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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 to see more on eating PB on a budget. My son and his family have gone primal with the 30 Day Challenge, but half-way through they have used up their food budget (they are very frugal to begin with).

    More recipes, or links to more recipes, would be great! I love Mark’s website!

    Judy wrote on September 26th, 2010
  2. Ok, I missed the deadline (darned business travel), but thought I’d throw in my idea anyway.

    I’d like a Grok silhouette as a chromed-plastic car emblem (like you see Darwin fish or Christian fish on cars). A subtle way to advertise our lifestyle, and hopefully generate the occasional question and opportunity to (gently) offer some counter-CW thoughts.

    John wrote on September 26th, 2010
  3. I’d like to see paleo-friendly snacks available through this website :)

    Annie wrote on September 26th, 2010
  4. I love the content on this site already, there isn’t much. Perhaps as others have said, what can we eat in the real world. Perhaps we open this up to the Paleo world. Kind of like, A guy walks into Taco Bell…. A woman walks into Olive Garden, kind of your own “Mens Health” Eat this not that segment.

    Robert wrote on September 26th, 2010
  5. Mark,

    I would like to see more on how to cook/eat primally. In the past year or 1.5 year I’ve been working on changing my diet, slowly. Making small changes over time.

    My strategy has been to eat “whole” and low-carb foods, which corresponds closely to primal (I never thought about it being primal before I started, I was introduced to this concept later). Over time I have been reading more blogs about cooking, eating, exercise and lifestyle.

    One thing I have found is that by focusing more on learning how to cook good foods which also happen to follow primal/low-carb principles, it has made it so much easier to adjust how I eat. (incidentally I’ve lost over 30 lbs and I still exercise next to none and still have the occasional dessert and a couple beers a night).

    One blog I read is Michael Ruhlman’s ( He wrote a book about Charcuterie and generally writes about cooking good food with a focus on meat. I have found this exploration of how to use certain ingredients more effectively and prepare things like sausage and how to better use salt in cooking to help me eat whole foods.

    By taking small, simple and highly effective steps to improve my cooking it makes sticking to a low-carb diet so much more enjoyable. To the point it is far preferable.

    One example: I made some home-made chicken-basil sausage and stuffed it into bell peppers one night. It was fantastic, flavorful and totally primal. I believe cooking primally can be fairly easy, but it is something the typical westerner needs to be retrained on; and I think it is a focus that would fit in well on this blog.

    Thanks for asking.

    Marcus wrote on September 26th, 2010
  6. A guide for athletes who want to live Primal!

    Murdock wrote on September 26th, 2010
  7. Well, you have a daily post…so why not add a small section at the end with what you ate and what exercise you did that day. I think some of us are curious as to what Mark does, eats, plays, etc day to day.

    I love your program and appreciate everything you are doing. Great stuff.

    Brian Prochaska wrote on September 26th, 2010
  8. It’d be interesting to devote a section of the site to the integumentary system. It seems that primal living encompasses care for all aspects of the body but hair, skin, and nails.

    Blogs on shampoos, conditioners, lotions, toothpaste (ok, this one isn’t really integuments), nail polish, make-up, and facial cleansers would be fresh.

    I use Burt’s Bees but it’d be nice to know about other primal, natural, and wholesome alternatives.

    Grok Geist wrote on September 26th, 2010
  9. I’d like to see a few more posts on Primal Living that relate to things other than diet/exercise. Specifically, I’ve really enjoyed some of your posts about ‘simplifying’ life, removing media distractions, and the like. Perhaps a “Primal Productivity” series – a Primal take on the modern ‘go-go-go’ attitude and tech addiction. Cheers.

    West wrote on September 27th, 2010
  10. First I’d like to say I absolutely love MDA! I would like to see a bit more of a focus on unrefined foods (surely protein powders aren’t healthy). Also, I’d like to see a focus on properly preparing nuts and seeds to minimise anti-nutrients (ie soaking, sprouting, fermenting).

    alley cat wrote on September 27th, 2010
  11. Recipes: Partner with or use the same database-driven platform as the major recipe websites such that a user could enter ingredients on hand and see a list of recipes using those ingredients. They frequently compute nutritional value on-the-fly, and re-compute ingredient amounts based on the desired number of servings.

