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September 21, 2009

Ask Carrie a Question

By Mark Sisson
108 Comments

I’m not sure if I’ve ever formally introduced my wife, Carrie, to the Mark’s Daily Apple community. (That’s her to the right. 53 years strong and on her way to the gym today.) She’s shown up in some posts in the past and we’ve talked about her contributing to the blog, but it just hasn’t come together until now. I’ve done my fair share of encouraging, but it’s been your interest that finally convinced her to share her experience.

As a number of women readers mentioned, it’s nice to get feedback from the female persuasion. Carrie has lived her own version of the Primal Blueprint for years now, so she can offer some valuable, personal insight. Some of you have asked how living Primally influences women’s aging issues. Others have been interested in how she has raised two Primal seedlings. Whatever your question, this is your chance for some feedback. She’d love to receive any questions you have for her, so drop a line in the comment board. Next week she’ll be back with her own “Dear Carrie” answers. Thanks in advance for your questions, everyone! We’ll look forward to reading your comments. Have a great week!

UPDATE: Read the follow-up to this post where Carrie answers all your questions

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Krys
7 years 5 days ago

Some friends and I were just discussing how lifestyle can affect women as they get to that stage in life where every doctor is handing out hormones. Any thoughts on this?

Also, please share your workout. I would kill for arms and abs like yours!

Mel
Mel
7 years 5 days ago

Hi Carrie, you look like a beacon of light in that doorway there!

I wasn’t aware that you are a vegetarian because I’m somewhat new to the site, having found you all through crossfit. What kind of a vegetarian are you? Do you eat eggs and dairy? How do you follow the PB as a veg?

Thanks!

SerialSinner
SerialSinner
7 years 5 days ago

Hi Carrie, thanks for volunteering to share your experience. I have some questions:

– What are your main sources of protein?
– How much carbs do you eat on a daily basis?
– Is your diet rich in fats?
– What is your exercise routine?

Thank you in advance for your answers!

Jenn
Jenn
7 years 5 days ago

As a mom of two small children I’m both struggling to get back to an athletic life (and lose the baby weight) and I’m trying to figure out how to get the kids to enjoy primal foods. I’ve resorted to letting them at least keep their oatmeal breakfast to get them to eat. Any thoughts and suggestions to a young family would be very welcome!

gilliebean
7 years 5 days ago

I don’t have any questions yet. I’m just excited that Carrie is going to start contributing! Yay!

pauleygirl
pauleygirl
7 years 5 days ago
I am so excited right now! So, glad Carrie that you are willing to offer your expertise on your experience here with us. and I think a HUGE HELLO! is called for in that picture-WOW! You look fabulous! I have a voluptuous frame. It is truly hour glass and probably the only reason I do not look like I weigh as much as I do. I have been losing weight here, but I think initially it was muscle, because I just started getting really flabby and I am always toned. So, stepped up my protein and have started filling in… Read more »
D
D
7 years 5 days ago

how many calories do you take in for maintenance? for weight loss?

Emily
7 years 5 days ago

Hi Carrie,
You look fantastic! As a vegetarian who implements many aspects of the primal diet, I’m very curious as to what your daily food intake is like. Also, out of curiosity, why do you choose to be vegetarian?

Thanks!

Emily from Healthy Eating, Naturally

Dana
Dana
4 years 4 months ago

She’s not vegetarian she eats fish…

Shelley
7 years 5 days ago

Hi Carrie,

I’d be really interested to know what your workouts look like, specifically. What kind of weight training do you do? How long and how often?

Did you exclude all grains from your children’s diets?

Also, I am curious why have you chosen to exclude red meat and poultry from your diet?

Thanks so much for offering your unique insight and expertise!

Shelley

Sonagi
Sonagi
7 years 5 days ago

Welcome, Carrie! Glad to see you become a regular contributor. Like other commenters, I’m curious to know why you avoid meat.

