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The Definitive Guide to Fish Oils

June 04 2009 - I was actually a little surprised that we hadn’t already done a Definitive Guide to fish oil when a Worker Bee suggested it to me. We’ve mentioned it enough, and it’s a hot enough topic that I j...

The Definitive Guide to Wine

October 11 2016 - For years, wine was my stress reliever at the end of a long day. Having given up grains and grain-based beverages over a decade ago, I swapped beer for wine. It was my frequent dinner companion. Grill...

The Definitive Guide to Blood Sugar

January 15 2020 - What's sweet, red, sticky, and deadly? Blood sugar. (I'm sure there are other things that qualify, but most of them contain sugar of some sort so I'm sticking with it.) Too little of it, and you...

The Definitive Guide to Children’s Nutrition

July 19 2017 - Feeding infants is quite simple. There's a ton riding on you getting it right, of course—a developing immune system, the fact that the kid's growing an inch a week, a permeable blood-brain barrier,...

The Definitive Guide to Traditional Food Preparation and Preservation

April 10 2012 - Before huge multinational corporations did it for us, humans had to figure out how to turn raw, unrefined formerly-living things into food that could be cooked or eaten. And before standup freezers, r...

The Definitive Guide to Dairy

January 28 2010 - I knew going in this was going to be a tricky one, because dairy, especially raw and/or fermented full-fat dairy, resides in a Primal gray area. The literature, the evolutionary reasoning, and the ane...

The Definitive Guide to Metabolic Flexibility

September 12 2018 - Metabolic flexibility is the capacity to match fuel oxidation to fuel availability—or switch between burning carbs and burning fat. Someone with great metabolic flexibility can burn carbs when they ...

The Definitive Guide to Fermented Foods

December 10 2009 - Life in the Paleolithic wasn’t a pristine, sterile existence. There were no fun-sized hand sanitizers or pasteurized eggs. Meat didn’t come shrink-wrapped, and it wasn’t stored in sub-40 degree ...

The Definitive Guide to Oils

January 20 2010 - Not all oils are created equal, especially given the fact that most of the ones people use nowadays are actually created in an industrial factory. No oil “exists naturally,” mind you. Olive oil...

The Definitive Guide to Resistant Starch

March 26 2014 - A few years back, I briefly covered an article about how "carbs will make you lose weight" because so many readers had emailed about it. It turned out that the "carbs" in the article were resistant st...

The Definitive Guide to Wine

October 11 2016 - For years, wine was my stress reliever at the end of a long day. Having given up grains and grain-based beverages over a decade ago, I swapped beer for wine. It was my frequent dinner companion. Grill...

The Definitive Guide to Traditional Food Preparation and Preservation

April 10 2012 - Before huge multinational corporations did it for us, humans had to figure out how to turn raw, unrefined formerly-living things into food that could be cooked or eaten. And before standup freezers, r...

The Definitive Guide to Children’s Nutrition

July 19 2017 - Feeding infants is quite simple. There's a ton riding on you getting it right, of course—a developing immune system, the fact that the kid's growing an inch a week, a permeable blood-brain barrier,...

The Definitive Guide to Fish Oils

June 04 2009 - I was actually a little surprised that we hadn’t already done a Definitive Guide to fish oil when a Worker Bee suggested it to me. We’ve mentioned it enough, and it’s a hot enough topic that I j...

The Definitive Guide to Blood Sugar

January 15 2020 - What's sweet, red, sticky, and deadly? Blood sugar. (I'm sure there are other things that qualify, but most of them contain sugar of some sort so I'm sticking with it.) Too little of it, and you...

The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol

June 25 2020 - Contrary to what we've been told, cholesterol didn't evolve to give us heart disease. It's not here to kill us. The actual roles of cholesterol in the body include insulating neurons, building and mai...

The Definitive Guide to Inflammation

November 06 2019 - Inflammation gets a bad rap in the alternative health world: "Inflammation causes heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease! It's at the root of depression." These are all true—to some extent. ...

