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July 27, 2012

The “Aha” Moment: When Clarity Happens and Real Change Begins

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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!

My wife Amy and I have been married for 14 years, we have 2 wonderful boys, I have a great job, and a nice home in a quaint city, and over the years we have been slowly falling apart.

I’m the kind of guy that carries his weight well, that’s what I’ve been told. I was active all my young life, track, football, martial arts, I could eat anything and burn it off and I always preached the best way to stay fit was exercise; the rest will take care of itself.

Amy was an average weight tomboy kid, an overweight teen and then leaned out again her senior year of high school. She played ice hockey and roller hockey in a men’s league and started to rebuild overweight self-esteem issues. Her weight loss was short lived though once she moved away from home. As a young adult in a new town alone, she returned to boredom eating. Stopping at the grocery on Friday nights after work and picking up a frozen pizza, doughnuts, and ice cream to get through a lonely weekend.

When we met in 1997. I was skinny, I was stressed and unhappy and she changed all that. Being young at heart and mind, our 16 year age difference didn’t concern me. We set up house and that’s when life started to get good. I’m a chef by profession and I’ve been told I show my love through food, by the time our first son arrived; we looked like a whole lotta love. All through her pregnancy I cooked every comfort food in my repertoire, she extreme couponed stacks of Hamburger Helper and junk foods, and I would do my magic with fresh veggies and tomato sauces, pasta 5 times a week was not unheard of and bread was usually on the menu in some form every day. My “sympathy pregnancy weight” ballooned to 225  lbs and Amy hit 250+, but we were happy, remember? We avoided mirrors and settled in with comfy pants with New Year’s resolutions in the back of our minds, until we had a picture snapped of us with our new born son at a Christmas party. It was not us, it was two people in fat suits. Our son was diagnosed with autism at 15 months old which was just another stressor added as we tried to figure out how to cope.

We spent the next 10 ten years yo-yo’ing up and down the scale. When we would try diets, I was insistent that too much sugar was our issue and Amy felt that it was too many carbs – neither us of agreeing with the other at the same time. So we would start off on our separate diets at the same time and inevitably end up sabotaging each other within a week or two – over and over. A second pregnancy and another son diagnosed on the autistic spectrum plus moving our household 5 times for various reasons over the years all factored in as well. I finally moved out of the kitchen and into a management “suit and tie position” where I suddenly found myself in front of a computer and now even the exercise of running around a kitchen had stopped and my weight tipped the 200 mark… again.

The insurance plan I was enrolled in required a physical and I secretly looked forward to it because I had started to feel something was wrong, I felt like I was closer to 70 years old rather than 50. I had problems getting out of bed, hangovers were worse, and I really felt like death warmed over most of the time. My fears were confirmed and my doctor read me the riot act about making changes in my life, so Amy and I made a plan, yeah the New Year’s resolution diet…two weeks later…5 lbs gained..back to drawing board.

February 2011 we came across your site touting a new way of thinking about how our body works and the word “diet”, and it struck a beautiful chord with us. Up until now I had always thought weight loss was all about exercise, and our new way of thinking became about what we put into our body, and sugar AND bad carbs was at the crux of it all. We tossed everything in the house that said sugar, corn syrup, or had any grain in it, and if wasn’t fresh it hit the trash.

Co-workers were less than supportive at first, lots of funny looks, scratching heads, rolling eyes, the laughter and “yeah right, caveman” comments flew everywhere. They offered up cake and candy like body snatcher pods to tempt me back into the fold on a daily basis. The headaches were non-stop; I carried 3 types of aspirin to experiment with for the dull thump of sugar withdrawal.

Life at home was much different and that made all the difference. With all the crap out of the pantry (except the kids SAD food) we had the beginnings of a culinary playground and Amy had recipes and fresh foods waiting for me when I walked in the door. All at once another positive, my creative side renewed itself, it was almost like a market basket competition from culinary school every day, and I had to find new and creative ways to make good food without sugar, bread or opening a box. We purchased several books with great recipes and experimented with eliminating or substituting SAD ingredients with Primal whole foods; it was easy and tasted great. We also started photographing and posting pictures online and the kudos from the paleo community were always welcome.

