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11 Oct

The End of the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge

primal 30day challenge 1Well, it’s been 30 days, and the Primal Blueprint Challenge is now over. I don’t know about you, but I’m completely exhausted.

This happens every single time we do a challenge. I figure, since we’ll be running contests and awarding prizes and using lots of reader-created content, that I’ll have a month “off” to relax. Maybe get some stand-up paddling in, maybe take two weekly hikes instead of my usual one, maybe finally work on banishing excess stress from my life… but no. The contest rolls around and I find myself immersed in it. My actual workload is lighter and what work I have is easier, but I can’t tear myself away from the contest. I’m up late reading comments, thinking up new contests, tracking people’s progress, working on brain teasers. You guys, I gotta say, are engrossing. From the regulars running through the contest for the third time to the beginners still flabbergasted that they can “really eat butter, eggs, and bacon,” it’s a joy to behold people discovering, rediscovering, and getting excited about this Primal way of life. In a way, it renews my excitement.

So yeah, I’m exhausted, but I’m not complaining, because it’s the exhaustion that comes after scaling a mountain or eating four pounds of Thanksgiving dinner – a happy, sated, victorious kind of exhaustion.

That’s me, though. I’m wondering about you guys. You did all the work, not me. How are you feeling about the contest? How have the past 30 days treated you? You going to stick with it, or is it a 30-and-done type of thing? Are you sick of those twenty minute workouts, all that delicious steak, the great sleep you’ve been getting, and the lower stress levels (unbearable, am I right?) yet?

Before you answer, let’s do a quick recap of all the challenges. You’ve been through a lot, and this might help jog your memory.

The Primal Blueprint 30-day Challenge isn’t simply one single challenge. It is many challenges. Some are big, some large, some implicit, others explicit, but they were all designed to force you out of your comfort zone. You were challenged on multiple levels, and these contests were the heart of the Challenge:

  • To put together a Grokfeast. Now, a Grokfeast is essentially a big picnic, a party that involves edible, dead animals, plants, and (usually) fermented beverages, along with laughter, good conversation, new friends, and lots of smiling. These are all good, enjoyable things. Parties in general are inherently fun. Mirth and merriment are the ultimate purposes of throwing a party. Easy challenge, right? Not exactly, because these are things that fall by the wayside, that get put off until next week. Facebook invites to events go un-RSVP’d, next week morphs into next month which becomes next year, and before you know it, you haven’t hung out with your tribe in over a year. The formal Grokfeast challenge forced you to discover (or rediscover) your tribe, meet up, and break marrow-rich femur (doesn’t have quite the same ring as “break bread”) together.
  • To share your success story. Your stories prove that going Primal works to people who may be on the fence about it. It puts a face, a body, and a story to the objective, impersonal figures in a PubMed article. The bigger our pool of success stories, the greater the chance that a hesitant reader will find one that resonates with them and their story. “They did it; why not me?” is an extremely powerful mindset. Also, submitting your success story forces you to appreciate your success. You have to take the photos and write the article. Even though all that stuff happened to you, seeing it on the screen makes it somehow more real. Stay tuned for upcoming Friday Success Stories. I received 125 success story emails and have just begun to dig through them.
  • To create a recipe video. Being on camera is a weird feeling, unlike anything else. The dispassionate lens and blinking red light silently judging you, the anonymous, potentially vast audience… it took me awhile to get used to it, so I know how you folks might have felt. But you did great, and I think a lot of people now want to visit Barcelona for some tuna tataki.
  • To share a Primal recipe link. An easy challenge, sure, but an important one. I mean, how many new recipe blogs and ideas did you discover from this single, simple challenge?
  • To share your struggle. It’s not all fun and games, raw-fed puppy dogs and bacon lollipops. Going Primal can present some challenges. Cravings, low-carb flus, cardio addictions, unsupportive family members, financial constraints, vegetarian leanings – this is reality, and you guys did not shy away from brutal honesty. I did my best to offer my suggestions, but the explosion of advice from the community at large in the comments section was even more incredible.
  • To share a Primal dish. Dropping links to cool-looking recipes is one thing, actually going ahead and making the recipe is another. I asked you guys to choose one from the Primal recipe link challenge, cook it, and photograph it, and the response was huge. Great pictures, too. Several MDA office keyboards short-circuited from excessive employee slavering (around here, I try to promote a reasonable level of slavering).
  • To share your wisdom. I’m consistently impressed with the caliber of reader we get around here, and I’m always learning from you guys, so I figured making a formal request for bits of wisdom would work out. It did. I got over 1500 emails in a matter of hours. I’ve compiled the best of your tips on how to live a Primal life into an eBook and will be giving it (and other goodies) away as part of a special promotion I’m holding next Tuesday. See below for more details.
  • To show me an image that encapsulates your Primal life. I initially thought this would just be a fun one, and we’d get some cool shots, but it turned out to be really powerful. I sometimes forget that there are actual living people behind these bits and bytes and words on a computer screen (and I bet others fall into the same trap, from time to time). Your photos changed that.
  • To make a Primal Blueprint Workout video. This was sort of a selfish one, to be quite honest, on the part of me and the Bees. We really wanted to mine the creativity of our readers and get some new workout ideas about as much as we wanted to give you the opportunity to motivate your fellow readers. And you guys really came through on both accounts; I almost wish my kids were young enough to double as kettlebells!

