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19 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 357

Weekend Link LoveInterested in the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification Program? It’s easier to invest in yourself and go deeper into Primal living than ever before with our Dollar Down Payment Plan. Just put down $1 today and $89 for the next 12 months and you gain instant access to the most comprehensive online ancestral health program in the world.

Research of the Week

Feel like an afternoon snack? Berries will keep you fuller longer than an equally-caloric baked item.

Most packaged gluten-free foods are just as unhealthy as their gluten-replete counterparts.

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18 Jul

Primal Chicken Spaghetti


Chicken spaghetti is comfort food at its best and worst. It has that comforting casserole flavor that’s mild, but not bland, and a creamy, baked texture. But that’s where the goodness stops. Layers of spaghetti noodles, canned cream of mushroom soup and gooey cheese make chicken spaghetti a meal to be avoided at all costs.

But what if chicken spaghetti could be remade into a healthy casserole that tastes really similar the traditional recipe? In the case of chicken spaghetti, this means the casserole should be creamy but not taste like coconut milk, and have the texture of noodles without tasting like (spaghetti) squash. Both of these things can be achieved by using celery root.

Celery root has a neutral flavor and color. It can be turned into a creamy puree or cut into noodle-like matchsticks. In this recipe, it’s a perfect stand-in for cream of mushroom soup, the glue that binds chicken spaghetti together. It’s also a perfect stand-in for noodles.

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17 Jul

I’ve Never Felt This Good in My Entire Life

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 coming in. Thank you for reading!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2Every month it came like clockwork, my period, and it felt like a huge slap in my face. It served as another reminder of how my body was not working. We were trying for our second child and the months kept slipping away. Each passing month making me feel more depressed. Add in trouble breathing, swollen painful joints, bleeding cracked hands, mysterious bumps on my skin, mood swings, and 15 pounds that piled on seemingly overnight, I was a mess. I felt like I was falling apart both emotionally and physically.

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16 Jul

Instant Access to “The Cert” for Just $1

­­I’m announcing a special offer to everyone interested in the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification program: gain instant access for just $1 down. But more on that in a moment.

When my team and I released the Primal Blueprint Certification program last year we had high hopes for it. We envisioned it taking the paleosphere by storm and bringing ancestral health principles deep into the mainstream. With a strong team of experts, we could reach so many more people, change so many more lives, and expand our community ten-fold.

The feedback has been tremendous and positive, and has surpassed my expectations. Hundreds of Primal enthusiasts have completed the course, graduated, and taken their newfound knowledge to their fitness clients, incorporated it into their nutrition programs, introduced it to their medical patients, used it to enhance their business offerings, and made vast strides in their personal health and wellness goals.

Here’s just a handful of the proud grads from across the globe:

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15 Jul

5 Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Workout Buck

Late last year, I introduced the idea of the minimum effective dose: the lowest dose to produce a desired outcome. Whether it’s calorie intake, exercise, sunlight, carbohydrates, or work habits, we often think we need much more than we actually do to get the results we want. Why crank out those extra reps, put in those extra few hours, choke down another chicken breast if they won’t make you any more prepared to handle what life dishes out? Failing to heed the minimum effective dose costs you money, time, and mental real estate. Figuring out the minimum effective dose for the various inputs shaping our days can make us more efficient and open up the rest of our life to do the things we actually want to do.

What, exactly, are the minimum effective doses for exercise? How little do I have to train to stay and/or get fit? And what kind of effects can we expect to get from said minimal doses?

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