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September 26, 2011

Ken Korg Finally Gets It

By Mark Sisson
109 Comments

Things are going pretty smoothly in the House of Korg. At this point, the whole family’s got the dietary stuff locked in. They know what to eat, what not to eat, and it’s no longer a struggle. The low-carb flu has come and gone, the once-tempting foods frankly look kinda disgusting and downright unappealing. Son Kenny’s happily eating meat, Ken’s continuing to slim down, and Kelly no longer carries a feed bag to support her snacking habit.

The pantry has finally been purged. It was a big job, one Ken began immediately after that first chat with Valentina but only just finished because he had run out of garbage bags for all the old food (their pantry is a walk-in and just massive). When all was said and done, the food bank walked away with six hefty bags full of supplies and the Korgs had almost 100 square feet of empty space. Since Ken’s pantry replacements – canned seafood, coconut and olive oil, a big jerky stash, dark chocolate, loose leaf tea, coffee, and a small bag of rice for Kelly’s cardio carb-ups – only filled a couple shelves, the family has started using it for fitness equipment storage.

Speaking of fitness equipment, they’re amassing quite an arsenal between the three of ’em. Last week, Kelly happened to go for a quick lunchtime jog while wearing ballet flats. It was the first time she had run in something that wasn’t a high-tech running shoe with a big heel raise, and it was the first time she had run without her knee giving her trouble. Fascinated by the apparent connection between heel height and knee pain, Kelly decided to pick up a pair of Vibram Fivefingers to test. Fast forward a week and a half and Kelly has a half dozen pairs in every color and style stashed in the pantry; the VFFs apparently passed the test.

Ken and Kenny spend every Saturday together cooking up designs for unconventional, homemade workout equipment. So far, they have six slosh tubes of varying length, weight, and diameter; four medicine balls, made from basketballs and volleyballs; two big army duffel bags full of smaller sandbags, totaling up to 140 pounds each; rocks of various sizes, shapes, and weights; and a couple Bulgarian training bags made from tire inner tubes full of sand. It’s the classic father-and-son bonding experience with a weird Primal twist. Kenny’s your standard teenager, so he’s enjoying the time with his dad but not really appreciating the depth of the experience (you can’t really expect him to), but Ken? Man, Ken’s a sentimental mess. Every Sunday night in bed, he gets a little teary-eyed telling Kelly about his time with Kenny, the successes, the setbacks, the footrace/wrestling match they got into on the beach while gathering sand for the Bulgarian bag, the genuine enthusiasm in Kenny’s voice as he describes a new way to tweak the slosh tube design. It reminds him of when Kenny was a wide-eyed four year-old and the world and everything in it was new to him and Ken was the coolest, funniest tour guide in it.

Speaking of being in bed with Kelly, that’s another much-improved area. And not just the sex (which is fantastic), but the entire bedtime ritual is better. The dulling blue glare of the the plasma screen at the foot of the bed is gone, the TV disconnected. So when they turn in for the night, Ken and Kelly talk about their days, laugh, joke, and play around with each other rather than watch other people have fun, make witty comments, and live incredible lives onscreen. It isn’t glamorous or exciting, but it’s nice. And it’s certainly real.

This past week, Ken is realizing that the big secret of going Primal is that it’s really not about changes to diet, fitness, or what supplements one takes in order to “mitigate stress.” It’s not about hacking yourself, constantly striving to improve this or that micronutrient status or tweaking things until you finally figure out the minimally effective dose of sun/squats/sleep. Those are just tools to an end; they’re not the goal itself. The goal is getting to a state of flow, where everything just happens, where you make good food decisions without thinking or stressing, where you head outside for a hike not just for the forest bathing benefits but for the fact that walking around in the great outdoors is awesome, where it’s all internalized and regular so you can focus on the important stuff – family, friends, experiences, moments, love – without all the clutter getting in the way.

Those kind of subtle changes are the most monumental results of going Primal, even if they’d never be touted on the cover of a diet book. “Have more meaningful interpersonal relations with loved ones!” just doesn’t pop, ya know? But it’s the truth. And the Korgs are learning it.

Tell me about your path, your Primal story. What have you learned? What’s been hardest? Did the story of the Korgs ring any bells? Have you reached a state of flow?

Let me know in the comment board!

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Eva Tang
Eva Tang
5 years 3 days ago
It’s always hard to stay on track especially when you’re being tempted with poor food choices, parties on the weekends, family get togethers.. but once you learn a couple tricks here and there to fight those off, it really has become more a lifestyle than anything else for me! I started primal for vanity purposes (wanting to look super cut, fit) but realized that the most important thing that comes from being primal, for me, is the energy, focus and mood I’m always in – always ready to take on whats next. Found more than just a way to look… Read more »
Bob Ewing
5 years 2 days ago

Cheers on the new outlook Eva!

