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Ask a Health Coach: Why Can’t I Sleep?

October 15 2021 - Hello folks! Seasoned health coach and Primal Health Coach Institute Curriculum Director, Erin Power is back to answer all your questions about sleep, from why you’re waking up in the middle of the ...

Go to Bed! Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation

April 05 2022 -   Sleep deprivation affects your brain, metabolism, immune system, and cardiovascular health, not to mention your day-to-day happiness and quality of life. Sleep should be one of our top healt...

Why Am I Waking Up at 3am?

February 01 2022 - Whenever I write about sleep, I hear from a chorus of people who struggle to sleep through the night. Anecdotally, it seems a far more common complaint than difficulty falling asleep in the first plac...

Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time?

April 28 2020 - “I’m tired all the time.” “I have no energy.” “I’m too tired to go to the gym.” “I need a nap.” Walking around in a fog seems like standard operating procedure nowadays. No m...

Ask a Health Coach: Sleep, Stress, and the Snooze Button

December 03 2020 - Hey folks! Erin is here for another round of Ask a Health Coach. If you’re sleep-compromised, stressed out about carbs, or you’re a chronic snooze button pusher, today’s post is for you. Keep yo...

Does “Sleep Hacking” Work?

July 04 2018 - You can "hack" a lot of your health, diet, and lifestyle. You can cook the entire week's meals ahead of time, buy high-quality prepackaged foods and ready-to-cook meals, cover your nutritional bases w...

How Light Affects Our Sleep

March 04 2010 - Most people are at least cursorily familiar with the concept of the circadian rhythm. For those who aren’t, the circadian rhythm refers to our internal, approximately 24-hour cycle of biochemical, p...

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

December 01 2021 - Sleep is the grand mystery of life. You get sleepy, you yawn, you lay your head down, and then you wake u...

Sleep More to Forget Less

July 20 2008 - A study presented this week at the Forum of European Neuroscience conference in Geneva, Switzerland suggests that a good night's sleep can improve memory. For the study, researchers from the Univer...

Overworked and Under Rested: The Real Reason You’re So Tired

September 09 2021 - Feeling tired all the time? You’re not alone. Turns out 60% of folks say they’re more exhausted now than they were in their pre-pandemic days. And sleep is only part of the equation. We live in...

Ask a Health Coach: Sleep, Stress, and the Snooze Button

December 03 2020 - Hey folks! Erin is here for another round of Ask a Health Coach. If you’re sleep-compromised, stressed out about carbs, or you’re a chronic snooze button pusher, today’s post is for you. Keep yo...

Dear Mark: The Linoleic Acid Content of Phosphatidylserine, and Optimal Sleeping Position/Location

June 01 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a two-parter. First up, what's the deal with phosphatidylserine, one of the (most crucial) ingredients in Primal Calm? It's a derivative of linoleic acid-ri...

Dear Mark: Sleep Deprivation as Hormesis, Sweet Cravings, CrossFit, and More

October 13 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter that's really closer to a five-parter. First are a couple of questions from Joe, who first wonders about the hormetic benefits of acute sleep...

Dear Mark: Seaweed Supplements, BMI and Mortality, and Sleep Versus Exercise

January 14 2013 - In today's Dear Mark I discuss my favorite seaweed supplement, kelp granules, which aren't really a supplement in the classic sense, but more of a food that you can treat as a supplement. Next, I give...

Dear Mark: Bad Sleep Tips, Cold Extremities, and Sweet Feed

February 11 2013 - In today's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering a trio of topics. First is a parent with a problem common to members of her species: enforced sleeplessness. She wants, nay, needs, help with ameliora...

Should You Sleep-Low to Boost Performance?

March 23 2016 - Thought experiment time. Say you train hard, hard enough to deplete a signifiant amount of glycogen. Your muscles are empty, sensitive to the effects of insulin, and screaming for a couple potatoes to...

Poor Sleep May Make You (and Your Liver) Fat

March 14 2011 - Ah, sleep. Nothing like a good dose of the stuff, right? Losing even a single wink of your usual forty (or an hour, as the case may be) is enough to throw off an entire day. But do you know who mig...

Is Keto Insomnia a Common Problem?

