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  • Mustard and Rosemary Baked Ham Recipe
    by Priscilla Chamessian on December 19, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    There's nothing like a showstopping baked ham at the center of your holiday table. A succulent ham pairs well with virtually any side, looks impressive in your serving dish, and makes the best leftovers. The best part about a good baked ham recipe is that it's easy to prepare, and cook time is short compared to other sizeable cuts of meat. The downside? Most baked ham recipes feature brown sugar, maple syrup, or even soda. If you're trying to keep your sugar or carbs down, sticky-sweet glazes aren't the best route to take. Should you miss out on a great ham because you're watching your sugar? No way. Here's a baked ham recipe that plays off of ham's smoky, salty qualities with spicy mustard, rosemary, and a touch of honey to round it out. Here's how it's done. Mustard and Rosemary Baked Ham Recipe Serves: 16* for an 8lb boneless Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes prep, plus 1 hour* of cook time *Varies based on size of ham Ingredients 1 half Bone-In Ham, around 8 lbs. (We went with a spiral sliced) 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup spicy brown mustard 6 Tbsp. chopped rosemary 2 Tbsp. honey 8 cloves grated garlic 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 4 apples, peeled and sliced Directions Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place your soaked (see Tips section) and dried ham half cut side down in a baking dish or roasting pan so the fat cap side is facing up. Use a knife to score the fat cap in a checkered pattern. Pour the water in the pan and cover the pan tightly with foil. Place the ham in the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes. While the ham is roasting, combine the apple cider vinegar, mustard, rosemary, honey, garlic, black pepper and cloves. Remove the ham from the oven. Rub about 2/3 of the mustard sauce all over the ham. You can also insert pieces of garlic clove in some of the cuts. Insert a meat thermometer probe into the center of the ham and set the desired temperature for 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange the sliced apples all around the ham and toss the slices in any accumulated juices on the bottom of the pan. Cover the ham again for about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and baste the ham in the pan juices and give the apple slices a toss. Coat the ham in the remaining sauce. Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees and roast until the internal temperature is reached and the outside is browned and bubbly. You can baste the ham a few times during the last roast if you’d like. Remove the ham from the oven and plate the ham slices with some of the apples and pan sauce. Serve with your favorite holiday sides, like roasted carrots and brussels sprouts. Tips: Some hams will be too salty if you don't soak them prior to baking. Purchase your ham … Continue reading "Mustard and Rosemary Baked Ham Recipe" The post Mustard and Rosemary Baked Ham Recipe appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

  • Weekly Link Love — Edition 111
    by Mark Sisson on December 18, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Research of the Week Men who use fish oil have bigger, better balls. A junk food diet reduces the amount of hedonic reward we get from other sources. Less shoe, more stability and mobility in people with a history of falls. Men vary more in their cooperativeness than women. Chimps don't show evidence of cumulative cultural learning. New Primal Blueprint Podcasts Episode 460: Kara Collier and Dan Zavorotny: Host Elle Russ chats with Kara and Dan of NutriSense. Primal Health Coach Radio Episode 89: Laura and Erin chat with Dr. Jane Tornatore. Media, Schmedia Is this progress? Now that's my kind of defection. Interesting Blog Posts It does a Viking good. Social Notes Unforgiveable. Everything Else Researchers uncover a new Aztec skull pyramid. France may be building GMO super soldiers. Things I’m Up to and Interested In This is good to know: Asymptomatic spread within households is just 0.7%. Great news: Vitamin D therapy improves COVID mortality. How did they do it?: Wuhan is recovering nicely. Interesting: A COVID vaccine grown on tobacco plants. Can any Australian readers confirm?: Kangaroos can communicate with people. Question I'm Asking Is this Primal? Recipe Corner Curry cauliflower. Genius: charcuterie wreath. Time Capsule One year ago (Dec 11 – Dec 17) 7 Mistakes to Avoid When You're Reading Research – Watch out. Post-Binge Biology: What Happens to Your Body When You Overeat (and 8 Things to do Afterward) – What to do. Comment of the Week "In the midwest you get a different kind of bath in every season and time of day. Currently I live near a river and it is winter. Many types of birds have gone south for the winter or animals hibernating. When I walk now it’s more restful. There is almost a hush over everything with the snow. It smells crisp and fresh, exhilarating. Leaves crackle under foot barely covered by the new snow. Towering, gnarled oak trees standing guard here. Enormous branching maples like big hug there. A stand of pretty, white peeling Birch on another slope. Evergreens dotting the woods and permeating the air with minty freshness. The feeling is of strength and timelessness. Bathing in dappled sun through the trees, sounds of river flowering by and birds flitting from bough to bough. Feeling steady and at peace and full of life no matter what happens in the rest of the world." -I can see it, Josie. The post Weekly Link Love — Edition 111 appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

