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6 Aug

Contest: Ask Me a Question. Win a Book.

The Prize:

The book, the whole book, and nothing but the book. I’m giving away a copy of The Primal Blueprint to five lucky readers. Already own a copy? Win another and give it to Uncle Wilbur. Everyone knows he could use it.

The Contest:

Ask me a question about the challenge. Leave your question in the comments section of this post. I’ll pick 5 questions and answer those questions in my video post on Monday, August 10. If I read your question on the video, you’ve won! Be sure to use your real email address when leaving a comment.


“Is it okay to adjust my goals halfway through the challenge if I don’t think I’ll succeed?”

“I’ve dropped 3 lbs so far, but I’m insanely hungry and I can’t tell if it’s body fat or water weight I’m dropping. I’m happy about the weight loss, but I don’t feel vibrant and energized. Do I change what I’m doing or muscle through?”

“How much can I really expect to change in one month? It doesn’t seem possible to go through a complete body transformation in this amount of time.”

“I’m 65, decided to add sprinting to my list of goals, and very quickly realized my knees aren’t yet ready for it. Is there a good alternative to the wind sprint?”

“Boxers or briefs?” (Kidding! Please don’t ask that.)


From the United States to the United Kingdom and from New Zealand to New Delhi everyone is eligible. No restrictions.

The Contest End Time:

Midnight tonight. So ask those questions now!

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

  • Executive decision. I will pick 5 questions to answer.
  • If multiple people ask the same question I will hold a random drawing to decide which one will be answered on the video.

To track all the contests visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

Visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge for challenge details.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Hi I have a question in regards to reintroducing meats to my diet. I have been on a raw diet and my diet consists of 80% fruits 10% vegetables and 10% nuts. Initially I lost weight but have plateud since and I cant seem to get this stubborn weight off. Do you think eating meat can be my solution?

    Emily wrote on August 7th, 2009
  2. Hey mark, I’ve adapted to the PB lifestyle over the course of the last 8 months and love all the gains i have gotten so far, and this challenge is such a great reason to push myself even harder in the heat of summer! my question is not to do so much with the challenge itself, but with every one working so hard for their own personal goals, i have to wonder about AFTER the challenge, the transition towards being a modern day grok is one thing, but maintaining it could take just as much work, i was wondering what you had planned for after the challenge for MDA!

    Kash Dermody wrote on August 7th, 2009
  3. Hey Mark!

    First off, thanks for your site. I eased into the PB lifestyle about 3 weeks ago & have been totally primal for about 10 days now. Feelin’ great!

    My question for you is this: I’m an herbalist and I gather a lot of wild stuff, some it for medicine and some for eating. How do you feel about wild plant foods, especially seeds with a high protein content? I’m assuming green things like dandelion leaves/roots, chickweed, lambs quarters leaves, sea weeds, purslane (with its high omega 3’s content) are all fine. And, of course, any type of wild animal food is excellent.

    Thanks & I’m really enjoying the challenge!

    Deb Fate-Mental wrote on August 8th, 2009
  4. I read a study once noting that fruitflies had an insulin response to just the smell of yeast. I read another study finding that the small intestines can sense ‘sweet’ and this somehow triggers the insulin response as well. Do you think these studies have implications for the primal diet choices we make (such as use of artificial sweeteners)? Could this explain why I get hungry when I drive by the bread factory? And, why do nutritionists continue to act as though the body can actually count calories, when it seems more like the body responds with insulin simply to how food smells and tastes?

    Amber wrote on August 8th, 2009
  5. MARK


    ELAINE WILSON wrote on August 8th, 2009
    • After battling through adhering to the PB lifestyle you’ll find your cravings lessening.

      I find that I don’t even crave “junk” and even if I have to eat anything mildly “bad” (business lunches, family get togethers) I feel rough afterwards so tend to avoid it.

      Honestly, after some time all you’ll crave is a rare steak 😉

      Winalot wrote on August 9th, 2009
  6. Mark,

    We all know to avoid added sugars and salt, but how do we classify other herbs and spices? What are allowed and encouraged versus what should we avoid?

    Jason wrote on August 8th, 2009
  7. Hey Mark… You’re doing a great job man.. You really have changed my life for the better, you Black Swan (check out Taleb’s definition and you’d know am right…He’s one and so is your good friend Art)Here’s my question or rather a request. What is your take on (ultra soft) mattresses and pillows? Do they contribute to our well- being? or do they cause any harm? And are seedless varieties of fruits (seedless grapes, for example)good?

    Bharath wrote on August 9th, 2009
  8. Dear Mark,

    I love reading your blog. I want to try the Primal Diet but I love sandwiches. They are so quick and easy but I was wondering is it okay to eat ezekiel bread? If not, do you have any suggestions for great lunch ideas? I can easily go Primal for breakfast and dinner but lunch always seems to be more difficult. I would really appreciate your help.

