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2 Aug

Calorie Restriction and Bone Loss

Skeleton X-RayIt can seem like a cruel contradiction: lose weight, lose bone mass. Lose a lot of weight and lose even more. (Rest assured there’s more to the story, but we continue….) A collaborative study involving researchers from the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri highlights the downside of weight loss by calorie restriction both during and in the months following weight loss.

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1 Aug

30-Day Primal Health Challenge Final Results

Primal ChallengeThe 30-Day Primal Health Challenge to act “as if” has come to a close. From the updates I have received – from the few that were kind enough to send in weekly results to the dozens of emails I have been sent over the course of the last month from other challenge participants – I can pretty confidently say that on the whole participants are fitter, leaner and (dare I say?) happier. Don’t get me wrong. There were hurdles. Making the transition to a lower carb lifestyle can be tricky for some. Some people experienced lower energy levels early on. But for those that pushed through and stayed the course there seemed to be light at the end of the tunnel in almost every case.

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1 Aug

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: July 2008

This month we analyzed everything from dark chocolate, low-carb fruit, and how to eat healthy when you’re in a financial bind to health marketing schemes, drugs in sports and the context of calories. Be sure to check out any post you missed and stay tuned for the final results of the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. I’ll be publishing them shortly.

Top 10 Health Marketing Buzz Terms (Ripe for Skepticism) – July 1

How to Go Primal in 6 Easy Steps – July 2

Primal Breakfast Suggestions for People on the Go – July 7

Athletes and the Primal Blueprint – July 7

The Context of Calories – July 9

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31 Jul

Weekend Backsliding?

Weekend RetreatResearchers say Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most productive days of the week. Monday tends to be “recovery” day from the weekend, and the rest of the week, well, we’re often coasting along waiting for the weekend to arrive, aren’t we? (Ah, the lure of the weekend: the free time, the social activities, special occasions, the chance to kick back…) But is our cherished refuge also our health’s downfall?

A study from the Washington University School of Medicine suggests that the tendency toward weekend backslide on health goals is a common problem. The researchers assembled daily weight, caloric intake, and physical activity data from participants both before and during assigned intervention programs. The participants included a total of 48 men and women, aged 50-60, whose BMI scores ranged from normal to obese.

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31 Jul

How to Make Your Own Jerky

Beef JerkyIn the modern world it’s hard to get more “primal” than dried meat. Consider it one of Grok’s many talents and culinary achievements. Jerky is essentially strips of lean meat that have marinated and dried. The result? Tasty, rich, salty and pumped with about twice the protein gram per gram of regular “hydrated” meat. To boot, you’ve got a snack that travels well under circumstances as varied as weekend camping trips to NASA missions. Awesome, huh?

But when we say jerky we mean something so much better and healthier than the processed strips and sticks (e.g. “Slim Jims”) you find at the gas station checkout. The best jerky is made from whole-muscle meat, homemade or in small batch varieties. We’ll agree that there’s some great small label jerky out there. Meat shares from small farms often include it. To try out a few varieties, farmers’ markets are a great place to pick up some of the real deal especially if you’re new to the world of genuine jerky.

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