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16 Mar

Dear Mark: Low-Carb Sauce Thickeners

Dear Mark,

I’m trying to stay strictly primal/paleo, but I always run into problems when I need to thicken sauces or soups. I grew up learning to use flour/cornstarch like everyone else, but is there a good low-carb/primal alternative?

Thanks,
Raul

I received this email a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t the first. A number of readers have expressed their confusion when it comes to thickening sauces, gravies, or soups without using traditional floury methods. The question of thickening sauces is one of the hurdles I face every time I put up a recipe post – it’s become a bit of an internal struggle (as seen with last week’s beef and broccoli stir fry recipe, in which I hesitatingly called for a teaspoon of flour as a thickener) because while adding a bit of flour or cornstarch to a larger recipe may not drastically impact the carb count, it does complicate the consistently Primal message I try to convey. This post, I hope, will resolve that struggle.

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15 Mar

Weekend Link Love – Edition 41

The Primal mentality is really expanding around the world. This week Men’s Health ran a piece on Erwan Le Corre, a modern Tarzan who promotes the natural world as the perfect gymnasium. After you’ve read about his strikingly Primal philosophy, check him out in action.

Le Corre may be a modern Tarzan, but Chris Sharma could give him a run for his money. Check out this video of some truly breathtaking rock climbing.

As regular readers know, the Primal Blueprint is about more than flat abs and body weight. Read The Son of Grok’s personal account of how going Primal helped his health, his relationships, his marriage, and his career.

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14 Mar

The Importance of Cooking in the Evolution of the Human Brain

Even the most ardent vegetarians will begrudgingly admit that meat eating played a large role in the evolution of early man (although now we’re somehow expected to totally revert back several million years). Including calorie-dense meat in our diets allowed us to ditch the larger guts used for digesting inefficient plant matter, and we developed big brains. We were able to consume more nutrients and more calories without sacrificing mobility, and eating meat allowed man to spread to harsher climes, where vegetation was sparse or only seasonal. The human brain requires an incredible amount of energy to run, and meat was the most readily available source of sufficient fuel.

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13 Mar

Better than Take-Out Beef and Broccoli

Sure, you could just pick up the phone and order in a number 14 from your local Chinese restaurant, but this homemade recipe for Beef and Broccoli is so easy – and so much healthier – you’ll want to remove the take-out menu from the prime spot on your refrigerator!

Ingredients:
1 lb sirloin steak, sliced thin
1 lb broccoli florets
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced

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12 Mar

You’re Not Going to Change Overnight

A recent article confirms that, for better or worse, instant body composition changes from diet or exercise are relatively few and far between. Now, the exercise and diet routines referenced in the NY Times piece were likely conventional low-fat, low-cal diets and traditional workouts (chronic cardio, isolation exercises) as opposed to Primal, but I agree with the basic conclusions: that changes in body composition only come with diligence and consistency. If you’re expecting instant results, prepare to be disappointed.

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