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January 12, 2016

Contest: Ask Me a Question. Win Books and a Primal Essentials Kit.

By Mark Sisson
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win2The Prizes:

What are three of your favorite Primal Blueprint Publishing titles? Want a copy of  The Primal Blueprint, the book that started it all? Or would you like to try out one of our newest releases, like Fruit Belly, Primal Prescription, or Primal Endurance? Perhaps you’re looking to expand your cookbook library… the choice is yours! Today’s winner picks any three books from PrimalBlueprint.com!

Primal Essentials Kit Sun. Soil. Oil. Get all your bases covered with this elegant solution to the daily challenges we face living with our hunter-gatherer genes in a completely modernized world. Today’s winner will receive a bottle of Primal Sun (vitamin D), Primal Probiotics and Primal Omegas.

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, January 12th.

Choosing a Winner:

One commenter will be chosen at random.

Eligibility:

Anyone in the world can enter, though this prize may only be available to U.S. contestants. In the case of an international winner, substitute prizes of equal value will be shipped.

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  • Multiple comments won’t get you multiple entries. But by all means, ask or answer away.

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Chris
Chris
10 months 26 days ago

SInce it is winter and cloudy in the Midwest most of the time, what are some ways we can get the good effects of the sun with NO sun?
Thanks, and so excited about this year’s challenge, this is going to be the best year yet!!!

Michelle
Michelle
10 months 26 days ago

What advice do you have for night eating? I can eat 100% primal all day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I can even plug in the nutrition for the day and verify that I’ve gotten enough calories and nutrients. But after dinner / later in the evening I crave sweets like crazy! My carbs are consistently in the 80-100g/day range, so I don’t think I’m too low on those.

Matt N
Matt N
10 months 26 days ago

Frozen berries works for me.

Also, a lot of the late night sweets cravings are more of a habitual craving than an actual request from the body. I find the cravings get consultant/stronger if I act on them 3 days in a row. Try cutting it out for the challenge and see what happens.

Matt

Michelle
Michelle
10 months 26 days ago

Thank you, I will give that a shot!

I'Shary
10 months 26 days ago

I’m not Mark, but my experience has been that sweets of any kind (including dark chocolate, honey, artificial sweeteners, fruit juice, etc.) can keep cravings alive and well indefinitely. Try eliminating ALL sweets for a few weeks, although it could take longer. Brutal, yes, but eventually you should be able to train your brain to stop going into “crave mode” every time you take a bite of something sweet.

Amanda S. - Newnan, GA
Amanda S. - Newnan, GA
10 months 26 days ago

I have been making Mark’s “tumeric tea” at night to help with my sweet tooth. I tweaked it a bit and added some cinnamon and nutmeg. It is just what I need to sip on to fill like I’m having something I shouldn’t! : )

Jack Lea Mason
Jack Lea Mason
10 months 26 days ago

Don’t watch television find a place for reading and not eating and stay there reading before you go to sleep,

Chris
Chris
10 months 26 days ago

I recommend saving all your allotted carbs for later in the evening when you crave them. Carbs in the morning can cause you to crave them later in the day and also affect your ability to burn fat. This article explains it well: http://primalpotential.com/carbs-at-night/ . In a book I have read recently, called Engineering the Alpha, they claim that eating carbs at night can increase the growth hormone you produce while you sleep.

Scott
Scott
10 months 26 days ago

Try coconut butter. After going a couple weeks without sugar, it tastes incredible. Just a little half spoonful is enough for me.

