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May 31, 2017

Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

By Mark Sisson
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21-Day Summer ChallengeAt the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—“41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017.” The idea here wasn’t shrinking our scope to the exclusion of big visioning, but homing in on the day to day aims we can set for ourselves that make the big changes happen.

I think June is a good time to revisit that premise—and to host another 21-Day experience for those more inspired in the summer months. 

For several weeks now, we’ve all seen the calls for “swimsuit season.” And while that’s not a bad motivation in and of itself to make positive changes, it’s hardly the only reason to feel spurred to a Primal reset.

In January, it’s easy to get caught up in the stir to turn over a new leaf. “This year is the year I’m turning my entire life around.” And maybe it is. But for some people, that aim ends up feeling too big and distant, and their ambition is short-lived.

This time of year, however, (at least for me) it’s easier to think about a Challenge in more immediate terms. I’ve honestly seen people more inspired by the closer-in question, “What kind of summer do I want to enjoy?” There’s an automatic framework implied here. It’s not about what one should do but what one wants to do. It’s less about living a healthy life than living up the good life…summer’s specialty.

So, what kind of summer do you want for yourself? Take a moment and really ask. What activities do I want to enjoy? What seasonal foods do I want to take advantage of? What do I want to have the energy to take on? Where can I build more leisure into my week? How can I be outside as much as possible? In summer, the means and the end can often feel more potently one in the same.  

Likewise, it’s easier to stay in the scope of daily choice if your goal is to relish the season one day at a time. Grill the best meats you can get your hands on? That’s dinner tonight! Use the freshest produce in new ways? There’s your salad to go with said meats. How about a walk after dinner to take in the extra light and balmy evening? Early light makes a few sprints in the morning sound pretty good with time for coffee on the deck afterward. You’re always looking for the next thing to enjoy, which sounds like the perfect way to live a great Primal life to me.

Personally, I like mini-challenges as an overlay to the larger endeavor anyway. There’s an instantaneous kick-back. No long arcs of progress to get vague about. Do the action today and bask in the benefit. Uncomplicated achievement. Immediate gratification…

In that spirit, I’m offering 30 actions for the 30 days of the month. Pick all or as many as you feel inspired to do. Let them prompt other ideas. Use them to get the momentum going. Claim your summer, and don’t let any of it slide by unappreciated.

30 Days, 30 Actions

June 1st: First things first. Commit to the most resonant elements of slow living this summer. Make clear intentions to keep your schedule and pace in check. Because, really, does anyone want a hectic summer?

June 2nd: Write down everything you eat in a day and how you feel afterward. Clarity is a good starting point, no matter what level of change you’re looking to make.

June 3rd: Practice some cold water immersion in a larger lake or river that’s still cool this time of year.

June 4th: Unplug today (or maybe one day every week).

June 5th: Join my staff in taking on a summer Primal Blueprint Challenge. Yup, no need to wait until New Year’s for the support and fanfare of a group endeavor. We won’t be giving away any cows this time of year, but you’ll be in excellent company with tips, recipes, and stories from some of my Worker Bees. (See below for more details!)

June 6th: Assess your true fitness level.

June 7th: Meditate today (or try an alternative to sitting meditation).

June 8th: Feed your microbiome with some fermented delicacies, and spend some time in the dirt.

June 9th: Find a favorite Primal recipe on MDA.

June 10th: Hit your local farmers market (or take a day trip to one nearby). Enjoy the vibe and the collect as many recipes as you can.

June 11th: Take a nap…preferably outside.

June 12th: Experiment with a supplemental food that’s new to you.

June 13th: Spend the whole day barefoot.

June 14th: Do one (or more) of the awesome workouts featured in our guest posts lately:

June 15th: Get a retreat on the calendar ASAP.

June 16th: Go keto for the remaining two weeks. We’ll have recipes for it all summer long in addition to informative articles (including a definitive guide next week).

June 17th: Hike a new trail or park in your area, or devote the day to an urban hike.

June 18th: Skip the commercial kits for a “summer detox” and try safe and genuine forms of detoxification support.

June 19th: Relish summer the old school way.

June 20th: Bike to work.

June 21st: Invest in collagen for health—with the rich quality bone broth or a high quality supplement.

June 22nd: Upgrade your morning coffee routine.

June 23rd: Give some serious thought to activities and people who drain you. Give yourself permission to take a break from them for 21 days (or as many days as possible) if you can. Just maybe this is a gift you should’ve given yourself a long time ago…?

