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Archive for January, 2011

14 Jan

There Are No Limits, There Are Only Plateaus

Steven is almost forty, and his story can be traced all the way back to high school. It is my pleasure to share with you Steven’s long road to Primal living and the incredible result that followed. If you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it with me and […]

13 Jan

You Are How You Eat

We eat while reading the newspaper. We eat while watching T.V. or checking email. We eat while packing the kids’ lunches (over the sink, Moms?), breaking up sibling scuffles, or trying to keep an unruly toddler from throwing every bit of her dinner on the floor. We eat while working or cleaning up or driving. […]

12 Jan

Why Can Some People Eat Anything They Want and Never Gain a Pound?

The following are both actual and paraphrased versions of questions I regularly get from readers: If grains are so bad how can you explain the leanness and good health of Clarence Bass? How is it that this guy can eat 30 bananas a day and not gain weight, or this guy can eat nothing but […]

11 Jan

Dairy and Its Effect on Insulin Secretion (and What It Means for Your Waistline)

Insulin is an old, old hormone. Evolution has preserved its structure across hundreds of millions of years and hundreds of thousands of species. Fish, insects, reptiles, birds, and mammals all secrete insulin with fairly similar amino acid arrangements (insulin from certain species of fish has even been clinically effective in humans), so, clearly, it is […]

10 Jan

Monday Musings: Importance and Simplicity of Physical Activity for Oldsters

A few studies caught my attention this week, not for being all that surprising or groundbreaking or even new, but because they jibed with something I’ve been mulling over: physical activity in old age. Studies: the first and second. I grouped these together because they largely deal with the same thing. The first, actually a […]

10 Jan

WOW: Sprint, Walk, Sprint, Repeat

Complete 15 minutes of: 6-second Sprint Walk 6-second Sprint Walk Repeat

9 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 125

Charlotte Hilton Andersen’s new book, The Great Fitness Experiment, is out. If you haven’t yet discovered her blog of the same name, go there now. Charlotte’s writing is personal, honest, and humorous. I can’t vouch for the contents of her book as I haven’t read it yet, but if it’s anything like her blog I’m sure […]

8 Jan

Beef Stew and Chicken Soup in 35 Minutes or Less

Most of us are familiar with slow cookers and rely on them from time to time when we want a home cooked meal that requires very little effort. There are many reasons to love a slow cooker. Speed is not one of them. A pressure cooker, on the other hand, can do just about everything […]

7 Jan

By Switching to Primal You Can Save on Your…

“Going Primal is so expensive!” Is it? Randy Oveson begs to differ. Randy emailed me in early December, just before a medical evaluation to determine his insurance rates. Read his story below, and keep up with him over at The Primordial Man. If you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to […]

6 Jan

Primal Blueprint 2011 Action Plan

It seems like just yesterday that I posted my ambitious plans for 2010. With the inaugural PrimalCon held last April, Mark’s Daily Apple keeping me busy, and the release of my first cookbook and Primal Blueprint Fitness among many other things, the year flew by. And I wasn’t the only one hard at work. Friends […]

5 Jan

Dear Mark: Seasonal Affective Disorder and Light Box Therapy

With holiday fun come and gone, it’s the time of year when we all truly settle into winter. Spring is a long way off at this point. The cold and darkness aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Most people find their way through the season with a mixture of enjoyment and impatience (and maybe a […]

4 Jan

17 Ways to Improve Your Sleep

Like last week’s stress post, I’m not going to delve deeply into why sleep is so important. I’ve done it before, and doing so again would simply take up valuable space that’s better used for action items – for actual sleep hacks that you can put into effect immediately. Just rest assured that it’s crucial […]

3 Jan

Monday Musings: New Grass-Fed Study

A new grass-fed meat study (PDF) has just been brought to my attention, thanks to Aaron Blaisdell. It’s pretty fascinating. Researchers wanted to see two things: whether eating grass-finished animals instead of grain-finished animals would provide a significant influx of dietary omega-3s and whether the potential influx would actually make a difference in lab numbers. […]

3 Jan

WOW: The Bro Workout

Complete 5 cycles of: 10 Dips 7 Pullups 10 Handstand Pushups 10 Inverted Rows As with nearly all WOWs, this workout is scalable. Read on for beginner substitutes and variations.

2 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 124

Are redheads really the redheaded stepchildren of the world-family? Scientists pop the carrot top to find out what makes gingers tick and what makes them sick. Kevin MD talks facebook, narcisism, and self esteem. What say you readers, would your off-line and on-line selves like each other? Here’s a fun hack: Steve Maxwell barefootifies his […]

1 Jan

A Healthy Body and Mind in 2011: Your Plan of Attack

Yesterday’s project: strategic reflection on the year past. Today’s agenda: action plan. It’s where the rubber meets the road, folks. Call it a New Year’s resolution if you will, but this isn’t about some half-assed gesture toward a nebulous pipe dream. I’m talking about crystal clear objectives and an explicit progress plan. Define what you […]

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