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May 18, 2012

Rebel Musician Goes Primal After Years of Hard Living

By Mark Sisson
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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!

Dear Mark,

Here follows a detailed timeline of how I came across MDA and your book The Primal Blueprint along with more details about my health history:

I was born in Houston, Texas and adopted by a family of Czech origin. I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia as a kid. I don’t so much buy into that diagnosis. I think I was just bored and constrained within the typical public school system. However, unbeknownst to me at the time, the breads, kolaches, pastries and potatoes that were so prevalent in my mother’s native food were spiking my blood pressure to the moon.

I was always involved in gymnastics, competitive swimming, baseball and basketball as a child, so I was never really overweight. Since I was adopted, my mother, who is very wise, took the time to cook differently for me and I ate a lot of seafood and vegetables growing up.

When I got to college I started eating out a lot and since I was physically active and involved in Jeet Kun Do and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu I was always in relatively good shape. However, a few pounds a year adds up after twenty years, and at the age of forty I found myself creeping up on the scale to 240 pounds. I am 6’2” so I was able to hide it fairly well with a big frame, but I felt sluggish. I was living a musician lifestyle and waking up every day at 11 AM.

I have a good friend who is authentic and real. I went to see him in Vegas, and the minute I walked in his door he told me I didn’t look good with three chins and I would never attract a decent woman fat. He has a way with words and I decided to take control of my life and my fitness. My friend and his wife had lost forty pounds a piece utilizing the Atkins diet. I understand enough about psychology to realize that I could simply model their behavior and achieve similar results.

I did and I lost a lot of weight and I felt a lot better. However, I found the shakes and the bars that had the fake sugar in them to taste very repulsive. I believe how you do anything is how you do everything. I have dedicated my life to music and consider it a fine art. I try to make all my relationships a masterpiece and consider friendship a fine art. I was happy with the results of the Atkins approach, but found many of the meals and supplementation boring, and far from fine art when it comes to cuisine.

I have a lot of friends who are foodies and gourmet chefs and I knew there had to be a better way. One night I Googled “no carb recipes” and MDA popped up in my search. I was hooked from the front page and once I started taking a look at the recipes my mouth began to water. Real food in its natural state, no strange ingredients, nothing in a box or can – I was hooked.

I was using Evernote at the time and I copied recipe after recipe from your site. I fell in love with eggs all over again. I had such misinformation about eggs. You mentioned on your site how every grandmother who lived to a ripe old age had that can of bacon fat on top of her stove that she cooked everything in. Mark, that was my grandmother Sophie Slansky. I loved all her food as a kid and she grew up on farm.

Your site elegantly and with fortitude debunked every foolish myth there was about food. Fat, including animal fat, is essential to our well-being, and you have the moxie and the courage to step out on the edge and challenge all of these myths.

The number one thing I learned from MDA and that I encourage everyone who wants to get lean and mean with a great low body-fat percentage is to understand this: 90% of all body composition begins with what you put in your mouth. You could join all the gyms in the world, buy every ab machine, personal trainer and run thirty miles a day and never have the body composition of someone who adheres to the aforementioned principle.

Since I started the Primal approach I have woken up every day for the last two years at 5:30 in the morning. I crave my fennel and dill omelet I learned from you. I crave poached eggs, I look forward to breakfast. I honestly in the deepest depths of my soul can not imagine how anyone could convince me that they honestly crave a bowl of oatmeal or Captain Crunch.

The differences I have seen are incredible. All my friends tell me I look fifteen years younger. It’s completely revived my music career as a performer. There aren’t that many fat rock stars. I can see my abs for the first time since I was fourteen years young. I can’t believe how much I enjoy what I eat. A typical day for me might be a vegetable omelet for breakfast, grilled chicken wings with scrumptious crispy skin for lunch along with a side of celery and real blue cheese, then at dinner a prime dry aged rib-eye with cauliflower mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, a glass or three of Cabernet, and a piece of 85% cocoa chocolate.

I feel completely satiated and content after every meal.

Here is a video I made featuring me preparing my Primal Sushi Rolls, which are really not sushi at all. They are made with beef and asparagus. They are always a huge hit at parties!

