Dear Readers: A Giveaway for Your Thoughts…

Question mark made of peas on a white plateI’ve got nutrition on the mind today. And I’m curious about your thoughts. Health trends and topics have evolved considerably since I first started this blog a decade ago. “Fringe” foods then are now thriving businesses. What was once nutrition heresy is today on the cover of mainstream publications. They’re far from standard, but Primal principles are getting more attention. Where do we go from here? And what’s for dinner? You tell me….

Today I want to know what you want out of MDA nutrition commentary, dietary research, and recipe development. What do you want to learn? What interests you? And since I get some form of the question often, what do you want to know about my own personal day-to-day diet?

I’ve covered a lot of topics and served up a lot of Primal recipes over the years, but there are plenty more to be explored. Tell me what you think should come next.

And to give you some incentive in exchange for your thoughts, I’ll give you a shot at winning some free stuff (because, why not?)

The Contest

“What nutrition question or recipe/cooking request do you have?”

My articles are constantly informed by the feedback of my readers. In the comments section below, tell me one nutrition related topic you’d like to see covered, one dietary question you’d like to see answered, or one recipe idea you’d love to see us share on Mark’s Daily Apple. I’m leaving this fairly open ended. No idea is too small or big.

A winner will be chosen at random. Agreeing with other people is allowed (and encouraged), but only the idea comments will be counted for drawing purposes.

The Prize

MDA_Post_collagen_fuel_van_400pxA prize package containing the following:

—A canister of my brand new PRIMAL KITCHEN® Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel (FYI: 20 grams of protein and more collagen than 2 cups of bone broth per serving)

—A box of PRIMAL KITCHEN® Coconut Cashew Bars

—A bottle of Primal Probiotics

The Deadline

Midnight (PDT), tonight!

Who’s Eligible

Everyone. We’ll ship this prize package anywhere in the world!

There’s More!

While only one winner will be chosen out of this batch, I invite you to also enter to win at another great contest I have going in partnership with Pura Vida, the cause-based bracelet company. Prizes include 2 canisters of PRIMAL KITCHEN® Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel and $100 to spend on Pura Vida bracelets. Enter here.

But wait!

Even if yours isn’t the random comment chosen to win, I do have a deal for anyone to take advantage of. (I’m THIS excited about the Collagen Fuel—a product close to my personal mission, not to mention my daily routine.)

Order a canister of PRIMAL KITCHEN® Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel and get a 6-Pack of my Coconut Cashew Bars FREE (one per person). It’s my Collagen deal of the year.

Thanks in advance to everyone that offers an idea. I’ll see what I can do to serve up answers (and recipes) to your Primal food interests in the coming months! Take care, everybody.


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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. Hey Mark – Great idea with the contest! I would love to hear about your daily routine for dental hygiene. Seems to be an under-discussed, yet highly important topic.

    1. here’s a favorite of mine which ties in to my comment above. have u ever had saag paneer at an indian restaurant? this is my version of saag that is cheap, tasty, and takes 5 minutes using an immersion blender, a mason jar, and your microwave.

      get a large, wide-mouth mason jar. fill it with frozen spinach. on top, add some onion and some garlic, but use very little. microwaved alliums are much more powerful than if you had sauteed them. then add whole cumin seeds, chili flakes, and a pinch each of powdered ginger and garam masala. then, add fat of choice directly on top of the spices. this will fry the spices a little, and also help transfer heat to the onion/garlic. salt is optional. in my opinion, spinach is often over-salted. cover the jar using a small, upside-down bowl. microwave until the spinach is shrunken and steaming and the onions are soft and pliable, probably about 3 or 4 minutes. then, hit it with your immersion blender. if you did it right, the puree will be bright emerald green and at the same time grind in to a fine puree easily. if the garlic/onion is too powerful, use less or cook longer next time.

    2. Our household favorite last summer was kale, cooked with garlic and bacon. Here’s some details: Dice and fry about 3 – 4 slices of bacon. While it is sizzling, chop up a bunch of kale. (By a bunch, I mean an amount that you can hold in one hand by the stems, like a bouquet. = about 2 quarts volume chopped) When it is browned, chop 3 or 4 cloves of fresh garlic (or use ~2 tbsp. of the pre-chopped jar stuff) and stir that in with the frying bacon. Immediately add in all of the kale, and cover the pan tightly. Let it cook on low heat for about 5 minutes. (clean up any mess in the kitchen while it cooks and steams in there.) Take off the cover, stir the wilting kale with the bacon and garlic, salt and pepper it, and cover it again. Cook it covered for another 5 minutes. Done! You can add whatever you wish after that – soy sauce (or coconut aminos) and sesame oil, perhaps. Or slide it to the edge of the pan, and cook some burger in the middle, and mix it with the greens. Enjoy!

  2. I’d like to see more discussion about how what you eat affects skin health. There have been a lot of success stories about getting rid of eczema, psoriasis, and allergies by going Primal, but not a lot of good information about why or what it is about Primal that helps the skin. I struggle with skin issues myself from time to time, and I’m not as Primal as I’d like to be because my husband is only moderately supportive and he does all the shopping and cooking, so I have to pick my battles. Wondering which nutritional battles I should be picking to have the best chance of having healthy skin, because I haven’t been able to figure it out yet.

    1. This. You could include the fact that acne as a sign/rite of pubescence seems to be a “civilized” thing.

    2. in my opinion you should try this: stop using ALL products on your skin and then reintroduce/observe. i havn’t used soap in 3 years (except on my hands obviously) and my skin has been flawless ever since

      1. Good idea, but what do you do about the places that get stinky (pits, privates, and, for some people, feet)? Sometimes plain water isn’t enough. I try to avoid soaping my body as much as possible, but I do need to use some mild soap. I’m convinced that commercial products of any kind should be used sparingly, which I do, but I still get occasional eczema, occasional bouts of “teenage” acne, and idiopathic rashes now and then. I’d love to know what could be causing these minor but annoying issues so I can eliminate them.

        1. I had horrible issues with my skin and hair, so I eventually went all natural. I started to mix my own creams and lotions, using some recipes from Wellness Mama as a base, I wash my face with bentonite clay (multani mitti is the preferred kind), I wash my hair with it as well, or with the Indian hair pack (shikakai, aritha, amla, brahmi) from Amazon. I color my hair with henna and indigo and style with aloe gel when I need it. I make my own deodorant from coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot starch, and essential oils. I only need to put it on once every 2-3 days and there is no odor even after I hit the gym. Even my 16 y.o. son doesn’t stink when he’s using it. 🙂 All my skin issues are completely gone. Oh, and glycine supplement and gelatin worked wonders for my hair and nails.

    3. Almost 4 years ago, I went low carb to lose weight. One of the side effects, other than losing 60 pounds was my psoriasis almost cleared up. I still have a little patch on each elbow, would like to know how to clear it up completely. My guess is being gluten free, made a big difference.

      1. A friend of mine with eczema says that her doctor emphasized a need for healthy fats. That makes sense, since our skin contains a lot of fats in the cells. So, that would mean get rid of any vegetable oils, and eat as much animal fat as you can get from grass-fed meats, coconut oil, and grass-fed cow butter…

  3. Ketogenic breastfeeding particularily in the context of avoiding potential reactivation of adrenal fatigue. Also not withstanding breast feeding, bulletproof regime and adrenal fatigue in women, avoiding creating or reactivating adrenal fatigue

  4. I’d like to know just how badly we are going to pay for further declawing the EPA, FDA or another acronym Trump thinks stands in the way of corporate government.

    1. But Groktimus he’s creating jobs … for cardiologists, oncologists, toxicologists and pulmonary physicians.

    2. Wow. How about “what foods might help ward off Trump Derangement Syndrome?”

      Hey, I’m not saying it isn’t scary — just think of what shape we’d be in if we didn’t have the government to make sure we got our statins, whole grains, and Food Plates, and to warn us about saturated fats and sunlight.


    3. I would like this site to stay as non-political as possible. Plenty of other places to discuss politics on the net.

  5. How safe are Pacific and Alaskan fish such as salmon and sardines, in light of the increasing levels of radiation from Fukushima? Is there a day of reckoning after which eating fish will no longer be a viable option in our diet?

    1. This^^^ , I’m no longer eating Pacific fish, canned tuna, salmon etc. I would love a comprehensive ‘guide’ to safe seafood in light of Fukushima

    2. Radiation past eighteen miles out at see from Fukushima has been deemed safe. So, unless your fish actually comes from Fukushima, the pacific is fine. As for Alaska, it’s not even in the same line up. Look at a map, Alaska is far north east of Japan. The fukuishima propaganda has been greatly exaggerated. And as for radiation, your bathing yourself in it every time you step outside (from the Sun), or in your house for that matter. It’s all about staying under the toxic level.

  6. Hi Mark,
    I am very interested in dietary recommendations for someone (myself perhaps?) who has had LDL levels skyrocket as a result of eating primally for a couple of years. Is there hope for LDL lowering by diet, or is statin therapy inevitable?

