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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. Please blog about our diet and auto immune disorders. I have MS and through experimentation, I know any dairy is bad for me and I suspect gluten, but otherwise I don’t know. Thanks.

    Tim Loftus wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. I’d like you to write about speed. Not only running/sprinting speed in general, I suppose, but the speed at which different muscles can execute actions; how speed in training affects conditioning, metabolism, etc.; what type of speed, say, a track & field sprinter might have vs. Grok, and their pros and cons and similarities and differences. Stuff like that. :-)

    Also, Mark, could you touch on track & field athletics, and sprinters and decathletes and whatnot? How primal are they? For example, no one could doubt that Usain Bolt is in terrific shape. Can they be a template similar to (but of course never superior to!) our very own Grok? Can everyone develop the speed, power, explosiveness, etc. of a track sprinter? Is it desirable in the Primal Blueprint context? How much does specialization in sprinting and gaining speed affect our Primal goals?

    Thanks, Mark! :-)

    Dogs4Life wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. I would join my voice to the woman’s topic. My daughter is 24 years old. She has unstable menstrual periods which gives her ache. The doctors know only one cure – contraceptives and antibiotics. She is already on the strong antibiotics but the problems are still present. The side effects are strong. I am worry. I believe that these issues need a different approach.

    Lina wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. I want to first thank you for all you do for this community. I dabbled in Primal (committed in philosophy, not very committed in practice) for about a year, and then it kicked in for me in November – fully on board now. I have four things on my mind, so I’ll put them in one post – don’t want an unfair advantage of four entries for the drawing :-)
    1. I recently read “Grain Brain” and was surprised to find that gluten-containing ingredients in skin care products (lotions, cosmetics) could still affect me through absorption. I am careful about which products I use (no sulfates, parabens, etc.) but I never thought to worry about grain-derived ingredients. I guess I’d like to see you address what Primal eliminates, and carry it beyond what passes our lips.
    2. I have often heard about someone actually feeling when that switch was flipped – knowing they had flipped from carb burner to fat burner. Please provide specific information as to what this feels like. I have remained Primal a couple of months now, but still don’t think that has happened for me.
    3. I would really appreciate more videos. They help me so much in addition to just reading the content
    4. I would like some follow up to the earlier success stories – kind of “Where Are They Now?” Have they been able to sustain their Primal lifestyle? Have they realized further improvements? Was there backsliding and were they able to get back on track? Is this doable for the long haul?

    Thanks again for everything, Mark!

    Finally! wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. How about piece on the limits of the Grok metaphor? Is it still relevant or does it tends to promote a reenactment mentality? Where does CW get things right? Can we ever go wrong “Grok-ing” it? How can we explain the Primal Way of living to those who do not believe in evolution?

    Don’t get me wrong, I still think the metaphor has a lot of value, but a look at areas where it may need to be strengthened, reinforced, or supplemented would be appreciated.

    Geoff wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. I would like to know have strategies one can use to get a spouse to be more primal, especially as it relates to exercise…

    Sebastian wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. What are your thoughts on the results for the “Best Diets of 2014”

    Drew Fountain wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. Exercise!! I can pretty much control my own diet, but as a full-time working mom of 2 I have no time for a gym. I may look skinny but I’m also weak, weak, weak!!!Something for a beginner, simple, effective and something that can be done in a short time. Doable, right?? RIGHT???

    Magda wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. I would love to see more articles and information on intermittent fasting… benefits, methods, latest research…

    Licia wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. I would love to see more about how to transition teenagers to a Primal diet, especially when they don’t eat salads and a limited number of vegetables. Much of the literature covers younger children, but not alot on the 15+ age range.
    I find it difficult to provide whole foods to my 2 boys to fill them up because the only vegetables they eat are carrots and broccoli and they don’t do salad at all. Luckily, they love meat. They understand that grains are not good for them but will always fall back on them to satisfy their hunger. And it is very difficult to know what to put in their lunchboxes.
    So, any research on teenagers would be most welcome.
    Thanks :-)

    Karen Pendleton wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Avocados are very filling, will they eat those? Maybe try making them a big smoothie with lots of egg yolks and nut butter next time they reach for something with grains.

      Jennifer wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. You know, there are all kinds of reality shows out there. I wonder what a reality show based on Primal would look like. It could be interesting. Pick people who aren’t following a Primal lifestyle and get them on board. Do a before and after session and a journal-type documentary of their lives in change. Go for a 6 month period or a 3 month period. You’d be able to help people lose 15-30 lbs in the 3 months, and display different health markers like cholesterol and blood pressure, heart rate, body fat %, etc. It wouldn’t have to be on national tv or anything, just get it going and have a weekly video show with activity, meals, and results and thoughts of individuals involved.

