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19 Feb

A Little Perspective

A little perspective is always helpful. Usually, I take it upon myself to dole it out on this blog, but I could use a wake up call from time to time.

You may have noticed that we’ve been stressing the “perfect” Primal life: eating organic, wild, free-range foods, butchering or hunting our own meat, buying food directly from local farmers, growing our own produce, etc. But in our zest for attempting to perfectly emulate the quality of food Grok might have eaten, we run the risk of scaring off newcomers. Maybe you’re a college student unsatisfied with his dorm food and the Primal Blueprint sounds pretty intriguing… but then you read posts from the last few weeks and wonder how you’ll ever find the time or money to hunt a deer or buy an entire pig from a farmer or shop exclusively at farmers’ markets. I imagine it can sound a bit overwhelming to someone who just wants to improve his or her diet and health, and lose a bit of weight. Organic produce can be pricey, growing vegetables requires space, buying from local farms requires local farms, and butchering an entire side of beef requires time and know-how that most busy people simply don’t have. Striving for perfection is admirable, and we certainly condone it, but falling short of it (which, by definition, is basically inevitable) isn’t failure. It’s just reality. As much as I stress following a near perfect Primal lifestyle, I don’t want the perfect to become the enemy of the good.

Why? Because you can do a whole lot of good for your body by strictly shopping at a regular grocery store and buying conventionally produced food. Just stick to the tried and true ways – stay on the perimeter of the store, avoid the inner aisles, always purchase whole foods – and the rest will fall into place. Eating organic is, of course, ideal, but not totally necessary; I’d say that in most cases what you don’t eat is more important than what you do eat. Cutting out grains, starchy vegetables, legumes, and refined sugars is the most important aspect of the Primal diet – and their absence will make the biggest difference in your health and body composition. Whether you eat grain fed meat and conventionally grown veggies or grass fed and organic, as long as you cut out the agrarian staples, you will lose weight and feel better.

Look, no one’s perfect. We all have our vices, and that’s okay – they’re “allowed.” (Some vices aren’t even vices at all; like dark chocolate, fat, naps, or wine.) We don’t expect everyone to follow the Primal way with the zeal of a religious fanatic; we just hope that people follow the basic guidelines while allowing for a few compromises here and there. 90% of it is making a few simple lifestyle changes – cutting out grains and legumes, reducing sugar intake, getting daily exercise (in a pattern that blends both intense and casual), getting enough sleep, eating more fat and protein. The rest is just gravy (not literally, of course!).

To those of you opting out of fried chicken and potatoes for roast chicken and greens, we applaud you – regardless of how that chicken was raised, in almost all cases you are better off.

To those of you buying veggies at the grocery store rather than at a farmers’ market, keep up the good work – in the end, a vegetable is a vegetable with the same basic nutrient profile.

To those of you working out on a nautilus machine or just with your body weight because you have no access to a barbell and weights, don’t stop – just stay active everyday and your body will show it.

To those of you curious enough to question conventional health and fitness advice (including ours!), you’ve already won – and never stop asking.

Again, I feel eating organic/wild/free-range/hunted is incredibly beneficial if you can manage, but don’t sweat it. If our focus on organic and wild food and self-sustenance is what’s keeping you from going Primal, don’t let it! If you don’t have the time or inclination to search out obscure ingredients like pink Celtic sea salt or wild buffalo rib-eyes or Peruvian red peppercorns, it won’t affect your ability to benefit from the Primal Blueprint.

Remember: any step toward the Primal life is a step in the right direction.

Questions for readers:

What do you think? Where on the spectrum of “Primal” do you fall? Would you agree that going Primal can be done in baby steps, or is going Primal an all-or-nothing proposition for you? Do you let perfection get in the way of making good choices? Hit me up with a comment and let me know your thoughts. Thanks, everyone!

Further Reading:

The Secret to Health & Longevity: Are You Following the 10/90 Rule?