The weeks ticked by quickly and the first 30 days ended, and instead of feeling like Lent was over it felt more like jumping off the high dive, the headaches were long gone, food tasted better, my mood had improved, and I was pissing off the candy crowd. The fat suit was still wrapped around me but I felt lighter, quicker, and faster. I wasn’t having the 2:00 PM snooze desires anymore. I was actually thinking about how I could be spending my empty minutes…exercising? We added sack time and with only a few exceptions religiously cut off electronics and TV at curfew for a nine hour sleep date every night.

I think it was right about the 6-month mark was the beginning of my “aha” moment. We were eating fresh/ organic foods, grass-fed meats when we could, I was exercising at least 3 times a week, our SCOBY was getting thick and the kombucha recipe was perfect. The pictures of us were showing different people, but we were changing, too. A renewed interest in how we cared for each other and our kids was beginning to find its way into our home, and problems at work didn’t piss me off, I just solved them. I smiled more, a helluva lot more. Everything we had read was coming true and weight/diet wasn’t important anymore. We still wanted to look good naked, but everything else we were doing became the focus and weight became the by-product. We had been sitting on our asses getting heavier and letting life slip away from us, no longer wanting to fight back, and that was taking its toll on every aspect of our lives.

I can say for a fact that this past year and a half has been one of the most exciting years of my life, doors have been opened in more ways than I can say here, and I only see it getting better for the rest of our lives. I wanted to be fit and happy at 50, instead I was sick and depressed. At 53 now, I consider myself to be healthier than most 25 year olds I know and I’m still getting stronger every day. Amy looks radiant, I can’t keep my eyes off her and she grows younger and more beautiful every time I look at her. As a couple we have turned our lives around completely, and we live fearlessly now knowing we can face any challenges thrown our way (look out Mudders and CrossFitters). I can’t think of any more perfect way to spend the rest of our lives together, eating well, playing and exercising, and loving each other and our kids.

Thanks Mark for all your help and wise words, and thanks to this wonderful community we’ve become part of, I know we’ll spend our lives “Paleoing it forward” until everyone gets it like we did.

Ed Smith

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Notch
Notch
4 years 2 months ago

OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Debt Free Teen
4 years 2 months ago

Wow….amazing.I hope I look that good at your age!!
Chase

Eric
4 years 2 months ago

ME TOO!! This is proof that you can actually grow YOUNGER as you age! Very impressive and so inspiring!!

Joy Beer
Joy Beer
4 years 2 months ago

What Notch said!!!!! Phenomenal You Two!!!!

Darling kids, too.

Burn
4 years 1 month ago

Outstanding is right! One of the best transformation stories I’ve heard!

Sarah
4 years 2 months ago

You guys look amazing! Good work! I was curious if your kids have made the transition to Primal yet as well?

Amy
Amy
4 years 2 months ago

I was wondering the same, especially since paleo/primal diets have been shown in some cases to have positive effects on autism symptoms (and certainly no negative ones that I know of) – you’d think they would be ALL OVER switching their kids’ diets as well.

Sitara
4 years 2 months ago

That was my first thought as well. I hope those kids are off the SAD stuff.

mm
mm
4 years 1 month ago
Yeah paleo also helped with my ADD; I think what helps a lot with any and all mental issues are from the carb-control that does 2 things: 1) no more reactive hypoglycaemia & compensation adrenaline spikes that mess with your thinking processes; 2) insulin spikes also temporarily boost glutamate which over-excites your brain (until your brain turns some of it into GABA which calms you again) incidentally, MSG is literally sodium + glutamate. Also it’s possible that things like food colourings may play a role so paleo can fix that too (I did an experiment and found red colouring actually… Read more »
Amy
4 years 2 months ago

thank you! See my longer reply below – we are working towards transitioning the kids everyday. We have no doubt how being 100% primal would benefit them in every way

Amy

Kevin P Carey
4 years 2 months ago

Your transformations don’t even register in my head because its so freakin dramatic. In your after pics if I didnt know yer ages I would have guessed 29, I kid you not

mark
mark
4 years 2 months ago

Fantastic story guys. You must be delighted to have discovered that life truly begins when you choose to make simple yet positive changes. Kepp it up!

