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19 Jul

The Primal Lifestyle Has Given Me a Life Worth Living

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 2In my teens I had my palm read. One of the things the woman told me was that when I was 30, I would have a major health scare and then I would have the choice to become healthy or continue on the path to death. I scoffed and pointed out the absurdity of being able to choose.

When I was 31, I had a major health scare.

At my wife’s Christmas party in 2011, I ended up in the bathroom throwing up blood. The previous year my physical and mental health had gone through a steep decline, but what happened in the bathroom was an undeniable symptom that couldn’t be excused away as “normal” anymore. I had gone from being the guy that never stopped; no physical task was too difficult, to not being able to bend over and tie my shoes due to pain. I went from the guy that had a photographic memory to the guy that couldn’t remember…well…anything.

I experienced all of the following:

Chronic heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, crippling hunger yet loss of appetite when I sat down to eat, random nausea, debilitating joint pain and chronic muscle pain, body stiffness, chronic fatigue and a huge 3 o’clock wall, low energy levels, random chest pain (knife pick stabbing my heart type pain), mental fogginess, memory loss, mood swings and anger, low vitamin D, liver problems, low testosterone, sinuses plugged every night, foul gas, puffy face and hands, body odor, face and back acne, cracking joints, intense cold shivers, low sex drive, insomnia (tired but wired), rash on elbows, extreme anxiety, teeth grinding, headaches, loss of taste, constant fidgeting, no desire to get up in the morning because it felt like I had been trampled by a horse every night and balance problems when I did get up.

It’s like my body had just hit its’ limit. If this was what life was going to be like from then on, I came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to live it. And I was only 31 years old.

eddybefore

I went to my family doctor with a list of ailments my wife had written about me. She had to write the list because I was still in the mindset that I was unique, and these problems were just the way I was and it was normal. I came home with a referral for blood work, a specialist appointment for a stomach scope and a prescription.

I hadn’t lost my suspicion of prescriptions (from previous encounters with doctors and the “treat but not fix” mentality). I was not taking pills but I had to do something. So we went looking for alternative answers. My wife spent days on the internet reading. Searching about weight lifting for her and searching for an answer to my health problems ended up leading to the same website: Mark’s Daily Apple. And the same answer, the Primal Blueprint diet.

I wasn’t convinced of any of it, but had nothing left to lose. We went grain free and I stopped forcing myself to eat breakfast (we had also come across IF information). Three days in, when I stopped having to run to the bathroom after eating, I wasn’t convinced. Two weeks in, when I stopped waking up with sinus problems and had dropped 20 pounds, I wasn’t convinced.

After six weeks and no more heartburn and no body or joint pain and 35 pounds lost, I still was not convinced. It’s not that it didn’t make sense. It was that it was too easy. Every single person who “knows” more than me (doctors/parents/trainers), had always told me my whole life the exact opposite to what I was doing now: “Grains are a necessary food group; eat breakfast even if it’s just a granola bar; don’t eat too much fat; limit your meat consumption.”

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I was angry that the information was out there, and people knew, and I had been suffering from problems so easily fixed my whole life. (There were other problems before that year of hell, just far less severe.) It was absurd that I actually did have a choice to be healthy, but was unaware of the choice.

A follow-up doctor appointment showed most of my previous problems were gone or had improved (documented with blood tests) and my doctor was shocked. He started asking questions and taking notes. And I never did fill that prescription.

It’s been 15 months since my wife and I changed our diet. I feel reinvented. I can physically and mentally take on the world now. I’ll happily tell anyone who asks what I did and help them on their journey. There will always be naysayers; and someone asked me what if turned out I was wrong, and eating like this was unhealthy. I told them it didn’t matter, I’d rather live five years feeling this amazing than a whole life the way I was before, as a pain riddled zombie.

My mother-in-law commented on how great I looked after I had lost 50 pounds; I responded that what she sees on the outside pales in comparison to the changes on the inside. Thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word about Primal living. It’s given me a life worth living.

~Fast Eddy

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. “Searching about weight lifting for her and searching for an answer to my health problems ended up leading to the same website: Mark’s Daily Apple. And the same answer, the Primal Blueprint diet.”