    1. Dan you could have leaky gut which is contributing to a higher then normal LDL. LDL is a healing substance, so when leaky gut is present the LDL will increase. After that’s addressed and the LDL still hasn’t gone down it could be from genetics. LDL is not “bad”, it’s important to remember that. Eat foods to increase receptor activity (like turmeric) and get some light exercise everyday. The only thing you truly need to worry about is oxidative stress and inflammation. If the LDL is being oxidized that’s a problem.

    2. Dan, You might be a hyper responder. Watch this video from Dave Feldman on his presentation at Low Carb Breck
      In short, he found an inverse relationship between dietary fat intake during the 3-5 days prior to your lipid test. So if you want to lower your LDL, then load up on dietary fat prior to your test.

    3. I have the same issue. And small particle size to go with it despite eating primal 100 percent of the time. Taking a lot of getting to the bottom of!

  7. I live alone. Most meal plans have way too many dishes per week. Most recipes feed at least two, but I have to eat up all the ingredients myself. Plus, it’s hard to get motivated to really “cook” just for myself. So I’d like a plan or a series of ideas for paleo-for-one.

    1. I think this is a good idea, or simplified recipes. Perhaps meals with less than 5 or so ingredients. While I have enjoyed making many of the recipes I find on MDA, many of them are intimidating based on the sheer amount of ingredients, many of which are difficult or impossible to find at one’s normal local grocery store.

      1. I have the primal blueprint quick and easy meals cook book. It’s very helpful for quick dinners with a few ingredients?. My favorite (berry pancakes) only has 5 and that includes spices!

    2. I would also like to hear about Cate’s topic. I find it hard to be motivated when cooking and eating alone.

  8. My daughter has been asking about both pies and ice cream. I’d love to see primal versions of pie and ice cream if that’s possible. Heck, maybe the collagen fuel could be an ingredient.


  9. I’d love some recipes or “tips and tricks” to making traditional recipes more primal.

  10. You answered a reader question once before, but I’d love to see a full in-depth article about Primal nutrition for strength athletes – powerlifters, strongmen, etc… Thanks!

  11. I would like to learn more about nutrition for pregnant and breastfeeding women. There’s so much conflicting information out there so a Primal perspective would be appreciated!

    1. Second this too!!! There is not nearly enough information for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and it’s such a huge part of everyone’s life! I mean, we all started out as babies in someone’s uterus!

    2. +1! I got my wife onboard with Primal while she was breastfeeding our first child, and she’s now 31 weeks pregnant with our second. She really believes in it all now but still feels there’s something missing in the context of the pregnancy – she doesn’t have a sweet tooth but she’s been craving a lot of sugar lately, for example. I’d also add that it would be great to see anything extra about the mother preparing for childbirth and recovering in the aftermath, certainly nutritionally speaking!

    3. Hi Mark – Love your site! Been eating primal (90%+) and reading your posts for almost 5 years now. I’d love more information as it relates specifically to women. I was on the pill for 10 years and went off in November, but still haven’t gotten my period. One (traditional) doctor has said it’s because I exercise too much, which I disagree with (3-4 days/week for 45 minutes, mix of weights and running/hiking) and that my diet is too restrictive (I eats lots of avocado, coconut, animal products, so I doubt I’m light on calories). Any additional information on modifications of the diet for women (preparing for pregnancy) would be greatly appreciated!

      1. And to add in here, also for women who are perimenopaysal or nearly through to menopause should adjust or modify dietary macros. Hormones play an enormous role in how our bodies respond to everything!

        1. I would love more information on menopause/pre-menopause from a primal-paleo perspective.

  12. Mark, this is of interest mainly to us older guys (although men do have wives and/or significant others that care about them) but if you have not already done this, some lifestyle / diet / supplementation advice about lowering PSA would be most appreciated. I have researched the topic to a considerable degree and I’m taking specific steps, but your opinion and guidance carries a lot of weight in my book.

  13. I’d like to see issues that deal with Primal lifestyle for women over 65.

    1. Barry, look for South African biltong recipes and leave out the sugar – its not required. Simplest is marinating the meat in a combination of salt, pepper, coriander and a little vinegar. How much of each is up to you. Trial and error until you find the combination that suites you. If you want a little extra bite add some chili powder. Thats it. My kids can’t get enough of it.

  14. Please, more nutrition and health articles for CHILDREN! So few people in the paleo / primal world will come within 100 yards of nutrition for kids. What supplements (if any) should we be giving our kids? You talk so much about proper supplementation for adults, but I can’t find anything about kids.

    And the few recipes out there are paleo-ized versions of junk food. My kid is not a picky eater and he doesn’t need paleo fish sticks or pizza. But so many recipes on MDA are not kid friendly at all.

  15. Topic I’d like to see covered: preservatives/additives in foods to watch out for and those that seem harmless (BHA, BHT, dextrose, etc.)

  16. Even though you speak of eating all the bits of animals, there are parts that don’t seem to get much mention. Testicles and, especially, their womanly coutnerparts of ovaries and utters. (Animals must have edible ovaries, mustn’t they?) Maybe stuff for a less serious post.

    On that topic, I’ve wondered whether liver isn’t better for testosterone production than bull testicles.

    Going into the plant kingdom, I’ve noticed the advice to chop garlic and kale and then wait, so that hormesis-inducing stressors are formed (e.g. sulforaphane). How does frozen kale then compare to fresh, if sulforaphane is formed after the stabbing of cell walls by ice?
    And is garlic still potent if heated for so long that all taste of it is gone?

    Less seriously, can scabs be considered a source of protein and boogers a form of probiotic?

  17. I’d LOVE more discussion about how to start eating Primal/Paleo when you’re a teen. This is something I struggled with myself a bit a few years ago.
    It can be incredibly frustrating when a young person like myself is researching and learning about the primal diet, yet doesn’t have complete control over the food that’s brought into their home.
    I know it’s a minority, but some practical tips for that age group would be wonderful!

  18. I’ve left another comment, but thought of this: I often cover meat in potato starch and fry them, making a sort of breading. Is that a bad, good, or neutral thing to do?

  19. I would be very interested in seeing more recipes that include fewer ingredients, fewer steps, and are freezer-friendly. I tend to cook simple meals for my family, and I struggle with finding a variety of Primal-friendly meals that are simple enough for getting dinner on the table quickly in the evening.

    1. Same here! I live alone and cook mostly for one (portions for 2-3 days), but it still applies: quick, few ingredients and freezer-friendly primal recipes.

  20. Mark, I truly appreciate the blog. I’d like to know your thoughts on the correlation, if any, between alcohol consumption and high cholesterol (particularly LDL). I’ve been following an 80-20 Primal lifestyle for about 4 years, but have had stubbornly high cholesterol levels to the point where my PCP wants to put me on a statin. Thanks again for all you do!

  21. Hi Mark. I am currently wrestling with the idea of the minimum effective dose of food. My primal journey has led to a love of cooking and some really amazing products in the kitchen. I have a 2 year old, a 1 month old, am in graduate school, have a stressful job, and food is one of the real sources of pleasure in my life. I am around 15-16% body fat, and I am as close as I can picture to 100% compliant with primal foods, so I’m not too worried about my health. To get down to 10-11% body fat with the goal of LGN, I would need to eat less of this delicious food, and in such a stressful time in my life, food is one of the real tangible pleasures I have. My question is, aside from getting over it (which I don’t really want to do) what might I do to limit the food I eat at every meal. Robb Wolf’s book has shed some light that this isn’t “my fault,” but I would still love some strategies to get closer to what I would like for my body to look like.

  22. i would like to see more recipes that involve frozen veggies, especially using the microwave. easy, cheap, and sometimes more nutrient-dense than fresh.

  23. Meal options that provide daily recommended dose of necessary vitamins and minerals. Often very hard to track and making sure adequate amounts are consumed.

  24. I’d like more information on how often to eat certain foods. I find you provide recommendations of things to eat, so I’ll eat them for a bit, and then forget, and then start up again. For example: turmeric tea. Every night? Every other night? When I remember? Don’t have it if I make a turmeric curry? I’m finding the balancing out of these things to be difficult! And bone broth too! Every day, all day? Or when I remember? Thanks for everything you do!

  25. Mark, I would like to know if liverwurst is an ok way to get some organ meat, is it primal? My wife and I can’t stand organs by themselves, so I thought this may be a way to get some and we like it. I would guess that there are varying qualities and types, so guidance on how to pick would be great. I also enjoy scrapple, same question, is it primal and how to choose the best.

  26. I would like to see adrenal fatigue, in both men and women (breastfeeding/not breastfeeding both) addressed. Perhaps also in light of MTHFR!

  27. Hi Mark, almost every month I hear new conflicting information about whether coffee is healthy or not. What are your current thoughts on coffee and is it true that the antioxidants in coffee lose their power when consumed with milk?

  28. I would like to see more recipes for primal snacks for my kids…and me too!. It breaks my heart to see them devour a bag of Oreos and then deal with the resulting poor behaviour.

    1. A snack my kids loved – celery sticks with cream cheese. And I used to chop salami into the cream cheese sometimes. Or olives. Or both. Deviled eggs are great, too. And nuts.