Rob
Rob
4 years 2 months ago

Great story! It’s amazing when couples share each others health goals and learn to live like cavemen (or women)!

beth shepherd
beth shepherd
4 years 2 months ago

Truly Amazing!

Gydle
4 years 2 months ago

Very inspirational, and what a transformation. You both looked old and tired in the Feb 2011 pics and now – wow! watch out!

One question: you mentioned your kids are on the autistic spectrum, yet you kept SAD foods around for them. Have you considered transitioning them as well? If you’ve started down that path, do you seem improvement at all in their symptoms?

Amy
4 years 2 months ago
My kids have made big strides along with us – but they are not there yet. They were both born extremely picky eaters and would eat only a few foods from the start. Back in 2002 we tried a gluten free/casein free diet for my 1st son to help with bowel issues and it did not and we gave up because it was “just too hard”. Had we only switched the whole family over then,…. this would have been a very different story,…. Or had we being following a primal diet from the start I very well might not have… Read more »
Katie
Katie
4 years 2 months ago

This is a wonderful story. I am an ABA therapist in a school for autism and I believe proper diet can do wonders for any kid, let alone one on the autism spectrum. Eating can be so tough for these little guys–you two are phenomenal for doing what you do! Keep trying, delve into eating therapies for your little guys if you can….thanks for putting this story out there!

Rhonda the Red
Rhonda the Red
4 years 2 months ago

+1 to this. I have also worked with kids using ABA therapy and food can be a real challenge. Props to you guys for all the strides you’ve made for yourselves and the ongoing work to transition the boys. I’m sending loads of encouragement your way!! BTW, you both look awesome!!! So much younger and fresher!

Amy
4 years 2 months ago
Thank you for understanding that it is not just a simple as yanking bad foods from them. We are being positive role models, leading by example, and explaining why we are making the food choices that we are. One battle we have been fighting is that my 11 yr old was being kind of brain washed by the school system and arguing with us about the govt food pyramid and what his teachers told him was the proper things to eat (whole grains etc). As you know with most autistic people everything is black or white there is no gray….If… Read more »
Stu
Stu
4 years 1 month ago

I think it is great that you are recommending a paleo/primal/GAPS diet to help with certain symptoms of autism as one individual to another. But, attaching the ABA name to these recommendations is going down a slippery slope. I don’t want to be a downer but ABA prides itself on empirical evidence that shows behavior change in replicated single subject designs. ABA is a fantastic tool, but there are no empirical studies in the behavior analytic literature at this point that support using these diet’s as preferred methods for behavior change.

Allison
Allison
4 years 2 months ago

Congrats! You guys look fantastic and I’m so happy for your family!

Have you heard of the GAPS diet? The book is Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and is a specially designed diet for children with autism. The food fits right in with the primal guidelines, with extra emphasis on bone broth soups and fermented foods, and has tips for picky eaters. Best of luck!

Magda
Magda
4 years 2 months ago

I was going to mention GAPS!! There are so many parents out there right now healing their children with this diet!! It’s by no means easy but since you guys are Paleo it would mean very few changes and the results I read about are simply miraculous. You guys look awesome!!!

Julia
Julia
4 years 2 months ago
This is my first time responding after lurking for a while, but I just wanted to say to you Amy that you and your family are fantastic (amazing transformations) and also say in regards to your “Or had we being following a primal diet from the start I very well might not have had two autistic sons to begin with.” comment: I can only hope you are SUPER nice to yourself. Speaking as a mother myself I know it is very easy for me to take on things that are not really mine to take. I send hugs and much… Read more »
Amy
4 years 2 months ago
thank you Julia for your kind words. I think primal has both opened my eyes and helped me get past mistakes I’ve made. Yes, I do believe that diet and environmental toxins along with genetic factors are going to one day be proven to be the cause of autism. Yes hindsight is 20/20 and I would make some MAJOR changes pre-pregnancy if I had the chance to do it over again. But I have been given two beautiful boys that have taught me all about patience and tolerance for those with special needs and I wouldn’t change them for the… Read more »
Joy Dvorak
4 years 2 months ago

