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3 Jan

Introducing The Primal Blueprint: Updated and Expanded Paperback Edition

With strong sales of the original hardcover Primal Blueprint book over the past three years, I was honored by a request from mainstream retailers (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.) to produce the Primal Blueprint in paperback. Piece of cake, right? Get rid of those couple annoying typos, edit a bit here and there, then fire up the presses, right? Not quite. In the past few years, plenty has happened to further shape and refine the Primal philosophy. Much of this progress has come from the amazing contribution of the Primal/paleo/evolutionary health community: lively commenting and blogging on the Internet, and the magic of live connections at presentations and conventions. The movement has exploded beyond my wildest dreams and continues to pick up momentum daily.

I took advantage of this paperback opportunity to carefully review the original work (really enjoyed the read – 5 stars!) and all the feedback we received about it. I’ve refined and clarified the Primal philosophy on stuff such as fruit (exercise more moderation and selectivity on today’s year-round supply of overly-cultivated offerings), macadamia nuts (ranked superior to other nuts and seeds due to unfavorable omega-6:omega-3 ratios among other nuts and seeds), the Primal Essential Movements (adding a practical element to the “Lift Heavy Things” lifestyle law) and much more. I carefully edited and reworded certain sections to improve readability. I also included some really cool bonus material, including an incredible full-color, 16-page insert of seven of our favorite success stories and their stunning before/after photos: Malika Duke, Nick Laszlo, Michelle Matangi, Dave Parsons, Deanna Eberlin, and Wade Baker. Other bonus material in the paperback:

  • Pictorials, detailed descriptions and workout log pages for the Primal Essential Movements and Primal sprint workouts
  • “Hacks” for each of the 10 Primal Blueprint lifestyle laws to promote quick results in body composition, fitness, athletic performance, daily energy levels, and reduce disease risk factors and reliance on medication
  • Common questions and stumbling blocks – pulled from reader submissions
  • Commentary on diets and dieting, including compare/contrast of Primal Blueprint with other popular programs

I wouldn’t say you need to read this book if you’ve read the hardcover, but it makes for an excellent gift for a friend or loved one to become acquainted to the Primal Blueprint philosophy – especially during the time of year that people are inspired about new beginnings. Thanks for your interest and continued support.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. I have the hardcover edition, but I was wondering if I buy a copy for my kindle, which edition will it be?

    kiss wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • Also, thanks for the updated version!

      kiss wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • I’ve got the book also, but would definitely buy a kindle version if it was the new edition.

      Mads wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • The Kindle page version says:

      Publisher: Primal Nutrition, Inc.; 1 edition (December 31, 2009)

      Too bad. Is there an updated Kindle version in the works?

      Steve wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • I just got a Kindle for the Holiday, and I’d prefer to have the new edition as well. Do you have an ETA for the Kindle update?

      Westly wrote on January 3rd, 2012
      • Sorry, there is no Kindle version in the works just yet.

        Mark Sisson wrote on January 3rd, 2012
        • I’m glad you clarified that. I already have the “old” version in hardback and was looking forward to getting the new version on Kindle. Let us know when it’s available!

          Sgt. Gator wrote on January 3rd, 2012
        • Just wanted to add my voice to the Kindle crowd. I also the hardback copy, but would definitely buy the Kindle copy if it was the new version.

          Andrew wrote on January 9th, 2012
        • I’d buy a Kindle updated version in a heartbeat. Please make this available ASAP. :)

          Brett Guillory wrote on March 28th, 2012
  2. I just want to throw in that in addition to macadamia nuts having an awesome nutritional profile, hazelnuts are a close second. They’re very low in PUFA’s compared to almost all other nuts, and they’re literally half the price of macadamias. I’m doing a Whole 30 this month and I stocked up on both macadamias and hazelnuts. Trader Joe’s sells hazelnuts for only $5.99/lb, which is an awesome deal. I’ll be processing a bag with some coconut oil into hazelnut butter for a treat during the month.

    ChocoTaco369 wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • Mmm, the hazelnut butter sounds awesome! How are you planning to make it? (So others of us can replicate your recipe.) Thanks!

      Happycyclegirl wrote on January 3rd, 2012
      • It’s so easy. Just melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, pour it in the bottom of a blender, add about 1/4 of the hazelnuts and process slowly until you get the “funneling” effect, then add the rest of the bag 1/4 at a time. I usually add a little Himalayan salt as well. You’ll be done in 3 minutes!

