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25 Sep

Contest: What Do You Want?

TankaBarsboxopenoutlinedThe Prize:

Tanka Bars. Snack food made of buffalo. That’s pretty much all that needs saying. In the pursuit of quick-fix meat-chunk eats, Tanka is offering up a handful of Tanka Bars, Tanka Bites, and Tanka Wild Sticks to the winner of today’s post. BONUS: Enter “MARKSDAILYAPPLE” when ordering from TankaBar.com for a 15% discount off of regularly priced items.

youbar 1YouBars. Energy bars can be nasty business. 95% of the energy bars on the market are simply candy bars re-branded for the cardio crowd. Heck, even Snickers has its own brand of energy bar which – big surprise – contains almost the exact same nutritional breakdown as a plain, old Snickers. What’s a Grok to do with so few Primal options?

Enter YouBar. Don’t like the options at your health food store? Why not make your own! YouBar is a family owned company that lets you design your own energy bar using real, Primal ingredients. Here’s my version:

Almond Butter, Whey Protein Powder (Extra Protein), Hempseeds, Pecans (Normal Nuts), Goji Berries, Unsweetened Organic Shredded Coconut (Less Fruit), Organic Clover Honey (Not Too Sweet), Cinnamon, Organic Ginger, Organic Cacao Nibs, Stevia.

The winner of today’s contest will receive a free box of custom designed YouBars (or shakes or trailmix if you so choose).

The Contest:

“What do you want from me?” It’s a tired Adam Lambert song, but it’s also an important question. My blog, my books, what I do is constantly informed by the thoughts and ideas of my readers. Today is your chance to tell me what you’d like to see on my part for the future of the Primal movement. In the comments section below, tell me one service, product, tool, or feature you’d like to see in the coming year. I’m leaving this one fairly open ended, no idea is too small or big.

A winner will be chosen at random. Agreeing with other people is allowed (and encouraged), but only the idea comments will be counted for drawing purposes.

The Deadline:

Midnight, tonight!

Who is Eligible:

Like other consumables, these don’t cross borders well. A substitute prize of equal value will be awarded in the case of an international winner.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I’m sure others have mentioned this (or will) but I would love to see a protein powder from you! If it comes from you, I know you won’t sacrifice taste or quality. I heard you had one, but temporarily took it off the market to re-vamp for a new, so it sounds like this base is covered. But still, I’m so looking forward to it!

    Julia wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • As a scientist, I would love the opportunity to meet with paleo enthusiasts who are interested in learning more about the science behind paleo. Perhaps another take on “PrimalCon” that would incorporate more scientific evidence to back up our amazing way of life- paleo.

      Elke wrote on September 25th, 2010
      • We need the 30 day challenge at least twice a year!! To help us get back on track possibly in the spring?

        I would like to see more books, even if they are small ebook types. I would like to see the primal blueprint go to the ibooks store on apple or for the kindle.

        I would also like to see a primal workout dvd series.

        Thanks!! Keep up

        Chris Lowrey wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • I’d like to see sample menu plans (either a few days or a full week) for the following categories:

      1) Grok with no weightloss goals
      2) Grok needing to gain (perhaps some sub-categories depending on the amounts)
      3) Grok needing to lose (perhaps some sub-categories depending on the amounts)
      4) Grok doing PBF or another regular fitness program (including carb reloading)

      Thanks!

      Martyn wrote on September 26th, 2010
    • I’m extremely excited to release all the details of what I’ve been working on for months. It looks like “Primal Fuel” will officially be launched next week. Stay tuned!

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  2. Wow…that’s a great question! I love all that you’re giving, but if you’d like to travel…I’d love to see some local, smaller versions of primal con. It wouldn’t have to be as big or as many days, but if you were interested in coming to Seattle (or even better…Bremerton-I think they have a convention center now-or any where in Kitsap County, WA) or in the Olympic Mountains or even Portland…just for a day or two day session with all the locals here. I’d love that!

    Thanks for asking :)

    Annie wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • As another WA resident, I fully support this idea!

      Marisa wrote on September 25th, 2010
      • Regional Primal Con type meet and greets would be awesome. Especially if YOU were there :).

