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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. Hey Mark!

    I would love to hear more here about Multiple Sclerosis, and the affect going primal has on it. I know there are books on the paleo cure for autoimmunity, but I’d love more advice to give my mother, who was diagnosed almost 20 years ago.

    Tim W wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. Conflicting studies and their impact on the person in the street. How do we discern between truth and half-truth?

    Cody wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. Nootropics and how they work (or don’t work)
    How to choose a vitamin supplement (and how much of it you should take, especially vitamins B and D and minerals)
    Polyphasic sleep patterns and which may be good or bad for you (how to nap successfully)
    How to rehabilitate joints and muscle pulls (especially with nutrition)

    Kent White wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. I have watched my parents and mother-in-law slowly lose their health and ability to move around due to a plethora of bad advice from their physicians. All now have heart disease, blood pressure issue, arthritis, and joint replacements and are still eating a SAD diet (my mother’s doctor discouraged her from a low-carb diet telling her no one ever stays on those things). I have two questions. How much recovery is possible when you already have type 2 diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, etc.? I know older people can get stronger, but what does the research say about the limits to health recovery? The second is how do you deal with the bad info your loved ones get about how to take care of themselves? My example is helping, but it does not seem to be enough. Any ideas?

    Damien Gray wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. Which food items are better for you when eaten raw?

    MVTR wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. How to integrate primal living when you have a chronic condition would be great fodder for discussion.

    Or, in my instance, I contracted a severe infection in the right knee, which resulted in loss of cartilage, three arthroscopic surgeries, and eventually a partial knee replacement (because of the damage). All this has occurred over twelve months, and when dealing with intense pain and limited mobility, it has been difficult, to say the least, to remain primal.

    Thomas wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. I’d like to see an article that expands on areas that have already been covered such as ‘intermittent fasting’ and scheduling eating, working out and playing for people that don’t have much flexibility in their work day.

    For instance, I get up early enough that my window of opportunity to get stuff done is first thing in the morning before work. I often have time to either lift some heavy things or do a sprint session and then grab a surf, but what order will give me the best benefits and how do I work eating into all this if I want to not break the “IF” for another 3 or 4 hours?

    Thanks, Paul

    Paul B wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. How to eat primal when you’re a family on the go? I’m wanting to start this journey but need ideas for my husband who is gone for 15 hours a day. And as homeschoolers we’re away from the house 2-3 days a week. What can we take with us that will keep in the car for hours, is kid friendly and quick preparation?

    Liz wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. I would love to read more about Methylation. I also want to make sure you know I appreciate you and all that you do for us, and that following your smart straightforward guidance has rocked my world. Thanks Mark!

    Janeen Herr wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. primal for dummies…
    Or more tactfully, said “easy primal for the ordinary woman”

    Vintagegirl wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. Please explain the primary differences (if any) between Primal living and the latest craze – Paleo?

    bill mccauley wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. “Obesity does not CAUSE diabetes”. Please. That myth is driving me absolutely nuts. My Primal lifestyle resolved pre-diabetes in two weeks, but 18 months later I am still in the process of losing all the fat.

    Akimajuktuq wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. I would like to hear your thoughts on the Genotype Diet (Dr. Peter D’Adamo). Can measuring your own “gene expression features” such as finger print pattern or relative finger lengths help you identify a very specific “personalized” optimum diet and exercise plan for best progress in personal health and fitness goals?

    Margot wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. Balancing being primal with being a working parent with small children in daycare. Our daycare is wonderful but the downside is they serve the SAD diet. Food (lunches) can’t be brought in due to allergy protocol (nut-free, peanut free, etc) and all treats must be pre-packaged with ingredients listed. Most days I feel like a complete hypocrite.

    Jill wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. I’d like to see more primal menu choices, especially lunch at work and dinners, to add more variety and making the week easier to eat primal. Sometimes if I don’t have a primal choice available I just don’t eat. I’d rather not eat than eat unhealthy.

    Joe wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. Well Mark, I want to do what you do….only on a much smaller scale! Not only do I want Primal Certification and all that that entails, but I need a plan on how exactly to make my new job a reality once I am certified.

