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May 28, 2010

The 1-2-3-4 Formula for Unleashing Your Inner Grok

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This is a guest post from Matt Garland of Healthy Lifestyle Design.

Do you have what it takes to unleash your inner Grok?

Everyone does. It’s inherent in our biology. And yet many don’t, not because of physical obstacles but mental ones. Such barriers manifest as false and misguided perceptions of Primal living’s complexity, difficulty, and restriction. Alas, these devilish traps inhibit many would-be Groks from realizing their full potential.

So, how do you evade these ensnarements and unleash your inner Grok?

You stop worrying about “how” you’ll live Primal and start thinking about “why” you should.

The “why” is essential. If you don’t know why you should adopt Primal living then you never will. How come? Because the “why” gives meaning to what you do. And when you have meaning you have the strength and resolve to succeed.

This simple 1-2-3-4 forumula will guide you to “why” Primal living is right for you. Have fun with it and get ready to unleash your inner Grok!

1. What do I have to lose?

People fear what they don’t understand. And I believe it’s safe to say that many don’t understand the reasons, science, benefits, and intentions of Primal living in the modern world. Hence, your inner Grok will remain scared and buried within under a blanket of misguided beliefs.

This is tragic because much of what conventional wisdom teaches you about Primal living is in fact untrue. Curiosity isn’t enough to overcome this insidious inertia. To unleash your inner Grok and fully reap the bounty of Primal living you must first define your fears.

This may sound like psychologist-talk and that may be true. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. And how it works is by putting your fears into blunt perspective. Fears are often grossly overstated and over-dramatized. Bringing them down to earth is a powerful means of controlling your fears – thereby not letting them control you.

So, what are your fears of living Primal? And what do you have to lose if you try?

Let me tell you what you WON’T lose:

  • You won’t lose your “health” to hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, etc.
  • You won’t lose your family
  • You won’t lose your personal relationships
  • You won’t lose your job
  • You won’t lose your mind
  • You won’t lose your freedom
  • You won’t lose your self-identity or self-confidence
  • And you definitely won’t lose your life

Put plainly, there aren’t any substantive, decisive, permanent, or dangerous reasons to not try out the Primal living philosophy.

Once you see this, acknowledge this, and believe this you will unleash previously unknown and untapped wells of curiosity, motivation, and determination for greatness of health and life.

2. What do I have to gain?

You’ve defined your Primal living worst-case-scenarios. You’ve discovered that they aren’t the apocalyptic crises propagandized by many. In fact, the costs are meager, even trivial in many cases.

But lose-framing alone won’t do the job. You must define all that you can gain from trying the Primal living lifestyle. Take this seriously because understanding benefits is a much greater force for inspiration and courage than merely acknowledging the low costs.

So, what all can you gain from trying to live Primal?

Think rationally but think big! Grok certainly did. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • I’ll have real-world experience to evaluate the Primal living philosophy on its merits
  • I’ll become more self-confident by allowing myself to try something new to improve my health and life
  • I’ll cultivate more energy and focus as I ween off of energy-draining processed foods
  • I’ll gain more peace-of-mind and personal freedom from Primal living’s simplicity
  • I’ll feel better as I allow my body to perform activities and functions that it was built to do
  • I’ll reclaim my right to be the full authority of my personal health and happiness
  • I’ll have fun trying new foods and new activities as well as by building new social relations that share the Primal living ideals
  • I’ll develop much improved wellness from elevated quality of sleep, nutrition, relaxation, etc

Feel free to pause your analysis here and compare your lose-list with your gain-list. The dichotomy is surely profound – illustrating the incredible ROI of a Primal lifestyle.

Okay, break over. Time to carry on!

3. What do my friends and family have to lose and gain?

Humans do not live in isolation. We are social creatures. This relationship, network-building skill is a defining characteristic of our species responsible largely for our survival and evolution.

Grok knew this well. No member of the tribe was more important that the tribe itself.

Fully understanding this axiom is the next powerful means of unleashing your inner Grok because you’ll see that your choice to live Primal won’t only empower yourself but your tribe as well.

So ask your family members and dear friends about their thoughts on Primal living. Share your lose-versus-gain analysis. Describe your beliefs in unleashing the power of your true Grok.

And compliment the feedback you collect with your own thoughts about how your friends and family will benefit from a Primal you. Maybe you’ll determinate that:

  • My friends and family will have a stronger, healthier, more energized me to be around
  • My friends and family can learn from my learnings about Primal living
  • My friends and family will gain more respect for me as I confidently pursue greater health
  • My friends and family will become inspired by my example and want to try Primal living too
  • My friends and family will better understand me and my beliefs in living a remarkable life

Such determinations are deeply personal to you. Make them meaningful and make them count.

And don’t be shy. Some won’t understand. Others won’t agree. That’s okay. Be respectful to all opinions but firm in yours. And always remember, “the sure path to failure and misery is trying to please everybody.” – Tim Ferriss

4. Can I take it for a test drive?

Hopefully by now you’ve seen the logic and benefit to Primal living and are ready to try. If so, let’s get to it!

But if you’re not, here’s the final step in unleashing your inner Grok – just TRY it!

Choosing to try Primal living is not a permanent, all-binding decision. There is no fine-print to be weary of. You’re in control, remember? So relax and simply take Primal living for a test drive.

Evaluate your progress mentally, physically, and emotionally after a few weeks. Like what you see and feel? Awesome! Keep going! Don’t like what you see and feel? Then pause and re-evaluate. Or even stop if you so choose. The choice is yours.