What a wonderful and inspiring story! It’s impressive to me that despite all of the stress you were experiencing with your sons’ overwhelming conditions, you found the time and energy to improve your health. My 4 year old daughter is on the Autism Spectrum and I also firmly believe that had I eaten Paleo/Primal earlier in my life, she would not be struggling. Best of luck transitioning your kids and thanks for sharing your story 🙂

Victoria
Victoria
4 years 1 month ago
I too was wondering about the diet of your 2 young boys because I too have 2 kids with autism. My son is extremely picky, food averse and has only had 3 foods he will tollerate since he began solids – he is now 6. I wasn’t able to do GF/CF until his communication improved to the point when I could actually slightly negotiate with him. At that point, about 1.5 years ago, I began making GF/CF substitutions for his 3 bad foods. So instead of mac and cheese I make rice mac w/brewers yeast cheez. I make his own… Read more »
tracy
tracy
4 years 1 month ago
I just wanted to add my experience with autism and paleo. My son, 9 years old with Down Syndrome and autism, was a horrendously picky eater. He would only eat cereal, bread, pasta, rice and bananas. I once left him with my mother in law for a long weekend and he eat nothing but cereal for three days. A little over a year ago we discovered the Gaps diet, and determined to do anything to help him, we got started. We went slowly and discovered that he actually loved scrambled eggs, then hamburger patties, then roasted chicken, even meatballs in… Read more »
tracy
tracy
4 years 1 month ago

Another thing I wanted to add about autism and recovery, just to illustrate how far we are from mainstream with this diet stuff. My husband and I recently visited a special education school that specializes in autism disorders. Interesting, we thought, let’s check it out. We really liked the director, a young, dynamic woman who seemed really on the ball. When I mentioned diet and autism and how someone I knew had recovered their child with the Gaps diet, she replied: Oh, well, then they weren’t really autistic!

Brad
Brad
4 years 2 months ago

I love how in the “before” pics he’s in casts (tennis shoes) but in the “after” pics he’s in VFF. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration!

Ed
Ed
4 years 2 months ago

I would sleep in VFF’s if I could..

Jonathan Swaringen
Jonathan Swaringen
4 years 1 month ago

I wish Minimal shoes fit on me…the top part isn’t high enough on any of them.

I hope my feet shrink enough as my weight goes down or they introduce more models.

D
D
4 years 1 month ago

Inov8 Bare-XF 260 These might work. Google them.

Adam
Adam
4 years 1 month ago

Not even the new LS series? I had the same issue (plus wide feet), and the laces fixed that. I got the komodosport, and it seems to be working well, although I wouldn’t advise things like tennis on concrete because I put a small hole in them doing that haha.

Ma Flintstone
Ma Flintstone
4 years 1 month ago

I’ve found vivo barefoot are pretty amazing as far as ‘barefoot’ shoes are concerned. Not with toes- they look more ‘normal’- but I bought another two pairs this morning after my pair first two weeks ago.
Awes. Love them.

Brad
Brad
4 years 1 month ago

Me too. It’s so amazing feeling the ground everywhere you go!

Kevin P Carey
4 years 2 months ago

Im becoming a VFF user. When I go to the grocery store I wear em, I wear em walking now and I even wear em to work (I work in a call center 🙁

edearl
edearl
4 years 2 months ago

Fabulous!

Lea
Lea
4 years 2 months ago

I love this story. My husband and I (and our son) have been living a Primal life for the last 3 months and the change is so amazing. I can’t imagine what we will look like in a year’s time. We weren’t over weight to begin with, but we have both leaned out significantly and have bodies that rival what we looked like in our 20’s. It’s awesome.

Nicole
Nicole
4 years 2 months ago
It was my husband’s idea to go Primal. On March 16 he came home, handed me TPB and said, “I’m doing this.” He didn’t want to force it on me, but as I looked at the book, it was one of those moments where I knew this was something big (divine inspiration?) and said, “OK.” THAT was A Life Changing Moment. We never looked back and never felt or looked better in our lives. I was always a gym rat, so I lost 9 lbs in 6 weeks, and have been holding steady ever since (while still looking and feeling… Read more »
Miss Understood
Miss Understood
4 years 2 months ago

Wow, in the before photo you look like you could be the father of the person in the after photo! Remarkable changes for both of you!!! You and your wife look so healthy and trim. What you gave up was a small price to pay for all you gained in health and fitness. Good job!

