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February 13, 2013

5 Things People Assume About Me That Are Wrong

By Mark Sisson
308 Comments

WrongAs Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal community have grown in popularity, I hear a lot of stuff bandied about. Some of it is positive, some negative, and that’s to be expected. You can’t please everyone – I would probably be surprised if no one ever criticized me. However, I’ve noticed that for whatever reason, some people have a skewed perception of my opinion on certain issues. Maybe it’s my fault for not being more clear. Maybe they just haven’t plumbed the depths of MDA (I don’t blame them; it’s got some deep archives) to find the truth, instead going on what someone else told them. But whatever the reason, I have an obligation to set the record straight. I don’t want people getting the wrong idea about me or my ideas.

In this post, I’m going to describe five common misinterpretations about me and then explain where I truly stand. You may still disagree with me. That’s cool. At least then you’ll be able to criticize me for what I actually said or wrote.

So, what are some things people assume about me that are wrong?

That I support unlimited calories, endless grams of fat, and constant relentless gorging.

To my knowledge, I’ve never claimed that calories don’t matter (cue frantic searching of MDA archives). On the contrary, I’ve held that while calories are the ultimate arbiters of weight management, the beauty of a Primal eating plan is that obsessively counting, tabulating, graphing, and monitoring calorie intake often becomes unnecessary. You’re eating nutrient-dense and calorie-sparse plants, nutrient-dense animals (and their fat), and nutrient-dense and calorie-dense starchy plants (when desired/required), and you just need less food than before. You’re sated, you enjoy the food, you’re sufficiently nourished, and so you don’t eat as much. You’re not telling yourself not to eat X amount of calories; you just don’t get hungry for all those extra calories and so it’s not an issue that requires conscious thought. Some people may even find counting counterproductive to weight loss if the counting intrudes on their enjoyment of normal life and becomes a significant source of stress.

If you somehow find the will and desire to gorge endlessly on multiple thousands of calories of coconut oil and butter and red palm oil and mac nuts and grass-fed beef and wild-caught salmon, you can and likely will gain weight (and fat). All I’m saying is this: why would you ever want to? Calories do matter, though. I’ve always said that.

That I hate carbs in any form.

The reality is that I view carbs as an elective source of calories to be divvied out according to training volume, performance goals, and individual variation in tolerance/desire. If you’re regularly engaging in lots of anaerobic activity (HIIT, sprinting, heavy lifting, mid-to-high intensity endurance training, sports like soccer, basketball, football), you should probably eat more carbs to the tune of 100 extra grams per hour of anaerobic output. If you’re just doing lots of walking, lifting once or twice a week, and throwing in a sprint session every now and then, you’ll probably be fine underneath the Primal carb curve. I gear my recommendations toward regular folks getting regular, but not excessive or elite level, amounts of activity – the people who juggle work, family, sleep, and leisure with exercise. That’s me, that’s most of you, but it’s not everyone. If I come off as a carb basher, it’s only because I assume that most people aren’t doing the kind of activity that warrants carb-loading.

I am a big proponent of eating a macronutrient that works for you and your lifestyle and your needs, whatever those look like. I’m also a big proponent of gorging on in-season berries to the point of stomach upset (not really, but kinda). My point is that I don’t hate any and all carbs.

That I hate gyms.

I talk a lot about the benefits of being outside in nature, particularly being active outside in nature. I often suggest that people go for hikes on a weekly basis, preferably with family members (both hominidae and canid). I discuss spiritual encounters in nature, wherein people experience what seem like “mystical” states of mind simply by leaving city limits and rubbing up against some trees and greenery. I’ve explained how exercising outdoors is not only more effective, but also more sustainable – people are more likely to stick with an exercise plan when they do it outdoors. What wins?

Trail running through a forest of redwoods with the brilliant morning sun shimmering through the canopy overhead or jogging on a treadmill while watching close captioned American Idol?

Sprints on a beach (complete with adjacent natural sea salt cold dip wave pool) or sprints on a track?

Stand up paddle boarding on blue-green seas or, well, there isn’t really a gym equivalent to that one, is there?

I’ll always choose to workout outside if I can. Of course, I live in Malibu, where winter is when surfers wear hooded sweatshirts with their shorts and sandals, so I have the luxury of exercising outdoors year round. Many people do not. Perhaps my perspective is skewed.

That said, I like gyms. I work out in a gym on a regular basis. And bulky, oddly shaped natural objects like rocks and logs are fun to pick up and put down, and you can get really strong using them, but barbells, weight vests, kettlebells, and other manmade fitness tools are arguably better for building pure, raw strength. You know what? Make like Arnold and lug a barbell and some weights out to the forest and get the best of both worlds.

That I hate any and all forms of cardio.

One of my earliest and most popular posts was my tirade against chronic cardio, or the kind of extended mid-to-high intensity endurance training that made me sick, broke down my body, required me to eat an inflammatory diet laden with cheap refined carbs, destroyed my social life, and sapped my will to live. My terrible experience with high-level endurance training helped me find a more sustainable, more Primal path. It got me where I am today, basically. It was the impetus for my search for something better. I guess you could say I’m not a big fan.

I’ve become known for that stance on chronic cardio, but many people assume that distaste extends to all cardio. They assume I roll my eyes at people who ride their bikes to work, who run a 5k every now and then, who use the rower at the gym, who go hiking with heavy rucksacks, who swim laps. I don’t hate all cardio, though. I mean, how many times have you gotten annoyed with how often I tell people to walk, hike, and otherwise move around at a slow pace? That’s “cardio.” I fully support all forms of movement that result in improved health and happiness. I’ve mentioned before that my characterization of an activity as chronic cardio is more qualitative than quantitative. Rather than hewing to some objective standard, it often comes down to your subjective response. For me, running more than five miles or so becomes a race, even if I’m the only one around. I stop enjoying the run and start to focus on how fast I’m going, how far I’ve gone, and how much I can push it. I get sucked in to the competitive tunnel.

I’m not even against running the occasional marathon, if you truly enjoy it and it improves your quality of life. But training for marathons round the clock? Logging 15-20 miles a day? I can’t in good conscience recommend that people do that in the pursuit of good health. Do it to say you can. Do it because you love it. But don’t do it to live forever.

That I romanticize the hunter-gatherer existence.

