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8 Jan

Dear Readers: What Do You Want from Mark’s Daily Apple?

questions2As 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. “Primal Dating: Protocol for a First Date that Doesn’t Know You’re Paleo/Primal”

    Sarah wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. Switching from being a vegan / vegetarian — the mental / emotional aspect. Many are in the lifestyle not for “health” reasons but animal welfare reasons.

    How to simply and easily explain and influence others, such as curious friends and family, who either 1. still believe firmly in CW or 2. don’t buy this is anything but a passing fad like so many other diets / CW things that are “good” for you this week and “bad” for you next

    Modified primal diets for picky eaters who simply don’t like a large variety of meats or veggies but believe in the lifestyle

    Susan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. I would love to see a blog post about your take on the tweaks required to the primal diet and lifestyle to address autoimmune issues.

    Kelly wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. One of the concerns about Primal eating that I haven’t heard addressed is the statistical correlation between red meat consumption and cancer incidence. Our primal ancestors probably didn’t live long enough to worry about colon cancer, but we do. Is this a valid concern?

    Ian Beatty wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. How to explain the diet to dumb people who think you’re crazy.

    Okay in nice, big-kid terms I mean, when people who are quite ignorant to anything diet-related (you know, those friends who think lettuce on a fried chicken sandwich makes it health food) ask you why the heck you don’t eat anything along the no-no list spectrum (ranging from milkshakes to lentils/quinoa). I usually just give them a stupefied stare while trying to condense all the paleo science into terms they’ll understand and even be interested in and want to try this out themselves. I find it really difficult to explain paleo without going into great depths on inflammation, antinutrients, omega-6 and 3’s…

    What would a well-structured conversation look like with a mere mortal trying to explain this magic?

    Katie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. Stories on folks who have been primal for 5years, 10 years and longer.

    Tonya wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. I would like to see more information on macro nutrients, weight lifting, and Paleo eating. I followed your recommendation on weight training (5×5’s) and Paleo. I am seeing great results with the compound routine you recommended but struggle with what my macro nutrients should be. I lost 35 pounds on Paleo last year and am in the best shape of my life at 54. Stronger than most 35 year olds I work out with. Thanks for the great information on MDA!

    Randy Lane wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. My knees have been giving me trouble for a few years (a small bit of torn cartilage), so I’d love an article on how best to use a Primal Diet, supplements, and exercise to help the cartilage regrow.

    Haydn Huntley wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. Yo quisiera que usted investigara sobre las hormonas tiroideas y los efectos de una dieta cetogénica sobre ésta y las demás hormonas. Gracias, su información es muy útil

    Laura wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. I have noticed that my 2 year old is beginning to slouch and get rounded shoulders. I would love to see more on “primal posture” and movement patterns that encourage good alignment.

    Melanie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. -The importance of your gut- at different ages and stages of life.

    -The easy , simplicity and benefits of fermentation.

    Heather wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. You have helped so many people in so many ways and it is very much appreciated! Can you please focus some of your articles and research resources on our future? Primarily on the epidemic of ADHD, ADD, and related “disorders” and how they are related to our diet in children. I see many young men and women who are on medication to control these disorders and it is very common to see them in children. I believe it is in our children’s diets and our diets. I know this is very unpopular and the use of meds in our children’s lives is defended to the hilt, but I suspect the problem can be resolved or eliminated with correct diet. Thanks Mark.

    stebbs wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Hi Mark,
    Anytime you hear of a Paleo type restaurant opening up you should go and report back!

    DBeee! wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. I’ve been Paleo for two months now and I feel guilty when I cook processed crap for my family. I feel like I get all the good stuff and they are left in the dust. We have two sons…one who is ADHD and would benefit greatly from a Paleo diet. My husband is a US Marine and is deployed a great deal. I need easy, functional, budget friendly, family approved meals. I’m also planning on being a surrogate for a friend so throwing some healthy Paleo pregnancy tips would be really beneficial.

    Thank you!!!

    Alana Topper wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. Maybe some research on causes of psoriasis and exczema and what, if anything, primal can do to combat these conditions. So many people I know – and their children, even babies – suffer from one or both of these conditions and I’m absolutely CONVINCED there is a food connection.

    Why are these skin conditions suddenly cropping up everywhere? Gluten? Dairy? Something about the way the body metabolizes sugar?

    victoria wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. The long range evolution of the brain and how it makes us what we are.

