Tag: health challenges

Fig Tart in a Hazelnut Crust

Mark’s Daily Apple reader Vanessa submitted this Primal Blueprint recipe video as her entry to this year’s Primal Blueprint Recipe Video contest. This is one in a series of recipe videos, workout videos, Grokfeasts and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

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Senegalese Chicken Stew & Curried Chicken Salad

Mark’s Daily Apple reader Keven submitted this Primal Blueprint recipe video as her entry to this year’s Primal Blueprint Recipe Video contest. This is one in a series of recipe videos, workout videos, Grokfeasts and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

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2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Updates

We’re now three weeks into this year’s Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge. (PDF) How has your journey been thus far? Staying the course? Have you turned the corner on the low-carb flu? Have you ventured to try any of the “optional” mini-challenges? Hit up the comment board below with your progress report. I’d love to hear how you are doing.

I imagine most of you are crushing this year’s challenge. In any case, I know that many of you have been busy. As part of this year’s 30-Day Challenge contests, you’ve created videos showcasing your talents in the kitchen and submitted pictures of your Primal life. You’ve shared your struggles (we all have them), success stories, and your favorite Primal recipes. You’ve put on elaborate Grokfeasts, bringing your friends and family members together for a Primal celebration. I’ve literally received thousands of contest emails since this challenge began. Now it’s time for the world to see your creations.

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Contest: Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize:

Hold your fist-pumps of glee until the end, because I’m giving away an arsenal of equipment for this one…

A Mace. From StrongerGrip.com. Not sure how to use a mace? Check out the video on this page. I’m a big fan of incorporating maces into my workouts, and actually own a Stronger Grips mace. It’s tough and durable, and you can add weight to the hollow, sealed globe at the end to suit your strength level. Check out StrongerGrip.com to view their wide selection of workout gear (including sledgehammers and clubs). And for those of you who aren’t into winning or buying stuff, the owner of Stronger Grip also runs a blog for folks who like to lift heavy things: Stronger Grip Blog.

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Contest: What Does Living Primal Look Like?

The Prize:

When we spend most of our waking life sitting (or, even worse, slumping over) in a chair, we invite disaster. Sitting at a desk for 8+ hours a day is unnatural and harmful to our health, which is why I recommend standing and staying active during the workday. If you haven’t yet stood up against workplace sitting today is the day. Courtesy of Ergo Desktop comes the Kangaroo Pro, an adjustable height desk unit. This makes it easy to switch back and forth between standing and sitting (because hey, standing for 8 hours straight is no good, too). It retails for $499. As if that wasn’t enough, the winner of today’s contest will also win…

A sandbag from Ultimate Sandbag. I’ve been using one of these bags for a couple years now and the thing is still going strong. The one at my office has been lifted, tossed, and dropped by my Worker Bees, and in one case was the cause of a broken piece of IKEA furniture, but that’s a story for another day. Store this sandbag next to your Kangaroo Pro and you’ll begin seeing your workday in a whole new light. The winner will get a choice of one of the four sizes of ultimate sandbag (power, strength, challenge, or burly packages). Retail value: between $99 and $179.

Bonus: Use promo code “primal” to receive 15% off any purchase at Ultimate Sandbag for the duration of the challenge. And that’s not all…

Courtesy of Stack Exchange Fitness & Nutrition comes the FitBit. What is Stack Exchange you might ask? It is a collaboratively edited Q&A site that offers advice from physical fitness professionals, trainers, and athletes. It’s a great place to get answers to really specific questions that might be difficult to find elsewhere, and it’s moderated by the community so all the information is high quality. Check out this thread, for example, where members share their experiences with barefoot running. Stack Exchange is donating this nifty bit of technology. Learn all about it here. Retail value: $99.

That’s $700+ in prizes, and all you have to do for a chance to win is…

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How to Tackle the Mini-Challenges

Remember that PDF flyer from last week’s inaugural 30-day Challenge post? If you haven’t already, go ahead and download it (PDF). You may not have noticed, but right along the bottom I listed ten Primal mini-challenges to be completed. They’re technically optional, but not really (you know how I feel about the “optional” small stuff; hint – it isn’t really optional), so you should give at least a few of them an honest chance. Also, you should note that although these are billed as mini-challenges, they are intended to get you acquainted with vital aspects of the Primal lifestyle. Don’t just do one once and never again; instead, take them to heart and realize that these are mainstays. If you plan on living Primally, these will cease to become challenges. They will become ways of life.

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Contest: Share Your Wisdom

The Prize:

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

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

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

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

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

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Ken Korg, One Week Into His 30-Day Challenge

One week into his Primal Blueprint challenge, Ken Korg is rolling. Things are falling into place, and he’s happy with the results thus far.

As per Valentina’s guidance, he consulted the carb curve and reduced his carbohydrate intake. Currently, Ken is eating between 50-75 grams of carbohydrate each day and it seems to be working. He hasn’t weighed himself yet, having been warned away from scale obsession, but he has managed to button up a certain pair of jeans. You know what pair I mean – that pair of jeans that everyone has, the waistline barometer. Yeah, well, one week in, Ken’s wearing the waistline barometers to work… and he didn’t even have to lie down on the bed to get them on.

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Contest: Share Your Struggle

The Prize:

Hunks of grass-fed meat, raw nuts and dried berries all conveniently packaged together: If your struggle during the first week of the 30-Day Challenge was finding healthy snacks or Primal meals while on-the-go, Steve’s got you covered. The lucky winner of today’s contest will receive two Steve’s Club Samplers ($32 each) and five Grass-Fed PaleoStix ($30).

Bonus #1: Use promo code paleokitmda for a 10% discount through the month of September.

Bonus #2: 15% of the proceeds go to support Steve’s Club National Program to bring CrossFit and nutrition education to at-risk teens in cities across the country.

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Contest: Share a Primal Recipe Link

The Prize:

What’s better than ghee? 100% organic ghee. And where do you find 100% organic ghee? Pure Indian Foods. According to PIF, they provide the only 100% organic ghee available in the market that has been made using the milk of pastured cows grazing on rapidly growing green grass in spring and fall only, when their milk is most nutritious. Pure Indian Foods will be sending one case (12 jars) of 7.8 oz. jars of Grassfed Organic Ghee (retail value over $130), and one Assorted Sampler Pack containing one 7.8 oz. jar of each of their six Herbal/Spice infused ghee flavors (retail value $89.95) to the lucky winner of this contest.

Check out Pure Indian Foods on Facebook and take advantage of this special offer: use discount code “ORGANIC-GHEE” when checking out and receive $5 off any order over $25. Valid until 9/30/2011.

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