Matt N
Matt N
10 months 26 days ago
Mark, I struggle to get my kids (4yo twins) to eat meat or vegitables. The only meet I can guarantee my son will eat is bacon and pepperoni. My daughter will eat a piece of chicken occasionally. They eat fruit out the wazoo, and breakfast is always grain heavy (after 4 years primal I’m still alone in my quest for optimum health), but I can sneak in a berry “pancake” (100% egg) once or twice a week. I worry that they aren’t getting enough protine though. My question is whether I should stress about it. I fell like the battle… Read more »
Michelle
Michelle
10 months 26 days ago
I feed my 2 year old son a smoothie for breakfast, to get veggies in. Here is the recipe, to him it tastes just like a milkshake. If your kids are more used to “junk food”, you might skip the avocado or only use 1/4 until they are more used to it. Smoothie 1 cup kefir (could use yogurt, or coconut milk if dairy free) 1 scoop Greens Powder (I use Amazing Grass Kidz, it comes in two flavors) 1 Cup Kale or Spinach (these are mild tasting, don’t use lettuce) 1/2 Avocado 1/2 Banana 1/2 cup Berries or Cherries… Read more »
Rambler
Rambler
10 months 26 days ago
With kids that young and an unsupportive family that’s still SAD, it’s always going to be difficult to get them to eat healthy, let alone fully Primal. My daughter is 9 and while she’s made considerable progress in what she will eat, there are still days where we give her leftovers or a big chef salad while we eat whatever we planned to eat instead. Lucky me that she likes salad. My advice to you is, don’t stress about it. The stress isn’t worth it and it isn’t helping anyone. Don’t make it a fight, and don’t berate them with… Read more »
Andrea
Andrea
10 months 26 days ago
My son is nearly 3. We got into a really bad habit of offering him a PB&J or a grilled cheese sandwich when I was making a dinner that we thought he wouldn’t eat (and half the time, he didn’t want to eat either of those options!) We have since changed our philosophy – he gets small scoops of whatever we are eating for dinner, plus we usually add a little extra fruit or greek yogurt. We don’t stress if he eats or not. If he is hungry, he will eat what is on his plate. If he is not… Read more »
Diane Mac
Diane Mac
10 months 26 days ago

Hi! I am reading Primal Endurance right now, as I am interested in doing a few endurance events this summer/fall. However, the first “phase” is building the aerobic base and suggests not doing any weightlifting etc. I enjoy doing Crossfit type workouts – should I stop doing those during this aerobic building phase? I feel I make more progress in my goals when I am lifting as well as doing cardio. I’m also doing the 21 day challenge – how do I account for NOT doing any weights at this time? Thanks!

Janet
Janet
10 months 26 days ago

I have the same question.

My goal for the 21 day challenge is to finally get a routine down with lifting heavy things and sprinting. But, I am currently working my way up to a 10K at the beginning of April and I’ve been doing aerobic training with a heart rate monitor for the last month or so (haven’t been much of a runner before this; more walking and hiking).
Can I be successful with the aerobic training while also doing LHT and sprinting?

Thanks Mark!

Lex Martin
Lex Martin
10 months 26 days ago

Mark,
I have been primal a while now but I was having problems shedding subcutaneous (hope I spelled that right) body fat. Recently I have switched to a very ketogenic approach restricting my daily carb intake to 30 grams or less (mostly less) a day. Question: Since I am doing this, what is your feeling on carb backloading or reloading-would it help at all. Thanks for your time buddy!

Nancy Darrow
Nancy Darrow
10 months 26 days ago

Mark,

What is your suggestions if one feels that they are Leptin Resistant? Should one stick with a very low carb regiment, or should a carb reloading be considered to reset the Leptin output? BTW I love the cookbooks and the weekly recipes! It’s easy to be a Primal foodie with all of the delicious suggestions!

Don
Don
10 months 26 days ago

How often do you switch things up vs maintaining a routine? Even within this 21-day challenge, I find myself making sure I keep to a fairly regular schedule to make sure I eat healthy and get a good amount of sleep.

But I’m worried about monotony setting in where I’m less “responsive” when there are disruptions to the schedule – late night event I want to attend, etc.

Brian
Brian
10 months 26 days ago

Hey Mark!
Thanks for the awesome challenge season again!

What is your opinion of the efficacy of moringa leaf for lowering blood glucose levels?

Thanks for all you do!

Dawn from the Frozen North
Dawn from the Frozen North
10 months 26 days ago

I live in Canada, and sunshine is in short supply during the fall and winter months. I have been taking Vitamin D and using a SAD light at my desk at work. Is there anything else I can do? Also, how much skin should be exposed to get the benefit of 15 minutes of sun? I plan to go skating for my fun activity on Sunday, but with bundling up for the weather there won’t be much of me in the sun…if the sun manages to make an appearance.
Thanks Mark
Grok on!

