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2 Feb

A Week in the Life of Mark Sisson

mark surfing new2First off, I hope you can forgive me for the self-referential blog post title. “A Week in My Life” doesn’t mean much of anything to anyone that only sees the title on the Interwebs, so there it is. In any case, many of you have requested an update to my own personal Primal regimen to give you a sense of what my average day looks like. At the risk of boring you to tears, I thought I’d chronicle a week in my normal life for you today. I’ll start with a few random notes:

1. Art De Vany made a comment a while back that really resonated with me. He said these days he seeks to do as little as possible – to find more time to relax just like our hunter-gatherer ancestors did – and still do. I know where he’s coming from, and I want that too. While I am “working” more now than at any time in my life, I am also constantly looking for ways to cut corners and make things easier. I really do want to play (Law #7) more. Don’t get me wrong – I’m having a blast and am totally immersed in all we’re doing at MDA and Primal, but my goal is still to make my life as comfortable and pleasurable as possible.

2. We have a housekeeper – Diva – who has been with us for eight years and who has trained as a sous chef under my good friend Oren Zroya (the amazing PrimalCon chef). She’s a godsend. She ensures that the pantry and refrigerator are always well-stocked with the right foods and cooking ingredients. As a result, we always have access to healthy snacks, myriad ingredients for a big-ass salad, or several things freshly made from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook that we can simply heat up. Malibu Seafood is located right down the street, which helps when we want to buy fresh fish. I keep a supply of grass-fed beef, bison, pastured lamb and other goodies in my freezer at all times. And bacon.

3. As for training, I’ve said many times here that I really only train these days to be able to play well, play hard and play uninjured. Easier said than done, and at 57 it seems that injuries can lurk around every corner if one is not vigilant. I have chronic hip flexor issues (going back to my marathon days) and a problem rotator cuff from setting a PR on the bench some years ago. I decided to take the first quarter of 2011 to rehab those and really focus on strength and mobility in my hips and my shoulders.  Therefore, I do a few movements outside normal bodyweight exercises (PB Fitness) to focus on those areas, and Carrie and I take a “restorative” yoga class at least once a week for that purpose as well.

4. Notice that I often repeat the same schedule or menu. I tend to prefer a routine over new stuff all the time.

5. Supplementation Regimen: Every day I take 3-4 capsules of Vital Omegas (omega-3 fish oil), 2-4 capsules of Primal Sun Vitamin D (when I’m not getting enough sunlight), 1-2 Primal Flora and 1-2 packets of Damage Control Master Formula.

Here’s what last week looked like:

Sunday

7:00 AM – Big cup of coffee (always French press, Starbucks – anything extra bold) always with heavy whipping cream and a teaspoon of sugar. Read paper, did Sunday Sudoku and Crossword (Primal Law #10 “use your brain”).

9:00 AM - Breakfast: Three scoops of Vanilla Crème Primal Fuel with ice cubes and water in a blender in anticipation of a big Ultimate game.

10:00 AM - Two hours of Ultimate (Frisbee). Warmed-up with some easy runs and throws, and then chose sides for 7-on-7 game. Great game (rained a bit during it) and excellent workout. Most fun I have all week. Probably did 20 full-out sprints of 40+ yards, with lots of stop and go or side-to-side mixed in. My team lost 25-21, mostly due to throwing errors. I always play in VFF Treks (Treks have more grip for grass than most other VFFs).

12:30 PM – Back home after game, stood in unheated pool up to mid-thigh (high 50’s – low 60’s temp) for 10 minutes. It’s part of my new repair and restore program.

1:00 PM – Lunch: Four egg omelet with onions, cheese, and red peppers, mineral water.

4:00 PM – Snack: Handful of macadamia nuts (20ish). Macs are the only nuts I eat anymore – they are so superior to all others.

7:00 PM – Dinner: One pound of ground lamb mixed with sautéed onions and peppers, steamed asparagus spears drenched in butter. 2 glasses cabernet sauvignon. Didn’t quite finish the lamb, but Buddha made quick work of the rest.

10:30 PM – Bed

Monday

6:30 AM - Big cup of coffee, read newspaper, did crossword.

7:30 AM – Work

9:30 AM – Breakfast: 4-egg omelet at desk.

10:30 AM – Gym: 3 sets of: 30 reverse rows + 40-50 pushups (with one minute walk/rest between sets)

3 sets of: 12 wide grip pullups + 15 parallel bar dips (one minute walk/rest between sets)

3 sets of: 10 narrow parallel grip pullups + 15 easy dumbbell curls to overhead press @ 25 pounds

2 sets of shoulder rehab stuff (circles, front raises, side raises, etc., with light dumbbells)

11:15 AM – Work

1:00 PM – Lunch: Big-ass salad. Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red bell peppers, browned slivered almonds, large dollop of tuna, dressing with EVOO as base. Ate at desk.

4:00 PM – Snack: Handful of cherries.

5:15 PM - One hour session with Michelle, my pilates/yoga/stretch guru, holding long, easy hip-opening poses.

7:30 PM – Dinner: 1 glass cabernet, 10 ounces grilled Bison “New York Cut”, 2 cups of Brussels sprouts with Hazelnuts (p. 142 PB Cookbook), 1 more glass cabernet, wedge of artisanal cheese.

8:30 PM – Game of Scrabble with son Kyle.

10:30 PM – Bed

Tuesday

6:30 AM – Big cup of coffee, caught up on news, crossword.

7:30 AM – Work

9:00 AM - Breakfast: Three scoops of Chocolate Primal Fuel with ice cubes and water in a blender. No easier way to get 30 grams of protein and a bunch of healthy coconut sat fat.

9:30 AM – Gym: 20 minutes on Precor stationary bike, started easy, gradually increasing resistance until maximum effort at 20th minute. Easy 2 minute recovery spin, then started 8 reps of: 20 seconds at max effort (high resistance and 110+ rpms) with 40 second easy spin rest between sets (lower rpms and a few notches down in resistance). Drenched. Grok squatted for a few minutes after. Went home and stood in the cold pool for 10 minutes.

10:30 AM – Work

1:00 PM – Lunch at local restaurant. Giant pork chop with mushroom sauce and asparagus tips, iced tea.

2:00 PM - Weather was awesome, couldn’t avoid going out for 1.5 hour stand-up paddle session. Should probably have worked, but my friend Eric and the board beckoned. OK. Shouldn’t have worked if my goal is truly to have more fun.

4:50 PM – Snack: Handful of macadamias.

8:00 PM – Dinner: 14 giant shrimp, each dipped in melted butter (maybe my favorite dinner). Steamed broccoli (same butter). 1 glass chardonnay (Sonoma Cutrer). A few pieces of 85% dark chocolate.

11:00 PM – Bed

Wednesday

6:45 AM – Big cup of coffee, caught up on news, crossword, Sudoku.

7:30 AM – Work

9:30 AM – Breakfast: Three scoops of Vanilla Primal Fuel with ice cubes and water in a blender.

9:45 AM – Hiked up Puerco Canyon with wife Carrie and Buddha (my Yellow Lab, if you hadn’t gathered that by now). I wore a 20-pound weight vest to equalize the effort (she’d had an emergency appendectomy 10 days earlier. 1:15 up and back. 10 minute cold soak in pool to mid-thigh.

11:30 AM – Work

1:00 PM – Lunch: Big-ass salad, with cold shrimp left over from dinner as protein source.

4:20 PM – Snack: Half-tin of sardines.

6:00 PM – Dinner: Chicken and fennel stew (PB Cookbook page 84)

7:30 PM – 90-minute deep tissue massage, which I try to get once a week.

