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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. I’m sooooo in! Can’t wait!

    Tiffany wrote on August 6th, 2010
  2. I’m in!! I have been wanting to do this and now I have even more motivation to keep me on track. So excited!

    Becky wrote on August 7th, 2010
  3. 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 categories (Entertainment, Educational, Modern Paleo, Wild Card, Radical Paleo, Recipe Blog, ect. I could come up with 100 of these haha)

    Thats all on my mind right now, its early in the land of the rising sun (florida).

    College Caveman wrote on August 7th, 2010
  4. 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:


    jennifer wrote on August 7th, 2010
  5. Wooo I am stoked, the fitness videos were my favourite last year.

    Nicola wrote on August 7th, 2010
  6. IN

    David wrote on August 7th, 2010
  7. When does the 2010 primal challenge begin?

    Michelle wrote on August 7th, 2010
    • it’s the month of september. starts 09/01/10.

      ……………….pretty sure. :)

      coley wrote on August 9th, 2010
  8. Hi,

    An icecram maker for making nice primal icecream would be niice! :)

    Fai wrote on August 7th, 2010
  9. 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!

    Maggie wrote on August 7th, 2010
  10. 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…)

    John wrote on August 7th, 2010
  11. Eh not sure where my post went.

    But I was thinking a Volleyball Kit, and Ball would be a nice option.

    Looking forward to this.

    Jason wrote on August 7th, 2010
  12. cooking supplies as prizes…

    pots / pans/ utensils … would be cool (or hot depending on the use!…)

    Marti wrote on August 8th, 2010
  13. I am completely PSYCHED for the 2010 Primal Challenge!!! 😀

    …and all the prizes…

    Badminton sets, volleyball sets, ultimate frisbee sets, workout equipment (kettleballs!), vibram five fingers (or any other shoe that is barely-there, I recall SOMEONE posting about that recently, as VFF doesn’t fit all), supplements, books, posters (I for one, would love to have primal/motivational posters on walls in my room), maybe as a grand prize, getting to go to PrimalCon for free/a reduced price! And DEFINITELY, grassfed meats, or wild meats in general, as they can be difficult to procure in some places ):

    Thank you so much Mark and all the staff at the Daily Apple for all that you do to improve peoples’ health and awareness of themselves every day!

    Hannah wrote on August 9th, 2010
  14. These shoes should appeal to the tribe.

    Sharon wrote on August 9th, 2010
    • Some runamocs would not go astray. That’s for sure! 😉

      gilliebean wrote on August 31st, 2010
  15. can someone please explain exactly how you win prizes…

    taylor wrote on August 9th, 2010
    • Check back in September, Taylor. All the details will be presented when the challenge begins.

      Mark Sisson wrote on August 9th, 2010
  16. This makes me happy! I have been primal for just over a month now. Loving the meat, fat and veggies. I dip into the dark chocolate a little too much though. It is so hard to find coconut oil and nut flours around my area. I would like to win a Whole Foods Store by my house, then the whole neighborhood would win! YAY for Mark!!

    Nancy wrote on August 9th, 2010
  17. Also thought a Vitamix would be nice, but that’s probably stretching it!

    Julie wrote on August 9th, 2010
    • Seconded!!

      VelocityRD wrote on August 11th, 2010
  18. Hey Mark I stumbled across the blog a couple of weeks ago by pure chance and am now hooked. Just got my copy of the book, ebook and will be getting the cookbook soon. Can’t wait to read them to be ready for the September challenge.

    As a law student I am a little worried about this “flu” messing with school but that hopefully won’t last too long.

    Look forward to posting more and jumping into this Primal Challenge.

    Shaggy wrote on August 10th, 2010
    • Maybe ease in for the first few days of September (eliminate sugar one day, flour the next, rice the next, etc.) Then try it hardcore over Labor Day weekend. You’ll probably be hit hardest at the end of the first or second day, so a long weekend will give you a bit of recovery time, and the slow elimination at first will make it not so brutal. :) Good luck!

      Family Grokumentarian wrote on August 10th, 2010
      • Thanks for advice. I have pretty much cut sugar out (other than ice cream) but flour and rice not so much so transitioning into it sounds like a really good idea.

        My girlfriend has decided to try it out as well which will make it easier. So hopefully easing into it will help her out as well.

        Shaggy wrote on August 10th, 2010
      • Great suggestion. :)

        gilliebean wrote on August 31st, 2010
  19. Gift suggestions:
    Others already mentioned the vibram shoes, I second that.
    My other suggestions are:
    1) A simple and cheap one (you could give several for the lower prizes) – a slow cooker (I use it a lot for my primal meals)
    2) Grok shirts!

    atkinsfan wrote on August 11th, 2010
  20. Here is a prize suggestion… personal (by phone) consultation with one Mr. Mark Sisson on health and fitness strategies and how to live more Primal!