Ed
Ed
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks! It’s truley about breaking that cycle that is SAD food and I feel for people who don’t have that support system we have. Both Amy and I are working out in classes or at home where we have built a good home gym

Brad
Brad
4 years 1 month ago

What do you do to get your abs that strong? I do Starting Strength, but there aren’t really ab exercises in that program.

Ed
4 years 1 month ago
Day one of the whole 30 I could squeeze 1 pull-up and maybe a dozen push-ups. Mark has a PDF on progressive exercises and I started using that to move forward. I start each morning with “the sun salute” yoga and I have increased my push-ups to 70 a day. I know this is shoulders and pecs but great for core as well. I found a water line in our basement at work that I pass several times a day, each time I pass under I do 10 pull-ups or 10 toe-ups. I love doing V-sits with a 10lb. medicine… Read more »
Katie
4 years 2 months ago

What a transformation! You both look amazing and SO healthy compared to the first set of pictures. Thanks for sharing your story!

Scott
Scott
4 years 2 months ago

Outstanding results to you, Amy and Ed

Stéphane
Stéphane
4 years 2 months ago

Ah, man! You look fantastic in the July 2012 beach picture. Way to go Ed!

Emseven
Emseven
4 years 2 months ago

I love Fridays.

Ma Flintstone
Ma Flintstone
4 years 1 month ago

Yeah, hasn’t been a bad story yet. Not sure it’s possible in fact.

Kim
Kim
4 years 2 months ago

Complete transformation! So inspired!

Amy
Amy
4 years 2 months ago

Wow! If my husband made that transformation, I wouldn’t be able to keep my hands off of him. (And if I was eating primal, I would have the energy to follow up.) Looks like I need to finish convincing him this is the right thing to do and get us started on this lifestyle pronto!

Ed
Ed
4 years 2 months ago

Thanks! Yes our sex life wasn’t bad before, but it was sporadic. We are like a couple of teenagers now, a definite added extra!

Julia
Julia
4 years 2 months ago

*makes mental note* Will be talking to my husband tonight about going primal…

LJ
LJ
4 years 2 months ago

You guys look awesome! I am blown away!

Anders
Anders
4 years 2 months ago

Way to go!

Doug
Doug
4 years 2 months ago

I’m not a cry baby but I had to hold it back as I read your story. A living testament and puts a whole new spin on being reborn. Thank you for inspiring us. I’m 62 and have only been on primal for a couple of months but noticed a difference within two weeks. I’m actually sprinting now and using mucsles I haven’t used in 35 years. Can’t imagine what it’s going to look like in a year.
The best to you and your family.

Ed
Ed
4 years 2 months ago

Thank you and I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures next year… Paleo until we drop dead is our motto now.

Alison Golden
4 years 2 months ago

Wowee! You look fantastic both of you and in such a short period of time. And with the stresses that you deal with, I salute you. Your story is going to get me off my backside this morning, that’s for sure. Congratulations!

Matt
Matt
4 years 2 months ago

So inspiring! Good for you guys!! Very happy for you both.

Monkey Mom
Monkey Mom
4 years 2 months ago

WOW!!!!!!!! Amazing transformations. Primal Power FTW 😀

Stormi
Stormi
4 years 2 months ago

Awesome congrats to you both!

Nick
Nick
4 years 2 months ago

I am here with tears in my eyes. I love how things just became easier because you felt better. I love that you smile more. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing your journey.

Katrina
Katrina
4 years 1 month ago

This resonated with me too. I read it with a smile and a laugh. It is good to be a joyful animal again.

yoolieboolie
yoolieboolie
4 years 2 months ago

It’s so wonderful to see the transformation in your relationship as well as the physical transormation! Going from sabotaging each other’s diets to being on the same page and becoming a united front against CRAP… so inspiring 🙂

Thanks for sharing your story.

Sara
Sara
4 years 2 months ago

You two are a beautiful couple. Congratulations on finding each other and turning your lives around 🙂

Daniel Ridley
Daniel Ridley
4 years 2 months ago

Your story just made me feel so good. Congratulations on your success and new found life!

