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19 Jul

Ancient Wisdom Confirmed by Modern Science

This is a guest post from Jonathan Bailor of The Smarter Science of Slim and Executive Summary Short Version: Primal has been proven right. Longer Version: Endorsed by the world-wide scientific community including top doctors at the Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins, and UCLA, and approved as curriculum for registered dieticians (RDs) by the […]

17 Jul


Age: 28 Agrippa’s Goals: “Lose 100 lbs (or reach my personal optimal weight, which I may not know till I reach it. 100 is my starting number. Currently 318 Lbs). Conquer personal challenge of 50 pull ups, 25 pistons, 25 one-arm push ups. I intend to hit at least 75% of my weight-loss goal by […]

17 Jul

Is It Primal? – Paleo Bread, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, Psyllium Fiber, and Other Foods Scrutinized

I love doing these “Is It Primal?” posts. For one, the supply of topics is virtually limitless, because you guys are constantly sending in new foods and products for me to research. Two, I’m learning a ton of new stuff. And it’s not just specific foods I’m learning about; it’s also forcing me to think […]

13 Jul


Age: Unknown Naomi’s Goals: “Go from current 191 lbs to 140lb drop the half hundredweight :0) Fit into my very expensive Alpinestars motorcycle leathers and go for a spin. Look strong and healthy for my nude photoshoot (xmas present for my fiance) in Oct 2012 – already booked and paid for !!!! Thank you for […]

11 Jul

12 Health and Fitness Blogs You Should Be Reading

With the Primal/paleo/ancestral/real food/whatever-moniker-you-prefer community growing by leaps and bounds over the past year, I thought I’d do another “blogs you should be reading” post. I’ve done this sort of thing before, both last year and the year before. Once again, there are a ton of blogs out there that I’ve either missed or forgotten […]

9 Jul

Owen and April

Age: 47 and 35 Owen and April’s Goals: “We’ve been familiar with your blog for about a year, but it wasn’t until this past Saturday, 12/31/2011, that me and hubby decided to take this “primal thing” serious. It’s only been a week so far, but we’ve both already lost 5 pounds. It’s not just the […]

4 Jul

What Does It Mean to Be Fat-Adapted?

When describing someone that has successfully made the transition to the Primal way of eating I often refer to them as “fat-adapted” or as “fat-burning beasts”. But what exactly does it mean to be “fat-adapted”? How can you tell if you’re fat-adapted or still a “sugar-burner”? I get these and related questions fairly often, so […]

3 Jul


Age: 26 Ganeesha’s Goals: “My goal for 2012 is twofold. First, I intend to kick my asthma’s ass. Second, I want to do it while getting back to the size I was most comfortable at. And I want to do it while keeping butter, bacon and play in my life!” Update 04/05/12: “I cannot believe […]

2 Jul


Age: 28 Rachel’s Goals: “I want to look and more importantly FEEL better than I did when my husband met me (back in high school at a mere 98 lbs.)! I don’t have a specific number in mind for my weight really, I just want to be able to JUMP out of bed with energy, […]

28 Jun

Is It Primal? – Ezekiel Bread, V8, Edamame, and Other Foods Scrutinized

In this “Is It Primal?” series of posts I’ve already scrutinized sprouts, cashews, sunflower butter, chocolate milk and a couple dozen other foods for their suitability in a healthy human diet. Today, I’m covering Ezekiel bread, the sprouted grain amalgamation favored by conventional health nuts; V8, the tomato juice with a little vegetable juice mixed […]

26 Jun

Why Did My Cholesterol Go Up After Going Primal?

While the majority of people who go Primal see their blood lipids improve, a significant minority do not in the short term. They see LDL cholesterol skyrocket, or their total cholesterol increase, and sometimes triglycerides even mysteriously elevate despite a low-carb intake. What’s going on here? Should you go on statins? Should you add grains […]

25 Jun


Age: 31 Adam’s Goals: “My name is Adam. My goals are to LGN and maybe even see my abs in 4 months. I don’t know if this is realistic, but I’m going to try by going Primal.” Update – 06/25/2012: “I had a few false starts and didn’t really clean up my diet until March. […]

21 Jun

How to Conduct a Personal Experiment: Yellow Light Exposure (plus an Announcement)

You guys ready for another personal experiment? I hope so. Even if don’t think you’re ready to take something on, I’m confident you’ll be able to handle this one, because it’s relatively simple, intuitive, and easy. It’s also something I’ve been discussing for a couple years now, so you’re most likely familiar and comfortable with […]

18 Jun


Age: 35 Rachel’s Goals: “Figure out my metabolic issues (hopefully get back to ideal weight, 45lbs less).” Update – 06/18/2012: “I’ve officially passed the 20 lbs lost mark and it’s feeling great! I’m also loving a new house in the Santa Cruz mountains!”

12 Jun


Age: 36 Hugh’s Goals: “My own goals are pretty straightforward. Lose weight, build fitness and strength. (I’ll be very pleased when I can do a dozen full weight pull-ups, run a full set of 8 Tabata sprints and fit into off-the-rack clothing in size M or L. Very pleased doesn’t mean I’ll stop, it’s just […]

11 Jun

Dear Mark: Preservatives in Lard, Ace-K, Raspberry Gorging, and Veal

What would you do if someone gifted you with a 5-pound tub of lard? Jump for joy? Grab a spoon? All reasonable responses, but what if that tub of lard had a label that said “contains BHA and BHT”, two antioxidants commonly used to preserve processed food, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals – how would you react? […]

10 Jun


Age: 23 Tasha’s Goals: “I’ve been primal since July of 2011, but haven’t managed to keep myself on track (I keep giving in to the lure of baked goods & other sugary treats as well as beers and pizza). I am starting off 2012 with a Whole30 to try and root out potential food allergies […]

7 Jun

Why You Should Work Outside

We’ve discussed the “nature-deficit disorder” running rampant throughout contemporary society before. Kids are more likely to control characters in video games who explore vast outdoor worlds (and complain about the graphics “not being realistic enough”) rather than get out and explore the real world themselves (which has excellent graphics, a pretty snazzy physics engine, and […]

27 May


Age: 33 Jeanine’s Goals: “The first one was my “before” picture (4/29/11) just before I started running three times a week for four months. But to my dismay, after the program I discovered I had gained 4 pounds and was at my heaviest ever: 192 pounds at 5′ 9″. But then I found the Primal […]

24 May

What Does It Mean to Have “Balance” in Your Life?

Let me step outside the usual Primal fare today and play with an idea we’re all familiar with on some level. Balance: it’s perhaps the most ubiquitous self-help buzz word, and it seems like the perfect, compliant prescription for a manic paced world. I mean, who can argue with finding more balance in life? The […]

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