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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Dear Mark: Osteoporosis, Body Fat Gain on Caloric Deficit, and Stalling on Primal

April 27, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter. First, I try to help out Karson, a guy who's trying to convince his osteoporotic, sun-starved mother to try a few lifestyle interventions th...

Dear Mark: Constantly Falling Off the Primal Wagon, Frozen Produce, and A Few More Carbs

July 28, 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, I answer three questions from readers. First, I give some advice to a reader with a knack for doing a week or two strict Primal and then falling promptly off the wagon into a pi...

Flank Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

July 05, 2014 - Sweet and spicy. Filling and refreshing. Veggies and meat. This flank steak and mango slaw with scallion oil has it all. While there’s a lot to like about grilled flank steak tossed with crispy ...

Whole Roasted Fish with Clams and Spicy Scallion Relish

December 21, 2013 - A whole fish is an impressive entrée, especially this one roasted with clams and red peppers and topped with spicy scallion relish. It’s a fresh, vibrant meal that’s gorgeous to look at and has s...

Ginger and Lemongrass Meatballs with Braised Scallions

July 20, 2013 - Ginger and lemongrass meatballs are so moist and uber flavorful that they don’t need any sauce. This blend of lamb and pork boldly seasoned with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, basil and cilantro will k...

Who You Callin’ Stupid and Lazy?

August 14, 2009 - A number of readers have sent me links (thanks, readers) to a new study coming out of the UK that raised some eyebrows all across the Internet earlier this week. The headlines seemed to scream from ev...

Calling All 30-Day Primal Health Challenge Participants!

July 31, 2008 - Yesterday marked the end of the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. Don't fret! You don't have to fall back in to your old ways. Take a moment to reflect on all that you accomplished (weight lost, resolve...

Cancer Rates Are Falling. Let’s Keep It That Way.

October 15, 2007 - October is the month for breast cancer awareness, and there's been some encouraging news. Although the month began with some critics arguing that the pink ribbon campaign has created a false sense of ...

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

July 03, 2007 - So we're beating a dead llama here, but it's just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I'm just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dan...

The Good, the Bad and the Metallic

April 30, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: There's a country where obesity is highly desirable. Mineral cosmetics may be worse for you than the regular cosmetics. And we're all abuzz over the latest mold. (You'll s...

Dear Mark: Osteoporosis, Body Fat Gain on Caloric Deficit, and Stalling on Primal

April 27, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter. First, I try to help out Karson, a guy who's trying to convince his osteoporotic, sun-starved mother to try a few lifestyle interventions th...

Dear Mark: Constantly Falling Off the Primal Wagon, Frozen Produce, and A Few More Carbs

July 28, 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, I answer three questions from readers. First, I give some advice to a reader with a knack for doing a week or two strict Primal and then falling promptly off the wagon into a pi...

Who You Callin’ Stupid and Lazy?

August 14, 2009 - A number of readers have sent me links (thanks, readers) to a new study coming out of the UK that raised some eyebrows all across the Internet earlier this week. The headlines seemed to scream from ev...

The Good, the Bad and the Metallic

April 30, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: There's a country where obesity is highly desirable. Mineral cosmetics may be worse for you than the regular cosmetics. And we're all abuzz over the latest mold. (You'll s...

So You Want to Take Alli?

February 09, 2007 - The oily spotting continues. Healthbolt has the money quote on new diet drug Alli: "You can also bet your bottom dollar that GSK will be running ads of fabulous looking people living skinny-happy liv...

How to Snack Responsibly in the New World of Health Food Marketing

September 21, 2016 - The growth of the Primal movement has not gone unnoticed. Food producers have latched on because, as much as we emphasize foraging the perimeter of the grocery store—the produce, the meats, the bulk...

Dear Mark: Does Cupping Work?; Do I Need More Protein?

August 22, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a couple questions from readers. The first one concerns cupping, the controversial therapy used by dozens of Olympians, including most notably Michael P...

Is Gluten Sensitivity All in Your Head?

August 03, 2016 - First, non-celiac wheat/gluten sensitivity was a sham and everyone claimed its participants were in a collective mass delusion. Then some actual studies came out, and it appeared to be a real conditi...

