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November 15, 2013

I Am Strong, Energized, Off All Medications, and Feel Wonderful!

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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!

Mark,

In December 2009, I was 25 years old and weighed 210 lbs. I was obese for my 5’5″ frame, never felt well, and was popping handfuls of pills every day just to get by. I was taking 2 anti-depressants, anxiolytics, prescription sleeping pills, courses of Prilosec once or twice a month, acid-blocking pills or antacid tablets 1-3 times a day, anti-diarrhea pills several days a week, and I was constantly catching respiratory infections and frequently took courses of antibiotics. In fact, I was put on chronic antibiotics by a dermatologist to treat rosacea, acne, and a truly horrible condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa). I would take them for several weeks at a time until everything calmed down, but inevitably within a few weeks more I would end up with another debilitatingly painful HS boil and would need to start up the antibiotics again. I also got either a yeast infection or a urinary tract infection almost once a month (and sometimes both in the same month). I had dysmenorrhea and would typically miss one day of work per month due to my cycle. In the summer of 2008 I was diagnosed as pre-daibetic with metabolic syndrome and hypertension, so by the end of 2009 I was quite probably a full-fledged type II diabetic, I just never got an official diagnosis. I was falling apart mentally and physically, and scared to death of a miserable future full of multiple chronic illnesses and scary prescription medications, so I decided to make some drastic changes to my lifestyle. I resolved to do my research over the holidays and begin in 2010 with a new way of life.

I read up on all the conventional wisdom suggestions for weight loss, and believed in the now debunked theories of “a calorie is a calorie” (calories are all created equally, so just eat fewer of them and you’ll lose weight!) and “calories in, calories out” (just exercise to create a calorie deficit, you’ll lose weight!); that fat, especially saturated fat, was to be avoided at all costs; whole grains, especially whole wheat, were the ultimate health foods; meat should be avoided except for chicken breasts and fish, and meat replacement products are healthy sources of protein. I limited my portions, restricted calories, started up chronic cardio exercise (3-5x/week, 30-60 min at a time) with some machine work for strength training once or twice a week, too. My choice for cardio was running, because I couldn’t stand the idea of using some man-made machine for that purpose. Just like with the food recommendations, I followed conventional wisdom for purchasing the “best” running shoes. They were motion control and ultra-squishy (or as I like to call them, marshmallow shoes). They were designed to “correct” over-pronation and protect my body from the shock of repeatedly pounding my heels into the ground.

I kept up this new “healthy” eating and exercising routine for several months, and in that time I didn’t really see the scale budge (it would fluctuate down maybe 5-10 lbs but then creep up again) or notice my clothes fitting any better. But I sure did notice that I was hungry all the time, sore all the time, and almost felt worse than before I started! I felt so helpless and discouraged, and started to wonder if I would ever see any results.

Pre-Primal Collage

If you’ve ever done this kind of routine, you know – it is miserable ! No WONDER so many people who “go on a diet” and “start exercising” fail to achieve results or maintain the regimen for very long. It simply isn’t sustainable, and all of that exercise isn’t good for an overweight or obese body. I learned that the hard way: I hurt myself running. It turns out, though, that getting hurt was one of the best things that ever happened to me and ended up leading me to the Primal lifestyle.

I was so frustrated when I had to stop exercising. I felt so betrayed by the bad advice I had gotten about running and shoes, so I started seeking alternative advice. I searched for things like “how to run without injury,” “are motion control shoes necessary,” etc., and I found Danny Dreyer’s Chi Running, and soon thereafter Chris McDougall’s fabulous book Born to Run, and from there found Barefoot Ted’s Google group. I devoured all of the information I could on barefoot running and immediately converted. The mechanics of proper barefoot running made so much sense to me, as I had always walked with a forefoot strike when barefoot (I have vivid memories of being teased for this as a child, but I didn’t care, and continued with my “cat walking”, as I called it). I was a regular on the Google group, and one fateful day somebody posted a link to Mark’s Daily Apple.

