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1 Jun

I Cannot Imagine Living Any Other Way

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!

Dear Mark,

I just wanted to thank you for your hard work and dedication to your blog.

I discovered Primal living during my recovery from anorexia. I didn’t give it a real shot until 5 months into recovery. I was just too afraid of all of that fat was going to make me fat!

During those 5 months, I gained up to an ideal weight for myself eating 3000-3500 calories a day. Oh, and lots and lots of carbs and lean protein – you know, that bodybuilding stuff. I still had no menstrual cycle and had a night eating problem. I was still depressed, anxious, and was still drooling over food I saw on the Food Network. I was getting really scared because I literally could not stop eating. I didn’t want to gain any more weight. I had decided I nothing to lose, so took a plunge into Primal living.

I obviously didn’t go cold turkey with the carbs. It took about a week to cut my carbs in half and eliminate most grains. (I swear carbs are like crack). I started eating lots of egg and cheese omelets, BEEF, whole avocados, some bacon. I was so excited eating cheeseburgers at my favorite burger place where they have grass-fed beef burgers…YUM. I knew if I didn’t eat enough fat and too much carbs at a meal, my cravings returned. I quickly learned this and became very consistent with my Primal choices.

About a month into the diet change, I noticed some changes. My anxiety after a meal decreased, and I was able to concentrate on school and my son more.  I started to feel my sex drive returning, was less hungry, was able to go longer periods without eating.

Then about a week ago, BAM, my period finally returned! I was so, so relieved and felt like I was back to my old self, but a more improved version.

I know this is not a typical success story, but I feel that my mental success is equally as important as my physical success. I am finally looking forward to movies, meeting new people, completing my school work, and playing with my 17 month old. I now eat to live instead of living to eat/binge by myself.

Don’t get me wrong, I am very pleased with my appearance. And I am glad that I don’t have to spend mindless hours running on the treadmill – how depressing! I have fallen in love with resistance training and have gained lots of strength.

Although I am sure there is no proof, I believe that the lack of saturated fats and too many carbs completely messed up my mental health. (It wasn’t until I turned vegan that my anorexia really peaked). I see so many people devote years to their eating disorder and sometimes even never recover. I feel very fortunate that I got out of that hell in a relatively short amount of time and am healthy again.

I found what lifestyle works for me and simply cannot imagine living any other way. I am so grateful that I discovered Primal living and happy that I am living life again!

Thanks, Mark!

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  1. How brave you have been for sharing your story! Congratulations on your journey to battle the eating disorder. Those are hard to come back from. You look wonderful, and your smile says it all!

    Kati wrote on June 1st, 2012
  2. The proof is on the Primal pudding :)

    Groktimus Primal wrote on June 1st, 2012
  3. WOW! What a change! You look so beautiful and healthy! Congratulations on taking back control of your life!

    Merky wrote on June 1st, 2012
  4. You look as though you have returned from the edge of death! Congratulations on having the courage to
    try something new and your perseverance in seeing it
    through. You now look beautiful: healthy, proud, clear-eyed, and confident. Thank you for sharing your
    inspiring story.

    Kathleen wrote on June 1st, 2012
  5. Gorgeous final pic! you look great! Amazing Primal eating can even help cure mental/emotional issues

    Gayle wrote on June 1st, 2012
  6. Nice story, I always guessed that Primal eating would be amazing for people recovering from anorexia since it make the cravings stop. Now I just have to say, girl you looks amazing now! Congrats!

    Juliano Aliberti wrote on June 1st, 2012
  7. Thank you for sharing this story! Women need to see that eating paleo/primal can help you recover from an eating disorder. We need more brave women like you to tell their stories!

    PS – The new book from Whole9, It Begins With Food, talks about how those grains & sugars really DO mess up your brain & hormones. It’s a physical addiction, not just a mental one.

    Kristin J wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • Thanks for sharing that book, I have to check it out soon.

