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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Primal Blueprint 101

August 12, 2016 - FAQs, Intro, PB 101 - whatever you want to call it this is a great place to familiarize yourself with the content found on Mark's Daily Apple. Getting Started This is ground zero. If you’ve ne...

Dear Mark: Did Three New Studies Debunk the Primal Blueprint?

September 12, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions that at first glance appear to cast doubt on some of the founding tenets of the Primal Blueprint. First, did a recent study show that lo...

10 Primal-Friendly Tips from Wise People Throughout History

August 31, 2016 - I'm not the first one to talk about the importance of sleep, the primacy of gut health, the impact food has on your well-being, how we divorce ourselves from nature at our peril, and why everyone nee...

Primal N’Oatmeal

August 20, 2016 - On mornings when a bowl of oatmeal is what your body craves, this hearty and comforting Primal breakfast cereal is exactly what you need. Coconut flakes, almonds, pecans, and the milk of your choi...

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge

August 15, 2016 - Everyone wants to eat good food, be active, and enjoy all that life offers. Everyone wants to be healthier, fitter, happier, and more productive. But no one wants to endure a lifetime of misery an...

Why Fear May Be Blocking Your Primal Path (and How to Overcome It)

June 30, 2016 - Getting healthy. It’s an admirable, enviable endeavor, you think. In fact, it’s what you’ve wanted, maybe desperately, for a long time. And then you came across Primal. You’ve been convinced f...

Street Workout: Bodyweight Calisthenics for Primal Strength

June 14, 2016 - The following guest post from Al Kavadlo & Danny Kavadlo is adapted from their book STREET WORKOUT and is published with permission from Dragon Door Publications. Enjoy! In the beginning, we cr...

Humility: A Primal Virtue with Modern Value

May 26, 2016 - I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about my leadership post earlier this year—particularly from people who connected with the humility aspect. It’s a characteristic I think most people would agree...

70 Pounds Lighter and Medication-Free: How Going Primal Changed My Life

April 15, 2016 - 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 Ma...

Introducing The Primal Blueprint 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar

April 07, 2016 - My staff and I are having a great time putting the final touches on one of our most unique and interesting publications yet: a Primal Blueprint Day-to-Day calendar with daily tips and inspiration on p...

Dear Mark: Did Three New Studies Debunk the Primal Blueprint?

September 12, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions that at first glance appear to cast doubt on some of the founding tenets of the Primal Blueprint. First, did a recent study show that lo...

8 Primal Rules for Building Better Bones

March 29, 2016 - Strip away the skin, fascia, muscles, organs, blood vessels of a human and you're left with the bones: the foundation providing passive structural support. Many people accept that we can affect and ev...

Dear Mark: Foods for a One-Year-Old, Vegan to Primal, and Low-Carb Failing Fibromyalgia

December 07, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three reader questions. The first comes from Chris, who's a little worried his one-year-old isn't eating a wide enough variety of foods. As it turns out...

A Primal Primer: Leaky Gut

May 06, 2014 - After I mentioned it in last week's 10 Principles of Primal Living (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage post, several readers emailed asking about leaky gut. What is it? How do I know if I ha...

Is It Primal? – Popcorn, Corn Tortillas, Rye, and Other Foods Scrutinized

February 12, 2013 - Every so often, people ask about foods that are clearly not Primal. While the more diehard among you might expect me to ignore and lambast these fine folks, I think this is the wrong tactic. We can't ...

Is It Primal? – Chai, Rice Noodles, Choffy, and Other Foods Scrutinized

November 27, 2012 - It never ends, does it? Right when you feel like you can settle down into your way of eating, right when you're about to draw the blanket made of plants, animals, and maybe a little dark chocolate up ...

Is It Primal? – Spirulina, Chlorella, Amaranth, and Other Foods Scrutinized

October 30, 2012 - There are many thousands of foods out there at our beck and call, and you want to know which ones are Primal-approved and which ones are not. I know this because I get a lot of emails from you guys as...

The Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts

September 12, 2012 - With the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge having just begun, it's the perfect time to go over the Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts. I believe that fully grokking these powerful ideas is crucial to s...

