Contest: What Does It Mean to Be a Primal Family?

The Prize:

Something for the whole family…

A Kangaroo – Not a living, jumping, boxing, marsupial. This kangaroo is the solution for people who want to stand at work. Made by Ergo Desktop, the Kangaroo is an adjustable height desk unit that sits atop your boring sit-down desk. There’s really nothing else on the market like it. These are handmade in Ohio and shipped entirely assembled. Ergo Desktop has various models and finishes to match your office and the size of your computer. Winner will receive a choice of the Kangaroo Pro, the Kangaroo, or the Wallaby. Perfect for folks who work eight hours a day and don’t want to sit themselves into back problems later in life. These are also a good option if your workplace is permanently affixed with desks of the sitting variety. You know I’m a big proponent of standing at work. This is your chance to win a standing workstation. Retail value: Up to $499.

Gallery main bambooSquatty Potty – You think Grok took a seat on a porcelain throne when nature called? Of course not! Grok squatted, and so should you. But what are we to do? Is it time for all-out bathroom renovations? No, there’s a simpler solution, and that’s where Squatty Potty comes to the rescue. The winner of this contest gets their pick of the Squatty Plastic, Squatty Classic or the Squatty Tao Bamboo. Learn more about the benefits of squatting here and order your own Squatty Potty today. Retail value: Up to $79.95.

Ethereal Confections – You may remember Ethereal Confections from the Primal Blueprint Real Life Story: A Triple Threat Success Story with Chocolate on Top. Ethereal is owned by 3 people: a sister, her brother and his wife. All three are paleo and have been for going on 3 years now. That’s why when they started their own business they decided to commit to being dairy free and gluten free. They also committed to only using dark chocolate to help keep the sugar levels in check. And, for their Akasha line and their hazelnut & almond nom noms, they only use soy free chocolate.

The lucky winner of this contest gets a 9-piece Truffle Box, 6 pieces of Hazelnut Nom Noms, 6 pieces of Almond Nom Noms, 6 Akasha bars (one of each), 2 Meltaway bars and 1 Macadamia Raspberry bar delivered directly to your front door. Retail value: $115.

MDA readers, use promo code “MDA10” to get 10% off your order at Ethereal Confections through the end of September, 2012. And connect with Ethereal on Facebook.

The Contest:

Over the years, during these annual Challenges you’ve shared glimpses into your lives. You’ve shared pics of your Primal-stocked fridges, of your breakfasts, lunches, dinners and Primal dishes. You’ve shown your groceries (two years in a row) and your best Grok poses. You showed the world what it’s like to forage in a fast food nation. And don’t forget the time Grok was spotted far and wide. Let’s continue this tradition of showing Mark’s Daily Apple readers (particularly those new to this way of life) what it means to be Primal.

This year, I’m asking you to show the world what being a Primal family looks like.

All you have to do for today’s contest is email me a pic that captures some part of your Primal family life. Going on a hike this weekend? Take a snapshot of the entire fam on the trail and send it over. Cooking up a Primal feast tonight? Shoot a pic of your tribe around the dinner table and email it to me. Playing a game of Ultimate Frisbee? It’s time to pull out your phone cam. Just about anything goes for this one. Let’s show the world what a healthy, Primal family looks like. I’m talking barefoot pics, dancing pics and meat eating pics. Sun bathing, meditating, and playing. Bounding, leaping, laughing and socializing. Whatever it is, as long as it relates to the Primal lifestyle AND you and your family are in the photo your submission will qualify you to win the prizes above. For ideas, take a look at some of the photos from last year’s contest “What Does Primal Living Look Like?“, and add a family twist. Kudos (and the prize!) to the person that submits the photo that best epitomizes the Primal lifestyle (see “How a Winner Will Be Determined” below).

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


Only U.S. residents. Fine chocolates don’t ship overseas particularly well.

The Contest End Time:

September 24, midnight, PDT.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

The Worker Bees and I will pick the photo that we think best represents Primal family life.

