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January 10, 2017

Contest: Ask Me a Question. Win Books and a Primal Essentials Kit.

By Mark Sisson
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win2The Prizes:

What are three of your favorite Primal Blueprint Publishing titles? Want a copy of The New Primal Blueprintthe brand new, updated version of the book that started it all? Or would you like to try out one of our other new releases, like The Paleo Thyroid Solution, Good Fat, Bad Fat, or Primal Endurance? Perhaps you’re looking to expand your cookbook library…. The choice is yours! Today’s winner picks any three books from PrimalBlueprint.com!

Primal Essentials Kit Sun. Soil. Oil. Get all your bases covered with this elegant solution to the daily challenges we face living with our hunter-gatherer genes in a completely modernized world. Today’s winner will receive a bottle of Primal Sun (vitamin D), Primal Probiotics and Primal Omegas.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment below asking me your 21-Day Challenge questions. Need some advice? Struggling with something? Anything? Let me know in the comment board. Just make sure that your questions are related to your 21-Day Challenge in some way. I’ll be answering as many questions as I can in this coming Monday’s Dear Mark post.

Replying to questions with answers also counts. This is a community effort, so share your tips and tricks with those in need of some help and you’ll also be entered to win.

Contest Deadline:

Midnight tonight, January 10th.

Choosing a Winner:

One commenter will be chosen at random.

*Giveaway closed. Congrats Connie S.!

Eligibility:

Anyone in the world can enter, though this prize may only be available to U.S. contestants. In the case of an international winner, substitute prizes of equal value will be shipped.

Other Important Info:

  • Remember to use your real email address in the comment board. If you don’t, we won’t have a way to contact you.
  • Multiple comments won’t get you multiple entries. But by all means, ask or answer away.

Thanks, everyone. Looking forward to your questions!

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Caitlin Lee
Caitlin Lee
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark! I’m really struggling with aligning my carb intake for activity level. Any tips for how to make this easier without tracking everything like crazy? Or relaying on me craving carbs? (I’m assuming my afternoon carb craving is more habit, and transitioning to being a fat burner from sugar burner.)

Jordan G
Jordan G
7 months 7 days ago

Well Caitlin there doesn’t really seem to be any definitive answer to a certain level of carbs. Honestly, unless you’re doing some prolonged workouts there really isn’t any need to seek out carb heavy foods. From my personal experience, though, I do find that a good serving of sweet potato, or another starchy (not sugary) veggie does me good on my really intense training days – usually about an hour to two prior to lifting.

Sam Poland
Sam Poland
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark,
I’ve never found a great answer to what happens to excess fat that is eaten when one is an efficient fat burner. If insulin isn’t present to store it, does it get stored? By what pathway? Do we excrete it? I can guess that pathway.
Thanks,
Sam

Sherry Pratt
7 months 7 days ago

I’m curious about the answer to this question too.

Jordan G
Jordan G
7 months 7 days ago

Sam,
I don’t have a technical/scientific answer for you, so I’m sorry if that’s what you’re looking for. Though I am not sure what happens (whether it is excreted or not), I can assure you it is not stored in our body. The way we store energy is as fat, and there are numerous (very small) studies that show extreme calorie surplus diets using LCHF diets that gain little to no weight. While with the typical energy/calorie model, one should have gained a TON of weight.

Jturp
Jturp
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark,
I was wondering if the 21 day challenge and primal eating would be able to help with seasonal allergies. The cedar tree pollen is killing the entire family this winter 🙁

Susan Edgar
Susan Edgar
7 months 7 days ago

When I started taking omega 3’s my allergies slowly disappeared. I also said goodbye to migraines and bouts of mild depression. That was even before going Primal! (I had to go Primal to get rid of digestive issues.)

Shellie Arthur
7 months 7 days ago

I struggle with push ups. Are there any other exercises that I can do other than push ups to build those muscles?

Andrew Mencher
Andrew Mencher
7 months 7 days ago

Hello Shellie, I have found that palm presses, wall presses, and other isometrics help work different muscles without too much movement or reliance on body weight, only the body’s ability to resist itself. Take a look at the link below for some ideas, and you can google some others. There are alternatives out there. Grok On!

http://greatist.com/move/isometric-exercises

Ross
Ross
7 months 7 days ago

Do the push up at a greater angle, head above feet. For instance, put your hands on the arm of a sofa, feet on floor. When that becomes easy, try a lower surface.

