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Archive for August, 2009

18 Aug

Contest: Show Your Lunch. Get Maced.

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The Prize:

A short mace! We’ve talked maces before; they’re Primal, they’re effective, and they’re so darned fun. Today’s mace comes from Stronger Grip. No overseas, mass-produced, Wal-Mart brand fitness here. These things are hand crafted by Ryan Pitts in his garage in a small town in Iowa. He sent me one a few weeks back, and the Worker Bees have been taking mace breaks ever since (no broken windows or computers yet, but we’ve really got to start using it outside). If you’re interested in buying your own, Stronger Grip is offering a 5% discount to anyone who mentions my name when calling to order.

The Contest:

Send me a pic of your lunch. Is it a big ass salad? Is it a giant wad of pemmican? Whatever it is, I want to see it. Like the breakfast contest, I’ll be making a collage of photos out of the submissions, so feel free to glam your ham or pimp your shrimp with photogenic garnish. But of course, the winner will be selected in a random drawing, so any snap shot will do. Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Lunch”. As long as it’s your lunch and it’s not mac & cheese, you’re entered to win.

17 Aug

The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge: Progress Report

The Prize:

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The winner of today’s Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Progress Report Contest will receive their choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in this blog post describing your experience on the Primal challenge thus far, and do it in 3 sentences or less.

How does the reality of achieving your challenge goals compare to how you thought it would be when you began the challenge? Has it been easier? More difficult? Are you happy with your early challenge results? What does Primal living mean to you?

17 Aug

Contest Results: Primal Breakfast Pics

TamaraBHall 2Last week I asked you to send in pics of your Primal breakfasts. Nearly 100 fantastic photos flooded my inbox. I’ve included them all below. (Click on the thumbnails for full size versions.)

These photos stand to represent the variety of breakfasts on the Primal eating plan and how delicious Primal foods are. I know many people find the breakfast to be the most difficult meal to figure out when making the transition to the Primal lifestyle. Many of us grew up on Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, English muffins, waffles, pancakes and toaster strudels as early morning staples. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Revisit this page from time to time for Primal breakfast ideas, and point skeptical friends and family to this page to see their mouths water.

I’ve randomly selected a winning photo. The lucky MDA reader that submitted the photo has just won 5 gallons of fat from U.S. Wellness. Yes, you read that right. 5 gallons of fat – beef tallow to be precise. And the lucky winner is…

16 Aug

Simple Celery and Almond Salad

celery saladCelery has never really enjoyed the starring role in dishes that other vegetables do. It’s not that celery isn’t worthy. The vegetable is inexpensive, stays fresh for weeks, has a mild and pleasing flavor, a nice crunch and is a great source of vitamins and fiber. But it’s sort of the Chris Cooper of the kitchen, always an amazing supporting actor but never a leading man.

With this salad, celery finally gets to be the star. You’ll be surprised how tasty the crisp, clean flavor of celery is, especially during the hot days of summer. The leaves on the top of a celery stalk are usually discarded and this is a shame. Filled with vitamin C, calcium and a lot flavor, the leaves can be added to the salad as well. Almonds are a key ingredient, adding the richness that celery lacks. The parsley dressing adds additional flavor and fat. These ingredients are incredibly easy to find at any grocery store and take only a few minutes to toss together. The recipe is a simple way to both stay on track and try something new during the Primal Blueprint Health Challenge.

16 Aug

Contest: Leave a Comment. Win a Bottle of Fish Oil.

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Premium quality fish oil from a company you can trust.

The winner of today’s contest will receive a bottle of Primal Nutrition’s Vital Omegas. One bottle contains 90 soft gel capsules each filled with 300 mg of EPA and 200 mg of DHA.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in today’s blog post: Simple Celery and Almond Salad

To reiterate, comment on today’s OTHER post for a chance to win the fish oils. Commenting on this post will get you nothing.

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