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8 Jun

14 Ways to Help You Look Primal

14 Ways to Help You Look Primal FinalDo you look Primal?

I don’t refer to chiseled abs, prominent shoulder striations, and bulging calves that draw queries from failed actors. I’m not talking about loincloths, or fur togas, or wild unkempt hair and scraggly beards, or any of the other aesthetic choices paleo-reenactors make. In fact, this isn’t about your appearance at all; it’s about how you’re using your eyes to look at the world.

I mean: are you using your eyes in an evolutionarily-congruent fashion? Do you look Primal?

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7 Jun

Why the Kind of Body Fat You Carry Matters

Why the Kind of Body Fat You Carry Matters FinalAll fats are not created equal. We know this because we’re constantly correcting people who get it wrong. There are good fats and bad fats and really really bad fats and fats that are conditionally good or bad. Butter isn’t corn oil isn’t fish oil isn’t monounsaturated fat isn’t palmitoleic fat isn’t linoleic acid. Sometimes trans fat isn’t even trans fat. The same thing applies to the fat on your body. Depending on its location and composition, healthfulness isn’t distributed equally among adipose tissue. Some types of body fat are worse than others.

Fat is an endocrine organ. Like any other organ, it secretes hormones and other bioactive compounds that affect our physiology and determine our health.

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6 Jun

Dear Mark: Dried Sardines, Pullup Alternatives, and Blood Donation for Women

Dear Mark Dried Sardines FinalFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions from readers. First concerns an alternative form of a food I’ve always urged people to consume: small dried whole fish. Are the omega-3s still viable after the drying process? Next, pullups are a fantastic exercise that everyone with the ability should perform, but not everyone has access to a pullup bar. What other exercises can you do to approximate, if not altogether replace, the humble pullup? And finally, in previous posts I’ve mentioned the potential health benefits of regular blood donation for men. Does the same apply to women? After all, they already “donate” blood on a regular basis through menstruation. What about post-menopausal women?

Let’s go:

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5 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 403

Weekend Link LoveHeads up. For the month of June, the following digital books are on sale for only $3.99 on Amazon: Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and ToppingsPrimal Blueprint Quick and Easy MealsPaleo PrimerRich Food, Poor Food, and Primal Cravings.

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Research of the Week

Studies like this one are why I make Primal Master Formula and Primal Damage Control.

In orcas, culture drives genetic change.

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4 Jun

Primal Korean Bibimbap

PrimalBibimbap, a dish made up of white rice mixed with vegetables, meat, egg and a fermented condiment or two, is Korean comfort food. A quick Primal change (switching out white rice for cauliflower rice and modifying the beef marinade) turns Bibimbap into comfort food that’s also quite healthy.

The crowning glory of this flavorful one bowl meal is gochujang, a fermented paste made of chili peppers, soybeans, rice, and salt. The flavor is salty, slightly sweet and spicy. If you like your food spicy, there are infinite ways to use gochujang. Serve it with meat and vegetables, scrambled eggs, or stirred into soup and stews.

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