A challenge, by its very nature, teaches you something about yourself. It is ultimately a learning experience, and long after the challenge has come and gone, its lessons remain. Or at least that’s the idea.

Amidst all the reader-created content, I did manage to throw in some new material:

  • You’ve watched both fictional characters who live in an alternate reality where limited aspects of the Singularity have come to fruition (verbal hyperlinks) and real people who live in same reality as you discover Primal living, eating, and exercising while invigorating their relationships, sex lives, weight loss, ability to kick butt, and zest for life in the process. You’ve learned from them. Heck, you are them.
  • You learned about self-experimentation, and you were challenged to try it on yourself. Did you? What’d you learn? Did you notice anything? Did you learn what to do or what not to do?
  • You learned from the wisdom of others, but what about the wisdom of your body? Was it trying to tell you anything? Did you heed its warnings – or its encouragement?
  • Parents, you learned how to maintain your Primal lifestyle without going crazy or wreaking havoc in the household. Were you able to maintain in the face of bitter opposition from the tiny humans in your life? Or did you blend in seamlessly?
  • How’d you do on the mini-challenges? Do you think you’ll stick with some of ‘em? All of ‘em? Most? If my suspicions are right, you’ll have found that the small stuff is actually a lot more important than you originally thought.
  • After my treatise on an active versus passive life, how have you incorporated its concepts? Have you stepped outside a little more often? Are you shutting down the laptop a little earlier? Are you taking some of my advice? Saying “hello” to people instead of looking down? Being more of a producer than a consumer?
  • What about spontaneity – are you engaging in it? If you see a puddle, do you splash in it? I suppose saying “yes” to that is tantamount to planning your spontaneity, but hey, it’s still better than judiciously avoiding puddles altogether. Are you learning to wing it?

Overall, it’s time to take stock of your results. I know you have some. Maybe they’re objective results, like lowered lipid numbers, inches lost from the waist, better strength numbers, improved glucose tolerance, and normalized blood pressure readings, which are easy to analyze. If things got better, they got better. Done and done. The numbers are right there. But analysis of subjective results is a bit different. Do you feel better? Worse? Did you have more energy, or less? If you kept a journal, these changes will be easy to track, but if you didn’t, you’ll have to go on feeling, memory, and intuition. How “Primal” did you go? 100% 80/20? 60/40? The degree of adherence matters, so take that into account when making any conclusions.

I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of you guys who did the Challenge, followed the challenges, and went fully Primal for 30 days had an overall positive experience. I’d bet that you realized it wasn’t so hard after all, that it wasn’t as expensive or restrictive as you thought, and that the food actually tasted a lot better than you expected it to taste. If all that is true, why stop at 30 days?

Why not go all out, for life? Why not make the Primal lifestyle your lifestyle? You’ve come this far. Now is no time to quit. As this 30-Day Challenge comes to an end a new chapter begins, and I’m right there to help.

