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  • What is the Meat and Fruit Diet?
    by Mark Sisson on December 20, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Many carnivores have begun adding fruit into their animal-based diets, transitioning from a carnivore diet to a meat and fruit diet. This is one of the most common diets I get asked about, in fact—is the meat and fruit diet a good idea? Does it make sense to add fruit to your meat? Is there anything absent from the strict carnivore diet that adding some fruit can help? I actually think it's a good idea for a lot of people. Here's why adding the meat and fruit diet might make sense for you: Fruit “wants” to be eaten. The most common reason why people switch to carnivore is to avoid chemical anti-nutrients that plants expressly produce to dissuade animals and insects from eating and digesting them. Seeds and grains employ lectins and other allergenic proteins that impair digestion and cause gastric distress and mineral imbalances so that the herbivore that eats them is less likely to actually digest it or come back for more. They can’t run or fight back with claws and teeth so they go the chemical warfare route. Animals can run, hide, fight, bite, and struggle. They don’t need the chemical defenses. Once you get past those claws, teeth, hide, and foot speed they’re incredibly nutritious and easy to digest. Meat doesn’t “want” to be eaten, but it’s neutral on the matter once the presiding central nervous system has been nullified and silenced. Fruit, meanwhile, wants to be eaten. If an animal eats fruit to get the sugar and nutrients and tosses or poops out the seeds, the fruit wins. The seeds have a chance to germinate and grow into another plant—to keep the genes flowing through time. There's no reason for the flesh of the fruit to have a robust arsenal of anti-nutrient compounds. And sure enough, fruit is quite low in these compounds. Fruit is easy to digest. Some of the more fibrous varieties can cause issues if you have preexisting issue with fiber. Some of the FODMAPs found in certain fruits can also mess with digestion in susceptible FODMAP-sensitive people. Fruit has polyphenols One of my biggest criticisms of pure carnivore has always been the lack of polyphenols—of the plant compounds found in fruits, vegetables, coffee, wine, chocolate, and pretty much every plant on earth. Polyphenols are defense chemicals that plants employ to ward off disease, fungal infections, and other microbes. For instance, when a plant is stressed, it will often produce more polyphenols. Cut a purple sweet potato on the vine and it will up regulate anthocyanin content. This is a common feature and it's meant to fight against pathogens that could invade. But when an animal like a human eats these polyphenols, good things happen. They are minor stressors that induce a hormetic response—we adapt to the stressor and get stronger, healthier, fitter, and more robust in the process. On the cellular level, a polyphenol like blueberry anthocyanin can appear stressful in the acute time frame. It “damages” the cell, but then … Continue reading "What is the Meat and Fruit Diet?" The post What is the Meat and Fruit Diet? appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple.

  • Primal Essentials Sweepstakes Celebrating 2024
    by Editorial Team on December 19, 2023 at 10:23 pm

    I've got a great sweepstakes for you guys leading into the New Year: 6 months worth of Primal Essentials. That's Primal Probiotics, Primal Omegas, and Primal Sun. These are our most essential supplements. Primal Probiotics is one of the most potent probiotics on the market. After several iterations, we settled on the four specific strains with the most support in the literature for promoting good digestive health, immune function, and mood benefits. This is a fantastic supplement to deal with all the immune insults this season. Primal Omegas is a high-potency purified omega-3 fish oil. Not everyone wants to (or has access to) high quality wild-caught fish. Taking Primal Omegas can give you most of the benefits without all the hassle. Plus, they're just helpful to have around when you need a quick dampening of inflammation. And finally, Primal Sun is our vitamin D supplement. It's the only supplement I still take every day, and it's probably the most important supplementary factor in immune function and bone health. These things only get more important as time goes on. Here are the details to enter the sweepstakes... The Sweepstakes Mark’s Daily Apple is giving away a 6-month supply of Primal Essentials, including Primal Probiotics, Primal Omegas, and Primal Sun to THREE lucky winners. Total value of this prize package is $509.10 per recipient.  To enter for a chance to win, complete the entry form below, including your full name, email address, and opt-in. Submit your phone number for a double entry. Limit one (1) entry per person per household. Entrants may receive one (1) bonus entry for providing their phone number on the entry form. You will automatically be subscribed to Mark’s Daily Apple newsletter but you can opt out at any time. NO PURCHASE TO ENTER TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. All entries must be received between December 19th, 2023 and December 31st, 2023 by 11:59pm PT to be eligible. Promotion is open to residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years of age. CLICK HERE for complete terms and conditions, including all eligibility requirements. About Primal Kitchen Mark Sisson started the Primal Kitchen® brand with a simple mission: to change the way the world eats. As a New York Times bestselling author, media personality, ex-endurance athlete (5th place USA Marathon Championship, 4th place Hawaii Ironman finish), he has been educating the world on nutrition and the benefits of fat for over a decade via his pioneering blog, MarksDailyApple.com. Our life and our overall wellness are defined by the thousands of choices we make for ourselves and for our families every day, and choosing real food and investing in your health can lead to a more empowered you. Primal Kitchen condiments and sauces are crafted with purposeful, high-quality ingredients that make mealtime easy and delicious, so you can get the most out of life. The post Primal Essentials Sweepstakes Celebrating 2024 appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple.

