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Archive for August, 2009

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 […]

15 Aug

Pork Loin with Mango Salsa

I was so excited to bring home my first organic pork tenderloin from the Rhinebeck farmer’s market that I couldn’t quite process the incredulous faces waiting for me when I got back. “It’ll take so long to cook,” the faces-at-home said, directing their eyes to their stomachs, which audibly growled. I don’t know where the […]

15 Aug

Contest: Leave a Comment. Win a Shirt.

The Prize: Are you a hunter-gatherer? Let people know it with a shirt from Life AsRx. Originally started for Crossfitters, this shirt company has Grokified designs for both men and women. Three winners of today’s contest will receive the above AsRx T-shirt in their choice of size and gender. And as a bonus, for the […]

14 Aug

Who You Callin’ Stupid and Lazy?

A number of readers have sent me links (thanks, readers) to a new study coming out of the UK that raised some eyebrows all across the Internet earlier this week. The headlines seemed to scream from everywhere “Do High Fat Diets Make Us Stupid and Lazy?” That, in turn, made me scream, so I took […]

14 Aug

Contest: Facebook for a Book

The Prize: The Primal Blueprint. You know what it is. Time to win it. The Contest: Friend me on Facebook. It’s easy. If you have an account, simply request me (Mark Sisson) as a friend. If you haven’t joined Facebook yet, now’s the perfect time! Even if you’re not into online social networking, Facebook is […]

14 Aug

Contest Poll: Grokku!

With hundreds of Primal haikus submitted yesterday you didn’t make it easy on me. In fact, I had such a difficult time awarding one winner that I’ve decided to chicken out and make you do it! I’ve boiled it down to my top 10 favorite Grokkus. Vote for your favorite below. The winner will receive […]

13 Aug

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

Last 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. […]

13 Aug

Contest: Grokku!

The 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

11 Aug

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

The 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, […]

10 Aug

Primal Blueprint Workout Plan: The Basics

Based 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 […]

10 Aug

Contest: Primal Post-Its

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. 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 […]

9 Aug

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 […]

9 Aug

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. […]

8 Aug

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! ___________________________ There are certain […]

8 Aug

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 […]

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