10:00 PM – Bed

Thursday

6:20 AM – Big cup of coffee, caught up on news, crossword, Sudoku.

7:30 AM – Work

9:30 AM – Breakfast: Four egg omelet with the works. Basically, very low carb.

9:45 AM – Gym: Repeat Monday’s workout, adding 50 deep air squats to second series (so x 3) and 90-second planks to third series.

11:15 AM – Work

12:00 PM – Business lunch: Half a free-range chicken and steamed spinach at local restaurant. Admit that I picked at a few potatoes, too.

4:20 PM – Snack: Handful of macadamias.

7:30 PM – Dinner: 1-2 ounces cheese, Kale salad, grass-fed beef rib eye, steamed broccoli drenched in butter. 2 glasses syrah. Who needs desert!

10:00 PM – Bed

Friday

More good food, easy hike up Bush Canyon.

Saturday

More good food, took day off to attend Los Angeles Fitness Expo. Just like the circus only wilder.

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  1. Coffee, dark chocolate, nuts…I *love* it!!

    (oh…and the rest, too!)

    Lance wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • I just learned about this website and have already been vegetarian for about a year, but like the new way. I’m a JET in Japan. Here’s a typical day. Wake up with the bright Sun at 5am, cold shower, little yoga, 1 hour of meditation, slices of watermelon followed by seaweed noodles and almonds and walnuts. Arrive at school 8:30am. There s no classes because it s summer so Im studying Japanese… Or trying too. Break for lunch at 11. Today was pickled vegetables, pumpkin, other greens, and some eggs. I was back at school by noon and snacked on some almonds, macs, and cashews. Head back home at 430. I’m planning on eating some blueberries and maybe a salad of some sort. What’s the scoop on udon and soba primal or not? So inspiring Mark! and everybody
      Be well

      John wrote on July 28th, 2011
  2. You’re a BUSY guy! A 90 minute deep tissue massage sounds incredible!

    Primal K@ wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  3. Nice and easy, with little to no stress. I’m aiming at that direction myself. A lot of my strength training work right now revolves around farm chores. (moving sacks of chicken feed, changing water, shoveling snow) Lots of nice full body movement exercise, with the bonus of farm fresh eggs at the end. It has long since stopped being thought of as work by me. It’s a workout, and fun without any stress. Thank you for the meal breakdown! It’s hard to count carbs exactly when you make everything from scratch. Seeing what others eat gives me a good baseline to keep myself within acceptable bounds. Excellent post, Mark. Thank you!

    Poppabear wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  4. Sometimes, a visit to MDA can cause an oubreak of snack attack. I really want to grab some macadamia nuts now…need to find some that aren’t salted and covered with some kind of hydrogenated vegetable oil…

    Stef wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Just visit the baking aisle. Mac’s are in the small bags from Diamond…Less than 2 dollars and already portioned out. Awesome!

      Ed wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • As soon as I read that, my stomach started grumbling. I grabbed some mac nuts and started snacking!

      mcdanimr wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • I think that Trader Joe’s has dry roasted, unsalted macadamia nuts at a reasonable price.

      Nancy wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  5. Great post Mark. Noticed that you stated you only eat macadamias yet ate hazelnuts and almonds later in thew week? Just curious! I also agree that macadamias are superior to all other nuts because 1 oz contains only .36 grams of omega 6.

    I would find it difficult to eat a 4 egg omelet and then workout 30-60 minutes later!

    Primal Toad wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Toad, I use a sprinkling of other nuts as garnish once in a while, but stopped using any other nuts but macs for snacks. As for eating before working out, I usually have a shake if anything, but the big thing for me is NOT eating post workout for a few hours.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • I am curious why you don’t eat post workout for a few hours.

        Cool post.

        AlyieCat wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • I remember reading once that Mark said not eating after a workout increases groth hormone release, so I would guess that’s why.

          Brendan wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • I read somewhere that eating carbs after a workout will suppress HGH production, but fat and protein don’t have the same effect. Can’t remember where I read this.
          Anyone have any ideas on this theory?

          Barb wrote on July 6th, 2011
      • Hi Mark,

        I was just wondering if you soak macadamia nuts?

        They are the nut I eat the most often, followed by Brazils and then also the odd walnuts & almonds. I always soak the other nuts and then dry them in the dehydrator before I eat them, but I just feel the macadamia’s are bit diferent as they seem a bit oiler and that soaking them wouldn’t be the same as the others. I don’t seem to be having any problems that I notice so far, though the affects could be to slow to see? Do they have the same phytic acid problem as most nuts?

        Regards,
        Danny

        Danny wrote on July 6th, 2011
  6. If you are doing some yoga in consideration of the hip flexors and the rotator cuff…may I suggest Anusara, very theraputic!!

    Katie wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Mark is not a fan, though his wife drags him along sometimes, IIRC.

      Lojasmo wrote on July 10th, 2011
  7. Love Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay! Been drinking it for years.

    Buttercup wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • I agree! So buttery.

      Kristina wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  8. LMAO!! Seriously, Mark?? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love PB and I love the ideas but…..really?!! Let’s compare. I consider myself just a regular ‘ol middle class professional (read: sheep). Here’s a typical day in MY life:

    Wake up at 5:40 am

    6:45 am – Rush out of the house by 6:45 with coffee (heavy cream and teaspoon of sugar as well). Girlfriend’s freaked out because she’s from Texas and doesn’t know what to do in the snow. Rush her to the train station (so she can get to work). Maneuver through the moron-a-thon of people trying to navigate the snowy roads.

    7AM – 5:30 PM OR LATER – WORK!!!!!!!!! Yes, all day; all week. Call me crazy, but most places that I’ve worked at don’t let us break for the gym and yoga. They’re silly like that.

    Here’s the diet:

    7:10 a.m. – Eat breakfast at desk (cottage cheese and some sort of organic berry and banana)

    Snacks – yeah right. Who has time to pack any? And work only has processed super carb stuff. I’ll just have my super awesome personal chef make…..oh, wait, like most of America, I DON’T HAVE ONE!!

    Lunch – something at a local restaurant (yay! They let me out of the office for 45 min! nice life); always primal – usually BBQ or Thai (hold the rice). Why? Because, well, I don’t have time to pack, and I don’t have a super awesome personal chef.

    Snacks – Whole lotta nada.

    I usually TRY to get to the gym once or twice a week after work. Sometimes it’s feasible, sometimes it ain’t. I generally play hockey once or twice a week too – so that helps.

    Dinner is usually around 7:30 or 8 just after I walk through my crappy apartment door. It mostly consists of whatever-the-hell-I-have-lying-around-that-doesn’t-require-an-hour-to-cook. I found these hot dogs at WholeFoods that are grass-fed and organic. I fry four of them in bacon fat and dip them in organic mustard. (yeah, yeah, I know Mark doesn’t like us eating hot dogs because of quality, but it’s quick and easy and its organic and grass-fed so…….. BACK OFF!). Usually, I make a tomato, avocado, and fresh mozz salad to go with. If I don’t have hot dogs, it’s three eggs scrambled with the same salad. Sometimes, I get out early and I’ll buy a pound of local wild-caught flounder and eat it with these frozen organic vegetables that I found at WholeFoods (my life has become this: I find flounder for dinner an exciting proposition).

    By the time I make dinner, eat, and clean up, it’s usually between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. Then I watch some T.V. or try and get some guitar practicing in – anything to unwind. Then I go to bed and pray to God I can fall asleep, because 5:40 comes quick. He never listens.

