Month: June 2008

Primal Testimonials

I receive daily emails from Mark’s Daily Apple readers thanking me for the blog and for my advice. Some notes are touching, others just downright inspiring. Many of them are too good to keep to myself, so I’ve created a Primal Testimonial page to share these kind words and amazing transformation photos (with the readers’ permission, of course) with you.

The photos and personal accounts are a testament to how powerful the Primal Blueprint really is.

If you have a story you’d like to share or photos that show how the Primal Blueprint has changed your life please drop me a line. Besides bringing a smile to my day (few things make me happier than seeing my readers better their lives through the Primal Blueprint) you can also take joy knowing that it may be your testimonial that encourages someone to begin leading a healthier life.

The page is a work in progress. I’ll be adding new testimonials in coming months.

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Nightshades

As you (our gracious company of Apples) know, we unequivocally love our vegetables. Powerhouses of nutrients and antioxidant action, they’re the backbone of a good Primal Blueprint diet. But the issue of nightshades has come up a few times recently. Nightshades, those vegetables that find their roots in the Solanaceae family of plants, include a host of reputable veggies and spices: eggplant, potatoes (yes, we know, not so reputable), peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne pepper, Tabasco sauce, et al. (Black pepper isn’t included in this list.)

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10 Ways to Forage in the Modern World

We’ve all been there, said we’d bypass the appetizers at the annual office picnic or told ourselves ahead of time that we absolutely don’t need a slice of birthday cake, but before you know it you’re stuffing bacon-laden potato skins (potato – of all things!) into your mouth or reaching for yet another slice of Fudgy the Whale cake.

The bottom line is that temptation is lurking around just about every corner, and with the soon-to-come slew of summer barbeques (hello flag cake!) and other excuses to chow down, we figured you could use a few strategies to help you stay the course.

Just like last week’s post on foraging for food at junk food joints this post aims to provide some real world skills that would make your Primal ancestors proud. The dietary landscape may have changed, but the need to forage has not.

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Drink Less Water?

Dear Mark,

I always hear that I should be drinking eight glasses of water a day, but it takes a lot of unnatural effort to get close to that. Is it just me? What’s your take on the water rule?

Best,

Jaime

As you know by now, my job is to question Conventional Wisdom. One of the classic health paradigms I’ve always had a problem with is the blanket recommendation by the general health community that we all should be consuming copious amounts of water. It just doesn’t make sense to me and it never has. Face it, Grok did NOT walk around with a canteen or an Evian bottle affixed to his loincloth. He and the Grok family thought Nalgene was the name of the tribe across the valley and they never owned a sippy cup with which to gulp down mass quantities of H20. Day after day it was a drop here and a mouthful there – if a source of water other than a dewy leaf was even available. Since Grok and his cadre probably didn’t spend too much time hanging around the water hole. (All those predators you know…) 8 glasses of water a day is unlikely a physiological necessity, not to mention an evolutionarily relevant model. Grok obtained most of his water directly from the food he ate, and I believe that we probably should, too.

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 1

60 in 3 shares healthy ideas for how to spend your weekend.

I ate a pie offers up the good, the bad, and the delicious on fruit treats to enjoy this summer.

The IF Life explains why you can healthily (and naturally) skip breakfast.

Modern Forager dishes up ten common/uncommon cooking oils (and how to use ‘em!).

Conditioning Research suggests some great alternatives for full contact twists.

Fitness Black Book rants on “core” obsession.

Robb Wolf highlights paleo diet vs. multiple sclerosis.

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Some Very Intense News

A study (abstract here) published online in the American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology suggests that short but intense bouts of exercise can confer the same health benefits for the heart as longer, less-intense activities.

For the study, researchers from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada recruited 20 healthy but untrained individuals and assigned them to perform a six week series of either low-volume sprint interval training (SIT) or traditional high-volume endurance training (ET). Specifically, the SIT group performed between 4 and 6, 30-second “all-out” Wingate Sprint Tests separated by 4.5 min of recovery, 3 days per week. The ET group, meanwhile, completed 40-60 min of cycling at moderate intensity, 5 days per week.

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