Fast Food Indulgence, Dirty Marketing Tricks and Personal Responsibility

How to Cheat

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  1. Thanks for this post Mark. Very well said. I believe it can be done in baby steps and following whatever one’s ability is at a given time is more important than doing it “perfectly.” I can’t afford grass fed meats and all organic produce (I do buy it when it’s on special though!), but I don’t eat any grains, sugar, processed foods, etc. The difference is outstanding and I’m happy. When I can take it to the next level I will, but I won’t stress about it until then!

    Almost There wrote on February 19th, 2009
  2. I absolutely believe it can be done in baby steps. I almost primal in my eating habits and as a SAHM I certainly am active, though planned out exercise only happens a couple of times a week. I think we should all work towards the “perfect primal”, but if you can’t right now then do what you can with what you have.

    Shannon wrote on February 19th, 2009
  3. I really appreciate this article, as I’m working toward a Primal lifestyle and find it difficult to not take an “all or nothing” approach. I’m still enjoying sugar in my coffee and eating probably too much dairy, but I’m also working on significantly increasing my protein. Baby steps : )

    Katherine wrote on February 19th, 2009
  4. Great article. I lost 30 lbs just following the basics – stop eating grains and starchy foods. After that, it has been a matter of continuous learning (that never stops) to improve my health.

    Rob wrote on February 19th, 2009
  5. Mark,

    Great article. I’ve been following your site for a few months and it is fantastic! Not being “perfect” is probably what a lot of folks need to hear. I tend to stress myself out sometimes when it comes to sticking Primal. I elminated wheat and gluten on my own, before you discovering your site and what an impact on my health. I would get colds every 2 months. My triathlon training, combined with lots of wheat and gluten kept me ill. Reducing my training and eliminating wheat has been hard, it is in everything, but also beneficial. I got sick in November, buy went a year and 3 months with no cold!! Awesome! Thanks for the site and keep on giving us great advice on balanced healthy living.

    Billy Saywer wrote on February 19th, 2009
  6. Perfect timing for this article! I’ve had a stressful week and my eating has been a bit off. This is a good reminder of how far I have come. I don’t eat gluten, I barely eat any grains (just a little brown rice in my homemade chicken soup) and I’ve cut my average carb intake from 300+ to right around 100.

    But I did not do all of this overnight. It has been baby steps for the past 2+ years.

    Thanks again for your site!

    gadgetgirl wrote on February 19th, 2009
  7. Thanks for this post, Mark. I have been trying to go primal the best I can since early January (when I quit – *gasp* – smoking). I am dragging my family along with me (kicking and screaming a little bit), and I do often wonder how to put these things into perspective – which changes are the most important ones. So, while we are making some smaller changes as well, we have definitely cut out all those yucky carb foods and are walking/sprinting 2 miles a day – every day. I think (hope?) that if we falter a little on some of the rest, that these two things will still make a huge difference in our lives. I am thrilled to say that my blood pressure has come right on down to normal and I can hardly wait to get another blood profile done next month. So thanks for everything, really. You are very inspirational.

    Christina Jones wrote on February 19th, 2009
  8. I probably fall towards the “extreme” side of primal. I have even planned my first hunting trip tahnks to chuck (turkey this spring). I sure didn’t start there though. It is just so easy to keep incorporating more and more that soon you are happily on the hardcore primal side. I wouldnt recomend starting there though. One step at a time is the way to work yourself in.

    The SoG

    Son of Grok wrote on February 19th, 2009
  9. Mark,
    I appreciate your clear approach to eating and exercise. I have learn a lot from you.
    Regarding where I fall on the Primal Lifestyle I’d say that it’s easier when I prepare my own food. Getting enough vegetables is perhaps the hardest. Having enough around and preparing them is challenging on a daily basis. It takes time. Forget organic. A waste of money. I can’t afford to be that healthy.
    The other difficulty is that I’m the only person in my family who wants to live and eat this way.
    I read your articles out loud to the wife and she won’t change her eating habits. She won’t exercise. Since she is a wonderful cook in the old style way it means I have to cook or we’ll eat sandwiches, pasta, a non paleo salad and the occasional steak. She can’t shake carbs. I must say I love them too but have gone a long way towards eliminating them when I have or take control of our diet.
    I imagine most of your readers are in a family like this. The reality is their spouse we’ll never change and since our relationships are more important than Marks Daily Apple or even our own longevity and health I think most of us have a big problem.
    I’d love to hear from other followers who have real lives and loves that differ from their hoped-for lifestyle.
    Sincerely,
    Dana Law
    San Diego, Ca

