Marks Daily Apple
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10 Jun

Dear Readers: What Do You Want from Mark’s Daily Apple Videos?

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It’s Monday and that usually means another round of Dear Mark, but today I have something a little different in mind. Today I have a question 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 millions of people every month I’m always looking for new ways to do a better job, so I’m coming to you for ideas. This is a joint effort after all. I couldn’t do it without you.

Over the years I’ve published nearly 4,000(!) blog posts. I don’t know the exact figure, but it’s probably upwards of 5 million words. That’s a lot of writing and I don’t have any plans to slow down, but I feel like it’s time to take things to the next level. I’m seriously considering publishing regular (say, monthly to start, and perhaps weekly down the line) Mark’s Daily Apple videos. Imagine instructional/how-to videos, interviews with experts in the paleosphere, and videos that give you some insight into my Primal life. While I have a few ideas of my own, nothing is set in stone just yet. That’s where you come in…

The Contest

“What do you want from Mark’s Daily Apple videos?” My blog, my books, what I do are constantly informed by your thoughts and ideas. Today is your chance to tell me what you’d like to see on my part in this next stage of Mark’s Daily Apple. In the comments section below, tell me your ideas for future Mark’s Daily Apple videos. What kind of videos would you prefer (educational, how-to, motivational, interviews, etc.)? Which topics interest you most (nutrition, weight loss, fitness/training, Primal lifestyle behaviors (sun exposure, sleep, stress management, barefooting, etc.), cooking, etc.)? Do you prefer short, medium or long form videos (less than 2 minutes, 2 to 5 minutes, more than 5 minutes)? And lastly, tell me the title of a video you would like to see made. That’s it. I’m really interested in what you personally would find useful, and what you think would best serve the Primal movement. 

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 15-serving pouch of both the Vanilla Coconut Creme and Chocolate Coconut 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:

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  1. No videos at all. I read the blog from work, and I prefer written word one can read at own speed!

    leida wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1

      Harry Mossman wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • +1

        Karen wrote on June 10th, 2013
        • + ∞
          Do not want vLogs.
          I prefer to READ information.

          kiu wrote on June 11th, 2013
      • Love to read your blogs at work, can’t watch a video!

        Denise wrote on June 12th, 2013
    • +1!

      But I’d be down with a Podcast option also.

      Jordan wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • I like the pod cast idea, too.

        Paul wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • +1 for a podcast / videocast

        Nathan wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • I agree with this! I think a podcast (I was actually looking for a MDA podcase this morning before I saw this post and was disapointed there wasn’t one!) would be great we could even listen while we get our primalized activities in or while whipping up some yummy Grok approved eats!

        Lexirae wrote on June 11th, 2013
      • I also prefer podcasts. I’ve limited myself to only listening while cleaning my house, so needless to say, my house stays much cleaner these days.

        Lisa Lord wrote on June 12th, 2013
      • Podcasts would be great! They work for Robb Wolf, anyway.

        Mark P wrote on June 12th, 2013
    • Agreed…I also read MDA at work so video would complicate things. Although a middle line might be a video with transcript below.

      Jacob wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1

      TJ wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • Agree completely. More often than not I am not in a situation where I can’t easily listen without imposing on someone else nearby. I very much dislike the trend towards video blog posts as a regular thing, although a special entry once in awhile is probably fine. That said, if my preferences turn out be a minority viewpoint, please at the very least include a text version for those of us who prefer or need it. Thanks!

      dianekjs wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • +1

        I am a mom with three loud, busy children under the age of six. I have trouble watching a video, which requires full concentration, simply because of constant interruptions. Written blog works much better because I can come back to it easily, as many times as necessary. Also, I find that I am better able to retain information I read, as opposed to hearing.

        Topics: Better/more thorough coverage of primal, as applied to young children. I.E. more “this is what the research demonstrates,” less “I think it’s probably this.” I realize there isn’t a lot of definitive nutritional research using children.

        Discussion of nutrition and its effects on neurological/developmental issues in children. For example, a recent study out of Australia which linked maternal iodine deficiency to speech and language delays in children, which pediatric supplementation for could not fully correct.

        eema.gray wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1 My brain comprehends the written word much better.

      Doug wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • I read from work too and video streaming is outlawed, so ditto.

      Aria wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1

      Julia wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • Yep. If you do video, please keep it short and don’t sacrifice the text. I don’t like video for complicated subjects because it’s much faster to read/study the written word. There’s no way to “skim” a video and quickly come back to subjects of interest. If you want to show us physical exercises or how to cook something tricky, video is good for that. Other than, video is a bit over rated.

