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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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Month: April 2010

Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2010 – Day 3

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox, reporting from the field. Check back throughout the day for text, photo and (maybe, fingers crossed) video updates.

7:37 am: After the breakfast buffet, Angelo De La Cruz energizes early wakers with a gentle movement session

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Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2010 – Day 2

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox, reporting from the field. Check back throughout the day for text, photo and (maybe, fingers crossed) video updates.

7:14 am: Recharging for the big day ahead of us

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Live Blogging from PrimalCon 2010 – Day 1

Hello, everyone! This is the editor of Mark’s Daily Apple, Aaron Fox. Mark has his hands full today, so I’ll be reporting from the field. Check back throughout the day for text, photo and (maybe, fingers crossed) video updates.

7:53 am: There’s a buzz in the air as the inaugural PrimalCon kicks off in beautiful Oxnard, California. Attendees are trickling in. Grok On! shirts have been sighted.

8:00 am: Primal peoples meet and greet at registration

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Primal Play: Dance

Though it’s an important aspect of the Primal Blueprint, the concept of play doesn’t get enough attention around here. I guess by virtue of its very nature this is to be expected. Play should be spontaneous and freeing, and the regimentation of our leisure time is what we’re trying to avoid! Still, given the time-sucking realities of adult responsibility, maybe we all need a few suggestions for new ways to play. I’m not talking about making play dates or anything, but a few concrete examples could really help. You know, something that’s free, that you can share with friends and family, and that’s fun. How about dancing?

Dancing? Bear with me, here.

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Announcement: PrimalCon 2010 and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook Offer

Just a couple quick updates before I publish the regularly scheduled article for the day…

Live Blogging Updates from PrimalCon

1. We are less than 24 hours from the inaugural PrimalCon – the ultimate Primal Blueprint experience! I wish the entire Mark’s Daily Apple community could make it out, but for those that can’t you’ll be able to get a taste of PrimalCon through MDA. The Worker Bees and I will be live blogging the entire weekend so check back tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday for text, photo and (maybe) video updates straight from the conference.

If you aren’t coming to PrimalCon 2010 start making plans from PrimalCon 2011 now. We’ll be announcing details later this year!

New Primal Blueprint Cookbook Pre-Order Offer

2. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook 72-hour special offer has come to a close, but I’ve put together an on-going special pre-order offer.

Pre-order a copy of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and get a free Primal Blueprint Poster and free domestic S&H (international S&H is now $9.95).

An enormous thanks to everyone that has pre-ordered a book. Self-publishing is no easy task, but the support from this community makes it much easier. Grok on!

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The 80/20 Principle: When 20 Inches Toward 40

Among the many defining – and practical – tenets of the Primal Blueprint is the good old 80/20 Principle, the guideline that suggests we needn’t be 100% perfect 100% of the time to achieve great Primal health. It’s the sensible caveat, a functional motivator, the saving grace for many of us. It means we don’t guilt ourselves (or hand down punishing cardio sentences) when we indulge on a special occasion or get caught in circumstances that don’t allow for fully Primal conditions. It means shedding the traditional view of a “diet” and exercise program as a select list of actions we either ace or bomb. As I’ve said many a time, the PB doesn’t make the perfect the enemy of the good. Finally, the 80/20 Principle encourages us to wholly own every choice and respect the impact of our total lifestyle within our personal Primal commitments. An immensely empowering – but sometimes challenging – feature of the Primal Blueprint is its subjectivity. Although it offers plenty of solid guidelines, tips, lists and recipes (not to mention an incredible community of fellow adherents!), the day-in-day-out isn’t regimented into a set of check-off boxes. Bringing your honest intentions and Primal lens to each choice is usually enough to stay on track. While your Primal perspective each day is an earnest 100%, the practical execution trends toward 80% for most people, especially those new to the PB. But what happens when focus temporarily wanes or life circumstances become – well – more imperfectly “real”? How do you push back on the tendency of 80/20 to creep toward lesser ratios?

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