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Archive for February, 2012

24 Feb

You Want to Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer

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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“You want to eat like a hunter-gatherer.” These eight words marked the beginning of a new life for me.  These eight words set into motion a change that would ultimately not only result in me achieving optimum health and fitness, they would greatly improve my relationships and day-to-day family life. I feel compelled to detail this journey in an effort to help others who, like me, were trapped by conventional wisdom into thinking they were making the right decisions for their health. This is for those of us who were convinced by advertising and marketing that we needed more of that essential “whole grain goodness”. Food has become an ongoing story in our house. Here is mine.

23 Feb

Mindful Eating: The Art of Being Present at the Dinner Table

mindfuleatingQuestions: where were you at dinnertime last night? What did you eat? Was anyone else with you? Did you do anything else during the meal besides eat? How did your food taste? Did you enjoy your food? What did you think about as you ate? What mood were you in when you came to the table? When did you decide you were done eating? How did you feel after the meal? Some days we may be able to answer all of these questions. Other days not so much.

The truth is, there are days that we’re lucky to sneak in a meal at all. Children, meetings, travel, overtime, activities all mean we’re running from one thing to the next. Eating can be an afterthought – a chore inserted when possible and usually in tandem with at least one other activity. Even on the days when we sit down to a set table, we’re not assured a peaceful meal. The phone rings. UPS delivers a package. (Yes, aren’t you always the last house?) Little Suzy has a meltdown. Junior is feeding the dog from the table. There are multiple trips back to the kitchen for whatever was forgotten and a dozen or so fragmented conversations. If we’re eating alone, there are other kinds of distractions. Do we even bother sitting at the table? How about checking email or Facebook? A new magazine came today. Maybe I’ll just leaf through it while I have the chance. Whatever the case, the food itself quickly recedes into a mental background. The fork reaches our mouth. Maybe a taste registers, but we’ll have little recollection of the meal by the time our dishes reach the sink.

22 Feb

How Should Children Exercise?

tarzanPeople often write in with questions about raising kids Primally. And you might find this surprising, but the plurality of kid-related questions I receive pertain to exercise. Not food – though I do still receive a lot of questions about feeding kids Primal food, I guess people are finally realizing that babies don’t have to be weaned with grain mushes and that kids can actually thrive on the foods their parents eat – but fitness. So I’ll go through two of the most common queries, paraphrased, and answer them, then follow up with my recommendations for ideal – but totally achievable and realistic – kid fitness.

22 Feb

Announcements: New Seminar Dates and Mere Weeks to PrimalCon 2012

PBT logo new  52495 zoomBrad Kearns checks in from the road to report great success with the first few Primal Transformation seminars. Lively groups of 50 folks enjoyed Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Boulder and St. Louis events recently. It’s been such a great experience that Brad has added four new dates. Here’s the latest schedule:

Los Altos, CA – Wednesday, Feb. 29

Sacramento, CA - Tuesday, Mar. 6

Atlanta, GA – Monday, Mar. 26

Miami Beach, FL – Tuesday, Mar. 27

Houston, TX – Wednesday, Mar. 28

Dallas, TX – Thursday, Mar. 29

Torrance, CA – Monday, Apr. 9

San Diego, CA – Monday, Jun. 4

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You can learn all about this special seminar series and reserve your spot here. And dig this photo from yesterday’s seminar. The Primal Transformation Seminar event in St. Louis featured a Primal potluck event at CrossFit, featuring delicious Kombucha tea, incredible sweet potato/beef stew made with high fat grass-fed ground beef dog food (too much fat to be certified for human sale, but delicious!), unique pork shoulder and cauliflower and bacon and Brussels sprouts, tongue stew, sauerkraut, and of course some dark chocolate. Primal Living St Louis is going strong – check it out if you are in the area.

primalcon2012  18466 zoomWhile my schedule is packed with numerous upcoming publishing efforts, our new online Primal Blueprint expert certification (more on this later this year), PrimalCon III in April and corporate speaking, I’m itching for some action too! We’re making preliminary plans for me to deliver the Transformation seminar in Chicago and New York City in late April-early May – with perhaps a live webinar participation on those evenings. Stay tuned for details!

And hey, speaking of PrimalCon III, can you believe it’s less than two months away! This year is going to be bigger and better than ever. We have some fantastic presenters lined up and new activities that we can’t wait to share with everyone that attends. There are still spots remaining, but we anticipate it will be a sold out event, so if you haven’t reserved your spot don’t hesitate. Grab your tickets today and join the Mark’s Daily Apple community in April in Oxnard, CA. I guarantee this 3-day retreat will change your life forever. Hope to see you there!

21 Feb

Why You Should Eat and Drink High-Cacao Dark Chocolate

dark chocolateYes, I know, I know. That title isn’t exactly comforting. I hate giving you guys bad news, seeing as how you make this website possible, and I hate making unpopular recommendations like “eat more butter” or “get some sun” or “drink a glass of red wine,” but I have to stick to the truth here, even if it hurts. And the truth is that you should probably be eating dark chocolate on a semi-regular basis because the stuff is pretty dang good for you. Before you log out, never to return again, give me a minute to explain myself:

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