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26 Jul

I Am in the Best Health and Shape of My Life

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 2Shame and disgust were what I felt when I first saw this cringe-worthy photo of myself. I am a deaf mom of three boys. This picture was taken in July 2009, five years after my youngest son was born. I was fast approaching 40 years old. I did not have a weight problem growing up as I was very active and played in several sports. It was when I got to college that I gained the infamous “Freshman Fifteen”. I successfully lost my pregnancy weight with my first son. However, more pounds creeped up from the next two pregnancies. In the July 2009 photo I was hovering between 185 and 195 pounds and by the way, I’m 5’8″. I would delete, throw it out or crop off the bottom half of me in every full-body picture taken of me. My instincts told me to keep this one and I now know why.☺ I love receiving your weekly Friday Primal Blueprint Success Story e-mail and always feel inspired by whoever had the courage to share his/her story. I want to share my story and help others find the magic in themselves.

BEFORE

I was not much of a yo-yo dieter. Weight Watchers and the Atkins Diet were the only programs I tried. I would lose maybe ten pounds at most but the weight always returned over time. That was when I decided to take up running for the first time. I never ran in my entire life except for what I had to do as part of organized sports programs. It took me two failed attempts to succeed on the Couch to 5k program. I couldn’t follow the program timeframe. I had to go at my own pace and that meant repeating some of the weeks to allow my body to catch up. I ran my first marathon two years later. As you would see the photo below, I still had not lost very much weight in spite of running on almost a daily basis. I was always hungry and I ate more. Does this sound familiar?

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I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005 after becoming ill with a full-blown celiac-episode overnight. After two weeks my health was not improving. I had not had any obvious symptoms prior to that and nobody in my family had celiac disease so, needless to say, being diagnosed was a big shock. I went on the gluten-free diet right away and followed it to a “T”. At around the same time, I developed year-round seasonal allergies leading to constantly recurring sinusitis. Chronic fatigue and joint pain made themselves at home in my body.

I started having major anxiety attacks out of the blue and I blamed it on peri-menopause even though I was tested negative for it. I was prescribed Xanax and I never took it. I’ve never liked taking medicine. I kept the bottle in my purse and would just look at it to calm myself down whenever I felt an attack coming up. At the same time, I was put on the allergen immunotherapy program (weekly shots) and my body reacted violently. I had suicidal thoughts and my anxiety attacks worsened. I pulled myself off the immunotherapy program after a few months and stopped taking the allergy medicine completely. I decided to live with the stuffed up nose year round. I was also having ongoing stomach pains and bloatedness even though I was religiously careful about avoiding the gluten cross-contamination. I had an endoscopy and the gastrointestinal nuclear scan, which revealed only gastritis of the stomach lining. Everything else looked healthy. My doctor prescribed Nexium for my stomach pain. I threw the prescription out when I got home because I knew he had not gotten to the root of my problem.

Needless to say, I was frustrated with all of my health issues. They were popping up out of nowhere. For someone who is a lifelong optimist I started to think, why me?

It was through a friend when I first heard of the paleo lifestyle. He kept talking about how bacon is good for you and how his health problems were resolved. I became intrigued and did my own research. I was still skeptical but I decided I had nothing to lose by giving it a try. I removed every processed food; Diet Pepsi, sugar, and the rest of the gluten free junk food from my kitchen. I ate bacon every morning. In a matter of days, my stomach pains completely disappeared. Bloatedness gone. My energy levels skyrocketed. Most of my allergy symptoms vanished. My joint pain faded away. I had a much improved skin complexion with no more acne. I was STUNNED! Who knew that food was the culprit of all those health problems I had?!?! Five months later, I decided to remove dairy from my diet for 30 days. Lo-and-behold, the remaining allergy issues went away. Even though I was tested negative for lactose intolerance, I now know I have histamine intolerance to dairy. I no longer eat dairy. I now see the importance of removing certain foods from the diet for a period of time to see how the absences of these foods positively affect your bodies. What I love about the paleo diet is that there is no calorie counting. There is no marketing gimmick. There is no requirement to pay for any diet program. The information is all right there at your fingertips with the help of Almighty Google.