      Amy wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • +1 I dislike video because I can’t skim or go easily back to parts I want to spend more time with. Video makes me feel trapped in someone else’s schedule.

        Susan wrote on June 10th, 2013
        • I agree completely. I rarely bother with videos.

          Shary wrote on June 10th, 2013
        • +1
          Videos for techniques, written word for information.

          kelly wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • I would like information on helping hypothyroidism with the primal lifestyle. Any way you want to deliver it. Maybe a series of short videos.

      Anita wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • I Quite agree. I have had my family of 5 adults on the primal diet for a year now and everyone has done well on it ( Even starting into extended family) except for my wife who does most of the cooking and the shopping because she has hypothyroidism. We are 100% primal

        Tim wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • +1

        Lexirae wrote on June 11th, 2013
    • +1

      Karen wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • I’d be interested in seeing:
      – Paleo recipes and cooking
      – exercise tips for better form on various exercises
      – short interviews / discussions with other folks in the health and fitness scene
      – inside looks–“My Standing Desk” segments from you, friends of the site, readers, etc.

      Austin wrote on June 11th, 2013
      • That would be neat…maybe a section of pictures of everyone’s standup desks. I’m sure the varied implementations would be extremely interesting.

        Bekka wrote on June 14th, 2013
    • +1

      Tony wrote on June 11th, 2013
    • +1 I avoid videos completely, there’s just no appropriate time in my day to view them.

      JohnC wrote on June 11th, 2013
    • +1 !

      Sondra Rose wrote on June 11th, 2013
    • I am more of a fan of the written word. Videos have little appeal to me. I would like to see some webinars to discus topics with time for live questions and answers. Need more tips for menopause. It seems to change everything.

      Pamela wrote on June 11th, 2013
    • Personally I love the video idea; I do love to read your blog but as you’ve said you won’t be slowing the key bashing down I believe the videos can only further help you engage with people and promote the primal cause! I also think those who stumble onto your website who are crashing after a sugar rush (and who really need to hear the message!) would engage with the easier effort of watching a video than reading a blog. I’d like to see videos in all the areas you’ve mentioned above but I’d personally love to see a video called ‘primal stress relief’ which could inform about how primal food, exercise and even lifestyle vision (impact on stress levels and showing methods to achieve this) work together to create a more relaxed version of self. A video like this would help me no end! Around 5 minutes per vid is a good time I think but I guess thats up to the subject matter. Thanks Mark, definitly a positive step forward in my opinion :)

      Si wrote on June 12th, 2013
    • I like the idea of video, we are in the 21st century and times have changed. Video is a valuable tool in illustrating an idea and for educational purposes, it defiantly has a place. I am sure many people like myself read the blogs in the evening after a tiring and stressful time at the office. (My eyes are tired) it is nice to sit back and listen, reading the odd bullet point, looking at the occasional graph, diagram etc.

      A cholesterol and arterial sclerosis video would be very informative with images to illustrate a great one would show how important particle size is, especially to newbie’s who have yet to be convinced.

      As part of the learning process many people require visuals, others oral or some kinetic. See hear or do / touch, to put it simply. Most of us require a combination of all three.

      Please lets have video for limited subjects. Enthusiasm when talking about some of the subject matter is important, I am sure Mark will be able to convey this more easily with video. That is not to say that his written word does not do this, but some subject matter is more easily conveyed through the spoken word and visuals. You can also see the speakers eyes and gauge sincerity.

      Jan wrote on June 13th, 2013
    • +10,000

      secret agent girl wrote on June 15th, 2013
    • +1 hard to re-watch or re-listen to a section that is of particular interest as well.

      Jim wrote on June 17th, 2013
  2. I definitely think there should be a series of several “basics” videos for all the people who come here looking for information: 3 minutes long or so, and they could be things like “Lift Heavy Things” or “Sprinting” or “Squatting” primers, along with nutritional ones. Short and to the point, with links to articles and more info.

    And a 3-minute recipe video channel would probably do great.

    Mr. Anthony wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • As a beginner, I like this!

      Maya wrote on June 11th, 2013
    • I agree with the short and to the point videos. I would use them to send the link to the people who express some interest in how I eat/live. I currently send them links to the blog posts, but a lot of people don’t read. A video would hopefully get them interested.

