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November 15 2011

How to Find Your Personal Tipping Point

By Mark Sisson
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Almost all of our Friday success stories have one thing in common (besides the whole Primal thing): they finally “decide to do something about” their health. Something changes. Their health, their stamina, the health of those around them change for the worse, or maybe a diagnosis is made. Whatever it is, life reaches a tipping point, after which change is a hurtling inevitability, moving almost of its own accord. And as you can see from their stories, success comes rather quickly. It’s a few months, sometimes up to a year, but when you consider the immensity of an entire life of ill health, those months or that year are mere blinks of the eye. After that, there’s really no going back.

Okay, but what does a tipping point look like? What does it feel like?

The thing about reaching a personal tipping point – one that effects true, lasting, meaningful change, rather than some fleeting thing – is that it requires engagement of all your faculties. Ever been hit in the solar plexus, that spot right below your sternum? Back when I was a kid, the solar plexus was the holy grail of targets in an impromptu boxing match with friends. For one, you couldn’t aim for the temple, because everyone knows that a direct hit to the temple will kill you in a single blow, and you couldn’t uppercut the nose, because that would surely drive your nasal bone up into your brain. Hitting the solar plexus, meanwhile, left your opponent stunned and breathless. The impact was so jarring that it became your whole world. That test on Friday, the cute girl who sits next to you in math, the fight itself – all that no longer meant anything at all. You could think of nothing else but the sensation radiating from your sternum through the rest of your body, eventually moving beyond the purely physical and on into the emotional. It was wholly consuming on every level.

That’s exactly what your personal tipping point will have to do: affect you on a physical, intellectual, and emotional level. Otherwise, you’ll just talk about it, read about it, hear about other people who are doing it, without ever really making the change yourself.

The question, then, is can artificially reach the tipping point? Can we speed up the process? Can we bypass all the years of suffering, the failures, the setbacks, the proclamations of dire health from medical professionals? Can we somehow ensure a chance run-in with a former classmate who looks better than they did twenty years ago? I think we can speed up the process, if not completely engineer it. For most of us, simply “deciding” to do something out of the blue isn’t enough. I mean, everyone knows that being healthier, leaner, fitter, stronger, and free of pharmaceutical dependence is better, but is that enough to make change happen? No. Look around. People aren’t changing, by and large, regardless of knowledge. Intellectual acknowledgment of the problem isn’t the problem, so to speak.

If you’re reading this blog, and others like it, and you’re hemming and hesitating while looking for your tipping point, you’re way ahead of the curve. You may not think it, but you are. For one, you’re knowledgeable about health. Once you make the decision to embark on the journey toward health and happiness, you know what to do. You know which plan will get you there quickest and which plan will be the most sustainable (hint: it rhymes with “thymal rooprint”). You can pull up the relevant blog posts, you know which book to purchase (or maybe you already have), you know which foods to avoid and which to favor.

Second, you’ve got an open mind. In this day and age, anyone who entertains the possibility that jogging is a waste of time, saturated fat won’t kill you, and whole grains aren’t the godsend they’re made out to be is willing to entertain some alternative ideas about health and fitness. If you’re reading this blog, and doing so on a regular basis, that’s you – unless you get a perverse thrill out of reading about crazy health and nutrition ideas. And having an open mind means you’re open to change, if something comes along to force it.

Third, you know it’s possible. You’ve read the stories, seen the successes, internalized the information, and (perhaps subconsciously) gathered all the anecdotes to arrive at the conclusion that yes, rapid, lasting change is possible. Unless you think all my comments come from bots and/or paid commenters and that I’m just doctoring all these success stories, of course. If that’s so, I’m not sure what I could do to persuade you otherwise. But for the bulk of you, you know that this stuff works.

You’ve got the resources, the know-how, the open mind, and the anecdotes. It’s a big start, a necessary one, but it’s not everything (obviously). It’s not enough for everyone. Otherwise, you’d already be doing it!

So here are some suggestions on how to mastermind a tipping point:

Go to the doctor for a check-up.

I’m not usually one to tell folks to rely on the doctor to tell them how unhealthy they are, but this can be a real eye opener. Go in. Get some tests. Get things felt, measured, and weighed. Be the willing subject of stern, disapproving glances directed your way from behind a clipboard. It almost certainly will be unpleasant, and you might find out some bad news (pre-diabetic, bad lipids, high blood pressure?), but that’s the entire point. As you drive home from the doctor with the sinking realization that your health is unequivocally, objectively on the downward swing, you might arrive home a changed person.

Compare old pictures to current ones.

Remember when you were younger, svelter, and fitter? Revisit old photos and obtain visual confirmation. Weight gain occurs rather gradually. You don’t wake up with a spare tire. Rather, it slowly inflates over the months and years. Without pictures, literal snapshots in time, we might never notice how much we’ve changed or how much weight we’ve gained. Place the best picture you can find next to your worst current one. If they’re digital, print them out in the largest size you can handle. Gaze at them. Take them in. Allow yourself to be shocked, way down deep. Of course, the way you look isn’t everything, and aging, along with it’s inevitable decline, is natural, but this can nevertheless be an eye-opening exercise.

Thrust yourself into situations that you instinctively shirk from.

In order to experience sensations or witness events that might spur change, we have to put ourselves in situations that potentially contain those sensations or events. One reason why some people who get overweight or depressed or stuck in a health rut stay there and never get better is because they live an isolated existence. They don’t leave the house, they go straight home from work, they refuse invitations to go out. It’s not about lack of physical activity; it’s about maintaining a staid life that removes any potential for confounders. And when you’re looking for an event to precipitate massive change in your life, confounding variables are precisely what you need most. If you never leave the house, you’ll never catch that random glance of your own reflection in the store window from a terrible angle. You’ll never run into the former classmate-turned-fitness model who makes you reevaluate your lifestyle. So go out with friends. Go on a long grueling hike and note how far you’ve fallen. Try on clothes. Hit the outdoor gymnasium where all the fit people work out. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations that have the potential to turn your life around.

The reality is that it may be next to impossible to plan and engineer your tipping point. What you can do, though, is put yourself in a position to provoke an emotional response, and be ready for it when it comes (by marshaling resources, accruing knowledge, and keeping an open mind).

What’s reassuring about all this is that the hard part is reaching the tipping point. It’s going to be an unpleasant, visceral, jarring sensation (by definition, it has to be), but that will soon be over. And then change begins. The wild ride ensues, and you just get to guide it and let it happen.

So, readers, what was your personal tipping point? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back, leading the poor beast to dump his saddlebags full of grains and refined sugar and begin taking vitamin D supplements (cause, you know, broken back indicates poor bone mineral density indicates poor vitamin D status)? Also, what led up to that tipping point – is there anything you specifically did to make it happen, or was it just all chance?

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    1. I agree, but spreading the word is easier said than done…

      For me, the tipping point was simply discovering that there is something out there that works – an evolutionary approach to nutrition. There is so much nonsense and misinformation… after trying it again and again (eating whole grains, exercising more, etc.) and failing to improve health or lose weight, it’s difficult to accept the fact that self-improvement is actually possible and you ARE NOT genetically-sentenced to a chubby life. After many failures, I didn’t think that anything would actually work, and no amount of chatter or book-reading would convince me otherwise.

      …Until I tried eating like a “caveman” and it WORKED. Not only did it transform my body but my whole perspective on nutrition and lifestyle. Now I’m on the other side trying to convince the skeptics! 🙂

    2. There is another reason to change – curiosity, fun, wanting to improve. I never thought going paleo would fix any of my problems, it just sounded like a tasty and logical take on nutrition. Getting better was just an awesome side effect for me.

  1. For me, I was already AT that tipping point, I was just looking for the path to take me away from there. I had years of buildup: hating myself, trying to make things better through CW means and ultimately failing, hating myself for failing at the methods that were “supposed to work,” figuring that the fault was all in me. I grasped for so many answers that lead nowhere.

    I had heard of paleo for awhile, but it wasnt until I found MDA and learned about PB that everything really fell into place. PB lays everything out nice and clearly, top to bottom, in ways that just kinda hearing about this “caveman diet” from my friends who were super exercise-aholics hadnt really gotten across.

    1. +1!! CW and vegetarianism failed so miserably…but low carb worked, and then PRIMAL! Like the clouds parting to reveal the light…

  2. It didn’t take much for me. I heard Mark on Underground Wellness radio about a year and a half ago and it all just made so much sense. It made even more sense when I started implementing it. The challenge now has been trying to get others, mainly my family to reach that tipping point. Maybe this article will help!

  3. A fasciating and thought provoking read!

    Being in my mid 20s, I think that I have many tipping points ahead in my life but believe that I hit upon one yesterday when I attended a funeral of a great sportsman and loved family man in his 50s.

    As a religious ceremony of course it was a deep and spirited event. Regardless of your religious beliefs though, death is something that awaits us all. This funeral certainly prompted some self reflection and forces me to consider my own life: how it has been so far, what it will become and so on…

    I think that the most important point that I have taken away with me is that ideal that we must all try to make a decent contribution to this world whilst we are here. If being primal helps you to be a better and happier person then it is bound to be a positive thing for those around you too!

    1. I think it does help some people. My husband died unexpectedly at age 45 and made me seriously re-think the way I had been living. Not that I was especially unhealthy, but I had a lot of expectations for myself. Primal is as much about letting yourself be human as it is about food. I think we sometimes forget about Mark’s advice to sleep enough and play, but these things make for a better, more human life.

      I wouldn’t say I had a “tipping point”. An enthusiastic friend talked me into trying primal living and out of the idea that control would somehow protect me from more random tragedy. I had lost a lot of weight when my husband was in the hospital and, at some level, felt if I stayed underweight then Trouble couldn’t find me again. That’s ridiculous, of course. Primal living helped me let go of that silly idea and I started eating, sleeping in and playing games with pleasure again. I am indeed a better and happier person, and a more accepting and flexible one too.

      Everyone dies, it’s true. Make the most of your own life while you have the chance, whatever that means to you, and don’t be afraid to use the tools you come across to do that.

