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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...

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May 22 2018

Summer Preview: What’s In Store For Mark’s Daily Apple

By Mark Sisson
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inline Welcome to Summer.jpegWhere I’m from, snow showers aren’t unheard of over graduation weekends. To this day, I hold to the traditional “Memorial Day to Labor Day” timeline—and, well, here we are finally (or almost anyway). I love summer, which may explain why I fled to Southern California decades ago and just recently migrated to Miami, where life is just as awesome. But even in these warm locales, I still get excited for the summer months themselves. There’s a more casual, maybe even improvisational rhythm, a deeper focus on relaxation, more intention toward fun.

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, today I thought I’d offer up a look at what’s coming to MDA this summer. Because I aim to make it a good one.

Right out of the gate, we’ll be kicking off the season with a staff-led 21-Day Challenge, beginning Monday, June 11th.(Mark your calendars….) Yup, the Bees will be at the helm, sharing their favorite Primal recipes and fitness routines, taking over Instagram, and highlighting their recommendations for active vacations across the globe.

Of course, we’ll have contests—in traditional MDA style. Along with comment giveaways, we’ll be asking you, our community, to submit some of your best Primal work, for our grand prizes. I won’t let the cat out of the bag, but let’s just say for a couple of these you’ll be eating well for a year—and fighting the kids to enjoy the fun. Having seen what the Bees are ready to give away, I want some of these myself now….

We’ll be doubling up with twice the information and resources each day of the Challenge to guide and motivate your 21-Day commitment, however you choose to structure it. We’ll also be serving up Challenge resources on our Vimify app—and, for the utmost in support and instruction, offering a TOTAL reboot of our 21-Day Online Program, now the 21-Day Primal Reset. I’ll have more on that the first week of June, but I’m excited for what this fully expanded, multimedia program will mean for anyone who wants to do the 21-Day Challenge—or get extra support in the powerful initial phase of a Keto Reset.

But that’s not all…. I’ll be announcing several brand-spanking-new Primal Kitchen® products that go hand-in-hand with summer eating and entertaining. (Can you take a guess?) And look for a new Primal cookbook as well next month…this time with inspiration from a different continent.

Beyond the June festivities, we’ll be talking camping food, women’s health, omegas, tea, and grilling recipes to name just a few topics. I’ll also be introducing you to my new digs in Miami, and I’ll share videos on some of the latest strategies I’ve learned and am living—brand new looks at my “day in the life” of Primal food, fitness and sleep. 

So, that’s a  quick rundown—with much, much more to come. Do you have ideas you’d like to see on MDA this summer? Shoot me line on the comment board, and thanks for reading, everybody. Let’s make this the best summer yet. 

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  1. I am definitely a summer girl. The beach is my second home. Thanks to a paleo lifestyle I am bathing suit ready all year long. Living Awesome…and feeling the love.

  2. I’m excited for this summer more than I have been in recent years. My new primal lifestyle has me feeling good and the weight is starting to come off (a co-worker just told me she’s been meaning to tell me that I’m looking really good). I have a garden of fresh veggies started and this is the summer my body transformation takes place. Looking forward to submitting my success story early 2019 with some amazing transformation pics!

  3. Just getting started on the 21-day reset. Would love some fun dairy-free keto-friendly ideas for popcicles or ice cream bars!

    1. That does sound good, Adrianne. Seems to me that you could just put a variety of ripe summer fruit in the blender along with a little plain Greek yogurt or heavy cream to thin it out–about the same as when making a smoothie. (Use unsweetened fruit juice or maybe almond milk if you don’t do dairy.) Reusable popsicle molds are available on Amazon. This would be more Paleo than keto-friendly, but it could probably be adjusted.

  4. I’m personally hoping for a BBQ sauce and some more marinade options.

  5. I despise summertime. The heat, the bugs, the floods of sweat. I do like the flowers though.

    Anyway, I’d like to see some posts addressing the importance of recycling, minimizing plastic waste (like vacuum sealed meat), stuff like that. Considering all the news about plastic being in seafood, water and who knows what else, it seems like an important issue to bring attention to.
    Everything else sounds great and I look forward to seeing all of it!

    1. I agree about summertime. I much prefer the spring and fall, although I love the garden produce we get every summer, especially the heirloom tomatoes.

      Regarding recycling, etc., yes! You do need something to carry food home from the market, other than in your bare hands, but it definitely doesn’t need to be encased in styrofoam and plastic wrap. (The last time I was in Trader Joe’s they were really bad about putting everything in plastic.) Butcher paper for meats and insisting on reusable bags for everything else would help a lot. Some stores already do this.