The Definitive Guide to Grains

June 18 2008 - Amber Waves of Pain Order up! Yes, folks, it?s definitive guide time again. I?ve read your requests and am happy (as always) to oblige. Grab your coffee (or tea), and pull up a seat. Glad you?re with...

The Definitive Guide to Sugar

May 05 2010 - You’d think this post would come with a blaring alarm, flashing strobe light or at least an ominous gong. Sugar, after all, gets little welcome around these parts. It’s on one hand a dastardly dev...

The Definitive Guide to Protein

June 10 2020 - Protein is an incredible essential macronutrient. Fat is plentiful, even when you’re lean, and there are only two absolutely essential fatty acids; the rest we can manufacture from other precursors ...

The Definitive Guide to Inflammation

November 06 2019 - Inflammation gets a bad rap in the alternative health world: "Inflammation causes heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease! It's at the root of depression." These are all true—to some extent. ...

The Definitive Guide to Play

June 24 2009 - I’ve mentioned the Primal concept of play quite a bit recently, and I figured I should clarify what I mean with a comprehensive post. But Mark! A Definitive Guide to something that is essentially...

The Definitive Guide to Body Composition

March 24 2020 - With so many people choosing to track health data nowadays, I get a lot of questions about the best way to measure body composition. Today I’m going to cover some of the most common methods, their p...

The Definitive Guide to Walking

June 08 2011 - At first glance, this title probably threw you off. I mean, a guide to walking? Are we moderns really that dysfunctional that we can't even walk correctly? C'mon, Sisson - you must be out of ideas. ...

The Definitive Guide to Low Level Aerobic Activity

July 02 2009 - Maybe you’ve found yourself feeling self-conscious on evening walks while five people pass you (perhaps twice) in their best running forms. Perhaps you spent the day at the lake canoeing or hiking a...

The A-to-Z Guide to Leading a Primal Lifestyle

October 07 2015 - Print this out. Bookmark it. Send it to friends who don’t quite get the Primal thing. Consider this a valuable resource for all-things Primal. It’s a nice, alphabetical encapsulation of what it me...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 1: Benefits of Sprinting

June 12 2019 - As Primal enthusiasts know, sprinting is an essential element to leading an optimally fit life. After all, it’s one of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws, and perhaps the quintessential anti-aging activit...

Definitive Guide To Sprinting, Part 2: Creating a Sprinting Workout (+Video)

June 12 2019 - Now that you've absorbed the rationale and benefits to add sprinting to your fitness program with Part One of the Definitive Guide To Sprinting, let’s get into the details of how to conduct a great ...

Learn Proper Running Form to Increase Efficiency and Decrease Injury Risk

January 23 2020 - Running is the most simple and straightforward of fitness activities, so we generally don’t pay much attention to learning and refining proper running form. Consequently, there’s a widespread prob...

Dear Mark: Muscle Building and Carbs

November 03 2008 - Dear Mark, I am a loyal Daily Apple reader who's just begun a full-scale primal + IF + HIIT lifestyle. My only worry is that of muscle loss or impeded muscle growth. As a friend of multiple muscle...

The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination

March 10 2015 - Several years ago, I briefly discussed a few methods for overcoming procrastination, but they didn't take. The sea change I expected never came. People still procrastinated as much as they ever did, d...

The Definitive Guide to Breaking Bad Habits

July 23 2020 - Over the past few months, you’ve probably picked up a few habits you might not be thrilled with right now. Maybe your new normal has you staring mindlessly at the fridge looking for something snacky...

The A-to-Z Guide to Leading a Primal Lifestyle

October 07 2015 - Print this out. Bookmark it. Send it to friends who don’t quite get the Primal thing. Consider this a valuable resource for all-things Primal. It’s a nice, alphabetical encapsulation of what it me...

The Definitive Guide to Stress, Cortisol, and the Adrenals: When ‘Fight or Flight’ Meets the Modern World

July 05 2007 - One of my goals with this weekly column is to make significant human health issues easy to understand and discuss. I was pleased that last week's piece, the Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar &a...

