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November 25, 2016

I Have Never Felt Healthier and Happier in My Life

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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. In fact, I have a contest going right now. So if you have a story to share, no matter how big or how small, you’ll be in the running to win a big prize. Read more here.

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I’ll start off with the disclaimer that my story is only in its early chapters, but it has already been life changing nonetheless.

In November of 2015, at the age of 23, after many years of excruciating pelvic pain, fatigue, chronic inflammation, and GI issues, I underwent an exploratory surgery and was diagnosed with a chronic illness called Endometriosis. Once a face was finally put to the culprit behind the past 8 years of my suffering, I decided that I would no longer let it control my life.

In January of this year, after discovering (through hours of research) and reading The Primal Blueprint, I knew it was time to honor my body in every way I could. The moment I finished the book, I vowed that I would forever put my health at the top of my priority list. So on that day, I broke the insulin-producing, inflammation-promoting, addictive diet that I had ignorantly been poisoning myself with my entire life.

Edited_Emily_BeforeThe first few days were difficult. I was irritable, I had headaches, I wasn’t satiated regardless of how much I ate. After the  brutality of what I now know was withdraws (as I would consume grains with virtually every meal, and indulge in dessert or candy multiple times a week), I was on the up.

Within two months, I inadvertently lost about 12 pounds of fat. My daily stomach upsets had almost diminished, and most importantly my chronic pain became less and less frequent. My mood had stabilized, my sleep had deepened, and my energy had increased significantly.

It’s truly been a miracle. I couldn’t remember the last time that I could go through a whole day without a terribly upset stomach or excruciating pains. And now those aches and pains are few and far between. I have never felt healthier and happier in my life. All that I can think is that the world needs to know this! There is basically a miracle pill out there that can make you healthier, happier, stronger, and live longer!

In fact, I am so in awe of the miracle that is the Primal lifestyle that I have taken the step towards sharing this invaluable knowledge with the world. I began the Primal Health Coaching program a couple of months ago, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring to others what The Primal Blueprint has done for me.

Emily_AfterThere are so many people out there suffering from chronic pain and inflammation that rely on daily medications to get even an ounce of relief. They feel confused, angry, hopeless, and weak. I know because I was once that person. Thanks to the Primal Blueprint, instead of allowing my diagnosis to mark my life with woe, I have used it to propel me out of the darkness and into the light—towards chronic health and away from chronic illness.

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you Mark and all of you at Primal Blueprint, Primal Kitchen, and Primal Health Coaching for changing my life and providing the information and support to sustain the healthiest lifestyle possible. I look forward to continuing to learn as much as I can and sharing this wealth of knowledge with all that I can.

Grok on!!
Emily

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Elizabeth Resnick
8 months 22 days ago

So happy for you Emily!!! We need more people spreading the word. I agree with you…so many people are suffering with different issues that could be dramatically improved by something so simple. I’m also enrolled in the Primal Health Coach program and love it. Thanks for sharing your story!

Emily
Emily
8 months 19 days ago

Thank you! That’s my hope! More and more people sharing their stories and reminding those suffering that there is hope in simple lifestyle changed. Ah I love it too! Happy to share..thanks for reading 🙂

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
8 months 22 days ago

Amazing how quickly the transformation and healing took place, jealous of those abs!

Vanessa
8 months 22 days ago

Well done Emily!

Emily
Emily
8 months 19 days ago

Thank you!

David
David
8 months 22 days ago

Congrats Emily! Impressive transformation. I love how you say “My mood had stabilized, my sleep had deepened, and my energy had increased significantly.” this seems to be the common denominator for many people going primal.

Kristina
8 months 22 days ago

So happy for you!!! And proud of all your hard work. It’s not about the weight loss all the time, but lessening the pain and inflammation has been so huge for me as well. Good luck with everything and I am so envious of you starting the coaching program. That’s my next goal 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

Emily
Emily
8 months 19 days ago

Thanks Kristina! I’m glad your pain/inflammation is also lessening. Best of luck on your next goal..the coaching program is so informative and really cool..I’m sure you’ll love it!

ModularKitchen
8 months 22 days ago

it’s a great post really. And it’s very helpful the people who are suffering with different issues that could be dramatically improved.Thank you for sharing

Mike
Mike
8 months 19 days ago

Comment Board Policy

1. Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

Emily
Emily
8 months 19 days ago

Thank you! My intention is only to share with others the amazing changes this lifestyle has made to my overall health in hopes of inspiring those who are suffering as well.

Rhinoplasty
8 months 22 days ago

Very nice and helpful article. Thanks for share with us.

wildgrok
wildgrok
8 months 21 days ago

Emil: just checking … would you marry a 64 year old in decent shape 🙂 ?

Congratulations, thanks for posting this jewel post, amazing pic!

Liz
Liz
8 months 20 days ago

Let’s please keep this a place where women can share their experiences without getting hit on (even in jest). I know you meant no harm, and perhaps Emily wasn’t negatively impacted by it, but as a woman, it made me very uncomfortable.

Respect to Emily for her hard work and her openness in sharing it with us.

Emily
Emily
8 months 19 days ago

Thanks Liz!

wildgrok
wildgrok
8 months 21 days ago

Typo: Emily

sonrie
8 months 21 days ago

Thanks for sharing your story! I have endo too and in the last year I also have made huge changes to my physical health. I notice what I eat makes a big difference in how I feel. I hope you will not have any more surgeries or discomfort.

Emily
Emily
8 months 19 days ago

Thank you! I hope you continue down this path as well and stay pain and surgery-free too!

wildgrok
wildgrok
8 months 20 days ago
Very good read about work And this is a good argument about it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJprEyXMrIk You get up every morning From your alarm clock’s warning Take the 8:15 into the city There’s a whistle up above And people pushin’, people shovin’ And the girls who try to look pretty And if your train’s on time You can get to work by nine And start your slaving job to get your pay If you ever get annoyed Look at me I’m self-employed I love to work at nothing all day And I’ll be… Taking care of business every day Taking care of… Read more »
wildgrok
wildgrok
8 months 20 days ago

oooops wrong reply, re-posting in todays

Paleo4life
Paleo4life
8 months 19 days ago

Congratulations on a job well done and kudos to the MDA team for making this information available. I got the same diagnosis 30+ years ago, went through conventional treatment, and thanks to MDA have successfully dealt with the aftermath. Thank you for sharing your story and proving that there is a better way!

Emily
Emily
8 months 19 days ago

Thank you! I definitely do have conventional medicine to thanks for some relief in regards to pain..don’t get me wrong. But yes, the day-to-day management is a million times more easy and painless simply because of primal living. I hope your symptoms are much more manageable as well these days! XO

Ashley
Ashley
8 months 14 days ago

Looking great! I have PCOS. What “primal” do you follow because I know there’s a lot of room for varying carbs and carb counts? Do you eat starches? Etc.? Thanks for more info.

Emily
Emily
8 months 13 hours ago

Hi Ashley,

To be honest, after the initial 3 months I started to re-introduce some foods back into my diet and now follow the 80/20 rule. I don’t count any macros. I do eat starches..i LOVE sweet potatoes and winter squashes. I simply hold myself to a whole-food diet and avoid anything processed, and of course none of the other no no’s like legumes and soy etc.

Jenny
Jenny
8 months 13 days ago

Good for you Emily! Your hard work is paying off! You have learned at an early age to give your body the fuel that it needs to thrive.

Emily
Emily
8 months 13 hours ago

Thanks Jenny! I’m definitely very thankful, even for my difficulties..because YES it has taught me to fuel my body for the rest of my life!

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