      Melissa wrote on June 1st, 2012
      • Hello, I am also recovering from an eating disorder for several years and am still finding it really hard to resist carbs/sugars. I work out several times a week and feel like maybe I am not fully fat adapted. Would you consider chatting with me more about what you went through so I feel like Im not crazy for trying to gain weight back while trying to be Primal?

        Angela wrote on July 27th, 2013
      • Also try Diet Cure by Julia Ross. She attributes (part of) anorexia to nutrient deficiencies caused by CW dieting and/or veg*nism.

        Alicia wrote on May 15th, 2015
  8. Wow! You are glowing. Congratulations! Primal living helps holistically, there is no doubt, if you embrace it fully and sounds like you have done that with great results. Inspiring. :-)

    Alison Golden - PaleoNonPaleo wrote on June 1st, 2012
  9. “I feel very fortunate that I got out of that hell in a relatively short amount of time and am healthy again.”

    This is such a great story. Thanks so much for sharing!

    (Mark, I am LOVING these not-your-typical-weight-loss success stories that have been featured recently!)

    Anne wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • I agree, Anne. It has been very inspiring to see others struggling with disordered eating and using a primal lifestyle to overcome.

      I am struggling with binge eating and finally joined a support group about a month ago. It’s been very helpful in teaching me new techniques to cope with my emotions instead of always turning to sugar.

      Happycyclegirl wrote on June 5th, 2012
  10. I’m so glad you were able to come out of that! I agree with you…saturated fat is SO important for our mental health. When I was a vegetarian I became terrified of saturated fat. The longer I went without eating any, the more obsessed I became with limiting my calories. I spiraled rapidly into an eating disorder limiting my calories to 300 a day. My anxiety rose and I all I thought about was food. It was awful and listening to CW made it so very easy to happen.

    Kim wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • Yes, the only time I have ever struggled with depression was while experimenting with a vegan diet. I have NO DOUBT that food is at the heart of many mental issues.

      Crunchy Pickle wrote on June 1st, 2012
      • My mania/depression/eating disorder cycles were at their peak in my Ironman triathlon vegetarian days; I can see that now, looking back, hindsight and all that.

        Without a doubt food has a huge effect on mental health.

        Emily Deans has given a good review of the new Whole30 book over at evolutionary psychiatry dot blogspot dot com.

        Kelda wrote on June 3rd, 2012
    • Yes!!! When I was vegetarian I also became a sat fat nazi, and I really struggled with anxiety. It was even worse when I tried a raw diet!! (just fruits and veggies and nuts, no meat or dairy) I didn’t realize it then, but looking back I can see that hose diets were terrible for my mental and physical health.

      Alyssa wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • Congratulations on your recovery, too!! It’s crazy how much food can influence both physical as well as mental health.

      Interestingly enough, I was reading a biography of Karen Carpenter, who was a so-called “chubby teenager.” At 17, she was put on a low-carb/high-protein diet by her doctor. She hated the diet, but lost the weight in five weeks and ate normally afterwards for years. Later on, in her mid-20s (by the 1970s, “fat phobia” had firmly took hold in the “healthy diet” world), she hired a personal trainer, who put her on a low-fat/high-carb diet. Instead of losing weight, she gained it (surprise, surprise, knowing what we know on MDA), freaked out, fired the trainer, and switched to a diet of only green salads and iced tea. She lost the weight, but about a year after eating that way, anorexia nervosa was firmly entrenched. She began obsessing about calories, was very anxious, etc. Before that, friends described her as a very happy-go-lucky girl who loved tacos and chili (MEAT!)

      Obviously there were plenty of psychological factors involved, don’t get me wrong, but a nutrient-starved brain can’t think straight. I wish all this was known in Karen’s time, as she may still have been alive today. :(

      koalabear wrote on June 2nd, 2012
  11. Wow, terrific story!! I found the same thing with mental health actually–not with an eating disorder, but I suffered from general anxiety disorder/panic disorder for a long time, and even though I had thought it was gone by the time I started primal living, now its like the last lingering traces (which I guess were physical the whole time) are gone as well.