    Jamila wrote on August 9th, 2009
  9. I am having a difficult time with Primal eating..hey, I’m being as tranparant as possible…

    If I were to cut out sugar/dairy or grains, is there one more necessary to cut out.

    I imagine sugar is first, but what would come second?

    Many thanks!

    Nancy wrote on August 10th, 2009
    • I know this isn’t a question, but I have to answer… cut the sugar first! Processed table sugar is one of the worse things you can put in your body. Possibly even worse than tobacco. Cut out all sugar and artificial sweeteners. As a substitute, use Stevia. You can order it online for $6-$7 a bottle and it lasts a long time. 5-6 drops in your glass of tea is all it takes. You can use powdered stevia for some recipes too. I make my own almond butter, and use some powdered Stevia to add a little sweetness to it.

      Dave, RN wrote on August 11th, 2009
  10. I am not sure where to leave a comment about the video you posted today, but I guess here?

    Anyways, I thought I would add my two cents about videos: They need to be short and with descriptive chapter titles or something. Because I don’t always have time to watch the whole thing. That’s why reading is easier b/c you can “skim” through at your own pace.

    sofiawahaj wrote on August 11th, 2009
  11. Dave RN, thank you for your response!

    Nancy wrote on August 11th, 2009
  12. I really liked the video Q/A! Maybe it is something you could do a couple of times a month. Thanks Mark

    Anngregs wrote on August 11th, 2009




    ILONA DUVALL wrote on August 12th, 2009
  14. Hello Mark,

    I am a college student, and you know, money is tight at the moment. Oatmeal is cheap; rice even cheaper. Those have been the staples of my diet for as long as I can remember, but I am committed to give them up for a better lifestyle. Do you have any suggestions on going Primal on a budget?

    Raphael Silva wrote on August 17th, 2009
    • Focus on high-calorie animal foods – meat, eggs, and (gasp!) full-fat dairy, if you are lactose tolerant – and low-carb, high-nutrient plant foods, like berries and green veggies. Grass-fed meat/eggs/dairy is prohibitively expensive, and even good, fatty grain-fed meat will cost you more, per pound, than rice and oatmeal and the like. Organic plants are also probably going to be too expensive. Conventional (what a misleading term!) produce and grain-fed animal foods are not strictly primal, but they are much closer than rice and oatmeal.

      Icarus wrote on August 17th, 2009
      • Thank you for your answer. Without grains, my caloric intake is drastically reduced so I need to find ways to compensate. What about non-organic eggs? Are they fine? I’ve been eating about 5 organic eggs day, but that will have to end someday. You say full-fat dairy is fine so I assume butter is too?

        Raphael Silva wrote on August 17th, 2009
  15. bored

    aishwarya wrote on August 27th, 2009
  16. I am a new subscriber to your daily apple. I am very intrigued about your approach to health and fitness. My questions pertains to pizza. My husband is a crazy fanatic when it comes to pizza. I have been making the crust from non-enriched flour. It is great. however, I understand that flour is not good for you. How can i make pizza dough from almond meal? I am able to purchase this from Trader Joe’s.

    Christina wrote on October 23rd, 2009
  17. I’ve been trying to go quasi-primal for @6 months and have had very good results. A challenging situation that I’ve experienced is declining dessert offers from friends who LOVE to bake. How do I politely decline a chef’s generosity without offending them?

    Steve wrote on October 23rd, 2009
  18. Hello Mark, I have to start with, You’re my hero dude! I’ve been trying new primal and paleo recipes for a full year now. I’ve lost 30 lbs and feel great! no more carpel tunnel and what I thought was arthritis is also gone.

    Question: I have a friend with a 6 month old and wonder how Grok cared for their infants?

    Love your work!

    Kris wrote on February 13th, 2012
  19. What do you say about ‘nightshade’ foods and joint pain.


    andrea wrote on April 22nd, 2012
  20. Is it a good thing when meat Putrefy’s in our stomach when we eat it ?

    Clifford Hansen wrote on April 28th, 2013
  21. Which is worse for weight gain; sugar or carbohydrates?

    Gord, Vancouver wrote on September 21st, 2013
  22. Good day, I suffer from anxiety, depression and/or PTSD, and my question to you is this;
    Is there a specific diet you would prescribe to someone such as myself suffering these disorders?

    Michael Doyle wrote on September 22nd, 2013
  23. Hi Mark,
    I am new to the world of Paleo. I have recently
    finish reading your introductory information. I find it very interesting. On a very recent blood test I found that I am passing large amounts of protein in my urine. This means I have the beginning of kidney problems. What kinds or protein can I eat with this kind of problem. My doctor does not have a clue on how to advice me, other than say don’t do it.

    Frank wrote on September 23rd, 2013

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