Month: June 2014

Do Your Workouts Feel Like a Chore?

Evolution tends to reinforce healthy, beneficial behaviors that improve the survival of members of a species by making them enjoyable. Sex, sleep, socializing, and animal fat either feel good, taste good, and sometimes feel and taste good at the same time not “just because” but because they are necessary components of a healthy, (re)productive lifestyle. And it’s not just the act that feels good. Evolution has also reinforced the anticipation of the behavior. At the prospect of sex, we become aroused, horny, randy, or whatever you want to call the pleasure of anticipation. Those long, delicious yawns that herald the surge of melatonin and promise excellent sleep as we slip beneath the cool covers with a good book? Nothing better. And I still get happy stomach butterflies when friends are coming for dinner and the scent of crackling pork skins fills the kitchen.

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Dear Mark: Exercise and Gut Diversity; Pregnancy and Calories

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, we’ve got a two-parter. First up is a discussion of the latest (and only) exercise and gut flora study. It’s been making the rounds and even I gave it a brief mention in yesterday’s Link Love, but today I dig a little deeper. Find out what we can take away from it and apply to our own lives. Then, I cover a series of several questions regarding pregnancy, calories, weight gain, and exercise from a newly pregnant mother-to-be. Even though I’m a man, I offer my perspective and insight.

Let’s go:

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 300

Forget standing workstations. The new ergonomics movement sweeping the startup world is the fetal position workstation. Kidding aside, the typical sedentary office environment is a serious public health problem, and we’re tackling it head on. I’m working with biomechanist and popular author Katy Bowman on a comprehensive multimedia course called Don’t Just Sit There!. Stay tuned for more on that in the near future.

I was recently on the Low Carb Paleo Show podcast. Go have a listen.

Episode #23 of The Primal Blueprint Podcast is now live. Brad has a lively discussion with Paleo Girl author Leslie Klenke about her background, her story, her new book, and why parents should read it alongside their teens.

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Sweet Potato Pasta with Hearty Meat Sauce (No Pasta Needed!)

You can never have too many quick and easy meals in your recipe arsenal. If the recipe is family-friendly and likely to please everyone at the table, all the better. If it’s also a one-pot meal that provides all the protein and veggies you need in one sitting, then it’s a real keeper.

Sweet Potato Pasta is just this type of meal. High in protein from ground beef, the dish also contains a healthy and dense source of carbs (sweet potato) and a few brightly colored vegetables (tomatoes and bell pepper). Although you could serve this over zucchini or celeriac “noodles” there’s really no need. Just fill your bowl with sweet potato pasta sauce and dig in.

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Paleo Girl: The Evolution of a Yo-Yo Dieter

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!

My story isn’t entirely unique or the most profound physical transformation you’ll ever see; and it’s not strictly a tale of finding the right diet, shedding some pounds, and living happily ever after. In addition to finding my version of wellness, this journey was one of self-discovery, finding purpose, and embracing self-love.

When I was in high school, I started my tumultuous affair with yo-yo dieting. I didn’t know the first thing about nutrition and certainly had never considered what my health or fitness goals were—but there I was starving myself, popping diet pills, and hitting the gym. If I really sit and think about it now, I realize I was only going through those motions because I had naively given my high school boyfriend too much control over my life. He was the original yo-yo dieter.

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Final 24 Hours of Paleo Girl Special Offer

This is just a quick reminder that today is the final day of the special offer period for the newly released book Paleo Girl by Leslie Klenke. It ends at 11:59 PM PDT tonight, June 13.

If you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, this is your last chance to grab a copy and get the free bonus gifts, including: a $10 gift certificate to, a free eBook title Paleo Girl IRL, a signed copy of the book, and more.

You can learn all the details here.

And by the way, the audiobook version of Paleo Girl (pictured right) is now available on and Audiobook purchases count toward the special offer, so if you prefer listening to your books while on the go this is a great option for you.

If you already have the book in hand, Leslie, myself, and our entire team would be incredibly grateful if you would publish a review of the book on Thank you in advance for your support. Grok on!

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