Next Tuesday, October 18, I’ll be officially releasing my new book, The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation. It’s a step-by-step, no nonsense, practical guidebook/logbook that will tell you exactly what to do for three weeks to take control of your health for life. I’ve been working hard on this book for a couple years and it’s finally here. Check back on October 18th for all the juicy details. I’ll be giving away freebies (an exclusive eBook and podcast, and much more) to those that pick a copy (or two, or three) between October 18 and 24. I’m hoping to see this book top the charts so that the Primal Blueprint message gets the sort of exposure it needs to affect real change. With your help the PB can go mainstream. Tell your friends and family about this special offer (they’ll thank you). Rally the troops and be prepared to spread the word in any way you can the morning of October 18. Thanks, everyone. See you then and Grok on!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Mark,

    I got your new book yesterday and I’m loving it!! Amazon pre-order ;)

    Brooke

    Brooke wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • While pre-orders are more than welcome I’m really hoping to concentrate orders between Oct. 18-24, hence the special offer I’m putting together. It will give the PB the best chance to draw the attention of the media and thus reach the most people.

      Thank you for your pre-order, Brooke. I really appreciate it and hope you enjoy it.

      Mark Sisson wrote on October 11th, 2011
      • I got the book today as well. It looks really GREAT! I cannot wait to tear it up! (I mean that figuratively, of course!)

        Since I got a little (ok, a lot) sidetracked on the 30 day challenge, I’m looking forward to my own 21 day challenge!

        Art wrote on October 11th, 2011
        • Tearing it up literally would be pretty primal, actually. Then you’d have to buy another copy. ;-)

          oxide wrote on October 11th, 2011
  2. Looking forward to the new book Mark. Getting 8 hours of sleep in a pitch black room has been the most important change in my life. I have been fairly consistent with the eating plan, but I’m stepping it up to drop down to single digit bodyfat!

    Cheers,

    Zach

    Drama wrote on October 11th, 2011
  3. Missed the challenge this year. Went primal on September 26. Other than some (way oversweet) soda over this weekend, I’ve been going strong.

    Only problem I have right now, is my current belt is too big, and my older, smaller belt is still too small…

    Trifith wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • Congrats Trifith! Keep it up.
      As for the belt, break out the drill and punch a few more holes on the long belt!

      DesertTomte wrote on October 11th, 2011
  4. We managed to have our Grokfeast on Sunday as it was Thanksgiving in Canada. We had 4 adults and 5 kids. Will send pictures soon.

    Bought moccasins for my office and am now essentially walking as barefoot as I can without violating health regulations. :-)

    Thanks for the challenge. It really made me see how far I’ve come, and where I can still go.

    Looking forward to the new book!

    Happycyclegirl wrote on October 11th, 2011
  5. The Primal lifestyle is already my lifestyle, Mark!

    You and this site have made such a huge difference to how I live my life over the past 18 months, I can’t even express it properly. Grok on everybody!

    Uncephalized wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • Amen to that! It has been my lifestyle as well for almost a year and I have been reading MDA for about 10 months of that.

      Gayle wrote on October 11th, 2011
  6. Crap! The 30 days are over? I only lost 4 lbs, but I definitely put on some muscle. I feel less bloated, pants are a bit looser. Need to take some post-measurements. I was able to do TWO unassisted pull-ups AND TWO unassisted chin-ups as opposed to the ONE last week. My runs feel much easier which is odd for me at 190lbs. (I know, I know… chronic cardio… it’s my meditation time). I didn’t drink a single Coke or eat a single Italian hero. Victory is mine! Perhaps… :-). THANKS MARK!!! Keep the “unconventional wisdom” flowing!!!

    JO3_H wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • “Only” 4 lbs? That’s a pound a week, dude. Good progress!

      Uncephalized wrote on October 11th, 2011
  7. I echo the idea above – PB is already my life and has been for awhile now. I am still convinced that this lifestyle helps people live vibrant, full lives. Thanks for what you do!

    Crunchy Pickle wrote on October 11th, 2011
  8. i need another 30 days

    Dasbutch wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • +1

      Primal Toad wrote on October 11th, 2011
      • plus freakin’ 2

        spk wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • Same here!

