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August 03, 2012

Primal Evolution: Change Within Weeks, Transformation in Mere Months

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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!

Hi Mark,

Greetings from Tulsa, Oklahoma!

I’ve been debating sharing my success story, as I’m not really one to “toot my own horn.” However, I’ve thought about how others might benefit from hearing it – so here goes!

I was a very active kid and teenager growing up and liked to play a variety of sports (baseball being my favorite). Throughout middle and high school I tried my hand competitively at baseball, soccer, basketball, golf, and some recreational distance running. I always enjoyed being known for my speed, although not so much for my athletic abilities ;). Much of the reason I was fast was because I was very slender (about 135 lbs at 6’ tall). My freshman year of college I continued to stay active by playing intramural softball, and even some skateboarding. As my college years went on my activity level declined some, but I was still able to manage the same body image and general level of health, for the most part. Additionally, being a college kid, I never worried about what I ate or drank.

I took a full-time job (with the Tulsa Drillers, the AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) in Tulsa after college and moved from upstate NY to begin my career at age 22. For the first few years here I drank often (mostly beer after games), but for six months to a year drank a few too many Jack and Cokes. Boy did my body change! During this time I also struggled with terrible/debilitating back spasms. Finally two years ago (at age 25) I had enough of the back problems and began to do some cardio and some strength exercises to try and help combat the problem.

Last year, about a month before Thanksgiving, I discovered your blog by happenstance, and ordered your book The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. My views on health, diet, and working out all changed from that point forward. I went from weighing 180 lbs to my present day 150 in a matter of a few months. (I was heaviest at 195-200 lbs in 2010 (above).) I truly enjoy clean eating, and working out now.

This is how it happened: Since I had already incorporated some exercise into my routine, the next step was to begin eating correctly. It was amazing to learn (initially through your book, then through my own additional research) how the food we eat reacts in our bodies. I cut out SAD foods, bread, pastas, most processed foods, etc., and noticed a change in my body within a few weeks.

Once I felt I had a grasp on eating correctly I began Primal Essential Movements regularly. From there I realized I really enjoyed challenging myself with weightlifting. There’s no better feeling than being able to increase strength through hard work. I’ve continued to lift weights 5-7 days a week, and have continued to make strength gains. I recently completed a 50-day pullup challenge! 1,785 pullups in 50 days. First day begin with 10, second day do 11, and so on until you get to 60.

My diet is pretty boring now, really; my staples are eggs, bacon, steak, chicken, broccoli, asparagus, fish, and bananas. I don’t try cooking much, so these things are easy for me. Although, I have tried a few of the Primal Blueprint user submitted recipes. I particularly enjoyed Almond Banana Pancakes and Omelet Muffins. I use quite a bit of the following: organic whole butter, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic unrefined coconut oil, and almond butter sparingly. Occasionally I will drink organic whole milk with my Primal Fuel after a workout. The biggest challenge for me is eating enough vegetables, so I’ve begun to try and incorporate more of those in my diet (e.g. blending kale into my protein shakes). I supplement each meal with a protein shake (three per day). Occasionally I will add raw eggs to the shakes, and regularly add a bit of olive oil in each one.

I like to experiment from time to time with eating, and have found that I really like the LeanGains approach to meal timing. (Eat from 1 PM-9 PM, fast from 9 PM-1 PM). One of the reasons I like the approach is because I enjoy working out in the morning while in a fasted state (tons of energy typically!).

The biggest challenge I faced when making the switch to Primal was pizza. I really, really like pizza, so not eating pizza is tough! Mainly the hardest part for me is continuing to eat correctly. I don’t really know anyone else in my life who eats like I do. At work there are always cakes, cookies, etc., around. When eating at restaurants people sometimes find it hard to believe that I don’t want the loaf of bread or the baked potato with my meal. It’s not that I don’t enjoy these foods (hell, I like everything), I just choose not to eat them, and do what’s right for me. It sounds very selfish, but I’m not really concerned with what other people think I should be doing. A lot of people say that I don’t have any “fun” anymore because I choose to not go out drinking each weekend. My idea of fun is bettering myself, and continuing to learn what it takes to get stronger and healthier. I want to live a long life!

