Sunday, November 27, 2016

Top Athleisure Deals for Cyber Monday

Ok, so I know I’m not a fashionista, but I do know a thing or two about “athleisure” style. I’m a casual person, I work from home, and I love to be active, so I live and breath athleisure everyday. I also love a good deal, especially on Cyber Monday, so here are my top picks for pieces to stock up on for the New Year or purchase for the special someone in your life this holiday season. (And, of course, you can always send these links to your loved ones as a subtle hint!) Happy shopping, friends! I hope you score some awesome deals today! 🙂

The Best Athleisure Finds for Cyber Monday

Athleta Downieville CYA Vest // take an extra 20% off

Reebok Mesh Moves Legging // 40% off site-wide today with code CYBER

Reebok Elements Winter Pack Quilted Sweatshirt

Reebok Quik Cotton Vest

Old Navy Go-Warm Performance Fleece Hoodie Pullover //40% off site-wide

Old Navy Go-Dry Funnel-Neck Pullover

Zella ‘Frosty’ Asymmetrical Zip Pullover <— Nordstrom //

Zella ‘Live In’ Midi Leggings

Zella ‘Heartwarmed’ Cowl Neck Pullover

Brooks Vanguard Heritage Sneakers // free shipping + free returns

Brooks Women’s Dash Hoodie

Various athletic sneakers are 30% off on Amazon today! Well, hello, CrossFit Speeds, Lifters, and Nanos!

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Weekend Link Love – Edition 428

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Compared to Bronze Age Europeans and contemporary Northern Europeans, Southern Europeans tend to be better at converting short chain PUFAs (linoleic acid and ALA) into long chain PUFAs (arachidonic acid, EPA, DHA).

The results of many clinical trials are never published. Why’s that?

Teens are better at math in the mornings (PDF).

Vitamin D protects worms against aging and Alzheimer’s.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 144: Matt and Keris Whitmore: Host Brad Kearns chats with UK-based Matt and Keris about the link between your skin and your overall health, how training in hot weather affects your gut, what keto means for your training, the release of their new book Paleo Primer: A Second Helping, and much more.

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

As with seemingly everything, autophagy has a dark side.

On work.

Media, Schmedia

Millennials are spending so much time sitting in front of screens that they’re getting varicose veins, hemorrhoids, bad backs, and bum knees. Next up: AARP memberships.

Meanwhile, dementia rates are dropping even as the population ages.

Everything Else

When it comes to studying the relationship between saturated fats (or any single nutrient) and heart disease, context matters.

You know our soda intake is excessive when you use “bathtubs” as a unit of measurement.

Rwandan gorillas are conducting uncharacteristic acts of mob violence.

Every Thanksgiving, backyard football injuries skyrocket.

Where’s a hyphen when you need one?

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Editorial every MD should read: “More clarity needed on the true benefits and risks of statins.”

Product that keeps ending up in my mouth: Our new Primal Kitchen Chocolate Hazelnut Bar, which is like a better, chewier version of Nutella that doesn’t leave you weeping with regret at 3 AM in a pile of empty jars.

Articles I’m flabbergasted had to be written: “Let’s face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm.”

News I enjoyed: People are Googling the hell out of turmeric, kefir, and other functional foods.

News I did not enjoy: 85% of food in the U.S. contains pesticide residues (PDF).

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Nov 27 – Dec 3)

Comment of the Week

“The technical revolution of food is so 1850.”

Joselyn Hoffman Schutz – in response to the “Can Techies Improve Food?” Facebook posting


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Can’t Take More Steps Each Day? Then Take Faster Ones

An entire industry of fitness-tracking devices has sprung up to support the expert-recommended goal of taking 10,000 steps daily. And while that’s a great amount to shoot for, a new study has shown that if you can’t get in quite that many steps a day, there are other ways to reap the same health benefits. The study, published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, shows that if you (like the average American) can get in only 5,000 to 7,000 steps daily, the trick is to pick up the pace for about half of them.

Walking at a brisk pace (which the researchers defined as 100 or more steps per minute) should be your goal for at least 30 minutes a day, in order to reduce a variety of cardiometabolic risk factors. The other key finding was that no matter how many steps you get in daily, it pays to try to reduce the amount of time you spend not moving at all.

Need help achieving those goals? Here are some tips from Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian and certified strength and conditioning specialist, to get you moving.

How to limit sedentary time:

  • Invest in a standing desk (or one that lets you both sit and stand) so that you sit less at work.
  • Set a reminder on your phone to get up and move around at least once an hour.
  • Use the restroom on the floor above or below your office — and take the stairs there and back.
  • Take a conference call on your headset and walk around the office or a nearby park while you talk.
  • Keep your stationary bike or treadmill in front of the TV to sneak in some exercise instead of just lounging on the couch.

