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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. Age related info in regards to diet, exercise, suppliments.

    I’m 49, a sports official (softball/baseball/football) drive over an hour to work one way and have a family, needless to say my time is stretched.

    As we age the SAD has different effects on us IMO.

    I need my fountain of youth to keep flowing, i have a grand daughter on the way and need to see her get married!!!


    Danny Strickland wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. those article titles sound great! looking forward to reading them–those are very relevant topics to me, esp fat loss and diabetes.

    i also love how this primal approach is all very holistic. i need to learn more about moderation–sometimes i let my primal eating isolate me from people and life–not good. sometimes i get scared of certain foods or way too intense about being strict w food.

    it’s great how related topics and posts from a year ago are listed at the end of the article. those are really helpful for me to read and review–there is SO MUCH great information here!

    i’d also be interested in gradual exercise programs for the lay-woman. 😉

    Jenny wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. I’d like you to write about the most important things that you think you may have gotten wrong when writing The Primal Blueprint, or changed your stance on since.

    Misabi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. Since I’ve gone off Levothroid, I’ve noticed more hair loss. I would like to supplement thyroid naturally, but how do I do it? I have less restless leg problems now, and I don’t want RLS to return.

    Quinda wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. A few ideas. How to find a healthcare provider who respects your views. How to find local like-minded individuals in your community for support and friendship. Maybe some shorter posts that can be a motivational push, i.e. a tip of the day, a couple quick exercises, a quick snack recipe.

    Thank you for this chance to weigh in.

    Rosanna wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. Topic: Primal eatings relationship with heart health.

    D. Valley wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. Hi Mark Since I feel like I learned and experienced so much participating in the PrimalCon Lake Tahoe I am asking if there could be a method of lowering the costs so more people could attend? Not neccessarily more in numbers but give more individuals a chance to attend. Maybe lowering the costs, supplementing the fees with some form of grants, or some other form of financial help?

    Dave G wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. Just as many have already suggested, I would love to see more on “Primal Pregnancy”, “How to help relatives who are extremely attached to (bad) cultural cuisine transition to PB eating”, more on sleeping ( I still can’t get it right even after so many posts on this), female sports nutrition, and of course more on “Primal Certification”. I would love to one day work with you Mark and the other PB stars.


    Big C wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. PrimalBaby – I reckon there is a whole book right there. Including what Mrs Grok would do if she couldn’t breast feed.

    PrimalTraveller – Eating and training primal on the go from a backpack, in a tent, boat or hotel room.

    PrimalGut – Our microbiome has changed drastically in a very short space of time, and continues to do so rapidly with every course of antibiotics etc. Eating the right foods is limited by our ability to digest – how do we optimise out microbiome for paleo digestion?

    Anna wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. I have been suffering from scalp psoriasis since I was a baby. Eliminating dairy products has helped but it never completely goes away. It would be great if you could cover this subject. Thanks!

    Rita Winslade wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. “Do men have their own menopause?” Or are us women only the privileged ones!

    “ADDICTION of food and in general – what it’s all about psychologically.”

    ” KETOGENIC DIET versus PRIMAL BLUEPRINT”. The differences.

    DEBRAKADABRA wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. At 34 I underwent chemo for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, then a couple weeks before my 35th birthday had a radical hysterectomy. I just turned 36.
    Remission is awesome!!
    The weight gain from the hysterectomy (and my recently-discovered thyroid problems, due to the chemo) is not awesome.

    I’d love some information specifically focused on women who gad had a hysterectomy, instead of just menopausal women.


    Erin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Dark Chocolate & Red Wine are deliciously primal, but there has to be something more for us beer drinkers (beer lovers) out there rather than just the 80/20 rule.

    John Washburne wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Guinness must be good for you, all that iron and whatnot (that’s what I tell myself)!

      Richard wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. The main thrust of your blog and company seems to be towards younger people who are athletes or wanna be athletes or who regularly use cross fit, etc. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that as it is wonderful to help people starting out in life to start on the right foot, or help them right their own health ship before it becomes permanently damaged.

    However there are those of us…..boomers if you will…and there are huge numbers….who have had a lifetime of the SAD and yo-yo dieting and conventional wisdom, and bad health choices, who are waking up to the fact of being lied to by the food producers and so called medical experts has left us overweight and damaged metabolically.