    Awesome line. Great story. Good for you.

    BW wrote on July 19th, 2013
  2. “I was angry that the information was out there, and people knew, and I had been suffering from problems so easily fixed my whole life.” I was angry. And Primal is easy.

    Elaine wrote on July 19th, 2013
  3. Criminal how people young and old are suffering. A great testimony of recovered health!

    Linda A. Lavid wrote on July 19th, 2013
  4. Nice work, Fast Eddy. Grok on!

    James wrote on July 19th, 2013
  5. I was angry that the information was out there, and people knew, and I had been suffering from problems so easily fixed my whole life. (There were other problems before that year of hell, just far less severe.) It was absurd that I actually did have a choice to be healthy, but was unaware of the choice.

    Oh my gosh… this is EXACTLY how I felt! I was 34 when I discovered this way of life so this really resonates for me. I never had the kind of health problems you did but I was grotesquely overweight all my life. I was so angry to find out that taking it off was so simple and easy!

    Aria wrote on July 19th, 2013
    • Aria, have you submitted your story? I’m sure everyone would love to read it.

      Mary Mac wrote on July 19th, 2013
  6. Wow congrats!!

    John M Brown wrote on July 19th, 2013
  7. Beautiful story :) So much of it rang true for that it brought me to tears.

    Jerri wrote on July 19th, 2013
  8. don’t you feel like screaming at the Dr’s sometimes!? :-)

    Paul wrote on July 19th, 2013
    • Many times! Congratulations Eddy!

      Jerry wrote on July 19th, 2013
  9. Totally different person in these pictures. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Bev wrote on July 19th, 2013
  10. Wow dude, that’s the best story I’ve heard in a long time! Makes me very happy to see you come out of such misery and now be so healthy. Nice job!

    Patrick wrote on July 19th, 2013
  11. just as Linda implied I am dazzled that some people can make $8661 in 1 month on the internet. have you seen this web site going1com

    Faka wrote on July 19th, 2013
  12. jedi govna pederu

    Faka wrote on July 19th, 2013
  13. popusi mi kurcinu pedercino

    Danijel Pedercina wrote on July 19th, 2013
  14. Very inspiring story and glad to see that you are now reaching optimal health!

    Nick wrote on July 19th, 2013
  15. Congratulations Eddy – you look amazing! Such a visible difference, so if the way you feel Inside is even better, you’re unstoppable!

    Grokesque wrote on July 19th, 2013
  16. I just love this story!

    Lucylu wrote on July 19th, 2013
  17. GORGEOUS HEALTHY LOOKING MAN!!!! Congratulations to you and your wife :-) Grok on!!!

    Alexandra wrote on July 19th, 2013
  18. The teeth are the same, but everything else is different. Are you sure it’s you?

    Vanessa wrote on July 19th, 2013
  19. I can relate to everything this transformation says. Including being bitter, and I still don’t know if I am over that, on top of making a ton of money for being clueless doctors couldn’t do for me what was so easy. Keep up the good results.

    Herb wrote on July 19th, 2013
  20. Thanks for sharing your story, and especially thanks to that gem of a wife of yours! We are unlike in every way, yet our stories are the same – a real testament to the power of primal!

    Siobhan wrote on July 19th, 2013
  21. I gotta say I’m 32 and the description in this story sounds almost exactly like me today (albeit a bit more severe in some areas). I’ve been following Mark Sisson and the primal lifestyle for years. I haven’t been able to go more barely halfway so far. Seeing someone dealing with what I’m deal with make the transformation might be the final pebble that pushes me over the edge!

    Nice to see that the problems I have aren’t necessarily unique to me and something I have to just deal with. I just need to build up the drive to make the change!

    rmlounsbury wrote on July 19th, 2013
  22. Really inspiring story, I’m in the midst of cleaning up my diet, and have just started seeing results. Reading success stories like this one just makes me want to continue my journey, I want to feel that good too! Congratulations and cheers to your good health!

    Rachel Brown wrote on July 19th, 2013
  23. Great story Eddy. +1 for the Celtics shirt

    pete wrote on July 19th, 2013
  24. Such a great story and so well written (hooray for clear minds!) I’m going to use this for my clients as inspiration.

