100 Pounds Lost, Type II Diabetes Gone, and High Blood Pressure Normalized After Going 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!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2I have been intending to submit my success story for the last few years, and I now realize why I was waiting. Even though I have lived Primally for the last 4.5 years I only decided to become a Primal Blueprint Health Coach and start a Primal wellness business in the last several months.

A chiropractor told me about Mark’s Daily Apple in August of 2010. I signed up immediately for the ‘weekly’ email, which turned out to be daily. I loved that pace of information flow. After 14 months of reading all I could from Mark’s Daily Apple, and independent researching, I finally believed those postings to have merit. The success stories carried the most weight, as I could see how others benefited from going Primal. The stories of others who were similar weight and had similar health issues were the most compelling to me. I thought people who lost 180 lbs in 1.5 years, or 65 lbs in a year, had to starve and work out for hours several days a week. Boy oh boy, do I know otherwise now!

I had lower back surgery in 2004 and had to wait six months laying on the floor until my surgery date. Typical of the “free” universal “health care” system in Canada. I gained 60 lbs in six months, because eating made me feel better. I ate a LOT of crappy food in that six months. After surgery, pain levels were greatly reduced, but I still had 30% – 70% of my muscles not receiving nerve signals properly. I took a sedentary job and gained five lbs a year until I was 309 lbs on October 21 2011. The date my tipping point finally tilted and I became Primal. I was 50 years old.

A few years prior to that date I had been going to my family doctor because of my rapidly declining health, and worsening of blood sugar and blood pressure. I was an untreated type II diabetic with A1C being at least 8.6 for about 1.5 years. Being told that I must start taking Metformin for type II diabetes, and that I would eventually transition to taking insulin by needle, was my ’tipping point.’ I had noted higher blood sugar spikes after whole wheat bread, or seven grain hot cereal, and less severe spikes after a dozen perogies and a few cabbage rolls. A typical Saturday breakfast would be a triple portion of seven grain cereal covered with 3/16” of Demerara brown sugar and I would still be hungry, even though I consumed a ton of calories. I would follow that up with half a large bag of ripple potato chips and be somewhat less hungry, but still not satiated. Wolfing down a couple of sandwiches 90 minutes later would keep me going until supper. I now realize that my body stayed hungry until sufficient nutrients were provided, not calories!

A (not so) quick rundown on my health changes. I was keeping track of my blood sugar two to five times a day when I made the Primal transition. Type II Diabetes was gone in three days. I also eliminated acid reflux, gouty arthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, seasonal allergies, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, nerve cluster on knee, skin tags, and mood issues. Blood pressure before was 145/110 and dropped after one month, and again at month eight. Now blood pressure is typically around 108/66. I used to get sick three to four times per year, ear infections, sinus infections. I have not been sick since going Primal. Used to take four prescription medications, now zero. My chronic leg pain was mitigated by going primal and I was able to drop the prescription for that condition. Blood vessel cluster on ‘bad’ right ankle is 98% better in appearance. Not as attractive to mosquitoes and don’t sunburn nearly as easily. Fingernails grow faster and don’t split/flake. Long beard does not get split ends. Dry (elbows) and oily (forehead) skin resolved. Ability to handle stressful situations has become amazing! Recall from memory greatly improved. I used to have one or two cavities every year or so but haven’t had a single cavity in 4.5 years. Also had recalcification of two teeth that were flagged as a concern the year before going Primal. No teeth concerns now. One thing that I did not expect was dreaming! I went from six ‘blockbuster’ dreams a year to now having five a week. Could someone please come up with a way to record these dreams for later playback. I can’t believe how creative my dreams are!

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With my daughter on the Edgewalk at the CN Tower in Toronto July 2012. This is eight months after going primal.

Remember that I have significant permanent nerve damage to my right leg, so exercise was not an option. Without any exercise I still lost 99.5 lbs. in year one. Weight loss stalled a few times in year one and I found that if I ate MORE, that the weight loss resumed. I came up with a chocolate bark recipe (unsweetened chocolate, unsweetened coconut, almond butter and maple syrup) that is loaded with saturated fat and calories, but I lost more weight by consuming a slab of it every week. I also found that eating more garlic, onions, mushrooms and blueberries would speed up my weight loss.

