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29 Nov

Shrimp and Mussel Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Fra DiavoloShrimp Fra Diavolo is an Italian-American creation of shrimp tossed into a spicy sauce made from little more than tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes. This recipe throws in mussels too, because it seems like a crime to make a seafood dish without them. Namely, because mussels are delicious, but also because tucked into each blue-gray shell is a healthy serving of protein, B-vitamins, selenium, zinc, magnesium and manganese.

You could make this dish entirely with mussels and turn it into Mussels Fra Diavolo, if only shrimp didn’t play such a key role in transforming the tomatoes into a rich and flavorful sauce instead of just bland marinara. The trick? Browning shrimp shells then simmering them in broth creates a quick but really flavorful seafood stock. The stock can then be used as a base for any soup, bisque, chowder or sauce you make.

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28 Nov

How I Ditched My Diabetes Medication and Found a New Life Plan

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-1-2The Primal Blueprint lifestyle has positively changed my life, the lives of my family members, and a growing number of friends. I’m delighted to report that I (at age 59) have lost 42 pounds, 6% of my body fat and 25 inches. My husband (age 64) has lost 31 pounds, my grown children and their families have lost weight, look great, and we all have become much healthier, thanks to the Primal Blueprint diet and lifestyle. And, perhaps best of all, my fasting glucose readings have dropped about 70 points, to below diabetic level.

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27 Nov

What It Means to Be Thankful for Your Health

ThankfulThink back to the last time you had a major cold or flu – the last time you had a fever and body aches so bad your hair hurt. The thousand daggers in your throat, the puffy, burning eyes, the roaring headache, the plugged sinuses and clogged lungs, the crippling fatigue. In the throes, you likely couldn’t imagine (as most of us do) what it was ever like to be healthy. You could scarcely remember what life had been like three days ago when you were lifting weights, lifting your kids, laughing at work, entertaining at home, sleeping soundly. Fast forward, and it’s a Bermuda Triangle of mental discouragement and physical misery. And this is just a cold or flu… (Many people deal with so much worse….) Still, it’s a relatable illustration of an all too common truth: we tend to take our health for granted until it’s suddenly gone.

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26 Nov

Not Just for Bodybuilders: The Many Wheys Whey Protein Can Improve Your Health

whey protein powder(Apologies for the terrible title. I just couldn’t help myself.)

When you think of whey protein, what kind of consumer comes to mind?

The six-meal-and-three-snack-a-day bro who keeps a whey shake on his bedside table to maintain those 2 AM gains.

The up-at-dawn-to-beat-rush-hour woman who drinks a shake in the car in lieu of a pastry.

As most people see it, whey protein’s just for people who want more protein in their diets, people who don’t have the time to cook, or people who hate to cook and also need more protein. It’s for weight lifters and athletes. It’s a “poor replacement” for real food. It’s a compromise when life happens. If you can cook and eat real food regularly, the popular story goes, you don’t need whey. Just eat real food – right?

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25 Nov

Primal Blueprint Podcasts – Lend Us An Ear!

The Primal Blueprint PodcastWe have now published 42 episodes of the Primal Blueprint Podcast, and it’s been a fun and hopefully beneficial undertaking for the Primal Blueprint movement in general. If you aren’t a regular listener, I invite you to check out our robust library of shows. You can download/stream the shows, and read summary descriptions of the full written transcripts at blog.primalblueprint.com. You can subscribe to the channel via iTunes, Stitcher, or your other favorite podcast provider.

I became inspired to launch our own podcast channel after appearing as a guest on numerous other shows. I quickly realized that podcasts provide a listener-friendly medium that’s perfect for our time-crunched lives. For one thing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and backlogged with your list of desired reading material. Especially if you’re a knowledge worker and a good amount of your day is spent in front of a screen reading work-related stuff, sometimes pleasure reading in your off hours falls by the wayside. Audio programming is a super convenient fit into our busy lives because we can listen during our commutes, our walks around town, on lunch breaks—any time we might want to give our eyes a rest while our ears do the work. I really dig the convenience and breadth of information available on podcasts for my own personal entertainment and research, and I hope my team and I can make a contribution to your entertainment and education accordingly with the Primal Blueprint podcast channel.

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