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3 Dec

Should You Eat Periodic “Cheat” Meals?

pizza and wings dealI get a lot of questions about cheat meals. Are they allowed on the Primal Blueprint? Is there a reason someone should actively seek to eat unhealthy food from time to time? The allure of the cheat meal is obvious: you get to eat stuff that’s otherwise off-limits and extremely delicious. You get to throw caution to the wind for a night. It’s like vacation and you’re a food tourist. But are there actual benefits? Today, we’ll take a look.

As I see it, there are three arguments to be made for including periodic — that is, scheduled or preordained — cheat meals in your otherwise solid Primal eating plan.

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2 Dec

How to Leverage the Minimum Effective Dose in Your Primal Life

boiling kettleIf you haven’t heard about the minimum effective dose, a concept coined by Nautilus fitness creator Arthur Jones and popularized by lifestyle hacker Tim Ferriss in his book The Four Hour Body, here’s the simplest definition: the smallest dose that will produce the desired effect or outcome. For Jones, this was the minimum effective load, the point after which any additional resistance added to the bar would be redundant or even counterproductive to one’s strength and fitness goals. For Ferriss, the MED is about getting the most bang for your exercise and dietary buck.

A popular example is boiling water. If you want to boil a pot of water at standard air pressure, the MED is 212° F (100° C). Adding more heat is redundant and won’t make it “boil even more.”

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1 Dec

Dear Mark: My Primal Investments

Cyber Monday Sweepstakes: Thrive Market, best described as Whole Foods meets Costco online, is giving you a chance to win hundreds of dollars worth of your favorite Primal foods and a free annual membership to their site. Thrive is on a mission to help make healthy living available and affordable to all American families. I’m a huge fan of what they’re doing. So much so that I’ve become an investor in the company. But more on that below. Enter the sweepstakes here, and you could be one of the lucky winners!

thrivelogoFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I discuss one of my very favorite subjects – investing in oneself – in relation to this whole Primal thing. I explain my theory of investing, why you should invest in yourself even if you’re working a 9 to 5 and have no desire to be an entrepreneur at all, and I give the story of how I decided to quit the (well-paying and stable) rat race and make the ultimate investment in myself and my future: starting Primal Nutrition. Then I discuss the Primal-friendly start-ups in which I’m currently invested, including a really exciting new venture that I think everyone here is going to dig (accompanied by a simple and potentially lucrative contest).

Let’s go:

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30 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 324

Weekend Link LoveMy interview with Focal Upright, makers of the best standup workstations in the industry.

Research of the Week

The morbidly obese have “accelerated intestinal glucose absorption.”

A bunch of obesity researchers come out hard against the usefulness of “calories in, calories out.”

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 44: Interview with Mark Allen – Triathlon Legend, Author, and Coach: Host Brad Kearns has a fascinating chat with the best triathlete in history about how he managed to balance life and training, his tips for athletes interested in accomplishing the same, and much more.

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29 Nov

Shrimp and Mussel Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra DiavoloShrimp Fra Diavolo is an Italian-American creation of shrimp tossed into a spicy sauce made from little more than tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes. This recipe throws in mussels too, because it seems like a crime to make a seafood dish without them. Namely, because mussels are delicious, but also because tucked into each blue-gray shell is a healthy serving of protein, B-vitamins, selenium, zinc, magnesium and manganese.

You could make this dish entirely with mussels and turn it into Mussels Fra Diavolo, if only shrimp didn’t play such a key role in transforming the tomatoes into a rich and flavorful sauce instead of just bland marinara. The trick? Browning shrimp shells then simmering them in broth creates a quick but really flavorful seafood stock. The stock can then be used as a base for any soup, bisque, chowder or sauce you make.

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