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March 23, 2012

Life is Great

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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!

Thank you for The Primal Blueprint — a book that has changed the way I eat.

I grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm a long time ago. 71 years old as I write this. Have been eating grains and grain products — anything made with flour — my whole life. I liked bread — especially when it was loaded with butter.

It was Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat that encouraged me to pursue other reading with the same subject material. That was when I found The Primal Blueprint. Both books spoke to me. Just made sense. That was early last summer. It was a poor time to start new eating habits when I would be dining with friends and relatives during my summer in Colorado.

Both books said to eliminate grain products from the diet. I believe my diet always was healthy. Never did buy into the low fat craze. The new variation (my paleo version) emphasized salads, vegetables, some legumes and meats (grass feed beef) or chicken (dirty feet free range) or fish (wild). However, the grain products still had a very small place in the diet along with the occasional sweets.

About two months ago, it was time to get serious and eliminate the grain products (breads, pasta, sweet rolls, pretzels) from my diet. After about two weeks, I realized that I was no longer gobbling antacid pills after many meals. Interesting. Costco was going to be in trouble economically. For many years, a large economy size container of antacids had a place in my larder. I ate them like candy after almost every meal.

No indigestion after every meal. Took a while to come to terms with that. Then I also noted that I hadn’t had an attack of GERD (acid reflux). Could these body reactions actually be attributable to grain products? I would have to give up bread. That is okay. I can mainline the butter.

I also recall the times when the indigestion lingered for two to three days regardless of my antacid ingestion. So I headed to the hospital emergency room with what appeared to be a heart problem. Appears I had a “gluten attack”. I am embarrassed to recall those experiences. Seems there might be some new questions the doctors might want to ask the patients after discovering there really is no heart problem. Perhaps it might be a gluten problem.

Time to search the internet. Yes. Gluten can cause acid indigestion and GERD flare ups. And I had been living this way for seventy years. As a child, my parents correctly recognized that I had a food sensitivity to whole wheat products. My gut ached within an hour of eating whole wheat products. So while everyone else ate whole wheat, I ate white bread and white flour products. That didn’t bother me. At least I didn’t think it did. That was the end of the issue and life goes on.

As I thought about gluten and grains in the diet, I recalled the chest pains I had 40 years ago as a result of drinking beer. Another aha moment. Beer is made from grains. Further research on the internet. Turns out there are traces of gluten in beer. Guess I had found the trace. Pain is an incentive. Quit drinking beer at that time and switched to hard liquors.

Essentially, I am a healthy 71 year old. I take no prescription drugs and weigh in at 145-150 pounds and 5-10 in height. My exercise is hiking and walking.

The gluten had another impact on my living which I noted about two months after no grains in the diet. About two years ago I was diagnosed with an inner ear issue that caused me balance and eye focus problems. As I lived with that issue, there were days that were much worse then others. Now that the grains are out of the diet, every day is the same — almost perfect. Focusing and balance are a whole lot better than those bad days when still eating grains. There were days where I would stagger as I walked.

Getting older seems to have made the body change. The recent development in gluten intolerance was one. Last summer, I found I was lactose intolerant. For decades, my dairy product consumption has been yogurt (always plain), butter and some cheese (mostly Feta). No milk for 35 years. However, there was nothing like heavy cream over fresh fruit. The gut ache was another of those signs that told me there was something wrong. Pain is a good incentive. Quit the heavy cream. Instead it is now fresh fruit with yogurt — especially Greek version. Actually prefer it over the heavy cream.

Actually, taking grains and grain products out of my diet was not that hard. Easier than I thought. The cravings are gone. Pain and indigestion appears to be a good incentive. There is good reason not to eat grain products again.

Thanks for your research and daily posts on your blog site. Your book and daily reading of your blog was the incentive to make this dietary change. For that I am extremely thankful. Life is great.

Thanks again.

Just Wandrin…

Lloyd
Blog: Wandrin Lloyd


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Meg
Meg
4 years 6 months ago

I’m sorry but you’re kidding when you say you’re 71, right? Gotta admit I have a bit of a crush now! You look fantastic and sound like you’re more active than I’ve been (at 27!)

