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19 Sep

Contest: Share Your Struggle

The Prize:

Hunks of grass-fed meat, raw nuts and dried berries all conveniently packaged together: If your struggle during the first week of the 30-Day Challenge was finding healthy snacks or Primal meals while on-the-go, Steve’s got you covered. The lucky winner of today’s contest will receive two Steve’s Club Samplers ($32 each) and five Grass-Fed PaleoStix ($30).

Bonus #1: Use promo code paleokitmda for a 10% discount through the month of September.

Bonus #2: 15% of the proceeds go to support Steve’s Club National Program to bring CrossFit and nutrition education to at-risk teens in cities across the country.

The Contest:

It’s been one week since the 2011 30-Day Challenge began. How are things going? Well, I hope. While I know many of you are already seeing and feeling the benefits of going Primal, I imagine there are those of you out there that are finding the transition to be less than a walk in the park. And why not? Decades of bad habits and poor eating don’t get reversed overnight. So today I’m asking you to share any struggle you’ve had in the last seven days of this challenge. Did you have a tough time kicking your usual bowl of morning cereal? Was the sandwich platter at your company meeting speaking to you? Were you unable to muster up the energy or willpower needed to attempt a Primal Blueprint Fitness workout? Big or small leave a comment below expressing your struggle AND how you plan to go about overcoming said struggle, and you’ll be entered to win the prize above.

Check back tomorrow when I’ll be attempting to address many of the common stumbling blocks you list in today’s comment board.

The Deadline:

September 19, 6:00 p.m. PST. Only 9 hours to participate in this one. (I need a little time to put tomorrow’s promised article together!)

Who is Eligible:

Any U.S. resident that faced some sort of hurdle or stumbling block in the first week of this challenge. Sorry worldwide readers. Most countries prohibit import of meat products.

How a Winner is Chosen:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants.

To track all the contests visit the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. My struggle this week has been sticking to the pealo diet when i’m with family and friends. I had dinner at my grandmas and she made spaghetti…i don’t like pasta that much anyway so my i doused my 5 noodles in the meat/muchroom sauce. I got some weird looks from my relatives, but that’s all the more reason to introduce them to my primal lifestyle!

    Clare wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • paleo diet*

      Clare wrote on September 19th, 2011
  2. Trying to feed my kid, too!

    Jo Anna wrote on September 19th, 2011
  3. I still seem to be struggling with food addictions and over eating. Although those are separate issues that need to be conquered whether I’m eating primal or not. I went to a birthday party, and mind you I am gluten intolerant along with my daughter, and the mom made gluten-free cupcakes. Bless her heart,…I ate 5. Well, rather than let it get me down too much, I picked myself up and started from where I left off, which is am improvement as well.

    Rebekah wrote on September 19th, 2011
  4. I’ve been spending a lot of time with family this week. It’s hard to refuse to eat with them & trying to explain their diet is completely opposite of what I am trying to do.

    Deni wrote on September 20th, 2011
  5. My main trouble has been to keep enough bacon for myself to go through the week !!! Since i eat eggs and bacon for breackfast, my kids want the same thing (yeah !! ) and eat all MY bacon !! I nearly have to hide it if i want some.
    Just have to say i feel so good on a primal lifestyle, thank you so much for the inspiration and information !

    Adeline wrote on September 20th, 2011
  6. I have two problems: getting enough sleep, and avoiding high sugar/high snacks at the office. I can plan out an entire week’s worth of meals and healthy snacks, only get pressured into a cookie at 10 am and have my whole day thrown off. I also struggle to get 8 hours of sleep, and the decreased energy that results affects my fortitude against snacks at the office.

    My plan: Enforce a strict bed time, with a 1/2 hour buffer window beforehand to wind down and finish all tasks. In the office, I’m going to try to avoid cookies/chips/etc. like the plague, even if that means finding conversations that don’t take place near a snack table.

    BrianK wrote on September 20th, 2011
  7. Gyday Grokkers…

    My struggle (one of them anyway) has been to encourage friends to consider giving up grains and refined foods.

    Mainly grains though…im sure they are responsible for many woe’s in todays world.

    Famine food only….

    So many ethical/practical/economic considerations with Grain consumption and production worldwide…it can do youre head in thinking about it.

    My friend has lost 4kg just from not eating grains…zero exercise. He eats like a barbarian…ive won him over to Paleo at about 85/15 ..which is fine. Thats in just 2 weeks…….

