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April 25, 2014

For the First Time in My 24 Years of Life, I Am Happy

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It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. 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’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

I’ve wanted to submit a success story for quite some time now, but I wasn’t sure if I should. After all, I’m still very much a work in progress.

My life didn’t start so differently than most other kids born in the late 80s – the era of low-fat. We always had a plentiful supply of margarine, and no one batted an eye when I put the box of Lucky Charms cereal in the shopping cart. PopTarts were my absolute favorite food, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich was my staple lunch. My weight as a kid was always on the high end of normal, but it was still normal, so no one said a word when I polished off whole baguettes as “snacks.”

This story is about much more than weight, because for the first time in my 24 years of life I am happy. I am not in pain. I don’t have days where I feel like I want to end it all. I’m not angry with people. I feel energized. I don’t need ADHD medication anymore.

Starting around the time I was nine or ten, I used to get the worst stomachaches. My mom assumed it was a dairy issue and never thought about it any further. She never made any attempt to remedy the situation further than handing me a heating pad. These stomachaches were so bad I’d have to miss school some days. I would sit crunched over crying just assuming this was normal.

Summers were the best. There was a swimming pool in our townhouse association and I spent nearly everyday swimming, but I was ALWAYS sunburned. Several times I blistered over, even if I wore sunscreen. I once got sunburn on a cloudy day in February standing outside for only 30 minutes. I live in Chicago. That’s nearly impossible. (Hello, inflammation!)

Things started getting worse. In addition to the massive stomachaches, I started to get rashes on a daily basis. Then came the itchy hives. My parents took me to the doctor and she drew blood for an allergy test. We got the results back, and were informed that I only had one true allergy, but the data isn’t always reliable. It also showed somewhere close to 30 “sensitivities.” My parents tried to do the rotation diet my doctor gave us, but I was 13… not exactly the most cooperative age. The only thing that stuck was that I liked the super sweet soy milk better than cow’s milk. So the rashes and hives continued.

My teen years were a mess of acne medications and depression. I came dangerously close to suicide more than a handful of times. Rainy days would have me in tears with a razor in my hand. Of course I was depressed. When my body needed nutrients the most, I was eating Pop Tarts, adding sugar to my Rice Krispies in soy milk and avoiding the sun. I wish my parents knew the effects the food they chose to keep in the house had on me.

Things continued like this through high school, and the depression reached an all time high. I decided to go vegetarian because I saw some misguided animal cruelty propaganda. Then my dad passed away when I was 17. I was not a happy teenager, and I certainly wasn’t healthy. The stomachaches evolved into nearly twice daily diarrhea by this point, and my new favorite foods were “chicken” nuggets and breadsticks. I hated gym class. I couldn’t finish a mile in under 15 minutes. My knees ached. Climbing a single staircase left me winded. I failed most of the mandatory physical assessments. But still, I wasn’t overweight, so no one really thought food could be a problem.

I went to college, and I got worse. Unlimited cafeteria pizza, pasta and dessert do that! 😉 I also naturally started drinking. I was packing on the pounds at an alarming rate. The freshman 15 was no match for my freshman 40.

My stomach problems worsened still. The diarrhea was up to three times a day with the most crippling pain. It’s best described as a tiny monster clawing through my intestines.

I dropped out after only a year and in a moment of absolute total frustration I cried to my mom about how I couldn’t concentrate. Everything was always foggy. She took me to the doctor. He prescribed Ritalin.

We finally arrive two years later when I was 22. I was carrying around 185 lbs on my 5’3″ frame. I was miserable. I was angry all the time. I was ready to end my life. Something needed to change, and it was just one totally innocent comment from my boyfriend’s mom that set things in motion. “I try not to drink orange juice. It has too many carbs and I can’t keep my weight down.”

Hmm. Carbs.

So in October of 2012 I went on the Atkins diet. I lost 25 lbs the first month! (I should say that I was already eating meat again. Said boyfriend brought me back to the dark side with the most DELICIOUS chicken quesadilla when we were in college.) One thing lead to another, and in my low-carb quest I stumbled upon MDA.

My life was changed forever. Immediately my moods were better. My skin cleared up. I threw away my Ritalin. The weight kept melting off. I wasn’t even exercising! It was amazing. By August of the next year I was the slimmest I had ever remembered being. 120 lbs felt a lot better on my 5’3″ frame than 180 ever did. No more achy knees. No more foggy brain. Most importantly – no more thoughts of suicide! It took another year for my stomach to solve itself (and diligent probiotics!) but I don’t ever have digestive issues anymore unless I slip up.

