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June 09, 2010

Ask Me Anything and Primal Blueprint Updates

By Mark Sisson
317 Comments

This blog post is a two-parter. First, a progress update.

Last March I announced a number of exciting projects I had in the works. I’ve already checked a few things off the list: PrimalCon, held last April, was an amazing experience, and the response to The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and the Primal Blueprint Poster (released last month) was incredible. But I have a few more things up my sleeves for this summer, and I’m getting regular emails from readers wanting to know when they’re releasing.

If you aren’t familiar with the Primal Leap Kit, it’s a 30-Day program that will walk you through, step-by-step and day-by-day, the transition to a healthy, Primal lifestyle. The Kit will include a binder-bound Primal Leap Guidebook, a Primal Blueprint DVD (I walk participants through all 10 laws of the Primal Blueprint), an abridged audio book version of The Primal Blueprint (voiced by yours truly), The Primal Blueprint Guide to Foraging in the Modern World (a handy guidebook on how, where and what to shop for, including a Primal shopping list and many practical tips on being a “hunter-gatherer” in the 21st century), The Primal Blueprint Cookbook and likely a few other goodies. The Primal Leap Kit is nearing completion. I am shooting to have it available for you by mid-July.

As anyone that has read my book knows, Primal Blueprint Fitness is all about getting maximum results with minimal amount of effort. That may sound like hyperbole, but it’s not. Fitness doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming, complicated or even all that hard. PBF will show you how simple it can truly be.

The official (e)book is due out in one month, and will be 100% free to all Mark’s Daily Apple newsletter subscribers. In the meantime, prepare yourself to rethink exercise as you know it, and get ready to be armed with the tools and ideas needed for lifelong, functional fitness.

It’s called the Primal Essentials Kit for a reason. We’re many steps removed from the world Grok lived in. As such, there are certain key nutrients that I see as integral to a modern Primal lifestyle: vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics. I personally supplement with all three daily and recommend others do as well.

The Kit has been designed to be a cost-effective and convenient option for every Primal enthusiast and is slated to be released in about 2 weeks.

One final update: In a couple weeks’ time PrimalBlueprint.com is getting a facelift and will become the go-to source (replacing PrimalNutrition.com) for all Primal kits, books, posters, apparel and supplements. Stay tuned!

Ask Me Anything

This is an open offer to ask me anything. Leave a question in the comment board regarding the updates above or any other pressing question that’s been on your mind and I’ll attempt to answer them in next week’s “Dear Mark” post.

Thank for reading, everyone, and Grok on!

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Brian
Brian
6 years 3 months ago

Could you someday publish an “Eat this in a pinch” guide… something that would help us road warriors who sometimes find ourselves in a pinch and surrounded by nothing but chain restaurants?

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 3 months ago

Here’s an idea: make or buy some pemmican (from grassfed sources of course). The original protein bar, but with lost of good fat too.

SK1
SK1
6 years 3 months ago

I love this question – and second this idea. How about a simple guide to chain restaurants and what foods are the least of all evils and how to order them.

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

I just order no bread, no fries, etc… At an office meeting with a sandwich tray? Pick off the meat & roll it in the lettuce “garnish”. I have tins of sardines, tuna, salmon stashed at work, in my bag, at home… There are tons of those saladbar/soup places in the cities. Even the cheezy corral buffet places have salad bars. Don’t forget the good old IF back up plan: well, nothin to eat here; guess I’ll wait til later. We’re hunter/gatherers – we don’t *have* to be 100% successful…

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

well said

dane
dane
6 years 3 months ago

its not primal but mens health has a guide eat this not that that goes through restaurants and explains better choices. not PB but good idea to know if you cant do anythign else

sweeps843
sweeps843
6 years 3 months ago
Hi Mark, My father was 41 years old when he suffered from a heart attack, and has been on all the standard meds that follow such an event ever since. He is now 50 years old, and although he has been “healthy” for the past 10 years, I am concerned that long term, the way he is living is not all that good for him. Do you have any experience working with someone who has suffered from a heart attack, and has started living primally, and has been able to reduce or even completely go off their medicine? My father… Read more »
Vicki
Vicki
6 years 3 months ago
I don’t know enough to comment on the heart issues, but whenever I hear “joint pain” I immediately think “grain sensitivity”, and there’s a lot of research out there to support the idea. I used to take large daily doses of NSAIDs which caused an ulcer and only helped with the pain but didn’t eliminate it. Now I’m completely drug-free and almost pain-free since quitting the grains. That alone has been worth it for me, never mind all the other amazing benefits of being primal. Ask your dad to do the 30-day trial and see what happens. Since I quit… Read more »
Patsy
Patsy
6 years 3 months ago

I would tell your dad to try what Vicki suggested. I lived with joint pain for years, but it went away when grains were eliminated from my diet. (I’m still in awe that “healthy” whole grains could do such damage.) I occasionally fall off the wagon by eating something like bread or crackers and my body suffers for it.

Good luck with your dad. I’m still trying to get a couple of my family members with arthritis to give up the grains (or at least go gluten free), but some old habits die hard, I guess.

sweeps843
sweeps843
6 years 2 months ago

Thanks Patsy, Vicki, and Amy…I’m going to show him this post so hopefully he’ll see for himself 🙂 And I’ll have to make sure he’s checking the site more often!

Amy
Amy
6 years 3 months ago

Going grain-free stopped my joint pain, too. I’ll never go back! For me, it meant ALL grains, even corn.

Holly
6 years 3 months ago

How about just educating yourself so you don’t have to rely on a guidebook? Grok used his brain.

Roland
6 years 3 months ago

Grok didn’t use his brain, he ate what was available.

Willow NyteEyes
Willow NyteEyes
6 years 3 months ago

LOL If none of them thought & they all just ate, the humans would have died off from rotten meat and poisonous berries.

Levi
6 years 3 months ago

Wouldn’t you say that using a guidebook is a form of “educating yourself”? You have it backwards. You use a guide to educate yourself so you don’t have to use the guide anymore. That’s what a guide is. A guide shows you how to do something that you didn’t know how to do before.

Thanks for playing! See my assistance for some lovely consolation prizes.

Holly
6 years 3 months ago

I’d like to agree, but I think what happens is, when people have a book, they become bound to the text chapter-and-verse instead of grasping the underlying principles.

