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April 20, 2012

A Beer Drinker’s Primal Story

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

When I was a kid, I was husky – that is what my mom told me. I was always a little chunkier than my siblings and most of my friends growing up in the 60’s. Because of that, I always had to watch my weight and what I ate. Gaining weight has always been easy for me.

Over the last 30 or so years, I have been a somewhat health conscious adult and lived largely by convention wisdom (CW) guidelines. I have always been physically active, fit, and pretty healthy. I rode a motocross bike up until I was 35 and played roller hockey to age 49. I rode mountain bikes, played racquetball, skied, learned to snowboard when I was 43, and would run 3-5 miles, 2-3 days a week. My dad ran the Boston marathon in his 50’s, so I guess he imparted a strong sense of fitness on to me. Keeping my weight down was always a challenge and something I worked at.

My weight stayed fairly constant, between 165 and 175 lbs, during that time. (I am 5’ 9”) My diet was pretty good I thought, eating bread without butter, potatoes without sour cream, oatmeal without sugar, cereal with low-fat milk; whole grain was king, fat was evil. I owned a bread machine and made my own whole wheat breads and pizza crusts. I was lucky not to have any medical issues, life was good.

I also have always been a beer lover and 20 years ago I started home brewing beer. Beer, after all, is low-fat, so no worries. I drink one or two beers a day during the week and twice that on weekends (if I am good.) I became a connoisseur and love to try all the different beers of the world. I get to travel worldwide with my job and I always seek out beers I have never tried before while out of the country.

After turning 45 or so, I started getting severe heart burn. My doctor put me on meds (of course) but I didn’t tolerate them, giving me the runs. I switched to OTC Pepcid type and that worked somewhat. I also at that point started to slow down a bit – less running, less hockey, less energy. And big surprise, my weight started to climb. When I turned 50, December 2009, my weight was the highest ever at 182 lbs. Not too terrible, but heading in the wrong direction and I didn’t feel like I was able to control it as I could in the past. I had to work really hard just to stay level, but I was running out of gas. Quitting hockey didn’t help. I was 50 and getting fatter. I had to make a change.

Here I am on the right at age 49, and with the rest of my family and playing bocce, Ocean City, NJ summer 2009.

In March 2010, I decided to try a low-carb diet, Atkins style, which I tried before in my 40’s with pretty good results, but never able to stick with it. Soon after starting, I was searching the internet for the carb content of certain foods and somehow came across marksdailyapple.com. The content was unbelievable, and I soaked it up. It all made so much sense to me. I knew Atkins was on the right track, but the Primal Blueprint was the course correction I needed. I became hooked on the information and to the community support, especially the success stories. I love MDA because everything you need is on the site. I eventually bought two PB books, more out of sheer gratitude towards Mark, than pure necessity. I also like the fact that Mark personally answered my emails, not once but twice. And he posts lists of other great websites that are, in reality, his competitors (18 Underrated Blogs…). Who else does that?

The idea that this is a lifestyle clicked with me. Atkins was a short term diet and the results don’t last once off it. (Duh!) People often ask me about the differences between Primal and Atkins. With Atkins, you don’t fundamentally change your eating habits; you substitute low-carb products for what you normally eat.  Low-carb bread, low-carb ice cream, low-carb snack bars etc, all loaded with fake factory ingredients and sugar alcohols. Over time, you drift back to the real crap and end up back at the beginning. With Primal, you learn to eat real food and you learn to like real food. You learn why the crap food is crap and you lose your taste for it. You make a real fundamental change and you understand why.

When I started Primal, I decided to see if it would work while maintaining my beer drinking/brewing hobby. After all, I really like beer and couldn’t see giving it up permanently, and besides, there was that 80/20 principle. I guess you could say I wanted my beer and drink it too. So I dove into the Primal Blueprint diet and was pretty strict, except for the beer, which I knew would add an average of 40 grams of carbs a day.

For exercise, I started hitting the weights 2 or 3 times per week and doing sprints or HIIT on most Sundays. Over the past two years, I learned a lot about fitness. My lifts have progressed and are now mainly from the large compound muscle groups, squats, deadlifts, bench press, military press, rows, pull/chin-ups, and dips. I use an upper/lower split routine giving my muscles 5-7 days rest between workouts per the book Beyond Brawn (which was linked from LeanGains which was linked from MDA). Last year I got a pair of Saucony Hattori running shoes which at 4.4 oz, are great. I got my 100 meter down to 15 seconds and I am now able to do 19 dips and 10 full pull-ups.