    Bill wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. I really enjoy your posts on babies in 2013. Could you write more on raising healthy infants and children? I would be curious to see more information on dental hygiene, infant sleep, and just overall care. Thank you!

    Regan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. Safety of seafood from the Pacific now that the radioactive plume from Fukushima has affected sea life. Bluefin tuna off the CA coast are testing positive for Fukushima-signature radioactivity. Those of us who love tuna and salmon need a way to approach this. Also true for kelp products.

    maidel wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. We don’t talk a lot about mental performance…. especially with regards to carbs and how they affect our ability to think and focus.

    I am experimenting a lot these days and have very low carb days when I have much intellectual work to do and need to focus… and it works… I don’t know how, or by what mechanism, but keeping my carb intake to the evening makes me sharper during the day…

    I lie Dave Aspery and am an adopter of bulletproof coffee… (however, I do mine with coconut oil… not the refined MCT stuff…). But I find some of his suggestions a little over the top… I try to addapt some of the ideas to a more real food/no gizmo… grok like adaptation…

    Fat intake, ketogenic modes are interesting to play with… however I don’t find them enjoyable long term… I do use them as a tool for metal focus though…

    Maybe a few articles around mental focus/performance but with a primal foundation would be nice…

    Just my 2 cents…

    I love reading you…

    Serge wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. Post title: “The Low-down on Leaky Gut,” looking at the theory that inflammatory foods lead to leakiness of the gut and contributes to autoimmune disorders. It’d be great to see a summary based on science!

    SarahK wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. I am really becoming interested in at home fermentation. I loved your sauerkraut and kimchi recipes and I am excited to try your tempeh recipe. I also make yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, and kombucha. Do you have any other fermented food recipes that you have made or tried? I would love to see a post on other beneficial probiotic foods.

    Ryan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. You’ve spoken before about organic fruit and vegetables before, and you’ve mentioned which fruit and veg are the worst offenders and most important to buy organic. But if you don’t have access to organic fruit and veg as its way outside of your budget or simply not available then what is the best way to wash them?

    I have read online about simply rinsing under water, soaking, scrubbing, using dish detergent. Some people say dish detergent leaves nasty residues. Other people say the waxy or oily pesticides will not come off unless you use soap. Do some of the chemicals actually end up inside the food item, and are unable to be scrubbed off?

    I would love to see a post on how to clean non-organic fruit and veg.

    Phill wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. Mark, you may not agree with this as it could be quite intrusive and time consuming, but I believe you delivering your thoughts ideas etc in a video format would reach out to people more effectively, instantly, become more personable and real, therefore having more impact. For the finer points there could be the text underneath. As I stated, it’s asking more of you, but ultimately I think readers would gain from such a delivery format. Same for success stories, if the people submitting it were interested… Something to consider? Even if you were having a ‘bad hair day’ etc!!

    Merry wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. I would appreciate seeing an article focusing on how to be aware of one’s own body, being so in tune with ones body that they know when they need to feed it more food, or need to take 3-4 days of rest in a row from exercise, when they need to fast, or drop electronics for a day or two. This is something i’ve been striving for, and would love to see your take and viewpoint on it, as i’m sure everyone else would love to see.

    Thanks Mark

    Andrew Yanik wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. - How to adapt the Primal Diet around the world – from recipies to culture
    – What to do if you have high cholesterol and want to start with the Primal Diet? How to keep it down without medicine?

    Mayra Rovai wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. “Customizing” the Primal Blueprint.

    Growing Grok wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. I’d like to see some articles relating to the prevention of prostate cancer through a primal diet and lifestyle. I would like to see some info on current approaches to healing joint injuries or inflammation. A little something on primal oral/dental health, optimizing beneficial bacteria in the mouth…
    One Love

    Bruce wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Two great posts:
    -Grok’s kids
    -Change Your Genetics! (gene expression, epigenetics, etc,)

    Growing Grok wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Pure, fake, or tainted: Are imported supplements, spices, honey and olive oil healthy or harmful and how do we know?

    Gary wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. Since blood pressure and cholesterol recommendations from medical professionals and researchers are based on people eating a SAD diet, how much do us Primal folks need to heed their warnings/recommendations?

