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11 Jun

An Open Letter to Kids and Teens (and Infant Prodigies)

In light of the recent release of Paleo Girl – a new Primal book that helps teens navigate the crazy world of flawed dietary and fitness advice, and get a jump start on healthy living – I’m republishing this article I originally wrote and published in December 2011. If you want the next generation to grow up in a healthier world, share this article with your friends and family. Let’s give the young adults in our lives the knowledge they need to be successful!

Dear youngsters,

You’re going through some difficult times, no doubt. I’ve been in your shoes before. I’ve been a kid dealing with basically all the same stuff you have to contend with. I’ve been there.

Your hormones are probably (depending on age, gender, and exposure to attractive members of opposite/same sex) either raging, simmering, fomenting, budding, and/or swelling.

Your legs and arms may be growing at disproportionate rates, leaving you feeling like a stranger in your own body.

That cute new guy whom you planned on eventually marrying has a funny last name, which just won’t work with the names of the kids you’ve chosen.

You just discovered the Beatles, and you totally want to tell everyone about it, but they’re all into top 40 stuff. You just can’t relate.

Your opinions on everything, who your best friends are, your relationship with your parents, and your post-high school plans change rapidly from day to day to day. And not superficial changes, but real, soul-rending ones.

Everything’s in flux, but (or ergo?) everything’s exciting. Everything’s the end of the world, or the start of something new and magnificent. In short, you’re young, the world is big, and you want to make the most of it all.

But I have a suggestion for you. It’s a suggestion that I wish I would have read on a computer somewhere when I was a kid (of course, that would have required me waiting an hour for Al Gore to patch me through on the ARPANET on a computer the size of a room):

Consider going Primal. Don’t wait until you’re old, hurting, and full of regrets to seize control of your health. Take it from someone who did wait until he was old(er) and hurting to conquer his health issues. You don’t want to wait. If you do, you’ll still likely make it, but you’ll miss out on valuable time.

I’m not even going to say you have to go 100% hardcore Primal - although it certainly wouldn’t hurt. I’m just saying it would be a fantastic idea for you to become aware of this stuff while you’re still young and on the cusp of the prime of your life.

The way I see it, if you don’t, you’re squandering a golden opportunity to extend the prime of your life through, well, the rest of it. Right now, I feel like I’m at my best. I honestly do. Mentally, emotionally, physically, professionally, I’m at a place where I wouldn’t trade places with myself 20 years ago. I was fit, doing triathlons, coming off of a strong career as a marathoner, but I was missing true health. Thanks to going Primal, I’m better than ever.

Now, think of what I just said. I’m 58. I’m probably older than your dad. I’ve lived over half a century, and yet I can:

Keep up with guys younger than half my age in high intensity Ultimate Frisbee.

Hike for twelve hours on an empty stomach.

Produce pretty decent content for a popular blog on a daily basis.

Write books and develop supplement lines that people actually buy and seem to really like.

Pass incredible quality time with my beautiful wife whenever I want.

Take a day off just to relax with the family if I so desire.

Spend half the day stand up paddle boarding.

Take my shirt off without feeling self conscious about my sagging gut and man-boobs.

Bound up flights of stairs because it’s easier and less time consuming than walking up them and scoff at escalators.

Feel mentally “there” and “on” at all times (okay, maybe the morning coffee helps in this regard, sometimes).

The thing is, these aren’t magical or fantastical accomplishments. I think these are extremely basic things any human should be able to expect out of themselves, albeit with minor variations. Not everyone is going to blog or play Ultimate, but everyone should be able to find creative satisfaction and engage in physical activity whenever they want without worrying out getting injured, something hurting, or fatiguing too quickly.

And I’m just some old dude who made a ton of mistakes early on and paid dearly for them… and I’m still doing pretty darn good. I’m not the only one, either. Many, if not most, of our success stories on this blog come from people who came back – better than ever – from poor health caused by making the wrong choices based on the wrong information in their younger years. Learn from their and from my mistakes so you don’t have to make them yourself.

