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15 Dec

Dear Mark: Carbs at Night, Banana Breakfast, and Raw Milk Death

BananaFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’ve got three questions from readers. First is an interesting one from Brandon, who’s concerned about the nighttime consumption of carbohydrates spiking insulin enough to interfere with the growth hormone release that occurs during slow wave sleep. Should we be worried? Next, what’s the deal with bananas? A reader wonders whether his three-years-strong morning banana habit is introducing too much sugar into his system. I answer and explore the health effects of banana consumption in general. And finally, what are we to make of the recent death of a Melbourne toddler who drank bad raw milk?

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14 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 326

Weekend Link LoveChef Rachel Albert, Healthy Cooking Coach and dear personal friend, has been battling stage IV metastatic breast cancer for three years. She has one small spot left to clear up, but her treatment has hit her pretty hard financially and she’s asking for your help. If you can spare anything, it would mean a lot to her and to me.

Dropped by the Dr. Oz show recently to represent for the paleo movement. The episode aired last Friday, a preview of which can be viewed here. Let me know what you think in the comment board.

In case you missed the big announcement, Primal Mayo is coming soon! Check out the announcement post and be sure to enter to win a jar from the very first batch.

Ever wonder what you’re made of? Starting tomorrow and going through Friday the 19th, Ben Greenfield is putting on REV Yourself, a free online conference where Ben and 25 health and performance experts (including yours truly) help you discover and realize your ultimate performance potential. Everything goes live tomorrow, so sign up today!

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13 Dec

Braised Duck and Kabocha Squash

Braised Duck2Especially on a cold winter evening, a house filled with the deliciously gamey and sweet aroma of duck braised with kabocha squash is incredibly comforting. The duck legs are both tender and crisp and the squash is downright decadent, with a velvety, melt-in-your-mouth texture and a hint of exotic spice from star anise.

This flavorful and luxurious-tasting dish makes a strong case for always cooking root vegetables in duck fat. Heck, it makes a strong case for cooking everything in duck fat. Luckily, you’ll have some leftover to store in the refrigerator for future recipes. Use duck fat to saute anything, rub down chicken before cooking, or roast vegetables. It adds a subtle meaty flavor to food, can be used for high-heat cooking and makes both roasted poultry skin and vegetables extra crispy.

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12 Dec

Health Coaches Find Success with the Primal Blueprint Certification Program

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-1-2Greetings readers, certainly you’ve heard about the great reception and momentum created with the launch of the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification back in late August. We have nearly 500 students in our program now, and over 100 have already graduated and attained their Primal Blueprint Certified Expert status. I started this program as a way to offer a deeper experience to the Primal enthusiast who craved more, or perhaps wanted to enhance his or her professional standing with more education. It’s gratifying to notice that we indeed have a hard-core subsection within the Primal/paleo/ancestral health community that wants to truly “own” the principles, the philosophy, and the practical elements of day-to-day Primal living.

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11 Dec

What’s Behind the Mind-Body Connection?

BrainWe’ve probably all known it – or at least seen it. That bout of flu (or other “everyday” illness) with every imaginable and miserable symptom that seemingly comes out of nowhere and won’t release its grip for anything. It took root despite good eating and reasonable exercise, and it won’t seem to respond to any amount of care or remedy (conventional or complementary). Maybe you get a slight reprieve – a few days of hope when it seems to lift, but then you’re plunged mercilessly back into another ring of flu-ish hell. You feel like you’ll never know health or a decent night’s sleep again.

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