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23 Sep

10 Things You Shouldn’t Do If You’re Trying to Build Muscle

While it’s important to think positive and focus on all the things you should be doing to achieve your goals, it’s equally important that we focus on those things that interfere with our goals and remind ourselves to avoid doing them. Some call it the “not to do list,” which I like. Many of the behaviors on not-to-do lists are deal breakers, so it’s arguably more crucial that we identify and curtail those that apply to our lives. But that’s hard; these are behaviors we might already be doing. Heck, they might be bad habits we’ve developed, or biases we’ve internalized. And so before adopting good behaviors, we should clear out the bad ones. Otherwise, we’re just pissing in the wind.

What are some things you shouldn’t be doing if your ultimate goal is to build muscle?

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22 Sep

What You Need to Know About Foodborne Illness – Part 2: Kitchen Strategies

Last week’s post on foodborne illness might have set a few people’s teeth (or stomachs) on edge. For others, it might have brought up some unfortunate memories of weathering their own bouts of food poisoning. Regardless, reading much about these nasty little pathogens surely makes a person want to know how to steer clear of them. A few readers even noted the tension of “waiting a week” for the follow-up on how to actually help prevent the insidious effects of these common pathogens. Maybe reading about foodborne illness is like hearing that someone in the room has lice. Immediately, you start itching – or in this case, worrying about that last thing you ate.

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21 Sep

Dear Mark: Natural Energy Boosters, Designer Fruit, and How to Be Okay

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three of your question, dear readers. First, are there any caffeine-free ways to boost energy during a (really) long workday? Absolutely (but caffeine still might help). Second, what’s the deal with cotton candy grapes, a new designer fruit? Is it just junk food on the vine, or can designer fruits be a healthy part of a Primal eating plan? The last question comes from Shirley, a dedicated weight lifter and macronutrient-counter who’s tired of tracking and planning everything. She just wants to enjoy herself and be content with her body without all the calculation. How can she do it?

Let’s go:

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20 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 366

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

A novel form of resveratrol improved biomarkers in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Nighttime caffeine pushes back the circadian clock.

Yep, air particulates are bad for you.

Your skin biome helps fight skin infections.

One valuable aspect of maintaining close relationships? You all shoulder the burden of stress and trauma.

Low vitamin D levels are associated with greater cognitive degeneration in elderly people.

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19 Sep

Espresso-Rubbed Prime Rib Roast

08(2)This is a guest post from Autumn Smith, co-founder of PaleoValley.

Do you remember the time you had that amazing meal at your favorite local restaurant? Or, the time you splurged on a sumptuous steak at that 5 star restaurant? Well, you don’t have to break the bank or a sweat. Here’s a recipe you can try that will leave your guests raving.

As someone who has been creating recipes for the past 15 years, I had a slight adjustment transitioning into Paleo, but it was a truly enjoyable experience. I discovered how to take my favorite childhood dishes, and with a few “tweaks” I transformed them into mouth-watering 100% healthy recipes.

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