  4. Honestly, my tipping point was reading The Primal Blueprint. It was something that finally made perfect sense to me. Exercising for hours on end and starving myself never did.

    1. The tipping point for me was also reading the Primal Blueprint, after having just read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, with its information on the lack of good scientific evidence and the politics behind the advice to eat a low fat, and therefore high carb, diet. The reasoning based on human evolution and physiology made perfect sense to me. Due to many concerns about the environmental and human health effects of the pesticide and fossil fuel-laden feed and the conditions of animals in feedlots/CAFOs, for many years I ate a close to vegetarian diet with lots of rice, beans,tofu, soy milk, pasta, and whole wheat cereal(only occasionally eating local chicken and meat from a co-worker and the farmer’s market and wild-caught fish). This resulted in frequently having problems staying awake about an hour after meals due to blood sugar crashes, gradual weight change that was beginning to accelerate, and digestive issues, including bloating and embarassingly frequent loud, uncontrollable and foul smelling gas. After reading Primal Blueprint about 15 months ago and realizing that these issues were probably related to my diet, I quit eating grains and legumes and, no surpise, within 2-3 weeks I no longer had blood sugar crashes, started losing weight, my digestive issues cleared up and a fasting blood test 3-4 months after the change in diet showed a large decrease in triglycerides from previous results, along with a decrease in total cholesterol and an increase in HDL. Needless to say, I won’t be going back to eating grains and legumes any time soon.

      1. Oops, that should be “gradual weight gain that was beginning to accelerate” in my comment above.

    2. Same for me! I stumbled upon PB at exactly the right time in my life, that I’ll call “Tipping Point B” when I write my own success story in a few months. 🙂

  5. Turning 30 did it for me. I was heavy during my 20s (from about 22-29) and hadn’t really applied myself to loosing it in any meaningful way. 30 started looming and I realized that I’d spent nearly a decade draped in baggy clothes and hating myself. I will NOT look at 40 and regret not being the best that I can be in my 30s. Nuh uh. No way.
    I’ve been 80-90% primal for a year now. I am 19 lbs from my goal weight and literally EVERY part of my life is better than it was before I started loosing weight and changing what I ate.

      1. You don’t know how true that is. My 30s are over now, but they were the best years by far, way better than 20s. I envy you. Enjoy!

        1. That’s great to hear! 😉 I will be turning 30 next summer and I am really looking forward to it! My 20s have been rough! (put on weight and havent been able to get it off, lack of a good job, money, etc) But when I turn 30, I hope to be at least 60lbs lighter when I move to Los Angeles and begin a doctorate program, and if I’m lucky, find the man of my dreams! :o)

  6. Honestly, joining a CrossFit gym was a major tipping point for me. Not because of the workouts–although that’s worth a lot–but because of the nutritional and lifestyle support of the community. The CrossFit gym was the first place I’d EVER been where I didn’t feel like a freak for saying egg yolks were healthy and rice wasn’t. Or steak was good and twizzlers were bad (I know you can hear it–“but they’re fat free!!!”)

    I’m so interested in reading these comments!

  7. I don’t recall what my tipping point was. Or maybe I just haven’t reached it yet? I heard about paleo from a fitness forum and then over a few months I started reading about it (out of curiosity and boredom) and I started to incorporate it into my lifestyle because it just sounded right.

    Or maybe my tipping point was way before that, when I first got interested in fitness, albeit, conventional fitness. I had just gotten out of a particularly poor relationship where we didn’t do anything but play video games every night and eat Taco Bell. I was always a skinny-fat kind of person, but I just didn’t feel good and the day we broke up is the day I became active.

    I guess that kinda fits the criteria.

    1. Yup, that would be it. it does not have to be dramatic, though mine was.

  8. My tipping point was when in my mid-late thirties my thyroid/adrenals/metabolism started crashing and nothing I was trying that SHOULD have worked, did. Eating 1200 calories of whole grains and meat and veggies, walking an hour a day… and still I either stood steady or my weight slowly went up. Even after taking thyroid meds I wasn’t seeing any REAL change– until I eliminated bread and dairy for a month just to see and wham-o, progress.

    I got to MDA through another website and just ran with it after that. It took time (almost two years) to correct all of the gut issues/metabolic issues and nutritional deficiencies that eating like crap had caused, but now I’m finally seeing and FEELING like a whole human being again.

    1. Michelle, I’m really glad you wrote this, because although I love reading the extreme transformation stories, it doesn’t happen that fast for everyone. I’ve been doing primal lifestyle for about 7 months, with very little weight loss to show for it. However, I FEEL much better and there are many other benefits; if I was only looking for pounds lost I might not stay with the program. I’m glad you are seeing results.

      Of course, my husband lost 20 pounds in a couple months. Our doctor is complimenting him on his weight loss yet still recommending a high-grain, high-cardio program for me. Some people won’t see it until they believe it…

      1. Gingerzinger,

        That’s my experience too. I have lost 10 pounds in the past 10 months but feel so much better. My husband, however, has lost 40 pounds.

        Yes, it’s more important to focus on the feeling rather than the scale. Initially, I have to admit the scale was more important but, I have reached my new tipping point and no longer care about it. I am grateful for how good I feel.

        BTW, my initial tipping point was gaining 15 pounds in 2 months after the death of my mom last year. After watching her struggling with morbid obesity all her life, I didn’t want to go down that same path.

        1. I have a similar story. My tipping point was constant IBS-style symptoms and a stubborn 10 lb weight gain in the year and a half after losing my dad to cancer.

          A friend posted an MDA article on facebook and I ran with it. I’m now 5 months into eating primal/paleo, and I feel so much better. I know what I’m doing is good for me, and the research is very convincing to me. I did lose those stubborn 10 lbs in the first 2 weeks, but my weight has held steady since then (and I figure I have another 30 lbs to go). I was diagnosed with celiac disease soon after making the switch, and I know it can take 6 months to a year or more for the body to heal. I’m so grateful for the improvement in my body and mind from following this way of eating.

  9. For me the tipping point was lying in the emergency room in New Orleans because of congestive heart failure and having the doctors tell me I also had pneumonia and diabetes. But it took a while to find the answers, some from various sources but many from MDA.

    1. Mine was hearing my husband say that he was afraid that it would take a heart attack to ultimately change his way of life. Whenever either of us want to “cheat”, he reminds me that he doesn’t want to die. I’m looking forward to his next dr’s appointment. Hoping his pre-diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesteral will all be trending towards health instead of an early grave.

  10. I’ve been coming up with excuses on why this lifestyle will not work for a very long time now. All the while- spinning my wheels and doing absolutely nothing to make myself healthier and leaner.

    This may be the blog post that did it, man.

    Hits home.

    Good stuff, Mark.

  11. Actually, for me just learning the truth about the SAD was enough. I had no idea. Once I read “The Primal Blueprint” I changed my lifestyle immediately. It just made perfect sense.

    1. “Actually, for me just learning the truth about the SAD was enough.”

      That’s what did it for me. I came down with rheumatoid arthritis at age 36 (i’m now 40) and was crawling on elbow and knees for a year and a half til I stumbled upon all the conspiracy facts, errr theories, about chemical ingredients and preservatives in foods, the FDA and Monsanto and found out what CW is doing to us.

      I researched about grains and found MDA…bingo!

  12. I’m approaching Medicare age when retiree insurance will stop so my prescriptions won’t be free anymore. Plus, I got tired of sending my husband out to photograph experiences I should be having not seeing second hand.

  13. Wow…bizarre coincidence. My tipping point is today, as I might be facing gestational diabetes and need to cut out the carbs pronto. I’ve been reading all of the right books and following this blog but keep starting and stopping a billion times over. But I obviously can’t do that now.

    1. GD was my tipping point too,unfortunately I didnt discover PB until after my son was born. Wish I had found it sooner, like BEFORE I was prescribed Metformin!!
      Good news is that I DID find it and now feel heaps better digestively speaking.
      Mark, You GRock!!!!

    2. I had GD too, which progressed to permanent Type 2. I am still mourning grains, I know, it sounds awful. MDA is a huge comfort.

    1. I agree with this I started out on Atkins it was great but I gained it all back during OWL.
      Primal has shown me that I don’t need grains to be happy diet-wise. And ‘low carb’ bread just stoked my cravings for grains/sugar. So I am happy to be rid of it

      1. Same here! My mom & I did Atkins together back in 2001; no surprise, as soon as we went on OWL it all came back, along with some serious digestive issues. Part of why I so easily embraced PB was my first-hand experience with the effectiveness of low-carb diets, but the idea of NEVER eating grains again is what really sold me.

      2. Grains / Atkins / OWL . . .
        Your diet is the least of your problems.

  14. My parents. I watched them destroy themselves with sugar. I said, “Never!”, but didn’t know what else to eat. Fast food was all I knew from my teens, and I had a gut feeling it wasn’t going to end well. I googled things like “Human Diet”, “What to feed Humans” and “Wild humans eat”, and eventually landed on PB, recognizing the polished, science-based adaptation of our original diet set to modern foodstuffs.

    So from 215 pounds down to 170 and muscular, I’ve made the change. It’s “thymal rooprint” for the win!

  15. My tipping point was one weekend when Mrs. Griffin was away and I was stuck in a depression down-swing.I was thinking that nothing would ever work and there was no point in even trying because I would just quit anyway.

    I was scrolling through some posts on Movnat.com and I found a link to MDA. That was it, right there. I knew that I needed to start living primally – AND RIGHT NOW! Mrs. Griffin came home to a lunatic who couldn’t wait to start living primally.

  16. I went to the doctor and got the same bad news I hear everytime: obese, lipids out of control, fatty liver, blah blah blah. But this time the doctor threw in one extra point, “You can’t take a deep breath because your visceral fat is pressing on your lungs.” That was it, a symptom that I not only could feel, but that had been concerning me. The next week I started the primal lifestyle.

  17. Summer of ’99, I felt like I was letting my soccer team- my friends- down. Picked up my old copy of The Zone (hey, it was a start) and haven’t looked back.

