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November 21, 2013

A Midweek Kick in the Pants

By Mark Sisson
250 Comments

Do it!Every Friday I love highlighting stories about men and women who took the challenge and transformed their lives. Whatever their circumstances (e.g. diabetes, obesity, chronic autoimmune conditions), they grabbed hold of the Primal process and made it their own. Whether they went cold turkey or began in fits and starts, they eventually committed 100% and got the life they wanted. It doesn’t get any better than that. That’s why I wonder so much about folks who come to MDA on a regular basis but never really get so far as to implement the content in their own lives. Whether it’s information about low (or even moderate) carbing, moving frequently, standing workstations, going barefoot or relishing good natural fat, their interest never translates into action.

I’ll call them earnest lurkers. They’re regular readers and enjoy the community here, but somehow the rubber never meets the road. Sound familiar? (No need to slink back in your chair – seriously.) They enjoy what they read, but then they sort of ignore/forget about it and go back to doing the same old thing. So, they come back for more inspiration and a few more ideas. So armed, they muster up a little more resolve but then never quite get things off the ground. It becomes an ongoing passive cycle. Maybe they’re doing some parts right like surrounding themselves with positive influences (e.g. the MDA community) and learning about how to live healthily – Primally. Yet, they never really make the plunge and stay content to dabble.

You’ve of course heard the old saying about “&%@# or get off the pot.” I’m not suggesting anyone stop reading MDA or not look to this forum or other like-minded communities for support and inspiration. However, there’s a certain confusion about one’s intent if you keep coming back for something you never take on. What’s keeping you at a polite (and thoroughly ineffective) distance?

I think people in this situation often run the risk of self-identification by mere association. In other words, you can read about something for so long that you end up feeling like you’re a true blue follower even though you’re more of a passive onlooker. Although I appreciate anyone’s readership, the fact remains that the Primal Blueprint doesn’t happen by osmosis. Ultimately, it’s a crying shame because instead of nodding in agreement, you could be feeling amazing at this very minute. The PB isn’t an intellectual exercise. It’s a blueprint for living, and either you’re living it – or you’re not.

Let me say I’m not picking on anyone. The truth is, I think we all at some point in our lives need a swift kick. For whatever reason there’s a psychic blockage that we can’t snap ourselves out of. After weeks or months or years (or decades) of denial, someone calls us out in a way that first gets our dander up but ultimately shifts the ground enough for real change.

Nor am I talking about unquestioning compliance with every suggested activity.

As someone who devoutly questions authority, I don’t ever encourage obedience just on principle. (That’s why I designed a blueprint and not a regimen.) What I’m talking about is grabbing the ball and running with it instead of sitting in the stands time and again watching it go from place to place – observing other people’s game instead of pursuing your own. What’s the point, really?

At the heart of this hemming and hawing or general passivity lurk a few motivations, I believe. Sure, one can be sheer laziness: I want to show up and enjoy the community but not do the actual work. The thing is, those people eventually seem to float elsewhere over time. If you’re reading but consistently coming back, I think there’s something deeper at play. Call it self-directed stone-walling, an inward withholding from yourself – of better health and a better life.

Address whatever is going on – the nonsense about I’m not capable or I don’t deserve the good life in the same way other people do or it’s never really going to happen that way for me. Bull. Dump the self-defeating attitude. Resolve to end the self-sabotage. (Seriously, accept it for that.) Analyze it if you will, but the point is to move on even if you have to fake it until you make it. Fake the confidence if you don’t feel quite worthy. Fake the motivation if you feel (or even know) that you’re 100% lazy. Fake the self-image if you think on some subterranean level that you shouldn’t and won’t ever be thin/healthy/successful/happy. Faking it will at times hurt. It will take energy. It might even take more energy than working out and lifting the chopping knife to make yourself that Big A$$ Salad you’ve always meant to make for lunch. No matter. Work your own sense of worthiness or optimism or diligence as a muscle, and expect the same stress, fatigue and progress along the way.

So, have we cast every phantom excuse into the light of day? What’s left that’s keeping you hiding or distant? Are you willing to put it out there on public display? (Trust me, it will feel good having done it.)

By all means, read. Visit. Chat. But more than any of that, manifest. No one can do this part for you, but everything meaningful hinges on it. Make yourself a Primal plan every single day if you have to. What am I going to do today to get my butt in the game? Bring some chicken thighs and cut vegetables for lunch? Get sun over the weekend instead of sit inside? Hit the gym on the way home? Practice a mini power outage and be coaxed into a natural bedtime? Then do it. The next day, do it some more. Start edging out all the garbage that doesn’t work for you in your life and health. Come back for more ideas to elbow out more still. Nod less. Do more – today of course.

Anyone willing to admit being in the hot seat today? What’s been holding you back from taking the plunge? What’s the first thing you’re going to commit to right now? Does this ring true of your past with the PB? If so, what gave you the swift kick to get going? Looking forward to reading your thoughts… Thanks for stopping by today, everyone.

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Groktimus Primal
3 years 17 days ago

I adopted the “Just Do It” Nike slogan.

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
3 years 17 days ago

I hope anyone who is an earnest lurker joins us. We need you! Come on, jump in. . . the water’s great.

Colleen
Colleen
3 years 17 days ago

Do people really lurk on a regular basis but still eat the SAD?

Jake
Jake
3 years 17 days ago

Yes. I lurked for 6-8 months before I finally started changing my eating and activity habits. A year and a half later I’m down 110 pounds and feeling great!

Gigi
Gigi
3 years 13 days ago

Wow at least I’m not a weirdo, I have been lurking since August and planning to start as soon as I move out of my boyfriends and at least i will be able to manage it without him tempting me with all junk!

LaLa
LaLa
3 years 17 days ago

I do. I’ve been lurking on MDA for 2+ years. Sometimes, I do really well, but then I tend to slip back into SAD.

terriann
terriann
3 years 17 days ago

Me too.

Sharon T
Sharon T
3 years 17 days ago

Yeah, I’ve been off and on for a year now, the food isn’t entirely the problem though. I have issues with getting exercise. I am working on it though.. I will not give up. 🙂

Mark C.
3 years 17 days ago
I have been lurking for about 3-4 months. Not totally. I now have salad for lunch almost everyday with eggs, whatever meat and veggies I have on hand (usually tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, chicken/turkey, etc) and usually spice it up enough to not need dressing. Almost every meal we have is made fresh with plenty of veggies and meat, and very rarely grains. I am not 100%, probably not 50% yet, but it is helping. But I can do more. I still consider myself a lurker. I love the site and believe in what it teaches…. but old habits… Read more »
Reventon
Reventon
3 years 17 days ago
There are different kinds of inertia to overcome when making changes. I was struggling with training well, eating clean and generally getting myself healthy for several years when I stumbled upon MDA. Something in that first week of voraciously devouring posts flicked on a light switch in my head, and (on the nutrition side, anyway) that was it for me. I was pretty much 80-90% primal right away and within a month I was training 3-4 days a week again. That was my stumbling block, immediately overtraining and incorporating 5×5 for primary lifts, but still doing an isolation bodypart split… Read more »
Jessica
Jessica
3 years 14 days ago