June 24th: June is National Camping Month. Whether it’s a solo adventure or a full-family endeavor, commit to one night under the stars this month as one of the great Primal joys (with added benefits of course). The National Wildlife Federation every year sponsors the Great American Campout event. They’re taking pledges and even hosting a contest with some fun prizes, so take advantage.

June 25th: While you’re at it, try your hand at some Primal survival skills. Pick at least one, and set out to master it in the wilds.

June 26th: Expand your Primal eating into a new international cuisine.

June 27th: Encourage someone in their health journey (e.g. friends, family, MDA comment board/forum), or submit your success story to MDA to offer the ultimate inspiration to others.

June 28th: Try a sweet meat of some kind—grilled, braised, slow-cooked, sautéed, open-fire roasted…whatever sounds most appealing. This usually isn’t the first thing Primal newcomers do, but it’s a tasty threshold to cross. Order it from a clean eating restaurant if you’re not ready to cook up the innards yourself.

June 29th: Envision something big for your Primal lifestyle and commitment to the good life (whatever that means for you) in July—and make a plan for it.

June 30th: Don’t forget to chase down more awe, pleasure, and euphoria this summer.

The Summer, Staff-Led 21-Day Challenge

Join several members of the Mark’s Daily Apple, Primal Blueprint, and Primal Kitchen staff as they kick off summer with a 21-Day Primal Blueprint Challenge reset.

Follow along on the Vimify app (accessible from your desktop computer or iOS-compatible device – iPhone or iPad) for Challenge prompts and progress, and see more of the staff’s tips, recipes, and stories on the PRIMAL KITCHEN®, Primal Blueprint and Mark’s Daily Apple Instagram pages. 

The Staff 21-Day Challenge kicks off on Monday, June 5th, so get set for next week with these preparation ideas. And for more guidance and tools, check out the 21-Day Transformation Challenge Packages—for the ultimate reset support.

The Giveaway…

And now I want to hear from you…. Which challenge are you willing to take this month? Will you be joining the staff on their 21-day reset? Choosing something (or several) from the full list here? A new idea entirely?

Share your answer on the comment board, and I’ll select one random comment for a PRIMAL KITCHEN® gift package that includes:

A canister of my new PRIMAL KITCHEN® Collagen Fuel (Vanilla Coconut or Chocolate Coconut)

A 6-pack of PRIMAL KITCHEN® Coconut-Cashew Bars

The full collection of PRIMAL KITCHEN® Dressings: 

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The Deadline: Midnight tonight PDT

Who’s Eligible? Everyone. We’ll ship this prize package anywhere in the world!

Thanks for stopping by today, everyone. I’m excited for this summer. Are you? Offer up your Challenge commitments, and good luck!

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Paleo Bon Rurgundy
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
2 months 18 days ago

Cold water immersion kick off:

Current sea tmp: 12.8°C / 55°F

Kayla
Kayla
2 months 18 days ago

I’ll be following along on Vimify and working on cleaning up my eating habits again. I’m planning to go hiking, kayaking and swimming all summer long!

Colleen M
2 months 18 days ago
Love this post! Very timely for me. First of all, I want to commit to a slow living summer. But wait…our PNW summer is notoriously short, so it’s easy to pack multiple camping trips (including an Oregon eclipse trip), daily lake and river floats, taming the wild yard & garden beasts, BBQs with friends, hikes, etc. On second thought, I am committing to a full boat of activities, but do so with a heart full of joy for summer fun. I will also commit to tons of cold water immersion, beautiful meals of grilled meat and colorful veg, spending a… Read more »
Colleen D.
Colleen D.
2 months 18 days ago

I will definitely be hitting up the farmer’s market starting in June. Unplugging is also high on the list. Also, a reset sounds great; I’ve been preparing to move to a new apartment and everything from my diet, to my exercise to my moving routine has been all topsy turvy lately :/

Colleen M
2 months 18 days ago

Another Colleen!

michele
michele
2 months 18 days ago

I’m going to do a body and soul challenge. For the body, I am going to make an effort to go the farmer’s market and try some new to me items. For the soul, I am going to reconsider the people and activities that drain me.

Victoria Tømmeraas Berg
Victoria Tømmeraas Berg
2 months 18 days ago

I’ll join in on the whole thing! Great inspiration for a good summer

Kim
Kim
2 months 18 days ago

I’m in! Camping, hiking, unplugging and relishing this summer are all in the works.

