Primal Sprint Paleo Challenge this Sunday – Details Inside

It’s here, Liberators. 

The details for this Sunday’s “Primal Sprint” Paleo Challenge.

Let’s get to it.


Primal Sprint

Coach Mike’s got his sardine salads ready to go.

This Sunday will commence the first primal/paleo challenge/support event we’ve had in a looong time. 

These next few weeks are gonna feel like old times, a Primal Sprint with a Primal Party at the tail end. 

So what is a Primal Sprint? 

I don’t remember how this term was coined by us but after beginning with a “conventional” 30 Day Paleo Challenge back in the spring of 2012, this event took on many different forms, eventually coming to what we felt was a sustainable primal / paleo-friendly food template and challenge event. 

Our current day Primal Sprint is a 14-day period of primal eating and reporting. It’s a kind of check-in, where fellow liberators share what they’re hunting and gathering and cooking and baking. It’s a time to try new recipes and to re-align with good primal habits.

What is primal / paleo in the first place? These days it’s the hottest trend subject in the bookstore but if you’d like some essential reading, I direct you to the two modern pioneers at the source of all this hoopla:

Mark Sisson (The Primal guy) – history, how-to, recipes, etc. 

Robb Wolf (The Paleo guy) – history, how-to, recipes, etc. 

Also, once you get onboard with the challenge, I’ll send over the e-book that we used as a guide to our first ever Paleo Challenge. It gives a nice little synopsis on the why of paleo and includes some convenient recipes.

How it works:

It’s really simple. One email goes out each day and we all reply to it with everything we ate that day – and how we’re feeling, and anything else pertinent. We do it for 14 days.

There’s also a little point system to keep it interesting.

At the start of the challenge we each begin with a score of 100 points.

Each instance of non-compliance to the guidelines below incurs a loss of 2 points.

This time around we’re including a bonus points feature that can win you 1 point for each day that you comply with at least two of the three guidelines.

Here below are the complete eating and bonus points guidelines.
Primal Food 


  • Vegetables (organic or not)
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Meat and Poultry/Game Meat/Organ Meat (organic, free range, grass-fed/grass-finished or not)
  • Eggs (organic or not)
  • Nuts and Seeds (no peanuts – they’re not nuts)
  • Fats and Oils (no soybean, corn, peanut, or canola; butter is allowed for cooking)
  • Fruit (organic or not)
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Tea
  • Multi-Vitamin
  • Whey Protein Powder
  • Omega 3 Fish Oil
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin D

In Moderation = 1 portion, 1 x per day of each. For example, 1 cup of coffee, cheese on a salad at lunch, sweet potato with dinner

  • Coffee (cream and minimal sweetener okay)
  • Dairy (cheese, full fat yogurt, cream, etc.; no reduced fat allowed)
  • Sweet Potatoes or Dried Fruit

Occasional Indulgence = 1 portion, no more than 3 x per week

  • Dark Chocolate (80%+)
  • Red Wine

Bonus Points

  • Sleep 7+ hours 
  • Drink 1/2 bodyweight in ounces of water 
  • Workout – commuting (walking/biking/etc) doesn’t count

That all make sense?
As I mentioned, the challenge will begin THIS Sunday at midnight and end on Sunday, March 8th at

This means your final consumptions may likely be happening at our Anniversary / Primal Potluck Party, taking place Saturday, March 7th, at 7pm at Liberated.
I’ll be sending out more details on the party soon but we’ll basically request that everyone show up with a primal/paleo dish or beverage of their choice and relax and have a good time with excellent folks.

Some points may very likely be lost on beverages that evening so I’d suggest staying strict and stockpiling bonus points over these weeks.
Please email me if you would like to partake in the challenge!
Nothing to lose but body fat, weakness, and low energy levels.
Nothing to gain but abs, strength, and vibrancy.
See you in the gym,
Coach Mike

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