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Brian M.


Saint Louis, MO

Member since:

June 11, 2011

How did you find Primal Living STL and what part of St. Louis do you live?

I live in Affton , Mo. My sister, Laura Massey Gillespie is an organizer of Primal Living STL.

What got you interested in the Paleo/Primal diet? How long since you adopted this lifestyle

I have been into herbalism and nutrition for some time now, and recently shared notes with Laura and discovered we had found similar paths to health through nutrition, albeit from different sources. I've dabbled in Traditional Chinese Medicine and western herbal remedies and have followed Joseph Mercola, Andrew Weil and others for nutritional advice. I gave up grains and curtailed carbs with great results. Eat a lot of seafood, pastured hen eggs, and avoid red meat from feedlots, though I enjoy grass fed beef, bison, elk, goat, and wild game when I can get it. I haven't fully embraced the paleo diet as yet. I'm not ready to give up my cheese, still eat yogurt, and make my chili with beans. Anti-inflammatory foods are given priority in my diet, so I eat a lot of berries, red bell pepper, coconut, and consume a lot of turmeric.

What would you like to see us do at the meetups ?

Pot luck dinner!

What issues do you have with the paleo/primal lifestyle?

I'm still reading and mostly already in agreement. My mind is open, though I am not quite ready yet to completely eliminate some of the foods not recommended in the paleo diet.

What is the next step you would like to take to live more primally?

Find more sources of red meat that has not been to a feed lot. I was disappointed to discover that much bison sold in stores is "corn finished", as are sheep, and even some goat. I'd like to raise some hens for eggs. A friend of mine is doing so, and I've been providing some highly nutritious food in exchange for eggs. I'd like to find a source of raw milk closer to home.


Hi, my name is Brian.


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