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25 Dec

Merry Christmas!

snowflakecopyMerry Christmas, everyone, and a happy new year!

My family and I are lucky enough to be celebrating the holiday season in Aspen this year. We’re playing, resting and relaxing before the new year begins. Before I get back outdoors, mimicking Grok in the snow, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their support this year. Thank you for reading Mark’s Daily Apple, for participating in the forums, for commenting on my articles and for being active participants in this little experiment meant to change lives for the better. I couldn’t do it without you! Happy Holidays!

And here are a few articles that I think are fitting for this holiday season:

Benefits of Benevolence

Spirituality and Health

The Many Uses of Junk Food

Cooking As a Spectator Sport

Choose Your Booze: A Guide to Healthy Drinking

Dear Mark: Low on Willpower

Will Momentary Compromises Derail Your Efforts?

Social Wellness, Or Why Friendship Should Be a Health Priority

80/20 Principle

80/20 Principle Revisited

The Power of Holiday Tradition

10 Active Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

Savoring the Holiday

What Happens to Your Body When… You Carb Binge?

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Thanks for all the info you provide Mark and happy holidays! Great time to take a break with some active rest and play! Here’s to a happy, healthy New Year.

    Greg Carver wrote on December 25th, 2009
  2. Happy Holidays to Mark, Carrie and family, as well as all at MDA. Thanks for all you do to spread the word. Looking forward to another great year of the Primal lifestyle. Grok On!

    Krys wrote on December 25th, 2009
  3. Enjoy the holidays. I’m learning a lot here. Thanks.

    Jim Purdy wrote on December 25th, 2009
  4. A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone.

    Thank you Mark for this fantastic site and all you do to make it what it is. All the best to you and yours…enjoy your play time!

    mikecheliak wrote on December 25th, 2009
  5. Happy Holidays to you and the entire MDA family! Thank you for all the invaluable information you provide Mark.

    maba wrote on December 25th, 2009
  6. Where the beer flows like wine, and the women flock like the salmon of Capastrano.

    That’s right, a little place called ‘Aspen!’

    Bryce wrote on December 25th, 2009
  7. And Merry christmas to you too from Valencia, Spain.

    Thanks for this site , I always learn something new in each post.xxx

    thania1 wrote on December 26th, 2009
  8. Mark,

    I want to wish you a fantastic 2010, and to THANK YOU for literally changing my life. I started following your eating plan a mere 20 days ago. I wasn’t expecting much, to be honest, and wasn’t shooting for any drastic changes in my diet. I’ve eliminated grains, been keeping carbs under 100, and am keeping starchy veggies and sugars to a minimum. But even with these small changes I have already lost 10 lbs. That’s not the most amazing thing, though. I feel like I’ve finally been freed from my obsession with food. I used to wake up in the morning starving, eat, then two hours later want to eat again. I kept thinking about food almost constantly, and I ate a lot. I craved salty snacks and coffee constantly. If I didn’t eat, I would get headaches, jitters, fatigue and nausea.

    Now I feel like food no longer controls me, and it’s an amazing feeling. I wake up and can easily wait 5-6 hours until I eat. I used to be skeptical about fasting, but now I actually do it naturally and without any effort whatsoever. When I eat, I’m satisfied with much smaller portions than before, and I feel like everything tastes better. I no longer crave junk (or carbs for that matter), and have tons more energy. Gym used to be a chore, now it’s pure fun. Hunger and fatigue have become alien concepts.

    I wanted to post this here instead of e-mailing you directly, so that others who are on the metaphorical nutritional fence might read it. Primal Blueprint liberated me, made me so much healthier and stronger. It really WORKS!

    Thank you for everything you do, Mark, and once again, a happy and healthy 2010 to you and all your family and friends. Keep on rocking!!

    Maria wrote on January 1st, 2010

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