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  • What did YOU learn this year?

    I learned

    1. That it is easy to stay in shape! Eat only meat & veggies.

    2. That I can eat as much as I want and not suffer from hunger. See #1

    3. That natural aging occurs much more slowly than I had reckoned. A lot of things I associated with aging were corrected when I adjusted my food choices. The brain fog I had accepted years ago is gone.

    4. That posture should be simple and natural! Stick your butt out, don't tuck it in.

    MDA deserves a lot of credit for introducing or reinforcing each of these. Thanks, Mark and the whole MDA community for your contributions to my understanding.

    I can't wait to find out what else I've been completely wrong about.

  • #2

    Great post topic!

    1- Limit fruit intake to the morning and small amounts later in the day and your body will thank you.

    2- Eat real food when you are genuinely hungry and your body will take care of itself.

    3- Hot Bikram Yoga is pretty cool

    4- When going to the gym "go hard and go home"

    5- Too much coffee is bad

    6- Limit stress and nourish your body with relaxation, sleep and meditation techniques for maximum enjoyment of life!


    • #3

      I've learned....

      - A lot more about food, and grains, and how it affects the body.

      - How modern "food" is made and produced... and how it impacts everything, the environment and the who produce it as well. Not just on a health level, but how it impacts on the world economies and the environment. The flaw in food production thinking and why I should take a greater interest in the whole food cycle.

      - Zentofitness - bikram yoga... I learned very quickly to make sure I've had plenty of water the day before!

      On none health and fitness related stuff...

      - I learned that I really do have a talent for photography

      - and that I really am not all that interested in having a traditional relationship, settling down or getting married. (My whole inner circle is married or planning a wedding for next year. Crazy girls )


      • #4

        I've learned:

        - Fat not only tastes good, it's good for you.

        - That I am a food snob. Only the best on my plate.

        - That I don't have to take an hour out of my day to run 6 or 7 miles in order to get (and stay) thin.

        - A little hammer swinging goes a long way.

        - A Starbuck's breve made with heavy cream is a great way to start the day.

        - Sleep is like gold.

        - That I don't want to work 2 jobs any longer than I have to, but that the sacrifice is worth it in the long run.

        - That sometimes less is better.

        - How to can, freeze and dry food for later use.

        I bet there's more. Will probably ammend later.


        • #5

          Since August, when I read GCBC and discovered MDA, I have learned a lot! The most important things:

          Saturated fat is not evil.

          Seed oils, on the other hand, are evil.

          Grains should not be the foundation of the food pyramid and should be avoided instead.

          Lifting heavy things rocks.

          I can look better at 42 than I did all through my teens, 20s, and 30s.

          My blog: Pretty Good Paleo
          On Twitter: @NEKLocalvore


          • #6

            I've learned

            grains = gas

            saturated fat = super fabulous

            Two very important lessons which I had never thought to learn before. The first lesson ended years of unexplained bloating & gas incl. PMS and period pains. The second lesson just tasted delicious!


            • #7

              I could write an essay on this. But I'm a bit strapped for time now, so will make it short.

              - NEVER EVER trust the dietary advice of USDA.

              - Grandma was right all along.

              - My health is in only my hands

              I could go on, but I'll come back later and add more. But the biggest thing I've learned is

              - To RESPECT food, feel thankful for my food. I consider myself extremely fortunate everytime I place a morsel of food in my mouth. I used to take it for granted but not anymore. I have a new found respect for local and small-time farmers who work hard for MY food and strive to ensure its quality.


              • #8

                I've learned:

                -How wonderful fat is

                -That beef isn't something to be feared (I was a vegetarian my whole life until this year)

                -If I could only eat two things the rest of my life it would be salmon and coconut. OM NOM NOM NOM

                -What it feels like to be regular

                -To have energy and not need 2 three hour naps everyday (Diagnosed with CFS in 2005)

                -That I don't need nearly as much food as I used to, I can get by on two meals and a snack

                -Coconut oil where have you been all my life? I've probably eaten 15lbs of it this year


                • #9

                  I've learned:

                  - That protein and especially fat is not evil and I can eat more than 20 grams a day!

                  - That good food is an energy source for nourishing the body...

                  - ...and not to dump excess amounts of food in the body

                  - That I feel so much healthier than I've ever felt before being primal

                  - That IF is amazingly spiritual, physical, and mental thing you can do for yourself

                  - That most of my inflammation problems was due to grains and chronic cardio

                  - That being PRIMAL is a significant part of peace and well-being in my life


                  • #10

                    That the world is HUGELY uninformed.

                    On a mission to help others master movement, build unbreakable strength, & eat MORE food (can't beat that.) Weekly fitness, health & nutrition articles at


                    • #11

                      Would like to add, I've learned that:

                      Chocolate cake, ice cream sundaes, and peanut butter cookies aren't as good as they used to be.

                      I've also learned that you can, indeed, eat too much dark chocolate, with certain digestive results. Ugh. :P


                      • #12

                        1. To question everything I've been told about nutrition and fitness.

                        2. Fasting for a few hours after a workout works wonders on soreness and recovery (see #1)

                        3. If you're a girl, have short hair, and lift weights regularly, most people will think you're a lesbian (I'm not actually, lol).

                        4. Most people are not only idiots when it comes to nutrition, they are zealously against any ideas or concepts that challenge their own.

                        5. This could be applied to many other aspects of life.

                        6. Conclusion: most people are idiots.

                        7. There's a big difference between "primal" and "low-carb."

                        8. I don't really need bread, at all. Ever.

                        9. I don't even LIKE rice (so no need to eat that either).

                        10. Being primal is awkward in most social situations.

                        11. Being faster and stronger than ever before is most definitely worth the price (I'm thinking increased cost of primal food on this one).

                        Subduction leads to orogeny

                        My blog that I don't update as often as I should:


                        • #13

                          I've learned that...

                          ...working isn't all it's cracked up to be.

                          ...I might actually get in shape!

                          ...I can take charge of my life and become the person I've always dreamed of being!


                          • #14

                            I like your #6, Amy. :-)

                            1. I won't die if I don't eat every 3 hours.

                            2. Eggs won't give me high cholesterol

                            3. I don't have to run long distance to be fit

                            4. Vegetarianism contributed to my diabetic state

                            5. Grass fed trumps all else

                            6. I am going to have to play the political game at work if I want the promotion

                            7. I don't want to play the political game

                            8. Life is short. Don't waste it.


                            • #15


                              Re number 2: And high cholesterol isn't necessarily a bad thing!

                              Love your number 8.

                              Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.