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June 24 2011

Don’t You Just Love Making Doctors Speechless

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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!

In July 2010 I went to the blood pressure clinic for my six month checkup. I had been on various meds for 6 or 7 years, the dose gradually getting stronger.

They also put you on the scales to check how much you weigh. So with my eyes shut, I stood on the platform, I didn’t want to know. Usually there is a “yes you’re overweight, try to eat healthily”, sort of comment – not this time. This nurse was matter of fact, “You are five stone (70 lbs) overweight, you need to do something, and it might help lower your blood pressure.” Quick to defend myself, I said, “I come from a long line of small round women (I’m 5’3″).” “No,” said the nurse, “you come from a long line of bad eating habits.”

< flashback>

I didn’t think I had a bad diet growing up, very little processed food, good home cooking, Sunday roasts, Yorkshire puddings, apple pie, all good English fair. I was taught to clear my plate. And I was always fairly active playing outside climbing trees, riding miles on my bike, but into my teens I stopped doing these things, and I gradually put weight on. Being painfully shy (still am to some degree), that hampered any chance of joining in sports and other activities that involved going somewhere or other people. It was safer to stay at home and sew something.

1980 off to college. I could cook and boy did I. Away from home I needed comfort, and that meant food. Towards the end of my three years study I came to my “senses” and starved myself back to a sensible size.

1985 Got married and piled the weight back on (154 lbs). This time I starved us both and got back into a UK size ten (124 lbs). The look on hubby’s face at the two fish fingers and spoon of cabbage on his plate was priceless, but hey he could have a cereal bar later – got to count those calories!

1988 I got ill, and ended up in hospital, losing an ovary. “Ah,” they said, “you could have problems having children especially at your age (27), better get on with it…”

Fast forward to 1996. I gave birth to my fourth child, ah hem, no problems there (three girls and a boy), but my weight had yo-yoed up and down between pregnancies and would not shift after son was born. And it steadily rose over the next 13 years.

I was staring at my 50th birthday as fat as the long line of women of my family that had gone before. High blood pressure, never finding nice clothes to fit the rotund shape I was. Clothes were just a means of covering up; if it happened to be slightly pretty it was a bonus.

I thought our meals weren’t too bad, I still cooked, we didn’t have fast food regularly, only when we had a journey or on holiday. But thinking back we loaded up on bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, following the “Eat Well Plate” guidelines from the Food Standards Agency. Not much variation in vegetation, as it was a bother to prepare especially during a 3-4 year long bout of depression I had from 2001. We had a salad once in a while, but the children didn’t like them, so rather than let them go hungry I cooked what was easy.

Looking back, the depression aided the weight gain. I wanted comforting. I was in denial of the fact, but there were the comfort treats no one knew about. I found a pecan pastry container under my car seat a few weeks ago, don’t remember when it was but I remember stuffing both pastries down whilst waiting to pick the youngest up from school. Well, I deserved a treat and I was fat anyway so it wasn’t going to make any difference. Not that I told myself I was fat ever, I was ’ok’ ish….but plump and fated to be that way.

<flash forward>

So back to July 2010, and in one of those daydream moments I thought about going on a diet during the summer holidays and returning to school (I’m an ICT support technician) thinner to everyone’s amazement (anyone got one of those magic wands?).

But the nurse’s words had spurred me on to at least start on yet another weight loss quest. So at 213 lbs and armed with my pocket size calorie counter I began, loosely sticking to the restricted diet whilst on holiday in Cornwall. I even went swimming! After all there were worse sights on the beach and (adjusting halo), at least I was doing something about it.

The first 20 lbs melted off, and my clothes were looser. And yes only six weeks after I started, my colleagues noticed and that was encouraging. The weight loss continued up to October and I stopped at 182 lbs. Nothing shifted for 4 weeks and I searched the internet for a solution to my plateau and I found Mark’s Daily Apple and The Primal Blueprint.

It was a Holy Grail moment. The more I read the more light bulbs went off in my head. This was IT!

Armed with newfound knowledge I switched my eating to Primal. I won’t say it is 100% as budgetary restrictions won’t cover grass-fed meat at the present, but perhaps in the future. That was November.

