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13 Feb

5 Things People Assume About Me That Are Wrong

wrongAs Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal community have grown in popularity, I hear a lot of stuff bandied about. Some of it is positive, some negative, and that’s to be expected. You can’t please everyone – I would probably be surprised if no one ever criticized me. However, I’ve noticed that for whatever reason, some people have a skewed perception of my opinion on certain issues. Maybe it’s my fault for not being more clear. Maybe they just haven’t plumbed the depths of MDA (I don’t blame them; it’s got some deep archives) to find the truth, instead going on what someone else told them. But whatever the reason, I have an obligation to set the record straight. I don’t want people getting the wrong idea about me or my ideas.

In this post, I’m going to describe five common misinterpretations about me and then explain where I truly stand. You may still disagree with me. That’s cool. At least then you’ll be able to criticize me for what I actually said or wrote.

So, what are some things people assume about me that are wrong?

That I support unlimited calories, endless grams of fat, and constant relentless gorging.

To my knowledge, I’ve never claimed that calories don’t matter (cue frantic searching of MDA archives). On the contrary, I’ve held that while calories are the ultimate arbiters of weight management, the beauty of a Primal eating plan is that obsessively counting, tabulating, graphing, and monitoring calorie intake often becomes unnecessary. You’re eating nutrient-dense and calorie-sparse plants, nutrient-dense animals (and their fat), and nutrient-dense and calorie-dense starchy plants (when desired/required), and you just need less food than before. You’re sated, you enjoy the food, you’re sufficiently nourished, and so you don’t eat as much. You’re not telling yourself not to eat X amount of calories; you just don’t get hungry for all those extra calories and so it’s not an issue that requires conscious thought. Some people may even find counting counterproductive to weight loss if the counting intrudes on their enjoyment of normal life and becomes a significant source of stress.

If you somehow find the will and desire to gorge endlessly on multiple thousands of calories of coconut oil and butter and red palm oil and mac nuts and grass-fed beef and wild-caught salmon, you can and likely will gain weight (and fat). All I’m saying is this: why would you ever want to? Calories do matter, though. I’ve always said that.

That I hate carbs in any form.

The reality is that I view carbs as an elective source of calories to be divvied out according to training volume, performance goals, and individual variation in tolerance/desire. If you’re regularly engaging in lots of anaerobic activity (HIIT, sprinting, heavy lifting, mid-to-high intensity endurance training, sports like soccer, basketball, football), you should probably eat more carbs to the tune of 100 extra grams per hour of anaerobic output. If you’re just doing lots of walking, lifting once or twice a week, and throwing in a sprint session every now and then, you’ll probably be fine underneath the Primal carb curve. I gear my recommendations toward regular folks getting regular, but not excessive or elite level, amounts of activity – the people who juggle work, family, sleep, and leisure with exercise. That’s me, that’s most of you, but it’s not everyone. If I come off as a carb basher, it’s only because I assume that most people aren’t doing the kind of activity that warrants carb-loading.

I am a big proponent of eating a macronutrient that works for you and your lifestyle and your needs, whatever those look like. I’m also a big proponent of gorging on in-season berries to the point of stomach upset (not really, but kinda). My point is that I don’t hate any and all carbs.

That I hate gyms.

I talk a lot about the benefits of being outside in nature, particularly being active outside in nature. I often suggest that people go for hikes on a weekly basis, preferably with family members (both hominidae and canid). I discuss spiritual encounters in nature, wherein people experience what seem like “mystical” states of mind simply by leaving city limits and rubbing up against some trees and greenery. I’ve explained how exercising outdoors is not only more effective, but also more sustainable – people are more likely to stick with an exercise plan when they do it outdoors. What wins?

Trail running through a forest of redwoods with the brilliant morning sun shimmering through the canopy overhead or jogging on a treadmill while watching close captioned American Idol?

Sprints on a beach (complete with adjacent natural sea salt cold dip wave pool) or sprints on a track?

