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17 Sep

Contest: Share Your Success Story

dcmf vo autoThe Prize:

An entire year’s worth of my top-shelf multi-vitamin-antioxidant, the Primal Blueprint Damage Control Master Formula. And what the hey, I’ll also include a year’s worth of Vital Omegas.

The Contest:

Beyond the informative, MDA is also a place where people can go to find encouragement and inspiration on the road to better health. And nothing inspires better than example. If going Primal has improved your life, great or small, now’s your chance to share it with hundreds of thousands of people. Make and upload a video sharing your Primal success story. Maybe you’ve had a life changing success such as dramatic weight loss, a body transformation, or the reversing of type 2 diabetes. Or perhaps you’ve simply had a successful day like finally grilling a perfect steak, achieving your first pullup, or nudged your stubborn aunt to start taking what she eats seriously. Whatever your success story is, share it.  The video doesn’t have to be long, a minute or two is fine. Nor does it just have to be a talking head, if you want to show how you’ve transformed your backyard into a Primal garden, or show us something you can do now that you couldn’t do four months prior, go for it. No points off for thinking outside the box. And don’t forget to say your name (or nickname/handle) and tell us where you’re from!

The video needs to be an original video made for the purposes of this contest. Title your video “[Your name's] Primal Blueprint Success Story” when uploading to YouTube.

Upload your video to YouTube and then email me the link. I’ll publish select videos on Mark’s Daily Apple at the end of the month. Include the words “Success Video Submission” in the subject line of your email. Otherwise, there’s a good chance I may completely miss your submission.

The Deadline:

September 28, midnight PST. A week and a half.

Who is Eligible:

Anyone in the world can win this one.

How A Winner Will Be Decided:

Video submissions will be posted on September 30. The Worker Bees and I will choose a list of finalists to be voted on by readers.

Fine Print:

MDA reserves the right to publish and/or edit any videos submitted.

Visit the 30-Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners.

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. Well, I won’t be making a vid, but I will say here that since making the change, my digestive problems have nearly disappeared, my energy levels don’t go up and down like a rollercoaster, and I’ve lost the extra bulk I was carrying around (maybe 5-10 pounds). And that’s just me doing what I like to call “lazy” primal (i.e. not nearly as much exercise as I’d like).

    Back when I was swimming all the time, I watched what I ate and still ended up feeling ravenous and having crazy energy lows. And I always said that for as much as I was swimming (2km/day 5x/week), I should have had more muscle (I had muscle, it was just covered in fat).

    So while my primal journey has been slow and steady, the effects I’ve already enjoyed have been overwhelmingly positive, and I’m looking forward to continued progress.

    Mademoiselle wrote on September 17th, 2010
    • That’s awesome!! Well done! :)

      gilliebean wrote on September 17th, 2010
    • My story very similar to your :-) finally on track with exercise the last couple months. I’m with you M’lle!!

      We are changed for the better & for life.

      (not photogenic, no vid from me either)

      I love all the stories! They always kickstart me when I’m “slumping” :)

      Peggy wrote on September 17th, 2010
  2. I’m an alcoholic, and I can swear for damn sure that I wouldn’t have had the strenght to stop drinking, if I hadn’t first started a huge daily regimen of supplements. It may seem backwards, and I wouldn’t recommend drinking to anyone, but do whatever you can to take of your health in spite of what you do to sabotage it. Even if you still eat crap foods – take supplements. I took strong vitamins and minerals and fish oil and garlic and rose hip for my aching joints. And then, one day, it didn’t seem impossible to stop drinking.

    Ulla Lauridsen wrote on September 17th, 2010
  3. Hmmm — what about us technically challenged folks who don’t own a video camera and wouldn’t know how to operate one if we did?

    EvadneFrances wrote on September 17th, 2010
  4. http://primalpilot.blogspot.com/2010/09/afpft-2010.html

    Says it all. Thanks to living Primal and using CrossFit I’ve sustained a 95-100 score on the USAF physical fitness test for 5 years running now.

    I first found Mark’s blog quite some time back and he’s been a huge influence on how I live my life and how I eat and train.