That isn’t the best part yet. The best part is helping the people I love to change their lives too. Remember that boyfriend? We got married. His parents are avid Primal enthusiasts now too. My mother in law is a nurse, and she preaches The Primal Blueprint to her coworkers and patients. (And anyone who will listen. And even people who don’t listen. Really she just can’t stop talking about it!)

My husband and I now have a baby Grokette! I’m eight months postpartum, and even though my body is still clinging onto an extra 15 lbs (necessary for breastfeeding, I assume), I am still 100% dedicated. I’ve started working out for the first time in my life, and after even only a month my body is changing yet again.

 Cherice Before
This photo is of me at my highest weight, only months before I started changing my diet. (Black shirt and jeans)

 Cherice During
This was taken only 9 months after starting my Primal journey.

 Cherice after Primal
This last one was taken in October of 2013, my lowest weight ever (Maybe not coincidentally the month before conceiving! Good health means good fertility.)

Everything about my health is awesome now and it’s all your fault, Mark! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. You quite literally saved my life. ?

Cherice

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Dr. Anthony Gustin
2 years 7 months ago

Good work! Paleo don’t have to be low carb now that you’re working out and at ideal weight though 🙂

Cherice
Cherice
2 years 7 months ago

I’m not low carb anymore. I started craving starchy foods while I was pregnant, and I’ve just been listening to my body ever since. Sweet potatoes are so delicious!!!

C L Deards
2 years 7 months ago
That’s quite the journey you had. Thank you for sharing. A key point you made was that you wished our parents knew what was in the food they were giving us. I feel the same way. There was not a food awareness back in the 80’s and 90’s like there is today, and without the internet there wasn’t an easy way to find the information you needed. I didn’t have your journey, by no means, but until I started playing varsity tennis I was always on the chubby side. Unless I exercised like a mad man I would revert to… Read more »
Colleen
Colleen
2 years 7 months ago
I too initially had the thought I wish my parents knew this when I was a kid (the 70s, early 80s), but now I look at my mother (father deceased) and think she suffered worse from “conventional wisdom” than I have. The low-fat, sugar is just an empty calorie mentality really came alive in the mid 80s. Conventional wisdom did not support any reason for an MDA approach and would have demonized certain aspects, why would parents know better? Doctors should have known better or been more skeptical of the rush to low fat judgment. Cherice and others in the… Read more »
C L Deards
2 years 7 months ago
Well, I think we have too much of an expectation from doctors. From what I understand of their education (my wife is a nurse) doctors receive minimal nutrition education. Nutrition is not given enough exposure. Probably never has. Yet doctors are the ones giving nutritional advice when in fact they should be referring people to certified nutritionists. Even then, nutritionists of the 80’s probably would have steered people to the low fat diet. But who knows? Maybe someone with 80’s professional nutrition education could chime in? I do know that nowadays progressive nutritionists see the value in a diet made… Read more »
Tim
Tim
2 years 7 months ago
Doctors should be referring to dieticians, as if that will be any better advice? They will only give you more detailed and in-depth WRONG advice than the doctors. They all are drawing from the same old USDA, AHA, ADA dietary guidelines. Calorie and portion control, exercise more dogma. The conventional dieticians (read: 99% of dieticians) are the most pro-whole grain, low-fat, anti-primal group out there. Go to a doctor or nutritionist on primaldocs.com, paleo physicians network, or institute of functional medicine certified. Otherwise the NTA (nutritional therapy association) has a more real-food, primal-friendly teaching than the ADA, and you can… Read more »
Colleen
Colleen
2 years 7 months ago

On the one hand I agree, but doctors decide how to educate doctors. How can they ignore nutrition when it is probably the primary contributor to many chronic health problems? And surely many doctors, even absent education, glean this along the way.