My diet is pretty simple. For breakfast it’s a shake with whey protein, a raw egg, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, flax meal, some berries or pumpkin and fish oil. Lunch is usually a Big Ass Salad with whatever leftovers I have from dinner, some cheese, peppers, carrots, oil, and vinegar. Dinner is meat or fish, some veggies and a salad, and of course, a beer. We usually try to cook extra meat for the next day’s salad. Dark chocolate is my dessert, and nuts, coconut, jerky, or cheese make a great snack. I also have a great recipe for pumpkin bars that are good for traveling or as another snack. Planning ahead is absolutely the key for diet adherence.

The first few months following the Primal Blueprint did not produce much in the way of weight loss. I was probably gaining muscle at the same rate as the fat loss. I had to tell myself to “stay with the program,” knowing it was the right thing to do. Finally after two months, the scale started to move. I lost 22 pounds on the scale in the first 16 months to what I consider my “ideal” body weight. This is the weight I easily maintain. This is not the fastest change, but it was relatively easy compared to other diets I have tried. The beer may have slowed down progress, but that’s OK, it’s my cheat. Besides, what’s the big rush? As long as I am on the right path, heading in the right direction, why make it harder than it is.

So here I am at age 52, two years Primal, and at my lowest weight since I can remember. My heartburn is gone, my eczema is much better, and just got a new 15 year term life policy with a super-preferred rating. My blood pressure is typically 110/70 with a resting heart rate under 60. Not a huge transformation, but I feel like I am in the best shape of my recent life with much more energy. I find that the longer I have been Primal, the easier it is to stay with it. Plus, while I have cut down on beer a little in exchange for red wine, I have not given it up.

I wonder how bad beer really is. It is slightly sprouted (malted) and fermented and does not contain the barley germ, husk, or bran… Maybe a blog post, Mark?

I am still currently active with hobbies and sports including biking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding, volleyball, golf, and I’m thinking about playing roller hockey again.

I am very passionate about this lifestyle and I tell anyone who will listen to me about it. Many of my friends and coworkers have gone Primal with great success. My wife started eating this way at dinner time initially and has eventually become more Primal over the last two years. She too has had success with weight loss.

Finding MDA was like finding a magic chalice on the beach. My wish for great health has come true. Thank you, Mark Sisson.

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Grog
Grog
4 years 5 months ago

Nice job, you look great! You definitely don’t look 52. My brother is the same age as you so I’ll need to pass along your story as he thinks it’s impossible at his age. Thanks for sharing!!

Barry
Barry
4 years 7 days ago

Def. looks great..With your diet, about how many calories a day do you think you’re getting…

Primal Toad
4 years 5 months ago

I love this story. You look great! You may not have lost a ton of pounds over 16 months but you can notice a huge ass difference. You obviously put on a ton of muscle.

My brother has also had huge success. He has not lost a ton of weight like you but he continues to put on tons of muscle. And, he still drinks his beer. It’s a bit less but he will never give that up. He will be 30 this September so he is much younger.

Continue to spread the Primal word!

Hugh
Hugh
4 years 5 months ago

Well done!
It’s heartening to know you can still have a beer or two while still getting such benefits.

Randy
Randy
4 years 5 months ago

Great post. This is nearly identical to my story right down to age, height, weight,, Atkins initial success, beer brewing, and primal results. You are hitting it out of the park. Great work.

Daniel Hensey
4 years 5 months ago

Great to read this. You’re looking great, Sir! I too am curious about the beer. I currently brew my own beer as well and I’m trying to find a nice balance. I usually don’t drink as much as you said that you do so perhaps it won’t be a problem for me. I think over the last month I’ve had ~10 beers, mostly when at a sports bar with coworkers or something.

I’m hoping that I can get down in weight and look as good as you do. I’m also looking forward to my heartburn going away!

Alison Golden
4 years 5 months ago

Well, I think you look like Simon Cowell in that ‘before’ photo and you definitely don’t in the ‘after.’ Congratulations! 😉

Primal Toad
4 years 5 months ago

Haha! I can see that in the hold him now!

