Happy Thanksgiving

The staff and I are taking the day off to honor the holiday, but I didn’t want to let the opportunity slip by without extending my gratitude to you, the MDA community. To all our readers, I want to say thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and involvement (in the comment boards, in the forum, and in spreading the word about the site and book). It’s been a truly amazing and transformative year here at Mark’s Daily Apple, and I hope it’s been a successful and enjoyable journey for you as well. Of course, I realize that not everyone is in holiday mode today. Actually, MDA had visitors from 189 countries worldwide last month – Australia to Sweden, India to Brazil, Canada to Hong Kong, and on goes the list. Nonetheless, I hope you all have much to be grateful for today. Happy Thanksgiving – and best wishes – to everyone out there!

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. Thanks Mark.

    I’m going to completely cheat today and go for 20% healthy and 80% bad for me.

  2. I’m one of the readers from Sweden – Thanks for a great website!

  3. Thank you for creating this site, for writing your book, and for helping me figure out how to normalize my blood sugars. I owe you hugely, Mark.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Mark. Thank you, thank you, for hosting this site and writing your book; you have literally transformed my life and I will be forever grateful to you.

  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Mark. I’ve been reading since July, but this is by far one of the things that has been the most influential on my lifestyle.

  6. I’m with George – it’s a 20-80 day for me. A few major cheat days a year aren’t going to hurt me (much).

  7. This site is amazing and I think keeps a lot of people on track. But for today I am def taking advantage of the 80/20 principle….all day, not just for the turkey meal!! Bring it on!

  8. A UK based grok here just wanting to say that I’m thankful for Mark and all the MDA team as well as the great community – I’ve been ‘grokking’ since April and the positivity and enthusiasm of this place has helped me stay on the path, best decision of my life! Peace all & have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Thanks from Norway. Excellent site! It is a big inspiration for me to read and follow you all!

  10. what is 20/80? I have ordered the book, maybe I will get the answer there…

    1. 20-80 would be 20% primal and 80% bad for you, which is what I plan to do today for Thanksgiving!

      Mark has the 80-20 rule, meaning you should strive to eat 100% primal, but don’t stress too much about it; if you wind up being 80% primal you are doing fine.

    2. You’ll definitely learn more about the 80/20 concept when you receive Mark’s book. Meanwhile, 80/20 is 100% primal, but that on some occasions when a meal isn’t 100% primal, then at least 80% of THAT MEAL should be primal, and the other 20% outside of primal.

      It doesn’t necessarily mean that 80% of your diet is primal and the other 20% not. This concept is applied to periodic meals, not to absolute dietary habit.

      But I agree entirely with Annika that you should never stress too much about your food intake, as that’s probably just as unhealthy as (if not more than) eating a 100% non-primal meal occasionally. (But, don’t let this happen, or you’ll die a horrible death.) 🙂

  11. Happy Thanksgiving, all! Many thanks for this resource, the book and the “spirited” exchanges in the forum. I’m definitely getting another education and expanding my diet. I have a perfectly primal (very simple) dinner planned!

  12. I’m thankful for this site, and all sites that have impacted my health, as well as my wife’s. This morning she weighs 35 pounds lighter than she did 6 months ago when she first begun the Paleo lifestyle. And we absolutely do not starve ourselves, nor do we spend our lives in some gym. Thank you to MDA and the community.

    Looking forward to the future!

  13. I became a reader here, and I’ve probably sent some of my readers here too. But Happy Thanksgiving Mark and readers.

  14. Happy Thanksgiving to all! My thanks to Mark for making this Thanksgiving less harmful to me than previous ones. First of all, this is the first year I paid attention to details other than caloric excess. Also, through portion control and more selectiveness at the family buffet, I was able to minimize the damage from today’s cheat. Finally, tomorrow I will reapply myself to primal/paleo principles, and I will still be much better off than I was a year ago.


  15. Happy Thanksgiving Mark! MDA is such a terrific site…and The Primal Blueprint is one of my most favorite books in a long, long time. Thanks fopr all you and the folks at MDA do!