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6 Jul

How Important is Food Variety?

I eat a pretty monotonous diet. I’m not averse to new foods or cuisines, and I’ll try just about anything, but my regular, day-to-day food is consistent and reliable. Check out a week in my life if you don’t believe me. Breakfast is either coffee, Primal Fuel, and/or an omelet. Lunch is usually a Big […]

29 Jun

7 Old School Ways to Relish Summer

There’s nothing like living Primal in summer. Certain aspects just come easier: the copious fresh produce, unlimited outdoor exercise, long daylight, ample sunshine. True, those of us in the warmer states have some year-long advantage here. Nonetheless, summer remains my favorite season – probably a result of my New England roots. The brevity of the […]

22 Jun

A Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Chickens

Keeping backyard chickens has long been an interest of mine. I’ve never actually gone through with it, partly because I just don’t have the time, partly because the homeowners association would veto it in a heartbeat, and mostly because I have a very reliable, reasonably priced source of pastured, bug-eating chickens and chicken eggs. Nevertheless, […]

15 Jun

The Best Bug Repellent?

There’s an unofficial but infamous season this time of year in New England (my native homeland, for those of you who don’t know). In the weeks roughly between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is a period the locals call black fly season. For those of you unfamiliar with these creatures, there’s no overdramatizing their menace. […]

8 Jun

The Definitive Guide to Walking

At first glance, this title probably threw you off. I mean, a guide to walking? Are we moderns really that dysfunctional that we can’t even walk correctly? C’mon, Sisson – you must be out of ideas. Bear with me, here. It may seem silly to need a definitive guide to walking, but I think we […]

17 May

City Living: Is It a Brain Drain?

I’m off to NYC next week to spend a few days at the BEA (Book Expo America) and attend a meet-up organized by John and Melissa. I get a real sense of excitement and anticipation – and maybe a little unease – whenever I leave my pastoral digs in Malibu for the bright lights and […]

16 May

Dear Mark: Does the Liver Accumulate Toxins?

Liver confuses and confounds many of us. It looks weird, gives off an odd mineral smell, and has a unique texture. We try to reconcile our horrible memories of Mom’s bone-dry renditions of the stuff with all the ethnographic literature describing how hunter-gatherers share precious slivers of the raw trembling organ immediately after a kill. […]

10 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 138

A new study links 24 hour fasts with protection against heart attacks. But wait, wait – fasting “is not for everyone” and scientists aren’t sure how fasting will affect the body, so don’t you dare try it out for yourself before more research is complete. Thank you, experts. The Foodee Project, whom we highlighted several […]

8 Apr

Welcome to Mark’s Daily Apple

Before I get to all the details, let me come right out an tell you what you’ve stumbled upon. This website will show you how to take control of your health. You’ll learn exactly what to eat and how to exercise to get the leanest, strongest, healthiest body with the least amount of pain, suffering […]

7 Apr

The Differences Between Grass-Fed Beef and Grain-Fed Beef

When making the transition into the Primal way of life, a lot of people get tripped up on the question of grass-fed beef. Is it necessary? (No.) Is there really that big a difference between conventional beef and grass-fed beef? (Kinda.) What does grass-fed actually mean? How do conventional cows live and what do they […]

14 Mar

WOW: New Army Fitness Test

Complete 2 cycles: 400 Meter Run Clear 5 Low Hurdles 20 Meter Grok crawl 5 Pullups 40 Meter Backwards Weight Drag 20 Meter Balance Beam Farmer’s Carry 50 Meter Weighted Sprint

2 Mar

Lessons Learned from Life in Space

They’re among the most studied individuals on the planet, so unique in their circumstances that an exclusive branch of medicine has been devoted to them, indeed a new subcategory of physiology itself. Their experiences teach us about the fine delineations of human biology – as well as its inherent vulnerability. I’m talking about astronauts, whose […]

1 Mar

Is Eating Too Much Protein Going to Harm My Kidneys?

Dear Mark, I am studying to become a nurse and am taking my first nutrition class at a local college. As one of our assignments we had to record everything we ate for an entire week. After looking at my results my teacher was dumbfounded. To make a long story short, my teacher told me […]

17 Feb

8 Health Reasons to Have Sex (As If You Needed Them)

As promised in last week’s Hunter-Gatherer Fitness post, I’m stirring up the (apparently much awaited) subject of sex – specifically the benefits for physical and mental well-being. Uh, you mean coitus? Yup. Thanks to everyone who responded to the announcement with rousing enthusiasm as well as comments and questions. What could be more Primal than […]

30 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 128

The schnozberries taste like schnozberries, and the blueberries taste like… synthetic approximations of sweetened fruit crunchlets. This won’t come as a surprise to most of you, but Natural News reveals just how few blueberries go into blueberry food products. Speaking of fake foods… Poor Taco Bell just wants to bring affordable, healthy meat-flavored blends to […]

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