'Bonus' Changes After Six Months of Living a Primal Lifestyle
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control of your health can have profound, far-reaching effects on
your life. With newfound energy and well-being
it can change your outlook entirely. This was Matt's experience.
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lifestyle has completely changed my life and I wanted to share this
with you and everybody involved. I also wanted to say thank you.
Changes after Six Months of Living a Primal Lifestyle
I set out to
get healthier with one goal in mind: change my appearance. I was
tired of being disappointed every morning when I got ready for work.
I missed peopleís comments about how good I look. That was it.
Well, I noticed
my appearance and weight changing once I began to eat healthier.
Those were changes that I set out to make. Little did I know, changes
were taking place of which I was unaware. These are all changes
I was completely unaware of that have taken place with me:
I am happy
I am really
happy. I just always have that warm, fuzzy feeling in my stomach.
You know the feeling after a good first date, when your kid tells
you they love you, when you just swooshed a 3-pointer. I have that
feeling all of the time for some reason. And I like it.
I have the energy to exercise everyday
every day now. I used to dread it. I used to talk myself out of
it all the time. It was because I didnít have the energy for it.
Now, I get
my exercising in as if it were just part of my day. I always feel
better after Iím done with the heavy bag than I did before it.
3. I play with my daughter at least at least 30 minutes more every
I used to not
have the energy for it. Either that or I was distracted by the television.
Now, I see
the beauty in playing with my daughter. I get to see more of the
beautiful, quirky, fun, and hilarious things she does. I look forward
to it every day.
I rarely watch TV
I used to watch
at least two hours of TV per night. Three to four on the weekends.
Now, I only
watch it when there is a stand-up comedian I like or UFC. My wife
and I will watch one movie per week, on Friday usually. It is wonderful
to have the time to do what I want and need to do, rather than just
sitting around and waiting to go to bed.
5. I no longer get acid reflux
I have had
acid reflux since middle school. I would actually throw up on accident
it was so bad. The 30 minutes following a meal was spent recovering
and trying to keep bile down.
Now, for the
first time in a decade, I eat and donít really think about it again
until the next meal.
6. I am no longer shaky when I donít eat
I used to get
really shaky if I hadnít eaten in awhile. I was hardly able to write,
let alone use knives, carry drinks, the list goes on. I realized
that after I started eating healthy, my shakiness got worse and
worse. I ran to the store one time and got a big bag of Doritos
and ate them all and the shakes were gone. I had just eaten a huge,
dense, green salad and several pieces of fruit an hour before, but
the Doritos got rid of my shakes in an instant. Thatís when I truly
realized my addiction. It wasnít me being hungry that caused the
shakes, it was my bodyís addiction to the drugs in the food. That
was the last junk food I ate.
Over the course
of a month, my shakes started to decrease, until finally, they were
gone completely. Now, I can go on a two day fast and not shake a
My mood is not affected when I miss a meal
I get grumpy if I missed a meal. If I had gotten home after a long
day of no breakfast or lunch, all I could think about is eating.
I was very short with my wife and daughter and did not like conversation.
Now, I act
the exact same when I miss lunch as when I donít. And my wife is
glad = )
I am much more patient with my children, myself, my wife, and my
I used to have
very little patience. I was the worst teacher ever. My wife eventually
stopped asking me to explain things because of how frustrated I
got. I used to either get angry with my daughter quickly or just
ignore it. I used to avoid co-workers because some of them were
not as, um, ďculturedĒ, as the rest of us.
Now, I take
the time and actually enjoy explaining things and am genuinely happy
when I can get through to them.
I am able to run for an extended period of time without getting
This was a
big step up. I used to want to be able to run and run and run. One
day, I was reading a runners blog and it inspired me. When I got
off of work, I went for a run; made it about a block. I was completely
Now, I can
just run when I feel like it and not kill myself in the process.
I am still not at the point I want to be at, but Iím getting there...
I am more optimistic
I cannot help
but look at the brighter side of things. It used to always be ďWell,
it could always be worse...Ē to ďHey, it could always be worse!Ē
I go into everything now with a positive outlook. It should be the
only outlook we have!
11. I drift more towards positive entertainment than negative (opposite
I was very
into conspiracy theories before. I listened to Alex Jones a lot.
I used to listen and watch people complaining about what was wrong
with the world. Now donít get me wrong, I think it is important
to bring that to people’s attention, but it was engulfing
Now, I listen
to music or stand-up comedy. Thatís about it. It has a major impact
on the way I think throughout the rest of the day.
