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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

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...

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...

Is All Chocolate Created Equal?

July 11 2008 - My wife and I tend to receive a lot of chocolate, usually as holiday or dinner party gifts. Friends and business associates know we’re not dessert people but that we indulge in chocolate and red win...

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...

Orthorexia Nervosa and Dietary Obsession

January 02 2008 - I talk a lot around here about honing self-discipline, avoiding temptation, and the like. Yet, I also (let the record show) merrily encourage the importance of “sensible vices,” those splendid mor...

Contest: What’s Your 20?

September 15 2010 - UPDATE: This contest is closed. Visit the 30 Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners. The Prize: It's Sensible Vice time... Chocolate. The Ma...

Weekend Link Love – Edition 79

January 10 2010 - The Food & Dining section of the NY Times talks goats, fainting goats. And if you want these goats to live, eat them. That's right, eat them to save them. Not to be outdone by Food & Dining...

Weekend Backsliding?

July 31 2008 - Researchers say Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most productive days of the week. Monday tends to be “recovery” day from the weekend, and the rest of the week, well, we’re often coasting along w...

Dear Mark: All Things Sweet (Plus Cheese and Gut Health)

August 11 2008 - This week instead of focusing on one reader question and giving a lengthy, detailed response I thought I'd change it up a bit by publicly addressing a number of reader questions with quick responses a...

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...

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...

Is All Chocolate Created Equal?

July 11 2008 - My wife and I tend to receive a lot of chocolate, usually as holiday or dinner party gifts. Friends and business associates know we’re not dessert people but that we indulge in chocolate and red win...

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...

Dear Mark: All Things Sweet (Plus Cheese and Gut Health)

August 11 2008 - This week instead of focusing on one reader question and giving a lengthy, detailed response I thought I'd change it up a bit by publicly addressing a number of reader questions with quick responses a...

Primal Lifestyle Good for Your Heart?

June 05 2008 - Following a primal eating plan rich in meat, vegetables, berries and nuts may reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a small study published this month in the European Journal of Clinical Nutr...

Reader Response: Fast Food Indulgence, Dirty Marketing Tricks and Personal Responsibility

March 06 2008 - In response to last month's post about Carl Jr.’s fat fetish, conversation got going about occasional fast food indulgence (the temptations, the how-to’s, etc.) as well as whether we were placing ...

Fat-Oxidation Damage Control

July 17 2008 - Earlier this week we watched Mark make his signature salad: a veritable cornucopia of vegetable wonder (and anti-oxidant powerhouse). We’ve also heard Mark talk about his personal penchant for a goo...

Banish Bake Sales?

November 21 2008 - ‘Tis the season (almost) for those holiday bake sales, church/temple bazaars, and school fundraisers. Can’t you see them? Friendly folding table arrangements with impressive displays of frosted, g...

Dear Mark: Best Fruit Choices

July 21 2008 - Dear Mark, Right now there are so many kinds of fruit in season at the local farmers' market. I know that we should limit fruit consumption and that some fruits offer more nutrition and higher an...

Dear Readers

April 27 2009 - I'm getting dozens of emails from readers every day. Though I try to give personalized advice to each and every one of them, I've got to say, it can be a little overwhelming. What is one to do? Lucky ...

Shake Your Gym Addiction. The Outside World is Waiting for You.

August 14 2008 - Thanks to Rusty Moore from Fitness Black Book for the Guest Post! If you haven?t checked out his blog do so immediately. He offers a ton of sensible advice about how to get fit and live a healthy (and...

Should We Ice Injuries?

December 04 2012 - I've said this before, but inflammation is a necessary response to injury. It's the inflammatory response that increases blood and lymphatic flow to and from the injured tissues, bringing healing nut...

Chronic Pain and the Brain

February 26 2008 - Last week we brought you news that the costs of treating neck and back pain had gone through the roof in the last several years but patients were actually getting less relief. As many of you wrote, th...