  • Mark’s Daily Apple Primal Essentials Sweepstakes Official Rules
    by Editorial Team on December 19, 2023 at 10:16 pm

    Mark’s Daily Apple Primal Essentials Sweepstakes Official Rules NO PURCHASE TO ENTER TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MARK’S DAILY APPLE PRIMAL ESSENTIALS SWEEPSTAKES (the “Promotion”) starts on December 19th, 2023 at 1pm Pacific Time (“PT”) and ends on December 31st, 2023 at 11:59pm PT (“Promotion Period”). ELIGIBILITY: Promotion is open to residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years of age. Employees of Primal Nutrition LLC (“Sponsor”), and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, promotion and advertising agencies and members of their immediate family (spouse, parent, sibling or child and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and persons living in the same household of such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. HOW TO ENTER: To enter this sweepstakes during the Promotion Period, complete the entry form, including completing your name, email address, and opt-in, on the dedicated Sweepstakes Landing Page, here: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-essentials-sweepstakes Limit one (1) entry per person/email/household. Entrants may receive one (1) bonus entry for providing their phone number on the entry form. All entries must be received between December 19th, 2023, and December 31st, 2023 by 11:59pm PT to be eligible. Use of any robotic, automatic, programmed or similar entry method or more than the stated number of entries will void your entry/entries and result in disqualification. RANDOM DRAWING: Three (3) winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about January 3, 2024 from among all eligible entries received. Drawing will be administered by Arrowhead. Odds of winning will depend upon the number of eligible entries received. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Administrator’s decisions are final and binding on all matters relating to this Promotion. The potential winner will receive an email from Arrowhead Promotion and Fulfillment Co., Inc., (“Administrator”), to confirm their acceptance of the prize. Potential winner must respond to notification within three (3) calendar days. If the potential winner confirms, he/she will be asked to submit their full name, date of birth, complete mailing address and confirm email address within a time period specified by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited and Sponsor will have no further obligation to such winner. Potential winners may be required to execute and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and, where lawful, a publicity release, within seven days of date of issuance. If such documents are not returned and signed within the specified time period or if Sponsor is unable to contact a potential winner within such time period, prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, or a potential winner is not in compliance with these Official Rules, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor’s discretion an alternate may be randomly selected. If any potential winner is an eligible minor in his/her jurisdiction of residence, prize may be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian, … Continue reading "Mark’s Daily Apple Primal Essentials Sweepstakes Official Rules" The post Mark’s Daily Apple Primal Essentials Sweepstakes Official Rules appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple.

  • New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 249
    by Mark Sisson on December 15, 2023 at 11:33 pm

    Research of the Week Scythians made leather out of their enemies' skin. 5 liters of alkaline water a day is too much. Dialysis patients with lower potassium and magnesium levels have higher mortality. Neanderthals were morning people. Caffeine gum increases deadlift. New Primal Kitchen Podcasts Primal Kitchen Podcast: Get to Know Your Inner Parts with Richard Schwartz, PhD Primal Health Coach Radio: Judson Brandeis Media, Schmedia Do fertility-enhancing genes lower lifespan? Interesting Blog Posts Test scores are down across the globe. Social Notes Sign up for Keto Month. Everything Else A doctor shortage doesn't cause a rise in mortality. Things I’m Up to and Interested In Interesting: Low-carb might reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. Of course: Opioid abuse disorder linked to lower cognitive function. Unpopular but true: BMI is still accurate for most people. We know: Meat and dairy are good. Would be cool: Is AI leading to new math discovery? Question I'm Asking What are you having for Christmas dinner? Recipe Corner Vietnamese chicken and cabbage salad (sub in avocado oil instead of "neutral oil"). Lamb chops, Greek style. Time Capsule One year ago (Dec 9 – Dec 15) 10 Natural Health Benefits and Healing Uses of Lavender—How to use it. How to Handle Youth Sports as a Parent—What to do. Comment of the Week "Basic technologies such as bicycles, clean burning wood stoves and even the humble apple corer seem to provide much benefit with fewer downsides. The more sophisticated world changing technologies not only have the most downsides but they tend to create their own need. Consider cars as an example. They allowed us initially to get places faster but the end result was that the places people needed to go tended to get further apart. Now we can’t live without them. Some technologies deliver the opposite of what they promise. Social media for example is supposed to bring us together yet loneliness has become pervasive in our society. A recent survey reveals that 61 percent of Americans, 3 out of 5 describe themselves as lonely. The Plains Indians of the 19th century likely suffered little from loneliness. They lived in tribes of 300 or so and the lines between family and community were quite blurred. Basically the entire tribe was one’s family. Choose your technologies wisely. I live in Maine where snow is plentiful. My neighbor’s snowblower needs gas, maintenance and sometimes clogs or breaks down. My snow shovel has never broken down and helps me maintain 6 pack abs at age 65!" -Well said. The post New and Noteworthy: What I Read This Week—Edition 249 appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple.

