Marks Daily Apple
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8 Jan

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

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!

You want comments? We got comments:

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

    Alison wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Richard Hill wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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 medical school?) Or how about getting the “crap”they teach in our schools getting rewritten?

        Lynrd wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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

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

          Lori wrote on January 11th, 2014
    • 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 the potty because you are having fun looking through the books together. 😉
      Sonja (from Switzerland)

      Sonja wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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?

        Carolyn K wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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.

          michelle wrote on January 9th, 2014
        • 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 the department of health! I would like to see a post detailing where all those others obtain accurate or inaccurate information in order to issue statements advising of what is classed as a healthy food but clearly isn’t if you live by the primal code!

          A great example would be oats, in England it is well published that oats are classed as a ‘Super Food’ but after reading TPB this is clearly not the case. Can it really be that all these dietary experts are putting peoples health at risk by publishing misinformed information produced by scientists and research and if this is the case how are they allowed to do it??

          Carl B wrote on January 9th, 2014
        • 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!

          WereBear wrote on January 11th, 2014
    • 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!

      Charlie wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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 means she’ll eventually eat as much or as little of a food that her body needs at the time. Good luck and you’re not alone :)

        Elizabeth wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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 stick to their guns on serving only healthy choices and those who supplement the picky eater’s diet with junk ‘just to make sure he/she’s eating SOMETHING’. Every time, the healthy-food crowd ended up with non-picky eaters and the junk food-feeders were stuck between a rock and a hard place throughout those all-important early years of growth and development (G&D). I can’t begin to put a number on the times that I have seen this scenario play out exactly this way. Sure, a lot of kids will become less picky over time, but the importance of EARLY nutrition cannot be overestimated. I was raised in the latter (junk food) parenting environment and missed some valuable G&D opportunities as a child, but my spouse and I were determined not to allow that to occur in our own home. Everyone at the table was served the same foods at every home meal, and we all ordered off the standard menu (or shared if the child was too young to order) at exotic ethnic restaurants (no kids’ menu grilled cheese!). I’m telling you, even toddlers can handle this. Mine became spice- and texture-adventurous at a very young age. On the flip side, one of my siblings took the junk food route and guess what – ALL of the children, even the ones who started out eating anything, years later STILL refuse to eat real food!

        Primelle wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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 spend much of my childhood running around freely as we were encouraged to play outside whatever the weather. We were very healthy too!

          Charlie wrote on January 9th, 2014
        • 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 started to see improvement, but we still have a long way to go.
          I get tired of people who have clearly never dealt with a truly picky eater saying things like “If you just keep offering them food, eventually they’ll eat it.” Or “They won’t starve themselves.” Not true! Plenty of children have starved to death or close to it in eating battles of will with their children. We look at those parents like they must be monsters, totally forgetting that WE ADVISED THEM TO DO EXACTLY WHAT KILLED THEIR CHILD. Thankfully, most parents won’t stick it out that long. Most will cave after their kid doesn’t eat for four or five days and give them the freaking breakfast cereal or french fries or whatever it is that they will eat. And then we are judged harshly for that. We are considered weak and inept parents. Until you see your toddler go days without food of his own free will because he refuses all the food you’re offering him, you probably should reserve your judgement.

          Jessica wrote on January 9th, 2014
        • 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 way, but give an inch, they take 10K!!

          michelle wrote on January 9th, 2014
      • 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.

        Debi wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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 .

          Primelle wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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 things and decide for themselves what they want to eat, to wear, to watch and to do. I’m not saying that this is necessarily always a bad thing but parents need to be parents and stop being led by their children.

          Annakay wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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.

        Teresa Ensslin wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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 eat their dinner at the same time. The kids don’t “see” different foods being given to one or the other so may eliminate the finickyness. I agree that she should be only given healthy choices and everyone on the same page – mom/dad and grandparents/aunts & uncles.

        leal wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Kevin wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • +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.

        Armin wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • Joint mobility and how to take care of your back. Too many people have back issues these days. How did Grok avoid our issues?

          Sebastian wrote on January 10th, 2014
    • 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.

      Adrian Keane wrote on January 9th, 2014
      • 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.

        Charlie wrote on January 9th, 2014
    • 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 never criticized. It worked better than I could have imagined.

