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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. For the paleo Non-athlete: a workout regimen that’s sure to get you into Grok shape. (Some of us like to workout but I wouldn’t call myself an “athlete” by any stretch).

    Food and workout tips for folks who like to workout first thing in the morning (when a solid pre workout meal is not always feasible/appetizing).


    Joe wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. I’ve been hypothyroid for nearly 10 years now with little to no success achieving “optimal” levels but recently found some Intersting research that links my low blood preassure and salt cravings to adrenal fatigue. I am athletic and have experienced more success in this past six months year following the primal blueprint plan than I’ve seen in years even while completing another popular (and extreme) exercise program. I have done a ton of research but no where else had I seen a link to grains and thyroid issues. I’d like to take back more of my own treatment for thyroid and adrenal stress- so these topics would b very helpful for me. I believe the body can correct these issues and do not intend to take fake hormone replacements the rest of my life!

    Crystal Cheree wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. I am eating primal and loosing weight. Will I eventually stop loosing when I reach where my body is supposed to be? Off BP meds as well. I am excited about what I am eating…as I am loosing….but I gave no idea how to stop loosing…what a problem!!!!!!

    jeremu wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. Data to give your healthcare provider to refute their standard treatment advice

    Michael Armentrout wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. I would like to see a little more on fructose i.e. why does the primal way of eating allow maple syrup & honey as an alternative sweetener as fructose is such a problem on our bodies.

    Anne wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. I’m looking for a way to self analyse and determine what I’m doing wrong. I follow a paleo diet and grok exercise regiment…feel very good, but look no different than I did a year ago when I converted. Make no mistake, I love how good I feel. And, maybe I’m overly self critical, but I want a to look at cut as you are Mark.

    How do I figure out what to tweak?

    Steve wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. Ok I have two topics that come to mind. One is snacking. Since going primal I have greatly reduced how much I snack and it’s great. I used to pack snacks every time I left the house when I ate SAD. Anyhow, I would like to see something written about how our culture has basically made us all fat by encouraging the constant grazing. When you eat primal you are satisfied so there is just no need to snack.
    The other one is lifting weights and women. I get so sick and tired of hearing about how lifting weights can make women “bulky” . After years of chronic cardio and still having a gut I finally figured that lifting equals fat loss and muscle gain. So many women out there just do not believe it. They continue on their Special K diets and running 5 days a week and it really is just SAD!
    Ok, I had a third but mommy brain strikes again and I can’t remember it!! That is all!

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

    I’m interested in a post exploring the relative influences of nature and nurture on one’s body with respect to the primal way of life. Knowing that genes can be switched on and off over one’s life based on a number of factors, and knowing how important environmental factors can be, how realistic is it to hope for a complete cessation of a health issue after a sufficient time being 80/20 primal?

    Or, put another way: Can environmental damage (especially when it happens in childhood) permanently override genetics?


    inquisitiveone wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. here are two burning questions i thought of:

    * is it healthy to have a high fat, moderate carb diet? i prefer to eat high fat low carb–i’m somewhat diabetic, and feel best this way. however, my kids like primal carbs. i’ve read here and there that insulin makes us store fat in unhealthy ways. also, for carb re-feeds, i see that people generally say to make it high carb, low fat. thus, is it healthy for my kids to have a high fat, moderate carb diet?

    * is it necessary to wash vegetables? because broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower are all on the list of “don’t need to buy organic,” is it okay to just cook them as is? it’s a nice shortcut i’ve liked.


    Jenny wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. Could you perhaps lay out a step-by-step, safe-as-possible way to ferment meat?

    Payster wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. Mark – thank you for this website and all that you and the Worker Bees do.

    Here are my wishes for MDA this year:
    1. To echo the many other 40+ women – more, More, MORE info on perio and full on menopause and the hormonal shifts. I’ve been primal for years and the weight just will not move.
    2. More on hypothyroid
    3. Primal/paleo, gut microbiome and autism. A nephew was recently diagnosed as a medium to high functioning Aspergers, and his diagnosis has brought out my realization that I probably am a high functioning Aspergers as well.
    To help myself, I’ve started resistant starch, but what else can I be doing? What biohack are out there?

