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16 Apr

4 Foods That Have Surprising Medicinal Benefits

bittermelon“Let food be thy medicine,” said some old Roman guy, I think. Whoever he was, he was right. Food is the foundation for preventive medicine. It’s the first thing we examine when figuring out a health issue, and successful changes to what we eat usually have the most profound effect on our health. If we don’t eat well, we won’t be healthy – simple as that.

But what if food literally was medicine? What if certain foods had specific, established pharmacological effects that rivaled certain pharmaceuticals?

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15 Apr

The Essence of PrimalCon: Celebrate Primal Life with Your Tribe in 2014

It’s hard to describe in words how amazing the PrimalCon Vacation Tulum was, which is why we brought out master cinematographer Janèe Meadows down there to capture the magic on video! I urge you to take 75 seconds out of your day and watch this highlights show. It captures the essence of what I’ve been trying to create for the last seven years on Mark’s Daily Apple – a spirit of community and making new connections, a sense of adventure into the natural world, an appreciation of excellent cuisine, and a commitment to healthy, primal living. We have a beautiful PrimalCon Vacation Tulum summary page built with an amazing slideshow. You can also check out our Primal Blueprint Podcasts: In Episode 10 we recorded Darryl Edwards’s Tulum presentation on Play. In Episode 11 I recapped the Tulum event. And in Episode 13 we recorded Brad Kearns’s Tulum presentation on developing a peak performance attitude and mindset.

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14 Apr

Dear Mark: Vegetable Powders, Pro/Prebiotic Timing, RS Questions, and Routine Eating

vegetablepowdersFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got four questions and four answers. First, I explain the merits and drawbacks of vegetable powders in the event of low produce availability. Next, I discuss whether there’s a perfect time to take your probiotics and prebiotics, or whether it doesn’t matter at all. After that, I answer a quick barrage of resistant starch-related questions, followed by a query regarding a monotonous eating regimen that by all accounts appears to be working very well. Is there a hidden danger in eating similar meals all the time?

Let’s go:

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13 Apr

Weekend Link Love

weekend link love2Episode #14 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. It’s all about sleep: why it’s so important, how to get enough, how body composition depends on it, and much more.

Research of the Week

My good friend and the co-founder of the Ancestral Health Society, Aaron Blaisdell, has authored a paper suggesting that a high-carb, refined junk food diet can make you lazy and less motivated.

The composition of the human gut biome changes with the seasons.

Whenever indigenous people came into contact with colonizers, the groups that survived “suffered extensive mortality.”

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12 Apr

Salt Roasted Lamb

Lamb1There are so many recipes for roasts that simply say, “season the meat with salt” before cooking. But exactly how much salt? Too little, and the meat is bland. Too much, and you’ve ruined a huge chunk of meat. But more often than not, home cooks are left on their own to figure out how much salt to sprinkle on top.

Salt roasting is a technique that takes off all the pressure of correctly seasoning meat before you cook it. It also helps keep meat tender and juicy, which is especially helpful when cooking meat that can dry out easily, like lamb. As long as you’re willing to go through a lot of salt to make it happen, you’re guaranteed a highly flavorful, juicy leg of lamb.

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