I do well on Primal for 6 weeks or so at a time. Keep triggering back to SAD when a major stress event happens. I have a hard time with the moving…I easily get enough walking in a day just doing what I do, but I strongly dislike heavy things :-/
When I need it and am ready to try again, here I am…back again!

b2curious
b2curious
3 years 3 days ago
I make my own salad dressing – I Googled “olive oil balsamic vinaigrette” and found a recipe that I liked and modified from there. It’s basically 2 parts olive oil, 1 part balsamic vinegar, with some rosemary, marjoram, basil, ground red pepper (I like the heat), turmeric, sage, minced onions/onion powder, and some minced garlic. Sometimes I’ll add a little raw honey. I have no idea how much of what I add, because I don’t measure anything except the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, because I rotate between two different bottles, and they each hold different amounts. I quickly discovered… Read more »
Gigi
Gigi
3 years 13 days ago

Yep and I’m one of them ……….so ashamed! 🙁

Jenna Felicity
1 year 7 months ago

Don’t be ashamed! Shame doesn’t help anyone.

We can only start when we’re really ready.

Perhaps it’s worth identifying the reasons you’re not primal yet? This takes getting really deep, and it can be hard. But it’s absolutely possibly, and entirely worth it. Best of luck.

Nell
Nell
3 years 13 days ago
absolutly! I’ve been a “lurker” since Mark and the team started this page. I have the original PB book as well as the new revised copy, the 21 day challenge and 2-3 recipe books but still am yet to go “full hog” so to speak. My hubby is beyond picky and I have tried for the last 3 years to get him to ditch the garlic bread, pizza and turkey subs but I just can’t seem to get him on board and I’ve used it as my excuse to continue eating the same way I have for the last 28… Read more »
Kelda
3 years 13 days ago

So make your Primal meal, he can make his own.

Jennifer
Jennifer
3 years 3 days ago

+1 to that!

Nicole
Nicole
3 years 9 days ago

Yup. And who have fallen off the wagon and not quite sure why not climbing back on.

Dave B.
Dave B.
3 years 17 days ago
I know a few people like this. Unfortunately Mark is right, you have to let them find their own path when they’re ready. I’m an all in kind of person that hit the ground running immediately. Others aren’t like that and it was frustrating to me at first but I’ve learned to just let them make their own mistakes and (hopefully) learn from them. Provide the wisdom when they ask you for it and then just sit confidently back with your response. Either they follow the advice or they don’t. At least you’ll know that you tried to help out… Read more »
Marti
Marti
3 years 16 days ago

Very true!! I’ve mentioned, hinted and prodded about primal living to a few close friends. But I’ve learned that I then need to slowly let them find it. (That’s how my sister got me!) The two times I pushed hard both recoiled and now I can see the eye rolls coming any time I start to chat health, fitness or nutrition. Human nature proves again and again… people will be more devoted to something if they think it was their own idea! So, plant those seeds then stand back and let them take root.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
3 years 17 days ago

This post is spot on, and I suffered from this affliction for years. It’ like that old saying: “To know and yet not to do is in fact not to know.” That applies to a lot more than diet and exercise.

Wizbaa
Wizbaa
3 years 17 days ago

I fell snowboarding 2 years ago and injured both my shoulders. Between that and just trying to stay gainfully employed I havent been able to indulge in the pyhsical side of the PB lifestyle.

I feel better than I did than wheb eating SAD but im still a scronny nerd.

Sally
Sally
3 years 17 days ago
I hate to provide excuses…but I don’t see myself getting fully on board until I’m finally getting adequate sleep. My toddler still wakes us up several times per night (for comfort), so my sleep depends on him. Prior to having kids, I was getting a solid 8-9 hours per night, and for the past several years it’s been more like 6 hours of broken sleep. I’ve done quite a bit with cleaning up my diet and still manage to walk the dog most days of the week. I just don’t have the rested mind or energy right now to do… Read more »
Paul
Paul
3 years 17 days ago

Those aren’t excuses! It’s called life, and it happens to the best of us. Take your time… baby steps 🙂

Sara
Sara
3 years 17 days ago
I feel your pain! I try to follow PB but am fully embracing the 80/20 rule right now! My baby does not sleep thru the night yet (although she’s only been waking up once per night this week so maybe we’re onto something)! Sleep needs to come prior to so much else we can discuss on this site. I also find myself starving while breast feeding… I do eat Primal most of the time, but tend to grab sweets to make up for the extra calories I need. It’s not a weight issue for me, but I know I need… Read more »
Sara
Sara
3 years 17 days ago

Great article, though! We all need a “kick in the butt” sometimes!

Christi
Christi
3 years 16 days ago
Oh my gosh! That sounds so familiar. I also have a 4 year old and am nursing a baby that is not quite sleeping through the night. Add school on top of that and the day is pretty rough. Hard to fit everything in, and to be honest, most days I can’t. At first I felt bad about not being able to go “cold turkey” (I’ve been working on a primal lifestyle for the past two years). I am only now to a point where I feel that I have a solid foundation, but every step that I took towards… Read more »
Rosita
Rosita
3 years 17 days ago

I’m right there with you! My 3 month old wakes me up 2-3 times every night. I’ve become a lurker since he was born because I’m dealing with the stress of sleep deprivation and being a new mom by eating sweets. Sure I get motivated and go a couple weeks clean, but I keep falling back to unrefined sugar. I’m ashamed to admit that I was eating chocolate chips when I read this article! I think my step is to get myself right emotionally so I can keep my diet clean.

Casey
Casey
3 years 17 days ago
Let me just say to all these new moms that feel they can’t fully implement the nutrition advice laid out in the Primal Blueprint, you can do it if you really want to. I quit sugar (and I was HUGE sugar addict) two weeks after my youngest was born and right around the time my almost 3 year old dropped her naps completely. I haven’t gone back and he is now 5 months old. Sugar was my last hold out to going paleo, but was something I held on to tightly. Now I’m just working on fully adopting the AIP… Read more »
fitmom
fitmom
3 years 17 days ago

I’m fully primal except for the sugar monster, and I am pretty sure that keeps me from losing any more weight. It’s fabulous, ethically sourced, fair trade, shade grown, hummingbird kissed organic sugar from a women’s cooperative–but it still makes my butt look fat. I need to replace it with protien. Thanks for the kick!

This is a brilliant time for this post, coming as it does right before thanksgiving.

TJ
TJ
3 years 17 days ago

+1

Lilly
Lilly
3 years 17 days ago

yeah, it’s sugar/sweets for me too. I’m 100% into it, cooking my bacon in the morning and bone broths and salads, etc. Then I have a crazy deadline for work or hit some kind of crisis…and I go straight for pie or doughnuts. I do medical research, so I fully understand that it’s the cortisol talking…but I’ve found myself unable to resist. I seem to only be able to stick with PB when I’m stress-free.

chuck cotton
3 years 17 days ago

I’m just glad to hear I’m not the only one that has a toddler with tricky sleep habits. I do think its a big limitation. I long for the day when I can get regular sleep!