Jubilance
Jubilance
10 months 26 days ago

I discovered Primal 6 years ago, and dove in headfirst. I dropped 50 pounds in about 5 months, and really loved the lifestyle. Over the past 6 years, I’ve crept back into a SAD lifestyle and have regained those 50 pounds. I’m getting back into Primal thanks to the 21-day challenge, but I’m finding it harder to get back on the Primal bandwagon, and start seeing that weight loss. Any tips on kickstarting when you’ve done Primal before? My biggest issue is sugar and the motivation to get my exercise in.

Aaron
Aaron
10 months 26 days ago

Mark,

I’ve found that going low-carb tends to spike my LDL-C from around a norm of 70 up to 120 (with a corresponding LDL-P of 1,300). The LDL-P number is concerning, but I am loathe to give up low-carb Primal. Should I be concerned?

Thanks,

Aaron

Michael
Michael
10 months 26 days ago

Is it better to eat locally/seasonally or focus on getting a variety of foods? For instance, is it preferred to eat roots and tubers for the winter in the northeast rather and save leafy greens and other veggies for the spring when they are in season? Any thoughts on this would be terrific!

Chad Clark
Chad Clark
10 months 26 days ago

So long as the overall volume and intensity level of physical effort wouldn’t put one into chronic cardio/ black hole zone, and appropriate rest is accounted for, should daily “play” be acocunted for in any specific way during the challenge?

Personally, I’m asking if it’s ok to continue with the wrestling practice schedule I had before the challenge started, in which I had been tapering effort and participation to recovery based on both intuition and HRV scores?

Susanne
Susanne
10 months 26 days ago

Can you please share some tips on sneaking greens into my diet? I’m willing to eat them for health’s sake, but so many greens taste very bitter to me.

TF
TF
10 months 26 days ago

I second this question. I also wonder how important leafy greens are in the context of a diet including plenty of other vegetables. I just recently acquired a taste for broccoli (it used to make me gag) and can eat a pound of it in a day, but can’t stand leafy greens. So bitter.

Barbie
Barbie
10 months 26 days ago

I add leafy greens into my midday egg scramble or omlette. Just chop a few leaves of fresh organic chard, spinach or kale, saute in grass-fed butter & a bit of coconut oil until soft (add onions, peppers, &/or squash, too, if desired), then add 2 or 3 whisked organic eggs with herbs, & cook as desired. I top my hubby’s omlette with raw cheese, and mine with salsa. Scrumptious!

Jackson
Jackson
10 months 26 days ago

My schedule at work requires that I stay up into the night. You’ve talked about using temperature changes for circadian signaling. Do you have any specific advice for how to go about that??

Sam
Sam
10 months 26 days ago
Hi Mark, I have a 8 month old, a new job, am in graduate school, and am trying to complete the 21 day challenge. As a personal addition to the challenge, I am trying to incorporate a 24-hour fast one or two days a week (dinner to dinner). I’ve had success fasting before, but stress is at an all time high these days. I’m wondering if I’m doing more harm than good by stressing my body a bit further by not feeding it, or if, by relying on my energy stores between my waist and my belly button (aka my… Read more »
Gary
Gary
10 months 26 days ago

Hey Mark: It seems like the elephant in the room is the physiological effects of cannabis as it’s never mentioned. I would specifically like to know its effect on appetite as I can’t find much in the way of specific data on the subject elsewhere and I bet you could definitely spell it out for us.

Sam
Sam
10 months 26 days ago

When trying to increase sleep during these 21 days, is it better to stick with routine or to get it how you can, when you can? If I have a chance to sleep until 10 on the weekend, should I do that, or should I keep waking up at 6:15 to try to normalize my rhythms?
-Sam

Liz
Liz
10 months 26 days ago

What are some easy ways to get calcium without dairy? Dairy triggers serious skin issues such as acne for me. I try to eat lots of almonds, greens, and broccoli, but I find myself full before hitting the recommended amounts of calcium. On normal days, I hit about 70% of the DV. Second question: is it possible my body is telling me that I have enough?

