Marks Daily Apple
Serving up health and fitness insights (daily, of course) with a side of irreverence.
4 Nov

Three Generations Living Primal

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

I have been on some kind of diet since 1988 – over ½ of my life. NutriSystems, Optifast, Weight Watchers and all kinds of fad quick weight loss diets in between. Obvious now but not then – none of them worked permanently. The sad thing is when you actually look at the numbers – the weight I was at in 1988 is very close to my goal weight now. If I only knew then what I know now, but to quote Lion King (and hopefully as I continue to lose weight both versions will apply):

Pumbaa: It’s like my buddy Timon always says: you got to put your behind in your past.

Timon: No, no, no. Amateur. Sit down before you hurt yourself. It’s “You got to put your past behind you.”

The past… my daughter, my mom and me in December 2010.

So January, 2011 is recording every calorie in and calorie out and struggling to lose all the weight I had gained – once again. Browsing I came across Mark’s Daily Apple for the second time. The first time I read the information a few years ago I just couldn’t imagine living with no grains, legumes, sugar – how could a person do that in this day and age. But this time for some reason it really clicked. I started with what I could gather from the website and bought the book that week.  It was like someone turned a light on for me. I couldn’t believe all the misinformation I had been given for so many years. Yet at the same time was so excited that there was some hope to be able to lose weight and not struggle and not be hungry, tired, grouchy and frustrated! So I began and lost weight quickly at first and then slowly, but am still losing (35 pounds so far) and my life has truly changed. I know most people come looking for a solution to weight loss – me included. But amazingly I think the health benefits that I have seen will be the real factor that makes this a way of life forever! I didn’t begin with any huge issues. I have never been on any kind of chronic medication. I have had some very obvious things happen that affect my daily life: sleep improvement, improved afternoon energy, constipation gone, chicken skin disappearing, cracking elbows and heels gone. Ladies listen up – these last two things just amazed me because I really thought that it was just me getting older – my regular plucking of those pesky old lady whiskers is now basically non-existent and the cough, sneeze, jump-induced leaky bladder is gone.

As I am inclined to do – I researched, read, researched and read. I kept seeing things that I knew other members of my family would be interested in. My daughter – 18 at the time – had her first semester in college under her belt. A belt she had mentioned a few times she would like to lose a few notches off of. I had tried multiple times over the years to get her to join in my “healthy eating” but to no avail (thank goodness). She was just never interested in diets or the information I was trying to share and I knew better than to push a teenage girl! So as I was reading I came across a testimonial about animal allergies and felt this was something she would respond to. She had recently rediscovered her love for horses but it was making her so sick to be around them. When I say sick, I have to give you a little of her background. She was never a healthy child. She has suffered from allergies, asthma and eczema all her life. After several hospitalizations during her adolescence we thought we had the asthma “under control”. She was taking Advair daily and a breathing treatment at least once a day if not more depending on the season. In addition to the asthma, the eczema affected her daily as well. This was not your typical small patches on her hands and feet. She basically had all over eczema – we had seen several specialists and she even resorted to sleeping in damp pajamas during really bad flare ups. So when I read about a reduction in allergies, I shared the information with her. She said she would try anything to be able to be around horses without Benadryl and inhaler in hand. I gave her the guidelines and she started immediately. Within 1 week she was able to go to the horse barn without Benadryl! Thankfully it worked so quickly, because she was sold. Since that day in February she has lost over 50 lbs. But again – the forever factors are so much more than that. She has reduced her Advair dosage and usage, both in half. She has packed her nebulizer away – no more daily breathing treatments! Her eczema is now only on her hands and feet and as long as she doesn’t eat any neolithic agents of disease (we haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly which one causes her flares) they continue to improve. She has bought her own horse, which she rides, grooms, feeds and loves on as often as she likes!

My mom, unlike my daughter, has always wanted to know what I was doing “this time” in the weight loss world. She was always willing to listen and give it a try. The thought of having no grains or sugar was a little harder for her to jump into but after a couple of months of watching my family’s success she decided she and my dad could give it a try. I suggested she just give it 30 days and see – what could it hurt. Well here we are 6 months later and she tells everyone she meets how much better they feel! She is 65 and has lost over 30 pounds – and is under 150 pounds for the first time in many, many years. Not to harp but she has had those forever factors too! She has gone off her blood pressure medication, diuretic and statins. But her big wow is truly the improvement in her knee. She had knee replacement surgery 4 years ago. Since then, it never felt completely healed and was always swollen. Well – she can jog! Jog – I just shake my head in amazement every time she says it.

