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January 03, 2018

What Will 2018 Mean For Your Life? (And a Giveaway)

By Mark Sisson
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Inline_2018_KickoffEvery New Year, the cynics are quick to tell you how arbitrary all the motivational messages, resolutions, and new beginnings are. It’s just another day, they grumble. And, sure, they have a point.

You could start that new diet, join that new CrossFit box that just opened down the street, and finally pursue the dream job you’ve always wanted on March 7th, February 15th, or August 3rd. It doesn’t have to be January 1st. Any day will do. The New Year is somewhat arbitrary.

But we’re social animals who thrive in the presence of others. We feed off the energy around us to fuel our own initiative. On some level we’re always looking to what the group is doing for motivation, if not direction. The New Year presents a unique opportunity that way for all of us. Why would we not take advantage of the tailwind?

Taking that first step toward substantive change isn’t always easy. Taking the next steps each day can get lonely. The mood changes, however, when those around you are buzzing with the same intention. This time of year, whatever space you’re in, it’s often full of humans doing, planning, and discussing big changes. Some of it is false bravado of course. Many will fail. Many will never even begin. But the energy is there, it feels real, and it’s infectious. Wasting the global and local momentum would be a big mistake.

New Year’s cynic or no, there’s no better day than today. There isn’t even any other day than today. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow hasn’t materialized. This moment is all that exists. It’s your only option. And—zip—there it went. Moments go fast. Better grab the next.

Yesterday’s post was a fantastic start. Erin’s WHY x5 is an essential tool for digging into your root desires and motivations for change. If you haven’t already, read it and go download the WHY x5 PDF. Fill it out and then come on back. I’ll wait.

Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, change, or become—and you have something (or somethings) very specific written down—it’s time to gather or shore up any knowledge and know-how you might be lacking. It’s important to know the nuts and bolts of Primal living, eating, and training, as you’ll presumably be utilizing them to enact the changes you desire.

Primal Resources Ready and Waiting

Many of you know these topics inside and out. Others do not. The former group can take the opportunity to discover what they’re missing, what they’ve forgotten, what they never knew. The latter group will be in uncharted territory. Here’s how to navigate:

1. Primal Blueprint Challenge page – On this page you’ll be introduced to the basics of the Primal Blueprint and can follow numerous links to learn more (including a link to join the 21-Day Challenge community on Vimify).

2. The Books – I’d especially recommend The New Primal Blueprint book if you haven’t picked it up already. With loads of updated information, graphics and details, it’s a comprehensive, go-to source for Primal living.

3. What to cook? – Check out the Primal Blueprint Recipes on MDA and our cookbooks as well as the suggestions in the 21-Day Total Body Transformation book.

4. The Newsletter – Sign up on this page to get several free ebooks, a 7-day course on the fundamentals of lifelong health, and more.

While we won’t be doing a formal 21-Day Challenge on MDA until late spring, we’ve got plenty of good in store.

As for the MDA blog, this month we’ll be focusing on practical, actionable information you can use to fuel your healthy 2018 intentions, and we’ll have giveaways throughout all of January to celebrate. Check back each day so you don’t miss your chance to take part! 

Steep Yourself In Community

We’re social beings, remember? Books and blog posts and research can only get you so far. We also need the community, a living breathing thing that reacts and responds to you.

Sometimes you want to hear health and fitness experts have conversations about the types of topics that could change lives—like yours. Check out the Primal Blueprint Podcast hosted by Elle Russ (and sometimes Brad Kearns and myself), and the Primal Endurance Podcast hosted by Brad Kearns. Both are excellent.

There’s a great MDA Facebook group, extremely active and full of motivated posters, Primal Health coaches, and other enthusiasts. Go join so you can take part in the conversation (and have questions answered).

There’s also a Keto Reset Facebook group that you should join if you’re thinking about going keto. It gives you access to thousands of enthusiasts and experts who love talking about everything related to keto.

For either FB group, lurking is fine. You don’t have to participate, though you’ll probably derive more pleasure and success if you do.

The MDA forums are archived and read-only as of last month, but those archives contain valuable information and fascinating conversations between members on thousands of topics. It’s hard to summarize. Just go look.

You’ve got the tools, the knowledge, the goal in mind. Next comes the hard-easy part: action.

You stand at the base of a tall mountain, gazing up at your New Year’s goal glittering at the peak. There’s a path up, and it looks perilous but possible. Daunting but doable. You can do it. Will you? Take that first step and find out.