  29. Hey Mark, I would like to know know more about how to properly utilize carb-cycling (CC) while integrating intermittent fasting (IF).
    1. With CC how do you determine which days to crank up carbs? Every day you lift? Only on Heavy lift days?
    2. Do you lose the carb-feed benefits window if you lift in the morning, then fast until noon?
    3. Carbs at night when training only in the mornings? Are they effective?
    4. What about carb sources with high fat with carb cycling?
    5. How many grams of fat allowed on a high carb day?
    6. Are there better fat sources than other on high carb days?
    7. Is there a specific time of day to eat the limited fat on high carb days?
    8. How to determine which carbs are right for you? Sweet potatoes, white potatoes? Rice? Any experiments?
    9. Should you have carbs on rest days while Carb Cycling? If so, how many grams?
    10. Should fat ever be mixed with carbs? Why or Why not?

    Thanks for all that you do, man!

  30. I’m interested in the personalized nutrition discussion. I saw a study that indicates everyone has different glucose response to food. Should we be testing even our Paleo carbs?

  31. I would like to learn more about all aspects of Urban Foraging. I plan on starting to forage this spring around my neighborhood, but any tips, suggestions, ideas would be welcome.

    1. Hmm… Would that be the same thing as Dumpster Diving? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

      1. I have read that there’s a sub-culture of people who do that very thing… I’m more interested in edible “weeds” growing in the neighborhood.

        1. Of course, lots of edible weeds grow everywhere – dandelions, violets, etc. – but be aware of the fact that businesses spray pesticides and herbicides around their grounds with abandon. Wash your weeds!! And be aware that dandelions’ bitterness can be dropped by eating them along with sharp cheeses, or cured meats, or by cooking them.

  32. I have heard that the two best exercises for increasing testosterone in men are chopping wood and soccer. Is there any evidence or truth behind this claim? If so, why? The two activities do not seem very similar.

    1. And I would also like to know the role of testosterone in the different phases of life and how to best optimize my testosterone levels.

    2. I’ve heard about wood chopping, but never the soccer. Always felt pretty manly after a rugby match though.

  33. I have been primal for 4-5 years now. I injured my knee about a year ago, nothing major, but was drill hurting this spring. My acupuncturist said that I needed to lay off coffee and even worse chocolate. He said since I’m of europe decent that my body could handle food that originated from the americas. Question, how much do you think that we to be eating not only primal, but for what foods our genes were raised on.?
    By the way, the knee is a lot better. No more chocolate.

  34. In terms of dietary trends, I’d love a series on environmental sustainability and increased uptake of primal eating. Something that takes a bit more of a global perspective on changes to the system that might need to happen – for example, almond farms and their high water consumption (a growing problem as demand for almonds, almond flour and almond milk grow), palm oil plantations displacing indigenous forests in places like W Africa (it’s about more than orangutans in Borneo!), and depleted wild fish stocks. If primal living increases as does population numbers – what’s got to give, and what compromises might we need to make? Especially against the backdrop of climate change. For recipes, I’d love suggestions on how to cut calories, even with a healthy appreciation of fats – some lower-calorie primal meals that are still satisfying and satiating would be great.

  35. I’d love to see more articles about what foods are better eaten organic and which ones can take a bit chemistry (pesticides, etc.) and still remain “natural”.
    I remember an article emphasizing how meat should be grass-fed (because bad substances remain in their fatty tissues) but onions could be just about anything.
    I try to buy organic most of the time, but money is a finite resource and it would be nice to know where healthy savings can be made.

  36. I’d like to see a few more guest posts from women – maybe a food diary or specific information about the optimal diet for adjusting for hormones. I know you’ve touched on it a bit before but since men and women are pretty different physiologically it would be nice to have a few more of these posts.

    Potentially another topic altogether but following up the hormonal idea, it would be a fun post to see how to shift your eating (if at all) in the following stages:
    trying to get pregnant, being pregnant, breastfeeding, and finally feeding children

    1. There is actually a lot of practical information on nutrition details in “What to Eat When You’re Expecting”. While it is not intentionally primal, it’s main advice is compatible. Also, Sally Fallon has a lot of excellent advice on foods to eat when you are in these stages of your life.

  37. More in-depth info on the APOE gene and what to do if you have stubborn high cholesterol when all other markers are good. Do I really have to stop eating saturated fat?

  38. As with another person quoted above, I’m concerned about very high levels of LDL cholesterol after living primally for a few years….more research into the fat/saturated fat/cholesterol issue. I know there is a lot of info out there already but nothing seems settled yet. Also wondering about the effect on adrenal glands of low carb eating. Thanks Mark for the great contest idea..

  39. Hi Mark–thanks for all the work you do. I’d love to learn some tactics and resources for talking with physicians who are stuck on conventional wisdom (and may be somewhat handcuffed by what insurance will cover). One quick example–a few years back, I was a healthy 33 year-old by all markers except somewhat high total cholesterol and one elevated bp reading. From those two snapshots, my doc went straight to talking about medications. I was too flustered and didn’t know where to begin to explain how crazy it was to think about prescribing a statin based on a total cholesterol number. Thanks again for all you do!

  40. I know this topic has been discussed plenty. But just a quick question on “cooked and cooled potatoes”. Can these cooked and cooled potatoes then be reheated? Does it negate any benefits? I do not enjoy cold mashed potatoes but I do enjoy pan frying left over potatoes in coconut oil. Some clarification would be wonderful.

  41. A couple of questions:

    1. What do you think of the debate now going on in the paleo community over whether excess insulin is the primary driver of obesity? Whose side you take in the debate between Stephen Guyanet and Jason Fung/Taubes et al.? Or do we not yet know?

    2. As someone who has produced supplements, what should buyers look for when evaluating what brand of supplement to buy. We are always warned by doctors that supplements are relatively unregulated and may not contain the ingredients they purport to. What is the best practice, then, for consumers who want to make sure they are getting what they pay for? Should we look for third-party verification ?

  42. Hi Mark,

    Here are my suggestions:

    nutrition related topic: strategies for skin related issues (e.g. I have tinea versicolor, how can I deal with it)
    dietary question: I second the fish topic that someone else mentioned. Which fish is safe? I heard canned salmon is good but shouldn’t we stay away from canned?
    recipe idea: Easy snacks that are available for when you need something now.


    1. I’ve had tinea versicolor before and tried just about everything. A product from Elk Haven Herbals actually worked. A major decrease in the amount of sugar I eat may have contributed to keeping it from coming back.

    2. Hi Kevin! I struggled with chronic tinea versicolor for decades, to the point where the nasty sulfur cream would only work for like a week, and the doctor wouldn’t give me the pill anymore because of its potential toxic effects on the liver. I gave up for a while and just dealt with my “spots,” but eventually I started looking into natural remedies and I stumbled across a mixture that is super simple to make and works for months at a time. Go to a natural food store and get yourself a little spray bottle, a bottle of fractionated coconut oil, a bottle of 100% tea tree oil, and a jar of an antifungal skin salve (the one I use is a black walnut/tea tree blend with some other stuff). Put 2 parts coconut oil, 2 parts tea tree oil, 1 part salve in the spray bottle and shake it up. You don’t even really have to measure it, just equal amounts of the liquids and a good sized glob of the salve. Spray this on the affected areas 3 times a day until the spots fade, then continue 1-2 times a day until they’re gone. Spray yourself occasionally to keep it from coming back. I don’t spray myself regularly anymore, now it’s just whenever I see one little tiny spot show up, I spray myself all over for a couple of days and it goes away. It’s been an IMMENSE relief!

  43. Near and dear to my heart…Primal/Paleo diet and the autoimmune connection. I suffer from severe psoriatic arthritis (number of joints involved not damage done severe). The Primal/Paleo diet has been key to controlling my autoimmune condition. I understand the science behind it, but I wish more people did!

  44. Hi Mark,

    I am interested in learning more about carb cycling. Thanks!

  45. Would love to know more about interaction of diet and sirtuins!

  46. I would love your take on the resurgence of low-fat, high-protein higher carb diets (think IIFYM) for people in the fitness community. I have seen a lot of egg whites, chicken breasts, etc. going around lately! The amount of fat allowable per day is laughable to me. The people I see are super fit and getting great results, but after almost 5 years of primal, I can’t bring myself to buy a carton of whites or eat that many carbohydrates. I just can’t quite understand the science of why those diets work to help people get lean.

  47. Hi Mark,

    Thanks as always for spreading the word and fighting the good fight. Always loads of questions, but I am curious if you can offer recipes featuring insects as the protein source, as well as how the primal blueprint fits into personalized nutrition, have you ever experimented measuring your own blood glucose levels over time, and maybe a couple of current articles about primal on a budget/where to and how to shop both primally and frugally. Thanks again, Grok On!

  48. I’d love some quick and easy recipes for vegetable side dishes for breakfast – something that would go well next to a couple sausage patties or a couple fried eggs. Ideally, they could be made with frozen veggies, to avoid lots of chopping and prep in the morning!

