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August 03, 2009

The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge

By Mark Sisson
697 Comments

If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, reduce stress, increase energy or just generally look, live and feel healthier you’ve come to the right place! Oh, and you can win lots of cool Primal gear, too.

Watch the following video and read the article below for all the details.

Create Your Own 30-Day Health Challenge

This is your first task. It’s time for you to define and commit to your own 30-day challenge.

I’ve created a special forum for The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge. In it you can state your personal 30-day challenge and start a “Primal Challenge Journal” to track your progress.

Use the Primal Blueprint Health Challenge forum to receive positive feedback, advice and help along the way from myself and the Mark’s Daily Apple community.

The Primal Blueprint 101 Newsletter

I’ve created a special newsletter just for this health challenge – The Primal Blueprint 101 Newsletter. If you’re new to the Primal Blueprint or would just like a comprehensive overview of the Primal Blueprint health philosophy visit this page and begin receiving it today.

Daily Contests

The main challenge itself isn’t competitive but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some friendly contests along they way!

Over the course of the next month Mark’s Daily Apple, Primal Nutrition and sponsors will be giving away over $6,000 in prizes.

Here are some rules and answers to FAQ:

  • Contests will run every day for the duration of the 30-day challenge (through Sep. 1), so check back daily!
  • All contest prizes relate in some way to the Primal lifestyle.
  • Some contests will require a bit of leg work while others will require something as simple as commenting on a blog post.
  • There is no limit to how many contests you can participate in.
  • The duration of any one contest depends on the nature of the contest. Some will last the full 30 days (to give you time to complete the contest task) while others will be as short as 1 day.
  • Contest prizes will be awarded either by a random drawing, by reader voting/polling or by an executive decision (who I think should win!).
  • Some prizes will only be available to United States residents.
  • You can track the contests and contest results on the Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Contest Page. It will be updated every day.
  • I’m not being paid by any company that is sponsoring the contest with a prize.

All you have to do to enter today’s contest is leave a comment on this blog post. For all the details visit Contest: Leave a Comment. Win Some Beef.

New to the Primal Blueprint and Mark’s Daily Apple?

If you are new to the Primal Blueprint and Mark’s Daily Apple and don’t know where to begin here are some resources:

1. Not sure what it means to “Go Primal”? Check out these articles for the basics:

The Definitive Guide to the Primal Blueprint

10 Ways to “Get Primal”

2. The Primal Blueprint 101 Page

3. The Primal Blueprint 101 Newsletter

4. The Forum – Ask any and all questions you have about the Primal lifestyle.

5. The Book

6. What to eat? – Primal Recipes

7. Have a question? – Contact Me

8. Check back tomorrow for an overview of how to eat and how to exercise according to the Primal Blueprint.

Tell your friends and family about the challenge so they can get Primal, too! Use the “ShareThis” link below to send this article via email.

The 2009 Primal Blueprint Health Challenge has come to a close. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take your own 30 day challenge! Go Primal for 30 days and see what happens to your body and your health. Stay tuned for future health challenges. Grok on!

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Krys
7 years 1 month ago

Awesome Mark! Thanks for bring a new challenge to help get me back on track. Looking forward to making some real changes in the next 30 days!

chris malleo
chris malleo
7 years 1 month ago

I’ve got a beef with that picture. It’s driving a steak through my heart.

karenmm58
karenmm58
7 years 1 month ago

I love Primal and especially this prize-being able to eat steak without guilt-heaven

susan page
susan page
7 years 1 month ago

show me the beef! love ya!

meg
meg
7 years 1 month ago

I have been following MDA for a year now and have adopted some of primal blueprint (lots of vegies and protein). I have not given up carbs, but I try to stick with sprouted grains, sweet potatoes and brown rice – in much smaller quantities than in the past. I am still confused about all the conflicting info about the health of fatty meats.

vj
vj
7 years 1 month ago

Excellent. I am way way in. Got off track last week with 5 friends visiting and their desire to eat and drink their way around Oregon (which I admit I happily joined) so this is perfect timing.
Thanks Mark for setting this up and giving us a way to keep motivated and dedicated to being healthy and strong.

jennifer
7 years 1 month ago

today’s contest is NOT a piece of cake…c’mon mark, how very non-primal of you…but a piece of STEAK! yea, baby, yea! in my belly!

pellegrina
7 years 1 month ago

Mmmmmmmm, steak! I am SO in.