        ChocoTaco369 wrote on January 3rd, 2012
        • Don’t regularly hang out in the baking isle, but all the nuts in that isle are raw, and much cheaper than the ones in the whole foods section or snack isle…I think I bought a 24 oz bag of hazelnuts for less than $5, same with walnuts, almonds, and mac nuts (I can’t think of others – maybe pecans?). Plus they have little bags – 1/2 a cup worth of nuts if you need a snack on the go

          lisa wrote on January 5th, 2012
    • I’ve been buying blanched almonds for $2.49 per 8 oz at TJ’s in Chicago. I’ll have to see if they have the hazelnuts for that cheap when I go back to Chicago!

      Primal Toad wrote on January 3rd, 2012
      • TJ’s does not carry blanched hazelnuts. However, I processed them before with the skins still on and you couldn’t even tell. This was initially a concern of mine, but it made no difference.

        ChocoTaco369 wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  3. Got your three books (the one above plus two cookbooks) in the mail today. So excited! I’ve been considering going primal for months, and today hubby and I started. We’re looking forward to it, and love all the support and resources on this website. The books are beautiful, I hope the recipes work out well. Thanks for all your work and for waking us up. I hope to report back with great results. :)

    Brenda wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • Good luck on your primal journey!

      Primal Toad wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • You should submit your and hubby’s photo to the New Year Challenge :) I’m hopefully going to talk my husband into participating tonight.

      samui_sakana wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • Good Luck Brenda!

      lisa wrote on January 5th, 2012
  4. Cool beans. I have read the PB in hardcover but never actually owned my own copy–maybe I’ll pick up the paperback now to have it handy!

    Uncephalized wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  5. Hmm now I am torn, I have the book on audio….may need to go check it out myself. Help motivate me during my challenge and give me something to clarify questions I have about what to eat.

    Hazelnuts hmm? That does sound good!

    EZ wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  6. The original Primal Blueprint was a great read. I’m looking forward to seeing the changes!

    Abel James wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  7. NOOO!! I just bought the original for my Kindle last night!! Is there going to be an update available for those of us that have purchased it recently? I had already bought/read 2 copies of the 21-Day Transformation (Kindle and Paper) and wanted to read the whole thing…this always seems to happen….

    BLAK_LABL wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • I just bought copies of the book for Christmas gifts so second your disappointment! Maybe an e-book or something will be available soon?

      Francesca wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • You should still be able to return the Kindle book, right? I think you have a week.

      Tess wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  8. Just went Primal January 1 with the original hardcover book. Will be looking forward to an iBooks version of this one in the future!

    Brent wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  9. Here’s another vote for the Kindle version!

    But seriously, congrats on the big milestone–hope this gets the primal word in the hands of even more people!

    Anne wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  10. Another vote for the Kindle version. :)

    Chrissy wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  11. sweet!

    joe wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  12. Got it (by suprise) on New Year’s Eve. We weren’t able to get the hardback and I asked for it for Christmas.
    I was sooo excited to see the “updated and expanded” banner and that the new intro was dated Dec. 2011. Finally, I got something BEFORE 95% of the rest of the population – lol.

    Thanks, Mark — I’m loving it!!

    CattyB wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  13. Amazon delivered it quite a bit before Christmas. Enjoying the read.

    Moshen wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  14. Got a Kindle for Christmas and bought the ebook. I also vote for a Kindle update.

    lostAnnfound wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  15. I just started my primal eating for my New Years resolution and have headaches. Is it due to no sugar and caffeine in my system. What should I do?

    Dan Hinz wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • Why not have some coffee? Give it a try and see if it cures the problem, if I go without my morning coffee I go into Godzilla mode.

      rob wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • If you were drinking a lot of caffeine before it could be withdrawal, so try easing off it slowly (& be sure to count how many cups you have daily).

      You could be dehydrated as well. If your veins are popping out and your mouth is dry, try hydrating drinks like milk or electrolytes and wet foods like vegetables and fruits.

      However, you could also have headaches if you are low in sodium or magnesium. Right before eating, try sprinkling table salt or “lite salt” (Na+/K+ 50/50 blend) on your food to taste. Seaweed and shellfish are also good sources.

      Low Mg is implicated in migraines. Leafy green vegetables are high in Mg, as well as white ocean fish and cocoa powder or dark chocolate. You can also absorb Mg topically, through oil or soaking in Epsom salts. (I recommend the latter.)

      I would follow up the caffeine or hydration angle first.