Paul
Paul
4 years 2 months ago

Awesome!!

Jenny
Jenny
4 years 2 months ago

Wow! Inspiring!!

jofjltncb6
jofjltncb6
4 years 2 months ago

Wow.

Joshua
Joshua
4 years 2 months ago

Doing the math, when you met she was 22 and you were 38? Yeah, I bet that age difference didn’t bother you, you old rascal. Well done. Awesome story!

Ed
Ed
4 years 2 months ago

Um,, yeah did I leave that out? “Always set your sights high”, my dad told me,,,

Nicole
Nicole
4 years 2 months ago

HA, this reminds me of the story my dad told me about my folks’ wedding day. He is 8 years older than my mom, and she was 19 that day.

My dad’s brother asked him, “Are you sure you know what you’re doing?”

“Nope.”

“Alright then.”

It all turned out well, and I’m glad to see you two are so happy!

Scott UK
Scott UK
4 years 2 months ago

Wow, amazing!

Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years 2 months ago

I keep sending these Friday posts to the hubs – maybe this one will send him over to the Primal side of things. Nice to see a couple take this on together. It’s so much easier when both people are on the same page. Congrats and grok on!

mars
mars
4 years 2 months ago

Great story! You both look so happy!

rabbit_trail
rabbit_trail
4 years 2 months ago

What an uplifting success story. It’s great when it’s a whole family changing for the better. Thanks for sharing.

EatMeat&Veg
EatMeat&Veg
4 years 2 months ago
Wow!!!! This is a fantastic inspirational story. I am sitting here with tears rolling down my cheeks wishing I could stick to this way of life. I try constantly and end up falling off the wagon so to speak. My goal is to be one of these stories some day soon as I am 48 years old and very over weight, and feel like crap most of the time. My lifestyle is similar to your before you switched, feel like life is just passing me by, and my husband too. You have really gave me hope today and I am… Read more »
Amy
4 years 2 months ago
Please do keep fighting! I am a very non-public person,…my whole reason for allowing those terrible “before” pictures of myself to be posted is to convince other people that they too can break the cycle. There are probably less than 3-5 pictures I have allowed to be taken of myself in the last 10 yrs because I just couldn’t bear to see them. My husband would say “what if, heaven forbid something happened to you,..I have absolutely no pictures to show the kids what their mother looked like” and I was fine with that. I was so miserable,..so sick and… Read more »
Jonathan Swaringen
Jonathan Swaringen
4 years 1 month ago

Have you read Jack Kruse? BG 5 and 6 are great. BG = Brain Gut.

http://jackkruse.com/jacks-blog/
Check it out this site Jack’s site and Dr. Mercola are my three favorite health sites.

Nicole
Nicole
4 years 2 months ago
Now THAT is inspiring! “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” Keep fighting! I have to force myself to not constantly talk about how being Primal has changed my life for the better. You CAN stick to this! One day it will click and it won’t be hard to do. I tell people it’s like quitting smoking, you have to want it, then it won’t be hard. If my husband brought home The Primal Blueprint before we were both READY, we would have failed – of that I have no doubt.… Read more »
Jenn
Jenn
4 years 2 months ago

Amy, Ed – Congratulations! Amy, you are simply stunning. I can’t take my eyes off you either! Ed you lucky man and you are both glowing. Keep up the amazing work and keep “paleoing it foward.” I love that. 🙂

Candi
Candi
4 years 2 months ago

You guys are awesome! So encouraging. Thanks for sharing.

pb
pb
4 years 2 months ago

Mr. Smith, just curious – have you carried this over into your work as a chef?

Ed
Ed
4 years 2 months ago

Great question, yes very much so. I design the menus at my workplace and people are going Paleo and don’t even know it! I am fortunate in that I can use fresh (but not organic) foods so I can stray away from packaged foods, and I have to use CAFO meats but that’s a necessary evil I’m working on. I use coconut milk on some dishes and even Stevia to sweeten occasion. The biggie here is I can make changes at a base level to move my industry towards healthier choices in the future.

pb
pb
4 years 1 month ago

Excellent!

