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1 Nov

Cabbage Chips

CabbageChipsWhat is there not to like about crispy, salty snack food that is also good for you? Especially when said snack food is so easy to make that it barely counts as cooking and the only ingredient is cabbage, plus a touch of extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.

Cabbage chips are yet another delicious option in the veggie chip category and a perfect way to satisfy a craving for something crunchy and salty.

Similar in flavor to kale chips, but a little better looking, cabbage chips can be made from red or green cabbage. And they really are simple to make: If you don’t have a dehydrator, just pop the cabbage leaves in the oven at a low heat for a few hours. Before eating, brush the crispy chips with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. If you’re feeling adventurous, open the spice drawer and flavor your cabbage chips with dried dill or cayenne.

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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 coming in. Thank you for reading!

real life stories stories 1 22I have been contemplating for about a month now whether I should write my “success” story or wait until I reached my ultimate goal. After thinking this through, I realized I will never reach my ultimate goal since I am now living a new lifestyle, and this lifestyle has no end (other than my eventual death, which hopefully isn’t until I am a very old man). With that realization, I am here now, typing my story…

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30 Oct

Are You Sacrificing Your Health?

stressThere’s that saying people throw out when a hypothetical situation is profoundly unappealing or flat-out unconscionable to them – “Not for a million dollars…”. Not for a million dollars. Not for ten million. Not for…what? Think for a second and identify the most important, precious, valuable principles and priorities that you wouldn’t sacrifice for anything in the world. Got ‘em? Let me ask this: does your health make the list?

If it did, think about how you got to this point. How and when did you decide your health was so comparatively critical? How have you arranged your life to live that priority each day? What’s been a fairly simple adaptation, and what’s required genuine compromise? What options have you been obliged to reject? What people have you disappointed as a direct/indirect result? And what have been the benefits that keep you committed? If health didn’t make your list, let’s put the obvious on the table. Honesty congratulated, why didn’t it register?

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29 Oct

Better Than a Marathon: The 1 Mile Challenge

marathon2If you wanted schoolyard acclaim at my middle school, you didn’t bother with how much you could bench, how many pullups you could do, or how far you could throw a football. And you certainly didn’t bother with running a marathon. The true path to lasting seventh grade athletic immortality ran a mile in length. If you could break six minutes, you were fast. Break five and a half? You were elite. Once a week during PE, we’d line up on the track to test our mettle. Coach’d say go, click his stopwatch, and we were off chasing glory. You’d run and you’d run until you got to that final leg where you’d kick without even knowing it and propel your body past your rival to beat him and your own time. The mile was special.

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28 Oct

G’Day, Australia – The Primal Hotbed

aussie thongsSomething beautiful is happening across the Pacific Ocean. For years, I’ve sensed a strange Primal energy coming off the waves that pound the Malibu coastline, carried across the water from a distant nation whose people have embraced ancestral health and fitness more vociferously than any other. The citizens of this country read my blog, attend PrimalCons, and take the PB Expert Certification course in disproportionate numbers relative to their population. A revolutionary chain of Primal cafes – THR1VE – has sprung up around the major cities, offering breakfast and lunch bowls, healthy smoothies and coffee blends, and to-go fare whose ingredients you don’t have to second guess. The climate ranges from gorgeous coastline to tropical rainforest to expansive desert to Mediterranean mildness, promoting, enabling, and basically shoving nature appreciation down their collective throats. And that universal bellwether of widespread paleo acceptance, the emergence of the CrossFit box, has exploded across the country. Australians may be thousands of miles away, but they feel pretty close to me.

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