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January 18, 2013

I Just Had to Find the Right Path

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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!

Dear Mark,

My story is not one of significant weight loss or dramatic health changes, but one of mental freedom and peace that I have not felt in over 20 years. You have changed my life and I am enormously grateful to you. I have been struggling with my weight and my mental status surrounding my weight for 20 years. I am 5 feet 6 inches and during college I weighed as much as 145 lbs. But for most of the past 20 years I have weighed around 128 lbs. I fully recognize that this was not overweight and is quite healthy, but I also knew that I was religious about what I ate and exercised a ton. My body did not reflect my hard work.

Based on what conventional wisdom was telling me, I should have been quite content with the number of calories I was consuming. In actuality, I was STARVING all the time and was white knuckling my 128 pounds for years. I wanted to be the best I could be and I knew from the bottom of my heart things weren’t right. I wasn’t setting an unrealistic goal for myself, I just knew things weren’t supposed to be so hard. I just had to find the right path. My family thought I was crazy, but I was relentless and kept trying to find the answers I knew I wasn’t getting. And so my journey began…

About 10 years ago, I did the Atkins diet and successfully got down to 123 lbs. I stayed there for a good 5-6 years. During that time, I had a baby and lost the weight fairly easily. Unfortunately, while I was on the Atkins diet, my focus was on low carb, not necessarily healthy whole food. Goodness knows what kind of chemicals I had been putting into my body.

I also started running about the same time I tried Atkins. I had always been very active, but not a very good runner. I wanted to be a runner. I ran a 10k, then a half marathon and then a marathon. I was finally a runner. I started running as a means to burn calories, but thankfully, I also found that I truly enjoyed that time to myself and the feeling it gave me. It was the only time I appreciated my body. I qualified for Boston, ran Boston, had another son and kept on running.

I had a really hard time losing the weight after I had my second son. I was stuck at 128 lbs, not a big deal, but also not where I knew I could go. I had gotten away from the strict Atkins diet because I had a family to think about. My focus had shifted from wanting to look good on the outside to wanting to do the right thing on the inside. I thought this meant whole grains, low fat and very little meat. I was still STARVING all the time.

After the birth of my second son, I immediately started training for my 6th marathon. I was running 60 miles a week just a few short months after he was born. Not surprisingly, I ran a horrible marathon and I still couldn’t lose those last 5 lbs. I needed a break from running, so two years ago I decided to do a Half Ironman. If I just burn more calories, I will lose the weight, right? During my HIM training, I participated in an online training group and met a lot of great women through that venue. I couldn’t believe how many women said they gained weight while training. How could this be? Few people are as fastidious about what they eat and their training as these triathletes. I began to think what if everything we have been reading/being told isn’t right. What if all these carbs (read processed food) aren’t the answer?

I loved the HIM experience and am glad this journey has taken me down these athletic paths, but I was mentally unsettled. I was always anxious about my weight and hungry all the time. I knew the more I exercised, the hungrier I got, but I couldn’t stop for fear of gaining weight. Plus, I found myself in a unique situation in which I genuinely liked the exercise and didn’t want to stop. I would spend all day trying to fight the hunger and was miserable. I kept reading articles that told me to continue down this path, but this time just work a little harder and so I did, only to end up in the same place once again.

Keri

About 8 months ago, I stumbled upon Mark’s Daily Apple and it has totally changed my life. I have increased my fat and protein and dramatically reduced my carb intake. Although this is similar to the Atkins diet, this time, I am eating all organic, grass fed, REAL FOOD and I feel amazing. No processed food and very little sugar. I feel good about feeding this to my family and raising my kids with this lifestyle in mind.

I just ran the Chicago Marathon and I can’t believe how great I felt during my training runs with so few carbs. Much to my surprise, I didn’t have to eat anything on my runs. During previous training, I would eat a bagel with honey before my run and at least 1 or 2 gels during my run plus Gatorade. I still can’t believe how I have been able to convert my body from burning sugar to fat. On race morning, I ate a very light breakfast and only drank water during the race. I never bonked and even managed negative splits.

I ran my third fastest time, but trained less than I ever had before. I am trying to incorporate the exercise principals into my life as well as the eating. I do feel blessed for all that running has given me but now I feel a sense of freedom about the need to run high mileage. I have found the answer to controlling my weight and more importantly my hunger. Thankfully it does not involve running 60 miles a week or restricting myself. I am not sure where my running will take me in the future but I know that the motivation will be from the pure enjoyment of getting outside every morning (even in January in WI) not the calories burned.

