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  • One Pot Braised Pork and Root Vegetables and Butternut Squash
    by Priscilla Chamessian on October 23, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    Once fall hits, grocery stores and farmer's markets turn into a harvest festival, and we're always looking into new ways to use the gorgeous root vegetables and squashes that line the produce aisle. Here, we're making a one-pot braised pork roast with butternut squash and root vegetables that takes comfort food to the next level. Enjoy a hearty meal that warms your bones, then wrap up in a blanket and enjoy an evening of autumn bliss. Here's how to make it. One-pot Braised Pork with Root Vegetables Ingredients 2 3/4 lb. bone-in pork butt or shoulder 1/4 cup spicy mustard 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard 2.5 Tbsp. avocado oil, divided 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp. chopped sage 1 Tbsp. chopped rosemary 2 tsp. thyme leaves 4 cloves garlic (minced) plus 6-8 whole cloves 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. black pepper 1 apple 1 small onion 1/2 cup broth 4+ cups of your favorite root vegetables, cut into 1” cubes Directions Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Rub your pork with a tablespoon of avocado oil. In a small bowl, combine the spicy mustard, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, sage, rosemary, thyme, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Rub the mustard mixture all over the pork. Make slits all over the pork with a knife and place the whole garlic cloves in the slits. Pour ½ tablespoon of avocado oil in a round dutch oven or braising pan and place the pork in the center. If the pork has a side with more fat on it, place that side facing up. Cut the apple and onion in quarters and place it around the pork. Place the pork in the oven uncovered at 425 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Take the dutch oven out of the oven and flip the pork over. Add the chicken broth and cover the dutch oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Allow the pork to cook for around 2 hours, depending on the size and shape of the cut of meat. Ideally, use a meat thermometer and cook until the pork is around 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the meat after an hour or so and remove any remaining apple and onion pieces that haven’t broken down. At this time you can add additional broth if you notice too much is evaporating. Remove the pot from the oven and uncover it. Toss your chopped vegetables in the remaining avocado oil and sprinkle them with salt. Arrange them around the pork in your dutch oven and toss them gently in any of the juices in the pot. Cover the pot and place it back in the oven for ~40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the pork has an internal temperature of 195-200 degrees. If the vegetables are tender but the pork is still not tender, you can remove the vegetables and place the pork back in the oven. Slice or shred your pork and serve with the vegetables and pan juices. The post One Pot Braised Pork and Root Vegetables and Butternut Squash appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

  • New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 151
    by Mark Sisson on October 22, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Research of the Week Overfeeding carbohydrates reduces antioxidant status, more so in overweight people. Eating more dairy reduces fractures and falls in the elderly. Women and obese people may be more sensitive to disturbed neural responses after Splenda consumption. Seems like a lot of things originated in the Eurasian steppes. Time in nature is priceless. New Primal Kitchen Podcasts Episode 3: The Link Between Female Health and Fasting with Dr. Mindy Pelz: Morgan talks to Dr. Mindy Pelz about a controversial topic: women and fasting. Health Coach Radio: Alex Wisch wants you to realize that all that lies between your goal and you are the small steps. Media, Schmedia Vikings were in North America at least 1000 years ago. At least they're admitting it. Interesting Blog Posts What's the most fattening food? Men are at much greater risk from COVID than women. Social Notes Push-up progression. Everything Else Wait... now where have I heard of 4-HNE before? I wonder what food component increases it in the body... The popularizer/"inventor"/"creator" of the "Flow State" has passed away. Turns out that horses were domesticated while the mammoth was still walking around. Cool to think about. Things I’m Up to and Interested In The case for having your vaccine administered by registered nurses rather than volunteers in parking lots: In mouse models, IV injection of mRNA vaccine induces heart damage. This could explain a lot. Well deserved: Beyond Meat slumps. Cool video: Chat between Nina Teicholz, Amber O'Hearn, Richard Morris, and Cynthia Thurlow about fat, protein, fat loss and much more. Interesting study: Mapping the human genetic architecture of COVID-19. Key words: Meat tax "may be necessary." Question I'm Asking How are meat prices near you? Recipe Corner I strongly support the baking of fruit. Thai laab, one of the greatest "salads" in the world. Time Capsule One year ago (Oct 16 – Oct 22) The Definitive Guide to the Carnivore Diet— All about it. Dear Mark: What's With the Bean Protocol? — Have you heard? Comment of the Week "Mark, I’ve been reading this site for 10 years now and do believe this is a treasure trove. However, the idea that any type of 'mandate' would ever be a good idea, let alone coincide with the general ideals of personal choice touted on this blog, is patently absurd. No matter if exercise is a good thing. Everyone has the right to self determination. If that means a 'sedentary life style' (due to any conceivable situation, such as working 3 jobs to pay the bills), then so be it. In a time when busy-bodies seek to micromanage those around them rather than remove the splinters from their own eyes, I’m dismayed to see that and 'exercise mandate' would even enter this blogs forum." -I agree with you on mandates. I was just curious to see what other people thought. The post New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 151 appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

