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Rewind and Fast Forward

2008 was a fantastic year for Mark’s Daily Apple. I had the pleasure of connecting with so many wonderful people. The whole blogging experience – interacting with readers, covering fascinating new studies, the research that goes into a blog post, sharing a bit of my personal life – has been a truly inspiring and an edifying experience. I hope my readers can say the same about their time spent on MDA.

2009 is looking to be even better. Mark’s Daily Apple is getting a complete overhaul. Earlier this year I asked you what you wanted out of MDA [1]. You responded [2] and I’ve been working since then on providing it. In just a few months expect a whole new look and feel, and new features (free e-books, regular video posts, more “Definitive Guide” posts, a Primal Blueprint forum, a Primal Fitness column with specific workout suggestions and more) from MDA.

Also, as many of you probably know, my book [3], The Primal Blueprint, is being published early this next year. Again, the dialogue I’ve had with my readers over the last couple years has helped me refine the Primal Blueprint. And because of this I am now just months away from rolling out the book.

But before we get on with all the new and exciting developments I want to take a quick look back at some of the best posts of 2008. Below are some of my faves. It was incredibly difficult to boil down somewhere around 500 blog posts to a short list of the best. I meant to keep it to 10, but it got a little out of control. These are the posts that generated the most interest and that, if you haven’t already read them, you should give a gander. I’d love to hear which blog posts stuck out to you this year. Hit me up in the comment boards!

A Look Back at 2008

All “Definitive Guide” Posts [4]: The Definitive Guide posts always got a great discussion started and I really enjoyed putting a little extra effort into each of them so that they could be a source of repeated reference on some hot topics relating to the Primal Blueprint. I’ve included them all here (including a couple – the bottom two – from 2007).

More Top Posts:

Orthorexia Nervosa and Dietary Obsession [13] – Jan. 1

Flame Thrower: Top 10 Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation [14] – Jan. 15

Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio [15] – Feb. 4

My Knee is Killing Me? No Really. [16] – Mar. 3

The Art of Compromise [17] – Apr. 23

10 Ways to ?Get Primal? [18] – Apr. 29

Washboard Abs on a High-Fat Diet, No Ab Workouts and No Cardio [19] – May 7

Drink Less Water? [20] – June 9

10 Ways to Forage in the Modern World [21]– June 10

The Context of Calories [22] – July 9

What Happens to Your Body When? You CARB BINGE? [23]– June 11

The Prison Workout [24] – July 23

Should We Allow Drugs in Sports? [25] – July 29

Getting Back to Nature [26] – August 28

Top 10 Ways to ?Go Nuts? [27] – Oct. 7

10 Steps to ?Primalize? Your Pantry [28] – Nov. 11

What?s the Difference Between Paleo and Primal? [29] – Nov. 12

Cowpooling: Share a Side [30] – Dec. 4

The Primal Blueprint Sneak Preview [3] – Dec. 18

If you are looking for a more thorough “Best of 2008” list click here [31].


Odds and Ends:

– A big part of MDA in 2008 was providing readers with Primal recipes [32], so I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least a few recipe links:

The Entire Series of Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow: 1 [33], 2 [34], 3 [35], Intermittent Fasting [36], Special Occasions [37] and Dessert [38] Editions

– Talk about great feedback from readers. This year’s 30-Day Primal Health Challenge was a huge success. This series of posts may be of particular interest to anyone starting the New Year with some health resolutions.

The Primal Health Challenge: Posts 1 [39] and 2 [40] plus the Primal Health Challenge Week 1 Results [40], Week 2 Results [41], Week 3 Results [42], Final Results

– Last, but not least I was honored to have some fantastic guest posts this year from the top health and fitness bloggers on the net:

Free the Animal: My Self-Experimentation and Transformation [43]

Go Healthy Go Fit: Staying Healthy and Fit in Different Lifestyles [44]

Fitness Black Book: Shake Your Gym Addiction. The Outside World is Waiting For You [45]

10 Questions with MizFit from MizFitOnline [46]

Modern Forager: The Tropical Oils [47]

The IF Life: Building Muscle 101 [48]

Thanks to the MDA community for making 2008 such a great year. Stay tuned for an even better year in 2009!