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Archive for March, 2011

31 Mar

Meat Musings: Are Cold Cuts Primal?

I’m going to say it outright: I’m not a fan of what most people mean when they say “cold cuts.” The water-laden, gummy, super salty, uniformly shaped, barely recognizable sheets of condensed animal parts just don’t whet my appetite. Yeah, it’s technically meat, but it’s really pushing it. That’s the cheap stuff, though. Those are […]

30 Mar

Compression of Morbidity: Vitality to the End

“Live long and prosper.” -Spock “Live long and drop dead.” -Grok Got your attention? (Thought so.) Sisson’s gone morbid, you say. Not exactly. Death is on the docket for today but more so the time leading up to death – (for some) a period of morbidity during which we experience major illness and impairment. We […]

29 Mar

16 Tips for Desk Jockeys: What to Do About Sitting All Day

Even if your workdays consist of alternating between hunkering down over the laptop in a full Grok squat with perfectly neutral lumbar spine and standing up at a standing workstation for the entire work day you’re likely still engaging in some anatomically novel and potentially problematic habits. The bulk of you folks might get away […]

28 Mar

Dear Mark: Rancid Fat, Store-Bought Mayo and Rice Bran Oil

It’s been a while since I published a Dear Mark post and it’s been a fairly anemic news week, so I thought I’d address a trio of (related) reader questions. If you’ve ever wondered what it means for a fat to be rancid (both for the fat and your body if you consume it), whether […]

28 Mar

WOW: Brave the Weather

Complete 4 cycles: 20 Walking Straight Leg Deadlifts (alternating sides) 10 Handstand Pushups 20 Walking Lunges 10 Pullups 5 Burpees

27 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 136

Remember when cops raided (guns drawn) that raw dairy co-op in Venice, CA last year? Residents of Sedgwick, Maine, should be careful; they just unanimously passed a “food sovereignty” ordinance that allows unfettered commerce between local food producers and buyers. Sounds like terrorism to me! Move over, Primal Toad. Primal Yak celebrates her one-year anniversary […]

26 Mar

Homemade Cultured Butter

Instead of going on and on about how good butter is and stringing together mouth-watering adjectives to describe the nuances of flavor and incredibly rich texture, we’re going to assume that butter needs no introduction. It’s butter, for Pete’s sake. We’ve all tasted it before and all of us are probably more than familiar with […]

25 Mar

Never in a Million Years Did I Think…

For anyone that’s had the thought, “Never in a million years could I…”, these stories are for you. For any athlete looking to go Primal and improve performance, these stories are for you. For anyone that thinks the Primal Blueprint is best suited for men, these stories are for you. These two female fighters are […]

24 Mar

The Power of Solitude: Why You Should Spend More Time Alone

I consider myself a pretty social person, but I’ll admit I need my “cave” time – those periodic hours away from everyone and most everything. After a long and compact business trip, a joint vacation with extended family or friends, the ruckus of the holidays, or a week of house guests, I hit my threshold […]

23 Mar

Writing Therapy, or What You Get for the Cost of a Number Two Pencil and a Piece of Paper

Last week’s bibliotherapy post got folks talking about their reading practices – both favorite books and personal motivations. There were even a few professional bibliotherapy practitioners among the mix. Small world it is. Thanks, as always, for the amazing feedback and conversation. Today’s topic – and flip side of reading therapy: writing therapy. Just as […]

22 Mar

Defending Olive Oil’s Reputation

Olive oil’s reputation has been besmirched. It isn’t the magic life elixir fueling the teeming hordes of Mediterranean-dieting, crusty bread-eating, moderate wine-drinking centenarians, but it doesn’t deserve to be tossed in the trash heap with soybean, grapeseed, corn, and canola oils. I sense that it’s fast becoming a “fallen fat” among our crowd and I […]

21 Mar

Moms Need Steak and Yet Another Fasting Study

First on the docket for this round of Monday Musings: steak. Steak is an objectively good thing. It can heal wounds and improve your squat. There’s really no conceivable reason not to eat steak, and plenty of reasons to cram it down one’s gullet on a regular basis. O sacred slab, thou finest fuel for […]

21 Mar

WOW: Disaster Response

Complete 3 cycles for time: 10 Clean and Presses 100 Meter Partner Carry (Fireman, Piggyback, Bridal, respectively) 100 Meter Sprint 20 Lateral Weight Tosses (10 each side)

20 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 135

Irritable bowel syndrome is usually no laughing matter, but Blisstree blogger Lia Serbyn’s account of her battle with chronic IBS will make you simultaneously laugh and cringe. By now, you’ve probably heard that Dr. Oz faced off with Gary Taubes on Oz’s show last week. It was pretty much what you’d expect, but check out […]

19 Mar

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Kale with Ginger Steak

Kale is such a powerhouse vegetable that we never get tired of discovering new ways to cook it. We’ve made crispy kale chips, creamed kale, and kale sautéed with olives and though we’ve loved them all, we may have just found a new favorite recipe. Kale marinated in coconut milk then seared on the grill […]

18 Mar

The Rise of Lazarus

Does a Primal lifestyle help with type 1 diabetes? Today it is my pleasure to share with you the sixteen year journey of Dr. Lazarus. If you have your own Primal Blueprint success story and you’d like to share it with me and the MDA community please feel free to contact me here. Have a […]

17 Mar

The Tale of the Cat and the Crickets

Let me tell you a story I recently heard from a friend of mine. My buddy has a pet that is one of nature’s most ferocious and stubbornly independent obligate predators, a creature that quite honestly has no business living among the gentle citizenry of refined society. A creature that frequently enjoys the luxurious trappings […]

16 Mar

7 Low-Tech Tools for Primal Living

While you don’t need stuff to live a successful Primal lifestyle (well, besides bacon), we humans belong to a gadget-fetishizing brand of ape that has had great success over the years crafting and using various tools to make life easier. A couple weeks ago, I highlighted seven high-tech tools that were designed to improve Primal […]

15 Mar

Bibliotherapy: The Power of Books

We all had our favorite stories as kids – those books we begged our parents to read to us a million times over. As adults now, time might be tight, but delving into a really good book offers the same fulfillment and retreat. Our captivation with stories is, of course, as natural and inborn as […]

14 Mar

Poor Sleep May Make You (and Your Liver) Fat

Ah, sleep. Nothing like a good dose of the stuff, right? Losing even a single wink of your usual forty (or an hour, as the case may be) is enough to throw off an entire day. But do you know who might love sleep more than anyone or anything? Our livers. Yes, livers. Those fleshy […]

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