A month later I felt lightheaded at times and not well at all. So I stopped the blood pressure meds for a day or two. I felt better. So made an appointment to see my GP. I told him I wanted to stop taking the meds and I had been home monitoring my blood pressure and as far as I was concerned it was normal. He agreed to cut the meds in half over Christmas. I took them for two days; felt awful so didn’t take any more. Went back after Christmas and told him, so he booked me for 24 hour ambulatory monitoring – which came back normal. So after years of prescription charges I was off the tablets!

Christmas dinner wasn’t difficult either; I just left off the potatoes, bread sauce and stuffing. Although I did gain back 2 lbs due to 2-3 Irish coffees, cheese and fruit which I’m usually careful about – but it was Christmas. My gifts were excellent: a dehydrator, slow cooker and The Primal Blueprint Cookbook! The 2 lb was quickly lost again, and I continued to steadily loose.

Early June 2011, I went to the hypertension clinic. I knew sitting there that the reading was going to be up – I knew I shouldn’t have, but I was expecting congratulations on my transformation and the anticipation was playing havoc with my nerves, and no matter how I willed it to go down by the time I was in the room it was 142/90, (at home I get readings of 118/76 ish). I was totally deflated as I got a lackluster “you’ve done quite well,” for the weight loss (78lbs) – this coming from the obese practice nurse doing the tests (it wasn’t the same nurse as last year unfortunately) and an instruction to return to the doctor for further evaluation. Fume. I knew my BP was normal.

There was also a routine blood test that included lipids… Yup, a week later I got a letter inviting me to make an appointment to discuss further treatment. Geared up to resist an attack of statins, I saw (another) GP. I need not have worried, apparently they use a formula at my surgery that calculates your risk of heart disease and even with the elevated total I was not at risk.

“Ah, it must be the rise in fluffy LDL,” I said to him. He looked at me blankly, “I’m not familiar with those”, he said.

“You know, pattern A LDL?”

Nope he didn’t seem to know what I was talking about. So I explained that the way of eating that had resulted in my weight loss sometime gave elevated totals of LDL but not the bad type.

“Well I would have suggested a low fat diet anyway,” he said.

“I haven’t been on a low fat diet,” I replied, “I’ve been on a Good fat diet, you know, butter, dripping, bacon and eggs”.

Silence.

Don’t you just love making doctors speechless… another victory for Team Primal!!

Oh and my blood pressure was normal so he took me off the hypertension register and I’ll have a check up in 3 years!

I love being Primal. I have now read many books (Taubes, Groves, Eades, Shanahan), blogs, listened to podcasts all improving my understanding of proper nutrition, (bought the Fat Head video – fascinating) as I like to know WHY this WOE works, and can answer knowledgeably if I am asked about how I have lost weight.

Hubby joined me after Christmas after seeing my success, he has lost 31 lbs. We go for walks most nights and I do sprints on my stationary bike.

To date I’m down to 133 lbs, a total of 80 lbs with 12ish lbs to go. I’m having fun buying clothes and taking care with how I look. So now 50 might be fun after all.

Was 15 st 3 lb (213 lbs) UK size 20/22

Now 9 st 7 lb (133 lbs) UK size 12

Goal UK size 10

Lin

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  1. Ha! What a great story! I love the way you told the doctor matter-of-factly that your sensible diet is exactly the opposite of his recommendations. That’s awesome!

    1. I did too. This is one of my favorite stories to date. You told it so well and you stumped your doctor – excellent. Its amazing what we know compared to what most doctors know.

      Great to hear your hubby is on board and has already had success.

      My sister has been asking me countless questions for the past few months and now her best friend is on the paleo “diet!” Her boyfriend is a certified crossfit trainer and wants to open up a gym here in GR.

      Any day now and my sister will be doing a 30 day primal challenge. My bro called me the other night to tell me he bought some chicken, steak and salmon at Trader Joes. He wanted to know which one he should eat last and which one he should eat first since it was all fresh.

      Keep up the great work everyone. The community is growing exponentially. Stories like this help big time!

