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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: OMG! The primal diet! Yummy!

    Worst: Working in integrative health care and maintaining credibility with those practitioners that subscribe to Conventional Wisdoms.

    Shri Drake wrote on October 1st, 2010
  2. Best: Eating fabulous yummy natural food until I’m full.

    Worst: Not passing up beautiful home-made desserts – and feeling it later.

    Ely wrote on October 1st, 2010
  3. Best: Not wasting 2 or more hours a day in the gym

    Worst: People think the amount of bacon I eat is somehow unhealthy (the same people who are running like hamsters on a treadmill all day when they could be out playing in the sun!!)

    Colin wrote on October 1st, 2010
  4. Best – tossing my 45pd downhill bike onto my roof rack without thinking about it

    Worst – missing the smell of baking bread

    Duncan wrote on October 1st, 2010
  5. Best: Being able to share my lifestyle with someone else who is also primal.

    Worst: Trying to get my teenagers off of grains. OY!

    Kristin wrote on October 1st, 2010
  6. Best: Having my young girls watch, learn, play and participate like and with there fit mommy.
    Worst: We are a very “regular” family :)

    Emily wrote on October 1st, 2010
  7. Best: No more restless legs at night.

    Worse: No more ice cream.

    Connie wrote on October 1st, 2010
  8. Best: So much more confidence (based on science, not marketing) in my food choices.

    Worst: I really love (non-Primal) desserts.

    Kris wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • +1 on desserts. They are part of my 20 very occasionally and at holidays. I always keep it to the day off though, so it’s only once a year.

      Ryan wrote on October 1st, 2010
  9. Best: Having energy all day – no more eating all those snacks they tell you are essential!!

    Worst: Having my new way of eating called an EATING DISORDER!

    Elle wrote on October 1st, 2010
  10. Best: Being fit enough to indulge every once in a while, and loving it.

    Worst: Having that sugar bomb generally knock the hell out of me later. Sigh.

    Dustin K. wrote on October 1st, 2010
  11. Best: Sharper mind
    Worst: Getting my kids to give up pizza.

    Jason wrote on October 1st, 2010
  12. Best: Watching my belly disappear!

    Worst: What am I going to do with all this extra skin?

    Joe The Toad wrote on October 1st, 2010
  13. Best: Making eye contact with cute girls doing the chronic cardio thing while out shirtless in my Vibrams on my university campus before I sprint past them during an HIIT session.

    Worst: Having your food choices dictated by the university dining halls. Limited choices. Very limited choices.

    Richad wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • I live on a university campus too, but I’ve started cooking most of my own food. Once you get into the habit, it’s really no big deal!

      Laura wrote on October 1st, 2010
  14. Best: Lowest body fat in 20 years, doing half the exercise.

    Worst: Feeling the need to help others along with the resistance from others.

    Paul C wrote on October 1st, 2010
  15. Best: So many vegetables!

    Worst: I miss bread.

    Jaime wrote on October 1st, 2010
  16. Best: Less depression.

    Worst: Being regarded as a nutjob even more. (that’s not a bad thing per se, absolutely not, it’s just…tiring sometimes.)

    hmrf wrote on October 1st, 2010
  17. Best: when I wake up in the morning, I actually have energy.

    Worst: Although I still bake my grandmother’s cookies and brownies for family and friends, I can no longer eat them :-(

    Justin wrote on October 1st, 2010
  18. Best: Increased energy, virility, capability; lower body fat percentage.

    Worst: My family gets tired of my preaching to them about their continued bad habits.

    Brian wrote on October 1st, 2010
  19. Best: not feeling like a bloated whale after eating grains/bread.

    Worst: lots of dishes from cooking so much (even though the husband usually does dishes… it’s just endless.).

    kari wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • oops, i didn’t read all the way down. i don’t live in Guam. sorry!!

      kari wrote on October 1st, 2010
  20. BEST: Knowing I truly am what I eat

    WORST: Knowing Friends and Family are what they eat.

    Dozer wrote on October 1st, 2010
  21. BEST: Seeing the composition of my body change for the better almost daily.

    WORST: No Pizza (Oh well, made me sick anyway!)

    Pam wrote on October 1st, 2010
  22. Best: Cured my pre-diabetes
    Worst: Knowing sons vegitarian friend’s dad’s heart attack wasn’t a wake up call for him or her. Now he’s a veg on Lipitor.

    Dave, RN wrote on October 1st, 2010
  23. Best: Losing almost 15 pounds and 3 inches off my pants size in little over a month. Waking up feeling like I could sucker punch a grizzly bear and get away with it, either by running faster than he can or wrestling him into submission.

