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Who brought you into Paleo/Primal World?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 16, 2011 at 4:59 AM

For me, I was lucky enough to stumble across MarksDailyApple about 6 months after I graduated college. I was skinny fat at 200 lbs (6 feet tall). Down to 170 now and in the best shape of my life

I'd like to THANK YOU!

So who was it for you?

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on November 10, 2011
at 11:17 PM

Me too, Seiji. At this point, I can't remember which show it was.

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on November 10, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Same here - heard it on one of Dan Benjamin's podcasts (of which I listen to MANY).

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on June 17, 2011
at 10:07 AM

Okay, here goes: Everyday Paleo's Paleo Talk (Sarah Fragoso, Chrissie & Dain) Paleo Solution (Robb Wolf) Healthy Skeptic (Chris Kresser) Healthy Mind, Fit Body (not strictly Paleo, but in the domain) Latest in Paleo Living Barefoot Run Barefoot Girl Primal Body, Primal Mind Livin' La Vida Low Carb Plus, I listen to other podcasts where Paleo lifestyle comes up like Endurance Planet, Phedippidations, Run Run Live and the Runner's Roundtable.

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:18 PM

The only suggestion I might have is higher amounts of coconut oil for easy ketone switching by the liver, and a mineral/vitamin C supplement since there aren't many veggies. Check out this book too, some interesting stuff on weight loss: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?page_id=781

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on June 16, 2011
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Here's the general archevore ideas: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/ and here's the "how to lose weight" notes: http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2009/8/27/how-to-lose-weight.html

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:05 PM

Dave, that sounds almost exactly like me. Did Atkins, prior to diabetes, went off it, became type 2 doing the same thing eating garbage till I found the answer!! For my whole story please check out my facebook page...http://facebook.com/bigtimsprimaljourney

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on June 16, 2011
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10 podcasts related to this stuff? Crazy! Can I get their names?

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at 08:07 AM

Jake, what's the link for the archevore how to lose weight page?

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:50 AM

Same for me. I found Marks Daily Apple through a non health related blog. When i first read his stuff i was high carb, tons of grains, and i laughed at his ideas. Luckily i went back for another read, and i haven't looked back since then

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on June 16, 2011
at 11:09 AM

John Durant on the Colbert Report. I'm pretty much sold on anyone who goes on Colbert.

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on June 18, 2011
at 08:38 AM

I did Atkins about 7 or 8 years ago and lost about a hundred pounds in total (I gained it all back after quitting). It made sense to me because I knew from personal experience that there was no way my ancestors from as recently as a hundred years ago ate as many carbohydrates as people do today. I also saw the effect of obesity, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease that modern diet has had on Native American's today. Atkins made sense on an intuitive level but the constipation and brain fog I experienced from having to stay in the "induction phase" in order to continue the weight loss made me quit. Then years later after trying all of the "conventional wisdom" methods of weight loss to differing levels of success I found a link to www.Marksdailyapple.com on a Mixed Martial Arts forum. It instantly "clicked" with me, although I have had a hard time complying with Paleo/primal in the years since that I had with Atkins or caloric restriction diets, even so the low level of compliance has kept me from continuing to gain over the years.

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on June 16, 2011
at 11:35 AM

Actually, it was really Michael Pollan for me. I joined a local CSA and started getting my meat eggs and veggies there about six or seven years ago. I alwats had a vague interest in food politics, but Michael Pollan really changed my world view. Having the chance to learn about and experience the difference in my health from eating local and humane food got me solidly on a path that lead me from vegetarianism to paleo. Mark Sisson was what ultimately convinced me, and through MDA I found hunt gather love, robb wolf, et al. But Pollan changed my life.

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on June 16, 2011
at 01:31 PM

I did Atkins in 2001-2002 and I knew it was controlling my diabetes really well as I was able to go off meds (which I had no idea that it would have that effect when I started). but the scare tactics of "But you'll die of a heart attack" worked and I quit low carb (and then added back the meds and eventually Lipitor and blood pressure meds as well).

Three years ago, I just could not control my blood sugar and I knew I had to go back to low carb, but I was still scared as heart attacks run (in fact gallop) in my family. My father had 3 heart attacks and major surgery by the time he was my current age.