I don’t romanticize anything (except, perhaps, grass-fed meat). I simply acknowledge the reality of our situation: humans, as a species, have evolved under various selective pressures and environments, and by studying those pressures and environments, we can learn about what lifestyle interventions might work for us, today, in the here and now. Moreover, we undoubtedly did not encounter 10-hour workdays consisting solely of sitting on our duffs, penned in by cubicle walls, isolated from our fellow humans (except by choice). We did not eat sugar, seed oil, and grain slurries out of colorful boxes and plastic packaging. It is a simple fact that some things about our modern existence are screwy and ridiculous, and when we spend our days sitting down, completely isolated from nature, from other humans (in the flesh), from edible plants and animals in their original packaging (absent some fur, perhaps), problems arise.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors spent most of their lives outdoors. One wonders if perhaps spending time outdoors is therefore “normal” for our physiology and we should do it more often. Sure enough, recent scientific evidence shows that being outdoors confers numerous health benefits upon humans. Health benefits that we can verify with actual biomarkers.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors got a decent amount of sunlight (being outdoors), depending on where in the world they lived. One wonders if perhaps sun exposure provides any benefit to modern humans. Sure enough, evidence suggests that vitamin D (which humans make from sun exposure) performs many physiological tasks, like immune modulation and bone calcium resorption, vital to our health. (Also, sunny days tend to make people happy, which counts for a lot.)

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors experienced high infant mortality. High infant mortality is not very good for human health.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors did not have access to modern medical technology. Modern medical technology is good for human health.

Do I think we can gain valuable insight about what makes us tick and what works today by examining the ancestral environment? Yes, absolutely. 

Am I happy to live in the 21st century where babies generally survive and people can hold all the world’s knowledge (and then some) in the palm of their hands and casually implore lightning to do their bidding with a flick of a switch? Heck yes.

To say that certain selective pressures helped determine the physiology of modern humans and that we can glean helpful and relevant lessons from studying (or even speculating about) said pressures is not to say that everything was perfect back then and we need to return to that perfect Edenic (that wasn’t) lifestyle. It’s just saying what it says. Nothing more.

What other misconceptions about me and my message have you seen out there? Lemme know in the comment section! Thanks for reading, folks.

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Colleen
Colleen
3 years 7 months ago

How do we know our hunter gather ancestors had high infant mortality?

Chris
3 years 7 months ago

Thank you Mark for articulation and precision re WRONG column this week! I appreciate your lively defense and explanations! You have carefully demonstrated (again) the huge challenge of educating the masses (and the motivated educated public following you!) w/o getting too personal and subjective. The facts are there. You capture and interpret them nicely. My experience as primary care physician is that the average lay person doesn’t really want to work hard, think carefully, live close to the Earth, and recognize the primal instincts we tend to suppress. Keep it up!

Elaine
Elaine
3 years 7 months ago

Great post — too bad you have to defend yourself, Mark.

Sam Lloyd
3 years 7 months ago

Great post Mark.

There’s a new term on the internet called ‘paleo-tards’ because of all the misconceptions and selective listening people do.

This clears some of that up.

Good job.

Julie
Julie
3 years 7 months ago

Agree – it’s sad that a lot of people like to make $#!* difficult. Please stay true.

Alexander
3 years 7 months ago

I guess it’s like anything – people just assume.

To be honest I fell into this category before reading more on the site and assumed Mark was super anti-cardio (works for me.. I hate it anyway 😉 ).

Glad to see him clear up some misconceptions though.

Gunnersaurus49
3 years 7 months ago
How can anybody digress what you do? How dare they give you crap or make you out to be some sort of con artis and sort for personal gain? Ok your personal gain is to save and help millions of lives! Such a terrible thing to do! But seriously why on earth can you be misconceived by giving out valuable in-depth information absolutely free! This place is a gold mine and I can’t express enough how excited I get when I have a question and thought and all the little gems are on here! Free! It is my number 1… Read more »
Gord, Vancouver
Gord, Vancouver
3 years 7 months ago

Alexander nailed it – People just assume.Funny how some us can read the same material and come away with none of the misconceptions described.

MMYoung57
MMYoung57
3 years 7 months ago

From archeological studies of the fossil records. They were also much more prone to death by accident and disease than we are today.

The problem with “all that data” is that you end up with an “average age of death of 35” and most people think that means that our primal ancestors only lived to be 35. The fact remains, again from the fossil records, that many individuals lived into their 70’s, but an equal number lived short lives or died at birth, hence the *average* age of death of 35.

Laurie
Laurie
3 years 7 months ago

No, not much more prone to disease. Accidents, starvation, parasites, etc yes, but not DISEASE.

Paul
Paul
3 years 7 months ago

Disease isn’t as huge and recurring issue when you have only small groups of people; its when you get mingling and mixing and large crowds and poor sanitation that you get disease. With small family groups of 10-15 people that don’t frequently meet other folks, you don’t have vectors for infectious disease.

As far as things like cancer; they can and did happen well before modern times.

Gwenn
Gwenn
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe not “disease” like oh, diabetes, but a lot of them sure did die from basic infection before antibiotics came around.

michael
michael
3 years 7 months ago

Common sense, plus over a century of medical observation & observation of other primates.

It’s like asking, “How do we know our hunter gather ancestors got the trots every once in a while?”

melanie
melanie
3 years 7 months ago

well, it is pretty easy to guess why. medical wasn’t good. predators are another, and knowing now how births can go…..meaning breach, chord wrapped around the babies neck. so, infant mortality is very high, especially in those days and not too long ago either. more because of farm fatalities. just saying?

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago
Human birth is tricky and probably the trickiest on the planet, thanks to competing factors of big brain size for thinking and small hip size for walking. On the other hand, it’s not quite the automatic death sentence for either mother or child that we’ve made out it out to be. Wrapped cords don’t always mean suffocation. We are social, knowledge based animals that can create ways to over come breech births, etc. (Knowledge to safely deliver breeches were was much more widespread before C-sections became safe and common.) If I had to pin down the reasons for high infant… Read more »
Digger
3 years 7 months ago

Lots of hunter gatherer baby skeletons. Many young mothers died in child birth as well.No OB/GY’s back then.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

The baby skeletons are unfortunately, easy to count.

