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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:

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  1. Article on Primal athletes and preparing for competitions (programming leading up to the event, nutrition during etc.).

    DMc wrote on January 8th, 2014
  2. We all know about nutrition & exercise & how important to your health but i would like to know about how genuine deep breathing & the various techniques of breathing affect or improve your health/exercise etc.

    Paul wrote on January 8th, 2014
  3. Hi,
    I’d like to see more articles with respect to combating the areas that fail with age. For instance, eyesight, decreased agility, less vitamins and minerals uptake, hormone reduction, more aches and pains, less ability in the bedroom, reduction of mental ability etc.

    Andy wrote on January 8th, 2014
  4. How about a post on “Primal Play in the Winter,”?? Here in DC (and south), we really don’t get snow very often, so the typical winter sports are out AND it’s cold and rainy, so we can’t hike as often as we’d like.. Any ideas for setting up a “playground” indoors? Any other indoor (or outdoors with no snow) ideas or suggestions?

    Kim wrote on January 8th, 2014
  5. So many great topics are already covered. I like success stories – and personally would like to see more about older women – although they’re all inspiring. I keep coming back to the site because it helps me keep on track.
    The Primal Fuel prize is fantastic because it’s a chance to try the stuff. It’s too pricey to take a chance on. Sample sizes would be nice.

    saber-toothed duck wrote on January 8th, 2014
  6. I have read 3 different books that mention the study done by Ancel Keyes with the war objecters. Maybe you can discuss more about how starvation diets, which have long stood in the way of doing real good for ourselves. I have seen first hand the behavioral symptoms Keyes saw in his subjects, in fact the similarities were slightly frightening. My boyfriends mother starved off 250lbs on a 700 calorie a day diet. At 65 5’5″ 135lbs she is still 32% body fat and still starving herself most days of the week.( Im 185 lb and 37% bf)She is crazy neurotic about food, ocd with most other things, and paranoid (nsa will spy on her, world war 3 that sorta thing).

    Brandi wrote on January 8th, 2014
  7. Hi Mark

    I am really keen to see your post on how to be an endurance athlete on a ketogenic diet. I think that will be fascinating.

    I would also be really interested to see if you have any information on mid-distance racing (like 800m and 1500m on the track, or 2km rowing) and diet. Is it possible to make a paleo diet work with training that is heavy on work sitting omewhere between aerobic and anaerobic systems – e.g. longish intervals of 2-10 minutes with shortish rests?

    Thanks for all your informative content.


    Henry Fraser wrote on January 8th, 2014
  8. I’d love if you had a database we could join to meet other primal folk in our local area for companionship, exercising together, sharing meals or just local shopping tips and meal ideas. Caring for my elderly parents, I’m burned out on cooking, yet eating out is often less healthy and definitely more expensive. I could use the support from more like-minded friends. Sharing locally-grown produce would also be great!

    Darshana Maya Greenfield wrote on January 8th, 2014
  9. I wish there were a sugar free primal fuel

    Kerryb wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • and Dairy free —–(why not have a gelatin protein with some other good Dairy free proteins to complete the amino acid profile…..or just leave it as just Gelatin since it’s amino acid profile has benefits!)

      Matthew Zastrow wrote on January 8th, 2014
  10. I’ve seen a lot recently about gelatin being an anti-aging sort of thing for your skin. I want to know about gelatin. How is the kind you buy different from the kind that’s in bone broth. Are either one effective for slowing or reversing the aging of skin?

    Laura wrote on January 8th, 2014
  11. Posted a comment , not sure if you recieved it as i was having a couple problems posting it

    Paul wrote on January 8th, 2014
  12. I would like to see more easy to go meals or plans. I work full time, commute 4 hours a day, go to school online, and manage a household while my husband is in Afghanistan and has been for 3 years. I need quick meals that are freezer ready available for the teenagers to pop in for dinner, quick breakfast to go, lunch options, snack, etc. Like i said I am always on the go and really need fast ready to go meals. Thank you so much Mark for your website!!

    Kari Bishop wrote on January 8th, 2014
  13. Hey Mark! I would like for you to research and post on the GUT MICROBIOME…all aspects. How important the gut IS to diet, immune function, aging, and more. How is our diet, VLC, LC Paleo feeding or starving our healthy bacteria? What wipes us out and how do we repopulate, SBO’s, probiotics? What about resistant starch in this mix, FMT’s? I’d like to know your take on this KEY TOPIC, all in one post, rather than bits and pieces to answer this or that. IMHO, all problems start with a compromised gut. Why not tackle the real ROOT CAUSES of all the other topics that will be posted here?
    Thanks and happy 2014!

    Jan wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +infinity

      Matthew Zastrow wrote on January 8th, 2014
  14. I would like to see articles about good vs bad fat in the diet; how it relates to lipid panel; what to say to Dr who wants to put you on statin because total C is higher but triglycerides are low. So what does a bad lipid panel really look like- where statins are appropriate? Like to see info on the science of cholesterol and how it really relates to heart disease. Also, fruit: Does the fructose in fruit act the same on the liver as table sugar? (Thus increasing cholesterol and BP?)

