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December 22 2010

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple 2010

By Mark Sisson

It’s been a year chock-full of notable developments here at MDA. Can you say first PrimalCon, first cookbook, first reader cookbook, and the Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook (not to mention new Primal Nutrition products)? On top of it all, the MDA web community, is bigger, more active, and more involved than ever. I’d say we’ve pushed the envelope in all directions this year, eh?

At the close of this eventful year, I think a thoughtful “look back” is in order. (No sappy music or evocative stills, however.) 2010 was hands-down a year of mind-blowing recipes, kick start WOW workouts, record Primal Challenge giveaways, pensive creativity posts, tongue-in-cheek jests, scientific scrutiny – and plenty of healthy Primal debate along the way. It was the year of the massively popular forum and of the now celebrity figure Grok himself (emblazoned on t-shirts, tattoos, etc.). Finally, it was also – more than ever – the year of the reader success story: men and women who took charge of their health with the PB and simultaneously confounded the medical establishment. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and these readers’ tales tell it all.

Although it’s impossible to do full justice to 2010 in an abbreviated list, it’s nonetheless revealing, powerful and just plain fun to peruse many of the highlights – posts that reflect the year’s developments, that carved out new Primal territory, or that just got peoples’ comments flying. I’ve included something for everyone here – from the best eats to the toughest workouts, the most moving stories to the most meticulous medical commentaries. It’s a list of how-to’s, Definitive Guides, Dear Marks, reviews, and recommendations.

As I look back on 2010, I’m genuinely inspired by what the PB community has accomplished together, and I’m more motivated than ever to offer up my personal best to all of you at MDA. A toast! Raise your coffee cup, water bottle, or whatever else you have in hand. To a truly outstanding year and to all of you who helped make it so. Grok on!

On Succeeding with The Primal Blueprint

It’s a Journey, Not a Race

Eat. Rejoice. Repeat.

Dear Mark: The Low Carb Flu

How to Use the Buddy Effect to Achieve Your Health Goals

The Psychology of Giving Up Junk Food

Inspirational Real-Life Accounts of Readers Gone Primal

Success Stories

Social Issues

When Grok Lives with Korg, or How to Cope With an Unsupportive Partner

Dear Mark: Raising Healthy Children

Prodding Parents to Get Healthy

Good Eats

The Perfect Primal Omelet

The Perfect Pot of Primal Soup

How to Cook the Perfect Steak

More Recipes

Tickle Your Funny Bone

An Open Letter to Taco Bell

The Belly Whisperer

9 Overlooked Stipulations in the Health Care Reform Bill

Rejected Food Pyramids

My Faves from This Year’s 30-Day Challenge

Top Grokfeast Challenge Videos

Top Primal Blueprint Fitness Videos

Top Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos

The J.J. Experiment Results

Best of How-to

How to Find a Cowpooling Source

How-to Guide: Standing at Work

How to Quit Grains

How Air Pollution Impacts Your Health (and What to Do About It)

Top Nutrition Articles

What About a Zero Carb Diet?

The Definitive Guide to Sugar

The Definitive Guide to Dairy

The Lowdown on Lectins

Is it Primal?

A Primal Primer: Whey Protein

Can Fried Food Be Healthy?

Can You Be an Endurance Athlete and Primal?

How Bad is Rice, Really?

Are Potatoes Primal?

Weight Loss Tips

17 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

Carb Refeeding and Weight Loss

Debate Starters

To Circumcise or Not To Circumcise?

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

P90X and CrossFit

Fat, Fat, Fat

Dear Mark: Trans Fat

The Definitive Guide to Oils

Dear Mark: PUFAs

On Cooking/Shopping

Cooking with Bones

Choosing Chicken: A Primal Purchasing Guide

Primal Blueprint Snack List


Hunter-Gatherer Body Composition

Just How Long Did Grok Live, Really?

Just How Long Did Grok Live, Really? – Part 2

When Science Trumps Grok

Chronic Cardio

8 Signs You Are Overtraining

How to Deal with Overtraining

Applying the Primal Blueprint Principles to Endurance Training

Getting Quality Zzzzzs

How Light Affects Our Sleep

The Definitive Guide to Sleep

Circadian Rhythms: Zeitgebers, Entrainment, and Non-Photic Stimuli

Sensible Vices and the 80/20

The 80/20 Principle: When 20 Inches Toward 40

The Cost of “Perfection”

Stress Relief

Forest Bathing

What Grok Can Teach Us About Leisure Time

On Being Human

Primal Play: Dance

The Power of Touch

Music Therapy: Striking a Primal Chord

The Power of the Human Mind

Dear Mark: Embodied Cognition

Empowering Poses

Primal Blueprint Fitness

Introducing Primal Blueprint Fitness

How-To: Proper Pushup Technique

How-To: Proper Pullup/Chinup Technique

How-To: Proper Squat Technique

How-To: Proper Plank Technique

Workouts of the Week (WOWs)

Odds and Ends

What I Mean by “Reprogram Your Genes”

How Much Is Too Much?

