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21 Apr

Did Humans Evolve to Be Long-Distance Runners?

Thanks to the several readers who have pointed out this recent article in SEED Magazine which once again dredges up the tired argument that humans evolved to be long-distance runners. Most of you know by now that I totally disagree with that theory. I say humans evolved to be excellent slow movers (walk, jog, migrate, forage, crawl, scramble, etc) burning mostly fat. We also developed into pretty decent short sprinters, but we did NOT evolve to run long distances. Sure, early humans were all-around fit enough and capable of the occasional long easy jaunt after an animal, but to think that natural selection redesigned our simian shapes to run the Boston Marathon is, in my opinion, ludicrous.

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20 Apr

Dear Mark: Primal Blueprint Superiority?

Dear Mark,

If you’ll bear with me for 4 paragraphs, I’ll get to the question which is the purpose of this email!

My name is Greg, and I’ve followed your blog for a few months now. I’m grateful for the knowledge you’ve shared about nutrition. Thanks to you, I’ve eliminated virtually all white flour and processed sugar from my diet, and I’ve dramatically reduced my intake of carbs. I’m still relatively indiscriminate with fruits and dairy, so I wouldn’t say I’m a Blueprinter yet, but I’m significantly closer than when I first started reading your posts.

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19 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 46

Extreme aerial sports like base jumping and sky diving are typically associated with adrenaline spikes and fist pumping glory, but Free the Animal dug up a video on the beautiful, serene world of hang gliding.

Take Fit has a good list of lift-heavy health websites, and MDA is included!

Make of this what you will: United Air to Charge Obese Fliers Twice. (thanks, Autumn!)

If you liked Pay Now Live Later‘s video from last weekend’s link love, he’s got a site chronicling his Primal workout experience. Give it a look-see for inspiration and ideas.

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18 Apr

Slow-Cooked Asian Pepper Steak

If you’ve been following the Primal lifestyle for any degree of time, you know that we fully endorse steak. But in reality, we all know that every now and again, a steak, as tasty as it is, can get a bit… well, boring.

This recipe, however, puts an Asian twist on a traditional steak dinner with excellent results. The slow cooking process creates some seriously tender steak, and the extra time spent in the pot allows all the flavors to mix together to create a delicious dish.

And the best part? With a little forethought you can throw this together in the amount of time it would take to place a take-out order.

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17 Apr

Lipoic Acid

Every day we run across research that further bolsters the logic of Primal living. However, once in a while we read something that just feels like a good pat on the back, the kind of news that makes us nod our heads smiling or do a little end zone dance if it’s Friday and we’re punchy enough….

The study in question (from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University) highlights lipoic acid, brave biochemical antioxidant, free radical scavenging extraordinaire. Lipoic acid, little known champion of many a physiological process, has once again proven its value and valor, and its recent performance is just one in a long chain of impressive, promising displays.

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