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23 Dec

10 Ways to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

International TravelAccording to AAA, nearly 100 million Americans will be traveling during what they call the “year-end holiday season” (Dec. 23-Jan. 4). On the positive side, this means possibly spending quality time with family and friends, experiencing new destinations or enjoying a break from the routine of work and (at least some) domestic duties. On the other hand, it can mean a lot of sedentary time, roadside food, poor sleep, collective stress and airport crowds (with their accompanying germs). When the hoopla ends, some of us will greet the New Year relatively unscathed with little more than mild fatigue and gratitude for some peace and quiet. Others, however, will succumb to the added pressures on physical and mental health and spend a portion of their travel time (or what was supposed to be travel time) nursing an illness. It’s little wonder, given the holidays offer the perfect set-up with their intersection of extra-everything when we probably do better with less of, well, just about all of it. It’s a practical Primal question: how can we keep ourselves healthy (and sane) when the best intentions of the season turn on us?

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22 Dec

Dear Mark: Candle Fumes Safety, Quest Bar Carbs, Minimalist Shoes for Track, and Walnut Oil

CandleFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a four-parter. First up, how safe are indoor candles? Do some emit toxic fumes? Are there certain types of candles we should prefer over others? The second question concerns the carb content of Quest Bars. Can we really disregard all the fiber and sugar alcohols when determining the amount of digestible carbohydrates contained in the bars?  Third, what should a high school track athlete look for in a minimalist running shoe, assuming Vibram Fivefingers are out of the question? I help her narrow down the most important attributes. And finally, I may caution against making high omega-6 nut oils like walnut oil a daily staple, but do those recommendations change if a person is using it to actively solve a health issue?

Let’s go:

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21 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 327

Weekend Link LoveI was on the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast to talk about some extremely important aspects of a healthy lifestyle (and they don’t include diet).

My appearance on The Chalene Show podcast, where Chalene and I discussed my history and I broke down the Primal Blueprint, is now live. Go give a listen.

I also appeared on the Self Made Entrepreneur podcast with Jason Bax. If you’re interested in how I came to start, run, and grow Primal Nutrition, check it out!

Research of the Week

I was just thinking we were due for another round of articles telling us how we’ve got this whole evolutionary health thing totally wrong.

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20 Dec

Oven Baked Chowder

chowder1Meals like this oven-baked chowder are exactly the type of recipes that instantly become keepers. Why? The chowder is deeply flavorful and the fish and veggies cook perfectly every time, with little assistance from you. Plus, it’s a one-pot meal that serves up both protein and veggies and leaves behind only a few dirty dishes.

Change the recipe up seasonally with different vegetables, or stick with this tried and true combination of parsnips, carrots and bell pepper. Using different types of fish is an option, too; sea bass and halibut are always delicious, and wild salmon, of course, is never a bad choice for its abundant omega-3s.

Is this traditional chowder? No, but it’s just as good (or maybe even better).

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19 Dec

The Way I Used to Live Life Was Slowly Destroying Me

The Way I Used to Live Life Was Slowly Destroying Me

Name: Alvin

Age: 67

In Alvin’s words: “I am a changed person, and I want to spread the word.”

Read Alvin’s Story >>

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