Your post about drinking ten to twelve big glasses of water a day being ridiculous was spot on as well. I was drinking way too much water before I found your site.

This is the greatest thing that drew a rebel musician like myself to your site. Just about everything on MDA is counterintuitive. I found that to be where the truth lies these days you have to seek it out. That food pyramid they stuffed down our throats all those years is a complete joke.

I also want to note that Adelulf – my beloved, non neutered, all black male German Shepherd – eats Primal as well. Every morning I walk out into the yard and give him two fresh eggs in the shell. I set them down in the yard and it’s like Easter. Even as a puppy he knew what to do. He carefully picks up the egg, puts it in his mouth, takes it where he wants, pokes a hole in the shell with his canines and slurps up every last drop of both eggs. He eats raw chicken with the bones, turkey necks, liver, kidneys, and raw beef. His teeth are completely white, and his coat incredibly shiny. If I had a dollar for every so called animal lover, dog expert and veterinarian who told me my dog is going to die from salmonella poisoning from the raw eggs and choke on the raw bones I would be retired on a beach in Hawaii right now drinking margaritas. Here’s a picture of me and my dog where I landed at about twelve to thirteen percent body fat.

Thanks Mark. Pardon the long email, but I have a lot of deep appreciation for what you are doing.

All the best and Grok on, Mark.

Eric

Check out Erik’s website EricKeyes.com and his music video of an original song titled “Words of a Song“.

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Cat
4 years 4 months ago

Rock on Erik!

Great story and I love that your dog is on board with your new lifestyle too. My pitbull is also a big MDA fan 🙂

Oh and can I come round to yours for dinner – sushi rolls? cauliflower mash with steak? YES PLEASE 🙂

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Just let me know when you come to Texas and you are on the list!

Shannon
4 years 4 months ago

I always look forward to Friday testimonials. Congrats, Eric! The beef sushi looks really tasty, too.

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thank you Shannon

cTo
4 years 4 months ago

Lol, I laughed at you commenting that we never see skinny rock stars, since I couldnt help but think that they’re keeping themselves skinny through starvation and drugs. 😉 You are way more legit than they are! Also your description of how your dog eats eggs was awesome and adorable ^_^

cTo
4 years 4 months ago

Dammit, i meant we never see FAT rockstars. Sorry I was just overwhelmed by your progress all i could think was skinny!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

That’s true about those skinny rock stars doing it through drugs and starvation and cigarettes. They can have all that, I will stick to The Primal Blueprint 🙂

Anyway those skinny rock stars legs look like parentheses and don’t get me started on skinny jeans

Maureen
Maureen
4 years 4 months ago

Skinny jeans are a total turn off. I mean, I always wonder where the men who wear them store everything. Probably not the effect they had in mind.

Annie
4 years 4 months ago

Wow, WHAT a story! There’s so much awesomeness here I’m not sure where to start…but what a great straight-shooting friend you’ve got! And “how you do anything is how you do everything.” And how primal has pumped life into your body AND your music career.

Well done, Eric!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thank You Annie, I appreciate the kind words

t
t
4 years 4 months ago

wow!!

Michael Finsel
Michael Finsel
4 years 4 months ago

Eric, wonderful story and it’s always good to hear about Paleo turning people from good to great! Animals too.

I’m going to make your sushi rolls soon!

Thanks for sharing

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 4 months ago

DAYUM, Eric! Beautiful!

And I totally relate to the need to make your mealtime an art. Love this: “I honestly in the deepest depths of my soul can not imagine how anyone could convince me that they honestly crave a bowl of oatmeal or Captain Crunch.”

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Joy,

I concur, I think I would rather eat gravel that oatmeal 🙂

Stacey
4 years 4 months ago

Great story! I love that your whole family (aka dog) is on board with you. I can’t image eating all this healthy food and then watching my dog suffer with puppy chow. The music industry needs great role models like you. I only wish your video had your performance in it 🙂

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Hi Stacey,
Thanks for the kind words, Mark put a link to my music video at the end of the blog. just click on “Words of a Song” and you can hear it. I appreciate ya’

Here’s a link as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec444nXQjKE

Steve L.
Steve L.
4 years 4 months ago

really cool sushi rolls, I can’t wait to make them. great story. thanks for sharing.

