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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...Tell Me More
FAQs, Intro, PB 101?whatever you want to call it this is a great place to familiarize yourself with the content found on Mark’s Daily Apple.
This is ground zero. If you’ve never heard of the Primal Blueprint, or perhaps someone sent you to this blog because you’re interested in making the jump to a healthy lifestyle, read on.
These posts explain the concept of “Primal” as well as easy ways to get started without feeling overwhelmed by so much new information:
Here is the list of my Definitive Guides?thorough explanations of big health topics:
Who Does This?
Want to know more about your fellow readers? The following links will give you a sense of the Primal community; who else lives like Grok, pictures of what they eat, and how they succeeded.
Take the Challenge
Once you’ve got an idea of what it means to live the Primal lifestyle, consider trying it out for 21 days.
Click here or the image below to view an infographic describing how to conduct your own 21-day challenge. Additionally, you can dig deeper into each section of the infographic by visiting this more detailed Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge page.
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You know the basics: Lean meats and vegetables are healthy, grains and sugars should be avoided. But what about everything else?
Dairy – Dairy isn’t strictly Primal. After all, Grok didn’t start his day off with milk?at least not after infancy. But some forms of dairy, like yogurt, provide probiotics that help with digestion and even to some degree, nutrient absorption. Additionally, butter and heavy cream offer a high source of healthy fats. I consider cheese a “sensible indulgence,” fine in moderation. And if you do drink milk, I would suggest milk with higher fat content like whole milk rather than skim or 2%. The bottom line is dairy, for those that can tolerate it, can be enjoyed in moderation on the Primal Blueprint diet.
For a long list of Primal foods check out the Smart Fuel category.
For Primal friendly shopping, check out Thrive Market.
A list of every recipe published on Mark’s Daily Apple.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Start with the basics…
Recipes – Individual dishes based on your favorite Primal Ingredients
The Entire Primal Recipes Category?View every recipe ever published on Mark’s Daily Apple
DIY – Forget processed food. Make your own…
Salad Dressings, Condiments, Beef Jerky, Butter, Yogurt, and Kefir, Sauerkraut, Canned Tomatoes, Energy Bars, Salsa, Tomato Sauce, Canned Goods, Dried Fruit, Chicken Stock, Primal Bread, Muffins, Cakes, Crackers, Chips, Pizza, Pasta, Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Milk, Flour, Pancakes, Marinating Meats, Red Wine Vinegar, Cultured Butter
Ingredients and Spices – A little more flavor…
It is tough going Primal in the modern world. Supplementation can help…
My post on Primal Blueprint Fitness.
Archived Workouts of the Week (WOWs).
Primal Compromises & Extreme Cardio (For the Runners)
We all know that we need to exercise to be healthy. Unfortunately, the popular wisdom of the past 40 years?that we would all be better off doing 45 minutes to an hour a day of intense aerobic activity?has created a generation of overtrained, underfit, immune-compromised exerholics. Extreme cardio isn’t the answer to optimal health. Read these posts for the whole story:
However, I do realize that running is a passion for many people. It is possible to live a Primal lifestyle while participating in endurance training, the key is to be smart about training and understanding the necessary compromises:
While many come to MDA to slim down, others come because they believe they are too scrawny or “skinny-fat.” Is there a secret to bulking up? Is there a best way to eat in conjunction with lifting? These links provide the answers:
Awesome Workouts (For Everyone)
Pick one, mix and match, go hard, have fun.
All About Mark
What I eat, how I workout, and who I am.
Primal on the Cheap
A regular diet of grass fed beef and wild Alaskan salmon is Primal and delicious, but it may not be feasible for the poor college student or the person struggling to make next month’s rent. While health should take precedence, it’s still possible to stay Primal when the coffers are running low. Here are a few posts to help find the cheap eats.
Injury, Illness, & Inflammation
Slamming down fistfuls of prescription drugs may not always be the best solution.
Stuck in a Rut
Overcoming common pitfalls on the Primal journey.
6 Meals a day? Not necessary.
7-Part Series on the health benefits and methodologies of fasting:
Sleep better, sleep longer.
Though not in any way ideal, it is possible to live Primally without eating meat.
So you’ve gone Primal, now if you could only convince your spouse to do the same! The following posts cover topics such as discussing the PB with your family, introducing your child to Primal living, and how the Primal Blueprint fits into our modern culture and environment.
The Barefoot Revolution
Take off your shoes…
Skin Care & Personal Products
Walking the line between chemical free and zit free.
Common Health Scams, Myths, and Overhyped Nonsense
Perhaps the crunchy hipster at your Whole Foods Market is raving about a “blood type” diet, or your friend is pushing you to buy a bottle of his noni juice. These posts sort the real from the ridiculous.
Other Popular Posts
The best of the rest.
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