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11 Sep

Contest: Give Advice, Win Books

UPDATE: This contest is closed. Visit the 30 Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners.

The Prize:

A Primal Library. A collection of handy books to fill out the shelf of any newcomer or Primal veteran. Included are:

  • The Primal Blueprint – A pastoral drama that explores the tension and frustration of unrequited love between a farm hand and an aristocrat during times of… just kidding. It’s my book!
  • The Primal Blueprint Cookbook – And so is this one!
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories – Gary Taubes seminal work on the take down of the old “calories in, calories out” approach to health.
  • The Garden of EatingPresents a practical plan for obtaining the health-building benefits of an alkaline, produce-dominated diet that includes pastured-animal products. Includes 250 delicious, family-friendly, grain- and dairy-free recipes.
  • Sugar Shock – The ultimate handbook for yanking out the sweet tooth. And if you’re looking for some serious schooling on curing your sugar addiction, check out Connie Bennett’s 6 Week Online Course.
  • The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook – Yes, there’s a giant cake on the cover of this one. But fear not, Grok Stars, Elana (of Elana’s Pantry) does some truly wondrous and Primal stuff with almonds inside the cover.

The Contest:

Got knowledge? Want to spread that knowledge? Do it now. In 50 words or less, leave a comment on today’s post with your best piece of advice for folks just starting out with the Primal lifestyle. While some of you have been reading Mark’s Daily Apple for years, many folks reading this hadn’t heard of “Grok” or the idea that “fat is healthy” until just a few days ago. So for anyone who’s spent a little time on the blog, now’s your chance to tell folks the one thing you wish you had been told at the beginning of your journey. A winner will be picked at random from all eligible comments.

The Deadline:

September 12, 8:00 a.m. PST. You’ve got one day, make it count!

Who is Eligible:

Anyone. Except the Easter Bunny. Because (spoiler alert) the Easter Bunny does not exist.

Fine Print:

Indeed, all the print you’ll be receiving if you win is fine. So fine.

The Official Contest Page – Contests are open, find out which ones can still enter!

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. Short and sweet:

    Did you have a little too much beer over the weekend? Splurge on some delicious(but not primal) Mexican fare? Don’t sit around moping about your failures, move on! These slip ups will be insignificant bumps on the road of life!

    Jstrick wrote on September 11th, 2010
  2. When starting out, follow all the rules. The amount of information required to change your life is overwhelming, and sometimes the best filter is a narrow one. If you start as clean as possible, you set yourself up for a much better future, even if you find yourself adding back something like dairy after a few weeks.

    Rachel wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • Question: what’s the difference between Atkins and Paleo.
      I have had good results on Atkins in the past.

      Kenwood Dennard wrote on August 16th, 2013
  3. Find a friend. It can be a buddy a girl/boyfriend. Just like everything two heads are better than one. If one you are having a hard time the other can crank up the motivation. It’s much easier to make the transition with a friend than on your own.

    Joshua Pepping wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • testing to see if I can post yet! :)

      asugirl wrote on July 28th, 2012
  4. Don’t choose imitations. When going Primal, commit by eating foods Grok ate, not by creating imitation foods you already eat using primal friendly ingredients. Primal foods are delicious, so start enjoying them. Enjoy your food; don’t focus on how it doesn’t live up to the real thing.

    jus wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • So, you’re saying that Grok wouldn’t make fajitas, so I should just eat roast meat? I am not being sarcastic…but serious.

      Karen wrote on March 19th, 2012
  5. I was vegan when I found PB. I have been primal for a year now. My advice to someone just starting would be to have an open mind/heart and to listen to your body. Read the book or Primal blupint 101 so you understan why you are doing what you are doing. Figure out how many grams of carbs, protein, and fat (you) need. The mistake I made at first was thinking I already knew what was in my food. Fitday is going to be a great tool at first. Give it 100% and at the end of 30 days (listen to your body). Do you feel better? If so keep going!

    Bobbi wrote on September 11th, 2010
  6. Convince yourself wholeheartedly of the truth, that grains and processed foods are bad for you. Then remove them from your place of residence and don’t allow them back in.

    Patrick wrote on September 11th, 2010
  7. Get educated! Read everything you can on the subject. Get a cookbook to help keep it interesting and exciting. Get support from your friends and family. Join a crossfit or similar type gym where you’ll find tons or support and fellow groks.

