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20 May

Is Raw Milk Really Better?

raw milkI don’t drink much, if any, milk. A little cream in my morning coffee, good cheese regularly, some yogurt and kefir on occasion are about the extent of my dairy consumption. But milk? That pure white untouched fluid gushing from swollen udders? No, not really. Not anymore. It’s certainly a nutrient-dense food, don’t get me wrong, and I’m good at breaking down lactose. I just don’t see the need for it in my regular diet.

Ambivalence and lack of personal investment aside, I can’t ignore the bitter debate raging between raw milk advocates and raw milk skeptics. I may not have a personal dog in this fight (for what it’s worth, I seem to tolerate pasteurized milk just fine), and lots of Primal folks reading this are in the same boat, but many of my readers do drink milk — or would like to drink it if a healthier version existed. Raw milk may or may not be that version. Plus, it’s always interesting to wade into the fray to see whose claims are science-based and whose aren’t.

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19 May

15 Alternatives to Burpees for When You’re Tired of Doing Burpees

Whenever I’m strapped for time and equipment and still need a solid workout, I turn to the burpee. Burpees are bodyweight exercises, and thus require no equipment or weights. They are full body movements that employ every muscle group, require only as much space as you need to do a pushup, can be done anywhere, can be done slowly and methodically or quick for a sprint-like workout. If you’re ever outdoors and need to warm up fast, a set of 15-20 burpees performed as quickly as possible will get your body temperature up faster than anything. The pros go on and on.

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18 May

Dear Mark: Sugar for Stress Relief, and Weight Loss Releasing Toxins

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions. First, a new study out is one of the first (and maybe only) to show that acute sugar consumption can reduce the normal cortisol increase we experience in times of stress. Interesting stuff, eh? Find out whether I think this is a good thing, a potentially useful “hack”, or, given our collective tendency to overthink things and embroil ourselves in stress stews, a recipe for disaster. Next, we’ve all heard that weight loss releases stored toxins and environmental pollutants into our bodies, but is there any science that actually shows this is happening in people losing weight? And if we are releasing toxins by losing body fat, does that mean keeping the weight on is actually healthier? Find out down below.

Let’s go:

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17 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 348

Weekend Link LoveIf any Primal Blueprint Podcast listeners would be so kind, please fill out this survey when you have a chance. Thanks!

Research of the Week

Converting cropland to pastureland with grazing livestock sequesters carbon at a much higher rate than previously thought, new research has found. It also doesn’t hurt that it produces delicious animals.

New research has discovered a three-way link between childhood antibiotics, changes to the gut bacteria, and diseases later in life.

Certain physiologies” just lose less weight when restricting the same number of calories as other people.

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16 May

Homemade Yogurt (plus Turkey Kefta & Grilled Veggies with Savory Yogurt Dressing)

PrimalIf you’ve only ever eaten store-bought yogurt, then homemade yogurt is a revelation. Obviously, homemade yogurt easily surpasses Yoplait and the like, both in terms of nutrition and flavor. But you might be surprised to find out that your very first homemade batch will taste just as good, if not better, than the most expensive, high quality yogurt on the dairy shelf. And it’s so easy to make!

To make your first batch of homemade yogurt, you’re going to need a little bit of that high quality store-bought yogurt to get started (high quality meaning organic, full-fat, unsweetened, with live active cultures). The live cultures are the really important part, and the main reason that yogurt is a good choice if you eat dairy.

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