Just imagine where you’ll be at 58 if you stay abreast of this health and fitness and nutrition and stress stuff starting from an early age. Just imagine how ahead of the game you’ll be, and stay for as long as you want.

Honestly, though? There’s a little selfishness going on here, too. I’m convinced that the earlier you commit to a Primal lifestyle, the greater the rewards later on in life, and I really want to see it happen. I know we’re never going to get anything close to a big study on the Primal lifestyle funded to test this idea out, but if we can convince a host of youngsters to start young – and stick with it – I think we’d see some remarkable things happen.

No, I’m not talking about forging Olympians or NBA stars or anything like that, necessarily. I’m referring to the promotion of a generation of healthy, happy, robust, fit, attractive, and most importantly of all, self-sufficient people forging their own paths toward health and wellness. I’m imagining a world where doctors flourish as the skilled technicians they are, meeting acute challenges without having to focus so much on the chronic stuff that they’re often unprepared to handle and their patients are unwilling to handle. Where people take responsibility for their own health, and it’s not a struggle or an ordeal, but rather just second nature. Heck, maybe it’ll even be a generation for whom this Primal stuff isn’t so crazy at all.

So, teens, tots, children, whoever (heck, even parents) – give it an honest shot. You don’t have to give up hanging out with friends or even grabbing pizza after a game sometimes. Embrace the 80/20 principle and just learn to make the right choices most of the time and understand that humans don’t come broken out of the box. That even though observing the greater population at large might lead you to the opposite conclusion, people are by and large born primed for excellent health.

Now go. Get healthy while you’re still healthy, while you’re still unbroken. It’s always easier – and more effective – to keep a new knife sharp than to restore a chipped, rusty, neglected old one.

Thanks for reading, everyone, and please share your advice with the younger amongst us in the comment board below.

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  1. Right on Mark. I am trying to drive the Primal way on my kids so they do remember it later on life and maybe not drop it by the way side at all.

    Miguel wrote on December 27th, 2011
  2. I’ve been primal since the last year and I’m lean as I would have never imagined. As a child I was obese so it’s something I’m really proud of. My problem right now, and it’s the only one, is that I don’t know how to make my parents both in their fifties to go primal. My mom, for example, can’t leave the bread and the rice. She does eat fruit and veggies, but she has a dire need to eat those culprits. Please, I don’t know how to gently convice her. Help me, primal friends. I don’t want to see her or my dad sick in a few years. It really hurts.

    k wrote on December 27th, 2011
    • I am 53 and my husband is 65. We have been eating this way for six months and are showing major improvement. What I would recommend is a start slow approach. I convinced DH to let me try cooking differently ONCE IN A WHILE. It didn’t take long until we left everything (mostly) by the wayside. I never tell him what he can or cannot eat. This is really important.
      Perhaps asking gently if she would try without the bread and rice occasionally.
      I know that since I left grains behind I can breathe out of both nostrils and I have not been able to do that for years.
      Maybe you can get them to try it for a short term, a week for starters?

      Honeybuns wrote on December 27th, 2011
      • Honeybuns (I assume that’s not what you cook!),
        My wife and are are the same ages, but reversed (I’m 54, she is 65). I’ve been primal for a couple years, but she just doesn’t buy it, despite the improvements she sees in me.

        She does eat more primally just because I do a fair amount of the cooking and she always eats what I cook. And she makes some effort in her cooking to moderate the non-primal foods.

        But it is a continual struggle to “sway” her without becoming preachy (well, she might claim I’m preachy about Primal anyway, but she is too nice to call me on it).

