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Archive for August, 2009

24 Aug

Contest Results: Primal Lunch Pics

Last week I asked you to send in snapshots of your Primal lunches. And just as you did with your breakfast pics you emailed me over 100 fantastic photos! I’ve included them below. (Click on the thumbnails for full size versions.) This blog post stands to represent a sample of what modern Groks all around […]

24 Aug

The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge – Final Week!

All week I’ll be publishing your videos, your photos and your Primal stories. If you haven’t sent anything in yet don’t worry. You still have a chance to participate. Here are the current, outstanding contests: Show Your Groceries – Deadline: August 25, midnight Primal Blueprint Recipe Video – Deadline: August 26, midnight Primal Blueprint Fitness […]

24 Aug

Contest: Show Your Dinner. Win a Grass Fed Dinner.

The Prize: Steaks! Juicy grass fed steaks (or any grass fed beef product you crave). The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Gaucho Ranch. A family owned operation, Gaucho Ranch steaks are imported from the South American Pampas. Check out their full range of products for more tasty, grass fed goodness. The Contest: Remember […]

23 Aug

Aromatic Vegetables with Savory Flank Steak

Zucchini, eggplant, onions and bell peppers are in the summer spotlight at the farmers’ market. With so many of these vegetables available, we are always looking for new ways to use them. The following recipe adapts the traditional ratatouille, and instead of tomatoes includes a delicious marinated flank steak. It’s a pleasant shift from the […]

23 Aug

Contest: Leave a Comment. Win a Book.

The Prize: My book. Win it. Read it. Get Primal. The Contest: Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in today’s blog post: Aromatic Vegetables with Savory Flank Steak To reiterate, comment on today’s OTHER post for a chance to win the book. Commenting on this post will get you nothing. […]

22 Aug

Moroccan Chicken Casserole

We all know the saying: variety is the spice of life. Everyone craves variety on some level, especially when it comes to what we’re eating. What is the easiest way to add variety to your meals? Turn that phrase around and you’ll have the answer: Spice is the variety of life in the kitchen. Take […]

22 Aug

Contest: Leave a Comment. Win a Timer.

The Prize: Ever tried Tabata sprints? It helps to have a stopwatch. Or if you want to be fancy, you can buy an interval timer. Or if you’re lucky, you can just win one in today’s contest. Gymboss makes a tight little interval timer. They’re good for sprinting, Crossfitting, and extreme, timed casserole baking. Today […]

21 Aug

Primal Substitutes for Non-Primal Foods

It’s perhaps the most commonly asked question, both here in the forums and around the Primal/paleo blogosphere: what about bread/rice/grains/mashed potatoes/fish-and-chips/sweets? That is, what Primal foods can I eat that will satisfy my nascent urges for conventional “comfort foods”? In a perfect fat-adapted world, these urges would be non-existent. We would all be sated on […]

21 Aug

Contest: Kettlebellin’ like Magellan

The Prize: A kettlebell! You know it’s Primal. You know I like ‘em. Time to get one. GoFit makes an assortment of heavy Primal objects, and their colorful kettlebells top the list. The winner will receive his/her choice of kettlebell (between 7 and 45lbs). If you don’t win, you can grab your own at GoFit.net. […]

20 Aug

The Primal Blueprint For Busy People – Part 2: Social and Naturalistic Wellness

Technically this post is the 4th part of our PB Pronto series, and we’re rounding out the picture for Primal fans everywhere. We’ve covered food, fitness, stress and sleep. But no Primal man or woman is an island. Our happiness – and health – also depend of course on how we relate to the world […]

20 Aug

Contest: Tell Your Story

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. The winner will receive a choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers. Get ‘em on your feet! The Contest: We’re nearly three weeks into […]

20 Aug

Contest Poll: Primal Quotable Quips

This poll only lasts until 3 pm PST, so place your vote now!

19 Aug

Primal Quotable Quips

It’s hard to go anywhere in the nutritional blogosphere without happening across that ubiquitous Michael Pollan quote being bandied about: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” I like Pollan, and I mostly agree with said quote (though I’d add, at the very least, “and plenty of animals”). It made me think that perhaps the […]

19 Aug

Contest: Your Thoughts for YouBars

The Prize: Energy bars can be nasty business. 95% of the energy bars on the market are simply candy bars re-branded for the cardio crowd. Heck, even Snickers has its own brand of energy bar which – big surprise – contains almost the exact same nutritional breakdown as a plain, old Snickers. What’s a Grok […]

18 Aug

Off the Wagon

When you find yourself suddenly sitting in the dust, a bit dazed, a bit dirty, your confidence shaken and your pride a tad bruised, it can be disheartening. Is it your first trip off the wagon? Your umpteenth? As we enter the second half of our August Primal Challenge, this scenario might sound a little […]

18 Aug

Contest: Show Your Lunch. Get Maced.

The Prize: A short mace! We’ve talked maces before; they’re Primal, they’re effective, and they’re so darned fun. Today’s mace comes from Stronger Grip. No overseas, mass-produced, Wal-Mart brand fitness here. These things are hand crafted by Ryan Pitts in his garage in a small town in Iowa. He sent me one a few weeks […]

17 Aug

The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge: Progress Report

The Prize: The winner of today’s Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Progress Report Contest will receive their choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers. The Contest: Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in this blog post describing your experience on the Primal challenge thus far, and do it in […]

17 Aug

Contest Results: Primal Breakfast Pics

Last week I asked you to send in pics of your Primal breakfasts. Nearly 100 fantastic photos flooded my inbox. I’ve included them all below. (Click on the thumbnails for full size versions.) These photos stand to represent the variety of breakfasts on the Primal eating plan and how delicious Primal foods are. I know […]

16 Aug

Simple Celery and Almond Salad

Celery has never really enjoyed the starring role in dishes that other vegetables do. It’s not that celery isn’t worthy. The vegetable is inexpensive, stays fresh for weeks, has a mild and pleasing flavor, a nice crunch and is a great source of vitamins and fiber. But it’s sort of the Chris Cooper of the […]

16 Aug

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

The Prize: Premium quality fish oil from a company you can trust. The winner of today’s contest will 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 […]

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