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11 Sep

Contest: Give Advice, Win Books

primal book collageUPDATE: 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. Eliminate temptations and surround yourself with primal food options. Make sure you stick with primal at least 1-2 weeks.

    Skeeter's Mom wrote on September 11th, 2010
  2. Get rid of the grains. Purge your fridge, cabinets and pantry. That is one of the hardest things to do especially since most people are addicted to carbs and sugar. Once those toxins are out, don’t let them back in!

    ElizaGrok wrote on September 11th, 2010
  3. Forget conventional wisdom. Ask yourself how the humans evolved and try to hear your deeply-seated instincts. Stock up on healthy primal foods, move and play as if you were a child, and you will have a nice journey toward vibrant health. Read MDA for inspiration!

    David wrote on September 11th, 2010
  4. Don’t take everything you read here to be the whole truth! Think and investigate for yourself and find what works for you.

    David wrote on September 11th, 2010
  5. The third day is the hardest! It is almost like when you quit smoking, for some reason the third day is the hardest. So no matter what on that third day do not cheat AT ALL then when you wake up on the forth day it feels like a HUGE accomplishment and it motivates you and you feel great and you feel like you can do it!

    Jackie wrote on September 11th, 2010
  6. Think long-term not short-term. You didn’t become unhealthy overnight, and you won’t become healthy overnight either. Over the long run, many great decisions outweigh a few bad ones. Don’t beat yourself up over minor slip-ups! Get back on that Primal horse and RIDE!

    part-time girevik wrote on September 11th, 2010
  7. Primal living is all about what’s best for you, so use this as a time to nurture yourself. Take lots of naps, walks, hot showers. Eat lots of yummy foods. It’ll be okay when you mess up; just keep going. Don’t get caught up in perfection; instead, focus on you.

    Sarah wrote on September 11th, 2010
  8. It’s easier than you think! Even easier if you have a partner who is doing it with you. You really won’t miss the grains especially with all the glorious fats! But I wish I was more prepared for the “withdrawal” after giving up grains. I was lethargic for a few days, but then back to normal energy levels. Then after a few weeks my energy was really really good…. Even with having two small energetic children to chase after!

    Rina wrote on September 11th, 2010
  9. Take note of all of the everyday ailments that afflict you (bloating, gas, afternoon slump, minor joint aches, sun sensitivity, sensitive teeth/gums, etc.). Write them all down on a list. Go primal for one month. Then revisit the list and see if anything has changed. Simple as that!

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on September 11th, 2010
  10. Don’t overwhelm yourself with doing a complete 180. Take the changes one at a time, progress will always be felt before seen. Build upon each day with another successful goal; everything will start to come naturally. Suddenly your physical appearance will change. Embrace your new life, and never look back.

    Jason Elliott wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • The very best advice! Feeling overwhelmed is a big reason so many quit. Don’t strive for perfection, strive for progress.

      Brandy72 wrote on May 7th, 2012
  11. The first few days are the hardest, but stick with it, and by the second week you will have never felt better, and it is all downhill from there!

    Julie wrote on September 11th, 2010
  12. Focus on eating real foods. Mostly meat and vegetables. Avoid grains, sugar, and vegetable oils. Once you get used to it, you’ll wonder how and why grains were ever a significant part of your diet.

    Ryan wrote on September 11th, 2010
  13. When you go to the grocery store- Stick to the perimeter, stay clear of the middle isles. You want to eat foods with a short shelf life to give yourself a long primal shelf life!

    sarah collette wrote on September 11th, 2010
  14. Don’t keep food around your house that you know don’t belong to the PB. When you shop read labels, you will find so many products (like a tomato sauce for example) that are made with sugar. Usually fewer ingredients is better; avoid the weird names, and look for “no sugar added”, “all natural” and “no preservatives” on the labels.

    David Battista wrote on September 11th, 2010
  15. I have only been eating primal for about 5 weeks but my best advice is to start slow and take about a week to completely eliminate grains. If you sit down to dinner knowing it will be your last pasta/pizza/sandwich then you are less likely to crave them. Your body will feel so good in the following weeks and if you do slip up you will realize how bad grains make you feel and you will never want to eat them again!

    Rebecca wrote on September 11th, 2010
  16. When I first started living primal I decided to do it for 30 days and see how I felt. Trying something instead of just reading and judging. Doing instead of critiquing. I feel so much better and that’s what it’s all about! Commit to your 30 days and then decide if it’s right for you!

    Lrdvc III wrote on September 11th, 2010
  17. The most important thing to know: It’s easy. It seems overwhelming to start but once you get a handle on the concepts and basics it all seems like common sense. The food is deliciously simple and the exercise is satisfyingly fun!

    Megan wrote on September 11th, 2010
  18. 2 weeks in and I feel better than ever. It’s not about restricting your diet – but revising what you consider healthy. Insulin response and whole foods are the biggest things to change – it can save your life! Literally. Drop processed foods, drop the grains and sugars – enjoy the foods we were meant to eat!

    Fletcher wrote on September 11th, 2010
  19. Tupperware! it will become your best friend. Bake a pack of chicken for the week and eat it with sliced avocado, or prepare all your veggies for the week sunday night.