And Now A Giveaway For Your Thoughts…

Ranch_600xNow I’m going to ask you to fill in the next part. What do you need to make your intention happen—and what can we do on Mark’s Daily Apple to help you? What resources, topics, or ideas will give you a leg up? I’m looking for a whole swarm of possibilities, folks, so don’t be shy.

Let me know what your 2018 intentions are and how the bees and I can help you find success this year. No matter what your goal or your situation, the New Year can be the start of something big for your life.

I’ll choose 15 random commenters from the comment board below to receive a bottle of Primal Kitchen® Ranch Dressing—well, because the more, the merrier. Comment before midnight tonight (1/3/18 PST) to be eligible.

Thanks, everybody. Let’s make 2018 the best yet!

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Stefan
Stefan
1 month 19 days ago

Just be careful to not extinguish when the crowd gives up!

Ryan Parnham
1 month 19 days ago
With all of the keto discussions lately and some people dabbling in it from time to time (that describes myself) and others staying in keto for longer periods of time, I am interested in feedback from those who are staying in ketosis over, say, 2-3 months or more and what are various biomarkers looking like? Things such as fasting insulin, fasting glucose, hsCRP, lipid numbers, blood pressure, body comp, etc. I’m a clinician so I like the numbers side of things. I prefer to see “before keto” lab testing and then lab testing during various time intervals. I know not… Read more »
Cliff
Cliff
1 month 19 days ago
I can only speak for myself on this one, but I have been keto since August 2016. I know many are concerned about cholesterol/LDL, although, after all the research I have done on PubMed, I think there are FAR better markers. Anyway, my cholesterol went from right about 200-210 when I started with HDL about 40 and trigs very high and LDL in the 110-120 range. My HDL and LDL both went up significantly out of the gate and my trigs dropped dramatically giving me a total cholesterol as high as 298. From the research I had done, this was… Read more »
David
David
1 month 19 days ago

Cliff, 1) Regarding cholesterol lipids, check out the n=1 experiments that Dave Feldman is doing at CholesterolCodeDotCom. By manipulating his dietary intake, he dropped LDL from 200ish to 100ish in SEVEN days. 2) Regarding blood glucose, it’s sometimes high on keto regardless. A better measure may be HOMA-IR

Cliff
Cliff
1 month 18 days ago
thanks. Feldman is one of the people I have read. Although cholesterol manipulation is not really my interest. I am more focused on disease. As such, I got my heart scanned for calcium and my CAC was mild, but higher than average which shows that decades of “good” cholesterol levels but bad ratios did me no good. I will be going back this summer to see what, if any change there has been to see the effect of correcting my ratios – particularly HDL to trigs which seems to have the highest correlation to disease. HOMA-IR for me shows I… Read more »
Naomi
Naomi
1 month 15 days ago
I suspect I’m somewhat anomalous, having always had high HDL, but I’m happy to share biomarkers. I’ve got tons of data, but here are a few before and after data points. The 2010 and 2012 data were during a low-fat, largely vegetarian diet. The 2013 and 2016 data were after I went Primal in February 2013 and very low carb in August 2013. I’ve been in nutritional ketosis most of the time since then. Below are: total cholesterol; direct LDL; HDL; Triglycerides; hsCRP; glucose; HBA1C 2010: 139; 24; 112; 22; 0.7; 99; 5.3 2012: 125; 36; 86; 14; 0.6; 90;… Read more »
paleofam321
paleofam321
1 month 19 days ago

I’m really hoping to get a Primal Health Coaching business up and running. I just need to think about how I can support my family as I transition away from the steady income I have now.

Ant
Ant
1 month 19 days ago

I’m the same boat. Good luck!

Brad
Brad
1 month 19 days ago

I would like to have a MDA or Primal Blueprint App on my smartphone to quickly access information while out living life. Information could include primal recommendations for dining out, a library of common foods with their macros, analysis of common supplements, or a random body-weight exercise challenge. I love the search feature on the MDA website but it’s not necessarily mobile-friendly.

Joe
1 month 19 days ago

About a year ago, I made the commitment to go primal after reading Primal Blueprint and lost roughly 40 lbs. effortlessly. Unfortunately, not abiding by my P’s and Q’s I’ve gained 15 lbs. back mostly through meaningless calories (beer!). This is a great time of year to dive back in and do a reset, so I bought Keto Reset. Now I’m even more committed to the lifestyle. Thanks, Mark, you communicate complex ideas very simply and easy to follow!

