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11 Feb

Announcements Galore: Seminars, Retreats, Cookbooks, Free Stuff and More

There’s a lot going on at the Primal Blueprint headquarters here in Malibu, CA. I thought I’d catch you up to speed on some of the upcoming events, book releases, new Mark’s Daily Apple features, and give away a digital cookbook while I’m at it. Hold on for the ride. This is a monster announcement post…

Primal Accelerated Success Training – Manhattan Beach, Feb. 12

past seminar logoYou may have noticed that the name “PASS” for the new Primal Blueprint seminar program has been reimagined as “PAST”. It seems more fitting somehow and I think Grok would approve. In any case, the inaugural Primal Accelerated Success Training event is just two days away. Get your tickets now and join me and other attendees in Manhattan Beach this Saturday, February 12 (tomorrow!). You’ll walk away learning all the ins and outs of the the Primal lifestyle.

Also, if you haven’t noticed (see the new PAST module in the sidebar), I have five more dates lined up. PAST Master Presenter Brad Kearns and/or I will be coming to Reno on March 26, Charleston on April 30, Kansas City on April 30, Seattle on June 11 and Austin on June 25. We hope to see you there!

PrimalCon 2011

As the inaugural event, PrimalCon 2010 will always have a special place in my heart. But PC2011 is shaping up to be even bigger (3-4 times as many people) and better. Grok stars from all over the world will be coming to Oxnard, CA for this 3-day retreat. There are only 20 spots left and it’s only 2 months away, so reserve your spot today before they’re sold out!

And if you can’t make it out, well, at least there’s this reel of footage from last year’s PrimalCon that my expert A/V guy, Bradford, put together:

As I said, we’re upping the ante this time around. Here’s the lineup of speakers and instructors that will be sharing their infinite Primal wisdom at PrimalCon 2011:

Angelo ProActive Massage

Angelo dela Cruz: Angelo won well-deserved “MVP” honors at PrimalCon 2010. The guy was simply amazing – a high-energy master healer and athlete who went from dawn till late at night spreading positive energy to PrimalCon guests. He got us all going with his morning Vitamove sessions (an energizing/focusing mix of tai chi and stretching), took brilliant photos all weekend, and gave incredible massages in his suite to lucky guests. Angelo will be taking things to the next level in 2011 with his “Angelo Experience”:  breakdancing, parkour/freerunning, gymnastics, and martial arts — a non-traditional strength and agility workout that explores and stimulates functional capacity in a fun way. Designed as a team relay race! To get a sense of Angelo, check out his ninja warrior audition tape!

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Atlatl Bob: Down from the hinterlands of Montana is the world’s foremost expert on the atlatl, the paleolithic weapon that Bob himself claims is the most profound evolutionary advancement in the history of the human race.

Bob will have authentic, handcrafted atlatls at PrimalCon for hands-on instruction and demonstration. True story: we had to obtain an encroachment permit from Oxnard State Beaches due to the fact that the atlatl spears launch 80-120 yards through the air – after only 15 minutes of instruction!

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Esther Gokhale: Buoyed by the popularity of Maya White’s posture and movement mechanics presentation at PrimalCon 2010, we’ve secured the presence of the one of the world’s leading experts in posture, movement mechanics and spinal health, Esther Gokhale. Esther is Maya’s mother and operates the renowned Gokhale clinic in Palo Alto, CA. She is the author of the best-selling “8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back“. By day, she will lecture on posture and movement, and by night she will give the “Gokhale Method” a spicy twist by presenting a clinic on Samba dancing (she claims Samba is the best way to learn and implement the posture and movement technique principles!).

