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January 08, 2014

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

By Mark Sisson
1451 Comments

QuestionsAs many of you know, it’s my life goal to help 10 million people get healthy. To that end, I’ve got big plans for Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal Blueprint in 2014. From several new books and events, to a Primal certification and much more, it’s looking like it will be a great year. I’ll be sharing all the details with you next week.

But it all starts and ends with you, Mark’s Daily Apple readers. You continue to be my primary focus and, as always, this blog wouldn’t be what it is without you. So today I want to know what you want out of MDA. See the contest below. But first…

I’d like to whet your appetite with some juicy topics I’ll be tackling in 2014 blog posts. Here are just a few that I’m working on in draft form for publication this year.

  • What Do We REALLY Know About What Our Ancestors Ate?
  • Is a Calorie a Calorie?
  • How and Why Your Body Stores Fat
  • Why I Believe in Supplementation
  • How to Be an Endurance Athlete on a Ketogenic Diet
  • How to Reverse and Eliminate Type 2 Diabetes
  • The Best Exercise There Is, Hands Down

That’s just a taste of what I have in store for this year. Now it’s your turn…

The Contest

“What do you want me to write about?” My articles are constantly informed by the thoughts and ideas of my readers. Today is your chance to tell me what you’d like to see me research and write about this year. In the comments section below, tell me one topic you’d like to see covered, or one question you’d like to see answered, or the title of one blog post that just has to be written this 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 30-serving supply of Primal Fuel.

The Deadline

Midnight (PST), 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 in 2014! Grok on!

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Alison
2 years 8 months ago

Elimination Communication! Also known as “Infant Potty Training”, but might better be called “What Would Mama Grok Do?”

Richard Hill
Richard Hill
2 years 8 months ago

Mama Grok was so attuned to her child that she just “knew”. Some primitive tribes are still this way. So maybe they are not so primitive after all!

Lynrd
Lynrd
2 years 8 months ago
I suffered a traumatic brain injury 22 years ago & was in a coma for 10 days. I have had a miraculous recovery and cannot complain. I think with the increase of soldiers coming home with T.B.I.’s, the nutritional component of a patient’s recovery needs to be addressed. I really think this is something that could benefit a lot of people. Perhaps a talk given to families/patients who are currently rehabilitating,or the medical community at RIOSA (Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio)or continuing ed. for neurologists? I would like to see this information given to doctors! (Perhaps a nutritional course in… Read more »
Lori
Lori
2 years 8 months ago

I am new to the Primal Lifestyle 52 years old (but want to be young)…only 4 days in…Exercise and lifestyle change are good so far but I am interested to know if Kombucha is acceptable in the Primal diet? I brew my own. If you do not know what Kombucha is this website is helpful http://bodyecology.com/articles/kombucha_benefits_and_drawbacks.php#.UtHHE_3_Ns4

If this has already be addressed in previous blogs, please direct me there. Thanks!

Sonja
Sonja
2 years 8 months ago
Easiest tip on potty training came from my Mom. As soon as baby can sit, after every meal sit baby on the potty and look at picture books together for about 10 minutes. Within 2 weeks of doing that there will be the first time that baby (accidentally, of course) pees in the potty. Applause for baby! Continue for several months. Yes, it is very time consuming in the beginning but will save you (and baby) a ton of time, energy, frustration and money (less diapers) in the end! Plus you will never have a baby that walks away from… Read more »
Carolyn K
Carolyn K
2 years 8 months ago

The primal lifestyle makes perfect sense, but I would like to know why there is so much conflicting information! Is it true that one diet would be good for all? Or is it ‘ to each his own’? Do the food manufactures and drug companies really run the show?

michelle
michelle
2 years 8 months ago

Chris Kresser just published “Your Personal Paleo Code” which attempts to address the disparities in the primal/paleo world by helping one tailor the diet to the individual. I’ve only just started it, but I reckon that could help you navigate your way through the acestral fitness info. I’d say also read, read, read and the good advice will float to the top.

Carl B
Carl B
2 years 8 months ago
I agree with Carolyn K, I read The Primal Blueprint (TPB) early last year after being informed of it by a friend. I thought I was reasonably healthy prior to reading TPB but I was so wrong and it all became clear the further I got into the book. I now live by the primal diet and also quite sadly preach to all my friends family and associates in an attempt to also get them hooked! However, as Carolyn states there is so much conflicting and confusing information published by so called dietary experts and even professional bodies such as… Read more »
WereBear
2 years 8 months ago

I just finished Death by Food Pyramid and loved it. In it, Denise explains how our genetic pattern can affect how we digest starch, react to sugar, and tolerate (or not!) dairy.

Also, Mark, can you do one of your stellar researching jobs on Liposomal C? I’ve been using it less than a week and yet it has wrought amazing benefits to my sleep and energy level, already!

Charlie
Charlie
2 years 8 months ago

I agree. Also my 2 year old granddaughter is so fussy about what she eats! Doesn’t seem to want healthy food except fruit. I have friends who have the same problem. She catches every cold that’s going. All this modern processed food probably effects their immune systems. We know what to eat, but how do we encourage small children to go back to basics with their eating habits?

