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9 May


Age: 37 Alvaro’s Goals: “My name is Alvaro, I’m 37, been living primal for the past 6 months, I’ve lost 40 pounds and gained muscle mass, I feel great! On the next 6 months, I would like to lose another 40 pounds and not just exercise, but play and have fun more often.” Update – […]

2 May

5 Primal Superfoods for Fertility and Pregnancy

This is a guest post from Chris Kresser of As a clinician with a special interest in fertility and pregnancy nutrition, two of the most common questions my patients ask are: Is a Paleo/Primal Blueprint diet safe during pregnancy? What are the most important foods to eat for boosting fertility and ensuring a healthy […]

29 Apr


Age: 38 Jeff’s Goals: “I started Primal eating in earnest on July 5, 2011. I’ve included two photos, one from when I started in July and one from December, 2011. It’s hard to tell in the photos, but in the first one I am straining at the very last hole in my belt and wearing […]

25 Apr

Why Fast? Part Seven – Q&A

By now, you should be caught up on all the benefits that fasting offers. By now, you’re likely either intrigued by the practice, strongly considering taking it up, or basking in the smug satisfaction that your longtime breakfast-skipping ways weren’t destroying your metabolism after all. But although I tried to cover just about everything I […]

24 Apr


Age: 62 Marianne’s Goals: “I had already intended to write to you this month, but you beat me to it with the “Success Stories In the Making” challenge! I’m really looking forward to participating. This fall during the 30-day challenge I sent you my primal progress report, All I Want for Christmas Is a TRX. […]

20 Apr


Age: 37 Lori’s Goals: “I want to lose 20 to 30 lbs by my high school reunion in July. I also want to be able to truly okay with my active 7 & 8 yr olds. I want to be a good example to them.” Update – 04/19/12: “So, it’s been 3 months since I […]

19 Apr

5 Common Nutrient Deficiencies (and What to Do About Them)

If the Primal way of eating is so healthy, why am I writing a post on common nutrient deficiencies? Well, mostly because you asked. For months now, I’ve received emails from Mark’s Daily Apple readers asking about iodine, selenium, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals, so I figured it’s about time to highlight these key […]

18 Apr


Age: 36 Tatiana’s Goals: “My personal goal is to lose 12 pounds and tone up. Right now my weight is 127,4 pounds and my height is 5 foot even. I am going to turn 37 in 3 months and I would like to be around 115 pounds or less.” Update – 04/18/12: “Unfortunately, I didn’t […]

18 Apr

Should You Chew Your Child’s Food?

By now, you’ve probably seen the Alicia Silverstone pre-mastication video. It’s totally safe for work (maybe not for lunch, but your mileage may vary), but some viewers will find it a bit unsettling: Silverstone feeds her baby pre-chewed food directly from her mouth, just like a bird. I found it pretty fascinating and not at […]

17 Apr


Age: 25 Kirsty’s Goals: “This year my first goal is to get my weight under 100kilos and my waist under 100cms by my birthday in April and both of those measurements under 80 by the end of the year. I also want to add 50 kilos to my deadlift and 20 kilos to my clean […]

17 Apr


Age: 29 Helen’s Goals: “This is me, Helen, weighing in at 146 pounds. My goal…to be 136 by my 30th birthday in July and then to see where we go from there…” Update – 04/17/12: “My story actually started nearly a year ago. I have always been up and down with my size over the […]

17 Apr

Why Fast? Part Six – Choosing a Method

Assuming you’ve been keeping up with the series, you should be saying to yourself “Hey, maybe this fasting thing would be a cool thing to try out, and it might even make me healthier/live longer/lean out/lose weight/etc.,” which is a sufficiently extensive list of benefits, don’t you think? I could probably go on theorizing and […]

16 Apr


Age: 19 Isabel’s Goal: “Personal goal: Getting a healthy, energized and shaped body (I’m suffering from numerous food intolerances, allergies and hypothyroidism).” Update – 04/14/12: “How has progress been so far?: The beginning was pure torture. I was way more carb addicted than I had assumed before. I eventually stuck to PB eating because of […]

16 Apr


Age: 41 Matt’s Goals: “The first picture was taken in March 2011 when I first started on the Primal path. I weighed 226. Today, I’m 214.5 and am at a plateau. My goal is to get to 200, and I really want to get there within 6 months.” Update – 04/14/12: “Today I am 212.5, […]

12 Apr


Age: 33 Jessica’s Goals: “My goal is to loose fat, have more energy and be healthy. I then want to inspire others from my journey like you have inspired so many of us.” Update – 04/12/12: “My progress has definitely slowed down, I know that this is probably due to the fact that I don’t […]

12 Apr

Why Fast? Part Five – Exercise

In previous installments, I’ve discussed the powerful effect of fasting on weight loss, particularly with respect to adipose tissue. I’ve explained how intermittent bouts of going without food have been shown to increase cancer survival and resistance and improve patient and tumor response to chemotherapy, and I went over the considerable evidence suggesting that fasting […]

10 Apr


Age: 28 Deanna’s Goals: “I have been primal with varying degrees of strictness for 2 1/2 years now. My goal for 2012 is to remove as many preservatives and artificial sweeteners from my diet as possible. The sweeteners will be easy: most of my artificial sweeteners came from an increasing consumption of diet sodas, which […]

10 Apr


Age: 43 Allen’s Goals: “No more blood pressure or cholesterol meds, more energy, general good health.” Update – 04/09/12: “Three months ago I weighed 184lb. Although I don’t feel that it really shows, I am now down to 165lb. I feel much more energetic, and have gotten much better about moving slowly instead of doing […]

10 Apr


Age: 58 Lloyd’s Goals: “Here is my “before” picture from October, weighing in at an even 250. I started the Primal Lifestyle on 11/17, and after 7 weeks, have already lost 14 lbs. What do you know, exactly 2 lbs. per week – even Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks! I had ballooned up to a 42 […]

10 Apr


Age: 48 Aila’s Goals: “Okay, taking a big deep breath and sending this off… This is Aila, age 48, 5’2″, current weight 203.2 (I started PB at 233). My personal goal for 2012 is to continue to work toward my goal weight of 110. In particular, my goal is to increase my overall fitness, including […]

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