Month: February 2017

Weekend Link Love – Edition 438

Folks need more vitamin E.

Getting the flu vaccine during pregnancy doesn’t seem to reduce autism risk in your offspring.

We sleep to forget.

Dogs lose weight on low-carb diets, too.

Over 700 genes determine height.

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Mississippi Roast

If you’ve ever perused Pinterest for recipes, you probably know about Mississippi Roast. A mouth-watering Internet sensation, Mississippi Roast is made by cooking chuck roast in a slow cooker with a stick of butter, powdered ranch dressing, powdered gravy or onion mix, and pepperoncini. Fans write about Mississippi Roast as if it’s the best thing they’ve ever eaten.  If you’ve been salivating over Mississippi Roast, but haven’t tried it due to the long list of artificial ingredients in powdered mixes like ranch dressing, this is your lucky day.

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After So Many Diets, This Is a Lifestyle I Can Maintain Forever!

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. In fact, I have a contest going right now. So if you have a story to share, no matter how big or how small, you’ll be in the running to win a big prize. Read more here.

As a 40-something woman, I’ve tried a lot of diets over nearly 30 years. And quite a few exercise programs, too. I’ve gained and lost 20 pounds multiple times. I was pretty good at losing weight once I put my mind to it – but the changes never stuck, old habits creeped back in, and the weight came back.

In 2006, I was feeling heavy, lethargic and desperate to lose weight once again. The South Beach Diet had been all the rage for a couple of years, and I decided to try it. I lost 30 pounds, and this was the first time in occurred to me that a lower carb diet might be better for my body. I wasn’t so good at the maintenance phase, however – a piece of whole wheat bread on occasion became a regular part of my diet. I restarted my love affair with chocolate ice cream, and the pounds gradually returned with several years of bouncing around on the scale.

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What’s Wrong with the “Best Diets”?

Every year, it’s the same thing: U.S. News and World Report ranks 38 of the most popular diets from best to worst. And every single time, the paleo diet—or some variant, in this case the Whole30 plan—comes in dead last. I’ve written about this before. You know my stance. You know how silly the whole thing is, and why you shouldn’t care about a ranking, especially when you’ve transformed your health eating the “worst diet in the world.”

Frankly, I’m skeptical these reports have much impact anymore.

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Where Do I Start? The Big Picture on Tackling Primal Challenges

Earlier this month, a reader posed a fantastic question that prompted today’s post. It was long, so I’ll give the choice bits rather than quote the entire thing:
Where do I start? I’d be interested in seeing your opinion on the relative impact of various primal lifestyle changes… Eating “clean” would be a 10, etc… but what about subtler things like sprinting, IF, quality sleep, sunlight, and play… So I guess I’m asking you to write on a 30,000ft level, how all these things interplay and what their relative contributions are to overall wellness.
Where does one start indeed?

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