Month: May 2018

One Sheet-Pan Shrimp and Broccoli with PRIMAL KITCHEN® Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette and Marinade

Primal Kitchen® Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette makes this meal a snap to cook. The dressing provides all the flavor, transforming roasted broccoli and shrimp into an incredible meal with sweet, sour and mildly spicy flavors.

Broccoli really soaks up the dressing well. You’ll probably find yourself cooking broccoli this way again and again, even without the shrimp.

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We Can Now Look Forward To Healthy Retirement Years

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 wife and I went Paleo 1/1/2016, initially guided by The Whole 30.

My wife lost weight, and we both passed through carb flu hell. We became virtually illness-free and enjoyed extra daily hours of energy…but I gained weight.

I was committed to grain- and sugar-free living, but confused about my extra pounds. A colleague suggested The Primal Blueprint, which I confess I stayed up all night to read.

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11 (Non-Dietary) Actions That Enhance Insulin Sensitivity

Insulin does a lot of important things for us. It pulls glucose from the blood and fritters it away into our cells to be burned for energy or stored as glycogen. It prevents hyperglycemic toxicity to neurons, pancreatic cells, the arterial walls and the generation of excessive levels of reactive oxygen species. It even promotes muscle protein synthesis and helps augment muscular hypertrophy, especially following resistance training. Clearly, we need insulin. Without it, we’d die, as type 1 diabetics readily do without an exogenous source.

But this process goes off the rails when our cells become resistant to the effect of insulin over time. We secrete too much. Our levels remain elevated. It becomes harder to burn body fat. In fact, we end up in even more efficient fat storage mode.

I’ve shared about nutritional means to enhance insulin sensitivity in the past. What about other non-dietary strategies?

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Intermittent Fasting for Women: What We Know Now

This is an updated version of a Dear Mark column from 2012. You can find the original version archived here. The below has been completely updated for 2018.

The blank slate hypothesis has fallen. Everyone comes into this world imbued with attributes, characteristics, and predilections that are uniquely theirs. We’re all humans, but we’re a diverse bunch, and that makes it interesting. And though it also makes giving cookie cutter health advice impossible, I just take that as an opportunity to stand out from the crowd and provide actionable advice that genuinely helps real people.

A perfect example is biological sex. Anyone who’s lived with the opposite sex, been married, or had kids of different sexes knows that males and females are different—on average.

There’s a ton of overlap, don’t get me wrong.

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Primal Snack Round-Up: 9 Tasty Options

It’s certainly getting easier to find healthier snacks at the store, but the convenience of healthier, pre-packaged snack food often comes at steep price. For most of us, homemade snacks are still the most practical, budget-friendly option.

For convenience, stick with whole food snacks that require little or no cooking. Fresh fruit, cut up veggies, olives, pickles, nuts and nut butter, sardines, soft- or hard-boiled eggs, and high quality cheese are always delicious choices.

And when you have a little more time to spend in the kitchen, try one of these favorite Primal snacks.

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Dear Mark: More Coffee Questions (plus a Vegan Vitamin Addition)

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering five questions about coffee and one about vegan vitamins. First, was I wrong about Aeropress? Second, what’s my take on CA’s move to put a cancer warning on coffee? Third, is aluminum in coffee makers a problem? Fourth, how does instant coffee stack up? Fifth, how can a person figure out if mold toxins in coffee beans are causing “caffeine jitters”? And finally, are there any other vitamins I’d add to my recommendations for vegan keto dieters?

Let’s go:

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