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24 Aug

Dear Mark: Anti-Paleo Guardian Column (Plus, Did Big Brains Need Carbs?)

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering one question. First up is the latest anti-paleo piece of clickbait, this time from the Guardian. Apparently the ancestral health movement has had a really bad year or something, and we’re barely hanging on after being dealt a series of devastating blows from the scientific community. Will we make it? Find out below. I also use the original question to springboard into a larger discussion on the new study claiming that carbs were necessary for the evolution of the enormous human brain. The media is selling it as a total refutation of the Primal way of eating, but I’m not so sure. It turns out we have way more in common than you might think from reading the headlines.

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23 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 362

Weekend Link LoveI’m giving away three full-ride scholarships to the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification program to deserving individuals. If you’d like to be one of them, learn all the details here and submit your application by August 25.

Research of the Week

According to fMRI, stress makes junk food harder to resist.

New safety guidelines for water drinking during exercise: “Using the innate thirst mechanism to guide fluid consumption is a strategy that should limit drinking in excess and developing hyponatremia while providing sufficient fluid to prevent excessive dehydration.”

Social participation in religious organizations is associated with a decline in depressive symptoms, while participation in political organizations is associated with an increase.

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22 Aug

Sesame Teriyaki Chicken Wings

chicken wingsThis is a guest post from Juli Bauer of PaleOMG.

Well hello you beautiful person, you. Juli Bauer here from PaleOMG. I’m a girl who loves the simple things in life: food, fashion and fitness. I can’t get enough of any of those things. So every week I’m sharing my Weekly Workouts, my many paleo recipes AND my Fashion Fridays all in hopes of getting you inspired in and outside of the kitchen.

I’ve been doing this paleo thing for about 5 years now and can’t get enough of it. But I know that sometimes meals can get a little boring and even daunting at times. That’s where I come in to help your kitchen come alive. Since I’ve become so comfortable with paleo and I have really found a paleo lifestyle that works for me, I’m passing that knowledge onto you in my new cookbook Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook. My third and best cookbook yet is all about figuring out a paleo that works for you and your lifestyle. Whether you eat paleo, primal or maybe just use the 80/20 rule, I want to help you find a way of eating that makes you feel the best you’ve ever felt.

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21 Aug

Goodbye Conventional Wisdom and Chronic Pain

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-1-2Before I get into my success story, I just wanted to thank you for all that you do!! You’ve been an incredible resource and inspiration for me as I’ve gone through this Primal adventure. I look forward to checking your blog and knowing that I will be given quality information backed by sources I can read through as well. I absolutely love it!

Now a tiny bit of background: my name is Angela Smith, I’m 25 and live in the great city of Minneapolis, MN. I grew up in Fargo, ND – not the greatest place to grow up considering the winters are long and harsh. My parents were both meat-and-potatoes type of people, so I grew up on a fairly decent diet of meats, saturated fats, and minimally processed carbs. That is, until my preteen years. As a fairly active child, the winters were long and boring. I turned to the comfort of sweets, baked goods, movies, and books. Once I was hooked on sugar, I began emotionally eating as well. As my addiction progressed, the turmoil intensified and I became depressed. I soon began to battle anorexia and bulimia, though I would never admit it at the time. When I binged, it was sleeves of cookies, bags of chips; needless to say I was unhappy and feeding my unhappiness. I dropped to a startling 135 at 5’8,” and was concerned I was still too large; all the while people became concerned I was too thin. By then my hunger had all but waned and I didn’t binge as frequently.

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20 Aug

What Screen Time Does to Our Kids (and What We Can Do about It)

For many parents I know, it’s one of those prime examples of “what I thought I’d never do before I had kids” versus “what I ended up doing after I actually had them.” After all, most of us were children of those pre-tech boom years. (Some of us were even pre-T.V.) We never had all the gadgets when we were growing up. Instead, we spent hours of childhood being bored and finding creative solutions that had no connection to a power outlet. Our tech toys were the likes of Lite-Brite or walkie-talkies (if we were lucky), not $600 app-loaded tablets. Summer road trip? That’s what Mad Libs were for.

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