i think most westerners did too. i know i did.
I grew up eating lots of bread,
that might be cw healthy, but not primal healthy. grains, sugar and crap oils are the unholy trinity of bad food choices. while grains are carbs, so are vegetables and fruit. eggs have carbs. nobody is demonizing carbs. grains? yes.
I love pretzels, and love carbs, everything that is not primal, but I do eat healthy.
for now your intense activity is keeping your numbers good. i have a very fit, slim friend who had a quadruple by-pass last year. all his numbers were "normal". if his wife, a nurse, hadn't been home when he had his heart attack, he would have died.
I do not have problems with cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and never been over weight.
cognitive dissonance then? lots of people say "never" about stuff they think they couldn't live without. once you try it for awhile, you'll be amazed at how different you feel. it's most usually a "DOH!" moment. i had no idea how sick grains made me all my life. in 3 years of living without them, i have not been sick once. not a cold, sniffle or cough.
I have been following the primal protocol and it does makes sense, but I cheat, allot. I love pizza, will never give it up.
if you indeed read the book, you know mark offers the 80-20 window. but it's not a 20-80 window for very good reason.
I guess my question is, is there anyone else out there that follows the primal diet but not 100%?
other than crap grains, pizza and beer, nobody here knows what you eat. only you do. maybe the rest of the time you're living on oysters, liver and kale.
if you want to continue doing what you've always done because it "works", why are you even here?
i'd be a vegetarian if bacon grew on trees.