30 Primal Hacks for the Fall Season
Markís Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: The
Doctor Told Me He Could Not Believe†It
Yes, yes, I
know. Iím getting in somewhat under the wire here. For those of
you in the Northeastern U.S. who got an early helping of winter
this weekend, you have my sympathies. As a native New Englander,
I love fall but know it goes all too fast.... As beautiful as autumn
is, I think it presents some Primal challenges Ė for us moderns
as it undoubtedly did for our ancestors. Itís darker. Itís colder.
Food is generally more expensive Ė particularly the sensitive summer
produce. We might get different cravings
or be more likely to put on weight in these months. We may even
feel our own inclinations toward semi-hibernation. While some of
us keep our routines the same throughout the year, I know others
prefer to make seasonal changes. Our motivations vary. We want to
money or work with whatís more readily available. We know ourselves
and understand that we need to switch out the summer workout to
stay in shape during the more inclement months. Weíre dealing with
busier schedules, more stress,
or less productive sleep.
Or maybe weíre just interested in making some changes more in line
with approximated ancestral conditions. Whatever your intention,
Iíve got some Primal hacks for making the most of the fall
1. Take advantage
of the fall hunting
seasons to build some winter stores (with the proper licenses and
training, of course).
2. Follow Grandmaís
example and learn to can
to cheaply preserve
the last of this this yearís harvest.
3. Make some
canned treats (e.g. jams and apple butter) to enjoy and some to
give away for the coming holidays.
4. Start a
windowsill indoor herb
5. Try out
one of those countertop lettuce growers. (Reviews, anyone?) Or,
if youíre particularly ambitious, take on a larger hydroponic project.
6. Be ready
to snatch up post-Thanksgiving
poultry deals, or scout out some good ones now before too many
people start their turkey-shopping. You can usually get good bulk
deals from area farms.
7. Along those
same lines, fill your freezer with the last meat
shares for the year.
8. Invest in
a dehydrator and go to town with all manner of veggies and fruit.
Make a store of apple
chips for the kids.
9. Freeze some
produce items you donít want to can or dehydrate. If you can blanch
and shock, youíll have some good greens handy for hearty
winter soups later.
10. While weíre
on the subject of soups, donít waste those poultry carcasses and
roast remnants. Make and freeze some homemade stocks
for soups, stews, and sauces. (Trust me, youíll never buy packaged
in recalibrating your diet to seasonality?
back your fruit consumption. Think more along the lines of salad
component than whole pieces.
never a better time to begin
an organ meat cooking repertoire. (Hint: the PB
cookbooks and MDA
recipe archive offer enticing recipes to get you started.)
13. Learn to
love (and cook) low(er) carb root
vegetables. Think mashed,
scalloped, roasted, baked, or added to stews
neighborhood run not doing it for you anymore? Make the added effort
to pick out new and inspiring
places for outdoor workouts and family fun.
15. Warm up
inside before heading out. The cool air will then feel especially
refreshing and exhilarating.
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November 4, 2011
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