For the First Time Ever, I Feel Healthy and Happy

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!

Hi Mark,

I was always a little on the big side as a kid, but as I got older my weight became a huge (pardon the pun) issue. From quite early on, I was conscious of my weight but hadn’t got a clue how to change things. I went to boarding school at 12, and was dreadfully homesick. My mum sent me back to school with piles of treats to try cheer me up. She was trying to help, but really it did the opposite. Another problem was the poor nutrition in the school. Cereals for breakfast, starchy food for lunch and pizza for dinner. Schools in Ireland need a serious wake up call when it comes to educating students about nutrition. I’m hoping that I can work with schools on this one in the future. So years of eating poor quality food created bad habits, nasty comments in school contributed to low self confidence and body image issues. By 16, I was heavily overweight and had stopped all organised sports in school because of poor fitness and my dented confidence.

That year was the first time my weight had really impacted my health. During the summer, I woke one morning with swollen glands all over, my eyes were almost swollen shut, as was my throat. My mum was so concerned she took me to hospital where I remained for three weeks. I was diagnosed with Glandular Fever. For the next 18 months, I suffered from chronic fatigue, low mood, psoriasis, eczema, cold and flu like symptoms and endless doctors visits. In all that time, no doctor ever suggested elimination of wheat or a change of diet. My diet remained carb and processed-food heavy, and my weight rocketed as my self esteem plummeted.

In hindsight, I don’t think I ever fully recovered from the period when I had glandular fever. Or perhaps I’d done such damage to my body with processed foods that I didn’t know what feeling good felt like anymore. Or maybe I never actually knew what feeling good meant.

I spent my early 20s miserable and depressed, with very little motivation or passion for anything. At 22, a CT scan showed two tumors in my temporal lobe. Now that made me sit bolt upright and think about my life. I had laser therapy, surgery, cryotherapy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and for a long time, nothing worked. At the same time, because of all the blood work I was having done, I was diagnosed with ITP (a blood disorder which causes your body to destroy platelets). My body had turned on me, and seemed intent on destroying me. I struggled with bouts of serious depression, and after confiding in my medical team, the only solution they saw was hospitalisation for depression and more medication. I spent three weeks in a psychiatric hospital that consistently served processed foods to the patients.

Diane - Before

I decided it was time to change. I looked at a photo of myself, and realised I needed to take drastic action and do everything I could to help my recovery. I wanted to get better. I wanted to feel well. Up until I saw this photo, I wasn’t ready to make changes to my lifestyle. I didn’t really know how, I was afraid people would judge me, and I really don’t deal with failure well. Fear held me back. Seeing that photo pushed me into action. I didn’t want to spend the next 50 years depressed, sweaty and obese. I also didn’t want to die. I decided to take every step I could towards improving my physical and mental health. I stocked up on healthy foods and joined a commercial gym. I went religiously every day, and ate according to common nutritional advice (namely the food pyramid). As I started to see progress (my weight was decreasing from a shocking 341 pounds), I started to research how to use nutrition as a tool to improve my health. As I learned more about the inflammatory effects of wheat, and the addictive properties of sugar, I discovered Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution and consequently your blog and The Primal Blueprint.

I jump between paleo and primal, but what is far more important to me than the label of either plan, is the knowledge that I’m eating real food which hasn’t been destroyed by processing and the addition of chemicals. The main reason I find it such a sustainable way of life is that it’s simple. There’s no hard sell of supplements or meal replacement shakes, it’s all about eating clean food which thankfully is in plentiful supply in Ireland.

After cleaning up my diet, I finally started to see progress in overcoming illness. The tumors miraculously shrank, my depression lifted, I had more energy and things looked a little brighter.

I joined an amazing new gym, with amazing coaches and members and I love strength training now. I’ve always had their full support to train during treatment cycles and keep pushing to improve my health. I owe my trainers a lot for their encouragement to keep going.

A year ago this week, I was diagnosed with MS (which I’ve only recently learned is strongly linked to Glandular Fever). That was a tough one to deal with, but I got on with it. I kept training, stuck to my new lifestyle and I’ll keep on going. It will take a really strong tranquilliser dart to stop me living my life!

I’m continuing with DMD for MS and platelet transfusions for the ITP, but as I get stronger and healthier, I’m hoping that nutrition will be my primary medicine and I can step away from traditional methods, despite being told by a neurologist that “no hippy fad diet would keep me from a wheelchair”. I’m not sure Dr. Terry Wahls would agree with that!