Dear Mark: Keto Follow-Up

June 12 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering some questions from the comment board of last week's Definitive Guide to Keto. You folks came up with some great ones. Is counting carbs in non-starchy ...

How to Conduct a Self Experiment: Resistant Starch

April 08 2014 - It's been well over a year since we last did a self experimentation post, and I think it's time for one on that current sensation: resistant starch. Whether you're an ardent low-carber, a carnivore, o...

Dear Mark: Common Stumbling Blocks

January 12 2009 - Dear Mark, As a newbie to MDA I'm interested in doing the Primal Challenge for the year. I'm sold on the idea of PB and understand how it should work. The problem is I've had one failure after ano...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

May 31 2017 - At the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—"41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017." The idea here...

Why These Nine Famous Thinkers Walked So Much

October 15 2014 - A couple weeks back, I wrote about how integral walking is to being human. And over the years I've written about the health benefits of walking, how and why you should walk barefoot, and even a defini...

Post-Binge Biology: What Happens To Your Body When You Overeat (and 8 Things To Do Afterward)

December 18 2019 - 'Tis the season for consumption. Cookies, cakes, and pies abound. Feasts happen on a regular basis. Candy is given and received as gifts. And there are parties immeasurable—at work, with family, ...

The Definitive Guide to Children’s Nutrition

July 19 2017 - Feeding infants is quite simple. There's a ton riding on you getting it right, of course—a developing immune system, the fact that the kid's growing an inch a week, a permeable blood-brain barrier,...

The Definitive Guide to Inflammation

November 06 2019 - Inflammation gets a bad rap in the alternative health world: "Inflammation causes heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease! It's at the root of depression." These are all true—to some extent. ...

The Definitive Guide to Play

June 24 2009 - I’ve mentioned the Primal concept of play quite a bit recently, and I figured I should clarify what I mean with a comprehensive post. But Mark! A Definitive Guide to something that is essentially...

Definitive Guide: The Primal Blueprint

June 04 2008 - Build the Healthiest Possible Body with the Primal Blueprint I get emails every day from people who are changing their lives for the better by following the guidelines I outline on this site. But m...

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

March 24 2010 - Sleep Awareness Week (as sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation) technically ended March 13th, but somehow I’m guessing there are just as many sleep deprived folks milling about this week as the...

The Definitive Guide to Walking

June 08 2011 - At first glance, this title probably threw you off. I mean, a guide to walking? Are we moderns really that dysfunctional that we can't even walk correctly? C'mon, Sisson - you must be out of ideas. ...

The Definitive Guide to Sun Exposure

May 27 2020 - The ancients prayed to it. Farmers relied on it. The seasons depend on the earth's tilt toward it. The sun is always up there, shining down, filling the world with light and heat, sending down powerfu...

The Definitive Guide to Napping

June 16 2015 - In most Western nations, napping is a sign of weakness. Those who do it — or, even worse, need it — are slothful wastes of resources who can’t hack it in the “real world.” They lack grit, de...

The Definitive Guide to the Carnivore Diet

October 21 2020 - By far the most exciting health trend to hit the scene in the last few years is the Carnivore Diet. Tens of thousands of people are adopting it. Passionate online communities devoted to discussing and...

The Definitive Guide to Feeding Primal Babies

May 26 2009 - It’s commonly portrayed as the realm of infant formula, rice cereal, applesauce, teething biscuits, Zwieback toast and Cheerios. And in the following months a large pantry selection of strained this...

Thick & Creamy Labneh

June 27 2015 - Labneh is a type of Middle Eastern “cheese” made from strained yogurt. Thick and creamy with a mild, tangy flavor, labneh is typically served as a spread or dip. Although labneh can be found in ma...

Fish Tartare: A Recipe from Good Fat, Bad Fat

May 21 2016 - In honor of Primal Blueprint Publishing’s newest release, Good Fat, Bad Fat by Romy Dollé, we thought we’d share another recipe from this healthy fat resource. If you missed the Rösti with Fried...

