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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: August 2017

Finding Balance After A Lifelong Eating Disorder

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 clearly remember my first experience with binge eating. I was only about ten years old, but my home life was in chaos. My dad had recently lost his business and declared bankruptcy, and we had to sell our home and almost all of our belongings. The turmoil was hard for my parents, but was absolutely traumatic for my younger sister and me. I remember waking up during the night and hearing them fighting over the situation. My sister and I were too young to understand the details, but old enough to know it was really, really bad.

At some point during that very rough time, I bought a bag of candy. This was an unusual occurrence for me because for most of my early life I was not allowed to eat sugary foods, and especially not candy. Once I had that bag of candy in my possession, though, I was obsessed. On that same day, within the course of an hour and with nobody watching me, I ate every last piece. For that brief time, I felt safe and happy. A drive in my brain was turned on that I had never experienced before. I had to eat it all and right now.

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CrossFit Training: How Primal Enables Elite Performance

By now, you know that CrossFit and Primal are totally compatible. You can get enough carbs, calories, and micronutrients eating this way. The specific foods we recommend support healthy recovery, injury prevention, tissue health, ample energy reserves, and even longevity. The lifestyle recommendations—the Primal Laws—provide extra advantages most “diets” completely ignore. And the focus on fat-adaptation buttresses an energy system many athletes lack. All in all, Primal is a great choice for any CrossFitter.

But one final question remains: Can it support and enable elite performance?

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Want to Upgrade Your Primal Cooking Experience?

Hey, everyone. I’ve got a regular post coming yet this morning, but I just had to let you all know about a great opportunity that’s right up the Primal alley.

If you’re a foodie, you’ll know that sous vide cooking is one of the best ways to prepare great-tasting healthy meals. My good friends (and yours, I’m sure), Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, have been working to perfect the art, ease, and economy of home sous vide cooking for almost a decade.

They’re about to unveil their latest, greatest home SousVide+ version—and, boy, it’s a beauty. They’ve launched a new Kickstarter campaign to offer the first units to interested foodies at significant discounts to MSRP as well as offering enticing upgrade packages. Have a look, and get in on the venture if you can!

If you’re looking to upgrade your food experience, you won’t be disappointed.

More to come this morning… Thanks, everyone!

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Is Keto Bad for the Thyroid?

Keto is fantastic, everyone says. It’s a great way to lose weight, improve cognition, and stave off degenerative disease. It may help your performance in the gym and on the track. It could even give Grandpa some respite from Alzheimer’s.

But it’s hell on your thyroid. Right?

Keto detractors and proponents alike often warn that remaining in ketosis will tank your thyroid. The thyroid’s an important gland, exerting major influence over essential systems like fertility, energy, metabolism, body temperature regulation, blood lipids, and general wellness. It controls the metabolic rate of every organ in the body. We want it working well, so this is a major blow to keto—if the criticism holds true. Fortunately, there’s much more to this story.

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How to Take the Weight of the World Off Your Shoulders (One Move at a Time)

Today’s awesome guest post is offered up by a good friend to MDA—Ryan Hurst, Co-founder and Head Coach at GMB Fitness. I hope it helps you during your work week. Enjoy, everyone!

Our shoulders carry a lot of our stress. We hunch forward at our desks trying to get work done, tensing up over issues we thought we’d fixed already. And it doesn’t help that we often have to stay in the same position, even if we are lucky enough to have standing desks, typing or doing some other repetitive tasks.

As a result, a lot of us have issues with tight shoulders, and we know we really should move and stretch them, but stiffness and aches can make this even more difficult and uncomfortable. And that dreaded vicious cycle sets in. Your shoulders are tight because you don’t move like you should, but when you start moving it starts to hurt. And that stops you from moving….

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Just a Reminder about the FREE Interpreting Your Genetics Summit

Hey, everybody. There’s a regular post coming this morning, but I wanted to remind everyone about the Interpreting Your Genetics Summit. I’ve talked about various genetic tests on the blog before and the ways I’ve used them to understand my own health. That said, this field is exploding these days, and I’m excited to hear from the 31 experts offering the latest in genetic/genomic information.

The Interpreting Your Genetics Summit is online and free from August 21-28. You’ll learn:

Your predisposition for diseases and how to minimize manifestation.
Genetic health traits your children are likely to inherit.
Whether your medications and supplements are right for you.
How to unlock previously unsolved health challenges.

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