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9 Jun

The Power of Your Food Dollars

First off, let’s make no mistake. Americans are still binging on junk food. No one is declaring the end of fast food. Financial trends show as much, as does a casual look around. That said, there’s plenty to suggest that we find ourselves at an interesting junction these days when it comes to the food economy.

We’re seeing big packaged food giants, who lost four billion dollars of the market share last year, initiate “healthy” or sustainable changes they hope will drive consumers back to their product lines. Several fast food chains are doing the same. It’s all part of a “Big Food versus Granola Startup” movement, as described by a recent Fortune Magazine analysis of the food industry, a review that highlights the increasing role of health goals and smaller sourcing as well as questions the ability of large food companies to maintain their market share, particularly without heeding the alternative writing on the wall.

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8 Jun

Dear Mark: Nutrient Deficiencies and Fatigue, Anxiety, CLA Supplements, and Plant-Derived Oils

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering four questions from readers. First up, are there any specific nutrient deficiencies that can contribute to fatigue? Which minerals and vitamins should you shore up when experiencing malaise? Next, what’s the deal with anxiety? Does it serve an evolutionary purpose, or is it just a pathological condition? Third, is there a place for conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplementation in a healthy diet and lifestyle? I dig into the studies to help you decide. And finally, what plant-derived oils beside just avocado oil are good to use when staying Primal?

Let’s go:

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7 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 351

Weekend Link LoveBoulder, CO readers! June, 19, I’ll be at the Whole Foods on Pearl Street signing books and handing out Primal Kitchen™ Mayo samples. Come say hello, try a 30-minute CrossFit workout, and taste some delicious mayo.

Speaking of which, Primal Kitchen™ Mayo is now available in Whole Foods markets across the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions and in New Seasons markets across the Pacific Northwest. If you haven’t tried it yet, go grab some in person!

Research of the Week

The composition of a child’s microbiome may affect his or her temperament.

The more HFCS-sweetened beverages a young adult drank, the more their cardiovascular risk factors worsened.

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6 Jun

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

chicken bitesThis is a guest post from Louise Hendon, the co-author of the Essential Paleo Cookbook and co-founder of PaleoMagazine.com. She used to hate cooking, but that changed when she started a Primal/Paleo lifestyle over five years ago and discovered how food could taste delicious without spending hours slaving in the kitchen.

And in this recipe, Louise shows us how just a few simple ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time can result in such a delicious and healthy snack.

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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5 Jun

From Beachbody Addict to Primal Convert

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-1-2 Hi my name is Tori! Contrary to most stories on Mark’s Daily Apple, this isn’t a story about how I went Primal and lost 150 lbs. This is a story about how going even partially Primal opened my eyes as to what was really happening in my body.

I’ve been overweight pretty much for as long as I can remember. It started with snacking too much toward the end of elementary school and has carried through until today. And, like many overweight girls, I had self esteem issues about my weight… which I turned to food to comfort. For years, I tried most diets you can imagine, typically having great results for about three or so weeks and then hitting a plateau. It took me a long time to grow comfortable with my curves, and to accept the fact that I’m ‘built like an ox’ and will never be as thin as the models and actresses on TV. Accepting my body and the stress of an electrical engineering degree caused me to grow lax with my diet in college… a little too lax.

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