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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. Getting started a little late, I’ve been out camping and eating bacon and eggs for the last three days and i couldn’t get to a computer. Cant wait to see how it goes.

    joe baya wrote on August 4th, 2009
  2. Primal eating has completely changed my relationship with my food. I am much more conscious of what I’m eating, and where it came from. Beyond the physical benefits, I find this to add to my enjoyment of my food and my life. Glad to see so many people joining in!

    Brian wrote on August 4th, 2009
  3. Mark. I’ve been lurking here since April when I got a diagnosis of T2 diabetes. I’m coming out of hiding because since going primal I’ve lost 33 pounds and 8″ off my waist. What’s most important, though, is that my blood sugars are back in the normal range, including my a1c level. I ate my first grass fed steak back in June. Not bad, not what I’m used to, but I’m definitely sticking with the way nature intended cows to eat. The site I buy my beef from has lots of ideas on how to cook grass-fed. So I’m all in and I’ll be checking back daily.

    Angela wrote on August 4th, 2009
  4. mmmm grass fed beef…

    Payam wrote on August 4th, 2009
  5. I’ll take mine rare please.

    Thomas wrote on August 4th, 2009
  6. I’m in! Thanks for the opportunity!

    boudica wrote on August 4th, 2009
  7. Count me in. If steak is on the line, I cannot lose.

    Rob wrote on August 4th, 2009
  8. I love Meat

    Jake wrote on August 4th, 2009
  9. I just found out about the challenge as I am relatively new to the Primal Blueprint. Please count me in!

    Tom wrote on August 4th, 2009
  10. Who’d pass up an opportunity like this? 😀

    Dina wrote on August 4th, 2009
  11. These steaks deserve some blue cheese butter on top of them :)

    Heather wrote on August 5th, 2009
  12. I’m so in, although I’ll have to fit this into into my fitness competition prep! Shouldn’t be too hard 😉

    Halo wrote on August 5th, 2009
  13. Mmm, I love grass-fed beef

    Paul McLellan wrote on August 5th, 2009
  14. Dedicated carnivore because a life without a good steak and a glass of red wine is a life not fully enjoyed.

    Heck, I’m already salivating just thinking about it.

    Bronson Howard wrote on August 5th, 2009
  15. I’m new to Primal Blueprint, which is great timing with the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables now available in south eastern PA. But what about the winter, when most, if not all, fruits (and vegetables) are imported from around the globe? What do you recommend for off-season eating?

    Linda Brueckman wrote on August 6th, 2009
  16. Mmmm steak

    Sherwin wrote on August 6th, 2009
  17. Me want steak.

    Ian wrote on August 6th, 2009
  18. Mark,

    I’ve been gradually adopting PB principles over the last two years, and couldn’t be happier with the changes in my own health. I have been less successful in bringing my family along. Teenage boys eat SO MUCH! They are generally willing to eat the good food I prepare, but if I don’t put it in front of them, they resort to, well, anything! Any suggestions on how to “indoctrinate” them, for lack of a better word?

    Lisa wrote on August 6th, 2009
  19. Your terrific site seems to agree with the philosophy of my trainer Joe Baya. I like a challenge, but am not sure I’m a good contestant… I was nearly killed in a car wreck on 6-7-08 and (for now) cannot walk. So I try, every single day, to improve my health and get back to walking! One day, I keep saying, one day…

    Murray Dunlap wrote on August 7th, 2009
  20. Hello Mark, I recently finished reading your book- it’s great. I have tried to change my diet and live primal but I am having a dreadful time. I have lived a total fat free vegetarian life for so many years, I kept slim effortlessly this way also. Once I started to hear about the benefits of healthy fats etc. I thought I should change my diet but living primal for me has been a great challenge, I just can’t seem to live this way. Im totally on your side Mark, I want to change to a primal lifestyle. I was wondering if you have heard of anyone else suffering from such a huge dietary change or maybe you have some answers for me. I’m so confused, are some people ment to be grain eating vegetarians and others primal? There is so much conflicting information out there,and now there is the “raw foodist’s” like the PH miracle and the like, saying all animal foods are acid and we are going to die if we eat them. So now without your help I don’t know what to eat. Could you please help me out? Thankyou for the work you put into your website and the book.
    Ontario, Canada

    summer wrote on August 12th, 2009
  21. steak –its whats for dinner!!!

    edie wrote on August 12th, 2009
  22. I am so excited about this challenge I have been Grokking away for three weeks now, I have lost nine pounds— pretty much effortlessly by simply eating like a Grok, enjoying my walks to the post office at work instead of driving, going barefoot as often as possible I even foraged two gallons of my own huckleberrys from the local mountains this year.Farmers market is looking better and better, am also working on dehydrating wild game for home made jerky, can you say no additives or preservatives there!The best part is how great I feel!

    amyandco1 wrote on August 14th, 2009
  23. Really excited about being in the challenge!

    Tom K wrote on August 15th, 2009
  24. The Primal Challenge has been a primo experience since I began three weeks ago. 1/3 or the way to my weight loss goal. Lovin’ the fats and protein!

    Jay Werth wrote on August 17th, 2009
  25. I just found this web site. this is great information. thanks

    John Sharp wrote on August 20th, 2009
  26. pick me!

    Kirsten wrote on August 7th, 2010
  27. I went primal 2 years ago, but this quitting of smoking (one year now) derailed all weight loss aims. I need the prize.

    Kate wrote on August 8th, 2010
  28. I was a reluctant participant, now I am a hardcore fan! Meat is sweet!!

    Annie wrote on April 13th, 2011

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