  18. I had two tipping points. The first was when I hit 305lbs as a 19 year old college kid [albeit I was a college athlete – shotput/discus/hammer]. It was my first day back from Christmas break my sophomore year. I always used sports as my excuse to be big and strong.

    The second was about a year later when I chose to stop participating in college sports so I could join an internship program for my college degree. At that point, how much I could bench or how good of an athlete I was became irrelevant. My general health and fitness became extremely important and carrying the weight around wasn’t helping. Weight isn’t equal to health, either good or bad, but it was the piece that drove me towards better health

    Great post Mark!!

  19. My tipping point came about 6 months ago.

    I have always known carbs were not my friends. I’ve had moderate to severe reactive hypoglycemia from a very early age. I knew at age 10 that if I had a donut or a bowl of cereal for breakfast instead of eggs and bacon, I would feel horrible for the rest of the day. So it should have been obvious that a low-carb life would be best for me.

    But it wasn’t. I was stuck in low-fat, whole grain, CW hell until I got on the scale at my doctor’s office during a regular check-up and I was almost 20 pounds heavier than I had ever been (without having pregnancy as an excuse). I had a cousin and a close friend who I knew were Paleo/primal eaters, and that led me here.

    I’ll never look back. I do NOT miss the sugar crashes!!

  20. For me it was my mother looking me in the eye and asking, “Are you *really* trying?” And I had to honestly answer no. But, it wasn’t until 18 months later that I discovered MDA.

  21. An associate at work turned me onto the Primal Blueprint and MDA. We were just discussing yesterday why that conversation occurred. Can’t really say. He was/is an exercise fiend. He loaned me his book, I read it and decided to give it a try. Also, my 45th high school reunion was going to be happening.
    I soon realized that I was losing weight every 5 years (yes, the reunion impetus).
    I have had very few slips and follow the nutrition side of the program well. I now need to follow the specific exercises. I have always been active but never worked on things like pushups, planks, pullups, etc. I have purchased the last book and am at the point to “test” where I stand physically. The nutrition end worked so I have all faith in the exercise portion. Grok on!

  22. I still haven’t reached mine. Mostly because my bloodwork always comes back perfect, I can run a mile now almost as fast as 20 years ago (at 40), and can actually do more pull-ups now than when in college.

    Philosophically, I think I should be primal, but I feel fine on the high carb with too much junk food diet.

    Seriously, what do I do with that?

    1. There must be SOME reason you’re reading and posting here.

      Seriously, eat primal for three weeks! If nothing improves go back to your junk. You’ll never know if it works unless you try it.

      Wishing you obscene health. 😉

    2. At least you’ll know what to do if/when you DO hit a tipping point. I was the same way – I could eat anything I wanted, never gained weight, biked a lot. No one could have gotten me to give up my bagels, pizza and beer. When I got very sick (not related to diet, but it wasn’t helping) it took me awhile to find this information.

  23. For me it was blood sugar problems in my mid 40’s. I tossed out all processed foods and grains after failing on the ADA’s dietary advice. I immediately lost 30 lbs over 4 months.
    Fast forward 5+ years. Just got my most recent HhA1C back today. 5.0! And my fasting insulin is “<2". All on no meds at all.

  24. For me it was the fact that i had a benign lump removed from my neck. I always felt fat, sick and fatigued. Mo more.

  25. Mine was when I hit 230 (25% BF) as a personal trainer. I ate a perfect CW diet. Took all the NO-Xplode my heart could handle, and lifted weights for hours a day, and I got nothing but fatter.

    1. Similar situation with me… I eat healthy and exercise, but the weight just wouldn’t come off! Hoping eating Primal will work!

  26. I think I’m close to the tipping point…or maybe I’ve tipped and I’m just in a refinement stage. I tried it all. CW, Weight Watchers, Atkins, etc. Even the Atkins never worked. Worked out and worked out. Nowhere. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and CW gave me my synthetic hormones and shuffled me aside. In a recent retest, my hormone levels were fine, but my antibodies were still high. I was told “there’s nothing we can do for that”. Bullshit. So, like the stubborn person I am, I dug deeper and learned the gluten-autoimmunity connection. I went GF for a while and felt good for the most part, but the weight never dropped. Clung on to GF processed this and GF processed that.
    I started working closer with my chiro and we ran a test for gluten cross-reactivity. Found out not only was I intolerant of gluten grains (except oats), I was intolerant of all aspects of dairy, buckwheat, hemp, chocolate, millet and…tapioca. That last item was in EVERYTHING GF processed. No wonder I never got anywhere!
    She put me on a strict repair protocol where the diet was extremely similar to primal. I’ve been lurking around here for a very long time, then it all clicked. It was time to pull the trigger! So glad I did! I’m getting my DH to read the 21-Day Transformation and he’s being very supportive. This all simply MAKES SENSE! I mean, why would a protocol designed to heal the stomach follow so closely with a primal way of eating?
    I have more tweaking to do. I may be sensitive to nuts and nightshades, so more experimenting is on the way. Then I need to tackle my beer tooth…:)

  27. My tipping point came when my very loving, but direct Aunt did a sort of mini intervention on me. She was the first person that even really showed legitimate concern for my WOE and where it would lead.

    What she did not know was I was already trying so hard to change but with all the conflicting information out there, “low fat is healthy, eat more whole grains…” you know the drill, it was way easier said than done.

    We were at a raw vegan restaurant when the intervention went down so consequently my path of knowledge started there. “Raw” led me to raw milk, which led me to the WAPF, which led me to “saturated fat is healthy” which led me to Mark’s definitive guide on the subject. https://www.marksdailyapple.com/saturated-fat-healthy/

    It took me about 6 months of seeking to find MDA but it is the only thing that has ever made sense to me and for the first time ever I feel like I understand what a healthy lifestyle looks like and that it is indeed very attainable.

  28. Age 45; Taking meds for high BP, Hypothyroid, high trigs, and gout. Tipping point was when fasting glucose came back high and doc wanted me on diabetes medicine.

    Spent 1 year low fat, counting cals, lots of healthy, whole grains, 60min cardio/day Result: Gained 5lbs, felt worse. Found MDA. 1 year later down 60lbs, off all meds, no gout in 11 months. Feel GREAT!

  29. I’ve always worked out, but kept getting a little bit fatter (though also stronger) every year. About 18 months ago, I decided to go low carb – not primal, but low carb. My goal was to see my abs before I die. This had worked for me in the past.

    The weight came off so fast I feared I had some kind of terminal disease. I dropped from 205 to 175 in about 6 months (I’m 6’1″, 35 years old).

    About that time 2 acquaintances of mine in their 30s were diagnosed with cancer. One will probably die. This scared the hell out of me, so I started researching what to eat to not get cancer – a goal beyond just seeing my abs. My research eventually led to MDA and the rest is history.

    My wife is now 100% primal (back in the 120s weight wise from around 140 with very moderate exercise), and both of my sons are probably about 75% primal now and doing great.

  30. My tipping point happened after spending 2 months doing Insanity workouts everyday, and not losing a single pound – I was SO MAD, and I looked AWFUL. Around the same time, I happened to get very ill, and I ended up not being able to eat for about 3 days. During this period, I lost about 8 lbs, which my conventional wisdom belief system convinced me was all muscle. Once I got better, I started hitting the gym, and noticed that my strength was actually better than it was before I got sick – I could lift heavier weight than I could before. Puzzled, as I was, I took to the internet to find some answers into how it could be that I actually burned fat, and not muscle. This search landed me at MDA, among you fine people…and the rest, they say, is history. That was June 1st of this year, and is 30lbs, and 5 inches off my waist ago. Grok on!

  31. I read PB back when it first came out. It immediately resonated, and I knew I would pursue that some day.

    It wasn’t until two years later when I could not easily lean over to tie my shoes from a seated position that I reached my own personal tipping point.

    Another key ingredient in our family was for my wife to quit her job and be home with our young boys. This gave her added time in her schedule to focus on doing Primal meal prep. If she doesn’t make it, we don’t eat it – so this was key to getting and staying Primal at our regular family meals.

    So, for me it was a little bit of frustration at the inconvenience of extra weight and a little bit of tactical thinking and two years of reflection that finally amounted to a tipping point.

    Now, 40 pounds lighter and with more energy than I’ve had in years, I’ll never go back!

  32. I cannot point to a “tipping point”. My DH and I had been doing “low-carb” for a while, but I had no success with weight loss. A friend recommended I read PB; I had already read Good Calories Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. We still had some grains in the diet (low carb tortillas once or twice a week; sandwich and chips for lunch on Sunday). I decided to try cutting out all grains AND soybean oil, and the weight started to come off. 27 pounds in 8 months and still losing.

    But this is like almost every other major decision in my life: I cannot point to a day when I made it. DH and I slowly incorporated it into our lives. Oh well, glad we are here now!

  33. My tipping point came on February 5th of this year. I was in my garage knocking out a few sets of back squats. I was facing a recently purchased plexiglas mirror that was bowed because I hadn’t taken the time to mount it to anything. Can you say “Fun House” mirror. In the bottom position all I could see was Gerd Bonk. Gerd Bonk is a German heavyweight Olympic weightlifter from the 70’s. Years ago I saw a photo of him squatting and he was all belly. I mean HUGE belly. GINORMOUS! And now that’s all I saw in the reflection. I can laugh now because the bowed distortion made it worse, but for someone that has always been involved in sports I was really disgusted with what I was seeing. You would think looking in the bathroom mirror would have done it. But no, it took the “fun House” mirror to put me over the edge. After finishing the last set, I was standing there staring with disgust at myself in the mirror when The Avett Brother’s song “Head full of Doubt” came on the radio. There is a line in the song, “decide what to be and go be it”. That was it, I knew that what I was looking at was not it. A friend had suggested I read 4 Hour Body, which quickly lead to the Primal Blueprint, Paleo Solution and Protein Power Lifeplan. Now down 50 pounds of fat and still dropping, I no longer fear the “Fun House” mirror.