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After turning to the paleo lifestyle, I ran four marathons in five months. Three of them were part of the 3N3 Alabama Challenge (3 marathons in 3 months). The energy I gained from the paleo lifestyle made this possible without any injuries or fatigue. Then this past March, an “uh-oh” happened. I broke my foot during a mountain hike. I had to put my running on the back burner. Restlessness was getting the best of me. I had to find another exercise outlet. This helped me find Bikram Yoga. I could not run on my injured foot but I had no problem standing on it. I became hooked to hot yoga and I now go six days a week. That broken foot was a blessing in disguise, indeed. I’ve come to understand that long distance/endurance running is not exactly good for my body; putting too much stress and raising my cortisol level. I’ve gone back to running but it is not as often as I used to. I may do one marathon a year. I’m now all about Namaste-ing.

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To date after 11 months, I’ve lost a total of 35 pounds. I would love to lose the last ten elusive pounds to reach my high school weight. I am just so elated that I am in the best health and shape of my entire life. I have become so passionate about the paleo lifestyle that with the help of the friend who introduced me to it, we created a Facebook group, “DeafPaleo” to help educate and inspire others in the deaf community. I so desperately want them to become aware of the healing power of proper nutrition and exercise and to lower dependence on the pharmaceutical industry to help get them through life. We now have 612 members and it continues to grow. Because I am still learning about the paleo stuff, I do not always have the answers immediately when they ask questions. I am always asking myself, “What does Mark have to say about that?” and I resort to your website for helpful answers. Thank you for being there, Mark.

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Beth

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Last 10 pounds to high school weight. Lol. You mean the point in high school where you were eating all the junk you now know you shouldn’t have. Beth you have done great but lets be honest, Last 10 pounds requires a 20 lb weight loss first.

    Jeremy Creed wrote on July 26th, 2013
  2. I have to +1 everybody who’s commented on your glow! Health just pours off you!!! Wonderful story!!

    Rhonda the Red wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Rhonda!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  3. Nice! You look almost 20 years younger, good work. I’m following your footsteps.

    Joe wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, Joe. Keep it up! You can do it!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  4. About those “last ten elusive pounds”. Mark has an expression about it. When we hit a plateau, that’s just the body saying ‘hey I like what you’ve done with the place’. Nothing to worry about. Maybe try some intermittent fasting (see Lean Gains).

    Great story. It just occurred to me some of my deaf friends may have read this. Going to ask this weekend.

    Rob wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Yes all deaf people know each other Rob. Unbelievable.

      Jeremy Creed wrote on July 26th, 2013
      • most deaf people in the ‘deaf community’ do indeed know each other or know of each other :)

        Robo wrote on July 26th, 2013
      • You having a bad day today Jeremy Creed?

        Vanessa wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, Rob. I am happy where I am now. Losing the last ten pounds would be coconut whipped cream icing on the coconut cake :) I have done a bit of IF but I have not heard of Lean Gains. Will look into it.

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  5. A truly inspiring turn around… you look so much younger!

    TJ wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, TJ!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  6. Well done Beth – at the risk of sounding like an echo, you look amazing, years younger and glowing. Good luck with those last few pounds!

    Grokesque wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Grokesque!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  7. Congrats, Beth! This is an amazing story with awesome results…rock-on! :)

    R85 wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • I know you, ha! Thanks R85 ;)

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  8. I loved your story!!! The first part hit right at home with me and running makes me want to eat more, therefore no weight loss. I run and workout so much more than the average bear and the weight is just here to stay. I am slowly coming over to Paleo and feel a lot better. Just need to kick the artificial sweetner to the curb (Diet Coke). Plus, i just read about the cortisol levels in runners this week. I also wonder if that is my issue, too. I am a distance runner…anyway congrats! Keep up the good work and loved your story!

    Renee wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Renee … give up the distance running and over the course of the week space out long walks, HIIT and strength training along with maintaining your Paleo diet. And yes, drink only purified water, green tea, some protein drinks, maybe a cup of good quality coffee in the morning from time-to-time, absolutely positively give up diet drinks. If you do so you will notice a BIG difference in six weeks I can almost guarantee.

      George wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, Renee! Running barely made a dent in my weight loss cuz I was always hungry. Did you know that weight loss is comprised of 80% diet and 20% exercise? As soon as I booted the bad crap from my kitchen and ate more proteins/fats, that was when the magic happened. What George said below is true. No more soda. I still drink about two cups of coffee every morning. Good luck!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  9. I failed to mention that I have not had one single anxiety attack or episode since I embarked on the paleo journey. All that time, I thought I was losing my marbles! It was simply from being on a bad diet; that is all to it.

    Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  10. A very moving and inspirational story, as others have noted it seems like you now have a healthy glow and beautiful smile to go along with your slimmed down physique. I do agree with another poster that doing Bikram Yoga six times a week might be a bit much. I think you can reach your stated goal if you go check out the leangains dot com site (or read other sites where it has been nicely summarized). I first came across it from one of Mark’s posts. The grain-free diet and strength training put me in a category where I was probably in the 98th percentile for my age, but after following the leangains protocol for a couple of months I’m starting to achieve an elite fitness status, it’s pretty exciting to finally make that breakthrough. You can do things I can’t though Beth, again, fantastic story and keep it up!

    George wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Awesome, I will definitely check out the leangains website. Thanks, George!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  11. I love these stories! This one in particular because I have been an avid runner for the past 3 years and just decided to dial it down and focus more on body weight exercises and yoga. Congratulations girl! You look terrific!

    Primal Hippie wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Primal Hippie!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  12. Muy excellente, Beth. Your body responded so well and so fast, that is amazing. Congrats to you and your family. I find some of your changes are past where I want to go, however, as I never want to give up milk, cheese or the sugar in my tea. I do have the bacon dialed in though. I have had the joint pain fade away and hunger doesn’t rule me anymore. I still need to find an exercise that I do regularly besides walking, it’s not quite enough. By the way, you may not need to lose the “last 10 ponds,” your right leg is fantastic!

    Vanessa wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Your not Hispanic Vanessa so please stop the racist attitude. Using another language doesn’t hyphenate things.

      Jeremy Creed wrote on July 26th, 2013
      • Jeremy, I don’t understand. Please explain the hyphenate things?

        Vanessa wrote on July 26th, 2013
      • Go away Troll!

        Kristin Smith wrote on July 26th, 2013
        • That was meant for Jeremy.

          Kristin Smith wrote on July 26th, 2013
      • Jeremy I’m not sure what racist attitude you think Vanessa had, because I’m sure not seeing it. I also do not understand what you meant with the “doesn’t hyphenate things.” The only meaning I can find for hyphenate is “to connect (as two words) or divide (as a word at the end of a line of print) with a hyphen.” That definition does not seem to apply here.

        b2curious wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, Vanessa! Losing 35 pounds in 11 months did not feel so fast, lol. There were a few SLOW months where I did not lose any pounds but I was feeling awesome the whole time. I knew that it was more important to me. We don’t really have to give up the sugar completely (I only use local raw honey or real maple syrup once in a while). I use coconut palm sugar for my paleofied treats on rare occasions. By the way, I LOVED cheese. I put cheese on everything. I went through the grieving process for a few weeks. When I discovered Meatza pizza, cheese was all but forgotten!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
      • Thanks for responding Beth – I did my mourning for bread but I’m over that now and it only bothers me when I make toast for my family. I might give the palm sugar a try though.

        Vanessa wrote on July 26th, 2013
  13. Beth, you actually grew YOUNGER! I am flab(haha not you)ergasted by your skin on your face as well in the last pic practicing your yoga(taught and rosy with fresh blood and oxygen). You seem to be the DAUGHTER of the woman in the 1st two images. NO LIE WOMAN. LOVE yourself, never doubt your possibilities in life. Look at what you have already achieved. We have to learn also, not to be fixated on (fill in the blank). In this case, numbers (weight,age,etc.). Think of everything you can achieve if that wasn’t an issue.
    Hmm…DO IT!
    I feel as though I have tears welling up inside b/c of your strength and die hard fortitude. Things come so easily for some people, but you were given the shit at times. And though it may seem like what we’re handed might be a burden, you have accepted, listened to it, and analyzed your hell into a vision of heaven. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION DRIPPING WITH PERSPIRATION!
    Work the new you to endless possibilities……

    erika wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Beautiful and so sweet. You’re right, we need to stop being obsessed with the numbers. I no longer feel ashamed of my before photos. It’s like looking at a different person and I’m free of my old self struggling with pain and frustration. I’M SO FREE!!!! That’s exactly why I’ve decided to share my story and let the others know about the paleo/primal lifestyle. Thank you for your encouragement, Erika.