  • Ask a Health Coach: How to Stay on Track After Hours
    by Erin Power on December 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    You know that black hole of time between work and bed? There’s nowhere to go, nothing new to watch, and a bottle of wine (or bag of chips) calling your name from the other room. Call it the pandemic happy hour or straight-up boredom, but if you’re using your after hours time in a less-than-ideal way, check out this week’s post from PHCI Coaching Director, Erin Power. And keep your questions coming in our Mark’s Daily Apple Facebook Group or below in the comments. Ann Marie asked: I don’t have a problem eating healthy during the day, but I can’t seem to control myself after dinner. I just feel ravenous, even when we’ve made a healthy meal. I try to hold out but once my husband goes into the kitchen for a snack, I’m right there with him. And once I start, I can’t stop eating!! How do I tame my late-night cravings? I think it’s safe to say that your eating cycle is off, Ann Marie. What do I mean by eating cycle? It has to do with your circadian rhythm. People used to eat during the daylight hours and fast at night. But with our new normal, there’s a good chance you’re burning the candle at both ends and just grabbing a coffee or quick bar or yogurt to fuel yourself during the day – and then feasting at night. You’ve totally moved away from your body’s natural rhythm. Why does this matter? Because your circadian rhythm controls everything from your appetite to your body temperature to your hormones – even how fast you heal from wounds. This study looked at the behaviours of night-shift workers and found that they have a 43% higher risk of obesity than their 1st shift counterparts. The culprit? Circadian misalignment. Researchers had participants who worked the midnight to 6am shift complete a self-administered questionnaire about their occupational history, socio-demographics, habits around food, smoking, alcohol drinking, leisure-time physical activity, sleep patterns, and mental stress. Of the 3,871 participants, 26.8% were overweight and 83% were obese. They were also more likely to smoke and drink more alcohol. My guess is that you’re on autopilot most of the day, totally oblivious to your hunger cues. And once your body perceives that it’s made it to the end of that day, it shifts into ravenous mode. In general, your body doesn’t have a lot of need for fuel at this time of day, so eating your largest meal at suppertime, then snacking all night is actually out of alignment with your biology. So how do you get your circadian rhythm back on track? Eat your biggest meal during the daylight hours. I like to start with a satiating protein rich breakfast. If the idea of eating within the first few hours of waking doesn’t sound appealing at all, you’re likely still full from dinner the night before, so begin tapering the size of your last meal (including snacks) for a few days and you’ll notice a … Continue reading "Ask a Health Coach: How to Stay on Track After Hours" The post Ask a Health Coach: How to Stay on Track After Hours appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

  • What I’m Doing for Christmas
    by Mark Sisson on December 16, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Believe it or not, Christmas has never been my favorite holiday. As a kid, I was always partial to Halloween—not just for the candy, but more for the adventure of venturing out into the black night with your best friends and marauding all over town. As I've gotten older, Thanksgiving has enjoyed special prominence in my life for obvious reasons—the food, the gratitude, the family gathering around the table to partake in the bounty laid before us, the lack of adornment and focus on what truly matters. I wasn't so into gifts as a kid, instead preferring to mow lawns or paint houses to pay for my own stuff. Or perhaps it was my parents who preferred that I work for my possessions and helped instill that in me. But that's not to say Christmas wasn't a big deal. It was. I have to admit: There's something special about the Christmas or holiday "spirit," whatever that is. You can feel it in the air, and I'm not quite sure what's behind it. All I know is that it exists. A lot of you have asked what I'm doing for Christmas. Sunlight isn't as strong during the winter months. Get your vitamin D another way.  What I'm Giving First of all, we're not really doing gifts.* Certainly nothing big. In an age where you can hop on Amazon and have almost anything delivered to your door within a day's time, doing so for someone else isn't very exciting for anyone. Chances are, the person you're giving the gift to does the same thing for himself or herself on a regular basis. *Except for my granddaughter, of course. It is my responsibility to spoil her even before she's all that aware of the concept of a "gift." If we are doing gifts, we're trying to stick to smaller, local stuff you can't easily get elsewhere. Or meaningful books. If you can't tell, I haven't done any shopping yet.** Always wait til the last minute. I do. **Except for my granddaughter. If you're interested in some gift ideas, I have a post for you. What I'm Eating The food. It always comes back to the food, the dinners, the feasts. This is a human constant across culture and epoch. People love getting together over a good meal. I'm cooking a goose my friend shot and saved for me. This is something I've always wanted to attempt in the kitchen. I've had goose before, and duck plenty of times, but I've never roasted a goose. We have a goose recipe on the blog that's great. Never done it myself, but did eat it when employees were trialing the recipe. Since the weather isn't exactly conducive to blasting the oven up to 450 degrees, I'm going to do a hybrid method using most of the same spices in the recipe. First, I'll brine the goose for a day or two. Basic salt water brine, probably with a few orange peels thrown in. Next, I'll steam … Continue reading "What I’m Doing for Christmas" The post What I’m Doing for Christmas appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

