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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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30 Keto Recipes Ready In Under 30 Minutes

May 21 2019 - Thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's recipe. Have food ready and on the table in under half an hour with these keto-friendly weekday meals! One of the hardest parts about st...

15 Easy One-Pot Keto Recipes

January 31 2019 - Thanks to Paleohacks for today's awesome keto recipe roundup! Following the keto diet is a snap with these easy, one-pot recipes! Skip the complicated recipes and keep dirty dishes to a minimum with...

Dear Mark: Gender and Retirement Mortality, Muscle-Sparing Keto, Freezing Keto Recipes, Net Carbs, and Carb Timing

November 06 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering 5 questions from readers. First, are there differential mortality effects of mortality on men and women? What role do social networks play? Second, is k...

19 Keto Ground Beef Recipes

June 27 2019 - A special thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's keto recipe roundup. There are so many comfort foods that use ground beef in a starring role. Think meatloaf, meatballs, cheesebu...

21 Keto Bread Recipes

June 20 2019 - Thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's keto recipe roundup. One of the biggest challenges on the keto diet is curbing your cravings for carbs. We’re used to filling up on br...

The Best 17 Keto-Vegan-Paleo Recipes

April 07 2019 - Thanks to the good folks at Paleohacks for today's recipe. Is it possible to go keto while omitting all dairy and animal products as well? It might seem difficult, but these 17 keto-friendly vegan an...

Protein Shake Roundup: 15 Keto and Paleo Recipes

September 04 2018 - Today's post is served up by the folks at PaleoHacks.com. Thanks to their team for the awesome recipe ideas. Hope you all enjoy! Get ready to drink your way to health with this nutritious Protein S...

Recipes From The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook—and a Giveaway!

May 08 2018 - Folks, I'm excited today. The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook was just released this morning. It's been a labor of love the same way The Keto Reset Diet book was. I literally threw myself into that pr...

Keto-Friendly Recipes

October 05 2017 - People assume that keto is a limiting diet. They focus so much on what they "can't" eat, they never get around to enjoying what they can. For me, there's not much difference between my keto meals and ...

13 Keto Frozen Treats

August 01 2019 - A special thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's keto recipe roundup. Popsicles, ice cream, and icy drinks—did you say goodbye to all these summer treats when you embarked on a...

30 Keto Recipes Ready In Under 30 Minutes

May 21 2019 - Thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's recipe. Have food ready and on the table in under half an hour with these keto-friendly weekday meals! One of the hardest parts about st...

15 Easy One-Pot Keto Recipes

January 31 2019 - Thanks to Paleohacks for today's awesome keto recipe roundup! Following the keto diet is a snap with these easy, one-pot recipes! Skip the complicated recipes and keep dirty dishes to a minimum with...

Dear Mark: Gender and Retirement Mortality, Muscle-Sparing Keto, Freezing Keto Recipes, Net Carbs, and Carb Timing

November 06 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering 5 questions from readers. First, are there differential mortality effects of mortality on men and women? What role do social networks play? Second, is k...

19 Keto Ground Beef Recipes

June 27 2019 - A special thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's keto recipe roundup. There are so many comfort foods that use ground beef in a starring role. Think meatloaf, meatballs, cheesebu...

21 Keto Bread Recipes

June 20 2019 - Thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's keto recipe roundup. One of the biggest challenges on the keto diet is curbing your cravings for carbs. We’re used to filling up on br...

The Best 17 Keto-Vegan-Paleo Recipes

April 07 2019 - Thanks to the good folks at Paleohacks for today's recipe. Is it possible to go keto while omitting all dairy and animal products as well? It might seem difficult, but these 17 keto-friendly vegan an...

Protein Shake Roundup: 15 Keto and Paleo Recipes

September 04 2018 - Today's post is served up by the folks at PaleoHacks.com. Thanks to their team for the awesome recipe ideas. Hope you all enjoy! Get ready to drink your way to health with this nutritious Protein S...

Recipes From The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook—and a Giveaway!

May 08 2018 - Folks, I'm excited today. The Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook was just released this morning. It's been a labor of love the same way The Keto Reset Diet book was. I literally threw myself into that pr...

13 Keto Frozen Treats

August 01 2019 - A special thanks to Courtney Hamilton at Paleohacks.com for today's keto recipe roundup. Popsicles, ice cream, and icy drinks—did you say goodbye to all these summer treats when you embarked on a...

10 Keto Hacks to Try…Or Not

July 31 2019 - When I say “hack” or “biohack,” what does that call to mind for you? Taking 20 supplements per day, shining special lights into your ears, stem cell injections? Simpler things like wearing blu...

