The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple 2010

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?

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending more than three decades educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates flavorful and delicious kitchen staples crafted with premium ingredients like avocado oil. With over 70 condiments, sauces, oils, and dressings in their lineup, Primal Kitchen makes it easy to prep mouthwatering meals that fit into your lifestyle.

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