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17 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 114

To all the folks who found my free Grok tattoo offer on the final contest post of the 30 Day Challenge, your tats are in the mail! And speaking of which, it’s not too late to enter that last contest, but do it fast. Cheers to reader Eric for finding this gem (PDF) in the […]

7 Oct

Grokfeast in North Carolina

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8. My extended family is becoming more and more interested in eating […]

17 Sep

The J.J. Experiment: Week 2

Last week the J.J. Experiment began. J.J. Valdivia, a personal trainer in Miami, is guiding ten people as they take a 30-Day Leap into a healthy lifestyle. Let’s find out how they’re doing… Hello MDA, We are 11 days into the Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge and my Leapers and I are still as determined to […]

12 Sep

What Are Mark’s Daily Apple Readers Eating?

Three days ago I asked you to email me your meal pics. I only gave you a day. Only 24 hours. And in that time I received over 600 pictures of meals. And not just pics. Many people included recipes, some even included ste- by-step photos, starting with the chicken laying the egg they’d later […]

15 Jul

A Different Perspective on Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroid has been covered to death before. I’m particularly fond of The Healthy Skeptic’s coverage – check out Chris Kresser’s ongoing series (possibly before you read on) for some great information on the thyroid. Carnivorous Danny Roddy did a good piece on it last year as well. As such, I won’t be redoing or rehashing […]

20 Jun

Weekend Link Love

More proof of the pudding: Reader Adam just won his neighborhood fitness contest by dropping half his body fat living Primally. Because sometimes you just need to break Primal Law #9, go ahead and join the Warrior Dash. Just remember to stop, drop, and roll if you catch on fire. Remember, pizza counts as a […]

15 Jun

Vitamin D: Loose Ends

Okay, I’ll admit it. I may have spoken out of turn a couple week’s ago when I tried to completely cover vitamin D in a mere three posts (Deconstructing Vitamin D, Vitamin D: Sun Exposure, Supplementation and Doses, Vitamin D: Confounding Factors). A bunch of questions popped up in the comment boards – so here’s […]

31 May

Meet Cliff, Jerry, Vicki, Josh and Jeannie

Grandmothers, teenagers, men, women, people of all fitness levels (from athletes to lifelong couch potatoes now turned modern day Groks); people all over the world are going Primal and taking control of their health. On this beautiful Memorial Day in sunny southern California I bring you another collection of Primal Blueprint Success Stories. Take a […]

28 May

The 1-2-3-4 Formula for Unleashing Your Inner Grok

This is a guest post from Matt Garland of Healthy Lifestyle Design. Do you have what it takes to unleash your inner Grok? Everyone does. It’s inherent in our biology. And yet many don’t, not because of physical obstacles but mental ones. Such barriers manifest as false and misguided perceptions of Primal living’s complexity, difficulty, […]

24 May

Dear Mark: Latest in Gene Expression Research

One of my favorite topics, as many of you know, is epigenetics. It’s the burgeoning area of science that has blown apart the traditional nature-nurture dichotomy by examining the lifestyle-induced activation or dampening of genes. Epigenetics is increasingly filling in the gaps for understanding and monitoring degenerative disease risk. If you’re relatively new to MDA, […]

5 May

The Definitive Guide to Sugar

You’d think this post would come with a blaring alarm, flashing strobe light or at least an ominous gong. Sugar, after all, gets little welcome around these parts. It’s on one hand a dastardly devil, shameless snare for many a man, woman and child. Beyond this luring, ignoble reputation, however, you’ll find (as is so […]

18 Apr

Weekend Link Love

Into sledgehammerin’? You’ll love Urban Primalist‘s shovelglove 101 guide. Still not convinced that grass fed meats are better? Fitness Spotlight lays down the data; a post loaded with easy-to-read charts comparing grass to grain-fed. Paleo Princess creates a Paleo alphabet. B is for boobs. Yeah, she goes there. A little savory, a little sweet, Nutty […]

16 Apr

Where Are They Now? – Round 2

What is in a story about personal health and wellness? We all have them; every one of us. Yours might be about your relationship with food, or about your body image, or about weight loss, or about overcoming illness or injury. If you’ve read my book you’re familiar with mine. I was a cardio junkie […]

15 Apr

Cooking with Bones

Marrow is great and all, but what about the bones that aren’t blessed enough to bear the sacred gel in easily extractable amounts? We can’t forget about those. Chicken backs, beef knuckles, ham hocks, chicken feet, lamb necks, hooves and any other animal-derived matrices of calcium phosphate and collagen fibers are all worth saving, cooking, […]

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24 Mar

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

Sleep Awareness Week (as sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation) technically ended March 13th, but somehow I’m guessing there are just as many sleep deprived folks milling about this week as there were a few days ago – just like our good reader Monday. Maybe a few of us feel better adjusted to the time […]

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