Mark, I’ve shared your book with family members, and co-workers. Reading it was the spark I needed to fuel the now fat-burning machine that is my body. Thank you!

Mike

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JB Primal
4 years 1 month ago

Great job. I’ve still got a ways to go, but your story is an inspiration. I’ve incorporated IF into my Primal diet as well and love it.

Josh Singer
4 years 1 month ago

Great job bud. I’ve found IF hard to incorporate as a college athlete though. Feeling like I need a little more fuel than usual because of the amount of activity. I’ll be trying IF after college for sure

mm
mm
4 years 1 month ago
Remember IF doesn’t always mean calorie restriction… IF/eating all your food in a small window of time is a good idea because it encourages cellular autophagy; as the amino acid pool in your blood drops from fasting cells in your body will cannibalize their own spare internal organs/organelles & throw them out into your blood… but they’ll get rid of the damaged, “junk” proteins first. Once you eat protein they’ll rebuild the lost organelles, only with new, undamaged proteins. As you age you accumulate a lot of junk protein in your cells that make them run inefficiently and can ultimately… Read more »
Greg
Greg
4 years 1 month ago

Great job.Why not use coconut oil in your shakes instead of olive oil?

IcarianVX
IcarianVX
4 years 1 month ago

That’s what I was gonna say. Coconut oil in my shakes has helped me lean out faster and it just tastes better.

Excellent job tho Mike. I feel your pain on the pizza.

eatsleepswim
4 years 1 month ago

For almond flour pizza crust
http://www.lifeasaplate.com/?p=79

David
David
4 years 1 month ago

Coconut oil is awesome but it will harden in the shakes and a person will be having to chew the chunks. Other than that it’s great for you.

George Brodie
George Brodie
4 years 1 month ago

MCT oil is coconut oil, but it is liquid at room temp. Try it instead.

Kathy
4 years 1 month ago

There is a way to add coconut oil to smoothies so that the oil doesn’t harden into unappetizing chunks. After your smoothie is totally blended, then slowly pour melted coconut oil into the blender while it continues to run. Once all the oil is in, stop the blender. Comes out totally smooth and blended in, not hardened!

rabbit_trail
rabbit_trail
4 years 1 month ago

I like the little cold chunks of coconut oil.

Louise
Louise
4 years 1 month ago

Coconut milk, instead of coconut oil, is really yummy in protein shakes too

Susan
Susan
4 years 1 month ago

Ive tried coconut oil in smoothies and it gets all hard and clumpy because of the cold temp, even blended in my Vitamix. I don’t love it like that…..

Primal_Libertarian
Primal_Libertarian
4 years 1 month ago

It may very well be the cost. He’s a young guy and probably hasn’t started making real money yet. This has been my #1 issue with the primal diet; I LOVE wild salmon, grass-fed beef, etc, but I have tuition to pay!!!

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

I’ll try the coconut oil today, but very true, it’s expensive 🙂

scott
scott
4 years 1 month ago

How much coconut oil is a good ratio to add?

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 1 month ago

DAYUM! Well done! And points for using the delightful word “happenstance”.

Yes, that’s the kind of drag part: just facing peoples’ responses to not eating some of the common things.

peggy
peggy
4 years 1 month ago

I had the same response from SO when I switched to primal/paleo eating: “You’re not fun anymore”
Not being “fun” is grounds for breaking up! That’s ok – the dogs love how I eat (we share) 🙂
Congratulations on your success! You look awesome. Way to stick to your guns.

Sandra Brigham
Sandra Brigham
4 years 1 month ago

Ha ha! Peggy, you nailed it. Adult son finds our meals boring now. However, the dog loves and appreciates the jerky, bone broths, left over scraps of meat, eggs, home-made yogurt, etc. My diet is his diet, his diet is my diet. Only difference, I don’t eat mine raw and I don’t eat the bones! MIKE, you look great. Good for you.