MissJenn
MissJenn
4 years 5 months ago

It’s totally the hair!

Judy
Judy
4 years 5 months ago

You’re truly inspiring. I enjoyed your story. I’m at the 50+ stage too and started PB last August. This lifestyle really makes sense in so many ways. Kudos to you!

John
John
4 years 5 months ago

I’d like to see Mark Sisson champion a new dietary regimen called PB+PBR.

Paul
Paul
4 years 5 months ago

LOL!

Patrick
4 years 5 months ago

Great joke!

laura m.
laura m.
4 years 5 months ago

Jenn: I agree, he’s inspiring as I’ve been eating primal (90%) for almost two yrs. Grains have been pared way down to small pita half servings (multi grain) with butter w/veg. soup. very ltd. grain now. Digestion improved. I eat a pc of butter creme cake w/friends on Mon. or church dinners..can’t resist.

Mary
Mary
4 years 5 months ago

Awesome story. I especially like the part where you said that the idea that this is a lifestyle clicked with you. And especially this: “With Primal, you learn to eat real food and you learn to like real food. You learn why the crap food is crap and you lose your taste for it. You make a real fundamental change and you understand why.” So true. Thanks for being an inspiration 🙂

Annette
Annette
4 years 5 months ago

My favorite part, too 🙂 Well done!

Dragonfly
Dragonfly
4 years 5 months ago

Well written……you articulated why the change to this lifestyle works and so much easier to maintain.

liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 5 months ago

I miss beer. I made a choice to not imbibe any alcohol (sans cooking wine in recipes) until I reach my goals. I miss all the different flavors and the buzz from a few beers. I do not miss hangovers and really like the extra cash I have.

Goyo
Goyo
4 years 5 months ago
As a beer lover I love this story. I keep trying to rationalize to myself that beer can’t be that bad for us: it’s essentially only fermented barley grass juice. I recently gave it up a few weeks ago to see if I would notice a bigger change in my digestion/weight loss/physical capacity over the next month or so. Its only been 2 weeks (exactly today actually) and everyone has been asking me what my “secret” is. I don’t plan on cutting beer totally out of my diet but I have decided drinking 1/2 gl every night in not necessary… Read more »
Kari
Kari
4 years 5 months ago

The beers are soooo hard to limit! A nice dark ale with that burger..
I have cut back to a once a week 2 beer night and it makes a big difference in my overall well being, I can tell. My small rural town has yet to carry the gluten free beers. Are they any good?

Brandon Boyd
Brandon Boyd
4 years 5 months ago

No ….. the gluten free beers are horrid … sorghum was never meant to be brewed (in my humble opinion)

David Primal
David Primal
4 years 5 months ago

The gluten free stuff is rather nasty. I’ve tried most I think. But, as with all beers by the 4th or 5th their all good. True even of Budweiser. Okay, maybe not Budweiser.

Goyo
Goyo
4 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t know about gluten free beer because I don’t think I will ever try them. I like regular barley malt beer which too my understanding has way less gluten than wheat. Also, it was my impression that the mashing and fermentation process further reduces glutens. Would love to see more information on it.

I live in a great area for craft beers and it is my biggest weakness. Surly Furious out if Minneapolis is the best. So tasty. I want one…just one! 😉

Kim
Kim
4 years 5 months ago

I had a dogfish head Tweason’ale and it was pretty good.

Miss Dev
Miss Dev
4 years 5 months ago

T’weason is more of a cider, IMHO, but it’s excellent. Pateros Creek in Fort Collins, CO makes a really nice gluten-free beer that they have fermented using Belgian techniques (including Candi sugar) that gives it more a fullness that most GF beers lack.

fritzy
fritzy
4 years 5 months ago

Imagine ringing out a bar rag into a cup at the end of a busy night. Drinking that would still taste better than gluten-free beer.

Heidi P.
Heidi P.
4 years 4 months ago

Ha ha – true!

Kristin
Kristin
4 years 4 months ago

I don’t think they’re that bad – but you have to go in with the realization that they are *nothing* like what you’re used to. They’re rather “light”, and the flavor is obviously different from what you’re used to, but I think they can definitely be enjoyed. They’re…….”refreshing”.

