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22 Oct

Top 10 List Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. Every comment and suggestion is appreciated. Check back on future Tuesdays to see these Top 10 topics covered. Oh, and the contest winners are:

  1. Clare
  2. new_me
  3. Donna

I’ll get your prize in the mail right away. Thanks again!

21 Oct

Top 10 Top 10 Lists of All Time

With over 80 Top 10 lists under my belt I feel like a Top 10 list pro at this point. I keep doing them because they are a great way to condense a lot of information down to the essentials. And because readers seem to look forward to them.

Putting this list together was tough because there are different ways to measure the popularity of a single blog post. Is it the number of comments on the post? The number of people who have seen the post? Or maybe it’s the buzz the post has created around the net? Needless to say it wasn’t easy and I was sad to see some (in my opinion) great lists not make the top 10.

Keep reading…

20 Oct

Dear Mark: Glycogen

Dear Mark,

I’m trying to understand how glucose that’s created by proteins and fats is used and stored. Is that ~200g of glycogen stored in the muscles to be used for exercise, or is it stored in the liver and used to fuel the brain and “day-to-day” functions? Also, if muscle glycogen is depleted, will ingested carbohydrates be used first to replenish muscle glycogen and then to fuel other daily functions, or are they used the other way around? I’d like to be able to use ketones to fuel my daily activity, but still have enough muscle glycogen stores to fuel intense exercise.

Keep reading…

19 Oct

Weekend Link Love – Edition 20

Need another reason to eat your broccoli? A Hearty Life profiles this cruciferous vegetables’ heart healthy benefits.

We’ve talked a lot about the dangers of overtraining before, and now blogger Arthur De Vany gives us the top 10 reasons not to run a marathon.

Ever wondered if that whole service with a smile thing is correct? Cognitive Daily profiles a study that suggests negative facial expressions can detract us from the task at hand.

Make the most of this fine fall weather and take a hike this week. Not prepared to hit the hills? Cranky Fitness has a guide for the out-of-shape hiker.

Keep reading…

18 Oct

Don’t Let “D” Stand for Deficiency

Remember how we’re always going off about the importance of getting enough vitamin D in your life? How outdoor activity – and vitamin D producing sunlight – is important for any Primal Blueprinter? It seems some recent scientific research is again making this point for us.
Keep reading…

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