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    I just got my MDA email that there is a whole 30 challenge is starting on the 12th. I really want to do it and would love to have some company.
    I have been reading MDA and Marks books etc for several years now, and have never been able to really stick to it. Ironically, I'm a nutrition professional, and am able to help lots of people achieve their goals, but have a hard time with my own. I don't know that Primal is for everyone, but I really think it would be perfect for me. After 15 years of being vegan, my body no longer tolerates grains, beans or nightshades. The hardest thing for me to stop is the grains. I have a love hate affair with them- I love them, they hate me yet I sometimes feel like I just can't stop eating them!!!

    I'm hoping that having a whole bunch of people doing it at the same time might help me.
    Who else is in?

  • #2
    I'd take it, but for the restriction on the nightsahdes. It's the time of the year when the tomatoes, sweet pappers and eggplants are at their best and brightest, I am hoping that my tomato patch is going to manage to ripen before the first frost, so, nope, no whole 30 challenge for me. Nightsahdes is one restriction that is absolutely not necessary for me; I'd do for the insentives if it were January or February, but this is the harvest season, and I intend to enjoy it. I would consider doing a mini-challenge myself to avoid nuts for 30 days, but that's about it. Already dairy and grain-free, nuts is the only thing I really want to restrict.
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    • #3
      I don't think nightshades are a restriction for the whole 30 - just for me personally cause they now make me ill.


      • #4
        I didn't quite get the rules from today's blog post, so once they are clear, and there is no restrictions on veggies and fruts, and no requirement to actually eat bacon I might join in
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        • #5
          where can you read the "rules" for the whole 30? I want to do it, but I need to make sure I understand the can/can'ts.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by KatyNC View Post
            where can you read the "rules" for the whole 30? I want to do it, but I need to make sure I understand the can/can'ts.
            If you're referring to the annual Primal Blueprint Challenge which starts on the 12th, full of fun mini-contests and whatnot, I think Mark's previous post is the only place he's given much information (Announcement: The 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Begins September 12 | Mark's Daily Apple) but here's a post summarizing the 2010 challenge: Take the 30-Day Challenge | Mark's Daily Apple

            If you want to know about the Whole30, created by, here's the latest post: The Whole30, Version 4.0 | Whole9 | Let us change your life. But I'm not sure how that's connected to the primal challenge and you can start that any day you'd like... although I'm sure it'll overlap with Mark's suggestions for the PB Challenge.
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            • #7
              Marks' 30 day challenge is not the Whole 30 (as pointed out above)
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              • #8
                If ou are on about Mark's 30 day challenge, I'm giving it a shot, yes. I'm only around 50%60% primal at the best of times, so I want to give fully primal a go =]
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by kennelmom View Post
                  Marks' 30 day challenge is not the Whole 30 (as pointed out above)
                  This^^^ Primal incorporates bacon, nightshades and dairy in moderation. The Primal 30-Day Challenge is usually just going strict primal (as written in the PB) for a month--following the 10 primal laws:
                  Challenge #1: Eat Lots of Plants and Animals

                  Eating right is central to the Primal lifestyle, which is why Law #1 is a five-part challenge:

                  Eat vegetables, fruits, nuts/seeds, meat, healthy fats: This one is pretty straightforward. I’m asking you to eat Primal for 30 days. Commit to it right at this moment. Just one month of nothing but the best food on the planet. In just a few short weeks your body will thank you. If you want more ideas on which foods to eat and which foods to avoid pick up The Primal Blueprint and stay tuned for coming articles.
                  Cook at home: If you don’t know how to cook the challenge above really will be a challenge. Over the next 30 days we’ll be covering some essential cooking skills and techniques that anyone looking to go Primal should master. If you’re the type that dines out more often than dining in, and doesn’t know a pot from a pan, make an effort this month to get into the habit of preparing your own food.
                  Eat clean: The quality of your food matters. While sourcing clean food (organic, grass-fed, pastured, etc.) can be difficult and pricey it’s also an important part of the Primal Blueprint. Let me be clear. If your eating plan strictly consists of Primal foods, but your beef isn’t grass-finished, your eggs aren’t pastured and your vegetables are conventionally raised, you are still light years ahead of most people. But there’s room for improvement. This month I want you find and eat clean food. Stay tuned for tips on sourcing the best and doing it on a budget.
                  Dial in your carb count: If you’ve read The Primal Blueprint you are familiar with The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve. This month I’m challenging you to take a closer look at your carb intake and make sure it aligns with the Curve. It’s the simplest, surefire way to drop excess body fat and stay lean for life. Stay tuned for tips on how to accomplish this.
                  Remember the 80/20: Not all neolithic food is poisonous. Additionally, the Primal Blueprint and this challenge isn’t about becoming an ascetic. Periodically indulge in sensible vices – high-fat dairy/cheese, dark chocolate, red wine – and take full advantage of state-of-the-science supplements – fish oils, high-antioxidant multi-vitamins, protein powders. It will make the challenge more pleasant, the transition easier and will support your health to boot.
                  Challenge #2: Avoid Poisonous Things

