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Contest Results: Primal Breakfast Pics

Last week I asked you to send in pics of your Primal breakfasts. Nearly 100 fantastic photos flooded my inbox. I’ve included them all below. (Click on the thumbnails for full size versions.)

These photos stand to represent the variety of breakfasts on the Primal eating plan and how delicious Primal foods are. I know many people find the breakfast to be the most difficult meal to figure out when making the transition to the Primal lifestyle. Many of us grew up on Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, English muffins, waffles, pancakes and toaster strudels as early morning staples. As you can see, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Revisit this page from time to time for Primal breakfast ideas, and point skeptical friends and family to this page to see their mouths water.

I’ve randomly selected a winning photo. The lucky MDA reader that submitted the photo has just won 5 gallons of fat from U.S. Wellness. Yes, you read that right. 5 gallons of fat – beef tallow to be precise. And the lucky winner is…

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Contest: Facebook for a Book

The Prize:

The Primal Blueprint. You know what it is. Time to win it.

The Contest:

Friend me on Facebook. It’s easy. If you have an account, simply request me (Mark Sisson) as a friend. If you haven’t joined Facebook yet, now’s the perfect time! Even if you’re not into online social networking, Facebook is a great way to keep up with your buddies. The sign up is self explanatory. Click “Sign Up”, fill out the form and add me as a friend. It’s that simple. If you’ve already friended me, thanks for being my friend, but unfortunately you’re not in the running. Don’t worry though, there’s still a ton of prizes left. We aren’t even half way through the challenge yet!

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Contest Poll: Grokku!

With hundreds of Primal haikus submitted yesterday you didn’t make it easy on me. In fact, I had such a difficult time awarding one winner that I’ve decided to chicken out and make you do it! I’ve boiled it down to my top 10 favorite Grokkus. Vote for your favorite below. The winner will receive 6 bars of each flavor of pemmican, original, honey and cherry free, and salt free (that’s 18 bars of meaty goodness).

This poll only lasts until 3 pm PST, so place your vote now!

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Contest: Grokku!

The Prize:

Earlier this week US Wellness donated a 5 gallon bucket of fat as a prize (you’re not too late to enter that contest if you haven’t already). Today they’re giving away fresh, grass fed pemmican. It’s the original Eskimo energy bar, and US Wellness is pretty much the only place on the web you can find it. You can make your own, but I’m betting you’ll like US Wellness’ pemmican better. The winner will receive 6 bars of each flavor, original, honey and cherry free, and salt free (that’s 18 bars of meaty goodness). What do you have to do to win? Start counting your syllables…

The Contest:

It’s haiku time. To win the pemmican, leave a Primal Haiku – or “Grokku” – in the comments section of this post. What is a haiku? A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry containing 17 syllables. The haiku is broken down into 3 lines containing 5, 7, and 5 syllables (not words, syllables). They traditionally include a seasonal reference, though no need to be traditional to win. You’re good as long as you get the 5-7-5 thing right. If you’re still not sure what to do, check out these recession and zombie haiku.

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Contest: Show Your Fridge. Win Oils.

The Prize:

There are so many healthy oils. Olive oil, coconut oil, fish oil. Why not have all three!

Tropical Traditions has donated a quart of gold label virgin coconut oil for today’s prize. And they’re tossing in a bottle of coconut water vinegar as an added bonus. For more on why coconut oil is so healthy, read my post. And if you’re interested in receiving Tropical Traditions’ newsletter about sales and specials, sign up here.

Also included is a bottle of organic, extra virgin olive oil, courtesy of Informed Living. Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and Informed Living includes the antioxidant and polyphenol profile right on the bottle. Very good stuff.

And because fish oils are so healthy, I’ve included a bottle of my own to round out today’s prize package.

The Contest:

Send me a pic of your fridge. Open your fridge, snap a shot, send it in, and you’re entered. Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Fridge”. As long as it’s a fridge, it’s open, and there’s food inside, you’re entered to win!

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Contest Results: Q&A with Mark

Congratulations to Ed, Wyatt, Ken, VN, and Dan. You have won copies of The Primal Blueprint.

As Aaron mentioned, we received nearly 250 fantastic questions. I could spend the next few months writing blog posts to address these questions exclusively. Needless to say, I’ll be using the comment board as a source of future MDA fodder, so check back often for answers to all of your questions.

What do you think of this video? It was our first time doing it this way, so it was a bit of an experiment. Do you like the format? There are a number of things I’d do differently in the future, but if you generally enjoy video content let me know and I’ll see about making this a regular feature of the blog.

Speaking of multi-media features on Mark’s Daily Apple, what does everyone think of a podcast? Would you be inclined to listen to an internet radio program in which I answer reader questions, hold interviews and discuss the Primal lifestyle? It’s just in the idea phase now, so I’d like to get a feeling for whether you’d be interested before putting it all together.

Thanks again to everyone for participating in this contest. Grok on!

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Contest: Show Your Breakfast. Win 5 Gallons of Fat.