People always say that being overweight causes health problems. There is a correlation here but certainly not a causality. My body stopped losing fat three weeks before year one concluded. My body determined that this is my quiescent point. Insurance companies still consider me fat because their charts say I should weigh closer to 170 lbs. The fact that I went from 44” waist pants with a huge belly hanging over to 36” pants with a tiny belly doesn’t matter to them. Going from 2XL shirts to L shirts doesn’t matter to them. Going from 54T suits to 48T suits doesn’t matter to them. They don’t take skeletal frame type into account.

Eating Primally, as expected, my LDL cholesterol was flagged as being high (outside normal range). My HDL numbers also increased so my ratio is still fine. My triglycerides are not a concern. I have told my insurer about testing for LDL particulate size, but they don’t believe in that at all. I did not inform my family doctor of my Primal change. I saw him four months after the switch and my A1C was 5.0. I had lost 50 lbs at that point. He asked what was improving my health, and, despite being a vegetarian, he urged me to continue my lifestyle change. At my annual physicals my A1C continues to be 5.0. My doctor said that he was involved in cholesterol studies a few decades ago and 73 types of cholesterol were identified. He said that researchers don’t have any idea what types are good/bad nor what levels are optimal. He knows about the LDL particulate size science, and is not concerned with my results.

image003After year one I was able to start exercising a bit and now walk (barefoot) on my treadmill while watching Discovery channel programs. I also do some pushups and side/front/back planking, but lower back pain limits how much I can do. Flying my large kites is a good ‘play’ workout and doesn’t feel like a workout at all. After having all those endorphins released all day long from this fun kite flying activity (and not feeling much pain), I certainly pay for it that evening. I don’t use any medication to help this and usually am back to normal after a nights rest.

I did not realize until a few months ago that becoming a Primal Blueprint Health Coach and starting my own business (at age 55), was going to be my future. I am committed to educating other people to take the reins of their health and show their friends, relatives and co-workers how you don’t have to depend on the ‘health care’ system to survive. You can THRIVE on your own, just by living a Primal lifestyle.

I have now been living Primally for 4.5 years and have never had the urge to go back. You do need a ‘tipping point’ to switch to being Primal and even have a reason to continue being Primal. It is amazing to be able to go a day without eating and not get distracted by hunger, because my body knows how to burn body fat for calories. I usually have two meals a day, but I LOVE TO EAT and it is that, and not hunger, that brings me to the table. I followed recipes for the first few years of being Primal, but now have become quite the improvisational cook and have come up with some amazing (and some not so amazing) meals. Kabocha squash has become my favourite vegetable. Roasted on a pan that has been wiped down with lard and then a sprinkle of sea salt when done. I am quite sure that my ancestors from the United Kingdom did not have the pleasure of this vegetable. A typical plate is 2/3 assorted vegetables and 1/3 meat. High fat plain yogurt with blueberries and maple syrup is a favourite snack.

After learning about the gut biome and then the mouth biome, I have been doing some experimenting with brushing my teeth with water only for the last 5 months. I went for a routine dental cleaning 4 months after starting this experiment and they said I had no more buildup than I used to have pre-primal.

What has surprised me is the hostility of family members when I try to nudge them into a direction where they can better their health. You would think that my example would be powerful enough. My wife, 18 year old daughter, and 23 year old son have a host of health issues, and two of them are taking prescription medications. Arthritis, thyroid, lymph issues, migraines, gall bladder issues, depression, mood and gut issues aren’t enough of a tipping point for them. Luckily, my 20 year old son is about 70% Primal and has no health concerns.

image004Here in Canada, health care is ‘free.’ We pay for it in our taxes but we don’t have any costs at the doctors/hospitals. Pharmaceuticals are usually covered by provincial plans or benefit packages at work. People don’t think drugs cost anything but they are a burden to our provincial governments and employers that fund these benefit packages. Because of these two situations it is hard to convince people to switch for financial reasons. They say that it will cost more for food and they will be spending more money by eating well. I have calculated that it does not cost any more money to eat well, but I do spend an hour or two every other day cooking up large meals that I can spread over the next several suppers/lunches. Cognitive dissonance is a constant, as I mostly eat conventionally raised meats and non-organic vegetables/fruits because I would otherwise get an earful about how much I spend on food. The focus should be on why SAD food is so cheap, not why REAL food is more expensive.

