Tag: reader-created content

How I Lost over 100 Pounds—and Gained Strength, Stamina and Control

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. In fact, I have a contest going right now. So if you have a story to share, no matter how big or how small, you’ll be in the running to win a big prize. Read more here.

I was always fat. No, seriously. My whole life, I was fat. In middle school I was around 160-180 pounds. In high school I hit 250 pounds. At my heaviest, a few years after college, I was 330 pounds. I never liked how I looked or how I felt. I didn’t like that I would get exhausted easily. I didn’t like that I would get injured easily and be sore. I didn’t like that I could be basically danced around in sporting events because I was so big and clumsy that I couldn’t move. I didn’t like the constant bloated feeling. I didn’t like being dateless.

I occasionally tried to get away from my soda and fast food diet, eating the standard American “healthy” diet of low fat, low calorie, whole grain diet with heavy exercise, and would sometimes have short term positive results, but I would be constantly hungry, unsatisfied, and get injuries which would derail my progress. A few months later, the weight and poor eating habits were back.

Read More

Contest Results: Grocery Time

 
I love seeing the pics submitted for this contest. It’s always a pleasure to see the happy, healthy, glowing faces of Mark’s Daily Apple readers. Not to mention the great looking food! Once again, many thanks to everyone that participated.

The lucky winner of this random drawing will take home a Kangaroo Pro, 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, 1 quart of Organic Coconut Cream Concentrate, a 2.2lb bag of Organic Coconut Flour, a 2.2lb bag of Organic Coconut Flakes, a 17oz jar of Organic Raw Honey, 6 jars of 14.2 oz. jars of PRIMALFAT™ – Virgin and Certified Organic Coconut Ghee, and 2lbs of fresh fish from Wild Pacific Salmon.

And the winner is…

Read More

Contest Results: Primal Post-Its

 
The submissions to this year’s Primal Post-Its contest provides a glimpse of the world seen through a decidedly Primal lens. There are some scathing remarks, some biting commentary, but mostly witty and humorous plays on words, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

Many thanks to everyone that participated in this contest. While you’re all winners in my book, only one person can take home the prize package. Before we get to the winner a quick shout out to PaleoTreats and Primal Island, both of whom have sponsored this contest.

This was a tough one to decide, but at the end of the day the Worker Bees and I held a blind vote for the best submission and winner is…

Read More

Contest Entries: 2013 Primal Blueprint Workout Videos

Here we go again: more reader-created videos! A couple weeks back I asked you to make a Primal Blueprint Workout video for a chance to win a prize package that includes an Ultimate Sandbag, a Praxis, a 30 foot 1.5? manila undulation rope from Cal Ropes, two exercise mats from Square 36, three RadRollers, and a Platinum Package. And make workout videos you did. You sent in videos with zombies, the Flintstones, a talking tree, and more; even an ode to Breaking Bad, Primal-style. Many thanks to everyone that submitted a video for this contest.

Read More

Contest Entries: 2013 Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos

A couple weeks back I asked you to film and share your favorite Primal Blueprint recipes for a chance to win a prize package that includes a $1000 gift certificate to Tendergrass Farms. We’ve got some great entries this year, from meat jello and bone broth to pumpkin spice latte and Primal chocolate chip cookies. Many thanks to everyone that submitted a video. I hope you had as much fun making them as we have watching them.

Watch all the videos in the playlist above or by following the links below, and check back later today when you’ll get a chance to vote for your favorite recipe video from the finalists the Worker Bees and I have chosen.

Read More

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”.

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

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. 🙂

Read More

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.

Read More

Latest Posts