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Are You Ready? 8 Tools and Tips For Your Challenge Prep

How many of you will be joining us for the Challenge next week—and how many for the first time? (I’d love to see a show of hands in the comment section.)

The cool thing about the Challenge each year is this: everybody comes at it from a different place. Some folks are hundred pounds overweight and haven’t exercised in years. Some are at the top of their Primal game but love the community engagement and chance to encourage others. Most are at every stage in between.

Behind every participant across that spectrum is a fascinating story. Your story. The one in which you haven’t quite had the life you’d hoped lately—and the one in which you claim it back.

Today I’ve got some ideas and resources for you to consider. If you’re on the fence about joining us, maybe these can get you over the hump and get you committed. I sure would like to see you with us.

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2 Big Announcements—and a Giveaway!

As I always say, summer is my favorite time of year, and this go-round might just be the best. I’ve got two big announcements today that have been a long time coming.

First up, I’ve got two brand spankin’ new condiments for your summer cookouts. Anyone care to take a guess? It’s a pair you won’t want to live without this season.

Next up, I’m handing the reins to my staff next week as they kick off our annual 21-Day Summer, Staff-Led Challenge. They’ll be sharing their favorite Primal eats, their active vacay shots, their relaxation routines and more.

But we’ll have all the blow-out contests and prizes of a traditional 21-Day as well—with one grand prize so big Grok would be proud. It might just be the biggest I’ve ever given away for a Challenge.

And, speaking of giveaways—I’ve got one today with a prize for lucky 5 commenters.

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

Where 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.

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What Will 2018 Mean For Your Life? (And a Giveaway)

Every New Year, the cynics are quick to tell you how arbitrary all the motivational messages, resolutions, and new beginnings are. It’s just another day, they grumble. And, sure, they have a point.

You could start that new diet, join that new CrossFit box that just opened down the street, and finally pursue the dream job you’ve always wanted on March 7th, February 15th, or August 3rd. It doesn’t have to be January 1st. Any day will do. The New Year is somewhat arbitrary.

But we’re social animals who thrive in the presence of others. We feed off the energy around us to fuel our own initiative. On some level we’re always looking to what the group is doing for motivation, if not direction. The New Year presents a unique opportunity that way for all of us. Why would we not take advantage of the tailwind?

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The 10-Week Countdown to 2018

Today’s guest post is offered up by one of our own, Erin Power. She’s our awesome Student and Graduate Support Lead for the Primal Health Coach Program as well as an amazingly successful health coach in her own right. I love her message of taking the reins of your life today—all the better to enjoy the holidays and meet the coming New Year with unprecedented health and possibility. 

Right around this time every year my inbox explodes. People are already dreading their impending, inevitable holiday weight gain and are wondering if they can somehow get ahead of the curve—make a preemptive strike, if you will. And that’s how it happens…one of the busiest times for my health coaching business, believe it or not, is the weeks leading up to and including the holidays.

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Don’t Forget—The Staff 21-Day Challenge Starts TODAY

Before I delve into Dear Mark questions today, I want to put out the reminder that the June 21-Day Staff Challenge begins TODAY! The community board on Vimify is already hopping this morning as folks share their goals in the Challenge and what they’re doing today toward those intentions.

As I mentioned in last week’s Summer Reset post, this Challenge is all about getting a foothold on the summer you want. It’s about living the good life at its finest and healthiest.

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Summer Reset: 30 Days, 30 Actions (Plus a 21-Day Staff Challenge AND Giveaway!)

At the onset of our annual 21-Day Challenge this past January, I offered up a post that proposed thinking small—”41 Primal Action Items and Individual Experiments for Success in 2017.” The idea here wasn’t shrinking our scope to the exclusion of big visioning, but homing in on the day to day aims we can set for ourselves that make the big changes happen.

I think June is a good time to revisit that premise—and to host another 21-Day experience for those more inspired in the summer months. 

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The Plight of the Modern Foot: Conditions that Plague Us—and How to Avoid Them

For all the focus on hearts and arteries, brain tissue and muscle mass, we tend to neglect one critical part of the body with dramatic influence over how we fare in later decades. It’s little surprise really. Feet don’t exactly garner much attention, let alone media time. Yet, the stakes are big.

For example, research shows that foot conditions like hallux vagus (HV, a common forefoot deformity in older people commonly referred to as “bunions”) was directly associated with marked decreases in quality of life. Foot pain, reduced foot function, lowered social capacity, and even degraded general health. That sort of thing.

But that’s just one foot condition, right? Yes…and no. The picture of averages looks rather bleak.

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How to Exercise with An Autoimmune Condition

Autoimmune diseases really throw the body for a loop. You’re attacking your own tissues. Your inflammation is sky high. What’s usually good for you—like boosting the immune system—can make it worse. You’ll often restrict eating certain foods that, on paper, appear healthy and nutrient-dense. You take nothing for granted, measure and consider everything before eating or doing it. Sometimes it feels like almost everything has the potential to be a trigger.

Is it true for exercise, too? Must people with autoimmune diseases also change how they train?

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The Emerging Science of Electrostimulation

As a Primal lifer, I recognize that purity has a certain allure, just as I know it has its decided limitations. I frequently find myself wondering, “Would my paleolithic forebears have done/said/eaten that?” and choosing my course of action based on this line of educated assumption. It’s the WWGD lens on modern living. In a Primal-perfect world, that would be sufficient to ensure continued health and happiness. But things don’t always work out as planned…

Let’s say you hurt your back in an unfortunate turn of events. Primal dictates can certainly help with healing you over the long term, but if you want to get out of bed in the morning you’re likely stuck with the doc’s prescriptions. Similar situation if you’ve suffered physical damage to your eyesight, hearing, brain, or any number of your less robust anatomical sectors. Sometimes to get life done, you’ve just got to suck it up and take your meds.

It’s possible, however, that this may soon change. In my recent post on the vagus nerve, I touched upon an emerging curiosity in the medical world: electroceuticals. While still in comparative infancy, electroceuticals may end up revolutionizing a health care model currently dominated by the drug industry.

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