Kanga Mommy
Kanga Mommy
3 years 16 days ago

I struggled with lack of sleep also with both my kids (now 4.5 and 2). Let me tell you, though, I’ve never had more energy than I do now. I eat probably about 80% primal most of the time. I don’t need the caffeine jolt in the morning and I don’t get the afternoon lag, either. Maybe taking the plunge and changing up your diet could help you cope with the no sleep issues? Good luck! It doesn’t last forever. 🙂

Vettech
Vettech
3 years 17 days ago
I am a bit of a lurker. While I go “primal” on again and off again, I always read MDA everyday. My biggest hurdle is not having any support in my immediate family, they think I’ve gone “hippie”. I live in a small rural area in the high desert, so grass fed beef is hard to come by and expensive to boot. I’m land locked so wild caught seafood is usually a rare find. There is only one farmers market here (an hour drive) and it’s only open in the summer. I do what I can, but when the budget… Read more »
JG
JG
3 years 17 days ago

I totally agree …not having support in the immediate family makes it difficult to stay on course especially in our time constrained daily lives. There are essentially two competing agendas to manage. Not sure how to get around that basic fact.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 17 days ago

All the more reason to participate in the forum, Create a support thread or a journal and actively participate. (I’m a forum lurker. Lots of interesting people to say the least).

Michael
Michael
3 years 17 days ago
I’m also a lurker. I’ve learned some great things here (I do a lot of follow up reading on a lot of the science Mark cites) but just don’t care enough to go whole hog with primal. I work out. I eat mostly well. I feel and look better than I have at any point in my life. But I like beer, cookies, bread, soy milk, wearing shoes, hot showers, and most of the other things that aren’t part of the lifestyle. I read MDA every day and treat it the way I treat every other similar site: Take what… Read more »
Stacie
3 years 17 days ago

I missed the part of the PB that promotes cold showers 😉

Joe
Joe
3 years 17 days ago
Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 17 days ago

I like hot showers, haven’t given up shoes and sometimes eat crap. But most of the time I’m Primal. I think that’s most of the people here too.

NatalieInCA
NatalieInCA
3 years 17 days ago
I am the only one eating primal in my family and I am the cook! I never cook two meals. I usually serve grains as a side dish (rice, quinoa, etc..). And you know what, I noticed that one of my kids and my husband don’t eat as much grains as before. Some meals with sweet potatoes, yams, or winter squashes are even fully paleo and nobody complains, they even tell me how awesome it taste, and go for seconds – and even thirds for my teenage boy. I have a feeling that they will slowly switch their diet to… Read more »
Casey
Casey
3 years 17 days ago

+1!

liz
liz
3 years 17 days ago

I stopped cooking processed foods for dinner. If my family wants it, they have to make it. Almost never happens.
My husband finally went wheat free long enough to feel its affects when he went back. He admitted that he never knew what it felt like to feel good in the gut.
We are coming along. Slow and steady.

Teresa
Teresa
3 years 17 days ago
I actually first started looking into paleo because of multiple food sensitivities – I am allergic to and or/unable to tolerate gluten, dairy, soy, rice, eggs, yeast and pecans. Even with the diagnosis I still get snarky comments at times – more so from coworkers than family. I’m still lurking at this point, but I just ordered the 21 Day Challenge book and I think I’ve convinced my husband to do the 21 days with me. The book should arrive tomorrow, so I’m hoping to spend Saturday shopping/prepping and be on board by Sunday. I think the biggest hurdle for… Read more »
Lyndy Lou from Oz
Lyndy Lou from Oz
3 years 11 days ago
Exactly, that’s what I do and note the change in choices. You cook one meal with choices of ‘side’ dishes like the grains and other non primal choices. My family choose a healthy balance, my husband likes the main part of the diet but loves carbs which he has consciously reduced and lost weight as a result. I stray a bit at work as I am a nurse on shift work and travel for up to two hours a day to work and back. Don’t do planned exercise enough but busy shifts on your feet leave me exhausted at the… Read more »
Finally!
Finally!
3 years 17 days ago

I have been using the Green Polka Dot Box for ordering those foods that are inaccessible in my area. http://www.greenpolkadotbox.com
This is a GMO-free membership club that ships organic and non-GMO food at wholesale prices directly to your door. It has grass-fed meats and wild caught seafood, along with lots of other stuff. It’s where I found the Nick’s Sticks grass-fed beef jerkey (my savior come snack time at work). I have a great organic market near my home, but for some stuff, I use GPDB because it is much less expensive.

Sharon T
Sharon T
3 years 16 days ago

Sounds great, thanks for linking it, I will check into the site. 🙂

Kristina
Kristina
3 years 16 days ago
My mother in law asked me when I could start eating “normally” again once I lost the weight. I put a stop to that eye-rolling by the in-laws by explaining in rich, glorious detail what happens to me when I eat “normally.” I feel bad never eating dinner with them, but the in-laws cook all these crock-pot meals using packeted seasoning mixes and canned sauces that I just can’t eat. I happened to print out a copy of the IC-Smart Diet, which helps relieve a type of bladder inflammation (I don’t have IC but I do have OAB), and it… Read more »
Barb
Barb
3 years 10 days ago
I think I might be your twin. I have stopped feeding my family differently though. And I have access to small farms and can even get raw dairy. I also am close to an organic store for fresh produce. My husband and kids are ok with my diet but won’t follow it and the rest of my family either questions me to death or thinks it’s just a fad. If they find out how much I paid for an organic chicken ($20) they look at me with three heads. But I have been primal for a few months now and… Read more »
Mike
Mike
3 years 17 days ago
I think in our present day society one of the hurdles is standing out. When you make the change, people change their attitude and behavior towards you. Each individual has to find that inner strength to say “they are unhappy because they are not willing to make the changes that I AM willing to make for my health, life, etc.” I know in my own experience, people had a sharp response to my lifestyle change ranging from constant “are you sick” comments (no actually just getting very healthy!) to the “gosh you’re skin and bones, you should eat more.” Society… Read more »
Anna Banana
Anna Banana
3 years 17 days ago
I think I’ve been guilty of a little “lurking.” I’m a runner – have been for years – and never able to figure out why I couldn’t lose the bit of belly and the jiggle despite 30-40 miles a week and 1200 – 1600 calories a day. My diet is healthier than 90% of the population – no fast food, no white bread, lots of veggies, lean protein, WHOLE GRAINS, and so forth. Fat is the enemy, right? For years I’ve made a habit of obsessively limiting my fat intake. I’m not overweight (at 5’6” and about 135 – 140… Read more »
Primal-V
Primal-V
3 years 17 days ago
Hey Anna, It’s just my opinion , but it sounds like you’re being pretty hard on yourself, if I read your post correctly you’ve not been Primal for more than a couple of months. Lifestyle change takes time to settle in, some people are the ‘jump right in’ types and for others lasting change happens gradually. I took a good few months to get fully switched over, making one positive change at a time and sticking with it was what worked for me. Don’t let anger or a sense of failure if you’re not 80/20 stop you from maintaining the… Read more »
Anna Banana
Anna Banana
3 years 17 days ago

Primal V-

Thank you. I’m definitely hard on myself… One of the things that is so appealing about the Primal Blueprint is the focus on being HAPPY and HEALTHY, not stressing ourselves into submission.

