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March 17, 2017

I Look Forward to Many More Years of Health and Happiness!

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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.

realifestories in lineDownsized at 50 from my job as a government social worker! My body and mind were a mess….from too much stress, too much sugar (the office culture was big on sweet treats in the coffee room!), too much sitting in front of a computer!

Migraine headaches, back and hip problems (often the only thing keeping me going were my monthly massages and physical therapy sessions), menopausal issues, my weight creeping up in spite of my exercise regime…weekly aerobics classes, swimming laps, cycling.

Now was the perfect time to take control of my health! I signed up for a course to become a fitness instructor….and discovered I was performing some exercises incorrectly! Disappointed in the ‘Nutrition’ information module…not enough and very sketchy, but enough to get me started on my new passion…research into alternative healthy nutrition and active lifestyles.

That was more than a decade ago and, wow, have things changed since then….

The first thing to go from my life was SUGAR, although I still used honey occasionally and ate fruit, drank some fruit juice. Then, I eliminated wheat, but still ate a lot of grains…rye, oats, rice. Although my husband and I started to feel way less bloated and stopped gaining weight, I still had physical issues with my pelvis/hips/back. We led a very active lifestyle…cross country and downhill skiing daily for 4 months every winter….cycling, hiking, gardening, swimming all summer and fall, including a daily stretching regimen.

I was in my doctor’s office for an appointment to deal with a serious neck problem that had been plaguing me throughout a 2 month holiday in Mexico, when I discovered Dr. Perlmutter’s Grain Brain…I quit all grains immediately after reading this enlightening book! Then it was a visit to my massage therapist who turned me onto Mark’s Daily Apple…that was 3 years ago, and I haven’t looked back since!

I should also mention that throughout this ‘journey’, we lost my husband’s father to a very long slow decline…bedridden for 5 years… complications from diabetes. I believe that watching him (and others, e.g. friends who have died from cancer) die a slow lingering death has had a very profound effect on me. My mother passed away also from complications of heart disease and diabetes. (My father died 20 years ago at age 62 from pancreatic cancer.) So my husband and I were both concerned we were at risk for diabetes, heart disease and a host of other diseases!

I continued reading and researching and everything kept leading me to the Paleo/ Low Carb-High Fat/Ketogenic diet and lifestyle. I even took an online course offered by EdX Harvard, which helped me to understand the function and importance of our mitochondria and helped hugely in my understanding of how we burn fat more efficiently than glucose!

It has been 2 years now since we have adopted a Primal Lifestyle (leaning towards Keto and practicing limited intermittent fasting), and both of us feel better than we did in our 40s and 50s. My hip and back problems are under control, especially since I have adopted many of Katy Bowman’s (Nutritious Movement) practices…barefooting or wearing minimal footwear (I love my Vibram Five Fingers!), sitting on the floor, opening my hips, stabilizing my pelvic floor, hanging and generally getting my body into alignment. I have recently added yoga practice to my daily routine. Oh yes, and did I mention that I had suffered for 40 years with eczema? Now GONE! Despite the fact that my physician told me years ago that it would never go away!

My biggest issue now is holding my tongue! The social worker in me wants to help all my friends/family with their numerous health issues. Thanks, Mark, for the article about “leading by example.” I try very hard to not talk about diet/nutrition in social situations…sometimes difficult when people ask pointed questions about why I won’t eat….wheat, sugar, etc.

All of these things have contributed to more enjoyment in our daily lives of all of our outdoor passions…gardening, skiing, cycling, canoeing, tree climbing, hiking and traveling the world. I feel we are very fortunate that we have the means to live this wonderful lifestyle and look forward to many more years of health and happiness AND planning for another bicycle trip from Amsterdam to the south of France! (Whoops, I might sneak in a warm flaky French croissant!)

Gypsyrozbud (aka Rosemary)
www.gypsyrozbudontheroad.wordpress.com

Rosemary

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Betcie
1 month 11 days ago

Thank you! SO inspiring…I too am being ‘re-purposed’ at 52 with job and not sure of what’s next. But I know it will include this newly-discovered (for me!) Primal lifestyle, movement, and nutrition!