Lisa
2 months 18 days ago

I’m currently working on reducing the stress in my life, and eating healthier food. Your 30 Days, 30 Actions fits in well with both! My goal is try to get in as many as I can. Will also pop over to your Instagram to see new ideas.

Sylvie
Sylvie
2 months 18 days ago

Love the 30 day ideas! For me, body and spirit priorities will be urban hiking and recommitting to my meditation practice.

Sarah Pugh
Sarah Pugh
2 months 18 days ago

I’m in! Farmer’s market, cold water immersion (already done! but it’s a regular thing for me), barefoot, biking to work, all that… but I can’t get behind the “non-hectic” aspect. I love hectic. I thrive on it. I have a full-time job, kids who LOVE camping, a master’s degree to work on, a sailboat, fabulous hiking trails to explore, and a pile of friends to spend time with. Being better about my primal eating will give me the energy to do ALL THE THINGS!!!!!

Nicole
2 months 18 days ago

This is timely, as I’m already participating in the Whole Life Challenge. The only thing I wouldn’t be able to take on is a ketogenic diet. I understand it isn’t appropriate for people with thyroid problems.

Tess
Tess
2 months 17 days ago

I too have thyroid problems and notice that when I go too low with carbs my mood etc gets really affected, everyone is different though (plus it seems to have various effects depending on the stage of my cycle… 🙂

Andrew Mencher
Andrew Mencher
2 months 18 days ago

I’m in the last dregs of the process of wedding planning so there will be little to no pacing this summer. I have my excursion planned though, which is also a good excuse to unplug (though I know excuses aren’t needed). Going barefoot more often is a goal, as well as a true fitness assessment with marked improvements over time. I’m also open to your egg coffee thing, though the thought of raw egg concerns me… Thanks again as always, Grok On!

Tess
Tess
2 months 17 days ago

Good luck with your wedding- keep up your good primal habits as much as reasonable:)

WindyCityKid
WindyCityKid
2 months 18 days ago

Will be trying my hand with the cold water immersion, unplugging for the day, & being barefoot!

Sara Rainey
Sara Rainey
2 months 18 days ago

I would love to join The Summer, Staff-Led 21-Day Challenge! I am new to primal eating, but just purchased your 21 day transformation book and am excited to start! I would love the giveaway too as I begin to reset my body and my kitchen and my husband! It’s gonna be a trifecta reset! How do I keep accountable? That’s my one question!

Liver King
2 months 18 days ago

Welcome to the primal life!! Keep coming back to the blog, every day… no excuses… doing this is a way of surrounding yourself with like-minded people. If you run into any road bumps, tell us about it (there’s a forum for that too!)… the contributors here, on MDA, are smarter than your average.

Good luck… you’re going to love the primal adaptations.

Tess
Tess
2 months 17 days ago

To keep accountable I would recommend knowing yourself better, as in what personality type are you (Upholder, Obliger, Rebel, Questioner… From Gretchen Rubin), that way you can find what motivates you (internal, external or a combination) and set good primal habits etc that you’ll more likely stick too… Good luck on your journey 🙂

BigHarls
BigHarls
2 months 18 days ago

I will be following along with the 21 day challenge to FINALLY commit to the PB lifestyle

Jane Cantwell
Jane Cantwell
2 months 18 days ago

Jane C. I will work on my strength. Slow strength is the way to go. I will enjoy every moment.

Grant @ Life Prep Couple
2 months 18 days ago

Definitely motivated to do the barefoot for the day, all the strength tests (not in one day though) and the unplug from media day. The no media for a day will sadly be the hardest for me.

Kat
Kat
2 months 18 days ago

I recently picked up playing the piano again after not playing for several years. I’ll challenge myself to practice every day to hone my brain!

Mathieu
Mathieu
2 months 18 days ago

Already doing a lot of them regularly, I’ll try the “unplug for a day”.

