Meet Mark

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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My 14 Favorite Keto-Friendly Snacks

Keto tends to discourage snacking. Not as in “If you’re keto, you’re not allowed to snack!” More like “If you’re keto, you probably won’t feel the need to snack as much.”

Still, hunger strikes. Situations arise where you need a little something to nourish you in the moment without having to cook a meal. This isn’t a problem. But you do need to be prepared—or else risk derailing your efforts.

A snack must be instantly available or take no more than a minute or two of preparation. A snack shouldn’t be something that makes you groan or use more than one or two bowls or pieces of kitchen equipment to prepare. It should be an afterthought.

What are my favorite keto-friendly snacks? I’ve got 14.

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Introducing The Keto Reset Instant Pot® Cookbook—and Free Gifts!

Greetings, have you heard about this newfangled contraption called the Instant Pot®? Just kidding, of course you have (and if you answer no, it’s time to get with the program!). The Instant Pot has become the most sensationally popular kitchen appliance in decades. One report indicated that some ten million Instant Pot units were sold on Amazon.com in the fourth quarter of 2017 alone! Instant Pot is the genericized trademark for what is technically called a multi-use pressure cooker. There are many other brands for these space-age, tabletop units touted as the inclusive replacement to nine common kitchen appliances (including a stovetop pressure cooker, rice cooker, and slow cooker/crock pot) that speed cooking time by a factor of two to six times while using 70 percent less energy than the stove, oven, or other gadgets.

In short, it’s a perfect tool for keto eating. You get all the benefits of a keto diet—with the least amount of time, strain and effort in the kitchen. Today I’ve got 75 low-carb, hassle-free, and delicious recipes to get you started. 

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Does Coffee Break an Intermittent Fast?

This has got to be one of the most frequent questions I see:

“Does coffee break a fast?”

Let’s answer.

To begin with, I’ll make the case that you shouldn’t worry too much about this stuff. That you’re even willing and able to go without a meal or snack for 12-24 hours places you in rarefied company. That’s 95th percentile stuff. You’re ahead of the game simply by being open to the idea of not eating every hour. Take heart in that. Some coffee with cream midway through doesn’t take away from what you’re accomplishing.

But I know you guys, and I know you love the minutiae. I know it because I love it, too. It’s fun, even if it gets us into trouble sometimes. So let’s dig right in.

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Dear Mark: Phones in Bedrooms, Antidepressants, Pastured Egg Omega-6 Content

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions from readers. I’ve come down hard against phones in bedrooms in the past. Is there a “good way” to use your phone in the bedroom? Reader Kathy offered some good reasons for keeping a phone there; what do I think? Next, HealthyHombre laments having to take antidepressants (but he shouldn’t lament). And finally, I cover the differences in omega-6 between pastured eggs and conventional eggs.

Let’s go:

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Weekend Link Love — Edition 500 (With a Grok Giveaway)

Today marks our 500th Weekend Link Love.

It’s a big day. This is our 500th edition of Weekend Link Love. 500 Sundays. And it’s actually a bit more than that—because before WLL became the official name and slot, we did other links posts. There was “Friday Link Love,” and “5 Links You’ll Love!” (talk about setting the bar a little too low), and “Hit the Links!” My personal favorite was “Los Linky Links.” I still regret not sticking with that one. The alliteration is just killer.

Things have changed so much. Take a look at the very first WLL from all the way back to June 7, 2008. Check out that crisp, clean URL. See how the content has grown, the interest has expanded, and the quality has improved.

Many people write to me saying that WLL is a favorite part of their week, something they look forward to every Sunday. A vocal minority even claim it’s their favorite post on MDA itself, better than the feature articles. I love writing them. I love learning new things, learning that what I thought last week might need rethinking. The world is such an interesting place right now, and the Internet is a powerful tool for exploring it.

Here’s to 500 more…. And thanks for taking the ride with me.

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Crisp and Fresh Crock Pot Veggies

Cooking large batches of vegetables makes it easier to eat veggies throughout the week. Pre-cooked veggies can be added to salads or served as a side dish, making both lunches and dinners easier to throw together.

Roasting large batches of vegetables on sheet pans is a great way to stock your fridge with ready-to-eat veggies. Another easy strategy is filling up the slow cooker and walking away for a couple hours.

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