I’ve always believed in “No Pain, No Gain” because that’s what my experience has been… If I wanted results, I had to suffer through the process. That’s a difficult thing to unlearn. But I am trying.

I really appreciate your feedback. I know I need to give myself a break!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 17 days ago

Ms.Banana. Keep up the good work and maybe throw out that half and half and get some real 100% cream. That will make you feel better pronto!

Valentina
2 years 9 months ago

Great to hear that, sounds like it works for you. For me it began to work only after 1 whole year until I became a full primal!

Librarian
Librarian
3 years 17 days ago

::hangs head in shame::
I am a lurker who reads almost every day. I make grand plans in my head to start living primally, but I keep putting it off (get primal–tomorrow!) I am planning (haha) on doing the 21 day sugar detox soon.. trying to decide if I should start before or after Thanksgiving (it’s always something, isn’t it?). I mostly eat meats and veggies…. and totally cave with sweets.
Way to step on my toes with this post!

The Inked Hell Hound
The Inked Hell Hound
3 years 17 days ago
So I was a lurker up until 2 weeks ago. I would flirt with this site, reading it and thinking, “I could do that” or “That’s a good idea” and never trying it out. I’d even subscribe and go thru periods were I’d hide the subscription in my spam folder because it would remind me I failed. What changed for me 3 months ago was I figured out (YES BECAUSE OF THIS SITE) that my partner had celiacs. This, changed my diet a lot. My partner was getting healthier and healthier over the last few months and I, still happily… Read more »
Matthew
Matthew
3 years 17 days ago

My name is Matthew. I am an Earnest Lurker.

I read it all. I understand it all. I believe it all that is upheld by the research. Wife is by all means NOT on board. It sabotages my efforts and then leaves me feeling defeated and more downtrodden. That cycles into my lack or action. I look at the weekly success stories with admiration, especially those whose spouse has taken up the torch (and spear) with them.

Cheers to those who have had success and continue to work hard!

Vettech
Vettech
3 years 17 days ago

I feel your pain! My husband is the pickiest eater on the planet, and SAD all the way. Will not even attempt to listen to me, he supports me in my decisions, but expects our family food habits to stay the same. I’ve tried to explain how this effects my resolve, but he just can’t get past himself. It is defeating to say the least.

Anna Banana
Anna Banana
3 years 17 days ago
I can totally relate. My husband is a carb-addict. (He lists breakfast cereal among his favorite foods… We’re talking Cocoa Puffs, Cap’n Crunch, Fruity Pebbles… Truly disgusting.) The easy way around it? He eats what I make, or makes something else for himself. If he wants to eat cereal for every meal, so be it. As an aside, he is also afflicted with terrible nasal “allergies”, constant post-nasal drip, he snores to beat the band, and he has not-so-great skin. I think eliminating wheat alone would do wonders for him, but if he wants to be miserable, again… so be… Read more »
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 17 days ago

I can see it now:

[Stranger]: So tell me Vettech and Anna Banana, how did you two meet?

[V&B]: Online.

[Stranger]: Neat, like on match or okcupid?

[V&B]: MDA.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 17 days ago

My bad, I read Vettech’s post as Matthew and missed the whole “husband” statement. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Trish
Trish
3 years 17 days ago
Vettech and Anna: Are we three married to the same man? Yes, family members can really but a damper on your plans. My husband still refers to the PB as “your latest fad diet”, although I started on this journey almost 18 months ago, and consider myself fully immersed (over 90%) now. Ironically, I found MDA because I was looking for a solution to HIS problems (and if ever there was a person who showed all the symptoms of being highly gluten sensitive, it’s my hubby). I have all the books in hard copy ;aying around the house (all of… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 17 days ago

My wife is vegetarian. I was for 9 years. When I came on board being Primal, we had furious fights at just having meat in the fridge. Lots of back and forth. After I quickly got very healthy and looking good physically, she slowly starting coming around. I was personally ready to end the relationship for my health (we have no children). I am happy to say she is 99% on board and she is looking and feeling fantastic. Hang in there.

Vettech
Vettech
3 years 17 days ago

Man I wish our fights were over too much meat in the fridge, instead our fight are over frozen pizza and spaghetti o’s. However my husband just had his biometrics done for insurance, and his fasting BS was 104. I finally convinced him to ditch the 3 a day pepsi habit. I guess it will be one very small baby step at a time! As for me I’m not about to give up, so I’ll just keep swimming like I always do!

Oh and Paleo Bon Rurgundy….it’s cool, I think we’re all “open” here!

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 17 days ago

Thank you Vettech. I wonder if their fights are still over meat in the frdige, but as in who gets to eat the last steak

Paul in Australia
Paul in Australia
3 years 17 days ago

Your husband sounds like a walking advertisment for a 110% retail tax on the cereals you describe.

Karen
Karen
3 years 17 days ago

My husband says he’s supportive, but the only “vegetables” he will happily eat are corn, peas and potatoes. I cook meals that could be primal for me but include non-primal options for the rest of my family. Once it’s on the table and I’m looking at the pasta or cornbread my resolve crumbles. . . I’m starting at the 50/50 principal and working my way up to 80/20. Hopefully, once my family sees positive changes in me they wil be more on board.

