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A Primal lifestyle is all about giving your body the inputs it needs to thrive. I intend to stay vibrant, strong, and active well into old age, and I want the same for all of my readers as well. 

Appropriate hormetic stress is one of those crucial inputs. Hormetic stressors are things like exercise, sun exposure, intermittent fasting, and mild caloric exposure. They tell the body, “Hey, life is full of challenges. Better get as strong and nimble as possible so we can face whatever the outside world throws at us!” 

Hot and cold therapy are also hormetic stressors that have become an indispensable part of my routine. They both offer an impressive array of benefits, including improved cardiovascular function and insulin sensitivity, but I appreciate them mostly for the mental boost I get. With cold exposure in particular, I feel a noticeable increase in focus and acuity after a plunge. Nothing beats cold water immersion for the rush you get from making yourself do something that’s difficult in the moment but that feels so good afterward.

I’ve recently stepped up my cold water immersion game with the addition of a Plunge (cold tub) from the company of the same name. This technology allows me to regulate the water temperature to my exact specifications. I like a little cooler in the morning and warmer (but still plenty cold) in the evening. Because it’s at my house, there’s no excuse for not getting it done. 

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The Past, Present, and Future of the Primal Mission

Mark’s Daily Apple turns 16 today. I guess we could say it’s officially “come of age.” It was the platform that launched the primal mission, and I couldn’t have spread the word without it — and without you, my dedicated readers, of course. So let’s get a little reminiscent, shall we? After all, that’s what birthdays are for. 

Many of you are familiar with my personal journey. A career as an endurance athlete left me sick and injured, making me acutely aware that the standard health and nutrition advice I’d been following was misguided at best and destructive at worst. I’ve always loved challenging my brain as much as I do my body, so I dug into all the science available and began experimenting with a more evolutionary approach to food and fitness. I noticed the benefits right away and wanted to document my journey and help other people reclaim their health as well. I started Mark’s Daily Apple for that very reason, with a measurable goal in mind — to change the lives of 10 million people.

I soon discovered just how many people out there are sick of being failed by mainstream dietary and fitness advice. Visits to Mark’s Daily Apple skyrocketed as more people found their way to the blog, many of whom encouraged me to consolidate my research and way of life — which I call the primal lifestyle — in a book. And so I did.

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Reflecting on 16 Years of Mark’s Daily Apple

17 years ago, my friend and mentor Art Devany asked me to write a couple fitness articles for his website. I did. “Escape from Vegan Island” and “The Case Against Cardio” got such huge responses from his readers that I decided to start my own blog.

16 years later, I’m still going strong. I’m not really a sentimental guy, but I’m feeling very emotional right now. This blog was a personal revelation for me.

I’d spent my entire life as an entrepreneur of many coats: mowing lawns, painting houses, grilling chuck steaks out of my dorm room, opening frozen yogurt shops in Palo Alto, training triathletes and marathoners and wealthy socialites in LA, selling supplements on TV and later the Internet. I was always pretty successful, but eventually I knew I’d have to move on to something else. I had to keep moving at all times. Always on the prowl. And I was always selling.

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Psoriasis: Causes and Treatments

Psoriasis is a skin disorder in which your skin cells reproduce too quickly, leading to scaly skin, rashes, or blisters. With plaque psoriasis (the most common form), red, flaky patches rise on the scalp, face, knees, elbows, lower back—anywhere on the body, really. Other types present differently. Inverse psoriasis, for example, appears as smooth red blotches mostly in skin folds, while the relatively rare erythrodermic psoriasis causes skin peeling on large areas of the body. Psoriasis can also affect fingernails and toenails.

Not only is psoriasis often itchy or painful, it can take a serious emotional toll. Patients report feeling embarrassed or stigmatized because of their skin’s appearance. Although there are a number of pharmaceutical, over-the-counter, and natural treatments available, there is no cure for psoriasis. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms and put it into remission, but flare-ups can (and for many people do) occur regularly. 

For folks living with psoriasis, it can be hard to find relief. Some aspects of a Primal lifestyle may be able to help. 

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Most Popular MDA Recipes

We’re officially celebrating 16 years here on Mark’s Daily Apple! To kick off a week of celebratory content we’re highlighting some of our most popular recipes here on the blog. From morning coffee to Mark’s Big-Ass Salad to slow-cooked pork carnitas, there’s a recipe for every occasion. If you recreate any of our top recipes, be sure to share photos with us on the MDA Instagram!

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Ask a Health Coach: How Do I Stop Snacking? Do You Believe in Tracking Food?

Hey folks, Board-Certified Health Coach, and Primal Health Coach Institute’s Coaching Director, Erin Power is here to answer your questions about satiating hunger and tracking food. If you’re looking for skillful, caring guidance we’ve got strategies, tips, and support. Have a question you’d like to ask our health coaches? Leave it below in the comments or over in the Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group. Satiating hunger Tamara asked: “What’s the best way to stop feeling hungry between meals? I depend on snacks to get me through.” Ah, hunger and snacking. You’re not alone with this question, Tamara. You know, I think one of the reasons we reach for snacks is…because we’re hungry. That may sound funny, but I’m being serious. Sure, many folks snack out of stress, boredom, or emotional eating. But I’ve helped many coaching clients cure that sort of mindless eating simply by helping them go through life more well-fed. Now, to be clear, there are certain foods and lifestyle factors that mess with our hormonal and other signaling systems. A diet high in processed carbs and sweets tends to interfere with our natural, healthy hunger and satiation signals. It also causes our body to revolt against the constant insulin bath triggered by MORE carbs, MORE sugar, and frequent snacking. Similarly, lack of sleep and chronic stress and anxiety mess with our hormones and can throw hunger signals way out of whack. But if you’re eating a Primal diet featuring an abundance of real, whole, minimally processed food, including high-quality protein and healthy fats, you’re well on your way to being in touch with true hunger and minimizing the need (or desire) for snacking. However, if you’re eating Primal most of the time and still feeling hungry throughout the day, I’ve got a fairly dependable solution: more protein. Here’s the thing: Your hunger comes from your cells, and your cells require nourishment. Specifically, they need: Fuel (calories to provide energy for your body and brain) Building blocks (amino acids and essential fatty acids that help your body continuously build and repair itself) Information (minerals, vitamins, cholesterol, prebiotic fibres, etc.—all of which have incredibly important and nuanced roles in bodily function) When your cells ask for food (i.e., you feel hungry), it’s to satisfy these needs. If cells aren’t getting these needs met, they are undernourished and cry out for more nourishment. Now, of course, every body is different, and people bring different health conditions, life circumstances, and goals to the table. That said, if we are to generalize, there’s an easy way to give your cells and body more of the calories, building blocks, and information they’re asking for: eat more protein. As one of the most nutrient dense “human foods” on planet earth, it ticks all of the boxes in terms of the nourishment our cells are asking for. How much more protein? MORE. Rather than get caught up in measuring and micromanaging, keep things simple: just aim for more, and see how it goes. Time and … Continue reading “Ask a Health Coach: How Do I Stop Snacking? Do You Believe in Tracking Food?”

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