The June 21-Day Staff Challenge begins right now! The community board on Vimify is already hopping this morning as folks share their goals in the Challenge and what they’re doing today toward those intentions. By the way, be sure to sign up on the Vimify app today, since it’s the last day to join FREE during this Challenge cycle.

As I mentioned in last week’s Summer Reset post, this Challenge is all about getting a foothold on the summer you want. It’s about living the good life at its finest and healthiest.

And today in the service of that aim I’m especially pleased to introduce the ultimate in 21-Day Support: the fabulous new Primal 21-Day Reset, a comprehensive online multimedia educational course that represents the single easiest and most impactful way to go Primal.

This package is the ideal resource for your Challenge experience—a total immersion video, audio and print material course that walks you step by step through the material covered in The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation book, particularly the 21-Day Challenge experience that’s presented in the back of the book. The 21-Day Challenge consists of three daily Action Items and journal exercises in the categories of Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle. The intent is to get you taking action and learning valuable strategies to transform your diet, optimize your exercise program, and dial in the complementary lifestyle behaviors that can make or break your success with Primal dietary efforts.

You may have seen the Primal Transformation online course that we have been offering for a couple of years. This “new” course is an expansion of the previous offering to include a comprehensive library of video instruction. This effort as part of a larger commitment to increase our video instructional offerings at Primal Blueprint Publishing, essentially recognizes the unique efficiency and engagement offered by video. We’ve had a number of course participants share that they gain a deeper immersion into the subject matter when it’s presented through video format.

Brad Kearns, my longtime writing partner, hosts the 21-Day Challenge videos, helping you do a pantry purge, calculate your macros, implement safe, effective sprint and strength training sessions, optimize your sleep habits and sleeping environment, and guide you through every objective presented for each of the 21 days of the challenge.

What I like about his course is that it’s a very focused and guided journey. People read the Primal Blueprint and come back to me straight up and say, “I get it, I believe it in, now can’t you just tell me exactly what to do?” And, sure, “Living Awesome” isn’t about strict regimentation or cookie cutter prescriptions. However—I also recognize that in the age of information, we rarely fail due to lack of knowledge, but rather lack of follow through.

Lindsay Taylor, Ph.D., Primal Blueprint Publishing’s senior writer and researcher, my co-author of the Keto Reset Instant Pot Cookbook and the upcoming Keto Reset Cookbook, and UC Berkeley-trained behavioral psychologist, says that it’s essential to re-commit to measurable and specific goals each day in order to maximize your chances of success and fulfillment. Too often, a person’s Primal commitment falls through the cracks of busy life, particularly when more specific, intense and focused expectations are thrown at them every day. Sometimes you need to swoosh up and just do it—and by it, I mean a specific daily action item.

In keeping with that principle, on Day 1 you’re going to purge your pantry with Brad, and on Day 8 and Day 19 you’ll conduct some sprint workouts. Brad will demo a pantry purge for you with exact guidelines, and on the sprint days, you’ll go through the warm-up sequence of dynamic stretches and preparatory drills, and then conduct a formal workout. All brought to life on video for your complete guidance and encouragement. (You can see more information on video selections in the package here.)

The 21 Day Primal Reset course is like having a personal trainer come to your door every single day for 21 days to get things tight and do it right!

When you graduate this course, you’ll have a nice understanding of the 8 Key Concepts and 5 Action Items that frame the 21-Day Reset, and you’ll have developed tremendous momentum toward lasting lifestyle transformation by completing the 21-Day Challenge. Even if you are a longtime devoted Primal enthusiast, it may help you tremendously to dive into an immersion course. My friend Melissa Hartwig informs me that a good percentage of Whole30® participants are repeaters who just like to tidy up loose ends, fine-tune their approach, and stay focused through the busier times of life.

Here’s what you’ll enjoy with the complete 21-Day Primal Reset digital package:

For those who wish, we also have add-on product kits that include Primal Kitchen® and Primal Nutrition products for a substantial discount versus purchasing them separately. Take a look at the various package offerings and see what option works best for your experience. We’ve found with our other courses that product add-on packages are by far the most popular, and we want to give folks dedicated to Primal living good savings and a timely opportunity to try new products.

Regardless of which package you choose, you’ll enjoy the ultimate guided support and extensive resources to support your 21-Day Primal Reset experience—during this Challenge period and anytime you want to reboot your healthy living.

