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9 Nov

Weekend Link Love – Edition 23

Getting in shape used to be tough, but thanks to lowered standards, fitness is now more achievable than ever! Michael R. Eades M.D. comments on the government’s idiotic attempt to make fitness easier just by changing the guidelines!

Remember the Heart Attack Grill from a few weeks ago? Well, a new local eatery is trying to raise the bar of gross American consumption by running the world’s Largest Pizza Delivery.

But, enough with burgers and pizza. Cook up something Primal. Eat. Move. Thrive. serves up a delicious pork and peppers recipe for the enduring Primal chef.

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8 Nov

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Face MaskConventional wisdom (our dear, dear friend) tells us that without the constant application of skin creams and face lotions and mineral moisturizers, we’ll become haggard parchment people with wrinkled mugs that’d put an elderly Sharpei to shame. It seems to have worked, too. Most bathroom mirrors conceal impressive caches of creams, lotions, and oils, and many people instinctively and compulsively lather the stuff on any chance they get (similar to our infatuation with Purell, but that’s another post altogether). But, as we’ve often wondered, is confronting a totally natural occurrence – dry skin – with unnatural methods and products really such a good idea?

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7 Nov

Snack Solutions: Primal Alternatives For Non-Primal Snacks

In one sense Grok had it easy. He never had potato chips or candy bars in his diet. You, on the other hand, likely used to eat these foods in some way, shape or form before you found the Primal lifestyle. And, while you’re happy with all the changes that Primal Living has afforded, every now and then, when you least expect it, a craving for a cheese doodle – of all things! – sneaks up.

Well, fear no more, because we’ve figured out some great Primal alternatives to some of your favorite not-so-Primal foods. Granted, they’re not perfectly Primal and may contain a bit more sugar than we usually recommend, but they’ll beat store-bought, HFCS-laden, processed junk food any day.

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6 Nov

Movin’ and a Shakin’

I just want to throw out a quick thanks to Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb. Jimmy recently named me one of the Top 10 Low-Carb Movers & Shakers of 2008. It’s an honor. Thanks, Jimmy.

Check out the post, everyone!

Also, check out my podcast interview with Jimmy from a couple months back if you missed it.

6 Nov

The Sandbag Workout

Sandbags have traditionally been much-maligned in the strength and fitness communities for their instability, unbalanced weight distribution, odd shape, and general impracticality. As you might imagine, I take a slightly contrary view on the sandbag. In fact, all those characteristics I just listed as reasons sandbags don’t make good workout equipment? I posit that the difficulty of handling a sandbag actually makes it one of the better Primal workout tools. They’re unstable (struggle is key), unbalanced (too much balance makes things too easy), and oddly shaped (meaning you’ll get a different workout every time) – but I find them incredibly practical. Being malleable and essentially shapeless, a sandbag can fit snugly into any nook or cranny in your house. They’re cheap to make, too, doubly so if you live near a natural source of sand (or better yet near an area with tons of construction work and little security going on…kidding!).

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