    Good luck!

    stephanie wrote on September 11th, 2010
  8. Giving up grain is easier than you think. After a couple of days without bagels, pasta, rice…. you won’t even crave it anymore, and you’ll have leaped what you thought was the toughest hurdle of becoming primal.

    Jenni Whitley wrote on September 11th, 2010
  9. KEEP IT SIMPLE, salads with lots of veggies and protein are great for lunch (they pack well). Dinner is meat seasoned well with lots of fresh veggies. Breakfast, fast or protein shake, eggs etc. Don’t try making mock recipes the first week, enjoy good food first, it easier that way.

    Echo wrote on September 11th, 2010
  10. Read as much as you can. Read blogs, books, research reports, and most importantly nutrition labels. You’ll be amazed at how much crap was in what you ate (and how much it was killing you). It won’t be long until you can’t even consider eating banned food without getting queasy.

    Kit Perkins wrote on September 11th, 2010
  11. Three words. Plan, plan, plan! Always have a PB option available to you at all times. This means carrying primal snacks and knowing what you are going to eat a few days ahead of time. You will find it much easier to ignore neolethal distractions and stick to the plan knowing you have a yummy meal waiting for you at home. Bulk cooking and freezing are lifesavers on those days when you just want take-out.

    Any time I have ever strayed it has always been through lack of planning.

    Sarah Madden wrote on September 11th, 2010
  12. Just can’t live without your Indian or Thai curries? Instead of pouring them on rice, pour them on finely shredded cabbage. Also, most recipe sites have tons of “low carb” ideas, read carefully and get inspired – not deflated!

    Brent wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • or cabbage! i think it tastes better than rice with curry!

      Nicole wrote on August 24th, 2012
  13. Primal can be done on a tight budget! Don’t sweat it if you can’t go 100% organic! I can’t afford it because I am just a poor college student :-( Just make to that you get plenty of good oils. Just by giving up sugars, and grains you are already a huge step ahead of everyone else! And don’t let others bring your way of eating down, stick to your guns, and bring a friend along for the ride

    Raven Moon wrote on September 11th, 2010
  14. Get out of the “all or nothing” mindset. This is not a diet, it’s life. If you go out to eat and have dessert, you didn’t fall of the wagon. There is no wagon! Count it as your 20% and move on.

    JennF wrote on September 11th, 2010
  15. Don’t spend a whole bunch of time, energy and money trying to convert “neo” food favorites to “primal” safe recipes. Things like almond meal cookies keep you from fully embracing primal eating. Keep it simple. Hungry? Eat! Eat meat! Eat veggies! Eat some berries! Eat some nuts! Super simple, super satisfying.

    meredith wrote on September 11th, 2010
  16. Socrates said “Know thyself.” Living a Primal lifestyle can be a big adjustment. I needed to slowly replace old habits with new ones over time. However, friends have found success going “cold-turkey”. What works for you? Finally, Primal isn’t a contest; take it as far as you prefer.

    Jordan wrote on September 11th, 2010
  17. grocery shop frequently. buying less and going more often helps you waste less and always have something on hand to eat. second. lean into it first. 80-85% first then try going 100%. that helped me tremendously! third. listen to you body and not the media. believe what mark tells you and i promise you will feel better than ever.

    sara kate wrote on September 11th, 2010
  18. Don’t delay! Why start with dipping your toes in the water? Dive in head first with your loin cloth flapping in the breeze!

    It takes a leap of faith to disregard conventional wisdom, but this is the leap that will change your life.

    Justin Drummond wrote on September 11th, 2010
  19. Be willing to learn to cook for yourself, and start as quick as you can collecting awesome recipes. This diet can get boring if you treat your meat the same way all the time.

    Rinda wrote on September 11th, 2010
  20. Neither real food nor exercise come from a box.

    Aaron wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • I LOVE this comment! More of a slogan, or a personal mantra. Short, sweet, and to the point!

      Andi H wrote on September 11th, 2010
  21. Go out and read as much as you can on living primally, and make it a true lifestyle: a long-term commitment where, “on average,” your health comes out ahead. That means learning not to obsess over the small things or the occasional “cheat”. Just cut carbs and don’t drink calories!

    Austin wrote on September 11th, 2010
  22. Understanding that fat is healthy has been the hardest challenge. I tried fit day but it takes so long to enter all the foods. Until you get it have some blind faith and just follow the Primal Blueprint recipes until it comes more naturally. It really does work.

    I love to read MDA whenever I need a little more motivation or understanding. I also love talking to or face booking to friends who have gone primal.

