How to train for backpacking

June is National Gate Outdoor Month. Here at MDA, we’re spending the next few weeks preparing you for your best summer outdoors with posts to inspire you to go into nature.

The couple backpacking through the mountains overlooking the sea.Today we are talking about how to train for backpacking. Let’s start with the most obvious question: what is backpacking? Backpacking is a multi-day hike where you carry all your gear on your back.

Say you’re going for a hike one day with water, food, and basic survival gear, but you’ll be back in your car the day you travel. Not that backpacking.

If you’re tracking across the country, but someone else is shifting your gear from one sleeping area to another, that’s not backpacking either.

In short, backpacking is basically a long journey that requires more gear and more detail because you will spend at least one night – but probably many more – camping out. I think backpacking is a kind of patient sport. Like any endurance game, you want to take training for your event. You probably won’t enter a half-marathon this coming weekend with minimal or no training. You Can, But it will hurt much less, and your chances of success will be significantly higher, if you take the time to train. The same goes for backpacking.

The good news is, if you already have a strong fitness base, you’re well on your way. Now you need to organize your training to get ready for your backpacking expedition. The details depend on how long you will be there, how much weight you will carry, your current fitness level and the type of terrain you will be facing. Nevertheless, the general principles remain the same. You need to prepare for:

  • Time on your feet
  • Carrying weight
  • Walking on uneven soil
  • Climbing (going up and down hills, stepping on logs, etc.)

Lower body strength is important, of course, but core, upper back and shoulder strength, ankle and buttocks strength and mobility, balance and of course stamina. Here’s how to get started.

Training for backpacking: Getting started

Before we move on to specific exercises, let’s start with some simple tips that you can use to prepare your body for the adventures ahead.

First and foremost, give yourself enough time to prepare. Plan a training tailored to your travel needs. Experienced, fit hikers will probably go out on a short one or two night trip with minimal training. If you sit down most of the time and plan a seven-night through-hike (point-to-point backpacking trip), you’ll need enough lead time — a few months or more.

Don’t just focus on strength or endurance. As I said before, but it repeats itself: proper training covers strength, endurance, mobility and balance. Imagine climbing a rock or a fallen tree, jumping over a rocky outcrop, crossing a river, and climbing over a loose rock. It’s about balancing on one leg and keeping yourself straight as nature and gravity conspire to pull you down. Can be invaluable training equipment for single leg exercises, BOSU balls, obel boards and the like.

Train at least some of you in the same gear you plan to use on your trip. Make sure your shoes do not cause blisters and that your sports bra does not disintegrate. Wear your backpack on short hikes.

Try to replicate the environment you are going to encounter. You probably won’t be able to do all of your outdoor training in exactly the same situations you will encounter during your adventure, especially if you are traveling to a different part of the world. That’s fine, but try your best to predict the factors that might affect your experience. If your trip takes you to the side of the hill, find the hill for training or plan to step-up a ton in the gym. Do you need training for hot or cold weather? High altitude? Humidity? The more extreme the environment, the more important it is to prepare accordingly.

Think of yourself as an athlete! Looking for the best ultralight gear, the advantages and disadvantages of different tents and sleeping pads are easy to weigh, but the most important part of your equipment is your engine — it’s you! (The second part of this series will talk more about gears and other considerations.) Be sure to check the fuel and hydration as the training progresses.

Exercise to prepare for backpacking

Below is a sample of the types of exercises you can use to get ready for backpacking, but this is by no means a complete list.

Walking, hiking, rocking

As a dedicated Mark’s Daily Apple reader, I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that walking is great, full stop. Spending a lot of time on your feet is also one of the most important things to prepare for backpacking. If you haven’t already made a concerted effort to reduce your seating and include frequent movement and walking throughout the day, now is the time to start!

You will want to take some of these walks in nature. Voila, now you are hiking! Carry a weighted pack, and you’re rucking. Wailing in the woods is great, but also throw the rucksack to walk around the block or take your kids to school. (Mark has a dedicated post that is coming soon.)

Gradually increase the time, distance and how much weight you carry. Try hitting different terrain – rocky, sandy, muddy, level, steep. These can challenge your body in a variety of ways and can be great for strengthening your legs and ankles.

Go super primal while hiking: pick up logs and rocks along the trail, take them off for a while, then lower. Check out the idea here.

The primary essential movement

It’s not just a shameless plug, I swear! Primal Essential Movements, plus variations, perfect for getting ready for your big backpacking adventure.


After walking and hiking, squats are probably going to be your biggest ally. Do as much as you can – and do many different things Mix in sets of barbell squats, resistance band squats and goblet squats, to name a few.

Split squats, where one leg is in a lunge position in front of the other, also challenges your balance, so prioritize these as well. Even better, do a Bulgarian split squat where your hind legs are elevated.

To further challenge your balance, try a one-legged pistol squat or squat with one or both feet on an unstable surface like BOSU.

Push-ups and pull-ups

Walking for hours with a heavy backpack is no joke. You need to do the work on your shoulders, chest and upper back.

Working all day on the computer results in tight pecs, round shoulders and front head posture (Aka Technical neck). Carrying a pack can exacerbate these problems. This post and this post offer some solutions.

The board

Key strength is important for balance and keeping your pelvis and spine in proper alignment. In addition to the traditional planks, do side planks and exercise in this primal at-home core workout.

Let me put a plug for Pilates here. Not only sound education but his alertness and dedication too are most required. The glute bridges, for example, are a classic pilot move that is extremely useful for backpackers.

Step up

That’s exactly what it sounds like: step on things. Get in the gym box or stamp in your backyard. Climb the stairs or hit the stairs to the gym (check your heart rate if you want to keep it airy). For some high-intensity work, try Mark’s favorite, Versclimber.

Once you’re ready to add weight, wear a weighted backpack during a step-up for a fantastic workout.

If your campaign involves serious altitude gains, you can use this simple stair height calculator to plan some workouts that you need to exceed approximate feet / meter.