Loquat
Loquat
3 years 17 days ago
Same here – my husband loves his canned/boxed/frozen instant meals way too much to give up. He was actually diagnosed with pre-diabetes a year ago, which temporarily inspired him to try reducing his carb load, but then the doctor put him on a drug which reduces carb absorption and he went right back to the high-carb SAD. He’s lost maybe 50 pounds so far, largely due to giving up beer and switching to a less-stressful position at work, but he’s got at least another 100 to lose before he stops being a walking advertisement for how the SAD combined with… Read more »
Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 17 days ago
Then my man must be the SECOND pickiest eater–what man doesn’t like guacamole? He says he hates avocados, but he never turns down my chocolate pudding based on avocados. I have to do a lot of food hiding to get him to eat what he should, but I have no problems getting him to go along with Paleo/Primal/keto. He’s recently discovered kohlrabi in our soups and stews, and asks, “are these the dull, tasteless potatoes again?” He remembers the sweet taste of real potatoes, unfortunately. Part of the problem is his hyperactive olfactory cluster–he can smell and taste things (or… Read more »
Vettech
Vettech
3 years 17 days ago
With my husband it’s either pizza, hamburgers, canned food or naught. If I don’t have anything in the house he will eat, he will go to town (8 miles one way) and buy a pizza. So it’s either keep those foods in the house or I won’t have money for my veggies and meat. It’s a vicious circle! He quizzes me with any dish I make and if it includes anything he doesn’t like, he will not go anywhere near it! His Idea of veggies are mashed potatoes and gravy or french fries. Seriously when he comes home with McDonalds… Read more »
Kati
Kati
3 years 17 days ago
Matthew, would she eat potatoes, squash, white rice, carrots, 2 or 3 servings of fruit/ day and enjoy sleeping at night? Would she be okay with eating homemade simple sauces on easy to cook foods (the primal sauces book is great)! What I’m trying to say is, the changes could be gradual. I got hubby to eat fried potatoes instead of bread. He has not gained weight eating whole food and non grain starch sources like potatoes and even loses if he sticks to it. He really misses sandwiches from time to time and pizza, but he can indulge once… Read more »
Matt
3 years 17 days ago
Boy do I feel that pain. I’m in the exact same boat. Two years ago I went PB and lost about 80 lbs in just over 6 months. The stress I had to go through to do was tough-cooking separate meals, finding restaurants where I could eat Primal, etc. was tough. Then something happened to my knee and it hurt so much I could hardly walk for about 3 weeks, and it took 3 months to get in to see a Dr., get an MRI, etc. (and found out I have osteoarthritis), and by then I had given up. Now,… Read more »
Lyndy Lou from Oz
Lyndy Lou from Oz
3 years 11 days ago
Kati, never give up. All of the inflammatory properties in a poor diet and non primal food will not aid recovery of your knee. Osteoarthritis often can be managed with 1. Good diet choices, 2. lose weight. 3. Glucosamine (caution tolerance to it and no allergies to seafood / crustaceans and check with your medical advisor) – at least 1500 mg a day (Mark does this fit in with primal living?). I have lots of stress on my knees from past traumas due to playing polocrosse on horseback for years. I could barely walk and had ceased Glucosamine, had limited… Read more »
glorth2
glorth2
3 years 17 days ago

No offense but, can you not cook?

gibson
gibson
3 years 17 days ago
All is not lost. I live with a carboholic who respects my lifestyle and we manage. I don’t bake, he buys his own junk food. In the beginning, he would even keep it out of my sight, but that’s no longer an issue. I make a meal we can all eat plus a carby side for him, like potatoes or pasta. I go to the gym, he doesn’t. He is proud of my progress and likes the way I look. I will never convince him to join me, but we make it work. I’m motivated because I have health problems… Read more »
Annakay
Annakay
3 years 17 days ago
I feel that I might be a lurker. I found MDA about two years ago, read the Primal Blueprint and began eating in the primal style. I love it and have no bother following the eating side of things. I have lost around 36 lbs and have no trouble keeping it off. My problems lie with the exercise. I am 70 years old and have suffered from CFE/ME for a lot of my life and seem to have reached a plateau with my weight which still has a way to go. Although I felt loads better in so many ways… Read more »
Susan
Susan
3 years 17 days ago
If you can afford it, book a couple of sessions with a certified personal trainer who can help you assess your current fitness level and work with you on a plan for exercise that will be safe for you and help you reach you goals. This would be a great way to get started. Again, if you can afford it, you might check in periodically with the trainer to update on your progress and make a new plan. Some trainers will take small groups (3-4) of people at similar fitness levels for training. This may be an option for you… Read more »
Pamela Swanner
Pamela Swanner
3 years 17 days ago
Annakay, I am sorry to hear about your health issues, but am inspired by your dedication and efforts. I am a lurker who has the books and keeps reading the posts and the comments for motivation. I have made some changes to my diet, and have a few times, been able to fit in a puny effort at exercise. I am not giving up though. If you can do it with all your obstacles, I can certainly put forth more effort. I struggle with the pass/fail thinking. if I cannot 100% embrace and live it, then I have failed, and… Read more »
Antje
Antje
3 years 16 days ago

Start with a daily walk.if you have access to a pool,swimming or walking in water is a good exercise. Also tai chi. This are all very gentle exercises.

Annakay
Annakay
3 years 16 days ago

Thank you Susan, Pamela and Antje for your input. I will certainly try out your ideas and see how I get on.

Pamela Swanner
Pamela Swanner
3 years 16 days ago

Keep us posted! and best wishes for health and happiness

Matt
3 years 17 days ago

Hmm. I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a lurker but I do not follow the Primal Blueprint thing 100% either nor do I ever intend to follow it 100%. I visit MDA and other related sites because of the plethora of information that’s out there and it helps me keep up to date with information I don’t find on my own and is applicable to my clients. Rule #1 of nutrition is that no one diet is good for everyone and that’s even true of the PB diet.

TJ
TJ
3 years 17 days ago
My husband and I were once a faithful Paleo converts after the birth of my first child just shy of 3 years ago… and lost almost 40 lbs and felt great and followed it pretty well at least 80/20 or better. Then I got pregnant with my second child and I lost all desire to follow the lifestyle more for sheer taste-bud and nausea issues with eating the steady diet of eggs, bacon, red meat, etc. I knew I was giving up on something that worked very well for me, but when I found that I was not eating anything… Read more »
Karen
Karen
3 years 17 days ago
I too fell off the paleo wagon when i got pregnant. I suffer from hypermesis gravidarium which is extreme nasea 24/7 for the entire pregnancy.I had been paleo for over a year and was at my thinnest since high school, i felt amazing. Now I am six months pregnant and already gained 40 pounds, so depressing. But the first four months I ate nothing but carbs.i am feeling better now but still have to constantly eat to stave off the nasea. I battle everday inside my head about what to eat trying so hard to be paleo but super hard… Read more »
TJ
TJ
3 years 17 days ago
I feel for ya. I didn’t really have nausea, but what I did have was just a distaste for any of the primal foods I came to love. The smell, the look, everything about meat, eggs, bacon, sausage, salads, etc. all made me feel like I was going to gag. The only advice I have, coming from a post-partum mom of 10 months; is try not to take too long to go back to primal. I’m paying for my delay now. My body aches when I exercise and when I don’t, my clothes are bigger than ever; and all in… Read more »
Debi
Debi
3 years 17 days ago

You must be having a boy. Sounds just like my first one. With the girl all I wanted was meat and cheese. And of corse Mexican food. It will all pass. And the baby is worth all the trouble it caused for 9 months.

