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February 28, 2013

The Snowball Effect: How Small Changes Can Have a Big Impact

By Mark Sisson
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SnowballI don’t think it’s any big secret that the Primal Blueprint flies in the face of conventional wisdom. After all, it’s a different way of eating, moving, and even living to some degree. Beyond the varying specifics like Primal snacks or yellow lensed glasses, however, I think there’s a more amorphous, underlying dimension to the experience. People tell me there’s something about it that changes their vision – how they see everything from marketing ads to cultural traditions, social expectations to personal values.

Adopting (and adapting) the Primal Blueprint involves participating in an alternative choice of sorts, living at least a little bit outside the mainstream routine. Some people relish this element of the experience. Perhaps they already situate themselves on a cultural fringe in some regard and just find the caveman/woman element that much more fun. For others, however, the alternative presents something of a vexation at times, even a stumbling block, particularly if those around them are seated squarely in the conventional realm. Yet, plenty of us make peace (and even find fulfillment) with living slightly on the outskirts of average, intentionally out of everyday touch with some of the central health habits and fads that direct our mainstream culture.

When people first begin toying with the Primal Blueprint, their transition revolves around elements like taste adaptation, menu planning, and exercise revamping. With time, other experiences come into play. They seek out different shopping sources, maybe ordering certain things online, becoming a co-op junkie, or growing some of their own food. They might buy half a cow at a time and start eating organ meat. They may start wearing those weird barefoot shoes (or just skip them altogether). Perhaps they join a different kind of gym or use their current one in a new way. Maybe they drop the gym entirely and work out solely outdoors or put together a CrossFit inspired home gym. They might change where they go out to eat or maybe just don’t eat at restaurants as much anymore. Perhaps over time they cut back their Internet or T.V. at night or spend less time on their phones throughout the day. Oftentimes, they start buying different books or magazines and change what they read online. They may cut some commitments to give them more weekend time outdoors or with family. They move. They switch jobs. They build new social circles. You name, I’ve heard it.

A person goes Primal, and two years later, oftentimes, his or her lifestyle is suddenly more fluid. Her view of work changes. His parenting style shifts. Her social life adjusts. A big time, stressed out suit in the city moves to the country, takes up farming, carries his one-year-old around in a sling, grows a beard and gets himself a Grok tattoo. Sure, that’s a pretty dramatic transformation, but it has happened. A million permutations, a million stories.

I think the key here is context. We accept new choices into our lives and are heartened, even blown away, by the positive changes we experience. Naturally, we want to deepen our commitments, try new aspects of the PB, expand our Primal horizons. To take on the new we inevitably have to give up some of the old. We migrate, perhaps unconsciously, in a new lifestyle direction. What we do with our time, where we spend it, and who we spend it with changes, and the end result often looks less conventional than it did in the beginning. We suddenly realize the personal distance we’ve traversed.

There’s real power in context, of course. As our inner mindsets change, our outer contexts shift and gravitate toward the people, environments, and events that in some way support the life we want to live. Our contexts help us grow into the commitments we make. We organize our schedules around our goals. Why shouldn’t we build our lives around the supports that help us get there, that help us feel good, that help us live well as we define it?

It’s a funny thing, how taking on a countercultural diet – maybe to lose a few pounds, address a chronic condition or gain more energy – can result in deeper changes than we ever anticipated. We start with Primal food or maybe fitness, and with time we end up questioning our participation in other standard practices or our feelings about other common choices. Maybe it’s nothing more than different magazine subscriptions or shoe wear. On the other hand, maybe it’s a major life metamorphosis.

Ultimately, I think it’s part of thriving – to foster congruence in our lives, to have our outer lives align with our inner intentions. It doesn’t mean every friend – or maybe any friend – is Primal. It doesn’t mean we’re raising chickens in our backyard (or would ever want to). It doesn’t mean we all do CrossFit, co-sleep with infants or relish a good liver and onions. The Primal Blueprint, after all, takes the shape of each person’s interest and aim. That said, there’s something to accepting a blueprint that dances along the edge of modern day social norm and the inherent community that this fact builds. It makes for undoubtedly great conversation, the occasional inside joke, and some much valued reflection.