I also agree about help with the female hormone stuff!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years 8 months ago
This may sound harsh, so I apologise for that in advance, but just don’t offer her anything other than (a wide range of) healthy foods. Have no others in the house and ensure everyone’s on the same page when it comes to food. Unless she is autistic or has other possible similar issues, she will not starve herself. Straightforward, but takes some work and a hefty dose if positivity and optimism to get into. At the end of the day, if she kniws she can hold out gor another option, she will. Also, never cajole or bribe – child led… Read more »
Primelle
Primelle
2 years 8 months ago
Put nothing but healthy, tasty food in front of ’em. They’ll eat it. If the youngster doesn’t eat a given food the first time, serve it again (and again, and again). Over time, the child will have at least TRIED just about everything and will ultimately find an array of healthy food that he or she DOES like. Of course, the following is anecdotal evidence, but I know lots of people with children through my line of work/community activities, and I have seen them really break down into two groups (cliche, I know) when it comes to child-feeding: those who… Read more »
Charlie
Charlie
2 years 8 months ago
You are so right about this. My daughter worries that her daughter isn’t eating enough so will give her what she likes (junk food) after the disliked food is thrown on the floor! Teresa’s comment about too much fruit encouraging a sweet tooth is probably also a problem! Antakya – I experienced the same as you. We had to eat whatever was put on the table – there was nothing else or we went hungry. I was brought up on a farm in England and we were fed natural farm foods – meat, fruit, eggs and fruit etc. I did… Read more »
Jessica
2 years 8 months ago
I’d like to agree with this but it’s just not true. This does not work for every kid. If you have a terribly picky kid, the kind that has less that 30 accepted foods, and will starve himself for days rather than taste something new or different, please seek medical help. There are a variety of medical conditions that can lead to such behavior. For example, it turned out my son had several food allergies and sensory processing disorder. Once we identified the allergies (which we’re still working on for the milder ones) and got him into occupational therapy, we… Read more »
michelle
michelle
2 years 8 months ago
Yup, friend of mine w/a 2 yr old, says she’s going through a phase of not liking “veggies” (imagine eye roll @ this point, please…) When do 2 year olds call the shots? BTW self same child has suffered running nose since she was practically born (prob dairy intolerant). Mum and Dad quite sickly as well… breaks my heart but sigh you can’t save everyone…I’ve changed her nappy a couple of times and it’s basically diarhea cuz all she’ll eat is fruit (or junk mum gives her). Kids are uber clever at manipulation, I don’t mean that in a bad… Read more »
Debi
Debi
2 years 8 months ago

When I have my grandkids(4 and 2), I only offer them the same foods I eat (primal). By the end of the week they both do not have a problem eating what I eat. And neither have starved to death. But then mom and dad come home and its back to SAD. The oldest is back to being puffy with in a few days.

Primelle
Primelle
2 years 8 months ago

You go, Debi! At least you’re setting an excellent example for them when the grandchildren are with you. Your influence is priceless in their lives .

Annakay
Annakay
2 years 8 months ago
When we were young my mother never asked what we wanted to eat nor did it enter our heads that she would. She cooked food and we ate it. We were always so hungry, after playing outside for hours, that we would never have dreamed of refusing what was put down to us. It was the same with my own children. Today’s children, my grandchildren included, are so different in as much as they don’t play outside so much and don’t have the freedom we used to have. Instead young children are given more freedom inside the home to question… Read more »
Teresa Ensslin
Teresa Ensslin
2 years 8 months ago

I agree w/ all the folks who’ve already replied & also think that fruit is too sweet: it trains the baby’s palate to expect something sweet. Think of fruit as an occasional treat; offer it only after the baby’s palate is firmly used to meats, eggs, vegetables, & possibly dairy products.

leal
leal
2 years 8 months ago
My 2 grandchildren are amazing in what they will eat. They eat everything that mom and dad eat and not puree’d either. Grandson is 2 1/2 now so this is not an issue but granddaughter is 9 months and still has quite the gag reflex. It is not the same as choking. Sort of stunned me at first but she gets the job done. She eats whole broccoli, spears of roasted sweet potato, rice, whatever the family is eating. It is amazing to see her pick up a grain of rice. She also feeds herself so mom and dad can… Read more »
Kevin
Kevin
2 years 8 months ago

More topics on joints and how to supplement to keep them healthy as we age. Too many supplements and unreliable info. on this subject out there makes it confusing…

Also, should we lift lighter loads, more reps, less reps, in the weight room as we age to keep them healthy, etc? Why do our joints get sore, etc? Thanks.

Armin
Armin
2 years 8 months ago

+1 on joint mobility, especially avoiding and reversing arthritis.
Also would be interested in covering more around newly arising DNA testing like ’23andme’ and how to interpret findings, what are the latest updates, how to make it a powerful ally.

Sebastian
Sebastian
2 years 8 months ago

Joint mobility and how to take care of your back. Too many people have back issues these days. How did Grok avoid our issues?

Adrian Keane
Adrian Keane
2 years 8 months ago

Mark, the one thing I would like in 2014 is to persuade you to hold a couple of regional seminars / other forums in the UK. Reading the blog and the books and watching the videos is one thing, but for us poor brothers and sisters in the UK to have that opportunity to interact in a different way would be great. You have a good following over here and I think it would be worth it.

Charlie
Charlie
2 years 8 months ago

Absolutely agree with this! We need forums and seminars in the UK. We need to spread the word! At the moment I tell people to take a look at your website.

Eric in Minneapolis
Eric in Minneapolis
2 years 8 months ago
We potty trained both our kids the same way. When it got warm in Minnesota, we took the kids and a potty chair out in the back yard, took off their diapers and played in the yard until they wet themselves. They stared wide-eyed, and we acted surprised and pointed out that next time they should use the potty chair because it won’t be messy. Then we hosed them off. It literally took a few days and nearly no effort and they just learned to trot over and use the potty. The whole time we played, kept it light, and… Read more »
Robin
Robin
2 years 8 months ago
I would like to see some research being done on Chronic Lyme Disease and the Paleo diet. I suffered for 59 years with Chronic Lyme until a brilliant doctor diagnosed me correctly. I never had a tick bite, never a rash, but my mother did and I believe it was transmitted in-utero to me. I went through many different treatments over the past two years, but I am now free of Lyme and the many coinfections I had. I had gained over 100 lbs through the years as well. I began the Paleo diet several months ago and I can’t… Read more »
Goldie
Goldie
2 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see more about female hormones and how the primal plan can help women pre-, peri-, and post-menopausal.