    Dana Law wrote on February 19th, 2009
  10. I’m going as primal as I possibly can since I live in a somewhat isolated place and have less access to organic grown/ grass-fed food. But I eat natural whole foods and stay active daily while staying away from stress, both physical and mental. I’ve never been in better shape! I truly believe I have the body I’m meant to have because of this lifestyle.

    Kat wrote on February 19th, 2009
  11. i think it’s good to bring to light that it is possible to go primal within differents parameters and to encourage those to do so. my food is a mixture, mostly fresh ingredients lots of vegetables and always berries but the pantry does have canned items as well. i do what i can with what i’ve got. thank you for keeping it real :)

    carla wrote on February 19th, 2009
  12. Thanks.

    I appreciate you catering to us non-Zealots too :)

    KIra wrote on February 19th, 2009
  13. As a fellow first born perfectionist – I say Great Post! A little perspective is always welcomed!

    :)

    Ryan Denner wrote on February 19th, 2009
  14. Mark,

    Great Post. We have been following the Primal Blueprint for about 5 months. I stumbled onto your site about a week after joining a CrossFit affiliate, your Primal plan immediately made sense. I remember the anxiety that I felt when we started, mostly related to the intensity of the workouts, but also from the potential expense of really trying to make the right decisions about our lifestyles after a lifetime of mis-information. Your advice is spot on, you can’t make every change at once. We cut out the HFCS, soda, grains, sugar, processed crap first, then worked on the details and studied more about Nutrition (which we embarrassingly knew nothing about), lowered our alcohol consumption, etc… Now I am experimenting with fasting and we just went in fourths on our first cow from a local farmer. I am also sticking with the intense workouts 5 days a week, give or take. I have dropped 40 lbs of fat and added 10 lbs of lean body mass, dropping from about 30 to about 16% BF. Amazing results and I don’t miss any of the shit that my friends and family still try to feed me. I am completely on-game mentally, never sick, and feel better than I have since -probably ever. I travel about half the week for business, so I know that you can’t always get food with a traceable origin, so you just make the best ‘meat and veggie’ selection possible and move on. I started bringing some of SoG’s Primal Energy Bars with me for emergency food situations and if I can’t get something decent…I just don’t eat – a perfect modern equivalent of a bad hunting day for Grok.

    Keep up the great work,

    Sean
    Blacksburg, VA

    Sean wrote on February 19th, 2009
  15. Baby steps are probably the single most important thing you can do. If you make too many changes in one go you end up a walking craving and it becomes too easy to revert to old ways. But taking it slow you can, spend the time learning what your body likes and what you want as part of your lifestyle.

    Spring Girl wrote on February 19th, 2009
  16. I would put myself 80% of the way there. And I’m pretty happy with myself. I do eat organic, avoid starches, exercise regularly, get lots of fat and protein in my diet. Hell, I have even kicked adding Splenda to things, which if you saw m 6 months ago would have never believed it possible. If only I could totally kick this darn diet soda habit!

    Rachel wrote on February 19th, 2009
  17. I don’t know…. A while back, I started the Primal lifestyle (with its own imperfect modifications, as you just posted) and reading your blog, and keeping my daily carbs at 100 grams per day (IF also has had a big role to play in this). And guess what (what I said I don’t know), I am sprinting faster than most people in my running group. And I am older by a minimum of 15 years to all of them. Some coincidence, huh?