Dear Mark: Keto Reset Eating Plan, Better Weight Scales, PB Fitness Carb Requirements, and the Best Fish Sauce

July 31 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering/addressing four questions/comments. First, will my new Keto Reset book provide detailed meal plans or vague recommendations? Second, is there a better w...

Are You Ready? 8 Tools and Tips For Your Challenge Prep

June 07 2018 - How many of you will be joining us for the Challenge next week—and how many for the first time? (I'd love to see a show of hands in the comment section.) The cool thing about the Challenge each y...

Top 10 Paleo Apps

November 09 2017 - "Apps aren't paleo, Sisson. Grok waited for days for aurochs to wander within spear-chucking range, not overnight for the release of the iPhone X." True. But this is the world we live in. These are th...

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...

Dear Mark: More of Your 21-Day Challenge Questions Answered

January 26 2015 - Today, I'm doing another batch of 21-Day Challenge questions pulled from the ones you asked me two weeks ago. I managed to make it onto the third page of comments. I'd hoped to get through all of them...

12 Health and Fitness Blogs You Should Be Reading

July 11 2012 - With the Primal/paleo/ancestral/real food/whatever-moniker-you-prefer community growing by leaps and bounds over the past year, I thought I'd do another "blogs you should be reading" post. I've done t...

Holiday Eating: Considerations for Keto and Primal Types

November 13 2018 - ‘Tis the season… for wondering “Seriously, what the heck am I going eat this holiday??” I’m guessing that most Mark’s Daily Apple readers can relate to the angst that comes with trying ...

The 2018 Primal Gift Guide (and One Awesome Book Deal)

November 29 2018 - It's about that time of year. Whatever your inclination or creed, whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukah or nothing at all, gift giving is a solid, time-honored way to establish and maintain bonds...

Are You Ready? 8 Tools and Tips For Your Challenge Prep

June 07 2018 - How many of you will be joining us for the Challenge next week—and how many for the first time? (I'd love to see a show of hands in the comment section.) The cool thing about the Challenge each y...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions

May 31 2018 - We're almost halfway through the year. History is accelerating. New advances, technology, scientific findings, and social changes are occurring faster than ever before. There's never any time like the...

What Will 2018 Mean For Your Life? (And a Giveaway)

January 03 2018 - Every New Year, the cynics are quick to tell you how arbitrary all the motivational messages, resolutions, and new beginnings are. It's just another day, they grumble. And, sure, they have a point. ...

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...

8 Primal Food Challenges You Can Take

February 28 2017 - Humans are competitive animals. We like a challenge because it compels us to rise to the occasion, prove ourselves, get better at something, or become a bigger version of ourselves. For people, challe...

Dear Mark: Gender and Retirement Mortality, Muscle-Sparing Keto, Freezing Keto Recipes, Net Carbs, and Carb Timing

November 06 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering 5 questions from readers. First, are there differential mortality effects of mortality on men and women? What role do social networks play? Second, is k...

How to Throw a Low-Carb Barbecue Party—With 20 Recipes

August 30 2018 - As we move toward September, we might be thinking of Labor Day parties or fall tailgating weekends—events perfect for a barbecue spread. But when you're eating Primal, keto or otherwise low-carb, tr...

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions

May 31 2018 - We're almost halfway through the year. History is accelerating. New advances, technology, scientific findings, and social changes are occurring faster than ever before. There's never any time like the...

21 Books to Begin 2018

November 30 2017 - The book is an ancient technology whose importance has only increased in modern times. With a book, you gain access to another person's mind or life experiences. That's hard to beat. People who aren't...

12 Health Podcasts I’m Enjoying Lately

November 16 2017 - I love podcasts. They might be my favorite part of the Internet revolution. World-class lectures on every topic. Interviews with experts from every field. Hilarious comics ripping on each other. And i...

Top 10 Paleo Apps

November 09 2017 - "Apps aren't paleo, Sisson. Grok waited for days for aurochs to wander within spear-chucking range, not overnight for the release of the iPhone X." True. But this is the world we live in. These are th...

Dear Mark: Collagen Peptides, Fasting vs Sleeping, Dog Bone Broth, and Pork Broth

August 07 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four question. First, are collagen peptides just as effective as bone broth or other collagen sources? Second, how should I choose between IFing or slee...

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...

Dear Mark: More of Your 21-Day Challenge Questions Answered

January 26 2015 - Today, I'm doing another batch of 21-Day Challenge questions pulled from the ones you asked me two weeks ago. I managed to make it onto the third page of comments. I'd hoped to get through all of them...

