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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. Hi Mark

    I would like to see a topic on differences in workout frequency and intensity for different age ranges for both sexes. I am 61 (almost 62), in very good shape thanks to being primal for 4 years now. Something like a set of minimum requirements by age, like relation of max squats vs body weight, number of pull ups, speed to run a mile or 100 meters, number of burpees in one minute.

    wildgrok wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. I think most of us that have read this blog know what it is we should be eating by now. What I would like to know is how to tell how much is enough to eat. Even eating strictly Primal I find myself gaining unwanted body fat when I eat too much. When I try to cut down on my food intake I find myself bogged down and drained of energy. Mark, are you able to give some guidance on this? Could there be other factors affecting me besides what and how much I eat? I’m only 32. I shouldn’t feel like this, especially eating Primal like I do. Thanks.

    Lane wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. Mark, I would love for you to expand your seminars to the Southeast area. We would love to have you and your wife down here in the South. Please consider The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC would be a lovely venue. Thanks!!

    kim alexander wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I agree and there are some great places in atlanta and flights are great prices to and from atl

      Molly wrote on January 9th, 2014
  4. Please, more on the spiritual aspects, the whole person. Man in nature, and the benefits we glean. You’ve done some wonderful ones in the past and I’ve bookmarked all of them and shared them more than once to get the idea across that this is so much more than “a diet,” or worse, the latest diet fad. We are so much more than that.

    Cathy Johnson (Kate) wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. I know I’m supposed to choose one but here’s a few:
    1) a primal nutrition certification program for us to put in practice and to help others all while making a decent living
    For reals!
    2)a book explaining that nutrition really is about hormones and the right macros not calories and how to use them to create the ideal body building muscle losing fat etc
    3)a muscle gaining/nutrition program to get big and lean while getting stronger and faster with good carbs (white rice,sweet potatoes etc
    4)basic cooking guide for beginners new to cooking
    5) more advice for young adults or a section
    Thanks for hearing us out and doing the great things you do!

    Jacob wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. Topics/ Questions I would like to see in the coming year:
    1) Improvements other than weight loss from the Paleo lifestyle
    2) How cronic cardio holds us back?
    3) Dealing with the habit of snacking – I know I should not but it is so hard to stop it!

    Amy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. I’d like to see a post or two on your thoughts re Familial hypercholesterolemia.

    chuck cotton wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. I would like to know more about primal living in a big city. How to incorporate primal living in the concrete jungle. (ie. shopping, exercising, meal planning and general practices for people who live in cities where the options can tend to be quite limited in regards to organic/local/grass fed options, and natural areas for exploring/working out)

    Jessie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. I’m a newbie from England and trying very hard to be primal! I work long hours in a school, and find “packed lunch” hard to do. Please could you give us hardworking teachers some quick, easy and “packable in the staffroom fridge” ideas for lunch? Also, if I don’t have time to walk for 3 hours a day is a jog for 30 mins ok or hideous “cardio junkie”?!

    Mop wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. I’ve seen comments regarding covering primal pregnancy, but that’s only part of the story. I’ve also seen the topic of primal lifestyle for children covered in many places, but again, that’s only part of the story.

    A very interesting topic would be “primal birthing” and how the modern medical birth affects infant health and attachment to the parents, particularly the mother, compared to a more natural (primal) birth.

    Perhaps a series covering pre-pregnancy, pregnancy/gestation, birth, then early childhood and the benefits of going through the process in a “primal” way would be a good series of posts. And yes, I have some familiarity with this topic, as you may have surmised.

    Doug wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. Oh, and another thought…is it ever too late to change? I don’t believe it IS…I’m 71 and healthier and happier than I have been in a long time.

    You can not only teach an old dog new tricks, you can make her beg for more, so here I am! Changing habits, re-educating yourself and your body, reversing long-standing health issues, exercises for the older adult (I am NOT elderly, I don’t care what anyone says!), how to do as much as you can without injuring yourself (sprinting ain’t gonna happen here.) Thanks!

    Cathy Johnson (Kate) wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. Hi Mark,

    I’m fairly new to primal eating and you may have already written about this but I’d like to see an article on an average family of four realistically staying primal/paleo. The challenges the parents and children face and how to overcome them. (ie parties, events, school, etc).

    Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. I agree with the topic of hormones. Since starting primal I have not had to use a progesterone cream that I was using daily which is great but what is the research on menopause and primal/paleo. Do we know? Is there evidence that eating this way really does restore a more level balance? It certainly has for me but I’d like to back up my claims with numbers for those who still don’t beleive me all the time :-)

    Michelle Wolff wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. How to talk to your conventional wisdom doctor about my primal lifestyle

    Jeff Kelly wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. I’d like to read the truth about nightshade fruits and vegetables. The good and the bad. I’ve seen it hyped into great heights (gojiberries for example) and bashed into oblivion. The truth is often in the middle and you write it like it is!

    Joey van Tienen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. I’d like to know whether there are/have been any studies on the differences in fetal development and age progression of a child born to a woman on a primal diet versus the SAD diet (markers of inflammation/diabetes/cancer/bone density/food allergies).

