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27 Jul

The Definitive Guide to Coffee

Definitive Guide to Coffee FinalCoffee is serious business. We Americans drink about 400 million cups of it and spend several billion dollars on it each year. It’s the most popular drug on earth, and certainly the most socially acceptable. In many ways, coffee’s the closest thing we’ve got to a universal, daily ritual, as just about every morning, billions of people across the planet prostrate themselves before the holy, energy-giving legume. It also hails from the same place the earliest members of our species do: East Africa (Ethiopia, to be exact). That the most industrious animal ever to walk the planet and the psychoactive legume that fuels said industry both hail from the same place on earth is pure poetry.

Coffee’s also delicious. I’d say you’d have to pry my coffee from my cold, dead fingers, only the ensuing struggle would slosh it all onto the floor, and that would be such a waste.

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26 Jul

Take It Easy, Increase Progress: How to Make Your Training More Primal

Take it Easy FinalI recently had the pleasure of interviewing my friend and business and training partner Brad Kearns for the upcoming Primal Endurance Online digital course (more about that later). It was more of a discussion, really, and we kept coming back to the same three elements for constructing any successful training program. I’m going to present them as they came to me—as bullet points, as tangentially related thoughts. Then I’ll expand on them from there.

Without further ado…

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25 Jul

Dear Mark: Muscle Cramps and Parasympathetic Overtraining

crampus finalFor 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 steep climbs. She’s tried all the conventional advice. She’s taking electrolyte tabs. She’s staying hydrated. Nothing works. What does? And then, Brad wonders about parasympathetic overtraining, a type of overtraining you don’t hear much about. What does it mean and how should he respond?

Let’s go:

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24 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 410

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Too much TV as a kid promotes bone loss (or inadequate bone formation).

Alphabetic discrimination is a scourge on humanity.

Keto and CrossFit go well together (PDF).

If you’ve got the bacteria to ferment it, resistant starch in the form of raw potato starch really increases butyrate production in the colon.

Elephants don’t mind living in tiny studios on the wrong side of town as long as they’ve got other elephants to hang out with and lots of great restaurants and museums nearby.

Sauté fish with olive oil, not sunflower oil.

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23 Jul

Zucchini Crepes

Zucchini Crepe 1Is it a crepe? A wrap? A tortilla? You can call them anything you want and wrap them around whatever you’d like. The result is always the same: delicious.

Zucchini and thyme flavor these light but durable wrappers that can hold an array of savory fillings. In this version, a combination of fluffy scrambled eggs, lox, and chives make a winning breakfast crepe.

Other tasty fillings include sautéed mushrooms, grilled shrimp, bacon, and ground meat. Or, skip the fillings and stack up a few zucchini crepes on your plate, top with crème fraiche, and think of them as savory pancakes.

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