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Primal Blueprint 101

August 12 2016 - FAQs, Intro, PB 101—whatever you want to call it, this is a great place to familiarize yourself with the content found on Mark's Daily Apple. Getting Started This is ground zero. If you've never h...

Top 10 Ways the New MDA is Going to Help You Succeed

May 12 2009 - Mark's Daily Apple is your road map to success. Here are the top 10 ways (yes, there are more than 10!) Mark's Daily Apple is going to help you succeed in all of your health and fitness goals. Take ad...

Primal Transition 101: Insider Kitchen Tips

January 12 2017 - Transitioning to the Primal Blueprint way of eating should be simple. There's no need to invent the wheel at every meal. That said, it does likely mean shifting some of your routine in the kitchen. If...

Going Primal Has Been Life Changing for Me

July 25 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’...

Weekend Link Love

April 18 2010 - Into sledgehammerin'? You'll love Urban Primalist's shovelglove 101 guide. Still not convinced that grass fed meats are better? Fitness Spotlight lays down the data; a post loaded with easy-to-read...

Dear Mark: Metformin Side Effects, Kraft Heinz Deal Questions

December 04 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a few questions from readers. First, the diabetes drug metformin looks like a "wonder" drug, even (or especially) for non-diabetics. Are there any known...

Primal Cooking Point: Kitchen Tip Round-Up

January 11 2018 - Good morning, everybody. It's hard to believe we're almost two weeks into the new year. For those who are working with new intentions, how are you all doing? The team and I have loved your question...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 52

May 31 2009 - Here's a mouthwatering dessert recipe from Girl Gone Primal. I'll just let the picture do the talking. Via IseekTruth, cows these days--they're eating more gummi bears than ever. (thanks, @paleo_pr...

Zach Bitter—Ketogenic Ultrarunner Extraordinaire

December 13 2017 - Zach Bitter is an ultrarunner who holds the world record for most miles run in a 12-hour period (101.66 miles). In 2015, he set the 100-mile American record by running 100 miles in 11:40:55—an avera...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 461

July 23 2017 - RESEARCH OF THE WEEK A father's absence triggers cellular stress in children. Big new trans-ethnic Alzheimer's study finds several new genetic variants associated with the disease. Ketamine sav...

Primal Transition 101: Insider Kitchen Tips

January 12 2017 - Transitioning to the Primal Blueprint way of eating should be simple. There's no need to invent the wheel at every meal. That said, it does likely mean shifting some of your routine in the kitchen. If...

Dear Mark: Metformin Side Effects, Kraft Heinz Deal Questions

December 04 2018 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering a few questions from readers. First, the diabetes drug metformin looks like a "wonder" drug, even (or especially) for non-diabetics. Are there any known...

Primal Cooking Point: Kitchen Tip Round-Up

January 11 2018 - Good morning, everybody. It's hard to believe we're almost two weeks into the new year. For those who are working with new intentions, how are you all doing? The team and I have loved your question...

Dear Mark: Hardgainer

March 10 2008 - Dear Mark, I am 6 feet 2 inches tall. I have been eating and exercising in the "evolutionary" or "primal fitness" way for about 18 months, and I was in good physical condition prior to that. I hav...

Can I Eat Fruit On a Keto Diet?

February 06 2019 - Question: "Can I eat fruit on a ketogenic diet?" Answer: "Sure, if you want!" I’m kidding, of course. I know why people ask this question. It’s because in the keto world fruit is a confusing...

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...

What Is Paleo?

July 06 2018 - While the paleo diet has grown in popularity the last several years, there's still confusion about what paleo does and doesn't promote. Does "being paleo" mean living as close to our hunter-gatherer f...

The Language of Microbial Culture: Explaining Prebiotics, Probiotics, Synbiotics and Postbiotics

May 02 2017 - It's no secret that it's one of my favorite subjects—the burgeoning field of human gastrointestinal microbiology. I know...it’s easy to get caught up in the comparative excitement of it all. Th...

Does Eating Red Meat Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

August 16 2011 - If you already eat Primal, your email inboxes are most likely filling up with links to the story. Concerned mothers clutching the local paper's "Health" section are calling (or, if they're hip, textin...

