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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

Jicama, Carrots and Raspberries in a Thyme Dressing

Mark’s daily salad is so good that it’s easy to eat it every single day of the year. But it’s nice to change things up from time to time, so with the Primal Challenge in mind I wanted to share a rustic salad recipe that’s both tasty and uncomplicated. I frequently use it as an alternative to the Big Ass Salad. This salad is not “technically” a salad in the conventional way, as it contains no leafy greens, but it’s easy to put together and complements most poultry and seafood. The dish itself would also make a great midday snack.

The recipe starts with with healthy fats. Extra virgin olive oil and pine nuts are the central sources of nourishment, while fresh thyme gives the salad added flavor and aromatic oils. The raspberries, which are optional, add a delicious tartness. If you can get your hands on a fresh handful to throw in, it’ll be worth it, especially with the lime juice spritzed on top. Jicama, in all its wonderful versatility, provides crispness to the mixture that reminds me of kohlrabi or cucumber, but more satisfying.

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

The Prize:

Premium quality fish oil from a company you can trust.

The winners of today’s contest will each 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: Jicama, Carrots and Raspberries in a Thyme Dressing

To reiterate, comment on today’s OTHER post for a chance to win the t-shirt. Commenting on this post will get you nothing.

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Crab Cakes

Note from Mark: You’re on board with the challenge, but what should you eat? No worries. The Worker Bees and I have you covered. Every Saturday and Sunday during the 30-day challenge we’ll be bringing you some delicious Primal recipes. (Sorry, no Weekend Link Love for the next few weeks!) Enjoy!

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There are certain foods that people have very strong opinions about. Often, these opinions are regionally based. If you’ve ever been stuck in the middle of an argument about New York vs Chicago pizza, you know how heated the debate can get. Crab cakes also elicit a strong emotional response. Some cooks swear by Old Bay Seasoning, others use paprika. Some cooks add red pepper, others think it’s sacrilegious to use anything more than diced celery. But across the board, one ingredient seems to remains the same: breadcrumbs. You have to add breadcrumbs to crab cakes to bind them together. Or do you? Questioning these sort of food fallacies is a common practice for modern day Groks. Yes, breadcrumbs hold crab cakes together, but the main reason they’re in crab cakes is to act as filler, so restaurants don’t have to put as much crab in your cake. Making a perfectly delicious crab cake bound together solely by egg yolks is easy to do.

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Contest: Leave a Comment. Win a Shirt.

The Prize:

“Get Primal” with this 100% cotton t-shirt that lets people know you are a hardcore Grokker. This high-quality American Apparel brand t-shirt is perfect for your Primal lifestyle. Whether you’re playing, sprinting, lifting weights or just kicking back you will look good doing it in this Primal-approved apparel.

The winner of today’s contest will receive a free “Grok On!” T-shirt in their choice of size and color.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in today’s blog post: Crab Cakes

To reiterate, comment on today’s OTHER post for a chance to win the t-shirt. Commenting on this post will get you nothing.

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10 Baby Steps to Help You “Get Primal”

For this month’s 30-day challenge, we realize that everyone is starting from a different place. As much as we learn from our hardcore Grokkers, we welcome Primal newcomers with open arms and eager ears. We want to know their stories, their challenges, and the strategies that finally make it work for them. Some of us are the type to jump in the deep end of the pool and figure it out when we get to the bottom. Others of us dip our toes, scan the ladder placements, and study the grade of floor depth. Different strokes, we say.

Even as we accept that our own Primal journey will be different from the next person’s, it can be a little awkward or discouraging to be the one feeling out the shallow end while others are doing flips and belly flops in the deep side of the pool. We thought a post on baby-stepping, breaking down the transition into small and very manageable steps, might come in handy for many of our readers – newcomers, renewers, or even old-timers who are coaching friends and family in a Primal direction. Kick back and get brainstorming for your next baby step!

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Contest: Show Your Groceries

The Prize:

The week began with grass fed beef, the week ends with fresh, wild caught Alaskan salmon. Salmon is a top notch source of Omega 3’s, and you may know how important it is to choose wild caught salmon over factory farmed salmon. If you’ve read my book, you may have noticed that I mentioned SeaBeef.com as a great source of wild caught salmon. The winner of today’s contest will receive 5lbs of fresh Kenai River Sockeye Salmon overnighted to their home, courtesy of Trish and Sara from Wild Alaskan Salmon Company. If you want to buy your own fresh-caught fish from them, head to SeaBeef.com.

The Contest:

How Primal is your kitchen? You may have seen Time Magazine’s pictorial titled, “What the World Eats.” The photo shoot featured families from different countries surrounded by the foods they eat in a week. While some families are clearly eating healthier than others, I couldn’t help but notice the thorough infiltration of Coca-Cola into the world diet, or the high percentage of processed foods consumed by any given family. So, I’m asking you to take your own pictures. Round up the kids (or parents, or fiance, or roommates) and toss all the groceries on the table, because I want people to see “What Grok Eats.” The pictures don’t have to be fancy, nor do they have to be 100% Primal (or even 80%, just so long as people can see what you eat in a week). Mad props go to the most Primal family, but the winner will be selected in a random drawing, so don’t feel obliged to play “Keeping up with the Grokses.” Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Groceries Contest”. As long as there are groceries on the table and smiling faces, you’re entered to win.

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