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January 13, 2012

You Can’t See It, But Believe It!

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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!

Dear Mark,

I can’t tell you how much I feel like a Primal success story although my before and after photos wouldn’t reveal a thing. You see, I haven’t lost a pound, not one. And I didn’t really need to, but I desperately needed a change.

A little backstory:

I am a stay at home mom. Three years ago, my husband began his graduate degree. He had also recently started a new job with no base salary. (He worked for 100% commissions.) Our two children, at the time, were ages 5 and 3. And then my brother-in-law moved in with us. My stress level went through the roof! And my health took a nosedive. Sleep was not a priority; it was usually just an afterthought. My weight, which has been the same number for the past decade, wasn’t sitting in the same places. And while my husband swore he didn’t notice, I did.

The worst part was the way the stress affected my overall health. I was getting chronic yeast infections. Chronic. Get one, clear it up, and repeat. The first couple times I tried treating it over the counter. Then I tried the doctor. Then I tried another doctor. It was affecting things in the bedroom too. My not feeling well made two of us unhappy.

I was also getting these weird bumps inside my nose. I thought they were pimples or something because if I washed my face or blew my nose they would hurt so much. But the doctor told me they were staff infections. How does that happen!? Maybe if you’re a habitual nose-picker with dirty hands, but for the rest of the population (meaning anyone over the age of six) what could possibly cause that? I had to coat cotton swabs in Neosporin and stick them up my nose. That was fun. NOT.

And overall, I just felt blah. I didn’t have any energy. I got sick or colds frequently. I felt rundown. My immunity was definitely compromised. But, I just figured it was the season of life we were in: small children, graduate school, career building, etc. I kept holding on, thinking eventually things had to get better.

About a year and a half into this awkwardness, I had my first awakening. I was referred to a new doctor who, in addition to treating my (current) yeast infection, told me he wanted me to try doing Sugar Busters. Not as a form of weight control, but to try to rid my body of additional sugar that could be feeding the yeast infections. This was something new: I had a doctor who not only treated me, but believed I could do something to help myself and encouraged me to do it. I felt empowered. I bought Sugar Busters that day and began my “new life.” Only, it didn’t work. I was at it for a year because I didn’t want to “quit” before it could work. (Plus I was desperate; chronic yeast infections are not fun.)

I still felt like the doctor was onto something though. I felt like there must be a way to take my health into my own hands if only I could figure out how to do it. I began to read more about nutrition, more specifically, to read about challenging conventional wisdom and the Standard American Diet. I was beginning to form my own ideas about what nutrition could mean for me.

It was at this same time that my sister began going Primal with her husband. She would call me and say, “I really think this could work for you.” I was skeptical to say the least. OK, I was ready to challenge the powers that be, but give up grains? ALL of them? Really? What would I eat? What would I feed my family? My sister’s only question to me was, “What do have you to lose?”

I bought a copy of The Primal Blueprint and read it in a few days. It made so much sense! Just reading and following your 10 Primal Blueprint Laws is transformative! And sleep is one of them! Oh, how I missed sleep. My husband was so busy I really had to lobby for more sleep, but he quickly saw that it made quite a difference to both of us! Getting him on board the food train didn’t take much convincing. Steak, bacon, eggs, avocados. I think his exact words were “H***, yeah!” He never much cared for all the “wheat poop” I used to serve him anyway. (Yes, those are his words for “whole grains.”)

I’m a much better cook now! I don’t think we ever realized how bland and tasteless pasta, bread, and breading can be. We buy grass fed beef and joined a CSA. My kids are trying and eating things I wouldn’t have expected young children to like (such as kale and salmon). The kids devoured Shawarma Salad. I made a bone broth stew from lamb necks and my son licked the bowl! My daughter’s favorite breakfast is your Sausage & Egg Breakfast Bites. I make them for her every week. And I don’t feel at all guilty giving them to her like I used to over Pop-Tarts and sugared cereals.

But here’s the success! I have been Primal for just over 6 months now and I haven’t had a yeast infection since we started! My nose? It’s just a nose, no weird bump things inside. I haven’t lost a pound, but guess what? My weight is all back in the right places. You wouldn’t see the difference with my clothes on, but I know it because of how my clothes fit! (My husband has lost 10 lbs. without even trying and would like to lose about 10 more. Totally doable.) My energy is up! I have learned how to listen to my body. I know what will give me energy and what will zap it! My husband loves eating a breakfast that fuels him until lunch or beyond. No more munchies in the office at 10 AM. I feel better and more in control of things now than ever before.