I’ve often wondered, however, about the assumption that young healthy women were dropping like flies during the childbirth process. That one is a bit counter intuitive. Some losses, yes, especially if a woman is sick or undernourished. Higher than most animals, yes. But I don’t see how we’re in the billions either if either the physical process or the help a primitive tribe could provide was so woefully lax.

Ectope
Ectope
3 years 7 months ago

If you don’t believe it, look at the maternal mortality in parts of Africa- 1 in 7 pregnancies in some parts. This is few enough for population growth, but pretty appalling.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

So using those numbers, that’s an 85% maternal survival rate for any random pregnancy. Again, no adjustments for maternal age, numbers of previous children, or maternal health at the time of birth.

It’s possible that those are also worst case scenarios as well. There are people in Africa living on the very edge of every resource. There are people who are not. Africa is very big place. 😉

I agree not great, but ironically, I think the numbers suggest my point. *If* they are drawn from the parts of Africa where there’s not enough of everything, the process works amazing well.

michael
michael
3 years 7 months ago

Infection is the culprit. They weren’t dropping like flies; they were just substantially more prone to die than we are today in the U.S. (check out African stats on death due to childbirth: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/apr/12/maternal-mortality-rates-millennium-development-goals ).

There’s a reason we spent so long as a small population, and then suddenly reached billions (and it’s not the help of primitive tribesmen).

D Foltz
D Foltz
3 years 7 months ago

The average pelvic inlet depth was much larger in the late paleolithic than among modern Africans who, by and large, grew up on farinaceous diets. This will explain much of the difficulty in modern childbirth.

http://www.beyondveg.com/nicholson-w/angel-1984/angel-1984-1a.shtml

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

Micheal –

Exactly. It’s not the process that kills the women. It’s the infections/hemmoraging and generally vulnerable position of both mother and child around the act of child birth.

Totally not arguing against modern medicine by the way. I am argueing that society is giving credit to OB/GYNs for the general advances of better food, better sanitation and improvement. Childbirth in of itself generally does not kill women – it’s the crap that it leaves woman and child vulnerable to that does.

Cindy H.
Cindy H.
3 years 7 months ago

Check the research papers and look at the hunter-gatherer societies known more recently.

George @ the High Fat hep C Diet

It’s possible to estimate birthrate and ancient population at different times by reverse engineering modern DNA. Plus we can look at infant mortality in modern hunter-gatherers and in various wild animals to get some idea. Humans are very fertile and highly motivated to reproduce, if every child had lived to reproduce we would probably have reached our present high population density long ago.

Goody
Goody
3 years 7 months ago

The archaeological record demonstrates high infant mortality in hunter-gatherer populations. Also higher mortality of women during or immediately after childbirth.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

If there’s a skeleton of a full term baby inside a woman, yes, I’d buy she died in childbirth. In all seriousness, how do bones show a woman died “immediately” after child birth? I though bones only could show whether or not a woman had a vaginal birth. (I don’t know for sure, which is why I’m asking.)

Susan
Susan
3 years 7 months ago

Agree with this question. Birth and natural care for infants does not lead to infant mortality! What were they dying from?

summer
summer
3 years 7 months ago

there is still high infant mortality in developing countries? that said, the us rates aren’t so hot either. we should all do what Singapore does.

Mark, I had an allergist bring up the “caveman diet” and say that it only reduced allergies associated with IBS and Crohn’s because it was just lamb, rice, and some vegetables. I held my tongue since he didn’t seem very educated or interested. plus, it wasn’t my appointment, so I wasn’t passing him too sit there

Gary
Gary
3 years 7 months ago

I think maybe Mark was speculating that infant mortality was higher 5,000 years ago, because it was considerably higher 100 years ago.

Desdemona
Desdemona
3 years 7 months ago
Infant mortality was high due to many of the reasons that have already been stated. Humans are just not built as well as some animals are for live birth. We like to romanticize the process to give women confidence, but that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect process. You can look at human biology and see that it’s far from perfect. Modern day birth is safer because we have sanitized birthing areas, better access to food, and in most Western cultures midwives or doctors. Not all tribal societies had that. Some tribes wanted women to birth alone while others made it… Read more »
Marty
Marty
2 years 7 months ago
because hunter gather societies still exist and their mortality rates are known? We could infer that the same was for our ancestors. It also seems logical that children would find surviving natural environments more difficult than adults for a range of reasons such as lack of speed, strength and lack of experience. There is a book i read while studying ecology in the 80’s called “why big fierce animals are rare” and it makes the case that predators do not attack healthy adults (of prey species) unless they are desperate. They go for the weak and young first. I suspect… Read more »
Groktimus Primal
3 years 7 months ago

Ah, the black and whiter’s. It’s so easy for so many reasons. First you could be too lazy to fully read and understand. Second you could want a quick, easy fix and oversimplify. Third (the insidious reason) you could simply want to knock down someone you don’t agree with by promoting disinformation just like they did to Dr. Atkins! Of course there is the worthless media soundbite also.

Max
3 years 7 months ago

Groktimus, I agree with you, but also think that sometimes, people need oversimplified answers to tough problems. Its awesome if people want to get into the deep science of nutrition, but some people just need to know how to do it, and need motivation to start.

michael
michael
3 years 7 months ago

It reminds me of when I first started low-carb, which not only helped my fitness level, but cured my depression as well.

People were always (seriously, ALWAYS) saying things to me like, “What makes you think having bacon-covered lard dipped in cheese sauce every day is healthy?”

I’ve learned to expect ignorance of ignorant people.

wildgrok
wildgrok
3 years 7 months ago

Agree 100% specially on the Atkins issue, many people who berate him have never read his book. And in my book he was a hero! Kudos to Gary Taub who in “Why we get fat” gives Atkins due credit.

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed on Atkins. I read his book cover to cover when I was trying to lose weight initially.

The diet and his recommendations were absolutely nothing like stereotype I had heard.

It seems like it’s just the hazard of being out there with your opinions if they are not mainstream. People hear what they want to hear and no more.

WildGrok
WildGrok
3 years 7 months ago
I am re-reading it (for the third time, first time after being primal), I am highlighting all the pages where he recommends pasture fed meats, etc. I remember watching the videos where he said that he ate more greens than many vegetarians!. His death was a big loss. People associate the Atkins diet with the initial induction phase of two weeks at 25 grams of carbs. But you know what? I don’t think there is a better system to reset a deranged carboholic metabolism than those two weeks (primal systems included). Is it hard? Yes. Does it work? Yes. You… Read more »
Primal Toad
3 years 7 months ago

I am a big believer in that NOTHING is black or white.

