Marks Daily Apple
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14 May

Dear Readers: What Do You Want?

questions2It’s Monday and that usually means another round of Dear Mark, but today I have something a little different in mind. Today I have some questions for you (along with a chance to win a Primal prize).

Since I launched Mark’s Daily Apple way back in 2006 it’s been my goal to help 10 million people take control of their health. While MDA now reaches hundreds of thousands of people every month I’m always looking for new ways to do a better job, so I’m coming to you for ideas.

Over the years I’ve put together and given away numerous freebies (the 7-Day Course on the Fundamentals for Lifelong Health, the Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook, the Reader-Created Cookbooks and Primal Living in the Modern World to name a few), created new, handy web pages (the 101 page, the Recipe page, the Shopping List page, the Resource page and others), launched the forum, released a number of books, expanded the Primal supplement line, and began hosting events (Primal Transformation Seminars and PrimalCon) all with my stated goal in mind. Again, how can I help as many people as possible? How can I make this the best and most reader-friendly health site on the Interwebs? How can I best distill the science and make it easy to understand and practical to use? And how can I offer the best products and services a Grok or Grokette could want? While I don’t really need another project at the moment (I’m wrapping up two new books – The Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal and The Primal Connection – but more on that later) I’d love to hear what you think would make Mark’s Daily Apple a better website and your Primal life easier.

So, with that in mind, a contest:

The Contest

“What do you want from me?” It’s a (very) 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 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 Prize

A canister of both the Vanilla Creme and Dark Chocolate Primal Fuel.

The Deadline

Midnight (PDT), tonight!

Who is Eligible

Everyone. I’ll ship the Primal Fuel anywhere in the world.

Thanks in advance to everyone that offers an idea. I’ll see what I can do to give you what you want! Grok on!

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. What I want is for Primal to be a household name, like Atkins or South Beach. I want to be able to just say it and everyone will know what I mean and have at least some idea of how I eat/live. I have no idea how this can be accomplished, though… maybe more PR/advertising? Increasing awareness somehow.

    Ayla wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • To become a household name Mark’s books would have to be on the Times best selling list and be translated into doszens of foreign languages. A lot of marketing would have to go into it. But I agree with you MDA should become a household name and in Europe as well.

      Jo tB wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I’d love to see the book being translated into a German version so my parents can read it.

        Arty wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Yepp, there is no shortage of useless Paleo books here; might as well have a good one as well :)

          Anke wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Love to see it in Dutch! My parents are mid seventies and severely overweight with diabetes-2. I can’t convince them to stop eating grains or other foods. “we’ve always been eating like that” or they think it’s too complicated to change. I could use some help there. They wont be around much longer if they continue like that…

          Suzanne wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Exactly! we desperately need a german and italian version of your book here! Telling my clients (personal trainer) is just not the same as if they could read it themselves. Grok on :-) ps. would be happy to ohelp on the translation too.

          Monica wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • + 1 for the German version.

          I’ve also thought about translating the PB, but first, it’s a tremendous amount of work to translate a whole book. Second, the effort is not really worth it because you can’t distribute it (except to your parents or people you really trust) because of copyright regulations and stuff.

          Isabel wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • Translation into German
          Oh, I second that one, for the same reason.

          Kai-man wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • +1 for the German version. Would love to give this to my family to read.

          Timo wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • Yes! Portuguese translation so my mum can read it and understand better why I’m trying so hard to change some aspects of our life. It’s kind of hard going primal when you’re living with 3 stubborn conventional eaters.

          Ana Coimbra wrote on May 16th, 2012
      • Japanese, too! I’m doing my best to spread the word over here in Tokyo, but the paleo/primal movement is completely unheard of around here. Hopefully my blog will change that, especially as I make it more and more bilingual (Eng/Jap) :-)

        TokyoJarrett wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • Not sure if you’ve heard of rippedbody.jp, it’s a guy named Andy in Osaka who’s running a bilingual blog. Just thought it might be a good resource for you.

          Danny wrote on May 16th, 2012
      • That’s a question I wanted to ask. Are there translated versions of the book? I knoz for a fact that I would love for my fiance to understand the Primal life a lot better but his English reading is not optimal. Are there any foreign translations? More specifically are there any in French? If not, could we please think about doing them? Thanks a bunch1

        Roxanne wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • Speaking of translations, I’d love it if you could include SI units in the recipes on this site, please.

        Shaun wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • Yep, agreed! SI please

          Ana Coimbra wrote on May 16th, 2012
      • I’d be happy to coordinate translations. French, Spanish, Italian, German and Norwegian are all standard for us.

        Chica wrote on May 17th, 2012
    • Love to see you use your organizational skills and assist in organizing Grock pods across the country where we can get together and share information. Cyber space is fantastic, but there is nothing like the accountability and motivation of looking your fellow Grockees in the eye. Helpful in getting your word out!

      J-Led wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • i think cross fit boxes accomplish this very well already!

        drea wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • Yes. Local networks of like minded Primals. I’d also like to connect with Primal minded physicians….where are they?

        Sheila wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • I totally agree here. It would be nice to have a network of physicians that respected the primal way of life. My current primary-care physician still thinks I need to eat grains for a balanced diet.

          Amy wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • And possibly why doctors get like NO education on nutrition? I’m studying Medicine in a European university and it kind of shocks me that such an important aspect gets so little room in our study plan for the six years.

          Ana Coimbra wrote on May 16th, 2012
        • I have a Primal physician (in fact he gave my husband and I the book) in Cincinnati, Ohio. If your close by I can give you his information :)

          Sarah Martini wrote on May 16th, 2012
        • +1 for Primal physicians. I just found one who totally approved of my diet/lifestyle and would do all the blood tests I wanted, and now she’s leaving the practice to spend more time with family. NOOOOOOO!!!!!

          Tina wrote on May 17th, 2012
        • In addition to a physicians resource, it would be nice to have a listing of primal-friendly nutritionists as well. Perhaps some certification or primal stamp of approval for nutrition experts would be helpful. My girlfriend is studying nutrition and ultimately aims to become a nutritionist using an ancestral health / paleo / primal w/clients. She would be very happy to align with MDA/Primal once in practice, perhaps a certification could accomplish this.

          Kyle wrote on June 7th, 2012
    • I like the definitive guides…so a book with all of the definitive guides that tie in the vitamins, minerals, nutrients with possible effects/conditions you may experience if you are missing out on certain key components of a healthy diet or lifestyle.

      Kind of a starting point or a design-of-experiments for self-experimentation when you are struggling with certain health issues and trying to figure out the cause and ultimately the cure.

      primalpal wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I WOULD TOTALLY BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awesome idea!!!

        Courtney wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • Agreed on this one. I’ve had a hell of a time with recovery lately and would love to know what super market choices coul help me with that

        Erin wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • Yes, even just an ebook that is easy to read on an ipad or nook.

        wendy wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • Great idea. Perhaps it could be published as a mass market paperback. That way it would be 1. inexpensive, and 2. small enough to carry around as a pocket reference.