Or do them the regular way but on your knees.

Chris Lowrey
Chris Lowrey
7 months 7 days ago

Hello Mark, I am excited for this 21 day challenge, as I incorporate supplements into my diet, does the timing of when I take my soil, oil, and sun (Vit D) matter? Can I take them together in the morning, at lunch, are there different times they need to be taken?
Thanks,
Chris L

Casey
Casey
7 months 7 days ago

Mark,
I was wondering what the difference was between carbs in fruit versus carbs in whole grains? I’ve tried the 80/10/10 diet and was able to lose weight with that so I’m wondering if eating carbs from fruit should be limited just as other carbs should.

Jordan G
Jordan G
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Casey, it seems as though you may be new to MDA? As those seem to be pretty well covered in many, many articles. Nonetheless, here is a bit of reading to get you where you need to go:
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-grains-are-unhealthy/
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/

Kay
Kay
7 months 7 days ago

I’ve been disabled since an operation in December 2014. As a result, I can’t walk without pain and I need to use two elbow-crutches. Therefore, I can’t exercise. My pain is in my lower back and I’ve been told that I have a sensitised spine that won’t get better.
Will your primal blueprint still work for me regarding weight loss taking into account my sedentary lifestyle?

Judybug
Judybug
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Kay, yes you can lose weight without exercising by adopting this lifestyle. I’ve been in pain from advanced hip osteoarthritis (bone rubbing against bone) and have been unable to walk any distance at all, let alone pursue any form of exercise. Discovered Mark’s Daily Apple in February of last year, followed it, and lost 40 lbs. Give it a try. Lost an average of 1 to 2 lbs a week. Very happy. Working on losing another 40 lbs this year. Good luck!

Allison Dorko
Allison Dorko
7 months 6 days ago

Hi Kay, you can definitely lose weight without exercise. However, I bet there are some forms of exercise you could do without pain. Have you tried aqua jogging, water aerobics, swimming, water walking – anything in the water? That often is a good medium for people who cannot otherwise exercise.

An arm cycle is another idea. Like bike pedals but you use your arms.
Good luck!
Allison

Susan Edgar
Susan Edgar
7 months 7 days ago
Mark, After having success trying the Primal life, I am only to happy to up the ante and mend some of my “backsliding” ways I am starting to slip into. I therefore spent plenty of time planning meals and shopping to participate in the 21 day transformation. I was so proud of how prepared and organized I was. However, on day one I was stricken with a terrible cold and can hardly move. I feel disappointed to be sidelined, but is getting behind this way really all that bad? I often do well and backslide during an illness. I crave… Read more »
Susan Edgar
Susan Edgar
7 months 7 days ago

ps Planning was a big help. My daughter was able to find my recipe board and cook my pre-planned meal for dinner!

Julie Dickson
Julie Dickson
7 months 7 days ago

I think I might have torn my tendon in my knee. There’s burning pain when I kneel. I’m afraid to do the squats. Is there an exercise to replace it?

Andrew Mencher
Andrew Mencher
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Julie, Maybe try a 90 degree knee bend wall sit? Hope your knee feels better. Grok On!

Jonathan Locke
Jonathan Locke
7 months 7 days ago
Hi Mark. Instead of Omega 3 capsules, I have taken to eating tinned mackerel in brine. The reason for this is that mackerel is lower in mercury than tuna (although I remember one of your posts dealing with the relationship between mercury and selenium and how mercury in seafood might not as dangerous as we think). Plus, I find it more enjoyable to eat mackerel rather than consume pills, and the mackerel has the benefit of including the skin and some of the bones of the fish. However, what concerns me is whether the omega 3 fatty acids may have… Read more »
Barry
Barry
7 months 7 days ago

Hey Mark,
I’ve been primal for the last year with the exception of December.
I’ve had great success with weight loss but I struggle getting my body fat percentage below 16%. Any tips? And I have been pretty consistent with my sprint training every week

Hadley
Hadley
7 months 7 days ago

Hey Mark! It may be nice in Southern California, but here in Northern California it’s an “atmospheric river”–not ideal for getting out and walking. My office is small, so no good indoor place to get some steps in. So, my question is–does walking a lot (~20,000+ steps) on other days “make up” for missing days like today when it’s pouring? Or is walking daily more important (even if it’s walking in circles inside your office/home)? Thanks!!

