Tuesday’s the last day to get in on the chance to win $500 worth of Primal foods from Thrive Market. Enter to win here !
The introductory price for the Primal Blueprint Expert Certification expires on Dec. 15. If you’ve been thinking about furthering your Primal knowledge and becoming certified I’d encourage you to do it today  and save $200 off the final retail price.
Heads up for Portland, OR area readers. Brad Kearns is coming to town to deliver the Primal Transformation Seminar on Thursday, Jan 29th, 2015 at VC CrossFit. Get your tickets now! 
Fans of Katy Bowman (and heck, people who have no idea who she is but enjoy walking and moving well): this month, Katy is posting daily tidbits about improving your walking, posture, and biomechanics. These are tips you can incorporate throughout the day and they only take a few minutes to read, so check out her 24-Day Walking Advent Calendar .
Research of the Week
Restricted eating windows (9-12 hours long) help prevent metabolic damage from unhealthy diets , even when weekends are free-for-alls.
Train passengers instructed to speak to total strangers instead of ignore them were happier , even if they were introverts and usually preferred keeping to themselves in similar situations.
A new “hug” brain test  designed to test emotional processing of “emotion-laden actions” is meant for autism diagnoses, but I bet it could also be used to ferret out android replicants in the near future.
New Primal Blueprint Podcasts
Episode 45: Interview with Rich Wilson, Vendeé Globe Skipper : In 2009, Rich Wilson was the oldest (age 58) of 11 finishers to complete the Vendeé Globe, a 28,000 mile solo yacht race around the world. To prepare for his second attempt, Rich is embracing the Primal Blueprint and in today’s episode we talk all about it.
Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here  so you never miss an episode.
- Should You Eat Periodic “Cheat” Meals? 
- How to Leverage the Minimum Effective Dose in Your Primal Life 
- What it Means to Be Thankful for Your Health 
- The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar, and Type 2 Diabetes 
Interesting Blog Posts
How important was inter-group conflict  in determining human brain evolution?
Marvel’s Fiber Man Meets Microbial Man  is slated for a 2016 release (with a post-Avengers credits teaser that takes place in a porta potty).
A therapist tries the average middle schooler’s daily routine — sitting at a desk for six hours and paying close attention in class — and can’t handle it . Quick, get her a prescription for Adderall!
Willie Murphy , a 77-year old grandmother, deadlifts 215 pounds, does 1 handed pushups, and probably gives the best hugs.
In Denmark, hygge  is a pervasive feeling of cozy togetherness, like how Americans might feel at Thanksgiving dinner. Is that why the Danes are so dang happy all the time?
Instead of playing “Which industrial toxin is safest to use on children’s playgrounds ?” I propose that we just let kids play in the dirt.
23andMe, the personal genomics service that’s been severely curtailed by the FDA, is coming to the UK .
Did anthropologists just find the earliest evidence  of human creativity — engravings on a shell dated 500,000 years ago — made by Homo erectus?
Birds really are  terrible monsters.
- Highly nutrient-dense, highly delicious stuffed mushrooms .
- This barbacoa  handily beats Chipotle’s soy oil-laden stuff any day of the week.
One year ago (Dec 7 – Dec 13)
- Do You Use Food as a Crutch?  – How to enjoy food without letting it control us.
- Dear Mark: Full-Fat Dairy Roundup  – Answers to your questions about the place of full-fat dairy in our diets.
Comment of the Week
I implement this by not moving unless I absolutely have to, in all other circumstances I stay perfectly still, just breathing gently.
– Not quite what I had in mind, but if it works for you , who’s to say?