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Archive for 2014

31 Dec

End of the Year Review: What We Learned in 2014

At the dawn of a new year, I like to go back and revisit everything from the past year on the blog. It helps me reflect on the past and plan for the future. 365 posts a year is a lot to remember, and sometimes you need to go back and jog your memory. Then […]

30 Dec

8 Signs You Probably Don’t Need More Protein

Protein: it’s the only macronutrient everyone embraces. Vegans, vegetarians, SAD dieters, and paleos always seem to be cramming more of it down their throats. And usually, more protein is a pretty good move. Dieters, the elderly, the stressed, the wounded, the burned, and many other populations tend to benefit from more protein. A few months ago, I even talked […]

29 Dec

Dear Mark: Burning Off Holiday Sugar, Long Bike Commute, and Low Calorie Diets for Teens

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’re answering three questions. First up, how can you mitigate and overcome an acute holiday sugar binge? What are the best exercises for getting rid of all that sugar, fast? Next, is a long (like, really long) bike commute congruent with a healthy Primal lifestyle, assuming you also want […]

28 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 328

There are only 10 days left to enter to win a free jar of Primal Kitchen™ Mayo! You can enter as many times as you like until the sweepstakes comes to a close. Learn more about Primal mayo and enter at the bottom of this blog post. Research of the Week In a middle-aged Japanese population, […]

27 Dec

Beef Carpaccio

Carpaccio is little more than thinly sliced raw meat, but the dish is so delectable it’s hard to believe that’s all there is to it. In a dish as simple as this, high quality (ideally grass-fed) beef tenderloin is a must for its fresh, pure, meaty flavor. Sliced paper thin, the meat will practically melt […]

26 Dec

From Overtraining to Success with Primal Blueprint Fitness

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 Dec

Happy Holidays

In the dim light of morning here, I’m thinking we’ll all wake up to varying ways of observing the day. Whether or not yours is a spiritual celebration today, there’s something to the collective tradition and cultural pause. We might gather with ones we love or send our greetings from afar. We might share our […]

24 Dec

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for a Happy and Healthy Primal Christmas

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, or any of the other holidays that fall in and around late December, there are common experiences. Hosts hustle to get their homes decorated, cleaned, and ready for guests. Workers send emails and get caught up on everything before the holiday slow down. Shoppers fight throngs for […]

23 Dec

10 Ways to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

According to AAA, nearly 100 million Americans will be traveling during what they call the “year-end holiday season” (Dec. 23-Jan. 4). On the positive side, this means possibly spending quality time with family and friends, experiencing new destinations or enjoying a break from the routine of work and (at least some) domestic duties. On the other […]

22 Dec

Dear Mark: Candle Fumes Safety, Quest Bar Carbs, Minimalist Shoes for Track, and Walnut Oil

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a four-parter. First up, how safe are indoor candles? Do some emit toxic fumes? Are there certain types of candles we should prefer over others? The second question concerns the carb content of Quest Bars. Can we really disregard all the fiber and sugar alcohols when determining […]

21 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 327

I was on the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast to talk about some extremely important aspects of a healthy lifestyle (and they don’t include diet). My appearance on The Chalene Show podcast, where Chalene and I discussed my history and I broke down the Primal Blueprint, is now live. Go give a listen. I also appeared on […]

20 Dec

Oven Baked Chowder

Meals like this oven-baked chowder are exactly the type of recipes that instantly become keepers. Why? The chowder is deeply flavorful and the fish and veggies cook perfectly every time, with little assistance from you. Plus, it’s a one-pot meal that serves up both protein and veggies and leaves behind only a few dirty dishes. […]

19 Dec

The Way I Used to Live Life Was Slowly Destroying Me

Name: Alvin Age: 67 In Alvin’s words: “I am a changed person, and I want to spread the word.” Read Alvin’s Story >>

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 […]

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