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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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Sensible Vices Round 3: Personal Day Spa

January 07 2009 - The decorations are down (or you've thought about it). The good china, big platters and gravy boats have found their way back to their usual cupboard spaces. The boxes are collapsed and in the recycli...

Sensible Vices: Round 2

May 28 2008 - What can we say? We love our vices: those delightful, scrumptious, indulgent little morsels of gratifying transgression. O.K., this isn’t really how we look at it, but it’s kind of fun (and relati...

Sensible Vices

December 10 2007 - One issue I have with our modern lifestyle – of many – is the emphasis on perfection. Newer, slimmer, bigger, better, faster: the message of perfection screams out to us from glossy magazines, sli...

Why You Still Probably Need More Rest (and 23 Ways to Get It)

June 01 2016 - We’re entering the lazy days of summer here, but I wonder how many people feel an increase in stress and obligations. Every year I feel like the leisure time of summer erodes at a more rapid pace. ...

10 Ways to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

December 23 2014 - According to AAA, nearly 100 million Americans will be traveling during what they call the “year-end holiday season” (Dec. 23-Jan. 4). On the positive side, this means possibly spending quality t...

How to Get “Unstuck”

April 24 2014 - I’m thinking today about the experience of feeling “stuck.” (I hear this a lot from folks who write me about getting started with the Primal Blueprint.) In this situation, you know (generally) w...

How to Design a Successful Personal Retreat

February 20 2014 - A few years ago I did a post on The Restorative Power of a Personal Retreat. To this day, it’s one of the “lifestyle” posts I get the most feedback on. At the time I wrote it, I was gaining my o...

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...

15 Primal Ways to Savor the Holiday Season

December 20 2012 - This past summer I did a slow living inspired guide to enjoying summer. Those lazy days feel long gone now, but I’ve heard from a number of readers lately who are looking to fill their winter and ho...

Dear Mark: Personalizing the Primal Blueprint

June 25 2012 - Primal life is good. You've lost some weight, improved some health markers, enjoy steady even energy throughout the day, and you finally look forward to exercise (and movement in general) for the firs...

Sensible Vices: Round 2

May 28 2008 - What can we say? We love our vices: those delightful, scrumptious, indulgent little morsels of gratifying transgression. O.K., this isn’t really how we look at it, but it’s kind of fun (and relati...

Sensible Vices

December 10 2007 - One issue I have with our modern lifestyle – of many – is the emphasis on perfection. Newer, slimmer, bigger, better, faster: the message of perfection screams out to us from glossy magazines, sli...

10 Ways to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

December 23 2014 - According to AAA, nearly 100 million Americans will be traveling during what they call the “year-end holiday season” (Dec. 23-Jan. 4). On the positive side, this means possibly spending quality t...

Dear Mark: Carob, Psyllium, Chia Seeds, and Vanilla

April 04 2011 - I enjoyed answering your questions last week, so let's do it again today. We've got another triad this time, including another question from Hilde. There's going to be a lot of fiber talk, some fecal ...

How to Quit Grains

June 08 2010 - Yes, they’re inextricably woven into nearly every aspect of our society. Dietary staple, cultural icon, sentimental fodder, patriotic symbol: it’s impossible to get away from them. However, just b...

The Definitive Guide to Dairy

January 28 2010 - I knew going in this was going to be a tricky one, because dairy, especially raw and/or fermented full-fat dairy, resides in a Primal gray area. The literature, the evolutionary reasoning, and the ane...

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...

10 Ways to Quench a Primal Thirst

September 30 2009 - I’ll admit it. For the most part, beverages don’t get a lot of attention around here. I tend to take a pretty dismissive stance on them, perhaps as a reaction to the ridiculous mainstream obsessio...

Is All Cheese Created Equal?

April 29 2009 - The answer to that question is (hopefully) pretty obvious, but I’ll still explain why. Short answer: No. Slightly longer answer: C’mon – you really think that stuff you can spray out of an...

You’re Not Going to Change Overnight

March 12 2009 - A recent article confirms that, for better or worse, instant body composition changes from diet or exercise are relatively few and far between. Now, the exercise and diet routines referenced in the NY...

10 Ways to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel

December 23 2014 - According to AAA, nearly 100 million Americans will be traveling during what they call the “year-end holiday season” (Dec. 23-Jan. 4). On the positive side, this means possibly spending quality t...

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...

Sensible Vices Round 3: Personal Day Spa

January 07 2009 - The decorations are down (or you've thought about it). The good china, big platters and gravy boats have found their way back to their usual cupboard spaces. The boxes are collapsed and in the recycli...

Sensible Vices

December 10 2007 - One issue I have with our modern lifestyle – of many – is the emphasis on perfection. Newer, slimmer, bigger, better, faster: the message of perfection screams out to us from glossy magazines, sli...

How to Get “Unstuck”

April 24 2014 - I’m thinking today about the experience of feeling “stuck.” (I hear this a lot from folks who write me about getting started with the Primal Blueprint.) In this situation, you know (generally) w...

How to Design a Successful Personal Retreat

February 20 2014 - A few years ago I did a post on The Restorative Power of a Personal Retreat. To this day, it’s one of the “lifestyle” posts I get the most feedback on. At the time I wrote it, I was gaining my o...

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...

15 Primal Ways to Savor the Holiday Season

December 20 2012 - This past summer I did a slow living inspired guide to enjoying summer. Those lazy days feel long gone now, but I’ve heard from a number of readers lately who are looking to fill their winter and ho...

Dear Mark: Personalizing the Primal Blueprint

June 25 2012 - Primal life is good. You've lost some weight, improved some health markers, enjoy steady even energy throughout the day, and you finally look forward to exercise (and movement in general) for the firs...