    Shawn wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. I would like you to help me find a way to treat asthma holistically. I moved to a damp warm forest from the dry prairies 7 years ago and developed breathing problems then. About a month ago I started using Advair and am stressing out about using strong pharmaceuticals. I’m also taking herbal anti-inflammatories and herbal adaptogens. I have been mostly primal for 2 years.

    Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Mark, in a perfect world–“Grok Shops”. Fill us in on some great primal products–food, clothes, restaurants, books, cosmetics, etc. Anything that is Mark Tested and Grok Approved!

    Claire wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. Experimental models: would you test the primal diet in an animal model? What can we learn from model organisms such as rodents which do not eat meat, lack a gag reflux and have many other differences? If you could design an experiment, in vitro or other experimental system, what would you do?

    Violet wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. Is there anything in this regimen that can help with female age-related hair thinning to the point of visible scalp?

    Sandy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. My suggestion for a blog post:

    How to explain primal vs. SAD nutrition to elementary/middle school age kids.

    My son is 10 and we have been eating primal for several years, it is normal for him. I have explained to him many times why we don’t eat grains and sugar and how our diet is very healthy. I think he understands but he is constantly exposed to these foods at school and grandma’s house and dad’s house and he doesn’t grasp why most other people don’t eat healthy like we do. At school he sometimes tries to talk to other kids and teachers about it and he always comes home saying that they told him he is wrong and grains are good to eat, and then I try to do damage control by saying they are “misguided” or “uninformed”. I would appreciate some guidance on how to continue talking about nutrition to my son without #1 having him lose trust in teachers and other adults in his life (such as by saying they are wrong all the time) or #2 giving him a superiority complex (i.e. we eat better and more healthy than everyone else around us), which also causes him to worry excessively about other friends and family who are not eating this way.

    Jennifer wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. “Grok: The Commuter”
    As primal as we would like to be 24 hours a day, modern society demands modern occupations that require us to travel across the country or internationally. Knowing that you have crunch times where you travel around the country, what are some primal tips to stave off the 3-6 hr flights, late night arrivals, followed by late night cravings and such. Thanks!

    Dale wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. It’s exceedingly difficult convince the parents/grandparents who grew up on a farm that cows aren’t supposed to eat grains. The claim is that if a cow is put to pasture, or it gets into the wheat feild, they’ll always eat the head of the grain/grass before they eat the stalk, therefore it’s an irrefutable fact to them that that’s what cows are supposed to eat. Anyone who says otherwise is an idiot. I’d love more info on why cows aren’t supposed to eat grains (aside from the usual omega 6 to omega 3 ratios), as well as the proper diets of the other animals we eat, such as chickens and pigs.

    Steve wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. HI,
    I would love to know the truth about eating fruit and how the sugar affects our bodies-how does it differ from white sugar and how much should we really be eating.

    MJ Neely wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. More success stories and some behind the scenes on how you produce your website and how you work.

    Andrew wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. Great ideas so far!! Here are mine: (sorry if any repeats, I couldn’t go through all 17 pages 😛

    Paleo Pregnancy

    Money savings tips for going paleo. I lived as a relatively low-carb vegetarian for 8 years, but over time it was obvious it was not quite right. Now that I am paleo the dent in my bank account is getting painful. I am averse to purchasing “supermarket” meat for ethical reasons – same reason I went veg in the first place.

    Julie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. I agree with some of the other comments in that additional information specific to women would be helpful. I would also love to see more content geared towards parents with small children and helping families get off to a great start by building healthy eating habits from the get go!

    Dr Herrst wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. Healing and preventing autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle.

    I suspect I have the beginnings of an AI disease, based on my symptoms, but they are so varied and only mild-moderate so far that it could easily be Crohn’s, MS or RA . . . I know I have HS (and having that is more common to have other AI issues) – so I’d love to learn how to prevent a full blown chronic disease, if I can.

    Another one would be how to have clear skin, sturdy nails and thick hair.

    My hair has been getting thinner every year since high school and I’d love to know what lifestyle and diet issues contribute to that and how to fix it so I can regain the thick hair I had as a child.

    Amy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. I would love a blog post about your thoughts on rebounding (fitness trampoline). I’ve read some interesting things about the benefits having to do with the g forces.

    Jake wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. “Toxins”; “Detoxifying.” E.g.: whether to eat fish & seafood that might be contaminated following the Fukushima disaster.