      Eric in Minneapolis wrote on January 9th, 2014
    • 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 believe the energy I have now and the weight (and inflammation) I have dropped. There are millions of Chronic Lyme sufferers in the US (and the world) and they need to know that this Primal way of life will help them to regain their immune system function! There are also many people suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, ALS, MS, lupus, Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s who don’t know that what they really have is untreated Chronic Lyme. Researching and reporting on Lyme would do the world a huge service! Thanks!

      Robin wrote on January 10th, 2014
  2. I’d like to see more about female hormones and how the primal plan can help women pre-, peri-, and post-menopausal.

    Goldie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 on that!

      Smileyprimal wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • that would be awesome!!!!!

      Annie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Agreed, just hit 45 and starting to think of that and fear my hormone crash as mine are still doing what they should!

      Kim wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +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).

      Shauna wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Liz wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • I’m in the same boat – Mirena coil, gaining weight, can’t shift it. It’s so depressing.

        Carol Clements wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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??

          Danny wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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 were naturally drying up and falling out, this might be a natural alternative. However, nobody can tell us for sure if this is a bad choice for our future aging and health. My OB/GYN hates me because I denied him revenue to perform surgery ‘because I’m finished procreating’. *snort*)
          – for those who have already had a hysterectomy, what about HRT?
          – metabolic syndrome in women vs men
          Note that all this blather is coming from someone who is evolving into the PB lifestyle, and if these things are covered somewhere and I’ve missed the information, please point me in the right direction!)

          MissElaine wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • “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.

        framistat wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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 case of my disappearing fibroids–too long a story for here). Anyway, my recovery was slow and bumpy w/ having to go back to class less then 2 weeks afterward but I felt so much better it was definitely worth it. I did HRT for a couple of years but it didn’t do that much for me so I quit. Now I have several places where I cannot get cancer b/c they’re gone–and good riddance.

          shrimp4me wrote on January 11th, 2014
      • Consider thyroid issues, also birth control is not primal, think about it.

        Lissa wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • Neither is working in an office.

          leal wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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.

        Lu wrote on January 10th, 2014
    • 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.

      Cara wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • Love this plus how a primal diet can “hopefully” elimate the need for prozac type drugs:)

        kristi ball wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Lindsey wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • + 1
      52 here

      Susan wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • That is a great suggestion

      Annette wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Can you do the same for ‘older’ men too?

      Bryon Howe wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • Yes I double that post 50 men and hormones.

        Bob wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1! 62 (almost) and 7 years post menopause.

      Virginia wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Goldie nailed it! Please a blog on peri menopausal & paleo benefits

      Lisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Debise wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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.

        Primelle wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • +1 Very frustrating to lose ground and find yourself with muscle loss!

        Susan wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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.

        Annakay wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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 I’m finding out that perhaps a lack of calcium isn’t so much the issue as lack of vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin K2, magnesium, lack of exercise. I’d like your take on this, Mark. And thank you for all the good information you put out here.

          Bonnie wrote on January 9th, 2014
    • 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!

      SharonP wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Lynette wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Amen!

      Debi wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Diane wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Janet wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 for more female related content.

      Brooke C. wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Agree with this one!

      Kristie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Josie wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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!

        Carol wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Bonnie wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • I thought it was just me being a failure with the weight loss

        Angela wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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…’s super frustrating because I have about 40 lbs to lose and they won’t budge!

          Jules wrote on January 10th, 2014
    • 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??!!)

      Cindy wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Absolutely. More info on menopause and how it makes it so hard to loose weight.

      Andrea Canavan wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • Yes please. Great topic.

        Linda wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      castlerobber wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 on this issue from Goldie (Primal, Menopause, Hormones, Weight Gain)
      I am 52, been paleo for two years.

      JMG wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Agreed!

      Chelsea wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 !

      Linda wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Jennifer wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • Yes, please, on fertility and luteal phase defect.

        Susan wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Definitely.

      Indiscreet wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1!!!

      Janna wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes, this is a high priority topic!

      Carol wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Keen wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes!

      Jessica wrote on January 9th, 2014
    • yep… this one.

      ltreat wrote on January 9th, 2014
  3. 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 wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Apologies for the typos! Just can’t win with mobile devices

      Chandler wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • You don’t have to look too hard around the world for a squat toilet….

      Graham wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. 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.

