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5 Aug

Is Processed Meat Actually Bad for You?

processedmeatWhile popular media coverage of people following a Primal way of eating tends to paint us as carnivorous meat enthusiasts gorging on steaks, bacon, bun-less hotdogs, and little else without regard for quality, in truth we are far more discerning about our choices of meat. We prefer pastured pork and poultry, grass-fed and finished beef, lamb, and bison, and generally deplore the conditions of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). And many of us actively limit processed meat – sausages, bologna, lunch meats, bacon, and the like. You’ll often catch us coming down quite hard on processed meat altogether, making a point to distinguish between its health effects and those of unprocessed meat when responding to studies that lump the two together as “meat.”

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4 Aug

Dear Mark: Does Resistant Starch Cause Colon Cancer?

greenbananasFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m handling just one question. I originally planned to answer more reader questions, but it turned into a complex answer that really made me dig deeper into something – butyric acid – I’d assumed was completely benign. I still do, mind you, for the most part. The position has just become more nuanced. Anyway, the question is from a reader who’s just seen a study that seems to implicate butyric acid, the primary short chain fatty acid that resistant starch-eating gut bacteria produce, in colon cancer. Was my ringing endorsement of resistant starch a mistake after all?

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3 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 307

weekend link love2Episode #30 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. I read another essay, this time an excerpt from The Primal Connection about the pursuit of Primal thrills – safe (but not too safe), exciting, healthy ways to sate that very human desire for adventure. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar is coming to you, West Bloomfield! If you live in Michigan and want to learn more about Primally transforming your life, come join us Thursday, August 7, at 7 PM.

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2 Aug

Primal Fuel Bars

PrimalFuelBars1The goal of this recipe was to create a protein bar, but it turned out to be so much more. While eggs and Primal Fuel do add protein with delicious chocolate flavor, and macadamia and coconut butter add loads of healthy fat, these dense, moist chocolate-coconut-macadamia flavored bars could also make a fine cake topped with whipped whole cream and berries. This recipe, as it turns out, is a case when you can have your cake and eat it too.

If you’d like to decrease the amount of maple syrup you can; if you’d like to add a little more Primal Fuel or chunks of macadamia nuts and coconut for more texture you can do that too. Or, take things in a more dessert-like direction by adding chunks of dark chocolate.

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1 Aug

At 87 Years Old, for the First Time in My Life I Feel Beautiful, Both Inside and Out

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 2After reading last week’s success story post and all the comments from people who wanted to hear from someone my age, I thought I could be that inspiration telling my primal story. I am 87 years young and found the primal lifestyle about three and a half years ago. I went from 220 pounds to 130 pounds. Here’s my story.

I was raised on a cotton farm in California’s Central Valley. I was the youngest of eleven children. We all worked on the farm and during the Depression we ate what we raised. But even as a young teenager, when I asked my teacher if she thought I was fat she replied, “You are pleasingly plump.”

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