    Teresa Ensslin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. Oh, another one: how to not only get kids on board with primal but also how to help them lose weight while doing it. I was always a bit bigger growing up and very much aware of the fact, from teasing from my peers, from my mom’s attempts to “diet” alongside me, and from that damn little growth chart my doctor pointed at during my physical every year (seriously, I loathe that thing). I desperately wanted to be thin, just for the sake of being like my friends and not getting made fun of anymore. My mom tried her best to help with her knowledge of CW but we all know that didn’t work. I grew up with a terribly negative self-body image and didn’t have a clue how to be healthy. This led to years of emotional eating and chronic weight gain year after year, all until I made some significant changes 3 years ago and finally stumbled upon Primal. I can’t help but think if my mom would have had better access to primal AND how to support me emotionally and mentally through it all, I might have been better off. What are the best ways to get our kids/teens to care about health from an early age?

    Stacie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. Hypothyroidism. Pregnancy

    Brandy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Hi Mark,

    I would love to see a post about what to do when weight loss stalls or stops completely.

    I am experiencing this now and I’m sure many others are too.

    Stuart Klausner wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. I’d like to read about diet and lifestyle and their link to major components of society. Things like the relationship between education and health, the effects lifestyle habits have on one’s career (besides education level, of course), perceived- and self-worth, etc. Thanks, Mark.

    Jeff wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. I would love to see a article on how artificial sweetener affects athletic performance

    Chris wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. I would love to see an article or two on the Primal Diet and post-menopausal women (say, aged 55+). I’ve read some criticism of the Primal diet – that it just doesn’t work for older women and that it causes weight gain. I’m about to embark on this regime properly now so I am really interested in your thoughts/research.

    Anna wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. My wife is a midwife and often tells me about women that are too afraid or nervous about child birth and the pain that comes with it. This fear can increase stress levels and can have a negative impact on psychological status, often resulting in medical intervention such as cesarean sections etc. I would love to see an article written about primal child birth (as it is a very natural and primal event) and the fact that women are strong, capable of and built for such an amazing part of life. We need to empower everyone (men included) to trust their bodies and what they have been designed, over millions of years, to do.

    Stuart wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I think the Daily Apple website is a great source of information as you can see today from the posts to Mark’s request. I would like to see more information on how to stay positive, focussed and motivated to stay with the Primal lifestyle as in sooo many cases, it is your well intentioned friends, family, partner etc who don’t understand, or don’t want to listen to your explanations that wont’ come along, or try something different, in fact, they seem determined to sabotage your efforts by celebrating with cake etc! Mark, some thoughts on how we stay strong would be appreciated.

    Maree from Aus wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. I have two… make that three requests:

    1) It would be awesome if you could address how to stay primal while camping/kayaking/hiking/on multi-day trips outdoors without support.

    2) I’d like to keep hearing from Carrie!

    3) Can we get some new updates from the previous Friday Success Stories? In the past you’ve given us some, but I think it’s time to hear from a few more people!

    Charlayna wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. Pituitary, thyroid & adrenal hormone interplay, and how a primal diet AND lifestyle can help you get through a breakdown among the three! Please and thanks. :)

    Whitney wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. Addressing food access and Primal eating at the same time


    How government has helped / hindered Primal eating and lifestyle + actionable steps for the individual to contribute.

    Frank wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. I live in the Northeast U.S. and one of the things I have been working through with my health is getting the right vitamins in relation to where I live. Over a year ago, I started having major sleep issues that just “appeared”. Though I still don’t have a satisfactory answer on what was happening, it led me to pore through different ideas of what the issue might be.

    I discovered among other things that I had a vitamin D deficiency and started adding that, magnesium, calcium, iodine, among others. For the last few weeks – things seemed to have finally smoothed out with my sleep. However, that has gotten me thinking if a lot of ailments and depression that crop up in the Northeast U.S. or other similar climates are related to vitamin deficiencies. What kind of sample menu should we be eating to help us make sure we are getting the appropriate vitamins, etc.

    Jeff Cerow wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. Topic idea: Does this lifestyle improve memory?

    Just started the 21 Day Challenge so pretty much any topic is of interest to me. Newbie to this !!!!

    Hollye wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. I’ve been doing weights and boxing in PT sessions for over a year but have made virtually no impact on my tummy (despite good muscle development elsewhere). After doing some research it appears that I have a diastasis recti after having four children. It seems that elements of my exercise routines are actually exacerbating the condition – ie anything that forces the abdomen to ‘pop out’ like crunches, bench press etc. I’d love to see a routine for women, bearing in mind that many women suffer this conditon without even knowing it.

    Melissa Thomas wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. I would like to see a post about what diseases that Grok suffered from and how it compares to modern times.

    Earl Guernsey wrote on January 8th, 2014

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