Plyometric exercises are incredibly effective and efficient for building strength and stamina, and they are great for those legs and ankles.

These may include:

  • Box jump where you can jump on a high platform using both legs
  • Ski jump where you jump from side to side (side to side)
  • Burpees with a jump to the top
  • The squat jumps where you descend into the squat and explode upwards as you stand

Or any number of options. These videos from the Marks Daily Apple YouTube channel give a lot of ideas:

Jumping Workout (Children)

Jumping Workout (Advanced)

15 barpiece option


There is no better way to logically target hamstrings. Make sure you use the correct form to avoid straining your back. Enjoy yourself with a variety of deadlift variations to keep things appealing — Romanian, sumo, hex bars, kettlebells — and again include one-legged deadlifts to work on balance and leg and ankle strength.

Heel sprint

We are obviously huge fans of running around these parts. Sprinting climbing for backpacking training has two distinct advantages: (1) lower risk of injury than regular (flat) sprints and (2) extra mountain work.

Okay, that’s enough to get you started. You already have a good chance of incorporating a number of these steps into your regular workout, which means you have a good foundation to build on. I will finish by mentioning Location of ancestral rest. These are not exercises on their own, but they create ankle and hip mobility, stretch and strengthen the lower body, and complement your workout by getting you out of a chair that does no good to your body.

That’s it for today. Stay tuned for the second part where we talk about gear and more. Get your sign out of this post today! And let us know in the comments where you would like hiking and backpacking.

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About the author

Lindsay Taylor, PhD, is a senior author and community manager on primary nutrition, a certified primary health instructor and co-author of three Kito Cookbooks.

As a writer at the Marx Daily Apple and leader of the affluent Cato Reset and the Primal Endurance community, Linds’ job is to help people learn what, why and how to lead a health-centric lifestyle. Prior to joining the primary team, he earned his Masters and PhD. In social and personality psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also worked as a researcher and instructor.

Lindsay lives in Northern California with her husband and two sports-obsessed sons. In her spare time, she enjoys ultra running, triathlon, camping and play nights. Follow her on Instagram @theusefuldish as Lindsay tries to work on maintaining a healthy balance with work, family and endurance training and, above all, fun in life.

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New and Notable: What I read this week — Version 179

Weekly research

In patients with invasive breast cancer, metformin does not seem to help.

No blood test showed “long covid”.

Prevention training and mortality.

Stonehengers ate the lungs of cattle.

The gut regulates emotions in women.

New Primal Kitchen Podcast

Primal Kitchen Podcast Episode 30: Kelly Levek on Weight Loss, Blood Sugar, Cancer and Pediatric Nutrition

Primary Health Coach Radio: Kimberly Spencer

Media, Schmidia

Social media vs. “medical success” in reality.

How TRT is changing aging.

Interesting blog post

For a short time, New York was the oyster paradise on earth.

Grass crops, cattle.

Social notes


What could be worse than that?

Everything else

Is that really the answer?

Is this the oldest tree in the world?

The things I’m talking about and interested in

Unknown region: Genetic embryo testing (and selection) here.

Good idea: walking team for men (and women, in this regard).

Interesting article: Rebound COVID after using Pavloxid.

Surprising: More eggs, less metabolic syndrome.

Rough quote: “The weight of the animal evidence compellingly shows that it would be unethical for a pregnant or lactating person to include high linoleic oil as the only source of fat in a random diet because it will lead to optimal baby development”

The question I’m asking

What are your summer goals?

Recipe Corner

Time capsules

One year ago (May 21 – May 27)

Comments of the week

“I hate small talk, I see no benefit in it …”

– Try asking questions. This is a better way to frame.

Primal Kitchen Pizza Sauce

About the author

Mark Season is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, the godfather of the early food and lifestyle movement and New York Times Its bestselling author Keto Reset Diet. His latest book Cato for life, Where he discusses how he integrates the Keto Diet with his early lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Author of many more books, including Mark Early blueprintWho was credited with turbocharging in 2009 for the growth of the early / Paleo movement. After three decades of research and education on why food is a key ingredient for achieving and maintaining optimal well-being, Mark started Primal Kitchen, a real-food company. Which makes Primal / Paleo, Keto and Hole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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Do you sit all day Here are 5 mobility exercises you should do!

Hi Bowl! Enjoy this guest post by my Paul Ryan of GMB Fitness as he covers a topic close to my heart and favorite: exercise of mobility and undoing some of the negative effects of an over-the-top lifestyle. Take it, Ryan.

The man sitting at the desk is smiling holding his lower back.The unfortunate fact of modern life is that many of us sit for long periods of time during the day. It’s mostly because of the office culture that we have to stay at our desk to finish our work – even if we work from home. And when you’re battling it with regular breaks, office walks, or even fancy ergonomic chairs and standing desks, it may not be enough to maintain a healthy range in your joints.

Designed for all seating fights that require your movement exercises.

If you have time for regular movement and exercise, you know how important hip, shoulder and ankle mobility is for deep squats, pullups, lunges and other full-body movements. Over time, it’s easier to lose if you don’t work actively to improve and maintain mobility. Fortunately, we can keep a healthy, functional range that you can do anywhere, starting with these five mobility exercises.

1. Backward wrist flexor stretch

The man wearing blue polo and gray pants bent his knees over the GIF four and bent his wrists.

This stretch will help open your arms and wrists after a long day of typing.

  • Kneel on a comfortable surface. Place your hands on the ground in front of you, rotating your wrists so that your fingers point toward your knees.
  • First, start with your fingers around your knees (this is easier if you are particularly stiff).
  • Now flatten the palms of your hands on the floor, smooth your buttocks towards your heels, then pulse towards your hands. That’s one representative.

Repeat a total of 10 and hold for 10 seconds at the end.

Watch the full movement on YouTube

2. Quadrilateral shoulder compression and retraction

GIFs of people wearing blue polo and gray pants kneel down and shrug and lengthen shoulders

This is good for a little movement on your shoulders and upper back.