Gypsyrozbud
1 month 10 days ago
Here is a “handout” I made up to give to friends who ask about diet…. INFLAMMATORY DISEASES AND KEEP YOUR MITOCHONDRIA HEALTHY In order for your organs to function properly, they require energy, and that energy is produced by the mitochondria. Since mitochondrial function is at the very heart of everything that occurs in your body, optimizing mitochondrial function – and preventing mitochondrial dysfunction by making sure you get all the right nutrients and precursors your mitochondria need – is extremely important for health and disease prevention. 1. Eliminate all sugars(honey, maple syrup, agave, etc.) and processed foods and all… Read more »
Betcie
1 month 8 days ago

Thank you for the handout info! I’m going to find your blog 🙂

Elizabeth Resnick
1 month 11 days ago
This was soooo inspiring, since I can identify with you so well. I’m 50 and while I’ve always been health conscious, I can truly say I feel better than ever now that i am pretty much high fat/low carb. Not fully keto, but listening to my body and giving it what it needs. Yes to sitting on the floor and more functional movement! And yes to leading by example. People will want what you have, and that’s when you share the info. What I liked the most was how you said you have more enjoyment in your daily life. And… Read more »
Gypsyrozbud
1 month 11 days ago

Yes, Elizabeth, life is good! HANG in there! Thanks for your kind words. PS…I forgot to mention my newest passion….Yoga and ‘finding my pelvic floor’!

Noconan
Noconan
1 month 11 days ago

Rosemary, nice story. Thanks for not holding your tongue. Please nag until the cows come home.

Gypsyrozbud
1 month 10 days ago

As Colleen mentions below, and as I have found from experience, younger people seem much more open to trying new things like diet/lifestyle changes. I have a physician friend, who just retired at age 65, diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. She never smoked in her life! I loaned her the book, Tripping over the Truth: the Metabolic Theory of Cancer ( a great read which turned me onto taking the Harvard EdX course on Mitochondria). When she returned the book she said “Interesting, but I am not going to change my diet”!!!!
Yikes!

Will Wilkin
1 month 11 days ago
Thank you Rosemary! With a few different details, you tell my story, though I am not as far along as you. I totally agree that Dr. Perlmutter’s “Grain Brain” is a very important book. I hope it opens the door to further research and explanation of the metabolic and autoimmune mechanisms that make grains so problematic. How am I on the same path you describe? 9 months ago I made a sudden and total commitment to transforming my health and body. I started by eliminating all grains, sugars and processed foods, and unexpectedly lost 35 pounds in 3 months! And… Read more »
wildgrok
wildgrok
1 month 11 days ago

Wow Will
You just typed the next week’s success story!

HealthyHombre
HealthyHombre
1 month 11 days ago

I feel better and pumped up just reading that wonderful story and great advice Gypsyrozbud (aka Rosemary)! You rock, and you gave me some good “food for thought”, going to add some hanging routines back into my workout, it’s been a while (because I forgot, not because of laziness, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).

HealthyHombre (aka George)

Barb
Barb
1 month 11 days ago

LOVE reading about menopausal women and the primal lifestyle! It’s very encouraging to see success! Congratulations.

I am one, too, and borderline pre-diabetic, with a family history of diabetes. The lower carb/keto seems like it might be my pathway to health, too.

Will Wilkin
1 month 11 days ago
Bring this article to your doctor: “Dietary carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management: Critical review and evidence base” http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/pdf Also ch 15 of Volek & Phinney’s book “Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living.” The chapter is called “Treating Type-2 Diabetes as Carbohydrate Intolerance.” Both the book and the article are written for medical professionals, but with enough self-education you will also be able to read them. Finally, check out the Virta clinic for a team of medical experts in reversing diabetes using a very-low-carbohydrate approach, again, with the understanding that diabetes type2 is a manifestation of… Read more »
Gypsyrozbud
1 month 11 days ago

And I am looking forward to reading Katy Bowman’s new book….Dynamic Aging!

Colleen
Colleen
1 month 11 days ago

Barb, also add IF or try other fasting. This quickly changed my BS numbers even though I was low carb, normal weight. I Was only eating a few nuts or olives or dark chocolate many nights but not always. I had prediabetic fasting number and now low 80s.

JuliaB
JuliaB
1 month 11 days ago

Rosemary – Joy just emanates from you in that picture!

Gypsyrozbud
1 month 11 days ago

Speaking of Joy….I didn’t mention how much more joyful and thankful both myself and my husband have become with this lifestyle! Go for it!

wildgrok
wildgrok
1 month 11 days ago

Beautiful Rosemary, very inspiring
The part of seeing your relatives and friends “die a slow lingering death ”
has had a very profound effect on me also … the best thing is to lead by example like you are doing

Colleen Madden
1 month 11 days ago

Great smile! Thanks for the article-what a great example!

Colleen
Colleen
1 month 11 days ago

Great story. However, I figure if someone is asking a pointed question, give them an answer. Maybe a potential convert. I’m Not so good at keeping quiet but have decided to focus on the younger generations, as they are more open minded and less likely to just want s pill.

