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Archive for February, 2013

23 Feb

Turnip & Bison Scramble

TurnipScramble 1The 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 cooked, the spicy flavor mellows and a gentle sweetness comes out. Smaller turnips tend to be less spicy than larger ones and have milder flavor overall. If possible, buy turnips with the greens still attached and scramble the greens in, too.

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 coming in. Thank you for reading!

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Whenever someone asks me about my history with Ulcerative Colitis I respond with something along the lines of, “It feels like a bad dream that will forever be imprinted in the back of my mind.” It was 2006, my senior year of high school, everything was going fairly well. I was a healthy (or so I thought) 6’3″, 180 lb. 18 year old about to graduate high school and head into the next stage of my life: college. However, life had different plans in store for me. Around my second semester I began to feel consistently nauseous.  It felt like anything I ate (S.A.D. mind you) would just pass right through me as though I hadn’t absorbed any energy/nutrients. I figured it was a relatively normal side effect from consistent partying that year, though it persisted. Bouts of nausea would come and go, as would horrible abdominal pains that would make even the toughest man curl into the fetal position. I decided it was time to get checked out. I had my first colonoscopy done within weeks of my first symptoms.

21 Feb

12 Healthy Ways to End the Day

nightAfter 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 entertainment, basking in blue light way past our intended bedtimes. We succumb to the day’s stresses and take them to bed only to lose the chance for mental rest as well as physical relaxation. There’s a better way of course. It doesn’t take much hoopla or energy to make for a healthier or more Primal evening, but the benefits will carry us through the night hours and then some.

20 Feb

Top 10 Favorite Herbs and Spices

ScreenShot2013 02 19at23928PMFollowing is an excerpt from the Caltons’ popular new book, Rich Food, Poor Food. I’ve chosen their section on herbs and spices because I learned more details about how to choose the best herbs and spices, and what benefits they offer, from reading their material. If you notice on my Primal Blueprint Food Pyramid, herbs, spices and extracts occupy a nice little triangle at the top. You’re not consuming mass quantities of them as a big calorie source, but they make an important contribution to a healthy diet nevertheless. Besides adding flavor and protecting against microbes, herbs, spices, and extracts provide outstanding levels of antioxidants – some of the highest values found in any food.

19 Feb

Introducing Rich Food, Poor Food

RFPF Cover smallThis 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! This book was written by Jayson Calton, Ph.D, and Mira Calton, CN, a dynamic couple from Florida whose message about how to navigate past the hype and misinformation on food labels to emphasize the most nutritious foods in every category has already resonated strongly with a national audience, as it did with me. (Rich Food, Poor Food sold out at Barnes & Noble stores across the country and climbed to as high as #18 on Amazon.com after an appearance on Fox & Friends on Sunday.) Over the past couple of years – after publishing seven Primal Blueprint books of my own – it’s been my ambition to branch out beyond my voice and publish the works of other authors who promote healthy living while honoring ancestral health principles. My team and I have several books in the works right now, and the fact that the Calton’s is the first to the finish line is a quite a surprise.

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