Start with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees just below your buttocks.

  • Start by pulling your shoulder blades together and dipping your chest down.
  • Then reverse the movement by pressing down and pulling your shoulder blades apart.
  • Do not move your hips; This is all about the upper back and shoulders.

Take it slowly and repeat for 10 total repetitions.

Watch the full movement on YouTube

3. Quadrilateral vertebral circle

GIFs of people wearing blue polo and gray pants are kneeling and making circles on their shoulders.

This exercise helps to open your back and release the spine from a stiff position throughout the day.

Start with your hands, placing them directly under your shoulders as in the previous exercise.

  • When you lower your chest, push to one side with your lath (the large muscles in your middle and lower back).
  • Pull your back up and swing to the other side.
  • Aim to form a circle with your spine while keeping your arms straight and firm on the floor.

Take your time and do 5 repetitions on one side, then 5 repetitions on the other side.

Watch the full movement on YouTube

4. Stretch the frog

Man's GIF in frog pose in blue polo and gray pants.

This exercise helps to open your hips and groin and gives you better squat depth.

Start at your hands and knees, bring your knees as far away as you can.

  • Place your buttocks between your knees and the ball of your feet, and place your toes on the ground, pointing outwards.
  • Rock back and forth in that position.

Go ahead and vibrate for 10 repetitions, allowing your buttocks to descend steadily as you gain more range of motion. Then hold for 10 seconds.

Then push your butt back towards your feet, vibrate 10 times and hold for 10 seconds.

Watch the full movement on YouTube

5. Three point bridge

The man wearing blue polo and gray pants is showing off the GIF Three Point Bridge.

This exercise is great for opening your hip flexors, shoulders and chest.

  • Sit with your butt on the floor, bend your knees and place one hand behind your back.
  • Raise your opposite hand in the air, then flex your buttocks to extend your hips to the ceiling.
  • Extend your arms back and look at your thumbs to encourage full extension of the buttocks.

Repeat 5 times and then hold the final representative for 10 seconds. Concentrate on extending your hand on the ground and feel it spread all over your body. Repeat the same procedure on the other side.

Watch the full movement on YouTube

Improved mobility means improved movement, performance and general well-being

Getting off the floor and dropping a mobility drill isn’t as sexy as an intense sprint workout or body weight circuit that makes you sweat. But taking the time every day, even for just 15 minutes, to open your body and sit for a very long time can work wonders.

Also, the 5 movements we have shown you here can be used for daily movement exercises and also as a warm-up before rigorous training. These are part of GMB’s free 15-minute mobility boost designed for people who are stiff and bruised and want a practical solution to restore and maintain their mobility.

After a training accident ended his competitive gymnastics career, Ryan moved to Japan and competed in various martial arts until another injury re-evaluated his priorities in life. As the head coach of GMB Fitness, his goal is to show everyone that you can define your own fitness as a sustainable and enjoyable part of your life. You can follow GMB Fitness on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


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Oxalate Dumping: What Do We Know?

Tossing fresh spinach in a red pot.By now, you know about oxalate: a plant compound that binds to minerals like calcium and magnesium and forms crystals. These crystals accumulate in the joint, kidney, prostate, bladder, thyroid, synovial fluid and other tissues causing pain, inflammation and damage. Oxalate crystals have been linked to problems such as kidney stones and arthritis. Many people who are experimenting with carnivorous foods are doing so to at least partially eliminate or reduce oxalate from their diet.

You can read about oxalate, tell yourself “I have some of these problems,” and start eliminating or reducing the oxalate content in your diet by eating fewer (or zero) spinach, sweet potatoes, raspberries, beets, and other high-oxalate foods. Please. . But then something happened:

Get joint pain. You will get tired. Plaque begins to form on your teeth. You feel stiff and in pain and feel less mobile overall. Urination and defecation are painful, even “granular”.

Everything was supposed to be fine. Avoiding these symptoms was supposed to improve oxalate. What’s going on

Do you feel “oxalate dumping”?

According to the conventional alternative oxalate knowledge, you are dumping oxalate. You stop eating oxalate and your body responds by “dumping” all the accumulated oxalate over the years. And since oxalate was stored throughout your body, all your tissues are exposing them, triggering all sorts of oxalate-related symptoms. The biggest proponents of the oxalate dumping concept say that the dumping process can even be dangerous to your health and can last for months or even years.

To combat oxalate dumping, they say you need to gradually reduce your oxalate intake instead of completely eliminating cold-turkey. Eating small to moderate amounts of oxalate-rich foods is thought to reduce your oxalates, slowing down the dumping process, and over time you will be able to remove oxalates safely and comfortably.

Oxalate dumping has always stunned me, if I am honest. It’s not intuitive. Why does the body immediately start “dumping” oxalate because you stop eating any of its external sources? Why does it stop dumping oxalate when you start eating more of it? What is the process here?

I’m not saying it’s a myth. There are ample anecdotes from generally trusted people who say that going on a low oxalate diet causes them to start experiencing symptoms of oxalate discharge:

  • The oxalate appears on the teeth as a crystal blade.
  • Oxalate crystals appear in joints and feet.
  • Oxalate crystals spread through various orifices in the body.

You can see lots of anti-oxalate Instagram accounts with some photographic evidence of this oxalate crystal that people are apparently dumping. Sally Norton is one. I can’t verify if these are correct, but I also can’t say that they are all wrong or confused.

I put a lot of emphasis on the anecdote. After all, what you feel and can personally verify is a “story”. There is real value. We go through the world using our own “story” as a guide.

You get enough anecdotes together and an outside analysis and record them and you get some data to yourself. But qualitatively nothing Changed Between creating the anecdote and its verification. This is as true as ever. It was information before; It was not recognized as such.

But the lack of elegance of the oxalate dump theory bothers me. I need to know why this is happening (if this is really happening). And although I don’t have a definite answer, I do have some ideas for other things that could make the problem worse.

