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4 Apr

Dear Mark: Do I Need to Eat More, Testosterone Levels, HRV and Carbs

Heart Rate Variability FinalFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three reader questions. First, if things are going well on a relatively low-calorie intake, should you just keep on keepin’ on or should you increase food intake to “get ahead” of your needs? Next, what’s the deal with a study showing a high-carb diet is better for testosterone levels than a high-protein one? What does this mean for your Primal way of eating? And finally, can an improvement in heart rate variability after a carb refeed indicate a greater need for carbs?

Let’s go:

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3 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 394

Weekend Link Love The Best Paleo Recipes 2015 eBook is 20% off. I contributed a few of my favorites, so go grab a copy.

Research of the Week

Exercising before a stressor dampens its impact.

What Maori dogs ate.

Not knowing the outcome is worse than the outcome.

Historically vegetarian populations have enhanced long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid synthesis. In the context of a diet high in the precursor linoleic acid, this genetic variant increases cancer and heart disease.

Does glucosamine work? It depends on the type you take.

Sitting linked to almost 4% of deaths.

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2 Apr

Polish Hunter’s Stew (Bigos)

Hunter Stew FinalThere are a lot of different recipes out there for Polish Hunter’s Stew (also called Bigos). But in the end, it’s always about two things: meat and cabbage. Hunter’s Stew is a hearty dish made from bacon, kielbasa, a pound or more of meat, plus both fresh cabbage and sauerkraut. If you’re a real hunter, the stew meat in Bigos is whatever you’ve hunted.  If your “hunting” is done at the meat counter, then buy what you’re in the mood for or what’s on sale. Venison, pork, beef, lamb…they’re all good in Bigos. This can be a clean-out-your-freezer type of meal.

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1 Apr

My New and Improved Diet

My New and Improved Diet FinalPeople are always asking me what I eat on a typical day. Though I’ve done these posts in the past, I’m always a bit hesitant of doing any more. For one, I’m a boring dude. I like what I like, and it’s all pretty typical stuff you’d see in anyone’s (who cares about real food) kitchen. Two, this is the eating style that works for me. Just because I eat a particular food at a particular time of day doesn’t mean you should eat the same way. But because I’m always tweaking things, and some of you apparently find that interesting, I’ve relented.

So let’s get to it: a day in the dietary life of Mark Sisson.

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31 Mar

How to Develop Emotional Resilience in the Modern World

Resilience FinalJob stress, social conflict, illness (sometimes serious illness), financial hardship, our children’s struggles, a move across country, a divorce, a death of a loved one…they’re all events that can test our mental fortitude or—in more extreme cases—leave us emotionally adrift. Some people turn into a puddle during a critical emergency, while others jump in the middle of it to save the day. Yet, watch those same people face a protracted struggle like the death of a spouse or a child, and the one who managed the momentary crisis may have a much harder time. Adversity varies and challenges us in different ways. But our ability to endure and bounce back from stress, struggle, and loss is what emotional resilience is all about. What can our ancestors’ examples teach us about psychological hardiness and mental fortitude?

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