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Archive for April, 2012

30 Apr

Dear Mark: Dehydrated Vegetables, Cooked Versus Raw, and Premature Graying and Copper

Vegetables can be hard enough to work into our diet without other factors making it even more difficult. Either we’re stuck with nutrient-sparse, weeks-old produce that has lost all semblance of flavor (but it’s certainly affordable!), or we’re inundated with a countertop full of beautiful vegetation straight from the farmers’ market that we can’t hope […]

29 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 187

For you safe starch fans (or those who want to learn how to incorporate them in their diets), Sweet Potato Power is a fantastic guide to our favorite tuber. Aussies – got plans May 12 and 13? You do now. Longtime reader and friend of the blog Suz has assembled leading Paleo and Primal experts from […]

28 Apr

Butter-Stuffed Chicken Kiev

Cutting into Chicken Kiev is one of life’s little pleasures. As the knife pierces the crispy chicken breast, a golden stream of herb-flecked butter flows out, flavoring the meat and everything else on the plate. Chicken Kiev is a classic dish, one that’s usually rolled in a heavy coating of breadcrumbs. Leave this step out […]

27 Apr

Not Your Typical Before and Afters

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 […]

26 Apr

2 More Common Nutrient Deficiencies (and What to Do About Them)

In our rush to ditch processed, boxed, packaged, refined foods, we run the risk of missing out on several key nutrients that they come fortified with, courtesy of food producers (what would we do without them?!) who recognize that the people who live off their nutrient-free food products need some actual nutrition amidst the sugar […]

25 Apr

Why Fast? Part Seven – Q&A

By now, you should be caught up on all the benefits that fasting offers. By now, you’re likely either intrigued by the practice, strongly considering taking it up, or basking in the smug satisfaction that your longtime breakfast-skipping ways weren’t destroying your metabolism after all. But although I tried to cover just about everything I […]

24 Apr

What I Did Over Spring Break

A few weeks ago I was offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to complete a long-standing bucket list item: an African photo safari. My new friend Vance from the USA who runs an intimate, very upscale lodge and an exotic species breeding operation in northern South Africa invited Carrie and me to accompany him on one of […]

23 Apr

Dear Mark: Risk of Gout?

Every so often, a health malady arises that seems to clash with Primal living. And when a doctor brings it up, or a family member with intimate knowledge of the illness expresses concern, it can be intimidating and troubling. We’ve all heard how we’ll suffer heart attacks, diabetes, ketoacidosis, lowered marathon performance, kidney disease, and […]

22 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 186

Coconut oil: cure for foot fungus? Social stress induces epigenetic changes in macaques in mere weeks. Who wants to bet that the same thing happens in other primates, too? After a car accident that shattered his femur, arm, and hip, the only way Michael Sandler was able to run (against strict orders from his doctors) […]

21 Apr

Sweet & Tart Rhubarb and Berry Dessert Sauce

Rhubarb is a mysterious vegetable, one that is loved by many despite its toxic leaves and puckering, tart flavor. It’s possibly one of the least versatile vegetables out there and resists most attempts at making it palatable, unless a cup of sugar is involved. There are some savory rhubarb recipes out there, but most make […]

20 Apr

A Beer Drinker’s Primal Story

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 […]

19 Apr

5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies (and What to Do About Them)

If the Primal way of eating is so healthy, why am I writing a post on common nutrient deficiencies? Well, mostly because you asked. For months now, I’ve received emails from Mark’s Daily Apple readers asking about iodine, selenium, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals, so I figured it’s about time to highlight these key […]

18 Apr

Should You Chew Your Child’s Food?

By now, you’ve probably seen the Alicia Silverstone pre-mastication video. It’s totally safe for work (maybe not for lunch, but your mileage may vary), but some viewers will find it a bit unsettling: Silverstone feeds her baby pre-chewed food directly from her mouth, just like a bird. I found it pretty fascinating and not at […]

17 Apr

Why Fast? Part Six – Choosing a Method

Assuming you’ve been keeping up with the series, you should be saying to yourself “Hey, maybe this fasting thing would be a cool thing to try out, and it might even make me healthier/live longer/lean out/lose weight/etc.,” which is a sufficiently extensive list of benefits, don’t you think? I could probably go on theorizing and […]

16 Apr

Dear Mark: Vegetarian-Fed, BCAAs, and Bland Grass-Fed Beef

You’re at the store, and you want to get some beef. You’ve been keeping up with the word on the street, so you’re aware of the importance of the cow’s diet. You look around for grass-fed beef, but have zero success. They do, however, have “vegetarian-fed” beef, which sounds nice. I mean, who wants their […]

15 Apr

Blogging from PrimalCon 2012 – Day 3

I’ve spent the whole weekend trying to wrangle a 9 1/2 week old puppy that I’ve only had for four days while interacting enough to cobble together a a few blogs that somewhat encapsulated the PrimalCon 2012 experience, and I think I did a fair job. I’m dead tired. Too tired to join an epic […]

15 Apr

Blogging From PrimalCon 2012 – Day 2

Day 2 of PrimalCon 2012 is done, and it was possibly the best yet. It wasn’t the fact that the sun came out and the clouds went away and we spent the day outdoors. And it wasn’t just because they doubled the burger portions for lunch and served Asian-cut short ribs, three kinds of salad, […]

14 Apr

Blogging from PrimalCon 2012 – Day 1

Today was crazy. Immediately after the welcome speech by Mark and Brad, and all the introductions, which went very smoothly, things started to change. Although “choices” was the theme of Mark’s keynote talk this year, the weather gave us very few. It was cold, windy, rainy, and thundery (sure, that’s a word); we had planned […]

13 Apr

Beat the Creep: Gradual Weight Gain Stopped and Reversed

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 […]

13 Apr

Blogging from PrimalCon 2012 – Day 0

It was unseasonably cold for Southern California. Rain was on the horizon, and possibly even thunder. Were it not for a few sneaky signs that you’d have to know to watch for – the FiveFingers peeking out from jeans, the fact that no one was sitting, the faint whiff of ketosis lingering about – you’d […]

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