Lisa
Lisa
7 years 5 days ago
Carrie, I must say I think I gulped when I saw your photo. You look incredible and I would happily take tips from you! LOL Seriously, though, I’m very glad you’re joining us and I, too, would love to get your persepective. So welcome and thank you for doing this! The questions I have are basically covered by other comments above…about your menu, what you feed your children, what your workouts entail, why you eat what you eat, any advice you have to balancing role of mom in the quest for health, etc. Along those lines I would love to… Read more »
pauleygirl
pauleygirl
7 years 4 days ago

Lisa

that would be great. i do not have the flat, cute tummy anymore. i hope to get it flat again, but the cuteness factor is never gonna happen.

Katelyn
7 years 5 days ago

I was a vegetarian up until last year. Now I am Zero Carb (meat only) and so much happier!

Deborah
7 years 5 days ago

Carrie – we need to know everything you are doing! You look fantastic. The best thing is you look so relaxed!

What is a typical menu and workout?

crunchysue
crunchysue
7 years 5 days ago

So happy to finally hear from you on MDA, Carrie! I, too, am wondering all about your diet. I’m also wondering how old your kids were when you first turned Primal, and how it was in the beginning.

Jess
Jess
7 years 5 days ago

You look awesome, Carrie! How long have you been exercising for? Primal? What does your diet and exercise routines look like from week to week?

Laurie Donaldson
Laurie Donaldson
7 years 5 days ago

I second Shelley’s request. What is your exercise plan and what do you eat in a typical day? You look great – I am 50 and wish I looked half as good, but I have lots of primal catching up to do 🙂

erica
erica
7 years 5 days ago
You are an amazing specimen of a woman, Carrie! I’m surprised that no one asked this yet, and I hope it’s not too personal. We talk so much about every aspect of health here but very rarely about sexual health, which is a huge part of our overall health and what I focus on in my education/career. I have been wondering what effect living primally has had on your reproductive health. Easier periods, etc? I used to (and sometimes still do) suffer from very painful periods and I notice that when I’m strictly off grains/refined sugars, they are less so.… Read more »
Jenny
Jenny
7 years 5 days ago

I’d love to see a day of regular eating, and how much time it takes for you to prepare it.

Katt
Katt
7 years 5 days ago

Hi Carrie, nice to meet you! And for questions… yeah, all of the above. 🙂

klcarbaugh
klcarbaugh
7 years 5 days ago

What do you do to take care of your skin? It looks like you have very few freckles, wrinkles, or age spots (or stretch marks!!) despite living the “Malibu lifestyle” with lots of sun.

Karen
Karen
7 years 5 days ago

Carrie, you look great! Pretty much just what everyone else said! Show us how you do it!

In another post it said something about you using protein powder, which I cannot tolerate as they all seem to have artificial sweeteners. Those all give me a headache, even Stevia.

I also do not have access to a gym and have a very tiny house. With those two small limitations, I hope I can adapt some of your diet and exercise ideas!

Jessica
7 years 5 days ago
I’m interested in your daily routines as far as self-care and time-management go. I think many women, especially moms, have a lot of demands on their time and are under a lot of stress. It seems like you have it figured out, at least to some degree (you look happy & stress-free!). I just had my first child in June and am having a really hard time caring for myself the way I used to. I am not eating or sleeping enough and haven’t worked out at all since the birth. Even though I’ve lost the weight and look fine… Read more »
maba
maba
7 years 5 days ago

Hi Carrie, nice to meet you. You look fabulous!

I would love to know more about your workouts? Do you do anything specifically for your abs?

Mark and Carrie, thank you for the inspiration.

Mia
7 years 5 days ago

Like everybody else, I’m curious as to what your daily routine is, haha

Dollface
Dollface
7 years 5 days ago

Hi Carrie, and WOW you look incredible!! I second everyone elses questions and especially erica who has asked about female’s reproductive health as well. You and Mark are picture’s of inspiration 🙂