Dear Mark: Hardgainer

March 10 2008 - Dear Mark, I am 6 feet 2 inches tall. I have been eating and exercising in the "evolutionary" or "primal fitness" way for about 18 months, and I was in good physical condition prior to that. I hav...

Staying Healthy and Fit in Different Lifestyles

November 20 2008 - Thanks to Andrew Rubalcava for this Guest Post! Andrew's site Go Healthy Go Fit is a newcomer in the health and fitness blogosphere having just started a couple months ago. Be sure to drop by and read...

Dear Mark: New Year’s Resolution Edition

January 06 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, we've got a series of questions and answers related to the successful realization of your New Year's resolutions. No matter what you've actually resolved to try to do, you'll pr...

My Self-Experimentation and Transformation

December 02 2008 - Thanks to Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal for this Guest Post! Here is more anecdotal proof that a high fat diet coupled with intermittent fasting can improve body composition. If you're interested...

The Backbone Ritual: 6 Moves to Get Your Back Into the Groove

January 16 2014 - This is a guest post from personal trainer extraordinaire Angelo dela Cruz of DailyVitaMoves.com. Join me, veteran PrimalCon presenter Angelo, and numerous other presenters and Primal enthusiasts from...

An Introduction to Isometrics: How to Build Strength Without Even Moving

August 04 2015 - This is a guest post from Todd Kuslikis of AShotofAdrenaline.net. Warning: Some of you are about to think I’m crazy. For those of you who haven’t heard of isometrics, this strength building con...

Why You Should Lift and Lower Heavy Things

August 09 2012 - This is a guest post from Jonathan Bailor of The Smarter Science of Slim and JonathanBailor.com. “Eccentric training has been shown to produce greater muscle hypertrophy than concentric train...

P90X and CrossFit

March 05 2010 - Nearly every day I get emails from readers about P90X and CrossFit. Most are favorable, some not so much, but mostly, people just want to know if these fitness programs fit within the context of the P...

The Primal Stance on Exercise Equipment

October 16 2008 - Primal living in today's decidedly post-Paleo world requires making at least a few concessions. We simply cannot live in exact accord with the ways of Primal man. For most of us, it's just not feasibl...

10 Ways to “Get Primal”

April 29 2008 - Here at Mark’s Daily Apple, we advocate the Primal Blueprint Lifestyle, that is, a health philosophy that in large part acts to mimic the diet and physical activity of our pre-agricultural ancestors...

How to Tell Friends About the Primal Lifestyle

June 10 2009 - Yesterday, we gave some somewhat humorous rejoinders to the common challenges we get from people who just don?t get the Primal Blueprint. Jokes are good for the closed-minded among us who?d never actu...

Staying Healthy and Fit in Different Lifestyles

November 20 2008 - Thanks to Andrew Rubalcava for this Guest Post! Andrew's site Go Healthy Go Fit is a newcomer in the health and fitness blogosphere having just started a couple months ago. Be sure to drop by and read...

Dear Mark: New Year’s Resolution Edition

January 06 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, we've got a series of questions and answers related to the successful realization of your New Year's resolutions. No matter what you've actually resolved to try to do, you'll pr...

My Self-Experimentation and Transformation

December 02 2008 - Thanks to Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal for this Guest Post! Here is more anecdotal proof that a high fat diet coupled with intermittent fasting can improve body composition. If you're interested...

7 Alternative Therapies for Depression

June 01 2017 - As I discussed last month, depression is the yin to anxiety’s yang. Between these two troublemakers, they’ve got dark clouds hanging over both the past and the future, making the present moment co...

Minimalist Living: Is It Primal?

March 08 2016 - In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick imagines a world overflowing with "kipple," useless objects like junk mail, paperclips, empty matchboxes, old lightbulbs, depleted batteries, and...

10 Tips for Sticking with Primal

July 03 2018 - Primal is simple, but it's not exactly easy. At every turn, detractors and temptations appear. We have health authorities telling us we're killing ourselves. Worried friends and family sharing news ar...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

A Primal Take on Cannabis

December 07 2016 - Today I'm taking on a mammoth in the living room so to speak. Based on the emails I've received and the string of developments around the issue, it's maybe a long time coming. As of November 11, ma...