Linda
Linda
4 years 5 months ago

Congrats on your success! You’ve shown that someone with determination can make major improvements and enjoy the process rather than looking at a “diet” as a short-term means to get back to the old lifestyle.

Trevor
Trevor
4 years 5 months ago

Man, I thought I was reading my story except only at the begining of the 2 year period – starting out. I really enjoyed reading your story – thanks!

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 5 months ago

Good work! You look great 🙂 Your smile says so much! I also love your patience, it’s very inspiring. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Geoff
Geoff
4 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the success story, this one really resonates with me. Me…44, craft beer lover, homebrewer, trail runner, CrossFitter and a generally active dude. On my 4th week of primal eating and seeing results. Nice to have reaffirmation that I can still enjoy or beer or two now and again, but now I choose what I’m drinking ever more carefully.

Hey Mark…would love to see a blog post about beer too!

Paula
4 years 5 months ago

Fantastic! Atkins lost me too. Once I began adding back whole grain products and consuming the alternative recipies & foods loaded with sucralose, it was a reversal of progress. I was only marginally better off… With regards to beer on Primal, for me, the occasional evening of a few low-carb beers does not derail any of my progress – Yea!

Joshua
Joshua
4 years 5 months ago

You weren’t supposed to add back grains if you exhibited any adverse reactions which it sounds like you did display. You were only supposed to be able to allow more starchy veg and more nuts. Can’t deny sucralose is a big favorite over there, but some people need a taste of the stuff they gave up to get by, and some people need to go cold turkey to get by. Know yourself and make your choice.

Bruno
Bruno
4 years 5 months ago

Great story!

Isn’t Mark great!? I want to work for him or something.

Thanks for everything, Mark. You’re a very fair and helpful humanitarian.

Joshua
Joshua
4 years 5 months ago
Let’s be straight about Atkins. For many of us, it was the introduction to the low-carb paradigm and has always advocated high fat and less high protein with loads of veg. Supplementation is important. The fake stuff is allowed and it certainly does produce a lot of the fake stuff so it can leave you with the taste for the bad stuff but only if you have the money to buy the bad stuff. Also, the book explicitly states on page 286 of the 2002 Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution that “if you’re not getting regular exercise, you aren’t following… Read more »
Karen
Karen
4 years 5 months ago
A friend went on Atkins years ago and looked to me for nutritional advice and support. At the time, I ate a super-“healthy” very low-fat, moderate-carb diet of whole grains, fruit, veg, lean meat, nuts, and dairy. So I told sure, sure, go for it “but don’t eat those things you ‘know’ are bad for you — like cream and bacon and other fat.” She lost lots of weight, and I lost some with her, but it was unsatisfying; we did it for about 6 months but neither of us stuck with it. The difference is that primal food tastes… Read more »
Milliann Johnson
4 years 5 months ago
In Dr Atkins 1st book he talked about low carb being the basis for our ansestors diet & our bodies have not evolutionized to handle the level of refined carbs in the SAD(standard american diet). That concept actually is what sold me on the low carb concept because it made sense. I had seen a modern version of this when a Dr friend from India jumped into the SAD with both feet & wound up having a heart attack as the age of 34 he went back to his family for generations diet & all his reports years later were… Read more »
nonplussed
nonplussed
4 years 5 months ago
Thank you for helping to clarify for everyone. I tried Atkins first when it became really popular about 10 years ago. People I knew who tried it based their efforts on a long email that got circulated and lacked a lot of the nuance of the book. Most of these people either never got through induction phase or lost a lot of weight then fell off the wagon and put it all back on with interest. I was somewhere in between. In the last 5 months–after taking the time to read and understand the book–I have been far more successful… Read more »
John
John
4 years 5 months ago
Atkins was certainly on the right track, but the problem with the Atkins diet today is all the fake food that’s allowed on the diet. In any low carb diet, you are going to be reducing or eliminating refined sugar and flour. These are two of the biggest problem foods, and up until the 80’s, you’d have to replace those calories with meat and vegetables. But with the popularity of Low Carb diets in the 90’s and on, there have been an explosion in artificial sweeteners, high omega 6 oils, gluten and soy based protein bars, and so on. I… Read more »
spincycle
spincycle
4 years 5 months ago

