Sunday, October 2, 2016

Newport + Other Weekend Things

Hello and happy Monday, friends!

Did you have a nice weekend? We spent part of our weekend down in Newport, Rhode Island for our annual family trip.


Fun fact: Even though Qman is only 2 years old, this year was technically his 4th annual Newport trip. Figure that one out! 🙂

When we arrived, we did our usual Friday evening routine: Lugging way too much stuff inside, building a fire, and then ordering take-out Thai food for dinner.


Our trip always starts out kind of like this, and I know I definitely look forward to a low-key Friday evening in Newport.



On Saturday morning, we were all awake bright and early. As some of you know, vacation with a toddler is not really a vacation, so we headed straight to Empire Coffee & Tea Co. #coffeeme It was pouring rain when we left the apartment, but I was more than happy to break out my Hunter boots! 🙂

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After that, we headed home to relax and get ready for the day. Breakfast was at Ocean Breeze Cafe Lorusso’s, which is another annual tradition that we all enjoy. But, this time, we were rather disappointed with our experience. The food– while it sounded delicious– was not fresh. We ordered the fruit plate to share and a bunch of the grapes were MOLDY… like, legit moldy. Not like “on their last day,” but rotten. And it wasn’t just one or two grapes. It was pretty much all of them. Eww. I ordered the frittata and it tasted like it had been sitting around for days. It was rubbery and flavorless. Boo. Quinn’s pancake was quite tasty as well as the breakfast potatoes, so I guess it wasn’t all bad.

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After breakfast, we headed out to explore Newport.

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It was still lightly raining, so we headed straight for the arcade!

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Qman had so much fun and hit the jackpot with tickets. We still have no idea what he did to win so many, but they just kept coming out of the game he was playing. I think he had like 100 by the end! Haha!

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Quinn cashed-in his tickets for some pretty cool toys! 🙂

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After the arcade, we wandered around Newport some more. It was just about nap time and Qman was starting to get tired, so we switched strollers so he could lay down. He ended up falling asleep, so Mal and I took advantage and grabbed lunch at a nearby restaurant. The food was actually much better than expected and Quinn slept for quite a long time, so it was a win-win for everyone!


On Sunday morning, I busted out 10 miles and actually felt pretty good– much better than my first 10-miler when I thought I was going to die of thirst!

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Sunday afternoon involved a small-ish meal prep for the week:

Our dinners this week are pretty easy, so I didn’t have a ton of prep to do. Plus, one is a new one-pot recipe that I’m testing out. I’ll definitely share on CNC if it turns out well! 🙂

Also, just a quick FYI: The Easiest Chicken Fajitas You’ll Ever Make are even easier when you use a bag of frozen peppers and onions. (I like the fire-roasted ones from Trader Joe’s.) You literally just dump the bag on top of the chicken breasts, add some butter and fajita seasoning, and then pop it all in the oven. So. Frigging. Easy. I usually serve this meal over cauliflower rice mixed with regular white rice.

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I’m on a mission to find the best pumpkin yogurt. So far, I’ve tried the Oh My Yog! pumpkin pie from Stonyfield, which was excellent, and the one from Trader Joe’s, which wasn’t great. The flavor was just eh, and I think I remember reading “modified corn starch” in its list of ingredients. I tried the pumpkin pie flavor from Green Mountain Creamery yesterday, and it is SO GOOD. I actually think it’s my favorite right now. The flavor, consistency, and ingredients are all awesome. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for this one!

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Omggggggg, I’m still dying over this Snapchat filter!!!!! LOL!

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Question of the Day

What’s your favorite brand of pumpkin yogurt? 


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Weekend Link Love – Edition 420

weekend_linklove in-lineIf you’re pinterested in winning a gift certificate to Whole Foods, enter this Primal Kitchen Pinterest contest.

Research of the Week

On the causality—or lack thereof—of the gut biome’s association with obesity.

Going barefoot in the classroom makes kids more enthusiastic about school.

Where you carry your fat affects your risk of heart disease.

The role of mitochondrial hormesis in exercise training.

Strong kids become healthy adults.

Structured exercise reduces disability burden in older people, partially by helping them bounce back from periods of immobility.

Intervals may be more efficient than steady-state cardio, but not if you hate running them.

Scientists may have created a universal flu vaccine.

Morning sickness predicts a reduced risk of miscarriage.

Trampoline training is fun and effective.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 136: Beverly Meyer — Beverly Meyer is an expert on Vitamin K2 with 30 years of experience as a naturopathic practitioner. To learn more than you thought possible about this vital, largely unknown nutrient, listen to Elle and Beverly’s conversation. 