Diane - After

Since going fully Primal 15 months ago, my health is the best it has been in years: MS flares are at a minimum, my hair has finally started to grow again despite serious radiation burns to my scalp, I jump out of bed every day excited about what’s in store for me, I honestly never look in the mirror and feel unhappy. There are things I’d like to improve, but that’ll come with training.

It’s now just over two years since I decided to make a change and I have lost over half my body weight, dropped 8 dress sizes, train really hard, lift heavy (who knew that lifting heavy stuff wouldn’t turn girls into men!), eat incredible real food, and have so much energy!

For the first time ever, I feel healthy and happy. Life is fantastic, and I absolutely credit my change in lifestyle with all the positives I’m experiencing now.

I’m four days away from being a fully qualified Personal Trainer, and I am so excited about helping people discover how amazing it feels to be healthy and happy through strength training and nutrition.

Discovering the Primal Blueprint has without a doubt saved my life and changed my life for the better.

Thanks, Mark!

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  1. I admire your strength and composure while dealing with a host of medical issues.

    Best wishes and Happy Holidays…….I will now use your example as a foil for continued motivation……thank you.

  2. OMG! What an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing! You look amazing and your newfound health just radiates off of you! Stay strong! You got this!

  3. Yours is one of the more amazing stories I have read. With best wishes and a Happy Christmas.

  4. Now that’s a great success story! Truly inspiring! If stories like that don’t bring people to the primal lifestyle then nothing will.

    Keep of the good work and keep sharing your story.

  5. WOW! WOW! WOW! That is such a powerful story. And every time I read one like this very depressing that the medical system has no or little insight into how diet affects health.

    1. Thanks for your comment 🙂

      It’s up to each one of us to try to share what we’ve learned with our families and friends… If we can help one person, and encourage them to pay it forward, then we’ve done a great job..

  6. Wow.

    For me this is hands down the most moving success story. Your perseverance and courage is nothing short of amazing!

    I wish you all the best!

  7. Incredible! You look GORGEOUS and should be very proud. Well done

  8. fantastic story and great to see another irish person on the site…really great job, you should be so proud – real food – it’s pretty simple isn’t it!!!

  9. I am so happy that you have found health and a new lease on life. Thanks for sharing your story!!

  10. It’s the season for thanks over here across the pond, so thank you for your inspiring story of personal courage and respect. I wish you continued success, both personally and professionally. Thank you for spreading the good word!

  11. Strong woman! Thank you for your story and continue to grow stronger.

  12. Amazing what you’ve dealt with and I wish you all the success in your PT position. Merry Christmas

  13. My favorite part of this is you’re about to be a personal trainer! So happy you can now help others on their own journeys.

  14. Absolutely wonderful. Best wishes for continued success in all of your endeavors.

  15. Wonderful story, congratulations! By now you’ll no doubt be a personal trainer and with your tenacity and experience you will be inspirational to your clients. You’ve already started by sharing your story. Great job!

    1. Thanks! I feel like I have to share my experiences with people… if I can help someone who feels miserable or is ill, then it’s all worth it 🙂

  16. You are a tremendous inspiration! Best wishes for continued happiness and success.

  17. Keep up with that “hippy fad diet”! Who’d of thought that real food is a fad diet?

  18. WOW! This is the most amazing story I’ve read.! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you get to show that very knowledgable neurologist how with your hippie fad diet you are able to carry the wheelchair, lol!

    1. Frankly, I’d be tempted to pick it up & throw it at him! 🙂

      What a moving & powerful story. Thank you for sharing & inspiring us all!

      1. I know. What a jerk. So glad you didn’t listen to that small minded P****K

        Rock on sweetie!!!!

    2. Seriously — sounds like medicine is not the field he should be in if he can’t have a positive attitude. Good on ya!!

  19. That’s just amazing how you completely turned your life around. Thank you for sharing your story and pics!

  20. Wow, incredible! Great job, so happy for you!! This was a truly inspiring story to read. Thank you so much for sharing.

  21. As soon as you said you were diagnosed with MS, I immediately thought of Dr. Wahls and wondered if you had heard of her. Then in the next sentence you mentioned her name so I knew you were on the right track.

    Gotta love the comment about the “hippie fad diet”! If that mentality wasn’t so sad, it would actually be funny. Thank you for your perseverance and showing how wrong CW can be.