Steve L.
Steve L.
4 years 4 months ago

oh yeah. awesome dog! i’ve got two primal dogs myself. though I admit, I use primal dog food. I’ve given them the occassional raw egg here and there, but I’m not so bold to use raw meats.

Cave Grrrrl
Cave Grrrrl
4 years 4 months ago

Steve — your dogs aren’t eating primal if they aren’t eating raw. Go here: http://www.barfaustralia.com/what_is_barf.php?pid=1

Your dogs (and cats too!) will adore you for it.

Violet
Violet
4 years 4 months ago
What do you give your dog as ‘primal dog food’? I have been thinking about the ‘good quality’ (read more expensive brand) but commercial dog food my dog gets -and feeling worried. Since going primal myself, I have given my dog less commercial chow and more other stuff (raw and cooked liver, bacon rinds, meat, raw and cooked eggs, fish skins – plus veggies, carrot peels, whole carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, etc. I give her a fish oil capsule now and again) I read about raw feeding your dog, but it seemed a bit messy and complicated. Is there something in… Read more »
Shawn
Shawn
4 years 4 months ago
We fed our Doberman a raw meaty bones (RMB) diet for years and she had superior health. It isn’t as hard as people think. You just go buy whatever meat is a good deal at the moment. Give to dog. Repeat as needed. Our girl ate chicken quarters, fresh fish, rabbit, turkey legs, eggs, pretty much anything. Raw liver was a favorite, but she drew the line at kidney. Still, if that is too much work, it is very easy to get a grain-free kibble. In fact, I think all dogs should be on grain-free kibble at a minimum. You’ll… Read more »
Andrea
Andrea
4 years 4 months ago

Hello, Violet. I found MDA, and my husband and I started the Primal lifestyle because of our German Shepherd pup. Our first GSD lived to be 13, and was healthy until the last two months of his life, he was always on a raw diet. Go to rawfed.com and Leerburg Kennels for information.

Clippies
Clippies
4 years 4 months ago

Its important that the dog gets some veggies. They have the same basic digestive tracks as Wolfs which eat the intestines of their kills and get their veggies/fiber that way.

Check out Orijen dog food for the best grain free kibble.

thisisspeedy
thisisspeedy
4 years 4 months ago

I didn’t no oyster sauce was gluten free? Or is that a special brand? I would love to have oyster sauce again. I miss it. I know its pretty high in sugar content tho.

Eric
Eric
4 years 4 months ago

This one seems to be gluten free. Wok Mei All Natural Oyster Sauce. Google it. I’m not sure how to find out the sugar content, but I’m dying to try these “sushi” rolls.

HappyBiker
HappyBiker
4 years 4 months ago

From HonestFoods.com, Wok Mei Oyster Sauce Ingredients: Evaporated cane juice, salt, natural corn starch, caramel color, natural oyster extract, distilled vinegar. All Natural. Gluten Free.

I think the cane juice and corn starch make it non-primal … that’s why I’ve stopped using it.

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

I know it probably has some gluten and sugar but I find that as long as it’s in the 20% of my 80-20 rule. I feel just fine. I treat it like I do beer. Everything in moderation, including moderation.

christiane
christiane
4 years 4 months ago

“everything in moderation, including moderation” love it, totally my new catch phrase

Jenn
Jenn
4 years 4 months ago

Hot.

HappyBiker
HappyBiker
4 years 4 months ago

Is oyster sauce primal? I thought it was made with sugar and/or flour.

Onge
Onge
4 years 4 months ago

Thats what I was thinking.

Still, just a bit of 80/20.

Great success story 🙂

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
4 years 4 months ago

I buy live oyesters and use those juices.

