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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: August 2009

Unconventional Ways to “Get Primal”

Our previous instructions for getting Primal pretty much fell exactly in line with the Ten Laws. Not too exciting, but they worked.

How about some unconventional methods? You may be stepping outside of your comfort zone a bit, but that’s a good thing. Though I’m a big proponent of baby steps, sometimes (and especially for certain personality types) a massive change is precisely what we need to make progress. Besides, there’s not a whole lot about us that’s conventional in the first place, so I figured it wouldn’t be too drastic a leap.

Carry a Big Rock

This may sound harebrained, but I’m going to go with it. While out for a customary evening neighborhood walk with the wife last week, I happened across an enormous rock hidden in some bushes. It appeared to be of ornamental ilk, but since it had been abandoned to the elements, I felt no guilt in heaving it up to my shoulders and continuing on my way. I made sure to use proper form, of course – setting the back, keeping the core tight, lifting with the hips – without any issue, but getting the damn thing back to the house was a feat. In fact, I felt no compulsion to hit the weights as previously planned; my trek back to camp, rock in tow, was sufficiently grueling and my entire body was exhausted. Throughout the walk, I was constantly shifting it around from shoulder to shoulder. Its weight was such that keeping it in a single position for the duration wasn’t possible, and I think the constant movements made it all the more dynamic.

Next time you’re out on a walk, keep your eyes peeled for heavy objects. Rocks, tree stumps, truck tires, whatever’s bulky and difficult to carry home. Make like Grok and carry it back to camp for a great Primal workout and a decidedly Primal activity. Even better, you’ll always have an unconventional (and totally free) piece of exercise equipment to use.

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Contest: Show Your Fridge. Win Oils.

The Prize:

There are so many healthy oils. Olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil. Why not have all three!

Tropical Traditions has donated a quart of gold label virgin coconut oil for today’s prize. And they’re tossing in a bottle of coconut water vinegar as an added bonus. For more on why coconut oil is so healthy, read my post. And if you’re interested in receiving Tropical Traditions’ newsletter about sales and specials, sign up here.

Also included is a bottle of organic, extra virgin olive oil, courtesy of Informed Living. Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and Informed Living includes the antioxidant and polyphenol profile right on the bottle. Very good stuff.

And because fish oils are so healthy, I’ve included a bottle of my own to round out today’s prize package.

The Contest:

Send me a pic of your fridge. Open your fridge, snap a shot, send it in, and you’re entered. Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Fridge”. As long as it’s a fridge, it’s open, and there’s food inside, you’re entered to win!

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Contest Results: Q&A with Mark

Congratulations to Ed, Wyatt, Ken, VN, and Dan. You have won copies of The Primal Blueprint.

As Aaron mentioned, we received nearly 250 fantastic questions. I could spend the next few months writing blog posts to address these questions exclusively. Needless to say, I’ll be using the comment board as a source of future MDA fodder, so check back often for answers to all of your questions.

What do you think of this video? It was our first time doing it this way, so it was a bit of an experiment. Do you like the format? There are a number of things I’d do differently in the future, but if you generally enjoy video content let me know and I’ll see about making this a regular feature of the blog.

Speaking of multi-media features on Mark’s Daily Apple, what does everyone think of a podcast? Would you be inclined to listen to an internet radio program in which I answer reader questions, hold interviews and discuss the Primal lifestyle? It’s just in the idea phase now, so I’d like to get a feeling for whether you’d be interested before putting it all together.

Thanks again to everyone for participating in this contest. Grok on!

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Contest: Show Your Breakfast. Win 5 Gallons of Fat.

The Prize:

5 gallons of fat. That’s 36 pounds of pure, grass fed beef tallow, coming to you in a giant bucket. It’s the perfect prize if you want to cook ham and eggs for a family of 4000, or if you want to play Santa to all your Primal friends.

Animal fats are tasty, and while you can render your own, it’s much easier to let someone else melt the cow. Enter US Wellness. US Wellness Meats is a one stop shop for the Primal eater, and today’s prize is donated by founder John Wood. Read more about why his meats are so healthy, and visit his site if you want to order your own fat bucket, slab of grass fed beef, or homemade pemmican.

The Contest:

Send me a pic of your breakfast. The fatter, the better. Does it have eggs? Great. Bacon? Even better. Do you like to start every day with a porterhouse floating in a bowl of lobster and butter? Then you might have a problem, but you get the idea. Take a snap shot of it and send it in. Anything goes, but I better not see any Special K. If Special K is still your idea of healthy, then frankly, why are you trying to win 5 gallons of fat? Mad props go to the fattest, most Primal breakfast, but the winner will be selected in a random drawing. Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Breakfast”. As long as it’s your breakfast and it’s not cereal, you’re entered to win.

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Primal Blueprint Workout Plan: The Basics

Based on the feedback I get, people like the Primal Blueprint for its simplicity. All it takes is a reasonably strict adherence to the ten Primal laws for most people to enjoy improved body composition, increased strength and general fitness, better sleep, and reduced inflammatory markers. The dietary component in particular is easy, simply because it stresses the inclusion of good fats, ample protein, and quality carbohydrates – the very same foods that have been naturally selected to appeal to our taste buds – but some have trouble with Primal fitness.

At first glance, this shouldn’t be an issue. No more chronic cardio and no more hour-and-a-half long workouts on the machines at the gym? Great – sign me up! But for those of you coming from a highly-structured fitness background of classes and strict schedules (which is most people, especially newcomers to the Health Challenge with their wrists still smarting from the shackles of Conventional Wisdom), putting the free-flowing, spontaneous Primal fitness concepts into practice can take, well, some practice. It sounds fantastic in theory, but we’re left with that lingering question: what, then, to do (and when, and how, and how often)?

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Contest: Primal Post-Its

The Prize:

Another pair of Vibram Fivefingers! If you’ve read Mark’s Daily Apple at all in the last few years, you probably know how much we love these things. In fact, several Daily Apple all-stars are featured in the Vibram Fivefingers fan blog. The winner will receive a choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers.

The Contest:

Originally inspired by MizFit’s execution of Operation Beauty, for today’s contest you’ll need a sharpie and some Post-its.

It’s one thing to chat in an online forum about going Primal, it’s another to spread the word to your grocer, your banker, or the guy who goes to the gym to talk on his cell phone. It’s time for you to leave a Primal message for total strangers to see…

It’s probably easier to show you what I mean than to tell you (below you’ll find some examples), but the idea is to provide a humorous, tongue-in-cheek, or poignant statement about the modern world with a simple Post-It note and a dash of wit. It’s the world seen through a Primal lens.

Email me your photos by clicking here.

I’ll accept both real photos and Photoshop images (I’ve included a few of both).

You don’t have to use a Post-It and a sharpie. Any manner of paper products and writing devices will suffice.

It probably goes without saying, but please no vandalism or law-breaking. If you pull a Tyler Durden and blaze a 40 foot Grok in torches across the side of a Ramada Inn, you definitely won’t get a pair of Vibrams.

I hope you can have fun with this contest. I know the Worker Bees and I have.

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