Congratulations, you look great! Your muscles are well defined, and I can tell you are loving life! I really liked your explanation of the differences between Atkins and Primal, it helped my clarify my own understanding and I know I’ll be able to explain it to people better. Thanks for the inspiration! Oh, and I also found your progress relatable, I’m 49 and the weight is not flying off effortlessly like I see in some of these success stories, but I’m staying the course and feeling good!

spincycle
spincycle
4 years 5 months ago

helped “me” clarify

RBart
RBart
4 years 5 months ago

Nice work. You look fantastic, and much younger than your calendar age. Also, I’d love to see that pumpkin bar recipe posted at MDA. Thanks!

Brooke
Brooke
4 years 5 months ago

Fantastic story! Your happiness and health is written all over your face. I love beer myself and have found it hard to pass up a cold one. Would you mind sharing your recipe for the pumpkin bars? 🙂

Decaf Debi
4 years 5 months ago

Wow, you look amazing. I know guys in their 20s who can’t hold a candle to your physique. What a way to start into the second half of your life: happy, healthy and active.

Matthew Caton
4 years 5 months ago
I agree, great physique, and you look about 15 years younger than you say you are. Reading Beyond Brawn really turned around my ideas about training. My physique was also transformed into a great physique. It is hard for most people to accept what this book says, but once they start implementing it they start seeing results. Train with very brief, high intensity. I’m talking like 3-4 sets of max intensity at the most. 3-4 sets more at moderate intensity, then 2 to 4 days rest. At the extreme version of brevity I train my deadlift, two sets of 5… Read more »
Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 5 months ago

You can and I am intrigued! I would like to look great but I don’t want to work out on the typical schedule. If I could work out with brief, high intensity workouts 2 times a week and walk a little I could be all over that. THAT sounds like my kind of workout! I’ve dropped 25 pounds, now I would like to look more fit and less flabby.

JoeBrewer
JoeBrewer
4 years 5 months ago
I agree with Matthew and you can get great results with only 2 days of lifting per week, that is all I do. I I found that I need 7 days of rest in order to add progressive poundage to the bar each week. For insteance, my incline press went from 90 lbs to 130 lbs in 16 weeks, adding 2.5 lbs per week. And, I am not done yet, I hope to hit 150 before starting another cycle. I do 4 upper body lifts per session once a week and 3 lower body lifts once a week. I also… Read more »
Claudette
Claudette
4 years 4 months ago

Try Kettleworx! 20 minutes 3 days a week. Can’t beat it.

fritzy
fritzy
4 years 5 months ago
Matthew, I don’t think you’re crazy at all! I only train 2-3 times per week HIIT for 20-30 minutes tops, never the same workout twice in a row with AT LEAST 3 days rest in-between, sprints once a week for 10 minutes and as much walking/hiking as I feel like. If I have planned a workout for a certain day but am feeling tired that day or I’m still sore from a previous workout, I get a little extra sleep that night and leave the workout for the next day–no worries. I also incorporate a 16/8 hour fast/feast schedule almost… Read more »
primal gigi
primal gigi
4 years 5 months ago

I really enjoyed reading your success story.Congratulations on your fantastic results. Very inspirational! I love Fridays…

Sian
4 years 5 months ago

52?? No way!!

Great job. You look so full of life.

When is your wife writing her success story?!

Daniel
Daniel
4 years 5 months ago

I love Fridays! Great job and great attitude! There really is no reason to make things harder. I bought 3 PB books as well just to support Mark. One of my selling points when I tell ppl (everyone) about the PB is that Mark gives all the info away first and you can purchase what you want- but it’s optional. No other site like this one.

mars
mars
4 years 5 months ago

hey daniel, me too. i love his books and want to support him. love mark’s supplements too.

JohnC
JohnC
4 years 5 months ago

Nice work! I play ball hockey with a bunch of guys from their 20’s to their 70’s. That’s dangerous enough, I can’t imagine roller hockey though, seems like a great way to break something quickly. 🙂

(Also Bocce on the beach is one of the fine things in life)

AustinGirl
AustinGirl
4 years 5 months ago

Dude! You look awesome! Congrats!