        1. Thank you. Yes, Hubby is doing great.
          I’ve just got to keep him out of the cheese… and nuts… and dehydrated banana…

  2. YAY Lin!!!!!
    As I see other people my age getting in to this it is so encouraging!
    I know I wish I knew about this 30 yrs ago…

  3. Great stuff!

    In case you didn’t know, most UK beef is forage/grass fed, but can be finished for from a couple of weeks to a couple of months with grain. This does shift the Omega ratios somewhat, but it’s better than standard grain-fed beef.

    1. That’s true, especially if you’re living on the countryside somewhat and shop from a small local butcher.
      Also, I think most or even all european butters come from cows that graze on pasture all year around.
      My parents live in germany and shop at a local butcher who buys animals from local farmers around the area…makes bloodwurst (black pudding), liverwurst…

    2. Thats good to hear, we stopped buying meat at the supermarket and started supporting a local butcher – it tastes better.

    3. I am all for grass-fed beef. I buy half cows, 25 lbs of grass fed ground beef from US Wellness Meats, etc.

      BUT, consuming grass fed beef for omega 3’s is pointless. If that is the only reason you are consuming grass-fed beef and are on a tight budget then one may want to forget about it. Really.

      The only difference is that grass fed has a bit more omega 3. The nutrition remains the same. There is moer CLA too. But, again, its not a HUGE DEAL.

      I just want to let everyone out there know about this. Those of you who want to live a primal lifestyle but are on a tight budget… DO NOT WORRY ABOUT BUYING GRASS-FED STEAK. Go for grass-fed ground beef. I get minefor $4 per lb. at the farmers market here in GR, MI.

      1. “consuming grass fed beef for omega 3?s is pointless.”

        This is not true. The mechanism is not well-understood, but the small increase in N-3 fatty acids in grass-fed cows does translate to significant increases in blood levels of N-3. There are a couple of studies on it. Robb Wolf posted on it a while back, though I’m not going to look it up at the moment since I’m already procrastinating on other tasks by commenting here.

        Otherwise, I do agree that getting ground beef (when grass fed) is a good idea, and often cheap. Oh, and when buying in quantities as you mentioned, you should be able to get ALL the cuts at $4-5/lb. If you get a half, quarter, or eighth of a cow, that price should hold, and you’d get 1/2 to 1/3 of the total weight in ground beef, and the rest in various cuts, some of which should be flank, skirt, round, sirloin, etc. For the best price, go direct to the rancher.

      2. Yo! Primal Toad! My daughter lives in Byron Center, and there appear to be ZERO food co-ops in that area…or Trader Joes’, or Whole Foods…or any health-food type stores. I have to bring good meat…and GHEE…and cage-free eggs with me when I visit. Any ideas?

      3. i am able to get a “steak pack” that includes 15 pounds of grass fed ground beef and 10 pounds of steak for $100 at a local butcher shop in southern oregon…$4 per pound avg. AND you get a lot of steaks…only drawback is the cash outlay and room in the freezer but maybe something to consider, buying quantities frozen

  4. An amazing transformation! And congratulations on getting off your meds.

  5. Well done Lin. Good story. All set up for the next life phase now, (Grandma Lin)! And long may it last; thanks to all your efforts and reading.

    Funny how all those practice nurses are obese!

    1. I went to see a doctor the other day (mainstream general practitioner paid for by my insurance) and the whole staff had their hamburgers wrapped in lettuce for lunch. I couldn’t believe it!

      There’s one office that will have trim nurses if they keep up that eating style!! Certainly this is not the norm in my experience…

        1. I have ordered a protein burger at five guys! You can do it ANYWHERE even McDs. Just order with no bun and extra lettuce.

    2. The next life phase can wait awhile, I’m enjoying myself too much!

  6. You look marvelous, Lin, way to go PRIMAL!
    When are you going to host your P.A.S.T. in the UK?
    That’s how you tell them all how you did it..

  7. Way to go, Lin- It’s awesome that you were able to transform your health. Thanks for sharing your story, it’s an inspiration!

  8. Excellent story! I love that you had to “educate” the doctor. It’s inspiring to hear people taking health into their own hands, and not just blindly following conventional wisdom. Thanks for the perseverance! It must feel so nice to have your life back in your hands, and not be at the whim of pills! You go!

