Rebel Musician Goes Primal After Years of Hard Living
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a detailed timeline of how I came across MDA and your book The
Primal Blueprint along with more details about my health
I was born
in Houston, Texas and adopted by a family of Czech origin. I was
diagnosed with hypoglycemia as a kid. I dont so much buy into
that diagnosis. I think I was just bored and constrained within
the typical public school system. However, unbeknownst to me at
the time, the breads, kolaches, pastries and potatoes that were
so prevalent in my mothers native food were spiking my blood
pressure to the moon.
I was always
involved in gymnastics, competitive swimming, baseball and basketball
as a child, so I was never really overweight. Since I was adopted,
my mother, who is very wise, took the time to cook differently for
me and I ate a lot of seafood and vegetables growing up.
When I got
to college I started eating out a lot and since I was physically
active and involved in Jeet Kun Do and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu I was
always in relatively good shape. However, a few pounds a year adds
up after twenty years, and at the age of forty I found myself creeping
up on the scale to 240 pounds. I am 62 so I was able
to hide it fairly well with a big frame, but I felt sluggish. I
was living a musician lifestyle and waking up every day at 11 AM.
I have a good
friend who is authentic and real. I went to see him in Vegas, and
the minute I walked in his door he told me I didnt look good
with three chins and I would never attract a decent woman fat. He
has a way with words and I decided to take control of my life and
my fitness. My friend and his wife had lost forty pounds a piece
utilizing the Atkins diet. I understand enough about psychology
to realize that I could simply model their behavior and achieve
I did and I
lost a lot of weight and I felt a lot better. However, I found the
shakes and the bars that had the fake sugar in them to taste very
repulsive. I believe how you do anything is how you do everything.
I have dedicated my life to music and consider it a fine art. I
try to make all my relationships a masterpiece and consider friendship
a fine art. I was happy with the results of the Atkins approach,
but found many of the meals and supplementation boring, and far
from fine art when it comes to cuisine.
I have a lot
of friends who are foodies and gourmet chefs and I knew there had
to be a better way. One night I Googled no carb recipes
and MDA popped up in my search. I was hooked from the front page
and once I started taking a look at the recipes my mouth began to
water. Real food in its natural state, no strange ingredients, nothing
in a box or can I was hooked.
I was using
Evernote at the time and I copied recipe after recipe from your
site. I fell in love with eggs all over again. I had such misinformation
about eggs. You mentioned on your site how every grandmother who
lived to a ripe old age had that can of bacon fat on top of her
stove that she cooked everything in. Mark, that was my grandmother
Sophie Slansky. I loved all her food as a kid and she grew up on
Your site elegantly
and with fortitude debunked every foolish myth there was about food.
Fat, including animal fat, is essential to our well-being, and you
have the moxie and the courage to step out on the edge and challenge
all of these myths.
one thing I learned from MDA and that I encourage everyone who wants
to get lean and mean with a great low body-fat percentage is to
understand this: 90% of all body composition begins with what you
put in your mouth. You could join all the gyms in the world, buy
every ab machine, personal trainer and run thirty miles a day and
never have the body composition of someone who adheres to the aforementioned
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