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25 Jul

Dear Mark: Muscle Cramps and Parasympathetic Overtraining

crampus finalFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two questions from readers. First one comes from Debbie, a prolific hiker and backpacker who can’t seem to shake terrible thigh muscle cramps during steep climbs. She’s tried all the conventional advice. She’s taking electrolyte tabs. She’s staying hydrated. Nothing works. What does? And then, Brad wonders about parasympathetic overtraining, a type of overtraining you don’t hear much about. What does it mean and how should he respond?

Let’s go:

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24 Jul

Weekend Link Love – Edition 410

Weekend Link Love

Research of the Week

Too much TV as a kid promotes bone loss (or inadequate bone formation).

Alphabetic discrimination is a scourge on humanity.

Keto and CrossFit go well together (PDF).

If you’ve got the bacteria to ferment it, resistant starch in the form of raw potato starch really increases butyrate production in the colon.

Elephants don’t mind living in tiny studios on the wrong side of town as long as they’ve got other elephants to hang out with and lots of great restaurants and museums nearby.

Sauté fish with olive oil, not sunflower oil.

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23 Jul

Zucchini Crepes

Zucchini Crepe 1Is it a crepe? A wrap? A tortilla? You can call them anything you want and wrap them around whatever you’d like. The result is always the same: delicious.

Zucchini and thyme flavor these light but durable wrappers that can hold an array of savory fillings. In this version, a combination of fluffy scrambled eggs, lox, and chives make a winning breakfast crepe.

Other tasty fillings include sautéed mushrooms, grilled shrimp, bacon, and ground meat. Or, skip the fillings and stack up a few zucchini crepes on your plate, top with crème fraiche, and think of them as savory pancakes.

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22 Jul

How I Achieved My Best Body by Following the Primal Basics

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2I remember back in 2010 I was looking into changing my health and lifestyle. I had been working out consistently, but still lacked the basics regarding how to eat. I remember at that point, beginning to question everything I ate. I stumbled upon some YouTube channels and blogs regarding grains and the benefits of cutting out grains. While this was a good start, it wasn’t until I walked into a Barnes & Nobel in Rochester, Minnesota that I discovered The Primal Blueprint. I remember going through several pages and telling my wife I wanted to look like the guy in the book, Mark Sisson. After that, I just started visiting Mark’s Daily Apple to answer questions regarding, exercise, sleep, eating, and anything else health related.

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21 Jul

Boring May Be Better: Why Routine May Be Best for Certain Health Goals

Boring May Be Better FinalLet me first point out that I’m not arguing for a routine life. This isn’t about settling for spending the rest of your days without variability. Going Primal should never mean checking your sense of adventure or love of novelty at the door. If anything, it calls for us to grow our lives beyond the socially drawn scope of all things work, big commute, and must-see T.V. It encourages us to branch out of our comfort zones and conventional limits. Intermittent euphoria, flow, thrill, abundance, and even a certain amount of risk boost the heights of Primal vitality. As success story after success story show, people often discover they’ve not only invested in health, but learned to expand their horizons. Life takes on greater dimension as they venture into new activities, leave behind old identities, and make unimagined changes for the better. All that change and newness is good. But today I want to put in a good word for routine as a critical tool, particularly for certain health goals.

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