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DIY Kids’ (Or Grown-up!) Bento Lunch Ideas

Remember sack lunches growing up? You’d unroll your brown bag to find a white bread PB&J, maybe a fruit cup, a squeezable neon green beverage. And if you got a prepackaged snack cake, you were the envy of the rest of your lunch table. These days, we want our kids to have healthier choices while they’re at school or daycare, and we want them to enjoy...

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 126

Research of the Week Seaweed-based edible food packaging. Lower omega-3 index, higher risk of degenerative rotator cuff tears. Researches can now use cave sediments to derive ancient human DNA. Subtraction is hard. If you’ve had Covid and want the vaccine, you might only need one dose. New Primal Blueprint Podcasts Episode 483: Terri Cole:...

The Benefits of Having a Beginner’s Mind

Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’re fed up because this fat loss thing isn’t as easy as it was when you were in your 20s. Or maybe you’re frustrated because you used to love the freedom of working out at lunch and now it feels like a hassle to leave your desk and *gasp* shower twice a day. Sometimes it’s the novelty of a new routine, a new way...

Rest Pause Training: How to do Myo Reps

The Primal Blueprint is all about maximizing the efficiency of training to reduce the time spent working and increase the time spent playing. If I can figure out the minimum effective dose and get 80% of the benefits in 20% of the time, I’m all for that. It leaves me extra time to spend with my loved ones, play outdoors, go for hikes, or buckle down...

Do You Know How to Properly Hydrate? It’s Not as Straightforward as You Might Think

Hydration seems like it should be so easy: drink some water, go about your day, the end. Back in this blog’s early days, and when I first published The Primal Blueprint, my hydration advice was simple: drink when you’re thirsty. Over the years, however, my thinking on the hydration issue has become more nuanced. When I updated and expanded the most...

Are Salt and Sodium Bad for You?

Other than saturated fat, I can’t think of a nutrient that’s been so universally maligned and demonized as salt. All the experts hate it and recommend that we get as little of it as possible. They even all seem to have their own little anti-salt slogans. The American Diabetes Association recommends between 2300 and 1500 mg of sodium per day (“Be Sodium...

Frozen Coconut Macadamia DIY Energy Bars Recipe

Some people feel like they shouldn’t snack, but there are lots of reasons you might reach for something to tide yourself over. Maybe you’re snowed in with work and your schedule was thrown off. You could be a little hungrier than normal from yesterday’s tough workout. You could need a snack because you’re just starting with intermittent fasting or keto...

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week — Edition 125

Research of the Week The earliest known modern humans in Europe were products of a recent coupling between humans and Neanderthals. How your face and body morphology influence how threatening you appear to others. Thru-hiking—at least as commonly practiced—can impair vascular health. Personality and metabolism. In rodents, early life sugar consumption...

Ask a Health Coach: Sleep Deprivation, Cortisol Spikes, and Cohabitating with a Twinkie Eater

Hey folks! In this week’s edition of Ask a Health Coach, Erin is answering your questions about how to offset the effects of a poor sleep routine, dealing with a difficult partner, and which is more important for optimal health: low stress or a Primal diet. Thanks for all your questions. Keep them coming in the comments or over in our Mark’s Daily Apple...

Learning Deadlifting: 10 Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

People fear the deadlift. For one, the name itself has the word “dead” in it. Two, they’ve been told for years—often by medical experts—that deadlifts are terrible for your back. “Oh, you might look/feel good now, but just you wait. One day you’ll regret it.” But they’re wrong. The basic idea of a deadlift is sound and the movement is a foundational...

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