Your location: Washington, DC
Age (If you want): Early 30’s
How Primal are you: 90%+
Do you consume dairy: (real) butter, occasional healthy cheese, cream in my decaf
Do you drink coffee or tea: decaf coffee
Motivator for switching to Primal: I’ve encountered/found/learned many of the things Mark suggests over the years, and they have all improved my life some. After reading the Primal Blueprint, I feel like it’s time to tie it all together and be the healthiest, happiest me I can be!
Favorite exercise: Barbell Deadlift (with turkish getup a close second)
Favorite Primal food: See my username.
Best part about being Primal: My health and mood have improved! Also, see my username.
Worst part about being Primal: Honestly, seeing all the sick people killing themselves and leading sad painful lives, and not being able to help them. For so many people, they simply won’t stop trusting conventional wisdom and doctor’s advice.
Hi, everyone! Props to all of you who are improving yourselves and setting such fine examples
I’ve been discovering many of the things Mark recommends over the last several years. My 20’s (from active work to desk job – sound familiar?) were a downward spiral towards being unhealthy and overweight (5’10” 200lbs of not-so-skinny-fat). I had a stint of cardio that I burned out on, then eventually started powerlifting and kettlebell workouts for strength. Fortunately I’ve stuck with that and it’s helped my body composition a lot – but I never did get to a place where I felt and looked ABSOLUTELY GREAT. Sure having more muscle and less fat will make you look and feel better, but I never lost my ‘wheat belly’, general look of softness, or my ever-present fatigue.
I’ve been on a recent crusade to fix my sleep and energy levels. After getting treated for low thyroid and sleep apnea, then obsessing about how to get good sleep and compensate for my extreme night owl tendencies (while working a early morning day job), I’ve come a long way and enabled myself to do some good things in my life over the last few years.
I can’t remember what it was that got me more curious about the paleo diet, but I went looking for literature and stumbled across the primal blueprint on Amazon – found my way to his website and downloaded the audiobook, then listened to it at 2x speed and finished it in two days of commuting. It tied so many things together, and jived with my recent reading (and love) of Desmond Morris’s ‘The Human Zoo’, and made SO MUCH SENSE, that I was hooked and did a lot more research and immediately started living as primal as I could.
Today is day 10 going primal. So far, it's AWESOME:
- My chronic hayfever/allergy sinus swelling has basically gone (I breathed through BOTH nostrils last night! – Vitamin C megadoses helped but didn’t cure...).
- My mood has become more confident and calm.
- I’ve had more success with my methods of controlling my circadian rhythym (orange glasses in the evening, melatonin 5-7 hrs before spontaneous sleep time, sleeping in the dark, dawn simulation, etc..)
- My bowel function has improved.
- The bumps I've always had on my upper arms have significantly improved.
- Intermittent fasting is much easier and more enjoyable.
I’m a pretty muscular 205 lbs (still 5’10”), and I’m looking forward to losing 10+ lbs and keeping it off – maybe some before/after pics will be coming in a month or two... Either way, 10 days has been enough to convince me that we're all on to something great here
Thanks to Mark and everyone who’s shared!!