I Feel Like I Finally Have Control Over My Life

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!


I want to thank you for changing my life. I reached my peak weight of 292 pounds in 2011 at 23 years old. I had everything going for me, but I still wasn’t happy because I felt so trapped in my body. I was recently married to the love of my life, I was managing my family’s Middle Eastern restaurant, and about to graduate college after six years of schooling. Even though my life was going so great, I was horribly depressed.

My life has always revolved around food. My dad is Lebanese, and owns a Lebanese restaurant which I feel like I’ve been working at since I could barely walk. I learned that celebrations always included food, and when I was feeling down or things weren’t going my way that food was always there for me. I was always a heavy kid, but I didn’t really start to blow up until high school. I hated high school as many people do because I felt like I didn’t fit in, didn’t have many friends, etc. When I turned 16 I got a car, and I had money from working at my family’s restaurant, so the daily trips to Wendy’s started. I got two spicy chicken sandwiches and french fries almost every day after school, then went home for a big dinner with my family. Before I even realized what was happening I was pushing 300 pounds for the first time in my life.

I stayed that big until the first year of college. I thought I wanted to get away from my family so I chose a college that was in the mountains, about three hours away. I ended up losing about 60 pounds that year because I didn’t have a car, and had to walk everywhere. My dorm was on the top of a very large hill, and the cafeteria at the bottom. When it’s 0 degrees outside and there are about 300 steps between you and food, many times you chose to just go hungry, or at least I did. After one year at that college I decided to come back home. I started working at the restaurant again, moved in with some friends and truly was relying completely on myself for the first time in my life. For the next year I tried doing the Atkins diet off an on. Which really looked like carb restricting for two weeks, then carb binging for two weeks. When I was carb restricting and trying to limit myself to 20 g of carbs a day, I was only living on meat and cheese and I felt so gross. Then when I was carb binging, I felt even worse. Somehow I managed to lose another 20 pounds like that though over the course of a year, leaving me at the lowest weight of 210 that I had been in years.

Fairuz - 292

Then I met my future husband. Instantly we knew that we wanted to be together, get married and go the whole nine yards. I felt like I was in La La Land for the first six months and completely forgot about the dieting. I feel like we ate out every night, he brought me chocolate all the time, basically celebrated the new found relationship with food. For him, it was nothing because he has always been naturally skinny and able to eat whatever he wanted without gaining any weight. But for me it was another story. I gained the 80 pounds I had lost and then some within a matter of months. I stayed around 300 pounds through our engagement and wedding and for the next couple months afterwards. Then I had a wake up call. I saw some pictures of me from my husband’s birthday party and knew I had to get serious. One of my friends had mentioned MyFitnessPal.com on Facebook and I decided to check it out. I liked it and with my sedentary office job I was able to be on the computer and track all my food no problem. I joined there on 8/5/11 at 292 pounds. After 4 months on MFP and strictly calorie counting without a change in diet, I had lost about 30 pounds. But my dedication was wavering and my weight loss slowing down very quickly. On the forums on MFP I saw alot of people mentioning the Primal/paleo diet and luckily for me, one of them posted a link to Mark’s Daily Apple. I was hooked. I spent hours reading through all the material on the website, looking up different recipes, downloading the free ebooks, etc. This was the first “diet” that ever made sense to me! It was like my big AH HAH! moment. I asked for your book The Primal Blueprint for Christmas, and devoured it within a couple of days. From there on I was Primal. The first couple weeks were the hardest, because my body was shifting from being a sugar burner to a fat burner, and I was trying to adjust my eating habits and figuring out new favorite foods. But after that I feel like this has been so easy and effortless. The weight has literally melted off, without killing myself in the gym, without starving myself, without feeling sick. In one year I’ve lost 94 pounds to be at my current weight of 168. I didn’t exercise, but did have a change in activity level, with my dad opening a new store and me being promoted to the general manager rather than the office manager. I work about 55-60 hours a week now with most of it being on my feet, walking around the store, lifting boxes, bus tubs, etc. I didn’t start actually working out until about a month ago when I decided I wanted to start toning and lifting weights.

