Five Years Paleo—and NEVER Looking Back!

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Three days before Thanksgiving, my husband came home and told me “We are going Paleo today!” We had been hearing about the amazing benefits of going Paleo from friends, but I was skeptical!

How could anyone maintain that as a lifestyle? I don’t want to do another yo-yo diet! There is NO way this is going to cure us.

After battling depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anemia and IBS for years, I decided that the doctors weren’t being helpful, and I was sick of feeling emotionless on medication.

“You are too young, it must be stress! Take this pill and this pill twice a day!” – I am so over hearing this!

My husband suffered from severe social anxiety and bladder issues that were also chalked up to stress. He was in and out of the doctor for the bladder problems, but no one had any explanation. We both decided that if the doctors couldn’t give us a good reason, we needed an alternative.

No one ever asked about our diet. Doctors didn’t seem to care or bother to link food to health.

Paleo promised us a change, one that I was very reluctant to believe in but, at that point, we needed to try something else.

After I began reading success stories, I was immediately intrigued to see if food really could heal!


We jumped right in 3 days before Thanksgiving in 2011. The first holiday Paleo was tough but when we got home, we bought a copy of Mark Sisson’s 21-Day Total Body Transformation, Melissa and Doug Hartwig’s It Starts with Food and Practical Paleo’s Cookbook. These were the only books our local bookstore had in stock for Paleo. We devoured every tip, trick and fact we could read about Paleo.

By day 10 of our 21 day transformation, we were hooked on Paleo.

Not only did Brandon’s bladder issue go away almost immediately, but he lost over 60 pounds in the first 3 months.

It’s been 5 years, and I have yet to have a severe panic attack or need medication. I no longer suffer from IBS or anemia.

Brandon and I both became relieved from anxiety, and my depression is now manageable and only occurs seasonally! (I still hate being cooped up in the winter season!)

The truth is, I was so against going Paleo because of my preconceived ideas against the word “DIET.” I didn’t think Paleo was going to help, and I didn’t want to feel like I was on yet another failed diet plan.

This Thanksgiving week, we are celebrating 5 years. 5 years of freedom from medication and medical conditions. 5 years of freedom from bloating and exhaustion. 5 years of freedom from the fear of my next panic attack.

We have come a long way and continue to learn how to improve our Paleo journey. Paleo has given us an entire life change. We now have 2 beautiful kids, and we’ve never felt better.

I started blogging my Paleo journey with a friend on a website called farm fresh and active. Now I write full time for I share recipes and I coach others on their Paleo journey.

My husband is now the lead bassist in our church, and he plays for over 1300 people every Sunday. He has taken on a new job and leadership positions at work.

I’m no longer anemic, and both our kids are fantastic eaters! We couldn’t imagine where we would have been if we hadn’t found Mark’s Daily Apple and a few other informative bloggers. We’ve been so blessed to watch others begin their Paleo journey and inspire others to Go Paleo.

So from Paleo skeptic to Paleo blogger, I now know that Paleo is truly powerful and can drastically improve lives.


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    1. Occasionally the comment box won’t let me originate a comment because it lacks the “I’m not a robot” section, for whatever reason. I do get the proper comment box when I reply to someone else’s comment, so I’m tacking a reply onto Nocona’s comment. No offense intended, Nocona.

      Administration: Can you please fix this problem!!

      My point is that Thanksgiving isn’t all that difficult. You just need to remember to stick with turkey and Paleo-prepared veggies and skip the other stuff. This is easier to do at home, of course, but I’ve successfully managed it even as a guest at someone else’s Thanksgiving dinner. People were so busy with their own plates that nobody even noticed that I wasn’t eating the stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc.

      1. I’m not a robot but perhaps if I was I could read the small gray text the comments section uses. But let’s not worry about the users because designers love this faint gray text. It’s all over the web. Just make it larger and darker already. It’s meant to be about functionality not fashion.

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          1. I’m a web developer. The size and color of the text is objectively bad from a user experience perspective. Users should not have to make individual adjustments to websites to make up for a lack of development care. I suggest the owner and developer of this site peruse some other comments sections to see how it’s done. The comments section text size and color should at least be the same as the main article above which is quite legible. These adjustments take literally 60 seconds.

  1. Awesome transformation and great story!

    Interesting that you attribute your paleo lifestyle to eliminating, among other things, your panic episodes. My diet is uber paleo compliant, I exercise daily etc. but none of that has mitigated my panic attacks. Everyone up to a point has a different body chemistry I suppose. I’m very anti-pharmaceutical but one particular brand of anti-depressant is the only thing that seems to keep the panic at bay. I’ve been to group therapy, individual therapy, done deep breathing, take supplements to increase serotonin the whole nine yards.

    Anyway … again congrats and thanks for sharing and inspiring us!

    1. I’m sorry to hear you suffer from panic attacks as well. Several people in my family deal with debilitating anxiety and depression and some have had success with treating it naturally. When we switched to Paleo, I didn’t expect the outcome but was pleasantly surprised. Leading up to paleo I was trying several things to help- even going caffeine free. I still have to be careful eating chocolate or too many paleo sweets because I can sense changes in my mood when I overdo it. I use a lot of essential oils to help my seasonal depression too. I hate hearing of others still suffering, even when they are following Paleo- wishing you the best in your journey.

  2. Great story, Kimberly! Glad to hear primal/paleo has helped you and your husband in so many areas of your lives.

  3. Wow a picture paints a 1000 words you all look so healthy and vibrant and are a great testimony to the Power of Paleo..Thanks for your story.

  4. Great, you both looking stunning together. it’s nice to hear how going Paleo changed your lives. Your transformation story will really motivate thousand of people.Thanks a ton for your story.

  5. Thanks for all the kind words! We are living/ loving Paleo. It is an absolute honor to have my hubby with me every step of the way. Cheers to Mark Sisson for inspiring us and always providing research to help us navigate our way.

    1. A highly inspiring success story – congratulations, Kimberly!

      What did your particular version of Paleo look like in general? Did you shun all grains, all dairy, all legumes and all nightshades (including potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes and peppers)? Or did you include some of these foods? What about processed meat like store-bought sausages and bacon? Are you using any sweeteners?

  6. What a wonderful story of a couple sharing the Primal journey together! You are blessed to have each other’s support. I’m so happy for both of you, The biggest gift is feeling better. I’m going to check out your blog!

  7. I am so impressed by you guys!!! And I love that your children eat the way you do. Growing up I was always sick and the gift you are giving your kids is one that will have profound impact on their lives and their well being.

    WAY TO GO!!! 🙂

  8. You guys look great! and even your hair (her hair) looks vital and happy now… just a side benefit of great nutrition… comes out of your pores 🙂
    Congrats to you both.

  9. Are these the same people? Another great story and happy to hear 2 more kids on board! (We need it since schools still teaching the SAD plan).

  10. Wow, 5 years late you both look at least 5 years younger and a million times fitter, happier and healthier. Amazing that huh?

  11. Happy Anniversary! It’s amazing how much more healthy you both look now. And younger, too! Congratulations.

  12. Amaaaaaazing job you two! I cannot believe that’s the same guy! I’m totally inspired and working on Paleo messaging right now with my hubbie so we can follow suit. Happy 6th Thanksgiving!

  13. Hi, I like to say congratulations to you both on your breakthrough.

    That is a very inspirational story to me and others wanting to lose weight, stay healthy and still eat well without compromising much of what we ate or used to eat when we were young.

  14. Hey
    You can compromise with your daily routine and your diet after that you are looking like this now, I see a huge change in both of you before and now what you are, Looking nice.