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    Hi, I am new here. I just went primal about a month ago. I gave up grains, sugar, and dairy. I actually did it as an elimination diet to try to clear up an eczema problem I had for over a year. I didn't realize I was eating paleo until I was searching for recipes online and stumbled upon this whole Paleo thing. Once I read up on it, it made total sense to me and I knew I was going to do it. I have suffered with asthma, eczema, IBS, and depression for years and although I had a feeling it was due to diet I never knew how else to eat. I am so thankful to have found this.

    I am married and have 2 kids, ages 5 and 8. So far it is just me eating this way. I hope to slowly convert the others, but with the kids I am not too strict, just trying to buy them healthier snacks and offer them more fruits and vegetables. They keep asking how long I will be on a diet and I tell them I am not on a diet I just don't eat anything unhealthy anymore. So, they are asking more about what is healthy and wanting to make healthier choices themselves.

    I also have about 30 lbs to lose, so the hardest thing is eating fat, using butter, coconut oil, etc. I do still count my calories just to make sure I don't eat too many nuts or anything. I am doing Couch to 5k to run my first 5K in honor of a friend that passed away a few months ago. So I alternate jogging and taking long walks. I still need to work more on the strength training, but, baby steps.

  • #2
    Sounds like you are off to a good start. Welcome.

    You might want to check out for a mom who brought her family along for the ride.

    I haven't got to the strength training yet either. A combination of chronic fatigue and mangled shoulders. But I'll get there too, in baby steps.
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
    - Lewis Mumford


    • #3
      Welcome Willow. With kids 5 and 8, you are getting the same exercise your great grandmothers have gotten for 4 million years. Be sure to get your rest.
      Ancestral Health Info - My blog about Primal and the general ancestral health movement. Site just remodeled using HTML5/CSS3 instead of Wordpress.

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      • #4
        I ran into the same issue, not a lot of clear Asthma information available. Each Asthmatic must find what triggers their symptoms. Some is allergy induced, whereas, some are adrenal function. However, since you're taking Singular, your asthma is allergy induced, same as mine. Through my own studies I found that Asthma is a immune disorder. Your body does not fight bacteria or infection very well. Other diseases are very similar such as Multiple Sclerosis.

        Brief Asthma Background: Been taking Albuterol inhaler every 10 days for 25 years. I have had been hospitalized for weeks at a time on multiple occasions.

        The paleo diet will clear your mind and help you seek the inner support to change from within. You are addicted to your inhaler. Everytime your chest gets tight you think of your inhaler. I have been there.

        The supplements that helped me are:

        Magnessium oxide: BRAND: Mag400rx - I dip two pills every 4-6 hrs. It calms the lungs and body.
        Mullien: Will help you kill bacteria and fungis that sits in the bottom of our lungs.
        Vitamin C and A: These will help your body cleanse itself of bacteria daily. min 10,000 milligrams per day.

        For asthma attacks I use: Badger (Aromatic Chest Rub) I do breathing exercises with beard and chest coated. 3 to 4 mins. and Im great.

        Foods: Onions, Garlic, pineapple, ect...

        I recommend this book: Prescription for Nutritional Healing. This book has been around for 30 years and updated every so often.

        More questions? Please direct to my new facebook community page. This 'Ole Paleo House | Facebook