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Archive for September, 2010

11 Sep

Contest: Give Advice, Win Books

primal book collageUPDATE: 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:

A Primal Library. A collection of handy books to fill out the shelf of any newcomer or Primal veteran. Included are:

  • The Primal Blueprint – A pastoral drama that explores the tension and frustration of unrequited love between a farm hand and an aristocrat during times of… just kidding. It’s my book!
  • The Primal Blueprint Cookbook – And so is this one!
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories – Gary Taubes seminal work on the take down of the old “calories in, calories out” approach to health.
  • The Garden of EatingPresents a practical plan for obtaining the health-building benefits of an alkaline, produce-dominated diet that includes pastured-animal products. Includes 250 delicious, family-friendly, grain- and dairy-free recipes.
  • Sugar Shock – The ultimate handbook for yanking out the sweet tooth. And if you’re looking for some serious schooling on curing your sugar addiction, check out Connie Bennett’s 6 Week Online Course.
  • The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook – Yes, there’s a giant cake on the cover of this one. But fear not, Grok Stars, Elana (of Elana’s Pantry) does some truly wondrous and Primal stuff with almonds inside the cover.
10 Sep

The J.J. Experiment

jjbodyEarlier 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…

10 Sep

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…

10 Sep

Contest: Headers Up!

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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.

9 Sep

In With the New

farmersmarket2So 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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