I’m thrilled to see that even in one’s later years, this lifestyle is totally possible and that the benefits never diminish.

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 6 months ago

+1
Agree.

Alison Golden - PaleoNonPaleo
4 years 6 months ago

50’s I’d say… 🙂

buffdv
buffdv
4 years 6 months ago

That’s what I was thinking, he looks 50-something.

Scott
Scott
4 years 5 months ago

I believe it is good genetics more than anything. That means he’s good breeding stock ladies.

Harry Mossman
4 years 6 months ago

But that’s what every 71 year old guy should look like.
Hedonist2

buffdv
buffdv
4 years 6 months ago

Word.

craig almaguer
4 years 6 months ago

WORD #2!

Ariana
4 years 6 months ago

Seriously!!

Cathy
4 years 6 months ago

My reaction exactly.

Trish
Trish
4 years 6 months ago

I thought the same thing. He’s really attractive.

peter
peter
4 years 5 months ago

I could not concur more with Lloyd, I’m 60 and healthy but having found Marks website I’ve found what I was looking for without realising it was what I was looking for all my life.

This is THE way to live – I [we] feel so much better]

Thank you Mark – you have made a permanent positive massive contribution to our lives and we follow you blogs with great interest and learn from them.

Best Regards
Two Thankfull Brits – Old and Happy!!

Dan
Dan
4 years 6 months ago

One of my favorite aspects of the primal blueprint is the peace of mind it provides me that getting older does not have to mean deteriorating physique and health. The mindset of the primal blueprint makes it so much easier to live in the moment…even more so because you get to revel in the fact that there is still so much time to live life in this state. (for those of any age)

David
David
4 years 6 months ago

This is soo true and one of the reasons I was so inspired when I visited this site. I’m only 27 now but the thought of a long slow descent scared me. At least I now know that with good health I can keep enjoying life for many years.

Crunchy Pickle
4 years 6 months ago

Yes! I love that thought too!

Jose
Jose
4 years 6 months ago

Me too, and I’m 52.

peter
peter
4 years 5 months ago

I am going to die with a healthier, fitter body than I have ever had!

Mostly there already!

Grock On!

Dr. Mike Tremba
4 years 6 months ago

Hey Loyd,

Originally being from the Midwest myself (and 6 1/2 years in Milwaukee), I completely get the food problems that go with it–used to love a fish-fry w/a big gluten-packed beer & 1/2 loaf of bread slathered in butter followed by some frozen custard for dessert 🙂
It was tough for me making the change as well, and I’m glad you’re doing well with it, too. You look to be in amazing health, and I wish you all the best. Thanks for sharing your story.

Decaf Debi
Decaf Debi
4 years 6 months ago

“I can mainline the butter.”

I love that! Throughout my childhood, my parents caught me sneaking a spoonful of butter. Even during 25 years of being a vegetarian, nothing could compete with a spoonful of butter fresh from the fridge. I’m all for enjoying it without any bread in sight.

Also, you look fabulous! I’d never guess your age and hope to be so healthy and fit when I reach my 70s.

Jane
Jane
4 years 6 months ago

I wondered if I was the only person who pinched spoonfuls of butter out of the fridge… I still do it now, of course, but these days I think it’s fine… unless someone non primal sees me – then I feel I have some explaining to do!

Holly M.
4 years 6 months ago

Ditto on the mainlining butter… once at a seafood restaurant somebody ‘dared’ me to do a melted butter ‘shot’–my husband guffawed and said, “Are you kidding? You’d have to hold her back!”

Sandra
Sandra
4 years 6 months ago

That was the phrase that tugged at my heartstrings. Raised on a dairy farm, I too had to give up the heavy cream but eat cultured butter by the spoon. I figure it’s healthier than DH’s 3 scoops of ‘ice cream’ nightly. And it helps keep me away from fresh cheese curds. They are my weakness and 15 minutes after ingestion, I’m running for the restroom tied up in knots. You are an inspiration Lloyd!