        Dan wrote on May 17th, 2012
    • I think it would be great if you would produce some DVD/videos which included info from The Primal Blueprint, exercise demos, cooking primal style, etc. They would be useful tools to have and easy to use as references and guides. I am a visual learner and would buy them all.

      Pop wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • +1!!! A DVD would be awesome…an into to Primal, basic tenants, etc…could be expanded into Primal Fitness, as well as the academic foundations for the Primal Way of Life.

        Could even, perhaps, be a collaboration between you and Robb Wolf, with a brief into by Loren Cordain?

        Dave wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • I LOVE the idea of a DVD. I’ve got friends and family who won’t read the Primal Blueprint, but I might be able to sit them down to watch a movie.

          Ryan wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • I agree with this! There are quite a few folks who would like to read the books but for whatever reason cannot.

        artemiscuous wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • I just read this post today. What about a Primal Cooking Show? Something like “Grok’s Good Eats” or “Primal Food for Foodies.” Perhaps “Getting Primal With Grok.”
        I know I’m late in the game to be considered for the contest but I think it’s a good idea regardless.

        TaiChiHolly wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • A Primal cooking show is perfect! I know I would watch it. The DVD idea is wonderful too, I have a few friends who just will not commit to reading the books, but would sit and have it shown to them!

          Sarah Martini wrote on May 16th, 2012
      • I also think DVD is a great idea! Plus, I used to like workouts of the week when you had them on MDA, maybe bring them back once in a while?

        Thanks :)

        Veronique wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • I think a youtube channel would be better. That way we could subscribe and regularly get short videos covering all aspects of primal living. And it would reach thousand more!

        Ana Coimbra wrote on May 16th, 2012
        • I was going to say the same thing. Or a regular podcast in case Mark wants to see a little profit for his efforts. But definitely a great idea in general.

          Deuce wrote on May 16th, 2012
    • Agreed!

      Kait wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • Agree! A DVD or video material is so much more accessible for many people.

        Enrico wrote on May 15th, 2012
  2. I would like to see a primal/martial arts….anything. I like the idea of Crossfit, but I would like to see more tie in with primal combat sports. After all, Grok most likely had some pretty good fighting skills. The only way a man can keep what he has is to……….keep what he has.

    Brett wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Agreed. Would be pretty interesting, and probably a good, new form of exercise, as must combat sports are pretty intense.

      Aleat wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Agreed.

      With years of martial arts experience behind me I have found that the ebb and flow of martial arts tends to be primal in nature or I have at least tricked myself and have made it appear that way. Whether it is Tai Ji Quan with lots of movement at a slow pace, or the hard styles from Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, and the ever popular Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with lots of heavy intermittent work equating to sprints with bits of rest in between the drills and exercises. With Jiu-Jitsu in particular, 5 minutes of rolling is as excruciatingly (albeit wonderfully) exhausting as a 20 minute Crossfit WOD (which I also love).

      SSTIP wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • While martial arts can be good exercise, I’m going to have to disagree that they are primal. In fact, they were developed specifically to not be primal.

      Primal instints are fight-or-flight. Flight is run the heck away, and fight is fight. However, instinctual fighting looks like kids fighting on the playground – little to no skills involved.

      Martial arts are the exact opposite of this. It is a formulated system that seeks to control fight-or-flight feelings, and forms a more structured method of combat. That’s why it has to be trained.

      Primal/instinctive swimming is the doggy paddle. Much like with martial arts, better, more efficient systems have been developed for swimming. It’s this development that makes it not primal.

      If you look at the animal kingdom, the main strategy of combat is intimidation. I would speculate that our ancestors would also have used this approach with the majority of aggressive interactions. I would not expect the physical combat to be much more than wild swings with fists, biting, hair pulling, and clubbing.

      Matt wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • But if Grok did not know how to effectively defend his home and family he would die. Or if he broke his hand or tooth while executing swings of fists or biting he would learn how to not get hurt doing these things. Man , whether primal or not, learns and adapts and develops smarter ways of doing things. Man also observes other men who do things better and copies them. This is why martial arts developed.

        Brett wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Oh by the way clubbing and others basic weapons such as sticks and spears are practiced in martial arts as well.

          Brett wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • I agree with you on all points. And I guess it comes down to how one defines primal and in what way one uses “Grok.” From reading the Primal Blueprint, it is clear that Mark is using “Grok” to illustrate his idea of what man was like at a particular point in time. He states many reasons why he feels this was a golden time for man, in terms of health. When you used the term “Grok” I assumed you were speaking of this same, time-bound, ideal.

          However, human development continued onward from that point. While that may have been the height of human health, not everything reached it’s pinnacle at this “primal” time. Martial arts is just one example. So are computers! :)

          I guess my point is this – what are you trying to accomplish by going “primal”? Are you trying to do everything you can to emulate historic man from a specific point in time? Or do you see how modern life is pulling us away from the ideal, and making us unhealthy, and thus are trying to reclaim the ideal?

          If you are saying that fighting arts can be animalistic. And a good way to get away from the plastic robot society of modern human is to punch someone in the face (or be punched and experience the taste of being punched in the nose), then heck yes, martial arts are primal in that sense.

          However, if you are clinging to the idea that we should exercise by trying to fight like a caveman, then no, martial arts are not this kind of primal.

          Matt wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Brett — As a suggestion, you might try the Chinese arts, especially the Five Animals or other Shaolin or Wudang stuff. They were developed by observing and imitating the natural movements of animals, and thus are about as primal as it gets. Don’t get too hung up on pretending to be a caveman. There’s nothing neolithic or industrial about observing natural patterns and adapting/adopting them. (It does pay to remember, from time to time, that if Grok were perfect, we’d still be Grok–take the best, and leave the grubs under the rock)

          Bennett wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Thanks for all the input on this. Trust me. I dont want to BE a caveman. I just want to use the knowledge that we are gaining from Primal Blueprint and others to make my life better. Training martial arts and primal diet go very well together.

          Brett wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Gork did not have a home. Fighting an equal is about the most stupid survival strategy you can think of. Even if you win the fights, if you keep on starting fights you will be thrown out of the band and will have have to find a new one or die.

          If you like martial arts, by all means do so. Especially if you only do it for sport, but do not abuse Gork as an excuse.

          Victor wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I agree that martial arts can be regimented, but this is more a “modern” thing. (i.e. typically once the military got involved). I believe that back in Groks time, fighting skills would be both natural instinct, and a learned skill. He would learn through mistakes (though his opportunities to learn this way could be few! :) ) More importantly though, he would learn through play. If you watch young animals and kids play, they wrestle. They always try and become the dominant one, the king of the heap. They learn from this play what works and what doesnt. They also learn from watching others to determine what works and what doesnt. Grok snr will also pass learned skills onto Grok jnr. Good fighters on the whole will have learned how to be good fighters.

        Wayne wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Exactly. Anything else is an absurd assertion.

          The Martial Arts, regardless of how they are rooted in animal movements, were designed for armies to use to fight wars conduct assassinations. This is all central to the same type of collectivist, modern world structure that has distanced us from Grok. Furthermore the idea of any type of physical ‘training’ flows out of the idea of having to do work to offset detrimental effects from other aspects of our lifestyle. Every moment of Groks life would have been ‘training’. Training in the martial arts to offset sitting in an office chair for 9 hours a day, is not primal in any way.