Fine Print:

  • Submitted photos will be published on Mark’s Daily Apple during the week of reader-created content (Sep. 23-29).
  • MDA reserves the right to not publish submissions for any reason.

To track all the contests visit the 2012 Primal Blueprint 21-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. Please, no. If the word “family” gets defined downward that much, then I can post pictures of me and my Xbox as a “family”. Why not?

      Cats are a totally different species and unless you’re interfertile with them and have offspring….no.

      1. That would mean childless people cannot have families.

        An XBox is an inanimate object. An animal is not.

    2. Tasha, yes, you and your cat are family. So are my cat and myself. Otherwise, we’re saying that single people don’t count, are we not?!

    3. I have 3 dogs and a cat. That’s the first thing I thought! A pic of all of us lined up eating MEAT!

  1. Suatty Potty?! Seriously?! I poo just fine without the additional bathroom decoration.

    1. And the men working in those manholes have still not forgiven you, Paleo Bon Rurgundy.

  2. Great prizes! Very thoughtful. My daughter and I LOVE Ethereal Chocolate. I was relishing some of their Cashew Bark just last night. I’m sure I can find a photo out of many to share.

  3. Well, if ever there was a lack of sensitivity to the barren couple, this is it.

    1. A childfree/childless couple is very much a family. So are single people and their pets. Not everyone has a partner and/or children, and we still have our own little families. To suggest otherwise IS insensitive, I feel.

    2. Tough love: I struggled with infertility for years. I remember the pain, the tears, the bitter jealousy… It is the worst. But life goes on. People have babies, and stores fill with Mothers’ Day crap year after year. The world is not going to tiptoe around your pain. If it hurts so much that you have to complain about an internet contest, you should seriously consider therapy.

  4. the whole fam in homemade huaraches while walking the dogs (a normal sunday afternoon)

  5. You know being single sucks, now you just added another reason. 🙂

    1. Ya know, there is an element to Primal living dealing with “socializing”. Friends can be just as much family as blood-family, sometimes even more so! If you’re single, grab your friends and show off your close friends who you’d count as family any day.

  6. I think rather than guessing what the Worker Bees count as family and feeling bad proactively, let’s just submit a meaningful picture that agrees with our individual interpretations, and release the worry. They didn’t actually define family, and the odds of winning aren’t 100% in any case. They get to pick, and we don’t know what will move them, but it is their choice since the quid pro quo (a photo in exchange for lots of money’s worth of prizes) is pretty sweet for whoever wins.

    I am looking forward to seeing the collection of pictures, as I’ve found this crowd to be creative and intelligent.

  7. Per your article on the stand up desk and the Kangaroo– My workplace wouldn’t buy me one so I made a stand up desk when I moved from software validation to writing technical manuals. I was determined not to sit for 8 hours a day and am happy to say that I built one using three plastic containers that raised my “desk” and monitors to eye level (I am 5’9″. I have been using it for over a month and fell great– I run during my lunch hours and move landscaping rocks a few days of the week. Not bad for a 60+ guy!
    Bottom line is that being Primal is knowing that you are staying young, fit, and intentionally living life to the fullest. If you want to see my contraption of a stand up desk I have it posted on my website front page which you can see by clicking the Pastor Dave link.
    Grok on!

  8. My son uses a stand up desk in middle school! They are getting more popular for the more ‘active’ kids in the US. At this time, though, you have to have a diagnosis or ‘educable need’ for one. 🙁

    Perhaps I will finally force the other 4 in my home to be Primal so I can win something. Cavemen hit cavewomen over the head with clubs and dragged them to their caves; why not children???

  9. Ah, sucks that I’m in the UK – good luck to everyone who enters!

    1. Yep. See the FAQ on Ethereal Chocolate’s website linked above.

      The chocolate is delish. To be savored. The first 80% and above that has not been chalky for me.

  10. Chocolate heaven on earth if that is possible. Stand up to work. Never tried it.

  11. stand up computer desks are sure neat.chocolate looks fantastic.