Terry
Terry
10 months 26 days ago
Hi Mark, I’ve been primal almost 4 years and have followed the protocol almost 100%,except the last 3 months. Somehow after having a hernia in September I have fallen off the wagon and have consumed a tremendous amount of sweet things although still no grain products. My hernia is fixed and healed to date, and I joined the 21 day challenge to get back on track. My question is, is there enough potato starch in primal flora to initiate a gout attack as I stay away from nightshades? I have tried primal flora on numerous occasions and feel an impending… Read more »
Eddie
Eddie
10 months 26 days ago
Good day Mark! Question for ya. I’m a young man (24) who’s always survived off of little sleep. As long as I got 6-7, I’m good. I’m trying to give more of an effort to get 8 hours of sleep, but I keep running into some issues. – If I go to bed early enough for 8 hours, I ALWAYS wake up around 3 or 4 hours later. I generally use the bathroom at this time and in a weird way, I look forward to this as a sign that I did go to bed early enough. But still, waking… Read more »
inquisitiveone
inquisitiveone
10 months 26 days ago

Eight hours of sleep is the conventional recommendation, but in reality, people’s needs vary a lot; and age is factor in that. Infants sleep much more than that, for example.

Of more importance than the number of hours you sleep each night is how you feel on awakening. Do you feel well rested? Are you refreshed and feeling ready to face your day? If so, then you’re getting enough sleep. Since you say your body “just feels awake” after seven hours of sleep, go for that and don’t worry about it.

Amanda S. - Newnan, GA
Amanda S. - Newnan, GA
10 months 26 days ago
Hi Mark! I have a question regarding severe inflammation. I have struggled for the last few years with extreme knee swelling and pain (I am about 70 pounds overweight at 5’2″) as well as generalized joint pain. I have been to doctors, ortho doctors, etc, had MRI’s, X-rays, arthritis tests, you name it, but they can’t find anything “wrong”. My regular doctor just told me to lose weight and it will correct itself, but I feel sure my diet must be the culprit. I started the 21 day challenge yesterday, and although I want to lose the weight, I really… Read more »
Amanda S. - Newnan, GA
Amanda S. - Newnan, GA
10 months 26 days ago

I meant to ask specifically.. what do I need to tweak / change or focus on in the 21 day challenge regarding food choices to help with the inflammation?

Thank you!

Linda
Linda
10 months 25 days ago
The whole primal lifestyle should greatly reduce inflammation. Sugar and seed oils are the greatest culprits. And if dairy and tomatoes make you feel worse, reduce those as much as you can. Maybe try to go nightshade-free (tomato is a nightshade, and if that bothers you, other nightshades might as well – potatoes, eggplants, peppers). It reduces the number of foods you can eat quite a lot, but you may be able to re-introduce them once you’ve lost some weight (which will reduce the strain on your knees) and your body has had time and opportunity to heal. Best of… Read more »
Amanda S. - Newnan, GA
Amanda S. - Newnan, GA
10 months 25 days ago

Thank you, Linda!

RichardH
RichardH
10 months 13 days ago

Amanda – I have a “bun” knee that hurt for years, but stopped hurting completely about 2-1/2 weeks after giving up bread and pasta. If I “slip” more than twice in a week or so, it starts hurting again, reminding me to not consume those grains! This may work for you if you’re still eating grains regularly…

Mike
Mike
10 months 26 days ago

What are the best or closest ‘sprint’ alternatives to running?

Don’t get me wrong, I love doing hill sprints in the summer, but heavy breathing when it’s 10°s is downright unpleasant.

Paul
Paul
10 months 26 days ago

I’ve recently started “rucking” — aka, walking with a weighted backpack. I’ve had some success at weight loss but are there other considerations I should take into account. For example, my knees and feet have felt sorer than usual after rucking (I had been walking the same amount regularly), is that something I should be concerned about or will it go away as I get used to it?

Matt
Matt
10 months 26 days ago

How often should I take my weight? I’ve been measuring it each day for three weeks and I find the measurements sporadic and alarming, sometimes varying by 2 lbs day to day. Obviously, my food and water consumption is effecting the number, but I try to take the measurements each day in the morning without any clothes on. Should I even be taking weight? I don’t care about the number, but I’ve always seen it as a way to measure progress. What are your thoughts?

Celeste
Celeste
10 months 26 days ago

What do you suggest for those of us living in places like the pacific northwest, where we have over cast rainy days that we can’t get 15 minutes of direct sunlight in on a regular basis?

Celeste
Celeste
10 months 26 days ago

And I will add I do take vitamin d supplements but I still get back blood test results showing low d

Lynn
Lynn
10 months 26 days ago

Did far-north grok eat many vegetables in the winter months?

