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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. And a blog on mindfulness – exercises for living in the moment

    Astrid wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. Have lymphodema in one arm and have had Ross River Fever which caused chronic fatgue among other very bad things.
    SO how do you fit a Primal diet to aid recovery and maintain the gains?

    Jack wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. Short and sweet: with your plans to do some blogging on reversing Type 2 Diabetes, it seems doing so with a focus on the degree to which Primal/Paleo may be superior to ADA recommendations, specifically addressing blood sugar management throughout a given day, would be of huge value – especially in light of the unfortunate results of the US News & World Report “Best Diets” fiasco. “Can you imagine milk and cookies … without milk and cookies,” indeed.

    Jon wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. Another request for more info for the newly menopausal. How should diet and/or exercise be modified at this time? No longer need supplemental iron, but are there still other good reasons to eat grass-fed liver?

    Also, knee joints became inflamed around the same time as primal diet began, about 2 years ago, and I wonder if there’s a correlation there? Something about my primal diet that needs to be adjusted? Protein sources are conventional – is that the problem? Budget really doesn’t allow grass-fed at this time.

    DD wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. I would like to know more on what fructose does to our bodies and how or if it fits into the paleo lifestyle? I am 45, female and paleo but am finding I can’t lose weight. I have now started looking into how sugar and fructose act in our bodies. Please do an article on it.

    Amanda wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. How to TRANSITION as an endurance athlete to a ketogenic diet. What kind of races are attuned to this and what are not?

    Aubrey wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. I am really looking forward to your presentation on primal living and diabetes. Not how to avoid it – you have already covered that very well I think. But now that I have it (the whole metabolic thing) – what do I do about it and how can I reduce my insulin intake, get off the BP meds, etc. It is very hard to lose weight when injecting insulin, in fact very hard not to gain weight when injecting insulin, which then requires more insulin, and so on. Reversing this whole process would be a dream come true. Especially for some of us that a far cry from 30 anymore.

    Kent wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. 1 – any scientific evidence that being paleo/primal will mitigate or prevent severe HG during pregnancy?
    2 – indoor physical activities and limited outdoor space activities for young children (and mama)? Ages 1-6
    3 – increasing water intake for kids? What are good amounts?
    4 – reliable allergy testing – minimally invasive – for stone fruits to shellfish to spices to gluten/celiac without having to eat the offenders?
    5 – asthma being triggered by nuts or will soaking/dehydrating them relieve the issue?
    6 – traveling or day trips with savory foods to eat… not just dried fruit/nuts or hard boiled eggs
    7 – evidence/convincing family/friends that kids won’t just “grow out of it” in regards to allergies/insensitivities… or could they?
    8 – more on fermented foods at home and proper amounts to eat….cons to eating too much? Or just make sure it is a variety of fermentations?
    9 – more on drying meats at home without preservatives (and safe travel times/storage) such as Duck Prosciutto from Kosher Revolution or making jerky in a dehydrator ( how about salmon or tuna like Whole Foods offers?)
    10 – picky eaters ( mama, not kids :-) ) – overcoming aversion to organ meat – such as liver ( which type/method is best)? Any unsafe organs for kids?
    11 – picky eaters ( mama, not kids :-) ) – increase fish intake? (E.g. salmon, tuna, sardines, anchovies, mackeral, herring) cooking techniques/recipe for the anti-fish eater
    12 – if there’s an issue with tapioca and potato, is the starch safe or just keep avoiding….
    13 – if you had to rank it ( coffee with heavy whipping cream, coffee with lactose free creamer+fake stuff, coffee with coconut creamer+fake stuff, espresso with sugar, cafe moche, black tea with milk, plain black tea)
    14 – is sunflower seed flour any healthier than almond flour for treats? What about chestnut or cashew flour?
    15 – fasting (10-12 hours) with reactive hypoglycemia? Strategy for what the pre and post meals should look like?
    16 – more on childhood nutrition, serving portion sizes, any micro/macronutrient concerns?
    17 – emergency supplies – if evacuated/natural disaster happens
    18 – did going paleo/primal remove my tolerance or was I one of the silent group…?
    19 – is there any such thing as too much coconut? ( meat, water, milk, flour, etc)

    Paleo/Primal family for about 2 years – out of necessity

    Heather wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. Average size ( disregarding the obesity issue) of people and life-span has increased and also differs across countries. This has been put down to such things as better medical care, exposure to sunlight and diet. What affect has/ does carb intake have on this?

    Lisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. How to Reverse and Eliminate Type 2 Diabetes

    Howard Wolf wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. Suggested topic: What are the top 5 things you can do to optimize your brain performance? (There is so much confusion out there, that this would be a great topic to clarify.) Thanks.