Smileyprimal
Smileyprimal
2 years 8 months ago

+1 on that!

Annie
Annie
2 years 8 months ago

that would be awesome!!!!!

Kim
Kim
2 years 8 months ago

Agreed, just hit 45 and starting to think of that and fear my hormone crash as mine are still doing what they should!

Shauna
Shauna
2 years 8 months ago

+1 to that as well. I’d also love to see more on how it can help women with hormone dysfunction issues (ie – PCOS, etc).

Liz
Liz
2 years 8 months ago

Yes, I’m 51 and had a mirena coil put in 16 months ago. Although I’ve been low carbing totally successfully for over 10 years now, in the the last 12 months I have gained and gained and boy is it proving hard to loose. I’m putting it down to the progestrone in the coil, it’s the only thing that’s changed. Would love to see more info on line and in print about the effects that female hormones at verious times in our lives have on weighty issues.

Carol Clements
Carol Clements
2 years 8 months ago

I’m in the same boat – Mirena coil, gaining weight, can’t shift it. It’s so depressing.

Danny
Danny
2 years 8 months ago

Not in the same boat… but my wife is. We have both been primal for two years. We both feel fantastic. Problem is, I have lost 30 pounds but she continues to slowly gain. We are in our early 50s. What can be done to reverse this obviously hormone related weight issue??

MissElaine
MissElaine
2 years 8 months ago
Switched to copper coil for the same reason and I really wanted to rid myself of the ‘fake hormone’ in May. Much better! I actually have periods again and feel much more like my *real* self. YES I have been able to slowly lose most of those extra pounds. However, I am also finding this isn’t the same metabolism I had when I was in my 30’s, so I think all of the women’s issues should be very high on Mark’s list for 2014. A few more topics: – hysterectomy pros and cons (I think if it our reproductive systems… Read more »
framistat
framistat
2 years 8 months ago

“What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause”

“Thyroid Guardian of Health”

“Stop the Thyroid Madness”

“The DHEA Breakthrough”

“Adrenal Fatigue the 21st Century Stress Syndrome”

Just a few book titles that have been helpful to me.

shrimp4me
shrimp4me
2 years 8 months ago
My hysterectomy was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I was 46, single mom to a sometimes very difficult female teenager and in between semesters of respiratory therapy school; I was so miserable and exhausted the prior semester It’s a miracle I learned ANYTHING, much less kept up my As & Bs and somehow got through my clinical rotation. With a history of surgical treatment for PCOS 23 yrs earlier I could tell from my pathology report that my ovaries were all messed up again; the doctor stated “this doesn’t make any sense” (including the strange… Read more »
Lissa
Lissa
2 years 8 months ago

Consider thyroid issues, also birth control is not primal, think about it.

leal
leal
2 years 8 months ago

Neither is working in an office.

Lu
Lu
2 years 8 months ago

GET RID OF THE MIRENA!!!! it is a death sentence – active ingredient is a derivative of the poison used in the holocaust. Had mine removed after 10 years (gained 25 kg and an autoimmune disease in this time). Within 8 months have already lost 14 of those kg’s AND the disease, with no change in diet.

Cara
Cara
2 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see a book on the Primal influence on hormones for both men and women. One book divided…Primal Woman, Primal Man. Most of what I read on the Primal/Paleo diet pertains to men.

kristi ball
kristi ball
2 years 8 months ago

Love this plus how a primal diet can “hopefully” elimate the need for prozac type drugs:)

Lindsey
Lindsey
2 years 8 months ago

Absolutely agree. Just give Goldie the prize and a hug. I would LOVE to see more women-specific pieces. I’m a narcissist like that.

Susan
2 years 8 months ago

+ 1
52 here

Annette
Annette
2 years 8 months ago

That is a great suggestion

Bryon Howe
Bryon Howe
2 years 8 months ago

Can you do the same for ‘older’ men too?

Bob
Bob
2 years 8 months ago

Yes I double that post 50 men and hormones.

Virginia
Virginia
2 years 8 months ago

+1! 62 (almost) and 7 years post menopause.

Lisa
Lisa
2 years 8 months ago

Goldie nailed it! Please a blog on peri menopausal & paleo benefits

Debise
Debise
2 years 8 months ago

Definitely on how to build muscle for the first time post-menopause. It is tough and the usual plans apply to men. Or maybe younger women, but no one is really addressing the challenge for older women. Especially those who are coming to strength training late in life.

Primelle
Primelle
2 years 8 months ago

Great idea, Debise! I have been thinking about this for my mom, who is mid-60s and has never done structured exercise. She’s falling apart and needs some help knowing how to get started.

Susan
Susan
2 years 8 months ago

+1 Very frustrating to lose ground and find yourself with muscle loss!

Annakay
Annakay
2 years 8 months ago

I agree. I will soon be 71 years young and would like to get stronger in order to live another 30 or so years in order to see my great, great grandchildren grow up.

Bonnie
Bonnie
2 years 8 months ago
My vote goes for this. I need to fend off osteoporosis. My mother has it. My maternal grandmother lived to be 96 but was pretty much confined to bed for the last 2 years of her life because her bones had deteriorated so badly. I don’t want to end up like that. I depend on dairy, including cheese, as a source of calcium, but if dairy is questionable as a primal food or someone can’t tolerate dairy, where do they get calcium? I make bone broths, but I’m supposed to be getting 1500mg calcium per day according to CW, although… Read more »
SharonP
SharonP
2 years 8 months ago

Great suggestion! I am 52 and I would have to say that concerns about the effects of hormonal changes in my future lurks in the back of my mind!

Lynette
Lynette
2 years 8 months ago

Absolutely! I’m only 30 and have gone primal to try and re-balance my hormones which are crazy out of whack. I’d love to read more about it!

jennafelicity
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Debi
Debi
2 years 8 months ago

Amen!