Now For the Promo…

To boost your 21-Day Challenge success, take 20% off the 21-Day Primal Reset package of your choice now through 6/30/18 at midnight PDT.  Just add the package option that works for you to your cart, and use code 21DAYRESET at checkout.

Thanks for being here today, everybody. I’m excited to get this Challenge started, and thrilled to see what my staff will share over the next three weeks. I’ll be announcing the grand prize contest yet this morning. I promise you won’t want to miss it, so stay tuned.

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Research of the Week

Removing your tonsils is associated with more infectious, respiratory, and allergic diseases across your lifetime. Having them removed by a trained professional isn’t much better.

Researchers recommend easing up on psilocybin restrictions.

Smoking one plant may help addicts stop smoking another.

Kids with ADHD or autism are more likely to have food allergies.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 251: Dr. Aaron Grossman: Host Elle Russ chats with Dr. Aaron Grossman about his mission: helping top performers reach optimal levels of performance.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Suicide is rising.

Media, Schmedia

They’re catching up to us.

Apparently sticking broccoli powder in junk food will save us all. Frappucino with 100 grams of sugar? Just add some broccoli powder and you’re good.

Everything Else

Is algae the food of the future?

Bayer plans to ditch the Monsanto name.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

List I’m proud to make: Greatist’s 100 Most Influential in Health and Fitness.

Deadlift I found inspiring: This 185 pound one by a 90 year-old woman.

Study I found fascinating: Birth month predicts lifetime risk of 55 different diseases.

Environmental intervention I think everyone welcomes: India pledges to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022.

I want to watch it even more now: The Australian medical establishment tries to get Netflix to stop carrying a movie in the interest of “public safety.”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Jun 3– Jun 9)

Comment of the Week

“This just in: Wild Boreal TJ’s blueberries sold out nationwide?”

– We’ll see, greg jordan.

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As I always say, summer is my favorite time of year, and this go-round might just be the best. I’ve got two big announcements today that have been a long time coming.

First up, I’ve got two brand spankin’ new condiments for your summer cookouts. Anyone care to take a guess? It’s a pair you won’t want to live without this season.

Next up, I’m handing the reins to my staff next week as they kick off our annual 21-Day Summer, Staff-Led Challenge. They’ll be sharing their favorite Primal eats, their active vacay shots, their relaxation routines and more.

But we’ll have all the blow-out contests and prizes of a traditional 21-Day as well—with one grand prize so big Grok would be proud. It might just be the biggest I’ve ever given away for a Challenge.

And, speaking of giveaways—I’ve got one today with a prize for lucky 5 commenters.

The 21-Day Challenge—and the 21-Day Primal Reset Program

With a new season comes new energy, which is why our team is ready to announce our favorite, much anticipated event of the year: The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Challenge! This year’s challenge will run from June 11-July 1, and we’ve got a big lineup of contests, prizes, and all around fun activities planned for everyone who wants to participate.

Whether you’re new to Mark’s Daily Apple, you’ve been incorporating (but not quite committing) to Primal principles for a while, or you’re an old timer ready for a new layer of Primal living, I hope you’ll join us.

Starting next week, you’ll be able to kick your summer goals into gear with thousands of other Primal folks looking to do the same—all in the service of living awesome and becoming your healthiest self, with the least amount of pain and sacrifice possible.

I’ll have a full announcement next week with all the details, but we’ll also be releasing a massive update, upgrade and reboot of our popular 21-Day Primal Blueprint Challenge course, now the 21-Day Primal Reset—with a whole new line-up of videos and resources to offer you continual support and detailed planning for your Challenge experience—and anytime you need your own reboot. 

I’ll also have a list of resources on the blog Thursday to get the ball rolling. Consider what you want this summer to be in your life and how a 21-Day Challenge experience can kickstart that process. What have you wanted in terms of vitality, weight loss, strength, fitness, energy, calm, and inspiration? Let this month be that beginning.

Get the App—Only Through June 11!

21day-appWe’ve teamed up with Vimify once again to create a Primal Blueprint 21-Day Transformation Challenge accessible from your desktop computer or Android or iOS-compatible device (iPhone or iPad).