      Correcty Fairy wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • get more iodized salt for up to the first couple weeks – the morton kind with iodine & other electrolytes….drink enough water, eat enough (or more than enough) primal food till it passes. Usual is a few days, but some people experience up to two weeks. stick to it – totally worth it. And congrats for taking the first step….ALSO – don’t quit coffee! Maybe lessen the amount of coffee to no more than 2 cups a day, but if your a regular coffee drinker, that would be why. Coffee actually has some great benefits and you can find tons of research online (just don’t put any sweetners in it, and maybe try a tbsp of heavy cream if you can’t do black)

      Good Luck!

      lisa wrote on January 5th, 2012
  16. Disappointed that this didn’t come out before Christmas as most of my presents to family members were book-shaped! Wish I could’ve given the extended version.

    Is there an ‘extended material’ add-on/mini-book available/in the works???

    Francesca wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • /e-book?

      Francesca wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  17. Another vote for kindle.

    Kamal wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  18. Is it available in Canada yet?

    Nion wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  19. Yeah, kindle vote here too, but I’ll probably pick up a pb copy too. Can’t help myself:)

    Mark wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  20. If today we held the Primal Blueprint caucus on what Mark must do next, it’s obvious that KINDLE EDITION PB is the clear winner! (My vote included)

    No negative campaigning needed!

    Jsnyd wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  21. just bought one! time to brush up on things!

    PaleoDentist wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  22. Kindle version please :)

    Félix wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  23. One more vote for updated kindle version :)

    Andrey wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  24. +1 Kindle

    primalzen wrote on January 4th, 2012
  25. I also vote for the Kindle version.

    Michele wrote on January 4th, 2012
  26. Me too on the Kindle version!

    Fran wrote on January 4th, 2012
  27. I heard on television this morning that the American Medical Association has noted that eating more protein promoted weight loss!

    Hopefully you heard this too, Mark!


    Pam wrote on January 4th, 2012
    • Uh, I misinterpreted what I heard. Their study does not say what I just posted. Sorry all.

      Pam wrote on January 4th, 2012
  28. no kindle, hardcopy at chapters

    frank wrote on January 4th, 2012
  29. Dave Parsons and Malika Duke look AMAZING! They are actually 2 of the stories that stick in my mind from this website. Glad you will be featuring them. I was hoping to see them in the 21 Day Total Body Transformation book

    Anjanette wrote on January 4th, 2012
  30. OH so tempting! I was just about to re-read the original, maybe I need to treat myself…

    Kate (Cathy Johnson) wrote on January 4th, 2012
  31. Any discussion about The China Study — would love your updated and most recent take on the “high animal protein” issues? How does the Primal Blueprint compare with anti-cancer approaches? Please advise, Mark. C.L.

    C.L. wrote on January 4th, 2012
  32. I just bought the Kindle version too, disappointed to realize it’s the original 2009 edition. Chalk up another vote for a Kindle edition update!

    Let me me see if I get to return it and buy the proper paperback copy.

    George Karaminas wrote on January 4th, 2012
  33. Darn! I just received the original for Christmas :/

    Monika wrote on January 4th, 2012
  34. What is causing the delay in shipping on Amazon until the 20th??

    Lucy Flynn wrote on January 4th, 2012
  35. Another vote for updated Kindle version please….

    OzJerry wrote on January 4th, 2012
  36. I have just started the Primal eating plan about 10 days ago and am already seeing and feeling great improvements. I used to have headaches 3-5 days a week along with chronic pain in all my joints and in “pressure points” on my body from Fibromyalgia (five car accidents–some pretty bad). I have significant fatigue due to the Fibro. and have seen no comments or information about how to exercise (beyond walking 40 minutes a day) for someone with a chronic illness and physical limitations. I used to exercise excessively until car accidents started 12 years ago. Now, only have energy to walk. I am looking forward to loosing some weight, but do you ever make suggestions for people with limitations? Thanks!! I am so encouraged by this eating program!

    My headaches are almost non-existent in the last 10 days (after 12 years of headaches!!) and my joint pain is almost completely gone. Feels like a miracle. Great plan!!

    Randy wrote on January 4th, 2012
  37. Mark quick note. Read your earlier book and thanks – your ideas are right on the money.

    Was thinking about picking up your latest book on Amazon as a show of support and to see what has changed; but will not as the photo on Amazon does not match yours; as such I’m not sure exactly what is being sold – old or new and revised.

    RafterManFMJ wrote on January 4th, 2012
    • Yeah, the photo on Amazon hasn’t been updated yet, but rest assured that it is the updated and expanded edition. New artwork coming soon!

      Mark Sisson wrote on January 7th, 2012
  38. Bummer! My dh just bought the hard cover copy of Primal Blueprint for me for Christmas because it was on my wish list. Paid full price and now there’s an updated version. Extremely disappointing. This should have come out BEFORE Christmas. I would have preferred it instead.

    freckles wrote on January 4th, 2012

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