  • Why You Care What Other People Think (and 5 Ways to Knock It Off)
    by Erin Power on October 21, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Let me start by saying that if you’ve mastered the art of not caring what people think, congratulations. It’s a skill most people work on their whole lives. And some don’t even realize they’re side-stepping their dreams or apologetically defending their primal lifestyle until someone points it out. Caring what other people think of us is normal. It’s a natural human response, kind of like salivating when you see a thick ribeye sizzling on the grill. We all want to be accepted (and not rejected) by our peers and loved ones, so of course we care what they think of us. However, there’s a big difference between caring and constantly worrying about being judged. When you worry that others are judging you for your actions and decisions, self-defeating thoughts begin to bubble up more and more. Thoughts like: I shouldn’t have said that… I hope they don’t mind… I think they’re upset with me… I hope it’s not a bother… I’m not sure I should do this…. Sound familiar? Honestly, I deal with this kind of thing all the time with my health coaching clients. They fear their friends won’t want to hang out with them if they’re not throwing back nachos and beer every Friday. They wonder how their family will respond when they bring their own paleo side dish to holiday gatherings. And they worry what others will think of them if they decide a soul-sucking job isn’t enough for them anymore and decide to follow their passion for something more meaningful. It’s Not Your Fault You Care So Much In a study at Boston’s Babson College, 62% of students said their self-worth was strongly tied to what others thought. That means 62 out of 100 people cared more about what other people thought of them, than what they thought about themselves. Worrying about not being accepted isn’t just psychological (although research shows that rejection triggers the same neural pathways that are activated when you experience physical pain), it’s biological. It’s in your DNA. The fear of rejection goes back to the hunter-gatherer days. If you were rejected from your tribe, you might not have the food, the warmth, or the protection needed to survive. Even though there aren’t the same dire consequences in the modern world, that worry can be extremely intrusive – especially if you’re currently stepping outside of your comfort zone or feel like you’ve done something to compromise your place in the world (i.e. losing a job, falling off the wagon, embarrassing yourself in public, or having a social mishap online). Most of us are guilty of worrying how others will perceive our failures and shortcomings. However, studies show that we overestimate how much, and how badly people judge us in these situations. Researchers in this study divided participants into four groups and asked them to imagine being involved in one of four social blunders. The first group imagined experiencing an intellectual failure in public, the second and third groups were described by others … Continue reading "Why You Care What Other People Think (and 5 Ways to Knock It Off)" The post Why You Care What Other People Think (and 5 Ways to Knock It Off) appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

  • What’s All This Talk About Inflammation?
    by Editorial Team on October 21, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    We talk a lot around here about inflammation, and some of you have raised good questions (and answers) regarding what we're really getting at. A continuing thanks for your comments and thoughtful responses. So, what do we mean by inflammation when we harp on the evils of sugars, grains, trans fats and other nutritional fiends? Ah, the many sides of swelling: abscesses, bulges, distensions, engorgements, boils, blisters, bunions, oh my! Do swollen ankles and puffy black shiners really have anything to do with the inflammation of arterial walls? Can flossing possibly help prevent heart disease? Let's explore. What is inflammation? Inflammation is your body's response to infection and injury. When your body triggers an inflammatory response, the immune system musters immune cells to the site of the injury or infection to isolate the area, remove harmful or damaged tissue, and begin the healing process. Behind the scenes, your body deploys your immune system. For an injury, you can experience any combination of redness, pain, swelling or heat. For an infection, you may experience some of the same things, at a larger scale. Fever is an inflammation response. Stuffy nose is swelling. Anyone who has ever, say, walked into a door knows that with injury comes inflammation (and a little humiliation). We might be horrified at the visual effects that ensue, but it's just the body's natural and essential response to defend itself from infection or trauma. In fact, the swelling initiates the healing process itself. Remember, the body doesn't care what you look like as long as it can regain your good health. Acute Inflammation vs. Chronic Inflammation Acute Inflammation Walking into that door is an example of "acute inflammation," a localized response characterized by compression of the surrounding nerves (ouch!) and collection of fluid in the area that helps bolster an immune response. The microscopic trainers are busy shouting orders, notifying the brain of wounded status, calling in the clotting response and going to work to reset things and get you taped up. They take care of business, you avoid all human contact for two weeks out of embarrassment, and you come out basically no worse for the wear. Acute inflammation circumstances tend to be pretty run of the mill: sprained ankles, cuts and scrapes, bumps on the head, etc. In certain cases, however, inflammation takes on much larger significance, such as in the case of the major trauma of a car accident, significant burns, major allergic reaction or a previously localized infection that spreads to other parts of the body. Major and/or multiple sites of trauma and infection initiate a larger, systemic response. In cases of severe trauma, the body elicits a massive inflammatory response. The immune system kicks into high gear, and white blood cells, among others, migrate to the injured areas. Receptors that sense the sweeping call to inflammatory action get in on the action. The blood supply to major organs, such as the lungs, is compromised. If left unchecked, organs failure can ensue. Chronic Inflammation … Continue reading "What’s All This Talk About Inflammation?" The post What’s All This Talk About Inflammation? appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

