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29 Mar

I Am Now Blessed with Radiant Health and Boundless Energy

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!

Hi Mark,

Growing up with two parents as doctors, I always felt like I had a basic understanding of health and wellness. I was always a lively, active and rambunctious child, but struggled with a myriad of digestive health issues from the early age of 14. My problems seemed to appear during my sophomore year in high school. During the middle of the school year, I transitioned from the Atkins Diet to a full-fledged bout of Mononucleosis (Mono). For four straight weeks, I ate nothing but Jack In The Box milkshakes (Vanilla or Chocolate, sometimes a swirl of both…). When I finally started eating solid food again, my stomach was completely wrecked, and things didn’t work themselves out the way I anticipated. All of the sudden, I had a sluggish digestive system and on the daily was plagued with chronic abdominal discomfort.

When it became apparent that my issues weren’t just a temporary affliction from my illness, my mother and I saw several different gastroenterologists hoping to bring some sort of relief to my seemingly chronic issues. Not one doctor ever mentioned that my abdominal issues could be diet related. NOT ONE. Every physician I saw decided that a supplement of some bark-tasting-sort would be the cure-all-end-all of my issues, and wrote me a prescription and sent me on my way.

After zero success and many dollars down the drain, I started to feel like I was blessed with a body that would cause me pain for the rest of my life. I retained weight, had little energy to get through my day and developed a deep love for a quadruple shot sugar-filled coffee beverage to start my morning.

Naomi - Before

When I was 21, I came home from college on vacation and visited my grandparents in Eugene, Oregon. My grandmother has Celiac Disease, and for the first time, I was inquisitive as to what that actually meant. I picked my grandfather’s brain, and after talking, I became convinced that gluten was the root of all of my problems. I went back to school after doing hours and hours of research and decided to do a controlled study with my diet. I eliminated all gluten-containing products, and almost instantly, it seemed that all of my digestive problems had gone away. After several years of struggling and many visits to the doctor, I was finally sure that I figured out the root of my problems.

Naomi - Before

Fast forward another two years. I was 23, graduated from college, traveling the world, teaching yoga and practicing a strict vegetarian diet. I developed adult acne, ovarian cysts, kidney stones and had extreme hormonal imbalance. I was exercising several times a week, and couldn’t sleep enough during the day because of chronic fatigue. I began to think, again, maybe my sickness and lack of well-being has to do with my diet. I started integrating animal protein back into my diet which made me feel 100% better, but all of the sudden, my digestive issues presented themselves again. I was still eating gluten-free, I was doing all of the right things, I thought, and I couldn’t seem to fix the chronic problem. It was infuriating.

To make a short story long, I had the blessed opportunity to stumble upon your website. I had been gluten-free, vegetarian, raw, vegan and anything in between. I  finally knew I felt more energized and healthier eating meat, but never considered other grains to have any influence on my gut. I figured if it didn’t have gluten, it was healthy, so I ate my weight in grains, especially corn (psuedo grain), on the daily. I decided to adopt the Primal lifestyle, and it has completely flipped my life upside down.

Naomi - After

I am now, for the last year and a half, blessed with radiant health, boundless energy and a stomach free of any digestive issues whatsoever. My weight, for the first time in my life, is stable. I am completely off of hormones from birth control, and my mood stays stable and my skin stays clear. I don’t experience brutal hunger pains, and intermittent fasting is easy. My mother, a physician, has also adopted this ancestral lifestyle, and is transitioning out of standard medicine into the field of anti-aging, utilizing ancestral, primal nutritional counseling with her patients. I, at the age of 24, am about two weeks away from opening my first restaurant in Austin, TX called Picnik, a reclaimed shipping container/mobile food truck which is 100% primal, gluten-free and grain-free.

Not only has this information changed my health and wellness forever, it has also catapulted me onto a brand new path in my life and work. I can’t thank you enough for the teachings you provide, and I look forward to seeing you at Picnik!




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  1. Great read! I love the idea of a food truck. I often think about bringing a paleo food truck to Boston.