Gypsyrozbud
1 month 10 days ago

Hi Colleen…see above for my ‘handout’ I give to friends who ask questions…

David
David
1 month 10 days ago

This was a great story. I’m glad you’ve found health and happiness eating a nutritious diet and exercising smartly. The bike trip through France sounds enjoyable. I think I’ll add that to my list of future adventures.

Bee
Bee
1 month 10 days ago

Did a bike trip a few years ago in France with a UK company (no affiliation, just a very satisfied customer!) called Cycling for Softies — they book hotels and dinner reservations for you (that’s the softy part, you don’t have to sleep in a tent) and just give you a bike and a map so you and your friends are on your own during the day (so not tied down to a tour (but no van or anything following or bringing your luggage)). It was one of my all-time favorite vacations!!

Gypsyrozbud
1 month 10 days ago
Cycling in Europe is the best! So much to see, so many towns to stop in along the way and they all have a weekly fresh produce market! The cheeses, olives, nuts, freshest veggies and fruit ever! Our trip in 2015 we organized with the help of many friends…started in Aachen, Germany cycled along the Vennbahn (railway grade…easy!) hopped on the train in hilly Luxembourg (2€ Each with bikes!) to the Sur River, then to the Mosel River and on to the Rhine…all along mostly paved cycle paths! We never camped, just found small pensions and B&B’s along the way!… Read more »
Gypsyrozbud
1 month 10 days ago
For all interested I have come up with a 2page ‘cheat sheet’ which I give my friends who show interest in my diet changes….complete with references… INFLAMMATORY DISEASES AND KEEP YOUR MITOCHONDRIA HEALTHY In order for your organs to function properly, they require energy, and that energy is produced by the mitochondria. Since mitochondrial function is at the very heart of everything that occurs in your body, optimizing mitochondrial function – and preventing mitochondrial dysfunction by making sure you get all the right nutrients and precursors your mitochondria need – is extremely important for health and disease prevention. 1. Eliminate… Read more »
wildgrok
wildgrok
1 month 10 days ago

WOW
THANKS
I AM SAVING THIS
AND EVERNOTING IT

Tee Dee
Tee Dee
1 month 9 days ago
Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational story, Gypsyrozbud! Thanks also for the cheat sheet which is a great reminder of all that we’ve changed in our diet and more.. The only supplement you mentioned that I can’t use is the GABA, unfortunately. I tried it to help me sleep, but it causes restless legs that keep me awake even longer. I use timed-release melatonin and valerian, so it helps a lot; especially when I use all the sleep hacks I’ve read about: no computer or phone screens after sunset; wear blue blocker glasses to watch a little t.v. at… Read more »
Lisa Z
1 month 9 days ago

I love this story! I can relate to it so much. I’m not primal, but have been leaning that way and also following Katy Bowman’s ideas for a couple of years now. And I feel so much better! I love seeing that other women like me are doing this and it inspires me to keep going. I’m in my mid-40s and want to stay active, fit, and feel great for many more years to come too.

Heather
Heather
1 month 9 days ago

Great story! You look happy and healthy!

Sarah
1 month 9 days ago

This was a lovely story to read. I feel really inspired for the week ahead now!

AnnaBecker
1 month 8 days ago

I can really identify with the struggle not to comment on health in social situations. It is just so hard. But I found that people who don’t get it still won’t get it if you preach to them, as I tried it for years. They have to have a desire to change. So I have gotten conditioned to just let it alone unless someone has specific questions and asks for help.

Kathleen
Kathleen
1 month 7 days ago

Very inspiring! What do you think contributed most to getting rid of the eczema?

Gypsyrozbud
1 month 7 days ago
Hi Kathleen Because eczema is an inflammatory condition, I believe it was cutting out sugar and grains (see Grain Brain and other books by Perlmutter) and all ‘industrial’ oils (see Deep Nutrition by Dr. Kate Shanahan) and using coconut oil and eating avocado every day (very satisfying). Sugar (and grains) are quite addictive and very hard for most people to give up. Start slowly and eventually purge your pantry. Stevia is an ok substitute which I use very occasionally to sweeten things. I use a lot of Cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom. Here is a great recipe for a muffin… Read more »
Kathleen
Kathleen
16 days 19 hours ago

Thanks your answer and tour recipe. Made the recipe in 2 ramekins for 45 seconds. Great snack!

Jenny M
Jenny M
1 month 2 days ago

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and all the extra useful info!. Have tried the muffins and they are a hit in my house. Used chopped walnuts in place of the ground flaxseeds because I had trouble finding that in my grocery store.

Gypsyrozbud
27 days 18 hours ago

Glad to hear you liked the muffins! I buy whole flaxseeds and grind them in my coffee grinder. The batter also makes good pancakes but you need to thin it out with either coconut milk or liquid whey.
Enjoy!

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