        Steven wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • It’s part of my longer term plans. If enough people are interested in any locale, and I can make it work economically, I’m there.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  3. I’d really like to see something about how Grok’s wife dealt with her cycles and with children, etc. So far, I haven’t found anything about how to primal-ize those times when diapers are necessary, for both young and old, but I’d really like to know.

    Amanda wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • I bet she wore a loin cloth and changed it a couple times a day!

      AlyieCat wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Well, I make cloth diapers and cloth momma pads and love them both! That’s about as primal as you can get I’d say :) Unless you’d rather use leaves…

      Marie S. wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Actually, you don’t need to use diapers with babies. With my daughter, I learned to “pee her” after naps and nursing, and simply intuited when she needed to pee. (A baby needing to poop is even harder to miss due to the facial expression etc :^). She wore padded underwear made for this purpose (wonderbabydesigns makes Poquito pants) but never had an accident. As soon as she was able to walk well enough to back uip and sit down on her own, she would simply use a potty on her own. I’m pretty sure this is how Mrs Grok did it, sans the potty, of course!

      Lilian wrote on February 8th, 2011
  4. I would like to see more healthy numbers. I really learned a lot from your heartrate post. My husband works very hard to keep his calorie count under 2000 and that just drives me crazy! But I think I would benefit a lot if there were posts on what the FDA/Doctors think is correct, but what the realistic or healthy numbers should be.

    Leah S wrote on September 25th, 2010
  5. I don’t know how fun it was for you making it, but that puzzle challenge was all sorts of fun. It reminds me of when the Da Vinci Code puzzle quest on google came out. Perhaps giving an occasional puzzle challenge would be fun, the prize could be a chat with you!!! IDK.

    Clack_Attack wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • This is a great idea. I love puzzles. I abandoned the puzzle contest during the tiles game because I can get obsessive. I *would* have solved it too, but I didn’t want to sit in front of the computer all night! But an occasional puzzle post would be awesome.

      Shebeeste wrote on September 25th, 2010
      • I second this! Love puzzles. I’m still going back to the Bloxorz game to see if I can do better than last time! But I have to set time limits or I get sucked in!

        Annie wrote on September 25th, 2010
      • I loved the puzzles and would like to see more, but maybe a bit shorter and on weekends. It was very tempting to give up sleep to complete it before work the next day.

        Vicky wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Great suggestion. I may make it a regular feature if people really liked it.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  6. Id love to see some type of outreach to cities, where people in cities can easily meet with each other and find each other through here.

    Tracy wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Great idea!! As a military wife, we move around and it would be great for some way to connect with fellow MDA-ers in the area.

      Alex wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Excellent idea. It would be fantastic to easily meet others who live a primal lifestyle. Although I believe something is in the works on this?

      Primal Toad wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • you should check meetup.com to see if there is a paleo/primal meetup group in your area. if not you should start one!!

      Bryan Barksdale wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Yes, I have something in the works on this; technology to help people form local tribes for workout meetups. It’s a bit stalled at the moment but still on the list of things to get done. Stay tuned!

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  7. How about a monthly post called Mark’s Top Ten, posted on the 10th?

    It could cover virtually anything such as Top 10 beginner mistakes, Top 10 blogs (of any variety or category), Top 10 foods to avoid…

    I realize this has been done to some extent, but just like the occasional bullet point type post, and once a month seems reasonable!

    Rodney wrote on September 25th, 2010
  8. I’d like to see about a week’s worth of meal plans with corresponding menus. Some of us need a little more structure before we go tweaking an idea and making it work for us.

    I’d also like to see a woman’s Grok shirt that does not highlight where her chest and butt are. Or should be.

    Chellie B wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • “I’d also like to see a woman’s Grok shirt that does not highlight where her chest and butt are. Or should be.”

      Damn straight! I got excited about the women’s shirts until I saw that the style I would want has “Grok On” printed right across the butt. Sorry, ain’t gonna happen.

      JCB wrote on September 25th, 2010
      • I agree with this too…I don’t want juicy written on my butt and I don’t want Grok on! there either! lol I’m still deciding if I’m going to buy it or not…it looks long enough that I might be able to fold it or tie it so that my rear won’t be highlighted!

