Contest: Foraging in a Fast Food Nation

The Prize:

Sledgehammer. Because the old, withered, tractor tire just had it coming… It’s Hammer Time. From the guy who brought you the workout mace earlier this month comes another swingable, loadable, weapon tool of extreme visceral power. Fill it with shot and pound some sand. Winner will receive one SLS medium Sledgehammer, courtesy of Stronger Grip.

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The Contest:

Yesterday I asked you to go out and find the highest quality food in your area. Today I’m asking you to do nearly the opposite. While grass fed burgers and locally grown tomatoes are ideal, they aren’t always an option. McDonald’s happens. Or Taco Bell. Or Red Lobster. Or The Olive Garden. Whether you’re attending a friend’s birthday, coming home from a track meet, or trying to sell your jet-propelled pogo stick idea to a potential buyer at a local Chili’s, national chain restaurants are part of the American topography and are not always avoidable. The goal is to keep your meal as Primal as possible when life leads you to the Cracker Barrel. And I want you to take a picture of it…

Visit a national chain restaurant (either fast food or sit-down) and order the most Primal meal you can. Take a photo of that meal, email it to me, along with the name of the dish and the name of the restaurant. And be clear on what you may have done to make the meal Primal. Ditched the bun? Asked for omelet to be cooked in butter? Substituted thick vegetable-oil ranch for olive oil and vinegar? Share your tips and tricks with the community.

Use the subject heading “Primal Fast Food.” A winner will be picked at random among all eligible contestants. Photos will be published on Mark’s Daily Apple.

The Deadline:

October 4, midnight, PST. Same deadline as the “Meet a Farmer” contest.

Who is Eligible:

Unfortunately this one is only available stateside. In the case of an international winner, a substitute prize will be offered.

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. On the way to NC for a wedding this weekend, we stopped at a Cracker Barrel and saw their low carb options! I had a grilled chicken salad from the list, and still had to remove about 15 croûton!

  1. I “rearrange” the menu selections at restaurants all the time…am gluten and dairy intolerant…just TRY eating out anywhere with that malady chasing you around! Love eating out. Have to bring my own olive oil with me, as the ones in restaurants are “cut” with other oils…and can be rancid..The expressions on the faces of the wait staff are PRICELESS…then the questions start, then we have a serious talk…about Primal Living, MDA, and anti-fungal living…notes get taken on napkins…and then THANK YOU next time I see that person. (Pounds get lost!) I have actually talked a few managers into changing the menu to include real field greens instead of just lettuce, as well as other fresh veggies. What a trip. No pics…this is just my way of living…always. Mark, you should have the theme song from a show called THE BIG COUNTRY open your website everytime we log in…jst a few seconds of it. It fits!!! Would be really cool.

  2. Chipotle, Chipotle, Chipotle. Just ate my primal lunch there today. Wish I had taken a picture though. Chicken, steak, peppers, onions, guac, and lettuce.

    1. Haha.. that’s what I just sent in.. well a Chipotle like place in Boston called Boloco. Burrito in a bowl!

    2. I thought Chipotle was a pretty safe bet too, until I realized via their website that they put soybean oil in EVERYTHING.

  3. damn, i just had grilled salmon at chili’s last night for a friend’s birthday. then i got a double side of steamed broccoli instead of broc/rice. it was delicious. buttt no picture :/ maybe something on halloween when i go to chipotle!

    1. My thoughts exactly! I’d prefer to IF!
      My favourite fast food is smoked salmon and sour cream for when we need lunch when we’re out.

    2. I too refuse to step into a chain. Maybe if someone else is buying – maybe. It is hard enough finding good food on the road without having to deal with the sameness that is a chain.

      I keep some charcoal in my trunk. If you look around you can find parks all over with grills – you can make any meal you want.

  4. Dammit, I *just had that lunch*!

    BoLoco (regional chain) — Bangkok Thai bowl (instead of wrap) with double meat (dark-meat chicken, organically/humanely raised) with lettuce instead of rice. Other ingredients = cukes, peanut sauce (ehhhhhh), “Asian slaw” (cabbage, carrots, pickled red onions).

    It is WAY tasty, but I think a picture of an empty container really isn’t what Mark’s going for. Sigh.

  5. Darn, I just had an awesome Primal salad from Chipotle over the weekend, but alas no pic. Don’t think I’ll make it back there before the deadline.

  6. Wow, I guess my email about the Boloco (like Chipotle) Salad Bowl wasn’t that original 🙂 Must be a logical fast food for urban groks!

  7. I went to Sweet Tomatoes and was chrged extra for a little cup of chicken breast to go on my salad. No wonder people opt to skip the protein and go for all the carbs. So frustrating.

  8. Kelly: when we go to Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantion, we get a big salad and then go to the soup line and load up a bowl of chicken scooped from the chicken noodle soup. That’s one way around that extra charge for the chicken!

    1. I like that Cynthia. Thanks for the idea. I am doing that next time for sure.

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