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Archive for August, 2009

6 Aug

Contest: Ask Me a Question. Win a Book.

PB stacked2The Prize:

The book, the whole book, and nothing but the book. I’m giving away a copy of The Primal Blueprint to five lucky readers. Already own a copy? Win another and give it to Uncle Wilbur. Everyone knows he could use it.

The Contest:

Ask me a question about the challenge. Leave your question in the comments section of this post. I’ll pick 5 questions and answer those questions in my video post on Monday, August 10. If I read your question on the video, you’ve won! Be sure to use your real email address when leaving a comment.

5 Aug

No Better Time than the Present

NOWYou’ve read about it. Thought about it. You’ve watched Mark’s message calling all readers. You’ve even imagined yourself taking part in this month’s Challenge. You’ve toyed with it, considered it, but ultimately held back. For whatever reason you’re a straggler, a dawdler, maybe just slow to warm up, perhaps unsure, apprehensive – for whatever reason undecided, uncommitted.

Mind if we ask…why? What’s holding you back? When you imagine taking up the Challenge, what scenarios, what predicaments come to mind that ultimately convince you to sit this one out? What self-talk, if you don’t mind us asking, finally persuades you to forgo the investment in yourself? And, hey, can we get in on that conversation? Pardon us while we brazenly interject ourselves into that floating thought bubble above your head and put in our two cents.

5 Aug

Contest: Primal Blueprint Recipe Video


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The Prize:

If you’ve read my posts on beef jerky and dried fruit, you know that they are tasty and Primal, but tricky to make unless you have the right tools. Enter the food dehydrator. While some Primal folks actually use a car hood as a food dehydrator, I’m giving away this food dehydrator to make the process easier. Today’s prize donor is Excalibur. If you’re interested at all in food dehydration, take a look at their zappy video. And If you end up making a habit of drying your foods, these things will save you all the money you’d waste leaving your oven on for days at a time.

Food dehydrating is plenty of fun, but it’s twice as much fun if you’re dehydrating your foods while wearing Vibrams. That’s right, I’m giving away another pair of Vibram Fivefingers. If you win, you can hike in them, dehydrate food in them, or even get married in them. The winner will receive a choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers.

And because I can, I’m giving out a full line-up of Primal Nutrition products for this contest as well. The book, the shirt, the Vital Omegas, the Responsibly Slim, and the year’s worth of Damage Control Master Formula (12 canisters). If you’re planning on winning, you may want to clear some cabinet space.

To recap, the winner will receive:

The Contest:

Finished yesterday’s workout video already? Now get to the kitchen…

Create and upload a Primal recipe video to YouTube. Whether you film your meat carving or salad prepping skills the recipe and how you present it is up to you. I’ll leave it wide open. The only requirement is that your video relates in some way to the Primal Blueprint eating plan. Show the world (how to prepare) your best Primal dish and you could be the winner of the complete Primal package listed above.

4 Aug

How to Succeed with the Primal Blueprint

So you’ve decided to join the challenge. You’ve created your own Primal Challenge Journal and have publicly stated your goals for the next month. Now what? First things first. You have to know the basics. If you’re new to the Primal Blueprint the following article will be like gold to you. Revisit it again and again until you’ve committed the concepts to memory. The graphs and charts are visual representations of the principles that are at the core of the Primal health philosophy and give you a taste of what it is in my new book, The Primal Blueprint.

You’ve defined the “what”. If your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, increase energy or just generally look and feel healthier these graphics explain the basics of the “how”.

The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve

What’ll It Be? The “Sweet Spot” or the “Danger Zone”?

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4 Aug

Contest: Primal Blueprint Workout Video


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The Prize:

As far as workout equipment goes, the sandbag is uber-Primal. No need for weight machines, a well-built sandbag will give you a full body workout (I dare you to work just one muscle group with a sandbag, it’s impossible!). It’s the Grok equivalent of hauling a dead animal carcass, except without the funky smell and lingering gnats. Today’s unbustable lump of heavy is donated by Sandbag Fitness Systems. These bags are used by the Naval Academy, NFL teams, and Division I programs, so they’ll be tough enough for modern Groks. The winner will receive a choice of the Strength package or the Introductory package.

But wait, there’s more! A sandbag will help with strength training, but what about all that low level aerobic activity? For that, you’ll need a pair of Vibram Fivefingers. If you’ve read Mark’s Daily Apple at all in the last two 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.

Not enough? How about a full line-up of Primal Nutrition products. That’s right, I’m giving the winner my entire line of Primal products. The book, a Grok T-shirt, a bottle of Vital Omegas, a canister of Responsibly Slim protein powder (your choice of dutch chocolate or vanilla creme), and an entire year’s worth of Damage Control Master Formula (12 canisters!).

To recap, the winner will receive:

That’s a major grab bag of Primal goodness, but it’ll take more than a comment to win this time. For this contest you’ll have to work up a sweat…

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