  49. More info. on how our genetics play a role in each individuals eating plan. Robb Wolf and Denise Minger talk about this and I think it’s the next STEP on the Primal path.

  50. I’ve heard multiple times that due to breeding for desired traits and declining soil health that today’s fruits and veggies aren’t as healthy as when grok ate them. Should we even bother buying grocery store produce? Or is it important to focus on heirloom varieties that are locally grown in healthy soil?

  51. Not exactly nutrition, but I would like to know how clothing material affects skin health. I bike 3-9 miles a day for school. I was getting terrible chafing, sometimes so bad that the itchiness would wake me up at night and leave me exhausted the next day. I had a hunch my polyester shorts weren’t doing me any favors so switched to 100% cotton ones. No chafing or irritation since then.

    As for nutrition, I am curious about meal timing consistency. I’ve seen Mark link to studies in the past alluding to consistent meal times having some metabolic benefits. Yet with my schedule this is oftentimes not too practical.

    As for recipes, I would love to see some for offal. I have some tripe and rocky mountain oysters sitting in the freezer begging to be used!

  52. I’d like to see an article on the benefits of walking/hiking daily. I live in Colorado and average about 25 miles a week of walking. I know that it’s doing good things for my mind and body, but I don’t see any noticable changes in my physique. Is there anything I can do to up the toning factor of my walks, besides seeking out hills? Thanks!

  53. I would like to know how to optimize my health as an elder. Also, more about the boundary between a state of ketosis and low carb metabolism. Is one more “optimal” than the other? Is it a continuum or do carbs simply undermine the production of ketones no matter what?

  54. I’d love to see more recipes that feature organ meats! Now that I have access to local pastured meat, I’m more and more curious about ways to use them

    1. Liz, look in used book stores for French cookbooks, especially older ones. You will find lovely recipes for veal sweetbreads, veal kidneys madere, etc.

  55. When somebody on a very low-carb (possibly ketogenic) diet develops a reverseT3 problem, does this really indicate that they need more carbohydrates? Or did the ketogenic diet perhaps reveal an underlying hormonal problem that was previously present but covered up by excessive carbohydrate consumption? Is consuming more carbohydrates a superficial quick-fix or the best long-term solution? I would really appreciate your insight!

  56. Hi Mark, If You havn’t covered the topic already I would like to se a post about what the modern primal human should probably aim for in foodstuff that is hard to chew and to digest. Should we chew the occational root or piece of cartilage, or is gum sufficient?

  57. Can it be dangerous to eat sorrel in my salad? I grow it in my garden and eat it fairly often. An article on unusual greens (purlsane, malabar spinach, mache) would be nice. Do you have any recipes for pea greens ( pea shoots)? They are my new favorite.

  58. There’s a lot of talk lately about condensing one’s food consumption into a smaller window (essentially creating a daily mini-fast). But that would seem to increase the chance of us not getting a full set of nutrients. Can you suggest some strategies/menus to resolve this seeming contradiction?

  59. I’d love to hear more about getting your spouse/family on board, to care about their health more. Especially when spouse is an extreme picky eater, no vegetables whatsoever. (We think he’s a super taster.) So tired of doing this alone!

  60. Discussion of strategies to streamline and simplify weekday meals for folks either too busy, unaccustomed or uninterested in cooking. Sometimes the biggest hurtle in maintaining a primal diet is the kitchen time. I’ve heard it before: “Yeah, I used to do primal/paleo but it seemed like all I was doing was cooking. Too much work.” Ideas?

    I don’t know if anyone else brought this up as I haven’t had time yet to look at everyone’s comments today.

    BTW: I like most of the recipes Worker Bee posts, but a recipe with more than twelve ingredients and I’m usually outta there..

  61. I would like a list of references to point a well-meaning, yet ill-informed, doctor to when they attempt to do something silly, like prescribe statins to me. I have challenged doctors to find me a paper which supports use of things like statins. While I have received papers, they were essentially junk (note that I have a PhD in physics, almost became a medical doctor, and designed medical instruments for many years. I am well qualified to judge a medical paper junk).

    1. Damien, that’s what doctors do. It’s also why a lot of us avoid them. Instead of fighting an uphill battle trying to educate your MD, look for a qualified naturopath.

  62. I’d like some info about increasing energy while breastfeeding. I feel like I haven’t had decent energy in forever.

  63. I’d like to see more recipes that hide the taste of liver. I’m not a fan of the taste, but i’d really like to find ways to incorporate it into my diet.

  64. I was thinking about this very topic just this morning! I use a lot of full fat coconut milk in my diet. But I am concerned about the BPA in the cans, the new stuff they are substituting for BPA, and the guar gum. So I looked around the Internet and there are lots of (basically the same) recipes for making your own coconut milk with shredded coconut, water, and a high-speed blender. So I ordered a nut milk bag and a two pound bag of shredded coconut to try it out (this weekend’s project). I want to know if this stuff is as good as the milk I get in the can, if the recipes turn out the same, or is this a milk-substitute product. I want recipes and cooking tips for making and using my own home-made coconut milk.

  65. A big part of the primal lifestyle is living the way out ancestors lived since we have inherited their DNA and have evolved through their lineage.

    Should we adjust our diet and lifestyle depending upon our heritage? Are there foods that we should avoid or include if our ancestors are from Western Europe verses South America?

    What about lifestyle affects? For example, do people with ancestors from a colder climate with shorter growing seasons and less daylight in the winter need ‘hibernate’ a bit in the winter (expend and consume less energy)

  66. I know you are big on eating local fruits and vegetables in season. What about people who live in colder climates? Does that mean we are stuck with eating venison and maple syrup during the winter months?

  67. I am still not sure what exactly I am looking to have answered, but I ‘ve been thinking, reading, trying to understand a lot about exogenous ketones / ketosis vs endogenous ketones / ketosis. People seem to buying up products like Pruvit. I’ve tried them, good results, but why ingest something [that’s pretty expensive] when my body can naturally produce it [ketones]? Pros? Cons? Smart? Not-so-smart? Paleo? No-so-Paleo? Always appreciate your analysis, Mark!

  68. Mark, I’ve been a huge primal blueprint fan for several years and have been mostly primal for four or five years. I have a genetic mutation and was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer on Christmas Eve of 2015. I was a super fit 28 year old and honestly had no idea anything was wrong until it got ugly.I am in full remission, as of six months ago, but I no longer have a large intestine. Because of the events of the last year, I have been increasingly interested in gut health, pre/probiotics, and how to best manage digestion moving forward. I have incorporated collagen into my everyday diet, but I am perpetually curious about the role of gut biomes in digestion and also the effects on our skin. I know you’ve covered these topics to some degree, but I was wondering if there’s anything new besides “BONE BROTH BONE BROTH BONE BROTH.”


    1. Mark, how does the age of an animal affect the nutrition of its meat?

      I’ve seen studies that claimed that young meat is more beneficial than meat from older animals. What is really going on here?

  69. Hi Mark!

    There seems to be a lot of talk (especially on blogs and websites that follow the AIP) about nightshades. I would love to hear your views on this and why you think what you do.

    As for a personal question I would love to see a (or a few) “what Mark ate in a day” posts. I think most of us would be curious to see what King Grok eats in a day.

    As usual, thanks for toiling away for all of us.

  70. I’d like to know more about how birth control may or may not prevent weight loss. More specifically, is fact most women are on birth control related to women handling carbs worse than men?

    1. Bridget, for an N=1 one-person statistic, there’s me:
      I have never taken birth control pills in my life, yet have had severe problems handling carbs (hypoglycemic rebound, etc).
      It started when I abused my digestive system in college with a very high sugar diet, and didn’t know anything about nutrients or probiotics back then.

      So for me at least, no, there was no connection to any sort of birth control causing the problem.

  71. Hi Mark. -Do we really have to worry about mold in our food (since I’m reading Head Strong)? -Recipes incorporating the leaves of things like radishes and carrots. -Anything personal you care to share. -Primal Woman – still on the way? -Your more philosophically-inclined posts are always welcome.

  72. Mark – A recurring problem I face is how to balance my desire for optimal health and nutrition with the balance of my checkbook. I’m a graduate student and discovering the primal lifestyle has changed my life. But I struggle to find ways to fit that lifestyle into my budget. I can’t realistically buy pasture-raised eggs or grass-fed beef regularly. It would be great to get more information on the most cost-effective options and, most importantly, which tradeoffs are the most important to make. e.g., is it more important to get pasture-raised eggs or grass-fed beef? are organic foods really worth it? If so, which foods MUST be bought organic for health reasons and which others can we cheat on a bit?

    Alternatively, I’d love more info on primal alternatives for skincare, cleaning and laundry products, effects of hair gels and the like, etc.

    I think you get the idea. Thanks for all you’re help.

  73. How do certain foods compliment each other(insert joke) and help to maximize absorption of nutrients and polyphenols? Examples? Thanks Mark.

  74. I would love to see something about eating Paleo and how it has affected one’s dental health. I always hope to see someone comment about it in the Friday testimonials and yet nothing that I’ve seen addresses Paleo and dental health.