        John wrote on December 27th, 2011
    • k, your parents are probably what Nora Gedgaudas (Primal Body-Primal Mind) calls “carnevores”. They are addicted to carbs! I strongly suggest you get her book from the library. It has a great plan, plus explanation of the addiction, to help wean people away from grains. Good luck!

      wolfwoman1st wrote on December 27th, 2011
  3. Im 16 and have known about paleo/primal for 2 years now. Eating this way completely cured my severe migraines. I had suffered migraines since i was about 9 and by the time i was 14 i was getting 1 or 2 a week and would be off school for two days each time (for the migraine itself and the head ‘bruising’ the day after). I can’t believe since going primal… they just stopped! It’s a miracle. Blood sugar crashes and needing to eat every two hours have dissappeared too. I feel so free!
    I can’t imagine where i would be if i hadn’t discovered marks daily apple. Thanks for everything!

    Pandora wrote on December 27th, 2011
  4. LOVE this!

    Tracy wrote on December 27th, 2011
  5. Mark,

    I am a senior in high school and have been Primal for over a year now. I really went Primal for the “look good naked” idea, but overall health works too. Anyways, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you for enlightening me as well as countless others including one of my best friends. You’ve inspired me to grok on and I know soon enough I’ll have little groks and grokettes running around. Thanks!!

    Josh wrote on December 27th, 2011
  6. “Bound up flights of stairs because it’s easier and less time consuming than walking up them.”

    I thought this was just me. People look at me like I’m crazy when I run up three flights out stairs while they walk, but I hate trudging up stairs. It’s so much easier to run up so you don’t lose momentum between steps.

    Brandon Berg wrote on December 27th, 2011
  7. I wish I would have known about this diet and lifestyle in high school. If I did, maybe I wouldn’t have passed out from sugar crashes during classes and would have had a better abilty to focus in class and while doing my homework.

    Reid wrote on December 27th, 2011
  8. Mark … BRILLIANT!!! Wish I had read this when I was at “second adolescence”. Many people come out of a divorce and “get fit” – but it’s really just to be back on the market. How about BE HEALTHY for life! I love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    wolfwoman1st wrote on December 27th, 2011
  9. well said, Mark. here’s how i see it… people who have made it into their 80’s have a quasi primal life style to thank for that longevity. most foods that they were raised on were not yet bastardized. this gave them a solid foundation for health. today’s main staples are mostly processed to death with few nutrients. sad reports state today’s generation is the first that will not live as long as their parents. it can only be the food; it’s the only thing that has changed, as you say “I’ve been there”, that remains the same.

    dasbutch wrote on December 27th, 2011
  10. I turn 20 in literally a week and I think I need to go get the primal blueprint and make it my resolution for the upcoming year to at least give it an honest try.

    Egle wrote on December 27th, 2011
  11. Already started :)

    I’m 15 years old, and I started venturing into Primal eating when I was 14. I’m an athlete- avid soccer player and pre-professional dancer- so how I look and feel is something very important in my life. I struggle, though, so that’s why I’ve been doing loads of research. I’ve tried to Primal life before, back in early summer, but I had no support from my parents so it didn’t go over so well. Now, with my 67 year old dad (you were wrong, he’s older XD)worried about diabetes, I think I finally have his support and together, we both are going to dive into the Primal lifestlye. I’m excited. I know from past attempts just how good it made me feel, and I’m ready to feel that way again. Especially since I’m recovering from a career threatening knee injury, I need a diet and a lifestyle to make the rest of my body healthy so that I can heal XD

    Well, the point of all that randomness was to say that hey, I’m totally with you guys :)

    Scotty wrote on December 27th, 2011
  12. Hey Mark,
    I am 19 years old and feel very grateful for learning about a healthy lifestyle early on. Luckily my mum was very health conscious since she was my age, so she made it easier for me to value such a lifestyle – and also to maintain it.

    Therefore for me the transition was very easy: I basically told my mum to buy brokkoli instead of noodles, organic ground-beef instead of antibiotic-chicken – transition done.

    Thank you also for (and this is even more important) for introducing the term ,,gene-expression”. I was into bodybuilding for some time but I felt like it was very ,,ego-based” and made me self-conscious. Since I started training simply for strenth I feel much better, because I dont pressure myself anymore.

