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Archive for June, 2012

30 Jun

Primal Purple Potato Salad

There’s no argument that sweet potatoes, both the regular varieties and the purple Okinawan potato, are delicious served baked and topped with butter. But this isn’t the only preparation method that brings out the best in sweet potatoes. Boiled and cooled and then tossed with homemade mayo, they make a mean potato salad with the […]

29 Jun

384 Days of Primal: Focusing on the Process to See Results

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 […]

28 Jun

Is It Primal? – Ezekiel Bread, V8, Edamame, and Other Foods Scrutinized

In this “Is It Primal?” series of posts I’ve already scrutinized sprouts, cashews, sunflower butter, chocolate milk and a couple dozen other foods for their suitability in a healthy human diet. Today, I’m covering Ezekiel bread, the sprouted grain amalgamation favored by conventional health nuts; V8, the tomato juice with a little vegetable juice mixed […]

27 Jun

Introducing The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal

Update: The 90-Day Journal is still available at PrimalBlueprint.com, but the special limited-time offer detailed below has come to end. The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal – A Personal Experiment is here, and it goes above and beyond anything you have ever seen in the health and fitness logbook/journal/diary category. Honestly, the project has been in […]

26 Jun

Why Did My Cholesterol Go Up After Going Primal?

While the majority of people who go Primal see their blood lipids improve, a significant minority do not in the short term. They see LDL cholesterol skyrocket, or their total cholesterol increase, and sometimes triglycerides even mysteriously elevate despite a low-carb intake. What’s going on here? Should you go on statins? Should you add grains […]

25 Jun

Dear Mark: Personalizing the Primal Blueprint

Primal life is good. You’ve lost some weight, improved some health markers, enjoy steady even energy throughout the day, and you finally look forward to exercise (and movement in general) for the first time in a long while. You love the food, and the compliments you’ve started receiving since beginning to eat it, and you’re […]

24 Jun

Weekend Link Love

Our favorite The Atlantic contributor doubles down on her campaign against low-carb, high-fat, erecting a pretty impressive strawman in the process. I’ve been railing against the idea that we need to be constantly drinking water ever since this one time during the Kona Ironman. See, I lost my hold on third place down the stretch […]

23 Jun

Taco Bowl with Crispy Kale Chips

One-bowl meals, like this taco bowl, are a great example of achieving maximum flavor with minimal effort. When all the ingredients for a meal are piled on top of each other in a bowl, every bite brings a delicious new combination of flavor. Plus, every bite is packed with protein, healthy fat, and a variety […]

22 Jun

What Does It Mean to Be a Fat-Burning Beast?

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. I’m excited to be able to bring you this story today. As much as I’m not a fan of Chronic Cardio, I understand that a lot of people are interested in pursuing endurance events. I get it. […]

21 Jun

How to Conduct a Personal Experiment: Yellow Light Exposure (plus an Announcement)

You guys ready for another personal experiment? I hope so. Even if don’t think you’re ready to take something on, I’m confident you’ll be able to handle this one, because it’s relatively simple, intuitive, and easy. It’s also something I’ve been discussing for a couple years now, so you’re most likely familiar and comfortable with […]

20 Jun

Is It Primal? – Cod Liver Oil, Sunflower Butter, Mead, and Other Foods Scrutinized

It’s time for another round of “Is It Primal?” This time, I’ll be covering six questionable foods. First, I tackle whether or not cod liver oil has a place in a Primal eater’s pantry (or fridge), and whether standard cod liver oil is worth it. Then, I get into the suitability of mead, that honey […]

19 Jun

Dear Mark: Women and Intermittent Fasting

Many differences exist between the two sexes. We look different. We sound different. We dress differently from each other. We like different things. Different genres of movies cause men and women to cry (differently). And although society, media, and culture drive and/or inform many of our differences, some are inherent and physiologically-driven. For example, men […]

18 Jun

Is It Time to Retire the Low-Carb Diet “Fad”?

This is another special guest post from our favorite study-dismantler, Denise Minger. Read all of her previous Mark’s Daily Apple articles here, here, here, here and here, and pay her website a visit. Thanks, Denise, for clearing up the confusion once again! Sweden is a land of many wonders – most of which put the […]

17 Jun

Weekend Link Love

Why our food is making us fat (hint: it’s not the fat). How America’s grocery buying habits have changed – for the worse. Via NPR. Also from NPR, “Commenters Bite Back on the Paleo Diet,” complete with a totally representative image of some guy eating a raw steak out of a paper bag (an unwitting […]

16 Jun

Tender Grilled Baby Octopus

There are few animals as visually stunning as a baby octopus when cooked. Purple-tinged arms curl and twist into an eye-catching swirl that looks more like a sculpture in an art museum than a meal on a plate. When it comes to food, however, beauty only goes so far. Eventually you’ve got to stick a […]

15 Jun

I Now Have Respect and Love for My Own Body

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 […]

14 Jun

How to Fuel Ultra-Distances: The World’s Toughest Mudder

A couple weeks ago, I received an enthusiastic email from a group of Aussies. They were planning on competing in the World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM), a perversely-warped, extreme version of the regular Tough Mudder that has contestants complete as many 8-10 mile circuits as they can in a single 24-hour period. To get the spot […]

13 Jun

How to Work Outside (Even If You’re a Desk Jockey)

Last week, I told you why working outside – at least from time to time – can be helpful, relaxing, and even performance-enhancing. A number of you emailed me directly, or left comments thanking me for the idea. Most people were on board with working outdoors, but mostly in theory, because let’s face it – […]

12 Jun

How to Conduct a Personal Experiment: Biphasic Sleeping

It’s time for another edition of “How to Conduct a Personal Experiment.” Last week, it was the cold water plunge. Today, we’re going to talk about running a biphasic sleep experiment. First, though, I’d like to know: how are the cold plunges going? Are they, well, cold? More importantly, did you have any difficulties setting […]

12 Jun

Contest: An Experiment of One

In keeping with the recent “How to Conduct a Personal Experiment” theme, I’ve put together a fun contest. I’ve been sharing my ideas for personal Primal experiments. Now it’s your turn. Tell me your personal experiment ideas for a chance to win a Primal prize package. All the details are below. But first, the prize… […]

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