Mindful Eating: The Art of Being Present at the Dinner Table

February 23 2012 - Questions: where were you at dinnertime last night? What did you eat? Was anyone else with you? Did you do anything else during the meal besides eat? How did your food taste? Did you enjoy your food? ...

30 Primal Inspirations For the Fall Season

November 02 2011 - As a native New Englander, I love fall but know it goes all too fast.... As beautiful as autumn is, I think it presents some Primal challenges. It’s darker. It’s colder. Food is generally more exp...

Winging It: Fun, Spontaneity and Intuition in Your Primal Life

September 29 2011 - We’re well into the third week of the Challenge, and I’m thinking these days about fun. Yes, fun - the pure amusement, pleasure, and self-indulgence of it. Did Tuesday’s active entertainment pos...

Sensible Vices Round 3: Personal Day Spa

January 07 2009 - The decorations are down (or you've thought about it). The good china, big platters and gravy boats have found their way back to their usual cupboard spaces. The boxes are collapsed and in the recycli...

Sensible Vices: Round 2

May 28 2008 - What can we say? We love our vices: those delightful, scrumptious, indulgent little morsels of gratifying transgression. O.K., this isn’t really how we look at it, but it’s kind of fun (and relati...

Why You Still Probably Need More Rest (and 23 Ways to Get It)

June 01 2016 - We’re entering the lazy days of summer here, but I wonder how many people feel an increase in stress and obligations. Every year I feel like the leisure time of summer erodes at a more rapid pace. ...

How to Design a Successful Personal Retreat

February 20 2014 - A few years ago I did a post on The Restorative Power of a Personal Retreat. To this day, it’s one of the “lifestyle” posts I get the most feedback on. At the time I wrote it, I was gaining my o...

15 Primal Ways to Savor the Holiday Season

December 20 2012 - This past summer I did a slow living inspired guide to enjoying summer. Those lazy days feel long gone now, but I’ve heard from a number of readers lately who are looking to fill their winter and ho...

30 Primal Inspirations For the Fall Season

November 02 2011 - As a native New Englander, I love fall but know it goes all too fast.... As beautiful as autumn is, I think it presents some Primal challenges. It’s darker. It’s colder. Food is generally more exp...

Winging It: Fun, Spontaneity and Intuition in Your Primal Life

September 29 2011 - We’re well into the third week of the Challenge, and I’m thinking these days about fun. Yes, fun - the pure amusement, pleasure, and self-indulgence of it. Did Tuesday’s active entertainment pos...

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

March 24 2010 - Sleep Awareness Week (as sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation) technically ended March 13th, but somehow I’m guessing there are just as many sleep deprived folks milling about this week as the...

The Primal Blueprint for Busy People – Part 1: Sleep and Stress

August 13 2009 - Last week we took on the eternal “no time” excuse in our “No Better Time than the Present” post, and we were thrilled by the response. Readers offered their own efficiency strategies as well a...

Getting Over the Afternoon Slump

February 11 2009 - Glazed over eyes. Slumped shoulders. A suddenly weighty cranium that keeps dipping toward the keyboard. Even heavier eyelids. Eyes that constantly sneak peeks at the clock, which seems to tick ever mo...

Decadent Coconut Milk Whipped Cream with Berries and Dark Chocolate Coconut Mousse

August 13 2011 - We often say that a bowl of thick, creamy Greek-style yogurt mixed with fresh, ripe berries is a good, sensible indulgence dessert option for those that tolerate dairy. As good as it is (especially wi...

Poblano Chicken with Verde Sauce Casserole

March 21 2009 - Ok. Ok. Yesterday's "What's for Dinner Tonight?" post may not have appealed to everyone. I hear you. Organ meat, especially to people that have never experienced them, can be challenging in more than ...

Son of Grok’s Primal Pizza Recipe

October 24 2008 - I was at the gym yesterday when a fellow weightlifter and I got to talking about diet (for lack of a better word) and nutrition. He listened intently, interested in the philosophical foundation upon w...

Sensible Vices

December 10 2007 - One issue I have with our modern lifestyle – of many – is the emphasis on perfection. Newer, slimmer, bigger, better, faster: the message of perfection screams out to us from glossy magazines, sli...

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...

Mindful Eating: The Art of Being Present at the Dinner Table

February 23 2012 - Questions: where were you at dinnertime last night? What did you eat? Was anyone else with you? Did you do anything else during the meal besides eat? How did your food taste? Did you enjoy your food? ...

Remember the 80/20 Principle

September 15 2010 - We’ve officially rounded the corner into the second full week of the 30-day Primal Blueprint Challenge. Updates, anecdotes, anyone? How is everyone doing – and feeling? As the Challenge progresses...

How to Quit Grains

June 08 2010 - Yes, they’re inextricably woven into nearly every aspect of our society. Dietary staple, cultural icon, sentimental fodder, patriotic symbol: it’s impossible to get away from them. However, just b...

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...

Off the Wagon

August 18 2009 - When you find yourself suddenly sitting in the dust, a bit dazed, a bit dirty, your confidence shaken and your pride a tad bruised, it can be disheartening. Is it your first trip off the wagon? Your u...

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...

You’re Not Going to Change Overnight

March 12 2009 - A recent article confirms that, for better or worse, instant body composition changes from diet or exercise are relatively few and far between. Now, the exercise and diet routines referenced in the NY...

Break Through Your Weight Loss Plateau

February 18 2009 - Pat yourself on the back: You’ve lost weight! Or, at least you had lost weight, but for the past few days or even weeks, the scale hasn't been budging. You don’t feel like you’re doing anything ...

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