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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. I see a few people have touched on this idea… but I would like to see more about COMMUNITY. How many people are really jumping on the proverbial bandwagon here, and where are they? What parts of the country (US, but also other countries) are more people living primally and what are the trends? Where can we find Paleo restaurants and stores? I want to make this my permanent lifestyle, and I want to be around others who are the same, not just virtually, but FOREALZ! 😉

    As always, THANK YOU!

    Vince G wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Kari_Canary wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 Yes! Me and my love plan to move in the next couple of years, and I would love to know of places that make it easier to live primally. In terms of community, abundance of local primal goodies, and lots of nature and sun exposure! I’m sure there are places all over like this but I’ve been finding it difficult to find them through research! Any input from fellow readers would be great, too!!

      Amelie wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • hey there – I live in New Zealand and I gotta say, we have it good compared to North America. Grass-fed beef is the norm and because we have year-round gardens it is relatively easy to keep yourself supplied with organic greens on a regular basis. Farmers markets are a dime a dozen, almost everyone has their own lemon, orange, grapefruit, apple etc. trees in the backyard, and because the climate is pretty temperate you can keep active in the outdoors year round. I am from Canada and lived in the USA for a stint so I know the comparison and although it’s still requires more work and planning, I think it is easier here to be paleo than in North America.

        michelle wrote on January 8th, 2014
        • Thank you, Michelle! I will definitely look into it :) Sounds wonderful!

          Amelie wrote on January 10th, 2014
  2. Information about PCOS and endometriosis, how to improve those conditions with diet.

    Mrs G wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes, please.

      Shekina wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • Wow. You’ve got enough topics for a lifetime here. For those with hormone issues, I highly recommend Candace Burch’s blog at She’s a health educator from Portland, Oregon, who focuses on women’s hormonal issues. She’s be great for you to connect with, Mark.

        Christine Mathews wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • YES!!!

      Kariss wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. Mark, I would love more info on Primal Fat and am I eating too much. I’m fairly new to the Primal way of eating and am not loosing as fast as I thought I would, and am wondering if it’s that I’m eating too much fat, even the “good for you” fat?
    Thank you !

    Gail Black wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Totally agree – I am having the same issue. Need filling food ideas.

      SAS wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. I’d like to know if there is any value in periodic sleep deprivation. “break night” if you will; is hormesis at work with sleep?

    David wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. I would like to see a break down of preference scientifically for which is better from these three:

    -Local non-organic vegetables

    -Organic vegetables (but not local, who knows how far how long traveled)

    -Frozen vegetables (possibly the freshest, or maybe they pick the less desirable of the crop for freeze)

    Alvin M wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. I am currently pregnant and, similar to what Noel posted, it would be great to see an article about eating primal before, during and post-pregnancy (and natural nutritious ways to overcome morning sickness!). Many pregnancy books, postpartum books and OBs mention nutrition, unfortunately it’s the S.A.D. nutrition. When it comes time to breast feed, that same S.A.D. promotes dairy, which often causes gas in the baby’s stomach as well. We don’t give our babies cow’s milk when they are infants, why would we consume the cow’s milk then breast feed?
    Along the same lines would be suggestions about primal workouts during the different trimesters.
    Thank you!

    Kayla wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes please! This is a very important topic!

      Christina wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. What to do if getting OFF statins (IS there a rebound effect) and eating eggs raises triglycerides and eating fruit raises glucose. Not much left. Doctor is having a fit over lipid numbers and I am just confused. A post on these items would be SO helpful.

    Karyn wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I went off statins and my numbers went up a bit, but I have stayed off of them and my numbers have moderated. My doctor wants me on statins, but at this point is okay where they are.

      Sarah wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. I would love to see something about kids and supplements (magnesium? Vit. D? calcium?); I’d also love to see a kid-specific food guide pyramid (one that doesn’t worry about carbs, for instance). My son is 12 and recently interested in healthy eating, but lots of the information I have is about reducing body fat (because that’s my own concern). It’s hard to convey accurate information to him that doesn’t result in him reducing calories below what he needs, IMO.

