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  • Originally posted by drothpharmd View Post
    . Thank God for this diet. Saved my life.
    I hear you on that! You look great!
    50yo, 5'3"
    SW-195
    CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
    GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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    • Originally posted by Lora B View Post
      Wow! I'm a new member who's 45. Thank you for inspiring me. I have never been able to wear shorts ( legs like tree trunks). You look fantastic! There may still be time for me to have the feeling of a summers breeze on my legs in shorts instead of having to cover up my unsightly flesh in trousers no matter how hot it is. I won't even wear skirts as I have cankles and I'm afraid of the skirt/dress catching the breeze and showing my body. This gives me hope. I am in my own prison but it gives me hope. You are not dressed inappropriately. You are covered and decent. You worked hard. I hope I can look as good as you. I plan too.
      You may find, as I did, that eliminating grains & legumes vastly reduces the swelling/edema that makes for cankles. I had them for years. I have actual ankles now, even though I'm still very heavy.

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      • Well I've been doing this since March, and I figure it's high time for before and after pics...

        This is me in September 2012, before I went gluten free, soy free, nut free. I did not know I had so many food allergies. I was barely able to breathe hiking up this mountain, I have no idea how I made it to the top. Turns out the massive congestion and wheezing was a result of eating foods I was allergic to, all the time, every day (bread, soy, etc.) I tried my darndest to squeeze into a ladie's size 6, but let's be real; if I fit into anything larger than a 6, I simply did not purchase it! I weighed at least 158 pounds (in July 2012 my weight was 158 for my yearly exam; I never weighed myself again until March 2013).


        This is me in December 2012, singing in a performance. I post this because this is what prompted me to go in for allergy testing; I was so bloated that I looked pregnant, and was so super embarrassed after this show about the way I looked. I remember getting really sick about an hour after the show, running to the bathroom. I was bloated like this all the time. I was bigger than I ever was in my entire life, and did not fit into any of my pants anymore. Having to buy pants in a larger size was a serious blow to my self-esteem. This was the turning point, where I decided to take ownership of my health by fixing my diet.


        This is me in March 2013, after I cut out gluten, soy, nuts, but before I started on Primal (I was still eating a lot of corn and rice products at this point). I did not wheeze at all this hike, and made it to the top very quickly with little rest. I weighed about 150 lbs.


        Here I am in July 2013, right before I went to my yearly checkup and weighed 137 lbs. I have not weighed myself since then, but would assume I probably weigh a little less, but certainly not more. I can tell in the way I walk that it's easier to carry myself. I also bought a pair of shorts at the GAP, ladies size 2, with room to spare! I am wearing them in the picture below. And, best of all, I am fitting into all my clothing I still have from when I was in high school (I always held onto those jeans, in hopes I would one day fit them again). It is good to know I can wear a Junior's size 1 or 3. Losing the weight and becoming healthy has made me happier, both with my self esteem, and also I think because I'm not as groggy and weighed down since switching to a predominately primal diet. Processed foods are not welcome back into my life.


        Here I am last night, replacing gross processed gluten burger buns with two meat patties, 100% beef. In between is a tomato, aged cheddar, and onions. This is how I normally eat. No bread, mostly meat, veggies, fruit, and some dairy. I make an exception for dark chocolate, and the occasional cane sugar or stevia soda. For carb-heavy food, I will only have potatoes, rice and quinoa, with the occasional corn product. I don't know how much I weigh now, but I can tell with my face there is a huge difference from one year ago. The weight isn't as important to me anymore as the way I look--last night I also put on a swimsuit in front of some of my friends for the first time in a very long time.
        Last edited by kathleen; 08-18-2013, 11:53 AM.
        Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

        Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
        Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
        Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
        F/23/5'9"

        26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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        • What's that super cool Lord of the Rings Spider leg-looking tree in your photo? You look fabulous - so happy, joyous and free in your latter photos, congrats! Wearing pants from high school?! How long ago was that? I was lean & weighed 138 lbs or maybe 140 upon graduation. Now, 30 years later I'm around 155 lbs, but I have a lot more muscle since going Primal & lifting weights again.
          Originally posted by kathleen View Post

          This is me in March 2013, after I cut out gluten, soy, nuts, but before I started on Primal (I was still eating a lot of corn and rice products at this point). I did not wheeze at all this hike, and made it to the top very quickly with little rest. I weighed about 150 lbs.