  34. The first shock when the blood test -from an annual checkup -showed me as prediabetic, even though i have been sugar adverse for many years. That got me to check out primal diets, which a friend had told me about 14 months prior. But still flirting with vegetarianism at that time as my wife was proudly so.

    The tipping point was worries about the constant joint pains. The doc says it’s normal after 40, but since cutting out wheat 8 weeks ago my joint pains have been subsiding.

    The pro paleo/primal arguments didn’t register with the wife until pointing out that since she went vegetarian 3 years ago, she’s put on 20 pounds. That was her tipping point.

  35. I feel like it’s my job, as well as other bloggers out there in the community, to help others realize their tipping point. And I suppose that educating people could also help nudge them to their tipping points.

  36. My first marriage fell apart. I caught my ex cheating on me and we tried to work it out while I sank into a massive depression. Eventually we divorced and I moved out getting a worse end of visitation than I thought. The first thing I did was buy a kegerator. Maybe not the best thing to do but I need to get numb, good and fast. Along with that I jumped into the dating pool. Also not the best thing to do. On the plus side I knew how to cook. So I went from the lunchmeat sandwiches my ex would “let” me take to work to hot pockets and pizza, etc. Eventually I decided that I was going to make lunch my one really healthy meal of the day. So I started bringing milk to work and making Grape Nuts with blueberries, strawberries, raw oats and steel cut oats in them. I felt better but I felt super bloated after eating that and I wasn’t losing any weight. So I switched to protein shakes for lunch and started dropping weight. Friends started telling me how good I looked. Next thing you know I met someone online who recommended MDA and The Zone. When I asked what I could eat for lunch, as I had no budget and no time he said “nuts and berries”. So almonds and berries it was. I’ve gotten much further now and eat salmon salads for lunch at work quite a bit. I do the whole grass fed beef/pastured poultry thing and feel great. I wound up marrying my high school sweetheart. I don’t want to say that life is perfect or that there are no struggles but I got here because I felt like I was dying and I refused to.

  37. My tipping point is my kids. When you’re 43 and they are 5 and 6, you do all you can to ensure you’re on this Earth a long time to enjoy them and see them grow up. Thank you Olivia and Sophia for helping tip me!

  38. I am an emergency medicine physician and have been delighted with how much energy I have and how little coffee I have been drinking after starting to eat a primal diet. my trouble is I work nights and I work allot. Im having trouble finding primal snacks besides nuts that I can eat on the run. I generally dont like to eat big meals while flying from room to room to see patients. I need some finger food and something easy / quick. I would love some suggestions. my go to used to be dried edamame, crackers etc..

    1. High quality, no nitrate beef jerkey might be good.

      Protein shakes are also quick. Get a magic bullet blender.

      An apple’s a good, relatively low glycemic load snack as well.

    2. I work nights too, in the lab (ugh). I just bought a hard-boiled egg cooker for $20. It is great because you just put the water and eggs in, set the timer for the desired level of doneness, they cook, and the timeer goes off. It has helped to actually eat hard-boiled eggs rather than believing I would somehow find time to make them.

  39. My wife and I both have cancer. She has been battling hers for 6 years and me for 2+. My life is to provide her comfort and be her caregiver. I have repeatedly told my doctors that their job is to keep me alive longer than my wife.

    They have had their battles with this. Surgery has failed, radiation has failed and I am out of curative options. The only thing I have left to try and arrest it is Hormone Therapy. For men this can bring a nasty set of side effects along with it. Instant weight gain, bone density loss, fatigue, heart issues, growing moobs and well you get the picture. My next appt with my doctor is in March. So he has given me a 6 month pass of HT and I knew that I had to get into the best shape of my life before traveling down that path.

    My tipping point came 6 weeks ago when I was talking with one of my fellow cancer buddies. He told me about PB. In 6 months he had lost 39lbs, dropped 4 out of 5 blood pressure meds, dropped cholesterol meds, is no longer pre-diabetic and his doctor had to take him off of heart regulating meds because he couldn’t get his heart rate up for working out. And he said that at 69 he was in better shape than he was at 40.

    So I have been here for almost 6 weeks, devoured everything I can read about PB and am seeing successes by the day in how I feel and look. Additionally there is much about eating PB that is in concert with many things that I have read towards controlling cancer.

    I have everything to gain and not a damned thing to lose. The proof will be in March when I am retested. But I know that I will be here for a long time to care for my wife.

    Thanks Mark and thank all of you who participate on the forum for your support. I have asked more than my fair share of questions.

    1. You just made me all misty-eyed. Thanks for sharing your story.

    2. Stories like this are so inspiring for me, so thank you. My fiance started on the PB right before his diagnosis for lymphoma, but the chemo was too much for his already weakened immune system. It’s strength like this that makes me crave to pick up where he left off and carry through with it for him.

      I wish you the best of luck, but you won’t need it. I know you’re going to do it!

    3. Wow, what an inspiring story. Keep up your optimism and energy. Is your wife giong primal as well? Maybe it could help her, too?

  40. My tipping point was over two years ago. Through many failed attempts to shake my college football weight I was hopeless. I was following all the nutritional recommendations I found in health magazines, with minimal success. I ran across an article about Mark in a magazine. His nutritional concept just seemed to make sense to me. Due to my intrigue in the subject, I purchased the Primal Blueprint. From there the rest is history. I have never looked back, because the concepts I learned didn’t fail me like the rest.

  41. My tipping point was when the prescription for seborrheic dermatitis stopped working altogether. For years I was filling presciptions for either a topical cream or oral sterroids. Both prescriptions slowly became less and less effective until to point they became useless. Every dermatologist I went, I have seen many over the years, always claimed the same thing. No change in diet will help. They were all wrong. Once I switched to Primal all signs of seborrheic dermatitis are gone. Curing this condition means so much to me, it is not all about vanity. Walking around with flakey skin all over my face (had it really bad) most of the time was affected all of my day to day interactions with other people. Most people will avoid “David the Lizard King”, and that is lizard king in a bad way not the Jim Morrison way.

  42. 05.02.2011 I was sent to the hospital in an ambulance with a severe infection in both my fallopian tubes (salpingitis). I am married and a faithful woman (and so is my husband), so it did not come from Chlamydiabacteria…The doctors said “shit happens” ,but could not tell my why, just that a bacteria within my body had suddenly “turned on me”. I had extreme pains and ended up with surgery. Today I know why it happened! At that point I was 33 years old, underweight, depressed, had anxiety, was always tired and had cronic stomach pains and diarrhea (stomach problems has been a part of my entire life since I was a child) I was so used to feeling crappy, that I didn’t know of anything else! I thought it was normal. Told myself “every parent with a small child is tired all day long…”. My diet consisted mostly of chokolate and sweets, combined with lots of HC like pasta, rice etc for dinner. Evenings were mostly spent snacking and eating more sugar. Everybody always told me; but you are so skinny, you are so lucky you can eat all the chokolate you want! I beleived them!
    Anyway. The hospital stay was my turning point. I hated it! I have never been to a hospital and had surgery before. I have never felt so bad as I did those 4 days, and I decided there an then that I would live my life in a way that would prevent this from ever happening again!
    When I came out I spent days an hours in front of the computer, and found low carb eating + superfood. MDA is really the last piece of the pussle. This is just right. I know it in my heart. Today I am almost never tired, energylevels sky high, NEVER stomach pains anymore, never headache, no moodsvings, no panic attacs and no anxiety. I am just a bit sad that I didn’t find out before. But again; my turning point didnt come until it came. I love my new life, there is no turning back. Thank you, Mark!!

  43. My tipping point was when I got divorced and realized when looking in the mirror what I had done to myself. I’m 48 with an almost 4 year old and I need to be healthy to watch him grow up.

  44. Mine was 7-1/2 years ago at 47. I was not into doing anything. A year earlier blood revealed cholesterol (CW) at 265 and weight at 220. (I am only 5′ 9″) Dr. was conservative (a rarity) and advised me to try diet and exercise. A year later, 7-1/2 years ago, my weight was 225, highest it had ever been and cholesterol was at 285!
    I was very depressed and took the rest of the day off. Ran across a book accidentally left out. It was only book that made sense. Started on a strict balanced diet (Zone) and tried Fish Oil. Dr. had prescribed lowest possible dosage of Zocor for only 90 days. (Again, a rarity a conservative CW Dr.) After 45 days lost Zocor at hotel on a business trip. Decided to continue diet and Fish Oil. At the 90 day check-up cholesterol was down to 204 and weight was down to low 200’s. That was my tipping point and my point of permanent renewal. Last fall I started exercising, albeit CW, lost most of remainder excess pounds, but did not quite feel right. This past summer ran into a natural chiropractor while paddling. She told me about MDA, which fits right into the way of thinking I had come to, and was a natural extension beyond the Zone. I was already convinced about Coconut Oil, despite Dr. Sears (Zone) opposition to. And the exercise aspect of Primal felt more natural, no more tied to a gymn 3 days a week.

  45. There were two tipping points for me.

    I had been trying to get rid of an excessive 20 pounds for years. A couple of years ago, I went into to have my two bottom wisdom teeth removed and the operation went badly. I was bedridden for two weeks and couldn’t open my mouth to eat solids. I lost a stone in a fortnight.

    That got me thinking. I couldn’t figure out how I had lost so much weight while bedridden in such a short space of time. Yes, I knew that, obviously, I was not eating anything, but still … it seemed odd. I hardly ate much anyway.

    The the second point was that I started to menstruate twice a month. I went to the doctor who told me “it happens to women of my age”. I was only 34 at the time; and I just didn’t buy that excuse.
    I started doing a lot more activity and as part of that new regime, I went to Spain for a week and stayed in a tiny mountain village where I realised I didn’t seem to get very hungry — and it stuck me it might have been because I had been eating so much more meat and fat than usual.

    When I got back, I was looking for information about it … and found MDA. As soon as I read the Primal 101, I just “knew”. It was like a lightening flash through my head. I had eaten a conventionally healthy, but practically vegetarian diet, the carbs were the only thing it could be.

