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5 Jul

Single Serving Packs Don’t Curb Overeating

100 Calorie PacksIn a study to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, researchers from the Technical University of Lisbon in Portugal suggest that single-serve packages do little to curb overeating and may actually lead consumers to eat more.

To determine the impact of smaller, individually packaged food items on overall consumption, researchers in one experiment asked students to consider their body shape and then gave them potato chips and instructed them to watch television. According to researchers, the students ate nearly twice as many chips when they were packaged in nine small bags as opposed to two larger ones. In addition, the students in the experiment showed fewer signs of hesitation before opening the smaller bags than they did when opening the larger ones.

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4 Jul

Happy 4th!

We’re taking the day off. We’ll see you all tomorrow! Have a happy and healthy 4th!

Chrislrmo Flickr Photo (CC)
3 Jul

Reader Response: Alternatives to Grains? What about Quinoa?

QuinoaThe Definitive Guide to Grains post last month got people talking about alternatives to the traditional rice, potato, and breads that load up the typical American dinner plate. For some, gluten is the major consideration. For others, it’s the glycemic load itself. While the Primal Blueprint recommends avoiding grains and higher glycemic foods altogether, at some point or another most of us partake in the context of occasional compromise. Additionally, some of us consciously choose to include grain alternatives in our diets more regularly for varied reasons surrounding personal taste, economical savings, environmental commitments, or alternative nutrient sources (particularly for vegetarians).

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2 Jul

How to Guide: Making the Switch to Primal Living in 6 Easy Steps

StairsPerhaps you’ve been reading MDA for some time now, finding yourself intrigued, maybe even testing the waters a bit. The Primal Blueprint sounds good to you. It speaks to you. It makes sense. The mind is clearly motivated, but the heart is, well, a bit trepidatious. Maybe the “Act As If” challenge interested you, inspired you, but you’re not quite there yet:

“Compared to my lifestyle now, I don’t know if I could make this big of a change.”

“Do I trust that I could stick to this kind of life?”

“Maybe this is just for diehards. Do I really have it in me to be part of something like this?”

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2 Jul

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: June 2008

June was a momentous month. We began with the Definitive Guide to the Primal Blueprint and ended with the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. In between we had great conversations on everything from cold water therapy, carb binging and grains to managing stress, ketosis and nightshades. Revisit your faves or catch an article you missed… this is the best of June ’08:

Dear Mark: Primal Personal Products? – June 2

10 Ways to Forage in a Fast Food Nation – June 3

The Definitive Guide to the Primal Blueprint – June 4

Drink Less Water? – June 9

10 Ways to Forage in the Modern World – June 10

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