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5 Nov

Stop Saying No, Start Saying Yes!

YES I know parents who have “yes” days with their kids—days when the kids can ask for just about anything (barring the hazardous, illegal, harmful or physically impossible) and the parents have agreed to go with it. While the idea assuredly raises some eyebrows and probably isn’t for every family or age/personality of child, I’ve observed that it’s rarely the Pandora’s Box most people would assume.

On the first round, kids might try to push the limits out of sheer curiosity to see how far they can ride that train—how far they can push the parental units. With time and steadiness on the parents’ parts, however, the kids generally settle into a happy but reasoned approach in which their requests end up reflecting their parents’ values to a startling degree. They plan a healthy picnic or cook a healthy, albeit strangely assembled meal together. They ask for an extended family activity or day trip that includes some hiking or biking or family sport. It becomes more about their self-determination and maybe some creative embellishments than flying in the face of the normal family guidelines, oddly even if they’re subject for regular complaint. Nonetheless, the fun factor just went through the roof. We adults can learn something from this….

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4 Nov

5 Things You Learn Being a Primal Lifer

Being a Primal lifer is nice. You get to pat the heads and tousle the hair of precious newbies who just learned the words “lectin” and “phytate” and can’t stop talking about it. Navigating your local farmer’s market is a breeze, and you’re such a regular that you can show up half an hour past closing and still get the choicest produce. But there are other benefits, too. Bits of wisdom that you glean over time, and that can only come from years of adherence. Today, I’m going to discuss the five biggest ones.

Newbies: don’t expect to use these as a guide for your own immediate existence. These aren’t necessarily suggestions. Much of what long term Primal adherents learn about their bodies and their lifestyles requires that they put in the time to learn the things directly. You can read about it, but don’t be dismayed if you’re unable able to implement or integrate them immediately.

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3 Nov

Primal Blueprint Publishing Update: Get Ready for Some New Books

pbplogoAs you learned from my recent blog posts about our latest releases Fruit Belly and The Primal Prescription, things are cranking up in the Primal Blueprint Publishing world. Over the past couple of years, we took a bit of a respite from our usual pace of releasing titles to focus on some big internal projects, namely the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification program, the Don’t Just Sit There program, and the Primal Endurance book, which Brad Kearns and I have been hard at work on for the past two years.

In Primal Endurance, we return to our roots and introduce endurance athletes to the familiar Primal Blueprint principles of becoming stress balanced and fat adapted. Release date is early January, but I wanted to show you a sneak preview of the beautiful cover, created by our artistic grandmaster Janée Meadows and shot at the famous Malibu sand dune by Leslie Klenke (content details follow).

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2 Nov

Dear Mark: Bone Broth Edition

Broth in a saucepanWith bone broth bars popping up in cities, broth-based cookbooks appearing on Amazon, and grass-fed bone broth now available for order online, hot bone water is experiencing a renaissance. And not just among Primal devotees. Dr. Oz is recommending it as a coffee replacement and Kobe Bryant uses it to support his aging body. The renewed popularity has brought an endless string of questions from readers, and today I’m going to answer some of them. Is bone broth truly a miracle food? Yes, but maybe not for the reason you suspect. Should you make deer bone broth? Yes, with a caveat. Does adding vinegar to your water really increase the mineral content of your broth? Probably not as much as you think. Do beef brisket bones work? Yes. And finally, what are the best parts from each animal for making broth? I give a slightly more detailed answer than “All of them.”

Let’s go:

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1 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 372

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Replacing fructose with starch helps obese kids improve metabolic health.

Traditional societies have more positive views on aging than modern societies.

Melatonin before bed improves circadian rhythm and sleep efficiency in strength athletes.

Good dates.

Your genes got rhythm.

By second grade, kids who had taken academic pre-K classes were performing worse in school than kids who hadn’t.

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