A Sea Change Coming to Wash Your Shoes Away

February 03 2010 - I’m sure you’ve seen it. It’s all over the news. People are finally beginning to come around to that inconvenient truth about our feet, that dirty little secret that shoe companies would prefer ...

Primal Action Point: 5 Fitness Recovery Techniques

January 19 2018 - Fitness recovery isn't only about rest. Certain techniques offer faster, more effective recovery after endurance or high intensity training—a big plus for those who compete or follow more intensive ...

Need to Know Factors for Bone Health

July 12 2017 - At the heart of every building is its framework. That latticework of timber, concrete or steel is what holds the entire structure up. Without it, there’d be no building at all. I think of that phras...

Dear Mark: When Walking Is No Longer Enough; Fermented Foods and Depression

August 08 2016 - For today's edition of Dear Mark, I'm answering two questions. First up, what happens when a brisk walk isn't enough to attain the optimal fat-burning heart rate zone? It's a good problem to have—be...

Unconventional Ways to “Get Primal”

August 12 2009 - Our previous instructions for getting Primal pretty much fell exactly in line with the Ten Laws. Not too exciting, but they worked. How about some unconventional methods? You may be stepping outsid...

How to Take the Weight of the World Off Your Shoulders (One Move at a Time)

August 22 2017 - Today's awesome guest post is offered up by a good friend to MDA—Ryan Hurst, Co-founder and Head Coach at GMB Fitness. I hope it helps you during your work week. Enjoy, everyone! Our shoulders ca...

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...

Orthorexia Nervosa and Dietary Obsession

January 02 2008 - I talk a lot around here about honing self-discipline, avoiding temptation, and the like. Yet, I also (let the record show) merrily encourage the importance of “sensible vices,” those splendid mor...

Weekend Backsliding?

July 31 2008 - Researchers say Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most productive days of the week. Monday tends to be “recovery” day from the weekend, and the rest of the week, well, we’re often coasting along w...

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...

You vs. The Mob

April 10 2008 - We’ve all been there at one time or another. Sworn to ourselves that we’ll follow all the rules – survey the room before making our food selection, fill up on vegetables first, select only those...

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...

The Art of Compromise

April 23 2008 - We arm ourselves with knowledge. We gauge the evidence and outline a plan. We form our ideals and establish steps for carefully considered goals. We seek out support and put our noses to the grindston...

A Salad With Your Sorrow?

February 29 2008 - A pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That whole freaking bag of potato chips. A box of donut holes. No, it’s not the MDA trifecta of evil (although it could be). Sure, they’re among the proverbial symbo...

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: 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 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...

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...

Banish Bake Sales?

November 21 2008 - ‘Tis the season (almost) for those holiday bake sales, church/temple bazaars, and school fundraisers. Can’t you see them? Friendly folding table arrangements with impressive displays of frosted, g...

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...

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...

Pet Smarts: Keeping Family Members of the Canine and Feline Variety Healthy

February 22 2008 - You do everything in your power to keep yourself - and your family - healthy, but is there more you could be doing for your four-legged friend? The following is a list of tips on how to keep your p...

HRT: The Problem That Just Won’t Go Away

December 26 2006 - A doctor weighs in on the HRT-cancer connection. The controversy isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. I recommend reading the whole interview if this is an area of interest for you. What caught my a...

Approaching the Challenge with an Abundance Mindset

September 17 2013 - Just like Primal eating flies in the face of any typical “diet,” so I think the 21-Day Challenge leaves most similar events in the primordial dust. Despite my penchant for boldness, why do I say t...

5 Things You Learn Being a Primal Lifer

November 04 2015 - Being a Primal lifer is nice. You get to pat the heads and tousle the hair of precious newbies who just learned the words "lectin" and "phytate" and can't stop talking about it. Navigating your local...

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...

Flank Steak and Mango Slaw with Scallion Garlic Oil

July 05 2014 - Sweet and spicy. Filling and refreshing. Veggies and meat. This flank steak and mango slaw with scallion oil has it all. While there’s a lot to like about grilled flank steak tossed with crispy cabb...