  75. Hey Mark,
    Thanks so much for your daily information and inspiration!

    My husband and I have recently started to dabble with IF. Specifically 1-2 fasts per week for 24-42 hours. I am interested in your thoughts on coming off a fast and specifically avoiding overeating on off days. Also would your new primal collagen be appropriate to use on a fast day?


  76. Okay, I have SO many ideas beased on questions that pop up in my daily life as a mom. Not only am I a mom, but I am also an adult college student and independent dog groomer. I think addressing dietary topics, nutrition, and recipies for those whom have a FAMILY (and not necessarily spouse whom is on board) and are busy and on an extremely tight budget would be great! A lot of folks up here in the north where I live, cannot get to a store/farmers market/co-op every day due to time, work, weather, or money. Addressing these issues would reach a lot of readers on a meaningful and applicable level. Primal living has been adaptable for me, but it was tricky. My child, whom loves veggies and etc, will not eat many of the primal meals you created…because they don’t look like the junk she has to eat at school or at her dad’s home with her step-family.
    In short, maybe branching out with more topics to help demographics other than a 50 yr old white males in warm climates would be something new and refreshing?
    Keep on keepin’ on…

    1. Brooke, my son has his kids every other week. He moved in with me to recuperate, after a terrible accident. I am retired and on a very fixed income. I do have access to a small local farmers market that is open once a week. I buy enough for a week, freeze or make soup what’s not used before spoilage. I also use coupons when shopping at grocery and drug stores. I use the coupon blogs for help. Saves me a bunch of money and time. When cooking for the kids, I try to keep it simple, bacon and eggs, fruit, yogurt and honey for breakfast, The kids and I pack school lunches the night before and dinner the crock pot is my friend. On weeks they are at their moms, (she never cooks, she has a job, her words) I make bone broth, stews, soups, ect and freeze. If trying something new to feed the kids, I let them help me “make it”. Even if it is just stirring the pot, they take pride in their work and it is always delicious. Balancing time, money, work, kids and healthy eating can be a challenge, but it can be done. “Keep on keepin’ on”

  77. I feel like I buy the same fruits and vegetables every week – maybe an article on the most underutilized produce and why you should check it out.

    1. “The Flavor Bible” is cook book that really is a food index. Almost all foods, spices, cuisines are listed. There is a newer addition written exclusively for veggies, nuts, spices, and fruits. Often people don’t know how to “pear” new foods together, whether taste, mouth feel , heat, etc. Highly recommend it for new ideas and proven food combinations.

  78. I really appreciated a post a short while back about exercise and autoimmune disease. I would love to see a series on nutrition and autoimmune disease specifically IBD.

  79. -I would like another article about Candida and gut health, since I am guessing there is more information and research since your Primer in 2012.

    -More definitive guides for eating/exercise with common variables (maybe a flowchart?). For example: Active male, 180 lb bodyweight, struggles with hypothyroid: suggestion to exercise a certain way, eat this type of meals, be sure to include these certain vitamins or foods. Or pregnant, non-active woman, 150 lbs: Include this low-impact exercise, incorporate these vitamins and be sure to eat ____.
    There’s so much info out there, it would be nice to have a better roadmap for one’s individual situation.

    -Maybe something about how to best identify and deal with food sensitivities?
    -Also second the idea about adjustments to the Primal diet when still having skin issues.
    -Also second the idea for recipes with fewer, simpler ingredients

  80. How about a plan for dealing with odd working hours. As someone who is at work by 3:30am making sure everyone’s orders of primal collagen fuel get to hen on time, the work week often feels like a blur. I love my job – it’s largely primal play time with airplanes – and want to be able to sustain my health doing it.
    And yes, I make sure to get enough sleep between night time and a midday nap.

  81. As a cancer physician who has followed your blog and “primal” approach to lifestyle since 2011, I appreciate the research and advice you dispense freely here every day. There has been lots of talk about cancer prevention through diet, supplements, and lifestyle practices in the AH community and here on your site.

    But my question is this: If you got cancer what would you do? Would you consider surgery, chemo, radiation, immunotherapy, hormone therapy or go the “all natural” route?

    1. +1 – my Dad has prostate cancer – just got him on board with primal but would love to hear more on this!

  82. Hi, Mark. I’d like an informed answer as to whether cooking in a microwave is dangerous–does it destroy nutrients in foods and does it change the structure of water to make it dangerous/inadvisable to drink? I’m primarily interested in cooking the occasional vegetable and making tea, etc. What I’ve seen online in researching this seems more informed by prejudice than science.

  83. One recipe idea you’d love to see us share: I’m not vegan, but I’d like to see vegans be able to join in with primal stuff. Can you do a vegan recipe?

  84. To Grok/Grockette, the entire world was animated. Plants, streams and stones (Grandfather and Stone are the same word in Lakota: Tunkasila). They painted gorgeous, totemic bestiaries in ritual dream caverns. In paleo mythology, plants, stones and beasts taught us to dig and to plow, what to eat, how to hunt and how to heal. We fashioned their bodies into our homes that protected us from the elements. They bestowed fire and gave us speech. They taught us to spin and to weave, to dance and to court. Wearing flowers and stones, skins and feathers, we chanted and a sang and danced around the flames, emulating their movement and display, in gratitude for their gifts.

    To Grok/Grokette, things and animals entrusted us with their care and their lives for our benefit, entrusted us with their souls. Beasts and plants and stones were our first gods.

    How about more on primal sacred?

  85. What about the newest trend with CBD oil? Isn’t it a little too good to be true?

  86. Would love to hear tips on how to get deep uninterrupted sleep, esp. for women.

  87. I would like to see more emphasis on the idea that ‘one diet’ doesn’t work for everyone. Depending on what part of the globe your ancestors spent most of their time their genetics has probably adapted to expect those available foods. I have experience with an aboriginal m person whose relatives lived near the Arctic circle and he got rid of T2 diabetes by switching from a SAD diet to one that is mostly meat with a little lichen and moss. The Canada Food Guide is being revised and because we are so culturally diverse the government is looking to have differing guidelines depending on geographic ancestry.

  88. I would like to see discussion on how Paleo and primal eating and habits can become more mainstream with the public and the American medical community, which too often bases its treatment on which pharmaceutical company has lined its pockets the most. I’ve been Paleo for nearly four years, with fantastic results, but many friends and relatives still think I practice some sort of pagan voodoo ritual every time I eat and that I wear a pelt and carry a spear while getting basic daily movement. How do we help this transformative diet and lifestyle grow more quickly past niche status and past the ridiculous, low-fat, high-carb, high-seed oil diets recommended by the FDA, USDA and the U.S. medical community? What are the best ways to introduce friends and family to this incredible lifestyle despite their skepticism? How can we introduce a primal lifestyle to them without it sounding like some sort of dogmatic cult?

  89. As legumes have made their way into the primal “ok” zone, how often do you normally consume them? Would love to see more research done on how a primal way of eating affects long-term cancer rates (hopefully improving them!). I’m interested in how to make this way of life more accessible to everyone. Yes, the industry has come a long way since you started, but when I tell people about paleo or primal, more often than not the response is “I could never do that!” I also get side-eye from my boss when I bring my scrambled eggs and bacon to work for breakfast!

  90. Thanks, Mark! My recipe/cooking request would be for those using ingredients that might aid healthy hair and nails. My nutrition question would be: do you eat certain foods specifically for strong hair or nails? Thank you kindly!

  91. I’d like to get more information on how many calories we truly, actually need in a day, because I think everything is overestimated. After years of dipping into IF, I’ve finally whole-heartedly taken the plunge, and it has drastically reduced my total calorie count for the day. But, I feel better with less calories. I’ve also been deep into a minimalist phase, and I have taken that approach with food as well as possessions. However, again, I feel better with less. I feel lighter, less foggy, and more energetic. It’s interesting. And, I come from the “eat 6 times a day, weigh everything, and follow your perfectly calculated macros to the death” approach.

    So, Mark. Tell me. How much do we really actually need?

  92. I would love to know your thoughts (or maybe Elle’s) on how to modify/optimize the Primal diet for those with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Is the AIP the best approach? There is so much information out there now, I have a hard time knowing what to pay attention to.

  93. It would be nice to know how the food we eat affects the environment.
    Also,are farmed fish bad? Because the oceans are polluted,will it be safe to eat fish in a couple of years?
    Finally, I would like to.know how to can food,different methods to preserve foods and unusual canned recipes

  94. What supplements are good for young kids (5 to 10 or more)? I’m thinking fish oil, Vitamin D, Whey? What are they primarely missing? What quantity? Can you give them adults products? Kids supplements are often full of additives.

  95. I would like a topic on water. Specifically, focusing on structured water, and the amount of water we need daily. I am aware that we can also get water through being grounded/barefoot, so how much does that help us when we don’t have clean sources of water all the time and what other ways can we get water when tap water is the only source.