        Annie wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Agreed! I would like to see bunches of menus. Coming from someone who has to watch quantity as well as quality, I must say I find it a struggle to keep calories in range with all of these delicious, high calorie food choices. I can’t seem to develop a routine since I’m not eating “typical” foods. Seeing some daily menus in the lower calorie ranges would really help me to get into a good groove.

      September wrote on September 26th, 2010
    • I’ve done some sample menus in the past:

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-sample-menu/

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fitday-results/

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-carrie-reader-question-roundup/

      I don’t mean to oversell the Leap Kit, but bringing a little more structure to the PB is what it’s all about. Take a look, and I’ll keep the week’s worth of meal plans in mind for MDA: http://primalblueprint.com/pages/The-Primal-Leap.html

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • Though many have picked a V-Neck for themselves since the release it sounds like it isn’t for everyone. In any case, there is the Unisex Red on Black T-Shirt and the Tank:

      http://primalblueprint.com/categories/Store/Apparel/

      I’ll see what I can do about another female T-shirt.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  9. I would like to see some more reviews of recently released products. Such as books or videos relating to primal living so that I can be aware of the various other sources out there. Not to say that the wealth of knowledge on this site isn’t sufficient, it’d just be cool to hear perspectives from other people.

    James Pang wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • I second this!

      L. Freeman wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • totally :)

      Aleksandrina wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve gotten away from doing reviews. With a number of new books coming out this might be in order.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  10. A living primal print magazine. I would SO subscribe.

    There’s something I just dig about print mags.

    Ruth wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • so seconded, then you can take your primal reading to go! Especially if you hate to sit in front of a computer screen

      Mason wrote on September 26th, 2010
    • Sorry, this won’t be happening on my end. I much prefer the ease and low-cost that comes with blogs versus magazines. Of course, if you need MDA in paper form you can always click the printer button at the bottom of an article for an easy-to-print version of the post.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  11. I’d like to some some more posts about being a primal woman! :)

    Mason wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • I am totally not a woman, but I think this is a good idea.

      Jackson wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Ditto to all the folks that mentioned this. Maybe have an occasional guest post from a female primal blogger (or Carrie again) who has covered things like raising kids, hormones, monthly cycles, CW notions of beauty, etc. The guys would learn something too.

      Shebeeste wrote on September 25th, 2010
      • Would LOVE to hear more from Carrie! And maybe even from the Sisson “kids” (who are now pretty much close to grown adults).

        Family Grokumentarian wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • It looks as if you aren’t the only one! I’ve made note of this and will try to get some female guest bloggers and/or my wife to address women specific issues in the future.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  12. I’d love new ideas how to eat primal meals away from home with out eating the same thing all the time. I eat breakfast/lunch in the office 5 days a week.

    Michelle Curtin wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • I second this too! I make my husband’s meals and he eats breakfast and lunch away from home too…it’s trickier than I thought it would be.

      Annie wrote on September 25th, 2010
  13. I would love something sort of like FitDay but with primal goals in mind.

    Jackson wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • I would love something like this too. I tried using FitDay and DailyBurn, but they discourage me because it’s hard to set my own numbers. Even though I know to ignore the warning signs when my fat/protein is ‘high’, I take a mental hit thinking maybe this isn’t the way…

      Alissa wrote on September 25th, 2010
  14. We’d like to see some improvements to the MDA iPhone app. The sizing is sometimes off, and we’d like to see things like recipes and links neatly on our screens, within your app. There’s nothing more cumbersome than dragging the laptop into the kitchen when we’re cooking. Sure, we could print them out, but for those times when we’re out without our recipe binder, it would be nice to share your articles and such with others in a better formatted medium.

    Auntie M wrote on September 25th, 2010
  15. Would love more primal meal recipes. Always looking for something new to make.

    Luigi wrote on September 25th, 2010
  16. You’ve done basically everything. I agree with the people above who talked about traveling. I would really enjoy it if you went around the US and held talks or small primal cons or something. Would be really cool to listen to you and others speak. Plus a great way to get some of my friends who are sitting on the fence all the more interested.

    The thing I would maybe like to see you do is a warning post about all the not so well known problems with our life in this century. For example, I just learned the other day that canned foods have BPA in them! That means the coconut milk I’ve been drinking could be harmful.

