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24 May

I Feel Like I Can Do Anything

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

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I don’t even know where to start, but I’ll try to be short :).

Basically, after 21 days I’ve lost 16 pounds and haven’t added exercise yet. Thank you for… well… answering all the questions I had via your site. It gave me enough belief to try this for 21 days. Having done so well, I’m now putting away the scale and going to continue for another month or two without daily monitoring of my weight.

The week before I came across Primal/Paleo I yet again decided to count calories, eat 6 times and day, workout like crazy, etc. The same ol’ same ol’. Of which I’ve done for 15 years of being obese.

That week I failed yet again. By Friday of that week I was literally famished and by Sunday I found myself at Wendy’s eating TWO combos so as not to pass out. I went home sad and told myself I’m never going to lose weight. Another week wasted.

As I laid in bed Sunday night it became clear to me that being hungry and having no energy was my enemy. No matter how good a diet and exercise plan was, I would fail again and again if I was hungry.

So I decided to google other diets that you could eat more or not be hungry. Paleo kept popping up in my searches. I’d give it some reading but would ultimately tell myself I could never do Paleo due to the many restrictions of dairy or yummy fruits, lean only meats etc. Too restrictive I thought.

Then I came across your site and from 8pm till 2am I read and read and read. You’re approach was much more reasonable. I felt I could do this. Bought all your books for my iPad.

By 2am I was beat but before I went to bed I decided I was going to try at least 21 Days when I woke up.

Week #1 – lost 8 lbs
Week #2 – lost 5 lbs
Week #3 – lost 3 lbs

I battled with energy dips, general sick and foggy feelings, sleep problems and being hungry before I started. Within just 3 days I had constant energy, solid sleeping and overall felt great right away.

As a leader in a large local church, a lot of close friends and loved ones are now starting their 21 day journeys based on the basic info I could impart to them.

My goal is 180. I have another 60 lbs to go, but for the first time in 20 years I have deep down hope that I’ve found the way so to speak. I’m expecting to get back to about 1-2 lbs of weight loss a week. I know the first few weeks are unusual.

Just wanted to say thank you. I’m still in my infancy figuring all this out but your resources have been exceptional. I was so happy this morning I even made a video on YouTube.

God Bless.

Scott

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Well done Scott, it’s easy to forget how restrictive Primal can seem to a newbie, but trust me once you’re in the swing of it you won’t think twice.

    Good luck on your journey to Primal health!

    Primal-V wrote on May 24th, 2013
  2. It’s amazing what a few changes to a diet can make in terms of weight loss. For me, wheat is my biggest enemy to losing weight mainly because it’s in EVERYTHING (unless I want to cook at home)! Great job and I hope you can help those in your congregation live healthier lives!

    God bless!

    Jacob wrote on May 24th, 2013
  3. What an awesome beginning! You are hooked, and welcome to the Club! :D

    Gwen wrote on May 24th, 2013
  4. Scott, you go!!!!!!

    Nick wrote on May 24th, 2013
  5. Well done indeed. After a while you really won’t miss the grains….

    Sally wrote on May 24th, 2013
  6. Don’t you love it when the light bulb all of a sudden goes on and everything starts making sense…and working! Thats how it was for me to when i discovered this approach to life, and now I’ll tell anyone who will listen that they should be doing the same thing.

    shawn wrote on May 24th, 2013
  7. Please do another success story when you hit your goal. What an auspicious beginning you’ve had, and I predict you’re on your way to total beasthood.

    Alice wrote on May 24th, 2013
    • Yes, please do!!

      Metric wrote on May 24th, 2013
  8. You mentioned being a leader in a large local church, but you did not mention that being a stumbling block for you adopting a diet based on evolutionary principles. It certainly was for me!

    That said, the Primal Blueprint works, no matter how we came to be “perfectly designed”, and whether you believe that was 6,000 or 10,000 years ago!

    I am down 60#, with about another 15# to go. (So it is almost an inverse of where you are.) I lost that 60# more or less linearly over 8 months. Then I continued to get stronger and healthier for another 5 months while staying level in weight. Now, I have been losing weight much more gradually for the last 5 months.

    I think my biggest encouragement would be to look at ALL the ways that you are getting healthier, and not focus only on the weight. At different times, your progress will be faster in different areas.

