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9 Jun

Ask Me Anything and Primal Blueprint Updates

This blog post is a two-parter. First, a progress update.

Last March I announced a number of exciting projects I had in the works. I’ve already checked a few things off the list: PrimalCon, held last April, was an amazing experience, and the response to The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and the Primal Blueprint Poster (released last month) was incredible. But I have a few more things up my sleeves for this summer, and I’m getting regular emails from readers wanting to know when they’re releasing.

If you aren’t familiar with the Primal Leap Kit, it’s a 30-Day program that will walk you through, step-by-step and day-by-day, the transition to a healthy, Primal lifestyle. The Kit will include a binder-bound Primal Leap Guidebook, a Primal Blueprint DVD (I walk participants through all 10 laws of the Primal Blueprint), an abridged audio book version of The Primal Blueprint (voiced by yours truly), The Primal Blueprint Guide to Foraging in the Modern World (a handy guidebook on how, where and what to shop for, including a Primal shopping list and many practical tips on being a “hunter-gatherer” in the 21st century), The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and likely a few other goodies. The Primal Leap Kit is nearing completion. I am shooting to have it available for you by mid-July.

As anyone that has read my book knows, Primal Blueprint Fitness is all about getting maximum results with minimal amount of effort. That may sound like hyperbole, but it’s not. Fitness doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming, complicated or even all that hard. PBF will show you how simple it can truly be.

The official (e)book is due out in one month, and will be 100% free to all Mark’s Daily Apple newsletter subscribers. In the meantime, prepare yourself to rethink exercise as you know it, and get ready to be armed with the tools and ideas needed for lifelong, functional fitness.

It’s called the Primal Essentials Kit for a reason. We’re many steps removed from the world Grok lived in. As such, there are certain key nutrients that I see as integral to a modern Primal lifestyle: vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics. I personally supplement with all three daily and recommend others do as well.

The Kit has been designed to be a cost-effective and convenient option for every Primal enthusiast and is slated to be released in about 2 weeks.

One final update: In a couple weeks’ time is getting a facelift and will become the go-to source (replacing for all Primal kits, books, posters, apparel and supplements. Stay tuned!

Ask Me Anything

This is an open offer to ask me anything. Leave a question in the comment board regarding the updates above or any other pressing question that’s been on your mind and I’ll attempt to answer them in next week’s “Dear Mark” post.

Thank for reading, everyone, and Grok on!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Mark,
    For weight lifting purposes what is a good post workout meal. Most bodybuilders eat whey protein and a sugary drink (gatorade, grape juice, apple juice). This is the only time they will take in sugars. Is this okay or do you recommend something else for post work out. Thanks

    Adam wrote on June 14th, 2010
  2. I’ve lost 22 pounds in about 6 weeks of eating Paleo. But, I still get stalled for days at a time…any tips or should I just be patient and let the stalls break by themselves?

    Tom wrote on June 14th, 2010
  3. Not sure if this is even a paleo question and may be to late to be answered, but does anyone have any information on foods or any other paleo product or process that helps with not being bitten by bugs. I have always felt I was targeted more than the people around me and have recently heard that studies have shown it is because of our smell. It is my belief that what we eat is a large factor into our smell. In the words of my beloved Beatles ” Help!”

    Seamus72 wrote on June 15th, 2010
  4. This is an interesting question Seamus. In the Northern Territory in Australia people used to take the old smelly vitamin B tablets for years to avoid getting bitten by mosquitos and sand flies. Apparently they do not like the smell. Unfortunately, most vitamin B tablets on the market today do not have the strong odour they used to have. Most people found it offensive so they starting selling tablets that did not make the skin smell. I am wondering if there is some kind of link here as to why some people get bitten more than others. I am also one of the ones that seem to get bitten while others around me do not.

