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Contest Results: Where in the World is Grok?

There are Groks all over the globe! Australia, Singapore, Germany, Canada, Austria, Ireland, Norway, India, Ukraine, Hungary, South Korea, Thailand, Portugal, Sweden and in numerous states across the beautiful U.S. of A. If you’re reading this there is a Grok in your hometown, too.

By the looks of these pictures it appears that I’m well on my way to achieving my life goal of helping 10 million or more people take control of their health. Help me toward my goal, and help others “get Primal” by telling them about Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal Blueprint. I need all the help I can get! Grok on!

The winner of this contest, chosen randomly, is MDA reader Kyle from Seattle, WA. Congrats to Kyle and many thanks to everyone that participated.

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Contest Results: Foraging in a Fast Food Nation

Mark’s Daily Apple readers show that with a little ingenuity and, perhaps, a dose of compromise (remember the 80/20) it’s entirely possible to successfully navigate restaurants and even (gasp!) the odd fast food stop. Ideal? In some cases, maybe not. Realistic? Absolutely. Because business lunches, birthday parties and travel does happen, it pays to know how to forage in the modern world.

Many thanks to everyone that submitted a picture as part of the “Foraging in a Fast Food Nation” contest. And the winner is…

Mark’s Daily Apple reader Adam. His is the fifth picture in the slideshow, the Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad with an apple instead of bread from Panera.

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Contest: Fiddle About

The Prize:

Yes, I dare you to find another website that holds a contest to win vegetables. But these aren’t just any veggies. They are fiddlehead greens, the Rolls Royce of the vegetable world. Fiddleheads are only available for a small window in April and May, and even as such, you’d have to beat the other foodies and sous chefs to the market to snatch them up before they disappear. So I found the next best thing. Today’s winner will receive an entire case of frozen fiddlehead greens courtesy of Norcliff Farms. Norcliff is the largest fiddlehead green grower in the world; when it comes to these greens, you can bet they aren’t fiddling about (pun absolutely intended, absolutely). For a little more info on these curled beauties, read my post, “On the Trail of the Elusive Fiddlehead.” And here’s a recipe for fiddleheads with bacon, the Rolls Royce of the pork world.

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Contest: WOW Thoughts for Witstick

The Prize:

Witstick. Got 3 inches of floor space? Want an intense, full-body workout in minimal time? Pick up a Witstick. If you’re trying to lift heavy things, this giant stick of heft cuts the mustard. At just 2.5 or 3 inch diameter and 2 feet long it is deceivingly heavy. I was sent one of these awhile back and it’s really nifty. Its rubber covering makes it easy to grip and it’s the right size and shape for a wide variety of movements. I like to hoist it on my shoulder and just go for a walk. Eventually, you’ll be swinging it, tossing it, snatching it, and lunging with it in a choreography limited only by your own creativity. These things are handmade by John Byrne and John Muse, long time readers of MDA. There are several weight varieties, from 22 to 40 lbs. The winner of today’s contest will receive a Witstick of his or her choosing.

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Contest: What’s Your Five?

The Prize:

A signed poster! You can frame it. You can laminate it.  You can bend it and wear it as a hat. In times of emergency you can fold it into a flotation device for a small mammal, perhaps a hamster. And most importantly, you can hang it on the wall of your kitchen, your study, your hall, dining room, lounge, library, ballroom, billiard room, or conservatory. You can’t put a price tag on the information provided on this poster. And while, technically, I did put a price tag on it ($14.95 at www.PrimalBlueprint.com, order now!), this poster is signed, and my signature has been known to fetch upward of five million dollars (see note at bottom) in certain online auction houses.  If you already have a poster, sleep well at night knowing that I still have over a thousand dollars worth of merch to give away in the next four days.