Soothing Soup, Bone Broth, and Tea Recipes

March 19 2020 - When viruses and bacterial infections swirl around us, and especially during the winter and early spring months when the weather can seesaw between sunny and pleasant, and thundering and soggy, warm s...

Organ Meat Recipes

March 20 2009 - Yesterday, we walked you through the basics of organ meats. We thought we’d follow that up by giving you the opportunity to put this new knowledge to work with some traditional recipes that include ...

How to Make Your Own Jerky

July 31 2008 - In the modern world it’s hard to get more “primal” than dried meat. Consider it one of Grok’s many talents and culinary achievements. Jerky is essentially strips of lean meat that have marinat...

Three Dishes with Three Animal Fats: Lard, Tallow and Duck

October 01 2011 - While there is nothing wrong with throwing a big hunk of butter or a glug of olive oil in a pan, these two fats are far from perfect when it comes to cooking. Butter burns easily, turning dark and bit...

It Felt Like a Rebirth Into Living

September 07 2018 - 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 Da...

Crohn’s Conquered!

June 12 2015 -

I Feel Alive for the First Time in Years!

February 15 2013 - 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’...

Complete Turnaround After Only Two Months

May 16 2014 - 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’...

Performance Up! Inflammation Down!: Professional Baseball Pitcher Goes Primal and Sees Immediate Results

February 21 2014 - 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’...

Meet Cliff, Jerry, Vicki, Josh and Jeannie

May 31 2010 - Grandmothers, teenagers, men, women, people of all fitness levels (from athletes to lifelong couch potatoes now turned modern day Groks); people all over the world are going Primal and taking control ...

Everything Has Changed 180 Degrees: A Daughter’s Telling of Her Father’s Primal Journey

November 08 2013 - 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’...

The Definitive Guide to Inflammation

November 06 2019 - Inflammation gets a bad rap in the alternative health world: "Inflammation causes heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease! It's at the root of depression." These are all true—to some extent. ...

The Definitive Guide to Metabolic Flexibility

September 12 2018 - Metabolic flexibility is the capacity to match fuel oxidation to fuel availability—or switch between burning carbs and burning fat. Someone with great metabolic flexibility can burn carbs when they ...

The Not So Definitive Guide to Diet Soda

January 26 2011 - Before I begin, I want to make something clear: this is not your standard definitive guide to whatever. I'd like to be able to issue a proclamation regarding diet soda that stands the test of time imm...

The Definitive Guide to Body Composition

March 24 2020 - With so many people choosing to track health data nowadays, I get a lot of questions about the best way to measure body composition. Today I’m going to cover some of the most common methods, their p...

The Definitive Guide To What Breaks a Fast

April 03 2019 - One of the most common questions I get is "Does [x] break a fast?" What they're really inquiring about is: "Does this interfere with, negate, or nullify the benefits of fasting?" These benefits ...

The Definitive Guide To Autophagy (and 7 Ways To Induce It)

March 27 2019 - Biological systems are self-maintaining. They have to be. We don't have maintenance workers, mechanics, troubleshooters that can "take a look inside" and make sure everything's running smoothly. Docto...

The Primal Blueprint Definitive Guide to Troubleshooting Weight Loss

October 06 2015 - I get a lot of emails about weight loss plateaus. I've covered them in Dear Mark after Dear Mark. I've personally written countless emails to readers about beating a stall. Friends, colleagues, and pe...

The Definitive Guide to Using Your Recent Ancestry to Determine Your Optimal Diet

January 06 2016 - Go back 160,000 years and we all share a common ancestor: The emergence of the first Homo sapiens in East Africa. Since then, humans have spread across every environment imaginable and adapted to tho...

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes (and you’ll understand it)

June 27 2007 - BITE ME, ADA We all know by now that type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. We’re seeing words like crisis and runaway all over the news and in the journals. Heart disease rates have been cut in half si...

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