    Here’s the point: PB works for sure. It’s undoubtedly made me leaner and, more importantly, happier (can’t you tell?) and healthier (before PB, I spent approximately 15 years on some sort of reflux drug. Haven’t taken one since I went primal).

    But, normal people don’t get up at 6:45, go to work at 7:30 and then break for the gym at 10:30……then break for lunch, yoga, 20 minute wades in the pool, hikes, paddle boarding, etc.

    I think for a lot of us middle class idiots, especially in this economy, life = work. Whether you like it or not. I don’t like paying rent; but I’d like life a whole lot less if I COULDN’T pay it. So, I get to work and bust my @ss and make sure I bring home the bacon . I stay primal, for the most part (moving around at a slow pace is difficult when you’re glued to a chair), but reading Mark’s daily activities makes me want to rip his arms off and beat him with them (obviously, I’m just joking because (1) like I said, I love PB, so Mark’s the man!!!, and (2) if I tried, he’d probably kick my @ss and then do three sets of bench press with my limp, unconscious body). He’s just extra lucky – who the heck else gets to live like this?

    Anyway, Mark, please don’t take my post too seriously – it’s meant mostly in jest (as I hope is obvious) and I apologize if you or anyone else is offended by it (certainly not intentional). But, seriously, you have to admit – you “typical” week is NOT available to most of us.

    Thanks again for all your work with PB, though.

    T

    P.S. To everyone who is going to say “you’re wrong. I live a very stress-free life blah, blah, blah” CAN IT – let us be miserable in our little slave-doms. It’s all we have left.

    Mr. T wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Hey, I feel you, T. 40 hours a week at a desk is not good for us. But sometimes people have to do it, and it’s better than NOT having a job. I feel lucky, too, to have one.

      I go to my local farmer’s market on Saturday and stock up on healthy meat and eggs so that during the week I have good food to cheer me up. I take a lunch to work.

      shannon wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Well, I thought your post was hilarious and a welcome laugh while I’m enduring “slavedom” before I can go home and do that same routine.

      Emily wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • I’m under no illusions that I am a lucky guy to have the lifestyle that I do. And absolutely, as I approach 60, and after a lifetime of work, it’s nice to be able to have the extra time I have to focus on the things that matter to me, and that make me healthy and happy: family, helping others, writing for MDA, spending time with friends, and getting a good dose of play in each week. It wasn’t always this way, of course. And even now there are trade offs, but I prioritize these things over other opportunities and possible lives. Of course, I understand that not everyone has that luxury.

      Needless to say, though, the PB can work for just about anyone, regardless of how much time they spend at the office, how much “free” time they have, or how much money they make. Don’t let “I have an 8-6 job” or “I can’t afford grass-fed meat” get in the way of doing the things you CAN do. This is how I live my Primal life. How will you live yours? If you’re not sure, maybe take a look at the vast collection of resources my team and I have put together to address just about every stumbling block and challenge people could possibly face.

      Maybe start with this:

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/health-fitness-excuses-rebuttals/

      And this:

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/archives/

      Grok on!

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Let me also add, too, T, that I feel a little of your pain. For the record, I have always worked hard, and almost always for myself. No guarantee of a paycheck or of a retirement plan. Near bankruptcy several times. Hand to mouth with a family to feed. It’s only in the last few years that I have been able to make a nice life for myself and my family, so I have chosen to arrange my life and my day to give me the most pleasure and enjoyment. Writing, which is most of what my profession has become, isn’t the easiest of pursuits. Every day, every hour, you stare at a blank page and try to make words come to life. To keep my sanity, I take a lot of little breaks to recapture the muse. That’s why I go to the gym or for a hike when I do so mid-morning. But I also eat at my desk, I make phone calls while soaking in the pool, and I usually work into the evening.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • I didn’t mean to insinuate that you are not a hard worker or that you don’t feel my (our) pain. I am sure that you are and do. Like I said, I am primal through and through – so, I have nothing but respect for you and what you do. I apologize if I offended you at all.

        The post was mostly just so I could complain, and, hopefully, make someone in the same situation laugh – or maybe even find a connection with my situation. For those of us that live in colder climates with crappy weather, or who work an insane amount for someone else (usually for a less-than ideal wage or salary), or both, I think it is helpful to make connections over our shared misery. To hear someone else say – “life sucks: I don’t get to go paddle boarding, or do yoga, or have a chef……..and I don’t have the sunny disposition to just smile it off….but, you know what? I stay primal anyway. I stay primal even when all I want to do is just EAT ONE OF THOSE DAMN DOUGHNUTS THAT MY STUPID CO-WORKERS BRING IN EVERY DAMN DAY THAT THEY LOOK SO DAMN HAPPY EATING!!!!”

        Sometimes, hearing this helps more than hearing someone who tells you to “be positive,” or to “change your situation to a more stress-free one.” At least, for me it does, anyway.

        T

        By the way, I spend most of my time at my job researching and writing. So, I guess, I kind of feel YOUR pain too. :)

        Thanks for everything, Mark.

        Mr. T wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • This is a long thread – but this made me smile and so I wanted to say “well said”. Misery loves company! :)

          denise wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • T, your post made me laugh our loud, especially the part about Mark bench pressing your limp body..LOL..that was awesome. Thanks for the rant and the humour…very much appreciated and understood. And Mark, I aspire to your life, so thanks for giving me hope that one day, when I retire or sooner, my life can echo yours :-)

          Janine wrote on February 3rd, 2011
        • T, you shouldn’t apologize. Your post is the voice of the average guy doing his best and finding humor in the rub. Again, no one is disrespecting Mark. But your observation shed’s some freeing perspective on the problem with comparing our lives with others. My primal experience is not your’s or Mark’s. We are each challenged to adapt to and shape our own experience. Given the number of responses you should take that humor and perspective and start your own blog…you’ll have your own chef and time to paddle board in the afternoons before you know it!!!

          “The foolish words of the rich too often pass for wisdom.” Some poor guy.

          br1dges wrote on February 3rd, 2011
        • T,

          I laughed a lot reading this as you have hit the nail on the head when it comes to the challenges many of us face.

          I’m from the UK, I am in my mid 30s and my wife and I have only been Paleo for about 2 months. I too work in an office. I’m in Public Relations and so writing and trying to always be creative is something that I have to contend with too.

          Changing our diet, sorry lifestyle, is going ok so far, but its small steps at a time. We were able to quickly cut out processed foods – we just stopped buying them. Next we looked at sourcing the better quality foods, some are too expensive (and we’re still paying off our wedding) so we make do with what we can afford at the moment, but research has paid off a lot here and we get a lot of affordable food and meat from mail order. We even bought a small second hand freezer to store meat. Yes it is ugly and in the way but it’s what’s inside that counts and this freezer contains really good food. :)

          Parallel to this I have started to ride my bike to work 2-3 days a week, instead of taking the car. OK so I only live 10 miles away (I spent about two years looking for a job closer to home) but I don’t like going to the gym so I get my good exercise this way. When I get home we take our dog for a walk. If my wife is at the gym, I walk Heidi to meet her and then we walk back. At the weekends we take our dog for a long walk (if we have time amongst doing chores, shopping and cooking a week’s worth of Spinach bread and Egg for snacks). Some days can be hell though, I do have to go into London for meetings and I can be at work for about 12 hours and yeah these days get in the way but I know they are coming so I plan for them.

          I am lucky in many aspects but then I’ve kind of tweaked the direction of my life as my career has progressed. We should not be living to work; we should be working to live. That was my philosophy even before I had any clue what the Paleo lifestyle was.