    Jamie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. Turning 50 tomorrow…yay me!!! I adopted a paleo lifestyle about 6 months ago. Coming at it from another angle, I actually feel great, don’t need to lose weight, and think I’m pretty darn healthy. Haven’t been to a doc in about 3 years. Is there a reason I should have any sort of bio marker testing done just to make sure nothing is funky even if I’m feeling well? I did spend many years on the “healthy whole grain, low fat” lie of a diet. Could there be any underlying issues even though nothing is manifesting?

    Lisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. 1) How does primal eating reduce inflammation in the body? What else can one do to reduce damaging inflammation?

    2) Mental wrestling between Vegetarian and Primal Eating

    3) Resources to research how to find grass-fed and organic/free range meats that don’t cost a fortune

    4) Going primal after age 50 (most people seem to be younger when they start)

    5) Other than online blogs, are there in-person Primal support/community groups in larger markets?

    Peggy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. I would like to see you delve deeper into the benefits of sun exposure. We know about the benefits of sun exposure and Vitamin D, and you cover it a bit in (Let the Sun Shine In and Does Sunlight Prevent Myopia?) but I believe there are many more benefits.

    Matt W wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. I’d like to learn more about doing a Primal style elimination diets for those with possible food sensitivities

    alexis wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. As a follow up to the Primal Blue Quick and Easy Meals, perhaps you write about similar meals directed towards children.

    Keep up the fantastic work !!

    Tibor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. The Role of The Primal Medicine Man- from Grok to To Gridlock! : )

    Kazi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. I see many topics that are about food/physical workouts/better lifestyle but coming from a perspective of healthy people needing to change to make their body perform better. I suffer from Muscular Dystrophy( diagnosed since 12 but still walking) but find it difficult to implement most of the benefits from your gracious teachings. I know it might be more of your personal knowledge than doing research but would love to hear an article on customizing or benefits of GROK for the disabled.

    James wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. 1) Parasites – Bad or Good (symbiotic)
    2) Flouride – Toxin or Necessary Evil
    3) Testosterone Levels – Why there so low and how to increase naturally
    4) Infant and/or Toddler Primal Nutrition
    5) Eczema – Causes and/or Solutions
    6) How to Thrive while living Primal/Paleo Life

    Kenneth wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. Mark, I’d like us as a community to create, build, support something. If you are to reach 10 million people, let’s do it together! Thousands of us working towards your goal would be great! Can we build an incredible urban playground that gets lots of media attention? Can we buy squatty potties for an institution? Can we contribute finances to build an incredible ‘Primal living’ campaign to build awareness? Let us help you!

    Grace wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. Eating wild game is good for you, right?
    Being an avid hunter in the midwest, I know that midwestern deer eat alot of corn and beans. Most of these grains are GMO’s.
    So, what are the affects of wild game consuming GMO’s? The deer still consume a large amount of natural foods.

    Steve Rider wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. My husband and I are starting to get into competitive tennis tournaments this year. With that in mind, weight loss vs carb intake for the amount of training and playing involved while recovering from all this and still losing weight. And can you reverse hypo-throidism through paleo eating and living.

    Jack wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. I’d like to see a bit more reality & practicality around sleep.

    What is it with all this ‘totally dark & silent room’ stuff & nonsense?

    Our ancestors slept under the stars. They slept by the light of the silvery moon, & first & second sleeps were usual – with folk using the full of the moon for socialising & ceremony. They slept with nocturnal animals wandering, slithering & snuffling by. They usually slept when they needed to, for as long as they needed to by being adaptable to their local environment. So how come so many of the ‘primal’ pitchers are so precious about creating an environment for sleep that was totally foreign to our ancestors? It baffles & bemuses me.

    R wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. A simple example of how long it takes for the glucose from a SAD like pancakes or a bagel to hit your blood stream, how much of the glucose it actually burned by your body and how much it stored as fat. And what actually happens to insulin levels as your body responds to this burst of glucose into your blood stream – how high does it go and then does it crash below normal levels?

    Peter Cruikshank wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. Oh and one more thing: YOUR JOURNAL!!!!! I just received my copy of The 90-Day Primal Journal (praise Amazon Prime) and I’m stoked about it. It wouldn’t hurt to have perhaps a section or tutorial or user group of those working the journal. As I said before I’m a tad exercise-averse, weight-challenged and maturity-overachieved at 56. As a former art historian, the journal is a bit daunting (but heck I’m up to it) as it involves statistics I didn’t even know suspected. Call me a phys ed drop out. *shaking fist at all the mean gym teachers*

    Anyway — it’s a really really really cool thing that I hope to employ. I’ve already printed out my 90 day macronutrient data (thank you so I’ve overcome the first hurdle. 😀

    Love you. Peace out.

    Julie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. I would love to see more about the typical American diet (to help convince ppl to change)… Like food supply chain/ingredients (ie: there are 105 ingredients in a ‘healthy’ subway chicken teriyaki sub…. CAFO cattle are fed sprinkles corn and dead cows…. etc).

