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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 have an autoimmune disease (scleroderma) which affects my lungs. The doctors say live with it, but instead I went primal and have had some improvement. Not possible the specialist says, just coincidence, will probably have a major episode down the track, your predicted life span is limited etc etc. And yet I feel so much better and a lot of the reading I’ve done shows people in the same boat who have had major improvements and no longer have most of their symptoms. A post in this area may be interesting to people in the same boat, because I know I’m amazed by the relationship between gut health and overall body health.

    Trish wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. Streamline primal conversion and detox

    My first instinct, as a college student, is to ask for an article about making the primal college life easier, but it seems you already have a few of those. The other thing I’m struggling with is being primal again after a short while (holidays, wink wink) of not being as primal as I want to be. That combined with the idea of New Years resolutions make me want to be as primal as I was when I lost 30 pounds. How about a post discussing the best way to really kick your body back into shape, both detoxing and converting to low carbs?

    I know there’s never a shortcut with ones personal health, but it seems like there could be a way to rapidly whip myself back into shape.

    Best, NicktheGrok

    NicktheGrock wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. Hey Mark. :)

    I’d like to see you write about more specific guidelines and tips for people to consider when devising a workout. I don’t mean that people should make regimented schedules or circuits or whatever, but just could you more thoroughly elaborate/organize overarching tenets for effective workouts? Whether they be reminders for multi-joint movements, or cardio movements, or whatever. I know you already talk about Primal elements of strength training sessions, but still.

    Basically, I’d like you to focus a bit more on the fitness/workout/athleticism component of the Primal Blueprint this year.

    Thanks! =)

    WarriorWolf wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. Mark,

    Thank you for your outstanding information. How fortunate we are to have the opportunity to receive it with such great ease!

    There are many wise educators sharing their, often unique, golden nuggets of wisdom; yet the one piece of information which is often neglected is the “psychology” piece. It is both inspiring, and hopeful to learn how we can become more healthy, resulting in living our lives with greater quality, yet how can we reach these goals? Yes we are taught what to eat, but how can we overcome our endless cravings, emotional food attachments, and stress eating, etc. Without this important piece of the puzzle, many people find their pathway to success becomes a zig-zag route, at best.

    Many thanks.

    Kellie Monaghan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. As many of us today are dealing with poor digestive function, malabsorption, food intolerances and gut permeability that is not always resolved by offending foods, it would be helpful to understand how to address genuine healing.

    Farida wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. I would love to see an article that provided specific lists of products to buy at grocery stores. (I typically shop at Ralph’s here in LA)

    Scott wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. I very much want to see more about primal diet and the human microbiome. The American Gut Project is testing gut flora and I WANT to know how different/better is the gut flora of those of us who are Primal. Also more advice on getting probiotics naturally (just not in dairy). If half the DNA in our bodies is the bacteria that live in our gut, shouldn’t we have more information on how they like being primal?

    Cathleen Smith wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. The lifestyle factor topics have a lot of appeal to me. Beyond nutrition, exercise, and even sleep, what are primal ways to maintain health? Social connectedness is a big one. Delving into the distinctions between social media connectedness and in-person connectedness might be an interesting topic to explore. Play, meditation, etc. are also topics of interest.

    Wendy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. I think I (and many) would benefit on how to incorporate a Primal lifestyle in a business realm! Finding the right job that you’re passionate about and where you can thrive at what you do best is incredibly important in living a happy and healthy Primal life!

    I’m 26 and recently left my job because it caused unwanted stress and a terrible work schedule, and therefore strayed me away from a Primal approach of enjoying my life to the fullest! I worked long hours for little pay and unfulfilled promises of promotion. I now do freelance design from home, am training to become a personal trainer and I also might take online classes to start a Nutritionist degree (because of my new found love of diet, exercise and the Primal lifestyle).

    Large Tuna wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. In light of Colorado’s recent decision: the primal view of psychoactive substances which played a role in human evolution. Moreover, which ones have utility in today’s stressful world. Im aware this is somewhat of a gray area when it comes to legality, but i believe this topic can be presented in a scholarly manner.

    Karson wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. I would like information/plans about home gym equipment, do it yourself type gear. Thanks!

    skeedaddy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. A longitudinal study of Primal adherents, observing biomarkers like cholesterol, A1c, inflammation markers, mobidity, mortality, BMI, etc.

    Jenny wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Warriors. Our ancestors were warriors as much as we have them today and throughout history. Spartans, Romans, Apache, SEALs, Rangers, etc. Where did that all begin? What made them warriors and how can we implement that into our mentality in the present.