I was completely blown away. Everything I thought I knew to be true about diet, health, and weight loss was all wrong. I spent the next few weeks reading as many articles as I could on the website and spending time in the forums asking questions. I cross-checked references and read what was published in the scientific literature at the time to verify that the site contained valid information. Ultimately, it was the success stories that gave me the final push to try it myself. All of this coincided perfectly with the September 2010 30-day Primal Blueprint Challenge, which is when I took the plunge (albeit a few days late, due to travel), and I haven’t looked back since.

I lost 10 lbs and 2 inches off my waist in the first 12 days. By 1 month I was down 15 lbs and went from my pre-Primal size of 18 down to a 12. The weight continued to fly off after that. I didn’t keep super careful records of all my milestones, but by 1 year I was 80 lbs lighter (130 lbs) and in a size 6 and sometimes a 4. Just after my 2 year anniversary, I was pretty much the same weight but leaner and smaller, generally wearing size 2 or 4 but sometimes a 6, depending on the brand. Now, just after my 3 year anniversary, I actually weigh in at 140 lbs but I’m still wearing sizes 2-6 (and the same clothes I was wearing a year ago). I’ve added lots more body weight exercise to my routine and am definitely stronger. Also, I have also had an increase in breast size. I’m not exactly sure what to attribute this to, but I think it’s due to some positive hormonal changes, because I now typically have zero negative symptoms associated with my monthly cycle. While I saw huge improvements in this area shortly after going Primal, I would still occasionally have a bad one (although it was mild in comparison to pre-Primal – I stopped missing work over it!) So, despite weighing a bit more, I’m still the same dress size, and the weight is due to some muscle gain and breast size increase (can’t complain about either!). As I continue to progress, I expect to gain more weight (as lean mass) while my dress size stays the same or decreases.

Before/After - 2 Year Primal

Body by Bread vs. Body by Bacon

Regarding my health, I noticed tremendous alleviation of my multiple gastrointestinal ailments within just a few days of being Primal. I never realized how used to feeling bloated I had gotten – it felt so wonderful to have a calm tummy! By the end of the first week, I no longer needed my antacids and acid-blockers. Within a few days I also noticed incredible new mental clarity, improved mood, lower anxiety, and improved sleep. I stopped getting acne outbreaks, and best of all: I had immediate relief from hidradenitis suppurativa, and eventually enjoyed remission of the condition. My blood pressure normalized and I regained insulin sensitivity.

Before/After - 2 Year Primal

Post-Primal

In middle and high school, I was always between 115-130 lbs, but I was anywhere from a size 6-10. I now realize I was always “thin fat”: so-called normal weight but very flabby and weak. I have also always had low self-esteem and been very critical of my body, even before I became obese. Finally, I am able to feel confident and beautiful despite my flaws (losing 80 lbs of fat does a number on your skin), and I am strong, energized, off all medications, have reversed all of my pre-Primal ailments, and feel wonderful! From the bottom of my heart, thanks Mark!

3 Years Primal!

Best,

Amanda T.

Read Amanda’s full story on her blog The Curious Coconut

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PrimalParkGirl
3 years 17 days ago

You look fab! Congratulations on your success.

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 17 days ago

Fantastic story Amanda. Grokette on.

Colleen
Colleen
3 years 17 days ago

This is a GREAT story!

Nick
Nick
3 years 17 days ago

You rock. So happy for you!!!! Amazing 🙂

D. M. Mitchell
3 years 17 days ago

Excellent, Amanda.

Sharon
Sharon
3 years 17 days ago

Excellent!

Günther
Günther
3 years 17 days ago

TMIF – Thank Mark it´s Friday! 🙂

Elenor
Elenor
3 years 17 days ago

Love it! Big smile — I, too, TMIF!

And MAJOR way to go Amanda!