You are probably making more oxalate.

Not all oxalates come from external sources. Large amounts of oxalate production – according to some sources, most of the oxalates we encounter – occur in the liver and many nutrients and physiological conditions help determine how much oxalate we make (or do not). After all, when someone removes oxalate from their diet, many other things change as well. They eventually eat more of something else, or change their diet completely. Often they are carnivorous and completely eliminate food groups. All of this and more can affect the rate of endogenous oxalate synthesis.

Thiamine deficiency

Thiamine, or vitamin B1, is an important nutrient for oxalate metabolism. Without adequate thiamine, we deal with toxin glycol and get into trouble. If we do not get enough glycol metabolism, most of it turns into oxalate.

Many foods are low in thiamine. Carnivores who exclusively eat beef, even grass-fed organic beef, and ignore all other animal foods have lost two of the best thiamine sources: pork and salmon.

Many common inputs lower thiamine — or, more precisely, lower thiamine like caffeine and alcohol.

If any of these seem familiar, thiamine oxalate may be a good supplement for anyone suffering from dumping symptoms.

Magnesium deficiency

Magnesium chloride has been shown to reduce urinary oxalate in at least two ways: oxalate reduces endothelial formation and inhibits intestinal absorption. All in all, it will reduce the overall oxalate load of the body.

Taking some magnesium chloride in your water, taking a magnesium chloride bath and / or applying magnesium chloride oil to your skin is probably a good idea for anyone worried about oxalate dumping. Worst of all it doesn’t hurt and will probably help you in other cases, since magnesium is an important mineral.

Increased oxidative stress and decreased glutathione

Decreasing the glutathione store in the experimental setting increases the glycemic levels and thus the oxalate levels. Simply put, without adequate glutathione, you will not be able to cope with the oxidative stress that produces glycol. Adequate glycol hangs around and a bunch of it turns into oxalate.

Oxidative stress is of course everywhere. The sleep we don’t get, the circadian rhythms we don’t respect, the exercises we don’t do, the excessive exercises we do, the polyphenols we don’t take. So take care of them and reduce the amount of oxalate you make at home.

Excess fat intake increases oxalate absorption

Fat malabsorption tends to cause calcium saponification in the digestive tract, preventing it from binding to dietary oxalate and increasing oxalate absorption from food. If you suddenly increase your fat intake to extremes without adaptation, you may have problems digesting everything and create a “fat malabsorption” condition in your gut that exposes you to increased oxalate absorption or “oxalate sensitivity”. Gives.

This is of course only conjecture, but it is reasonable. If you eat less oxalate, but if what you eat becomes much better at absorption, it can lead to higher net absorption.

I would like to go to the bottom of this problem, but there is no specific research on oxalate dumping. There’s definitely something going on here, and I hope we get more data (or at least) Any Data) coming soon.

Until then, try the things I recommend, in addition to the general advice to slow down rather than quickly reduce oxalate intake.

Take care, everyone, and be sure to let me know your experience with oxalate and oxalate dumping below.


About the author

Mark Season is the founder of the Marx Daily Apple, the godfather of the early food and lifestyle movement and New York Times Its bestselling author Keto Reset Diet. His latest book Cato for life, Where he discusses how he integrates the Keto Diet with his early lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Author of many more books, including Mark Early blueprintWhich was credited with turbocharging in 2009 to boost the early / paleo movement. After three decades of research and education on why food is a key ingredient for achieving and maintaining optimal well-being, Mark started Primal Kitchen, a real-food company. Which makes Primal / Paleo, Keto and Hole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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Hindsight is 20:20 – You knew in a hurry what you wanted

A few months ago, I asked Instagram listeners what they would like to know soon when it comes to taking care of their health. I really enjoyed listening to all of you, so I’m going to share some answers here.

My motivation to ask was doubled. One was general curiosity, the other personal. Now that I am a grandparent, I find myself thinking more and more about how to convey an early message to the younger generation so that they do not have to try to solve problems that can prevent middle age or retirement years. How can I (and indeed, all of us) support parents who want to build a solid foundation of health for their children? What information and interventions will have the greatest impact on today’s youth?

Although I would like to think that we have solved the problem with Mark’s Daily Apple, Primal Blueprint and Primal Kitchen, there is still much work to be done to improve the health of the average person. I’m sharing these responses to encourage more conversation, to think more, and, I dare say, to hope for more change in the future.

Surprisingly, most of the responses I’ve received can be summed up as, “If I hadn’t followed conventional wisdom.” Both you and me. That being said, when you know better, will you do better? Learn and save. However, I hope these will make you think.

Q: “What do you want to know about staying healthy at a young age?”

A: Eat more protein instead of carbohydrates.

So the idea of ​​a “meat-free Monday” is a bad school lunch? (Ironically.)

Answer: It is always thought that processed food is healthy.

Who can blame you? For decades, the only medical advice for people struggling with metabolic health was to lose weight by reducing calories and eating a low-fat diet. (This unfortunately still seems to be the standard ornament.) At that point all the food marketed was Uber-processed, “part-controlled” and not at all satisfying. We all sold the lie that these ultra-modified foods are better for us than nature’s alternatives. Too bad the “diet food” was deprived of nutrients, fiber, healthy fats and often protein. And oh, however, they tend to eat more calories and lose less weight.

Answer: Micronutrients are important.

Again, I blame the old “one calorie one calorie” doctrine, when the food industry tried to convince us that 100 calories from broccoli is equivalent to 100 calorie snack packs of low-fat chocolate chip cookies. Micronutrients got in the way as calorie counting took precedence over food quality.

A: That healthy fat is good.


Answer: Meat is good for you.

Double Amen.

A: You can celebrate without food.

This is one of the best. Listen, I have no problem with food as part of the festival. This has been the case throughout human history, and I will take every opportunity to enjoy a celebratory steak dinner with friends. But I object to how celebrations, holidays or really any milestones have become an excuse to get involved for sugar-and-alcohol-free-everyone. Many of you can attest to the fact that celebrations are like wildlife without being wild – and without paying for it the next day.