Andy
5 years 3 days ago

Holy cow!! The Korg’s pantry is bigger than my whole kitchen!

LisaS
LisaS
5 years 3 days ago

My “holy cow!!” is the half dozen pairs of VFF’s. I would love to have enough money to justify buying a second pair now that my first pair are showing the effects of being well loved.

Primal Toad
5 years 2 days ago

I also would love to won a few more pairs. The one pair I have now – the KSO’s – have 3 small hoes in the toe area. I need a new pair but do not have the money for it.

Do the Korgs have an address so I can borrow a pair of Vibrams?!

Dennis
Dennis
5 years 2 days ago

You can find em cheaper on ebay(make sure they are a vibram seller), and campmor.com Usually last years models. I got two pair for under 100 bucks:-)

LisaS
LisaS
5 years 2 days ago

Dennis is right. You can find deals online. I bought my current pair at shoemart.com. They were last year models so the size/selection was limited but I bought mine for $54.
Alas, until my current employment status changes even that is outside the budget at the moment.

Primal Toad
5 years 2 days ago

I purchased my sprints for $56 but I ended up selling them and sticking with only my vibrams. Now they have holes!

I’ll have to do this. I need to ask my facebook fans what pair they where and why. I’ll do that now!

You can answer in reply to this comment too… what pair(s) do you wear and why?

TeaDub
TeaDub
5 years 3 days ago

I am learning how to play again…and how it’s much more rewarding to interact with family members being active outside instead of sitting around the “boob tube”. I am also learning to enjoy the journey and not worry about when I get “there”. Paradigms are changing!

Primal Toad
5 years 2 days ago

Are you a fan of jack johnson? He calls it the boob tube which is awesome.

Ditching the TV is one of the most rewarding tasks I have ever accomplished. Will I go my whole life without watching TV? Hell no.

Will I sit down and watch a golf tournament, football game, basketball game, etc for hours? No. Maybe a playoff game here and there.

If you still love the TV then sweet – keep watching! But, until you ditch the TV for 30 straight days I won’t believe you!

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 2 days ago

“boob tube” is what our parents called it in 1968…guess they were ahead of their times. btw our set was black and white back then. omg I’ve become an OLD FART! …at least I’m a primal old fart.

Robin
Robin
5 years 2 days ago

We had a black and white and I am not OLD! LOL! Also, I believe Al from Married With Children called it the boob tube too.

Hopeless Dreamer
Hopeless Dreamer
5 years 2 days ago

+1!!

Lexxy
5 years 2 days ago

I concur- I do not have cable I simply have netflix I go all day without having the need or want to watch tv ( there are of course days where I may have an urge but the watching doesn’t last long) overall it is better for me to ditch the tv ( especially with the xbox potentially tempting me with a video game- that is my vice)

Bob Ewing
5 years 2 days ago

Great job TeaDub! Playing is awesome.

Lisa
Lisa
5 years 3 days ago

Whether I am primal or not, self-sabotage is my problem. I can eat lots and lots and lots of primal food…there is no stopping me. I have been Paleo/primal for 4 months and have seen zero change. I need focus…and a six-pack. ๐Ÿ™‚

toaster for sale
toaster for sale
5 years 2 days ago

Those beliefs are like a scared puppy hiding under the bed. They are just keeping where you are, because where you are is known and safe.

Show them it’s all right to come out of hiding and enjoy this new place you are going to.

If you alter your beliefs, the focus will come by itself.

Denise
Denise
5 years 2 days ago
Try to eat more meat and eggs for satiety. Also, check your Vitamin D. I was doing what I thought was primal/paleo with no change, and two things converged to help me. First, my doctor discovered low vitamin D levels. Supplementation seemed to kick off weight loss for me. At the same time, I focused on salad dressing and quit buying it and started making my own, either oil & vinegar or with a recipe that starts from paleo mayo. I think eliminating soybean oil from my diet really helped. Six months later I have lost 24 pounds.
BT
BT
5 years 2 days ago

It is really frustrating not gettng the result, but great that you seem to know the cause. Try not to beat up yourself, though I would be trying new tactics, setting a limit on food, ie if not full by x calories wait an hour before going more. Exercise does it for me, maybe do a fasting followed by a ramble through the woods, where there is no snack option. Get the habit of “eating like a predator” and having a longish break between meals. something to break routine. Sounds like it will be fun.