First things first: get the Vimify app and join the 21-Day Challenge. Seriously, go download the app—either to your computer or iPhone/iPad/Android—and sign up right now. It’s FREE, it takes just a couple minutes, and it will enrich your experience in the weeks to come. (Note: When signing up, make sure you’ve entered your email address correctly and that your password is at least 8 characters long.)

From there, you’ll have a series of Prep Tasks to complete before the Challenge starts next week, including:

  • Purge your pantry of all non-Primal foods and restock it with Primal fare. Doing this now allows you to jump headfirst into the Challenge when it begins.
  • Do a Primal Essential Movement assessment. Determine your level of physical fitness so you know what you’re working with and can plan fitness goals accordingly.
  • Invite friends to join you in the Challenge. The strength of this app lies in the community you build, the accountability it promotes, and the healthy competition it provides. You need people to get those benefits.

You can also review the Primal Blueprint Guides to the aspects of Primal living that are especially important to success this Challenge, like the 10 Laws, Shopping Guide, Primal Essential Meals, and the Carb Curve.

After that, it’s a waiting game. Once the Challenge begins, the daily tasks will be linked to the daily challenges, contests, and content posted right here on Mark’s Daily Apple.

***Important note: If you want to participate in the app challenge you have to sign up by June 11th. There is no joining mid-Challenge. The app challenge is available all year on a regular, revolving basis, but for this month only, the entry fee has been waived. Long story short, get in soon!

Introducing PRIMAL KITCHEN® Ketchup and Mustard!

I’m thrilled to introduce Primal Kitchen’s latest addition to the game-changing family of condiments. That’s right—ketchup and mustard are back on the menu.

First off, my Organic Unsweetened Ketchup. That’s right, no dates, honey, high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners in sight. It’s Whole30® approved, paleo-friendly and infused with nourishing, USDA organic ingredients, including organic balsamic vinegar, and packed with the wholesome flavor you’d want from a backyard BBQ. Add its perfect complement with Organic Spicy Brown Mustard. Smoky and savory, it’s packed with zesty turmeric and other USDA organic ingredients for your favorite summer spreads.

Looking to find these in stores near you? Stop by your local Whole Foods Market. They’ll be stocking our Organic Unsweetened Ketchup and Organic Spicy Brown Mustard all summer long! Or order from PrimalKitchen.com today.

And look for a special promotion with our Ketchup and Mustard in tomorrow’s Mark’s Daily Apple newsletter. (Need to sign up? Just scroll to the bottom of this post.)

And Now For the Giveaway…

On Monday, June 18th (Week 2 of the 21-Day Challenge), our Primal Health Coaches will be taking over Dear Mark for an “Ask the Coach” column featuring YOUR questions. So, here’s your chance to ask away—and be entered to win one of 5 FREE Primal Kitchen Ketchup and Mustard prize pairings.

  • Have a question about what it’s like to work with a Primal Health Coach (or the process of becoming one)?
  • A question about beginning a Primal (or keto) transition?
  • Something about your Primal fitness routine?
  • Want to know more about food sensitivities or recovery strategies?

Here’s your chance to get a coach’s perspective on what it’s like not only understanding the Primal principles but also applying them within individual coaching relationships.

Just submit your comment on the board below by midnight PDT tonight (6/5/18), and you’ll be entered to win one of 5 sets of our new PRIMAL KITCHEN Organic Unsweetened Ketchup and Spicy Brown Mustard. The staff and I will choose 5 questions (decisions final) from among the bunch for the June 18th post and the prize package. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts. Have a great week, everybody.

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Research of the Week

Spin classes: good for your fitness, bad for your ears.

Merging academics with physical activity boosts both without sacrificing either.

In older adults, “negative wealth shocks” increase all-cause mortality.

A packed schedule kills productivity.

Keto-related changes to the gut biome mediate the reduction in seizure activity.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 249: Wendy Myers: Host Elle Russ chats with Wendy Myers about the truth behind detox.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Yes, you can still have bacon.

It’s hard to fathom the psychological toll of long-term space travel.

Media, Schmedia

Bakeries, candy shops receive bomb threats. Sugar cane plantation workers found beheaded. Unilever exec found smothered in canola oil-based margarine. Will nothing stop these keto-paleo zealots?

Pullups are useful.

Everything Else

How mental “deficits” can actually become strengths.

Britain gets CAFOs.

Seattle mussels test positive for opioids.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I agree with this list: 13 health experts to help you live better and more creatively.