          Don’t get me wrong, I have trained in the martial arts myself, and feel that the principles of discipline, restraint, preparedness, etc that they teach are exceptional and very amenable to a primal lifestyle. But in no way is training in the manner of a soldier in the first millenium BC inherently primal. Just do the math. There were no City-States for Grok to defend or conquer.

          Deuce wrote on May 16th, 2012
      • There seems to be a general idea held by many posters here that equates ‘primal’ to the methods of some sort of half-intelligent, ‘instinctual’ (whatever that is, in humans) hairy caveman stereotype with little impulse control and who lived alone in a cave and carried a big club with which to dominate other men and especially women. What a ludicrous image of our ancestors! That type of creature would not have lasted a month in paleolithic times.

        Instead, try looking at various non-agricultural cultures that we know about from anthropological studies and history (e.g., American Indians), especially ones that were not under major stress from invaders, colonizers, disease, or resource depletion. You will find an amazingly wide spectrum of cultural attitudes and customs regarding fighting, settling disputes, and how to wage war or coexist with other villages or strangers.

        BillP wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • Great post and well presented.

          Brett wrote on May 16th, 2012
    • I do krav maga and I consider it a pretty primal form of exercise. It’s not a martial art as there aren’t any rules and it’s based on real-life situations. And it’s pretty Grok-like, if Grok was fighting with a rival Grok

      celticcavegirl wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • From personal experience I’d suggest Kali and silat.

      Wally wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Look up Army Combatives. I think this is about as close to primal combat as you can get. It’s totally hand to hand fighting (without fists).

      Jenn wrote on May 15th, 2012
  3. The “Is it paleo” series is great. A similar book (physical or electronic) would be very helpful.

    Paul wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I agree, as starting out on Primal/Paleo I find it challenging to determine if somethings are primal. I think a section of the page dedicated to “Is it Primal” would be great. You could use a drop down and/or search to select the food and then get a summary of why it is or is not primal. Phase 2 would be an app for the I-phone/Android.

      Skip wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • +1

      Joe wrote on May 14th, 2012
  4. Have an event where people pay $X for you to ship out a box full of ingredients required to complete some recipe. Then have a video group cook where everyone makes and maybe eats) the recipe together like Gordon Ramsay did on TV once, thereby bring instruction, community, and Primal eating together. This could be done on a monthly basis, and nobody leaves the table until their plat is clean.

    Jay wrote on May 14th, 2012
  5. Hi Mark, what I would really find useful is a primal carb lookup (with counter ideal) with highlights.

    For example, you could type in a food eg. Boiled egg, and it would say 1.1g per egg – particulary high in Omega 3′s. Or type in Spinach, and it would say 3.0g per (100g) serving – good for iron.

    Just nice and simple as either an app or a webpage. If a counter can be incorporated that would be great but it would require a sign in section to store your data.

    Thats it – would love to see it.

    Thanks for all your help.

    Rhys wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-resource-guide/#axzz1urEk6B3E

      Check out the section titled, “Web Tools”

      Fit Day is very good.

      Chris wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I agree! I came here to make the same suggestion! I like the idea of making it an app.

      Carly wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I would agree with this as well.

      Make it into an easy to use Iphone app and I would pay money for it. I know there are plenty of other calorie and Carb. counting options for apps out there, but one that pulls the best parts from the plethora of options, has online connectivity and trackers for friends and is specifically geared towards the primal way of eating would be great. I’d rather do my calorie and carb counting here, where if I were to eat healthy saturated fat I would be applauded rather than being told I am gong to die.

      So far I have yet to find one I really like, then again it may be I just get along better with paper and pencil anyways.

      SSTIP wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I would like to have an app for Omega 3 vs. Omega 6 lookups.

        Karen wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This would be so helpful!!

          Danielle wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • This. Absolutely. I use a food tracker on my iPhone and computer, but I would love one that is primally-centered. It would be great if it emphasized WHY a certain food is awesome (i.e. free-range, organic eggs are great for omegas). It would also be nice to be able to record exercises that count how much time we spend sprinting, lifting heavy things, and moving slowly.

        Also, if the tracker could make suggestions for improvements. So, if my diet is low in vitamin C, it suggests what foods I can add to my diet to help make up the deficiency.

        Another great feature would be a grocery list and recipe builder where I could lay out my meals for the week, which would build my grocery list, and it would let me know if I’m doing a good job of covering my nutritional needs.

        Overall, just a food-tracker that gives more useful info beyond “calories in-calories out.”

        Miss Dev wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • YES! A primal focused app for my Android please. Look-up capability, food and fitness tracker and suggestions on food deficiency suggestions.

          Katerina wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • You stole my thunder. Absolutely want this one.

        Dave P wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • +1 on the app. I would like to see all that Mark does on the Android market.

          Jim wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • Indeed! I would love to see an android app for MDA.

          Tom Pentzer wrote on May 19th, 2012
        • +1 MDA android app

          Kyle wrote on June 7th, 2012
    • It would also be wonderful if you could type in the nutrient you are missing and it would make suggestions on what you could eat to get that nutrient. For instance, I need more potassium but not more bananas so what else could I eat?

      Linda Sand wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • AVOCADOS!! Yum Yum and full of Potassium.

        Carla wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Exactly what I was writing,total body nutrition and balancing!

        Maureen wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I second that idea too. In an app, it would be great.

      Chantal B. wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I would LOVE a Primal-focused food tracking app. I currently have a food diary app on my ipod but it’s way too CW for my taste.

        Sarah S. wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • absolutely agree!

          Simone wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Completely agree! This would be so helpful to have one geared towards Primal.

      Kara wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Yes, an app!

      The FatSecret app is a good starting point for inspiration. It tracks and calculates food intake with macronutrient breakouts (including your choice of carbs or net carbs), daily exercise, weight changes, and connects to a diet-agnostic database of recipes.

      I would use the hell out of an app like that with a Primal/Paleo focus.

      em wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • An app would be great, but not just for nutrition. I think it would be handy to have one that tracked your activity as well. Let you plan HIIT workouts, have a Tabata type timer, and a GPS tracker to track your slow movement exercise (walking distance/ number of steps). It would be good to be able to upload and compare this with other Groksters. There are a multitude of apps that each do a bit of this, but it would be good to have one primal tracker to keep it all in the forefront of peoples minds.
      Its a big ask I know, but you did ask for suggestions! lol

      Wayne wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Here you go!

      http://paleotrack.com/

      Austin wrote on May 21st, 2012
  6. I’d love to see you come out with a line of primal trail mix/snacks.

    E wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Pemmican was the original primal trail mix of Native Americans — yeah, back when they were still in the stone age. It’s a mixture of dried lean meat pounded into almost a powder then mixed with melted fat in about a 1 to 1 ratio. Here’s the Wikipedia page on pemmican.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pemmican

      D.M. Mitchell wrote on May 14th, 2012
  7. Figure out how to turn the Primal Blueprint into a successful storefront that combines food, books, equipment and exercise. Then franchise it.

