Welcome to Mark’s Daily Apple

What You’ll Get from Mark’s Daily Apple (In 30 Seconds or Less)

Before I get to all the details, let me come right out an tell you what you’ve stumbled upon. This website will show you how to take control of your health. You’ll learn exactly what to eat and how to exercise to get the leanest, strongest, healthiest body with the least amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice possible. This is not an exaggeration. Mark’s Daily Apple and The Primal Blueprint (the health paradigm around which this blog is built) has been conceived to give you the tools you need to make huge changes in your life with minimal effort. Sounds like hyperbole, right? Try it for 3 months and watch your body transform before your eyes, feel your energy levels increase from one day to the next, and discover the power of living according to the Primal Blueprint Laws just as tens of thousands of others already have. Let’s take a closer look at what this site is all about and at everything it offers you…

Who is Mark Sisson?

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Before I go any further, let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 10 million people get healthy.

I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness.

If you’d like to learn more about my background visit this page.

What is Mark’s Daily Apple?

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Mark’s Daily Apple is a blog, a forum for discussion and debate, a place where people go to explore how to live the healthiest life possible. And it’s a place where I rant, teach and attempt to entertain with daily articles. I started this experiment at the end of 2006 and haven’t missed a day yet. Visit the site daily to learn something new, to take home some practical information and tips you can actually use in your life, and for continuous motivation and reinforcement.

What is The Primal Blueprint?

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The Primal Blueprint is a set of principles to live by. It’s a comprehensive health plan that covers everything from diet and exercise to sun exposure, stress management, sleep, supplementation, barefooting, posture, and the list goes on. It’s also a book that I wrote and self-published in 2009.

The Gist of the Primal Blueprint is this:

Our ancestors evolved over millions of years under certain environmental conditions. These conditions (the foods they ate, the amount of sun they got, the sort of movement that was required of them to survive, etc.) shaped their genome. While the world has changed in innumerable ways in the last 10,000 years (for better and worse), the human genome has changed very little and thus only thrives under similar conditions. Simply put, if you want a good future you better listen to the past. And that’s where The Primal Blueprint and Mark’s Daily Apple come in. Showing you how to direct gene expression toward fat burning, muscle building, longevity and wellness, and away from fat storing, muscle wasting, disease and illness. First you need to know what to do. Then you need to know how to do it. Read on to learn more.

The Basics

Primal Blueprint 101

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FAQs, Intro, PB 101 – whatever you want to call it this is a great place to familiarize yourself with the content found on Mark’s Daily Apple. This is ground zero. If you’ve never heard of the Primal Blueprint, or perhaps someone sent you to this blog because you’re interested in making the jump to a healthy lifestyle, read on.

Mark’s Daily Apple Archives

Millions of words and over 3,000 feature articles can be a lot to dig through. Here you’ll find every post organized by top categories and by date for ease of browsing.

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge

Sidebar21 DayChallengeAfter many years of training clients and interacting with hundreds of thousands of Mark’s Daily Apple readers, I have found that 21 days is the sweet spot for eliminating old habits and replacing them with new ones. It’s long enough to make legitimate progress toward reversing years of adverse lifestyle habits, and long enough to give the Primal Blueprint a fair shake, but not so long as to be seen as a daunting undertaking. In other words, anyone, including you, can give this a go for three measly weeks, and in that time you are bound to see results. View the 21-Day Challenge infographic here to get started, and dig deeper with this more detailed page.

The Books

The Primal Blueprint

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This book both summarizes the millions of words on Mark’s Daily Apple and digs deeper. If you want to learn what the Primal lifestyle is all about, why conventional health and fitness is all wrong, and how to take control of your own health this is the book for you.

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook

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This is the first cookbook written for the Primal way of eating. Included are over 100 mouth-watering recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and nearly 400 brilliant, glossy, full-color photographs to guide and inspire you to cooking and eating Primally. To learn what to eat and how to prepare it start here.

Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals

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On the heels of the success of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, and in response to the growing demand for healthy meals that can be made with minimal time and effort, Quick & Easy Meals delivers another 100+ mouth-watering recipes with easy-to-follow instructions that will get you in and out of the kitchen in 30-minutes or less.

Get all 3 Books and Save 25% at PrimalBlueprint.com

The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation

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This fun, easy-to-follow, practical guidebook will help you “get Primal” in only 21 days. First, you’ll learn eight Key Concepts that represent the most important day-to-day elements living Primally, then tackle five Action Items that will enable you to literally reprogram your genes toward a long, healthy, and energetic life. The Action Items are presented in a fun and life-transforming 21-Day Challenge, featuring daily diet, exercise, and lifestyle endeavors with corresponding journal exercises. Get your copy today.

There are several other books published by Primal Blueprint Publishing. You can view and purchase them all here.

Primal Blueprint Food

Primal Blueprint Recipes on Mark’s Daily Apple (FREE)

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I publish a new Primal recipe every Saturday. Every recipe ever published on this site has been conveniently organized on this page: Primal Blueprint Recipes on Mark’s Daily Apple

Reader-Created Cookbooks (FREE)


What does the Primal way of eating look like? These two digital cookbooks are a great way to find out. Over the last few years I’ve held numerous “best recipe” contests; the end result of which are these two publications that showcase meals from the homes of Primal Blueprinters from around the world.