Tanya
Tanya
4 years 5 months ago

Isn’t it wonderful when the fog clears and you know you have a grasp on what works for you in getting your life back?? You are a great example of clarity. Keep up the good work. Yeah, those pumpkin bars sound interesting.

Dano442
Dano442
4 years 5 months ago
Add me to the list of mirror image backgrounds. I’m a former homebrewer and homebrew shop owner who writes about beer (The Beer Guy!) for my local newspaper. I’ve been a whole grain guy for at least 10-15 years and also suffered regularly from GERD and also from a noisy gut that could be very embarrassing during meetings in quiet conference rooms. Anyway, I lost an initial 10lbs after my first month going Primal, and then got stuck at 193 for several weeks. I wasn’t drinking as much beer as usual, but did have several long “sessions” with a old… Read more »
Matthew Caton
4 years 5 months ago

Beer has a lot of maltose in it. Maltose is a disaccharide made up of two glucose molecules. It is like a fast-digesting starch in a can, so it is very insulinogenic. Thus the term beer belly.

einstein
einstein
4 years 5 months ago

Wow man! What amazing results and attitude! Very inspirational. May the spirit stay with you for another 52 years!

Eric L.
Eric L.
4 years 5 months ago

Great job bro!

I’m curious as to how much beer you drink in a given week?

I’ve always wondered how detrimental beer is to progress for the reasons you’ve already stated.

JoeBrewer
JoeBrewer
4 years 5 months ago

Thanks for the comment. I average about 14 beers a week, one on Mon, Tues, Wed, 2 on Thurs, Sun, 3 on Fri and Sat. I find it reduces my appitite because I drink before dinner. If I drink after dinner, I get the munchies and that is bad.

Paul
4 years 5 months ago

Great Story! I’m a professional brewer who maintains a Primal Lifestyle. It can be done!

Chica
Chica
4 years 5 months ago
Congrats on the 16-month Total Body Transformation! How many times have we all read, thought or said, in reference to finding MDA, “It all made so much sense to me”? 🙂 My husband and I are 2011 primal converts, and at 53, we can relate to your story. I bought all of Mark’s books as guides, to support the cause, and as propaganda tools. I leave them in a stack in the dining room and visitors have a tendency to pick them up idly, then sit down and start reading (and I live in 99.9% French-speaking region of Québec!). So… Read more »
Jason Sandeman
4 years 5 months ago

I have a question for you – where in QC can you find grass fed or pastures meat or eggs? I’m dying to know!

Devon
Devon
4 years 5 months ago

As a big believer in the primal lifestyle and a homebrewer/beer lover, this was a great read and I think it will help me get back on the horse with the primal lifestyle.

I recently had too much going on (buying a house, getting married, job change, etc) and I had to let something go, and it was nutrition (I still don’t eat a ton of grains but I felt much better when Primal). Now that things are getting settled I’m ready to recommit (with my 20% beer of course)

Violet
Violet
4 years 5 months ago

In case anyone is in Devon’s situation and finds that there is too much else going on to focus on what you eat, I just read a very good post on the Michael Eades blog (from 2009):

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/lipid-hypothesis/why-is-low-carb-is-harder-the-second-time-around-part-ii/

It’s not really about the ‘second time round’ at all (unlike what the title in the web link suggests), but instead, it points out some points from psychology literature on why we can lose track of nutrition and some tricks to avoid doing this, even when things are stressful/busy.

Primal Texas
4 years 5 months ago

Amazing!…

Congrats on your health and success. It’s always fascinating to hear how people stumbled into a primal lifestyle. I usually cringe when someone asks, “It’s like Atkins, right?” Your story can be a good bridge in explaining how to crossover.

JoeBrewer
JoeBrewer
4 years 5 months ago
Thanks for all of your comments, it has been a wonderful journey so far. Here is my recipe for pumpkin bars: 1 egg + 1/3 cup egg whites (2 eggs) 1 cup cottage cheese 2 tbsp honey (optional) 1 tbsp vanilla Blend above, eggs first Add 1 at a time in mixer: (2) 15 oz cans pumpkin (unsweetened) Add the rest and mix: 1 cup whey protein ½ cup flax meal ½ cup shredded coconut 1 cup almond meal 2 tbsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp ginger ¼ tsp all spice ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp salt… Read more »
Jason
Jason
4 years 5 months ago

Wow, great read! I feel the same way about having found a true treasure in a sea of less-than-amazing Google search results.

