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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. Mark, I would love to see more about hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism and how Primal helps this.

    Alessandra wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. Is a high LDL particle number (as measured by NMR lipoprofile or apoB) a risk in an otherwise healthy, ideal-weight person with no insulin resistance, and in the absence of any inflammation by several biomarkers, and zero cardiac calcification?

    Jo Tejeda wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. I would like to have more discussion on cholesterol. I fight “high” numbers according to my doctor, but have been eating Paleo since July. I know there is new thinking out there on the subject.

    Chris wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. What I would like to see/read about- I am 57 this year and would like to read how to increase a slower metabolism for my group.

    Tom wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. FODMAPs — for those of us with self-discovered (with your help – thanks so much!) problems with so many awesome veggies, what and how much should we be eating to maximize the nutrients we get from real food? And how should we best supplement to get the rest? What might a typical day/week of ideal eating look like? I’ve seen other resources out there; however, I trust this site for the most common-sense/don’t-sweat-the-small-stuff approach. Kudos for that!

    Sammie wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. Happy New Year! I would like to see information on raising children (infants-though Mommy) all the way to Teens. My 2 young daughters (4 and 5) are progressing great with our Primal family. We are expecting in July, and would love to see suggestions/tips on what Mothers can do as primal moms nursing infants, and then options when we switch the little critter to people food!

    Justin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. I would love to see articles on:
    – foraging for wild food. Perennial plants that grok would have loved, that we can grow ourselves.
    – research on attachment parenting. I think many modern methods of child raising, are substantially different from how grok would care for their young. How does for instance early weaning and separation from primary caregivers affect us? How are we affected by rushes of cortisol flowing over our brains on a regular basis?

    Elin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. I’m “senior” aged but not ready at all to retire. I’m busy….1 full time office job & working in our business after work hours…not to mention volunteering & grandchildren. So I would like to read more about realistic changes I can make in my life…without the time for marathons & eating at a school cafeteria or on the fly. How can I develop a primal lifestyle without jumping off the cliff to do it! I am very active, but I am in my first office by 7 a.m. & home from second office around 6 or 7 pm on a normal day. The rural area I live in has no gym to stop in to after work. I do have a work room in my office, but I have no equipment for working out. So I just want to hear real suggestions on real life changes. Thanks!

    Freda Dougherty wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. How about a primal bookclub?

    Mike wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. The role of genetics in:
    Taste preferences, satiety, what foods we may do best on given our genetic (evolutionary) and epigenetic (modern exposures and stressors) influences.I know you have done extensive research on this, but there is ever increasing data about the role of genetic polymorphisms in our health and there must be a link with the foods we eat. Additionally, there are companies attempting to sell you over hyped nutrigenetic tests full of recommendations for which the clinical utility is questionable. I would like to know if there are pieces we can put together….for example if I have a polymorphism in one of dopamine receptor genes that confer increased motivation for reward seeking behavior, how should I supplement or adjust my eating to achieve balance in my brain? If my ancestry is northern European but I am vegetarian, how might I be lacking important fatty acids from the fish my ancestor enjoyed daily?

    TexasGal wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. I’d love to hear more about overcoming food intolerances and why these intolerances seem to come and go for no reason. I’ve been eating Paleo for the past year and have noticed changes in different food groups that my body reacts to. It used to be gluten, then it was raw dairy, and now it’s nuts. How long should these food groups remain out of one’s diet when they notice a reaction? Why are foods that never were an issue before now causing ezcema, breakouts, and tummy aches?

    Jenn wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. Many of us notice things about the way we respond to food, exercise, emotions, life etc that are indicative of a messed up endocrine system. I would love to see a guide as to what to look for in your life to indicate a faulty endocrine system, what foods and exercise we can eat/do to influence what hormones and when to get a doctor involved for blood testing and potentially recommendations for getting your doctor on board.

    Nick wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Not so much a specific topic, but ……..How about a web conference/seminar on hot topics in the Primal world? kind of a poor man’s Primal Con? for those of us who can’t afford the time or money to attend Primal Con this year?

