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20 Mar

When All You Want to Do Is Sit on the Couch

couchWe all have days when our motivation is less than sprightly. We stayed up too late the previous night. We’ve had a busy week with work or family duties. We’re worn out after trying some new fitness experiments. The snow and cold are getting on our nerves. There are plenty of good reasons to take a day off from exercising. An overabundance of physical or mental stress, after all, can deplete us without adequate recovery. Plus, some days we just want to wallow in some abject, Grok-style leisure. As healthy hominids, we’re entitled, yes? All this said, what about the times when a day on the couch becomes a couple weeks – or couple months? What if we’ve, in fact, spent much of our lives on the couch (or office chair, driver’s seat, etc.) and are trying to make our way out of the sedentary trap? If this kind of chronic inactivity describes your lifestyle of late, consider this post for you.

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19 Mar

What Did Our Ancient Ancestors Actually Eat?

shellfishA few weeks ago, I made the point that even though we may not have access to our paleolithic ancestors’ (yes, all of them) food journals, and even though there were many different paleolithic diets depending on climate, latitude, topography and other environmental contexts, the ancestral eating paradigm remains viable, helpful, and relevant to contemporary interests. That almost goes without saying, right? It’s kind of why we’re all here, reading this and other blogs, and asking the butcher for lamb tongues and goat spleens with straight faces. This stuff works.

But make no mistake: we may not know the day-to-day eating habits of our ancestors, but we know some things. And we can use what we know, drawing on several lines of evidence, to make some educated estimates.

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18 Mar

Are Antioxidant Supplements Effective?

vitamins 1If you pay attention to science journalism, you’ve probably heard tell that antioxidant supplements have mostly negative effects on health markers, ranging from impaired training adaptations in response to exercise, extreme hypoglycemia, and even cancer. At their best, these reports say, antioxidants are merely useless and totally ineffective.

So, is this true? Are antioxidants harmful? Are they effective?

Let’s examine some of the specific claims made about antioxidant supplements.

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17 Mar

Dear Mark: Bone Broth Nutrients and Alternatives to Agriculture

bones22Today’s edition of Dear Mark is a two-parter. First, I dig a bit deeper into the nutrients found in bone broth. A reader’s come across some startling nutritional data that seems to call into question the legitimacy of our community’s collective love affair with hot bone water. Find out if we’ve been overselling the benefits. Then, I discuss humankind’s tendency to (try to) tame, quell, counteract, and otherwise improve on nature’s mysterious workings. Can we come up with a viable alternative to agriculture, often characterized as our most egregious offense?

Let’s go:

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16 Mar

Weekend Link Love

weekend link loveMy friends at EXO have completed their first production run of Cricket Protein bars and they taste fantastic! If I didn’t tell you the protein came from crickets, you’d swear it was whey protein. Order a box at EXO.co before they’re sold out (full disclosure: I am an investor in this company).

Anyone near Philly? Go check out the Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar happening on March 20th!

Episode #10 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. This time, broadcasting straight from Primalcon Tulum, we’re joined by Darryl Edwards – the former computer programmer turned master of play. Darryl explains how you can make your workouts more successful by making them more fun, offering both practical fitness advice and a way to cultivate a playful attitude about life in general.

Dr. Ron recently sat down at the Paleo Runner Podcast to talk about his new book, The South Asian Health Solution, and explain the health crises currently facing South Asia.

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