I love reading Mark’s Daily Apple. My favorite post was the one about which 10 foods you would take on a trip to Mars. You inspired me to try salmon skin. I’d always peeled it off and thrown it away before. “Bacon of the sea.” I love it! You are so helpful, and thought-provoking, and encouraging. I love the way your readers respond to one another and encourage each other. And your wife is gorgeous, by the way! (As if you didn’t know.) My husband is pretty stoked that if we continue with this lifestyle I’ve got a good chance of looking like that in my 50’s!

I’m not sure if my story is as inspirational as those who look like they have had a total body makeover, but I have transformed my body! It’s just in ways you can’t see. I feel like a success! I think that’s what counts. Grok on!

Sincerely,
Beth


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Peg
Peg
4 years 10 months ago

Absolutely insprirational! And are they the cutest couple ever, or what?? :o)

Chris
Chris
4 years 10 months ago

Excellent!! They look like the bright, shiny, happy people who come in picture frames.:)

matt conway
matt conway
4 years 10 months ago

Beth –

Fantastic story. I think you can see the difference in the 2nd pic. Both of you are glowing.

I think this is so great because there are plenty of unhealthy people walking around that are not necessarily overweight.

Great job, I admire how you transformed your whole family, and are all better for it.

Matt

Beth
Beth
4 years 10 months ago
Thanks! I don’t want to misrepresent. The kids definitely took more convincing than my husband. Transition takes time, but it’s so worth it! (The kids are not quite 80/20 yet, but I’m working on it.) Just this morning, my son (now 6) asked me, “Mom, why do you always have to make me stuff? Can’t you just take something out?” I asked, “Do you mean out of a box?” He replied, “Yeah, like you used to.” So we had a little conversation about what is best for our bodies. It’s a conversation we’ve had more than once. 😉 Fortunately, they… Read more »
Primal Toad
4 years 10 months ago

That’s awesome. “Do you mean out of a box?” Lol. Bet patient and show your love for them like I am sure you are. Your kids are lucky to have you 2 as parents!

I love the weight loss success stories but its great to read one that does not deal with weight loss. Going Primal can heal you in so many ways!

September
September
4 years 10 months ago

Wonderful! When my kids tell me they like “Donald’s” or “Burger King,” I tell them that, yes, that stuff tastes good but they don’t treat their cows right so their meat is bad.

Kk
Kk
4 years 10 months ago

Isn’t it funny that kids can totally relate to that and not, “well it’s not good for us”. Oh to have child like faith… 🙂

jenna
jenna
4 years 10 months ago
I accidentally indoctrinated my kids on mcDonalds. Well, I told them that the food they sell makes people sick, and that it has high fructose corn syrup (among other treasures) in it and it’s kind of like poison. I told them they put the playgrounds there to trick kids into begging their parents to go there and buy their yucky food. My kids now FREAK if I mention mcDonalds, now… which isn’t necessarily convenient, but it’s definitely healthier. They’re frequently asking me if food we get when we go out has “tuti-fruity poisons” (apparently that’s what they got out of… Read more »
Wendy
Wendy
4 years 10 months ago

My son, who is celiac and GF but not primal, was in McDonalds while my sister was picking up food for her kids. He is 10 and says quite loudly “This place gags me”. My sister was so embarassed but I was so proud!

Tonja Pizzo
Tonja Pizzo
4 years 10 months ago
My kiddies (ages 7 and 6) are now about 98/2 primal (with the 2 being school “treat” time like birthday snacks that other kids bring in). I have them turning in any candy that gets bestowed upon them for good behavior (which WOW–over the course of a year a piece of candy here and there REALLY adds up) for a special show, computer time, or wii time. I have them literally shoving the candy at me at the end of the day. My son wouldn’t even look at an egg before we started this–once I took the cereal and poptarts… Read more »
Jeanmarie
4 years 10 months ago

Wow, great idea for getting candy out of kids’ diets–payment for experiences they want more than eating candy. Brilliant.