But do yourself right and give your Primal living trial a fair go. One week isn’t adequate enough. Aim for two. Nothing happens (positive or negative) overnight.

And lastly, you need not go “all-in” on Primal living at the start. Radical lifestyle changes have a much higher degree of failure. So it’s perfectly acceptable (even encouraged) to start slow. Adopt a few of the Primal lifestyle elements to begin with. Evolve from there.

What do you think?

Why is Primal living important and meaningful for you?

What obstacles have you evaded on your Primal lifestyle journey?

What advice would you give those just starting to unleash their inner Groks?

Please share your thoughts in the comments because all Groks (young and wise) will benefit!

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About Matt:

Matt Gartland is a healthy lifestyle geek extraordinaire, blogger, world traveler, lifestyle entrepreneur, lifelong kid, bookworm, athlete, and more.

He writes at Healthy Lifestyle Design (HLD), where he unleashes his passion for remarkable and unconventional living propelled by amazing health. Follow Matt on Twitter and join the HLD Tribe on Facebook.

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Mark Sisson
6 years 3 months ago

If this post doesn’t get you charged up to go Primal check back later this summer when the 30 Day Primal Leap Kit will be released. And stay tuned for our annual 30 day challenge (planned to start Aug. 1), complete with new contests/prizes and tools you need to kick start lifelong health.

chris
chris
6 years 3 months ago

i am a breast cancer survivor and have been eating clean for about four years now. Following oxygen and Tosca Renos recipes I found your book and was fasinated and have been following primal eating for about two weeks. I cut out all wheat products and honey from my diet.The transformation is amazing, the amount of energy i have is unlimitless. At 51 I feel great. I have been lifting weights and running for years but i switched gears and am following the primal exercise program and showing better results. Thank You chris

Ely
Ely
6 years 3 months ago

I think this is exactly what I needed to hear. I’ve been “test-driving” primal living for about 2 weeks and I have a lot of fears and concerns. Is it really healthy? Can I really take it slow? Is it right for my husband? Will he be willing? Will my old blood sugar problems go away? will my new tummyache go away?

I imagine those questions will be answered over time. Meanwhile I look forward to improving my health, my strength, and my energy.

Christina
Christina
6 years 3 months ago

Yes! I have been doing and feeling the same things. I get frustrated when I find I am not strictly adhering to every single recommendation 100% all the time, but at the same time I have to find how this works for me, and I can’t simply relinquish everything I am used to for things someone tells me to do. This post is certainly good support and motivation to keep it up, relax, and just track my progress without a lot of judgement.

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Well said Christina. Don’t get frustrated, that’s definitely not healthy. You don’t need to adopt every nuance immediately – I haven’t even done so yet.

The key is progress. Each choice is better than the last. Each day is better than the last. This builds momentum, and momentum moves mountains!

As you say, keep it up, relax, and have fun!

Cheers!
Matt

Primal Toad
6 years 3 months ago
The first day I was officially primal I was still skeptical. But, I stuck with it. I decided I was going to give it a chance – at least a full 30 days. Here I am more than 50 days later and will never look back. Follow The Primal Blueprint how YOU want – not how anyone else wants to follow it. But, in my opinion, the more primal you are, the better you will feel. It is an incredible transition – even for people who are already in “good health”. Be inspired and give it a go! You truly… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Well said Primal Toad! 🙂 The crux of defining “WHY” you want to be Primal is that it’s personal TO YOU. While the philosophy is shared, why and how you incorporate it into your life is deeply intimate to you.

So, as you say, be inspired and give it a go!

Thanks for your inspiration!

Cheers!
Matt

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Ely!

Congrats on “test-driving” the primal lifestyle. You can only learn so much from reading, the rest (possibly most) you learn from doing. Grok certainly did 🙂

You will certainly gain clarity and confidence in time. The answers (in whatever form) will reveal themselves.

Good luck!!

Cheers,
Matt

Steven R. McEvoy
6 years 3 months ago

Fantastic post. Thanks.

Steven

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks Steven! Glad you enjoyed it.

Grok on!
Matt

Hannah
6 years 3 months ago

One of the most important things for me has been seeing how my lifestyle changes have affected my family and friends, all for the better! I’ve had so many people start eating REAL food, even some that have gone full-out Primal, and am very happy to have been a good influence on their eating and lifestyle habits. The fact that I get to eat amazing food, have fun playing in the sun, and am overall contented and happy is a pretty good advertisement for this way of life 🙂

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Awesome Hannah! I don’t know if there is anything more rewarding than making positive impacts on the lives of my family and dear friends. Sounds like you’re doing great and having fun too! Keep it up!

Cheers!
Matt

John Solter
6 years 3 months ago

I think some of the fear from apparent complexity around these ideas comes from the fact that as a blogger or author, you tend to put out a lot of material out there. That’s just the nature of the game, but someone just starting to read about the ideas does not necessarily grasp all the fundamentals unless they are just hammered over and over.

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Great observation John. As a healthy lifestyle geek and blogger, I agree! That’s why I enjoy Mark’s “Definitive Guides” and his “Primal Living 101” material as it gives newbies a consolidated and central place to start. I need to do this for Healthy Lifestyle Design too!

Cheers!
Matt

Pam W
Pam W
6 years 3 months ago
It’s amazing what going Primal has done for me in just two shorts weeks. Nevermind the fat loss around the middle (which has been incredible) and else where – most of all, I’ve realized just how all those nasty sugars and wheat products KEEP YOU HUNGRY. What a viscious cycle it keeps you in; I’ve never felt better, stronger and happier since ditching the wheat, bread, sugar, candy, chips, DIET DRINKS, and alcohol. I’ve realized how truly addicting sugar and wheat can be to the body. Yes, the first week or so, was pretty bad as far as withdrawal, but… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Here here Pam! Well said. And I concur about the “KEEP YOU HUNGRY” side-effect of high carb foods and food products, especially processed ones. Letting go of massive oatmeal breakfasts and high-sugar post-exercise “recovery” drinks has made a major difference in my energy stability.

