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!

 My wife and I went Paleo 1/1/2016, initially guided by The Whole 30.

My wife lost weight, and we both passed through carb flu hell. We became virtually illness-free and enjoyed extra daily hours of energy…but I gained weight.

I was committed to grain- and sugar-free living, but confused about my extra pounds. A colleague suggested The Primal Blueprint, which I confess I stayed up all night to read.

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The Blueprint’s much more flexible approach to Paleo, or more properly “Primal” eating, snapped things into focus. I learned quickly that I was simply eating too much, and that potatoes (including most sweet varieties) didn’t make sense.

I also learned to dump my grimly desperate gym-rat’s approach to cardio and lifting. Coming up on age 60 in 2018, I now spend 75% of my workout time outside in the sun. Hiking dominates. I added a 20 lb. vest last year to boost intensity.

I now spend more time on my feet than seated, including a stand-up desk at work. I have to be reminded to sit down to eat.

My wife also appreciates the latitude to eat-when-hungry, and the mature, hype-free approach to wine, dairy, chocolate and other “gray area” foods.

We have both lost 30 lbs. I have been sick exactly ONCE since going Primal (first time in 26 months) and have not seen a physician at all. Kathy, a teacher exposed to constant sneezing and coughing students, is ill far less often than her pre-Primal days.

At one point, my weight loss stalled. I went back the Blueprint and realized we were eating a lot of organic chicken. “Organic” doesn’t guarantee correct omega fatty acid ratios, so we reduced our chicken consumption 50%—replacing it with grass-fed beef. Within a few weeks, not only did I lose more pounds but suddenly dropped 3 inches in my waist. It was almost weird.

Even better, we can now look forward to healthy retirement years. My personal success with Primal living got me started researching its long-term health benefits. I now believe we have a real chance to enjoy a disease-free “live long, drop dead” old age.

Timely updates from MDA are a big help, of course. Mark’s patience and commitment to understanding, and examining—not just rebutting—every new fad and study, is a great example to us all. I never hesitate to refer people to MDA, and visit daily.

While I have read many other books and articles about Paleo and Primal living, I am thrilled to say everything just reinforces the foundation I got from The Primal Blueprint.

I am also committed to getting the word out, and have started my own blog, which will be called Paleo55plus.com, devoted to healthy aging through ancestral life choices.

In the face of unprincipled corporate interests and their stranglehold on “popular” information, all we can do is keep sharing our stories and results.

If we have to convert the grainiacs one a time, it’s still worth it.

Grok henceforth!

David Whiteside
St. George, UT

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