Max
Max
4 years 1 month ago

Great job man. I am right there with you. Being a 24 year old and living a primal/paleo lifestyle is tough. Very few people understand and conventional wisdom is always trying to get you down. It’s hard to have a social life that’s “normal” but we don’t want what’s normal…we want an extraordinary long healthy life. Keep it up and keep in touch!
Max

Alison Golden
4 years 1 month ago

I understand the particular challenges of being primal/paleo at 24 years old (I was that age myself once!) but believe me, it doesn’t change, the same basic issues remain, no matter what age you are. Good for you for getting the strategies for healthy living and discipline to do it down now while you’re young.

John K
John K
4 years 1 month ago

“Not Fun” is code when people who know they are making poor choices (drinking too much, eating junk) try to drag you down. I cooked 8# of organic, grass-fed beef, pork, and bison on my big green egg, while sipping some red wine with a fellow paleo buddy. We were outside, talking and having a great time. The kids, wife, friends, and family all loved the meal and we had fun. Keep it up, and start converting your friends. Your physique says it all.

Miss Understood
Miss Understood
4 years 1 month ago

Good job. It’s not selfish to disregard bad information and eat what’s good for you. It would be irresponsible to do otherwise!

Gydle
4 years 1 month ago

well done! And good for you for not bowing to other people’s definition of “fun”. Real fun does not require late nights and alcohol, and real friends will support you in your goals.

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Haha, thanks ladies!

Decaf Debi
4 years 1 month ago

Holy Cow! Too bad I’m not 10 years younger and single. Me-ow! 🙂

Sharon
Sharon
4 years 1 month ago

And from a 70 some odd year old, I agree. Mike, you have built one hot, healthy body!

Josh Singer
4 years 1 month ago

It’s amazing what your genes are secretly trying to get out your whole life!

LJ
LJ
4 years 1 month ago

Another Cougar over here… Grrr baby grrr : )

Holly M.
4 years 1 month ago

You girls are cracking me up!

Demi
Demi
4 years 1 month ago

I agree with them! You look hot!!!

Sandra Brigham
Sandra Brigham
4 years 1 month ago

Can we call ourselves cougars if we’re happily married? I’m almost 50 and ya he’s smokin’ now! Wouldn’t have looked at Mike in the before state; but would do a double-take now in the after state!

Rose
Rose
4 years 1 month ago

Another cougar 🙂

Anke
Anke
4 years 1 month ago

Big difference, congratulations!

Katie
4 years 1 month ago

You look great, Mike. Thanks for adding the dates of when the pictures were taken. It’s amazing to see how quickly your body changed with the new lifestyle!

Alison Golden
4 years 1 month ago

Love to see how quick some of these transformations happen. Congratulations! You look great!

Anders
Anders
4 years 1 month ago

Righteous dude. Well done.

Amy
Amy
4 years 1 month ago
wow, you look amazing! And I’m sure you feel it too. As a competitive swimmer who has managed to gain 15 lbs and almost double my body fat % in the few years I’ve been off from training consistently, I’m now trying out Primal in order to try and get back to competition. Started just under 2 weeks ago, and the cravings have kicked in big time! (I almost cried at dinner last night when my family was eating cheese fries and stuffing loaves of bread in their faces and I couldn’t have any. Boy, I am not going to… Read more »
Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 1 month ago

Amy, hang in there, the cravings do go away and you will not be giving those foods a second thought.

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Keep with it Amy, you won’t regret it! I just started to swim a few weeks ago, and it feels great!

Tana
Tana
4 years 1 month ago

Definitely hang in there Amy, after a while, those foods won’t even smell good to you!

