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8 Mar

I Am in Harmony with My Body and Mind for the First Time in a Long Time

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

real life stories stories 1 2Hi Mark,

It is an honor to be able to submit a Friday real life success story. I have gained so much from your website, books, and the shared stories within. I can only hope that my tale may help someone else start walking on their own primal path.

A decade ago, where I’ll begin my own story, I was so far away from health and a healthy lifestyle that today truly is like a new life for me.

While each present Friday I can enjoy clicking on Mark’s Daily Apple for updates, information, and inspiration, 10 years ago, each Friday I was making a weekly sojourn to my dermatologist where I would be receiving hearty injections of methotrexate to combat a severe case of psoriasis.

I began to exhibit symptoms of psoriasis in my late teens, and it slowly and surely progressed from a few dime size spots, to a head-to-toe calamity by the time I was 30. This left me with inflamed and painful skin, and the added bonus of the startings of psoriatic arthritis, a condition that progressively had me walking and moving about like I had cobbler’s nails in my shoes. Just imagine that your epidermis is an ill-fitted suit, a few sizes to small, and quite unsightly. That’s about where I sat.

Stepping back just a few years more: I was born in England, and moved with my family to America, and Cleveland proper, when I was 8 years old. I was raised, dietetically speaking, having British parents, and American friends, and thus ate a hybrid Britannic/Standard American diet. That included English delicacies such as beans on toast, pork pies, assorted sweets, crisps, and pop, to everything a growing American boy would want: McDonalds, burgers, pizza, and pop. Despite my prodigious food intake, I was always healthy and active, and had those ruddy cherubic cheeks that I though meant good health through my teenage years.

But as time marched on my diet became equally unsightly. Despite working as a cook for many years in a quaint Italian, make-it-from-scratch restaurant, knowing my way handily around a kitchen, and having been trained by great cooks; left to my own devices my diet became, in a word, horrific.

At almost 30 I had begun my career as an outreach social worker, which had in turn springboarded a latent smoking habit to unforseen levels, and left me largely as a “dashboard diner” on a daily basis. I fell into pattern of eating by proximity, meaning if it came near me, I ate it.

It is hard to admit that a not uncommon breakfast would have been a packet of Ho-Hos, a big Pepsi, and a couple of Camels….ughh. Lunch would be something equally sinister, and for dinner, I would prepare a nice carb-laden meal replete with breads, pastas and hearty desserts. I believe I would have eaten a house brick if it was properly seasoned.

During this span of time I gained 50+ pounds. There I was, cigarettes, soft drinks, and a belly full of foods, that were only food in the sense that they can be ingested. It is no wonder my skin and autoimmune system was launching a full stage rebellion against me.

After several repeated blood tests showed that the methotrexate was affecting my liver function, I opted to stop that treatment all together, and just lived, however limited, with what I was beginning to accept as a chronic illness that made each progressive day just a little bit harder.

I would rely heavily on every lotion, ointment, and emollient that I could get my hands on to get me through the day. Most mornings I would find myself having to douse my skin in several lotion concoctions just to be able to get out the door to work, and I’m certain that on a bad day I would have single-handedly affected the strategic petroleum reserves.

Through all of this, most thankfully, my wife was unequivocally supportive and loving, which I credit for really getting me through that trying and difficult time.

It is, as I found out, easy to feel hopeless and lost in a cycle of futile behaviors that only perpetuate each other.

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This first photo shows me inflamed and sweating in front of the Biltmore Estate on an otherwise lovely vacation. One of the pains of psoriasis at my degree was that it relegated me to long sleeves and pants on the hottest of summer days. My activity level at this time had been reduced to next to nothing. While I used to love to bike and lift weights in my early 20’s I had since given up on doing either of those, or anything above the most modest level of movement.

I had married my lovely wife during this time, and had begun to see my family physician instead of a dermatologist as I no longer had any health insurance. I was knocking at 250 lbs, had borderline high blood pressure, and any number of other risk factors. My doctor had sagely advised me on losing weight and eating healthy, he also advised me against taking any more oral steroid medications due to risky side effects; the steroids had been a a quick-fix measure I had often fell into yet offered no long-term resolution. At this point, I was just hoping for a break.

I had always vowed that given a chance I’d do my best to get my life back on track. Shortly thereafter I spied a secondhand UVB phototherapy machine for sale locally. UVB therapy treatment’s a time-consuming and expensive treatment that I had never tried before, but always been interested in. I was able to get support from my doctor to begin treatments in my own home.

