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19 Aug

7 Childhood Activities that Can Make You Healthier and Happier

Both my kids are grown now, but I still enjoy thinking back on the days when they were little. I can still see them covered in sand while digging on the beach, waiting enthusiastically for the next wave to knock them over, lost in whatever games their eager minds had come up with that day. While they definitely had their share of irritable days (mostly when tired or hungry), most of the time they were pure exuberance and unbridled energy – alternating between a wide-lens, darting awe of what was around them and a laser focus on whatever new treasure they had fixated on.

Likewise, they hadn’t yet absorbed conventional answers or expectations. Other than a few basic rules Carrie and I prioritized, they moved through their days with pure instinct. They let us know what they wanted (e.g. hugs, food) and were likely in much better touch with their needs than we were with our own as tired, busy parents.

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18 Aug

Seize the Day: Win a Primal Scholarship

If you follow Mark’s Daily Apple even semi-regularly, you’ve definitely heard me use the adage, “Invest in yourself.” Why do I use it so much? For starters, it applies to a massive variety of topics that we cover here at Mark’s Daily Apple. Whether it’s losing weight, gaining lean muscle mass, making more time for play, finding your path, or creating a benefit to others, it all starts with putting the work in where you have the most control: you. So I have a big announcement and opportunity to talk about. Just follow along with me for a bit.

Big accomplishments don’t come into the world through sheer luck and happenstance. There are well-trained, well-adapted and, maybe most importantly, well-learned individuals out there who put in the time and effort it takes to start something great. And those individuals don’t just pop out of the womb with all the skills and resources it takes to make greatness happen.

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17 Aug

Dear Mark: Low-Fat Versus Low-Carb Study and Plain Ol’ Olive Oil

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions from readers. First, I field one of the dozens of emails I received concerning the latest low-carb versus low-fat study making the media rounds. The reports have ranged from declarations of low-carb dieting’s imminent death to more reasonable discussions of the actual paper. The Time article actually keeps things closer to the latter, which was nice. For the final question, I discuss the merits of regular old olive oil. Is extra virgin olive oil the only one worth entertaining?

Let’s go:

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16 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 361

Weekend Link Love

There’s a new Primal iPhone app called PrimalBeat HRV. Learn all about it here.

Research of the Week

Low-volume sprint training improves 5k time.

“Furthermore, despite requiring lower loads, the front squat may provide a similar training stimulus to the back squat.”

In people with type 2 diabetes, a paleolithic diet is better at improving lipids and glucose control than the standard “healthy” diet.

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15 Aug

Chicken Livers with Mushrooms and Herbs

Chicken Livers 1Chicken livers are not, perhaps, the first thing your eyes are drawn to in the butcher’s case. Most people don’t salivate over a slippery mound of raw livers like they do over a thick steak. However, chicken livers are a primal food that you should be eating more of. They’re high in folate, zinc, vitamin A and copper. They’re also really affordable. This recipe, combining chicken livers with lots of fresh herbs and exotic mushrooms, turns a typically homely plate of livers into a rather stunning appetizer or main course.

What you get from this recipe is lot of umami flavor. When you’re buying dried mushrooms, look for a mix of different types like porcini, chanterelle, oyster, lion’s mane, or anything else you can find. Even throw in some morels if you want to splurge. You’ll notice the mild, creamy chicken livers in the dish, but really, mushrooms are the star of the show here.

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