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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. Is eating more meat than greens wrong?

    Chris Overes wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. I would like to see an article on how to do an elimination diet for pain related issues.

    Elaine wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. Some thoughts:

    1. I’d like to see a definition of “processed” food. Systemically, what do we mean by “processing,” and is it a useful concept?
    2. I’d like to read about antidepressants and the primal lifestyle. Many or your readers are deciding whether to go on or leave antidepressants. I know you aren’t a doctor and can’t give medical advice, but you can solicit your readers’ input, or ask Emily Dean to write a few posts on it.

    Thanks for everything!

    hedgie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I would personally love to see a post about how to make eating Primally can be sustainable for the entire planet. As our population has exploded, there are more people consuming more resources and i fear that we may damage our environment if we all abandon the SAD. I hear this argument all the time from my non-primal friends (especially vegetarians) and would love to have a snappy comeback.

      Liisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
      • Check out The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith.

        Jen Patterson wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. I would like to see more about training for those of us who actually enjoy running those 10K and half marathon (or longer) distances. I am a 11-12 minute mile runner, still early in my primal journey, and I struggle with balancing your guidelines on avoiding “chronic cardio” but still getting 2-3 runs per week in the medium intensity range (not sprinting, but definitely faster than “moving slowly a lot” intensity). I appreciate the range of contributors and the openness of this community, and I would like to see the “mid range” exercisers included more in your articles.

    Dan Houghton wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. Paleo for the Post Menopausal Woman.

    MissChris wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yep!

      Gayle Moody wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. Since it is virtually impossible to avoid the toxic soup we live in today, I would love to hear your thoughts about how toxicity can hinder weight loss and what detoxing protocols you find most effective.

    Cindy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. Primal Comp!
    Like a CrossFit comp, but consisting of the 4 essential movements and their variations.

    Lisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. I’d love for you to research and explain the following:
    “Eating more primal foods to increase metabolism and muscularity.”
    A large group of my fitness friends and I get so confused as to whether we should intermittent fast/window eat to gain muscularity and lean out or if we should eat as often as we are legitimately hungry to gain muscularity and lean out/up our metabolism.

    High Energy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. Primal sleeping! Grok didn’t sleep on a bed, should we? What kind? Firm? Soft?

    Meredith wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Wolfgang wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. I’d like to see an in depth explanation of thyroid disorders (particularly hypothyroidism). What are the underlying causes and how (if at all) are these disorders improved/worsened by lifestyle choices. I’ve tried asking my doctor, but the answer I got was “There’s nothing you can do so take this pill for the rest of your life.” I have a feeling there’s more to it than that.

    Leo wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      SeattleSlim wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. GMO genetically modified organisms,

    Shirley Stevens wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. Id like to hear more about how to get back “on the wagon” and how to stay on. Including under less than ideal circumstances.

    Veronica wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      SmokeFan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Vaccines, flu shots, HPV

    Shirley Stevens wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Yes! Right now I am very unsure about whether our future grokling is going to be getting vaccines until they are of school age (even then!) and my husband and I are both anti-flu shot. Are we right or paranoid?

      Nicole wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. So often we are confronted with the issue of having nothing “healthy” to cook in the house, or feeling tired or lazy. The toughest part of eating right is simply having what you need at home to feed yourself and your family. What are, in your opinion, the absolute essential snacks or quick meals to keep in the house at all times to satisfy hunger while still staying primal?

    Patrick M wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1000

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. Tweaking / adapting the Primal lifestyle / diet / training as appropriate for the 60+ years old crowd. :)

    George wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. 1- What kinds of blood tests/physical tests can we use to determine our medical/healthy related shortfalls? And how can we interpret them?

    2- Vaccines–no BS: what’s the deal. There are so many extremes and much misinformation. Which are life-savers, and which are a waste of time and potentially harmful due to the lack of long-term studies done on them?

    3- What is our best ‘go to’ for a PCP/doctor when the Primal Docs portal doesn’t include any practitioners in our area?

    Joe O wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. I’m very visual, so more diagrams and bullets would be helpful, as opposed to lengthier paragraphs. This would encourage me to read the posts daily, knowing that I could gather the most important information quickly.

    Emily wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • That’s a good idea! Dr. Mercola has a sidebar on each post with a quick run down of the key points in each day’s article. Very handy when you only have a few minutes.

