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Archive for February, 2013

28 Feb

The Snowball Effect: How Small Changes Can Have a Big Impact

I don’t think it’s any big secret that the Primal Blueprint flies in the face of conventional wisdom. After all, it’s a different way of eating, moving, and even living to some degree. Beyond the varying specifics like Primal snacks or yellow lensed glasses, however, I think there’s a more amorphous, underlying dimension to the […]

27 Feb

Co-Feeding: How to Get Your Family Involved with Healthy Food

Just about every week, I get emails from readers who are trying to get their kids on board with healthier eating. It’s easy enough for us to read about the health benefits of a particular way of life and then enact the changes necessary to attain them, but small kids are ruled by their immediate […]

26 Feb

Making Sense of Baby Carriers

In recent weeks, I’ve covered the reasons why you should carry your babies, and explored both what to do and what not to do when you do so. Both articles stemmed from numerous reader emails I have received asking about ancestral practices regarding baby wearing and carrying, and whether we might be getting it all […]

25 Feb

Dear Mark: Fruit Wax, Placentophagy, and Second Hand Smoke

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’ll be covering several topics. First, I cover fruit wax, that lovely layer of ultra-thin sheen applied to many fruits and vegetables in the grocery store. Is it harmful or innocuous? Find out below. Next up is one that makes most people extremely squeamish: placentophagy, or the consumption of […]

24 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 231

In case you haven’t heard, we’ve got a Dream Team shaping up for PrimalCon Austin 2013! Tracy Barksdale and Matthew Lee Willis present their awesome True Nature Training obstacle course. Michelle Norris (Paleo Fx Queen) and Instinct Catering offering deluxe salad bar, quail, paleo carrot cake, mustard/mushroom roast beef, baked sweet potatoes, kale pesto shrimp, honey shredded pork BBQ, […]

23 Feb

Turnip & Bison Scramble

The sweet flavor of turnips adds mild but fantastic flavor to this hearty bison & egg scramble. Garnish with green onions for a simple but super-flavorful breakfast. Or, use almost the same combination of ingredients to bake a Primal Breakfast Casserole. Turnips taste a bit like a cross between a radish and a potato. When […]

22 Feb

I Am Finally on the Right Path to Optimum Health and Happiness

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 […]

21 Feb

12 Healthy Ways to End the Day

After last week’s post on healthy ways to begin the day, how could I not cover the flip side? Just as our mornings can mirror scenes of rampant pandemonium, evenings for many people are remarkably unhealthy in their own right. We collapse and barely move from the couch. We spend hours in front of media […]

19 Feb

Introducing Rich Food, Poor Food

This week marks the release of Rich Food, Poor Food, the “Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System”, a book I am personally thrilled to introduce you to from Primal Blueprint Publishing. Rich Food, Poor Food is a special book in many ways, one of them being that it’s the first title from Primal Blueprint Publishing without my byline! […]

18 Feb

Dear Mark: Ravenous Freshman, Lipopolysaccharides, Himalayan Salt, and Squid

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’ll be covering four topics. First, I discuss a worrisome, troubling species: the ravenous college freshman. Is it a problem? Should this beast be culled or somehow reigned in? Next up are lipopolysaccharides, specifically the LPS that seem to arise in response to high-fat foods. Should we be worried? […]

17 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 230

Research of the Week When energy expenditure is matched, “minimal intensity”, long-duration “walking and standing” had more beneficial effects on insulin action and blood lipids than “moderate to vigorous” cycling, according to a new study. Didn’t I tell you to move around a lot at a slow pace? Exposure to “urban lighting” made birds reach […]

16 Feb

Pork Chops in Creamy Turmeric Sauce

Pork Chops in Creamy Turmeric Sauce is a spicy (but not overly hot), sweet, tangy dish. It has complex flavor but very simple preparation. The sauce is also really versatile and likely to taste just as good over chicken, beef, or seafood. This is the type of recipe you’ll make again and again. Turmeric lends […]

15 Feb

I Feel Alive for the First Time in Years!

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 Feb

13 Healthy Ways to Begin the Day

In the midst of topical wound ointment, baby wearing, and gynoid fat, sometimes it’s nice to just back up and focus on the basics. How much more fundamental does it get really than getting up in the morning? I think we can safely count it as square one. Whether you’re stopping by today as a […]

13 Feb

5 Things People Assume About Me That Are Wrong

As Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal community have grown in popularity, I hear a lot of stuff bandied about. Some of it is positive, some negative, and that’s to be expected. You can’t please everyone – I would probably be surprised if no one ever criticized me. However, I’ve noticed that for whatever reason, […]

12 Feb

Is It Primal? – Popcorn, Corn Tortillas, Rye, and Other Foods Scrutinized

Every so often, people ask about foods that are clearly not Primal. While the more diehard among you might expect me to ignore and lambast these fine folks, I think this is the wrong tactic. We can’t have any sacred cows (except, perhaps, grass-fed ones) in this business; we must always be willing to examine […]

11 Feb

Dear Mark: Bad Sleep Tips, Cold Extremities, and Sweet Feed

In today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’ll be covering a trio of topics. First is a parent with a problem common to members of her species: enforced sleeplessness. She wants, nay, needs, help with amelioration of the situation. Normally, I’d say “get more sleep,” but the point is that getting adequate sleep isn’t always a […]

10 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 229

Research of the Week A new study (of old, “missing” data) found that reducing saturated fats (to below 10% of energy intake) from animal fats and increasing omega-6 linoleic acid from polyunsaturated margarines (to 15% of energy intake) increased the risk of death from all causes, including cardiovascular disease. Okay, but those are just clinical […]

9 Feb

5 Primal Meals in Just 35 Minutes

Preparing a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week while living a busy life isn’t easy. Even when you know how to cook and what to eat (meat, fish, fowl, eggs, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds) it’s still a challenge to come up with a variety of tasty meals. The best approach is […]

8 Feb

I Knew a Change Had to Be Made

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 […]

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