A Primal Primer: Candida

September 06, 2012 - It's been awhile since I've done one of these, but I think it's about time for a Primal Primer. Today we'll be discussing candida, a genus (more than a species, less than a family) of yeast with many ...

Is It Primal? – Paleo Bread, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Psyllium Fiber, and Other Foods Scrutinized

July 17, 2012 - I love doing these "Is It Primal?" posts. For one, the supply of topics is virtually limitless, because you guys are constantly sending in new foods and products for me to research. Two, I'm learning ...

Dear Mark: Did Three New Studies Debunk the Primal Blueprint?

September 12, 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions that at first glance appear to cast doubt on some of the founding tenets of the Primal Blueprint. First, did a recent study show that lo...

Street Workout: Bodyweight Calisthenics for Primal Strength

June 14, 2016 - The following guest post from Al Kavadlo & Danny Kavadlo is adapted from their book STREET WORKOUT and is published with permission from Dragon Door Publications. Enjoy! In the beginning, we cr...

8 Primal Rules for Building Better Bones

March 29, 2016 - Strip away the skin, fascia, muscles, organs, blood vessels of a human and you're left with the bones: the foundation providing passive structural support. Many people accept that we can affect and ev...

9 Ways to Restart Your Primal Lifestyle

September 30, 2015 - It happens to the best of us. You start sneaking a few more bites of bread when out to dinner and trying your buddy’s delicious-looking pizza. Your workouts trickle to once a week, sometimes none. Y...

Introducing PrimalBeat HRV

August 13, 2015 - Regular Mark's Daily Apple readers know of my enthusiasm for the cutting edge biofeedback technology known as heart rate variability (HRV). There is a detailed introductory post here, and a follow up...

Action Item #4: Exercise Primally – Move, Lift, and Sprint!

September 19, 2012 - For as much as I emphasize the importance of food with regards to health and body composition and deemphasize the purely mechanical act of burning calories through arduous, protracted exercise, you ...

Why We Don’t Walk Anymore (plus a Primal Health Challenge)

May 01, 2012 - How many steps do you walk every day? Do you hit 10,000 steps, which experts recommend and is about 5 miles' worth? Do you match the daily walking of a Hadza man or woman (8.3 or 5.5 km/day, respectiv...

Dear Mark: Primal Compromises for Athletes

July 07, 2008 - I’ve been getting a slew of emails lately from marathon runners and other endurance athletes among our group, many in response to our 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. Questions have run the gamut but...

Dear Mark: Primal Blueprint for Both Men and Women?

May 26, 2008 - In last week’s guest post on muscle building, reader Charlotte raised the issue of gender differences in exercise benefits. Are men and women the same when it comes to the effects of cardiovascular ...

Why Training Your Tendons Is Important (and 11 Ways to Do It)

August 24, 2016 - Building muscle is simple. Lift heavy things, rest, make sure you eat enough food, sleep, repeat. For a beginner, progress is linear and relatively sudden. You get quick feedback: your muscles get mor...

10 Primal-Friendly Tips from Wise People Throughout History

August 31, 2016 - I'm not the first one to talk about the importance of sleep, the primacy of gut health, the impact food has on your well-being, how we divorce ourselves from nature at our peril, and why everyone nee...

Why Fear May Be Blocking Your Primal Path (and How to Overcome It)

June 30, 2016 - Getting healthy. It’s an admirable, enviable endeavor, you think. In fact, it’s what you’ve wanted, maybe desperately, for a long time. And then you came across Primal. You’ve been convinced f...

Humility: A Primal Virtue with Modern Value

May 26, 2016 - I’ve gotten a lot of feedback about my leadership post earlier this year—particularly from people who connected with the humility aspect. It’s a characteristic I think most people would agree...

How to Handle Constructive Criticism as a Primal Advocate

March 17, 2016 - It’s a role that’s probably more often thrust upon us than one we individually choose—that of Primal advocate. There we are minding our own healthy business, and somebody’s question or comment...

9 Primal Ways to Become a Better Communicator

March 10, 2016 - Eons ago, an evolutionary shift took root that would change the human story. In fact, it would write it. I’m talking of course about the capacity for complex language. The development spurred collab...

5 Things You Learn Being a Primal Lifer

November 04, 2015 - Being a Primal lifer is nice. You get to pat the heads and tousle the hair of precious newbies who just learned the words "lectin" and "phytate" and can't stop talking about it. Navigating your local...

