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31 Mar

Questions and Answers

Everything You Always Wanted to Ask…But Were Afraid to Know All About Grok You say we haven’t evolved much in the past 10,000 years, yet I’ve read that evolution has accelerated in recent history. Can you explain this discrepancy? I understand the basics of how genes direct our cellular function, but can you provide a […]

17 Mar

The Depression Diet

The Depression Diet? We’ve discussed the “Recession Diet” and we’re always on the lookout for food budget hacks and tricks for our readers, and the economy isn’t getting any better. And so, although commentators, pundits, and politicians are loathe to utter the “D” word, we just couldn’t resist the chance to alliterate and provide some […]

11 Mar

Pepper and Salt: Not So Basic After All

I dined at a Sichuan Chinese place recently and was struck by the interesting properties of the dishes. Rather than blasting my mouth with simple, overwhelming spiciness (which I’ve always heard about in Sichuan cooking), the dishes presented a more nuanced, almost narcotic heat. It was definitely spicy, but much more than that – my […]

8 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 40

The Grunter, the no-wiper, the bluetooth person. These are just a few of the eccentrics who frequent most gyms. Life Spotlight covers the rudest, most ridiculous, most outlandish, and yet most common gym habits. So read up, and don’t be one of these guys/gals. Statins. Do we really need another reason not to take them? […]

4 Mar

Workout Suggestion: Planned Spontaneity

Ideally, we should look forward to exercising. Dreading an integral part of a healthy lifestyle makes falling off the wagon more likely; if you like what you’re doing, you’re more likely to keep it up. The easiest way to achieve this is to incorporate the Primal concept of play into everyday life, whether it’s Ultimate […]

19 Feb

A Little Perspective

A little perspective is always helpful. Usually, I take it upon myself to dole it out on this blog, but I could use a wake up call from time to time. You may have noticed that we’ve been stressing the “perfect” Primal life: eating organic, wild, free-range foods, butchering or hunting our own meat, buying […]

31 Jan

Soft-Serve McNuggets and Hot Doctopus: Together at Last

In the early days of Mark’s Daily Apple we used to have a little fun every now and again by covering ludicrous processed food monstrosities. There was the pizza cone, the deep fried potato on a stick, the deep fried macaroni and cheese ball, the Oreo pizza, and the chocolate chip pancakes and sausage on […]

29 Jan

It’s Time to “Get Real”

Dear readers, it’s time to get real. I realize that most of you probably don’t think you need a lecture. You may not need any further motivation. You’re eating good, whole foods, getting daily exercise, and things are going well. For the most part, Grok gazes upon you with twinkling, approving eyes. But what of […]

28 Jan

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

We thought this might be a good time to check in with newer folks who have taken on the 2009 Primal Challenge. (With four weeks in, how’s everyone doing?) But the truth is, the title has bearing for all of us. Old hat or not, a healthy lifestyle always encounters challenges at some point. External […]

2 Jan

Second Opinions

Sometimes I just think the world is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. My water bill last month was twice its usual already-outrageous amount. Since we hadn’t (to my knowledge) taken any more showers than normal, I figured there had to be a leak somewhere. Duh, right? I did a cursory review of […]

24 Dec

The Power of Holiday Tradition

Sure, we believe in happy, healthy holidays. Why else would we (in the good company of other blogs, magazines, and newspapers) serve up “healthy” holiday tips: recipes, activities, etc. to make your Christmas, Hanukkah, solstice, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, etc. more health conscious? We absolutely think that it’s worth offering healthy ideas that may spark a […]

11 Dec

Eat with Your Hands

We follow the diet of Grok, we exercise the same muscles with the same movements that Grok used, and we just generally do our best to live Primally in a decidedly modern world. At the same time, though, we use cell phones and computers. We drive cars or take public transport. And unless your HMO […]

2 Dec

My Self-Experimentation and Transformation

Thanks to Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal for this Guest Post! Here is more anecdotal proof that a high fat diet coupled with intermittent fasting can improve body composition. If you’re interested to know more about Richard’s transformation visit his site, or simply ask him a question in the comment board where he’ll be […]

28 Nov

Turkey Time: Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

You packed up the pumpkin pie and gave it to Aunt Marie and sliced up the sweet potatoes and shipped it off with you cousin Glen, but now you’re left with a heap of leftover turkey and not a plan in the world for what to do with it. A problem? Nope, not when you […]

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27 Nov

Mark Sisson

     So, tell us about the guy behind Mark’s Daily Apple! I’m a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness my life’s work. In my younger days, I was on the track toward medical school for a while (BA in Biology from Williams College), but I got detoured by a different […]

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