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27 Apr

Dear Mark: Osteoporosis, Body Fat Gain on Caloric Deficit, and Stalling on Primal

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a three-parter. First, I try to help out Karson, a guy who’s trying to convince his osteoporotic, sun-starved mother to try a few lifestyle interventions that may improve her condition without coming off as smug. Hopefully I’m persuasive enough. Next, is it really possible to gain body fat […]

28 Jul

Dear Mark: Constantly Falling Off the Primal Wagon, Frozen Produce, and A Few More Carbs

For today’s Dear Mark, I answer three questions from readers. First, I give some advice to a reader with a knack for doing a week or two strict Primal and then falling promptly off the wagon into a pile of donuts. How can she make it stick – or should she? Next, I extoll the […]

5 Jul

Flank Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

Sweet and spicy. Filling and refreshing. Veggies and meat. This flank steak and mango slaw with scallion oil has it all. While there’s a lot to like about grilled flank steak tossed with crispy cabbage, sweet mango and fresh herbs, it’s the scallion garlic oil that turned out to be the real star of the […]

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21 Dec

Whole Roasted Fish with Clams and Spicy Scallion Relish

A whole fish is an impressive entrée, especially this one roasted with clams and red peppers and topped with spicy scallion relish. It’s a fresh, vibrant meal that’s gorgeous to look at and has so much more flavor than a boneless, skinless fillet. Don’t be intimidated by cooking a whole fish; it’s actually quite easy […]

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20 Jul

Ginger and Lemongrass Meatballs with Braised Scallions

Ginger and lemongrass meatballs are so moist and uber flavorful that they don’t need any sauce. This blend of lamb and pork boldly seasoned with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, basil and cilantro will knock you out with flavor and aroma. Just serve the meatballs on a plate with a side of braised scallions for dinner or […]

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14 Aug

Who You Callin’ Stupid and Lazy?

A number of readers have sent me links (thanks, readers) to a new study coming out of the UK that raised some eyebrows all across the Internet earlier this week. The headlines seemed to scream from everywhere “Do High Fat Diets Make Us Stupid and Lazy?” That, in turn, made me scream, so I took […]

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 […]

15 Oct

Cancer Rates Are Falling. Let’s Keep It That Way.

October is the month for breast cancer awareness, and there’s been some encouraging news. Although the month began with some critics arguing that the pink ribbon campaign has created a false sense of security that the breast cancer battle is under control – that pink ribbon ubiquity has actually hindered research and progress – a […]

3 Jul

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

So we’re beating a dead llama here, but it’s just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I’m just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dangerous, c) embarrassing, d) expensive, and e) a retread of an old drug nobody wanted. As you may well know, […]

30 Apr

The Good, the Bad and the Metallic

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites: There’s a country where obesity is highly desirable. Mineral cosmetics may be worse for you than the regular cosmetics. And we’re all abuzz over the latest mold. (You’ll see…) Not Exactly Rubenesque Sugar Shock reports that in Mauritania, women are aggressively encouraged to be morbidly obese – to the point of […]

9 Feb

So You Want to Take Alli?

The oily spotting continues. Healthbolt has the money quote on new diet drug Alli: “You can also bet your bottom dollar that GSK will be running ads of fabulous looking people living skinny-happy lives on alli in a field of wheat somewhere. They sure as hell won’t be running ads about 16 year old girls, […]

3 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 407

Research of the Week Taking your meals at the same time each day is probably better for your metabolic health. It’s not the butter, it’s the bread. Will AI need therapy? There are major methodological problems with the latest “paleo diet kills mice” study. Installing big green arrows that point to a grocery store’s produce […]

30 Jun

Why Fear May Be Blocking Your Primal Path (and How to Overcome It)

Getting healthy. It’s an admirable, enviable endeavor, you think. In fact, it’s what you’ve wanted, maybe desperately, for a long time. And then you came across Primal. You’ve been convinced for a while now that it’s a good guideline for how to live—reading the blog, maybe trying a Primal-friendly meal now and then. You’ve even read […]

16 Jun

How Defining Moderation Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals

We’ve heard it a million times: “Eat a well-balanced diet with everything in moderation.” After all these decades of clear failure, it’s a hazy cliché still delivered by physicians, dietitians and nutritional “experts” with earnest assurance. The same goes for exercise and stress. Moderate amounts of stress are okay, moderate cardiovascular work is good, etc. […]

5 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 403

Heads up. For the month of June, the following digital books are on sale for only $3.99 on Amazon: Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings, Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals, Paleo Primer, Rich Food, Poor Food, and Primal Cravings. Watch me talk about longevity at this free online anti-aging summit. Research of the Week Studies like this one are why I […]

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