Liver King
2 months 18 days ago
I have to admit, I’m pretty obsessed with living a primal life… So obsessed, I quit my corporate job 5 years ago to start my own company “Ancestral Supplements.” This way I can live, work and play the primal life. Here’s to never looking back!! I’m pretty good at doing most of these, most of the time. I even did the June 14th… I gave love to my hips. I always go the month of June full on keto in an effort to show my kids, and the high school kids round the neighborhood, what “old school functional muscles” looks… Read more »
Sara
Sara
2 months 18 days ago

I’m planning on incorporating aspects from both the 21 day challenge and the 30 Actions list… I’m recently recovering from a hysterectomy, so a lot of the activities are going to be a no-go for me (I’ve just barely gotten off bed rest and haven’t been cleared for anything but gentle walking), but I do want to use this time to slow down, discover some new recipes and cuisines, and get back into nature. I’m excited to see how I’m doing, physically and mentally, 31 days from now!

kte
kte
2 months 18 days ago

I plan on doing a lot of swimming, hiking and playing outside.

Jon
Jon
2 months 18 days ago

Definitely down for more hiking and will try the wild cold water immersion, been trying to build up to it using cold showers after a workout.

Liver King
2 months 18 days ago

Hey Jon, I can tell you that the cold water immersion thing is awesome!! To state the obvious, there’s evolutionary science behind the “why” but even in the absence of that… it just feels awesome… like you’re reconnecting with your prehistoric environment… like you’re awakening an inner part of yourself… a part of yourself that expresses mental and physical strength that would make our barbaric forefathers proud.

Do the cold thing… do cold immersions… do cold exposures… you’ll be glad that you did!

Roger Moore
Roger Moore
2 months 15 days ago

Liver King, you inspired me. Count me in for the cold water immersion. I feel like I get unnaturally cold too quick. Ironic, since I spend most Saturdays trying to murder fish with a speargun in the Pacific. (Usually in a 5 or 7mm wetsuit!)

Jenn
Jenn
2 months 18 days ago

I will be challenging myself to slow living this summer. After being short-staffed and holding the equivalent of two full-time positions for a full year in my job, a new person is coming on board, and my hectic work life will start to slow down after this weekend. I have already set my intentions to savor a slower pace, including a 2-week vacation later this month that will be spent at home relaxing and rejuvenating both mind and body.

Arianna
Arianna
2 months 18 days ago

Great discussion today! I’ll be going to a farmer’s market and wanting to dive into the 21 day staff challenge! I just downloaded the app! Thanks!

Samantha Wong
Samantha Wong
2 months 18 days ago

I am choosing to do both challenges. After finishing a year of graduate school, I need to get myself back on track. My stress levels need a check and I want to enjoy the outdoors again, without worrying about going inside to work on school. I have 3 months off until I start my Fall Quarter, so I am ready to focus back on me.

Abby
2 months 18 days ago

Definitely on board for 30 days’ 30 actions AND the 21 day challenge. I need a major reset on my eating habits. In addition to these, my family (husband and kids 6 and 4) will be doing no screens on weeknights all summer and will instead be focusing on quiet nights reading, playing games as a family, etc.

Karen
Karen
2 months 18 days ago

I will be doing most of the 30 days, 30 actions as well as the 21 day challenge. I definitely need to unplug for a day, go bare feet, focus on eating cleaner, and exercising.

Liver King
2 months 18 days ago

Love the idea of no screens on weeknights all summer… this will definitely strengthen and deepen the bond your tribe. If you don’t already do firelight only past sundown, you may want to invest in the Uvex safety glasses… they’re like $8 or so on Amazon… they make a huge difference (in blocking the blue lights) in the quality of sleep.

Beth
Beth
2 months 18 days ago

Definitely want to commit to slower living this summer, as well as being outside and barefoot more. Unplugging will help with all of that.

Aana Gamble
Aana Gamble
2 months 18 days ago

I can’t wait to join the whole staff for the 21-day challenge! After several summer weddings and a big Memorial Day, it’s time for me to reset. I am so excited to get back to eating well and feeling my best 🙂

Emily Maloney
2 months 18 days ago

Love these 30 actions for 30 days. Along with that I’m definitely going to challenge myself to do some earthing every day of the summer during peak sun hours to get my daily vitamin D as well. I’m also going to challenge myself to have a lunch/ play date with a friend or family member at least once a week. I don’t have summers off, but I am definitely making it a priority to give myself a break from work and get myself outside and enjoying as much time with family and friends as possible!

Suzan R
Suzan R
2 months 18 days ago

Going Keto, visiting Farmer’s Market, encouraging my niece who is going Primal, hiking, and a few more. Great list!

Elisabeth
Elisabeth
2 months 18 days ago

This June I’m going to quit my job and try and make it on my own. Big challenge and couldn’t be more excited. No more sitting starting at a screen 8+ hours a day!

