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6 Aug

The 2010 Primal Challenge is Coming…

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.

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. Woohoo! :)

    Melody wrote on August 6th, 2010
  2. I challenge myself to be 100% commited to this challenge. I may even start now…

    Peggy wrote on August 6th, 2010
  3. The Shake Weight, hahaha, I saw that the other day and almost died laughing!

    Birdie wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • They now have one for men. It’s black and silver, instead of white and pink(?). Absolutely ridiculous :)

      Katherine wrote on August 9th, 2010
  4. yes……..would love to (;

    Nicole Burton wrote on August 6th, 2010
  5. 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 (, which has unbelievable vinegars and fantastic oils.

    Melody wrote on August 6th, 2010
  6. Love this challenge! I really wanna win a prize this year – like a lot of meat. Grok On!


    David Grim wrote on August 6th, 2010
  7. SOOOOO excited for this. :)

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

    Funkadelic Flash wrote on August 6th, 2010
  8. Will you have another giveaway for a pair of Vibram Five Fingers? :)

    Kat wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • oooh please! :)

      Ely wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • Hope so!! =D

      Alyssa wrote on August 6th, 2010
  9. LOVE this picture on here! Makes me smile! : )

    kathy wright wrote on August 6th, 2010
  10. 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.

    Matthew wrote on August 6th, 2010
  11. Can’t wait!

    Barbara wrote on August 6th, 2010
  12. That’s the “BACON!” kid!

    Lars1000 wrote on August 6th, 2010
  13. This will be the perfect motivator for me. I’ve been wanting to do my own challenge for a few months now. Thanks!

    Nellie wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • me too nellie…. perfect motivation!

      coley wrote on August 9th, 2010
  14. Cannot wait! I just started 8/1 and 6 days in I’m holding on strong!

    Kelli wrote on August 6th, 2010
  15. 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!

    Seth wrote on August 6th, 2010
  16. 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.
    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.
    (You should do an article on sous vide cooking).
    A vacuum food sealer.
    Ultimate Frisbee equipment set.
    Grass fed beef.
    A ticket to Primal-Con.
    Gym Membership
    A bike!

    Connor wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • A miniature ice cream maker for homemade coconut milk ice cream would be awesome as well. No more agave nectar added commercial brands!

      Marisa wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • I second:
      Sous Vide!
      Primal Con tix!

      BestSelf wrote on August 9th, 2010
      • thirded!!!!

        batty wrote on August 11th, 2010
    • Definitely agree with the Primal Con prize.

      Chris wrote on August 11th, 2010
  17. Offer a Volleyball net kit, and ball as a prize. Great exercise and can include friends. :)

    Jason wrote on August 6th, 2010
  18. I am so there. :)

    Ely wrote on August 6th, 2010
  19. Love It! Prize Suggestions:

    Kettlebell with Instructional Video
    Gift of Grassfed Beef
    Gift of Vibrams

    princess grok wrote on August 6th, 2010
  20. 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.

    TheExegesisFairy wrote on August 6th, 2010
  21. 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)

    Omar M wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • Omar, see Mark’s post on the Low Carb Flu.

      Connor wrote on August 6th, 2010
      • Way to help out, Omar. Thanks.

        Mark Sisson wrote on August 6th, 2010
        • Thanks for the info Connor. Wow, a couple of weeks? I thought it was going to be just a couple of days. Reading that post explains why I didn’t do well on yesterday’s soccer game!

          The good thing is, I don’t crave sugar or grains or anything like that! I’m actually going home now for a nice steak =)

          By the way Mark, I found your blog some time ago and totally love it! More people should know about this way of life, I’ll spread the word at least with my family members.

          Omar M wrote on August 6th, 2010
  22. 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!!!!

    Gaelgal wrote on August 6th, 2010
  23. I can not wait for this! Since I have been primal for 4 months I missed out last year. Bring it on groks!

    Primal Toad wrote on August 6th, 2010
  24. Can’t wait… for prizes, how bout some good ole tea. (kid friendly)

    Christian Chun wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • I hope to see some of your famous videos again, Christian! Grok on!

      Mark Sisson wrote on August 6th, 2010
  25. 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!

    Sherry wrote on August 6th, 2010
  26. Awesome timing… This is the kick start I need to get back and committed. Thanks.

    Michael wrote on August 6th, 2010
  27. 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!

    Quette wrote on August 6th, 2010
  28. 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

    Sorry though, no prizes (we’re cheap)

    Kat wrote on August 6th, 2010
  29. To help spread the word of PB outside MDA, you can even post all of your food recipe entries on

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

    Neil wrote on August 6th, 2010
  30. How about 2 tickets to Primal-Con? I want to bring my wife.

    Bodhi wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • 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.

      Claire wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • I vote for this too!

      Marisa wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • Love this idea!! 😀

      gilliebean wrote on August 31st, 2010
  31. For a smaller prize giveaway, orange glasses to wear at night. I’ve been wearing them, and getting deeper, better sleep!

    Tenny wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • 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!

      dawnmarie wrote on August 17th, 2010
  32. YAY!! This sounds like fun! I agree two tickets to PrimalCon would be an AWESOMMEEE prize… :)

    Ika wrote on August 6th, 2010
  33. How about a subcription to a bacon of the month club?

    Mike wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • that was my idea!!!

      oh man! how great would that be!?!? :)

      coley wrote on August 9th, 2010
  34. I think a spear would be a good prize so the winner can go out and kill something.

    Then post pictures.

    debbie_downer wrote on August 6th, 2010
  35. 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!

    Sarah Yoshi wrote on August 6th, 2010
  36. 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?

    Tyler B. wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • Fitness e-book is out. Woo Hoo!!! Though I’m curious about the “kit” too.

      Grokette wrote on August 11th, 2010
  37. Looking forward to it cause I fell down and having trouble getting back up! 😉

    Pamela wrote on August 6th, 2010
  38. Awesome. I will cogitate on it and see if I can recruit some prizes from around here.

    slacker wrote on August 6th, 2010
  39. 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! 😀 (preferably to me, but you know.)

    McMama wrote on August 6th, 2010
    • 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!

      Julie wrote on August 9th, 2010
    • Great suggestion!!

      gilliebean wrote on August 31st, 2010
  40. Yay! This is just what I need for motivation!

    Katie wrote on August 6th, 2010

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