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
7 years 1 month ago

Steaks yum!!! Choose me…!!!

As for the challenge, I’m in… next thirty days are going to be awesome!

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Bill
Bill
7 years 1 month ago

Steaks sound real tasty.

Cameron Perry
7 years 1 month ago

I am so ready to go with the challenge.

Carla
Carla
7 years 1 month ago

I’m so excited! I’ve been waiting for this all week. I have a couple of friends that are joining me for this too. Steph, Sara, where are your comments?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

BigBeck89
BigBeck89
7 years 1 month ago

im so excited too…also hungry for steaks

maranne
maranne
7 years 1 month ago

I am in Europe so I can only dream of tasting those juicy steaks…but one can dream for now!
I am moving at the moment so my primal challenge is to stick to it as much as I can. 20/80 here I come!
M x

amandamarie
amandamarie
7 years 1 month ago

Grass fed steak is the perfect prize for a pregnant lady!

cquest
cquest
7 years 1 month ago

Grok On!

micha
micha
7 years 1 month ago

hmm, steaks, yum yum.
but i life in germany, so i hope the 3 winners will tell how tasty the steaks was.

Dave
Dave
7 years 1 month ago
Thanks for setting up this Challenge Mark. I did really well with Primal living in June and then slipped a bit in July with vacation and a family reunion with a family more like the Korgs than Grok. I started the day with a Primal workout alternating between push ups, pull ups, sledgehammering and a slosh tube that I built yesterday to prepare for the start of the challenge today. All I can say about the slosh tube is “OH MY GOD!”. I got an 4″ diameter 8′ PVC pipe and caps for the ends. Anyone thinking of doing this… Read more »
Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams
7 years 1 month ago

Good timing with this. I’m in!

Aubrey
Aubrey
7 years 1 month ago

Steak rocks. I’m making the change as best I can to be more primal ๐Ÿ™‚

hannahc
hannahc
7 years 1 month ago

Yay grass fed beef! My favorite!! So pumped about the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

darcey blue
darcey blue
7 years 1 month ago

Thanks so much for providing motivation and inspiriation for the primal lifestyle mark! So looking forward to making the primal challenge work for me!

Tim Taylor
Tim Taylor
7 years 1 month ago

Great way to get people motivated for a life change.

Vanessa
Vanessa
7 years 1 month ago

I love me some grass-fed beef.

Blake
Blake
7 years 1 month ago

I’m ready to get cracking on the 30-day Primal Challenge!!

danid14
danid14
7 years 1 month ago

I’m singing the “Steak and eggs and eggs and steak” song from Family Guy!

Nathan
7 years 1 month ago

Awesome! I have been going sticking to Primal diet for the last 2 weeks with a cheat day on the weekend for thing like beer and some ice cream.

Mark,
Are there going to be any cheat days allowed. I have been trying to not take them but then on Sunday I hear this little voice saying “its now or never” for carbs.

Thanks,
Nathan

LittleMissGrok
LittleMissGrok
7 years 1 month ago

Started my journal. Needed this to motivate me not to cheat and eat garbage like toast or potatoes!

Aleria
Aleria
7 years 1 month ago

This was great timing for me! I started the primal lifestyle in January and have lost 40 pounds and kept it off. In July I slacked off, so this challenge will be a great way to get back into the groove ๐Ÿ™‚

Michelle
Michelle
7 years 1 month ago

Yay for steak!