Have you found you’ve shifted your external “contexts” as you’ve lived Primal? Was it a subtle or dramatic shift, an intentional or unconscious adjustment? I hope you’ll share your experiences and perspective on the board. Thanks for reading today, everyone.

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Anon
3 years 7 months ago

Paleo Primal lifestyle is truly a gem in a world full of garbage. I can’t think of any other diet or even fitness practices that would be as beneficial to us. It is true that with the switch to a paleo diet, other changes come in our thought processes and daily practices.

Harry Mossman
3 years 7 months ago
Kinda harsh. Mark constantly shares info from a wide variety of sources. Take, for example, his Is It Primal series. It nearly always includes things that are not strictly primal but he never calls them garbage. I consume ancestral foods whether they come from my Grok ancestors or my great grandparents. I am not Hispanic but I grew up eating Mexican food. It is part of my heritage. I eat organic beans, rice and corn tortillas more than once a week. No intention of giving them up. Don’t call them “garbage” in my presence unless you want to mix it… Read more »
Lora
Lora
3 years 7 months ago

Do you have a source for organic corn tortillas? Very hard to find…

Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

There are some good ones at Whole Foods! In the frozen section. I think they’re called ‘Food for Life,’ and they’re sprouted/nixtamalized as well as organic!

Harry Mossman
3 years 7 months ago

Thankfully, they are easy to find here in Sacramento, California. Even the chain grocery stores have them, e.g. Raley’s and Safeway. Haven’t been in Whole Foods for a while. I imagine they have them. Not sure about Trader Joe’s.

I usually get mine at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. Sacramento is a great place to be primal.

Jesse
Jesse
3 years 7 months ago

I can vouch for the Food for Life sprouted organic corn torillas Alyssa speaks of. I found them at Whole Foods in the freezer section and they are amazing, nice rich corn flavor.

Groktimus Primal
3 years 7 months ago

When you realize that this way of life legitimately transcends any mere quasi-effective diet and exercise program it becomes the Holy Grail and thus take on an almost religious significance. Obviously if it floats like a duck it must be a witch!

WildGrok
WildGrok
3 years 7 months ago

European or African swallow?

Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

Hahahaha

Sylvia M
Sylvia M
3 years 7 months ago

There’s nothing wrong with being an outlier, you should rejoice in it.

http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html

Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

Here’s a heartening, light-hearted celebratory speech for all you outlaws!
http://www.musespace.com/musings/writings/still-life-with-woodpecker.html

Candace
2 years 7 months ago

Thanks for posting the link to this TED Talk, I really enjoyed it, in fact, I ordered his book!

Susie
3 years 7 months ago
I have absolutely shifted my external contexts as I’ve embraced primal living. A few things I view completely differently: – Wearing heels – I used to all the time, and rarely do now. – Exercise – I would do chronic cardio for hours before (I loved me some Treadclimber!) but now I pick up heavy things and don’t like metcons that last more than 15 minutes. Did I mention I’m in the best shape of my life? – Medicine – my view of medicine has 100% changed. I really don’t get sick, but when I do, my goal is to… Read more »
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 7 months ago

Find and hang with some engineers for root problem solving. David Getoff, VP of the Price Pottenger Nutritional Foundation is a former electrical engineer and is a root cause health problem solver. (Besides, engineers need hot chicks around too).

DarcieG
DarcieG
3 years 7 months ago

I’m an engineer *and* a hot chick. :-p

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 7 months ago

[Smoothly]: Why hello. I have derived that I want to be tangent to your curves. :}

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

I don’t think Bon has a mathematical chance in hell for Pi…:)

WildGrok
WildGrok
3 years 7 months ago

🙂 🙂 🙂
Best comment I have seen in a while

Daniel
Daniel
3 years 7 months ago

Ditto, Susie!! I fully share your comments…

Colleen
Colleen
3 years 7 months ago

Even the heels?

