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    Old Timers? Long Timers?

    Any folks here who are in their 50's 60's 70's beyond? How long have you been primal?

    Are there any folks here who have been primal a looooooong time? Say 10, 20, 30+ years? How are you doing?

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    I'm 67. Started eating primal in 2009, refining it for myself as I went along (for example, in the last year, I've gone to exclusively grass-fed meats). Joined a gym last April, following a lifting program of my own design. Walk more. Plan on adding sprints when the weather improves. MUCH healthier!

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    55, also doing this since 2009, following a heart attack and five stents. Have been completely drug free since early 2010. Like Janie, I'm much healthier. Certainly healthier than my wife and adult children
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    54. Primal since 2009. No real health issues prior, though I carried 15-25 pounds extra. A few pounds lighter a good bit stronger today. Much more enthusiastically carnivorous today with 1/2 pastured pig and 1/2 organic mostly grass fed beef in the freezer.

    p.s., what the hell do you mean by Old Timers? Them's fightin' words to gaffers my age and older

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    I'm 51, and I drastically cut back on grains, beans, and starches in September 2003, going pretty much purely primal a couple years later.

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    Thanks, guys! No offense meant by "old timers." I don't consider 54 "old", ODTT. It's not even middle-age. Just trying to find a way to get others than the 20 and 30 year olds to respond. Also, have been having "discussions" with some vegan acquaintences who keep saying that primal is not sustainable for the long-term. Going to prove them wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachgirl View Post
    Thanks, guys! No offense meant by "old timers." I don't consider 54 "old", ODTT. It's not even middle-age. Just trying to find a way to get others than the 20 and 30 year olds to respond. Also, have been having "discussions" with some vegan acquaintences who keep saying that primal is not sustainable for the long-term. Going to prove them wrong.
    Not sustainable as in the Earth not being able to sustain the entire human population eating primal? Or not possible for individuals to sustain themselves long term on primal due to some sort of nutritional deficit?

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    xntrik,
    Not sustainable for individuals, the benefits of primal not lasting. They said, you get initial benefits of weight loss, good blood numbers, but they don't last. The weight comes back they say and fatigue, LDL numbers not good, etc. Hence my question about long-term. Also, to a lesser degree the earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachgirl View Post
    xntrik,
    Not sustainable for individuals, the benefits of primal not lasting. They said, you get initial benefits of weight loss, good blood numbers, but they don't last. The weight comes back they say and fatigue, LDL numbers not good, etc. Hence my question about long-term. Also, to a lesser degree the earth.
    Hi Beachgirl. I never really understand why people think that. The concept of "eat lots of vegetables, animals, and bugs," and getting them from wholesome sources (farms instead of CAFO, the sea rather than "farmed," organic rather than treated with chemical pesticide) is sensible, logical (good food = good health), and hardly radical.

    The most "radical" concept of this way of eating is getting rid of grains and legumes. I find this no more radical than claiming we need the majority of our diet from these two groups of "foods." Taking the time to really look at the nutritional "value" of these two groups of foods shows you that they are pretty much a terrible way to get both macros and micros without getting fat.

    If you look at the way people ate just 50 years ago, we adhered to a three meals a day model - not six small meals which never sate. Snacking was for children mostly (often two cookies after school) and then those children went out to play before dinner was ready - they didn't sit in front of a screen. 50 years ago, about 10% of the population was overweight. And the foods we ate, were largely wholesome.

    Obesity in this country (and as always, we led the pack) started to climb with the proliferation of:
    -processed (convenience) foods
    -fast food
    -CAFO foods being the majority of what was available to the average consumer (only CAFO chicken was prevalent until about the 1970s)
    -produce shipped an average of 1500 miles before the consumer gets it (loses nutrients every mile it travels, and some estimates are that the nutrients in veggies that our grandparents ate have decreased by up to 40%)
    -HFCS and soy becoming ubiquitous in the food supply.

    Add to that, a government that told us fat was bad (the same govt that declared catsup a vegetable back in the mid 70s) and that eating like rabbits was better, and obviously (to me anyway), what's not sustainable to the individual is what we've been doing for the last 30+ years.

    Anyway, that's my take on it. For me, this is like moving forward to the past, when food actually fostered health instead of being the cause of disease.

    I won't go into the sustainability of farm vs CAFO here, but there's plenty of info if you google. The govt has their side, and the whole foods people have theirs. I encourage you to look at both.
    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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    I'm turning 53 on 2/27/13. I was a poster boy for Metabolic Syndrome - high blood pressure, gout, pot belly, finally culminating in Type II Diabetes with a blood glucose level of over 500 and triglycerides of 1100. Turned PB on 9/15/11, or as we call it, my "RE-Birthday!". I lost 75 pounds, went off all but one of the ten pills I was taking everyday. I just switched around my diet last week to a 70% fat/20% protein/10% carb. Used to eat more protein, but it was stalling my weight loss. Oh yeah, I ran the Warrior Dash with my son last August - surprised him that I ran with him the whole way! I work out - walk/lift heavy objects/sprint - 5 to 7 times a week. My wife tells all her friends that's she having an affair with another man! My wife's cousin felt me all over last month - she couldn't believe who I was and that I didn't have folds of loose skin all over me!

    Primal = good!
    Started 9/15/11 at 323 pounds
    2/16/13 at 241 pounds
    Goal is 223 pounds or less

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