  9. Fantastic Transformation!

    Congratulations!

    You’ve “fixed” your outside beautifully and how wonderful that you have medical proof that your insides are beautiful too!

    🙂

  10. So much for the major womens magazines and their doom and gloom stories about how difficult it is to lose weight after age 40. I’m tearing up at this story!! She looks fantastic.

    1. I teared up too Denise. I’m so happy for you Lin, inside and out! You look fabulous!

    1. I agree!! One of the most well-written and entertaining stories here to date! 😉

  11. I look forward to each one of these stories every Friday. The conversation with the Dr. at the end is priceless. “What’s pattern A?” Sad, but funny.

  12. I love your story. Congratulations!
    I saw my primary care doctor yesterday for the 2nd time in 5 years just because I wanted to be sure some stomach discomfort was the vestiges of a virus and not gallbladder before traveling 8 hours from home to ride my bike for 4 days, and because for the first time in my adult life I get a “free” preventive care check-up with my new health insurance (only US citizens can relate to that statement). I wanted a blood lipid profile and she said “well, I can’t see why since you won’t do anything about your cholesterol” (which is what happened 3 years ago when my LDL was 130 and HDL 90, triglycerides were 50 and she asked if I wanted to do anything about my cholesterol; I though it was a joke, but apparently not!). I asked if I could have a particle size analysis for LDL, because I suspect that mine is “good” LDL and she proceeded to disagree with me that light, fluffy LDL particles and/or high HDL correlate with lower incidence of cardiac problems. She did agree to order the LDL analysis, but the lab people had trouble figuring out how to do that.
    I also asked for insulin levels, which seemed completely alien to her! (I have a major family history of “diabetes” and I told her I think insulin levels are more important than blood sugar. She absolutely didn’t get it.)
    On a side note, she is in her late 30s and overweight – I am 58 and normal weight. She knew that I was preparing for a 4-day bike ride of over 250 miles. I wonder if she will be able to do the same when she is my age?

    1. Now, we just need to educate all these doctors so that we can get real bloodwork done! Until they can get on board with proper nutrition and its impact on bloodwork results, I don’t see the point of visiting them.

      1. That’s why I only go every 2 or 3 years whether I need to or not:)

    2. LEF.com They will give you the names of good labs in your area, if in the US.

  13. Lin, Thank you so much for sharing your story. I hope to join your success of getting off the blood pressure meds soon.

  14. Your doctor definitely isn’t the only speechless one, way to go! You look amazing, and I love how you can see your nice high cheekbones in your second picture. Congratulations on reclaiming your health and paving the way for many more healthy decades ahead 🙂

  15. Bravo! An amazing turnaround in one short year. I’ll show your story to others and thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Wow, incredible. Amazing what one can do with knowledge of the human body. Keep up the great work. Very inspiring.

  17. What a great story – brought tears to my eyes! As you say, Primal is IT! No matter how many times people, including a loved one, give me a hard time about this “special diet,” (and we know it’s so much more than that) I stand firm because it’s the only thing that makes sense and WORKS – and I have tried a lot of things. Thanks for sharing your story!

  18. I am surprised that the doctor didn’t know LDL. All my doctors here always test for HDL and LDL seperately, as well as combined. That makes me sad.

    But you look Great! Congrats!

  19. I’ll never forget trying to explain to the nurse at my doctor’s office that, “No, your scale is not broken. I lost 24 lbs. since my last visit.” “But that was just three months ago.” “I know.”

    I started the Primal Blueprint around the same time of my last doctors visit and in that time I lost the weight and weaned myself off of my BP and cholesterol meds. My doc was skeptical but couldn’t argue with my labs so he told me to just keep doing what I was doing. That was over a year ago and I have continued to tweak my lifestyle. The addition of intermittent fasting (8-hour eating window) has made another huge difference in my health and physique.

    I couldn’t be more grateful.