Emily
Emily
3 years 16 days ago
I also gave up eating primally when I had hyperemesis during pregnancy. In my opinion, primal/paleo simply isn’t possible when you’re vomiting constantly! About a month after my son’s birth, I went back to mostly primal eating, but with extra carbs because I’m nursing and constantly hungry. I just want to encourage you that the pounds DO come off when you go back to better eating. I’m 4.5 months postpartum, and just got back into my pre pregnancy jeans. 🙂 Interestingly, this is my fourth child, and the first time that I’ve eaten primally postpartum. Always before I have struggled… Read more »
Amy
3 years 17 days ago
Guilty as charged, Mark. I’ve been reading MDA since 2009, when I found it by googling “caveman diet” after I read Beyond Veg and a review of AudettNeanderthin. I’ve been reading lots of paleo/primal blogs since then, but there always seemed to be an excuse as to why I couldn’t do it “just now.” For example, the endless parade of birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, and whatever-your-reason celebrations that pop up out of nowhere. Or having a spouse who understands why I want to change my diet, but doesn’t see a need to join me (I’m not blaming him, just… Read more »
Jo W
Jo W
3 years 17 days ago
I think this might be the first time I’ve commented…and yes I’m a lurker. Found MDA this time last year and cold turkeyed it for 3 months and lost 21lbs in time for my wedding, went on honeymoon and “treated” myself to whatever I wanted and haven’t managed to get fully back on the wagon. I’ve tried a couple of times to go back to primal but I seem to give up after a week or so. I know it works and I know its better for me – just nothing seems to motivate quite like having to fit into… Read more »
Anna Banana
Anna Banana
3 years 17 days ago

Jo-

I, like you, completely fell off the wagon on a recent vacation. Getting back on the wagon has been difficult, and I can’t really explain why.

I am SO GLAD that Mark brought “lurking” into the light. I feel exposed (in a good way!) I think he’s given us a wonderful opportunity to motivate each other.

Martha
3 years 17 days ago

I am probably better-than-80% primal — and loving it — as a personality, I just am a little slow to go whole hog (nose to tail, tee hee). Also, I’ve believed a lot of things over the course of my life and been wrong about about half of them, so I just don’t “believe” as easy as I once did.

But I have wondered why some people hang out on the forums when they don’t seem to be particularly interested or sympathetic. I don’t suppose those people — trolls, I guess — are who you’re talking about.

see saw
see saw
3 years 17 days ago

I was an immediate-action reader and not a lurker. Im 23, female, and got into it for vanity to be honest. I’ve experienced awesome results.

However, when I read about the health benefits (along with reading Gary Taubes’ and Robert Lustig’s books out of curiosity and shock that CW could be so wrong) I became very gung ho.

I know a lot of seniors who start falling apart in so many ways in their 40s, 50s, 60s– I DO NOOOOT want to be like that.

When I retire I aspire to look like Carrie 😀

lykopis
lykopis
3 years 17 days ago
Definitely a lurker…I was totally primal a couple of years ago for over a year and a half…was feeling better than I ever felt before. Got really sick and looked to easy comfort foods and the downward spiral started that I can’t seem to get off. Changed jobs, moved away from a city I liked and work way too hard. The stress keeps me reaching for bad things because I have become depressed by the situation. It doesn’t help that who I live with doesn’t get it and just keeps saying just try this, or you have to eat this… Read more »
TJ
TJ
3 years 17 days ago
Totally can relate to you! I’ve changed jobs, changed cities, my spouse has been unemployed due to our move, two little kids under the age of 4, etc. It is a self-licking ice cream cone and I’ve never been this depressed or overweight; and it’s due to all the cortisol (i.e. stress), no exercise, and going for the easy comfort of “yummy” food that is totally sabotaging to any efforts. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other is the only way we can make progress… stay strong and don’t be so critical of yourself. It’s… Read more »
Alma Mahler
3 years 17 days ago
I’ve never had the luxury of being a lurker simply because health problems — including autoimmune symptoms that for years drove me crazy — catapulted me into change. I’m also kind of a type-A personality so that helps. There’s nothing like suffering to motivate, though! I am pretty strict primal, despite having a toddler who has his picky moments. But I’ve raised him primal/paleo pretty much from the start, which has made it much easier — most non-primal foods are just not within his frame of reference (yet). And my husband is a chameleon when it comes to food so… Read more »
Sara
Sara
3 years 17 days ago
I’m a longtime fitness professional, working in the field for close to 25 years now. I feel like I’ve witnessed so many trends and fads that I approach everything cautiously. I like the scientific support that I find on this site, and the common sense approach to the whole picture of what health should be (not to mention Mark’s humor). I am technically a “lurker” because my purpose for reading MDA, etc. is to give myself some ammo when it comes to my everyday interactions. To change the perception of what healthy is and help people develop their own intuition… Read more »
Clover
Clover
3 years 17 days ago
August, 2010, I was 254 lbs (5’5″, female) according to my doctors records. Having just divorced and psychologically a mess, I was all over the place. Then two years ago, I got the dreaded HA1c result of 8.2 (that’s bad). The doctor put me on a non-insulin injection that made me so sick I couldn’t move without heaving. During that period, I discovered that feeling hungry wasn’t going to kill me. I had to discontinue the medication, but I promised the doctor that if I could test my blood sugar 4 times a day, I would get it under control.… Read more »
Rema
Rema
3 years 17 days ago
My reasson for being here is exactly the same as yours! A1c of 7.3 and as I meticulously kept track of my sugars and deleting foods that shot them up I found myself eating paleo. Down to 6.1 already! And Mark’s post today couldn’t be more timely, I filled out the base and experiment portions of the PB 90 day journal last night. I got the journal because I’ve been backsliding since injuries have me stuck at home since August. The last 2 weeks have been the worst. Stayed away from grain, but boy has the sugar monster got my… Read more »
Alma Mahler
3 years 17 days ago

PS — TJ love your story, can totally relate to how pregnancy and severe nausea can change your relationship to Primal, isn’t that interesting? Somebody recently told me that nausea during pregnancy is associated with H. Pylori — don’t know if it’s trur but it was a well-trained ND so who knows. I had severe nausea and could not eat meat for months. I have also heard that excess protein is toxic for babies in the womb. I have so many questions specific to women and the Primal diet, Mark please do more posts on this! Thanks!

TJ
TJ
3 years 17 days ago

+1. Would definitely like to see a bit more info about primal and how it affects women’s hormones for the better (or worse?) I know I won’t be having anymore children, but I still struggle with the typical hormonal balances most women in their 40s and older deal with.