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  14. Wow, what a wonderful story! your joy just shines through.

    Zot wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Zot!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  15. Congratulations I am so happy for you,
    you mentioned panic attacks and then I saw your reference to diet Pepsi, I found that aspartame was the reason I started having panic attacks, They lasted for about 9 months, I had to completely come off caffeine and artificial anything, I didn’t discover Paleo for years later but I’m glad I did, I have lost about 30 lbs myself, Keep up the good work.

    Shirley wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, Shirley! Glad you made the connection between aspartame and panic attacks. That was no fun. You keep it up, too!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  16. Thank you for sharing! I’ve been primal for about 2 years, and your story prompts me to try giving up dairy for 30 days ( I dont eat a lot of dairy, just occasional greek yogurt, & cream in coffee) but I have a constant, year-round sniffle & runny eyes, have had for years. Plus I was interested in your experience with the allergy drugs. Good to keep in mind as I am going to have my son allergy tested soon- he has some strange allergies- cats, mango skin, sumac, and either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide- something in the new sunscreens. Thanks so much!

    Lora wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • When I was tested for allergies, I tested positive for 16 out of 28 potential allergens! Mostly flowering trees, pet dander (I’ve got two big dogs and a cat), dust, grass, and mold. I wonder if I would have the same results now that I’ve been paleo for a year. I can now mow the lawn without having to blow my nose afterwards. Please do try to go without dairy for 30 days. It may be one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  17. Beth, I absolutely love your last 3 pictures. You look so happy! The one thing I would say to the “old you” and to anyone reading this who is overweight, it’s a sad thing to feel shame and disgust toward ourselves, ever! We don’t need to be skinny to love ourselves. Melissa Joulwan (Clothes That Make the Girl) says sometimes she’s shocked at how mean she is to herself in her head, and she works on giving herself the love and support she automatically gives everyone else. I just wanted to throw that out there.

    Eileen wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Eileen! I’m a fan of Melissa Joulwan. You’re absolutely right. We do not need to be skinny to love ourselves, but it does help with our self-esteem. I was always in some kind of pain. I no longer look at the “old me” with shame like I did back then. Just a reminder of how hard and uncomfortable it was for me back then and I’m amazed at how I was able to get out of that hard place. I want people to know that they are not stuck in that place and there is a way to get out.

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  18. Nice work, Beth. You look awesome.

    James wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, James!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  19. THE BEST SUCCESS HISTORY !!!! This one is AMAZING!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! +1.

    Alexandra wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Alexandra!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  20. Are you sure that is you from the rear? LOL, you are looking great..and glowing! Keep up the good work! When I gave up dairy, nearly all my cellulite disappeared. I know why they call them “cottage cheese” thighs now!

    Katie C. wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Laughed out loud at the cottage cheese thighs. So true, sigh! That’s why they tell you not to eat too much cheese as they make you fat. Well, at least that’s how I heard it while growing up. Most of my cellulite is gone, too. WOOT! Thanks, Katie.

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  21. Wow, Beth you look great! Perhaps those last 10 lbs are really muscle?

    Your story is another nudge that I should do a dairy free trial, especially since I had not had the experience of having allergy symptoms clear up after giving up grains. I’d noticed recently that my eczema flare ups tend to coinside with not enough sleep and/or an uptick in dairy consumption. My chronic sniffles seem to get a bit worse after more dairy. I’m just not sure yet, what to do for breakfast during the work week. My usual breakfast is a smoothie containing 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, vanilla, honey and frozen fruit/berries.

    b2curious wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks! Yes, try giving up dairy for a couple weeks. Can you eat meat for breakfast? I usually eat bacon and eggs almost every morning. If time is an issue for you, you can always cook up the meats the night before and throw them with the eggs to make an omelette. Doesn’t take too long. Sometimes, I make paleo faux oatmeal with eggs, applesauce (or banana), cinnamon, and nuts.

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  22. Well done, Beth. You look beautiful and seem so much happier!

    I admire your open-mindedness (to giving the PB a try) and your good work in spreading the word.

    Susan Alexander wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Susan!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  23. WOW WOW WOW.
    That is awesome stuff. Sorry, but when I saw that last picture my jaw dropped. You are what, in your 40’s now?? Well you look like your in your 20’s in that last picture. JUST WOW :)

    Rich wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, Rich!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  24. Wow, such a transformation. Good job.