Susie
3 years 7 months ago

Bahaha. Good catch.

Susie
3 years 7 months ago

Yay! Another shift – finding a huge community of like-minded people. 🙂

Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago
+1 to that!! I’ve been in lots of ‘food communities’ before this – primarily vegetarian, raw vegan, and Specific Carbohydrate Diet – and none of them compare to the support, general open-mindedness, and vitality of this ancestral community. Sure, there are some ‘militant’ paleos out there, but there aren’t many on MDA. And there are so many great ancestral blogs that form a network you instantly feel connected to. Mark, you’ve really done an excellent job of creating a community through your blog, and out of all the blogs I read, I’ve never come across anything like it. Kudos to… Read more »
Tracy
Tracy
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve been eating paleo and living somewhat on the fringe for a long time and I have found myself feeling kind of apologetic/guilty about my “difficult” ways in certain social contexts. Finding this blog and the associated community a few months ago has uplifted me – I’ve renewed my confidence and pride in my choices; I’m feeling good about feeling good. Thanks to everyone!

Sandra Neary
3 years 6 months ago

Susie, you said it very well – my journey involved trying to maintain my husband’s health – we became “primal” before we ever heard of it trying to find ways around diet restrictions and still eat food we liked. Now that’s behind us, and we will never go back to SAD. I always question CW.

Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

Susie, good point about the heels.

I’ve actually had women come up to me and say “I’ve heard that heels are actually better for your body, biomechanically.”

WHAT?! Are you mad!?

My experience echoes your own with chronic illnesses (I guess because I have a few). When you start thinking about, it our modern lifestyle is one of the worst situations to be living in with a chronic illness.

Everything from the stress, schedules, diet, sleep, life enjoyment – they’re all waaaaaay outta whack.

XDAYS
3 years 7 months ago

Awesome post, i always try and implement one small change a week. It’s amazing how much of a difference they all end up making.

Kathleen
Kathleen
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve also experienced quite a shift, not only with eating and exercise, but in most areas of my life. I don’t feel “stuck” anymore. I now feel confident enough to remove sources of chronic stress in my life, and I spend more time doing things that make me happy.

I find I don’t get as caught up in material objects anymore, either. I’m not working my life away for a nice car or a “perfect” home. It feels great to focus on the things that really enrich your life.

Ann
3 years 7 months ago

I totally agree with you, Kathleen! The shift I’ve seen – and getting “unstuck”-has truly snowballed into all areas of my life. I think I’m seeing a shift in the perspectives of other people I encounter, too!

Louisa
3 years 7 months ago
I’ve always considered myself to be health-conscious and fit. My definition of both this items has significantly changed. I’m far more self-aware and knowledgeable about food and exercise and what constitutes the definition of ‘healthy’. I’m far more sensitive to the fact that most others around me are leading very unhealthy lives and most seem oblivous to it. Our obesity and diabetes rate frightens me — what does our future hold if we cannot even look after ourselves. I thank Mark and the paleo community, as well as other advocates who contribute to the research and knowledge of healthy living.… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

+1 Louisa. I saw in today’s news that Olive Garden is going to redo their whole menu and interior…but they said NOT TO WORRY, we won’t do away with the unlimited breadsticks offer! Well isn’t that just dandy!!!

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 7 months ago

+1

I’ve influenced a few folks but I’ve had to give up on a couple of seriously ill people after a couple of friendly tries of steering them in a different direction. Sad but there’s only so much you can do.

Diane
Diane
3 years 7 months ago

I’m pretty much only MORE suspicious of modern medicine than I was before primal. My exercise has changed a lot. Less cardio, more sprints and lifting. Really makes a difference, slowly but surely.

