DSC01361About Us

We are Alex and Marjorie Saveski. We met in high school and married in 2001. We currently reside in southeast Michigan, but have big dreams of one day living in the mountains. Passions we share include health and fitness, traveling to new places, and really good food! Our lives together have been a gradual evolution towards the primal lifestyle, which we fully embraced in October 2009. We hope to share what we have learned through our research and real life experience. Enjoy!

TISGprofile2About Marjorie

For many years, I strived to be healthy and fit and to cook delicious and nutritious meals for my family and friends. I thought I was doing everything right – low fat and whole grains, regular cardio and weight training sessions, and pushing for perfection. About 3 years into a stressful management position at work, I developed low back pain. As a physical therapist, I was sure that I could “fix” myself.  I tried everything I used on my patients and did not see significant improvements. After 2 additional years of searching for answers, I was referred to a holistic physician and diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue. Alex and I began the research process, which eventually led us to the primal lifestyle. The eating style fit within the protocol established by my physician, so I adopted it immediately. Over the course of about 6 months of treatment, and by following the advice found in two amazing books Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James Wilson and Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by John Sarno, I am happy to say that I am now pain free and feeling better then I have in many years! My wish is share what I have learned with you, as so much of this information is not mainstream!

About Our Influences

Three books have strongly influenced how we are currently living our lives. The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson is the go to source for all things primal. From diet to exercise to lifestyle, he covers it all. We are not totally strict Primals though. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price highlights the vibrant health achieved by isolated cultures around the world when they follow the axiom: “Life in all its splendor is Mother Nature obeyed.”  The other book which we rely heavily on is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. She discusses proper preparation of many foods as developed by our ancestors and cataloged by Weston A. Price. Although this book discusses grain preparation, we choose to not partake in them for all the reasons discussed in The Primal Blueprint. We do, however, eat dairy products from raw, organic sources. Alex and I do not shy away from higher carb foods like sweet and regular potatoes, we just eat them in moderation and in balance with the rest of our diet. Our focus is not only on what we eat, but also how the items are prepared. This allows us to derive the greatest benefit and taste from the food source. We strongly feel these books are must haves for anyone seeking to reap the benefits of this lifestyle.


The information provided on this website is for entertainment purposes. We hope that it will motivate you to do your own research to find what eating style and exercise plan works best for you. Please discuss all health related changes with your trusted health care professional.


  1. Marjorie and Alex!
    This blog is wonderful. I did not know you had become so involved in the Primal Diet until Uncle Bill and Aunt Carol visited us this March. Your dad looks amazing. I hope he will inspire mine! I have bookmarked your site and look forward to getting your updates. We would love to have another reunion with all of the Irvines soon. Keep on blogging!

    • Thanks for checking out our blog Megan! My Dad told me that he sent The Primal Blueprint to your dad for his birthday! I hope he reads it and gets on board – it will change his life. We miss you guys and can’t wait to see you all again!

  2. Look what I found! Since you won’t cook for me, I guess the next best thing is stealing your recipes.:) Now if you could just include instructions on how to work my oven I would be set!
    Your Work Husband

  3. Michelle Anderson

    Hi Marjorie!

    I love your blog. There is so much good info here. Who is the holistic physician you go to? I’m thinking about checking into holistic treatments.

    Your favorite Massage Therapist

  4. Michelle anderson

    Hi Marjorie

    What a great blog! There is so much good info here. Who is your holistic physician? Tell everyone I said hey! I miss you all!

    Your favorite massage therapist

  5. Hey Marjorie, my name is Dave and I also live a paleo lifestyle. I came across your blog via your quote in the Iodine Crisis and would like to quote your blog in a blog I am doing on iodine. Obviously I will link back to your blog if that’s ok with you. I found your iodine story very interesting, particularly the part that iodine supplementation is probably needed in a paleo lifestyle as I have come to the same conclusion.

    • Thanks for the comment, Dave. No problem, you can link back to my blog for your article. Looking forward to reading your post and checking out your blog!

  6. Hi there, I first want to say thank you for such wonderful work in creating your blog!

    I was wondering if you have tried these little known gluten free and paleo products: Miss Paleo Mixes. They have some more information on the website: http://www.misspaleomixes.com

    If you’d like to try a sample to review on your blog, we’d be happy to send it!

    Feel free to email or contact me through my blog (www.relizabethpaleorunner.blogspot.com) if you decide this is something that interests you.

    Thank you! -Rachel

  7. So glad you shared about your fibrocystic problem. I have had FBD for years. It has only been recently that it has become an uncomfortable problem.
    A fibroid lump that I have had for years recently became very large and uncomfortable. I went in for a thermography and everything is clear, but the
    lump continues to grow. Over the years I have moved from “conventional
    medicine” being the only answer to embracing a more holistic approach and the benefits have been tremendous. I see my naturopathic doctor tomorrow and will first address this with Dr. Brownstein’s approach and give it a few weeks to see what transpires. On the multi-vitamin that your doctor recommended I
    was introduced to a whole food capsule supplement called Juice Plus seven years ago. It made an impressive difference in my health..goes strait to the blood stream and upped my T cells…
    It’s now the most researched nutritional product in the world. It’s 100% fresh fruits, vegetables, berries and has 16 years of medical and clinical research to verify its effectiveness. If you think it might interest you check it out…to see how it’s made and the research go to my company website:
    http://www.jrocker.juiceplus.com..MD Anderson just finished a study on Juice Plus and women with ovarian cancer…they were so impressed by the results they are doing a follow up study:
    Glad I found your website..can’t wait to try out some of the recipes…I also hope my results will be as good as yours…..Thanks for all the great info.

  8. hi! It’s so nice to meet a fellow SE Michigander on the blogosphere. I took up Paleo in January as a way to heal my hashimotos and to put it into remission. Seeing a functional med dr in Ann Arbor currently and was also diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. I found you through your strawberry granola recipe on the blog you shared it on and it looks amazing!! I’ll be trying out more of your recipes for sure! Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Nicole!
      Thanks for the comment! It is nice to meet another Michigander here. I’m so glad you have found healing through food. I will be checking out your blog as well! Thanks again for stopping by!!

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