The principles are simpler and more useful in the long run, and they’ve already been covered exhaustively on this site.

Michael
Michael
5 years 1 month ago

Grok seems to have learned a lot at The School of Hard Knocks.

Henry Miller
Henry Miller
6 years 3 months ago

Look for the deli at the local grocery store. There is always a produce isle nearby that you can use to get a salad.

Most cities have parks with grills in them. Grab a small bag of matchlight charcoal (you can use regular, but matchlight is more convenient), and you can cook just like grok: no right in the fire.

You are still stuck for dinner meetings, but this can get you through the worst of what a road warrior faces.

chipin
chipin
5 years 11 months ago
Cut and paste this and print it out: “Fruits and vegetables, meat. Dairy only if you can tolerate it. Nuts, seeds. Read the ingredients. If you don’t know what it is, don’t eat it. Grok didn’t. If in doubt, eat a salad with meat on it.” There’s your guide. I wouldn’t expect Mark to waste his time going over all of the menus of all the chain restaurants to tell you what of these items are edible. The guide will soon become obsolete as the restaurant execs come up with new combinations of poisons. And the food additive agencies find… Read more »
David
David
6 years 3 months ago

I am quite interested in how having a day every now and then of higher carbs effects leptin. I know others in the forum practice these “refeeds” and would just like to know more about the whole thing. Also can it be considered primal and perhaps even beneficial from a health perspective? Or is it just a trick for fat loss?

Thanks!

bennyha
bennyha
6 years 3 months ago

+1

I would also like your opinion on an occassional higher carb “refeed” so to speak where one meal or day a week one would eat more carbs to help rise leptin after a week of lower cals. The science is very strong that this helps with weight loss but would like your take on it from a health perspective and how one could do it in a primal way.

Thanks

Lucy
Lucy
6 years 3 months ago

+ another
I’m quite new to primal and this sounds interesting as I’m trying to lose weight. I’m not losing much (4+ weeks of primal eating, and not really cheating at all) but am feeling loads better so I’m not too caught up in the weight thing. However, if there’s a way I can enjoy some spelt pasta or kamut pizza with my kids once in a while, that would also be good for my weight, I’m all ears!

Henry Miller
Henry Miller
6 years 3 months ago

There is the 20% cheat rule that you can apply. Once in a while you can cheat if you want, just make sure the 20% doesn’t creep up – many people hear about the cheat rule and think of it all the time, not realizing they are not cheating 50% or more of the time. Pizza on Friday is okay (but you will feel the bad effects), for one meal, but you need 1 week of perfect eating to balance it out.

Michael
Michael
6 years 3 months ago

What about iron? Should men be concerned about accumulating too much iron?

Dave, RN
Dave, RN
6 years 3 months ago

In my opinion, yes. Women get rid of some red blood cells with it ‘s iron each month. Men don’t. Maybe that’s why women tend to live longer??? At any rate it ‘s good for the giver and receiver.

Laura
Laura
6 years 3 months ago

Just a share…. my dad always used to love giving blood because he “felt better” afterwards… maybe it was his way of doing just that without realizing it.

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 11 months ago

LOL!

Annie
Annie
5 years 5 months ago

What? Nonsense!

Steve
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Mark,

There is a lot of talk about what’s in blood, what it’s measurements should be etc. However what about blood itself, I’d like to see a definitive guide to blood

Chris
Chris
6 years 3 months ago

+1

I would like to know what all those numbers from a blood work test mean. Thanks.

Kristin J
Kristin J
6 years 3 months ago

written by an MDA forum member, this is an informative post on what cholesterol is and how to interpret your blood work: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/showthread.php?4723-Cholesterol-A-Primer-%28Attempt-2

it ain’t short, but it’s worth it to read the whole thing

Suvetar
Suvetar
5 years 5 months ago

That brings me to another subject. Bloodsoup recipe!

1,2,3,…go

Jeff
Jeff
6 years 3 months ago

Dear Mark – How do you explain people like Clarence Bass who are apparently quite healthy and fit and yet eat an abundance of grains and other carbohydrate-heavy foods?

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago

He exercises enough to burn off the sugar and stay slim but it doesn’t mean he is healthy or even illness free. Maybe he would still have his hair if he was primal.

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

He has to result to chronic cardio (which isn’t healthy) to burn all the carbs. It is an endless cycle that really takes a toll on your body.

Jeff
Jeff
6 years 3 months ago
Respectfully, I disagree with both of those assessments. Bass gets checked out regularly at the Cooper Clinic, and according to them, he’s in good health. He has had prostate issues and a hip replacement in recent years (and he’s been balding since his 30s), but he doesn’t suffer from the degenerative diseases that are crippling his generation, and his vastly more fit than the average member of the younger generations in the United States. I agree that chronic cardio is not good, but that’s not what Bass does. He exercises a fair amount but it’s high intensity lifting and HIIT… Read more »
jeff
jeff
6 years 3 months ago

troll is troll.

Levi
6 years 3 months ago
Clarence Bass is not quite a genetic outlier. He just works out a whole lot. Though he eats a lot of grains I wouldn’t call his diet unhealthy considering the way most Americans eat. Being vastly more fit than the average American is not an incredible feat. From Ironman Magazine: “The main change that I’ve made in recent years is the addition of ‘good’ fat, usually salmon. Good fat slows the absorption of food and is good for the heart and circulatory system. I eat a balanced diet of mostly whole foods. I eat three main meals and three snacks… Read more »
Levi
6 years 3 months ago

By the way, Bass take creatine supplements which he recommends because it “works especially well for people who don’t eat much meat. I’ve taken it for years.”

So, not only is he not a genetic outlier, he supplements nutrients that he KNEW he didn’t get when he was eating a so-called healthy diet with less meat and more grains.

StarMcDougller
StarMcDougller
6 years 3 months ago

Mark

How can you explain how some of the leanest and longest lived and healthiest populations from around world all have eaten starches and grains historically?

How can you reconcile the fact that modern hunter gatheres in the Amazon make bread from white flour?

It is likely Grok did not avoid grains and starches. I think that is scientifically plausible. No?

I second the Clarence Bass comment too.

