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6 Sep

Announcement: The 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Begins September 12

Who’s up for a challenge? I hope all of you are ready to get Primal because it’s that time of year again. Next Monday, September 12, marks the first the day of this year’s annual Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge!

If you are a longtime reader you know what to expect: 30 days of contests, prizes, reader-created content, feature articles and motivation to help you get and stay Primal for life. The format may change a little this year, but the results won’t. So start gearing up for the festivities. It’s going to be a fun ride.

Hey, did I mention there will be Primal prizes? Thousands of dollars of Primal food, fitness gear and gadgets will be given away to MDA readers. And since I hate to make you wait, see below for today’s pre-challenge contest courtesy of U.S. Wellness.

But first, some details: You don’t have to sign-up to take part in the challenge. Everyone is welcome. Just like last year here are a few things you can do to prepare…

How to Prepare for the Challenge

1. Commit to change: Make the decision right now to make this 30-Day Challenge your jumping off point for lifelong health and well-being. The MDA community and I will be right there with you – with support and encouragement – as we collectively attempt to do right by our genes and live the healthiest, happiest lives with the least amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice possible.

2. Set an alarm: You won’t want to miss a single day of the action, so set a reminder to visit MDA each day. Some contests will have short deadlines, so if you want to enter show up early and often.

3. Gather equipment: While some contests will be as simple as leaving a comment, others will require a bit of legwork. Have your cameras locked and loaded. Borrow a camcorder. And if you want to win this year’s grand prize, you’ll need to either have or make some friends. Speaking of which…

4. Organize your friends and family: Rally your coworkers, and tell your friends and relatives. Use this event as a way of coaxing stubborn Aunt Bess to finally give up the diet RC Cola and SlimFast bars and start enjoying real food. And for an easy way to spread the word…

5. Grab the 30-Day Challenge flyer and pass it on to friends: Download the 30-Day Challenge flyer here. Keep it handy for a constant reminder of the challenge details. Email it to your entire email address book (people love that). And maybe print out a couple hundred of them and clandestinely lay them around the office at opportune moments.

Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge

6. Grab a free copy of Primal Blueprint Fitness: Part of the challenge will involve you moving like Grok all month long. If you haven’t already grabbed a copy of PBF do so now.

7. Grab your own Primal Leap kit: There is no better time than now to take control of your health and start living Primally. While the 30-Day Challenge will provide daily motivation and tips to help kick start your Primal life, The Primal Leap provides step-by-step guidance, one-on-one support, guaranteed success and much, much more. There’s still time to get your Primal Leap kit in time for the Challenge, so order today.

P.S. You have the option to receive either The Primal Blueprint and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook or the Primal Essentials Kit with your Primal Leap package. If you already own the books you can opt for the latter package. Call 888-774-6259 (or 310-317-4414) and we’ll set you all up.

Pre-Challenge Contest

Why wait until next Tuesday to start winning stuff? Today’s contest is so easy a caveman could… it’s super easy. Visit U.S. Wellness here and sign up for their newsletter. In addition to special discounts, meaty recipes and updates on this family farm, you’ll be entered to win a Bacon Bonanza prize package which is comprised of all this bacony goodness:

  • Beef Bacon
  • Sugar Free Beef Bacon
  • Beef Bacon Tips
  • Sugar Free Beef Bacon Tips
  • Pork Bacon
  • Sugar Free Pork Bacon
  • Pork Bacon Ends
  • Sugar Free Pork Bacon Ends

Only U.S. residents are eligible. You have until the end of Friday to enter. A winner will be chosen at random and emailed to arrange for delivery.

While there can only be one Bacon Bonanza winner, everyone is a winner with this special promo code: uswmeats. Visit U.S. Wellness and use the code to get a 15% discount on any order under 40 lbs (excludes sale items, volume discounts and bulk boxes) and is active until October 31. And don’t forget to check out U.S. Wellness on Facebook and YouTube. Grok on!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I’m in. First challenge for me, and couldn’t have come at a better time! Been slackin’ all summer with my little boys home. Now we’re all back in school and it’s time.

    Dawn wrote on September 11th, 2011
  2. I’m in! I’ve started a new blog to document my experiences of the 30 day challenge and my own Primal Revolution in South East London! Come see me here http://thegirlgoesprimal.blogspot.com/

    Excited!!!

    Super Gaily Girl wrote on September 11th, 2011
  3. I’m in! This is exactly what I need to kick my butt back into shape!

    Cupboard Love wrote on September 11th, 2011
  4. I get their newsletter AND i love their meat!

    Erin from Long Island wrote on September 12th, 2011
  5. yeah first time going primal! can’t wait for tomorrow’s challenges

    Fel wrote on September 12th, 2011
  6. Ahh, so excited!!

    It’s 11:16 over here in the UK but I know it’s roughly only 3am in California, can’t wait for the first challenge to be posted!

    Jo wrote on September 12th, 2011
  7. I’m excited! I’ve been generally eating primal for a few months, but I definitely allow myself too much slack when on vacation, camping, BBQing, attending parties, etc…I hope this will give me the push I need to really get primal!

    Sue wrote on September 12th, 2011
  8. I’m very excited! Been reading the book, but now the big day is here! I sure hope I lose some weight and get rid of this acid reflux!

    Tj wrote on September 12th, 2011
  9. Wow So many people are in.

    Me too!

    I did whole 9’s whole 30 2 months ago and really benefited but have since back slid, so this is a good chance to clean up my act and consolidate my gains.

    Thanks Mark!

    Matthew Muller wrote on September 12th, 2011
  10. We are in. Both me and the farmer, going in two different directions, Also, this will be our first weeks trying to be primal with our daughter too (she’s 2, and eats like a teenage boy!) Have been mostly primal for the past couple months, but with lots of cheating. Now we are in with both feet!

    Connie wrote on September 12th, 2011
  11. I’m down for this like the food that went down into my belly for lunch: chicken, 2 hard boiled eggs, banana and orange bell pepper, almonds and walnuts, with water!

    FrankM73 wrote on September 12th, 2011
  12. I have been stuck in a rut for a long time and needed a jump start…I’m ready!!

    Jeff wrote on September 12th, 2011
  13. I’m in! AND I’m stoked!

    Benjamin wrote on September 12th, 2011
  14. I’m In…Should be easy enough for me as have been mostly primal for years…Adding sprints once a week will be my challange (and desperately staying out of my husbands cookie jar no matter what)

    lisa wrote on September 13th, 2011
  15. I started on Tuesday, so it is day three of my primal challenge. I am pretty familiar with this lifestyle, but clearly have lots to learn! A personal challenge for me is to get a whole lot more raw vegetables into my life AND to eat healthy during the day. We just about always have good food choices available at home, but I generally take the easy way out — meaning I reach for something that doesn’t require me to cut up anything or cook. Today I have a gorgeous salad in front of me as I write this. Organic baby lettuce, celery, red bell pepper, tomatoes and a couple of hard boiled eggs. My goal is go create salads with lots of color! Kind of the opposite of a brown chocolate chip cookie. :-) I’m off to finish my lunch!

    Carol wrote on September 15th, 2011
  16. I tried subscribing to the newsletter but haven’t recieved a confirmation email. Neither my email, Spam or trash folders have it, either. I’m really looking forward to recieving them.

    Michele wrote on September 30th, 2011
  17. Wow!This is awesome! Very lifting and needed.Thanks Mark!

    alexa wrote on September 11th, 2012

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