    And i have no idea how possible this is, but I would love to see deals occasionally on your products. I’m a college student with basically no contribution from my parents and very few loans. I would totally buy your supplements if they were a bit cheaper. Just a thought.

    Barefoot Paul wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Agreed on the supplements! I’m a grad student and I buy them all separately, but cheaper.

      Elle wrote on September 25th, 2010
  17. a weekly interview/podcast with someone somehow related to the whole paleo/primal fitness health and nutrition world.

    garrett wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • this is a great idea, I love primal podcasts.

      Bryan Barksdale wrote on September 25th, 2010
      • Ditto on a podcast! Would give me something constructive to do with time in the car…and maybe even win some converts in our local carpool (?).

        Family Grokumentarian wrote on September 25th, 2010
        • Yeah, I like this idea better than the print mag. Maybe because print mags depend so heavily on advertising?

          Louise wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • Primal podcasts are a feature of the Primal Leap Kit:

      http://primalblueprint.com/pages/The-Primal-Leap.html

      I’ve been considering doing them for MDA, too. Looks like there is interest so I’ll keep it in mind.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  18. I know you have Sunday Link Love (which I LOVE!) but I’d like to maybe see a list of recipes from other blogs as its own weekly post. Just a thought!

    On another note, I thought YouBars shipped internationally? That sucks if they don’t! I’m jealous of the winner of this contest already!

    Elle wrote on September 25th, 2010
  19. A 30-day day-by-day meal and exercise layout. I think this would be a great help to those getting started or those getting back on track.

    Laurie D. wrote on September 25th, 2010
  20. An east coast PrimalCon. Please Please Please.

    Kelly wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Not anytime soon, Kelly. The logistics and cost of bringing my team to another city makes doing it very challenging. But it’s not completely off the table. Maybe sometime in the future!

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
  21. Primal condoms.

    [I know Grok wanted to keep continuing the species and would have reproduced as much as possible. However ... I think this would make a fascinating and fun topic for a day.]

    AlyieCat wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Eh, I don’t think Grok cared much about continuing the species. That’s not how evolution works; every gene is out for itself, not for the good of the pool. And hunter-gatherers commonly had/have to commit infanticide if they had/have too many children to support comfortably. I think plenty of Groks would have jumped at the chance for a vasectomy.

      Uncephalized wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • they make goatskin condoms actually

      Mason wrote on September 26th, 2010
  22. I’d like to see more posts for high school college kids who live in non-primal families.

    Max Gazzara wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • I totally second this one. The closest thing to primal on campus is Ramen noodles.

      Amanda wrote on September 25th, 2010
  23. As a sidenote, when do we find out who the winners are of past contests? Will there be some summary post soon of who won what?

    AlyieCat wrote on September 25th, 2010
  24. What about some if/then tweaks? I think when adopting to the lifestyle, it’s a slow and steady process of changing things bit by bit. You encounter different challenges at each step of the way and it would be nice to have a resource that compiles all of these. Example:

    “If you’re having a hard time cutting out sweets, try X.”
    “If you’re dealing with a lot of muscle soreness after workouts, try X.”

    I know you’ve dealt with some “beginner” stuff in the fitness e-book, but it might be nice to have a bit more of a focus on all levels in general. Ex: “If you’re a beginner, here’s what you can expect…”

    For the single peeps among us, menu planning that works for one person (meaning meats, etc. are planned to cover several meals and you won’t buy things that you’ll only use half of during the week, etc.).

    I also second (third? fourth?) the idea about a female focus.

    Okay, I think that’s enough for now. I’ll let you know if more comes to mind. :)

    Mademoiselle wrote on September 25th, 2010
  25. I would like to see a section of Mark’s Daily Apple dedicated to information and advice on raising Primal children. Children seems to have special nutritional needs due to all the physical development they go through. It would be nice to have some guidelines or suggestions on how to raise a child from infant to teenager in a way that will make them healthy, hopefully for the rest of their lives.

    Patrick wrote on September 25th, 2010
  26. I’d like to see a once-a-month “journal club” type of feature where a notable research article relating to primal living is analyzed in depth and commenters could discuss it.

    And, an enthusiastic second to the Seattle mini Primal Con suggestion!

