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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: January 2014

Dear Mark: New Year’s Resolution Edition

For today’s Dear Mark, we’ve got a series of questions and answers related to the successful realization of your New Year’s resolutions. No matter what you’ve actually resolved to try to do, you’ll probably find something of interest in today’s post. First, I cover the eternal question everyone ponders when attempting a lifestyle overhaul: cold turkey or baby steps? Next, I give tips to someone who’s worried he’ll fail going Primal just like all the other times he’s tried to change his diet. Third, I cover how quickly a person might see results from going Primal, explaining the various determining factors as well as the best way to think about your results. And finally, I reveal my (lack of) New Year’s resolutions for everyone to dissect!

Let’s go:

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 277

Todd Dosenberry’s put together another insane special offer. It’s an $887 package that includes 52 eBooks, 23 discounts (including one for and more. It’s just 39 bucks. The offer expires on Jan. 6, 11:59 PM EST, so act fast if you’re interested.
Research of the Week
According to new research, a genetic variant associated with a greater risk of type 2 diabetes comes from Neanderthals.

It was recently reported that resveratrol inhibits the benefits of exercise in older people, but those results have just been refuted.

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Moroccan Meatball and Egg Tagine

For breakfast or dinner, a meatball tagine hits the spot. Warmly spiced tomato sauce and meatballs are simmered together then topped with runny baked eggs that give the dish a creamy texture. Deeply flavorful and packed with protein and antioxidant-rich herbs and spices, a meatball tagine is immensely satisfying.

Traditionally called Kefta Mkaouara (meatball tagine with tomato and eggs), this Moroccan meal is traditionally cooked in a tagine, an earthenware pot with low sides and a cone-shaped cover. But have no fear; a wide saucepan with a lid works just as well.

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One Year to Become Truly Healthy

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 haven’t finished the year but this is how far I’ve come in 9 months.

I come from a family of five children. We were all born relatively healthy and we ate pretty “healthy” growing up. I am the eldest and my youngest sibling is 7 years younger than me. Somewhere around the age of 5 I developed asthma and at 8 developed allergies; similarly some of my other siblings did at different ages. My sister was born with asthma. My parents and grandparents never had asthma or allergies. I remember my mother thinking it was due to us growing up with a wood stove or that it must have come from genes of indirect relatives. Next I’m diagnosed as having ligamentous laxity due to my ligaments getting “caught” in my knees and my feet, legs, toes going into spasms, bending themselves backwards at the joints. At the age of 10 the doctors find a benign bone tumor, within a few months I’m undergoing major surgery. Next on the list was eczema, scaly hands and dry patches of skin, given prescription lotion and a scrub to get rid of it. Sometime during this period I also developed bursitis on my knees, back to the doctor, don’t kneel is the solution. All the while told I am borderline anemic. At 14 my parents’ divorce, and I start supporting myself by working in farm fields, restaurants and cleaning houses. I start experiencing back pain and low grade joint pain, constantly cracking my every joint in my body to relieve the pain. Then I start going through puberty, oh the pain. By time I was 15 I went to family planning on my own for birth control to relieve the pain. I did not want my mother thinking I wanted to be sexually active which I committed to myself not to be until after 18. So here I am at 15 on birth control, allergy medicine, and pain killers. Now enter urinary tract infections and kidney problems, constantly sick and needing so much sleep. Sometime in high school I decided I was born defective.

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11 Questions to Ask Yourself at the Start of a New Year

One of the best ways I’ve found to explore and set goals in my own life is to ask myself tough questions about my successes and failures— and to be brutally honest with my replies.

Now, this exercise must be done with some dedicated effort. A passing read through the questions while nodding only to forget about them in twenty minutes won’t get the job done. Discuss them with a friend, spouse, or loved one to make them real. Write them down on a piece of paper, or type your answers out. However you pay special attention to this exercise, give careful, thoughtful answers. This is about resolutions, but even more than that, this is about dialogue. Open, honest dialogue between your multiple selves, between the person that should be doing this or would rather be accomplishing that, and the person who does neither but desperately wants to. The resolutions will come, but expect it to take a little work. Let’s get to it…

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Death by Food Pyramid Now Available on Kindle and More Book News

This is just a quick update from the world of Primal Blueprint Publishing.

First up, Death by Food Pyramid on Kindle: I know many of you were eagerly awaiting the release of Denise Minger’s new book in Kindle format. I am happy to say that it is now available. You can grab a digital copy from for just $9.92 at the time of this writing.

Death by Food Pyramid is also now available on Barnes and Noble’s Nook for $11.49, and on Kobo for $13.09.

Last up, the special offer for The Primal Blueprint Box Set has come to an end. But don’t fret. You’re still in luck. The Primal Blueprint Box Set is now available at for the drastically reduced price of just $70.20. That’s nearly 30 bucks off the retail price, and a steal for the five books that comprise the Primal Blueprint canon.

I’ve got big publishing announcements for 2014, which I’ll be sharing here on Mark’s Daily Apple in the new week or two. Stay tuned!

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