Stand up paddle boarding on blue-green seas or, well, there isn’t really a gym equivalent to that one, is there?

I’ll always choose to workout outside if I can. Of course, I live in Malibu, where winter is when surfers wear hooded sweatshirts with their shorts and sandals, so I have the luxury of exercising outdoors year round. Many people do not. Perhaps my perspective is skewed.

That said, I like gyms. I work out in a gym on a regular basis. And bulky, oddly shaped natural objects like rocks and logs are fun to pick up and put down, and you can get really strong using them, but barbells, weight vests, kettlebells, and other manmade fitness tools are arguably better for building pure, raw strength. You know what? Make like Arnold and lug a barbell and some weights out to the forest and get the best of both worlds.

That I hate any and all forms of cardio.

One of my earliest and most popular posts was my tirade against chronic cardio, or the kind of extended mid-to-high intensity endurance training that made me sick, broke down my body, required me to eat an inflammatory diet laden with cheap refined carbs, destroyed my social life, and sapped my will to live. My terrible experience with high-level endurance training helped me find a more sustainable, more Primal path. It got me where I am today, basically. It was the impetus for my search for something better. I guess you could say I’m not a big fan.

I’ve become known for that stance on chronic cardio, but many people assume that distaste extends to all cardio. They assume I roll my eyes at people who ride their bikes to work, who run a 5k every now and then, who use the rower at the gym, who go hiking with heavy rucksacks, who swim laps. I don’t hate all cardio, though. I mean, how many times have you gotten annoyed with how often I tell people to walk, hike, and otherwise move around at a slow pace? That’s “cardio.” I fully support all forms of movement that result in improved health and happiness. I’ve mentioned before that my characterization of an activity as chronic cardio is more qualitative than quantitative. Rather than hewing to some objective standard, it often comes down to your subjective response. For me, running more than five miles or so becomes a race, even if I’m the only one around. I stop enjoying the run and start to focus on how fast I’m going, how far I’ve gone, and how much I can push it. I get sucked in to the competitive tunnel.

I’m not even against running the occasional marathon, if you truly enjoy it and it improves your quality of life. But training for marathons round the clock? Logging 15-20 miles a day? I can’t in good conscience recommend that people do that in the pursuit of good health. Do it to say you can. Do it because you love it. But don’t do it to live forever.

That I romanticize the hunter-gatherer existence.

I don’t romanticize anything (except, perhaps, grass-fed meat). I simply acknowledge the reality of our situation: humans, as a species, have evolved under various selective pressures and environments, and by studying those pressures and environments, we can learn about what lifestyle interventions might work for us, today, in the here and now. Moreover, we undoubtedly did not encounter 10-hour workdays consisting solely of sitting on our duffs, penned in by cubicle walls, isolated from our fellow humans (except by choice). We did not eat sugar, seed oil, and grain slurries out of colorful boxes and plastic packaging. It is a simple fact that some things about our modern existence are screwy and ridiculous, and when we spend our days sitting down, completely isolated from nature, from other humans (in the flesh), from edible plants and animals in their original packaging (absent some fur, perhaps), problems arise.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors spent most of their lives outdoors. One wonders if perhaps spending time outdoors is therefore “normal” for our physiology and we should do it more often. Sure enough, recent scientific evidence shows that being outdoors confers numerous health benefits upon humans. Health benefits that we can verify with actual biomarkers.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors got a decent amount of sunlight (being outdoors), depending on where in the world they lived. One wonders if perhaps sun exposure provides any benefit to modern humans. Sure enough, evidence suggests that vitamin D (which humans make from sun exposure) performs many physiological tasks, like immune modulation and bone calcium resorption, vital to our health. (Also, sunny days tend to make people happy, which counts for a lot.)

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors experienced high infant mortality. High infant mortality is not very good for human health.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors did not have access to modern medical technology. Modern medical technology is good for human health.

Do I think we can gain valuable insight about what makes us tick and what works today by examining the ancestral environment? Yes, absolutely. 