    Maureen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. As a new momma grok who is also a primal/paleo nutrition and evolutionary/attachment/natural/primal(may I say Grok?) parenting research nerd, I think an article written on:
    Prenatal nutrition for BOTH momma and papa grok are important. Why papa too? Well, more recent research findings have pointed towards papa having much greater influence on baby grok’s DNA and development than previously thought. Time to shift the pressure onto papas who think they can drink and eat as much junk as they want and have zero impact on baby’s conception to postnatal development.
    Postnatal nutrition for breastfeeding (or non-BF) momma groks, both for providing nutrients for babies (for BF-ing moms) and for new mommas to repair their bodies.
    Nutrition for the infant grok, baby grok, and toddler grok, including homemade formulas for non-BF babies.
    If emphasis can be placed on specific nutrients during prime windows of development of different systems (eg neurological, circulatory, skeletal, respiratory, etc) would be a useful guideline.
    Then…perhaps baby wearing, no-iPad-as-babysitter kind of topic…though it might be outside of your typical zone, but I thoroughly applaud your article on baby wearing!
    Tall order? Perhaps. Think Mark can do this? I truly think so!!! Imagine how many people Mark can reach and help an infant start its life from the get-go, pre-conception, even.
    I’m truly grateful for your work, Mark.

    Jess wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. Can’t wait for:
    “The best exercise there is” (squats? deadlifts?)

    What I’d like to see in a post:
    What are your thoughts on Prolotherapy? Or, what is your recommendation for long term chronic pain other than surgery?

    Hamiltonh wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. How to eat primally to support fertility. I’m interested in eating for a primal pregnancy too, but moreso how to eat in order to support getting pregnant.

    Jen N. wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. I’d like to hear about any paleo-centric food desert community activities – a huge problem for poorer communities in cities and occasionally also in extremely rural areas.

    JBB wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. I would like to see more information on breastfeeding and feeding a baby/toddler/mom. I currently have a 2yo and a 3mo and am tandem breastfeeding and try hard to balance how much I eat (I find I’m quite hungry) and how much I work out (I prefer doing more vs. less which I know isn’t always the right option). We’re new to the primal lifestyle but have raised our toddler following most of the principals without even realizing it (i.e. baby led weaning, co-sleeping, no sugar/processed food/etc, mainly veg/fruit/protein). It seems to me that Grok would’ve been an ‘attached’ parent.

    A post on improving fertility would also be excellent. Although I’m not planning to conceive again it did take a while with my first and the only explanation a doctor could come up with was that I worked out too much.

    Randi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. As Crossfit continues to explode into mainstream fitness, I’d love to see Paleo-style eating strategies for those in it to lose weight, gain lean muscle without the bulk, and improve PRs and WOD times! The demand for this information is growing exponentially by the year; people are putting in the money and the time…now we really want to see results!

    Melissa Manzer wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. I just came across an article this past weekend that’s shared on the site about over-hydration and how drinking tons of water (like conventional wisdom tells us to) is not necessary. I searched the MDA archives to see what you’ve written about water consumption in the past, Mark, and I came across “Drink Less Water?” from 2008 and “File This Under Ponce de Leon” from 2007. I’ve been reading MDA since I discovered the site in November 2013, and haven’t noticed any recent highlights about water yet, so I’m wondering if your opinion and habits surrounding water consumption are still the same or if there have been any changes?
    I’ve actually been trying out drinking less water the last three days and I have noticed a difference already, most noteable for me is not feeling cold ALL the time.
    Hope to hear from you on this! Thanks!

    Kristie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • interesting…. I’m cold ALL the time so maybe less water? However, if I don’t drink enough my blood pressure drops too much in the afternoon. Maybe I could do less in the morning and more in the PM….. .thanks for the info on what you are doing!

      2Rae wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. How about a primer on training from the ground up. As in starting with moving correctly and with full range of motion, then transitioning to strength and conditioning, and finally training for performance. I’d love to see Mark’s take on MovNat style workouts, especially if he could break down movements into various difficulty levels like he does with push-ups, pull-ups, etc.

    Tom wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. More info for seniors who have been unfit their entire lives! Who are plagued w hormonal issues, hypothyroidism, hypertension, diabetes, such bad knees and feet that just walking to the bathroom is so painful they try to put it off as long as possible, no energy at all, weak in the muscles, more body fat than muscle-literally, living on a limited budget, living in places that offer very little resources and support, who in fact, are fighting their doctors over the use of medication and the typical low fat diet drs push, breaking GENERATIONS of sedentary lifestyle and grain based diets, who even the recommended modified exercises you post are too difficult to accomplish. In other words, the extremely overweight, unfit, body-totally-a-mess, people! Thanks!

    sabrina rollins wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. Love your daily apple and are a great fan of all people that post success stories :-)
    What interests me is an article about good food for your eyes. It is said Grok did not need glasses, what is the secret? Mine are getting worse …….