BFBVince
2 years 7 months ago

I second the Paleo Physicians Network. We have a great paleo doctor here on the Upper East Side of New York. Often you can find at least a Chiropractor in your area who is paleo/crossfit/etc. who can offer sensible advice. Mine even helped me find a back alley amish raw milk dealer…

Delphi
Delphi
2 years 7 months ago
Yeah I agree with Tim below. I am or should I say was (it’s a bit disheartening) grad program for nutrition – and all they push is the standard ADA diet – high fiber, low fat, dairy, fruits and veggies diet. They still feel diets like “paleo” or “primal” are “fads” and not sustainable. I have had a very difficult time studying the field when knowing full-well that it is absolutely contrary to what I believe, and have found, personally, through my own studies and life experience. So it’s all very frustrating. Yes, going to a…how should I say “traditional”… Read more »
Wenona
Wenona
2 years 7 months ago

This message is for Delphi and anyone else who is interested in an occupation helping people with nutrition. I’m pretty sure that Dr. Berg (you can find him online) has similar advice on what to eat as Paleo/Primal, and he offers an online course to become a weight loss coach. So maybe people don’t have to study the information they know is incorrect, in order to become certified to help others 🙂

Georgia
Georgia
2 years 7 months ago
My grandfather had my mother and her siblings on a Pritikin diet, recommended to him by a nutritionist to cure his migraines, for most of their upbringing (they were all born in the 60s). No fat, no sugar, no salt. Cardboard everything. Needless to say, his migraines never went away. The only benefit is that mum, her sister and brother have an incredible relationship with food now. Once they had moved out and were in charge of purchasing what they ate, not one of them ever touched the low-fat / wholegrain diets that seemed to have been abundant in the… Read more »
Zach rusk
2 years 7 months ago

I don’t get how people can blindly accept so much information about diet…

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 7 months ago

Or the armed forces…

C L Deards
2 years 7 months ago

I wouldn’t lump all dieticians or nutritionists together. The few I talked to in Los Angeles understood the benefits of quality fats and low carbs. The river is shifting direction, if slowly.

Zach rusk
2 years 7 months ago

Nocona, you mean you don’t know how the armed forces blindly accepts advice on diet guidelines?

Elaine
Elaine
2 years 7 months ago

I also would have “avoided years of low fat, lo cal diets that for me never worked.”

Mantonat
Mantonat
2 years 7 months ago
Oh, I think there was plenty of food awareness way back in the roaring 80s and 90s, and there were also these strange places called libraries and book stores where people would go for information. Maybe the internet is a convenient way to get information, but it’s also a convenient way to get misinformation. My parents fell into a cycle of processed food and sedentary lifestyles for a while, but snapped out of it in the late 70s and early 80s. Sure, some of it was information that Primal/paleo folks now consider CW, but it was a hell of a… Read more »
Colleen
Colleen
2 years 7 months ago
I respectfully disagree about the level of food awareness in the main stream in the 80s and 90s and that information was available at strange places called libraries. Nothing you would find in a health magazine, article about health, or the library would have provided someone with hundreds or thousands of individual stories of success in eating a high or higher fat diet, low carb, podcasts, blogs, much based on actual scientific reasoning instead of this is what the American Heart Assoc recommends . . . nothing like this was available and the library could not compare to what is… Read more »
Christine
Christine
2 years 7 months ago
I had my child in 1982 & it was him who got me interested in nutrition in the first place, because I wanted the best for my child & he was hyperactive. I discovered that sugar & colourings & things in sweets were not good for him, so I removed as much sugar from his & my diet as I could & I stopped buying convenience foods & cooked all our meals. We still had cakes which I made myself with ‘healthy’ wholemeal flour & I would either reduce the amount of sugar in them or replace it with honey… Read more »
Matt
2 years 7 months ago

Good work. Nice to see you taking control of your life.

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 7 months ago

Great job Cherice. You look ‘Mahvelous’.
I’m always amazed humans don’t die before their 20th birthdays when they eat like that before going primal. Thank goodness we have some healthy momentum from our ancesters.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
2 years 7 months ago

The window of “past [healthy] momentum” is sadly closing. The USA is roughly in the third generation of processedfoods and more young kids are obese than ever. (A generation being defined as 20-25yrs). All this can be changed and Mark and everyone here are leading the way.

I almost had an idiomatic double entendre along the lines of “Americans eating their genetic seed corn” (GMO grain reference) but then my muse left me. Whatever. Fridays. Time to start practicing for “Cinco de Drink-o”! Woo!