David Cole
David Cole
4 years 4 months ago

“I believe how you do anything is how you do everything.”

that’s gonna be my new skype tag

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks David that is awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec444nXQjKE

Eric

Ida Palma
Ida Palma
4 years 4 months ago

You are gorgeous my friend…great story! I loved your comments on those Atkins bars/shakes…they are truly repulsive. I’ll never understand those low-carbers who won’t eat a handful of berries but will eat Atkins peanut butter cups!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

I know, when I would eat those fake sugars, I found something very interesting. The chemicals in them send a signal to the brain that sugar is coming so that you experience it on a psychological level. However it never comes, so it kind of tricks you. Then you end up craving it even more on a biological level. That is why diet coke is words that the regular ones. Also notice how people who drink diet sodas just keep drinking and drinking them. They never get the sugar

mars
mars
4 years 4 months ago

whoo hoo Eric! You and Adelulf look incredible and HAPPY! Thanks for the recipe too!

Grok on man!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Mars, I appreciate that

Christine
Christine
4 years 4 months ago

That’s amazing Eric! Congratulations and Grok On!!!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thank you Christine.

Much Love,

Eric

Tyler
Tyler
4 years 4 months ago

Love this one! Primal doggy!! Kinda makes me sad though because the dog I grew up with was recently put down (at the age of 14) but if we had fed her more of a primal natural diet I’m sure she would of lived with better health. It was a cocker-spaniel and she had eye problems (cataracts most cockers do) but I wonder if proper nutrition could of prevented that…of course no vet would tell us if it would. Just like big pharma, getting people sick to get paid I guess.

Mario Vachon
Mario Vachon
4 years 4 months ago

Great story and great attitude.

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thank You Mario, I am so happy I found MDA and this community of rhino’s taking charge of their lives.

Brandon
4 years 4 months ago
Couple of things. Big congrats on your transformation! You look mahvelous! Also, if somebody could figure out how to make low carb kolaches, they would win a Nobel Prize. Every time I drive through west, I gaze at my favorite kolache place (Not Czech Stop) and drool. Finally, I am glad Atkins worked for you, but I have to correct a myth. Atkins makes bars and shakes available to those who want them. You never have to consume one bar or shake. Collette, their nutritionist, will tell you the same. You can be just as creative on their approach as… Read more »
Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Brandon and I agree. Atkins was a great man. Haha that’s cool about West. What is your favorite Kolache place? On my next gig in Austin, I will stop there and get my Mom some 🙂

Brandon
4 years 4 months ago

Geriks. There is also another gas station just south of Czech Stop on the feeder road that has superior kolaches than Czech Stop. Their ham and cheese one has the ham ground up and mixed with the cheese. Oh so good.

nbongo
nbongo
4 years 4 months ago

Mmmm, I miss the kolaches from West (am in SF Bay Area now). I used to go to Westfest all the time!!!

Greg
4 years 4 months ago

Very inspiring Eric!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Greg, so glad to be a part of this community

spincycle
spincycle
4 years 4 months ago

Very interesting life story, thanks for sharing! You and your dog look like you are really enjoying life now! And everybody needs that one straight-shooting friend in their lives.

Primal Pants
Primal Pants
4 years 4 months ago

Congrats!! You look great!! The primal sushi looks DELICIOUS!! I noticed your “vintage” crock pot in the back…I have the same one! Your dog is gorgeous!! I want to get my min pin on a raw food diet. He is allergic to everything and gets ear infections all of the time..even on a limited ingredient food that has rice…I gotta use the rest of it and then he is going RAW!! You are truly an inspiration!!

GROK ON!!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

You dog will love you for it and that’s the way wolves eat 🙂

Elenor
Elenor
4 years 4 months ago

No, actually, you don’t “gotta use the rest of it” — donate it to the local pound (they can always use it) — and start your fur-child on a healthy diet right away! (Do you really mean: “I’m feeding him stuff that’s making him sick, but I’ll KEEP making him sick till I run out of the sickening stuff”?! {shudder} Would you do that to yourself?!)

Marc
Marc
4 years 4 months ago

Always cool to read these success stories. Good job, Eric, and a big hi5 for giving your dog the food he loves!

In other news, your post-weight-loss face makes me think you’re clearly related to Neil Peart. Maybe I’m crazy!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Wow thanks! Neil Peart is a badass!

mars
mars
4 years 4 months ago

RUSH is my all-time fave band in the world! Yes, you do resemble The Professor 🙂

You rock Eric!