How Much is Too Much? – Round 2

Stuff That I Read (or Watch), And You Should Too

Should You Trust Medical Studies?

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19 thoughts on “The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple 2010”

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  1. The article about cooking the perfect steak was worth the admission price here alone. Excellent! My diet pretty quickly went from being chicken and pork focused to being beef focused, and I thank you for that!

  2. It has been a life changing year. A big Thank You Mark Sisson.
    On my part I am spreading the word, Contributing my experiences to the online community and distributing copies of “The Primal Blueprint” to the offline.(given away 7 copies so far)- I hope to achieve my targets sometimes in spring next year and hope my story finds a place on this prestigious website.
    Wish you many successful decades to come, Mark.
    Merry Christmas

    1. Thank you for the kind words and support, Resurgent. And thanks to everyone else that does the same. I know there are many, many others out there.

      Merry Christmas

  3. This year saved my life. Literally. I only found Primal in May, but OMG – so powerful! Life is so amazing now. I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings!!! <3 you, Mark!!!

  4. Cheers Mark!! It has been a great year for me with big thanks to discovering PB. I’m sure we have only better years to come, but thank you for 2010. Merry Christmas!!

  5. 2010 will always be memorable for me, because it’s the year I discovered PB, which probably saved my life. Without it, I’d never have known that my body’s been fighting an allergy to wheat most of my life through migraines, inflammation, & lots of various aches & pains. Here’s to an even better 2011!!

  6. just scrolling down the page, I think I’m gonna have to book mark this for all the great articles to read over & over.
    Thanks to everyone!

  7. Thanks for a great year of insightful posts from both Mark and MDA readers. I read this site everyday and learn something new every time. Happy holidays and new year!

  8. I’m so excited to be spending my 47th birthday having fun with my family, eating stupendous food, exercising with my friends, and feeling better mentally and physically than I have since before my first child was born 21 years ago!

    Mark, I know you hear it all the time, but I have to add to the chorus of THANK YOU. I am profoundly grateful that you shared your knowledge in a way that I could run with myself. Looking forward to learning more in 2011.

  9. Mark,

    Go on,let’s have some sappy music and evocative stills…you know you want to, after all, the Primal lifestyle does allow for some guilty pleasures 😉

    Enjoy the holidays!

  10. A great year ideed. On a personal note, I’m more primal than ever, feel better than ever, and feel I’m a part of something elite.
    Thanks for the great year of info and laughs. Looking forward to a great 2011!

  11. Hello,

    I’m reading your book and I have a question.
    I’ve read a book from Peter D’Adamo about the Blood Type Diet.
    My question is : you say we are the same than 10 000 years ago but the agricultural revolution has change us because the Blood Type A has appeared as an adaptation of this change in the food.
    I’m Type A and I’d love to follow the Primal Blueprint but according to Peter D’Adamo, eating a lot of meat is bad for Type A.
    Have you digg into this ? Do you know Type A people feeling great with the Primal Blueprint ?

  12. Congrats Mark, You and Doug Kaufmann have been a great inspiration to me. Since going primal about five years ago I’ve not only lost 40 pounds I’ve stopped all drugs (the doctors told me I would need for the rest of my life) and I feel 20 years younger (I’m 58 now). So when I see reports like this I don’t know whether to just laugh it off or git mad because I think it’s all a big lie to keep us sick and in need of there services.

  13. Argh, Mark.

    The proof is not in the pudding. The proof, or test, of the pudding is in the eating.

    Pedantry over. Thanks for all your work.

  14. This year I’ve been keeping an eye on the website, and have been very much impressed with most of the articles.

    Unfortunately, I’ve been out of action with injury for most of the year, so the WOW’s have been lost on me…

    Injury also takes a bit of fun out of food, I feel less ‘guilty’ about eating shedloads of fat/ small quantities of ‘treat food’ if I’m going to be doing some intense workouts the next day!

    Some articles concerning severe injury would be nice. What would Grok do?

    I guess he’d probably die, or… even worse… be forced to turn veggie… damn waste of space this herniated disc has turned him into… 🙂