Although I don’t want this to turn into a mini-novel I have to give hats off to the wonderful men in my life as well. My husband, son and dad also jumped on board. Combined they have lost over 40 pounds. They have a list of health improvements as well. Some of which include: eased chronic indigestion, no more snoring or mouth breathing, major reduction of gas (and let me tell you with a 14 yr old boy this is huge), and ease of arthritis pain.

I can’t believe 8 months have passed with my family eating this way. I can’t believe 3 generations combined have lost almost 120 pounds. But more so I can’t believe I can sit at a restaurant and not have to argue myself through a whole meal not to eat the bread, chips, pizza or pasta! Our family is definitely still a work in progress and we have some weak moments but overall we are living the Primal life and loving it! Thank you Mark for changing all of our lives and hopefully giving us many more years together!

Success in progress… my daughter, my mom and me!

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Another inspirational story. Thanks so much for sharing it. AND you all look so beautiful and healthy.

    Michele Shimizu wrote on November 4th, 2011
  2. What an amazing story well done to all of you.
    I’m 5 weeks primal and hope to start influencing my family and friends in this new/old way of life
    Maybe I’ll even show them your story
    Well done

    Rio wrote on November 4th, 2011
  3. So awesome!!! I feel as though my family has been in a slump lately, so this is the perfect kick in the behind that we need. Thank you! I’m also going to send it to my mom who insists she’s too “old” to try something as “drastic” as going Primal. She’s 63 years young and I sure would like to stop being so dang tired all the time!

    Sara Hofer wrote on November 4th, 2011
    • Sara, you tell your Mom that I’m 67 years old and have been Primal for about a year and never felt better. NO statins, NO diabetes, NO nothing most of us old folks usually suffer with! I’m 5’2″ and weigh in right now at about about 110#. I walk/hike daily and exercise and have more energy than people half my age! Going Primal and giving up sugar and all grains was something I should have done years ago – I only wish I had known about it then— show her this post if you want, but she only has to try it for 30 days or so (or even 21 days like the new book says!) Good luck!

      PrimalGrandma wrote on November 4th, 2011
  4. GREAT to hear!!!

    Meagan wrote on November 4th, 2011
  5. What a great story!! This has to be one of the best ones yet. Tonight I realized just how hooked I am on Fridays, lol. Congratulations to you all!!

    ReneR wrote on November 4th, 2011
  6. Great story, keep up the good work!

    Steve wrote on November 5th, 2011
  7. This is wonderful; just so inspiring and perfect introductory reading for anyone who wants to learn about “this Primal thing.” I’m making my list to pass the link! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your new life.

    Helen wrote on November 5th, 2011
  8. Congrats. My wife and I are 60 somethings that started Primal 2 years ago. Then our two daughters started. And now our grandkids are Primal!! My one daughters has eliminated life long digestive issues (celiacs we think) by eliminating grains and dairy. My grandson has CF and has improved a lot by going Primal. It’s all good.

    dave wrote on November 5th, 2011
  9. What amazes me is how you got your family on board. That’s awesome. I think a key is to not push this lifestyle on anyone. Many of us do this because we feel so incredible but if we can, we must back off.

    Live this new life and at some point, your family members and close friends will begin ask questions.

    Thanks for the inspiration! I hope these stories continue to get published every Friday for decades to come…

    Primal Toad wrote on November 5th, 2011
  10. Your daughter getting a horse really got to me…not that I’m into horses, but the way primal can allow a person to do something they really love, that’s the best! Think what a difference you have made in the lives of people you love, way to go.

    DThalman wrote on November 5th, 2011
  11. What a great story! Thank you so much for sharing. I am only a couple of months into primal eating, but I feel like I finally understand how my body works. I have never done a lot of diets, but have never understood why I have alwasys been overweight, even with watching what I ate and lots of exercise. Now I know! I have at least 50 more pounds to lose, but so far it feels effortless. I just cook good food, move and play and it’s happening. Now to get my family on board…you are inspiring me to keep trying :)

    Heather wrote on November 6th, 2011
  12. I look forward to every Friday when I can read another Primal Success Story. This story is another great example. I’ve bought the Primal Blueprint book, but think that a book of nothing but Primal success stories would be great, too.

