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Archive for May, 2011

31 May

The Connection Between Height and Health

Height has historically been regarded as a marker of health and robustness. We seem to implicitly accept that bigger is indeed better, even if we don’t want to admit it. On average, tall people attain more professional success and make more money, the taller presidential candidate almost always wins, and women are more attracted to tall […]

30 May

Dear Carrie: Hot Flashes

Every week I attempt to field at least one reader question in my Dear Mark series of blog posts. Some of the inquiries that are submitted are outside my scope of knowledge or experience, or are questions that are addressed to my wife, Carrie, specifically. While I could (and have been known to) dig into […]

30 May

WOW: Your Turn

Post one of the following in the comment section of this blog post: Your favorite, regular, go-to workout, be it an existing WOW, or WOD from another source -or- A Primal workout of your own creation

29 May

Weekend Link Love

First off, I have some thanking to do. Many thanks to John Durant for organizing the NYC Paleo meetup last week. About 175 enthusiastic people attended the event, and I had a wonderful time sharing my thoughts on the metabolic paradigm shift and meeting everyone that could make it out. I also want to thank […]

28 May

Garlicky Roasted Shrimp and Swiss Chard

You can never have too many quick and easy recipes in your arsenal of go-to weeknight meals, the type that can be made from memory when you’re too tired to think. It doesn’t get much easier or tastier than our Garlicky Roasted Shrimp and Swiss Chard, a recipe with very few ingredients and a simple […]

27 May

3 More Primal Blueprint Success Stories

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means more Primal Blueprint Real Life Stories. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thanks for reading! Hey […]

26 May

A Quick Guide to Shrimp

People love shrimp. Its taut, delicate, firm, sweet flesh pops in the mouth and provides meaty texture to dishes, and, despite its distinctive taste, shrimp works with every cuisine. Rich Indian curries? Check. Intensely zesty Cajun stews? Definitely. Heck, even just a light sautee in garlic, butter, and white wine is a masterful way to […]

25 May

Meat Glue: Separating Fact from Fiction

If you’re a fitness and nutrition nerd, you’re long past the grade school days of willingly eating glue, paste, and other pseudo-edible adhesives, but there’s a decent chance you’re still eating an entirely different kind of glue unknowingly. Maybe even on a regular basis. I’m talking about meat glue, also known as transglutaminase, which restaurants […]

24 May

A Guide to Maintaining a Healthy Sex Drive

Everyone ready for the holiday weekend yet? It’s a good time, I think, to cover a relaxing, if not inspiring, topic I’ve been meaning to get to. In all seriousness, I get a couple emails every week from folks who are wondering about their waxing or waning sexual drive and how it relates to their […]

23 May

Dear Mark: Is Fluoride Safe?

Today’s question addresses a contentious topic in the health arena: fluoride. It’s in (most of) the tap water we use, (most of) the toothpastes with which we brush, and even (all of) the teas we drink. It represents a bloody stage upon which skeptics and the natural health folks battle it out. Many in the […]

23 May

WOW: Couch Workout

During commercial breaks, complete three cycles of: 15 Single Leg Hip Thrust, Each Leg 15 Overhead Presses 15 Bulgarian Split Squats, Each Leg 15 Bodyweight Rows

22 May

Weekend Link Love

Did you know Denmark has levied a tax on saturated fat, with Finland considering enacting a similar tax? Shameful. The vikings are rolling in their funeral pyres. The EU is banning certain herbal remedies. I wonder what else is next – and where? For pro athletes, positive tests are usually bad news. Not Novak Djokovic; […]

21 May

Buttery Catfish in a Creamy Shallot Sauce

Catfish is often covered in a bulletproof coating of cornmeal and spices or drowned in a heavy, highly seasoned sauce. This leads one to believe that the main point of catfish recipes is to draw your taste bud’s attention away from the fish itself. This is a shame, because the flavor of catfish is actually […]

20 May

Rebound After Head Injury

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thanks for reading! I […]

19 May

A Metabolic Paradigm Shift, or Why Fat is the Preferred Fuel for Human Metabolism

There’s a good reason so many people (mostly the sugar-burners, whose disparate group includes fruitarians, veg*ans, HEDers, body-builders, most MDs, the USDA and virtually every RD program in the country) can’t seem to grasp why a lower carb, Primal approach to eating is a better choice for health and fitness: their fundamental paradigm – the […]

18 May

Grocery Store Seafood: What to Eat and What to Avoid

In the comment section of last week’s post on farmed seafood, readers asked about the safety of regular, everyday seafood that you can find in any supermarket in the country – the popular, easily obtainable species that conventional supermarkets proudly display on ice, in frozen sections, and in cans and packets. Not crayfish, New Zealand […]

17 May

City Living: Is It a Brain Drain?

I’m off to NYC next week to spend a few days at the BEA (Book Expo America) and attend a meet-up organized by John and Melissa. I get a real sense of excitement and anticipation – and maybe a little unease – whenever I leave my pastoral digs in Malibu for the bright lights and […]

16 May

Dear Mark: Does the Liver Accumulate Toxins?

Liver confuses and confounds many of us. It looks weird, gives off an odd mineral smell, and has a unique texture. We try to reconcile our horrible memories of Mom’s bone-dry renditions of the stuff with all the ethnographic literature describing how hunter-gatherers share precious slivers of the raw trembling organ immediately after a kill. […]

16 May

WOW: Max Efforts

Complete: Max Pullups, 5 minutes Max Pushups, 5 minutes Max Squats, 5 minutes

15 May

Weekend Link Love

Check out the trailer for the upcoming “Perfect Human Diet” flick, via Robb Wolf. Between the movie and the Ancestral Health Symposium this summer, I think we’re poised to take the world by storm. Evolvify explains why sex-starved males might want to cautiously explore the world of backyard knife fighting. Okay, maybe not, but keep […]

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