    Rambodoc wrote on February 19th, 2009
  18. there’s always venison (moose,deer) in the freezer, i kill my own grassfed bison goat and lamb, and buy wild caught salmon. all these i eat raw or cooked about 50/50. i always have a bone broth simmerin’ on the back burner (Mark, you should do a post extolling the miriad virtues of bone broth. cheap, and a goldmine of nutrition).

    also, i do not buy conventionally raised meat if i can help it.

    …but i’m not a total snob. :)
    i never buy organic produce: too much conflicting evidence regarding benefits. i buy canned salmon, tuna and sardines for the convenience, canned tomatoes, pumpkin and coconut milk, and am not averse to adding a little non paleo cream to my non paleo coffee on the weekends. i buy non organic nuts in the shell too.

    however, nothing with grains, legumes or sugar. not too much sweet fruit and almost no dairy.

    shel wrote on February 19th, 2009
  19. …oh, yeah. no spuds! the bane of the waistline on the average North American male. heh heh…

    shel wrote on February 19th, 2009
  20. That second row of abs is my primary motivator most of the time. They’re just beginning to show from under a receding layer of belly fat (if the lighting is -just right-). When I stumble and give in to chocolate and ice cream, they disappear until I get back on track for a day or two. I try to visualize my belly swallowing them up again every time I’m tempted by something sweet.

    It’s funny how we have our different vices. My roommate has no problem resisting sugar but has deep cravings for breads and starches, but I can remember having only one craving for something like nachos in the year-plus that I’ve been eating this way.

    Evan wrote on February 19th, 2009
  21. Small steps is good advice. Few things worth having are achieved easily or overnight . I try to temper my pursuit of perfection by appreciating how far I’ve come and looking to where I want to be, while still enjoying the moment and stage where I am now. I’ve had some things in my favor for going primal. #1, I get sick as a dog when I screw up, since I am almost totally wheat/dairy and sugar intolerant and really just can’t take more than 150 g’s of carbs in any form per day. #2, I love working out and have all sorts of sports that I enjoy with a passion. #3, I can afford to buy whatever I want at the grocery store. #4, Home canning, jerky-making and hunting are skills I learned a long time ago. #5, I work with ranchers. On the day of the cow-pooling post, the secretary at my school gave led me to the cafeteria freezer and showed me several pounds of organic grass-fed beef and said, just give me a share of the jerky! Not everyone has such advantages and surely it is good for all of us to recognize this. We can only do what we can do! When the odds are stacked against us, meeting our goals can feel futile, and this is where we get tested. How many times can we fall down and still get back up?! This probably sounds really stupid, but I am totally not mechanical. My brother says it’s just a matter of taking time to play around with mechanical things and seeing how they work. I always say the same thing about computers, which come easy to me. But I am such a klutz with anything mechanical that it seems like whenever I “play around” with it, I just mess it up! For the last year, I have set myself the goal of learning bicycle maintenance and repair. I have a high-end mountain bike and I want to be able to work on it and make on-the-spot repairs on the trail. Since I ride a lot, often alone, and in remote locales, this would be useful. Also, I have a long-range goal of working for a mountain bike tour company during summer vacations (I teach). I cannot do that job unless I learn bike repair. I can change a tire, but I’m so slow. The front disc brake on my bike is really picky. It rubs and has to be adjusted every time I take the front rim off. The rim has to come off for the bike to be placed in my car rack. So you’d think I’d know how to do that by now, but I still struggle with it. Tonight I had a short window of light left to ride after work. My husband was waiting for me. The brake was rubbing badly. I took out the wrench and began adjusting it. I tried, again and again. “I thought you knew how to adjust your brake,” he said. Just then I stuck my finger in the path of the spinning disc and sliced off the tip. Apparently, NOT. Fingertips are critical for climbing, which is my main sport, so this is bad. It hurts like hell just typing. So I feel like a retard. It’s good for a teacher to struggle with something, so we know how our students feel while trying to master what’s hard for them. Mark is a good teacher for recognizing this. Perfection is elusive for all of us in some regard or another.