Samantha
Samantha
1 month 19 days ago
I agree with the buzz/mood having an impact – 4 of my colleagues and I are taking on the Whole30 in January, and agreed to make lunch for each other – it’s been so fun to exchange recipes and get to know one another! The community aspect of it is making us all stronger and more solidified in our participation. One of my big goals is to reflect on each day at the end of the day – either journaling, talking with my husband, meditation, yoga, etc. The biggest thing MDA could help with – how to stay on top… Read more »
Brett
Brett
1 month 19 days ago

Sam? Is that you!! Brett

Stef
Stef
1 month 19 days ago

I’ve been following a strict Paleo diet by the advice of my Naturopath to assist with fertility. I’m now pregnant and am completely turned off any of the foods that I’ve been eating for the past 10 weeks. Do you have any resources for pregnant woman that may have food aversions while following the diet? I am obviously not a restricted now that I’ve become pregnant but want to continue with the amazing results I’ve seen so far (better sleep, less congestion, more energy, etc…).

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
1 month 19 days ago

For anyone who has read the previous Primal Blueprint, would you be able to give me a quick comparison of if the new one is worth the purchase.

Brad
Brad
1 month 19 days ago
Andrew Weston
Andrew Weston
1 month 19 days ago

My intention for 2018/2019 is to do an iron-distance triathlon the primal/paleo way. since i shifted my diet to paleo in 2013, i have successfully done half-iron distance triathlons, but i haven’t tested myself with a full. i think Primal Blueprint has given me all the info i need (between posts here and in the Primal Endurance book and podcast), so i think i am not asking you for anything more, just using this as my public statement of my plans/goals. cheers, and thanks.

Beth
Beth
1 month 19 days ago

I am 10 weeks postpartum and have significant diastasis recti separation. I’m going to be doing a very gentle 12 week physical therapy program before I get into the swing of full activity. That starts this Friday. I’d be interested in connecting with a likeminded group of postpartum moms. I’m sure I could find them on the FB group(s), but direction would be helpful. I’d also like to see your take on healing foods and exercise for DR separation.

The app idea is a great one, too!

Brendan
Brendan
1 month 19 days ago
I am confident (probably overly so) that this movement towards primal, carb restricted, high fat eating is making me healthier, but am wary of recommending it to others, specifically my father. He is 65 years old, 6’2″ and a bad 230, with a history of heart disease. I want him healthy but still hold a fear that switching his eating to high-fat at this point in his life could literally kill him… is there any information available about the switch later in life from a high carb to a high-fat diet and danger to high heart attack risk people?
Patrick
1 month 19 days ago

Brendan I am 59 and have been eating hf/lc for ten years with intermittent fasting introduced around five years ago. I am fitter now than I was ten years ago and am leaner. Heart disease is a product of the high carb/sugar diet with toxic fats. Maybe Mark could take this up but the search engine on Mercola.com has loads of information on this.

Alice
Alice
1 month 18 days ago
Hi Brendan…I am 67 and began Primal eating a little over one year ago. I was so impressed with my results (lost 30 lbs with little effort) that I became a student/graduate of the PB Health Coaching program for my own personal reasons, not to necessarily coach people. The only thing I can tell you is that your Dad (or anyone else you want to recommend to Primal lifestyle) needs to be committed to making this change for themselves. As much as you want it for your Dad, there is a big difference between that and HIM really wanting to… Read more »
Ian
Ian
1 month 19 days ago

Primal isn’t new to me, but it is to my wife. She’s got the low-carb flu! I think if she can make it through that, the worst is over.

Emily
Emily
1 month 19 days ago
I found MDA back in 2011 about 6 months after having my daughter. It was just by chance that I ran across someone on FB talking about The Primal Blueprint and MDA. After reading Mark’s explanation of living a Primal style life I thought “THIS IS IT! THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR!”. I had tried for years to lose weight and keep it off. I went on to lose 70 pounds of pre & post baby weight and eat healthier than I ever have in my entire life. I found a lifestyle that just made total sense to… Read more »
Myranda
Myranda
1 month 19 days ago

Primal beginnings with baby. Title and all ready to go ; ) . Information on being primal while pregnant, post-delivery then introductions when a baby starts eating real foods.

wildgrok
wildgrok
1 month 19 days ago

To improve my resolutions I need a new electric bike with spare batteries, the lightest available and not to have to pay for it.

Captain Ron
Captain Ron
1 month 19 days ago

I have a few goals, in no particular order 🙂

1. Try do do something about my loose skin
2. Build Muscle
3. Finish the PHC course
4. Launch by business

hcc
hcc
1 month 19 days ago

I’m on Day 31 of a Whole 60 and come here often for support and inspiration. I’m recovering from an injury and am focusing on strength and mobility. Lots of resources for that here! Thanks.