      1. Micro fibers are in 95% of the US drinking water. It’s all over the grass our grass fed beef are eating, and on our organic vegetables. Microfibers are in the most remote places in our oceans. It is filtering throughout the biosphere. We each consume 11,000 pieces of microfiber a year. And the stuff takes centuries to break down.

        Not even sure where to start. Maybe with Primal Kitchen’s plastic packaging.

        1. +1. I can’t afford primal kitchen products anyway but I try to avoid most plastic packaging. It’s hard though with such a small budget. The cheapest things are always plastic wrapped. 100% grass-fed ground 80/20 beef, 1lb plastic sealed, Walmart, $5. Whole foods fresh grass-fed ground beef at meat counter $9/lb. Baffles me. And I see whole foods workers carrying out big sections of vacuum sealed beef like chuck roast, so even if you get it at the meat counter it’s already contributed to plastic waste… Everything in the bulk section at whole foods, comes shipped in plastic vacuum seal too. I guess the only way to avoid it is buying everything locally (which I definitely can’t afford) and hunting your own meat? My farmers market had pastured chickens and grass-fed meats that were also vacuum sealed, same for fish…

      2. Trader Joe’s is still bad about putting everything in plastic, they even have snack sized portions of nuts packaged in little plastic bags inside a big plastic bag… but I do get a few staples there like olive oil because it’s cheaper than anywhere else. And I agree I do most or all of those things, but it’s hard to find cheap items especially meat, that aren’t packaged in plastic. Whole foods does sell their meat in recycled & recyclable plastic trays but then there’s the plastic wrap and the gel pad that soaks up the blood.

  6. Fast and easy (and tasty) potato salad: little Yukon gold potatoes quartered and cooked until somewhat tender. Toss with Primal Kitchen Greek Dressing while still warm.

    1. Laura, that’s one of the products to come…very soon. I’ll have more to say in just a couple weeks, so stay tuned!

  7. All sounds great Mark!

    Just wondering if you are still going to do a follow up on the keto-vegan post? I’m really interested in how best to approach keto-vegan and would really appreciate it.

    Cheers,

    Harry

  8. SO excited for summer. We’ve had a pretty wet and dreary spring in the mid-atlantic. So I can’t wait.

  9. Not “summer” related, but I found out a few years ago (at age 25) that I have a condition called Aphantasia (a blind mind’s eye). Scientists just coined the term in 2015 and research is still in its infancy. I was wondering if you had access or have come across any more research pertaining to this condition? This is super interesting to me and I would like to hear MDA’s take on this condition.

    Thank you!

    *In case you’re wondering what this condition entails, there’s a great TED talk on YouTube that can explain it better than I can

    1. Chris, your post just sent me on a 30 minute research adventure. Fascinating how different everyone’s minds are!

      1. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that other people actually can “picture something” after thinking it was just a metaphor for the first 25 years of my life!

  10. Maine > Malibu > Miami … Each location is situated in a “corner” of the U.S. map. That’s an interesting migration pattern. Is Washington next (W = M flipped on its head)?

  11. Mark, I would like to hear why the move to Miami. Not the location, but the other reasons and how you balanced that with family, friends, work left behind. I feel like I am stuck on the east coast for those reasons. When I retire in a few years, I’ll be free to move but friends and family will pull at those strings.

  12. Hey Mark, thanks for all the work you do! Can you provide information on when is the best time to take supplements? Morning, mid-day, evening? With food, without food? All of them together, or are certain supplements best taken alone?
    Thanks!

  13. Ideas:

    I know there are primal dental sites, but I would be interested in seeing some posts on primal dental care, actual research on fluoride (GMOs Revealed, for example, said that fluoridated water can lead to more bone breaks in later life, since bones also get fluoridated, not just teeth, and while fluoridated bone is harder, it is also more brittle).

    I know that you say simply to avoid GMOs and other non-organic, but some may find a Definitive guide to glyphosate (what foods is it in? what does it do? at what concentrations?) I know there are not a lot of great studies on this (wonder why?) but are there enough unbiased ones to draw some conclusions from?

  14. I’m so excited to hear your take on camping foods! My husband and I spend most of the summer camping, fishing and foraging. We have our staple camp foods, but I’m looking forward to your suggestions.

  15. Very excited for your upcoming “day in the life” content since moving to Miami. I interested to see how you’re lifestyle has adapted and what new pursuits and leisure you’ve discovered. I’d also love it if you covered more ideas related to camping and embarking on microadventures.

  16. Hey Mark, LOVE your site and have gotten several friends hooked too! Just wondering what made you decide to move to Miami?? Just read an article on how the rise of sea level will impact some American cities…Miami being one of the most affected. Scary stuff.