    Eating has become a sheer pleasure and it excites me everytime I cook something good. I stay primal nearly 100% – even in school. My prepared food always draws envy from my classmates!

    Its feel pretty chill about my future, because I see myself healthy for a long time.

    I guess that unfortunately for many people it is VERY hard to transition to a healthy lifestyle since they are so stuck in their habits and many times ,,health” seems to be too complicated.

    I honestly think the primal blueprint is a fantastically simple and practical guide to health and I am thankfull for beeing able to own this piece.
    If you want to reach young people..this is the way to do it. Simple and Waking.

    David

    David wrote on December 28th, 2011
  13. Thank you for this post, Mark. I teach middle school (grades 7&8), so I see up close what the SAD has done to our kids. I try to lead by example (my students are very observant and have commented on how healthy I eat – beets, eggs, yogurt, etc), but often feel like I’m fighting a losing battle. Thanks for the inspiration – I think I’ll be using this post when we move into our informational text/research unit next month!

    iCan wrote on December 28th, 2011
  14. 17 and living primal for more than a year! Thanks for this, Mark. I will make sure my mates read this — maybe it’ll finally make them primal!

    Jazz wrote on December 28th, 2011
  15. We’ve been Primal since May of this year. My eleven year old girl talks about how she no longer has chronic stomach aches and toothaches. She was starting to get a little chubby, and now she’s slender. Her sweet tooth is slowly disappearing. My 14 year old boy said yesterday: oh, I’ve got a stomachache–ate too many carbs today! These are changes that they have experienced themselves that will stay with them all their lives (hopefully). They do come across as a little whacky, like when my daughter announces at dance class that breakfast cereal is really bad for you! Can’t imagine what the other Moms think!

    tracy wrote on December 28th, 2011
  16. I always wondered what I would have accomplished had I been off gluten and awake during high school.

    Athena wrote on December 28th, 2011
  17. I enjoyed this column! My 5 y/o does pretty well with primal, probably 80/20 (and the 20 is mostly accounting for time spent at grandma’s) but with the toddler I had let crackers and dry cereal creep back in for the sake of convenience. Since reading more on primal the past few months, we have shifted away from crackers and more to almonds, macadamias, and plantain chips when the toddler needs something crunchy/non-messy to take on the go. He loves his “dames” (macadamias).

    Kara wrote on December 28th, 2011
  18. For the person wanting ideas on feeding a baby primal – any cooked vegetable diced up, fruit diced up, or tiny cut up pieces of meat would be considered primal. You could puree any of that too if needed, but my babies generally preferred to feed themselves with some help. A softly fried egg cut up was another baby favorite in our house, especially the yolk. And smoothies made with coconut milk, berries and spinach were popular (still are for my kiddos!)

    Kara wrote on December 28th, 2011
  19. I’m in love with your vision Mark! And chances are you’ll still be alive and well so see that coming! ;)

    Félix wrote on December 28th, 2011
  20. Thanks for this one Mark,its such a healthy perspective.

    I started in my teens, and wrote in depth about the difficulties for teenagers when it comes to being healthy

    http://healthfreakrevolution.com/?p=160

    Eddy wrote on December 28th, 2011
  21. Just want to chime in and say thanks a lot for what you’re doing, Mark!

    19 year old freshman in college here. Been reading on body recomposition and strength training in general for about a year and a half now, been really into stuff like leangains and barbell training. Found your site about two weeks ago and been reading everything I can…it’s great. While I’m at college I eat almost perfectly except for pizza every other weekend, but while I’m home primal is something that’s almost impossible, and I definitely feel the difference.

    When I get my own place, I’m definitely going to learn to cook and optimize everything I can…

    Thanks again!

    Snake wrote on December 28th, 2011
  22. I really applaud you youngsters on here who have the mentality that you all seem to have. Its something I literally pray my 6 year old will develope as he ages. Cos damn its tough out there and my influence alone isn’t better than numbers.

