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January 01, 2009

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: December 2008

By Mark Sisson
19 Comments

Richard Nikoley’s Self-Experimentation and Transformation – Dec. 2

Become a Clubbell Master – Dec. 3

Cowpooling: Share a Side – Dec. 4

Dear Mark: Should I Get a Flu Shot? – Dec. 8

Oprah Hits 200 Pounds. Again. – Dec. 10

Eat With Your Hands – Dec. 11

My Top 10 Favorite Books – Dec. 16

The Primal Blueprint Sneak Preview – Dec. 18

The Many Uses of Almond Meal – Dec. 22

The Power of Holiday Tradition – Dec. 24

Shouting Groceries: When 110% Isn’t Such a Good Idea – Dec. 26

Top 5 Referrers of December 2008

  1. CrossFit Endurance
  2. Modern Forager
  3. Conditioning Research
  4. The IF Life
  5. Whole Health Source

What you would like me to write about? Drop me a line in the comment boards with your questions and suggestions. As per my “Dear Mark” series of posts I began this year, the topic can be personal. So what are you waiting for? You’ve just been offered free personalized health advice. Hit me up with a comment!

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19 Comments on "The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: December 2008"

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Super-Trainer.com
7 years 8 months ago

Great list – This’ll help us start off the New Year right –

Tom Taylor
7 years 8 months ago

Hello,
Do you have any advice or know of any good resources for someone recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and Adrenal Insuficiancy?
Thank You

Karen
Karen
7 years 8 months ago
Hi Mark, I’m really enjoying reading your blog and all the articles posted here, but it’s also challenging everything I’ve every learned about nutrition (which makes it even more interesting). I’m a triathlete – actually got onto this website from reading Simon Whitfield’s website – and am just wondering how I can use primal eating to enhance my performance. Specifically, I’m wondering about the amount of carbs I should be consuming. Most articles here say to reduce carbs as much as possible, but I don’t want that to negatively impact my training and racing by depleting my muscle glycogen stores.… Read more »
Lauren B
7 years 8 months ago

I am so glad I found your blog, Mark! Health news and advice with an all natural AND low carb focus, love it. You would think the two philosophies go hand in hand, but not always!

Susan
7 years 8 months ago
Hi! My question is related to the fitness angle. I really do believe in the whole getting a good workout in 30 minutes thing, and such, but I have some issues. I have a very weak right wrist and hand due to rheumatoid arthritis, although I am trying range of motion exercises while waiting for the medications to work. So any type of Paleo-style weightlifting seems to be out for me, and I can’t do pushups. I can sometimes handle yoga as long as I don’t put too much pressure on my right hand, depending on how bad the swelling/pain… Read more »
Paloma
Paloma
7 years 8 months ago
First of all I want to thank the universe for leading me to such a wonderful resource, motivator, eye opener, and beautiful spirit (yes I am referring to you Mark!). You have made it so much easier to live a primal lifestyle and to introduce it to other people. Ok I have two questions. My family and I love bacon. I swore to never cook it again cause it was just to messy…Until I got the George Forman Grill. Now every once in a while we will have some delicious uncured bacon. Now all the fat drips down nicely into… Read more »
JE Gonzalez
7 years 8 months ago

Paloma, you could feed it to your dog, or you can recycle it. Although I don’t think that has been done since WWII. Anyway, Mark, your blog is the best and may you never falter.

Meredith
Meredith
7 years 8 months ago

What do you think of Hemp protein powder? I know soy is not such a good thing, it is a legume and can be pretty toxic (plus I’m allergic to it). Still I’m looking for something to use for a quick meal, and keep seeing hemp powder, I like your blog and follow your recommendations (as much as I can, still fighting the sugar demon) and would like your opinion on this stuff. Thanks!

Johnson
7 years 8 months ago

I’m a triathlete – actually got onto this website from reading Simon Whitfield’s website – and am just wondering how I can use primal eating to enhance my performance. Specifically, I’m wondering about the amount of carbs I should be consuming. Most articles here say to reduce carbs as much as possible, but I don’t want that to negatively impact my training and racing by depleting my muscle glycogen stores.

LOLfitness
7 years 8 months ago

Can you say something about the workings of the brain on the primal diet? There have been tests that say some brain functions are slightly impaired, but those were measuring the first transition week, and we all know how that week is 🙂 I’m in college, and I need all the brain power I can get! Has any real research been done about cognitive abilities and the PB?

Beth
Beth
7 years 8 months ago
Mark, OK, here’s some of the stuff I wonder about when I read your blog – which I LOVE by the way. Even if it doesn’t offer me a “quick” (read:easy) fix for my sugar addiction…. 1. Don’t you ever just want to sit down with a bag of Doritos and just pig out? Ever? Come on, ‘fess up – there has to be something more than dark chocolate and red wine that appeals to you? Or, maybe not, I’m just curious. 2. When I head to the gym I’m overcome with ADHD. I want to do this, do that… Read more »
Crystal
Crystal
7 years 8 months ago

Tom Taylor-

http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com for info. and http://www.realthyroidhelp.com for help with adrenal insufficiency/celiac/thyroid-hashis. ~Crystal

Nicole C
7 years 8 months ago
Hi Mark, I have a question for your “Dear Mark” segment. I am a 26 year old female, and I have been crossfitting for almost a year and a half. This past May and June, my fellow crossfitters and I decided to Zone strictly for 4 weeks. I had never tried such a strict diet, but was surprised by the willpower I had! I don’t remember the exact numbers, but I lost several inches and a couple %bf. I was in decent shape to begin with (5’6, 135lbs), and I lost maybe 6 or 7 pounds in those 4 weeks,… Read more »
Tom Taylor
7 years 8 months ago

Crystal,
Thank you for taking the time to post the links I will check them out.

Crystal
Crystal
7 years 8 months ago

You’re welcome Tom. Hope to see you there (RTH).

Tony
Tony
7 years 8 months ago

Hey Mark,

There sure has been a lot of research lately on Vitamin D and it’s implications with health. I’d enjoy your take on this. Also, what are your thoughts with regard to cod liver oil? The controversy is mounting with regard to the ratio of Vitamin A and D in supplements (sush as cod liver oil). How do you address this with your Master Formula products?

Anyway….a potential topic for discussion.

Thank you.

Kat
Kat
7 years 8 months ago
Dear Mark, This is sort of an awkward subject but I thought if anyone had any answers it would be you– or at least you’d find out if you didn’t know! Since giving up most grains about six weeks ago I noticed that my “elimination” is different than when I was eating whole grains. My diet is very clean and I get a lot of fiber, etc. so the act itself isn’t the problem but more of the actual appearance of the “product” that concerns me. I read that Dr. Oz of Oprah fame has said that your daily deposits… Read more »
Adrienne
Adrienne
5 years 5 months ago

I only stumbled across this recently while trying to find an answer to my question. As it turns out, Susan asked first – how do I exercise my wrist when I can’t put weight on it, can’t flex it, etc? My problem is the left wrist, not the right, but her problem is mine. It’s very frustrating, because I know that I need to do something, but too much effort leads to a frozen wrist and sharp pain. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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