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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. Iโ€™m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything weโ€™ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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August 26, 2009

Contest: Let’s Chat

By Mark Sisson
44 Comments

The Prize:

Let’s talk. Seriously. I’ll call today’s winner.

The Contest:

Tell me why I should call you. Need help with the challenge? Maybe you have unusual obstacles you need to overcome, or you need help tailoring Primal living to the demands of your lifestyle (work, school, location, finances). Or maybe you’ve done great on the challenge and you’re ready to take Primal living to the next level with more specific advice on improving your meals and workout routines. In the comments section of this post, tell me who you are and why you want a one-on-one consultation.

IMPORTANT: Don’t leave your phone number in the comment board. I’ll contact the winner via email for a phone number.

Examples:

I hesitate to give you a specific example of what I’m looking for or I might see 50 comments emulating exactly that, but I can give you a few tips:

  • A little background info goes a long way.
  • Straight forward and honest is the way to go.
  • “I need to lose 12 lbs in 3 weeks. Help!” – Not gonna win.

Eligibility:

You’ve got to have a phone number.

The Contest End Time:

Midnight, tonight (August 26th)!

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

Executive decision. I’ll pick who I want to call. That’s the winner.

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Max Lambert
Max Lambert
7 years 29 days ago

Haha this is an awesome challenge. Good luck to whoever wins the phone call, it sounds like fun.

Grok
7 years 29 days ago

I’m a triathlete in training. I realize triathlons kind of go against the primal exercise plan & lifestyle (or do they have to?), but it’s my dream.

I’d like to know how I can continue to use the Primal Blueprint (diet specifically) for optimizing my health & performance during the body abusing training.

and/or

What or how would you train differently if you were to re-live your career as a runner/triathlete again and still be at the same level of performance but not beat the hell out of yourself so bad?

Thanks Mark. Love everything you produce!

ccarrigan
7 years 29 days ago

I’m a 24 year old Canadian Dudette who’s been following MDA for about 8 months, and living the philosophies for the last 4 months.

I feel awesome and am happy to have a forum full of people that have similar ideas of what living a full healthy life is, but I still struggle in my ‘real-life’ social and family situations.

I’d love some advice on remaining true to myself and what I feel is healthy and awesome, while balancing social and family opinions/feelings/obligations.

Wicked Awesome Contest/Prize! Thanks for taking the time!

hannahc
hannahc
7 years 29 days ago
I went from years of “clean eating” and chronic cardio to PB in June (10 weeks ago), and am so happy I did! I also took a break from any serious exercise for a few weeks to break my cardio addiction. At this point, I’m ready to get back into the gym (will renew my membership in September), get some good workout advice, tweak my diet more here and there, and learn more about eating well while on the road/doing extended travelling/and while visiting with family. I also have 4 family members that are doing either PB or Paleo, and… Read more »
Matt
Matt
7 years 29 days ago
Mark, I have two kids, one is 5, the other is 2. I have only been incorporating primal eating into my life for the past year, so my 2-year-old eats whatever I eat, however my 5-year-old is not down with the program. I shudder to post all the grainy details of what my 5-year-old eats so I will save that for the call, but needless to day it is a terrible diet. What should I do? Go cold turkey (no pun intended)? One meal at a time? One item at a time? It is very frustrating.
Min
Min
7 years 29 days ago
My mother has a fake knee and hip. For the last few years she’s been re-learning how to walk and gaining weight due to her inability to move much, along with a high carb/grain/sugar diet. She read your book and loved it, but for some reason isn’t willing to get primal! I think it’s fear of failure or unwillingness to give up certain frankenfoods. In any case, despite kicking ass in physical therapy, she’s having many complications with her knee and hip which I think a primal lifestyle could help resolve, if for no other reason than fat loss. How… Read more »
bklnyc
bklnyc
7 years 29 days ago
Mark — Call my wife, please! I adopted a primal diet in January 2008. When I started, I was 204 lbs and 5′ 11″ tall. Now I pretty consistently weigh 165-170 lbs. I am healthier than I have been in years. I feel that I am a pretty good model of the health benefits that come from a primal diet. My challenge is that I cannot convince my wife to adopt a primal diet for herself and our son. She has a laundry list of modern illnesses in her family history, but she is quite healthy — although she and… Read more »
Kelli
Kelli
7 years 29 days ago
Hi Mark. I have been follwoing MDA for several months and love the way I feel and look! My coworker, Gordon, and I have been helping each other through the trials and tribulations of changing ones lifestyle. We are both doing great! Although we would love a call from you, our reason for entering this challenge is for someone else. Another co-worker has been skeptical of MDA. He needs our help and yours! He is a wonderful guy! Kind and Caring. He is having health issues and both Gord and I know that this lifestyle would do him wonders. A… Read more »
mike
7 years 29 days ago
hey mark, i am a personal trainer who has been living the primal lifestyle and also has been sharing and teaching this lifestyle to my clients. however i have a client who is vigan whose diet consists of a good 70% grains (the rest being nuts and veggies). i am having a hard time convincing her that she should go “grain free” but at the same time she is set in her vigan ways and wont eat meat or animal products. can she maintain a healthy diet off of just veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds? should i try to cinvince… Read more »
ohiolopez
ohiolopez
7 years 29 days ago

Mark:
If anything my call would be how to convince my 16 year old daughter to live this lifestyle more. I am five seven and was 249 pounds in Jan 1, 2008 but today I am 214.

