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Archive for June, 2011

30 Jun

Are Stretching and Warmups Overrated?

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that I’m not a big fan of protracted stretching routines or extended warmups that end up taking longer than the workout itself. I like simplicity. I like cutting corners without sacrificing quality or results. I’m okay with warmups that fulfill their basic goal – getting the muscles warmed […]

29 Jun

7 Old School Ways to Relish Summer

There’s nothing like living Primal in summer. Certain aspects just come easier: the copious fresh produce, unlimited outdoor exercise, long daylight, ample sunshine. True, those of us in the warmer states have some year-long advantage here. Nonetheless, summer remains my favorite season – probably a result of my New England roots. The brevity of the […]

28 Jun

Seeing the Light: Why Sun Exposure May Be Good for Your Eyes

Having immersed myself in all things Primal for so long, I find myself viewing nearly everything through the prism of human evolution. Is this food, activity, environmental stimulus, or social more an evolutionary novelty? If so, might it possibly conflict with or impede our pursuit of good health? Is it benign? An improvement, even? Grok […]

27 Jun

Dear Mark: MCT Oil, Camelina Oil, and Fancy Canola Oil

Today’s Dear Mark roundup is a trio of oil-related questions. Learn about my adventures with MCT oil and whether it fits into a good eating plan. Hear about camelina, the “better flax.” And finally, we’ll go over whether fancy, cold-pressed canola oil is worth including or whether it’s still just canola oil. I’m thinking I’ll […]

27 Jun

WOW: Grok Walk

Complete, throughout the course of an hour-long walk: 30 Pullups 50 Squats 40 Pushups 20 Handstand Pushups Climb Something, Twice 5 Short (30-ish meter) Sprints Find Something Heavy to Carry for Seven Minutes

26 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 148

I love butter as much as anyone, but I think deep-frying it may be going too far. Be sure to watch til the end for the helpful tips on how to pick a frying oil. Living in the city changes how your brain responds to stress, and not in a good way. Fake, manmade fat […]

25 Jun

Grilled & Chilled Shellfish with Basil, Mint and Lime Vinaigrette

Steamed clams, mussels and scallops in a bowl of warm broth is a simple seafood supper we enjoy most months of the year, but when summer rolls around we like to chill our shellfish down. But before we chill, we grill. The reason is simple – why stand at a stove in a stuffy kitchen […]

24 Jun

Don’t You Just Love Making Doctors Speechless

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. 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 […]

23 Jun

A Guide to Crustaceans, Bivalves and Molluscs, or Why You Should Be Eating Exoskeleton-Bearing Aquatic Invertebrates

I grew up in a coastal fishing village in Maine, and one of my favorite memories is being out on the flats at low-tide, digging for the clams that would accompany our occasional lobster feasts (back when lobster was well under a dollar a pound). I can still feel the excitement of pulling that clam […]

22 Jun

A Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Chickens

Keeping backyard chickens has long been an interest of mine. I’ve never actually gone through with it, partly because I just don’t have the time, partly because the homeowners association would veto it in a heartbeat, and mostly because I have a very reliable, reasonably priced source of pastured, bug-eating chickens and chicken eggs. Nevertheless, […]

21 Jun

The Art of Work: Avoiding the Pitfalls of a Sedentary Job

A series of recent studies have implicated sedentary lifestyle in the obesity epidemic. The idea is, even if you hit the gym a few times a week, parking it in front of the T.V. at night dwindles away any benefits gained. Every hour on the couch costs us dearly. But what about the office chair? […]

20 Jun

Dear Mark: Hot Laptops, Wine Sulfites, Glutamine, Where’s Mackerel, and More

It’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another roundup edition of Dear Mark. This time, we’ll be covering laptops, fertility, and scrotal hyperthermia; sulfites in wine; glutamine as an anti-catabolic supplement; the scarcity of mackerel in the markets; and my hair engoldening protocol. If you prefer these roundup editions to the regular single question-and-answer […]

20 Jun

WOW: Stairway to Sore Thighs

Complete six cycles for time: Stair Sprint 15 Bodyweight Rows 15 Feet-Elevated Pushups

19 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 147

I’m coming to Austin next week for a PAST seminar, and there are still a few spots remaining. Get in while you can! June 25, a Saturday. A study finds that simply thinking you’re eating an indulgent, high-calorie meal leads to greater satiety and faster drops in ghrelin (the hormone that provokes hunger), even if […]

18 Jun

Chilled Summer Soups

On a hot summer night, there is nothing more refreshing than a bowl of soup. If that statement made you think, “Huh?” then clearly you haven’t discovered the delicious and refreshing world of chilled soup. Just as hot soups provide a comforting buffer from winter, chilled soups are a refreshing respite from the heat of […]

17 Jun

It’s Not a Matter of If, It’s a Matter of When

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. Thank you for reading! […]

16 Jun

Are Cell Phones Bad for Male Fertility?

Ideally, the introduction of a novel stimulus to our environment would be preceded by rigorous safety studies conducted by independent researchers. Applied to industrial seed oils, wheat, running shoes, and office chairs, this protocol could have saved us a lot of pain and suffering. If you wait until way after the fact to wonder whether […]

15 Jun

The Best Bug Repellent?

There’s an unofficial but infamous season this time of year in New England (my native homeland, for those of you who don’t know). In the weeks roughly between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is a period the locals call black fly season. For those of you unfamiliar with these creatures, there’s no overdramatizing their menace. […]

14 Jun

10 Foods I Couldn’t Live Without

If you had to subsist on ten foods for the rest of your life, which ten would you choose? That was essentially the question posed to me by a reader email. In it, Jamie made an elaborate setup: having been chosen to man a mission to Mars in the near future, I have to program […]

13 Jun

Dear Mark: D-Ribose, Bean Sprouts, Backyard Rabbits, and More

I haven’t gone to the rapid fire question-and-answer format in awhile, and you guys seem to dig it, so let’s do one today. We’ve got questions regarding a popular bodybuilding supplement, whether bean sprouts are Primal or not, the fatty acid composition of backyard rabbit meat, the old protein-leaches-calcium-from-bones myth, and my opinion on the […]

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