    Rand Hagenstein wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Awesome idea. Whole Foods is great but I think a store that only contains Primal foods would be waaaaaaay better! Franchising it would be a great idea so entrepreneurs like me can open up stores around the world like wildefire.

      Brilliant!

      Primal Toad wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • AGREED! Need PRIMAL stores! Wouldn’t be much in it, I wouldn’t think – meat, veggies and fruit… nothing more, but that’s the genius behind it – nothing to derail your efforts beckoning to you as you walk by the interior aisles!

        Jenn wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • I’m not so sure it’s such a great idea. There’s a reason the meat and cheese and seafood are around the edges of a sea of processed crud. The margins on those things are tiny in comparison to that boxed nutritional desert in the middle of the store. That’s why they wanted to turn cottonseed oil into crisco: because it’s way cheaper to produce than butter. If you tell people it’s good for them and buy off a few politicos to push ‘vegetable’ over animal (people love simple dichotomies), you’re golden. Processed food will steamroll primal if it ever tries to become mainstream in the same way they are currently quietly appropriating organic.

          Actually the worst thing that could happen IMO would be to see a primal franchise explode in popularity until it was then bought out and slowly commoditized into another flavor of crud, and the paleo/primal brand has no meaning. Be glad the community is small and marginal… I am.

          Tim wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • I agree with Tim: poor idea. Too little customer base (so prices would have to be higher), and no reason for it. I can get all my primal foods easily right in the supermarket (frozen greens and veggies, frozen chicken, cage-free eggs, etc.), and, as a bonus, feel totally virtuous as I walk past the cereal aisle with my nose in the air. Granted, my choices may not be for all (not organic or local or fresh enough), but paleo can’t encompass EVERY standard.

          Maybe this has been mentioned, but what about creating a Primal or Paleo certification for foods? With an organic sub-rating, for those foods that typically have pesticide or herbicide residues? There are other types of certifications out there on food packaging that are way more dubious, so it could be done.

          BillP wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • Agree with Tim!.. standards tend to relax quite a bit once things become mainstream, such as “free-range” and “organic”…unfortunately.

          Veronique wrote on May 15th, 2012
    • Maybe the franchise stems off of the primal on the go idea that was posted last week on the weekend link love?

      My wife and I thought that was a wonderful idea…and perhaps a sneaky way to get people trying primal. For the mere sake of variety…most people will do something new for lunch.

      Danny wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • “The Civilized Caveman” is a Paleo food-cart that is opening up in Portland, OR on May 31. I am sad to have missed it! (Go check it out!) :)

        Mel wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • This is a great idea!! Would love to have a purely primal grocery store. I would even be interested in franchising.

      Annie Johnston wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Agreed. A primal foods store with franchise opportunities. Score!

      Abigail wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Agreed! I would do all of my shopping at one of these.

        Tyler wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I love this idea! A primal store that would sell local grass-fed meats and all other primal items!!!

      Jennifer wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Haha, if this should ever come true, tell me where and I’m gonna move to that place, no matter where it is :DD

        Isabel wrote on May 15th, 2012
  8. Perhaps a vast Primal network, something like what Weston A. Price has, with local chapters and things like that. If we get a few people in each area to mobilize, we could get it going with minimal top-down organization; there would just need to be a call to mobilize.

    Justin M. wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I love this idea as well. I love the WAPF. There are lots of great Primal meetup groups around. I think having more of these would definitely help too.

      Primal Toad wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Yep, I was thinking of doing this in Melbourne, Australia. Great idea.

        ces wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • AWESOME!!!! I’ll join! :)

          Veronique wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • +1

        Kyle wrote on June 7th, 2012
    • Similar to this idea, I was thinking you could have official spokespersons throughout the country. Many of the articles and ideas on this site promote using more local resources, so it makes more sense to use more local representatives.

      Aaron wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I concur with this idea. I think the internet is a great source for general information, but a local community can really push change. It builds in accountability, resource references and support.

      Jason wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Love it! Great idea!

      Meesha wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • This! A primal network with regional hubs. There are quite a lot of paleos/primals here in the UK but with no central meeting point, it’s hard to locate them all. Perhaps a subset of the forum with local discussion boards?

      celticcavegirl wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Local chapters sound like a good idea. Just to meet people with similar interests, but also to gather information on where the get primal foods locally. Maybe even for some lobbying.

      Victor Venema wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Yes! Local chapters and the ability to have speakers attend events.

        Katerina wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • I second this! Its hard to meet local people that also live paleo. Having local chapters that go out for hikes or do dinners together, etc. would solve that in no time!

          Kornelia wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Agree! It would be awesome to be able to find primal (maybe even paleo) friendly health practitioners, personal trainers, etc working in your area wherever you are in the world

      Leah wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • This idea is wonderful, and could also help network people for buying massive quantities of primal foods.

        Tyler wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Yes! Maybe local chapters would encourage more local purchase and therefore more production of grass fed beef and pastured chickens & pork… VERY hard to find where I live and if I find them, too expensive to buy!

          Lora wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Love, love love this idea of local Primal chapters! Great way to connect, encourage others and expand the movement!

      Jennifer wrote on May 14th, 2012
  9. I think more smartphone app development/presence would be a big boost. There’s dozens upon dozens of “traditional” nutrition apps, and a really in-depth app with grocery lists, meal planner, etc would be a nice alternative to the typical calorie counting apps.

    Carly wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Love this idea… I would love a MDA app where I can get a full list of ‘Is it Primal’ or maybe a go-to shopping list for everyday primal items that I can stock up with.. As well as a meal tracker with nutrition tracking.

      Lara wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • If so, make it droid friendly.

        liberty1776 wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • I would LOVE an MDA app for my droid!

          Ami wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Yes, that would be so useful!

      Shannon wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I like this idea as well! Maybe a meal of the day type thing would work. Especially if it made certain connections: e.g. based on the ingredients of dinner…suggest an easy/logical lunch for the next day. Also, reminders for pulling meat out the night before would help our family. =)

      Danny wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Ha ha ha! Just cursing that I hadn’t pulled meat out this very minute!

        ces wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Another awesome idea! I think this definitely needs to happen.

      Primal Toad wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • There already is an MDA app. It needs to be improved on seriously but it exists. Mark, please expand on the app and I’m sure you would have a strong following. I’ll totally pay for it!

      Jenn wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Excellent call. Also on this app: recipes, and options for more recipes… a way to get Robb Wolf’s, Sarah Fragoso’s etc.
      Mark! Microtransactions are where it’s at!

      darthgall wrote on May 14th, 2012
  10. Mark, I would love to see a workout video come out, like Tony Horton’s P90X! Teach us all how to sprint like caveman, and supplement it with a 30-90 day meal plan.

    Lara wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Lara, Mark’s got a bunch of videos on YouTube where he sprints on the beach, makes a 2-minute BAS, and teaches us how to do pullups. Search for Primal Blueprint.

      oxide wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Great suggestion. I’d like some Primal workout vids in DVD format.

      Tina wrote on May 17th, 2012
  11. I would love to see some of your posts as vlogs!

    Suz wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Ditto on the vlogs. Multimedia is the way to go.