    Finally, that constant energy that you now have is there for a reason. You were designed to get out and move. Do it!

    PhilmontScott wrote on May 24th, 2013
    • Gen 3 mentions wheat as one of the curses when tossing Adam and Eve out of the Garden. Just sayin. :)

      Brandon wrote on May 24th, 2013
      • I noticed that too. It made me fell better, like in the Garden of Eden, Adam & Eve were hunter-gatherers, but after the fall, humans were cursed to work the land in agriculture. It makes sense to me. Also says later on that God prefers sacrifices of meat over grains.

        Lora wrote on May 24th, 2013
        • Yet this magical creature created wheat and its negative health effects…?

          Erik W wrote on May 24th, 2013
        • Have agreed for over a year now. Why are the darwinist the ones that get so upset when this is mentioned?

          “The Garden of Eden Shopping List”
          If it wasn’t in there, don’t eat it”
          It would just be a shorter book and not as many people would buy it.

          George wrote on May 28th, 2013
    • As a Christian, I too had to give some thought to the underpinnings of this way of living. For me, whether we were “designed” by chance and time, or were designed by Someone, the biological end is the same. Our genetics, like a vastly complex machine with its own programming, expects certain inputs for optimal performance. Fortunately we are designed to handle a wide array of sub-optimal inputs, and even many outright dangerous ones. But this takes its toll over the long term.

      My health, and my wife’s is better than since we were first married, 22 years ago. I wish you well on your journey. Optimal health makes us all better providers, citizens, and believers.

      Paul67 wrote on May 24th, 2013
      • I’m a Christian and a BME (biomedical engineer), with no issues accepting evolution. Personally, I’ve always wondered why people thought “God created” meant something just poofed into existence. It seems that everything created, both in our control (like building a house or writing a book) and in the control of nature (like the formation of a human or a mountain) occurs bit by bit.

        Even if you didn’t believe in evolution, the “primal” diet is more of a plan based on the original state of our species, not based on evolution from a previous branch or something.

        Miryem wrote on May 25th, 2013
        • +1

          It seems to be mostly in the US that ‘Christian’ is synonymous with ‘6 day creationist’. Most of the rest of us have no trouble with those first few chapters being an allegory :)

          homehandymum wrote on May 26th, 2013
    • Being a christian, the evolutionary basis was also an issue for me. I always tell people to look past that part of it and look at the facts: this is how we were intended to eat regardless of how you believe we got here, and there are alot of success stories to prove it!

      shawn wrote on May 24th, 2013
      • Not even a question for me. I look at it like yoga. I don’t have to believe in chi and meridians and all that to gain the benefits of flexibility and proprioception.

        Joshua wrote on May 24th, 2013
      • I’m not sure why people think that evolution and creationism cannot coexist. Aren’t there a lot of christians who believe in evolution? Evolution is a scientific fact so I am not sure how anyone can deny it.

        spayne wrote on May 24th, 2013
        • Just because science says something is fact doesn’t actually make it true. Science believed that earth was flat and the center of the universe for a long time. The man who suggested doctors needed to wash their hands to decrease infant deaths during birth was institutionalized and shortly thereafter beat to death. Isn’t it current science that tells us low fat high carb is the way to stay healthy and lose weight?

          Phil J wrote on May 28th, 2013
      • Funny how you can keep the parts that are beneficial to you, but still deny the scientific parts that don’t flatter you as the middle of the universe. Whatever makes you feel good, I guess. But that kind of cognitive dissonance won’t work for most people. Most magic-believers will either hold on to their dreams of never dying, and therefore accept wheat as part of the “god’s” magical creation, or will need to actually listen to science in order to learn why the primal diet is something we have been adapted to for hundreds of thousands of years. They won’t be able to live with the cognitive dissonance, it’s either/or. Telling them to ignore the parts they don’t want to know won’t get us far.

        Erik W wrote on May 24th, 2013
        • The evolutionary problem is mainly an American issue, most Christians have no problem with the concept of the evolutionary mechanism. Although it is still only a theory and raises more questions than answers. The existence (or not) of God is unknown and by definition unknowable.

