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25 Dec

Happy Holidays!

Happy HolidaysWhether you wholeheartedly dig Christmas and/or the other winter holiday traditions, or you feel ambivalent about them, it is an undisputed objective fact that taking the time to celebrate the day (any day) with friends, family, and loved ones pays big dividends for mental, physical, and spiritual health. So, cynics and carolers alike, I bid you “Happy holidays!” and suggest that you tell those closest to you something similar. Give a gift, or even just a hug or hearty clap on the back to show you care and notice and appreciate. Ring in the coming new year with exuberance. Have some holiday cheer. Take a minute or sixty to regard the cosmos (even if you can’t quite see through the light pollution) and try to realize the immense majesty of the universe, as well as our place in it. Pet a dog, kiss a baby, shake a hand.

I’m honored and humbled that you folks come here day in, day out to read my thoughts and share your own. I’m excited about what the new year will bring on a personal and professional level – and so should you.

Happy holidays, everyone!

And of course, just in case you need some inspiration to stay Primal as you navigate this time of year…

The Power of Holiday Tradition

Savoring the Holiday

Dear Mark: Family Dinner

Social Wellness, or Why Friendship Should Be a Health Priority

The Power of Touch

Primal Play: Dance

10 Active Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

Eat. Rejoice. Repeat.

The Definitive Guide to Sugar

The Psychology of Giving Up Junk Food

The 80/20 Principle: When 20 Inches Toward 40

Choose Your Booze: A Guide to Healthy Drinking

Primal Holiday Desserts

15 Primal Ways to Savor the Holiday Season

Post-Holiday Recovery

The Joy of Receiving

Gateway Foods: The Slippery Slope of “Just a Bite”

10 Healthier Ways to Spend Black Friday

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. And Happy Holidays to you as well!

    I’ve been reading you for three years, and still look forward to your posts each day.

    I hope you are inspired to keep writing – you do a great job.

    John wrote on December 25th, 2012
  2. This is the only blog I make sure I visit every day. Even Christmas!

    Groktimus Primal wrote on December 25th, 2012
    • Ditto

      Barb wrote on December 25th, 2012
      • I second that! The holidays are all about spending quality time with family and friends…I’ll have to get around to that after I get my MDA reading in 😉 Happy holidays everyone!

        Shamra Byrne wrote on December 25th, 2012
      • Et moi aussi. Kudos El Duderino. X

        Madama Butterfry wrote on December 25th, 2012
    • Just wait until you read The Primal Connection… I have an advanced copy and its in my top 5 all-time favorite books now!!

      Primal Toad wrote on December 25th, 2012
    • +1

      joey wrote on December 25th, 2012
  3. Merry Christmas, Mark, and thank you so much for all you do!

    Jen wrote on December 25th, 2012
  4. Have a good one as well, Mark. We appreciate your advice and encouragement!

    Ryan wrote on December 25th, 2012
  5. Happy Holidays! it took me two tries but i officially love this website. the diversity in subject matter posts but more so the level of research and time you put into it is clear (you don’t work alone do you!??!).
    thanks and happy new year!

    melissa wrote on December 25th, 2012
  6. Happy holidays! Yesterday I was looking through last years “success stories in the making”. I’m looking forward to the updates. Love this community!

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on December 25th, 2012
    • We love you too Bon. : )

      Madama Butterfry wrote on December 25th, 2012
  7. May you all have a great day. How can we not, having a Blueprint to health and happiness.

    Nocona wrote on December 25th, 2012
  8. Merry Christmas, Mark! You don’t know me, but you changed my life and gave me the best present ever – primal living! All the best to you and yours this holiday season –

    Siobhan wrote on December 25th, 2012
  9. Happy holidays and good health to all, and thanks to Mark for sharing his invaluable expertise in an easy to follow, down-to-earth format. Even the comments found here are more intelligent and less “out there” than some of the health-related websites I’ve been on. MDA is a real gem.

    Shary wrote on December 25th, 2012
  10. Hi Mark– I love everyday on God’s green (and sometimes snow covered Earth)because each day is a gift. Gifts come from many sources such as MDA! The diversity of articles, the joy of seeing lives physically transformed, indeed is wonderful to behold. While I understand many here are not believers, I know for sure that we are all created beings..some called to salvation– but all of us fearfully and wonderfully made by God. Even Grok didn’t evolve from some primordial soup– but is the result of our Creator.

    But no matter what you believe or faith you adhere to, I want to tell everyone the joy I have found in your website– your sharing of healthy knowledge, and especially how to live strong and vibrant lives by using the gifts we have received to their maximum benefit.

    God bless you, all the fellow primal Grokkers– and here’s wishing all a very healthy, strong and productive new year!

    Rev. Dave Deppisch wrote on December 25th, 2012
    • Amen and Merry Christmas to everyone!!

      Big Ben wrote on December 25th, 2012
      • Amen again. Merry Christmas all.

        Vanessa wrote on December 25th, 2012
    • Primal living makes absolutely no sense except in the context of evolution. Yes, in fact we did all evolve from some primordial soup.