October 30 2019 - When I did my first earnest attempt at a keto diet a few years ago, one of the benefits I quickly noticed was improved wakefulness and energy during the day. I chalked this up to sleeping better on ke...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

7 Things You May Be Doing That Impair Workout Recovery

August 14 2013 - Simplicity is baked into the Primal Blueprint by design. You eat plants and animals, avoid grains, get plenty of sleep and sun, and spend time doing things you love with people you love, and things ju...

How to Get Fitter, Faster and Stronger with Quality Sleep

May 01 2013 - Ah, sleep. We all know how much we need it, mostly because when we don't get enough, the world takes on a different, more negative hue. Lights seem brighter and sounds more vivid, and not in a good wa...

Dear Mark: Baby Sleep/Feed Schedule and Walking Through a Sedentary Society

November 16 2015 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two reader questions. The first comes from reader Larisa. She is about to give birth, has been hearing the "wake your newborn every 2 hours to feed" rec...

Dear Mark: Salt Room Therapy; Can’t Sleep After Training

September 05 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions. First, what's the deal with salt room therapy? Are there actual benefits, particularly for dermatological and respiratory conditions, to ...

Should You Sleep-Low to Boost Performance?

March 23 2016 - Thought experiment time. Say you train hard, hard enough to deplete a signifiant amount of glycogen. Your muscles are empty, sensitive to the effects of insulin, and screaming for a couple potatoes to...

11 Signs You’re Not As Healthy As You Think You Are

September 03 2014 - You could be the picture of health to everyone who beholds you, feel generally "okay" on a daily basis without any real complaints, and never really feel compelled to visit the doctor for any specific...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

Circadian Rhythms: Zeitgebers, Entrainment, and Non-Photic Stimuli

July 21 2010 - For all the unchecked randomness in this world, there are at least some things you can count on. The sun always rises and it always gets dark, and that’s something life – all life – has learned ...

7-Minute Pre-Bed Yoga Flow

July 19 2018 - Today's awesome post is offered up by Jessica Gouthro of PaleoHacks.com. Enjoy, everyone! If you feel restless at night, try this seven-minute pre-bed yoga flow to help you drift right to sleep. ...

7 Things You May Be Doing That Impair Workout Recovery

August 14 2013 - Simplicity is baked into the Primal Blueprint by design. You eat plants and animals, avoid grains, get plenty of sleep and sun, and spend time doing things you love with people you love, and things ju...

CBD For Performance: What We Know So Far

May 07 2019 - I left the pro athlete world a long time ago. I no longer compete. I don't train with the intensity and volume it'd take to win races. But I do pay attention to what's going on in that world, and I st...

Why Am I Waking Up at 3am?

February 01 2022 - Whenever I write about sleep, I hear from a chorus of people who struggle to sleep through the night. Anecdotally, it seems a far more common complaint than difficulty falling asleep in the first plac...

Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time?

April 28 2020 - “I’m tired all the time.” “I have no energy.” “I’m too tired to go to the gym.” “I need a nap.” Walking around in a fog seems like standard operating procedure nowadays. No m...

Sleep More to Forget Less

July 20 2008 - A study presented this week at the Forum of European Neuroscience conference in Geneva, Switzerland suggests that a good night's sleep can improve memory. For the study, researchers from the Univer...

Should You Track Sleep?

March 11 2020 - Tracking certain things makes sense, if you go for that sort of thing. Tracking step count is hard without a device. No one's going to count every step they take in their head. You'd quickly go mad do...

Why These 10 Famous Thinkers Napped

September 17 2015 - A few months ago, I wrote a guide to napping that included how, why, and when to flop down for a spell. That wasn't a random throwaway post. It was the first salvo in a new war. I'm on a mission to l...

Ways to Track and Monitor Stress

March 15 2022 - Stress comes at us from all directions, and it’s not always the usual suspects like work, finances, and global strife that derail us. Even things we find enjoyable and meaningful—exercise, hobbies...

Dear Mark: Hormone Normalizing Questions

October 02 2017 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering questions from last week's hormone normalization post. First I discuss a lack of purpose in the mornings affecting sleep and what to do about it. Next,...