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 2 days ago

counting your carbs?

Andi
Andi
5 years 1 day ago

I had the same issue, but like Mark says, don’t count calories but calories do count. If you’re eating “lots and lots of primal food”, you might be over doing it on the total calories.

I had the same problem. I started counting my total carbs. A serving of broccoli or brussel sprouts (primal) can still add more than 11 carbs each to the daily count. Keep the total under 50 (Mark’s recommendation) and you’ll see a difference.

Tara Stevens
4 years 11 months ago

I’m experiencing exactly the same issue… the food I eat is top quality, it’s just the quantity! I know it’s said that if you eat more fat your body will naturally reach its own satiety level… mine just seems higher than everyone elses ๐Ÿ™

just gotta watch your portion sizes I guess, well, I do anyway – have to realise that I can’t eat like a 6’3 tall rugby player (unless I want to be as wide as they are tall!!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m chasing that six-pack too, I know it’s *somewhere* under all that cushioning ๐Ÿ˜‰

LisaS
LisaS
5 years 3 days ago

Eating and fitness are definitely in a state of flow. I remember a turning point after I quit smoking when I realized I had no desire to smoke again. My primal experience is very like that.
Sleep has been more difficult but I’m getting there. Sun exposure is fun!! Over the summer no one commented on my weight loss but I heard “You’re so tan!” over and over again with twinges of jealousy.
Play is my final frontier. I still feel like I need to work at play but I know that turning point will come too.

Lexxy
5 years 2 days ago

Must be nice! ( tan and all) I get my daily 15 min- but I am still mighty pasty! I like your analogy to smoking- I used to smoke- not heavily- more of a “social” thing- when I gave that up it was freeing.

Alison Golden
5 years 3 days ago
I’ve pretty much reached a state of flow with the food but it took best part of year. I wanted to see if I could lose ten pounds (going from leanish to very lean) this way and while I’ve lost a few pounds – 5 maybe – the main benefit for me has been to not force myself out of bed at some ungodly hour to exercise and to cut out the screens well before bedtime. I do need to be constantly vigilant because while Grok had wild animals to look out for, I have well-meaning but misguided relatives tempting… Read more »
Anais
Anais
5 years 3 days ago
After a year of being increasingly more primal (i am really good on nutrition, strength, sun and sleep side now and seriously improving the HIT part that was my weakness), I feel like some parts of it has really become a flow, a natural way of life, and i start to have a hard time remembering how I could survive otherwise before, I just remember the feeling of being a crazy, overwhelmed and trapped little rat. At 30 I finally feel as thin, strong and energetic as I would like. I don’t see the different elements of the “challenge” as… Read more »
Johan
Johan
5 years 3 days ago
I’ve managed to attend one wedding, two birthday parties and a poker night in the last week, without cheating hardly at all. A handful of chips at the wedding and the poker night, due to alcohol clouding the judgement, but that’s it. I didn’t drink all that much either, and kept to red wine and whiskey, so I don’t count that as cheating ๐Ÿ˜‰ Birthday party was the hardest, with all the home baked cake, cupcakes and cookies. That mom is a master at baking. But with a little willpower it all went well. I ate the cream and berries… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
5 years 3 days ago

What is whiskey made out of? I had the opportunity the other day, but wasn’t sure if it was made from wheat.

Tori Kean
Tori Kean
5 years 3 days ago

Corn

Tori Kean
Tori Kean
5 years 3 days ago

Well, it can be made out of most grains, it is the process rather then the initial ingredients that make something whiskey

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 2 days ago

It’s distilled so I don’t think there’s going to be much if any antinutrient issues left, no matter what it’s made of.

Primal Toad
5 years 2 days ago

My “cheat” at my soon to be brother-in-law’s bachelor party were poor hot dogs and hamburgers. Wait, I think I might have had one chip – not sure.

Not a sip of alcohol. I love wine but none was available. And, the occasional cocktail is nice such as the Mai Tai I had on the plane going to Hawaii – it was FREE! NO way I would decline!

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 2 days ago

yeah tamales with a mai tai is my cheat food lately

Primal Toad
5 years 2 days ago

Do you live in Hawaii?! Or do you enjoy Mai Tai’s on the mainland?