Sharon Elliott
Sharon Elliott
3 years 17 days ago
I’m not a lurker, and I read mda almost every day, I first started out going primal in May this year after a friend told me about it when I said I was thinking of not being a vegetarian anymore after 23 years of following it, as I didn’t feel healthy my problem has been that I’m not seeing the results like I keep reading everyone else is getting and it’s making me question whether this is right for me, I’m 48 years old 5.4 tall and 9stone 8lb I’m a runner that’s recently had knee surgery so I’m unable… Read more »
Andrea Canavan
Andrea Canavan
3 years 17 days ago
Sharon, I was introduced to Primal last year by Nerd Fitness. I knew about MDA but had not visited. I started reading MDA every day about a month ago, but I don’t consider myself a lurker. I was a vegetarian for the previous 5 years and lost 50 lbs. during the first 2 years with walking being my primary exercise. Then I hit 50 and the weight loss stopped. Looking for a change, I went Primal and I am not seeing the results that others have posted about. I had knee surgery in January. Followed the Dr.’s advice after surgery,… Read more »
Stacie
3 years 17 days ago
Andrea, it doesn’t sound like you’re doing anything wrong at all. Everyone is different, so even though it’s hard, try not to compare yourself to others. How do you feel? Do you sleep better when you eat this way and exercise? Do you have more energy? Are there other reasons you are Primal besides weight loss? I know it’s tough. I’ve lost 50 pounds myself over the last year and a half and still have a goal to lose 45 more. I’ve been “stuck” at 190-196 for several months now, even though I started a new lifting regimen (the dumbbell… Read more »
Andrea Canavan
Andrea Canavan
3 years 13 days ago
Thanks Stacy. I eat this way because I feel that it is what is best for my body. I ate vegetarian for years because I couldn’t bring myself to eat CAFO meat. Eating pastured eggs, beef and humanely raised chicken and pork makes sense to me. Primal eating makes sense to me. I cut out dairy a long time ago because it upset my stomach. I gave up soft drinks over 25 years ago. I never was much of a bread/pasta eater. Fast food, ugh. No way. My energy levels don’t seem to be any different than before I started… Read more »
Lisa
Lisa
3 years 13 days ago
Stacie & Andrea – I can certainly relate! I’m a 49 year old female… still peri-menopausal. Have had great success with this way of eating. Prior to discovering PB I was pre-diabetic… fasting glucose was at 102. Now its 84 and my cholesterol numbers have moved into the fabulous range (smile). So for me it’s interesting because I’m considered morbidly obese by normal measures. I’d love to get this weight off, though and it’s a struggle. My joints and back would thank me but I feel good about my health otherwise. I think as women get older it’s more a… Read more »
Alisa
Alisa
3 years 17 days ago

I’ll be in the hotseat! My diet is around 65% primal, but I am a recovering vegetarian and still struggle to choose meat and veggies over grains and fruit. Right now I’m trying to reduce the amount of fructose and FODMAP containing foods in my diet, and eliminate gluten altogether. I know these things make me bloated, hungry and sick-I also know they are addictive! My goal for today is to cook a big batch of primal soup to take to work every day. No more eating out!

Becca
Becca
3 years 17 days ago
I do not know what in the name of Jehovah I am, but I think its somewhere in the realm of Primal/Lurker. I’ve been what I think of as primal for about two months, although I suspect I haven’t been and might still not be fully primal due to my fear of calorie consumption and I suppose food itself, leading me to use protein powder with almond milk as a meal replacement. (I’m down to just breakfast now, it used to be breakfast and dinner.) I started at 143 pounds at 5’3″. Not an ideal healthy weight by any means,… Read more »
2Rae
2Rae
3 years 17 days ago
Oh my Becca, two months may not be long enough to help you feel like leaping small buildings in a single bound. However, I would like to encourage you to keep eating this way and move forward. I’ve been helped so much by eating this way and moving more. Sometimes I feel like I have more energy than my little 11 year old boy, who seems to NEVER stop. It’s gradual but some day you’ll just notice that a lot of problems and pain is gone and you don’t mind just standing (instead of looking around for a chair to… Read more »
rudy
rudy
3 years 17 days ago
Enjoy the information, don’t really enjoy the food. I know “enjoyment” isn’t the primary reason we eat, and perhaps in my case it shouldn’t be a reason at all. I can make a recipe once and like it; then I make it a second time and never want to see it again. If I even smell coconut or eggs at this point, I have to suppress a gag. (God forbid they be in the same dish…) I don’t crave things like bread or pasta or candy, either. Extremely spicy food is occasionally an exception, thank goodness. As a child, I… Read more »
Natalya
Natalya
3 years 17 days ago
I lurk as well! My excuses are time and money. I’m a 3rd year PhD student and work an average of 15 hours a day, 6 days a week (usually with one or two all-nighters sprinkled in each week). Though given my constraints, I think I do pretty well. I try to workout 4x a week (yoga, weights, interval running, and long walks) and eat clean though not always grain-/dairy-/etc-free. On nights when I have to skip sleeping, I tend to get lazy and have oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast and may miss a workout. And on the money end… Read more »
Beth
Beth
3 years 17 days ago
I was just whining to myself about other people’s lack of commitment to a work issue, and then I read this. I’ve been reading MDA since early 2010 when a co-worker pointed me to it. I’ve consumed everything I can here, worked to apply it, still no success. I’ve got 100 pounds of pain I’ve been working to let go of for years and they are not budging. I’m gluten and corn intolerant, known about it since college when I was tested for allergies. I’ve been pretty good about it over the last couple years, as five other people at… Read more »
Meredith
Meredith
3 years 17 days ago

I’ve lurked for abut 6 months before taking the plunge by buying the book and getting some cookbooks from the library. But the past couple days I have gone a bit off track. This was exactly what I needed to move on from my mistakes. Thanks Mark!

Chris
Chris
3 years 17 days ago
Hello, I think sometimes we get stuck. We self medicate when we’re not feeling loved, respected, valued, etc. If we were to feel our optimal selves would we, should we, could we, continue in the same unhealthy, or unhappy pattern. IE: staying with a job, spouse, or social situation that makes us feel less than whole? Sometimes we put off the inevitable by keeping ourselves down. It allows us to stay in this state of limbo so that we don’t have to take action. The unknown is scary and the present situation may not be unpleasant enough for us to… Read more »
Kim
3 years 17 days ago

I was a lurker of the worst kind: a vegan! For two years I was a vegan and a follower of MDA for about half of it. I firmly believed (and still do) in everything you post. Despite being an avid follower, I still chose to get my protein from tofu, beans, nuts, and veggies. Very recently I have decided to eat meat again and cut the crap (I mean beans). I have never felt better.