Laura
Laura
7 months 7 days ago

Dear Mark,
Do you have any recipes that use sardines, preferably after processing them through a food processor? I want to eat sardines, they are healthy, affordable and think I would enjoy the taste, but cannot seem to actually put one in my mouth.

🙂 Laura

Jo Redhills
Jo Redhills
7 months 7 days ago
Hi, Laura – how about fish pate? From my mother, I do: 1:3 ratio of butter to fish (e.g. 50g to 150g), small onion, 1 clove garlic – melt half butter and soften onion in it – crush clove and add for 1 minute – add sardines (in small chunks) for a few minutes, plus any optional extras* – remove and mash with remaining butter (or blitz in processor for creamy smooth) – add some double cream if you like it softer – put in fridge to set for an hour or so *optional extras – thyme, tarragon, any old… Read more »
Kat
Kat
7 months 7 days ago
Jo, that sounds yummy! My mother taught me similar recipe, minus the garlic. We would let the butter soften at room temperature and then mash it up with sardines and diced onion and a squeeze of lemon. That was in my pre-paleo days, so we spread it on fresh crusty bread and decorated with roasted red peppers, slices of hard boiled egg and pickles. I like your extras for the chicken livers, will try some of those combos. (We just eat them fried with onions, though I also tried and liked Mark’s version with dried mushrooms.)
Laura
Laura
7 months 7 days ago

This is wonderful. Thank you, Jo, for taking the time to share.

Starmice
Starmice
7 months 6 days ago

Ditto! Have not seen this before and I love pate!! yay! Thank you.

Jo Redhills
Jo Redhills
7 months 6 days ago

A pleasure! It works for all sorts of meats/fish you can’t face eating whole. Just change the additions to suit.

Kyle Hornby
Kyle Hornby
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark, I’m a type 1 diabetic. Do you have any suggestions for healthy, primal ways to bring my blood sugar back up to a healthy level when dealing with hypoglycemia?

Becky
Becky
7 months 7 days ago
Hi Mark, I am an active (run, bike, lift heavy things) mom of 3 kids. I struggle with overeating in the evenings. All day it is go, go, go. After I put the kids to bed, I go into sloth mode and eat. I follow a primal diet and try to eat mindfully throughout the day. I know on days that I have tougher workouts, I mostly likely not eating enough throughout the day. However, I feel like I have gotten into such a bad habit, that some days I am not actually hungry, but eat anyways. Any tips to… Read more »
Jake
7 months 7 days ago
Hey Becky, I know where you are coming from. I am currently active military and I can relate to busy days. With my routine of 12 hour work days then working out after work, running errands, cooking dinner, cleaning the house and college courses I want to eat and zone out in front of my TV and snack after I’m done. I will usually resort to a few almonds or kale chips and water or a protein shake because like you i am not hitting those macro marks set by myself either. Water usually fills me up and keeps me… Read more »
Jackson
Jackson
7 months 7 days ago

I was reading discussions on the Vimify app and found somebody mentioning not using storebought almond milk due to carageenan. This is something I’m familiar with from the Whole 30, but I’ve never heard of it being considered an issue on Primal Blueprint. So I was wondering, are things like that just a confusion between Whole 30 and the 21 day challenge, or are there other standards to the 21 day challenge than usual?

SarainBrooklyn
SarainBrooklyn
7 months 7 days ago
Jackson, I think that was me – Mark had a great post last week about combining Whole30 and a total reset with the 21-Day Primal Transformation Challenge. I avoid carrageenan mostly anyway for gut health, the main issue that brought me to Primal/Paleo 6 years ago. I wasn’t saying it’s against the rules, but that for some people, it’s more problematic than for others. I also don’t do even Primal dairy, and I’m sure others have adjustments based on tolerance or past experience, or even preference. I think we all, always, have to create our own program from what we… Read more »
Robert T
Robert T
7 months 7 days ago

Any tips on how to deal with lack of support from family? Children won’t go without bread and so on.

Andrew Mencher
Andrew Mencher
7 months 7 days ago
Hi Mark, I am excited to do this challenge! I got my family and a co-worker to join in as well. I went Primal many months ago, but recently started to incorporate intermittent fasting. Following my first couple of fasts I had a noticeable decrease in my general daily appetite. Is that because it kicked my body into super preservation mode or maybe it’s something else besides the fasting. Either way I was hoping you and the community could share some insights into the psychology behind the general decrease in appetite experienced by fat burning and how to be ok… Read more »
Peace Karen
Peace Karen
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark! I notice the Food Rules in the Vimify app put beans/legumes strictly on the “what not to eat” list. This is consistent with your older recommendations but over the last year you’ve relaxed your position on legumes. (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/where-do-legumes-belong-in-the-primal-eating-plan/) Is it intentional that the Vimify rules keep to the stricter Primal guidelines or is it just that the app information hasn’t been updated since last year’s challenge?