A. The benefits of fasting.

Interest in non-stop fasting has waned over the past several years, not only among self-examiners like me, but also in the explosion of scientific research. I love watching it. Unfortunately, the wheel of science continues to spin, but I hope the IF results continue to gain momentum. We’re just scratching the surface.

Q: “Do you want to start too soon?”

Answer: Strength training. / Heavy lifting. / As a woman, lift heavy before.

One hundred percent yes, and it’s not too late to start. How do we get these young ‘uns building muscles fast? And not just for aesthetic purposes but to maximize metabolic health and to lay the foundation for effective reserves as soon as possible?

A: Avoid cardio, focus on strength training.

You may not avoid it altogether, but be sure to prioritize and avoid chronic cardio.

A: Learn to cook.

Love it. As much as I love trying different restaurants and eating out, there are many benefits to cooking at home. Creating your own food connects you to what you are eating, from grocery shopping to choosing what to bring home. Mastering basic kitchen skills gives a sense of agency and confidence that can carry over into other aspects of life. Even if you have never been a gourmet chef, you will find that you are more motivated to engage in other healthy behaviors because you are already taking the time to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for yourself. It is also a great way to impress potential romantic partners.

Answer: Focus on adding nutritious foods, not just elimination.

This one is pretty deep. Many health counselors focus on cutting out harmful ingredients and behaviors. Quit smoking. Eat less. Stop eating gluten. Even the initial blueprint begins with the elimination of the “Big Three” of grains, excess sugars and pro-inflammatory fats. This step is important, but in the long run, focusing on avoiding harm can keep people alert and can even lead to fears that could be harmful to themselves, leading to things like orthorexia.

Ideally, once you get through that initial phase of removing unhealthy or unhealthy choices, the focus should be on building positive behavior – keeping your eyes on where you are going rather than what you are leaving behind.

Answer: Flexibility and mobility.

Absolutely, and not just for physical health. Flexibility and mobility practice often involves an element of meditation. Even better if you can do these in the morning or evening routine.

Answer: Blood panel test.

Knowing your baseline is always a good idea, especially if you are going to try something new. Here are seven biomarkers that I think are worth following.

A: Walking every day.

Couldn’t believe more.

A: Follow the initial blueprint.

Can’t argue with that!

Q: “If you could give a piece of health advice to today’s teens, what would it be?”

Answer: Sleep is important.

Not just important, critical.

A: Turn off your phone and go further.

I sincerely support it. “Turn off social mediaThere was another common theme among the respondents, but it was probably unrealistic for the younger generation. Technology and social media to stay here. (And social media has its ups and downs, but the downsides are worrying, to say the least.) A more realistic goal is to control your usage and be prudent about what you post and who you follow.

Answer: No smoking.

vaping, too.

Answer: Intestinal health is everything. It causes acne and mood swings.

The only advice I could remember as a teenager was to avoid fatty foods to prevent acne. Of course, we didn’t know anything about microbiome back then. Now as we do, how many teenagers are being encouraged to try dietary changes with the specific intention of strengthening intestinal health?

Q: “What did you learn from Mark that you think everyone should know?”

I ask this question for my own benefit to see which parts of information or knowledge have the most impact. I didn’t intend to post responses, but if these things help your classmates the most, they are the most valuable nugget to share with those who are trying to help you in your own life. Submitted without comment:

  • You are in control of your genes.
  • 80/20 rule.
  • Metabolic flexibility.
  • Body weight workout for travel time or budget.
  • Look for hidden sugars in sauces and packaged foods.
  • The theory of eating every two hours is wrong.
  • Aging does not have to be a bad experience.
  • That one size fits all.
  • Have fun no matter what you do.
  • You deserve to eat well and live your best life at any age.

A perfect note to end it. Tell me in the comments what you would add to this list. I look forward to hearing from you.


About the author

Mark Season is the founder of the Marx Daily Apple, the godfather of the early food and lifestyle movement and New York Times Its bestselling author Keto Reset Diet. His latest book Cato for Life, Where he discusses how he integrates the Keto Diet with his early lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Author of many more books, including Mark Early blueprintWho was credited with turbocharging in 2009 for the growth of the early / Paleo movement. After three decades of researching and educating on why food is a key ingredient for achieving and maintaining optimal well-being, Mark started Primal Kitchen, a real-food company. Which makes Primal / Paleo, Keto and Hole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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Air Fryer Green Beans – Quick and Easy Recipe!

Plate of Air Fried Green Beans with Primal Kitchen Wrench DipAir fryers are already your favorite tool for making chicken wings and crispy brussels sprouts, but you won’t be able to unlock the full potential until you try this quick and easy air fryer green bean recipe. Fragrant, crispy green beans are the perfect addition to your next playday smorgasbord. Trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables? Look no further than this fun finger food. Serve these air fryer green beans with a primary kitchen wrench dip to tempt even the most picky eater. (Which kid doesn’t like to dive?)

Although you To be able to Air fried frozen vegetables, this recipe works best with fresh, firm green beans. Give it a try and let us know how it works!

Air Fryer Green Beans Recipe

Serves: 3

Kitchen time: 15 minutes


  • 12 oz pruned green beans
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Primal Kitchen Ranch Deep, for sinking

Bowl of fresh green beans, spice bowl, Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil and Ranch Dip, white kitchen towel.


Toss the green beans in the oil and spices. Arrange the green beans in an air fryer basket.

Spicy green beans in an air fryer basket on a white kitchen towel.

Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Place the basket in the air fryer and set the timer to 8 minutes. At the end of 8 minutes, check out the green beans. You will probably give them an shake and air fry for an extra 2 minutes. When finished, the green beans should be golden and tender on the outside.

Serve the green beans with dip and enjoy!

Air fried green beans are being dipped in the primary kitchen wrench dip.

A plate of air-fried green beans, a primal kitchen wrench dip, a white kitchen towel, fresh flowers.