  96. As someone who doesn’t prefer the taste of coffee (read I think it tastes like poop water, but also ironically love the smell of fresh coffee beans), but understands that there are supposedly a ton of benefits to consuming it regularly, are there any suggestions to make it taste better without throwing in a bunch of cream and sugar? Or even better, is there something similar to coffee that I can consume instead. I just really don’t like the taste of coffee, but would be appreciative of the caffeine boost in the morning (I currently operate with high energy levels on 0 caffeine so a side question is should I even bother consuming coffee/tea/caffeine at all?) Love the site. Thanks.

  97. I’d like to know about if there are consequences with IF if I’m not going completely primal. Sometimes I feel so bad (brain fog, sluggishness, etc.) after my fasting I get cravings once a week. I’ve tried to follow all your advices but there are somo things I need to quit.

  98. The advantages of goat’s milk (that different amino acid from cows!). And whether raw milk is “safe”

  99. With high cost of healthcare being a current political topic, an important question is —
    Why are so many people in need of so much technical and pharmaceutical treatment?

  100. The Friday Success Stories are probably my favorite posts, but we never seem to hear about the lives/continued success/failures of those who tell the Success Story. How about doing some follow-ups on the Success Story participants a few years later and see how they’re doing, what problems they’re facing now – if any – etc. Basically, just see what’s going on with them now as compared to when the story was originally posted.

  101. How about exploring the notion that primal living and one’s spirit is tied together, and that even the simple intent or pursuit of any component that resonates with our DNA begins to immediately benefit health. This could be the same mechanism in action as the placebo effect. There is a (fill in the blank)….energy that powers the sun which then nourishes the earth, and leads to our natural food sources which evidently are all that we need to thrive.

  102. With an egg allergy, I need solutions for successful cooking and baking without eggs.

  103. I’m curious about the oxalate levels in many primal foods that may lead to Kidney Stones.

  104. Mark, I love your sense of humour. You need to post more funny stuff. I laughed so hard at your neighbour that grows his own food.

  105. I’d like to see some info about the ketogenic diet and how it fits in to the Primal way. You hear a lot about it these days for alzheimers and cancer as well as epilepsy, which was the first application I noticed.

  106. I’d like to see more info regarding kid’s dietary needs such as which nutrients and supplements are the most important for them to be getting along with how their macronutrient ratios may differ from those of adults.

  107. Everyone knows that dietary habits are directly correlated with productivity and mental focus. So, my question is: What can we do in terms of what we eat and when we eat to improve our brain and avoid procrastination?

  108. I’d like to section on where or how to meet-up with other “PB” followers who live in their respective areas. The primal community is more of a ‘tribe’ to me, than any other group I can think of.

    So, I would be interested in doing, let’s say, a section on your blog that’s dedicated to real-life meet ups. Say, orgainizing a ‘hike’, in the Santa Monica mountains, that a group of ‘PB-ers’ who live in that area, can meet each other, and do something as a group that is healthy. I know of no other PB followers in my area. It would be good to be more of a real-life community, rather than only a virtual community.

  109. I think this is getting better within the community as a whole, but still something people struggle with: many are concerned with green beans, peas, white potatoes not being Paleo when in reality these things are way better than many food choices! I think some of the more militant people, or newbies who have read stuff about Paleo being super strict, need encouragement that these things are OK for the majority of people. Not that you’ve never written on it before, but still. Recipes would be good.

  110. More articles on primal strategies for kids, how to transition kids to eating primal, etc. Supplementation (or not) for kids.

  111. How about a post on histimine intolerance. I can no longer eat avocado or bananas, my mouth breaks out it sores. Tomatoes make my mouth hurt. How do you deal with food sensitivities? Is there a way to heal and be able to eat those foods again or are they off limits forever? Doing online reading I think it’s more of a histimine issue than an allergy, but I really don’t know. Trying to figure out paleo or AIP or just low histimine foods or whatever is really hard to sort through.

  112. 1) Is canned seafood less optimal because the proteins are denatured? Is it even worthwhile eating denatured proteins or a waste of time/expense?

    2) What’s your take on the increase interest in ‘zero carb’ diets (no plants; just meat, fish, fowl, eggs, water). Steffanson lived it in the Arctic with Eskimos for 5-10 years. There are many individual stories online of people healing various ailments. Let’s face it, when grok killed an animal, he didn’t stop by to scavenge up some broccoli or kale for a balanced meal. He primarily just ate meat. When he was unsuccessful in hunting for a long duration he resorted to eating insects grubs and maybe vegetation or berries or whatever he could find to tide him over until he was successful hunting.

  113. I would like to read about basic or simple ways to keep the primal/ paleo lifestyle momentum, especially when doing it alone. I would like to have daily menu and regimes that people follow to keep themselves motivated.

  114. Hello Mark, I’d like to know more about any food research that you may know about regarding eyesight – vision in general. What ails it? What aids it? In the course of your blog you’ve discussed nutritional and lifestyle choices that target the health of our bones, muscles, cholesterol, cardiovascular, neurological, and digestive systems, to name a few. What about the old eyes? Is there anything nutrition specific that addresses ocular health? Or is this an entirely different topic altogether?

  115. I’d like to learn more about the science behind separating carbs and fats. I have a lot of friends on the Trim Healthy Mama plan, and they seem to be getting results with it. I wasn’t that interested in the plan itself because it utilizes xylitol, stevia, etc. but there must be something to it!

  116. I’d like to read more about reducing food waste: tips and recipes for using plant parts (or even animal parts?) that many people normally throw away.

  117. I would be interested in nutrition for recovering from an injury–my interest was piqued when you mentioned increasing collagen consumption when you had your Achilles injury–is there anything else you did/would recommend?

  118. I’d appreciate more detail on how what you’re writing about is connected to our distant ancestors. For example, in one article you talk about high concentrations of sulfur in the body and suggest that that in itself should be taken as an indicator of it’s importance. Is there any information showing that Grok was consuming more sulfur? If so, what’s the evidence? It’d be nice to have that information in the article itself, rather than just a link to a study or two on another site (which I definitely do appreciate, and frequently follow up on).

    As an aside, on this topic specifically, I’ve wondered how sulfur springs and sulfurous well water might factor into one’s “diet”.

    Fantastic work, though, and thanks.

  119. I’d love to hear more about feeding babies and toddlers primally. Especially in light of the research that’s coming out about exposing babies and kids to potential allergens in order to decrease the chance of them becoming life-threatening allergies down the road.

  120. I would like to see more information on nutrition for pregnant and nursing mothers.

  121. Hi Mark- Overall, I love the articles that focus largely on the latest and greatest research findings. I’d love to see more of those. Also, maybe some tips on how to research a topic on our own rather that deferring to you to find out for us. Where do you most often turn to for reputable resources?

  122. As a 45 year old man, I am interested in a comprehensive nutrition plan to boost Testosterone. I don’t want to go on medication if I can bring my levels up. What foods and supplements should I take? Also, if I cannot boost my levels through lifestyle and nutrition, what other options are safe to pursue.

  123. Would be fun to have some Mediterranean Paleo recipes. As well, some recipes using seasonal ingredients, maybe some that folks aren’t used to using. Help us branch out a little! Finally, maybe some interesting cooking techniques? Sous vide or grill hacks.

  124. Is there anything to reduce or eliminate existing cysts (or to prevent future ones)?

  125. I’d love to have some guides for eating primally post-partum and while breastfeeding. Should I supplement at all? Is protein powder an ok addition to my lifestyle? Are there exercises I can begin doing right away to regain strength and heal safely/properly?

    I’d also love more ideas for getting young children to eat primal. Thanks in advance!

  126. It’s been touched on with posts in the past, but I’d really like some very hard driving, scientific evidence about primal eating and the Paris and menopause process. It’s during this specific time in a woman’s life, that weight issues can become unmanageable as well as a host of other symptoms related to menopause which can be quite a tall order to take. How can primal Address the declining hormones that women experience during this time in all of the side effects and symptoms that are associated with that? What foods can help? Will this lifestyle even address any of those things? There are so many women that I am connected with in the menopause community that would love answers to these types of questions. Many are struggling mightily. Thank you!

    1. I meant the ‘peri’ and meno time of life. Thank you (not) autocorrect!

  127. Hi Mark, as someone who aims to be Paleo with a lot of intolerances too, I’d love for recipes for traditional cultural foods (Indian, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Korean) that are healthy.

    Also, as a Canadian, often ingredients are hard to find, so baking replacements and an education bit about how various replacements (coconut vs almond flour) would be helpful to not only provide a recipe, but educate and empower your readers to find appropriate local substitutes if needed.

    ALSO, chemicals, toxins, replacing medications, household cleaners, etc with essential oils and natural products is a logical next step.

    Happy blogging!

  128. Hi Mark- I’d like to see a post or posts on things that are now outdated (or flat our wrong) in the popular literature concerning ancestral nutrition (or lifestyle). The field is constantly evolving and there are a lot of ideas that we once thought were accurate that turned out to only be our fantasy. Posts such as this are not only fun but enhance the credibility of the people that do them.