    Way to go, you look great!! :)

    Cristina wrote on June 1st, 2012
  12. Wow, you look so healthy. Thank you for sharing your story, and what you’ve noticed related to mental health.

    I have 3 friends who have been diagnosed as bipolar. All 3 of them eat high carb diets, and all 3 had children spaced closely together. My suspicion is that not eating enough healthy fats, combined with the drain on our fat stores caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding, are big contributors. I was primal for my last pregnancy, and primal now that I’m breastfeeding, and I feel great, much better and happier than after my second child was born.

    Tenny wrote on June 1st, 2012
  13. Congratulations on your recovery, your mental stability and happiness and for your beautiful baby. All of these things by themselves are intense life changes, but all together is pretty amazing.

    I also noted as I started living more primal that the use of fat to be sated AND to reduce body fat seemed strongly connected to the anoretic’s mindset. The fear of fat is so strong and debilitating that the complete reversal – I mean total 180 degree turn around – is therapeutic and miraculous in a way. Just trying to eat a “balanced” diet is really not enough of a change for someone who is obsessed with and terrified by food. But eating in a way that is filling, energizing AND will keep the body lean in a healthy way seems like a really perfect solution.

    sylvie wrote on June 1st, 2012
  14. I think it’s interesting that your eating disorder peaked when you had eliminated all animal products from your diet. Studies have shown that a lack of high-quality animal fat in the diet can cause brain chemical imbalances that can trigger depression and aggression. Why not eating disorders too? I have wondered about that phenomenon myself, and one of my biggest motivations for getting my 5-year-old daughter to eat primally is the hope that she never has to deal with the body image issues that I did as a former ballet dancer. Thank you for sharing your story and your insights. You look fantastic, and happy, and healthy (even your hair is shinier in your after picture!).

    cathy wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • “Studies have shown that a lack of high-quality animal fat in the diet can cause brain chemical imbalances that can trigger depression and aggression.”

      Could anyone please cite these studies? I have found that to be true more often than not and would LOVE to follow up on my theories with some studies.

      Gina wrote on June 17th, 2012
  15. This is such an amazing story. Thank you for sharing!

    I also have been trapped in eating disorder hell and reading how Primal helped someone recover just pulls at my heart strings.

    I haven’t had my period for 7 years!!! I know!!! Bad news!!! I’m hoping Primal will help me get it back. I want to be a mama someday.

    Were you a cardio junkie before primal? I’m a big bike rider/runner and probably spend 10 hours/week doing these endurance sports, which probably doesn’t help with the lack of period…

    Elle wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • Elle, I’m sure everyone here is pulling for you. I do think that Melissa’s story shows that the Primal approach will help. With Mark’s guidance, I’m sure you can be super-strong without the chronic cardio AND get your period back. Take strength from the community here — there are so many amazing stories shared in the forums.

      Chica wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • I was not a a cardio “junkie”per say. I do believe that primal eating helped me get to where I am at now, but you DO need to up your caloric intake. The body wants to accumulate a certain amount of fat so that it knows its safe for child bearing. You can’t freak out if you want seconds or thirds for a while. I have leaned out a little bit since the final picture. If you are not seeing a therapist then I would highly recommend seeing one. Primal can only do so much, you need that extra support.

      Melissa wrote on June 1st, 2012
      • Melissa, do you lift something heavy regularly, like at least once a week? If not,pls give it a try. To maintain lean muscle eating primal you need to do it, otherwise you might lean out more than you want.

        einstein wrote on June 1st, 2012
        • I actually meant lean out as in losing a little fat and building muscle. I have remained the same weight, but feel al little “less jiggly.” I lift at least 4 times a week.

          Melissa wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • Lauren wrote on June 1st, 2012
      • LOL I read one of her article on body odour… she is so into CW. Blames low-carb diets and thinks keto-breath is a sign of low blood sugar and dangerous. Also thinks eating a zero-fiber diet will make you smell like shit from not having to take a dump everyday.

        mm wrote on June 16th, 2012
    • I used to be a total cardio junkie- 12+ hrs a week, running, cycling, plus extra hours walking everywhere…Nowdays I don’t do more than 45 mins. A day, twice a week (intervals). You really have to go with the ‘less is more’ approach, maybe even try different forms of training. I did and I’m having a lot more fun with it now! Good luck to you!

