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Tangy Pork and Pineapple Kebabs

How to give any main dish a “wow” factor? Add a touch of sweetness to a savory dish. These grilled pork and pineapple kebabs are tangy and smoky with just the right amount of sweetness from fresh pineapple. You can serve these with just about any side dish for a BBQ meal that keeps you coming back for more.

Here’s how to make them.

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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 139

Research of the Week

While processed meat intake was linked to worse cognitive health, unprocessed meat intake was linked to better cognitive health (although they didn’t emphasize that last part in the conclusion).

Babies born with higher levels of oxidized LDL in their cord blood have poorer pancreatic beta cell function.

For learning to read, handwriting is more effective than watching videos or typing.

Kefir is great for glycemic control.

Eating a diet high in fermented food increases microbial diversity in your gut and lowers inflammatory markers.

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Ask a Health Coach: No Time for Self-Care?

Hey folks! In this week’s Ask a Health Coach, Erin is answering your questions about eating primally on the road, what to do when you feel like you’re forcing yourself to exercise, and the role coherent breathing plays in reducing anxiety. Got a question for Erin? Post it below or over in our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group.

Angela asked:

“I have a predicament. I’m a small business owner and drive a lot during my day. I don’t get a lot of time for lunch, I just eat when I’m driving, so for the last 3 months I’ve been eating sandwiches (NOT primal, at all). All of my symptoms have come back in full force (migraines, acid reflux, etc.), and today I stepped on the scale and have gained 20 lbs!! What can I pack for lunch that can be eaten while also driving?”
Ok, so I’m dying to know. If you own the business, can’t you schedule time to eat? My guess is that you’re the one who makes the schedule. So, in theory, you could arrange to give yourself a 30-minute break in the middle of the day for a satisfying, satiating meal, where you’re not driving, multi-tasking, or taxing your central nervous system with added stress.

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Help! I Can’t Stop Snacking!

The good news: After a rough year and a half, many people are finding their way back to something like “normal” (even if it’s a new normal). The bad news: We picked up some not-so-helpful habits during our time underground. You’re not alone if you’re emerging from your cocoon feeling a little worse for wear! There’s no time like the present to start shedding those bad habits so you can get back to being the glorious butterfly you’re meant to be. For a lot of people, priority number one is getting their eating back on track. “Help, I Can’t Stop Snacking!” I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this in the past few months. Are we surprised? What with all of us stuck at home bored, overwhelmed, and in close proximity to the kitchen, snack attacks were bound to happen. Let me go on record as saying that I don’t think snacking is always a problem. Yes, we’re big fans of intermittent fasting around these parts, and snacking is widely maligned in the ancestral health world at large. I haven’t forgotten that Mark’s most recent book is called Two Meals a Day! There’s no denying that some folks make significant health gains when they start eating less frequently. At the same time, the empirical evidence for or against snacking is decidedly mixed. Some studies show that frequent small meals or snacks impair weight loss, glycemic control, appetite regulation, and various health markers. Others find that snacking is neutral or even beneficial for these same parameters. As for the “humans aren’t meant to snack” argument, depending on their food environments, our paleolithic ancestors probably “snacked” as they foraged for plants that didn’t require cooking. You’re telling me that every one of those delicious berries made it back to camp? I think not. However, that’s not at all what snacking looks like today. Where modern humans run into trouble is with overconsumption of hyper-palatable, low-quality, pro-inflammatory foods. That concept would have been totally foreign to our ancestors, but it’s what most people mean when they say they “can’t stop snacking.” If you’re stuck in a snacking rut, here are six things to consider: Stop Snacking Strategies Set Up Your Environment for Success The lowest of the low-hanging fruit is to get rid of the snack foods in your environment. By “snack foods,” I mean the ones you have a hard time avoiding even when you’re not hungry. The ones you eat out of boredom or that you consume mindlessly. Foods that make you ask, “Why am I still eating this?” even as you keep putting more in your mouth. This can be challenging when you live with people who aren’t on board with your way of eating. Family members and roommates might say they’re supportive. When the rubber meets the road, and you try to throw away all the chips, suddenly they’re less enthusiastic. If you can’t get rid of unsupportive foods, the next best thing is getting … Continue reading “Help! I Can’t Stop Snacking!”

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Home Gym Setups at Different Price Points

One thing the pandemic made clear is that it’s a good idea to have a home gym. For most of the year in some places, gyms were closed. They still are if you’re unlucky. And even after they opened, a significant portion of the population doesn’t even want to set foot in one out of fear of getting sick or because they have to wear a mask. I for one hate training in a mask and frankly won’t do it. Takes all the fun out of it. Plus, in some locations, going outside wasn’t an option. You couldn’t even go out to workout or take a walk without a “real reason.”

Home gyms are here to stay. But how can people with different budgets set up their home gym without sacrificing the quality of the resultant workout?

Today’s post is going to give different home gym setups for different budgets. I firmly believe that anyone of any means can have a “home gym” they can be proud of.

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Perfect Spatchcock Whole Chicken Roasted in the Oven

Every home cook should have a no-fail recipe for oven-roasted chicken, one you can count on to always deliver golden skin and juicy, flavorful meat. A whole chicken provides the basis for a great soup, protein for your salads, a main ingredient for lettuce-wrapped sandwiches, or a delicious main course on its own. If you cook your chicken spatchcock style, it will cook much faster and more evenly than it would if you left it whole.

Here’s how to make an incredible roasted chicken in the oven, every time.

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