The Definitive Guide to Coffee

July 27, 2016 - Coffee is serious business. We Americans drink about 400 million cups of it per day and spend several billion dollars on it each year. It’s the most popular drug on earth, and certainly the most soc...

Dear Mark: Cycling Harder Than Running, High-Fat Football Training, and Orange Theory

May 23, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions about training. First, why might cycling feel harder than running at the same heart rate, and what should be done about it? Second, is i...

Should You Wear a Fitness Tracker?

August 23, 2016 - For a nation of supposedly obese, lazy, and sedentary layabouts, American consumers sure are interested in tracking their daily activity levels. In 2015, they bought 13.4 million dedicated activity tr...

Dear Mark: Muscle Cramps and Parasympathetic Overtraining

July 25, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions from readers. First one comes from Debbie, a prolific hiker and backpacker who can't seem to shake terrible thigh muscle cramps during ste...

Dear Mark: Cycling Harder Than Running, High-Fat Football Training, and Orange Theory

May 23, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions about training. First, why might cycling feel harder than running at the same heart rate, and what should be done about it? Second, is i...

10 Interesting Predictors of Longevity

March 16, 2016 - This isn't a Homeric epic. There are no oracles laying out our destiny and predicting our inevitable demise. But even if we can't know the precise date of our death, we can use certain biomarkers, me...

Dear Mark: How Many Sprints Per Week, How to Play and Train with Babies, and the Best Nighttime Snack

February 08, 2016 - For today's Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First, how often can a person sprint safely and effectively? There are many factors to consider when determining the amount of sprinting a person...

15 Alternatives to Sitting Meditation

November 10, 2015 - No longer the sole province of the hemp-swathed sprouting enthusiast, meditation's popularity has exploded across our collective faces. Tech companies have embraced mindfulness meditation as the ulti...

Why Older (and Younger) Runners Need to Strength Train

October 13, 2015 - Last month, the NY Times Well Blog dropped a piece discussing the results of a recent study of how endurance runners alter their stride as they age. Investigators observed a group of 110 experienced r...

10 Things You Shouldn’t Do If You’re Trying to Build Muscle

September 23, 2015 - While it's important to think positive and focus on all the things you should be doing to achieve your goals, it's equally important that we focus on those things that interfere with our goals and rem...

13 Ways to Move More Throughout the Day (Even While at Work)

September 01, 2015 - This is a guest post from expert biomechanist Katy Bowman, author of Don't Just Sit There! Tomorrow, Sept. 2, is the final day to receive the $10-off early-bird discount and several bonus items when y...

Introducing PrimalBeat HRV

August 13, 2015 - Regular Mark's Daily Apple readers know of my enthusiasm for the cutting edge biofeedback technology known as heart rate variability (HRV). There is a detailed introductory post here, and a follow up...

4 Surprising Ways Other People Affect Your Health

September 22, 2016 - Jean-Paul Sartre in one of his famous plays said, “Hell is—other people.” I think most of us might sympathize with that claim depending on the day and the person we're dealing with. On the flip ...

10 Primal-Friendly Tips from Wise People Throughout History

August 31, 2016 - I'm not the first one to talk about the importance of sleep, the primacy of gut health, the impact food has on your well-being, how we divorce ourselves from nature at our peril, and why everyone nee...

Should You Wear a Fitness Tracker?

August 23, 2016 - For a nation of supposedly obese, lazy, and sedentary layabouts, American consumers sure are interested in tracking their daily activity levels. In 2015, they bought 13.4 million dedicated activity tr...

Primal Performance: How to Stay Cool Under Pressure

August 11, 2016 - Think for a minute about how many times you felt pressure today—pressure to do something you were nervous to do, pressure to perform in the moment, pressure to make the right choice, pressure to tak...

Why Fear May Be Blocking Your Primal Path (and How to Overcome It)

June 30, 2016 - Getting healthy. It’s an admirable, enviable endeavor, you think. In fact, it’s what you’ve wanted, maybe desperately, for a long time. And then you came across Primal. You’ve been convinced f...

How Defining Moderation Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals

June 16, 2016 - We’ve heard it a million times: “Eat a well-balanced diet with everything in moderation.” After all these decades of clear failure, it’s a hazy cliché still delivered by physicians, dietitian...

