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25 Sep

Contest: What Do You Want?

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 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.

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 would like another PrimalCon, closer to the MidWest or south!

    Ben wrote on September 25th, 2010
  2. I’d like to see a detailed couch-to-Grok plan – daily baby steps, eating and exercise plan. That kind of thing.

    Kristy wrote on September 25th, 2010
  3. As a young and new mom, I would like some more information about being primal during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. It’s hard to calculate proper nutrition and exercise when your body is giving so much to a baby. Your past posts on the subject are good but I feel like you could cover the subject a bit more thoroughly. Thanks!!

    Ashley North wrote on September 25th, 2010
  4. I’d like to see recent articles and interesting topics being published related to Paleo/Primal nutrition and lifestyle.

    Being able to follow recent areas of study would help me to increase my breath of knowledge and keep developing.

    Justin wrote on September 25th, 2010
  5. Maybe more on what the modern grok can eat while traveling or eating with non-paleo friends. whats safe to eat at a Friday’s or where do you trust that the chef is is not contaminating your food with gluten. How to approach the waiter to ensure your food will be gluten free. i.e. I personally never have a problem with gluten at in and out burger, yum! Knowledge is power, thanks for everything Mark.

    Seamus wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • just tell the waiter you have celiacs disease and gluten could send you to the hospital. that will get their attention

      Jerry wrote on September 25th, 2010
  6. I’d like to buy able to purchase things in the Primal Leap kit, individually. I’m like hella-broke and 200 bones at once is like a whole week’s pay.

    PeeJay wrote on September 25th, 2010
  7. I’d like to see more info for non-hunting folks. We are a hunting family and I am greatful for the wild meat we get to eat each year. There needs to be more info available for people to get involved in hunting their own food. There is plenty of game to hunt in this country and many organizations to help people get started. I think folks need encouragement and information.

    I can just see it now…..
    Grok Hunt 2012, Big game in CO, Birds in the Dakotas!

    Hanako wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • Oh, I am liking this one. I would love to learn to hunt & I can hear elk bugling near where I live! But I don’t even own a firearm (yet) & no longer have my archery equipment :(

      Peggy wrote on September 25th, 2010
  8. I think it would be cool to see a video of you having a debate with a high-profile low-fat proponent.

    dragonmamma wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • this, soo this

      Richard wrote on September 25th, 2010
  9. Laughter is very healthy and I assume very primal. Everybody feels good when they are laughing.

    So primal joke sections would be fun. It could be funny stories people send about their new lifestyle, funny videos going around on youtube that have primal theme to them, home-made primal jokes or anything that might make people laugh.

    Global primal restaurant chain with quality food and primal theme would be nice too:)

    Like many women have mentioned more female primal life would be appreciated. Especially topics about pregnancy and birth. It just seems wrong how many problems pregnant women are deeling with today.

    Also I have read a little bit about diaper free movement. It´s based on old tradition in many cultures. Very environmently friendly and primal. I have no experience with it but it sounds interesting and worth investigating.

    Andee wrote on September 25th, 2010
  10. I thoght the “use your brain” competition was really funny! I think you should have more things like that!:D

    Bejjan wrote on September 25th, 2010
  11. A one stop shop for all primal goodies

    Lrdvc III wrote on September 25th, 2010
  12. I’d like to be able to earn some kind of primal certification by taking a series of intensive courses (that don’t require an undergraduate degree in biochemistry or similar), leaving me well prepared to share the PB with others in a more professional setting and manner.

    BarbeyGirl wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • This is beyond a fantastic idea. This would be too awesome. Really.

      Primal Toad wrote on September 26th, 2010
      • Absolutely spot-on — can I sign up now??

        HB wrote on September 30th, 2010
  13. I’d like to see more JJ experiments involving different groups of people–working moms, disabled people, students, people over 50, recovering addicts, etc..

    marcadav wrote on September 25th, 2010
  14. I wonder if there would be some value to a calendar feature that would highlight primal events submitted by those who are organizing them. Many have mentioned a way to meet up and a calendar could be one way to do that. It could be a centralized way for people to see if there’s anything going on when they have time, rather than trying to arrange it/search through forum threads, etc. Other things could be posted as well, this is just a thought.

    Paige wrote on September 25th, 2010
  15. Lesson in How to Play.

    Could be blogpost series, DVDs, a contest, a challenge . . .

    I have forgotten how and need some reminders. I suspect I’m not the only one.

    Sanas wrote on September 25th, 2010
  16. A Grok baseball cap! Black with Red just like the shirt!

    Xfitter wrote on September 25th, 2010
  17. I would love to see more “run-of-the-mill” success stories. The amazing amounts of lost weight, etc. are cool and all, but can be depressing for those of us who don’t see such drastic results. It would be encouraging to see what the average Grok’s health and fitness improvements are.

    JennF wrote on September 25th, 2010
  18. It would be awesome if the recipe section was searchable by main ingredients (presumably several per recipe — not just divided into “poultry” and “fish” but searchable by recipes that contain “coconut milk” or “avocado.”

    Enschy wrote on September 25th, 2010
  19. More recipes and more advice about women and kid’s and primal :)

    Marie S. wrote on September 25th, 2010
  20. Grok socks. You know, black socks with little red Groks on the.. I’d totally buy some. 😀

    Tamara wrote on September 25th, 2010
  21. bumper stickers
    and t-shirts in tall sizes. 2 or 3XLT for this tall people among us.

    A speaking tour

    A doctors network so we can find physicians in line with primal blueprint or band together as a paleo community to get some scale.

    a cheaper vibram product.

    geekfish wrote on September 25th, 2010
  22. A database that allows you to setup a day or weeks worth of meals/snacks and then compile an ingredients list. This would allow you to plan out your shopping/meals with minimal effort and focus on “moving” more.

