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27 Mar

The Many Uses of Coconut Flour

A barrage of comments to our post on low-carb thickeners confirmed that while coconut flour is terrible for thickening sauces, it does serve other purposes. Our last post on a Primal flour – almond meal – went over well, so I figured the time was ripe for a look at coconut flour. Coconut flour is […]

24 Mar

The Wonderful, Pungent World of Sauerkraut

Although fermented cabbage has been around in some form or another since ancient times – Roman author Pliny the Elder wrote of the stuff in the first century A.D. – modern methods for making sauerkraut were developed sometime between the 16th and 18th centuries. It’s primarily known as a German staple, but most other European […]

19 Mar

It’s Not So Offal

MDA’s Quick Guide to Purchasing, Preparing and Eating Organ Meats Everything but the Squeal, Thrift Cuts, Hunting Ethics… it would seem that in recent months we’ve spent a good deal of time talking about the benefits of feasting on the entire animal, but we’ve kind of side-stepped the fact that eating the whole animal also […]

17 Mar

The Depression Diet

The Depression Diet? We’ve discussed the “Recession Diet” and we’re always on the lookout for food budget hacks and tricks for our readers, and the economy isn’t getting any better. And so, although commentators, pundits, and politicians are loathe to utter the “D” word, we just couldn’t resist the chance to alliterate and provide some […]

16 Mar

Dear Mark: Low-Carb Sauce Thickeners

Dear Mark, I’m trying to stay strictly primal/paleo, but I always run into problems when I need to thicken sauces or soups. I grew up learning to use flour/cornstarch like everyone else, but is there a good low-carb/primal alternative? Thanks, Raul I received this email a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t the first. A […]

9 Mar

How to Relieve Sore Muscles

Dear Mark, Been eating primal for a few months now, loving it, but I just started doing some workouts and the soreness that comes a day or two later is just killing me. Does it get better? Maybe I’m doing them wrong? Thanks, Jill Thanks, Jill, for the question. It’s a subject that, had you […]

2 Mar

Dear Mark: The Primal Cat Diet on the Cheap?

Dear Mark, What’s the least expensive way to move in the direction of feeding raw? What raw meats can I ask my butcher for that might be very cheap and suitable for cats? Thanks, Greg, for the question. Contrary to popular belief, the toughest thing about feeding your cats a raw diet isn’t the cost. […]

27 Feb

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Broil Fish!

If you’ve been following the Primal plan for any degree of time, you know that fish is a popular part of the diet. It’s tasty, it’s nutritious, and it’s easy to cook. Yes, that’s right, it’s easy to cook. Especially once you master the art of broiling. Admittedly, a guide to broiling fish might seem […]

26 Feb

How to Develop Good Habits

Aristotle had this to share about habits: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” The motivation for developing a positive health habit may come from the beckoning of a New Year, a firm nudge from your doctor or your ever-expanding waistline. A few months ago we talked […]

25 Feb

Endorphin Mainline

Though I’m a big proponent of Olympic lifts, and I use free weights on a regular basis, there’s something to be said for getting a great workout using just your surroundings, gravity, and maybe a pull-up bar. We can’t always get to a gym, and one-time fees can be pretty exorbitant – but we always […]

24 Feb

The Primal Eating Plan for Cats

If we subscribe to the idea that our bodies are hardwired to thrive on the food consumed by our ancestors, it should follow that the same is true for domesticated animals. After all, we are little more than domesticated hunter-gatherers. A few months back, we discussed the Primal eating plan for dogs. Using the same […]

20 Feb

How to Make a Rockin’ Chicken Stock

In a number of our recent recipe posts, we’ve talked about using chicken stock. As such, we figured it was time to dish up our favorite recipe, as well as provide you, dear reader, with some more information about this healthy kitchen staple. First, the recipe: Ingredients: 4 to 5.5 pounds of meaty chicken bones […]

18 Feb

Break Through Your Weight Loss Plateau

Pat yourself on the back: You’ve lost weight! Or, at least you had lost weight, but for the past few days or even weeks, the scale hasn’t been budging. You don’t feel like you’re doing anything different with your diet. You’re keeping carbs low, eating the appropriate amount of protein, and you’re moderating all of […]

17 Feb

How to Get Your Boss to Allow a Mid-Day Nap

No matter how closely we follow the Primal Blueprint, dips in energy are bound to hit from time to time. Last week, I identified a bunch of tricks for getting yourself out of the hazy afternoon slump. The most popular – and most elusive, I’d imagine – was the afternoon power nap. There’s nothing like […]

11 Feb

Getting Over the Afternoon Slump

Glazed over eyes. Slumped shoulders. A suddenly weighty cranium that keeps dipping toward the keyboard. Even heavier eyelids. Eyes that constantly sneak peeks at the clock, which seems to tick ever more slowly (the more you look). Work piling up without regard for your inability to acknowledge its presence. My apologies for the string of […]

4 Feb

Real Primal: Hunting for Dinner

From a reader email: Mark, Let me say that I thoroughly enjoy your web site and have been digging in to it since I discovered there are people and indeed a whole movement doing what I have believed in for quite a while.  I never knew I had such an untapped support group!  My search […]

23 Jan

Hot, Hot, Hot: How to Make the Ultimate Salsa

The term salsa might by synonymous with chips but, realistically, there are plenty of uses for good ol’ salsa. Salsa makes a great filling for omelets, can be used to spice up – and keep moist – oven-baked chicken, to add bulk (and flavor) to burger patties, and even as a substitute for salad dressing. […]

22 Jan

Exercising Through Injury

Luckily, when we get injured, we can have surgery and then simply recline on the couch and catch up on old episodes of “The Wire” in between visits to the physical therapist. And for us Primal Blueprinters, staying off our feet doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll gain weight. Our body composition is, after all, mostly determined […]

9 Jan

Winter Chili for a Chilly Winter

It’s the middle of winter and – in most parts of the country – it’s bitterly cold. Whereas most people turn to “comfort” food like heaping bowls of mashed potatoes or platters of mac and cheese in the winter months, those of us living Primally must approach things a little differently. We can’t take solace […]

8 Jan

Primal Energy Bar Redux: Making a Better Bar

When you talk, we listen. You loved the Primal Energy Bar recipe we featured in September, but the comment section lit up with suggestions about how to modify and improve the recipe. Specifically, you guys wanted to up the protein ante, with commenter Paul recommending adding a few scoops of protein powder, and Anna offering […]

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