I am back down to 121 lbs, but the best part of eating this way is the mental freedom and the sense of calm it has given me. I am no longer obsessively thinking about food during all my waking hours. I used to make it until 4:00 in the afternoon and then I could barely stand it anymore because I was so hungry. This would inevitably make me feel badly about myself because I couldn’t keep my hunger at bay. Going through life hungry and feeling badly about oneself is no way to live.

I knew that conventional wisdom wasn’t working for me. I spent 20 years beating my head against the wall and then finally stumbled upon a few amazing web sites and my life has changed forever. It is crazy to think that I spent all those years stressing over food and couldn’t lose any weight. Now I don’t think about it much at all and I weigh less than I have since high school.

Admittedly my before and after pictures won’t impress anyone, so I didn’t include any before pictures. I wasn’t really overweight before, but that wasn’t the point of my journey. I don’t look much different on the outside, but if you could see a picture of the before and after on the inside, it would be dramatic.

Keri

Thank you Mark!

Keri

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Nocona
Nocona
3 years 10 months ago

Great job Keri! The mental freedom is the best part.

Toby Edge
3 years 10 months ago

Great story Keri!

Just goes to show that there’s much to the paleo lifestyle than just losing weight!

Chris
Chris
3 years 10 months ago

Inspiring 🙂 I was in a similar boat, it wasn’t for weight loss, necessarily, but I couldn’t get good piece of mind from how I was eating and exercising. I think the most important thing the PB has taught me is taking a more holistic approach towards eating/exercising/life. Being more observant in general has so many benefits.

John
John
3 years 10 months ago

Awesome Keri! All that REALLY matters is the inside. I’m glad you finally found the answers you wee looking for.

Decaf Debi
Decaf Debi
3 years 10 months ago
I think so many of us get caught up in the changes that we see today (or don’t really see in your case) and forget about what continuing our former lifestyles would have done to our futures. Just because there wasn’t a dramatic before/after picture, it doesn’t mean there might not have been one down the road. I was a lot like you and was marveled at the changes I had when running, half marathons with no crash and no need for gels/Gatorade, but didn’t look different on the outside. But I know that in 10, 20 or 40 more… Read more »
Deanna
Deanna
3 years 10 months ago

Me too. I don’t really look any different on the outside, but I ran a half-marathon recently in a fasted state. I ate a bunch the night before, butt then stopped eating 12 hours before the event, ran the event, and then went out for breakfast. And I felt amazing the whole time!

Alexander
3 years 10 months ago

Good point Decaf Debi (Nice name btw, lol). For me a lot of it is about sleep and chronic digestive problems I started having a few years ago, but hey, the fun part is we all end up coming back to the same place to fix it.

And sometimes , unfortunately, people look good on the outside but the bloodwork shows that their inside is not looking so hot… It can be a rude awakening for people in their 50’s who outwardly look like they have a good BMI but have a host of issues.

gibson
gibson
3 years 10 months ago

Relaxed and happy is how that last photo comes across to me, Keri. That’s the way to live. Great story. Thanks!

Carol B
Carol B
3 years 10 months ago
“Going through life hungry and feeling badly about oneself is no way to live”..truer words were never spoke! It is just criminal that we have been told for years by various organizations to eat high-carb, low-fat foods that leave us constantly hungry, and then we are made to feel we are weak gluttons with no willpower because we are so hungry all the time. Thank you to Mark and the whole paleo community for getting the message out there that it’s what we eat that makes all the difference. I love Fridays, it’s always the big smiles and the happy,… Read more »
Danny
Danny
3 years 10 months ago

Couldn’t agree more…the peace of mind is priceless.

Between Mark’s Daily Apple and taking a leangains approach to IF and lifting…it is such freedom from the old mindset of 6 meals a day.

Congrats on finding your path!

Luke DePron
Luke DePron
3 years 10 months ago

Fantastic! Always enjoy reading about the mental clarity people find when eating real food. This is a great example of more exercise isn’t always the answer. I will be sharing this story with a few clients who struggle to understand that. Congrats on feeling good!