Sandra Brigham
Sandra Brigham
4 years 1 month ago
This is so true. Amy, to transition, I made my family long-fermnented sourdough bread to keep them from eating store bought junk bread. I helped myself to one slice when just baked. Over a few weeks, I noticed how I’d get slightly ill from eating it (bloating, gas, stomach cramps/pains). Over time, I skipped that slice and now don’t eat it at all. It took me 1 1/2 yrs to swear off the home-made bread (2 slices/mth). But I revelled in the fact that I was clean otherwise, even when eating out (unless they had a sourdough, then I cheated…and… Read more »
Anna
Anna
4 years 1 month ago

If you are up for it you could try a little hypnotherapy to cope better with the cravings. My hubby is not going primal with me and it was hell to watch him eat crumbles and pies and cheesecakes in front of me not to mention the smell of fresh bread in the morning. But since I had hypnotherapy I just can’t be bothered, temptation is completely gone and no willpower needed. So much easier, I can really recommend it. Good luck!

Patrick
4 years 1 month ago

I wouldn’t jump in so full-force. Ease in and just have some of the things you miss. After a while you will not get the cravings. I never had a carb flu because of this. Plus I don’t stick 100% with the primal diet. I just make meat and veggies my mainstay.

Pamela
Pamela
4 years 1 month ago

Well done! Ignore those naysayers and keep on. They all wish they had what you have! Grok On!

Marissa
4 years 1 month ago

great job! pizza is by far the biggest challenge for my husband & i. we run into the same issues with people thinking our diet is strange (including family), but i really just don’t care. i know that this lifestyle is best for us!

GeoMike
GeoMike
4 years 1 month ago

Mike, you’ve done an incredible job. You’re looking healthy and strong and I would bet that, even more importantly, you feel healthy and strong as well. Keep up the great work and ignore those who try to feed you the conventional wisdom — it looks like your approach has really worked.

sqt
sqt
4 years 1 month ago

Wow! I love that you took pictures as you progressed.

Pizza is the only food that I struggle with too. I almost never eat it now, but always regret when I do. It can take me two weeks to bounce back after I throw my body out of whack with some pizza. I wish I could get over my cravings for it as easily as I did with the sugary deserts.

Greg
Greg
4 years 1 month ago

Me too. Pizza is the only thing I miss.

Anne
Anne
4 years 1 month ago

Pizza-lovers – have you tried Meatza? (Pizza with the crust made of ground meat) — soooo yummy! We took some to a pizza party recently and all the (non-Primal) folks LOVED it! I think there’s a recipe on this site, or you can Google it.

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
4 years 1 month ago

I might miss pizza but my cravings for cinnamon rolls is unbearable. But nice Italian style neapolitan wood-fired pizza is to die for!

sqt
sqt
4 years 1 month ago

Thanks! I will definitely look that up.

jeeter
jeeter
4 years 1 month ago
A friend of mine gave me this cauliflower pizza recipe recently. It’s my new favorite food. Seriously. Make it! Serves four: “Rice” a head of cauliflower in a food processor (i.e. process it until it resembles rice) Microwave cauliflower in a bowl on high about 3-4 mins. Let cool a bit (10 min?) Add two eggs and enough mozzarella to make it into a dough (3-4 handfuls). Add generous amounts of Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Mix thoroughly. Grab a handful and plop it onto parchment paper on top of a cookie sheet. Shape as desired (i.e. rectangle or circular)… Read more »
Grokster
Grokster
4 years 1 month ago

In “The Primal Blueprint”, there’s a reference to an Australian study, which says that the negative adverse effects from sugar consumption last for two weeks in the body, and that might be true to the other “poisonous” foods as well, explaining your observations.

Barefoot Amy
Barefoot Amy
4 years 1 month ago

Here is a paleo pizza recipe from the guys over at Modern Paleo Warfare. Enjoy!
http://www.modernpaleowarfare.com/search?q=pizza

Alice
Alice
4 years 1 month ago

I found a healthy pizza sauce and grass fed mozzarella and I’m experimenting with pizza substitutes. Even just making the sauce and cheese into a hot melty dip and dipping in steamed broccoli is really tasty. You can get a pizza fix without the dough! Right now I have mini pizzas cooking with big zucchini rounds as the crusts. Not sure how that’ll turn out but I had to try it..