Within a few weeks, I had begun to clear my skin enough to begin “moving again.” This started off with creaky painful walks , of 1/2 to 1 mile, then 1 to 2 miles. I then made up my mind to quit smoking, which thankfully I did, and then I finally got back on my bike after a 10 year hiatus, pedaling, literally, till the cranks broke off the bike.

Unfortunately, through all of this I still never saw the corrolary between diet and my illness. I was always treating it from the outside in. With ointments, topical steroids, occlusive dressings, but I never was seeing, what I so clearly see now – that what I was putting into my body was the probable cause of inflammation in the first place. I then spent the next several years fighting my way back to relative “health.”

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This photo shows me with what I then considered a “healthy meal”- the endless bowl of whole wheat pasta, of course with the obligatory garlic bread.

I was no longer smoking, and I was working out daily, but my diet was far from healthy. Pepsi was still an everpresent companion, as were sugary snacks and heavily processed foods of suspect origins and varieties. I was so jumping-for-joy happy to be moving and back in the land of the living that I still wasn’t putting all the pieces together. My workouts at this time were all over the place. I would spend an hour on the elliptical at full speed, then get so hungry I could eat my own shoe soles, and within 15 minutes of being back home I would have systematically put back on all the calories I just expended. I would “lift weights,” but in essence I would do 150 sets of bench presses and curls, with no compound movements or variety at all.

The fortunate part is that i discovered that the human body is indeed a forgiving thing. After all the toxins I had ingested, and put into my body, I showed huge gains in that first year and a half. Within one year I went from biking one mile painfully to a 100 mile bike ride, from bench pressing 130 lbs to 275. Then from running two miles on a treadmill to my first half marathon (admittedly I couldn’t walk for two days afterwards, but sometimes you need a goal to keep you going). But my workout routine, as thankful as I was for it, felt just like that, routine…

I was still largely tethered to using a UVB machine regularly, still using topical steroids frequently, and still not losing weight despite what I thought was the standard accepted workout. Treadmill, elliptical, lift repeat…..

Then fortuitiously I went to visit my best friend “Ed,” a helluva personal trainer in Chicago. He was supportive as always, and thrilled to hear about my newfound energies, and he handed me a book within a few minutes of arriving called The Paleo Diet. He explained the science behind it and told me first thing I should do when I get home is look at Mark’s Daily Apple.

This, most thankfully, I did, and I quickly devoured all the information I could on The Primal Blueprint, the science and what I saw as a simple approach to the primal lifestyle. I remained in touch with Ed as he guided me to the leaping off point into my full primal escapade. I purchased The Primal Blueprint and cookbook on January 1st, 2012.

One year ago this week I began my primal journey. This included giving up all those things that had been holding me back on truly seeing my full potential.

Dietary:

A Coda for Soda: Since childhood, I had been a Pepsi hound, but when really seeing this is just a calorie and sugar delivery vehicle, it was easy to let go of it. Now it’s water or nothing. Despite its reputation for flammability, Cleveland’s water supply is delicious and clean right out of the tap, and I drink it by the gallon.

Against the Grains: I was always a “bread guy.” I always thought the healthiest part of any meal was that hearty helping of bread; pita, Italian, toast, chips, crusts, bagels, waffles…you name it and I normally ate it by the faceful. I can truly say I don’t miss it at all.

I rediscovered my cooking mojo. I’ve always known how to cook, but now I really and truly appreciate the art and fun of cooking again. I’ve learned so many new recipes from the primal/paleo community that I truly know I will never be hungry again. And I finally realize what food is, and what it isn’t. I won’t go into details, other than that I appreciate the simple delicacies of food more than I could ever have imagined.

And how has this affected me over one year?

Following the 80/20 model, my skin has been 98% clear with no steroids/anti-inflammatory needed, and I’m sure that if/when I go to the next level I will be 100% clear.

I now know what calmness of body feels like. I used to literally feel like a boiler, and all the foods I was ingesting were systematically inflaming me through and through. Now I feel like a…well I can’t think of an exact comparison, but something so much more efficient, tuned up, stable… If you follow the Blueprint, you’ll know this feeling soon enough.

I went from a size 38 waist to size 32, from 215 lbs to 175 lbs. And I have energy for days on end.

