Monday, February 4, 2019

Even a Perfect Diet Will Fail Without Stress Management

It’s Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. 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 you read 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 learning.


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 “” 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.

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!

Bradley Nickell

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.

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Super Bowl Weekend Favorites + CNC Turns 11

Hi, friends! Happy Monday to you!

What a weekend! There was so much to celebrate, including the Patriots Super Bowl win as well as Carrots ‘N’ Cake turning 11 years old. Eleven years, people!! Isn’t that nuts? I can’t believe I’ve been blogging and sharing my life online for that long. It’s been quite an amazing journey, and I thank my lucky stars daily for such an awesome job. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for reading, following, and supporting me all of these years. It means so much to me. That said, let’s get right to blogging with a recap of some favorite from the past weekend!

Pool time – Our little fish spent quite a bit of time in the pool this weekend. He had swim lessons on Friday afternoon and then Mal and I joined him for family swim at Goldfish. We also taught him how to do a “cannon ball,” which he loved! 🙂

Dinner at The Range – Quinn said he wanted to go to dinner at “The Ranch” with the “game with the white balls,” which, at first, we had no idea what he was talking about, but once we realized what he meant, it was a fabulous idea to kick-off the weekend. FYI: The “game with the white balls” was the driving range outside. And, of course, we brought Go Fish. Quinn cannot get enough of this game lately – but, hey, he knows all of his letters now! 🙂

Bad Boys for Life Patriots Super Bowl T-shirt – How amazing is this t-shirt?! Mal’s co-worker made them, and you can purchase them on Etsy!

Dairy-Free Buffalo Chicken Dip – This recipe turned out SO WELL. It was super easy and make and seriously delicious. The recipe is in my Instagram feed, but I’ll share it on the blog soon!

Soccer practice – Week 3 of soccer went so much better! Quinn had the best time running around and playing! 🙂

Lunch at CAVA – Our family is obsessed! Quinn refers to CAVA as the “hummus place” and often asks to visit Derby Street just so we can eat there. I love that he loves it so much. I mean, I could seriously eat their salad bowls everyday! FYI: You have a location nearby, you can get $3 towards your next order using this CAVA link.

Hakuna Hemp Roast – Coffee with hemp oil? Yep, it exists! 🙂 The nice people from Hakuna sent me some samples to try, and I’m really digging them. The flavor is bold and delicious, and I love that it’s non-GMO and includes CBD.

HEAL documentary – This was incredible. As someone with a chronic illness, who has spent time in a very dark place mentally with her disease, this documentary really hit the nail on the head and provided so much hope to me. It also made me want to give meditation a real try. HEAL is definitely worth a watch if you’ve ever struggling with your health and healing yourself.

Questions of the Day

Are you happy with the Super Bowl’s outcome? 

Any documentaries that you’re loving lately? 


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Fun Family Friday

The past two weekends we’ve gone out as a family of four on Friday and then cooked in cozy on Saturday. I have no idea how long we’ll be able to swing the tradition with Birch, but for the short term it’s been really fun for Mazen! We played more Monster Mashup and have started a new dinner tradition of playing “Guess My Number.” A good math game for a kindergartener with skills of more than and less than : )

We went to Fry’s Spring Station and are two for two on great kid friendly restaurants. Thomas and I shared a sesame kale salad and two pizzas – one with fennel and lemon ricotta and the other with meatballs and spicy peppers. We brought 1/3 of the pizzas home for Saturday’s dinner. Mazen got a kids personal pizza, which came with a free dessert! We grown-ups decided we needed a dessert too, and T and I shared this banana pudding. Yum!!

On Saturday morning I got up and out for my favorite workout class. Mazen was thrilled to get to bring his iPad to Kids Zone, so he came with me. I spent some time in the sauna after class (as if I hadn’t sweat enough!) and took a shower there since I didn’t have to rush back. It was really fun! I had the usual PB toast and coffee before and a small banana + almond butter smoothie after. Thomas and Birch were in the middle of upgrading our home security system! We’ve had the older version of Simplisafe for 4 years and I highly recommend it. You install the system yourself and it’s a lot less expensive than ADT and the like (which I had at my previous house). The brand new Simplisafe that we upgraded to is very fancy!

I am SO OVER the winter static! I don’t know how those of you in northern climates handle it. It’s only really bad here for a few weeks. Look at my hair just from cruisin’ across the basement carpet!

Mazey, Birch and I played a pool game with the couch cushions that involved lots of hats.

Mazen asked if he could hold Birch “like you do” so I helped him get B on his shoulder. B is about 1/4 of Mazen’s weight, so he’s pretty heavy for a 6 year old to hold already. Very sweet though.

Salad with leftovers meatballs for lunch.

Mazen went to Matt’s for the night, and Thomas and I drove out to Bold Rock to celebrate Hillary’s baby shower!

Hillary is due in just a few weeks – isn’t she glowing!? Her sister did such a great job on the winter mountain themed shower.

Birch did well on the long drive out, and he slept on Thomas in the Boba for the better part of the shower. He gave Baby C a birch MagneticMe sleeper just like his!


We had to go straight to the grocery store which mean a car nursing session…

…plus a car diaper change.

And once we were home, well after dark, we got super cozy in sweatpants and ate our leftover pizza with our newest show on Hulu – The Affair. The show is really interesting because of the way it’s filmed from two perspectives each episode.

On Sunday morning Birch and I snuggled in bed for a while, snoozing, nursing, and then sipping coffee. Easy like Sunday morning!

When we came down Thomas had already unloaded the dishwasher (usually my chore), made our Superbowl dip AND started breakfast!

Biscuits and bacon from J.M. Stock plus fruit and mini omelets. I’m such a lucky girl! These biscuits are amazing and are vacuum sealed and frozen, so they’re great to keep in your freezer for special occasions. 375* for 15-17 minutes in the toaster oven and you’d never know they weren’t baked that morning.

Thomas played golf on Sunday because for the first time in a while we had 60 degree temps! Birch and I went stroller walking. We’re expected to hit the upper 60s over the next few days! So very nice to get outside again.

Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend <3

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