Primal Osprey
Primal Osprey
2 years 7 months ago

Except maybe zebras and penguins!

Chris Lampe
Chris Lampe
3 years 7 months ago

Awesome. One of the more enjoyable posts I’ve seen in a long time.

I enjoy reading forums and I’ve seen quite a few of these wrong assumptions on where you stand. I appreciate the clarity and hopefully it helps those of us who are still struggling.

Deb
Deb
3 years 7 months ago

Amen! 🙂

maggie
3 years 7 months ago

Me too! Mark this is one of your best posts yet. When I say I am paleo/primal-leaning, these are probably the top 5 things that people throw at me and I am never sure exactly how to answer them.

Rod Hilton
Rod Hilton
3 years 7 months ago

Great Article! Hopefully it helps some have a better understanding of the basic principles. Looking forward to Austin Primal Con. Have an awesome and safe day everyone.
Rod

MattyT
MattyT
3 years 7 months ago

Where did this post come from? The primal laws are very easy to understand and implement. People, if you’re failing look for help but don’t blame Mark.

Casey
Casey
3 years 7 months ago

I was introduced to MDA about 4 months ago. I read everything I could find on the site and starting following in my own way what was right for me. I never had any of these misconceptions about Mark or MDA. If you read carefully, the plan and philosophy are incredibly clear.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

I think Mark is saying, “When we assume, it makes an ASS out of U and ME”

Cyndie
3 years 7 months ago

Hello there,

New to your site, was just wondering about your thoughts on fruits and vegetables and how many servings should you have daily.

Max
3 years 7 months ago
Kevin
Kevin
3 years 7 months ago

And this, regarding where on the Primal Blueprint Pyramid veggies and fruits fall: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/introducing-the-new-primal-blueprint-food-pyramid/#axzz2Ko9OPtVH

Brian
Brian
3 years 7 months ago

“The more, the merrier” comes to mind.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

Sometimes.
Too many vegetables bloats me and forces peristalsis too fast.
I barely ate any fresh fruit or vegetables for the past few months and then a couple days ago a friend fed me a nice snack of some carrots and celery, it was like taking a health potion in a video game.

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 7 months ago

Cyndie, click on the Start Here section to find out more about the Primal Blueprint.

Rene R
Rene R
3 years 7 months ago

Hi Cyndie -You can learn sooo much from the sites, archives, etc., but if you want a really in depth understanding, read the books! For me both The Primal Blueprint and The 21Day Body Transformation were well worth the read, and I still refer to them all the time. (Didn’t mean to sound like an advertisement here, but loved the books, lol) .

Cyndie
3 years 7 months ago

By the way, I’m going to start logging into your website and hopefully get to a place where I can take up some of your suggestions.. Thank you.

EmpressE
EmpressE
3 years 7 months ago

Cyndie – you are already there! Take a look around the site, especially the ‘Start Here’ section as Pure Hapa suggests, and check out some of the Success Stories. You are sure to find at least a couple of nuggets that you can put to use in your own life today! Enjoy!!

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 years 7 months ago

I love Mark’s site but if you want some other good sites I highly recommend Jimmy Moore and Jack Kruse.

http://jackkruse.com/brain-gut-6-epi-paleo-rx/

http://www.jackkruse.com/blog-index/

The Leptin Prescription starting with the blog on the bottom at the first is great.

http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/n1

Jimmy Moore has several podcasts and his recent Nutritional Ketosis N1 posts are very interesting.

I also love Peter Attia’s stuff. Great articles on Ketosis, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, and more.

http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/how-did-we-come-to-believe-saturated-fat-and-cholesterol-are-bad-for-us

http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/the-straight-dope-on-cholesterol-part-i

julianne
3 years 7 months ago

While these sites are interesting, they are heavily biased to very low carb diets. Very low carb paleo is not for everyone and very low carb is not the only way to lose weight, in fact it can be counter productive if you are doing intense exercise like CrossFit.

Jonathan
Jonathan
3 years 7 months ago
I’m a big fan of intense weight lifting or HIIT which can be done once or twice a week. Both forms of activity can be done with a Ketogenic diet. Jimmy Moore in his latest Nutritional Ketosis posts has been doing High Intensity weight training ala slow burn/Body by Science type workouts. Even including doing it while in a fasted state. Apparently people can become pretty well adapted to using fat for fuel. I read a recent post on Jack’s site about refilling Glycogen really fast with the Phosphate Pentose Pathway…don’t remember exactly how it worked. As long as someone… Read more »
Heather
Heather
3 years 7 months ago

I love all of Mark’s articles and his entire site but the best information I have gotten have come from the Comments Section after the articles. They’re the best reading!

Helga
Helga
3 years 7 months ago

There are a lot of great stories and comments in this section, the majority of them civil and respectful.

zack
zack
3 years 7 months ago

“Am I happy to live in the 21st century where babies generally survive and people can hold all the world’s knowledge (and then some) in the palm of their hands and casually implore lightning to do their bidding with a flick of a switch?”

Yes… people hold all the world’s knowledge (and then some) in the palm of their hands and STILL don’t know where you stand on these basic concepts.

Karen P.
3 years 7 months ago

Ha ha! Awesome.

Bri
Bri
3 years 7 months ago

Wouldn’t this be funny to try to explain to our great-great-grandparents: “I have a device in my back pocket that can access the collective knowledge of all mankind. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with people I don’t know.” 🙂

Rene R
Rene R
3 years 7 months ago

True-I’m somewhat intrigued by the number of cat pictures on my Facebook page …..

Tonya
Tonya
3 years 7 months ago

+1 – Grumpy cat makes my day lol

Amy
Amy
3 years 7 months ago

LOL!

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 7 months ago

Yessss!!! I’m so stealing this…

Alex
Alex
3 years 7 months ago

Ha!

Kirk Fredericks
3 years 7 months ago

A tiger does not concern himself with the opinion of sheep.

I appreciate your detailed blogs, and if I think differently or want to explore other points of view, that’s a healthy attitude and doesn’t make you wrong.

Your advice and that of others in this field have dialed my health clock back 20 years easily.

