Month: September 2013

I Have Never Felt Healthier in My Life

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!

I don’t have a dramatic story to tell but I have had fantastic results from changing to the paleo diet and I now for the first time in my life feel good all the time and I am not concerned that I’m headed for diabetes or a heart condition. Throughout my adult life I have had several health issues, while not as severe as many of the stories told on this website, were definitely keeping me from a high quality of life. It was very difficult for me to accept that the paleo way of eating was an appropriate and safe diet as I have been brainwashed like everyone else to believe eating certain foods cause health issues which is just not true.

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It’s Not Just About the Weight Loss

A whole lot of people come to the Primal Blueprint looking to lose weight. Some come with significant excess weight. Their before and after photos showcase amazing physical transformations that can have us doing a double take wondering how it’s the same person. Others, however, come to the PB with few actual pounds to lose. Their photos display less dramatic outward differences, but their stories tell otherwise.

Inherent to many of their narratives is the common refrain that people didn’t understand their interest in going on a “diet.” Why would they bother? What were they trying to prove? What exactly are they trying to accomplish anyway? As reader Stephart shared in her comment to last week’s gluten-free post, she’s been directly told, “You don’t need to diet. You’re tiny!”

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How-To: Standup and Mobile Workstations

A few years back, my general manager and editor hurt his back deadlifting. He found the only way he could comfortably work at a desk was to stand. It worked really well for him, even offering benefits above and beyond the improvements in lower back pain – stuff like improved energy levels and increased focus and cognition. Once his back recovered, he continued to stand because of these benefits. It eventually spread to the rest of us at Mark’s Daily Apple and Primal Blueprint, prompting me to devote an entire post to standup workstations.

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Unveiling The Paleo Manifesto: An Exclusive Excerpt

I’m happy to have my friend, John Durant, share an exclusive excerpt from his new book, The Paleo Manifesto. Many of you remember John from his feature in the New York Times and hilarious interview on The Colbert Report, which raised the profile of primal living.

Well, John’s book is finally done – and trust me, it’s worth the wait. Just don’t expect any recipes or meal plans (he’s a crummy cook). John begins by going behind the scenes at one of the world’s top zoos to learn how they keep animals healthy in captivity – hint: mimic their natural habitat – which kicks off a series of adventures exploring everything from the Bible’s obsession with hygiene to the British reputation for lousy teeth. John distills the lessons from his adventures and applies them to modern life – food, fasting, movement, bipedalism (standing, walking running), thermoregulation, sun, sleep, ethics, and the environment – showing how to craft a holistic primal lifestyle in the modern world. Entertaining and beautifully-written, The Paleo Manifesto is an accessible and credible defense of primal living that even skeptics will enjoy.

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Dear Mark: What’s the Deal with Fiber?

Last week’s guest post from Konstantin Monastyrsky, author of Fiber Menace, generated a lively, boisterous, and at times combative comment section. I use these descriptors in the best sense possible, mind you; debate is healthy and necessary, even – nay, especially – if it’s impassioned. So right off the bat, I want to thank everyone who wrote in. I also want to thank Konstantin, whose views on fiber forced me to reconsider my own way back when I first encountered him over five years ago. Without his input last week, we wouldn’t be having this discussion, and many people would still be sitting on whatever side of the fiber fence they prefer, never even considering that another side exists. I know I might still be catching up if I’d never read his book all those years.

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