Whit
Whit
7 years 5 days ago
Hello Carrie! I’m pretty new to MDA, I’ve been reading up on it for about two weeks now. It’s nice to see that this life-style is do-able with a family life. Most diet and exercise plans to look like you are impossible for the average joe (or jane!) You are beautiful by the way! Anyways, I don’t know if this question particularly applies to you, but I thought I’d see if you have any insight. It’s not too uncommon for women, especially young women, to have some level of hypoglycemia. I’m hypoglycemic and I’ve been trying to eat primally for… Read more »
Erin
Erin
7 years 2 days ago
Hey Whit, I have the same exact problem as you. I know I will probably get some backlash for making this comment, but going primal didn’t help my terrible hypoglycemia. I am still struggling with controlling my low blood sugar. I am even getting off birth control this week to see if it has an effect (I suspect all the hormones are wreaking havoc on my blood sugar). I have found that sometimes eating small amounts of whole grains with my proteins and veggies helps. Eliminating carbs just drove my blood sugar so low that I couldn’t handle it. I… Read more »
Johanna
Johanna
7 years 5 days ago

Hi Carrie!

Were you eating primal when you were pregnant? Do you know how to cope with primal diet and morning sicknees (more like 24/7 sickness). I experienced that the food most likely to cause nausea was meat and veggies. The best options seemed to be oatmeal followed by fruit and yoghurt. The more often I ate the better and the longer the time lap since last meal the more bread/oatmeal/etc was required to be able to eat something else.

Chris
Chris
7 years 5 days ago

My question, as a red blooded 34 year old male, is: How lucky do you think Mark is on a scale of one to ten, to have a wife who looks as amazing as you do? (Hint: correct answer is 9 or 10)

seporter003
seporter003
7 years 5 days ago

Carrie you look amazing! Kudos! Very inspirational. 🙂

Christoph Dollis
7 years 4 days ago

“My question, as a red blooded 34 year old male, is: How lucky do you think Mark is on a scale of one to ten, to have a wife who looks as amazing as you do?”

I say the correct answer is “3”.

I have a feeling Mark quite correctly took action to meet up and court such a lovely lady. Luck wasn’t a big part of this.

Where Mark got “lucky” is in meeting her in the first place.

Madame P
Madame P
7 years 4 days ago

Hi Carrie,

You look awesome!

This is an issue that has come up in the forums more than once.

Since women need a higher percentage of body fat than men in order to maintain normal biological functions such as their monthly cycles, do women in general have different dietary requirements than men? (for example, more carbs? more fat?)

Olga
Olga
7 years 4 days ago

Thanks for agreeing to answer questions Carrie. You look amazing!

I have the same question as Madame P. Do women require more carbs and fat than men?

Also,I would like to see a 5 day meal plan for your typical day to day diet.

Thanks again.

Marie
Marie
7 years 4 days ago
Carrie, I like that you look fit and lean without being bulky. All of the weight lifting mags swear a woman won’t get bulky… and then proceed to show women who, though they may look hot in workout out gear, look ridiculous and unfeminine in a dress. So then, I would like to request that you share your workouts with us AND please, show some photos in clothes. Also, how do you feel? what does being fit mean to you…how does it help you in your every day life. Mark may have great ideas…but he’s still a guy. As a… Read more »
Allison
Allison
7 years 4 days ago

I am pretty lean but would LOVE defined abs like that. What’s Carrie’s abs routine?!

Simon
7 years 4 days ago

Hello Primals!

Carrie, you look awesome. When I first saw the picture, I thought that you were somewhere between 20 and 30 years old. Unbelievable to me that you have already exceeded 50 years of age.

This is what proper nutrition and exercise can do to a body. I am amazed.

I guess your body is ‘all natural’ – you still maintain beautiful female curves at a low body fat percentage.

My question to you is: How sensitive for carbohydrates are you really?

In love for life
Simon

Ernie
Ernie
7 years 4 days ago
My whole family has diabetes, then my two younger sisters are obese. I have managed to lose about 35 pound in two years but need to eat primal to keep my weight down. My questions pertain to my 16 year old daughter who is a junior in high school. Her kidneys never separated during development, we found this out during her freshmen year of high school when she was rushed to the emergency room after one of her kidneys burst. She has regained her health back after 7 months, she finally had her 1st period after 15 months; however, she… Read more »
FlyNavyWife
7 years 4 days ago

No questions that haven’t been asked, really… looking forward to the “Dear Carrie” posts though!!!

