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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. Yay!! This will be my first Primal challenge!

    Carla wrote on August 12th, 2010
  2. I’m off to africa for 2 weeks in the middle of the challenge :(

    Steve wrote on August 12th, 2010
  3. yayy, a 30 day challenge!! I love this!! I just knew about the primal life style a little over a month ago and got addicted to this website and decided to do the 30 day challenge (which I have just completed today) 😀
    What an imazing feeling!! Its been forever trying to lose these last 10 stubborn pounds of fat and am happy to say I am already half way there and from the way my pants fit now, I can tell it was mostly fat that i lost!!! Its not only that, I feel I energetic all the time, wanting to play, go on run/walks, and not feeling hungry every 2 or 3 hours as I was before when I was following the “conventional wisdom”. Yayyy! I am sooo looking forward for the next 30 day challenge! and as far as prizes,how about:
    a pair of five finger,
    copies of primal blue pring book and the cooking book ( I already have it and its GREAT).
    Pull up bar
    some supplements!
    I am totally gana get some of my friends and family to do this challenge with me!

    lulu wrote on August 12th, 2010
  4. Just bought the domain I am going to blog everyday of the 30 day September challenge.

    Patty wrote on August 13th, 2010
    • I’m going to do the same … this is going to be fun :)

      Elizabeth wrote on August 14th, 2010
      • I’m going to do this too!! Awesome!!

        Jamie wrote on August 15th, 2010
  5. How about winning Mark for a week? He could help with food choices, cooking & workouts …

    Vicki N wrote on August 14th, 2010
  6. Ooh… thought of this the other day. A Universal Strength Apparatus (USA).

    VelocityRD wrote on August 15th, 2010
  7. Hi Mark! Great news about the Primal Challenge. I am walking proof that 30 days of this lifestyle DOES change your body and your life. Suggestions for prizes: beach cruiser bike, yoga mat, signed copy of your book :) Have a PRIMAL day all!

    Laura wrote on August 15th, 2010
  8. Hi Mark & fellow grokers! This is great! I can’t wait-been primal for a little while now, survived the 2 week “carb-flu” & doing so much better than before. I’m still working to incorporate all aspects of primal so the challenge comes at a great time for me. Lots of great ideas for prizes here!

    dawnmarie wrote on August 17th, 2010
  9. So I think I’m going to do this this year. I might even take on Melissa Urban’s Whole 30 challenge in the month of September (my sister’s visiting the last week of August, and I don’t want to have to fight with my mom over food while she’s here). I’ve found, in the past, that fully primal/paleo is not a sustainable way for me to eat, but committing to a few weeks of doing it strictly kills my sugar cravings and food-induced moodiness.

    Jenn wrote on August 17th, 2010
  10. This is exactly what I need! I’m ready to sign up come Sept. 1st. Thank you!

    Primal Hound wrote on August 17th, 2010
  11. How about giving away a TRX Force system? They are compact and go anywhere you want, all bodyweight exercise programs so you make it as hard as you want!!

    Tab wrote on August 17th, 2010
  12. This is excellent!! I just went cold turkey off the sugar & grains on 8/1 and am loving it so far. Pretty stoked on this timing- I generally get through 30 days of something on my own just fine, but this month 2 energizer is going to be so helpful!

    Eryn wrote on August 18th, 2010
  13. Ideas for prizes…

    1. 16KG kettlebell for men; 8KG for women from Dragondoor (

    I’ve been training with kettlebells for over a year, following the Russian Hardstyle method (HS). I just recently subscribed to your newsletter and browsed through the Primal Fitness E-book. I love your approach, and it’s somewhat consistent with my thinking and training/nutrition principles. Simple, effective, no nonsense approach.

    I’m considering joining in on the 30 Day primal challenge and contemplating purchasing the Primal Leap package… keep up the good work.

    Stephane wrote on August 18th, 2010
  14. I’ve been getting my Grok on all summer as I camped in the wilds of northern Canada…cooking meat on a stick over a fire is just endlessly appealing! A 30 day challenge is what I need in September as I’m back in the city and back to work! I’m in, I’m IN!!!!

    Susan wrote on August 24th, 2010
  15. Yes!

    Been a year since I was primal and I these daily blog posts are going to be my focus for the next month as I don’t have anybody else in this town that I know of that is following the same approach… let alone anyone who doesn’t think I’m weird or crazy.

    Bring it Mark! Bring it!

    Arlo wrote on September 1st, 2010
  16. I sent a note to AlphaStrong ( to see if they might want to donate a sandbag or “ball bell.” Their stuff is excellent–so well built!

    Paige wrote on September 1st, 2010

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