Carissa
Carissa
4 years 10 months ago

Beth,

There are some paleo based books coming out for kids this spring. Paleo pals is one and eat like a dinosaur is another which has kid friendly paleo recipes. These might be helpful to you. I am going to get them for my son, like you trying to get him converted to paleo as well.

Your story is very inspirational. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

Danielle
Danielle
4 years 10 months ago

Beth, I love that you aren’t taking food out a box for your kids anymore! How cool that they are noticing, even if they are not sure about it. 🙂 Carissa – thanks for the heads-up on the kid’s books! I’m excited to find out more about them.

Beth
Beth
4 years 10 months ago

Thanks! I have them both on pre-order!

lisa
lisa
4 years 10 months ago

my ‘kids’ are 19 and 21 – they’re still complaining about the no-packaged-food thing and they were raised this way! But they are also old enough now to really understand health and to try to hold onto it as they go out on their own. Good for you for starting this health behavior when your family is so young! Going to eat some creamy chicken soup made with a bone broth so thick it stood up on its own before heating…not to brag or anything… : )

Becca
4 years 10 months ago

yay, congrats beth!

Burn
4 years 10 months ago

Fantastic! As much as I love the weight loss success stories, it’s nice to read one of someone benefiting in other ways. Keep it up!

Siren
Siren
4 years 10 months ago
First poster? Guess I’ll find out after posting =) First of all, thank you to Mark & the Bees for featuring a Success Story in which the Grokker’s Primal goals were not necessarily weight loss and LGN, but overall improved health and a better quality of life. Weight loss is great, and all of the transformations are phenomenal, but it’s that new-found zest for life and exponential rise in vitality that keep us Grokking on. Thanks guys! =) Beth: Woo-hoo!!! You looked fabulous before you started on your Primal journal, and you still do, but do I detect a slight… Read more »
Siren
Siren
4 years 10 months ago

OK, that’s supposed to say “journey”, not “journal”… I need to switch out of blogger mode… lol

Amy B.
Amy B.
4 years 10 months ago
Not inspirational? Are you kidding, Beth? Your story is *absolutely* inspiring! I’m getting a master’s in nutrition right now, and while my biggest passion is to help teach young women that they don’t need to starve themselves or live on the treadmill to lose weight, I’d like a chunk of my future practice to also include helping people who have no weight issues but whose chronic health conditions can be reversed with diet. It’s funny…I’ve heard many people say (and I agree) that overweight people are actually lucky, in a weird way — we (I say “we” because I was… Read more »
Jennifer
Jennifer
4 years 10 months ago

“They think thin = healthy, no matter what might be going on inside”

I totally agree with you Amy. My ex-boyfriend was normal weight but had *so* many other health problems like migraines, acid reflux, fatigue, etc. He just could not grasp the fact that his SAD way of eating could be the cause of all the problems. When I would suggest a change in diet he would just be like “but I don’t need to loose weight”. So Frustrating!

Great story Beth! You are an inspiration!

Louise D
Louise D
4 years 10 months ago

I am often glad that I had a weight problem (quickly disappearing) because of the amazing health benefits that came with this way to lose weight. I had infections and skin problems that are just GONE. Not to mention mental acuity and good mood! Now I am working on my skinny and rather stubborn boyfriend. Basically, all he eats is grains. And what do you know–high BP and cholesterol.

SmokeFan14
4 years 10 months ago

Beth, you and your husband are an adorable couple! You both radiate health in that second picture. Keep up the good work!

Inga
Inga
4 years 10 months ago

It totally counts and is very inspirational. Congratulations 🙂

Laura, RD, LDN
4 years 10 months ago

Beth this was inspiring for me to read as I’m sort of in the same boat. I don’t really have weight to lose but I’m looking for those changes you can’t always see. I’ve only been primal for 13 days now and I already have stopped having these headaches i used to always get, my mood has improved, and it’s amazing how much more energy I have. I can’t wait to see how things are when I get to 6 months. Thanks again for sharing your story!

Primal Toad
4 years 10 months ago

I wish you a lot of luck! I also did not have any weight to lose when I first went Primal on April 5, 2010. After just a few days I felt like I was on top of the world!