          Christian wrote on May 25th, 2013
        • +1

          Fritzy wrote on May 25th, 2013
        • You and others are mistaking genetic adaptation for evolution. Evolution is still theory and the thought of nothing producing something is laughable.

          Red kilt7 wrote on May 27th, 2013
        • @Red kilt7

          You are confusing “theory” with “hypothesis.” Scientific theory is different. Unless you think there is some dispute over the theory of gravity :P

          KD wrote on May 28th, 2013
  9. I remember the first few months of primal so fondly. It was like stumbling across a buried treasure lying neglected on the beach.

    A treasure that other people couldn’t even comprehend.

    Enjoy the journey Scott and the destination will take care of itself.

    Oliver

    Oliver Kelly wrote on May 24th, 2013
    • Love this comment, Oliver. Exactly how I felt. That said, I was also quite angry at certain points at how things had gotten so bad with the world’s food and health.

      Well done, Scott. You’re right at the beginning, and let me echo the others who are saying it only gets more and more awesome!

      Keith Porter wrote on May 24th, 2013
      • I completely agree! It was like after the first few days of carb flu were over and my body was happy and adjusted, I walked around wide eyed in amazement at how great I felt. No more sugar spikes, no crazy hunger, no dozing off at work after lunch… Now I’m completely cultish about primal, although hopefully not annoying :) I just don’t understand why people won’t give this lifestyle a try when it can change your very existence in this world! Great work, Scott. Keep it up! We’re cheering you on :)

        Laura wrote on July 20th, 2013
  10. Wow, what an endorsement for going Paleo to lose weight!

    Fad diets just do not work, simply for the reasons you mention.

    If everyone on ‘diets’ read about eating Paleo, there would be a whole lot of excess fat floating round the world!!

    Well done Scott – inspirational!

    Peter wrote on May 24th, 2013
    • I definitely think Primal is a good diet, but what makes it not a “fad” diet? What defines a fad diet?

      Miryem wrote on May 25th, 2013
  11. Hi Scott,

    Great to see this description of the changes that occur, I pretty much found the same developments, even in the first few weeks – you describe it well.

    Owen wrote on May 24th, 2013
  12. Beam me UP Scotty! Great job.

    Nocona wrote on May 24th, 2013
  13. One could say fundamental beliefs in a particular religion may present a stumbling block in the way of accepting a diet based on evolutionary principals but you could also argue in the same vein one’s body is a gift and best be put to good use. I like to use a dialogue exchange from one of my favorite movies – Lawrence of Arabia. Early on, an Arab guide asks if Lawrence is from England:

    Tafas: Is that a desert country?
    T.E. Lawrence: No. A fat country. Fat people.
    Tafas: You are not fat?
    T.E. Lawrence: No. I’m different.

    That’s how I also see Americans – a nation of excess, both physically and mentally. Mark was different to me when he espoused such things as sound sleep and getting unplugged and playing simple games – nothing excessive and all things the average American can do.

    There’s another line in Lawrence that I like: “…truly for some men nothing is written unless they write it.” There’s been a lot of that from both men and women I’ve read over my last 6 months of opeining Friday Success Stories. Thanks for another Scott!

    Jeff F. wrote on May 24th, 2013
  14. Nice work. Keep it up!

    James wrote on May 24th, 2013
  15. Awesome! I’m so glad you found something that gives you hope and that works for you. I switched to paleo bc of health problems – chrons. And for the first time I felt like I had been given a new lease on life. yayy for us and others who we inspire!

    tina wrote on May 24th, 2013
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    Deannacat wrote on May 24th, 2013
  17. I love Friday’s Success Stories!! Scott’s story is another great one, just hearing about how Primal has worked for someone else. How great that people are noticing the change and want to try it seeing his success.

    I’ve been following this lifestyle for a little over a year, have lost about 23 pounds, my husband has also lost the same amount. (I’m 5’8″ and 128#; he’s 6’4″ and 180). So far, no one has asked us how we lost and keep off the weight :( I almost want to walk up to strangers and tell them to “check out the Primal Blueprint!” But it’s not just the weight loss, it’s the lack of migraines, lack of fainty hunger spells if I’m late eating — Primal works for all kinds of problems.

