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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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Contest: Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize:

As far as workout equipment goes, the sandbag is uber-Primal. No need for weight machines, a well-built sandbag will give you a full body workout (I dare you to work just one muscle group with a sandbag, it’s impossible!). It’s the Grok equivalent of hauling a dead animal carcass, except without the funky smell and lingering gnats. Today’s unbustable lump of heavy is donated by Sandbag Fitness Systems. These bags are used by the Naval Academy, NFL teams, and Division I programs, so they’ll be tough enough for modern Groks. The winner will receive a choice of the Strength package or the Introductory package.

But wait, there’s more! A sandbag will help with strength training, but what about all that low level aerobic activity? For that, you’ll need a pair of Vibram Fivefingers. If you’ve read Mark’s Daily Apple at all in the last two years, you probably know how much we love these things. In fact, several Daily Apple all-stars are featured in the Vibram Fivefingers fan blog. The winner will receive a choice of any of Vibram’s four designs of Fivefingers.

Not enough? How about a full line-up of Primal Nutrition products. That’s right, I’m giving the winner my entire line of Primal products. The book, a Grok T-shirt, a bottle of Vital Omegas, a canister of Responsibly Slim protein powder (your choice of dutch chocolate or vanilla creme), and an entire year’s worth of Damage Control Master Formula (12 canisters!).

To recap, the winner will receive:

1 Elite Sandbag (this one or this one) from Sandbag Fitness Systems
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

That’s a major grab bag of Primal goodness, but it’ll take more than a comment to win this time. For this contest you’ll have to work up a sweat…

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The Challenge Begins Monday, August 3

Announcement: The Primal Blueprint Health Challenge officially begins this coming Monday, August 3.

If you are looking to lose weight, build muscle, increase energy, reduce stress or just generally get back on track this is the perfect opportunity for you to achieve any of your health and fitness goals.

Oh, and did I mention there will be prizes? To the tune of, say, over $6,000 in free stuff over the course of the month? That’s right, accompanying the Primal Blueprint Health Challenge will be 30 Days of Giveaways that will give you the chance to win some super cool Primal gear.

Visit Mark’s Daily Apple this coming Monday for all the details and be ready to get Primal. And tell all your friends, too! I have some special things lined up for newcomers.

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2009 Primal Health Challenge: Contest Prizes

I’m bringing back the annual Primal challenge in August, and this time I’m giving away prizes. The challenge is different this year. Rather than an all-or-nothing 30-days-at-100% challenge, this year the focus is on the transition, the daily choices and changes people make to go from unhealthy average Joe to healthy Primal Grok, or from healthy Grok to toned, alpha Grok. And whether or not you fully participate in the challenge, you still have a chance to win the prizes…

In addition to the regular blog post, we’ll have a contest post each weekday featuring a Primal-related product with details on how to win. Some of the prizes will simply require leaving a comment in the comment board, though a few of the better prizes will require a little leg and brain work (creating a Primal recipe or workout video, for instance). I’ve locked down several choice goodies like kettlebells, clubbells, and fresh caught Alaskan salmon, but I still have some spots open for additional prizes.

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2009 Primal Challenge Progress Report

We?re closing in on half a year now since I first announced the 2009 Primal Challenge ? the invitation to take on the Primal perspective and make it your own this year. Since then, we?ve come a long way, and I hope you have too. You?ve seen our redesign. Now I want to ask, how is yours going? To review, we started out the year with this question: on the scale of true wellness ? real vitality, where would you rate your life today? Remember your answers? What does that picture look like now? What continues to surprise you? Have you hit a new plateau? Experienced a new breakthrough? What?s the next leg of the journey for you ? the next summit? Pull up to the PB round table and let?s compare notes?.

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Weekend Primal Health Challenge

Just so you know, the workout and recipe posts I publish aren’t just for show. They’re meant to inspire and inform, and although I know most of you take them to heart, I suspect a lot of people take mental notes while reading them without ever actually trying them out (it’s only human, after all). While the actual workouts are grueling and the prep work for some of the recipes takes time, the real difficulty for most people lies in mustering the resolve to get up and just DO it. “It’s the weekend” (So? Fuel up for the coming week.), “It’s such a nice day” (Exactly! Get outside and enjoy it!), or my favorite, “I’ll work out tomorrow” (Even you don’t believe that.) – excuses are a dime a dozen. But making excuses becomes far more difficult if you actually get up and try the workouts and eat the food. You’ll realize living Primally isn’t bad at all; that it’s actually a rewarding lifestyle that allows you to eat great food and get great results (I guess listening to your genes and thousands of years of evolution will do that).

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