KitC
KitC
3 years 7 months ago
Even the regenerative medicine doc I go to is suspicious and cynical about modern medicine! He’s paleo all the way… Years of eating wheat (that I am obviously allergic to) is most likely the source of the degenerative arthritis I have in my knees. Going paleo ended my shopping around for the ‘right’ brand of knee replacement device. A little hormonal tweaking from the regen. MD and paleo lifestyle has me feeling at least 10 years younger, and like I might be able to entirely avoid replacing a knee, ever. I’m also avoiding the Type 2 diabetes that runs in… Read more »
John Mc
John Mc
3 years 6 months ago

I can’t even imagine how much wheat I put in my body in my life. My degenerative arthritis also had my doctor suggesting knee replacement at 45. Since going primal I also feel years spryer. Last May on my 50th birthday I finished 1st of all 50+ year old competitors at the Pennsylvania Civilian Military Combine on my own knees. Now my children are following Primal and are going to compete with me at this years Combine. Can’t wait.

drjoyous
drjoyous
3 years 7 months ago
Hmm, what a lovely post, Mark. There are SO many benefits…. where to start and where to end listing them? Two immediately came to mind: I got my family “back.” Oh, there were never gone, but my son started MDA, turned me on to it, i started it, my husband then liked what he saw and he started it, now our other son is trying it…and it branched out into my larger family who are also trying it. So the circle widens. But perhaps for me the most important thing that has come from this is to discover, after 58… Read more »
Jenny
Jenny
3 years 7 months ago

that is a great insight–seeing cortisol as a “drug of choice.” i never thought of it that way, but that’s me, too. cortisol and food. i’m working on choosing life and health instead!

Christina
Christina
3 years 7 months ago

+1

I never thought of it like that, but this applies to me, too.

Great article, Mark. Thanks for all you do!

Kelda
Kelda
3 years 6 months ago

Yes, the hidden addiction!

My whole family are addicted to its various forms (is a cunning, sneaky beast …). And I was too.

Now I try to be conscious of all the ways my ego likes to steer me toward it.

Even this morning I noticed my automatic response to a deliberately provocative SMS message from my mother; fight/flight! And I’m more than 3 years down the line … you need to be constantly ‘here’, ‘now’ to spot the traps.

Jen
Jen
3 years 7 months ago
I agree! I just finished going back to school to get my degree, and I start my new job in a couple of weeks. I’ve had the first bit of downtime in the past two years, and I realize I have to stop being so OCD about some things and putting pressure on myself. I got it into my head I wanted my $30,000+ of student loans paid off in 3 years or less. Then, the other day, I thought, “You idiot, you’re the only one who puts all this crazy pressure on yourself. Nobody else does it.” That was… Read more »
Meesha
Meesha
3 years 7 months ago

I call it jumping down the rabbit hole. Once you’ve seen the truth, you can’t un-see it.

Brent
3 years 7 months ago

One of my goals for March is to implement the small change of setting a bed time. Working two jobs (one that regularly has me there until 10:00PM with a 30-40 minute commute home) will make this a challenge, but I am looking forward to being more conscious about sleep and how it effects everything else. I’ve been using the Jawbone UP to track my sleep/movement and the results should be interesting.

Jenny
Jenny
3 years 7 months ago
great post! going primal with food started lots of other changes in our family. first, we started eating healthy food, all we wanted, often too much. but being able to make that change, over time, gave us the confidence to be able to make other small changes that have brought us more life. these include simple, quick exercise, primal eating for our kids, self discipline in choosing better attitudes, and now, examining and working on my overeating tendencies. it’s all a journey, and every part of it has been rich and life-giving, with its challenges and gifts.
BootstrapsOnMyFivefingers
BootstrapsOnMyFivefingers
3 years 7 months ago
The biggest change for me is how I perceive food. I watch my spouse (who is not primal) reach for alcohol or icecream, nightly, as a treat to a long stressful day. I realize now how much I used food (restaurants, sugar, alcohol) to relax or fulfill some emotional need. In the past year, I’ve completely changed how I cook, cancelled fitness and food mag subscriptions and stopped running on a treadmill in a dark gym in favor of walking in the sun. I’m also significantly stronger, in much less time. While I’m not perfect on stress=food, I’ve made more… Read more »
Lindsay
Lindsay
3 years 7 months ago
I guess I never really realized how much I have changed since becoming Primal. Everything has changed so slowly…slowly changing eating habits, workout routines, schedules, bedtime rituals… all the way up to how I feel about the medical field. I really can’t express the immense hopefulness I get when I realize how all of these new changes have affected my well being and more importantly how EASY it really is to do once you get going. I’ve become much more confident as a person and have found a totally new sense of self. I don’t care what other people think… Read more »
Jey
Jey
3 years 7 months ago
One of the first unexpected changes I saw since going Primal last February was a greater ability to identify how insidiously deceptive and intentionally misguiding food marketing is. Claims like “fat-free” etc. never used to jump out at me as the sleights of hand that they were until then. And slowly, this new “vision” transferred to other types of marketing. Even well-meaning marketing was exposed. In NYC, we have ads in the subway that encourage folks to “cut down the junk” (showing a drawing of an obese man emptying a bag of potato chips into his mouth). The first thing… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