Jester
Jester
3 years 17 days ago
I am also a lurker and although my eating habits are close to primal I don’t follow it to the letter. I tried following the lifestyle religiously for a while but inevitably fell off the wagon. I firmly believe that if you try to be too strict with your diet, lifestyle etc you will eventually cave and end up swinging massively the other way. For a while I rebelled and stuffed myself with all the bad carbs I could find, cakes, biscuits, bread etc. I felt terrible but just couldn’t stop. Eventually I found a book which encouraged me to… Read more »
2Rae
2Rae
3 years 17 days ago
Good advice. How I got on this “bandwagon” was that I felt better getting rid of grains, stopped gaining weight when I got rid of beans THEN my chiropracter said it sounded like I was Paleo. So I looked around and wound up here. There is so much good information here that I try to read every day. Giving a name of Primal or Paleo was helpful to me so that I could find cook books that would support my new eating style. So I would encourage all who are not yet living this way (sitting on that fence) to… Read more »
Autumn
Autumn
3 years 17 days ago
Yep, this was me until six days ago. I have been here a while, maybe a year, I’m genuinely not sure, but it has taken until this last weekend to say enough is enough. I already knew about my dairy, grain & yeast issues, from some personal and painful experiences, but I would still slip back to the old ways. I read PB in the last few months, then life got in the way and it was easy to make excuses. I was still looking at this more from a diet perspective. It was only this last weekend with more… Read more »
Erica
Erica
3 years 17 days ago
I find myself going through cycles of being really committed to PB, and then something will happen to knock me off course – I’ll miss a meal, or I’ll be too tired to make dinner and thus have no lunch the next day, or I’ll go through a depressive incident and revert to my practiced behaviour of eating empty carbs. Trying to get my diet and my mental health and my sleep to all work at optimal levels is an ongoing struggle, and as soon as I start to make progress on one, the others slide. I should be getting… Read more »
Adrian
Adrian
3 years 17 days ago
Time and money, and a little stress, like so many others have said! If you’d write a corollary book – on how to do PB on a college-type budget and an overloaded schedule, that’d be awesome. I’ve seen the occasional post around here on how to save money, or make things easier, but more often it’s just “Oh, just buy -one- session with a personal trainer rather than a whole year” or “You don’t need those little luxuries that keep you sane, spend the money on some grass-fed beef instead” etc. I go partially primal when I can manage it,… Read more »
kt
kt
3 years 17 days ago
This is not a total answer, but recently I was living a workaholic lifestyle (short-term and intentional) and the meal-planning chapter in the cookbook “Well Fed” was pretty useful. Basically I started mostly following Mel’s advice for one day of mega-food-prep (3 hours on Sunday night with a couple podcasts, in the kitchen) and I’d have essentially 15-21 easy meals to either bring to school or collapse with after work. She had some good recipes too for working with cheaper cuts of meat (chicken thighs instead of breasts, etc) and where I was living the veggies were super-cheap. I didn’t… Read more »
maddie lion
maddie lion
3 years 17 days ago
You caught me! I’ve been lurking and dabbling for months, and only this week did I sit down with myself and decide to resolve what’s holding me back from committing. It’s 2 things: 1) I hate to be an inconvenience to anyone, and saying “I don’t eat grains or sugar” (put simply) can make having me over for dinner a challenge, and 2) I’m an emotional eater, and I’m going through huge life changes. BUT those are both things that I can overcome, and I am more determined than ever to do so, especially because I now have a major… Read more »
Jason
Jason
3 years 17 days ago

There is so much good information here not related to eating. I was one of the many that read every day, because of all the interesting topics. I love to read and learn. I finally took the plunge three months ago. I can’t get enough of the lifestyle. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jason
Jason
3 years 17 days ago

And on a parting note, from the mind of the all worldly yoda:
“do, or do not, there is no try”….

Sharon Elliott
Sharon Elliott
3 years 16 days ago

I like that very much

Darlene, San Francisco, CA
Darlene, San Francisco, CA
3 years 16 days ago

My feelings exactly! That’s the phrase I use to get out the door and walking, walking, walking…

Jboy
Jboy
3 years 17 days ago

I recently discovered a gadget that has really added to my primal existence…. a wok!

I am getting tons of great veggies, and I cook with Organic olive oil and pastured butter from Ireland.
I just don’t tire of this health food, and it’s so quick and easy to prepare.

YUMMY!

Steven
Steven
3 years 17 days ago
I am a loyal reader, but not so much a loyal follower! I have every book written by Mark and often use the cookbooks. However, as many have commented, stress and my oral reaction to it have been my downfall. I know that I should do this. I am 51, overweight, and on 3 hypertension meds. Just got diagnosed with sleep apnea as well. Even with all that, I often binge on chips, fries, etc. in a misplaced desire to comfort myself. Booze is my big downfall. Mostly wine and beer, but generally every night, again as a liquid stress… Read more »
MizChriz
MizChriz
3 years 17 days ago

Confession is good for the soul, no?

Long time lurker, long time (decades) sufferer of fibromyalgia, overweight, 61 next month and recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis. I have been on and off primal type eating for many years and always revert to SAD. Self defeating behavior for sure. The “not thinking I deserve to be thin/fee good” et cetera hit home.

Debi
Debi
3 years 17 days ago

I can’t decide if you would call me primal or not.
I eat about 90% primal food all the time.
I sleep by the sun time.
I have a small tribe around me.
I play with my one child.
But the move slowly and lift heavy things, does not happen.
I can sure talk the talk but the walk just doesn’t happen.

Primal Munchkin
Primal Munchkin
3 years 17 days ago
I don’t think I’ve commented before but I read MDA everyday. I found it because I was experiencing awful stomach pains and nausea after every meal starting when I was 18 and left for college. I tried every diet out there to fix my issues, I even went Vegetarian (this was awful steak, ham and bacon are my favorite foods)! Then my mom found the whole 30 and MDA and its all history, however I feel like a lurker because I still have some weight to lose despite being “primal” for almost 2 years, and because of the college atmosphere… Read more »
Darlene, San Francisco, CA
Darlene, San Francisco, CA
3 years 16 days ago

You don’t have to give up special foods to celebrate, Primal Munchkin. Just learn to substitute another (PB) food and you’ll do fine. For example – popcorn at the movies. No problem since I pack (don’t tell anyone) a small bag of Macadamia nuts. I still have my treat but it’s PB!

I need to buy Mark’s Primal Comforts book! Next on my list…

Step by step, grasshopper!

Darlene, San Francisco, CA
Darlene, San Francisco, CA
3 years 16 days ago

Make that Primal Cravings!!!

Lisa
Lisa
3 years 17 days ago
Guilty as charged. I found Paleo a few years ago and I’ve made some great changes in my life. Dropped sugar, keep the carbs low, avoid grains, etc. But consistency has been difficult for me. No excuses… just is what it is. I read MDA daily and it seems that whatever I’m struggling with at the moment surfaces in an article that appears to be directed at me personally. I suppose this means (and reading the other confirms for me) that I’m no different than others. For me, I think it’s a self-defeating attitude that’s holding me back. I’ve tried… Read more »
Aimi
Aimi
3 years 17 days ago
I’ve been a lurker for nearly a year now – this is my first ever comment : ) I have been a vegetarian my whole life (31 years) but in the last six months I have introduced fish to my diet. I still have a big psychological hurdle to overcome regarding eating meat which is stopping me from fully committing to the primal lifestyle. I’ve cut back on grains by about 80% but I find it difficult to make good food choices when I am away from home and still reach for the sugary snacks when I am stressed. My… Read more »
Ben
Ben
3 years 17 days ago
I “lurked” for all of 2 weeks. I incorporated Mark’s ideas and teachings in a little over a month…that was in April of this year. I haven’t felt this good in…well I honestly can’t remember. I have lost 45 pounds since and only have a few more to go. I thought I was going to have trouble eliminating the grains because I was a huge bread junky. But I realized how it made me feel when I didn’t eat it any more; no more bloating, no more fatigue. That is what made me stick to it. I eat and I’m… Read more »
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