    You are a wonderful inspiration for many folks who don’t know where to turn. You definitely need to get your message and enthusiasm out there, and being a Personal Trainer is a great place to start. Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your journey. All I can say is you GO girl!!!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment!

      Terry Wahls is an inspiration! I fully believe I can maintain my health and avoid further progression of MS through diet.

  22. Congratulations on your health! I worked on an oncology unit for 2 years and have never heard of ITP. So I suppose it must not be very common. Thank you for making awareness of it. I may just have to research it further.

    1. In 1989, my then-9 year old son spent Christmas Eve in Mott Children’s Hospital in AA with ITP. At least in infant/toddlers, gamma-globulin treatment was straight-forward and effective.

  23. Amazing what a person can do when they get on the right track. Good for you and what better way to continue your healthy journey than to give back to others and share your knowledge. Best wishes in your successful and exciting future as health trainer and mentor. You are incredible.

  24. MOTHER OF GOD!!! To read your story of horror and see the first picture only to scroll down and see you now….. MIND is BLOWN!!! You go girl! And your doctor needs a ‘I told you so’ dance on his desk with some booty shaking and twerking screaming ‘how’s that for needing a wheelchair!’

    1. Exactly. I did not expect the second picture. How? How can we not all be so inspired?

  25. HOLY GOOD LORD!! … ahem… I mean, um, you look great! 😉 Wonderful story and outcome, thanks for sharing. I am finishing my CPT as well (and an FNS). Something I hope people will understand, and I have had similar experiences, is that MOST doctors have been fed the same lies (often to a far worse degree) as everyone else and are guilty of being misled. However, there certainly are some who are just @#$% ^&** also. Heehee. Good job, and continued success to you!

  26. What an amazing story – thank you for sharing it, and best of luck to you in your future recovery and profession.

  27. wow, what an amazing transformation! good for you for holding on to hope when things were tough, and gradually making lots of changes! way to stick to it and keeping going!

  28. Amazing transformation! I’m really blown away, you pushed through some serious obstacles. Congratulations on your success, your persistence is inspiring.

    Curious what that doctor said when you mentioned Dr Terry Wahls? Keep up the good work, I’m sure you will make a hell of an impact as a CPT!

    1. I actually never mentioned Dr Terry Wahls to my medical team. Sometimes you’ve to pick your fights, and I know their reaction would be negative & just frustrate me!

  29. So inspirational! Please keep us updated as you continue to hold your MS symptoms at bay. There is MS on both sides of my family, and I am encouraged that some patients are finding relief from the symptoms by adopting the Primal/Paleo lifestyle. Keep up the great positive attitude!

    1. I hope your loved ones find eating real food a positive addition to their lives.

      I wish them all the best 🙂

  30. Incredible. I salute you for your courage and tenacity, you are one strong person and one hell of a fighter! And thanks for reaching out to others, you are truly inspirational. I am so happy you’re feeling better, you certainly look terrific!

  31. Amazing story of perseverance. I strongly recommend reading (if you haven’t already) Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome.” It outline a primal-style diet specially tailored for overcoming neurologically conditions, including MS. I’ve been following the program for twelves months now and have seen more improvements than I can keep track of (I was quite sick, myself). There’s also an interview online between her and Dr. Mercola where she discusses MS (sorry I can’t remember which one it was — I think there are three). All the best to you.

  32. I’m just in awe – your journey from hell to health is just amazing! What a transformation! All because you listened to your body and sought information. Kudos to you!

    I eagerly anticipate Friday – just for these stories. Today’s is just over-the-top awesome!

  33. MONEY. Absolutely beautiful! The look in your eyes in the before and after photos seem to tell it all. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’d love to have an update to see where you are in the future.

  34. You are so beautiful and your story is so inspiring! I especially love that you want to share with other people. You get back so much when you give of yourself; your clients and friends are very lucky to have you!

  35. Beautiful story & a beautiful person. You are a total inspiration.

  36. Wow! Except for your beautiful eyes, I can’t tell you are the same person in your before/after pics! Congratulations and best wishes for a healthy happy life!

  37. Very inspiring indeed.

    I can tell that you are a true fighter, and hearing how you pulled yourself out from the depths, is a great triumph.

    Best of luck in your efforts to become a trainer and continue to help others.

  38. Wow! Even more impressive than your physical transformation is your amazing positive attitude. Very inspiring. Good luck!