That’s a six pack of muscle and not beer, I hope!

Jey
Jey
3 years 7 months ago

Haha – totally. Sometimes both.

Beccolina
Beccolina
3 years 7 months ago
You are so dead on about needing to show people the proper alternatives to junk food. I’m trying to move toward a primal lifestyle–hard when my other half isn’t on board, but we are making little changes every week. I grew up in a household where the simple carbs were present at every meal. We always had white rice, pasta, bread, etc. It was “healthy” because it was low fat (we didn’t eat butter on it!) I college I lived with my older sister. We made easily freezable meals that used boneless-skinless chicken breast and were always served over white… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

Beccolina, try a Big Ass Salad for lunches, they are awesome. Just type it in the search bar and you will see what it is all about. Keep up the great work and good luck. You will make it.

Beccolina
Beccolina
3 years 6 months ago

Thanks! I will look (Any hot salads, it’s 20 degrees here!). I am lucky that my parents are supportive. They are starting GAPS in the hopes it will help my dad’s rheumatoid arthritis and my mom’s multiple food sensitivities.

primalpal
primalpal
3 years 7 months ago
It started with Good Calories Bad Calories for me, and my obsession with learning everything I can about health and fitness has not stopped since. Through Gary Taubes’ book, I found Marks Daily Apple, and the Primal Blueprint and I will be forever grateful. I guess you can say that that these were the first books that really made me question what food I put into my body and that there was a difference between Twinkies and steak….(which is pretty sad that I could go that long and live in that much ignorance). I consider myself reasonably intelligent, so it… Read more »
Colleen
Colleen
3 years 7 months ago

I started with GCBC too. It was another four-five months before I learned about and then really considered eliminating grains (versus reducing amount) and really trying paleo/primal. I was shocked at the huge difference it made, and almost certainly would have thought it quackery had that been my first exposure to this alternative lifestyle.

Kelda
3 years 6 months ago

That is exactly my story too, those two books changed the way I viewed everything, forever and you can’t unknow.

3 years in though and I’ve found myself on a complete outer limb in my family and community, and sometimes that’s lonely and dispiriting.

Nancy
Nancy
3 years 7 months ago

I chuckled to see how many of the basic shifts my husband and I have made in the past 10 months of eating paleo, but am also amused at how absolutely similar they were to the shifts we made 25 years ago when we got into homeschooling our kids-playing with the elements, shopping sources, changing friendships and where we hang out, job shifts, no tv…. my guess is that these shifts happen any time we make a major life change like this.

Lucy
Lucy
3 years 7 months ago

WOW!!! Have you been peeking through my windows??? This story describes my new life exactly. Made the change since February 2011 and haven’t looked back. I laugh when family and friends say to me, “Oh, you are still doing that.” They just don’t get it!!

Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

My family was a bit skeptical and critical at first.. “What, how can you get rid of a whole food group?!” sorta idea.. but it seems that over the last two+ years I’ve been primal they’re slowly tweaking their diets closer to a primal ideal.. except my mom, who’s been abusive and such, and so I do not maintain any lifeline with her.