    Brian wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. Hi Mark
    I only recently started primal blueprint. I ordered your box set after the MDA “a midweek kick in the pants”. I’ve been mostly paleo for five weeks now and I’m loving it. Especially that I never feel deprived. I am still reading primal blueprint, I’m not all the way through yet but I have skimmed forward and what I didn’t see or haven’t yet, anyway, that would be really helpful for us newbies would be a “what the korgs should do differently to get started on primal blueprint”. You illustrate very well how grok lived and how the korgs live. But I often find myself thinking (because I am Kelly korg), maybe I shouldn’t be getting up at 6 am to do some cardio. Even if my cardio is some walking at an easy pace, consistent with the primal blueprint, and even if I got my 8 hours of sleep last night, maybe waking up to my alarm to go workout (in my basement) isn’t consistent with the primal blueprint. Maybe instead I should jump on the treadmill at noon? Does that make a difference? Not looking for an answer but just trying to give you a general sense of the types of questions I ask myself as I try to move away from korg to grok. What are the small changes I could make that would make a big impact
    Just a thought.
    Well done on the book. Loving it!

    Jennifer wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. I’m not a cross fitter, but I do have a nice set up in my garage and have several trails near my home. I don’t want to pay for a membership to anywhere and I have a decent background in fitness. But when it comes to lifting heavy things, when do know when these heavy objects just aren’t heavy enough? When do I know to move up? It seems I’ve been on the same weight (lifting) forever and I still get sore. I’m just so nervous about getting hurt… I’m not as young as I used to be.

    Mel Goss wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. Do different food types require different types of exercise? Eg heavy deadlift simulates lifting heavy log to find tuber, sprints best rewarded with fowl, a barefoot hike yields eggs and berries etc.

    Angus wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. How to stay primal, or close to primal, on the run…good choices at the mall, the movies, at the bar, on vacation…

    sp wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • This would be so helpful. I struggle at restaurants and airports. Try to make clear choices but not always easy.

      Also love the suggestion on paleo pregnancy. We are trying for baby number 2 now.

      Jennifer wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. More articles with information about diabetes and prediabetes and autoimmune conditions. This is how many people will have some motivation to make the lifestyle changes. I appreciate all the information you are providing.

    Kathleen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. The correlation between type 1 diabetes and the large proportion which go on to develop gluten sensitivities. The data seems to demonstrate those who have been type 1 diabetes for many years, later get diagnosed with celiac disease. The percentage is increasingly high in this specific control group (type 1 diabetes).

    I’m curious to know whether the consumption of a high carb diet to control BSL readings, is what contributes to the later development of celiac, or whether its all caused by autoimmune issues, and either condition was going to develop in susceptible individuals.

    And can the body really be kick-started again, to develop the T-cells which generate insulin – I’d be curious to know if it has to do with food. There have been some military studies on dolphins which seems to suggest they can switch their insulin production on and off, depending on the food supply. It’s something they have evolved to survive, and I wonder if the diabetes epidemic is our misfire at evolution too. Only it’s gone terribly wrong for humans. Maybe food holds the key?

    I noticed you mentioned halting type 2 diabetes in your up-coming post topics, and I believe it can be done (is being done) but type 1 diabetes isn’t something which can be cured by food and exercise. Something is different with the genetics in susceptible individuals which switches off the production of T-cells. The most susceptible cultural groups, are those from “so-called” primitive backgrounds, or indigenous populations. These would be the control groups closest to Grok.

    Chris wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. I would like for you to address the problem of extra fat around the waist. I have been off of grains for over 2 years and still can’t get rid of it. I am very strict with my diet and I also exercise but it doesn’t budge. I have also gained weight overall in the past year. Maybe my age has something to do with it. I’m almost 70.

    Julie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. Would love to see information on eye health and lipids.

    Ilene wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. Losing weight and staying healthy after menopause. Women trying to lose weight have such a challenge!

    Rita Towns wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. Is it better to eat foods that grow where you were born and raised ? Take the Pacific Northwest for example…. of course, I have the gamut of the supermarket produce and meat departments…. but is my system somehow geared toward the things that are indigenous to this area because it is my “environment”? Apples, pears, plums, venison, salmon, shellfish, berries…. they all grow around here where I grew up, so are they better for me than foods that are shipped from other regions?
    Things that make ya go “Hmmmmm”.

    Todd wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. Topic I would like to see covered – the power of the mind. Even with all the facts in front of us and all the information we could ever need on your blog and website, at the end of the day it all starts and ends with the mind – does it or doesn’t it?