Am I happy to live in the 21st century where babies generally survive and people can hold all the world’s knowledge (and then some) in the palm of their hands and casually implore lightning to do their bidding with a flick of a switch? Heck yes.

To say that certain selective pressures helped determine the physiology of modern humans and that we can glean helpful and relevant lessons from studying (or even speculating about) said pressures is not to say that everything was perfect back then and we need to return to that perfect Edenic (that wasn’t) lifestyle. It’s just saying what it says. Nothing more.

What other misconceptions about me and my message have you seen out there? Lemme know in the comment section! Thanks for reading, folks.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. I’m not surprised you’ve been misunderstood, Mark. It happens to the best of ‘em, even Led Zeppelin …
    http://bit.ly/knaTGh

    Susan Alexander wrote on February 13th, 2013
    • +1

      Nocona wrote on February 13th, 2013
  2. RIGHT ON! Glen2gs,
    I love the analogy of the parrot.
    This probably true of most of the medical “establishment”.

    Fred Timm wrote on February 13th, 2013
  3. Whenever my diet or lifestyle comes up or somebody asks something, these are bound to come up. It’s good to clarify!

    Anton M wrote on February 13th, 2013
  4. Well said, Mark!

    gramsnpops wrote on February 13th, 2013
  5. Hey Mark, what do you think about P90X and other programs like this? There sure is a lot of cardio, like 1h daily at high intensity, and it’s nothing compared with insanity. I am really curious what do you think. The food they are suggesting are really close to primal.

    Mihai wrote on February 13th, 2013
    • Mark designed the P90X diet.

      Animanarchy wrote on February 14th, 2013
  6. Hello Mark,

    I have taken alot of your advice and it has helped me. Now, I hope my advice can help you. Ignore the whiners who attempt to discredit your good work. For those of us that follow your site, buy your books, apply the Grok lifestyle…we know what works. I have seen some of these weak links on the web attempting to discredit you and they always come across as extemely jealous. Keep up the good work, stay positive and continue to leave the naysayers in your wake! This is the best way to “answer” the dream stealers.

    Patrick wrote on February 13th, 2013
  7. Mark’s blog entry is more than just “setting the record straight” IMO, it is also a good reinforcement / learning experience taken from an interesting perspective.

    George wrote on February 13th, 2013
  8. Whoever has misinterpretations about Mark just doesn’t realize how amazing he is. He is an expert in nutrition and exercise. He’s changing lives to live healthier and feel their best. His knowledge he has is outstanding, he works hard to bring his knowledge to us here on MDA, he is out to help us. I’ve followed his advice for years and i feel better than i ever have!!! I’ve always believed in what Mark says and i always will because what he says and does WORKS!!!!!

    Donna wrote on February 13th, 2013
  9. I truly believe you should question everything (and then question it again), at least until you can make an educated decision based on the literature, materials, and experiences you’ve subjected yourself to. That said, I think some people (strictly for argument’s sake) tend to add a cynical or overtly negative connotation to their inquiries, twisting an idea so much that they lose sight of the basis of what they’re questioning in the first place. Inevitably, this leaves you having to defend the ideals you’ve already thoroughly explained, all because people are either ignorant in their arguments or just badly misinterpret any given point, or both. What’s worse is the latter typically spreads those misinterpretations like wild fire, hence the necessity for a post like this.

    Rebekah wrote on February 13th, 2013
  10. I get the glassy-eyed-horror-look when I say I cut out grains, eat very little fruit, and load on vegetables and high-quality protein. I happen to have congestive heart failure, BUT I have a cardiologist who fully supports my diet (I take my food journal to appointments). For right now, I’m grateful for medications that keep fluids from drowning me. At my last visit, I asked if I could get rid of any of the medication. She said when I turn into a lean, mean, fighting machine, we’ll talk. Notice she said WHEN! not IF! This just shows-to-go-you that some western trained docs really are ok.