    Sandy wrote on November 6th, 2011
  13. Oh so happy for you and your family! And so happy to be able to print a success story from a mum so I can show it to my mum, so she can see that this is not just for the “younger” folk. Excellent work in progress!

    ana wrote on November 6th, 2011
  14. I’m inspired! All ages involved and everyone has benefited. Thanks you for sharing.

    Susan wrote on November 7th, 2011
  15. Hello…Of all the reading I have done over the past 2 days, your story stuck out the most to me.
    8 years ago I lost just shy of 80 lbs (dr phil plan and major emotional issues) but over the last 2 have gained 50 of it back with HUGE stress/personal life altering setbacks. I’m turning 39 next week, and I’m SO tired of the lethargy, and peri-menopausal issues you touched on-what the heck is up with my dark facial hair??!! Because of the stress and poor diet to deal with the issues, I’ve aged 10 years in 2. What hope you’ve given me that I can recapture youth, that I am not resigned to age!! Despite sugar fasts and extreme training with a trainer, the weight isn’t coming off. My husband and I are going in grocery shopping when he gets home today and reclaiming our lives! And the kid aspect-my almost 13 year old son is already dealing with a big belly even though he isn’t “fat” all over. Luckily my kids eat a wide variety of foods and I’m a good cook, so they trust me and eat it-but its time to cut out the CRAP. No more easymac!!
    Thank you for sharing your story-I hope my family can share ours in the coming year!

    Misty wrote on December 29th, 2011
    • You are in the right place. Don’t be hard on yourself. The blueprint is here. Take one day at a time, one meal at a time. What are you meaning by extreme training. Maybe THAT could be stressing your body so that its overproducing cortisol. I am new here I think that there might be info regarding this topic somewhere in this blog. I apologize for not offering a link. I am on a kindle and not sure how to cut and paste. Stay here for support, YOU CAN DO THIS!

      dla wrote on January 7th, 2012
  16. Very inspiring! What about the diet changes fixes the cracked heels and chin hairs?? I’ve been eating primal for more than a year and I still have these. Wondering if I’m missing something! I thought the hairs were genetic, lol

    AoS wrote on January 3rd, 2012
    • Dark chin hairs usually mean a hormonal imballance.

      dla wrote on January 7th, 2012
  17. I’m so excited to read that someone else has experienced asthma relief!! I too use(d) Advair daily, supposed to use it twice daily. I’ve had terrible asthma since I was a child. No sugar, no grains, suddenly, no asthma. It’s like the CURE for asthma was found by me I was so excited, here I thought it was unrelated to food. I even asked my asthma/allergy Doc 10 years ago if I should be food tested for asthma (they often do other allergy tests, dust, etc.) and she assured me that it was unrelated to food. I can’t wait to go to my next appointment and tell her I no longer need to see her because I don’t have asthma anymore. Though, full disclosure, if I eat grains/sugar for more than a day or so, I get it right back again. At least when I pass on the pasta at my in-laws house, I’ll have a reason to give that they can get behind. :) No Asthma is like being reborn – those who don’t suffer can’t understand what that means!! Awesome story and congratulations on the new improved life for your whole family!

    Jenee wrote on January 5th, 2012
  18. How inspiring. I am excited that three generations could benefit so greatly. Middle age and above no longer has to mean a long and painful life full of desease medication. I am hoping for more stories from 40 plus age group. For me that’s the proof in the pudding when older folks can shed weight, desease, and drugs for vitality and literally turn back the clock.
    it is equally important to teach the younger generation by being a living example. Kudo’s!

    dla wrote on January 7th, 2012
  19. I am so glad that my friend and her family told me about this way of life. After reading your testimonial I am even more set to following the primal blueprint. Thank you for all that you have said. :]

    Lezlee wrote on January 17th, 2012

Leave a Reply

If you'd like to add an avatar to all of your comments click here!

© 2016 Mark's Daily Apple

Subscribe to the Newsletter and Get a Free Copy
of Mark Sisson's Fitness eBook and more!