    Beth wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. 1. I’d like to see a weekly “fundamental” blog that reinforces the basic fundamentals of paleo and expounds on those.
    2. Menu ideas are great – always struggling to find variety.
    3. I am working hard to eat more grass-fed beef and “paleo” meats – but hard to find those at Costco, Trader Joes and places where I usually shop. How can I incorporate Paleo with my regular shopping experience?
    4. Would love to hear your take on cross-reactivity of gluten sensitivity with other foods – especially the idea that most coffees are moldy and bad and cross react to cause inflammation.
    5. How to re-regulate your metabolism for those of us who have dieted and eaten wrong in the past…
    6. Paleo for kids – expecially ones who love carbs. I have a daughter that doesn’t eat fruit, doesn’t like eggs, and only wants to snack on carbs.
    7. Book reviews so that we can get your take and summaries on other books in the Paleo / health community. I don’t have time to read everything!
    8. How to find a doctor and others in the healthcare community that support the Paleo lifestyle.
    9. How to overcome those situations that trip you up with Paleo… Cupcakes are my downfall.
    10. General personal productivity emails.
    11. Recommendations of best Paleo blogs (after yours of course) podcasts – and how to learn more.

    shannon smith wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Here is an idea for you. Going Primal after weight loss surgery. Is it safe? Is it effective? I suspect it is, but would like to know if there is any research out there or testimonials. Ready, set, go!

    DebbieO wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. This idea might sound quirky, but I would love to see an article about modern day foraging. I foraged some dandelions this past year to make wine and I realised that there must be other forageable vegetation just waiting to be discovered (and eaten). Perhaps a list of forageable plants and some tips for foraging?

    Wriggs wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. How to find a good holistic doctor. What to look for? Red flags? Etc.

    Sumer Foley wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. How to avoid being starving after a run, even a short one.

    Brian wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. I am particularly interested in seeing statistics on cancer rates among primal followers. I know this data might not even be available, but I would like to see it if it exists.
    There are a lot of claims made about primal living reducing cancer rates, among other diseases, but as someone whose family members get cancer at an alarming rate, it still worries me. I love living a modern primal life, it has done so much good for me. But the analytical scientist in me still wants some hard data to help me sleep at night!

    Brooke wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. All articles on aging stop at 60. I would like to see information beyond that, if there is anything out there.

    Liz wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. Mark, I began following your Primal diet in 2012 and the weight just fell off me. I lost 40 pounds without exercising. But now I’m living with a carb lover who does the cooking, and though he’s converting sloooowly, it’s hard to convince him that Primal works when he adores sugar, bread, potato chips, and so on (okay, I love chips myself, I admit…) and hence keeps gaining weight. Plus he struggles to eat vegetables. As a result, my weight has gone way up because I was trying to let him adjust slowly and so went back to eating a lot of carbs and not many vegetables. Surely there are about a thousand other people out there who would like help in gently persuading a much-loved significant other to change over. Of course I could just put my foot down and refuse to eat non-Primal foods, but I’d prefer less Draconian measures. Help?!

    Having said that, there are a ton of other great ideas on here. I’d love some posts targeted more towards female issues. Vive la difference!

    Laura wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. Something on puberty and being primal. There seem to be a lot of posts about young adults who have had paleo and primal diets help balance out hormonal issues, help with acne, etc, but what about people who are still going through puberty and dealing with naturally fluctuating hormones, teenage acne, growing bodies, etc.

    Elliot wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. Hello Mark,

    I would like to hear your take (even if it’s a repeat of a former blog/article), about Any benefits or Real dangers of diet pills. Garcinia cambogia seems to be the hottest one right now and I want to hear from Grok as to whether it’s the bottle of bull$%!# that most of them seem to be, or can it help?



    Bill Richard wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. How about suggesting moderate exercises for those with arthritis and other joint issues such as bad knees that prevent more walking and standing. An exercse bike helps me but is there more that we can do?

    marja-leena wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. I often find that i know WHAT i need to do and even HOW to do it but i lack the motivation so any motivation tips & tricks would be great.

    Gavin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. I would be interested to see an article on primal lifestyle and eating with kidney disease and diabetes. Kidney patients need to watch sodium, potassium and protein intake, while diabetics have to watch that their blood sugars don’t get too high or low. Any stories about people with kidney disease and diabetes living primaly?

    Carrie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. I have struggled with reactive hypoglycemia most of my adult life & went Primal hoping it would cure the condition. I have had some improvement but nothing like I had hoped for. It would be great to get more understanding. Based on my symptoms, my blood sugar is still dropping below a healthy level many times a day & especially through the night.

    Sonia Lee wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. Were our ancestors really healthier and happier? Even though I believe they were, this often seems the hardest case to discuss with others. Also more on primal fitness. Looking at the direction for example Movnat is moving towards, I would love to see a Primal Fitness site dedicated to only fitness with daily updates of workouts articals and videos. Am interested in the certification you mentioned? Anyways thank you MDA! Because of you I’m Grok healthy!

    Mariano wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. I would love to see a weekly podcast from you, Mark! Maybe you can have live Q. and As or just read your answers from askmark? Anyway, I think it would be inspiring to see you in “real time”. We could look forward to seeing your great face once a week! Thanks for the consideration and thanks for all the inspiration in my and my family’s lives!