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 ...

How to Make the Ultimate Homemade Tomato Sauce

January 16 2009 - The following is a recipe for a truly sensational tomato sauce (with meat!). Now, before everyone loses their minds and thinks that tomato sauce is only good atop a mound of carbohydrate-laden pasta, ...

Asian Cucumber Salad

July 30 2009 - Cool as a cucumber. In the summer months, this phrase takes on a literal meaning. Cucumbers are primarily composed of water, making them the perfect summer thirst-quencher. Look for cukes that are dar...

Chicken and Shrimp Soup

January 09 2010 - This week’s soup recipe comes from a military man who prefers to keep his real identity undercover. He did, however, decide to declassify his Chicken and Shrimp Soup recipe for the Primal Blueprint ...

Primal Jambalaya

June 06 2009 - There’s nothing easier than throwing a bunch of fresh ingredients into a pot and calling it dinner! We love this cooking method which is why we put together this Primal twist on a classic Louisiana ...

Dark Chocolate Brazil Nut and Coconut Bars

April 30 2016 - Looking for a new homemade dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth? One that’s fancy enough to serve at a dinner party, but can also be thrown into a backpack on your next hike? These dark chocolate ...

Carrot Walnut Bread

July 18 2009 - Worker Bee here - bringing you another weekend Primal recipe. This time it's all about modern foraging for a simple, creative summer dish. The weekend at Mom's was long and full of summer picnics, ...

Primal Egg Coffee Frappe

June 28 2014 - Reader Alex Straftis has come up with a twist on Primal egg coffee that’s so refreshing and invigorating, it’s worth sharing. Simply by adding ice, he’s whipped up a whole new drink with all th...

From One of My Lowest Points to the Best Shape and Health of My Life

September 30 2011 - 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’...

Astounded By the Difference I Felt After The Primal Blueprint

December 31 2009 - 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’...

Quitting Rice

March 30 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’...

Don’t You Just Love Making Doctors Speechless

June 24 2011 - 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’...

Little Leafy’s Keto Diet Success Story

September 08 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’...

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’...

Food No Longer Runs My Life

May 11 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...

My Healthy Lifestyle Was Killing Me

August 10 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’...

No More Styrofoam Rice Crackers for Us!

February 10 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 Married My Two Passions—Baking and Fitness—To Change My Life

April 27 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...

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...

Orthorexia Nervosa and Dietary Obsession

January 02 2008 - I talk a lot around here about honing self-discipline, avoiding temptation, and the like. Yet, I also (let the record show) merrily encourage the importance of “sensible vices,” those splendid mor...

Weekend Backsliding?

July 31 2008 - Researchers say Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the most productive days of the week. Monday tends to be “recovery” day from the weekend, and the rest of the week, well, we’re often coasting along w...

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...

You vs. The Mob

April 10 2008 - We’ve all been there at one time or another. Sworn to ourselves that we’ll follow all the rules – survey the room before making our food selection, fill up on vegetables first, select only those...

Reader Response: Fast Food Indulgence, Dirty Marketing Tricks and Personal Responsibility

March 06 2008 - In response to last month's post about Carl Jr.’s fat fetish, conversation got going about occasional fast food indulgence (the temptations, the how-to’s, etc.) as well as whether we were placing ...

A Salad With Your Sorrow?

February 29 2008 - A pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That whole freaking bag of potato chips. A box of donut holes. No, it’s not the MDA trifecta of evil (although it could be). Sure, they’re among the proverbial symbo...

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...

Low-Carb Is Not a License to Live on Bacon

March 08 2007 - Yesterday I discussed the much-buzzed-about Stanford Atkins study...at length. As many of you know, I am very much in favor of a diet that is high in good fats, lean protein, and green vegetables - an...

Gateway Foods: The Slippery Slope of “Just a Bite”

November 09 2011 - The holidays are coming and with them the food. Maybe with Halloween come and gone, the season is already upon you in your social/work/family circles. Beyond the actual meals themselves, there are the...

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