    Seven months later and I have lost 28 pounds, my cycle is normal, I no longer feel tired, and I have stopped going grey. My nails are like iron, my skin is illuminous and I no longer have anxiety.

  46. I had two tipping points. The first was reading Good Calories Bad Calories. I’m sorry Mark, but compared to GCBC, PB and 21-day TBT sound like the ramblings of just another diet guy. (to be fair, compared to GCBC, EVERYBODY sounds like rambling diet guys.) That book hit me with just too much critical thinking to deny his arguments.

    My second tipping point was watching Fathead. After GCBC I was cutting most grains, but when I found MDA I discovered that I had to cut ALL grains to see an effect.

    I’m a bad test case because I’m classic skinny-fat with no major health problems except a pooch lower belly and feeling like a weakling. I don’t expect to impress any friends with dramatic results, or even to feel better. But even after two weeks (I’m on Day 16) I’ve lost two pounds and some depression has lifted. I can’t exercise yet because of some tendonitis, but I try to walk 2-4 miles each day.

    1. I should add that what REALLY was the tipping point was coming to MDA and thinking “I’m not gonna argue with a 58-year old guy with an 8-pack.” Within a couple weeks I had a fully primal pantry.

  47. Ugh…not hit the tipping point yet entirely. Just ending a 27 day cleanse to jump start things.

    This section was really hard to read because you described me and my life to a T – “Thrust yourself into situations that you instinctively shirk from.”

    I go to work, come home from work, go to work, come home from work. The gym freaks me out. Too many people, but I know I need to. Definitely isolated with zero friends after leaving ‘church’ 8 years ago.

    Thank you though – I am open minded and working on it all. It’s nice to read everyone’s stories.

  48. My first tipping point was last January when I was in the emergency room for a health problem that has since been resolved. Anyway, they did a CT scan while I was there and the scan showed a cancerous tumor on one of my kidneys. The MD wanted me to have immediate surgery, but I’ve always been into alternative stuff so I told him I wanted to wait and see what I could do for myself. I’ve always exercised, taken supplements, and followed what I thought was a healthy diet. A while back I was vegan for 10 years. Then learned about the Zone, added meat back in, but was still eating whole grains, watching fats etc. I felt better for awhile, but it didn’t last. I just didn’t feel good. I had almost no energy and had trouble working up enthusiasm for anything. I had read, I think on Mercola.com, that cancer’s favorite foods were gluten and sugar. When the Dr. diagnosed me with kidney cancer I went off wheat and sugar cold turkey. Three days later I woke up and said “Oh, my God. I’m back.” My energy was off the charts and my joy of living was back. Then in March I found MDA and the Primal Blueprint and easily gave up all the other grains, gave up cooking with olive oil and went to lard (delicious!) butter and coconut oil with pleasure. I’m eating the skin on chicken again and the fattier cuts of meat because I like them, I’m not excersizing to exhaustion any more and feel SO good. I dropped fifteen pounds after going completely primal, most of it from around my gut. I’ve gone from a size ten pants to a six and am thrilled with the way I look. A supplement that I have recently added to my anti-cancer arsenal is iodine/iodide as per Dr. David Brownstein. I know iodine is supposed to be very scary to take because CW says we all get enough in our salt and food. Not so. Brownstein’s book “Iodine: why you need it, why you can’t live without it” convinced me. I feel even better since. As for my cancer, the tumor has grown very slowly, but it IS still growing. I have finally let the Dr. talk me into surgery to remove the tumor (hopefully not the kidney!) the day after Thanksgiving. He keeps talking about how fabulous I look and what great shape I’m in. I’m sure he’s surprised I’m even still alive! I think following a primal/paleo lifestyle is responsible and has been the most profound thing I’ve ever done for myself.

  49. My tipping point was when I had to play the main lead in a student film project. I knew I needed to lose weight but I was in denial on how I looked physically. It wasn’t until I saw my ROLLS of fat on screen, over and over again. From that point on I have been doing my best to live primal. I’ve had some slip-ups, but for the most part I’ve Grok’d on 🙂

  50. A few months after my 1st daughter was born, I developed eczema- on my nipples! Along with nursing this led to the skin literally disintegrating. Fast forward 3 years- finally got it mostly managed with no gluten, no dairy diet. (I was committed to nursing and had to use steroid creme for a few years.) Then I realized that all the processed GF substitutes gave me similar symptoms. Came across MDA and finally quit other grains a few months ago, while 6 months pregnant with my 2nd daughter. Found I could add butter to my diet 🙂 Also avoid nuts, tomato sauce and strawberries. Successfully nursing a 9 day old baby right now, and nearly fit into my pre-pregnancy genes!

  51. I’m reaching my tipping point. I might already be there, but other things, unfortunately, do not give me the ability to focus on my Primal Transformation entirely just yet. But I get a little winded going up three flights of escalators when they’re shut off at work, which is not a good sign…

    I was originally going to go primal with my fiance, who had taken an interest and was doing a much better job than me at it, but his health had different ideas, his lymphoma finally hit, and he didn’t make it through his second month of chemo. -That- was a HUGE set-back for me, on so many levels, but I’m finally getting ot the point where I think I can get back on track. So it’s not just my own health, but just the fact that I know he’d be proud once I’m not only at my tipping point (which I’ve just about reached), and finally somewhere in my life where I can make it finally happen.

    I know I’ll get there, and hopefully some day soon! When things change that drastically, you have to pick up one day at a time, but the full primal transformation is definitely on my list in the near future! Until then, I’m making little steps to get there a little quicker, too.

  52. I was thinking this very thought this morning. I’ve read both of your books and I lurk on this website for months now. I’ve flirted with what needs to be done for days or sometimes only hours. This morning I was berating myself, wondering why the heck I just don’t get off the fence and jump in.

    And this will REALLY help. Knowing that I can set myself up for the tipping point makes it feel like I can do this. I can work towards a meaningful change, not just going through the movements.

  53. Hm. I had two tipping points, because I yo-yo’ed pretty hard on the way here.

    The first was years ago, while I was reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I came home late one night and grabbed some Carl’s Jr. on the way. In the bag was a promotional metal dog-tag that said, “Burger Slayer” and encouraged me to go online and join their Burger Slayer army — so we could discuss our mutual interest in dying early, I guess? Anyway, this just tweaked me into an outright *fury*. I was 90 pounds overweight at the time, and lost 50 on Pollan’s “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.” advice (not Primal, but not a bad start either.)

    I’m not proud of it, but with 40 pounds to go I lost the path. I fell back into bad habits and the weight piled back on. But I told myself, “You’ve got this figured out. You can fix it anytime. You just need to do the work.” And I slid and slid and slid. I got plantar fasciitis and began to feel broken-down at age 35. So I hopped on the scale last Xmas for my usual New Year’s resolution and, well, I wasn’t 40 pounds overweight anymore. I was 97. No fury this time, just horror — bone deep horror and tipping point number two, at your service.

    The same dear friend who got me to read Pollan put me on to the Primal Blueprint. Now I’m right on the verge of a healthy weight (all I want for Christmas is…) People I’ve known for a decade who have only ever seen me obese want to know how I did it. And reading this I suddenly realize that *I* might turn out to be somebody’s tipping point someday.

    Now wouldn’t that be a heck of a thing?

    1. I bought a cup of mocha recently from McDonald’s and on it, it said, “Celebrating Season’s Cravings.”

      Are they taunting me?

  54. My turning point came when I was pushing 273lbs. Last March I came across a Readers Digest that had the article in it about Good Calories, Bad Calories, and I decided to start on the Atkins Diet. I had been looking for Atkins recipies on line and I seen some of the MDA video’s on you tube. Then I went to MDA site and have been reading and learning ever since. I have lost 30lbs. and have been holding at 240 and recently I have been trying to get it together with some of the exercises. The cupboards are empty of the grains, and have been using the Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals cookbook. Even though I’m at a standstill with the weight, I have been noticing the shift in body composition, I have lost a couple of clothing sizes and have had to pull out some of my clothing that I still had in smaller size. I have hypothyroidism and have had to let go of some of the dairy, butter is OK, as is heavy cream. I have recently been trying recipies with coconut milk. I stumble sometimes, but I redirect myself back on tract with the Primal eating habits…Just feeling good from eating that way.

  55. Many tipping points.

    Fat. Thin. Fat. Thin. F#@% me, there’s gotta be a way out of this cycle. I ran 60 to 80 kilometers a week and got thin. Screwed up a knee, stopped running, BLAM! Fat again.

    Joined sparkpeople. Weighed food. Counted calories. Lost weight. Slacked off and BLAM! Fat again. There has got to be a better way.

    Tried Atkins. Low carb. Started weighing food. Counting carbs. Lost weight. Thought, I can do this diet for a really long time, but is it healthy? Started researching. Found MDA. Damn this makes sense. Effortless weight loss? Can that be true?

    Started eating Primal. Stopped counting calories/carbs and weighing food. Put away the scale (sure…I break it out every other week). Started putting on muscle.

    Tipping point. I am NEVER going back.

  56. My tipping point was when I realized that at my 30s I didn’t have a meaningful relationship with a female because I had low self esteem with my weight.

    I started to diet and exercise last year and lost weight but it was a struggle and I felt like crap. This summer I started Atkins and just a few months ago I came across this site and I’ve been primal (well 80% primal) ever since. I’ve lost 50lbs since last year.

