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Archive for the ‘ Health ’ Category

18 Sep

Action Item #3: Make the Healthiest Choices Across the Spectrum

Most of us aren’t hunters. Most of us can’t take days off from work to gather some edible bulbs and silently stalk a wild beast whose pursuit might not even end in a kill and meal. No, we are modern humans who go to work, who wield income rather than spears, who mosey on down […]

12 Sep

Luisa

Age: 27 Luisa Goals: “I went primal in late October, had a few planned cheats at Christmas, and am now eager to get going for the new year. What I’ve done so far has already cleared up a lot of issues I had, such as an injury I thought might be around for the rest […]

12 Sep

The Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts

With the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge having just begun, it’s the perfect time to go over the Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts. I believe that fully grokking these powerful ideas is crucial to success during the challenge. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Having a firm grasp of these key concepts will provide a […]

6 Sep

A Primal Primer: Candida

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, but I think it’s about time for a Primal Primer. Today we’ll be discussing candida, a genus (more than a species, less than a family) of yeast with many members, at least one of which is currently residing on or in your body: candida albicans. Candida […]

5 Sep

How Common is Gluten Sensitivity?

I’ve long suspected that everyone has some degree of sensitivity to gluten, even if they’ve never been formally diagnosed and even if they don’t notice any overt symptoms after eating it. Now we have concrete evidence that non-celiac gluten sensitivity actually exists. My own story was that of a lifetime grain-eater who defended my “right” to eat […]

2 Sep

Ecks

Age: 24 Eck’s Goals: “Fit in an airplane seatbelt, buy nice cloths in a normal store, be healthy. Current weight is 305 (Down from 333 on Nov 22nd). Photo weight is 333 taken a week before starting my paleo journey (started Nov 22nd).” Update – 07/03/12: “I literally just passed the 70Lbs mark (as of […]

27 Aug

Dear Mark: Does Eating a Low Carb Diet Cause Insulin Resistance?

Despite all the success you might have had with the Primal way of life, doubts can still nag at you. Maybe it’s something you read, or something someone said to you, or a disapproving glance or offhand comment from a person you otherwise respect, but it’s pretty common when you’re doing something, like giving up […]

20 Aug

Dear Mark: What Are the Health Benefits of Negative Ions?

Anyone who’s been through a health store has heard about ions. If it’s not someone offering samples of ionized water, it’s someone selling ionized bracelets. It sounds wacky, woo-woo, crazy, and as if it belongs firmly in the same realm as crystals, magnet therapy, and cryptozoology (although the kid in me is still holding out […]

16 Aug

The Rich and Measurable Benefits of Spending More Time in Nature

Anyone outside as they’re reading this? Who’s wishing they were? (I imagine there are many heads nodding.) It’s a natural human instinct, this pining away at the office window, this emotional itch to break out, and finally the luxuriant relief to be in the open again. The fact is, we’re never so much at home […]

15 Aug

Are Eggs Really as Bad for Your Arteries as Cigarettes?

This past weekend, amidst all the Ancestral Health Symposium madness, I caught the headline while flicking through my phone for a few brief seconds. Didn’t open it up, though. Just cruised on past. I’d hoped to just forget about it, to ignore it, to banish it to the back of my mind where half truths […]

13 Aug

Dear Mark: Coffee and Insulin, Fat and Post-Workout Meals

In today’s edition of Dear Mark, I cover two topics near and dear to many of your hearts. First, I discuss the interaction between coffee intake and insulin. Does coffee stimulate its secretion? Does it impair insulin’s function, or our body’s reaction to it? Find out how you should approach coffee on a Primal Blueprint […]

9 Aug

Why You Should Lift and Lower Heavy Things

This is a guest post from Jonathan Bailor of The Smarter Science of Slim and JonathanBailor.com. “Eccentric training has been shown to produce greater muscle hypertrophy than concentric training as a result of greater ability for maximal force generating capacity during eccentric contractions.” – J.P. Farthing, University of Saskatchewan In a guest post a few […]

7 Aug

When Listening to Your Body Doesn’t Work – Part 2

As I wrote last week, we can’t always trust what our bodies are telling us to do. Our bodies send us a lot of other confusing and even misleading signals – but they don’t always pertain to food. Any of our base physiological processes will manifest as messages, cravings, and desires. That’s how the body […]

1 Aug

When Listening to Your Body Doesn’t Work

Hunger largely comes down to perceived energy and/or nutrient insufficiency. Your body thinks that it needs more calories and more energy, and hunger sets in to get you to eat the food that contains those nutrients. Now, if perception matches up well with reality – if you truly do need more nutrients – things are […]

31 Jul

Martha

Age: 51 Martha’s Goals: “Lose 15 pounds and get in shape!” Update – 07/31/12: “Weight 2/13/2012 147 (my highest weight was 159) Weight 7/31/2012 129 (I am 52 years old, 5’5” and I weighed 130 in high school) I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and am now taking Armour natural thyroid hormones instead of […]

30 Jul

Dear Mark: Should I Increase Carb Intake for Weight Loss?

Sometimes, weight loss slows. Sometimes, what worked amazingly well before, stops working quite the same. Although this can be scary, frustrating, annoying, or all of the above when progress slows, stops, or requires new input to continue like it was is ultimately okay, because we are an adaptive species. We can change things up, shift stuff […]

26 Jul

Are We Pre-Programmed to Be Happy?

I think we can all agree that a basic goal in life is the attainment of happiness, that mind state characterized by positive and pleasant thoughts and emotions. But how do we become happy? By definition, happiness requires some type of pleasure to be present. We need good feelings and good physical sensations. Furthermore, the […]

19 Jul

Ancient Wisdom Confirmed by Modern Science

This is a guest post from Jonathan Bailor of The Smarter Science of Slim and JonathanBailor.com. Executive Summary Short Version: Primal has been proven right. Longer Version: Endorsed by the world-wide scientific community including top doctors at the Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA, and approved as curriculum for registered dieticians (RDs) by the […]

17 Jul

Agrippa

Age: 28 Agrippa’s Goals: “Lose 100 lbs (or reach my personal optimal weight, which I may not know till I reach it. 100 is my starting number. Currently 318 Lbs). Conquer personal challenge of 50 pull ups, 25 pistons, 25 one-arm push ups. I intend to hit at least 75% of my weight-loss goal by […]

13 Jul

Naomi

Age: Unknown Naomi’s Goals: “Go from current 191 lbs to 140lb drop the half hundredweight :0) Fit into my very expensive Alpinestars motorcycle leathers and go for a spin. Look strong and healthy for my nude photoshoot (xmas present for my fiance) in Oct 2012 – already booked and paid for !!!! Thank you for […]

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