    Susan wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      KeepItSimple wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. I would like to see more info on 24 hour + fasting, benefits and downfalls.

    Sean Ruddock wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yeah!!

      Jackie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. Thank you for all your hard work and great advice. I’m here everyday getting new tips and encouragement.

    One thing I’m struggling with is sticking to the diet. I do cheat occasionally but within reason. Lately, I just want to sit down and eat bowls of ice cream, cheese Danish, candy bars, cookies, cake, etc. And a whole loaf of crusty French bread with butter. What can I do to eliminate or at least mitigate these cravings?? I don’t know how much longer I can hold out! Thanks so much!

    Lisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. I’d like to know what your genuine thoughts are on the progression of the primal lifestyle, particularly the diet. Without doubt through the years you must be learning more from experience. Have any of your prior theories been debunked or proven with time?

    I’ve been primal generally for the last year. The reason for my question is to see if we are learning. US news released their best diets for 2014 analyzing 32 diets, and the paleo diet ranked last. I think this was mainly because it is deemed difficult, but wondered what you thought. Thanks!

    Shaboopi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. My request is for you to do more articles on athletic performance. I feel like you have done such tremendous work for people who were overweight/obese, had metabolic issues, and even just average people who feel better now. Those stories are always inspiring and great, but now that we’ve gotten past the 80/20, I’d like to see more stories about how to be Primal and a high-level athlete, in terms of training, rest, nutrition, and all of that good stuff. I’d like to see “the last 20%”.

    Terrence wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. The topics you normally have that I like the best are your reader letters on Monday, your success stories on Friday and the links on Sunday. What I would like to see is when someone posts an interesting follow-up in the comments, you follow through with an article about it.

    Diane wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. “Primal Warnings….” You could explore all the ways that going Primal might be abused in a way that is unhealthy. For example, I think eating Primal can make starving yourself more comfortable than it is on the SAD, and thus enabling those who may be anorexic to continue being unhealthy.

    Kurt wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Interesting.

      I’ve also seen some evidence in the scientific literature that the lowest mortality rate is in people who are about ten pounds over what is currently considered “healthy weight” by the medical community. How might this fit in with the vanity streak among many primal eaters, or are there issues with the methodologies of these studies that should lead us to discount them?

      Rachel wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • This is true! Overweight people live longer, statistically speaking, than “healthy weight” people. The difference in lifespan between “healthy weight” people and obese people is not statistically significant. (Bacon, L. Health At Every Size. p. 125-127)

        Check my source, and you’ll see that Dr. Bacon sites 13 large, peer reviewed, clinical and epidemiological studies to back this up.

        Jessica wrote on January 9th, 2014
  15. Adapting nutrition and exercise as we age.

    p taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • This would be helpful for me.

      Gayle Moody wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. Local food source for meat.

    jacob wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes, where to find REALLY primal meat? What about a list of local trusted producers (meat especially)?

      Yann P. wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. In light of this year’s CES showcasing beds and other gadgets that promise “smarter sleep” to let sleep make you smarter, I would love to read your thoughts on the dilemma this creates. Entitled: The modern sleep paradox: can technology and gadgets solve the problem they help creat? Would be a welcome addition to your previous ruminations on all things bedroom related.

    Steve S wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. Perhaps tips and ideas for starting Primal Based Businesses? Guest posts from successful Small Business Primal Owners?

    Matthew wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. Does IF’ing increase blood sugar?
    Is IF’ing effective for middle age and older adults?

    p taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. I’m curious to hear your opinion on the Fukushima radiation and whether it may or may not be affecting primal food sources on the west coast of North America as well as seafood from the Pacific.

    Evan wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • AND how to protect ourselves (increase iodine?).

      Nicole wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • This is where I was going, though please don’t limit it to North America. There are lots of countries and (already depleted) fisheries in the Pacific that feed the world, this is a global concern.

