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Archive for the ‘ Health Challenges ’ Category

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 […]

29 Jan

It’s Time to “Get Real”

Dear readers, it’s time to get real. I realize that most of you probably don’t think you need a lecture. You may not need any further motivation. You’re eating good, whole foods, getting daily exercise, and things are going well. For the most part, Grok gazes upon you with twinkling, approving eyes. But what of […]

28 Jan

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

We thought this might be a good time to check in with newer folks who have taken on the 2009 Primal Challenge. (With four weeks in, how’s everyone doing?) But the truth is, the title has bearing for all of us. Old hat or not, a healthy lifestyle always encounters challenges at some point. External […]

28 Aug

Getting Back to Nature

As Primal enthusiasts, we owe it to ourselves to spend time in the great outdoors – early man’s original stomping grounds. Sadly enough, the increasing encroachment of civilization upon nature’s boundaries makes it easy for most people to forget about the wilderness. Opting for the mall or the TV is simply easier and more convenient […]

1 Aug

30-Day Primal Health Challenge Final Results

The 30-Day Primal Health Challenge to act “as if” has come to a close. From the updates I have received – from the few that were kind enough to send in weekly results to the dozens of emails I have been sent over the course of the last month from other challenge participants – I […]

31 Jul

Calling All 30-Day Primal Health Challenge Participants!

Yesterday marked the end of the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. Don’t fret! You don’t have to fall back in to your old ways. Take a moment to reflect on all that you accomplished (weight lost, resolve strengthened, muscle gained) as well as the difficulties faced (the midnight cravings and peer pressure from co-workers you gave […]

24 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Week 3 Results

Congratulations to everyone who is participating in the Primal Challenge. If you have any questions or would like to connect with other challenge participants hit us up with a comment. Here is a brief synopsis of our more vocal challenge particpants’ results for week 3 followed by their own full accounts: Nkem: Stayed the course […]

17 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Week 2 Results

Ok. I admit that this post has a ton of information. But instead of editing or paraphrasing any reader’s results (that just wouldn’t be fair!) I’ve included it all. Pick a participant or two and read them as case studies. This is just a small sample of the people that are taking the challenge (we […]

14 Jul

Dear Mark: Low Energy on Primal Challenge

Dear Mark, I’m finding that I have low levels of energy in the evenings only. Could this be because my body is still adapting to primal living and adjusting to less carbohydrate intake? How long does this usually last? I’m also finding that after my sessions of intense Muay Thai training, I don’t have the […]

10 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Week 1 Results

So here they are! Week 1 results from 30-Day Primal Health Challenge participants that were kind enough to send end in their stories. If you have any questions for participants, need advice or want specifics about diet and exercise hit us up with a comment. Also, if you would like your 2nd week, 3rd week […]

2 Jul

How to Guide: Making the Switch to Primal Living in 6 Easy Steps

Perhaps you’ve been reading MDA for some time now, finding yourself intrigued, maybe even testing the waters a bit. The Primal Blueprint sounds good to you. It speaks to you. It makes sense. The mind is clearly motivated, but the heart is, well, a bit trepidatious. Maybe the “Act As If” challenge interested you, inspired […]

1 Jul

30-Day Primal Health Challenge Update

The following is a slightly modified version of an email that went out to all Mark’s Daily Apple readers who openly expressed (either in the comment boards or via email) their interest in being participants in the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. We thought we’d publish it here to offer our services (we’ll, as always, do […]

27 Jun

Act “As If” – A 30-Day Primal Health Challenge

Last week we looked at what goes into our decisions to be healthy: the hows, the wheres, the whos and whys of consideration, of envisioning and finally of commitment. It’s a decision that puts ourselves at the core, we said. Sometimes our path to that decision is smooth. Sometimes it’s a collection of fits and […]

20 Jun

Have You Decided to Be Healthy?

For some people, it’s a New Year’s resolution. For others, the scare of a close friend’s or relative’s illness. Maybe it’s a scary diagnosis of their own. Oftentimes, it’s a long pondered goal. Yet even when it’s more of a “spur of the moment” pledge, the decision to be healthy usually comes after good thought […]

9 May

Reader Response: Practical Advice for Parents

Caution: It is a dietary mine field out there. Kiddie junk food high and low! Parents, proceed at your own risk. And remember. Your seedlings deserve better. Nancy S. offered these comments in response to last week’s News on the Seedling Front. As a parent, I could really use some practical, realistic ideas about what […]

19 Mar

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow: Intermittent Fasting Trial

Earlier today we highlighted some approaches to intermittent fasting and recommended a condensed eating window for those who were new to IF. Over time, many people who regularly IF with the condensed approach develop their “ideal” timing and balance to food intake during their eating windows. For those who are new to the approach, we […]

19 Mar

How To: Intermittent Fasting

After the great discussion last week following the 1 Meal vs. 3 Meals news post, we thought it was a great opportunity to follow up and delve into the nitty gritty of IF. Practically speaking, what does IF look like? Today we’d like to focus on the “window of eating,” a dimension of IF that […]

27 Feb

3 Ways to Keep Exercise Fun and Rewarding – Variety, Variety, Variety

They say variety is the spice of life, but it’s also pretty darn integral to exercise, both in terms of keeping your mind engaged in the activity at hand and ensuring that your dedication to exercise continues to pay off, be it in gains of physical strength, endurance, or simply just feeling good about your […]

18 Jan

Extreme Exercise: How to Get a Great Workout without Leaving City Limits

Think working out in a city has to mean sucking exhaust while you jog on the side of a busy street? Not with these fun, and at times, extreme-alternative workouts. Parkour: Remember the scene in “Casino Royale” where 007 himself scales a crane and frantically tries to catch what we initially assume is some kind […]

15 Jan

Flame Thrower: Top 10 Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Puffy, bloated, swollen. Sound attractive? Sounds like inflammation. On the most basic level, inflammation is the way in which the body reacts to a disturbance, be it infection, irritation or other injury. More specifically, however, the inflammatory response – which in addition to swelling can also include redness, warmth and pain – occurs when blood, […]

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