      Carlos wrote on June 11th, 2013
  3. I read MDA at work, so I like having text over videos, but I would love to see interviews with other ancestral health folks and maybe some recipe/cooking videos.

    Tasha wrote on June 10th, 2013
  4. Fitness videos. Shorter videos are better than longer ones. I do not like vlogs, however. I prefer to read.

    Diane wrote on June 10th, 2013
  5. I look forward to reading your blog every day so a video would have to some additional and different. I like the idea of motivational and how-to videos – perhaps a sneaky insight into what your pantry looks like?! I think people always like to be able to see examples of how other primal people live, so perhaps interviews with others, maybe mini ‘a day in the life of…’ videos could be really fascinating!
    Exciting stuff!

    Danielle CB wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • I hate videos on websites that do not need to be there. CNN has become horrible at this. I read blogs at work and listen to podcasts at work and while driving. I find it very difficult to watch video at work. It even annoys me in the evenings. The only time I find myself watching a video is if I want to see proper form on movement, learn a metabolic conditioning technique, or see a recipe prepared correctly. That’s it. Why else would you need video? Short and as a reference. Look up Pat Flynn, Al Kavadlo, and Builit Lean on youtube and you will see insanely useful videos.

      Jamie wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • I second that!

        Rol wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • I love the concept of “A Day in the Life of”. I would certainly watch those.

      Beyond that, I am with the majority and prefer to read as MDA is part of my lunch routine.

      Happycyclegirl wrote on June 11th, 2013
  6. As a Primal first-year college student, I would love to hear your younger Worker Bees’ perspectives on how to maintain the Paleo/Primal lifestyle in college. Your own posts have been tremendously helpful, Mark, but I’d imagine that your younger Bees, some of whom have probably just entered the working world, would be able to provide their $0.02 on this too. As for the types of interviews, motivational and interview types are personally the most helpful, but I’d also love to see how some of them have eaten and exercised Primally on a strict meal plan or in a gym where you’re kind of left to your own devices as far as knowing what to do.

    I know this focus probably caters to a smaller demographic of people, but I still think it would be helpful for teens and twentysomethings. It’s not really a “Primal 101” so much as it is a “primer” for how to maintain the lifestyle in a decidedly un-Primal environment.

    The length is irrelevant, IMO. I’d imagine that interviews would naturally be longer. It would be really cool if you interviewed Primal high school/college students like Christy in the most recent success story!

    FrancescaCBY wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1 to this I’d really appreciate some more posts/videos aimed toward the college crowd

      Jacqui wrote on June 12th, 2013
  7. I’d take a postcast over a video. I read mda from work and if anything I wouldn’t mind popping in a headphone and listening to you banter with someone about a subject.

    Peter wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • I agree with Peter. Podcasts Mark! Podcasts! Please!

      And I also agree with Jamie that videos should be (and would be very useful as) resources for technique or recipes.

      Francheska wrote on June 10th, 2013
  8. I love blogs, but I think short videos would be great 3-5 minutes, on cooking, recipes, fitness. Those would be great…. maybe even some inspirational speaking/jokes… something to change it up a lil

    Kristie A wrote on June 10th, 2013
  9. In my opinion, the best candidates for videos are those demonstrating the fitness/training aspect. The post in the last weeks on squat form (I believe it contained a video) was immensely helpful.

    Also, “modular” videos would be great. What I mean by modular is videos of any length and the topics you mentioned (nutrition, weight loss, fitness/training, Primal lifestyle behaviors (sun exposure, sleep, stress management, barefooting, etc.), cooking, etc.), however, with a tip on which other videos would combine well with the video currently being watched.

    Michele wrote on June 10th, 2013
  10. Hi Mark,

    I really enjoy videos, I fnd them the best way to absorb information so some more MDA videos would be great. New visitors are directed to the ‘start here’ section of the site. If there were videos to compliment this section, giving the main underlying principles of MDA it would reach a lot of people in my opinion.

    All the best,


    Owen wrote on June 10th, 2013
  11. A monthly podcast of interviews with guest speakers, for example: experts on primal related subjects (nutrition, general health, psychology, workouts, etc). Recipes… I do not find it very interesting: a list of ingredients and the steps are more easily printed from a webpage than followed on a video.