        1. I was just plain puffy. Since I was lifting weights and was gaining weight (muscle, I thought)over the years I thought I was making progress. Now that I look back it was just well-distributed fat. I never had a belly but boy did my cheeks and double-chin give it away when I look at pictures from back then. I was 174 at one point. Now I am a very consistent 150. Since this was the weight I was from puberty until I was 30 I think this is where I am really supposed to be.

    1. I had a similar experience. The nurse did a double take when charting my weight, as I had lost about 30 lbs over the summer. On my most recent visit, my doc congratulated me (I’ve lost over 60 lbs), but did caution me to not get carried away, lose for the sake of losing. I assured him I had already considered that risk, and at this point don’t really care what my weight is, I just want to feel good!

  20. So happy for you, Lin! Great story, and I identify with so much of it too! Thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration 🙂

  21. I’m due for a checkup in the beginning of August and I’ll be doing very strict paleo/primal from now until then so I can have this exact effect on my doc.

    Amazing progress, congrats!

  22. Well done Lin. I’m Head of Nursing and Primal/Paleo but my colleagues scoff at the idea that grain based products can be bad for me! Duh!

  23. Fantastic result Lin. You should be very proud of what you have achieved. Loved the bit about the eggs and butter.

    This is definately the way to eat. I have also read the same books and now reading the Primal Blueprint and have started PDF what a refreshing change.

    Pete

  24. I love this! Hopefully your doctor will get the message too and go do some research on LDL particle size.

    1. “Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food” C Shanahan

  25. Well done! Congrats to you for your hard work and fantastic results! My favorite part was when the doc didn’t really know what you were talking about with the fluffy LDL. 🙂

  26. “I was staring at my 50th birthday as fat as the long line of women of my family that had gone before.”

    Thank you for putting an end to the myth about us gals having to live with weight gain when we get older – not to mention the obligatory meds (BP, cholesterol, HRT) we are encouraged to take.

    Congratulations! You not only look wonderful but knowing that you feel wonderful is even better! And congratulations for convincing your hubby to follow PB with you as well. I’m almost 67 and could really relate to your story and all your efforts before discovering PB. Thank you again for sharing!

  27. great job!!! I have had similar situations with doctors. And to think that what they control over the non knowing. It is is borderline abusive that they do notlook into this blueprint giving to us from the ages. Keep it up!

  28. Yey – British primal ladies rock !!

    Amazing story – you’re setting such a wonderful example – thank you so much for sharing your story and well done Mrs!

  29. That was awesome! and Hilarious! TEAM PRIMAL ALL THE WAY!

    I’m happy and impressed for you, Lin. You’d be happy to know, That I’m studying to become a naturalpathic doctor, to help people be more intuned with primal blueprint!
    Psh. Convention Wisdom… Kiss my primal ass!

  30. So fantastic.
    Congratulations. I’m still working on it, and keep reading and learning.

  31. Congratulations Lin! You do indeed look great. I’m just starting out and seeing success stories like yours is very motivating.

  32. Hey Lin, great job girl! Your story gives me goose bumps at how similar the mindset is to many when we think we’re “not eating that bad”…. Until you change it and MELT! I think you’ll have so much fun, a UK size 8 might be the new norm ;0)

  33. Hey, Lin.

    That standard British diet is a killer isn’t it? My kids love Yorkshire puddings but they only get them very, very occasionally and when I go back to the UK, it’s very, very difficult to keep off the cake – it’s everywhere – so I admire you enormously for making the change. I haven’t been back for a holiday since going Primal so I’m going to keep your story for inspiration. Hopefully that way my normal holiday weight gain can be limited. Congratulations and thank you!

  34. I want so much for that first nurse to see you again!!! Great job!! How long have you been primal now?

    1. I’ve been Primal since Nov 2010 and it is so much fun rediscovering real food!

      Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments – it is boosting my determination to lose the last few pounds!

  35. Hi Lin, I hope you read this! Your story is incredibly inspiring to me!! I couldn’t help but smile the whole time I read the post!! Thank you for making my day a bit brighter — and congrats on your great success!!

    If you don’t have a blog, I strongly urge you to get one! You are a wonderful, entertaining, and talented writer!!

    Olivia

  36. Way to go, Lin! Awesome work!

    Love your story about your doctor’s reaction. Always great to confound a medical practitioner!