Ed
Ed
4 years 6 months ago

Great story, Lloyd! I’m glad to hear that you’ve been listening to your body and have made the changes necessary to become healthier!!

Ryan
Ryan
4 years 6 months ago

I experience chest pains from drinking beer (although only certain ones, and not every time I consume them) as well. You’re the first person I’ve heard from that has experienced the same thing. I can still eat bread without a problem, so I’m not sure if it’s the gluten for me. Interesting. Glad to hear of your success!

priller
priller
4 years 6 months ago

Beer makes me sick now, also. After giving up gluten for 2 months, I had a few beers one night and got severe stomach cramps. Fortunately I can still drink tequila!!

Kathleen
Kathleen
4 years 6 months ago

What an inspiring story!!
Are you single?!!

perennialpam
perennialpam
4 years 6 months ago

My thoughts the minute I saw your picture Lloyd. And, you’re a hiker, like me? Any chance? Michigan here.

Primal Texas
4 years 6 months ago

LLoyd, you’re expanding my primal vocabulary. I love the term “dirty feet free range.” Great story… and great blog (beautiful pics!)!

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 6 months ago

I loved that phrase too. What a great description! 🙂

Peggy The Primal Parent
4 years 6 months ago

You look so healthy and youthful! My dad is 78 and nearly on his way out with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and countless other illnesses. If you have children, they are so lucky to have a healthy, open minded dad.

Vanita
Vanita
4 years 5 months ago

I agree – He’s my Dad.

Primal Toad
4 years 6 months ago

I love stories from “old” folks. In my mind 71 is not old but it definitely is for the majority of the world because we are so sick.

Glad to here your health has improved dramatically after having gone primal.

Mark – the link to Lloyd’s blog is invalid.

Elsa
Elsa
4 years 6 months ago

the correct url is wandrinlloyd.blogspot.com

PaleoJames
PaleoJames
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing Lloyd, give us an update at 101 as well! 🙂

pam
pam
4 years 5 months ago

lovely story.
i find success stories of evergreen folks most inspiring.
cheers,

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 6 months ago

I’ve noticed the same things–these issues I’d accepted as “part of life now” that just disappeared when I dropped wheat! I was dropping wheat to lower my daughter’s blood sugar levels, not so much mine. And then got all better from things I didn’t believe I could solve, so I just lived with them. And then, they slipped away within 2 weeks of quitting wheat. Years of these little torments (never free from acne my entire adult life, for one) just… gone.

Alison Golden - PaleoNonPaleo
4 years 6 months ago

Lloyd, you look fantastic and seem to have a great view on life.

I get pain too, and agree it is a great incentive and I loved the line – “I can mainline the butter.” I’m gonna steal that, if I may. 🙂

ZeeGeezer
ZeeGeezer
4 years 6 months ago

Lloyd, you’ve got 10 years on me and still look better than I do. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to.

I had some gluten the other day (noodles in chicken noodle soup) and Bang! reflux. Had to pop a pill. From an ounce or so of noodles …

Lynn
Lynn
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks, Lloyd, for sharing your journey. My husband and I are gaining health success as we follow the primal blueprint. Who knew you could feel so good at our age?
Thanks, Mark, for including older citizens success stories and comments in your blog. It’s so inspiring to know you can change the direction of your health at any age.

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Rand Hagenstein
Rand Hagenstein
4 years 6 months ago

Very inspiring, and isn’t it great to solve problems that you just think are part of life!

Out of curiosity, were your ear and balance issues diagnosed as or associated with Muniere’s disease/condition?

Thanks,
Rand

Digger
4 years 6 months ago

Good news, gluten free beer is available, has anyone tried it?

http://www.beerincanada.ca/?p=668

Sterling
Sterling
4 years 5 months ago

Yes, I’ve had Bard’s before which is made from sorghum, I believe and pretty tasty!

spincycle
spincycle
4 years 6 months ago

You look fantastic, no way would I believe you were 71 if I met you. I’m sending this to my sil whose daughter has had chronic stomach pains since she was a baby, she’s 14 now and taking daily stomach meds.

