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9 Oct

Holistic Medicine Meets Primal Principles

real_life_stories_stories-1-2Hey, folks! It’s Friday once again, and that usually means it’s time for one of your amazing success stories. But something remarkable has been going on here at Mark’s Daily Apple that gave me an idea. Over the last year, there’s been a core group of people that our worker bees at MDA have gotten to know exceptionally well—a group of people that have gone above and beyond in their involvement in all things primal. I’m talking about the students in our Primal Blueprint Expert Certification program. Many of them have taken the knowledge from the program and inserted it directly into their personal and professional lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined. So I thought it’d be a great tradition to occasionally highlight some of their accomplishments—to share some of the ways they’re helping bring primal principles mainstream through their acts of passion.

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8 Oct

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Joining the Status Quo

The other day it occurred to me that we’re coming up on 10 years with this blog. In 2006, I started publishing (what were then) wacky, newfangled ideas about how people should go barefoot (or wear Vibrams), eat more animal fat, slash carbs and eschew grains altogether, avoid (most) vegetable oils, stand up while they work, expose themselves to cold, get off the chronic cardio wagon and climb trees or sprint down their streets like 9-year-olds. Finally, there was the proverbial (and ironic) icing on the cake of suggesting people ask what would Grok do—that now illustrious posterman for all things evolutionary. Ten years ago many of these ideas were still viewed as strange or even flat out wrong.

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7 Oct

The A-to-Z Guide to Leading a Primal Lifestyle

Print this out. Bookmark it. Send it to friends who don’t quite get the Primal thing. Consider this a valuable resource for all-things Primal. It’s a nice, alphabetical encapsulation of what it means to lead a Primal lifestyle. It’s not everything, of course. You can always dig deeper into the details, but this summary gives a high-level look at just about everything.

Without further ado, I present The A-to-Z Guide to Leading a Primal Lifestyle.

Avoid chronic cardio. I spent about half my life running (and later, with triathlons, swimming and cycling) myself into the ground. I thought the more miles I could log, the healthier I’d be. That’s the mindset many people have, and it’s absolutely wrong. Running a ten-miler is different than running a ten-miler every day. We have the capacity to go long distances and even outlast wild animals upon which we’re preying. We don’t have the capacity to do that every single day without consequences to our health. Run long distances if you love it, compete if you love competing, but know the cost it incurs.

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6 Oct

The Primal Blueprint Definitive Guide to Troubleshooting Weight Loss

I get a lot of emails about weight loss plateaus. I’ve covered them in Dear Mark after Dear Mark. I’ve personally written countless emails to readers about beating a stall. Friends, colleagues, and peers frequently come to me for assistance with their slowed weight loss. If you type “weight loss p” into Google, the first autofill suggestion is “plateau.” Not “plan” or “program.” Clearly, weight loss stalls are a big issue for people. But they’re also usually inevitable. On any diet, weight loss stalls just happen. Our bodies are always chasing homeostasis, and once we get comfortable at a new weight, it can be hard to progress any further without making major changes to our diet and lifestyle.

Perhaps surprisingly, Primal folks arguably have it even harder because the initial weight loss comes so easily, making those little slowdowns even more conspicuous. We notice them. We grow desperate for solutions, for a return to the easy weight loss. And so we just do exactly what worked before, only harder. We go even lower carb. We exercise six days a week instead of four, even if it means losing an hour or two of sleep. We eat even more fat and we reduce protein to make room for it. And sometimes, this works. But not always. What worked before won’t necessarily continue working.

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5 Oct

Dear Mark: Histamine Intolerance

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering one question. But it’s a doozy: histamine intolerance and what to do about it. Now, this is a huge question. As you’ll read below, there are numerous causes, many overlapping. There’s no easy fix. There may not even be a hard fix. However, we can almost certainly improve the situation. In today’s post, I offer Laura my take on what to do about histamine intolerance based on my reading of the available literature. It’s not perfect, mind you. It’s complex and often seemingly contradictory. But that’s how it is with the human body, isn’t it?

Let’s go:

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