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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: Share Your Success Story

The Prize:

Steve’s PaleoGoods – Steve’s Originals is now Steve’s PaleoGoods. The name may have changed, but Steve’s still serving up the same delicious hunks of grass-fed meat, raw nuts and dried berries all conveniently packaged together. And now he’s got paleo sauces, dressings, cereals and more, too. If your struggle during this first week of the 21-Day Challenge was finding healthy snacks or Primal meals while on-the-go, Steve’s got you covered. The lucky winner of today’s contest will receive 2 PaleoKrunch Samplers ($67.98), 2 Steve’s Club Samplers ($59.96), 2 Seasonal Samplers ($57.98), 2 PaleoChef Samplers ($66), and 2 Sauce Samplers ($44).

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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: Make a Primal Blueprint Recipe Video

The Prize:

$1000 Gift Certificate to Tendergrass Farms – As many of you know, Tendergrass Farms is a cooperative style online grass fed meat shop that exists for the purpose of economically sustaining small-scale American family farms that are raising meats in a pasture-centric manner without the use of artificial hormones, antibiotics, or GMOs and yet struggling to find customers who value their quality products. Tendergrass Farms accomplishes this vision by offering a convenient way for meat lovers to buy these farmers’ grass fed beef, pastured pork, pastured chicken, and pastured turkey whether they live in Detroit, New York, or a cave in southern California. The organization was born just a couple of years ago out of the need that their founding farmers saw for a bridge between the often geographically isolated family farmer and consumers all across the country who wanted to support them but didn’t have an easy way to do so. By implementing an ultra efficient dry ice shipping model they have created a unique way for the paleo community to buy meats of unparallelled quality directly from the farmers who need their support the most. If this sounds interesting to you, take a moment to watch their short 4-minute video about Sustaining Family Farms.

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The 2013 Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge Begins Now

If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, reduce stress, increase energy or just generally look and feel healthier you’ve come to the right place. Oh, and you can win lots of cool Primal gear, too. That’s right, it’s the annual Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge!

Before we get to all the details, let’s kick things off with a simple contest. Click on over to this page and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+ by using one of the icons on the left side of the page, AND leave a comment in the comment board below with your commitment to this year’s challenge. That’s it! Help spread the word about this year’s challenge and leave a comment, and you’ll be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to PrimalBlueprint.com.

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