But most importantly is your point Primal Living isn’t a diet – it’s a lifestyle! I don’t believe diets work, not at least in the long-term. Lifestyles do though, and a healthy lifestyle is the best of all!

Cheers!
Matt

Amy
Amy
6 years 3 months ago
One fear I have, which has proven itself true a bit, is that the restrictions in Primal Eating trigger some disordered eating habits I have. (And please don’t say “they’re not restrictions,” because as healthy and awesome as the guidelines of eating Primal are, they include foods that should not be eaten.) Telling myself, “no sugar, no grains,” messes with my head. The week or two of adjustment when the carb cravings hit is really, really hard for me. It triggers binging and intense cravings. It makes me go a little batty. I think going primal very slowly might help… Read more »
Ely
Ely
6 years 3 months ago

I am not cutting anything, that’s not my style, but I am reducing a lot. Even that makes a big difference; I went from 200-300 carbs a day to about 100, and still have a piece of bread or a bite of dessert now and then. I don’t feel like I’m missing out, but I don’t HAVE to have these things either.

Cindy
6 years 3 months ago

Amy….what foods should not be eaten…and why? I am just curious as to which ones you are talking about?

Amy
Amy
6 years 3 months ago
I’m thinking of things like bread, desserts, grains. I know that a more lenient Primal approach is healthier for my psyche – allowing fruits and sweet potatoes, not beating myself up for eating those, but rather seeing them as healthy options. But, say, the idea that I can’t – or worse, shouldn’t – have bread, or a cookie, makes me want bread or a cookie. And then if I eat them, I feel really bad about it. I know it’s an unhealthy mental pattern, but I’m trying to eat in a way that doesn’t trigger those unhealthy patterns. Eating in… Read more »
Cindy
6 years 3 months ago
For some it is an all or nothing mindset and for others it is like you say…babysteps. Personally for me, I had cut down my grain intake prior to going primal so making the all out change was very easy…but me getting my grain/sugar intake down prior to going primal was the key and I did that in baby steps. 🙂 From the advise of some friends I had cut down my carbs…I was trying to lean out and gain more lean muscle…so bringing the carbs down was doing the trick. When I transitioned to primal I was only consuming… Read more »
Buzzy
Buzzy
6 years 3 months ago
Sometimes you have to get out of your own head. I started my primal journey April 22. The positive aspects revealed themselves immediately. Within a week, the grinding pain in my knee that I had attributed to my ever advancing age (44), was gone. Within a month, I had even more good news. The infrequent but violent GERD episodes, gone. The chronic mid-afternoon fatigue, gone. 25 pounds of fat, gone. Have I been perfect? Hardly. But even if I never lost another pound, I would continue to eat this way to feel this good. Don’t limit yourself before you even… Read more »
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tess
tess
6 years 3 months ago
🙂 i must respectfully disagree that you can cut down slowly on “bad carbs” — most people are truly addicted to them, either physically or psychologically, and you’re just prolonging the agony by continuing to eat them. i did Atkins before starting down the primal road, and am extremely familiar with that first four days of missing the sweet and starchy treats of my previous diet. it’s mostly the Candida in your intestines which is making you crave those metabolic poisons, you know! are you going to cave in to the bully who doesn’t care about your well-being, so long… Read more »
Amy
Amy
6 years 3 months ago

Tess, I appreciate what you’re saying, but for me, the tension of standing up to that bully builds and builds until it breaks with some really unhealthy consequences. Unhealthy for my body and my psyche.

With caffeine addiction and nicotine you can cut down gradually, to wean yourself off. Isn’t that approach possible, if not necessarily ideal, for carbs?

(And I thought the addiction was an insulin symptom. How is it Candida?)

Vicki
Vicki
6 years 3 months ago
What works for me is thinking more about what I “can” have now that I’ve always denied myself. I really try not to focus on what I “can’t” have. I can have bacon, butter, avocadoes, fatty lamb shoulder roast, nuts – all things that I tried to avoid before. I lost my cravings for carbs almost completely by filling up on all the other good stuff that was kind of a novelty. Now I’ve been eating primally for about 6 months, and can’t believe I was ever addicted to sweets and carbs. It’s almost totally effortless now. Of course, I… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago
First and foremost, everyone’s Primal experience and healthy lifestyle will be unique. So when push comes to shove, do what you feel is best for you. And I don’t think there’s anything “wrong” with a methodical and gradual Primal transformation. If someone has an abysmal diet presently, an abrupt switch to picture-perfect Primal Living would surely be a massive shock to your biosystems that potentially could not be maintained. So finding reasonable steps in between makes sense. However, I do agree with the comments about “needing to get out of your own head”. I think the human “Lizard Brain” (to… Read more »
Amy
Amy
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks, and thanks everyone.

I actually did go cold-turkey primal a couple of years ago, when I first found this site. It triggered a period of really unhealthy binge eating that took half a year to get out of. There’s obviously just more than the primal diet itself at work there, and I’m in a healthier place now, but I know I still have those disordered tendencies, and so I’m… cautious.