I turned to the internet and started hanging out at the Low Carbers Forum. That lead me to Dr. Michael Eades blog, where I was able to read convincing research about statins, heart disease, the lipid hypothesis and saturated fat. Not long after, I started reading Tom Naughton's blog and started wandering around the blogs of Jimmy Moore, Stephan Guyenet, PaNu and Hyperlipid. I read for about a year before actually (slowly) migrating to paleo. Dr. Harris was a huge influence, but Dr. Mike is where it started for me.

MDA, Robb Wolf, FTA all came a bit later for me. (But are awesome!).

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:05 PM

Dave, that sounds almost exactly like me. Did Atkins, prior to diabetes, went off it, became type 2 doing the same thing eating garbage till I found the answer!! For my whole story please check out my facebook page...http://facebook.com/bigtimsprimaljourney

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on June 16, 2011
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I found Mark's Daily Apple. Being a type 2 diabetic, found the Definitive guide to Diabetes, and I was hooked!!! Changed my life forever!!!

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:50 AM

Same for me. I found Marks Daily Apple through a non health related blog. When i first read his stuff i was high carb, tons of grains, and i laughed at his ideas. Luckily i went back for another read, and i haven't looked back since then

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on June 16, 2011
at 05:12 AM

I first heard about it from Melissa at at huntgatherlove.com , but it wasn't until a friend of ours recommended watching Fathead, and then reading Gary Taube's books, that we decided to do more research, and we too ended up at Mark's Daily Apple and were convinced.

What's kept us here is the sudden peace and quiet in our previously disgruntled guts. We're grain free! (Said in our best Dave Ramsey voice!)

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on June 16, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Officially it was Richard Nikoley, but I think Mark Sisson had a bigger impact on me. Last winter I was reading a mens fashion site that had linked to a Free the Animal article on why Richard had given up soap and shampoo for the last however long and what his results were. I was intrigued so I read it, then bounced around his site a bit and was more intrigued by the entire thing. Not just getting rid of chemicals on the outside, but paying more attention to what goes in as well.

From there I linked over to MDA and Mark lays things out in such a simple, straightforward manner, that it really makes sense. I would like to thank them both as I have never looked or (more importantly) flet better in my life. It has not only touched my bodily health, but my professional life, my emotional well being, and my overall confidience and happiness has been positively affected.

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on June 16, 2011
at 11:17 AM

PaleoHacks.

Specifically, this question from Ambimorph: http://paleohacks.com/questions/25449/why-do-people-consider-ketosis-stressful-to-the-body linked via a tweet from her husband zooko

I had some knowledge of general metabolism and low-carb theory, but didn't really know anything about Paleo. I spent the rest of the weekend reading other posts and following links to other resources. Robb Wolf and Chris Kresser podcasts came next.

The combination of scientific investigation, debunking common misconceptions, evolutionary rationalism, common sense and better health was (and is) most attractive.

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:38 AM

I heard about Paleo from my CrossFit trainers then at my CrossFit certification. Did some more research on it and I loved the idea of eating everything fresh and I honestly think I found the answer to that belly fat. I cut out all grains last week and I feel great. Im really excited to go home (deployed) and be able to do this way better. Its hard with the food they give us but I really try! I can't wait to see how I look and feel 3,4,5 months from now. :)

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:03 AM

I heard about paleo from Free the Animal, and really, what more could I ask for? Eating steak every day? Done! Though I seriously wondered about my ability to give up bread...

Worked my way through the blogosphere, read through Mark's Daily Apple, and read Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution". Finally found Archevore and was sold with Kurt Harris's thoughts on the diet.

I started with the Primal Blueprint, and am now on a vlc experiment (Archevore "how to lose weight").

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:07 AM

Jake, what's the link for the archevore how to lose weight page?

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:15 PM

Here's the general archevore ideas: http://www.archevore.com/get-started/ and here's the "how to lose weight" notes: http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2009/8/27/how-to-lose-weight.html

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:18 PM

The only suggestion I might have is higher amounts of coconut oil for easy ketone switching by the liver, and a mineral/vitamin C supplement since there aren't many veggies. Check out this book too, some interesting stuff on weight loss: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?page_id=781

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on June 16, 2011
at 05:23 AM

I've been gluten-free and sugar-free for 12 years and intermittently grain free for some of those years. I encountered the Grain free diet through Dr. Mercola, but it wasn't enough. Several years ago when I was digging through the internet looking for grain free turkey stuffing ideas, I came across an obscure paleo recipe share site. It planted the seed and over the years I've researched it on and off. Finally I decided to give it a (serious) try 2 months ago.