9 Ways to Restart Your Primal Lifestyle

September 30, 2015 - It happens to the best of us. You start sneaking a few more bites of bread when out to dinner and trying your buddy’s delicious-looking pizza. Your workouts trickle to once a week, sometimes none. Y...

A Primal Look at Art Therapy

February 13, 2014 - A few years ago as I was beginning to get a vision for what would become The Primal Connection, I was exploring the idea of vitality from new angles. I was interested in what lay beyond the basics for...

8 Primal Mantras for Beginners

June 20, 2013 - Becoming healthy is as much a mental process as it is a physical experience. Most of us would admit we find ourselves overhauling much more than simply our dinner plates or daily exercise. Oftentimes,...

Primal Actualization: Realizing Your Inner Potential

December 27, 2012 - If the earlier holidays of the season are more socially-driven, New Year’s is the more personal, the more private. Sure, there are the parties, the throngs in Times Square, and the general cycle of ...

8 Primal Rules for Building Better Bones

March 29, 2016 - Strip away the skin, fascia, muscles, organs, blood vessels of a human and you're left with the bones: the foundation providing passive structural support. Many people accept that we can affect and ev...

Dear Mark: Foods for a One-Year-Old, Vegan to Primal, and Low-Carb Failing Fibromyalgia

December 07, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three reader questions. The first comes from Chris, who's a little worried his one-year-old isn't eating a wide enough variety of foods. As it turns out...

5 Things You Learn Being a Primal Lifer

November 04, 2015 - Being a Primal lifer is nice. You get to pat the heads and tousle the hair of precious newbies who just learned the words "lectin" and "phytate" and can't stop talking about it. Navigating your local...

9 Ways to Restart Your Primal Lifestyle

September 30, 2015 - It happens to the best of us. You start sneaking a few more bites of bread when out to dinner and trying your buddy’s delicious-looking pizza. Your workouts trickle to once a week, sometimes none. Y...

A Primal Primer: Leaky Gut

May 06, 2014 - After I mentioned it in last week's 10 Principles of Primal Living (Finally) Getting Mainstream Media Coverage post, several readers emailed asking about leaky gut. What is it? How do I know if I ha...

The Primal Blueprint Refresher – A Dramatic Reading

September 19, 2013 - Even the advanced among us could use a Primal refresher now and then. Even the diehards could stand to bone up on the material. We've all been caught with our pants around our ankles when someone asks...

The Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts

September 12, 2012 - With the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge having just begun, it's the perfect time to go over the Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts. I believe that fully grokking these powerful ideas is crucial to s...

Winging It: Fun, Spontaneity and Intuition in Your Primal Life

September 29, 2011 - We’re well into the third week of the Challenge, and I’m thinking these days about fun. Yes, fun - the pure amusement, pleasure, and self-indulgence of it. Did Tuesday’s active entertainment pos...

Primal Minded Practitioners?

May 10, 2011 - I know what many of you are already thinking: where do I sign up? Let’s face it: we organize much of our lifestyles contrary to CW specifically to live healthier and feel better. When it’s check u...

7 High-Tech Tools for Better Primal Living

March 03, 2011 - Superficial observers of the ever-growing Primal movement often assume us to be a bunch loin-clothed Luddites, but, generally speaking, we aren't paleo-romaticists eschewing all things new. In fact, m...

Primal N’Oatmeal

August 20, 2016 - On mornings when a bowl of oatmeal is what your body craves, this hearty and comforting Primal breakfast cereal is exactly what you need. Coconut flakes, almonds, pecans, and the milk of your choi...

Primal Texas Chili

October 08, 2011 - All too often a bowl full of chili is an uninspired blend of ground meat and canned tomatoes overwhelmed by beans. Ask anyone who follows the Primal Blueprint and they’ll tell you that the beans are...

West African Nut Stew

March 19, 2016 - West African nut stew is usually West African peanut stew. Peanut butter is whisked into the broth to give the stew a rich texture and slightly sweet, nutty flavor. Although a little peanut butter isn...

