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11 Jul

Is All Chocolate Created Equal?

ChocolateMy wife and I tend to receive a lot of chocolate, usually as holiday or dinner party gifts. Friends and business associates know we’re not dessert people but that we indulge in chocolate and red wine on occasion (i.e. those Sensible Vices). As a result, I’ve gotten to try a lot of the best chocolates out there (as well as a few duds). My wife and I each have our running lists of favorites. Hers has a couple Belgian varieties as well as some quality stateside organics. As for me, the more bitter the better. Green and Black’s makes an 85% that I consider kind of my “staple” choice, but there are a lot of good ones out there.

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10 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Week 1 Results

Primal CalendarSo here they are! Week 1 results from 30-Day Primal Health Challenge participants that were kind enough to send end in their stories.

If you have any questions for participants, need advice or want specifics about diet and exercise hit us up with a comment.

Also, if you would like your 2nd week, 3rd week and/or 30-day results published in order to share your progress will fellow Apples and to get constructive feedback be sure to send them in by the dates listed here.

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9 Jul

The Context of Calories

200 Calories Food

200 Calories is 200 Calories. Right?

“What’s that in the road ahead?”

vs.

“What’s that in the road!? A head!?”

Context is important.

Many people think weight loss is simply about cutting calories. But context counts here, too. Calories do have context and that’s what I want to explore today. Is a calorie from fat the same as a calorie from protein or carbohydrate? Depends on the context. Does day-to-day calorie monitoring make any difference if your week-to-week weight and energy expenditure are dialed in? Maybe not.

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8 Jul

Primal Health Challenge Reminder

There has been an amazing response to the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. We’ve received dozens of positive emails and comments from people that are enthusiastic about acting as if they are Grok. We want to commend all participants for their efforts. Keep up the great work!

Also, just a quick reminder to all participants that would like their Primal Health Challenge results and questions published on MDA. Make sure to send them on over no later than tomorrow so we have time to edit the post.

And for all bloggers out there that are tracking their progress on their own blogs feel free to send us a link. We’ll include it in the update post.

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8 Jul

Top 10 Summer Vegetables

While the wild world of global trading means that we now have access to many fruits and vegetables year round, somehow fruits and vegetables just taste better when you purchase them in season and literally days after its been picked!

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