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August 19, 2009

Primal Quotable Quips

By Mark Sisson
269 Comments

It’s hard to go anywhere in the nutritional blogosphere without happening across that ubiquitous Michael Pollan quote being bandied about: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” I like Pollan, and I mostly agree with said quote (though I’d add, at the very least, “and plenty of animals”). It made me think that perhaps the Primal community would be well served with a reservoir of instant quips. So on the heels of last week’s related post (fantastic Grokkus, by the way) I threw these together. Use them to quickly explain the Primal stance to friends and family. Live by them and thrive.

Eat food. Only when hungry. Mostly plants and animals.

Our genes prefer us to be lean, fit, strong and happy. Let them have their way.

The world is your gym. Try to go every day. Guest passes are free.

Make your long, slow workouts longer and slower and your hard, fast workouts harder and faster.

The weird looks mean you’re doing something right.

Eat food a hunter-gatherer would recognize.

If it’s only been available to mankind for less than a hundred years, don’t eat it.

Living to eat doesn’t necessary preclude eating to live.

Eat when you’re hungry (or not) and drink when you’re thirsty.

You can lead Grok to water, but you can’t make him drink (unless he’s thirsty).

Results speak louder than words.

Eat things with a lifespan.

Facts are often no match for Conventional Wisdom, which is why they need our support more than ever.

What would Grok do?

Animal fat makes everything better.

Don’t underestimate the importance of sleep.

Lift heavy things. Not too often. Mostly compound movements.

Do pull-ups whenever possible. Any ledge, pole, or tree branch will do.

When your only tool is a sledgehammer, the whole world looks like a used tire.

Contrary to popular belief, the sun is not the enemy.

Life may not be fair, but it sure is fun. Adapt or get dropped.

Adaptation to the diet that’s killing us might happen eventually, but don’t be a guinea pig for natural selection. Thrive and prosper in this lifetime.

Diets are hard work, but eating the foods we’re adapted to eat is a true pleasure.

When looking at a study, always ask, “What kind of fats?”, “Were carbs taken into account?”, and “Who funded it?”

Only eat food that you could make yourself at home with minimal equipment. Butter can be churned and sausages can be ground, but can you make a Twinkie?

If you can’t pronounce the ingredient list, it’s not worth putting into your body.

Why subject oneself to watered down foot binding? Go barefoot.

Here are a few irreverent Worker Bee additions to round things out:

They say grains are healthy. Kind of like they used to say Crisco was healthy. And cocaine.

Go Primal. Because diets aren’t worth dying for.

You wouldn’t fly in a rocket built by a chef, so why would you eat food built by scientists?

You ever see a bunch of kids going nuts at a playground? It’s like that.

Some people claim the Primal Blueprint eating plan is elitist. They’re right.

I thought about trying Vegan, but cannibalism is outlawed.

Go Primal: It’s not a diet, it’s a frickin’ lifestyle.

When it comes to running, it’s not length that matters, but how hard it is.

What do you think? Got any more?

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267 Comments on "Primal Quotable Quips"

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dml
7 years 3 months ago

Eat foods your ancestors might have eaten. Minus the grains. Play like your children. Only harder sometimes.

Mike H.
Mike H.
7 years 3 months ago

“Live Primal, your genes will fit better.”

Wiwo
Wiwo
7 years 3 months ago

Primal eating: the one truly conservative approach to your diet.

Laurel
Laurel
7 years 3 months ago

Real people eat real food

arthurb999
arthurb999
7 years 3 months ago

Dietary fat doesn’t make you fat.

Arturo
7 years 3 months ago

Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny- start thinking Primal.

lbd
lbd
7 years 3 months ago

You have teeth and a digestive system like a carnivore for a reason. Eat meat.

Geoff
Geoff
7 years 3 months ago

Primal: tuning out conventional wisdom and tuning in to your body and your soul.

JUPITER BOONE
JUPITER BOONE
7 years 3 months ago

Chase it, kill it, lift it, eat it, welcome to my primal life.