Maureen
Maureen
4 years 1 month ago

You look great Mike! Have you tried Meatza instead of pizza. This was Mark’s post on it. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/greek-meatza-with-creamy-feta-kalamata-olives-and-red-onion/#axzz22V4E99Bp
I changed the toppings to roasted tomatoes/peppers/onions, and some buffalo mozzarella. It’s fantastic!

66
66
4 years 1 month ago

Killin’ it, Mike! I’m enjoying the LG 1-9 feed window as well. It makes life so much easier. Keep at it, man!

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Thanks! I haven’t quite figured out how to “gain” yet, but I’m getting stronger, which is all I’m really looking for.

skeedaddy
skeedaddy
4 years 1 month ago

Great job! I really enjoyed the “day-date time stamp” photo sequence. Lots of progress in a short time.

Adam
Adam
4 years 1 month ago
If you’re getting stronger, then you probably are gaining muscle. If you’re not changing weight, it must be because you’re losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time (possible because of hormones involved in IF). The muscle gains will be less drastic on an IF protocol, however, as it’s not a “bulk” which takes advantage of lots of food to stimulate mTOR (good for general growth). From what I’ve read, you’re doing the progression correctly – stronger then bigger. That’s how Arnold Schwarzenegger trained, after all. Keep doing the Primal stuff and lifting heavy, then if you want hypertrophy… Read more »
Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 1 month ago

Just wanted to chime in as another college student! I’ll be a freshman at UNC chapel hill this fall. I’ve been primal for 3 years, and am planning on staying that way! It’s nice to hear there are other college age groks out there (:

Maggie
Maggie
4 years 1 month ago

Alyssa, I’m a UNC grad (’09) and I still live in town! I don’t personally know any other paleo/primal people, so I’m glad to hear there will be another in Chapel Hill 🙂

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Adam, thanks man. Good luck with it all!

Michelle
Michelle
4 years 1 month ago

That was my problem….I just could not eat ENOUGH to gain!

Brooke
Brooke
4 years 1 month ago

I think the change in confidence is most dramatic. Look at you! Knowing you look all good. 🙂

Noggin the Nog
Noggin the Nog
4 years 1 month ago

Great job. There is no need for you to go without pizza. Check these out – two different bases, both delicious:

http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/01/19/mexican-meatza-ole/

http://blog.grasslandbeef.com/healthy-summer-eats/

John
John
4 years 1 month ago

Great job Mike! What percentage of the transformation would attribute to food and what percentage to working out more (as you said 5 to 7 days a week)?

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

I push myself very hard in the gym, but I would venture to guess 80% diet. My body kept (and still is) changing as I maintain the diet.

Chantal
Chantal
4 years 1 month ago

What is LG 1-9 ?

Merci 🙂

Honeybuns
Honeybuns
4 years 1 month ago

I believe it is the Leangains eating window from 1pm to 9pm. Correct me if I am wrong.

Primal_Libertarian
Primal_Libertarian
4 years 1 month ago

You are correct. Chantal, type leangains into google and you’re off! Combining LG with the primal diet is a great gateway to strength.

Pastor Dave
4 years 1 month ago

Nice transformation! The Friday stories always encourange me to keep on keeping on– oh and BTW– maybe I can encourage some of the heavyweights here at my company (Electrolux) since I am the only one of about 120 ( mix of engineers and techs) to use a stand up desk and run sprints at lunchtime!

WildGrok
WildGrok
4 years 1 month ago

Similar situation here: I am the only one with the standing workstation which I alternate with the 95cm swiss ball as a chair.
I hope you have better luck than I encouraging other people: my record is a big zero.

cTo
4 years 1 month ago

*catcalls* 😀

Grokster
Grokster
4 years 1 month ago

Grok would approve (apart from the milk) 🙂

Also, your observations of “tons of energy” with working out in the morning while in a fasting state are interesting, but contrary to what I’ve found to be true for myself.

edearl
edearl
4 years 1 month ago

Awesome Mike! I work out on my lunch break here at work, and I usually do so in a fasted state and then eat immediately afterwards. I too have amazing energy during my workouts!