  129. I’d like to see almaybe an update to the definitive guide on sugar and get your take on the zero/low calorie substitutes like Swerve, Stevia, Xylitol, Erythritol, etc

  130. I am in high school and I pack my own lunches. I would like to have ideas for lunches that are easy to pack and eat on the go.

  131. I’d be interested in any suggestions for food apps. I cannot find a good food app for my phone, so I started keeping one on my laptop. I track day, date, time of day, what I ate, why I ate it and what affect(s) it had on my body (e.g. skin, GI, sleep, etc.). Would like to track this on my phone if possible. Thanks.

  132. I truly appreciate when you take research and break it down for us in normal person speak. I am so fascinated with nutrition and how foods affect our body and why. I would like to see more of that. Not just linking to the research but actually helping us understand what we are reading and what it means to us. Thank you!

  133. I love sausages, bologna, hot dogs, etc. I’d like to see a post addressing processed meats.

    I know most people don’t consider processed meats to be Primal, but I’ve believed for some time that the problem with processed meats is not the processing, it is the quality of the ingredients.

    Commercial hot dogs are pretty iffy; but my homemade hot dogs, made with the same high-quality meat that I would eat unprocessed, are very Primal. The fact that I grind up the meat, add spices, and stuff it in natural casings, doesn’t in my mind make it non-primal.

    1. My husband and I have been making our own salt-cured meats (duck and goose breast prosciuttos, true prosciutto, capicola, bresaola, etc.) and salami for the past 2 years. In the process of doing the research, we realized that these foods have been being made for a VERY long time. If they are not “paleo” or “primal”, they are darn close!!! And I suspect that the fermentation process involved with them makes them pretty healthy fare. Also, we look for high-quality pastured pork and other meats.

  134. You had several good articles about gallbladder and liver health. How about those who have stones that bother them and suffer from impaired liver function, is there a natural way to get rid of the stones and make liver healthy again without surgery? I have been on Paleo diet for 6 years not having alcohol or junk food or gluten even occasionally, but had many stresses, and my liver health deteriorated even more to the point of constant pain.

  135. Mark, just as there’s data showing vitamin K supplementation can reverse dental carries, is there any data on a nutritional intervention that’s able to reverse the calcification of tendons?

  136. Hi Mark, I’d love to understand yoga nidra, of yogic sleep better. I want to understand why it is so deeply restorative, and how it might fit into a primal framework. Thanks.

  137. What are your thoughts on Norwegian Brown Cheese? Are there benefits to eating the carmalized whey left from making goat cheese or are the sugars just too high?

  138. I am already loving the Collagen Fuel…haven’t been this excited about a product in a long time (as anyone following me on Instagram or on my blog can attest to!) I’ve already used it to make a vanilla latte and chocolate cashew butter eggs.
    As far as nutrition, I’m always looking for ways to make things easier and more accessible. I love hearing what people actually eat in a day, and getting shortcuts to make real food easier. For example, I will roast a giant sheet pan of cruciferous veggies with Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil and pink Himalayan salt so I have quick and easy veggies ready. Would love to see what other people are doing.

  139. Sometimes maintaining the Paleo way of life can be isolating if you are doing it on your own and as many readers below have stated, full of challenges. I would like to read about how different people from all walks of life successfully maintain their Paleo lifestyles. Not just their success stories; additional details describing their best tips, recipes, inspirations, etc. Or even have a video contest where people would show a day in their life illustrating the obstacles and how they overcome them. Parents, elders, teenagers, people living in urban areas.

  140. I would like to know what you think about super foods and/ or your favorite superfoods you use?

  141. I would like to read more about where to source or what tricks readers have used to source their primal foods. Local products vs internet purchases.
    I would also like to read Mark’s opinion on meal prep services, like blue apron.
    In addition to the above topics, how other primal adopters have gotten over there fears of buying foods direct from growers and ranchers vs the grocery store

  142. My son was in a terrible motorcycle accident about a year ago, Broke both bones in both legs, between knee and ankle. The bones are still mending, but his pain gives him a low quality of life. Would like foods, recipes, supplements ect., for folks who are mending and pain from an accident. To help them heal and recover faster.

  143. Hi Mark,

    Let me start off by saying I consider your book, Primal Connection, my lifestyle bible. Now as far as nutrition, I would like more clarification on legumes, beans, & other grains & which are nutritious, which are not, & why. I had read many books by Dr. Mark Hyman who is also knowledgeable about nutrition & he sanctions consumption of beans, so I’m conflicted. Thank you!

  144. I’d like to see some recipes based on Scandinavian/British traditional cooking (and possibly of Asian cuisine that has been adapted to local tastes). American cuisine is nice and all that, but taco-flavoured everything gets old pretty quickly if you didn’t grow up on it and relying on ingredients imported from the U.S., such as sweet potatoes, is not really sustainable from any point of view.

  145. I would like to see how cooking changes the food we eat and how this affects our health.

  146. I would love to see a few more non-savory breakfast recipes, as well as a few recipes that have more carbs for those of us very hard-charging athletes!

  147. Hi Mark&Team,
    I’d be interested in your thoughts on the Ice Age and coming with that, a diet based on almost exclusively animals, being a clear exception in human evolution.. yet our ancestors adapted very quickly..
    taking this concept to more recent times and developments..maybe we’re able to adapt much faster to a change in diet, that we’re all thinking?

    Thank you!

  148. I’d love to hear some additional dietary strategies for becoming a “fat-burning beast” when a person has significant insulin resistance and/or reactive hypoglycemia. It seems like some people experience more than just the low-carb flu when they transition and end up with some scary low blood sugar. How do they address that without undermining their transition to a fat-burning metabolism? Are there foods, supplements or “hacks” that can help make this transition less challenging?

  149. Seasonal allergies diskussion and recipes to combat it would be very interesting and relevant now.

  150. Hi Mark, love your blog and love this article. I’m really interested to see what kinds of foods I should be including more of in my diet as I go through the menopause. Also if you can talk about what supplements are best to help women as they hit this stage of their lives.

    1. Yes – I’d love to see more information on how to go through menopause without gaining weight. My metabolism has slowed, pounds have increased – no matter what I do. I’m eating less, trying to move more, but it seems like nothing works.

  151. I would love to hear about how you and your team evaluate and weigh dietary evidence. Do you use internal guidelines to judge aspects such as the study design, sample size, possible confounders, conflicts of interests etc.? Do you focus on authors/sources you trust more? Do you discuss these aspects within the team? Do you consult experts?

    As lay people it’s not always easy to understand and judge studies statistics’ and methodology. However, we can’t trust conventional wisdom or conclusions derived by governmental committees. Therefore, health-interested people are getting more involved in reading and following reports and academic literature. Literacy in this respect is crucial to our empowerment.

    Some insights from how you approach this at MDA would be really interesting for all of us to help get more equipped and literate in judging evidence.

  152. Hi Mark,

    I recently heard that saturated fat could be potentially harmful to health when it is combined with sugar/refined carbohydrate in the same meal/food. When I thought a little more about it, I realised that I couldn’t think of many examples in nature where the 2 are combined. However, just about every man-made dessert uses this combination! For those of us that enjoy the occasional ‘cheat’ day, should we be taking our irregular dose of the sweet stuff entirely by itself?

  153. I would love to see you cover more on how to find the balance between being healthy and not obsessing over it- more specifically in relation to eating disorders, orthorexia, eating disorder recovery, etc. It is really difficult to find that balance for people who are prone to these obsessions. Even people who don’t have full blown eating disorders can become very obsessed and micro manage their eating/exercise to the point where it dominates their lives.

  154. Hi Mark, (not really nutrition, but paleo nonetheless) I would love your take on plants clearing pollution at home (and some details on the best combinations perhaps) and plants that give off plant odours that reduce stress.

  155. I would like to know more about common and not so common herbs and what they can do for you. I began taking Maca Root for its anabolic properties and inadvertently treated my hormone imbalance and am now more curious (and bountiful!) than ever!

  156. Hidden additives (ingredients non disclosed on the label), toddlers menu (with portion sizes), how to change the diet for more energy.

  157. Think i may be too late for this but i’d love to hear Primal-inspired nutritional ideas for those that are (historically at least) very sensitive to fat intake. A close friend had her gall bladder out many moons ago and this seems to have made her very fat intolerant.
    thanks for the awesome feed
    Mat Rolfe

  158. Hey Mark, I would really like to hear about how to best pair foods to maximize nutrient absorption. I know that some vitamins and minerals impair absorption of others, so what are some examples of common foods with such nutrients and are there any specific ones that should not be eaten together (for optimal nutrition)?


  159. Hey Mark,
    Although it’s not nutrition related, how about a post on CGM (continuous glucose monitor) technology for non-diabetics. I think Sano is supposed to come out with a beta version that’ll be available later this summer.

  160. I would love to hear about how avoid kidney stones when all the best foods are very high in oxalates. (Berries, spinach, beets, nuts, etc.) I went 80/20 and weight started dropping off and mood/depression issues were lifting. It was the first time I felt hope. After about 5 months I went down with my first ever (and massive) kidney stone that they had to go in and grab. Two other times I tried to restart got stones. Now I am paralyzed with fear to start eating all of the oxalates again.