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
1 month 19 days ago

My goal for 2018 is to somehow obtain a bottle of Primal Kitchen® Ranch Dressing. A simple, but powerful goal that could unleash my true primal self and bring me fame, fortune, wine, women and song. Or at lease be a healthy addition to salads and for dipping carrots and other veggies into.

Karen
Karen
1 month 19 days ago

I’m involved in a Whole30 group that started Jan. 1. Today I’m enjoying the first two Primal Kitchen products I’ve bought – the green goddess dressing and the mayo.

Andi Boyer
Andi Boyer
1 month 19 days ago
My clients are experiencing great success in their medical conditions, yet, not all have not seen the desired change on the scale. These folks are constantly under tremendous stress. We have set goals around reducing this, but “real life” gets in the way. These folks are also data driven, so it would be really helpful to have as much information as possible (in one place) that easily describes the scientific impact of stress on the scale. Something that could be forwarded electronically would be even better! And something motivating so that I can help them set the goals that are… Read more »
Gary
Gary
1 month 19 days ago
I’d like to begin my primal journey. I’m fearful that it’ll be tougher than I expect given that my entire family won’t embark at the same time. I’m in good shape and continue to put forth the effort but am looking forward to taking the leap forward with my overall health and wellness. I’m looking for practical ways to go it alone, yet not alone at the same time within my family. How to cook for one but also for six. How to shop for one but also for six. I also don’t want to simply do it cheaply but… Read more »
Deb Bonogofsky
Deb Bonogofsky
1 month 19 days ago

I’m planning on continuing this way of life through 2018 and on forever since I feel so much better at 63 than I did at 62.

Rachel
Rachel
1 month 19 days ago
I agree with a few of the comments already posted, and wanted to add. My husband and I will be trying to start a family and I’m very interested in how to utilize the primal/paleo lifestyle to improve fertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and infant/toddler health. I feel like there is so much information out there about how primal principles can be used to lose weight and become healthy, but not as much for how to utilize it in different phases of life, particularly for women. And another intention of mine is finding a way to use what I’ve learned through my… Read more »
Erica
Erica
1 month 19 days ago
I have done the keto reset, following the book and am now doing a 6 week strict keto stint. so far, so good 😉 my weight ( at age 54, post menopause) is lower than it has been in probably the last 10 years and for the first time ever I am not hungry or craving. my main aim is to be rid of hunger and craving and food obsession for good. I am also a physical therapist who works with a lot of clients who are seriously overweight and I also work in the field of oncology so the… Read more »
Emily
Emily
1 month 19 days ago

One of the most important aspects of Paleo for me is how to look at individual needs – not a one size fits all approach. I’m hoping to pay more attention to my specific reactions to foods in the coming year!

Ninette
1 month 19 days ago

I enjoy the Primal/Keto way of living, NOW it’s just trying to get my husband on board.

Alessandra Abdala
1 month 19 days ago

I´d like more tips for staying healthy while crossfitting. I decided to join a box this month, alredy went to a first class. I worry about undereating and crossfit as it is so intense.

Connor
Connor
1 month 19 days ago

I’m setting some major life goals and hoping to make progress toward them this year. Three of them are a swimming goal (6 miles), a bench press goal, and a deadlift goal. Being primal will help me each these!! 🙂

Chris V.
1 month 19 days ago

In 2018, continue to be the voice of math, science, and reason in diet and lifestyle. I am new follower of MDA, and a new owner of the Primal Blueprint. One thing that has resonated with me thus far in which I hope you continue in the new year, is your focus on community and helping each other get better.

Karrie Lawson
Karrie Lawson
1 month 19 days ago

2018 means I am taking back my health from the establishment and make my 50th year the best yet. Heal my skin, heal my gut, and finally feel great again instead of just, “Meh”. Who knows, maybe I’ll want to become a coach!

Rick cabral
1 month 19 days ago
I’m 61 yrs old and first started the paleo primal blueprint in early 2012. Back then, I weighed 215 lbs (5’ 10”) and I was pre-diabetic. Over the course of 2012 I lost 40 lbs, down to 175lbs and my blood markers were in the normal range again. All good, except over the years, particularly when I retired in May 2015, I started to go off the primal blueprint and have gained about 10 lbs or so. Well, my 2018 plan is to get back on the blueprint and lose those 10 or so lbs. I have continued to walk/hike… Read more »
Larry Collier
Larry Collier
1 month 19 days ago

I am so interested in the effects of this WOE for long term success.

