Month: September 2010

Contest: What Do You Want?

The Prize:

Tanka Bars. Snack food made of buffalo. That’s pretty much all that needs saying. In the pursuit of quick-fix meat-chunk eats, Tanka is offering up a handful of Tanka Bars, Tanka Bites, and Tanka Wild Sticks to the winner of today’s post. BONUS: Enter “MARKSDAILYAPPLE” when ordering from for a 15% discount off of regularly priced items.

YouBars. Energy bars can be nasty business. 95% of the energy bars on the market are simply candy bars re-branded for the cardio crowd. Heck, even Snickers has its own brand of energy bar which ? big surprise ? contains almost the exact same nutritional breakdown as a plain, old Snickers. What?s a Grok to do with so few Primal options?

Enter YouBar. Don?t like the options at your health food store? Why not make your own! YouBar is a family owned company that lets you design your own energy bar using real, Primal ingredients. Here’s my version:

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The Perfect Primal Omelet

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time. Hard boiled, scrambled, poached, fried. We’ll take eggs any time of day, any way you want to cook ‘em. But if we had our choice, the omelet just might be our favorite. Like an edible envelope that can be stuffed with anything you desire, an omelet is a quick and healthy way to satisfy hunger.  You really can’t go wrong when eating a meal based around such an excellent source of protein, choline, selenium and vitamin D.

Unless, of course, the thought of cooking an omelet makes you break into a cold sweat.

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The J.J. Experiment: Week 3

Three weeks ago, the J.J. Experiment began (week 2). J.J. Valdivia, a personal trainer in Miami, is guiding ten people as they take a 30-Day Leap into a healthy lifestyle. Let?s find out how they?re doing?

My fellow Grok and Grokettes,

It was a busy week for myself and the Leapers. Last Friday, I was joined by Mike and Georgina for a quick bodyweight session at Body Waves. They performed two sets of maximum repetitions of each of the Primal movements, and they were back at their desk before you could say “Power Bar.”

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Contest: Name a Blog, Win a Bag

Stay tuned for the third installment of the J.J. Experiment.

The Prize:

A Sandbag. The unwieldy lump of heavy. I’ve been using one of these sandbags since I featured them a year ago. Mine has taken some real abuse and has yet to show a tear. Courtesy of Henkin Fitness, the winner of today’s contest will receive his or her choice of the Burly, Strength, Challenge, or Power packages which includes the heavy duty sandbag plus ebooks, training videos, a fundamentals DVD, and a poster. As for the hardcore Primal Groks, sure you could use an actual carcass for your strength training, but sandbags smell better and keep longer.

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Contest: Use Your Brain, Win a Puzzle

Update 2:

Congratulations, Brandon, for being the first person to solve all 8 levels!

This contest is now over but you can still attempt to solve the puzzles for the next week. In a week the puzzle pages will be removed from MDA. I will remove the passwords from each puzzle page now so you can jump from one puzzle to the next at your will. Thanks to everyone for participating. Read on for answers to some of the more troubling puzzles.


Level 5 Conundrum:

You had to think outside the box for this one. It required that you look around MDA for clues. At the bottom right hand corner of each page on MDA there is a section that reads “Or maybe you’d like to browse posts about:” Below that is a pull-down text box. In that box there is a list of all MDA categories along with the number of posts in each category. The string of characters given on Level 5 are associated with a string of categories that contain that number of posts. The next one in the list is the category “PLAY” and is the solution to Level 5.

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Engage Your Brain

Today’s contest post will be published at 1 p.m. PST. It is a time urgent contest so you’ll have to move quickly. The first contestant to solve every brain teaser is the winner. Check back in a few hours for all the details.

As Tuesday’s post noted, we’re now midway through our 30-day challenge. I hope the second half of your adventure has gotten off on the right foot. What are your thoughts, reflections, questions since the halfway mark? What are you looking forward to in these last couple weeks? Where do you hope the experience will take you by month’s end? As we enter into the second half, two challenge points take center stage – points that call up powers of the mind more than the body. The Primal Blueprint of course garners its foundation from evolutionary principle, but it’s delineated by good, old-fashioned common sense and a modern interest in overall wellness. There are guidelines, tools and even challenge points, but you direct your own practice from there. I tell people, it’s less about formula and more about experience. Specifically, an ongoing Primal practice hones your ability to read your own body’s signals. Because you’re eating, moving and living in accordance with your body’s natural, optimum functioning, you gain a new appreciation for living in tune with it, responding to its signs. Additionally, when you’re feeling healthy and taking control of your well-being, the process get you thinking about other means of wellness actualization. Pursuing better health, readers often tell me, leads to ultimately pursuing a fuller life for themselves.

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