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28 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 328

Weekend Link Love

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Research of the Week

In a middle-aged Japanese population, coffee intake was protective against colon cancer. Green tea had no relationship to colon cancer risk.

Farming gave us weaker bones.

If there’s any white crystalline substance that directly causes hypertension, sugar’s the more likely culprit than salt (PDF).

It’s not all about butyrate. Supplementing with propionate, another short chain fatty acid produced by the fermentation of fiber in the gut, lowered belly and liver fat in humans.

iPads are really bad for sleep.

In adults at risk of type 2 diabetes, a lower-carb, higher-fat diet reduces abdominal and intramuscular fat and increases insulin sensitivity.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Why you should make more of your workouts look (and feel) easy.

Dr. Ron explores how the lifestyle factors that increase heart disease risk probably also increase cancer risk.

Media, Schmedia

Actually, (properly grazed) cows are good for the environment.

It turns out that the dire warnings against parent/infant co-sleeping have been exaggerated — and they probably put more babies at risk.

Everything Else

Dr. Ron Sinha sat down with That Paleo Show to talk about a culturally-tailored approach to living Primal.

In Argentina, an organgutan was just granted “non-human personhood.”

How Americans die (in beautiful graph form).

What 2,000 calories looks like in chain restaurant fare.

Sparks literally fly when an egg meets sperm. Zinc sparks.

What happens when an office eliminates sitting altogether by removing all the chairs?

Kangaroo 1, drone 0.

20 ways to see the light.

There are limitations to blinded studies.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 28 – Jan 3)

Comment of the Week

I think he was just WAXING poetic.

Indeed I was.

27 Dec

Beef Carpaccio

PrimalCarpaccio is little more than thinly sliced raw meat, but the dish is so delectable it’s hard to believe that’s all there is to it. In a dish as simple as this, high quality (ideally grass-fed) beef tenderloin is a must for its fresh, pure, meaty flavor. Sliced paper thin, the meat will practically melt in your mouth. Beef carpaccio is about flavor and texture.

Of course, along with the great flavor and velvety texture of grass-fed beef comes a bonus; all that omega-3 content. Which makes this light but satiating starter appealing in every way.

Because it’s a starter, not a main course, you’re buying a smaller amount, which makes it a bit easier on the wallet to buy high quality – so go for it. Serve beef carpaccio at a special occasion, or not. Accompanied by a simple salad with Dijon vinaigrette, beef carpaccio is as appropriate on a holiday table as it is at a casual outdoor summer meal.

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26 Dec

From Overtraining to Success with Primal Blueprint Fitness

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-1-2I come from an endurance background—lots of 5Ks, some middle distance—and so my exercise before I found the paleo diet was mostly running—and lots of it. I did enough of it that I developed tendonitis and had to stop competing, which was probably for the best because I was even more mentally drained than I was physically. Around the time I embarked on a primal diet, back in September of 2010, I switched to CrossFit workouts. Actually, CrossFit is what I found first. I had done a CrossFit workout once before without knowing anything about it, and while I hadn’t begun working out that way, it stayed on my mind (as CrossFit workouts can). When I found and saw the workouts CrossFitters were doing and how athletic they were, I wanted in.

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25 Dec

Happy Holidays

Happy HolidaysIn the dim light of morning here, I’m thinking we’ll all wake up to varying ways of observing the day. Whether or not yours is a spiritual celebration today, there’s something to the collective tradition and cultural pause.

We might gather with ones we love or send our greetings from afar. We might share our meal and company today with strangers in either friendly camaraderie or personal service. We might spend the day in intentional or ambivalent solitude. Whatever your circumstances and celebration, however, I hope the day offers you the chance to recharge your physical self, to enjoy the experiences and connections that fill you, to honor the good in your life past and present.

I know I’m grateful today for my health, for my family and friends, for valued work and for the gracious and inspiring community here. With best wishes to each and every one of you, happy holidays….

24 Dec

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for a Happy and Healthy Primal Christmas

Primal ChristmasWhether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, or any of the other holidays that fall in and around late December, there are common experiences. Hosts hustle to get their homes decorated, cleaned, and ready for guests. Workers send emails and get caught up on everything before the holiday slow down. Shoppers fight throngs for mall parking spots and knit scarves; smarter shoppers wait patiently for the delivery truck to show up. Families gather. Gifts are exchanged. Food is prepared. Food is eaten. Merriment pervades and holiday cheer hangs in the air.

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