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18 May

Rebel Musician Goes Primal After Years of Hard Living

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 2Dear 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.

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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.

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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.

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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“.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. 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!

    Chica wrote on May 18th, 2012
  2. 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 :)

    Metric wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • 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.

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
  3. You lost me at the “un-neutered German Shepherd” part.
    Good job on the weight loss though:)

    Lucie A Swan wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • 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 :-)

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
      • 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:)

        Lucie A Swan wrote on May 20th, 2012
  4. 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.

    Chica wrote on May 18th, 2012
  5. 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! :-)

    Danielle Anne wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • 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

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
      • 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 wrote on May 23rd, 2012
      • 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!

        Danielle Anne wrote on May 23rd, 2012
        • 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

          Eric Keyes wrote on May 23rd, 2012
  6. Very Cool!
    (and I have your dog’s twin cousin sitting right beside me – excellent dogs!)

    Cecilia wrote on May 18th, 2012
  7. I LOVE FRIDAYS! One of these days I’m going to BE your Real Life story.

    Cathy Johnson (Kate) wrote on May 18th, 2012
  8. 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 hurt.

    Keep the great attitude, your email was so inspirational!

    Petra_OntheRoad wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • 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

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
  9. 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

    Jane wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • 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

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
      • 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!

        Heather wrote on May 18th, 2012
  10. 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 to get me to go buy some processed “raw food” that was formulated by a vet, and I told her it kind of defeats the purpose of natural, unprocessed food, right? DOH!

    Keep Groking – me at 52 will be taking beginner drum lessons in June. I’ll never be Bill Bruford but one can always strive!

    HillsideGina wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • 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

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
      • 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!

        HillsideGina wrote on May 18th, 2012
  11. Eric, Great story, but even more awesome dog! We had an adopted solid black female GSD, Lucy, for 12 years and she recently passed away due to cancer in her spine. We immediately looked for another solid black, but found a gorgeous European line full-blood GSD that was abandoned at our vets office. She had heartworms, but that was treated and I am happy to say that Sheba is a perfect addition to our family. I gave her a raw egg today (from our friend’s farm) and she LOVED it! I made a tiny hole so she could get a taste and she went crazy. We need to put some weight on her post-heartworms. Any recommendations for good raw weight-gainer recipes?

    Marisa wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • Thanks Marisa and congratulations on adding Sheba to your family. I would google the “Leerburg Diet”

      It’s the best site I have found on feeding the dog raw and doing it right. They are very knowledgeable and will probably have some weight gain info there.

      Jack Lalanne used to feed his German Sheperd “Happy” 5-6 lbs of raw meat a day. That would probably do it :-)

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
  12. Eric, great story. But why did you include that picture of your uncle eating pasta?

    Craig wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • Haha that’s funny.

      We will just call him “Joey Bag of Doughnuts” my old fat Italian Uncle :-)

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
  13. Amazing transformation!!!

    Carol wrote on May 18th, 2012
  14. VERY true that 90% is what you put in your body! Can´t bring that home enough.
    Congratulations on your transformation.
    Also, thanks for sharing on the primal dog! Mine is primal, but spoiled. . . I had always cracked the eggs open for him. Can´t believe it never occurred to me to just give him an egg and let him have fun with it. Tried it today, and–after an initial hesitation–he had a blast! Thanks for that indirect tip! From now on, WHOLE eggs only for my four-legged friend.

    Alexandra wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • I found a farm that has free range chickens in Krum, TX near me. It’s a bit of a drive but Adelulf prefers the farm eggs massively. He eats those with much more zeal

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
  15. Thanks for sharing. Love your story, your dog and your music. Can’t wait to give my dogs eggs!

    jojo wrote on May 18th, 2012
  16. WOW great read so articulate and bang on the money. I get it and after being 30kg overweight at 38 yrs old now 44 I have kept the 25-30kg loss off but i still struggle. I exercise well but have food addictions, and seem to only ever manage periods of time on a clean diet. I do crossfit and they endorse a paleo lifestyle I see the results and energy a clean diet produces but don’t seem to be able to fully embrace it. Can you share with me any of your obvious wisdom with this. I recently gave up my adorable dog Nike to a serious body builder and he posted me a picture commenting on his now Paleo diet and new exercise regime I’m thrilled that my dog like yours has the chance to be his best but wonder why I don’t want that for myself?