      However, best wishes to you, Dave, even if we couldn’t be further apart in out belief systems.

      Jim wrote on December 25th, 2012
      • Primal living and Christianity can coincide just fine together. I don’t remember any verse in the bible that says you need a dozen serving of wheat to thrive, thats the government that says that.

        In fact, most evolutionist have come to terms that this primordial soup theory is not only unlikely, but impossible. They are now pushing the idea that we evolved from something that piggy backed on a comet or that aliens planted life on earth. Even your beloved Richard Dawkins shares this view…


        Big Ben wrote on December 25th, 2012
        • Funny, I didn’t mention Richard Dawkings….

          Yes, there are many competing theories about how we evolved. Blindly believing (insert your favorite religion) is not one of them.


          Jim wrote on December 25th, 2012
        • Now that Big Ben and Jim are finished the “Airing of Grievances”, next up is the “Feats of Strength”.

          Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on December 26th, 2012
  11. Thanks for providing me with my primal fix today, Mark! I know I spent a lot of time cooking a caveman-worthy feast today, and I’m stoked to get to enjoy it with friends, family, and everyone I cherish. Wishing you all a happy holiday!

    Shamra Byrne wrote on December 25th, 2012
  12. Hi, Mark! I also check in even on Christmas. Mine is merry and, although I’m a Christian, I think saying Happy Holidays is more inclusive when the greeting goes to an obviously eclectic group like this one. So many reasons to celebrate the season. Happy Holidays everyone!

    gibson wrote on December 25th, 2012
  13. Happy Holidays and Feliz Navidad to you Mark, and to all fellow Grokkers/Non Grokkers:-) As previously stated, this not necessarily a season of any ones beliefs, but a time to share, honor, and be with those you love and care about. Peace to all…

    Dennis wrote on December 25th, 2012
  14. Happy holidays,

    Keep up the good work. Can’t wait to read what you have in store next year.

    bjjcaveman wrote on December 25th, 2012
  15. It’s so nice to feel all this primal love. Best regards to all and many thanks to Mark!

    Brian wrote on December 25th, 2012
  16. Thanks Mark, for all you do. It will be a year tomorrow since my Heart Attack and only a few days after that I started my Primal lifestyle! I’m fitter, stronger and 50lbs lighter because of YOU!
    Keep it going please, you talk a lot of sense in a pretty mad world (even here in the UK).

    Crofter wrote on December 25th, 2012
  17. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year, Mark. The Primal Blueprint has changed my whole outlook to food and life and done wonders for mine and my Husband’s health. As we say here in Scotland
    “Lang may your lum reek”

    Annakay wrote on December 25th, 2012
    • Long may your… what reek?

      Madama Butterfry wrote on December 25th, 2012
      • The all-mighty Google says that means:
        Long may your chimney smoke!

        Jenn R. wrote on December 26th, 2012
  18. MERRY XMAS!!!! :) Last night we had some beautiful salmon in mustard sauce with spaghetti squash and sauteed cabbage… Tonight, tuna, butternut squash, brussels sprouts, chestnuts and more cabbage! There is never a moment in my life where I veer off track, eating Primal is far too delicious!

    GiGi wrote on December 25th, 2012
  19. Merry Christmas to you, Mark, and to all the Primal people! Thank you for the gifts you give us every day here on MDA. Got my copy of Primal Blueprint Healthy Toppings, Dressings, and Sauces under the Christmas tree this morning. I can’t wait to pump up some Primal fare with all the goodies from that book!

    Tyffany wrote on December 25th, 2012
  20. Merry Christmas to you Mark and fellow primals. You are providing a great service. I read this blog almost everyday and have bought a number of your books. I post sometimes on the forums too, but mostly read.

    I got my health back a year back, and continue to improve it following the blueprints and other tips from the forums.

    thanks for everything!!

    Asif wrote on December 25th, 2012
  21. Wow, a year ago I was eating only raw food (fruit) for Christmas…it was nice to have found Primal/Paleo and enjoy a bunch of delicious “real” food this year! Thanks for all the great, up-to-date information! Merry Christmas!

    Rachael wrote on December 25th, 2012
  22. Happy Holidays from me too, to everyone.

    Mark I love the tone you set for this site. Civil, inclusive, humorous, educational, inspiring, and everything else that makes us all come back everyday.

    BTW, the Green Goddess dressing from your new book was de-lish on our dinner salad.

    Sharon wrote on December 25th, 2012
  23. Merry Christmas!

    Kitty =^..^= wrote on December 25th, 2012
  24. Thanks for all the kind words, everyone!

    Mark Sisson wrote on December 25th, 2012
  25. Mark,
    I have been reading your site for 2 years now. I go to all sorts of news sites and science sites….but yours is the only one that makes me ‘feel good’…without fail…you have a way of being that is beautifully optimistic…and I believe that that is a part of maintaining health.
    It must be very hard to maintain something to say every day…but the gentleness with which you say what you say is part of the importance of what you say

    vicki trimbach wrote on December 25th, 2012

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