I no longer get migraines
I used to get
migraines often. Twice per week. Excedrin became my best friend.
I had no idea what was causing them. It didnít matter which season
it was, where we were living, what I was wearing, I would constantly
Now, I havenít
had one in over a month. I threw my 124 capsule Excedrin bottle
I discovered the wonders of fasting
I started off
by fasting and it was incredibly hard. You never really understand
how our culture revolves around food until you fast. It completely
changes your perspective on just about everything. You learn how
much you can endure, you learn the importance of the right foods,
and you are able to see how much time is really in a day.
I am able to wake up before my alarm clock
days ; )
It feels good
not to wake up in your instinctive fight-or-flight mode. It really
helps you be more relaxed throughout the day.
I laugh more
I laugh a lot
more. I am almost always giggly. I almost just sit around looking
for something to laugh at. It is one of the healthiest things I
do. Look up the benefits of laughter, itís amazing. I try to find
new comedians that will make me laugh until I cry. I laugh at dumb
jokes, unintentional humor, and just about everything I can. It
really makes a difference.
I have become increasingly educated on the human anatomy
I learned about
what we were built for, why we are the way we are, and ways to harness
that. I learned how our body reacts to outside influences. I have
also learned to listen to my body, which is one of the most important
things anybody can do. If you really try to listen, your body will
tell you what it wants or what itís doing. You donít have to just
guess what you’re craving or why youíre sick. I promise you,
your body will let you know.
I read more
This has to
do with me cutting out the TV. Reading is so much better. You learn
new words, you get better at spelling, and it just boosts your IQ.
Plus, you donít have to worry about some actor you donít like messing
everything up; you can create anything in your head. Finally, I
can get Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, Robert Deniro, Edward Norton,
and all my favorites in the same movie!
18. I walk
I canít believe
I never used to walk. It is so helpful. It gives you time to reflect,
prioritize, set goals, or just space out. I believe, besides diet,
it is the healthiest thing a human being can do.
19. I am able to do numerous push-ups in succession
This is a thing
that always used to bug me. I havenít been able to just bang out
30 pushups whenever I wanted to. Not since wrestling in high school.
I did an assessment
of myself the other day and I almost got to forty. I did two hundred
(not in succession) the other day. I am really making progress and
I am now working towards being able to do fifty continuous push-ups
in full form within a month.
I have more sex
Do I really
have to explain why this is a good thing?
I can take naps
I always envied
people who took naps. I was never able to. I was always thinking
about what a waste of time it is to be just laying there.
Now, when I
am tired, that is one of the most important things I can do. It
is incredibly healthy for you and makes you exponentially happier
and productive for the rest of the day. Nobody should grow out of
I donít have body odor
of. Well, I donít stink anymore. I havenít worn deodorant for a
month and have never had a complaint. I donít smell bad after working
out, walking, or working. I just smell like me, which saves me a
ton of money.
I have a lot less dandruff
I used to have
to buy a special shampoo for my dandruff. I got rid of it for two
hours and then it was back in full force by lunch time.
So, I switched
to cool showers and chucked the shampoo. And you know what? I donít
have noticeable dandruff anymore. So, ditch the expensive shampoos
and conditioners and just turn down the heat on the shower and I
bet you will make more progress than you were before.
I cook more
I used to hate
cooking. We would waste money on pizzas, burgers, tacos just out
of sheer laziness.
Now, I donít
mind cooking. It gives me something to do and I am starting to like
creating different meals.
I set goals
been one to set goals. I thought they were useless. I just thought
if you did your best, results would come.
Silly me, goals
are very important if you want to achieve something. I would never
have had all of these changes if I did not set goals in the beginning.
I would be eating a pizza and watching “King of Queens”
I drink less alcohol
I used to have
a real problem with alcohol. Before I was twenty years old, I was
going through a gallon of vodka per week. It made my bowels runny,
gave me stomach aches, horrible acid reflux, just to name a few.
It finally became too much and I stopped. Still, every time we had
alcohol in the house it was gone that night. I am getting better
at rationing myself and finding other things to do.
Once I started
living healthy, I have needed it less and less. I have set a goal
for myself to not have alcohol for a month with no exceptions and
I am pretty excited about it!