JenK
JenK
7 months 7 days ago
Hi Mark, I’ve been 80/20 primal since January 2012 and early in 2015 I developed a tremor that makes it difficult to do small motor tasks like writing, peeling eggs, lifting my fork to my mouth, etc. Other than this my overall health is good. My chiropractor thinks I might be missing some vital nutrients that may have brought this on, but I disagree with him, because of what I eat and more importantly what I don’t eat. I don’t see how I could be missing nutrients with liver, eggs, meat, fish, green vegetables, collagen, good fats, etc. in my… Read more »
Maureen
Maureen
7 months 7 days ago

Hi! Really interested in the 21 day challenge, but is it safe for someone that is breastfeeding?

Ryan
Ryan
7 months 7 days ago

I’ve noticed that having some gluten free carbs on occasion has little effect on bloating and feeling bad as well as minimal effect on weight. E.g.- corn tortillas if I’m having fajitas or a gluten free beer. This is generally in the context of a cheat meal, of course, but what are your thoughts, Mark? Fine as part of my 20% or still something to be avoided as a rule?

WyoMike
WyoMike
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark,
How much skin should I expose when I do the 15 minutes of direct sun exposure each day? I live in Wyoming and it’s cold outside, so the less I need to expose the better.
Thanks!

Coccinelle
Coccinelle
7 months 7 days ago
Are you talking about right now in January? Because there is a good chance you won’t make any vitamin D at all even while naked in the sun for one hour. “In order for the sun to stimulate your Vitamin D production, the sun needs to be at a minimum of about 50 degrees, or greater, above the horizon (90% would be directly overhead). Ideally, the sun should be as close to overhead as possible; the closer to overhead it is, the greater its potential for stimulating Vitamin D production (and the less time you have to be in the… Read more »
WyoMike
WyoMike
7 months 6 days ago

Wow, good to know! Thanks for the answer Coccinelle

Chad Clark
Chad Clark
7 months 7 days ago

With supplements, spices, foods, and other interventions (like walking for 15 minutes after eating) that increase insulin sensitivity ( or really anything listed in this article: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/25-ways-to-improve-your-insulin-sensitivity/ )

Are there any lasting chronic effects from these interventions, or all they all more acute and short term? Will taking cinnamon and eating a salad with apple cider vinegar everyday change the environment in the cells they effect (like how properly training will result in mitochondrial biogenesis)?

I hope what I’m trying to convey is getting through clearly.

Mike Nelson
Mike Nelson
7 months 7 days ago

So far the Challenge has been going well, but last night I still felt hungry and feel it might be because I didn’t get enough calories from fat. For someone who has trouble increasing the amount of fat they eat, especially without a gallbladder, do you think a higher protein primal diet is possible?

Judybug
Judybug
7 months 7 days ago

No gallbladder either but was able to enjoy the benefits of a primal lifestyle from a suggestion I found in a post from the MDA archives. It suggested taking NOW brand Super Enzymes supplements to better digest and utilize the increased intake of ingested fats that is recommended for this lifestyle. I’ve taken them for about a year now and it’s helped in kicking a wicked sugar habit and suppressing and regulating my hunger. Hope this helps.

Sam
Sam
7 months 7 days ago
I’m three weeks out now from shoulder surgery — labral tear repair (three dislocations will do that to you). I’ve been eating primally (80% ish over the holidays, 100% since the first of the year), have been eating varied sources of collagen/gelatin like it is my job. I have a great physical therapist, and am participating in the 21-day challenge, so overall doing a pretty darn good job in all the primal lifestyle categories. My question is — am I missing anything that could further facilitate healing? I’m prepared for the predicted 4-6 month full recovery time…but would love to… Read more »
Liana
Liana
7 months 7 days ago

I’m also curious to know this! I dislocated my knee cap a number of years ago, and have only this week come across articles on collagen/gelatin as something that could be helpful. I’m a little terrified of grinding away all the cartilage in my knee, and anything I can do to prolong good knee health is a huge plus.

Sam, I’m curious what sources of collagen/gelatin you use? I want to start incorporating it into my diet. I have just found a place that sells bones for broth, but aside from that I’m not too sure what works best.

