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Archive for December, 2010

13 Dec

Monday Musings: Dirt Deficit Depression, Active Learning, and Thought for Food

Things are nice and clean nowadays. You can easily go a day without seeing a single speck of visible dirt, while hand sanitizer stations dotting the modern landscape take care of the less visible stuff. This is, of course, an environmental novelty with big implications. We”re all familiar with how the extreme sterility of modern […]

13 Dec

WOW: The Climb

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

12 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 121

Author Gary Taubes of Good Calories, Bad Calories fame is coming out with a new book later this month, Why We Get Fat. If you’re not familiar with Gary, get familiar with him. He’s a truthbringer. Meat makes you happy. Eating it and, apparently, also just looking at it. The Colbert Report certainly takes this […]

11 Dec

Tender Braised Brisket with Carmelized Onions and Tomatoes

Brisket is a little like meatloaf, in the sense that it’s a simple, unglamorous comfort food that everyone claims to have the best recipe for. The recipes all turn out to be pretty much the same, with minor variations, and they all lead to the same place: a hearty, gut-warming meal that will have you […]

10 Dec

2 More Success Stories from Mark’s Daily Apple Readers

It’s time for another round of Primal Blueprint success stories. It’s been a real pleasure receiving these messages from Mark’s Daily Apple readers and being able to share them with the community. As you’ll read, Malika sent hers in recently after reading a bunch of stories submitted by other readers. If you have a Primal […]

9 Dec

The Psychology of Giving Up Junk Food

It’s probably the biggest thing that makes some people hesitate in going Primal. Sure, they appreciate the logic and sensibility of the Blueprint lifestyle. They value the chance to improve their health and effectively lose weight. They love the idea of having more energy. They salivate over the prospect of bacon. But then comes the […]

8 Dec

Holy Cow! – Lessons in Food Respect

I love a good cow. Its meat is tasty, filling, and, especially when grass-fed and finished, full of fat-soluble vitamins, protein, and healthy fat. A cow’s organs are highly nutritious and affordable, often discarded by butchers, usually ignored by shoppers, and always available for the discerning Primal eater. The cow also produces a magical self-replenishing […]

7 Dec

Adult Sports Leagues, and Why You Should Join One

Last week’s post on the buddy system got me thinking about the importance of general camaraderie in physical activity, beyond just the fact that having a person who relies on you to work out will get you off your butt and moving. I think you can go further than a single buddy – how about […]

6 Dec

The Perfect Primal Christmas Gift

If you’ve experienced the power of the Primal lifestyle in your own life I’m sure you feel the same way I do: that the Primal Blueprint shouldn’t be kept a secret. Everyone should have access to this life-altering information. It’s what motivates me to keep Mark’s Daily Apple running each day. And it’s why I’ve […]

6 Dec

Monday Musings: Vitamin D, Toxic Strawberries, New PUFAs Coming Soon

A quick look at Google Trends shows a clear, undeniable trend: that of regular folks armed with curiosity, questions, and Internet connections taking their health into their own hands and searching for information on “vitamin D.” Search traffic for the keywords is at an all-time high, having steadily increased for years. But just as people […]

6 Dec

WOW: I’m Gonna Be (500 Reps)

Hit 500 reps total, using the following: Pullups Pushups Handstand Pushups Planks Weighted Lunges Broad Jumps

5 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 120

You may have heard about the incoming report that high levels of vitamin D supplementation is unnecessary. I’d suggest reading Heart Scan Blog‘s version of what the Institute of Medicine should have said. And for those of you who still think D is a good idea, check out this handy infographic on vitamin D. GrinchHabits? […]

4 Dec

Vegetable Latkes

Call them what you want – latkes, vegetables pancakes, fried-deliciousness – they’re a holiday treat many of us crave this time of year. They’re also traditionally made with potatoes,  a food some of us Primals feel better avoiding. The tuber’s low-moisture and high-starch content creates a crispy exterior and fluffy interior when fried in oil. […]

3 Dec

Never Too Young, Never Too Old

It’s time for another round of Primal Blueprint real life stories. Many thanks to Michael and Chuck for sharing their experiences and pictures, and congratulations to both of them for taking control of their health. If you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it with me and the community […]

2 Dec

How to Use the Buddy Effect to Achieve Your Health Goals

Your alarm clock goes off for your early a.m. workout. The kids are in bed and you know you have a good two hours before the gym closes. It’s a nice afternoon outside – the perfect day for a walk or set of sprints over your lunch hour. What will you choose? Would it make […]

1 Dec

Ancient vs. Modern Fruits and Vegetables

In case you’re still a little wary of humans messing around with food, I thought I’d show how some of your favorite fruits and vegetables are actually the products of selective, targeted breeding. What, you thought every non-explicitly hybridized fruit and vegetable can trace a pure lineage back to the Paleolithic? Ha! The stuff we […]

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