    Michael H wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!! :)

      Kristie wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • Minnesota beckons!

        Jim Haas wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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 there for health then a coastal/mountain place would be nice, cities there are not for the health conscious. Would be really cool if you found the right place!

      Mick wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. I would like to know the best way to keep my skin from aging, and gain muscle tone.

    Shirley Stevens wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. I’m super excited to see what you have to say about calories being just calories – and reversing type 2 diabetes!

    Paige wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. “So you’re a female crossfitter…” when, what, and how much to eat for optimal performance AND getting or staying lean.

    Merky wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Tammy wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • +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.

        Stacie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 for getting lean and blasting fat while doing crossfit as a woman

      Kendall wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Susannah Riley wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • +1?

        Plant wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. 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?

    Sibylle wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 For this!

      Danielle wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +100

      Yann P. wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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?

      Jessica wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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.

        Primelle wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Mark talks about this here:

      David H wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 for this!

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • We artificially increased the population to over 7 billion using grain.

      Mitch wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Mark already had a very good post on this topic. It could use a repost, though.

      Aria wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. Anything biohacking related (improving sleep, memory, endurance, libido, etc.)
    I’m also very excited to hear more about your endurance athlete/ketogenic topic!

    Smileyprimal wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I’d love to read about those things too!

      Tasha wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes!! I’d love to hear more about libido issues in younger women!

      Amanda wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. How to convert people we know and love to primal-paleo-ancestral …

    ajb wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • This is close to my idea about getting our parents on board. Good one.

      Gayle Moody wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • How do I get my adult children on board??

        leal wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • How to get “adult” parents on board?!

          Grokesque wrote on January 10th, 2014
    • I believe Mark has covered this: . I’ve attempted to get my Type II father to eat more primal and he has no interest. He’s just given up.

      Paul wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 on how to convert our family and friends

      April wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. 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.

    Christian wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I’m interested in this one too

      Richard wrote on January 9th, 2014
  12. More kid/family-centric primal ideas — quick meals, “road food”, vitamins/nutrition for kids.

    Jill wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • this too!

      Annie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • And me!

      Jester wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Me too!

      Lindsey wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes!

      Jackie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes!

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • This is beginning to sound like a

        Animanarchy wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      SharonP wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 on this, it is a topic many bring to me and seems be a barrier to success for many parents.

      Alessandra wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • YES please!!!
      Easy to follow and something to get the kids involved.

      Chris Donley wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. 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

    Marti wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. 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.

    Jim wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. 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.?

    Michael wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +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)

      Anna wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Simone wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +100

      James wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +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 . .

      Scott wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +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.

      Kristie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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….

      Richard wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I’m sure some of the younger crowd may also be interested in primal dating–are there Paleo/Primal dating sites?

      Wenchypoo wrote on January 9th, 2014
      • 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.

        Pamela Reaves Rodriguez wrote on January 12th, 2014
    • +1 Love this idea!

      jennafelicity wrote on January 9th, 2014
  16. 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?

    Renee wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Paleo-curious wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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

        dchess693 wrote on January 9th, 2014
  17. 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

    wairimu wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +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.

      Joshua wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Check out Chris Kresser’s site … he did a series on other cultures’ foods not too long ago.

      SeattleSlim wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Me too.

      Lisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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?

        Madeleine wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. 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?”

    Michael wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Animanarchy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. Eating primal at restaurants is always a great topic, with specific recommendations if possible.

    And I agree with the primal family topic.

    Joe wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 Great idea. 😉

      Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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?

      Lewis wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I would love to see primal recommendations for eating out, especially with specific recommendations for specific restaurants!

      Ashleo wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. 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.


    Eoin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. 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! (:

    Teresa wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Susannah Riley wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Perri wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Jessica wrote on January 9th, 2014
    • same here!

      Mimulus wrote on January 9th, 2014
  22. 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?

    Regina wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Colleen wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • YES!!

        Brittany wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • definitely!!

          Susannah Riley wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Great one!

      Lindsey wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Heather H wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I’d love information on this!

      Jackie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +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? Is it worth worrying about? Or does the relief from stress associated with the possibility of becoming pregnant justify hormonal birth control? Just a few questions to get you started 😉

      Stace wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Great topic!

      Emily wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Anna wrote on January 10th, 2014
  23. 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!

