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Archive for 2014

19 Dec

The Way I Used to Live Life Was Slowly Destroying Me

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 Dec

The Pros and Cons of Comparing Yourself to Others

After all these years, I still find it interesting how lessons from my athlete days can pop up in other areas of life. In my competition era, for example, one of the things that helped me continually better my performance was a well-honed, disciplined inner focus. In the deep reaches of a marathon, I better […]

17 Dec

Happy Holidays from Lil’ Grok and the Korgs!

It’s that time of year again, for feasting on savory meats and holiday fare ancestral style, and celebrating friendships and family with gift wrapped treasures of the contemporary kind. But why not bring something a bit more primitive to the holiday season…especially for the kiddos? I am stoked to announce a Primal Blueprint Publishing endeavor […]

16 Dec

The Call of the Wild

We civilized folk have it pretty good. Our water is clean, drinkable, and usually free of infectious microbes. The streets are paved, flat, and dotted with signs indicating our location and lamps to illuminate our way at night. All the food we could ever need or desire is a car ride, a bus ticket, or […]

15 Dec

Dear Mark: Carbs at Night, Banana Breakfast, and Raw Milk Death

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’ve got three questions from readers. First is an interesting one from Brandon, who’s concerned about the nighttime consumption of carbohydrates spiking insulin enough to interfere with the growth hormone release that occurs during slow wave sleep. Should we be worried? Next, what’s the deal with bananas? A reader […]

14 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 326

Chef Rachel Albert, Healthy Cooking Coach and dear personal friend, has been battling stage IV metastatic breast cancer for three years. She has one small spot left to clear up, but her treatment has hit her pretty hard financially and she’s asking for your help. If you can spare anything, it would mean a lot […]

13 Dec

Braised Duck and Kabocha Squash

Especially on a cold winter evening, a house filled with the deliciously gamey and sweet aroma of duck braised with kabocha squash is incredibly comforting. The duck legs are both tender and crisp and the squash is downright decadent, with a velvety, melt-in-your-mouth texture and a hint of exotic spice from star anise. This flavorful […]

12 Dec

Health Coaches Find Success with the Primal Blueprint Certification Program

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 […]

11 Dec

What’s Behind the Mind-Body Connection?

We’ve probably all known it – or at least seen it. That bout of flu (or other “everyday” illness) with every imaginable and miserable symptom that seemingly comes out of nowhere and won’t release its grip for anything. It took root despite good eating and reasonable exercise, and it won’t seem to respond to any […]

10 Dec

The Quest for a Healthy Primal Mayonnaise (plus a Limited-Time Sweepstakes)

In a few short months, my team and I will be unveiling a new product that I’m confident you’ll be very interested in consuming. No, it’s not a book. It’s not an ebook, either, nor is it a new certification program or supplement. It’s something you eat – something you literally consume with your mouth. […]

9 Dec

9 Worthy Alternatives to the Back Squat

As great as back squats are for strength, general fitness, and body composition, sometimes they just don’t work for a person. Maybe they cause knee, shoulder, or wrist pain. Maybe someone’s body proportions aren’t conducive to proper back squatting. Maybe their legs are too long to achieve good depth without compromising position. While there are dozens of articles imploring […]

8 Dec

Dear Mark: Unraveling a Stress Ball, Fiber for Plant-Hating Tot, Offal with Grains, and Exercising with a Cold

For today’s Dear Mark, we’ve got a four-parter. First up is one from a woman in her mid-30s trying to recover from a three-year bout of chronic stress — and all the metabolic fallout that entails. Are there any supplements to help with her situation? Second, what do you feed a picky kid who hates […]

7 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 325

Tuesday’s the last day to get in on the chance to win $500 worth of Primal foods from Thrive Market. Enter to win here! The introductory price for the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification expires on Dec. 15. If you’ve been thinking about furthering your Primal knowledge and becoming certified I’d encourage you to do it […]

6 Dec

Dark Chocolate and Citrus Macadamia Balls

If you’re someone who can’t resist licking cookie dough from the beaters (maybe, you even like cookie dough better than cookies) then here’s a discovery you should know about: macadamia nuts, when blended until smooth but not quite all the way into macadamia butter, taste deliciously close to cookie dough. Macadamia “dough” has a soft, […]

5 Dec

How I Reclaimed My Body and Health with Primal 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 […]

4 Dec

Examining the Concept of Self-Care

Once in the midst of a dinner party conversation while I was describing my work, a smart and eccentric woman interjected with a thought I’ve considered ever since. “Exercise, good eating, lots of sleep – those are what keep me healthy. Self-care, on the other hand…” she explained leaning forward smiling and stabbing the air […]

3 Dec

Should You Eat Periodic “Cheat” Meals?

I get a lot of questions about cheat meals. Are they allowed on the Primal Blueprint? Is there a reason someone should actively seek to eat unhealthy food from time to time? The allure of the cheat meal is obvious: you get to eat stuff that’s otherwise off-limits and extremely delicious. You get to throw caution […]

2 Dec

How to Leverage the Minimum Effective Dose in Your Primal Life

If you haven’t heard about the minimum effective dose, a concept coined by Nautilus fitness creator Arthur Jones and popularized by lifestyle hacker Tim Ferriss in his book The Four Hour Body, here’s the simplest definition: the smallest dose that will produce the desired effect or outcome. For Jones, this was the minimum effective load, the […]

1 Dec

Dear Mark: My Primal Investments

Cyber Monday Sweepstakes: Thrive Market, best described as Whole Foods meets Costco online, is giving you a chance to win hundreds of dollars worth of your favorite Primal foods and a free annual membership to their site. Thrive is on a mission to help make healthy living available and affordable to all American families. I’m […]

30 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 324

My interview with Focal Upright, makers of the best standup workstations in the industry. Research of the Week The morbidly obese have “accelerated intestinal glucose absorption.” A bunch of obesity researchers come out hard against the usefulness of “calories in, calories out.” New Primal Blueprint Podcasts Episode 44: Interview with Mark Allen – Triathlon Legend, […]

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