    Regarding Jeff F’s quote from L of A…yes we are a FAT country. We were on a cruise last week, I never saw so many obese people in one place. It was truly a shock. I extimated that 95% of the passengers were extremely overweight (not the international crew…what must they think of Americans?)

    As a Christian, the emphasis on evolution really turns me off too, however, I am not going to toss a plan that works just because some think we evolved to eat that way. I think God gave us the right foods, but in the last 100 years especially we’ve gotten way off course.

    Sandy wrote on May 24th, 2013
    • I nominate Sandy for comment of the week:

      “As a Christian, the emphasis on evolution really turns me off too, however, I am not going to toss a plan that works just because some think we evolved to eat that way. I think God gave us the right foods, but in the last 100 years especially we’ve gotten way off course.”

      PhilmontScott wrote on May 24th, 2013
      • I love the phrase “God gave us the potato, not French fries.” Man made or God made, the choice is yours….we have definitely gotten way off course.

        Kimmy wrote on May 24th, 2013
        • The magical creature you believe in also created wheat’s negative sides, according to your thinking. As well as every other negative thing on earth that it could have stopped, but doesn’t. All those obese people are also the result of the magical creature, according to your reasoning; it gave them bodies that turn fat when they succumb to their cravings. Sounds like a nice creature. (Or creatures. Could be ten of them, or ten million. How do you know it’s just one?)

          Erik W wrote on May 24th, 2013
        • Hmmm… a Christian Paleo book. Same concept as Dave Ramsey pushing budgeting to a specific, large target audience, but paleo. (Thinks a Jewish Atheist). After all, it would not be any different than taking a great concept and “adding” a new spin. Just like old times. Lol.

          Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on May 25th, 2013
        • Hmmm… a Christian Paleo book. Same concept as Dave Ramsey pushing budgeting to a specific, large target audience, but paleo. (Thinks a Jewish Atheist). After all, it would not be any different than taking a great concept and “adding” a new spin. (Torah. cough cough) Just like old times. Lol.

          Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on May 25th, 2013
        • Erik, your arrogance is really not necessary. There are a lot of things on this earth that are harmful/dangerous to us. It is because of humans’ defiance of God. The world was a much much different place before the fall of man. As far as evolution and creationism coexisting, I have not come to a conclusion. The Bible isn’t very specific as far as the “days” and “created” terms go. I was always taught in terms of seven literal days God created everything. I would be interested in hearing others’ opinions.

          Erin wrote on May 26th, 2013
        • @ Erin
          The Bible isn’t very specific as far as the “days” and “created” terms go. I was always taught in terms of seven literal days God created everything. I would be interested in hearing others’ opinions.

          I agree the Bible isn’t specific about time frame for a “day” just as we are not at times. My grandparent’s “day” or it took me “all day” can mean many years or way more hours than we expected. There are those who will calculate according to scriptures that those “days of creation” could be equal to about 7000 of our years. Makes it easier to understand how it all got done in a “few days” and yet have the fossil record reflect more than 24 hours in a day, but thousands and more. There are a lot of layers in our planet that reveal what was there and then gone. Interesting to think about.

          2Rae wrote on May 28th, 2013
  18. Omg please tell me you are single!

    C wrote on May 24th, 2013
  19. Thanks, Scott, for your inspiring story.

    “If you can wash it, you can it eat it.”

    My husband and I, both Christian, didn’t allow the emphasis on evolution keep us from the wonderful information on this site. We tell people who remark to us about our combined 120# weight loss that we eat only what God created. I love the “wash it/eat it” suggestion. So simple.

    We always direct folks to the wonderful community and support of this website, (almost as if we were the creators of it). Most recently, the lab tech who took my blood. She was so eager to get home and investigate it for herself and her brother.

    Our energy level has soared and we feel better than ever. We ride our bikes to the pool every day, swim our laps…sprinting some…and do our aqua aerobics. We would never have been able to do that prior to eating primal and Mark’s Daily Apple. As retirees, we’re like kids again. Thanks so much, Mark!

    Cindy wrote on May 24th, 2013
  20. Scott, good for you! MDA is an amazing web site and full of important, useful information thanks to Mark Sisson. It is good know that you are on your way to outstanding health. Welcome to the club!

    Susan wrote on May 24th, 2013
  21. Great job Scott! Keep up the good work!