Matthew Caton
4 years 4 months ago

I love that you treat your dog in the same Primal sense that you treat yourself. That’s amazing he can eat eggs like that. Would you post a video up of that?

My fiancee’s cat is also primal. I let it chew on a T-bone after I’ve finished the meat of it, have him run sprints every now and then, he only eats grain free food, and occasionally he IF’s.

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Matt, I would post a blog at my site of Adelulf eating his 2 raw eggs.

That’s a great idea

Chris
Chris
4 years 4 months ago

Rock out with your Grok out! 🙂

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Chris, you are ripped brother. Congrats, what is your body fat at?

Chris
Chris
4 years 4 months ago

Hey Eric,

Thanks! I’m not sure what is was when that picture was taken which was about a year ago. I’m leaner now and I think I’m around 7 or 8 percent. I should update my picture but I keep waiting thinking that I’m going to send in my own success story.

Chris
Chris
4 years 4 months ago

BTW – It’s super cool what you’re doing with your dog. Conventional dog food wisdom can suck it!

Bruno Dias
Bruno Dias
4 years 4 months ago

I am a musician like you and I’m wondering how do you do to go to bed early. Moste concerts are at night and usually end very late!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Bruno, it’s wird I only sleep 5-6 hours a night now. I think when you eat primal digestion is much easier and the food combining angle just makes it easier on the body. Rest is more effective as well. I also fast one day a week.

JunieB
4 years 4 months ago

wow. wow. wow.

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
4 years 4 months ago
“The number one thing I learned from MDA and that I encourage everyone who wants to get lean and mean with a great low body-fat percentage is to understand this: 90% of all body composition begins with what you put in your mouth. You could join all the gyms in the world, buy every ab machine, personal trainer and run thirty miles a day and never have the body composition of someone who adheres to the aforementioned principle.” Very wise words to live by, and as I’m finding out for myself, so very true. Another good example: look at last… Read more »
Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thank You and now that I look back my beloved Grandma was primal and she didn’t even know it 🙂

Jill
Jill
4 years 4 months ago

Congrats on your story!
I found your comment about craving and Captain Crunch interesting — true, I never crave sugar cereal now, but before, if I would have a small bowl of cereal, I would instantly want a second bowl as soon as I finished the first. It got to the point of anxiety when I knew I was eating the last spoonful. That’s when I knew that type of food wasn’t good for me.

Dominic
4 years 4 months ago

Hey Eric, good to see your article, stay strong and see you soon.

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

I appreciate you brother, let’s get Primal and have some ribeyes on Sunday!

peggy
peggy
4 years 4 months ago

HOTcha-cha & a “gawd dayam!”
hee hee I made chicken wings last night with gorgonzola added to greek yoghurt for dippin. I gave 3 pieces raw to my dog for his dinner. i love hearing him crunch through the bones & watching him eat real food like a real dog. he’s in the habit of helping me with the dishes too & he sits & stares at the skillet on the stove waiting for it to cool down 😉

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Peggy,

Isn’t it great what we can learn from our pets. They have great instincts

JT
JT
4 years 4 months ago

Ah, another Evernote fan! That deserves bonus points.

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Evernote rules!

Thanks JT

Sian
4 years 4 months ago
Eric – a wonderful transformation (surely that’s your younger brother in the photo?!) – thankyou so much for sharing And good on you for raising a primal pupster! Man & dog in perfect primal harmony. Beautiful. I adopted an 11 year old chocolate labrador, who thanks to a diet of pasta, was a stomach on legs and in a bad state. I put him on a raw meaty bones diet and he transformed within months. You can read his story on my website. Funnily enough, it was researching his doggie RMB diet that knocked some sense into my own head… Read more »
Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Haha Sian,

Great idea, I will change the name of the officially to “Rock and Sushi Rolls”

Eric

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks for sharing your story, very cool how a commitment to the fine art of living led you to become a masterpiece in the making 😉

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thank you very much

Eric

TruckerLady
TruckerLady
4 years 4 months ago

How could I not love this story? Hot musician who cooks AND has a gorgeous dog. I think it could be love! Great job!
I completely agree with you on the processed adkins “food”. I would feel sick every time I tried them. I’m allergic to many preservatives, so never developed a taste for Captain Crunch or Pringles.