Sam
Sam
7 months 7 days ago
Hi Liana! I use Great Lakes Gelatin (to make gummies) and Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate (for mixing into other foods/hot drinks). I just got a container of Vital Proteins Unflavored Collagen Peptides — I’ve heard it is truly unflavored, so that I can add it to my morning coffee. Haven’t tried it yet. (The Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate lends a slight beefy hint to whatever you put it in, at least to my taste buds, so I’ll add it to other savory things, or make a “fake broth” — hot tap water, two scoops of the collagen, plus a half… Read more »
Catlady
Catlady
7 months 7 days ago
Mark, As a 71 year old female who has struggled with sugar addiction (my discarded ice cream containers, cookie boxes, and chocolate wrappers would likely stretch across the lower 48), I am eager 1) to stop my addiction and 2) repair the damage. Aside from the chocolate season (Halloween to Christmas), I have tried to follow a primal lifestyle for the last few years.. I do not take any prescription medicine and my blood sugar levels are “normal”. My BMI is under 23. During my carb filled past I did lots of chronic cardio. Assuming I am on the right… Read more »
Jen
Jen
7 months 7 days ago

I live in MN, and there is just no way to get sunshine many days in winter. I supplement with vitamin D, but I it’s not the same as the real thing. Do you have any more advice for those of us who go several months without the sun on our skin?

Mahmoud
Mahmoud
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark, I’ve been successfully adhering to the 80/20 primal eating guidelines. I was wondering if, for self-improvement’s sake, I should aim for a higher compliance ratio like 90/10, or should I intentionally remain at 80/20 to ensure I avoid potential pitfalls? Thanks!

Andrew
Andrew
7 months 7 days ago

Hey Mark, I am a Student in a Doctorate Program for Physical Therapy and have been following the PB for 5 years. I am looking into my future as an Army Physical Therapist and definitely see myself implementing the pillars of PB into my practice.
I plan to take the Primal Health Coach Certification, but what else should I consider upon pursuing this?

E David Mola
E David Mola
7 months 7 days ago

Good day Mark! If one wanted felt like they needed some additional carbs, would soaked and rinsed black beans a better option than a potato. Considering black beans are nutritionally superior to potatoes. This is the great debate between my wife and I.

Sara
Sara
7 months 7 days ago

Any advice for carb intake for breastfeeding? The first time I participated in the challenge (before getting pregnant), going low carb was a breeze. I participated in the challenge again in September (while breastfeeding), and found I craved carbs constantly and reverted to poor habits once the challenge ended. I’m finding it difficult to achieve the balance between enough carbs to keep my supply up and little enough that I’m not on the sugar rollercoaster.

Zach rusk
7 months 7 days ago

#whyisburtfat?

Zach rusk
7 months 7 days ago

I have a question mostly for mark. Why did you choose to live in Malibu? Isn’t the traffic there horrible? I’m planning my next move so wondered if it’s possible to live without a car.
More generally, how important is it for everyone to rely on active transportation in their lives?

CHRIS ROBINSON
7 months 7 days ago
Hi Mark. I have been doing IF since May ’16 and I really love it and am planning to stick with it throughout the 21-Day Challenge. Even after 3 years primal/paleo I never felt truly fat adapted and free from carb cravings until about a month after starting IF. My question is can I donate blood mid fast? I am scheduled to donate a double red 1/19 at 10am, but I typically fast from 8-9pm until 12-1pm. Should I eat something before donating or trust that my body has adapted well enough and just drink plenty of water? Thanks again… Read more »
Joe
Joe
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark,

On my first night of the 21-day challenge, I had to get up to go to the bathroom numerous times. A friend who has followed you for some time said this is probably OK since my body is burning up the glycogen stores, it will produce a lot of water. Your thoughts on supplementing a little sodium in my diet, or other minerals that I might be losing in this process?

Kayla
Kayla
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark,

I really struggle with macro tracking while also trying to ensure I get adequate protein. I use MyFitnessPal to track everything and usually end up with a higher percentage of carbs than I want. Do you have any advice on how to better track this?

Thanks so much!
Kayla

Ethan
Ethan
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark! I have been listening to the Primal Endurance podcast and have been interested in the aerobic base building idea. However, I don’t really have endurance goals, just overall health and fitness goals. Is aerobic base building something that would still benefit me? It seems like developing an intensive fat burning system through that method would have spillover effects and periodicity would benefit the average primal enthusiast.