But thank you all for your perspectives and support!

tess
tess
6 years 3 months ago

here’s one link on the subject — http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com/article.cfm/candida — but if you “google” the subject of candida causing food cravings, you’ll find a great many more.

good luck with the food battle! i know it’s difficult (been there most of my 54 years), but if you take a deep breath and plunge in, like entering a cold swimming pool, you’ll find the discomfort doesn’t last very long! 😉 and check out some of these recipes, too! http://expertfoods.com/rec-snacks.php

Grey Fox
Grey Fox
6 years 3 months ago
Amy – I am intimately familiar with this kind of problem. My primary suggestion is to try a 12 step program like Overeaters Anonymous to help you learn to manage your cravings without giving in to them so that they have time to go away. Drug addiction (and some carb-foods ARE drugs!) is not a problem that many people (myself included) are able to overcome on our own. Perhaps a support group could help you weather that critical period at the beginning of abstinence – and if it helps, you can stick around to help others with the same problems.… Read more »
Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 3 months ago

Sometimes though, friends and family get a little miffed when you suggest doing away with conventional wisdom. I was told recently by an upset RD that my advice was not good, and that we needed 60% of our diet from carbs.

Geez. Like that’s been so successful.

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

I agree Dave – sometimes there will be a family member or close friend that just “doesn’t get it”. I’ll give explaining myself a fair go, but if there’s no hope I’ll capitulate.

In these circumstances, I always remind myself that “the sure path to failure and misery is trying to please everybody” – Tim Ferriss

And in the end, I think our nation’s (and the world’s) soaring obesity rate speaks for itself, sadly.

Cheers!
Matt

Jessica
Jessica
6 years 3 months ago

I just want to know if anyone who has been Primal for some time had any trouble with cognition in the first few weeks. I can hardly think straight, especially after eating, and I am also low on energy. Will this pass??? Besides that, my body feels great!

Brad Gantt
Brad Gantt
6 years 3 months ago

I know I have. I have experienced some symptoms of anxiety as well. I a m curious if this is simply a part of the “detox” or if I am not doing something correctly.

Cindy
6 years 3 months ago

I didn’t experience this when I transitioned over…maybe because I was already very low carb?
Are you eating enough fat? I have noticed many are still afraid of the fats when the start this journey…you might want to also try another piece of fruit during the day?

Brad Gantt
Brad Gantt
6 years 3 months ago

As for me, while I am not measuring my fat intake, I am eating nuts, avocados, butter and “good” oils. Perhaps it’s simply a matter of quantity.

Brad Gantt
Brad Gantt
6 years 3 months ago

PS- I am a recovering endurance junkie and was eating a fair amount of carbs from grain sources before such as oats, sprouted grain breads, potatoes, etc.

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Brad – My guess is in alignment with Cindy’s. Try increasing your fat intake, as fat now becomes your primary fuel source. I love almonds – easy and clean to eat, and WAY delicious! An extra TBSP of healthy oils here and there can help too.

Good luck!
Matt

Jason Cole
Jason Cole
6 years 3 months ago

Hey Jessica. My wife and I went grain and sugar cold turkey. We both had a few headache episodes and some feelings of cognitive weirdness. We backed in some healthier higher carb options – more fruit and a few potatoes, and the symptoms seemed to ease. We then took a few weeks to cut down the fruit and potatoes again and neither of us has had any problems since. I think there’s a metabolic transition your nervous system needs to go through to adapt. It will pass. We’re on week 8 and feeling great.

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Solid advice Jason! It’s a great illustration of adapting Primal living to your unique needs and situation without losing sight of the big picture.

Cheers!
Matt

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madeline
madeline
6 years 3 months ago
Living primally for just a yr has completely changed us as a family. I participated in my son’s track & field day & felt like a kid again. From tug a war to hula hooping to jump roping. My son was so happy that I was there joining him. While most were at work or just there watching, I was the only one participating & having fun. A boy said to my son “I wished my mom could be like yours”. Its important to be fit & healthy. I’ve bonded more w/ our son living a primal life. Thanks to… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago
Hi Madeline! Great story, thanks for sharing! I’m glad you’re able to enjoy in all the fun activities with your son. Likewise, my mom is very special to me. And although I’m all grown up (though still her little boy in her eyes!) we still have a fun and healthy relationship, which included a VERY active trip we took last year to the highlands of Scotland (LOTS of trekking!). And for the record, I’m (sadly) no longer the 5-year-old boy you see in my picture. I use that picture though because I firmly believe that healthy and happy lifestyle embraces… Read more »
Christina
Christina
6 years 3 months ago

I love keeping up with this comment conversation in my email! I find it very helpful when others share their experiences going through changing their habits. Whole9life.com has a very pertinent post today on their Whole30 tab (not exactly the same as PB but very close). It is about learning to sever dependence on sugar, both physiological and psychological. I think the gradual approach is valid, if it works for you. But during a period of continued deviations from the Blueprint, I find a cold-turkey approach to be a good kick in the a$$!

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks Christina! Well said 😉

Cheers!
Matt

Janet
6 years 3 months ago

I chose to go primal because I got sick and tired of eating 6 meals a day and having to eat expensive and processed protein bars and whey protein shakes. I now focus on eating real whole foods like Grok did.

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Good for you Janet! Whole foods is definitely where it’s at. I used to be a processed protein bar fiend too. I’m so much healthier (and happier!) for giving those things the heave-ho!

Cheers!
Matt

Kelda
6 years 3 months ago
A big fear is of the increase in fat intake – and if you try to eat low fat and Primal you run into lots of issues. I know my Mother still doesn’t believe that my brother and I (both of us went Primal six months ago) are doing ourselves any favours by eating what she considers to be ‘such a high fat diet’ – mine is usually around 60% of my calories each day. This is because we have had it drummed into our heads that fat is bad, cholesterol-raising and effectively suicide to eat. I came to this… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Congratulations Kelda! I can only imagine how awesome a feeling it must have been to overcome bipolarity!

