Monday, April 15, 2019

3 Weeks of 3-Ingredient Meals

Some of the biggest challenges that our nutrition clients face: not having enough time to prepare healthy food, not knowing what to cook, and sometimes just not having the energy to do it. I actually had a client recently ask me: “How do you overcome just not really wanting to cook?” Oh, yes, I’ve totally been there.

Not everyone loves cooking, but they still want to eat healthy meals. I personally love the idea of 3-ingredient “recipes” that you can throw together quickly and effortlessly. I don’t want to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. And I firmly believe that healthy eating doesn’t need to be super time-consuming or difficult.

Over the course of 3 weeks, you will receive eighteen 3-ingredient meal ideas. That’s six per week! Each one has simple ingredients that you can find at most grocery stores. Or, hey, you might already have them in your kitchen! The recipes are perfect for busy weeknights (be sure to pack up leftovers for lunch) and totally customizable to your taste and dietary preferences. Our family makes these meals again and again. I hope you find them as convenient, healthy, and delicious as we do!



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The Primal Blueprint Is For Life!

It’s Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Most of the people whose amazing and life-altering stories appear on MDA are submitted by people aged 50 or younger. Here is one to inspire not only you “young puppies” but hopefully “geezers” like Mark and me. I am the same age as our fearless leader Mark Sisson, and while my story and my life have gone totally differently than Mark’s [I was never a triathlete or even close], the end result is just as rewarding!

My name is Lloyd and I am 65, and in the best shape of my life – almost. In my late 20’s I smoked 2 packs a day and drank two or three mixed drinks every night – and I sported a 42 inch waist. A neighbor convinced me to start running [he ran marathons and weighed like 140 lbs.]. I started running 2 miles a day around a golf course in the neighborhood and ran a very slow 10 minute pace at first. I really liked the feel of the endorphins kicking in and I took to exercise for the first time in my life. Fast forward a few years and I was running 8 miles every day, rain or shine, in around 55 minutes. I had lost weight, but was still eating poorly, whatever my wife put on the table, and often second helpings.

Then we had a freak snow and ice storm, and running was out of the question – for weeks. I was used to doing something physical late in the afternoon so I bought a beginner set of weights and got hooked on bodybuilding. Even after the streets were passable, I kept lifting and soon joined a gym.

I didn’t realize this because I was a neophyte, but the gym I joined was very hardcore. Incandescent lights, bare floors, hard rock music, all guys, chalk flying, grunting and screaming everywhere, and lots of the members were on steroids. No, I never partook, but I did start lifting very heavy weights, and found I could. By two years later, I was very strong and about as big as a natural guy could be. I loved lifting heavy weights and having big muscles. I received a lot of encouragement from the other members and many gave me diet tips as they could see I was serious. The diet? Low fat, high protein and lots of carbs. Some days I ate almost 5-6,000 calories a day and had a 34 waist. At my peak I weighed about 250, with very low body fat. But I was in my 30s. As we age, a lot of things change.

Year after year, I trained the same way, and ate the same way, but by my mid 50s I could see changes happening – my weight was staying the same, but my waist was getting bigger. So I started doing a lot of cardio, all high-intensity, close to my max heart rate, big puddles of sweat under my exercise bike at the gym, and no weight loss!

I was really discouraged, began doing internet research, and I found MDA when it was pretty new. I bought Mark’s first edition of The Primal Blueprint, and it all made so much sense, I dove in 100%. No cheat days, no 80% 20%, I was all in. I started this new eating style at [you’ll love this] at a Thanksgiving Day buffet, lost 2 pounds the first day and about 25 pounds in a few months. Blood pressure went down, bad cholesterol down, good cholesterol up, my doc was amazed, as he was ready to put me on a statin.

I maintained the weight for years until Mark started talking about Keto. Once again, I went all in immediately [I had been eating Primally for so long that I passed Mark’s “test” with flying colors]. I also started using the myfitnesspal app to keep track of my food and nutrient intake. My goal was to lose another 10 pounds and get to 215, but it was so easy, I ended up as low as 204 and I have stayed within a few pounds of that for about 18 months now.