    kristen wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • Hi Kristen,

      You are already in the right spot. Just go the recipes that are posted on MDA. They are great and the ones posted by Mark’s readers are great as well. I would copy them all in Evernote and rotate them in and out weekly so that you have a lot of variety. Go for quality over quantity and STAND GUARD AT THE DOOR OF YOUR MIND AND MORE IMPORTANTLY YOUR MOUTH. Your body is your temple and you deserve the best. Also if you can conjure up the willpower to fast one day a week or do the intermittent fasting that Mark speaks of that will give you a lot of leverage and confidence. I also agree with Mark on Tabata interval training and not working out all the time. Bodyweight exercises are all I do 3 times a week for 15-20 minutes. Every one thinks I joined a gym here. I haven’t ;-) I hope that helps

      EK

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • Kristen
      I have the same Problem. I think it’s because I’m doing it on my own and have noone to be accountable to and support me when I start to go off track. It’s hard to eat and exercise right when the people closest to you aren’t.
      I think you just have to keep trying again though. I try to think of it like giving up smoking. Apparently the average smoker tries to quit about ten times before they’re successful- why shouldn’t it be the same for adopting a healthier lifestyle?

      Leah wrote on May 18th, 2012
  17. Can’t wait to try the “egi-maki”!!!!! I love the B.A.R.F. diet for the dogs too! Primal.

    craig almaguer wrote on May 18th, 2012
  18. Great story! love that Adelulf eats primal as well, I’m been considering changing my mini doxies food since I started eating primal too.

    Robyn wrote on May 18th, 2012
  19. Wonderful story and the recipe and video are great. Asparagus is still in season so I will be making the faux sushi rolls soon. Thanks for the tip about peeling the asparagus. All the best to you and your healthy German Shepherd!

    Julie wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • Thank you Julie, and the primal “negi maki” rolls work great with chicken as well. One time instead of putting asparagus, I put lobster tail in the middle of the roll. It was so good I cried when I ate them. Talk about Surf & Turf :-)

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
      • I loved your essay and the video. You’ve got a great voice! I’m so hungry right now that I would have fought your dog for those beef scraps. It sounds like he has a very lucky life.

        superdeluxe wrote on May 18th, 2012
  20. I love my saturday mornings!

    Earthspirit wrote on May 18th, 2012
  21. Well done Eric, great to hear your dog has gone primal too, “get poisoned from the raw eggs”…. Pfff! Ha! Because i’m sure if your dog lived in the wild he would be hunting out biscuits made from wheat, vegetable fats and salt :D
    Thanks for sharing your story, i hope others find it as inspiring as i do.
    Grok on!

    Reedy wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • Reedy,

      Hello my friend :-)

      Thanks for the kind words

      My hünd loves his raw vittles.

      It’s funny how there are sheep and then
      rhinos. The sheep always travel in herds. It’s like trends, Rhino’s, Lion’s and Eagles aren’t herd animals.
      I always choose “tasty” over “trendy”

      I appreciate ya’

      EK

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
  22. I am so making your steak and asparagus. It looks delicious and you look great.

    Congratulations on your new life.

    tapper47 wrote on May 18th, 2012
  23. So inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

    Taryn Kae Wilson wrote on May 18th, 2012
  24. Rock on Eric. Great story.

    Counterintuitive. That always struck me too. Look around. People are following the rules and it’s not working. Is it so hard to believe that Conventional Wisdom is crap?

    BW wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • I agree,

      Rules are made to be broken.

      The key to success is to find out what everyone else is doing; and then don’t do that. Mediocrity is the norm. The kiss of death is to be conventional or normal. This is my good friend’s diatribe on living a safe life:

      Why Are You Here?

      In every area of life, the people on the edge are the ones that have made an impact,
      made a difference. No one who comes from that safe middle ground ever really has
      had much of an impact on anything.

