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Archive for the ‘ Health Challenges ’ Category

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

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

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 […]

31 Jul

Two Cool Things I Think You Should Do Today

Running a popular blog with a big readership has its downsides – the workload is heavy, the pressure to produce is high, the research is unending – but the advantages absolutely outweigh them. One of the best parts of all this is that I can give relatively massive amounts of exposure to causes/blogs/authors/thinkers/movements that I […]

25 Jul

The Power of Daydreaming: Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander

There’s something about these middle weeks of summer that feel less hurried, less brimming, more casual. At a certain point of the season, everybody remembers to relax a little and soak it in. The “lazy days” mood got me thinking about daydreaming – those lost minutes (maybe hours) in which we unintentionally slip into contemplation. […]

15 May

Why We’re Missing Out on Real Life (plus a Primal Health Challenge)

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve identified two deficits in our modern lives – the lack of sprinting and the lack of walking – and proposed a series of corresponding challenges to address (and hopefully fill) those deficits. Judging from the responses, I think these articles were  successful. Today, I’m trying my hand at highlighting […]

8 May

Why We Don’t Sprint Anymore (plus a Primal Health Challenge)

Last week, I covered a glaring deficit in the lives of most modern people: the lack of walking. And it’s not just the “normal” people who aren’t walking enough; two thirds of those readers who took the poll get fewer than five hours of slow easy movement each week. Since everyone walks at least a […]

1 May

Why We Don’t Walk Anymore (plus a Primal Health Challenge)

How many steps do you walk every day? Do you hit 10,000 steps, which experts recommend and is about 5 miles’ worth? Do you match the daily walking of a Hadza man or woman (8.3 or 5.5 km/day, respectively)? If you’re anything like the average American, you’re doing 5,117 steps a day, well shy of the […]

5 Apr

Success Stories in the Making: Updates and a Contest

Around 90 days ago, I unveiled a new feature for the site. Designed to motivate people into making public, formal declarations of intent to improve their health, Success Stories in the Making has by all accounts been a massive success. Something like 450 people are participating this inaugural year, which means that 450 people submitted […]

8 Nov

Primal Experiment: Intentional Power Outage

A few months back, I linked to an article about a guy who experienced an unexpected benefit after Hurricane Irene knocked out his power for several days: he started sleeping much, much better. Instead of staying up late on the computer or with the TV blaring and going to bed at the usual 11:30 or […]

30 Sep

Contest: Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize: Hold your fist-pumps of glee until the end, because I’m giving away an arsenal of equipment for this one… A Mace. From StrongerGrip.com. Not sure how to use a mace? Check out the video on this page. I’m a big fan of incorporating maces into my workouts, and actually own a Stronger Grips […]

27 Sep

Contest: What Does Living Primal Look Like?

The Prize: When we spend most of our waking life sitting (or, even worse, slumping over) in a chair, we invite disaster. Sitting at a desk for 8+ hours a day is unnatural and harmful to our health, which is why I recommend standing and staying active during the workday. If you haven’t yet stood […]

22 Sep

How to Tackle the Mini-Challenges

Remember that PDF flyer from last week’s inaugural 30-day Challenge post? If you haven’t already, go ahead and download it (PDF). You may not have noticed, but right along the bottom I listed ten Primal mini-challenges to be completed. They’re technically optional, but not really (you know how I feel about the “optional” small stuff; […]

21 Sep

Contest: Share Your Wisdom

The Prize: Today’s prize is four-fold. It’s a Primal on-the-go package that meets your food, fitness, barefooting and supplement needs all in one fell swoop. First up… Praxis. What is Praxis? Technically, it’s an anchoring system for exercise bands. Non-technically, it’s a world of awesome exercises that can go wherever you go. Strap it to […]

20 Sep

Contest: Show Your Primal Dish

The Prize: You probably know we’re crazy for coconut in these parts. That’s why I’m thrilled that Tropical Traditions has donated this coconut-inspired prize package for today’s contest. The lucky winner of this contest will get all this delivered to their doorstep: 32 oz Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 oz Organic Coconut Cream […]

19 Sep

Contest: Share Your Struggle

The Prize: Hunks of grass-fed meat, raw nuts and dried berries all conveniently packaged together: If your struggle during the first week of the 30-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 two Steve’s Club Samplers ($32 each) and five […]

17 Sep

Contest: Share a Primal Recipe Link

The Prize: What’s better than ghee? 100% organic ghee. And where do you find 100% organic ghee? Pure Indian Foods. According to PIF, they provide the only 100% organic ghee available in the market that has been made using the milk of pastured cows grazing on rapidly growing green grass in spring and fall only, […]

15 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 couple 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 and Primal Blueprint Quick & […]

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