Min
Min
7 years 3 months ago

I read this one to the tune of Daft Punk’s “Technologic.”

Autumn
7 years 3 months ago

Go Primal: Think outside [the highly processed foods] box.

smc2009
smc2009
7 years 3 months ago

When shopping with the seedlings, “Not caveman approved!”

Shannon
7 years 3 months ago

Eat meat. Not too lean. Mostly red.

maba
maba
7 years 3 months ago

Love it!

Clint
Clint
7 years 3 months ago

Eat animals and not food that’s mascot is an animal (i.e. cereals.

JT
JT
7 years 3 months ago

Paleo IS preventative medicine.

kjake55
kjake55
7 years 3 months ago

1. If we were meant to be fat it wouldn’t hurt so much or look so bad.

2. If man’s most primal instinct is to live then living primaly kind of says it all, doesn’t it?

JT
JT
7 years 3 months ago

You can’t outrun a bad diet. Eat Primal.

JT
JT
7 years 3 months ago

Mark’s Daily Apple: The new Web of Life.

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

Just kill it and grill it.

Anand Srivastava
Anand Srivastava
7 years 3 months ago

Great!!

Dennis
Dennis
7 years 3 months ago

If you had to make your food from scratch, could you make anything you currently eat with out a PHD in chemistry?

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

you can eat your non-fat soy latte, fat boy, I am jackin steel and grillin ribeyes. I’ll clean my clothes on this washboard.

marci
marci
7 years 3 months ago

get primal: hunt & gather at your farmer’s market.

bcreager
bcreager
7 years 3 months ago

If it could bite you when it was alive, EAT IT!

martin
martin
7 years 3 months ago

Live Primal: It’s like being a Stranger in a Strange Land, only better.

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

So easy a caveman could do it!

Katie
7 years 3 months ago

Go Primal. It’s so easy the cavemen DID do it.

Chris Tomek
7 years 3 months ago

Getting primo by going primal.

Kurt Ehnle
Kurt Ehnle
7 years 3 months ago

Nothing is poison. Everything is poison.

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

the fattiest foods that I see walking around are the idiots eating lowfat foods.

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

Free me from my shackles and just give me some animal meat! I want the blood running down my face!

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

I just took my vitamin D. It was a day at the beach.

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

Turn up that Ted Nugent, I’ve got some deadifts to do and a rack of lamb to devour!

Lauren Bogner
Lauren Bogner
7 years 3 months ago

“Live Primal: fit, healthy people are harder to kill and generally more useful”

Michael
Michael
7 years 3 months ago

Go Grok, throw rock.

Tom
Tom
7 years 3 months ago

Canned foods are great for tenderizing meat!

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

I don’t watch tv. I’d rather live than watch someone else do it.

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

Whole wheat pasta? That’s like a mild hangover. A better version of crap.

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

I get my dinner with sharp sticks. They don’t fit in my wallet.

James
James
7 years 3 months ago

If you don’t scream when you squat, you aint liftin squat!

Sharon
Sharon
7 years 3 months ago

We are primed to be Primal.

berzerker162
7 years 3 months ago

Genes, what a wonderful way to express oneself.

Bruce
Bruce
7 years 3 months ago

chase, catch, eat, relax, repeat

brycebolt
7 years 3 months ago

Fat: it’s what’s for dinner

Chas Prebil
Chas Prebil
7 years 3 months ago

No grains, no sugar, and sprint to the heavy plate of bacon.

Tom
Tom
7 years 3 months ago

I eat, naturally.

Madame P
7 years 3 months ago

Cardio is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

Dary
Dary
7 years 3 months ago

I’ve never met a meat I wouldn’t eat.

SerialSinner
SerialSinner
7 years 3 months ago

Pour some sugar off me
in the name of Grok

Bakr72
Bakr72
7 years 3 months ago

Primal: Cuz’ our sex life is better than yours.

Huey
Huey
7 years 3 months ago

Primal: It’s what Grok would do.

Matt
Matt
7 years 3 months ago

Primal living – where ‘Uncrustables’ are untouchable.

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