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Begin Your Summer Self-Challenge Now! (plus a Chance to Win a Free Copy of Primal Cravings)

Ever since I was a kid in Northern New England, mid-July always had a foreboding kind of association. Sure, the black flies were good and gone by then. We were contentedly settled back into our routines of freedom and mayhem. It felt in some ways like summer had just begun! The calendar, however, said differently. Not only were we beyond the longest days of sunlight already, but we were moving into the waning half of summer itself. In a few short weeks, we?d be back in school, already plotting the following summer?s exploits. Though we can definitely take mid-July from a ?half empty? kind of perspective, these days I prefer to see the time as an effective kick in the pants – a salient reminder that ?hey, time to get going on all the remaining goals and schemes.? Seize the season, I guess you could say. With six weeks left in summer, who?s up for a self-challenge?

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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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Grokfeast in Ohio

On September 11th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 14 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
We are a young family of hunter-gatherers living in south-eastern Ohio. In preparation for our Grokfeast, we undertook our usual Saturday morning outing to the farmer’s markets, natural food store, and the local butcher. On our way to the feast, we stopped by the orchard that has been in my mom’s family for almost a century to get our “daily apples”.

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Grokfeast in Indiana

On September 11th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 14 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
Let’s just admit it. The kids are good foragers. They hunt and gather things that the rest of us don’t see. Like seasoned professionals, they rummage their surroundings for anything interesting. Unfortunately, these items are often dangerous and never elusive. Also unfortunate is the fact that they often end up in their mouths. (Why is it difficult to get my kids to eat kale, but not dirt?)

 

Taking a cue from our children, we were inspired to take their enthusiasm for foraging and turn it into an educational experience on two fronts – in our bellies and in our trash cans.

The plan:

Clean the trash from our diets
Clean the trash from our neighborhood
Teach the kids the difference between trash and food
Get dirty
Eat well
Have fun

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Grokfeast in Florida

On September 11th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 14 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
When my buddy Dani and I read about Grokfeast 2012 on Mark’s Daily Apple we thought: Primal food? Friends? Running around and playing like the 10 year olds we are? Sign us up!

So we rallied the troops. We are all at different points on the path towards health and wellness, but all are committed to eating clean, being fit and following the Primal Blueprint to the best of our abilities.

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Grokfeast in Iowa

On September 11th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 14 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
Our Grokfeast celebration was a delightful celebration of all of the finer things in life! The preparation was simple. We wanted the preparation to be pretty simple because we also wanted to spend time together playing in the sunshine with our new-found friend Grok. We spent a little over an hour getting our roast beast dish ready to cook in the morning (see recipe above) and we also cut up vegetables for a delicious green salad and a fruit dish. We then spent much of our day outside with Grok in the various Primal activities that he enjoys. We joined him and Grandma (who is 92) doing T’ai Chi. We all enjoyed doing the slow movements and just being together in the warm sunshine. We tried to video the activity but realized that the person who was holding the camera had forgotten to push the button. Grandma was willing and able to do another take. 🙂

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Grokfeast in Maryland

On September 11th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 15 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
We eat dinner with my parents and siblings every Tuesday night. So as soon as I saw the contest I thought perfect; my family has been listening to me drone on about Primal and Mark’s Daily Apple for 8-9 months, so it’s a perfect opportunity to show them what it’s all about.

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Grokfeast in Colorado

On September 11th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 14 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
We are two active Primal families, who are lucky enough to live in Green Mountain Falls, a great small town in the Colorado mountains. We love where we live. We can hike the trails from our backyards. It has been an interesting summer for us all. Both of our Dads are volunteer firefighters and they put the Primal lifestyle and CrossFit to the test, helping protect our town from the Waldo Canyon Fire. The fire line came within less than a mile from our homes, and a month later, flooding in the area from the burn scar destroyed our school playground. Happily, we are all safe and continue to enjoy our mountain playground!

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Grokfeast in Western Australia

On September 11th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 14 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
We started out by picking up some produce from the local markets. Finding some delicious local and grass fed meat, fresh organic vegetables and local free range eggs. Then we headed to the shops to pick up the rest of the ingredients. Including my favourites, 85% Black & Green’s organic chocolate, macadamias, bacon and butter. After packing up the car we set off on a 3 hour drive leaving Perth and heading down the west coast to Yallingup where we stayed for a Primal weekend of bliss.

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Grokfeast in Wisconsin

On September 11th I asked Mark’s Daily apple readers to host a Grokfeast (a picnic/party celebrating the Primal lifestyle) and to send me the results. The following is one of 14 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow courtesy of US Wellness.
My family is in that stage of life where our schedule is not our own. With involved children and 2 full time jobs,  there is very little time for unstructured activities. Like other families in this stage, when we do have free time we are cleaning, grocery shopping or running errands.

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