I Will Never Go Back To the Traditional Way of Eating

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

At about 45, I was diagnosed with Palindromic Rheumatism. As an irrigation contractor at the time, this wasn’t good news. I could hardly go to my knees at times, then I couldn’t get back up without aid. Sometimes, my forearms would become inflamed, so I couldn’t turn my wrists even slightly. Let me tell you, one cannot install irrigation systems when this is going on!

Now, I was never overweight. In fact, I was always a hard gainer, so-to-speak. In order to gain any size, I have to work hard in a gym lifting weights, and eating quite a lot. (Sorry if this makes some people angry…;) Getting to the gym at times, also became an issue. The pain would come and go, and there was no pattern to it. I never knew what would ache next.

One day, I ran into a friend, who also happened to work for my parts wholesaler. Since it was the beginning of spring (I live in Canada), and I hadn’t seen him through the winter months, I was surprised to see he had lost about 30 pounds he had always been carrying. I asked if he’d been sick, and he replied that he had never been, or felt, better. With that, he took me to his office, and explained. He had also witnessed a friend’s transformation, and decided to give his friend’s advice a try.

Well, when he explained Paleo to me, it just made so much sense that I had to also try it. Within about two and a half months, I had lost 22 pounds of body fat that I didn’t even realize I had. To my surprise, I also lost my arthritis. I had been tested for gluten intolerance, so it wasn’t that.

What’s interesting is also that my friend also eliminated a lifelong battle with eczema. Pills, potions and lotions weren’t helping him. Going Paleo did. 100% eradicated. He is one fellow I can honestly say will never go back to traditional ways of eating. Neither will I.

Now that I’m 60, I praise the Paleo lifestyle, and I tell others all the time. I feel like a 30-year-old, and I can keep up to my 10-year-old, adopted son. (I also have a 41-year-old son.) It’s important to me to be around for him as he matures, as I lost my dad at 62. Thanks for your great website, and your commitment to helping others.


About the Author

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

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  1. Great story Tim. It’s never too late and I can tell you have never felt better. You look 40. Congrats.

  2. Hi Tim
    Thanks for posting one of the more efficient success stories ever: highest content to word count ratio!

  3. Sounds like you became a dad to your adopted son about the same age as I became a mom to mine. It’s really helpful to be this “young” on primal/paleo/keto with kids as they go through their lives.
    It makes me cringe to see and hear commercials for drugs on TV/Radio about skin issues, arthritis and the rest that can be easily cured or managed with adjustments in food.
    Good job!

  4. Great to see your results Tim! I am fellow Canuck at 58 and have had great results on Primal for past 3years. . They say 60 is the new 40 with this program. Continued success!

  5. Amazing job. So great to hear healing stories. Inevitably people find out it’s never just about LGN!

  6. You look sensational at 62, and I am so grateful for your inspirational journey back to wellness. I’m going to be 53 this year, and I too want to be my own success story. Currently, I am 200 #s and should also drop 30-40 #s to get back to my healthy, longevity weight. The abdominal fat for me contributes to bad lower back pain, and I know that I can become fit and well at almost 53. Thanks for this amazing article. 🙂 Be well.

  7. No anger here. I too have lost a lot of weight, but am most pleased by how I’ve lost all pain in my hands and elbows. I thought I was just another guy in his 40’s getting older with the inevitable side effects. Man am I glad I found this diet and website. Thank you Mark!!!

  8. Dude… great job! I’m 45 and just ditched carbs for ketones, and like you, will *never* go back. Hope to have your makeup at 61!

  9. Congratulations! Very inspiring. Do you take any supplements. If so, would you mind telling which ones?

  10. Congratulations Tim. I’m an old fella at 77, still leading an active life with no significant joint pain since I went paleo about five years ago. If my experience is anything to go by you have many years of good living ahead of you. Cheers!

  11. Tim, you look amazing. Delighted you’ve shared your story and have experienced such a massive improvement in your health and how you feel. Inspiration for today!