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Archive for September, 2010

13 Sep

WOW: Dash, Lug and Burp

During the Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge I’m encouraging people to join forces, forge support groups and get Primal en masse. This is why this month’s Workouts of the Week (WOWs) will be all about playful (and sometimes competitive) workouts you can do with a partner or a group. So grab a friend or spouse, try […]

13 Sep

Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize: Hold your fist-pumps of glee until the end, because I’m giving away an arsenal of equipment for this one… A Spear. That’s right, an actual spear you can spear things with. You’ve seen Grok jumping with one. Now you can. The technical name is an Assegai Spear, and it comes courtesy of Cold […]

12 Sep

What Are Mark’s Daily Apple Readers Eating?

Three days ago I asked you to email me your meal pics. I only gave you a day. Only 24 hours. And in that time I received over 600 pictures of meals. And not just pics. Many people included recipes, some even included ste- by-step photos, starting with the chicken laying the egg they’d later […]

12 Sep

Contest: Name Your Meal, Win Fat

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: Fat is good. And it comes in many forms. Today you can win two delicious types, coconut oil and ghee. What’s ghee? It’s rendered butter with the milk proteins […]

11 Sep

How to Cook the Perfect Steak

Crisp and caramelized on the outside, but never burnt. A first bite that melts in your mouth as the savory, perfectly seasoned flavor of beef hits your palate. The rich, smoky aroma of animal fat dripping onto an open fire. That, my friends, is a perfect steak. You don’t have to make reservations at an […]

11 Sep

Contest: Give Advice, Win Books

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: 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 […]

10 Sep

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 […]

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 […]

10 Sep

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 […]

9 Sep

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 […]

9 Sep

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 […]

8 Sep

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 […]

8 Sep

Have a Picnic. Win a Cow. The 2010 Grokfeast Challenge.

It’s cow time. US Wellness has long been a favorite meat spot for MDA readers. Last year they donated pemmican and the popular 5 gallon bucket of fat. This year they’re going whole hog. And by hog, I mean cow. US Wellness has generously offered up a cow to the winners of today’s contest, the […]

7 Sep

The Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge

If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, reduce stress, increase energy or just generally look and feel healthier you’ve come to the right place. Oh, and you can win lots of cool Primal gear, too. That’s right, it’s the annual Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge! Watch the following video and read the article below for […]

6 Sep

WOW: The Sweatstone

1 cycle for time: 25 Meters Stone Crawl Push x 4 10 Shot Puts (5 each hand) 10 Overhead Throws 10 Chest Throws

5 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 113

You may know I’m not a huge fan of pointless stretching. Apparently the NY Times doesn’t see what all the fuss over stretching is about either. Sorry about the unavoidable price hike, Aussies, but I had to smile when I found out egg farmers can’t keep up with the rapidly growing demand for eggs in […]

4 Sep

Sous Vide Salmon with Salmon Skin “Bacon”

“Sous Vide” might immediately make you think this recipe involves a fancy, overly precious cooking method that only the food snobs among us will be interested in. But what if we tell you that the two main cooking tools it requires are a picnic cooler and a Ziploc bag, and that heating water is the […]

3 Sep

PrimalCon 2011 Announcement: Throw This

I am very pleased to announce that Bob Perkins will be leading a breakout session at PrimalCon 2011. Atlatl Bob is the world authority on the atlatl and dart, so register today (only 25 of 100 spots remaining) to ensure your spot at this unique, hands-on lecture. Bob has graciously written the following guest post […]

2 Sep

Osteoarthritis is Not Your Destiny

Our concept of health only exists in opposition to its absence. Healthy is the default position. We’re not “supposed” to get strokes, coronary heart disease, diabetes, or cancer. Sure, a few people, here and there, are far more likely to suffer the ravages of the degenerative diseases of civilization, but the real numbers are inflated. […]

1 Sep

Announcement: The Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Begins September 7

Boy, oh, boy am I excited about what this next month holds for MDA readers. This year’s 30-Day Challenge (September 7 – October 6) will be all about aligning your lifestyle behaviors with each of the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws. There will be contests and giveaways each day. I’ve lined up some great sponsors this […]

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