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26 May

Dear Mark: Primal Blueprint for Both Men and Women?

In last week’s guest post on muscle building, reader Charlotte raised the issue of gender differences in exercise benefits. Are men and women the same when it comes to the effects of cardiovascular exercise? What about the most effective ways to burn fat? These were just a few questions that got the comment board going […]

16 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 322

Research of the Week In Taekwondo athletes, a ketogenic diet improved physical performance (PDF). Using a foam roller reduces arterial stiffness and improves endothelial function. Playing action video games may improve general learning capacity, not just game-specific learning performance. Ginger is probably effective for patients with osteoarthritis. New Primal Blueprint Podcasts Episode 42: Ask the Primal Doctor – […]

5 Nov

The 10 Rules of Successful Exercise

Regular physical activity is important, and everyone pretty much agrees, but life gets in the way. Most of us end up trying to fit exercise in around a busy schedule rich in sedentary behaviors. We’re sitting all the time. We’re spending countless hours at jobs we may not necessarily love. Responsibilities pile up and time slips away before […]

31 Oct

A Journey Just Begun: How I Lost 60 Pounds in 6 Months and Became a Man on a Mission

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 […]

26 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 319

We’ve got a cool new tool on Mark’s Daily Apple that you might find handy. Check it out. Death By Food Pyramid, Denise Minger’s exposé of the shady science of nutrition in this country, is now available in audiobook format on Amazon and Audible. I had a great chat with Tom Woods on the Tom […]

17 Oct

Finding My New Normal

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 […]

6 Oct

Dear Mark: CrossFit and Carbs; How to Lose Weight as a Teen

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got two questions. First, I handle one from Heidi, a full-time CrossFitter with low body fat, a love for carbs, and a desire to burn more fat than sugar. Find out whether her love of CrossFit is compatible with her desire to stick to a low carb Primal way […]

5 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 316

We keep getting registrations and questions about the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification. Thanks for the interest. It seems like lots of people – understandably – want to know exactly what is in the coursework before they take the plunge. If that’s you, be sure to check out last week’s podcast. It’s two and a half hours […]

21 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 314

For everyone that’s been inquiring, this year’s annual 21-Day Challenge is postponed to January 1. Check back in 2015 to take part in the next challenge. I’ve got some fun stuff planned. Check out the trailer for a great new movie – Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat. It comes out October 1 and features […]

28 Aug

Why We Eat: Cravings

Last week I picked up the theme of hunger with an intention to visit all the angles of the instinct – the physiology behind it first – but also the outer reaches of hunger’s emotional and social sway. The fact is, I can’t think of an instinct (other than sex) that influences our evolution more […]

31 Jul

The Case for Structure (and 6 Tactics That Can Come in Handy)

One of the things I love most about the Primal Blueprint is its malleability. It’s not a hard-nosed agenda or nauseating treatise of commandments. It’s a loose set of suggestions that together take a general and dynamic shape a person can then apply in whatever way works for his or her life. The fact is, […]

24 Jul

Yearning for the Wild

A friend called this week after returning from a two week trip to the North Woods. An IT person who works in a large metropolitan city, he was grateful for the off-the-grid escape. “You forget how much the noise and traffic and technology and busyness get to you until you take a real break totally […]

30 Jun

Dear Mark: Red Meat and Breast Cancer, Net Carbs, and Solutions for Excess, Unavoidable Sun

For today’s Dear Mark, we’ve got a three-parter. First up, I discuss the latest study claiming that red meat will kill us all. Or maybe it’ll be killing roughly half of us all, seeing as how this paper concerns red meat and women’s breast cancer risk. Next, I give my position on the “net carbs” […]

29 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 302

Episode #25 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. Host Brad Kearns and I talk to Dr. Ron Sinha (author of The South Asian Health Solution) about his battle to change the position of the mainstream medical community on dietary fat and cholesterol and help them realize the roles of stress, inactivity, and high […]

26 Jun

Believe It or Not, the Human Body Is Remarkably Resilient

Sometimes in the midst of fine-tuning our health – learning this fact, experimenting with that change – we can get caught up in the drama of nuance. Trust me, I’m all for improving my personal outcome. I’m grateful to be at the point of having all the fundamentals of good health more or less down. […]

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