Marks Daily Apple
Serving up health and fitness insights (daily, of course) with a side of irreverence.

Archive for August, 2012

26 Aug

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveResearch of the Week

Early usage of antibiotics appears to predispose kids to obesity later on in life.

Does a low-carb diet simulate the beneficial effects of exercise? Michael Eades weighs in on a new study.

Interesting Blog Posts

Eating healthy, even organic stuff from Whole Foods, doesn’t have to be expensive. It just takes a little effort.

Beth over at Weight Maven has a nice roundup of AHS-related posts and pics.

Andrew Badenoch of Evolvify talks about building an intentional paleo community. What do you think? Would you join?

25 Aug

Pork-Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

StuffedJalapenos2A fresh jalapeño pepper is the perfect delivery vehicle for meat or seafood. When the pepper is cut open, there’s just enough room to stuff a nibble of ground meat, sausage, shrimp or crab. The delicious edible package is sealed with a strip of bacon that drips fatty flavor into the pepper. A stuffed jalapeño can be eaten with your fingers in one or two bites (it’s delicious either hot or cold) and the addictive spicy flavor keeps you coming back for more.

Italian pork sausage is especially good in the pepper, if you want to go all out with pork flavor. Or, you can lighten things up a little by finely chopping raw shrimp in a food processor and stuffing that inside the pepper instead.

24 Aug

I Have a New Lease on Life

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!

real life stories stories 1 2It was November 9th, 2009. I remember that day vividly because it was the day I reached my breaking point. I was 28 years old and I broke down into tears and decided “enough was enough”. The words that come to mind when I think of that day is the quote from the movie “Animal House” when Dean Wormer says to John Belushi’s character: “Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life”.

Let me give you a little background. I was always active in high school and college. I played high school football and tennis, and continued my tennis career into college. While that kept me fairly active, my diet and partying ways always kept me on the larger side. After college, I got married to a wonderful, beautiful woman. However my inactive lifestyle and partying ways continued. We had our first child in September of 2008. As our daughter became more active, I simply did not have the energy to play with her. My greatest fear was not living long enough to walk her down the isle. I did not want my daughter growing up without a father. And it broke my heart.

23 Aug

IE: The Power of Intermittent Euphoria

euphoriaA couple of weeks ago I wrote about slow living, the philosophy that encourages us to reclaim our time and consciously approach the way we live. Slow living isn’t as much about pace as it is depth of experience – absorbing the full dimension of each moment and relationship. In slow living and other conscious living philosophies, we’re called to re-sensitize ourselves to life. We notice more, feel more, and perhaps come to know ourselves more. We leave behind an existence led on autopilot. We let go of routinization that can reduce life to a manic drill. There’s another level to this picture, I think. Even in a peaceful, productive, and well-balanced life, we can find ourselves feeling restless. The comfortable plateau we’ve achieved – with all good intention – can seem less satisfying. Where did the peaks of life go? Do we make space for exuberance or adventure anymore? In seeking to live vitally, we inherently value more than the necessities of survival, more than the elements of comfort. It’s a mark of thriving, I think, to test the scale and dimension of existence – in whatever way fulfills us personally. We can choose to prioritize the role awe, adventure, and uncertainty in our lives. The fact is, the power of intermittent euphoria (IE) can fill a deep – and deeply human – well.

22 Aug

PrimalCon 2013 Registration Now Open!

primalcon2013 320x240PrimalCon. For three years, you’ve read about it, seen pictures, watched videos – experienced it as much as humanly possible through the Internet. Perhaps 2013 is the year to pull the trigger? That’s right, I’m talking about you joining me and 120 other intrepid folks for PrimalCon 2013, from Thursday, April 11th to Sunday, April 14th, 2013 in Oxnard, CA. That is, if you like eating phenomenal food, experiencing the breathtaking Southern California coast, hanging out with totally cool fellow Primal enthusiasts from around the globe, and learning from some of the world’s most knowledgeable experts on all facets of Primal-related eating, moving, and living.

© 2014 Mark's Daily Apple