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Archive for May, 2011

14 May

Preserved Lemons

Just as having a pantry full of preserved fruits or vegetables brings a feeling of comfort and a cheerful burst of color to your kitchen, so does having a jar of lemons preserving on your counter. Preserving lemons involves little more than cramming a bunch of lemons and salt in jar and letting it sit […]

13 May

Rejecting the Status Quo: Saying “No” to a Common Life

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story. Today, Mark’s Daily Apple reader J.P. shares an all too familiar tale: Boy is young, fit and active. Boy goes to college and parties hard. Boy gets a desk job and becomes sedentary. This is usually where the story takes a turn for […]

12 May

Yerba Mate: Miracle Tea or Just Another Caffeine Kick?

Yerba mate (YERB-ah mah-TAY). Ever heard of it? It is an herb with a storied history as an alternative to traditional teas for the inhabitants of its native South America. I’ve received numerous emails recently asking about its properties and its role in the Primal Blueprint eating plan. Let’s dive straight in. Yerba mate tea […]

11 May

Farmed Seafood: What’s Safe and Nutritious

Learning about the various types of aquaculture setups is interesting and useful, but we’re ultimately interested in whether they can produce safe, nutritious, affordable seafood. Wild seafood can be pricey, unavailable, and of questionable merit or sustainability. Certain wild species are definitely worth pursuing – Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, to name a few – […]

10 May

Primal Minded Practitioners?

I know what many of you are already thinking: where do I sign up? Let’s face it: we organize much of our lifestyles contrary to CW specifically to live healthier and feel better. When it’s check up time, however, we find ourselves back in foreign territory. If it’s just an annual ritual, we can grit […]

9 May

Dear Mark: CLA Supplements

Today’s question comes from Ola and regards CLA, or conjugated linoleic acid. What is CLA? CLA is the “good” trans-fat that occurs naturally in meat and dairy, especially from grass-fed animals. In the stomach of ruminants like cows, sheep, or goats, millions upon millions of bacteria help the animal digest its food. They also help […]

9 May

WOW: Asymmetry

Complete 5 cycles: 7 Single-Leg Crossbody Deadlifts (each leg) 20 Meter Single-Leg Hops (each leg) 50 Meter Single-Shoulder Weighted Carry (switch shoulders halfway through) 30-second Single-Arm/Leg Plank (each side)

8 May

Weekend Link Love

Dr. Briffa presents the case for vitamin D as an athletic performance enhancer, calling it “solar power.” Clever. Stick-wielding Swedish male backs down an angry moose, albeit a baby one. Man the hunter, indeed (although I’d like to see him up against a full-grown moose). Statins certainly lower LDL, if you’re into that sorta thing, […]

7 May

Homemade Coconut Milk Kefir

We love the tangy and fresh flavor of kefir, a fermented beverage often described as drinkable yogurt. However, those of you who aren’t as fond of kefir might say that describing it as “tangy” is a little too kind.  What, you wonder, is there possibly to like about what is essentially a glass of thick, […]

6 May

I Am Tired of This Hamster Wheel

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another dose of Primal Blueprint inspiration. Today, Michelle Ford, a PrimalCon 2011 attendee, shares a story that many of you can probably relate to – one of sugar dependence and Chronic Cardio. Ultimately, Michelle was able to break out of this vicious cycle. Learn from her real life story, […]

5 May

18 Underrated Blogs You Should Be Reading

Blogging is the lifeblood of the growing Primal/paleo movement, as you know, and new veins, arteries, and capillaries are popping up every day. I’m calling this the underrated blog post, but really, given the steadily increasing span of the community, even the most underrated blogger has a fair amount of readership. In fact, as I […]

4 May

The Many Faces of Aquaculture: An Introduction to Fish Farming

Is there a sight more idyllic, peaceful, and touching than that of a fish farmer tending to his flock? In case you aren’t aware of how fish farming works, here’s a sample day in the life of a fish farmer: Just before dawn each day, he rises from his water bed, dons his denim board […]

3 May

The Scattered Mind: Finding Focus in a World of Distractions

Scenario time. You’re in the grocery store picking up the last couple of things for dinner. Pushing your cart through the small throng who also stopped on their way home from work, you weave your way through with the obligatory, alternating “excuse me” and “pardon me.” You fumble through your pocket for the list you’d […]

2 May

Dear Mark: Soy Lecithin, Healthy Fat Alternatives, Wasted Workouts, and Magic Grapefruit

Things got a little heated regarding the milligrams of evil soy lecithin used as in emulsifier in most dark chocolates in last week’s Dear Mark post, so before launching into today’s questions and answers, let’s go over that. Soy lecithin is simply the byproduct of soy oil extraction. It’s not hydrogenated soybean oil, folks allergic […]

2 May

WOW: Grip Work

Complete 4 cycles: 30 Meter Farmer’s Carry 8 Towel Pullups 20-second Door Pinches, each hand

1 May

Weekend Link Love

Old timey stuff in general is great. Old timey fitness stuff? The absolute best. Check out this awesome book on clubbell training from 1908 – “Club swinging for physical exertion and recreation.” Esther Gokhale is a pleasure to work with, and almost everyone wants to eliminate back pain, but not everyone can make it out […]

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