Not So Fast
Not So Fast
6 years 3 months ago
Taken from: http://www.cbass.com/BibleofEvolutionaryFitness.htm From the Desk of Clarence Bass… “What did our ancient ancestors eat? The truth is that we can’t say for sure. It almost certainly varied from time to time and place to place. The short answer, says Forencich, is “whatever they could.” Their primary challenge was simply “getting enough calories to stay alive.” “We are omnivores,” Forencich writes, “and that as much as anything is the key to our evolutionary success. We are here today because…we can eat almost anything.” Most humans probably ate some combination of plants and meat or fish. The evidence suggests that we… Read more »
Not So Fast
Not So Fast
6 years 3 months ago

My family chowed on grass finished bison sirloin, beets, and roasted rutabagas last night. Tonight it’s spatchcocked pastured chickens and lacinto kale sauteed with bacon pieces.

Cheers!

thehova
thehova
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve pondered that question to.

When I’m in Italy, I eat a ton of carbs (pizza, pasta, panini’s). The general population of Italy does too. Meat is really expensive.

Yet, I routinely lose weight on my Italian trips and I feel great. I’m guessing it’s related to increased sun exposure, smaller serving sizes, and more walking. The carbs, themselves, are probably less processed.

Aaron Curl
6 years 3 months ago
I’m sorry in advance for what I’m going to say. Why don’t you do some research on your own if you are so concerned? It is possible grok ate “some” grains but its not plausible that he survived on them as a primary source of nutrition like modern humans. Grok did not have the tools to gather and make flour in large enough quantities to sustain their lives according to leading anthropologists! Most people come to this website to add to it and not take away! The people that read this blog should be proof enough that grains cause more… Read more »
suvetar
suvetar
6 years 3 months ago

Amen!

blank faceplate
blank faceplate
6 years 3 months ago

“If you want to defend grains, go do it on a grain eating website!”

Right, because groupthink has so far been shown to be the best way to exchange ideas. I think shutting down reasonable discourse with “go away” is counterproductive.

Melissa
Melissa
6 years 3 months ago
I do think it’s great you’re looking at websites with differing opinions. Dig a little deeper on the site and I think you’ll like what you see! The ‘Groupthink” mention made me chuckle: it’s grouthink that has us eating grains and following the oxymoron Conventional Wisdom to an unheathly lifestyle. You can search Mark’s Daily Apple archives for great information on (debunking) the China Study and how/why grains are bad for you, and what Grok would have had available to him. As for ‘modern hunter gatherers in the Amazon make bread from white flour,’ Primal folks are not attempting to… Read more »
Melissa
Melissa
6 years 3 months ago

*CV – I meant CW/Conventional Wisdom.

Blank Faceplate
Blank Faceplate
6 years 3 months ago
Common consensus differs from groupthink, FWIW. My point was that telling someone with fairly valid questions (though TBH, I thought that the post I replied to was aimed at the Forencich post, not the parent post – my mistake) to go and preach to the proverbial choir is counterproductive. And, yes, every single diet/lifestyle board and blog I read tends to be a bastion of groupthink where outside opinion is not only unwelcome but trounced. And there *is* a lot to question, really – it is a very valid point that many different diets all have had positive effect on… Read more »
Jim
6 years 3 months ago

Dear Mark,

You’ve touched on this in the past, but could you explore Bodyweight Exercises more? I’d like to move beyond just pushups/burpees etc (even though your ‘Prison Workout’ post has been a Godsend!) but there’s a lot of weird information out there. I’d like to get some from a trusted source, and by that I mean you.

Thanks,

Jim

hmrf
hmrf
6 years 3 months ago
Although I’m not Mark: Ross Enamaits book “Never Gymless” ( Rosstraining.com ) is – in my opinion – pretty much the best thing I’ve ever read on Bodyweight Exercises. (And I’ve read a lot on exercising in general and on BWEs.) If you don’t want to spend money (22$) on a book, at least consider reading his articles on the website and take a look in the forum. I’ve been training for about 1 1/2 year now, and although I’ve basically started with Never Gymless, I’ve not followed it too much at first – which was, as I know now,… Read more »
Steven
Steven
6 years 3 months ago

Ross’s stuff is fantastic and some of the most information dense and resonable priced stuff on the market.

Mikey
Mikey
6 years 3 months ago

You should check out Adam Steer’s website (bodyweightcoach.com). He has a couple of programs for sale, but he also has a free ebook program – it’s genuinely a good starter.

Regarding being trustworthy, I came across Mark because Adam did an interview with him for one of his products (which I bought). Hopefully that says something about him.

hmrf
hmrf
6 years 3 months ago

I have the BER ebook, but didn’t like it too much (for several reasons). I’d still say that with Ross’ books you get way more, and more useful information for less. But I don’t want to sound like an advertiser for Ross.. 😉
But I gess there is worse than BER out there, so why not 😉

Roland
6 years 3 months ago

I love Ross Enamait and have several of his books. I think Never Gymless is a bit advanced for a lot of people, but a great resource. I think Infinite Intensity is an amazing book for a wider variety of people, and handles bodyweight up to homemade dumbbells and easy to find equipment for home use.

Blank Faceplate
Blank Faceplate
6 years 3 months ago
I second Roland’s comments. I love Ross’s stuff, and have for most of a decade. I frequently view his blog because I love his positive attitude and I hope just a touch will rub off on me. That said, I find both II and NG to lack in the area of working in to exercises. There’s not beginner/intermediate/advanced level to anything, it’s pretty much “Routine A: 1 min rounds: Burpees, ab wheel roll outs, pistols, divebomber pushups, mountain climbers” While that kind of stuff is undoubtedly going to produce a kickass workout, you’re pretty much already a machine if you… Read more »
T.J.
T.J.
6 years 3 months ago

Jim, have to second your comments on the Prison Workout… I recently traveled to New Orleans on business and busted out the Burpee routine in my small hotel room. When I got down to 15 I knew I was in for a killer workout, when I hit 1, I was dripping with sweat and gasping for my next breath. For all you business travelers, make sure you read that post! -T.J.

Longfellow
Longfellow
6 years 3 months ago

This is a great question, Jim. I’d be very interested to hear what Mark has to say…

John
John
6 years 3 months ago

If that fitness guide contained info about how to get a good workout quickly when you are on the go or on vacation that would be great.