    You cant ram Paleo down peoples throats…thats my struggle…let youre body do the talking.

    Sometimes we have to say nothing….to say it.

    zephaniah wrote on September 20th, 2011
  8. my problem is making enough protein to eat. I get enough fat and maybe too many carbs from my fruit and veggie intake- I don’t even eat root vegetables and I limit myself to 3 fruit a day (because I feel sick if I eat more than that) I make dinner from chicken or prepackaged 100% ground beef chorizos or meatballs. I want to make dinner from actual cuts of beef (chuck, flank) but am scared to. So far I keep messing it up. I can’t do shellfish or much eggs and nuts because of allergies so I just keep getting stuck on what to eat. My problem isn’t what to take out of my diet, it’s what to put in it.

    yorabu wrote on September 20th, 2011
  9. Yes, I missed the contest, and the prize sounds wonderful. Had to comment on a very important topic. This is one of the best diets, yet it isn’t easy for many people. The fact is the food supply is not just junk but crap. Yet, we crave some of it: this is factored into the manufacturing of processed food.

    I can keep it for the most part until I give into temptations, then the craving sets in. That is due in part to the insulin level.

    The longer you stay on the better the chances of keeping this way of eating. Of course, you feel better, which is the driving force for most people.

    Mark, this was a good contest, with a great prizes. Next time I will try to be on time.

    Blanche wrote on September 20th, 2011
  10. I really wanted to start walking everyday. I got a cold so it derailed me but I haven’t gotten back on that train. I plan on starting again today and just doing it. I want to make it a habit so I’m just going to dig my heels in and go.

    Stacy wrote on September 20th, 2011
  11. I always have and continue to have issues with getting enough sleep. This is the hardest part of this challenge for me.

    Sharon wrote on September 20th, 2011
  12. My struggle is primarily with my spouse. As others have written, I am trying to win him over to being primal by setting an example. Our dinners have become completely separate, which takes up a lot more time in the kitchen & a lot more pots & pans to cleanup. I know he likes the results that I’ve achieved by being primal, but it still hasn’t swayed him away from bread, pasta, sports drinks, pizza’s, etc. The financial issue is also a problem. When I shop at the farmers’ markets, he feels I spend too much, when I could go to WalMart for a fraction of the price. I’ve tried many of the arguments: quality vs. quantity; healthy food vs. chemical laden; etc. It’s very difficult being primal with only my 4 year old on my side. I won’t ever switch back, but I’m hoping the struggling gets easier.

    Karen Smith wrote on September 20th, 2011
  13. My biggest struggle has been eating as a couple. I think I’m *this close* to getting my husband with me!

    Christiana wrote on September 20th, 2011
  14. Reeses peanut butter cups and twizzlers on Saturday nights. Otherwise I am pretty damn good if I say so myself. I try to be a good example to my kids and also because I tandem nurse I try to eat healthy. But Saturday nights is when I Jones for the bad stuff. It’s habit. and I feel it the next day.

    diane wrote on September 20th, 2011
  15. OMG, *sugar* has been my struggle! Not sweets, or baked goods, or even bread, but sugar in my coffee. I’ve transitioned to coconut milk, which is not so bad, and am keeping my carbs down, but I find myself making room for that sugar in my coffee every morning…8-10 grams. I know that as part of 80/20 I could maybe just let it go, but it’s tough when I know how bad it is!

    Tashimi wrote on September 20th, 2011
  16. To sleep, perchance to dream-
    ay, there’s the rub.”

    If Grok were unable to eat all they time, and we reflect that with IF, wouldn’t be safe to assume that there were times when Grok was unable to sleep a full 8 hours? This has been my greatest challenge over the last week. I am a full-time student and a small-business owner; I am up at 5am each morning, and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, am rarely in bed by midnight. I do find myself taking the occasional early afternoon catnap, but am pretty sure that this is not as beneficial as 8 straight hours.

    Cliff wrote on September 20th, 2011
  17. I’ve been primal for a little over a month now, eating beautifully, walking in the late summer weather, excited for the Challenge – then – BAM! – I got a horrible spider bite on my left arm. It’s gotten steadily worse over the past six days, I was in bed with a fever, I’ve got two different antibiotics going, and yesterday the doctor had to drain the abscess which was immensely painful. It’s feeling better this morning finally! So, hopefully it’s at least a primal kind of pain, but I’m thankful for modern medicine. What would Grok have done?

