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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: September 2010

The J.J. Experiment

Earlier this year I received an email from a woman down in Miami. She worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, her trainer had turned her on to the Primal Blueprint, and she was ecstatic about her results. A month or so later I received an email from another employee at Royal Caribbean who also had great success. Then another, then another. Turns out the reason was J. J. Valdivia.

J.J. is a personal trainer who works at Royal Caribbean HQ and has been teaching folks about Primal living for over a year now. Judging by the continued emails of his clients, he seems to be pretty good at it. When I came out with the Primal Leap Kit last month, I contacted J.J. with a proposal: Pick ten people and lead them through the 30-Day Primal Leap experience. J.J. graciously agreed, and his group of ten started the Primal Leap on Tuesday, kickoff day for the 30-Day Challenge. Every Friday for the next 30 days J.J. will be sending me updates on how his group is doing. You’ll get to see the ups and downs, the successes, the obstacles, what kinds of activities are involved, and what it takes to make a complete conversion to Primal living using the Leap Kit. This experiment should work as a kind of live-blogging for what happens when people go Primal. Together. Here’s J.J.’s first update…

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Announcement: Reader-Created WOW Video Winner

Can you believe it? It’s already been one month since the release of Primal Blueprint Fitness and Workouts of the Week (WOW). Participation and feedback has been outstanding. A few PBFers have gone the extra mile and submitted videos of themselves completing WOWs as part of the Reader-Created WOW Video Contest. Four videos have been published on MDA which means it’s time to pick a winner. Drumroll please.

The randomly drawn winner of the inaugural Reader-Created WOW Video Contest and a $100 Gift Certificate to PrimalBlueprint.com is…

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Contest: Headers Up!

The Prize:

Do you get tired of seeing the same seven shots of me across the top of this blog? Want to see yourself up there instead? Now’s your chance. Take a fitness photo, and if it’s good enough, it will be added to the rotation of header images for the rest of the Primal Challenge.

Other than being able to gloat to your friends that your photo is plastered on top of my blog, I’m also sending everyone in the photo a free Grok shirt. And for all the female Groks out there who have been emailing me about the lack of lady-shirts, I’ll be coming out with a couple new designs in the next week or so, and the winners of this contest will have first dibs.

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In With the New

So you’ve committed to Avoiding Poisonous Things for 30 days. You read the articles from yesterday’s post, cleaned out your pantry and fridge and are ready to get Primal. Now what? After Out With the Old comes in with the new, of course, so it’s time to do some shopping. I want you to fill your kitchen with food that Grok would recognize. These are the foods that the human body is meant to consume. The foods that give us energy and vitality, that make us lean and support our immune systems for a long, healthy and happy life. In short and in full: meat (beef, pork, fowl, fish, etc.), eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and healthy derivative fats/oils and butters (with herbs, spices, extracts, and supplements rounding things out).

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Contest: Show Your Meal. Win a Le Creuset Pan and a $150 Gift Certificate.

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Visit the 30 Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners.

The Prize:

CSN Stores is offering up a $150 Gift Certificate for Corelle dishware or whatever else you’d like from any of their 200 websites. So, yes, you could technically use this gift certificate to buy something weird like a glow-in-the-dark reindeer Christmas decoration, but I’d suggest sticking with Primal fare like the dishes, cutlery, a barbecue grill, or a Crock Pot from Cookware.com.

But that’s just the half of it. Beyond Pots and Pans is offering up a cherry red Le Creuset Square Skillet Grill Pan for the winner of today’s contest. I’ve featured Le Creuset on MDA before. It’s the stuff I use – the good stuff. As a bonus, for the rest of the month MDA customers can get a 10% discount from BeyondPotsandPans.com by using the promo code “MDA” when ordering.

The Contest:

Send me a picture of your meal. Tonight. Are you eating tonight? Take a pic of that meal. Email it to me. It’s that simple. You’ve only got a day to do this, no time to over think it. Make it as Primal as you can. Snap a photo. Send it in. And make sure the subject line of your email reads “Meal Submission” or it won’t count. Let’s see what everyone out there is eating!

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Out With the Old

Over the next 29 days I’ll be bringing you tips, advice and guidance to help you get through each of the 14 mini-challenges. With well over 2,000 articles on Mark’s Daily Apple, I’ve written extensively about all things related to the Primal lifestyle; from solutions to common stumbling blocks, to simple hacks that produce big results with minimal effort. As such, many of the articles during this month will feature the best that MDA has to offer. Even if you’re a regular MDA reader these challenge articles will prove useful. Not only is it good to periodically revisit the fundamentals I’m sure there will be some articles buried deep in the archives that you’ve missed. And for all Primal Leapers, use this and future challenge articles to complement the Primal Leap Guidebook material.

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