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5 Oct

Contest Results: What Does Primal Living Look Like?

We know from last year that Mark’s Daily Apple readers live across the world. But what are all of you up to? Apparently you’re standing at work, playing, dancing, lifting heavy things, and hiking in the great outdoors. You’re cooking, getting some sun, napping and spending time with family. You’re rolling around in mud, leaping over fire, acting goofy and, as it turns out, climbing lots of trees (who knew so many of you are tree climbers!). In other words, you’re getting Primal.

One week ago I asked what living Primal looks like. And you answered that question with snapshots of your Primal lives. (See above. It’s broken into two slideshows because Photobucket only allows 100 pics per slideshow.)

I said the Worker Bees and I will pick a winner by choosing the photo that we think best represents the Primal lifestyle, but any one of these could take home the prize. So I’ve done this by way of random drawing instead.

And the winner is…

Connie B.!

Congrats, Connie. Thanks to everyone for participating in this fun contest, and for showing the world how great living a Primal existence can be. Stay tuned for the Primal Blueprint Recipe Video contest poll held later today. Grok on!

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. What a fantastic slideshow! Truly they are all winners. Homo Sapiens at its finest.

    Timothy wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • I think I recognized Leo in there!

      Lars T. wrote on October 5th, 2011
  2. Some really great photos. Makes me wish I wasn’t sitting in my office at work right now….

    Chris wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Agreed! I can’t help but stare out the window longingly after that photo set.

      Andy wrote on October 5th, 2011
  3. I’ll just do the obligatory point-out, by reminding everyone of how lean everyone looks in those photos.

    Although, throwing the dog in the oven was a bit much for me. Better, would have been jumping in a river, grabbing a fish barehanded, cutting it with a knife to where the blood poors out and then tossing it at your dog. Then we’d see how feral, ahem primal, your dog really is.

    Ray wrote on October 5th, 2011
  4. So many great pictures. I gotta say though, I love the fire twirling one! Definitely an outside-the-box way to play.

    The Fit Fat Kid wrote on October 5th, 2011
  5. does primal make people better photographers, or are talented photogs. naturally drawn to primal living?

    Amazing, beautiful photos. Wow.

    fitmom wrote on October 5th, 2011
  6. Most people would probably think this was totally disgusting, but I felt incredibly primal and pretty resourceful:

    Submitting a picture probably wouldn’t have gone over too well, haha!

    Elizabeth wrote on October 5th, 2011
  7. Sweet! I made the front page of MDA. Granted, me and about 400 other people, but still sort of epic.

    PaleoDruid wrote on October 5th, 2011
  8. Wow!!! great photos, I wanna do it all.

    Dasbutch wrote on October 5th, 2011
  9. I know where to look now if I’m ever feeling down. Such happy, healthy, amazing photos!

    Tanya wrote on October 5th, 2011
  10. Congrats Connie !!

    Adeline wrote on October 5th, 2011
  11. That baby with the ribs is the best picture!

    frank wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Yeah that’s what I thought when I saw it…lol.

      Arty wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • I loved it too!

      spincycle wrote on October 5th, 2011
      • Just wanted to take credit for the baby. :) She’s gnawing on a t-bone – steak is her fave food, another way she is just like her Mommy. My Mom told me I “gummed” steak when I was little and I thought she was exaggerating. Turns out it was likely true since my daughter is the same way. She had barely a tooth when this was taken, but that didn’t stop her! T-bone teethers could be a market, don’t you think? LOL

        Lisa wrote on October 6th, 2011
  12. You always hear people complaining about how miserable they are when they are on a CW diet/exercise plan. I don’t see any sad or unhappy faces in these pictures… What are we doing wrong!?

    Todd wrote on October 5th, 2011
  13. Everybody looks really healthy in all of those pictures.
    I enjoyed the slideshow, great work!
    Awesome photos everyone.

    Arty wrote on October 5th, 2011
  14. Awesome photos. Shows the world what primal living is all about!

    Primal Toad wrote on October 5th, 2011
  15. Some of these are hilarious! Did anyone else see the guy in the Flintstones garb putting his dog in the oven?

    Reiko wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • I almost wet myself because I laughed so hard…

      Adam wrote on October 6th, 2011
    • I thought that was super creepy.

      Peter wrote on October 6th, 2011
  16. Dog in the oven = hysterical! Laughed aloud in my cubicle.

    Amy wrote on October 5th, 2011
  17. Biggest takeaway from this post: this lifestyle is FUN! I love the smiles on everyone’s faces. The girl covered in mud sitting on the beach was great.