  57. Interestingly, my tipping point was when, after doing everything “right” (eating whole grains, etc, the whole 9 yards), my kids ended up with cavities in their teeth. Not just a couple, my just-barely-five year old daughter had 7 cavities filled. SEVEN. The dentist kept asking me about how much sugar she ate. Then, a few months later my nearly 4 year old son had a couple cavities found. Again, I got the head shakes. Seriously, we ate WAY less sugar than your average american (BY FAR), and we stuck with healthy “whole grains” and daily oatmeal… which after reading a book about WAPF style tooth healing I realize was a really REALLY bad idea for teeth. Anyway, it was at that point I realized, hey, my husband has an autoimmune disease which is kept in control by high amounts of fish oil and cutting out gluten, and my kids have holes in their teeth from the whole grains we eat… maybe it’s time to make a change. That’s when I went grain free (aside from the occasional bit of corn – I’m human!) and realized that my anxiety and depression symptoms go away when I cut out the gluten and come back for several days when I even have a couple bites. In the past two months since I made that decision, I’ve lost about 8 lbs. Incredible! I’ve never lost weight when dieting regardless of if I was SERIOUSLY cutting calories and working out hard or just cutting back a little. The “normal” recommendations just never worked for me. I wasn’t huge, but I was just barely overweight for my height. It’s just crazy. I can’t see ever going back to fat and anxious… And we have yet to see what happens with my kids’ teeth, but hopefully it’ll help with that, too…

  58. Thanks for this article! I think that the doctor’s office could be a tipping point for some people, but many doctors are reluctant to say much to patients until they think it’s time to prescribe medications. Especially for women, that might not happen until after menopause.

    For me, the tipping point that brought me to primal was desperation. I was miserable and willing to try anything. I was even willing to consider the radical proposition that fats were my friend and grains were not! I’m so glad I did.

  59. Mine was 12 days ago, Thursday, November 3rd. I literally could not stop eating Halloween candy. I compulsively ate almost 2 bags of Fun Size in 3 days before I was so disgusted with myself I knew I needed help.

    I’ve known for a long time that I have a love-hate relationship with carbs. Carbs controlled me and I wanted off the sugar high/sugar crash rollercoaster while I still had my “health.” I’ve done yo-yo diets, multilevel marketing cleanse programs, P90X, you name it. I couldn’t stick to anything because I couldn’t control my carb portions. Plus I hate conventional exercise.
    I dropped 12 pounds on an 11-day cleanse to fit into my wedding dress in September 2010, proceeded to become very depressed, and gained 25 pounds in fits and spurts since then. I was down to 3 pairs of pants that I could wear to work (I had to do laundry twice a week) and I hated myself and lack of control over what I put in my mouth.

    So back to that fateful Thursday. After dumping what was left of the Halloween candy off at a co-worker’s desk, I started researching quitting sugar addiction online, which led me to Potatoes not Prozac, which led me to Paleo, which reminded me of the Primal Blueprint, which I had heard about from two different friends but I thought they were crazy. This time, I was desperate. I downloaded the book immediately and knew as I started to read it that it all MADE SENSE.

    I’ve lost 8 pounds since Saturday the 12th (the day I officially gave up grains and legumes) and I’ve never eaten so healthy, had so much energy or felt so good! My pants are starting to fit again, I’m gently working out regularly (only if it’s fun!) and have energy to spare. And the best part: I kicked depression’s @ss without meds! Yeah!! I can’t wait to see where this takes me. My goal is to wear a bikini in public for the first time in my life! 🙂

  60. I’ve had two tipping points:

    One was pre-pregnancy, when a friend of mine very kindly said, “You’re not allowed to complain about being fat if you’re not going to genuinely try to lose some weight. I know you can do it.” For the first time ever I lost weight, a full 50 lb which I kept off until getting pregnant.

    Post-pregnancy, it was deep meditation on what it would mean to live “this way” forever. Never wearing the clothes I wanted to wear, never being part of certain activities, never enjoying another photograph of myself, ever again. A bunch of “nevers” scared the crap out of me.

  61. My tipping point was May 2010. I had come down with atypical walking pneumonia, as well as a sinus infection. I was tired of being sick, tired of getting 3-4 serious sinus infections a year.

    I’d put my cat on a grain-free diet earlier that year and it had made a *tremendous* difference to both her coat and her energy levels.

    While I was sick I was surfing the Internet and I ran across the site, “Know the Cause” which led me to MDA. Since my cat had done so well going grain-free, I figured, why not try it?

    Within two weeks all my seasonal allergies went away. I lost inches — at least half a ring size, 4″ off my waist, etc.

    This last year, instead of being sick about once every 6 weeks, I’ve only been sick 3 times. I can’t begin to describe how amazing that is.

    Thank you Mark for helping me find such amazing health.

  62. Here’s a tipping point for you: conceive a child.

    That was mine. Unfortunately, though my flesh was willing, my mind was ignorant. I stumbled through all sorts of nonsense before I found this blog. And then everything made sense almost overnight.

    When you discover the primal lifestyle, I strongly suggest you go whole hog from the get-go. Not 80/20; not cheating on the weekends; but as close to 100% primal as you know how to get. Rip the band-aid of your old lifestyle right off.

    That will minimize the discomfort of breaking old habits, and maximize your health results. After a week, I felt better than I had in years. After a month, better than ever before in life. With such results, I have never been tempted to return to old ways. And the rewards just keep on building.

    It can work for you just as it did for me!

    If you want a word of encouragement from somebody who’s been there, helpful folks are all around on these forums. I too would be happy to lend you an ear. Feel free to contact me at the email address on my blog.

  63. The tipping point for me was watching Lustig’s “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” youtube video. It was nearly instantaneous, over that single hour. Of course I was sort-of looking at a change, before that, or I wouldn’t have taken that much time to watch it. But that video – it all made sense. I stopped eating sugar – weaned myself over about a month and a half, while reading and researching further. And then I landed here, where that change made sense across the entire food spectrum. The weight I lost came off with amazingly little effort (other than the obvious, of course) – but no calorie counting or food weighing or logging, while still eating at restaurants and friends’ houses (just being selective in what I ate there). No change in exercise (I was already working out regularly – at the gym for an hour three times a week, and chasing a child the rest of the time: skating, bowling, bike riding, playing – that hasn’t changed all that much.) My energy is through the roof, I feel great, I have curves now where I had lumpiness before, and I am more alert. I don’t have food cravings or headaches when I miss a meal. I could go on and on…
    I want to add that weaning myself from sugar felt like kicking an addiction. Many times I bargained with myself. I would tell myself that I could live without it (candy bar, soda, whatever) for one more minute, and then another. Then an hour. Sometimes I caved and ate what I craved, but after I managed to go a few weeks of being mostly clean, it got much easier. Now, a year later, I still see desserts as if they have a special radioactive glow – they draw my attention. But I can pass them by – it’s just not worth the effort to eat a piece (again, kind of like going on a drunk – it’s just not worth feeling like crap afterwards, and going through dt’s all over again.)

  64. I’m new to Primal, but in the past have lapsed out of motivation because my health and weight have been *good* my whole life; and because a lot of sugary foods are delicious.

    I’m looking for improvement with Primal, and thinking of the future, but I’m 6’1″ and have never weighed more than 78kg (172 pounds). I haven’t had any chronic health issues except short sightedness.

    I’ve enjoyed what I’ve learned and applied so far, but there seems to be less info on what improvements one can expect when starting from a relatively healthy point. I don’t have 50 pounds to lose, or high blood pressure, or lack energy for sport, or an irritable bowel. My “before” is not a big motivator so far.

  65. When I was 25 I put on a huge amount of weight. For the next 20 years I tried all versions of CW, because we all know that ‘fad’ diets are bad! A few years ago I went on a all inclusive trip to China. After 2 weeks of eating large amounts of fantastic food every day I lost 14lbs. That’s a physical impossibility according to CW. It was enough to start me questioning. I found initial success with low carb and now tend to be primal most of the time. Definitely no wheat either.

  66. My tipping point? Coming up on 53 and my doc said I needed 2 types of medication: blood pressure and cholesterol. I said, “Nope,” and decided to act on what I had been reading. No grains, no sugar. After 4 months I have no need for medication. Yes, I’ve lost about 35 lbs but my motivation is health and that isn’t a number or a date; it’s a life time endeavor.

    Thanks, Mark and those of you who contribute to MDA.

  67. My tipping point wasn’t arriving at a bad/dire place but at a very positive one: Realizing that I am worth IT.
    (pls define the ‘it’ as you see fit)
    I had already lost over 100 lbs following CW and SAD but the insidious side effects of both had started slowly swallowing me again. I had a clear moment of, “This isn’t working anymore and I owe it to myself to find out why. I am worth the time/effort.” That time/effort lead me to the PB and no, there is no going back.

  68. I was breastfeeding my second baby and started loosing more weight than I had gained during the pregnancy. Wanting to keep the momentum going and loose that 50 extra pounds I had gained in the past 15 years, I found a slow-movement strength training facility and personal trainer who introduced me and my husband to Primal Living. So far we are down 20 pounds each and gaining muscle, just by cleaning out the pantry and changing the food we bring into the house (and one 20 minute workout per week.) Now we just need to work harder on fun physical activities, and make eating out more rare.

  69. Tipping point for me must’ve been when my television broke 🙂 So i compensated by surfing on the internet all day long while reading information about health and bodybuilding(that’s what i was always into, but never got “time” to educate myself). Seriously, if my tv never broke, I’d still be watching late night conan o’ brien instead of having my evening workouts done. Having adequate diet pushed me forward of course.

  70. For me it was definitely a visit to the doctor for a complete health check up. I went just for a regular check up, I was 28 then, and found out things about myself like I had borderline tryglycerides, I was far more overweight than I told myself I was, I had PCOS.. and all this while I thought I was just merrily chubby, but healthy nonetheless. A health check up is definitely a must do for those who need that extra push in the right direction.

  71. My tipping point was when a person said to me…your child is very healthy (i.e. FAT), same as you.

    Wanted to punch his lights out, but I thank him now!!

  72. In my case, the tipping point was slow but sure in coming…When I noticed I had severe bloating, digestive issues after grain and refined carb ingestion, a friend suggested I be tested for Celiac Disease…I was positive I had this..so when the diagnosis was that I was NOT Celiac…I was shocked, frustrated and depressed, as I had noted that avoiding grains kept me feeling good and not having to think about weight…I felt good in my skin…When I listened to the doctor’s advice about going back to whole-grains and gluten “since I had no clinical PROBLEM” with them I immediately began to bloat, have joint pain and put on weight..Finally, I found MDA and the Primal Blueprint…and everything makes sense again..I realize now that I do not need to be celiac to be affected by grains..and that it is important to listen/pay attention to your body and the messages it sends to you..Optimum health?..with the Primal Blueprint and Mark’s fantastic blog…for me it feels like the present..