Kirk

Joe
Joe
3 years 7 months ago

How do you know, you could get run over by a truck this afternoon.

Richie
Richie
3 years 7 months ago

Which has nothing do to with his dietary lifestyle. What’s your point?

Joe
Joe
3 years 7 months ago

Before we get into what’s my point I think we should talk about what’s your point.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

It could. The brain needs good food.

Kristie
Kristie
3 years 7 months ago

Getting run over by a truck has nothing to do with health.

Dan Owen
Dan Owen
3 years 7 months ago

Actually the getting run over by a truck IS relevant. Please review Primal Law 9. I am just starting on this lifestyle. P283 of The Primal Blue-Print actually but think this is fantastic.

Greg
Greg
3 years 7 months ago

Clever and constructive. Top marks.

Kirk
Kirk
3 years 7 months ago

As a matter of fact, I got hit by a truck just two days ago. The fact I was in another truck myself, a fire rescue truck, somewhat mitigated the circumstances. That and the fact I’m committed to Paleo.

Kirk

Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

Hahaha didn’t see that coming

Geez
Geez
3 years 7 months ago

Pretty sure he is going to be concerned with public opinions and public perception when that is the basis of any blog.

Gordon
Gordon
3 years 7 months ago
Well said Kirk! I stumbled onto MDA and the Primal Blueprint while doing research before starting Crossfit training (At age 56). As a retired law enforcement officer, and owner of a couple of businesses, I research almost everything before randomly throwing myself or my income into it. I have to give credit where credit is due! I started out at a little over 250#’s in late October, and today, weigh in at 216#. The first 20#’s of that (MOL), was lost strictly by changing my “dietary lifestyle.” The weight loss resulted in an immediate reduction in many of the “daily… Read more »
Kirk Fredericks
3 years 7 months ago

Congratulations on your success Gordon. It’s good to talk with a fellow Emergency Services person here. This life style has done wonders for me. At 56 years old and 168 pounds, I’m now 3 pounds from my high school weight of 165, and still improving. My worst was when I worked in IT, I was a 220 pound ‘phat bastarde’ as the french say. I’ve competed in the Firefighter Combat Challenge several times in my 40’s, and and seriously considering competing this year (in the old farts Fire Chief division)

Kirk

Mary Anne
Mary Anne
3 years 7 months ago

Wow! First I read Margit’s spot-on post and now Gordon’s. I’m honored to be ‘in the company’ of such thoughtful, supportive people. Thanks!

Claire Kellerman
3 years 7 months ago

Gordon~I enjoyed your unbelievably long post!

TrevorK
TrevorK
3 years 7 months ago

See, that’s what happens when you are right , and you are starting to affect a large audience who don’t want to hear it. Or, read anything or Think!

Chika
3 years 7 months ago

+1

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 7 months ago

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

Jan's Sushi Bar
3 years 7 months ago

I find it hard to believe that even a casual reader of this site would come away with those assumptions. Heresay…ptoooi.

Stephanie
Stephanie
3 years 7 months ago

Years ago I noticed that folks in the nutritional field, snipe at one another. From their comments it is usually obvious they have never read the other person’s books or papers.

Personally, if I was going to make disparaging remarks about someone, I would do them the courtesy of actually reading their book first.

Mary Anne
Mary Anne
3 years 7 months ago

right on, Stephanie!

Tasha
3 years 7 months ago

I love articles like this. The mind behind the man ;). but also, it tells me that you and your Worker Bees are out there, reading the forums, getting a sense of the Primal-sphere and where our interests lie. I can recall threads that occurred quite recently and the question of “What Does Mark Thing?” came up. I think the carbs question is probably the most common one.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

I,m sure Mark has a thing…but I see he uses the other head on top of his shoulders just about all the time.

Dr. Mark
3 years 7 months ago

Sweeping generalizations are just another weapon used by those who want to rationalize why they don’t make the changes they know they should. Most people are quite happy thinking our health problems are genetic and beyond our control. If they can make you out to be a fanatic, they can go back to sleep, and that is where the masses are comfortable.

Laurie
Laurie
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed. There is no logical explanation for why people are so threatened by the primal/paleo lifestyles of OTHER PEOPLE except that deep down inside they know that there is something very wrong with their own lives. It’s much easier to laugh, point fingers and make excuses than to take full responsibility for one’s own health and life.
I undergo constant ridicule but I will stand strong (and healthy!).

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed. I also never heard a person in the 60’s and 70’s mention anything about genetics and family genes stuff. Now that americans are so fat and unhealthy, they simply blame it something outside their control. Such a VICTIM mentality in the USA. I for one, am tired of it.

Sharon T
Sharon T
3 years 7 months ago

So true, and I used to be one of those people until I decided to take responsibility for myself and actions.

Carla
Carla
3 years 7 months ago

I get the feeling that those who make such assumptions are not regular readers of this blog.

Rachael
Rachael
3 years 7 months ago

Five helpings of easy-to-digest good sense – take note, doubters.

PaulL
PaulL
3 years 7 months ago

One thing I’ve heard people say, which isn’t really addressed here is “Mark is a hypocrite. He claims to follow the paleo diet and to just eat real food on one hand, yet pushes his supplement line on the other.”

And, while we all know that to be a bunch of ignorant BS, it would be nice to have something explicit to point to when these idiots pop up.

Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe you could point them to the “Grok didn’t take supplements, so why should I?” article! That would at least give his view on supplements.

PaulL
PaulL
3 years 7 months ago

Alyssa, Thanks for that article! It’s an excellent response, and exactly the type of thing I was looking for. Of course, the haters will hate, but at least now I have a better understanding and something with which to answer them.

Thanks again!

Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

No problem, glad I (well, Mark) could help!

Rene R
Rene R
3 years 7 months ago

Agreed. While Mark may sell supplements to those who are interested, has anyone here ever felt PUSHED to buy them? Although I did buy the book, that was before even discovering this site, and I think a person could easily do this whole lifestyle with buying a thing. I’ve never felt pushed to buy anything! I really, really want some of the Primal Fuel, though ….

Megan
Megan
3 years 7 months ago

Mark, you have introduced me to an entirely different way of living. You have encouraged me to buck the system. You have persuaded me to get really and truly physical inside and outside. You’ve given me permission I didn’t know I needed to enjoy my life by playing and not starving. I am a beautiful beast and I couldn’t be happier or more grateful to you. Let the critics critique. They’re just jealous and afraid to give it a go. Sucks for them.