James
James
3 years 7 months ago

Interesting timing for this article. After being Primal for a year+, I’m ordering grass fed meats, just joined a co-op, quit long distance running, amped up my strength training and I’m even considering a transition from a computer engineer to a life coach. Life has never been this fulfilling.

Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

If I were you I’d still do some running.. medium distance running maybe? I used to go for the occasional 10km jog, things were easier for me then with a house to live in, no budget, and good shoes.. I haven’t done much cardio since transitioning to street life except some spurts and lots of walking, and I dreadfully miss being able to plug into some running shoes and go for a half hour + jogging journey.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 6 months ago

Forget the Dos Equis guy because Animanarchy is my most interesting man in the world.

Rose
Rose
3 years 7 months ago
I began walking outside the mainstream when I started homeschooling my daughters back in 1988. Then, we had a horse with metabolic issues (Cushing’s, IR) in 2000 that led us to feeding no grains (especially wheat-containing), watching the sugar content of hay, barefoot hooves, treeless saddles, and natural horsemanship–all outside the “conventional wisdom” of horse ownership. When my elder daughter introduced me to Mark’s Primal Blueprint three or four years ago, at first I was skeptical, but then took a harder look and saw it incorporated food and exercise ideas that we were already using to have healthier, happier horses.… Read more »
amycann
amycann
3 years 7 months ago
It is funny the changes that come from just one shift in your life. My husband and I started eating primal then we started watching where we bought everything. Now it has lead me to be the “Hippie” of the family, we don’t watch TV anymore, we don’t eat out but every once in a while. Even our financial goals have switched, our budget has been taken over by buying good foods, finding fun and interesting way to spend our time and both of us going back to school (sadly we both still work because we cant afford our new… Read more »
Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

Walking by outside, sometimes I glance at people through their windows who are watching TV, and get an idea that they’re docilely receiving mental manipulation. I watch TV on occasion but am picky about it.

melissa
3 years 7 months ago
This is a great relaxing, chill post. NOt sure why i’m qualifying it that way but that is the feeling I got from it. I think sometimes reading too much (forums especially) abuot primal gets your further away from it. WHen I started in November I devoured information. THen I was going to vacation in Feb so wanted to see if I could lose weight for that trip (even though I am perfectly healthy weight). Now I feel like i’ve calmed down a bit. I just feel like I get it now. And i can let go of asking questions… Read more »
Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

Melissa, I got that vibe from it too, which I thoroughly enjoyed (: I think I get what you’re saying – it’s easy to get caught up in the details of every morsel of food that goes in your mouth by reading too much (although that level of attention IS necessary for some people with health issues!), and this post reminds us all to just relax into the change.

Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

Don’t be stressin, Sisson ain’t too strict! (check out the older posts in the archives)

Hassan
3 years 7 months ago

Malcolm Gladwell puts it best in his book, The Tipping Point. One small change in your lifestyle can alter the course of your life from negative to positive.

Madeleine
3 years 7 months ago

I agree! My journey has been a number of small changes along the way to refine my health; week by week. My food choices were pretty good until I found paleo/primal, I just needed a few more tweaks to improve my health even further. The key changes for me have been the lifestyle changes; relax more, have fun, play! This has been the primal difference in my journey!

Adam
Adam
3 years 7 months ago

I have read this post and scanned down through the comments. One thing that I really like about all posts is see on MDA is that they come with a dose of humility. Far too many lifestyle or nutrition sites are laden with judgemental and hurtful comments about what someone else is doing. It’s nice to come here and see such a positive supportive community that congratulates people on what works for them—even if it does not fit the approach of others. Keep up the good work folks!

Alyssa
3 years 7 months ago

+1!

Molly
Molly
3 years 7 months ago

I no longer let chronic cardio rule my life. Therefore more time and energy for family relationships and better outlook about food and consumption.

Ainslie Ireland
Ainslie Ireland
3 years 7 months ago

Mark, that was truly a great post. I am so happy to know that someone is making a positive impact on this world. I can feel your passion and commitment to what you do and I respect you for going for it.

