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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: December 2013

Weekend Link Love – Edition 273

Death by Food Pyramid, the long-awaited title from Denise Minger, will be released on Mark’s Daily Apple later this week, and with it a special offer with a bunch of free gifts. Check back on Wednesday for all the details. It’s a book and offer you won’t want to miss.

People of Newark, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: we’ve got Primal Blueprint seminars coming your way on February 27, and March 20, 2014, respectively. Come join us!

In case you missed the announcement earlier this week, registration for PrimalCon Oxnard 2014 is now open. Join us in southern California next September for a weekend retreat you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

For those of you that have been waiting, The Hidden Plague is now available on Kindle!
Research of the Week
After they suffer a spinal cord injury, ketogenic dieting helps mice regain forelimb motor function.

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Lamb and Prune Tagine

The name of this recipe doesn’t really do the dish justice. Prunes just aren’t sexy ingredients, even if you call them dried plums. But the way they meld with lamb, creating a perfect sweet and savory flavor, is nothing short of transcendent.

Every bite combines a meaty, tender morsel of lamb with a hint of sweet, soft prune. Saffron, turmeric, ginger, garlic and onion add layers of warm, complex flavor. This is a simple throw-it-in-the-pot-and-let-it-simmer kind of meal that’s dinner party and holiday worthy.

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Healthier at Age 44 Than 24: How I Lost 115 Pounds and Turned My Life Around

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!

Dear Mark,

I am 44 years old. I am a critical care clinical pharmacist. It is my job to follow current medical guidelines in regard to providing ~30% protein – 30% fat – 40% carbohydrate intravenous nutrition to patients and modulating macro and micronutrients based on their respective clinical situation. For over 20 years I have been well aware of the exact macronutrient composition of what I was personally “supposed” to be taking in, and exactly what I was actually taking in…down to the gram. During my 30s, I was extremely frustrated that I couldn’t ever figure out why I ate what I ate.

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In the Pursuit of Health, Should You Aim for Progress or Perfection?

A couple weeks ago I did a “Midweek Kick in the Pants” post directed at those who read Mark’s Daily Apple regularly but were still on the relative sidelines in terms of making the leap to Primal living. Most readers were grateful for the call to action. Many, in fact, shared they needed the push and took the post as the sign (or message) they were waiting for in order to take the PB full throttle. A few, however, expressed some disappointment, saying the approach felt unwelcoming toward those who were earnest readers but not full “converts.” Although I responded then, I’ve given the issue some thought since and wanted to delve into an important underlying concept I see here: is progress enough when it comes to Primal? And what about the impediments that keep us from committing to the a new way of living? Are they merely excuses, or is it more complicated than that?

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Join Us at PrimalCon in 2014: Tulum Fast Approaching, and Registration for Oxnard Now Open

Tulum is Looming!

As the cold weather sets in across America, Canada and Europe, it seems like a great time to mention our fast approaching PrimalCon Vacation Tulum, at the 5-star Dreams Tulum Resort and Spa on the Mexican Riviera, March 1st-6th, 2014.

When I announced this warm, tropical vacation back in the heat of the summer, over 100 early enthusiasts jumped at the opportunity and booked their rooms at the resort! I’d love for you to join us in Mexico come March. It’s a perfect time to escape a cold winter and relax with Primal enthusiasts from across the globe and our team of expert presenters.

To give you even more comfort that you are certain to have an incredible time in Tulum, we have prepared video highlights for each presenter on the docket. Just visit the PrimalCon Vacation Tulum page to learn more about the education and enlightenment you will enjoy in Tulum.

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Should You Be Eating High-Fat Dairy?

One thing that sets the Primal way of eating apart from other ancestral health approaches is our acceptance of dairy fat. Obviously, those people who can’t tolerate dairy shouldn’t eat it, but in my experience a significant portion of the community can handle high-quality, full-fat dairy, especially butter, yogurt, and cheese. We like these foods for many reasons. They’re delicious. They make vegetables more appealing and nutritious. They’re inherently nutritious themselves, containing fat-soluble vitamins and important minerals, while the potentially problematic components of dairy – the whey, casein, and lactose – are either absent or mitigated by fermentation. Fermented dairy is a good source of probiotics, too. All in all, dairy is worth including if you can do it.

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