Kathryn
Kathryn
3 years 17 days ago

You look amazing Amanda! I love the captions on the photos, body by bacon says it all! I also have mild HS which is now gone after going primal. Have a blessed life of health and happiness.

JennF
JennF
3 years 17 days ago

What an amazing journey you’ve had. Congratulations on finding what you needed to be healthy and happy!

bikermike
bikermike
3 years 17 days ago

thats a great success story, well written, great pics… congrats on your success and thanks for posting. Helps those of us on our own primal journey keep looking forward.

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Thank you, bikermike. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I agree that seeing the weekly success stories is such a great feature of Mark’s site. I’m so glad to join the ranks of all the other amazing and inspiring stories 🙂

CarolB
CarolB
3 years 17 days ago

WTG Amanda! Amazing the changes we experience once we start listening to our bodies instead of CW ‘experts’.. best of luck and continued good health and happiness to you

Myra
Myra
3 years 17 days ago

Great story! Happy to see that you are focused on your health — not your weight. Congrats!

Nomad
Nomad
3 years 17 days ago

Congrats! i’m so happy for you!

Anne
3 years 17 days ago

Way to go, Amanda! These before and after pictures are incredible. So glad you feel as good as you look!

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Thank you so much, Anne!

Melissa
Melissa
3 years 17 days ago

Amanda – you GLOW! Thanks for sharing your path to primal. Friday’s are my favorite posts!

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Thanks so much, Melissa. I, too, look forward to the Friday success stories 🙂

Tara Grant
3 years 17 days ago

That’s awesome, Amanda! Way to go! Putting HS into remission is no small feat. Feels great, doesn’t it?! 🙂

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago
Hi Tara!! I learned about your story with HS shortly after I went Primal, and you were such an inspiration and beacon of hope for me in the first 2 years while I was still battling it into total remission. I am so grateful that you were (still are) so open and vocal about it, and so responsive to people with questions — I had a conversation with you in a forum somewhere, and you gave me some very helpful advice. It’s so amazing that none of the doctors I saw about it ever mentioned anything about food. Always the… Read more »
Anders
Anders
3 years 17 days ago

Aaaaaand gorgeous.

purelytwins
3 years 17 days ago

Amanda you look amazing!!!

Primal and Proud
Primal and Proud
3 years 17 days ago

Way to go Amanda. I think one of my favorite things about the Friday success stories is finding out how people got on the right track, your story is somewhat similar to mine!

Great job, you look wonderful.

Battousai
Battousai
3 years 17 days ago
Good for you, but I have to say that the misinformation you provide (or at least imply) concerning CICO galls me: The “theory” that “a calorie is a calorie” with regard to weight loss has not been “debunked”; on the contrary, all reliable data (particularly the metabolic ward studies) clearly indicate that the only relevant factor concerning the amount of weight lost on a diet is indeed the magnitude of the caloric deficit created by the dieter (as far as optimal body composition outcomes -i.e. maximizing (visceral) fat loss/minimizing lean mass loss – are concerned, the only relevant nutritional factor… Read more »
Michelle
Michelle
3 years 17 days ago

Please see Dr Lustig: Fat Chance. Fructose 2.0.

The theory of ‘all calories are the same’ has been shown to be absolute nonsense.

Have you the same credentials as Dr Lustig? Have you the same years of experience and experimentation? I would love to hear how you can say the garbage you have spouted here in the face of so much overwhelming evidence, not just by Dr Lustig, but other ground breaking doctors with real time experience.

Do some research; you obviously need to.

