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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. Would like to see more on supplementation – what supplement combinations should be taken together, and which combinations to avoid, Best time of day for various combos. Best way to systematically cycle in an out of which supplements to make it reasonably easy to keep track of without going nuts. Workout days vs. non workout days, summer vs. winter….

    Definitely more research on brain/body development as it relates to foods/supplements for kids and cognitive enhancement for elders.

    Mike wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. Mind-body connection!

    I’m especially interested in disordered eating and eating disorders. Lifestyle and diet can affect the way we think and the way we think affects the choices we make and those choices affect the way our body works and looks. And the cycle perpetuates.

    How do we use our lifestyle to heal disordered eating? I’m interested in the science behind it all. How do the interactions of certain foods and hormones trigger satiety? How do individuals with eating disorders create a healthy meal plan (and other lifestyle changes) that will help to positively affect the way they think about food and what it will do to them?

    Is it mind over matter or matter over mind?

    Alison wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. Mark,
    Just ideas:
    1. My primal and my hubby’s primal are different. He is wired on different things than me due to available foods for that geographic region his ancestors came from. Even though we both don’t live in the countries where our grandparents come from, it doesn’t mean that those regional variations do not affect us on a daily basis.

    2. I would like to see more written about diet that goes beyond ourselves. Eating primal and local are our responsibilities. I have been involved with local ag. groups, which try to revive traditional agriculture for Hawaii. Eating fish and poi from taro patches and fish ponds is responsible, culturally appropriate, and healthy (published research) for Native Hawaiians and locals. However, these items are not easily available and not everyone can stomach poi (sadly). I would like to see what people are doing in other regions and how they do it. I would love to learn how we can extend ourselves, so it’s not just our own health, bu the health of our community and resources.

    Thank you in advance

    Lien wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. Peripheral neuropathy and primal living. Whether or not living a primal lifestyle can improve the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy???

    Kimberly G wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. I’d like to read about what sort of exercise and diet would work for people with hypermobile joints and/or Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Almost everyone on MDA recommends cross-fit as exercise but I don’t know if it is suitable for someone with this particular problem.

    Ahsen Nuray wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. RDA of Vitamins and Minerals

    I would like to see an article that analyzes how these numbers came into being and if they still apply when you move to a primal lifestyle. ie were these number generated by observing people using a less optimal diet and they need to be adjusted for a more primal diet.

    Mark B wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. A totally inclusive routine for mobility. There are so many mobility drills that I sometimes get lost on what drills I need to do. You should do a post outlining a mobility routine that is doable for the average person and hits every major body part: wrists, shoulders, trunk, hips, ankles. I’d like to see a routine that simply tells me to do x, y, z everyday to keep mobile and happy.

    Nick wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. Mark,

    In terms of expanding to other areas of health information, all I would say is be careful. Remember that you’ve become successful because the knowledge you’ve shared has been regarding issues that you believe in and adopt on a day-to-day basis. Branching off into fields like hormone, pregnancy, etc. could really help some people out, but they might distract you from your overarching message of healthy primal living. Are these subjects you are truly an expert in? Can you leverage your knowledge to find someone you trust to share with us? Note: I do not question your ability to learn and share some valuable information :)

    Reading through the other comments, I agree with those that believe you could have the greatest success through improved recipe/meal planning. Quite frankly, it’s tough for Grok to survive in this modern world! Wouldn’t it be great if normal everyday mom’s (or dad’s) stumbled upon some primal recipes simply because THEY’RE AWESOME only to discover so much about the lifestyle behind them? Great food serves as a gateway to unite people with the underlying messages you share.

    Spreading the love through other websites (allrecipe, foodnetwork, etc.) can help drive large amounts of people to a new way of living they may have otherwise never discovered. Actual meal plans, although prescriptive in what they suggest, can reduce the initial work for first time Groks to get the nutrients they know they need without spending a huge initial investment in figuring out what to get.

    People come to you because they trust you — make sure to use that asset to the fullest in 2014.

    Warm Regards,
    A Humble Grok

    Steve wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. After a while I start paleo , my taste significantly changed. I was always wondering , why all tasty foods are unhealthy , vice versa. After just a short time , healthy foods start to taste amazing and all unhealthy (especially grains & things with sugar) tasted like s₺!t. And I tried everything raw , without mixing with any other food or spice even salt. And I realized , for example rice(used to love it so much) have no taste at all. I was just getting the taste of butter & spices or the other foods I eat rice with. And I start to trust my taste so much.
    I believe that was how our ancestors was eating. If it tastes good , your body needs it. There was no scientific researches or a Mark Sisson telling us what is good or not :) Only thing was the taste.