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 1 day ago
oh one can get a mai tai anywhere, but no doubt they are best enjoyed while enroute to the islands or on a beach! for me, it’s just the patio of a little Mexican restaurant in little ol Medford, Oregon…dinners out are a BIG deal for me lately because I’ve finally gotten a handle on my IBS and it’s really the first time in about 8 years that I’ve been able to eat out and order something special that I really enjoy without getting sick.I mean, there’s always steaks but I grill those myself (grassfed usually) so much that a… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
5 years 3 days ago

I ran through a playground set at our local community center, chasing my three-year-old son through tunnels, down slides, and up ladders and ramps multiple times. It was so fun, and it never would have happened before PB. I didn’t care if I looked silly, and it was great exercise, but most of all it was playing with my son. I wouldn’t have had the energy before.

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 2 days ago

good for you…what a lucky boy (and mom)

Tori Kean
Tori Kean
5 years 3 days ago

To me it is thinking “Primal.” When I start to hurry or no reason, or if I get really hungry, or even if I am bored. I try to think of these as little challenges to leap over, and not get so stressed or unthinking about it. Then I make the little decisions and the big decisions in a way that I actually agree with. It makes me a lot happier

dani
5 years 3 days ago

I definitely feel like I’ve gotten so much closer to reaching a state of flow. I don’t know if I’m 100% yet but overall I feel so much happier, connected to my friends and to nature. My life has drastically improved. Wish I could explain it better, especially to my non-primal friends.

Primal Toad
5 years 2 days ago

I here you!! No worries – you will have dozens of primal friends within just a few years ๐Ÿ™‚

Randy Knapp
5 years 3 days ago
Thanks for sharing, Mark! I love this little narrative with the Korgs and it motivates me to keep going. I’ve been Primal for two weeks, and I’ve lost about 6 pounds. I’m just finishing up P90X, but I’m transitioning to Primal fitness. I eat all sorts of food that I love: steaks, salmon, broccoli, and I cook it myself (coconut oil is amazing)! I’m past the low-carb flu, and I feel great. I’m still working on stabilizing my sleep schedule. Mark, I like to stay out late, go on dates, see midnight-showings of movies, can this be part of the… Read more »
Sanctus Real
Sanctus Real
5 years 3 days ago

I’m such a freak. For me, going primal has meant an increase in energy such that I feel capable of homeschooling my 2 children. Going from part-time mom to full-time homeschooling mom is exhausting, but finally do-able. (It’s something I’ve wanted since before I had children.)

Milemom
Milemom
5 years 2 days ago
How exciting…I wish you well in your homeschooling journey. I’m sure you have a guiding philosophy/method, but keep this in mind if you feel you need to “tweak.”: My sister homeschools her near-genius son using the Well-Trained Mind method… and he is thriving. My friend very relaxedly (new word!) homeschooled all four of hers until 7th grade, then they went to public schools…one was valedictorian, all four are honors students…and all she really did was let them loose to read and read (and hubby made sure they did math)They had no trouble at all transitioning to a classroom environment. Anyway,… Read more »
Susanne
Susanne
5 years 3 days ago

I’m just happy that I no longer have problems with idiopathic postprandial syndrome.

Ann
Ann
5 years 3 days ago

This morning I took my 4-year-old son with me to our neighborhood park to do one of Primal Toad’s workouts. We did the workout together (he did his 4-year-old baby Grok version), then we played hide and seek afterwards. It emulated everything you spoke of, Mark, in today’s post. Normally I would rush off to the gym and dump him off in childcare, much to his dismay! Not today. He said, “Mommy, this was one of the best mornings ever!”

DThalman
DThalman
5 years 1 day ago

That’s GREAT! What a heartening story!

Dave PAPA GROKย Parsons
Dave PAPA GROKย Parsons
5 years 3 days ago

Flowing like the breeze down by the stream bed with the water…watching the leaves float past…Ahhh this is the life>>>

Chris
5 years 3 days ago
I have been Primal for 7 weeks now and just finally feel like I’m hitting my stride. I have dropped 19 lbs on the scale…..and I don’t know how many inches in my waist but it’s time for a new belt and many new pairs of jeans. It’s fun trying out new recipes and kind of eyeballing my meals now that I know what I’m eating and what to expect for macros. I still track everything I eat, but I certainly have a better understanding and confidence about planning and cooking my meals. I’m not freaked out by eating fruit… Read more »
Arty
Arty
5 years 3 days ago

My down fall is milk.
How do people get over milk cravings?
It’s RAW milk, it’s nutritious but it is the only reason why I’m not 10 lbs leaner around my midsection. Milk also makes me sedative, so my energy goes down and I just want to take a nap.
I’m not lactose intolerant, I have no other milk allergies other than when drinking too much, the fermentation it undergoes in my body causes bloat.