Fairuz - Flexin' Fairuz - Flexin' 2

Now, I feel like I’m a completely different person, I’m so happy and I don’t feel trapped in my body anymore. I feel like nothing is holding me back anymore. I feel so powerful because I can run, jump, lift, stretch without becoming out of breath or needing to take a break. I have so much energy! I don’t have to obsess over what I’m eating, I just eat along the Primal guidelines and know that I’m feeding my body nutritious food that it craves. Food has become fuel (delicious fuel!!) but it is no longer my comfort, my shoulder to cry on, my means to celebrate, or my dirty secret. I literally do not remember ever being this weight, although logically I know I must have been at some point. When I went from kids clothes to the adult department I immediately went into a size 12, and then a few months later I had to start shopping at the plus size store. Now I’m a size 8 pants, and a medium top….and I can shop ANYWHERE! For the first time in my life, I can shop in any store. I ran a mile for the first time in my life this month too! As far as my relationship with my husband, we are better than ever. My new found confidence has improved the relationship, and I feel like he doesn’t have to worry about me anymore. He knows that I’m healthy and gonna be around for a long time with him. And that he gets to enjoy my happiness, rather than try to pull me out of depression.

Fairuz and Friend - After Fairuz - After

Now my plans are to eat Primal for the rest of my life, lose eight more pounds to get to my goal of 160 and to continue toning and lifting weights to maximize my body’s potential. I am so excited about the future and I feel like I finally have control over my life. I can’t wait to update you in a year after weight training to show you where my body is at then!

Fairuz - Before and After

Fairuz - Before and After 2


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    1. Atta girl! I’m so proud of you. You look amazing in your pics and I’m sure you feel amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your story. It’s super cool that you got to share it here! Woo-hoo!

    1. The print dresses looked good in the before pictures but they really aren’t working in the after pictures.

      However, that black dress is definitely working now! Amazing!

      1. I think the point was to show that she’s swimming in them now… 😉

        Incredible transformation!

        1. Yeah, I got that. It’s just funny to me because the pinkish dress looked pretty great on the old Fairuz but it’s just a sack on the new Fairuz. But that black dress is the perfect picture of a wholesome, vibrant, happy, sexy woman, it’s stunning, I love it!

          Fairuz, you did a great job with all the pictures, it really illustrated your story in total.

      2. +1 The old dresses show how far you have come. But you are definitely killing it in that black dress!

  1. Wow, congrats on the weight loss and discovering primal. In that last picture you don’t look like you are even the same person. Keep up the good work.

  2. You were beautiful when you were heavy, but you are gorgeous now! Congratulations, especially on how great you FEEL and on being able to LIVE freely. 🙂

    1. (I agree..and that beauty shines through fat or slim.)
      How wonderful to have come this far. Your smile says it all:)

  3. Muy excelente, Fairuz! Really very impressive. I can’t wait to see your pictures in a year too!

  4. Congratulations on being awesome! Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. You look terrific! the first picture is how everyone feels before finding this site, I think.

    1. Took me a moment to figure that first pic out when I first saw it, but I agree. 🙂

  6. Fairuz, is that even you?? You look terrific. I’m so glad that you still have everything going for you…but feel great, to boot!

  7. Your story has inspired me and will inspire many
    more. Thank you.

  8. I can definitely relate to your story as far as where you are coming from. My journey is just over 13 months old and I’ve got a ways to go. You’re looking great! I’m hoping I can do the same in good time as well.

  9. Amazing! Awesome! and Wonderful! The greatest thing about this story is the millions who will hear about it now and the lives that will be changed because of it. Congratulations!

  10. You look amazing and are such an inspiration. I wish everyone would find primal/paleo like we have. It’s awesome.

  11. Wow Fairuz! You look amazing, you look radiant and you look confident. The Primal family is proud of you, and inspired by you. I will be looking for your pics in another year because I know they will be even more amazing,
    See you then.