Thanks

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Steve
Steve
6 years 3 months ago

Primal Foraging: Stay out of the supermarket. Shop at the Farmers Market.

Natalie
Natalie
6 years 3 months ago

Hi,

A burning question about lectins. I can’t seem to find the answer anywhere. If certain processes (cooking, fermenting) make certain foods easy to consume, I am assuming that the lectins are still present in those certain foods (beans, grains) and cause harm to our digestive systems. Or, are there other things in those foods that make them toxic for (some) people?

Kishore
Kishore
6 years 3 months ago

Mark, two pressing questions for me:

1. Can you alkalize your body by the way you eat and is it desirable?

2. Is detox for real? For eg. a 7-day cleanse of unlimited veggies only and some supplements to aid in detox.

Oliver
Oliver
6 years 3 months ago

Like to hear the answer to the detox question.

Suvetar
Suvetar
5 years 5 months ago

If by ‘detox’ you mean flushing out your bowles naturally, having a bowel movement here is how you detox:

Eat 2 lbs of grass-fed/finished kidney fat and juice 2-3 cucumbers per day to go with the fat.

If you don’t have full blown gushing, waterfall splashing diarrhea and aren’t completely empty by the 3rd day I’ll give you 100 bucks.

Sean S
Sean S
6 years 3 months ago

Mark,
Where do you stand on the use of gluten free flour? Can this be incorporated into the Primal lifestyle at all?

Thanks!

Daisy
6 years 3 months ago

I second this question…thanks mark 🙂

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago

Read the ingredients of the flour package. Some are made with combinations of other grains (rice, corn) & soy. It’s all about what you want or don’t want in your diet, or what your body will tolerate. Coconut flour is gluten-free, AND it is from a “primal” source…

IBRobynb
IBRobynb
6 years 3 months ago

blanched almond flour is also a good grain free alternative flour. Makes killer pancakes that I use as a my “bread” for nutbutter and jam sandwiches. Great comfort food.

peggy
peggy
6 years 3 months ago

true true tue! I have both those & hazelnut meal/flour on hand at all times

John
John
6 years 3 months ago

Good afternoon Mark,
I loved the book and have been trying to stick to the Grok lifestyle.

How about a link page that you can search each state that would list, low-carb eating, supplies, specialty shopping, and low carb friendly doctors?

People could contribute info for there area.

Thanks, John

Cindy
6 years 3 months ago

I have been reading some info on cholesterol because I have really never had mine checked and I wasn’t sure what the healthy ranges were.
I read that under 200 total was good…depending on the HDL/LDL levels along with triclyceride levels.
Would eating a primal diet cause the total numbers to be higher along with the HDL numbers?
What is a typical healthy range for us grokers?

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago

The lower the total the higher the risk of cancer. Total number doesn’t mean much. HDL to Trig is more important. Search http://www.feedtheanimal.com and heartscanblog.blogspot.com and others for info. Read up on LDL pattern A vs. pattern B. Primal will fix your ratios to healthy (but might be over 200 but isn’t bad)

Kristin J
Kristin J
6 years 3 months ago

informative post on what cholesterol is and how to interpret your blood work, written by an MDA forum member: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/showthread.php?4723-Cholesterol-A-Primer-%28Attempt-2

it ain’t short, but it’s worth it to read the whole thing

Chris G
6 years 3 months ago

Mark, thanks for this site and the info, much appreciated. I was checking out your Damage Control product and saw that it contains No Flush Niacin. I’d done some research recently concerning Niacin intake and it’s lowering effect on Triglycerides. All the information I could find said No Flush Niacin has very little positive effects and regular Niacin should only be taken. What are your feelings on this?

thanks,
Chris

Kimberlie
Kimberlie
6 years 3 months ago

I’d like to see you address the primal lifestyle specifically as it relates to our children.

Paleo Nation
6 years 3 months ago

I second this question….I find it very challenging to address this with my own kids.

Their young minds are bombarded with cereal, candy and sugary drinks advertising (let alone what their peers are eating for school lunches/snacks).

Plus, it seems that their little bodies crave these high carb/sugar foods.

We have been trying to role model good eating habits and exercise by both being Primal/Paleo.

Lucy
Lucy
6 years 3 months ago
Yes I third this too. Unfortunately my kids have been vegetarian from birth. My 8 year old is gradually starting to follow my example and eat some meat. However, both her and her 7 year old sister are going to take a loooong while to get to a healthy primal diet. In the meantime I am trying to use non wheat (at the moment, spelt, oats, buckwheat and kamut) and also soak all grains overnight before using. Soon I’m going to try sprouting and grinding. It’s a lot of effort though!
Steven
Steven
6 years 3 months ago

Check out everydaypaleo.com she had done a great job incorporating the whole family and kids and dealing with the “village uprising” plus you will get some of the BEST recipes.

Sam
Sam
6 years 3 months ago

Along the lines of raising primal children, I would be interested in knowing your thoughts on supplementation for babies and young kids (under the age of 5).

Thanks!

Oliver
Oliver
6 years 3 months ago

Mark,

Will the Primal Blueprint DVD and audio book be available separately from the Primal Leap Kit package?

Silence
Silence
6 years 3 months ago

I would like to know this too, and if we might get a discount or be able to customize the kits if we’ve purchased the books before. I just recently purchased the Primal Blueprint book and the Primal Cookbook, which were relatively expensive for me. It sounds like the kit will be even more expensive, and I just can’t see paying the extra money for a duplicate set of books, especially when no one I know is interested in the Primal lifestyle.

San
San
6 years 3 months ago
Dear Mark, I would like to know more about primal living with specific reference to women and children’s health. I was worried about going primal while nursing my daughter due to warnings over supposed dangers of being in ketosis while pregnant or lactating. But I figured that if this is indeed natural and how we evolved to eat, the dangers must be overstated. I went ahead and cut out grains, fruit, and sugar, and carefully monitored my daughter during the process. While she was well nourished and continued to gain weight, I was alarmed at how differently her urine smelled… Read more »
Entwife
Entwife
6 years 3 months ago
I too am nursing a baby, a 13 month old son. I’ve been in and out of ketosis since February. I haven’t noticed his urine being any different and he is growing fantastically. Also, his terrible reflux has completely disappeared (except when I fell off the wagon- then it came back with a vengeance). I couldn’t find any research on this topic either, but then I thought about people such as the Inuit and other northern tribes without access to vegetables who have consistently eaten a mostly meat diet for millenia. Those moms must be in ketosis most of the… Read more »
Karen C.
Karen C.
6 years 3 months ago

my question was similar to the above. do you or your wife have any tips for primal living while nursing? i am SO hungry all the time and crave, crave, crave bad carbs.