  39. WOW!!! The most impressive transformation and “after” photo I’ve ever seen! You are absolutely gorgeous!! I know you will help a lot of people find the way to health in your new role as a trainer. Merry Christmas!

  40. I love your story!!! I am sitting here in tears. I have been primal for 2.5 weeks and your story was so up lifting. How can you argue with people that have been able to turn their health around and Mark Sisson who is totally buff at the age of 60! Way to go !!!!!

  41. You are a true inspiration , I cried and smiled the same time, you go girl, how you feel far outweighs anything on the outside, but never the less a fabulous side effect xx

  42. Congratulations on your perseverance and determination to find a way to heal yourself after CW failed. On your MS diagnosis–there is an awesome book called “COULD IT BE B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses” by Sally Pacholok and Jeffery Stuart. In the book they state and demonstrate with plentiful research and anecdotal evidence that a lot of “MS” diagnoses are actually profound B12 deficiencies and that when intensive B12 therapy is begun symptoms disappear. The book is available on Amazon and just reading the reviews is an eye-opening education. Good luck with your new career!

    1. That book literally saved my life! B12 deficiency is the first thing I thought of too as cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy deplete the body of vitamin B12 and cause an MS-like presentation.

      1. Fantastic transformation, you look absolutely amazing. Good luck with your future career and improving your health.
        Just to follow on from the vitamin deficiency line of thinking, I went to a talk last weekend by a researcher in the field of MS – he talked about the correlation between Vit D deficiency (including the impact of prenatal levels), geographic exposure to sunlight and incidence of MS. Just another reason to embrace this way of life fully.

  43. WOW, I am so happy to read this, what an amazing story and transformation, wow, its all I can say.. brought tears to my eyes reading this and looking at the before and after pictures, truly well done, congratulations!! I’m in awe of your journey, well done and keep well…..

  44. Also in tears and smiling big, and sending you lots of admiration and support. What an inspiration you are! Please keep us updated.

    1. I also agree, with Lynn, we must hear more about this story, in monthly installments please… fantastic!

  45. Well done! Thank you for sharing your story and pictures. You look so healthy and filled with life :-))

  46. I’ve read MDA since it’s inception, but have never left a comment. I had to do it today. OMG…you are smoking hot! I am so happy for you, that an MDA-style lifestyle seems to have eliminated or largely downgraded most of your sserious health issues. Best wishes from me to you, for your continued good health.

  47. “It will take a really strong tranquilizer dart to stop me living my life!” Love that, think I’ll have it put on a T-shirt. Congratulations

  48. you look great! you can see the difference in you eyes, they are shining now! thanks for sharing your story, and i love that you are proving that food is medicine!

  49. To the neurologist who said that “no hippy fad diet would keep me from a wheelchair” first do no harm! That kind of negativity can create a reality for a lot of people. I remember when my endocrinologist told me I needed to irradiate my thyroid and then take synthroid for the rest of my life, I just walked away from her. That made so little sense to me I couldn’t even take the time to argue. 14 years later I still have my thyroid and it works at about 90% efficiency. I take rare meds for it.

    Good for your for taking your time with this process and getting it right.

  50. And I was feeling sorry for myself today (for the people I have to deal with at work). Thank you for providing some perspective on what a real challenge is!

  51. O. M. G! I think I’ve read every success story on mda but yours is mind-blowing! What an incredible story of persistence and overcoming great obstacles! Your photos left me speechless but best of all are the stunning health improvements you have made! What awesomeness! Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story!!!

    Sláinte mhaith!

  52. Wow good for you and thank you for telling us! You are inspiring me!

  53. No words. You are awesome, and inspiring. You will be a FANTASTIC personal trainer.

  54. Amazing story. I envy you living in a country with so many fresh, genuine, whole food resources. Looking great. You did a great job.

  55. WOW! GREAT inspirational story! That’s the best of being…..human!

  56. All I can do is (: at your progress. 😀 I am grateful for your healthier life!

  57. From one Paleo/Primal MS’er to another – diet works! I was diagnosed 5 years ago adopted a gluten free then grain free diet and feel better than I did 10 years ago(no exacerbations in the 5 years)! You look great and even better you sound positive which is so important in fighting MS. Interesting about the glandular fever association-I didn’t know that.

    My Neurologist told me diet makes no difference and his assistant told me I have no control over my disease-so basically I should just take injections and shut up I guess. So glad I didn’t listen. After alot of research I decided to try LDN (low dose naltrexone) and have no regrets. I wish you lots of luck and am confident that you will do great!