Primal Blueprint Shopping List (FREE)

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I’ve created this page to take the guesswork out of shopping for Primal foods. On this page you’ll find a fairly comprehensive list of what to eat on the Primal Blueprint eating plan, aka The Healthiest Foods in the World. No 10 servings of daily grains around here. Just meat, vegetables, eggs, healthy fats, nuts/seeds and fruit.

Also on the shopping list page you will find a Primal Blueprint Shopping List in PDF format. Print it out and use it while foraging at your local grocer or farmers’ market and rest assured that you are eating Primal fare.

Primal Blueprint Fitness

Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook (FREE)

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In this 92-page eBook you will find a weekly workout schedule, logbook for tracking results and detailed instructions on how to develop functional, diverse athletic ability and lean, proportioned physique. Primal Blueprint Fitness (PBF) is a strategy that will help you build or maintain lean muscle mass, reduce your body fat, increase your energy, improve your strength, agility and power-to-weight ratio, reduce your risk of getting injured, improve insulin sensitivity, boost immune function and increase organ reserve. And it’s free. What’s not to like?

Workouts of the Week (WOWs)

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Workouts of the Week (WOWs) are part of Primal Blueprint Fitness. WOWs test your agility, balance, coordination, endurance, speed and strength. Anything goes for WOWs, including fun, conceptual Grok workouts (if you don’t know what this means watch this reader-created workout), so visit the WOW archive for a fractal workout that mixes things up and keep things interesting. You can view all 52 archived WOWs (one for each week of the year) here.

The Community

The Forum

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From day one I wanted Mark’s Daily Apple to be a place where people could share opposing views, debate the finer points of healthy living, and learn from one another’s personal experiences. Thousands of other Primal enthusiasts seem to like the idea too. If you have questions about the Primal lifestyle, hit up the forum. If you want to connect with like-minded people, hit up the forum. If you want to track your own progress and get feedback from others, hit up the forum! Join the community and the conversation by creating an account today.

Success Stories

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The Primal Blueprint message has been received and taken to heart by thousands of people. I receive emails every day with inspiring, life-changing success stories. People that reversed diabetes; lost 100+ pounds and took back control of their lives; refined their diet and exercise program to attain goals they thought were impossible. If you want a reason to give the Primal lifestyle a shot, or need some motivation to keep going visit these pages for a heavy dose of inspiration.

Primal Blueprint Supplements

Primal Fuel

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Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack or dessert, Primal Fuel is perfect for any occasion. Quick, easy, cost-effective and convenient, Primal Fuel provides balanced, healthy doses of high-quality fat, protein and carbs in a delicious and incredibly satisfying shake. There is no other product on the market that comes remotely close by comparison.


Primal Essentials Kit

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These are the 3 foundational supplements I think everyone should be taking. The Primal Essentials Kit provides an elegant solution to the daily challenges we face living with our hunter-gatherer genes in a completely modernized world. At a substantial savings to what you’d pay for these individually, the Primal Essentials Kit is comprised of 3 critical components to a healthy life: probiotics, vitamin D and fish oils.

Damage Control Master Formula

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Damage Control Master Formula works synergistically with the Primal Blueprint eating and exercise strategies to support your immune system, maximize your own natural hormone production and balance, support normal blood sugar levels, lower stress hormone production, support the healthy structure and function of your brain and nerve cells and, most importantly, help combat oxidative damage in every cell of your body. With over 51 top research-proven ingredients in balanced doses no other formula comes close. The Master Formula is the most comprehensive all-in-one nutritional supplement on the planet.

There are numerous other Primal Blueprint, health-supporting supplements and special packages. View them all at PrimalBlueprint.com.


Primal Blueprint Transformation Seminar Series

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The Primal Blueprint Transformation seminar emphasizes the 8 Key Concepts and 5 Action Items detailed in my book, The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. These concepts and action items provide a “cut to the chase” practical guide to transition smoothly and quickly into a Primal lifestyle. Major emphasis is placed on dialing in the Primal eating strategy, so that attendees leave with a deep understanding of how they can reprogram their genes to transition from a carb-dependent metabolism to efficient fat burning.


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PrimalCon (aka The Primal Blueprint Experience) is an annual, total immersion, 3-day weekend experience of expert-guided workouts, play, leisure, classroom education, camaraderie, and of course the extraordinary Primal feasts. Held at a beautiful seaside Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach resort in Southern California, PrimalCon welcomes participants of all fitness and experience levels.

Connect with Me


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The Mark’s Daily Apple newsletter provides weekly updates on the latest and greatest articles found at Mark’s Daily Apple (sent every Wednesday). Along with subscriber-only tips, tricks and strategies to help you get Primal. All newsletter subscribers also get the introduction to my book, The Primal Blueprint, the Primal Blueprint Fitness eBook, and two Reader-Created Recipe eBooks (homemade dishes from dozens of MDA readers).

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