    As for the length, being monthly, I guess it can be longer but no more than 20 minutes anyway. The references can be provided as links, for completeness.

    primal_alex wrote on June 10th, 2013
  12. I too prefer text and reading over video, but some videos that may interest me would be interviews with other primal folk and perhaps a room-by-room tour of your home with tips on how to primalize, i.e. dark shades on windows, helpful kitchen gadgetry, fitness implements in the backyard, home office, best products in the bathroom and other ideas for helping the home to support/mesh with the Primal Connection. Video is probably the most useful for communicating ‘how-to’ information–inspiration and information is easily covered in text. Ideally not more than 5 minutes.

    Jacki C. wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1!

      Megan wrote on June 10th, 2013
  13. I consume my MDA at work. Vidoes would work best if the audio portion was super descriptive since I would most likely just be listening to them with headphones. I would probably listen to it more like a podcast.

    That being said, perhaps rehashing your written content into audio/visual format. I find that at work, I have a harder time justifying reading a 750 word blog post than I do listening to a 30, 45 or even 60 minute podcast. Personally, it would make your work much more accessible to me.

    Dorene wrote on June 10th, 2013
  14. Motivational videos would be great. I’d like to see “Day in the Life”, 3-5 minute videos of Primal folks (especially Mark and other Primal stars) doing their thing. Different workouts, cooking and eating beautiful food, what they are eating and how they choose it at the grocery store, the Farmers Market or a restaurant. What kind of relaxation activities (or lack thereof). Examples of livin’ the good life.
    Grok on!

    Nocona wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +enthusiastic 1! Interviews of PaleoPeeps of note…


      Don Jagoe wrote on June 10th, 2013
      • I love the idea of the “day in the life” but I could also see it broken down:

        1. This is what I eat! (interview 3 or 4 primal people and see all their meals)

        2. This is how I “Lift Heavy”

        3. This is how I move

        4. This is how I play,

        Thanks Mark…think the idea is awesome!

        Janine wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • Yes, something on the lines of but in video form would be great!


      MJH wrote on June 10th, 2013
  15. My own preference is short videos (less than 5 mins). I would like ‘quickfire’ content, so that you give us information on a subject (eg. recipe, fitness, weight loss, sun exposure, etc) and give as much overall information in as short as time as possible! Then if we want to get more in-depth information, we can search thru your website.

    I’d also like to see somebody interview you. Maybe with a list of questions gathered from your followers. You could be interviewed from a newbie perspective, or from the more experienced.

    And please have the videos showing the lovely sunshine you guys get over there, just to cheer the rest of us up :)

    Anne wrote on June 10th, 2013
  16. Seconded on the “basics” videos of 3-5 minutes on FAQ-type topics. I think those would be really helpful for my husband. He’s eating what I eat but hasn’t read the book yet and probably won’t have time to for a while. He’s definitely still in a low calorie/low fat mindset when he’s making choices for himself. Would be nice to have something to point him to other than just me clumsily trying to explain the book.

    But for myself, what I’d love are LONG form videos, where you extract the audio and post to iTunes on a subscription basis. I guess you might call it a “podcast”…hee hee. Yep, those 60-90 minute Q & A or interview form podcasts are my very favorite for long walks with my dogs. Personally, I’m much less likely to watch a video than to listen to a podcast, unless, I suppose, it’s demonstrating something that must be seen to be understood, in which case, under 3 minutes is best for me.

    Paige wrote on June 10th, 2013
  17. Motivational stories… nothing keeps me focused more than seeing someone elses success!

    mike kelly wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • I would like to see motivational success stories in video. Maybe as a success story ‘revisited’, after a written submission has been posted,and is popular or very interesting, that person could be revisited to bring the success story to life. Seeing a video of that persons workout routine, cooking, or whatever it is about that particular story that makes it special!


      JianWa wrote on June 10th, 2013
  18. Video type: interview/podcast see: london real or joe rogan for example
    Topics: depends on the guest and co-host if applicable
    Length: 10-60 minutes
    Must do title: Top 10 primal/paleo myths debunked

    Alternative video type: just pure Q & A or “FAQ of the PACK” or something, hehe

    Jst wrote on June 10th, 2013
  19. For your first video, I’d like to see, “A day in the life of Mark.” What does your work day look like” I want to see your office and staff and the people behind your website.

    Marisol wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1!

      Megan wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1

      Paul in CT wrote on June 10th, 2013
  20. I would like to see interviews with others involved in the ancestral health movement and how-tos centered around fitness/exercise as well as some primal lifestyle topics. I feel these would translate to a video format the best (as opposed to nutrition/weight-loss). How-tos I would think would be around 2-5 minutes in length, with interviews being longer (10+ minutes).