    On another note, a co-worker asked what I was doing and I told her the basics (as above) and suggested the best place to check is MDA. Well, now SHE is a shadow of her former self! That’s two of us; bit-by-bit, step-by-step.

    One last thing. I found a good MDA companion book. Gedgaudas, Nora T., CNS, CNT. “Primal Body, Primal Mind.” ISBN978-159477413-3. A little more draconian than MDA, but excellent information. Gedgaudas advocates no dairy (what? no cream in my coffee), no coffee (WHAT????? she’s in Portland, OR and says no coffee? What’s that about???)…. But she also has an easily understandable chapter about leptin (no, not lectins, leptin). Check it out. And as usual, as Mark says, (sic) use what you can.

    Mary Anne wrote on February 13th, 2013
  11. 33% of babies are born with cords wrapped once, twice, three times around the neck. It’s completely normal, and as long as there is a sufficient amount of Wharton’s Jelly within the cord, then the two arteries and one vein that lay within are protected from compression, even with tight cords. The intervention needed would be with shorter cords, thin cords, and/or extremely tight cords. Babies do not breathe as we breathe, and as long as the healthy cord remains intact and not clamped or cut right after the baby is born, then there is plenty of time to slowly unwrap said cord and wait for baby to take his/her first breath. If birth was so delicate, we wouldn’t have made it as a species. If we truly needed to have our babies cut out of us 35% of the time (the U.S. c-sec rate), again we wouldn’t have made it as a species. C-sections can and do save lives, however it should be under a 15% rate as is recommended by the World Health Organization. The dangers for mothers back then was likely hemorrhage, laboring until baby died if there were complications unable to be assisted, and infection. The same as in impoverished countries round the world today. The dangers for babies were things such as placenta previa, infectiom, or starvation if their mother died and not enough lactating women in their tribe could share the nursing demands. Yes, diseases that may have needed herbs that weren’t in season, medications not yet invented, predators, etc. The number one danger was truly losing their mother, however the U.S. RIGHT NOW has the 2nd highest rate of infant mortality of all the developed nations and our maternal mortality rate (due to the increase of non-medically necessary c-sections) is continuously rising to horrific levels as well. Women who eat well and not the SAD diet will have the healthiest and least complicated pregnancies and births by far. No-one and no technology can grow your baby any better than you can with a fantastic diet.

    Christy wrote on February 13th, 2013
    • First, I’m going to say mostly agree with you. I had 3 babies at home with midwives. :)

      Just one hesitation, though. There’s a tendency to use infant mortality stat in the discussion around birth politics and in fairness to everyone, I think it should come back out. :)

      The US is the world’s 3rd largest nation. We’re also very detailed and honest in our record keeping. Most of the world’s developed nations are much smaller, do not contain the same cultural diversity, and tend to account for deaths differently.

      The low infant mortality rate is found in very distinct pockets in the US, mostly having to do with social/economic factors. If Europe decided to use our reporting standards and report as one big lump,rather than say, as Switzerland, I suspect we’d look a whole lot better as a nation.

      That said, I’m totally on board with the concept that the US should work towards lowering it’s C-section rate. The procedure is not treated with the respect that it’s due. 15% should be the goal — avoiding major abdominal surgery for a normal, health event is pretty worthwhile way to improve women’s health.

      Amy wrote on February 13th, 2013
    • The best diet in the world is no guarantee against complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

      Helga wrote on February 13th, 2013
      • Going to a hospital is no guarantee a mother won’t die or suffer serious complications in the hands of incompetents. Life is risk – everyone has to do their best to manage it in the ways they see fit.

        Amy wrote on February 14th, 2013
  12. Living in Hawaii most definitely makes you biased! I think a lot of people that live in warmer, sunnier climates have a hard time wrapping their mind around what happens in the winter to some of us, and I’m not even in blizzard country!

    Still, I also don’t have super hot summers, which I hate. You get used to the weather here after awhile, if you have the right gear and some vitamin D pills.

