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9 Jan

Spar of the Day: Taking on MSG

Now and then, we at MDA like to branch out from our usual shrinking violet positions and journey into the precarious territory of current controversy. Today we venture into the debate over a disputed additive/ingredient: MSG—flavor friend or fodder foe? Let’s break it down.

20 Jul

3 Common Types of Headache (and How to Treat Them Naturally)

One major downside to having these big prominent heads stuffed with consciousness-spawning brain matter is that they sometimes ache. Nobody likes a headache. You can find fetishists who enjoy pinching, slapping, biting, burning and any matter of objectively painful stimuli. But there aren’t “headache fetishists.” No one’s chugging a 32 ounce Slurpee in search of brain […]

6 Feb

Primal Furikake

Furikake is a Japanese seasoning made from dried fish (bonito), sesame seeds, dried seaweed, salt, sugar, and often msg. A Primal version is easy to make–simply drop the sugar and msg–and you have a versatile seasoning for just about everything. The ratio of ingredients can be tailored to your own taste, so simply use this […]

22 Jan

Contest: Win a Better Breakfast

The Prize: A $200 Breakfast (and more) package from U.S. Wellness, comprising the following: Beef Minute Steaks, Beef Breakfast Italian, Sausage Sliders, Beef Breakfast Polish, Sausage Sliders, Beef Pemmican, Honey/Cherry Free Bar, Beef Tallow – small pail, Beef Sugar Free Bacon Slices, Beef Sugar Free Bacon Tips, Sugar Free Canadian Pork Bacon Slices, Sugar Free […]

11 Jan

The 2016 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page

Prizes, prizes and more prizes! Use this page to track the contests during the 2016 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge. Grok on! January 11 – Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Recipe Video Prize: $1500 gift certificate to US Wellness. That’s a lot of meat. BONUS: Use code BROTH21 for 20% off all orders under 40 pounds […]

27 Oct

6 Hidden Superfoods You Probably Already Have in Your Pantry

I generally don’t subscribe to the idea of superfoods. While I’ll try your obscure Amazonian berry that spent a fortnight fermenting in a capybara’s colon, I won’t join your pyramid scheme to help sell it. I may very well add a teaspoon of gelatinized maca root to my smoothie, but I won’t claim it’s responsible […]

23 Feb

Dear Mark: Kid Skipping Breakfast, Rinsing Meat, Glutamate, and the Snooze Button

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering four reader questions. First we have a question about an inadvertently fasting 11 year-old girl whose mom is concerned. Should she force the issue and convince her to eat breakfast, or let her do her thing? Second, what’s the real story behind rinsing raw meat? Does it […]

11 Feb

Contest: Social Media Love for $1100 in PrimalCon Goods!

To celebrate the announcement of PrimalCon Oxnard 2015, some of our favorite PrimalCon sponsors have offered up a handsome prize package to celebrate! This contest is SIMPLE. EASY, I promise you… and one lucky winner will walk away with the whole bunch! The Prizes: The New Primal specializes in making the ultimate artisanal jerky: no […]

31 Jan

Hawaiian Primal Fuel (PLUS a Contest!)

With most of the country getting hit with severe winter weather, I thought a number of you might appreciate a little tropical break—even if it’s in your kitchen. This week’s recipe is from the new Primal Fuel Recipes booklet featuring over 20 delicious and energizing recipes made with Vanilla Coconut Creme and Chocolate Coconut Primal […]

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10 Jan

The Evolution of a College-Age Caveman

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

19 Nov

The Wonderful, Pungent World of Asian Fermented Condiments (and Why You Should Visit)

To your friends, family, and co-workers, you’re the weird one for that crock of fermenting cabbage on your counter, the packets of kefir grains you’re always giving away as gifts, and the fact that you have a shovel designed specifically for digging kimchi fermentation holes in your backyard. In college, you had pinup posters of […]

12 Mar

Is It Primal? – Pork Rinds, Cottage Cheese, Monk Fruit Sweetener, and Other Foods Scrutinized

It’s time for another edition of “Is It Primal?” Before I begin, though, I want to reiterate that these are just my general recommendations. People ask for my opinion on various foods, and I provide them with an answer. It’s tough and nigh impossible to delineate Primal or not Primal in black and white terms, simply because […]

12 Feb

Is It Primal? – Popcorn, Corn Tortillas, Rye, and Other Foods Scrutinized

Every so often, people ask about foods that are clearly not Primal. While the more diehard among you might expect me to ignore and lambast these fine folks, I think this is the wrong tactic. We can’t have any sacred cows (except, perhaps, grass-fed ones) in this business; we must always be willing to examine […]

2 Oct

Dear Mark: Ornish Strikes Again, Vitamin D from Light Boxes, and Kimchi and Cancer

Ah, it’s good to be back in the saddle again. The challenge was a lot of fun – don’t get me wrong – but ultimately both you guys and I come here for the dispensation of musings and information and writings and discussion on health, fitness, and any other number of lifestyle topics. So, let’s […]

22 Sep

Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing

This recipe for Dairy-Free Green Goddess Dressing turns salad into a sumptuous feast. The creamy texture is outrageously good, without any dairy or mayonnaise. How? The trick is blending a little coconut milk with avocado then adding an abundance of fresh herbs to drown out the coconut flavor. The result is a savory, herbal, garlicky […]

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