May 16, 2017
Rediscover Your Intuition Through Primal Living:
Is our modern environment taking a too large of a toll
on our physical, emotional, and mental health? Has
the digital age led us to lose our
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Are we relying on technology too much to the point that we need
data to tell us whether or not we've slept well, exercised enough,
or become relaxed?
From a young age, health and fitness expert, author, and
founder of both Primal Blueprint and
Primal Kitchen, Mark Sisson of
Mark's Daily Apple,
has spent his life actively seeking information to help
people live a long, healthy life. Today on Wellness Force
Radio, he's sharing what it means to follow a primal life, an
insight look into his upcoming book, Go Keto, and how to
Ten Guidelines of the Primal Blueprint Ethos.
Just because there's an app for anything and everything, it
doesn't mean that we have to solely rely on
technology to help us improve our mind, body, and
emotional wellness. After all, our primal
ancestors never had to rely on an app to help them survive so
why should we?
As humans, it's in our nature to know, intuitively,
exactly what we need. Whether it be nutrition, fitness, or
sleep, our intuition knows what's best for us.
In our modern and tech-focused society, this episode could not
come at a better time. If you're like me, you've been using
technology more and more every day for your wellness, health and
fitness, and also online through social media to connect
But in this world of online likes, shares, and facebook
friends as well as conscious health tracking through
wearables, a bigger question arises: have we lost touch
with our most primal selves, the part of us that intuitively knows
exactly how to form real, face to face personal connections,
and in our ways of eating, moving, and sleeping for a life of
Today on the podcast, we're answering these questions and
learning about how to create and sustain a primal lifestyle in this
modern world from health and fitness expert, Mark Sisson.
Get ready for an in-depth and thought-provoking conversation
with one of the most popular and profound influencers in our
wellness world where we dive into topics like carbohydrate intake,
fat adaptation, gene signaling and
epigenetics, as well as Mark's personal ethos and story about
how he overcame his own health issues to found Mark's Daily Apple,
Primal Blueprint, and Primal Kitchen.
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Listen to Episode 112 as Mark Uncovers:
- Mark's journey and mission to live a healthy life from an
- Why Mark began to eat a
high-complex carbohydrate diet based on the books he was
reading around the late 1960s, early 1970s and how that negatively
affected his body.
- How our own,
can help us create a sense of where our health needs to be
- What skills we can use to help us
curb our triggers to not over-eat when there is an abundance of
but we're not even that hungry.
- How we know whether or not we're
following the primal living path.
- The benefit of primal living and
listening to our intuition compared to the guilt we can feel from
app data results.
- Mark's Ten Guidelines of the Primal Blueprint
- Eat lots of animals, insects and plants
- Move around a lot at a slow pace
- Lift heavy objects
- Sprint once in a while
- Get plenty of
- Play often
- Get plenty of sunlight
- Avoid trauma and silly mistakes
- Avoid poisonous things like added
- Use your brain
- How scientists are using research
about our ancestral genes to look at how different genes
are affected by variables.
- Why our modern environment is
taking a toll on our bodies without us even realizing
- What are epigentic studies and
which variables can turn on the bad genetics in our
- Why 'good' and 'bad' genes are a myth.
- How inflammation can actually be a good thing for our bodies
- Great workouts to do on the go when you have long working hours
or are traveling.
- What Mark does to help him sleep better when he travels to
different time zones.
- How Mark uses intermittent fasting to his advantage when
- What it's like to start following
the Primal Blueprint and begin burning fat rather than
- Why it only takes 21 days to
create a change in how you eat and burn food.
- What's the typical carbohydrate intake for the
Ketogenic diet, weight loss, or effortless weight
- How to prepare your body to follow the Ketogenic Diet and why
Mark uses any resource from Dominic D'Agostino as a reference.
- For a beginner, how often should they be fasting per
- How Mark's upcoming book, Go Keto, will teach us how
to becoming intuitive with ourselves and prepare for the Ketogenic
- The main differences between the
Paleo and Primal ways of eating and living.
- What Mark has learned from his wife, Carrie, about emotional
intelligence and wellness.
- How Primal Kitchen got its start as a new business for
- What's included in the famous Primal Kitchen Mayo recipe.
- Why coconut butter is a great go-to snack when you're feeling
- What Mark plans to talk about at the upcoming 2017 Paleo f(x)
Top 3 Takeaways From The Show
- Wellness is not necessarily all about physical health. As Mark
explains, wellness is about having a positive mindset and living in
the moment. When we stop focusing on the past, we can fully feel
contentment and joy.