Artichoke Deviled Eggs with Capers

January 16, 2016 - Today's guest post is an original recipe from my eldest, Devyn Sisson! Devyn is hard at work writing her first cookbook, Kitchen Intuition. In the meantime, check her out on Instagram for more recipes...

Oyster Po’ Boy Salad

January 09, 2016 - An oyster po’ boy is a classic New Orleans sandwich made of oysters breaded in cornmeal and fried until crisp. Set on a white roll, slathered in mayo and topped with iceberg lettuce and tomatoes...

Apple-Stuffed Roasted Chicken With Sweet Potato Chips

June 19, 2009 - After all the animal fat talk this week, I figured a recipe was in order. But how could I make a dish that revolved around animal fat? Animal fats usually are just cooking aids, rather than stars of t...

70 Pounds Lighter and Medication-Free: How Going Primal Changed My Life

April 15, 2016 - 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 Ma...

From Beachbody Addict to Primal Convert

June 05, 2015 - 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 Ma...

Going Primal Has Been Life Changing for Me

July 25, 2014 - 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 Mar...

Everything Has Changed 180 Degrees: A Daughter’s Telling of Her Father’s Primal Journey

November 08, 2013 - 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 Mar...

A Primal Comeback

May 04, 2012 - 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 Mar...

A Beer Drinker’s Primal Story

April 20, 2012 - 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 Mar...

Powerlifter Goes Primal, Lifts Very Heavy Things for the Win

February 03, 2012 - 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 Mar...

A Primal Woman Looks at 50+

September 23, 2011 - 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 Mar...

More Mark’s Daily Apple Readers “Go Primal”

May 17, 2010 - You asked for it, so here it is: another round of Primal Blueprint Success Stories. Emails like these are basically why I continue to run Mark's Daily Apple. It's all about giving people the tools and...

Primal Blueprint Success Story: More Like Grok

June 12, 2009 - For anyone that is now familiar with The Primal Blueprint, you'll recognize both of the characters to the right. It's our lovable Primal role model, Grok, and his modern antithesis - your average over...

Dear Mark: Foods for a One-Year-Old, Vegan to Primal, and Low-Carb Failing Fibromyalgia

December 07, 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three reader questions. The first comes from Chris, who's a little worried his one-year-old isn't eating a wide enough variety of foods. As it turns out...

5 Things You Learn Being a Primal Lifer

November 04, 2015 - Being a Primal lifer is nice. You get to pat the heads and tousle the hair of precious newbies who just learned the words "lectin" and "phytate" and can't stop talking about it. Navigating your local...

9 Ways to Restart Your Primal Lifestyle

September 30, 2015 - It happens to the best of us. You start sneaking a few more bites of bread when out to dinner and trying your buddy’s delicious-looking pizza. Your workouts trickle to once a week, sometimes none. Y...

The Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts

September 12, 2012 - With the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge having just begun, it's the perfect time to go over the Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts. I believe that fully grokking these powerful ideas is crucial to s...

4 Surprising Ways Other People Affect Your Health

September 22, 2016 - Jean-Paul Sartre in one of his famous plays said, “Hell is—other people.” I think most of us might sympathize with that claim depending on the day and the person we're dealing with. On the flip ...

How Defining Moderation Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals

June 16, 2016 - We’ve heard it a million times: “Eat a well-balanced diet with everything in moderation.” After all these decades of clear failure, it’s a hazy cliché still delivered by physicians, dietitian...

Why the Kind of Body Fat You Carry Matters

June 07, 2016 - All fats are not created equal. We know this because we're constantly correcting people who get it wrong. There are good fats and bad fats and really really bad fats and fats that are conditionally go...

Could Gut Bacteria Be to Blame for Your Stubborn Belly Fat?

December 16, 2015 - We know how important gut health is for overall health. We understand that it improves digestion, that our pursuit of extreme sterility has compromised our immune systems, and that the gut biome is e...

25 Ways to Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity

April 01, 2015 - Insulin does a lot of important things for us. It pulls glucose from the blood and fritters it away into our cells to be burned for energy or stored as glycogen. It prevents hyperglycemic toxicity to...

7 Common Calorie Myths We Should All Stop Believing

January 07, 2015 - Many people think weight loss is simply about cutting calories. They believe that to lose weight, you must reduce calories (either eat less or burn more), to gain weight you must add calories, and to ...

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