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6 Apr

I Wish I Could Shout It from the Rooftops!

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!

real life stories stories 1 2Dear Mark,

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

I seriously cannot thank you enough for putting the information about the Primal Blueprint on your website, Mark’s Daily Apple. You have changed my life! I am a different person than I was months ago.

My story started shortly after my sixth week post-partum appointment after the birth of my daughter in June 2011. I weighed 165 lbs. My doctor was pleased to see that I lost about 20 lbs of my pregnancy weight. I, on the other hand, was in shock. Now, this was my second baby in the past two years but I had never weighed that much when not pregnant. I discussed it with my husband and he thought that it was a good time for himself to lose some weight as well. However, since I was breastfeeding, I was terrified to start any kind of diet.

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In July 2011, my husband started telling me about this “Primal Blueprint Diet.” I really wasn’t that interested and all I could think was “What, No Pasta?! I can’t do that!” Slowly, he worked me down and I decided that I could try anything for 3 weeks. Of course, I would monitor my daughter’s growth progress to ensure that she was getting enough milk. Shortly after deciding that we give it a try, hurricane Irene blew through (early August 2011) and we lost power for several days. We ended up eating everything that we had in the house. It was then that we decided that we would not replace what was not on the diet. We were going to give this a shot.

Now, originally, I was doing this to support my husband, I really didn’t expect that it would change me. Oh, was I wrong! You convinced one of the biggest critics on low carb diets, an Italian who loves her pasta. About a week into the diet, after the low carb flu had passed, I felt absolutely amazing. I had more energy, my thoughts were clear, my emotions were stable, and I was happy. I was even sleeping better! My milk supply never dwindled because of the diet. My digestion was simple, no heartburn, no stomach aches, no indigestion, everything was running like clockwork. I wasn’t craving sweets, fast food, junk food, and even pasta. I didn’t want pasta!

As for some background, as a child, I was diagnosed with Reactive Hypoglycemia. I was told that I had to eat every 2 hrs to maintain blood sugar levels. I would force myself to eat when not hungry (often packaged foods) and wake up sick, so sick, every morning. I would be incredibly nauseated and have severe cramps in my legs; every morning was a battle. Then, when my blood sugar would drop because I did not eat, I would get very sick with cold sweats, nausea,  confused thoughts, sharp temper, etc. This problem… is now gone. I haven’t had a single incident while on the diet. My life is completely different.

I think this is what surprised me the most; that it not only had a physical effect on me but also an emotional and cognitive one. When I started noticing these changes, I knew that this was the right lifestyle for me and it became a journey. I will never go back to the way I ate in the “old days.”

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For those who need to see the numbers, I am 5’ 4” and in early August 2011 I was approximately 165 lbs and wearing a pant size 12. Today, I weighed myself for the first time in 30 days, I weighed 118 lbs and now wear a size 4. My weight leveled out about 2 months ago. I have been working on maintaining a healthy weight and eating fresh organic food. I cook every meal at home and on the few occasions when my husband and I do go out to eat, we are the biggest food critics! We can now tell when something has been pre-packaged or covered in salt! This year, I have a huge vegetable garden and I look forward to working it daily and eating the food that I grow; nothing more fresh. Chickens may be next on my list!

When I bump into people who I haven’t seen in awhile, they are shocked at the difference. They ask me what I am doing and I direct them to your website. I have convinced several people to try it and when they find out that they love it, they share the word; so it’s spreading.

Thank you for changing my life and changing the life of my husband, my children, my best friend, and other family members, friends… and everyone who they touch. It’s spreading because it works and it’s fabulous! I wish I could shout it from the rooftops!

You want comments? We got comments:

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.

  1. wow!! I am so happy to come across a breastfeeding mom success story! so inspired

    Nat wrote on September 16th, 2013
  2. Jeremy,

    Can you provide a link that can back-up your claim?

    What exactly is “time consuming” about preparing foods with no cereals?

    Old Mexican wrote on April 9th, 2012
  3. Re: Jeremy,
    “[...] or this ungodly diet could be a placebo.”

    This tells me you do not understand the meaning of the term “placebo.”

    Old Mexican wrote on April 9th, 2012
  4. Re: Jeremy,
    Any flesh to “squeeze”? Yeah, keep it classy, J.

    Old Mexican wrote on April 9th, 2012
  5. Re: Jeremy,
    “Chris, manure is unsanitary[...]”

    Chicken poop is NOT manure, J. The correct term is guano.

    Where does the “quackery” reside in growing your own food, J? People have been doing this for thousands of years, so I don’t understand your beef. We’re talking about FOOD, not crystals or pyramids.

    Old Mexican wrote on April 9th, 2012
  6. @Old Mexican- don’t feed the trolls :-) I was tempted as well, but he is just baiting us. not that Mark discourages healthy debate, but none of this guy’s insults contain even a pretense of substantiation, and I’m sure Mark would be justified in banning him and deleting all his comments.

    Also, he keeps misusing the word “Luddite,” which is obnoxious.

    artemiscuous wrote on April 10th, 2012
  7. @Old Mexican- don’t feed the trolls :-) I was tempted as well, but he is just baiting us. not that Mark discourages healthy debate, but none of this guy’s insults contain even a pretense of substantiation, and I’m sure Mark would be justified in banning him and deleting all his comments.

    artemiscuous wrote on April 10th, 2012
  8. Ah double post, sorry.

    artemiscuous wrote on April 10th, 2012
  9. You must be the king of free time to continually post on a website whose content you utterly disagree with.

    Get a life, friend.

    Jeff D wrote on April 14th, 2012
  10. They sure are deprived Jeremy, because if you didn’t know we don’t’ let our kids out of the house. No sunshine, no vitamin D. It’s awesome. Oh and please preach it, because milk is the only source of calcium. Yep…

    Chuck wrote on April 17th, 2012
  11. Jeremy, she has her own garden. She is already saving money on produce. I gotta say, your comments have been most entertaining!

    Cristy wrote on May 2nd, 2012
  12. Jeremy,
    What is wrong with you? Have you been eating a lot of sugar lately?
    Just wondering, because when I binge on sugar and grains, I get all foggy-minded, hyper-emotional, and say things I wouldn’t normally say. And I’m pretty mean, too.
    Seems like that might be what’s going on with you. Try some high quality protein and vitamin-rich veggies. That’ll help.
    Erin

    Erin wrote on May 3rd, 2012
  13. You’re a big bully. Go away. Pick on someone your own size.

    Elizabeth wrote on May 14th, 2012
  14. Jeremy I want to see what you look like. Show us a picture.

    Elizabeth wrote on May 14th, 2012

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