    Phillip wrote on September 25th, 2010
  23. I would LOVE to have a MDA podcast!

    Leah wrote on September 25th, 2010
  24. I’d like to see more before and after pics of primal peeps. one’s that show the transformation of people!

    Shane wrote on September 25th, 2010
  25. I would like to see something on gardening. I have lots off space to garden but I have such a black thumb. What would a Grokette plant?

    Sheryl (snoflwer) wrote on September 25th, 2010
  26. A Grok decal for my iPad and Macbook! =)

    Chase Thompson wrote on September 25th, 2010
  27. I would like to see more contests to win BACON!!! Delish. Still heartbroken I saw that contest too late to enter.

    Haha I would also maybe like to see more ‘real people’ stories, like what J.J. is doing, with pictures and progress. Sometimes I need more concrete visual reminders of why I can’t stuff my face with pasta like I used to love to do.

    Bailey wrote on September 25th, 2010
  28. I would love see a Primal Blueprint documentary with success stories etc. My wife and have I been on the primal kick since January and are loving every minute of it!

    Jody P wrote on September 25th, 2010
  29. Maybe Mark’s wife (or a cool galpal) could do a blog or two about womens issues and primal children? Please.

    I also like the idea of having a Primalcon East…or midwest.

    Bobbi wrote on September 25th, 2010
  30. I agree that product reviews would be great because there are things out there that I may not know about but are super good for you.

    SouthernGrok wrote on September 25th, 2010
  31. Let me start by saying…I have nothing against the west coast. Be that as it may, living on the east coast (Fl) kind of leaves me and my fellow Groks boned when it comes to all sorts of conventions and gatherings… even the second comment mentions having a mini-con in Seattle or Portland… but what I would love to see is some more mini-con type stuff that gets away from the west coast so some of us east coasters and mid-westerners can participate… … I know it might be a bit rough on you… but maybe renting a van and doing a two or three month tour of the states could get you into all the nooks and crannies of Groks who feel unable to participate because of the geographical boundaries… … … all the being what it is… I hope to eventually make it out to PrimalCon… one day

    Even if Mark himself didn’t want to come out… doing some Mini-PrimalCons (maybe just a day or something) would be cool… get the Primal Community together and get us socializing and whatnot in real life!

    All that being said… Everyone should come out to do the warrior dash this coming January in FL!…I’ll be there and would love to meat (;)) more Primals while I’m at it!

    Fatkid wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • I’m in FL too. Would love to see a primalcon here.

      Vicky wrote on September 25th, 2010
  32. I’d like to seem more specifics about someone new to Paleo who needs to loose weight.

    And keep writing about things like the Tanka Bars. I have never heard of them before, but I have a drawer full of regular energy bars that do nothing but give me heartburn.

    Greg Smith wrote on September 25th, 2010
  33. I would like to see a challenge on ethnic foods, i.e. best primal pizza, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, spagetti, etc. I love Mexican food and don’t want to give it up. I have tried some, but there has to be more and better substitutes for tortillas and pasta.

    Chris Krage wrote on September 25th, 2010
    • agreed! I love Ethnic foods, variety is the spice of life! I also love to travel so actual real-life options would be fabulous! For instance, last week I was craving Indian food and ordered a buttered chicken, chicken curry and a tandoori cauliflower as my side instead of basmati rice and it was fabulous! I just didn’t know that option existed!

      Veronique wrote on September 29th, 2010
  34. I’d love to see more information about *walking*. The information for why people should *run* barefoot is great, but I don’t run. I walk a lot and am having a hard time adjusting to walking longer-ish distances in my VFF. My habit is a very heavy heel step (like how many people run), but I’m not sure how I should be walking.

    Alissa wrote on September 25th, 2010
  35. I’d like you to tour! Come to different states and do mini-Primal Cons. They don’t have to be big and fancy like the “real” Primal Con. A day with some lectures/workshops/workouts would be nice though, where we can ask questions and get critiques, and that sort of thing. :)

    Deanna (Diana Renata) wrote on September 25th, 2010
  36. I love the idea of some more Grokette-centric posts, some things are just different and it’d be great if they got addressed.

    There have been some great ideas on here, I was all out of my own until I thought of my upcoming doctor appointment next Monday and how intimidated I am by the whole thing. How about something like a checklist of things to talk to your doctor about if you feel you have to go that route, like what to have tested above and beyond the usual blood panel, and what realistic ideal measurements are instead of “acceptable” levels, like vitamin D levels, additional thyroid tests if you might need it, and many other things that might be important that I obviously don’t know. I know that the primal lifestyle already does great things for one’s health, but having a better idea of your body’s specific needs would be great, and I’m sure being able to ask your doctor the right questions is a huge part of that.

    punkgrokgirl wrote on September 25th, 2010
  37. I agree with some above posters that it would be great to have a guest post on a regular or semi-regular basis from a woman about hormone-related issues or just more info about it from Mark.

    Erin wrote on September 25th, 2010
  38. These mini challenges and contests are really great. Would love to see them extended throughout the year. Would also love to see a Primal Scavenger hunt maybe similar to what Tony Hawk did last year on twitter:

    Idaltu wrote on September 25th, 2010
  39. Your version sounds good, minus the hemp seeds. Some of us are subject to pee tests.

    Tom wrote on September 25th, 2010
  40. I would like to see more features from people that are just trying out primal diets and measurements of how the primal diets are working for them.

    Liat wrote on September 25th, 2010

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