Diane
Diane
2 years 8 months ago

Ditto times 100!!! I’m 55, and although I’ve had much success with PB, I know that my hormones are playing a big role right now but I don’t quite understand how. Also, as an aside, I’m struggling with rosacea despite eating very well and would love more articles on that subject.

Janet
Janet
2 years 8 months ago

Agreed. It’s a challenge to find information on the difficulties that some peri- and post- menopausal women have with weight loss while following a Primal lifestyle.

Brooke C.
Brooke C.
2 years 8 months ago

+1 for more female related content.

Kristie
Kristie
2 years 8 months ago

Agree with this one!

Josie
Josie
2 years 8 months ago

Agreed on the subject of hormones (post menopausal) also info on how to reverse hypothyroidism. Only med I take and would like to get off of it!

Carol
2 years 8 months ago

Yes, hormones, reverse hypothyroidism and that and the weight gain that goes with it. In a nutshell, healing your endocrine system – all your hormones and glandular system!

Bonnie
Bonnie
2 years 8 months ago

I need help with this too! 52 year old woman, I am Paleo, exercise, use supplements wisely etc. but still can’t lose weight. I don’t gain luckily and am healthy so I am thankful for that. I really need to lose about 30 pounds please.

Thanks for the chance to win and for asking for our needs.

Keep up the great work!

Angela
Angela
2 years 8 months ago

I thought it was just me being a failure with the weight loss

Jules
Jules
2 years 8 months ago

I’ve been trying to be primal for the last 6-8 months and I crossfit 4-5 days per week. I’m 47 and haven’t lost any weight…..it’s super frustrating because I have about 40 lbs to lose and they won’t budge!

Cindy
Cindy
2 years 8 months ago

Goldie,

The Hormone Cure book written by Sara Gottfried, is a really nice comlimentary book to the Primal Blueprint lifestyle. (In fact, maybe Mark could partner with her in a seminar or something??!!)

Andrea Canavan
Andrea Canavan
2 years 8 months ago

Absolutely. More info on menopause and how it makes it so hard to loose weight.

Linda
Linda
2 years 8 months ago

Yes please. Great topic.

castlerobber
castlerobber
2 years 8 months ago

+1

JMG
JMG
2 years 8 months ago

+1 on this issue from Goldie (Primal, Menopause, Hormones, Weight Gain)
I am 52, been paleo for two years.

Chelsea
Chelsea
2 years 8 months ago

Agreed!

Linda
Linda
2 years 8 months ago

+1 !

Jennifer
Jennifer
2 years 8 months ago

I agree with others posting interest in understanding how primal helps with female hormone function. My angle is how it can address female fertility issues. It would also be great to hear more personal testimonies on how primal may have reversed ovulation and luteal phase defects. There are also so much conflicting information on supplementation to fix these issues too.

Susan
Susan
2 years 8 months ago

Yes, please, on fertility and luteal phase defect.

Indiscreet
Indiscreet
2 years 8 months ago

Definitely.

Janna
Janna
2 years 8 months ago

+1!!!

Carol
2 years 8 months ago

Yes, this is a high priority topic!

Keen
Keen
2 years 8 months ago

To add to the above, not just how the primal plan can help, but how menopause affects weight loss, stress responses and sleep. Also, how to balance female hormones if they are out of balance.

Jessica
2 years 8 months ago

Yes!

ltreat
ltreat
2 years 8 months ago

yep… this one.

Chandler
2 years 8 months ago

Great idea, business-wise. Keep it up Mark! I’d love to see a post on “primalization” efforts across the globe…i.e., which (if any) cities installing squat toilets? Are they building lots of cool urban playgrounds? Maybe this could be a countdown of most “priaml-friendly” cities?

Chandler
2 years 8 months ago

Apologies for the typos! Just can’t win with mobile devices

Graham
Graham
2 years 8 months ago

You don’t have to look too hard around the world for a squat toilet….

Michael H
Michael H
2 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see an article weighing the pros and cons of moving to another region/country to pursue a healthier lifestyle. For example, moving from the Midwest U.S. to the west coast, or, say, moving to a tropical place like the Philippines.

Kristie
Kristie
2 years 8 months ago

I like this one too! I live in Wisconsin, and I’m determined to move to a different state in about two years. Not because of my health, but just to get out there and experience a new place! Although, the adventure(s) may have some very positive effects on my health too!! 🙂

Jim Haas
Jim Haas
2 years 8 months ago

Minnesota beckons!

Mick
Mick
2 years 8 months ago
I lived in the Philippines, they really love their highly processed francise foods! Jolly Bee is everywhere, as with KFC and some McDonalds. The street food is very oily, even their bread has sugar in it. If you want a good diet in the Philippines then you’ll have to do all the cooking yourself. But labour and produce are cheap so you could just hire someone to cook for you! Unless you live in a country area then walking is hard, the sidewalks are full of holes and signs and all things except people walking. If you want to move… Read more »
Shirley Stevens
Shirley Stevens
2 years 8 months ago

I would like to know the best way to keep my skin from aging, and gain muscle tone.

Paige
2 years 8 months ago

I’m super excited to see what you have to say about calories being just calories – and reversing type 2 diabetes!

jennafelicity
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Merky
Merky
2 years 8 months ago

“So you’re a female crossfitter…” when, what, and how much to eat for optimal performance AND getting or staying lean.

Tammy
Tammy
2 years 8 months ago

Same here – not necessarily a cross-fitter, but pretty darn active and love to lift weights. Food quantity and portion sizes would be helpful. Seems the harder I exercise or the more active I am the hungrier I get – makes perfect sense but its like having to make a choice between exercise and being lean – not both at the same time.

Stacie
2 years 8 months ago

+1 on this. I was steadily losing weight during the summer by eating well, biking a lot, playing softball and sand volleyball, and the occasional body weight work out. When fall hit, I joined a gym because I wanted to get really strong and lift heavy. My appetite increased and while I saw muscle gain, it seemed I stopped losing fat. Can you do both at the same time (gain muscle, lose fat) and how? It’s been a frustrating winter on that end.