@Pastor Dave, Sprints on your lunch break! I’m right there with you.

TGIF Stories!!!

Carol
Carol
4 years 1 month ago
I think your pictures say it all!! And like so many, I LOVE pizza and have luckily found a grain-free pizza I love…even people that aren’t Primal/Paleo have tried it and had to admit it’s good. I don’t have it often because it’s a lot of cheese/dairy, but when the pizza craving strikes, it’s great! I was on vacation last week with my sisters and their families and we had pizza night – my sisters recently have removed gluten from their diets and were missing pizza, so I made my recipe for the 3 of us while everyone else got… Read more »
Kiara
Kiara
4 years 1 month ago

You look amazing!!! Great job and thanks for sharing your story. 🙂

Anna
Anna
4 years 1 month ago

I’m going to call you Magic Mike, just because. Wow, you look great. It’s amazing what a few months can do. I think in order to be healthy, feel and look good, you have to be selfish. Junk food pushers beware, primal eaters are selfish and can have a good time without liquor.
As for the pizza, try Meatsa, its easy to make, use ground meat as your crust. Yummy! Almost like pizza but impossible to eat alone, so share.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 1 month ago

Great dedication! The 50 day pullup challenge seems like a fun thing to try.

I too got the “less fun” card pulled on me when I nixed drinking. Now I volunteer to be the D.D. and everyone is happy about that. Plus watching drunk people is highly entertaining. And no hangover!

StaceFace
StaceFace
4 years 1 month ago

So no scotch scotch scotch, down in your belly?

James Hunter
James Hunter
4 years 1 month ago

Great job, man. Love reading these success stories.

Angel
4 years 1 month ago
I can get my pizza fix grain-free with the following very simple preparation: In a small oven-proof skillet (I use an 8 inch stainless steel skillet), put a few tablespoons of organic tomato sauce (Muir Glen is awesome) Layer fresh mozzarella cheese on top; I like to use curd style cheese because I don’t have to shred or chop it. Layer pepperoni slices on top of the cheese. Bake for 10 minutes or so at around 350 degrees, til the cheese is melty/bubbly. The tomato sauce will be bubbling up through the cheese and pepperoni. (With the recent summer heat,… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years 1 month ago

We do something very similar, except put it on zucchini. It’s delish and tastes just like pizza.

StaceFace
StaceFace
4 years 1 month ago

Oh man. I’m doing that tonight. YUM.

Nicole
Nicole
4 years 1 month ago

Congratulations!

Keep ignoring those naysayers, you are doing what’s best for you and it clearly shows.

Grok on!

Gene
Gene
4 years 1 month ago

Very nice Mike. Congrats. Another great example that almost everything we hear in the mainstream is the mirror opposite of the truth.

I wish I had taken pictures… Unlike mainstream approaches, Mike’s results ARE typical of a primal diet and lifestyle 🙂

David Cole
David Cole
4 years 1 month ago
If being healthy is selfish then by the same reasoning being unhealthy is being, what, generous? From my perspective it’s selfish of people who try to make you feel uncomfortable. If someone give you a hard time about your choices it is they who are being selfish because it is they who want you to conform to THEIR vision of what a good time is or how you are supposed to eat. It’s not any different to me than peer pressure regarding drinking or drugs actually. If you are a non-smoker, is it selfish to not have a cigarette if… Read more »
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 1 month ago

Altruism is over rated.

Veronique
Veronique
4 years 1 month ago

OMG I love your name! Everytime you comment on things I end up reading them with a question mark at the end à la Burgundy: You stay classy, San Diego?

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Thank you for your words. You’re right though, some part of me still feels guilty for some strange reason. Who knew making good choices was so hard?!

Alyssa
Alyssa
4 years 1 month ago

I feel ya on the guilt. I’ve definitely been there. I think I’m over it now though, which is good! You just have to be real with people, and stand your ground.

Amy
Amy
4 years 1 month ago

Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but here’s my #… call me maybe? 😉 Keep up the good work!

