Contest: Share Your Wisdom

The Prize:

Today’s prize is four-fold. It’s a Primal on-the-go package that meets your food, fitness, barefooting and supplement needs all in one fell swoop. First up…

Praxis. What is Praxis? Technically, it’s an anchoring system for exercise bands. Non-technically, it’s a world of awesome exercises that can go wherever you go.

Strap it to any door, attach the resistance bands and reference the chart for a quick and effective exercise.

I have a Praxis attached to a door at my office and the Worker Bees and I regularly take a break from work for a little Praxis time. All standing workstation and no movement makes Grok a dull boy!

See how it works and get access to the special, limited-time offer Praxis has put together for this 30-Day Challenge: all MDA readers get $20 off the regular retail price. Next up…

The winner of this contest will win a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. You might get some funny looks, but stand proud in these. I do, just about every day as I sport them on the field playing Ultimate, on the SUP, and around town. They’re about as close as you can come to barefoot outside of actually being barefoot, so when I’m not shoeless you’ll usually find me in a pair of these. If you win today’s contest you’ll get to choose your favorite men’s or women’s style and color. Next up…

Courtesy of Artisana Foods, you’ll also receive one 16 oz jar each of tahini, almond and coconut butter, as well as a variety of their on-the-go squeeze packs.

Raw? Organic? Delicious? Check. Check. Check. And if you’ve never had Artisana’s Cacao Bliss, grab a jar ASAP. You will thank me. I promise. It’s a treat that’s hard to beat.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll get a $50 gift certificate to Grab a book, some Primal Fuel or anything else that you fancy.

That’s over $300 worth of Primal goodies, and all you have to do for a chance to win is…

The Contest:

These annual Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenges would be nothing without the support, the motivation and the encouragement readers like you provide to one another – in the comment boards, in the forum and with your success stories.

Your participation as a member of this community really does change lives.

So today’s contest is all about sharing your wisdom and experiences. All you have to do is email me your answers to any or all of the following questions at any length (a one sentence answer will do, full paragraphs are even better). Share your thoughts about transitioning into and living a Primal life and not only will you be entered to win today’s prize, but you’ll be helping thousands of people take control of their health for good.

Each question answered counts as one entry in today’s contest. Ten questions means ten opportunities to win.

  1. In as few words as possible, how would you explain the Primal Blueprint to someone new to the concept?
  2. What is the first thing a person should do to kick start their Primal life?
  3. What do you think is the most important thing one should understand as they attempt to go Primal?
  4. What was the biggest hurdle you experienced when going Primal and how did you overcome it?
  5. If there is something you’d go back and do differently as it relates to diet, fitness and lifestyle behaviors, what would it be and why?
  6. What do you usually eat for breakfast?
  7. What is your favorite Primal recipe and how do you make it?
  8. What is your favorite Primal workout and how do you do it?
  9. What is your best dining-out tip?
  10. How do you manage to stay Primal when friends, family, coworkers and the rest of the world aren’t?

I’ll be compiling all of your answers into a special digital publication. See the “Fine Print” below for the details.

Use the email subject heading “Primal Advice” when submitting your answers, so I can easily find and organize all submissions.

The Deadline:

September 23, 10 a.m. PST. Only 48 hours!

Who is Eligible:

Any U.S. resident with some advice to share with people new to the Primal Blueprint.

How a Winner is Chosen:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants.

Fine Print:

  • I will be compiling select submissions into a digital book that will be given away to everyone that purchases my new book, The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation, during a special offer I am putting together for its release. Stay tuned for more details on the special offer. The book is set to release mid-next month.
  • By emailing me your advice you are agreeing to let me use it in this digital book.
  • To ensure anonymity, your name will not be published.

To track all the contests visit the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

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. wow, this is one I could enter…
    I like the idea of this all going in one handy guide too. Great idea!!

