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Why You Need to Be Taking L-Theanine – Health Education Article

People often ask me why I use supplements. After all, our hunter-gatherer ancestors didn’t take them. Our ancient ancestors didn’t take them, nor did our medieval ones or our pre-industrial ones. In fact, nutritional supplementation is one of the most modern inputs you can imagine and, in a perfect world while eating a perfect diet, it should be unnecessary. But the world is not perfect. We don’t have the same foods available to us that our ancestors ate during the…

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Summer Watermelon Salad Recipe | Mark’s Daily Apple – Health Education Article

We can generally get our hands on a watermelon any time of year, but these are the months when they actually taste sweet and juicy. As soon as watermelons come into season, my Summer Watermelon Salad comes out of hiding. It’s a late summer treat that reminds us that even though we’re hearing the first whispers of school starting and pumpkin spice, it’s still summertime. This watermelon salad is a sweet, crunchy, tangy accompaniment to any summer meal. Tip: feel…

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8 Ways to Deal with a Difficult Partner (Who Doesn’t Eat Like You Do) – Health Education Article

One of the biggest challenges of going Primal (or Keto or anything that goes against the norm of the Standard American Diet) is dealing with people who have no clue why you’d ever do such a thing. Even though there have been tons of studies on the risks of eating processed foods, grains, and industrialized oils, there are just as many folks panicking when you pass on the rolls. It’s even harder when those folks are your spouse or significant…

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Making Distance Learning Work | Mark’s Daily Apple – Health Education Article

Hi, everyone, Lindsay here. As a parent of school-aged kids, the upcoming school year is front and center in my mind. Like you, I’m trying to figure out how to make distance learning work for my family. Before starting today’s post, I want to acknowledge that everyone’s situation is different. Family structures, finances, support systems, living arrangements, access to technology, and employment all affect how we’ll approach this upcoming school year. Not to mention, our kids have unique needs, strengths,…

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What to Say When People Ask About Your Eating Habits – Health Education Article

Ever make excuses for why you don’t partake in grains? Wondering the best way to pass on processed foods at a party? And how do you eat healthy when there are no healthy choices available? In this week’s edition of Ask a Health Coach, Erin is here to answer your questions about defending and maintaining a Primal lifestyle in a SAD world. Keep your questions coming in the comments section below or over in our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook Group.…

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Weekly Link Love — Edition 92 – Health Education Article

Research of the Week Some modifiable risk factors for dementia. 35% of healthy, unexposed donors had evidence of T-cell reactivity to the coronavirus. We can handle one-off feasts pretty well. Genetic variants that may predict severe coronavirus outcomes. New Primal Blueprint Podcasts Episode 436: Dr. David Roetman, DC: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. David Roetman, who gets major results with non-surgical orthopedics and functional medicine. Episode 437: Nathanael Morton: The Benefits of Jumping Exercises and Persevering Through Extreme Challenges:…

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What Is Low Carb Flu, or Keto Flu? And Ways to Beat It – Health Education Article

Over the first few days (up to two weeks) of eating low-carb, you may run into some frustration. Where is all of this energy I’m supposed to have? Why do I want to mow through that bag of chips right now? Am I coming down with a cold? For some people, the transition from burning glucose to burning fat comes with unwanted symptoms that range from slightly uncomfortable to miserable. This transition period is known as keto flu, or low-carb…

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Is BBQ Sauce Keto? | Mark’s Daily Apple – Health Education Article

Summer is for grillin’ and smokin’ meats. Brisket, ribs, tri-tip, sausages, pork shoulder, chicken, salmon… I’m making myself hungry. What goes perfectly with grilled and smoked meats? BBQ sauce. Whenever I mention how much I enjoy barbecue, someone says to me, “Wait, Mark, can you have BBQ sauce?” I get it. BBQ sauce is often on the list of condiments to avoid on low-carb, Primal/paleo, or keto diets. People are surprised to find out I can and do eat BBQ…

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The Definitive Guide to Breaking Bad Habits – Health Education Article

Over the past few months, you’ve probably picked up a few habits you might not be thrilled with right now. Maybe your new normal has you staring mindlessly at the fridge looking for something snacky (and packing on a few extra pounds). Putting your workouts off ‘til the gym reopens. Or managing your stress with another drink, another bag of chips, or another hour of scrolling through your social media feed. A lot of my clients have noticed that the…

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Weekly Link Love — Edition 91 – Health Education Article

Research of the Week Humans were breeding sled dogs at least as far back as 9500 years ago. High-carb meals depress postprandial energy expenditure. Antidepressant effects of ayahuasca may be linked to its anti-inflammatory effects. Among senior men, low protein intake is deadly. Taking glucosamine linked to lower mortality. New Primal Blueprint Podcasts Episode 435: Jennifer Fulwiler: Host Elle Russ chats with Jennifer Fulwiler, a best-selling author and standup comic. Primal Health Coach Radio, Episode 70: Laura and Erin chat…