Keto Fridge Fudge

June 21 2019 - Fudge is the stuff of nostalgia. The fact is, however, it's just a memory for most of us because of the high sugar content and unhealthy ingredients of typical recipes. But not this one... This tem...

Keto Waffle Breakfast Sandwich (+ a Giveaway!)

March 16 2019 - Breakfast: it's perhaps the menu with the most stumbling blocks for those living low-carb. Eggs are great, but—let's face it—get old without some variety. At times we may find ourselves missing th...

11 Keto Breakfasts (That Aren’t Eggs)

January 03 2019 - Eggs are an easy and nutritious breakfast, but some mornings a plate of eggs just isn’t what your body craves. Viva variety! These delicious keto breakfasts are either egg-free or include eggs as...

4 Low-Carb (& Keto-Friendly) Cocktails

December 06 2018 - It's holiday party season, and no one wants to be left out of the celebration. Whether you're eating Primal, paleo, general low-carb or even keto, there's no reason to relegate yourself to club soda w...

Keto Cole Slaw

August 18 2018 - Whether you're planning a summer barbecue or an informal dinner, you can never go wrong with cole slaw. Creamy, tangy and crunchy, it's always a crowd pleaser. But most cole slaw recipes use ingredien...

Keto Donuts

May 12 2018 - It takes less time to make these donuts than it does to drive to your local donut shop, and you’re rewarded with a yummy treat made from simple, pure ingredients. Almond flour, eggs, butter and heav...

Keto Earl Grey Collagen Fat Bombs

March 31 2018 - The good folks at Pique Tea have stopped in this week to serve up two awesome keto recipes to our Primal crowd. Enjoy these rich and chocolatey Keto Earl Gray Collagen Fat Bombs today, and be sure to ...

Goodies Against the Grain: Sadie’s Story (and 2 Amazing Recipes) + IG Giveaway

February 13 2018 - Today's guest post is offered up by Sadie Radinsky, whom I had the pleasure of chatting with on a recent episode of her podcast, Jump For Joy. I think you're going to love her story and be inspired by...

Primal Keto Bread

July 08 2017 - A slice of warm buttered bread can be hard to resist. When that slice is Primal keto bread, you don’t have to resist. Primal keto bread makes delicious toast and sandwiches a real possibility, wheth...

Adaptogenic Keto Fat Bombs

June 10 2017 - The basic ketogenic diet garners about 65-75% energy needs from fat sources. While a good Primal diet offers much in the way of healthy, varied fats, with keto it's helpful to have extra strategies fo...

Goodies Against the Grain: Sadie’s Story (and 2 Amazing Recipes) + IG Giveaway

February 13 2018 - Today's guest post is offered up by Sadie Radinsky, whom I had the pleasure of chatting with on a recent episode of her podcast, Jump For Joy. I think you're going to love her story and be inspired by...

Being Keto-Adapted Is One Helluva Ride!

October 20 2017 - 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...

Feeling My Limitations Melt Away

January 26 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...

After Six Months I Was In Remission

March 25 2019 - It's Monday, 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...

Primal Health Chef: Using Food For Health

December 31 2018 - It's Monday, 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...

Life Is Full of Adventure and Possibility

December 10 2018 - It's Monday, 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...

The Only Side Effects I Have Are Feeling Better and Better!

December 03 2018 - It's Monday, 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...

Primal Changed the Lifestyle of My Entire Family

November 16 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...

I’ve Transformed My Body and Mind

October 26 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...

At 54 Years Of Age, I’m Able To Do More and More Instead of Less and Less

September 28 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...

12 Favorite Keto Blogs

April 04 2019 - With the explosion of keto, there's an ever growing constant stream of new information about the significant benefits, supposed risks, and varying “rules” for how to adopt a keto diet. As with mos...

Dear Mark: Fish Oil Study, 1500 Calories, Breaking a Plateau, and Bulletproof Coffee vs IF

April 20 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering four questions. First up is from Milad, who wonders about the recent research seeming to show that fish has little to no effect on heart disease. Is it...

Dear Mark: More of Your 21-Day Challenge Questions Answered

January 26 2015 - Today, I'm doing another batch of 21-Day Challenge questions pulled from the ones you asked me two weeks ago. I managed to make it onto the third page of comments. I'd hoped to get through all of them...

What About a Zero Carb Diet?

January 13 2010 - Zero carb is getting (relatively) popular. A handful of valued MDA forum members eat little-to-no-carb, and several others probably imagine it's ideal even if they don't personally follow it. I wanted...

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