    Oliver wrote on December 28th, 2011
  23. Hi Mark,
    I’m 21 and the last two years have been full of research and experimentation, starting with Weston A Price stuff, then GAPS, some Cross-Fit somewhere in there (where I was introduced to “paleo” but found it lacking at the time), Jack Kruse’s protocol recently, and through him I found your site. I gathered a wealth of ideas and studies that made sense to me but that I couldn’t quite synthesize – yet. By the time I got here, nothing you were saying surprised me. But your energy, dedication, and philosophy are all so inspiring and resonant – not to mention, simple – that I feel I’ve finally (for now, anyway!) hit on the good stuff. I am so grateful to be not only healing but thriving at this age, and if I had known even earlier, I could have skipped some pretty miserable times.

    I know now that almost every ailment under the sun can be traced back to what we put in our bellies (“All disease begins in the gut” -Hippocrates). I have treated my own depression, allergies, headaches, and addictions. I’ve helped my mother recover from years of hormonal imbalance and resulting instability. I’ve helped families treat leaky gut, autism, failure-to-thrive, and more. I am confident I can avoid my own degeneration and don’t fear aging – in fact, I’m excited to see what 40, 50, 80, 100 will be like!

    People, I find, are resigned to, even defensive of, an unnatural and fraught existence. Hard work and suffering, deprivation and disease are considered inevitable or necessary to the human condition. Even in the first world, the enjoyment of food (especially beautiful, rich food) is laden with an almost Puritan guilt; fats are condemned and people are actually convinced they don’t like them. Diets promote starvation and malnutrition, fitness amounts to torture and boredom. We sterilize and destroy the bacteria in our food, environment and bodies that keep us balanced, and then wonder why we get sick. What’s good for us – fats, rest, play – is touted as indulgent, while the farmer’s archetype is promoted in the low- and middle-class workplace: toil for all you’re worth on an insufficient diet against the rhythms of nature to scratch a measly living from the soil, and die proud, bitter and indebted.

    No thanks. I work a minimum amount of hours at jobs I can actually learn from, spend all my money on good food and all my time exploring, resting, cooking, and enjoying my bountiful life. And the big dream? An intentional community somewhere beautiful intended for healing and growth, exploring our potential and our role as a species of the earth…moving on, essentially, from this blip in history where we briefly thought destroying ourselves and the earth was a good idea. And while I might not strike it rich the traditional way with my philosophies, I can trust that whatever I’m meant to do will unfold form here because, well…

    I feel good literally all the time. And that’s gotta count for something.

    Thanks for all you’ve done, are doing, and will do.

    Kesia wrote on December 28th, 2011
  24. Great letter, Mark.

    I’m 19, and been Primal since July. Like the other 19 year olds that have commented here, everyone thinks I’m crazy, except for my mom, who is always doing some low-carb fad diet(can’t get her to go totally Primal yet.) My friends make fun of me all the time, and I don’t think the Vibrams I got for Christmas will help. But do I care? Not really. I know enough about the science behind it that I can explain the reasoning to people, and eating this way has become second nature.

    I’m so glad I started when I did. For any of you reading this that are on the fence: Just give it a try. What do you have to lose? If you don’t like it, don’t do it. But you owe it to yourself to at least try something that might make you feel incredible. Besides, there’s a great group of us to help you through it! (honestly, the Primal/Paleo community is a major reason for me staying motivated.