    Tommy A wrote on September 11th, 2010
  20. Everyone–young, old, fat, thin, healthy or those with health problems or limitations– can benefit by going Primal. Set optimum health as your intention, follow the guidelines, and success will follow.

    marcadav wrote on September 11th, 2010
  21. Don’t give up! The results in the long-run will be well worth it, and it won’t seem like a “sacrifice” anymore. Also, pull the “food allergy” card if others are relentless.

    kate.d wrote on September 11th, 2010
  22. Find a good sushi/steakhouse place that you can trust for social outings. Peruse grocery ads for sales, stock up on meats and fish when on sale. Remove grains, legumes, processed/packaged foods, and fat-free dairy items from your home. Don’t let slip-ups snowball, but don’t live deprived. Enjoy very dark chocolate.

    AM wrote on September 11th, 2010
  23. It’s a big change and it’s not for sissies. It’ll be tough and you’ll have to hang in there for a few days to a few weeks. But you will not regret making the change, and you will not look back.

    Alicia wrote on September 11th, 2010
  24. Primal eating is so satisfying to body, mind, and spirit. It’s amazing that at some point in my life a donut might have felt comforting. Now to think of something like that is repulsive; especially with the way the donut makes you feel afterwards: heavy, lethargic, weak. To me that is not “comfort”!
    To embrace this lifestyle is to live life to its fullest. I have never felt better, ever.
    I know those starting out are “afraid”, afraid of letting go of past habits and cravings. But let me assure you, there is nothing more freeing you can do for yourself. If you want to feel vibrant and alive, don’t you owe it to yourself to try this. Once you do, there really will be no turning back to old thoughts and patterns.
    For me, sugar has been the hardest to part with. But now fruit tastes sweet enough to fill that void. If I can do this, anyone can. Bread was another tough thing…but I can replace that with a big juicy steak and say “bread who??”
    Have Fun and Eat Well! :o)

    Mia wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • edit button anywhere :O

      Mia wrote on September 11th, 2010
  25. It’s simple. Eat whole organic food when you’re hungry. The feeling and electrified energy are better than any food could taste. Above all take it day by day. Live in the now and tell yourself each morning that today you are going to do the best you can for your body.

    Brittany wrote on September 11th, 2010
  26. One thing that has surprised me is how little I was really giving up. A lot of what I thought I’d miss seems worse than what has been switched to. A trip to the grocery store is simple now, no need to think about vast swaths of the store at all.

    J. Ott wrote on September 11th, 2010
  27. Dieting can be an arduous and painful journey. There’s so much scientific research and painstaking calorie-counting to be done. Why not just forget about dieting and use the Primal Blueprint to get you lean, strong and healthy? Eating and exercising will be fun again.

    Steve Scarfia wrote on September 11th, 2010
  28. Remember that money spent on quality food now is money you won’t have to spend on the dr/pharmacy later. Don’t let that aspect deter you. Go for the best, because you are well worth it! Real food!!

    Ann wrote on September 11th, 2010
  29. oops 50 words or less…hmmm I have a hard time with rules I guess. Is there a way to edit?

    Mia wrote on September 11th, 2010
  30. Just stick with it. The results will speak for themselves, and the more you learn about this way of life, the more you will want to stay.

    Abby wrote on September 11th, 2010
  31. Your attitude during this challenge is what’s most important. Don’t look at a pizza and think “Damn, I wish I could eat that”. Say “I don’t want to eat that!” because you don’t! You’re doing this to feel good and to look good, maintain the right attitude.

    James Caudill wrote on September 11th, 2010
  32. Be careful with nuts!

    While they are more nutritious than sugary junk, they are high calorie and most contain more omega-6 fats than the more beneficial omega-3 fats. They are great as a transition snack, or if you can truly eat only a SMALL handful on occasion, but if you eat a few several times throughout the day those calories will add up and stall your weight loss.

    Enjoy them, but in moderation!

    Rodney wrote on September 11th, 2010
    • Looks like I need to read the 50 word rule as well! Yikes! Still good advice though…

      Rodney wrote on September 11th, 2010
  33. The mighty one gave you five senses, use them all. Enjoy that primal bacon and advocado salad listening to birds on the outside, not in front of TV. Do your exercise on music that pump you up, not listening to the outside trafic…

    Thomas G wrote on September 11th, 2010
  34. Don’t use a small setback as an excuse to let yourself lapse even further.

    Accept the setbacks, acknowledge them, and then move on without beating yourself up over the small things. Use them as motivation to move ahead.

    Rodney wrote on September 11th, 2010
  35. My 50 words or less entry:

    Primal eating is so satisfying to body, mind, and spirit. The hardest part is to undo everything that you’ve ever been told by a food pyramid!

    Go against the grain ;) and stay away from the sugar monsters and all will be well I promise.

    Mia wrote on September 11th, 2010
  36. My best advice is to commit 100% for 30 days. Don’t cheat at all- not even chewing gum. If you can get through the first 30 days, then it becomes much much easier!

    Sonia wrote on September 11th, 2010
  37. Studies can be fudged and interpreted to meet any result. So question the motivation behind it. Why do many studies find fat to be bad? The motivation is money. Why am I and many other people giving you advice today? The motivation is prizes… Remember, skepticism drove the scientific revolution.

    Clack_Attack wrote on September 11th, 2010
  38. Look up the word “blueprint” and take it to heart.

    gottaluvalab wrote on September 11th, 2010
  39. The PB is the answer you have been searching for. It makes sense and really works.

    Advocate wrote on September 11th, 2010
  40. Don’t eat too many eggs, otherwise a dodgy tummy could take the edge off your boundless energy!

    PaleoMum wrote on September 11th, 2010

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