Monday, May 6, 2019

To Say We Both Felt Better Is an Understatement

ANNOUNCEMENT: Beginning next week we’ll be taking a short break from Success Stories to make room for another popular reader request: a video cooking series. Yup, Dr. Lindsay Taylor and I will meet you in the kitchen each Monday morning through June to cook up some Primal and Primal-keto favorites (all part of a bigger announcement I’ll be making this week). In the meantime, you can check out the amazing archive of Primal Blueprint Real Life Stories from Mark’s Daily Apple readers. And 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’d love to hear from you. And now for today’s inspirational story…. Enjoy, everyone, and thanks for reading.

My story goes back to being a Jazz Piano Studies major in college. I was getting ready to graduate, and was planning a wedding with my high school sweetheart. At the start of my last semester in college my now wife was hit with a life changing diagnosis: non-Hodgkins lymphoma. This was at the age of 22. Our life was put on hold as we entered the strange world of cancer treatment. As the chemotherapy started, we would ask questions like “should we be eating a certain way?” Often we were laughed at by doctors and my wife was told to simply eat.

The food in the hospital was mostly processed carbohydrate and dessert based. Knowing what we know now about cancer being a mostly metabolic disease, it is horrifying that cancer patients are basically fed pure sugar. We did the best we could with healthy eating as we saw it. Mostly organic processed food and whole grains. Luckily my wife was strong enough to receive some of the toughest chemotherapy regimens in modern medicine and make it out the other end. After 6 months of treatment we were given the ok to go back to our normal lives. The question remained, “how did this happen and what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again?”

In my research I stumbled across Mark’s Daily Apple, and fell into the rabbit hole that is ancestral living. We immediately started to get sugars and processed foods out of our diet. Before this I had tried to be a vegetarian off and on for a couple years, with my wife struggling as well. I had chronic digestive issues, joint pain, and low energy and assumed that was just my baseline. We started to simply eat more meat and vegetables in place of the grain heavy diet we were on. We worked on mindfulness strategies to reduce our stress, and functional training to strengthen our bodies. To say we both felt better would be an understatement.

After 3 years of dialing everything in, my wife and I follow a mostly ketogenic diet with periodic primal carbohydrates thrown in. She is in the best health of her life, even compared to before the chemo. I was so blown away by both of our transformations that I entered the Primal Health Coach Institute and got my certificate a year ago. Since then I have been passionately spreading the word and educating people about how to maintain effortless health, before a crisis happens.

I have been able to gain muscle and not have digestive, dental, and emotional issues for the first time in my life at 25. My wife has had similar benefits. We are now the owners of Steele Back Your Health, a coaching business based in the Cascade Mountains in Chelan, WA. I educate the importance of stress reduction, ancestral nutrition, and sustainable movement to maintain health long term effortlessly. Everyone should know that the human body is capable of supporting you long term, given the simple inputs it has evolved to need over our evolution.

Thanks for everything Mark. Live Awesome!

-Elliot Steele

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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Sprinkled With Sprinkles

We spent a lot of time on the front porch this weekend! Friday + Saturday both had beautiful weather and we spent a lot of the weekend just hanging out at home. Birch loves it out there!

Friday

On Friday we went for a stroller run that led us downtown and I had the idea to pick up some Chaps Birthday Cake ice cream for Thomas. Sprinkles #1.

Mazen was at Matt’s for the night (actually they were at Friday’s After Five enjoying pizza + music) and we had a simple little night at home. B took his afternoon cat nap on Thomas while we rocked.

Sip sip! The best hour.

We had leftovers salads for dinner to keep things easy. The temptation for take out was strong though!

Greens, homemade dressing, chicken, sweet potato lentil salad.

Friday nights are for bubble baths!

And not for working! But I wanted to put the finishing touches on this “popular posts” gallery I created on this page. I had to research, install, and set up a plugin. These things are so much easier said than done. I’d love to do this for my nutrition page someday, but there are SO many more posts and I’m not sure how long it would take. You can find a visual gallery on Pinterest already. Perhaps I could just start with the best ones? Are there any popular posts I missed that should be included here??

And then we had our special ice cream with a cookie Melissa, our sister in law, brought over from Breadworks! Sprinkles on sprinkles.

Saturday

On Saturday morning I went to class at ACAC. It was one of the hardest / my best yet. Coffee + banana with PB before I left.

And a little rooftop sunshine after!

Then MORE breakfast and MORE coffee! Eggs + bacon + blueberries.

Mid-morning I intercepted Mazen on his way home and swooped him up for a birthday party. If this cake looks familiar that’s because Betty Ashton ordered the same one as the 10′ cake from the Nest County Fair!

How cute is this little man digging in!? It was DELISH and I definitely had cake for lunch : )

I had a few bites of salad when I got home to help fill me up.

Between my workout class, standing in the sun for a while and the sugar crash of cake, I was exhausted in the afternoon and took a nap when Birch did. It was nice to relax for a bit!

Due to nap schedules and bedtimes, we didn’t get to make it out to a Derby party this year, but we watched from home. I opened this rose in honor of the Run for the Roses. It’s from Winc and one of my favorite roses they make!

And to wrap up the night, we made homemade pizzas. Easy, cheesy.

It was a wild Saturday night reading in bed.

Sunday

On Sunday we woke up to gloom and rain. Thomas made French toast with bacon and fruit for a cozy breakfast.

We had a classmate of Mazen’s over for a playdate which was great. They played hours of make-believe and Legos.

Hope you guys had a fun weekend. I am SO GLAD summer is here!

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