      The people who change history are not the people who do the safe things, take the
      easy route, follow the status quo or say what everyone else says or try to make
      everyone happy.

      The multitudes live in the middle, living mediocre lives, thinking mediocre thoughts,
      doing mediocre things and achieving mediocre results. Their entire lives are median,
      mediocre and stuck in the middle. The only difference between their rut and
      their grave is depth. They’re just waiting for someone else to dig a little deeper and
      finally deliver the certificate.

      Virtually everyone you know lives in the middle, sadly stuck there because they’re too
      afraid to look in the mirror and and squarely face where they live. This is why there is plenty
      of room on the edge. Only the edge offers opportunity to make an impact because no
      one, other than you, will get in your way.

      Where do you live? Where do you want to live? Where will you live? What do you
      REALLY want?

      Why should you live on the edge? Because you can! The choice is yours… Leave no
      imprint on the world, no legacy for your family and others. Or take responsibility for
      yourself by influencing and leading others.

      This is why I love what you pointed out. MDA is counter intuitive and Mark is doing great work waking up the herd with all of this. It’s cute to be a vegan or vegetarian and I have been there. But the writing is on the wall, and it is simple. I still can’t say enough about the China Study Rebuttal.
      When we have our first concert we have to give her the mike as MC :-)

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
  25. What an inspiration and what a change. You are so right about how much of it comes down to what you eat. I exercised for two years without changing in size (muscle to fat ratio, yes). Definitely trying the “sushi” rolls and I think the oyster sauce can fit nicely into my 20%. Thanks for sharing.

    Tina wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • isn’t in funny how every one focuses on the oyster sauce as to being “bad”

      It’s just an aside :-)

      Like Mark says with his coffee with sugar.
      Just have it in moderation. It’s brilliant how he has it early and is done with it. I haven’t researched this but I heard have simple sugars early before 1 P.M.

      Your body will burn it that same day if you are at your target weight.

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 18th, 2012
  26. Congrats on your success! Love your Primal sushi rolls–they look so good I am planning to make them this weekend. Also nice to know how well your dog is doing–I think primal is a natural diet for our canine friends too! I know what you mean about digestive problems with the Atkins bars and products. All those dreaded sugar alcohols are a nightmare!

    Paula wrote on May 18th, 2012
  27. Congrats on a Houston boy doin good and joining the tribe. I am out in India for a bit but your music and videos brought Houston back home to my mind. When I mozy on down from Mumbai thru H-town I will look for your show. A new fan, Andre

    andre Chimene wrote on May 18th, 2012
    • Thanks Andre,

      When I play Houston I usually rock Fitzgerald’s in the Heights or my friend Pete’s place The Continental Club. Let me know when you are in H-town and let’s have a beer before the show :-)

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 19th, 2012
  28. Btw in the second picture the man really reminds me of geoffrey rush.Doesn’t he look like him a bit ? :>

    vlasis wrote on May 19th, 2012
  29. Hey Eric,

    From one musician to another, thanks for the inspiration!! I’m all too familiar with those 11am wake ups after getting home from shows at 3am. No, it doesn’t leave much time to get things accomplished when one wakes up at the crack of noon…

    The video was pretty rad as well! I’ve never peeled asparagus before, but will have to give that recipe a try! FYI- I’m Asian and totally get your love for oyster sauce… grew up on that stuff!

    Happy music making and primal living to you!
    Cherry

    Cherry Pie wrote on May 19th, 2012
    • Thank you Cherry, I know :-) I have had love for the oyster sauce for 20 years. A lot of folks cuss me for using it cause it has wheat and sugar. But everything in moderation including moderation. Have you had an oyster omelet?

      EK

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 19th, 2012
  30. Great post Eric, very inspiring!
    I lost over 120 lbs doing an all real foods version of Atkins and never touching any of the bars or shakes.
    Once I realized I was actually eating very close to primal/paleo, I went the rest of the way and cut out all the remainind grains and sugars easily. I am a 51 year old female and have never felt better and have no trouble staying at this weight without “dieting.”

