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  • "beauty is skin deep". Or maybe not.

    Today I was at a health food store getting my fix of grass-fed beef and free-range eggs, and happened to look at all the posters and magazine covers.

    They said things like "beauty is skin deep; health is not"... but honestly, the models looked tired, unhealthy, and, compared to some of the folks from the "success stories" around here, just plain unattractive.

    This naturally got me thinking: There must be a market in the health-food/health-mag industry for "actually healthy models". Seriously -- after going primal my skin is gorgeous. My hair is pretty darn nice. I haven't lost all the weight I expect to lose. I was clinically obese -- but not morbidly obese -- when I started out 9 months ago. Now I'm just overweight... but I have lost pretty much all my cellulite.

    One of the things I've noticed here at MDA is that people's faces always seem so much more characteristic and beautiful in the "after" pictures. It's as though eating primal makes you more *you*.

    I'm no model, and I'm no photographer... and I don't know anything about the magazine/health-food industry, so I don't know if this is even a realistic thought, but heck. Primal "real" folks just look better than most of the models I've been seeing.
    quette's journal

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    Nice post, groquette. Apart from a very limited market of aware people (maybe health and lifestyle magazines and products), sadly, I don't think there'll ever be much of a market for 'real' people - look how much airbrushing they even do to supposedly perfect models and actors. Our society is so saturated in its very limited definition of what constitutes beauty and success.

    But I think your observation of the primal lifestyle is right on.

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    • #3
      I can't wait to get where you are now. It sounds like the PB is working great for you!. Congratulations, keep it up.

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      • #4
        Every morning im reminded how great this style of eating is for my body.....when I look in the mirror....my skin is glowing, not a zit in sight. my eyes are clear, my hair is strong and glossier than ever before. I feel like im one big beam of healthy light! Grok on, Groqette! great post!

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        • #5
          I've said it before on here and I'll say it again; beauty is health and vice versa. All the markers associated with feminine beauty (WHR ~ 0.7, glowing skin, vibrant hair, taut skin etc) are just signs that she is healthy. Its probably true of male beauty too but I really don't pay that much attention to other guys.

          This is also true of animals and plants. The best looking (or tastiest looking) plants and animals are also the healthiest.
          A steak a day keeps the doctor away

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          • #6
            related article via mistress krista.
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            HANDS OFF MY BACON :: my primal journal

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            • #7
              Great link - thanks, batty.

              I will not get on my soapbox about how mass media negatively impacts people's body image, esp. females, but it SUCKS.

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              • #8
                Wow! Batty, thanks for the link. I had no idea things were that bad!
                quette's journal

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                • #9
                  Holy Crapola, Batty!!!
                  I once did some bodyguard work at a trunk showing for Van Cleef&Arpels. My job was to stay in the changing room with all the supermodels; keeping track of them and about 6 million dollars in diamonds. I have to say, none of them really looked that hot out of their clothes, in the unforgiving light of the room. Some of them hadn't eaten at all that day, so I hooked them up with a tray of appetizers from out front ;-)
                  Those ladies are literally killing themselves for their careers; a lot of them were jealous of ME...

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, i look in the mirror and say wow, i have a more "awake" and lively look to me, and i like it!
                    "I know what my body needs and what it can handle. There's no better way to achieve my goal than what im doing now. If my regimen leads to my death, be it in six days or six months...I will die fullfiled. The outcome is irrelavent so long as i steer towards my fate. If death is to be my prize, i welcome it with open arms."

                    "A pound of meat a day keeps the doctor away"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kuno1chi View Post
                      Holy Crapola, Batty!!!
                      I once did some bodyguard work at a trunk showing for Van Cleef&Arpels. My job was to stay in the changing room with all the supermodels; keeping track of them and about 6 million dollars in diamonds. I have to say, none of them really looked that hot out of their clothes, in the unforgiving light of the room. Some of them hadn't eaten at all that day, so I hooked them up with a tray of appetizers from out front ;-)
                      Those ladies are literally killing themselves for their careers; a lot of them were jealous of ME...
                      I might have PAID 6 million dollars for that job! J/K. I noticed the same since I started PB; my hair is looking outstanding too!

                      Oh... I'm just in a silly mood tonight
                      ZC - 100% Carnivore

                      I EAT VEGANS

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                      • #12
                        Greg,
                        There was a reason they wanted a female agent for that gig ;-)
                        Keep your eyes on the diamonds....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Greg View Post
                          I might have PAID 6 million dollars for that job! J/K. I noticed the same since I started PB; my hair is looking outstanding too!

                          Oh... I'm just in a silly mood tonight
                          haha! Yeah, I never have a bad hair day anylonger myself! Unless you count my beard which often is in a terrible state when I wake up...
                          Sometimes you need to be told the truth in order to be able to see it.

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                          Exist in shadow, drifting away.

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                          • #14
                            Well, I wouldn't say that I had bad hair days before, considering that my maintenance routine was "make sure it gets wet every day in the shower; wash on occasion; comb once or twice a week". I don't think I'd have even noticed it if it wasn't such a huge and obvious improvement. Before primal my head was a dull and uninteresting affair. Now it's nicer. This means that I can go from zero maintenance and look terrible to zero maintenance and look closer to "wow".

                            Heck, I guess this means I'm vain :-)
                            quette's journal

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                            • #15
                              Lest you think this is just a young persons issue...I thought acne was just a teenage thing but I am 50 and still had regular break-outs. Until I started eating more primally...my skin has never looked better - wish I had known all this and - had an ounce of willpower when I was 20!

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