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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. Hey Mark (since you asked)! I love your PB exercise videos and tips, totally makes sense, but would like to see exercise adapted for those with osteoarthritis. OA affects such a large populace, young and old. I have been Primal now for a year and have noted a remarkable decrease in pain and inflammation of my knees due to my new lifestyle diet. Now I need to slowly strengthen my joints to reach my maximum fitness potential. Thanks for reading.

    Annie B wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. I’d like to read about the older folks, or even the elderly. My husband and I are past our “prime” years, and facing some medical issues that have forced us to reconsider our redolent lifestyle. We have begun exercising and have transitioned to a more whole foods diet, very similar to paleo. I’d like to hear about addressing post-menapause/hormonal issues, mebbe issues addressing high blood pressure related to eating red meats, calcium for osteoporosis, etc. How does our body change as we move past the child bearing years, and how does diet/exercise play into that? Thanks!

    itty wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. I’d love to see you cover chronic pain and depression. I’m in my early 30’s, I’ve been primal for 2 years, and even having lost 50 lbs as a result, I still battle chronic pain caused by arthritis and bulging disks in my lower back, and severe depression with little to no impact on either since becoming primal. I’d love you to tackle this.


    slckris10 wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. The dangers or negative health consequences of preservatives

    Zach rusk wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. Mark, I think I need a post on primal burnout! Aka, what does one do when one reaches that point of “I’m tired of being obsessed with food/movement/sleep, whether I’m doing it ‘right’ or ‘wrong,’ I just want to eat pizza and sugar and go to sleep.” 😉 Not that I’ve ever experienced that or anything. Thanks!

    Elaine wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. Not such a ‘write about’ more a facilitate…getting us all to collate what we do/what changes we made/what changes we see, in a sort of unscientific mass collection of data to force Goverments/Organisations/Big Food Industry to face up to what is happening and what is working for X number of people to date who are eating real, whole food, not just one tiny isolated molecule that is the stuff of Corporate Funded Research. And breathe!

    Nicola Thomas wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. I love living a Primal Lifestyle, but I still enjoy running half marathons and training for century rides. Can you go into more depth as to how to train for these events Primally? Being a former endurance athlete yourself, I would think you could develop a sample training program that is more Primally focused.

    Marie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. Without espousing any certain religion or faith, can you support or refute any claims that associating with a faith can increase happiness or health?

    Britt Dowling wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. I would like to know more about the genetics behind the Primal Blueprint and the genetic research that is always updated.
    I’m also hoping you would do a extensive article on how food can influence all sorts of hormones and how to activate hormones that influences our stem cells to make them into specific cell.

    Lastly I would like to learn more about how Primal eating work to renew cells or make cells younger again.

    MarielleGO wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. Hi Mark, I would like to see you elevate your (primal) argument from great intuitively correct idea to one that is a more robust scientific argument. By this I mean (and I am trying to be helpful here) – can you present your thoughts in a way that might allow them to be “found to be false” by somebody who does not agree with you.

    The point I am trying to make is that everybody loves their own ideas, especially when they “sound” right. A truly great idea can stand up to scrutiny, indeed it begs for more scrutiny. If you can do this, the 10 mil will be easy and you can start to look at !00 mil.

    Cheers, all the best and good luck

    Alistair Dance wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. Dear Mark,
    Starting a workout for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.

    I am a recent convert to primal paleo.
    After reading your book I followed the plan for a few weeks and I saw improvements in my health.
    I can follow the eating plan but since I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue I have no clue how to start an exercise regime. I get exhausted quickly and if I try to lift heavy things my body reacts badly and I am in pain for days and get sick.
    Can you please help with this topic.

    Thank you

    Rosanna wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. Something I’d like to see is a primal blueprint agenda for seniors – such as for those of us past 65.

    PrimalGrandma wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Obviously from all the comments women over 50 including myself want to be fit and look fit are willing to work for it but want results without injury. Hook it up with some strength workouts for women over 50….

    Josey wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. I’d love to see an article about the mental/emotional benefits of going primal. Can giving up certain foods increase one’s feelings of well-being and clarity? I have depression/anxiety issues that I suspect are food-related, though I’m still working out what foods might be the culprits.

