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13 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 134

I’ve always been envious of chimps for their climbing skills, their impressive strength-to-bodyweight ratio, and their ability to bite a man’s face off, but now you can add “penis spine” to that list. The heavyweights who brought you that paper on hunter-gatherer fitness are back with another paper, and they’ve upped the ante. Full paper […]

12 Mar

Curry Meatballs (with a Little Offal) in Creamy Tomato-Coconut Sauce

As we mentioned earlier this week, offal is an acquired taste for many people, and if you haven’t acquired it yet there’s nothing wrong with using a little culinary magic to slip an organ or two by your taste buds unnoticed. The trick to sneaking offal into a dish is using it in moderation, adding […]

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8 Mar

6 Sneaky Ways to Work Offal Into Your Diet

Take a look at that picture to the right. Appetizing? While I wouldn’t be surprised by numerous affirmatives from the Mark’s Daily Apple community, for most people even the sight of brains, kidneys or tongue is enough to turn their stomachs. Nutritionally, of course, we can all agree that offal is fantastic stuff. Leading the […]

24 Feb

How the News Impacts Your Health (and What You Can Do About It)

Like everyone, I’ve had ample opportunity in my life to sit in waiting rooms. In the last several, however, I’ve noticed a trend that admittedly gets under my skin: the ubiquity of television news – and the negative events it routinely emphasizes. It’s been part of the airport scene forever now, it seems, but lately […]

23 Feb

Is “8 Uninterrupted Hours a Night” Flawed Conventional Wisdom?

Conventional Wisdom always gets an eyebrow raise from me. I can’t help it. Eventually, I take an honest look at whatever the experts are saying, but skepticism gets first dibs. I’d call it an instinct if it weren’t learned behavior from years of being burned. For example, I once took to task the most pervasive […]

16 Feb

The Myriad Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Calorie restriction is all the rage in anti-aging circles. A few mice and worm studies seem to show that drastic reductions in food intake over a long period of time have the effect of prolonging life – although I’m not sure I’d call it living. For one, these animals are actually restricted. There’s no ad […]

12 Feb

Grilled Ostrich Smothered in Garlic Herb Butter

Ostriches are a true oddity. First, there’s the whole 8-foot tall thing, the freakishly long neck and the large wings that have no flight capabilities whatsoever. Then there’s the fact that the meat does not remotely resemble meat from more commonly eaten birds like chicken, turkey or quail. In fact ostrich meat is similar to […]

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11 Feb

Primal Blueprint Shopping List

So you’ve read the book and you’re ready to go Primal. You’ve purged your pantry and fridge of every last SAD (Standard American Diet) “food” item and you plan on hitting up your local farmers’ market or grocery store to stock up on delicious and nutritious Primal fare. But where do you start? I’ve created […]

27 Jan

Smart Fuel: Macadamia Oil

What can compare to the sweet, buttery mac nut’s tender embrace? As far as nuts, seeds, and pseudo-nuts go, its fatty acid profile is unparalleled. Throw a handful into a bowl of Greek yogurt, along with blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries (or any berry, really), and you’ve got yourself a rich, masterful dessert with minimal linoleic […]

24 Jan

WOW: The Phalanx

Complete 10 cycles of: 50 Meter Walking Lunge with Spear Thrust 25 Meter Sprint

22 Jan

How to Make Red Wine Vinegar

Tart, sour, acidic, harsh: four words that don’t exactly make our mouth water. Unfortunately, they’re often words that come to mind when tasting moderately-priced red wine vinegar that we’ve bought at the store. Even more disappointing is that immoderately-priced bottles aren’t often much better. This isn’t the case with balsamic vinegar – we’re willing to […]

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3 Jan

WOW: The Bro Workout

Complete 5 cycles of: 10 Dips 7 Pullups 10 Handstand Pushups 10 Inverted Rows As with nearly all WOWs, this workout is scalable. Read on for beginner substitutes and variations.

29 Dec

Caviar Served Three Ways (plus a Primal Blini Recipe)

Even if you’ve tried to keep your head buried in the sand and avoid the media headlines this year, the onslaught of bad economic news has been hard to ignore. Unemployment, defaulted mortgages, a tanking economy…it’s no wonder we’re looking forward to New Year’s Eve more than ever, a holiday that celebrates moving forward and […]

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24 Dec

Tons of Doctors and No Solution

It is my pleasure to share Tara’s success story with you today. Follow her journey through marriage, the birth of her twin boys, and a year and a half transformation to a healthy lifestyle. When doctors fail, when WebMD fails, it’s time to take health education into your own hands. If you have your own […]

20 Dec

Monday Musings: Thoughts on Fasted Training

Even if I’m not expressly fasting, I gravitate towards working out on an empty-ish stomach. It just feels right to me to run on empty or, at the most, a couple eggs or a handful of nuts. Lifting heavy things while picturing the pounds of meat to come is, for lack of a better word, […]

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