Food And Training For Optimizing Mitochondrial Mass And Function At Mark’s Daily Apple

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Food, glorious food, there’s nothing quite like it!

Hi folks, welcome!

My goal is to continue (bad)pain-free exercise and Ironman training for as long as my old body will allow, and I know this takes continual work on optimal metabolism and a positive attitude.

mitochondrionI accompanied a friend of mine to the hospital for surgery the other day, which was wisely delayed for very good reasons, including the great attitude of the surgeon. During the trip, I told my friend what I had for breakfast that day, which comprised steamed spinach, three eggs from chickens who live almost entirely on bugs in the field, all garnished with shiitake mushrooms sautéed in pasture butter with a little garlic (got to put garlic on mushrooms, especially wild, edible mushrooms). My friend replied, to my surprise, “That was extravagant!Where better to invest your money than good food?

Happy surgeon, who made the right call - I was impressed.

Happy surgeon, who made the right call for my fried – I was impressed.

My yummy, filling breakfast was a Paleo Diet type recipe, leading me to thoughts of Mark Sisson’s excellent blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, and then to a question I was asked recently by one of my favorite, and most helpful, followers and fellow blogger, Marsha:

“What is mitochondrial mass?”

I was about to write a long post on the endobiotic theory concerning the origin of our energy factories, when I thought, “Maybe Mark has done if for me already?” And he had!

Eggs and bacon small fileHere’s the link to Mark Sisson’s excellent article, entitled, “Managing Your Mitochondria.Mark suggests lifting heavy things as a way to challenge your body. This is fine, except when you have an aortic aneurysm, when endurance training is more appropriate, and as Mark says in his article, that is a good way to promote mitochondrial proliferation, and improve the efficiency of energy production for life’s activities.

Thanks, Mark!

Hope that does the trick, Marsha?

Mark also discusses the issue of diet and mitochondrial health, so take a look, it’s great stuff.

I don’t plan to save money on the quality of my food, until I start running out of cash.

-k @FitOldDog



  1. OK, I understand mitochondrial mass. I have achieved great blood work #s by following plant-strong eating, including no oils which damage the walls of the veins & arteries. So, no coconut oil or olive oil; I cheat a bit here I admit. Oils are all empty calories anyway.

  2. You could cut out the chickens and go direct for the bugs.

  3. No coconut oil or olive oil? I thought they were good for you!

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