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16 May

Dear Mark: Higher BMI and Mortality Risk, Calories When Meal-Skipping, HIIT After Fasting

Dear Mark- BMI FinalFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering a couple questions from you guys. First, there’s a new paper out claiming that the ideal BMI for overall mortality is an overweight one—27, to be exact. Is this really the case? Should we all pack on a few extra pounds to see us through into old age? Next, should you try to make up for all the “lost” calories when you eat in a compressed eating window? If you skip breakfast, should you try to eat more at lunch? And finally, how does one incorporate high intensity interval training on a low-carb diet that includes fasting?

Let’s go:

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15 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 400

Weekend Link Love

I recently dined with the guys at Power Supply. Check it out along with their recipe using PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo.

Speaking of mayo, how about a year’s worth in exchange for your Success Story?

Plus, a whole host of free Primal Kitchen products could be just one “like” away.

Research of the Week

Nitrate rich vegetables (beet juice, spinach smoothie, rocket salad) reduce blood pressure more than sodium nitrate. Obese women vigorously exercise for an hour a year. Obese men, 3.6 hours. Cause, effect, or both? Either way, it’s a sad state of affairs.

We’ve got a sixth sense that protects us during distracted driving, but not if we’re texting.

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14 May

Whole Roasted Green Curry Chicken in Coconut Milk

Primal

It’s easy to be intimidated by recipes for homemade Thai curry paste, what with the long list of sometimes hard-to-find ingredients and all. So this recipe keeps things as simple as possible, using a slightly modified list of ingredients that can be found in most grocery stores. Throw all the ingredients into a food processor, blend until smooth, and in a few minutes you’ve got yourself some homemade Thai green curry paste.

Bright, vibrant, and aromatic, homemade curry paste hits all the senses. Packed with flavor and made from superfoods like garlic, ginger and peppers, curry paste is a remarkable condiment.

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13 May

Reclaiming My Health—Mentally, Emotionally, Physically and Spiritually

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 physical health has been pretty good most of my life—I had surgery to attempt to correct strabismus (my eye muscles don’t work well together) twice when I was an infant. I’ve had very few injuries and illnesses, thankfully. My MDA miracle is much more oriented on the mental and spiritual health level.

I was always very squirmy and full of energy, and my restlessness surely got me into some trouble growing up. Even as an adult sitting still was incredibly uncomfortable until 2011, when I began the Primal lifestyle. I was tested and given therapy and medicated as a child to try and address my behavior and imbalance, and came to believe I would be medicated for the rest of my life. In truth, I was grateful for the changes the medication brought about once we found an effective combination and dosage, though the experimenting was difficult.

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12 May

How to Have a Civil Discussion About Divisive Issues

How to Have a Civil Discussion about Divisive Issues FinalI made the decision long ago to slash my media intake, and I’ve never looked back. It’s not that I abstain entirely. Since my chosen professional and family obligations meant I never had a ton of time for it to begin with, I simply became much more selective. In particular, I had no patience for the irate, drama-inducing screaming matches that had begun taking over the airwaves. For years now people have bemoaned the coarsening of public discourse (and with it, general behavior), and experts have been analyzing its cause. Jonathan Haidt in his book, The Righteous Mind, is a clear example. How did we come to a place of perpetual mouth foaming? While I won’t delve into that particular swamp, I will take up the flip side of that coin today, which has been on my mind lately (maybe on many people’s minds). What primal principles can help us remember how to have a civil discussion about divisive issues?

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