    Worst: Knowing that my mother struggles each day with chronic pain, largely due to inflammation, and having to find ways to convince her that going primal could be the answer to all of her prayers. She tried it for 2 days and quit because she “hates the food”. She is addicted to oatmeal, bread, pasta, and all of that stuff. Trust me, I’ve tried every strategy to get her onboard: start slowly, try to give up only one thing each week, etc… breaks my heart.

    CJ wrote on October 1st, 2010
  24. Best: I’m in the best shape of my life at 50.

    Worst: Watching same-aged friends deteriorate, have heart attacks, get stents, get diabetes, get overweight…

    Dave, RN wrote on October 1st, 2010
  25. BEST: Eating REAL fats again without feeling like I did something BAD!

    WORST: Managing meals with friends and family without making compromising my values OR making to big of an issue over various foods.

    Rodney wrote on October 1st, 2010
  26. Best: Leaner and more toned physique.
    Worst: There’s no such thing as a primal apple fritter!

    AP wrote on October 1st, 2010
    • I bet I could make one. The kind that’s deep fried or pan fried. I was thinking of trying this out sometime anyway!

      Kim wrote on October 1st, 2010
  27. BEST: looking and feeling better than ever WHILE breastfeeding my 15 month old + helping my brother lose 45 pounds

    WORST: watching my mother eating white flour and sugar

    Vanilla wrote on October 1st, 2010
  28. Best: Stable energy levels that just seem to go on and on regardless of whether I’ve eaten recently or not.

    Worst: Being able to walk around a supermarket and not be able to find a single thing to eat.

    Worst 2: Not be taken seriously in discussions about health, CW seems to win most arguments even though you have better information, more examples, science, and just a smattering of common sense.

    Steve wrote on October 1st, 2010
  29. BEST: Knowing that I am on the right path to being healthy for the rest of my life and not thinking that when i get older that i’m going to be in a wheelchair.

    WORST: Being tempted by all that is bad by living with 2 people who eat nothing but carbs.

    Laura M wrote on October 1st, 2010
  30. Best: I recognize and can pronounce all the things in my pantry/fridge/freezer. Okay, that’s a cheat, my mom’s a natural food advocate even though she’s a pescatarian, so I could always do that.

    Real Best: Watching “Fat Head,” on recommendation from a fellow MDAer, and finally getting my husband on board.

    Worst: NEVER let your CW relatives go to the grocery store with you. Grandmother – “Don’t you want some bread? You don’t have any snacks (cookies/chips/crackers)! Look, you can put this right in the microwave (still doesn’t realize I sold the microwave months ago)!”

    Erin wrote on October 1st, 2010
  31. Best: Freaking people out when I eat a pile of raw calf liver for dinner.

    Worst: Freaking people out when I eat a pile of raw calf liver for dinner.

    Ron wrote on October 1st, 2010
  32. BEST: Happily Look forward to the rest of the Primal years of my life

    WORST: Sad to have wasted myself all the years gone by.. (Why were you not born earlier, Mark Sisson)

    Resurgent wrote on October 1st, 2010
  33. BEST: Primal is the only sustainable, healthy lifestyle we’ve found in a lifetime of searching.

    WORST: Trying to convince people that they can, in fact, live without bread!

    The Primal Palette wrote on October 1st, 2010
  34. Best: No more back fat rolls!
    Worst: Trying to explain why it’s ok for me to put butter on my steak.

    Birdie wrote on October 1st, 2010
  35. Best: I have 2 bests, no more stomach bloat and very reduced hormonal inbalance due to peri-menapause.

    Worst: Hubby isn’t primal!

    Vickie wrote on October 1st, 2010
  36. Best: The feeling of freedom I get being primal, being in touch with my body and the natural way of life.

    Worst: My family not wanting to even try going primal for a few weeks :\

    Max Gazzara wrote on October 1st, 2010
  37. Best: I look, feel and perform better than ever

    Worst: Constant defense of my lifestyle from neolithophiles

    adam wrote on October 1st, 2010
  38. Best: steak and eggs

    worst: the laughs from people who say things like, “that looks like a heart attack on a plate!”

    GROK ON!!

    Tim Carley wrote on October 1st, 2010
  39. Best: an unlimited supply of superhero level energy

    worst: not consuming all the fall beers that have been coming out the past couple of weeks

    Primalrob wrote on October 1st, 2010
  40. BEST: Feeling better than ever while enjoying all the wonderful fatty foods that all humans love deep down.

    WORST: The arguments between family members that creates tension. There was too much of this in the beginning but it has slowed down recently and they are catching on little by little.

    Primal Toad wrote on October 1st, 2010

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