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 1 month ago

bow chick-a-wow wow

Veronique
Veronique
4 years 1 month ago

Niiiiice!!! The irony is that if you went out to the bar now with them, they would quickly figure out they DON’T want you there cause you’d be getting ALL the attention! 😉

Seriously though, it’s the lifestyle thing and the friends you know you will have to leave behind that always manages to make me procrastinate going primal until… tomorrow. So props to you for doing NOW!

Jill
Jill
4 years 1 month ago

I bet it’s not the girls who say you’re not fun anymore! HaHa

You look great! And much more fun to look at 🙂

femanon
femanon
4 years 1 month ago

Hey from Norman! Glad to see another Oklahoman here! You’re fabulous.

MCbrownshuga
MCbrownshuga
4 years 1 month ago

Great story! It totally mirrors my own experience… ditching the pizza, ignoring the baked potato, saying no to pasta and bread. I took about 8 weeks to transition to paleo by slowly cutting back on grains and such. I’m doing this for me and it’s easy. I’m just a tad addicted to Justin’s Nut butters (Vanilla Almond).

Jess
Jess
4 years 1 month ago

Thank you for the inspiration! You look amazing! Congrats!!

StaceFace
StaceFace
4 years 1 month ago
Although looks are not the primary reason we embark on this way of life and (for many) it’s about the way we *feel*…these were my reactions to your pictures as I read through this article: First two-Oh he’s cute! Next one-He looks good! Next two-Oh wow, he’s starting to get that sexy little line off his hip… Last two-Well hot damn there it is! Vanity aside, great story and congrats! I’ve also started cutting back on the going out on weekends. Many times I’ll go and either not drink or have a whiskey and water, but that is quickly starting… Read more »
Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Glad to hear that I’m not the only one who struggles with the issue of drinking/going out, etc.

Merel
Merel
4 years 1 month ago

Does anyone have that recipe for cauliflower-cheese crusted primal pizza for the pizza-cravers here? I have it somewhere, can’t find it. People are very enthusiastic about it.

Oh and nice work man!

Rae
Rae
4 years 1 month ago
Mike, I am super impressed with your results of following a healthy lifestyle. I hope you are ignoring the guys saying you are no fun; I am going to bet the girls you meet are disagreeing with them! Keep up the great work!! I have a cauliflower crust recipe that I have tweaked several times, it is now really yummy and very “pizza crust-like” in texture as well as taste: Take one head of cabbage and shred/grate, then microwave ½ the head for 8 minutes on high, uncovered and without adding any water. Repeat with second ½ and allow to… Read more »
Jeff
Jeff
4 years 1 month ago

Good to hear of a fellow Okie going Primal. Keep up the good work and you are a shining example of how well this works

Arlene
Arlene
4 years 1 month ago

Congrats on your success! Regarding pizza, I always feel terrible after eating the regular stuff, too much bread!
However, I recently tried using almond flour cracker as the crust (MDA has a good recipe for this,) and it was yummy. I add Italian spices and parm cheese to the cracker crust too. Toppings include tomato sauce, spinach, bell peppers, feta,some shredded mozzarella and ground beef, etc. Bake until bubbly. YUM and primal!

Kim
4 years 1 month ago
Misery loves company. In my family if you don’t eat the donut you’re not only crazy and boring, you’re not part of the team…Team Muffin Top! While I can’t say I have felt selfish about saying NO to eating their trashy modern food, I have felt anger that it’s pushed on my husband and especially the kids! But my kids eat liver…theirs eat chicken nuggets! Time works everything out…and in the future while all the “fun people” are being spoon-fed MSG soup in their nursing homes, we’ll still be active, healthy and smiling because we took the steep, narrow, rocky… Read more »
Elenor
Elenor
4 years 1 month ago

“…we took the steep, narrow, rocky path to awesomeness.”

+10!! (And doesn’t this path have just delicious scenery!?)