Anne
Anne
3 years 7 months ago

You’re one of my heroes. The mother tiger in me immediately responded to the idea that anyone would “dis” you by going into fight mode :).

Bryan
3 years 7 months ago

Good stuff as always Mark.

The larger the audience, the more opportunities for inaccurate information to spread, sometimes quickly too. It also comes back to excuses and being personally accountable for yourself. Essentially, either not educating themselves or having to find someone to blame.

Cheers!!!

Chika
3 years 7 months ago

Misinformation is often spewed about ppl doing great things. Mark I commend you for taking the time to set things straight. I guess with time, it becomes hard to just ignore the misinformation. I’m just happy that you continue to educate us on a daily basis. I enjoy every bit.

Glen
Glen
3 years 7 months ago

Very well spoken.

Jason Beane
Jason Beane
3 years 7 months ago

I am 34 years old, married with two kids. I started this diet/new way of living in January as my New Years resolution. I have never felt better than I do now. Food today has become so processed how can we digest all those ingredients. Eating healthy helps me get through the day without feeling like it is nap time. You can criticize anything that has to do with dieting nowadays, but following this diet makes you feel great. Plan and simple.

Debrakadabra
Debrakadabra
3 years 7 months ago

This is pretty basic. All one has to do is just LOOK at Mark’s physique, and know that whatever he is doing – is right.

You are the complete sign of health, Mark. Keep teaching us. THANKS.

Paul
Paul
3 years 7 months ago

I second that!

My wife refers to Mark as “that crazy guy” and I correct her saying, “that crazy guy who is ripped and in shape?” hehe

Karen P.
3 years 7 months ago
Welllll…yes and no. I see this a lot from people, but I think it’s important to remember that he was an elite athlete back in the day before Primal was a twinkle in his eye. The way he looked had no relation to how he felt, as he likes to tell us. But I do not believe that he is necessarily a normal, run-of-the-mill guy physiologically. I do think he’s built a bit special. Maybe I’m wrong, and he’ll remark on this on his next episode of inaccuracies about him. 😉 So yes, Mark is an inspiration. But, as always,… Read more »
Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

I agree. I know plenty of people who are incredibly attractive and in shape, and they eat a Standard American Diet.

That said, ‘YMMV’ applies to just about everything, but you definitely can’t argue with the collection of success stories on this site! Clearly it works very well for a lot of people (:

Karen P.
3 years 7 months ago

I also know plenty of people eating Paleo/Primal and not meeting their goals. I hate to see them get caught up in a vortex of shame when they compare themselves to Mark or others. I’m one of the lucky ones it worked for, but the human body is complex. I think the research into our microbiota will yield many answers on why YMMV is such an important caveat.

Aloka
3 years 7 months ago

Being a regular mda reader for th last 3 years, I can safely say that anyone who has read this blog in depth would not have these misconceptions. Mark’s always taken the fair view of things and has always maintained that he’s writing this with the average guy or girl in mind. He has also been clear that the appreciates modern technology and tries to live as true to our ancestors as possible. It’s the best of both worlds and it pretty much leaves every reader to adapt the knowledge for his or her self.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

I agree except I did have one small misconception about Mark. I didn’t think he went to the gym quite that often. Makes sense though. If the weather is not nice out, why go to the beach with those huge water bottles he carries around on the sand…

Aloka
3 years 7 months ago

Yes that’s true. I can’t picture him in a gym!

Dibdab
Dibdab
3 years 7 months ago

I and my hubby started the “lifestyle” after bloodwork and recommends from our MD. Your sight was also recommended along with others. I love how down to earth and easy reading it is. We aren’t perfect, but we are also no longer overweight, pre diabetic or pre hypertensive. So thanks for your help. I never misunderstand you, sometimes I just don’t listen!!! HaHa!!!

Suzanne
Suzanne
3 years 7 months ago

Strangely, this IS a “sight”!!!

Martin Edic
3 years 7 months ago

Mark, you need to rethink your approach to working out outdoors. Vey few of us can run under the redwood canopy, especially in February. Here in Rochester, NY exercising outside on icy paths, etc. can actually be dangerous. That’s not saying we don’t ski, snowshoe etc., but a gym is more of a necessity. Your lifestyle and location only match up with a tiny percentage of your readers.
I’d like to see suggestions for gym workouts that get people away from the treadmill and that can transition to the outdoors.

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 7 months ago

When Mark describes the outdoor ideal, he is not telling you that you MUST do this or that – just extolling the virtues of that ideal. We can benefit from learning about human ideals and trying to implement some of these ideals when we can. But no one is going to give you a grade for what you do or don’t do. Mark just said he himself goes to the gym. Just try to enjoy the outdoors when you can.

kim brakeley
kim brakeley
3 years 7 months ago
I avoid gyms because I don’t like driving or paying to workout, unless I am going somewhere gorgeous (i.e., outside). My answer was KETTLEBELLS! The best, easiest to learn, most fun way to work out at home. Fast, effective, endlessly variable, and are a full body experience, head to toe. Unbelievably effective. 20 minutes of KBs every other day ripped fat off my body, vastly improved my stamina, and lifts my chemistry and mood for hours, improved all my blood work, and can be done anywhere you can swing a cat. Aside from yoga & my outings into nature, KB… Read more »
Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

Only time I work out in gyms is when I can get a free trial membership, and once wanting to get a light workout I asked at night if a gym had that and they didn’t but the person at the desk allowed me to work out that time anyway.

Fred
Fred
3 years 7 months ago

Martin, I live in Minnesota and deal with the same issues that you do weather-wise. Mark had addressed this topic once that I recall reading, with some suggestions on things to do during the winter. I’m guessing it’s somewhere in the archives. That being said, I’m sitting here now, pining for spring so I can get back on my bike and run my sprints across the soccer field at the high school.

Tim
Tim
3 years 7 months ago

Another Minnesotan here. Let’s see, XC skiing, snowboarding and a pick-up hockey game down at the local rink. And that’s just this week! Seriously, it’s not hard to find fun in the winter. I don’t bother running but you tell me hockey isn’t a great sprint workout.

fifer
fifer
3 years 7 months ago

Get some studded tyres and get back on your bike! Cycling in the snow and ice is the best fun ever!