Chris
Chris
4 years 6 months ago

My 8 year old son complained constantly of stomach pain and his underwear feeling too tight in the waist in spite of being too big. Once I quit feeding him the wheat the pain disappeared. (it comes right back though if he eats it.)

She should really give it a try.

Gabby
Gabby
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks for the post Llyod. For a long time, my mother has had the same symptoms as you. I’ve only just started eating Primal but I’ve sent her your story and I hope that she will join me.
Good luck and thanks for sharing your story.

Harry Mossman
4 years 6 months ago

It’s great to see a success story from another “old geezer” who isn’t one. (I’m 69.)
Hedonist2

Kari
Kari
4 years 6 months ago

The “mainline butter” line had me rolling!! Thank you for sharing your story!

Erick
Erick
4 years 6 months ago

You are an inspiration sir. You look great! I hope to be like you in fifty years!

DEBRAKADABRA
DEBRAKADABRA
4 years 6 months ago

WOW! I hope that I am as hot as you are at 71!!!

buffdv
buffdv
4 years 6 months ago

WOW!! You look amazing! Happy and healthy and living great.

Matt Meeks
4 years 6 months ago

You certainly don’t look 71! Congrats on adopting a healthier lifestyle.

That looks a bit like Mt. Evans in Colorado in the background-are you from CO?

Dan
Dan
4 years 6 months ago

Hey! it’s Richard Dean Anderson gone primal!!

cTo
4 years 6 months ago

Interesting point about your inner ear and vision issues getting better. Ive been spending a lot of time thinking about diet and vision lately. Ive noticed that my vision has gotten a lot sharper since going paleo. Even with my contacts, there were many days when things were just a little too blurry at certain distances. Now everything is sharp all the time. Im considering trying rehab measures to improve my vision, chasing a new dream of being corrective-lens free.

Chris
Chris
4 years 6 months ago

Re: vision. I noticed recently that my vision is sharper and my night vision is vastly improved. I used to have to drive with polarized lenses at night. Who would have thought?!

Salina
Salina
2 years 1 month ago

After going paleo and ditching sugar my vision improved to the point I needed new prescription 🙂 now I barely ever use my glasses

Lori
Lori
4 years 6 months ago

Awesome story! I shared it on my wall on Facebook.

Wishing you many, many great years to come!

Ham-Bone
Ham-Bone
4 years 6 months ago

I hope I look that good at 71! appears to be an issue with the link to his blog…check it out here http://www.wandrinlloyd.blogspot.com

Jessica
4 years 6 months ago

I agree with so many of the previous commenters – you look fantastic for 71! You put my SAD eating Dad of 73 to shame. Three cheers for finding what foods caused you problems and ditching them for good. Many blessings to you and your wanderings.

hitfan
hitfan
4 years 6 months ago
While I’m not a full time follower of this blog, I eat pretty close to a paleo diet as of late (save for some minor exceptions). I’ve been mostly grain-free for 7 weeks now, and I’ve lost 20 pounds. My motivation to limit my consumption of grains was to see if it would help with my psoriatic arthritis. I’ve noticed slight improvement, and the pain in my right knee is mostly gone, but I still have a little bit of pain in my thumbs. But one dramatic improvement is my cardiovascular capacity. I used to dread exercising, but now I… Read more »
Laura Norie
Laura Norie
4 years 6 months ago

Holy smoke….what a good lookin’ older guy you are!

Pain is an amazing incentive and what a positive journey you’ve been on.

Many more healthy, happy years to you.

Shamia
Shamia
4 years 6 months ago

+1 You look amazing and healthy! Keep it up!

Anna
Anna
4 years 6 months ago

Good looking guy period!

