I discovered the book Wheat Belly after having some heartburn and acid reflux issues. I'd lost 37 pounds in 2 years due to calorie restriction and when I started eating to maintain my weight, heartburn began (something I'd never had before). I decided to go vegan, as my veggie friends told me that it helped them with their own GI issues. I convinced myself it was helping me, but it really made things worse, and I had gained about 10 pounds back even while running and training for endurance races. I just didn't get it.
I saw a doctor who prescribed me Prilosec until the symptoms went away and told me to keep a food journal when I stopped the medication so we could figure out what was actually causing my reflux. She said that it wasn't diet-related because I ate lots of good stuff (SAD things like oatmeal, breads with vegan margerine, soy products, etc.) but a friend of mine with a wheat intolerance told me to read Wheat Belly. After I did, I looked up other wheat-free diets and discovered Primal and Paleo lifestyles.
I was hard-core Primal, following PB to a T, last summer when I first joined MDA. I fell off the wagon in November but now I'm back after getting blood test results showing that my cholesterol levels are better than ever and that my hormones (which were something that my doc said could be messed up in the past) are perfect. So, this Primal thing is doing my body good!
And, that's that.