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Archive for August, 2013

31 Aug

Parchment Baked Halibut with Parsley-Spinach Pesto

Parchment pockets are an easy way to simultaneously cook moist and tender fish, lightly steam veggies, and cut down on the amount of clean up after dinner. You don’t even need plates; just eat right out of the parchment. With simple cooking methods, however, can come simple flavors. Which is why this parchment-baked halibut is […]

30 Aug

I’m Going Into My 40th Year Feeling Healthier Than Ever!

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 […]

29 Aug

The Power of Giving: What We Get When We Give

Pretty much every post on Mark’s Daily Apple takes up the question of how we can be happier, healthier and more productive in the modern world. We eat well, exercise effectively, play frequently, sleep deeply, socialize meaningfully, create freely, de-stress religiously and sun ourselves daily. They’re the tickets to a well-rounded and healthy life today, […]

28 Aug

How I Recover from My Workouts

When thinking about ways to improve your workout recovery, you might start by going back to this post I wrote a couple weeks ago and then doing the opposite of the recovery-impairing items on that list. So, if you’re trying to do too much in the gym in too little time, you should probably start […]

28 Aug

The Clock Is Ticking: Special Offer Ends on August 31!

In the short clip above, Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore – authors of The Paleo Primer – show us how living a healthy Primal life in London, England inspired their debut book, and share a special thank you to everyone that has already ordered a copy. Remember, the special offer period for The Paleo Primer ends […]

27 Aug

10 Rules for Becoming an Ancestral Athlete

This is a guest post from Ben Greenfield. Ben is a strength and conditioning coach and sports nutritionist who teaches athletes and exercise enthusiasts how to achieve amazing feats of physical performance without destroying their bodies. He is the head triathlon coach at Pacific Elite Fitness, blogs and podcasts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, hosts the Get-Fit Guy […]

26 Aug

Dear Mark: Changing Trajectories, and Magic Mineral Broth

In today’s edition of Dear Mark I field two Mark’s Daily Apple reader questions. First up, I tackle a query from a reader who’s had to make a small but significant shift to his lifestyle due to changing circumstances. What happens when what’s worked for months and years stops working? When your daily habits, your go-to […]

25 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 258

Research of the Week Let’s add green tea (that you drink) to the list of safe and effective oral sunblocks. The use of antipsychotic medications in kids with ADHD and depression are associated with an increased risk of diabetes. I almost typed “meditations” instead, which in retrospect probably would have had a different effect on […]

24 Aug

Sauerbraten: A Classic German Pot Roast

Sauerbraten is “sour roast,” a traditional German recipe made by marinating then braising a big hunk of meat in vinegar and spices. The vinegar isn’t just used for a sour zing; it also tenderizes the meat. Bottom round is commonly used for sauerbraten, but any less-expensive cut of meat, including wild game like venison, can […]

23 Aug

From an Auditor’s Cubicle to Real Life Shepherd – My Primal Success Story

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 […]

22 Aug

Sheltered: Missing the Primal Power of Nature

In her book about human-animal relations, Made for Each Other, Meg Daley Olmert tells the story of C.J. Buffalo Jones, a 19th Century frontiersman who, in her words, “witnessed one of the last demonstrations of the natural order that shaped the logic of our ancestors” and left record of it. “On a hill in Canada’s […]

21 Aug

Slacklining – My New Obsession

Because I know how even a moderately busy day can make actually watching a video an impossible dream, I’m going to summarize the main points for you guys. I’m always trying to have more fun, as you well know. In fact, my whole reason for being in the gym is to train so that I […]

20 Aug

Does Life Purpose Enhance Longevity?

Turning 60 a few weeks back was quite a trip. It’s one of those milestones that prompts reflection as well as plenty of celebration. (My wife, Carrie, is always good about getting me to do that part.) I’ve known for many years that hitting 60 wouldn’t be the bleak event our culture often makes it […]

19 Aug

Dear Mark: Cable Machine Weights, Plaque Regression, Lab Grown Meat, and Swiss Ball Chairs

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a four-parter. First up is a question about using the cable weights at the gym to build strength. Should they be discarded by the serious trainee in favor of exclusive barbell work, or do they offer something unique and worthwhile? Next, I discuss potential strategies for the […]

18 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 257

Research of the Week Adding an officially recognized as safe amount of sugar to mice’s daily diets didn’t make them fat, but it did render the males a bit more impotent and the females somewhat more dead. In human terms, it’d be like adding three cans of soda to your diet. The world’s oldest gaming […]

17 Aug

Fish Poached in Olive Oil

Just when you think you’ve cooked fish in every possible way, along comes an intriguing recipe like this one. This cooking method for seafood isn’t a new idea; the Italians and French have been doing it forever and many chefs today use it to keep fish moist while it cooks. But have you ever tried […]

16 Aug

Primal Ripples: Deeper Than “Just Food”

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 […]

15 Aug

You Are What Your Mother and Father (and Grandmothers and Grandfathers) Ate

On September 11, 2001, passenger jets struck the Twin Towers, leveling them, killing thousands of New Yorkers, and traumatizing tens of thousands more. Among those directly affected, but not killed, by the attack were 1700 pregnant women. Some of those women developed post traumatic stress disorder, some did not. When the PTSD-positive group had their […]

14 Aug

7 Things You May Be Doing That Impair Workout Recovery

Simplicity is baked into the Primal Blueprint by design. You eat plants and animals, avoid grains, get plenty of sleep and sun, and spend time doing things you love with people you love, and things just kind of fall into place. You can tinker around the edges and get really into the details, but I […]

13 Aug

Primal Peak Performance: Breaking Through to the Next Level

Is feeling “good”, good enough? Or could there be a next level of performance and health awaiting you? This is a guest post from Dr. Cate Shanahan, one of the world’s leading primal/paleo-aligned MDs, noted author and speaker on ancestral health principles, and family practice physician in Napa, CA. Cate also designed and now serves […]

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