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19 Jan

Dear Mark: Your 21-Day Challenge Questions Answered

Torn brown paper with The Answer is... textAs promised, today’s edition of Dear Mark is all about the 21-Day Challenge. Last week, you asked me a ton of questions. Today, I’m trying to answer as many of them as I can.

We’ve got questions about posture, weight loss, dairy, probiotics, alcohol, and much more. Hopefully, you find today’s post useful.

I’ll answer some more next week, so stay tuned for that. Now let’s get to it!

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19 Jan

Contest: You Might Be Primal If…

PrimalKit(1)The Prize:

Elite Primal Prize Package from Caveman CoffeeCaveman 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 of the best nutrition products possible.

Caveman Coffee is not only a Single Origin/Single Estate Coffee, it is a Single Family Coffee. Their beans are grown, washed, dried, and roasted by one family. That’s right, a father and son team run the growing and drying in Colombia and the other two sons handle the small batch roasting.

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18 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 331

Weekend Link LovePortland and surrounding environs! The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar is coming your way on Thursday, January 29.

Research of the Week

Checking your email too frequently increases stress (and it doesn’t even really help us work any better).

Good long naps help babies (and, maybe, larger humans) solidify what they’ve just learned. “Those who sleep after learning learn well, those not sleeping don’t learn at all,” as one researcher put it.

When separated from their ringing phones, iPhone users experience increased blood pressure and heart rate, show symptoms of physiological stress, and perform worse on cognitive tasks.

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17 Jan

Paleo Pancakes Two Ways (Plus a Contest!)

banana-pancakes-klenkeHey, 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 I decided I was going to treat you all to two recipes!

Let me start by saying I love breakfast, and I have no shame in admitting that I’ve eaten breakfast food for every meal of my day on more than one occasion. My go-to favorite is eggs over medium paired with bacon and avocado—but sometimes it’s fun to be a little indulgent. Sometimes you just need pancakes.

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16 Jan

Challenging Conventional Thinking Left Me 100 Pounds Lighter and Medication-Free

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-1-2My family is from Scotland and, when I was just shy of four, we moved to St. Louis, which is still my home. I was an active kid who loved playing in the woods more than traditional sports, although I did play soccer for a few years. When I was 17, my father died of cancer of the esophagus at the age of 48. This triggered a depression that would follow me for years. I worked long hours—a night shift job I absolutely hated. I started packing on pounds and, before long, I was 215 lbs of fat. I’m just under 5’9”. At the time, I was in my early 20’s and single, so I tried a popular diet program back then—one where you join the program, meet with a counselor, and buy all of your meals. They asked what you wanted to weigh and would give you your money back if you kept the weight off for one year. I went from 215 lbs to 169 lbs in less than three months, eating only their food and bike riding. Some people thought I was ill. All I cared about were the numbers on the scale. I quit the program the day I reached my goal of 169 lbs and quickly started to gain my weight back with a vengeance. I got married a year later and by then was 205 lbs. Everyone said I looked fit and was very happy over all, but I wasn’t eating the program’s food anymore. I hadn’t learned any nutritional lessons, and I was back to my old ways.

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