    Tamara (New Orleans) wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. 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 focused very strongly (it seems) on activity or workout. That is not to say it’s a Bad Thing. I just wonder if the lack of activity or the gradient of activity presents an issue overall.

    You may have already blogged about this so you can tell me to shut it but I’d like to see an article focused on older people and the success or challenges when opting into a Primal lifestyle: this would include going from sedentary to reasonably active, flexibility challenges, issues with health care professionals, etc. Taking decades long “learning” and transforming it completely away from accepted tenets for health and the social issues inherent to that.

    Many posters have already touched upon their encounters with challenges but generally they’re younger (these kids!) and I do believe that there is a hurdle that is different for old women (or men) than there is for kids in their 20s and 30s. (HEY YOU! GET OFFA MY LAWN!!!)

    So: blog me. Reassure me. Send my spirits soaring. Tell me it’ll be okay to flaunt the wisdom handed to me by my mother and hers. (Needy much?)

    Julie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      oolybel wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • +1 for the seniors

        Linda Markarian wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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 & also to help my lungs, as I suffer from asthma. I believe that as we get older, our glutathione levels decrease which means that we do not get rid of toxins & viruses etc so easily & I understand that exercise can help to boost glutathione levels, so I just wondered if there were any exercises in particular to help with that? Thank you.

        Christine wrote on January 9th, 2014
    • +1

      Senior Primal or Primal Grey!

      Don wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • How about Primal Fossils?

        Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • 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.

          Shary wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • Quit talking about me!!

          leal wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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 an allergy. You really need to be vigilant and listen to you body! Good luck to you!!A-Crapatarians-Migraine-Solution-by-Tamara-Warren/c2550/1

        Tamara (New Orleans) wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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 happening. The big change is that I no longer have to think about whether I’m prepared to walk from one end of the mall to the other, or walk down the street, or go down on my hands and knees to scrub the floor. I just do it.

        Harriet wrote on January 9th, 2014
  25. 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

    David wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1…along these lines, any myth busting would be great to see!

      Joshua wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. 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!

    Jennifer Smith wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 to both

      Elizabeth wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Richard wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. 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.

    Diane wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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 haven’t enjoyed, but some we learn are better ‘weekend’ than ‘weekday’ meals, because of the amount of prep time required.

      Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. 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.)

    Noel wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1!!

      Fergus30 wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Me, too!!

      Nicole wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Yann P. wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Matthew Zastrow wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • +1

        Joanna wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • +1 (and congrats

        KeepItSimple wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes please! More info on primal pregnancy, breastfeeding, and primal parenting would be great!

      Ashleo wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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.

        Stefferbee wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Agree! +1

      Claire, PrimalRD wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Another great topic! Not sure which one I like more, this one or the one about birth control. Maybe do both! :)

      Emily wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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!

      Sara wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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.

        Deana wrote on January 9th, 2014
    • 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.

      Jessica wrote on January 9th, 2014
  29. 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 …

    Eleanor wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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 risk for over supplementation (males are a different ballgame). Unfortunately, all iron supplements tend to come with some unpleasant digestive issues. See if you can get your hands on Feramax.

      Rachel wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • 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.

        Brad wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. mio piacerebbe sapere di più su dieta chetogenica e attività come ciclismo

    giuseppe wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • “I would like to know more about the ketogenic diet and activities such as cycling”

      Don’t you just love Google Translate! Lol

      WelshGrok wrote on January 9th, 2014
  31. 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.

    Julie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes.

      Gayle Moody wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • + 1 on this

      Dee wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Shekina wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Maribeth wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1!!!

      Jill wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Hunt!

      Matthew Zastrow wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • Sadly not an option in the UK!

        Ali UK wrote on January 11th, 2014
    • +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.

      SeattleSlim wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • That would be very helpful

      Kim wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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.

      Willa wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • 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…

      Joe C. wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes

      Molly wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Agreed

      Chris wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. How beneficial can the Primal Lifestyle be when only grocery store food (meat, seafood, veggies, fruits etc) are available for consumption. Of course it would not be optimal but wouldn’t the basic changes of eliminating grains, legumes, etc set you on an improved, healthier path?

    Treva wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Yann P. wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes!