Stacy
Stacy
4 years 1 month ago

Thanks Mike for the giving the rest of us affirmation that this lifestyle is worth all the efforts of working out and changing our eating patterns. You look terrific and it is very evident that you feel great about yourself. Life is ment to be enjoyed not “dedicated” to the needs and wants of others…I’m working through the same issues of coping with others not respecting my choice to no longer poison my life with breads, pasta, etc. Keep up the great work and love to see more pics as you continue to progress.

Primal_Libertarian
Primal_Libertarian
4 years 1 month ago

As far as everyone talking about alcohol, I’ve actually found that this is just fine for me… I still get pretty hammered on the weekend with roommates… I just don’t eat dinner that night if I’m drinking, so I don’t have to drink as much to get fuzzy, and I stick to red wine and clear liquors and STAY AWAY from junk food.

Actually, I often make an entire package of bacon toward the end of the night when we start to sober up and go home-ALWAYS a hit with drunk people!!!

Primal_Libertarian
Primal_Libertarian
4 years 1 month ago

And when we make bacon, we pour the grease into shot glasses and drink it, lolol. It’s pretty easy to convert people to TBP after they see me with my health food B-)

Michelle
Michelle
4 years 1 month ago
Agreed. I’ve cut back on drinking, but still drink a few glasses of wine a week, and get pretty hammered every few months (the reason it’s not every weekend anymore is not for health reasons, but mostly life/responsibility reasons). When I was still in school a few years ago, I would drink fairly often, and eat well/exercise hard the rest of the time. Really it comes down to what you *want* to do. When it gets to the point that you just don’t WANT to drink anymore (or get totally wasted), because you’d honestly rather read a book or workout… Read more »
Kevin A Goldman
Kevin A Goldman
4 years 1 month ago

I agree Michelle. That is essentially how I feel about it, although I had never quite put those words together. Thanks for helping me do so for when I explain it to other folks!

Primal_Libertarian
Primal_Libertarian
4 years 1 month ago

Yep yep! You’re far more likely to stick with it for life if you allow yourself to still live life!

Kevin A Goldman
Kevin A Goldman
4 years 1 month ago

Awesome! I only happened to do that exact thing once before, but it was a hit the, too (cooked a whole pack of bacon after drinking!). Coincidentally, a friend who also talk about eating in a more paleodiet fashion was there and suggested taking shots of the bacon grease (no one did though!)

As far as drinking alcohol, I think I had good success continuing to change my body composition last year (based on visual only) even while drinking but eating quite primal much of the time.

I like the coincidences!

Primal_Libertarian
Primal_Libertarian
4 years 1 month ago

Heheh, try the bacon grease shots. It feels weird going down the first time but it’s awesome!

Kevin A Goldman
Kevin A Goldman
4 years 1 month ago

I’ll keep it in mind 🙂

Sophie
Sophie
4 years 1 month ago

T-Town Groks UNITE!

Lookin’ good!

Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Livin on Tulsa time!

MarkA
MarkA
4 years 1 month ago
Nice effort! The only thing I would recommend is to take some cooking classes or do other things to help yourself enjoy cooking and eating your own food more. If you limit your diet too much, you’ll burn out quickly or else eating will just become a chore. Transitioning to the primal diet has been pretty easy for me so far because I was already buying lots of fresh meats and veggies from good sources (and my wife has Celiac disease, so we had already cut back on grains). I agree that the hardest part is fending off the avalanche… Read more »
Mike
Mike
4 years 1 month ago

Cooking classes seem like a good idea. I do get burnt out at times since I don’t cook much (during the baeball season it’s common to put in 80 hour work weeks). I do a lot of grilling when I’m actually home. Once the season is over I’ll give cooking a chance.

Jeff
Jeff
4 years 1 month ago

Congratulations on your journey, Mike, it’s incredible.

As someone with a similar story, I will say that finding veggies was hard, but once I found the veggies that I like, it’s a lot easier to incorporate them. My biggest tip would be find yourself a farmer’s market and start looking around there for staples you may normally use, then branch out.

While I don’t love big plates of veggies, finding different snackable veggies has proven to be a huge help. And they are really filling.

Clearly though, you don’t need too much help. Keep it up, dude!

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