    Amy wrote on October 5th, 2011
  18. Little kids and animals? Not fair!! (Ask an actor).

    Just kidding. This slideshow is great, and the 30 day challenge has been fantastic. Kudos to Mark and the worker bees.

    Duncan wrote on October 5th, 2011
  19. I love the one of the guy dressed as a cave man putting his dog in the oven! I had a big smile on my face as all the pictures went by. It is so great to see people having fun and enjoying life!

    Natalie wrote on October 5th, 2011
  20. Thank you for no “You Don’t Know Squat” pics. :)

    Dan wrote on October 5th, 2011
  21. This turned out great! Watching the photos roll by really is a great way to get the Big Picture of what the lifestyle is. Outdoors, hiking, cooking, exercise, playing, family, community are the big ones I took home. I love it! (also I saw my picture yay!)

    cTo wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Oh, also, VIBRAMS! XD

      cTo wrote on October 5th, 2011
  22. Through both slideshows I was waiting for a faux “squat to poop” joke photo.

    liberty1776 wrote on October 5th, 2011
  23. What a great bunch of pictures. Thanks for putting them all up so everyone can see how fun being primal is.

    Mary Hone wrote on October 5th, 2011
  24. Awesome set of primal living pics. They summarize the primal lifestyle perfectly.

    Justin Wright wrote on October 5th, 2011
  25. great pics! i’m dying to know which one is Connie B.’s . . . congrats connie!!

    kell wrote on October 5th, 2011
  26. What an inspiring collection of photos! Congrats to the winner!

    Heidi wrote on October 5th, 2011
  27. Wow! I am stoked! My picture is the one of Me, my husband and our daughter in front of a waterfall- I have cat eye glasses and a white scarf with green apples printed on it, and my honey has a smart black cap on and a grey flannel, with his arm extended cause he is holding the camera… if you look between us you will see our daughter peeking out. We took this photo on our vacation, we stopped every two hours to hunt waterfalls and hike out to them. This was Black River Falls, just outside of Ishpeming, in the UP of Michigan.

    Connie B wrote on October 5th, 2011
  28. My husband and I are in there too – woooot! We are climbing a mountain in the Eastern Sierra Nevada – me in sandals carrying a walking stick and him barefoot.

    Congratulations Connie!

    These are great pix. – Mark is there a slideshow where we can view these permanently?

    Hillside Gina wrote on October 5th, 2011
  29. Loved these pictures. So many things I would love to try. And was nice to see myself and daughter in there (3 slides worth!).

    We’re just getting started on this Primal thing and looking forward to doing more!

    and ‘grats Connie!

    BeccainSC wrote on October 5th, 2011
  30. Communing with cows. Love it.

    jabdip wrote on October 5th, 2011
  31. LOVE LOVE LOVE that slideshow.

    Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple wrote on October 5th, 2011
  32. Awesome slideshow. Great seeing myself on there, lol. I just have to repeat what so many have said before… That is a lot of happy people doing some incredible things! Mine is the picture of the 5 ladies on a hike in Oahu, Hawaii, where I now live so I can live primal on a more permanent basis. Congrats Connie! Mark, can you tell us which is her picture? Just curious!

    Mary wrote on October 5th, 2011
  33. I love the baby eating the bone, the guys running down the street barefoot and the canoe/kayak coming out of what looks like a cave, and the standing at work pics. Thanks for sharing everyone!

    Mom wrote on October 5th, 2011
  34. Love these pictures. Shows a little bit of the lives of other primates and I really love the insiration I get from it for “Having Fun” :D.

    ruth wrote on October 5th, 2011
  35. Way cool pictures. ALl I could think was “this must have taken the worker bees FOREVER to put together!”

    AlyieCat wrote on October 6th, 2011
  36. Great photos! Shows how much fun the primal lifestyle really is!

    Kevin wrote on October 6th, 2011
  37. There are lots of things in those pictures I’d love to try… and lots of things I wouldn’t. :)

    mrsashton wrote on October 6th, 2011
  38. I sure hope that Connie B is the rib-eating baby!

    [Do I win a prize?]

    Scott wrote on October 6th, 2011
  39. So true, awesome pics. I really wish I wasn’t sitting at the desk today, but at least I get to look forward to my boys football and baseball practices after work during the week.

    Will wrote on October 6th, 2011
  40. So inspiring! I can’t even say which picture I loved more, there is nothing like seeing healthy, happy people living the way they should.

    Lisa wrote on October 6th, 2011

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