    I would like to see more articles and helpful suggestions for those who can’t manage a stringent work out or have other health issues. The main thing would be a series of articles on restoring a damaged metabolic system. People with metabolic syndrome, or thyroid and hormonal problems could use help in figuring out which foods help or harm. Which movements are the most important for bringing the body back into some kind of balance. And can it be done with food and lifestyle rather than resorting to western medicine and drug?.

    Thanks for all you do, Mark. Your inspiration brought me back from the brink and I’m still in the midst of the struggle to find a new healthy balance in my life. I look to you for guidance every day.

    Sitara wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. I’d love to learn more about a primal lifestyle relating to helping the brain/mental disorders/autoimmune. My uncle had schizophrenia and when I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance my mom started learning about how a gluten-free diet can help people with autism as well as schizophrenia. Most recently, she read Brain on Fire, which I believe is about yet another auto-immune disorder linked to the above two. I know there is so much about the brain that we don’t know or understand, but any posts on this would be of great interest!

    Helen wrote on January 8th, 2014
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    Andrea wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. The lowdown on sweeteners – what effects the different sweeteners have in a lovely concise way. Thanks!

    Chad wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. Primal and gastric bypass surgery. I try to pass along some of the lessons to my son 33 yrs old who has had gastric bypass surgery and is back up to 359lbs, 6′ 5″ tall. But I’m not so sure he can eat a high fat diet. I have heard lots of people who have had the surgery put they weight back on, what do they do now? I’ve only been primal for 3 days and lost 1.6 lbs. I’m 51 yrs old, 5′ 4″ and at least 50 lbs overweight. I try to pass along some of the lessons, but……..

    Like they say “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink”!

    Barbara wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. Something on compulsive overeating and other eating disorders

    Andrea wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. I am a new subscriber to Marks Daily Apple and I am very excited to start reading and educating myself. One thing that I really hope to read in the near future or even just a topic discussed would be, eating out while eating Primal. I do great when I am eating out of my own fridge but I have tough time when I have to go out with coworkers to a restaurant for a working lunch. I thought I could pack my own things and just eat them at the restaurant, although it almost makes me feel not a part of.
    The same goes for when I get invited to go out with friends for dinner. Recently I’ve been making suggestions to stay in, but other than that what are more options?

    Keytra W. wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. I think it was Josie who asked about hyperthyroidism and how to reverse it. I’d be interested in that topic.
    Got anything on Primal lifestyle and fibromyalgia?
    I have a sister and a daughter who are both vegan. It has disappointed me at how many Primal/Paleo authors make snide little pot-shots at the vegan lifestyle. It makes it hard to share the good information with those vegans we love and are concerned about.

    Linda Wiebenson wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. I’d like to see some information about Primal and Reactive Hypoglycemia. I know there have been a few posts from people who have said Primal helped them, but I have not seen a blog topic. I think many people, like me, who have this condition will find your site. Common recommendations are to eat every 2 hours and eat whole grains. You talk about reversing diabetes, what is your recommendation on how to get enough calories and nutrition for a Reactive Hypoglycemia person.


    Chuck wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. What I want Mark or Carrie to write about:

    Everything, including the kitchen sink, having to do with the Primal pre/during/post menopausal woman. What to expect when you’re too old to be expecting 😉

    Meg wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. I would like to see an article on how environmental cues which our ancestors lived by and which have now been significantly altered (or made moot) in modern life affect our health and sense of well-being. I.e. things like seasonal changes in light, temperature, activity and diet; the amount and type of background noise we are exposed to during our days; night sounds (or lack thereof); background visuals we are exposed to during our days (i.e. the straight lines, right angles, neutral colors, and artificial materials of the city vs. more the organic shapes, colors, and textures of our “evolutionary” habitats); the number of people we interact with in a given day and the nature of those interactions, etc. Assuming we are still exquisitely adapted to a more “organic” background environment, what are the most important things we can do to counteract any of the negative effects of modernity?

    Eric wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. First of all I’d like to say I love your site, Mark. I read it everyday (at work, shhhh!) and I’m always inspired to do more research, try new things, and just plain get out and live life to the fullest!