Dani
3 years 7 months ago

I’m sure others have shared this sentiment, but I think the biggest aspect of primal life for me has been how I feel emotionally after cutting the shit out of my diet. And now I’m really proud to rep my liver-loving, no shit, non-toxic life.

Leanna
Leanna
3 years 7 months ago

Thanks Mark. It is nourishing to read this perspective on the lifestyle’s flexibility and adaptability. I personally feel that so many areas of my new lifestyle are finally aligning with my barefoot tendencies! Maybe there was a little Grok in me all along!

Helga
Helga
3 years 7 months ago

Great post!

Just because the majority does something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing. Follow your gut, question everything, don’t be afraid to buck the system.

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[…] I don’t think it’s any big secret that the Primal Blueprint flies in the face of conventional wisdom. After all, it’s a different way of eating, moving, and even living to some degree. Beyond the varying specifics like Primal snacks or yellow lensed glasses, however, I think there’s a more amorphous, underlying dimension to the […]… Mark’s Daily Apple […]

Robyn
Robyn
3 years 7 months ago

The healthiest, happiest, most at peace I have ever been. I find it funny that while others project their angst on me I don’t claim it. It is theirs and theirs alone. I almost laughed out loud when when my sister said I was more “high-strung” than usual. It was the first time that I realized that she equates high energy with high-strung.

meowlex
meowlex
3 years 7 months ago

love this!

it my not be a perfectly linear movement, but month to month, year to year, i get a little more primal and a little more happy.

Jill
Jill
3 years 7 months ago

I have definitely shifted. I see things in such a different light. Many times I felt guilt for being so “blind”, especially as I raise my 3 almost grown daughters but I am learning to accept it as part of my journey. Share what I learn – but most importantly act as an example of a healthier, happier mom and to the fabulous friends and family I am blessed to share my life with.

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Haley
Haley
3 years 7 months ago
Mark I love your blog, it has been very helpful. My family and I recently made the transition to a more primal life style (baby dino steps for sure) We have 5 young children and we have found not only do we some how save money on food, but in the last 8 weeks we have seen some awesome changes – So much so my parents and Sister are both taking their families on the same adventure. (and it is an adventure to new parks, and farms and markets) Our Family is adapting well including our kids who are loving… Read more »
mars
mars
3 years 7 months ago
Fantastic post today Mark! Thank you for this! My husband and I have always lived on the fringe in many respects, but going Primal over a year ago really elevated our perspective to a whole new level. I can’t thank you enough for that Mark. Beyond the radical diet shift. Beyond wearing minimalist shoes, creating stand-up desks and doing more slow consistent movement (all things we both do) it’s the mindset: it’s about truly caring about where our food comes from and how it came to us. Caring about the animals and land we depend on. This to me is… Read more »
Joanne
Joanne
3 years 7 months ago
Interesting timing on this post. I am sitting here finishing lunch (big salad) at my last day of work after being laid off from my job. Top of mind since I found out is whether this is my opportunity to make a significant change in my life. I moved to my present city by myself(Vancouver BC)for this job nearly three years ago, away from extended family in Ontario but have not been loving it. I had been thinking lately that in a couple years I could start to consider semi-retirement if I moved back to Ontario where cost of living… Read more »
Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

I went on two vacations to BC, made good primal use of those times. The “Grouse Grind” is a great trail!

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Suzanne
Suzanne
3 years 7 months ago

This rings so true for me. No stranger to the outskirts of society (artist, underground music, underground dance, etc)…and still I find this to be very revolutionary at times when I see how others around me live and eat day to day. I try to find a voice in sharing it with others that is somewhat like Mark’s (encouraging, excited, factual and non-exclusive) so that I don’t get the eye-roll effect and hopefully get some people interested. This has absolutely changed my life in almost all of the ways mentioned above.

Arc Point Labs Kc
3 years 7 months ago

This was a very enlightening article to read.