Nutrition information (1/3 of recipe):

  • Calories: 85
  • Total carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Net carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fat: 4.5 grams
  • Protein: 3 g



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The air fryer is the perfect tool for making crispy, flavorful green beans. Served with Ranch Deep, they are a finger meal that everyone will love!

12 oz. Trimmed green beans

1 tablespoon Avocado oil

1 tsp Onion powder

1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon Salt

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Primal Kitchen Ranch Deep, for sinking

Toss the green beans in the oil and spices. Arrange the green beans in an air fryer basket.

Preheat the air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). Place the basket in the air fryer and set the timer to 8 minutes. At the end of 8 minutes, check out the green beans. You will probably give them an shake and air fry for an extra 2 minutes. When finished, the green beans should be golden and tender on the outside.

Serve the green beans with dip and enjoy!

  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 8-10 minutes
  • Category: Associate – serving terms
  • Method: Air fryer


  • Serving Size: Recipe 1/3
  • Calories: 85
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 204 mg
  • Fat: 5 grams
  • Saturated fats: 0.5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 grams
  • Sugars: 9 grams
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Net sugars: 6 grams

About the author

A Missouri-based food blogger, recipe developer and personal chef, Priscilla specializes in low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian and low FODMAP cuisine. Check out what she’s cooking at Priscilla Cooks and follow her food adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.

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New and Notable: What I read this week — Version 178

Weekly research

Super high HDL levels associated with cardiac events in people with heart disease.

Controlling “eating signals” can help people lose weight.

Alcohol-related deaths are on the rise.

A small amount of physical activity reduces the risk of depression.

Nature always works.

Ketones can fight colorectal cancer.

New Primal Kitchen Podcast

Primal Kitchen Podcast Episode 29: Childhood Behavior and Pregnancy Care with Pediatrician Ari Calhoun

Primary Health Coach Radio: Amanda Jane Snyder

Media, Schmidia

Environmental toxins and obesity (even intergenerational obesity).

Lettuce is the most common cause of food poisoning.

Interesting blog post

How space changes the brain.

Experts agree that diet can get rid of type 2 diabetes. Finally!

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Everything in context.

Everything else

Scientists grow plants on the moon (Earth).

Does it really have to be “fast”?

The things I’m talking about and interested in

Interesting find: Short talk is good, obviously.

The good news: The trend of warming up has slowed down during data revaluation.

Interesting article: Is an ancient civilization buried beneath Turkey?

Use it as you wish: Fasting makes muscle cells more resistant to stress.

One of my favorite foods: Blueberries can protect against midlife dementia.

The question I’m asking

Do you enjoy small talk?

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Comments of the week

“To illustrate my point, I agree with Mark that I am not optimistic about President Biden’s involvement in the American people’s food and nutrition preferences. .

In my opinion, this should not be within the purview of the federal government, let alone the executive branch; It should only be a personal family concern. Federal / state governments may influence their respective amendments and military food plans, however, including Joe Biden (Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Joe Rogan, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bill Gates, Rob Wolf, Mark Sison, Julia Chill , Etc.) Never effectively tell me what I can or can’t prepare in my own kitchen. “

-I think we can all agree there, hate me. Except for Julia Child, I listened to her.


About the author

Mark Season is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, the godfather of the early food and lifestyle movement and New York Times Its bestselling author Keto Reset Diet. His latest book Cato for Life, Where he discusses how he integrates the Keto Diet with his early lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Author of many more books, including Mark Early blueprintWho was credited with turbocharging in 2009 for the growth of the early / Paleo movement. After three decades of research and education on why food is a key ingredient for achieving and maintaining optimal well-being, Mark started Primal Kitchen, a real-food company. Which makes Primal / Paleo, Keto and Hole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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Ask a Health Instructor: Seed Oil, Kids, and Eat Out

Hey guys, board-certified health instructor Chloe Maleski is here to answer your question about seed oil. Whether you’re wondering if they’re really bad, trying to avoid them while eating out, or scouting for healthy behaviors for kids, you’ll learn some helpful tips and tricks. Got a question you would like to ask our health coaches? Leave it in the comments on the Marks Daily Apple Facebook group or above.

Martha asked:
“Is Seed Oil Really Bad? Are They Moderately OK? They’re among the foods my kid likes to eat! Crackers, granola bars, muffins নয় not to mention when eating out!”

The girl in the braid is standing in front of a yellow background smiling and holding a donut in front of her eyes.Sigh: I know. Highly refined seed oil is cheap and available everywhere. Yes, we find them among the most common suspects: fast food, highly processed foods and most common foods that are packaged and ready to eat. They also hide where there is less anticipated food, including foods marketed as “healthy” and in restaurants and hot bars that might otherwise go as primal.

Unfortunately, the answer to your first question is yes. That of highly refined seeds and vegetable oils. Worse, even moderately, they can be harmful to health.

Although some people are more sensitive to highly refined seed oils than others, they can cause inflammation in almost everyone. Chronic, systemic inflammation is a curse of modern times. It is involved in countless minor illnesses as well as more serious illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. It also weakens the response of our normal immune system, as the body is preoccupied with active, ongoing inflammation to properly deal with exposure to bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Now, that doesn’t mean you should (or can) avoid inflammatory oils altogether – especially when eating out. Depending on the priorities and circumstances of life, this can be a great place to lean on the 80/20 principle: “In terms of full and sincere commitment, an overall 80 percent compliance with the 10 initial blueprint rules will give a strongly healthy result.”

It is not green light to choose seed oily foods 20 percent of the time. Highly processed, inflammatory oils are never healthy, even in moderate amounts. But if you aim to avoid them altogether and slip a little into the occasion, the overall result will still land in good health. In other words: try your best, but don’t stress about perfection.

Any oil is bad for you anyway?

Asking this question means you already have the track! Once you know what to look for and find reliable staples, it’s easy to avoid highly refined, inflammatory oils.

