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14 Sep

Dear Mark: Pegan Dieting and Exercising in Air Pollution

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions. The first comes from Lucas, a man whose wife is unable to eat meat without feeling sick to her stomach. As a result, she’s interested in pursuing a Pegan way of eating, or “paleo-vegan.” Is it possible to be healthy while emphasizing plant foods and avoiding most meat? Is there anything she should watch out for? And last but not least, what’s the deal with commuting to work on your bike amidst urban air pollution? We all know that active commutes are supposed to be healthier than riding in a metal box, but do the negatives of breathing all those airborne particulates outweigh the positives of riding your bike? Find out what I think.

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13 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 365

Weekend Link Love

Catch me on Episode #2 of the figureFit! Lifestyle Coaching Podcast with Liz Nierzwicki.

Research of the Week

Researchers have established a causal relationship between early-life exposure to farm dust and lifelong protection from asthma and allergies.

Compounds found in apples and green tomatoes may stave off age-related muscle atrophy.

Suburban lawns are foisting sex changes on frog populations.

Kids who drink the most sugar-sweetened beverages have higher triglycerides than kids who drink the fewest (who in turn have higher HDL).

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12 Sep

Pork Debris

Pork-Debris1Pork Debris is a brunch dish that’s usually a happy accident. A pork shoulder is roasted the day before for dinner, there happens to be leftovers, so why not fry the pork up with an egg for breakfast the next morning? However, there’s nothing wrong with making Pork Debris a deliberate meal, either. As in, a pork shoulder goes into the Crock Pot at bedtime so you can wake up to the aroma of slow cooked pork for brunch.

Pork Debris is a great recipe when you’re having people over for brunch and don’t feel like making much of an effort. The food basically cooks itself; you just have to fry a few eggs to throw on top. It’s a big, satisfying meal that will keep you well fueled through the afternoon.

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11 Sep

A Better Way to Live

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-1-2Though my primal journey isn’t one of losing hundreds of pounds or overcoming disabling digestion issues, it is one where my life has unquestionably improved from the sweets-loving, chronic cardio lifestyle in which I was buried a few years ago.

As a three-sport athlete in high school, I was desperate for activity after not playing any sports in college. My sister, who is an avid runner, convinced me to take up the sport, and I loved it. I ran a marathon my senior year of college, and worked and worked to improve my half marathon time. Addicted to running, I ignored the small injuries that kept cropping up. My I.T. bands were tight to the point of disabling pain, my lower back was tired, and my knees ached consistently.

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10 Sep

Why Camping Is So Great: The Benefits of Spending Time in the Great Outdoors

I’ve always loved to camp. From my early days as a kid growing up in Maine (where it seemed like everyone camped), to my death-defying adventures with Outward Bound in the wilds of New England as a teen, to my current setup running a business in the Malibu hills, I’ve been a camper. Even when I’d dedicated my life to endurance training and had little time for anything else, I always made it a point to get away to the woods with the family for a few nights whenever I could. The reasoning was basic: it was relaxing, enjoyable, decompressing, and just plain fun. And that’s why most people camp. It just feels right, doesn’t it?

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