  • What is Tabata Training?
    by Mark Sisson on December 15, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    In a busy world, efficiency is king. Everyone wants the most payoff for their efforts in the least amount of time—especially when it comes to fitness. That’s one of the reasons that high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, has become so popular. Workouts lasting just 20 or 30 minutes can deliver tremendous cardiovascular benefits, help you burn fat and lose weight, build stronger muscles and bones, lead to better blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity, and make you stronger. But what if you didn’t need to devote 30, 20, or even 10 minutes to your workout? What if you could achieve the same results, maybe even better results, in just 4 minutes? Enter Tabata.  Tabata is a specific type of very-high-intensity interval training. When done correctly, the entire workout takes just 4 minutes. The rub here is that doing it “correctly” means taking yourself to the limit in just 160 seconds of work. Tabata is tough. It’s also, according to research, incredibly effective.  If you’ve been hanging around the blog for a while, you probably know that I’m a big proponent of workouts that are short and sweet—or rather, short and intense. This former marathoner has seen the errors of his ways, and I’ve spent years trying to convince my readers that the typical fitness paradigm has people engaging in workouts that are too long and that exist in the so-called “black hole.” They’re too hard to be aerobic but not hard enough to yield max anaerobic benefits. In other words, workouts that break you down at least as much, if not more, than they build you up in the long run.  But Tabata isn’t your typical HIIT protocol. It’s not your typical sprint protocol (my preferred type of high-intensity exercise). It’s not your typical microworkout (despite being bite-sized). Tabata is its own beast altogether.  The questions at hand today are: Should you be incorporating Tabata into your workout routine? If yes, how? If no, why not? The Tabata Workout Protocol Tabata workouts are named after Dr. Izumi Tabata, researcher and former fitness coach for the Japanese National Speed Skating Team. Dr. Tabata was the first person to systematically measure and publish the results of the training protocol that now bears his name, although he, apparently, did not actually come up with the idea. (That was 1980s speed skating coach Kouichi Irisawa.) A true Tabata training protocol, according to Dr. Tabata himself, involves 7 to 8 “exhaustive sets” of exercise performed at 170 percent of VO2max for 20 seconds, with 10 seconds rest in between. If you quit after 6 reps, that’s not really Tabata. Nor is it Tabata if you can eke out a 9th round, if you do 30-second work intervals, or if you rest for more than 10 seconds.  Dr. Tabata conducted his studies using a stationary bike, which allows you to crank up the resistance and quickly get to that hard effort. Now I don’t know if you’ve ever pedaled a bike at 170 percent of VO2max … Continue reading "What is Tabata Training?" The post What is Tabata Training? appeared first on Mark's Daily Apple.

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  • How to Lose Fat Without Squats or Deadlifts
    by BJ Ward on May 5, 2024 at 9:57 pm

    Losing fat is difficult during the best of times. But, what about trying to get as lean as you’ve ever been while battling a back injury and working with limited equipment? Now that’s a challenge. But, our online coaching client Mitch did just that, dropping 11 pounds over 2 months.  Mitch got into incredible shape. The post How to Lose Fat Without Squats or Deadlifts appeared first on Born Fitness.

  • Sentenced To Life
    by Adam Bornstein on July 24, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    I looked at my dad. Then down at my phone. 10:32 pm. July 21. 2023. My dad was gone. On Friday night, I watched my father — my Superman — take his final breath. It was a moment of peace for a man at war for three years. My dad was diagnosed with terminal brain The post Sentenced To Life appeared first on Born Fitness.

  • How To Have a Great Workout, Every Workout
    by BJ Ward on July 19, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    Some weeks, you might not be feeling your workouts. It happens to all of us. Whether you’ve got a lot going on at work or sleeping terribly, you will be lagging some days.  Here’s the key: It’s not about pushing the limits; it’s about learning how to have a great workout every time, no matter The post How To Have a Great Workout, Every Workout appeared first on Born Fitness.

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