    Danielle T wrote on February 19th, 2009
  22. Good to be reminded that we can get too extreme or obsessed about things, a Primal lifestyle is a goal, and that the process of getting there is as important as the achievement itself. My physical and mental health has made enormous strides since I first read Marc’s stuff 6 months ago and cut out grains and dairy more or less completely. I will never get down to his 100-150 carbs I suspect – I love sweet fruits too much. On the other hand nobody is ever going to convince me that eating half a grapefruit, an apple and a banana a day is bad for my health either. I’m happy with the compromise I’ve reached and this is a lifestyle I can easily maintain ( with room for the occasional lapse ) for ever. Thanks again Marc and don’t sweat it too much !

    David Young wrote on February 20th, 2009
  23. Great article. Currently, I’m studying abroad in Denmark. It has been great, but, I’ve relaxed a little on my primal lifestyle.

    I’ve been traveling a lot and I try to eat authentic meals from the country I’m in. Most of the time, this includes dessert (although I got Pork Knuckle in Berlin this past weekend). However, during the week, I try to eat primally. I feel that most products here are less processed to begin with, so that is good.

    I used to do Crossfit religiously. Now, I get to the gym when I can. However, like EVERYONE else, I’ve been riding a bike everywhere (with the huge taxes in Denmark, 1 car is the price of 3. Very few people have cars).

    I plan on making the most of my time in Europe. I will try to be as primal as I can, but, I’m not going to sweat it.

    Matt wrote on February 20th, 2009
  24. Baby steps don’t work for me. I usually go full gorilla on anything I’m interested in. Much to my wife’s chagrin. On the other hand, she is starting slowly getting into the PB. I say you do whatever works for you and are comfortable with it.
    It’s obvious we all have different approaches to the PB, the bottom line is……..get on board. It works!

    Cody wrote on February 20th, 2009
  25. I’m somewhere in the range between full-on Modern Grok and the baby steps. However, I’ve been comfortably in that zone for nearly 4 months, and what’s the status? nearly 20 pounds off the frame, vastly stronger, illnesses (mostly) dodged (minor sniffles right now, but nastier things are going around that aren’t bothering me), and generally feeling more energetic and positive … which helps, since I was laid off last week!

    Now working on getting my wife to try it out: starting with a 14-day challenge for her, I think. Then coax that to the 30-day and see what’s happened…

    Primal = delicious and fun no matter how intensely you practice it.

    Andy wrote on February 20th, 2009
  26. I’ve been completely Primal for about a year and a half now, (with the occasional tiny bites of non-Primal food from my boyfriend’s plate on Saturdays only). I feel and look better than ever. But I am glad that to me, good isn’t good enough. I am always trying to make myself even better. As a female bodybuilder, I am at 8-9% bodyfat, but still look for ways to build more muscle while maintaining a lean physique, WITHOUT drugs. This is a challenge for female bodybuilders, more than men, I believe. You guys have the testosterone, it’s so unfair!
    Thank you to Mark for keeping it real and pushing us. Don’t ever feel like you need to back away to accommodate to those that only want to do this part way. The rest of us need you just the way you are to push us even further, not to tell us that it’s okay to be bad!

    Wendy wrote on February 20th, 2009
  27. @SoG: I agree. What I’ve noticed in my own life is that healthy changes introduced gently encourage me to continue making healthy changes, until I’m more “hardcore”, even though I didn’t start out that way.

    @Dana Law: I empathize. My husband is not Primal, but because we don’t have kids and he eats out a lot (and wants to eat his leftovers, not throw them), cooking for him is not an issue–I just cook for myself. Also, he’s supportive of the changes I’ve made because he sees they’re having good results, and he’s making his own baby steps to cut down on sugar and grains.

    But, we used to have roommates with horrible eating habits (now we have our own home, thank God!), and I just got fatter and fatter, eating all kinds of processed crap from time to time (when I “caved in”)–crap that would never have been in the house if we hadn’t lived with them. Hang in there!

