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7 Aug

Contest: Show Your Groceries

The Prize:

The week began with grass fed beef, the week ends with fresh, wild caught Alaskan salmon. Salmon is a top notch source of Omega 3’s, and you may know how important it is to choose wild caught salmon over factory farmed salmon. If you’ve read my book, you may have noticed that I mentioned as a great source of wild caught salmon. The winner of today’s contest will receive 5lbs of fresh Kenai River Sockeye Salmon overnighted to their home, courtesy of Trish and Sara from Wild Alaskan Salmon Company. If you want to buy your own fresh-caught fish from them, head to

The Contest:

How Primal is your kitchen? You may have seen Time Magazine’s pictorial titled, “What the World Eats.” The photo shoot featured families from different countries surrounded by the foods they eat in a week. While some families are clearly eating healthier than others, I couldn’t help but notice the thorough infiltration of Coca-Cola into the world diet, or the high percentage of processed foods consumed by any given family. So, I’m asking you to take your own pictures. Round up the kids (or parents, or fiance, or roommates) and toss all the groceries on the table, because I want people to see “What Grok Eats.” The pictures don’t have to be fancy, nor do they have to be 100% Primal (or even 80%, just so long as people can see what you eat in a week). Mad props go to the most Primal family, but the winner will be selected in a random drawing, so don’t feel obliged to play “Keeping up with the Grokses.” Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Groceries Contest”. As long as there are groceries on the table and smiling faces, you’re entered to win.


Check out the original Time Magazine photo spread to get an idea of what to do.


This prize is only available to residents of the 48 contiguous states + Alaska. [If you don’t live in the U.S. and you win I’ll ship you a bottle of my Master Formula instead, and the salmon will go to an alternate winner.]

The Contest End Time:

Midnight, August 25. You’ve got a couple weeks to do some grocery shopping if your cabinets are currently looking a bit sparse.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants who submit adequate photos.

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. Ouch. There are four people in my home: my partner (with a Lap-Band installed, on a restricted diet), two boarders (one from the South, who eats Tex-Mex most of the time, and another who eats mostly bowls of cold cereal) and me. My kitchen is full of lots of food I won’t eat. I usually keep a small supply of meat in the freezer (at the moment, some fish, some bison and some wild boar), and occasionally some berries in the fridge, but other than that, it’s all Tater Tots and honey-wheat cereal and non-fat “cheese”.

    Maybe after a grocery run I’ll arrange the food on the table in front of each of us according to what of it we’ll eat. That could be telling.

    umuhk wrote on August 7th, 2009
  2. Oh man…. This is an awesome idea!

    Grok wrote on August 7th, 2009
  3. this is super cool!

    Yummy wrote on August 7th, 2009
  4. time to empty out my fridge

    Chunster495 wrote on August 7th, 2009
  5. I’m not sure how much will show up – my only camera is on my cell phone, and I’m single so I’ll be trying one of those self-portraits in front of the fridge. (I buy almost nothing that isn’t kept in my fridge)

    Henry Miller wrote on August 7th, 2009
  6. Fitday should help with this one…

    Karin wrote on August 7th, 2009
  7. oh man – should have been yesterday when I got home from my CSA-pickup !!

    primalmom wrote on August 7th, 2009
  8. oh wow – I just clicked on the Time magazine link and went through the slides – what an eye-opener to see the differenes around the world !! I looked at it with my 9 yo son – very cool !

    primalmom wrote on August 7th, 2009
  9. But Mark, my cupboards are almost ALWAYS bare! I usually buy only what I’ll be eating in the next 2-3 days :)

    Arlo wrote on August 7th, 2009
    • Great point, Arlo. I hear you. I usually pick up my veggies and meats same day, too. It doesn’t have to be a full week. Just do your best with what you have. Cheers!

      Mark Sisson wrote on August 7th, 2009
  10. Great link and idea Mark.
    After looking at the photos, which family would you all like to visit for dinner?

    Annie wrote on August 7th, 2009
    • I’d choose the Polish family. Looks like the most likely place to get a primal meal.

      crunchysue wrote on August 7th, 2009
  11. Hi Mark and all

    Was Grok a good housekeeper?

    I have some unwashed dishes on the counter and a pile of mail on the table.

    Well the deadline is Aug 25, so there is hope (of cleaning)!

    johndilsaver wrote on August 7th, 2009
  12. OUCH indeed.! I went to to find that for $16 a pound you get frozen salmon….

    I grew up in Upstate NY and my father and i would fish the salmon run every year… Each person allowed to catch 5 wild salmon per year…free.

    Joseph Michael wrote on August 8th, 2009
  13. Cool idea – can’t wait to see the pictures you get.

    While we eat much less processed foods than many families I know, and I choose ‘healthier’ foods for my kids, at this time the kids still are not really fully primal or low carb. so our household would not be that pure. I guess I have to have something to strive towards in future challenges ;o)

    BestLife wrote on August 8th, 2009
  14. What an AWESOME idea! I can’t wait to see all the pictures!

    FlyNavyWife wrote on August 9th, 2009
  15. I recently bought the book that goes with the Time magazine article. What an eye-opener! I think the American family picured above, who eats the typical SAD (Standard American Diet), was the worst inthe entire book. I have been thinking it would be very interesting to photograph a week’s worth of our food – now I have the opportunity! I’m very new to Primal eating and have just begun to transition in the past few weeks, and I’m excited about it. My husband is very on board with it, but my kids (12 and 14) are NOT. Any suggestions for converting picky carb-loving tweens?

    Annika wrote on August 10th, 2009
  16. What a neat idea! I will definitely enter next time I go to the store. Problem is, I only have a small fridge, 2/3 the size of a regular fridge, and I only buy what I can eat over 2-3 days. I go to the store probably 3 times a week to get fresh things and the farmer’s market on Saturdays. I don’t know if I could put everything I would eat in a single photo without having some wilting or rotting food there. Oh well. I’ll do my best.

    The slide show was really amazing. Kind of funny to me how the families spending the most money on their food are the ones who have the most processed food. But even the ones living outside of industrial civilisation were still eating a lot of grain. That was rather shocking to me.

    Piper wrote on August 10th, 2009

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