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 7 months ago

Cinco de Drink-o, lol. Sounds like Robb Wolf’s NorCal margaritas…

oxide
oxide
2 years 7 months ago
I’ve started to wonder about the “you get fat as you age past 35/40/45” meme that we are all accustomed to. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that processed foods were introduced exactly when the Baby Boomer generation reached 35/40/45. They didn’t get fat when they aged; they got fat when they started eating processed food. The data for previous generations is not comparable, as they lived when food was scarce, or they were working the farm or fighting wars. Yes there were overweight people and diets back in the day, but it didn’t seem to come automatically with age.
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
2 years 7 months ago

I was more eluding to the dietary affects on epigenetics over generations (based upon Pottenger’s Cats study). Heavily processed foods came into the US during WW2.

Elaine
Elaine
2 years 7 months ago

EXACTLY!

Zorica Vuletic
Zorica Vuletic
2 years 7 months ago
To be honest, no matter how healthy a diet is, cortisol does rise with age, even in hunter gatherers. You can help it to not get out of control and T2D etc via not eating crap, but I’ve seen pics of HG’s with muscular bodies and still sport a slight ‘gut’. What you say still rings true though. Just want to inform that some biological factors still occur as a function of time, just meaning you don’t have to have such a degree and maladaptiveness as a consequence. After a middle age spread then you have to battle loss of… Read more »
His Dudeness
His Dudeness
2 years 7 months ago

It’s not just obesity either. My little family just got home from the hospital after welcoming daughter number two to the family. The number of babies born by emergency c-section or in the NICU, and the number of mothers struggling to recover was staggering. We were in and out in less than 48 hours, and mom’s up and around with no problems.
It will be interesting to see how the next generations fare.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
2 years 7 months ago

Congrats on the new addition!

glorth2
glorth2
2 years 7 months ago

Whew!!

Harry Mossman
2 years 7 months ago

Wonderful story, Cherice. I think we are always works in progress but you have made fantastic progress.

oxide
oxide
2 years 7 months ago

Who’s the lady chomping on the hot dog bun? Your daughter(?) is eyeing her suspiciously.

JacqsFlyingPrima
JacqsFlyingPrima
2 years 7 months ago
Haha…I saw that too. Quite the contemplative look you are giving that bun or the woman eating the hot dog. I sometimes see what others eat and or buy in their shopping carts and it strikes me as unfortunate that there isn’t some inoffensive way for a “teaching moment”. Congratulations Cherice on finding your happy marbles. You look great! I had tummy aches all my teens and on and off throughout adulthood, (I kept changing diets)but I never figured it out until I dropped wheat/grains after reading an article here about gluten. IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) the doctors liked to… Read more »
Lee
Lee
2 years 7 months ago
I like to think I’m passively educating others in the supermarket as I load my organic full fat milk, yoghurt, butter, cheese and 45% fat cream out of my trolley (which is just about all I buy in the store now, except for a few non-food items). I see the women with their trolleys full of diet coke, low-fat cereal, canola oil and fat-free milk and yoghurt looking me up and down. I LOVE that moment! Just waiting for the day when someone is ‘rude’ enough to make a comment – then I’ll have my true teaching moment! This was… Read more »
Cherice
Cherice
2 years 7 months ago

Haha that’s my aunt on the 4th of July. And while I’d like to take credit for that adorable baby, she’s my niece. That photo was taken a year before giving birth.

Mary
Mary
2 years 7 months ago

Whoever she is, she has to be pissed about your publishing such an unflattering picture. I sure would be!!! 🙂

granny gibson
granny gibson
2 years 7 months ago

Wonderful story, Cherice. I was cheering you on as I read.

Energy!
Energy!
2 years 7 months ago
Great story, thanks for sharing! I was a kid in the 60s and 70s and ate Lucky Charms, Captain Crunch, Frosted Flakes, and the rest of that boxed crap. Fortunately we had non-homogenized milk delivered by the farmer, so that helped. We had way too much canned food, too, like Spaghettios, canned fruit, soups, etc. You’d think we were living in a fallout shelter. Then there were the TV dinners, fish sticks, and other pre-cooked items she heated up. The funny thing was, my mom didn’t work outside the home…what the heck did she do all day? Just kidding…she did… Read more »
Grokesque
Grokesque
2 years 7 months ago

Great story and well done. I can remember those rainy days in the summer holidays feeling depressed – teenage years are extra tough when you eat SAD. I, too, wish the knowledge had been available in the 80’s. Our parents in their 60’s are suffering now for the bad advice of that time, which many are reluctant to ignore even with the evidence of poor health.