Karsten
Karsten
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks for a inspiring story!
I needed an extra shot of motivation.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 6 months ago
Hey, Lloyd – thanks for sharing your story. I agree with the others who have commented on how healthy and youthful you look and sound. Can also relate to the love of butter, as well as the problems with food sensitivities that you describe. Have had a similar set of health issues and have also found relief on the primal diet. Plus, my inhalant allergies are also improving in ways that were unimaginable. Here it is an early spring in Michigan – with a steadily climbing pollen count – and I have actually been able to discontinue all my (perennial… Read more »
Susan
Susan
4 years 6 months ago

Hi, Lloyd,

I’ve been following your RV blog for years….now a full-timing primal/grain free Rver, also. Great, isn’t it? I became aware of this WOE last fall, and feel so much better.

Grok on!

Susan

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 6 months ago

Great – post modern primal nomads! Now, I’m going to be a Wandrin’ Lloyd follower, too! Perfect.

HillsideGina
HillsideGina
4 years 6 months ago

Found it – wandrinlloyd.blogspot.com

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks!

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 6 months ago

Uh-oh! Safari just gave me a security alert for this blog spot. Authentication issues. I’m going to wait until I can use the link here at MDA – hopefully whatever the issue is will be fixed.

Ed
4 years 6 months ago

Your an inspiration! Thats how I want to look when I am 70+…

Dan
Dan
4 years 6 months ago
Lloyd great story, thank you very much. I have a 77 year old father that grew up eating whole milk, self churned butter, heavy cream, bacon and eggs, steak etc. he still eats that way and at 77 looks in his late 50-early 60’s. it has always made my mother and the rest of our family frustrated as we have always tried to follow the SAD diet and all have struggled with our weight….it is now becoming clear why at 77 he looks like he does, can still climb up trees to hand swings or get on the roof to… Read more »
Kamal Patel
4 years 6 months ago

To state the obvious…you sure don’t look 71!

Drew
Drew
4 years 6 months ago

wow…I too, have had a similar experience, after only 3 weeks of Primal nutrition, GERD/acid reflux virtually gone – most noticeable at night. Age 59 and suffering for years.
Thanks for your post Lloyd – it encourages me to stick with Primal/Paleo.

lostAnnfound
lostAnnfound
4 years 6 months ago

Great story, Lloyd. Thanks for sharing. Originally caught this at Wandrin Lloyd (by the way, like the “unusual saguaro” picture today).

Sharon
Sharon
4 years 6 months ago

From one 71 year old to another…I appreciate your open mind.

I notice on this site, various young’ins complain that their ailing parents will not even consider changing their diet.

It is my observation that close minded people are that way throughout their lives and it is not because of age.

Maybe your story will jog some of those parents into considering a different path.

Let’s just say, someday, you will get a thank you note from one of them.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 6 months ago

+1 (from a 59 year old)

Karen
Karen
4 years 6 months ago

It is very good to hear from folks who are further along in the path of life (I consider myself in this category) and who are seeing great results from making lifestyle changes. It inspires me to to no end. See you on the trail!

NWsenior
NWsenior
4 years 6 months ago

What an inspiration! Just turned 71 myself and have been playing around with primal/paleo for about a year. Also have had improvements with acid reflux and for the first time in my life I have strong finger nails… (And need pedicures more often.) Lloyd, you are a good example for any age group. Thanks for sharing your story.

tracy
tracy
4 years 6 months ago

Lloyd….nice work! i’ve passed on your story to my 70 yr old wisconsin bread loving father in law. he needs inspiration to give up grains besides his zealot of a west coast daughter in law.

Arty
Arty
4 years 6 months ago

Holy caramba!
You look 20 years younger than my parents and they’re both 69.

Jungho
4 years 6 months ago

what a great story that even at the age you are at people can turn to primal lifestyle!

Adam
Adam
4 years 6 months ago

Inspiring

Ricky H.
Ricky H.
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing this Lloyd. Can you expand on the excercise you do, it is 100% hiking/walking? Do you lift at all?

I tried to logging on to the blog listed above but couldn’t. Any idea why?

Great to see 71 looking so healthy!!!

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