                  Don’t eat garbage: This is the other side of the first challenge above. If you are eating Primal you aren’t eating chips, cookies, crackers, grains, pasta, beans, bread, popcorn, energy drinks, soda, juices, candy, vegetable oils and fast food. The list goes on. If you want to go Primal the first thing to do is purge your pantry, your fridge and your life of all the junk that has no place in your body. Do it for 30 days. I promise it gets easier and you’ll want to keep doing it because you’ll look and feel better.
                  Challenge #3: Move Frequently at a Slow Pace

                  Just move: It’s that simple. Just get out there and move. I challenge you to align your low-level aerobic activity with Primal Blueprint Fitness. If you don’t already have the free fitness program grab it now. Get 3-5 hours of walking, hiking, light cycling, swimming, etc., each week. Do it all at once or in batches. Use the logbook at the back of PBF and your forum journal to track your progress.
                  Challenge #4: Lift Heavy Things

                  Lift your body: If you want to build lean muscle mass and stay strong into your golden years you have to lift heavy things. Align your weightlifting routine with Primal Blueprint Fitness and perform two bodyweight workouts each week. See chapter 3 of Primal Blueprint Fitness for all the details.
                  Challenge #5: Sprint Once in a While

                  Just move… very fast!: Too many people neglect to include sprinting in their workout routines. They’re the perfect Primal fitness hack that can be done in as little as 10 minutes. I challenge you to perform one sprint workout each week during this challenge.
                  Challenge #6: Get Adequate Sleep

                  Make sleep high priority: Late nights at the office. Late nights partying. Late nights… watching TV. Whether it’s business or pleasure, we’re busier than ever and sleep is often the first thing to suffer. I challenge you to get adequate sleep every night this month. What amounts to adequate is for you to decide. I think most people know how much sleep they need. Some people get by on six hours a night no problem. Others need eight or more. The important thing is you wake up feeling energized and ready to go.
                  Challenge #7: Play

                  Get playful: If you’ve forgotten how to play, this challenge will jog your memory. Grok did it and it’s why I train. For the stress-reducing effects, to get you moving without even realizing you’re moving and for the sheer fun of it, I challenge you to participate in each of the four Workouts of the Week this month. Each WOW during the challenge will be decidedly playful. Be prepared to print out the rules, gather your friends and have a blast.
                  Challenge #8: Get Adequate Sunlight

                  Soak in the rays: It’s difficult to emphasize enough the importance of vitamin D. In a world where we go from our houses to our cars, from our cars to the office place, from the office place to our cars and back home again many of us are woefully deficient. My challenge to you this month is to get 15 minutes of sun exposure each day of the 30-day challenge. If sun is hard to come by in your area take a supplement instead.
                  Challenge #9: Avoid Stupid Mistakes

                  Listen to your body: This is such a broad Primal Blueprint law the challenge could take many directions. For the purpose of this 30-day challenge, though, I’d like you to be particularly aware of what your body is telling you during each of the other challenges. Feel a sharp pain during a sprint? Be smart and end your sprint session. Skin turning pink while out in the sun? That’s a sign to seek shade and avoid a nasty burn. I want this to be a pain and injury free event, so pay particular attention to what your body is saying.
                  Challenge #10: Use Your Brain

                  Challenge yourself intellectually: I won’t ask you to throw out your television or read War and Peace this month. But I will say that you are gifted with a huge brain, and you should flex it. We each have the power to solve difficult problems, be incredibly creative, and effect major change. And it all begins in our heads. This month I challenge you to identify one of the intellectually challenging things in your life you’ve been meaning to do and take the first steps to actually doing it. Apart from the pride and satisfaction you’ll derive from following through there are many health benefits conferred as a result. As the saying goes, use it or lose it.
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                  • #10
                    I'm going to do it. I eat pretty clean but am not consistent with exercise. I want to get fully on board


                    • #11
                      I'm in. I've been following these rules for a while now, so the actual challenge will be a continuation for me. Maybe I'll focus on some fine tuning of each step and what I can improve for my body and situation.


                      • #12
                        I am new to primal (and the site/forums) and just started eating fully primal this last week. I think it's perfect timing for the 30day challenge for me!


                        • #13
                          Ready to do this!!


                          • #14
                            The only way I have found to stick to eating primal is to get enough fat in my diet and really get sugar out as well. When I do these things I am never hungry or craving grains. Occasionally I crave something crunchy to use for dips so I use pork rinds. yummm


                            • #15
                              rawkkkkk let's do it oh yeaaaa