      Short, easily digestible (no pun intended) YouTube videos on primal topics would be a big boon to our ‘awareness campaign’.

      There’s minimal effort required for the viewer with videos compared to reading, adds a visual and audio component, videos are easily shared, easily embedded into other webpages and sites like YouTube already have built-in ranking systems so the more popular the videos become, the more likely people are to see them.

      If a relative or a co-worker asks you why you don’t eat grains, you can just send ‘em a link to a video that explains why grains are terrible for you. They say that saturated fat or meat will kill you, send ‘em a link to a video that explains how and why that’s nonsense.

      They’d have to be well-sourced, but the posts on MDA always are.

      A.Stev wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I agree. I would love to see Mark in more videos with talking and demonstration. :)

      Ryan wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Related to this, how about a movie/documentary about the primal lifestyle. Some people don’t like to read books (or can’t).

        also maybe a TV show that you could hire a chef/ or quests to demonstrate receipe and/or talk about everything related to primal.

        Chantal B. wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • I agree I show would be great! I am sure that some of the Food Network shows could be adapted to fit the Primal formula. Before being on Primal I felt so sad being on a diet and not being able to experiment with food. But now, I feel confident that I can loose weight, be healthier and be a foodie again without damaging my body!

          I have no doubt that other foodies (or basicaly any one who like or wants to cook) like me would appreciate such a show.

          Annick wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Good idea. It could spread the word to normal :-) people. Especially recipes with offal or uncommon cuts would be nice. There some visualisation really helps.

          Victor wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Definitely. Might sound a little old fashioned in the multi-media world, but it would be great to expand from from the self-selecting world of websites, apps, youtube videos, etc., to a world where someone watching Iron Chef re-runs could stumble on primal cooking and then from there find the website, books etc. to get deeper information.

          From preaching to the choir to driving around with a megaphone on top of an old cop car…

          Alex wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • The idea of a short video demonstrating the benefits of the primal diet in a short time say like 5 minutes that you can direct people to, as A.Stev suggested. Personally I think your website is great and have been a regular visitor for about 4 years now!

          Despi wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • This is great–a show where you basically do many of the things on this site but I particularly like the cooking demo aspect. So many people do not know how to cook and are intimidated by it. The thought of then taking out ingredients that you normally use sounds stressful when really it can be liberating–but seeing someone do it. . well. . . a picture is worth a thousand words as they say!

          Julie wrote on May 15th, 2012
        • I totally agree with this! I have been watching so many food docs on Netflix. The only one that comes close to explaining why the Paleo/Primal peeps eat the way they eat is “Fat Head”. I’ve suggested it to a few friends. So many people have been affected by “Forks Over Knives”…I can’t even watch it because it makes me so ANGRY. Yes these doctors helped their patients with a plant based diet…but they also had them cut out refined sugars and in some cases grains…it is compound effect. That doc is just VEGAN/VEG propaganda. UGH!!! We need to make Paleo/Primal more accessible to people…I know I could get my friends/family to watch a film about it.

          So YES…a primal documentary…I will even shoot and edit!!! I would LOVE to interview Mark and others! :)

          Primal Pants wrote on May 17th, 2012
    • I hate it when sites do that: I want to be able to read at leisure and read again at will, not have to watch a video I can’t search or bookmark or link to or highlight.

      Also Mark’s site is what it is today almost entirely because it has so much text on it that is easily searchable and brings people in who stumble on it all the time.

      Videos are closed, insular ways of communicating information online.

      JohnC wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • YES. I totally agree, John, I really hate the trend of “videos because videos are the thing right now”. Text is searchable, scannable, copy-pastable. I think Mark does a great job of using videos when he has something to SHOW, otherwise, keep writing your fab articles!

        Cassie wrote on May 15th, 2012
      • I don’t think anyone was suggesting videos *replace* the regular posts or have really different content.

        The point of videos is more to spread the word to newbies who aren’t willing to invest serious time or energy to in reading about this stuff.

        A.Stev wrote on May 15th, 2012
    • Good idea! And it’s one of the more do-able suggestions here (in a reasonable timeframe)

      David wrote on May 14th, 2012
  12. Primal Con EAST Coast

    Scott wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Great idea! Perhaps more regiional? I’m near broke from buying all my grassfed and primal foods.

      liberty1776 wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Primal-Con SOUTH. (Preferably Texas)

        Danielle wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I vote fore PrimalCon East Coast!!

      ALM wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I love this idea too

      Donald wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Yes, please!

      PeaceKaren wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • yes!!

      Alyssa wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • or Primal Con Midwest (you know all that area between coasts)

      Erik wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Denver, CO would be a GREAT location! or Boulder. Both would be very welcoming for this scene.

        Mercedes wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Denver, definitely!

          Cathy wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Chicago please!

        Katerina wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I am loving the PrimalCon East Coast idea… can’t convince the wife to get on a plane… but she definitely would go with me if we could drive from PA

      Mike C wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Yup, get back to your roots and have a PrimalCon in Maine! LOL, what’s more primal than getting eaten alive by black flies and monstrous mosquitoes? Or any New England state would do…

        K wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • STOCKHOLM Midnight Sun Primal Con!

      Johan wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Heck yes, that would be AWESOME!!

      Mike B wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Yes! Regional ‘cons would be a great thing.

      Jenn R. wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I would totally go to Primal Con East Coast!

      Kai wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • PrimalCon Montreal.

      warmbear wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • +1 for Montreal
        +2 for GSP
        +3 for the strip clubs

        Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA!!!!!

        Yasmin wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • +2 for Montréal!

        Chica wrote on May 17th, 2012
    • YES! oh man i hope this is the idea that gets picked! we need you on this side for once mark!

      Kornelia wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Yes…Primal Con Canada, preferably in BC so we can attend ;)

        Carla wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • YES! I would go to that!

          Daniela wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • east coast primal event would be great……… martial arts….ninjutsu…..many ninjas have switched to toe shoes from tabi when training outside

      kunoichidreams wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • YES!!! I want to meet other Primal people! We live in Rhode Island!!

      Primal Pants wrote on May 17th, 2012
  13. Some sort of actually useful Paleo/Primal app would be great. An integrated fitness/nutrition app that caters to common primal exercises and foods and with a way to share things like sprint times, exercises performed, etc., from the app to a forum thread?

    Ware wrote on May 14th, 2012
  14. I would love a better way to search topics! Right now, if say I wanted to look up posts on allergies, and I wanted to see the most recent posts first for instance, there is no way to filter or prioritize search results. Also, if allergies are even mentioned in the thread following a post, the post will turn up in the search. It makes it tricky to look up info on specific topics without having to wade through lots of random stuff.

    Rachel wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Yes! I often find it tricky to find just the posts and info I’m looking for.

      yoolieboolie wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Agreed.

        Danielle wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Agreed. I find it hard to narrow my searches

          Stacey wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I agree, it is hard to browse recipes too, the way it is set up. Would like to have recipes more categorized please!

      Lora wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Yes, the not-the-best search makes it hard to pass posts along to my friends who are asking questions or research topics for myself.

      mommaofmany wrote on May 14th, 2012
  15. How about a seperate section for “friends of MDA” that includes websites to related Paleo websites: whether it be Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, or a number of other great sites online.

