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
I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep
coming in. Thank you for reading!
first MDA Success Story was published in June 2016. Towards the
end I said “My story isn’t over. It is just
Those words couldn’t be more true.
That success story was about overcoming decades of
chronic cystic acne, along with digestive issues and
And the Primal lifestyle truly helped me to accomplish all of
that. After decades as a vegetarian, pescetarian, and sometimes raw
vegan, making a gradual transition to a Primal diet really changed
The big thing for me was the acne. It’s painful enough to grow
up with it, but for me it never really went away, despite every
prescription drug in the book. There were even three rounds of
Accutane along with some horrible side effects. Removing grains and
dairy and adding animal protein and fat back into my diet reduced
the inflammation very quickly, and within about a month my skin
looked dramatically different.
At the same time my skin was miraculously clearing up, my
sometimes debilitating digestive issues and anxiety quietly left
And if my story ended there, it would have been a happy
But things just keep getting better.
At the age of 51, my energy
levels have increased and I have better body composition than
ever. But it’s so much more than that. I’m more
adventurous, confident, creative and intuitive.
Since my last success story was published, I’ve
gradually transitioned to a keto lifestyle. I refer to it
as “borderline keto” since I do not track or measure anything.
I know that works great for some people, I just don’t care for
it. But by increasing the healthy fats and moderating the protein I
feel even more focused and energetic. Even though I had already
made the switch, reading The Keto Reset Diet was
helpful, and I’ve recommended it to so many people.
I’ve also completed my Primal Health Coach
certification (even though I had another health coaching
certification under my belt already.) I believe so strongly in the
value of this lifestyle and want to learn everything I can, so I
continue to educate myself by attending events like Paleo f(x) and
reading everything I can get my hands on. I’m also taking my
first digital cooking class,
Paleo Cooking Bootcamp, and loving it.
When my last success story was published I had been
writing a blog called “happy,
healthy and hot” for about six months. It was mostly
recipes and natural beauty tips presented in a playful, sassy
As I wanted to share my message with more people, I started
posting on Instagram as well (@happyhealthyandhot_elizabeth),
and eventually started sharing more of my lifestyle, including
travel, fashion, personal development, and short videos showing
easy workouts that I do at home (many times with a cameo appearance
by my dog). I used to be a very private person, but I know that
sharing these snapshots of my day to day life can show how easy it
to live a healthy lifestyle.
I’ve also been featured
on other health related websites and have been interviewed for
podcasts, including the
Primal Blueprint Podcast. Love sharing the happy, healthy and
hot message with as many people as I can.
I truly believe that everyone deserves to look and feel amazing,
and the Primal lifestyle is a great way to start. Living
this way should be fun and easy…if it feels like a chore you’re
not doing it right!
What started out as a little health blog is organically growing
into a lifestyle brand with followers from all over the world.
Is my life perfect? Absolutely not. During this time I’ve
dealt with some major personal challenges just like everyone else.
But I’ve come out of them stronger than ever.
People are always asking me what I eat. Here’s a
typical day… I start with lemon water and coffee. I
always blend Collagen Peptides or Collagen Fuel (vanilla is my
fave) into the coffee. There’s usually a blended green drink
too…typically something like spinach or baby kale and fresh
A few hours later I get hungry for some real food, and might
make eggs with leftover veggies, or just eat leftovers from the
A second meal will be another form of protein…fish and beef
are my favorites and a bunch of non starchy veggies. For example,
today I had salmon, roasted brussels sprouts and avocado as a late
lunch. Salmon or sardines make an appearance a few times a
week…love what they do for my skin.
I’ve tried intermittent fasting but don’t do it on a
regular basis. Instead, I just try to listen to my body
and eat when I’m truly hungry. Lately I find myself eating two
meals rather than three, and maybe having some small snacks.
Most days I’ll have a few squares of super dark chocolate or
some type of Paleo “treat,” especially if I’m trying out a
new recipe for happy, healthy and hot. Totally enjoy dry red wine
from time to time too.
I’m not really into supplements, with the exception of
Collagen Peptides in some form every single day of my life.
I’ve been doing this for years, and my skin is firmer now at the
age of 51 than it was ten years ago. I also think the
collagen keeps me from getting sore when I work out. Some nights I
take a magnesium supplement before bed, and the only multi I will
Primal Master Formula.
I don’t belong to a gym, although I have in the past. For now,
I feel great doing some simple workouts at home (love my boss ball)
and my dog forces me to get out and walk every single day. Working
part time as a bartender is pretty physical too.
There are two things I plan to add this year to increase my
fitness: sprinting and pull-ups. I learned so much about the value
of sprinting in the Primal Health Coach course, but still haven’t
made it part of my fitness routine. So this is the year! And right
now I can’t do a pull up to save my life, but that’s going to
change in 2018.
I’ve attached some pics from a recent trip to the Bahamas with
my daughter, and one from a recipe I posted on my blog.
So I’ll say it again…my story is just beginning.
Life is full of adventure and possibility. Can’t wait to
see where the next few years take me. Thanks for reading!
The readers featured in our success stories share their
experiences in their own words. The Primal Blueprint and Keto Reset
diets are not intended as medical intervention or diagnosis. Nor
are they replacements for working with a qualified healthcare
practitioner. It’s important to speak with your doctor before
beginning any new dietary or lifestyle program, and please consult
your physician before making any changes to medication or treatment
protocols. Each individual’s results may vary.