    Tanja wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. Why main stream nutritionists are down on the Paleo diet (U.S. News Best Diets 2014).

    Gavin Pehl wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Ok, 9 pages already? I am going to suggest before reading all of them so, sorry in advance if I repeat a suggestion.

    On the idea of information about women it would be nice to have specific areas: for children, teens, busy mom age/pregnancy, perimenopause age, post menopause age, and those who are in their 70’s and older. There are differences in all those ages since our hormones surprise us with new things as we go along. The one that many of us gals are dealing with is we look “fine” except for the bump around the middle, that last little bit of fat that we don’t want to see anymore, that seems to have some sort of separation anxiety and will not leave us! Exercise it away? Eat it away?
    Thank you Mark for all you have done and continue to do.
    It’s ok with me if you do “re-runs” from the early days, re-work/update articles from that time.

    2Rae wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. I’d love to see more insight into our hunger/fullness signals – leptin and ghrelin and how to attune the body to listen to itself and what/when it is craving. Also – a short-term detox plan for those moments of overindulgence. :)

    Brenda wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. At the moment I feel like an outcast from my tribe, because I am primal and they are hooked on grains (literally). Many arguments have started in this house about this issue and discussions are off-limits as a result. I would like advice on how to reassure my family that they are not all going to drop dead if they no longer ate bread, rice, pasta. How can I get my husband on board that primal would really be the best thing for him and the children? What are the key facts parents/carers need to know if they are switching their kids to primal?

    Mrspegs wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. the absolute most nutrient dense, biologically available, all around best food product you recommend eating

    David wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. Anything related to food as medicine. The effect of Primal eating/lifestyle on cancer, arthritis, auto-immune disorders, etc.

    Maria wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. What about topics pertaining to the primal child – geared toward children to read/learn about. There is always so much awesome information – I am a primal eater and embrace this way of life – but it is really difficult to get children to understand benefits – I know that they can – but it really is abstract to them. I would love to have gut health – nutritional value and impact of food..etc – articles explained in terms that a child could “digest” themselves. My kids love education and learning – and would totally want more – but as things stand info is too scientific and stuffy for them.
    I think it is even more difficult for children – because the benefits are abstract (to them). Paleo is NOT a diet it is a lifestyle – grounded in science – to the cellular level of who we are and how we function – Children learn so quickly – lets find a way to teach them what is right – not the ways of the SAD! Knowledge is power – lets empower our kids to do this for their own strong survival and enjoyment!!!

    Julie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 more here. My son was primal for summer but as the school year wears on he no longer wants healthy food (strange food – yeah, they think that real food is strange at his school). It’s hard to get him to believe when he’s at school being ridiculed about eating real food by his classmates who seem more important to him than his health and well being. Sigh.

      2Rae wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. I would like to see more discussions about our internal microbiome and how we can keep our little critters healthy, happy and in balance. For example, more on fermented foods, persistent starch in the gut, soil based organisms, how to recuperate a damaged gut, etc.

    Noah wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. I would like to see more posts analyzing menu choices at popular/common restaurants similar to the analysis you did on Chipotle menu items last year.

    Brittany wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. Please respond to the US News and World report ranking the Paleo Diet last (tie).
    Conventional wisdom. Arggh!

    Patty P wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. I’d like to see your write about being a bodybuilding athlete using the Primal Blueprint.

    Cindy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. I would like to see a post or a series of posts about the primal way to prevent cancer, treat cancer, etc. With so much electronic and chemical pollution in this world, it would be nice to get your perspective on how to turn the odds against cancer in our favor.

    My boss’s wife just finished up a radiation treatment for breast cancer and now have put her on a hormone altering drug which has been used for the past 30 years… isn’t there anything else that research has come up with? My boss is fed up with the cancer thing and actually thinks cancer is a scam because of all the money that is to be made with drugs and treatment.

    It would be nice to get a fresh primal perspective on these issues!

    Mike Schmidt wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. HI! I would like to see intermittent fasting and the paleo diet compared and contrasted and the benefit of doing both at the same time!!! Not just for weight loss (short term awesome bonus) but for fighting degenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s etc) overall aging and inflammation. Thanks for all you do!!!

    Heather wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. If it’s measurable then it’s actionable. If that is the case then what are the most important health markers we should be aware of ?.. vitamin D, CRP, cortisol ?…etc.

    Rob wrote on January 8th, 2014

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