Kendall
Kendall
2 years 8 months ago

+1 for getting lean and blasting fat while doing crossfit as a woman

Susannah Riley
Susannah Riley
2 years 8 months ago

Yes this is a great idea- I would be very interested in this as I have just started cross-fit after being Primal and lifting weights/strength training for about 6 months. my body composition has improved dramatically but I feel like i eat alot more than my peers, even if it is healthy Primal fare! advice on portions, energy intake etc would be great!

Plant
Plant
2 years 8 months ago

+1?

Sibylle
Sibylle
2 years 8 months ago

I’d love to read some thoughts about sustainability of “primalization” across the globe? Could our planet support everybody living primally or what could a primal perspective for all people look like?

Danielle
Danielle
2 years 8 months ago

+1 For this!

Yann P.
Yann P.
2 years 8 months ago

+100

Jessica
Jessica
2 years 8 months ago

I agree, I was vegan for a while, because I was concerned of how the animals were being treated and how the farming of animals has gotten out of hand. I am doing my part to purchase local, organic, farm/field raised beef and chicken. But what about the rest of the country?

Primelle
Primelle
2 years 8 months ago

Another +1! Mark got me to give up being vegan (bye-bye, processed soy), but sustainability is an issue given the huge population-to-surface-area ratio that now exists, courtesy, in large part, of mass/commercial farming practices.

David H
David H
2 years 8 months ago

Mark talks about this here: http://youtu.be/Um-a61rClSs

Christina Taylor
Christina Taylor
2 years 8 months ago

+1 for this!

Mitch
Mitch
2 years 8 months ago

We artificially increased the population to over 7 billion using grain.

Aria
Aria
2 years 8 months ago

Mark already had a very good post on this topic. It could use a repost, though.

Smileyprimal
Smileyprimal
2 years 8 months ago

Anything biohacking related (improving sleep, memory, endurance, libido, etc.)
I’m also very excited to hear more about your endurance athlete/ketogenic topic!

Tasha
2 years 8 months ago

I’d love to read about those things too!

Amanda
Amanda
2 years 8 months ago

Yes!! I’d love to hear more about libido issues in younger women!

ajb
ajb
2 years 8 months ago

How to convert people we know and love to primal-paleo-ancestral …

Gayle Moody
Gayle Moody
2 years 8 months ago

This is close to my idea about getting our parents on board. Good one.

leal
leal
2 years 8 months ago

How do I get my adult children on board??

Grokesque
Grokesque
2 years 8 months ago

How to get “adult” parents on board?!

Paul
Paul
2 years 8 months ago

I believe Mark has covered this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/family-health/#axzz2ppLfJ9WL . I’ve attempted to get my Type II father to eat more primal and he has no interest. He’s just given up.

April
April
2 years 8 months ago

+1 on how to convert our family and friends

Christian
2 years 8 months ago

I am a massive supporter and think I am the UK version of Grok himself!

What I would like to know more about is your thoughts on over farmed produce, whether it be GM fruit/veg farmed on chemically enriched soil or meat filled with water, salts and buffers. I.e the pesticides and additives.

I think the title ‘Mutant Korg living’ might work.

Richard
Richard
2 years 8 months ago

I’m interested in this one too

Jill
Jill
2 years 8 months ago

More kid/family-centric primal ideas — quick meals, “road food”, vitamins/nutrition for kids.

Annie
Annie
2 years 8 months ago

this too!

Jester
Jester
2 years 8 months ago

And me!

Lindsey
Lindsey
2 years 8 months ago

Me too!

Jackie
Jackie
2 years 8 months ago

Yes!

Christina Taylor
Christina Taylor
2 years 8 months ago

Yes!

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

This is beginning to sound like a

SharonP
SharonP
2 years 8 months ago

I have several friends who are interested in Primal eating for themselves although at the same time they are skeptical and resistant to making the changes. They have grade school age children and I don’t really know what to say to them when they ask me about whether this way of eating is ok for kids. They are very concerned about taking grains out of their diet.

Alessandra
2 years 8 months ago

+1 on this, it is a topic many bring to me and seems be a barrier to success for many parents.

Chris Donley
Chris Donley
2 years 8 months ago

YES please!!!
Easy to follow and something to get the kids involved.

Marti
Marti
2 years 8 months ago

I find the human nature aspects of why people diet very interesting. Picking apart the threads of cultural pressure, health goals, body image and plain ole competitive drive is endless fascinating. I’m finding it especially interesting that when someone does loose weight or achieve a health goal the people nearest them are usually more negative than supportive. Are they threatened? Jealous? What gives? I also like Dear Mark days when smaller topics are brought out. Things like “did grok have dandruff?” That would be a good one. Ha

Jim
Jim
2 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see an article about calorie and macronutrient cycling within a PB context. It’s a fairly typical approach for bodybuilding/powerlifting, but it can be difficult to achieve eating primally.

Michael
Michael
2 years 8 months ago

Primal Careers: what careers can individuals pursue to promote the primal lifestyle? Some obvious ones would be farmers, doctors, and dieticians, but what about in fields like business, engineering, etc.?

Anna
Anna
2 years 8 months ago

+1 ( from a student about to graduate and hoping to combine a passion for healthy living and supporting myself financially – this would be a great read)

Simone
Simone
2 years 8 months ago

Yes, please!
Very timely for me, as I’m graduating next year and am a little taken aback by the way (large) businesses operate. Mostly with regard to pressure and stress handling.

James
James
2 years 8 months ago

+100

Scott
Scott
2 years 8 months ago

+1 Primal Careers or an affiliate program. I have been primal for two years and have a passion for spreading the paleo lifestyle. Thought of becoming a personal trainer or starting a health food business. Would love to hear more . .