How to get in more brisk walking:

  • When you’re walking, focus on taking quicker steps, not longer strides.
  • Keep a pair of sneakers in the car or in your office so you can slip them on and take advantage of any opportunity to get in some faster-paced walking.
  • Speed walk through your errands. Get your heart rate up as you walk between stores. Going to only one store? Park in the farthest corner of the parking lot and speed walk to the store.
  • You’ll know you’re walking at the right pace if you can carry on a conversation but would be out of breath if you moved any faster.

Sally Wadyka is a Boulder, Colorado-based journalist who writes about nutrition, health and wellness.

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Life Since Thanksgiving…

Hi, guys! Happy Sunday!

Just wanted to check-in and say ‘hello’ since I haven’t blogged since Wednesday. Holy cow. I’m pretty sure that’s the longest CNC has gone without a new post. I took a few days off to relax and unwind with my family during the Thanksgiving holiday, and, man, it was much-needed and so, so, so nice. Anyway, I just wanted to share what we’ve been up to since last Thursday!

Thanksgiving partner WOD at Salt Shack followed by iced coffees (and a “no-nut” sample for Qman) at Coffee Shack. It was a really nice way to start Thanksgiving! And a shout-out to Mal, who wore turkey socks to the workout. Brooks also makes Christmas socks in both the crew and ankle sizes. FYI: Both styles are 30% off right now. And, hey, it’s the perfect time to stock up for holiday road races! 🙂

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Thanksgiving dinner with my family was wonderful. It was great to see everyone and the food was excellent, especially the killer dessert spread. Our family LOVES dessert (so much, in fact, my aunt owns a handmade chocolate business), so I made it a point to save room to try a few! 🙂

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I made Cauliflower Stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner and, oh my gosh, I am OBSESSED with the recipe. Guys, it really does taste like stuffing! I actually made another batch just yesterday because I want to eat it everyday for the rest of my life… or at least everyday until the end of the year. C’mon, I’m not crazy.

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We gave Quinn one of his Christmas presents a little early, and it was a huge hit. I bought him this constellation nightlight and it arrived the day before Thanksgiving. I knew we’d drive home from my Grammie’s house after dark, so we surprised him with it in the car… and, guys, the excitement on his face was priceless. He absolutely loved it. Best toddler surprise ever!

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Watching the National Dog Show with Murphy on Thanksgiving evening. It’s a yearly tradition, but, this year, Murphy watched from the couch. Lucky dog.

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Exchanging anniversary gifts with Mal. I made him a Chatbook from my Instagram account (basically, ALL photos of Quinn) and he absolutely loved it. Qman pointed to every page and said “me” with such glee. It was super cute.

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FYI: Chatbooks are the bomb. Not sponsored. I have no relationship with the company; I just think they are the coolest thing ever. I also made a Chatbook for my mom for her birthday (once again, all photos of Qman), and she loved it too. The Chatbook software links right to your Instagram account, so it makes it SO EASY to create one (unlike a lot of those photobook sites out there). Right now, Chatbook is offering 20% OFF EVERYTHING. Just use code: MERRY20. Ends 11/28.

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My anniversary gift from Mal: Zella ‘Frosty’ Asymmetrical Zip Pullover! I lovvvvveee it. It’s so soft and cozy. I’m so happy that my not-so-subtle hints worked! 🙂

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Last night, Mal and I celebrated 13 years together!

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We went to dinner at Galley Kitchen & Bar in Scituate after hearing rave reviews from a number of our friends.

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Galley serves small plates/tapas, so Mal and I had a little fun picking out what to order.

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We ordered the Prosciutto Wrapped Dates, Fried Oyster Slider, Grilled Shrimp, Hog Shanks, and Drunken Mussels, and we had mixed reviews. We really liked the Hog Shanks (with the ranch dressing = incredible), Grilled Shrimp, and Mussels, but the other two plates weren’t all that great. I’m sure it’s what we picked, but, meh, we weren’t fans. Even still, we loved the vibe of Galley and would definitely visit again.

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When we finished eating dinner, it wasn’t even 7:00 pm, so we headed to Legal C Bar to continue our night out.

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The featured white wine flight was awesome. All my favorites!

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We also ordered a spicy tuna roll to share.

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And a dessert martini? Yes, please! Mal and I had such a fun time celebrating together!!

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Unrelated to anything: Since Thanksgiving, I’ve pretty much eaten this entire box of Honey Nut Chex by myself. I forgot how delicious they are! Can’t stop, won’t stop.

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And, finally, our little family is gearing up for the holidays. We’re decorating our house today and getting our Christmas tree tonight. And mark your calendars for the 5th Annual 24 Days of Togetherness! I should have a blog post up later this week if you want to join in on the holiday fun!

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Question of the Day

What have you been up to since Thanksgiving?

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