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Chef Rachel Albert: While the PrimalCon 2010 food was extraordinary, many guests wanted more…not more food mind you, but more information about how to make healthy, delicious meals in their busy daily lives! Enter Chef Rachel, a dynamo of enthusiasm and expertise from Phoenix, AZ who has been making quite an impact on the Primal/paleo cooking world. Chef Rachel will present a cooking demo at PrimalCon. She will introduce you to special cooking techniques, and will show you how to make dazzling, eye-catching arrangements that entice everyone – Primal or not – to dig in. You will also discover the secret for making a delicious, low-impact chocolate dessert that will wow your family and friends.

BillyVives

Billy Vives will present his unique and super-creative kettlebell workout throughout the weekend. Billy’s kettlebell training honors two key principles: attention to quality of movement and keeping it fun! “Quality of Movement” means fine-tuning the training to ensure that all trainees are learning and maintaining good posture, which is the foundation of efficient movement. He stresses injury prevention and patience (“First move better, then get stronger”). Billy teaches kettlebell training from the “ground up”, allowing trainees to work on understanding how it feels for their body to move right. The trainees flow through the complementary aspects of stability, endurance and dynamic power, while learning how even a relatively light weight (18lbs) can be an easy warm-up – or a challenging test of strength and coordination. Billy’s session caters to all levels – from beginners who have never held a bell to hard-core enthusiasts looking for innovative new ideas.

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Barefoot Ted is back by popular demand for PrimalCon 2011! Who can forget Ted floating along the Oxnard Beach Park cement path with strides as light as a deer, undaunted by strange looks from passer-by’s and inspired 24/7 by his mission to ” re-discover primal human capacities and encouraging others to do the same.”

Ted is an independent athlete committed to re-discovering primal natural human capacities and encouraging others to do the same. He has been featured in numerous articles focused on the benefits of barefoot running. He also has played a major role in popularizing minimalist footwear including Vibram FiveFingers and huarache sandals.

Seriously, you don’t want to miss this event, so grab your spot today and take what is likely a well-deserved 3-day retreat this coming April. See you there!

The Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals

I’m very excited to announce that the new cookbook is being printed as I type, and is due to hit bookshelves on March 25. If you liked The Primal Blueprint Cookbook you’ll love Quick & Easy Meals. Each recipe comes with a macronutrient breakdown (as requested) and “Time in the Kitchen” so you know what you’re up against. Here are a couple pre-launch cookbook photos to get your mouth watering (click to enlarge). Let me know what you think! (But be nice. As I said, it’s already at the printers…) I’ll be putting together a special early bird offer for those that pick up a copy next month. Stay tuned for all the details!

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Primal Blueprint Shopping List – It’s Free!

ShoppingGrokBeef. Check. Eggs. Check. Beef. Double check. Jicama. Wait. Is jicama Primal? To answer all of your foraging questions I’ve put together a Primal Blueprint Shopping List page. Check it out here. You’ll find a fairly comprehensive list of what to eat on the Primal Blueprint eating plan. Nary a grain in sight. Just meat, vegetables, eggs, healthy fats, nuts/seeds and fruit. You’ll also find numerous links to archived articles on individual food ingredients AND a downloadable PB Shopping List that you can print and take with you to your local farmers’ market or grocer. Pass the page on to your friends and family, and check it often for updated links.

Reader-Created Coconut Recipes eBook – It’s Free!

Reader Created Coconut Cookbook CoverLast September I held a “Primal Iron Chef” contest in which MDA readers were asked to send in their best Primal recipes featuring coconut. The person that submitted the winning recipe, as judged by me and the Worker Bees, received a VitaMix Blender. The only problem was that we received over 100 coconut recipes from readers, many of which could have just as easily won the contest. So I shot out an email to everyone that submitted a recipe asking if they wouldn’t mind being featured in a Coconut Recipe eBook. Most responded with exuberant affirmation, marking the inception of this new publication. Well, it’s finished now – all wrapped up and ready to be delivered to newsletter subscribers. If you aren’t already a newsletter subscriber sign up here. The first newsletter you receive will contain instructions on how to access the free eBook. If you are an existing subscriber you will be sent a newsletter later today with access instructions. Stay tuned!