  161. Thank you Mark for all you do. Please give us your thoughts on the lymphatic system and toxins in fat cells.

  162. I’d like to know a comprehensive list of all the supplements Mark takes daily and occasionally. What dosages of each supplement? Does he recommend any specific brands other than his own? Also, is there any specific supplements or brands that he recommends primal folk steer clear of?

  163. Hi Mark, just wanted to say thanks for so much info! I really like the weekend link love, too. I would like more info on fermented food including recipes, the digestive processand….squatty potties!
    Thanks again for providing me with a support team! Yeah!

  164. I’d like to learn more about carb cycling and the “sleep low” plan you mentioned once before, particularly as it relates to my 16-year-old son, a swimmer. Can a system of restricting carbs in the evening work with two HARD practices every day? Do you think it’s at all dangerous to restrict carbs in a growing teenager?

  165. I would love to see some content regarding meal planning for a week with primal healthy meals on a budget for couples. We know how to eat healthy but putting it together in a feasible weekly meal plan for two people, can be difficult.

  166. Its past the deadline time, but im not in it to win it, but I would love to see ideas for transitioning kids over to the primal way of life & also how you get around school snacks etc Thoughts suggestions & recipes to all help with ideas would be great 🙂

  167. I would truly love a primal recipe for my favorite comfort food, macaroni and cheese.

  168. This reply is past the contest date….but thought i’d toss it in there anyway. As a lower income, single mum,…I struggle just to make ends meet–which means my grocery budget is TIGHT, even with cutting out ‘extras’ like cable tv and any trips, well, anywhere. Even so, eating primal is the ONLY thing that has ever worked for me…though I must do so on a more cost to income ratio than perhaps many (and yes I understand the ‘costs’ related to a poor SAD–but you are talking to a woman who can’t even afford health insurance and is lucky if she makes enough to pay both the rent and the power bill in the same month)..
    So here’s what i’d like to see as two of my (autistic) kids have my exact same issues with food. How about revisiting recipes we all know and love from our childhood and making them over? Things kids won’t turn their nose up at? For instance, in a desperate attempt to get my two gluten-affected kids to eat better–I had to find something they would actually eat…so I started with the most basic…

    Chicken Noodle Soup
    2 large containers of chilcken broth
    2 to 4 TBLSP. Butter
    2 lbs cooked chicken breast meat
    1 tsp sea salt
    choice of pepper to taste
    couple of diced carrots
    stalk diced celery
    1/4 to 1/2 cup diced onions
    Clove of garlic, minced and mashed
    2 tsp. Thyme; crushed
    6 beaten eggs

    Basically i toss all but the eggs in the pot…bring it to boil over med to med high heat and then add the eggs via a long thin stream to boiling soup as I slowly stir the liquid…forming ‘noodles’ from the eggs… let cool a tad and serve.

    *and of course use your choice of things like organic, free range, grass fed …etc etc etc…*

    Simple I know…i made it for picky kids so not a lot of things in it that COULD otherwise be added…but effective for cold day lunch.

    I am basically looking all the time for simple, tasty, easy to prepare and cost effective meals for my family…..but usually only find things more for the discerning adult palate or meals that look like they were put together by a five star chef–and while I try to avoid things like ‘mock breads’ …such as Udis….for high carb content among other things….my children do want things like biscuits or rolls on occasion…which then leads me to another problem….which bloody gluten free flour to use… I don’t want to spend what little free time i have trying to ‘crack the code’ of gluten free baking just to make something that doesn’t taste bad or have god awful ‘mouth feel’. I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen or the resources to experiment. Would be awesome if such information…even if by community input…could be available on this site…ditto the family style simple recipes…

    Another great resource would be a ‘debunking or just the facts’ section here. So that claims of things like Apple-cider vinegar and honey water help burn body fat… or the latest fad diet trends like Sirtfoods etc….can be picked apart…Though Primal eating is working well for me…i have the most stubborn, slow metabolism known to man…or woman in my, maybe even a RUNNING LIST that such things could be added to as categories such as; Yes do, Potential, or Waste of time/money…so new people coming in have an efficient way to ‘catch up’ on information …thereby keeping repeat questions and topics from popping up again and again. Sucks to have to go trolling for info in big website archives…even with a search feature.

    Personally, in terms of learning…I would LOVE to have more detailed information on the biochemistry of things such as, how we burn fuel/what fuel, how micronutrients affect us as specifically and easily spelled out as possible… and in terms of supplements…just how much do they help us/we think they do/we don’t know but science suggests…etc… Maybe a what’s what listing in this area as well….I know you offer some of that in your Coaching Certification…which i would be ALL OVER but income prevents it….so maybe not your full course but a bit more detailed for science nerds like myself???

    Anyway…those are my thoughts…again, i know its post-contest…but I couldn’t resist offering them up as such as been on my mind a while. 🙂

  169. Hi Mark, I realize this is late for the contest but, just the same, I was wondering if you had any thoughts for my question. I have read and reread James Nestor’s extremely fascinating book “Deep.”. He details something beyond primal, almost primordial, called the mammalian dive reflex still present in us today. What I’m interested to know is, if the mammalian dive reflex is present because we evolved from something waterborne, do you think Grok & co. were much more nutritionally adapted to eating seafood than to eating, say, cows and pigs? And also, would that mean sea veggies may be even better for us than their counterparts on land? I am somewhat new to Primal/Paleo, and brand new to your site, so you have my apologies if you’ve already written on this.
    Cheers !

  170. I’ve been reading a lot about broccoli sprouts recently and sulforaphane, would love your take on incorporating them into recipes.

  171. In 2008, my late wife and I went to a place called Optimum Health Institute outside of Austin, TX. Among other ideas, they talked about food combinations and avoiding the mix of high carbohydrate foods and high protein foods. They said that the optimum digestive pH for carbohydrates is more alkaline and the optimum pH for protein digestion is more acidic. Further, they said that we shouldn’t eat fruit with anything else since it goes through the digestive system relatively fast compared to other foods. The idea is about getting food through the digestive tract as soon as possible so that the liver can focus on detox and the immune system can focus on other parts of the body. I don’t think I’ve seen anything on MDA about that. Do you agree and can you elaborate? By the way… I’m through two chapters of the Primal Health Coach certification course and looking forward to completing it. Good stuff!

  172. I would like to get some ideas on how to get my ASD child more apt to try paleo foods. He has sensory issues & absolutely hates change.

  173. I wish there was some kind of a Primal index online…with links to all your articles, all research, and everything you’ve linked to. You’d get sooooo many people using a site like that!

  174. I would like to see more recipes featuring collagen or coconut flour

  175. I’ve been thinking about if there is something more than food that helps/makes us grow. We read lots of stories about people having really bad diets growing up, but for better or worse they still grow up. I think of the food I eat vs the food I excrete and it still amazes me how little is actually retained and how much I could grow – or if I watch my kids do the same, the amount they take in vs excrete seems very little overall. I’ve read about the breatharians and we all know how good sunlight and fresh air is for us. I also heard a talk recently about how big insects were pre-dinasaur age when there was a much higher oxygen level in the atmosphere. Whilst food plays a big part I can’t help wonder if air and sunlight and exercise is not just good for us but actually helps us grow more than we realise. I know there have been lots of articles on the benefits of these but maybe we’re still missing the essence of these combinations? If so I wonder if we can substitute a bit more of these natural resources for a bit less food. If so by how much? I can’t help but wonder that there is still more to health than chasing down every last possible ingredient and life could be a lot simpler. What do you think?

  176. Would love more info on endometriosis and other woman’s healthcare. I see it a lot in the personal stories and suffer myself. I’ve had a very hard time even finding a doctor who takes them symptoms seriously. They just want to put you on the pill, and if ya don’t want it, you are s.o.l.

  177. I’d like to learn more about Paleo/Primal living for people with Lyme disease or mold toxicity, and the effects of diet on those conditions, as well as the relationship they have to chronic weight gain, and managing that.

  178. From what I recall of previous posts, the advantage of grass-fed beef is in the fatty acid profile of the meat. Primal bars contain grass-fed collagen. Is there a distinct positive benefit of grass-fed vs. conventional collagen or any other isolated protein? Have you considered using grass-fed whey for primal fuel?

  179. Hi Mark! I know the contest is over but I wanted to provide my input anyway 🙂 I have 3 questions/topics I’d love to see covered on MDA. 1) As Ashley mentioned below, a similar question I had was around individual needs for different macros. What is it about someone who thrives on keto and another who strives on higher carb? Are macros important to track for optimal health? 2) How can the average person eating a paleo lifestyle ensure they are reducing inflammation in the body or at least make aware underlying causes of inflammation from nutrition/supplementation alone? (this is assuming sleep and chronic workouts aren’t a problem) 3) Does high fat have anything to do with lipomas? This sounds absurd but could there be a polymorphism for certain folks? Thanks so much. Work has called me away from the interwebs but your site is one I visit regularly. Thanks for being such an inspiration Mark!