It was only a few months ago that it dawned on me that my mothers maiden name, Spearman (spear-man), aligned with grok throwing a spear. Coincidental? Yep, but makes me chuckle.

I never had a bucket list until reaching age 50. I decided to grow my first significant beard.

Here is a picture of my beard at two years along. Not sure how Grok that is, but it certainly makes me less forgettable.

In great health,


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  1. Great journey, great beard! Love to hear a fellow Canuck enjoying the primal lifestyle. Best wishes for success in your business venture.

  2. Tom,

    U-da-man! Awesome success going Primal. And your beard is da-bomb!

    Never cut it off! Never go back to being SAD!

    Grok on!

  3. What a fun read! I am inspired. Thank you for talking about your struggles and rewards. That’s quite the Grok beard in the last photo! You probably won’t convince your family members with words, but you may do it eventually by example.

    1. love the grok beard, my husband has the grok beard and loves being primal. he is off almost all his meds and down 60 lbs. TAN, HOT, more fit than all 5 of our sons… he is setting a great example, and our boys are very educated and make better decisions thanks to their dad.. better decisions and more educated decisions than most adults in our area. Thankful for Mark daily.

      Thanks for the inspiring story. GBF (giant beardo face)

    2. I certainly did not anticipate family struggles, but you can’t force anyone to make the Primal leap. They have to have their ‘tipping’ point. Some people seem to be just fine with taking prescription medications as their sole treatment option because they think that changing their diet is just too hard.

      I have become quite the improvisational cook and love to whip up healthy meals that also taste awesome.

      I also did not anticipate the feeling of ‘being in charge’ of my health. Before being primal I thought that the only way to control my health was to see my doctor (every 3 months!) and take prescriptions. I currently have no requirement for the ‘health care’ system and I plan on keeping it that way. It is AMAZING to be the one in charge and not reliant on anyone except the folks that provide your food.

  4. Great story and congratulations on your achievements.

    I would recommend researching DMSO for pain relief…it is amazing (and no, I’m not a doctor, or a vendor…just a happy, occasional user)

  5. Wow Tom! So many health issues simply fixed with food; “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” certainly isn’t wrong is it?!

  6. Most impressive! A great story indeed, and an awesome beard. I tried once to get rid of the tooth paste but my teeth noticably yellowed some. I went back.

    1. You might try brushing with coconut oil, some people say it whitens naturally. I know it breaks down plaque well.

    1. I finally had my first rare BBQ steak. It was elk from a natural meats purveyor….and it was awesome. Just four colour pepper from my grinder – nothing else. One of my cats loved sharing it with me. Coincidentally it was elk that I first had a medium-rare steak with. Too bad that elk is soooo lean. It would be even better (and more nutritious) with a lot more fat.

    1. Anthony, just now I read quite a bit of your Evolutionary Power blog. You’ve certainly got it right! The information is presented in a style that educates in a non critical fashion. Great stuff.

      1. Thanks, Tom! The blog only in its fledgling state, and I haven’t updated it in quite a while, but I do feel good about having at least the basic information posted.

  7. Wow! That’s an great story. Congratulations! Isn’t good health like money? It means so much more when it’s earned, and you have definitely earned it!

    And just think, the same way you were inspired by people in your same shoes turning things around, your story will be part of that inspiration for the next person. I love that you are not letting your family members’ attachment to their medical problems deter you from helping others. Someday the circle may complete itself and somebody you help will end up being the inspiring “tipping point” that calls to one of your loved ones.

    1. Yes, that ‘circle’ completing itself is what I hope will be the tipping point for my family members.

  8. “The focus should be on why SAD food is so cheap, not why REAL food is more expensive.” Indeed.

    Great story!

  9. I think SAD food is cheap because it’s pretty easy to grow, store, manipulate and ship around. Other foods wouldn’t cost anymore if they were growing in our yards (if we all had a yard) but handling and refrigeration really increase the cost of them. I also think that you did a fantastic job Tom. And finally, my family is the same, I can’t make much headway with them.

