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15 Mar

Dear Mark: Nuts and Omega-6s

Nuts have gotten a surprising amount of flack as of late. Many nuts have a fairly high PUFA content, and most of that PUFA is Omega-6, which is the bad one. It’s easily oxidized, highly unstable for cooking, usually rancid on the shelf, and, thanks to government farm subsidies and public hysteria over animal fat, […]

1 Mar

Dear Mark: Embodied Cognition

The following reader email brought to mind a NY Times article I read a few weeks ago. The article discusses a fairly new field of research that is uncovering the surprisingly fundamental and intricate ways our bodies influence our thinking and vice-versa. We’ve discussed the mind-body connection in the past, but embodied cognition puts the […]

27 Feb

Pork Tenderloin with Cilantro Pesto

What drew us in to the pork recipe submitted by Susan Rosenberg (for the Primal Blueprint Cookbook Contest) was not the pork itself, although any meal involving pork tenderloin is bound to be good. The pork preparation is simple and straightforward, involving nothing more than searing medallions in a pan. It is what Susan serves […]

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25 Feb

Hunter-Gatherer Body Composition

A couple weeks ago in my post about health and vanity a good discussion got started in the comment board about the body composition of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Was Grok lean and ripped or not? Let’s take a look at what we know. It’s pretty well established that hunter-gatherers eating their traditional, whole-foods hunter-gatherer diet […]

23 Feb

8 Signs You Are Overtraining

When you spend some time among the ever-growing circle of evolutionary-based health writers, thinkers, bloggers, and doctors, you notice a curious thing happening. Conventional Wisdom is becoming turned on its head. Saturated fat is generally healthy and excessive endurance training is generally unhealthy become the presiding narratives. Grains are either unnecessary or have the tendency […]

3 Feb

A Sea Change Coming to Wash Your Shoes Away

I’m sure you’ve seen it. It’s all over the news. People are finally beginning to come around to that inconvenient truth about our feet, that dirty little secret that shoe companies would prefer to keep under wraps: barefoot is better. There has been media coverage of the barefoot trend in the past, mostly intermittent, in […]

2 Feb

Introducing the Inaugural PrimalCon!

Dear readers, here we are in 2010, with MarksDailyApple.com now nearly 3 1/2 years old. Thank you for your tremendous contribution to what started as a dream in 2006, and is now a thriving internet community of passionate and deeply connected Primal enthusiasts. As we celebrate the success of the book and the continued rapid […]

10 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 79

The Food & Dining section of the NY Times talks goats, fainting goats. And if you want these goats to live, eat them. That’s right, eat them to save them. Not to be outdone by Food & Dining, the NY Times Business Section talks docs – documentaries about obesity. And who’s funding the latest fat […]

9 Jan

Chicken and Shrimp Soup

This week’s soup recipe comes from a military man who prefers to keep his real identity undercover. He did, however, decide to declassify his Chicken and Shrimp Soup recipe for the Primal Blueprint Cookbook Challenge, and we’re glad he did. The soup follows one of our favorite soup-making methods, which is throwing a bunch of […]

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5 Jan

Success Stories

Click Here for More Success Stories… Dear Mark, Last January I made a resolution to get in shape. At 5’11″ and about 200 pounds, I was relatively healthy, but overall needed to lose some fat and tone up a bit. Before I had been educating myself on nutrition and reading all the great books by […]

1 Jan

Contest: New Year’s Resolutions

It’s 2010! Let’s get this year, nay, this decade off on the right foot. This will be the decade that you hone in on what makes your body tick. This will be the decade when you develop a lifelong strategy of health and wellness that works for you. This will be the decade when your […]

31 Dec

Astounded By the Difference I Felt After The Primal Blueprint

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 […]

24 Nov

Diet as Dogma

People are dogmatic. We’re territorial, stubborn, obstinate, and we cling to our ideologies even as accumulating evidence invalidates them. I sometimes wonder whether there’s evolutionary precedent for this apparent character flaw – did stubborn dogmatism confer some benefit to our ancestors? Did our tendency to cling to one another, to shy away from that which […]

17 Nov

Is the Primal Blueprint a Type of Asceticism?

Last week, MDA member Bobbylight posed a pretty poignant question in the forum: is the Primal Blueprint an ascetic lifestyle? As you’ll see from the actual post, he basically answered his own question (he agrees that the PB, by definition, is not asceticism, but his particular brand of the PB has gradually morphed into a […]

11 Nov

Spirituality and Health

In the quiet deliberation after a serious diagnosis, in the summoning of fortitude to face difficult treatments, in the watershed moment that induces genuine life change, health takes on a deeper association. Throughout the course of daily wellness choices, we look to information, logic and routine. But when we find ourselves in ominous physical territory, […]

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