We’ve Experienced the Best Results When We Follow the Primal Blueprint Recommendations

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!

It is now nearly four years ago that our initial story was shared on MDA. Over that time, we have experimented a lot with our diet and lifestyle to see what type of diet-exercise regimen best suits our bodies. To make a long story short, we have experienced the best results when we follow the Primal Blueprint recommendations. The path that MDA set us on many years ago has been hugely beneficial to us and our family and we are very grateful for that.

In the past years, our family has grown and we are now the proud parents of four children. This obviously puts a lot of pressure on our time, but one of the biggest benefits we feel we get from eating clean and staying active is that we can manage the emotional and physical rollercoasters of having children whilst working full-time well.

Around the time when our story was published I started getting into CrossFit, which felt like a very natural progression for me coming from a Primal Blueprint prescribed way of working out. As part of being immersed in the CrossFit world, however, there is a different set of diet recommendations that one is subjected to. It seems that a more relaxed diet approach, e.g. regular oatmeal breakfasts and more grain-based meals are ok. I did shift my approach to eating towards that and although I experienced strength gains along the way, I ended up not being happy about how my body reacted to the change in diet.

2I have now for the past year been working my way back to following the Primal Blueprint style of eating and have hugely benefitted from it. I am still getting stronger and faster all the time, but my body has shifted to a more fat-burning machine again, which is a big visual change compared to a year ago.

My wife has obviously pushed her body a lot in terms of having had four children in the span of six years. The challenges for her were down to not wanting certain foods during her pregnancies, like eggs or meat at times. Also, there are different needs for a mum who is breastfeeding her babies, for example, intermittent fasting was not an option her. However, I am most amazed by how fast her body has always recovered, including her losing her baby weight in-between pregnancies. This has been due to her developing a passion to source and create primal meals for her family as well as developing a regular and fun exercise regimen.

Having gone primal has been amazing for our family and we love providing healthy meals for our children, who love their vegetables for lunch every day. My wife and I are both certified CrossFit adult and kids’ trainers and we love taking our children along this journey of healthy eating and staying active. Through being primal, we have managed to achieve a lot in the past years, including me completing the SealFit Kokoro camp a year ago and my wife and I are now enrolled on the Primal Health Coach course. Thanks to Marc and this amazing community of primal/paleo folks.

Tobias & Harriet Emonts-Holley


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  1. Wonderful! I love how you have your whole family involved. Is there a link to your previous success story? I’d love to read it.

  2. A picture that worth a thousand words. Going out to sea with your family aboard a Paddle board (sup) and one in tow, shows confidence and how far you have come. Well ?

  3. What a wonderful update! I love seeing all those kids chilling on the paddle board. Your children are so fortunate to be raised in such a healthy and adventurous home. Congratulations to all of you!

  4. The healthy happy MDA family, that’s awesome!

    I’m not a fan of CrossFit, maybe modified to fit into Mark’s guidelines, but doing multiple times a week year after year not good for the average person IMHO. Physical therapists love it however, about half their patients are CrossFit enthusiasts LOL. If it works for you and no injuries or fatigue, great, if not then like anything else re-evaluate and tweak or eliminate as appropriate.

  5. Kudos. You’re a great dad. Also Sealfit Kokoro isn’t exactly a sleep away camp. Mark Divine nightmares?

  6. Great job guys! Love the paddle board pic too. Mark, this is my favourite section to your blog.

  7. I’ve been following Mark’s blog from last one year & every time he comes up with something motivational & inspiring. This is really inspiring post & I’m heading strong to achieve my goals. Thank you so much Mark.. Keep on sharing
    Elin Smith