New Search Engine on Mark’s Daily Apple

In case you gave up on using the MDA search engine months ago I thought I’d mention that I’ve installed Google Custom Search on both the blog and the forum. Now you can easily find that one thing I said that one time way back when. Give it a try!

Thanks for reading, everyone. Have a great weekend, and check back next Friday for an all-new Primal Blueprint Real Life Story.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Can’t make the california one but I might be able to get to the Seattle one.

    primal tree top wrote on February 11th, 2011
  2. Haha… shopping picture edit: http://tiny.cc/ShoppingCart

    Anne wrote on February 11th, 2011
  3. Any chance you could hold a PAST in Manhattan? Atlatl Bob’s home of Manhattan, MT, that is! Sure would be an easier for a Montana girl like me to make it there! If not, I’ll try for the Seattle one…if I can convince my husband to be Grokette for the three kids while I’m gone!

    Sara wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • As a Bozeman girl, I second that!

      K.J. wrote on February 11th, 2011
      • Yay! I’m not alone out here!! And by the way, I’m immensely jealous of the all of the options you have in Bozeman, including the most excellent grocery stores in the state and one of the larger farmer markets, all offered at prices much lower than here in Billings. You should be proud of your city, I hope others in the state will follow your lead!

        Sara wrote on February 12th, 2011
  4. Thank you for the shopping list and the coconut recipe book!

    I’m trying to integrate Primal into TCM nutrition. I’m ghostwriting a TCM nutrition guide for a local acupuncturist, trading treatments for writing/researching. It’s been a challenge to figure out. TCM says this about hot/warm foods, Mark thinks this, another nutritionist I’ve worked with thinks this, oh, and throw in that I can’t do cruciferous veggies because of my hypothyroidism. AARGH!

    Keep the good food stuff coming. The more I learn, the easier it gets.

    And bring PAST to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, PLEASE?????

    Kethry wrote on February 11th, 2011
  5. Thanks for updating the search feature! I’ve used it a couple of times in the past few days, and noticed that my searching was much easier than it has been in the past.

    Laura wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • I’m not sure I like the new search. I actually found the old search to be pretty spot-on in terms of finding what I want, much better than many other sites.

      The problem with the new one (aside from the ads – I guess I got used to a site that was blessedly Google-ad free!) is that it returns results from comments as well. The prior search only returned strings found in the article title or body.

      This can be a nice thing if you are interested in searching the comments, but for the most part it clutters or obscures the results you want. Would be nice if there were some advanced options.

      Kris wrote on February 11th, 2011
      • I’ve found the new search to be beyond better than the old search. The old search frustrated me to no end. I’ll see about eliminating comments from search results, but I haven’t found that it clutters the results much.

        Mark Sisson wrote on February 11th, 2011
  6. Chicago! Chicago! Chicago!

    Or actually central suburbs would be easier for travelers!

    Karen C. wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • Yes… Chicago! Grand Rapids, MI would be better but I take it you won’t come here so Chicago!

      Primal Toad wrote on February 11th, 2011
  7. The coconut recipe book looks amazing. I could eat coconut at every meal now and never have the same meal twice!

    Todd S. wrote on February 11th, 2011
  8. Am I the only one that’s disappointed that the picture of Barefoot Ted didn’t show his feet?

    Also, I am super friggin’ excited for all the new recipes!!

    Thanks so much Mark! You make being Primal easy for those that can’t afford much. I really appreciate the free PB Fitness and now two reader cookbooks. One day when I’m raking in the big bucks when I’m done school I will be at a Primal Con!!

    Caitlin wrote on February 11th, 2011
  9. How about a “kid-friendly” cookbook? My husband and I are completely sold on Primal cooking. The kids…not yet. I’m sure they will be, but could use some simpler dishes in the meantime. THANKS for all you do!