  2. 1. The Primal Blueprint is all about living the way we are programmed to live, but totally in today’s modern world

  3. 1. Unlimited bacon.
    2. Start with some of your lesser addictions/habits, e.g., bread with dinner, and slowly work up towards the bigger vices, e.g., my former consumption of four plus liters of Mt. Dew per day.
    3. Conventional wisdom is wrong. Question everything you’ve heard.
    4. Probably the Mt. Dew addiction. Tea helped a little with the caffeine addiction end of it, but all I really could do was push through.
    5. Start at a younger age. I’m only 20, but that’s a long time considering the absolute rubbish I ate.
    6. Bacon, eggs, and ham. Bacon first, then cook the eggs and ham in the bacon grease.
    7. Meat turtles. Make a hamburger, shove in some hot dogs (REAL hot dogs; the good stuff) for legs, then wrap in bacon. Bake at 300 until crispy and delicious.
    8. Still working on the workouts. :/
    9. Salad bar is your friend. Ruby Tuesday’s is epic.
    10. I try to convince the people I care about to eat better, and those I don’t care about–I don’t care about!

  4. Since your email link isn’t working can I send them to you using your “comment” tab?

  5. I think I have to wait a little longer with the wisdom sharing, since I still have a lot of weight to lose.

    If I start the Primal Preach now, people still look at me like: “Hmm, I’m not sure that’s working, I’ll stick with the low fat and moderation thing” 🙂 So, I’ll stay quiet untill they ask me how I did it (because I will do it!)

    1. I have noticed people pay a little more attention to me now when I talk about nutrition. Especially those who saw me 55+ lbs ago. Even though I’m not even close to done yet. Results speak for themselves.

      I don’t blame them, I wouldn’t listen to a fat guy telling me how to lose weight either.

    2. Oh My God, Anna! I am so at that stage now. Lol… I am not even mentioning anything to anybody until I look like a success story. 🙂

    3. Awww, Anna! I feel your pain! I’m still over 300 lbs and feel odd “preaching” about the evils of grain and the benefits of fat because I feel like they look at me and say, “OK whatever, Fatgirl.” But they have started listening since I’ve dropped 23 lbs in 6 weeks. Obviously SOMETHING is working. Plus they saw my lipid results and saw the drastic drop in my cholesterol and now they’re more interested in why donuts aren’t a smart breakfast choice….or oatmeal for that matter.

    4. Hey all…agree that preaching never works, but sharing what you´re doing is something different…and I do think it´s powerful to share it now (public sharing drives personal commitment!) and as people see the changes they´ll scoff less, and then think “there´s something to this!” They´ll come along the journey with you, and support and encourage along the way. If you don´t share until you´re “a success story”, you´ll just get quizzical looks about what you´re doing and little support. Well, my opinon anyway. Keep at it!

  6. 1) It’s a longevity lifestyle
    2) Find support, in a friend/family member or on-line community
    3) That it is a lifestyle, not a diet
    4) I was heavily addicted to gluten and worked in a gluten heavy restaurant with lots of free food when I tried to switch… eventually I had to leave the job so I could get the addiction under control
    5) I don’t think I’d change anything, every phase was a learning experience (good or bad)
    6) 6 pasture eggs over-easy and .5lb of grass-fed beef, all cooked in coconut oil
    7) Primal Pizza… 6-8 eggs in a skillet cooked to a frittata, top with fresh pico de gallo, chopped bacon, peppers, ground beef, shredded bok choy, and a pinch of garlic. pop it in the oven for a bit to combine.
    8) Pull ups… gave me some upper body strength and you can do them anywhere
    9) Don’t freak out, especially if it’s only an occasional thing, just read the menu front to back, pick something with lots of meat and say “Can I sub the baked potato for extra broccoli?”
    10) I just remind myself of how much better I feel living this way and how crapping I’d feel if I ate that bowl of pasta

    1. I love baking and actually used to be a pastry chef. I haven’t done any of that in some time now, but the initial pantry clean out was hard. Not having flour in the house AT ALL seemed totally anathema to me. On the other hand I don’t miss my pastry binges involving 7-8 pastries that would leave me feeling sick and headachey at the end of the day. Once I start I have a hard time stopping so it’s best i don’t start. Since this the first time since the 90s that I’ve weighed less than 200 lbs, and I’ve lost 65 and have about 20 to go I feel ok with not having them.

  7. 3. and 4, too.