  37. Congratulations! You look amazing and must feel that way too. Never look back 🙂

  38. “I said, ‘I come from a long line of small round women (I’m 5’3?).’ ‘No,’ said the nurse, ‘you come from a long line of bad eating habits.’ ”

    Britain is probably the only place in the world where you can find nurses to be so blunt to your face. 😉 It must have hurt, but I’m am so glad she said it because it obviously helped move you along to find the right path.

    Congrats!

    1. Great comment. I think many doctors and nurses tread too lightly when it comes to discussions of weight. As uncomfortable as this topic is, more health professionals need to address this topic head on to catalyze people to change their lives. (Of course, it would help if more doctors were on board with the Primal diet and lifestyle, too!)

  39. Yay for Lin! From another woman of a certain age looking to be better at 50 than ever!

  40. Lin, you are my goal weight! I can’t wait till I’m a UK size 12! 😀 (I’m already a US size 10!)

    Congrats!!

    1. I’ve lived in the UK, and, in my experience, you are already a UK size 12 if you’re a US size 10. So, congrats, lol!

  41. Good on ya girl! As a fellow 50ish gal, I love that you are tucking in your shirt! Every middle aged woman knows the untucked shirt is the modern muumuu!

  42. HOLY $#!T! Amazing!
    I guess I can’t use my 40-something metabolism as an excuse anymore =). Kudos to the nurse for actually “giving it to you straight”, though. A lot of doctors won’t say stuff like that bc the patients get mad and won’t come back.

  43. Great job Lin!!! I’m so happy to hear your success story! And it was so well written! You look amazing in your final pictures, you are beautiful!!!

  44. Job well done on getting off of those statins! Congrats Lin!
    Sure wish I could convince my sister to be primal…she swears by a mediterranean diet of breads, pasta, pizza and vegetable oils…yuck.

  45. It’s great that your kids have been so supportive. Very well done! Your story was very enjoyable to read, as well, I like your sense of humor!

  46. Wow! Great job! It’s amazing what less than a year of being Primal can do for a persons health!

    These success stories are what keeps me motivated: I’m always hoping that one day, I’ll be one. 🙂 Down 15 pounds in a month and a half!

  47. Awesome job!!! I know it feels good to have come so far. Yours is a very inspiring story that I will share with family and friends. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  48. GROK APPROVED>>>
    I was able to assist my doctor with retrieving his jaw from the floor when he saw my blood work this spring..LOLOL>>>

  49. I loved this story, it really touched me. Thank you for sharing Lin, and I’m thrilled to see that us “older” women (I’m 46) are not doomed to gain weight as we are told over and over in magazines and news articles. You are an inspiration!

  50. Thanks for sharing an Amazing story.. U look GREAT and I’m sure feel GREAT.. Congrats ..

  51. Very well written and entertaining.
    You should write a book- bet it would be a winner.

    1. Well, actually there is one sitting on my computer, but as i couldn’t even get my family to read it, it has just sat there. So I’ve been editing it for the past 8 years!

  52. Lin, you are awesome. 😀 Thanks for sharing your story with us!!!

  53. It’s hard to imagine that the first and last photos are of the same person. Amazing!!

  54. You go, girl! I love reading stories like yours. I must confess, though, I am unsurprised by your doctor’s reaction. He’s probably been brainwashed by CW, he’d probably allow poor eating to kill him rather than admit that there’s a better way.

  55. Awesome, Lin! Congratulations on your accomplishments. Heehee, you said “stone”, I’d forgotten about those!

  56. Lin, my annual visit was in early June. I was about 40 pounds lighter than last year, and though my cholesterol numbers were up slightly from last year, my trigylcerides were so low as to be laughable (31). I explained that I wanted to know if my LDL was the big fluffy as opposed to the little bb type; my doctor laughed. said he’d never heard it explained that way, but maybe next year we’d look at having that tested.
    Congrats, you look fabulous and so much happier.

  57. Lin, thank you for sharing such a great story. You look fabulous and it is clear you feel great as well. Your posture is so great (relaxed yet confident) in the third photo!

