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3 Jan

Rewind and Fast Forward

2008 was a fantastic year for Mark’s Daily Apple. I had the pleasure of connecting with so many wonderful people. The whole blogging experience – interacting with readers, covering fascinating new studies, the research that goes into a blog post, sharing a bit of my personal life – has been a truly inspiring and an edifying experience. I hope my readers can say the same about their time spent on MDA.

2009 is looking to be even better. Mark’s Daily Apple is getting a complete overhaul. Earlier this year I asked you what you wanted out of MDA. You responded and I’ve been working since then on providing it. In just a few months expect a whole new look and feel, and new features (free e-books, regular video posts, more “Definitive Guide” posts, a Primal Blueprint forum, a Primal Fitness column with specific workout suggestions and more) from MDA.

Also, as many of you probably know, my book, The Primal Blueprint, is being published early this next year. Again, the dialogue I’ve had with my readers over the last couple years has helped me refine the Primal Blueprint. And because of this I am now just months away from rolling out the book.

But before we get on with all the new and exciting developments I want to take a quick look back at some of the best posts of 2008. Below are some of my faves. It was incredibly difficult to boil down somewhere around 500 blog posts to a short list of the best. I meant to keep it to 10, but it got a little out of control. These are the posts that generated the most interest and that, if you haven’t already read them, you should give a gander. I’d love to hear which blog posts stuck out to you this year. Hit me up in the comment boards!

A Look Back at 2008

All “Definitive Guide” Posts: The Definitive Guide posts always got a great discussion started and I really enjoyed putting a little extra effort into each of them so that they could be a source of repeated reference on some hot topics relating to the Primal Blueprint. I’ve included them all here (including a couple – the bottom two – from 2007).

More Top Posts:

Orthorexia Nervosa and Dietary Obsession – Jan. 1

Flame Thrower: Top 10 Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation – Jan. 15

Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio – Feb. 4

My Knee is Killing Me… No Really. – Mar. 3

The Art of Compromise – Apr. 23

10 Ways to “Get Primal” – Apr. 29

Washboard Abs on a High-Fat Diet, No Ab Workouts and No Cardio – May 7

Drink Less Water? – June 9

10 Ways to Forage in the Modern World - June 10

The Context of Calories – July 9

What Happens to Your Body When… You CARB BINGE? - June 11

The Prison Workout – July 23

Should We Allow Drugs in Sports? – July 29

Getting Back to Nature – August 28

Top 10 Ways to “Go Nuts” – Oct. 7

10 Steps to “Primalize” Your Pantry – Nov. 11

What’s the Difference Between Paleo and Primal? – Nov. 12

Cowpooling: Share a Side – Dec. 4

The Primal Blueprint Sneak Preview – Dec. 18

If you are looking for a more thorough “Best of 2008″ list click here.

Odds and Ends:

– A big part of MDA in 2008 was providing readers with Primal recipes, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least a few recipe links:

The Entire Series of Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow: 1, 2, 3, Intermittent Fasting, Special Occasions and Dessert Editions

– Talk about great feedback from readers. This year’s 30-Day Primal Health Challenge was a huge success. This series of posts may be of particular interest to anyone starting the New Year with some health resolutions.

The Primal Health Challenge: Posts 1 and 2 plus the Primal Health Challenge Week 1 Results, Week 2 Results, Week 3 Results, Final Results

– Last, but not least I was honored to have some fantastic guest posts this year from the top health and fitness bloggers on the net:

Free the Animal: My Self-Experimentation and Transformation

Go Healthy Go Fit: Staying Healthy and Fit in Different Lifestyles

Fitness Black Book: Shake Your Gym Addiction. The Outside World is Waiting For You

10 Questions with MizFit from MizFitOnline

Modern Forager: The Tropical Oils

The IF Life: Building Muscle 101

Thanks to the MDA community for making 2008 such a great year. Stay tuned for an even better year in 2009!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. And may you have many more successes in the future Mark.

    JE Gonzalez wrote on January 3rd, 2009
  2. Thank you for this overview. Although I had read most of these articles, there were a couple I had not, and found very helpful (notably the post about calories and the guest post about the gym–I have never been into gyms, so I could really relate).

    Just to (sort-of)introduce myself, I’m new to this site, and I’m both enjoying it, and incorporated the counsel into my nutrition/exercise. I’m sort of doing an Atkins/Primal blend at the moment–it seems to be working pretty well. And, you’ve inspired me to snack on nuts–macadamias and almonds are an awesome rediscovery!

    Thanks for your all your wonderful tips.

    Ruth wrote on January 3rd, 2009
  3. Thanks so much for the overview! I’m a relatively new reader, and I’m looking forward to reading all these articles.

    Mara wrote on January 3rd, 2009
  4. Im really excited to watch you change and grow, mark.
    Ive been a long time fan and MDA, unlike so many other things in life (and quite possibly my new tattoo being one of them :)), you seem to get better and better over time!

    here’s to 2009.

    Miz.

    MizFit wrote on January 3rd, 2009
  5. Hey Mark,

    Thank you for all of your fantastic posts this last year. I’ve learned so much from your blog and I’m grateful to have been able to give a little back. 2009 will truly be the year of “The Primal”!

    All the Best,

    Andrew R

    Andrew R - Go Healthy Go Fit wrote on January 4th, 2009
  6. Mark,
    I thank YOU for having MDA for us to come to daily for the best knowledge in learning.
    YES, 2009 WILL Be another Awesome year of MDA!!!

    Donna wrote on January 4th, 2009

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