- The benefits and facts around Primal, Paleo, Keto, and
- There is no such thing as 'bad' or 'good' genetics. Our
genetics are turned on or off by different variables in order to
help our bodies survive.
Power Quotes From Mark Sisson
[tweetthis] "Primal living allows
you to develop the skills you need to get in touch with your body
and emotions." - [/tweetthis]
- "I may have looked fit on the outside, but I was falling apart
in the inside. There was this inflammation that was gathering and
building inside my body. I had osteoarthritis in my feet,
tendinitis in my hips, and even irritable bowl syndrome (IBS) which
pretty much dictated my life. I began this diet to be healthy, but
all of a sudden, I was at the unhealthiest point of my life. I had
no idea about what was going with my body." - Mark Sisson
on his personal experience with the negative impact of
following high complex carbohydrate diet.
- "It fascinates me that there are now 35 different wearable
devices that tell you how poorly you slept last night, but there's
nothing out there to really address the problem. I try to create an
intuitive sense about my body's needs and I try to coach people to
do the same." - Mark Sisson on the power of intuitive sense
to help us understand our minds and bodies to make beneficial
changes for our health.
- "Primal living means that you've dialed into several different
aspects of your life so that you don't have to stop and ask a
device, "What do I do now?" You get to the point when you know what
to do and what choices to make. Your intuitive decision making
process is going to serve you in that moment and in the best way
possible." - Mark Sisson on what primal living means and
how our intuitive sense can help us make the best decisions about
- "Primal living allows you to develop the skills you need to be
in touch with your body, emotions, and everything that draws us in
to enjoy life." - Mark Sisson on the benefits of primal
- "I don't want to ascribe genes as being 'good' or 'bad.' Genes
are just doing what they're told to do. When you develop Type 2
Diabetes, that's not because of 'bad genetics. That happens because
your human genes are addressing a problem that you've created with
your eating and moving habits. Your body is just trying to prevent
you from dying too soon from too much sugar." - Mark Sisson
on why we shouldn't categorize genes as being 'good' or
- "The Paleo and Primal diets are converging. Initially, the
Paleo Diet was only a diet that looked at no dairy, alcohol, very
low unsaturated fats, and was fairly restrictive. When I came up
with the Primal Blueprint, I wanted to create a place where people
could go and not feel excluded, but invited. So we included as many
foods that made sense so we don't exclude dairy like cream,
butter, artisanal cheese, and even whole milk for some people.
Paleo has always been about the diet, but Primal includes the
entire lifestyle." - Mark Sisson on the difference between
the Primal Blueprint and Paleo Diets and
- "Thoughts are just thoughts and they're not reality. What we
worry or agonize about only exists in our minds as imagination. My
wife, Carrie, keeps reminding me that when I let those thoughts
dictate how I feel in the present moment, they actually take me out
of the present moment." - Mark Sisson on what he's learned
from his wife, Carrie, about emotional wellness and
- "Wellness is more of a state of mind than a physical presence.
Wellness is this feeling of serenity and peace, but also the
ability to not be caught up in feelings of worry, anger, or angst.
Wellness is not about re-thinking about previous decisions or past
mistakes. It's about being in the present moment and therefore
being able to extract the greatest amount of contentment, joy, and
fulfillment from now." - Mark Sisson on what wellness means
About Mark Sisson
Health and fitness expert Mark Sisson is the bestselling author
of The Primal Blueprint and several other Primal Blueprint-branded
books, and one of the leading voices of the burgeoning Evolutionary
Health Movement. His blog, MarksDailyApple.com, has paved the way
for Primal enthusiasts to challenge conventional wisdom's diet and
exercise principles and take personal responsibility for their
health and well-being.
From its humble - and controversial - beginnings in 2006, Mark's
Daily Apple has grown into one of the highest-ranked health
information resources on the Internet, with some 3 million unique
visitors each month. Mark, 62, has a BA in biology from Williams
College and is a former world-class endurance athlete, with a 2:18
marathon and a fourth-place finish in the Hawaii Ironman World
Triathlon Championships to his credit.
Today, Mark directs his competitive energies into high-stakes
Ultimate Frisbee tournaments against competitors decades younger.
Besides blogging daily, Mark conducts seminars on the Primal
Blueprint way of life and hosted 9 multi-day total immersion
retreats called PrimalCon at locations across America and in Mexico
He operates Primal Blueprint Publishing in Malibu, CA,
publishing his own titles as well as work from other authors
promoting ancestral health principles. Mark is married to Carrie
and they have two children.
Resources Mentioned by Mark & Josh
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[tweetthis]"Thoughts are just thoughts. What we worry or agonize
about only exists in our minds as imagination." - [/tweetthis]
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