  58. Love seeing these stories about women. Sometimes it seems as if primal/paleo doesn’t work as easily for us, especially those of us in our 50s, so this is great inspiration to keep on trying.

    1. I read this too, that weight loss was virtually impossible during the menopause, but not true!

      50s + menopause + CW = weight gain + frustration
      50s + menopause + Primal = freedom!

  59. I was just getting ready to schedule my yearly physical and blood work when I realized the doctor, who I had spent the last three years educating on the primal lifestyle, has left the practice.

    I have eyeballed another MD at the practice who, based on his profile, appears to be a progressive doctor. Only time will tell if I will be starting over and training another doctor….

  60. Congrats on your sucess!! Great story!
    I love how baffled the Dr was. LOL
    Scary that he had to be educated on somthing that should be basic for Dr’s to know.
    Keep up the great work! 🙂

  61. Off topic, is unrefined palm oil good to cook with? Unfortunately, i can’t afford unrefined coconut oil. What would you suggest?

  62. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This was a fantastic story and just what I needed to feel motivated again. I am 52 and really want to get off the BP meds.

    You look fantastic! Congrats!

    1. It is possible to get off the meds. I was told when I started them that BP was a family trait and even if I lost weight I’d probably have to continue with them. Though I don’t suppose they expected me to lose so much!

  63. Great stuff! Nice to read about a good English success. GPs can be utter dimwits at times. Glad you put yours straight.

  64. Your story was so fun to read. I know what you mean, about needing to be able to answer people knowledgeably about why you eat the way you do. I’m still learning, reading here and there when I can, even though I’m eating primal every day, I can’t always defend why I’m doing it, and it can be frustrating when loved ones don’t understand, or just wont understand (which is probably more often the case.) I also love how you just told your doctor straight out how it is. It sounds like he didn’t give you a hard time either which is…… something. Good for you, I loved reading your story. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Actually the doctors is really nice, one you can talk to. he’s the one that helped me through my depression.

  65. This is awesome.

    In some ways Doctor’s are years behind the knowledge we have available to us.

  66. Yours is a truly inspirational story! Congratulations!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  67. I look at all the terms for different blood tests and my eyes glaze over. Got rid of grains in diet…then found good doc. Blood test numbers are of an athlete in 20’s. I am a woman in 60’s and do a lot of bicycling, skating, running, weights. New doc saw old numbers and asked what I’d been doing…I gave him Mark’s book…he loved it, and he’s been giving that book to his patients!

  68. Thank you everyone. All your kind comments have been overwhelming.
    I am so thankful I found MDA and became Primal – its a lifesaver!

  69. I love your sense of humor about this whole thing – especially if the fat clothes were pretty, that was a bonus! Well said. Congrats on your weight loss and leaving your doc speechless. Priceless.

  70. Doctors should not be labeled the “bad guys” in these stories and comment. If your general practitioner doesn’t see eye to eye with you…find a better one. The belittling of medical doctors in general is completely misguided. Go see an osteopathic doctor who WILL know what you are talking about and won’t send you home with a laundry list of prescriptions to “cure” your problems.

    If you don’t like your doc because they don’t know the simple characteristics of LDL, then go find a new one. I see an MD because my insurance doesn’t cover DO’s but I have never had a problem with the staff not being up to date. My OB/GYN suggested cutting out sugars and carbs completely and taking a folic acid supplement for my chief complaint rather than handing me a pill to take. There are good doctors out there, so don’t throw a few bad ones into the bunch and label them all as less superior.

    1. The doctor in my story is actually very good. I wouldn’t hesitate to see him, he listens and would never just issue a prescription. He helped me through my depression. But I really stumped him with eating fat and losing weight.

  71. Great job. I just started eating primal today. I did Atkins ten years ago and had success, but could not stay on it. I was too run down. Tonight my stomach is not distended and I feel good.