          Planning and team work is the key here. Do you live with your girlfriend? If so, plan and prepare stuff together. Take turns in making dinner, while one is making dinner the other can take five to relax after the day, then after dinner, as one clears away, the other can make a Tupperware box of salad each for lunch the next day. I suppose I like to think of it like we’re a tribe of two working together to just get things done and share the roles

          I know your post was humorous but I do think you have expressed what happens to most people, at varying degrees, I’m already comparing myself to your day and am pleased I am not in your shoes, but maybe look at what’s going on in your day to day life and see if you can make some tweaks to help. There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution so maybe keep a diary for a week yourself and write down everything you do and how long it takes and see if you can make tweaks to your advantage.

          What ever happens though, don’t attempt to rip Mark’s arms off. LOL. :)

          Paul.

          Paul wrote on July 7th, 2011
      • I think readers are abusing the word “lucky” here when Mark talks about his awesome lifestyle. I think it was more than luck! Sure, most of us can’t really afford to live exactly the same way, but for me it’s major inspiration and motivation to work hard and do all I can to live as primally as possible with what I’ve got!

        Sarah Due wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • Who was it that said, “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”?

          Stephanie wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • I totally understand where the “hard to be primal in a hectic world” is coming from.” However, let me add that it is totally feasible to fit in the time to prepare for snacks. I’m out the door well before 7 every morning, and not only have my food ready for the day, but the food for my children as well. I suggest the night before prepackaging your snacks: I divide up almonds, grab apples, boxes of dried fruit, etc. and put them in my bag so I do not even need to worry about it in the morning. I also often spend Sunday evenings getting food ready for the week. You can do it! Best of luck!

          Emily wrote on February 3rd, 2011
      • Mark, i love your blog and admire you very much. My husband and I are in our forties and fifties and God has Blessed us with a seven year old late in life so your plan is working for us and I am so happy about your writing, I read your blog everyday, keep up the good work you are an inspiration to us all. Love and Health, Cherie

        CherieThiers wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Hey Mark,

        Loved this post. Here’s why:

        1. Even though I can’t live that life schedule right now (I’m in the Navy, leisure time does not happen much when you are serving the country), I really hope that by the time I am 57 I can live a similar schedule.

        2. Looking at your typical week is really inspiring. Because you write this blog, it is comforting to know that you practice what you preach. And it kind of gives me an ideal to try and shoot for. Can I do it right now at this point in my life. Not yet. But I can get 80 percent there with the food, the exercise and walking in my grokkers (what I call Vibrams). Sure. As I get older, this is the life schedule I am shooting for.

        So thanks for sharing with us. I’ve been really insprired and glad to see that if you prioritize your health, you can be healthy and happy in your older years. (I’m in my 30s now and hope I look half as good as you when I am in my 50s.) Cheers!

        Nicole wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Ditto; Mark I agree with everything you have written. Got ourselves out of total debt over 10 years ago, since then have been able to set a nice life for the family and do the same type of activities / diet that you follow. FYI; I am a corporate officer, on my terms, for a publicly traded company. A little different timing for my day, but I get there each. It can be done if you really want it!

        Ed

        Ed Johnson wrote on February 3rd, 2011
      • Excellent post. Mark, you’ve changed countless people’s lives and your success story and lifestyle serves as an inspiration to those of us who search for something greater in our own lives. Keep up the good work!

        mattw wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • Who cares how much time Mark spends working at almost 60 years old? He has inspired MILLIONS of lives around the world. What more could you ask for?

      He deserves the lifestyle he lives!

      Primal Toad wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Easy there, big guy. I don’t have any problems with Mark or his lifestyle – I think I made that abundantly clear. Mark is entitled to live his life anyway he likes. He owes no explanation to me, you, or anyone else.

        Plus, even if I did have a problem with his lifestyle (but, I don’t), last I checked Mark’s pretty good at fighting his own battles.

        Mr. T wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Thanks for your hilarious response. I feel your pain too, but like you said I am happy to have a job at all (I live in NV, so I’m EXTRA thankful). I agree that it is hard to fathom cooking dinner after work every night, so I solve this problem by cooking a TON of delicous paleo meals on Sundays. I set a couple hours aside and cook. I find it relaxing and it starts my week off on a good note knowing that I’m setting myself up for a healthy week. (If healthy food isn’t there, I’m apt to grab something not so healthy at the office). As a 2nd job, I also teach a few fitness classes – getting paid to workout is definitely incentive to go to the gym! :) I will say that my coworkers totally think I am a freak of nature with the lunches I pack for myself though.. haha.

      PaleoGrl wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Yes! Agree with all, Paleo Grl. T, your post was a riot… I LOVE sarcasm!

        I also do a lot of cooking Sunday afternoon/evening to make my week days less hectic. I invested in several 2 cup glass containers with lids (don’t like the idea of microwaving in plastic at work every day) and I portion out 4 – 5 servings of two different main courses that I use for lunches and dinners all week. I also take a spread of raw veggies and prepare 5 bags for grab-and-go snacks. My co-workers always want to know what I’ve got this week, while they eat a frozen “health” entree and pretend to be satisfied. Bleh.
        The only prep I do during the week is about 5 minutes right after arriving home. I make up my protein shake and throw my breakfast fixin’s in a container so they’re both ready to toss in my work bag on my way out the door. I’ve eaten this breakfast M – F for the past 2.5 months and haven’t tired of it yet! I take 1.5 oz crimini mushrooms + 1 oz turkey pepperoni + 0.5 oz baby spinach leaves + chopped leaks and garlic + 3 eggs and microwave into a scramble to eat at my desk. This gets A LOT of comments. You’d think people had never seen an egg scramble before. lol
        What I’m saying is, I like “free time” (what’s that?) and convenience too… investing 2 – 2.5 hrs on Sunday really pays off. I get into my cooking! Have a glass of wine while you prep your ingredients and play some music or podcasts you enjoy. :)

        Megan wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • T-loved your post and laughed out loud while reading it to the rest of the family. You should be a writer as you tell the truth but make it funny so it is easier to take! Good job! And all I can say is, “true true……” :)

      Linda wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Funny, funny, funny!!!

      Clint White wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Hilarious. True, but love the humor in it.

      Kristina wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Mr. T., You are the man! I try to live primally, and it is still going to take me a while to get there, but sleep and true Primal fitness just aren’t in the cards right now. Only 91 days until classes are out and my arms can be sore instead of my a$$!

      September wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • My nearest Whole Foods is an hour and a half away, whaaa!

      Nice to get a peek at Mark’s routine (gives me something to aspire to!) and I enjoyed your post too, Mr. T; it gave me a chuckle :)

      Julia wrote on February 3rd, 2011
    • I never post anything. But this was hilarious. Thanks!

      TP wrote on February 3rd, 2011
    • I totally agree with you and seriously that’s not only America’s problem, that problem is EVERYWHERE in Europe.
      People are being forced to work til they die. Ya’ll should just save up money and then just quit working with 57 or something. In Germany we’re supposed to work til 67!! I mean WTF!!!
      I won’t do that favor of dying to them.
      I think in another country (like South America or Asia) are much more relaxed and stuff. And also focus on the real important things in life. I will move.

      Tim wrote on February 3rd, 2011
      • Exactly!

        Crooked politicians in Government, funded by Corporations with their own agenda (for profit), have borrowed money from the Federal Reserve/Bank of England/IMF, backed by their tax-payers blood sweat & tears (taxes), resulting in the rat-race the we find ourselves in, because they can’t cover the repayments and interest back.

        I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go….

        Mike UK wrote on July 7th, 2011
    • I have a similar work schedule so I figured you might find this tip helpful. My husband and I ditched the evening TV to have time for preparing lunch and snacks for the next day. If there’s any extra time we meditate before bed, making sleep come within minutes (seriously–no new age B.S. about it. It’s amazing–just sit and listen to your breathing). Those two changes made a HUGE difference for us.

