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February 05, 2016

Feeling 100 Times Better Than Ever Before

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2The first time I heard about Mark’s Daily Apple was the summer before I started my freshman year of college. My grandma loves health and had been watching the Diabetes Summit. She told two of my sisters, Kristen and Hannah, about Mark. They had fallen in love with all things Primal and when they told me about their new discovery, I completely dismissed it. I didn’t want to hear about it or even believe it because I was living in the complete opposite way. I wouldn’t touch a vegetable if you paid me and bread was my main food source. Then, I went to college and had a wake-up call.

In college, I realized that I needed to change my diet. I was living off of sandwiches and fried foods at every meal. I wasn’t putting good fuel into my body and for the first time I actually wanted to change. I was now at a point in my life where I had some freedom and was responsible for myself. I no longer had my family to watch over my every move. With this new freedom, I wanted to make sure I took responsibility for all aspects of my life.

I called my sisters and asked them for the name of the person they were always talking about, and they directed me to Mark’s Daily Apple. I read many of the posts and wanted to know more about this lifestyle. I ordered The Primal Blueprint and had a very easy transition to eating healthy. Instead of sandwiches, I started eating lots of eggs, salads, and meat. For snacks, I ate trail mix consisting of almonds, pecans, dried cherries, coconut or apples, and almond butter. I didn’t miss the bread I had survived on for years or even have a tough time eating vegetables because I was now educated. I knew how much good I was doing for my body by cutting out the crap and fueling my body with delicious and nutritious foods. My body was also grateful for the change. I felt so much happier and healthier. I’m not sure if it was mental or not, but I truly felt 100 times better.

The very first week I was home from school for summer break, I decided to try out CrossFit. I learned from The Primal Blueprint how good functional training is, so I thought I would give it a try. I was hesitant at first but after my first WOD, I fell in love with it. Before finding CrossFit, I had been following conventional wisdom and had been focusing on one group of muscles to target each workout, instead of working my whole body. When I would work out, I wouldn’t even sweat and I didn’t have any fun. Now, I sweat profusely and I love every second of it! I actually look forward to working out and would recommend CrossFit to everyone.

collinThe transition from my unhealthy lifestyle to a primal lifestyle was so smooth because I had a strong support group: my family. It was easy to change because they were already practicing this healthy lifestyle. My family is all on board the primal train, which makes this lifestyle effortless. When I am home, my mom cooks the most healthy and delicious meals. She prepares all of these meals using fresh, organic ingredients. During the summer, we even get to grow our own vegetables from the garden my dad takes care of. Every day, we get to eat fresh salads with dressing my mom makes with herbs from our garden. It is hard to miss the junk food when you are eating foods that your taste buds and your body are thankful for.

If you are struggling in making the transition to the primal lifestyle, I would recommend finding others that are also or have already made the transition to this type of lifestyle. My family keeps each other motivated by talking about health and sending each other articles we find on the topic. We look out for each other and keep each other in line and make health a family endeavor. If you have someone to join you on your health journey, you will be much more successful and happy.

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Paleo Bon Rurgundy
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
7 months 23 days ago

Flying the fitness flag! Nice.

Noconago
Noconago
7 months 23 days ago

At half-mast, ca we can celebrate the death of conventional thinking.

Julian
Julian
7 months 22 days ago

Witty

Linda
Linda
7 months 23 days ago

Congrats on achieving a healthy lifestyle! I love hearing about young people getting on board the primal train. If only I had done so when I was in my 20s (or 30s or 40s).

Alfred
Alfred
7 months 23 days ago

Amen

NMCynthia
NMCynthia
7 months 23 days ago

Double Amen to that!! At least I’m finding out about it in my 60’s … I’m SURE it would have been easier in my 20’s!

Grokesque
Grokesque
7 months 23 days ago

Well done to you and your family! It’s great to read about someone advocating Primal at such a young age as you haven’t come to it in order to ‘cure’ years of poor nutritional advice, and yet you’re still thriving and able to feel the difference.

Whitney
Whitney
7 months 23 days ago

Awesome! Great work!!

Elizabeth
7 months 23 days ago

How awesome to have such great support from your family! It’s so nice when you can all motivate each other!

SBC
SBC
7 months 23 days ago

How cool that your family is on-board and so supportive. My husband is a believer but I wish my kids appreciated being fed primal, healthy meals. Maybe someday. A mom can dream, right?

Teri
Teri
7 months 16 days ago

I hope your dream becomes a reality! It took 3 whole years, but mine finally did (the holdout of my 3 kids started 01/01/16–now she knows what I’ve been talking about). Keep trying, keep serving healthful meals, and keep talking (non-stop!!) about the long-term benefits of a more healthful lifestyle.

Mary
Mary
7 months 23 days ago

I’m intimidated by Crossfit because I think it’s full of strong young people. I’m over 50 and even though I consider myself pretty fit, I can’t do pushups except on my knees, and pullups? Not even on the horizon. Even so, I like the idea of a group of like-minded people that support each others’ goals.