Mary
Mary
1 month 19 days ago

I love the idea of a Ketor Reset Diet or primal Blueprint app (someone posted about that below)!

David cowan
David cowan
1 month 19 days ago

The chance to live the whole year awesome and wear 5 fingers everyday.

chuck miles
1 month 19 days ago

To be able to laugh when I look back and think I made it through just fine.

Jason S Harrington
Jason S Harrington
1 month 19 days ago

Recently purchased Quick and Easy Meals and 21-day total body, to add to my primal collection. Have been eating (mostly) primal and figured now is a good time to step it up a notch. Good luck to all and a Happy New Year!

Robin
Robin
1 month 19 days ago

2018 will be a continuation of the good things that I started doing for myself since May 20th, 2017. I lost 15 pounds, gave up sugar, and eat a lot healthier now. Now it’s time to tackle the exercise. I work in a kitchen, so I lift heavy things and move a lot, but I’m a couch potato when I get home. I am focusing on bodyweight exercises to balance out my muscles. Also stretching to relieve some of the pain I feel when I get home from work. 2018 is going to be the year I start aging backwards!

vini
vini
1 month 19 days ago

My intentions are to make progress in several areas of my life–health, finances and personal growth .Please encourage baby steps/

Lisa
Lisa
1 month 19 days ago

Refining primal/keto for me this year, and trying to pinpoint those foods that seem to throw my body into a tizzy…and figure out why. Would love to see more simple recipes…I love recipes that are 5-6 ingredients or less, but aren’t the same old same old…. With a full household (8 children) I need easy and varied! Thanks so much!

Mary
Mary
1 month 19 days ago

I resolve to be more committed to my Primal lifestyle! I’ve gotten lazy over the past 6 months and those Christmas cookies did quite a number on my IBS & Hashimoto’s! UGH…………..

John and Sandy Cassinerio
John and Sandy Cassinerio
1 month 19 days ago
My wife and I are going to complete what we refer to as a “12-12-in 12” challenge, where we will run 12 running events (5K or 10K) in 12 different cities in the PNW in 12 months. We are also planning on completing the Primal health Coach program by year-end. We have been Paleo/primal for about 5 years now, and appreciate the simplicity of the Primal Blueprint philosophy and the research that backs up the philosophy. We make our own dressings and condiments which in itself is a fantastic way to become more aware of what you actually put in… Read more »
Erika taysom
Erika taysom
1 month 19 days ago

I want to incorporate a more primal lifestyle with my whole family, however I have really young kids. I want to do this to be overall healthier as well see if it helps my 3 year old’s immune system. Is it best to change the kid’s eating style cold turkey or gradually over some time?

Dana
Dana
1 month 19 days ago

I think in 2018 I am ready to completely change all aspects of my life not just weight but my health and happiness. I have been following this for awhile and have a best friend who is in great health and shape because of primal keto eating. I would love to have an app like my fitness pal but solely for primal and keto eating 🙂

Olivia
Olivia
1 month 19 days ago

My goals for the year- relax, chill out, day f it every once in a while, and start enjoying life!

Kieran
Kieran
1 month 19 days ago

My diet and health game are strong, but I need to settle into a career and start making more money and doing something sustainable for the long run, retirement, and longevity accrual. Looking forward to focusing on my career, and not losing any momentum on my already healthy, primal, paleo regimen.

Christoph
1 month 19 days ago

Ultra Runner here I am very confused with how to make this all work when using MAF, but losing all my speed and not sure if I am eating enough. My weight loss stalled, my running progress stalled. So, have to go back to the basics it is for me.

Kevin
Kevin
1 month 19 days ago

I am going to tame the Beast (48kg kettlebell) using the Simple and Sinister program by Pavel Tsatsouline! Also going to work on finding happiness through gratitude for what my life offers me now versus drowning in anxieties for things I cannot control.

Jennifer Brannon
1 month 19 days ago

My intentions for this year are to run 3 5ks (JUST got back into running after about a year off), lose the other half of the weight I gained about 5 years ago (another 30 lbs, give or take a few), and start my new proofreading business!

Sarah V
Sarah V
1 month 19 days ago

I’m working towards completing a certification, swearing less, and continued improvement to not just sitting there in 2018.

Lucy
Lucy
1 month 19 days ago

I believe being able to find and obtain a copy of Primal Woman by Carrie Sisson would help me achieve my 2018 goal of becoming healthier.

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