    Angelina wrote on June 15th, 2010
  5. Mark
    A question for you concerning hiking and backpacking. Other than jerky of different types what can I pack inorder to eat primally on a trip? I find most backpacking food (store bought) are pasta/rice/oatmeal based which limits me for what I can take. Other than foraging and hunting during my trip, which may not line up with the hunting season and is not very efficent for the amount of food I need to consume I’d still like to stay primal. Can you help me out?

    Nate wrote on July 2nd, 2010
    • I would think that a good trailmix would be good…mixture of nuts/dried berries/chocolate perhaps?
      I like to pack hardboiled eggs…if you can keep ’em cool?
      Can’t think of anything else right now…

      Cindy wrote on July 2nd, 2010
      • Thanks Cindy
        I’ve got the trail mix covered, GORP yummmm but light on the peanuts. I am looking more for meal time food. I like the hard boiled egg idea especially in the colder months.

        Nate wrote on July 5th, 2010
    • Nate, do you have a food dehydrator? You can make all your own trail food! This site (& more) has a recipe for pemmican – the *original* trail food. search the ‘net for recipes. There are also books on the subject.
      I have made various dried fruits with my dehydrator & they will keep for years! This past weekend I made training treats for my dog (goat liver jerky). You can dry entrees, vegetables, practically anything! A dehydrator is a must for any household. The money you will save is worth the investment, which is less than $100…

      Peggy wrote on July 5th, 2010
      • Thanks Peggy. That sounds like a good idea. I’ll have to check them out.

        Nate wrote on July 7th, 2010
  6. Dear Mark,
    I’m not sure if you can still ask your questions in this post, but I’ll give it s shot.
    I’m really interested in viewing your opinion in women’s cellulites. Do you think it’s something perfectly natural that’s supposed to be there, since almost all women have got them, or are they a sign indicating some sort of unbalance in the body?
    I am and have always been lean, I’m fairly young, I’ve been exercising quite a lot almost my entire life, and I’ve been eating a low-carb diet for two years now. Still I’ve had these cellulites on the back of my thighs way back since my mid-teens (or at least that’s when I first noticed them), and they seem to be there, unchanged, regardless of exercise level, diet or other external factors. If cellulites aren’t supposed to be there, what can you do to get rid of them? Or, if they are supposed to be there, what is the purpose and cause of this uneven fat tissue?
    Thanks for a great site, I read it every day and get tons of important information. Keep up the good work!

    Anna wrote on July 6th, 2010
  7. Dear Mark,
    I’m wondering if it really makes a difference what time of day you work out. I am NOT a morning person and I always (regardless of how much sleep) get up with just enough time to get ready and get to work. I’m most definitely a night person. In fact, due to having so much going on in my life, I usually end up working out around 11pm-midnight. And I’m just wondering if I’m missing out on something metabolically by doing it so late.

    Erica wrote on July 6th, 2010
  8. Dear Mark…. I would love to have an insight into the world of allergies. How are allergies created. What can be done to reduce allergy symptoms. I do believe that this is possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    java wrote on July 12th, 2011
  9. no doubt you are in great shape but lets look at the china study, do you not think you are digging your grave? Im asking as a nutrition student but with an open mind. Those not familiar with the china study-showed a very strong link between animal protein and animal fat consumption with the big killers, Cancer and CHD.

    john wrote on July 27th, 2011
  10. nevermind, isee you covered it and linked to others that covered it, i’ll be honest, im still leaning towards colin campbell’s view, still not finished reading…think i could be reading this for years

    john wrote on July 27th, 2011
  11. I began the diet at 260lbs and I am now at 245. The diet goes on and off between this point and 241 for one embarrassing reason. Every time I get cranking to go lower I start suffering from diarrhea symptoms. Not sure what brings it on if it’s the cheese (I do eat a lot of it) or things like spinach and olives, green peas which I tend to add to the plates. Hope you can help me since I have been on the verge of going through medical tests thinking there was something wrong. It does not happen when I am eating carbs in regular quantities.

    Fernando Villaamil wrote on May 29th, 2012

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