  73. I didn’t really have a tipping point, as such. It was more like a repurposing of my efforts!

    I have always been pretty fit and healthy (luckily), but when a friend told me she was starting a primal diet in August this year, I got really interested. I then lost days to MDA, bought the blueprint, and haven’t looked back. Most of the 10 laws, I was doing already – it was the diet itself that was the revelation.

    I didn’t have to reach the bottom to start my way to the top – discovering primal was more like a lightbulb being switched on…

  74. I was in High School and my belly started to grow. My energy levels were down and I decided to do something about my health.
    I played a lot of basketball in Junior High and the first two years of High School, but since I’ve turned lazy, the quality of my life decreased. I got back on basketball and added resistance trainings to my regime.
    It has been 3 1/2 years and I’ve realized that fitness is a life long commitment.
    I hope you guys get that too.

  75. Simpler yet: If you are old enough to be able to tell the difference between what’s good for you and what’s not, you know what to do. Get on with it.

  76. For me, I knew I had a slight weight problem for a few years, (30-40 pounds over weight). I had been “trying to lose weight through exercising but nothing was working until my father commented on my big weight gain when I was approximately 26 or so (30 now), I was soo unbelieveably angry with him and myself. He put it bluntly but that triggered a powerful emotional response. I got very angry, I went and joined the gym and got extremely eggressive with barbells/cross trainers/went balls out at whatever exercise I was doing and lost like 20 pounds in the space of 3 weeks. For me I still channel that anger now through my workouts it helps me lift heavier, run faster, do better than previously. When i’m annoyed about something and/or stressed about work, I know i’m gonna have a pretty intense workout that I will just own that barbell! Anger is the way to go to keep me focused when I need to make gains whether that be people doubting my ability, just need a kickstart sometimes!!

  77. Mine was the old “sick and tired of being sick and tired” way back in my late twenties. I lost a hundred pounds. After raising a family, years later, I was back in that place, dxd with diabetes, scared to death of turning out like my relatives and my DOCTOR suggested low carb. The light bulb turned back on. I’m doing it with whole foods and resistance exercise this time. MDA is a wonderful guide.

  78. the long and winding road started for me the year after my youngest kid was born…I weighed more 1 year after her birth than I did the day after! Same scale, same midwife’s office, more weight! UGH. started exercising regularly, but weight did not drop until I went low carb (Atkins, at my parents suggestion). I kept it off for 2 years, then started graduate school, then my father got sick and passed away…the weight came back! I knew low carb was the only way for me, but it took much longer the second time to lose…now I’ve found Primal, but mostly lost the weight over the previous few years- but I can KEEP IT OFF! feels effortless, and less gym time! woo hoo – more time for hobbies.

  79. I should mention I am 48 years old, so all of the above happened from age 38 until now. I feel better now than I have in all those years. dont let ANY excuse(age, children, obligations) get in your way. I’d also like to mention my joints are no longer enlarged, I wake up without pain, my cycle is regular, I walk faster than my teenage son, and people COMMENT that I look young and have I lost weight..LOL! Thanks Mark, Carrie (we know a good woman is behind every good man!) & MDA people!

  80. LONG ago (1980s) I read an article (in Cosmo? Shape?) entitled “Romancing the Jolt.” It riffed off of the Jolted Sober/Jolted Lean stuff. The idea is the same as Mark’s — you CAN prime yourself for that jolt, the “click” where it all falls into place, the energy to make a radical change. I’ve returned to it over the years when I knew I had to do something about my excess fat/lack of muscle.

    What I know now is that the jolt MUST be subsequently supported by a sustainable lifestyle. Primal works. But anyone can use the Mark’s tips to give that extra rocket-blast that makes the trip so much fun.

  81. For myself, there really wasn’t an AHA! moment so much. A friend had lost lots of weight and had many health problems remedy themselves eating Primal. At the time, my DH was having precipitous drops in energy at 10 am and everything I had been doing to try to lose my steadily increasing weight the CW way wasn’t working. I thought that there was no reason not to try it. If the only thing it did was give my husband more energy than it was worth it.
    Not only has it done that but at the age of 65 he has dropped almost thirty pounds in four months.

  82. My tipping point came when I hit 212lbs and had the energy levels of a middle aged man (I’m only 25). I was finding it hard to motivate myself into doing anything physical, even the most basic of tasks. I was also getting sick a lot with frequent colds.

    So one day I watched this documentary “fat head”, which was about how a low carb, high fat diet is better than how we currently eat. The film made me remember that my brother had been on the Paleo diet, which is a similar concept.

    So I bought a few books and started cold turkey. I had one final “hurrah” day where I ate junk food all day and started fresh on a Tuesday. I’m about 2 1/2 months in and have already lost 20lbs!

  83. My tipping point was actually a very vain one. I was asked to be in my friend’s wedding party and I didn’t want to be the ‘fat’ bridesmaid. I also turned 25 this year and was tired of hating what I saw in the mirror.

    I’ve been attempting my best to be primal since April of this year, and what started as a vapid attempt to lose weight turned into a lifestyle change for the better!

  84. I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. During the hike, I developed “hiker hunger” like anybody else who hikes long distance. Bottomless, unceasing hunger due to a daily calorie deficit. I gained back all the weight I lost afterward (the trail is 2663 miles.) I was trying to lose the weight through diet and exercise but the hiker hunger had returned. It brought me to tears. I sat there over one last dry salad thinking I can’t go on with this unsatiable hunger. I saw a video where a nice Swedish doctor said if I ate lots of butter and cream I could calm my hunger. I tried it and the hunger went away instantly.

  85. Mark! You have moved into my head lately…how to eat more veggies, tipping point, healthfulness in nature. How’d you do that?! 😉

    A couple years ago I started to pull-the-plug on my sedentary bulls***. Seeing a photo of myself on a hike STUNNED me out of denial. Holding a friends hand while his 24 y.o. daughter died from a horse accident. Watching my mom crutch around when a she used to be vision of strength. Having to bury my 63 y.o. dad, after he battled 4 years of the effects of diabetes, cancer.

    So I finally took that surfing class I’d been dreaming of for 20 yrs. I took that trapeze class too. And when I noticed that protein, meat protein, seemed to help my migraines, yet I INSISTED on being vegetarian….denial couldn’t live here anymore.

    And when I went looking for further confirmation of my suspicions, guess what came up every time I did an internet search.

    MDA

    I feel like there is a blues song in this somewhere. Or a country song! haha

    Thanks Mark and MDA’ers — you folks lay down an awesome path of support every day. Love it.

  86. My tipping point was coming for several years but I continually headed it off at the pass. Ten years ago I was at a good weight, for me, I am very petite, and possibly an OK body fat %. My approach to low carb was the Zone which is too low in fat. In my early 30s after several years of doing the Zone I one day stopped sleeping, this was after having adult acne for several years also a sign of an endocrine/hormonal imbalance but back then I couldn’t put the pieces together. I went on the birth control pill which caused me to become estrogen dominant while continuing my version of low carb primal…A few years later I joined a gym and gained a few pounds, started eating red meat but then a year and a half later managed to lose the 5 lbs and another 5 leaving me in an underweight condition. I once again stopped sleeping well and turned to weekly wine and pizza to cope. I continued to eat red meat and walked but my calories were too low and protein intake not high enough etc. Last fall one day when putting on my skinny jeans I caught a glimpse and realized wow, maybe I’m gaining body fat. This past summer the tipping point finally arrived when I learned I’d become skinny fat, with a super low weight and super high body fat %. Am still reeling from the shock to some extent.

  87. For me it was my acne. I had terribly acne for about 6 years. I started to do a lot of research online about overall health. I learned a lot and realized that dermatologists know nothing about nutrition, stress and how it related to acne.

    I started a blog and while researching gluten I always came back to this blog. I thought it was all bullshit at first but then I decided to give it a try. I have not looked back since April, 5, 2010.

    When I got cramps in February of last year and looked at my diet I realized that Gluten may be having a large effect on me. I was right!

  88. I recently reached a tipping point around sleep. Have had sleep issues for years, but lately they have intensified into ongoing insomnia, accompanied by intense anxiety. I’m surprised, because I feel I’m doing most of the requisites: black out curtains, dim light before bed, no stims for months, strict paleo, earthpulse magnet for rf neutralization. I’ve resolved to fix this for good this time, but am at a bit of a loss as to what to do next. Any suggestions are appreciated.

    1. A few suggestions that I’ve received from fellow Grokkers: 1) are you unconsciously engaging in chronic cardio, or simply overdoing your workouts? This could be causing a spike in your cortisol levels, keeping you from getting to sleep easier; 2) are you supplementing with magnesium and Vitamin D (or getting adequate sunlight)? and 3) how much caffeine do you take in per day, and at what times? Also, take a look at this article, brought to my attention by primal dan: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/biphasic-sleep/
      It’s really changed my outlook on what constitutes proper sleep, and I’ve been SO much better for it. Hope you can figure it out =)

    2. As I mentioned in my post, my family has recently started on Iodoral, an iodine/iodide supplement recommended by Dr. David Brownstein in his book “Iodine: Why you need it, why you can’t live without it” My 35 year old daughter and I both had insomnia terribly and my daughter had anxiety attacks so bad she has medication for them. I have been taking the supplement for three weeks and sleep SO well now. Same for my daughter and she has only been on it two weeks. Also she has not had an anxiety attack in four days. My husband is also sleeping much better and has stopped snoring. I’ve seen other positive changes since I started taking Iodoral, but you mentioned insomnia and anxiety specifically

    3. I feel what you are saying–and tho’ I occasionally struggle w/ it still, there are some things that have helped.

      -Removing alcohol from dinner or post dinner helped tremendously. Sounds like you’ve done that.