  10. Great story, Tom. I understand the cognitive dissonance about needing to buy conventional meats. We purchase some of each kind. I loved hearing about the other symptoms that went away, also, like skin tags and sinus trouble. Congratulations to you! Maybe one day other family members will come around. Our governments could save a lot of money by encouraging Primal living instead of SAD.

    1. I recently heard a ‘health expert’ say that skin tags were a marker for development of Type II diabetes. Might be correlated, but I certainly wouldn’t count on their absence to indicate that diabetes is not an issue. It is interesting that a minor issue such as skin tags is likely to be a marker that your body is not operating optimally. Some people have a fatal heart attack as their first poor health symptom but luckily most of us get minor/moderate symptoms – we just have to recognize them as a reason to go Primal.

      1. There’s a group on Twitter and Facebook that I follow sometimes where others have echoed the same about skin tags disappearing after going LCHF. I have skin tags and a family history of diabetes, so I really honed in on that part. I agree with you about the absence of these markers not being good indicators that diabetes isn’t a risk. My mom doesn’t have skin tags but has had full blown diabetes now for thirteen years. Your story was truly inspiring. I still have some weight to lose. These Friday success stories keep heading in the right direction.

        1. After learning about metabolism and gut biome etc. I used to say that if I was still 309 lbs. but otherwise had no health concerns then so be it. People constantly say that being overweight causes diabetes. The two conditions are often correlated but there is no causation. There are thin people with diabetes, then are ‘normal’ weight people with diabetes and there are overweight people with diabetes. Remember that my diabetes went away in 3 days after going primal. I was likely still over 300 lbs. and the diabetic condition was corrected. Diabetes was not caused by me being morbidly obese, it was caused by Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance.

          Have you gone primal or are you still reading about it?

      2. This is in response to the comment below. I’m already Primal, but I consume too many carbs as in bananas and some potatoes due to some gut issues. As my gut heals, I plan to slowly replace those with other fruits and vegetables. I feel pretty good, though. Thanks for asking!

        1. Whenever I see people mention the common phrase “fruits and vegetables” I often mention it should be “vegetables and fruits” instead. If your familial genetic heritage is from a part of the world that lots of fruit were consumed then follow their lead. I was so surprised when I learned that potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes weren’t even in the same family. I was even more surprised to learn than yams (the orange fleshed ones) have a wallop of vitamin A. I had always been taught that the only source of vitamin C was citrus fruits….but check out kohlrabi…that vegetable can provide over 100% of the daily RDA in 100g. Mind you, the RDA is pretty much the level at which people don’t exhibit deficiency symptoms, it doesn’t represent an optimal level. Even broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, kale and brussels sprouts have more vitamin C than oranges.

          Have you experimented with cooking and cooling (then reheating) potatoes to boost their resistant starch to feed your gut biome? If you keep your bugs happy they will look after you. I have read that your gut lining is replaced/refreshed every 3 days. You would then expect that gut issues would resolve in that length of time after switching to a primal diet. There are some people that have complete resolution in 3 months, some that are half better in 8 months and some that are symptom free in weeks. Interesting how there is more in play here than just the gut lining.

        2. Yes, I learned about resistant starch here and on another blog that I follow. I’m experimenting with this. I know I must sound confusing, but I don’t actually eat that much fruit. The only fruits I can handle without digestive trouble are banana, cooked apples, and sometimes cantaloupe. I consume cooked vegetables in the evening, but I’m not always sure about the cruciferous group. Feel free to go on my website and look up my email contact info. I’m not sure how MDA feels about this conversation continuing here.

  11. Beautiful story. I too wish my family would take what they eat more seriously.

  12. What a great story. Thanks for sharing, Tom. Amazed at how many people can see the changes and are still not willing to go there for their own health.

    1. I can’t count the number of times that people say ‘good that it worked for you’. I tell them that eating an ancestral diet works…as long as you are human!

      People often tell me that Type II diabetes is in remission. I tell them that it is a condition you get from eating poorly and when you eat well it stays away. When the word remission is used it indicates the health issue is expected to return. The best way to ensure that it doesn’t return is to live primally.

