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Archive for July, 2013

31 Jul

25 Safer Alternatives to Common Cosmetics

Two weeks ago, I introduced you to five cosmetics ingredients you should avoid. These are chemicals you’ll often find in things like shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, sunblocks, and makeups – you know, the stuff you’re covering yourself in everyday. Cosmetics manufacturers use these ingredients to improve their product’s ability to clean, moisturize, beautify, or improve an odor, […]

30 Jul

Why Eating Insects Makes Sense

I’m grateful to have our friend Gabi Lewis, founder of Exo, pen today’s guest post. Exo is running a Kickstarter campaign to bring an insect protein bar to market. Learn more and donate here. (Full disclosure: I’m exploring the possibility of becoming an investor myself.) Enter Gabi… It’s a safe bet to assume that insects don’t […]

29 Jul

Dear Mark: How Are You Training These Days?

One of the most common questions I get from readers is the same one I get from people who have no idea who I am or what I do: “What’s your workout, dude?” Because I write a blog that discusses the latest fitness research, some of you might get the impression that I’m constantly switching […]

28 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 253

Attention, Gmail users: Google is rolling out some changes to your inboxes that may affect how you receive emails from me. If you’ve got the new inbox, my emails will now show up in a tab called “Promotions.” To keep receiving my messages in your regular, or “Primary” inbox, simply drag one of my messages […]

27 Jul

Garlic Soup with Mushrooms and Chive Oil

Don’t be scared off by the amount of garlic in this soup. Yes, the number of cloves is way up there, somewhere around 40, but the resulting flavor is smooth, mellow garlic without any bite. The texture is just as enticing, creamy and rich without any cream or coconut milk added. Organosulfur compounds that show […]

26 Jul

I Am in the Best Health and Shape of My Life

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 […]

25 Jul

Why You Absolutely Must Play, Every Day! (plus 10 Pointers for Successful Playtime)

I’m grateful to have our friend Darryl Edwards, fitness explorer and creator of the PRIMALity movement system, pen today’s guest post. Meet Darryl in-person and get expert instruction on how to make activity truly fun at PrimalCon Vacation Tulum Mexico 2014. “We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” […]

24 Jul

Primal Egg Coffee: The Best Part of Waking Up?

Bulletproof coffee has taken the paleo world by storm. Not me, though. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for people dropping grass-fed butter and coconut/MCT oil into their high-quality coffee, blending it all up into a high-octane mug of frothiness, but I just can’t get into it. If we’re talking coffee additives, I prefer my […]

23 Jul

Are You As Healthy As You Think You Are?

Like it or not, we’re in this whole life thing together. Whether you admit this or deny it, the people who surround you influence you. Rugged individualists, angtsy teens shopping at Hot Topic and blasting Linkin Park out of headphones permanently affixed to their ears, and everyone else may think they’re blazing a completely unique […]

22 Jul

Dear Mark: Barefoot Criticism and Salmon Roe

Today’s edition of Dear Mark is just a two-parter. We’ve got a question about the recent flurry of anti-barefoot/minimalist footwear criticism. In my opinion, it’s pretty weak criticism, and I’ll explain why I don’t think you need to ditch your Vibrams for some orthotics just yet. After that, I answer a question from an extremely […]

21 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 252

If you’re an ancestral health-minded physician, make sure to sign up for the Primal Docs network and Paleo Physicians Network. People need you! Like farmers who do things the right way? Enjoy bacon from pastured pigs? Interested in protecting the former’s ability to provide you the latter? Check out this giveaway. Research of the Week […]

20 Jul

Ginger and Lemongrass Meatballs with Braised Scallions

Ginger and lemongrass meatballs are so moist and uber flavorful that they don’t need any sauce. This blend of lamb and pork boldly seasoned with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, basil and cilantro will knock you out with flavor and aroma. Just serve the meatballs on a plate with a side of braised scallions for dinner or […]

19 Jul

The Primal Lifestyle Has Given Me a Life Worth Living

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 […]

18 Jul

Begin Your Summer Self-Challenge Now! (plus a Chance to Win a Free Copy of Primal Cravings)

Ever since I was a kid in Northern New England, mid-July always had a foreboding kind of association. Sure, the black flies were good and gone by then. We were contentedly settled back into our routines of freedom and mayhem. It felt in some ways like summer had just begun! The calendar, however, said differently. […]

17 Jul

Join Me for a Luxurious Primal Vacation in 2014!

After four wonderful years of PrimalCon, we have built some tremendous momentum in making this total immersion retreat a fixture in the ancestral health community. We’ve received many positive reviews and facilitated global connections, but it’s also critical to note that I’ve absolutely had the time of my life at all five PrimalCons I’ve attended! […]

16 Jul

5 Chemicals in Cosmetics You Should Avoid

Have you ever wondered just what’s in all those products you slather, spray, spritz, apply, and rub onto your body? I mean, who hasn’t tried to kill time in the shower by hunkering down with a good shampoo bottle ingredient list? It’s a laundry list of unpronounceable words separated by dozens of hyphens. In short, […]

15 Jul

Dear Mark: Food Combining

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’ll be covering all the different questions I receive regarding the topic of food combining. Now, food combining can refer to different things. First, there’s the dietary philosophy known as “food combining,” which says things like “never eat carbs and proteins together,” or “always eat fruits alone,” or “never, […]

14 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 251

Research of the Week Access to treadmill desks (even with infrequent usage) help obese workers lose body fat without affecting performance. Why the anxious should exercise regularly. Folks who are depressed tend to pursue more “generalized goals,” as opposed to more specific goals. Being infected with parasitic worms may protect you from heart disease. Interesting […]

13 Jul

Salmon, Zucchini and Lemon Skewers

The simple trick of threading lemon slices to these skewers adds a bright color and a light, tart flavor to the salmon and zucchini as they cook. A sprinkle of cumin and coriander and a dollop of chive-butter bring more mouth-watering flavor. These skewers are great for parties – they look fantastic piled on a […]

12 Jul

I Was Unhealthy and Getting Sicker: Something Had to Change

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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