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17 Apr

10 Psychological Hurdles Keeping You From Losing Weight (and How to Overcome Them)

A few weeks back, I discussed nine (more) reasons you might not be losing the weight you want, and I got a lot of responses. Those were mostly “physical” reasons grounded in physiological terms we usually use to describe weight loss or gain. In other words, they were the ones you expect, things like eating […]

16 Apr

6 More Tea Ingredients That Can Help You Unwind, Relax and Chill Out

Last week, I made the case for the inclusion of chill-out, relaxing, and otherwise anti-stress teas and herbs, particularly for the stress-wracked among us (and who doesn’t deal with significant amounts of stress?). Several readers on the last post made the comment that, while effective, these tea ingredients don’t necessarily please the palate. I believe […]

9 Apr

6 Tea Ingredients That Can Help You Unwind, Relax and Chill Out

A popular product class is the “sleepy time” tea. These are the teas which purport to help you unwind from a rough day, relax in the midst of exterior (or interior) chaos, and chill out in a state of relatively peaceful bliss. Many of us live in a state of constant stress punctuated by bouts […]

26 Mar

Primal Abroad: Food Adventures from Around the World

This is a guest post from Eric Bach, primal enthusiast and member of The Modern Gypsies. You may know The Gypsies as the winners of the 2011 adventure race television show Expedition Impossible, and perhaps remember them from this MDA interview. Well, their adventures didn’t end after the show. Since then, they’ve ventured out on […]

18 Mar

Dear Mark: Brain Caloric Expenditure, Muscle Preservation, Potassium, and Iron Supplements

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m covering four of your questions. First up is a question from Rachel, an English major who finds herself growing ravenous once exam time rolls around. I discuss whether or not her increased cognitive activity is increasing the amount of fuel her brain is burning through, and whether this […]

13 Mar

Why Humans Like Taking the Easy Way Out

We fetishize hard work a bit, don’t we? Toil, endless toil; gritty determination in the face of adversity; and ceaseless, relationship-rending labor are virtues to be praised. We applaud each other for working late, snicker at those who don’t, and measure our self-worth in timestamps. Meanwhile, those who “take the easy way out” are ridiculed […]

5 Mar

Floor Living: Do You Spend Enough Time on the Ground?

Several weeks ago, I asked readers how much floor living they did and linked to an interesting blog post from Chris Highcock discussing the “archetypal postures” of ground-based sitting, squatting, and kneeling. My interest persisted, and I thought a full-on post about the potential benefits and logistics of spending more time on the floor would […]

2 Mar

Meat and Vegetable Skewers in Basil Marinade

When the whole family helps prepare a meal, cooking dinner feels less like a job and more like a party. Skewers are especially fun to cook because they allow kids to create and personalize their own meal rather than be handed food that someone else chose for them. The more meat, seafood and vegetable options […]

26 Feb

Making Sense of Baby Carriers

In recent weeks, I’ve covered the reasons why you should carry your babies, and explored both what to do and what not to do when you do so. Both articles stemmed from numerous reader emails I have received asking about ancestral practices regarding baby wearing and carrying, and whether we might be getting it all […]

14 Feb

13 Healthy Ways to Begin the Day

In the midst of topical wound ointment, baby wearing, and gynoid fat, sometimes it’s nice to just back up and focus on the basics. How much more fundamental does it get really than getting up in the morning? I think we can safely count it as square one. Whether you’re stopping by today as a […]

13 Feb

5 Things People Assume About Me That Are Wrong

As Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal community have grown in popularity, I hear a lot of stuff bandied about. Some of it is positive, some negative, and that’s to be expected. You can’t please everyone – I would probably be surprised if no one ever criticized me. However, I’ve noticed that for whatever reason, […]

6 Feb

Now Offering Primal Blueprint Email Support, Meal Plans and More!

A few weeks ago I announced major plans to help you make 2013 your best year yet. Since then I released The Primal Connection and launched PrimalBlueprintPublishing.com, my team held a Primal seminar and cooking class in Phoenix, AZ, and this last weekend was the inaugural Luxury Retreat in Malibu, CA. But I promised much […]

4 Feb

How to Incorporate the Primal Blueprint into a Busy Family and Work Life

Instead of Monday’s regular Dear Mark post, today I have the pleasure of bringing you a fantastic guest article from Mark’s Daily Apple reader Paul Attia. At the age of 24, I was a two-sport varsity athlete while in law school; I thought I was busy. A very “short” decade later, I was a trial […]

30 Jan

10 Ways to Make Your Workplace Healthier and More Productive

For the most part, we all got into this Primal stuff to improve our own health and that of those close to us. Maybe we’re hoping to avoid the diabetes and heart disease that got our loved ones. Maybe we’re trying to lose a few pounds. Maybe we want to know what it’s like to […]

2 Jan

Dave

Age: 35 Dave’s Goals: “To feel good all the time without the highs and lows every day of the conventional diet I have had all my life. To get rid of the GERD I have had since I was 16, and never take pharmaceuticals for it again. I’m not setting a weight goal as I […]

26 Dec

21 Simple Things to Do to Prepare for a Successful 2013

Well, the apocalypse never came. No earth-rending seismic activity rearranged geography. Nary a tsunami wrought despair and destruction on coastlines, nor did the turn of the calendar awaken an ancient, many-tentacled evil force hidden deep below. We experienced neither a global awakening of consciousness, a visit from the original extraterrestrial architects of our physiology, nor […]

19 Dec

10 Last-Minute Primal Gift Ideas

I do a gift list every year on Mark’s Daily Apple, and each time I try to put a fresh spin on it. Last year, each of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws got a corresponding gift. Two years back, I separated the gifts into stocking stuffers and bigger ticket items. This year, since it’s getting […]

15 Dec

Kaly

Age: 23 Kaly’s Goals: “To stop being so afraid of my body that it gets in the way of the things I want to do – to finally perform publicly and enjoy every second I have on stage! (I’m a teacher by trade, but my greatest love is dancing.) Starting weight: 247 lbs Goal weight: […]

12 Dec

Johnny

Age: 51 Johnny’s Goals: “Having reached middle-age, I decided it’s time to really take care of myself. I quit drinking in 2006 (not very good at it) and it is like there is a whole new and exciting life available to me now. In 2010, I read the Primal blueprint and was born again. I […]

12 Dec

7 Foods You Don’t Need to Buy Organic

A couple weeks ago, I gave you a list of the top 10 foods you should strive to buy organic. Some of you found the list useful, while others felt a bit overwhelmed and disheartened by the information, saying that it felt like they couldn’t eat anything that wasn’t organic. Today, I’ll try to make […]

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