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3 Aug

The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge

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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

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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

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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?

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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:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. I’m reading “Omnivore’s Dilemma” right now and the thought of eating anything besides grass fed has me reeling. The revelations in the book as to what is happening on feed lots show that there is a lot more going into our bodies than beef.

    Bring on the healthy!

    emmcubed wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  2. Good timing – I’m also kicking off my own personal year-long self-challenge to drop 70 pounds by next August 1st today. So consider this comment my way of “steaking” my claim! ;-)

    Tom Harbold (a.k.a. "Young Fogey") wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  3. This is exciting! Thanks, Mark, for emphasizing the personal goal-setting and what we might want from the challenge/Primal lifestyle.

    Catalina wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  4. mmmm….beef.

    MP wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  5. Can’t win the beef, but still going to try!

    Russell wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  6. I’ve recently discovered this website, ordered the book a few weeks ago and have been gradually changing my diet to be more “primal.” This challenge is the perfect opportunity to fine-tune my eating and exercise habits. And I’ll be writing about my progress on my blog!

    Chris Tomek wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  7. That would be nice. I’ve never had grass fed beef.

    Murray Birch wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  8. Yay Steak!

    Jenny S wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  9. I’m ready! And hungry…

    David C wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  10. I LOVE that you offered the information about who is supplying the Grass Fed beef. I am always looking for more sources. I have had great luck with Slanker’s in Texas and more recently I have been purchasing from Nick Wallace of Wallace Farms in Iowa.

    Good luck to everyone and bring on the Beef!

    primalfitter wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  11. Those look absolutely delectable.

    CurbYourCW wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  12. Good enough to eat RAW

    Margot wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  13. I’m in for the challenge. I’ve been gradually going primal for several months now … hoping to use the challenge as a springboard to more consistency.

    Thanks Mark!

    Bryan wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  14. I love grass-fed beef. I made about 6lbs of pemmican last year (25lbs of meat and fat went into that) and it all disappeared within weeks.

    There’s a slightly different flavor, and very little intra-muscular fat, so you have to leave fat on a roast or steak and remember to even baste a little more over it if practical.

    Ross Bagley wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  15. Hmmm, I love Beef! Those pieces look absofreakinlutely Delish!!!!!!! : )
    I’m in for the challenge and ready to get my GROK on! : )

    Melissa wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  16. Oooo…. grass fed meat!

    Lori wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  17. Crossfit + Primal eating habits = looking good for my vacation in 30 days!

    Jennifer wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  18. Looking forward to this challenge. Go Yankees!

    Vic wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  19. I just ate a grass-fed ribeye last night…cooked blood rare! Very tasty!

    Mike Robards wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  20. Man o man free beef. It’s like buying tires from Les Schwab in February =;^)

    Harry Hugel wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  21. I’ve been looking forward to this challenge for the past month. And LOVE the blog. Thank you for putting this together.

    sakecat22 wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  22. No shipping to the UK… darn, I love me a nice juicy piece of beef!

    I’m so excited about this challenge. I have been getting lazy about my diet so this has come at exactly the right time to give me a kick up the backside.

    Good luck everyone!

    grainfreegirl wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  23. I’m in! Going on my 4th month primal. Lost 35lbs and put on some solid mass also. Thanks mark! Your book changed/saved my life!

    Jim mcbride wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  24. Count me in!! We really got back in the groove of Primal on 8/1. Yesterday we had some fresh, organic chicken. Check out the 2 youtube videos my hubby posted of our kids and that fresh, organic chicken!!…it is OMG funny!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbJzgtJdP3E

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmic5MQo_7g

    …and P.S. she (and he) DID eat the chicken! :o)

    Alison M. wrote on August 3rd, 2009
    • That is great stuff, Alison M. Ha! Thanks for the links.

      By the way, check back tomorrow and the following day for some contests that might be right up your alley.

      Mark Sisson wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  25. Steak, steak, steak! What about non-US people btw?

    madMUHHH wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  26. Fire up the grill, those steaks look tasty!

    Julie wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  27. Great timing for me also. Bring on the beef!

    SensoryOverload wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  28. Going to try and convince my mom of the benefits of Primal. Tough though since my dad seems to be a skeptic of the whole no grain thing. Oh well, must lead by example I suppose! Showing how much healthier I am since going Primal, will have to be convincing :)

    Bryce wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  29. Can’t wait wait to get started!!!

    Chelsea wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  30. I’ve been primal/paleo for around 6 months now and have still yet to get my hands on some grass finished beef. Sign me up!

    Nate wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  31. I’ve been reading the site for a while now, just ordered the book a few days ago. I’m looking forward to this challenge as its my first venture into the primal lifestyle, but from everything I’ve read over the past couple weeks, I can honestly say I’m pretty excited about the idea that this is something I will actually able to stick to as opposed to the set in stone diet/exercise plans that leave very little room for leeway.

    Jeremy wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  32. Count me in! I wants me some STEAK.

    Min wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  33. Grass-fed steak is quite hard to come by where I live, and being in college, winning this prize would be more than amazing.

    Let the games begin.

    Matthew wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  34. I like steak.

    MikeB wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  35. mmm…steak…what a great way to start off the challenge.

    Keith wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  36. I can taste them already. YUM!

    jdl409 wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  37. I rarely eat beef, grass-fed or otherwise, simply because it doesn’t fit in the budget as well as lots and lots of eggs.

    dragonmamma/naomi wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  38. Great prize!

    Cathy Donaldson wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  39. Count me in!

    fedflo wrote on August 3rd, 2009
  40. Thanks Mark for the article on beef. Love the thread it generated!!

    ontaillou wrote on August 3rd, 2009

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