Let me introduce myself. My name is Mark Sisson. I’m 63 years young. I live and work in Malibu, California. In a past life I was a professional marathoner and triathlete. Now my life goal is to help 100 million people get healthy. I started this blog in 2006 to empower people to take full responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing, and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness...Tell Me More
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!
I never thought I would be writing or sharing a success story. Not because I didn’t’ think there would be success, but because I am really not the sharing type. But what happened to me and my wife is important, and I want you to know. I have been telling anyone who will listen:
First, a little background. I was and still am an active person. I used to work out daily at the gym for an hour, played hockey twice a week and was an avid skier, but I was really starting to loathe my workouts. I ate well, or at least I thought I did, but I also had a sweet tooth and we had no shortage of cookies, candy and everything in-between stocked in the pantry. I would go through phases of what I would call the Atkins diet if I felt I was getting too flabby. I would cut out refined sugars, bread and pasta, but was still keen on items like Diet Coke and anything a grocery store would classify as meat. My weight and body composition fluctuated regularly.
I didn’t know I was looking for an alternative, but fortunately I found one shortly after reading Born to Run. I was doing some Google searches on barefoot running, and sure enough Mark had an article on the subject. I think I bought the book the next day and not too long after that started making some very positive changes to my diet, my exercise routine and my lifestyle because I now understood what I needed to do and WHY!!!!! And I am happy to stay I’ve not only stuck to it, but I have been a good influencer for others and that is where this story gets interesting.
I am married and the proud father for 6-year-old twin girls. Twin girls that came to us through extensive time, energy and money spent at one of the top fertility clinics in the country. My wife suffers(ed) from Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which is one of the most common female endocrine disorders. As you’ll find on Wikipedia and can verify elsewhere:
PCOS produces symptoms in approximately 5% to 10% of women of reproductive age (12–45 years old). It is thought to be one of the leading causes of female subfertility and the most frequent endocrine problem in women of reproductive age.
The principal features are anovulation, resulting in irregular menstruation, amenorrhea, ovulation-related infertility, and polycystic ovaries; excessive amounts or effects of androgenic (masculinizing) hormones, resulting in acne and hirsutism; and insulin resistance, often associated with obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol levels. The symptoms and severity of the syndrome vary greatly among affected women.
We always wanted to have another child but the thought of going through the required process – which includes a heavy load of hormone drugs and the 25% chance of twins – seemed like too much for my wife and too much for our family. We essentially made the conscious decision that we were done! Or were we?….
In Dec 2011 I was finally able to convince my wife that it was time for her to make some lifestyle changes as well. She was very aware of the positive results I had been experiencing, but lacked the understanding, as I had, to make the changes needed. I gave her my copy of the PB and the next day we emptied our house of all the “bad food” and she was off and running down the Primal path. Little did we know that the path would take us to a growing family. My wife’s menstrual cycle quickly normalized when she eliminated unnecessary grains, gluten and sugar from her diet. In March, 3 months after going Primal, she became pregnant with our third child.
We had no idea this would happen and we are thrilled (and surprised). I wanted to say thank you because you have provided us the knowledge and given a lot of guidance – making it very easy to make what seems an insurmountable change.