Friday, February 2, 2018

We Want To Share Your Stories (with a Giveaway)

Success stories will be back in their regular slot next Friday, but for today I want to issue an invitation. Now that we’ve turned the corner on the first month of the year, I know some of you have already seen big success with living Primal and/or going keto. And I’d love to share your stories—to help inspire others here and to offer the kind of varied and personal accounts that only reader experiences can. Will you join the hundreds of others who have helped along the way?

Over the years I’ve heard time and again about folks finally taking the plunge because of a story that touched them personally. Maybe they had the information, knew the Primal laws, had read the blog for weeks or months even, but another reader’s account of their journey brought it all home for them. The difficulties that person started with and the amazing transformation that resulted—this was a story they were somehow meant to read. It was what reached them—and put them on their own path to renewed health, more vitality, and a better life.

The fact is, when you share your own story, you never know who you’ll be helping. And that’s an awesome thing.

I’ll add that it doesn’t matter if you’ve reached your ultimate goals yet or are still on your way. If you’re feeling better, eating better, moving better, sleeping better and just living better, that’s what inspires people. I bet there are a whole lot of folks hesitating on the sidelines wondering if they can do this who would love to hear from someone who hasn’t necessarily reached their goal but is on their way—someone who’s a month or two in who can show them that the beginning isn’t as hard as they fear it will be. And that the benefits come sooner than they dare imagine.

Likewise, if you’re someone who went Primal years ago (and even submitted an earlier success story) but continue to live a better life than you dreamed because of the changes you made long ago—we want to hear how you’ve stayed the course, what adjustments you’ve found helpful, what long-term lessons have surfaced over the years. There’s nothing quite like a great update.

So, let me offer an incentive to kick us off…. 

The Giveaway

ketostarterkit_600xAnyone who sends me their success story along with photos will be entered to win a year’s supply of Primal Kitchen® Keto Kits—a shipment each month for the next 12 months. That’s 12 month’s worth of Primal Kitchen Mayo, Ranch Dressing, Balsamic Vinaigrette, and California Extra Virgin Avocado Oil.

I’m sure many of you have thought about sending your story in but just haven’t gotten around to it. There is no better time than now.

Write it up and include a few photos—the more the merrier, the bigger the better (since it’s easier to format for the site that way). Including both pre-Primal and post-Primal pics is even better, but isn’t required.

Don’t worry if you’re not a chiseled Adonis. This isn’t a “who’s the most ripped” competition. No matter where you’re at in your transformation,  tell me what going Primal has done for you so far.

I’m looking for interesting and personal tales. Details about your health history, how you found MDA and the Primal Blueprint, what has worked and what hasn’t, what differences you’ve seen in how you look and feel, and anything else you think readers might be able to learn from and you’re open to sharing are welcome. It doesn’t have to be a 3000-word essay, but it’s hopefully more than a few paragraphs. Feel free to be creative with your story format, too. Still, remember, good stories usually have a beginning, a middle, and an end—and honesty is king.

Check out other Success Stories here for ideas on how to write your own story.

Email me your story along with pictures. Please use the subject heading “My Primal Story.” Otherwise, there’s a good chance we might miss your submission.

Eligibility:

Anyone in the world can enter.

Additionally, everyone who has submitted a Success Story to Mark’s Daily Apple in the past is free to submit an updated story and new photos.

The Deadline:

Friday, February 16th, 2018, midnight PST

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

My staff and I determine which stories and accompanying photos get published on MDA. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen at random from those that are submitted by the deadline.

Thanks, everybody. I’m excited to read what you send—and to share it with our MDA audience. Have a great weekend.

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Don’t Miss This Keto f(x) Talk!

Inline_ElleMark your calendars! Host of the Primal Blueprint Podcast host and author of The Paleo Thyroid Solution, our very own Elle Russ, is speaking at Keto f(x)™ on Monday, February 5th. Elle’s session is “Your Thyroid on Paleo-Keto” (a topic I know many here are interested in). She’ll share little known truths about thyroid health, and how a keto diet interacts with it.

For more on what she’ll cover, check out her Facebook live discussion with Keto f(x)™ host, Keith Norris, also co-founder of Paleo f(x)™ and biohacker with a passion for bettering lives by teaching the art and science of physical culture.

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Keto f(x)™ is bringing together leading doctors, scientists and biohacking experts in the ketogenic diet. You will hear from 17 leaders over 10 days about the latest science and how to apply and optimize keto for stronger metabolism, brain and gut function, healthier thyroid and adrenal function, and more.

The event is FREE and online from January 29 – February 9, 2018! Get your free ticket today by registering HERE.

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Rainbow Superfood Salad

Roy G Biv!

You’ve heard it a million times – you have to eat the rainbow!

What gives plants their color? Phytochemicals. The “plant chemical” pigments are good for us because they have antioxidant properties. Free radicals are naturally created in the body and from certain external stressors like cigarette smoke, pollution, and too much sun. Antioxidants work to prevent oxidation (aka anti-oxidant!) and keep the cells in your body from free radical damage. The following pigments are some of the most well known of the over 10,000 phytochemicals out there. The more colors you can eat, the better off you are!

In RED = Lycopene

Helps keep the heart healthy and protects against some cancers.

In ORANGE and YELLOW= BetaCarotene

Converted into vitamin A and supports healthy eyes and a strong immune system.

In GREEN = Chlorophyll

Works together with other vitamins and minerals to help protect against cancer.

In BLUE and PURPLEAnthocyanin

Boosts the immune system and reduces the risk of cancer.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone ate an antioxidant salad every single day? Imagine all the rainbows we’d be eating! (I wonder if our you-know-what would look like this! Haha!)

I took some of my favorite fruits and vegetables and made the prettiest salad in town.

Tomatoes, orange pepper, frozen roasted corn, blueberries, baby spinach, and purple cabbage.

(Plus a homemade dressing with olive oil, white vinegar, zesty mustard, and dried herbs.)

All mixed up with dressing, walnuts and goat cheese on top (because brown and white were feeling left out…) this salad made for an awesome lunch!!

Of all the colors of foods, which is your favorite? I think I’d have to go with red – peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, and raspberries are all so delicious! Second place would go to white – ice cream, Greek yogurt, and cheese! YES! Healthy in their own way, right?

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