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October 01, 2010

Contest: The Best and The Worst

By Mark Sisson
323 Comments

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.

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YumYamRunRam
YumYamRunRam
6 years 2 months ago

Best: I’m Buff

Worst: I need heavier weights.

SuperMike
SuperMike
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Russell Taylor
6 years 2 months ago

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.”

Christine M.
Christine M.
6 years 2 months ago

Best: I’m better, faster, stronger!

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

Chris
Chris
6 years 2 months ago

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.

BenK
6 years 2 months ago

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.

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Bailey
Bailey
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Feeling better than I have in a long time.

Worst: Passing up the greatest love of all, Italian pasta dishes ๐Ÿ™

Ryan
Ryan
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Being able to enjoy delicious food every day with no guilt.

Worst: Increased regret at having an indoor job.

Stef
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Jim Arkus
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Jackson
Jackson
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Clack_Attack
Clack_Attack
6 years 2 months ago

BEST: Knowing you have a long, healthy and active life ahead of you

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

Shebeeste
Shebeeste
6 years 2 months ago

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.”

Pete
Pete
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Shebeeste
Shebeeste
6 years 2 months ago

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”.

Megan
6 years 2 months ago

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!

Lyndsey
Lyndsey
6 years 2 months ago

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)

Julia
6 years 2 months ago

Oh yes, I saw that ๐Ÿ™ I wanted to reach through my screen and punch them! “Coconut oil is artery-clogging saturated fat!”

Jenn
6 years 2 months ago

“[X] oil has less calories than [Y] oil.”

*headdesk* (on so many levels)

Tony
Tony
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Danny
Danny
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Jstrick
Jstrick
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Victoria
Victoria
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Having to buy new, smaller jeans!

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

Aaron
Aaron
6 years 2 months ago

Winner in my mind!

Victoria
Victoria
6 years 2 months ago

hehe- Thanks! (It’s so true… a belt can only do so much for a sagging pair of jeans!).

Lisa
Lisa
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Bacon — forever and ever.

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

Chris
Chris
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Adrienne
Adrienne
6 years 2 months ago

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!

Sarah Matte
Sarah Matte
6 years 2 months ago

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).

Bryan Barksdale
Bryan Barksdale
6 years 2 months ago

there is actually a restaurant in Austin and Houston, TX that serves paleo food. It’s called Snap Kitchen.

Mlkrone
6 years 2 months ago

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!

Paige
Paige
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Feel great! Look great!

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

Emily
6 years 2 months ago

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.

john b
john b
6 years 2 months ago

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

Jeff
Jeff
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Audry
Audry
6 years 2 months ago

BEST: experimenting with delicious, nutritious whole foods. and getting to eat the results ๐Ÿ˜€

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

Jeff
Jeff
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Rib eye is a regular dinner choice

Worst: Beer isn’t a primal beverage

Becca
Becca
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Having a legit excuse to learn how to cook.

Worst: No more ice cream.

ryan
ryan
6 years 2 months ago

try just a little canned coconut milk blended with your favorite frozen fruit

alley cat
alley cat
6 years 2 months ago

Yep, or if you do dairy make some with cream, egg yolks, vanilla and a little amount of honey/mashed banana + berries, nuts… YUM!

Rick
Rick
6 years 2 months ago

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.

Graham
Graham
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Being stronger and buffer while working out half as much.

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

Lyndsey
Lyndsey
6 years 2 months ago
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,… Read more »
Red Foot
Red Foot
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Feeling stronger & healthier then I ever have in my entire life.

Worst: I miss chocolate chip muffins.

Lauren
Lauren
6 years 2 months ago

BEST: NO MORE STOMACH ACHES!!!! And the compliments on how good I look don’t hurt, either ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Chris
Chris
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Feeling and performing better than ever.
Worst: Bourbon & coke is right out!

(but bourbon over ice is still ok!)

anzy
anzy
6 years 2 months ago

Best: My wife thinking I’m sexy.

Worst: Less sleep than I’m used to

misathemeb
6 years 2 months ago

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.

FairyRae
FairyRae
6 years 2 months ago

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…

Brad
Brad
6 years 2 months ago

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.

sara
sara
6 years 2 months ago

Best: No more sunburns, and losing weight

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

Xfitter
6 years 2 months ago

Best – I feel great!

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

Andrew Hunter
Andrew Hunter
6 years 2 months ago

Best: abs almost visible! God I’m shallow…

Worst: logistics.

sarah deremer
sarah deremer
6 years 2 months ago

best; getting to the top of that mountain I been dreaming of climbing
worst; raising three primal preschoolers.

NS
NS
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Discovering the wonders of steak and bacon
Worst: Having not yet share these with my (lifelong vegetarian) parents

Kellie
Kellie
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Having all symptoms of the ulcerative colitis that put me in the hospital a year ago completely disappear.

Worst: The amount of money I’ve spent on new clothes because I keep needing smaller sizes!

Samantha
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Being able to eat the foods that I once feared and because of this way of eating, have a healtheir relationship with food.

Worst: [Still] Incessantly hearing how I am crazy for eating a high-fat diet and how it’s going to put me in an early grave… and worse… make me fat! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Mia
Mia
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Feeling like I have an inside secret on optimal health and I want to share it.

Worst: Sharing it to blank stares or “you can’t have bread?, I could never not have bread”.

Russell
Russell
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Eating lots of meat

Worst: Beer Guilt ๐Ÿ™

vdn
vdn
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Eating fatty, buttery steak and bacon guiltfree

Worst: Wistful glances at your grandmother’s homemade (now-too-sweet) pumpkin pie

mayness
6 years 2 months ago

Best – no more stomach problems!

Worst – I feel extra guilty when I do eat junk because I know *exactly* what it’s doing inside my body.

Trevor
6 years 2 months ago

Best: Achieving results after exhausting all other options.

Worst: Wiping away a pound of saliva every time I catch a glimpse of an oreo.

gilliebean
6 years 2 months ago

BEST: Licking the chicken fat from the frying pan!

WORST: No longer licking the frosting from the bowl!

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