    Jess wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. I would like to see a really good diet plan for skinny fat guys. Think skinny arms and legs with a spare tire that needs to go. I would like to see this plans foods easily found such as from Costco.

    Rich wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. How does the nutritional content of wild fruit and berries compare with current cultivated varieties?

    In other words are current domesticated varieties of fruit and berries just filled with more sugar and water and fewer nutrients compared with wild fruit and wild berries?

    How does the taste compare? ie wild vs cultivated?



    Tom Lang wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. Paleo/primal for pregnancy, breast feeding, and infant-toddler. As well as dealing with primal for grade-school children who seem to want to eat everything bad!

    Primalmontana wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. Hi Mark,

    4 years ago your blog changed my life! I read one post to my wife and the next thing I knew she was following your advice. I shortly followed suit and haven’t looked back since. So first my sincerest thank you for all you do! Please count me as 1 of the 10,000,000…


    Maybe an update or comprehensive post on blood pressure and what to expect as we age. I’ve been having some up and down readings like you had a while ago. Every time I get a bad reading I’m mortified. And being a follower of your blog I can’t imagine myself lowering it by artificial means.

    Dropping a Primal Atomic Bomb when you get sick to avoid antibiotics. I’ve been tinkering around with a combination of foods with antibiotic properties and mega dosing supplements with amazing results.

    Constipation on low carb diets. When I first started this was something I struggled with a bit.

    Golf is undeniably a great way to get a lot of “moving at a slow pace” but I haven’t seen a post on it. I know it’s not intense exercise but hey you’re walking outside in pseudo nature, for 4 horse swinging a club and playing at the same time. It’s gotta be primal. Amerite?

    Please give us your secret to getting and staying ripped? Are you calorie counting? Damn Mark!

    Maybe these topics aren’t different enough from what you’ve posted in the past so apologies in advance if they are redundant.

    Now to today’s post! Thanks again Mark… This is my first time commenting on this blog.

    Rob wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. Bulletproof coffee

    Laura wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I would love to read about eating primarily during pregnancy

    Brianna wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. How about, “what are the 3 things that I can focus on and be successful?” There is a TON of information available which will keep many from taking necessary action because they don’t yet think they understand what they’re doing.

    David wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. How about a PB sponsored, or PB community crowd-sourced project to live, for a period, in an isolated and controlled environment as part of a small group, living as closely as possible to the PB ideal. The participants would be screened and medically assessed prior to the start of the project and rigorously monitored during its course. Food types and availability can be amended to suit seasonal variation and availability/scarcity. In such an environment, the data gathered would be invaluable for proving/disproving/refining various aspects of the paradigm and subsequently adapting it to a modern urban setting.

    Niall wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. Bloating. I have eliminated sugar, and all dairy – except for cream in coffee. No fruit, taking tablespoons of coconut oil, and still am not losing weight, or size around my stomach.

    Tiffany wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. Vitamin/mineral deficiencies as a result of eating too many nuts/nut flours/nut butters (possibly from phytic acid issue).

    Debbie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • And also the mineral-blocking effects of cocoa powder (particularly when mixed with nuts in a sugar-free slice).

      Debbie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. 1. More on how genes affect your diet and your health and that some genes have actually evolved to eat grains and starches – along the lines of Death by Food Pyramid – where she indicates that depending on your genes, diets that include grains and starches won’t necessarily make you put on weight.

    2. more on intermittent fasting and how it affects women (of all ages – pre, peri and post menopausal) and the best way to try it out.

    3. why is skim milk bad? better understanding of how it is made and what oxidized cholesterol does to your body.

    4. your views on the Weston A Price foundation and its dietary guidelines. Also its very strong recommendation of cod liver oil. Is this worth pursuing? Do you have supplements that provide cod liver oil (being more focus on Vitamin A and D, and less on Omega 3). (Again this came out strongly in Death by Food Pyramid). Why does Weston A Price foundation say that Chocolate and coffee are not recommended? What is their butter oil?

    5. Sensible suggestions for converting kids to primal – especially for the school lunch box.

    Astrid wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. How about something for those of us who have kids and spouses that aren’t entirely into the primal. How do you prepare meals for a family that is only partially on board? It’s hard when a spouse thinks they’re eating healthy but insist on having (whole wheat) bread around or potatoes at meals and needs snacks around.

    laf wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. I would really love it if Mark could touch on Paleo and Menopause. I have found that I am having a very hard time losing weight since I went through menopause.
    I am aware that I need to be lifting weights to keep up bone density, and going barefoot to improve balance and ankle/foot strength. I am doing what I can to lessen toxins in my life, and to reduce stress. What if we get started doing paleo late in life, as I have??

    Thanks Mark!


    Betty Bender wrote on January 8th, 2014

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