Jeff
Jeff
10 months 26 days ago

Hello,

Will there be other 21 Day Challenges this year? Can these be started at other times other than now (like if I wanted to do this once per month)?

Michael
Michael
10 months 26 days ago

Since I have mostly (non-southern) European ancestry, I hope my body’s not expecting super-direct sunlight all year round. You’ve mentioned the advantages of eating seasonally, but have you seen research about sun (and vitamin d) cycling? Using what light there is for circadian rhythm, of course, sounds like a solid bet, but I’m curious about basically not worrying too much about the rest now.

Jack Lea Mason
Jack Lea Mason
10 months 26 days ago
My biggest challenge is having a spouse that insists on pizza and pasta and every kind of processed convenience food contrary to a primal lifestyle. Failure in the primal challenge is eminent as the Pantry Purge is immediately restocked with kettle corn, brownie bites and other quick satifaction junk. I try to keep it positive and say it’s just 21 days and you will feel better. But I’m consistently faced with passive-aggressive resistance. “Just because you don’t want to eat it doesn’t mean we can’t”. I worry about the health effects on my children. They are open to eating and… Read more »
Jamie Fellrath
10 months 26 days ago

I completely agree with you, Jack. Not having a family that is 100% Primal is the number one reason I fall off the wagon as well – my wife is constantly buying chips and stuff because SHE wants them, she thinks it’s too much work to cook regularly, or doesn’t think the kids need to lay off the stuff. I think my kids would be on board if both my wife and I went 100% Primal.

Shary
10 months 26 days ago
Jack, my family isn’t Primal/Paleo, although they’re doing better about their food choices. Initially, when I went Primal, my spouse took up pie-making because I wouldn’t do it any more. Fortunately, his efforts weren’t all that appealing, so I didn’t have a problem with avoidance. However, I’ve made pasta that I didn’t eat and bought pizza that I didn’t eat. I even made bread that I didn’t eat. (BTW, kneading bread dough is excellent exercise for the arms and shoulders.) Meanwhile, It all boils down to willpower on your part, even if you have to cook all your own meals.… Read more »
Jack Lea Mason
Jack Lea Mason
10 months 25 days ago
Good advice Shary, When she brings home pizza I go out for Thai or sushi. I also make large portions of primal soups and stews. I can them in pint mason jars so there are always other budget meal options. The problem is not the will power is the negativity and lack of support. As for my kids, I try to lead by example. On burger night I have mine over a salad of burger fixings. On pasta night I just have meatballs and a side salad. My daughter complains of tummy aches and naturally avoids bread. She eats the… Read more »
Shary
Shary
10 months 24 days ago
I, too, would be interested in Mark’s answer since my spouse is somewhat Paleo resistant. He was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic about a year ago, and that got his attention. He has since cleaned up his eating habits quite a bit. However, it has my experience that you can’t really change someone who doesn’t want to change. We have an agreement at my house: “If I make it, you eat it. Otherwise I refuse to cook for you.” This way my spouse and adult son (who lives with us) get plenty of Paleo foods. They also eat non-Paleo stuff, including… Read more »
PrimalMeadowcroft
PrimalMeadowcroft
10 months 26 days ago
I am a high school student experimenting with different breakfast options to maximize my mental performance throughout the day. Currently hard boiled eggs take the crown for their high tyrosine content as well as acytocholine and vitamin D. However, despite toting so many health benefits, does this make it a universally beneficial food or can eggs be detrimental to some as a staple morning food due to genetic differences and allergies? The reason I ask this question is because I feel no dramatic difference in mood level and cognitive ability than I do when eating seaweed or meat for example.… Read more »
Damien Gray
Damien Gray
10 months 26 days ago

What are some coping strategies for dealing with a spouse who refuses to go primal and thinks they are doing you a favor by buying you desserts?

Mommaofmany
Mommaofmany
10 months 26 days ago

What are the best bodyweight exercises for someone with joint damage? I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility and am having trouble finding anything but walking that doesn’t make me feel worse.

