Month: October 2011

Managing Your Mitochondria: Nutrients and Supplements

In last week’s mitochondria post, I explained how burning fat for energy was the foundation for keeping your mitochondria plentiful, happy, and robust. If you can’t access fat for energy, your cellular power plants will not work as well as they can or should. Any mitochondrial health regimen must include that as a basic precept. Once you’ve firmly established your fat-burning beasthood, though? You’ve got to man the power plant with a competent workforce. In putting together your workforce, there are plenty of factors to consider, including micronutrient status, supplementation, and exercise, all of which play huge roles in the health of your mitochondria. Rather than hire Homer Simpson, Lenny, and Carl to run the plant, you basically want a bunch of Frank Grimes.

So, without further ado, let’s dig in to the nutrient and supplement side of things.

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Dear Mark: Egg Shell Calcium, Fully Hydrogenated Oils, HG Walking, Gorging, and Frozen Produce

This was a crazy week, eh? I offered up a brand new book and an accompanying special offer, and you guys responded. Although I’m not sure if we sold enough copies of The Primal Blueprint 21-day Total Body Transformation to make the New York Times best seller list (we’ll see and my fingers are crossed), I know it will changing many, many lives. And regardless of the ultimate outcome, I just wanted to thank you all for your support. I couldn’t – and wouldn’t – do it without you.

Anyway, it’s Monday, and that means it’s time for another round of “Dear Mark” questions-and-answers. We’ve got a good one on fully, as opposed to partially, hydrogenated oils (and the answer may surprise you). I cover homemade egg shell calcium supplements, average hunter-gatherer walking distance, the place of gorging in a Primal eating plan, and whether frozen produce retains sufficient nutrient content when compared to fresh. Let’s go.

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Announcement: Special Offer Ends Today!

UPDATE: The special offer outlined in this blog post has come to an end. Many thanks to everyone that participated in this book launch offer. Grok on!

Just a quick announcement to remind you that the special offer for The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation ends today, October 24, at midnight. This is your last chance to grab a copy (or 3, or more) and receive a bunch of free gifts, including a 60-minute 21-Day Transformation Podcast in which I explore the 8 Key Concepts everyone needs to know to get Primal, a 130-page eBook called Primal Living in the REAL World wherein hundreds of Mark’s Daily Apple readers share their tips and experiences on how to get and stay Primal, gift certificates to, and more. Learn all about the special offer and how to get your free gifts here.

If you’ve already purchased a copy, many, many thanks. I sincerely hope (and am confident that) the book and the accompanying freebies will help you take control of your health for life. With your help the new book has been in and hovering around the top 10 books sold on all week, reaching #3 overall mid-last week! That’s the power of the Primal community! Thank you, again.

Stay tuned for today’s regularly scheduled Dear Mark post in which I answer your questions about eating egg shells for calcium, hunter-gatherer activity levels, and the healthfulness of fully hydrogenated oils, frozen produce and intermittent gorging. Grok on!

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 161

The other day, Sean Croxton (of Underground Wellness) and I had a little chat, ate some fish, and did some pullups together. We filmed everything, if you’d like to watch.

Neanderthals usually get pegged as poor walkers and runners on account of their compact bodies and stubby lower legs, but more recently anthropologists are figuring that their shorter tibia were well-suited for walking the steep hills of Europe. Chris, got any pronounced brow ridges in your family?

Who said barefoot runners weren’t classy? Bob Ewing (of Primal Challenge fame) will be running the DC Marine Corps Marathon barefoot while wearing a tuxedo, not to highlight the plight of starving Wall Street execs but rather to raise $5,000 for a great cause – a charity that saves people’s lives who have cancer. Check out the video, which features popular barefoot enthusiasts Chris McDougall, Erwan Le Corre, John Durant, and Barefoot Ken Bob.

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Savory Roasted Pumpkin with Beef Short Ribs

When bright orange, eye-catching displays of oddly shaped pumpkins take over the entrance of markets, don’t walk on by thinking that pumpkin only belongs in two places: baked into a pie or set on the porch with a candle stuck inside. Pumpkin is a seasonal pleasure to be indulged in, not only because it has a delicious mild, sweet flavor but also because it’s loaded with antioxidants, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E and potassium.

Pumpkins can be stored at room temperature for weeks and sometimes months, so they can do double-duty as a decoration until it’s time for a veggie slaughter. For eating, choose smaller pumpkins (4 pounds or less) since they have better flavor and texture. Just because pumpkins have a sweet flavor, don’t think they have to be served sweet – a sprinkle of sea salt, garlic, fresh herbs, cumin, paprika and other spices all turn pumpkin into a savory vegetable. A coating of butter, olive oil or animal fat will coax the texture into being creamy, rather than stringy, and a side of beef or pork turns pumpkin into the perfect autumn meal.

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My Parents Have Been Right This Whole Time!

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!

Hi Mark,

First of all, thank you for ALL that you do. This lifestyle has truly changed my life – I am forever grateful!

I started Primal/paleo the day after Thanksgiving 2010. I have since lost 45 lbs. and feel better than I’ve ever felt in my life.

I grew up in a home where we ate pretty “healthy”. We didn’t go to fast food restaurants every day, we ate normal portions, and ate our fruits and veggies. When I hit my early teens, my parents started following The Zone diet, which then led to a mostly paleo lifestyle, which they continue to this day.

I went quite a different route.

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