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on November 11, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Put me in the Mark Sisson column! I had decided I would never diet again. I remember thinking it just wasn't worth it to go through any more vicious cycles of starving and bingeing. I'd tried at least 6 methods of dieting and just couldn't stay on them.

But then I was browsing on Amazon and saw The Primal Blueprint and immediately changed my mind about giving up. When I first decided to change, I told myself it didn't matter whether I lost weight or not if I just felt a little better. Well, I felt a LOT better and lost a bunch of weight. As I've said on other questions, I hit a hard bump in August but now I'm 100% solid on primal.

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on November 10, 2011
at 10:28 PM

I read Going Against the Grain while my hubby started Robb Wolf. Then I read Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson.

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on November 10, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I think I initially heard about it via Ask Metafilter, but it also starting hitting me from other sides when researching GCBC. Then I started listening to the 5by5 network and Dan Benjamin started talking about it.

The Universe was conspiring to make it happen, in other words :)

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on November 10, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Same here - heard it on one of Dan Benjamin's podcasts (of which I listen to MANY).

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on November 10, 2011
at 11:17 PM

Me too, Seiji. At this point, I can't remember which show it was.

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on November 10, 2011
at 08:51 PM

I'd read a lot of stuff, and had incorporated bits and pieces -- but I didn't pull it all together and get my behind in gear until just a little while ago -- some time in 2009, courtesy of Nerd Fitness Rebellion (Steve Kamb), and my involvement with Weston A. Price Foundation. It helped me to pull all of the pieces I'd been working on since my Midwifery days into one tidy bundle that I could actually organize and explain. chuckles

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on November 10, 2011
at 06:33 PM

I'm not a regular reader of Tim Ferriss' blog but I happened to be looking at something there and spotted a recent guest post from Robb Wolf. I had already read Michael Pollan and Good Calories, Bad Calories and was planning to try a dramatic diet change but had yet to turn that desire into action.

Robb's post provided the framework and challenge I needed - try eating according to a few simple rules for 30 days and see if you feel better. Very hard to argue with that.

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on November 10, 2011
at 04:56 PM

Gary Taubes, ultimately. His books led me through the door.

But other things before that opened the door, made me receptive to the idea. Bad things like heart disease did that. A SAD story, if you know what I mean.

But before any of that came to a head, there was this: http://tinyurl.com/3jqbmuo

An epiphay from Mark Eberhart, describing our carnivorous origins. I gotta say, that might have been most important of all.

EDIT:

And a special thanks to Melissa HGL for links to carnivore articles and stuff.

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on June 18, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Like many of you, I was turned on to Primal / Paleolithic eating by Mark Sisson. While grains occasionally make their way into the weekend routine, the Primal methodology has forever changed me.

Keep eating and train hard, folks!

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on June 18, 2011
at 11:12 AM

Wow, 24 answers and not one mention of Arthur Devany! I am truly surprised. It is a shame his blog moved behind a firewall, the impact of which is evident by his absence in the answers above.

If ADV hadn't written his 'Essay on Evolutionary Fitness' (the version circa 2006 is the best), I think the paleo landscape would look a lot different. I would go so far as to say that without Art, the whole 'movement' would not be as far down the path as it is today. He was (and still is IMHO), truly ahead of the paleo curve. He manages to keep a hand on the science without ever losing the wider anthropological/evolutionary context at a macro scale. (With ADV's site behind a firewall, J Stanton's site is the only free-access site that has a similarly refreshing angle on the paleo model).

In addition to ADV, I would mention Tamir Katz as a pivotal inspiration. In the mid noughties I was reflecting upon what I would eat if I was stuck in the wild. The answer seemed to me to be meat (lots of), and seasonal fruit and veg (but little of either). The impact of this thought weighed heavily upon me (I was already suspecting that conventional dietary advice was NOT leading me to metabolic health). Katz's diet book was the first place I had seen this concept expressed in writing, and it was backed up with sufficient science to make me dig further, and hence my discovery of Art's work.

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on June 18, 2011
at 10:54 AM

Podcast with Jimmy Moore and John Durant first, then Marks Daily Apple, Free the Animal...Robb Wolf...

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Watched one of Gary Taubes earlier lectures by accident. Then Quickly progressed to MarksDailyApple, Hyperlipid, WAPF and Heartscanblog, Tom Naughtons Blog etc etc ...