      Jackie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I would like to see some body composition results with numbers. There are so many different foods, ways of fasting, ways of exercising. It would be very interesting to see some case studies with specific body composition numbers that would allow others to see how eating and exercising actually affects people. Not just those needing to lose a lot of weight, but maybe those who are maintaining, gaining muscle, or trying drop that last couple of body fat %.

    Jamie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • If you were to do this, Mark, I volunteer. It would give me the ultimate (but small) push to gain muscle (exercise more) and drop about 5% in body fat.

      Simone wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1. As a youngish post-menopausal woman (currently 52), I’d love to volunteer for this.

      inquisitiveone wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • here’s another 52 year old woman, peri-menopausal, that will volunteer.

        Mimulus wrote on January 9th, 2014
      • yes yes yes

        michele wrote on January 12th, 2014
  34. I would be very interested to see you take on cultures that are historically vegetarian or mostly vegetarian. Why does it not seem that they are subject to constantly high levels of inflammation or other bad things?

    wahlton wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Robert Lustig would say that lack of sugar is the common thread between healthy societies around the world. Seems logical …

      SeattleSlim wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. I’d like to know who won the Death By Pyramid book contest.

    Wenchypoo wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Linda H. was the grand prize winner of the Tropical Traditions gift certificate. Other winners include:
      Aaron O.
      Abbe D.
      Amanda L.
      Elliot L.
      Greg B.
      Mary H.
      Maureen M.
      Rachel C.

      Mark Sisson wrote on January 9th, 2014
  36. Hey Mark, Congrats on being named one of the most influential people in health, if any one deserves it you do!

    I’d love to see some more posts for very specific types of training. such as the Primal lifestyle and Bodybuilding or the Primal lifestyle and marathon training.

    I know these are specialized things, but I’d love to see the flexibility of the Primal diet for those who do have specialized sporting/fitness fields and how tailoring it for their sport can help them perform better.

    Rob wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. I would like to see more on regional adaptations in human evolution beyond what you have covered with lactase persistance and skin color. I’m curious about how humans have evolved to adapt to their local foodsheds. I’m an APOE 3/4 which has implications for chronic diseases but may be protective against acute infections.

    Richard wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. I would love to hear your thoughts on Dr. Pelmutter’s book, “Grain Brain”

    Amy F. wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. I really like the ideas about paleo for women – pregnancy, breastfeeding and hormones. I practice fertility awareness and therefore am very ‘aware’ of how my body cycles and my hormones. But I’d love to read more about how a paleo lifestyle affects it.

    My (more specific) topic suggestion is unrelated to that though. I suggest an article about supplementation and gut flora. As in when you should take it, how often/how long, what types of gut flora you should supplement versus try to get naturally.

    Bridgette wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes!

      Jackie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • FAM is amazing in so many ways.

      Anna wrote on January 12th, 2014
  40. As my wife and I are expecting our first child this year, I would like to see more articles about healthy pregnancy and babies.

    Maybe something on food aversions during pregnancy and potential risks of “cheating” during these aversions.

    Eric Cumming wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I would too like to see more on healthy pregnancies (safety of raw milk, and some of the other foods CW says no to during pregnancy), babies and women’s health (menstrual cycles, natural birth control, skin, hormonal acne) in general. Maybe even a bit about essential oils. Thanks Mark! Great work.

      Christine wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • I would like to see something on the effect that the paleo / primal lifestyle has on hormone driven health issues like breast cancer. For instance, how does the paleo / primal lifestyle help to regulate the production or overproduction of Estrogen? How does it help us to protect ourselves from a second round of cancer once diagnosed? Breast cancer is written about as primarily a woman’s issue but it is an issue for both men and women. I love the idea about a split book on men and women and the effects and benefits of paleo as we age and how our hormones and nutrient levels change with age.

        Kathy wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • I would love to see something about reduction in breast cancer recurrence with primal nutrition.

          Peg wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • I really like the natural birth control method as opposed to the pill. My husband and i have a 100% success rate of avoiding pregnancy or achieving pregnancy when we wanted. A local nurse mentors us in the method. We are not Catholic and this is not an older generation rhythm method.
        we follow everything except when im fertile we use condoms.

        Amy wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • +1 essential oils in a primal lifestyle

        Sara wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 primal pregnancy, birth and parenting

      Liana wrote on January 9th, 2014

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