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Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple
reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share
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I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep
coming in. Thank you for reading!
On November of 2017 I sent
a story to Mark’s Daily Apple. A brief story of my
life at the time and how I got there. I’ve re-read that letter a
couple of times and I’ve thought maybe I should have waited or I
should have said more, so I thought maybe an update from then to
now would be helpful.
My primal story started as a diet and exercise program, I needed
to get back into shape so I hit the gym, or in my case hit the
treadmill in my garage, and went on a diet. I did what everyone
else does when they want to lose weight and “get healthy.” If
my original story and look at the pictures, I figured it out.
I lost 60 pounds total and improved my numbers to a point
my doctor was amazed at my results. I completed the Primal
Health Coach course, and Mom loved to hear about what I was
Everything was great, well almost everything. My mom’s
health was declining fast, she was slowly losing her battle with
cancer. My sisters and I started staying weekends with her
to spend as much time as possible with her, we would drink wine,
and talk about the past and laugh about all the crazy things we
did. My brother-in-law would come down about once a month and bring
steaks, and we would grill over a grate in the fireplace and drink
beer and wine and laugh. Mom couldn’t really eat that much
anymore, but we had a lot of fun.
I started going to visit every day after work, and I’d
grab a bag of chips and a case of beer to have when I got there, a
candy bar or two for the way there. Eventually mom needed
24-hour care so she moved in with my sister in Michigan, but I
still went every day to take care of the house. In April my mom
lost her battle with cancer. My sisters and I would get together as
much as we could to get the house ready to sell, and finalize the
estate. I was there everyday—as the executor I felt I had to keep
things moving and get everything done. I would buy beer and snacks
and a bottle of whisky for when I was there….
I thought it was important to share that story because
it’s real. During that time I gained 10 pounds, my
cholesterol was high again and my sugar was elevated. Luckily for
me I know how to correct all those issues and have. I
failed where everyone on a diet fails—when the diet stops. The
part I missed was the rest of life. Diet is
important but even a perfect diet will fail without stress
management. My stress management was alcohol, my comfort
zone, and we all know your body burns alcohol first. I got off
track and used my life problems as an excuse. Sometimes even a
coach needs some coaching. This has kind of been a failure story
instead of a success story, but I’m still writing.
I’ve taken what I learned from the Primal Health Coach
Institute, and have started to develop my own brand, “Primal
Hippie.” I started a very easy to read blog “primalhippie.net.” I blog a lot
about stress from daily life and ideas how to manage that stress.
I’ve taken the laid back, have fun attitude and mixed it with
some nutrition advice and tried to aim it towards the younger
generation because it’s easier to prevent disease than to cure
It’s very obvious to me that the trend towards living a
holistic healthy life is happening, the amount of available,
affordable, organic foods is on the rise. The merging of major food
giants with small health-minded companies is another great
step—great work Mark. There is even some common ground being
found with the paleo/vegan world. This trend is still very
personal to me. Since my first post, four more friends of mine have
been diagnosed with cancer, one is currently
non-responsive. I hear a lot about all the advances in
medicine, and yet here we are. It’s time to educate the young
people, and make healthy foods the norm not the exception.
Thanks Mark for all your passion and effort and giving me the
chance to share my story, Grok on!
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.
Even a Perfect Diet Will Fail Without Stress Management
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