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Archive for September, 2014

30 Sep

We Are Family: PrimalCon Oxnard 2014

Oh, man. What a weekend! It’s the Monday after PrimalCon Oxnard, and I’m still trying to process it all. Let’s set the scene for those who don’t know: Mandalay Beach Resort, Oxnard, CA. Nestled right on the coast between Malibu and Santa Barbara, this sleepy little resort hovers at a perfect 72-75 ºF through September, […]

29 Sep

Dear Mark: Alcohol and Training; Sitting and Standing; A Useful Workout

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a three-parter. First up, I explain how alcohol consumption can affect muscle protein synthesis in a competitive weightlifter. Even what seems like a moderate dose can still affect how we recover from our workouts. Second, what should a person do if they really can’t stand standing at work? […]

28 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 315

Several weeks ago, Leslie Klenke appeared on KCRA in Sacramento to give a Primal cooking demo. This time, she’s showing a group of teens how to exercise Primally. Check it out! Research of the Week All it takes is a millisecond of light to disrupt your circadian rhythm during sleep. In women, getting 7.6 hours of […]

27 Sep

Hot and Sour Soup

Hot and sour soup, with its bracing spicy and sour flavor, tastes intuitively like food that will give your immune system a boost. At the very least, it’ll warm your belly and provide a satisfying meal, and with this recipe, no take-out menu is needed. You can choose to seek out authentic ingredients (like lily […]

26 Sep

Primal Living at Any Age: One Stubborn Senior’s Testimonial

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 Sep

How to Succeed with a Growth Mindset

A couple decades ago a Stanford University psychologist by the name of Carol Dweck became famous when she suggested parents praise their children’s efforts instead of compliment them on their “inherent” intelligence (“Joey, you’re such a smart boy! “Suzy, how’s Mama’s smart girl?”). The descriptive accolades telling kids how intelligent they are, her research demonstrated, […]

24 Sep

Why Exercise Feels Like a Drag (and What to Do About It)

Sometimes while working out at home I catch Buddha (my lab) just kind of watching me doing squats or pushups or pullups or burpees with this look on his face that says, “You feed me, walk me, scratch me, and water me and I love you for it, but what in Dog’s name are you doing?” […]

23 Sep

Artificial Sweeteners May Leave You Absolutely Gutted

Several years ago, I covered the popular artificial sweeteners sucralose, acesulfame-k, aspartame, and saccharin, finding mixed results and little to confirm the widely-held view that they provoke an insulin response. I also wrote about diet soda in general, coming out generally against them while acknowledging the lack of hard evidence either way. But artificial sweeteners […]

22 Sep

Dear Mark: High Uric Acid and Gout; From Vegetarian to Primal Without a Gallbladder

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m covering two questions. First, what’s the deal with really, really high uric acid levels? Assuming a person is fit with good body composition, feels good, and has no complaints, are they still worrisome? Can they still lead to gout? Maybe. Read on. And then I cover a question […]

21 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 314

For everyone that’s been inquiring, this year’s annual 21-Day Challenge is postponed to January 1. Check back in 2015 to take part in the next challenge. I’ve got some fun stuff planned. Check out the trailer for a great new movie – Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat. It comes out October 1 and features […]

20 Sep

Primal Celery Root Lasagna

If lasagna is comfort food that you just can’t quit thinking about, then pull out that lasagna pan because this recipe is going to make you really happy. Even the most carb-addicted, pasta-loving person you know will be hard pressed to admit that this Primal lasagna isn’t delicious. This lasagna is the real deal – […]

19 Sep

Overcoming Anxiety: I Finally Feel Comfortable in My Own Skin

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 Sep

Join Us Next Week at the 5th Annual PrimalCon Oxnard!

We’ve just finalized our room block at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort for PrimalCon Oxnard September 25-28th. We’ll have over 100 guests taking that place over and hitting the omelet bar so hard every morning they won’t know what hit them! I grabbed just a couple extra rooms at our incredible discount rate (starting […]

18 Sep

Walking: The Human Condition

When early humans stood erect over the African savannah, our improved vantage point gave more than views of prey and predator, berry bush and honeybee hive, nut tree and watering hole; we saw possibilities. We saw the horizon stretching out until what appeared to be infinity. We saw sunsets and sunrises, mountains and valleys, stars and constellations […]

17 Sep

A Brief History of the Primal Movement

It’s relatively easy being Primal nowadays. Most restaurants have dairy-free, gluten-free options, if not entire menus devoted to Primal-friendly restrictions. Actual paleo restaurants and food trucks literally exist. Minimalist shoes are everywhere. Standing desks are standard at many corporations, a farmer’s market lurks around every corner, regular grocery stores carry grass-fed beef and butter, and Whole […]

16 Sep

UPDATE: Mark’s Daily Apple Articles Coming to the Primal Blueprint Podcast

At the request of numerous Mark’s Daily Apple readers, my podcast team and I are now bringing Mark’s Daily Apple articles to the Primal Blueprint Podcast! Select articles from Mark’s Daily Apple will be published in audio format, so if you prefer listening to reading, or simply have a difficult time keeping up with the […]

15 Sep

Dear Mark: Wife’s Weight Gain; Upper Arm Fat

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a two-parter. First up is a question from a reader whose wife has gained weight following the Primal Blueprint way of eating and after completing a Whole30. She seems to be doing everything right, in other words. What could explain the weight gain? Next, I discuss what […]

14 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 313

Paleo Lifestyle Magazine is running a fantastic giveaway. Enter the Ultimate Paleo Kitchen giveaway for your chance to win $300 worth of kitchen gear and cookbooks. Research of the Week A five minute walking break (2 MPH) undoes the harmful effect an hour of sitting has on your arterial function. That’s doable. A history of farming […]

13 Sep

Cuban “Mojo” Chicken

Biting into mojo roasted chicken is like tasting a bright sunny day. The flavors of orange and lime – both the juice and zest – dominate, infusing flavor into the chicken and swirling into an irresistible sauce. This is a meal for a day when you crave more flavor in your life. Why eat the […]

12 Sep

Inspired by Robin Williams: A Different Kind of 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 […]

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