    Carlos Morales wrote on May 14th, 2012
  16. a primal retreat! not a conference, but a small retreat/trip that people can sign up and pay for to go away for a certain amount of time (maybe a week). they would get to meet mark and do primal activities and eat primal meals all week. it would be more of a relaxation/destress experience than say a conference experience.

    sarah wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • AWESOME….you could move them around too. Maybe in the mountains once and tropical another…

      Erik wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • The more I think about this one… the more I like it.

      Primal Texas wrote on May 14th, 2012
  17. A feature that has a list of primal friendly restaurants, according to zipcode (like a search engine).

    Andrea wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Along this topic, the source of the foods is key. Here in little ole’Rhody is an all local food broker for restaurants called “Farm Fresh” (www.farmfresh.org).

      On the site is a list of places that buy local foods. I understand buying local does not equal “primal” but affecting local merchants as opposed to big business congolomerates is a start.

      liberty1776 wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • We have something similar here, called Sustainable Connections, that brings together local farms and restaurants and promotes both to the community with “Eat Local” events. We own a restaurant and I’m working on developing a Primal/Paleo menu, but so far it’s a difficult task to find anything beyond “the bunless burger salad” in town that may qualify to fill the bellies of grain/legume/dairy free eaters.

        yoolieboolie wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • I’ve been wrastling with the idea of a paleo food truck. I see vegan trucks out and about, but paleo is smaller niche than vegan.

          I’m guessin the average Joe would see food from a paleo truck that as more expensive and not for the better health. I suppose marketing could handle that some and volume could bring cost down.

          Paleo restaurants are great in theory but have high input cost. Grass fed burger joints can do well because for a few reasons: 1) US is a burger nation. 2)The menu is limited. 3) Burger can be reused better 4) Can buy in large amounts.

          Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • I love the idea of a Paleo/Primal food truck!!

          Val wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • There is a Paleo food truck coming to San Diego! http://www.facebook.com/notsofastfoodtruck

          Virginia wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Or a list of grassfed/pastured/organic/wild animal products and where to buy them. Or an app for identifying primal friendly grocers

      DmitriSmirnov wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Paleo Ron, where are you located?

        Dave wrote on May 15th, 2012
  18. I’ve seen this mentioned in the comments section a number of times but I’d love to see a book or section of the site dedicated to prenatal care, “grokette moms.” :) It’s such a crucial stage of development & there just isn’t enough information out there from sources I trust.

    Bethany wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Already done. It is called “The Healthy Baby Code” by Chris Kresser.

      liberty1776 wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Except that one costs $197. Hmph, a little high if you ask me. How about another option that doesn’t cost so much?

        Danielle wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Breaking News!

          Specialized information from a known reputable source on a baby’s health and development in its most critical developmental period is not worth $197 to some.

          Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Try the library? Mine will even buy things you suggest. I got them to buy The Primal Blueprint.

          ajt wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Paleo Bon Rurgundy: some of us also need to eat.

          Orielwen wrote on May 16th, 2012
    • I second that! A very important topic for many people.

      Tyler wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • YES! More on prenatal and post-natal nutrition and exersize would be great from varied sources. Also more on nutrition and recipes for babes and older kids. It’s one thing to walk away from the “norm” with lifestyle changes to better your health when you are a single-bodied adult, but when you are carrying and responsible for wee ones, worries are higher that you are getting everything right. Especially for newer parents raised for generations on CW and having Doctors and the media throwing tons of info your way creating doubt in your ability to raise healthy,active thriving babies and children. Maybe articles written by other parents who have been Primally raising their kids for years or helping older kids and teens transition easier ? Thank you for all the wonderful information you do already provide!

      Heather wrote on May 15th, 2012
  19. More cowbell.

    Jonathan wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Best comment

      Nick wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • agreed

        yoolieboolie wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Winner.

      Steve wrote on May 14th, 2012
  20. I would love to see development of training materials and leadership standards that would put people in a position to start up regular local meetings. If my town has weight watchers, Jenny Craig, numerous gyms and trainers and virtually NO way to start a primal living group, it is going to be hard to educate the folks around me and give them the support to start making changes.

    Meg wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Love this idea! Winner!

      spincycle wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Ooh, love this idea. I already submitted something before reading the comments, but this is better than what I came up with!

      Decaf Debi wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Fantastic idea!

      Maureen wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Hi, I love this idea, my friend and I have been trying to encourage our nearest and dearest to change, with mixed results. M lives in a small country town, and her transformation has prompted others to give it a go. We are calling it the coconut revolution!
      Say a kit, or a resource page for people who want to support a group would be helpful. At the moment I give out the web address, print off the shopping list, and encourage them to relax and get with the program!
      Also, Mark, it’s time for you to visit the great southern land and it’s little cousin next door. Australia and New Zealand are wonderful places to visit and we would be ecstatic to see you, and I am sure would travel vast distances to meet up.
      Everyone has some fab ideas, I am going to make up a flyer with the web address, a brief summury the shopping list, and a further reading list to keep in my car, as I am finding people are getting desperate, or they are really worried about love ones. Thanks for your site as always, cheers

      Heather wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I second that. Primal down under needs more attention.

        Matt wrote on May 15th, 2012
    • I love this idea!

      Jill wrote on May 14th, 2012
  21. Mark,
    Today is DAY 1 for me in the “21 day total body transformation”, and I was thinking today that it would be great to have a “paleo app” for the smart phones where we could pull up receips, shopping lists, resources, thru the app!

    Jennifer wrote on May 14th, 2012
  22. I’d love to see a comprehensive evaluation or listing of various commercially prepared foods and specific restaurants and their dishes that are Primal-friendly.

    I’m generally able to either plan ahead or abstain from eating to make sure I stick to my plan, but many others I’ve spoken with may not be able to. An easy reference guide might help them start and stay with Primal eating.

    Jess wrote on May 14th, 2012
  23. As an engineer, what I love most about MDA is the technical merit of the content in each page. Through research goes into each post AND (and this is big for me) MDA’s openness to providing the source data to allow the readers to make their own conclusions.

    In fact most of the blogs I follow in the Primal/ Paleo/ Healthy Living were sourced from MDA (that’s how I found them).

    One thing I would love to see added to MDA is a self-experimentation tools and techniques section.

    Do keto-strips help? What about Blood Glucose tests? Temperature? Are potatoes poisonous to me? etc?

    I understand one of the tenants of the Primal Blue Print is that it’s effortless. But for those of us would who like to put in the effort to understand how: The food we consume; The exercise that we conduct; Or any of the other changes, affect our bodies — How do we go about conducting those types of experiments?

    Chris wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Agreed!

      Alyssa wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • To expand this idea somewhat: how about doing science ourselves?

      The MDA community is large enough and has sufficient enthusiastic members, that we could perform randomized experiments.

      I do not want to give away too many scientific questions, as it is best that the participants do not know them, but you could for example compare two intermittent fasting methods, with respect to their influence on fasting blood sugar, weight loss, blood pressure, etc.