      Foxygee wrote on June 1st, 2012
      • 45 minutes is quite a lot. I think you should cut down your cardio to a warm up only. Think of it as you are trying to “bulk up.” You need to focus less on cardio and more weight training to be healthy again and get your hormones back to normal. That is what I did. I only did 10 minutes of moderate cardio. That’s it. Just as a warm up. I know it is hard to break that habit but you are continuing to damage your body. If you need any help, feel free to email me.

        Melissa wrote on June 1st, 2012
  16. Congratulations on your recovery. You look beautiful and healthy! I am very proud of you even though I don’t even know you. I have a friend who struggled with anorexia & bulemia from the age of 17 until 30. I saw her in the hospital on feeding tubes with legs smaller than my arms. It was heartbreaking. She went in and out of recovery for years and it really tore her family apart. She ended up committing suicide on Easter Sunday about 4 years ago. I’m not saying this to depress anyone, but anorexia/bulemia is a very very serious disease and most do not recover. So I want to congratulate and applaude you!!!! Not only did you save your life, but you probably relieved a lot of worried people who care about you!

    Jaime wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • That is so sad, I am sorry for your loss. I do agree that people don’t take eating disorders seriously enough. Their mentality is “Oh its better to be too thin than too fat” or “Just eat a big meal” or suggest some other kind of quick fix. That is definitely not the case. I still have those thoughts sometimes, but as long as I am not starving my brain of nourishment, it will never get to where it was before.
      It is equally unhealthy to be starved as it is to be obese.

      Melissa wrote on June 1st, 2012
  17. Thanks so much for sharing your story! One of the first things I realized after switching to Primal is that it is an amazing antidote to anorexia nervosa. I am so glad to hear your story and see your transformation to radiant health and beauty.

    Grok on, girl!!! :)

    yoolieboolie wrote on June 1st, 2012
  18. I literally gasped at your before pic. You look so healthy now. Congrats on getting well and eating well.

    San Diego

    MonicaP wrote on June 1st, 2012
  19. Congratulations on your terrific success and for sharing your very important story with everyone. If you encourage even one other person into changing their life it will be fantastic. Very well done.


    Oliver Kelly wrote on June 1st, 2012
  20. Thank you for sharing your story. You look beautiful!! Amazing how much food can do for your mental health, isn’ it? Your little one is adorable…

    Magda wrote on June 1st, 2012
  21. Oh I am so proud of you!! This is a truly wonderful story!

    Ida Palma wrote on June 1st, 2012
  22. Wow. she looks absolutely RADIANT in the last photo. amazing.

    Amanda wrote on June 1st, 2012
  23. In my family, obesity can be a consequence of eating low-fat diets due to our significant genetic IR, but even more prevalent is a panoply of mood and energy disorders. My daughter, now a healthy, happy paleo/low-carber, weighed 320 lbs in high school She lost half the weight with low-calorie, high exercise, but was left with bulimia, depression, and insomnia. She realizes now that her last terrible bout with her eating disorder coincided with her last attempt at going vegetarian. My son had ADHD so debilitating that he “self-medicated” with pot and other drugs and nearly ended up in jail, or who knows, even worse. He switched to low-carb at age 19 and his life has completely turned around. He is a now a yoga instructor and works at Whole Foods, with the propaganda pushed him to try a 60-day vegetarian pledge. He couldn’t finish it, and gave up when he started to get strong urges to call a pot dealer. He says the only way he survived was through his yoga practice and meditation. My brother, who was a macrobiotic, organic vegan, says he “felt like he wanted to die every afternoon,” and was going to see a shrink or Dr. to see if he had chronic fatigue. He and I both changed to low-carb 12 years ago and our mental and physical health are spectacular.
    I absolutely believe that we are missing the point by focusing on obesity when we talk about diet and nutrition, I have no doubt that the neurological and behavioral disorders that plague so many from ADHD to autism, to Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and eating disorders, are directly attributable to sugar and grain consumption.

