10 Last-Minute Primal Gift Ideas
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: Primal
Blueprint Shopping List
I do a gift
list every year on Mark’s Daily Apple, and each time I try
to put a fresh spin on it. Last
year, each of the 10
Primal Blueprint Laws got a corresponding gift. Two
years back, I separated the gifts into stocking stuffers and
bigger ticket items. This year, since it’s getting to be that
time, and lots of you have waited til the last minute, I’ve
put together a list of last-minute gift ideas. These are items that,
if ordered by today, should arrive (at least in the continental
US) by the 24th of December. Unlike most last-minute gifts, these
are actually legitimately good and useful items that any Primal
(or otherwise health conscious) person would be happy to receive.
And you don’t have to wade through the frightening morass
of desperate humanity that frequents brick-and-mortar stores in
the days leading up to the holidays.
Oh, and just
because these are presumed to be gift ideas for other people, don’t
think you can’t treat yourself to a gift or two. First up,
I’ve got a special Primal Fuel holiday announcement to make…
Back when I
first released Primal
Fuel, I pledged to lower the price when and where I could (without
cutting any corners on quality) through volume sales and larger
ingredient buys. With the fabulous testimonials and a significant
number of you on autoship, I’m pleased to announce
that I’m now able to reduce the price by a further $10.
Hopefully, with this price reduction, the number of MDA readers
who already enjoy and rely on Primal Fuel will grow even larger.
After all, the Primal Blueprint is not about recreation or reenactment
of ancient life. Grok isn’t the final word; he’s just
starting point. Ultimately, the Primal Blueprint is about taking
cues from evolutionary biology and modern clinical research
to arrive at the best place possible. And Primal Fuel is simply
a delicious, convenient way to obtain healthy coconut fat and gold
standard whey protein without going overboard on the carbohydrates.
to the price reduction, I’ve also put together a special limited-time
offer. Through the end of the year, going on automatic delivery
(which you can cancel at anytime) for Primal
Fuel will get you a free copy of The
Primal Blueprint 90-Day Journal AND a free copy of The
Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation.
And you’ll receive the Primal Fuel Blender Bottle for free
as well. This is the perfect way to help you or a lucky gift recipient
get a jump start on 2013 health and fitness goals. Just add the
Primal Fuel to your shopping cart through this
link and both books will automatically be added to your order
at no additional cost. (For new Primal Fuel automatic delivery orders
If you are already on automatic delivery for Primal Fuel your future
shipments will be dropped to the new $69 price. Happy holidays!
In spite of
its rich full-spectrum vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols)
and CoQ10 contents, red
palm oil gets a bad rap sometimes. It has a funny taste that’s
difficult to hide, so it has to be a feature of whatever dish you’re
making. Plus, the most common source of palm oil – Southeast
Asia – is plagued
with sustainability issues. Natural forests are destroyed to
make way for the palm plantations, and those forests are home to
some of the most intelligent, sensitive, awesome great apes on the
planet: orangutans. More than the other apes, I’ve always
been partial to orangutans. They seem like wise men of the forest,
solitary saintly hirsute figures that regard you from their tree-top
nests and make you reevaluate your own life. They’re also
being killed in droves because of palm oil, which has turned a lot
of people off from a particularly nutritious source of fat. Luckily,
Omni palm oil comes from Ghana, a nation without orangutans and
without palm oil sustainability issues.
you were transported back to the upper Paleolithic with an iPad
in tow (this is not a Terminator-style time machine, so you can
keep your clothes and belongings). Assuming you could still get
service from the future, you’d be like a god. You could predict
lunar and solar events, post to Primal message boards about what
paleo man really ate, show them funny cat videos, and take sweet
photos of real life Groks in hunting poses using hip Instagram filters.
You’d be like the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s
Court, only more so. Of course, you’d probably also disrupt
the heck out of their sleep. You’d all be crowded around the
blue glow of the screen as the campfire flames died out, ignored
and forgotten. Melatonin
production would halt, and you’d have created an entire
tribe of groggy-morninged night owls with severe insulin resistance.
My point? Technology is great, but it comes with a price. If someone
who’s got you scouring your mind looking for the perfect gift
insists on using their iPad before bed, the least you can do is
buy them a filter that blocks the hormone-disrupting blue light.
versus conventional: for sheer nutritional content, nothing
beats wild plants. Being able to go on a hike and spot all the edible
plants, herbs, and other things that grow is empowering. I can’t
do it, mind you, but it’s got to be a helpful skill to have.
It’s also nice not to have to kowtow to the whims of those
overbearing, fascistic farmers market vendors (kidding) and instead
be able to go “shopping” for the freshest greens money
can’t buy whenever you want. This particular guide –
Nature’s Garden to wild edible plants comes highly
recommended, so give it to someone who you think will really utilize
for a moment, the awkward product name that looks like it was spawned
in an SEO guy’s nether regions (“I know, let’s
call ‘em Exercise Fitness Rings!”), and consider that
gymnastic rings are perhaps the best all purpose upper body strengthening
tool around. If you don’t believe me, find a set and try to
do a few dips. Simply holding yourself up at the top of the dip
position is surprisingly tough for beginners. You’ll shake
and tremble and quake up there, suddenly forced to reckon with your
own body weight and a floppy, ever-moving base of “support.”
That’s the thing about rings: you have to create the base
of support. It’s not attached to the ground. It’s not
made of steel. It’s suspended from two dangly cords that simply
will not stop moving around and taking advantage of every tiny shift
of imbalance you provide. Plus, you can take these portable rings
everywhere you go for a fantastic workout.
I may be biased,
but this is an objectively great deal. You get all three Primal
Blueprint cookbooks PLUS a Primal
Blueprint Apron, a newly-designed Primal
Blueprint Poster, and a Primal Blueprint Shopping List and Pen,
all for less than the cost of the three cookbooks. This is perfect
for anyone who’s ever asked, “How can you eat this way?
What do you even eat?” Three books of full-color photos and
descriptive recipes will provide a quick and timely answer.
Feel free to
keep the freebies and distribute the cookbooks as you see fit.
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