Posted by: Lowell | August 28, 2009

Primal Blueprint Success Stories

Mark (from Mark’s Daily Apple) has been posting reader submitted stories, and they’re great enough they deserve to be shared around.  Think a happy, healthy (and primal) lifestyle can’t work if you’re fat past a certain point, or have advanced diabetes, or are just very unhealthy?  Think again.  You might need additional medical help to resolve underlying clinical issues- and if so likely only temporarily- but in many cases all it takes is a primal lifestyle, and that’s easier than it sounds and feels great.

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Probably my favorite source for wrapping things up together and delivering them in a easy to follow and understandable way is Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, and the guy behind the Mark’s Daily Apple web site / blog (lots of great info there).  The overriding perspective he presents is based on evolution and history; the idea that humans were naturally selected (and evolved) based on the environmental conditions we experienced for 99% of human history, and that anything outside of those experiences is an unknown and may cause health problems.  It’s possible for something new to “just work” with the human body, but it’s just as likely (if not more) that since we haven’t adapted to it that it will be unhealthy.  Along those lines, grains, sugars, plant oils, etc, are all very new introductions to a human diet, and should be treated with caution.  He then pulls in all the other scientific fields, research, medicine, etc, and backs up the initial caution with science.  He also applies that logic to exercise, and again it matches up with data and research from other fields– lifting, sprinting, and hiking (or other low-aerobic activity) is good, while moderate to high cardio is not particularly good in the long term (any cardio with higher heart rates than hiking).  He takes a very broad look at human health, not just limited to nutrition or one area.

Anyhow, I just enjoy the approach and philosophy behind it, and it provides a great approach for making healthy choices.  It becomes a matter of learning what’s new and unhealthy versus what’s something the human body would have evolved to be healthy with.  And, of course, the results are often surprising (bacon is good, whee!).

ANYHOW… the main reason I’m writing this particular post is that Mark asked his readers to submit their success stories, and he’s been posting them online.  I’ve been reading along, and have found many to be pretty amazing and inspiring; I wanted to share links to a few of them.  Of course, any anecdotal stories are isolated cases and shouldn’t be generalized to imply anything about larger populations– every crazy diet plan has testimonials from people who had “amazing success”– but I think in the greater context of what we know about this lifestyle from other sources that they can be taken more seriously than most.  And they’re some pretty great stories.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/pictures-dont-tell-the-whole-story/ 
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-look-on-the-doctors-face-was-priceless/
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/cardio-queen-gone-primal/
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/went-primal-ditched-the-diabetes-meds/
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/regaining-control-michelles-primal-journey/

Grok on!

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