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28 Jun

Weekend Link Love – Edition 4

Link LoveA Hearty Life briefs us on a new study suggesting that our socioeconomic standing in life determines our likelihood to recover from a heart attack!

Cognitive Daily is undergoing a site redesign an invites you to weigh in on the topics you’d most like to have them blog about.

Conditioning Research evaluated a study by Canadian researchers suggesting that almonds may be the key to reducing insulin fluctuations.

Dr. Briffa tells us why we need to keep up our Vitamin D (hint: it could save your life!).

Fitness Destinations gives us 11 tips for cooking out without pigging out (a great post toread before heading out to your 4th of July celebration!).

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27 Jun

The “As If” Challenge: Starter Recipes

So, you’ve decided to accept the Primal challenge. No time like the present, we say! To get you started we thought we’d share a few recipes in keeping with the “as if” challenge. No compromises or indulgences. It’s the PB diet straight up!

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27 Jun

Act “As If” – A 30-Day Primal Health Challenge

30 Day ChallengeLast week we looked at what goes into our decisions to be healthy: the hows, the wheres, the whos and whys of consideration, of envisioning and finally of commitment. It’s a decision that puts ourselves at the core, we said.

Sometimes our path to that decision is smooth. Sometimes it’s a collection of fits and starts. Usually, it’s a little of both. Progress can come with slow, steady dedication and effort. But, oftentimes, there’s at least a few experiences when we put the pedal to the metal. Whether it’s an overwhelming, positive rush of internal motivation or the insistence of an external, swift kick in the pants, these instances of hyperdrive move us forward. And, yes, even if we lose some ground afterward, we’re changed for the experience nonetheless. We’ve felt that higher level of health, whether it be fitness, nutrition, life balance, etc. Even if we give up some of the result, we know how good it was, and mark our words, you’ll eventually crave it again and be back for more.

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26 Jun

Reader Response: Insulin Index

I Can Has Insulin?Reader Pete asked for some thoughts on the “Insulin Index,” a measurement chart similar to the glycemic index. While the glycemic index calculates the relative blood sugar rise induced by given foods, the insulin index evaluates the insulin response generated by 38 different foods.

The insulin index, which first made its appearance in a 1997 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition article, was primarily the creation of Susanne Holt, a graduate student at the time and now a doctor. Interestingly, Holt, her supervisory co-authors, or other researchers haven’t chosen to conduct further research to update the “preliminary” results of their insulin index study since its creation eleven years ago now.

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25 Jun

What Happens to Your Body When… You Haven’t Properly Trained for Your Marathon?

Marathon manThe marathon. An epic struggle of the individual against his/her own body. A kind of “Mt. Everest” for athletic practice, it exacts a sizable toll on anyone who dares attempt it. (The first marathon man died after all.)

The seasoned athlete knows and respects the physical claim of a marathon, and it is substantial even for the best trained. But marathons are becoming increasingly popular in the last few years. Once limited to the athletic elites and diehards, marathons are now the stuff of social events and charity drives. We’re all for the social element of sport, and we’re suckers for a good cause like anyone. But this recent popularity has changed the face (and emergency support requirements) of marathons. While we believe that everyone’s got to start somewhere, we definitely believe this ain’t the place.

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