The 10 Rules of Aging Well

September 27 2007 - 1. Eliminate Self Destructive Behaviors This is the first step in preventing disease and meeting your later years with vitality and good health and it almost goes without saying - almost. The health ...

How to Conduct a Personal Experiment: Biphasic Sleeping

June 12 2012 - It's time for another edition of "How to Conduct a Personal Experiment." Last week, it was the cold water plunge. Today, we're going to talk about running a biphasic sleep experiment. First, though, I...

All About the Liver, and How to Support Your Favorite Detoxification Organ

January 31 2022 - The liver is incredible. Most people think of it as a filter, but filters are physical barriers that accumulate junk and have to be cleaned. The liver isn't a filter. It's a chemical processing plant....

Ask a Health Coach: Why Can’t I Sleep?

October 15 2021 - Hello folks! Seasoned health coach and Primal Health Coach Institute Curriculum Director, Erin Power is back to answer all your questions about sleep, from why you’re waking up in the middle of the ...

Go to Bed! Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation

April 05 2022 -   Sleep deprivation affects your brain, metabolism, immune system, and cardiovascular health, not to mention your day-to-day happiness and quality of life. Sleep should be one of our top healt...

Why Am I Waking Up at 3am?

February 01 2022 - Whenever I write about sleep, I hear from a chorus of people who struggle to sleep through the night. Anecdotally, it seems a far more common complaint than difficulty falling asleep in the first plac...

Why Do I Feel Tired All the Time?

April 28 2020 - “I’m tired all the time.” “I have no energy.” “I’m too tired to go to the gym.” “I need a nap.” Walking around in a fog seems like standard operating procedure nowadays. No m...

Ask a Health Coach: Sleep, Stress, and the Snooze Button

December 03 2020 - Hey folks! Erin is here for another round of Ask a Health Coach. If you’re sleep-compromised, stressed out about carbs, or you’re a chronic snooze button pusher, today’s post is for you. Keep yo...

Does “Sleep Hacking” Work?

July 04 2018 - You can "hack" a lot of your health, diet, and lifestyle. You can cook the entire week's meals ahead of time, buy high-quality prepackaged foods and ready-to-cook meals, cover your nutritional bases w...

How Light Affects Our Sleep

March 04 2010 - Most people are at least cursorily familiar with the concept of the circadian rhythm. For those who aren’t, the circadian rhythm refers to our internal, approximately 24-hour cycle of biochemical, p...

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

December 01 2021 - Sleep is the grand mystery of life. You get sleepy, you yawn, you lay your head down, and then you wake u...

Sleep More to Forget Less

July 20 2008 - A study presented this week at the Forum of European Neuroscience conference in Geneva, Switzerland suggests that a good night's sleep can improve memory. For the study, researchers from the Univer...

Overworked and Under Rested: The Real Reason You’re So Tired

September 09 2021 - Feeling tired all the time? You’re not alone. Turns out 60% of folks say they’re more exhausted now than they were in their pre-pandemic days. And sleep is only part of the equation. We live in...

Keto Cheesecake Parfait

July 21 2018 - This gorgeous summertime parfait is infused with healthy fat and flavor from ingredients like macadamia nuts, coconut and full-fat dairy.  A few teaspoons of gelatin make this dessert rich and creamy...

Primal Breakfast Casserole

November 26 2010 - You know the scenario. It’s the morning after Thanksgiving and you’re recovering from a day of marathon cooking and pulling off a holiday feast with all the fixins, Your kitchen still looks like i...

7 Healthy Coffee Ideas for Every Primal Taste

August 09 2017 - Normally, I'm deep in the thick of nutritional research or other heady topics midweek. Today, not so much. I have coffee on the brain after trying a few new concoctions recently. As I've noted in the ...

Bacon Pancakes

August 25 2018 - Bacon pancakes sound like a sinful breakfast treat, but these slightly sweet, mostly savory cakes require no repentance. Fluffy, moist, and salty with just a hint of sweetness, bacon pancakes can be s...

Green Tea Chicken Soup

April 01 2017 - A warm bowl of soup always tastes nourishing. Add green tea to the broth, and the soup is even more nourishing, offering anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties that can have a positive effect...