    Julia wrote on May 24th, 2013
  22. Looking forward to your one year report Scott, big time props to you so far. Take a look at Leangains dot com in a few months, a site Mark pointed out and I’m following that program on top of a lacto vegetarian (lots of protein) paleo diet. I’m trying to be one of the most ripped 60 year olds out there, getting there but the last bit of extra stuff is around the belly button area and I’m working to get rid of it. All my family and friends get mad if I bring that up, but it’s all relative, best not to compare to others (good or bad) but to how you look and are progressing and keep the image of your ideal self in your mind. Keep up the good work!

    George wrote on May 24th, 2013
  23. Scott’s story, and especially the video, are too powerful. Your enthusiasm is infectious and your eloquence makes the story palatable for toe-dippers.

    I felt the same desire to tell everyone what I’m doing for the same reasons, and have learned not to push it for the same reasons. It’s better to do than to tell!

    Great FSS!

    Brad wrote on May 24th, 2013
  24. Wonderful story and so happy for you on this great beginning!!!

    Curious — when you mention “lean only meats”, do you mean that Paleo requires lean only? Because it doesn’t, does it?

    Gretchen L wrote on May 24th, 2013
  25. Not that I want to get involved in a debate here, but I am a devout church-going, choir-singing Christian and I have no problem with evolution or primal. Just sayin’. Don’t put all Christians in the same box. I just don’t like the concept that if you go to church, you automatically believe or don’t believe certain things.

    But really, this post is to say congratulations and best wishes for the future! In many ways your journey parallels my own – from a complete skeptic and total primal ignoramus (What am I gonna EEEAAATTT!!!!) to a complete never-look-back convert. Go!

    Siobhan wrote on May 24th, 2013
    • Siobhan hit it on the head!
      Just because I attend a church (any church) doesn’t mean I agree with everything they believe in.
      I’m also a lifetime NRA member, and I can assure you that I do not agree with all of their principles and opinions.

      Gordon wrote on May 24th, 2013
      • Sorry, hit the wrong key and posted prematurely:(

        First off, way to go Scott!!
        Please keep us updated as you progress.

        The other thing is, in Scotts case he has the ability to impact others lives in a very positive way by introducing the Paleo lifestyle to those he meets through the church.

        For the believers, the Bible says that our bodies are a temple (or was that Jimmy Buffett?).
        Regardless, by taking care of them, by making them stronger and healthier, we’re actually doing as God demands.

        As for evolution, I also believe that this to is a fact!
        We have evolved over the centuries, and will continue to evolve until the end of time.

        Now, whether you believe we “evolved” from monkey’s, or simply understand that “evolution” is “change”, and change is inevitable, and necessary for the survival of a species, well, that’s a personal decision.

        But when we are talking about health, I’m not sure that’s the place for an evolutionary debate.

        That said, if you choose to believe in creation, then you’ll also likely understand that God granted us free will, the ability to think, pick and choose and make our own decisions.

        If you believe in evolution, then you will make your decisions based on those theories.

        As a Christian, where my health is concerned, I chose not to involve my religion or beliefs, and instead chose to rely on facts, evidence and results.

        I personally believe that God gave me the ability to decide, to decipher the information, and make a choice. The fact is, Paleo works is enough for me to chose that lifestyle!

        For those that choose the total evolutionary route the Paleo lifestyle will certainly make sense.

        Regardless, there is no reason why the two camps can’t coexist when it comes to health.

        I don’t consider Paleo a “diet”, but instead a lifestyle choice, much the same as the choice to smoke or drink.
        I have free will, and have chosen not to smoke, and only occasionally drink.
        At the same time, I have chosen to try to stick with a Paleo way of eating and living as much as possible for my own health.
        Religion never played a part in the equation.

        Anyway, enough babble from me.

        Scott…again WAY TO GO!!!
        Keep up the good work.

        Spreading the “gospel” of Paleo (lol) around your peers can only do more good.
        And God knows, we all can do with more good!!