Battousai
Battousai
3 years 17 days ago
Nowhere in my post do I claim that “all calories are the same” in every sense imaginable; what I am saying is that with regard to weight loss viewed in isolation, the sole relevant parameter is the magnitude of the caloric deficit created by the dieter- if you disagree, show me the (metabolic ward) study that points in the respective direction. As for all calories being the same from a health perspective, that is an entirely different proposition – and one not even the most conventional of “conventional wisdom” proponents would argue in favor of, I think. As for the… Read more »
Battousai
Battousai
3 years 17 days ago

Michelle,
you are either attacking a straw man or missing the point; assuming the latter, may I respectfully draw your attention to my response to Günther (below)? (As for Dr. Lustig`s claims: Judging from the available evidence – which I am actually rather familiar with, thank you very much – , they are hyperbole at best, appeals to authority notwithstanding.)

Günther
Günther
3 years 17 days ago

Battousai, I would agree if I were a stove that burns (literally!) the food. But I´m definitely not an oven! Humans are much more than this simple physical concept of CICO can describe. That´s why the paleo-concept works while several other CICO-based diets do not.

Battousai
Battousai
3 years 17 days ago
Günther, I do not claim that humans are simple “ovens”/”bomb calorimeters”, nor do the vast majority of CICO advocates. No one argues, for instance, that calories are fungible with respect to their metabolism in the body or that calories ingested from different foods share identical fates with respect to health outcomes. Having said that, the overwhelming finding coming out of tightly-controlled studies over the years (especially the metabolic ward studies) is that, however imperfect the calorie may be as a proxy for “metabolisable energy contained in food”, the CICO equation very accurately predicts body mass flux. This does not mean… Read more »
Battousai
Battousai
3 years 17 days ago
As far as the supremacy of “epigenetic paleo-wizardry” over those mundane “CICO-based diets” (ignoring, for the moment, that you are painting with a brush as broad as the Grand Canyon here, as many other dietary templates are no more (exclusively/explicitly) CICO-based than the Paleo Diet) is concerned, cries of victory are a tad premature at this point, considering the available data,or rather the lack thereof (and no, the plural of “anecdote” is not “data”). How do we know there isn`t a plethora of people who try Paleo, have lackluster results and – dismissing it with a “mental shrug” as “one… Read more »
oxide
oxide
3 years 16 days ago
it is possible for some people to unconsciously consume healthy saturated fat a tad too liberally Absolutely. The advice to “eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full” is crap. After decades of SAD, it’s hard to feel when to stop eating. So yes, in the first few months you do have to watch the food intake. However, rather than counting calories, it’s better to count fat grams. Think about it. If you’re Primal, your carbs should be near-constant at ~100g/day and your protein should be near constant and 80-100g/day. The ONLY thing you can cut is fat anyway.… Read more »
Battousai
Battousai
3 years 15 days ago
oxide, as described above, my body fat percentage was in the healthy range before I embarked on my “Primal Diet experiment”; since “decades of SAD”-eating to satiety thus obviously failed to leave me overweight or even “skinny-fat”, whereas my three months-long – or rather, three-months-short – “Primal” stint under the same conditions most definitely achieved the latter, invoking satiety signaling system-destroying effects of the SAD in order to explain why the “Primal Magic” failed to manifest in my case seems a tad far-fetched. In addition, I contend that being able to “eat when you`re hungry and stop when you`re full”… Read more »
Battousai
Battousai
3 years 15 days ago
oxide, as mentioned above, my body fat percentage was in the healthy range prior to my “Primal experiment”; my satiety signaling system actually worked just fine during the “decades of SAD”, while eating in accordance with “Primal parameters” threw a wrench in the works. Everyone is different. Some – like me – tend to unconsciously overconsume fat, not carbs (in which case a dietary template that consciously limits carb intake while promoting a “solid intake of healthy fats” tends to be counterproductive); for others it`s the opposite; still others tend to overconsume both fat and carbs, and so on and… Read more »
Miryem
Miryem
3 years 17 days ago

I’d have to disagree that “a calorie is a calorie” in the context of a diet. For example, a calorie’s worth of protein might be broken down into amino acids and reassembled into protein for a muscle, organ, etc, never burned for calories. A calorie’s worth of carbohydrate, on the other hand, will only ever be burned immediately or stored for future burning as energy for the body.

