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October 05, 2011

Contest Results: What Does Primal Living Look Like?

By Mark Sisson
63 Comments

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!

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Timothy
4 years 11 months ago

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

Lars T.
4 years 11 months ago

I think I recognized Leo in there!

Chris
4 years 11 months ago

Some really great photos. Makes me wish I wasn’t sitting in my office at work right now….

Andy
Andy
4 years 11 months ago

Agreed! I can’t help but stare out the window longingly after that photo set.

Ray
Ray
4 years 11 months ago

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.

The Fit Fat Kid
4 years 11 months ago

So many great pictures. I gotta say though, I love the fire twirling one! Definitely an outside-the-box way to play.

fitmom
fitmom
4 years 11 months ago

does primal make people better photographers, or are talented photogs. naturally drawn to primal living?

Amazing, beautiful photos. Wow.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
4 years 11 months ago

Most people would probably think this was totally disgusting, but I felt incredibly primal and pretty resourceful: http://unglambits.tumblr.com/post/10814009279/the-raccoon-wont-stop-pooping-along-the-sides-of

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

PaleoDruid
4 years 11 months ago

Sweet! I made the front page of MDA. Granted, me and about 400 other people, but still sort of epic.

Dasbutch
Dasbutch
4 years 11 months ago

Wow!!! great photos, I wanna do it all.

Tanya
Tanya
4 years 11 months ago

I know where to look now if I’m ever feeling down. Such happy, healthy, amazing photos!

Adeline
Adeline
4 years 11 months ago

Congrats Connie !!

frank
frank
4 years 11 months ago

That baby with the ribs is the best picture!

Arty
Arty
4 years 11 months ago

Yeah that’s what I thought when I saw it…lol.

spincycle
spincycle
4 years 11 months ago

I loved it too!

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 11 months ago

Just wanted to take credit for the baby. πŸ™‚ 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

Todd
Todd
4 years 11 months ago

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!?

Arty
Arty
4 years 11 months ago

Everybody looks really healthy in all of those pictures.
I enjoyed the slideshow, great work!
Awesome photos everyone.

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago

Awesome photos. Shows the world what primal living is all about!

Reiko
Reiko
4 years 11 months ago

Some of these are hilarious! Did anyone else see the guy in the Flintstones garb putting his dog in the oven?

Adam
Adam
4 years 11 months ago

I almost wet myself because I laughed so hard…

Peter
Peter
4 years 11 months ago

I thought that was super creepy.

Amy
Amy
4 years 11 months ago

Dog in the oven = hysterical! Laughed aloud in my cubicle.

Amy
Amy
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Duncan
Duncan
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Natalie
Natalie
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Dan
Dan
4 years 11 months ago

Thank you for no “You Don’t Know Squat” pics. πŸ™‚

cTo
cTo
4 years 11 months ago

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
cTo
4 years 11 months ago

Oh, also, VIBRAMS! XD

liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 11 months ago

Through both slideshows I was waiting for a faux “squat to poop” joke photo.

Mary Hone
4 years 11 months ago

What a great bunch of pictures. Thanks for putting them all up so everyone can see how fun being primal is.

Justin Wright
4 years 11 months ago

Awesome set of primal living pics. They summarize the primal lifestyle perfectly.

kell
kell
4 years 11 months ago

great pics! i’m dying to know which one is Connie B.’s . . . congrats connie!!

Heidi
Heidi
4 years 11 months ago

What an inspiring collection of photos! Congrats to the winner!

Connie B
4 years 11 months ago
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,… Read more »
Hillside Gina
4 years 11 months ago

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?

BeccainSC
BeccainSC
4 years 11 months ago

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!

jabdip
jabdip
4 years 11 months ago

Communing with cows. Love it.

Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple
4 years 11 months ago

LOVE LOVE LOVE that slideshow.

Mary
Mary
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Mom
Mom
4 years 11 months ago

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!

ruth
4 years 11 months ago

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.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
4 years 11 months ago

Way cool pictures. ALl I could think was “this must have taken the worker bees FOREVER to put together!”

Kevin
4 years 11 months ago

Great photos! Shows how much fun the primal lifestyle really is!

mrsashton
mrsashton
4 years 11 months ago

There are lots of things in those pictures I’d love to try… and lots of things I wouldn’t. πŸ™‚

Scott
Scott
4 years 11 months ago

I sure hope that Connie B is the rib-eating baby!

[Do I win a prize?]

Will
Will
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 11 months ago

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
Lisa
4 years 11 months ago

Congrats, Connie! I think the random drawing was very fair because these are all great…and so very different…people in trees, families on vacation…children gnawing on t-bones (yeah, that’s my girl!) I like the observations that everyone looks healthy in these photos. So true.

As for the “squat” photo some expected, I have to tell you that my son (who is potty training) exhibited a tendency toward doing that! And while we were camping he did. I did NOT, however, get a picture of it. Aren’t you glad I chose my daughter with the t-bone instead? haha

Timothy
4 years 11 months ago

Your daughter is adorable! I love that pic πŸ™‚

Freelee
4 years 11 months ago

Why is everyone overweight here?

felicity
felicity
4 years 11 months ago

I am never lacking motivation when I leave this site! Thank you!

Jens
Jens
4 years 11 months ago

Wow, I just loved looking at all the pictures of Primal Living! Such life! Such enthusiasm and energy! Awesome!

Melody
Melody
4 years 11 months ago

So many cool photos!
My fave is the pregnant woman with her son, while he swings the fish. I think that’s great on many levels. πŸ™‚

Paulette Mihale
Paulette Mihale
4 years 11 months ago

That is exactly how I want my life to look!

Nicole
Nicole
4 years 11 months ago

Awesome pictures! Personally, I love the baby gnawing on the steak bone.

madamvonsassypants
4 years 11 months ago

Yay! Excited to see the pic of my sister and I in front of the crystal clear glacial lake while we were climbing a mountain in the Cascades this summer.

Photos like these are a great reminder as to WHY we live a primal life in a modern world. It’s not about giving up food or denying yourself, it’s about living up to your potential by truly LIVING!

Cheers to all!

Remnant
Remnant
4 years 11 months ago
What does primal living look like? It looks White, extremely White. The primal / paleo movement is a shadow White separatist movement, an unconscious one, one without malice or resentment, but the reality of it is that it is one of the ongoing endeavors of Whites to find a living space for themselves. Remember primal life is TRIBAL life: your tribe is your family, your clan, your race. People don’t like to recognize or admit it. But the best thing to do is to face it head on … and embrace it. Tribal feelings are natural; diversity is not.
Sonya
Sonya
4 years 11 months ago

These are awesome! Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures. Like someone said above – some things I’d like to try – and some I wouldn’t. πŸ˜€ But I sure have enjoyed looking at all of them.

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