  58. Your transformation is incredible. I am completely blown away. Overcoming so many obstacles and then becoming a trainer so that you can pay it forward. You are really inspiring. Grok on

  59. I am simply in awe of what you stated with, went through, and (fortunately) found your way to the Primal Blueprint. Attitude is everything and yours is awesome! So happy you’re doing so well these days and wish you only the best in your PT experience. I’m sure your clients will learn a lot from you. Hard work and perseverance bring rewards – you’ve proven that!

    Grok on! 🙂

  60. Absoloutely fantastic sucess story, you are an inspiration! As another poster said great to see more people from Ireland on MDA, For a country that is so rich in healthy natural produce we are so uneducated about food. When I try to explain primal/paleo to people I get the “fad hippie diet” thing aswell.

    Congrats again on your journey, you have an inner strength that most of us can only dream about!!

  61. Your story is so inspiring! I am impressed that you maintain a positive attitude and motivation to live your best life possible. Keep going!

  62. I recently changed my eating habits (3 months ago) and just started exercising (Thanksgiving) and find your story inspirational. Wonder if the supplements listed in Dr. Perlmutter’s Grain Brain book would help keep the MS in check.

    I pray that your health continues to improve and that the MS doesn’t ever progress.

  63. That is a great story that could motivate anyone to look into PB. I’ve just started looking into PB within the last week and am sold! I love researching on this site, there is a wealth of knowledge. Previously I was looking into the blood type diet but it just didn’t seem to hit home like primal does.

  64. My favorite transformation story–EVER. Keep going. My neurologist diagnosed me with a rare disease that mimics MS. I was receiving platelet transfusions for over a year. My health has returned and there’s no longer any sign of an autoimmune disease. 🙂 (My neuro said that this “remission” has nothing to do with diet–I suppose that’s job security for her). I have a feeling that this spontaneous recovery is going to happen for you as well.

  65. When I paged to the “after” picture all I couls say is WOW!

  66. Oh wow this story is awesome! You radiate health in your after picture, and your enthusiasm for life comes right through in your words. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us, if it just inspires one more person to stick with the program then yay! I suspect you will inspire many more though, through your words and your personal training.

    And by the way, if eating fresh, natural, unrefined food is a “hippy fad diet” then call me a hippy any day, and I’ll take it as a compliment!

    As others suggested – I think you should do the dance on the neurologists desk right before you throw somebody else’s wheelchair at him.

  67. I got hooked on reading these Friday transformations and started sharing them for two specific friends to see. I think yours is the most remarkable and inspiring yet.

  68. Wow. I’ve been reading for a couple years now and I’ve never commented before but I had to here. This is an amazing change and story. I hope you do prove your doctors wrong and you won’t be the first person to do so. A great job and I have to say I’m a bit inspired. Thank you.

  69. You are a very strong woman indeed. Despite being a muscular male I feel like a weak creature in comparison 🙂 I wonder if you heard about prof. George Jelinek MD and his book “Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis”. His approach is different fm that of Terry Wahls, but at least for him it is efficient. He also has MS and remains relapse free for over a decade. Worth to check it out. Best wishes for the holiday season and keep the fighting spirit. Very inspirational indeed. If your conditions improve further, consider writing a book! It could help milions of people. Really.

  70. Just like every other response…WOW. These are the types of stories that cause me to reflect on my own life when things are not going well. You are an inspiration to me, and based on the responses, countless others. Grok on, girl!

  71. Congratulations! This hippie fad diet has helped me lose nearly half of my body weight as well. All biological markers of good health have improved as well…so much for conventional wisdom! Thank you for sharing your story, and thank you to Mark for providing this site!

  72. I’m picking my jaw up off the desk- you look phenomenal!!
    Thank goodness you made the decision to fight for your own health and discover what your body truly needed.
    3 cheers for you!!

  73. So inspirational Diane. Congrats on becoming a PT. You’ve earned all these great comments here because you worked so hard, well done, amazing!

  74. Wow, you are a real inspiration. I admire your strength, and you look beautiful. I wish I lived in Ireland so I could be your training client!! I am happy to hear of the success you are having against illness, and I love your spirit!