      I am a scientist and would be willing to help, but I guess the community has better doctors and statistician to offer.

      Victor Venema wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I would love to see very long term studies (like the Harvard Nurse study) done on volunteers from the primal community to see how primal life/diet contributes to decreased rates of cancers & other diseases, and also see how babies born to primal-eating parents fare as they age ( like rates of autism, allergies, childhood illnesses, etc., as compared to the SAD eaters).

        Lora wrote on May 14th, 2012
  24. As much as I enjoy the Friday Success Stories, I’d enjoy them even more if you added your own commentary/thoughts/suggestions to the end of each submission.

    As well, it’d also be nice to see more comments/interactions from you in the comments section.

    Matthew wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I have used the Friday Success Stories, especially the Unconquerable Dave, many times to spread the word to friends. My only regret is that you don’t seem to have one for “women of a certain age” (read that post-menopausal) in their late 50s/early 60s. This is a population that is actively looking for answers and they could really be helped by moving toward a primal life-style. Maybe a success story book that hits all the demographics so a broader range of readers could identify themselves in the stories. And this could include people recovering their health as well as successful in weight loss: there could be separate sections on different goals.

      Ann wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I was going to suggest something like this. Improvements to the website and phone apps are great, but they only preach to the choir.

        If Mark really wants to reach additional people, those still in the iron grip of SAD CW, we need 6-packs. Lots and lots of 6-packs.

        I’m not kidding. If you talk science people’s eyes will just glaze over. If you show them a six-pack, that gets their attention. You don’t get a six-pack on SAD. Ask Kelly Korg.

        oxide wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Too true. My brother-in-law converted (after months of laughing at us about our “Carnal” lifestyle) when he saw Mark’s photos on the covers of his books!!!

          Chica wrote on May 17th, 2012
      • I’ll second that idea!

        rose wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I agree with Ann… I wonder if MarksDailyApple receives any submissions from this demographic.

        A book focusing on us older kids (haha!) with illustrative success stories would be fantastic. Mark and Carrie are in this age group and look super and are healthy, to boot.

        I also vote for continuing to provide link love to paleo startups (like the one you did for “Not So Fast Food Truck” in San Diego).

        I don’t know what kind of mobile app you could provide that would be as helpful as your books. I’ve got mine on my Kindle and iPhone and really appreciate your offering them in these versions.

        Bonnie wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Great idea Ann,
        But it does throw down the gauntlet to all us 50 something’s to sit down and write our story. I guess I should but I feel that I have some way to go, even though the changes thus far have been profound. I do feel though that after 50 years of the SA(ussie)D, that the changes have taken a bit longer, and I believe there is probably permanent damage as well. So pen to paper all you rejuvenated chooks out there it’s time to tell our story! Lol

        Heather wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Ann, I was trying to think of an idea similar to this, because I would love to get my mother-in-law on board with a primal way of life, yet her and many of my 30-something friends find Primal “too extreme.”

        Well, I think most processed food is pretty “extreme” considering the crazy artificial ingredients that go into it, but it isn’t considered extreme by the general population because such a large proportion of people use those products.

        I don’t know how you can make Primal living seem less extreme to more people–maybe organize kickstarters for farmers to help drive down the cost of grass-fed beef, or for people to start up Primal restaurants?

        Nicole wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • I agree a series on how going primal can assist with fluctuations in hormones as one ages. It sure has helped me!

        lynncat wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I love this idea!

      Jennifer wrote on May 14th, 2012
  25. I want Mark to unite the tribes. The primal world may be a loose democratic one but we definitely need someone steering the boat and then keeping the masses informed. It’s a tall (not completely possible) order but it is the most important thing we can do to dispel CW.
    The power of info is limited without a keen aim.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Heh, hopefully he can replace the manna from the heavens with pemmican :)

      liberty1776 wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Tribes uniting under one supreme leader? Isn’t this how grok became part of a member of a larger community built around agriculture? It’s a slippery slope, my friend.

      Josh wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Think of it as a hunt:

        Grok didn’t just take down an animal by himself; he did so in a coordinated manner with his buddies.

        If we want to slay Conventional Wisdom for good, the ancestral health community AS A WHOLE needs to coordinate much better amongst its groups and find the most vulnerable and most important/high profile targets to ‘bring down’ so to speak.

        Okay, maybe that sounds more like war (I’m in the service), but we ARE kind of at war and it’s a war we didn’t start.

        It may be nice to think “Oh, well we’re a grassroots movement and we don’t need any kind of strategy besides helping people.” but that’s not how things get accomplished, and if we’re serious about doing something then we need to act like it.

        Whenever the next Ancestral Health Symposium comes around the speakers need to sit and have a pow wow and discuss how we can turn-over conventional wisdom for the majority of uninformed people not just most effectively, but in the shortest amount of time as possible. And then we need to do it.

        A.Stev wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I can get in on this, too. While there is lots of cross-reference between MDA, Robb Wolf, etc, more direct interaction (perhaps a joint video/DVD set on the key topics?) would help wedge us more into mainstream…

      Dave wrote on May 15th, 2012
  26. I think it would be great if you sold sample sizes of your Primal Fuel, or even some kind of “starter kit” that contained maybe one week’s worth of supplements and fuel, so people could take them for a test drive before investing in the big package.

    Love your site and all the great info!

    CRB wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I like this idea! I’d also love to see the primal essentials kit augmented with primal fuel if at all possible. A tiny idea but it’s something I was wishing existed when I bought my autoship of the primal essentials.

      Marc wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Call the worker bees – they set me up

        KMuray wrote on May 16th, 2012
  27. Position the primal blueprint lifestyle as a brand and create more visibility by pairing your ‘brand’ of primal lifestyle with e.g. a couple of athletes, actors or whatever has the public’s interest. The results on their performance and looks will speak for itself and hopefully motivate some of the public to make the change. If she was still making tv I’d say go on Oprah! (just kidding)
    Maybe do more on YouTube. Like follow someone who is making the change from SAD to thr

    Armin wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Crossfit is doing this with the doco “killing the fat man”. It’s awesome (and he’s gone paleo) the transformation is astounding, well worth a watch.

      Gem wrote on May 14th, 2012
  28. I’m quite new (since a few weeks) to this website, so no indepth feedback from me at this point.

    My first impressions of the website: it’s very complete, maybe a bit overwhelming for a new visitor. So some (more) simplicity to finding “quick and easy” information would be nice. But thanks for creating and sharing all that info!

    I bought and like your 21 day (etc) book, although I would prefer a PDF version over the paper one. I like most of it, I would appreciate an edition more relevant for Europe (stores, brands, restaurants). Maybe like in a downloadable appendix or something.

    I understand that creating such an edition probably is quite a project when you don’t live over here…

    Sebastian wrote on May 14th, 2012
  29. I’d like to see a series of shorter challenges, like daily missions. Something concrete, doable, inspiring.

    Kristy OT wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I agree! Something small but motivating to keep it up or encourage people to jump into living primally :)

      Raclbaby2000 wrote on May 14th, 2012
  30. The primal blueprint lifestyle. That Will Give you lost of hits and visibility.