          Here I am in July 2013, right before I went to my yearly checkup and weighed 137 lbs. I have not weighed myself since then, but would assume I probably weigh a little less, but certainly not more. I can tell in the way I walk that it's easier to carry myself. I also bought a pair of shorts at the GAP, ladies size 2, with room to spare! I am wearing them in the picture below. And, best of all, I am fitting into all my clothing I still have from when I was in high school (I always held onto those jeans, in hopes I would one day fit them again). It is good to know I can wear a Junior's size 1 or 3. Losing the weight and becoming healthy has made me happier, both with my self esteem, and also I think because I'm not as groggy and weighed down since switching to a predominately primal diet. Processed foods are not welcome back into my life.


          Here I am last night, replacing gross processed gluten burger buns with two meat patties, 100% beef. In between is a tomato, aged cheddar, and onions. This is how I normally eat. No bread, mostly meat, veggies, fruit, and some dairy. I make an exception for dark chocolate, and the occasional cane sugar or stevia soda. For carb-heavy food, I will only have potatoes, rice and quinoa, with the occasional corn product. I don't know how much I weigh now, but I can tell with my face there is a huge difference from one year ago. The weight isn't as important to me anymore as the way I look--last night I also put on a swimsuit in front of some of my friends for the first time in a very long time.
          "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
          "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
          "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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          • Originally posted by Betorq View Post
            What's that super cool Lord of the Rings Spider leg-looking tree in your photo? You look fabulous - so happy, joyous and free in your latter photos, congrats! Wearing pants from high school?! How long ago was that? I was lean & weighed 138 lbs or maybe 140 upon graduation. Now, 30 years later I'm around 155 lbs, but I have a lot more muscle since going Primal & lifting weights again.
            Thanks I don't what kind of tree it is, but it's actually a kind of moss that grows out here in Washington. It actually turns gray towards Autumn, so I do think of the Ents when I see it on taller trees.

            High school was only 5 years ago for me; I graduated in 2008. So It's not like I had a box of pants with some moth balls in it for a few decades, haha.
            Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

            Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
            Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
            Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
            F/23/5'9"

            26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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            • Looks kinda like a vine maple, covered in lichen and moss. I've seen similar trees in the Quinault rain forest.

              Wow, great changes!

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              • Update

                Here is my update.

                Here's the photos I shared on this forum earlier, in Dec 2012


                ABOVE left: I started changing my diet in June, shortly after the photo.
                Above right: 6 months after gradually easing into primal eating.

                OK here's two more photos showing a bigger contrast:



                ABOVE left: One year _before_ changing my eating, June 2011
                Above right: Photo taken most recently, in June 2013.

                I'm now 43 years old. 5 feet 2 inches, approx. 123-125 lbs.

                You can see the outside changed. On the inside there were huger changes.

                For 23 years I have had major joint inflammation, damage, and pain from Ankylosing Spondylitis (a form of arthritis) and associated Iritis (inflammation in the iris of the eye). I was on corticosteroids for every inflammation episode till I figured out that a daily dose of 500mg Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) + a B-50 complex protects me from most major flare-ups.

                Also, for the past ~15 yrs I have had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroid) and have been treated with Synthroid for the past 10 years after most of the the damage was done to the thyroid. Thyroid dose issues caused major psyhological & emotional anxiety, ups and downs. Stressful job as a university professor.

                In June 2012 I started by dropping wheat after reading the Wheat Belly book. The major weight loss in the first month shocked & inspired me to do research. I found the MDA site and other resources very helpful to learn what I could do to get healthier and thinner. Made gradual diet improvements over the first 6 months. I've been about 95% primal in my eating since about December 2012.

                NOW... I have no more joint pain and I am much more calm, steady and clear-minded. My latest checkup at the naturopathic Dr. showed no inflammation (undetectable C-reactive protein), below-normal triglycerides, and everything else is just fabulous... except my Thyroid dose. It's now way too high yet I don't feel hyperthyroid. I am in the process of reducing my Synthroid from 125mcg... down to 100 mcg... so far it's going ok.

                That's from food changes alone.