      Missy wrote on October 12th, 2011
  9. My biggest accomplishment during these 30 days was effectively giving up grains and other junk starches. To understand the magnitude of this, you have to know that I was a bowl of cereal every morning (when it wasn’t a coffee shop pastry), packaged snack every afternoon, white potatoes every dinner kind of girl. I literally could not go ONE MEAL without carbs, or I would feel so crummy that I wanted to crawl under the table and beg for death. After 30 days of greatly reduced grain consumption, my weight is still up and down (may be water from all the salt I ate last weekend) but the big surprise is my blood pressure, which has dropped from 160/95 to somewhere around 128/89, and appears to be still descending! Just imagine what would happen if I kept at it, and threw some exercises in there too… Thanks Mark, for challenging me to try something different– it’s really working!

    Cathy wrote on October 11th, 2011
  10. This 30 day challenge was good for me. I had been playing around with PB for awhile though not real seriously. I went 90/10 for the past month. I am completely off diet soda, milk, bread and sugar which for me was huge. I consider this a life style change and though the 30 days are up, I will continue to eat healthy! Now if I can just do a pull up :-)

    Just Me wrote on October 11th, 2011
  11. Thanks for doing this again Mark! I was not involved as much as I would have liked but I know this will be happening for many years to come. A lot is happening in this community and you are the main force behind it all. You have the best blog and in my opinion, the best book. You don’t just talk about food – you talk about EVERYTHING.

    We can argue all day about nutrition but there will always be disagreement. I would hope that everyone an agree that although nutrition is the most important, it won’t do a damn thing for you if you don’t have the rest of your lifestyle under control.

    Primal Toad wrote on October 11th, 2011
  12. My successes were mainly in my head. By that I mean, I did burpees outside of my apartment complex and didn’t care if people saw me. I did sprints there too, and had my three-year-old chase me. I also found a bike shop that sells Vibrams in town, and will be picking some up when I have the funds in two weeks, and I don’t care if people stare.

    rabbit_trail wrote on October 11th, 2011
  13. Down 9 pounds in 30 days and feeling a lot healthier. Thanks Mark! It’s great to be getting healthier instead of continuing the slow weight gain that started ever since I took a desk job.

    ChrisMadison wrote on October 11th, 2011
  14. Perhaps things are going mainstream. There was a good article on evolutionary fitness — entitled “Try a prehistoric workout” — in The (London) Times today. (You have to be logged in to read it.)

    Scott wrote on October 11th, 2011
  15. If I measure the result by weight and body fat there wasn’t much change. I had hoped to shed my two pounds of belly fat and maybe see my acne receding.

    Although this doesn’t mean that eating Primal is at fault. I didn’t manage to get enough good-quality sleep and still suffer bad cravings for sweets. The latter ist without doubt linked to the former.

    Still, I learned a few important things.

    I don’t need grains and didn’t miss them as a food source. But avoiding bread and rolls is still an organizational dilemma, especially for breakfast. I don’t like eggs more than once a week and I’m afraid that always eating yoghurt mixed with frozen berries (which I like) each other day can’t go on infinitely.

    I cheated twice on grains. The first time I was invited to a birthday party
    and I decided beforehand just to give in and keep in moderation. (one slice of decadent chocolate cake with sugar-butter frosting and later home-cooked meatballs that contained bread). The second time there was sushi.

    I’m craving sugar and it is triggered by stress and lack of sleep. I didn’t eat any white sugar (exception above) and managed to conquer one bad habit. There is a bowl with sugar cubes in our office kitchen. In the afternoon when I became tired each time I came in to get something to drink I used to take a cube and eat it right there. That were about four, five time during the afternoon. But during the last thirty day not once.

    Alas, the craving is still there and I substituted with zero coke and nuts-raisin-mix. Too much of the latter. I lessened the snacking this last week. But I believe that I won’t gwt it under control until I solve my sleep problem.

    Getting enough sleep is an ongoing battle because my older kid (five years) is coming at night to sleep with me. Unfortunately he is a restless sleeper who wakes me often and then I have a problem going back to deep sleep and often only manage to doze. As often as I carry him back to his own bed he is always back.

    I intend to stay Primal 80-20. I need to get more sleep and less stress. I have had so far no issues with grains, but want to avoid gluten. The greatest temptation is certainly sugar and I plan to eleminate it as far as possible from my and the kids’ diet.

    Ulrike wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • The more you know about yourself, the better-equipped you are to handle everything!