I donít want a cigarette
cigarettes since I was 14 years old. I finally quit seven months
ago. I relapsed twice, but never went completely back. I always
wanted one though.
Now, I see
cigarettes for the disgusting things they truly are and havenít
I donít talk on the phone as much
I would always
need to be talking on the phone when I was driving. Iím not sure
why I felt the need to, but I would always call somebody on my way
to and from work. If they didnít pick up, I would call somebody
Now, I rarely
feel the need to call somebody unless I have something specific
to talk about. I am content driving in silence. I like it.
I am more productive
For some reason,
I want to produce again. For awhile, I would try everything in my
power to keep from working. If I could BS around something, believe
me, I would. I used to get an accomplished feeling when I would
take on extra tasks and complete them. But, for some time, I was
just doing the bare minimum.
Now, I want
to be productive at work again. I drive to work with a purpose again;
knowing what needs to be done and how I am going to do it. I notice
a difference and Iím sure my boss does as well.
I created a budget and I stick to it
making a budget for two years. Everybody kept saying how important
it was and I didnít want to put in the work. Over that time, we
accumulated a good amount of debt. We are still getting out of the
Now, my wife
and I have created a budget that we can stick to. We are paying
off our debt little by little and it feels great.
I donít care about my clothes as much
It used to
take me around 15 minutes in the mornings to figure out what I was
going to wear. It took me forever to find something that looks good
Now, it takes
less than a minute. I just grab a shirt and some pants and just
glance at the mirror, knowing that Iíll look just fine.
This is something
I started doing on my walks. Iíve found it to be very useful. It
has helped me become a better father, husband, writer, and employee.
If you take the time to really focus on your mistakes and hold yourself
accountable, you will be more conscious of them when you are about
to do them again. Over time, I had fewer and fewer mistakes I had
to beat myself up about.
I write more
found joy in writing, but my brain would get fatigued too quickly
for me to get into it. I would only be able to write a paragraph
or two and then leave it. By the time I would get back around to
it, I would lose interest.
Now, I can
write a full essay, blog post, article, or technical document without
leaving my desk. I am starting to rediscover the fun in writing
I get more sun
I used to hate
going outside. I just wanted to sit in my chair and surf the web.
I would make up excuses not to go to the park or zoo. I was robbing
my daughter of being a child. I thought just sitting around the
house with the TV and computer going was sufficient for family time.
Now, I take
my family outside for walks or swimming every day. I am almost addicted
to sunlight now and I go crazy without it.
I smile more
I am much quicker
to smile now. I just find a reason to do so in just about everything.
I canít help it, I just have a natural urge to smile all of the
I donít turn to Tylenol when my daughter is crying
was my answer to everything. ďShe must be teethingĒ or ďShe must
have a fever.Ē I never took the time to actually figure out what
was going on in her body. I would have excuses like ďWell, what
if sheís in pain? I would rather be safe than sorry.Ē
Now, we just
have Tylenol for emergencies. Other than that, she is normally just
hungry, thirsty, sleepy, or wants somebody to play with her.
I help with my daughter more
I used to hide
in the bathroom or stay late in my office doing nothing in order
to not help out. I knew I really needed to, but I was just afraid
of the extra work. I would make up excuses for her mother just to
take her to the store when she could have stayed with me and it
wouldíve been much easier.
I have yet
to apologize to my wife, but I plan to. I was afraid it was going
to be extra work… and I was right. But, you know what? It
is the most rewarding work I have ever done. Now, I help out as
much as I possibly can.
I am competitive
I used to play
sports in high school. I was never the best on the team or won many
awards. I was never confident enough in my abilities to go all out.
I would not give things my all and act like it didnít bother me
when I lost. I tried to act like I was above it all. It bugged me.
Now, I am confident
enough in my physical abilities that I am starting to get competitive.
I challenge people in games of basketball or other activities and
I give it my all, unafraid of looking dumb. I have started winning
more and I love the feeling.
I like music again
I used to be
really into music. I spent a couple thousand dollars on equipment
and was producing and writing for a few artists. As time went on,
I lost interest and sold most of my equipment.
Now, I have
found the joy in making music again. I am trying to learn the acoustic
guitar (failing miserably) and I am writing again. I am starting
to remember how fun and liberating it is. Making music is something
I am hoping to continue to do for the rest of my life.
I wear short sleeves more
I used to never
want to wear short sleeves. I was always embarrassed of my skinny
arms. I would wear long sleeves in hundred degree weather. I used
to say that it was for covering up my tattoos, but it was because
my arms were a lot skinnier than the rest of my body.