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

One wonders how many of these catastrophic “one line” code errors we’re missing.

Do bugs ever feel sad?

Primal Kitchen makes a pledge to support non-GMO month.

Media, Schmedia

Lessons from an unexpected stroke at 26.

A school is replacing detention with meditation.

Ethnic Chinese may have lived (and died) in Roman London.

Everything Else

In light of growing evidence that it doesn’t actually exist, the original “power pose” promoter, researcher, and TED-talker has completely turned on her creation.

Is awe always awesome?

Crows are such jerks. I can’t help but love them.

Sleep deprivation really messes you up.

I hope whoever becomes president bans these scourges, these threats to public safety.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Business: My line of PRIMAL KITCHEN™ avocado dressings was a finalist in New Hope Network’s 2016 NEXTY Awards. Pretty excited about it.

Podcast: I enjoyed Eileen Laird’s chat with Elle Russ on the Phoenix Helix podcast. Worth a listen.

Event: I gave a speech on Primal Endurance principles at the Bulletproof Conference last weekend in Pasadena, CA. Great people. Great fun.

Article: “I Used to Be a Human Being”—Andrew Sullivan, on the toll hyperconnectivity takes.

Fun fact: Roller coasters may help you pass a kidney stone.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Oct 2 – Oct 8)

Comment of the Week

Well, now you’ve done it. I have to go find something heavy and heave it into the air, then throw my head back and roar. My neighbors already think I’m weird.

– But we don’t, His Dudeness.


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Kombucha: Good or Bad?

With the exploding popularity of fermented foods, it’s likely that kombucha has ended up on your radar or even in your fridge. But is this drinkable fermented tea worthwhile?

The Good
A concoction of tea, sugar, fruit juice, bacteria and yeast are combined to create a pungent and slightly fizzy beverage. Homemade and store-bought versions require a jelly-like substance known as the “mother” or “scoby,” which introduces bacteria and yeast into the flavored liquid that’s then allowed to ferment. This drink is often touted for its tummy-pleasing probiotics plus numerous B vitamins. Some blends also include additional fiber and Omega-3 fats from add-ins like chia seeds, greens, herbs and algae.

The Bad
A potential downside of these drinks is the wide range of nutritional variation. Depending on the ingredients, calories can range from 60 to 160 per (16 fluid ounce) bottle. The fermenting process also creates a small amount of alcohol. Though they are desirable for their probiotic content, these beneficial bacteria are destroyed by pasteurization. Unpasteurized or “raw” varieties are available but could pose a food safety risk, as potentially harmful bacteria could grow in the liquid. For this reason, folks with weaker immune systems, including young children, elderly people and pregnant women, should steer clear.

The taste of these drinks also gets mixed reviews and often is described as sour, earthy and vinegary.

The Verdict
If you can stand the pungent flavor of these drinks, there’s nothing wrong with swigging certain types of kombucha. It’s wise, however, to check nutrition facts before sipping.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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Fall Half Marathon Training: Week 4

Good morning and happy Sunday!

I’m actually getting ready to head out for a long run this morning, but I wanted to share my workout recap from last week. It was a decent week overall, but I really wish I had done more running/working out, but, with travel to both Chicago and Newport, I’m happy that I was able to fit in at least a couple of runs this week.



Row 200 meters

10 S2OH #95
10 “Stir the Pot” abs on stability ball

–Rest 3 minutes–

Row 200 meters
15 Box Jumps
10 Sit-Ups

TUESDAY: 6.5 miles

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THURSDAY: 3 miles 

FRIDAY: CrossFit


The V-Ups totally got me. I really need to work on my core. It’s been over 2 years since I’ve had Qman!


Deals on Exercise Gear


Downplay Capri – I am obsessed with these comfy pants, and I practically live in jogger styles nowadays. I just throw on a pair of sneakers, and I’m good to go! Perfect for lifestyle/running errands!

Chi Tank Extra Long – Plain tanks for working out are my jam! These ones are lightweight, soft, and totally affordable right now!

Streaker Running Capris – My favorite running capris! I actually own two pairs in different colors because I love them and wear them so much. Trust me, you need them in your life!

Racey Split Shorts – These are such great shorts and only $22 right now!

Rowing machine – This rowing machine is 50% off right now!! I’ve always wanted a rowing machine for at-home workouts because they’re such a great full-body workout and don’t take up a ton of vertical space (like in basements with low ceilings). I’m so tempted to buy one!!

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