SullynNH
7 years 1 month ago

Mark..great kickoff! Journal is started, challenges listed and would love to try our some delicious grass fed steaks ๐Ÿ˜€

Can’t wait to see what changes we can go through….make grok proud!

Meeses
Meeses
7 years 1 month ago

Let the games begin! (Literally for me; my own personal challenge is “play.”)

Andy
Andy
7 years 1 month ago

I think this challenge is a great idea to force people like me to finally get committed. Bring it on.

KarenZ
KarenZ
7 years 1 month ago

I have been looking forward to this challenge!

Kathy Fish
Kathy Fish
7 years 1 month ago

Commenting here, too! Let the challenge begin!

Elizabeth
7 years 1 month ago

Awesome! I’m so excited to get started!

Clayton
Clayton
7 years 1 month ago

Looking forward to the challenge! I’m about half way through your book now, so the timing is great!

Brooke
Brooke
7 years 1 month ago

mmmmmmmmm… steak! This is gonna be FUN!

arthurb999
arthurb999
7 years 1 month ago

mmmm… beef.

๐Ÿ˜€

Josh Roman
Josh Roman
7 years 1 month ago

Mmmmmm, looking forward to this, and am trying to get family members to join in as well.

I’ll celebrate the kickoff with a nice primal lunch: spinach salad, grass-fed porterhouse, and a glass of green tea.

Let the challenge commence!

Josh Roman
Josh Roman
7 years 1 month ago

Just read through many of the 350+ responses and I’m thinking “hey, Mark’s on to something here!”

You can remove my name from contention for this prize… there are too many grass-fed virgins on the board for me to qualify. BTW, the porterhouse was delicious. Salted for about 30 mins to make it extra-juicy, then rinsed, dried, peppered, grilled to “bloody-rare” and devoured with gusto.

Mandy
Mandy
7 years 1 month ago

I’m on board. I actually started eating strictly Paleo this past Saturday. I feel great so far! Thanks for the encouragement and advice!

JeT
JeT
7 years 1 month ago

Tasty Creatine!!!

Ariel
Ariel
7 years 1 month ago

So excited to kick up my efforts a notch – I’ve been eating fairly primal for the past month and doing CrossFit for the past two. This is just the thing to help me try harder!

Justin
Justin
7 years 1 month ago

Looking forward to how I can further adopt the primal lifestyle….and steak.

cwdana
7 years 1 month ago

Where’s the (grass-fed) beef!?

Bryn
Bryn
7 years 1 month ago

Grass fed steak – Grrrrrrrr!

IDRISCKY
IDRISCKY
7 years 1 month ago

I’m a beef eater.

Brandon
Brandon
7 years 1 month ago

Beef for me, please!

Tamara of In the Night Farm
7 years 1 month ago

Excellent! I’ve been reading for about 6 weeks, shifting more and more paleo from a “flegan” — flexible vegan ๐Ÿ˜‰ — diet. Was already there on the exercise bit. Looking forward to this challenge!

PrimalJewishAmericanPrincess
PrimalJewishAmericanPrincess
7 years 1 month ago

I LOVE that this starts on survival week, it’s a 2-fer!
Now, about that beef….give it up!

jenniferlynne76
jenniferlynne76
7 years 1 month ago

So excited to get started on this challenge. Just finished the book yesterday, so the timing couldn’t be better!

Tom
Tom
7 years 1 month ago

Mmmmmm… MEAT! Steak is good.

So, funny meat story: A few years back, while heading home from a week long camping trip, my friends and I stop in a truck stop along I-80 to eat. The waitress comes over and asks, “What can I get you?”

One of my friends says, “MEAT!”

Without skipping a beat, the waitress asks, “And how would you like that?”

My friend pulls a coin from his pocket, flips it, catches it, slaps it on the back of his hand, looks at it, and in a dejected voice says, “Cooked.”

dml
7 years 1 month ago

I’m in for the challenge. My log is started. But, to be honest, I just ordered a side of local, grass fed beef this past Friday, so I certainly don’t need to win this prize.

DML

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