    What people should understand (and what’s been most difficult for me)is that this is not a diet. and i don’t mean that in the WeightWatchers “it’s a lifestyle change!” way, i mean it in the real way. this is not a diet. there will not be a day when you will get to where you want to be and say, “bye, Primal life!” this is what you will be doing and living for (quite possibly) the rest of your life. this is a life that you can maintain and enjoy and gain real, true sustaining health. Primal can give you so much, but you have to understand that this is not temporary. this is not something you do for a month and then go back to your old lifestyle. this is not a lifestyle. this is your life.

  8. Hey Mark, you should make this open to NON US residents provided they pay for international shipment, that would be fun for me to take part in your contests!

  9. 6. Eggs, scrambled in coconut oil with whatever veggies I have around. Topped with salsa. And once a week or so, Fage full fat plain greek yogurt with raw cashew butter mixed in. Really delicious!!
    7. Lamb burgers – ground lamb from local farmer mixed with mint, garlic, cumin and cooked on the grill.

  10. Hey Mark,

    i am into the challenge and so far everything is cool for me.

    But why do you only accept US residents.
    I am from germany and would like to enter the contest.

    Would be cool.
    Here my answer to question nr 1


  11. Umm…is anyone else having trouble emailing the answers (with an email link that does not work?)

    1. The link does work. When clicked it opens your email client, if you have one on your computer. Otherwise see my comment above about using the contact form.

  12. Primal Advice:

    2. Read the Primal Blueprint
    3. It’s easier to stay the course if you plan for all scenarios
    4. Diet Temptations – get them out of the house, makes it much easier
    6. Breakfast – eggs, avocado and veggies, yum.

  13. I write up the email right away Mark!

    I’ll copy and post my answers in reply to this comment as well so everyone can read my advice right away. Ay… I’ll do a blog post on Primal Toad too!

  14. On day 4, the fog is beginning to lift (slowly). Want to see if I can cure my type 2 diabetes. Conventional wisdom in the UK is that here is no cure. I say BS. Also more UK/European help!!!! UK/European equivalents (Ruby Tuesdays, Pico de gallo etc,)
    Power on (as my chiropractor says)

    1. Just pretend you are allergic to grains and sugar. No cure is complete B S. It takes a few weeks, and then you won’t believe how good you feel! Just be careful if you are on meds, my father_in_law had to adjust his after 3 days, because his sugars were off.

  15. 1. Avoid grains and sugars, eat veggies, meat and fat. You will be golden.
    2. Cut out the carbs and start walking.
    3. It is going to be hard. You are going to be different for the rest of your life. But you will be happy.
    4. I was a carb addict. That was (and is) my battle. I just need to be strong and not give in, because then I just want carbs again. But when I am being diligent, I really don’t even want dessert. Amazing. I am still working on overcoming it.
    6. I have stopped eating breakfast to fast until lunch. But if I am hungry in the morning I just eat salad or leftovers.
    7. homemade sausage sauteed with onion, mushrooms and garlic served with a fried egg over salad. Sounds weird but so good.
    8. I am still working on incorporating lifting and sprinting- but I love my daily long slow walks (in the forest in my vibrams) with my dogs.
    9. Usually meals come with a protein, non starchy veggie and a starch. Ask for double non-starchy veggies to replace the potato as your sides. It is perfect.
    10. That one is hard. I have been able to just bring my own food because I have some food sensitivities. Or I just work around whatever is being served. Or use the 80/20 principle. It is usually okay. But I do get a few odd looks!

  16. I feel as though I am being spoken to as a child when I speak to my Doctor. Not happy. I will change my life………for ever. Glad I found you (all). A cure will be mine.

  17. 1. Its about eating real food not junk disguised as “health” food.
    2. Start cutting back on breads. I didn’t think I ate much bread and grains until I stopped eating them.
    3. To read labels and not assume something is healthy.
    4. I am still having trouble with grains. I am down to just one whole wheat wrap a day.
    5. I would have thought about what I ate at an earlier age. I’m 38 and still overweight, but I have lost 26 pounds.
    6. Eggs and vegetables. breakfast scramble or eggs on a salad.
    7. The pork loin with souerkraut and apples. Bake the loin for 45 min. then add kraut and apples and bake 45 min.
    8. I love the cross fit WODs. I think the wall balls is my favorite exercise.
    9. Grilled chicken salad can usually be found at most restaurants.
    10. I’m not 100% successful all the time, but I will eat seperately from coworkers or family when its not too rude to do so. Usually something can be found to eat that is okay.