WildGrok
WildGrok
4 years 10 months ago

If this is not inspirational I don’t know what is 🙂

Jillian
4 years 10 months ago
This story was a great reminder to me about why I went Primal. Like Beth, I don’t have much weight to lose. The changes I’ve seen have been primarily on the health and energy side. I, too, used to get those nose bumps, which tend to resurface when I eat badly or not sleeping. I went Primal a year ago, and the only time I’ve been sick since then was when I was binging on cookies, alcohol and other grain filled treats at the holidays. This story is a great reminder that weight is not the only reason to go… Read more »
Gayle
Gayle
4 years 10 months ago

Wonderful story that going Primal can solve a lot of different issues apart from weight. Congratulations

Abel James
4 years 10 months ago

Congratulations Beth!!!

Paul Alexander
4 years 10 months ago

Awesome, happy people! Fitness is life changing!

Joe
Joe
4 years 10 months ago

Beth,

Great job, keep up the good work!

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
4 years 10 months ago

Great to hear! I had to give up sugar entirely both times I was breastfeeding my kids as I gave them thrush. It was so stressful at the time as I was newly post-partum and trying to rid myself and my kids of thrush.

Now I am trying to kick the sugar so that I can feel more alert and vital. It only takes a couple of days off of the sugar and I feel the difference.

Thanks for sharing! 🙂

samui_sakana
4 years 10 months ago

This post really made me smile 🙂 Although where are the hyper-links to the things she mentioned? 10 things to take to Mars? Sausage Egg Breakfast Bites? I guess I’m gonna have search for them myself 😉

gilliebean
4 years 10 months ago

This is a very inspirational story! Thank you so much for sharing! So many seemingly normal-looking people have too much sugar in their bodies and it’s causing problems in many different ways!

Crunchy Pickle
4 years 10 months ago

Wonderful! Sometimes the best changes aren’t as outwardly visible…

Dorothy
Dorothy
4 years 10 months ago

I really needed to read this today. I am staying home sick from work cause I feel crappy. And I know the crappy feeling is from eating all the wrong things. I made bacon and eggs after reading your inspirational posting and used almond milk in second cup of tea instead of milk. Thanks again for sharing.

Marianne
Marianne
4 years 10 months ago

Beth — great story, and yes, verrry success-ful/filled! I think it’s wonderful when people connect to the real core of primal living–that wellspring of healthy and positive energy. Love the sparkle in your eyes in your “after” picture. I’m pretty sure you’ll keep it long after and into always!

Kelly
4 years 10 months ago

Awesome story!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

Arty
Arty
4 years 10 months ago

Wow, congradulations to both of you!
You did an excellent job researching nutrition and we need more folks like you to seek wisdom against CW!

Truly inspirational for I was in the same boat as you, well minus the yeast infections lol.
I grew up in a time without internet and I seriously felt that there was something wrong with me. Did everybody feel as miserable as I am? Other adults seemed to smile and be happy…I didn’t understand it…

So greatful to the new generation of people and the internet. Continue the great work.

Lex26
Lex26
4 years 10 months ago
Ha! Thank you for having the guts to talk about yeast infections – eliminating them is a MAJOR plus of going Primal. I’ve just been too embarrassed to even admit the problem so I love seeing this different kind of success story. My chronic infections go all the way back to when I was a kid! I was introduced to Monistat at age 7. I now know that’s because I was overloaded with antibiotics when I I was young, first as a two-week-old baby, then as a two-year-old with a bladder infection, then at age 6 with an ear infection.… Read more »
Abby J. (formerly C.)
Abby J. (formerly C.)
4 years 10 months ago

Yep, I was just away at a work conference, where the food available was not Primal in the slightest, and the stress and temptation got to me. I ate terribly. Combine that with the stress of my wedding and spending holidays abroad (and the totally non-Primal eating that entailed) and guess what? Got my first yeast infection in 6 months. And I used to be one of those people that got one every two weeks – Yuck. Must get rid of sugar and starch!!

Anne
4 years 10 months ago

Wow! Great job, Beth!

Connie
Connie
4 years 10 months ago

Awesome story, Beth–totally inspirational! The two of you look so radiant now! Thanks for sharing your success. I can attest to the benefits of completely eliminating sugar–I set up a 30-day challenge for myself this January to eliminate all sugar from my diet (less daunting than a New Year’s resolution), and I feel amazing. Funny how what we’ve come to think of as a “normal” part of our diets is actually so harmful.

