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New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 150

Research of the Week Higher free PUFA in the blood, lower cognitive function. London’s Black Cabbies have enlarged hippocampuses. Low protein intakes make nighttime light exposure even more detrimental. Essential oils show promise for improving mental health. Those who laugh the most talking to a stranger enjoy the conversation least. New Primal...

Ask a Health Coach: Why Can’t I Sleep?

Hello folks! Seasoned health coach and Primal Health Coach Institute Curriculum Director, Erin Power is back to answer all your questions about sleep, from why you’re waking up in the middle of the night to the best natural ways to improve your sleep cycle. Got more questions? Post them over in our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook group or down in the comments...

Is Soy Bad For You?

The Primal Blueprint classically recommends against legume consumption, but that stance has softened. Legumes aren’t bad in and of themselves. Many people have intolerance issues with them, and unresolved gut barrier leakiness or FODMAP intolerances can make legumes a painful, often cacaphonous indulgence. But the category of legume itself is not a...

How to Eat Enough Protein

As I discussed in a recent post, my diet has been trending toward a higher protein intake than in years past. Rarely do I consume less than 100 grams of protein. Most days I’m considerably higher even eating only two meals. Those meals center around protein first and foremost with vegetables playing more of a supportive role. After so many years of...

Scotch Egg Style Mini Breakfast Meatloaf Recipe

These amazing egg-stuffed mini meatloaves aren’t only for breakfast. They’re great for lunch or dinner, too. But when served in the morning, they really start the day off right. First, a mixture of pork and beef is seasoned to taste like breakfast sausage. Next, it only takes a minute to form the meat around a hardboiled egg. When baked together, the...

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 149

Research of the Week The people who need the vaccine most of all—the metabolically unhealthy—have the lowest antibody response to vaccination. 100% of Spanish breastfeeding women have elevated levels of acrylamide, a toxin caused by heating vegetable oils. A high-soybean oil diet (sound familiar?) causes colitis in rodents. Those who secrete the...

Why You Need to Believe It Before You Can See It

We all love a good success story, don’t we? Hearing how someone dropped 70 pounds. Or got super fit. Or ditched their meds. They make it look so easy. Heck, all you have to do is clear out the pantry and stock it with primal-friendly foods and you’re golden. Except that’s not how it works for most people. Most people operate from a point of view that...

Dairy and Its Effect on Insulin Secretion (and What It Means for Your Waistline)

The relationship between dairy consumption, insulin, and our health can be confusing. It’s easy to see why: The most common types of dairy undeniably spike our insulin levels, and elevated insulin has been linked to dozens of diseases—most diseases, in fact. When insulin is high, your body holds onto body fat. And insulin resistance, which is when your...

A Visual Guide to Peppers

Eating spicy food is a lot like running a marathon. They both hurt while you’re doing them, and the next day can be pretty painful, too. You have to fight the urge to quit. Crying is par for the course. Yet you persevere, all the while knowing that you’re going to sign up for the same suffering again in the future. The world is cuckoo for chilis. Restaurants...

New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 148

Research of the Week Compared to vegetable fat high in artificial trans-fatty acids (and a control diet), ruminant fat high in natural trans-fatty acids improves liver health, gut biome, and inflammatory status of lab rats. Reasonable, accessible stack for COVID. Selenium deficiency is implicated in viral myocarditis. Energy compensation after exercise...

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