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24 Sep

This $1000 Primal Shopping Spree Could Be Yours

thrive1000_300x240Today’s the day for another primal giveaway! Over the last year I’ve teamed up with Thrive Market to give Mark’s Daily Apple readers (you!) free jars of coconut oil, free jars of Primal Kitchen™ Mayo, exclusive eBooks, and even a $500 primal shopping spree. Not to mention dozens of free memberships. But now we’re taking things to the next level. Today, Thrive Market is offering Mark’s Daily Apple readers a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree.

As you know, I’m a big fan of Thrive myself—to the point where I became an investor. I believe in their social mission, and I’ve been reaping savings from the deep discounts they offer on wholesome paleo/primal foods. The discounts come from the power of a membership community—just like Costco, Netflix and NPR. For less than $5 a month ($59.95 annually), members get products at wholesale prices, without store overheads to drive up costs. That membership fee also sponsors a free membership for a family in need. Plus, they ship your order directly to your front door, and shipping is free on orders over $49.

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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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