Battousai
Battousai
3 years 17 days ago
I do not argue that “”a calorie is a calorie” in the context of a diet”; I contend that “a calorie is a calorie” in the context of weight loss, and weight loss only; once we add body composition as a parameter, protein intake becomes relevant; once we add “health” as a parameter, a myriad of other dietary variables becomes relevant. Still, the fact remains that energy balance is the ultimate arbiter of weight loss, which is why “quality versus quantity” is a false dichotomy as far as overall diet design is concerned; both are important (see my response to… Read more »
Battousai
Battousai
3 years 17 days ago

You are disagreeing with a claim I never uttered (again, see my response to Günther). As far as your “example” is concerned, I should probably mention that the humble carbohydrate fills just as many “structural” roles beyond the trivialities of energy metabolism as protein does (I am too tired to describe the details – just google “glycosylation”, “glycosaminoglycans”, “proteoglycans”; that should suffice to give you an impression ); thus, your proposition that a “calorie`s worth of carbohydrate” has no potential bodily fates beyond being “burned immediately or stored for future burning” falls painfully short of reality.

Amanda Torres
3 years 15 days ago
I won’t get into a lengthy discussion about this here, but CICO is oversimplified and doesn’t take into account one’s overall state of health, digestive health (think about Celiacs who lose weight despite eating “enough” calories — if the gut can’t digest and utilize those calories, you lose weight), and (very importantly) hormonal status. My pre-primal diet was isocaloric compared to my initial primal diet, and the fat just FELL off of my body as soon as I switched to primal. The only difference in my food intake was exclusion of grains, legumes, dairy, and an increase in fat (particularly… Read more »
Battousai
Battousai
3 years 14 days ago
Some observations on the Ludwig et al. study no. 1: 1. This is not a metabolic ward study; free-living conditions are notorious for producing less reliable results. This ties in with point 2: 2. The provided information concerning compliance is rather lacking, to put it mildly. 3. Protein intake is an obvious confounding factor, seeing as it is considerably higher on the VLC test diet. 4. Strictly speaking, this study only concerns itself with maintenance on different dietary regimes following previous weight loss; it is, thus, not applicable to weight loss per se. On to “the bread and butter”: 5.… Read more »
Battousai
Battousai
3 years 13 days ago
PS: As far as point 6 of my “observations on the Ludwig et al. study no. 1” is concerned, I forgot to mention the lean mass retention effects of protein, which, in addition to its TEF, are also potentially relevant with regard to the attenuated TEE decrease on the VLC test diet. Concerning your personal experience and its implications for the validity of CICO: What you have achieved with regard to health improvements is something very few people ever manage, and it`s great that you have found something that works so brilliantly for you, but – poorly controlled anecdotes are… Read more »
EBM is Gospel
EBM is Gospel
3 years 13 days ago
Battousai, I hereby proclaim you as the poster child for the failure of Evidence-Based Medicine. You are so consumed with the dogma of EBM that it blinds you to the truth that is all around you. You do know that there are many, many EBM studies that were later refuted or worse, proven corrupt and fraudulent, right ? Perhaps you still smoke cigarettes because there were studies in the 40’s and 50’s that said it was beneficial to health…or maybe you take statins to reduce your cholesterol – which we all know from EBM is the cause of CHD (sic).… Read more »
Battousai
Battousai
3 years 13 days ago
“EBM is Gospel”, if you were aiming at an elegantly ironic demonstration of Poe`s Law, well done. Assuming you are actually serious, I should probably disabuse you of the wrongful notion that apparently makes up the focal point of your musings: Contrary to what you seem to believe, mocking “the dogma of EBM” is just plain moronic, not cleverly oxymoronic: Unwavering scepticism that demands constant impartial reevaluation of the available evidence constitutes the very soul of EBM; seeing as “dogma” refers to beliefs considered to be absolutely true reagardless of evidence/without evidence to support them, EBM is pretty much its… Read more »
Shary
Shary
3 years 17 days ago

Wow! Just…WOW!! You look fantastic–living proof that primal/paleo WORKS. I am delighted for you.