  18. Thanks again Mark, for another fun and purposeful contest to enter. I really like the fact the winner is chosen randomly, because I’m not sure that everything I have to say is that profound. 🙂

  19. Day 10. Great day. Ate half a chicken. Banana/strawberry dessert and of course broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms and celery. Took my first contact Krav Maga class in 3 months and was exhausted but elated. Sprinted in class and took many hits while exhausted. Barefoot much of the day as well. Tomorrow I’ll answer the ten questions.

  20. Wow, this is a great idea! I very much look forward to future competitions opening up to overseas groks!

    Kind regards,


  21. Mark,
    Do i need to participate in all the contests? I really want to, but by the time my three teeny tiny kids are in bed it’s just about all i can do to keep my eyes open to keep up with the blogs and stories. I am in this challenge for me!! I am also finding that these contests are a great challenge for me as well. I don’t want to miss out:( I have been doing them all but missed this one:(

    1. No, I believe I remember reading that you can do the best you can on the contests. I know I have only been able to make time for about half of them thus far. The point isn’t perfection here, it’s the overall effort!

  22. WOW!!! I am so tired that i skimmed over everything and now i see that i have till the 23rd to complete this contest , yay!! Sorry, been a challenge for me to get my rest lately. One of many challenges i am trying to conquer. I LOVE the primal way though and am finding all sorts of excuses to stick with it! MDA is a wonderful place to go when i am at a loss!! Thanks everyone for all your input!!

  23. I’m international but I’m participating in a lot of these contests anyway. For me it isn’t about the prize, it is about being part of the community. And if I win, one of my US relatives will get a nice surprise!

  24. Day 11. Great day. Got to answer the contest questions below.

    1. In as few words as possible, how would you explain the Primal Blueprint to someone new to the concept?

    Eating the real food (meat, fish, fowl,leafy vegetables) as humans have done for the better part of the last million years.

    2. What is the first thing a person should do to kick start their Primal life?

    Try several days without grains and see how one feels after eating real fool.

    3. What do you think is the most important thing one should understand as they attempt to go Primal?

    This gives you a good relationship with food.

    4. What was the biggest hurdle you experienced when going Primal and how did you overcome it?

    Giving up the bread, pasta and sweets
    but I looked at the health benefits as I want to live a long healthy life.

    5. If there is something you’d go back and do differently as it relates to diet, fitness and lifestyle behaviors, what would it be and why?

    Learn to cook sooner so that I could enjoy more variety.

    6. What do you usually eat for breakfast?

    Eggs, bacon, onions, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms and spices.

    7. What is your favorite Primal recipe and how do you make it?

    Egg muffins, from the Primal Blueprint book.

    8. What is your favorite Primal workout and how do you do it?

    Sprinting and swimming.

    9. What is your best dining-out tip?

    Eat before you go there so you aren’t tempted to eat bread or other non-primal foods that come with the meal.

    10. How do you manage to stay Primal when friends, family,
    coworkers and the rest of the world aren’t?

    Still struggling with that and hope 30 day challenges like this help me succeed!

  25. So sad that overseas Groks can’t enter!!!
    But I’m looking forward to everyone’s answers.

  26. This plan is awesome! If the ingredients are more than five or I can’t pronounce anything, it doesn’t go in the cart. I shop primarily on the outside perimeter of the grocery store. Vitamix smoothies (breakfast – usually) are a treat with protein powder, fresh fruit & Veggies are a staple as are boiled eggs. Daily, I crave a salad of spinach and kale, fresh mushrooms and olives, splashes with Balsamic Vinagrette for lunch. This fills me until dinner when I have a boiled egg, “cluck” or fresh fish with two servings of veggies. No calorie counting, no food journals, no trainer, exercise daily (walking) – NO stress, No weight gain! Lost seven pounds so far, and will lose more! My Goal is 25lbs and maintain this healthy lifestyle! YAY, Primal! Many thanks & Kudos to MARK SISSON!

  27. Life and all that is in it is a gift from the unlinited Infinite mind of God;
    And the only way that life can go wrong is by the limited finite mind of MAN.AMEN