Like Mark, I stay right on the edge of ketosis, some days I might have 60g of carbs, but most of the time, under 40g. I also have found fasting for 24 hours easy to do with my travel schedule and about half of the time, with the exception of coffee and maybe a piece of cheese, I eat nothing until dinner. And I am NOT hungry!

Just one thing more I want to add. From all the years of heavy lifting, I have had back surgery, two total shoulder replacements, and one hip replacement. Yes, I am a poster child for getting rid of old joints that don’t work well anymore.

During each recovery period, I had to stop lifting and curtail cardio, which by the way is now mostly elliptical limited to 75% of my max heart rate. Because of my primal eating style, even sitting around with little to no exercise other than PT] while recovering from surgery, I never gained weight!

So am I a huge fan of Mr. Sisson and this lifestyle? Absolutely! It works, it’s not hard, and it’s for LIFE!

The readers featured in our success stories share their experiences in their own words. The Primal Blueprint and Keto Reset diets are not intended as medical intervention or diagnosis. Nor are they replacements for working with a qualified healthcare practitioner. It’s important to speak with your doctor before beginning any new dietary or lifestyle program, and please consult your physician before making any changes to medication or treatment protocols. Each individual’s results may vary.


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Giveaway: Cuisinart AirFryer + $300 in Primal Kitchen Products

I’ve got a success story coming up this morning, but first this….

We’ve teamed up with Cuisinart to offer an amazing giveaway…to two lucky winners.

Yup, two lucky winners will receive: 1 Cuisinart AirFryer, $200 of Primal Kitchen products, and a $100 gift card to All you have to do is enter by submitting your email address on this entry page.

The giveaway is open from April 15, 2019 to April 29, 2019.

Enter HERE FIRST and then get BONUS points/entries when you follow: @primalkitchenfoods, @marksdailyapple and @cuisinart on Instagram. Open to those who reside in the U.S. only. We’ll announce the winners April 30th!

And be sure to check out these Primal AirFryer recipes also on the giveaway page:

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Air Fried Guacamole

Good luck, everybody, and have a great week!


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Spring Fling

^^ How about that neon green spring vibe!? Our weather here has been flip flopping between April showers and May flowers. Friday was a rainy mess, Saturday morning the sun came out (above) and Sunday the rain was back! But I will take warm rain over freezing cold any day.

On Friday night Thomas’s mom offered to babysit so we could have a date night <3

We went back to Public because it’s our new favorite spot! We like sitting at the bar, but somehow we lucked out and got one of the window tables.

A plus for being earlybirds and going to dinner at 5:30: happy hour prices! Oysters are only $1.25 before 6pm.

The Big Island Pearls are our favorites. My favorites are the ones described as buttery.

We debated and debated a dinner strategy (mixed apps, mussels and sides, two entrees, one entree + app + sides) and finally settled on the big steam pot Thomas had been craving for a few visits. He was after those snow crab legs! We shared the pot plus a side of asparagus and fries. Those crab legs were goooooood!

Somehow we left the Keys without getting a really amazing slice of key lime pie. (I had one but it had a chocolate crust – no thank you!) Luckily Public’s is amazing. Super tart!

On Saturday morning I had toast with peanut butter before heading to the gym for athletic conditioning class. ‘Twas a good one!

I’ve had such fun testing out all of my products. So far I really like everything. I took some before pictures of my skin so I can compare in a few weeks/months.

Day on the left, night on the right.

Lunch was the last of our quiche from last week (with a detached crust!) and a homemade kale salad with bacon and avocado.

Birchie and I did a lot of snuggling while Thomas and Mazen went to Scott Stadium to greet the UVA bball champions!

I also did some prep for a patio party we hosted!

We had pork tacos for dinner. (I had two! Always two.)

We had a few ACAC friends over to enjoy the spring weather on the patio. Mr. B enjoyed all of the attention!

Mr. Mazen enjoyed staying up past bedtime and making a s’more. He’s wearing a headlamp, by the way. Such a great gadget for a kid.

On Sunday we did Sunday things: lazy breakfast, blog post writing, family time, lots of soccer, dinner.

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