      -If you exercise reg., try doing it at a diff. time of day. If late day, it can rile some people up a bit.

      -Examine what goes on while you are awake when you’d rather be sleeping. Is your mind a “mouse on a treadmill”, spinning thru the days events? You may not be addressing the real upheaval in your life–work, money, signif. other, etc. Really spend a bit of time assessing your anxiety. Is it really about the lack of sleep?

      -I’ve also really enjoyed my yantramat. All those prickly points relaxes and warms me prior to bed. Seemed to help the soreness post exercise too.

      I’m sorry if this all sounds trite; your description sounds like you are well educated on the alternative options.

  89. Ultimately, my tipping point was a blouse. I know it sounds shallow, but looking at myself in the mirror, absolutely busting out of that blouse only 4 months after I bought it was a real wake-up call. I combined that awakening with a strong desire to end years of digestive issues I’d been suffering through. Thanks to the gluten-free “fad” all over the news, I started doing my homework. Then I heard an interview with Karen DeCoster, I found out about PB and was directed here, to MDA and all its wisdom and support. I’ve never felt better in my life. =)

  90. My tipping point was actually just two weeks ago. I had just gotten over a sickness(third this year) and was having IBS issues from sticking to the comfort sick foods like chicken noodle soup, crackers, and 7-up. I was at my heaviest weight and couldn’t fit into some of the clothes I had purchased a measly 2 months before.

    I’d heard of the Primal blueprint and had been reading Mark’s Daily Apple for over a year, but had never taken the initiative. I finally buckled down, and now have lost 7 lbs already! I feel great!

  91. My tipping point came this July. Everything in my life was a mess, I was unemployed and depressed, and self-medicating by eating tons of junk food. Not surprisingly I gained a ton of weight. One night I had horrible chest pains and ended up in the ER. I was diagnosed with acid reflux, but the pain was so bad I couldn’t believe it. I dedided I needed to change my life, I could not live this way anymore, obese and in horrible pain whenever I ate, living on Maalox and Nexium. I am only 37 and I did not want to live the rest of my life like that. While surfing the internet I found the MDA website, and dove right into it. Cut out all grains, sugar, caffeine and junk food. Now all I eat is meat, veggies, nuts and yogurt, a small amount of fruit, and I drink water. I started walking everyday.

    Slowly but surely my health improved, and I lost weight without really trying to. My reflux is a hundred times better, sometimes a get a little bit when I’m anxious, but no more sleepless nights in horrible pain. And since July I have lost 80 lbs and am still losing. I had enough self confidence back to go out and find a new job.

    I owe it all to following the primal way of eating. I have so much energy now and feel like a new person. Soon I am going to start lifting weights to get in even better shape.

    The PB works, I am living proof. This article about tipping points really hit home. Thank you so very much for this website, it has given me my life back. When people ask me how I did it, I direct them here.

  92. My tipping point came in August 2010 when, after 8 years of struggling with various inflammation related disorders (rosacea, psoriasis, lichen sclerosus, persistent candida, arthritis, irritable bowel, gall bladder disease, and obesity) I learned that, age age 56, I had type 2 diabetes and hyptertension. My GPs response was limited to prescribing metformin, but I knew I needed to do more. I started reading various blogs and books, and was particularly inspired by Gary Taubes’ “Good Calories, Bad Calories”, as well as Dr. Bernstein’s “Diabetes Solution”. Thanks to a healthy low carb diet, (as well as Metformin and exercise) I’ve finally been able to lose 65 pounds, normalize my BP, and normalize my fasting blood sugars. Still working on inflammation, though, as my CRP remains high. Unfortunately, my GP is not the least bit interested in how I’ve been able to achieve these results….wish he’d read this blog!

  93. My tipping point came
    when I was in my first
    year of college.

    I grew up an overweight kid
    my entire life, and because of
    that, I became very self-conscious
    of not only my body, but
    my entire self-image.

    In college, I tried out for the
    basketball team. Basketball was
    the one activity that kept
    me from being a complete introvert
    and shy from the world. (I hated
    shy)

    But I didn’t make it. And I got
    upset, internally. I was angry at
    myself for carrying around the
    weight because I felt like it was
    more than just ‘fat’ I was carrying
    around. It was my insecurity and
    my lack of confidence.

    At that moment, I said ‘that’s it’.
    If I can’t even shine in the one
    thing I loved to do at the time,
    something had to change.

    I was sick of being in that
    limiting mindset. It was holding
    me back from doing things,
    way too much.

    So I went for it.

    I dived right in to changing my
    body.

    Everything else: buying TPB, eating
    healthier, learning more, gaining
    self-confidence…

    was details.

  94. Great post Mark!

    The tipping point is huge. You’ll never commit unless you’re IN FROM ALL ANGLES, and you WANT to change. It’s much like smokers trying to quit. Usually it’s a strong realization or life-changing moment that “wakes them up”! Doctor’s visit, pregnancy, etc.

    My tipping point, was when I saw 238 on the scales, and my baby boy was about to be born…I also realized that I’d gained 60 lbs I’d put on at a rate of 5-6 lbs a year…and I THOUGHT I ate pretty healthy!!! Running worked at first, but you plateau, and it just doesn’t feel right…like something’s missing.

    Then I found Primal…holy smokes!!! 18 months later, and I’m 175 lbs, and in the best shape of my life!

    I share my story / primal experience with everyone, and help to educate those who are interested, or ready to take the primal Plunge!

    Thanks Mark…you changed my family’s life!

    Rob L.

  95. I had two tipping points. First was my first ever (and I pray my last) overnight visit to a hospital. I went to the emergency room in terrible pain throughout my midsection. I ended up staying there for 5 days while they treated two blood clots that luckily found their way to my lungs. It was a real shock to someone who has always been relatively healthy. I hated the hospital and knew that things needed to change. I had been pretty sedentary over the previous 5 years having given up my weekly hockey when I was transferred to Florida and my job overwhelmed my life. Once I was finally off the meds (my 2nd tpping point) I knew it was time for some changes. They were the first medication I had ever been prescribed and I hated every day of it. The blood thinners really affected me in many ways. Once I was allowed off the coumadin I started to research alternative ways to get back in shape. I first found kettlebells, and later after seeing good results with that began dong more research and stumbled onto the MDA site. Since April I have dropped 49 pounds, and almost 6″ off my waist. I am working out again and feel better than I have in many years.
    Since changing to the PB I realize that I had issues almost daily with my stomach. I always felt bad after dinner, and sadly never thought about making changes to my diet. I also had blood work done about a month ago and my Dr. was blown away by my numbers. Everything was significantly better than at any other time in my adult life!
    Thanks Mark.

  96. My moment wasn’t so much a tipping point as an “ah ha” moment. For the last 10 years I’ve suffered from acne and debilitating monthly migraines. I juiced, ate raw, cut out dairy, ate very little meat, took a variety of herbs, etc. I finally just gave up and came to the conclusion that I might as well eat what I want because eating “healthy” wasn’t working. All the while, I was chronically fatigued, gaining the typical pound every year for the last 15 years, and generally feeling old.

    I came across the paleo diet in July and everything clicked on an epic scale. It made so much sense that I immediately abandoned my hearthealthygrains & beans and started eating real protein and gobs of good fat. I never looked back and after three months, I can finally say I’ve gone over 30 days without experiencing a migraine. I figure that I’ve LOST three days a month, for ten years, or 360 days of my life – one year – to feeling incredibly miserable and now, I just might be free. Thanks to Mark, Robb, and Art for setting me on this path.

  97. Hmm, interesting. My background is somewhat different in that I have never had any kind of tipping point or time of realisation I needed to switch from an unhealthy to healthy lifestyle. From my teenage years I’ve always done my best to take care of myself, with the knowledge I’ve had at the time (and done my best to get knowledge). Unfortunately, I’ve got fatter and sicker whilst doing that. I have to admit, I am envious of those who have a tipping point style success story. All I have is 20 years of striving and two autoimmune diseases lol!

  98. I’ve been struggling with this all my adult life, chronic health problems, etc, and been involved here for almost a year and 1/2. I don’t think everyone can do it all in one big push. If I ever get to write a Friday story, it will be a step-wise story starting with a five pint a week Ben and Jerry’s habit.

    I keep thinking that I haven’t made any progress, but really, I have. I notice how much stronger my feet are from wearing minimal shoes. Ice cream is a rare treat, now and so is anything from the gluten-free bakery. I tried quinoa, but found it too starchy!

    I am at the end of my first week dairy-free. It has been a long week! If I get anything like a big tipping point, I hope this is it.

  99. Today, my first day on insulin for type II diabetes. I’ve tried before but this time, I HAVE TOO.

  100. Two things happened in short distance of each other. First, when I bent over my pants slid down my ass to ever so slightly expose a “plumber famous” part of my anatomy. Apart from being embarrassed it was very annoying so I decided to climb on a scale, something I haven’t done in years. Follow the second part, the scale tipping in at a whopping 82 kgs, which is a lot for my body composition. That was it! I was done!

  101. “One reason why some people who get overweight or depressed or stuck in a health rut stay there and never get better is because they live an isolated existence. They don’t leave the house, they go straight home from work, they refuse invitations to go out. It’s not about lack of physical activity; it’s about maintaining a staid life that removes any potential for confounders.”

    You just blew my mind. This describes me in every way.

  102. I look pregnant even though I’m not. That’s enough of a tipping point for me.

  103. My tipping point was seeing my obese father no longer able to walk, and every other health complication (heart issues, etc) that he otherwise could have overcome, rather forced him into a nursing home at only 55 years old, essentially signing over a disability check to medicaid subsidized and awful facility he bi**ches about cnstantly. But there he sits, eating manufactured cafeteria food every day, addicted to all the sugar or artificially sweetened stuffs he can get while getting his daily dose insulin from the staff.

    Needless to say, what was an athletic experiement in my early 20’s where I dropped weight and got leaner became more of a long term life-or-death proposition at 30. Eating primal, avoiding pharmacauticals, getting enough sun and sleep, pushing awful snacking away because living, and living WELL is more important.