To a much lesser degree, Primal living has helped me overcome very discomforting (sometimes debilitating) Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I think it goes to show just how many insidious problems are created by gluttonous indulgences in carbs, especially highly processed ones.

Cheerio!
Matt

DianeThePurple
DianeThePurple
6 years 3 months ago

Psst – it’s spelled “wean” (not “ween”). <3

Nick R.
Nick R.
6 years 3 months ago
For anyone who is having trouble, or second thoughts about kicking the grains and sugar completely, or taking baby steps toward this goal I can relate what I have experienced. Try to kick them completely cold turkey. When you get a craving substitute strawberrys or sliced apples. After a month of no grain/sugar, I ate some pizza on a “cheat day”. I will not go into detail about what happened over the next 24 hours, but it was not good. You will never fully understand how bad these things are for your body until you completely eliminate their presence. I… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hey Nick- I know exactly what you mean about the “not good” stuff that happens if you try eating unhealthy foods after you’ve gone Primal. To me, those symptoms are unequivocal proof of how toxic that processed food is for the true human body.

I definitely don’t regret making the switch!

Cheers!
Matt

Jennifer
Jennifer
6 years 3 months ago
Great post! Thank you!! I don’t think one can NOT go “cold turkey” when cutting out processed and high-carb foods. If you treated an addiction to drugs the same as some have posted here (where they allow themselves a little here and there or just “cut back”) you’d never kick it. I feel that’s the way it is… you cut out what your body is addicted to or you will continue to be addicted with the carbs still controlling you. And it takes WAY longer than a week or two to stop the cravings. I like the post that mentions… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Congrats Jennifer! That’s great progress. Keep it up!

I too agree that carbs can be like drugs in that both stimulate addictive chemical responses in the human brain. Any substance, illicit or otherwise, that can stimulate massive hormonal and neural responses in the body is a drug in my book!

Grok on!
Matt

Just Do It!
6 years 3 months ago

This is great motivation for starting a new life. I much believe that we have to start slow to not get overwhelmed. It is all about changing our mindset and get a good lasting feeling for what is coming ahead.

Mahewa

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Mahewa. Thanks for the kind words! Positive mind change is absolutely a big part of optimizing one’s healthy lifestyle. You have to encourage yourself to learn and grow. Otherwise, you just won’t get anywhere.

Cheers!
Matt

Kelda
6 years 3 months ago

Thank you for the comments Matt, it’s been like a real conversation. I’m always sending links to various people from MDA and tonight yours has been winging its way around my circuit!

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks so much Kelda for spreading the love! 🙂 We Groks are all in this Primal lifestyle together.

Cheers!
Matt

pjnoir
pjnoir
6 years 3 months ago

You stop worrying about “how” and start thinking about “why” – Brillant.

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks! The “why” part is SUPER important and is sadly often ignored, overlooked, or marginalized. It’s also much easier to just jump to tactics. Exploring your “why” takes more constructive and honest thought.

Cheers!
Matt

Carla
6 years 3 months ago
This was a really great post! I was intrigued by the Primal lifestyle last fall, and started on my own journey on January 1st. It has been amazing! I’ve lost weight and my depression and eating disorder (binge eating) have been non-existent since I started. I haven’t been “perfect” though, but it is still working really well for me nonetheless. If you suffer from an eating disorder, the worst thing you can do is to feel guilty and beat yourself up for not being perfect. I never thought that I could be free of my addiction to sweets, but here… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Remarkable story Carla. Thanks for sharing! And congratulations on your success thus far with Primal living!

I’ve wrestled with an eating disorder too – compulsive exercising (aka exercise bulimia). While I didn’t know of “Primal Living” back then, it was many Primal lifestyle practices that helped me get out of my self-made ditch.

Keep up the great progress!

Cheers!
Matt

Renee
Renee
6 years 3 months ago

HI Carla,
I’m so happy for you.. I’ve been trying to go primal for a couple of weeks now and I also have been suffering from depression and binge eating disorder.. You have given me new hope .. I’m concerned about unleashing a new binge habit on primal foods such as nuts.. I have been on a roller coaster of weight gain/ loss, fluctuating moods and the like so I’m really eager to gain control of my health, have some fun and feel happy for once!.. thanks for the inspiration !

Jay
Jay
6 years 3 months ago
Seems to me some people are missing Matt’s whole point to his post. You have to understand WHY you need to give up grains, sugar, soy, etc. If you only understand a little, then its easy to justify in your mind that you can’t give it up completely. You can justify taking your time and “ease in to” the primal way. Once you understand completely that grains, sugars and soy are poisons in your body, why would you continue to eat them? Read all of Mark’s posts on WHY you are going primal. Read all the links that Mark has… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago
Awesome Jay! I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Thank you for emphasizing the most important element in all of this – the “WHY”. It is indeed easy to gloss over the technical/scientific details. But with understanding comes perspective. And with perspective comes power. In an illogical world littered with crap food products, it is surely hard to see the logic in continuing to indulge in such “things” once you’re educated on the truth. I’ve also encountered the same outcome when sharing the Primal/Paleo lifestyle with friends and family. The ones that aren’t quick to nay-say, nitpick, and otherwise… Read more »
Rich Huntley RH Martial Fitness

Good post… The key is to get out of the comfort zone a little and go and dip your toe in the water.