    @Cody: You remind me of an interesting article I read not long ago. Short version: Some people are moderators, and some are abstainers. What works for moderators doesn’t work for abstainers. You sound like an abstainer.

    Mark, thanks for another informative post that provoked lots of interesting comments. IMHO, you’re one of the best fitness blogs out there. (I only say “one of” because I have a soft spot for Cranky Fitness.)

    Ruth wrote on February 20th, 2009
  28. I think gradual change is essential since this is something for the long term. Changing ones lifestyle completely at once is likely not to last. I think everyone has to experiment and find what works best for them. We are all different no one approach will work for everyone.

    For me the key is to keep it simple: No calorie counting, no exercise plans, no real rules, just be aware of the principles and try to incorporate as many as possible over time. This approach has worked well for me so far. Now that I’m comfortable with the changes made it’s time to review the principles and add a little more detail.

    WT wrote on February 20th, 2009
  29. Cody Law,

    I feel your pain – a year into this, down 25 pounds and feeling great, yet my wife is still somewhat hostile that it is all too extreme. I am NOT extreme compared to many but I am largely primal. I have cut down on the preaching and even my comments have been reduced to almost nothing. I think the memory of my preaching and commenting is still there and affecting my wife. She is healthy and slim herself and has cut down on carbs quite a bit, but she still considers me a freak.

    I think the only answer is to be respectful of our families’ choices and soft peddle our ideas. After a while, we can and should expect the same respect for our choices on what to put into our bodies – what right could be more fundamental than that!? It is certainly a challenge that does not have an easy answer. I cannot understand how resistant people are to these ideas when they can see close family members enjoying the benefits of these changes. We humans are funny and complex creatures.

    I have noticed however, that since I shut up about all this (largely) my 16 year old son has said that he is off french fries and even when they come with a meal, he hardly touches them and I observed him diluting coke with perrier water the other day. Hmmmm.

    Never is a long time, but many, most or all of our family members may never change and we must simply make peace with that – very tough, but there is no other way I see. We need a primal support group… kidding – Grok just has to suck it up. It is the primal thing to do.

    John Campbell wrote on February 20th, 2009
  30. Mark, appreciate the article. Its good to hear this. I’ve been moving to the Primal lifestyle for about 2.5 months now, and I really enjoy it. But I am the only income in our family. I have 3 boys and wife stays at home with them. We wanted it that way, but because we chose for Joy not to work, the kind of Primal Lifestyle I would want to pursue is not practical in regards to diet and budget constraints. I have cut out virtually all grains, sugar, and processed foods. But my food is still store bought vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts, eggs..etc. I love the way I eat and fell, I would love to go all organic produce, free range grass fed beef/Buffalo, and omega3-free range eggs, but it is mind crazy cost prohibitive. Again thanks for the post. One question, what do you think about starches, like potatoes or sweet potatoes as a carb right after 45 minutes of intense weight training, specifically during an intermitant fasting day. Thanks

    Nathan wrote on February 20th, 2009
  31. Hey, this is a little OT but I wanted to thank Mark for such a great website, it has become a daily read for me. I am six days into my primal life and adjusting well. I am not overly hungry but still dealing with those stuiped carb cravings but less than usual. I figure it will just take some time to move past them. I agree with the above poster that sometimes there are budgetary constrains with this……I am still eating more dairy than I want to in the long run, but it is cheaper than meat and at least it’s not carbs. We are fortunate to have our own ducks and chickens so we have lots of eggs. My parents hunt and so have been blessed with lots of elk meat. I am not going to weight myself for awhile because I don’t want this to be about weight loss (though that would be appreciated) I want it to be about eating healthy and being well. Anyway, I wanted to share because I enjoy hearing about other peoples journey on this path. I am resolved to not make this a diet but a way of life.