    Peggy Holloway wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • I agree fullheartedly. Going HFLC-paleoish I solved DECADES of depression. I think it has everything to do with the natural fats and the abscence of grains and refined sugars.
      Like you I think that with proper food we cuold heal or at least alleviate lots and lots of both physical and mental suffering lika ADHD, Alzheimer, the plethora of degenerative diseases we se around us. the state of things as is sometimes makes me so angry I could scream.

      Elena wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • That is very inspiring to hear that I am not the only one to feel the mental clarity that primal has given me. I agree that we do focus too much on obesity levels. There is much more to health than having a perfect bod or looking “lean.” It frustrated me that people think vegans are the epitome of perfect health just because they are skinny. Skinny does not = great health.

      Melissa wrote on June 1st, 2012
      • my husband doubled in weight on a vegetarian/vegan diet! and his cholesterol was literally off the charts. thankfully he came back to a more balanced way of eating and regained his health.

        Kathy wrote on June 1st, 2012
  24. You look GREAT!!! Congrats to you on all levels!!

    AustinGirl wrote on June 1st, 2012
  25. So happy for you! Now you can live a balanced life and enjoy your time with your family! Keep up the awesomeness!

    primalkyle wrote on June 1st, 2012
  26. Oh my goodness! You are SO beautiful! Stay strong, stay primal! As someone who has flirted with eating disorders, it’s so wonderful to see this story. :) Congrats! You deserve it!

    Cherice wrote on June 1st, 2012
  27. AMAZING!!! I can completely relate to feeling mentally healthy after starting the Primal Blueprint! I went through 2 1/2 years of high anxiety and depression. Eating this way has been a complete blessing for me! I have never in my life felt this good! =-D Congratulations! You look absolutely Gorgeous!!!

    meli wrote on June 1st, 2012
  28. Wow, congrats! What a difference from picture 1 to picture 3 :) So much healthier!!

    Caleigh wrote on June 1st, 2012
  29. Wow these stories are the proof that PB really works. Her first photo, atleast to me, was pretty frightening. Then I read on to find her last picture, Wow! Now, that’s a recovery. The very simple point of eating good foods your body nourishes and doing activity your body approves of is just…indescribable! I hope more people discover this way and feel better.

    Michael wrote on June 1st, 2012
  30. I was bulimic for about eight years, all of my teen years. Through counseling and prayer I was able to “get better” and live on one diet after another, vegetarian, Weight Watchers, whatever. I was always starving, not skinny, just freaking hungry. Primal sets you free and makes you feel good, because you can get full and stay thin. Enough about me, I just wanted you to know you aren’t alone, and you look so pretty.

    rabbit_trail wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • Hi,
      I have been battling bulimia for a while now but it’s been worse the past year – as in extreme binging and attempts to purge every night of the week. Every night. It’s always on junk food too – cookies and tons of chocolate. I feel disgusting and have gained weight – mostly all in my belly. I look horrible and am terrified that I have ruined my body – particularly that I’ll never get my flat, toned stomach back or will always struggle to get it again. Is this true??

      I know people talk about eating too much or binging but that’s usually not to the extent I have been doing – nightly binges for close to a year now (and weekly before years before that). I fear I need to do a year-long cleanse just to even try to get the “sugar” and crap out of my body.

      JLeah wrote on June 2nd, 2012
      • You have come to the right place if you want to change. Keep reading the stories on this site, let yourself be inspired by others, and stop abusing and damaging your body. What you need is a strong, healthy and good looking body. Eating is not a sin! It is a pleasure. Make sure what goes in stays in and that it is of good quality. If others could do it, you can too. You are no worse than anybody else. Put on a fight and you’ll win. Bless you.

        einstein wrote on June 4th, 2012
        • Thanks. I’m wondering if I need a strict cleanse though after all the abuse I’ve put through my body this past year and ongoing. I want to be healthy and ready to go when I move in 6 weeks…is that possible? Should I start with a cleanse first to get rid of all the accumulated crap I’ve done to my body?