    Natalia wrote on July 19th, 2013
  25. Awesome story. So many memorable lines that everyone else has already mentioned. My favourite is “I told them it didn’t matter, I’d rather live five years feeling this amazing than a whole life the way I was before……” I’ll be using this line myself I am sure.

    And just how can someone see the amazing change in you and ask “what if you’re wrong” ………..beats me!

    Your smile is gorgeous, your energy shines through…………love your story, thanks for sharing it!

    HillyM wrote on July 19th, 2013
  26. Best response ever:

    I told them it didn’t matter, I’d rather live five years feeling this amazing than a whole life the way I was before.

    Sunny wrote on July 19th, 2013
  27. You look like a boss Eddy.

    I have at least half of your same aliments when I ate grains.

    I constantly ask myself why is our culture is not just wrong but completely backwards!? How have we come to a paradigm where eating poison is considered healthy? Why does main stream health try to make us feel guilty for eating meat? We are the apex predator on this planet and all apex predators are obligate carnivores.

    These things keep me awake at night.

    Kevin Cowart wrote on July 19th, 2013
  28. Such a moving and inspiring story, Eddy, well done! I’m sure you will inspire many others just from the amazing way you tell your story!

    Karen Rose wrote on July 19th, 2013
  29. You dear friend, you are such a good writer!!

    The right details and straight to the point!

    And the quotes…I will have to still some and hey I cannot believe I am a tidally commenting on a Friday story!!!

    Great job on your health, pal and keep spreading the word!

    Grok on!

    Ionela wrote on July 19th, 2013
  30. I was so inspired by this post… until I got to the Celtics shirt. ;) I had pretty much every symptom you mentioned (no blood though), right down to the Vitimin D deficiency. What an amazing transformation!!
    Go Lakers!!

    Barb wrote on July 19th, 2013
  31. Beautiful story, thank you for sharing! I am continually amazed at the power of the Primal Lifestyle!

    Jennifer wrote on July 19th, 2013
  32. wow, amazing transformation. thanks for sharing your story!

    aliseya wrote on July 19th, 2013
  33. Reading this story just leaves a lump in my throat. I, too, had a year or two of pure hell (which succeeded years of things not quite being right) before I made a few changes that helped me slowly climb out of the abyss. And that was before I even knew about being primal. Your story inspires me to try harder to be primal, so I can finally rid myself of this sometimes debilitating anxiety and mood issues. (Not to mention quite a few of the ailments you also described!)
    Keep spreading the good word Eddy!
    ~Kyndal

    Kyndal Meister wrote on July 19th, 2013
  34. AWE-SOME!!!

    shelly wrote on July 19th, 2013
  35. That’s such an inspiring story. It’s kinda amazing how things turned around after all that. Congratulation on the new you.

    Lang wrote on July 19th, 2013
  36. Congrats on getting your life back!

    What is “IF” guys?

    Ns wrote on July 19th, 2013
    • IF = Intermittent Fasting, Mark has talked about it before.

      It’s mostly just a fancy way of saying that you skip a meal.

      A lot of people seem to set an “eating window” from say noon until 8 pm. The only food they eat during the day is during that timeframe.

      I hardly ever eat breakfast anymore and my first food of the day is typically around 11 am. I then usually have dinner around 5-6 pm and then I’m done eating for the day, outside an occasional primal snack here and there.

      HilliardJoe wrote on July 20th, 2013
  37. Very good read! Glad to hear you found the way to get rid of those ailments. I also feel a lot better since I went Primal last year. If only everyone knew about this!

    Erik W wrote on July 20th, 2013
  38. My oh my….you are SOOO gorgeous now!!! ..As before…but now so much more apparent …..lucky wife!!!

    Donna wrote on July 20th, 2013
  39. Congratulations! You look great and it is awesome that you and your wife are doing the lifestyle as a team.

    Kevin Dennis wrote on July 20th, 2013
  40. Aaaaaaand now I won’t be “cheating” today. Great story, thank you for sharing! Every Friday is like a primal-renewal ;) You look great!

    Kathleen wrote on July 20th, 2013

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