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Archive for October, 2010

31 Oct

Halloween Link Love

Spooky Scary! Thanks to Bryant for the Grok carving to the right. U.K. Mail Online asks… Can cutting carbohydrates from your diet make you live longer? The answer is a bonafide “Yes!” Good to see Conventional Wisdom cracking. Razor blades in bite sized Snickers, a kidnapper around every corner, Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids […]

30 Oct

Primal Holiday Desserts

Halloween signals that the sugary season is upon us again, that willpower-testing time of year when bowls of candy and plates of baked goods seem to appear at every turn. If indulging at some point is inevitable, make it something that doesn’t divert too far from the Primal foods that will keep you feeling healthy […]

29 Oct

Should You Trust Medical Studies?

Last week I shared news from the Pharma front, specifically the latest on questionable business practices and undisclosed alliances that continue to dog the industry’s public image. Pharma, however, isn’t the only part of the health field cast in doubt these days. What would you say to a person who claimed that some 90% of […]

28 Oct

Just How Long Did Grok Live, Really?

It has become an article of faith among, well, basically everyone, that our ancestors lived short, brutal lives. What are they touting as the average lifespan these days – 35 years old or so? I’ve heard anything between 25 and 40 years. The common counter is that infant mortality rates were higher than they are […]

27 Oct

Potatoes: Part Deux

Last week, I made the case that potatoes aren’t nearly as bad as some people make them out to be. They’re carby, sure, but lean, active people who can tolerate carbs are way better off eating potatoes than grains, and even for low-carbers, a potato makes for a good, gluten-free cheat meal. Their place in […]

26 Oct

How Grok Got Milk

Dairy, as I’ve discussed, is a somewhat hazy matter in the Primal Blueprint. With adequate reasons from solid thinkers both for and against, I’ve relegated dairy to the provisional, the peripheral, the speculative even as I choose to modestly indulge in it. As with most Primal gray areas, some forms appear less controversial than others. […]

25 Oct

WOW: The Auroch Stalk

5 Minute Crawl Variations on this WOW are encouraged. See the “How-to” and “Variations” sections below.

24 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 115

As NPR reports, your lifestyle behaviors may not only affect your gene expression. They may alter your children’s, too. Author Leo Babauta of Zen Habits just launched his new book, Focus. For those looking to simplify the chaos in their lives, Leo has aptly dubbed his new book a “simplicity manifesto.” You can get it […]

23 Oct

Silky Celery Root Soup

Beauty isn’t everything and celery root is living proof. There is nothing about its knobby, gnarled, beige appearance that would entice you to put it in your shopping cart. You’ve probably passed by it a hundred times nestled between the turnips and rutabagas, not even realizing what an amazing root vegetable you’re passing over. The […]

22 Oct

How Air Pollution Impacts Your Health (and What to Do About It)

I make no bones about enjoying the conveniences of our modern age. As much as I esteem our beloved Grok figure, I wouldn’t opt to trade places with him. (All right, it might be fun for a day.) That said, I’ve always acknowledged that modern living comes with a price: persistent stress, rampant responsibilities, less […]

21 Oct

The Cattail’s Outta the Bag

It’s official: we’re closing up shop. They found The Bread. They still haven’t found the flying saucer from Area 51, or the second shooter on the grassy knoll, but they found The Bread. A crack team of European archaeologists has finally uncovered the evidence that Eades, Cordain, DeVany, Nikoley, I, and a ton of other […]

20 Oct

Is Your Doctor Getting Cash Payouts from Big Pharma? (plus More Findings from the Drug Biz)

There’s been a lot of news from the Pharma realm these last few weeks. As you all know, I make a point of passing this kind of thing along…. Given the massive role pharmaceutical drugs play in our society’s conventional health care, I like to keep on top of the developments. Speaking of “massive,” first […]

19 Oct

Is Samwise Gamgee Right About Potatoes?

Potatoes are controversial in the Primal and paleo world. They represent a bolus of dietary starch, which can wreak havoc on the insulin resistant, but they are undeniably whole, real foods that don’t require much processing beyond simple heating. Grains and legumes, on the other hand, are tiny, disparate sources of calories that need soaking, […]

18 Oct

WOW: Bringing Home the Kill

1 Mile Carry (1/4 of your bodyweight) Variations on this WOW are encouraged. See the “How-to” and “Variations” sections below.

17 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 114

To all the folks who found my free Grok tattoo offer on the final contest post of the 30 Day Challenge, your tats are in the mail! And speaking of which, it’s not too late to enter that last contest, but do it fast. Cheers to reader Eric for finding this gem (PDF) in the […]

16 Oct

Lobster, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing

When you’re in the mood for something decadent, or a special occasion arises, or it’s a Tuesday and for no particular reason at all you’re craving lobster, MDA Reader Kerry Carlson’s Lobster, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing is one to turn to. Kerry’s lobster salad is flavored by a bold combination of […]

15 Oct

Medical T.V. Is Bad For Your Health

Despite our culture’s “problematic” relationship with personal health (yes, I’m straining to be this diplomatic), we sure do like our medical T.V. There’s the news of course, the doctor talk shows, and the dramas: House, HawthoRNe, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice… (I have no doubt I’m missing some.) It’s one of those head scratchers – kind […]

14 Oct

Empowering Poses

I’m not big on yoga, as most of you know. Too much idle time for me. I’d rather be playing. But last Sunday (a beautiful, sunny, SUP kinda day), I caved to the pressures of my wife Carrie, who loves yoga, and attended a session. It was to be a multi-hour event (a “workshop”) so […]

13 Oct

Taking Fall Inventory

With the whirlwind of the Primal Challenge behind us, I have been enjoying getting back into the normal swing of things. Although nothing stands still here for long, it’s kind of nice to return to a familiar rhythm. With the calendars well into October now, I have my sights on fall – and seasons in […]

13 Oct

Primal Fuel Updates for Inquiring Minds

There was quite a response to the Primal Fuel release on Monday. Numerous early adopters were quick to order a canister or two of Primal Fuel. Others were vocal about what they thought was wrong with the product (for some it appeared that the sky was falling!), most notably that it was out of their […]

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