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21 Oct

My Parents Have Been Right This Whole Time!

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!

Hi Mark,

First of all, thank you for ALL that you do. This lifestyle has truly changed my life – I am forever grateful!

I started Primal/paleo the day after Thanksgiving 2010. I have since lost 45 lbs. and feel better than I’ve ever felt in my life.

I grew up in a home where we ate pretty “healthy”. We didn’t go to fast food restaurants every day, we ate normal portions, and ate our fruits and veggies. When I hit my early teens, my parents started following The Zone diet, which then led to a mostly paleo lifestyle, which they continue to this day.

I went quite a different route.

I started using the money I earned from allowance or a job on food. Fast food, ice cream, candy, cakes – if it was horrible for you, I ate it. I couldn’t get enough! This is how I chose to deal with things emotionally. I continued this way through junior high, high school, when I graduated and got a full time job. I was constantly on the newest diet plan – would lose a little weight, still feel awful, then give up and gain all of the weight back, plus more.

By the time I started working full time, I had developed asthma, food allergies to corn, soy and every outside allergy known to man, AWFUL aches and pains, had symptoms of anxiety and depression, and was sick (or felt sick) almost every single day. I would dread waking up in the morning, because I knew how bad I would feel. I thought to myself, “I’m never going to heal”.

I went to multiple doctors, tried multiple medications to ease my pain – nothing ever worked. It just went downhill from there.

As my parents (pictured right) sat and watched me go through this painful experience, they would tell me over and over – “you need to change the way you eat”. I completely ignored them, of course, arguing that the “medication will eventually work”, or “this diet will eventually work, just wait”. Or I would act completely offended and say, “What?! You think I’m fat?! How could you say that?!”, slam the door and grab a meal with a huge diet coke at my favorite fast food restaurant.

Years pass, all of my symptoms worsening, and still trying to ease my pain with food, diet coke, medication and diets. Around this time last year, I had just started Quick Weight Loss Center, which created a completely new set of weird health problems (heart palpitations, my fingernails and toenails thin as paper and more). A few weeks into the QWL diet, I was up to 170 lbs at 5’2″. When I stepped on the scale and read that number, I burst into tears. This was the heaviest I’d ever been.

I finally decided to do something about it.

I went straight to my parents, asked then how they eat and exercise and where/who they get their information from – I quickly picked up “The New Evolution Diet” by Art De Vany, went to, read every entry, bought one of your cookbooks and the rest is history. (BTW, my parents are both now in their 50’s and look/feel absolutely incredible. They’ve been right this whole time?! Impossible! 😉 )

I can’t believe how amazing I feel 45 lbs lighter (and still going), NO asthma, NO aches and pains, NO medication, NO stomach pains, NO illnesses, barely ANY outside allergies, I actually LIKE exercising – did I mention I can actually wear really cute clothes?! I tell everyone I can about how life-changing this really is. I can finally live! Finally!

Thanks so much for your time – my husband and I are doing the 30 day challenge and are loving it, of course! Again, thank you for all that you do!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Lindsay, you are awesome!
    I have three boys and they constantly gripe that all I feed them is healthy food and why can’t I sent food like all the other kids get (my oldest is 11).

    Both my husband and I have a strong family history of diabetes – it is a horrible disease that really limits your enjoyment of life. I don’t want that for my children.

    Right now, their choices for breakfast are eggs, sausage, bacon or porridge (flax, coconut and dried fruit). I am working really hard to retrain their palates.

    You are amazing coming full circle and you are truly beautiful (before AND after!).

    Kristin Smith wrote on October 21st, 2011
  2. WOW – huge change! Love the after picture. Keep it up!!

    Meagan wrote on October 21st, 2011
  3. Congrats Lindsey,
    it is always nice to hear these stories about people who have been to the DARK side of eating and been back… I guess you now count among the most determined people on this website!

    Nossar wrote on October 22nd, 2011
  4. Good to hear Lindsey, that parents are occasionally right.

    I know what you mean about knowing better when you are younger – we all do it, but then there finally comes a time when that little light bulb in our head goes off and we realise that they were right all along!

    Congrats on the weight loss and keep it up!

    jason walker wrote on October 22nd, 2011
  5. Daddy knew best (in this case) :-)

    WildGrok wrote on October 22nd, 2011
  6. Lindsey, this story will give hope to parents who have teens. (Hire a teenager while they still know everything)

    As noted in previous comments, many of us parents have had to sit by and watch our children make unhealthy choices.

    Glad you found your way and kudos to you and your parents.

