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7 Apr

Introducing The Primal Blueprint 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar

PrimalCalendar_2017_FPOFront-FNL BlogMy staff and I are having a great time putting the final touches on one of our most unique and interesting publications yet: a Primal Blueprint Day-to-Day calendar with daily tips and inspiration on primal living. Yep, it’s in the familiar five-inch square pad format on a plastic base (lays down or stands up) made famous by Garfield, the Simpsons, and assorted other light-hearted fodder that fills the bookstore tables during the brief holiday desktop calendar season. So if you’re a little tired of cartoon strip fare and want a resource to keep you focused, inspired and enlightened to new primal information in easily digestible daily tidbits, I think you will love this calendar.

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6 Apr

15 Reasons Not to Trust That Latest Nutritional Study

Reasons Not to Trust That Latest Nutritional Study FinalNutritional studies are often the best we’ve got. Without them, we’d be plucking anecdotes from a swirling vortex of hearsay, old wives’ tales, and prejudices. Some actionable information would definitely emerge, but we wouldn’t have the broader vision and clarity of thinking offered by the scientific method. Most of them are deeply flawed, though. And to know which ones are worth incorporating into your vision of reality and which only obfuscate and further muddy the waters, you have to know what to watch out for.

Today, I’m going to discuss many of the reasons you shouldn’t trust the latest nutritional study without looking past the headlines.

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5 Apr

How to Get Organized and Stay Focused in a Modern World

How to Get Organized and Stay Focused in the Modern World FinalGetting organized used to be a whole lot easier.

As nomadic hunter-gatherers, we only had to keep track of the things we could carry because that was all we owned. As members of a tribe of extended family members, we could lean upon others for assistance with day-to-day tasks and trust they had equal skin in the game. We didn’t have to shoulder everything ourselves, and the responsibilities necessary for survival were simpler. The accessible world was much smaller, the breadth of available knowledge limited by location. You knew all about the lives and goings-on of your immediate community members and which plants were edible in a 20-mile radius and where to get water and when the antelope grazed and the leopard prowled. But what happened 50 miles away was a total mystery, and a thousand miles away might well have been infinitely vast. Important info was recorded through oral traditions—stories and songs. Anecdote and analogy and parable carry weight to this day because for millennia, they were all we had to go on.

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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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