Her two aunts have had gastric by pass surgery but I dknow that is not a healthy alternative.

Thanks

rts
rts
7 years 29 days ago
I’m a competitive ultimate player who is gearing up ready for the Fall Series (sectionals, regionals and maybe nationals, if we qualify). I’m older than the typical player and working harder than most on conditioning, eating and clean living. I have devised an exercise plan for my team, which involves a lot of sprinting, jumping, interval training and cutting. Would love to chat about how to eat properly for and at tournaments as well as what training methods would work best for our sport. Speaking with someone who plays ultimate, knows the demands of the game and has a keen… Read more »
GeriMorgan
7 years 29 days ago
Truth be told, I’d rather you call my aunt and talk to her. She’s stuck in this “healthy grains are okay” rut, and as a consequence both she and her daughter weigh over two hundred pounds. (They haven’t gained recently, but they sure as heck aren’t losing.) She wouldn’t appreciate me giving out her phone number, though, so maybe you could give me some advice. My aunt is an incredibly stubborn woman who, after years of trying to explain the process to her, is still stuck in the grips of Conventional Wisdom (and a low budget – she’s convinced that… Read more »
Welmoed
Welmoed
7 years 29 days ago
Boy, do I need that phone call. I’m a 49-year-old female, struggling with my weight for the last 20 years. Whatever the diet, I’ve tried it. I’ll lose about 5-10 lbs, then stall. I have been between 200-210 lbs since my late 20s. What’s terribly frustrating is that all the diets and such seem to work so well for everyone else!!! My husband lost 25 lbs on South Beach; I lost 5. I’m almost scared to try anything new. I have your book, but need the push to commit to a new plan. As a new empty-nester, I now have… Read more »
Tricia
Tricia
7 years 29 days ago
I would love some help from you! I have been eating in a PB way since June. For years I have struggled with low energy, blood sugar swings, and panic attacks. I am much improved – absolutely no more panic attacks, and energy is much more even. My one big issue at this point is adrenal fatigue – I’m at the point of having very low cortisol and DHEA. So, eating this way, I’m much more “even”, but my even feels so low. I’m having trouble exercising – am taking on the low, slow part – walking my daughter to… Read more »
Jennifer Armstrong
7 years 29 days ago
Hi Mark! I am completely new to this, but I have been following you for awhile on facebook, and find this whole primal business very interesting.. At 35 I am a mother to 3 children, and basically live a very active lifestyle. For the most part of my life I was an avid athelete participating in sports through high school, college, and beyond.. All of my children are very athletic as well, and as a whole we are very healthy. After the birth of my last child in Dec. of 1999 I began to struggle with my weight.. I put… Read more »
Aaron Blaisdell
7 years 29 days ago

Hi Mark,

I live in LA so I’d rather chat over coffee (or a primal steak tar tar). Please don’t pick me for a phone call. Not that I wouldn’t love to chat over the phone with you!, But, I think many of the other commenters are more in need of your assistance or advice.

Eric
7 years 29 days ago
Here is why I would like a phone call. I am a CrossFit Trainer at CrossFit Body Construction here in Tampa, Fl. I consistently struggle helping clients put it all together. I give countless sessions on eating in the Zone. I email shopping lists and PDF meal plans that are Paleo Friendly. I do 15 minutes after every class going around the entire gym asking “what did you have for lunch today” and critique each meal on its own merits. Still with all my knowledge and training, I still have issues getting clients to see the light. Most of the… Read more »
Colin
Colin
7 years 29 days ago
Hi Mark My problem is similar to other posts on here. I am very new to the Primal Lifestyle and I really want to do that, make it my lifestyle. I lead a busy life with a 5 and 3 year old, work, sporting activities for myself and children, and my wife had her activities. My 5 year old son is starting kindergarten this year, so I will need to pack his lunch. I would love some ideas for primal kid meals and advice for my own personal primal lifestyle balancing!! Getting a phone call would be the ultimate inspiration… Read more »
pinebark
pinebark
7 years 29 days ago

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY….that why.

pinebark
pinebark
7 years 29 days ago

and I can’t spell “that’s”.