    There was some scientific research I read awhile back that I can’t find that said if a person laid in full sun in January anywhere north of San Francisco in a bikini for an hour they still wouldn’t get enough vitamin D. Where is this elusive full sun in January and how on earth would someone lie outside that time of year in a bikini? Hint: Occasionally the sun does come out, but it’s still 40 degrees and damp.

    Still I wouldn’t trade where I live for anywhere. I love the northwest. Even if it means I have to take vitamin D and stay rain-equipped. At least it’s not 20 below and blizzarding!

    Willow wrote on February 13th, 2013
  13. This article really upsets me and I’ll tell you why:

    Because people gossip and say things they just assume. After reading your book, e-books, and articles it’s clear your not against gyms among the other things.

    People will read one article and assume you’re a die hard advocate for that one passionate thing your writing about. And you may be but they should read more of what you have to say to get the entire picture.

    Buy your book, download your e-books and learn. We all have our own way we want to live and who gives two flips what you believe Mark. You believe what you believe and the people who choose to hear what you have to say and educate on (that’s me)will listen and learn. The people who want to critique should be open to all ways of thinking. Whats up with this closed off mind?

    Or they can just go try Weight Watchers, or the South Beach Diet :-/. Prepacked food anyone?

    Nate Anglin wrote on February 13th, 2013
  14. A lot of Science is yet to be discovered and of Science has been discovered already, but I won’t dare disrespect another persons opinion, neither would I ask to prove it, after all, nobody was around to see a real Caveman family, we are hearing new things each day, but its always great to take a keen interest in the real question, what is a perfect diet?…

    Marc wrote on February 13th, 2013
  15. Sorry if this is a little off topic. There seems to be a general idea on this site that grains are unhealthy, however why do you believe this?

    I’m wary of this claim because _many_ people live very long and healthy lifestyles while eating lots of grains. The Japanese diet contains large amounts of rice and the Sicilian diet contains large amounts of bread. How do you account for this?

    Alex wrote on February 13th, 2013
  16. Great post Mark! My son introduced me to the primal lifestyle,and after one year and 30lbs. gone I joined a bootcamp. I am now down inches but not lbs. because I have gained lean muscle. If there’s one thing that gets me through is “forget conventional wisdom” this has helped me in more ways then one. Keep up the good work Mark.

    Jodi wrote on February 13th, 2013
  17. Bravo Mark, you grok!! The world needs more of your sort of common sense, you are an inspiration.

    Zdenka Wright wrote on February 13th, 2013
  18. Mark,

    You’ve changed thousands of lives for the better. You did mine, and I earnestly and deeply thank you for it.

    You write well; you are intelligent, unassuming, diligent and measured. You have created something important that directly affects the health and well-being of thousands and has ripple-effects well beyond.

    You are fighting the good fight, and you do it with effortless grace.

    Thanks for the post.

    Andrew wrote on February 13th, 2013
  19. I absolutely agree with what many have said – I love this blog, I read it daily; had never had any of these misconceptions. Mark, thank you for all the knowledge you are so generously sharing with us!

    Liana wrote on February 13th, 2013
  20. I felt really sheepish when I got to the part about consuming thousands of extra calories of coconut oil. I don’t know what possessed me to think that doing that wouldn’t make me gain weight. Too much wishful thinking on my part ;).

    MovieCat wrote on February 13th, 2013
  21. There should be a Law, though:
    Neither thyself nor thine tasty animals shalt thee feed seeds from the kingdom of the plants.

    p01 wrote on February 13th, 2013
  22. Mark, I didn’t assume any of that about you. And given that this is your site, you may share any opinion you please and not worry about naysayers (are there any?) I think you live by example and share with others what is obviously working for you (as well as many others). Grok on! :)

    Mary wrote on February 13th, 2013
  23. “If you somehow find the will and desire to gorge endlessly on multiple thousands of calories of coconut oil and butter and red palm oil and mac nuts and grass-fed beef and wild-caught salmon, you can and likely will gain weight (and fat). ”

    Wouldn’t this be needed / recommended for building muscles (how to gain weight and build muscles post) ?

