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The J.J. Experiment

Earlier this year I received an email [1] from a woman down in Miami. She worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, her trainer had turned her on to the Primal Blueprint, and she was ecstatic about her results. A month or so later I received an email from another employee [2] at Royal Caribbean who also had great success. Then another, then another. Turns out the reason was J. J. Valdivia [3].

J.J. is a personal trainer who works at Royal Caribbean HQ and has been teaching folks about Primal living for over a year now. Judging by the continued emails of his clients, he seems to be pretty good at it. When I came out with the Primal Leap Kit [4] last month, I contacted J.J. with a proposal: Pick ten people and lead them through the 30-Day Primal Leap experience. J.J. graciously agreed, and his group of ten started the Primal Leap on Tuesday, kickoff day for the 30-Day Challenge [5]. Every Friday for the next 30 days J.J. will be sending me updates on how his group is doing. You’ll get to see the ups and downs, the successes, the obstacles, what kinds of activities are involved, and what it takes to make a complete conversion to Primal living using the Leap Kit [4]. This experiment should work as a kind of live-blogging for what happens when people go Primal. Together. Here’s J.J.’s first update…

Hello MDA,

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of the 2010 Primal Blueprint Challenge! We had a great start and all of us are looking forward to the next few weeks. We started the challenge with a blood draw at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning. This was done at the Port of Miami Medical Clinic, across the street from our offices here at Royal Caribbean. The ten leapers were tested for cholesterol, glucose, and triglycerides. We will do this again at the end of the thirty days and hopefully, see some improvements in all three categories. We met again that day during lunch for our first official “Primal Blueprint Challenge” meeting. I passed out the “Primal Leap Kits,” discussed the week’s agenda, and answered any questions they had about transitioning to a Primal lifestyle. The eleven of us left the meeting feeling very enthused and excited! As of today (Thursday), my Leapers have already created their Fit Day [6] accounts and have calculated their daily caloric needs as well as their macronutrient percentages. We have done measurements, including body fat percentage and I have included some pictures from their pantry raids, fit day logs, and grocery shopping sprees. I was able to walk them through the 4 essential movements and we have our first “Move at a Slow Pace” workout tomorrow.

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It will be difficult to get all 10 Leapers together for every session being that a lot of them travel quite a bit for work, but that’s what being Primal is all about. You enjoy life and you take what it gives you. There are no rules or regimens, nor is it a diet, rather than a lifestyle. Eating is eighty percent of the equation and as long as they enjoy Primal foods on the road and maybe perform a couple brief, intense workout sessions using the 5 essential movements, traveling shouldn’t affect their results at the end of the thirty days. My Leapers understand this and are motivated to conquer this challenge whether at home, here in beautiful Miami, Fl., or halfway across the globe. We would like to thank Mark and Mark’s Daily Apple for this amazing opportunity and we look forward to leading the way in this year’s Primal Blueprint Challenge!

Grok On!


From Lourdes Davila’s Journal:

Not sure if Grok jumped up and down for joy, but this leaper is excited.

Two days into the PB challenge and my body seems to be responding to the low carbs and increased protein and fat.

I’m still a bit skeptical about the increased fat and when I tracked my food on line I cringed to see that fat was the largest % of my calories at 55%, followed by protein and last carbs. Conventional wisdom is hard to purge.

I’ve also been surprised at how much energy I had, despite serious jet lag from a cross Atlantic trip.

Finally, I haven’t been hungry, typically I ate 6 small meals per day (every 2-3 hours) but was always famished between meals. Now, after a protein and veggie scramble, with coffee & cream breakfast I was satisfied. Lunch was a giant salad with lots of veggies and London broil.

I purged my pantry too…check out the pics.

Kind Regards,
Lourdes Davila

From Torrence Matthews’ Pantry Raid:


Elaine’s Food Log for September 8: