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15 Jul

Next Level Primal: I Killed a Chicken and Ate It

chickens31This is a guest post from Bethany McDaniel of Primal Pastures. Learn more about Bethany and Primal Pastures at the end of this article. Enter Bethany…

I still remember the first time I killed a chicken. I had watched it happen hundreds of times (my family runs a small pastured livestock farm in So-Cal called Primal Pastures). I’d even helped out with all of the other steps involved in chicken processing (scalding, plucking, eviscerating, and packaging), but I couldn’t quite bring myself to take a knife to a chicken’s throat and end its life.

But why?

I had no problem eating chickens that someone else killed. I’m not terribly freaked out by blood. And I had already gone through the gutting process more times than I could count (which is way gross-er than killing).

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14 Jul

Dear Mark: Sun Exposure and Eyesight; Vasectomies

eyeFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a quick two-parter. First, I discuss the pros and cons of ocular sunlight exposure in children (and adults). Should kids leave the house with a pair of wraparound goggles every single time, or are their prepubescent eyes safe without them? If too much sun exposure is bad, is none the best? Then, we cover the pros and cons of getting a vasectomy. Are there real health risks, like increased chances of cancer and/or heart disease? Will you lose functionality down there and experience a drop in testosterone?

Let’s go:

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13 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 304

weekend link love2Paleo Girl author Leslie Klenke has a big giveaway going on, wherein you have a chance to win copies of Paleo Girl, Primal Fuel, gift certificates to PrimalBlueprint.com and a few other prize items. It ends on July 17. Check it out.

Research of the Week

Just a square or two of 75% dark chocolate a day was enough to improve vascular function in healthy individuals.

Almonds improve endurance exercise performance.

To animals with faster metabolisms, time appears to pass more slowly. Maybe that’s why my dog was really pushing to see the high-frame rate version of The Hobbit.

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12 Jul

Baked Eggs with Creamy Spinach

BakedEggGet a head start on your daily intake of nutrient dense leafy greens by eating a serving first thing in the morning. Maybe salad isn’t exactly what you want to pair with your morning cup of coffee, but an omelet or frittata stuffed with greens is. Or, try a new recipe like baked eggs with creamy spinach.

Besides the fact that it’s loaded with spinach and is an easy one-pan meal, another great thing about baked eggs with creamy spinach is that it tastes really good when made with frozen spinach. It’s not a bad idea to always keep a bag of frozen spinach in your freezer, and not just so you can make this recipe regularly. Also, because freezing food preserves the nutrient content, so frozen spinach is often more nutritious than the “fresh” spinach on grocery stores shelves.

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11 Jul

What a Difference 110 Pounds Makes

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 2All of my life I’ve been a social creature. I could adapt to almost any environment that I was placed in. I joined the US Navy at age 27, and went to language school in Monterey, California, nearly a decade older than most of my peers. But, I adapted, developed an amazing group of friends, and learned a foreign language.

I was stationed in Seoul, South Korea, and even there I was able to find a niche and thrive. Granted, I was with the military (where there is always a sense of community) but it was not within that community that I found my footing. It was with a group of ex-pats who all played soccer. We were a family, albeit dysfunctional, and we always had each other’s backs.

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