    Paleo Bon Rurgundy wrote on March 30th, 2013
  2. I am a strict vegetarian but my health problems (kidney stones, gastritis, obesity) remain steadfast. I love the information over here and after going through Naomi’s success story and all those gorgeous pictures I’m considering trying out your plan Mark.

    Thanks for the great post.

    Rose Anne wrote on March 30th, 2013
  3. Well done Naomi – thanks for sharing your story and giving us inspiration, you look great!

    Grokesque wrote on March 30th, 2013
  4. Beautiful, thanks for sharing this

    wildgrok wrote on March 30th, 2013
  5. Homina homina homina!!! and a WOW! I love Friday posts. Hey Mark– here’s an idea– you could roll these into a book or addend some of your material with these stories– I bet it’d inspire many to greater and quicker adaptation of the primal lifestyle.

    Rev. Dave Deppisch wrote on March 30th, 2013
  6. that is super! you look so happy and radiant in your last pictures. Good luck on your new venture!!

    Sandra Azancot wrote on March 31st, 2013
  7. Congrats on the restaurant! Looking forward to checking it out.

    Robert wrote on March 31st, 2013
  8. Well done on your perseverance and success! I’ve kind of followed a similar path to you, with going gluten-free and then realising there were other things, grains etc, I needed to cut out before I could really feel great. I’ve been a bit lazy recently so have just started up the 30 day challenge (one week in!) to remind myself why I’ve chosen to live this way.

    It’s so great to hear about your mum choosing to focus more on preventative-type medicine. We need more doctors like her! It makes me so so angry, as a budding doctor myself, to hear the ridiculous dogma regarding what constitutes a ‘healthy’ diet. I’d almost rather fail my exams than write crap about the ‘health food pyramid’ arghhh…. what a headache!

    Good luck with your business, i wish you loads and loads of success :)

    eggsforalice wrote on March 31st, 2013
  9. Can I just say how much I love this community? Every time I open Mark’s Daily Apple, I am overwhelmed by the support that everybody gives!

    And Naomi, you look radiant!!! Such a glow about you! That’s my favorite part. Congratulations on the business venture and I know our primal Austin peeps will be by to eat. Tell your mom how happy we all are that she’s making such a difference in her patients’ lives. Yay! Another primal doc!! I’m thinking a road trip to Austin sounds like a fun idea!

    Rhonda the Red wrote on April 1st, 2013
  10. What an amazing journey you’ve been on, and it seems like you’ve only just begun. Bravo and best of luck!! Hope to visit the restaurant one day!

    kate@katemarrin wrote on April 1st, 2013
  11. Great story. Thank you for sharing.

    SanJoseChiro wrote on April 1st, 2013
  12. Radiant health and boundless energy – I have to admit I’m jealous! I haven’t felt like that since I was a kid. I know it’s all to do with how I eat though (a dose of wheat or sugar can knock me out for hours) so I’ve been reading alot recently on changing my diet and going primal. Congrats on your success and thanks for posting your inspirational story.

    Jason wrote on April 3rd, 2013
  13. Strange! I am from Eugene, Oregon, but have been living in Austin, TX most of my life. I was startled when I read that you were opening a Primal Food truck in Austin. Wow! I’m so going there. Congrats on hopping on the Primal Food Truck to wellness!

    Patrick wrote on April 3rd, 2013
  14. OMG, I am so excited about your restaurant!! I live in Round Rock and will definitely visit you! A place I can eat without worry? Pure awesome!

    Laura wrote on April 9th, 2013
  15. An extremely motivational piece of write up and congratulations for reinventing the new you!


    Shitij wrote on May 7th, 2013
  16. Wonderful story, Naomi!

    So glad you finally found the solution to your health problems. Kados to your Mom for starting to put forth the word about PB as well. I live in San Francisco and am planning a trip to Texas some time next year. I’ll definitely put Austin on my itinerary! Picnik here I come! :)

    Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on December 1st, 2013

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