  75. Congratulations on your healthy transformation,
    you mentioned in Ireland there is plenty of clean food. I have been studying here in the US about GMO (genetically modified foods) and MSG and learning that other country’s wont allow them. We need to fight the GMO movement here. I know we say buy organic but eventually organic crops will be contaminated by cross pollination, we are in deep trouble here.
    Perhaps Mark can discuss this issue.

  76. Hi there Diane-Irish girl here in Kerry who’s been fighting host of health issues for years. Tried every doctor known to man, and eaten every painkiller on the market. Have just been given the inpetus by you to try the diet route and see where it will take me. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you, thank you, thank you 🙂

    1. Nobody can promise that diet will cure you 100%, but I can guarantee that eating real food will never ever make things worse.

      Follow me on FB & my blog… if you ever have any questions feel free to contact me.

      Good luck 🙂

      1. Hi there Diane-Kerry Gal back to you again-wondering what your blog address is? Would love to read more. Many thanks, all encouragement needed!:)

  77. Wow what an amazing transformation. I can’t recognize you as the person in the first photo. In fact, you are not. Enjoy your new life as a personal trainer!

  78. Awesome transformation! You’re the best looking “hippy” I’ve ever seen! LOL I’ll loan you my wheelchair to throw at that neurologist! 😀 Congrats at becoming a Personal Trainer!

  79. So amazed to read this story. It’s truly inspirational!

    I recently heard an amazing TED talk from a physician who managed to tackle most of her own MS symptoms using nutrition alone, and I wanted to post it here for folks who may be struggling with this disease:

    God bless!

  80. Thanks for sharing your story. I had a doctor suggest I was going to be in a wheelchair 15 years ago when I was diagnosed with MS. Thankfully, I am walking (not that crazy about jogging:-), weightlifting and have a black belt in karate. Have been off DMDs since 2006. Stay strong.

  81. Wow! What an inspiring story! 🙂 I am 41, and just starting my paleo journey (20 pounds down, and only 200 to go!) But I will keep you in mind as a source of inspiration. I am lucky to have my health, despite my age and weight. I am hopeful that yours will continue to improve!
    I am also so glad to hear that your depression has lifted. I have found that my depression and anxiety (I have atypical depression) are far more manageable on paleo. You look fantastic, too, by the way!

  82. I have a Photon Genius that would absolutely help your MS. Check out the Ed Skilling Institute in Phoenix, AZ. Work until you whip it; don’t ever quit. MS is overcomeable.

  83. I have a Photon Genius here in Oregon that would help with your MS. Check out the Ed Skilling Institute in Phoenix, AZ. Don’t quit until you whip MS. It will be entirely up to you to beat this. Don’t turn over your health to others.

  84. Wow. Great transformation story!! I have ITP for about 2-3 years, and it has not improved since. I’m considering Paleo but it makes me nervous because unfortunately I have food addiction of some foods, and struggle with stopping these foods. I’m curious how long did it take for your ITP to stop and platelet level improved to normal range?? I’m at 39,000. ????

  85. Well done Diane! I attended a convent school then, as a student, boarded in another convent: food was mostly wheat (pasta, quiches and pies with hardly any meat/vegs in them) and potatoes. Diminutive amounts of fish (white, non oily, probably cod, overboiled) and meat (cheap cuts of beef and badly cooked liver which they had allowed to cool – stank and felt like eating shoesole). Dessert was often tapiocca pudding or semolina or rice pudding. The lack of colour and smells and flavours (my father liked Mediterranean food…) was utterly depressing. I had constant diarrhea and bloating, which disappeared when I was on holiday and ate proper food… MS has a high incidence in people of my ethnical origin, I have had MS like symptoms in the past (tripping + numb hands & loss of grip strength, probably caused by cervical and thoracic slipped discs) but staying gluten and dairy free, taking vit D supplements, going to the gym, and seeing a physio, really helps. Quite interesting to read about the ITP, just met a lady who had it as well!

  86. What an amazing story and journey. Well done on your fortitude and determination. You look beautiful!

  87. Congrats! Btw, you look beautiful in both the before and after pictures.

  88. Wow, I am really inspired by your strength and determination. You look amazing!

  89. My mom died from MS and I still want to blame her doctors for always trying to medicate it away. I wish I had encouraged her take a more holistic approach and amend her eating and exercise habits as well. All we can do though is be the example of our advice and I’m working on that and you are an inspiration!!! Primal does seem to be the right track to combat so many ailments and disease. Keep the contagious enthusiasm for life up!