Month: May 2014

Dear Mark: Are My Vibram FiveFingers Dangerous?

Today, I’m answering one hot-topic question for this week’s Dear Mark. It concerns an issue that’s inspired several dozen emails from readers: the Vibram FiveFingers lawsuit and settlement. If you want to skip ahead to the take home point, it’s that I’m not getting rid of my Vibram FiveFingers anytime soon. Heck, I’m wearing a pair as I type this. I may even be typing with my FiveFinger-clad toes. (It could happen…) If you want my more extensive take on it, read on.

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 296

Episode #19 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live and it features a very special guest: Steve Wright, the leaky gut guy. If you have leaky gut – or think you might – and want to fix it, this podcast is for you.

Speaking of Steve, his excellent Solving Leaky Gut will help you figure out how to fix your gut, improve digestion, and reduce food sensitivities. The deal ends on the 19th (that’s tomorrow), so act fast!
Research of the Week
But I thought a calorie was a calorie was a calorie.

We might not remember things that happened to us as babies because the birth of new brain cells literally erases the memories.

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How to Hot Smoke Salmon Without a Real Smoker

If you love hot smoked salmon but don’t own a smoker, then this recipe is for you. Rigging up a smoker in your kitchen is surprisingly simple. All you need is wood chips, aluminum foil, a metal steamer basket, and a wok or large Dutch oven. The salmon that emerges has a big, bold smoky flavor with a little bit of a sweet-salty thing going on too.

The recipe specifies wild salmon, and by now most of you know exactly why: wild salmon has more healthy omega-3 fats and far fewer toxins than farmed salmon. The texture of salmon hot smoked this way, rather than in a backyard smoker, is moister and less flaky. Expect the middle to look similar to a typical baked salmon fillet. While it’s not exactly the same thing, but if you love a smoked flavor then you’ll love this salmon in its own right.

This method of smoking won’t send smoke billowing through your house, so no need to pull the batteries out of the smoke detectors. It might make your house and smell pleasantly smoky in a sitting-around-the-campfire kind of way for the next day or so.

While you’ll be tempted to eat it right out of the smoker, hot smoked salmon tastes best when chilled. Check out the suggestions at the end of the post for some killer ways to serve this salmon.

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Complete Turnaround After Only Two Months

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!

After just two months it may be a little soon to be sending you one of these, but I just had to share.

I am a 30 year old police officer in FL. Ever since middle school I have been the fat kid. No matter how hard I tried the conventional way, I could not lose any weight and just kept getting heavier. Even the police academy only helped a little and as soon as it was over, the weight started piling back on (long hours of sitting and fast food). While I knew that I was overweight, I still didn’t worry too much about it because I was always the healthy one in my family. My immediate family is plagued with diabetes, thyroid issues, chronic asthma and allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, IBS… like I said, I was the healthy one.

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Improve Your Workouts with This One Simple Trick

Every once in a while I run across a study that makes me laugh even as it makes me think. Such was one in a gaming journal (admittedly unfamiliar territory to me). The study assessed the comparative impact of varying degrees of “human-like, software-generated” workout partners (e.g. “a nearly-human-like, humanoid partner (NHP), a hardly human-like, software-generated partner (HHP),” against one another and a no partner control as well as a genuine hominid presented virtually. The concept made me chuckle as I pictured the potential animation, but the results gave me something to consider. Subjects’ motivation was higher and generally the same in any of the partnered conditions, no matter how “hardly human-like” the partner. Other factors like perceived exertion, enjoyment or self-efficacy were also relatively constant among the partnered scenarios. The only significant difference measured was persistence, where the virtual hominid took top honors. (Grok would be proud – or just wholly befuddled.) The conclusion, as drolly described in the title of the study, was “Cyber buddy is better than no buddy.”

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How to Get High on Life: 10 Natural Ways to Feel on Top of the World

Many of society’s favorite psychoactive compounds, both legal and illegal, work by hijacking our own neurotransmitters and brain receptor sites. In other words, they aren’t creating something out of nothing nor are they necessarily imposing an alien influence. They only work because our brains are set up to get high and feel pleasure.

Why does pleasure exist? Pleasure is the carrot dangled by the body to get us to do the things we need to survive and prosper. It helps us reach important survival goals. But we’re not ascetics. Experiencing and appreciating pleasure as its own entity is necessary for true happiness and life contentment. Our genes expect us to feel good, not just do the tasks that feeling good compels us to complete.

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