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19 Jan

This Is Your Brain on Bugs: How Gut Bacteria Affect Mental Health

Brain Bugs finalAs many of you adopt new behaviors and habits during this year’s 21-Day Challenge, there’s a fascinating unseen story going on between your brains and bellies I thought it’d be worth talking about. New behaviors and habits create new neural pathways, which are essentially new road maps for how you’ll think, feel, and act in the future. Now the integrity of those neural pathways—whether they’re firing at full force and with the right materials to do their job—is intimately connected to something I’ve talked about on the blog before in different ways: our gut microbiome. But as you’ll see, this microscopic landscape is worth talking about again—specifically because it influences your brain (that grand master of all organs) and how well you’re likely to stick to all those newly adopted changes in the future.

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19 Jan

Contest: Prizes for Your Thoughts

The Prize:

The Primal Blueprint Platinum Package, 5 Primal Blueprint Publishing books of your choosing, and a year’s subscription to the Primal Blueprint Meal Plan.

The Platinum Package is the ultimate in supplementation and is what thousands of Primal enthusiasts and I take daily. It includes: Primal Master Formula, Primal Fuel, Primal Probiotics, Primal Omegas, and a Primal Sun booster.

What are five of your favorite Primal Blueprint Publishing titles? Want a copy of The Primal Blueprint, the book that started it all? Or would you like to try out one of our newest releases, like Fruit Belly, The Primal Prescription, or Primal Endurance? Perhaps you’re looking to expand your cookbook library…the choice is yours! Today’s winner picks any FIVE books from PrimalBlueprint.com!

The Primal Blueprint Meal Plan provides you with the tools for a successful hunt—the shopping lists, meal plans and recipes you need to start eating Primal today. You’ll receive a new meal plan and shopping list in your email inbox every week for an entire year! You can also access our Meal Plan App on any Apple device, and easily customize your shopping lists and share with other meal plan subscribers!

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18 Jan

Dear Mark: 21-Day Challenge Rapid Fire Edition

21dayprogram_1000x1000 for blogFor one of the 21-Day Challenge contests last week, you guys asked dozens of questions. Today, I’m answering a bunch of them in rapid fire style including how to get kids to eat more meat and veggies, how to get adults to eat greens, whether keto can coexist with high-carb, if it’s better to eat seasonally and many, many more. Don’t expect long, drawn-out answers. I’m answering quickly and succinctly. If you have any further questions after hearing the answers, toss ’em in the comment section. There will always be more Dear Marks down the line.

Let’s get to it:

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18 Jan

Contest: You Might Be Primal If…

win7The Prize:

Bottle of Avocado Oil: More heat stable than olive oil and a wonderful alternative for those who don’t like the taste of coconut oil, PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Avocado Oil is perfect for searing, drizzling, sautéing, stir-frying and dressing. Use to make marinades, finish sauces, or even in lieu of butter for all your baking needs.

Jar of Avocado Oil Mayo: PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo is the perfect companion for your deviled eggs, coleslaw and chicken salad needs. Every dollop is chock is full of good fats, phytonutrients, and other antioxidants, so you can use it lavishly—not sparingly—to upgrade the flavor and nutritional profile of your meal.

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17 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 383

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Children exposed to bright light in the afternoon are slimmer than children exposed earlier. This one surprised me. I may have to chew on it a bit.

Saying “some other time” instead of “no, never” in response to temptation reduces consumption of said temptation in the immediate moment and over time.

Some mosquito species have evolved to love how we smell (and use us as their sole food source).

Obesity increases prostate tumor aggression.

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