New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 176

Research of the Week

Ethnic differences in type 2 diabetes—pathology and treatment options.

Feeding dogs once a day linked to healthier dogs.

Surgeon skill matters.

Mesolithic inhabitants of the Baltic region got around, ranged far from home.

Early farmers got shorter.

The rise of dairy in the steppe.

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Ask a Health Coach: Primal Starter Pack and Snacks for Long Hauls

Hey folks, Board-Certified Health Coach, and Primal Health Coach Institute’s Coaching & Curriculum Director, Erin Power is here to answer your questions about getting started with Primal and eating on the go. Whether you’re new to Primal or scouting new snacks, we’ve got options! Have a question you’d like to ask our health coaches? Leave it below in the comments or over in the Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group. 
Mel asked:
“I want to go Primal but get overwhelmed by the rules. What’s in my Primal Starter Pack?”

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Rounded Shoulders: Causes and Fixes

Look at the average person walking around the average industrialized nation and you’ll notice something:

Their shoulders are rounded inward.

Look down at yourself right now reading these words and you’ll probably notice something:

Your shoulders are rounded inward.

Older kids, teens, grownups, athletes, powerlifters, grandmas, moms, dads, students, baristas, almost everyone. It’s rare to see someone with neutral shoulders—shoulders that sit in their sockets as nature intended, rather than rolled and rounded inward in perpetual internal rotation.

Why is this?

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Posture Correctors: Helpful or All Hype?

Posture seems to be on everyone’s mind right now thanks to the uptick in work-from-home jobs, coupled with the fact that practically everyone has a mobile device to stare at. Cue my usual laments about the sedentary nature of the modern lifestyle. Not only do we sit too much and move too little, many folks alternate between hunching forward over a keyboard and looking down at a phone or tablet all day, every day.

The result? Widespread poor posture and growing concerns about what this means for public health. Forward head posture (aka “tech neck”), rounded shoulders, and slouched, rounded spines all contribute to:

Soreness and pain throughout the body
Muscular weaknesses and imbalances that lead to dysfunctional movement patterns
Breathing issues
Headaches and migraines

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How to Make Gluten-free Roux

Roux (pronounced “roo”) is a thickening agent that chefs add to sauces, soups, and stews to give them a more pleasing texture. It is a staple of French cooking, though in the U.S. we typically associate it more with Cajun or Creole staples like gumbo.

Roux is made by cooking one part fat and one part flour together to form something resembling smooth gravy. White flour is a no-go when eating Primally, but never fear, you aren’t doomed to a lifetime of thin, runny étouffée, moussaka, and scalloped potatoes!

Today, I’ll show you how to make a traditional roux and how to swap in Primal-friendly ingredients for a gluten-free option.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 175

Research of the Week

Evolutionary trajectories of various traits in different European populations over the millennia.

A ketone body suppresses colorectal cancer.

Sunlight, strength training, and seafood are a powerful combo.

Beautifying filters and hireability.

Remote learning decreased learning.

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