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8 Aug

Dear Mark: When Walking Is No Longer Enough; Fermented Foods and Depression

Walking FinalFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions. First up, what happens when a brisk walk isn’t enough to attain the optimal fat-burning heart rate zone? It’s a good problem to have—better fitness—but it still needs a response. What activities can a person do to slightly increase the intensity without going over the target heart rate? And second, are fermented foods a potential cause of depression? If they have any effect on serotonin, could this cause problems rather than improvements?

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7 Aug

Weekend Link Love – Edition 412

Weekend Link LoveJust a quick shout out to let you know that for the month of August, you can grab a digital copy of the following books for only $3.99 on Amazon: Death By Food PyramidFruit Belly, and The Primal Prescription.

You may not have a health coach, but you can still benefit from these 5 lessons.

Research of the Week

To counter all that sitting, you might need to train for an hour a day.

Resistant starch pancakes eaten with whey protein increase satiety and fat oxidation.

Early introduction of egg white and peanut to breastfed babies reduces their allergenicity.

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6 Aug

Homemade Beef Hot Dogs

Hot_Dogs[1]Hot dogs have always had a reputation for being mystery meat. But this unsavory fact, plus a lot of other undesirable ingredients, still aren’t enough to keep hot dogs from being loved by kids, and kids at heart. While many markets now offer grass-fed, organic hot dogs, you can also take on the challenge of making healthier hot dogs yourself.

Fresh and flavorful, homemade hot dogs can be made with meat of your choosing, taking the mystery out of it. This recipe is for all beef dogs, seasoned with a simple “hot dog” blend. You’ll need a meat grinder (unless the butcher grinds the meat for you), a food processor, and a sausage stuffer. You’ll also need natural sheep casings. Talk to your butcher ahead of time, in case they have to special order the casings. For hot dogs, sheep casings are best because they’re thinner.

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5 Aug

Two Years Primal: Pain Free, Allergy Free and Fitter Than Ever

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!

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My wife (a naturopathic physician) has always been interested in the pursuit of a healthful lifestyle. Wanting to lose the last 15 pounds, feeling a bit bloated and believing she may have issues with bacterial overgrowth, she started researching the paleo diet. After months of trying the paleo diet, she couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t helping, until she came across MDA (and read The Primal Blueprint) that she began to understand the importance of monitoring carbohydrate intake. As soon as she started abandoning starchier foods, she watched the numbers on the scale go down. Given that we enjoy cooking together, it was only natural for me to adopt the Primal lifestyle, too.

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4 Aug

The Primal Competitive Instinct: What Is It Good for?

Competitive Instinct FinalThese days we have a mixed relationship with competition, and maybe rightfully so. As a culture, we struggle with the joys of simple play, the meaning of good sportsmanship, and the lightheartedness of a game well played. Life as we live it today can feel too serious, and the prospect of competition against that backdrop can feel like yet another layer of harshness, judgment or evaluation. To boot, those who have too much of a competitive spirit often demonstrate the least exemplary attitudes. I’d argue, however, that we throw the baby out with the bathwater when we push competition away instead of cultivating a healthy relationship with it.

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