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Archive for October, 2010

8 Oct

The J.J. Experiment: Primal Leap Results

Five weeks ago, the J.J. Experiment (week 2, 3, 4) began. J.J. Valdivia, a personal trainer in Miami, guided ten people as they took a 30-Day Leap into a healthy lifestyle. Let’s find out how they did…

Dear Mark’s Daily Apple readers,

I can’t believe the 30 Day Challenge has come to an end! We had an amazing month and it all went by so fast. I’d like to express how proud I am of my Leapers and just what an honor it was to lead them through this journey. When the challenge began, I asked each one of them for 1000% percent of their effort. With the results I saw yesterday from the body fat tests and measurements, I know that that’s exactly what I received. Out of 8 leapers measured (2 are out of town on business), they lost a combined total of 118 lbs of fat, 143 inches, and gained 48 lbs. of muscle! (click image below to enlarge)

8 Oct

Contest Poll: The 2010 Grokfeast Challenge

I’d like to thank the 28 groups who participated in the Grokfeast Challenge this year. Your level of creativity, commitment, and enthusiasm serves as a hallmark for Primal living at its best. It’s been an immense pleasure reading and posting your experiences on Mark’s Daily Apple.

As good as they all were, only one group can win the cow. One more shout out to US Wellness, who is donating all the grass-fed beef. If you ever want to take your beef eating to the next level, hit up their newsletter and join the grass-fed revolution.

While only one group can win the cow, I have decided to give the 27 contestants that don’t win this contest a special Primal prize. I just can’t leave them empty-handed after all the effort they put into their Grokfeasts. (I’ll be in touch with each of you in the next couple weeks to make arrangements.)

OK, now on to business. Below are the seven finalists in no particular order. I’ve posted the finalists’ videos and picture streams, but please click through to the individual posts before voting. Check out the recipes, view the PDF files, read their stories. Then vote on the Grokfeasters who you believe best captured the spirit of going Primal. You have until Monday at 9:00 a.m. PST to vote. Grok on!

Vote for the Winner of the 2010 Grokfeast Contest

  • Grokfeast on the Shenandoah River (27%, 564 Votes)
  • Grokfeast in New York (23%, 479 Votes)
  • Grokfeast in Burnsville, North Carolina (17%, 359 Votes)
  • Grokfeast in Yosemite National Park (12%, 243 Votes)
  • Grokfeast in Fairview, North Carolina (9%, 198 Votes)
  • Grokfeast on San Juan Island, Washington (9%, 185 Votes)
  • Grokfeast in Maryland (3%, 87 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,111

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7 Oct

The End of the 30-Day Challenge: A Final Contest

The Prizes:

I saved some of the coolest stuff for last. Over a thousand bucks worth of stuff. A prize for fitness, a prize for food, a prize for lifestyle…

7 Oct

Grokfeast in New York City

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Eating Paleo in NYC, New York City’s paleo meetup group, decided that having an awesome feast with a chance to win a cow was a great idea. We gathered on a warm September Sunday in a lush meadow in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Everyone brought something delicious and primal to feast on, but before we ate we played outside.

frisbee

Most of us were dressed appropriately with Vibrams or simply bare feet! Having our feet free made it easier to play a competitive game of Frisbee.

7 Oct

Grokfeast in Beverly, Massachusetts

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

To be honest I dreaded the coming of my 30th birthday. I wanted to celebrate, but I didn’t want to have a “normal” birthday party since Primal life I’d been living wasn’t really “normal” either. So why not host something that fits just a little bit better… like a Grokfeast with some Yard Game Olympics to keep things interesting.

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