        Gordon wrote on May 24th, 2013
        • Gordon, totally agree with you! I’ve had similar thoughts along my primal/paleo journey – when evolution (in the macro sense) is brought into the picture, does that mean I should discard all the evidence that paleo eating works for me? But I know that all truth is God’s truth, and therefore science itself never contradicts that Truth, the only differences lie in the interpretation of that science (or of that Truth, as the case may be). My Christian worldview helps me to see God’s hand in all of history, & that doesn’t make my choosing to live in a way that best takes care of His temple anti-Christian; it reinforces His grace in giving me the ability to analyze and reason & determine for myself what that way should be!

          Carol wrote on May 29th, 2013
  26. That’s awesome, Scott!! Keep going! :) BTW- are you single? ;) haha

    Tina wrote on May 24th, 2013
  27. Scott,

    Despite you being less than four weeks into Primal, your video was so eloquent and touched on so many Primal concepts (that have taken me months to internalize), that I was truly impressed. So much so I reposted to Facebook and attempted to personalize your story to convince a few more of my friends and family to join me. This is what I wrote, but the credit is all to you, well done.

    For those whom I haven’t told, I have been following a Primal diet for just over 4 months now. I randomly picked up “The Primal Blueprint – 21 Day Transformation” book at the library in January. It had appealed to me because of it seemed to echo a book my brother had sent me the year before, “Younger Next Year”. In that book, a doctor and his patient lay down some thoughts and guidance about exercise being the key to optimal gene expression, health and longevity. I have to admit, I’m not as keen on exercise as my brother and his wife. I respect and admire their dedication to that much exercise, but I just don’t share the passion.

    After reading The Primal Blueprint, it led me to start exploring the blog: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/

    It is a wealth of knowledge and insight, I highly recommend it. I became convinced the of the concepts Mark preaches but thought: if I begin to change both my diet, and follow the (considerably less time-consuming) exercise program — that would be two changes at once. I thought it would be hard to convince myself thereafter that either one was really doing the trick. Since I have more control on my eating than on the time I can allot to exercise, I chose to only modify my diet.

    I could never hope to explain as well, nor as elegantly, as Scott does here in this video, the changes that this has had in my life. Take the 12 minutes to watch this video, I know that’s a long time in today’s instant-gratification world of social media memes, but it a 12 minutes well spent.

    I started at 192lbs on January 18th, lost 10lbs the first month, 6 the second, and another 6 since, for a total of over 22lbs in four months. Down to 170lbs, my weight when I graduated high school 20 years ago. The ‘diet’ is not so much a diet as making better, more healthful and tastier food choices. Even the exercise regime, when you get down to it, is more of a life-style choice.

    Can you say that you weigh what you did in high school, 20 years later? It only took me three months, only the first four days were ‘hard’, and I’ve felt so much better everyday since.

    Clink like if you bother to watch the video. Click share if you think you might give it a try. This has changed my life for the better.

    Nick wrote on May 24th, 2013
  28. Mark Sisson, for describing paleo/primal, uses much more the terms of
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    hen what you have ‘evolved to’.
    Who or what is the programm maker is open to everybody’s free explanation.
    Either you believe it is a higher force or that it is rock and mineral soup and lightning + a coincidence from 1 in a zillion trillion.
    Using the science of nutrition + implementing DNA codes for appropriate of hormone delivery means nothing that hinders to believe in a God.
    Actually it is the contrary.
    Science says for 190.000 we have NOT evolved, we stayed put.
    And we did NOT evolve even eating 10.000 years of bread.
    Although we did ‘evolve’ a little (but no evolving like creatin a new organ which is impossible anyway or you tell me ) by allowing for instance the gene code for lactose tolerance express it self longer, that took only a couple or hundred of years (say ‘scientists’ = they don’t know but speculate).
    But for a good digestion of wheat you need probably a complete new organ.
    And that just doesn’t happen. Not in 10.000 nor in 100.000 years.
    Yes the appereance of new organs from random mutations is where you seperate the believers in the richard dawkins orthodoxy and the sceptics like myself.

    So me saying eating primal is not at all contradictory with believing in a creator.
    Further scientists do NOT know when we ‘evolved’ from cro magnon into ‘us’, that is around more or less 10.000 BC, that’s all, and probably around the caucausain steppes or in Anotolia, it changes at every fossile find.
    And huge floods around the black sea area are proven.
    So even part of the conventional bible story can fit in with archeological finds.

    Just some food for thougth.