What are your thoughts?

Casey
Casey
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark, what are your thoughts on a sort of “Keto” spin on primal eating? e.g. shooting for 70%+ calories from fat from primal sources like Avocados, and Grass-Fed Meat and Dairy?

Victoria
Victoria
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark! I am currently deployed military service member and am subject to a limited grocer, delayed mail services and access to military provided cafeteria. The dining facilities do include fresh fruit, veggies. however I cannot assure of how the meat is prepared let alone raised. What can you recommend a best way to complete my 21 day challenge.
Victoria

Nettie
Nettie
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark,
I’m doing the 21 day challenge partly because I had carb and gluten creep during autumn/Christmas. I didn’t feel I was particularly overdoing things at the time but now I’m getting back to normal habits I’m realising it was a huge backwards step. Lesson learned etc. My question is, once you’ve become fat adapted how much (or little) does it take to undo that and does it take as long to subsequently readapt as it did first time round?
Thanks,
Nettie

connie snipes
7 months 7 days ago

I have psoriasis and have cleared up quite a bit of the plaque areas with primal eating and an anti-inflammatory diet. (the same, I think) I would really love to have a post devoted to psoriasis. You have touched on autoimmune diseases before but not precisely on psoriasis..

Andrew H
Andrew H
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark,

Is there a reason for there to be different satiety from whole cuts of meat vs ground meat? I notice for me ground meat is a lot less satiating. I eat two meals a day. If breakfast is a pound of steak, I’m good until later in the afternoon. However if breakfast instead involves a pound of ground beef, I’m usually ravenous again just a few hours later.

Thanks,
-Andrew

Sherry Pratt
7 months 7 days ago

Been playing a bit with intermittent fasting and drinking bulletproof coffee in the morning. If I add supplements such as maca or cacao powder does that counteract the effects of consuming only fat for breakfast and will it throw me out of ketosis?

Bobby Walker
Bobby Walker
7 months 7 days ago

What advise can you give on going through 21 Day Challenge when you’re living in a house with people who aren’t participating and still like to eat most parts of the SAD?
Thanks!

Grant
Grant
7 months 7 days ago
What’s your view on nut butters pertaining to attempting to “reboot” one’s view towards food? They can be nutrient dense, full of healthy fat soluble nutrients, and filling. But they can also displace other meals. And can be addictive. Grok certainly didn’t have access to a jar of almond butter….. Psychologically, nut butters seem to invite cheat meals. And train your brain to expect a certain level of taste. By simple nature that they are easy to eat and can be combined with other foods (ie: fruits) in ways that really overstimulate the senses (are almost too delicious for their… Read more »
Melanie
Melanie
7 months 7 days ago

Hi Mark, how do you motivate yourself to get out and exercise after getting home from work exhausted and all you feel like doing is curling up and sleeping? I know 90% of the time I will feel better for moving but when exhaustion hits it is oh so hard to physically follow through on what my mind knows will benefit me. Thanks.

Robert Castillo
Robert Castillo
7 months 7 days ago
Mark, I struggle with a lot of physical pain. Although, I am only 39 years old, I abused my body through sports in high school and college. I have had 5 knee surgeries, 1 elbow surgery, and 1 shoulder surgery. I have had nagging shoulder pain for 4 years now (opposite to the one I had surgery on), so push ups, pull ups and planks (even with modifications) cause me a lot of pain afterwards to the point where it keeps up at night. Squats do not hurt, which I do and walking and sprinting are fine. I have found… Read more »
David
David
7 months 7 days ago
Mark, I’ve been focusing on bodyweight resistance training for about a year and have recently expanded it to include some weighted mobility exercises (Jefferson curl, shoulder dislocates) as suggested by coach Chris Sommers on a few of his podcasts. I find that the older I get, the less mobility I have, and in some ways I consider mobility more important than strength as I age. Coach Sommer seems to stress that weighted mobility exercises are needed rather than bodyweight as a means to restore lost mobility. It doesn’t have to be a heavy weight. In fact, I only use 4… Read more »
Quinto
Quinto
7 months 6 days ago

Hey Mark, how valid are these arguments against EWG’s dirty 12 and clean 15 lists, and if they are, how else might we prioritize organic produce?
http://vitals.lifehacker.com/why-you-shouldnt-buy-organic-based-on-the-dirty-dozen-1689190822

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