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Archive for August, 2009

13 Aug

The Primal Blueprint for Busy People – Part 1: Sleep and Stress

multitaskLast week we took on the eternal “no time” excuse in our “No Better Time than the Present” post, and we were thrilled by the response. Readers offered their own efficiency strategies as well as continuing challenges for fitting in all their Primal goals. Busy. Hectic. Maybe a few moments of frantic thrown in there. It seems most of us fit into this category these days – some voluntarily, some not so much. Life just won’t slow down. In response we’re always looking to get more done in less time.

13 Aug

Contest: Grokku!

beef pemmicanThe Prize:

Earlier this week US Wellness donated a 5 gallon bucket of fat as a prize (you’re not too late to enter that contest if you haven’t already). Today they’re giving away fresh, grass fed pemmican. It’s the original Eskimo energy bar, and US Wellness is pretty much the only place on the web you can find it. You can make your own, but I’m betting you’ll like US Wellness’ pemmican better. The winner will receive 6 bars of each flavor, original, honey and cherry free, and salt free (that’s 18 bars of meaty goodness). What do you have to do to win? Start counting your syllables…

The Contest:

It’s haiku time. To win the pemmican, leave a Primal Haiku – or “Grokku” – in the comments section of this post. What is a haiku? A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry containing 17 syllables. The haiku is broken down into 3 lines containing 5, 7, and 5 syllables (not words, syllables). They traditionally include a seasonal reference, though no need to be traditional to win. You’re good as long as you get the 5-7-5 thing right. If you’re still not sure what to do, check out these recession and zombie haiku.

12 Aug

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

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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.

12 Aug

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!

11 Aug

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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