    Thanks for all you do Mark.

    trinity wrote on February 20th, 2009
  32. Good post Mark. Whilst I agree health and fitness blogs are a good thing I think they can be quite overwhelming to a newcomer. Some people may think they’re making lots of positive lifestyle changes but then become disheartened because they are not doing all the exercises they read about or because they don’t eat organic. Most of us don’t make significant lifestyle changes overnight. It takes time and I think it’s important for our readers to hear that every once in a while.

    Tom Parker - Free Fitness Tips wrote on February 23rd, 2009
  33. If you aim for mediocrity then that’s the most you can achieve.

    I kinda snuck up on this primal thing from behind, after a lifetime of carefully eating my Healthy Whole Grains and feeling increasingly crap (I was diluting them with good veggies meat and fish or I’d probably have disintegrated a whole lot faster)

    It took moving to a new area to find a doctor who didn’t blow off my symptoms and actually bothered to discover the diabetes. The diet leaflet she gave me was pretty much more of the same that I was already eating so I knew that didn’t work. I found this

    http://www.alt-support-diabetes.org/NewlyDiagnosed.htm

    which basically told me to reverse everything I’d been told by the dieticians. This is a pragmatic way of discovering your own personal diet/Way Of Eating/Way Of Living

    I got a lot of input from a lot of people including this guy

    http://www.phlaunt.com/quentin/

    and learned how *successful* diabetics succeed (there are many but you mostly don’t read about them in the literature)

    I voyaged through parts of the Blogosphere until I ended up here and discovered that I was already doing a lot of Primal type stuff, along with many things Michael Eades, William Davis et al. would approve of, all of which my BG meter and lipid panels agreed with.

    Now I live in a highly agricultural area, near the coast (fish!!!) we have a choice of two butchers, two greengrocers and several farm shops which I use in preference to the supermarket. Also neighbours who grow stuff and sell the surpluses.

    You were somewhat down on tribalism in a recent post: well here we see the positive side, people in our tribe help one another and work together (not common nowadays) and the results show up in the local churchyards. How about people living into their late eighties way back in the 18th Century? This is a tribe worth learning from.

    Meanwhile, In Other News

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7905734.stm

    I wrote a comment which I doubt will be published

    The Authorities are NOT a tribe worth learning from.

    Now I’ve spent far too much time sat at my computers (again!) time for some hunter gathering down the town

    Trinkwasser wrote on February 24th, 2009
  34. Excellent Post Mark! Keep up the great work, as always!! I love your Master Formula too. Take it everyday along with my “healthy” foods!!! I wish more people would follow this advice. Our nation would be so much better off. Have a wonderful day!

    mary johnson wrote on February 26th, 2009
  35. Good point.

    I too am just a college student avoiding the perils of hostel food… I know when I go home I’ll eat far more ‘primally’, but for the mean time, I can only do what I can do ;)

    One thing to say, there is an excellent farmers market 15 mins away from my house every Sat morning. Convenient, even if I can’t always afford it!

    Carolyn wrote on April 16th, 2009
  36. My daughter is not a big meat eater, My wife and I however love most anything made of muscle. Does anyone have ideas on how to get my little primal princess to consume more animal? She loves bacon and some amounts of chicken.

    Delmas wrote on August 9th, 2009
  37. Many thanks for this article and for all the sincere replies from those that also struggle! I really appreciate this community.

    Sean wrote on August 9th, 2011
  38. I deeply appreciate this article. I came across it at exactly the time I needed it, when I was feeling overwhelmed by what I was starting to think of as “requirements” of going Primal that were, at least for now, not really practical. I have had an amazing result in such a short time and I feel wonderful. Reading this recharged my determination that this is right for me and to continue along this path. Thanks!!

    John wrote on August 16th, 2011
  39. Well said and a good reality check, Mark. The more one delves into the nitty-gritty of the paleo/primal way of eating, the more one can obsess over the details, and begin to feel all sorts of angst about what is optimal to eat: too much focusing on the trees rather than the forest.

    Keep up the good work; it’s always a pleasure to read your blog.

    BillP wrote on May 20th, 2012

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