Month: April 2013

Crawling, Balancing, Rolling: The Importance of Practicing Natural Movements

This is a guest post from Tracy Barksdale co-founder of True Nature Training. Tracy will be presenting at The Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar and True Nature Training in Austin and Houston, Texas this coming May 4th and 5th.

My job is essentially to get people to have fun. I am a MovNat Natural Movement Certified Trainer and Parkour coach at True Nature Training who uses play and unconventional programming to get people active without realizing they are getting a workout. It’s so common to get stuck in our fitness routines. Push ups, pull ups, squats, and sprints are all obvious choices for a primal fitness program, but when we get bored or hit a plateau it can help to widen your repertoire to introduce new things. In many cases, this great “new thing” is actually very old. Natural movement is a movement philosophy with a set of principles defined and popularized by Erwan Le Corre, founder of MovNat, and based on natural human movements that we have evolved doing. Our ancestors had to crawl, climb, run, jump and more just to survive. Yet with our modern luxuries, we often don’t find ourselves needing to do these things as often. It’s not uncommon to hear someone proclaim with a hint of pride that they have not climbed a tree since they were kids, like it’s a sign of being a mature adult. Natural movements are not just for kids or those who are already active. Natural movement belongs to every human being, and it’s your duty to maintain proficiency in these practical movements because you never know when you may need to use them. Here are some movements that can benefit anyone regardless of age or fitness level.

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Dear Mark: Protein for Pregnancy and Nursing, Reversing Sun Damage, Inflammatory Eggs

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another edition of Dear Mark. This time, I’m covering three topics. First up is optimal protein intake for breastfeeding and pregnant women. I’m not sure how I forgot to include those groups in last week’s protein post, but I did, and you guys called me out on it. Then, I discuss several different topical supplements you can try for reducing UV-induced skin damage. There may be damage that simply can’t be reversed, but I suspect you can improve the situation to some extent. And finally, I field a question from a reader who’s worried about eggs being inflammatory. It seems he’s just read a book whose author classifies over 2,000 foods by their “inflammation factor,” and eggs scored really, really low (i.e. bad).

Let’s get to it:

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 240

Texans, we’ve got a few openings left for the upcoming Primal Blueprint Transformation and True Nature Training Seminars in Austin on May 4 and in Houston on May 5. Learn how to live Primal and move naturally!
Research of the Week
A new study finds that markers of long-term stress (hair cortisol) correlate just as strongly to cardiovascular disease as traditional CHD risk factors.

Sunbathing mushrooms – the new vitamin D supplement?

Beards protect your face from sun damage, collect dust and pollen that would otherwise reach your nose, and help you retain moisture, according to science. You can expect me fully and lustrously bearded at the next PrimalCon.

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Philly Cheesesteak (with Optional Primal Cheddar Cheese Sauce)

As it turns out, Philly Cheesesteak is an amazing meal even if it’s just Philly Steak. Meaning, no cheese sauce or bread included. Not authentic, but delicious none-the-less. You really can’t go wrong with thinly sliced rib eye topped with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and peppers.

Philly Cheesesteak isn’t about fancy seasonings and preparation methods. Salt and pepper is all you need. Sear the thinly sliced steak for only a minute, sauté the mushrooms and peppers until tender, and cook the onions until brown and sweet. Then pile it all high on plate – Philly Cheesesteak isn’t about dainty serving sizes.

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I Was Astounded at How Quickly the Weight Came Off and Stayed Off

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!

Hello Mark,

I’ve been wanting to send in my story for a long time but I think I was waiting for a “happy ending” before I felt I could put it out to the world. I finally feel like I’m in a great place to send this out, though I would hardly consider it an ending.

My unhealthy relationship with food starts at the age of ten or eleven. I was swimming several times a week, so I was not overweight – but my eating habits were putting me on a track of a lifetime of unhealthy eating. I would come home from school before anyone else in my family and eat an entire bag of chips or candy and hide the evidence, because even at the age of ten I realized that this was an odd thing to do, and felt guilty about it.

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11 Small Wins to Help You Kick Start Your Primal Life

Last week I took up the idea of how small wins can lead to big successes. When we allow ourselves to appreciate the everyday accomplishments and set ourselves up for regular achievements, we inevitably gain confidence in our abilities and build the motivation to continue challenging ourselves. Ignoring a win is like brushing off a compliment: it’s a missed opportunity and a waste of positive energy. That energy matters more than we think in our journeys. When we shift the pattern and begin seeing – and celebrating – our small wins, however, we learn to literally see ourselves as winners (this doesn’t come easily for everyone), and as psychological reason goes, winning begets more success.

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