    For instance, a how-to video could be how to assemble aspects of a home gym without going out to buy lots of expensive equipment. Stuff like making your own pull-up bar, or creating sandbags and other makeshift weights. There could be demonstrations on specific exercises that can be performed with these items.

    Encino Man wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1!

      Megan wrote on June 10th, 2013
  21. What I would like to see is some 2-5 minute videos comparing some of the ways food affects our bodies. Animations and visual effects can explain some if the deeper science in the Primal Blueprint that might be hard to follow just by reading.

    I always feel more impact when I’m shown how bad something can be rather than how good something may be. What motivated me towards bieng primal the most was the negatives of the SAD, the positives of bieng primal were and added benefit. AND if its all in a video it may lead to more “ah-ha!” moments.

    Dustin wrote on June 10th, 2013
  22. I think a great series would be a sneak peak into the Primal lives of past MDA success stories. I’d love to see inside their fridges (yours too!), pantries and get a feel for what their daily primal lives look like. I’m always looking for ways to improve the way I do things, and sometimes all it needs is a little inspiration.

    A “cooking” show type series would also be fun, where a whole primal meal is prepared.

    Then again, I’d also really love to see interviews with health professionals.

    In general, I do prefer to read my news rather than watch, so whatever you do I think should be out of the ordinary.

    Cherice wrote on June 10th, 2013
  23. I rate there’s plenty you can try: 1) a 1 minute “Everyday Plaeo Hacks” style video that explains something that could be confusing / new at a very simple level – not much detail. 2) 3 – 5 minute simple cooking videos – you can even theme them for different audiences (e.g. busy moms, workaholics, students etc.), poosibly even with some humour thrown in. 3) continue with your workout basics series you had on youtube. 4) Shopping guides – almost like “a day at the market” and what you found there, questions to ask etc.

    Demetre wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1!

      Megan wrote on June 10th, 2013
  24. I’m sure you have addressed this in a post somewhere in the archives, but I’d like to see a video on Primal movement. I would love a set of simple equipment free exercises that can be done easily at home. It’s great to think about going to a park and using the equipment there or running sprints on a grassy hill but sometimes the weather just doesn’t cooperate and it would be great to have a few exercises I can do in the comfort of my dry, air conditioned living room.

    Kathy wrote on June 10th, 2013
  25. i think it would be great if you had videos that showed the correct techniques for various exercises. cooking videos would be really cool as well. on the more controversial side, you could have debates with health experts when their knowledge is flawed and/or have a discussion when their knowledge is sound >:) and i’m kidding when i say a debate, but rather you guys could throw out various points regarding why something is good or bad so people can get a more broad understanding of various nutritional aspects!

    Venus wrote on June 10th, 2013
  26. I think short Primal Fitness how-to’s would be endlessly useful, as well as interviews with other great primal minds on different topics.

    The how-to videos seem to work best in short format (3-5 min) while the interviews would likely be better if they were longer.

    “Primal Fitness 101” is the 1st one I’d clink on.

    Grok on man… looking forward to it!

    Jeff wrote on June 10th, 2013
  27. I’d like to see videos about nutrition, recipes and fitness, but I will like to see personal stuff too, like what your pantry looks like, etc.

    More importantly, the video must be of good quality, HD with good sound (no sound echo).



    Maxime wrote on June 10th, 2013
  28. Mark, I love the idea of you adding more videos. I think that there should videos of preparing primal food, and or meals to show people how easy and healthy it is. I think when newcomers see that it is a balanced meal without the grains, it will be easier for them to let go of the grains and starches and eat like Grok.

    Dylan wrote on June 10th, 2013
  29. 1. Videos on weight lifting and their associated primal dietary requirements

    2. Primal cooking show?

    aub wrote on June 10th, 2013
  30. I would like to see Mark in front of a brickwall doing standup comedy.

    “Do you ever notice how grok…..”

    But seriously, very specific how to videos. Its one thing to read how to do something, its another to actually see someone doing it. I guess the length would depend on how long it takes to explain and show something.

    Bobert wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • Mark,

      I’d like some reality show type videos featuring The Sisson’s daily life. Seeing you actually living primally would be really cool!

      Ricky H. wrote on June 10th, 2013
  31. As a new person to the Primal lifestyle, I would love to see a video for beginners on the basics of how to shop/how to cook/how to move, etc. I absolutely love your website and I am so grateful for the information that you provide.