    Mary V wrote on January 8th, 2014
  15. It’d be great to get a post about movement quality. How we should stand, walk and sit. Expand on some Gokhale ideas.

    Maybe something on a Primal winter. Whether the sun in the Midwest is giving us ANY vitamin D, the benefits of lowering the thermostat, how to deal with the cold as primally as possible.

    katieCHI wrote on January 8th, 2014
  16. Another topic I’d love more info and help on is feeding my tiny son who is currently 3 years old. He’s very picky, but now entering an age where he’s aware and understands whats around him. So. What to do with picky paleo eaters? And how to teach him starting when he’s so young? There are not a lot of resources out there.

    Marni wrote on January 8th, 2014
  17. I would like to read more about Paleo and grains given the significance of best-selling books like “Grain Brain” by Dr. David Perlmutter and “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis.

    Rita Lee wrote on January 8th, 2014
  18. I’d be interested in paleo personal hygiene, too. Soap, shampoo, deodorant, or just stay stinky?

    Kristopher wrote on January 8th, 2014
  19. Damage repair!!! For those of us already suffering from certain health conditions (ie: MS, Diabetes, Cancer, etc.)

    Ronnie B wrote on January 8th, 2014
  20. 1) I would like you to research if candida really exhists and why there appears to be a connection between this ,our hormones ,mental health and arthritus when we eat the wrong types of foods .
    2) Why the primal diet appears to eradicate the symptoms of candida
    Thanks Mark

    Rebecca Haak wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • and some extra help for those with a gut that just wont stop being leaky

      Matthew Zastrow wrote on January 8th, 2014
  21. I would be very interested in knowing how a Primal diet can help prevent cancer, or prevent it coming back. I went Primal (more or less!) after a cancer diagnosis and feel very healthy, but does it play a specific role in preventing cancer?

    Chocolatier wrote on January 8th, 2014
  22. I’d like to see some information geared towards teen aged athletes–specifically in those sports that require a high amount of endurance and strength, such as rowing or cross country skiing.

    Nadine wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1
      Me too! I have a 15 year old son who plays sports every season and he is always so tired but also bored with his homemade lunches. He needs more protein for sure, which I have been able to provide via protein shakes.

      Kari Bishop wrote on January 8th, 2014
  23. I would love to see more posts about exercising and strength developement. Since the WOW posts were discontinued, MDA got a little bit nutrition-heavy, in my opinion. Especially stuff aimed at advanced trainees is lacking a bit.

    Silvio wrote on January 8th, 2014
  24. I would love to see an article on Keto Primal, i.e is it a good idea, how to figure out your macronutrients, etc. I also would like to see info regarding hormones and women, especially peri- pre- menopause. It’s still years away, but how do I avoid hormone supplementation when that time comes??? Thanks for all you do Mark! Here’s to a great 2014 at MDA!!

    Krys wrote on January 8th, 2014
  25. I would like a list of resources in my community.Perhaps a network of primal/paleo minded gyms,trainers, restaurants, physicians,etc. Not many speakers come to Florida. Need to find a local community of people who eat/work out/ relax for this way of life..

    Would also info geared for older women.

    Would like to see videos for foam rolling, using bands when a little sore,etc.

    Susan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  26. One criticism I have heard of the primal lifestyle is that it is only for the well off — those who have the leisure time to seek out local, high-quality food, do the research required, sleep and exercise as needed; and those who have the money to afford grass-fed meat options and gym memberships. I know this is only partially true. There are ways to make the most of both time and money and live the primal lifestyle.
    But I also fear that the folks who need this message most — those who are ruining their health with cheap, processed food — are not hearing it. Folks who are struggling to make ends meet often move from one financial crisis to another and have more difficulty thinking long-term.
    I have encouraged my daughter — a financially strapped phd student — to go paleo, and she is making it work. I know it can be done. But she is well educated and has a pushy mom!
    I would like to see you address ways we can get the real food message out to folks who believe they can’t afford to eat well. I have heard that the less money people have, the more likely they are to be obese and be stricken with diabetes and related diseases. These are the people who need our message more than anyone, and I fear they are not getting it.

    Primal for the working poor wrote on January 8th, 2014
  27. I don’t have time to read all of the comments, so I’m sorry if any of these have been suggested.

    I would like to see more suggestions for kid-friendly meals, especially toddler age, and how to make sure picky eaters are getting the nutrients that they need.

    Also, more on whether to use modern medicine for illnesses or injuries. For example, I have a torn rotator cuff and bilateral carpal tunnel. Is it best to have surgery to try to get back to my best ASAP, or go all natural the way grok would have?

    Lastly, I’d love some smoothie recipes, especially for my kids.

    Rebecca wrote on January 8th, 2014
    • +1 for kid friendly meals!