CrunchyMama
10 months 26 days ago
I’m a work-at-home mom and have embraced the whole Primal cooking thing; I’ve got foods down to almost a science now, except for two areas: portable shelf-stable snacks and breakfasts for family members who resist anything BUT “breakfast carbs” for breakfast. Older Child is out of bed at 7AM, out the door at 7:40, and isn’t a fan of “supper leftovers for breakfast.” (I’ll happily chow down on cold soup from the night before, but I’m also not almost-14. LOL) On a good day she’ll accept a grain-free porridge or even a bowl of yogurt (I make the stuff by… Read more »
Alison
Alison
10 months 24 days ago
I have found making breakfast cereal is easy and my two kids love it with our raw goat milk or homemade yogurt. I do go through the effort of soaking and drying all our nuts but I know you can buy them soaked if you want to spend the extra money and save yourself the time. My cold “cereal” is mostly chopped nuts embellished with shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs and a small amount of dried fruit to add just a bit of sweetness. In the summer I’ll use fresh berries. Sprinkle with cinnamon too. You can play with different… Read more »
Jon
Jon
10 months 26 days ago

Living in Canada wondering what the effects are of sun if behind glass?
Sitting at home in the sun or in the car, does a longer exposure behind glass get me anywhere close to the 15 mins of sun?

Samantha D
Samantha D
10 months 26 days ago

I’m on day 3 of living the Paleo lifestyle. I think I have felt every emotion possible in these last 3 days, but hoping to keep it up and one day be a success story!

Samantha D
Samantha D
10 months 26 days ago

As much information as there is, I also wonder about the sunlight equation. As I type this we are getting yet another snowstorm, and I arrive at work in the dark and leave in the dark. Does diffused light make any difference at all?

Jason
Jason
10 months 26 days ago
What are some Breakfast ideas for kids. In the AM we are constantly rushed trying to get the kids up at 6:00AM and out the door for school by 7. Including us two Adults getting ready. Recently we found out that both our Daughters are allergic to eggs. They both hate Bacon (I’m not sure how that is possible) We live in Georgia so especially now we are limited on berries and some other fruits that just aren’t in season or stocked locally. I have done smoothies in the past, but not a huge fan of the huge influx of… Read more »
Rosanna
Rosanna
10 months 26 days ago

I hear your pain as I am also newly allergic to eggs.

I rely a lot on avocados (I do love bacon or sausage with them), smoked salmon, occasional fried leftover baked potatoes.

Leftover soup is quick, and easy to slurp down while you’re getting ready. In fact, I eat leftover dinner most of the time. It grows on you and doesn’t seem weird, trust me!

Good luck!

Linda
Linda
10 months 25 days ago

Can they do dairy? My current breakfast staple is 10% fat greek yogurt with seasonal fruit (mostly apple at the moment), coconut flakes, and/or nuts, cacao nibs etc. Fills me up and keeps me going until lunch (about 5 hours after breakfast, no mid-morning snacks).
For smoothies, you could also try a coconut milk / avocado combo with (for example) cacao or berries. Lots of good fat from the coco/avo, not too much sugar, very filling.

Steve
Steve
10 months 26 days ago

What if during the 21 days you get sick, have to do some unexpected overtime at work, or anything else that gets you seriously sidetracked for a few days. Do you continue where you left off on the 21 days, or is it best to start over again?

Elisa
Elisa
10 months 26 days ago

do you subscribe to the “8 glasses of water” or “drink half your body weight in ounces” or do you think its better to focus on high-water-content foods and nutritious drinks like bone broth and kombucha?

Thanks for all your amazing work!

Angela
Angela
10 months 26 days ago

With the 21 day challenge, one of the requirements is 15 minutes of sunshine a day. During the winter here sometimes we get NO sun for days. What would you recommend? A vitamin d supplement?

Susan
Susan
10 months 26 days ago
I have lost about 30 pounds by simply going Primal. I been myself into a good routine for physical exercise. In the summer my husband and I hike and I garden every day. Now that winter is here, it’s tough. Some days we can get out and walk but other days it’s nearly impossible. Snowy New England is a wonderful place, but it can have some downsides. I wondering if playing wii snowboarding games with my daughter would be a better option than driving to the gym. My friends love the gym but I HATE driving to get some exercise,… Read more »
Rob
Rob
10 months 26 days ago
Dear Mark, What would you consider to be excessive cardio work in terms of both intensity and duration? I am a 55 year old male healthy and vibrant. I do a 30 minute bootcamp type class twice per week. On a scale out of ten I am usually around a 9 or better in terms of exertion so my heart rate is certainly up there in the +90% range at times. I have the energy and passion for this style of what I call my “formal exercise”. Just not completely sure about possible wear and tear as well as recovery… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
10 months 26 days ago

How does intermittent fasting play into Primal fitness, if at all? What are your thoughts on this practice?