I was also able to take those warm-weather beach vacations, something I hadn’t been able to do in a long long time.

Here are two photos of my wife and I for a before and after comparison:

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My workouts are also radically different. I left my gym membership and built a primal garage gym: homemade pull-up, dip bar, gymnastic rings, sandbag training, jump rope, dumbbells and kettlebells.

I lift heavy things, run like a middle-aged mountain lion, and do farmer’s walks up and down the yard in all seasons.

A great addition to my workout routine has been my dog (Olive). We go to the park, to run and sprint in the wind, snow and rain. We hurdle up hills, jump, play frisbee, hike and hug. If you model an afternoon at the park after your dog’s behaviors, trust me, you’re having a primal good time.

I work out frequently, with high intensity, for a short or long duration depending on what my body tells me, and always fully enjoy it.

Four months into my primal journey last year I ran a Tough Mudder here in Ohio with great group of people. I finished without worry, and woke up the next day feeling splendid and not even a tweak of soreness; a true testament to the primal workout regimen.

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My skin? It is quiet, clean, and natural. I am in harmony, for lack of a better word, with my body and my mind for the first time in a long time. The best part is, I still feel like this is just the beginning. Just one year in and these are my results! I can’t wait for the next year, or the next 20 for that matter. I’m blessed with a beautiful wife, and a beautiful life as these pictures clearly illustrate :).

I’d like to think that the improvements make a better husband, friend and social worker.

I can’t say whether the Primal Blueprint will help all those who suffer from psoriasis, but I can truly say it has worked for me and urge you to try it too.

I am indebted to my wife, who supported me through thick and thin, and to MDA for showing me weekly, and daily, how to live the life you truly envision.

Sincerely,

Craig

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. “…run like a middle-aged mountain lion…” – love it!

    primalmichael wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • +1 Had to read it twice to get the humour, then couldn’t stop smiling!!!

      Cody wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • My favorite line for sure. I FEEL like I run like that too, but I better film myself to see if it’s not closer to a gorilla. Great story Craig, and your wife is beautiful.

        Nocona wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Good one :)

      Tribe of Nature wrote on March 9th, 2013
    • +1!! That one cracked me up as well! :)

      Great story, lots of inspiration.

      Thanks!

      U2sandrah wrote on March 10th, 2013
  2. Wow.

    Gotta love Fridays!

    Danny wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • +1

      Melissa wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • Wow indeed! I gasped at the sight of your after photo!
        Lookin’ good ;)

        Madeleine wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Craig- it’s Ed- I’m so proud of you!! Not only proud, but happy for all your progressions (physical, mental, and spiritual)!! Keep up the good work- and BTW, thanks for the plug within your story (journey). You must make a trip out to Chicago this summer!!

      Edward Hannaford wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • Thanks Old Friend, you helped me find the way!

        Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
        • Ed, way to go on the “each one teach one” philosophy! Craig, congrats on the ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS life change! Now u tell 2 friends!

          shelly wrote on March 10th, 2013
  3. I think this is my favorite story yet! Great job, Craig!

    Mary wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Agreed! +1

      Z.E.S.T. wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • Really cool.

        Madama Butterfry wrote on March 8th, 2013
  4. Wow! Wow, wow, wow! What a great story! Congratulations on your past year’s journey.

    JennF wrote on March 8th, 2013
  5. Craig, I’m so happy for you and your wife. If only all the rheumatologists and everyone suffering from an autoimmune diseas could read your story!

    Carol Harrison wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • My wife, a doctor, also suffers from psoriasis. It has improved dramatically eating Paleo. We are going on a ski trip with a rheumatologist at the end of March. It will be interesting to talk with her about treating her patients with diet. All the other people on the trip have been giving me a hard time about eating Paleo.

      PaleoMBA wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • Thanks! I do hope it can be helpful for your wife.
        I first really noticed a connection when i did a Cleanse 2 years ago (standard process cleanse) which while it was helpful in treatment, it left me lethargic and I quickly resumed my standard diet. the Primal/paleo has given me the best of both worlds, the treatment and energy to remain active.

        Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • My mom uses primal eating to control her RA and psoriasis. She also takes fumaric acid. Seems that making their own fumaric acid is a problem for psoriasis sufferers. It’s helped with her few remaining spots. It’s OTC but hard to find. Let me know if you want a source.