CR
CR
2 years 7 months ago
I think that even if your parents had suggested an alternative way of eating, as a kid, you would not have complied. My mom refused to buy the sugary cereals and instead pushed cracked wheat bread (ha! white bread in disguise), but clearly that wasn’t much of an improvement. I see this with my own teenaged kids who are old enough to understand about nutrition, yet still choose to eat things that I would prefer they didn’t. The schools also don’t help becuase they are still teaching the FDA Food Pyramid! I don’t always have control over what they eat,… Read more »
Colleen
Colleen
2 years 7 months ago

Tell your kids the real food movement will not be a fad — the labels paleo or primal may not last but those eating real quality food, while it may not be a majority of the population, will enjoy greater health, well being, and longevity, and thus no fad here. My daughter is 5, she told me once she remembered when we used to buy pasta, I wonder what it will be like later on . . .

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 7 months ago

Agreed Colleen. Probably be calling it ‘Nutrient Dense Food’ someday, and that might help people come aboard while not thinking it is a fad.

Cherice
Cherice
2 years 7 months ago

I agree with you 100%. While I wish my parents knew better, if they tried implementing a healthier diet when I was a kid or teen, they would have been met with resistance. I was seriously addicted to sugar, and would have fought them tooth and nail. Hindsight is always 20/20.

Colleen
Colleen
2 years 7 months ago

Yes, but the beauty of it is when you get to your 30s and 40s (late 20s?) you start thinking my parents were right about this, that, and the other thing, so what I hope for with my 5 yo, if she rebels as a teen, hopefully she will come back to it quickly if SAD fails for her.

Linda
Linda
2 years 7 months ago
My 4 kids were like that. They thought I was being overly restrictive for no real reason.We had no sugary stuff in the house except for the occasional birthday cake or batch of home made cookies. I would only buy 1-2 bags of chips that had to last 4 kids and their friends for the week. Most meals were home cooked with veggies from the garden. Unfortunately also heavy on CW whole grain. One by one as they hit their mid-twenties they commented on how glad they were that I had insisted on eating that way because they were seeing… Read more »
CR
CR
2 years 7 months ago
At one point I was overly-restrictive, but I’ve become a little more lenient. I now think that If you are too demanding, you will cause more of a food issue in the long run. I certainly remember going to my friends’ houses and polishing off the boxes of Lucky Charms because my parents didn’t have it in their house. But, I was also always healthy, in good shape and active, so nobody was any wiser. My own kids do comment on the crap that their friends bring to school in their lunches, but it doesn’t stop them from wanting it,… Read more »
Danielle
Danielle
2 years 7 months ago

Just curious, how did she ‘test’ as allergic to wheat/gluten? Standard skin prick test or something else? My son has tested negative for Celiac via the blood draw and didn’t register any allergies to wheat with a skin prick at the allergist, it’s been hard to get any definitive ‘proof’ that he’s sensitive to wheat/gluten.

CR
CR
2 years 7 months ago
Danielle — my daughter was complaining about being nauseous every morning. She also eats a lot of dark chocolate and sneezes every time she eats it. So, those two things prompted me to get her tested. She had the prick test on her back which made her cry. They put a few baselines on there and then tested the allergens. They compare and make a diagnosis. The site with wheat was pretty inflamed (as was the one for bed mites and cat dander and we have two cats! I bought mite covers for her sheets. I never noticed the cat… Read more »
Clay
Clay
2 years 7 months ago

Sneezing with dark chocolate rings a bell. Both me and my daughter do that. Have no idea why as pure cacao has no adverse reaction and the chocolate we do eat is usually 85% cacao.

Aliya
Aliya
2 years 7 months ago

You look fantastic! Congratulations on becoming healthy and happy – and your baby is adorable 🙂

Cherice
Cherice
2 years 7 months ago

Thank you! That’s my niece, but she is definitely a cutie!

Aliya
Aliya
2 years 7 months ago

Ah! My mistake! I’m pretty sure that your baby is adorable as well 🙂

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 years 7 months ago

You look great and so happy! I too started with atkins before finding MDA in my undergrad career. Its awesome to feel young and not just look it, doesn’t it? Congrats!

jenny rose
jenny rose
2 years 7 months ago

you look great! what a great journey of health, and how wonderful to have a guy who’s been around through thick and thin, worse and better health! congrats on being a new mama! i have 3 little ones, and it’s been a rewarding journey. it’s been great to go primal, and bring them along on that, too!

