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Contest: Prizes for Your Thoughts

The Prize:

Squatty Potty – You think Grok took a seat on a porcelain throne when nature called? Of course not! Toilets are modern inventions. Grok squatted, and so should you. Why? Well, squatting opens up the colon for fast and easy elimination, which is said to relieve constipation, straining issues, hemorrhoids, bloating and more. But what are we to do? Is it time for all-out bathroom renovations? No, there’s a simpler solution, and that’s where Squatty Potty comes to the rescue. Watch the video below to learn what a Squatty Potty is and win one today by participating in this contest!

The first 50 participants of this contest will get a free Squatty Ecco.

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Contest: Be Featured in the Upcoming Book The Primal Teen

When you guys ask, I certainly try my very best to deliver. Within the Primal community there’s been a growing demand for information about the differences between being a Primal man and woman, like the effects of fasting, battling cellulite, and dealing with menopause. As many of you know, my wife Carrie began her research on the topic and we are eagerly bringing you Primal Woman mid-next year.

However, is there another group of individuals I’ve left out? What about teenagers? I’m sure you all remember growing up and dealing with new hormones, peer pressure, and the opposite sex. Heck, if you can’t remember that far back, you probably have some youngsters of your own going through these issues as we speak.

If listening to mom tell them what to eat isn’t sticking, and The Primal Blueprint is too big of an undertaking at their age, you’ll be as excited as I am about our latest addition to Primal Blueprint Publishing, The Primal Teen: A Health, Fitness, and Lifestyle Survival Guide for the Modern Girl currently being written by Leslie Klenke. (Don’t worry; she will deliver a Primal Teen for boys next, but ladies first!)

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Midpoint Check-In: The Power of Community (Plus a Simple Comment Contest)

With all the action around here, it’s amazing to me we’re already at the midpoint of the 21-Day Challenge! The flood of feedback, comments and contest participation has been awesome, and it’s all a reminder of how great a community this is. It never ceases to amaze me actually just how positive a group we have. Seriously, in all the blogosphere, I’ve never stumbled upon anything like it, and I have people tell me as much all the time. Sure, the growth and engagement that all the web number crunchers measure are stellar, but I’m talking deeper than that. I mean the genuine support that is shared here.

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Contest: Subscribe for New eBook and Chance to Win

The Prize:

Have you noticed that the number of companies selling Primal-friendly products online has drastically increased in recent years? I take that to be a good thing. While a constant refrain on Mark’s Daily Apple is to eat local, eat fresh, and shop at farmers markets, and while I maintain that this is the most reliable way to get the best, most nutritious food, it’s not in the cards for everyone, nor are “local” options always enough. After all, what’s a person to do in the dead of a Minnesota winter for local grass-fed beef? How am I supposed to get local coconut oil, living in Los Angeles, when coconuts don’t grow here? Just because a food isn’t local doesn’t preclude its importance – or even necessity – in a Primal lifestyle, so thank goodness these online retailers exist. But I’ve found myself feeling a little overwhelmed with all the options. Who should I trust as my source of Primal foods that I can’t get locally? Who is the preferred online vendor of grass-fed beef jerky or organic coconut oil? I found myself wishing there was a reliable guide to online retailers selling Primal-friendly products. Since one didn’t exist, I took it upon myself to create it, and today I’m giving it away to all Mark’s Daily Apple newsletter subscribers for free.

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Contest: Grocery Time

The Prize:

A Kangaroo – Not a living, jumping, boxing, marsupial. This kangaroo is the solution for people who want to stand at work. Made by Ergo Desktop, the Kangaroo Pro is an adjustable height desk unit that sits atop your boring sit-down desk. There’s really nothing else on the market like it. These are handmade in Ohio and shipped entirely assembled. Ergo Desktop has various models and finishes to match your office and the size of your computer. Perfect for folks who work eight hours a day and don’t want to sit themselves into back problems later in life. These are also a good option if your workplace is permanently affixed with desks of the sitting variety. You know I’m a big proponent of standing at work. This is your chance to win a standing workstation. Retail value: $499.

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Contest: Primal Post-Its

The Prize:

PaleoTreats – Founded in 2009, PaleoTreats is the original paleo dessert company. They are dedicated to staying totally paleo (that means no grains, no gluten and no dairy), and to making sure their treats taste as good or better than their conventional equivalents. Their best seller is the Mustang Bar which is comprised of just 11 simple ingredients: almond butter, coconut oil, walnuts, honey, almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, almond flour, coconut, vanilla, salt. Be on the lookout for a new release called the Bandito Bar (due out in October), which they’re saying will be the closest thing to a chocolate peanut butter cup you’ll find in paleo. The winner of six of each of their treats. Retail value: $102.50.

BONUS: Use coupon code MDA10 at PaleoTreats to get 10% off your order through the end of the month.

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Contest: Social Media Love for Primal Pacs

The Prize:

Organic, grass-fed, grass-finished beef jerky, dried mango, roasted and salted macadamia nuts, marcona almonds and dried cranberries, all conveniently vacuum-sealed into perfect serving sizes and delivered directly to your front door? Umm… yes please! And don’t forget Primal Pacs have no preservatives, grains or gluten, so they’re perfectly Primal.

The lucky winner of today’s contest gets 25 Large Primal Pacs. Retail value: $160.

BONUS: For the next two days only, use promo code mda to get free shipping on your order at Primal Pacs.

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Contest: Ask Me a Question. Win a Book.

The Prize:

The Paleo Primer is the latest publication from Primal Blueprint Publishing, and a wonderful new book from British health and fitness consultants Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore (this book is an adaptation of their popular UK release called Fitter Food). When Keris and Matt first shared their work with me, I knew immediately it was something special. These folks, who run a popular fitness and wellness center called Fitter London, have produced a book that is half “primer” and half incredibly creative recipes. The primer section distills the major concepts of primal/paleo/ancestral health living into clever and memorable short passages, spiced up by hilarious cartoon drawings. Learn more about the book and view an excerpt here.

Three lucky winners will receive a free copy of this book.

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Contest: Make a Primal Blueprint Workout Video

The Prize:

A sandbag from Ultimate Sandbag – I’ve been using one of these bags for several years now and the thing is still going strong. The one at my office has been lifted, tossed, and dropped by the 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 standup workstation and you’ll begin seeing your workday in a whole new light. The winner will get a choice of one of two sizes of ultimate sandbag. Retail value: between $99 and $129. Check out the Ultimate Sandbag in action here.

BONUS: Use promo code primalusb to receive 15% off any purchase at Ultimate Sandbag through Oct. 31. And that’s not all…

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Contest Poll: The 2012 Grokfeast Challenge

I’d like to thank the 14 groups who participated in the Grokfeast Challenge this year. Your level of creativity, commitment, and enthusiasm serves as a hallmark for Primal living at its best. It’s been an immense pleasure reading and publishing your experiences on Mark’s Daily Apple.

As good as they all were (seriously, again, great job, everyone), only one group can win the cow. One more shout out to US Wellness, who is donating all the grass-fed beef. If you ever want to take your beef eating to the next level, hit up their newsletter and join the grass-fed revolution.

OK, now on to business. Below are the four finalists. I’ve posted the finalists’ videos and picture, but please click through to the individual posts before voting. Check out the recipes and read their stories. Then vote on the Grokfeasters who you believe best captured the spirit of going Primal. You have until Monday at 4:00 PM PDT to vote.

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