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1 Oct

Contest: The Best and The Worst

The Prize:

Vital Omegas. Fantastic fish fat. They’re good for you. You know you need them. Win this contest and you’ll get three, count it three, bottles of omega 3s.

The Contest:

Primal is sunshine and walks on the beach and filet mignons and lobster. But it is also toe bruises and no more donuts and unresolved arguments with vegan friends. Inspired by Tim Conrad’s meet and greet forum thread, in the comments section below, tell people what, in your experience, is the best part of living Primal and what is the worst part of living Primal.

Here are a few examples:

Best: The looks I get from people checking out my newly toned body.

Worst: The looks I get from people checking out my weird Vibrams.

Best: My IBS has all but disappeared since going Primal.

Worst: On the few occasions when I indulge in grains, I can feel the negative effects more than ever.

Best: More bacon

Worst: Fewer tacos

Remember folks, brevity is the soul of wit, or something thereabouts. One winner will be selected at random.

The Deadline:

Midnight, tonight. It’s gonna happen!

Who is Eligible:

This one is only available to residents of Guam. If you live outside Guam, you can still win this prize, but you will be given a frown of disapproval for entering a contest you clearly know only to be open to residents of Guam.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Best: I’m Buff

    Worst: I need heavier weights.

    YumYamRunRam wrote on October 1st, 2010
  2. BEST: Comments like, “You’re how old? No you’re not!”

    WORST: The glazed over eyes when you explain what needs to be given up.

    SuperMike wrote on October 1st, 2010
  3. BEST: All the free time I have back since giving up Chronic Cardio.

    WORST: Not being able to get out of certain functions by saying “Sorry, I can’t, I have a long run scheduled.”

    Russell Taylor wrote on October 1st, 2010
  4. Best: I’m better, faster, stronger!

    Worst: The funny looks I get when I say I don’t eat grains (gasp).

    Christine M. wrote on October 1st, 2010
  5. Best: I’m fit, capable and healthy.

    Worst: Many coworkers, friends, and (non-immediate) family attribute my success primarily to good genetics rather than recognizing the effort and dedication it takes.

    Chris wrote on October 1st, 2010
  6. Best: A six pack without holding my breath, energy without energy drinks, compliments from everyone I know.

    Worst: The overwhelming desire to shake people on treadmills, explaining to people 1) the difference between “a diet” and a lifestyle 2) why the “diet” coke with the supersized #4 still isn’t healthy.

    BenK wrote on October 1st, 2010
  7. Best: Coconut oil on everything.

    Worst: Scanning labels and having to say no to otherwise yummy-looking foods that wind up being filled with soy or canola oil.

    dragonmamma wrote on October 1st, 2010
  8. Best: Feeling better than I have in a long time.

    Worst: Passing up the greatest love of all, Italian pasta dishes :(

    Bailey wrote on October 1st, 2010
  9. Best: Being able to enjoy delicious food every day with no guilt.

    Worst: Increased regret at having an indoor job.

    Ryan wrote on October 1st, 2010
  10. BEST: Knowing I’m doing the absolute BEST thing for my body now and as I age.

    WORST: NOTHING. I have no regrets, don’t miss the food that made me feel terrible, have no problem with arguments from the uneducated (more opportunity to spread the word). Ok, maybe beer, but that’s my 20 man.

    Stef wrote on October 1st, 2010
  11. Best: Lifting really heavy things and being able to do it.

    Worst: Walking into almost any company function where food is served and realizing you can barely eat any of it.

    Jim Arkus wrote on October 1st, 2010
  12. Best: Losing a shirt size!

    Worst: Trying to get my dad to understand why I don’t eat ninety percent of what he offers me.

    Jackson wrote on October 1st, 2010
  13. BEST: Knowing you have a long, healthy and active life ahead of you

    WORST: It’s attribution to the “unhealthy” Atkins diet

    Clack_Attack wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • Re: Atkins. Ditto. Or people who think it’s just a low-carb diet, which amounts to the same thing. I found it’s easier to say–“I just eat real food.”