Cherice
Cherice
2 years 7 months ago

I’m so happy that I discovered primal eating before getting pregnant. I am choosing to raise my daughter eating real, whole foods and I hope so much that I give her better health than I had!

George
George
2 years 7 months ago

A very moving story Cherice, really got to me. Excuse me, must be some dust in the air, need to dab my eyes a bit …

Julie
Julie
2 years 7 months ago

Great testimony and so inspiring.

rlarson
rlarson
2 years 7 months ago

awesome!

Mike
Mike
2 years 7 months ago

Despite the title of the post, you look pretty happy in the first pic! I wonder if what your future husband is doing has anything to do with that LOL

Cherice
Cherice
2 years 7 months ago

I was wondering if anyone would notice that…the happiness was pretty alcohol induced in that photo. 😉

Nocona
Nocona
2 years 7 months ago

That’s funny. I didn’t want to say it earlier, but I was gonna say he was weaned off the nipple way too soon as a child.

Luke
2 years 7 months ago

Cherice. I love hearing these stories of health! It’s incredible to see food affect so many facets of our lives. Absolutely amazing. Congrats on the baby too!

James
2 years 7 months ago

Nice work, Cherice. Grok on!

Yamz
Yamz
2 years 7 months ago
What a great story from someone in my generation! My diet process started with going GF. This helped drop the first easy weight, the migraines, IBS , digestive issues, brain fog, etc. I felt better than ever. I am very OCD, and i found myself wanting to feel even better, the BEST. This brought me to paleo / primal / keto, and my life has changed since. Working out was the second best decision I have ever made. No more moaping around, more energy, better moods, you name it, and the mrs sure doesn’t mind my changes! Kudos to you… Read more »
Ryan
Ryan
2 years 7 months ago
Wow, I’ve read numerous stories on MDA about primal successes but this is one of the first that very much mirrors my own path. As a child I was on the heavier side of average and as life moved on I just got fat (though most folks are stunned when I’m tell them I’m 210lbs @ 5’4″). While I haven’t had thoughts of suicide I’ve had the “what if I didn’t exist” thoughts a long with the general anger and sore knees/hips/back. I did manage to get down to 167 at one point with a primarily paleo diet before I… Read more »
Will
Will
2 years 7 months ago

So is hubby not on the program? Looks about the same in your before/after pics.

Cherice
Cherice
2 years 7 months ago

He eats what I cook at home, and never complains about not having certain foods he likes, but he doesn’t care when he’s out of the house. He’s making progress, though! He teaches, and on more than one occasion he’s commented on the crap his students eat for lunch. It’s all baby steps.

Jane
Jane
2 years 7 months ago
I find it a bit sad that the low carb community blame the education of medical staff for much of the low fat or SAD advice. Long before I stumbled across MDA I was in a Biochemistry lecture (biomedical science degree) and learning metabolic pathways of carbs, lipids and proteins. That very day I cut all carbs from my diet, lost 20+ kg throughout all my antidepressants, blood pressure meds, my chronic back pain disappeared along with the epilepsy meds. So at least initially they do teach you the basic science of food. It’s just the average student isn’t listening.… Read more »
Colleen
Colleen
2 years 7 months ago

Respectfully, I think your comment proves the point of poor medical education. Basically, I conclude from your comments that it would be obvious to cut carbs as you did listening to that lecture if weight is an issue. How is it that doctors do not prescribe this as a treatment option on a regular basis going back . . . decades? Somewhere along the lines the message got scrambled. This is definitely a failing of medical education which includes or should include how to apply basic medical science and biochemistry to patient treatment.

Energy!
Energy!
2 years 7 months ago

I would rather the docs say nothing at all than offer bad nutritional advice. Many people take a doctor’s word as gospel and pay the consequences. The only time one of my docs would speak up was when the latest anti-supplement “study” was released: Taking X Supplement Will Kill You!

Jen K
Jen K
2 years 7 months ago

Recently, my (young) Dr. suggested I try “diet modification” to bring down my cholesterol numbers. Her advice? Go easy on the butter.

Not on your life, doc! And, I don’t want my numbers to come down!
HDL~95!

