I stumbled upon MDA in August of this year (2012) after I got a scare on some blood tests that showed my triglycerides in the 850 range. I was trying to make sense of the crazy amount of information out there regarding health and nutrition. I feel like I somehow made it through a swirly maze filled with bogus information, pseudo-science, cheap-o-shakes' sellers and some self-serving "Health-Gurus." I am glad to be one of the lucky ones who made it through and found MDA and this community because it can be so easy to buy into the wrong path and potentially damage your health even further with misguided advice that is so common on the web these days.
I spent a good number of hours reading through the blog and articles offered in MDA and the more I read the more everything made sense so I went Primal in August 2012.
That summer I was the heaviest I had ever been at 189lbs and suffering from a couple of autoimmune conditions and other symptoms that doctors couldn't really figure out. I really threw the towel when I went to a dermatologist to check a rash that had developed in my lower back. She said it was a fungal condition and prescribed a $190 cream, only to reverse her diagnosis when the rash got dramatically worse after applying the cream and saying it was now Psoriasis. She went ahead and prescribed a number of creams and medicines including steroids and told me that I could expect the skin in that area to become very thin and almost disappear because of the medicine and to expect all kinds of side effects... Really- WFT??? Let's just say that was the final straw that pushed me to find my own answers.
Fast forward 4 months and I have lost 29 lbs and feel better than I have ever felt, not only physically but emotionally and mentally. Rashes, pains and twitches are long gone, and my triglycerides are now at 41 along with all other blood markers including cholesterol at ideal levels. I can hardly believe the results and can't imagine how I went so long poisoning my body (and my family's.). I have not had anything related to grains since I started and I can finally say now that I don't miss them. I do greatly miss having a good beer once in a while and I think I will work that in for special occasions from now on. My fall back indulgence has become dark chocolate and I'm afraid I may have become an addict and may have to cut down on those a bit!
Overall what makes me the happiest is seeing how my wife and kids have embraced this lifestyle and improved their health and quality of life significantly (my wife has lost 15 lbs and my kids are incredibly healthier, lean and sharp!). We've taken cooking and coming up with new recipes as a new family hang-out activity and we are having a blast. I am grateful for the boost MDA and the Primal Blueprint has given us as a family.
Thanks very much!
PS: I will post pictures and describe my previous conditions in more detail in future posts.