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9 Feb

Dear Mark: Ornish on Paleo, CrossFit Workout Recovery, Nightshades, and Dry Heels

TomatoesFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a four-parter. First, Dean Ornish rears his head once again, this time making the claim that even paleo eaters with stellar lipid numbers invariably have clogged arteries. Should we listen? Next, what’s a good strategy for improving recovery from CrossFit workouts? More carbs, more protein, pre workout, post workout — what’s the deal here? Third, are nightshades responsible for hidden inflammation in everyone who eats them? Or is it just the folks who get joint pain and other confirmed symptoms who have to worry? And finally, I give a few tips for a frequent barefooter suffering from dry, cracked heels.

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8 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 334

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Plastic exposure is linked to earlier menopause.

Obese women vigorously exercise for an hour a year. Obese men, 3.6 hours. Cause, effect, or both? Either way, it’s a sad state of affairs.

Kids who are free to explore the neighborhood and play without adult supervision are healthier than children raised under the yolk of the helicopter parent.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 53: Adam and Vanessa Lambert — Bee the Wellness Fitness App and Community: Host Brad Kearns sits down with Adam and Vanessa Lambert to discuss the unveiling of their new fitness challenge app, their unique approach to wellness, how to deal with the individual demands of the wide variety of clientele that is humanity, and much much more.

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7 Feb

Coconut Shrimp Cakes & Pineapple Salsa

coconutshrimpThis is a recipe from Primal Blueprint Publishing’s popular cookbook Primal Cravings: Your Favorite Foods Made Paleo. The 125 recipes in Primal Cravings are all are low-sugar, grain-free, gluten-free, and industrial oil-free. What’s more, unlike typical substitute recipes in many other paleo cookbooks, these new and original grain-free baking methods have almost exclusively eliminated the need for the typical expensive agents like almond flour and other nut flours and nut butters.

This week we’re bringing you another tropically infused recipe to warm your winter weather blues!

If crab cakes and coconut shrimp had a love child, I’d imagine it would be something like this. The Keatley’s have put a clever spin on the two classics and taken it a step further by pairing it with a lively Pineapple Salsa.

Perfectly sweet and savory, this recipe is sure to please Primal and non-Primal fans alike. And at around 25 minutes from prep to finish, you’ll have an impressive appetizer or light dinner that’s full of flavor but doesn’t have you spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

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6 Feb

Hope Has Been Restored: My 21-Day Challenge Results

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 story is not so much one of success as it is one of hope. I do not have any drastic weight loss to report, I still cannot do a pull-up, and I still have difficulty sleeping through the night. However, after slowly attempting to go Primal in November, and fully committing to it through the 21-Day Challenge, I have already experienced positive results.

In my mid-30s, I began suffering from several random health problems, which slowly appeared over the course of two years while I was working at an extremely stressful job. I have a touch of Avoidant Personality Disorder, so daily life is very stressful for me as it is. Anyway, I went from exercising regularly, working normal hours, and having fun to not exercising at all, eating unhealthy foods, and sitting 11 hours a day.

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5 Feb

Why You Should Reconsider the “Workout” Mentality

Why You Should Reconsider the The workout. It’s funny how we talk about it. We “check in” at gyms to register our efforts with Facebook friends. We dramatically label everyday exertions as “quite the workout.” It even becomes a game of equivalents. We’ll lug ten bags of groceries to the house or mow the lawn and publicly declare, “I think that counted for my workout today!” The term is even applied to sex, which we’re told is a “major calorie burner.” (Do we seriously need to quantify or justify this?) The problem, as I see it here, is we approach activity with a quota mentality. As handy as pedometers and other fitness gadgets can be, they encourage this mindset. We judge (and track) our activity in terms of allocation rather than immersion – “this” amount of hours, sweat, pounds, steps, calories, etc. To be honest, we view it in terms of points to earn rather than enjoyment to be had or actualization to be fostered in a day. How much do the semantics impact our outcomes – let alone motivation? Much more than we’d imagine, I’d say.

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