Liz
Liz
4 years 10 months ago

Great story! Over-all health and well-being is more important that weight loss alone, so your story is very inspirational! Grok on!

Ariana
4 years 10 months ago

Totally inspiring. Seeing bodies change is always cool, but knowing that serious underlying health issues, which affect your relationships and daily life, are being resolved– is awesome! Really happy for you!

Primal Texas
4 years 10 months ago

Awesome! You and your husband (and your kids) are creating a legacy that will benefit many generations to come.

liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 10 months ago

One thing I love the most about Friday success stories here on MDA is that provide me with “mental armor” for the weekend. Meaning, Friday and Saturday nights are usually party/go out nights and it is really easy to consume bad things and not get enough quality sleep.

The weekly Friday MDS story gives me stronger constitution to do what is right for my body. (Especially during football season).

Dr. Ron Paul cured my political apathy, MDA has cured by health woes.

liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 10 months ago

heh, typing is way off today. I hate typos!

WildGrok
WildGrok
4 years 10 months ago

“Dr. Ron Paul cured my political apathy, MDA has cured by health woes.”

Woooo Hoooo AGREE 100%

TokyoJarrett
4 years 10 months ago

Ditto 🙂

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 10 months ago
Beth, your story is so inspiring! I’m also a SAHM and started living (mostly) primal about a month ago. I don’t want or need to lose weight either, but like you, I’m tired of this “season of life” feeling so incredibly draining! I’ve already noticed some major improvements within this past month. My energy levels are more stable, and I seem to get fewer migraines, which is huge. I would love to hear more about the conversations you had with your kids about food, health, etc. Mine are 2 and 4 1/2, and our family dinners often involve me eating… Read more »
Beth
Beth
4 years 10 months ago
My first advice would be to take the choice out of it. I know that sounds mean, but it really isn’t. When I offer some nuts, jerky or fruit as a snack and I get whining, my response is, “Oh, I thought you were hungry. I guess not, because if you were really hungry, you would eat it.” They usually walk away. But in an hour or so they’ll be back asking, “Can I have some pumpkin seeds and cashews?” I do keep dark chocolate around the house and they are allowed to have ONE piece each day after lunch… Read more »
liberty1776
liberty1776
4 years 10 months ago

A method I like to offer is provide a choice with outcomes that you are okay with. That way the kid makes a choice and you are happy.

Beth
Beth
4 years 10 months ago

Right, like “nuts, jerky or fruit.”
Maybe I didn’t phrase that part properly. By taking the choice out of it, I meant that the only options left would be good ones. Kids, like adults, will eat for good reasons and bad ones. If you’re asking me for a snack because you’re bored or just want some sugar, “Sorry, honey.”

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 10 months ago

Thank you for the tips! Some of this goes along with how I’ve dealt with food in general at home (especially the part where they have to try, but they don’t have to like it). I guess the key is to lose the non-primal options. To do this, though, I’ll have to get my husband on board, otherwise he’ll be “allowed” to eat bread while the kids aren’t. Fortunately, my kids are nuts about eggs, so I know that if all other options fail, I can always entice them with a soft boiled egg!

Mike
Mike
4 years 10 months ago
Beth – great story!! I am totally going to use the phrase ‘Wheel Poop’ more often now. Similar to you, our kids took a little work to get converted over. Now they are full bore. I think your story is great because all too often we associate weight and health as if they are one and the same. I was in a discussion with a coworker once and they just found out they are [pre-diabetic, high blood pressure,… can’t remember now] and their response was ‘but I don’t need to lose any weight?!?!’ They were completely surprised that they might… Read more »
Beth
Beth
4 years 10 months ago

So true! I know I used to think skinny = healthy.
When I went to that doctor who put me on Sugar Busters, he asked me to tell him about my health. I gave him a brief history and said, “Other than the yeast infections, I think I’m pretty healthy.”
His response: “In less than five minutes, you told me that you are getting over a cold, you’ve had the swine flu and you get chronic yeast infections. You may be thin, but you are definitely not healthy!”
I was shocked. (But he was right.)