    I’ve been reading MDA for a couple of years now, I understand most of it. But just wanted to confirm the above. Thanks!

    Abhi wrote on February 13th, 2013
  24. Mark stop apologizing to the failed modern health paradigm. They are wrong and you are right. Full stop.
    The modern diet IS the cause of all the degenerative diseases. You say modern “medical technology” makes us live longer but I am sure you are wrong. The whole industry of pharmaceutical drugs and its ugly twin sister the vaccine industry seem to have no benefit whatsoever to the human race. To be honest Mark it’s time to attack the preconceived wisdom rather than defend your proven concepts.

    patrick wrote on February 13th, 2013
    • Well, things like good hygiene for necessary surgeries and emergency medical care (for accidents and such) likely help us live longer! But I agree that the pharmaceutical industry isn’t the best for our health. There’s a time and a place for drugs, but they’ve definitely overstepped their bounds!

      Alyssa wrote on February 13th, 2013
    • I’m not 100% comfortable with the idea of vaccinations, but look at the alternative: epidemics of polio, pertussis, smallpox….Vaccinations have saved many, many lives.

      Helga wrote on February 13th, 2013
  25. Mark, I’m curious to know what is your personal blood type. Reason for asking I have many things similar to yourself IM athlete etc and currently having internal battle with diet on which way to go. Your reply would be greatful and thanks ROB

    Rob wrote on February 13th, 2013
  26. Mark, maybe it is time to revise your carbohydrate curve. I’m one of those slow movement, lift weights 2x a week, hike 1x a week kind of people yet I probably eat into that “insidious weight gain” carb range (all from potatoes/sweet potatoes, fruit, honey, and even some sugar in my dark chocolate) yet I’m not gaining any weight at all. This even though I arrived here as an insulin resistant perimenopausal woman. I think the lifting makes all the difference.

    Diane wrote on February 13th, 2013
    • Isn’t this because you are now fat adapted though? I know that when I used to eat a pint of ice cream in one evening I was guaranteed to see 2 extra pounds on the scale the next day. But now, when I indulge the scale doesn’t even budge. I assumed it was because I’m now fat adapted…

      Ara wrote on February 13th, 2013
  27. Hi, please could someone help me out with tips for rapid visceral fat loss prior to abdominal surgery? I’ve just been in to have my apparently ruptured appendix out (catscan) and the surgeon could not even find it embedded in a large fatty mass. How gross is that! I can’t believe I let myself get into such a state. so I’m on antibiotics til he deems it wise to go back in. been paleo for about 6 months, losing weight, but evidently not from inside my tum. 5’4″ 76kg at present.

    Pam wrote on February 13th, 2013
  28. One thing I’m confused about is that you (Mark Sisson) really promote grass-fed beef, butter, coconut oil, etc., but when describing your own diet, you don’t seem to eat any of those things. In your outline of your typical daily diet, it seems like you mostly eat vegetables with a little chicken or turkey.
    Sounds very healthy, but not exactly like the Primal Diet foods highlighted on the rest of the site.
    Sorry if I missed something, but it doesn’t seem like you eat the grass fed beef that you frequently recommend.

    Cynthia Savitt wrote on February 13th, 2013
  29. People are always more critical when it doesn’t “fit” their lifestyle. I think because they feel guilty about not taking care of their health and hearing what they “should” be doing to improve it. I appreciate all that you have done to give me information to improve my health!! Keep up the great work that you do!!

    Bonnie wrote on February 13th, 2013
  30. My hub caught your short segment on a news-show (NBC?). Without knowing who you are, he said, “THAT guy has got to be on steroids”.

