Dear Readers

Two things have happened since I launched the forum a couple months ago.

1. The number of emails sent to me by readers has dropped a bit. It seems as if readers are hitting up the forum boards for answers to many of their Primal questions.

2. I’ve come to understand how intelligent (and opinionated!) MDA readers really are. (There have been some fantastic debates and discussions in the forum. If you haven’t already joined take a few moments to create an account and introduce yourself to the community.)

With that said I still receive dozens of reader emails every day. This fact coupled with observation number 2 above equals another round of “Dear Readers“! Check out what Primal newbies and veterans alike are wondering about the PB lifestyle and chime in with your thoughts below. (And keep sending me your thoughts and questions. I do my best to answer every one.)


Question 1

Perhaps you’ve seen those Dove ads where they turn a normal looking woman into a supermodel using make-up, lighting, and photoshop? I admire Dove’s body image campaign and similar positive-message movements like Operation Beauty. Though I can’t help but feel the “you’re-beautiful-just-the-way-you-are” message is slightly counter to the Primal message of “you-can-be-healthier.” Admittedly, health and beauty are not the same, but am I wrong to think that improving body image is inseparable from, or at least to some degree linked to…total body improvement?



Question 2

Is it better to make a recipe with a real, organic source of sweetener like honey, or an artificial source that contains 0g of sugar like Splenda?



Question 3

I have a question about IF. I’ve been having periods of IF days – some days have been 100% and some days I’ll have a small snack (like today I ate 4 teaspoons of unsweetened organic coconut flakes). All in all the flakes aren’t really a full meal, but I’m technically not on a full fast.

Does your body react differently to the fast if you just eat 4 spoons of coconut flakes or 5 cashews one day.

I’m thinking our ancestors didn’t always have food, but they maybe didn’t always full fast either.

Maybe while on a hunting trip they ran into some berries and were able to have a handful to hold them down for a little bit.

Bottom line, should I feel guilty if on an IF day, I take a few snacks?



Question 4

I recently got into an argument with my brother over how Primal cycling is. And more specifically, mountain biking. I believe it is, he believes it’s not. Who’s right?



Question 5

How do I lose 12lbs in 9 days?


About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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