  • How to Really Bond with Your Family This Holiday Season
    by Lindsay Taylor, PhD on December 15, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Let’s not beat around the holly bush: the holiday season just isn’t the same this year. You could get down in the dumps about it OR you could get creative about finding ways to celebrate with friends and family. Honestly, it’s ok to do both. Grieve the ambiguous losses we’re all experiencing this season while also looking for ways to make the best of what we have. We might be apart from loved ones, but we can still be together in spirit. One thing I’ve realized this year is how often physical closeness is used as a proxy for bonding. That is to say, people get together in the same physical space and call that “bonding,” when all they’re really doing is being near one another. Being in the same room is great—oh, how I miss it—but by itself, it doesn’t generate emotional closeness or deep connection. Nobody is making lasting memories simply by virtue of watching a football game and eating turkey together. This year, we have an opportunity to get out of old holiday ruts and try something different, maybe even start new traditions. Somebody needs to put the ho-ho-ho back in the holidays, and I nominate you. Here are some ideas you can put into action: Things You and Your Loved Ones Can Create Together Family members or friends all contribute, and the final project is something special to keep for years to come. You'll learn more about your family members and end up with a record of special memories or family favorites. As a bonus, these ideas are all free! Shared photo album Set up a shared album in any of the many online photo album tools. Invite family members to submit their favorite family photos from years past, or ask for old holiday photos specifically. Level up: Optionally, arrange the photos chronologically. Do a family Zoom session and view the slideshow together, pausing to reminisce and tell stories about the scenes from the images. Family cookbook Everyone submits their favorite recipes. A shared Google doc will do the trick, but it’s even better if someone collects the recipes and arranges them in a pdf. Free tools like Canva make it simple to lay out a basic cookbook, which everyone then gets as a holiday gift. You could even have them spiral bound and sent to folks who prefer hard copies. Level up: Host a Zoom party where everyone cooks a special family recipe together or a virtual dinner party where everyone prepares recipes from the cookbook at home. Memory book Same idea as the cookbook, but everyone submits their favorite memories of holidays past or recounts the wildest family legends. Level up: Have one person collect the memories and put the stories in a slideshow to be shared during a virtual get-together. Music playlist Nominate an “emcee” to collect everyone’s favorite songs (holiday or otherwise) and create a family playlist in Spotify, for example. Level up: Everyone agrees to play the playlist at the same … Continue reading "How to Really Bond with Your Family This Holiday Season" The post How to Really Bond with Your Family This Holiday Season appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple. […]

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  • Holiday Diet Plans: The Broken Weight Loss Model
    by Adam Bornstein on November 27, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    To understand why you still don't look the way you want, you have to rethink weight loss. Specifically, most diet plans use a flawed approach that is the foundation of your frustration. The post Holiday Diet Plans: The Broken Weight Loss Model appeared first on Born Fitness. […]

  • What Everyone Gets Wrong About Artificial Sweeteners
    by Adam Bornstein on October 11, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Are artificial sweeteners bad for you? We get this question all the time. First and foremost, it needs to be said: diet beverages have an undeserved bad reputation. They’ve been blamed for everything from making you gain weight to messing with your hormones. And, study-after-study tries to pardon the beverages without any luck.  Plenty of […] The post What Everyone Gets Wrong About Artificial Sweeteners appeared first on Born Fitness. […]

  • Quick Warm-Up Routines That Will Change How You Exercise
    by Adam Bornstein on September 30, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Here’s something you won’t hear many trainers admit: A long workout warm-up — you know, the type that asks you to foam roll, stretch, or otherwise activate every muscle imaginable — can backfire. Before you think we’re railing against common advice for the sake of being counterintuitive, we’re not saying warmup exercises are bad. We’re […] The post Quick Warm-Up Routines That Will Change How You Exercise appeared first on Born Fitness. […]

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