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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 2016

Contest Poll: 2016 Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos

A couple weeks back I asked you to film and share your favorite Primal Blueprint recipes for a chance to win $1500 in gift certificates to US Wellness Meats. This particular contest has always been a 21-Day Challenge staple, but this year, I upped the ante by moving the contest over to Instagram, thus limiting videos to just 15 seconds each. The response was nothing short of amazing, as you guys came through with 35 top-notch entries!

Picking a short list of favorites was challenging, so the Worker Bees and I threw our favorites into a pot and chose the first five. I’m telling you, all of this year’s submissions were pretty amazing.

While there can only be one winner, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone that took the time to submit a video. I hope you had as much fun making them as we had watching them!

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Dear Mark: 21-Day Challenge Rapid Fire Edition, Part 2

Last week, I answered a bunch of the questions readers asked at the start of the 21-Day Challenge. You guys came up with so many great questions that I couldn’t get through all, or even most of them. So today, I’m back with another round of rapid fire answers to many of your questions. I talk about the utility (or lack thereof) of window-filtered sunlight in the winter, the need (or not) for 8 glasses of water a day, how fasting can impact fitness, why someone’s sleep might be suffering, which source of glycine is best, whether chlorine in a pool is bad for you, and many, many more.

Let’s go:

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 384

We almost killed off the buffalo, and now we have a chance to help them return to their native lands. Support the Tanka Fund.
Research of the Week
Low cholesterol, especially LDL and HDL, predicts increased suicidality.

Trail running quells anxious rumination.

Dunbar’s number persists into our social media networks.

Beards may protect hospital workers against staph infections.

Catch-up sleep (2 days at 9.7 hours per night) on the weekend can offset sleep deprivation during the week (4 days at 4.3 hours per night).

Arch supports may increase the energetic cost of human locomotion.

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Cashew Turmeric Chicken Salad (Plus a Contest)

Cashew cream is a vegan obsession that can certainly have a place in a Primal kitchen. To make cashew cream, simply blend cashew nuts with water. A little bit of water makes thick, spreadable cream—and a lot of water turns cashew cream into cashew milk. Either way, the texture is smooth and creamy while the flavor is mild and slightly sweet.

The natural sweetness makes cashew cream an instant dessert. Try a spoonful right out of the blender—it’s like nutty whipped cream. It’s good. A little too good. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Surprisingly, though, all it takes is a little salt, acidity, and spices to take cashew cream in a completely different direction. With those slight modifications, you’ll have yourself a savory dressing. Cashew cream is an obvious replacement for dairy, or, in this recipe, a stand-in for mayonnaise. Believe it or not, this mayonnaise-free chicken salad can easily compete against traditional chicken salad with mayo. The creamy, slightly tangy dressing coats the chicken nicely, and some celery and shallot add a little crunch.

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Going Primal Transforms a Family of Four

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 am a 43-year-old man who was an intravenous meth user for 18 years, in prison three times, jail 18 times, and homeless. I was saved from my drug use and criminal life, but I had become depressed. I became reclusive and began to eat myself into obesity…topping the scales at 315 pounds. I had absolutely no energy and was completely useless to my wife and son. The example I was setting for my two-year-old son was an unhealthy lifestyle. Unless I changed my habits, and he continued to eat what I was serving him, his health would suffer.

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Contest: Win a Better Breakfast

The Prize:

A $200 Breakfast (and more) package from U.S. Wellness, comprising the following: Beef Minute Steaks, Beef Breakfast Italian, Sausage Sliders, Beef Breakfast Polish, Sausage Sliders, Beef Pemmican, Honey/Cherry Free Bar, Beef Tallow – small pail, Beef Sugar Free Bacon Slices, Beef Sugar Free Bacon Tips, Sugar Free Canadian Pork Bacon Slices, Sugar Free Pork Bacon Slices, Beef Gelatin, Beef Snack Sticks, Beef Head Cheese, Beef Liverwurst, Beef Braunschweiger, Sugar Free Pork Sausage, and Bison Chorizo Sausage.

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