    Mary Smith wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • Last night I made a three-kids-under-the-age-of-five-approved meal of chicken thighs sauteed with diced tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers, onions, spinach, mushrooms, and fresh mozzarella. For them served over a bit of pasta (obviously optional), but for the rest of us, as is. Maybe if they’re older and can hear you talking about “Primal” food, they will reject it, but if you don’t tell them they’re eating Primal, maybe they wouldn’t notice?

      Buttercup wrote on February 11th, 2011
      • Young kids are pretty easy, I’d say, since they’re going to eat what I serve them. The first thing they asked for when I switched the house over to Primal was breakfast cereal, so I kept telling them that I forgot to buy some, and that eggs are better for us anyway. I even kind of lied to my husband when I told him I simply started to forget to buy bread after I was diagnosed Celiac. Neither the kids nor my husband no longer ask for cereal, pasta, or bread. I have a harder time with fruit juices, the kids get bored with water and dislike my sparkling water with limes (can’t say I blame them, I miss my Diet Coke). Suggestions on that one? To Mary- have you checked out http://www.primalkitchen.blogspot.com? Great site with lots of kid friendly info.

        Sara wrote on February 11th, 2011
        • Thanks for the website. I LOVE it!!! Cereals and juice are big ones at our house with kids 6 to 19. We’ll just take it gradually and keep serving them luscious Primal meals. They ate every bite of chicken stir fry last night. :)

          Mary Smith wrote on February 11th, 2011
        • Sara, how do you feel about stevia? I make fresh lemonade sometimes with fresh squeezed lemons and liquid stevia to taste. And there are a lot of fruity herbal teas that I make a quart or two at a time and then drink like iced tea. I like them unsweetened but again, a few drops of stevia would make it more like fruit juice.

          JulieAnne wrote on February 12th, 2011
    • I started by just cutting out the potatoes, rice and pasta. They didn’t even notice.

      Alison Golden wrote on February 11th, 2011
  10. The new search engine is fabulous! Thank you!

    Kristin J wrote on February 11th, 2011
  11. The new cookbook looks promising… looking forward to it!

    Christian Chun wrote on February 11th, 2011
  12. Thanks for the shopping list–great reference and just what I needed!

    WildShan wrote on February 11th, 2011
  13. re primal con-how bout doing a one day less expensive workshop in the sf bay area? can’t afford the $695 plus hotel fee! this price seems like it will really exclude moderate income folks such as myself. if money were “no object” i’d be there!

    susan wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • That’s what PAST is all about, Suzie. I don’t have San Francisco on the schedule just yet, but it could happen. Stay tuned.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 11th, 2011
  14. Mark, if you continue providing quality content such as this, then I’ll continue purchasing your Primal Fuel and other products. And I think I’m getting the better end of the deal.

    Steve753 wrote on February 11th, 2011
  15. I am all over cookbooks! So awesome that you give some for free, too. You rock, Mark! For all that you do to help people live healthier lives!!

    Melissa Fritcher wrote on February 11th, 2011
  16. Although I’m not in the least bored with my current eats, it’s always nice to add more recipes to my repertoire. Very much looking forward to the new cookbook! :D

    Primal K@ wrote on February 11th, 2011
  17. Awesome! Can’t wait to try out the new reader submitted coconut recipes :) Love the Primal Blueprint Cookbook I got for Christmas, looks like next on my list will be the new Quick & Easy Meals cookbook! Thanks!!

    Sarah wrote on February 11th, 2011
  18. thanks for posting the cookbooks-they look incredible!

    susan wrote on February 11th, 2011
  19. The pictures for the cookbook are beautiful–I can hardly wait to get that cookbook! And I will definitely download the coconut recipes book. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Kim wrote on February 11th, 2011
  20. Mark,
    I pre-ordered the Quick and Easy Cookbook a while back on Amazon, then they sent me a message canceling the order. Should I try pre-ordering again? I swear Amazon does this to me all the time so I end up with several copies of your books. More to give away, I guess! :)

    Laurie D. wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • Laurie, I am told they fixed that glitch and you should be able to pre-order now without canceling. I was told they had entered the wrong ISBN number so had to cancel the first few orders, FWIW.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 11th, 2011
      • Great! I’ll re-order. Thanks!