      Shebeeste wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • Hey my primal brother, don’t dis Dr Atkin’s diet. He was one of the first to recognise that conventional wisdom was wrong and is a hero in my eyes. His diet is ok and fully primal. Ok I agree, less emphasis on fresh vegies etc but they are not vital, Remember, Grok survived long periods of time within the ice age and the likelihood of pulling a romanche lettuce out of an iceberg was pretty scarce. Inuits were one of the healthiest races before the western scourge hit them. Broaden your reading material my primal brother.

      Pete wrote on October 1st, 2010
      • Note that in the original comment that “unhealthy” is in quotes. I believe he’s commenting on the fact that *other* people think Atkins is unhealthy. Which they do. I don’t get the idea that he’s dissing Atkins. I wasn’t either. I used to do Atkins too. But I no longer eat Atkins peanut butter cups or low-carb packaged anything. Cheers, yer “primal sistah”.

        Shebeeste wrote on October 1st, 2010
  14. BEST: Lots of bacon, butter, coconut oil, and cream

    WORST: Having to listen to diet gurus spout off about low-fat everything without getting up on my soapbox and/or rolling my eyes!

    Megan wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • Haha I know, it drives me crazy! The other today on the Today show, or Hoda & Kathy Lee or whatever that show is.. this chick was telling them about the different oils, and how you should choose canola oil over olive oil because canola oil has less calories.
      (And yes, of course she said to avoid coconut oil as well lol)

      Lyndsey wrote on October 1st, 2010
      • Oh yes, I saw that :( I wanted to reach through my screen and punch them! “Coconut oil is artery-clogging saturated fat!”

        Julia wrote on October 1st, 2010
      • “[X] oil has less calories than [Y] oil.”

        *headdesk* (on so many levels)

        Jenn wrote on October 1st, 2010
  15. Best: The feeling that I can take down a mammoth or outrun a bear at any time.

    Worst: Since I am tall and never been grossly overweight, the new lean strong me is just assumed to be genetic. Having overweight friends and family talk about the latest diet and never even consider asking how I do it because its just “lucky” genes.

    Tony wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • I know exactely what you mean. And then my out of shape roommate try’s to tell me I’m not eating healthy because I don’t get any fiber in my diet. I just don’t know what it’s like to have to work to be in shape.

      Danny wrote on October 1st, 2010
  16. BEST: Looking good, and feeling good as well

    WORST: Knowing that my loved ones around me are poisoning themselves, it may not be apparent but it is true.

    Jstrick wrote on October 1st, 2010
  17. Best: Having to buy new, smaller jeans!

    Worst: Having to buy new, smaller jeans (I HATE shopping!)

    Victoria wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • Winner in my mind!

      Aaron wrote on October 1st, 2010
      • hehe- Thanks! (It’s so true… a belt can only do so much for a sagging pair of jeans!).

        Victoria wrote on October 2nd, 2010
  18. Best: Bacon — forever and ever.

    Worst: Budgeting for new clothes, since the old ones fit like tents!

    Lisa wrote on October 1st, 2010
  19. Best: Looking and feeling better than I ever have in my life.

    Worst: Seeing friends and family continue to gain weight and suffer health problems, while they refuse to give primal living an honest try.

    Chris wrote on October 1st, 2010
  20. BEST: dropping 5 jeans sizes in 10 months.

    WORST: Not having the budget to have purchased all those new clothes over the past 10 months. But truly, what a great problem to have!

    Adrienne wrote on October 1st, 2010
  21. BEST: having the most colorful and delicious meals I’ve ever had in my life

    WORST: restaurants having options for vegetarians, vegans, and diabetics, but not for people who are primal (and the weird looks that follow when you try to explain it).

    Sarah Matte wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • there is actually a restaurant in Austin and Houston, TX that serves paleo food. It’s called Snap Kitchen.

      Bryan Barksdale wrote on October 1st, 2010
  22. Best: Getting rid of: 30+lbs, back pain, heartburn, snoring, difficult nasal breathing, and spasmatic energy levels!

    Worst: Not having made ANYTHING out of the PB Cookbook I got months ago…FAIL!

    Mlkrone wrote on October 1st, 2010
  23. Best: Feel great! Look great!

    Worst: Trying to agree on a place to eat out with non-primal friends.

    Paige wrote on October 1st, 2010
  24. BEST: Coming up with awesome new recipes with my fellow primal eaters.
    WORST: Choosing between eating something I shouldn’t or insulting someone who made that dish out of the goodness of their heart but just doesn’t understand why I don’t eat certain things.