Pure Hapa
Pure Hapa
3 years 7 months ago
I’ve been an outlier in differeent ways for a long time. Had a near-death experience at an early age that changed me completely. Basically woke me up and put me in the driver’s seat of my own life. Got a divorce, quit my job, moved, never looked back! The near-death part was due to pharmaceutical drugs and bad doctors. So I shed any notion I ever had that doctors and modern medicine were good, righteous and did no harm. Boy do they do harm – all the time. Fed my dog raw bones and meat and quickly saw how that… Read more »
Liz Dean
3 years 7 months ago

I’ve never really commented here but I love this post.
I’ve been primal and loving it for five months now. I’m doing almost 30lbs the steady and healthy way.
After losing my daughter last July (she was stillborn) I knew I needed a change, as I was over 200lbs.
The changes I see now are not just in what I eat, but my entire being, my life and trying to get my family and friends to come enjoy the benefits of it…it’s going to take a while to convince them, but I hope I can!

allison
allison
3 years 6 months ago

liz, i am so sorry about your daughter. i just wanted to acknowledge your post.

DB
DB
2 years 7 months ago

I am sorry for your loss, Liz. Please don’t think that you are in any way to blame.

Fred Timm
Fred Timm
3 years 7 months ago
Modern medicine? I’am with Suzie..it’s a joke..powered by BIG PHARMA. Last summer I experienced some problems, and my primary sent to all kinds of specialists for all kinds of tests(I felt like a science experiment.)The cardiologist I went to got his diploma from Smith Glaxo. Never asked me what I ate, just gave me a list of all the “bad” stuff, avocados coconut oil…. then put me on a statin. My triglycerides were a little high, 151. A little research showed anything below 150 is normal. Statins? I don’t think so. Needless to say, I am very suspicious of CW/medical… Read more »
Allison
Allison
3 years 7 months ago

My attitude toward modern medicine has also changed. Now I think that it’s great mainly for emergent problems – the ER is a fantastic place to be if you are in the worst pain of your life, or have broken your leg. It doesn’t seem to have good solutions for most chronic problems, which are often based in lifestyle or environment.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed. Modern medicine is the medicine of public health (vaccines) and war (surgery.) It excels in those two areas. Everything else is fair to middling (cancer) to awful/just plain crazy (“mysterious” diabetes/obesity/heart disease epidemic anyone?)

WildGrok
WildGrok
3 years 7 months ago

This really clicked with me:

“We suddenly realize the personal distance we’ve traversed.”

I look at myself three years ago and I am so incredibly happy with the way I am now

The Beckster
The Beckster
3 years 7 months ago

I can’t even list all the good things that have happened to me since going primal in August 2012. Maybe I should start a list for my future “Success Story.” 🙂 I started at zero and had nothing to lose – except excess weight, stress, prescription drugs, and depression. Now I’m down 80 lbs, quit my stressful job, cut back on pain meds, and found true happiness in life. Thank you for MDA for helping me get my life back!!!

Evan Brand
3 years 7 months ago

I had an article I posted a few months back about applying the snowball effect to health and fitness. Funny that it’s here now!!

Rob
Rob
3 years 7 months ago
I embraced the primal blueprint, or at least thought I did in Oct/11. Emptied the fridge and cupboards. Got on board with the dietary plan, or at least thought I did right from the get go. Immediately began exercising based on all these new (old!) principles. My gosh it is hard to believe how two changes were like a launching pad for me. The past 17 months has delivered a continual cascade of positive benefits. I am 52 and feel absolutely amazing, physically, mentally, emotionally. I am so satisfied with this lifestyle. I never would have ever thought about herbs… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 7 months ago

Rob, I could of wrote exactly what you just did right down to the nosehairs. Even started Oct./11. It’s amazing really. Only difference is that I have you by 4 years. Thank you Mark, indeed!

erik
erik
3 years 7 months ago

When someone heaps scorn upon my primal lifestyle, I simply stalk them and kill them. Usually by lodging a donut in their airway.

Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

(()) <—Clapping paws

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Bob
Bob
3 years 6 months ago

That’s it Mark! You hit the nail on the head. I have found the little changes are so much easier and has certainly led to big changes fo me in the last couple of years.
Thanks for the encouragement!!

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