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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: August 2012

Dear Mark: Coffee and Insulin, Fat and Post-Workout Meals

In today’s edition of Dear Mark, I cover two topics near and dear to many of your hearts. First, I discuss the interaction between coffee intake and insulin. Does coffee stimulate its secretion? Does it impair insulin’s function, or our body’s reaction to it? Find out how you should approach coffee on a Primal Blueprint eating plan. Then, I explore the suitability of dietary fat in the post-workout meal. Does it belong? Should you be stocking skim milk, de-fatted chicken breast, non-fat yogurt, and cartons of egg whites for your post-workout meals? If you’ve just lifted something heavy, should you therefore shun the yolks and fear the fat for the rest of the day? Find out below.

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 202

Research of the Week

A new clinical entity emerges from the depths of a double-blind placebo-controlled trial: non-celiac wheat sensitivity.

Athletes who have to cross five or more time zones to compete are two to three times more likely to get sick. You mean engaging in intensely stressful physical exertion after throwing your circadian rhythms out of whack… isn’t good for you? I bet the same thing applies to frequent travelers flying halfway across the world for intense business meetings.

Interesting Blog Posts

Since the Ancestral Health Symposium was in full swing this weekend, there wasn’t much going on in blogland. But you can always follow the #AHS12 hashtag road back on Twitter to see what highlights you were missing.

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Primal Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are a traditional breakfast made from last night’s feast. Leftover salsa and stale tortillas are heated up with a few eggs and any other leftovers you want to throw in the pan. Basically, it’s a scramble but one with spicy, fresh, lively flavor.

Luckily, stale tortillas don’t make or break the dish. Chilaquiles are plenty delicious with just eggs, homemade salsa, jalapenos and cilantro. If you like, slice up some homemade Primal tortillas and serve them on the side. You can also add meat, sour cream, cheese, green onions, avocado and any other ingredients you might usually put in a taco or burrito. Those who love traditional chilaquiles, however, will skip all that and just stick with a big plate of soft scrambled eggs drowning in sauce.

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My Healthy Lifestyle Was Killing Me

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!

Amidst all of the holiday parties near the end of 2010, my BMI tipped from normal to overweight. Concerned that at age 52 my luck might be close to running out in evading the type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease that run in my family, I decided that it was time to lose weight. I’ve never had a major weight issue, but 20+ years of treatment for endometriosis, the onset of menopause, and 20+ years of living the suburban, increasingly sedentary life with an obese spouse had finally caught up with me. I set a realistic goal of losing 20 lbs by April of 2011.

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Why You Should Lift and Lower Heavy Things

This is a guest post from Jonathan Bailor of The Smarter Science of Slim and JonathanBailor.com.

“Eccentric training has been shown to produce greater muscle hypertrophy than concentric training as a result of greater ability for maximal force generating capacity during eccentric contractions.” – J.P. Farthing, University of Saskatchewan

In a guest post a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I’d be back to talk more about research supporting the Primal principle of “lifting heavy things.” Let’s do it.

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32 “Slow Living” Inspired Ways to Savor Summer

As we round out the last few weeks of summer, I’ve been thinking about all the potential left in the season. Although there’s admittedly less pressure to grab hold of every last warm day in my current locale, I remember savoring those final weeks of summer in Northern New England. Time was truly of the essence, and we didn’t waste a day with both fall and school on the horizon again. No matter where we live, I think summer inspires a leisure we more readily forgo in other months when routine often has greater hold of our days. In the spirit of Primal play – and last week’s Slow Living post – here are a few (dozen) ideas for savoring the upcoming weeks. Enjoy, everyone!

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