I wish there was MA (Milk Anonymous) meetings :=P

Chris
5 years 3 days ago

“They” say it takes 21 days to make a routine a habit…

……just tough it out for a few weeks. I was eating DELICIOUS Greek yogurt for a few weeks but didn’t drop any weight those two weeks. I cut it out again and BAM i started losing again.

I guess you have to weigh your priorities. lol (no pun intended)

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
5 years 2 days ago
Arty, believe me I feel your pain! I was addicted to milk until about 2 years ago. I love the stuff and drank gallons of it. I swore I’d never give up milk. The only reason I didn’t drink more was because I was still tracking calories back then and would go over my daily calorie allotment. What did it for me was realizing how much sugar is in milk. – 12-13 grams per 8 oz. cup regardless of whether it’s full fat, 1% or non-fat! Check the sugar content of the milk you buy. (I was drinking the pasteurized… Read more »
Primal Toad
5 years 2 days ago

If you are not lactose or casein intolerant and are able to get raw grass-fed milk from an awesome source then why stop? I wish I was in your situation – keep drinking.

Mary
Mary
5 years 2 days ago

Try coconut milk. It’s so good, after a few glasses you won’t want cows milk!

Primal Toad
5 years 2 days ago

Do you drink coconut milk straight up? I LOVE coconut – it’s one of my 2 favorite plant foods but I am not a big fan of drinking coconut milk by itself. It’s great for smoothies though!

Lindsey
Lindsey
5 years 1 day ago

Try unsweetened almond milk (although you can get vanilla or chcoolate). It’s fantastic and I have a glass of it whenever I’ve feeling urges.. DAIRY urges!

shannon
shannon
5 years 3 days ago
I love my after-dark ritual now. When it starts to get dark, I turn off my computer (don’t have a tv) and light my little tea light candles. I have them placed strategically in front of windows, on window sills, so that the glass reflects back the light. Sometimes I turn on the lava lamp that somebody recently gave me. I lie on the sofa and talk to my boyfriend, who lives in another city. (I’m going to visit soon.) Sometimes I do some yoga in the dark. I am SO relaxed by the time I go to bed! And… Read more »
cTo
cTo
5 years 2 days ago

+Like

Issabeau
Issabeau
5 years 3 days ago
Been primal for awhiile now but can’t really tell how it makes me feel because I’m in braces + expander and I can’t enjoy a dang thing. The foods are limited, I can’t really enjoy any of it because I can’t chew properly, I can’t take in the flavors. Everyday headaches are starting to make me insane and the primal diet isn’t helping any of it. Most of my digestive problems have vanished, except I am still not regular and I’m just really sleepy lately. Also, going primal my boobs have grown and seem to continue to grow..which is not… Read more »
Sabine
Sabine
5 years 2 days ago

Have to say, it sounds like you may have ‘gained’ something. Any chance you are pregnant?

Leea
Leea
5 years 3 days ago

It’s been rough….or I made it rough on myself some. Didn’t make good food choices or ate too much. Yesterday was a new day! Saturday I bought my girls their first pair of barefoot shoes. I went with Merrell’s so I didn’t have to fork over so much for the toe socks in the winter. They love them!

Cin
Cin
5 years 3 days ago

I need to let go of dairy. I am totally on a plateau and need to just let it go.

My issue is I discovered Greek yogurt and marscapone cheese — oh my!

Hal
5 years 3 days ago

Sleep is my biggest failing. I have a lot on my plate, right now, and sleep always seems to take a back burner. I am hopeful that my choices and actions now will mean that I can get better and more meaningful sleep in the future – kind of like putting in your time when learning something new.

Tristan
Tristan
5 years 2 days ago

This was such a great story. I’m only about 4 months in and have a ways to go. The food’s becoming automatic, we’re developing good play habits, but need to thumb my nose more at the electronics!
“You have much to learn, Grasshopper.”

cTo
cTo
5 years 2 days ago
One of the most important things to me has been not only strengthening my muscles, but strengthening my self-esteem, which has been quite fragile my whole life. I think it comes from connecting with myself a little better, and just not about feeling in control of my weight and eating; even when I eat a carb-treat or dont make improvements on the scale, I feel like I *know* what my body needs to feel alright, I *can* do what I need to do to feel alright, and I dont need to listen to the noise from society and CW telling… Read more »
Karen
Karen
5 years 2 days ago

Any chance you could share the name of that book? I’d like to meditate for better stress management, but the thought of setting aside long chunks of time for it just stresses me out more!

katie
5 years 2 days ago

I loved reading the progression of the Korg’s. I’m still on a primal journey, but I’m having trouble letting go and giving in fully. I defeinetely follow the 80/20 rule, maybe even 70/30. But even so… life hasn’t been this great in such a long time. I’ve gained myself back, my happiness, the flow you speak of that I used to have, the ease of life, content with the little moments in life. Everything seems to make sense living this way.