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks a million, The Primal way is just so good

JoeBrewer
JoeBrewer
4 years 4 months ago

I love this line: “Your site elegantly and with fortitude debunked every foolish myth there was about food. Fat, including animal fat, is essential to our well-being, and you have the moxie and the courage to step out on the edge and challenge all of these myths.”

So true and yet so foreign to so many. Great job, you look like a new man.

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Joe,

All of the info at MDA just inspires me. The debunking on the China-Vegetarian thing alone is got to be one of the greatest post ever. I was a vegan for a few years in college and eating that way sucks and there is no taste and fun at all

Siobhan
Siobhan
4 years 4 months ago

Great story, thanks for sharing. My gram was primal too! She never met bacon fat she didn’t like and when we went to buffets she urged me to forgo the bread and potatoes and load up on the meats. Not sure the buffet managers liked us very well!

Got to get my pets primal too –

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Grandma’s rule, their is a lot of wisdom in the old school way. In my grandmother’s time it was called “sugar diabetes” not diabetes.

The sugar companies lobbied to quit having it called that.

HillsideGina
HillsideGina
4 years 4 months ago

I had some bunion pain before I went Primal, and on the internet I found that the Chinese call it “Sugar Toe”. Hmmm. No more pain since I quit high heels and went Primal.

Victor Venema
4 years 4 months ago

In The Netherlands, people call diabetes simply “sugar”. He has sugar.

Debbie
Debbie
4 years 4 months ago

Is that true? So interesting!

Leah
Leah
4 years 4 months ago

Diabetes melitus is Latin for sweet (sugar) urine. So I guess we’re actually calling it urine.

Tatiana
Tatiana
4 years 4 months ago

In Russia it calles Sugar Diabetes too

Cathy
Cathy
4 years 4 months ago

I first found MDA because of the recipes too. A Facebook friend posted a link to a Primal recipe she had made for dinner the night before, and it looked so good, I had to follow the link. Well, I’ve been hooked on the site since then (about a year ago now), and have been completely Primal for about four weeks. Congrats on finding what you were searching for!

Jessica
4 years 4 months ago

That is a gorgeous dog!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Jessica, I just let him know. He is sitting here at my feet in the office 🙂

rabbit_trail
rabbit_trail
4 years 4 months ago

I did Atkins and shared your disgust for processed low carb food. Congrats on your success.

Chica
Chica
4 years 4 months ago

Naturally, I had to go check out your website and your music and your videos. Talk about authentic people! Very nice to see you cooking ribs (yum!) for the band and then see the show the next day! Very cool.

And you turned me on to that young Italian-Argentinian guitarist, Lucchy. Between the two of you, I blew quite a few minutes on YouTube! Avocado-Banana-Almond Milkshakes for everyone!

Metric
Metric
4 years 4 months ago

Hey Eric,
WAY TO GO! You look absolutely terrific (and so does your dog!). I myself have also been feeding my little guy a raw diet since he was 16 weeks old, now 6.5 years old. His favourite’s are cornish hen bodies, duck necks and beef tripe. All get smothered in Salmon Oil and a green veggie. People are always amazed at the softness and brightness of his coat. Pristine white. All thanks to the wonderful world of primal 🙂

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

that is awesome, I never thought of adding salmon oil. Where can I find duck necks? He loves mackerel and eats it once a week as I do.

Lucie A Swan
Lucie A Swan
4 years 4 months ago

You lost me at the “un-neutered German Shepherd” part.
Good job on the weight loss though:)

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Lucie,

I would never neuter him. He comes from a very good bloodline that is custom tailored for their protection ability and incredible nose skills. All his brothers and sisters went to FBI/Military.