Amanda
Amanda
3 years 10 months ago
Keri~ Thanks so much for sharing your story! It is amazing… Coming from the other side of the world (morbid obesity) I can totally relate. I wish I had your determination to “resist” the urge to eat, but I did not, hence the morbid obesity!!! However, I really believe that can change with this way of eating ~ just as it did for you. I can totally relate to just how amazing it must feel to be “FREE” of food and the mental toll it takes on our self worth! Wishing you many more years of this great way of… Read more »
Linda
Linda
3 years 10 months ago

I think resisting the urge to eat has far more to do with the makeup of your diet (too much bad carbs, inadequate good fat & protein) than anything at all to do with your mental discipline. Once you find the right diet, you no longer have to battle the carb cravings and constant hunger.

Shary
Shary
3 years 10 months ago
Eliminating sweets and grain products, including whole grains, is a huge step toward eliminating cravings and the desire to snack and/or overeat. I never really got to the point of being overweight by more than a few pounds, but it was creeping upward. It got to where the craving for sweets was controlling my life. For me, simply eliminating sugar didn’t quite do it. I went a step further and got rid of ALL sweets, including sugar substitutes like stevia. Yeah, it was kind of hard at first, but only for about a week. After switching to paleo, the extra… Read more »
Heather
Heather
3 years 10 months ago

Great story Keri, thanks for sharing.
I have lost weight, not a whole lot, and after 2 years, I am still noticing subtle changes, to skin, eyes, health, energy etc. What I found right from the outset was a disconnect with food. Suddenly my day didn’t revolve around food and finding the next “fix”. No sugar lows, and the only time I feel the need to snack is when I am a bit hormonal. Stay away from all sugar substitutes, folks, the evidence is mounting against them, and it’s chilling.
Cheers

Linda
Linda
3 years 10 months ago

I can so relate to this – same height and about the same weight. After giving up grains and eating more fat and protein, it’s now no struggle at all to maintain my weight (lower than ever) and I don’t crave carbs or get hungry. I wish I could have found this lifestyle 30 years ago!

Primal V
Primal V
3 years 10 months ago

Well done Keri, you look so healthy and happy now!

Your story me smile for more than one reason; ‘bonking’ in England is not something we do in public (well except for a few people with ‘special interests’ or with nowhere else to go) and with ‘negative splits’ thrown in – the mind boggles 🙂

Seriously though, congratulations on your road to good health and peace of mind!

Alison Golden
3 years 10 months ago

LOL! +1 🙂

Grokesque
Grokesque
3 years 10 months ago

He he! But at least it burns a few calories!!

Jane
Jane
3 years 10 months ago

Bonking in Oz has same meaning and it made me grin too. Tee hee.

Kathleen
Kathleen
3 years 10 months ago

Congratulations Keri, you look so healthy and vibrant! Thanks for sharing your story..I can totally relate, having the freedom to not over-think what you eat is a great feeling!

Alison Golden
3 years 10 months ago

Great job, Keri. The freedom from thinking about food to focus on other things that really matter is what it’s all about, really. 🙂

Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago

So true! I think this journey has made me a better Mom. I feel like I am more present for my kids, especially in the late afternoon when I was hungry and tired.

Amber
3 years 10 months ago

So glad you found peace! And look at those abs 🙂

melissa
3 years 10 months ago

great story! I am happy to see a runner success story!

Anne
3 years 10 months ago

Keri, I love this. The gorgeous smile on your face in that last picture says it all 🙂

Tom B-D
Tom B-D
3 years 10 months ago

+1–PEACE!

Jessica
Jessica
3 years 10 months ago

Amazing story Keri! You look so healthy and so happy beyond the usual focus of weight loss. Your story was very moving

Diane
Diane
3 years 10 months ago

Yours is a great story. I totally relate to the idea of needing to exercise so much to keep the weight off while simultaneously truly enjoying that much exercise.

I wish I could have your success. But I find that I have to starve myself even on primal foods. About the only good thing is that I don’t have to exercise as much, but I cannot achieve a slender body, nor can I keep what slimness I have achieved, without a lot of whiteknuckle starving.

Mary
Mary
3 years 10 months ago

Diane,
I too wish I could have her success. I have been eating “well” for over a year, and still have to starve to lose weight. I run run run, lift and even have added in bodyrock, but am still very disappointed with not losing the weight.
I am eating kale chips as I write this… and it seems that yes, you can over eat primal foods too.
I am still starving on the primal diet, oh and still too fat.

