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Archive for April, 2011

30 Apr

Sausage & Egg Breakfast Bites

If we have two things in our refrigerator – homemade sausage and eggs – we know it’s going to be good day. With those two ingredients we can whip up a scramble, an omelet, sausage patties with fried eggs or if we have just a little bit more time, a baked egg and sausage dish […]

29 Apr

It Was Time to Make a Change

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another dose of Primal Blueprint inspiration. Many thanks to Hank for taking the time to share how he lost nearly 100 lbs in just 6 months, and turned his life around in the process. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me […]

28 Apr

Is Fish Oil Linked to Prostate Cancer?

This is a special guest post from expert study-dismantler Denise Minger. (Read Denise’s previous guest posts – Will Eating Whole Grains Help You Live Longer? and High Fat Diet Linked to Breast Cancer? – and her blog at Raw Food SOS.) Enter Denise… Like salmon? Pop fish oil? Got a prostate? Then listen up. A […]

27 Apr

The Mysterious World of Smell

What can you smell around you right now? Food? Coffee? Copier ink? Soil? Cleaners or chemicals? An office mate’s cologne from twenty feet away? It’s true we apprehend the world primarily through pictures and sound unlike, say, our canine friends. If we lose our sense of sight or hearing, we embark upon a physically, emotionally, […]

26 Apr

6 Common Herbs and Why You Should Eat Them (Hint: They Don’t Just Taste Good)

We typically think of culinary herbs as useful flavorants. They round out flavor profiles, add complexity to otherwise basic dishes, meld with other herbs to form novel taste compounds that you can’t quite place and cannot be replicated with any other combination, and, used with a subtle, skilled hand, simply make food taste incredible. Oh, […]

25 Apr

Dear Mark: Glutathione, Workout Nutrition, Cartilage Regeneration, Pam, and the Best of the Worst

It’s another round of rapid-fire Q&A with reader questions this week. Ever wonder about olive oil in a spray can, or which meat to choose when dining out? Do you have joint issues, or questions about workout nutrition? These readers do. Read on to learn my answers to these and other questions. And if you […]

25 Apr

WOW: NFL Combine

Complete: 4 40-yard Dashes 2 Max Pushups (or Bench Press), Two Minute Rest 10 Vertical Leaps 10 Broad Jumps 5 Cone Drill Runs 5 Shuttle Runs

24 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 139

If you’re near Kansas City, Kansas, next weekend, we’ve still got open spots for my upcoming PAST session. I’ll be there and would love to meet you! “Is Sugar Toxic?” Gary Taubes wonders in the NY Times. The question isn’t totally rhetorical, and it’s a great read. In another Times piece, another author wonders if […]

23 Apr

Primal Tex-Mex Tortillas and Taco Seasoning

Taco night is a tradition in many families and one that doesn’t have to stop just because corn chips and flour tortillas aren’t on the table. Our favorite wrap for tacos is lettuce, whether the filling is grilled fish or flank steak. We’ve also been known to bake up a batch of kale chips and […]

22 Apr

I Can Only Show You the Door

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint success story. Many thanks to Ronald for sharing how he stepped through the threshold and lost 70 pounds in the process. If you have your own success story you would like to share with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll […]

21 Apr

A Beginner’s Herb Garden

Gardening is a hot topic this week on MDA. Two days ago, Mark gave you the whys – gardening can be therapeutic, it can improve health markers, it can be a great way for people to move frequently at a slow pace, and the list goes on. It’s also a great way to save money […]

20 Apr

How to Breathe Correctly

Unless the afterlife has wifi, I can presume that you’re alive and reasonably well if you’re reading this post, so I’m going to assume you’ve been successfully breathing for some time. You get enough oxygen into your blood to support your physiological requirements and power your limbs, organs, and muscles. You know how to inhale, […]

19 Apr

Gardening Is Therapy

It’s been a great weekend here of sun, fun, and PrimalCon of course. In returning to reality yesterday, I was checking the news and seeing some of you out there are bracing for yet another round of winter’s jest. My condolences – seriously. I’ll admit I was happy to forgo the six month long Maine […]

18 Apr

PrimalCon 2011: Learning to Be Kids Again

Whew. PrimalCon is over. It was everything I’d hoped and everything I’d feared: incredibly uplifting, inspiring, and affirming, but also over way, way too quickly. I guess that’s how good things go. The coolest part was seeing actual full-sized three dimensional Homo sapien sapiens in the flesh, moving, interacting, eating, getting sunburnt, eating some more, […]

18 Apr

WOW: PBF Challenge (PrimalCon Edition)

Complete for time, Basic or Advanced (respectively): 10 or 30 Pushups 20 or 50 Meter Bunnyhops 20 or 50 Meter Walking Lunges 15 or 40 Spidermans (Spidermen?) 10 or 25 Meter Sprint 10 or 25 Meter Grok Crawl 10 or 25 Meter Sprint 10 or 25 Meter Grok Crawl 10 or 30 Pushups 20 or […]

17 Apr

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 3

It’s the third and, sadly, final day of this year’s PrimalCon. Relive day one and day two here and here. And stay tuned for text, photo and video updates. 8:17 am: Morning warmup session with Angelo dela Cruz

16 Apr

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 2

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox, reporting on select events from the field. Check back throughout the day for text, photo and video updates from day two of PrimalCon 2011. 9:45 am-11-45 am: Survivor-style Team Challenge, and VitaMove/Gorilla Ninja Session with Angelo dela Cruz.

15 Apr

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2011 – Day 1

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox. PrimalCon 2011 kicks off today, and just like last year Mark has his hands full, so the Worker Bees and I will be reporting from the field. Check this blog post throughout the day for text, photo and video updates. Coverage will extend […]

14 Apr

How Noise Impacts Your Health

Do you feel inundated with clamor? Bothered by loud, obtrusive ruckus? Unnerved by the incessant racket of your neighborhood, your city, humanity and all its instruments in general? (Yes, I’m surprised there’s no pill for it yet.) Blame the blaring contraptions our species has come up with. Blame the obliviousness (or grating intentionality) of some […]

13 Apr

Small, and Not So Small, Farms You Can Trust

Shortly after writing the cold cuts post, in which I gave Applegate Farms some praise for being “one of the good ones,” I received an email from a perceptive reader who had a slightly different appraisal of the situation. Applegate Farms, it turns out, doesn’t raise any animals themselves. There’s no farm to visit. They […]

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