Quit carbs & sugar within one day. Never looked back.

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on June 16, 2011
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I unintentionally started eating Caveman-style (Atkins-turned-health freak-turned-Cavewoman), but it wasn't until almost a year later (this January) that my dad (who's WAPF) gave me a copy of Cordain's "The Paleo Diet" becaues he was like, "This is how you eat-- you'll find this interesting!"... and the rest is history. :)

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I read an article in Outside magazine in January about MovNat and they touched on Paleo nutrition. Which sent me on a book hunt whereupon I found Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. It's been an amazing 6 months.

I had a post on my blog early on (maybe the third post...) about the whole progression of my life that brought me to Paleo and set me up so I could understand it. Thank goodness I've always been skeptical of everything. :)

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I read "Why We Get Fat", then started at Gary Taubes' blog and found others. I read through Kurt Harris' blog and I think that's how I found you wonderful people! I've been lurking around for a week or so and I love all the info that's here.

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Was reading an article on Mark McManus's website MuscleHack.com about "Big Fat Lies".

http://www.musclehack.com/big-fat-lies-is-saturated-fat-bad-for-you/

Couldn't believe it. Starting digging in.

Found Kent Rieske's ridiculous site called biblelife.org via a simple google search about saturated fat myths.

Went down the rabbit hole. Found WAPF, CMast, Kresser, Stephan, Harris, Sisson, PH.

And now here I is.

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on June 16, 2011
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Went to a nutritionist in 2006 who did a bunch of tests and identified that I generally had a problem with grains. I was still vegan+fish at that time, but I cut wheat totally for awhile and ate corn (as a grain, at least) sparingly. But little by little more corn and rice came back in to my diet. All I remembered was "I felt great at this point, now I don't" but somehow didn't really make clear connections.

Then I started running barefoot, read Born to Run, found Barefoot Ted who had a link to MovNat on his page. That sounded awesome! Started to hang out in the Hauraches Google group where some of the guys were talking about Paleo something. Signed up for MovNat in Thailand and had to move it from December to February, and somewhere in that time, I started doing research about this Paleo/Primal thing. Came back from MovNat determined to do the 30-Day Challenge, which I did and I've never looked back, never felt better. At that time I found Robb Wolf, got reminded about Loren Cordain (I had read about the diet re: acne many years ago), Mark Sisson, Richard Nikoley, Chris Kresser, etc. I now listen to 10 or so podcasts regularly that are related to Paleo, barefooting, etc.

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10 podcasts related to this stuff? Crazy! Can I get their names?

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Okay, here goes: Everyday Paleo's Paleo Talk (Sarah Fragoso, Chrissie & Dain) Paleo Solution (Robb Wolf) Healthy Skeptic (Chris Kresser) Healthy Mind, Fit Body (not strictly Paleo, but in the domain) Latest in Paleo Living Barefoot Run Barefoot Girl Primal Body, Primal Mind Livin' La Vida Low Carb Plus, I listen to other podcasts where Paleo lifestyle comes up like Endurance Planet, Phedippidations, Run Run Live and the Runner's Roundtable.

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CrossFit + Dr. Cordain

Very thankful :-)

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My biologist father discovered Neanderthin in 1999 and lost a bunch of weight. It made so much more sense to us than anything we had learned about "dieting" before. I've been on and off (for extended periods) for 12 years since!

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on June 16, 2011
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"The Triathlete's Training Bible" by Joe Friel

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MDA via twitter sometime in 2008.

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I lost 50 lbs eating low carb about 3 years ago, about a year and a half or two years ago friend of mine introduced me to paleo and the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and everything just clicked together.

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I don't remember the order of events. I think it went: Randomly shelf-read 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' at the library while killing time, then seeing a chiropractor who was offering a free massage gave me a WAPF pamphlet, which totally made sense to me. Somehow, I'm not sure how, I stumbled upon Mark's Daily Apple and hungrily read everything he had to say. I spent about a year all but worshiping Mark and all he had to say. His philosophy on exercise especially resonated with me, as I've always hated jogging but loved walking and sprinting. Through Mark's link love and such, I discovered this whole world of "Paleo" and that it's not all "Primal". I have to say that regularly checking paleo hacks keeps me far more accountable than I was before. I have serious issues with my accountability, so this is awesome.

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