I’m entirely unsurprised: Turns out that overfeeding butter and coconut oil to the tune of 1000 extra calories is not a good treatment for fatty liver. Go figure.

Concept I’m pondering: Are dreams real? Does the distinction actually matter?

I’m even entirelyer unsurprised: Incentives matter.

I’m skeptical of the distinction made: Cheap bread, expensive bread—it’s all bread.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 27– Jun 2)

Comment of the Week

“Sure, but now you have to carry a copy of that study around with you to show you mean it from a purely scientific perspective.”

– That’s good advice, Joanne.

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inline mda_email01_header (1)Good morning, everybody. Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. Today we’re back in the saddle, and I’m getting in touch to ask a favor….

Specifically, I’m asking you to tell me a bit about yourself—where you are in your health journey, what challenges you, and what brings you (and keeps you coming back) to Mark’s Daily Apple. I’d like to use your feedback in this brief survey to help push MDA into new territory—to make a resource that better engages you and supports your interests.

Will you take just a few minutes with me today?

Over the years you’ve gotten to know me here on the blog, and I’ve loved meeting many of you through events like PrimalCon, Paleo f(x), and Primal Health Coach gatherings—or through your emails and letters. I’ve enjoyed answering as many of your questions as I can here and continuing the dialogue with you on the comment board as well as in our Facebook group and on our Instagram page. All of the success stories and progress photos you’ve sent over the years are truly inspiring and keep me doing what I do—so keep them coming!

For those of you who may be new to our community — first, welcome — or those who may have been less outspoken in comments, we’d love to hear more from you. Even if you feel like you’ve shared a lot about yourself over the years, I encourage you to take the survey as well. My hope is that this reader survey my staff and I have created will tell me more about what you want to read, what you find difficult, and why YOU do what you do.

And as a thank you for your time, you’ll receive a coupon for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more in our Primal Blueprint store.

Will you share your story with us? Complete the survey HERE.

Thanks for being here, and I’m grateful for your help today. Grok on, everybody.

Best,

Mark Sisson

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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Mice with breast cancer who do yoga (there’s a visual) have smaller tumors.

Chess grandmasters enjoy longer lives, just like elite athletes.

Throwing could be primarily a male adaptation.

More and more kids are overusing ADHD drugs.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 247: Dr. Alvin Danenberg: Host Elle Russ chats with Primal Health Coach and dentist Dr. Alvin Danenberg about the interplay between modern technology and ancestral health when treating gum disease.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

One side benefit of the fracturing of society into thousands of weird subcultures is that there are more opportunities for prestige than ever.

Media, Schmedia

Are farmers still using antibiotics to increase animal weight, despite the FDA banning it last year?

While I still recommend you sit as little as possible, being fit makes it less bad.

Everything Else

Medieval peasants took more vacation than the average American.

Weight loss is 80% diet, 10% sleep, 5% exercise, and 5% whether or not you wear shoes inside your house.

I still hold out hope for Nessie.

Changing weather patterns has California farmers placing uncertain bets on the future.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Keto breakfasts I’d eat: This guy’s.

Study I found interesting: Another reason not to skip leg day.

Article I’m pondering: Why New Antibiotics Are So Hard to Find.

This is very cool: Yin and yang types have different brain activation patterns in depression, and the fMRI results look incredibly similar to the traditional yin and yang symbol.

Heard in the Roman Empire: “What about barbarian-on-barbarian crime?”

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 20 – May 26)

Comment of the Week

I love how you ended this article. So many people hug but don’t really *feel* the hug. My granny would hug very tightly for a very long time, and she always told me I gave the best hugs. Hugging my granny is a great memory I hold dear.

  • I agree. There’s nothing quite like a grandma hug, Tiffany.

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inline Welcome to Summer.jpegWhere I’m from, snow showers aren’t unheard of over graduation weekends. To this day, I hold to the traditional “Memorial Day to Labor Day” timeline—and, well, here we are finally (or almost anyway). I love summer, which may explain why I fled to Southern California decades ago and just recently migrated to Miami, where life is just as awesome. But even in these warm locales, I still get excited for the summer months themselves. There’s a more casual, maybe even improvisational rhythm, a deeper focus on relaxation, more intention toward fun.

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, today I thought I’d offer up a look at what’s coming to MDA this summer. Because I aim to make it a good one.

