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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: October 2010

Contest: What’s Your Five?

The Prize:

A signed poster! You can frame it. You can laminate it.  You can bend it and wear it as a hat. In times of emergency you can fold it into a flotation device for a small mammal, perhaps a hamster. And most importantly, you can hang it on the wall of your kitchen, your study, your hall, dining room, lounge, library, ballroom, billiard room, or conservatory. You can’t put a price tag on the information provided on this poster. And while, technically, I did put a price tag on it ($14.95 at www.PrimalBlueprint.com, order now!), this poster is signed, and my signature has been known to fetch upward of five million dollars (see note at bottom) in certain online auction houses.  If you already have a poster, sleep well at night knowing that I still have over a thousand dollars worth of merch to give away in the next four days.

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Hazelnut Crusted Chicken with Stealth Coconut

The Primal chef responsible for this delicious recipe is the winner of the Primal Iron Chef Contest. With over 120 amazing coconut recipe submissions the competition was fierce. Honestly, just about any one of the recipes entered could have won. Needless to say, determining a winner was tough. My crew and I read every post, salivated over every photo and actually prepared a few of the shortlisted recipes. In the end the winner had to have a great coconut-inspired recipe, an engaging article and nice photos to boot. This one fit the bill on all accounts. Congrats to MDA reader Greg for winning this contest, and a HUGE thanks goes out to each and every person that contributed a recipe. Thanks again and Grok on!

Outside of being stranded on Gilligan’s Island, most Americans won’t ever come close to cooking with coconut, other than perhaps macaroons or cupcake frosting (<-how SAD). Well, we of the Grok tribe know that simply won’t do.

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Contest Poll: Primal Blueprint Fitness Videos

At the start of this 30-Day Challenge I put out a call for Primal Blueprint Fitness Videos. And you responded with nearly a dozen top-notch clips. Boiling the submissions down to the top three was no easy task. My crew and I discussed at length what made up a good fitness video. Was it fun and entertaining? Was the workout something we can see ourselves doing? Did it inspire and keep us watching? How well did it represent Primal Blueprint Fitness? On and on. In the end we held a blind vote and ended up with the following three picks. To everyone that didn’t make the cut, many, many thanks for taking the time to put together an amazing contribution to this year’s 30-Day Challenge.

Now, for a recap of what’s at stake:

The Prize:

A Spear – An Assegai Spear, courtesy of Cold Steel.

A Mace – A plate loadable mace, courtesy of Stronger Grip.

A Rope – Undulation ropes, courtesy of CalRopes.

A Sandbag – An ultimate sandbag, courtesy of Henkin Fitness.

That’s it. A spear, a mace, a sandbag, and undulation ropes. It’s an impressive package of Primal gear I’m sure any one of these contestants would love to win. Watch the videos below and then make your vote count.

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Contest: Title Twisters

The Prize:

Nut Butters. Forget peanut butter. Premier Organics makes the good stuff. Their Artisana line includes almond butter, walnut butter, pecan butter, macadamia nut butter, cashew butter, and the singularly wild coconut butter (warm it slightly and it becomes a gooey mouth-spooning indulgence). Winner will receive 10 on the go pouches (one of each variety), and three full jars; one each of almond, macadamia, and coconut butters.

Fermented Vegetable Juice. Yes, you heard right. Zukay, the folks who donated the delightfully tasty salad dressings last year are back with a new brew. Called Kvass (not to be mistaken with the weak and useless bread juice), these are sugarless, tangy juices derived from fermented beets, carrots, and other veggies. Winner will receive a six pack of Veggie Kvass drinks in his or her choice of  flavor.

The Contest:

Read all the rules before entering.

Have a topic, subject, or good idea for a blog post on MDA? Now’s your chance to suggest it. In the comments section below, leave a title for a future post on Mark’s Daily Apple.

That’s pretty much it. Tell me what you’d like to see covered on MDA with just the article title, and do it with as much creativity and cleverness as you can. I’ll pick a winner and will use submissions for future MDA article ideas.

The Deadline:

Midnight, tonight!

Who is Eligible:

Because these are consumable/potable, only US residents can win them. In the case of an international winner, a substitute prize will be awarded.

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The J.J. Experiment: Week 4

Four weeks ago, the J.J. Experiment (week 2, 3) began. J.J. Valdivia, a personal trainer in Miami, is guiding ten people as they take a 30-Day Leap into a healthy lifestyle. Let’s find out how they’re doing…

Dear MDA,

We have rounded 3rd base and are being waved into home plate! There is less than one week left in the challenge and my Leapers and I have not taken our eyes off the prize. After an exciting Week 3, one would think that there would be some kind of momentum loss. I can assure you that we have plenty of steam left in our engines and are still “going hard”. I welcomed Chuck back from his travels on Friday and he had a fantastic Tabata workout with Thor on the stationary bikes. They warmed up for a couple of minutes and then performed two Tabata intervals with 2 minutes of rest in between. The workout took less than 15 minutes.

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Contest: The Best and The Worst

The Prize:

Vital Omegas. Fantastic fish fat. They’re good for you. You know you need them. Win this contest and you’ll get three, count it three, bottles of omega 3s.

The Contest:

Primal is sunshine and walks on the beach and filet mignons and lobster. But it is also toe bruises and no more donuts and unresolved arguments with vegan friends. Inspired by Tim Conrad’s meet and greet forum thread, in the comments section below, tell people what, in your experience, is the best part of living Primal and what is the worst part of living Primal.

Here are a few examples:

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