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Contest Poll: Primal Blueprint Fitness Videos

At the start of this 30-Day Challenge I put out a call for Primal Blueprint Fitness Videos. And you responded with nearly a dozen top-notch clips. Boiling the submissions down to the top three was no easy task. My crew and I discussed at length what made up a good fitness video. Was it fun and entertaining? Was the workout something we can see ourselves doing? Did it inspire and keep us watching? How well did it represent Primal Blueprint Fitness? On and on. In the end we held a blind vote and ended up with the following three picks. To everyone that didn’t make the cut, many, many thanks for taking the time to put together an amazing contribution to this year’s 30-Day Challenge.

Now, for a recap of what’s at stake:

The Prize:

A Spear – An Assegai Spear, courtesy of Cold Steel.

A Mace – A plate loadable mace, courtesy of Stronger Grip.

A Rope – Undulation ropes, courtesy of CalRopes.

A Sandbag – An ultimate sandbag, courtesy of Henkin Fitness.

That’s it. A spear, a mace, a sandbag, and undulation ropes. It’s an impressive package of Primal gear I’m sure any one of these contestants would love to win. Watch the videos below and then make your vote count.

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Contest: Title Twisters

The Prize:

Nut Butters. Forget peanut butter. Premier Organics makes the good stuff. Their Artisana line includes almond butter, walnut butter, pecan butter, macadamia nut butter, cashew butter, and the singularly wild coconut butter (warm it slightly and it becomes a gooey mouth-spooning indulgence). Winner will receive 10 on the go pouches (one of each variety), and three full jars; one each of almond, macadamia, and coconut butters.

Fermented Vegetable Juice. Yes, you heard right. Zukay, the folks who donated the delightfully tasty salad dressings last year are back with a new brew. Called Kvass (not to be mistaken with the weak and useless bread juice), these are sugarless, tangy juices derived from fermented beets, carrots, and other veggies. Winner will receive a six pack of Veggie Kvass drinks in his or her choice of  flavor.

The Contest:

Read all the rules before entering.

Have a topic, subject, or good idea for a blog post on MDA? Now’s your chance to suggest it. In the comments section below, leave a title for a future post on Mark’s Daily Apple.

That’s pretty much it. Tell me what you’d like to see covered on MDA with just the article title, and do it with as much creativity and cleverness as you can. I’ll pick a winner and will use submissions for future MDA article ideas.

The Deadline:

Midnight, tonight!

Who is Eligible:

Because these are consumable/potable, only US residents can win them. In the case of an international winner, a substitute prize will be awarded.

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The J.J. Experiment: Week 4

Four weeks ago, the J.J. Experiment (week 2, 3) began. J.J. Valdivia, a personal trainer in Miami, is guiding ten people as they take a 30-Day Leap into a healthy lifestyle. Let’s find out how they’re doing…

Dear MDA,

We have rounded 3rd base and are being waved into home plate! There is less than one week left in the challenge and my Leapers and I have not taken our eyes off the prize. After an exciting Week 3, one would think that there would be some kind of momentum loss. I can assure you that we have plenty of steam left in our engines and are still “going hard”. I welcomed Chuck back from his travels on Friday and he had a fantastic Tabata workout with Thor on the stationary bikes. They warmed up for a couple of minutes and then performed two Tabata intervals with 2 minutes of rest in between. The workout took less than 15 minutes.

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Contest: The Best and The Worst

The Prize:

Vital Omegas. Fantastic fish fat. They’re good for you. You know you need them. Win this contest and you’ll get three, count it three, bottles of omega 3s.

The Contest:

Primal is sunshine and walks on the beach and filet mignons and lobster. But it is also toe bruises and no more donuts and unresolved arguments with vegan friends. Inspired by Tim Conrad’s meet and greet forum thread, in the comments section below, tell people what, in your experience, is the best part of living Primal and what is the worst part of living Primal.

Here are a few examples:

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Primal Blueprint Recipe: Perfect Primal Pizza

Mark’s Daily Apple reader Ben submitted this Primal Blueprint meal video as his entry to this year’s Primal Blueprint Recipe Video Contest. This is one in a series of workout videos, recipe videos 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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