Grokesque
Grokesque
3 years 7 months ago

I think the point is to say that outdoors is the ideal – and I must admit I would love to sprint on the beach and play in the woods, but I can’t – but that bad weather or location shouldn’t stop us exercising and playing anyway!

Lauryn
Lauryn
3 years 7 months ago
Martin, I think that Mark recognizes the fact that not everyone lives in Malibu. That said, I live in Iowa and I LOVE getting outside in the winter. It’s been pretty mild this winter, so that’s been great, but I’ll still go for a run when it’s snowing and blowing and colder than all get out (my cut-off temperature is zero degrees fahrenheit). Running in the snow (even several inches) is a blast and it’s amazing how alive you can feel getting out on a really cold, crisp winter day. I do spend more time exercising indoors in the winter… Read more »
Mark A
Mark A
3 years 7 months ago

So, what? Mark should say “don’t exercise outdoors – it might be dangerous”? This is exactly how the misconceptions arise. Mark says that outdoor workouts are awesome and that we should try it, but if the weather’s bad, exercise inside or go to a gym. But somehow people only see the first part and decide Mark hates gyms.

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 7 months ago

A lot of the misinformation comes from the forums, which I stopped reading because of it. People who jump in to the discussions with what they THINK is Primal, but many times is not, from folks who haven’t actually read the Blueprint books and web materials. Then other folks pick up the wrong info and spread it.

Anyway, the word is spreading fast and furious.

OnTheBayou
OnTheBayou
2 years 7 months ago

Amen to the forums comment! I was an avid reader and commenter four and five years ago, but then I noticed the recycling and repetitions of questions and the more than often ignorant responses.

I thought I’d give it another go a few months ago and it gave me a brain tumor arguing with misinformed people. Scientific ignorance runs rampant here despite Mark’s VERY science based mindset. (IIRC correctly, he has a BA in biology.)

So, I still love to see what Mark posts, but the forums? Dangerous to one’s mental health.

Paul
Paul
3 years 7 months ago

Great post! You should append this to the “About Me” section of MDA!!

Jeremiah
Jeremiah
3 years 7 months ago

People tend to condemn what they don’t understand or what contradicts their own actions. I think we all follow this lifestyle because of the way it makes us “feel”.
Keep on keeping on Mark.

KitC
KitC
3 years 7 months ago
I have had some people ask what I’d changed about myself, but I’ve learned to not bring it up unless asked. Most folks are interested, if maybe only to be polite, but all of us will sooner or later encounter someone who is downright hostile about Paleo. The latter has had me thinking a lot about why they take this attitude, and all I can come up with is some folks are very “rules based” and they see Paleo as being so far out of line with their “set or rules” that it makes them uncomfortable and they want to… Read more »
Jim
Jim
3 years 7 months ago
I have had the same experience. I am 53, and started this lifestyle, combined with intermitent fasting (fast5 style), about 2 years ago. I initially lost about 30 lbs in 6 months. People at work would ask me what I was doing, and when I said “Stop eating sugar and grains, and don’t eat until 3:00 PM”, they would get this look on their faces like – now way I could ever do that. I guess they will just go to their doctor and get some more pills instead. Also on misconceptions, the vegetarian/vegan community often portrays paleo/primal eating as… Read more »
Trish
Trish
3 years 7 months ago

That amazes me since the vegetarian community are in the same boat (misinformation ande non acceptance wise) as us. While vegetarinism is generally accepted now there are still quite a few nay sayers out there. Why wouldn’t they accept our lifestyle choices the same as they have loudly and vigoursly demanded people to accept theirs.

Kiki
Kiki
3 years 7 months ago
Mark, you are doing something that made your family healthier, happier and wealthier AND you are sharing it with others. Those who listen to your advice gained some valuable knowledge and are thankful to you. Some people always assume lots of nonsense and most of the time it’s just simply out because of envy, ignorance or mean heart. Why even pay attention to that BS? I personally don’t even believe that Paleo times in the sense that we picture them ever existed… As a lot of historical evidence suggests, humans lived a high tech life long before, no technology yet… Read more »
Nancy
Nancy
3 years 7 months ago

I have struggled with the calorie misconception with the result that my weight loss has hit a plateau. With the help of your 90-day journal I am now coming to grips with what is too much food – FOR ME. N=1. Great article here. Thanks

Mark skinner
3 years 7 months ago

Mark your the man.. everything you say makes
So much sense keep up the good work

Suzanne
Suzanne
3 years 7 months ago

Well put!! I love the way you approach criticism.

steffo
steffo
3 years 7 months ago

This comforted me at just the right time Mark. I’ve hit the gym lately (it’s way to cold to work out without pulling something) and I feel like I’ve turned my back on nature but I know i’m just making the best out of my situation. besides, and this is mean but, i kind of get a chuckle/shaking my head moment out of watching people jog on a treadmill for an an hour

ADK
ADK
3 years 7 months ago

Ideas are like muscle the more resistance they are subject too the stronger they become , unless they break under the weight.

It seems to be taking a part of the reasoning they don’t like and they drawing a very unreasonable conclusion that you didn’t make.

The people that take you out of context are looking for dogma , but all you’re offering is an evolutionary framework to make better decisions, but that won’t stop them from using it dogmatically in argument.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

Are we not men? No, we are DEVO…I truly believe we are devolving and getting more ignorant of what truly matters…this electronic age is making us stupid!

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

I think evolution and de-evolution is happening. 7 billion or so people, it can’t all be going the same way.

Nikki
Nikki
3 years 7 months ago
Always gonna be haters 🙂 I think sometimes people don’t like to see others being successful in their lives. People that are assuming these things just haven’t read enough of the site (or book/s – still waiting for my copy to arrive!) I have only been eating this way for a little over a week (started Mon 4th Feb) – I am overweight, my thyroid is underactive, doctors claim I have IBS and I am pretty sure I have been suffering mild depression for a number of years. At the moment I feel like this site…and Mark, have saved my… Read more »
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
3 years 7 months ago

Mark–Great post, but the story that you have an enormous… that’s true, isn’t it? 😉

Dani
3 years 7 months ago

It always bothers me when people say you (or paleo, or primal) are anti-carb. Not sure how this myth has been perpetuated but I’m glad you’re setting it straight.