6 Reasons to Look Forward to Growing Old

May 19, 2016 - As someone in his early sixties, I feel like I’m sometimes asked to be a spokesman for those in the “older” generations who are adamant (or even defiant) about staying smack in the center of lif...

10 Ways to Treat Burnout (and How to Avoid It Altogether)

May 11, 2016 - This year it was all over the headlines that what we typically call "burnout" just might be depression. Beyond the vagueness such wording introduced (another way to push anti-depressants?), the actual...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27, 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

Dear Mark: Vegetarianism Causes Cancer?; Glucosamine Useless?; Decision Fatigue Debunked?

April 11, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answer three questions. First, does long-term vegetarianism cause cancer or alter our genetic code? Some media coverage of the latest vegetarianism study seemed t...

Cancer Rates Are Falling. Let’s Keep It That Way.

October 15, 2007 - October is the month for breast cancer awareness, and there's been some encouraging news. Although the month began with some critics arguing that the pink ribbon campaign has created a false sense of ...

The Good, the Bad and the Metallic

April 30, 2007 - Worker Bees' Daily Bites: There's a country where obesity is highly desirable. Mineral cosmetics may be worse for you than the regular cosmetics. And we're all abuzz over the latest mold. (You'll s...

Dear Mark: Does Cupping Work?; Do I Need More Protein?

August 22, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a couple questions from readers. The first one concerns cupping, the controversial therapy used by dozens of Olympians, including most notably Michael P...

10 Ways to Treat Burnout (and How to Avoid It Altogether)

May 11, 2016 - This year it was all over the headlines that what we typically call "burnout" just might be depression. Beyond the vagueness such wording introduced (another way to push anti-depressants?), the actual...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27, 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

How to Develop Emotional Resilience in the Modern World

March 31, 2016 - Job stress, social conflict, illness (sometimes serious illness), financial hardship, our children’s struggles, a move across country, a divorce, a death of a loved one…they’re all events that c...

8 Ways Going Primal Can Help the Environment

February 17, 2016 - No, you yourself can't save the world. You personally won't make a dent in the climate, or the amount of plastic in the ocean, or the number of cute baby seals that are bludgeoned to death. But colle...

Dear Mark: How Many Sprints Per Week, How to Play and Train with Babies, and the Best Nighttime Snack

February 08, 2016 - For today's Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First, how often can a person sprint safely and effectively? There are many factors to consider when determining the amount of sprinting a person...

15 Alternatives to Sitting Meditation

November 10, 2015 - No longer the sole province of the hemp-swathed sprouting enthusiast, meditation's popularity has exploded across our collective faces. Tech companies have embraced mindfulness meditation as the ulti...

Dear Mark: Do Hunter-Gatherers Sleep Less Than We Thought?

October 19, 2015 - For years, we've thought that hunter-gatherers slept like babies: long and hard. They'd drift off as the sun dropped, lingering around the ubiquitous campfire only for a short time, sleep a good ...

Flank Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

July 05, 2014 - Sweet and spicy. Filling and refreshing. Veggies and meat. This flank steak and mango slaw with scallion oil has it all. While there’s a lot to like about grilled flank steak tossed with crispy ...

Whole Roasted Fish with Clams and Spicy Scallion Relish

December 21, 2013 - A whole fish is an impressive entrée, especially this one roasted with clams and red peppers and topped with spicy scallion relish. It’s a fresh, vibrant meal that’s gorgeous to look at and has s...

Ginger and Lemongrass Meatballs with Braised Scallions

July 20, 2013 - Ginger and lemongrass meatballs are so moist and uber flavorful that they don’t need any sauce. This blend of lamb and pork boldly seasoned with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, basil and cilantro will k...

Primal Korean Bibimbap

June 04, 2016 - Bibimbap, a dish made up of white rice mixed with vegetables, meat, egg and a fermented condiment or two, is Korean comfort food. A quick Primal change (switching out white rice for cauliflower rice a...

One Sheet-Pan Roasted Salmon and Red Cabbage

May 07, 2016 - There’s nothing better than a meal that leaves you only one pan to wash. In this recipe, red cabbage and scallions are roasted on the same pan as salmon (or other fish of your choice). It’s a simp...

