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August 06, 2010

The 2010 Primal Challenge is Coming…

By Mark Sisson
137 Comments

Success is much easier when your friends are cheering you on. And in a month, you’ll have an entire community right beside you as you take the plunge into Primal living. I’m bringing back the 30 Day Primal Challenge this September. For 30 days, MDA will transform into a hub of reader-generated content and activity, where you can read about how others are going Primal, watch videos of people cooking their favorite Primal meals, and start your own 30 Day Primal Challenge journal. Whether you’re new to the blog and still a little timid about the whole “ancestral health” craze, or a seasoned veteran with a closet full of Vibrams just looking to add some more Primal schwag to your collection, September is the perfect time to actively participate.

And yes, there will be prizes.

In addition to the regular post each day, there will be a contest post. Some contests are as easy as leaving a comment. Other contests may require a little more brain and legwork. If you were reading MDA last year, you may remember sending in breakfast photos to win a bucket of fat, or writing Grok Haiku. This year I’ll be bringing back a few favorites as well as adding an assortment of exciting new ways to get your Grok on. I’m aiming for bigger and better prizes as well, but I need your help and suggestions…

  • If you are a company and want to feature your product on MDA, shoot me an email!
  • If you know a company who might be interested, feel free to shoot them a line.
  • If it helps you cook a Primal meal, break a Primal sweat, or live a Primal life, I’ll give it away.
  • If you have a prize suggestion, feel free to leave it in the comment board, and if you know someone who makes it, leave a link to their website.
  • I’m not looking for sugar-filled energy drinks, magic weight loss pills, or products that specifically go against the Primal Blueprint philosophy (grains, hard cardio, that ridiculous shake-weight), but I certainly don’t mind giving away a few sensible vices or products that fit under the broad category of “play”.

If you want a little taste of what’s in store, check out last year’s contests and prizes.

Tell your friends, tell your boss, tell your librarian, and tell Steve, that guy in your book club who keeps going on about how he’s just about ready to give that low-carb “trend” the old college try. Because in September, they’ll have an entire community of people trying right along with them. Thanks in advance for the feedback and stay tuned for today’s regularly scheduled post.

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Melody
Melody
6 years 3 months ago

Woohoo! ๐Ÿ™‚

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

I challenge myself to be 100% commited to this challenge. I may even start now…

Birdie
Birdie
6 years 3 months ago

The Shake Weight, hahaha, I saw that the other day and almost died laughing!

Katherine
Katherine
6 years 3 months ago

They now have one for men. It’s black and silver, instead of white and pink(?). Absolutely ridiculous ๐Ÿ™‚

Nicole Burton
Nicole Burton
6 years 3 months ago

yes……..would love to (;

Melody
Melody
6 years 3 months ago

I was actually going to kick off my own challenge on the 15th (didn’t want “carb flu over my birthday…). I’ll still do that, and join in the “official” challenge in September.

Give-away suggestions: national park pass, good sunglasses (we spend time outside, but don’t want to hurt our eyes), gift certificates to evoomarketplace (http://www.evoomarketplace.com/), which has unbelievable vinegars and fantastic oils.

David Grim
6 years 3 months ago

Love this challenge! I really wanna win a prize this year – like a lot of meat. Grok On!

David

Funkadelic Flash
Funkadelic Flash
6 years 3 months ago

SOOOOO excited for this. ๐Ÿ™‚

The primal challenge 2009 is what initially piqued my interest in PB. Feels like coming home.

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

Will you have another giveaway for a pair of Vibram Five Fingers? ๐Ÿ™‚

Ely
Ely
6 years 3 months ago

oooh please! ๐Ÿ™‚

Alyssa
Alyssa
6 years 3 months ago

Hope so!! =D

BestSelf
6 years 3 months ago

Yes! VFF!

kathy wright
kathy wright
6 years 3 months ago

LOVE this picture on here! Makes me smile! : )

Matthew
6 years 3 months ago

This is perfect I’m just finishing up the book and was going to do my own 30 day challenge. I’ll just wait a little for this one. Sweet.

Barbara
6 years 3 months ago

Can’t wait!

Lars1000
6 years 3 months ago

That’s the “BACON!” kid!

Nellie
Nellie
6 years 3 months ago

This will be the perfect motivator for me. I’ve been wanting to do my own challenge for a few months now. Thanks!

coley
6 years 3 months ago

me too nellie…. perfect motivation!

Kelli
Kelli
6 years 3 months ago

Cannot wait! I just started 8/1 and 6 days in I’m holding on strong!

Seth
Seth
6 years 3 months ago

YAY!