      Cindy wrote on January 9th, 2014
  18. I’d like to see an article on fitness when you’re unfit, dealing with chronic fatigue, or otherwise find yourself utterly exhausted after even the simplest of physical activities. Essentially – how do I start from nothing without backsliding into less than nothing?

    Erika wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Christina Taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      CJ wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. I’d like to see information about how to be primal in the winter. How can we get outdoor sunshine when the temperatures don’t cooperate? Winters can be so long in Minnesota and I am having trouble coming up with entertaining exercise and even easy winter meals.

    Rebecca wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1. Not just temperatures not cooperating, but insufficient UVB for those of us living north of the 37th parallel.

      SmokeFan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. I would like to see some kind of resource relating to Primal retailers? Are there retail stores out there focused on the Primal/Paleo market? If so, where are they? Are they selling your books, or primal beef/chicken/pork etc.

    Bob wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. I’d like to see a post regarding what the “heavy hitters” are. For example, I can’t seem to manage full paleo or even primal. So, in an effort to keep myself from falling completely off the wagon, I have focused on gluten free. Is that the best path? Or should I just focus on organic everything? Or sugar free? Or is dairy really the biggest issue? If I’m going to pick one thing to focus on, what should it be?

    Elyse wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Good questions.

      Gayle Moody wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. I would like to see some more articles on debunking many conventional wisdom studies/facts. Also a way to go somewhat primal for the vegetarians and vegans seems like a good idea.

    Niral Ramesh wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. Mark: great topics you are already going to cover. My interest is decreasing systemic inflammation. My c reactive test was 12. Not good but I have been working on solutions through LEF.org. Thanks and continue to walk in the Light. Gary

    Gary Simons wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. Information about how much and what kinds of sprouts can be used as a diet base? Sprouts are easy and cheap gardening. What percentage of my diet can be fulfilled by them?

    Maureen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. I would love to see more about Low Lectin Primal for dealing with arthritis. Weight lifting with arthritis?? Recipes for low lectin would be awesome!!

    Bonnie wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Don’t even know what lectin is, but looks like I could use some information on this.

      Gayle Moody wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. Why is it we consistently see diets like the Dash, Ornish etc rank higher than paleo etc type diets in the medically reviewed journals?
    Is it from outside influence, conflicting data, misunderstanding or are they actually more efficacious, sustainable and repeatable?
    See belies link through medscape which ranks the diets.

    Thanks

    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/818762?nlid=44543_1885&src=wnl_edit_dail&uac=154149SV

    Fit-2-Fly wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. I’d like to hear about a few things in the future:

    Why this type of diet continues to receive low points from the “established authorities”.

    What is the effect of this eating style on hormone levels in males over the age of 50

    What if any research has been done on athletic performance. I suspect I already know the answer to that one, as most crossfitters, bodybuilders, powerlifters and sprinters already eat this way. Very interested to see discussions regarding endurance performance on this type of diet and proper carb ratios/types for same

    Andrew wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. I’d be interested in advice on when Primal ISN’T a good idea – for example, there may be some indication that doing Primal with a hypothyroid condition causes more issues than it cures, once the disease has kicked in. Possibly a similar argument with Type 2 diabetes – eating Primal probably helps keep these nasty critters at bay; but what about when the axe has already fallen?

    Nicky Moxey wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I happen to have Hashimoto’s, and everything I have read supports a Paleo/Primal lifestyle with the exception of consuming cruciferous vegetables…broccoli, and cabbage, UNLESS, it is partially cooked, or steamed to destroy the goiter something enzyme. Same issue with nightshades, tomatoes, and eggplant. If you keep those items out of your diet, or at least minimize them, you should be fine. I think the biggest thing is to keep any grains, and “man-made” foods out of your diet, you should be fine. I have been following as close to 80% as I can, eliminating grains, processed foods, and sugars, and I find that I sleep better, have better elimination, have a better attitude, and look at life as a place I want to be. When I have the “white” foods in my diet, I can honestly say, I am not a very pleasant person. As for your hypothyroid condition, present the paleo/primal diet to your endocrinologist, and ask their opinion.

      Stefferbee wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Hormone balancing w/ primal living- when to test and when to wait

    Jen Richard wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. Those that mentioned the ‘Global’ Aspect: Whether it be sustainability or food availability/variety, may be be interested in the Venus Project (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Venus_Project).

    I’d like to see what the progress is on the Primal Movie…

    Cheers,

    Luis.

