Month: April 2021

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 128

Research of the Week
In women, taking vitamins, probiotics, vitamin D, and omega-3s seems to reduce the risk of COVID infections.

Women who use combined oral contraceptives tend to have higher levels of oxidative stress and CRP.

What were the genetics of early Bronze Age Greeks?

Human laughter may have evolved from apes panting during play.

Livestock have always enriched grasslands.

A recent review of the evidence finds that the introduction of ivermectin reduces COVID morbidity.

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7 Strategies for Making Change Less Stressful

Whenever I meet with a new client, I can feel their apprehension about making any lifestyle changes within the first few minutes – especially once we start talking about food .

It’s the worry about never being able to have their favorite foods again. The fear of not being able to stick with it. The judgement from friends and family, who, in their opinion, are going to alienate them from social functions, happy hours, and dinner parties (you know, once those are in full swing again).

The emotions and ‘what ifs’ that come up for some people can seriously derail them from a life they love and completely deserve. Just the idea of change becomes such a roadblock that they’d rather stay stuck in their current patterns than take steps toward something different.

Sound familiar? If so, stick around because I’m going to unpack why change is so stressful and tangible steps you can take to make it easier.

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Maximum Sustained Power Training, or MSP

There’s a West LA gym called Sirens and Titans run by a very special coach named Jacques LeVore. This coach isn’t the only reason to attend the gym—its entire staff is incredible and impressive—but he is the main reason I decided to invest. He devised a form of strength training for endurance athletes called Maximum Sustained Power Training, or MSP Training. I included it in my Primal Endurance book from several years back as a great way for dedicated endurance athletes to not just incorporate strength training without impeding their endurance performance but to actively improve it.

MSP training is an effective way to train for anyone who wants to get stronger and generate more power for longer. If you want to play with your kids and keep up with them, bouncing on the trampoline and playing hide and seek and tag and tossing them up in the air, MSP can help you sustain your intensity. If you want to play pickup basketball or rec league sports, MSP will keep you going til the end. And yes, if you want to dominate the local 10k or run a marathon or complete a triathlon, you have to strength train, and maximum sustained power training is a great way to do it.

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Thank Goodness for Failure!

For our animal brethren, mistakes are very often fatal. Stockpiling too little food for the winter, zigging when they should have zagged to escape the predator’s clutches, or stepping awkwardly and breaking a leg could, and probably did, spell the end.

For better or worse, we modern humans usually get to live with the consequences of our actions. We are around to deal with the aftermath of our mistakes. Even though most of our daily screw-ups are of little consequence in the big picture of life, they still feel awful. Our mammalian brains are wired to be highly averse to failure, pain, and social rejection, though they are unavoidable. As long as you’re living and breathing, you’re going to make mistakes, sometimes big ones.

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Transitioning from Vegetarianism and Becoming Less and Less Dependent on Medications: Polly Wolfe’s Success Story

Today, we have another Success 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. Thank you for reading!

Hi, Mark!

Type 2 diabetes runs in my family big time, so this was the impetus for getting healthy. Learning about Primal and the keto diet helped me do it.

I have lost 27 pounds since my bloodwork showed I was prediabetic. I didn’t understand insulin resistance, and I was headed that way. I had neuropathy in my feet, but I didn’t know what it was. It’s gone now. I had knee pain. Gone. I have arthritis starting in my finger — no issues with it now.

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Black Charcoal Detox Latte Recipe

You’ve had emerald green matcha lattes, vibrant golden turmeric lattes … why not try a smoky black charcoal latte?

Activated charcoal is a trendy ingredient that you’re seeing in coffee drinks, ice creams, and even in specialty cocktails all over town. The charcoal adds a mysterious dusky hue to anything it touches, but there are reasons people are reaching for charcoal that go beyond the visuals.

Some people keep activated charcoal on hand for the occasional bout of digestive upset, and it has quite the reputation for relieving bloat in some people. Others are after its detoxifying effect, claiming that they notice a difference in their skin clarity.
Charcoal, Nutrients, and Medications
When consuming charcoal, it’s very important to take it away from food and vitamins, and stay hydrated. If you’re on any medication, ask your doctor about consuming charcoal, because the charcoal could decrease the effect of some medicines.
How Does Activated Charcoal Taste?
You may wonder if breaking open an activated charcoal capsule into your latte will make it taste like your backyard BBQ. Rest assured, it doesn’t. The activated charcoal doesn’t add much flavor-wise, and it certainly doesn’t taste burnt, as you might expect it to.

That’s great news for this activated charcoal latte. You’ll taste cozy vanilla and creamy, frothy milk, lightly sweetened. And who knows, your skin may take on a glow afterward.

Let’s make one.
Activated Charcoal Black Detox Latte Recipe

Ingredients

Contents of 2 activated charcoal pills, or about 3/4 tsp. charcoal powder
1 cup milk of choice (we used full fat almond milk)
1 scoop of unflavored collagen powder
Sweetener of choice, to taste
1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt, optional

Directions
Warm the milk in a small saucepan. Add the charcoal, sweetener and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.

 

Pour the mixture into a mug. Use a frothing wand to blend until frothy. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Info* (per latte)
*Will vary based on the type of milk and sweetener you use

Calories: 133
Sugar: 1.5g
Sodium: 160.1mg
Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0
Trans Fat: 0g
Carbs: 3.1g
Net Carbs: 3.1g
Fiber: 0
Protein: 5g
Cholesterol: 0mg

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