Kristie
Kristie
2 years 8 months ago

+1 please!! I’m in a cubicle job right now. It’s fine because it pays the bills and I’ve learned a lot here, but I’m ready to move on, especially now that I’ve started on my journey to living a Paleo/Primal lifestyle.

Richard
Richard
2 years 8 months ago

Yes, that’s a good one. I feel like I’m in the film Office Space at work and would love to ‘do something else’, just don’t know what. I need Mark to tell me, and if he knows how many roads must a man walk down, some guy keeps asking that on the radio so he could help him as well….

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
2 years 8 months ago

I’m sure some of the younger crowd may also be interested in primal dating–are there Paleo/Primal dating sites?

Pamela Reaves Rodriguez
Pamela Reaves Rodriguez
2 years 8 months ago

Not just the younger Groks!

I would liketo find out if anyone has started an intentional community with the paleo lifestyle. I see a lot that are vegan, but not paleo. Permaculture based.

jennafelicity
2 years 8 months ago

+1 Love this idea!

Renee
Renee
2 years 8 months ago

I would like to see information regarding ways to strengthen some of the physical weaknesses that are barriers to exercise. For example, I developed patellar tendonitus in an exercise program. How do I strengthen my knee, or the muscles around it, to prevent it in the future?

Paleo-curious
2 years 8 months ago

This is my main concern these days as well. Every time I try to build muscle I seem to injure myself. I’m tired of being frail & fragile!

dchess693
dchess693
2 years 8 months ago

Greetings,
If you are serious and committed about gaining more strength you might want to track down a copy of the book convict conditioning by paul wade. It is a formulated bodyweight progression for making your whole body really strong. 10 progressions for each exercise(pushups, chins, squats, abs). been on it for past 6 months and have been really enjoying it. 2 20 min workouts per week.
good luck
chess

wairimu
wairimu
2 years 8 months ago

I’d like to learn more about traditional diets from around the world- ancestral health. What we can learn from Indian/ asian, African dietary habits

Joshua
Joshua
2 years 8 months ago

+1 I’d like to explore the differences in what primal is for different ancestral lines, such as Asian Primal, Central European Primal, African Primal, etc. etc. etc. People from coastal regions may do better with fish and aquatic plants, vs. a central European who may do better with red meats, poultry, and game like rabbit and venison. More on this would be great.

SeattleSlim
SeattleSlim
2 years 8 months ago

Check out Chris Kresser’s site … he did a series on other cultures’ foods not too long ago.

Lisa
Lisa
2 years 8 months ago

Me too.

Madeleine
2 years 8 months ago

Hi Mark
Similar to these comments, as a non-US reader, I’d like to see more international perspectives on primal/paleo.
Perhaps inputs from international correspondents from Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia/Pacific. I’m available if needed. 😉
MDA Global Enterprises?

Michael
Michael
2 years 8 months ago

I spend a lot of time in very remote places working as a humanitarian. Food is usually very simple there, mostly rice, beans and very little fruit and vegetables. So my question would be:
“How far can you go with Protein supplements (or primal fuel)? Can you replace two meals every day for several months (assuming you also take vitamin supplements), or is it just not feasible / healthy?”

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
2 years 8 months ago

I don’t think having just Primal Fuel as a meal replacement for that length of time would be healthy. Primal Fuel is protein and a decent source of calories but does not provide extensive micronutrition like the Master Formula.

Joe
Joe
2 years 8 months ago

Eating primal at restaurants is always a great topic, with specific recommendations if possible.

And I agree with the primal family topic.

Darlene, San Francisco, CA
Darlene, San Francisco, CA
2 years 8 months ago

+1 Great idea. 😉

Lewis
Lewis
2 years 8 months ago

I was thinking about this earlier today! New to all of this, but thought that a Brazilian “rodizio” grill restaurant could be really good for primal eaters?

Ashleo
Ashleo
2 years 8 months ago

I would love to see primal recommendations for eating out, especially with specific recommendations for specific restaurants!

Eoin
Eoin
2 years 8 months ago

Primal Climbing!

I’d like to see an article on the best way to eat during a day rock climbing. Short bursts of very high intensity climbing interspersed with periods of standing around belaying another climber. I don’t usually feel hungry during the day, but am ravenous after it. What kind of food and pattern of eating would best promote recovery during the day itself, and what would be best before and afterwards.

Thanks

Teresa
Teresa
2 years 8 months ago

I would love to see more articles dedicated to women, specially regarding fat loss. Maybe a little more participation of your wife?

I frequently observe that a lot of the suggestions here are great for men, but not so much for women. Maybe because it doesn’t consider our monthly periods and its implications! (:

Susannah Riley
Susannah Riley
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Perri
Perri
2 years 8 months ago

Yes! I have had mainly male nutritionists/trainers and a lot of the feedback is from the male perspective. There are a lot of things in one’s diet that effect hormones in women much differently than in men. Something to do with how our estrogen/progesterone/testosterone levels are affected by eating primally. I have had a lot of problems with balanced hormones and have always been told it’s hereditary. I have just completed week 1 of my new primal lifestyle and one of my remaining concerns is birth control/hormones changing from my new diet.

Jessica
2 years 8 months ago

Yeah. A lot of primal/paleo resources leave out more than half the population like their needs are so small it’s not even worth addressing!

Mimulus
Mimulus
2 years 8 months ago

same here!

Regina
Regina
2 years 8 months ago

I want to know if hormonal birth control is really as safe or optimal for health as “they” say it is. Why isn’t the Paleo Community talking about the 60% of American women who are manipulating their hormones? Is hormonal birth control really safe for women’s health?

Colleen
Colleen
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Brittany
Brittany
2 years 8 months ago

YES!!

Susannah Riley
Susannah Riley
2 years 8 months ago

definitely!!

