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Archive for August, 2010

12 Aug

How-To: Proper Squat Technique

If you want to pick something up off the ground, you have two options: hinge at the hips or squat down. There’s no question that the full squat is an essential, Primal movement, and yet many folks in modern, industrialized society are unable to perform one. Kids have good squat form (just watch them at […]

11 Aug

How-To: Proper Pullup/Chinup Technique

Over the next week I’ll be covering some key concepts related to the recently-released Primal Blueprint Fitness. You can get your own copy of the free eBook here. Yesterday I covered proper pushup technique. Next up, proper pullup/chinup technique. Not everyone loves doing pullups and chinups, but they are an absolutely necessary part of the […]

10 Aug

How-To: Proper Pushup Technique

Over the next week I’ll be covering some key concepts related to the recently-released Primal Blueprint Fitness. You can get your own copy of the free eBook here. First up, proper pushup technique. If you’ve ever taken a PE class, joined the military, played organized sports, or watched Rocky, you should be familiar with the […]

9 Aug

Introducing Primal Blueprint Fitness

Primal Blueprint Fitness. It’s finally here! What can I say? My team and I wanted to get it just right, so we spent over a year developing the program before unleashing it on the world. I originally planned for Primal Blueprint Fitness to be a new hardcover book sold in bookstores as a companion to […]

8 Aug

Weekend Link Love

First off, congratulations to FlyNavyWife. The veteran Grokstar and Joyful Abode blogger is now also a proud mom! Welcome Anneliese Claire to the world. Eat smart. Eat meat smart. Listen to NPR‘s wonderful piece on how a meat-based diet made us smarter. Let the vegetarians and raw foodies weep. Coke is in troubled waters, troubled […]

7 Aug

Slow-Cooked “Heart on Fire” with Creamed Kale

Once organ meats are cooked, they really don’t look that much different than other, more common cuts of meat. In their raw state, however, organs can be a little challenging. For some, the sight of a raw heart on a kitchen countertop doesn’t exactly stimulate the appetite. If you’re tempted to try cooking offal but […]

6 Aug

The Healing Imagination

Truth be told, we humans are an eccentric lot. Healthy food, vigorous activity, sleep, sun and shelter represent basic necessities for living, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fully thriving. That’s been the Friday theme these last few weeks. We’re social animals, nature lovers, intellectual organisms, imaginative creatures. The […]

6 Aug

The 2010 Primal Challenge is Coming…

Success is much easier when your friends are cheering you on. And in a month, you’ll have an entire community right beside you as you take the plunge into Primal living. I’m bringing back the 30 Day Primal Challenge this September. For 30 days, MDA will transform into a hub of reader-generated content and activity, […]

5 Aug

The 5 Best Dark Chocolate Bars in the World

The Modern Paleo blog’s been doing chocolate reviews recently, which struck me as a novel but totally understandable practice for a blog called Modern Paleo. In my mind, good dark chocolate – high cacao content, high fat, low-ish sugar stuff – makes any downsides to living in this modern world well worth it. Good dark […]

4 Aug

Primal Blueprint Snack List

So you’ve ditched the bags of chips and boxes of crackers and cookies. You’ve found creative uses for all the junk food that used to make up your regular diet. And you’ve Primalized your pantry, stocking up on all the Primal essentials. With nary a can of Cheese Whiz or a bag of Funyuns in […]

3 Aug

Is All Butter Created Equal?

The embrace (some might say exaltation) of butter is, in some respects, what sets the Primal eating plan apart from strict paleo. It is essentially pure animal fat with only minor traces of dairy proteins and sugars remaining, and for that reason I consider it a worthwhile staple. But, to answer the question posed in […]

2 Aug

Hangover Hacks You Can Hang Your Hat On

The hangover is an interesting beast. Like Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and any other huge, hirsute crypto-hominid, nearly every culture and every nation has an extensive literature (whether it’s entombed in writing or not) on the subject of hangovers. After all, alcohol is the universal intoxicant, and hangovers are the inevitable consequence of overindulgence. Or are they? […]

1 Aug

Weekend Link Love

You don’t have to take my word from it. From the New York Times: “Vitamin D  promises to be the most talked-about and written-about supplement of the decade. While studies continue to refine optimal blood levels and recommended dietary amounts, the fact remains that a huge part of the population — from robust newborns to […]

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