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3 Aug

The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge

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!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. 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!

    Krys wrote on August 3rd, 2009
    • I’ve got a beef with that picture. It’s driving a steak through my heart.

      chris malleo wrote on August 3rd, 2009
      • I love Primal and especially this prize-being able to eat steak without guilt-heaven

        karenmm58 wrote on August 4th, 2009
        • show me the beef! love ya!

          susan page wrote on August 24th, 2009
    • 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.

      meg wrote on August 5th, 2009
  2. 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.

    vj wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  3. 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!

    jennifer wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  4. Mmmmmmmm, steak! I am SO in.

    pellegrina wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  5. Steaks yum!!! Choose me…!!!

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

    Christian Chun wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  6. Steaks sound real tasty.

    Bill wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  7. I am so ready to go with the challenge.

    Cameron Perry wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  8. 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?? 😉

    Carla wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  9. im so excited too…also hungry for steaks

    BigBeck89 wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  10. 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

    maranne wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  11. Grass fed steak is the perfect prize for a pregnant lady!

    amandamarie wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  12. Grok On!

    cquest wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  13. hmm, steaks, yum yum.
    but i life in germany, so i hope the 3 winners will tell how tasty the steaks was.

    micha wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  14. 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 should start out with filling it 1/2 full of water (or less) before trying to progress to 2/3rds full of water.

    I’m looking forward to feeling sore tomorrow.

    Dave wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  15. Good timing with this. I’m in!

    Jeff Williams wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  16. Steak rocks. I’m making the change as best I can to be more primal :)

    Aubrey wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  17. Yay grass fed beef! My favorite!! So pumped about the challenge :)

    hannahc wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  18. Thanks so much for providing motivation and inspiriation for the primal lifestyle mark! So looking forward to making the primal challenge work for me!

    darcey blue wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  19. Great way to get people motivated for a life change.

    Tim Taylor wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  20. I love me some grass-fed beef.

    Vanessa wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  21. I’m ready to get cracking on the 30-day Primal Challenge!!

    Blake wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  22. I’m singing the “Steak and eggs and eggs and steak” song from Family Guy!

    danid14 wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  23. 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.

    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.


    Nathan wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  24. Started my journal. Needed this to motivate me not to cheat and eat garbage like toast or potatoes!

    LittleMissGrok wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  25. 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 :)

    Aleria wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  26. Yay for steak!

    Michelle wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  27. Mark..great kickoff! Journal is started, challenges listed and would love to try our some delicious grass fed steaks 😀

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

    SullynNH wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  28. Let the games begin! (Literally for me; my own personal challenge is “play.”)

    Meeses wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  29. I think this challenge is a great idea to force people like me to finally get committed. Bring it on.

    Andy wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  30. I have been looking forward to this challenge!

    KarenZ wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  31. Commenting here, too! Let the challenge begin!

    Kathy Fish wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  32. Awesome! I’m so excited to get started!

    Elizabeth wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  33. Looking forward to the challenge! I’m about half way through your book now, so the timing is great!

    Clayton wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  34. mmmmmmmmm… steak! This is gonna be FUN!

    Brooke wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  35. mmmm… beef.


    arthurb999 wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  36. 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 wrote on August 3rd, 2009
    • 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.

      Josh Roman wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  37. I’m on board. I actually started eating strictly Paleo this past Saturday. I feel great so far! Thanks for the encouragement and advice!

    Mandy wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  38. Tasty Creatine!!!

    JeT wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  39. 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!

    Ariel wrote on August 3rd, 2009

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