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4 Jun

The Definitive Guide to Fish Oils

I was actually a little surprised that we hadn’t already done a Definitive Guide to fish oil when a Worker Bee suggested it to me. We’ve mentioned it enough, and it’s a hot enough topic that I just assumed we’d done a big comprehensive guide to the stuff. But, as my staff so eagerly likes to inform me, I was completely, utterly wrong (enjoy it now, cause it won’t happen again anytime soon!).

A quick look at the archives revealed that we actually had compiled enough content to make a Definitive Guide – we just had it spread out over several wide-ranging posts from various dates. But that’s not to suggest the following is just a rehash of old content. Rather, I’ve pulled it all up, cobbled it all together, and topped it with some entirely new stuff. The result, I think, should be pretty definitive.

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3 Jun

Makes My Blood Boil

blood boilI had a medical scare two weeks ago that shook me up quite a bit. No, not because there was anything wrong with me, but because if I had been someone else and didn’t know what I know, I might be suffering the side effects of blood pressure meds as I write this today. And that’s a slippery slope I never want to ride. Yet this scenario plays out in most doctors’ offices every day.

I had a slight skin thingy on my always-in-the-sun arm. I thought it might be prudent to get it checked out, and I had an hour before my next meeting, so I took an impromptu opening in my doctor’s schedule to have him take a look. In my naïveté, I thought I could waltz in, have him scan it for 15 seconds and send me home with a clean bill of health and a xylitol lollipop. But this being LA and that being a doctor’s office and needing to follow protocol (so as not to get sued for malpractice AND to be able to bill me full pop), the nurse ushered me into a waiting room and took my weight (still 165), height (still 5’10”) and my blood pressure, which I had no reason to suspect had changed since I qualified for the lowest rates possible on my in-home life insurance physical just a few years ago. It had been 122/82 that day. Cha ching.

Imagine, then, my mortification when the nurse casually announced that my BP was 140/100.

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2 Jun

The Simple Beauty of the Mackerel

I’d like to direct your attention to an incredibly underappreciated member of the marine kingdom – the mackerel. Its many detractors deride it for its “fishiness,” which is ridiculous. Aren’t we eating fish here? That’s like people who complain about free-range steaks tasting too “beefy.” We’ve grown accustomed to flavorless protein, to dry chicken breasts that fall apart in our mouths and to feedlot lamb and beef you can’t even tell apart. Fish is supposed to taste like fish, and the fattier varieties – the ones with all the healthy omega 3 fats, like salmon, sardines, and mackerel – have the strongest flavors.

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1 Jun

2009 Primal Challenge Progress Report

We’re closing in on half a year now since I first announced the 2009 Primal Challenge – the invitation to take on the Primal perspective and make it your own this year. Since then, we’ve come a long way, and I hope you have too. You’ve seen our redesign. Now I want to ask, how is yours going? To review, we started out the year with this question: on the scale of true wellness – real vitality, where would you rate your life today? Remember your answers? What does that picture look like now? What continues to surprise you? Have you hit a new plateau? Experienced a new breakthrough? What’s the next leg of the journey for you – the next summit? Pull up to the PB round table and let’s compare notes….

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31 May

Weekend Link Love – Edition 52

Here’s a mouthwatering dessert recipe from Girl Gone Primal. I’ll just let the picture do the talking.

Via IseekTruth, cows these days–they’re eating more gummi bears than ever. (thanks, @paleo_princess)

You probably already know that I’m not the biggest advocate of The Biggest Loser. Head over to MizFit to watch Sal Marinello’s commentary on the show. He speaks the truth.

While I usually applaud unusual sports if not simply for the sake of fun, I believe Cheese Rolling breaks Primal Blueprint law #9: “Avoid Stupid Mistakes” and perhaps law #10 as well: “Use Your Brain.”

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