      I will say that the longer you live the Primal Blueprint, the more ingrained it becomes. It gets easier and easier to flow through your day with less stress, you start naturally gravitating to good food without having to think about it as much, and the cravings subside and eventually die.

      All the different aspects reinforce each other. Nailing down the diet and exercise will help you sleep better, and vice versa.

      You might also find that improving your little one’s diet makes him sleep better too–which can only help your sleep as well. And sleeping better will help you handle stress better, which will help you manage your eating better, and so it goes! It will just keep improving as long as you keep at it. :)

      Uncephalized wrote on October 11th, 2011
      • this is exactly what I’ve found. Each part of PB improves quality of life in all sorts of interrelated ways.

        fitmom wrote on October 11th, 2011
  16. GREAT month! I’ve been 80/20 Primal for a year now and love it. This month, my husband joined me and (this is HUGE!!) wants to keep it up now that the 30 days are up! YES!!!

    AustinGirl wrote on October 11th, 2011
  17. At the start of this Challenge, I was in Week 2 of a seriously awful carb flu period. I felt like *hit for a full 2 weeks, and Week 3 felt a little better, but the carb flu symptons still lingered. Needless to say, I didn’t stick to the Challenge completely (I gave in to my carb flu cravings and ate grains), but now that that awful period is over (carb flu, that is) I feel so much better. I don’t wish that period on my worst enemy, it is painfully awful.

    Lisa wrote on October 11th, 2011
  18. I have actually gained weight, but I have lost fat! My fat percentage is 22 percent it was 28. I have also improved physically. Pushups are easier, ninja jumps, one leg pistols are getting deeper and pull ups has increased to 5 unassisted. there ya go!

    MIDI GRRL wrote on October 11th, 2011
  19. I’m gonna start this in earnest on November 1. I’ve cut down grains over the years but it’s time for them go bye-bye entirely. I’ve been slowly stocking up on coconut oil, walnuts, pistacio nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, frozen grass-fed beef and chicken drumsticks from Trader Joe’s and bison jerky from the farmer’s market. I’ll primalize the pantry on Halloween! I only have the last 5 pounds to lose, but those are difficult waistline pounds.

    I intend to keep my smoothie with 1/3 cup plain organic yogurt. We’ll see how things go…

    oxide wrote on October 11th, 2011
  20. I met my 30 day personal challenge a week early. 10 consecutive pullups!

    ahopewell wrote on October 11th, 2011
  21. I have just completed the 30 days but I would not say I’ve finished the 30 days as I’m going to carry on! I decided to try this as I’ve had IBS for years and have tried a range of different diets, I have never felt better. I have also suffered with low iron levels for a few years and this drained me of energy. I feel much more invigorated since I’ve been doing this and I can run much further than before and don’t feel like “death warmed up” the next day!

    Chrissie wrote on October 11th, 2011
  22. I don’t need 30 day challenges any longer! After 10 months Primal, I can say I am a 90/10 Primal eater. I also lift heavy things, move slowly a lot, get sun almost every day, play and sleep really well. My husband and I both feel great.

    Also, I am very relaxed and don’t get stressed out by things. We were already moving in this direction in our lives, but going Primal has given us the “blueprint” – the whys and hows of doing it.

    AND I am spreading the word slowly but surely. Grok on everyone!

    Hillside Gina wrote on October 11th, 2011
  23. This was a really great challenge. My boyfriend and I started the 30 days together. We’re in a long distance relationship and we’ve been apart for nearly 30 days. We see each other tomorrow and I’m excited to see what he looks like after this challenge! I looked at pictures taken before I started and compared them to pictures I took today and you can definitely see a difference in my overall body shape. Things look tighter. I have more energy and feel better fueled throughout the day. My need for snacks is all but obsolete. The way I think about fitness and working out has completely changed and I feel like I make more efficient use of my time while pushing my body in ways that I had never tried before (former chronic cardo junkie now looking into Crossfit because of this). I’m going to keep with it! And thank you to those of you who have told your inspiring success stories! Your stories convinced me to try the challenge.

    Sharon wrote on October 11th, 2011
  24. In the sea of neverending comments, I felt I had to contribute a drop – I’ve been mainly primal for almost two years and you, Mark, have probably changed my overall lifestyle more than anyone. Not that I haven’t thought in the ways of a primal life before, but you’ve managed to put words to my thoughts and make them into a managable modern lifestyle.

