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Archive for October, 2010

12 Oct

How Bad is Rice, Really?

riceThe cereal grain family prides itself on its powerful, expansive arsenal of lectins, phytates, gluten, and other antinutrients. A single seed of its patriarch, wheat, can punch holes in gut linings with ease, and cousin oat has managed to obtain official recognition as being good for the heart even as it doses you with gluten. As healthy whole grains, they hide their armaments in plain sight; they cloak their puny bodies in the very poisons for which they are lauded and applauded. We Primals have got a heated feud going with the family as a whole, but should we paint all its members with the same brush?

Let me draw your attention to rice – diminutive member of the cereal grain family, frequent component of anti-low-carb advocates’ arguments, and the source of much consternation among grain abstainers. Is white rice the proverbial black sheep of the grain family? Does it deserve our full and unwavering opposition? Or, perhaps, can we treat rice like that crazy uncle who drinks a bit too much at family gatherings – occasional visits of short duration are fine and mostly harmless so long as you keep the hard stuff (scotch/soybean oil) locked up?

11 Oct

Announcement: Primal Fuel Now Available!

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You asked for it and now it’s finally here!

Primal Fuel is the ultimate, quick-and-easy, high-protein, low-carb, moderate-fat, Primal meal, and the perfect tool for living a healthy Primal lifestyle in the modern world.

Primal Fuel uses delicious, creamy coconut milk as the base and source of healthy fats. It contains Whey Protein Isolate (the gold standard in protein powders), healthy prebiotics and (and this is a big and) it only contains Primal ingredients. No fructose, artificial sweeteners, soy, unhealthy fats, low-quality protein or any other ingredients that you usually find in meal replacements.

If you took this year’s Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge and want to stay on the Primal path, or accelerate weight loss, Primal Fuel is the ticket.

It comes in both Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Creme and you can order it today!

Learn more about Primal Fuel here. Grok on!

Update: Comment have been turned off. If you’d like to discuss Primal Fuel feel free to start a thread in the forum.
11 Oct

WOW: Cave Burpees

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For time:

100 Burpees (with Pushups and Jumps)*

10 Oct

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveThe 30-Day Challenge has ended. So much amazing reader content was sent in that I’ve created a permanent challenge page where you can see contest results and all the wonderful submissions. And remember, you still have until 9:00 a.m. to vote on your favorite Grokfeast. Do it now if you haven’t already!

It’s not too late to enter my final contest or get your free Grok tattoo. My Grok tat is hip, though maybe not quite as hip as this.

A big shout out to reader Henry for finding this incredible study on Hunter-Gatherer longevity (PDF).

The HFCS drama continues. First it just wanted to be like all the other sugars. Now it wants to change it’s name. Next it’ll probably go through an emo-goth phase. David Katz chronicles HFCS’s ongoing identity crisis.

9 Oct

Tomato Garlic Mussels

GarlicTomatoMusselsAfter over a month of Primal Challenge festivities it feels good to get back in the kitchen and cook up some Primal fare for the regular weekend recipe post here at MDA. This and next week’s recipe will wrap up the Reader-Created Cookbook Contest. After that it we’ll be publishing exclusive MDA-created recipes every Saturday. But first, let’s dive straight into the sea…

The great thing about seafood is that it takes so little time to cook. Mussels are at the very top of the list, usually needing only a few minutes to steam open. Mussels conveniently announce exactly when they’re done by opening their shell, they are perfectly self-seasoned, have no bones to contend with and are high in protein, B12, iron and selenium. What is there not to love?

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