Why We’re Missing Out on Real Life

May 15 2012 - Over the past couple weeks, I've identified two deficits in our modern lives — the lack of sprinting and the lack of walking - and proposed a series of corresponding challenges to address (and hopef...

How to Tell Friends About the Primal Lifestyle

June 10 2009 - Yesterday, we gave some somewhat humorous rejoinders to the common challenges we get from people who just don?t get the Primal Blueprint. Jokes are good for the closed-minded among us who?d never actu...

Makes My Blood Boil

June 03 2009 - I had a medical scare two weeks ago that shook me up quite a bit. No, not because there was anything wrong with me, but because if I had been someone else and didn’t know what I know, I might be suf...

Primal Holiday Gifts

December 15 2009 - Every year around the holidays I get requests from readers asking for shopping tips. Some readers are looking for other Primal family members and friends. Others are looking toward the new year (and n...

Dear Mark: New Year’s Resolution Edition

January 06 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, we've got a series of questions and answers related to the successful realization of your New Year's resolutions. No matter what you've actually resolved to try to do, you'll pr...

Does Sleep Quality Really Decline With Age? (Plus, What I Do & a Giveaway)

May 23 2019 - One of the most common complaints people have as they age is poor quality sleep. They get less sleep than younger people, and, despite what you may have heard, their sleep requirements do not decline ...

My Self-Experimentation and Transformation

December 02 2008 - Thanks to Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal for this Guest Post! Here is more anecdotal proof that a high fat diet coupled with intermittent fasting can improve body composition. If you're interested...

A Beginner’s Guide to Backyard Chickens

June 22 2011 - Keeping backyard chickens has long been an interest of mine. I've never actually gone through with it, partly because I just don't have the time, partly because the homeowners association would veto i...

The Pros & Cons of Hormone Replacement Therapy for Primal Women

September 05 2018 - A Primal woman's first reaction to the prospect of taking synthetic hormone replacements for menopause? Probably a healthy dose of skepticism. We in the ancestral health community, after all, tend to ...

10 Ways to “Get Primal”

April 29 2008 - Here at Mark’s Daily Apple, we advocate the Primal Blueprint Lifestyle, that is, a health philosophy that in large part acts to mimic the diet and physical activity of our pre-agricultural ancestors...

5 Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Adults with Recipes

September 19 2020 - When was the last time you made yourself a nice lunch for a work day? If you're like most people, lunch is a bit of a scramble. That's why we came up with 5 bento box lunch ideas for adults, so you ca...

Refreshing Summer Mocktail Recipes Using Alcohol Alternatives

July 25 2020 - There's something about a cocktail that can turn any mundane activity into a celebration. The colorful garnish, the refreshing fizz, the pretty glass... it's the whole package. For various reasons ...

Hawaiian Primal Fuel (PLUS a Contest!)

January 31 2015 - With most of the country getting hit with severe winter weather, I thought a number of you might appreciate a little tropical break—even if it’s in your kitchen. This week’s recipe is from the n...

Gluten Free Nashville Style Hot Chicken Recipe

June 27 2020 - Chicago is known for its deep dish pizza. In Southern California, you have tacos on every corner. Philadelphia loves their cheesesteaks. And you know you're in Nashville when every third restaurant cl...

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

December 29 2019 - These little fat bombs are the perfect treat and a great way to up the healthy fats in your diet while eating keto. We used Primal Kitchen® Peanut Butter Collagen here, but you can swap it out with v...

10 Primal Meals in 15 Minutes or Less

September 09 2008 - Many people think that cooking healthy meals has to be a difficult and time-consuming task. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. (And even if it was true, isn't the extra effort worth it?...

Almond Flour Banana Bread Recipe

April 11 2020 - Most people decide to make banana bread once they find a few overripe bananas on the countertop. After you try this easy almond flour banana bread recipe, we suspect you'll buy a few more bananas than...

