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September 29, 2010

Contest: Foraging in a Fast Food Nation

By Mark Sisson
26 Comments

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 www.strongergrip.com 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.

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26 Comments on "Contest: Foraging in a Fast Food Nation"

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R Dunn
6 years 22 hours ago

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

Rachel
Rachel
6 years 22 hours ago

I was hoping this contest would happen!

andy
andy
6 years 22 hours ago

Cracker Barrell Actually has Low carb meals.

Patty
6 years 16 hours ago

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
6 years 16 hours ago

I mean croutons 🙂

SLS
SLS
6 years 22 hours ago

Heeeey, what’s wrong with Red Lobster, huh? huh???

Cj
Cj
6 years 21 hours ago
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… Read more »
Nick
Nick
6 years 21 hours ago

Chipotle, Chipotle, Chipotle. Just ate my primal lunch there today. Wish I had taken a picture though. Chicken, steak, peppers, onions, guac, and lettuce.

PrimALex
6 years 15 hours ago

Haha.. that’s what I just sent in.. well a Chipotle like place in Boston called Boloco. Burrito in a bowl!

Daniel
Daniel
6 years 14 hours ago

I thought Chipotle was a pretty safe bet too, until I realized via their website that they put soybean oil in EVERYTHING.

jason
jason
6 years 21 hours ago

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!

runningjay
runningjay
6 years 21 hours ago

You want me to step into a national chain restaurant?? NEVER!!

Maya
6 years 20 hours ago

Hahaha, that was my first thought lmao

alley cat
alley cat
6 years 17 hours ago

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.

Henry Miller
Henry Miller
6 years 15 hours ago

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.

Ailu
Ailu
5 years 11 months ago

Love that idea!

Andy
Andy
6 years 20 hours ago

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.

Chris
Chris
6 years 20 hours ago

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.

PrimALex
6 years 15 hours ago

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!

Kelly
Kelly
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Cynthia
Cynthia
5 years 11 months ago

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!

Kelly
Kelly
5 years 11 months ago

I like that Cynthia. Thanks for the idea. I am doing that next time for sure.

Rusa
Rusa
5 years 11 months ago

Can you slow down the pictures? I want to take notes!

Ailu
Ailu
5 years 11 months ago

You can slow down the pictures by pressing the controls.

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