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1 Apr

25 Ways to Improve Your Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin does a lot of important things for us. It pulls glucose from the blood and fritters it away into our cells to be burned for energy or stored as glycogen. It prevents hyperglycemic toxicity to neurons, pancreatic cells, the arterial walls and the generation of excessive levels of reactive oxygen species. It even promotes muscle […]

19 Mar

Are We Thwarting Our Children’s Instinct to Explore?

Needless to say, the topic made for fun water cooler talk this week…. We somehow never tired of sharing our exploits from those years – many exploits our parents to this day don’t know about. (Maybe we never want to give up owning those secrets.) They involved most of us running outside the second breakfast […]

18 Mar

The Definitive Guide to Nuts

Of all Primal-approved food categories, none is more bedeviling to even seasoned followers of the lifestyle than nuts. The questions never end. What is a nut? When you’ve got all these nut-like gymnosperms, drupes, and legumes masquerading as nuts, what even qualifies as an actual nut? Does it even matter? Or phytic acid. Is it or […]

12 Mar

How We Die: End of Life Planning

Last week’s post on the fear of death got quite a discussion going, and I appreciated the perspectives that folks shared on the subject. One interesting issue that people raised involved the circumstances of dying itself – specifically dying within a traditional medical setting where interventions and technology to prolong life abound. It reminds me […]

9 Mar

Dear Mark: French Press Coffee, Mid-Oleic Sunflower Oil, Peanuts, and a Keto Success Story

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions and sharing a quick, but awesome story from a reader. First, are French press, Turkish, and other unfiltered boiled coffee preparations unhealthy due to the presence of coffee oils in the finished product? They may raise LDL, which gets the conventional health experts hot and […]

25 Feb

Is Your Workout Worth the Risk?

Almost everyone I know has a chronic injury of some sort. Maybe it’s a lower back that needs extra warming up before a long day, a knee that gets stiff on cold nights, or a tweaked shoulder that prevents good overhead positioning. They’re usually not crippling, debilitating, or otherwise serious infirmities, but they are injuries […]

23 Feb

Dear Mark: Kid Skipping Breakfast, Rinsing Meat, Glutamate, and the Snooze Button

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering four reader questions. First we have a question about an inadvertently fasting 11 year-old girl whose mom is concerned. Should she force the issue and convince her to eat breakfast, or let her do her thing? Second, what’s the real story behind rinsing raw meat? Does it […]

19 Feb

6 Foreign Health Concepts from Around the Globe

Maybe it was running across the word Kummerspeck (literally translated from German as “grief bacon,” meaning weight put on through emotional eating). A strange term if there ever was one… The fact is, I’ve always been fascinated by how languages can reflect particular feelings or phenomena most of us would never think to put a […]

15 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 335

PrimalCon Oxnard 2015 is gearing up to be a fantastic extended weekend of Primal play, learning, delicious food, and community. Grab your tickets soon! Research of the Week Exercise-induced hyponatremia isn’t caused by a deficiency of sodium-rich sports drinks, but by overhydration. Drink when thirsty, folks. Plant-rich Paleo-type meals dramatically increase satiety. Oranges contain far […]

26 Jan

Dear Mark: More of Your 21-Day Challenge Questions Answered

Today, I’m doing another batch of 21-Day Challenge questions pulled from the ones you asked me two weeks ago. I managed to make it onto the third page of comments. I’d hoped to get through all of them, but with over 200 questions asked, the task proved insurmountable! Since they were by and large really […]

19 Jan

Contest: You Might Be Primal If…

The Prize: Elite Primal Prize Package from Caveman Coffee – Caveman Coffee Co. was founded by former MMA Fighter, stuntman, and frequent Joe Rogan Podcast guest Tait Fletcher, along with former UFC fighter Keith Jardine, and Lacie Mackey. My Buddy Robb Wolf also serves on their Board of Directors as an adviser to sourcing some […]

17 Jan

Paleo Pancakes Two Ways (Plus a Contest!)

Hey, primal pals. Leslie Klenke here! You may know me from Primal Blueprint Publishing’s 2014 release Paleo Girl, my MDA Success Story, the Primal Blueprint Certified Expert Directory, or maybe you took one of my workshops at last year’s PrimalCon. I was so excited when Mark asked me to write a guest post today that […]

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4 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 329

There are only 3 days left to enter to win a free jar of Primal Kitchen™ Mayo! You can enter as many times as you like until the sweepstakes comes to a close. Learn more about Primal mayo and enter at the bottom of this blog post. Are you trying to lose weight? Check out […]

3 Jan

Pork Belly and Kimchi Soup

A steaming bowl of pork belly and kimchi soup is like sipping a restorative tonic. It warms you right the core, filling your belly with a good dose of healthy bacteria in a surprisingly delicious way. It’s likely you already know that fermented foods such as kimchi add helpful probiotics to your gut. If you […]

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28 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 328

There are only 10 days left to enter to win a free jar of Primal Kitchen™ Mayo! You can enter as many times as you like until the sweepstakes comes to a close. Learn more about Primal mayo and enter at the bottom of this blog post. Research of the Week In a middle-aged Japanese population, […]

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