I first discovered Mark’s Daily Apple earlier this year. Adjusting to the blueprint has been inconsistent due to a few reasons (including family pressure) but I have already seen improvements. I had been hoping for a 2010 Primal Challenge to provide that additional kick in the rear to really commit. I am excited!

Connor
Connor
6 years 3 months ago

Excellent! I wish this was starting today. Here’s my ideas for giveaways:

A pair of five fingers.
Any of the supplements you make.
Case of dark chocolate.
Jerky!
A dehydrator.
Or steamer/rice cooker.
The Primal Blueprint or the Cookbook.
A bunch of copies of the books to give to friends!
Kettle balls, or any workout equipment.
A sous vide cooker. http://www.sousvidesupreme.com/
(You should do an article on sous vide cooking).
A vacuum food sealer.
Ultimate Frisbee equipment set. http://www.amazon.com/UPA-Ultimate-Frisbee-Instruction-Kit/dp/B001KYHFFI
Grass fed beef.
A ticket to Primal-Con.
Gym Membership
A bike!

Marisa
6 years 3 months ago

A miniature ice cream maker for homemade coconut milk ice cream would be awesome as well. No more agave nectar added commercial brands!

BestSelf
6 years 3 months ago

I second:
Dehydrator!
Sous Vide!
Primal Con tix!

batty
6 years 3 months ago

thirded!!!!

Chris
Chris
6 years 3 months ago

Definitely agree with the Primal Con prize.

Jason
Jason
6 years 3 months ago

Offer a Volleyball net kit, and ball as a prize. Great exercise and can include friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ely
Ely
6 years 3 months ago

I am so there. ๐Ÿ™‚

princess grok
princess grok
6 years 3 months ago

Love It! Prize Suggestions:

Kettlebell with Instructional Video
Gift of Grassfed Beef
Gift of Vibrams

TheExegesisFairy
6 years 3 months ago

If we’re in our own house eating our own food by then (I’m quasi-Primal because when you’re getting food for free, you can’t be quite so picky) I am totally there.

Omar M
Omar M
6 years 3 months ago

I have sinusitis and I read that eliminating dairy and grains can reduce the symptoms, and that “diet” is pretty close to the primal diet.

A contest to keep me on track (and stop the temptation to go and grab a handfull of cookies) will be great!

I quit dairy and grains cold turkey a couple of days ago and I feel really awful today… how long will I feel this way?? (but I can breathe better already!! =) yeeey)

Connor
Connor
6 years 3 months ago

Omar, see Mark’s post on the Low Carb Flu.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/

Gaelgal
Gaelgal
6 years 3 months ago

I need this!
I had a complete elbow dislocation on 7/29 and ruptured all the ligaments, tore the muscles and damaged my ulnar nerve. About the only thing I didn’t do was break a bone (just bruised- let’s hear it for strong bones @ 48!)

This challenge will be the perfect motivation for me to stay on PB (been going strong 6+ months) and not use my injury as an excuse to backslide.

Tough typing with only the left hand, though!

I’m in!!!!

Primal Toad
6 years 3 months ago

I can not wait for this! Since I have been primal for 4 months I missed out last year. Bring it on groks!

Christian Chun
Christian Chun
6 years 3 months ago

Can’t wait… for prizes, how bout some good ole tea.

http://www.inpursuitoftea.com

http://www.babycatsqtea.com (kid friendly)

Sherry
6 years 3 months ago

So looking forward to this. I’ve been posting recipes and foods on my blog, and your blog has been the inspiration for the foods. Thanks so much!

Michael
6 years 3 months ago

Awesome timing… This is the kick start I need to get back and committed. Thanks.

Quette
Quette
6 years 3 months ago

Last year I found MDA on August 30th… last day of the challenge. D’oh! I’m *this* close to being 1 year primal, and can’t wait to join the challenge as a start to my second year primal!

Kat
6 years 3 months ago

BTW if anyone wants to get a head start with their own personal primal challenge, hop over to Twitter and join a bunch of us doing #AugustPrimalChallenge

http://twitter.com/#/list/scdkat/augustprimal

Sorry though, no prizes (we’re cheap)

Neil
Neil
6 years 3 months ago

To help spread the word of PB outside MDA, you can even post all of your food recipe entries on Instructables.com

(I’m not affiliated with them, but it’s a great site that I’ve used for years!)

Bodhi
6 years 3 months ago

How about 2 tickets to Primal-Con? I want to bring my wife.

Claire
Claire
6 years 3 months ago

I agree that 2 tickets is nice, so that we can bring primal SOs and make it into a primal vacation. I don’t know how feasible that would be for Mark.

