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21 Nov

Braised Turkey Legs with Fennel and Artichoke Hearts

turkey legs 2When whole turkeys start showing up in grocery stores, so do turkey drumsticks. These are not dainty drumsticks. They are caveman style eating, drumsticks that weigh in around a full pound each. Roasted and carved, and served with sides, one drumstick can make a meal for two people. If you’re someone who loves dark turkey meat, or if turkey one day a year just isn’t enough, then braised turkey drumsticks are a meal you’ll love.

Turkey drumsticks can be cooked alongside a whole turkey, for more dark meat, or cooked in place of a whole turkey. (If you can find turkey thighs, they can be cooked using this same method.) The drumsticks braise uncovered (so the skin isn’t soggy) and there’s little risk of the meat drying out, like turkey breast often does.

All in all, you’re getting the best, most flavorful part of the bird for less money with less cooking stress involved. Sounds the perfect holiday meal, doesn’t it?

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20 Nov

On the Path to Healing: 30 Pounds Down and IBS Under Control

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-1-2My story is not as huge of a success story as other people I have read about, but then again, I did not start out completely unhealthy.

I was always really active growing up and I was a dancer as well. I never ever struggled with my weight and ate whatever I wanted. I never could understand how people could get overweight—after all it was easy for me! I stayed slim and lean through dance and just a generally active lifestyle.

I danced for most of my early years, and stopped when I reached college. I had terrible eating habits by then. I ate anything I wanted at the time, because that was what I always did when I danced. However, when I was eating the same way at college, I started to gain weight. Then I started to get cravings that would not go away until I had said item. Cheeseburgers, french fries, and everything else bad for me, were my staples.

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19 Nov

What Will Happen with Mark’s Daily Apple?

desktop tablet web designThis year, my team and I spent a significant amount of time revamping the website. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over there after you read today’s blog post. It’s streamlined, fresh, and easy to navigate. As we look ahead to 2016, we have another big website overhaul…this time of Mark’s Daily Apple.

Some of you may remember the original version of the site. It had a good run from 2006 to 2009, but boy does it look dated now:

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18 Nov

A Case Against Cardio, Part 27

marathon runner legs running on city streetI’m mostly joking with the title. Though, considering how much I’ve written on this topic since starting this blog way back in 2006, it’s probably not too far off. And it’s not just me. Endurance training has been getting the snot beaten out of it in recent years. A variety of media outlets, TED talks, other blogs, observational research and clinical trials have all sounded the alarm about the dangers of excessive chronic cardio.

A new string of studies has found evidence of higher arterial plaque levels in the most active endurance athletes. This is becoming a trend. While endurance athletes tend to have more of the calcified kind of plaque, which is more stable and theoretically less prone to dangerous ruptures than less-calcified plaque, it remains worrying. I’ve spoken in the past about the proclivity toward heart problems found in endurance athletes. I know many former peers with atherosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmias, and other heart troubles.

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17 Nov

Should You Reduce Your Iron Intake?

Beef steakIron has an unequivocally positive reputation among the general public. After all, pregnant women use it to construct tiny humans, tiny humans use it to become slightly larger, more functional humans, and our cells require it to grow. And in many developing countries, iron deficiency is a real issue. Too little iron can have disastrous effects on cognition, growth, and overall physical robustness. Even adult women who aren’t building tiny humans inside their wombs may run low on iron due to menstrual cycle blood loss. Ask the average person and you’ll hear “the more iron, the better.” Consequently, many countries mandate iron fortification of wheat flour; in the US, we fortify pretty much everything with the stuff because it’s just so, so good for us. Is it true, though?

Not necessarily.

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