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Archive for January, 2011

31 Jan

Is Central Heating Related to Obesity?

Why are so many people in first-world countries so overweight? Why is metabolic syndrome so prevalent? The familiar contenders are diet and exercise – more specifically, the wrong kind of each. Both Conventional Wisdom types and nutrition nerds (myself included) agree that we’re doing something wrong in the kitchen and the gym, and that fixing […]

31 Jan

WOW: Beat the Bag

Complete 4 2-minute rounds of: Jabs and Crosses

30 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 128

The schnozberries taste like schnozberries, and the blueberries taste like… synthetic approximations of sweetened fruit crunchlets. This won’t come as a surprise to most of you, but Natural News reveals just how few blueberries go into blueberry food products. Speaking of fake foods… Poor Taco Bell just wants to bring affordable, healthy meat-flavored blends to […]

29 Jan

Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Chives

Now here’s a vegetable that doesn’t have it easy. The Jerusalem artichoke is neither an artichoke nor is it from Jerusalem. It’s no beauty either; the knobby, brown exterior doesn’t exactly whet the appetite. Perhaps worst of all, however, is its reputation for causing a bit of, well, there’s really no delicate way to say […]

28 Jan

97 “Bonus” Changes After Six Months of Living a Primal Lifestyle

Taking control of your health can have profound, far-reaching effects on your life. With newfound energy and well-being it can change your outlook entirely. This was Matt’s experience. I received this email from Matt a few months ago and it floored me. Peruse and enjoy his opus, and feel free to chime in on the […]

27 Jan

Smart Fuel: Macadamia Oil

What can compare to the sweet, buttery mac nut’s tender embrace? As far as nuts, seeds, and pseudo-nuts go, its fatty acid profile is unparalleled. Throw a handful into a bowl of Greek yogurt, along with blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries (or any berry, really), and you’ve got yourself a rich, masterful dessert with minimal linoleic […]

26 Jan

The Not So Definitive Guide to Diet Soda

Before I begin, I want to make something clear: this is not your standard definitive guide to whatever. I’d like to be able to issue a proclamation regarding diet soda that stands the test of time immemorial, but I cannot. Research is still in its infancy, and exactly what diet soda does to those who […]

25 Jan

Homeopathy is (Mostly) Hogwash

On the docket today: a meaty, slippery, jam-packed can of worms. Makes you just lick your lips in anticipation, doesn’t it? Last week’s direct to consumer health testing post got this one going. I mentioned this do-it-yourself health trend comes with both the good and the bad – as yet unproven and unsound alternative therapies […]

24 Jan

Monday Musings: The “Dumb Jocks” Myth

The idea that brain and brawn are mutually exclusive is fairly well embedded in our culture; the popularity of phrases used to describe weightlifting enthusiasts, like “dumb jock” or “meathead,” make its pervasiveness pretty clear. But is it true? In a word, no. Anyone who’s ever heard Mark Rippetoe assess a novice squatter like a […]

24 Jan

WOW: The Phalanx

Complete 10 cycles of: 50 Meter Walking Lunge with Spear Thrust 25 Meter Sprint

23 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 127

Whether you’re sitting on the couch, raiding the fridge, or just doing nothing at all… thank you, America, for inventing the Forever Lazy. (Sheesh.) Sure, school lunches are nasty. But fear not, readers. There is hope. Domino’s has decided to rescue children from the odious morass of poor nutrition. Enter the Smart Slice School Lunch […]

22 Jan

How to Make Red Wine Vinegar

Tart, sour, acidic, harsh: four words that don’t exactly make our mouth water. Unfortunately, they’re often words that come to mind when tasting moderately-priced red wine vinegar that we’ve bought at the store. Even more disappointing is that immoderately-priced bottles aren’t often much better. This isn’t the case with balsamic vinegar – we’re willing to […]

21 Jan

A Cereal Addict Goes Primal

Many of you may relate to the story of Derek and his wife. It’s not a tale of dramatic weight loss, but a story of discovering an ideal body hiding within the body you’ve grown accustomed to. If you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it with me and […]

20 Jan

Announcement: Primal Accelerated Success Seminar (PASS) Launches in 2011!

In 2006 I started Mark’s Daily Apple in an attempt to get the word out about the Primal lifestyle and to help as many people as possible. And while the blog traffic grew and grew each month and I was able to connect with thousands of people via email, the forum and the comment boards […]

19 Jan

High Fat Diet Linked to Breast Cancer?

One of the great things about our growing community is how people like Denise Minger have emerged from near obscurity to become recognized leaders in certain areas. When it comes to parsing the scientific studies, very few people have the combination of skills, understanding of the scientific method and probability, AND the willingness to dig […]

18 Jan

Doctors as Middlemen?: Direct-to-Consumer Online Testing Services and Other Consumer Health Trends

An alarming new health trend has medical professionals scurrying around issuing dire warnings of impending doom and death. As a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal relays, consumers are taking their health into their own hands by foregoing expensive, redundant doctor’s visits in favor of mail order lab tests. Blood lipids, A1C, vitamin D, […]

17 Jan

Monday Musings: Intergenerational Diabetes, New and Improved Pasteurization, Sitting is Still Bad, and Really Old Wine

Diabetes is that rare brand of nasty disease that fails to strike real, visceral fear. It doesn’t carry the weight of a cancer or an AIDS or a heart disease. It’s something you get, like a gut, a long list of prescriptions, and a walker, as you grow older. People just live with it – […]

17 Jan

WOW: Hammer Time

Complete 5 cycles of: 6 Hammer Around-the-Heads, each direction 10 Hammer Shovels, each direction 12 Hammer Slams, each side

16 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 126

I was laughing and wincing at the same time reading Hunter-Gatherer‘s analysis of the particular idiocy of a NY Citibank ad featuring gourmet cupcakes. On a positive note, one of the two gourmet cupcake shops here in Malibu recently closed. Reader Eric sent me this tidbit about where red food dye comes from. And to […]

15 Jan

Mexican Mole Sauce

This particular recipe is a cross between red and black mole (pronounced MOLE-lay); the flavor and color influenced by a blend of dried chiles, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and chocolate. This is the type of mole people outside of Mexico tend to be most familiar with and unfortunately, many versions are overly sweet and heavy, […]

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