  72. Congratulations Lin! I have a similar success story. I didn’t have any weight to lose, but have been attempting for years to combat familial high cholesterol without meds (after severe digestive and joint side effects from Lipitor and Red Rice Yeast.) I went Primal in January of this year and just had my lipid panel done in May – my LDL went down from 200 to 130, and my HDL up from 55 to 77. My digestive problems are resolved on this diet as well. I’d long suspected that grains and sugars were my worst enemy, and this diet confirmed that to be true. My naturopath tells me she’s seeing more such success stories within her practice, and subscribes to the Primal lifestyle herself – though I initiated the change prior to seeing her. Haven’t yet returned to my G.P., but suspect she’ll still want my LDL down below 100, so may not be as pleased with the numbers as I am.
    Side note: my 23 year old son has also been Paleo since January – much stricter than I am – and has lost 50 pounds, feels and looks great, is more energetic, more inclined to a more active social life, and has had a reduction in rosacea symptoms as well. I’m spreading the word to all who will listen, and gradually I’m seeing a movement here in east Hawaii towards this sensible lifestyle. Yippee!

  73. Last visit, my doc was positively bubbling about another 11 pounds lost. Even though she is (still) ignoring that I no longer eat grains and do eat (according to her) waaayyy too much meat… It’s just about time to bring up reducing blood pressure meds. I do have atrial fibriliation, and am still reading up on that. Any suggestions?

    Way to go, Lin. You look fabulous, including your beautiful smile.

  74. BTW, my doc is a DO. She’s a bit too much on the pill end to suit me, but she is, at least, willing to discuss. I agree that vilifying docs is counterproductive; the main goal should be to get with one who will work with you.

  75. I really enjoyed the pictures, and the story, but I’m not sure if I believe it 100%, as the first two pictures look like “Lin”, or the same woman, but the very last one she’s got her face covering her arm…which I find rather strange, especially since “Marks DA” would want us to really believe that this is a TRUE story. So, even tho the writing is very good, and it all sounds real, i’m just not convinced it is, because of the last picture I’m just not buying it.

    1. I think that’s just how it is with mirror shots. If you want the camera to see what you see in the mirror, then you have to hold it close to your face. And depending on your coordination, it might be quite difficult to get a good “mirror shot” without steadying the camera with both hands. The fact that her face is covered in one pic is not necessarily an indication of a fake story…just saying 🙂

  76. Lin, yours is my favorite success story on this site. 🙂 We have the most in common & I can most relate to you. You are a real person, you didn’t start out as a frustrated fit person who had a spare tire to lose…you really get it. And you really did it! I am about to start on a year of eating Paleo, I am about the same age, weight & height as your starting numbers so the weight you have reached is extremely encouraging for me. I have done Paleo before & know it works but fell off the wagon. I wish you well & thank you for sharing your story. I am looking forward to being where you are in a year from now. Thanks for the encouragement, now I really feel like I can do it! 🙂

  77. Lin, thank you for sharing your story. I am a 40-something mother of four and it is very inspiring to see that the changes you made can work for (formerly) sedentary women in midlife as well as for others. Thank you!

  78. Way to go Lin! I am 55 and you and I have much in common (or had, prior to your success). I’m hovering at about 171 lbs on a 5’5″ frame and miserable! I’ve never weighed this much in my life! My Mom (76 years old) just had quadruple bypass surgery last July and we are both in need of weight loss. I have thyroid issues, high cholesterol/triglycerides and a host of aches and pains. She has heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc.
    We’ve tried to go Primal before but never stuck to it. Huge bread/carb eaters! Lately though, I’m more and more convinced that my headaches and other ailments are probably a result of gluten/sugar intake.
    Anyway, didn’t set out to write a book here, but I feel close to your story and to the inability to afford the grass fed beef, etc. (I know someone is bound to say something to the effect of in the long run, it’s cheaper, etc. well, guess what? That doesn’t work for us. We are on a strict fixed budget and it just isn’t a possibility) I know I can make an improvement with lean cuts of meat and lots of veggies, etc. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration and I’m sure you’ve lost that 12ish pounds you wanted to lose by now.
    Take care!
    Tj

  79. Amazing and inspiring story! Congratulations…You look great! 🙂

    Carla

  80. Congratulations! I have finished with my blood pressure meds too.
    – two different ones a day for the past 6 years -now none in little over a month! I am so glad to have found the Primal Blueprint.