Tye
Tye
7 years 4 days ago

Hi Carrie! WOW! You look amazing! Thanks for agreeing to answer questions.

My question is more for my kids. Do you have any tips for packing them good “primal friendly” lunches for school? Some variety would be nice.

Linda
Linda
7 years 4 days ago

Carrie & Mark – though I really enjoy MDA and the great (and helpful) information Mark provides, he still is a primal GUY, and we all know guys and girls are different critters. I am very interested in the primal female perspective and how it might differ, even if only slightly, from the males. Mark – I think you’ve opened Pandora’s box here!

Linda
Linda
7 years 4 days ago

Carrie & Mark – though I really enjoy MDA and the great (and helpful) information Mark provides, he still is a primal GUY, and we all know guys and girls are different critters. I am very interested in the primal female perspective and how it might differ, even if only slightly, from the male’s. Mark – I think you’ve opened Pandora’s box here!

Paul
Paul
7 years 4 days ago

Just one question from me.

How many grams of carbs does it take to activate fat deposition? (i.e. Mark’s carb curve is an excellent guide on a daily basis but what if I had 75g at one meal – would that have an adversely different impact than having 3x 25g meals over the course of a whole day?)

Many thanks (btw – you look great!)

Paul

Lula
Lula
7 years 4 days ago

Wow! Looking forward to your contributions!

I am also curious as to your workout routine and carbs/calories per day.

Thanks!

Licarrit
Licarrit
7 years 4 days ago

If I can look like you in 8 years I will be a very happy woman! I almost completely discounted MDA because one of the first pictures I saw was Mark with you and I thought “Figures! He writes all this health stuff and then goes and marries a 25 year old!” Glad I read the caption and found out the truth. I am still working on not jumping to conclusions but the eating and exercise are coming along better!

Nina_70
Nina_70
7 years 4 days ago

WOW! A wonderful inspiration you are to all of us women out there! I’d definitely be interested in your diet…how many carbs you eat…your protein sources…calories. Can’t wait to see more of your contributions.

crunchysue
crunchysue
7 years 4 days ago

Another question: What is your body fat percentage in the picture at the top of this thread?

katbarnett16
katbarnett16
7 years 4 days ago
I, too am a primal pescetarian and a mom to two! I have reached my goals in the past year or so and now share what I’ve learned with others through my fitness business where I incorporate primal principals into my training and nutritional counseling. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a superior role model for us all– I’m 34 and know for a fact that if I stay the course I will continue to reap the benefits and you are the proof. Awesome. Now share some workout with us (if you please), I’m always looking for new… Read more »
Lindsay
Lindsay
7 years 4 days ago

Hi Carrie

I am just starting this journey towards eating more paleo. I am just wondering how much I should be eating. I am a crossfit member and do their workouts about 5 times a week. I don’t know what is too much or too little as far as calories go. How can I figure out roughly how much I need without eating too much or too little and not always hungry in between meals?

Thank you so much for helping out!

Daisy
Daisy
7 years 4 days ago

I was just wondering as an almost 50 year old woman with larger breast, is there a weight lifting regiment that would help reduce or tone them before they are completely bopping my knees when I walk?

pauleygirl
pauleygirl
7 years 4 days ago

OOOH. Great question. I think the answer is no, but interested in hearing from Carrie, because I too have WAY more than a handful!

Michael
7 years 4 days ago

Aw come on folks! Carrie looks great because she eats animal products! Lets stop giving the non-animal eaters undue credit. There are only two types of people in this world, those who eat animal products and those who don’t. 🙂

The red meat versus no read meat is an intramural debate among…ahem…flesh eaters. 🙂

Thanks Mark and Carrie. I’m looking forward to reading Carrie’s responses.

Michael
Nutrition and Physical Regeneration

fishergirl
fishergirl
7 years 4 days ago

WOW. You look absolutely fantastic!!!

My only question is that of many others: what is your ab routine????

Thank you!! 🙂

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