Sergio
Sergio
4 years 2 months ago

KUDOS to you you and your wife for achieving and surpassing you goals! Thank you for sharing your story to help inpire others to follow this path and for motivating those of us that have found it to stay on it.

Cheers to Ed and Amy!
Sergio

Ed
Ed
4 years 2 months ago

Wow, what a fantastic story! People don’t even listen to me when I talk about the improvements in my life other than the weight loss (80 pounds this year) but you’re living it 10x more than I am! It’s so great to hear how the health, happiness, love and enjoyment all came rushing back into your lives.

Ed
Ed
4 years 2 months ago

80 pounds is my oldest! Wow, good on ya mate!

Bagwell
Bagwell
4 years 2 months ago

I hope I look that good at 43! But 53?! Amazing! Congrats to you both,

Kait
Kait
4 years 2 months ago

Alright, I’m getting tears in big ass salad. Cheers to you and your family! Thanks so much for sharing!

Pamlea
Pamlea
4 years 2 months ago

Bravo! Well done! 🙂

Jess
Jess
4 years 2 months ago

LOVED this success story! Also, love your writing style! I knew right from the beginning that I was going to love this one: “I have a great job, and a nice home in a quaint city, and over the years we have been slowly falling apart.” Perfect! Also loved the “we looked like a whole lotta love” line. You both look so radiant in the July pictures. Great job and thank you for sharing!

Tony
4 years 2 months ago

WOW, ridiculous results! You guys look fantastic! So happy to see the sugar and bad carbs gone from your life. Nice job.

Onge
Onge
4 years 2 months ago

OMG! Well done.

Fenris
Fenris
4 years 2 months ago

Ya’ll have made my day. Can’t wait to see a follow up someday on the boys achievements. And for those that don’t full understand Ed+Amy’s hesitance to fully immerse the boys into the paleo/primal diet, you’ve got to understand that many children with Autism are both picky and slow to accept changes in routine. Just like kids without Autism.
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Grok's Girl
Grok's Girl
4 years 2 months ago
I can totally relate…I have been paleo for about 4 months, and would LOVE to get my 13 year old son with high functioning autism eating this way. You guys have NO idea how picky these guys are and the sensory issues around food they have. My son hates meat, eggs and veggies and almost all fruits. Period. Meal times have been the biggest stress for us always. I am talking about it with him more and more, and I hope to get him on board, but don’t be quick to think we aren’t trying hard enough. It is not… Read more »
Dan
4 years 2 months ago
Grok’s girl–there is hope. My 15 year old son is a high functioning autistic who, because of sensory issues would not eat meat (other than fast food burgers) and many other foods. His diet consisted of fast food, grilled cheese, and mac and cheese (although he has always liked veggies). Needless to say, he got fat! Well, the kids at school started making fun of his boy boobs in the locker room and he decided to join me and my primal lifestyle. Today, roughly 10 months later) he eats steak, chicken, and fish and hardly ever eats sugar, bread, pasta… Read more »
Adam
Adam
4 years 1 month ago

That sounds amazing… my god your son eats/exercises better than I do. Tack on another accomplishment for your son: inspiration for slovenly people such as myself. Excuse me, I have to go get rid of my post-workout ice cream treat (as if such a thing should ever exist.. sigh haha).

Nancy M
Nancy M
4 years 1 month ago

Fantastic. Perhaps one day he will post his own Primal success story!

Grok's Girl
Grok's Girl
4 years 1 month ago

Dan – thank you so much for the encouragement. So happy with the results for your son!! You sound like a wonderful dad. It is so good to hear that perhaps Nick may WANT this one day. He is the opposite of your son – skinny as can be (I am sure massive malapsorption issues). But he is starting to listen…a little…I would love to see the day my son would eat steak that is for sure. I will keep trying, and showing him by example.

Amy
4 years 2 months ago

thank you!

I know my boys will do great things someday! 🙂

family pic: http://twitpic.com/aceb8b

Jackie Kessler
4 years 2 months ago

You are both amazing! What an outstanding success story.

Jeannot
Jeannot
4 years 2 months ago

“… I’ve been told I show my love through food,… we looked like a whole lotta love.” Great! Thanks for your inspiring story!

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