          JLeah wrote on June 4th, 2012
      • JLeah- if by “cleanse” you mean one of those fads where it’s some sort of lemon juice/maple syrup/juice “cleanse” (what the heck was the rationale behind THAT combination, anyway?!), then no. Just start eating primal (ease into it if necessary), and you’ll be weaned off the sugar. The body’s quite good at “cleansing” itself if you let it. There are plenty of people here in the same boat who are rooting for you! “A Different Kind of Success Story” on this website featured a former bulimic.

        Also, I’m sure you know binging/purging can really mess up the digestive system, as it can lead to esophageal tears and nutrient depletion. Besides that, it doesn’t even work for weight loss. That’s because despite conventional wisdom, weight loss isn’t just “calories in, calories out” (read Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat.”) High glycemic index foods such as sugars and grains spike insulin levels, which signal fat cells to store fat. So despite the purge, the damage has already been done as far as insulin levels are concerned. This is why anorexics (who never had insulin-spiking foods in the first place) are skinny, and bulimics usually aren’t, even though (in theory) they both “had” very few calories.

        So a good place to start would be getting the tempting foods out of your house, replace them with paleo/primal foods, and “binge” on all the high-nutrition food you want, guilt-free (and keep it in you!) You’ll feel naturally full, and since your brain will be getting the nutrition it needs, you’ll be in a good mood and begin to feel better about yourself. And don’t be afraid to seek help. Best of luck!

        koalabear wrote on June 4th, 2012
        • Thanks for your reply. No, I don’t mean a cleanse a la master cleanse or a fasting cleanse. I guess I mean keeping it light and sticking to most green juices, broths, salads with some protein for a couple of weeks straight at least with no room for error at all. I guess I just feel that I’m full of crap and “toxins” from what I’ve done to my body that I need a year to even get it back on track. Is it possibly to be “cleaner” after just a week or two of eating better? I do eat very healthy but get messed up with the evening binges big-time. I think that even binging on the healthier paleo foods get me in trouble. I wonder sometimes if all the veggies are leading to more bloat. And eating too many nuts, etc. is still high-calorie. I do allow for some hummus and cheese at times for variety.

          JLeah wrote on June 4th, 2012
        • I suppose you could do the “mostly liquid” thing if you really wanted to, but if it were me, I’d get hungry REALLY quickly (and it could lead to another binge, which would have made it all for naught). Words like “toxins” get thrown around so much. You may feel like crud the first week of paleo as your body transitions from carb-burning to fat-burning, but the second week is much better.

          Higher-carb paleo items (as you mentioned, hummus, cheese, nuts, certain vegetables) could lead to trouble. Again, the best thing would just be remove the temptations first. Willpower’s like a muscle- to use it effectively, you have to exercise it, but if you use it too much, it gets exhausted. So save it the hassle and remove the temptations first. Remember, it’s not calories so much as the source of calories (carbs vs. protein or fat). I really do recommend reading Gary Taubes- everything made so much sense!

          koalabear wrote on June 4th, 2012
        • I think for a bulimic (or anyone with disordered eating habits for that matter), it’s not as simple as ‘switch to paleo and eat as much as you like, your body will tell you when it had enough’. I can binge on pretty much anything, sometimes I eat 3 lbs of nuts in a day, plus regular meals! No matter what the food is, if you eat way too much (as binge eaters tend to) for way too long (let’s say a 2-3 hour binge without stopping), you will have high blood sugars and create a huge insulin response as a consequence, which completely defeats the purpose of eating paleo in the first place. The most important thing is to find coping strategies for whenever the urge to binge comes up, as these episodes are actually rarely about the food – most of the time they have to do with supressed emotions, craving for comfort, security, anxiety, habits, boredom, etc.