    So, thank you and grok on!

    Petter R wrote on October 11th, 2011
  25. I started 99%-1% primal diet on Aug 1st and added primal fitness on Sept 24. The challenge came along and gave me more confidence, strategies and a wealth of recipies (for food and fitness) to add to the routine. I’ve lost 28 lbs, drilled more holes in my belt, and have been pulling forgotten clothes out of the closet that fit again. My energy level and attitude are way up which is allowing me to play more and enjoy more activities. The positive feedback loops are fantastic!
    Thanks again Mark, I’m in it for the long haul.

    DesertTomte wrote on October 11th, 2011
  26. Well, that went fast!

    At the beginning of the challenge I didn’t really know what to expect but everything sounded so hard & complicated.

    It’s amazing to me that by sticking with it for 30 days I don’t feel that way anymore. It’s no longer a struggle to say no to grains and sugar (and vegetable oils, etc)- I just don’t crave them. (I feel much more rational about food choices!)

    My blood sugar used to really flucuate throughout the day (based on lab tests) & I would have to eat every two hours to maintain sanity… now I don’t feel so controlled by food. I can relax and eat when my body is truely hungry.

    I’m excited to see where this journey takes me… I have yet to try liver or other organ meets so I still have a long way to go! I’m also interested in IF as I just haven’t been hungry for breakfast this week (maybe a 16 hour fast a few days a week). Anyway, thanks Mark & all of the members for the inspiration!

    sara wrote on October 11th, 2011
  27. Oh, I forgot to say – we need a Korg update!!! (Pretty Please!)

    sara wrote on October 11th, 2011
  28. I have been eating and exercising primally for about a year, so my goal and my accomplishment was to sleep as close as possible to at least 8 hours every. single. night. I did it!! To be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the land of the sleep deprived. I feel fantastic. I used to stay up and watch my favorite shows, facebook, etc. Til at least 10pm every night, and then be up at 5 am every morning…dragging. Now I am in bed at 8:30, read for 15-20 minutes before I honestly can’t keep my eyes open anymore (9pm at the latest), and wake up between 5-5:30 feeling SO much better. It took a full 2 weeks of regular sleep to “catch up” and fall into the pattern. So worth it though!

    I also tried to be pretty strict about carbs and keep between 40-60g (which I now think is ‘my’ range).

    Katie wrote on October 11th, 2011
  29. I made the stupid choice to have 2 peices of toast whilst on holidays.. Our family went for a hike and the whole time I was bloated and had major headaches.
    Over the last 30 days I have dropped
    11lbs without smashing the cardio.. Im never hungry and actually feel like I might finally have my weight under control.. just another 35lbs to go.. yay

    mick wrote on October 11th, 2011
  30. I didn’t lose much weight wise, about 2 lbs, but did drop an inch or so off the waist and seeing improving tone. Three of the weeks included one 24 hour (roughly) fast. Hubby and I did continue our weekly Mexican (mega-cheat)food and margarita fest, but cut back significantly on corn chips (like having 5 instead of 25)and booze while there. We ordered fajitas w/o the tortillas or a salad with grilled chicken. He lost 9 lbs!

    Biggest challenges are still finding snacks and my getting enough of the right kind of excersise. Our more paleo friends wouldn’t approve, but dairy still plays an almost daily role (don’t really see that changing either) and I probably eat more nuts than I should. I seem to get very hungry mid-afternoon. Other than that, the extreme expense of grass fed anything is prohibitive. I did notice that the local grocery is carrying grass fed beef just in the last two weeks. Too bad it’s $9 a lb.

    Deannacat wrote on October 11th, 2011
  31. I’ve been primal for just over a year and what a year it’s been. I eat the best tasting food every day and feel awesome all the time. My body and my brain are both in tip top shape thanks to the Primal Blueprint. I didn’t know it would feel this good to feel this good.

