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Archive for August, 2009

11 Aug

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

beef tallowThe 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.

10 Aug

Primal Blueprint Workout Plan: The Basics

2009 challenge workoutPlan2Based 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)?

10 Aug

Contest: Primal Post-Its

vibrams2 shadowThe 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.

9 Aug

Jicama, Carrots and Raspberries in a Thyme Dressing

summersaladMark’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.

9 Aug

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

VOx3The 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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