Barbara
Barbara
3 years 7 months ago

Those who criticize low(er) carb diets are likely making the assumption that today’s intake of franken-techno-created, politically-motivated, farm-subsidized levels of carbs are somehow “normal” — and that any deviation downward is somehow “abnormal”.

Joshua
Joshua
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t know if it counts for much, but having lurked about here for a couple months and having finished reading The Primal Blueprint recently, I didn’t get any of those impressions. I thought your stance on all of those things was pretty clear before.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve been trying to get that book from this library for months since asking them to order it… it’s never in!
And now the cookbooks are here too.

Joanne
3 years 7 months ago

great article!! Often some of the same sorta doubts I get from people who question how we eat in live in my family!!

Abel James
3 years 7 months ago

Love this post, Mark!

D
D
3 years 7 months ago

I am not a fan of paleo and other strict faddish dogmatic eating regimens but have always found you to be sensible and even-keeled. This is why I enjoy your website. You do a great job.

William in DC
William in DC
3 years 7 months ago

Mark, I think about your comment on carbs, you backed away too much.

You should’ve been firmer on insisting that grains and processed sugars are still a no-no.

It’d have been better to “soften” the carb issue by explaining good carbs vs. bad carbs (for example sweet potatoes and pasta are not the same) and also by reminding people that fruit and vegetables are not zero-carbs.

Chase
Chase
3 years 7 months ago

+1 on this…newcomers who stumble on this article may get the impression that they can have spaghetti because they’re training for a marathon when in reality, a couple sweet potatoes would be best.

Step one: Determine how many carbs you need to support your training/goals/lifestyle

Step two: Make sure to only consume good/Primal-friendly carb sources.

Logan P.
Logan P.
3 years 7 months ago

Mark,

Many people say that the only reason that you see (physical) results with this plan are because you are one of those genetic freaks with a great physique..
PS: I know it isn’t about the physical results (trust me I love my primal life)

Logan P.
Logan P.
3 years 7 months ago

..results with this plan *is* because…

J
J
3 years 7 months ago

The question I always get when I tell someone about MDA or the PB is “what are his (Mark’s) qualifications/credentials?” to say what he says? When I tell them, they very quickly adjust their interest level because he’s not a “doctor” or some other such nonsense. I’ve found it difficult to lead these horses to the MDA watering hole, much less get them to drink. I don’t even try anymore. I know what I’m doing for my health and it gives me joy every day!

Helga
Helga
3 years 7 months ago

“what are his (Mark’s) qualifications/credentials?”

There are hoards of experts with qualifications and credentials who can’t, or won’t, challenge prevailing systems.

How many doctors insist that thyroid conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, cancer, etc., “just happen” to some people? Unfortunately, the scientific and medical communities can be extremely closed-minded.

Any time a scientific study is published, it should include a complete list of all financial contributors and their relationship to the source of the study.

Zeeko
Zeeko
3 years 7 months ago
Well said, Helga. I remember quickly finding out about faulty scientific studies in my Sociology classes. It really opened up my eyes on how to perceive the research being presented. Some studies are absolute garbage, and some have ulterior motives. To a person who doesn’t research the research, it looks like a golden rule because Science Said So. I’m a believer in the intellectual underdog. Having lost 35lb in four months, overcome my depression, defeated my obesity, and finally started loving myself, I truly think Mark Sisson wants what’s best for us. I can’t say the same for some of… Read more »
Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 7 months ago

Credentials, schmedentials! We are outliers! Renegades from Conventional Group Think/Education. Grass-roots revolutionaries. I tell everyone that everything they think they know is wrong and upside down. If they look at me sideways after that, whatever.

I went through this ten years ago when I got a dog and fed him raw meat and bones. OMG she’s crazy! Been a crazy outlier ever since.

Trish
Trish
3 years 7 months ago

Pura I have always had dogs and horses which I’ve trained and competed with, my golden rule with them has always been they’re a Dog/horse not a garbage bin feed them only what they were meant to eat (no human tidbits such as bread or crap canned food for the dogs etc). I have always gotten comments about what good condition they are in and how shiny their coats are. Weird that its taken me 40 years to do the same for myself.

Ray
Ray
3 years 7 months ago
While I am an avid supporter of MDA and everything that this site stands for I am starting to disagree with the whole “carbohydrate” thing. I was low carb for years eating all sorts of fat with no remorse. While it worked and got me down to a significantly lower body fat I still didn’t feel 100%. I lift heavy weights a couple times a week and really don’t exercise like a fiend. I have added in a significant amount of carbs in the form of sweet potatoes, rice and squashes daily and have had zero fat gain. After reading… Read more »
Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

I think that was Mark’s point with this post- that carbs are NOT the devil, and that as long as they come from good sources, many people can do very well eating more carbs.

Lindsay
Lindsay
3 years 7 months ago

Great article — its this type of real response that keeps your blog feeling personal and dedicated to us who are exploring the Primal lifestyle. It’s great to see such resilience from someone who touches the lives of so many so please, don’t stop! Grok on!

Barb
Barb
3 years 7 months ago

Great post, but it doesn’t matter to me what Mark thinks or Mark believes. It matters what I think and believe. One of any size doesn’t fit all. Do your research, listen to your body and obey what it tells you. I searched and experimented with it all and finally, Paleo/Primal worked for me. I will never tell anyone that isn’t Paleo/Primal that they are wrong. I can’t know that.

Lottie
Lottie
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly …personal responsibility 🙂

David Bowers
David Bowers
3 years 7 months ago
I was just recently reflecting upon the fact that the recession (depression?) was the best thing that ever happened to me. This is because it gave me the extra free time to actually read about nutrition. I saw an article in our local newspaper that mentioned the Paleo diet as being based on what our ancestors ate and I thought that that made sense. I ended up reading Eades’ ‘Protein Power’ and Taubes’ “Good Calories, Bad Calories’ from cover to cover, something that I never would have had the time to do before. I went on to other works and… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

Never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.

Susan
Susan
3 years 7 months ago

Great post Mark. Reinforces the balanced approach I’ve always felt you take; providing guidance and room for personal modifications. The exercising outdoors is a great example. You provide a great standard to shoot for recognizing that each of us needs to do what we can in the environment in which we find ourselves. I find outdoor hiking in Minnesota challenging and exhilerating. The fabulous peace after a big snow provides calm and renewal.

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