    Some of the topics I’d be interested in reading more about (other than those already stated) include:

    – DIY primal playgrounds and projects for your home and backyard
    – tips for raising a primal child (how to feed them primally, but still recognize that they’re going to be exposed to every other food and influence out there)
    – more suggestions of good food pairings to include in meals both for taste and nutrient benefits
    – some ideas for indoor fun primal activities when it’s WAY too cold outside (I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and it’s been -30 deg C (and up to -50 with the windchill) for a few weeks now! Brrrrr….


    Kira MacLeod wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. I’m sure I’m not alone in being victimized by a primary care physician who was happy to manage his patients’ symptoms rather than eliminating the causes of the symptoms through diet and lifestyle changes. Not knowing or an unwillingness to provide the knowledge patients need flies in the face of “Do no harm”.

    What can those of us do who to are late to the Primal Lifestyle and have been painted into the corner of Insulin dependence due to mitigate our situation? Is there still a way to lose weight even though our body’s’ processes have been compromised by years of the flavor of the month chemicals for blood glucose control?

    Frank H wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. Would love to see something in depth about overcoming sugar addiction. You could call it, “What to do When You Unexpectedly Get a 32 Pound Box of Candy in the Mail”. Yep, that happened to me…

    Stephanie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Paleo/ancestrol movement as it relates to cerebral paulsy

    Brenden wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Exciting thread, dudes! :)

    How about something that covers those beleaguered folks who follow the Primal lifestyle in a totalised way and get so far…and reach a plateau…and still experience less than optimum health? (e.g. what about biochemical, genetic variants that can influence wellness?)

    Veronica Korczak wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. I would love to see more about how tailor Primal exercises and movements to those with physical handicaps.

    Windsong wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. Mark, Thanks for all the great information and changing my life for the better.

    Would love to see a blog on the subject of – For those family members and children who don’t fully accept the Primal diet and are eating a mix of Primal and SAD. Is it better or worse? Adding higher fat (whole milk and more grass fed beef) to a somewhat high carbohydrate diet. Is it better or worse?

    Bernie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. Hi Mark
    As a South African, and speaking for many across the world, we would like to see you set up agents across as many countries in the world, who could keep stock of your unique supplements, and those publications not currently in e-book form. To ship in bulk is far less expensive than by unit. MDA followers are growing worldwide, and so must the access to your material and products! Such an agent could also be required to locate and refer readers to the best regional sources of organic foods and grass fed meat. Let’s take on the world! Don’t forget the masses who are outside of the USA! Please…….?

    Alan Havenga wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I’d like to see a blog post on baby led weaning which is basically the introduction of solid foods to your baby at around 6 months, totally skipping the “mush” stage (i.e. straight to finger foods). There seems to more an increasing amount of evidence that this is how we should be weaning a baby from a developmental point of view and I think it fits really well with the whole Primal philosophy.

    Nancy H wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. How primal living creates a very, very healthy sex drive, even for older men~!

    Shelsea Turner wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. If I go only “partially” Primal, will that help at all? Or, do I need to go all out Primal?

    Kathleen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. I’d be really interested in a post about dealing with the after affects of being on steroids (prednisone).

    I’ve been taking steroid inhalers since I was a child and was put on a two year course of oral prednisone. (It took me about a year to taper off the medication). It has such a profound affect and changed everything about how my body works. How can I undo the permanent changes that have happend to my body shape and metabolism. Is just primal diet and exercise enough?

    Nicci wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. It’s unlikely that Grok wore Vibram soled shoes so an article about the effects of Earthing (grounding) on the human body, if any, would be interesting and potentially helpful.

    JC wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. Hi Mark. Whoa, it might take you all year to read these comments. I like your ideas for upcoming posts. I would ask: 1. suggestions for post-menopausal misty primal women who are active and athletic but are having trouble losing body fat and toning up. 2. I’ve read what you’ve written about longevity – I would like to know of any new research and specifically any research associated with primal lifestyles.

    Susan B. wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. Also, if you are willing to share, I would like to know how you go about doing your research. Thanks for all your writing and work, Mark!

    Susan B. wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. This is one you mentioned, but I’d LOVE to see it:

    How to Be an Endurance Athlete on a Ketogenic Diet

    Associated with that topic – how we can determine our adrenal status and what to do about it when there’s a problem. A title for that? Adrenal Endurance.

    Jen Patterson wrote on January 8th, 2014

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