      We use a crock pot to cook a large amount of meat twice (or so) a week, and then just put it into lunch containers with some salad greens and cheese or yogurt each night before bed. Also, for breakfast, we boil 3 dozen eggs each Saturday morning and grab them for breakfast (or an easy snack) throughout the week.

      We keep a variety of meat cuts in our freezer, making lunch and dinner different every time. A meat share really helps to provide variety. The effort of cooking is well worth it because:
      1) We don’t spend extra money on pre-prepared meals.
      2) We don’t have to eat the crap that sneaks its way into restaurant food (who would care more about what goes in your mouth–you? or a money making restaurant owner?)
      3) This way, our short lunch breaks are actually RELAXING. This is because we don’t have to run out to a nearby eatery and wait for the food. Instead, we just find a quiet place that’s inside or out to relax and enjoy the taste of lunch. Sometimes, there’s even enough time to take a brisk walk before eating, making the afternoon much more enjoyable.

      Slackliner wrote on February 3rd, 2011
      • Slackliner, I agree with you completely about ditching the T.V. If I really want to see something, I download it and watch later at my leisure…no commercials! When my beloved Roughriders play (Saskatchewan’s CFL team, for those who don’t know) I go to a friend’s house…socialize and watch the best darn football team in the Canadian league! Yeah! (sorry, I’ve drifted off topic…go Riders!)

        Sue wrote on February 5th, 2011
    • In the time it took you to write that, you could have made lunch, snacks and dinner for tomorrow ;o) Look up John Berardi’s breakfast ritual, plus it’s actually primal.

      15 minutes is all it takes.

      Chris wrote on February 3rd, 2011
    • That was hilarious. I love PB too, and my life is somewhere between yours and Mark’s – but I love to laugh, and Im sure Mark got a laugh as well!

      Tim wrote on February 3rd, 2011
    • Funny as hale!!

      I’m a crossfitter, a(forced at first) primal/paleo eater (due to lupus) — but even I did a double-taken when I read a pound of lamb haha.

      I think I will switch to macs, I never knew why but almonds seem to make my issues flare up.

      Grok ON y’all.

      Kath@crossfitnorthatlanta.com wrote on February 3rd, 2011
    • Dear T. You watch an hour of TV at night but do not have time to pack some good food in your work bag before you go to bed? You have time… if you Value your health highly.
      You Value the t.v or your guitar more than you do getting good nutrition. It is more important to you. Takes 2 minutes to pack your next days food.

      Visiting the shop to make sure your house is always stocked with everything you need is vital; you don’t have to cook elaborate time consuming meals.

      If Exercise, Rest and Nutrition is important to you, you will make time to get the right foods, sleep and exercise.

      If you don’t like your job, make an exit plan, then work at it.

      Cheers, Anthony

      Anthony wrote on February 3rd, 2011
      • I have 4 jobs & a dog. I am out the door between 6 & 630am 7 days/wk to take the dog for walkies. I make my coffee b4 so I can sip along the way. I have a stash of food at work & do most of my eating at my desk. I cook in a toaster oven. I usually eat 2 eggs with a cut-up bison hot dog baked with coconut oil & a splash of heavy cream. Fills me up for most of the day. Other days it might be leftovers-on-a-salad. My daily workouts are shovelling snow off my roof & keeping up with the dog in heavy boots though deep snow…

        Peggy wrote on February 6th, 2011
    • Sounds like a pretty typical lifestyle. I’m in full agreement that Mark is ‘the man’, has a pretty sweet life (according to the breakdown), and could kick your @ss but would probably pass on the bench presses in favor maybe weighted lunges with your body.

      In all seriousness it sounds like your life is as hectic as everyones and your doing the best you can with what you have and seeing some positive benefits from it. I’d say a little planning ahead with pre made snacks and looking into a CSA and you’d be pretty well balanced on the food side.

      Don’t use Mark’s life to dwell on your own. You’ve got a job, better health with a PB lifestyle, a girlfriend, and you can pay the rent. If it’s more time, more money, or more fulfillment you’re looking for then good luck in your pursuit. But take a look at just how green the grass is around you before you hop the fence.

      BenK wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • thanks for writing this post! i commiserate completely, up at 5:15 (except for every other friday and wknds), work all day, hope to have the energy to do some exercise after work or during lunch break. the part i’m insanely jealous of is having a housekeeper/cook!!!
      my partner isn’t working now, so at least he’s doing some of the cooking and cleaning, but i still spend way too many hours with food shopping/prep/cleaning. but maybe that is primal in a way and we’re used to thinking we should be able to spend our time with more elitist pursuits (like attending the opera or ballet-not that i’m into either of those!).
      i take my breakfast and lunch to work every day so i’m not tempted by the local bakery/deli (and to save money).
      i am appreciative of having a decent job, even if i feel like i work too hard and get too stressed out at times (that’s my usual MO unfortunately). and even if it doesn’t pay enough to buy land somewhere which is what i dream of. or at least a little cottage in the country, sigh…
      i should say i’m not totally primal, trying to work up to that. just trying to be gluten free and eat local organic veggies and grassfed meat is a challenge to keep up with!
      also i’ve been battling low adrenal and thyroid issues for awhile now which saps my energy.
      the part of the PB book that really resonated with me was about play-realize that at age 54 i seem to have forgotten how to do it! it seems harder for those of us who are a bit serious by nature, which is me. i do seem to take life way too seriously and feel burdened too much of the time!

      susan wrote on February 4th, 2011
    • god bless it. You have described my and my husband’s lifestyle to a t. A hearty laugh of shared commiseration.

      terilynn wrote on July 7th, 2011
    • I know this is an old post, but Mr T’s reply had me laughing out loud at work.
      Especially the “whatever the hell I have lying around” part for dinner. :)

      Daria wrote on July 7th, 2011
  9. okay — your site and book have helped me shed the mid forty pounds. thank you. But, do you realize that you don’t even remotely live in reality? housekeeper who cooks, preps, shops, cleans? Who has that? Working a few hours a day? Nice gig if you can get it. Just a reality check for you — the VAST majority of people do not have the lifestyle you enjoy…

    yasmine wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • So not all of us have a chef, just make your meals the night before, make extra dinner to take as lunch the next day or get up 10 minutes earlier to make lunch. Its not that hard. As far as structuring the day, obviously there are advantages when you are self-employeed. You can still get a work out in during your day. I eat at my desk and then take my lunch time to get in a workout. Its only a 30 minute workout, but I will take that over no gym time.

      Drewsome wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Very true; it’s all about priorities! I work 7-4 & I’m a student, but I work it out. Nine times out of ten, I make myself breakfast and lunch the night before; the tradeoff is that I no longer have time to watch TV a couple hours a night, which is a good thing!

        Julia wrote on February 3rd, 2011
    • Somebody call the Wahhhmbulance. People ask for Mark’s week and he writes about…and then everyone whines because they didn’t build a life for themselves with 40 or more years to do so.

      zoltankemeny wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • “wahhhmbulance”

        ;D

        i’m stealin’ it.

        …and, yeah. quit whining, whiners, and work your ass off now so you can slow down a bit and enjoy life later.

        and if you don’t have the wit to pull it off, that’s your problem.

        hah! wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • Amen!

          Ginger wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Mark doesn’t live in your reality, but you can’t say he doesn’t remotely live in reality. I can’t help but sense an undertone of jealousy in these posts where people feel they have to let Mark “know” how good he has it. “It isn’t normal!”. Well why be normal? Mark wasn’t handed the lifestyle he enjoys. He’s obviously had to work hard to obtain it and I don’t begrudge him anything and I aspire to be in a similar situation some day.

