A Beer Drinker’s Primal Story
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: Why
Fast? Part Six – Choosing a Method
Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal
Blueprint Real Life Story from a Marks Daily Apple reader.
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Ill continue to publish these each Friday as long as they
keep coming in. Thank you for reading!
When I was
a kid, I was husky that is what my mom told me. I was always
a little chunkier than my siblings and most of my friends growing
up in the 60s. Because of that, I always had to watch my weight
and what I ate. Gaining weight has always been easy for me.
Over the last
30 or so years, I have been a somewhat health conscious adult and
lived largely by convention wisdom (CW) guidelines. I have always
been physically active, fit, and pretty healthy. I rode a motocross
bike up until I was 35 and played roller hockey to age 49. I rode
mountain bikes, played racquetball, skied, learned to snowboard
when I was 43, and would run 3-5 miles, 2-3 days a week. My dad
ran the Boston marathon in his 50s, so I guess he imparted
a strong sense of fitness on to me. Keeping my weight down was always
a challenge and something I worked at.
My weight stayed
fairly constant, between 165 and 175 lbs, during that time. (I am
5 9) My diet was pretty good I thought, eating bread
without butter, potatoes without sour cream, oatmeal without sugar,
cereal with low-fat milk; whole grain was king, fat was evil. I
owned a bread machine and made my own whole wheat breads and pizza
crusts. I was lucky not to have any medical issues, life was good.
I also have
always been a beer lover and 20 years ago I started home brewing
beer. Beer, after all, is low-fat, so no worries. I drink one or
two beers a day during the week and twice that on weekends (if I
am good.) I became a connoisseur and love to try all the different
beers of the world. I get to travel worldwide with my job and I
always seek out beers I have never tried before while out of the
45 or so, I started getting severe heart burn. My doctor put me
on meds (of course) but I didnt tolerate them, giving me the
runs. I switched to OTC Pepcid type and that worked somewhat. I
also at that point started to slow down a bit less running,
less hockey, less energy. And big surprise, my weight started to
climb. When I turned 50, December 2009, my weight was the highest
ever at 182 lbs. Not too terrible, but heading in the wrong direction
and I didnt feel like I was able to control it as I could
in the past. I had to work really hard just to stay level, but I
was running out of gas. Quitting hockey didnt help. I was
50 and getting fatter. I had to make a change.
Here I am on
the right at age 49, and with the rest of my family and playing
bocce, Ocean City, NJ summer 2009.
In March 2010,
I decided to try a low-carb diet, Atkins style, which I tried before
in my 40s with pretty good results, but never able to stick
with it. Soon after starting, I was searching the internet for the
carb content of certain foods and somehow came across marksdailyapple.com.
The content was unbelievable, and I soaked it up. It all made so
much sense to me. I knew Atkins was on the right track, but the
Blueprint was the course correction I needed. I became hooked
on the information and to the community support, especially the
stories. I love MDA because everything you need is on the site.
I eventually bought two PB books, more out of sheer gratitude
towards Mark, than pure necessity. I also like the fact that Mark
personally answered my emails, not once but twice. And he posts
lists of other great websites that are, in reality, his competitors
). Who else does that?
The idea that
this is a lifestyle clicked with me. Atkins was a short term diet
and the results dont last once off it. (Duh!) People often
ask me about the differences between Primal and Atkins. With Atkins,
you dont fundamentally change your eating habits; you substitute
low-carb products for what you normally eat. Low-carb bread, low-carb
ice cream, low-carb snack bars etc, all loaded with fake factory
ingredients and sugar alcohols. Over time, you drift back to the
real crap and end up back at the beginning. With Primal, you learn
to eat real food and you learn to like real food. You learn why
the crap food is crap and you lose your taste for it. You make a
real fundamental change and you understand why.
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