Binh
Binh
3 years 10 months ago
Have the two of you gone on the forums to ask for help? There are lots of other things that may be stopping you from achieving your goals. Are you overtraining? Are you getting enough sleep? Did you know that sleep debt accumulates whenever you lose sleep and can only be relieved with extra sleep (i.e. it doesn’t just go away over time)? Are you avoiding stress as much as possible? Are you eating enough satiating foods (proteins, fats)? It’s funny because sometimes when we try too hard, we actually end up hurting our own progress. If those questions I… Read more »
Diane
Diane
3 years 10 months ago
I sleep 9 – 12 hours a night. I have been Primal for over a year. I lost 25lbs but I don’t look ANYTHING like today’s success story. I am 5’3″ and 135lbs (possibly more). I lift heavy (I can deadlift more than my body weight), I sprint once a week, I hike with elevation gain on weekends, take walks and get plenty of sunshine on other days. I can IF on a 16/8 schedule just fine. I can go long periods of time eating very small amounts yet I am always 135lbs no matter what I do. Well, I… Read more »
Susan
Susan
3 years 10 months ago

I agree with both of you. I have been primal for 8 months and under 50gms carbs a day for a couple of months and the last 10lbs hasn’t “melted” away as others say. I was also told about stress and sleep being a factor so do everything to avoid that also. What else is there to do?? SOO frustrating!

Carol B
Carol B
3 years 9 months ago
Ladies who are paleo-plateauing: please check out “carb backloading”. John Keifer is a physicist and bodybuilder who trains figure models and bodybuilders, and he and a few other trainers have found that it is when you eat carbohydrates that can make a difference to changing body composition. His athletes eat lower carb throughout the day, and then eat their carbs in their last meal. He says this is particularly effective if you work out in the evening and eat afterward. The program I am on to destroy fat is outlined in the Carb Night Solution by Keifer: it’s a short… Read more »
Carol B
Carol B
3 years 9 months ago

oh, and I do it primally! Thank god for My Fitness Pal to track my carbs. I love eating whole foods, all I have done is added fish oil, iron + B daily, complex and whey protein isolate after my ‘big train’ on Sundays.

karen
karen
3 years 10 months ago

Your mileage my vary, of course. You may want to consider adding more butter and pastured/grassfed fat and limit starches to only after working out — or not at all. It sounds like your body isn’t yet fully fat burning. Also I find it helps to have a very substantial first meal — I get about half my calories and zero starch or sugar at breakfast.

momupthecreek
momupthecreek
3 years 10 months ago

Genetically we all have different builds. Compare a racehorse & a clydsdale. Both are very strong, but if they tried to be like the other they would lose what makes them uniquely strong. Perhaps you are where you should be with weight. If you’re able to perform & feel good, enjoy your health! In my opinion healthy at any size is beautiful.

Charity
Charity
3 years 10 months ago

Amazing, inspiring story Keri! Life sure is that much more enjoyable when you feel good on the inside. Thanks for sharing!

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 10 months ago

Very well done Keri, I am happy for you and jealous (of your abs) at the same time.

bjjcaveman
3 years 10 months ago

Excellent story… I’m sort of in the middle of a similar journey, and I hope my end results are as good as yours!

karen
karen
3 years 10 months ago
I can totally relate to the HUNGER. At 45, I have maintained my weight between 115-132 all my adult life, so I was always a healthy weight for a petite woman. I chose my food carefully and exercised moderately without fail. I spent 10 years as a low-fat vegetarian, and then added meat to our meals because my husband’s weight was going up and up and up. Tried Zone but didn’t like the regimen. Did Atkins and lost 10 lbs, but after 6 months couldn’t stand eating that way any more. Ate low-fat with whole grains, fruits and veggies, and… Read more »
Peggy
Peggy
3 years 10 months ago

Plus One!!!!!!!!!

Karen P.
3 years 10 months ago

+ 1!

James
James
3 years 10 months ago

As a former runner, I totally relate to your story. You look so much healthier in your “after” picture. Grok On!

Rachael
3 years 10 months ago

Your story is so relatable! As a female collegiate distance runner I can agree with a lot of what was said here. Much of what I went through is documented in my blog. After trying raw food, raw vegan, low-fat Mcdougall, etc I have understood that “uncontrollable hunger.” I am so glad you have found healthy, happy place in your life and hope that I will be able to come to that sort of spot someday soon! 🙂

Carrie
Carrie
3 years 10 months ago

Keri,

Congrats on your new diet happiness! I struggle to eat primally and to maintain a training schedule for half marathons and sprint triathlons. I exercise twice a day almost daily. I throw in weight lifting and yoga, too. I am almost exactly your starting weight and 5’5″. Can you give us an idea of what you eat now?
Thanks!

