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Archive for December, 2012

31 Dec

Dear Mark: Superfoods, BCAAs and Fasted Training, Hot Sauce, and Three More Questions

superfoodsIn today’s edition of Dear Mark, I cover six reader questions, starting with one on superfoods. Next is branched chain amino acid supplementation before a “fasted” workout, and whether taking them negates the benefits. Then I discuss whether hot sauce is healthy and Primal, assuming it’s otherwise free of sugary ingredients. Lactase supplementation for lactose-intolerants is next, followed by my advice for someone with a pretty bad leg injury who wants to stay fit while staying off their feet. And finally, I explore the myth of animal protein dissolving your skeletal system as you eat it.

Let’s get to it:

30 Dec

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveFirst off, I’d like to let you all know that anyone who pre-orders The Primal Connection before the giveaways are announced next week will still receive the bonuses (or “boni,” as Mr. Burns would say) associated with the offer. So if you’re eager to get ordering, don’t think you’ll miss out.

One more quick announcement: Tomorrow’s the last day to get two free books (The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal and The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation) when you order Primal Fuel at the new, lower cost, so if you’ve been wanting to try Primal Fuel there’s no better time than now.

Research of the Week

In a new study, rodents on a gluten-free diet gained less fat and overall bodyweight than rodents on an otherwise identical diet that contained gluten, despite eating the same amount of food and excreting no additional lipids.

29 Dec

Primal Cassoulet

cassoulet2Cassoulet is often thought of as a massive undertaking that requires days to cook. It’s also often assumed that cassoulet can’t be made without beans. In this Primal version, neither is true. In a few hours you’ll have one of the meatiest meals imaginable. Incredibly rich and hearty with layers of different flavors, this is a meal not to be missed.

Cassoulet is made with all kinds of meat and can get a little pricey, depending on what you choose. This recipe is mid-range, as it blends pork shoulder and sausage, duck, and bacon. You can go all out and use more duck or even duck confit. You can scale back and add more pork shoulder and no duck at all. Or, you can use lamb if you want.

28 Dec

I Feel Like a Normal Human Being Again

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 2My primal story starts about nine months ago. It was December, and we had just been visited by both of my brothers. My brothers’ visits usually consist of copious amounts of eating and drinking. We’re generally healthy folk – we exercise regularly and try to eat a balanced diet. But when we get together, we drink lots of beer and eat lots of delicious fried food. Well, the unhealthy binging was starting to catch up to me, and I was topping out at 147-149 (I’m 5’ 6”), a solid five pounds more than my usual fighting weight.

27 Dec

Primal Actualization: Realizing Your Inner Potential

grokleapIf the earlier holidays of the season are more socially-driven, New Year’s is the more personal, the more private. Sure, there are the parties, the throngs in Times Square, and the general cycle of media hoopla surrounding New Year’s Eve, but the real crux of this annual event is contemplative. The party hats and noise makers have their heyday for a few hours (for some of us the hangover claims a few more). But the more insistent, pensive theme of the holiday is the part that lingers – first drifting into our psyches after the bigger festivities have cleared away and the guests have all gone home.

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