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Thanks so much for the compliment, Shary!

Diane
Diane
3 years 17 days ago

Just like you in my third year of primal I have actually gained weight but stayed the same size. I think it’s muscle as I am doing yoga again. It’s interesting to see the scale go up but clothes fitting the same!

Amanda Torres
3 years 15 days ago

Diane, it can be disconcerting to see the number go up, too, so I stopped weighing myself (except for only very occasionally) and just go based on how my clothes fit. Glad to hear you are building muscle! That’s gotta be the reason 🙂 You can also use a tape measurer to track your progress in addition to checking your weight.

Anais
Anais
3 years 14 days ago
Not to play devil’s advocate but I have been wondering about that: I have been Primal for ~3 years too and I did regain some weight. I saw wonderful results with primal diet, I got very lean easily but even better I have way more energy and no more intestinal issues. So I wouldn’t go back and appreciate the benefits but I did regain some weight, mostly upper body fat (belly, breasts and hips). I was reading recently that any type of diet, by creating a new routine shakes the body a little bit and helps you loose weight. With… Read more »
dmunro
dmunro
3 years 12 days ago

Women need a bit of body fat for their hormones to work properly, I think. A bit of lush softness is healthy, isn’t it, on a female body?

The Beckster
The Beckster
3 years 17 days ago

How inspiring!! Love your story!!

Tina
Tina
3 years 17 days ago

Your story does my heart good. You were on a scary downward health spiral there and what an amazing reversal! Plus, you look awesome, not even the same person! Go, baby!

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Thank you so much, Tina. Yes, I was indeed on a very scary downward spiral and am so glad I took matters into my own hands after conventional dietary and medical advice failed me 🙂

Gwen
3 years 17 days ago

You are a ROCK STAR!!!! Congrats!!!

Luke
3 years 17 days ago

Congrats Amanda. Great story. Look great but more importantly you feel great. Very cool!

Babar
Babar
3 years 17 days ago
Amanda, Thank you so much for sharing your story! It is a tremendous encouragement to me. I have been Primal since around April of this year (with one partial backslide of two weeks in September during a huge upheaval in my family and my own move out of state – I found comfort in potato chips). My health has improved somewhat, however, I am still plagued by chronic fatigue and constipation. Unfortunately I have to rely on Miralax to keep me anywhere near regular. The chronic fatigue, it turns out, may be due to low vitamin D, low iron, and… Read more »
Stacie
3 years 17 days ago

Keep it up Babar. Stress can really make things tough, and like you I’ve recently underestimated its effect on us. Keep your head up!

Babar
Babar
3 years 17 days ago

Thank you, Stacie. Encouragement is soul food right now!

Elenor
Elenor
3 years 17 days ago

The constipation, also, may be due to the adrenal fatigue; it’s a common symptom.

Babar
Babar
3 years 17 days ago

Thanks for the input! It’s been a lifetime problem but I still hold out hope that living primaly will solve it over the course of time.

Issabeau
Issabeau
3 years 16 days ago

Magnesium Citrate daily helps in retaining water in the colon…excess calcium (as in milk) puts the colon asleep.

Fiber Menace is a great book to learn about why humans get digestive problems and ultimately end up with colostomy or ileostomy bags…

If you haven’t read it yet…please do! 🙂

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago
Hi Babar, I’m so glad to hear that my story is so encouraging for you. I would suggest that you find a doctor that you trust to help you on your journey — it’s up to you to make a call, but I would personally recommend either a Naturopath or a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor. Or, if you can find one, an MD who practices functional medicine. In the last year+ I’ve been working with a TCM doctor (and doing Qigong) and have noticed some pretty incredible improvements (as if the ones I saw just from going Primal weren’t enough!),… Read more »
Mel
Mel
3 years 13 days ago

I occasionally suffer from mild constipation and when it happens I eat three prunes in the morning for a few days and find that jump starts the system back into order.

