Contest Results: What Does Primal Living Look Like?

We know from last year that Mark’s Daily Apple readers live across the world. But what are all of you up to? Apparently you’re standing at work, playing, dancing, lifting heavy things, and hiking in the great outdoors. You’re cooking, getting some sun, napping and spending time with family. You’re rolling around in mud, leaping over fire, acting goofy and, as it turns out, climbing lots of trees (who knew so many of you are tree climbers!). In other words, you’re getting Primal.

One week ago I asked what living Primal looks like. And you answered that question with snapshots of your Primal lives. (See above. It’s broken into two slideshows because Photobucket only allows 100 pics per slideshow.)

I said the Worker Bees and I will pick a winner by choosing the photo that we think best represents the Primal lifestyle, but any one of these could take home the prize. So I’ve done this by way of random drawing instead.

And the winner is…

Connie B.!

Congrats, Connie. Thanks to everyone for participating in this fun contest, and for showing the world how great living a Primal existence can be. Stay tuned for the Primal Blueprint Recipe Video contest poll held later today. Grok on!

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. Some really great photos. Makes me wish I wasn’t sitting in my office at work right now….

    1. Agreed! I can’t help but stare out the window longingly after that photo set.

  2. I’ll just do the obligatory point-out, by reminding everyone of how lean everyone looks in those photos.

    Although, throwing the dog in the oven was a bit much for me. Better, would have been jumping in a river, grabbing a fish barehanded, cutting it with a knife to where the blood poors out and then tossing it at your dog. Then we’d see how feral, ahem primal, your dog really is.

  3. does primal make people better photographers, or are talented photogs. naturally drawn to primal living?

    Amazing, beautiful photos. Wow.

  4. I know where to look now if I’m ever feeling down. Such happy, healthy, amazing photos!

      1. Just wanted to take credit for the baby. 🙂 She’s gnawing on a t-bone – steak is her fave food, another way she is just like her Mommy. My Mom told me I “gummed” steak when I was little and I thought she was exaggerating. Turns out it was likely true since my daughter is the same way. She had barely a tooth when this was taken, but that didn’t stop her! T-bone teethers could be a market, don’t you think? LOL

  5. You always hear people complaining about how miserable they are when they are on a CW diet/exercise plan. I don’t see any sad or unhappy faces in these pictures… What are we doing wrong!?

  6. Everybody looks really healthy in all of those pictures.
    I enjoyed the slideshow, great work!
    Awesome photos everyone.

  7. Some of these are hilarious! Did anyone else see the guy in the Flintstones garb putting his dog in the oven?

  8. Biggest takeaway from this post: this lifestyle is FUN! I love the smiles on everyone’s faces. The girl covered in mud sitting on the beach was great.

  9. Little kids and animals? Not fair!! (Ask an actor).

    Just kidding. This slideshow is great, and the 30 day challenge has been fantastic. Kudos to Mark and the worker bees.

  10. I love the one of the guy dressed as a cave man putting his dog in the oven! I had a big smile on my face as all the pictures went by. It is so great to see people having fun and enjoying life!

  11. This turned out great! Watching the photos roll by really is a great way to get the Big Picture of what the lifestyle is. Outdoors, hiking, cooking, exercise, playing, family, community are the big ones I took home. I love it! (also I saw my picture yay!)

  12. Through both slideshows I was waiting for a faux “squat to poop” joke photo.

  13. What a great bunch of pictures. Thanks for putting them all up so everyone can see how fun being primal is.

  14. great pics! i’m dying to know which one is Connie B.’s . . . congrats connie!!

  15. Wow! I am stoked! My picture is the one of Me, my husband and our daughter in front of a waterfall- I have cat eye glasses and a white scarf with green apples printed on it, and my honey has a smart black cap on and a grey flannel, with his arm extended cause he is holding the camera… if you look between us you will see our daughter peeking out. We took this photo on our vacation, we stopped every two hours to hunt waterfalls and hike out to them. This was Black River Falls, just outside of Ishpeming, in the UP of Michigan.