    Sharon wrote on October 22nd, 2011
  7. Perfect!! Gotta love how the Primal life changes us all to have good weight, looking awesome, feeling great. No medications, no health problems, No more doctor visits (just the yearly physical)

    Way to go! Such a good inspiration!! :)

    Joanne - The Real Food Mama wrote on October 22nd, 2011
  8. Congrats! The best thing is that you will no longer be shortening your telomeres, which causes aging. You will not get osteoporosis, caused in most people by gluten intolerance. You will be a strong woman into you later years. Great work!

    cjbrooks wrote on October 22nd, 2011
  9. Well done, Lindsey. You look so beautiful and happy (as do your parents)!

    So frequently, I hear people talking about the kinds of maladies you wrote about, and I’ve become pretty selective about the ones I mention the Primal Blueprint to. Most people, I’ve found, are just like you were – they don’t want to hear about it, they don’t want to believe that the way they eat is related in any way to what they’re feeling, and they just want to be left alone so they can continue what they’re doing (i.e. eating what they’re eating, feeling horrible, and going to the doctor a lot).

    You wrote at the end, “I can finally live! Finally!” Which shows me that you’ve compared your life now with how it was, and that you see now that your old way wasn’t really living. I agree. It’s not – it’s just existing in a bubble of discomfort and doctor visits.

    I really, really admire how you decided once and for all to turn yourself around.


    Susan Alexander wrote on October 22nd, 2011
  10. I love this story! As a mom with two teenagers, we eat primal at home because I buy the groceries and make the food, but when away from home, it is up to the kids what they eat. My daughter knows if she eats gluten she will deal with eczema for the next two weeks and sometimes doesn’t care. My son eats gluten and “seems” fine. What I have decided is they are decision makers for themselves and if I keep providing good choices for them at home, they will feel the difference in food choices. Maybe they will need to experiment with other diets, but I think they will always come to back to the good one. I am so glad you listened to your parents. They look amazing, as do you. Congratulations.

    Cathy wrote on October 23rd, 2011
  11. Well done Lindsay on both admitting they were right and knowing to ask them for help – neither is an easy thing to do!
    I am just starting to eat primal, eating my way (so to speak) through the Primal Blueprint, this website and lots of blogs.
    So far, so good…

    Scribhneoir wrote on October 23rd, 2011
  12. Fantastic reading, I have been saying the same thing for years now!

    Cynthia wrote on October 23rd, 2011
  13. Good job Lindsey! Thanks for sharing your story!

    And thanks Mark for all the good info!!

    Taryn Kae Wilson wrote on October 23rd, 2011
  14. Great story!! So happy for you:)

    Now, where do I find that adorable dress I your after pic? Thank you!

    Michellr wrote on October 23rd, 2011
    • Thanks so much!
      It was actually my wedding dress! :) I got married August of this year – Found it on (the Whitney dress)

      Lindsey Kidd wrote on October 26th, 2011
  15. Thanks everyone for your sweet and encouraging comments! It’s awesome to have such great support from this community.

    Lindsey Kidd wrote on October 26th, 2011
  16. Congratulations on your achievements Lindsey! In the photo you radiate health, as do your parents. I’m glad you decided to share this story here as my GF suffers from Asthma and several allergies. But she is adamant that she wont like the primal blueprint lifestyle and that other (conventional) diets will work for her. Meanwhile, it is heartbreaking to see her suffer blocked noses and struggle with medication which don’t offer any relieve. But whenever my frustration becomes too much and I bring up MDA it sadly ends in a row…. Maybe you have some tips in dealing with this?

    Dutch wrote on October 27th, 2011
    • Thanks so much!

      My best advice I can give you is to show her. People usually at least listen after they see proof a major improvement in someone else.

      I hope that helps – Keep up the good work on your part and show her how great you feel and how easy it really is!


      Lindsey Kidd wrote on October 28th, 2011
  17. Thank you Lindsey. She does notice the difference in me so that is a great start!

    Kind regards,


    Dutch wrote on November 2nd, 2011
  18. My kids are mostly on board, although they still want the pasta – that’s their favorite food. At least now, it’s limited to only once a week or so. They still eat fast food when I’m not in charge of feeding them, which really bothers me, but I bet they think about it more than they used to – I try not to be a nag or guilt them too much, but hey maybe a little guilt is not a bad thing if it causes them to make better decisions down the road. As others have said, I think all we can do is teach them what a healthy lifestyle is and hope they come into the fold at some point! At least they are young, and not 45 like me before they were educated about proper nutrition.

    Kariberry wrote on June 18th, 2012

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