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
3 years 10 months ago

Your story is perfect to share with a marathoning friend of mine! A great new perspective on MDA for the appropriateness of this lifestyle. Huzzah, Keri!

Meg
Meg
3 years 10 months ago

Hi Keri, great story! I was wondering if you could share what a sample day looks like (eating wise). Just curious how you fuel for running. Thanks!

Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago
I am not training for anything right now, so my running is significantly less. The furthest I have run since Chicago is 5 miles and normally I only run 3-4 a few times a week and sprints one day a week. I work out with a trainer 2x a week and it is as close to Crossfit as we have around here. I am also doing Yoga a few times a week. I am new to Yoga and am not sure I am totally on board with it, but I like the idea of quieting my mind and being a… Read more »
DarcieG
DarcieG
3 years 10 months ago

Mind posting the recipe for beefy mexi cauli rice? 🙂

Kathy S.
3 years 10 months ago

Awesome! You can tell by your photos that you’re so happy now, and I can totally relate because happiness/contentment has been on of the unexpected side effects of this lifestyle for me. It wasn’t about the weight for me, either, it was about what was going on in my head. (Although I am MUCH happier with my body now than I was before, too!) Congratulations and much continued success and happiness to you!

Tribal Rob
Tribal Rob
3 years 10 months ago

Stories like yours should be forced read over and over again to anyone who says ‘eat a little less, move a little more’ 😀

Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago

I agree! Think of all the mental turmoil it would save.

Dutch
Dutch
3 years 10 months ago

Beautiful, inside and out.

Inspiring.

Rhonda the Red
Rhonda the Red
3 years 10 months ago

I love your story and love your comments! I too am trying to stay off the crazy train. For me I am still like others who have posted who are trying to flip that OFF switch. It flipped once before several years ago and I effortlessly lost weight. Then it flipped back on (thank you stress-induced carbohydrate feeding frenzy)and I haven’t been able to kill it yet. I am going to bite the bullet and go the zero sugar/zero sugar substitute –byebye stevia 🙁 — route suggested by another commenter. I feel like a sugar junkie.

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 10 months ago

Freedom from hunger and calorie counting is definitely my favorite thing about primal, and I do have before and after pics, but it’s still the best part.

Sherry
Sherry
3 years 10 months ago

While I will applaud success, obsessing over body weight seems mighty unhealthy.

Txomin
Txomin
3 years 10 months ago

Good for you, my friend.

Krispy
Krispy
3 years 10 months ago
Keri, Congratulations on your success story and thanks for submitting it to inspire all of us. And it must feel great knowing that you’ve got your family on the right path as well. Let me echo what poster Sherry said, above–obsessing about body weight is unhealthy. Since you’ve already liberated yourself from hunger and won’t go down the road of counting calories, take the next step and ditch your scale. Whether you weigh 121 or 126 just doesn’t matter. Use how you feel, how your clothes fit and how you look in the mirror as your scales. I’m very fond… Read more »
Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago
Meagan
3 years 10 months ago

I love your last sentence!!

iluvoptics
iluvoptics
3 years 10 months ago

Awesome to see another Wisconsinite living this lifestyle! I know there are more of us out there somewhere in this state, but we seem hard to come by! (Milwaukee here.) your last picture was so beautiful, hiking is one of my favorite things. One of the things I love about this lifestyle is that I can finally ditch the ‘low-fat’ stuff and enjoy our high fat dairy that we have in abundance here.

Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah for Wisconsin and their farmers. I love that my kids go to the farms around here and see where the food comes from. There are so many wonderful farms around here that are committed to grass fed meat. That alone has been a fantastic side effect of this lifestyle.

Juli
Juli
3 years 10 months ago

Totally. Madison here. Had the best steak of my life last night: Local, grass fed. I totally agree with your comment! And Keri, awesome job and great insights!

Ara
Ara
3 years 10 months ago

Nice legs!

Heather Longoria
Heather Longoria
3 years 10 months ago

Great experience! Thank you for sharing your story! I’ve been primal/paleo for about a year now, and I’m starting to train for a sprint triathlon in June. I was worried about stressing out my body by training too much (too much “chronic cardio”), but it looks as if it’s doable, from your story. Thanks for sharing!

Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago
Thanks to everyone who read my story and the encouraging words. I was a little apprehensive to put it out there, but I am glad I did. It seems that there are others with my similar struggle and I hope that everyone finds the freedom from food that I have found. It isn’t always easy and it isn’t always perfect (I definitely need to work on the body image thing), but alas Rome was not built in a day. I now have the tools to continue on this fantastic journey and only better things are to come. Grok on!
Julia
3 years 10 months ago

Hi Keri,
Have you done an HIM on the Paleo plan? What do you eat before the start and on the bike?

You look beautiful.

Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago
I had not found Paleo before I did the HIM but I know there are people out there that have. I had a great HIM experience in terms of my physical performance but mentally it was a really hard time for me. I gained a few pounds and fought the hunger because I was gaining weight. I ate lots and lots of whole grains. My breakfast was quinoa pancakes that my GI system handled quite well. I did not consume food on the bike, just liquid. My body couldn’t handle food. I drank Infinit Nutrition and it worked really well… Read more »
Jill
Jill
3 years 10 months ago

WOW…this post is just WOW> I’d love love to talk with you…if Mark can pass you along my email ??? I’d really love to email chat. You r so inspiring!

Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago

That is fine with me, but I am not sure how that works. I could talk for hours about this!

Meat_and_Meditation
Meat_and_Meditation
3 years 10 months ago
I am a 25 year old girl and I can so relate to your story, you already had me on the title! I loved loved loved to read it. Thank you so much for sharing – and congrats on the peace of mind. It surely is priceless. I am sure that many ‘eating disordered’ people could benefit from understanding the principles of primal living in order to recover and move on. To be free! It is understandable that people get a unhealthy relationship with food when it does what it does to our bodies, and we at the same time… Read more »
Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago
I don’t know if you can tell, but I am reaching through the computer and giving you a hug. You articulated my experience so well and obviously many others. My family thought I had an eating disorder and while I admit I was walking a fine line, I do not believe I crossed the line. At least not in the way that they thought I did. As I mentioned, I have a tendency to lean in that direction, but I think I have always kept it in check. I know that obsessing over weight and body image is not healthy,… Read more »
Linda A. Lavid
3 years 10 months ago

Great story and comments. It’s not just about losing weight. It’s about getting rid of that awful interior negative chatter. Flight and freedom!

Sharon Butler
Sharon Butler
3 years 10 months ago
Hi Keri – OMG! WOW! Thank you! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for letting us into your life and for giving us the inspiration to carry on. I am very new to this and haven’t yet managed to commit 100% as I have a husband and three children and I don’t know where to really begin. I am the same height and I wish I were the same weight as you but I know we are all different and that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach but you (and everyone else on here) make this real and… Read more »
Karen
Karen
3 years 10 months ago
Sharon, I have two kids (young teen and older teen) that I have taken though “healthy” eating of one sort or another all their lives. I think it helps to do it slowly. Step 1: no junk. There are foods that everyone (even SAD) can agree are junk. Don’t dramatically clean out the pantry, just stop buying the junk. (“I love you too much to buy that stuff.”) Meanwhile, you eat primally; they eat “no junk” (once the junk is gone). Then if you find primal works for you, slowly switch out the non-primal foods from their diets. For example,… Read more »
Keri
Keri
3 years 10 months ago
I am so excited for your journey! My kids are younger (3 and 7), so for the most part, I am “da management”. What I eat, they eat and that is that. My husband is also very supportive. He is very slim and is all about being healthy. He also appreciates the non crazy wife that I am growing into. However, having said that, they are not 100% primal. They still eat a sandwich for lunch and they sometimes have oatmeal for breakfast. Even before this journey began we didn’t have much in the way of “junk” food and very… Read more »
Steph
Steph
3 years 10 months ago

I’m with Sherry and Krispy – it’s so great that you have found this dietary path that works for you and is all about the quality of food and how you feel/perform. But obsessing over literally a couple pounds — still — (and remember, muscle weighs more than fat!!) doesn’t seem mentally healthy. I hope you can take the next step to ditch the scale completely!

Erin
Erin
3 years 10 months ago

My story is similar. Mark is a legend

Bev
Bev
3 years 10 months ago

Wonderful story, thank you. LOVE the abs!

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