    Julie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. Primal foods without massive preparation. I am mildly disabled and live in a tiny RV without the ability to do much cooking. I need EASY recipes. Something to give me a break from almond butter on bananas with a side of olives.

    Linda Sand wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. I have rheumatoid and osteo arthritis and follow the paleo diet. There are some foods I still don’t have because of possible leaky gut like bananas and some exercises like push ups that I exchange for a different exercise. I take methotrexate so b vitamins and some natural energy foods do not go with it. I’m interested in in ideas for energy and muscle toning

    cathy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. I would like to see more on food management, as in freezing the insides of green coconut for convenient use during the week or staying abreast of what’s happening with batches of fermented veges. It’s hard to establish new habits without an abundance of tips and encouragement. Some of us are trying and failing and then hoping to maybe try again. Your work is appreciated.

    Kare wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. Overcoming the “fear” mindset of weight gain – needing to gain weight, wanting to gain weight, yet fearing weight gain – overcoming disordered eating and actually GAINING following the Primal Blueprint and lifestyle.

    Ashley Sara wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. I would like to see something about intuitive eating and how it fits into the PB. Hopefully the two should overlap eg your body craves foods that make you feel good, and these tend to be primal. But what should you do if they’re not, given that resisting cravings can lead to binge eating in some people.

    Jester wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. I would love to see more written for “older” people. Starting into my 60’s this year (not feeling it like it) so maybe more info for us late bloomers.

    Lindy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. First time looking at your Blog and I am excited to start your 21 day challenge. I would like to see more on Beginning strength training for a *reasonably fit over 50 year old woman who wants to do it at her work gym and not get injured.

    Josey Austin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. Hey Mark, you’ve mentioned RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) before – mostly in a way that suggested you didn’t take it seriously. As someone who gets woken up by squirmy, ticklish feelings in his lower body during the night, I’d love to see you revisit the topic from a more serious angle. I’d love to read your take on the condition and get some ideas on non-medical ways to deal with it.

    Adam wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. More on “primal kids.” How to transition from SAD, getting them to eat more veggies, what other primal families are doing.

    KatieK wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. I would like to hear about primal eating in relation to people with compulsive eating/ binge eating disorders. It’s my understanding a lot of people with these issues are triggered by the SAD type foods. However, typical recovery programmes discourage any type of limitation on food types to be consumed, encouraging a non-obsessive type approach to food as many have classified foods as good or bad.
    I have struggled with food for years, and after years of effort am able to eat with out beating myself up. I would love to go primal but worry this would be detrimental to my mind set.
    Some advice would be fantastic!!!

    Becky wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • This! Similar to my post a few up

      Jester wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. We’re very much aware of the benefits paleo has on people with various illnesses, but is there any evidence of the opposite? That is, people going paleo and actually getting sick in a few months, years etc with paleo being a contributing factor?

    Paul wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1! What is your take on Paul Jaminet’s theory of mucus deficiency in very low carbers? It seems that a lot of your readers have sleep issues. I was one of them until I started adding safe starches and resistant starch recently. Thanks for all you do.

      Caliprimal wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. I would be interested in knowing ideas on joining or forming a local tribe for fellow primal eaters and primal activities. I heard that some some people have formed groups (tribes) in there local areas.

    David Inman wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Apologies if someone already wrote these ideas – the thread is too long to read them all!

    Here’s what I’d love to see in 2014:

    -A comparison of actual wild foods vs. the ‘most similar to our ancestral wild foods from our domesticated plants and animals’ that the modern version of the Primal diet is based on. For example, what kind of nutrient profile does someone get when eating all wild plants, instead of spinach, onions and kale? I do lots of wildcrafting here in Vermont and I feel more energized when I’m eating wild foods than even very good organic produce. AKA, what did Grok really eat?

    -A more in-depth discussion of collagen and other connective tissue nutrients, and how to optimize our intake of them (animal skins, joints, stocks, etc), and how that affects injury prevention and recovery.

    Mark Kuto wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. I would like to see a discussion on eating cruciferous vegetables & spinach raw vs. cooked. I understand that it is better to cook these veggies for easier digestion, neutralize the bad guys & increase the nutrient content/availability. It appears many eating an ancestral diet consume large quantities of these foods raw. Is this harmful or not?

    Cynthia Hill wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. Hints, tips, and streamlining cooking so it doesn’t take over your life.
    (on a related note, more simple/crockpot recipes and less “fancy” stuff.)

    Staci wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. Mark,

    Some of my favorite MDA posts deal with the search for contentment, happiness, and other offshoots of the human mental condition. In 2014, I’d love to see a post analyzing the inner workings and reflective capabilities of the ancient mind (Grok’s mind, if you will). Living in accordance with nature, these folks were surely content, yes? But did they choose to be happy or was it simply because they were ignorant? I tend to lean towards the latter, but I’d be truly interested to see you employ your powers to address this topic.