Sam
Sam
6 years 3 months ago

Also interested in this issue. I’m currently nursing an 8 week old and wondering if there are any special considerations I should think about.

Thanks!

Rachel
Rachel
6 years 3 months ago

I would love to see a post on this topic too. I am nursing a 13-month old who has reflux and is a very picky eater, so I need to do all I can to make the best milk I can!

Entwife
Entwife
6 years 3 months ago

As I said, while nursing, eating VLC (around 50 or less) and primal has completely erased my 13 month old’s reflux (which was severe). When I fall off the wagon at all though, his reflux comes back. All in all my baby seems to be truly thriving on my ketosis.
If you’re having problems with hunger, increase your fats, and simply eat more!

Vanilla
Vanilla
6 years 3 months ago

I too am interested in this topic.
I’m nursing my 1 yo daughter. I am sugar and grain free since January but I just can’t stay away from bananas and other fruit. Do nursing women have more carb “needs” or is it just in my head?

Karen
Karen
6 years 3 months ago
Dear Mark, I really love reading your posts, and I have found them really informative. I have a bit of a “dilemma,” if you can call it that. I have been a vegetarian for 18 years, and during that time I have come to see meat as, well, repulsive. I still do eat dairy and eggs, but there’s a part of me that’s EXTREMELY reluctant to go back to eating meat. I just find it so gross right now. I guess my question is, do you think it’s possible to go Primal where my primary protein is eggs? I know… Read more »
Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago

What ever gets you going down the Primal road.

freetheanimal.com/2010/05/lets-help-out-a-soon-to-be-ex-vegn-go-paleo.html

Sharon
Sharon
6 years 3 months ago
Karen, I was a vegetarian for 30 years and got back into eating meat by having my husband handle the meat and grill it on the BBQ. By winter I seemed to be able to deal with the raw meat more easily. I guess for me, it is the raw meat that grosses me out, mostly. I also hate all the fat splattered on everything. Okay, not everything, but it sure seems like it. Bacon seems to be the entry meat for many so maybe you could try that first. And save the fat, great for cooking those eggs in.
Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

Read “The Vegetarian Myth”: by Lierre Keith” If any book can change the way you feel about meat this one would be it.

Kelda
6 years 3 months ago

I managed to eat primally for around 3 months as a vegetarian – it is possible but it is pretty boring, then the more I thought about it, the more I read, the more I realised it was a no-brainer, we evolved eating meat. I found a local butcher who uses local grassfed stock and haven’t looked back.

I found once you’d cut the grains and sugars you become so attuned to what your body needs, and what it doesn’t, that starting to include fish and meat is a natural step along the process.

Erica
Erica
6 years 3 months ago

Here’s my question: When you say not to count calories, is it because you believe that calories don’t matter? Or just that you won’t need to because a primal diet is so filling?

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

If you’re eating the right foods to begin with you shouldn’t really have to worry about counting. With veggies being so calorie low and protein and fat filling you up. From my own personal experience it is hard to overeat if you eat primal.

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago
Dear Mark: I would like to know any tips or advice you may have for converting friends and family to a primal lifestyle. I want them to live a long healthy life too, because they are people I care about. I receive a lot of criticism from people, mainly about the grains/bread and fat. I offer them books like Good Calories Bad Calories, The Vegetarian Myth and The Primal Blueprint but they just laugh and say you can’t believe everything you read. Just the other day a coworker said he was in a doctors office with a poster that said… Read more »
Paleo Nation
6 years 3 months ago

My wife and I struggle with this as well. We have decided to let our bodies do the talking for us…If someone asks us how we lost weight or how we got in shape, we tell them and show ourselves off as the proof.

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 3 months ago
ugh… I live with a “non-believer” & I get crap all the time because I won’t eat crap. If he cooks something I don’t eat, then I don’t eat or I make something else. When I cook it’s something we can both eat; sometimes I just have to add his white rice or biscuits (shudder). I just try to always get to the store first so I get good food in the house. I think my healthiness intimidates his (fragile) male ego, but his stubborness against change is firm. As is mine. In otherwords, some people will see your results… Read more »
JD
JD
6 years 2 months ago

Man. I’d love to find a woman who understands Primal..

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frank
frank
6 years 3 months ago

Hi,

Quick questions; Are massages a good idea….

Cullen
Cullen
6 years 3 months ago

Massages are a great idea, always!

frank
frank
6 years 3 months ago

Just got my vibram finger five…and GREAT QUICH RECIPE!!!

bro0kiebaby
bro0kiebaby
6 years 3 months ago

Hey Mark, how about a color coded chart of all the fruits, veggies, fats, oils and meats out there in the world that shows: green for great, yellow for poor, and red for danger (with regard to primal nutrition). Sort of a quick reference sheet we can check out so that every kind of food is in one spot and we can double check our grocery lists before we go shopping.

Thanks,
Brooke

cathyx
cathyx
6 years 3 months ago

I LOVE this idea. I would definitely use that.

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

I also think this is a great idea. Any kind of visual aid is beneficial!

Primal Toad
6 years 3 months ago

I fourth this idea. Most people LOVE visual guides.

Jen
Jen
6 years 3 months ago

Fantastic idea!!!

Kelda
6 years 3 months ago

Yes please, just got my poster today with my cookbook and noticed ‘good fats’ and thought, crikey I can’t remember which all the good/bad ones are!

Veronique
Veronique
6 years 3 months ago

Agreed. The research I can find on your blog or in your book but a quick reference guide (on top of the what to eat what to avoid pages in your book) would be fab.

Wenzel
Wenzel
6 years 3 months ago

What can an endurance athlete eat going out to train or compete more than 4 hours without carbs or gels? What can I eat during a long bike ride 3 hours or more?

Thanks.