    Don’t shoot the messenger! *ducks and runs*

    bokbadok wrote on February 13th, 2013
  31. Unfortunately Dave Asprey theBulletProof has a lot to answer for here. All your denials are his specific and critical claims and because he mentions you as an. Advocate you have also been tainted. IOut of curiosity I tried Bulletproof Coffee amd eating 3000 Cals a day I dis BF to tbe letter ‘T’ – I for a month and I neither lost or gained wirght nut I did gaon body fat. I also had no energy to go to the gym.
    Its regretable you have been labeld or put into the same category as Dave Asprey anf should refute his claims whenever you can.

    Rich wrote on February 13th, 2013
  32. Thanks Mark, ignore the haters, you have turned around the health of thousands like me. I am glad I found mda and primal blueprints. Down 45 lbs, 4 pant sizes in a year, felt like I won a health lottery.

    Asif wrote on February 13th, 2013
  33. “Do it because you love it. But don’t do it to live forever.”

    This reminded me of Kurt Harris’s pronouncement (which always makes me lauch) on the summary page of his Archevore diet: “Lift weights every day or run marathons for ‘fun’, but not for your health.”

    Remnant wrote on February 13th, 2013
  34. Honestly: some people are not happy unless they have something to complain or argue about. Newsflash.. if you don’t like the program then don’t do it. No one is forcing you. Find a different one that fits your lifestyle
    Seriously: My daughter has been sick since Thanksgiving and missed 2 months of school. We went 100% primal, vitamins and everything. She is back in school and back in the pool getting ready for long course season. After hundreds of dollars in tests, this is the only thing that worked and makes sense.

    CJ wrote on February 13th, 2013
  35. Keep up the great work. Slowly but surely your distillation and dissemination of this wisdom will make a massive difference to all of our lives. Thank you, and it’s a shame you have to defend yourself, but ’twas ever thus!

    kate henshaw wrote on February 13th, 2013
  36. Mark, you hit a nerve with this post!

    I’ve been following MDA ever since I stumbled on it a couple of months ago. I keep coming back because you are fun and interesting to read, and you are honest about what you do and don’t know. As this most recent post shows, you are comfortable enough in your skin that you can acknowledge your critics without becoming defensive or peevish.

    You are a class act!

    Helga wrote on February 13th, 2013
    • +1

      Ara wrote on February 13th, 2013
  37. Another benefit of sunshine I just saw: Nitric oxide from the skin for cardio health
    youtube.com/watch?v=Lh9lDWPMWrM

    JerryF wrote on February 13th, 2013
  38. I was one of those people that thought I could eat as many calories as I wanted as long as they were primal. When I wasn’t getting the results I wanted I dug into this site and quickly found that Mark says calories do matter. We hear what we want to hear. I personally needed to eat more in order to make the transition to primal. Now I’ve adapted and the weight is finally starting to come off quickly. Thanks again Mark! Keep up the great work!

    Ara wrote on February 13th, 2013
  39. “I’ll always choose to workout outside if I can. Of course, I live in Malibu, where winter is when surfers wear hooded sweatshirts with their shorts and sandals, so I have the luxury of exercising outdoors year round. Many people do not. Perhaps my perspective is skewed.”

    Nope not skewed Mark. Possibly uninformed though. Where I live, I can run, ski, swim, hike, paddle, ride, bike, play Ultimate, and do anything you do. I just do them during the appropriate season!

    You do know about seasonal outdoor workouts, right? ;)

    Catherine wrote on February 13th, 2013
  40. “I’ll always choose to workout outside if I can. Of course, I live in Malibu, where winter is when surfers wear hooded sweatshirts with their shorts and sandals, so I have the luxury of exercising outdoors year round. Many people do not. Perhaps my perspective is skewed.”

    Nope not skewed Mark. Possibly uninformed though. Where I live, I can run, ski, swim, skate, hike, paddle, ride, bike, play Ultimate, and do anything you do.

    I just do them during the appropriate season!

    You do know about seasonal outdoor workouts, right? ;)

    Catherine wrote on February 13th, 2013

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