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24 Mar

How to Safely and Enjoyably Transition to a Barefoot-Dominant Lifestyle

The way we wear them, shoes are a real problem. They sever our physical connection to the earth, perturb our natural running and walking gait, and probably increase our risk of running injuries by increasing the forces acting on our joints when we land. That’s fairly basic stuff for readers of this blog, many of whom are intellectually on board with the barefoot thing and convinced of the benefits. And yet actually going barefoot is a big leap for most people. Something holds them back.

The actual ditching of the shoes isn’t the problem. Baring your feet to the world isn’t your hang up. You’re willing to get rid of your shoes and buy minimalist ones; maybe you already have. The main impediment to your complete embrace of the unshod foot is the necessary transition from years of wearing shoes to a barefoot-dominant lifestyle.

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23 Mar

Dear Mark: Preventing Age-Related Muscle Loss, Sprouted Barley-Fed Meat, and a Pistachio Downside

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got three questions and three answers. First up is a question from Casey, whose father is losing strength and muscle despite maintaining an active lifestyle. What can he do — dietarily and otherwise — to staunch and reverse the losses? Next, Australian cattle farmers are increasingly turning to sprouted grain as a replacement for standard grain feed. How does it compare to pasture feeding? Are there nutritional differences between sprouted and regular grain fodder? And finally, what do we make of the recent study showing negative effects in cyclists who ate a high-pistachio diet for two weeks? Should we rethink our stance on pistachios — and nuts in general?

Let’s go:

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22 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 340

Weekend Link LoveI had a great time cooking, chatting about paleo tricks, and busting paleo myths on Camille’s Paleo Kitchen cooking show. Go check out the full episode, and wait for the paleogasm at the end.

The 2015 Diabetes Summit kicks off tomorrow. Register today to get free access to my presentation and dozens of others over the next week.

Research of the Week

8000 years ago at the dawn of agriculture, 17 women were reproduced for every one man. Man, the life of your average early farmer must have just been great!

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21 Mar

Paleo Spinach & Artichoke Crab Dip

crabdip2This a guest post from Kim and Amanda of PaleoSchmaleo.

Kim and I were gifted with a glorious bottle of pre-made paleo approved (REAL FOOD) mayo from Primal Kitchen. I say glorious, and I don’t use that term lightly, mostly because of the word pre-made AND also the fact that it’s all clean ingredients! SCORE! Let me share a little something with you…as much as I enjoy cooking, I am not above a pre-made or chopped shortcut on occasion, especially during a busy workday. As long as it’s ingredient list passes my inspection of course, I’m in even if it costs a little extra money. I figure sometimes, the money is worth the time I’ll be saving.

In other-words; yes, the juice is worth the squeeze.

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20 Mar

I Couldn’t Believe the Sudden Switch, Everything Suddenly Became So Easy!

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 coming in. Thank you for reading!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2My weight has always been something that I have struggled with. From a young age I had a very love/hate relationship with food. As in I loved eating it and hated when it was gone. Due to this I was a very large teenager. After college, I decided to lose weight and I managed it… but I was eating barely anything, running three to six miles a day, Thai Boxing twice a week, gym five times a week and having two personal training sessions a week. It just wasn’t sustainable. As soon as I stopped all the “Chronic Cardio” I just piled the weight back on.

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