    Ben Young wrote on December 28th, 2011
  25. Trying to get back to the Paleo way, but the holiday binge I just went through is making it hard… Not to worry though :) I plan on outstanding health starting now and going into my old age. -Chris, 16

    Chris wrote on December 28th, 2011
  26. Love this post Mark! I’m so passionate about getting kids started early with a simple, honest education about their own health and moving and playing naturally to maximise their start in life. I agree that your potential for health is highest if you make the most of those early years; yet it is also very difficult for many to take charge of themselves as youth often have very little personal power to dictate what they are served of fed by their parents.
    I have had a keen interest in health (starting with a W.A. Price perspective, then finding the Primal path) for around 8 years, but am only now finally implementing it because while living at home I simply eat what I was served. I didn’t have the funds to purchase separate food for myself, the room in the refrigerator to keep my things (surplus to the ‘family’s’) and if I had to cook something for myself, separate from what the rest of the family was having that night, I was just “getting in the way” in the kitchen, and making “extra washing up” – it was just too hard.
    Finally now, I’ve just turned 30 and can’t believe how much time I wasted as a youngster. While I’m far from a cripple, physically I can feel age coming on – and it scares me. What will 50, 60 be like?
    So my message is to echo you on this: to all the youngsters out there reading; don’t wait. Get started. Buy your parent/s a copy of PB 21-Day Transformation if you have to and get them on board. Ask them to give it a go with you for one month and see if they feel better too. Capture the vitality you have in your youth now, and carry it with you in to the future.

    Dan W wrote on December 28th, 2011
  27. I’m so glad my mom got me started on this when I was just in eighth grade. I thought she was trying to kill me! But now I’m looking forward to the benefits of health when I grow old :)

    Youngster Grok :) wrote on December 28th, 2011
  28. chocolate can be primal…good for you to even be taking calculus!!

    hopeless dreamer wrote on December 29th, 2011
  29. Love this post! I am 26, turning 27 and many people often think I am 21. Primal has made me look amazing. Now…if only I can stop the sugar binges :(

    Catbreu wrote on December 29th, 2011
    • You can. I did, but it took diabetes to make me willing! It takes a couple of weeks of no sugar (or grains) to get past the cravings. If you slip, get right back at it.

      carol wrote on December 29th, 2011
  30. I went Paleo for the first time in may this year (2011) and i haven’t looked back, a few of my friends have discovered it on their own and we share recipes and stories too. They call me the ‘poster girl for Paleo’ i have lost weight become fitter, faster and stronger and thoroughly enjoy it, i used to be very sick growing up but i haven’t had a problem since i started! I am still a student at university and am flatting i find this lifestyle fun and very enjoyable i am trying to persuade some of my closer friends to convert. Living in New Zealand helps a lot as well as everything is so natural and readily available – just yesterday i went for a 5 min bike and picked my own fruit and vegetables and its cheaper than the supermarket! Also living with hunters means we have a lot of wild meat on hand too- a lot of venison and wild pig its great! This website helps me alot through those periods i want to ‘cheat’ i read some success stories and think about how far i have come and the cravings die! Thanks heaps everyone!

    Tori wrote on December 29th, 2011
  31. 24 and doing greaT!

    frank wrote on December 30th, 2011
  32. Thanks a lot, Mark.

    I turned 17 this November and have been LARGELY Primal since around July, when I found your site (via Crossfit). I’ve found that, indeed, sometimes concessions have to be made when you’re (I’m) not the one drawing the paycheck, but I’m also lucky enough to have awesome, supportive and adventurous parents who have, in part at least, jumped on the Primal lifestyle. They won’t give up bread or M&Ms entirely (among other “staples”), but we shop once a week now, and the vast majority of our budget goes to meat (pastured when possible), fresh seasonal PLANTS and the occasional dairy product/coffee/dark chocolate/red wine. I’ve gotten the both of them, in varying amounts (my father more than my mother), to embrace dark(er) chocolate, smooth red wine (my mom’s a famous blush addict– all the sugar you can handle), and lots of FAT. The best part is they’re already seeing results: my dad’s lost about seven pounds of abdominal fat without even trying.

    I haven’t lost weight: I’m a former varsity XC runner, so frankly I didn’t have any to lose. I have, however, gained a few pounds of solid– and impressive– muscle, strengthened considerably (my lifts just keep climbing), and found a passion for food I never anticipated. I prepare most of our family’s meals these days and, not to brag or anything, but I’ve become a pretty awesome cook.