    Ursula wrote on September 25th, 2010
  27. How about a list of primal product links. The contest prizes this month have been some great items. It would be nice to have these products listed in one place. Also members could list product reviews on the site. I know this happens on the message boards, it would be nice to have it all in one place.

    Joe wrote on September 25th, 2010
  28. Great ideas everyone! Not sure how I feel about primal condoms though…lol. I think having something for kids would be great. Something similar to foodchamps.org with coloring pages, games, etc… Fun stuff to get them excited about not just fruits and vegetables but healthy meats, exercise, the whole primal lifestyle!

    Alex wrote on September 25th, 2010
  29. Definitely a “Primal Kids” section as others have mentioned, full of kid-friendly primal snacks (no my 2-year old will not eat deer jerky, I’ve tried).

    George Mounce wrote on September 25th, 2010
  30. This will probably get quite a lot of disagreement but……..how about primal ready meals? there is a company near here that prepares meals with all fresh ingredients basically like you would at home and then blast freezes them so no preservatives or additives are necessary. They’re pretty good but not primal and if we’re all honest no matter how many times we talk about how easy it is to cook and plan ahead and so forth sometimes you can’t and you just don’t want to cook.

    I’ll also second the wekly/monthly primal meal plans. Ideally these would be rigged up so singletons like me or couples could buy and use up larger vegetables over a week (cos things like butternut squash tends to be too big for 1 meal of little old me!).

    tai haku wrote on September 25th, 2010
  31. Wow! There have been a lot of great ideas so far! I would love to see a protein powder product from you. I know it’s not very primal, but it’s just so convenient sometimes.

    Also, I know you’ve touched on raising primal kids in the past, but I would love more info in this area…particularly for infants.

    Nellie wrote on September 25th, 2010
  32. Holding lectures and that in other cities would be great, but I would really love to see a DVD set with some lectures workouts and well pretty much anything else primal. I’m in a very rigorous graduate program so traveling isn’t something that I can do very often, but a set of DVD’s that I can pop in when I do have a little free time with the ability to pause and come back to would be phenomenal. I would love to make it to primal con but living on a student budget with a family makes that am impossibility. So something for those of us that can’t make it would be great.

    Joshua Pepping wrote on September 25th, 2010
  33. How about a primal Halloween costume? Or a protein shake?

    David

    David Grim - Get Fit Get Lean wrote on September 25th, 2010
  34. I’d like to see a series of articles on getting kids into theprimal living. Fun food, fun exercises, etc.

    Wayne Riddle wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • For real! This would be cool – besides the guesswork I’ve been doing on nutrition/cooking, I’m constantly wondering how to get creative and active playtime in for the kiddoes.

      Family Grokumentarian wrote on September 25th, 2010
  35. Another Primal Cookbook would be awsome. Maybe one that is geared toward families. The first one is great, but trying to convince my kids to eat animal organs is impossible.

    Mari Stock wrote on September 25th, 2010
  36. I would love to see “The definitive guide to definitive guides.” A pdf, book, something that puts together all those great guides into one large primal collection!

    Partha wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Ditto!!!

      winencandy wrote on September 25th, 2010
  37. I would love to see a primal fitness app for android. I keep track of my workouts/walking/play using a spreadsheet and it would be awesome to de-couple from the computer to work out outside without having to sacrifice the convenience (or carry pen and paper to the park).

    Nico wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Why not just use a notepad app?

      Erik wrote on September 26th, 2010
  38. DVD’s Primal workouts with Mark RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaaaaaRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
    vol 1 sounds like a good start. :)

    Brandon wrote on September 25th, 2010
  39. I’d like to see more of a focus on some women’s health topics… seems crazy to imagine Mark posting about this though, so maybe another guest post from Carrie? Things like hormone balancing, fertility, PMS, etc.?

    I also used to love those spotlight-type posts on a specific vegetable or primal ingredient with recipes and background. More of those!

    Emily wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • YES! Very interested in women’s (okay, and men’s, too) reproductive health through the lens of evolutionary medicine.

      Family Grokumentarian wrote on September 25th, 2010
  40. How about selling your personal advice time in 5 minute increments over the phone? You could limit it to one day a week and the extra specific help could put $ in your pocket and help the community.

    Jeff wrote on September 25th, 2010

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