As a starting point, let’s consider your child’s preferences Since crackers, granola bars, and muffins are usually snacks and treats rather than the primary food source, it’s best not to do so under any circumstances (whether or not they contain unhealthy oils).

That said, sometimes a kid (or adult!) Just wants a muffin. In this case, you should check the ingredients when buying any kind of snacks and treats Canola oil is a particularly common one for which caution is required. Most canola oils are chemically extracted using solvent hexane derived from hard petroleum before other steps such as bleaching and deodorization যার which require heat and heat-generated degradation. No need to remember this description! Just know that canola oil is not a complete or healthy food.

Other common offenders included Soybean oil, corn oil, grape oil and kusum oil. Like canola, they typically go through extensive industrial processing and often come from genetically modified, heavily pesticide-treated crops.

However, not all oils are unhealthy! What’s more, any type of oil production involves a certain amount of processing. The key is to keep them away from pesticide-laden crops that require large-scale processing in industrial plants. You can find and make a simple comparison of healthy and unhealthy oils here Download the Fat and Oil Free Guide here.

“But, Mom …”

Doesn’t that mean store-bought treats? Necessarily! More and more Palio and Primal brands are making helpful changes, including eliminating inflammatory seed oils and choosing better options for you, such as avocado oil and coconut oil. Read your labels closely, stick with brands you trust, and you’ll find healthy alternatives to satisfy that craving for packaged, ready-to-eat snacks and spices.

With a home-cooked card, you and your kids have healthier (or healthier) options! Our extensive recipe archive of primal treats and primal snacks is a great place to start. Also check out NomNom Paleo, where Paleo mom Michelle Tam shares a lot of kid-friendly food and food preparation inspiration.

Going the route above, you might as well Involve your child in this process: Gently plant seeds that “healthy food is delicious and cooking is fun.” Food choices start early and can be very difficult to change later. The smaller the steps you can take now to make healthy changes for yourself and your baby, the less likely they are to become entangled in helpless things later on.

Of course, the thing that rarely works is the pressure on kids’ healthy choices! One of the best things you can do is start eating and living without compromising too much. If you enjoy healthy, tasty food without extra hassle or stress, it will go a long way in nurturing healthy habits in children.

As a primary health trainer, it looks so cool! By simply changing your eating habits and eating habits, you will have a huge impact on what any little one sees.

And time to eat out?

The same goes for restaurants and hot bars: Ask about the ingredients, make polite requests, choose the best available options and remember that 80/20 rule.

Restaurants are often open to fry or grill vegetables and to serve any sauce or dressing on the side. If you find a restaurant willing to cook your meals in butter or olive oil, even better!

As more people make such requests and focus on unhealthy seeds and vegetable oils, more restaurants are taking notice and offering alternatives. As long as you are respectful and acknowledge that not all organizations are capable or willing to replace, asking never hurts and can help create change.

If your kids are watching, even better! This is a great opportunity for modeling type, respectful research and self-advocacy when starting a conversation about why food choices are important.

I understand that these are great things for little ones… and for hardworking parents who have a lot on their plate! Even by asking these kinds of questions and being wary of unhealthy seed oil, you are already doing great.

If you want to backup, consider working with a health trainer! It’s more accessible than you might think, and we can help you map out healthier solutions for you and your family. Visit to check it out and get started!

Is there any initial, kid-friendly behavior to share? Or tips to avoid seed oil while eating out? Drop them or other questions for me in the comments!



About the author

Chloe Maleski is a board-certified primary health instructor and personal trainer with a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She is also the head coach of myPrimalCoach, the premier online health coaching service designed to help you lose weight and keep your health under control for life.

If you want to lose weight, gain strength and energy, sleep well, reduce stress or manage a chronic health condition, myPrimalCoach can help. Take the MyPrimalCoach Health FAQ to take the first steps toward chronic health and wellness.

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Nutrition and mental health: what (and how) to eat

Across the internet, you will find magical-sounding solutions for anxiety, depression, brain fog and fatigue.

Eat these ancient mushrooms! Wear these crystals! Hang upside down!

Just feeling good was that easy.

Focusing on just one meal or supplement is like wearing a raincoat that only covers your left shoulder.

It is not enough to help you in the stormy weather of life.

First, only responsible for nutrition Part Images of mental and emotional health.

Things like exercise, stress management, sleep, social support and a sense of purpose are also important for feeling balanced, strong and capable.

Second, mental and emotional well-being depends A lot From various nutrients A lot Different foods.

(That one ancient mushroom Is not Treat your nutrition.)

In the infographic below, you’ll find ways to create an enhanced mental and emotional health “raincoat” – one that is durable (and full body).

If you are a coach …

Remember your practice opportunities: You cannot recommend certain foods, drinks, or supplements as one Treatment For depression, anxiety, or any other medical condition. For that your client doctor.

Here’s what you can do.

  • Support clients as they put their doctor’s advice into practice
  • Listen with curiosity and empathy when clients tell you about their struggles
  • Let clients know about supplements that can help এবং and encourage them to discuss that information with their doctor.
  • Recommend known dietary patterns to improve mental and emotional health

Download this infographic for your tablet or printer And follow the steps to create a diet that helps you think and feel better.


If you are a health and fitness pro …

Learning how to help clients manage stress and optimize sleep can drastically change your clients’ results.

They will become “unstacked” and eventually move on — they want to eat better, move more, lose weight or regain their health.

Also, it will give you confidence and credibility as a specialized trainer who can solve the biggest problems by blocking clients’ progress.

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More questions about creatine Marcus Daily Apple

Open container of white powder with scoop on wooden table surrounded by white complementary capsules.Creatine is a very popular supplement whose thousands of studies have shown its effectiveness in humans. It works well with athletes, adults, women, men, teenagers, vegetarians and vegetarians, and probably children. It is well tested, normally safe, and has very few bad aspects.

But since so many people use it, creatine also raises a lot of questions. Every time I post a post on Creatine, I get more questions in my inbox.