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

Endurance isn’t primal, it is chronic cardio, I believe Mark would advise against said activity.

Wenzel
Wenzel
6 years 3 months ago

Unfortunately, I make a living and pay bills when I race. I’m interested in following the PB, but would like to know how to modify it with my current lifestyle.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 3 months ago

Unfortunately, huh? Awesome 😀

aspiring pro triathlete here

Erica
Erica
6 years 3 months ago

I read a study which indicated that once you are adapted to primarily run on fat/ketones, endurance sports without carbs should not be an issue. You need carbs only for activities where you exceed 65% of your max heart rate.

Mike
Mike
6 years 3 months ago

When I bike that long, I make sure just to load up on fat and protein an hour or so before and keep lots of water. When I get home, I eat again and take a nap.

Kelda
6 years 3 months ago
Hi Wenzel, I train long and I do it with water to drink and use Nakd bars (raw cold pressed dried fruit/nuts – and nothing else!) and average a carb intake of around 15 g an hour I guess (tops – I’m 5′ 5″ 57 kg). That’s working up to 75% MHR. If the weather is warm I’ll add some rehydration salts to the water. When I get back I make sure I eat a meal which includes some primal carbohydrates and protein plus fat of course. I’ve had no issues and I’ve been able to race hard too when… Read more »
Brian
6 years 3 months ago
If you really need to increase carbs for race purposes, I recommend taking a look at the Thrive diet. It is by no means primal, but the carbs included in the diet are what I consider the “lesser of evils.” Basically you can make gels with dates and honey as a base. You can make bars with nuts, fruit, quinoa, and buckwheat. I have found adding thrive diet foods into my endurance routine effective without having to resort to grains, pastas, bread… Also I avoid gluten, soy, and corn at all cost (Thrive diet does too).
james
james
6 years 3 months ago

I have been searching your site for the link to a very primal modern kitchen and cannot find it anywhere. It was somewhere over in Europe and the kitchen was very very cool and unique – has some water fowl hanging up int he corner. Do you you happen to know where that link is on your site? Thanks!

any mouse
any mouse
6 years 3 months ago

What can one do to help with a testosterone deficiency? Avoiding axcess sugars, grains, and soy I know. I’ve also heard to take plenty of zinc, but is there anything else that I can do?

I’ve done a little searching on this and I also see a caution against the ‘low carb fad.’ I don’t know how this might hurt my testosterone production, but nevertheless, it’s cautioned against.

If anything, going primal has helped to an amazing degree, no more depression and fatique, but what else can I do?

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

hmmmm, this is curious, curious indeed. Nothing makes me feel more like a man than Heavy Lifting, which helps to release HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and some red meat!

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago

Lifting weights for sure. Testosterone is made from cholesterol so eating Primal is the best diet to fix that. Also being overweight can cause lower testosterone levels.

Steve1907
Steve1907
6 years 3 months ago

With all of the crap in our modern food, I have read that it is a combination of lowering estrogen mimicks in our system and boosting testosterone.

I have heard that supplementing with Tribulus Terrestris boosts testosterone production. The flip side is supplementing with DIM and Indole-3-Carbinol (both found in Broccoli) to remove the estrogen-like substances.

unchatenfrance
unchatenfrance
6 years 3 months ago

How about some ideas on how to cope with emotional and/or compulsive overeating? The standard line is “don’t keep treats and snacks around the house….” yeah, but that doesn’t stop me from overeating on primal fare. Not the worst thing that could happen but it sure is hindering my fat loss. I know you’re not a psychiatrist but any insight on this would be great.

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

I am curious about this. What foods specifically are you overeating? I find it incredibly hard to overeat on just Meat and Veggies… You must have an iron stomach!

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

The best advice I could think of, is it a small snack like a salad or apple 30 minutes before meals and have a glass of water beforehand too. Also really try to slow down the pace of eating and concentrate on enjoying every primal bite.

unchatenfrance
unchatenfrance
6 years 3 months ago

I can overeat on nuts, fruit, coconut milk, etc. easy. If meat and veggies are very well done I can go to town on those too. Salad and steak hard to overeat on, agreed, but if I make a nice dish of cooked veggies (cooked in fat, of course) and juicy meat I can easily eat two portions’ worth…. it’s all in my head and I feel like I’m in a frenzy. Nothing else matters in those moments in which I’m overeating – a comet could hit the planet and I wouldn’t notice.

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago

I can quickly over eat using butter on everything and heavy cream in coffee (at least on calories; I try to keep a general idea of what I consumed but not exactly counting).
Just skipping a meal here and there helps believe it or not. Or sometimes a cup of warm tea or bottle of water helps me get through the feeling of want.
Over eating now and then, I think, is good for the metabolism.

cathyx
cathyx
6 years 3 months ago

I have this exact problem myself. I overeat foods that we’re allowed, like nut butters and fruit. I think I just need to keep myself busier.

Kim
Kim
6 years 3 months ago

Hi there –

Have you check out The Gabriel Methold or John Gabriel? It’s an interesting read if nothing less and a good part of the book deals with changing your brain to allow your “fat switches” to be turned off. Sounds like mumbo jumbo, I know but it’s actually pretty compelling. His diet/exercise advice is very much in line with PB.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 3 months ago

working on emotional overeating:

Identify the emotion. Ask yourself “it’s not food I want, it’s ______.” For example: I am lonely. It’s not food I want, it’s company. Or I am tired. It’s not food I want, it’s energy [so I can go nap!]. I am stressed. It’s not food I want, it’s to relax. Emotion, TRUE want, and what you can do.

marc
6 years 3 months ago

Mark

I have a question about recovery. I play competitive ultimate frisbee and most of our tournaments are two days long (Nationals is four days). What should I be eating/drinking to make sure that my body is ready for the next day of competition?

Kirk A
Kirk A
6 years 3 months ago
Mark, Are you aware of any research programs that are specifically testing the benefits of a primal lifestyle vs. the stereotypical american lifestyle? Many of your posts include links to research articles that support the advice you give, but often the studies weren’t designed with the intent to test primal lifestyles specifically and the conclusions you draw are secondary inferences from their data. I guess another way to ask this question is, are there any research publications that include an introduction along the lines of “…[primal law #] according to fitness afficionado Mark Sisson of Marksdailyapple.com – to test this,… Read more »
Janet
6 years 3 months ago

There are a lot of success stories of people who have changed their lives and body through the primal blueprint.

