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11 Aug

Why I Paddle Board (and Why You Should Try It)

paddleboarding3If you’ve been keeping up with Mark’s Daily Apple, you know that standup paddling is a longtime favorite pastime of mine. And though I was into it before it was “cool,” I’m certainly not the first. Fishermen have been paddling their water vessels from a standing position for thousands of years and pre-contact Hawaiian surfers employed long paddles to reach the best waves on their 3-5 meter-long boards. In the mid-20th century, Oahu surf instructors would lead classes atop longboards with paddles, but it wasn’t until Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama started standup paddling (and being filmed doing it) that the sport gained broad “sport” status and board makers began producing dedicated SUP boards.

So, a lot of people have asked: why do I love paddle boarding so much?

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10 Aug

Dear Mark: The Latest Forbes Organic Column, Low Sodium Senior Napping, and Weston A. Price

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions from readers. First up, a Forbes columnist recently penned an anti-organic agriculture screed. In it, he makes the oft-repeated claim that organic is just a scam and really no different from conventional produce. Is he saying anything new — or useful? Should we avoid the often higher price tag of organic produce? The second comes from Susan, a healthy and active 70 year-old without any complaints — except that a midday nap is starting to sound more and more attractive every day. Could her low salt intake be the cause of her midday fatigue? Maybe. Next, what’s my take on Weston A. Price? How do his nutritional guidelines jibe with the Primal Blueprint?

Let’s go:

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9 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 360

Weekend Link Love

Get your free jar of Primal Kitchen™ Mayo through August 12. Learn how here.

Research of the Week

Spicy food consumption is linked to longevity.

Are elevated serum levels of two fats associated with health benefits markers of dairy fat consumption or fat burning (PDF)?

Those shoe store employees who watch you walk and then recommend “the right shoe” are probably full of it.

Dogs have special brain areas dedicated to processing faces.

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8 Aug

Resistant Starch Potato Salad

DSC_0027This is a guest recipe from Caitlin Weeks, a holistic nutritionist, author and creator of the wellness hub

This recipe combines the benefits of resistant starch and the deliciousness of a classic potato salad. You’ll love this (easy) Primal upgrade to a barbecue favorite!

Servings: 4 to 6

Prep time: 20 minutes plus 8 hours inactive

Cook time: 30 minutes


  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 8 medium potatoes
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen™ Mayo or homemade
  • 2 tablespoons mustard (gluten free)
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 4 boiled eggs

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7 Aug

50 Pounds Lighter and in the Best Shape of My Life!

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-1-2I wanted to write this because of how motivating and uplifting the Friday success stories have been for me over the past year-and-a-half! I come to you a new man – 50+ lbs lighter and in the best shape of my life, free from the debilitating back pain and restless sleep caused by years of the standard American diet (SAD) and neglected physical fitness. More importantly, I am now able to carry my six year-old daughter long distances in a variety of orientations: on my back, in one arm, on my shoulders, upside down by her ankles, etc…

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