        Laurie D. wrote on February 13th, 2011
        • Though I have to say that you would think Amazon would have put that in their email to me, so people wouldn’t think that the book had been cancelled. Jeesh, Amazon!

          Laurie D. wrote on February 13th, 2011
  21. Thanks for the coconut cookbook. Couldn’t have come at a better time…we just stocked up on flour, oil, and unsweet shredded coconut! Great timing.

    Jeff in Oklahoma

    Jeff wrote on February 11th, 2011
  22. if you’re coming to austin please drive the 3 hours north to dallas!

    melody wrote on February 11th, 2011
  23. THANK YOU for the shopping list!! How handy! And the Coconut Cookbook looks really great!! Thanks again!!

    Dawn wrote on February 11th, 2011
  24. You listed peppermint twice in the shopping list.

    Chris wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • Peppermint is delicious. {wink}

      Elenor wrote on May 23rd, 2011
  25. Mark,
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I’m new to the primal lifestyle, just started on Tuesday, and I’m already noticing a difference in my well-being and my weight. My muscles and joints don’t ache, I no longer have hypoglycemic spells, my 20 year fight with sinusitis is coming to an end and I’ve lost 5 pounds without feeling hungry or deprived! Amazing!

    The cookbooks are awesome and I’m starting Primal fitness next week:)

    For those of you who have reservations, I understand, I’ve been there. The first morning as I was enjoying my eggs scrambled in butter(divine!), I felt so guilty: shouldn’t I be slogging down yet another bowl of oatmeal, after all oats are “healthy”, eggs and butter are not! Just try it, give it a week, give it two. You will feel amazing!

    K.J. wrote on February 11th, 2011
  26. I think I am going to sign up for primalcon… so much money but how could I miss it?!

    Primal Toad wrote on February 11th, 2011
  27. THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for the Seattle Primal seminar! Just a ferry ride away for me. I hope to attend and bring others with me. The free cookbooks are great! Looking forward to the new one coming out. Shopping list is perfect for those who keep asking what to buy and how to eat! Again, THANK YOU!

    Karla wrote on February 11th, 2011
    • While I an giving kudos, I also want to inform you that we are in love with the new protein shake, Primal Fuel. A great improvement!

      Karla wrote on February 11th, 2011
  28. I would like to express my thanks for many things, not least of which is the amazing transformation I am living through.

    This continues to be the most informative, content rich and useful spot on the web that I have found to date. I’ve bought your books, tried the fuel and will certainly attend any functions in the Boston area (as well as a PrimalCon at some future point) all as a way of expressing that thanks in a concrete way.

    Peter wrote on February 12th, 2011
  29. Past in Denver?

    Rick wrote on February 12th, 2011
  30. Hello Every one
    Hope that you r well. I dont know lot about this site. Please tell me about this site………..
    Thanks

    East Coast wrote on February 13th, 2011
  31. Looks Great Mark… you need to make sure you add NY on your tour!!!
    Stevie-Jean
    fitfabfemale.com

    steviejean wrote on February 13th, 2011
  32. It’s all fantastic Mark. So great to see everything going from strength to strength – just like your peeps!
    Tim

    TimActor wrote on February 14th, 2011
  33. Hey Mark

    I see in your new quick and easy cook book a recipe with mushrooms. I wonder what Doug Kauffman would say about that.

    Bob C. wrote on February 14th, 2011
  34. Thanks for the coconut cookbook, but I have to ask: Coprolite Delight? Really? Why not just call them Turd Balls? Somebody may have thought that was clever, but I guess I’m missing the gene that makes [some] people think eating feces is funny, fossilized or otherwise.

    Angus wrote on February 14th, 2011

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