    Thanks for writing,

    Brian Stanton wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I know there are other bloggers out there who may have tackled the subject – but I’ve always appreciated your viewpoint on primal eating – you have all the science, but yet don’t come off as pushy and offer “laid back” advice. I’d like more information about baby food – my son is almost 4 months old and in the word of rice cereal, oatmeal, and “puffs,” I’d like advice on when to start baby food and what kinds of food are good to start with.

    Casey wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. The foundation of the Primal/Paleo lifestyle is simple, proven and effective. Therefore, should we even waste our time with modern health science and research? Is there anything else we need to learn?

    James wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. Mark, you have been athletic all your life, so many things you do come very natural “easy” for you in the way of exercise and nutrition.

    My question for you and 2014 is really a lot like those above:

    As a 61 year young woman, I am battling thyroid issues (naturally, not medication); HBP (has gone down on Primal Lifestyle, but not where it needs to
    be); and still 30 lbs. overweight and my big question is…….

    What more can I do as a 60 year old non athlete that seems to not loose weight when I exercise, still have low energy, no “high feeling” from exercise, and very, very frustrated at this long stall?

    I have been Primal for over two years and have been at a standstill for over a year.

    Seriously, I read and enjoy ALL your posts!
    Do not stop, please!

    Best to you in 2014!!
    Donna J.

    Donna J. wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. i will call In Primal Adventures. I am big into biking, hiking, fly fishing, hunting, skiing, etc. I love the outdoors (the mountain, oceans, river, etc). I love how much you talk about the benefits of the outdoors, nature, sunlight. It would be neat to see from your point of view maybe top 10 primal retreats or outdoors adventures in the US or Global. Example: backpack, explore, hike the Sawtooth Mountain in Idaho over a weekend or a week. You could talk about the primal benefits of such a trip and what things you would do to keep it as primal as possible. There are many things that can be done such as: rock climb such and such mountain ranch, river raft such and such river, bike across such and such national park. I think you probably get it. It would be insightful from your end and it might inspire others to want to get into the outdoors and connect with nature. I would lastly like to say thanks to the Primal Blueprint and the way it has changed my life for the better.

    Tyson Land wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. Please talk more about P90X3, can you really burn fat in 30 minutes?

    Ramon aguillon wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. Some people are transitioning from say 60%wellness going for 110% wellness….
    Some are going from 25% going for 110%…

    I am one of those going from very damaged/unbalanced (25%well) and I am trying to get to 110% wellness.

    progress has been made but I feel like I am hitting a block – my leaky gut is still not healed even after over 5 years of processed food and dairy free, 2 years of gluten free and about 1.5 years of paleo.

    I feel my leaky gut is still present because now I have developed a new skin condition (started about 1yr ago) and I continue to be extremely sensitive to stress.

    What about those of us who are struggling very hard to handle autoimmune disorders and are coming from say 25%wellness going for 110%wellness? (note that I am only quantifying wellness for purpose of discussion)

    I certainly do feel better (say from 25% to now 60%wellness) but it seems I am doing all of the standard Paleo protocol just to be as healthy as a standard American person and I am struggling to get past “feeling pretty good some of the time” — I feel like I need a serious deep cleaning and restart program

    Say Grok had chronic autoimmune disorders – evidence of an imbalance – how would Grok go about cleaning up and then healing up and then going back to being a normal wonderful hunter/gatherer?

    many people want information similar to couch to 5k (equivalent to being 60% well to be 110% awesome)……but what about hospital bed and years of meds to 5k gold (equivalent to being destroyed digestive track through years of Prilosec/Accutane/grains/sugar (25% alive) trying to be the best I can (110%))?

    is there a hospital bed/chronic autoimmune disorder —> prime primal hunter/gatherer protocol? An extreme paleo make over or cleanse?

    Matthew Zastrow wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • and Happy 2014 and congrats Mark! and Thanks for the info and inspiration!!!

      Matthew Zastrow wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. Hello Mark. First, I would like to wish you a Happy New Year, that is filled with joy, good health and peace. Mark I would like you to talk about the relationship between vitamin deficiencies and disease. I have researched a lot of information about maintaining health and I am coming to the conclusion that many diseases are a result of a vitamin deficiency. For example, Multiple Sclerosis may be a result of a vitamin d deficiency. This is something that needs to be discussed more frequently, because the way many American people are eating is destroying their health. Unfortunately by the time many people discover they have a vitamin deficiency, they are already ill. It is vital that the body maintain a specific level of vitamins. Many people don’t understand that the body will stay healthy only if vitamins are kept at a certain level. We must educate people that it is essential to eat foods that has a high nutrient density to maintain vitamin levels within the body that will help to prevent disease. Too often people are eating foods that provide little or no nutrient value that the body can use to help prevent disease. Many people may have a vitamin deficiency and not know it if they don’t have regular doctor visits and get blood work done. I think the relationship between vitamin deficiencies and disease need to be discussed more frequently.

    Royshell wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. I would like to see an article or series of articles about how to make a change to a paleo lifestyle and stick with it long term for busy people with families, careers, etc.

    That is always the biggest challenge for me. Every day life and conventional thinking seems to drag me away from sticking with paleo.


    Tim Noonan wrote on January 8th, 2014

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