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28 Sep

Contest: Meet a Farmer

The Prize:

aeroSling. Elmar is a reader over in Germany who decided to start who his own fitness business. A year’s worth of German engineering later I received one of these things in the mail (for all I know, I may have been the first American to get one). Great for CrossFitters or anyone interested in adding a little variety to bodyweight strength training, wrap it around a tree limb or telephone pole to add dips, reverse rows, overhead presses, hanging planks, or assisted pistol squats to your routine. Winner will receive one aeroSling ELITE, courtesy of Elmar and Smooth Fitness.

The winner will also receive their choice of a Grok Shirt and a bottle of Primal Flora from

The Contest:

One element of this challenge was to find and eat clean food:

Challenge #1: Eat Lots of Plants and Animals

Eat clean: The quality of your food matters. While sourcing clean food (organic, grass-fed, pastured, etc.) can be difficult and pricey it’s also an important part of the Primal Blueprint. Let me be clear. If your eating plan strictly consists of Primal foods, but your beef isn’t grass-finished, your eggs aren’t pastured and your vegetables are conventionally raised, you are still light years ahead of most people. But there’s room for improvement. This month I want you find and eat clean food. Stay tuned for tips on sourcing the best and doing it on a budget.

(This is just one of many challenges. Learn about all of the 30-Day Primal Blueprint Challenges here.)

Today I’m putting emphasis on the “find.”

Lowering your carb intake is a great start to living Primal. Eliminating the poisons, dropping the sugars, adding more veggies, that’s all important. But living Primal isn’t just a carb-to-fat ratio. It’s also about finding the best quality of food. As we head toward the last week of the 30-Day Challenge, now’s the time to really make the effort to find the locally grown, fresh, good stuff. To go beyond the meat counter at the Piggly Wiggly or the vegetable aisle at the Wal-Mart. This week I want you to find a local, fresh source of healthy food. Track down a farmers’ market, and meet and greet the people behind your new source of food. Drive out to an actual farm. Or if you’re an urbanite, find one of those roving veggie trucks that are popping up in L.A., N.Y., and D.C. It’s all about foraging in the modern world. If you’ve been meaning to make a connection with your local farmer, to source out the best food available in your local area, but just haven’t done it yet, there is no better time than now. Once you’ve done it, snap a photo…

Take a picture of yourself with your local farmer or fresh food supplier. Email me the picture with the email subject heading “My Farmer Submission” and you’re entered to win. A random drawing will be held among all eligible contestants.

The Deadline:

October 3, midnight PST. Many of you won’t have a chance to do this until the weekend, thus the Oct. 3 deadline.

Who is Eligible:

All folks everywhere.

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. Even if I don’t win, I am Very interested in this prize (as in will probably buy one).

    Peggy wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • Peggy, glad you like it! We partnered up with Smooth Fitness in the US&Canada and they are working hard to come up with a website where you can purchase our products.

      Elmar wrote on September 28th, 2010
  2. I vunder how this compares to the TRX…

    runningjay wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • TRX is a great device and both systems are based on similar principles. The aeroSling ELITE offers high quality, exchangable grips, instability through a pulley system as well as alternating, side isolation and flexibilisation exercises using your own bodyweight. This was the compact version ;-).

      Elmar wrote on September 28th, 2010
  3. Oh yeah! I’ll be visiting the farmers’ market this Saturday. I’ll try to snap a pic with one of the people there.

    Bill Pairaktaridis wrote on September 28th, 2010
  4. I’m interested too but wondering if it’s possible to buy one in the united states. Followed the link to their website and clicked on “buy.” There was just info on becoming a distributor. Is anyone actually selling these in the US yet?

    Jesse wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • Jesse, our partner Smooth Fitness is gearing up to sell aeroSling-products in the US. Thx, Elmar

      Elmar wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • Jesse – please visit and register for a reminder when the aeroSling ELITE will be available for sale in the US (mid-October).


      David wrote on September 28th, 2010
  5. Whoa, that prize looks amazing! I’d love to win it. Sadly even though I live in Scotland where lots of farming goes on without a car it is impossible to get to the farms :/

    Steve wrote on September 28th, 2010
  6. We spent the afternoon on Saturday with our farmer at his Cider Press and open house. He provides Grass Fed/Free Range/organic Beef, Chicken and Pork. Andrew is an ex-chef who wanted to get closer to his food – and we are thankful for it with every Grass-Fed bite. He also makes a MEAN over-the-grill Mulled Wine.



    Chuck Charbeneau wrote on September 28th, 2010
  7. Umm… I’m my own farmer? Can I submit a pic of myself with my cows and chickens?

    Victoria wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • Sure!

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • *laugh* I was going to ask that very question!

      Sue wrote on September 28th, 2010
  8. Dear Mark,

    Can I take a picture with my butcher? He’s an independent guy, and only sources within the state. He’s pretty awesome. And he can cut a cow up like nobody’s business!


    Ashley wrote on September 28th, 2010
  9. Hmmm. We get all our meat, eggs, organic produce, and raw milk form a Mennonite farmer, but they won’t let you take pictures of them due to religious beliefs. Would a picture with thegrassfed cow count?

    Wellness Mama wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • Yeah, that’s right! My family farms, but what we don’t get from relatives we get from our Amish neighbors/friends, and we definitely can’t take a picture! Hmmm…

      Erin wrote on September 29th, 2010
  10. Help..I need new vegetable ideas. Getting tired of same boring stuff. Any ideas.anyone

    Bob C. wrote on September 28th, 2010

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