    My question is , some of the so called “super foods” still tastes like nothing or .. just bad. What does this means? My body don’t need it ? Or they are not “real” super foods?

    I’m wondering what is our tasting all about.

    Anıl Görür wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. Oh, and please settle this ongoing debate – fat intake doesn’t affect weight loss, vs. the (PHD) concept that for fat loss eat less fat so that your body will burn more of its stored reserves.

    Mike wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. The perfect primal workout tools: Gymnastic Rings and a Tree.

    I have recently fallen in love with bodyweight ring training…with a 32 dollar set of rings coupled with sprints and some bodyweight squat/lunge variations, you are getting a primal full body workout moving your own bodyweight through space with infinite progressions.

    Jeff Thomas wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. “Natural Flavors” or broadly, “Hidden Ingredients.”

    We all try to be primal in the food we buy, but sometimes you just can’t avoid encountering some annoyingly hidden ingredient not regulated by the FDA. I would like you to research what some of these ‘ingredients’ actually contain (and why the FDA isn’t requiring them to be labeled): “natural flavors” “spices” and anything that says “for color” or “to protect flavor.”

    Also–What the heck is in our alcoholic beverages, and why aren’t ingredients ever labeled? A lot of primal people like to enjoy a glass of wine now and then, but it’s a mystery what we are *actually* drinking.

    What is in our consumables? Currently I just don’t buy anything if I can’t determine what’s actually in it, but it would sure be nice to know if I’m missing out on something that’s primal-okay, or if I’m unknowingly consuming something that isn’t primal-okay.


    Kathleen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. I would like to see a post about architecture/urban life. The buildings we live in. The air-conditioning or heater we sit in all day long. The bland white walls we stare at all day long and what effect this has on our psychology (depression, anxiety etc). Are people who live in timber huts on the beach better off than those who live a privileged life in a cookie cutter house in the suburbs? Can good architecture make us healthier – I think there are good examples of this around the world – and make healthier decisions.

    Calum wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. This isn’t really a blog thing, but it’s a wish…

    I would really love to try some of the PB sups and protein. But, the shipping to Canada is pretty draconian… often more than the cost of the item.

    It would be nice if shipping to Canada could be explored further for better rates? I purchase a fair bit of nutritional items from the US, and other places have found ways to ship that make their products affordable and accessible to people in other countries. VitaCost and are two notables.


    Barb wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. Hi There, My Question Is, Do We Have Proof About The Long Term Effects Of A High Fat Diet? We Know It Leads To Weight Loss, BettE eEnergy, Etc In The Short Term, B new “Paleo” Is ARelativelY New Concept. How Do We know High FaT Works Long TeRm?. Ie, What If We All Get heart Disease In 20Yrs Time?

    Karlie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. Health and fitness in old age. (I’m 82, still working on it.)

    Nancy Andreasen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. I would like to see an article looking at the rates of disease and allergies in the paleo/primal communities versus the SAD for those who have been living this way longer term.

    Rosanna wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. Back to basics: a primer on how to “raise” and gather food in your own backyard. Backyard poultry, gardening, canning, fermenting, storage, etc.

    Michelle wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. I would like to hear your thoughts on the mechanisms that let to the reduction in our brain size.

    Mark wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. Article about Daily Vitamins and if/how/why they are important with a comparison of how those vitamins/minerals are absorbed from pills versus eating them in food.

    Michael DeMoss wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. I love Mark’s Daily Apple and read it daily for inspiration and information. I would love to see some articles written specifically for women who are peri-menopausal.and dealing with fluctuating hormones. I have been eating a paleo diet for about 7 years and it has done wonders for my health, weight, energy etc. I just turned 50 and suddenly everything is out of whack. My body seems to be producing too much estrogen and not near enough progesterone resulting in very heavy and irregular periods. As a result I have become very iron deficient. I am putting on weight even though I haven’t changed anything in my diet or exercise regime. Any advice on how to deal with the change of life would be appreciated.

    Evelyn wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. How about info on de-toxing……best methods/foods/symptoms seen while going through the process, etc.

    Taryn wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. Eating disorders, the role of SAD and non-primal living in creating them and Primal advice on coping with and moving through them.

    Michal wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. Information on personal hygiene products, soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc, I am under the impression there is a lot of chemical exposure here, how can we limit it and stay clean and fresh!!

    Carvelikeasnowdog wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. I would like to see an article on thyroid issues. It seems like a lot of people (especially women) are impacted by thyroid issues and unless the thyroid issues are addressed, it is very difficult to feel healthy or lose weight. What kinds of things can I do to support my thyroid (I have pre-Hashimoto’s), what do I need to avoid? How can I be healthy and lose weight in the context of a compromised thyroid? Should I self medicate with desiccated thyroid or iodine? Should I avoid caffeine? So many questions and I am just tired all the time.

