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30 Oct

Are You Sacrificing Your Health?

There’s that saying people throw out when a hypothetical situation is profoundly unappealing or flat-out unconscionable to them – “Not for a million dollars…”. Not for a million dollars. Not for ten million. Not for…what? Think for a second and identify the most important, precious, valuable principles and priorities that you wouldn’t sacrifice for anything […]

29 Oct

Better Than a Marathon: The 1 Mile Challenge

If you wanted schoolyard acclaim at my middle school, you didn’t bother with how much you could bench, how many pullups you could do, or how far you could throw a football. And you certainly didn’t bother with running a marathon. The true path to lasting seventh grade athletic immortality ran a mile in length. If […]

28 Oct

G’Day, Australia – The Primal Hotbed

Something beautiful is happening across the Pacific Ocean. For years, I’ve sensed a strange Primal energy coming off the waves that pound the Malibu coastline, carried across the water from a distant nation whose people have embraced ancestral health and fitness more vociferously than any other. The citizens of this country read my blog, attend PrimalCons, […]

14 Oct

How to Increase Your Heart Rate Variability

Last week, I introduced the concept of heart rate variability – the variation of heart beat to beat intervals. Far from the metronome we might assume it to be, the healthiest heart beat follows a fractal pattern, with varying lengths of time separating each pulse. A higher heart rate variability (HRV) suggests a relaxed, low-stress physiological […]

12 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 317

Head on over to Paleo Magazine Online and lend your voice to their annual “Best of” poll. This year, we’re up for several categories. You know who to vote for, right? Research of the Week You often hear that “fire made us human” by introducing a broader range of (cooked) foods to our diets, increasing our […]

29 Sep

Dear Mark: Alcohol and Training; Sitting and Standing; A Useful Workout

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a three-parter. First up, I explain how alcohol consumption can affect muscle protein synthesis in a competitive weightlifter. Even what seems like a moderate dose can still affect how we recover from our workouts. Second, what should a person do if they really can’t stand standing at work? […]

18 Sep

Walking: The Human Condition

When early humans stood erect over the African savannah, our improved vantage point gave more than views of prey and predator, berry bush and honeybee hive, nut tree and watering hole; we saw possibilities. We saw the horizon stretching out until what appeared to be infinity. We saw sunsets and sunrises, mountains and valleys, stars and constellations […]

14 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 313

Paleo Lifestyle Magazine is running a fantastic giveaway. Enter the Ultimate Paleo Kitchen giveaway for your chance to win $300 worth of kitchen gear and cookbooks. Research of the Week A five minute walking break (2 MPH) undoes the harmful effect an hour of sitting has on your arterial function. That’s doable. A history of farming […]

12 Sep

Inspired by Robin Williams: A Different Kind of Success Story

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 […]

2 Sep

Telecommuting: How and Why to Do It

Our jobs define us, for better or worse. When we’re out at a party and someone asks “What do you do?” we don’t talk about our love of Eastern European history or our kite-flying or the workout regimen we’ve recently put together. We talk about how we make money – our job, our work – […]

1 Sep

Dear Mark: Unschooling and Letting Your Freak Flag Fly

Today’s edition of Dear Mark has a theme: being a Primal freak and proud of it. First up is a question about the Primalness of unschooling, a learning method that isn’t really a method and challenges everything most people think they know about education. Since hunter-gatherers didn’t attend schools, instead learning about the world by living in and […]

29 Aug

Over 100 Pounds Lost: Things Just Keep Getting Better and Better

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 […]

28 Aug

Why We Eat: Cravings

Last week I picked up the theme of hunger with an intention to visit all the angles of the instinct – the physiology behind it first – but also the outer reaches of hunger’s emotional and social sway. The fact is, I can’t think of an instinct (other than sex) that influences our evolution more […]

24 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 310

I did a few podcasts recently. First, I talked about the basics of Primal living on the Low Carb Paleo Show. I also chatted with Sam Feltham of Smash the Fat and Chris Martenson of the Peak Prosperity podcast about the primacy of diet in determining our health and genetic destiny. Research of the Week Long […]

18 Aug

Dear Mark: New Parent Issues, Corn, and Pain’s Purpose

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a three-parter. First, I draw on my experiences as a parent and observer of the new generation of Primal parents to tackle a big topic: how to maintain a Primal mindset as a new parent beset by all the crazy, often unreasonable demands of modern parenting. It’s not […]

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