    Also, I’ve found the more I talk about it… The more ppl don’t want to hear it. I do not believe this is an education issue… But more of a cultural/govt corruptness thing? It would be interesting to hear Marks thoughts here.

    Bethany wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. How about a primal restaurant certification program? This could include:

    -Guidelines for meeting certification standards
    -Talking points for approaching restaurant owners

    If restaurants became aware of number of people involved in the movement they could likely be persuaded to opt in. It is now not uncommon to find restaurants with a gluten free menu or Atkins approved choices. How cool would it be to sit down in a restaurant and see a little Grok icon next to a menu item? Participating restaurants could be listed in a directory which would help them by driving business their way.

    Another nuance of this is to raise awareness of what changes could be made to make entrees conform. Imagine you could walk into a restaurant and tell them to “Grok your order” and they would automatically know to cook your eggs in coconut oil instead of some rancid partially hydrogenated O6 oil?

    Laird wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Lots of good suggestions out there! I would like to see more information on skin issues. I have lost nearly 100 lbs. since going primal last year. I feel amazing and look much better except for the loose skin. I’m a youthful 60+ so maybe having my skin rebound naturally is a thing of the past, but I would sure like to have that happen. Any primal ideas?

    Carol wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Female, Fifty, Fit, Fat, Frustrated!

    Michelle wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. Hi Mark

    I have asked this question a couple of times before (not to you though) and have never received a reply.

    Question: If a person with plaque affected arteries changes to a healthy lifestyle (diet and exercise), does the plaque get reduced from the artery wall? And if so, to what extent can the plaque be reduced. i.e. Can most of it be removed or does it depend on the damage already done to the length of the poor lifestyle?

    David Russell wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. I’m interested in reading about diabetes strategies and seniors in the context of the Primal lifestyle.Thanks for this site!

    Gail wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. More on weight gain for women over 40, and I’d like to know more about what you think of kombucha, and fermented foods.

    angela@spinachtiger wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. There are so many great posts/suggestions here about women’s health, that I’ll suggest a synthesis of it all. Many women struggle to provide healthy food and nurturing for their families while they try to take care of themselves. There is the struggle. Can a family primal diet be affordable? Can women carve out time for building strength and endurance? Truly, this is more than one article! Also, I ditto the questions about hormones. I eat a mostly primal diet and have actually put on body fat (and about 5 lbs) since I became more intentional.

    Jacque wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. Article-Would like to be certain that the ferments I have been making for so many years really don’t have sugar left in them, not concerned with veggie ferments, just kombucha, and water kefir. Thanks

    Elizabeth Agren wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. Maybe an article on the equation of food with happiness in American society?

    Gary wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. If you were running for Presidential office, what would your political campaign platform be?

    MdMoore wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. Is there such a thing as plateauing on paleo and needing a limited carb binge to “restart” the weightloss process?

    Marcy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. I love eating my greens, but how about goitrogens and oxalates? How do I know if I’m having too much of a good thing? Should I cook them, eat raw? Thank you.
    (By the way we watched a public made nutrition video in my nutrition class in college and they called corn a vegetable, yikes!!)
    Thanks, keep up the great work.

    Elizabeth Stead wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. I would like to know why some people lose a lot of weight when eating a clean paleo diet, while others struggle and lose only a small amount of weight, but very slowly. My weight loss has been very slow and up and down, despite eating clean most of the time and exercising a lot! So frustrating.

    Tina wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • What do you mean by clean most of the time?

      Even if you are eating a healthy balance of fats and protein, one day of binging on sweets or excessive carbohydrate consumption can unwind weeks worth of primal living.

      The whole point of living primal is to marginalize your consumption of treats. It isn’t wrong to indulge in coconut ice cream, or a few pieces of dark chocolate. However, if you are completely ignoring the primal rules for the course of a day, and proceed to eat several cheese burgers….your weight loss will suffer. (Not accusing you of doing this, just proving a point here)

      Some people are different, there genetics allow them to exercise less frequently than others; or even eat less strict than others without the added bonus of weight gain.

      The question you should be asking is, am I the type of person who can afford to have frequent cheat meals? or none at all?

      I, for one, cannot have any cheat meals. I prefer it that way. Eating a clean primal diet makes me feel accomplished, energized, and concentrated on my activities vice my next sugar rush.

      I hope this helps :)

      Pat wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. How about some success stories of farmers who are able to make a living producing organic fruits and vegetables or grass-fed livestock? Ideally before and after conversions of farms that used to grow grains or caged animals which have converted their operations. There is such a huge disconnect in this country between food growers and consumers. I am one of the few 1% land owners in the USA who has seen many neighboring farms bought up by larger farms. I am sure that the majority of your readers have no clue about how food is produced in the USA or overseas.

    Steve wrote on January 8th, 2014

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