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September 25, 2010

Contest: What Do You Want?

By Mark Sisson
409 Comments

The 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.

YouBars. 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.

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Julia
Julia
6 years 1 day ago

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!

Elke
Elke
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Chris Lowrey
Chris Lowrey
5 years 11 months ago

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

Martyn
Martyn
6 years 20 hours ago

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!

Annie
6 years 1 day ago

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 🙂

Marisa
6 years 1 day ago

As another WA resident, I fully support this idea!

Steven
6 years 1 day ago

Regional Primal Con type meet and greets would be awesome. Especially if YOU were there :).

Amanda
Amanda
6 years 1 day ago

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.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 1 day ago

I bet she wore a loin cloth and changed it a couple times a day!

Marie S.
6 years 1 day ago

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…

Lilian
5 years 7 months ago
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… Read more »
Leah S
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Clack_Attack
Clack_Attack
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Shebeeste
Shebeeste
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Annie
6 years 1 day ago

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!

Vicky
Vicky
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Tracy
Tracy
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Alex
Alex
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Primal Toad
6 years 1 day ago

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?

Bryan Barksdale
Bryan Barksdale
6 years 1 day ago

you should check meetup.com to see if there is a paleo/primal meetup group in your area. if not you should start one!!

Rodney
Rodney
6 years 1 day ago

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!

Kira
Kira
6 years 1 day ago

Wonderful idea! I’d love to read that too! 🙂

Chellie B
Chellie B
6 years 1 day ago

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.

JCB
JCB
6 years 1 day ago

“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.

Annie
6 years 1 day ago

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!

September
6 years 22 hours ago

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.

James Pang
6 years 1 day ago

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.

L. Freeman
L. Freeman
6 years 1 day ago

I second this!

Aleksandrina
6 years 1 day ago

totally 🙂

Ruth
Ruth
6 years 1 day ago

A living primal print magazine. I would SO subscribe.

There’s something I just dig about print mags.

Mason
Mason
6 years 20 hours ago

so seconded, then you can take your primal reading to go! Especially if you hate to sit in front of a computer screen

Mason
Mason
6 years 1 day ago

I’d like to some some more posts about being a primal woman! 🙂

Jackson
Jackson
6 years 1 day ago

I am totally not a woman, but I think this is a good idea.

Shebeeste
Shebeeste
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Family Grokumentarian
6 years 1 day ago

Would LOVE to hear more from Carrie! And maybe even from the Sisson “kids” (who are now pretty much close to grown adults).

Michelle Curtin
Michelle Curtin
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Annie
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Jackson
Jackson
6 years 1 day ago

I would love something sort of like FitDay but with primal goals in mind.

Alissa
6 years 1 day ago

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…

Auntie M
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Luigi
Luigi
6 years 1 day ago

Would love more primal meal recipes. Always looking for something new to make.

Barefoot Paul
Barefoot Paul
6 years 1 day ago
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… Read more »
Elle
Elle
6 years 1 day ago

Agreed on the supplements! I’m a grad student and I buy them all separately, but cheaper.

garrett
garrett
6 years 1 day ago

a weekly interview/podcast with someone somehow related to the whole paleo/primal fitness health and nutrition world.

Bryan Barksdale
Bryan Barksdale
6 years 1 day ago

this is a great idea, I love primal podcasts.

Family Grokumentarian
6 years 1 day ago

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 (?).

Louise
Louise
6 years 37 minutes ago

Yeah, I like this idea better than the print mag. Maybe because print mags depend so heavily on advertising?

Elle
Elle
6 years 1 day ago

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!

Laurie D.
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Kelly
Kelly
6 years 1 day ago

An east coast PrimalCon. Please Please Please.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 1 day ago

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.]

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Mason
Mason
6 years 20 hours ago

they make goatskin condoms actually

Max Gazzara
Max Gazzara
6 years 1 day ago

I’d like to see more posts for high school college kids who live in non-primal families.

Amanda
Amanda
6 years 1 day ago

I totally second this one. The closest thing to primal on campus is Ramen noodles.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 1 day ago

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?

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 1 day ago

that’s on the contest page – they’re all listed 🙂

Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
6 years 1 day ago
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… Read more »
Patrick
Patrick
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Family Grokumentarian
6 years 1 day ago

Yes to this. I am always trying to guess on my kids’ carb / fat / protein / vitamin / mineral needs and I feel like I’m taking shots in the dark. Do they need 50% of what I need? 75%? 100%?

Ursula
Ursula
6 years 1 day ago

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!

Joe
Joe
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Alex
Alex
6 years 1 day ago

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!

