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25 Feb

Is Your Workout Worth the Risk?

Risk assessment Almost everyone I know has a chronic injury of some sort. Maybe it’s a lower back that needs extra warming up before a long day, a knee that gets stiff on cold nights, or a tweaked shoulder that prevents good overhead positioning. They’re usually not crippling, debilitating, or otherwise serious infirmities, but they are injuries that limit quality of life and performance. And all those people, to a person, got their injuries from training. My understanding is that this is true for most people who exercise regularly. Injuries happen to everyone.

It’s possible that I’m experiencing selection bias. Perhaps the injury history of the general exercising public isn’t anything like the history of my circle of ex and current endurance athletes, serious fitness buffs, Ultimate Frisbee enthusiasts, and otherwise active individuals. But I’d wager that most people who step foot into a gym have a nagging injury of some sort. The research suggests injuries happen quite frequently.

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24 Feb

Can Getting Your DNA Tested Help You Optimize Your Diet and Training?

DNA moleculesLast month, I received an unexpected email request from a man named Craig Pickering: “Send me your saliva.”

Craig works for DNAFit, a genetic testing company using customers’ DNA results to optimize their diet and training. He’s a former Olympic 100 m and bobsleigh (bobsled to us Yanks) athlete, and a longtime reader of the blog, who’s helping elite athletes, weekend warriors, and regular folks alike discover their genes’ preferred diet and training style.

Intrigued, I received the testing kit and sent the sample back. Sure, why not? I’m game.

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23 Feb

Dear Mark: Kid Skipping Breakfast, Rinsing Meat, Glutamate, and the Snooze Button

Little girl eating breakfastFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering four reader questions. First we have a question about an inadvertently fasting 11 year-old girl whose mom is concerned. Should she force the issue and convince her to eat breakfast, or let her do her thing? Second, what’s the real story behind rinsing raw meat? Does it actually remove bacteria and reduce the chances of food-borne illness? Third, is glutamic acid, or glutamate, really a health concern for everyone? MSG is one thing, but what about glutamate found in real, otherwise healthy foods like meat, sardines, and aged cheeses? And finally, I discuss whether or not hitting the snooze button is good for you.

Let’s go:

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22 Feb

Weekend Link Love – Edition 336

Weekend Link LovePrimal Kitchen™ Mayo officially launched this week! You can get single jars at Thrive Market. Register for an account at Thrive Market using this link and you’ll be entered to win a $500 gift certificate and 1 of 20 annual memberships ($60 value). Offer expires Wednesday, Feb. 25. Or you can order 3-packs from PrimalBlueprint.com.

Join me in Manly Beach, Australia next month, and in Southern California next September.

Research of the Week

Topical animal collagen — in this instance, from tilapia skin — quickens wound healing.

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21 Feb

Fish Tacos with Primal Mayo

PrimalPrimal Mayo has arrived, a delicious and healthful Primal and Paleo approved mayonnaise that’s made from real food ingredients and tastes like real mayonnaise. Finally, mayonnaise can once again be a convenient condiment that’s always in your fridge, rather than something you have to whisk together by hand every time!

Even if you’re not someone who regularly craves mayonnaise, a jar of Primal Mayo in your fridge makes it really easy to whip up all sorts of delicious salad dressings, sauces and dips. In this recipe, Primal Mayo is quickly transformed into zesty lime dressing and smoky chipotle sauce. Both the slaw and the sauce bring a ton of flavor to simple fish tacos.

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