Right out of the gate, we’ll be kicking off the season with a staff-led 21-Day Challenge, beginning Monday, June 11th.(Mark your calendars….) Yup, the Bees will be at the helm, sharing their favorite Primal recipes and fitness routines, taking over Instagram, and highlighting their recommendations for active vacations across the globe.

Of course, we’ll have contests—in traditional MDA style. Along with comment giveaways, we’ll be asking you, our community, to submit some of your best Primal work, for our grand prizes. I won’t let the cat out of the bag, but let’s just say for a couple of these you’ll be eating well for a year—and fighting the kids to enjoy the fun. Having seen what the Bees are ready to give away, I want some of these myself now….

We’ll be doubling up with twice the information and resources each day of the Challenge to guide and motivate your 21-Day commitment, however you choose to structure it. We’ll also be serving up Challenge resources on our Vimify app—and, for the utmost in support and instruction, offering a TOTAL reboot of our 21-Day Online Program, now the 21-Day Primal Reset. I’ll have more on that the first week of June, but I’m excited for what this fully expanded, multimedia program will mean for anyone who wants to do the 21-Day Challenge—or get extra support in the powerful initial phase of a Keto Reset.

But that’s not all…. I’ll be announcing several brand-spanking-new Primal Kitchen® products that go hand-in-hand with summer eating and entertaining. (Can you take a guess?) And look for a new Primal cookbook as well next month…this time with inspiration from a different continent.

Beyond the June festivities, we’ll be talking camping food, women’s health, omegas, tea, and grilling recipes to name just a few topics. I’ll also be introducing you to my new digs in Miami, and I’ll share videos on some of the latest strategies I’ve learned and am living—brand new looks at my “day in the life” of Primal food, fitness and sleep. 

So, that’s a  quick rundown—with much, much more to come. Do you have ideas you’d like to see on MDA this summer? Shoot me line on the comment board, and thanks for reading, everybody. Let’s make this the best summer yet. 

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weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Healthy food rules at home stick outside of the home.

CBD (marijuana compound that doesn’t get you high) reduces seizures.

Smart people’s neurons have fewer connections.

People who live in small towns and rural areas are happiest, at least in Canada.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts


Episode 245: Wayne Levine: Host Elle Russ chats with Wayne Levine, who coaches men and helps them become the best fathers, leaders, husbands, and authentic human beings they can be.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

What’s the most vegan item in the supermarket?

Interesting research findings regarding the psychology of combat sports.

Media, Schmedia

Get ready for drug-resistant fungal infections.

Everything Else

This explains why ancient European hunter-gatherers never got around to planting things.

Back when China regulated that every apartment receive at least one hour of sunlight per day.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

I can see this being a kitschy product or gag gift available in the next ten years: Miniature (living) neanderthal brains in jars.

I have to wonder: Did he get to choose which one he got?

I’m curious: Does the same thing happen in other species?

I wasn’t expecting this: People with more extreme political views are happier (and have more sex).

I’m sadly not surprised: Even the world’s remotest ocean has microplastics.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (May 13– May 19)

Comment of the Week

I am very proud of myself, through many years of self-reflection and meditation I’m sure I have the least Ego of anyone … possible ever. #myEgoIsLessThanYours

– Exactly, HealthyHombre.

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It’s our birfday week so you know what that means … via GIPHY Well, yes, obviously. But it also means … it’s Fitties time! via GIPHY In case you’re new to the Fitties game or need a refresher, the Fitties are basically our version of the Oscars. And we give them out to only the best-of-the-best fitness- and health-related products that we have tried in the last year and love like whoa. This is the stuff we couldn’t imagine our fit lives without — and recommend to EVERYONE WE KNOW. Like last year, we’ve divided each category up on individual pages so that …

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Can you believe that — this week — Fit Bottomed Girls is celebrating its 10th anniversary? via GIPHY Yes, that’s a decade. via GIPHY WE KNOW. via GIPHY And over that decade, A LOT of things have happened. And changed. And grown. And evolved. via GIPHY In that time, we’ve started three verticals in addition to Fit Bottomed Girls — Fit Bottomed Mamas (which got a new tagline and logo last year), Fit Bottomed Eats and Fit Bottomed Zen — plus we started our podcast, hosted a retreat, wrote a book, designed a pair of leggings, and launched our ongoing weight-loss …

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