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Coronavirus Update: New Developments on COVID-19 – Health Education Article

It’s been a couple months since I did a post explicitly about COVID-19, or SARS-COV2, or coronavirus, and since the pandemic is still happening and is on everyone’s mind, I’m going to do another one today. This time, I’m going to do a big picture look at where we stand on transmission risks, reinfections, immunity, and what I think we need to keep in mind as we go forward. Where do we stand with coronavirus? How is it transmitted—and how…

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What Do Antioxidants Actually Do? – Health Education Article

Antioxidants serve as a powerful first line of defense against damage to your cells from aging, stress, and inflammation. Moreover, antioxidants appear to contain cancer-fighting properties and to support the immune system (among many other benefits). Many, many foods, especially colorful vegetables, contain a range of valuable antioxidants. We’ve listed a few of the most potent and popular choices for each class of antioxidants. Here, we’ll go through the most important ones. What Do Antioxidants Do? Antioxidants are molecules that…

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Hawaiian BBQ Chicken “Big Ass Salad” Bowls with Quick Pickles Recipe – Health Education Article

All raw. All cooked. A little of both. With meat, or without. Artfully arranged in a pretty plate or thrown together in a to-go container as your run out the door. There are infinite ways to assemble your “Big Ass Salad.” What’s the best way to make yours? The best “Big Ass Salad” is the one you’ll make, and the one you’ll enjoy eating. With flavorful veggies, sweet BBQ chicken, and salty pickles, this version of the BAS keeps your…

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Sarcopenia: What to Do For Age Related Muscle Loss – Health Education Article

When most people worry about getting old, they focus on the obvious degenerative diseases like diabetes and cancer and Alzheimer’s or the catastrophic health emergencies that can occur, like strokes or heart attacks. They think about the melange of medicines they might have to take, the panicked rush to the ER in the dead of night, the slow but unmistakable descent into painful oblivion. But one of the deadliest health conditions afflicting older adults is also one of the most…

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Hunger and Satiety Hormones | Mark’s Daily Apple – Health Education Article

Today we’re taking a peek under the hood and looking at some of the hormones involved in hunger and satiety, a.k.a. appetite hormones. You might think of hunger as a gnawing feeling in your stomach and satiety as that feeling of fullness when you’ve eaten enough… or maybe too much. That’s how we experience the feelings we call hunger and satiety, true; but I’m talking today about the physiological drives to eat or stop eating that is driven by hormones.…

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Sugar-free Strawberry Pink Drink (with Violet Drink Variation) – Health Education Article

We’re pushing the peak of summer heat, which means refreshing beverages are an all day, every day requirement. This strawberry pink drink is for those times you want something chilled, creamy, and softly sweet. We make ours with collagen, which is something your body needs anyway. No shame in getting hooked on this pink drink, because once the effects of collagen kick in, you may see changes in your skin, hair, and nails that keep you going back for more.…

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Weekly Link Love — Edition 89 – Health Education Article

Research of the Week National handgrip score predicts Olympic medal tally. Got super high cholesterol? Might be the carbs. An EVOO-based high-fat diet causes a good kind of gut dysbiosis that lowers the risk of colon cancer. How time has passed for people during the pandemic: for half it sped up, for half it slowed. New Primal Blueprint Podcasts Episode 432: Jon Venus: Host Elle Russ chats with fitness expert Jon Venus, former vegan who’s now embracing ancestral omnivory. Episode…

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Dear Mark: My Gym is Open, Is It Safe to Go? – Health Education Article

Across much of the world, movement restrictions are lifting, businesses are reopening, and gyms are coming back. While the next few weeks may paint a different picture, and cases are going up in many areas, many places now are seeing better overall trajectories. Deaths are down, which could be a lagging indicator and thus subject to a potential skyrocket. But for now, for better or worse, the gyms are opening. Does that mean you should go? My gym is open.…

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Grilled Greek Summer Veggies Recipe – Health Education Article

When planning a BBQ menu, the meat is usually the star, and the sides are an afterthought. With this Grilled Greek Summer Veggies recipe, a platter overflowing with colorful marinated and grilled vegetables steals the show. This is the perfect vegetable side dish for summer. It’s very no-fuss, keeps well in the refrigerator to eat throughout the week, and can feed a crowd. Customizing Your Greek Grilled Veggies You’ll find that this recipe adapts well to small tweaks to suit…

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Self-efficacy: Reach Your Health Goals Every Time – Health Education Article

Who’s that person? Nope, it’s not me. Although health coaches are a great resource for helping you set goals, overcome obstacles, and get out of your own well-intentioned way. For the record, that person is also not your spouse, your roommate, your friends, or your kids. The one person who can make you reach all your health goals is YOU. I see you out there working hard, swapping your typical yogurt and banana breakfast for a protein-rich meal of eggs…

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