    Many success stories and articles focus on the physical benefits of going primal and mention the emotional aspect in passing – “I reversed my [insert physical ailment here] and feel better than ever…” but I’d love something in-depth.

    Love your blog & products & generosity – thanks for all you do!

    Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. Causes of hip bursitus and how to treat it for those of us that aren’t elderly women. It started when I was 22.

    Shireen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. My fear (CW still nagging in my noggin) is that Mark’s health, physique and general awesomeness is a by-product / leftover from his athletic career and us mortals will never be able to reach the Primal promised land. Any reassurances?

    Richard wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. This is a topic I would like covered. I have a number of sport and work related injuries. Are there foods or supplements that can help reduce the swelling that’s associated with these injuries. Thank you.

    Eric Swanson wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. I’d like to know more about the role of yeast and how to incorporate the nutrient (different kinds) into your diet. I am a small female and when I was 100% primal (I know there are different definitions but lets just say I was not eating any grains, refined sugar or dairy), I ended up losing way too much weight. By default, I eliminated yeast and now I am having a hard time incorporating it back it. My digestion became a wreck and now I have a hard time eating eggs or digesting nuts/seeds as a result of being too under weight. I think my hormones were also effected.

    I know eat rice (yields positive results) and have recently discovered that oats (especially raw) completely screw me up and give me many of the same symptoms as wheat.

    Ashley wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. Harking back to Julie’s comments about older women … I’m in my mid-70’s, diag. Celiac, and trying to deal with several (multiple +) issues as a result.. At this age I cannot exercise like 20-50 yr. olds. Plus, we may have encountered even more restrictions for exercising, due to our health problems.. Give us some simple things to start with and can build on …. that we can incorporate into our daily life w/o needing a personal trainer or gym membership.

    Thanks for your newsletters!

    Sandy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. I’d like to hear about personalizing the primal diet. I have friends who go off of gluten for a month and don’t lose weight or feel any better and others that do. Some friends do better on more protein, especially red meat, and others do better on fish or vegies. Help me understand, and help me figure out what’s best for me.

    Sarah wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. More comprehensive strategies for primal diet and exercise while working on the road.

    Neanderthall2000 wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. I have two suggestions.

    1) A post about recovering from anorexia on a primal diet and how it affects the recovery process both physically and mentally. (more success stories of people gaining weight would be good too)

    2) A post about how to keep the gut healthy on a low-carb (ketogenic) diet. What are the different mechanism that affects the gut when switching to a low-carb diet and what can we do to keep our digestion healthy.

    Hemming wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. You mentioned that you would be doing articles on reversing Type 2 Diabetes, but I’m actually dealing with reversing Reactive Hypoglycemia. Maybe mention all types of sugar related health issues in these articles. Sugar abuse does an enormous amount of damage to the body (and also those foods that turn into sugar in your body) and reversing this damage takes a lot longer than just the 30-day reset/reboot. Many people with sugar damaged bodies will need a 60-90 day starter program for getting their health back.

    Would also like to see articles about slowly reintroducing your body to exercise. Did a lot of outdoor exercise as a kid, but society has become much more indoor and sedentary since then.

    Victoria wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. I’d love to see a post that explains what is consider “obese/overweight” because no matter how lean I am, I still want to be leaner.
    I’ve read numerous amounts of books for eating healthy, and they created this fear for carbs. I started eating Paleo/Primal in 2011. This lead me to metabolic damage and no mentstral cycle. I’m 22 and want to be healthy. But the books all day “lower carb approach”. It would be great to read a book or articles based on young adult females.
    I’ve now learned eating carbs isn’t bad. But my body still hasn’t recovered.
    Any advice for young normal weight people and how to recover from metabolic damage without tracking macros on a fitness pal app?

    Chelsea wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. Extractors vs. Juicers (Emulsifying vs. Juicing) Pros & cons of each. Misconceptions & facts about each.

    Carol wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. I’d love to see something on natural remedies for hyperhidrosis and anxiety. I can’t find any paleo literature on the issue ANYWHERE!

