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My 2 school age boys had a read-a-thon day at school where everyone was to bring treats to share while they read. My boys chose to take almonds and dried apricots (treats in our house). I told them they could choose to share in what snacks they felt good about eating, and to remember how they felt the last time they had cookies and crackers (achy bellies, super dramatic mood swings) when they made their decisions. I told them it was okay to indulge a little, just don't go overboard. When I picked them up from school, they both told me they had stuck to their own treats! One son had had a few dried cranberries that a friend had brought. For a 6 and 9 year old, that is a Mama TRIUMPH!!
I also heard from my neighbor that the last time my kids were at her house and she offered them snacks, my 3 year old daughter had said, "Yes, but no grains or sugar please!"
That is absolutely wonderful, and indeed a MAMA Triumph.
I am pretty new to this amazing new world, but I converted my kids with little resistance. They are 13 and 11 and request wheat and sugar free at their dads place, I'm pretty happy with that, very proud Mama here too
Originally posted by smilingjustalittlebitView Post
Physically incapable of eating just a bit of dark chocolate personally, all or nothing for me!
Do what you love and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. if you don't like your job, quit. If you don't have enough time, stop watching tv. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop, they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Just wanted to say I love your tag line..... I have this set as my wallpaper on my laptop, inspiring..... was nice to recognise it
Ok I have finally finished reading this amazing topic, it has taken me several days but I have been savoring each and every story and achievement and am so inspired by all the amazing journeys.
I thought I would share a little about me (sharing is caring right? except for boyfriends!!!)
About 5 weeks ago when I was bedridden with the flu and gastro (yes lucky girl) I got to reading some low carb books and found myself yet another admirer of Mark Sisson.
So I started immediately, cleaned out my kitchen, left no trace of wheat or sugar there (Im an all in type of gal) and talked to my kids about the changes. My diet has radically changed along with my lifestyle. I am lifting heavy things, doing yoga daily, and I have completed 2 x 24 hr IF's and I have never felt better. I feel amazing, no lethargy, no migranes, no joint and muscle pain, my attitude is amazing and I feel like nothing gets me down.
I have converted several co-workers, and my parents, I have grown my own kefir and shared generously and when my microwave died last week I made a decision not to replace it, to go back to basics.
I have never been one to weigh myself so I dont know where I started but I have absolutely lost weight, I can see it in the mirror and feel it in my clothes. My biggest triumph so far is that I can now look at myself in the mirror in underwear and not be ashamed or disgusted any more, there are many more improvements but I can finally look at me and see me!!
After four months of delicious, filling, Paleo eating, I had to crow a little. I've lost 32 pounds and two dress sizes! I'm thrilled with the way I'm eating, am hardly ever hungry, and feel so good about myself and the Paleo diet. Thank you, Mark! Thank you everyone who posted their stories here. You've really inspired this 62-year-old couch potato to change her life I have a lot more weight to lose to hit my goal but this is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix, so I'm not worried about it. I feel, and look, the best I have in twenty years. Haven't managed to get my DH off the potatoes yet (he's Irish so what are the chances? LOL) but he is off the four (!) teaspoons of sugar he used to take in his coffee, thank goodness. Baby steps...Thank you, thank you!
I have kind of a weird one. I'm 36 and my hair is going grey (it's genetic - all my relatives go grey really early). Just the other day, I found a hair that was kind of weird - the end of it was black, then there was about 6" of white, and closest to the root, there was about 6" of black again. Hair grows 1/2" a year, and I went back to the Primal lifestyle and healthy living a bit more than a year ago. Apparently, some of my grey hair is turning black again.
I'm heading back to Egypt tomorrow for work and due to where I am, living primal is pretty much a given which I consider a triumph. Flying British Airways found out they have a gluten free meal that I can order so we will see how that goes. Looking forward to getting back to Egypt!
AKA: Texas Grok
Originally posted by texas.grok
Facebook is to intelligence what a black hole is to light
So many inspiring stories! Thanks and congrats to everyone.
On Saturday March 3rd 2012 I stepped on the scale and weighed 213 Lbs - Yikes!
At 5' 11'' that put my BMI at 29.7 - in the obese category! Although I know BMI has its drawbacks I have decided to use it as a gauge and have set a goal of getting to a healthy BMI this year. That means I will need to get my weight down to 178 lbs.
In a little over a month I would be 60 years old and I felt like I really needed to focus on taking charge of my health.
Over the years I have remained relatively fit but had slipped into an over eating sedentary lifestyle and committed to a change.
After much research I have decided on embracing the Paleo/Primal diet and exercise lifestyle. Based on the science of fat loss I believe the evidence is compelling and there is no other diet that would enable me to reach my goals.
Since March 3rd I have gone from 213 lbs down to 182 lbs. A 31lb weight loss in such a short time is truly amazing to me. Also my blood pressure dramatically improved from 130/90 to 111/78 and I feel amazing.
I know this is not nearly as dramatic as some on this site that have lost over 100 lbs but it is an example of the incredible changes that can happen so quickly when one embraces a Paleo approach.
Thanks again for all your inspiring stories and good luck!
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