We are breeding him next month 🙂

Lucie A Swan
Lucie A Swan
4 years 4 months ago

I compete in French Ring and Mondio Ring with my Belgian Malinois, as long as your dog is a working or sport dog and is titled I have no problem with responsible breeding:)

Chica
Chica
4 years 4 months ago

Oh, forgot to mention that I grew up with a black German Shepherd. Love the breed and their noble presence (mixed with total goofball moments). What a great primal companion.

Danielle Anne
Danielle Anne
4 years 4 months ago

Hi Eric! Your words almost made me tear up, they were very powerful. MDA changed my life as well; MDA really makes it all simple: eat real food, move around, rest, etc. I love it!I am very inspired by your experience and love your outlook on life.
Hey, I’m a Texas – where do you ya’ll play??? I’d love to see a Primal musician play some tunes! 🙂

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Danielle, I play in Houston, Austin, Dallas and Lubbock quite a bit. Where are you based? If you go to my website and sign up on the e-mail list we will let you know when we are rocking Texas towns

Danielle Anne
Danielle Anne
4 years 4 months ago

Thanks Eric! I’m in Houston but visit Austin quite a bit. I am signing up on your email list right now, so I’m looking forward to seeing your show schedule, and hopefully checking ya’ll out really soon!

Danielle Anne
Danielle Anne
4 years 4 months ago

BTW, been reading your blog and holy smokes you are a talented writer! Also, Louise Hay saved my life when I was in a dark place as a teenager… so I dig that you pay respects to her 🙂
You rock!

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Thank you again Danielle,

I enjoy writing and that means a lot, thank you.

Louise Hay is one heavy duty chick. I feel she is one of the greatest voices for healing on the planet.

Eric

Cecilia
Cecilia
4 years 4 months ago

Very Cool!
(and I have your dog’s twin cousin sitting right beside me – excellent dogs!)

Cathy Johnson (Kate)
4 years 4 months ago

I LOVE FRIDAYS! One of these days I’m going to BE your Real Life story.

Petra_OntheRoad
Petra_OntheRoad
4 years 4 months ago
Eric, Im Czech, so I know what you mean by all the kolache and potatoes. Currently surviving in my parent´s house, waiting to start my first job and these few months of enjoyable stay with my family after a long time turned into everyday fight of strong will -eat or not to eat. On the other hand – primal approach is the only one my mom actually approved for me!!! Woot, woot! I know I will have no problem to eat super clean after I move out in a month, so last few sinful enjoyments following the 20/80 rule shouldnt… Read more »
Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

Jaksemate’ Petra,

That’s a beautiful name. 80-20 rule is profound. I fast one day a week which adheres to that principal.

Got Pivo 🙂

EK

Jane
Jane
4 years 4 months ago

fan-diddly-tastic….
Love waking up on a sat morning, and reading a success story. (that’s when they arrive down under)
you rock, mr rock star xo

Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

That is so cool, let me know a good venue in your neck of the woods and I will have Melissa my assistant book a tour through there!

Much Love,

Eric

Heather
Heather
4 years 4 months ago

Now that will be fun, make sure you look at venues around the central west of NSW. Fantastic spot but starved of good music! Well done in your journey, it’s the simplicity and common sense of this lifestyle that reeled me in, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I think your lovely shepherd may have my toy poodle for breakfast though!

HillsideGina
HillsideGina
4 years 4 months ago
Yes it’s 90% food! My husband is 54 and I had to order size 32×36 jeans on the web because no one carries that small waist for such a tall guy! Heh. I hear you about the people and their scare tactics against feeding dogs a natural diet of raw meat. I gave up trying to find a vet on board with raw feeding. So frustrating. They don’t even really LOOK at my beautiful doxie – ten years old and gorgeous with a shiny coat, white teeth, muscular frame. Ten years on a raw natural diet. The last vet tried… Read more »
Eric Keyes
4 years 4 months ago

You go for it Gina, you have good taste in drummers. Bill has played with my good friend Allan Holdsworth for years. He is in a class all by himself.

Much Love,

EK

HillsideGina
HillsideGina
4 years 4 months ago

I’ll have to look Alan up on Youtube. Looks like he’s played with Tony Levin – another one of my favorites and one of the coolest musicians ever. He’s a beast!

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