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10 Dec

The Quest for a Healthy Primal Mayonnaise (plus a Limited-Time Sweepstakes)

paleo mayoIn a few short months, my team and I will be unveiling a new product that I’m confident you’ll be very interested in consuming. No, it’s not a book. It’s not an ebook, either, nor is it a new certification program or supplement. It’s something you eat – something you literally consume with your mouth. It’s a food product for which people have been clamoring and combing the grocery aisles, both brick and mortar and virtual, in vain. It’s mayo.

We’ll be releasing a Primal mayonnaise using avocado oil as the base.

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9 Dec

9 Worthy Alternatives to the Back Squat

barbell lungesAs great as back squats are for strength, general fitness, and body composition, sometimes they just don’t work for a person. Maybe they cause knee, shoulder, or wrist pain. Maybe someone’s body proportions aren’t conducive to proper back squatting. Maybe their legs are too long to achieve good depth without compromising position. While there are dozens of articles imploring you to mobilize this or that joint and work out the kinks in this or that muscle so that the back squat will work, and those can be very informative and helpful, some people just don’t want to back squat. For whatever reason, it doesn’t work for them.

So – are these people doomed to perpetual chicken legs? Should they turn in their gym card forever and resign themselves to a life of sedentary existence?

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8 Dec

Dear Mark: Unraveling a Stress Ball, Fiber for Plant-Hating Tot, Offal with Grains, and Exercising with a Cold

patesFor today’s Dear Mark, we’ve got a four-parter. First up is one from a woman in her mid-30s trying to recover from a three-year bout of chronic stress — and all the metabolic fallout that entails. Are there any supplements to help with her situation? Second, what do you feed a picky kid who hates vegetables, hates fruit with peels, and needs more prebiotic fiber? I give a quick list of ideas for getting things moving again. Third, are traditional foods like haggis and liver pâté worth eating if they contain non-Primal ingredients you’d usually avoid? Are the nutrients found in offal really that important? And finally, I help a reader figure out whether she should be exercising while sick.

Let’s go:

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7 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 325

weekend link love2Tuesday’s the last day to get in on the chance to win $500 worth of Primal foods from Thrive Market. Enter to win here!

The introductory price for the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification expires on Dec. 15. If you’ve been thinking about furthering your Primal knowledge and becoming certified I’d encourage you to do it today and save $200 off the final retail price.

Heads up for Portland, OR area readers. Brad Kearns is coming to town to deliver the Primal Transformation Seminar on Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015 at VC CrossFit. Get your tickets now!

Fans of Katy Bowman (and heck, people who have no idea who she is but enjoy walking and moving well): this month, Katy is posting daily tidbits about improving your walking, posture, and biomechanics. These are tips you can incorporate throughout the day and they only take a few minutes to read, so check out her 24-Day Walking Advent Calendar.

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6 Dec

Dark Chocolate and Citrus Macadamia Balls

Mac Choc Citrus BallsIf you’re someone who can’t resist licking cookie dough from the beaters (maybe, you even like cookie dough better than cookies) then here’s a discovery you should know about: macadamia nuts, when blended until smooth but not quite all the way into macadamia butter, taste deliciously close to cookie dough.

Macadamia “dough” has a soft, gooey texture and naturally sweet, buttery flavor that’s the perfect base for raw desserts. It can be rolled and shaped and then flavored with anything that satisfies your sweet tooth. In this recipe, orange zest and dark chocolate are a festive combination, appropriate for the holidays or any time of year.

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