                I have not done much more exercise in the process of getting healthier, but I have more energy. I try to use only a hand basket when food shopping and 2nd hand clothes shopping, so I shop more frequently but get some weightlifting in at the same time. Also enjoying more cooking and walking.

                I might just be able to fit into my Petite 6 wedding dress from back in 1988 when I was 18 ... It's in my closet still. Maybe I'll give it a try and post the photo.
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                • Montagu and Kathleen you both look great!
                  Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                  • Those are two awesome sets of pics! I was wondering the same about that crazy tree thing in the background.

                    Montagu, have you looked into stopthethyroidmadness.com, and/or changing to Armour or Naturethroid? Many of us find that we do better switching away from Synthroid. I love all the health changes you are experiencing!

                    kathleen, I am 3 years into my primal journey, 100% gluten-free for the last 1.5 years, and still fighting bloating, even when I consume no grains, dairy, legumes, etc. I'm glad you found an answer that worked for you! I was into my high school clothes last year (graduated in 1993!), but back out this year when a medicine snafu gave me back 20 unwanted pounds, and I"m still fighting that back off. I love to see success stories!
                    5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
                    Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                    Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                    Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
                    ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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                    • Maybe go for some allergy tests? you might be eating something every day that you don't suspect. I am also allergic to nuts, which are a huge part of the primal lifestyle that I can not partake in. The nuts will definitely make me bloated, and uncomfortable. Nuts will also give me heartburn.
                      Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                      Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                      Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                      Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                      F/23/5'9"

                      26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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                      • Originally posted by MamaGrok View Post

                        Montagu, have you looked into stopthethyroidmadness.com, and/or changing to Armour or Naturethroid? Many of us find that we do better switching away from Synthroid. I love all the health changes you are experiencing!
                        Thanks for your helpful comment MamaGrok.

                        Yes, Stop the Thyroid Madness is a great website, though it seems to be very much against a T4-only treatment.

                        I truly wonder if going paleo/primal would be a solution for a lot of people struggling with T4-only (Synthroid), since it has made a huge difference for me.

                        I feel better than I ever have before since changing my diet, without any change in thyroid meds. This could partly be because of going primal:

                        • my healthier diet (vitamins, minerals) and overall healthier body (healthier gut, especially) could be helping my body tissues to naturally convert more T4 (Synthroid) to T3.
                        • as I lost weight, technically my thyroid dose became more than the full replacement dose per kilogram of body weight (1.7 mcg/kg/day), and so maybe I finally got enough T4 to produce sufficient T3 for my body.
                        • avoiding wheat for at least 6 months can cause a major improvement for those with autoimmune thyroid (Hashimoto's) -- See The Gluten-Thyroid Connection). I've never been tested for gluten antibodies, but I have both the usual anti-thyroid antibodies. I figure anyone with Hashimoto's should try going off wheat.

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                        • I think going primal (cough--eating healthy--) can help a lot of people suffering from a multitude of ailments. Eat better, feel better.
                          Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                          Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                          Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                          Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                          F/23/5'9"

                          26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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                          • Originally posted by RaeVynn View Post
                            Looks kinda like a vine maple, covered in lichen and moss. I've seen similar trees in the Quinault rain forest.

                            Wow, great changes!
                            I second the vine maple covered in lichen and moss assessment. That stuff happens a lot here. So. Much. Rain. Knifegill always complains about the precipiation, but I love it! I recall being in Idaho and realizing there was no moss. I nearly freaked out!

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                            • My wife has had both hypo- and hyper-thyroidism. She has had her thyroid radiated and was on several medications. This year she dumped the meds and has developed a very strict eating, exercising, and sleeping plan. And, since we are Christians, she is including a lot of prayer and meditating on the Bible. Basically, her health has never been better. Her swelling has gone done significantly, especially from the mid-calf down. Her energy is much, much better. She's losing fat and gaining muscle.

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                              • Originally posted by Aldergirl View Post
                                I second the vine maple covered in lichen and moss assessment. That stuff happens a lot here. So. Much. Rain. Knifegill always complains about the precipiation, but I love it! I recall being in Idaho and realizing there was no moss. I nearly freaked out!
                                You must be right-- I live in North Bend, WA, where get something like 60 inches per year.
                                Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

                                Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
                                Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
                                Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
                                F/23/5'9"

                                26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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