    George Mounce wrote on September 17th, 2010
  5. Ulla…coming from a family of alcoholics, (and I could certainly see myself down that same road if some things were different) Gaining control of your insulin and blood sugar fluctuations is CRUCIAL for control. If your blood sugar is out of control (ups AND downs) it is very difficult to beat this addiction. What are all the people eating/drinking at an AA meeting? Sugary coffee and donuts. And chain smoking. I would love to do some research into this area because I got the “light bulb” to come on some time ago and have observed this in many folks. Living on meat, veg, fruit and fat, nuts and seeds regulates the system to “normal” and THEN it is much easier to drop the addictions that sometimes start off as an involuntary way for a person to self medicate and “balance” an out of balance system.

    I apologize, as I tend to be long winded, but If anyone has heard of a study or any results on this sbject…shoot em my way!

    Julie Aguiar wrote on September 17th, 2010
  6. And by the way, Ulla, congrats and good luck!

    Julie Aguiar wrote on September 17th, 2010
  7. Growing older my metabolism changed slowly, and before i knew it i was about 40 pounds overweight.
    The funny thing is, since i was thin as a teenager, i always considered myself thin, even in my sorry state.
    Of course, it helps not seeing yourself in a full body mirror :-)
    Have gone through all the diet bs, and since i´m a physician, i knew the Atkins method (didnt try it), but it always seemed like a “trick” diet for me, because of manipulating the insulin level.
    What clicked for me was, that through the paleo blogs it was revealed as the original human diet, which made it look so much more viable as a legitimate lifestyle.
    I started a personal 100 day challenge, 65 days into it, and i am a changed man.
    For the first time in 10 years i am wearing T-Shirts again, and i love how i feel.
    Thanks, and for all the others: keep it up.

    slowness wrote on September 18th, 2010
  8. I don’t drink anymore, but used to quite a bit. I often had cravings for sweets the next morning, so there is for sure some kind of connection between them and alcohol. Now that I’m “primal” I don’t even seem to give a damn about alcohol, although admittedly I was leaving it behind even before taking this route.

    Still, I’ve been wondering if eating sugar somehow triggers an urge to drink.

    Sam Cree wrote on September 19th, 2010
  9. Great to see your responses, folks! I never connected sugar cravings and alcohol, I have never liked sugar, but pasta for sure, and if you are hungry or exhausted, you want to drink. I’ll pay more attention to that part of it in the future, too – thanks!

    Ulla Lauridsen wrote on September 19th, 2010
  10. I’ve always been the skinny/athletic type.
    Even as a teenager I’ve had chronic sinus infections, heart palpitations, feeling of ‘minor heart attacks’ several times a year, digestive problems (hard stools that wouldn’t move for the most part), nails that would peel backwards, flimsy and brittle hair, severe PMS and very painful menstruations. This continued and had gotten worse to the point of being hooked on laxatives and having to miss work days every month for my Menstruation. At the age of 37/38 I came down with rheumatoid arthritis and lower back degenerative disc disease on top of everything else.

    I finally had enough…I didn’t want to be like the rest. Internally crippled and exhausted by the age of 40.
    I took my health into my own hands and found MDA online. Been primal since April 7th this year and have cured every single thing listed above. On top of that several things have improved that weren’t a problem before like getting acne around menstruation time – gone!

    My digestion runs like clockwork, I don’t even think about it anymore. I am off laxatives for good, off nasal spray and all other meds for ‘allergies’. Come to find out it was all caused by pasteurized milk and grains.

    Now I will feel happy, healthy and full of energy when I hit the big 40 next year :)

    Suvetar wrote on September 21st, 2010
    • Great story, I have just been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. I have more or less been Primal, need to be more so as well as seek treatment. MDA has certainlt taught me a great deal. Amazing stuff.

      Erin wrote on June 27th, 2012
      • Hi Erin,
        Have you had a any success in dealing with your degenerative disc disease? I’ve been primal for a few months and it has helped me a lot in regards to my back. Please let me know if you have time.
        Thanks,
        Alex

        Alex wrote on August 31st, 2012
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    jane jakins wrote on September 22nd, 2010
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