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19 Aug

Primal Not Only Transformed My Body, but My Passion for Life

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-1-2It all started with a shopping cart full of Marie Callender’s frozen meals, lean pockets, and cereal boxes. I had decided that I wanted to stop being fat. As an elementary schooler, this meant that I would ask my mom what this would require and follow her advice. “Don’t eat anything with over 1/3 of the calories being supplied by fat. Here’s how to do the math…” Who doesn’t love the taste of processed carbs and sugar? These low-fat shenanigans (eeeeeevil shenanigans) transitioned into the “cereal for every meal” diet, during which my uncle presented me with a dozen or two of generic cereal boxes. I loved eating it and it was what I was told would lower my body fat. As I was often the fattest body in the room during school or other gatherings, I followed any advice I received wholeheartedly. The only time I was safe from being the heaviest set soul in the building, was when I was fortunate enough for my little brother or the half dozen more obese kids in my school to steal people’s attention with their own chubbiness.

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18 Aug

Why Grok Didn’t Have Work-Life Balance and Neither Will You

Work Life Balance Final 2.0Research published last year revealed that one-quarter of American workers feel it’s increasingly harder to maintain a work-life balance. Among global respondents, that number rose to one-third. According to the survey, parents are among those who struggle the most. Among the difficulties cited by participants, “finding time for me,” “getting enough sleep,” and “managing personal and professional life” were the most commonly mentioned challenges. Even those who manage to leave on time from work may then face an increasing overlap between work and home life, with another survey finding that 20% of participants worked more than 20 hours from home in addition to regular office hours. For all our social and technological advancements, it seems we’re increasingly stuck in an unfortunate cul-de-sac of our own making. Shouldn’t we be beyond this by now? How is it that we can’t seem to innovate, design, reason or hack our way into a better collective work-life balance?

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17 Aug

8 Confidence Building Exercises for Primal Success

Confidence 2 finalWhen it comes to going Primal, there’s lots to enjoy. But on the way to success, it’s inevitable we’ll hit some dips in the road. Life intervenes, challenging our newly minted Primal routines. At some point or another, we’re bound to reach a confounding impasse and lose our mojo. When it happens, we’re presented with two choices: take it as an intractable character flaw (not recommended) or take it in stride, recognizing the inherent need for a reboot. Many readers write in for a pick-me-up, a pat on the back and some reassuring words of support to keep them going (keep those coming, since I learn from every person’s experience). So how can we find a confidence foothold to keep climbing on these days? Or, to put it a different way, how can we mentally fortify ourselves when we’re feeling our weakest?

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16 Aug

Primal Kitchen Restaurants Update—Continued Expansion!

webinarMany of us who follow a Primal lifestyle do so from a central motivation: to live the best life possible. That means eating and living in ways that amplify enjoyment and minimize work, pain, sacrifice, and suffering.  When it comes to food, that translates into convenience, great taste, and using only the highest quality, nutritious ingredients possible. With some practice and prep, anyone can get the rudiments of good taste and nutrition dialed in. Heck, we have an entire recipes section on this blog dedicated to the pursuit. But sometimes, it’s just easier to have someone else do the work for us. Sometimes, we want someone else to dice those veggies, sear that grass-fed beef, marinate those veggies, and serve it to us in a way that makes our mouths water and eyes bulge in aesthetic appreciation. And sometimes, we just don’t want to do the dishes.

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15 Aug

Are You Suffering from Thyroid Dysfunction? Here’s How a Primal Lifestyle Can Help

Thyroid 2.0Today’s guest post is written by Elle Russ, host of The Primal Blueprint Podcast and author of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest upcoming title, The Paleo Thyroid Solution, which is available on To learn more about Elle, you can visit her websiteElleRuss.comElle is not a medical doctor. Her story and advice below are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure thyroid issues, but instead to serve as a point of discussion between you and your doctor.

Chances are, you or someone you know has suffered from some kind of thyroid dysfunction.

There is a big discrepancy among experts’ estimates of how many thyroid patients exist in the United States. But the common assessment seems to be about 20 million Americans, while some groups estimate 27 million—with 13 million of them undiagnosed. Roughly 200 million people worldwide have some form of thyroid disease, and 60% of those with thyroid disease are undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.

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