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7 Jul

Dear Mark: 1000 Calories a Day, No Appetite After Exercise, and How to Not Lose Weight

smallmeal 1For today’s Dear Mark, I’m taking three questions. First, I comment on Mick Dodge’s (the barefoot forest-living guy with the beard on the NatGeo show) claim that humans can thrive on 1000 calories a day. Is it true? Next, I discuss whether or not people need to worry about a distinct lack of appetite following exercise. Should they listen to their bodies or force down some food? And finally, how should a person who doesn’t want to lose weight go about a Primal way of eating?

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6 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 303

weekend link love2Episode #26 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live, and we’re talking to Dr. Cate Shanahan. As a practicing family physician who moonlights as a metabolic consultant to elite athletes like Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers, Dr. Shanahan has extensive experience working with people from all walks of life with every manner of metabolic dysfunction. She’s seen it all, and now she’s ready to see you – remotely. To learn more about what she’s offering with the new metabolic consulting service, The Primal Advantage, give it a listen. If you have any ideas or questions for future podcasts, please let us know by using the blue “Submit a Question” button in the sidebar!

Research of the Week

Tibetans picked up the ability to efficiently use oxygen at high altitudes by reproducing with a now-extinct line of ancient humans, the Denisovans.

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5 Jul

Flank Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

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Sweet and spicy. Filling and refreshing. Veggies and meat. This flank steak and mango slaw with scallion oil has it all. While there’s a lot to like about grilled flank steak tossed with crispy cabbage, sweet mango and fresh herbs, it’s the scallion garlic oil that turned out to be the real star of the meal. It gives meat and veggies a spicy kick and addictive garlic flavor you won’t soon forget. It’s a condiment you can pour over all sorts of different salads, as well as seafood, pork and chicken.

Mango adds a sweet flavor to this slaw that nicely complements the spicy dressing and grilled steak, and in this small quantity is worthy of being a sensible vice but… mango is optional if you’re avoiding fruit with a higher glycemic index. A red bell pepper can add color and a little sweetness instead, if you prefer.

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4 Jul

Boy Meets Sisson, Overcomes “Reverse Dysmorphia”

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 2Hello… my name is Matt and I am a recovering “reverse dysmorphic,” and I have been in recovery since 2011. “Body Dysmorphia” is basically defined as the inability to see a realistic body image of one-self. Some dysmorphics see themselves as fat, no matter how thin they get. I do not have this problem; I have “reverse dysmorphia,” in that no matter how large I get, I always think I look goooood.

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3 Jul

An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth…?

preventionIt’s official: 1 out of every 2 Americans has a chronic health condition. Additionally, twenty-five percent have more than one chronic condition. In a new series initiated by the Centers for Disease Control (the first paper recently published in The Lancet), researchers note that chronic diseases have, in fact, overtaken the human health scene, with noncommunicable conditions causing two-thirds of global deaths. In the U.S., we likewise see the impact in terms of mortality but also in terms of personal disability as well as health care expenditures. Previous reports from the CDC claim a staggering 84% of health care costs go toward treatment of chronic conditions. Is there a way off of this sick merry-go-round? How about the old adage about prevention being worth a pound of cure? For all its seeming practicality, is the prevention mindset – and protocol – the best answer, let alone the panacea?

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