Tamara
Tamara
5 years 2 days ago
It’s been 8 months and the family is falling into a state of flow. Temptation comes in all directions schools, family to just everyday traveling and eating on the road. Me and hubby lost about 15-20lbs, we personally hit a plateau there but still feel great, all those lipid and such tests come back with outstanding numbers reducing the needs for meds. One of my kids I know has yet kicked her dr pepper habit, but other wise keeps to paleo, she is 17 and she buys it herself. The other two I know take those treats when offered, but… Read more »
Lynna
Lynna
5 years 2 days ago

I fell way off the wagon this summer and am having a little trouble climbing back on. It wasn’t just the parties and vacation. I had my economical 11 year car totaled by someone running a very late red light. I wasn’t hurt except for some muscle spasms. But all the crap I had to go through kinda sent me in a tailspin.

LM
LM
5 years 2 days ago
For me, the hard part is keeping up with regular exercise. I’ve got a tendency to injure myself when I do weight training or any other exercise, and that leads to quitting for a while until things heal up, and then it’s really hard to get back in. The dietary part of this lifestyle is a cinch – I don’t miss bread or grains, there are plenty of Paleo options when I eat at restaurants, and I’m a good cook – but the exercise is definitely an issue. At present, I’m nursing a hand injury; nothing serious, but I’m staying… Read more »
simik
simik
5 years 2 days ago

Try more of a Body By Science approach — few basic compound movements done in a slow controlled fashion, and no ballistic explosive movements.

MIDI GRRL
MIDI GRRL
5 years 2 days ago

my kids are snacking on nuts and meat and cheese. they eat when they are hungry and I stopped demanding they finish their food at dinner, which means nice meals. i have already won! I am trying to contain my excitement about it so as not to arouse suspicions of the changes they have made with a little help from mom.

Mike
Mike
5 years 2 days ago

“Fast forward a week and a half and Kelly has a half dozen pairs in every color and style stashed in the pantry; the VFFs apparently passed the test.”

WOW The Korgs must be loaded!!! I wish I could buy 6 pairs of VFF I love them!!!

sara
sara
5 years 2 days ago
I don’t think I’ve quite reached the “state of flow,” but I’m moving in the right direction. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Eating out & parties are still a bit of a challenge. On a positive note – I no longer have any cravings for baked goods (wheat products). I didn’t think that was possible! Also, I’ve been tracking diet since taking the Primal Challenge – I’ve been eating more calories than before (200 – 300 more per day). I’ve also been listening to my body & taking breaks from working out, spending about 2 days a week in the gym instead of 4.… Read more »
dave
dave
5 years 2 days ago

25+ years ago, I was falsely diagnosed with hypoglycimia. Doc said ,no sugar, bread, starches, only veggies eggs, meat. etc. Sound familiar?. I lost 20 lbs. in a couple of months., felt great. Kept it up till about 8 years ago. Now I sit here, bloated, feeling like crap. It’s gotta stop. Enough fantisizing about how I want to look and feel, and time to man up. The exercising is there, I just need to stop eating wrong. More motivating articles like this will help.

Josh Frey
5 years 2 days ago

I like the bit about how the end goal isn’t to be 100% perfect, but rather to be able to enjoy life to the fullest.

That’s what I think a lot of people miss when they get into eating for health – it’s all about quality of life.

V
V
5 years 2 days ago
Brief story of my a-ha primal moment – I just got back from a trip, on which I had ironically enough had dinner with Mark, only to realize that my credit card was broken, my bank wouldn’t talk to me without my account number, my statements were in my parents house, and my parents were in Peru. I had no money and didn’t really feel like borrowing any, so I waited for my parents to get back – went 5 days where I ate nothing but one small leafy salad and a few beers. During those 5 days I went… Read more »
bbuddha
bbuddha
5 years 2 days ago

I went to the dentist today and found that my blood pressure was down and I’ve lost 5 pounds since I started this challenge. These kind of concrete changes help me stay on track as much as feeling more energetic. I’m still working on the getting to bed at a reasonable hour.