rrustad
rrustad
4 years 10 months ago
Beth, Isn’t it “interesting” how medical doctors sometimes define “health”? You were fortunate to find an MD who wanted optimal wellness for his patients – not just the ability to manage “health” with a minimum of medical interventions. As a 59 year old woman, who very recently went Primal due primarily to creeping weight gain and creeping lipid elevations, I can attest to how low the standards of CW “health” can become as we age. Just because I have managed to avoid blatant obesity, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, etc. to this point, my MD considers me “basically healthy”. HA! Live… Read more »
Griffin
Griffin
4 years 10 months ago

Great story Beth. Even if it isn’t “obvious” like the huge physical changes, it’s still inspiring to hear about the subtle (or not so subtle) other changes that the Primal lifestyle can evoke.

I understand about the kids too. We have two daughters who are not fans of the “Caveman Diet.” We don’t force them to eat our food and haven’t stopped buying them junk like good parents would. We give them the option and try to set as good an example as we can.

Best of luck on your continued success.

Milla
4 years 10 months ago

Amazing story Beth! It does feel amazing to not catch every little bug that floats around! And I’m with you on bland grains. I don’t even see that stuff as food any more – I mean, if you think about it, pasta is processed, nutrient-less flour shaped into tastless stuff you just use as a vehicle for sauce. Do your body (and mouth!) a favour and put that sauce on a steak! 🙂

Elenor
Elenor
4 years 10 months ago

Boy, I can just TELL y’all are not what Monel Chemical Lab in Philly calls a supertaster… Pasta has the most amazingly heavenly deep rich taste — but apparently only to (some?) supertasters. Yes, of course, with lots of butter and lots of freshly grated locatelli (sheep’s milk romano) — but putting those on any other ‘carrier’ is so not the same! That’s always my problem — veggies taste too strong (yuck!), too objectionable and pasta (and bread), too wonderful. (But yes, almost without exception, I skip the pasta and bread. {sigh})

Sara
Sara
4 years 10 months ago
Oh my gosh! I was so happy to read your story b/c I can totally relate! Over the last two years I have been extremely prone to both yeast infections AND staph infections in my nose (painful bumps & sores) – I thought I was the only one! I have stuck many a cotton swap (with neosporin) up my nose per doctor’s orders. Mine are mostly better after going primal, but if I have any issues I now use coconut oil, which works just as well w/o the wierd stuff. I agree both issues are a huge pain. And like… Read more »
Karen
Karen
4 years 10 months ago

Hi – does the coconut oil heal the nose bump? I can’t believe that others get these – anytime I’ve mentioned it to a Dr. they look at me like I’m crazy. I still get them but I’m still 70/30 or maybe even 60/40. I’m going to pay a lot more attention now that I have read this – I never made the connection. Now if I could just stop my head from itching…. 🙂

Becoming Jill
4 years 10 months ago

What a great story! I also found my way to the Primal lifestyle by way of chronic yeast infections, although mine were topical. I found out about the Candida diet to as a way to stop feeding the infection (it’s fairly similar to Primal)and then read about Primal and decided it was a better fit for me. Haven’t had a single yeast infection since I changed my diet in September!

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 years 10 months ago
It’s amazing – even after reading the post earlier today, writing a comment, reading replies, etc., it only just dawned on me that the Candida diet I was on several years ago (gotta love chronic yeast) was almost exactly like the PB! Funny how my brain just didn’t make that connection until now. Back then I saw the Candida diet as something I had to stick with for a certain period of time to get healthy, after which I would go back to “normal.” In a way, I saw it almost as punishment. But now that I’ve made the decision… Read more »
Andrea
Andrea
4 years 10 months ago

Thanks for sharing! It’s so awesome to hear how eating right csn make such a positive difference. Food is medicine. And I’m really more inspired with stories like this, about ‘normal sized’ people – I’ve never been overweight, so the others aren’t as relatable.

rrustad
rrustad
4 years 10 months ago

Way to go, Beth! Chronic health issues can be stubborn and frustrating just like chronic over weight issues.

spincycle
spincycle
4 years 10 months ago
I’m so happy that you found healthy living through the PB Beth, it sounds like the quality of your life has improved dramatically. My biggest change since going Primal 7 months ago is not weight loss, but my energy level is phenomenal. I used to need a nap every day around 2, and go to bed early. I had no energy for playing outside with the kids. Now I feel like the Energizer bunny, and I play with the kids all the time, we just got back for 2 hours of sledding, and I pulled the little one up the… Read more »
adrienne
4 years 10 months ago

Great transformation. I love your story thanks for sharing. It is amazing how this can change your life. Much health to your and your family

Josh
Josh
4 years 10 months ago

As usual with these stories, the best part is the contrast between the “Before” and “After” pics…absolutely astounding! You guys look like you feelgreat, nice job!