  16. My husband and I are in there too – woooot! We are climbing a mountain in the Eastern Sierra Nevada – me in sandals carrying a walking stick and him barefoot.

    Congratulations Connie!

    These are great pix. – Mark is there a slideshow where we can view these permanently?

  17. Loved these pictures. So many things I would love to try. And was nice to see myself and daughter in there (3 slides worth!).

    We’re just getting started on this Primal thing and looking forward to doing more!

    and ‘grats Connie!

  18. Awesome slideshow. Great seeing myself on there, lol. I just have to repeat what so many have said before… That is a lot of happy people doing some incredible things! Mine is the picture of the 5 ladies on a hike in Oahu, Hawaii, where I now live so I can live primal on a more permanent basis. Congrats Connie! Mark, can you tell us which is her picture? Just curious!

  19. I love the baby eating the bone, the guys running down the street barefoot and the canoe/kayak coming out of what looks like a cave, and the standing at work pics. Thanks for sharing everyone!

  20. Love these pictures. Shows a little bit of the lives of other primates and I really love the insiration I get from it for “Having Fun” :D.

  21. Way cool pictures. ALl I could think was “this must have taken the worker bees FOREVER to put together!”

  22. There are lots of things in those pictures I’d love to try… and lots of things I wouldn’t. 🙂

  23. I sure hope that Connie B is the rib-eating baby!

    [Do I win a prize?]

  24. So true, awesome pics. I really wish I wasn’t sitting at the desk today, but at least I get to look forward to my boys football and baseball practices after work during the week.

  25. So inspiring! I can’t even say which picture I loved more, there is nothing like seeing healthy, happy people living the way they should.

  26. Congrats, Connie! I think the random drawing was very fair because these are all great…and so very different…people in trees, families on vacation…children gnawing on t-bones (yeah, that’s my girl!) I like the observations that everyone looks healthy in these photos. So true.

    As for the “squat” photo some expected, I have to tell you that my son (who is potty training) exhibited a tendency toward doing that! And while we were camping he did. I did NOT, however, get a picture of it. Aren’t you glad I chose my daughter with the t-bone instead? haha

  27. I am never lacking motivation when I leave this site! Thank you!

  28. Wow, I just loved looking at all the pictures of Primal Living! Such life! Such enthusiasm and energy! Awesome!

  29. So many cool photos!
    My fave is the pregnant woman with her son, while he swings the fish. I think that’s great on many levels. 🙂

  30. Awesome pictures! Personally, I love the baby gnawing on the steak bone.

  31. Yay! Excited to see the pic of my sister and I in front of the crystal clear glacial lake while we were climbing a mountain in the Cascades this summer.

    Photos like these are a great reminder as to WHY we live a primal life in a modern world. It’s not about giving up food or denying yourself, it’s about living up to your potential by truly LIVING!

    Cheers to all!

  32. What does primal living look like?

    It looks White, extremely White. The primal / paleo movement is a shadow White separatist movement, an unconscious one, one without malice or resentment, but the reality of it is that it is one of the ongoing endeavors of Whites to find a living space for themselves.

    Remember primal life is TRIBAL life: your tribe is your family, your clan, your race.

    People don’t like to recognize or admit it. But the best thing to do is to face it head on … and embrace it. Tribal feelings are natural; diversity is not.

  33. These are awesome! Thanks to everyone who submitted pictures. Like someone said above – some things I’d like to try – and some I wouldn’t. 😀 But I sure have enjoyed looking at all of them.

  34. Hi Everyone…it is great to see so many other people getting primal…I have been a one woman cheering section at work but they are all in awe at how good I look…20lb weight loss so far and I feel great…I am 57 and I have never felt better…

  35. Such great photos! I thought mine would be the most awesome, but WOW – y’all do some fun stuff!


  36. This brought tears to my eyes. No kidding.
    I never knew I could be so proud of so many strangers… and I’m thrilled to finally feel part of a larger community–one invested in living the fullest life possible, and sucking the marrow from every moment we’ve got.

    Grok on, you beautiful beautiful homo sapiens.

  37. Great pictures! Inspiring. Life should be so wonderful and fun as all these folks make it look.