Now, I get
dressed according to the weather and donít think twice about it.
Itís a huge time saver!
I am fine in silence
I always used
to need noise in the background. I needed the TV on, I needed to
be talking on the phone, I needed music playing.
Now, I enjoy
silence. I actually wake up extra early just to drive to work on
a silent road. It is an excellent way to commute.
My brain is more lubricated
This is a phrase
I stole from a Jason Mraz interview. But, it describes the way my
brain works now perfectly. Everything just seems to run smoother.
I donít have to pause when answering simple questions, my thoughts
just flow without any snags.
I love my wife more
I have always
been in love with my wife, but I never knew how much I really loved
her. I used to take her for granted. I didnít think it was much
of a big deal that she was my wife. Awhile ago, something in me
opened up to show me how much I truly love her. Iíve started to
see the support she gives me and how she makes me a better person.
She got pregnant when I was 17 and she was 20, so we havenít had
it easy by any means. But, over the past month or so, we have become
one. I now make it a habit to give her a kiss when I come home from
work and to tell her I love her at random moments. I feel that I
am finally starting to live up to my wedding vows.
I donít take medications
If I had a
slight fever, I would reach for Tylenol. If I had a slight headache,
I would reach for Aspirin. If I had an upset stomach, I would reach
for Tums. If I had gas, I would reach for Gas X. You get the point.
I was trying to block symptoms. I saw them as nuisances and not
for the signals they really were.
Now, I take
the time to find out why I am having diarrhea. I actually get a
little excited when I have a small fever, because I know my body
is working on itself. I am happy when I get diarrhea, because I
know my body doesnít like something and this is its way of getting
it out. I welcome all of the things with open arms that I used to
My knees donít hurt
I was born
with crappy knees. Not wearing knee pads in high school didnít help
much either. I always thought it was just something I had to work
around for the rest of my life. My knees would hurt if I started
to run or if I walked too much, if I sat for too long or did squats.
Now, I am very
active and have no knee pain. Itís amazing! I do at least 200 squats
per week, 3-5 hours of walking, and 30 minutes of running. My knees
have never felt better. They still make weird noises sometimes,
but no pain!
I sing more
Okay, I suck
at singing. I always have. Anybody who says otherwise is lying to
be nice. That has always prevented me from singing to myself. I
would always catch myself and stop before I got embarrassed. I would
rarely even sing in the car.
Now, I sing
all of the time because it makes me happy. I am not being obnoxious
with it, but I do it a lot more and its feels nice.
I donít crave sweets
never a big problem with me, but I still used to crave them sometimes.
Now, I donít.
I donít lie anymore
I used to lie
a lot and Iím not sure why. I used to get caught in them and lie
my way out of them. They were stupid things too. It was almost like
recreation. I rarely told any big lies, but it was just little things.
I lied about stuff that I wouldnít remember a week later.
I still catch
myself about to do it, but I stop. It is much easier and I donít
have to remember so many things. It is very liberating to be honest.
I never have to worry about somebody catching me in a lie or bringing
something up that I lied about. I just say what I mean now and I
am much happier.
I donít surf the web as much
I used to spend
hours surfing the web. I mean HOURS. I used to visit ridiculous
sites that had no effect on my life. Clicking on links and related
videos all of the time. Telling myself how stupid these people were
when I was the one wasting my days watching them.
Now, I check
a couple of fitness sites and a blog or two that I like. I always
do it on downtime at work and never at home. It is weird, because
I will do it sometimes without realizing it. Once I catch myself,
I put down the laptop or iPhone and go walk around. I get a lot
more stuff done.
I stand more
I can barely
stand to sit (like the play on words? Booyah!) anymore. I have to
get up from my desk at least twice per hour. I get up and throw
a couple darts or pace around the office. I used to spend 8 hours
not getting up from my desk, just zoning out when I was bored.
Now, I get
up, regroup, and get back to work.
I donít care about current events as much
After all of
the conspiracies that I have seen proven, I stopped believing anything
on the news or from anybody else. I donít see much of a point in
it anymore. It feels great not to have to check five news sites
every day so I can be the first person to get the updated news.
Besides, all news ever did was get me mad. It was either something
happening that I could do nothing about or something that I couldnít
believe anybody cared about. I donít even miss it.
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