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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: June 2014

Do You Really Believe You Can Change?

There’s something about an “against all odds” account that gets people going. I know I love them. I’m a sucker for a good sports tribute or even a good story that circulates on Facebook. Being in the field I’m in, I’ve seen it thousands of times. Heck, look through the MDA Success Stories and see how many are those jaw-dropping surprises you wouldn’t believe except you’re seeing it there in full pixel glory. Behind every one of those accounts is some kind of energy. It’s not unique. It’s just persistent. It’s a belief that you can leave behind old behavior and restriction. It’s a belief that you can walk into a new way of living the same way anyone else can. It’s the belief that you have what it takes to show up for yourself on a daily basis, accomplish the task you’ve set out to do and let the momentum take you to levels of health you desperately want or maybe can’t even envision yet. It’s the concept of self-efficacy.

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An Open Letter to Kids and Teens (and Infant Prodigies)

In light of the recent release of Paleo Girl – a new Primal book that helps teens navigate the crazy world of flawed dietary and fitness advice, and get a jump start on healthy living – I’m republishing this article I originally wrote and published in December 2011. If you want the next generation to grow up in a healthier world, share this article with your friends and family. Let’s give the young adults in our lives the knowledge they need to be successful!

Dear youngsters,

You’re going through some difficult times, no doubt. I’ve been in your shoes before. I’ve been a kid dealing with basically all the same stuff you have to contend with. I’ve been there.

Your hormones are probably (depending on age, gender, and exposure to attractive members of opposite/same sex) either raging, simmering, fomenting, budding, and/or swelling.

Your legs and arms may be growing at disproportionate rates, leaving you feeling like a stranger in your own body.

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Introducing the First Primal/Paleo Book for Teenagers! (plus a Limited-Time Special Offer)

I couldn’t be more pleased to announce Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest release, the highly anticipated Paleo Girl by Leslie Klenke. This groundbreaking book targets an often overlooked demographic when it comes to the world of health and wellness—teenagers! Primal/paleo lifestyle books target adults and thereby miss a potential connection with the teen reader. Paleo Girl is written in a hip, conversational style that reveals Leslie’s deep empathy and understanding for the teen years. After all, she only recently left that stage herself.

This book is a must have for any Primal book collection, and an excellent gift idea for any teen in your life. Consider it a great summer read to get your daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, or friend on track for an excellent school year in August. And when you order a copy today you’ll get a bunch of free bonus gifts. But more on that in a moment…

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Dear Mark: Signs You Should Eat More Carbs

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’ll be addressing a single article from a highly-lauded intellectual institution: the Huffington Post. I’m kidding of course. The HuffPo has some great stuff, but they’ve also got to pay the bills and fluffy articles inevitably slip through the cracks. This article is one of the latter, claiming to give five definitive signs that you – the personal “you” – absolutely need to be eating more carbohydrates. How does it stack up?

Let’s find out:

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 299

I am an investor in an exciting new gym in West Los Angeles called Sirens and Titans. I will be giving a talk there on performance and ideal body composition on Sunday, June 22. It’s limited to 60 participants. I’ll give my talk and then it will be followed immediately by a HIIT workout that anyone can do…on the VersaClimber. Learn more here and get your tickets here.

The South Asian Health Solution, the first book to provide an ancestral health-based wellness plan culturally tailored for those of South Asian ancestry, can now be had in audiobook format. Listen at your leisure!

Leslie Klenke’s Paleo Girl is due for official release on June 10th. Leslie recently hung out with Sam Feltham of Smash the Fat fame to talk about her book, a sort of “junior version” of The Primal Blueprint designed for teen girls. If you know someone who fits that description, they need this book. Check back here on MDA on the 10th for more details and giveaways.

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Slow Cooker Harissa Stew

Remember this delicious harissa lamb chop recipe? Take the recipe’s advice and also try harissa – a spicy North African condiment you can make at home with dried chiles, garlic, coriander, cumin, caraway and olive oil – as a rub for other types of meat like pork or beef. This recipe for slow cooker harissa stew guides the way.

In this recipe, harissa gives the stew meat complex, spicy flavor but the stew isn’t overly hot. However, if the moderate level of spiciness is still too hot for you, then cool the stew down by adding extra coconut milk at the end. If the stew isn’t spicy enough, then use leftover harissa as a condiment served with the stew.

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