    Luis wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. I think it would be great if you could investigate primal sources of meat, etc, in other countries. We don’t have access to Trader Joe’s or Tendergrass Farms outside of the U.S., so where can we get our pastured meat, etc.

    I would also like to read more about your take on living presently i.e. mindfully (meditation based stress reduction, etc.)

    Karen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. It would be interesting to hear what you have changed your stance on (if anything) since starting Marks Daily Apple. Since it’s a continuous exploration, have you found out things that make you reevaluate earlier statements? I constantly refer to the MDA archives when I want to look something up (and you have always written about it!) and sometimes when I read an article from 2007 or so, I wonder if there have been new developments since then.

    Måns wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1

      Nicole wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. You’ve done a great job addressing nutrition and fitness and I’d love to see the holistic approach continue by addressing addictions. Some are legal such as nicotine and alcohol, and others illicit, but all are equally damaging to the body inside and out. I know Grok didn’t have access to cigarettes, 8-balls, and cheap malt liquor, so an addiction to these things certainly isn’t primal.

    A primal approach to addressing addictions would be pretty awesome.

    KPaul wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I thought about this one as well. Would really love to find a “primal” way to overcome my addiction to tobacco.

      Stefferbee wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. Female hormones. I have mid stage adrenal fatigue and my hormones are trending low across the board. I need to know what women can do to help their adrenals to help their hormones and generally just optimise their production and all this with more specific examples during different stages of our lives: young adult, pregnancy, breastfeeding, middle age and so on. Also how does exercising etc. affect our hormones, adrenals etc.
    I have been going to different websites to get some of this information and not to you :-(

    Hannahc wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. Blog title: You CAN teach an old dog new tricks

    How to introduce primal to your parents and actually help them change their thinking, diet and health.

    Gayle Moody wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1. My 2 cents, slow but steady, some sticks. (But then, my Mom told her brother they were not going to eat crap when he came, first night he arrived off to get pizza and coke). How are more success stories from the 60s, 70s and beyond. Especially women. Can you dig one up that spent alot of time in front of the tube, reformed and got some health results? Maybe soliciting for success stories in this age group.

      Colleen wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. Topic i’d like you to cover is more of a primal connection… is it worth homeschooling? benifits, cons? Wife and I more and more talk and consider about homeschooling when we have our first child. At first I was against this, but giving it some honest thought and it definitely seems more primal: child connected with her mother, constant connection while theyre developing, just seems more tribal. i’ve known many duo income parents that seem like 10 hours of day you aren’t with your child just seems BAD especially while theyre developing. If you can manage it, is this a truer primal path like our ancestors than sending your child do school? id love to hear more discussion on the topic.

    Marlon wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • I have a friend who home schools her two kids, and they absolutely THRIVE on it … getting straight A’s. They get lots of social integration with other home schoolers, through the internet and Skype, and planned social get-togethers. The mothers seem to be wonderfully dedicated to their kids best interests.

      NMCynthia wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. There’s a lot of talk about FAT. More specifically fats in food.

    I’d like to see an article on the different types of fats. Good fat, bad fat and how to get my body to burn the extra fat stores that are hanging around while i consume the good fats available in food.

    There may be a perfect timing of eating good fats after or before I exercise that I am missing. So basically.. an article that helps put fat in its rightful place.

    mike taylor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. What is the ideal ratio of the amino acids Methionine and Glycine in the average human being diet? In this lifestyle when one does not consume nose to tail and just eats muscle meats, I imagine the ratio favors methionine….does this have negative side effects?

    Matt Barenie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. Paleo and Glycemic Indexes, when it’s critical and when it’s ok to be flexible

    Ted wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. I’d like to see more info on calorie restriction and what it does to mess up our metabolism. All of the women in my office are now on a diet and eating fat free crackers and Weight Watchers frozen lunches and it drives me bonkers. They get mad at me when I have my bacon each morning as they are jealous and I tell them get rid of the crackers and have some protein for goodness sake! These are the same ones who will wind up binging at night on carbs of course because they ate like 1000 calories that day.

    With that said I sometimes struggle to get to 1,700 cals on a busy day and it’s hard to figure out what I should add to it. I’m already eating enough protein, moderate once a day starchy carbs and lots of fat. Guessing I would up the fat but not sure.

    Info like this would be most appreciated and may help me to convert some of my co workers!

    Kim wrote on January 8th, 2014

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