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Gua Sha: Lymphatic Massage for the Face and Body?

As a devoted fan of skincare, at-home spa treatments, and, most recently, face yoga, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to pamper myself. Thus, I couldn’t help but notice the recent uptick in beauty influencers raving about their Gua Sha stones, jade rollers, and similar facial massage tools. Besides the fact that the tool themselves are quite beautiful,...

Tangy Pork and Pineapple Kebabs

How to give any main dish a “wow” factor? Add a touch of sweetness to a savory dish. These grilled pork and pineapple kebabs are tangy and smoky with just the right amount of sweetness from fresh pineapple. You can serve these with just about any side dish for a BBQ meal that keeps you coming back for more. Here’s how to make them. Ingredients ...

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 139

Research of the Week While processed meat intake was linked to worse cognitive health, unprocessed meat intake was linked to better cognitive health (although they didn’t emphasize that last part in the conclusion). Babies born with higher levels of oxidized LDL in their cord blood have poorer pancreatic beta cell function. For learning to read,...

Ask a Health Coach: No Time for Self-Care?

Hey folks! In this week’s Ask a Health Coach, Erin is answering your questions about eating primally on the road, what to do when you feel like you’re forcing yourself to exercise, and the role coherent breathing plays in reducing anxiety. Got a question for Erin? Post it below or over in our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group.   Angela asked: “I...

Home Gym Setups at Different Price Points

One thing the pandemic made clear is that it’s a good idea to have a home gym. For most of the year in some places, gyms were closed. They still are if you’re unlucky. And even after they opened, a significant portion of the population doesn’t even want to set foot in one out of fear of getting sick or because they have to wear a mask. I for one hate...

Help! I Can’t Stop Snacking!

The good news: After a rough year and a half, many people are finding their way back to something like “normal” (even if it’s a new normal). The bad news: We picked up some not-so-helpful habits during our time underground. You’re not alone if you’re emerging from your cocoon feeling a little worse for wear! There’s no time like the present to start...

Perfect Spatchcock Whole Chicken Roasted in the Oven

Every home cook should have a no-fail recipe for oven-roasted chicken, one you can count on to always deliver golden skin and juicy, flavorful meat. A whole chicken provides the basis for a great soup, protein for your salads, a main ingredient for lettuce-wrapped sandwiches, or a delicious main course on its own. If you cook your chicken spatchcock...

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 138

Research of the Week Older dancers have superior gait and balance. Great way for seniors to “train.” Having elevated blood sugar levels “reprogram” your stem cells to increase your risk of atherosclerosis. A piece of chocolate for breakfast is better for fighting jet lag than the same piece of chocolate at night. Muscle relaxants don’t work that...

Learn to Listen to Your Body Again

Summer parties, BBQs, a few adult beverages. Heck, it’s been forever since you’ve had a little fun — and this past year has been rough — so why not indulge? Why not pile on the treat foods and keep the sangria flowing? While you’re at it, go ahead and stay up way too late. There’s plenty of time to catch up on sleep later. Anyone who knows me knows...

The Incredible Benefits of Barefoot Workouts

The craziest thing happened to me once on a hike. It was a decent one—about 8 miles roundtrip, with plenty of elevation gain. I went up just fine, even picking up random logs and rocks to carry along the way to add to the experience (and intensity). But on the descent, about a mile in, my left quad started cramping. I changed how I walked, I took rests,...

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