    Chris wrote on October 11th, 2011
  32. If anyone is interested in continuing their challenges in a structured environment, I started a Paleo/Primal team on HealthMonth.com. I encourage you all to check it out. :)

    http://healthmonth.com/teams/show/687

    Christine M. wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • I signed up – how do I get on your team?

      lunasma wrote on October 12th, 2011
  33. well, I took a break when I went on vacation (I ate pretty god, but it was a music cruise so let’s say my beverage intake was not PB). My big accomplishment was today – I had to drop my car off for snow tires. I came the rest of the way to work on foot. I think I did somewhere between 10 & 12 miles. Wearing about 10lb in a pack (camelback w/water, change of clothes & shoes). Been PB for 2 1/2 yrs & love love love it!!!
    y’all Grok on with yer bad selves :)
    (can’t wait to get new book!)

    peggy wrote on October 11th, 2011
  34. It’s a bit frustrating, though understandable, to see Primal eating discussed always in terms of weight loss. Are there any stories out there of successful weight gain? I’m not convinced eating this way is for me; I’m 30 pounds UNDERWEIGHT (6′ 1″, 140). Three days into primal eating, have already lost another three pounds. I feel like I’m jumping off a cliff.

    Jeff wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • I am on the other end of the scale.. im 6″ and weigh 280lbs.. I could only suggest eating enough protein and lifting heavy weights..
      I could not loose weight at all before the primal way of eating.
      Some medication can also effect ones body composition..

      mick wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • Me too. I am an old lady, 5 foot 5 inches, and I have also lost weight… seven pounds in about a month… But my swollen belly is gone, and I am beginning to get a real ‘waist’ again, so I think the weight loss is due to a loss of abdominal ‘problems’….No more swollen belly. Perhaps that’s where I ‘should’ be…

      martha wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • I know the frustration. I started on the paleo eating style at my doctors recommendation (an ND, not an MD). I was about 30 lbs. over weight, but it wasn’t very important to me compared to other physical problems. The weight came off, but it was a side effect of eating cleaner. My other medical problem cleared up as did several other medical problems. My weight leveled out at what I weighed at graduation, but then after a few months there, the weight dropped more until I was feeling embarrassed about being too skinny. I find I have to eat a lot of food to keep the weight on. I was looking for carbs other than grains and white potatoes – although those carbs helped me gain the weight back, but I’m struggling to keep it on and I watch the scale and when I notice I’m losing, I’ll eat a rice dish or 2 or 7 and gain it back. I’m planning to have a serving of a root veggie with every meal and see if that helps me keep it. Other than that, I’ve been told to build muscle to increase weight and look better skinny.

      W. J. Purifoy wrote on October 12th, 2011
  35. I went 80/20 on primal, and have seen some AMAZING results from it. Lost 10 lbs over the course of 30 days, 8.5 inches all over, with 3 inches coming off my waist.

    I’m 5’8, and had been sitting around 181 for a while now. Now, I’m down to 171, almost 2 sizes smaller in pants, and have dropped 4% bodyfat.

    Today, when the post about the 30 day challenge being done, I was surprised! This has been such an easy change for me, I can’t wait to see where I am after 6 months of primal.

    Nicole wrote on October 11th, 2011
  36. My challenge has been to introduce exercise into my life; I’ve been primal in eating and sleeping since Feb this year. As a sedentary and quite lazy woman, with a shocking history of failure at all physical activity, it was an important challenge to engage in.
    I’m utterly stoked to report that I’m doing some kind of slow movement most days – walking, landscaping etc, and that after a shaky start on strength exercises I sought help from That Paleo Guy to devise a programme that addresses my particular issues. I’m totally doing it!!! He’s also helped me to take my nutrition up a notch so my recovery is usually a couple of days (it used to be around 6 days). Go, me!!

    Jac wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • Yay Jac! I too have trouble with the exercise part so I really hear you. Good Going!

      lunasma wrote on October 12th, 2011
  37. In spite of having sciatica from day 3 of the challenge,(and having to take Aleve – yikes) I did lose 4 pounds. Dave “Papagrok” Parsons said it: its the FOOD….I guess I am about 80-90% Primal. The 10% would be a taste of rice (basmati – it just SMELLS so GOOD)
    and 2 restaurant meals with unknown oils…I walked as much as I could, did some core work, and that was about it for exercise. I stayed away from artificial sweetners, and coffee with caffeine. I did pretty well with sleep,too. I was outside walking, and wearing ballet flats when it got too cold for barefooting. So in spite of the curtailed exercise, I did good. I am slowly getting back to LHT, yoga, riding my bike and swinging on monkey bars…! Primal is my life now, and I dont miss anything. I am enjoying butter and cream again, and lamb, rare beef…whoops,drooling here. You get the picture. My real challenge is converting the family. Not so good on that front. One step at a time.