    Keith wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Keith!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  25. Just a great story and a very likable storyteller. It’s fun to see you looking so happy in that last photo.

    Martha wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, Martha!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  26. I just can’t get over how much younger you look. Great job, Beth!!!

    Naomi Niles wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Naomi!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  27. Amazing transformation! Your story really resonated with me because my husband has a severe gluten intolerance, and he also suffers from gastritis frequently. When we switched over to paleo, the symptoms almost disappeared. We’ve been teetering over paleo and non-paleo the past few weeks and it’s amazing the difference I feel when I am being strict and really eating food that is good for me! Go figure, I know – but sometimes, it’s that basic realization that slaps you in the face. Congratulations on your accomplishment – you can truly see the joy on your face in the last picture!

    Cate wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Cate! After suffering with pain or discomfort for so long, I do not want to go back to that place ever again. It is not often that I cheat because I remember what it was like and that helps me stay on track. You’re a good wife for helping your husband figure this out! Good luck!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  28. What a great story!! It amazes me how much younger you look in the face, comparing the running pic with the last picture. What an awesome transformation. Great work. You look young again!

    Chris wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Chris!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  29. Great story, great smile, great work! You’re an inspiration. I love these Friday stories

    I woke up on day in the last month realizing I hadn’t taken an allergy pill in about six or seven months. In fact, I cannot remember my last allergy pill!

    And energy? Watch out! Many acquaintances, friends and family are skeptical of the paleo concept. I am approaching the point of being sorry that they are but sticking to my guns. I know that at least one or two of them at the very least would be in a much better place if they moved over to paleo.

    My moods are incredibly positive and, though it’s completely subjective, I think I became smarterized! I seem to have more mental acuity than I had prior. Definitely more focus.

    I was all over the map with weight watchers (former leader even) and south beach (which came close) and so forth. But never felt great, never was content and above all, annoyed by the gimmickry of points or calorie counting or what not.

    Thanks for sharing your story. It helps so much both to encourage me and validate me.

    Julie wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • *clicks ‘like’ on everything you said* Yes, that’s one of the few things I failed to mention in my story. Increased mental clarity. No more mind fogginess. I do not forget little things as often as I did in my pre-paleo days. Thanks for your validation, too!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  30. Great story Beth, I just shared it on my page….super happy you found Bikram yoga, it has been my passion since 2010 when it help cure my anxiety issues and 16-years old bulimia disorder!!!!! Now I’m a Pro competitor with The WBFF, and weight train along with my daily Bikram practice. I’m 42 too. Weights + Bikram + walking + great food = healthy, happy girlies!! Good luck and keep on spreading the positive message! xoxo

    Michelle wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Checked out your site … blew me away.

      George wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Michelle! I’m fairly new to Bikram yoga. Been doing it for a couple months now and I can already tell a huge difference in my core strength and body definition. At least two people mentioned that I shouldn’t do Bikram on a daily basis and that I should add weights to my workout. I’ve been running, usually for five miles, on days when I could not make it to my yoga classes. Your input? One thing I know for sure is that I’m happier and healthier! Good luck with your WBFF circuit!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  31. Congratulations, you look so happy now! And you look so much younger too, that part is amazing to me!

    Hannah wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Hannah!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  32. What an amazing, inspiring story!!

    Marcia wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Marcia!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  33. you are positively glowing and so beautiful in the after shots, I too am glad I have before shots… had to raid a friends hard drive because like you I threw and cropped all the ugly fat photos….. never been so happy to find a pic of me fat on the beach in my life…. ha ha

    Jane xo

    Jane Britton wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • LOL. Let this be good advice to everyone else who might be reading this. Keep your fat photos as you may need to use them to inspire others. Who would have thunk that?! I sure didn’t, ha. Thanks, Jane.

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  34. What an amazing journey — thanks for sharing with us. I’m an interpreter and also have celiac disease, so the minute I starting reading I felt a connection of some kind… wow, just wow!!! You look great and I’m sure feel great. Kudos on your success!!!

    Sarah wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks, Sarah! Feel free to join DeafPaleo. We do welcome the hearies!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  35. That last photo is so beautiful.