        Laurie wrote on March 9th, 2013
  6. Way to go Craig, what a great story. Being overweight sucks, but being trapped inside a skin that hurts must be torture. So glad to hear you conquered your psoriasis :-)

    Do you still use the UVB treatment or do you rely on sunlight now?

    Primal V wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Thanks so much! I can rely 8 months out of the year on sunlinght, but I have the UVB in my garage as Cleveland winters are unfortunately abundant with grey sunless days; so once in a while I pop in front of it.

      Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • you must have a huge garage! primal gym + UVB machine!

        Can you just do dead lifts using the UVB machine?

        I’m in Cleveland as well (though I travel a lot) so hello! Bit of crappy weather we’ve been having lately. I’ll keep an eye out for you!

        bjjcaveman wrote on March 8th, 2013
        • it’s a 2 car, but we don’t park cars in there! Hopefully spring will be here soon, it’s been grey groundhog days for weeks! Cheers from Westpark Cleveland!

          Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
  7. Excellent results and congratulations!

    wedward wrote on March 8th, 2013
  8. My first reaction: Wow! What a transformation. You look great! Congratulations on turning it all around.

    My second? I have that pinny!

    I too was raised on beans on toast, pork pies, assorted sweets, crisps, and pop. :-)

    Alison Golden wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Thanks so much! viva la pork pie!

      Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • Pork pie is the best!

        Vanessa wrote on March 8th, 2013
  9. This is why I LOVE Fridays!!

    E. wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • +1 this is a GREAT testimonial!!!

      shelly wrote on March 10th, 2013
  10. Wow! Love it! Congrats on the progress! :) Thanks for the inspiration.

    I too have found that my excema and rosacia has been clearing up while eating a primal diet. Hoorah!

    Lissee wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Thanks wonderful to hear. Thank you!

      Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
  11. “inflamed and sweating in front of the Biltmore Estate” great contrast in terms…

    Ben wrote on March 8th, 2013
  12. In a word: Wow!

    (Or perhaps two words: Holy S***!)

    Craig, you’ve managed to bring about a truly amazing transformation. Congratulations. It’s one thing to go from being overweight to slimming down; but you truly look healthy, not just “skinny”. Buff, even!

    I hear you about the cooking thing, too. I’ve always considered myself a pretty competent cook; but for far too long, pasta and other carbs were the mainstay of my cooking. Primal eating has opened up what I thought was a pretty broad outlook on food even further.

    Your lovely wife must be absolutely thrilled with the results, too. Mine started out by being relieved I wasn’t likely to die of a heart attack before my 50th birthday, but since then she has come to appreciate the “aesthetic” benefits as well! ;-)

    Again, congratulations. Your story is indeed an inspiration.

    Hungry Canadian wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Thanks so much! It truly does open up a whole new culinary world,and the abundance of recipes out there is brilliant. Cheers!

      Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
  13. Wow. I haven’t commented here before but your transformation is amazing. And yes, love that run like a middle-aged mountain lion line.

    PaleoMBA wrote on March 8th, 2013
  14. Yowzer!

    Onge wrote on March 8th, 2013
  15. What a great story. Great that you were able to put it all together, and that you have the support and love in your life that you need to make it work. Carry on!

    Gydle wrote on March 8th, 2013
  16. All I can say is WOW.

    Susan Slattery wrote on March 8th, 2013
  17. Great story! Congratulations Craig, you look awesome! Thanks for sharing, Friday’s are the best.

    Kathleen wrote on March 8th, 2013
  18. You look great and your wife is beautiful! After hearing your description of your skin problems, I am so happy for you that it is now healed! Congrats!

    Elizabeth wrote on March 8th, 2013
  19. Worker bees:
    “prodigious foot intake”
    I think he means:
    “prodigious food intake”

    Feel free to delete this comment after making the fix.

    PhilmontScott wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • It could be that he eats lots and lots of chicken feet…very Primal!

      Nocona wrote on March 8th, 2013
  20. Yes!!!

    Anders wrote on March 8th, 2013
  21. Craig, you look 20 years younger! And so exuberantly happy… Thank you for sharing your story!

    BonzoGal wrote on March 8th, 2013
  22. This is so inspiring! I’m fighting a mystery skin condition that has plagued me for years and is painful, embarrassing, and demoralizing. Although the primal path hasn’t led to visible improvement yet, you inspire me to keep going. Thanks for sharing your story.

