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October 11, 2011

The End of the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge

By Mark Sisson
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Well, 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!

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Brooke
Brooke
4 years 11 months ago

Mark,

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

Brooke

Drama
4 years 11 months ago

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

Trifith
Trifith
4 years 11 months ago

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…

DesertTomte
DesertTomte
4 years 11 months ago

Congrats Trifith! Keep it up.
As for the belt, break out the drill and punch a few more holes on the long belt!

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Gayle
Gayle
4 years 11 months ago

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.

JO3_H
JO3_H
4 years 11 months ago
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!!!
Uncephalized
Uncephalized
4 years 11 months ago

“Only” 4 lbs? That’s a pound a week, dude. Good progress!

Crunchy Pickle
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Dasbutch
Dasbutch
4 years 11 months ago

i need another 30 days

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago

+1

spk
spk
4 years 11 months ago

plus freakin’ 2

Missy
Missy
4 years 11 months ago

Same here!

Cathy
Cathy
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Just Me
Just Me
4 years 11 months ago

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 🙂

Primal Toad
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
rabbit_trail
rabbit_trail
4 years 11 months ago

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.

ChrisMadison
ChrisMadison
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Scott
Scott
4 years 11 months ago

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.)

Ulrike
Ulrike
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Uncephalized
Uncephalized
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
fitmom
fitmom
4 years 11 months ago

this is exactly what I’ve found. Each part of PB improves quality of life in all sorts of interrelated ways.

AustinGirl
AustinGirl
4 years 11 months ago

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!!!

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 11 months ago

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.

MIDI GRRL
MIDI GRRL
4 years 11 months ago

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!

oxide
oxide
4 years 11 months ago

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…

ahopewell
ahopewell
4 years 11 months ago

I met my 30 day personal challenge a week early. 10 consecutive pullups!

Chrissie
Chrissie
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Hillside Gina
4 years 11 months ago

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!

Sharon
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Petter R
Petter R
4 years 11 months ago

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!

DesertTomte
DesertTomte
4 years 11 months ago

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.

sara
sara
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
sara
sara
4 years 11 months ago

Oh, I forgot to say – we need a Korg update!!! (Pretty Please!)

Katie
Katie
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
mick
mick
4 years 11 months ago

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

Deannacat
Deannacat
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Chris
Chris
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Christine M.
Christine M.
4 years 11 months ago

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

lunasma
lunasma
4 years 11 months ago

I signed up – how do I get on your team?

peggy
peggy
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Jeff
Jeff
4 years 11 months ago

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.

mick
mick
4 years 11 months ago

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..

martha
martha
4 years 11 months ago

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…

W. J. Purifoy
W. J. Purifoy
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Nicole
Nicole
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Jac
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
lunasma
lunasma
4 years 11 months ago

Yay Jac! I too have trouble with the exercise part so I really hear you. Good Going!

Hopeless Dreamer
Hopeless Dreamer
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
Karis
Karis
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
W. J. Purifoy
W. J. Purifoy
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Jellerose
Jellerose
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Vicky
Vicky
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
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mick
mick
4 years 11 months ago

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…

martha
martha
4 years 11 months ago

Just give it up. Try stevia…

W. J. Purifoy
W. J. Purifoy
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
oxide
oxide
4 years 11 months ago

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.

W. J. Purifoy
W. J. Purifoy
4 years 11 months ago
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… Read more »
W. J. Purifoy
W. J. Purifoy
4 years 11 months ago

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.

sonny
sonny
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Lisa
Lisa
4 years 11 months ago

I have been eating primal/Paleo since the end of May. I switched my exercise up for the challenge and fell a bit out of shape and got a little weaker. I obviously did something wrong!

Arty
Arty
4 years 11 months ago
I’ve been primal for 1.5 years and I don’t even think about it anymore. Avoiding grains and processed sugars was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life, never felt better. Sure I cheat once in awhile when a good friend makes a special bread and asks me to try it. I know it won’t kill me and I am back on my own path when the meeting is over. I do consume too much fruit during the summer months when rare items like cherries and locally grown berries and apples are offered. But it’s all good, not… Read more »
Jacinta
Jacinta
4 years 11 months ago

Heyy, im realitivley new to all of this PB stuff, but i like it and was wondering, if i keep carbs below 100gms a day but still have a bit of pasta with dinner, will i still have increaed energy, lose weight, etc? Its just that im 17 and while i cook my own breakfasts and lunches, i still need to eat dinner with my family. Any adive, help, etc, would be much appreciated 🙂

Renee
Renee
4 years 11 months ago

Hey Mark

Congratulations on the new book coming out ! Just wondering if it’s different from the Primal Leap Kit info ? I have all your books so far and really find them outstanding honestly!.. Just wondering what the difference is other than the duration of 21 days ..
thanks for all you do !

cheers
Renee

Kathy
Kathy
4 years 11 months ago
This was a powerful way to enter my final month of pregnancy. I originally lost 2 lbs (not on purpose) and slowly gained them back. My weight is rising *very* slowly, while my belly growth continues on track. I think this is great since I’ve had back problems in the past. (I’m on track to gain a little over 20 lbs with this pregnancy, which was entirely gluten free and primal for the last month and a half or so. My previous pregnancy I gained 40.) My husband thinks I look great, though I’m not sure how he can tell.… Read more »
Dan
Dan
4 years 11 months ago

I got over my near daily ice cream addiction, although I didn’t abstain completely as planned, 3 times in 30 days is much better than 6 times in 7 days. I lost the weight I gained in August plus a little more (~5 lb). I was already mostly primal before the challenge and plan to continue eating this way forever. Now if only I could get that fitness thing going fully.

Phoebe
Phoebe
4 years 11 months ago
Awwww, is it over ALREADY?! I had fun on my first primal challenge! The challenges, the videos, it was all great. I was pretty close to a primal diet before, but dropping the few grains I did eat was harder than I thought. The one noticeable difference for me is recovery time after a work out. I wasn’t as sore for as long. I also bought my first Vibram fivefingers, and it was love at first walk! I got the Treksports so I could hike in them. I tried on three pairs of the same size before I found a… Read more »
lunasma
lunasma
4 years 11 months ago

What are KSO’s?

Heidi
Heidi
4 years 11 months ago
Challenged myself to read your book and ended up off grains and sugar. Realized that every time I’ve done that I have felt a million times better. Tha huband is totally on board and is excited about how he feels and the fact that he doesn’t have to exercise 2 hours a day to feel in shape. Plotting to take all th kids (1-8 years) off wheat for a variety of reasons now cemented by your info. Looking so forward to feeling and looking better anb better! I don’t have a scale but these last 30 days have definitely made… Read more »
Jorgo
Jorgo
4 years 11 months ago
Dropped 15 pounds ! Started at 286 and today I hit 271! Absolutely bought in to the primal blueprint (food) diet-wise, no sugars, breads or grains. Just tasty skin- on chicken, steaks, sashimi, dark greens of all kinds. 15 lbs and I indulged alcohol liberally just about nightly the first three weeks ( just switched from vodka tonic to vodka soda). And hardly worked out! I haven’t felt this great in ten years and have stepped it up this month with a couple workouts and no alcohol for the month- definitely sleeping better, starting gracie jiu jitsu tomorrow and I’ve… Read more »
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