    Jim M wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • Love it!

      Rema wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. I would like to see an article that guides us through hormone control. What blood tests would be most helpful, what to look for on the results and where to start in getting things back to normal (with differences for men and women)

    Mandy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. I’d really like to know why a primal diet is best for someone on a high intensity training schedule looking for the best performance and muscle gains. I always wonder why everyone outside the primal community recommends eating things that the primal lifestyle tends to shy away from, yet you are insistent that eating primal is still the way to go for people on a high intensity program. This is one of my favorite topics to see you cover, and if you would be able to hit this one on the head, it would really help me justify all the things I’ve been doing and working so hard for, instead of just going low carb “because this one really good website said it was a good idea” during my training cycles. It’d be very interesting to really see the true relationship between primal living and a slightly more rigorous training program :)

    Vincent wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. What is the benefit of going primal for the planet? I’ve some friends who are vegans for ethical and political reasons. I often find myself argueing that it is possible to live on an ancestral diet that is not only healthy but also good for the enviroment. Maybe you can back me up!

    Hannes Müllner wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. Hi Mark,
    I decided to become a health and fitness coach and run my own business. It is a dream, mainly because I’d like a lifestyle and business that allows me the freedom to eat, move/exercise and sleep in the ways that work out best for me! I was also feeling drained working 9-5 in a cubicle! I would LOVE your advice on being an entrepreneur and giving others diet/exercise/lifestyle advice!!! Can’t tell you how thankful I am for MDA!!! MANY THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!!!

    Jessica wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. Dear Mark,
    Please discuss primal living and type 1 diabetes. There is a wealth of information on type 2 but so little on type 1. How are we “primaly” different?

    Suzanne wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. Hey all fellow Groks! I would personally love to see a blog post on how the entire world could be Primal yet still have it sustainable for everyone. sometimes I worry that if everyone switches to this way of eating and leaves SAD behind, we might do permanent damage to our planet — or more specifically, how CAN we get the entire world to eat like this and make it sustainable? But for now…..I’ll keep eating Primally and feeling GREAT!

    Liisa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. Some more focus on health challenges and exercises for the aging might be helpful.

    Exercises: Many of the exercises are too damaging to my joints at 60+ so running, jumping and any impacts are out. The high repetitions (e.g. 50 push ups and 50 squats) cause joint pain and other issues so I have to use much lower repetition levels.

    Health Challenges: As I’ve added more clean protein to my diet my uric acid has started increasing. So the elimination of sugars and corn sweetener hasn’t addressed my underlying gout issue. Also, with borderline low thyroid I have to be very careful of which foods I eat to avoid stressing that. My doctor recommends Testosterone because of low levels and low adrenals but I’d like to find natural alternatives to a prescribed medicine.

    All of these seem to be related to the overall topic of aging, especially for me since I didn’t start exercising until much later in life so don’t have the foundation.

    Bill wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. It’s hard to ask for more from such an already comprehensive website. I saw someone else comment about macro-nutrient cycling within a PB context. It’d be interesting to see an article about that.

    Jeff wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. The benefits of a Paleo lifestyle for children

    Dana Byers wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. Personally, I have experienced benefits from adapting a Primal diet and lifestyle, going on 6 years. However, is everyone’s experience 100% positive all the time? I don’t want to be negative, but are there any potential downsides or unfavorable impacts of a Primal diet, on certain conditions, certain people, etc.


    Monica wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. I would like you to reflect on the things that shaped Groks mindset compared to what shapes ours in the modern world.

    Bjarki wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. I would like the topic of offal covered more. Offal recipes, why eating organ meats is so good for you, how to eat nose to tail, links and resources for preparing offal recipes, and where to find grass fed organ meats. Thanks

    Barb wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. primal tweaks for women. Men seem to melt when they switch to primal but I find my journey sllllllow. Painfully slow. An all or nothing type of gal, any kind of tips/tweaks/addiotnal rules you could share to really see results especially to get the weight off first (we can just stick to the regular rules) would be great.

