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Archive for July, 2010

6 Jul

Bedding: Do We Really Need It?

bedThe massive, California king body-molding Tempurpedic mattress that can balance a glass of Cab even as the red-faced TV pitchman hops up and down on it on his way to the next infarction, is a recent invention. Our ancestors were not hauling these massive things from kill site to kill site. They made do with mats, or piles of leaves, or animal skins, or even just the bare ground, and they – by and large – managed to avoid the musculoskeletal disorders that plague modern sedentary man. Should we follow suit, ditching our sumptuous sleeping setups for something more Spartan? Are health benefits conferred by slumbering on something Grok would recognize? Or put another way, are our beloved pillow-topped mattresses doing more harm than good?

6 Jul

Announcement: New Recipe Theme for the Cookbook Contest

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Enter your best Primal Blueprint recipes for your chance to win prizes and be featured in the Reader-Created Cookbook

The new theme: Offal Recipes

In the last couple months MDA readers have sent in some delicious Primal Chicken recipes (the previous theme):

Aromatic Whole Grilled Chicken
Chicken Curry Clafouti
Sesame Chicken and “Rice” with Fiery Ginger and Chile Sauce
Crispy Nut and Herb Fried Chicken with Creamy Avocado
Spicy Chicken and Bacon Poppers
Butter Chicken in a Silky Sauce

All of these recipes will be featured in the Reader-Created Primal Blueprint Cookbook and the entrants have a chance to win an über cool Primal prize package. (Note: The Reader-Created Cookbook is not to be confused with The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.)

But now I’m asking for your favorite Primal Offal recipes. Liver and Onions? Sweetbreads and Bacon? Scrambled Eggs and Calf Brains? However you like your organs I want to know and so do other Primal Blueprinters. If you’d like to participate in this contest email me your best Primal creations where offal is the featured ingredient. Click here for all the contest details.

5 Jul

Dear Mark: Nursing and the Primal Eating Plan

nursingbabyI’ve received the question numerous times, and last month several readers raised the issue in my “Ask Me Anything” post. For all the innumerable benefits of the Primal Blueprint diet, there are a handful of situations that oblige a few modest accommodations. In the past I’ve suggested Primally-minded adaptations for endurance athletes. Today I’ll take up the question of nursing. Do the long-term, intensive demands of breastfeeding require modification of the typical Primal diet? What special considerations are there for nursing mothers? And what about specific scenarios readers have mentioned: ketones, reflux, ammonia-scented urine? There’s a lot of Primal ground to cover today, so let’s jump right in. But first a reminder that I’m not a doctor and that everything on this site should be viewed as my opinion and not medical advice.

4 Jul

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveHappy 4th of July!

Here’s another grand slam from TED, chef Dan Barber talks about sustainability and his love affair with fish.

Do video games have a place in fitness? Son of Grok‘s answer may surprise you.

Because more than a dozen people emailed me about the article, it’s worth mentioning that orthorexia is back in the news and is predictably being misinterpreted by pundits. While I covered the subject over a year ago, I’ll go ahead and say it again: Choosing healthy foods is not a mental disorder, but refusing to eat because of impossibly high standards is.

3 Jul

Butter Chicken in a Silky Sauce

butterchicken1Alison Mollenhauer was right on when she named the recipe she submitted for the Primal Blueprint Reader-Created Cookbook Contest “Butter Chicken” instead of simply “Chicken Curry”. Yes, the recipe has spices like garam marsala, cumin and cardamom. Yes, the air in your kitchen will be heavy with the enticing aroma of curry. But it’s the silky, rich, lick-the-back-of-your-spoon texture that really stands out in this dish. The credit goes to a generous amount of butter and the addition of cream or coconut milk, mellowing the spices and turning this fairly simple dish into something luxurious. The moist, tender meat of chicken thighs can take some credit too, as the chicken practically melts in your mouth with each bite.

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