What about some real life stories of those struggling and how they overcame that? It’s not easy changing your lifestyle and eating habit.

Joanna
Joanna
6 years 3 months ago
Mark, I my previous Krog carb loading distance running life I balanced my glucose with distance running and 13.1 training and got into great (but burned out) shape. I coupled that with “downtime” by using P90X and Jillian Michaels. I was always tired and hungry and struggled with my weight and ITBS, arthritis in my joints and BURNED OUT. Now that I am practicing my new and improved Grok lifestyle, I am struggling with hitting my target zone heart rate. I barely feel like I am moving when I jog (in my Vibram Five Fingers) and I am out of… Read more »
Joe
Joe
6 years 3 months ago
Hi Mark, I have been primal for more than 3 months now and i love the eating and workout plan. i lift heavy 3 days a week, sprint a couple days a week and do short intense cardio and cross training drills. but im still having trouble getting back the ripped physiche and abs i had back when i did long duration treadmill runs. i dont want to go back to it, and im eating clean but im just not getting over the calorie burning hump like before. any other suggestions? thanks for your amazing site and info that i… Read more »
Rick Rumer
Rick Rumer
6 years 3 months ago

You may not want to open this “can of worms” but I want to know your opinion on child vaccinations…

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

Very bold of you to ask, personally I have mixed views. I think some are incredibly beneficial but a lot of people over-vaccinate.

Liam
6 years 3 months ago

Dear Mark,
Do you plan on getting rid of the SOY protein and the artificial sweetener in your protein powders anytime soon? Soy is DEFINITELY not primal, as you said yourself on the “Underground Wellness” radio show so why use it in your formula?

Liam

Rozska
Rozska
6 years 3 months ago

Ditto. I was really hoping that your protein powder wouldn’t contain soy.

Brian1965
Brian1965
6 years 3 months ago

No question, just a big ‘Thank You’ for putting out such consistent, high-quality, information.

Looking forward to the ‘Kit’.

Daniela
Daniela
6 years 3 months ago

Dear Mark,
What are your thoughts on “The China Study”? I’ve only been Primal for a couple of weeks but I still get scared by the amount of protein and fat the CW that keeps coming at me. I’m also not so big on the amount of meat we need to eat and it’s making my stomach upset. Other options?
Thanks for all of your help,
D

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago
You don’t have to eat that much meat. Mark says he shoots for “1 gram per pound of body weight per day” which is about 6oz for him. That’s not much at all. The CW studies don’t limit fat intake to natural fats so they include corn oil and trans fat more than likely so you can’t just blame the fat percentage. And they don’t limit carbs or the sources for them either. Put some butter on your steak, cook some broccoli in butter and coconut oil, eat some bacon, etc. You’ll feel better when you do and kill the… Read more »
Thomas
Thomas
6 years 3 months ago

Mark,

With the temperatures starting to rise: Anyone successfully re-acclimated to the heat?

I managed to get heatstoke over the weekend. Once I recover, I plan on spending 10-15 minutes out in the sun each day, and slowing increase the time…

Any other ideas?

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago

I’ve been low-carbing 5 months now. I don’t know if it is hormone levels or matabolisim changes but I get cold spells here and there and have to go out in the 90 degree heat (almost 100% humitiy) to get comfortable. Almost like I have a bad fever or something but I don’t.

Also don’t burn like normal. Just a little red and recover quickly. Starting to get a good tan for the first time I can remember.

wd
wd
6 years 3 months ago

Sounds like it’s all uphill, you have to restore in the sun and don’t burn, I have a question, do you know Jor-El?

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago

LOL. Primal eating sure makes me feel like his son sometimes. 🙂

Justin Toner
Justin Toner
6 years 3 months ago
Hi Mark, Love the site, love the book, I’m on day #4 of going primal, and so far so good! I’ve known for some time that the diet I’ve been eating for years isn’t right, but have been using bits and pieces of science mixed with CW to be fairly healthy. However, as I’m getting older (39 y.o.) I’m noticing nagging issues that I’ve chalked up to age. No more! There’s only one issue I have with your approach, and I was hoping you’d give me some context. Your “Responsibly Slim” shake strikes me as the exact opposite of what… Read more »
Wyatt
Wyatt
6 years 3 months ago
Chris
Chris
6 years 3 months ago

I second this question. I saw a documentary on the Tarahumara and they gave a very primal, evolutionary perspective of how humans are built for endurance. Sweat glands are more efficient than panting they say, and two legs (while slower) are more efficient over longer distances than four. Interesting in the least, I still prefer to walk though, until I’m being chased! haha

Cullen
Cullen
6 years 3 months ago
I pondered this, too. The evidence is there, and it’s pretty compelling that we’re built for endurance running. The simple answer seems to be that endurance runners like the Tarahumara, who have been running all their lives, for fun, and run barefoot, aren’t really stressing their bodies that much when they run. I think that, because their hearts are conditioned gradually to that level, long-distance running counts as low-intensity carido (i.e. around 65% of maximum heart rate). The PB book actually mentions this concept: it’s all about relative fitness. 65% of one person’s max heart rate is different than 65%… Read more »
Matt K
Matt K
6 years 3 months ago

Dear Mark,

What makes some leafy green vegetables edible while some are not? How come it is not popular to eat grass or tree leaves? Is it mostly because we cannot digest them or because they are un-nutritious?

We eat lettuce and seaweed and leaves of vegetables. It seems to me that grass and tree leaves would fit into the same category.

Thanks

Ely
Ely
6 years 3 months ago

2nd.
I would really like to know this. How are leaves and grass different from spinach and celery? It could be a whole post. 🙂

julietx
julietx
6 years 3 months ago

Grass and tree foliage have too much cellulose for humans to handle–we can’t digest cellulose. The plant material we do eat has much less cellulose.

That’s why we need herbivores like cattle and deer to harvest grass/browse for us so we can get the nutrition from those abundant natural plant sources indirectly. Many animal herbivores can digest cellulose.