Evan
Evan
7 years 29 days ago

Hi Mark,
My wife needs the talkin to.. Its hard trying to eat primal when the wife and kids are very en”grained” in what they eat. I struggle to get my wife to try new things and also my 11 year old son (he eats totally by looks and texture). My 7 year daughter on the other hand would eat bugs (and has done so in the past) if they tasted good!

It would be great to get everyone towing the same line!

Carrie
Carrie
7 years 29 days ago
oooo so happy i found it! here’s why you should call me: well, it’s totally selfish, so maybe not me. sometime though it would be nice. i’ve done EVERYTHING to get the bod under control, INCLUDING gastric surgery. classic: lost 120, then gained 150. most recently joined OA and doing 12 steps. it helps with the compulsive eating, but not the diet, you know? i’m 48, perimenopausal, weight’s been all over the board: highest 330, lowest since childhood 150 (too thin for me really…i literally have big bones…wore my poor podiatrist out to shave my toebone). atkin’s works for me…or… Read more »
David
David
7 years 29 days ago
I’m a diabetic of 24 years who has managed to get off all my diabetes meds over the last 8 months by going as primal as I can (also off the statin). I hae other problems that I am trying to solve. My HDLs have always been very low, ranging from 24-35, but usually in the 20s, whether or not I am on a statin. So I have upped my fat intake to try and boost the HDLs. I’ve basically added coconut oil to my diet, which means that often, during the work week, I eat some coconut oil for… Read more »
marci
marci
7 years 29 days ago

I’d love a phone call–could use your insight as to why I have such a hard time losing weight despite following the PB to the letter since April…probably due in part to my recently diagonosed hypothyroidism but that cannot be the whole story. However, I think there are much more deserving PB stories listed above. Good luck to everyone – too bad there are enough Marks to go around! ๐Ÿ˜‰

marci
marci
7 years 29 days ago

I meant not enough Marks to go around!

Charles Long
Charles Long
7 years 29 days ago

I don’t need any specific help but you could probably use some intelligent conversation so feel free to give me a buzz.

gdavis
gdavis
7 years 29 days ago
I am a long time competitive cyclist who survived on a massively high carbo diet for twenty years. Now, a new career and athletic goals brought me to PB. Made the change in the drastic way (carbs to less than 100 a day) and it landed me in the hospital w/ a blockage from no BM (sorry) Been reading my tail off about gut flora and and eating veggies but I must have changed my flora and having trouble getting things moving again naturally. Would love some insight to a few questions I have and some minor guidance to a… Read more »
Chris
7 years 29 days ago

Wow, would love to chat with you not just about the PB, but also about how you tied everything together into this website, and what motivates you and pushes you to continue. There is is a little bit of selfish motivation behind this – I’ve recently started a health and fitness website and would love some advice from someone who’s “been there and done that” so successfully. I just really want to help people find a healthier lifestyle, because it makes such a difference in the quality of life.

Robert Gioia
Robert Gioia
7 years 29 days ago

No specific questions but I probably could challenge some primal ideas. Don’t get me wrong- I’ve eaten fairly low carb for 2 years now and its done wonders, but I haven’t eliminated whole grains completely.

Octobergirl
Octobergirl
7 years 29 days ago
Hi, I was just recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last month. I’ve been doing a lot of research on diets that help put Crohn’s disease into remission. I had stumbled across your site previous to my diagnosis, and then again now that I have Crohn’s. Your Primal lifestyle is pretty much a mirror of all that I’ve read about what to eat to put Crohn’s into remission. Having said that, I am an ex-marathoner and a complete carb addict, and I’m having the hardest time getting past both my addiction to exercise and carbs. I’d love to hear your advice… Read more »
brian p
brian p
7 years 29 days ago
Mark, I’m an engineer at a small manufacturing company, and a member of our newly formed Wellness Committee. I’m partly responsible for improving the health of our employees so we can continue to have (affordable) health insurance. Our employees are mostly males(95%), 50+ years old, and we have some dismal health statistics. Here are a few from a recent health survery of the company: 365 people took the survey(301m/64f), 175(48%) have diabetes (personal or family member), 185(50%) have high blood pressure, 172(47%) with cancer in family, 273(75%) with BMI over 25, and 173(47%) admit they do not exercise. As you… Read more »
brian p
brian p
7 years 29 days ago

correction, PB since 6/09. Still new at this ; )

Mark
7 years 29 days ago

If I were to get the call, I’d just spend the time offering my heart-felt thanks for guiding me on something that turned out to be more than just a “diet”.

primal pete
primal pete
7 years 29 days ago

Mark, my curiosity lies with how you got into this job market. I’m 23, and freshly graduated from college into one of the worst job markets in history. Smart people see this as an opportunity to explore untapped business markets. Primal health and preventative wellness is a big one, I think. People are ready to take charge of themselves and take personal responsibility for themselves and their well being. I am very interested in exploring how to make a career in this market like you have. What kind of advice would you give someone in my shoes to start?

