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Contest: Share Your Success Story

The Prize:

Nick’s Sticks – Need a Primal snack? Like your beef grass-fed? Nick’s got you covered on both counts with his Grass-Fed Beef Sticks [1]. His Snack Sticks are made with 100% grass-fed beef or free-range turkey and seasoned with Redmond organic salt. The lucky winner of these delicious treats will receive one 25-pack (2 sticks per pack) of beef sticks and one 25-pack of turkey sticks [2]. Total retail value: $150.

BONUS: Use coupon code MDACHALLENGE at checkout for 10% off any order of Nick’s Sticks [3].

Well Food Company Survival Package
I get emails from folks on a daily basis looking for tips on staying Primal on the road. Whether you’re flying, stuck in a snow globe [4], on an off the grid camping trip, or taking the occasional cross-county bike ride, being properly equipped with Primal fare can be tricky.

Well Food [5] has taken the prep-work out by creating The Ultimate Paleo Travel Package [6] (AKA The 72 Hour Survival Package). This package is designed to provide adequate calories for a 72 hour period.  No cooking or water required. Be Well prepared in the event of an emergency with products that are gluten free, soy free, grain free, and free of gross added preservatives.

The Daily Package includes:

1 – Paleo Steak Sticks (Original) = 240 Cal per package
1 – Paleo Snax – Pineapple Coconut – Sm = 581 Cal per package
1 – Wolf Snax – Keto Pack – Sm = 269 Cal per package
1 – Grassfed Whey Protein Bar = 430 Cal per package
1 – Soy Free Dark Chocolate Bar = 279 Cal per bar
= 2079 Calories per person per day * 3 days = 6237 total calories
+ a Well Food Co Recycled Tote Bag

Retail Value: $104.99.

BONUS: Use promo code MDA0114 for 20% off your next order at WellFoodCo.com [5].

Caveman Cookies – If you’re looking for the occasional paleo friendly treat, Caveman Cookies [7] has got you covered with their line of baked goods made with ingredients that you can actually pronounce.

They also believe in eating food that tastes good! They know that great-tasting Paleolithic desserts are possible because they’ve been baking their cookies “with great success for family and friends for the past hundreds of thousands of years…” (ok, maybe not that long!).

Winner will receive 1 case (12 boxes) of North Pole Caveman Cookies [8], 1 case of Original Caveman Cookies [9], 1 6-Pack Assortment (1 box each of Original [9], Tropical [10], Alpine [11], Rainforest [12], New World [13], and Mayan [14]) and a Caveman Cookie t-shirt [15]. That should certainly keep you comfortably supplied until Spring… Retail Value: $182.40.

BONUS: Enter MDA10 at checkout for 10% online orders [16] through Feburary 10th.

Focal Upright “Mogo”- You might recall my “leaning workstation” as seen in the How-to: Standup and Mobile Workstations [17] video from last year, the Locus Seat from Focal [18]. It’s sort of a human kickstand that allows me to alternate between leaning and standing. Leaning is kind of like sitting in that it takes the load off, just without shortening your hip flexors and turning your glutes into a amorphous gelatinous blobs. I love it.

If you liked the look of it and want something similar, you’ll love the Mogo. It’s also made by Focal [18], and it’s of a similar design and also allows you to lean and stand, but it’s less expensive and more mobile, weighing just over 2 pounds and collapsing for easy storage. That means you can take it along with you to the office, the cafe, the great outdoors (laptop on a stump, anyone?), or when you travel, and get strange looks and lots of questions while you get work done. Retail Value: $99.

That’s over $500 worth of incentive to do something you’ve been meaning to do anyway. Pay it forward…

The Contest:

We’re just a few days into the 21-Day Challenge [19], but I know many of you have seen amazing results [20] going Primal leading up to the challenge. Weight lost, muscle built, complexions cleared, even meds kicked. Now’s the time to share it! This means you have the opportunity to show the rest of the community who you are and what you’ve accomplished. In the process you’ll inspire thousands of people to take control of their health just as you have. I don’t know about you, but I get a kick out of that.

So for this contest I want to hear your story. Write it up and include a photo. Including both pre-Primal and post-Primal pics is even better, but not required. Don’t worry if you’re not a chiseled Adonis. This isn’t a “who’s the most ripped” contest. Whether you’ve lost 100 pounds over two years of Primal living or you’ve simply managed to kick that diet Coke habit, just tell me what going Primal has done for you. I’m looking for interesting and personal tales. Details about your health history, how you found MDA and the Primal Blueprint, what has worked and what hasn’t, what differences you’ve seen in how you look and feel, and anything else you think readers might be able to learn from and you’re open to sharing are welcome. It doesn’t have to be a thousand word diatribe, but hopefully more than a couple paragraphs. Feel free to be creative with your story format, too. Remember, good stories usually have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and honesty is king.

I’m sure many of you have thought about sending your story in, but just haven’t gotten around to it. There is no better time than now. I’ll be featuring reader stories during the 21-Day Challenge and beyond, so get yours in soon!

Email me [21] your story along with any pictures. Please use the subject heading “My Primal Story.” Otherwise, there’s a good chance I may completely miss your submission.


One of the most memorable stories published on MDA: The Unconquerable Dave [22]. If you haven’t read it, do it now. You won’t regret it. YAWP!

View other Success Stories here [20] for ideas on how to write your own story.


Anyone in the world can enter, though some prizes will only be available to U.S. contestants. In the case of an international winner, substitute prizes of equal value will be shipped.

Additionally, everyone that has submitted a Success Story to Mark’s Daily Apple since the last year’s Challenge is automatically entered to win, so don’t worry if you emailed me just a few days ago. You’re entered!

The Deadline:

January 25, midnight PDT.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

An executive decision will be made to determine which stories and accompanying photos get published on MDA. The winner of the prize package above will be chosen at random from those that are submitted.

To track all the contests visit the 2015 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Contest Page [23] for daily updates.