      When you look at the wealth of information he has made available on this site at ZERO cost to the public, you get the sense that perhaps he’s underpaid.

      Dave Fish wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • “When you look at the wealth of information he has made available on this site at ZERO cost to the public, you get the sense that perhaps he’s underpaid.”

        So true!

        Maba wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  10. I’m starting to come around to the belief that you like coffee.

    Bob Crason wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  11. oh yea- Yes, I do realize that Mark was posting this to give us an idea as to what HIS week looks like; not to give the impression that we should model our lives after his. But, making fun of that would be boring, so I figured I twist the message to fit my purposes. :)

    Mr. T wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • T I love your post it gives us all comfort we are not alone. I too work a 40 hour week then do part time uni (college) but still manage to do some kind of ‘play’ sport – 3 days week minimum. I appreciate how lucky I am having my own wonderful chef – my husband who prepares me great PB meals. Guess the key is to try to find something we love to make the other stuff not so irritating.

      Bec wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  12. I agree about working out not for the sake of working out, but to be able to do what you want or need to do, pain-free. I’ve found that for me, all that’s required is walking and the Bikram yoga series. If I do that every day or every other day, I can work very hard in my garden, even if I haven’t done so in a few months, without pain. I am 57.

    As for the problem of Working for MOney: yes, it does take a lot of time, Mr. T. I spend too many hours sitting probably. So I try to remember to get up and walk around during the day at work.

    shannon wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  13. That was excellent, thanks. Been reviewing my eating/exercising of late and wondering if I had too much of this or too little of that but seem to be doing about what you are! Tick, vg me LOL!

    Strangely I too have just started yoga and I too have long-distance runner’s hip flexors issues – the lunge is really loosening it all up. I wondered where massage fit with your ethos; been having a weekly one for a long time and it’s kept me from injury I’m sure.

    PS Some of your new shots on the header are awesome :-)

    PPS Hope Carrie is making a speedy recovery.

    Kelda wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  14. Work does take a lot of time. But I was just thinking: I LIKE working! I like doing something that is useful to other people. OK, there are plenty of things that are useful to other people that nobody will pay you to do, like take care of your own kids or aging parents, or growing your own food, etc, and those things are good to do too; but I like doing something that is valued by other people to the point that they actually PAY me! (Apparently Mark is doing something like that too.)

    shannon wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  15. Thoroughly enjoyed his post! Mark, you are a very interesting person to me and I enjoy getting peeks into your lifestyle so I can get some new ideas to carry over into mine!

    Wayne wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  16. Mark, can you give a bit more info about your thigh high cold water soak? Was that purely to reduce inflammation in your hard-worked legs & knees or does it provide some other benefit?

    CJ wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • CJ, yes, it’s for the anti-inflammatory benefits. I learned it from a New Zealand runner friend Jack Foster 30 years ago and never really tried it until recently. He swore it kept him in world class (uninjured) running shape well into his 50’s.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Mark, thanks for the tip. I will cold soak my right foot/ankle daily going forward. It’s been tweaked for months and recently aggravated it playing ice hockey.
        Hope to have it 100% in time for Primal Con!

        Lars1000 wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • I did this inadvertently in my mom’s unheated pool after a 4 mile walk last week while visiting her – something about being in that cool water seemed tempting, so I stood in it for a bit – man it felt great. I need to do more long beach walks here at home, since the ocean averages about 50 degrees right now (eesh)

        Kristina wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Cold water wading is a standard recovery technique here in Oz, too – I used to go to a beachside gym and quite often saw the football players outside enduring post-match recovery sessions in the freezing water.

        Have a look: http://www.richmondfc.com.au/tabid/6301/default.aspx?newsid=67372

        Vanessa wrote on February 3rd, 2011
      • I broke my back 18 mos ago and am always told to get into an ice bath (!!!) after every single physical therapy session for this exact reason. It’s not always feasible, but when I’ve done it, especially consistently, I do notice that I am less sore from the PT and from life/workouts in general.

        Jessica wrote on February 3rd, 2011
  17. Wish I had a housekeeper who shopped and stocked the house with primal food and also cooked/cleaned. That would give me a lot more time for playing. If I weren’t spending so much money on this expensive primal food (which I love BTW), maybe I could afford to hire somebody.

    PDXmama wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • It doesn’t have to be expensive, get a slow cooker.

      I make 3 days worth of food on Sundays, tastes even better the next two days and I am a lousy cook, Lord knows what a good cook could do.

      I don’t know where people get the idea that you have to spend a fortune on food, it’s a dead cow cut into pieces, there are plenty of them … we’re not talking black truffles.

      rob wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Haha! Exactly. Form a close relationship with that slow cooker! Easy and inexpensive meals, no doubt.

        Megan wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  18. So Mark, do you no longer do any IF? I don’t see any this week, but I assume you may be doing it once every two weeks or so…

    Patrick wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Patrick, I usually save IF for when I travel. Dinner the night before, travel the next day and no food until dinner that night. That works well for me because I also generally know I won’t be working out intensely on a travel day – just lots of walking and other low level movement.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  19. What kind of cab sauv do you drink?

    lovestoclimb wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • lovestoclimb, I get a variety at Costco. Last night it was Sterling Vineyards.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • if your costco has the Layer Cake Syrah from Australia, I highly recommend it!

        Kristina wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  20. very cool. thanks for sharing. :)

    i think we are going to try to get more local hikes in. perhaps on sundays. :D

    Zoebird wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  21. Great post, and I can only hope one day to have this kind of a “work week”, when I am fortunate enough to be my own boss. The idea of taking a paddle board break seriously calls to me! One important lesson I learned from this post: wine with dinner every night is a good thing! Oh,m and chocolate. I think I can handle that!
    Mark, you mentioned Carrie had an emergency appendectomy.Hope she is feeling better and well on her way to recovery! You are both truly inspirational!

    Krys wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  22. Also noticed you ate three meals a day! ;) On the forum lots of folks go on like IF is a core principle of the Primal Blueprint that everyone is supposed to take up as soon as they can. All I know is I like to eat, look forward to doing so, and would feel cranky as hell if I was supposed to sacrifice the regularity of that pleasure, even if I was OK physically. (And I’ve been at my goal weight for years, so I have nothing to prove!)

    PrairieProf wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • PrairieProf, IF is a significant tool for those wanting to lose that extra body fat. It ONLY works the way it is supposed to if you take the three weeks to go Primal first (cutting grains, sugars, seed oils, etc) and reprogram your genes to build cell machinery that preferentially burns stored body fat when there is little or no food around. As I mentioned in a comment above, I do IF when I travel. My reason is not for the fat burning – I keep my body fat low enough throughout the year. My reason is for the reparative effects at the cell level.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Mark, here’s an idea for a future post. I’ve been eating primal for a couple of years now, not that I’m perfect about it. I’m 5’8″, 152 lbs, and about 16.2% body fat. Some crossfit, some speedwork, and slow, long runs every 3 weeks. How can I use IF to lean out a bit?

        StephenB wrote on February 3rd, 2011
  23. Interesting take, I envy your days! Though I finally decided I needed to take charge if I want to live the kind of life I WANT, instead of doing things I HAVE to. So I’m back in school… which means busy right now, but eventually there will be a private practice with my own hours and my own schedule. Which includes leisurely waking up with the sun, stretching and yoga, cup of tea and reading BEFORE work. :)

    Minxxa wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Totally agree! It’s up to every one to do what it takes to have the sort of life THEY desire. It’s a lot of work in the beginning, but will be worth it in the end. I’m sacrificing and living quite frugally, but the Master Plan is fully activated.