It all comes down to developing the right kind of mindset for achieving the things we want in life.

Don’t let your fears hold you back…

‘If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking’ chinese proverb

All the Best

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Rich. Great quote. Thanks for sharing! Just remember that toe-dipping may be necessary for some when other may benefit more from (and more enjoy) a big cannon ball into the deep end! 🙂

In whatever way works for you – just don’t let your fears hold you back!

Cheers!
Matt

Rob
Rob
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve done primal with great results but i haven’t made it past one week yet. I’m so addicted to eating fast food it’s ridiculous. I love CrossFit so much but i’m not reaching my full potential because of my eating habits. I have about 20 pounds I need to lose and I’m starting my 30 days of Primal tomorrow. Anyone else want to jump ship with me?

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Go gettem’ Rob! You can absolutely do it! You’ve already overcome the first major hurdle – understanding and accepting your weak link (fast food / poor nutrition). That’s a big win! Now use that momentum to drive towards even greater results! And don’t forget to define “WHY” you’re doing this in the first place!

When you fully understand “WHY” and become committed to those ideas, there isn’t a person on the planet that will be able to stop you!

Good luck!
Matt

Lis
Lis
6 years 3 months ago
Hi there, I have done the 30 dAY challenge twice in the last year and the first few weeks are challenging but the results after this are incredible. I basically stick to paleo but I just love having a few drinks which is my greatest downfall. I am embarking on a 8 week paleo challenge tomorrow and am very excited. I think you really need to be prepared and if you prep you will find you can eat so much. You will be satisfied and if you feel like something sweet Date and almond rolls are divine. I find the… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hey Lis! Thanks for sharing your story. And good luck with your 8 week paleo challenge! It sounds like you have a great plan of attack, so I’m sure you’ll do wonderfully!

Australia is magnificent! I visited in late 2008 – traveling first to Sydney, then Melbourne, then Cairns. Everything was phenomenal! Which part are you from?

All the best!
Matt

Lis
Lis
6 years 3 months ago

Hey thanks, I am in Caloundra on the sunshine coast,Qld. Great lifestyle.From what I gather the word about Mark’s Daily Apple is spreading rapidly on the Sunshine Coast. Thanks again I will let you know on my progress.
Cheers Lisa

nathan
6 years 3 months ago

Just bought the Primal Blueprint book! I am really excited to check it out and learn everything I can!

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Nathan! I’m sure Mark is elated that you got the Primal Living book. Well done! You’re on your way to a remarkable and euphoric healthy lifestyle!

Keep that excitement alive; it’s an asset of immeasurable power. How? Just keep having fun while unleashing your inner Grok!

Cheers!
Matt

mallory
6 years 3 months ago

great post! i think by nature people need to question, second guess and debate what they dont know or are scared of.

after learning about primal eating it is dam%*n near impossible not to be on board and AGREE with it 100%, however people abiding by it for longetivy and a life change is a different story…

it was easy for me b/c it clicked, made sense…its just so natural!

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Mallory. Your “it’s just so natural” point is an important one. Quite frankly, it is really the ONLY natural way since, well, Grok didn’t have any other choice!

When more people see this and believe this, the light bulb goes off above their head. And that’s when real magic happens, but all the half-truths and mis-guided teachings of the conventional wisdom pundits wither and die. You’re left with world of possibility and an opportunity for greatness.

Cheers!
Matt

slacker
slacker
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve got two days of 90% now! Carb cravings GONE. Blood sugar roller coaster way, way dampened down. Can only hope other benefits people describe prove true. As long as I don’t gain any, it will be worth it just for the improvements I’m already enjoying.

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Well done thus far! Keep up the focus and tenacity. Do that and you WILL absolutely reap the many other benefits of the Primal lifestyle!

And don’t be afraid of “gaining” so long as it’s healthy, lean muscle. I was once afraidy-cat of the scale too. A lower number was always better. How silly. If you’re feeling better, thinking better, more vitalized, etc then the scale will take care of itself!

Good luck! Cheers!
Matt

Tom
Tom
6 years 3 months ago
One great thing about the primal lifestyle is how easily “transportable” it is. I am a frequent business traveller – for years I schlepped running shoes, shorts etc around the world so that I could squeeze as much cardio time into hotel fitness rooms – usually having to compete at 6 am with many others for the one treadmill, or having to run the streets of a strange city. Conventional diets are virtually impossible when meetings are built around breakfast, lunch and dinner. Since going primal I find it is easy to eat virtually any meal, any where without drawing… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hey Tom. Phenomenal comment! Thanks so much! I’m a world travel too (sometimes business, mostly pleasure!) and used to engage in the same routine as you. No longer! I’ll still pack some athletic-friendly clothes, but I’ll skip the mobile food scale, measuring cup, running shoes, protein powder in baggies, protein bars, heart-rate monitor, and more (no, I’m not kidding!).

Thanks for sharing all your pointers!

Cheers!
Matt

Oliver
Oliver
6 years 3 months ago
Cool. I think #1 is to understand the “why” of doing what your doing or about to do. Not only that but at the start you should have some kind of checklist that outlines the “why’s” that you refer to when needed. This “why” and fully understanding it is the thing that makes it easier. much easier. Second i dont believe in the slow slow approach. Personally i’m all or nothing, either do it now properly or don’t even bother. The slow slow way is long hardship instead of a quick hardship. These bad foods really ARE addictive and seriously… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hey Oliver. Thanks for echoing the importance of understanding the “WHY”. I heartedly agree that it makes everything easier (and, to me, more enjoyable too!).

