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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: February 2013

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!


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.

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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 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.

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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! 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 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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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? After that, I explore whether or not we should be switching out our normal salts for fancy pink Himalayan salt. Finally, I cover a question from a fish-hating reader who loves squid. Fish and bivalves seem to get all the love in the media and even in our community, but what about the cephalopods? How do they stack up as a replacement?

Let’s go:

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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 sexual maturity faster. This study is highly interesting and relevant to our pursuit of health, but I was also happy to include the following quote: “City birds’ testicles were ready for action about 26 days earlier than those of their country-dwelling counterparts.”

Circulating levels of trans-palmitoleate, a fatty acid found in dairy – particularly grass-fed dairy – were associated with higher LDL but lower triglycerides, fasting insulin, blood pressure, and less diabetes. I know which bunch of biomarkers I’d rather have.

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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 its deep yellow color and the earthy, peppery flavor often tasted in curries. It also adds a slew of potential health benefits to your meal. Coconut milk, lime, cilantro and jalapeño are the other major flavors, coming together in a bold and plate-licking good sauce.

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