          foxygodzi wrote on June 4th, 2012
      • Sorry, I’m just seeing this. Primal can set you free from all of that. Not only can you have a flat belly, you can get back to not worrying about it. You can go hours without thinking about food, and you can never feel hungry and be thin. You really are in the right place.

        rabbit_trail wrote on June 7th, 2012
      • Forget the cleanse, stop punishing yourself. Accept your body as it is now and love it for supporting you all this time. Treat yourself to food that nourishes you – as a gift to yourself, not a punishment. Find something to do at night that makes you feel better. A binge is not a crime – it’s an attempt to treat distress. Go slowly and give your body and mind a chance to adjust, and they will start to work with you instead of against you. They want to be healthy too! :)

        Susan wrote on June 11th, 2012
  31. Melissa, you have shown amazing courage in making such a dramatic change in your approach to wellness.

    Your story is one more piece of anecdotal evidence that mental AND physical health are closely tied to what we put in our mouths. I am convinced that in 10, 20 or 100 years (depending on how stupid and recalcitrant the medical establishment is), everyone will be looking back and realizing the laundry list of problems — beyond obesity — that were caused or aggravated by pushing the high-grains, low-fat North American diet.

    Thank you for sharing and continued health to you!

    Chica wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • Not just North America, the whole world is going down this path. It is insane that the medical establishment has not backed down from the low-fat diet mentality.

      JoeBrewer wrote on June 1st, 2012
  32. Congratulations on your recovery! You look wonderfully healthy and strong and beautiful, and I hope you feel as good as you look.

    Best of luck going forward!

    Ilana wrote on June 1st, 2012
  33. Wow, what a story, thanks so much for sharing. It is amazing what the right food can do. You have become a beautiful woman and you look super healthy. Congrats!

    JoeBrewer wrote on June 1st, 2012
  34. Well done!

    zack wrote on June 1st, 2012
  35. Wonderful story, I’m so happy for you. Vegetarian/Vegan also destroyed my health physically and mentally. I’ve gone from anorexic to bulimic to binge eating and everything in between.I have never fully recovered from my obsessive relationship with food BUT Primal is the only thing that’s helped immmensely and eating Primal quiets down all that background noise about food in my head. I agree that it’s the carbs, grains, and lack of fat that screw with your mind.

    K wrote on June 1st, 2012
  36. I know I’m jumping on the bandwagon here, but I just want to point out that she’s super hot in the past picture. Giant improvement.

    PaleoDruid wrote on June 1st, 2012
  37. Your story really hits home… Eating disorders ruled my life until about 5 years ago. I wasn’t skinny, but always hungry, and always feeling like a basket case. Primal has really changed the way I feel as a whole! Thanks for sharing!

    Stephanie wrote on June 1st, 2012
    • I know what you mean by not being skinny anymore, but still eating like I was. Nothing is more depressing to me than eating bowl after bowl after bowl of oats and peanut butter and *still* being hungry.Not only hungry, but jittery and anxious about eating so much but wanting more. Now I eat my 3 egg breakfast with half a sweet potato and be good for at least 4 hours. I am glad you found PB! I wish more people would believe that this is a lifestyle not just some fad diet. Some people I mention it to kind of look at me like I am crazy. Or they think I am restricting myself again. BUt I am so not. I still eat non-primal things here and there. The difference is that I don’t binge on it if I eat enough primal foods prior to that.

      Melissa wrote on June 1st, 2012
  38. Wow, what an amazing story you have! Thank you for sharing! From reading the blog, it appears your story will help others that are suffering from an eating disorder. Your story brought a tear to my eye. You are absolutely gorgeous in that last picture. You look so happy, healthy and fit! Congratulations!

    Erin wrote on June 1st, 2012
  39. Thank you, Chica, for your support! One of the reasons I just love the Primal lifestyle and MDA is because of the supportive community. Y’all rock and inspire me to make changes in my life for the better!

    I just hope that I can be a walking role model for Primal. :)

    Elle wrote on June 1st, 2012

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