  13. Awesome turn around, sounds like you’re on the road to a healthy happy future. My wife is actually on board with the whole grassfed/pasture raised meat and eggs so I don’t have to hear about how much it costs. Buying wholesale from a farmer will help. Where I make for the extra cost(or at least some of it) is by buying mostly conventional produce. The only fruits and vegetables I get organic is leafy greens, celery, and apples. My blueberries are wild frozen blueberries so they naturally have no pesticide residue and the rest of my produce is either on the clean 15 list or as a peeling which catches most pesticides.

  14. You’re a smart mean Indeed. The line of thought is great. And congratulations!

  15. WONDERFUL story of restored health!!! Love the beard — and I hope your family comes around. It’s fantastic that you have found a new career and fantastic health to go along with it. Grok on!!!

  16. Wow, amazing transformation of your body and your biomarkers!

    Don’t know if you’re an aquatics kind of guy, I’m not a natural swimmer by any means but I do some pool related therapy and swimming which allows you to get some good resistance without the stress on joints, back etc. I use low cost gear like foam noodles, dumbbells and aqua gloves and did get some training from a therapist.

    Also, check out some of the articles Mark has put out on isometrics, you can really get a good toning / burn again in most cases without the stress you get with weights and some of the body weight exercises.

    1. I second the benefit of water/aquatic therapy. It has so many benefits with relatively little stress on the joints makes it very useful. I recently read an article on the Breaking Muscle website written by Chris Holder. He was also a very large guy who had some medical issues and was able to successfully use treading water as an effective rehab and therapy strategy.

  17. Way to go, Tom! I’m Canadian too, and I often think about how we could save so much money as a country if more people knew that it’s not that hard to be healthy. Who wants to be sick and feel crappy most of the time? But it’s an individual journey. Maybe your family will reach their tipping point one day.

  18. This line says it all:

    “Type II Diabetes was gone in three days.”

    I would show this to my diabetic friends, but I gave up.

    Tom for back pain issues check Esther Gokhale’s book 8 steps for a pain free back (read reviews in amazon)

    1. When I was young, people were typically 65+ before Type II diabetes was an issue. The age of onset has been dropping rapidly. In the province that I reside there is a 4 year old that was diagnosed as Type II. Not Type I….Type II. I don’t know how much more alarm bells ring and lights flash before people figure out that research and ‘managing’ conditions is not working!

      Real food, simple as that.

  19. Gorgeous beard! What a great story Tom! Congratulations on changing your whole life, and being able to live it again. “you don’t have to depend on the ‘health care’ system to survive” – yes! On the contrary, the current state of the health care profession is in a shambles as far as what they study and propagate. In many ways we are better off DIY, as you experienced. Glad your doc is somewhat pragmatic.

    1. My view is that the ‘health care’ system is actually a ‘disease care’ system. A framework has been created where a lot of people make a lot of money by society being sick. Those people dismiss us folks that say that food is the best ‘medicine’ because it inexpensively attacks their earnings.

      I love the Buckminster Fuller quote: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”.

  20. What’s the proposed mechanism in the Primal lifestyle for mosquito repulsion and sunburn reduction?

    I’ve read several anecdotes in the success stories claiming reduction in sunburns, post Primal transition.

    1. Not sure about mosquito reduction – I live in a place without too many mosquitoes, and the ones that are around never bother me anyway.

      Regarding the sunburn reduction, it has to do with many things, including eating a diet full of healthy fats. Check out the links below. I can speak to this one from personal experience – I’m a White person who can spend days out in the sun working at a summer camp or being on vacation, and I come home with nothing more than a nice, natural tan.



    2. I had always heard that it is the carbon dioxide in your breath that attracts mosquitoes. Well….I think that even though I am primal that is still have CO2 in my breath 🙂 Must be something else.

      I think that has something to do with body odor. I don’t use antiperspirant and only use an alum (not aluminum!) crystal deodorant. I have gone two days with becoming ‘ripe’, but normally use the crystal deodorant daily. I also noticed that before going primal that if I put 2-3 cloves of garlic in a meal that I could smell it on my breath and body odor the next day (or two). I now put 18-25 cloves of garlic into many of my dishes and don’t detect any odor that day (or the next). I have had this result independently verified by family members. By having the mouth biome and gut biome operating more optimally than before being primal might be a contributing factor.

      I embrace the sun more than ever since I learned it is the UVB rays that cause the cholesterol under the skin to create vitamin D. I will still get a sunburn but it takes at least 4 times longer than it used to.

