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  • My Success Story... at least, the first bit.

    I posted to a few of my blog sites explaining the basics behind Primal, but the forum choked when I tried to post the whole thing here. Then I realized, most people here already know all the science. I just want to share my success. So here it is:

    OK, I'm going to write a little bit here about my weight-loss and getting-healthy journey. I put those terms in that order, mostly because most people just want to know how I lost the weight (and am continuing to lose it) when I'm eating stuff that they've been told by everyone they know is "unhealthy." However, for me, the object is really health, and weight is secondary to that goal.

    Here's my success story: I started out in August of 2009 at 397 pounds (essentially, 400 pounds). I had diabetes (A1c = 8.7), arthritis (I was in a powered wheelchair most of the time), severe migraines, IBS, and a host of other problems. My father had died of diabetes (through gangrene and advanced cancer), and I didn't want to head down the same path. So when my doctor sat me down on August 13 and said "Change or die," I took him seriously, and I began searching the Internet for answers.

    I found several, all of them leading to the same startling conclusions. I am a scientist by trade and training (social scientist, but it's still science) and so when I first discovered the ideas of low-carb and Paleo eating, I investigated all the nutrition literature I could get my hands on, to see if these folks were just con men or if their assertions were backed up by the science. When I discovered that the science supported their assertions, I dove in and I have never once regretted it.

    All of my health problems began to disappear within three weeks. My bloodwork in November, four months into it, shocked my doctor. He couldn't believe I'd gone from an 8.7 A1c to a 5.4 (normal) A1c in only four months. At that point I'd lost 47 pounds, too, without effort. I drove my wheelchair into Student Services at school a month after I started this process and said "Here, I'm abandoning this, hope someone who needs it can use it." They all knew me pretty well - I'd been in a chair since undergrad - and it gave me such a charge to walk out of that office to their open-mouthed stares.

    It's been almost two years since I started this process. I am still not what most people would consider "healthy" in terms of weight - I'm at about 295 right now - but I'm a hell of a lot better than where I was, and in terms of health problems, I'm stellar. The diabetes is essentially gone - my doctor says I've cured it. I'm walking all over the place and usually without pain. The IBS is history, I haven't had a migraine in over a year, and I have more energy at 40 than I ever had at 20.

    That's how I did it, and how I'm continuing to do it. By my calculations, I'm losing about a pound and a half a week, without any real effort beyond not eating things that are bad for me and spike insulin (grains, beans/pulses, starchy vegetables, fruit, sugars, and processed food). I never, ever thought I'd see the underside of 300 on a scale again. The fact that I have used to amaze me, but now I know it's not magic. It's science.

    Yesterday I discussed this with a registered nurse. She gasped in shock when I described my average daily diet, and then began to shake her head in wonder as I explained the science behind it. And now she's heading off to the sites and books I told her about, because it convinced her that this works.

    That's how I did it, folks. You can do it, too.
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

    My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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    A friend of mine who followed in my footsteps about six months after I started (and who has seen similar success) commented on my blog post: "I love this post so much I want to take it out and buy it a steak dinner."

    Heheheheheh.
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

    My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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    • #3
      Awesome, Griff! Very happy for you.

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      • #4
        Love the attitude Griff. Too many here miss the concept of restoring health to lose weight. They think it works the other way round. The implication is, of course, that cheating with unhealthy food really does impede your recovery. You constantly remind us that it is possible to not cheat. But perhaps one really has to be in a position of having one's life threatened by ill-health to really get it.

        Regardless, top stuff mate
        Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

        Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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        • #5
          Congrats, Griff!
          Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
          My Latest Journal

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          • #6
            Very cool.

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            • #7
              Thanks for sharing, that really encapsulates the point of healthy eating.

              When your doctor said change or die, did he offer any opinion on how you could change, or was it just you and the internet?
              Life. Be in it.

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              • #8
                Awesome stuff, Griff! Very inspirational and your contributions here are impressive as well. Just today I searched for your cholesterol primer and lit links for a friend who send me his cholesterol labs wanting to know what they meant.
                Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Belforte View Post
                  Thanks for sharing, that really encapsulates the point of healthy eating.

                  When your doctor said change or die, did he offer any opinion on how you could change, or was it just you and the internet?
                  Oh, he recommended a dietician. But I knew from experience that didn't work, so I did my own research instead. *laugh* I pretty much spent the time between August and October doing almost nothing but nutrition research...
                  Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

                  Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


                  Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

                  My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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                  • #10
                    wow, thank you so much! TRULY inspiring!

                    "Yesterday I discussed this with a registered nurse. She gasped in shock when I described my average daily diet, and then began to shake her head in wonder as I explained the science behind it. And now she's heading off to the sites and books I told her about, because it convinced her that this works."

                    The change I am experiencing IS shocking. I feel like I am waking up from being brainwashed!! Like WOW, how could this be, when I've been taught it's another way for SO long.

                    The results are miraculous and speak for themselves. AND they have science behind them, which makes it easier to accept and to give it a shot. If it worked like this for you, it will for me. And it does!

                    It is not very often in life that there are proven scientific miracles.

                    Congratulations! and all the best.

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                    • #11
                      Listen carefully, Griff, and you can hear the cheers from across the Atlantic.

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                      • #12
                        May the future be as successful for you as the last two years have been! You have a fabulous spirit
                        Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

                        F/49/5'4"
                        Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                        CW: 146.8 lbs
                        GW 140 lbs
                        A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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                        • #13
                          Awesome story, Griff. I am so glad you found an approach to primal that is sensible and sustainable!
                          Karin

                          A joyful heart is good medicine

                          He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliot

                          Mmmmm. Real food is good.

                          My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29685.html

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Griff, You (and I ) are proof that if you follow the plan it works the way it should. Congratulations! May you continue to be an inspiration to others.
                            Primal since 9/24/2010
                            "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                            • #15
                              Awesome. Perhaps one of your biggest successes was convincing a member of the medical community to actually rethink CW and research the lifestyle that works. I wonder why it is nurses who seem more open to the idea of accepting the primal lifestyle? Is it perhaps because they have less of an investment in patient care, so that they aren't afraid to make changes and take risks? Congratulations!

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