    PS I’m a paleo pagan, not christian, and i just can not believe in evolution bogus (men came from rock – that turned into soup -then struck lightning) but I do feel an intelligent design in our gene code necessary to guide any ‘mutation’ , in my humble opinion is necessary.

    wolf wrote on May 25th, 2013
  29. sorry pfff first phrase should be :

    “Mark Sisson, for describing paleo/primal, uses much more the terms of
    to eat what you have been ‘programmed for’
    then what you have ‘evolved to’
    Who or what is the programm maker is open to everybody’s free explanation

    wolf wrote on May 25th, 2013
  30. Congratulations, you inspire me. I am new to primal eating and as far as I have seen Mark Sisson has not made a comment on who or how we were created. I think when he speaks of evolution he means how man evolved over the years from a wandering nomadic life to a settled, community agriculture driven life raising grain and live stock. as a Christian, I think there is nothing more natural than a primal diet, after all God created a beautiful garden of fruits, berries, vegetables, tree nuts, fish, animals, and mothers milk for the offspring, the perfect primal diet.

    Lisa wrote on May 25th, 2013
  31. What a great start to an even greater new life!

    Ken wrote on May 25th, 2013
  32. I love the videos, there is something about looking and hearing the changes, the experiences from a human face rather than reading it!

    I will look out for the next video!

    Well done to you, keep it up, you can do it!

    Really, such a tidy bedroom! And are you really single, c’mon spil the news to us, handsome!

    Ionela wrote on May 25th, 2013
  33. Hi everyone. It’s Scott… the guy in the video.

    When I woke up on Day 21 and kicked out this email/video for Mark… I never thought it would go anywhere. Only hoped it might help one person. The response has only motivated me to perfect my ninja skills in the kitchen and really learn how to take this to the next level. Get y’all an after video.

    The dotted line has continued south since last week. Down about 22lbs as of today still without training. It’s just been surfing and volunteering on a ranch to date. Still full body but fun…and that’s different.

    Thank you to everyone for kind comments. Single question was not something I’ve gotten in a while. Answer is yes. But for now no grains, sugar or ladies ha ha. Well who knows. Still a lot of work to do before I feel I can strut again.

    God Bless – Scott

    Scott wrote on May 25th, 2013
  34. that was an awesome video! My thoughts exactly!!! No more STARVING! That’s my favorite part!! This is also the first time I’ve seen other people (in the comments) describe their contradictions with evolution and Primal. I have a lot of family who say evolution is hogwash. Whenever I come across a sentence in Mark’s book where he says something about our ancestors from millions of years ago, I cringe because I know those statements would offend many people I know. I know if my family were to read that one line, they would close the book.

    I have an awesome nephew who’s studying to be a pastor and I asked his opinion. He said he beleives different cultures just simply had to adapt to their surroundings. whether it be a desert with no seafood, or like the Mayans where they used a lot of corn. Some civilzations thrived and some did not.

    iluvoptics wrote on May 25th, 2013
  35. I am also a Christian. Evolution just means changes that happen over a long period of time. I believe the paleo diet is what we were designed to eat. I don’t think God intended for us to eat high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated vegetable oil and genetically modified wheat products. But he did provide us with animals, fish and plants to eat. The answers to modern health problems have been available to us all along.

    Lisa wrote on May 26th, 2013
    • I just want to add that in the Bible, in the Old Testament, there are laws against plant and animal hybrids. I think that the fact that hybrids tend to have lower nutritional value (of plants, anyway) is a good reason why. The corn we eat (or don’t eat, if you’re primal) today is a poor excuse for the corn eaten by aboriginal tribes in the U.S.

      Sara wrote on August 12th, 2013
  36. Great video. No hunger. Yay!!!!

    Linda A. Lavid wrote on May 26th, 2013
  37. Great job Scott. I just wanted to add a point, when I wasn’t doing primal I was snoring loud, I’d wake my roommates. But when I started primal and lost 65lbs I stopped snoring. I believe loseing the weight stops the snoring.

    Great job, keep on going!! Thanks for the video!