  12. What an inspiration you are and congratulations on not only the loss of weight but the gain of self esteem and health. You are just lovely and should be so proud of yourself!

  13. You look wonderful! So healthy and happy! Thanks for sharing your story.

  14. “Food has become fuel (delicious fuel!!) but it is no longer my comfort, my shoulder to cry on, my means to celebrate, or my dirty secret.”

    I think you found the secret, girlfriend. Awesome. You are one of my favorite Friday inspirations.

    1. Mine too. I love that quote above because I can so relate to it coming from a Southern family who comforts, celebrates and creates all through food. So thankful to MDA for helping me see what you saw…food is fuel…period.
      Congratulations on the transformation and truly LIVING!

  15. You are fabulous! I am so happy for you. What an incredible accomplishment, you showed enormous discipline and focus to get where you are today. You showed you have the inner resources to accomplish anything you set your mind to. You’re a winner!

    That’s some impressive muscle already, work on that for a year and I’m sure you will be a rockstar fitness goddess.

  16. Congrats! You look amazing!! Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring others….and me!

  17. What a beautiful girl. You were beautiful before, but even more so now, not least because your inner confidence shines through. Which isn’t surprising with such a fantastic story, so inspiring. Well done, you should be so proud of yourself!!!!!!

  18. Absolutely amazing!! Very inspirational. Keep up the great work!

  19. This is a pretty mind-blowing transformation. Pictures tell a thousand words.
    I’m so happy you found your way to a healthy you. You look fenomenal!

  20. I think this is the best success story I’ve read. I’m wondering Fairuz, are you able to eat anything in your father’s restaurant? I love Lebanese food, but it seems that the main ingredients are garbanzo beans (hummus) and wheat (pita and my favorite, fatouch). I guess you’ve had enough Lebanese food for a lifetime.

    1. I was just about to ask the same thing. The restaurants we have around me have everything served with bread or on a bed of rice. And of course, I miss out of the amazing hummus they serve.

      Were you tempted a lot in that first year being around so much food you can’t eat? Or do you have recommendations of what to order in a Lebanese restaurant to stay paleo/primal?

      1. Yes I was able to eat alot of stuff actually! Luckily my families restaurant carries a very wide variety of dishes, but I usually stuck to Kebobs and salad….fatoush and greek salad are always a winner. And tahini dressing is completely primal as well. If you want a primal version of hummus, you can always try baba ghanouj which is made the same way but with eggplant. Alot of middle eastern places will also have roasted vegetables of something like that.

    2. I’m able to find something at almost any restaurant, kebobs and salads is my staple though at a lebanese place, and I can never get sick of it, it’s in my blood!

  21. Congratulations! I may sound whatever but you looked beautiful before and now you are Gorgeous healthy looking beautiful woman.GROK ON GIRLY!

  22. I wonder how many whispers you set off at your husband’s workplace. “I’ve seen his wedding pictures. He’s married!”

    1. lol! They better keep their hands off my hubby! He is ALL MINE.

  23. That’s a mind-blowing transformation, Fairuz. So… you’re the GM of a restaurant, and I’ve no doubt your family has started to approve of the way you eat. Has it changed the menu?

    1. It hasn’t changed the menu but it has inspired the employees to be better trained on special diets and allergens in food, like gluten, dairy, soy, etc.

  24. Amazing story! Can you describe how your diet fits in with your family’s diet? I am also of Middle Eastern descent, and when I visit my parents (which is months between) the food is always laid out as it always had been. I try not to be picky and keep to a primal palate because it can offend my mom. How does your family cope with your lifestyle?

    1. Well, my family usually always has a main meat item and a big salad at any gathering, I can definitely always eat that. Once I went on the primal diet, they started to make more sides I could eat, like roasted vegetables, etc. My sister even made some primal cookies for xmas!

      1. