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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:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. I’d like to know how to get out of the lack of motivation, lack of exercise rut.

    Diana Polston wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. Title would be something like “Boosting your metabolic rate the Primal way”.
    The content of the article should answer the following question, “What can people do that have naturally slow metabolism rates to help them lose and maintain their weight while eating primal?”

    Jerry wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. How about more articles on medical treatment and modern medications versus letting your body heal itself. Some people just pop tylenol like its candy, I’ve always been against medication but after seeing how Doctors saved my Mom from Myelodysplastic syndrome last week, you really have to give the Doc’s their credit. My brother’s a neurosurgeon and I’ve seen him save hundred’s of lives as well.

    Juan Pablo wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. Honestly it isn’t so much that you aren’t covering great and relevant topics. What I would really like to see from MDA is more PrimalCons that are in different areas so that you are bringing your experience and other experts close to us where we can interface and network the old-fashioned face-to-face way with other Primal enthusiasts. I’d be happy to help you plan one in the Salt Lake City area…

    Randy Oveson wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. I’d like to see an article about carb backloading, but in the primal sense.

    Scott wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. I’d like to see a Paleo guide to body building.

    Turok wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. I think that the Primal Blueprint is a great primer on a healthy lifestyle because of the holistic spectrum of health that it covers. I am always interested in the scientific evidence that you present in a very thorough but digestible manner.

    What I think would be great is for us to continue to explore how to integrate the Primal Lifestyle in our modern environment with all of the constraints we feel from it.

    Also, as a mental health professional, I’d be very interested in learning more about how a Primal diet & lifestyle affects mental health! I’m always on the search for more info concerning nutrition and mental wellness.

    James wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. How Grok were living? A day/week of caveman. What were they doing during all day. I believe this will help to understand and apply all the little details more successfully.

    Anıl Görür wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. Mark, I would first like to thank you for all of the information you impart. It has magnified my understanding of food as it relates to the human body.

    I have now lost 116 lbs. over the last 4 years or so and I have been following your Primal path for the last 3 months or so. Although this is not a problem for me, I have wondered what people do that have lost a large amount of weight that have sagging skin. I stared wondering about this after some family members asked me if I was afflicted with this condition. I know some people lose weight so quickly that they have “sheets” of skin hanging on them and have them removed surgically.

    Keep up the good work and thanks again.

    Steve in NV wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. Why some people feel bad on a prolonged low-carb diet or even ketogenic regimen and others thrive? In short, why certain individuals need “safe starches” (not to incur thyroid problems, adrenals, insomnia, hair loss, etc..) on a Primal/Paleo diet and others don’t? Does this have to do with ectomorphs only?

    Gabriele wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. Hello Mark and all Primal fans. I may be way off-piste here as I will probably be coming in from an acute angle with my suggestion. It concerns getting more people following a Primal lifestyle and it is related to the contents of the replies of many follows on these very comment pages.

    As a personal trainer, I always point my clients to this great site, however, most come back to me and say that many of the blog comments are too deep and scientific for them to understand. Of course it’s great for us who already have the knowledge and experience of reading such language, but we may be putting off many who would otherwise follow a Primal lifestyle.

    So my question is, can we also cater for the Primal newcomer and layman with the language we use on both the blog and comments?

    Best wishes for 2014 from Portugal,

    Andy Smallwood wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. Potassium! A lot of websites keep saying that it is easy to meet potassium requirement on a healthy diet, but I found it a struggle to meet the 4700 RDA on 1500 cals diet, while trying to have fairly low carbs (<100 g).

    leida wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. I think you’ve touched on this a little in the past because I came to your site from PrimalGirl’s. But I’d like to see some more info on how to manage autoimmune diseases with the Primal Diet. And maybe some info about they this makes a difference for those who suffer from autoimmune issues.

    Emma G. wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. Primal crafting

    Grok made things to use, and while many of them may have been down, dirty, and disposable, others have developed into crafts and even arts that we still do today. Carving and weaving are two that pop to mind.

    There’s the relaxation of repetitive movements aspect, the using your brain to manipulate and problem solve, the pleasure of the finished item.

    Lots to explore and discuss here.

    Oh, and pottery!

    Sabine wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. It would be cool to hear about primal living in other cultures. For example I imagine Chinese Gork would have eaten and maybe exercised much differently than Euro Gork. Similarly what are some modern priamal people doing in Africa, Asia, and South America?

    Eric wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. I thought I was a decent Grokker before I found out who Grok was several months ago. Work outs and carb control has transformed me. In the 3rd phase to eat natural foods I came across MDA. I found out that legumes are not on the menu, well a little bit with 80/20 Grokking a good target. I’d like a deeper discussion of the all/more fringe foods, already covered or not, so I can feel better, or not, about beans being part of my favorite Tex-Mex meals.

    Robby wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. How about some information on rearing your children with a “primal” spin? I’ve read a lot about (and practiced) babywearing but I haven’t seen much about the later years. Not just the eating aspects, but the relationship side as well. It’s really been on my mind lately with a child hitting her “tween” years and I can already see some changes going on with her. I feel lost since my parents were so domineering and don’t want her to have the same (bad) experiences I did.

    Tricia wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. I’d like you to cover chronic debilitating illness. So much of your advice is wonderful for healthy people who can do more than follow the diet, but tips for people dealing with pain and fatigue, preventing them from being active, would be helpful. Maybe modified ways to be active? Supplements? I’d like more than “diet alone can be very helpful” because I am 95% primal in my eating and that’s not the answer. I know in Paleolithic times, someone who couldn’t contribute may have been left behind, but, luckily, we are in modern times!

    I’d also like something on relationships as well as handling stressful people. I think in Paleolithic times, the tribe would have just left toxic people behind rather than deal with them!

    Jackie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. Mark, I am planning to run short track, long jump, triple jump, throw javelin and shot this August for senior olympics. This is my third year and would like to peak in August for cardio, strength, and muscle mass. Many baby boomers could benefit by setting goals and most importantly following through with their own plan for fitness. I am very active, with total body workouts, pilates, yoga, and aqua burn classes. So my ultimate goal is to minimize body fat, tone muscle, and improve endurance for these events. Looking for the best Paleo foods to train with and eat for performance days

    David Petro wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. Speaking about what our ancestors ate , i would really like it if there would be some posts delving deeper into the nutrition , activities but most important , the spirituality of the ancestors of the different regions of the world. We could learn how to be more connected to nature if we learn a little bit more of their way of life.

    angeline wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. I’d love to see a piece on what is “normal” for primal women in terms of weight gain and distribution as they age. What do native/natural women actually look like? How goes menopause for Inuit/island/etc. women? Question to answer 1: are our expectations of no weight gain biologically realistic or culturally-fueled and unrealistic? Q2: what does the research show are optimum weight and activity/level for women pre-, peri-, and post-menopause in terms of health and longevity?

    Jill wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. Other fun ways to get primal! Cooking on a fire, bathing in a stream, hunting wild game and gathering wild plant edibles, etc. And how to simulate these things when your surroundings don’t allow them.

    Willa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. Maybe we could dicuss how to form a local paleo in person community to share ideas, recipes, workout routines. How refreshing it would be to go to a party were all the food is paloe!

    Lisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. I’d like you to write about whether eating primal can cause epigenetic changes in the health of our children and even of our grandchildren. Can these changes affect which foods the child prefers, independent of parental intervention? How can scientists test for this?

    Chris wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. Always interested in any info on balancing thyroid and adrenals…

    Kathleen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. Genetic testing. Is there a reliable way to find out where my European ancestors came from, and what other kinds of DNA I may possess? And does it matter?

    Justine Tambou wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. More information about planning meals for the whole week to save money and what to freeze, one giant shopping list for the week

    Molly wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Supplementary and alternative therapies — massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, applied kinesiology (manual and electronic devices), NMT (NeuroModulation Technique), NET (NeuroEmotional Technique), etc. And even cleanses under the care of a true natural practitioner (yeah, I know we have the natural ability to cleanse, but some of us are so broken that we need a little help).

    Many of those have helped myself and my husband. I personally still have a ways to go with breaking down the emotional barriers to becoming truly primal. Would love to hear your take, Mark.

    Kris wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. I’d like to see a search feature on your mobile website, I use MDA as my health and nutrition encyclopedia and 60% of the time I’m on my cell phone.

    When looking for answer to a specific topic on my iPhone I have been searching your site with this type of search (, Keyword phrase) in Google to find what I need.

    Thanks for all you do! And if it’s there and I’m just not seeing it let me know that also.

    Greg wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. I would like more info on how to convert family favorite recipes to primal. Please!

    Debi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. I’d like to see you revisit fruits. You used to be pretty much against fruit, and have shifted accordingly. But I feel your stance today might be more nuanced nowadays!

    Nils wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. A marks daily apple app for iPhone/iPad

    Molly wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I’m interested in the availability of all the trace minerals that are necessary to maintain healthy human life and how lack of them affects our bodies.
    If they are not in the soil, how do we obtain them? The necessary ones? What is the impact if a particular one is missing?
    Or, are they uniformly and universally available in the soil and this is not something to be concerned about? Maybe they’re not really important?

    michael wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. At the risk of being redundant – I’ve been researching the nutritional needs of the middle aged woman who has had her gall bladder removed. The higher fat component of primal has been great for clearing up my skin and inflammation, although not enough to go off my high blood pressure meds.

    Pea Bea wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. I would love to see something about flying.

    I love travelling and I have many friends who travel by plane A LOT for work. Considering the Wi-Fi and other EMF, as well as solar wind effects, altitude and pressure effects…etc. I would like to have more information on how to combat some of the negative side effects of airplane travel, especially for those who travel often or for long flights.

    Kari_Canary wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. The most important information I have received on marksdailyapple was the role of diet and exercise in creating inflammation in the body. For instance, the science around grains and excessive cardio in creating inflammation is hard to find anywhere else in as concise a format as put together previously here.

    For long-term health on almost every level, controlling inflammation should be our number 1 priority. There have been a couple recent developments that have a potential to substantially reduce inflammation but one wonders at what cost besides the monetary one.

    The first is anatabloc which claims to reduce inflammation in the body. There are hundreds of positive accounts around the internet of people seeing dramatic improvements in inflammatory type diseases like arthritis.

    The second is the blood cooling technology from Avacore that purports to significantly reduce inflammation and healing in the body. Again, there is much science and anecdotal data that supports the efficacy of this device.

    Since control of inflammation is central to the primal diet and exercise program, more information on the use of these key technologies would be of great benefit to a large portion of the marksdailyapple community. If these products have real benefits without side-effects they would be of great benefit in solving health issues and stopping or delaying inflammatory type developments in the body as we age.

    Michael wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. I am interested in arthritic inflammation and gout. At my age (52), what causes the flare ups that were previously not a part of my life, even though I have gone Primal.

    Claudette wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. Advice for Primal Teachers – especially science teaching, where we often have a syllabus to cover, based on conventional wisdom, which we know to be flawed and outdated. A particular problem in countries where public exams such as GCSEs are part of the national culture, and the kids have to know the “right” answers to pass the tests, even if the right answers are actually going to ruin their health in the long run.

    This is really close to my heart as a teacher of biology and chemistry at secondary school level, but is also really important for elementary level teachers, who often are required by law to cover “healthy living” topics, and may experience resistance from other members of staff.

    Thespianpythia wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. What about Primal Yoga / Flexibility? Or getting one’s body back into balance after an injury. My “Play” is Martial Arts and I want to improve my flexibility – Grok Splits.

    D Stan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. Hi Mark,

    most things that you are telling people is and demands for the most of them kind of a change of their lifestyle (movement, body use, nutrition, thinking etc.) Therefore to support people how they can change their habits and pursue und maintain that changes would be really helpful. I know there exist tons of literature about that topic, but really practical simple things are still in need.

    Kind regards

    Michael W. wrote on January 8th, 2014

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