    Jolie wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Thanks Jolie!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  36. Beth, thank you for sharing this. Your story really struck me because this is me… sinusitis, chronic fatigue, dairy intolerant, etc. etc. etc. but I’m still figuring out how to deal with all of it. Chronic fatigue has been crippling and the possibility that I’ll never return to how I was before it (highly energetic, into sport, many many many kilograms lighter!) is depressing to say the least. I live in Hobart, Australia. Could you please give me some pointers on what to do to kick-start a primal/paleo lifestyle? I’d like to give it a try. Thank you!!

    Ellen wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Ellen, the first thing I would do is to remove all grains, legumes (including peanuts), sugars, processed foods, and manufactured drinks from your home. This removes any temptation to cheat. Eat meats, eggs, fish, chicken, veggies, fruits, and nuts only. Cook with coconut oil, bacon grease, or ghee. I don’t like to use olive oil for cooking. I prefer to use it for my salad dressing. Eat meats first before you consume veggies or fruits. I notice that if I don’t have my fats, I get hungry just like that. Fats are what keep me highly energetic. I eat a whole avocado everyday. I put coconut oil in my coffee every morning. I eat bacon and eggs almost every morning. That keeps me from getting hungry until later in the day. All of the above is what makes my day go smoothly and keeps my body happy. Check this link out. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/#axzz2aDbYrRl8

      You can do it, Ellen! You’d be amazed!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
      • And Ellen, if you do currently have any processed foods, manufactured drinks, etc. in your home, DON’T kid yourself they’re for someone else – because if there’s even the smallest chance of YOU eating them, the other person won’t be getting them anyway, will they? ;)

        Remember, it’s impossible to “have your cake and eat it too”! :)

        I see both men and women slip badly because they keep things in “for the kids” or for their partner etc., but the kids/partner never get so much as a sniff of the things because they end up being wolfed down by the person who was trying to improve their diet, in a moment of weakness, :(

        Anything you must keep for others, make sure it’s something you don’t like, or ask them to keep it in their room, their desk, or out of sight, or even in a locked box like a cashbox, something you can’t raid and eat them yourself. This may not be your issue at all but thought I’d throw it in as it does seem to be a pitfall for a lot of people I talk to at work and online! Good luck. :)

        Patrick wrote on July 27th, 2013
  37. Great job! I am on my second month and know of the struggles but stories like yours inspire all of us to keep it up and stay strong! Thank you for sharing!

    Mark wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Yes, stay strong! It really got so much easier for me after the first two to three months when I finally stopped missing my favorite old foods. It takes time to train the brain. I read somewhere that it takes at least two months to change a habit, something like that.

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  38. Wow thanks Beth, love my Saturday morning read! (In Australia). You are yet another example of someone who took charge of their own wellbeing, and turned their health around. If only the medical fraternity would recognise the importance of diet in our general health and stop automatically reaching for the prescription pad.

    I too have lost the “snot” – just had my first cold since going primal – reckon I blew my nose half a dozen times in a week, sneezed about the same and now it’s gone. Sore throat was the worst of it.

    And that’s not to mention my skin. I realised after about 10 months of primal that the little tube of lip balm I carry around hadn’t been out for ages and the tubes of hand cream in each room all had layers of dust on them. My dry skin only comes back if I use harsh soaps these days.

    I agree with the others, mix up some lifting with your yoga and your body will find its own “happy place” weight wise. Thanks so much for sharing your story. :-)

    HillyM wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • Yay, Hilly, on losing the “snot”. Laughed at that one. I also noticed that I no longer have rough spots on my elbows. Sooo smooth and I don’t even use any lotion!

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  39. Awesome job Beth! I was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophogitis in January and have been feverishly trying to figure out all of the foods I am intolerant of. It’s crazy how quickly your body turns against food – or I guess I should say it was a slow climb that I didn’t notice until a violent reaction occurred. The paleo lifestyle is definitely helpful when one tries to figure out how to eat eliminating the top 8 allergens! I’m so glad there is so much information and help online! Your story inspires me to keep searching for all of my allergens so that I can lose the bloatedness I still have!

    Kari wrote on July 26th, 2013
    • I know how frustrating that is. Just hang in there and you’ll soon figure it all out. The elimination diet is the best way to go for people with food sensitivities like us. Remove all the potential allergens for 30 days and then re-introduce one food item at a time every few days.

      Beth wrote on July 26th, 2013
  40. Awesome and inspiring.

    Paleo Retiree wrote on July 26th, 2013

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