      Which seafood from the Pacific is still safe to eat and for how long?
      Any precautions we can take to protect ourselves when eating seafood?

      Misabi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. -Ancestrally Inherited Gut Powers!

    Mark! I’ve been waiting for a chance to have write about ancestry and how people from certain backgrounds are more able to digest and absorb certain foods! I think that most people know about lactose and how people with herding ancestry can digest that more easily.. but are there any other “powers”?

    Logan Pendergrast wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. Keep up the great work! I’d like to see posts on autoimmune disorders and systemic candida overgrowth: causes and primal cures.
    And I second the ladies who said birth control and hormones would be excellent topics.

    Brenda wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I would also like to see more on auto-immune disorders. I have rheumatoid arthritis and understand that IFing might not be right for me. What other things should I be concerned about and do I “have” to do the auto-immune protocol (cut out eggs and nuts, etc) or only if the paleo diet itself isn’t enough?

      Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • I agree. Also, a review of what to have doctors look for when you’re experiencing autoimmune symptoms but don’t have a diagnosis.

        Jackie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Definitely second this … an article on Hashimoto’s would be great. There is so much conflicting information out there.

      SeattleSlim wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I was just thinking about the same thing when I read the article! I am a Primal (for one year) 67 y.o. female who in this past year has been diagnosed with microscopic lymphocytic colitis and lupus of the skin. Both are autoimmune issues. Both have no real way of curing them, and the prescriptions that are issued for them have side effects that are every bit as bad as the original problems. I am currently refusing to take the prescriptions, but I have not found any “naturally healthy” way of dealing with the problems. Maybe if I had been Primal all of my life I wouldn’t have these problems, then again, maybe it wouldn’t have protected me at all! Maybe it all just comes down to genetics … how can we know? Hindsight is 20/20, but what are we looking for?????

      NMCynthia wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. I would like to know what foods/habits/living styles/ways of thinking in our modern society you would consider so “toxic” that we should work to eliminate them entirely from our lives?

    SharonP wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Brian wrote on January 10th, 2014
  24. I’d be interested in hearing your take on highly sensitive people (HSPs). Also known scientifically as Sensory-Perception Sensitivity. Apparently around 20% of all species have heightened biological sensitivity, a genetic variance that has both positives and negatives to it. It has some connection to the whole introvert/extrovert model of personality, but also involves sensitivity to food and has a deep connection to our roots, for example, HSPs were more likely to be the silent scouts, hunting deer, rather than the warrior.

    Joe wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      CJ wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1
      In my experience, in modern society it seems to have way more negatives than positives (both socially and food-wise).
      Please consider this request.

      Simone wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. Mark, thanks for the blog! It has been incredible what it has done for me, and now my family has been slowly coming on board, as well as some co-workers. Keep up the great work. A lot of what you have been doing is hitting the spot, so there won’ t be a lot of change needed.

    I would be interested in the chemistry side of things, especially the effects on cholesterol control, the necessity of control, triglycerides, and the effects of all this on older adults. I am currently early in my primal journey, but I am getting some good blood chemistry results and may soon be off my blood pressure meds, but I am concerned about my doctor wanting to put me on statins. More articles covering the latest research on heart disease, cholesterol, blood pressure, and effects of primal living would be great.

    And again, thanks for all that you have done. And thanks to all the folks who contribute. I am mostly a silent partner, but I appreciate all that this community puts out here, especially the success stories.

    Gary K wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. I am looking forward to hearing more about reversing and/or eliminating Type II Diabetes.

    Simone wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yep!

      Gayle Moody wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. I would like to see a detailed post on which veg nutrients are lost during cooking, and/or how to prepare veg such that you maximize the nutrient contents.

    Also, there is some confusion on nightshade veg. A clarification on the use of those and the risks involved would be appreciated.

    Clay wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      KeepItSimple wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. What goes on in the body that allows some people able to eat a standard american diet, achieve peak fitness levels, and not seem to be affected on the outside while others experience so many of the negative affects of grains discussed on this website.