Emily
Emily
3 years 17 days ago

Wow! Congratulations! I’ve noticed the same results with my monthly cycle. I used to be completely out of it for 1-2 days and now I’m not nearly as affected. Your change is beautiful and I’m so happy to hear you’re no longer on medications. That’s huge! Keep it up!!!

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Thanks, Emily! Yeah, it used to be SO embarrassing to call in sick once a month like clockwork (or show up obviously feeling terrible and acting grumpy). And I am also so happy to no longer take any pharmaceuticals. I’ve used some herbal/supplemental/nutritional remedies for things these past 3 years, but my need for having to use any of those things has greatly diminished over time 🙂

Rhonda the Red
Rhonda the Red
3 years 17 days ago

So happy for you!! You look amazing and I am so glad you feel amazing! Congratulations!

Jeff F.
Jeff F.
3 years 17 days ago
Amanda, your photos remind me of yesterday when I went to shop for some auto speakers at a nice audio shop. It had a nice showroom and I made the mistake of listening to some French Focal component speakers side-by-side against the cheaper speakers I was going to buy. It was a fortunate mistake because the A/B test proved to be unmistakable – the French speakers were superior in every way. You, Amanda, are the French speaker and there’s no going back – you sound so good. I love your story because it indicates causation along with correlation. Thanks for… Read more »
Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

What a unique compliment! Thanks so much for that, Jeff. I really appreciate it. And glad you got some awesome speakers 🙂

BonzoGal
BonzoGal
3 years 17 days ago

I want a “BODY BY BACON” t-shirt!

Brad
Brad
3 years 17 days ago

Here you go. I have one of their other shirts. I am not affilitated with the company, just a customer. http://www.baconwrappedtees.com/BACON-SHIRTS/BODY-BY-BACON-T-SHIRT-BACON-T-SHIRTS.HTM

Trip
Trip
3 years 17 days ago

Awesome story and congratulations! Thanks for including the details about how you were able to ditch the antacids. I think that’s really important. I often forget to tell people that adopting a primal eating plan allowed me to ditch antacids too! I used to carry a bottle of them with me everywhere I went. It’s interesting that your discovery of MDA began with reading Born to Run — the same thing happened to me!

Nikki
Nikki
3 years 17 days ago

Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!! Inspiration.

fritzy
fritzy
3 years 17 days ago
“I kept up this new “healthy” eating and exercising routine for several months, and in that time I didn’t really see the scale budge (it would fluctuate down maybe 5-10 lbs but then creep up again) or notice my clothes fitting any better. But I sure did notice that I was hungry all the time, sore all the time, and almost felt worse than before I started! I felt so helpless and discouraged, and started to wonder if I would ever see any results” I think this probably reflects the experiences of about 90% of those who adopt conventional wisdom… Read more »
Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Fritzy, yep, I agree. I can’t tell you how many other people I have known over the years who have gotten absolutely nowhere following the CW for diet and exercise. And yes, the typical reaction (I got it from doctors) was “well, you must be doing something wrong! You aren’t strict enough/add more days at the gym/cut back on fat more” etc. Ugh. Thank you so much for the kind words. Means a lot, and I am so grateful to have stumbled upon this site 3 1/2 years ago! 🙂

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 17 days ago

Oh my God! You have done a wonderful job of becoming you!

Katie C.
Katie C.
3 years 17 days ago

You look Amazing Amanda!
Its so crazy the instant reaction my body has when I eat something non-primal, like, hey, remember why you stopped eating that crap? No? Let me remind you by giving you acne, cellulite, terrible stomach bloating, cramping, and general disturbing body noise. LOL
Keep up the good work!