    Stephanie wrote on June 10th, 2013
  32. I think you should have a short ~5 minute video each week with a core aspect of primal living to focus on for the week. Explain why it is important to our health, and if need be (like an essential movement) have a short instructional video to explain it.
    You could also have a quick Q&A segment asnwering quick email questions. Also, to increase public involvement, allow readers to send in short videos of themselves doing some aspect of primal living in their own lives to help us feel like more of a part of the website itself.
    As for a title, I think it obviously has to be Mark’s Minutes.

    Jerry wrote on June 10th, 2013
  33. The thing I’d most appreciate in video form would be short, specific/targeted fitness ‘coaching’ – the recent KStar one was great. They wouldn’t all need to be technique-focused; stuff like “fitting a burst of movement into a busy day”…

    I don’t eat dairy, which might be one reason why video recipes/food topics are less important to me. Also, my best recipes are the ones we make up based on ingredients on hand and past experience… which I think is a very Primal way to cook!

    I also like the direction you’re moving, with focus on the Primal approaches to matters other than food/fitness. I think those would be harder to turn into videos than an exercise session – and maybe more profoundly rewarding. I’m intentionally incorporating awareness of ancestral heritage into playing with my dog, gardening, socializing, and Looking At Stuff outdoors, for example, and I appreciate your directing our attention in those directions.

    Sara in Brooklyn wrote on June 10th, 2013
  34. I think it would be great to have a variety of topics. And I’d say I would be more likely to watch the shorter ones (5 minutes or less). You could show us some quick recipes and workouts, and general tips on Primal life… maybe use topics that aren’t big enough for a full article, and turn them into short videos, or even do a compilation of a few quick tips? Interviews are a great idea, too! I would love to see your family interviewed. How about one called “Inside Mark’s Kitchen?” Would love to see what’s in your fridge and pantry!

    Jessica wrote on June 10th, 2013
  35. I prefer short videos. Anything over 4 minutes or so and I get twitchy! I mostly read from work, and longer videos are harder to justify watching when I should be working.

    How-to videos would be great. They could range from exercises to perfecting primal mayo and beyond! I don’t really care for the video-lecture format myself. I like to see demonstrations of things. Interviews might be interesting, but again the length of the interview might kill my interest before I even get started.

    Jenn Rath wrote on June 10th, 2013
  36. I really don’t like short videos of 2 min or less because they are always rushed and leave out good content. How-to and educational videos are great, and can also include a guest presenter or an interview, so you kill 2 birds with one stone. I would personally like to see more about Primal lifestyle behaviors because I’m always looking for ways to make my life more primal outside of just food. Motivational stories are always great as well. I also agree with Dustin from a few comments above

    Michael wrote on June 10th, 2013
  37. I would like to see longer videos that go in depth on different specific topics each month. Maybe there could be a few sections, workout, health/nutrition, recipe/cooking demonstration, science. It would also be nice if the videos could be available to stream on a Roku channel and other similar options.

    Markbt wrote on June 10th, 2013
  38. One of the outstanding things about your written articles is your use of references. Hard to capture that in a video, so please confine the videos to instructional topics: exercise, cooking techniques, etc. Things that are more effective when you can see someone actually doing it.

    Paul Mickelson wrote on June 10th, 2013
  39. I would like how-to and informational/educational videos. I think they would be helpful to the MDA members who are new as well as strengthening the mind of longtime MDA members. I prefer long videos because I believe that it is not possible to dissect the complex world of ancestral health in less than five minutes.

    Niral Ramesh wrote on June 10th, 2013
  40. I think short motivational type videos would work great for helping people that struggle to find time to implement certain facets of the Primal Life. I personally find it difficult sometimes to squeeze even a 10 minute “workout” into a day after working 8 hours and doing many fathering activities. Sometimes I also wonder what I should eat for dinner that follows the Primal pyramid. Maybe if there were 5 minute short videos that one could view like a mental or emotional boost to those of us in the rat race of life.
    “Tuesday Grocery Store Squats”
    A quick video showing you doing a proper form Romanian Squat off the crisper shelf in the grocery store with a short narrative motivating us to take 5 minutes out of the day “to bust out some squats while shopping, and by the way! have you ever had a Steak and Arugula Salad? ON your 10th squat grab a head of Belgian endive then hit the link for the recipe”
    I think seeing a person happily finding time in a busy life to do that, and show that anyone can, would not only inspire more nay-sayer types, but also may connect some blog posts to other articles that didn’t have a connection before.

    Justin McCullough wrote on June 10th, 2013

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