    I love the Primal Blueprint, both its thesis and the incredible results it produces. My friends, unfortunately, scoff at giving up pizza or mac’n’cheese, but hopefully any other teens reading this will be wiser. If you’re considering going Primal– if you don’t like how you feel or look, period– you cannot go wrong with this site. Give your genes the work and nutrition they’ve spent two million years adapting to. They’ll thank you.

    Nick wrote on December 30th, 2011
  33. Sadly sometimes we do come out of the box broken. I am missing genes that affect the hormones that I produce. I had to have growth hormone injections growing up because I don’t produce enough growth hormone. I was always warned that I may have other hormone problems down the line. I just recently had to have a heart scan because the genes I’m missing are corrolated with heart problems. I also have a family history of learning difficulties. Eating primal through my childhood would have helped me make better use of the hormones, but it can’t make up for missing genes.

    Don’t get me wrong, with a paleo/primal lifestyle I’m hoping to stack the odds in my favour – but please don’t say that humans don’t come out of the box broken, because frankly some of us do and it’s really depressing to be erased.

    Sorry, I’m struggling with coming to terms with being broken.

    PaleoMallin wrote on December 31st, 2011
  34. Great Post! I’m lucky to have discovered this when I was 15 ( just turned 16 :P )
    I am ever so gratefulof your website and others about Primal/Paleo health, it’s helped me stop emotional eating, stop having energy level problems, stop being rundown after 10 minutes of soccer, stop having facial/back acne, and has helped me achieve better short term memor, help me become more calm ( high strung personality ) and helped me have more enthusiasium and concentration in school.

    Not only have you helped me, you’ve helped my father, which was getting sick often and was gaining weight around the midsection, he now feels full of energy, effortlessly lost the excess fat, and has made him think much more clearer,

    Not only have you helped my dad, you’ve helped two of his workmates too. He passed on the info to two of his workmates which are both overweight, and apparently their weight is just flying off.

    Not only have you helped two of my dad’s workmates, you’ve helped my auntie aswell. She had similar problems to me in terms of energy levels and also has excess fat around the midsection. Shes recently jumped on the primal wagon and is already getting results.

    So a big thankyou from me and have a safe and happy new year :)

    CoconutLove wrote on December 31st, 2011
  35. Hell yeah man, I’m 15 years old and I love the primal lifestyle. I’ll admit I’m not as committed (currently) as I should be, but, well, today is the first of the year! ;D

    Daniel G. wrote on December 31st, 2011
  36. I agree very much with this message! Last summer I was not happy with myself, but I took control and lost the weight I wanted to. Now I have found a love for cooking healthy, delicious meals :)! Thanks for spreading the message of getting on track!

    Michelle wrote on January 1st, 2012
  37. It’s possible that we aren’t supposed to go through quite so extreme, dramatic changes during puberty. It’s the hormone spiking diet that’s causing it. Amongst other things.

    Betterways wrote on January 1st, 2012
  38. Thanks Mark :)
    I am 15 and I love the primal lifestyle. I agree that every teen/young person should get involved. I have never felt better

    Alyssa Azar wrote on January 3rd, 2012
  39. It’s good to see this post! I’m an 18 year old female and i’ve been conscious of health for the majority of my teens( it’s hard to not be with a nurse for a mom!)and my older brother just introduced me to the Primal Blueprint. I hope that I’ll see results soon and my yo-yoing weight will reflect the care I’m giving my body and mind.
    Thanks for keeping the teens in mind, Grok on!

    Louisa wrote on January 4th, 2012
  40. I’m 16 (almost 17!) and I started going Primal on the first of January (with my mom) after my percussion director informed me about it. I’m only on day 4 right now but I am amazed at how much better I feel after my meals. The sugar withdrawl sucks but that will go away soon. I’m super excited about my primal future. Thanks so much for publishing you lifestyle. It’s wonderful!

    casey wrote on January 5th, 2012

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