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20 Aug

Join Us Next Month at the 5th Annual PrimalCon Oxnard

primalcon oxnard graphic 320I love the late summer/early fall weather on the Southern California coast. The fog patterns of early summer have burned off for good, and while the inland valleys bake in the heat, the beach temperatures remain absolutely perfect. We enjoy sunny, temperate days and comfortably cool evenings.

Why these ramblings about the weather? Because we are approaching our fifth annual PrimalCon event in Oxnard, but with a fall date for the first time. It’s happening Sept 25th-28th at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort, Southern California’s best-kept secret (and most affordable) oceanfront resort. They recently completed a comprehensive renovation and beautification of the entire resort and it’s in fabulous shape for our group. With Southwest Airlines’ typically great fall deals from all over the USA, and the incredible PrimalCon discount room package at the resort, an excursion to PrimalCon has never been more attractive.

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19 Aug

Smart Fuel: Mushrooms

mushroomsNeither plant nor animal, the mushroom usually gets lumped in with the former but genetically it’s closer to the latter. In fact, mushrooms and people are members of the same biological superkingdom, Opisthokonta, which excludes plants; we shared a common ancestor with fungus about 600 million years ago. But while mushrooms are an odd genre of organism, that’s nothing compared to what lies beneath and supports them. The mushroom is just the fruiting body of the underground network of fungal threads known as the mycelium.

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18 Aug

Dear Mark: New Parent Issues, Corn, and Pain’s Purpose

newparentFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a three-parter. First, I draw on my experiences as a parent and observer of the new generation of Primal parents to tackle a big topic: how to maintain a Primal mindset as a new parent beset by all the crazy, often unreasonable demands of modern parenting. It’s not as bad or as hard as you think. Next, I discuss whether or not corn tortillas are really an issue for someone who enjoys eating them for her 80/20. Are they as problematic as other grain-based foods? Finally, I explore the purpose of pain.

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17 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 309

weekend link love2Episode #32 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live, and I’m answering reader questions about statins, CoQ10 depletion, the nature of hunger, and much more. If you have any ideas for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

Research of the Week

Most French wines contain plasticizers.

When it comes to polyunsaturated fats, the animal-based ones – DHA, EPA, and AA – are far more oxidatively stable than the plant-based ALA and linoleic acid.

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16 Aug

Primal Egg McMuffin

BreakfastSandwichSome mornings, nothing hits the spot like a breakfast sandwich. Skip the fast food drive-through and doughy English muffin and instead make yourself this wholesome protein-packed Primal Egg McMuffin.

Eggs, with no other ingredients added, can easily be made into “English muffins” by using a biscuit cutter as a mold. Add a basic burger (seasoned like breakfast sausage, if you like) and a strip of bacon and breakfast is served.

A pound (450 g) of ground meat and a dozen eggs will make 6 sandwiches. If you’re making just one or two breakfast sandwiches, plan to use about 2.5 ounces (70 g) of ground meat, 2 eggs and 1 strip of cooked bacon for each sandwich. However, the sandwiches keep fairly well in the fridge for a few days so don’t hesitate to make a bigger batch for grab-and-go eating in the morning.

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