    Alex wrote on May 19th, 2012
    • Thanks Alex, that is inspiring. It’s a shame that all those people destroy themselves with lap band surgery and lap band and etc. If they would just stop by this site they could save thousands of dollars and eat all the scrumptious food they desire.

      Eric

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 19th, 2012
  31. Excellent post, Eric. How you do anything is how you do everything, indeed. As evidenced by the video, too. Great production values, even better songwriting and vocals. Congrats all around.

    Beth wrote on May 19th, 2012
    • Thank you Beth and go for it as a singer as well :-) The only thing that happens if you wait is you get older. I checked out your site. Very elegant and succinct. It takes one to know one. Great hair on your baby photo, there’s proof alone you were meant to be a rockstar

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 19th, 2012
      • “The only thing that happens if you wait is you get older.” I love that.

        See you at the Grammys! :)

        Beth wrote on May 19th, 2012
  32. Great job brother i’m 55 years young and feel great on this eating lifestyle (not diet) lol. I have a six pack for the first time in my life and was shocked the first time I saw it. Stories like yours are what motivate me. Thanks and keep up the good work.

    borntobelean wrote on May 19th, 2012
    • Thank you my friend, an you are spot on. This is not a diet. I have always thought the word diet is just the word “die” with a “t” added on to it. I look forward to looking as good as you and Mark when I am 50 years young :-)

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 19th, 2012
  33. Wow! You are now an official “primal hottie!”
    Keep Grokin!

    Emily wrote on May 19th, 2012
    • Thank you Emily, I appreciate ya’ :-)

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 19th, 2012
  34. Another forty-something turning back the hands of father time! The results do the talking for us.

    90% diet so true. I don’t care if someone can run from here to Peoria, keep eating the grains, and a paunch will be their constant running companion.

    Paula wrote on May 19th, 2012
  35. What a great post. Well done Eric!!

    These words jumped out at me:
    “I believe how you do anything is how you do everything.”

    If that’s true (and I think it is) – then it’s yet another reason to be Primal!!

    Thanks for the how-to vid. I’m definitely going to try out the primal sushi (and see how salmon works instead of beef).

    I checked out your site, Eric. Really great music, and great music vid! I completely agree that great music and food heal people.

    Thanks!
    Susan

    Susan Alexander wrote on May 19th, 2012
    • Thanks Susan,

      I concur :-) All the more reason to be primal.

      Thanks for the kind words about my music.

      All the best,

      Eric

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 20th, 2012
  36. Great story and how fortunate to have a healthy German shepherd dog, those dogs are the best.

    catrina wrote on May 19th, 2012
    • Thank you Catrina :-) The German Sheperd is a great hünd.

      Appreciate ya’

      EK

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 20th, 2012
  37. love the sushi idea eric
    and as I prefer raw meat to cooked will skip the heating it up bit-now i wish I had a dog like yours to dine with;-)

    AniaMaya wrote on May 20th, 2012
    • Send me an e-mail and I will give you my breeder’s number.

      Eric

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 20th, 2012
  38. GREAT story and I love the part about your dog eating primal too. One of my GSD’s was diagnosed with a cancer in her nose about a year ago and I started researching dog food and scared the crap out of myself!

    We switched both to a raw diet which includes bones, liver, chicken hearts and the occasional carrot that falls on the floor. Our girl was only given two months over a year ago and I know it’s made a huge difference in the quality of her life. I know its not a cure, but I’m hoping this story urges others who love their dogs to get their loved ones off the cancer kibble.

    Grok on.

    amy kyleen wrote on May 20th, 2012
    • Thank You Amy,

      Glad to hear the raw diet helped her.

      Eric

      Eric Keyes wrote on May 20th, 2012
  39. I was making bacon this morning and offered my step-dad some but he rejected it because “animal fat is bad for you”… These myths need to be debunked for the world!! I’m trying to wean him off of bagels as well. He’s slightly diabetic…

    Jen wrote on May 20th, 2012
  40. Eric,
    Your story inspired me! I had the chicken wings for lunch and I’m ready to roll. 60 pounds more to go. It’s success stories like this one that make me believe I will get there.

    Mike wrote on May 20th, 2012

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