      Ginger wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  24. I love how everyday starts not with just a cup of coffee – a big cup of coffee.

    GROK ON!!!!

    Ryan Denner wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  25. Unfortunately, I too live a life similar Mr. T’s, but am VERY jealous of Marks life and constantly try to emulate it any chance I get.

    I will say that PB has inspired me not to take things so seriously. I try to have fun every chance I get. For example, today I parked as far away from the store as possible and sprinted to the door in 17 degree weather. It was exhilarating. Then on the way back to my car I rode the cart like a scooter. I had fun and got in a little workout.

    I have realized that having fun is the best way to get healthy. I have only been living Primal for a short time, but I already feel happier and healthier.

    Thanks for all that you do Mark

    fitandfierce wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • haha yeah I love doing the cart thing too! So fun!

      Ika wrote on February 3rd, 2011
  26. Good for you Mark, you live just what you teach to those of us who choose to strive for a better life by using your books and web site. Thank you! Congratulation on the success, hard work does pay off!

    jguyc wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  27. Sugar in the coffee? Thought sugar was a strict primal no no? Could you let us know what type of sugar you are using?
    Thanks!
    Awesome site by by the way!

    Gaizka wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Gaizka, a teaspoon of table sugar is 4-5 grams. Considering my daily intake of carbs is almost always under 120 grams and sometimes under 100, those few grams have zero ill effect. It all coverts to glucose, whether its sugar, grains, potatoes, rice, etc. Sweetening my coffee a bit is a minor compromise. Now, if I were having a sticky bun with it, we’d have a problem.

      Mark Sisson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Yeah, this blew me away at first, however upon reflection there is the 80/20 approach. In my case I am addicted to sugar if I have a sweetened coffee in the morning I will drink them all day. So I choose black coffee, nada sugar.

      freeagent wrote on February 4th, 2011
  28. This was fascinating, mostly to see what your eating regimen is. Obviously the majority of us don’t live the same kind of lifestyle, (those posts were very entertaining), but it’s great to see that my food habits aren’t that far off from “the creator”. How large is your big coffee anyway? I mostly use a 17oz press (keep it at work) now that I no longer load mine with sugar and sugared, flavored creamers, and just have a bit of half and half. I am pretty sure that I love coffee even more now.

    To those that complain about not having time to cook a decent meal after work … I work 8-5 M-F, commute about an hour each way, pick up children, go home, cook dinner, make sure they get their homework done, clean, laundry, etc. etc. typical mommy schedule. I also manage to make pretty fantastic meals after work. An hour of cooking is nothing in the scheme of things. Just last week, I made pan seared pork tenderloins with a fresh sage/rosemary/butter/shallot/stuff sauce (fresh rosemary and sage ground with an herb mill, plus stuff) and sides… I cook like that perhaps averaging 3 times a week(days), plus what I decide to make on the weekends, I save more complicated things for weekends where I really get to stretch my culinary skills. I do admit to taking some shortcuts if there just isn’t time, and grilling meats generally falls into that category, or like last night, forgot to put dinner in the crock pot and ended up eating a cauliflower/cheese/tunafish casserole thing. There’s ALWAYS time to make great food, but if you don’t enjoy cooking (it fits into my “play more” category) then I suppose it may seem to be more of a barrier.

    Or rather, to each, their own.

    Now what I haven’t found time for yet is exercising, more honestly, I think I have finally hit the bottom of what I will lose by just eating, and now need to do something to drop the final few and tone my body.

    Britters wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  29. you’re the dude!

    joilson wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  30. u put sugar in your coffee? huh am i pissing something

    Alexey wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  31. So on top of working, I don’t live in California. In the summer I do grow a garden to supplement my fresh veggies. Heck, I’m about to put a few lettuces under grow lights right now. But even with modern technology and transportation, I simply do not have the access to loads of fresh fruit and veggies that I would if I chose to live somewhere else. And I don’t hunt. So if I wanted to eat totally primal, I would definitely need an exorbitant salary and/or a personal hunter-gatherer to keep me in primal food.
    I’m not saying I don’t eat real food that I consider pretty tasty and healthy, but I am saying that between expense and availability not everyone can afford to eat this way.

    AKChick wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Where do you get the idea you need an exorbitant salary?

      First of all you shouldn’t be eating loads of fresh fruit, that is a ton of sugar.

      And why eat loads of veggies? Some veggies are nice but I do well with the frozen ones.

      And in most places hunting for meat ends up costing more than buying it at the grocery store, it’s not like you can shoot the deer grazing in your backyard, you need to go to a wildlife area designated for hunting during the appropriate (short) season or go on a private property and pay for the privilege … much cheaper to buy whatever meat the grocery store has on sale this week.

      Food is costing me less than it ever has before, and I eat a pound or more of meat for dinner every night. Buy a large hunk of cow flesh … cook it slow … feast on it … shouldn’t cost more than $3.50 per meal.

      rob wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • This is pretty new to me but if primal means meat, fruit, and veggies and then you cut out or scale way back on the fruit and veggies then you are just eating protein. Not very balanced.

        Now the meat. If I buy whatever the grocery has on sale, then I am buying feed lot raised, antibiotic laden meat of such poor quality that I don’t want it in my body. Last night I found some grass fed buffalo that was marked down to $6.50#. Usually it $8. Pricey for ground meat. You can bet I will find a way to stretch that pound for more than one person and/or meal. And that means adding some sides of veggies that aren’t coming from the garden quite yet.

        On the plus side, I almost always have a freezer full of non-farmed salmon and halibut.

        AKChick wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • Eating primally is NOT expensive. One just needs to learn how to stretch there money.

          Avocados are generally pretty cheap and are packed FULL of nutrition. They are 75% fat too – mostly monounsaturated.

          I buy pastured eggs for $2.50 per dozen which is a fantastic deal. Buy a 1/4 cow to save money too.

          Look for meat that expires the same day. I sometimes find organic chicken that expires the same day for 50% off. I simply throw it in the freezer or heat it that same day.

          Olive oil and shredded coconut from amazon is super cheap too and very healthy. One serving of shredded coconut costs me 10 cents which is 110 calories of saturated fat.

          Buy whole chickens… learn to enjoy liver, etc.

          Primal Toad wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • I totally agree with Toad that it does not have to be expensive. There was a poll a while back on the forum, and I think it was 25-30% are actually spending less on food than before they went Primal. I’m one of them. With the exception of uncured bacon from Trader Joe’s, all the meat I eat is 100% pastured.

          Ginger wrote on February 2nd, 2011
        • Primal doesn’t have to be expensive. Avocados, coconut products, eggs, canned tuna/salmon/sardines- all of these are affordable. I do buy mostly organic veggies, but conventional broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are low in pesticides and inexpensive. Frozen organic berries are not pricey either if you get the big bags at Costco!
          Primal also is not all about the protein- it’s really more about the FAT! Decent butter is not expensive;-)

          I do splurge on food sometimes but I’m not well-off by any means. I’m just good at living within my means. I chose to buy a smaller house so I wouldn’t have a big mortgage. I rarely go out to eat. I don’t waste money at Starbucks. I don’t have cable. I don’t shop for clothes much (I should probably update my wardrobe more often;) My Honda is old (and paid for).

          So, if I want to buy the bison sausage or the occasional rack of lamb, I can do it without feeling guilty or without negatively affecting my budget
          Some people genuinely barely have two cents to rub together, but a lot of people waste money in small ways that they don’t notice. It’s all about priorities!

