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4 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 31

Here at the Daily Apple type 2 diabetes is a common topic, but type 1 is rarely mentioned. Six Until Me offers some great personal insight on living with type 1 diabetes.

Hungry? Why wait? Eat some dark chocolate. Dr. Briffa explains why dark chocolate may satisfy the appetite more than milk chocolate.

Can one be both vegetarian and Primal? Modern Forager does a good job of tackling this meaty subject. And also, check out these vegetarian protein possibilities.

Adding to the Apple’s long history of cheap Primal food options, read Wisebread’s tips for eating in restaurants and sticking to a budget.

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3 Jan

Rewind and Fast Forward

2008 was a fantastic year for Mark’s Daily Apple. I had the pleasure of connecting with so many wonderful people. The whole blogging experience – interacting with readers, covering fascinating new studies, the research that goes into a blog post, sharing a bit of my personal life – has been a truly inspiring and an edifying experience. I hope my readers can say the same about their time spent on MDA.

2009 is looking to be even better. Mark’s Daily Apple is getting a complete overhaul. Earlier this year I asked you what you wanted out of MDA. You responded and I’ve been working since then on providing it. In just a few months expect a whole new look and feel, and new features (free e-books, regular video posts, more “Definitive Guide” posts, a Primal Blueprint forum, a Primal Fitness column with specific workout suggestions and more) from MDA.

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2 Jan

Second Opinions

Sometimes I just think the world is collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. My water bill last month was twice its usual already-outrageous amount. Since we hadn’t (to my knowledge) taken any more showers than normal, I figured there had to be a leak somewhere. Duh, right? I did a cursory review of all toilets and faucets in the house. Nothing. I had my gardeners check out the landscape irrigation system. Nothing. So I called my plumber/golf buddy Ted who said he had a guy who did leak detection and this guy was the best there is. Twenty years in the business and that’s all he does. Leaks. So I told Ted to send him on over, because this hydro-hemorhhage was mounting up fast.

Twenty minutes later the guy shows up and immediately starts diagnosing. He turns off the main valve at the house and sees that the meter wheel stops spinning, so he figures since it’s not between the meter and the house, it has to be inside the house. That’s bad.

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31 Dec

Reflect, Regroup, Resolve

Christmas Bulb ReflectionNew Year’s Eve: parties (whether they be grand galas, small social gatherings, cozy dinners with partners/friends, or living room camp-outs with the kids), champagne, evening appetizers, brunch buffets, noisemakers, balloons and glittery hats, kisses at midnight or perhaps turning in early. Each of us will be doing something different this evening, but somehow the occasion sparks a similar sentiment in everyone. Reflection, contemplation – a mental review of good times during the year and perhaps regret of a few unfortunate moments. We think about not just what happened, per se, but how we view the pattern or progression along the way. What has the year meant for us? How far have we come? What were the highlights, and where were the low points? In our professional lives? In our personal lives? In our families and social circles? And, of course, in our health?

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