  • Is it the cause of hair loss?
  • How much should you take per day?
  • Have a good time taking it?
  • Will creatine make you gain weight?
  • And is creatine bad for the kidneys?
  • What about side effects – should we worry?

Let’s dig to the right and answer that question.

Creatine is the cause of hair loss?

This is a constant concern, but it is not a very difficult research loan. Much of the “evidence” lies in an old study where college rugby players took creatine for a few weeks and watched their dihydrotestosterone or DHT rise above the baseline. (Placebo control group did not see any increase in DHT). DHT is a more active or potent form of testosterone that has stronger anabolic effects. It can also attach to hair follicles and cause them to shrink, reducing your ability to support a thick, healthy scalp.

However, the baseline of the creatine group had low DHT levels, so it may be that creatine was only correcting the lower starting levels. Other studies on creatine and testosterone have failed to find any consistent link between creatine and higher testosterone, free testosterone (from which DHT is produced), or DHT itself.

Finally, there is no research that shows that taking creatine causes hair loss. It is not impossible or even impossible. It just didn’t show up precisely.

Legend has it that some people notice hair fall after the start of creatine, but these are the most difficult connection between the control group and drawing without good methods. Do they have to lose their hair anyway? Were there other reasons for the game?

How much creatine per day?

There are two basic techniques that people commonly use.

If you want to speed up the intake of creatine in the muscles, you can do a “loading phase” of 20 grams per day (divided into 4 doses) for a week before going down to 3 to 5 grams per day.

If you don’t, you can just take it 3 to 5 grams per day From going

Both strategies work just fine.

If you have a lot of muscle mass — and thus have high creatine storage capacity — or if you burn a lot of creatine with intense activity, you may benefit from a larger daily dose in the range of 8 to 10 grams.

You can probably do this once you have taken creatine to replenish your muscle store in sufficiently high doses (20 grams per day for 5 to 7 days, or 3 to 5 grams per day for 28 days, to give two general examples). Go away with your creatine “cycling”. Taking days off, doing low doses here and there. Even taking creatine “as needed” in the vicinity of prevention exercises, when you are really going to use it. I’m just guessing here, but I think I’m right.

Whenever you take creatine, make sure you drink plenty of water – more than usual. Otherwise it can cause stomach cramps.

Does creatine increase your weight?

In the first week your water weight will increase as the body stores water along with creatine. It is completely normal and usually subsides after a few weeks. But what about “real” weight? Is it the cause of actual weight gain?


Studies in both older men and older women have shown that creatine use increases body mass. In other words, their BMI would be “bad”.

What’s going on Is creatine bad, then?

On the contrary, Creatine will increase body mass, creatine has never been shown to cause fat gain. Creatine will probably help you gain lean muscle mass by helping you lift more weight in the gym, maintain high exercise intensity and set high-volume. Creatine is not directly gaining weight, but helping to enable it. This is “good weight”. This is the weight you want to gain. In all of these “increased body mass” studies, creatine increased their weight and their performance over a wide range of physical activity. It made them stronger.

Creatine can make you gain weight, but it is also a good type of lean mass.

When do I take creatine?

Creatine is more than a long-term supplement. It’s something you “load” on your muscle and once it gets there, it stays there until you spend it with intense activity. This is why many people go through the “loading” phase with 20 grams per day for a week until a small amount of tapping stops – they want to speed up the saturation of creatine storage.

However, there are indications that your creatine intake may affect how well it works in your body.

One study found that taking creatine immediately after a workout tended to lead to better strength, more fat mass, and lower fat mass in the bench press than taking creatine before exercise.

Another study using a creatine / carbohydrate / protein supplement found that it didn’t really matter if you took it before or after you took it closer to a workout. Creatine both before and after exercise was much more effective than taking it away from your workout, in the morning or at night.

Whatever you do, take it Off Training (before or after) seems to have the best effect.

Is creatine bad for the kidneys?

If you have healthy kidney function, creatine is safe. Urine creatinine secretion will increase, but it is considered a normal response to increased creatine intake and is a symptom Healthy Kidney function. Creatine supplementation has not been shown to cause impaired kidney function in healthy people with healthy kidneys at baseline. Although cases of renal dysfunction have “concomitant” creatine supplementation, all of these cases were confused by variables such as pre-existing kidney disease, overdose (usually recommended 100x), steroid use, and other drug use.

If your kidney health or function is poor, supplement creatine Maybe To be contraindicated, however, there are case reports of a young adult male with a kidney who was able to take creatine while eating a high protein diet and did not suffer any health consequences. Whatever you do, if you are worried about your kidneys or kidney function is impaired, consult your doctor before proceeding.

Are there any creatine side effects?

Nothing is right. There are some potential complications or side effects, but they are not inevitable and you can usually avoid them with a few basic tips.

Cramp: Drink enough water and drink less alcohol. Creatine increases the need for water, so make sure you drink enough water and get enough electrolytes. Read all about hydration here. Or just mix sea salt and Gerolsteiner mineral water with a lemon or lime juice. For severe electrolyte requirements, you can make my “Advanced Gatorade” by mixing blackstrap molasses in coconut water with some lime or lemon juice and salt.

Gas, bloating, diarrhea: You took too much. Make sure you are weighing and measuring your creatine dose. Also try to take creatine with some calories with food (how you usually get creatine in natural settings).

That’s about it, folks. If you have any other questions about creatine, drop them below


About the author

Mark Season is the founder of the Marx Daily Apple, the godfather of the early food and lifestyle movement and New York Times Its bestselling author Keto Reset Diet. His latest book Cato for life, Where he discusses how he integrates the Keto Diet with his early lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Author of many more books, including Mark Early blueprintWho was credited with turbocharging in 2009 for the growth of the early / Paleo movement. After three decades of researching and educating on why food is a key ingredient for achieving and maintaining optimal well-being, Mark started Primal Kitchen, a real-food company. Which makes Primal / Paleo, Keto and Hole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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