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Archive for October, 2013

31 Oct

Managing Cravings: Strategies to Stay the Primal Course

Last week’s “Why Diets Fail” post elicited some great discussion. There was a bit of everything – from wrangling to rallying, appeals to encouragement. It was the kind of conversation that, I feel, really makes the community. People are real. They put their experiences out there. From there the discussion, inquiry, challenge and support get […]

30 Oct

Rethinking Stress: It Could Save Your Life

Think back to the last time you were under stress. What kind of physical symptoms can you recall? Pounding heart. Increased pulse rate. The sensation of blood rushing through your body and brain. A narrowing of focus, your thoughts and gaze centered on the stressor itself; and then, suddenly, you’re scatterbrained. Anxiety. Your stomach a […]

29 Oct

A Primal Primer: FODMAPs

You could be having a fairly routine conversation about health and nutrition where everything discussed is familiar. You hear things like “carbs” and “medium chain triglycerides” and “fructose” and “macros” and “gluten” and “PUFAs,” thinking nothing of it. Like I said, routine. Then someone mentions FODMAPs. Huh? What the heck is that? Quite possibly one […]

28 Oct

Dear Mark: Conditioning Bare Feet for Rough Surfaces, and Residual Weight Gain After a Miscarriage

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I answer two good questions from readers. First up, I discuss the conditioning of bare feet for the purposes of walking across a multitude of surfaces. Believe it or not, much of the conditioning happens upstairs – in the brain. Then I give a little advice to a woman […]

27 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 267

Hey guys, let’s try something cool. If you use Twitter, send a tweet to @TomHanks on my (@Mark_Sisson) behalf. I think we can help the dude beat type 2 diabetes if he agrees to give it a go. Research of the Week Is the endowment effect a universal human trait, as many claim? Apparently not. Hadza Bushmen […]

26 Oct

Homemade Deli Meat

The popularity of deli meat can’t be explained by convenience alone. There’s something about the smooth, supple texture and salty, slightly sweet flavor that some people love. If you’re one of those people, homemade deli meat could become your new favorite snack or salad topper. It turns out that meat of questionable origin, half a […]

25 Oct

A Simple Flip of a Switch: Body Fat Lost, Athletic Performance Improved, and Inspiration Served

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 […]

24 Oct

Why Diets Fail

Question of the day: what does the term “dieting” conjure up for you? Anecdotes, laughs, regrets, frustration, anxiety? I bet there’s quite a collection of stories to be told. When I think of diets, I think it’s common to think deprivation – of calories, of real food, of satisfaction, of enjoyment, of peace of mind. […]

23 Oct

Starch: Fallback Food or Essential Nutrient?

I’ve always said that carbs aren’t bad in and of themselves. They’re better in certain contexts and worse in others. Are you CrossFitting five days a week? Training for the Olympics? Breastfeeding? These are contexts in which carbs are warranted, helpful, and even healthy. Are you insulin-resistant and hyperinsulinemic? Are you a moderately active person […]

22 Oct

Making Music: Why You Should Pick Up an Instrument and Start Playing

In previous posts, I’ve spoken about the need to participate in innately human acts, those behaviors that seem to persist across cultures and languages and through space and time. To me, such universality implies importance and, perhaps, necessity. Why do humans from all places and all times dance or make tools or produce art if […]

21 Oct

Dear Mark: Calorie Intake While Nursing, Tom Hanks and Type 2 Diabetes, and DHA Bad for Adults?

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a three question roundup. First, I hear from a nursing, weight-lifting, child-chasing mother of four who’s concerned about the amount of food she’s craving – even though she’s already at her pre-baby weight. I (hopefully) allay her concerns in my response. Next, I discuss the ridiculous nature […]

20 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 266

Make sure to vote in Paleo Magazine’s Best of 2013 poll – Part 1 and Part 2. We’re up for Best Paleo eBook (Primal Blueprint Fitness), Best New Paleo Book (The Primal Connection), and Best Paleo Lifestyle/Fitness site. Voting is open through November 1st. Research of the Week A recent study confirms that children learning […]

19 Oct

Pan-Fried Mackerel (or Sardines) with Spicy Tomato Sauce

The bold flavor of mackerel (or sardines) is an asset in this dish, pairing perfectly with an equally bold tomato sauce that’s spicy, garlicky and richly seasoned with cumin, coriander, paprika and cinnamon. If the fishy flavor or oiliness of mackerel and sardines puts you off then acidity, herbs and spices are the way to […]

18 Oct

And the Truth Shall Set You Free!

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 […]

17 Oct

Embracing IMF: 10 Strategies for Practicing Intermittent Media Fasting

These days most people have heard of the “media diet” concept. The idea is, of course, that we we partake of media sources too much, too often every single day. The result? We’re informationally bloated – mostly with junk media, the kind of stories and drama that will suck up every existing piece of serenity […]

16 Oct

The Barefoot Backlash: Are the Naysayers Right After All? (Hint: No.)

Every few days, I get emails from readers worried about the growing barefoot backlash. The media has gone from shooting out a positive article or two every couple months about this “crazy, quirky new fad” of barefoot running to spearheading the charge condemning the practice as dangerous and unAmerican. It’s like clockwork; when something becomes […]

15 Oct

Top 10 Paleo Party Rules

It’s Friday! You worked all week, made healthy meals, hit the gym, ran errands, did laundry, walked the dog, and cleaned the house. Now, you think, it’s time for a reward – Happy Hour. So, do you ditch the diet and savor a sweet syrupy mudslide while popping pieces of fried calamari and gossiping with […]

14 Oct

Dear Mark: Bodyweight or Barbells, Restaurant Traps, Primal Egg Coffee Stability, and Post-Exercise Insomnia

Today’s Dear Mark is a four-parter with some fantastic questions (and passable answers, I hope!). First up, I answer a reader question from the comment section of last week’s Barbell Dogma post. Second, I discuss the number one nutritional trap of restaurant foods, and it has nothing to do with grains, sugar, or carbohydrates. After […]

13 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 265

Primal Toad is up to his old antics, offering yet another massive health ebook bundle. Buy Harvest Your Health for just $37 and get 71 health and wellness ebooks from 65 different authors. Research of the Week Despite the cynical naysayers, research into non-celiac gluten sensitivity marches onward. It turns out the last 40 years […]

12 Oct

Dulse Tapenade with Garlic Grilled Steak

Seaweed and olives might sound like an odd pairing, but dulse tapenade will convince you otherwise. It’s a salty spread with rich umami flavor that can be modified to please your palate. Love the flavor of seaweed? Then go light on the olives. Not so fond of seaweed? Add a big handful of Kalamatas and […]

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