Kimchi Pancakes

February 20, 2016 - Kimchi is great as a side dish, but it’s also really delicious as a main ingredient. Take kimchi soup, for example. Or, these savory egg pancakes laced with kimchi, scallions and garlic, and served ...

Quick & Easy Salmon Cakes

October 31, 2015 - This is a guest post from Diane Sanfilippo, author of Practical Paleo and the wildly popular blog, BalancedBites.com. Diane often leaves a lot of space to make her recipes your own, and this one i...

Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Wings

August 22, 2015 - This is a guest post from Juli Bauer of PaleOMG. Well hello you beautiful person, you. Juli Bauer here from PaleOMG. I’m a girl who loves the simple things in life: food, fashion and fitness. I ...

Portobella Chorizo Burgers

May 23, 2015 - This is a guest post by Emily Schromm, of SuperheroUnleashed.com. Good morning, world! Emily Schromm here. My philosophy is this: there is an inner superhero in us all, and it’s OUR duty to UNLEA...

Madras Chicken Salad

April 04, 2015 - This a guest post from Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo. Whipping up some chicken salad? Don’t you dare make a bland-tasting version tossed with plain old mayonnaise. Instead, punch it up with smoky...

How I Recovered from Hypothyroidism and Became My Own Best Advocate

August 26, 2016 - It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark's Daily Apple reader. This week's featured success story was penned by Elle Russ, host of the Primal ...

Primal Power Couple Loses Over 300 Pounds

June 03, 2016 - 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 Ma...

How Primal (Literally) Saved My Life

February 19, 2016 - 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 Ma...

60 Pounds Gone: How I Reclaimed My Life by Going Primal

February 12, 2016 - 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 Ma...

How 21 Days Transformed Me for Life

January 01, 2016 - It's Friday, 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...

From Surviving to Thriving: Power Couple Becomes Primal Team

August 14, 2015 - 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 Ma...

I’ve Never Felt This Good in My Entire Life

July 17, 2015 - 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 Ma...

From 500 Pounds to a 500 Pound Deadlift

June 19, 2015 - 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 Ma...

From “Silly Fad” To Life-Changing Transformation

May 08, 2015 - 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 Ma...

I Think Grok Would Be Proud

April 17, 2015 - 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 Ma...

Dear Mark: Osteoporosis, Body Fat Gain on Caloric Deficit, and Stalling on Primal

April 27, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter. First, I try to help out Karson, a guy who's trying to convince his osteoporotic, sun-starved mother to try a few lifestyle interventions th...

Dear Mark: Constantly Falling Off the Primal Wagon, Frozen Produce, and A Few More Carbs

July 28, 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, I answer three questions from readers. First, I give some advice to a reader with a knack for doing a week or two strict Primal and then falling promptly off the wagon into a pi...

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

July 03, 2007 - So we're beating a dead llama here, but it's just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I'm just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dan...

So You Want to Take Alli?

February 09, 2007 - The oily spotting continues. Healthbolt has the money quote on new diet drug Alli: "You can also bet your bottom dollar that GSK will be running ads of fabulous looking people living skinny-happy liv...

4 Surprising Ways Other People Affect Your Health

September 22, 2016 - Jean-Paul Sartre in one of his famous plays said, “Hell is—other people.” I think most of us might sympathize with that claim depending on the day and the person we're dealing with. On the flip ...

How Defining Moderation Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals

June 16, 2016 - We’ve heard it a million times: “Eat a well-balanced diet with everything in moderation.” After all these decades of clear failure, it’s a hazy cliché still delivered by physicians, dietitian...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27, 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

10 Interesting Predictors of Longevity

March 16, 2016 - This isn't a Homeric epic. There are no oracles laying out our destiny and predicting our inevitable demise. But even if we can't know the precise date of our death, we can use certain biomarkers, me...

Can Exposure to Non-Primal Foods Actually Help?

March 15, 2016 - Are we shortchanging ourselves by complete elimination of potentially allergenic or sensitizing foods like wheat, peanuts, or dairy? Do we become even more sensitive to "bad" foods by avoiding them e...

Dear Mark: Moonlight and Melatonin, Exercise Non-Responders, and Is Weight Loss Impossible and Unhealthy?

April 06, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got three questions and three answers. First, the full moon sure is pretty and big and bright at night, but can it produce (or reflect, rather) enough light to ...

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