    Would be a great help for those just starting out (“What the heck am I supposed to do with coconut?”) as well as more experienced cooks looking for new ideas.

    Partnering with an established site could greatly increase exposure; they’d have to be “MDA-approved” of course, and add a new “recipe type” to their drop-down list: primal/paleo!

    So many of the ideas suggested are great, but are focused on MDA/Mark making it happen. Most of the legwork should come from the “community”. Heck, some of US could start a primal recipe/cooking site, custom tailored to the needs of Grok and Grok-ettes everywhere!

    Ed wrote on September 27th, 2010
  12. I’d love to see more information on women – reproductive health, hormone balancing, etc – since you’re asking. :)

    Monica R. wrote on September 27th, 2010
  13. I agree with all the suggestions for more on primal kids… ALSO, I feel most of the fitness stuff is geared to people already doing more than the “primal fitness” suggests… I’d like to see more “PLAY” and WOW’s based on family life – or things that can be done with your kids. One of the things that draws me to “Primal Blueprint” over “Paleo Diet” (and which I suggest to friends) was the entire lifestyle approach – yet I feel this site is still geared a little more towards the fitness over-achiever…

    kelle wrote on September 27th, 2010
  14. I’d like to see more off-beat stuff like those Indian Pole Gymnasts you posted a couple of weeks ago.
    That got me fired up to be more creative with my workouts.

    Bill wrote on September 27th, 2010
  15. It would be awesome to have a 2 week primal survival camp. No modern conveniences, no tents, no lights just you a stick and a few friends to help.

    Terry Gilmore II wrote on September 27th, 2010
  16. PrimalCon: The Tour


    Leslie Irish Evans wrote on September 27th, 2010
  17. I’d Love to see a section for reader created success stories!

    Red Foot wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • agreed!!

      Veronique wrote on September 29th, 2010
  18. An article on potential downsides of barefooting. I know going barefoot has it’s benefits but often when the subject comes up, someone mentions pinworms. How big of a concern is this? And are there other things we should be aware of?

    Sharon wrote on September 27th, 2010
  19. 1. more before and after testimonials with pictures and with health stats.

    I am a very “live and let live” kind of girl and don’t push my ideals on anyone. However, if this lifestyle truly can help improve my loved ones health, I want more data to convince them.

    Plus, success stories are just plain inspiring.

    2. Seeing as I am from Northern Canada and winter is already creeping into view, I would love Slow Cooker recipes, soups, stews that warm me up. Also, a special focus on sauces would really help with the inevitable boredom that ensues when you eat a lot of the same meat and veg combos (i really think it’s the sauce that changes a meal) so that if you are single and have a huge chunk of meat to eat that week, you can change it up and keep it interesting.

    3. More non-perishable ideas for people who love to be outdoors in remote situations for long periods of time (jerky, nuts, … and?) what kind of warm foods could i eat in winter camping?

    Veronique wrote on September 29th, 2010
  20. This is too late for the contest, but I’d really love to see a series on how the primal lifestyle improves mental health, especially for those of us with AD/HD, clinical depression, anxiety, etc. Both the science behind the brain chemistry (improved by diet and exercise as well as other lifestyle choices having to do with sleep, light, play, community, etc.) and anecdotal success stories from folks who have improved their symptoms and perhaps even ditched the pharmaceuticals (not that there’s anything wrong with that if they are truly the only thing that works).

    And totally off topic, but quick, check the Google Doodle today!

    Shebeeste wrote on September 29th, 2010
    • agreed! I often wonder if sugar is your brain’s favorite food (and drug)does eating primal reduce brain function or does it increase it due to less addictive cravings?

      Veronique wrote on September 30th, 2010

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