    I find myself being tempted to quit eating primal to switch to a diet just to see results.

    +1 on the hormonal birth control issue but not on should I or shouldn’t but in which way we can eat/move/etc to minimize its potential impacts

    +1 on looking into the sustainability of the whole planet eating this way

    +1 on Why I Believe in Supplementation

    +1 How to Be an Endurance Athlete on a Ketogenic Diet

    Also, paleo junk food: does it exist? Is moderation ever recommended? (ie Buffalo hot wings, bacon, cheese, …)

    Veronique wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. I would love to see more on the topic of hormesis in general, but specifically nutritional hormesis–such as the idea that some of why veggies are so good for us is because they actually stress our system in a beneficial way. I have read up on that a bit but don’t feel confident in my understanding of it

    Peter wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Primal eating in different cultures around the world. More history on ancestors from different cultures (did you know that in the beginnings of Daoism in China, the Monks believed in fasting and elimination of grains in the diet that would heightened one’s path beyond this life?).

    What would Grok-San eat? =)

    Danny wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. Mark, I’d like to see you do some kind of article on the ethics of eating primally. You talk alot about local and pasture raised animals, but tell us why that matters for the animals: you know, vs. standard american factory farming etc.



    Josh wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. What dishes can be eaten at the leading fast food establishments? It’s not ideal but if you had to what would it be? I think a list for these places could help when people are out together. Also I wish there was more of the info available for uk primates

    Paul Ohara wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. a podcast :)

    Erin wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. How about you expand upon your fiction writing?? Start maybe a web series titled ‘WWGD’ or ‘What Would Grok Do???’

    Ashley wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I’d like to see some information on how primal can impact specific diseases. I know you have written about some diseases already but I would think there are others out there that could allow you to reach out and connect with other people that need to know about primal living.

    I also wouldn’t mind some examples of ways we can improve our hunter/gathering skills, such as actually taking hikes and gathering edibles as we go. I find this is a great way to get me out and moving, plus I am collecting healthy foods (that I always need to scour for recipes for) and I get to engage a lot of muscles in the process as I squat down to collect purslane, dandelion, and other yummy wild edibles.

    Just some thoughts.

    Mark wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. I am a female type 1 diabetic. I have been paleo for 6 months. To keep my blood sugars lower than 120 post meal, (as per Dr. Bernstein’s book The Diabetes Solution) my carb count us in the ketogenic range. In your opinion, is this okay long term? My weight loss has been minimal and I my hair has begun to thin even though my hypothyroidism is under control. But when I eat carb dense vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots and even sugar snap peas) it spikes up in the 160’s. So any additional info you could share for us type 1 diabetics would be great.

    Heidi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. I would love more information on first-timers, I have been transitioning to a Paleo Life Style but always have difficulties with breakfast and snacsk. Thanks for all your info.

    Riverside, CA, USA

    Melissa wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. I would like to see more fitness related content. Like how to get Strong and lean! Seems like that has been missing as of late.

    Dirk S wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. I would like to know how to help people understand that our sedentary lifestyles of TV and video games is killing us posturaly as well as cardiovasculary. We have to move or we will die!!! Ok so we will die anyway but we will do it sooner if we don’t exercise!!!!

    Nancy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. A topic to be covered could be more about when paleo isn’t a quick fixture disease or weight loss. Or another, yet related for me, topic could be depression and paleo. It is really disheartening to see all the quick fix miracle stories … What about those of us who keep pursuing through the long haul with minor improvements?

    Marni wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. What did Grok use for daily soap, shampoo, and cleaning teeth because it’s probably healthier than what is used today?

    Cece wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. How about a blog focused on leading our teenagers to the Primal Lifestyle. One is a vegetarian and the other is a carnivore. Both are carboholics. They’re both thin, relatively healthy but it’s a matter of time before their diets catch up to them and their future offsprings.

    NJ Grok wrote on January 8th, 2014

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