And thank you for all you do!

Susan Doak
Susan Doak
10 months 26 days ago

Mark, I basically eat primal and get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, along with exercising 5 – 6 days a week. I still have no energy. What can I do to increase my energy levels and feel rested in the morning?

Vickie
Vickie
10 months 26 days ago
Is there a way to get my husband more interested in eating healthier? I don’t want him to feel judged or shamed so I don’t comment on his food choices. But I worry that the only healthy meal he’s eating every day is the dinner I make for him. (Which he always compliments me on and cleans his plate of!) The rest of the time, he goes out for breakfast and lunch with his co-workers every day to some fast food place. He’ll also drink about 3 cans of coke a day, which he says is “just for the caffeine”… Read more »
Jamie Fellrath
10 months 26 days ago

Mark –

I recently got a Fitbit Charge HR and love it. My question is what advice do you have for using it to further our self-improvement via Primal Blueprint Principles? Obviously we have step counters and such in it, but is there anything beyond the obvious stuff?

Thanks,
Jamie

Catherine
Catherine
10 months 26 days ago
I’m a celiac hypothyroid 40 year-old mom of 4. I want to stay lower carb, but VLC makes my TSH problematic. If I’m a stocky 5’5″ with a goal weight of 160, what might be a good carb range? Since going primal, I had my most recent pregnancy, and the carb and sugar cravings were overwhelming. It has been harder to cut carbs ever since. I know our glucose needs are higher during gestation and nursing, but he’ll be 3 in April and hasn’t nursed since 11 months. The carb cravings are still stronger, though I’m surviving a January Whole30… Read more »
Corie
Corie
10 months 26 days ago

I am very curious about this too as I go through the 21 day challenge. How many carbs are needed for optimal thyroid health? I too am hypothyroid and recently found out non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Thanks!

Anthony Munkholm
Anthony Munkholm
10 months 26 days ago

In all the years of running the 21-day challenge what has been your most important lesson learned? Whether it be from a marketing or business standpoint or working with the people. I run a similar challenge based off your principles at my gym (I have the cert) and really had a great year in 2015, but am looking to grow it in 2016.

Amanda
10 months 26 days ago
Since having my second child four months ago, I’ve noticed that I have diastasis recti. No amount of “tummy rehab” has been able to close the gap so far. I tried to allow my body to heal and only began a regular routine after the recommended 6 weeks. Aside from the sleep deprived sweet tooth, my diet has been good, as well. I’ve definitely noticed a difference since forgoing the tortilla chips and sugar now that the new year is upon us, and the 21 Day Challenge has kicked any bad habits to the curb. So why do I still… Read more »
Michelle
Michelle
10 months 26 days ago

Look up Katy Bowmans website, http://nutritiousmovement.com/blog/

Diastasis recti is a symptom of improper alignment and abdominal pressure. No amount of dieting or “tummy rehab” is ever going to fix it. In order to get rid of your diastasis, you have to fix your alignment.

I had my baby 18 months ago, and I had a diastisis too. Fixing the alignment was the only thing that worked, and I tried splinting, MuTu, etc. None of that fixes the underlying issue.

She has a book coming out next month that addresses this specifically:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/098965396X?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_3&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Michelle
Michelle
10 months 26 days ago
My comment to you got flagged because I posted some links, and I want to make sure you get this information, so I’m re-posting and taking out the links. Look up Katy Bowmans website, it’s called Nutritious Movement. Diastasis recti is a symptom of improper alignment and abdominal pressure. No amount of dieting or “tummy rehab” is ever going to fix it. In order to get rid of your diastasis, you have to fix your alignment. I had my baby 18 months ago, and I had a diastisis too. Fixing the alignment was the only thing that worked, and I… Read more »
Amanda
10 months 26 days ago

Thank you for this! I just went and purchased the book – now I just need it to come out! Did this heal yours?

Michelle
Michelle
10 months 26 days ago

The gap above and below my belly button is completely closed. I have a 1 finger width gap right at my belly button, that is still closing, but is still improving so I am hopeful that will close 100% too. I started with a 3-4 finger width my entire torso.

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