Brad
Brad
6 years 3 months ago
Hey Mark, Here is my question. I have been primal for a few months and have been loving it! My question is about the success stories of people who go on no grain/low-carb diets, in particular the ones I’ve read about here on MDA. Do you suspect that the “healing” that many people experience from many of their ailments is more commonly a product of of a gluten intolerance/allergy that they never knew about, or a newfound low blood sugar/insulin level? I suppose it could be a combination of the two, but I didn’t know if you thought low insulin… Read more »
Jstrick
Jstrick
6 years 3 months ago

So many different posts to read!

I am a fan of protein powder, but have had lots of trouble finding the right kind from the right sources! you hinted at re-working your current meal replacement shake, when will we hear more about this?

Tara
Tara
6 years 3 months ago

Hi Mark-

Can you elaborate on the effects of mental stress while fasting??? If we are under mental stress (taking a test, doing taxes, etc.) should we stop what we are doing and make sure we get some food?? I heard that cortisol while fasting actually increases belly fat.

Thanks,
Tara

Ian
Ian
6 years 3 months ago

Mark,

When your workout consists of

Mon-Sat
Swim 2500 yds.

Mon/Wed/Fri
5×5 Routine
1/4 mile sprintsx8, under 1:25 with a set of pullups or pushups between sprints.

Tues/Thurs/Sat
6-10 mile run, 7-8min/miles

Is it necessary to include grains to keep up with the amount of energy your body is expending?

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 3 months ago

Also interested, as I am training like that… past weeks have been 4.5 hours of cycling, 50-55 miles running, 6-10k in the pool. I do as much fat and protein as I can while trying to limit grains – grains today were a cliff bar and an English muffin, I think that’s it.

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

You both are definitely overtraining. Have you read Mark’s book or posts? Chronic Cardio! He preaches against such activities, it isn’t natural, which is what the primal blueprint is all about. The questions are completely out of context of this site.

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
6 years 3 months ago

Who made you the police of questions? I’m a talented and competitive triathlete who is working on optimizing nutrition for training. As Mark has had a pro triathlete post on the blog before about his nutrition and how Primal he is, our questions are perfectly legitimate. Everyone has to find a Primal that works for them and we are trying to strike that balance.

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago
I have been giving feedback in an attempt to help my those in the primal community. There is absolutely no need to get defensive. You wouldn’t ask a vegetarian how best to cook a steak. Same principle, it is insulting. You shouldn’t ask someone to cater their viewpoints and philosophy to someone who incorporates something into their lifestyle that they don’t agree with and explicitly advise against. But seeing as you are cocky, brash, defensive, and obviously ego driven, I suppose that went over your head. And BTW a Cliff Bar and English Muffin, incredibly bad and not at all… Read more »
Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years 3 months ago

I believe the point Dave is trying to make is that your questions have basically been answered in more than one post on MDA. I believe Marks suggestion would be to leave the grain out and cut back the training but make it more intense. Then use the extra time you have to enjoy life.

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

Thanks Jonathan! I guess I got a little frustrated and carried away there. But yes that is exactly what I was trying to get across. Grok On!

w0o-hmm, what?
w0o-hmm, what?
6 years 3 months ago

Grains are not the only source of carbohydrates, go for unrefined carbs, fruits / veggies for the very basic requirements. Grains? Ha, you were joking, right? better stay under that bridge…

Ron
Ron
6 years 3 months ago

I’m enjoying the new Primal Cookbook. The recipe for Egg Muffins says to bake, but doesn’t mention a temperature for the oven. I used 350 degrees and that worked great. I’m also interested in your thoughts on gluten-free, low-carb recipes using coconut and almond flours.

curiousalexa
curiousalexa
6 years 3 months ago

Why are peanuts considered evil? Are they the same thing as “ground nuts” I sometimes read about?

I don’t like most nuts, and peanuts are a readily available low-carb type snack. And eating pistachios while driving is tricky… [g]

Dave
Dave
6 years 3 months ago

Peanuts are evil because they aren’t nuts at all!

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/showthread.php?9342-Why-not-peanut-butter

Wyatt
Wyatt
6 years 3 months ago

neither are almonds, which are primal-approved

jules
6 years 3 months ago

But peanuts are legumes, almonds are not.

Melodious
Melodious
6 years 3 months ago
1. I’ve had my Five Fingers for a few years now and love them. But they stink. Badly. Any ideas? I tried washing them in the laundry and it didn’t help much. 2. I would love to see some workouts for the less … buff among us. I’ve never managed a real pushup in my life. Can you give some of us ways to work up to pushups, pull-ups (also never managed one), etc, without a gym? 3. Foraging…what about actual foraging? This goes with what some others mentioned about why we eat spinach and not grass, but I know… Read more »
Jenny
Jenny
6 years 3 months ago

Start with push-ups on your knees. Eventually you’ll get to your feet. If you can only do one on your toes, do it, then drop to your knees and do as many as you can.

For pull-ups, use a chair to help you get up (only as much as you absolutely must), hold yourself up for a couple seconds, then lower yourself slowly without the chair. Negatives really do work!

Kim
Kim
6 years 3 months ago
Hey Melodious – New Rules of Lifting for Women has you start pushups on a incline, against a wall or on a hands on a bench, for example, and then you progress down to the floor (and then you start raising your feet!!). It’s supposedly better than knee pushups because it’s still a full body exercise. For pull ups, you can start up on the bar, with feet on a chair or bench and then just work on pulling up a few inches. Eventually, you can work up to a full pull up (hope this makes sense, I know I’m… Read more »
Cullen
Cullen
6 years 3 months ago
This might sound crazy, but a great solution to the infamous Vibram FiveFingers stink: go completely barefoot! Only wear them when you really need them. Which isn’t that often, in reality. The feet are excellent at adapting. Broken glass? Gimme a break. It takes some time, but all the extra sensation (and the cleanliness, believe it or not) is very worth it. Gravel is excellent for both training the feet and building up the thickness of the soles. Plus, on a chilly day, walking on gravel really warms you up! And if you go to a gym that requires shoes,… Read more »
Veronique
Veronique
6 years 3 months ago

My vibrams also stink. I hate stinky feet.

I second the softer start to working out w/out a gym. If you are out of shape and hate gyms but love the outdoors, it would be nice to see a gentler workout option.

I also second the wild eats in your area post. Finding wild mushrooms and eating wild greens would be fabulous.

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