Liver King
2 months 18 days ago

I took this step 5 years ago… see my post above regarding “never looking back!” Life’s too short not to be brave… so be bold… pursue your purpose… live your passion!!

Tess
Tess
2 months 17 days ago

How awesome! Good luck on your journey:)

Laura
Laura
2 months 18 days ago

Joining the 21-Day Challenge on Vimify!

Alessandro
Alessandro
2 months 18 days ago

Definitely cold water immersions, yay!

Allison
Allison
2 months 18 days ago

My challenge is to DRINK MORE WATER!

Bethany
Bethany
2 months 18 days ago

I’ll be working on hiking, camping, and walking barefoot!

Gene
Gene
2 months 18 days ago

Definitely going to do the 30 days, 30 Actions

Pistol Princess
2 months 18 days ago

I will do the 30 day and 21 day challenges. Not sure I can bike to work on the 20th as my car commute is 2 hours each way, but I think the rest is doable.

Hector
Hector
2 months 18 days ago

I’m in…. 30 Days, 30 Actions Plus a 21-Day Challenge…. Total summer reset.

wildgrok
wildgrok
2 months 18 days ago

Continue my new Sunday tradition (been doing it for a month)
Grab my 20 lbs sledgehammer
Go to the beach
Do three sets of 16 blows to the sand (8 with each side) with perfect (*) form

(*) ok ok ok almost perfect

Paleon Bon Rurgundy
Paleon Bon Rurgundy
2 months 17 days ago

Go pound sand!

Jen
Jen
2 months 18 days ago
I am so excited to see this challenge for the month of June with so many fun activities to add to my life! A recent blood test ordered by my fertility specialist indicated some thyroid issues, which have never been a problem for me in the past. The resulting prescription for thyroid medication made me extremely concerned about side effects and other issues, so I searched MDA’s website for anything associated with “thyroid”. I found a wealth of knowledge, and recommitted myself to a primal lifestyle in a way that was much easier than before because I have a more… Read more »
Amy
Amy
2 months 18 days ago

I’m joining the 21 day staff challenge!

Sara
Sara
2 months 18 days ago

Anyone else wondering what happened to June 7th through June 9th? By my count there’s only 27 actions in 30 days…

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
2 months 18 days ago

Cheat days maybe Sara? 😉

Lauren Oz
Lauren Oz
2 months 18 days ago

YES! This is perfect. I’m revamping my life and spending more time getting grounded. The unplug challenge is going to be huge, as well as just getting out and enjoying the summer! Really looking forward to the 30 days, 30 actions challenge!

Fizz
Fizz
2 months 18 days ago

I’m in. My focus will be on 3 things – healthy fasting, taking naps and cold water immersion (did I mention it goes up to 47 Degrees Celsius here?)

Toni Wengel
Toni Wengel
2 months 18 days ago

I just started my primal lifestyle journey so I am excited to follow along with the staff 21 day challenge. I’m also going to try as many actions as I can in June! This is going to be so much fun!!

carla
carla
2 months 18 days ago

I won’t be able to do many of those items (nap, bike, barefoot, unplug, etc), but I will definitely try many of the other challenges.

Rockyi64
Rockyi64
2 months 18 days ago

I’m loving this! I’m committing to making me the best I can by ensuring my outside complements my insides; not looking at the closed door so long that I continue to miss the open ones; and stepping out in faith that I can do this by letting go of my fears of success. Meaning: I accomplished that now what? The point is health and happiness and I’m willing to face it down and conquer it!

Patty Pittman
2 months 18 days ago

I have always wanted to do a backpacking trip. Like sleep under the stars, put up a tent, fish for a little while, eat what I caught, swim naked under the stars. Sleep in a hammock. I want to do it this June. A little bit of planning and a daring friend and it will be a blast, Whose coming with me?

Tess
Tess
2 months 17 days ago

Oh definitely me!

Barbara Noordanus
2 months 18 days ago

I’m doing t do as many of the challenges as i can and especially the 21 days. Did that last time and it really made an impact on my lifestyle habits!

Julie Lobdell
Julie Lobdell
2 months 18 days ago

I’ll be re-committing with the 21-day reset. I will be looking to many of the thirty ideas for daily inspiration! We have a family camping trip planned for the end of the month and I want to bring my best self for me, my husband, and the kiddos. Here’s to a grockin’ summer!

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