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Archive for September, 2012

18 Sep

Contest: What Does It Mean to Be a Primal Family?

The Prize: Something for the whole family… A Kangaroo – Not a living, jumping, boxing, marsupial. This kangaroo is the solution for people who want to stand at work. Made by Ergo Desktop, the Kangaroo is an adjustable height desk unit that sits atop your boring sit-down desk. There’s really nothing else on the market […]

17 Sep

Action Item #2: Shop, Cook, and Dine Primally

Now, the real changes begin. You’ve purged the SAD foods from your life, and now your fridge, freezer, and pantry are empty, your pans and pots are gleaming and ready, and the menus at your favorite restaurants appear off limits. You know what not to eat, and the Primal Blueprint Shopping List shows you what you should […]

17 Sep

Contest: Design the Next Primal Blueprint Poster for Cash Prize

The Prize: Benjamins. Moolah. Dough. Bread. (No, not that kind of dough and bread.) I’m talking cash. Cold hard cash you can use to buy whatever you want. (May I suggest some Primal fare from a local farmer or dining establishment?) The winner of this design contest will receive $500. If I actually print the […]

16 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 207

Research of the Week Triclosan, a common hand sanitizer, may impair muscle contractions. With triclosan showing up in human blood, milk, and urine, plus many of the waterways we use for public water, this isn’t very good news. An ag-scientist takes a closer look at the Stanford study on organic and conventional produce (PDF) and comes […]

16 Sep

Contest: Facebook for Buffalo Bars

The Prize: Tanka Bars – Snack food made of buffalo. That’s pretty much all that needs saying. In the pursuit of quick-fix meat-chunk eats, Tanka is offering up a variety of Tanka Bars, Tanka Bites, and Tanka Wild Sticks (valued at around $100) to the winner of today’s post. BONUS: Enter “MDACHALLENGE12” when ordering from […]

15 Sep

Quick and Easy Mushroom Sauce

This recipe for Quick and Easy Mushroom Sauce gives a taste of how easy it is to transform a simple Primal meal into something absolutely sensational. Whether you’re a Primal veteran or you’ve just embarked on the 21-Day Challenge to completely change the way you eat, this is a great recipe to keep in your […]

15 Sep

Contest: Name That Apron

The Prize: Hunks of grass-fed meat, raw nuts and dried berries all conveniently packaged together: If your struggle during this first week of the 21-Day Challenge was finding healthy snacks or Primal meals while on-the-go, Steve’s got you covered. The lucky winner of today’s contest will receive a Steve’s Club Samplers Pack ($29.99), a Seasonal […]

14 Sep

A Doctor Finds Primal Balance

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

14 Sep

Contest: Share Your Success Story

The Prize: Artisana Butters – Courtesy of Artisana Foods, you’ll also receive one 16 oz jar each of Almond, Walnut and Cashew Butter, and one box each of Cashew Butter, Coconut Butter, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Butter, Walnut Butter, Pecan Butter, and Almond Butter packets. Raw? Organic? Delicious? Check. Check. Check. Seriously, this stuff is […]

13 Sep

Action Item #1: Eliminate SAD Foods

The fundamental key to success with any lifestyle modification is removal, elimination, and avoidance of the agents of opposition to your desired lifestyle. If you’re trying to read more books and stop watching reality television, you’re going to want to cancel your scheduled recordings of Jersey Shore. If you’re trying not to drink alcohol for […]

13 Sep

Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize: A sandbag from Ultimate Sandbag – I’ve been using one of these bags for a few years now and the thing is still going strong. The one at my office has been lifted, tossed, and dropped by the Worker Bees, and in one case was the cause of a broken piece of IKEA […]

12 Sep

The Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts

With the Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge having just begun, it’s the perfect time to go over the Primal Blueprint 8 Key Concepts. I believe that fully grokking these powerful ideas is crucial to success during the challenge. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. Having a firm grasp of these key concepts will provide a […]

12 Sep

Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Recipe Video

The Prize: I’m giving away a huge assortment today, starting with… A Primal/paleo Cookbook Library – Just a few years ago it was next to impossible to find a high-quality Primal/paleo/ancestral health cookbook on the market. I set out to change that and released The Primal Blueprint Cookbook in 2010, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy […]

11 Sep

Starting from Zero

With yesterday’s launch of this year’s Primal Challenge, I hope you’re all feeling as pumped and excited as I am. Whatever your biggest goal coming into it (e.g. weight loss, stress management, fitness performance), you’re in great company. Thousands of readers every year find the annual Challenge a powerful catalyst for transforming their well-being. Having […]

11 Sep

Have a Picnic. Win a Cow. The 2012 Grokfeast Challenge.

It’s cow time. US Wellness has long been a favorite meat spot for MDA readers. A few years ago they donated pemmican and the popular 5 gallon bucket of fat. Last year they went whole hog. And by hog, I mean cow. And they’re doing it again this year. US Wellness has generously offered up […]

10 Sep

The 2012 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Begins Now

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 21-Day Challenge!

9 Sep

Weekend Link Love – Edition 206

Research of the Week So a meta-analysis of around 240 studies just concluded that organic probably offers little nutritional benefit over conventional, leading to numerous “I told you so” quips and smug articles proclaiming organic to be a huge scam. But who ever thought organic was about increasing vitamin content? What about the other results […]

8 Sep

Shortcut BBQ Ribs

Sharing a recipe for pork ribs is risky business. First, there’s the matter of flavoring the meat. Is a rub, a marinade, or a sauce the superior flavoring method, or maybe some combination of the three? And forget about finding a rub that all rib lovers agree on. There are hundreds of rub blends, all […]

7 Sep

Overcoming the Insurmountable

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep […]

6 Sep

A Primal Primer: Candida

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, but I think it’s about time for a Primal Primer. Today we’ll be discussing candida, a genus (more than a species, less than a family) of yeast with many members, at least one of which is currently residing on or in your body: candida albicans. Candida […]

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