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Archive for November, 2010

30 Nov

Dear Mark: Are Hybrid Fruits and Vegetables Healthy?

Dear Mark, I was wanting to know if there is any danger in eating hybrid foods. I recently tried broccolini and then discovered that it was a hybrid between broccoli and Chinese kale. Is this dangerous to eat? Is it similar to GM? I would greatly appreciate your input on this before I start eating […]

29 Nov

Monday Musings: Fructose, Not HFCS; Serenity Now, Death Earlier?

I’ve always been a bit leery about the overwhelming amount of attention paid to high-fructose corn syrup in the media and among the online health-conscious community. Sure, it’s bad stuff, maybe even especially bad when compared to other forms of sugar, but it is not enough to simply ditch the “corn sugar” and use “healthy […]

29 Nov

WOW: Sprint Complex

Complete 4 (or more) in succession: 2 10-second Standard Sprints 2 10-second Uphill Sprints 2 20-second Grok Crawl Sprints 2 12-second Backward Run Sprints 2 150-meter Rowing Sprints 2 50-meter Swim Sprints, any stroke 2 quarter-mile Uphill Cycle Sprints

28 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 119

Tasha of Voracious is a vegan no more. Her story is a good one, and so are the many supportive comments she received; feel free to add your own. I originally wrote Epic Meal Time off as a gimmicky, sophomoric vlog. I haven’t changed my mind, but hats off to the wicked creativity and meat […]

27 Nov

1 Couple, 4 Months, 90 Pounds and Newfound Health

These Primal Blueprint success stories seem to have become a regular feature on Mark’s Daily Apple in recent weeks. I love to hear from readers and I’m more than happy to publish these stories as long as they keep coming in. I know that every MDA reader out there has their own health story. If […]

26 Nov

Primal Breakfast Casserole

You know the scenario. It’s the morning after Thanksgiving and you’re recovering from a day of marathon cooking and pulling off a holiday feast with all the fixins, Your kitchen still looks like it’s been ransacked, you still have dishpan hands and the only thing you want to do is pull your duvet cover over […]

25 Nov

How Being Thankful Can Make You Healthy

With all the talk of food this week, I didn’t want to give the impression I’d missed the forest through the trees. Primal or traditional eats aside, it’s really about gratitude, isn’t it? Gratitude for those we love, for all we have, and for how far we’ve each come in one way or another. For […]

24 Nov

Food Hack: How to Get More Vitamins from Your Produce

Plants are not passive things. Oh, they’re not running and fighting and directly acting on the local environment with any sort of mammalian consciousness or intent, but they do employ defenses against hungry animals, insects, intrusive plant life, and disease – just like we do. We differ greatly in a few major areas, of course. […]

23 Nov

Thanksgiving Dinner: Vote for Your Plan of Attack

It’s time for the annual procession of all things carb: potatoes, rolls, cranberry molds, all manner of desserts. Thanksgiving, however, needn’t be a salivating stare down with the spuds. The subject du jour: how you plan to handle the holiday. Primal types seem to fall into two camps when it comes to these occasions. Some […]

22 Nov

Monday Musings: Torcetrapib Part Deux? and Keto Diets Seize the Day

Overburdened doctors sure do love tangible targets, like lipid numbers. They’re easy to hit with drugs. There’s no guesswork – statins and the like actually do lower cholesterol (whether that’s helpful or harmful is the question) – and that makes a physician’s life simpler. Oh, sure, lifestyle changes work, but most patients won’t bother trying […]

22 Nov

WOW: The Grok Throwdown

3 cycles of: Two-minute scuffle 200 Meter Partner Carry – Piggyback 200 Meter Partner Carry – Fireman’s Carry 200 Meter Partner Carry – Bridal Carry 30 Second Plank for Two

21 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 118

Is man as fit, strong, fast, and productive as he used to be? Salon interviews archeologist/author Peter McAlister on his book Manthropology: The Science of Why the Modern Male is Not What He Used to Be. What say you, readers? From Free Range Kids, I’d categorize this sign as an active fail. New York City […]

20 Nov

Crispy Roasted Duck with Holiday Seasonings and Sauces

Who knows why turkey became the fowl of choice this time of year, leaving duck forgotten by most. I guess the ducks themselves are just fine with this arrangement, but if you’re looking for a less-traditional and more adventurous Thanksgiving dinner, why not give duck a try? A whole, roasted duck tends to work best […]

19 Nov

3 More Success Stories from the Primal Front

Who doesn’t love a good success story? I know I do. It’s a large part of what keeps me and this blog going day in, day out. And anecdotes matter. They add further credence to the Primal Blueprint, they have the power to inspire and they give us all a little insight into how others […]

18 Nov

When Grok Lives with Korg, or How to Cope With an Unsupportive Partner

When I introduced a forum thread asking folks to share their top three challenges in going Primal, one issue got major traction: the S.O. factor (significant other, for those of you not into the whole online brevity thing). It’s a familiar story. One partner takes on a new health commitment. Life changes for that person. […]

17 Nov

A Visual Guide to Yams and Sweet Potatoes (plus How They Fit Into a Primal Eating Plan)

Quick. What’s a suitable, Primal source of post-workout carbohydrates? If the title of this post and the picture to the right didn’t give you a hint then ask your nearest Primal enthusiast and they’ll tell you without batting an eye, “yams and sweet potatoes”. If, for whatever reason, you need some extra carbs “yams and […]

16 Nov

Dear Mark: Sun Exposure and Glass

These days many of us go to work in the dark and leave greeted by the same. Those lucky enough to have windows next to their desks or work stations might think, “Hey, at least I get some sun exposure during the day.” But how does sun exposure through glass compare with direct sunlight? One […]

15 Nov

Monday Musings: Meditation for Life Extension and the Twinkie Guy

Upfront disclaimer: stress is my big issue. I have most everything about my life pretty well dialed in, but I just don’t handle stress the way I probably should (or the way I tell other people they should). Most people have the vague notion that meditation is good, usually in a psychological, somehow “not physical” […]

15 Nov

WOW: Explosion Complex

5 cycles of: 10 Russian Lunges (5 each leg) 8 Explosive Clapping Pushups 5 Explosive Pullups 5 Weight Tosses

14 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 117

Sure, evolution is important to health. But how about business and relationships? Evolvify aims to become a hub for the evolutionary-minded. Would you rather go skiing or parachuting? Why not do both at the same time! (Warning: video contains both insanity and bliss.) Happy Meals are sad. And in San Francisco they are very sad […]

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