    Zach wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Mark,

    Thanks for all you do & the impact you’ve had on my life & the lives of many many others.

    I would like to see some more posts around how you can use a primal lifestyle to support other activities – for example bodybuilding, Olympic lifting, rock climbing etc. Some of these activities require lifestyle changes and specific diets to maximize performance – I would prefer to maintain my health via my Primal lifestyle while partaking in some of these activities.

    Thanks again.

    Mark wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. I’d like to see something regarding the theory of “digestive leukocytosis” and the ideas of raw food vs cooked food for health.

    I’d also love a comment from Mark on the article from US World Health reports recently that placed Paleo/Primal diet in LAST place (DASH diet in first!! ><) for overall best diet. I'm sure it caused as much an uproar for other fellow MDA readers as it did for me while reading it.

    Claire, PrimalRD wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. Hey Mark- I’d love to see some posts on creative ways to get in a resistance workout at home.

    I love me some pushups, pullups and squats, but it’s hard for me to get very creative.

    Justin Stowe wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. I would like more information on staying less constipated!

    BA wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 :)

      Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. Since mine seem to be a never ending source of joy I and I have never see the topic covered I was wondering what the best advice is for Primal sinus sufferers?

    Groktimus Primal wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 Is there a nontoxic, effective relief? Chemicals are quicker, but I’m concerned about using them.

      granny gibson wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • This would be a good topic.

        While we wait, may I suggest sinus rinses and elimination diets to identify food intolerances? After identifying my food intolerances, I went from about 4 sinus/ear infections a year, sometimes up to 8, to no sinus issues. I had my first ear infection at one month old. now, I don’t even have post nasal drip unless I eat a food I am intolerant to!

        Jackie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes, please!

      inquisitiveone wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Your posts always give me a good chuckle. Thanks for the little moments of joy you bring to my life.

      Trish wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Even if just for interest and general learning in an open minded way, have a look into Buteyko Breathing Technique. Hard but can yield results.

      Kit wrote on January 11th, 2014
  34. How can Primal eating be applied to people that don’t eat meat.

    Shirley Stevens wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • yes…my thoughts too

      Daniel wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. I’d mostly like to see more of the research on mental clarity and energy, especially while aging. The effects of primal living on things like cancer are intriguing also.

    David B wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. I am a mom raising to paleo kids (age 8 & 10) and I would love to hear a guest post from one of your children on what they think about the paleo lifestyle! Are they totally on board? What do they like or dislike the most about the paleo style, etc.
    Thank you so much for this website….it has been amazing for our family!

    Andi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. Perhaps an updated look at legumes. I know Stephan Guyenet wrote an article on them recently arguing that they are Paleo. They’re a great cheap whole food that when properly prepared don’t seem to cause to many problems for most folks.

    Adam wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. I would love to read about baldness. Is there any relevant research suggesting nutrition or lifestyle can influence losing hair?

    Erik wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Go to Cooling Inflammation (a blog by Dr. Ayers) and he discusses baldness.

      Marybeth wrote on January 9th, 2014
  39. I would like to see information on herbs (that we grow ourselves) and how they impact our health. Paleo men might not have grown herbs, but they gathered them, because they are healthy and make eating more of a pleasure.

    Lauren wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. I would love more information on nutrition and if primal vegetarian/ veganism is feasible.

    Jessica wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I would love to see an article series on bodybuilding and primal living. I know it’s vain but I think a lot of people come to this site looking to aesthetic reasons.


      -Having a bodybuilding physique with all the health benefits of a primal diet

      -Thoughts on low carb bodybuilding diets. (Anabolic diet, BodyOpus)

      -Carb cycling for bodybuilding purposes

      -Pre-contest diet and peaking for shows using primal food sources

      -Bulking and cutting using primal methods

      -Using primal exercise and movements for bodybuilders and fat loss/ muscle gain

      -Female bodybuilding or figure competitors using primal eating

      James wrote on January 8th, 2014

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