London Fog Drink – Earl Grey Tea Latte Recipe

January 29 2022 - Next time you want to sip on something warm and comforting, try a London Fog Latte. I've been hooked ever since a friend encouraged me to order one at a local coffee shop. As soon as I took my first s...

Homemade Beef Hot Dogs

August 06 2016 - Hot dogs have always had a reputation for being mystery meat. But this unsavory fact, plus a lot of other undesirable ingredients, still aren’t enough to keep hot dogs from being loved by kids, and ...

Soft, Springy Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Recipe (with Dairy-free Option)

April 03 2021 - For years, I've been experimenting with gluten-free chocolate cake recipe after recipe, and most of the time, they turned out ... okay. I'd add a little of this, hold back on that, take the the best o...

No-Dairy Dirty Chai Latte

February 20 2020 - A little sweet, a lot spiced, and topped with cloud-like frothed (or warmed) milk, a chai latte is black tea steeped with milk as well as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and often black pepper, fennel, an...

Keto Biscotti with Keto Chai Latte

February 15 2020 - Biscotti (Italian for “twice baked”) served alongside a caffeinated frothed milk beverage is a pairing meant to be savored. Envision a sun-dappled restaurant patio that overlooks the cerulean Medi...

Just One Small Change Leads to Amazing Results

January 20 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’...

I’m Going Into My 40th Year Feeling Healthier Than Ever!

August 30 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?s Da...

The Benchmark For Me Is “What Works?”

March 02 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 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’...

You Can’t See It, But Believe It!

January 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’...

Healthier at Age 44 Than 24: How I Lost 115 Pounds and Turned My Life Around

December 06 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’...

Dear Mark: Sleep Deprivation as Hormesis, Sweet Cravings, CrossFit, and More

October 13 2014 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, we've got a three-parter that's really closer to a five-parter. First are a couple of questions from Joe, who first wonders about the hormetic benefits of acute sleep...

Should You Sleep-Low to Boost Performance?

March 23 2016 - Thought experiment time. Say you train hard, hard enough to deplete a signifiant amount of glycogen. Your muscles are empty, sensitive to the effects of insulin, and screaming for a couple potatoes to...

Poor Sleep May Make You (and Your Liver) Fat

March 14 2011 - Ah, sleep. Nothing like a good dose of the stuff, right? Losing even a single wink of your usual forty (or an hour, as the case may be) is enough to throw off an entire day. But do you know who mig...

Dear Mark: Antibiotic Recovery, Sprinting on Keto, Preparing for Bad Sleep

April 02 2019 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering three questions. First up, what can a person do to help their gut recover its barrier function after too many antibiotics? Are there any foods, suppleme...

Dear Mark: Acrylamide, Sprint Alternatives, Gynoid Fat, and Adult Bed Sharing

January 21 2013 - In this week's edition of Dear Mark, I'll be covering three wide-ranging topics. First is acrylamide, the french fry toxin, the coffee carcinogen, the rat destroyer. It appears in almost every starchy...

Fasting May Stave Off Jet Lag

May 24 2008 - If you’ve ever taken an intercontinental flight – or heck, jetted from coast to coast – chances are you’re probably no stranger to jet lag. Now, new research from Harvard University suggests t...

How We’re Setting Our Kids Up to Be Fat, Sick, and Unhappy

May 06 2015 - I've been on a bit of a "children's health and wellness" kick lately, with a couple posts discussing the importance — and, unfortunately, dearth — of free play and exploration in our children's li...

Does Bone Broth Break a Fast?

December 05 2018 - This is a surprisingly common question. To get it out of the way: Yes, it does. Bone broth contains calories, and true fasts do not allow calorie consumption. You eat calories, you break the fast. ...

Dear Mark: 21-Day Challenge Rapid Fire Edition

January 18 2016 - For one of the 21-Day Challenge contests last week, you guys asked dozens of questions. Today, I'm answering a bunch of them in rapid fire style including how to get kids to eat more meat and veggies...

Why Am I Not Losing Weight?

February 08 2022 - “I’m doing everything right, exercising and eating well. So why am I not losing weight?”  That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it? Or rather, it’s the $72 billion question, since ...

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