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Archive for August, 2011

22 Aug

Dear Mark: Carb Concessions, Nitric Oxide, and Chronic Cardio

cassava“Winter is coming.” (Albeit, a Malibu winter, which is closer to a somewhat mild spring in other parts of the country, so I can’t really complain; I just wanted to use that quote contextually.) Yep, I’ve been catching up on “Game of Thrones.” Dang fine show, but now the long slow agonizing wait for the second season commences. Anyone else watch?

Anyway, it’s Monday, which means it’s time for another round of Dear Mark questions and answers. I field one from an ecologist soon to be working out of Nicaragua and worried about making dietary concessions and balancing Primal eating with cultural faux pas. Next, I discuss nitric oxide supplementation, and whether there’s a better way than taking it direct. Finally, I explain how one determines the chronic cardio-ness of an activity.

Let’s go.

22 Aug

The Final Workout of the Week (WOW)

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21 Aug

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveFree the Animal’s Richard Nikoley provides one of his patented study takedowns. Oh how I’ve missed these.

Karen De Coster gives a libertarian’s take on the Ancestral Health Symposium, via Lew Rockwell.

In case you’ve been living under a rock the past year, check out the Denise Minger story, entitled “How to Slay a Giant.”

I knew I liked darker roasts for a reason: dark roasts beat light roasts when it comes to weight loss in a recent study. Plus, it boosted endogenous antioxidant levels higher, too.

20 Aug

Heirloom Tomato Salad and Steak with Peppercorns and Purple Basil

tomato steakIs it possible not to be seduced by the gorgeous displays of tomatoes dominating farmers’ markets during the summer? Their bright colors and unique shapes just make you want to reach out and give one or two a squeeze.

Summer is the time to enjoy juicy, sweetly acidic, full-flavored tomatoes. Before you know it, colder weather strikes and the sexy tomatoes of summer are replaced by bland  “tomatoes” with no personality whatsoever.

19 Aug

Just Shy of 50 Years Old and I’ve Never Felt or Looked Better

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 coming in. Thank you for reading!

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My name is Nick and I’m a 49-year-old recovered alcoholic, former “fattie” and a former track athlete. In my 20s, I was sidetracked as an athlete by a series of injuries and burnout, a story not far removed from that of Mark Sisson. I then plunged into a 20-year exercise in self-pity and substance abuse, all the while maintaining the seemingly successful facade of a highly-paid software engineer who gradually got fat and out-of-shape as he entered middle age, eating junk like pizza and fast food. My health problems were further complicated by the fact that I was also waging an ongoing battle against chronic Hepatitis C, which I contracted when I was 21, so drinking alcohol was probably not a such a great idea, right? Also, I had developed high blood pressure (175/110) and my cholesterol was through the roof at 285!

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