    Beth wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Beth, have you explored food intols or allergies? I have a rash that flares if I eat eggs, dairy, gluten or soy (and possibly almonds). Just a thought! I would have never figured it out if I hadn’t tried an elimination diet with my son (GAPS).

      Heidi P. wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Yes, Beth, keep trying to eliminate different things. I never tried the GAPS diet although I have heard great things about it. When I went Paleo, my eczema didn’t get all that better. Then I got rid of nuts, nightshades, as well as all non-raw dairy. Also, make sure you look at the ingredients of all your beauty products. I was getting a horrible rash on my back, and little did I know my shampoo and conditioner had gluten in it.

      Kayla wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Hi Beth,

      A lot of skin conditions are caused by systemic Candida. One reason the GAPS diet works is that it starves out the candida and replenishes healthy gut flora. I have found that if the candida is really bad it helps to use one of the herbal candida cures from a health food store to help things along and kill the candida as opposed to just trying to overwhelm it with probiotics.

      Island Girl wrote on March 8th, 2013
  23. Wow! What a story, and might I say, very well written. I’m often blown away by how disconnected we can all get – in fact I’m often dismayed now that I know better and see someone who just won’t or can’t get the connection. Congrats, you must feel awesome. Keep up the great work – it’s people like you that motivate others to make a change.

    Jennifer wrote on March 8th, 2013
  24. Wow, you are like a new man! If your story doesn’t inspire people to make the change to paleo/primal then I don’t know what will. Congrats!

    Erin wrote on March 8th, 2013
  25. YES!!!!!!
    so freakin awesome.

    Peggy wrote on March 8th, 2013
  26. I love Friday’s success stories! You’ve had a wonderful transformation! I have to say, primal eating has helped my 13-year-old daughter’s eczema, so there is something to the idea that what you eat affects your skin.

    NJ Paleo wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Thank you! I do hope it is helpful for your daughter’s condition!

      Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • What you eat affects all your organs and skin is the largest organ of the human body…

      Ara wrote on March 9th, 2013
  27. Fantastic story Craig – massive congratulations!!! The two photos of you and your wife are just an absolutely amazing contrast, you look unbelievable physique wise but also glowing with health!
    I’ve suffered from mild eczema all my life. After a period of high stress back in 2008 it went absolutely crazy all over my bosy and for the first time in my life spread to my face. It sounds dramatic and over the top to someone who doesnt have it but the hot, inflamed tight feeling I used to get on my face and body was just soul destroying at times. I didnt want to see people cause i looked and felt awful, was constantly exhausted mentally and physically. all dermatologists could suggest was steroids – oral and topical and UVB treatments – id go back – doctor did the steroids cream/tablets/protopic/UVB work – me – yes they work really well but as soon as i stopped them it came back – doctor – hmmm yes thats what happens me- well they arent good to use long term are they? doc – no me – any suggestions then given i shouldnt use them long term but as soon i stop it comes straight back – doc – no, sorry – maybe you will grow out of it – Garggghhhhhh!
    So happy to see someone who has beaten it – I know what an amaxing, liberating feeling it is to feel you have the skin of a normal person again!
    Im primal since beg of Jan and feel the benefits already though I am still having to use some meds – I really hope a few months down the line I can say goodbye to that part of my life for good

    MrsB wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Thanks so much. It sounds like you are definitely on the right path keep up the great work! I can’t wait to read your story hear someday soon :)

      Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • As a fellow eczema sufferer, I’m going to tell you some things that have helped me. Maybe some of them will help you as well. I use a 50/50 mix of aloe vera gel and lotion after every shower. You have to be careful with aloe, most of the stuff in stores has isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and other additives (like color and fragrance). The only brand I trust is Fruit of the Earth – it’s clear and I can get it at WalMart. The lotion I use is the generic equivalent of Lubriderm Advanced Therapy (red label). About 3-4 years ago, they changed the formula and quit using soybean oil, so I started adding about a tablespoon of it to every bottle. (Most vegetable oils are 100% soybean.) After finding MDA, I switched to olive oil most of the time.

      When I’m not getting much sun, I supplement with vitamin D3. I take about 6,000 IU a day. I did a thorough search and found that the only reported vitamin D overdoses were taking “well in excess of 10,000 IU a day” so I feel pretty safe at 6,000. When I get an okay amount of sun, I’ll take 3,000 IU, just in case.