    Title of one blog post – What Could I Do THIS VERY SECOND to make my life healthier? 60 options listed below to change a minute of your life!

    Ness wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. It’d be great to see actual research that support the primal/paleo way of eating so it’s easier to counter articles like this one which indicates there are no studies showing this way of eating is beneficial:

    Stephanie Gwinner wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. I would love to see some more information on the changes our bodies go through while making the transformation from high-carb diets to a primal one. Maybe specifically some focus on lack of energy, lethargy, “fuzzy” thinking, etc. Thank you Mark, I appreciate you!

    Michelle Wiederman wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. Ditto on shortening/lengthening of telomeres. Also how to customize fat intake for body type, age, fitness level, etc. How to mitigate thyroid issues. How to know if a person is really headed for being “pre-diabetic”, ie how high is too high for fasting blood glucose.

    Thanks for all you do…..LOVE MDA!! Grok on!!!

    ShaSha wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. I am a breast cancer warrior and I would love to see anything about cancer. I also would love ideas about motivating a teenage son to join the primal lifestyle.

    I do love your blog and always enjoy reading all the topics. I especially like that there is new material every day.

    JJ wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. I would like to hear your thoughts on food intolerance and being gluten free. Also, how to reduce high blood pressure naturally (without eating celery).

    Sharon wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 on strategies for reduction of blood pressure. I find this to be the one thing that will not budge for me – my numbers are still high even with paleo eating, weight loss, and exercise. I don’t think I’m that stressed so it’s very frustrating not to be able to affect it.

      JG wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. Throw out the scale.

    As a compulsive weigher, I am starting to learn that the scale is not a good gauge of health. I lost a lot of weight, but am now gaining becuase I am gaining muscle. So as I weigh more I am heathier. We all need to learn this.

    Lets all have an awesome 2014.

    Oregontinker wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. I would love to see a definitive guide to weight loss for women, perhaps something geared towards the severely overweight!! Something that pulls together macro recommendations, exercise options, supplements and everything else! :-)

    Jen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. MDA article idea for 2014: how to win over the opposite sex. How to win the mate of your dreams in other words. How to make yourself more desirable in the eyes of the opposite sex.

    Kieran Brennan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I managed to keep my weight down on a low fat, high carb diet for many years, but after going through menopause 11 years ago, I gained 50# (10# a year, between Thanksgiving and January 1 each year!) Weight has been stable for the past 6 years, even though I have been primal for about 3 years. I do feel so much better – energy, sleep, moods, blood sugar – but will I ever lose weight? I’m 57. How long does it take an older woman to heal and regain health?

    Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. I would love to see you address the struggles of those who desperately want to live a primal lifestyle but have trouble eating meat/fish/fowl/eggs. There must be another person who dislikes these foods? Maybe it’s just me….

    Susyn K wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. I would really like help with using primal to recover after cancer. I’ve gone thru it twice. What to do for more energy and sweet cravings. How primal can help mitigate the side effects of chemotherapy.

    Rhonda wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. Video testimonials

    Peter Thomas wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. Is there a link between wheat/gluten/grains and nocturnal bed wetting (enuresis) in older children (8 years to teenager)?

    Melanie Hawkins wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. I have been 80% primal for over 2 years but yet just suffered a very painful intestinal blockage, so far the doc’s haven’t found out why ( none of the usual reasons ) besides getting a squatty potty what is good advice to aid getting everything back in good working order?

    Craig Chapman wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. I would like to see a 1 month paleo diet transition guide. I know that many people are overwhelmed by the concept of going paleo and don’t even know where to begin. If they could see a well organized guide that helps them slowly eliminate food from their diet over the course of a month along with healthier alternatives to those foods, I think it would be very helpful and informative. This would help people know that going paleo is actually realistic on a budget or with a family. Ultimately, if you want to help 10million people get healthier, I think a detailed paleo transition guide would be a great way to go!!!

    Thanks for all the articles Mark and keep up the good work this year. I am also very interested to hear about your Primal Certification in the future!

    Andrew Karel wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. I am reading some great suggestions for topics above…. few blog title suggestions:
    “What Does a Primal Lifestyle Look Like for the 60+ Age Group?”
    “Primal Venison Recipes”
    “Do Any Primal Foods Come In Cans?”
    “How to Brown Bag it Primally and Not Gross Out Your Co-Workers”
    ” Tips forOptimal Sleep When Traveling”
    “DIY Blue Light Blocking Glasses”
    Thanks Mark!

    Kara wrote on January 8th, 2014

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