Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
These Primal Blueprint success stories seem to have become a regular feature on Mark’s Daily Apple in recent weeks. I love to hear from readers and I’m more than happy to publish these stories as long as they keep coming in. I know that every MDA reader out there has their own health story. If you’d like to take a moment and tell me yours shoot me an email here and I’ll respond ASAP. Thanks everyone and have a great Friday!
In March of 2010, I went to my sister’s wedding, and had a great time. When I got home, I saw the pictures and was horrified. Over the past five years, I had put on a lot of weight, and I was at the heaviest I had ever been. I wanted to do something about it, but I felt like I failed at every diet I tried.
I was feeling pretty hopeless, but my father had recently started living the Primal Blueprint lifestyle (and lost 50 pounds). He kept telling me about it, but I never listened. I am in nursing school, and I knew that what he was saying flew in the face of conventional wisdom. He finally convinced me to read The Primal Blueprint, and I did hoping to find evidence that it was wrong. After every chapter, I was convinced more and more that this was RIGHT. March 26, I threw away all of the junk in my fridge and cupboards and our family devoted ourselves to living Primal.
We got our own chickens to raise for eggs, we joined a community garden for the organic produce, and we cut out ALL processed foods. For the first 30 days, I decided to not even have one bite of sugar or sweeteners. Not even gum. It was a hard 30 days, but I felt SO good when I was done, and I had already lost a lot of weight!
Since then, my husband and I have really started working out again. As a teenager, my father had a martial arts gym, so I was very fit and taught martial arts classes almost nightly. I hadn’t practiced martial arts in years, but now that I am Primal, I feel confident enough to practice again. I have been teaching kick boxing at a local gym and will be starting a kids martial arts class next month. I also ran my first 5K this weekend! It feels so great to finally be in shape enough to play how I want to play.
My husband also feels better than ever, and our two children (ages 5 and 2) have adapted beautifully to our new diet. They especially love their daily hard boiled eggs. I feel more confident, more alive, and I finally feel young again. I am only 26, but while overweight, people always mistook me for being in my late 30s. Now I have people tell me they thought I was younger than 26!
I was worried when I started this diet that it would mess with my blood lipids. My results (about 4 months into it):
Total Cholesterol before: 181
Total Cholesterol after 4 months of Primal: 145
Triglycerides before: 106
Triglycerides after: 53
HDL (good) Cholesterol before: 43
HDL (good) Cholesterol after: 45
VLDL Cholesterol before: 21
VLDL Cholesterol after: 11
LDL (bad) Cholesterol before: 117
LDL (bad) Cholesterol after: 89
In addition to this great blood work, I have lost 50 pounds, and my husband has lost 40. I can’t wait to see what this year will bring. I look forward to playing more than ever and enjoying my newfound health! Thank you so much!