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 at 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
26lbs lost since cutting the crap.