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25 Jan

Weekend Link Love – Edition 332

Weekend Link LovePortland and surrounding environs! The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar is almost at your doorstep. Come join us on Thursday, January 29.

Due to popular demand, blog posts will now be going up at 5 AM Pacific Standard Time.

If you’re at all interested in the way diet and lifestyle can impact your risk of Alzheimer’s (and dementia in general), you’ll want to kick in some support – or at least help spread the word — for BREAD HEAD, an upcoming documentary investigating the promising science of Alzheimer’s prevention.

I was recently honored to be featured in my own local paper, the Malibu Chronicle.

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24 Jan

Sun-Dried Stuffed Chicken Breast (Plus a Contest)

sundried-stuffed-chicken-breastThis week’s recipe is pulled straight from the pages of The Paleo Primer: A Jump-Start Guide to Losing Body Fat and Living Primally!, written by British health and fitness consultants Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore. These folks, who run a popular fitness and wellness center called Fitter London, have produced a book that is half “primer” and half incredibly creative recipes. The primer section distills the major concepts of primal/paleo/ancestral health living into clever and memorable short passages, spiced up by hilarious cartoon drawings. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, I highly recommend it!

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23 Jan

The Struggles of a Navy Man: Fighting Bad Conventional Advice with Primal Successes

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 am unbearably angry! Wait, I apologize. That’s not a way to begin this story. Let me try again.

It’s January 2014. I find myself 39 years old, recovering from wrist surgery, and uncertain about my career. You see, I’m in the Navy, and they do not like overweight individuals. As such, I was looking at my previous 16 years potentially meaning nothing if I couldn’t turn things around. Unfortunately, I am clueless. I have listened to all of the recommended “good habits.” I am tracked meticulously by my job. I have attended the required two week course on fitness. I’m not an idiot, am I? How am I such a failure at this? Why all the cognitive dissonance? I have consumed the knowledge, tried adhering to all of the experts’ recommendations. I mean, it’s simple, right? Yet I was unable to reconcile my results and experiences with all of the advice, research and guidelines.

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23 Jan

Contest: Bacon Bonanza

The Prize:

A Bacon Bonanza prize package from U.S. Wellness which is comprised of all this bacony goodness:

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22 Jan

What Is the Point of Your 21-Day Challenge? (Plus a Contest)

VitalityLast week I kicked things off by saying it was time to make this 21-Day Challenge personal. In other words, I asked, what were you done with? What behaviors, conditions or trajectories were you ready to jettison to welcome a healthier, more vital life? I think it’s always critical to identify what isn’t working for us at any given time. When we’re clear on what doesn’t fit our intentions for our lives, we can cleanly let go and move forward.

That said, I don’t believe change itself comes from negative assessments, and I appreciated readers’ comments last week that affirmed the power of positive language. The fact is, when you come at anything in life from a mental place of lack – diminished self-esteem, low expectations, small thinking, little self-worth, fearful scarcity, poor confidence – you’re setting yourself up for a meager win if not outright failure. In that regard, it’s a question of efficacy. If you don’t see yourself as a cause worthy of investment, if you don’t believe in your inherent power, if you hedge your bets out of cynicism or anxiety, you’re cutting off your endeavor at the knees – right from the start.

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