Noelle
Noelle
7 years 29 days ago
Why? 1. I manage a triathlon store. I give people advice on nutrition and health multiple times a day. About 2 weeks ago.. it turned into “yeah, check out crossfitendurance, or… marksdailyapple.” 2. I was a vegetarian my entire life – until a couple weeks ago. I have had similar digestion issues as you – and think I have celiacs. 3. I was a complete endurance junkie – until a couple weeks ago. Through all the marathons, half-irons, and triathlons, I have continued to hate the xtra weight I carry. (More exercise and training then… right?!) 4. I want to… Read more »
lady_daraine
lady_daraine
7 years 29 days ago
I am switching over to a primal lifestyle, but we recently found out my boyfriend has gout. After doing a little bit of reading, I am convinced it is his high sugar and starch consumption that does it. He, however, is wanting to follow traditional wisdom that says to avoid many foods, which leaves not much that is healthy for him to eat! There is no proof purines in food affect gout (at least that I can find) but you’ve linked to at least 1 study about sugar and how that may affect it. I’d like to discuss this all… Read more »
Amy
Amy
7 years 29 days ago
Mark, I, like many others on this site, still cling to cardio despite having adopted a Primal diet. The reason for this is that I am an avid mountaineer, and will be going on a high altitude expedition to a 20,000ft high mountain in Ecuador this December. I have been told by numerous professionals in the mountain climbing industry that one’s body needs more carbs when climbing at altitude because the lack of oxygen (at 16,000 feet there is a little over half the oxygen available at sea level). They say that certain biological processes, including digestion, slow down at… Read more »
Erin
Erin
7 years 29 days ago
I am so, so, SO hungry all the time, that’s why! Food controls my life. I have very bad hypoglycemia that causes constant hunger, shaking, headaches, etc. etc. I’ve known that something was seriously wrong with me for two and half years, but I only got a blood glucose test done a couple of months ago. By the third hour, my blood sugar dropped to 36 and I felt like I was going to die. I don’t remember what happened for a couple of minutes at the end of the test because I was so disoriented. I also don’t remember… Read more »
Jessica Baker
Jessica Baker
7 years 29 days ago
I am a 28 year old mother of three kiddos ages 3,1, and 2 months. After three back to back pregnancies I am trying to get myself back into great shape. I am by no means fat just a bit rounder and fuller than I would like to be. I run pretty much daily with a triple jogging stroller for about an hour.That’s a workout let me tell you! Anyway, I recently found your blog and have been following it often. The primal lifestyle makes a lot of sense to me and I really have always been a primal mommy… Read more »
maba
maba
7 years 29 days ago

Hi Mark,
I’ve been Primal for a little over a month and I feel great. With the kind of food I’m eating I don’t feel deprived. I have immediate family members who need to lose weight/ lower cholesterol and the Primal lifestyle would be perfect for them but the only impediment are the CW-spouting doctors in the family. If I can convince my mum to go Primal, I’d be the happiest person.

Nicola
Nicola
7 years 29 days ago
Hia Mark, I’ve been Primal for about 4 months now and I’m happy where I’m at weight wise (I didn’t go primal to loose weight, just to get healthier)! My issue is that I tend easily influenced by my friends poor eating habits, though I’ve stayed strong mostly and don’t cave! I need guidance on how Not to cave, cos it can be easy, for me anyways. I’d love to know how not to feel hungry during the day and not give in when a co-worker brings in snacks etc…I say no and they give me all these reasons why… Read more »
Stacee
Stacee
7 years 29 days ago

Hi Mark…love the book. I would love a call to talk about the “Diet MENTALity” that I have held for so long that is hard to get rid of. Thank you, and keep on groking!

Marti
Marti
7 years 29 days ago
I cut out sugars and grains from my diet last January and have lost about 75 pounds. I walk for exercise and have finally reached a weight where I can add other exercises and do other fun stuff to increase my fitness level… My cholesterol levels have dropped and I quit taking statins (after taking them for 10 years) in February. I have fibromyalgia and I have also been able to quit taking prescription pain meds. I have a torn meniscus in my left knee that is improving since I started taking various supplements and doing stretching exercises (vs the… Read more »
Lisa
Lisa
7 years 29 days ago

Hi Mark, we used to work together at TWC many years ago. You made an impression on me then with fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. I have since had a child who is extremely ill, she needs a kidney transplant. I’ll be her donor in about 4 weeks. I started doing crossfit about 3 weeks ago to help me recover from surgery faster and have been working out and trying to eat better but feel like I need extra help.
I found your site through my crossfit website, there’s a link to your site on it.

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