    Armin wrote on May 14th, 2012
  31. I would like an index of suppliers of Primal meats, fish and poultry that are ‘checked’, country specific & will ship. Finding a free ranged, grass-fed chicken is pretty much impossible here.

    leida wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I’d think that would be too much for the worker bees to take on, but definitely do-able via a grass roots online forum.

      But before all that check out “eat wild”

      liberty1776 wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • An index would be nice, but I would love to see a primal map with hyper linked areas to more easily buy local. A curious individual can enter a zip code and a map of that area shows up with flags at locations of primal friendly shopping. Maybe even cross referencing could be available, ie: 19122 and pastured chicken. Then a custom map appears with all your local options.

      patrick wrote on May 14th, 2012
  32. I was just thinking about this on Saturday night where I saw some friends I haven’t seen in 30 or 40 lbs and spent most of the night ‘splanin how….again. It’s common these days. Too common. I give them the high level and write down the resources for them and stress how important it is to find what works for ya’. As much as I want to spread the word, it has come to dominate my social and even business interactions and I’m tired of it. I feel like a broken record and feel like I’m talking about myself too much. I always point people to Primal Blueprint and MDA as a first step. MDA is a great resource but how do I give people enough info to get them here without it dominating the conversation? I was thinking a post card summary with info to get them to MDA? I might just make my own then I can say, “Here, read this when you get a chance. It’ll explain it better than I could and get you to the resources that can help you. Now how ’bout them Sox, man are they stinkin’ it up this year.”

    JB wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I stopped following the Sox after Beckett’s golf outing, my cortisol levels were rising.

      liberty1776 wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • I like this idea a lot. I have he same experience and really like he idea of spreading the word in a not-for-profit kind of way. Branding and marketing are important, but the prevelance of it made me hesitant to become more involved when I first found the website. I’d already bought “PB Quick & Easy Meals” when I discovered the website, and I was afraid I was getting into some kind of pyramid marketing thing or something.

      yoolieboolie wrote on May 14th, 2012
  33. This is a challenge to add something to an already well-rounded, all-inclusive, thorough website. Since it’s all about ME, I’d like to see more about aging and how people are busting myths about it. I’m 55 and FINALLY graduating from menopause, would read anything techie on that. I could dig through the archives and forums, but you asked. Thanks for maintaining such a helpful, useful blog, I love being part of this community.

    Wendy wrote on May 14th, 2012
  34. My idea is for a “Is it Primal” iPhone app. A quick and easy reference guide to Primal-approved foods available whenever you need it. Could also have restaurant tips for ordering, etc.

    Tenaya Amelia wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Along this same line…Have you seen the navigation app called “Waze”? Drivers can report accidents, slow downs, etc… and anyone else using the app is notified when they get near the location. Then these comments can get voted up or down by other drivers who either see the same thing or don’t see it.

      This could be a good base for a Primal app. It would be too much for Mark and his team to research every restaurant, every menu/store item, etc… but the app could just allow you to pinpoint your location, type in the name of where you are, categorize it (store, restaurant, farmers market, etc…) and type in notes about what Primal fare you’ve found there (or what you’ve had bad luck with.) Then users could look up listings by their location, or by category in their general area.

      Alyssa wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Ooh, I really like this idea! You’re right, it’s too much for Mark and his team to research every restaurant. I imagine the app being similar to Yelp, but with a rating for how Primal-friendly it is, which specific items on the menu are acceptable, how accommodating the staff/cooks are to changes to a dish, etc.

        Kimberly wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Wiat, so people are looking at their phones to check for accidents? Wouldn’t that cause even more accidents?

        oxide wrote on May 14th, 2012
        • Which is brilliant! The app users crowdsource what makes the app useful by get this… • using• the app! Its Windows all over again!!

          Joseph wrote on May 17th, 2012
    • A “Primal App” is a really good idea.

      Kevin McKenzie wrote on May 14th, 2012
      • Primal is so simple, do we really need “an app for that?” I think it would just give us another reason to have our noses stuffed into a device, phone, etc… When chances are your question could be answered very simply by asking yourself, “Is this dish, a fruit, vegetable, quality meat or dairy?” Eating out primal is easy if you’ve done your research before committing.
        Just my opinion

        Charissa wrote on May 14th, 2012
  35. I think a program were you take on an apprentice/protege and have him soak up all your knowledge etc. and have him write/blog about it, something along those lines, would be pretty cool. I would volunteer immediately! ;)

    Oliver wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • That really would be pretty awesome! You’d have to have a full-on Grok duel to decide who gets it though (:

      Alyssa wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • oh that would be RAD! I’d like to see a female in this role, as most info in the scientific/medical/health community is male-centric. The notes that keep popping up about peri/post-menopausal and mommy Grokettes are proof that we’d eat that info right up.

      yoolieboolie wrote on May 14th, 2012
  36. Definitely online and mobile tracking tools — one that really tracks your nutrients and warns you when you go too far out of the Primal 20% buffer zone. This would also track Primal fitness and warn when you start getting into Chronic Cardio or other inflammatory behavior.

    Kris wrote on May 14th, 2012
  37. An “Is it Primal?” app would be awesome, with a primal restaurant finder component where users from your city could input restaurants or what to order at any given restaurant.

    Or a Primal Con in/near Oklahoma!

    Roslyn Patrick wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • Yes, an “Is it Primal?” app ought to include restaurants. I’m fairly new at this diet and growing weary of only being able to order one or two entrees on a menu. I’d really like to go to a restaurant with a complete primal-friendly menu. I’m a big believer in “the market,” but selfishly impatient that it’s going to take years for the primal lifestyle to catch on. Being in a hip fringe movement has its appeal, but I’d rather have plentiful choices.

      Chip wrote on May 14th, 2012
  38. Primal Con or lectures or MDA franchise in the UK. Only problem is I cannot guarantee sunny weather

    Brian Bartaby wrote on May 14th, 2012
  39. A “Primal Guide for Dummies” (or maybe a more creative name) link on your website. Many of my family and friends are interested, but feel too busy to take the time to comb through all the links and information. Some of your entries go into great detail with “big” words (which is great), but a busy person who is sorta interested probably thinks “I’ll come back to this later when I have more time.”

    So a super simple “get started” guide. Then if things are working for them, they will eventually keep reading to see why it’s working.

    Angie (Minky) wrote on May 14th, 2012
    • This is the single biggest barrier to getting more people Primal – lack of a simple (simpler) guide than the current ‘getting started’ page.

      Also, for best impact there needs to be a much less ‘commercial’ looking version – repeatedly I find myself apologizing for the ‘advertising’, glossy, appearance – to many people, this kind of look suggests multilevel marketing or worse. There’s a place for the white blond shirtless six pack, but not for tentative beginners who don’t/can’t exercise much at all; they’d still benefit hugely from primal eating. hard to tell up front if a really simplified entry level like this would lead people on to buy product; but it might be worth an experiment.

      Anne J wrote on May 14th, 2012
  40. I’d like to see more videos. Maybe a weekly video? It could be showing how you prepare a primal recipe, or perhaps doing a live chat?

    Doug wrote on May 14th, 2012

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