    Mr. Anderson wrote on August 11th, 2010
  21. mcolflesh wrote on August 11th, 2010
  22. Gift suggestion:

    – Grok sports watch ( – easy to have made and reasonable – no setup fee)
    – Free ticket to PrimalCon11 (tho there should be some stringent requirements to win this!)

    Looking forward to the challenge..


    Thomas wrote on August 11th, 2010
  23. Prize ideas: decadent jerky from somewhere like Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop Ca. (on the way to Mammoth)and gift certs to the Primal Blueprint store. I’m excited for the challenge and I love the Primal Blueprint. I am actually doing an MS recovery diet, but got my husband and family on board with giving up grains, etc. by using the primal blueprint.

    Whitney wrote on August 11th, 2010
  24. How about an official MarksDailyApple/Primal Blueprint Frisbee? 😀
    Just joking. Love the idea of a Primal Challange.

    Thumbs up!

    Daniel wrote on August 11th, 2010
    • I’d love an MDA frisbee. Great idea!

      gilliebean wrote on August 31st, 2010
  25. this will be my first year participating and i am super excited!!!!!! i am definitely up for the challenge;-)

    shannon wrote on August 11th, 2010
  26. in lieu of PrimalCon Tickets, i would also totally go for something like a few weeks of nutrition/fitness consultation from you, Mark. That could easily be done through the magic of the interwebs. or, as i just noticed Mr. Anderson pointed out, by phone.

    otherwise, you could probably just throw hunks of meat wrapped in VFFs at us and we’d be happy.

    batty wrote on August 11th, 2010
  27. I am a newbie in the Primal World. I will finish the book this week and be ready to go. I cannot believe my timing is spot on for once! I am excited to join you all in the challenge…and prizes for reaching health goals? Really? How generous!! Thank you, Mark!

    Amykins wrote on August 11th, 2010
  28. I’ll +10000 the prize of Vibrams… tho really any “barefoot” shoe would be sweet. Also like the exotic jerky idea. How ’bout a food dehydrator so folks can make their own? Chocolate, t-shirts, grok watch, all cool prize ideas. Your books & supplements also awesome. CSA or cowpool gift certs??

    can’t wait! 😀

    Ely wrote on August 11th, 2010
  29. A nice supply of grass-fed meat (doesn’t *have* to be beef) would be a great prize…

    VelocityRD wrote on August 11th, 2010
  30. Im In! & Ready to go! Mark,how about GROK T Shirts for women so we don’t look like we are wearing potato sacks!

    Pamella wrote on August 11th, 2010
  31. I’m in & I suggest the Small Micro-Cooker from Pampered Chef. Love mine, great for Cauliflower Rice. Although I don’t sell P.C., I’m willing to donate one to the pool of prizes.

    michelleb wrote on August 11th, 2010
  32. My votes for prizes:

    Vibram’s Five Fingers
    Primal Blueprint/Primal Fitness Kit
    Grass Fed Beef
    Your supplements!

    Jamie wrote on August 11th, 2010
    • I second VFF, Jerkey and Grass Fed Beef

      Primal Toad wrote on August 11th, 2010
  33. Giveaway ideas:

    Vibrams (I want some sooo bad)
    anything to help with Primal cooking (gadgets, cookbooks)
    interval timers

    Emily wrote on August 11th, 2010
  34. I’m SO excited to hear about this! Lets the games begin…

    Selah wrote on August 11th, 2010
  35. Looking forward to this challenge. If it is anything like the Whole 9, piece of cake!!

    Terri wrote on August 11th, 2010
  36. I’m ready this time. I had just discovered your site the last time you did the challenge and I have been slowly converting to Grok’s diet. I’m ready to give it 100%.

    Tom wrote on August 12th, 2010
  37. This sounds great! Is the contest open to people in Canada?

    Jenn wrote on August 12th, 2010
  38. A newbie to Primal Living…and was initially worried about what was going to come of my Grok diet and fitness routine once I return to college campus, the most anti-primal environment I can imagine…
    So the timing of this challenge is PERFECT. Ready to give it 100% too!

    Rohi wrote on August 12th, 2010
  39. I third the VITAMIX! would love to have one of those or an ice cream maker. can’t get that coconut ice cream off my mind in this mid-west heat. I’m excited about the challenge, looking forward to it! Love the primal life:)

    Evelyn wrote on August 12th, 2010
    • I fourth the Vitamix. Awesome!

      gilliebean wrote on August 31st, 2010

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