Lindsey
Lindsey
2 years 8 months ago

Great one!

Heather H
Heather H
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Jackie
Jackie
2 years 8 months ago

I’d love information on this!

Stace
Stace
2 years 8 months ago
+a zillion. I get that birth control isn’t “primal” (at least not the hormonal kinds) but it would be nice to have some info from a primal perspective about what types of birth control impact our hormones the most and the least. I want to be close to my partner without the stress and worry of becoming pregnant. I’d like more info beyond the BC webpages (sponsored by the companies themselves) and beyond the horror stories you hear from all the things that went wrong. Scientifically, how much of an impact do IUDs, the pill, etc., have on women’s health?… Read more »
Emily
Emily
2 years 8 months ago

Great topic!

Anna
Anna
2 years 8 months ago

If you really think about it, there is no way it can be optimal for health, much less safe. It is wishful thinking that women could just pop a pill and avoid pregnancy with no side effects, and it always was. I bemoan this fact as much as anyone. But I unknowingly allowed the pill to ruin a decade of my life. Messing with your hormones as much as the pill does can do absolutely no good.

I would love to hear from Mark/Carrie about this too!

Tamara (New Orleans)
2 years 8 months ago

I’d like to encourage more local growth in the Primal community. Encouraging people to start “support group” for their area.

I’m in New Orleans and started a group in April. We now have 400 local participants. It has made a huge difference in the success rate when you have a good support network that understands you!

Julie
Julie
2 years 8 months ago
First of all I wanted to tell you how much your site means to me. I keep trying to break up with Primal but I just can’t quit you. That being said, I should say that the reason I have my doubts at times about primal is because I am a 56 year old female who detests exercise and feebly forces herself to make an effort to include it as a natural part of her life. What are the doubts? I keep seeing the references and inclusion of a very strongly based activity component — example: your PrimalCon agenda is… Read more »
oolybel
oolybel
2 years 8 months ago

I agree with Julie, more about women’s specific needs. I also agree that lots of the posts and followers on MDA seem to be very hardcore in terms of their exercise habits – not at all what is recommended in The Primal Blueprint. More about moving frequently at a slow pace and sprinting/lifting heavy things once in a while!

Linda Markarian
Linda Markarian
2 years 8 months ago

+1 for the seniors

Christine
Christine
2 years 8 months ago
I am 60, have osteoporosis & also spondilitis in my neck, so mustn’t lift heavy things. I have eaten primally for over a year, but I haven’t done any exercise for many many years & it was not something I enjoyed at school. I would however now like to start exercising, but I would like to know how to start & what type of exercises to do bearing in mind my problems. Also, how to make it enjoyable so that I keep it up! My muscles feel quite weak, so it would be nice to be able to strengthen those… Read more »
Don
Don
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Senior Primal or Primal Grey!

Darlene, San Francisco, CA
Darlene, San Francisco, CA
2 years 8 months ago

How about Primal Fossils?

Shary
Shary
2 years 8 months ago

Yep, that’s me. I’d like to exercise more but anything other than walking makes me hurt. Is this DOMS? Arthritis? Muscle imbalance? Am I out of whack? If so, how do I fix it so that I CAN exercise more. I would like to see more on this.

leal
leal
2 years 8 months ago

Quit talking about me!!

Karen
Karen
2 years 8 months ago

I’ve suffered with migraines for years to the tune of 8 or more a month. My integrative Dr. had me switch my eating habits (in Aug.) to almost all Primal. Today is Day 68 without a migraine!! I’ve adapted quite well to the new way of eating. But I, like Julie, LOATHE exercising and have no motivation or desire. I am a 50 year old female, 5’5″ and 105 lbs. No weight problem here, but I also have no muscle tone, not a lot of energy and I’m quite the weakling. So, talk to me about that, please!

Tamara (New Orleans)
2 years 8 months ago
Your story is similar to mine. It has taken me almost four years to learn all the things that caused my migraines. I wrote a blog post about my experience. But mostly I’m allergic to msg and gelatin (you know that healthy stuff in natural beef broth). I was still getting a few migraines here and there until I realized I was taking vitamin D in gelcaps (GELATIN caps). The reason I’m replying to you is because you’ll be surprised what is causing your migraines. I can’t believe that good, natural ingredients (even vitamins) could cause them if you have… Read more »
Harriet
Harriet
2 years 8 months ago
Karen, I never had energy in my pre-paleo life. After about 5 years on and off paleo with a 20 kg weight loss my thyroid function improved, I warmed up and I developed energy for the first time in my life. I like exercising now (used to hate it). I even took up karate 3 years ago and though I have to pace myself at the age of 63 I think that is largely because I had seldom been fit in my life until I gave up bread, etc. I am developing muscle tone and strength – slowly, but its… Read more »
David
David
2 years 8 months ago

I’d like to see you cover a few controversial topics such as alternative medicines, you political view and how you see society developing and how you thinks schools should be changed

Joshua
Joshua
2 years 8 months ago

+1…along these lines, any myth busting would be great to see!

Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith
2 years 8 months ago

I’d love to see an article on preventing cancer. Lost step dad to it last year and now watching my mom go through ovarian cancer, so it’s kind of top of mind! Also anything on balancing women’s hormones would be very interesting. Appreciate all the work you do!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years 8 months ago

+1 to both

Richard
Richard
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Diane
Diane
2 years 8 months ago

More help on menus, please. I’m struggling with getting enough variety into a week’s menus, and hubby is complaining about limited choices. Trying to keep strict pale in addition to severe egg allergy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all looking the same.