Mikkela
Mikkela
7 months 23 days ago
Hi! I go to a CrossFit gym in Boulder that has many members who are in their 40s and 50s. While I am one of the younger members in the gym, I can assure you that the community lends our older members just as much support as it does our younger members, and that many of our older members are much stronger than their younger counterparts. Further, all CrossFit gyms have scaling options for movements that have yet to be mastered, like pull-ups and push-ups. Doing push-ups on your knees is totally acceptable – the best thing is to get… Read more »
Christine
Christine
7 months 23 days ago

I started CrossFit at 53 after reading about it here. Now, 2.5 years later, I still do worming pushups and ring-rows instead of pullups. I still can’t lift heavy weights overhead. However, I get a great workout anyway. My joints don’t creak as much as they used to, and I have more stamina. The younger people (women AND men) at my box have cheered me on to finish many a WOD. Please try out a box or two. You won’t regret it!!!

Joey
Joey
7 months 23 days ago

I’m 57 and I do CrossFit and love it! I’m not the oldest person, by a long shot, at my gym. I can do most things and if I can’t I’m working toward it or modifying my movement. Love the support from the coaches and other members.

BJoey
BJoey
7 months 23 days ago

btw, I’m a female and I LOVE your story!!!

Katie
Katie
7 months 23 days ago
Mary: I started Crossfit a little over a year ago at 55. I was reasonably thin and healthy but a long way from fit. I doubt I will ever do a full push up. I started using a bar about chest height and now it’s down to about thigh height. If something called for 25 or more pounds for women in dumb bells, for me it was always 5 or 10 but now it’s mostly 15 to 20. My overhead presses are about 40 lbs to everyone else’s considerably higher, but it used to be I used only a pvc… Read more »
Marge
Marge
7 months 20 days ago

Pushup advice: Use some sort of cushioning under your hands! You will instantly be closer to your pushup goals when your hands don’t hurt from the pressure!!

Julie
Julie
7 months 23 days ago

This story is a delight! You have a great family support team.

Eric
7 months 23 days ago

Great story! Family can be the best supporters and motivators!

Dr. Dana Leigh Lyons
7 months 23 days ago

Woohoo! Such a beautiful story!

When it comes to primal transformations, one of my most favorite things is seeing family members support one another. So cool–thanks for sharing!

Laura
7 months 23 days ago
It’s so refreshing to see a young person start this lifestyle sooner rather than later. Although there are never any guarantees in life, most likely you’ll be preventing diabetes and high blood pressure, two common afflictions of our times. I’m 56, but when I was your age, I was eating bran muffins and cheerios. The rest of my diet was pretty good(I have a B.S. in foods and nutrition), but even with running 20-30 miles a week well into my late 20’s, I was prone to belly fat. We all know why, now! All of those processed whole grains didn’t… Read more »
Laura
7 months 23 days ago

Ha, I hit a key by mistake and this published before I was finished. What I meant to say is that I’m currently reading The Primal Blueprint. Excellent.

Patricia
Patricia
7 months 23 days ago

Congratulations to both you and your family! And kudos to your parents for raising such supportive, close knit siblings!

Sparrow
Sparrow
7 months 23 days ago

Way to go!! If only I had found primal/paleo at a younger age, I would not have spent all of my 20’s,30’s and 40’s yo-yo dieting with my body.
…. and to have the support of your family…. it’s priceless for sure!

Primal Pam
Primal Pam
7 months 23 days ago

Great job at such a young age. Your body will thank you as you age.

HillyM
HillyM
7 months 23 days ago

Great work, and kudos to your gran too for getting the ball rolling!

Hannah
Hannah
7 months 23 days ago

So inspiring!

Katie
Katie
7 months 23 days ago

Way to go!!

My daughter is off to college next year and will be wheat free (since she has Celiac Disease), but she lives on all of the other white flours …and very little else. Both my husband and I eat primally at least 80/20 but I know it doesn’t matter to her as we are merely her parents. I keep hoping that like you, she will wake up, and when she does she will at least have a good knowledge base already in place.

trillie
7 months 23 days ago

That last picture is truly excellent ^_^

Mindy
Mindy
7 months 23 days ago

Awesome! So glad to hear about an entire family on the same page for healthy living. Keep it up!

Julian
Julian
7 months 22 days ago

Oh to be able to dial the clock back to my 22-y/o self. Be thankful for the great family support, indeed!

Shary
Shary
7 months 22 days ago

Great picture on the dock. Next stop, American Ninja Warrior?

Tony McGurk
7 months 22 days ago

Congrats on your success in transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. I’m just starting but reading of others who have made the change is very encouraging to stick with it.

Brandon
Brandon
7 months 21 days ago

I’m in transition to achieving a very similar lifestyle, its encouraging to hear your successes! Having your family as a support group is a great way to maintain consistency. I plan on creating a similar environment to support accomplishing very similar goals friend. Thank you for sharing!

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