George Mounce
6 years 1 day ago

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).

tai haku
6 years 1 day ago
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… Read more »
Nellie
Nellie
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Joshua Pepping
Joshua Pepping
6 years 1 day ago
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.… Read more »
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How about a primal Halloween costume? Or a protein shake?

David

Wayne Riddle
Wayne Riddle
6 years 1 day ago

I’d like to see a series of articles on getting kids into theprimal living. Fun food, fun exercises, etc.

Family Grokumentarian
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Mari Stock
Mari Stock
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Partha
Partha
6 years 1 day ago

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!

winencandy
winencandy
6 years 1 day ago

Ditto!!!

Nico
Nico
6 years 1 day ago

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).

Erik
6 years 22 hours ago

Why not just use a notepad app?

Brandon
6 years 1 day ago

DVD’s Primal workouts with Mark RRRRRRRRRRRRRRaaaaaaaaaRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
vol 1 sounds like a good start. 🙂

Emily
6 years 1 day ago

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!

Family Grokumentarian
6 years 1 day ago

YES! Very interested in women’s (okay, and men’s, too) reproductive health through the lens of evolutionary medicine.

Jeff
Jeff
6 years 1 day ago

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.

Ariana
Ariana
6 years 1 day ago

I do think it would be great to a have more related to a woman’s experience, and womens’ health. I realize that you are a guy and this is all your brainchild, but I think it would bring more balance.

Mia
Mia
6 years 1 day ago
I saw the pic of the book signing in Miami. I’m not sure if you have done that already (I’m sort of new around here) or plan to…but it would be fun to have you travel around and meet the people that purchased the books. I know I would love to have mine signed :-). My cookbook is getting pretty ugly though with splatters and such so I might be embarassed! Also I am in desperate need of a children’s primal cookbook. I tried to have the whole family go on the challenge, and suffice it to say it was… Read more »
David
David
6 years 1 day ago

Some articles on the blog aren’t as well referenced as other articles. “The Definitive Guide to Saturated Fat” is very well referenced (my favorite blog post), but “The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol” and “The Definitive Guide to Fats” do not give many links to outside sources supporting the claims made in the articles.

I’m not sure if this is done because the supporting references are maybe laid out in your book or previous articles on the blog, but with a title like “Definitive Guide” I was hoping to find that kind of information in the articles themselves.

David
David
6 years 1 day ago

To clarify: my idea is to make future (or existing) blog posts, especially the Definitive Guide ones, better referenced. 🙂

Calvin Bryant
Calvin Bryant
6 years 1 day ago

I completely agree with this. As much as I agree with the Primal diet, I try really hard to make sure all the health info I read doesn’t come from just one source (i.e. Mark). It’s always a pleasure for me to see links to where the info came from, because not only does it become more verifiable but it exposes some potentially really cool websites to poke around for other stuff.

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
6 years 1 day ago

I would really like to see more regular video posts. They could be user generated or done by Mark and the worker bees, it doesn’t matter.

I personally get really pumped when watching videos and they would really add a nice spin to the site.

Justin Yin
Justin Yin
6 years 1 day ago

I’d like to see more Primal iPhone apps

Kat
6 years 1 day ago

It would be awesome if you made a children’s illustrated book featuring plenty of pictures of primal food and fun grok games. Would be a useful and fun way to get kids on board at an early age.

Rina
Rina
6 years 1 day ago

I agree with the other women: more stuff specific to women and primal families. I have a 2 1/2 and a 5 year old and getting them primal is sometimes challenging. Perhaps a separate forum section for families? For womens issues?

James P.
James P.
6 years 1 day ago

Mark, I want you to go hunting and tell us all about it. In the spirit of oral tradition, tell us the story of your hunt, maybe talk about how you feel about killing an animal, how much of the animal you used, how you cooked it, etc.

There’s always a lot of joking about grok and tongue-in-cheek references to literally living primally, sure its not for everyone, but I think without some sort of spiritual connection to our past, it’s kind of boring to just talk about nutrition and fitness from a unique standpoint.

tai haku
6 years 1 day ago

I rather like this idea.

Dan
Dan
6 years 1 day ago

I second that. It gives you more respect for, and awareness of what you’re eating. If you ever come to New Zealand you’re
welcome to come hunting and seafood gathering with my family and I (hopefully will get a chance in the next few days to go collect some seafood for our grokfeast!)

Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter
6 years 1 day ago

Arguments to use on your vegetarian whole grain loving girlfriend. Seriously. My partner is the one I most need to convince and have the hardest time with.

Louise
Louise
6 years 31 minutes ago

Maybe get her to watch Tom Naughton’s “Fat Head”. I sat down w/ my family to watch that and they all stood up converts. Hubby started reading “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” and he’s more rabid than I am now!

Zach
Zach
6 years 1 day ago

Here’s a product I would buy from you in a heartbeat:

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