Hi everyone! I haven't technically 'gone primal' yet, as I'm headed out the door to do some grocery shopping to officially be eating primal, but I've been lurking here on Mark's Daily Apple and have purchased and read through much of his Primal Blueprint book.

I think I have quite a long story, but I felt it would be worthwhile to introduce myself and maybe find some people in the same boat. My name is Rebecca, I am 21 and I live in Anchorage, Alaska. I've been struggling with weight since I was 11. I am currently 5'8 and 260 lbs. In high school I lost 60 pounds but it took all I had and I was barely eating. I had to exercise 2+ hours every single day and, as you might have guessed, the weight came back and then some.

Over the past 6 years I've progressed from following an anorexic lifestyle in attempts to lose, to following Conventional Wisdom, to veganism and none of it helped. I eventually gave up and went back to eating SAD. I am a college student so for the last year I'm lived mostly on grain and sugar based products, because they are cheap and don't spoil.

That's not to say I don't love eating natural foods, but at some place in my journey I must've stopped and though "What's the point?" I was fat, tired, depressed and unfufilled. Even while my future is bright there's always the obesity bringing me down, mentally and physically.

To be honest, about a year ago during my conversion to veganism I stumbled on the paleo and primal ways of eating and they made so much sense to me, but I was scared. Scared of giving up the grains, the peanut butter, the bread...and beyond that I was convinced veganism was the healthiest way to be.

Now, one year later and 30 pounds fatter, I am struggling with episodes of extreme binge eating and I've been trying to no avail to find the 'mental issue' causing it but something sparked a memory of the primal lifestyle and in the past few weeks I have been mulling it over and I've decided to make the plunge. I have nothing to lose, except a whole lot of weight and stress. I used to hold on desperately to the idea that it all comes down to 'calories in and calories out' but...if the food I'm eating is causing fatigue, illness and lack of satiety then it's not really a matter of 'calories in and calories out', is it? I overeat on the SAD diet because it's lacking in so many areas.

So I'm heading out the door to stock up on lots of primal foods and I'm going to start frequenting the forum here. I know the next 30 days might be rough, and I'm not even going to focus on weight loss. I want to eat naturally for a while, clear out the grains and sugar, and see how I feel. I am really excited to finally start getting in touch with what my body actually needs and wants so that I can someday hope to lose this weight.