    Emily wrote on October 1st, 2010
  25. best: looking in a mirror and for a split second not realizing that ripped/lean guy looking back at me is me

    worst: realizing all the time/effort i wasted and the quality of life i missed by not finding mda sooner

    john b wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • Yes! My competitive sports days in High School and College… my years in the Marines… ALL through the fog and fatigue of the “Carb Coma”

      Thanks for the misery FDA food pyramid.

      Jeff wrote on October 1st, 2010
  26. BEST: experimenting with delicious, nutritious whole foods. and getting to eat the results 😀

    WORST: the frustration of conversations about nutrition with people whose EVERY understanding about “good” and “bad” is completely opposite mine.

    Audry wrote on October 1st, 2010
  27. Best: Rib eye is a regular dinner choice

    Worst: Beer isn’t a primal beverage

    Jeff wrote on October 1st, 2010
  28. Best: Having a legit excuse to learn how to cook.

    Worst: No more ice cream.

    Becca wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • try just a little canned coconut milk blended with your favorite frozen fruit

      ryan wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • Yep, or if you do dairy make some with cream, egg yolks, vanilla and a little amount of honey/mashed banana + berries, nuts… YUM!

      alley cat wrote on October 1st, 2010
  29. Best: Food no longer controls me.

    Worst: Limited white rice. Being Japanese, I grew up eating 2-3 bowls of white rice per day. I’d rather eat a bowl of rice than a bowl of ice cream any day.

    Rick wrote on October 1st, 2010
  30. Best: Being stronger and buffer while working out half as much.

    Worst: Eating half as much. At least its all great stuff!

    Graham wrote on October 1st, 2010
  31. The best: Losing weight, FEELING AMAZING, with absolutely NO effort other than becoming more active – and by that I mean walking two blocks to the grocery store instead of drive, and to stand at my sons soccer game instead of sit in a fold-up chair. It’s incredible. I’ve been primal for a month and have lost 15lbs without any effort other than cutting out the crap.

    The worst: Being told that I am brainwashed. Being with family on a cookout, and refusing the hamburger bun and somehow that means I have a psychological problem. Constantly told I am wrong, and wasting money because I buy the $5/lb grass fed/finished beef instead of $1.40/lb conventional crap.

    Lyndsey wrote on October 1st, 2010
  32. Best: Feeling stronger & healthier then I ever have in my entire life.

    Worst: I miss chocolate chip muffins.

    Red Foot wrote on October 1st, 2010
  33. BEST: NO MORE STOMACH ACHES!!!! And the compliments on how good I look don’t hurt, either :)

    WORST: My Vibrams gave me blisters the first time I wore them.

    Lauren wrote on October 1st, 2010
  34. Best: Feeling and performing better than ever.
    Worst: Bourbon & coke is right out!

    (but bourbon over ice is still ok!)

    Chris wrote on October 1st, 2010
  35. Best: My wife thinking I’m sexy.

    Worst: Less sleep than I’m used to

    anzy wrote on October 1st, 2010
  36. BEST: i’ve never felt this good about my body ever. as a woman who had self esteem issues, this is the most freeing thing i could have experienced!

    WORST: every day at work, my lunch is a sideshow act in the circus often flecked with passive aggressive taunting by coworkers.

    misathemeb wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • My best might just be the same as yours! It’s just damn awesome!!

      Worst? Not sure…There is always that 20% if I’m dying to do something less than primal…

      FairyRae wrote on October 1st, 2010
  37. Best: The dirty looks from family I get for eating so much fat and losing so much weight.

    Worst: The arguments and tension among family that the new primal lifestyle has created.

    Brad wrote on October 1st, 2010
  38. Best: No more sunburns, and losing weight

    Worst: Grocery shopping… like 90% of the stuff in the grocery store has grains in it… uggghhh

    sara wrote on October 1st, 2010
  39. Best – I feel great!

    Worst – I do miss a good cheeseburger from time to time.

    Xfitter wrote on October 1st, 2010
  40. Best: abs almost visible! God I’m shallow…

    Worst: logistics.

    Andrew Hunter wrote on October 1st, 2010

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