    Katie wrote on July 11th, 2013
  38. I’ve been putting off going primal for months now (I bought the books in January, and still haven’t read them.) I’m at my all-time high of 360 pounds (and I’m 40). I’m going to give it a month and see how I feel, because there’s got to be a chance that this will work for me and the life-long depression and anxiety will disappear. Thank you, Scott, for sharing this. I hope you’re still doing well.

    Sara wrote on August 12th, 2013
  39. Sara, I would like to encourage you to start. Even if it’s small steps like going gluten free and sugar free, then advance to go completely grain free. You may feel the “Carb Flu” when you get rid of the grains but it really is worth it. Your head clears, you are better able to deal with emotional upset like depression, anxiety, anger, etc. Like many of the comments here, it’s really nice to NOT feel that carb loaded hunger. However, if you are like me you may have to mentally prepare yourself to NOT eat unless you are hungry. I sometimes feel compelled to eat when it’s “time” even though I am not really hungry. I hope you enjoy listening to what your body “wants” and does NOT want as you go through your journey in primal eating. I did not read the book yet either but I did get rid of the grains, beans, sugar that was keeping me from enjoying life like I should. You can do it!!!!

    2Rae wrote on August 12th, 2013
    • Thank you for the encouragement, 2Rae. I went on Atkin’s several years ago, and lost a lot of weight, but after a bad break-up I gained all of it and more back. I’ve just been more and more depressed the past few years, and I’m kind of at the end of my rope. Weighing myself was a bit of a wake-up call, because I’ve never been this heavy. I’ve gained 80 pounds in the past 3 years. I am tired of being exhausted and depressed all the time, trying primal is kind of my last hope. I figured I’d give it a month, and then see what happens.

      Sara wrote on August 12th, 2013
      • Sara, there is some evidence that going primal may help with depression, especially if you work on all aspects of it, not just food. There are multiple aspects to it. Food is key to changing your body composition but getting outside and moving is just as important from a mood standpoint. Also, getting enough sleep and being part of a community.
        That being said, if you feel like your depression is really serious I would encourage you to seek help. I would, however, encourage you to really try the primal/paleo lifestyle before going on any medications.

        I often think of it this way, do the things that people do that you would like to be more like. If you want to be healthy, fit and happy then do the things that people who are do. Even if you don’t feel like you belong doing a trail run, get out there and get on that trail. You may not run much at all in the beginning but just being there is a huge step in the right direction.
        In time the results of emulating what other people do will produce results.
        Beware, when you first go primal you may see big changes in the scale and then they may plateau. This is normal and happens to a lot of people. Don’t get discouraged after 3 weeks if you stagnate a bit.
        Your body composition will normalize. It didn’t take a month to get where you’re at, right? Don’t expect 3 years to be wiped out in 3 months. ;-)
        You’ll do great if you stick with it.
        Good Luck!

        spayne wrote on August 12th, 2013
      • I can relate to the “end of the rope” issue. I had gained over the years since turning 37 and going through the changes in hormones. Seemed as though none of my doctors were all that troubled about it, normal as we age, WHAT? Rrrrr. So finally trying to just dump the conventional wisdom / propaganda and embracing the primal eating parameters has given me a new outlook, it’s possible to feel good again and learn about what makes me gain weight (and feel bad) and just toss it in the garbage. Oh yes, there is that overwhelming urge to eat some, oh say, ice cream, but the more I use my self control the easier it is to visualize it as garbage for me.
        When we learn about ourselves we find there are layers of things to process. Once we get one thing under control we are then free to move on to the next layer that needs to be addressed. However, we are now getting stronger so it’s easier as we go.
        I’m glad you are going to try it.

        2Rae wrote on August 12th, 2013
  40. Hi Scott ~ I saw your YouTube video a couple of days ago (11/27 to be exact) and while checking out success stories on MDA discovered it here as well.

    I had the same problem with other diets/systems, etc. No matter how self-disciplined I was in following “the rules” I was always hungry! Even with Weight Watchers – I got so sick of counting points! I’ve only been on PB for a few months and have NEVER been hungry nor do I have the usual ups & downs in energy levels. I feel so much better over all, sleep better (no more bathroom breaks either), and wake up alert as well.

    I’ll be waiting for your next video just like everyone else. Go. Scott. Go. :)

    BTW – I find no conflict between the Primal Blueprint lifestyle and my beliefs.

    Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on November 29th, 2013

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