Karen
Karen
2 years 8 months ago
Diane, Every Saturday morning I Google for primal/paleo meals based on what meats I have or what I’d like to eat (generally grass-fed ruminants 4-5x/week, wild caught fish/seafood 2x/week and pastured pork/poultry 1-2/week). I bookmark those recipes on my iPad so they’re handy for making dinners during the week. I’ve started doing this on a monthly basis now (instead of weekly). We usually don’t repeat more than 1 recipe per month, so there’s a lot of variety, and we keep the recipes bookmarked in our favourites that we want to try again. There have been very few recipes that we… Read more »
Noel
Noel
2 years 8 months ago

I am getting ready to start a family in the next year or so. I would love as much information as possible on ways to have a primal pregnancy (what to eat, exercises, etc.)

Fergus30
2 years 8 months ago

+1!!

Nicole
Nicole
2 years 8 months ago

Me, too!!

Yann P.
Yann P.
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Matthew Zastrow
Matthew Zastrow
2 years 8 months ago

Primal pregnancy info would be great – I just dropped the question and she said yes and we will eventually be having children since there seems to be some primal urge to do so!

Joanna
Joanna
2 years 8 months ago

+1

KeepItSimple
KeepItSimple
2 years 8 months ago

+1 (and congrats

Ashleo
Ashleo
2 years 8 months ago

Yes please! More info on primal pregnancy, breastfeeding, and primal parenting would be great!

Stefferbee
Stefferbee
2 years 8 months ago

Just to add something to your question… my soon to be daughter-in-law has an ob/gyn who is very on board with primal. She has suggested to the dil not to eat grains during her pregnancy because of the complications it can cause with blood transfer, and the amount of nutrients the baby receives. I do know, during my pregnancy, (25 years ago), I ate as healthy as I could, refused the fast food track, and after a C-section, I delivered a healthy 10+ pound baby boy.

Claire, PrimalRD
Claire, PrimalRD
2 years 8 months ago

Agree! +1

Emily
Emily
2 years 8 months ago

Another great topic! Not sure which one I like more, this one or the one about birth control. Maybe do both! 🙂

Sara
Sara
2 years 8 months ago

Pregnancy as well as recovering from pregnancy. While all the extra weight is gone, my body feels drained after 3 pregnancies. What needs special attention after pregnancy – depleted minerals? nutrients? hormones? offset chronic lack of quality sleep? Thank you for asking and doing what you do!

Deana
2 years 8 months ago

Agree, but need this now for daughter in law, who is having a csection early February. Daughter delivering end of May so would still be useful, although she’s had a c section in the past, we’re hopeful she can deliver naturally this time.

Jessica
2 years 8 months ago

This is one I was going to suggest! Pre conception too! Best fertility plans for men and women (their needs are different!)

Also, pregnancy recovery and breastfeeding lifestyles. Remember, recovering from cesarean and vaginal birth are both different.

Eleanor
Eleanor
2 years 8 months ago

Ferritin deficiency for athletes and wannabe athletes, especially females – how it can be missed by the usual iron deficiency test (which only looks at hemoglobin levels), how to fix it, how often to retest levels …

Rachel
Rachel
2 years 8 months ago
Supplementation is the fastest way that I’ve found to raise iron levels, despite all that liver I’ve eaten. One of the things that GPs tend not to mention (know?) is that the hard iron tablets aren’t very effective. You want to find some gel caps. When my iron levels were hovering around 14 my father/haematologist told me to pop three pills a day for a few months (at meals). Once I was up to double that he told me that for menstruating females it’s worth while to take one iron supplement a day forever, as women are very seldom at… Read more »
Brad
Brad
2 years 8 months ago

The need for supplemental iron is not “forever.” It should only continue until you have stopped menstruating. The need for iron is because of regular blood loss. Once the blood loss stops, so should the need for regular iron supplementation.

giuseppe
giuseppe
2 years 8 months ago

mio piacerebbe sapere di più su dieta chetogenica e attività come ciclismo

WelshGrok
WelshGrok
2 years 8 months ago

“I would like to know more about the ketogenic diet and activities such as cycling”

Don’t you just love Google Translate! Lol

Julie
Julie
2 years 8 months ago

Primal on a Budget

This is an expensive eating style if you do it right and stick to pastured livestock. How can it be adapted for people on a budget? And I don’t mean the slightly less affluent, I mean people who are already really just scraping by.

Gayle Moody
Gayle Moody
2 years 8 months ago

Yes.

Dee
Dee
2 years 8 months ago

+ 1 on this

Shekina
Shekina
2 years 8 months ago

+1

Maribeth
Maribeth
2 years 8 months ago

This is a great topic based on today’s economy and a lot of the health issues are prevalent in lower income families and people that cannot afford the good meat sources indicated in a lot of the MDA reads.

Jill
Jill
2 years 8 months ago

+1!!!

Matthew Zastrow
Matthew Zastrow
2 years 8 months ago

Hunt!

Ali UK
Ali UK
2 years 8 months ago

Sadly not an option in the UK!

SeattleSlim
SeattleSlim
2 years 8 months ago

+1, +1, +1.

Along these lines, also taking into account the fact that almost 30% of Americans live alone, which has implications for how much food you can buy at one time, and also that many people live in small spaces and don’t have room for a freezer to keep half a cow in.

Kim
Kim
2 years 8 months ago

That would be very helpful

Willa
Willa
2 years 8 months ago

A couple of unconventional methods I have had success with…
City: Dumpster diving. Go to the health food stores. They often throw away perfectly good stuff. In cities, this is easy, safe, and at least in NYC perfectly legal! (The only downside is that I would often be tempted by the free non-paleo treats.)
Outside of city: Roadkill. If you find a fresh roadkill deer for example, butcher up as much as you can and freeze it. Eat like a king for weeks. There is no higher quality meat and fat than wild animals.

Joe C.
Joe C.
2 years 8 months ago

This would be very helpful – not everyone in my family is ready/willing to commit to a primal diet so we don’t get any (or much) of the savings that would be realized from not buying non-primal foods/snacks/etc…

Molly
Molly
2 years 8 months ago

Yes

Chris
Chris
2 years 8 months ago

Agreed