    Hopeless Dreamer wrote on October 11th, 2011
  38. I made it through the 30 days without grain – and I don’t miss it – my hubby and I discovered crustless pizza, which helps our Pats win just as well as the crusted kind ;) (I’m sure we’re not the first to discover it, though).

    I’m really proud of myself for this one – haven’t lost much if any weight, but my labs are terrific and hubby is moving towards primal-ness without really knowing it –

    Any tips for menopausal women? The weight isn’t coming off, but the sleep is good (8 hrs. in a dark room)- I had hoped that no grains would make more of a difference -

    Karis wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • Keep going grain free and spud free. The weight will come off. Weight loss was not my concern when I started this diet, but it was certainly a pleasant surprise, until now it’s a bit of a problem to keep enough weight so my clothes fit.

      I’m hoping the hot ‘flashes’ will go away – I’ve been enjoying them( not)for 10 years now.

      W. J. Purifoy wrote on October 12th, 2011
    • Making sure I include plenty of coconut oil helps me with losing. I notice my weight loss stalls coincide with the days after I don’t get any.

      Jellerose wrote on October 12th, 2011
  39. Yay! Congratulations to everyone who completed the challenge.
    I have dropped 5 lbs and can feel more muscle tone. I completed my challenge goals of no flour, grain, rice or sugar for 30 days, but did have some potatoes which probably prevented me from losing more. I did increase the green vegetables in my diet and that can only be a good thing. Now that I know I can survive and thrive without grains, I am going to aim to cut out spuds and cut down on fruit.
    My biggest challenge is going out to lunch with my co-workers. I just don’t go if I can’t get a healthy meal at that restaurant.

    Vicky wrote on October 11th, 2011
  40. What are people general thought on sugar in coffee?? I have two to three coffee’s a day each with one teaspoon of sugar.. Is that detrimental to the primal living…

    mick wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • Just give it up. Try stevia…

      martha wrote on October 11th, 2011
    • I had that problem with coffee, too – sugar and half & half. I tried stevia, but it has a flavor of it’s own that I just don’t like in my coffee (I use it in tea, but not coffee). I tried coffee black and with half & half only, but I’d rather have no coffee. I went for several months without coffee in my life, but I missed it. I experimented on how much sugar I really need to make my coffee taste good to me, and I have cut down on the amount. Since I drink just 2 small mugs, and since it’s the only time I add sugar to anything, then I count it as my indulgence in the /20 category.

      W. J. Purifoy wrote on October 12th, 2011
      • Stevia has a licorice aftertaste. If there’s a Trader Joe’s in your area, they have a stevia extract where the taste is super-refined out. Look for the small plastic bottle that’s $7-10. Sounds expensive, but it lasts about 9 months.

        oxide wrote on October 12th, 2011
        • No Trader Joe in TX as far as I know. We have Whole Foods and Central Market.
          There are a couple of small ‘health food’ stores that are closer to me.

          Is the stevia at Trader Joe’s their brand or another label?

          I have a bottle of NOW brand Stevia Glycerite with a dropper. Just one drop is all it takes, but it still has an aftertaste that I don’t like in coffee. It’s fine in everything else. I can still taste it in tea, lemonade, etc. but I don’t mind it. It is just in coffee that I don’t like the added flavor.

          I even have a Stevia plant growing in a pot outside and sometimes pinch off a leaf and chew it – I noticed that it numbs my mouth a little, but it sure is sweet. When the weather gets cold enough to put away the shorts and tank tops, I’ll make hot tea with the leaves.

          W. J. Purifoy wrote on October 12th, 2011
      • P.S. I also got rid of the white stuff and use organic freeze-dried sugarcane juice crystals. At least I’m getting SOME nutrition instead of none.

        W. J. Purifoy wrote on October 12th, 2011
    • I am new to PB. Just a few days into it after reading the book and doing lots of research.

      I love my coffee and have to have it a little sweet. I bought coconut sugar. The calories, carbs and Glycemic Index are all about half what sugar is.

      sonny wrote on October 12th, 2011

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