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13 Feb

Being Primal: The Sustainable Change I’ve Always Wanted

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!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2Note: I wrote most of this during the challenge last year, but stopped short of sending it in, thinking “I’m not done yet.” This last year has taught me there is no finish line, just continual betterment and progress for the life you want to live.

My primal journey started in December of 2011, when at 22 I was face to face with my unavoidable future. I was 241 pounds, 5’7”, had a terrible relationship with food, and had been overweight my entire life. Type 2 diabetes also runs in my family. I remember the moment distinctly: I was on a mini family vacation, at our hotel, and I watched my dad inject insulin into his leg. I was stunned. He had been diagnosed with the disease when I was in my teens, but up until that point had only needed pills. I was scared. For my dad, yes, but also for myself, because I knew that if I didn’t change something, then that would be me. That was my future.

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12 Feb

Why You Should Have a Morning Routine

Morning stretchLet’s consider a tale of two mornings.

The alarm blares. You have exactly seventy-five minutes to be out the door. After relinquishing fifteen of those to one “snooze” period and a few minutes on your phone (e.g. checking email, Facebook), you’re up. You put together coffee, feed the dog and let her outside, get the kids up, and help everyone grab something to eat. Within ten minutes, the clamor and chaos of the morning rush has taken over your thinking – in addition to the nagging reminder that you still have a few emails to send out before the first meeting at 9:00. So much for easing into the day… Even with the tag team approach made possible by a partner, it’s still a major production to hit the shower and get ready. There are bags to be packed, bills or homework to be gathered and final goodbyes to be said as everyone heads out the door. When you get to work, it’s a dash to fit in several tasks before 9:00. Somehow you keep waiting for a quiet moment to pull your thoughts together, to breathe and catch up with yourself, but the chance keeps further distancing itself like a teasing mirage in the desert. Later, you say. At lunch? After work? At night? Wait a second… I forgot my lunch again, didn’t I?

Now let’s look at a better way.

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11 Feb

PrimalCon Oxnard 2015 – The One and Only!

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We started PrimalCon in the Southern California beach town of Oxnard back in 2010, visited an assortment of venues all over North America in the ensuing years, and now are nestling back in at our favorite spot of Oxnard to present one (and only one!) grand PrimalCon event in 2015. That’s right, we are going big next September and taking over the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort and Oxnard Beach Park for a four-day event from Wednesday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 27th, 2015. Yes we’ve expanded from our usual 3-day template to have both more presentation options and more relaxation!

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11 Feb

Contest: Social Media Love for $1100 in PrimalCon Goods!

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To celebrate the announcement of PrimalCon Oxnard 2015, some of our favorite PrimalCon sponsors have offered up a handsome prize package to celebrate! This contest is SIMPLE. EASY, I promise you… and one lucky winner will walk away with the whole bunch!

The Prizes:

The New Primal specializes in making the ultimate artisanal jerky: no nitrates, preservatives, or MSG. Just pure, delicious grass-fed beef, marinated and smoked to perfection and sweetened with a touch of pineapple juice and honey, and infused with hints of onion, pepper, and ginger. Is anyone’s mouth watering yet?

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10 Feb

What’s Messing with Your Appetite? Three Possibilities.

HungryAlthough a few weeks ago I explained how “stop eating so much” is bad weight loss advice and how “calories in, calories out” tells us very little about the cause of obesity, the fact remains: for whatever reason (and there are many), people who gain weight have eaten more energy than they’ve expended. Something is causing them to eat more food than they need. Something is making the hungrier than they need to be, desirous of more food than they require for sustenance and weight maintenance. What could it be? There are the basic remedies. Eat more protein to promote satiety. Reduce carbs, increase fat. Get enough sleep and limit stress as best you can. These are proven ways to normalize your appetite, but you already know about them. I also have a few speculatory ideas that you may not have considered, and today I’m going to discuss them.

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