I got to hand it to these folks; the honesty of every one of these success stories is unbridled and unrivaled. I feel like the vast majority of success stories from other diets or products have nothing on these. Fridays rock.

Gayle
Gayle
4 years 5 months ago

Wow you look great. I am especially envious of your BP. I am 48 and have been primal pretty much 95/5 for about 1.5 years and have lost weight 178 to 161 lbs and cannot get my bp below 125-139/90 :(.

Greg
Greg
4 years 5 months ago

Have you tried eliminating caffeine?

Emma
Emma
4 years 5 months ago

You look fantastic! I agree that it’s good to balance the amount of effort with the resulting benefits so that it’s an enjoyable journey all around. It’s better to have the journey take longer and be enjoyable than to have it be difficult, frustrating, and hard to stick with. Well, that’s my opinion anyhow. 🙂

Jeff
Jeff
4 years 5 months ago

Another beer lover and homebrewer here. Locally brewed beer in growlers are insanely affordable at $5 to 8 around here (Indy). The beer is a part of my 20%. It is working so far, since going primal on March 1, 2012 I have lost about 9 pounds, feel much better, and my allergy symptoms have drastically been reduced. Thanks everyone for your input that I might be able to have my beer and primal too.

Yes, Mark, a post on beer would be great.

Abel James
4 years 5 months ago

I’m stoked you found a way to keep beer in your lifestyle. Life is too short to go without the things that you love.

Gayle
Gayle
4 years 5 months ago

Agree with you about Atkins diet. Although I love Atkins because it helped me lose weight in 2004 AND it taught me i can go without bread(and fruit for short time). Also Atkins eventually got me here to Primal/Paleo. Where it is ok to give up grains/legumes permanently and eat ‘real’ instead of using low carb products” . Without Atkins/low carb i don’t think i would have gotten here.

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 5 months ago
Awesome story! I’m genuinely happy for you that you’ve been able to continue with your passion for beer brewing. Before PB, I was an avid yeast-bread baker.. experimenting with long fermentation techniques, shaping and scoring methods, sourdough, etc. It was my primary source of stress relief. Then I discovered that all the joint pain I’d been feeling for the past 3-4 years (sometimes leaving me bedridden.. at age 26) was a gluten intolerance. So yeah, dealing with the loss of my identity as a bread baker has been the hardest part of this journey for me, and I’m still not… Read more »
Simon
Simon
4 years 5 months ago

Mmm, beer… I have been working on swapping beer for red wine (no hard swap mosty of the time!) but there are plenty of social situations when everyone is drinking pints of beer and to ask for red wine instead makes you look odd. And we all know about the necessity of sharing mind-altering substances as an important part of social bonding with our fellows… so how bad is beer?

Susan
Susan
4 years 5 months ago

Congrats on your success. I agree wholeheartedly that Mark and MDA are a class act!

Ashley
4 years 5 months ago

Wow. Great story. Love it.

Meesha
Meesha
4 years 5 months ago

Add me to the list of people who just bought the book to support Mark. This website is fantastic. Thank you Mark!!

Tony
Tony
4 years 5 months ago

Dude you look great!! Awesome story!

JonMarc Grodi
JonMarc Grodi
4 years 5 months ago

Great story! Love your attitude about the beer and the speed of your weight loss – having good health is a means, not necessarily an end in itself. I live primally because I think about food less, “diet” less, exercise smarter (and less), and as a result have more energy and vitality to be active with my family, friends, church, etc. Also, since my diet is so routinely rock-solid-nutritious, a beer or desert with friends is no big deal at all. Thanks for sharing your story!

Yuri
Yuri
4 years 5 months ago

Great article, thx for the share. I also love beer but have been trying to substitute beer intake with (home brewed) red wine and some scotch on occasion.

I would also really like to hear Mark’s take on brewsky!

Daryl Jensen
Daryl Jensen
4 years 5 months ago

I also love craft beer and drink it a lot. I know it’s probably not the best thing. However, if you are not eating any other grains, legumes or sugar, you are still probably way ahead of the standard American diet.

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