Contest: Show Your Groceries

The Prize:

The week began with grass fed beef, the week ends with fresh, wild caught Alaskan salmon. Salmon is a top notch source of Omega 3’s, and you may know how important it is to choose wild caught salmon over factory farmed salmon. If you’ve read my book, you may have noticed that I mentioned as a great source of wild caught salmon. The winner of today’s contest will receive 5lbs of fresh Kenai River Sockeye Salmon overnighted to their home, courtesy of Trish and Sara from Wild Alaskan Salmon Company. If you want to buy your own fresh-caught fish from them, head to

The Contest:

How Primal is your kitchen? You may have seen Time Magazine’s pictorial titled, “What the World Eats.” The photo shoot featured families from different countries surrounded by the foods they eat in a week. While some families are clearly eating healthier than others, I couldn’t help but notice the thorough infiltration of Coca-Cola into the world diet, or the high percentage of processed foods consumed by any given family. So, I’m asking you to take your own pictures. Round up the kids (or parents, or fiance, or roommates) and toss all the groceries on the table, because I want people to see “What Grok Eats.” The pictures don’t have to be fancy, nor do they have to be 100% Primal (or even 80%, just so long as people can see what you eat in a week). Mad props go to the most Primal family, but the winner will be selected in a random drawing, so don’t feel obliged to play “Keeping up with the Grokses.” Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Groceries Contest”. As long as there are groceries on the table and smiling faces, you’re entered to win.


Check out the original Time Magazine photo spread to get an idea of what to do.


This prize is only available to residents of the 48 contiguous states + Alaska. [If you don’t live in the U.S. and you win I’ll ship you a bottle of my Master Formula instead, and the salmon will go to an alternate winner.]

The Contest End Time:

Midnight, August 25. You’ve got a couple weeks to do some grocery shopping if your cabinets are currently looking a bit sparse.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants who submit adequate photos.

To track all the contests visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

Visit The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge for challenge details.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Ouch. There are four people in my home: my partner (with a Lap-Band installed, on a restricted diet), two boarders (one from the South, who eats Tex-Mex most of the time, and another who eats mostly bowls of cold cereal) and me. My kitchen is full of lots of food I won’t eat. I usually keep a small supply of meat in the freezer (at the moment, some fish, some bison and some wild boar), and occasionally some berries in the fridge, but other than that, it’s all Tater Tots and honey-wheat cereal and non-fat “cheese”.

    Maybe after a grocery run I’ll arrange the food on the table in front of each of us according to what of it we’ll eat. That could be telling.

  2. I’m not sure how much will show up – my only camera is on my cell phone, and I’m single so I’ll be trying one of those self-portraits in front of the fridge. (I buy almost nothing that isn’t kept in my fridge)

  3. oh man – should have been yesterday when I got home from my CSA-pickup !!

  4. oh wow – I just clicked on the Time magazine link and went through the slides – what an eye-opener to see the differenes around the world !! I looked at it with my 9 yo son – very cool !

  5. But Mark, my cupboards are almost ALWAYS bare! I usually buy only what I’ll be eating in the next 2-3 days 🙂

    1. Great point, Arlo. I hear you. I usually pick up my veggies and meats same day, too. It doesn’t have to be a full week. Just do your best with what you have. Cheers!

  6. Great link and idea Mark.
    After looking at the photos, which family would you all like to visit for dinner?

    1. I’d choose the Polish family. Looks like the most likely place to get a primal meal.

  7. Hi Mark and all

    Was Grok a good housekeeper?

    I have some unwashed dishes on the counter and a pile of mail on the table.

    Well the deadline is Aug 25, so there is hope (of cleaning)!

  8. OUCH indeed.! I went to to find that for $16 a pound you get frozen salmon….

    I grew up in Upstate NY and my father and i would fish the salmon run every year… Each person allowed to catch 5 wild salmon per year…free.

  9. Cool idea – can’t wait to see the pictures you get.

    While we eat much less processed foods than many families I know, and I choose ‘healthier’ foods for my kids, at this time the kids still are not really fully primal or low carb. so our household would not be that pure. I guess I have to have something to strive towards in future challenges ;o)

  10. I recently bought the book that goes with the Time magazine article. What an eye-opener! I think the American family picured above, who eats the typical SAD (Standard American Diet), was the worst inthe entire book. I have been thinking it would be very interesting to photograph a week’s worth of our food – now I have the opportunity! I’m very new to Primal eating and have just begun to transition in the past few weeks, and I’m excited about it. My husband is very on board with it, but my kids (12 and 14) are NOT. Any suggestions for converting picky carb-loving tweens?

  11. What a neat idea! I will definitely enter next time I go to the store. Problem is, I only have a small fridge, 2/3 the size of a regular fridge, and I only buy what I can eat over 2-3 days. I go to the store probably 3 times a week to get fresh things and the farmer’s market on Saturdays. I don’t know if I could put everything I would eat in a single photo without having some wilting or rotting food there. Oh well. I’ll do my best.

    The slide show was really amazing. Kind of funny to me how the families spending the most money on their food are the ones who have the most processed food. But even the ones living outside of industrial civilisation were still eating a lot of grain. That was rather shocking to me.