    DreadedTess wrote on September 20th, 2011
  18. I have a job that requires me to sit for 10 hours a day—in the dark. My goal is to get outside for lunch to soak up the sun and to spend time after work outside as well.

    PrimalJen wrote on September 20th, 2011
  19. My first week of the Primal Challenge had a few hurdles. First, an unexpected road trip made me look at ways to stay primal with fast food. The biggest one has been my busy life and just like this morning, when I rushed out of the house late for work, there have been a few times where I could not gather the needed veggies and my nut mix.

    I “gathered” or mooched fruits from co-workers, bought trail mix from the vending machine and sorted through it for the nuts and picked up a veggie cup from the vending machine as well. A locker full of oatmeal and granola bars is not a great fall-back. Time to revamp that too!

    Jack wrote on September 20th, 2011
  20. Not letting work stress me out so much that I can’t sleep for all the rage running thru my head at night lol. I succeeded yesterday!!

    Michelle wrote on September 20th, 2011
  21. Hope you are feeling better now! I can relate to being all excited to go from a good summer to a great fall…and it turns out my sore leg/back is sciatica!! OUCH! That means limited exercise, and popping 4 (!!) Aleves each day. This is horrible psychologically,since I just dont take OTC’s anymore -I havent neede to take anything for a long time. The down time is apparently weeks – there goes my plan to add sprits! At least I havent had Splenda, etc this week. The eating has had to be better than ever so I dont gain weight while I can barely move.
    Sorry for the long rant,I am really down.

    Hopeless Dreamer wrote on September 20th, 2011
  22. I’m in the middle of carb flu right now (started Primal eating about 3-4 weeks ago) and sad to say, I have not been winning the battle. I gave in to gluten and other foods, and my stomach did pay for it. This flu sucks: ALWAYS hungry (but now I know to eat more fat, per Mark’s post today) and the cravings are RIDICULOUS. I cheated on Day 2 of the Challenge, can you believe that? I’ve stopped training last week (my last race of the season was last week) and for some reason my body is acting like I’m still training, because I am always hungry. The last couple of days have been good though, back to Primal. I seriously hate this flu.

    Lisa wrote on September 20th, 2011
  23. I’m amazingly not having any carb or sugar cravings, which I can hardly believe. I am struggling with being as active as I’d like though. I have a very high stress job and come home pretty drained. I’m thinking instead of dreading “exercise” at the end of the day, I can instead fit in a few short walks during the day. That way, I get a break from work, some movement and some sunshine!

    Nicole wrote on September 20th, 2011
  24. 1. In as few words as possible, how would you explain the Primal Blueprint to someone new to the concept? It is living the way human beings were meant to live. Play hard, as much as you can eat food you prepare from fresh vegetables and fruits, no grains (especially wheat), some tree nuts, and meats & eggs (free range and grass fed) and fish (wild caught). Avoid processed foods and dairy products.
    2. What is the first thing a person should do to kick start their Primal life? Eliminate those processed foods in your pantry …..especially chips and grains and grain products.
    3. What do you think is the most important thing one should understand as they attempt to go Primal? It is a life style, not a diet or exercise program.
    4. What was the biggest hurdle you experienced when going Primal and how did you overcome it? My biggest hurdle was eating right. I overcame that by planning ahead for the week in general and specifically for the next day, looking hard at what I can eat, not what I cannot eat.
    5. If there is something you’d go back and do differently as it relates to diet, fitness and lifestyle behaviors, what would it be and why?
    6. What do you usually eat for breakfast? I usually eat scrambled free range eggs with various meats and various vegetables….peppers, onions, mushrooms, kale.
    7. What is your favorite Primal recipe and how do you make it? My favorite receipt is what I call Kicken Kole Slaw: one head of cabbage, a large diced sweet onion, a pinch of sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, two table spoons of apple cider vinegar, and two table spoons of olive oil mayo (made fresh with lemon juice, an egg yoke, finely ground black pepper, and a cup of EVOO) and last but not least one can (drained) of chunky Rotel (that’s the Kick)…..this goes great with meat and fish!
    8. What is your favorite Primal workout and how do you do it? Various with exercise bands….easy to carry on road trips and use in the privacy of your hotel room.
    9. What is your best dining-out tip? Ask for GLUTEN FREE!
    10. How do you manage to stay Primal when friends, family, coworkers and the rest of the world aren’t? Knowing and keeping in mind that I only have to manage my own health…not the world’s.

    David Kluttz wrote on September 21st, 2011
  25. So who won this contest?

    Melissa wrote on September 22nd, 2011

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