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29 Sep

Contest: Foraging in a Fast Food Nation

The Prize:

Sledgehammer. Because the old, withered, tractor tire just had it coming… It’s Hammer Time. From the guy who brought you the workout mace earlier this month comes another swingable, loadable, weapon tool of extreme visceral power. Fill it with shot and pound some sand. Winner will receive one SLS medium Sledgehammer, courtesy of Stronger Grip.

BONUS: Use “MDA20” when ordering from for a 20% discount. And if you like to build your own hammers and equipment, check out Stronger Grip’s companion blog, DIY Strength.

The Contest:

Yesterday I asked you to go out and find the highest quality food in your area. Today I’m asking you to do nearly the opposite. While grass fed burgers and locally grown tomatoes are ideal, they aren’t always an option. McDonald’s happens. Or Taco Bell. Or Red Lobster. Or The Olive Garden. Whether you’re attending a friend’s birthday, coming home from a track meet, or trying to sell your jet-propelled pogo stick idea to a potential buyer at a local Chili’s, national chain restaurants are part of the American topography and are not always avoidable. The goal is to keep your meal as Primal as possible when life leads you to the Cracker Barrel. And I want you to take a picture of it…

Visit a national chain restaurant (either fast food or sit-down) and order the most Primal meal you can. Take a photo of that meal, email it to me, along with the name of the dish and the name of the restaurant. And be clear on what you may have done to make the meal Primal. Ditched the bun? Asked for omelet to be cooked in butter? Substituted thick vegetable-oil ranch for olive oil and vinegar? Share your tips and tricks with the community.

Use the subject heading “Primal Fast Food.” A winner will be picked at random among all eligible contestants. Photos will be published on Mark’s Daily Apple.

The Deadline:

October 4, midnight, PST. Same deadline as the “Meet a Farmer” contest.

Who is Eligible:

Unfortunately this one is only available stateside. In the case of an international winner, a substitute prize will be offered.

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. I wonder if they have a hammer made out of “uru.”

    R Dunn wrote on September 29th, 2010
  2. I was hoping this contest would happen!

    Rachel wrote on September 29th, 2010
  3. Cracker Barrell Actually has Low carb meals.

    andy wrote on September 29th, 2010
    • On the way to NC for a wedding this weekend, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel and saw their low carb options! I had a grilled chicken salad from the list, and still had to remove about 15 croûton!

      Patty wrote on September 29th, 2010
      • I mean croutons :-)

        Patty wrote on September 29th, 2010
  4. Heeeey, what’s wrong with Red Lobster, huh? huh???

    SLS wrote on September 29th, 2010
  5. I “rearrange” the menu selections at restaurants all the time…am gluten and dairy intolerant…just TRY eating out anywhere with that malady chasing you around! Love eating out. Have to bring my own olive oil with me, as the ones in restaurants are “cut” with other oils…and can be rancid..The expressions on the faces of the wait staff are PRICELESS…then the questions start, then we have a serious talk…about Primal Living, MDA, and anti-fungal living…notes get taken on napkins…and then THANK YOU next time I see that person. (Pounds get lost!) I have actually talked a few managers into changing the menu to include real field greens instead of just lettuce, as well as other fresh veggies. What a trip. No pics…this is just my way of living…always. Mark, you should have the theme song from a show called THE BIG COUNTRY open your website everytime we log in…jst a few seconds of it. It fits!!! Would be really cool.

    Cj wrote on September 29th, 2010
  6. Chipotle, Chipotle, Chipotle. Just ate my primal lunch there today. Wish I had taken a picture though. Chicken, steak, peppers, onions, guac, and lettuce.

    Nick wrote on September 29th, 2010
    • Haha.. that’s what I just sent in.. well a Chipotle like place in Boston called Boloco. Burrito in a bowl!

      PrimALex wrote on September 29th, 2010
    • I thought Chipotle was a pretty safe bet too, until I realized via their website that they put soybean oil in EVERYTHING.

      Daniel wrote on September 29th, 2010
  7. damn, i just had grilled salmon at chili’s last night for a friend’s birthday. then i got a double side of steamed broccoli instead of broc/rice. it was delicious. buttt no picture :/ maybe something on halloween when i go to chipotle!

    jason wrote on September 29th, 2010
  8. You want me to step into a national chain restaurant?? NEVER!!

    runningjay wrote on September 29th, 2010
    • Hahaha, that was my first thought lmao

      Maya wrote on September 29th, 2010
    • My thoughts exactly! I’d prefer to IF!
      My favourite fast food is smoked salmon and sour cream for when we need lunch when we’re out.

      alley cat wrote on September 29th, 2010
    • I too refuse to step into a chain. Maybe if someone else is buying – maybe. It is hard enough finding good food on the road without having to deal with the sameness that is a chain.

      I keep some charcoal in my trunk. If you look around you can find parks all over with grills – you can make any meal you want.

      Henry Miller wrote on September 29th, 2010
      • Love that idea!

        Ailu wrote on October 5th, 2010
  9. Dammit, I *just had that lunch*!

    BoLoco (regional chain) — Bangkok Thai bowl (instead of wrap) with double meat (dark-meat chicken, organically/humanely raised) with lettuce instead of rice. Other ingredients = cukes, peanut sauce (ehhhhhh), “Asian slaw” (cabbage, carrots, pickled red onions).

    It is WAY tasty, but I think a picture of an empty container really isn’t what Mark’s going for. Sigh.

    Andy wrote on September 29th, 2010
  10. Darn, I just had an awesome Primal salad from Chipotle over the weekend, but alas no pic. Don’t think I’ll make it back there before the deadline.

    Chris wrote on September 29th, 2010
  11. Wow, I guess my email about the Boloco (like Chipotle) Salad Bowl wasn’t that original :) Must be a logical fast food for urban groks!

    PrimALex wrote on September 29th, 2010
  12. I went to Sweet Tomatoes and was chrged extra for a little cup of chicken breast to go on my salad. No wonder people opt to skip the protein and go for all the carbs. So frustrating.

    Kelly wrote on September 30th, 2010
  13. Kelly: when we go to Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantion, we get a big salad and then go to the soup line and load up a bowl of chicken scooped from the chicken noodle soup. That’s one way around that extra charge for the chicken!

    Cynthia wrote on September 30th, 2010
    • I like that Cynthia. Thanks for the idea. I am doing that next time for sure.

      Kelly wrote on September 30th, 2010
  14. Can you slow down the pictures? I want to take notes!

    Rusa wrote on October 5th, 2010
    • You can slow down the pictures by pressing the controls.

      Ailu wrote on October 5th, 2010
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