I’m without doubt an all-or-nothing guy myself. I’m supremely logical, probably to a fault. So when something is so logically obvious to me (especially something as important as a healthy lifestyle choice) then I’m all in. Primal living fits the bill perfectly.

Cheers!
Matt

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 3 months ago
I quit smoking cold turkey after many years of “temporary” quits (pregnancy, nursing)with the idea of NTAP..”Never Take Another Puff) It really helped me this time, and, although brutal, I shared it with my 7 yr old (Mommy I don’t want YOU to die of CANCER!)and although I broke the addiction in several days (after 25 yrs), I have not had any form of nicotine since 10/5/09. I think being more natural and Primal in general helped with this transition…Occasionally I do encounter an experience that makes me crave nicotine..I analyze and discuss it..and have not given in..I work in… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Tremendous accomplishments Julie. Congratulations!! I’m sure that a Primal lifestyle surely did help with your transformations. And I fully agree that Primal living elevates your life on numerous levels. The limit, really, is only your imagination and willingness to make those dreams come true!

Cheers!
Matt

Patrick
6 years 3 months ago
I found my initial resistance was because I had a training plan in place (as a triathlete) and I was unwilling to take to the full program (food choices and activity) because I figured my activity levels were enough. After a few weeks of false starts, I started embracing the relaxed rhythm of training as preached by Mark in the Primal Blueprint, and we able to sync my diet and activity, improve my focus and actually stick with the program. I guess I am saying if you are going to give it a shot, be sure to try all of… Read more »
Kelda
6 years 3 months ago
I was just the same and I did continue with the coached programme for several months, and it was possible, but the more into the Primal I got the less relevance the plan had, and in fact I could see how it was counter-productive, I then crashed and burned with the training and took a month off adopting Primal walks, de-stressing and being 100% Grok, since then I’ve trained according to Mark’s guidelines (and haven’t even upped the carbs at all which you can do if required – I usually have around 100 g a day) and am so much… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

That ride sounds awesome! I’m extremely jealous. Have a blast! 🙂

Matt

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Spot-on Patrick. If anyone is to give a Primal lifestyle a fair go they really should incorporate all the elements. Otherwise you’re not really testing the lifestyle for what it is, and are ultimately selling yourself short.

Cheers!
Matt

Daral
Daral
6 years 3 months ago
I’m a diabetic. I followed my Dr’s advice for several years (use this drug, now that one, now insulin, follow this diet, try that one, exercise more, etc) and watched the disease get worse and worse with each check-up. Then I stumbled across an article by Mark Sisson about the evils of grain. The article sparked enough interest that I visited Mark’s Daily Apple. I thought nothing my Dr was recommending was working, so maybe I should try some of Sisson’s advice. About 3 months ago I gave up grain products and processed foods. I admit I felt icky for… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Agreed with Julie 1000%! Well done Daral. You’re a definite inspiration. I’d guess that you’re over the big hump but that also there’s much more to gain. Keep up the great work, and keep having fun! 🙂

Cheers!
Matt

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 3 months ago

Daral, You are an inspiration to us all! Keep up the great work! Pssst…and enjoy living your life!

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Connie
Connie
6 years 3 months ago
Just discovered MDA and the Primal Blueprint a few days ago and rapidly climbing on board! I’m familiar with low carb, having done Sugar Busters years ago with great success. Primal is much healthier and a lifestyle rather than a “diet”. Everything just “clicks” and I can hardly wait to see how my body changes in response. As a RN for the last 27 years I’ve seen firsthand the effects of a Standard American Diet and conventional wisdom (like Daral said!). I’m happy to be able to do my part in educating my little corner of the world, if only… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Connie! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with your little corner of the world. If we all did that then the entire world would truly be happy and healthy!

Cheers!
Matt

Kat Eden
6 years 3 months ago
This is great …. it’s all too easy to focus on the perceived sacrifices of eating and living well. On how tough it will be to give something up. I love the idea of bringing your thoughts back to what you’re gaining rather than what you’re supposedly losing. Lately I’ve been forcing myself to journal along these lines on an almost daily basis. Either to write in advance for the day on what I will do, or to record a grateful list at the end of the day. I’ve found it really helpful for changing my mindset to be forward… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Kat! I agree that a positive mental perspective can do wonders. Sadly I feel that many sabotage themselves with cannot-do attitudes. Skepticism is healthy – we should always ask questions and challenge things, but pessimism is quite unhealthy.

I’ve never done a health journal personally, though I imagine they would be quite motivating. I might have to give that a go.

Cheers!
Matt

Beth
Beth
6 years 3 months ago
Thank you all for the comments! I keep telling myself that I need to dump the sugar addiction and I always find a reason to put it off for another day. I’ve restarted again today after seeing some pictures of myself in a bathing suit this weekend…and yes, I am doing this partly for vanity reasons 🙂 But I also would like to have another child and it took me 2 and 1/2 years to conceive the first one because I was diagnosed with PCOS. My specialist once told me that I had the blood work of someone that was… Read more »
Kelda
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Beth

You refer to yourself as a well-muscled athlete … I wonder, perhaps it’s worth looking at your training regime. I found once I retuned my training to Primal systems (ie dropped the Chronic Cardio) it was much easier not carb craving. If you are doing lots of the CC you will be burning lots of carbs and craving lots – one of those endless loops!

Just a thought.

Beth
Beth
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks Kelda! I’m trying to cut down on the need I feel to do chronic cardio, like just go on a walk instead of feeling like less of an athlete if I’m not running the whole time 🙂 My other training right now involves mostly crossfit and playing sports a couple days a week.