    My systolic blood pressure goes up 30 – 40 points when I am at my annual physical and off giving blood donations. Likely because I am so darn excited to be showing up healthy for 2+ years?! As expected my LDL is higher than the range that is recommended but there is no particulate testing in my area of Canada (yet?). My total cholesterol is high normal and my ratio is fine but thankfully my vegetarian doctor isn’t concerned. He was part of a research event some years ago and he mentioned that they identified 73 types of cholesterol and no one knows what levels are optimal. Of course, recommendations are based on the general population whom are consuming a SAD diet.
    I feel that many medical professionals are in business first and would not want us to get healthy as they would be out of business. The Canadian Diabetes Association poster recommend a low fat diet with moderate exercise. No mention on the posters of how you can cure Type 2. I cured my Type 2 with an ancestral diet – which is loaded with good fats!

    An article on why we should be worried about any recommended numbers as long as you are keeping fairly strict adherence to an ancestral diet.

    Tom White wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. Sorry, just had to add one last one:
    -Is Frozen better? (if someone doesn’t have access to local/organic produce, frozen may be a cheaper and healthier alternative to the unnaturally ripened, pesticide infested produce)

    Growing Grok wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. I am 51 and I would like to see you blog about stuff targeted for the over 50’s!! Personally, I think the diet-side of PBF is the easy part as I like an almost-paleo diet and therefore find it pretty easy. However, a series of blogs about getting fitter and stronger, and how to develop one’s program over the next 20-30years would be really useful. No one does this for us in the 50-plus brigade!

    Nigel wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. “Building and Maintaining a Healthy Gut Culture”
    I know you’ve written about probiotics/prebiotics/fermented foods, but there don’t seem to be many clear recommendations, and it seems there is a lot of research lately. I’d love to hear your take on a guide to maintaining the flora-helping part of our diet, how psychology works into it, and what we should look for in our n=1.

    Thanks Mark and Worker Beezzz!

    Tom B-D wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. Consider making Primal Certification affordable or in a payment plan that is affordable. I’m a health coach and would love to get Primal Certification but need it to be affordable to do so.

    Maria wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. I’d love to see ways for vegetarians to embrace primal/paleo. Or pescatarian. Some of us can’t bring ourselves to eat meat, but are still interested. I’ve been experimenting as a vegetarian by including eggs and shellfish (obviously non-veg) and that’s about the best I can do as a long time vegetarian with no desire to eat red meat or fowl. Still really enjoy your site (did you know you have veg readers?). The other principals are relatively easy for me and remind me a little bit of Natalia Rose’s approach. Clean and nutrient dense.

    Migraine coverage would also be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!

    EM wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. Post title: “A day in the life of Mark Sisson as a typical office worker living primal.” We’ve read/seen how Mark lives his current life on a typical day/week, but let’s change his environment and let us know how he would live his life primal if he was a typical office worker.
    Scenario: A 25 mile commute – assume 45 minutes each way (no public transportation); cube office; work hours 8:00-4:30 with 30 min lunch and no other breaks; break room contains a fridge and microwave; work day consist of computer work, sit down meetings, reading documents, and minimal phone calls.

    Joe wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I forgot to mention the home life scenario: Married with two young teenage kids; you and wife share housework, although you tackle most of the outdoor work while she does most of indoor work, thank God; share grocery shopping duties (sorry, no Whole Foods in town); share dinner prep and cleanup (wife and kids not primal, but supports your lifestyle; you make your own breakfast and lunch; kids are into sports and extracurricular activities, so there is some carting around to do; and of course you need to read MDA every day!

      Joe wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. I waited too long to fight back and now I have type 2 diabetes. Any articles about nutrition for diabetes or motivational articles to get more of us diabetics moving and exercising would be great! Who knows, you just might save someone’s life!! Thank you!

    Plugger wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. I’d like to hear some suggestions for creating a meal that suits both Primal and vegetarian eaters. Often all my husband and I can “share” are the vegetable portions, and otherwise eat separate meals, which just kills the cultural aspect of sitting down together.

    Marcella Hettinger wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. What kind of experimental model experiments do you think are worth examining with respect to nutrition and health issues, and what experiment would you design (say, in mice or rats or cell lines) if you could?

    Noelle wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. Something written about grains and why we should or should not eat them. Also are there any types of grain that can be helpful. Example I eat some spelt flour.

    Randall Schlabach wrote on January 8th, 2014

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