      Patty P wrote on January 8th, 2014
  28. Bodybuilding and Paleo is great but gaining muscle seems to a lot easier the more carbs you have. What are your thoughts on bodybuilding while eating paleo? Is this an exception to have more carbs from grain?

    Joe wrote on January 8th, 2014
  29. It would be interesting to hear about your thoughts on how our (human) DNA is effected/not effected by our (human) attempts to improve the ‘natural original’. For example does the introduction of man-made butter in the form of margarine effect our bodies permanently?

    Making comparisons to the original, like in this case butter from cow milk, and also the many other human attempts to improve on nature.

    Mike O'Neill wrote on January 8th, 2014
  30. I would like to see more information that applies for people over 70. For example your exercising videos are great because they show the steps. But I know from my experience I just can’t work off as many calories as I would eat normally because of my age.

    Joan wrote on January 8th, 2014
  31. I would like more information on lipids: should a statin be recommended when total C is high(er) but triglycerides are normal? What to say to the Dr who puts you on a statin in this situation? What about high LDL if HDL is also high? What is the science behind cholesterol and how it relates to heart disease? When is a statin actually beneficial?

    Also fruits: Is the fructose in fruit metabolized the same as table sugar? Does it have the same impact on the liver (high cholesterol, high BP)? More on the dangerous effects of sugar and how it is responsible for heart disease/high cholesterol rather than cholesterol in the diet.

    More simple (30 minute or less) recipes.

    Mary V wrote on January 8th, 2014
  32. Some more “definitive guides”, like the ones in the Primal Blueprint 101 section.
    For example one about the effects of cooking on nutrients (vitamins, anti-oxidants, or why overcooking a broth is maybe not a good idea). Another example, one guide about isometric exercises: I am integrating some yoga positions like headstand, handstand, advanced tuck planque and wall sitting in my workout routines but… is headstand healthy or are there counter indications?

    Primal_Alex wrote on January 8th, 2014
  33. I’d like to see an article or series on how to set up the ultimate Grok cave, i.e: everything you can do to set up a primal house in a modern world. Everything from lighting, EMF, layout, etc.

    Ray D wrote on January 8th, 2014
  34. A while ago I wrote you (January 2011 in fact, just found the email) and in response you said:

    “Big fan of game meats. Healthy, healthy stuff. And you’re right, I am a little light on post material about hunted foods; may have to do a “health benefits of the kill” post at some point in the future.”

    I don’t know if you already did that post and I somehow missed it, but if not, that would be my suggestion.


    Adam wrote on January 8th, 2014
  35. Encouragement article: A reminder of how following any of your suggestions can make a difference. It gets easier to follow the lifestyle over time. Many people will give up/quit on themselves and their slow progress if there is not a gentle reminder that they are on the right track. Many articles are applauded by the people who “truly believe”, but those who are feel they are struggling may feel that they”ll never get there.

    MamaT wrote on January 8th, 2014
  36. I want to know
    How To Go Primal when You’ve Got Cancer
    Do that blog and I’ll be happy

    Jill wrote on January 8th, 2014
  37. I have three entries. But first, again, thanks for the awesome site and the great books. This site, for me, really is a daily inspiration.

    1. Here’s a question that no one in the Paleo/Primal or low carb community has answered satisfactorily: Given a limited budget, is it better to eat more meat that isn’t grass fed, or some modified Paleo/Primal diet that has less meat? Moreover, I’ve heard lately that if it’s good to eat fatty meats if grass fed, but lean meats if conventional since the bad stuff accumulates in the fat. True?

    2. Follow-up to above: more tips on maintaining a Paleo/Primal diet on a budget. Not everyone can afford to mail order grass fed meats or pay $8.50/dozen for true pastured eggs at Whole Foods.

    3. More tips on breaking plateaus. Yes, I know it’s not good to focus on weight loss and the scale. That’s all well and good. But it’s frustrating to see others continue to succeed when you hit a plateau. The only thing that seems to restore progress for me is to go back to very low carb, if not ketosis. And I have to wonder if there’s a better way since I’d like to live with a more balanced diet based on Paleo/Primal.


    Chris wrote on January 8th, 2014
  38. PLEASE post about information that is more in depth about most of our store bought foods. We all learned a lot with the “What You Should Know From Beef/Pork/Poultry Production Claims” series and we would love to know where and how our foods are actually made and what goes into them. I know most of us shop at places like Trader Joes and Whole Foods so looking into these companies and where/how they produce their natural foods like eggs, meats, dairy etc… Perhaps focusing on these two companies exclusively would be great topic!

    Tom wrote on January 8th, 2014
  39. Is the Paleo lifestyle environmentally sustainable? What impacts does it have on our planet? Are those impacts offset by the improved health and eradication of chronic diseases in humans?

    Aaron wrote on January 8th, 2014
  40. An article for those of us that went primal after our old lifestyle caused health problems. Mine is CAD, and despite my cardiologistst advise I eat lots of good fat and don’t worry about “high” cholesterol. Fell great.

    Chuck wrote on January 8th, 2014

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