      No idea what is the actual mechanism is in play for both these issues…but if eating primally works, who cares. I am sure that big-pharma would love to find out so they can create a pill that will boost profits.

    1. Chocolate Bark

      4 oz. unsweetened chocolate (I use Baker’s Secret – the blue box)
      4 oz. almond butter
      Heaping teaspoon ground coffee (Café Serano 100% Arabica my kids brought back from a band trip to Cuba)
      3 tablespoon maple syrup (I use Canada No. 1 medium – Kirkland brand from Costco)
      6 oz. (200 g) unsweetened medium shredded coconut

      Melt chocolate (I use a 1200 watt microwave – it takes 1:56)
      Stir in almond butter
      Stir in ground coffee
      Stir in maple syrup (mix will no longer be smooth in appearance)
      Fold/mash in coconut until evenly coated (mix will be dark in appearance)
      Place onto sheet of plastic wrap about 12” by 19” in a log shape.
      Mash out into rectangular shape using back of spoon.
      Place another sheet of plastic wrap on top.
      Using hands and/or rolling pin, roll out to approx 3/16” thick. Try to keep rectangular shape to improve cutting later.
      Place on large cookie sheet in freezer.
      Once frozen solid cut into 3/4” to 1” squares.
      Immediately place into plastic bag and store in freezer.

      Depending on where your taste buds are at in your Primal journey you may need more maple syrup. I ate one of these slabs each week during my first year of eating Primal and still lost 99.5 lbs. I am sure that a registered dietician would look at the immense amount of saturated fat in this recipe and declare it unhealthy. I still eat one slab every 2-3 weeks.

      For variation you could add crushed nuts or dried fruit.

  21. This is so awesome!!! Congrats and thanks for sharing your story!!

  22. Wow, double thumbs up! It is an amazing story! Thanks for your post, it is so timely for me. Been working at being primal for the last 8 months or so but have been struggling on and off since I fuel on addictions and negativity. A few days ago I decided I am to go fully primal and recover my health and, as soon as I can fix my financial holocaust, I’m getting primal certified too. Fed up of office work killing every aspect of my life, i’m going to spread the good word and help people get a life in this poor, lost, society. Thanks for the positive reinforcement!

    Yes, our health system is a mess. Drove me nuts the one day I needed to buy pharmaceuticals for some dumb infection over a decade ago I had to pay for them because even if you pay over 600$ a year for pill taxes (it’s not the whole cost of generalized health care on your income taxes, just for big pharma) you have to fill a form and get a subscription so first time you pay. The only time I bought pills in two decades… On the other end a buddy of mine cut his fingers off with a saw and they got them back in place alive, to the best possible obviously. If our system didn’t cover that he would have had to choose to loose his fingers (and pay for the fix) or to pay 65k to them put back in place… makes you think. Although sometimes they do spend that kind of money and it fails… makes you think too. The only thing that really kills me is that our teeth are not part of our health. No coverage. Obviously, since everybody’s mouth is falling apart with the SAD diet.

    Thanks again Tom. Grok on and go for the beard!

    1. Best of luck in your endeavours. Mark has certainly left a HUGE legacy with educating us on being primal. I hope to leave a small mark on my family and a huge mark with my provincial/federal governments in changing their course from treatment/research to eliminating chronic health issues with real food.

    1. Love all the beard comments. I normally find that only elderly women and young men and women (15-16 yrs) like the beard. Outside of the pogonophile community (beard afficionados) most people think you are a crazy ol’ coot.

  23. I love these Friday success stories. They inspire me to keep at it. Congrats Tom!

    1. Those Friday success stories were a huge factor in me deciding to go primal. It did take me 14 months of reading before I made the leap from SAD to primal. It is easier to stay primal when health conditions are being eliminated and pounds are dropping but eventually your health is great and stable. Every once in a while you may stray for a meal (or a day) but often it makes you aware that eating SAD food makes a feel ‘not so good’. A big marker was every Xmas of my life eating huge and getting sleepy and having to let the belt out a notch or two. Now, eating primally, I feel great and energized and never sleepy or stuffed even after eating a monstrous of real food.