Jessica
4 years 10 months ago

Congrats to you Beth! I also have never had a weight problem but had tons of health problems for my whole life that literally disappeared once I gave up grains, sugar, and dairy. Focusing on sleep was a huge issue for me (I still have to work on it from time to time) but wow, what a difference. Thank you for sharing your story, I’m sure there are more people out there like you and me who look okay but are not okay who will be inspired by your success!

Aoife
Aoife
4 years 10 months ago

Hey Beth
It was great to read your story. It was actually a nice change from all the weight loss successes. Though they are wonderful it is good to hear about how primal affects other health issues. Thanks!

Meagan
4 years 10 months ago

I love this. Thanks so much for sharing your story!!

Félix
Félix
4 years 10 months ago

Congratulations!! In fact, I was waiting for this kind of success story. I doesn’t have to always rely around fat loss!

Cheers from Quebec!

Heather
Heather
4 years 10 months ago

Fantastic story! My weightloss has stalled, and I think it’s because I still have underlying things to heal: but I feel great ! The SAD (whether it’s Aussie or American) is a depressive diet. Sugar and the junk food are downers of that I am sure. My sister in law has gone onto a primal stlye diet and her eczema which she has had from BIRTH, has gone. just like that. Cheers

Heather
Heather
4 years 10 months ago

Wow, as you can see from the comments, your story is really inspiring to those of us without weight to lose but have other health issues. Thanks for sharing!

I have a question about fruit for you – did you have to cut it out to get rid of the yeast infections and can you eat it (in moderation) now? I’m currently trying to rid myself of chronic yeast infections and have completely cut out fruit, but I really hope I’ll be able to add it back in at some point as it’s about my favorite thing to eat (for dessert!).

Beth
Beth
4 years 10 months ago
I did not cut out fruit. Since I wasn’t trying to lean out, I wasn’t as worried about bringing my total daily carbs to the lowest point possible. I really love apples; I have one probably 3-5/wk. I stay away from the other high fructose fruits though: bananas, melons, grapes, pineapple. I eat those only in moderation and try to stick to berries when I want more fruit. I love veggies too, so getting my fiber hasn’t been a problem. I did COMPLETELY cut the wheat products. And I do NOT “cheat” on those. If I do “cheat,” I may… Read more »
Heather
Heather
4 years 10 months ago
Thanks for the reply. I’m glad to hear you didn’t have to cut out fruit! My naturopathic doctor recommended I stay away from fruit for now since the candida feeds on sugar. I learned my lesson pretty early on with wheat – cutting it out for 2 weeks and then eating a small amount made me never want to eat it again. I also cheated with corn products and white rice but now I’m fully committed to eliminating grains entirely (at least while I’m healing, I don’t expect to be perfect forever). It’s really not that difficult except that my… Read more »
Tara
Tara
4 years 10 months ago

Im particularly happy to hear its helped your yeast problems. I went on a anti yeast diet which introduced me to the idea of meals without grains. Feel fantastic for it, and now making my way (along with hubby -yay!) into primal. I am happy to hear that this will also help get rid of any remaining yeast problem without being on SUCH a restrictive diet 🙂 its hard work. Primal however is YUM!!! 🙂 thanks for sharing.

Joe
Joe
4 years 10 months ago

Great Story. Congrats!

Cathy
4 years 10 months ago
The thing I love about the primal diet is that it is about so much more than just losing weight. It is really about becoming healthy in every way. I think your story shows how listening to your body really pays off. I have noticed that I hang onto stomach fat when I am under stress. Recently the stomach fat has returned. I thought I was fine stress wise but then looked into my sleep habits. I have been having an awful time with sleep lately. This is what I love about this lifestyle. Instead of thinking, “Oh, I am… Read more »
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