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Archive for July, 2012

11 Jul

12 Health and Fitness Blogs You Should Be Reading

blogideasWith the Primal/paleo/ancestral/real food/whatever-moniker-you-prefer community growing by leaps and bounds over the past year, I thought I’d do another “blogs you should be reading” post. I’ve done this sort of thing before, both last year and the year before. Once again, there are a ton of blogs out there that I’ve either missed or forgotten to include in previous installments, along with newer ones that are newer and therefore less likely to be on my (or anyone’s radar). But that’s how we rectify the situation and get even more people reading these great blogs – by calling attention to them. Now, not all of them are strictly Primal; some only give passing mention to the specifics of evolutionary health. All the blogs included, however, are relevant to anyone interested in learning about health, fitness, nutrition, and general wellness. And isn’t that what we’re all doing here, anyway? Trying to learn how to improve our lives and the lives of those around us?

Let’s get to the blogs. In no particular order:

10 Jul

What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted? – Part 2: Q&A

butter2As I figured it would, last week’s post on fat-adaptation generated a lot of comments and questions. I couldn’t answer all of them (maybe another time), so for today’s post, I tried to collate the most burning questions to arrive at a representative sample. That way I hit the major ones without making this one of those super long posts. If you feel I’ve missed any major ones, feel free to let me know in the comment section.

First up is the most basic of questions: how does one become fat-adapted? Some, probably most, of you have a good idea how to go about doing such a thing, but not everyone. And so, without further ado, let’s get to the questions:

9 Jul

Dear Mark: How Much Protein Can You Absorb and Use from One Meal?

steakEarly last week, I received an email from a reader. The subject was protein absorption, and it referred to something I’d written several weeks past in this post on Leptin Reset among other things. I had suggested that your body can only deal with about thirty grams of protein in one sitting. I immediately realized that this statement wasn’t nuanced enough and might give the wrong impression, so I explained what I meant in a bit more detail in the comment board. After receiving the following email (thanks for keeping me honest, Brandon!) I figured I would revisit this topic and further articulate what we know about the human body and dietary protein utilization.

Let’s go.

8 Jul

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveHow a kind of bacteria carried by pet dogs can protect you from asthma. And no, this doesn’t mean you have to French kiss your pet to get the effect.

In a recent study, short, 8-second bursts of cycling sprints reduced belly fat in overweight men. They added muscle, too.

Why both diet and exercise are vitally important: calorie restriction for life extension doesn’t work very well without concomitant physical activity.

Glucose deprivation activates a feedback loop that kills cancer cells. Hmm, now how would one go about depriving one’s cancerous cells of glucose?

7 Jul

Lime and Basil Beef Kebabs

beef kebabs2The marinade for Lime and Basil Beef Kebabs is so deliciously aromatic that it’s tempting to take a sip before you pour it over the beef. Fresh lime juice, orange zest and basil are blended together with garlic, cumin and coconut oil for a zesty flavor combination that intensifies over an open flame. The lime and cumin dominate in the end, with hints of the basil and orange sneaking in.

Add chunks of bell peppers and onion to the skewers and you’ll have a balanced meal cooking together on one stick. The beef will be charred on the outside and medium-rare in the middle, and the veggies will be seared by the heat but still crisp and fresh.

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