The Prize:

5 gallons of fat. That’s 36 pounds of pure, grass fed beef tallow, coming to you in a giant bucket. It’s the perfect prize if you want to cook ham and eggs for a family of 4000, or if you want to play Santa to all your Primal friends.

Animal fats are tasty, and while you can render your own, it’s much easier to let someone else melt the cow. Enter US Wellness. US Wellness Meats is a one stop shop for the Primal eater, and today’s prize is donated by founder John Wood. Read more about why his meats are so healthy, and visit his site if you want to order your own fat bucket, slab of grass fed beef, or homemade pemmican.

The Contest:

Send me a pic of your breakfast. The fatter, the better. Does it have eggs? Great. Bacon? Even better. Do you like to start every day with a porterhouse floating in a bowl of lobster and butter? Then you might have a problem, but you get the idea. Take a snap shot of it and send it in. Anything goes, but I better not see any Special K. If Special K is still your idea of healthy, then frankly, why are you trying to win 5 gallons of fat? Mad props go to the fattest, most Primal breakfast, but the winner will be selected in a random drawing. Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Breakfast”. As long as it’s your breakfast and it’s not cereal, you’re entered to win.

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Contest: Show Your Groceries

The Prize:

The week began with grass fed beef, the week ends with fresh, wild caught Alaskan salmon. Salmon is a top notch source of Omega 3’s, and you may know how important it is to choose wild caught salmon over factory farmed salmon. If you’ve read my book, you may have noticed that I mentioned SeaBeef.com as a great source of wild caught salmon. The winner of today’s contest will receive 5lbs of fresh Kenai River Sockeye Salmon overnighted to their home, courtesy of Trish and Sara from Wild Alaskan Salmon Company. If you want to buy your own fresh-caught fish from them, head to SeaBeef.com.

The Contest:

How Primal is your kitchen? You may have seen Time Magazine’s pictorial titled, “What the World Eats.” The photo shoot featured families from different countries surrounded by the foods they eat in a week. While some families are clearly eating healthier than others, I couldn’t help but notice the thorough infiltration of Coca-Cola into the world diet, or the high percentage of processed foods consumed by any given family. So, I’m asking you to take your own pictures. Round up the kids (or parents, or fiance, or roommates) and toss all the groceries on the table, because I want people to see “What Grok Eats.” The pictures don’t have to be fancy, nor do they have to be 100% Primal (or even 80%, just so long as people can see what you eat in a week). Mad props go to the most Primal family, but the winner will be selected in a random drawing, so don’t feel obliged to play “Keeping up with the Grokses.” Email me the picture along with the subject heading: “Show Your Groceries Contest”. As long as there are groceries on the table and smiling faces, you’re entered to win.

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Contest: Primal Blueprint Recipe Video

The Prize:

If you’ve read my posts on beef jerky and dried fruit, you know that they are tasty and Primal, but tricky to make unless you have the right tools. Enter the food dehydrator. While some Primal folks actually use a car hood as a food dehydrator, I’m giving away this food dehydrator to make the process easier. Today’s prize donor is Excalibur. If you’re interested at all in food dehydration, take a look at their zappy video. And If you end up making a habit of drying your foods, these things will save you all the money you’d waste leaving your oven on for days at a time.

Food dehydrating is plenty of fun, but it’s twice as much fun if you’re dehydrating your foods while wearing Vibrams. That’s right, I’m giving away another pair of Vibram Fivefingers. If you win, you can hike in them, dehydrate food in them, or even get married in them. The winner will receive a choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers.

And because I can, I’m giving out a full line-up of Primal Nutrition products for this contest as well. The book, the shirt, the Vital Omegas, the Responsibly Slim, and the year’s worth of Damage Control Master Formula (12 canisters). If you’re planning on winning, you may want to clear some cabinet space.

To recap, the winner will receive:

1 Excalibur Food Dehydrator
1 pair of Vibram Fivefingers (your choice)
12 canisters of Damage Control Master Formula (1 each month for a year)
1 bottle of Vital Omegas
1 canister of Responsibly Slim
1 “Grok On!” T-Shirt (your choice of size and color)
1 copy of The Primal Blueprint

The Contest:

Finished yesterday’s workout video already? Now get to the kitchen…

Create and upload a Primal recipe video to YouTube. Whether you film your meat carving or salad prepping skills the recipe and how you present it is up to you. I’ll leave it wide open. The only requirement is that your video relates in some way to the Primal Blueprint eating plan. Show the world (how to prepare) your best Primal dish and you could be the winner of the complete Primal package listed above.

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How to Succeed with the Primal Blueprint

So, you’ve decided to take up the challenge to go Primal or Primal-keto. Now what? First things first. You have to know the basics. If you’re new to the Primal Blueprint the following article will be one of your best resources. Revisit it again and again until you’ve committed the concepts to memory. The graphs and charts are visual representations of the principles that are at the core of the Primal health philosophy and give you a taste of what it is in my book, The Primal Blueprint.

You’ve defined the “what.” If your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, increase energy or just generally look and feel healthier these graphics explain the basics of the “how.”
The Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve
What’ll It Be? The “Sweet Spot” or the “Danger Zone”?

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