Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people will probably be Googling “keto diet” over the next few days, wondering if this is the answer to their New Year aims. What about a similar-but-different-enough population—those who have tried keto, stopped for any number of reasons, and want back on the wagon? Should those looking to restart keto do or know anything different?
First and foremost, the basics still apply. Anyone looking to restart keto should pay attention to all the stuff I’ve covered in previous posts and books and will be covering in the Keto Month email series (so sign up today!). Going keto is going keto.
For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering one eternal question: How do the Hadza tribespeople of Northern Tanzania eat so much honey and maintain their trim figures and pristine metabolic health? Are they eating keto whenever they’re not eating honey? Are they running hill sprints to burn through glycogen stores and improve their insulin sensitivity? Are they trading mongongo nuts for Metformin? Or is there something unique about honey that makes it different than sugar?
But before I get to the question, it’s a brand new year.
It’s Monday, 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 Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!
I’m a Certified Executive Chef by the American Culinary Federation. I have about 20 years of experience in the field.
During my training as a Chef and years working in kitchens for all kinds of outlets (Restaurants, Hotels, Employee Cafeterias, Dining Services of Universities), I learned and then implemented the knowledge that a balanced nutritional plate is supposed to have 3 components: a protein, a vegetable and a starch, and how to control the amount of fat used to produce this plate.
The deadlift is a full-body exercise that can (and should) be a central component of any strength training program. Everyone from beginners to competitive bodybuilders benefits from deadlifting.
“Lift heavy things” is one of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws because building and maintaining muscle is mandatory for metabolic health, mobility, and being able to participate in your favorite pursuits now and well into old age. Anyone who plans to be a spry and active nonagenarian—hopefully that’s you—must lift heavy things. More specifically, “lifting heavy things” should mimic the activities of everyday life and build the strength necessary to make these activities easier. The deadlift is the quintessential example of a compound movement that builds that kind of functional strength.
Coffee is a perpetual topic of interest, and for good reason: Almost everyone drinks it, almost everyone is passionate about it, and it’s packed with compounds that are pretty darn good for you. One aspect of coffee I’ve never explored, however, is how coffee brewing methods affect its health effects.
What’s healthier—filtered or unfiltered? Dark roast or light roast? Pre-ground or whole bean? French press or drip? Let’s get to it.