Joe Bob
Joe Bob
2 years 7 months ago

boy that’s an awful lot of unhappiness to live through

Michael B
Michael B
2 years 7 months ago

Hey Cherice, congratulations on changing your life at such a young age! Most people don’t have the courage to take on something so big. You’re very pretty in your after photos. I’m sure you are enjoying a fabulous life. Regards

Ben T
2 years 7 months ago

I bet it is nice for you to have your parents on board living the same healthy lifestyle. I’m sure it makes the holidays more of a breeze. I always have to take food to my in-laws house.

HillyM
HillyM
2 years 7 months ago
Great story Cherice. Thanks for taking us on your journey and letting us feel your happiness at your new found good health. At first I was a little miffed that the comment string had been hijacked by the “parental diet guidance or lack thereof” debate, but on reflection i think it is wonderful that you have prompted people to think more about how they learn or unlearn their nutrional habits. If only this kind of discussion was out there in the wide world, we might find more people with such great success stories to share. I am sure your daughter… Read more »
skeedaddy
skeedaddy
2 years 7 months ago

Great pics! Looks as if you are truly knowledgeable of the “grain damage” being done by that hot dog bun!

wildgrok
wildgrok
2 years 7 months ago

Wow Cherise nice story, congratulations!

meg
2 years 7 months ago

Thank you for sharing – I don’t think anyone will ever reach the “end” of their journey to better health 😛 You look fantastic, and I live that your mother in law peaches the good word to her patients! Also, your baby is so lucky to start life with a solid diet and great health! Keep it all up, it’s prefect!

Sultan
2 years 7 months ago

the success of my journey can be summed into two tactics, A) Short term goal planning, example, say you want to loose 1kg this week or 10 days, and so on. take it slowly. B) Preparation, make sure your kitchen is prepared to your goals, be prepared to counterattack a “slippery” day so you hit it twice as hard in them.

after all is all about you, you and you.

Kristen
Kristen
2 years 7 months ago

Great job Cherise!
If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of probiotics did you use? Anything in particular? I am trying to get back to Paleo/Primal after a year long hiatus, and I know I’ve probably done some damage to my gut.

Nikki
2 years 7 months ago

Yes! I would love to know this as well… my gut is very out of whack right now due to some poor alcohol-induced food decisions.

Amazing story, by the way… My sister has had stomach problems all of her life and I’m always hoping she’ll one day join me on my primal journey.

Vanessa
Vanessa
2 years 7 months ago

Way to go Cherice! I am so glad it all fell in to place for you information wise. I am trying very hard not to talk about it with anyone but often say something about eating more fat and more meat and most people just don’t get it. My kids and husband are not on board but we are small eaters and not over weight at all. I do insist on some amount of protein at every meal. Families are really hard, they are the closest to you and the most resistant at the same time.

Chloe Jane
Chloe Jane
2 years 7 months ago
I’ve noticed many people saying how they wish their parents would have taught them how to eat better while they were kids or teenagers. I can’t agree more on the impact that parents have on their kids. My dad discovered high fat low carb diet in his mid thirties and when I turned twelve, being a little overweight, he started teaching me. I am now sixteen and use this diet daily, because it helped me lose weight then, and it continues to help me maintain a healthy weight now. I have four siblings who don’t eat like I do, so… Read more »
Debbie
2 years 7 months ago
What a transformation. Your “fat” picture doesn’t show the depression you describe, but I certainly don’t doubt you. What I realize – and I’ve thought about this before – is that having been born in the fifties ! I wasn’t as damaged as a kid as those who came later. The high-grain/low-fat push wasn’t going on, even though they’d invented margarine and Canola, and we had animal protein at virtually every meal in reasonable amounts. My mother definitely tried to limits carbs – certainly cookies, candy, pasta, etc. – because I was fat, and everyone knew carbs caused fatness. So,… Read more »
Lachlan
Lachlan
2 years 6 months ago

She looks hot, eyy fellas?

Katy
Katy
2 years 5 months ago
Thank you so much for sharing your story. It really resonated with me and (at the risk of sounding like a stalker!) ive kept coming back to it over the last few months to keep me inspired. I’ve had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since my teens (16 years now) and after years of playing around with gluten free and dairy free have now discovered paleo which has improved my health like nothing else. I’ve found it really tough when my symptoms are bad not to reach for the chocolate for a boost of energy but have meditated on the fact that… Read more »
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