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August 17 2018

I’m No Longer Anxious About Not Having Food Available

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

I’ve been athletic and thin my whole life, 5’9″ 145 pounds. Nine years ago when I was 22-years-old I started noticing that I was running out of steam when road biking. The problem was solved with eating more, things like granola bars and gels. Over the next 8 years I kept having to eat more and more to feel satiated. I stopped road biking and going to the gym, I had no energy to be active even though I was eating tons of tons of food (carbs). We’re talking about eating four bagels at work, in addition to 3 large meals a day. Going on trips I would have loaves of bread on the ready.

I had seen an endocrinologist, had many things tested, I appeared to be completely normal. No medical explanation. My A1C was 5.7 and when occasionally checking my blood sugar it would always be between 70-130. I eventually hit the point when I was having hypoglycemic-like incidents every 2 hours while being completely sedentary. Eating would solve the issue for 2 hours. I was a slave to food and was scared of what was happening to me. I was struggling to live a normal life.

Last year I turned to Dr. Google and I found the ketogenic diet. It seemed to make sense, your body will run off of ketones and your blood sugar will not be all over the place. Within a week I had my life back. Boundless energy and endurance.

Doing more research I found your site and The Primal Blueprint. The Primal Blueprint and fitness clicks with me, much more than just limiting carbs. I’ve been primal for a year and I am feeling better than ever. My yearly physical showed my A1C at 5.2 and I’m no longer anxious about not having food available. I am now 31-years-old and I can look forward to living life.

Something interesting that I can’t explain is that I never was able to gain weight, before primal and even now. Maybe I have a very fast metabolism, I don’t know.

If I don’t have time to make breakfast in the morning I am able to skip breakfast and have also experimented with fasting for 24 hours to see if I could do it. I’ve found that a small amount of healthy carbs gives me that extra gear for when I need to be very active. My current activities are chasing after my three children and cutting up firewood, no easy tasks. I can tackle these with ease, thanks to primal. I’m certain going primal can cure just about anything!

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  1. Thanks for sharing your journey. Great to have discovered Primal at such a young age with your life ahead of you. Chasing those 3 kids will keep you in shape!

    You might try experimenting with intermittent fasting. My sweet spot seems to be an eating window between 12:00 noon and 6:00 PM. Have tried full on Keto but not for me.

    Continued success!

  2. Couldn’t agree with you more… going primal will indeed cure just about anything. The common denominator of disease is the modern world. This is why Primal Blueprint is so important… it’s fundamental to health, healing and creating genetic momentum so that we Sapiens can be strong and resilient again.

    It’s far more than the foods we eat, or don’t eat. It’s how we sleep… it’s how we move… it’s how we avoid dangers… it’s how we connect with the earth… it’s how we expose ourselves to the elements that shaped us (including sun, soil, hot and cold)… it’s the tribal bonds that we form that give us meaning, purpose, love and laughter.

    For those that know me, you know how hard it is for me to resist the urge to plug my two cents on danger… think lions, trans fats, sugars, fluoride, excessive wifi, emfs, vaccines, mercury, toxic people, pollution, non-native water, plastics, non-native clothing (polyester, acrylic, acetate, nylon, etc), non-native bedding, non-native eating and drinking containers, non-native toiletries, non-native smells (perfumes, air fresheners), flame retardants, etc… the list goes on and it’s almost all stuff that belongs to the modern world.

  3. I do not do much exercise myself
    Of course, I try to eat vegetables
    But in general, there is very little carbohydrate in my foods.
    My experience has proven to me that a combination of low food and normal exercise can result in healthy body health.

  4. You are so fortunate to discover this so young! Congrats on your healthy changes.

  5. What a remarkable change in your lifestyle: from having to eat every two hours to complete food freedom! You must feel unstoppable now that you are off that glucose roller coaster. Thank you for sharing your experience with one of the most powerful components of primal nutrition. Enjoy all that energy!

  6. Hey Mark, thanks for sharing another real-life success story that motivates to be fit and start their fitness journey. This story inspires many lives.

  7. I’m really confused about the variation of metabolic rates between people. One finds scientific reports suggesting no more than plus/minus 10% difference between individuals of similar height.

    Yet one finds reports of some people on LC eating 3-5 meals/day and not gaining weight, probably meaning 2,500-3,500 kcal/day while two ex-plump friends of mine have ended up on VLC, intermittent fasting and I doubt that they have more than 1,600 kcal/day in their single meal.

    I’m an example of the first category. Admittedly, I exercise moderately and sometimes vigorously. But even so, clarification of this apparent difference would be welcome. I would lose weight on 2,000 kcal/day and fade away on 1,600.

    Other comments I’ve read are that it’s all in the thyroid, i.e. borderline hyperthyroid individuals eat more and still stay thinner than the average or the borderline hypothyroid. Wouldn’t this mean that the difference in metabolic rate is a lot more than +/-10%?