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18 Jul

Dear Mark: Swimming Tips; High Weight, Low Reps vs High Reps, Low Weight

Swimming - An Essential Primal Skill FinalFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions. First up are some swimming tips for a novice swimmer who read last week’s post and wants to incorporate swimming into the schedule. What strokes to learn? What workouts to try? I also discuss the downsides of chlorinated pools. Next, a new study claims that whether you lift heavy weight for low reps or lift light for high reps has no effect on strength or size, so long as you go to failure. Is this true?

Let’s go:

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17 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 409

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

New evidence from China is changing the story of human evolution.

Vets with PTSD may have traumatic damage to their pituitary glands.

Some criticisms of the latest epidemiology from Harvard indicting saturated fat.

A new meta-analysis concludes that taking probiotics can improve weight loss.

Nail-biters and thumb-suckers may have better immune systems and fewer allergies.

Is autism a disorder of high intelligence?

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16 Jul

Chicken Korma

Chix korma 1Chicken korma is an Indian dish that uses full-fat yogurt to both tenderize the chicken and make a creamy sauce as it cooks. This is a streamlined recipe, turning chicken korma into a straightforward but still very flavorful weeknight meal.

Yes, the ingredient list is long. But more than half of the ingredients are herbs and spices, most of which you probably already have on hand (although, if you’ve had them on hand for more than a year, it’s time to re-stock the spice cabinet).

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15 Jul

How Primal Has Helped Me in My Battle Against Multiple Sclerosis

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-1-2As the old quote goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

I knew I would be embarking on great changes in my life when I decided to document my photos of how I looked before Paleo. I was not shamed by my body nor embarrassed, however, I wanted to remember how I felt. My body felt expanded. I felt heavy and had pains and aches. I am still a work in progress but I am happy to show you the difference through pictures that my body has gone through due to changing to a Paleo lifestyle.

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14 Jul

Don’t Be So Sure: Why Doubt Is an Essential Tool for Reaching Health Goals

Doubt FinalI’m sure we’ve all found ourselves around people who are absolutely hamstrung by their beliefs—whether about business or healthy eating, politics or fitness. Some people are overly sensitive or even overtly defensive when discussing them. Others might be congenial but simply shut down when the conversation turns to a “sacred” topic. But if conviction hampers them this much in social exchange, can you imagine how much it hampers them in the rest of their lives? Many of us tend to perceive certainty as a strength, but often it can cut us off from imagining a scope of better options. Over the years, people have invested so much time, energy and justification in their opinions that the cost to entertaining other possibilities seems too high. And that’s too bad. Because as the old saying goes, the only thing worse than making a mistake is to keep making it. That’s why today I want to talk about the value of doubt.

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