    Kathryn wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. How can I help and support friends who want to eat healthier and lose bodyfat but cannot resist pizza, bread, junk food, etc.
    I don’t want to be a teacher, preacher or contoller but I would like to help them in the transformation phase. Thx

    Romy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. I want more info on kids eating primal. When I went primal with the kids (age 5 and 6) they were still hungry after a good chunk of protein and fats, and nongrain carbs. (veges, starches) They are fairly active. So I give them more carbs in quinoa, wild rice, and starch form….and some almond flour baked goods. It helps them feel full at the end of the meal. So they eat a lot more carbs than I do per meal, and almost as much protein as I do. I have no clue if this is is right or good – I feel like I’m winging it! Not a lot of feedback on blogs on primal or paleo sites..

    Tanya Michaud wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Social networking. We have done this a bit but I would like to see more concrete ideas on – who to talk to? What kinds of things to say? Modern “normal” social interactions that are anti-Primal traps, unusual kinds of social interactions to seek out and foster that might be “off the radar” for modern people. Just like how to survive on primal food in a suburban landscape of dinner parties & fast food joints, how to grow an ancestral tribe in suburbia – without them realising!

    Fifer wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. Can you please tell us why we eat nuts but not grains and legumes? Nuts seems just as harmful. Thank you for everything!

    sarah wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. I find that my aging parents do not understand our Primal lifestyle. I would appreciate any ideas of how to communicate better with them and provide a way they can live a healthier existence.

    GothamGlitterati wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. I’m sure I’m not alone in coming to the Primal Lifestyle after becoming Insulin dependent at the hands of a primary care physician who prides himself on his ability to “treat symptoms” rather than educating patients on the details of nutrition and helping create a lifestyle change that would address the underlying problem before we run out of options.

    What can the Insulin dependent do to work around the catch 22 Insulin inflicts on us, and is there still a way to lose weight now that our body processes have been compromised?

    Frank H wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I’d like to see the whole TPB community involved in a crowd-sourced effort to come up with the most effective pitches to get others to try a primal/paleo diet.
    (This could be split up into for example children, siblings, friends, parents). I think we all have loved ones who would be drastically better off adopting a primal diet. I for one, can’t convince my parents at all.

    Oh and, how about collaborating with the Lyft app during the yearly primal 21 day challenge? This will bring forth some cool data to back up the success stories.

    Tom wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. Primal Living can provide us with insightful and unexpected lessons about ourselves and the world around us. I would be curious to read more about how Primal Living might inform on ideas / topics / problems we don’t typically think as ‘Primal’. Business. Innovation. Management ? At the risk of getting off topic…

    Madalene Earp wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. Big payoffs
    The articles I’m most interested in are topics that have a big payoff. Eliminating sugar, stop eating wheat, lose weight fast, look leaner fast, these kinds of topics. I like things that are easy for me to understand, easy to implement and quick to see results. It’s the 80/20 Rule applied to my health. 20 percent of what I do every day will give me 80 percent of my results.

    Sonja wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. I would love to see more details about blood sugar… not necessarily Primal but in the spirit of challenging conventional wisdom, answers to questions like what are the ideal glucose numbers (vs. the ADA), how to track and determine ideal carb levels, how does exercise impact glucose levels and potentially A1C markers. What are some of the signs of pre-diabetes that aren’t widely known, etc.

    Understanding the risks and how to understand blood sugar for someone who diabetic but may be overweight and therefore either pre-diabetic or close to would be helpful.

    Lisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. Here is a sugestion for your article. “I know what to do, but I don’t do it !” (How to move from being informed to putting things into practice in daily life.)

    Dina Lavin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. Hi there!

    I would love a more detailed post about it in here… I trust Mark as no one else and this would be a great way to feel more secure to try it out (since I suspect I have a leaking gut).


    Flavia wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. More about our microbiome and health.

    Anne wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Caliprimal wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. Being new to the grok world, I am most interesting in seeing Grok for dummies. Yes I bought the 21 day book but have yet to read it – it would be great to have a regular blog snippet about this type of thing. For instance, I’d love some ideas on how to ease into this lifestyle. Week 1: no wheat, Week 2: more veggies, etc. I have come to the conclusion I am not someone who can just do a full change and make it work

    JessMN wrote on January 8th, 2014

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