I honestly think that it’s psychological. I always think that I NEED some sugar. Just gotta get over the hump and detox…if I can just make it that long…

Cindy
6 years 3 months ago

I found that when I cut back on my training regime I have more stamina while playing outside…like this past weekend…I played a game of kickball…did 5 relay races and still had plenty of energy for more fun and games. In the past I would have tuckered out long before the last relay race!
I credit primal nutrition and primal fitness techniques to allowing me to perform that well!
I love this lifestyle!

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

I totally agree! Cutting back on mindless over training allows for other fun (and still active) pleasures!

Cheers!
Matt

Mark V
Mark V
6 years 3 months ago
I am 51 and a pretty dedicated Crossfitter. I have been in & out of the primal diet for ~ 8+ months, more in than out. I do my best to cut out the grains and processed foods but cheat every now and than. I will admit I do have a weakness for cheese, wine & beer! Bottom line here, even not exhibiting the discipline to be 90% primal, I have realized amazing results. Not only has my energy level been consistenmtly elevated- no energy drinks needed here, but I have pealed off a number of fat pounds & gained… Read more »
Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Mark. I feel the same way when (very rarely) I have grains – lethargic and bloated! Good luck with going primal 100%!

Cheers!
Matt

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Troy
6 years 3 months ago

This links nicely to the new theories on the modern inflammatory environment we live in and our modern lifestyles not yet having evolved to deal with proinflammatory things like saturated fats, stress, lack of movement, pollution etc. Primal living sounds like it is anti-inflammatory living.

good one!

Matt Gartland
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks Troy!

I’m definitely a big fan of anti-inflammatory living. Marks has a lot of good knowledge on this topic throughout MDA. Enjoy!

Cheers!
Matt

denise
denise
6 years 3 months ago
Hi I have found reading the all these posts really interesting and I just hope I can “hold those positive thoughts”in my head. I am trying to go Primal – by which I suppose I mean I am trying to get my brain to ditch the whirlwind of contradictory nutritional advice I have absorbed over the years and just go for this – pure and simple. At the moment though,I seem to end up bingeing every day (a fear response I think. Like a few other people who have posted I struggle with an eating disorder and sometimes even the… Read more »
Vicki
Vicki
6 years 3 months ago
You will lose the cravings eventually – it’s one of the best parts of going primal. If you feel like you need to binge try some of the recipes on this site for primal substitutes. There are pancakes, cookies, etc, but with all primal ingredients. Try the primal energy bars with maybe a few dark chocolate chips. They have nuts and coconut, and are so sweet, rich and delicious that you’ll be too full to want anything else. I think it’s a good idea to not let yourself get too hungry at first either, so keep healthy snacks like nuts… Read more »
Kelda
6 years 3 months ago
I think you need to cut the chronic cardio as the priority – you don’t have to cut the time training though – just reduce the effort level to 70% or less. If you feel the need for a ‘harder’ session just do the sprints. I speak as one who also suffered an exercise-induced-related eating disorder. If you cut out the high carb burning exercise you will cut the cravings. If you can be really strict for a week or two with primal eating you WILL see you lose the weight without the huge workout sessions. Over time you won’t… Read more »
denise
denise
6 years 3 months ago
thank you so much to Vikki and Kelda for replying…..I really needed the encouragement!! I will look at the energy bars – and I know what you mean about not getting too hungry. But I think I might have to “risk” hunger, “risk” getting unfit and fatter – because what i am doing at the moment simply isn’t working and isn’t healthy – and isn’t sustainable for life. The only way is up – one way or another. So – tomorrow I begin – by not running hard for an hour. Maybe a long walk early in the morning instead… Read more »
Kelda
6 years 3 months ago

Eating lovely fat stops the hunger 🙂

Try berries with thick cream … can’t beat it!

Butter melted over veggies … I know it sounds too good to be true but it isn’t!

My brother is now at 72 lbs lost since December eating and training this way.

denise
denise
6 years 3 months ago
I think my old foe “portion control” may have to be a part of this?? I dread to think how much berries and thick cream I could get thru at a sitting! Bingeing does increase your stomach size (internal organ as well as the visible paunch)so I am used to eating BIG amounts. Maybe the trick will be to eat less than i think I want and wait for the fat to “kick in” the satiety … whilst managing not to trigger bingeing thru fear of being/actually being too hungry. Like walking a tightrope (sans safety net):)
denise
denise
6 years 3 months ago

abd congratulations to your brother – thats fantastic!!! Does he still have much to lose??

Kelda
6 years 3 months ago
I think you’ll find it much harder to eat too much fat, and particularly protein – you just can’t, serve yourself a small amount, eat slowly noticing when you feel satisfied then stop. Primalizing your house is the best way to go because then it’s impossible to binge on anything you shouldn’t as it requires effort to go out and buy bad stuff! My brother – may be another 12 lbs but for him now it’s about body composition – he’s come down from around 35% plus body fat and is now in the high teens, he’d like to get… Read more »
denise
denise
6 years 3 months ago

I know what you say about primalising the house but I just CAN’T throw food away. Plus I live right by 2 big supermarkets – no escaping the ready 24/7 availability of “bad’ stuff …. so i just have to learn to deal with it all being there.

OK day so far – thanks for the support. I mean to try this fully!

Kelda
6 years 3 months ago

At the end of the day, for everyone making these changes, start using and thinking I CAN … or as a book I read about 10 years ago said ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. It might just save your life. It did mine.

Give it away, someone will be pleased to have it.

sellen
sellen
6 years 3 months ago

You throw other garbage away don’t you?

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