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31 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 311

weekend link love2I recently returned to the The Paleo View podcast to hang out with Stacy and Sara and talk about a bit of everything. Go have a listen.

I also paid a visit to Extreme Health Radio, where I talked about the importance of cultivating play in our lives, building muscle on our bodies, and much more.

Research of the Week

Stress inhibits calorie burning; calmness enhances it.

As humans doubled our population over the past 35 years, invertebrates lost almost half of theirs.

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30 Aug

Cauliflower Muffin Bites

CauliflowerMuffinsIf you’ve ever tried to make a cauliflower pizza crust and liked the flavor but not the soggy doesn’t-really-hold-together texture, then cauliflower muffin bites are the way to go. Easier to make and much more likely to hold together, these mini muffins make a nice snack, side dish or appetizer.

In fact, there’s no reason you can’t turn these into “pizza muffin bites” by adding grated cheese, olives and pepperoni. Think of this recipe for cauliflower muffins as a template that you can add all sorts of different flavors to.

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29 Aug

Over 100 Pounds Lost: Things Just Keep Getting Better and Better

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 Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real life stories stories 1 2My story starts with a girl, two actually, to be accurate, and also a beloved uncle. The ladies are my daughter and my wife. After years trying to start a family, my wife and I were fortunate to adopt our daughter from foster care in 2011. At that time, and for most of my adult life, I had been morbidly obese between 250 and 300 lbs at 5 foot 9. I’d like to say that becoming a parent, as amazing and life-changing as it was every single day, was enough to lead to dramatic changes to my daily eating and exercise habits, it wasn’t. I felt an increased need to be healthy to contribute more on a daily basis to my wife and daughter, yet still things went on as before. I was in a health netherworld of no major illnesses but not what I would describe as vitality of any sort. I certainly was not thriving. I was living what I understand now was a diminished life, both physically and mentally.

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28 Aug

Why We Eat: Cravings

HiRes 2Last week I picked up the theme of hunger with an intention to visit all the angles of the instinct – the physiology behind it first – but also the outer reaches of hunger’s emotional and social sway. The fact is, I can’t think of an instinct (other than sex) that influences our evolution more or perhaps a more complex motivation. It’s one of those areas in which you can’t always separate biology from emotion. (The more you learn about the human animal, I think, the more apparent the melding of these two fields/forces becomes.) Enter cravings. Beyond the general experience of hunger (Feed me now!) are the urges toward particular foods (Need THIS now!). What exactly goes on here? What’s the real impetus behind our cravings, and what’s the ultimate pushback we can offer on the way to derailment?

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27 Aug

Introducing the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification!

ExpertCertlogowhitebackgroundI’m pleased to announce the long-awaited release of the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification program. The Primal Blueprint “Cert” is a comprehensive online educational program that delves deeper into Primal/paleo/evolutionary health principles than any other available resource or course. The Cert is comprised of 13 modules designed around the 8 Key Concepts and 5 Action Items that encompass the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation book. (Each module is about 4-6x more detailed than its corresponding section in the book!) In addition to the educational course you’ll receive a robust package of multimedia educational materials—instructional videos, audio books and digital books.

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