          Erin wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • I don’t have a vegie garden, I don’t hunt and I’m a single mother with 3 small kids. I work one day a week and study at university part-time.
      We are 100% primal and clearly I don’t have an exorbitant salary.
      What I do have is the desire to feed myself and my kids healthy primal food and I will bargain hunt, shop online and bulk-buy when things are on sale.
      Is it as cheap as feeding my kids PB & J sandwiches and boxed mac ‘n’ cheese? No of course not. But I figure I save money in doctor’s bills. My kids are never sick!

      Emma wrote on February 3rd, 2011
    • Yeah, I live in WI and our winters are LOOONG and its hard to find any good quality (i.e. not over or under ripe, and that aren’t super expensive) fresh fruit and veggies at this time of year (especially now in Feb…). So we usually just get frozen broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, and berries (I like Stahlbush Farms brand YUM!) and squashes and onions during the winter, and lettuce once and a while. Can’t wait for summer and the farmers market!!!!!!!!

      Ika wrote on February 3rd, 2011
  32. Wow Mark, your week looks a lot like my week! Cool! I’m doing something right!
    (still want a housekeeper though!)

    Longtail wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  33. I work for myself and my daily schedule is different every day (I can take breaks for a hike when the sun is out, for example, or go shopping at the market when everyone else is at work). And I have a nanny that comes for 3 hours a day to take care of my youngest child (otherwise I’d have no time for work at all). I’m considering hiring a house cleaner for a few hours a week, too. But as luxurious as this all sounds, I also know well the downside: no paid sick leave, no company-matching retirement plan, more financial vulnerability in general, and working late at night to finish before a deadline because I can’t afford to lose clients and I can’t get enough done during the day with all my other responsibilities. I am glad that I don’t slave away on someone else’s timetable, but my life isn’t as carefree as it looks from the outside (and I imagine the same is true for Mark’s).

    I start my day with a big cup of coffee with cream, too . . . ;)

    Dawn wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  34. I enjoyed getting a glimpse into your week. Thanks for sharing. It’s nice you’re able to enjoy the (low-carb) fruits of your labor.

    ilovebacon wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  35. Sounds like we could easily put you and Carrie up for a week, if you ever came to NZ.

    We could certainly feed you well and show you a few hikes… or some aventurous ski fields in the winter. And you could help us focus on fun…

    Off to create the regular “big assed” salad for lunch… skipped the giant omlette for breakfast today.

    kem wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  36. This was so neat, made him seem more like a regular person, especially seeing that he has sugar in his coffee! I find it much easier to follow people that don’t seem so infallible! Thanks for sharing with us :)

    Tara wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  37. For those complaining GROW UP!!! BOO HOO…. I have a 40 hr. a week job, I have to get up early poor me…. Most of us work 40 hrs+, like my wife and I, and some how we find time to live a PB lifestyle. Organize and plan your meals ahead of time, have a grocery list on the fridge and add to it when you think of something you need and cook your meals in advance and freeze them to eat latter. Just a few simple things to make it eaiser. I can think of a lot of reasons not to eat primal but the 1 reason that keeps me living the PB way is MY HEALTH!!!!! If you agree with the message dont shoot the messenger!

    Matt wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • This is it exactly. I sit down and plan out my meals for four days at a time or so. Buy what is on the list, exactly what I need for the meals, and move on with life.

      Britters wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • Exactly. It takes some planning (love my crockpot) But very much worth it. :)

      Mary-Anne wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  38. What a cool peek into how one man is enjoying life and doing what he loves!
    I’m a registered nurse, working 3 12 hr shifts each week – luckily giving me extra time to plan meals and hike. Even so, a few short cuts I’ve found:
    1. Order bulk grass fed meats online – seems more expensive yes, but saves me time and saves me money because I don’t go to the store and buy stuff I don’t need.
    2. CSA box if possible for good veggies – luckily here, yes can get it year round. Again, more $ initially but keeps me from buying randoms I don’t need at the store. Also forces me to google for new recipes and keeps it interesting.
    We are still within our food budget, I cook more interesting things and use leftovers for lunches…It can and does work if you make the effort.

    mytoxinfreelife wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • I’m also an RN with your schedule, makes planning a lot easier when not working 5-6 days a week. One thing I’ve been doing is using the Eat Wild website to find local farmers who use grass fed and finished animals. Can be cheaper than ordering online.

      Rob wrote on February 3rd, 2011
  39. Thanks for posting this, Mark. I’ve wondered what your weekly routine is and how far from it mine is.
    We’re not that far apart.
    I’ve been feeling guilty for my wine intake, but I see we are of kindred spirits there as well.

    great!!!!!!!!!!

    Clint White wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  40. Seems like we have a few coffee fans here, so I thought I’d mention this. If you’re a fan of french press coffee or just good coffee, do a google on Clever Coffee Dripper. It’s a cheap, easier, alternative method to the french press. It’s similar, but you are using a paper filter instead of the mesh screen that’s on a press. It gets a lot more of the insoluble solids out of the cup that cause bitterness. If you’re a FP drinker, you’ll recognize these as the stuff that settles at the bottom of each cup and prevents you from taking that last sip. Those solids are also suspended in the rest of the cup, you just can’t see them. The clever coffee dripper takes all that out so you won’t need that spoonful of sugar/cream to mask the bitterness.

    There are also some questionable studies showing increased cholesterol with un-paper-filtered coffee consumption, but I use this method because it makes the coffee taste a lot better and it’s more convenient than FP if you are just making coffee for 1-2 people.

    I also home roast my coffee beans or get them from a local roaster. I’m a bit of a coffee geek, but it sure gets me out of bed in the morning knowing a great tasting cup of coffee is only minutes away!

    jeff_the_curious wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • I’m born and raised in the Seattle area. Excellent coffee is a quick find around any corner. I like the variety that can be had around here, from a nice smooth pour from a favored barista to a chunky nuclear black cup (FP) I make myself, it’s great to try new things. Thanks for the suggestion!

      Britters wrote on February 2nd, 2011
    • We just got one of those stovetop espresso pots, and with our local SLO Roast espresso beans… man, what a treat.

      Kristina wrote on February 2nd, 2011
      • Kristina,

        Where did you get it and what is it made of? DH got me one but it’s aluminum I think. After using it twice it started to have a sort of petroleum smell to it.

        Thanks,
        Kania

        Kania wrote on February 3rd, 2011
        • We got ours at Cost Plus. It is aluminium, but I clean it after every use, and have noticed no weird smells or taste – I’m usually pretty sensitive about that kind of thing too.

          Use bottled/filtered water if you’ve got hard water, tastes much better.

          Kristina wrote on February 3rd, 2011
        • Interesting…I clean mine after every use as well and then let it dry. Any concerns using aluminum on a daily basis because I do love my espresso.

          I have a whole house filter (crud and fluoride)..that’s what I use for drinking and coffee.

          Kania wrote on February 3rd, 2011
    • I recently read that FP coffee or coffee made using one of the wire baskets contains more volatile oils that 1. cause bitterness as you mentioned but 2. may also be carcinogenic. If you want really good tasting coffee, the BEST method is to boil water then pour over your coffee basket yourself, bypassing the reservoir. According to Cook’s no regular coffee makers get your water hot enough to bring out the best flavors in the coffee. Unless you want to invest over $200 in a MocaMaker. I use my $15 Mr Coffee and boil the water. Tastes SO MUCH BETTER than just brewing it. No bitterness. All I use is real cream. I don’t like it sweet at all.

      Lizabeth wrote on February 3rd, 2011

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