Annika
5 years 2 days ago
I love these types of posts, they make me realise that anything is possible! I’ve been trying to go Primal for over a year now, and while I had no issues ditching the grains, sugar was a really tough one – I couldn’t deal with a single day without it! I moved to New Zealand recently, and aimed to go the first 30 days without sugar except fruit. I did well, only 2 ‘cheat’ days, and I think the healthy habits are in place. Now I need to work on cutting down the fruit and upping the exercise and I’m… Read more »
Justin Wright
5 years 2 days ago

Love this story, reminds me of the book when I first read it. All I can say is the primal diet has definitely improved how I feel everyday, amazing.

m
m
5 years 2 days ago

“Itโ€™s not about hacking yourself, constantly striving to improve this or that micronutrient status or tweaking things until you finally figure out the minimally effective dose of sun/squats/sleep. Those are just tools to an end; theyโ€™re not the goal itself. The goal is getting to a state where…you can focus on the important stuff โ€“ family, friends, experiences, moments, love โ€“ without all the clutter getting in the way.”

Thanks so much for reminding us, Mark.

Super Gaily Girl
5 years 2 days ago

Totally….

Bob Ewing
5 years 2 days ago

Over at The Primal Challenge, Ashley is finding it difficult to stay away from the alcohol during all of her social gatherings, and then she goes home and is tempted by the “naughty” food her roomies bring in.

Any suggestions for her? http://theprimalchallenge.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/the-biggest-primal-challenge-for-this-carb-aholic/

BeccainSC
BeccainSC
5 years 2 days ago
Getting there, but still stressing over things. Like the fact that for the past week+ there has been no sunshine and too icky out to walk. I feel guilty for not getting the daily moving or sun. Food is coming along better. We’re trying a lot of new things, especially in the veggie department. Some things are working, some not so much. Teenage daughter is adapting well I think, to the point where she will hopefully continue past the 30 days. On a very plus side, I’m not getting hungry as much and eating less when I do get hungry.… Read more »
Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple
What have I learned? For me, it started with Vibrams. I stopped running last year due to severe knee and hip/sciatica pain. My doc suggested orthotics and a knee brace, but I’d read about Vibrams here at MDA. Then while on vacay with the family in Hawaii, I spent a lot of time “running” in my flip flops, chasing my kid as we raced the train at the hotel (it was a big hotel). And half way through the week I realized that I had no pain. I tested running on the beach barefoot then bought the shoes. I’ve only… Read more »
September
September
5 years 2 days ago
Still no weight loss here. I may have Even gained a little judging from how my clothes fit. I am still sticking to my guns and avoiding the scqles until the end of the challenge. On the up side, I have been keeping up with exercise (2 bodyweights, 2 short walk/runs, 1 sprint, and 3-5 hours walking per week). One unexpected benefit is an increase in standing. I find myself walking and standing more and sitting less. I feel like the barefoot running (in “aqua socks”) and walking (in Sanuk’s) is changing my desire to sit into a desire to… Read more »
Hipparchia
5 years 2 days ago
The surprising thing for me was that besides mastering leanness and energy, I have tapped into the great potential of a bit of fat and laziness. I found out that if I tried to lean out at an inappropriate time, my body would protest, and I feel as if “something” in there is sending signals of panic. Also, my intuition tells me fat is not just inactive flab sitting there- it’s a resource the body somehow accounts for. Now, I have taught my body to feel as if my lower-fat state is now the new normal, but I know it… Read more »
Lexxy
5 years 2 days ago
The issue hardest for me is exercise/ activity- my body is rather content doing what it usually does on a normal basis. I have to work extra hard to get myself up from tedious photo repairs, art projects, and writing. I do really well with the diet for the most part I do have my occasional slip ups but they are usually minor. When this happens I just tell myself I can do better I don’t shoot myself down- that only makes it worse. I just start anew and leave behind the past- it can drag you down when embarking… Read more »
Cathy
Cathy
5 years 2 days ago
Apparently I am part of the “make haste slowly” crew. Managed to improve my food intake to a predominantly meat-and-veggies model with a few fruits thrown in. Gave up grains completely– until a few weeks ago, a single MEAL without carbs would have sent me under the desk with a splitting headache and all the signs of a hangover without actually getting to drink first. Now, it’s no problem. Swapped out Power Bars for Larabars, bacon and eggs for Starbucks pumpkin loaf (seriously… every morning I was eating that stuff), and cut my alcohol consumption at least in half. Now… Read more »
Cathy
Cathy
5 years 2 days ago

Sorry– I swapped out the pumpkin loaf and swapped IN the bacon and eggs.

Kia
Kia
5 years 2 days ago

It all sounds real nice. But I never see how this could apply to the average person. Seems like all this stuff is catered to people with $$$ and that don’t live in urban areas that might work one or two jobs. Expensive foods organic foofy foods, weird equipment, lots of free time, and hawking $100 dollar shoes that you can’t wear anywhere else without looking like a fool(Sorry not running barefoot in certain cities, it would be absolutely disgusting and dangerous.)

