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21 Sep

Contest: Ask Me a Question. Win a Book.

The Prize:

The Paleo Primer is the latest publication from Primal Blueprint Publishing, and a wonderful new book from British health and fitness consultants Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore (this book is an adaptation of their popular UK release called Fitter Food). When Keris and Matt first shared their work with me, I knew immediately it was something special. These folks, who run a popular fitness and wellness center called Fitter London, have produced a book that is half “primer” and half incredibly creative recipes. The primer section distills the major concepts of primal/paleo/ancestral health living into clever and memorable short passages, spiced up by hilarious cartoon drawings. Learn more about the book and view an excerpt here.

Three lucky winners will receive a free copy of this book.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment below asking me your 21-Day Challenge questions. Need some advice? Struggling with something? Anything? Let me know in the comment board. Just make sure that your questions are related to your 21-Day Challenge in some way. I’ll be answering as many questions as I can in this coming Monday’s Dear Mark post. 

Replying to questions with answers also counts. This is a community effort, so share your tips and tricks with those in need of some help and you’ll also be entered to win.

Contest Deadline:

Midnight tonight, September 21st.

Choosing a Winner:

Three comments, and thus three winners, will be chosen at random.


This one’s global. Everyone’s eligible.

Other Important Info:

  • Remember to use your real email address in the comment board. If you don’t we won’t have a way to contact you.
  • Multiple comments won’t get you multiple entries. But by all means, ask or answer away.

To track all the contests visit the 2013 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily contest updates.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I think I am ready to jump on board. I have found in the past that I do well on a program for a couple of weeks and then boom I fall off the wagon. I live in an household where I cannot eliminate all the no no foods because my husband eats them and is not willing to give them up. I have changed what is available most of the time to eat and my family is eating better but just need some tips to get myself going. HELP.

    Kellekay wrote on September 22nd, 2013
  2. Any suggestions for helping my husband embrace the primal lifestyle? He LOVES his carbs (especially pizza)!

    Jenna wrote on September 22nd, 2013
  3. My question is, can I have a book?

    Mikey Mileos wrote on September 23rd, 2013
  4. Hi Mark, I have been following the Primal Blueprint lifestyle for 4 months now and seen amazing results. I have just recently qualified as a gym instructor and am about to qualify as an excercise to music instructor. I know how everyone feels about “Chronic Cardio” but I love doing classes. My hope in the future is to qualify as a personal trainer and be able to help more people convert to the Primal way of life. Since my current qualifications are only a level 2, I am not allowed to give any nutritional advice beyond the eating healthy guidelines. My question is this, with doing classes I find my energy levels are not high enough. I have experimented with eating some high (healthy) fat food an hour before or even some coffee with coconut oil. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t, depending on the class. What would you recommend doing to make sure my energy will outlast that of my clients who are eating high carb food to get their energy levels up? Thanks and Grok on.

    Paris Robinson wrote on September 23rd, 2013
    • Hey Paris,

      I’m at the 6 month mark, have also seen amazing (!!!) results. However, I really didn’t feel an increase in energy/endurance until the last couple of months. I first started noticing that I hopped out of bed raring to go and then I noticed a significant increase in endurance. So hang in there; maybe the same will happen for you.

      In the meantime…my work is outdoors and is physically demanding. On really hot days, eggs and bacon seemed heavy to me so my daughter and I started experimenting with smoothies, trying to come up with a “power smoothie” (there are many recipes on MDA). My latest has frozen mixed berries, a few pieces of frozen pineapple (for my tired, old joints), a banana, half an avocado, a few sliced beets (yeah, I said beets: my daughter read somewhere that they were good for energy so what the heck), vanilla protein powder, hemp protein powder and almond and/or coconut milk, whatever I happen to have. I don’t know exact measurements, sorry; I just throw stuff in. I add ice chips if it’s not “frozen enough”. Yes, it’s more carbs than “allowed” but I’m moving and active all day every day. It’s satisfying, filling, gives me energy and I usually don’t eat anything else/am not hungry for about 8 hours.

      Tammy wrote on September 23rd, 2013
  5. I’m loving the Primal Blueprint thus far but I am having a problem with fatigue. I find myself “hitting the wall” about once a day, to the point where I am about to fall asleep. I’m eating most of my carbs in the morning, in the form of fruit (berries and the occasional banana) or sweet potatoes. I have some carbs at lunch – again, usually fruit (berries or apple) or sweet potato, and little to no carbs at dinner. The rest of my meals consist of pastured beef/pork/chicken, plenty of vegetables, and coconut oil, avocados, almond butter, etc. I will snack on nuts or occasionally jerky.

    Most of the time my fatigue comes in the early afternoon between lunch and dinner, or following dinner. I have a couple of cups of coffee in the morning and, often, another in the afternoon when I start to feel tired.

    Am I not getting enough carbs? Not eating enough overall? Something else?

    Shawn wrote on September 23rd, 2013
  6. Just saw today that chicken seems to have more omega-6 than omega-3, should I be worried and limit chicken? (Trying to me more vigilant about the omega 3:6-ratio this time around doing the transformation.)

    Oskar wrote on September 26th, 2013
  7. I would like to know how to get Mainstream Medical at my Local VA to implement some Lalternative approaches instead of Drugs, Chemo, Radiation or surgery?
    Any Suggestions? I’ve tried to speak to the personnel at my Local VA to no Avail?

    Michael wrote on April 22nd, 2014

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