Marisa
6 years 3 months ago

I vote for this too!

coley
6 years 3 months ago

me too!!

gilliebean
6 years 3 months ago

Love this idea!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tenny
Tenny
6 years 3 months ago

For a smaller prize giveaway, orange glasses to wear at night. I’ve been wearing them, and getting deeper, better sleep! safetyglassesusa.com

dawnmarie
dawnmarie
6 years 3 months ago

Yes, I was going to suggest orange glasses also or the blue light blocking glasses, nightlights or light bulbs. I wondered how well the orange safely glasses worked ’cause they are much cheaper than the blue blocking glasses that were used in another study. I’m glad they are working for you!

Ika
6 years 3 months ago

YAY!! This sounds like fun! I agree two tickets to PrimalCon would be an AWESOMMEEE prize… ๐Ÿ™‚

Mike
Mike
6 years 3 months ago

How about a subcription to a bacon of the month club?
http://www.baconfreak.com/bacon-of-the-month-clubs.html

coley
6 years 3 months ago

that was my idea!!!

oh man! how great would that be!?!? ๐Ÿ™‚

debbie_downer
debbie_downer
6 years 3 months ago

I think a spear would be a good prize so the winner can go out and kill something.

Then post pictures.

Kirk A
Kirk A
6 years 3 months ago

I second that. I’ve heard cold steel makes high quality stuff:
http://www.coldsteel.com/aswishsh.html

Sarah Yoshi
Sarah Yoshi
6 years 3 months ago

Speaking of sensible vices – I’ve been making coconut ice cream in my new ice cream maker with…coconut sugar!

Maybe you could do a little “coconut basket” – some coconut milk, coconut flour, coconut flakes, coconut oil and coconut sugar? Good luck and I’m looking forward to the challenge!

Tyler B.
Tyler B.
6 years 3 months ago

I can’t wait for the Challenge to start! Will the Primal Fitness e-book and Primal journal “kit” that you mentioned earlier this summer be available by then?

Grokette
Grokette
6 years 3 months ago

Fitness e-book is out. Woo Hoo!!! Though I’m curious about the “kit” too.

Pamela
Pamela
6 years 3 months ago

Looking forward to it cause I fell down and having trouble getting back up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

slacker
slacker
6 years 3 months ago

Awesome. I will cogitate on it and see if I can recruit some prizes from around here.

McMama
6 years 3 months ago

We are in desperate need of a door frame pullup bar to assist in our “back-to-basics” bodyweight “heavy lifting.” I’d like to see one given away! ๐Ÿ˜€ (preferably to me, but you know.)

Julie
Julie
6 years 3 months ago

Ooh yes, that’s what I was going to suggest as well! Or what about gymnastics rings – we use them a bunch in Crossfit, and it’d be cool to have them around the house to throw onto a tree limb (muscle-ups, anyone?). Climb the tree, then do ring dips and pullups!

gilliebean
6 years 3 months ago

Great suggestion!!

Katie
Katie
6 years 3 months ago

Yay! This is just what I need for motivation!

Tiffany
6 years 3 months ago

I’m sooooo in! Can’t wait!

Becky
Becky
6 years 3 months ago

I’m in!! I have been wanting to do this and now I have even more motivation to keep me on track. So excited!

College Caveman
6 years 3 months ago
Theres a tv infomercial selling a product called the Magic Bullet which is like the supreme blender of blenders, and blenders are great for random paleo recipes you could give away some paleo style exercise equipment, like sandbags or medicine balls free copies of your book? or the cookbook? whats an easier way to help someone live paleo than the fundemental product itself! You could let people show off their blogs, and have a winner (or winners) get a paid-for domain name or you could rank them in a Miss Blog Pageant ’10 in a post. You could have different… Read more »
jennifer
6 years 3 months ago

i am SO stoked about this! a recent car accident totally derailed my life style, but i’m healed enough to get my primal back on!

i think a prize of wild meats would be awesome:

venison
boar
duck
ostrich
coyote?

Nicola
Nicola
6 years 3 months ago

Wooo I am stoked, the fitness videos were my favourite last year.

David
David
6 years 3 months ago

IN

Michelle
Michelle
6 years 3 months ago

When does the 2010 primal challenge begin?

coley
6 years 3 months ago

it’s the month of september. starts 09/01/10.

……………….pretty sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fai
Fai
6 years 3 months ago

Hi,

An icecram maker for making nice primal icecream would be niice! ๐Ÿ™‚

Maggie
6 years 3 months ago

I’m doing the August challenge now, but will definitely be in for September too. It’ll be a good chance to up the ante!

John
John
6 years 3 months ago

I think some of those Grok water bottles would make some great prizes (you know, the ones we keep hoping will show up on your Primal Merchandise page? hint hint…)

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