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Archive for November, 2013

30 Nov

Primal Mocha

We’ve got a super simple recipe for you today. After all the Thanksgiving festivities, simpler is probably better in the recipe department. So, start with your favorite cup of piping hot coffee and drop in a square of high-quality dark chocolate. Add a pinch of cinnamon. You can stop there if you like. Or, gussy […]

29 Nov

Small Changes Lead to Dramatic Results

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 Nov

Grok Friday Sale: The Just Released Primal Blueprint Box Set plus Free Gifts

I’m not usually a fan of Black Friday. I might click around online and snag an easy deal or two, but I won’t watch the clock to get “lightning deals,” I won’t wake up at the crack of dawn to buy a $5 laptop, and I won’t fight crowds to save $20 on a toaster […]

28 Nov

The Benefits of Giving Thanks

As many of us sit down to impressive feasts today, we’re undoubtedly thankful for the food on the table and the company that surrounds us. Our thoughts might peruse the events of the year – the many happy days enjoyed, the hard times weathered. Whatever the content of the year’s storyline, we made it intact […]

27 Nov

A Day in the Life of Mark Sisson

Back when I started Mark’s Daily Apple, it was a small operation of just a few people with basic goals: offer my take on health, fitness, and nutrition topics. I researched and wrote the articles, and that was pretty much it. Very straightforward. As everything has grown larger and more complex, my responsibility has expanded. […]

26 Nov

A Primal Thanksgiving Menu (plus a Contest)

It’s two days away from Thanksgiving here in the United States, and that means a significant portion of my readership is scrambling to put together a Primal menu. Things are easier now with the rise of the ancestral health community and the growing preponderance of related recipe blogs, but a lot of you are still […]

25 Nov

Dear Mark: Cold Weather Carb Cravings, Muscle Loss in the Military, and Pain During Exercise

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a two-parter. First, I cover why our desire for carbohydrates might increase in cold weather (hint: it’s probably all the shivering our muscles do in an attempt to stave off the chill). Second, I discuss why a military man might be losing muscle mass when out in […]

24 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 271

Research of the Week Mice on a gluten-free diet developed far less spontaneous type 1 diabetes than mice on a gluten-containing diet. These differences in T1D incidence were reflected in the gut microbiome. Adding gluten into the gluten-free diet changed the microbiome and eliminated the protection against diabetes. In mice, at least, gluten appears to increase the […]

23 Nov

Cornish Game Hens with Egg and Sausage Stuffing

Turkey is a tricky bird to cook, requiring elaborate brining and seasoning rituals and a few Hail Marys to turn out moist and flavorful meat. Whether it’s for Thanksgiving or some other festive meal, you can take the pressure off by ditching the turkey for a smaller, moister and quite elegant little bird, the Cornish […]

22 Nov

My Transition from an Ill, Frail, Anemic College Student to a Healthy, Strong, and Fit Individual

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 Nov

Grok Decals Now Available (plus a Special 1-Day Offer)

Just a quick announcement before today’s regularly scheduled Primal Blueprint Real Life Story: Many of you have been asking for these for quite a while, so I’m pleased to say they’re finally available. It’s a Grok Decal that you can stick on your car window or any other flat surface to tell the world you’re […]

21 Nov

A Midweek Kick in the Pants

Every Friday I love highlighting stories about men and women who took the challenge and transformed their lives. Whatever their circumstances (e.g. diabetes, obesity, chronic autoimmune conditions), they grabbed hold of the Primal process and made it their own. Whether they went cold turkey or began in fits and starts, they eventually committed 100% and […]

20 Nov

Blue Light: Better Than Coffee?

For years now, across multiple posts here on Mark’s Daily Apple, nighttime blue light has gotten a pretty bad rap. Although I’ve mentioned that blue light during the day is important (and natural sunlight is helpful), I haven’t focused on it, mostly homing in on the circadian-disrupting, sleep-inhibiting, melatonin-blunting effects. As a result, many of […]

19 Nov

The Wonderful, Pungent World of Asian Fermented Condiments (and Why You Should Visit)

To your friends, family, and co-workers, you’re the weird one for that crock of fermenting cabbage on your counter, the packets of kefir grains you’re always giving away as gifts, and the fact that you have a shovel designed specifically for digging kimchi fermentation holes in your backyard. In college, you had pinup posters of […]

18 Nov

Dear Mark: Acid Load and Type 2 Diabetes, and the Safety of Homemade Baby Food

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a question about dietary acid load and type 2 diabetes. A new study’s just come out suggesting that the acid load of the diet does indeed have a significantly negative impact on our health and may actually cause type 2 diabetes. The reader is understandably worried, so […]

17 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 270

Research of the Week Lots of chocolate love this week. First, a cacao-extract added to premade meals reduced oxidized LDL levels in middle-aged overweight/obese people. Second, cocoa flavanols have neurocognitive benefits, stimulating blood flow in the brain, promoting neural connectivity and neurogenesis, and improving resistance to neurodegeneration. Translation: eat dark chocolate. When you lift heavy […]

16 Nov

Bacon Pancakes

Bacon pancakes sound like a sinful breakfast treat, but these slightly sweet, mostly savory cakes require no repentance. Fluffy, moist and salty with just hint of sweetness, bacon pancakes can be served with a light drizzle of maple syrup, or a dollop of sour cream and a hit of hot sauce. Peruse the list of […]

15 Nov

I Am Strong, Energized, Off All Medications, and Feel Wonderful!

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 […]

14 Nov

Cold Turkey vs. Baby Steps: Which Is the Better Approach?

A conversation the other day got me thinking about personality and weight loss/health transformation. Do certain “types” tend to approach health changes differently? For instance, do intense personalities steer toward a cold turkey approach? Likewise, do milder characters lean toward a slow and steady style? And what does the research say? Everyone is always looking […]

13 Nov

Are Your Skin Problems an Autoimmune Issue? – Answers, Solutions, plus a New Primal Book!

Today’s guest post is from my good friend Tara Grant, truly a budding superstar in the Primal/paleo/ancestral health movement. Tara started out as a success story (“Tons of Doctors and No Solution” – one of the most visited stories in our entire archive; and also on the pages of the The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body […]

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