  24. Great story! It’s frustrating that your family won’t get on board, but give them time. At least you are setting a great example!

    1. …and the transformation is not atypical. I have been reading Marks Daily Apple success stories since Aug 2010. I used to be amazed at the results that resulted in going Primal, but now I pretty much expect them. People ask me if I am going to heal them and I tell them that I just educate them on how their body is going to heal itself (to the extent that it can) just by providing correct foods for their genetic heritage. This works….as long as your are human….

  25. That kite-flying picture is amazing. How could that possibly be of a guy with recent health and weight problems?

    1. The only thing ‘bad’ about losing weight is that I can’t static fly my 9.0 sq. m. (size in area) NASA parawing in as high of a wind because I no longer have as much mass.

      That however is a good problem to have 🙂

  26. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. It is SO wonderful hearing from people that ‘get’ this primal thing. I normally only get people scoffing at me or saying that my health issues are in ‘remission’. They are, like I was, trapped in that victim mentality that only doctors and pharmaceuticals are able to improve health. There is no way that real food could have any effect! Being able to be in charge of your health is amazingly powerful!

    I am out of the country for several days and will reply to individual comments when I get back.

    Love the support for the beard. Only elderly women and teenagers seem to like it…outside of the pogonophile (beard aficionado) world most people think you are a crazed maniac!

    You can visit my website at http://www.becomehealthy.ca.

    Thank you all!

    Grok on,

  27. Sommerfugl! And you write in a very captivating way, I am sure you will be a great coach.

  28. Stupid autocorrect. I meant ‘wonderful’, not ‘sommerfugl’ (butterfly), although you have definitely made at great transition.

  29. That’s amazing! Can you tell us more about your Primal Coaching business–meaning: Name, cost etc… ! Where, if you do it over the phone or by email etc… Thanks!

    1. You can see my Primal Coaching website at http://www.becomehealthy.ca. While I prefer meeting in person this counselling can also be done over the phone. I have several supporting PDFs that I can send via email to support your transition. Could even arrange Skype if you do that…..

  30. Congratulations on such a fantastic transformation filled with so many positive health outcomes!

    A couple of things really stood out to me. One….not being as attractive to mosquitoes. Surely that is reason enough to go primal ????

    Secondly, the inability of your loved ones to see through your example how positive a simple lifestyle change can be. I know it has to come from the individual, but hopefully they will open up to your experience before it’s too late. So many benefits to be gained and all you need is the will to do something positive for yourself.

    And last of all……great beard man!

  31. Did your diet change really get rid of carpal tunnel? I need to get surgery on both hands. Why or how do you think the diet change and/or weight loss got rid of it? Or was it something else?

    1. I did not note how soon the carpal tunnel (and plantar fasciitis) went away after my diet change, but it absolutely was a result of my diet change. The conditions were getting worse of the years and went away when I went Primal. I never consider weight as being the cause of any health condition, it is just corelated. Whatever metabolic process that is making you put on excess weight is likely also contributing to other chronic health problems.

      The carpal tunnel and plantar fasciitis are both inflammatory processes – eating a diet that is low inflammatory allows your body to heal to the best of its ability. In my case that meant EVERY health condition was eliminated.

  32. Super amazing! I’ve already shared it. Hoping your family will all get on board soon.

  33. Great story. Im especially grateful for you addressing the difficulties radical changes can have on family and friends. I hope they come around. Cheers.

  34. I’m at my tipping point. I sound exactly like him. What is going primal and how do I do it? I’ll start tomorrow.

    1. Carl, check out my Primal Health Coaching website at
      I can counsel you over the phone. It is amazing to have control over your health rather than have a host of health conditions continue to ‘pile on’ as you age.


      1. Amazing story Tom, inspirational.
        Injust wanted to answer one of your requests for how to recall your fantastic dreams…

        You should check out everything by Anthony Metivier. He is also Canadian, who by the way are always some of the nicest people! (I am english!)..

        Anyway, check out Anthony’s website, podcasts and youtube channel. He also has a very interesting story and sounds like he too found out about primal living.


        Podcost of the same name.. he is very good.

        All the best with your business, thanks for sharing.

  35. wow, what an inspiring and reassuring story Tom. I’m shocked that your family hasn’t joined you on the journey though .