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Out With the Old
Posted By Mark Sisson On September 8, 2010 @ 11:58 am In Health,How To | 40 Comments
Over the next 29 days I’ll be bringing you tips, advice and guidance to help you get through each of the 14 mini-challenges . With well over 2,000 articles on Mark’s Daily Apple, I’ve written extensively about all things related to the Primal lifestyle; from solutions to common stumbling blocks, to simple hacks that produce big results with minimal effort. As such, many of the articles during this month will feature the best that MDA has to offer. Even if you’re a regular MDA reader these challenge articles will prove useful. Not only is it good to periodically revisit the fundamentals I’m sure there will be some articles buried deep in the archives that you’ve missed. And for all Primal Leapers , use this and future challenge articles to complement the Primal Leap Guidebook  material.
In the world of Primal eating there is no place for Jamba Juice, granola, whole wheat pasta or even daily fruit juice . Yes, I know this may be mind-boggling, but it’s true that many of the things that Conventional Wisdom  knows to be healthy are far, far from it. To accomplish this challenge you need to know what to ditch from your diet and why. Read the following articles for an overview and then begin taking steps to remove all of this stuff from your life.
Are Beans Primal? 
Okay, so maybe you’re still a little skeptical. That’s completely understandable. After all, you’ve been told your whole life that fat is evil and grains are nourishing. But what the heck? You’re willing to give this a shot, even if it’s just for 30 days, to see what the hullabaloo is all about. So where to do you start?
How to Quit Grains 
For Challenge #2 success you need to be prepared for what lies ahead. Here are some FAQs along with articles that detail my answers and solutions.
I’ve been eating this way all my life. How will I ever change my ways?
This seems hard. I don’t have the time, money, know-how, etc.
What will I do without bread and pasta?
Pesto Spinach Bread 
What will I do without chips and crackers as snacks?
What about fiber? How am I going to poop without it?!
I’ve got a sweet tooth! What do I do?
Why have my energy levels dropped?
The Low Carb Flu 
I’ve dropped 10 lbs in 1 week. Is this normal?
I’m the only one in my family going Primal. It’s not easy. Any tips?
You vs. The Mob 
Is it possible to dine out and be Primal?
Fruit’s high in sugar. What should I do?
Best Fruit Choices 
Can I still have coffee and tea?
Caffeine Talk 
Coming up with meal ideas looks like it might prove challenging. Any ideas?
Check back tomorrow when I’ll be pointing you toward useful articles relating to Challenge #1: Eat Lots of Plants and Animals, and for a new contest. Grok on! 
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