, 2010

31 May

Meet Cliff, Jerry, Vicki, Josh and Jeannie

Grandmothers, teenagers, men, women, people of all fitness levels (from athletes to lifelong couch potatoes now turned modern day Groks); people all over the world are going Primal and taking control of their health. On this beautiful Memorial Day in sunny southern California I bring you another collection of Primal Blueprint Success Stories. Take a […]

30 May

Weekend Link Love

Are we “safing” our children to death? Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids, writes an incredible piece for Salon about the war on childrens’ playgrounds. (thanks for the find, Hunt. Gather. Love.) Can bacteria make you smarter? Discovery News has the answer. Bug time. Watch National Geographic‘s insect eating video. They hit you with […]

29 May

Aromatic Whole Grilled Chicken

As spring in our part of the world finally gives way to summer, cooks start their migration outdoors, turning off ovens and firing up grills. But saying goodbye to your oven for the summer doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to slowly roasted, succulent meat. As reader Rich Freund has pointed out when submitting the […]

28 May

The 1-2-3-4 Formula for Unleashing Your Inner Grok

This is a guest post from Matt Garland of Healthy Lifestyle Design. Do you have what it takes to unleash your inner Grok? Everyone does. It’s inherent in our biology. And yet many don’t, not because of physical obstacles but mental ones. Such barriers manifest as false and misguided perceptions of Primal living’s complexity, difficulty, […]

27 May

Joint Mobility: Reader Question Roundup

I got a ton of feedback from my series on joint mobility. As comprehensive as I tried to be in my joint mobility series, I couldn’t possibly address every single malady a person might have. In the comment sections, readers discussed their own specific issues with joint mobility or joint pain, and while I hope […]

26 May

Filling in the Gaps: How to Incorporate Joint Mobility Drills

By now, I hope the importance of joint mobility is clear, and the benefits myriad. It isn’t the sexiest topic around to be sure. “The Importance of Shoulder Mobility” certainly isn’t as attention-grabbing as “How to Lose 10 lbs in 10 days!,” but it’s one of those often overlooked aspects of fitness that with just […]

25 May

Smart Spice: Turmeric

It may not share cinnamon’s universal applicability to consumables, but turmeric is another spice with some powerful culinary and medicinal qualities that deserves our attention. Turmeric, known officially as Curcuma longa and historically as Indian saffron, is a rhizome of the ginger family. Its horizontal root system is dug up, baked, and ground into a […]

25 May

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: Your Best Primal Chicken Recipe

24 May

Dear Mark: Latest in Gene Expression Research

One of my favorite topics, as many of you know, is epigenetics. It’s the burgeoning area of science that has blown apart the traditional nature-nurture dichotomy by examining the lifestyle-induced activation or dampening of genes. Epigenetics is increasingly filling in the gaps for understanding and monitoring degenerative disease risk. If you’re relatively new to MDA, […]

23 May

Weekend Link Love

Olympic triathlete Simon Whitfield gives some darn good training advice on Healthynomics. He even mentions a few familiar names (cough, cough). Karl had been warned about low-carb eating. He knew the risks and the horror stories. Nevertheless, Karl made the grave mistake of living Primal and now he is suffering from the detrimental consequences… William […]

22 May

Curried Salmon Salad

For busy college students like Amy McMillin, easy-to-prepare meals that make the most out of a limited food budget are a necessity. “I like to make salads with fewer ingredients using unique combinations,” Amy told us, which is how she came up with her recipe for Curried Salmon Salad submitted for the Primal Blueprint Reader-Created […]

21 May

How to Maintain Shoulder Mobility and Scapular Stability

More than perhaps any other joint in our bodies, the shoulders demand close and careful attention. We use them on a daily basis and they travel a wide-ranging path; it’s in our best interest to assure that the path is the one of least resistance. The tricky thing about maintaining good shoulder function is that […]

20 May

The Importance of Shoulder Mobility and Scapular Stability

If you’ve been following my series on joint mobility you’ll know that I’ve already covered how to improve and maintain joint mobility for the hips, thoracic spine, and ankles and wrists. Today and tomorrow I’ll be going over the shoulder. The shoulder is a tricky joint because it has to provide adequate stability while maintaining […]

20 May

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook Now Shipping!

As I announced in yesterday’s newsletter, The Primal Blueprint Cookbook is now shipping. The Primal Blueprint team is furiously packing to get all pre-orders out the door and into your hands as soon as possible. All pre-orders should be in the mail in the next few business days. Shipped USPS Media Mail the books should […]

19 May

The Power of Touch

The largest organ on our body is the skin. Its protective layers guard our muscles, bones, internal organs, and ligaments, while its active function results in the most fundamental of our five senses – that of touch. For all our focus on maintaining optimal organ function through diet, exercise, and lifestyle, could it be that […]

18 May

Here Was a Habit I Could Get Behind

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

18 May

Smart Spice: Cinnamon

We mostly see them as flavorants, as the little jars of powder that line our cabinets and the bags of dried roots, barks, and leaves tucked away in drawers, designed to subtly or drastically alter the flavor profile of our “smart fuel” creations in the kitchen, but for most of human history, spices were also […]

17 May

I’m No Longer Self-Conscious About My Body

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

17 May

More Mark’s Daily Apple Readers “Go Primal”

You asked for it, so here it is: another round of Primal Blueprint Success Stories. Emails like these are basically why I continue to run Mark’s Daily Apple. It’s all about giving people the tools and resources they need to feel empowered to take control of their health, and in many cases completely turn their […]

16 May

Weekend Link Love

Primal Toad conquers the PrimalCon Primal Blueprint Fitness Challenge in a 3-part video series. Don Matesz of Primal Wisdom provides a nice summary of a 2009 clinical study. The gist? A “practically paleo” diet “has similar metabolic effects to caloric restriction, without the restriction.” Who’d’ve thunk it? Have a Droid? The Android Guys review the […]

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