Captain Competition
3 years 17 days ago

Being on all those medications and dealing with all those health problems sounds miserable. Glad you found the healthy way of correcting those issues. It always impresses me to hear how many medications you can remove once your lifestyle becomes healthier. Congrats, this is a great story.

Kathy C
Kathy C
3 years 17 days ago

Fabulous story! It’s these weekly success hits that keep me going when I’m having a bad day or I’m tempted by the dreaded sugar monster. You look fabulous! Well done x

Paul in Australia
Paul in Australia
3 years 17 days ago

The latest in a long line of one inspiring success story after another. Keep up the good work.

Jauna
Jauna
3 years 17 days ago

I’m curious…how did your doctors react to your changes? Did they fight you about your nutritional choices? This is a great story!

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago
Juana, I fired my Western MDs after going Primal. This is not always a smart choice and one should definitely be careful about dropping medical supervision and prescriptions. I only went back to my primary care doc once after going primal, about 3 months in. I just bit my tongue when we talked about diet, exercise, my weight, etc. She just said “oh, you should keep up what you are doing! You must be cutting out so much fat to have lost so much weight”. The only reason I really went that time was for annual bloodwork, which was VASTLY… Read more »
oxide
oxide
3 years 16 days ago

If your dermatologist open-minded in any way, PLEASE contact her. Maybe she’ll tell some of her other hopeless patients about this “weird diet” that Amanda did. If it helps even ONE other patient, it’s worth it.

bayrider
bayrider
3 years 17 days ago

Fantastic and hugely impressive! You look wonderful and it’s obvious that you feel wonderful!

I like your website too, I am going to do some plantains soon, it’s been years since I’ve had some, they are great!

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Thanks so much, bayrider! Plantains are a staple in my house — ripe for maduros, green for tostones, or extra ripe as a baked dessert with butter and spices (and maybe a splash of dark rum), yum. 😉

Linda A. Lavid
3 years 17 days ago

Wowsa!!! Great story. Great pics. Thanks for sharing!!!!

goldfish
goldfish
3 years 17 days ago

You look great Amanda. How about some bikini shots though?

Amanda Torres
3 years 15 days ago

Ahem….let’s be polite, now.

Actually, there is a photo of me in a bikini on my blog. But, like I say in my story, losing 80 lbs in a year does a number on one’s skin. My next goal is to finally lose the extra skin I still have and to do the most I can to heal my stretch marks.

Jenny
Jenny
3 years 17 days ago

wow, your story is so inspiring, with improved health and fitness! it’s also good to hear that one can lose fat but gain muscle and weight!

Stacie
3 years 17 days ago

This makes me so excited for my 3 year primal anniversary. Well done!

rlarson
rlarson
3 years 17 days ago

Man, I love Fridays! Another inspirational story.

Brad
Brad
3 years 17 days ago

Holy crap! It’s like you are an entirely different person. Awesome job and congratulations on an incredible transformation.

Amanda Torres
3 years 15 days ago

Thank you, Brad. I feel like an entirely different person, too! 🙂

HillyM
HillyM
3 years 17 days ago

Almost half the woman you used to be (poetic licence here – a third anyway!) Wonderful transformation, my favorite kind of story, the kind where people start to listen to their bodies and make changes because the FEEL better, not only because someone says they should. Great job!

bryan
bryan
3 years 17 days ago

Great story – thanks for sharing! There’s nothing more inspirational than these success stories.

pablo mablo
pablo mablo
3 years 17 days ago

wow! One of the best before and afters!!

My own process of rejecting cw also began with Born to Run and Chi Running, so I get it!

just awesome.

Amanda Torres
3 years 17 days ago

Thanks Pablo! I am so glad that I stumbled upon the thread about “paleo” on the barefoot running group. Of all things, it was actually about alternatives to personal care products, homemade deodorant, no ‘poo (shampoo), etc. and someone linked back to MDA (I think to give those of us who had no idea what “paleo” or “primal” was), I followed the link, and the rest is history 🙂

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