  • Keto and the Menstrual Cycle: Is There Reason To Worry?
    by Lindsay Taylor, PhD on October 19, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Every “keto for women” forum abounds with stories about menstrual cycles gone haywire in the first few months of keto. Common complaints include: Irregular menstrual cycles Breakthrough bleeding Sudden changes in menstrual cycle length, especially periods lasting much longer than normal Keto critics love to cite these stories as evidence that keto isn't good for women. After all, for premenopausal women, menstrual cycle activity acts as a barometer for overall health. Menstrual cycle disruptions are usually a sign that your body is under some kind of stress. Revive your keto goals or learn the basics of this popular diet without the guesswork or tedious macro-counting. GRAB YOUR SPOT   Keto can be stressful depending on your approach, or at least the body can perceive it as such. Premenopausal women’s bodies are especially sensitive to dietary changes. The reproductive system’s job is to ensure that a potential pregnancy would be safe for parent and fetus. Any signs that could portend food scarcity or nutrient deficiencies, and the body responds by turning down the dial on reproductive capacity. Keto diets require you to strictly limit or remove high-carb foods, including some nutrient-rich offerings like fruits, beets, and sweet potatoes. Keto dieters very often restrict calories as well, intentionally or not. Thus, it's reasonable to hypothesize that women might have a tougher time adapting to or sustaining a ketogenic diet. Maybe this so-called “keto period” phenomenon is a sign that (pre-menopausal) females shouldn’t be doing keto. Or maybe menstrual changes aren't a big deal in this context.  What does the science say? What is it about keto that affects the menstrual cycle? Can Keto Affect Your Period? Let me reassure you from the get-go that there is no evidence that keto diets cause any systematic or lasting harm to menstruating folks. Anecdotally, many people don’t experience any menstrual changes at all, while others find that PMS symptoms improve and their cycles become more regular as soon as they start keto. Even if you’re one of those people whose cycle becomes wonky (that’s the accepted scientific term, right?), chances are good that things will return to normal, or even improve, after a few months. Still, it’s natural to feel alarmed any time your bodily functions change unexpectedly. One statistic you’ll see floating around online is that “45 percent of females experience irregular menstrual cycles on keto.” This statistic comes from a single small study of adolescent girls using a therapeutic ketogenic diet to treat epilepsy. Six of the twenty girls experienced amenorrhea (loss of period) and three were diagnosed with delayed puberty. That sounds bad! Don't rush to judgment, though. It would be a mistake to conclude that nearly half of teenagers, much less females of all ages, are likely to experience keto-related menstrual problems based on this one study. The ketogenic diet used for epilepsy is different and much stricter than the typical (non-medical) keto diet most people follow. Moreover, epilepsy is frequently associated with menstrual dysfunction, regardless of diet. I’m unable to find … Continue reading "Keto and the Menstrual Cycle: Is There Reason To Worry?" The post Keto and the Menstrual Cycle: Is There Reason To Worry? appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

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  • Spiraled Baked Potato with Garlic and Butter
    by Natalie Sabin on October 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Potatoes make a great snack or side dish to any main meal. They are a great source of carbs and that translates to energy for the body and brain. Sweet potatoes are often inaccurately touted as superior to white potatoes. The truth is, you can confidently use either white potatoes or sweet potatoes—both are highly […] The post Spiraled Baked Potato with Garlic and Butter appeared first on Born Fitness. […]

  • The Magic Pill Is The Way
    by Adam Bornstein on September 29, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    For years, I’ve been saying there is no magic pill. But, maybe I was wrong... here's why. The post The Magic Pill Is The Way appeared first on Born Fitness. […]

  • Get The Tea On Turmeric
    by Natalie Sabin on September 10, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    This iced turmeric and cinnamon tea has anti-inflammatory properties tastes great and will cool you down on any hot day. The post Get The Tea On Turmeric appeared first on Born Fitness. […]

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