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14 Sep

Contest: Share Your Success Story

The Prize:

Artisana Butters – Courtesy of Artisana Foods, you’ll also receive one 16 oz jar each of Almond, Walnut and Cashew Butter, and one box each of Cashew Butter, Coconut Butter, Coconut Oil, Macadamia Nut Butter, Walnut Butter, Pecan Butter, and Almond Butter packets.

Raw? Organic? Delicious? Check. Check. Check. Seriously, this stuff is almost too good. If you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting one of Artisana’s many butters, grab a jar ASAP. You will thank me. I promise. Total retail value: $111.

Vibram FiveFingers – Another pair of Vibram FiveFingers! This is the third pair of FiveFingers offered in as many days here on MDA. What more can I say about them? I’ve owned more than a dozen pairs over the years. They are my primary footwear. And I can’t recommend them enough. Check out the video I did with Vibram here. The winner will get to choose their favorite men’s or women’s style and color.

Nick’s Sticks – Need a Primal snack? Like your beef grass-fed? Nick’s got you covered on both counts with his Grass-Fed Beef Sticks. His Snack Sticks are made with 100% grass-fed beef or free-range turkey and seasoned with Redmond organic salt. The lucky winner of these delicious treats will receive one 25-pack (2 sticks per pack) of beef sticks and one 25-pack of turkey sticks. Total retail value: $150.

Primal Essentials Kit – The winner will also receive a Primal Essentials Kit (Primal Flora (probiotics), Vital Omegas (omega-3 fish oils) and Vitamin D) – the three supplements just about everyone should be taking in my humble, completely unbiased opinion.

That’s nearly $400 worth of incentive to do something you’ve been meaning to do anyway. Pay it forward…

The Contest:

We’re just a few days into the 21-Day Challenge, but I know many of you have seen amazing results going Primal leading up to the challenge. Weight lost, muscle built, complexions cleared, even meds kicked. Now’s the time to share it! This means you have the opportunity to show the rest of the community who you are and what you’ve accomplished. In the process you’ll inspire thousands of people to take control of their health just as you have. I don’t know about you, but I get a kick out of that.

So for this contest I want to hear your story. Write it up and include a photo. Including both pre-Primal and post-Primal pics is even better, but not required. Don’t worry if you’re not a chiseled Adonis. This isn’t a “who’s the most ripped” contest. Whether you’ve lost 100 pounds over two years of Primal living or you’ve simply managed to kick that diet Coke habit, just tell me what going Primal has done for you. I’m looking for interesting and personal tales. Details about your health history, how you found MDA and the Primal Blueprint, what has worked and what hasn’t, what differences you’ve seen in how you look and feel, and anything else you think readers might be able to learn from and you’re open to sharing are welcome. It doesn’t have to be a thousand word diatribe, but hopefully more than a couple paragraphs. Feel free to be creative with your story format, too. Remember, good stories usually have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and honesty is king.

I’m sure many of you have thought about sending your story in, but just haven’t gotten around to it. There is no better time than now. I’ll be featuring reader stories throughout the 21-Day Challenge and beyond, so get yours in soon!

Email me your story along with any pictures . Please use the subject heading “My Primal Story.” Otherwise, there’s a good chance I may completely miss your submission.


One of the most memorable stories published on MDA: The Unconquerable Dave. If you haven’t read it, do it now. You won’t regret it. YAWP!

View other Success Stories here for ideas on how to write your own story.


From the United States to the United Kingdom and from New Zealand to New Delhi everyone is eligible. No restrictions.

Additionally, everyone that has submitted a Success Story to Mark’s Daily Apple since the last year’s Challenge is automatically entered to win, so don’t worry if you emailed me just a few days ago. You’re entered!

The Deadline:

September 26, midnight PDT. Less than two weeks away!

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

An executive decision will be made to determine which stories and accompanying photos get published on MDA. The winner of the prize package above will be chosen at random from those that are submitted.

To track all the contests visit the 2012 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

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. I wish I had an amazing weight loss or disease remission story, but I was fortunate to stumble across this stuff early in my life.

    It’s not always easy to tell the difference when you’re still young and healthy, but in 30 or 40 years, I’ll be a completely different person that I would have been eating SAD.

    Thanks so much :)

    Josh Frey wrote on September 14th, 2012
    • Ditto. I started living this way in my mid 20’s so obesity and illness had not set in yet so my story would not be a real page turner.

      Still I enjoy reading about the people who have really changed the trajectory of their health.

      Team Oberg wrote on September 14th, 2012
    • Yea I agree. My story will probably not be a page turner. But maybe it’s a good reflection exercise. :)

      Gift Clumsywarrior wrote on September 14th, 2012
  2. Yes! I was just thinking about submitting mine…finally where I want to be. :)

    Heather wrote on September 14th, 2012
  3. Ooooo I just might enter this one! I’ve only lost about a third of the weight I want to get rid of but I think that’s pretty successful, if I may say so myself! 😀

    Kitty =^..^= wrote on September 14th, 2012
    • Yes…your accomplishment is a success! Keep up the good work! One of my meditation mentors told me, that in the beginning of meditating, if you only make it 5 seconds without distracting thoughts, stop, pat yourself on the back, and try again. This can and should be applied to anything we try in our lives. Nobody is perfect at the beginning of anything, we all have setbacks, distractions and it can be easy to minimize the small accomplishments. If you want to make a million dollars, you have to first make one dollar.

      jrVegantoPrimal wrote on September 14th, 2012
      • Hey, thank you!!

        Kitty =^..^= wrote on September 15th, 2012
  4. I just wanted to say: Yay! Nick’s Sticks! I’m lucky enough to be able to get all of my meat from Nick and give my daughter Sticks in her lunches every day. I’m so happy to see him going all national.

    Caitlin wrote on September 14th, 2012
  5. My success story: “I can’t wait to have one!” The end.

    Mamachibi wrote on September 15th, 2012
  6. what is the email address it just shows a link and my computer is PRIMAL :) so it doesn’t go to the link! Thanks!

    Rachael wrote on September 15th, 2012
    • Hey, the email is mark*at* – just replace the *at* with an @ sign! :-)

      Fran wrote on September 16th, 2012

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