Keto Burrito Recipe

June 13 2020 - Everyone loves a good burrito. They're hearty, filling, and you can stuff them with whatever you're in the mood to eat. Wrap them up, and they make a convenient and flavorful meal on the go. Can you h...

Keto Completo Hot Dog Recipe

October 03 2020 - The sun may have set on summer, but fall grilling is just getting started. Today, we're putting a keto spin on a Chilean favorite, the Completo Hot Dog. What Is a Completo Hot Dog? What is a keto co...

Turn Your Grill Into a Smoker, Plus a Smoked Pork Chops Recipe

August 22 2020 - As the summer heat peaks, you probably don't want to stand over your grill. Luckily, you can turn your grill into a smoker, creating a largely hands-off cooking process. The taste of smoked meat sc...

Going Primal Has Been Life Changing for Me

July 25 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’...

I Have Never Felt Healthier in My Life

September 13 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’...

Primal Blueprint Success Story: More Like Grok

June 12 2009 - For anyone that is now familiar with The Primal Blueprint, you'll recognize both of the characters to the right. It's our lovable Primal role model, Grok, and his modern antithesis - your average over...

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 ...

I Thought Any Weight Issue Could Be Corrected With Chronic Exercise

December 15 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...

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’...

Why Eating Less Doesn’t Always Work

May 12 2020 - Off the bat, I should say that I’m actually a fan of eating less. I’m on record as saying that my goal is to figure out how few calories I can eat and still thrive. Still, eating less isn’t alwa...

Beat the Creep: Gradual Weight Gain Stopped and Reversed

April 13 2012 - 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’...

Learning to Love Liver (with Middle Eastern Lamb Liver and Liver Paté Recipe)

April 20 2020 - Today's guest post is written by Terry Wahls, M.D., Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa and author of The Wahls Protocol:...

Dear Mark: New Year’s Resolution Edition

January 06 2014 - For today's Dear Mark, we've got a series of questions and answers related to the successful realization of your New Year's resolutions. No matter what you've actually resolved to try to do, you'll pr...

My Self-Experimentation and Transformation

December 02 2008 - Thanks to Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal for this Guest Post! Here is more anecdotal proof that a high fat diet coupled with intermittent fasting can improve body composition. If you're interested...

Keto and the Menstrual Cycle: Is There Reason To Worry?

April 18 2019 - It seems every “keto for women” forum abounds with stories about menstrual cycles gone wild in the first few months of keto. Irregular cycles, breakthrough bleeding, and periods lasting much longe...

Why Eating Less Doesn’t Always Work

May 12 2020 - Off the bat, I should say that I’m actually a fan of eating less. I’m on record as saying that my goal is to figure out how few calories I can eat and still thrive. Still, eating less isn’t alwa...

Are There Any Good Carbs?

May 17 2007 - Fruits Are Not the Devil, and Other Carb Concerns Although I espouse a fairly "low-carb" lifestyle for optimal health and a lean physique, this certainly means different things to different people....

10 Ways to “Get Primal”

April 29 2008 - Here at Mark’s Daily Apple, we advocate the Primal Blueprint Lifestyle, that is, a health philosophy that in large part acts to mimic the diet and physical activity of our pre-agricultural ancestors...

10 Common Primal Mistakes You Might Be Making

April 27 2016 - Most of us go Primal to solve problems created by Conventional Wisdom. The importance of whole grains and daily cardio, the dangers of dietary fat and animal protein, the primacy of carbohydrates for ...

11 Small Wins to Help You Kick Start Your Primal Life

April 25 2013 - Last week I took up the idea of how small wins can lead to big successes. When we allow ourselves to appreciate the everyday accomplishments and set ourselves up for regular achievements, we inevitabl...

Dear Mark: 80/20 Revisited

June 22 2009 - Since our original 80/20 post a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten a slew of questions and comments from readers. Many tell me how much they love the concept. It’s a feature that makes the PB possible for...

Low Carb Diets Affect Short Term Memory

January 06 2009 - A soon-to-be published study in Appetite [2009 Feb;52(1):96-103] (but apparently already published online earlier this summer) done by a group at Tufts seems to have "proven" that when you remove carb...

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