    Saffa wrote on September 11th, 2010
  23. Don’t EVER let someone else make you feel like some weird outcast because of your lifestyle choices. People will make unsupportive comments and remarks. Have the passion and focus on your own health and brush off the ‘peer pressure’ from others to conform to the Standard American Diet.

    PrimalMike wrote on September 11th, 2010
  24. Jump right in! It’s worth the effort to make big changes because (1) you’ll start to feel stronger very quickly, and (2) you won’t be going back to how it was. The more you eat well and move your own bodyweight, the more you’ll be able to (and want to!).

    September wrote on September 11th, 2010
  25. Don’t stress yourself out! This lifestyle is a learning curve, so don’t worry about being perfect from the beginning. Stressing is not Grok-like, unless it’s immediate stress resulting from being chased down by a vicious creature of your choice =)

    Alyssa wrote on September 11th, 2010
  26. Keep a bag of your favorite nuts close by. A couple handfuls goes a long way. You’ll be surprised you missed lunch, but aren’t even hungry.

    TSherry wrote on September 11th, 2010
  27. Try being strictly paleo–no 20% slipping–for, say, a month. It’s not that long. You may find by the end that you no longer want a lot of the bad foods.

    Andrew Hunter wrote on September 11th, 2010
  28. “It gets better.”

    Roland wrote on September 11th, 2010
  29. It’s very easy to “Go Primal”. Just eat food (real food-what your grandparents have been eating), stay fit by exercising, and sleeeeeppp!!! Balance it all out. You will realize that this Primal way of living will naturally takes it’s place in your life.

    Ritesh Dhupar wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • Caveat: if your grandparents ate bread 4 times a day like mine did, you may want to go look at someone else’s grandparents :)

      Quette wrote on September 11th, 2010
      • Love it!!!!

        Debbie wrote on November 15th, 2011
  30. Clean out your pantry, forget CW, phone a Primal friend, be patient. Life is a journey, not a destination, so enjoy the trip, celebrate your successes, and never beat yourself up when you trip (or fall).

    Seadanes wrote on September 11th, 2010
  31. Being a college student I was afraid that my budget wouldn’t be enough to cover this new lifestyle. And to begin with it has been a little more expensive than what I would normally pay for groceries, but the majority of that is because I didn’t have any spices or oils or anything to cook with. Now that I have started a collection of ingredients I’ve seen that I can actually buy “primal”-ly and afford it. So if you’re concerned with your first few visits to the grocery store to make the primal change, don’t worry about it too much! It does get easier.

    J wrote on September 11th, 2010
  32. Use common sense! You can listen to someone telling you to eat highly processed foods filled with chemicals and additives, or you can listen to someone telling you to eat the fruits of the earth, wholesome meats, vegetables, and fruits.
    You decide.

    Marie S. wrote on September 11th, 2010
  33. Get ready to be called crazy.
    Embrace crazy.

    Mademoiselle wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • LOVE it!

      Eric wrote on September 11th, 2010
  34. Keep it simple, and learn to cook. When getting started stick to the basics: real food! Avoid replacements and substitutes. Don’t go crazy on nuts. Sleep a lot. Oh, and veggies taste awesome with butter.

    Quette wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • Veggies are also awesome when they have a little coconut oil on them. Mmmmm!

      mishlnaz wrote on November 24th, 2010
  35. Think about who you have to live for. Then imagine accomplishing that and teaching them how to live a long and healthy life. Going primal is not only effortless, but full of amazingly flavor and filling dishes. So give it a try, what’s the worse that could happen? Better health!

    Amarie84 wrote on September 11th, 2010
  36. It’s hard for others to relate to this way of life unless they fully understand it. Find a Primal Partner who can help keep you motivated and stay confident, even on the slip up days.

    Jennifer wrote on September 11th, 2010
  37. Approach this initially as a one week challenge in self-discipline. Don’t fret over what you’re giving up or why at first – just consider it an experiment and see what happens! The results will almost inevitably make a believer out of you and old habits will be much easier to break.

    Satchel Paige wrote on September 11th, 2010
  38. Primal eating in a nutshell: When you are hungry (not craving) eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then wait until you are hungry again, and repeat.

    Griff wrote on September 11th, 2010
  39. Make a commitment to purchase and try at least one new Primal food every week. This will really keep you motivated and excited as you discover how delicious clean and primal foods really are!

    Tiffany wrote on September 11th, 2010
  40. Sign up for the forum using the Forum Link above. There is a ton of support and alot of good advice from other grokstars.

    Brian wrote on September 11th, 2010

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