    TLady wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. I want to know what it is about great food that makes us happy and why bad food is so good at imitating that or at least making us forget about that happiness.

    Whatever that effect is, it only works up to a point and then we feel bad but by then, the habit is formed.

    There is lots more to this thought – I’d like to read about your thoughts on it.

    Alex Adkins wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. I would love to see a more personal or interactive touch; mostly by way of reader profiles and success stories. I know these are offered through other channels, but I think these interspersed through newsletters every once in a while would be of great benefit.

    Davis Stewart wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Hey Mark,

    Two things:
    1. Good Pre-Sleep Practices… Top 3 things to Start doing and Stop doing before you sleep

    2. The Truth about farm-raised fish!

    Thanks for all you do!!

    David K wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Further posts on primal and optimizing for children … eg do they needs more carbs as active growing little things, less salt with immature kidneys, more calcium containing foods?

    Kate wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. A “Primal Gray” focus area would close a big gap and be a huge benefit to those of us who have accumulated some ouchies over the decades, who are a bit vulnerable to injuring ourselves, and who are easy to discourage. We want to play, too! We need a way to step up to the starting point that your younger and older-but-fitter readers take for granted. There’s a lot of information out there about what’s wrong, and not so much about what is, or could be, right. There’s lots of information about everything, right? But not so much about what a “primal gray” in particular should choose. Yes, it has helped me greatly to eliminate grains and legumes from my meals, and to take primal supplements. More, please?

    Kay wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. Ditto on topics of aging, i.e., “How to Be a Healthy 90 Year Old” – Being in my 50s, and seeing the health problems of my mid-80 parents, I want specifics that address what a 50 y.o. can do. (PB living, yes, I know, but I need the reiteration.)

    KenCo wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. I want to see more primal/paleo world meets barefoot (long distance) running.

    Examples, How do they mesh? Is running properly (ie barefoot, in your comfort zone, etc) a risk for chronic cardio and injuries caused by it? Why about people who actually decompress and run for the fun of it (play), does it cause harm still? How should we fuel our bodies if we long distance run? Proper primal movements to combat the “always forward” motion, etc!

    Elizabeth wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I would also like to see more articles on how to deal with the sugar monster. Most people trying to convert to fat burning are addicted in some way to the sugar monster. Being addicted to the sugar monster even in a small way, keeps me from being able to switch over to being a fat burner. Are there ways to trick yourself into avoiding or giving up sugar cravings permanently?

    TLady wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. A blog post on how Primal can-be/is part of an environmental sustainability model. How something so important such as the health of the planet can ‘get people on board’ to become healthy to then have the vitality to be happy as well as stopping (at least slowing) environmental degradation – Sick People Don’t Solve Much or Marks 10 Millionth Health Convert Could be the Planet.

    Kit wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. How does the carb curve change for different types (low-level, sprinting, etc.) and amounts of exercise?

    Mallory wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. I’d like to see an article that fits the primal blueprint into the iffym ‘s!

    rebecca wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. I am just embarking on a paleo lifestyle and can see that one of the main things in the beginning is discipline- So I am working on that. But I am also getting close to 50 and have gained about 30 pounds in the last few years. It seems harder to get it off now! I feel better on paleo and enjoy the variety. (Who needs carbs anyway) – but I would like to see an article about hormones and how they affect us as we age and how being paleo can combat this. Happy I found your site! Lots of great info and I am usually on it at least once a day checking things out.

    Laurie Hull wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. Poison of the week! For instance, Aspartame (or diet soda) and the physiological impact to your body. So we can have an understanding of what is happening. Then layout a list of primal alternatives and how they can meet the craving while progressing towards a true personal paleo code, or “crawl, walk, run”.

    HarleyGuy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. Topic suggestion: If done correctly, primal eating is expensive, mostly from the cost of meats. And the general issue there is getting the proper ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. (You can get no-hormone, antibiotic free, humanely raised corn-fed beef cheaper than grass-fed.) So, what if I just took a lot of high quality omega 3 fish oil capsules? Like build up slowly to, say, nine or twelve 1 gram capsules a day? I know that would not be proper from a purist perspective, and it would still be pricey. But I am trying to make this work….

    Brad wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. I’m from central Maine, so I think you know a bit about this… 😉 We don’t always get a chance to get out in the sun for 15 minutes every day. It might be weeks or maybe months (please, no!) before we see that strange orb in the sky! What are the best options (aside from flying south for the winter) for those of us in the northern climates in the winter? Are supplements enough? Tanning booths? That’s what this stuck-indoors-at-15-below-with-no-sun-in-sight girl wants to know.

    Jill wrote on January 8th, 2014

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