      Since going primal, my “normal, garden variety” eczema (red, blistery, weapy patches) has completely cleared up. I do have some that is associated with lack of sleep though. It shows up as reddish, rough (scaly), dry patches the outside of my hips and upper thighs. I keep it somewhat under control with OTC hydrocortisone cream. Despite my best efforts, I generally get about 6 hrs of sleep a night during the week, and get about 10-12 on Friday night and 8-9 on Saturday night. By Monday, my eczema is almost gone. If I get a long weekend, it generally clears up completely. If I have a busy weekend, and don’t marathon sleep, by the end of the week my eczema is much worse than normal.

      b2curious wrote on March 8th, 2013
      • Hey all, this totally isn’t intended to be a plug for me, but I follow paleo/primal and my children suffer from eczema terribly. One based on her diet, the other just has terrible dry skin, no matter what we do. She has awful scarring and my heart breaks for her when she hits the middle school and teenage years.

        I started making an all natural, chemical & petroleum free salve which has saved her skin. The head to toe eczema has gone and is completely controlled by this salve. I just started selling it because I have had so many requests for it. It definitely will help eczema and psoriasis.

        LIke I said, totally not trying to plug my site, just trying to help fellow primal peeps!

        Jackie wrote on March 11th, 2013
  28. THIS is an incredible story! Thank you for sharing such a detailed description of your life and journey. You should be proud of yourself!

    Shereen wrote on March 8th, 2013
  29. Incredible transformation Craig, well done! I suppose non-sufferers can’t really imagine what psoriasis is like to live with, but you gave us a great insight and your story must give hope to those who do suffer.

    Grokesque wrote on March 8th, 2013
  30. Hi Craig,

    Inspiring transformation! Thank you for sharing!

    Gary wrote on March 8th, 2013
  31. When I went primal I started eating more nuts which encouraged some eczema I had to break out.Was in denial for a while cuz I love nuts.Eczema started improving right away when I stopped eating them.
    Sigh no more nuts for me for now.
    consuming home made sauerkraut to improve my gut.

    Peter C. wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • I think I have a problem with nuts, too. I’m working with a nutritionist who put me on a modified GAPS intro diet, focusing on bone broth, coconut oil, and fermented foods, and one of the phases is reintroducing nuts. I went with a little too much gusto and instead of just small pats of nut butter in Paleo pancakes, I just chowed nuts straight up. The next day, my skin looked like crap, my body was bloated, and I ended up with diarrhea. Blerg.

      Deanna wrote on March 9th, 2013
  32. Wow, great story! Congratulations!

    Dianne wrote on March 8th, 2013
  33. Wow, dude. That is an impressive story. You are an inspiration to many.

    James wrote on March 8th, 2013
  34. This happened to me too! (Psoriasis vanishing after going Primal). It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Craig’s — just a giant patch on the top of one foot, but it was slowly creeping up my leg and everything I read said that it would get worse over time. I couldn’t wear sandals as I was embarrased about showing it, and even powerful steroid creams didn’t really control it. After going primal, I looked down one day and it had totally, completely cleared! That was about 7 years ago and it has never recurred!

    MissJelic wrote on March 8th, 2013
  35. Thank you to everyone for your kind words. I have a chance to read these while I’m on my lunch break, (primal of course) and am very inspired by the feedback. Have a great weekend everyone!

    Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013
  36. Freakin AWESOME!!!!
    \m/(-_-)\m/

    Brett wrote on March 8th, 2013
  37. Great how you ditched the gym and built a primal garage gym.

    Robert wrote on March 8th, 2013
  38. You look damn good, my friend!

    AWESOME TOSS EM wrote on March 8th, 2013
  39. Great Story!

    doghug wrote on March 8th, 2013
  40. What a great transformation, that must have been hell for you. I hope others can turn things around like you were able to.

    I started getting psoriasis on my elbows and hands in my 50s, it got progressively worse until my hands were always painfully cracked and a bleeding mess. Steroid cremes could not control it and only made my skin thinner and more vulnerable. I had been smoking for almost 40 yrs even though I have always been very active sports wise. Then I quit a year ago at age 57 and the psoriasis went away almost completely. I didn’t really start primal eating until after I quit smoking.

    It might sound stupid but the psoriasis sealed the deal on no smoking for me!

    Bayrider wrote on March 8th, 2013
    • Congratulations on quitting, and starting primal! those 2 huge steps alone will serve you so well. All the best to you!

      Craig wrote on March 8th, 2013

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