Brittan Starr
Brittan Starr
5 years 2 days ago
A quick response to Kia. I am a PhD student in a major city. I work 60-80 hours a week in lab plus additional hours studying and taking classes. I live alone and survive on one poor-student budget. And I have gone primal. If you are willing to buy pure, unprocessed ingredients and cook your own meals, eating healthy, real food is in fact CHEAPER than buying all your food premade, in boxes, full of crap. I spend one evening early in the week cooking and have lunch and dinner ready for me all week long. In addition, not spending… Read more »
Kia
Kia
5 years 1 day ago
When I was in college I lived off Ramen because you could buy 10 for a $1. How could real food be cheaper than that? I guess your right but from the impression I get for this site is that you must buy Vibrams, you must eat grass fed organic meats, you must run around barefoot in the woods(what if you have no woods?), it’s a death to eat a pea, a peanut or a carrot or rice or oatmeal, pastas (things that spread food), beans(other things that spread food and provide protein), milk, etc or your not really doing… Read more »
Marcia
5 years 1 day ago
I also lived off ramen in college. You can go primal on a budget. Grass fed is great, but if you can’t find it, you can’t find it. You can probably order it on-line, but it’s not going to be cheap. Yes, other cultures aren’t so extreme and are in better health than we are. The French, the people of Crete, and the Okinawans come to immediate mind for me. The French like their butter and fat and the people from Crete have a diet that’s pretty high in fat also. But what they also have is balance…something that it’s… Read more »
Jenn
Jenn
5 years 2 days ago
Sure, primal eating can set you back if you’re not being smart about it. But no one is saying you have to buy organic grass-fed if you can’t afford it. Buy regular old fatty cuts of meat at the regular grocery. Eat more eggs if meat is too expensive. When/if you’re in a better position financially, you can get a better nutrient profile from your food by going the grass-fed route. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well and improve your health on your own budget. My husband and I eat on about $60 USD/per week, and we eat… Read more »
Kia
Kia
5 years 1 day ago

How are you getting grass fed/pasture raised to meats to last a week between two people for cheap that all your groceries are only 60 per week? How much do you IF? Do you get it from a farm? Even at my grocery store there is a HUGE difference between organic foods and regular foods. (Come to think of it I don’t think they have have grass fed anything).

LXV
LXV
5 years 2 days ago
Body weight exercises are free. You can build your own kettle bell for about $10. Aqua socks start at $10. My husband and I eat on $70 a week but I could trim that by $20 pretty easily if I had to. So there goes the expensive argument. Now there are lots of nifty toys (sandbags, expensive shoes, etc) and fancy foods that add up quickly, but they certainly aren’t *required.* I’d say 90% of the people here are working at least one job (or a scholastic equivalent). No doubt many are working two. The exercises don’t require much time… Read more »
Kia
Kia
5 years 1 day ago

LXV. You don’t have to attack my moral character.

LXV
LXV
5 years 1 day ago
I didn’t mean for it to be an attack on your character, and I truly do apologize that it seemed that way. For whatever reason you don’t find it worthwhile to tackle the financial and time burdens to make the transition. That is fine. That is okay. It is not a moral failing. If you don’t want to do it then don’t do it. If this is not a priority in your life then you are still a fabulously wonderful, ethical, hardworking person. (no snark here) But you cannot say “Primal impossible without a lot of time and money.” Many,… Read more »
DThalman
DThalman
5 years 1 day ago

“if you don’t want to do it, don’t do it.” true that. more quality food for the rest of us. just eat the cheap filler if you think we’re freaks.

Theresa
Theresa
5 years 2 days ago

I am currently still having a lot of trouble getting into the Primal groove. The constant pressures of college (stress, lack of sleep), lack of time to make decent food, pressure to drink, etc. all lead to bad decisions and poor choices. I am still trying to stick out this 30 day challenge, but so far I have been relatively unsuccessful.

But today is a new day! So it’s time to start with a good attitude and a positive outlook.

positiveradical
positiveradical
5 years 2 days ago
Any prizes for guessing that Korg is an anagram of Grok? My little story- When I first got on to the elliptical a couple of years ago, I was wondering how CW (counting calories on the intake side, and at the same time doing cardio for an hour or more every day) could be sustainable. I would end up eating more just to keep up energy levels. It just didn’t add up logically, so I went on the net to find out if there was a solution that used a different approach and thinking. I eventually found MDA. I had… Read more »
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