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The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: December 2008

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!

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

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

    Super-Trainer.com wrote on January 1st, 2009
  2. Hello,
    Do you have any advice or know of any good resources for someone recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and Adrenal Insuficiancy?
    Thank You

    Tom Taylor wrote on January 1st, 2009
  3. 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. Any guidelines or suggestions?
    Thanks, and look forward to keeping up with MDA in 2009!

    Karen wrote on January 1st, 2009
  4. 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!

    Lauren B wrote on January 1st, 2009
  5. 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 is that day.

    Obviously, I’m pretty frustrated and walking can only do so much. I was carrying bags back from the grocery store that is a couple blocks from my apartment, and I was pretty annoyed at my huffing and puffing. Also, weight dangling from my right hand is a Very Bad Thing. I can kind of compensate by hanging the bags by my elbow, but I wasn’t sure if this would be a good way to gain strength!

    I realize this question probably doesn’t apply to a lot of people (although the arthritis thing might; I don’t know. LOL.) What would you suggest for me? Thank you.

    Susan wrote on January 1st, 2009
  6. 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 a little trey. My question is: Primly speaking what can i do with that? I can’t pour it down the drain and i have just been throwing it out in the garbage. I really don’t want to use it but what do you think our ancestors used to do with it?

    Next question. What is your opinion on taking garlic supplements. Kyolic to be exact. The best one(in my opinion) on the market. Although we eat soo much garlic anyway. I couldn’t live without it! Little miracle bulb!

    Thank you again for all that you do!!

    Paloma wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  7. 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.

    JE Gonzalez wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  8. 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!

    Meredith wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  9. 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.

    Johnson wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  10. 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?

    LOLfitness wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  11. Mark Sisson wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  12. 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 – whatever strikes my fancy. I may bench press, then push up, then assisted pull ups, then my attention will stray and I want to do lunges, squats. Whatever I can think of…is this “whatever” going to mess me up? Am I still accomplishing great things? My goal is to be a strong, fit woman of almost 40.
    3. I would love another entry on irritable bowel/bladder – I bet this would also fit well with nutrition for rheumatoid arthritis.
    4. I live in the land of hot dishes (casseroles for the rest of the country) – anyway to make a hot dish primal?
    5. I get so excited about all I read on Mark’s that I tend to want to talk about it – diet and fitness is so interesting to me. I wonder if your health/fitness gets in the way of some friendships or do you just have a fit circle you hang out with? My unhealthy (fat) friends think I’m being judgmental of them when they eat poorly – they don’t believe that I’m really just worried about my own eating and am not even paying (much) attention to their plates/drinks/weight.
    6. If you could tell people one key thing about their exercise program, what would it be? What’s the ONE thing about diet?
    7. Was your family health centered or did something encourage you to take this course in your life?
    8. If you had a half hour to lift, or to do cardio which would you choose?

    Beth wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  13. Tom Taylor-

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

    Crystal wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  14. 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, but was more impressed with how lean I got. Anyways, I busted my leg open doing box jumps, and 10 stitches later, I couldn’t work out intensely for several weeks. I “fell off the wagon,” stopped zoning, and have since gained about 10 pounds back over the past couple months (it seems like all fat! The “skinny jeans” i bought back in June don’t fit anymore! grr). I am now getting back into CF and the Zone, but I am more interested in really leaning out again. I don’t want to put on much more muscle through CF, my arms are pretty buff and I am afraid of looking un-feminine! Any advice on leaning out (and not adding muscle) while still crossfitting intensely? What about adding more intense cardio intervals?

    Nicole C wrote on January 2nd, 2009
  15. Crystal,
    Thank you for taking the time to post the links I will check them out.

    Tom Taylor wrote on January 3rd, 2009
  16. You’re welcome Tom. Hope to see you there (RTH).

    Crystal wrote on January 3rd, 2009
  17. 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.

    Tony wrote on January 4th, 2009
  18. 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 should be S-shaped (the shape your rectum is) as opposed to gumball-sized pellets which mine tend to be now. So…is this just what to expect now that I’ve stopped eating grains? Or should I just not concern myself as long as I go everyday? Sticky subject, I know, but pooping is our one common denominator and is an indicator of health, is it not? Thanks for any info you can send my way. Oh, and don’t mind my blushing.

    Kat wrote on January 4th, 2009
  19. 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!

    Adrienne wrote on April 10th, 2011

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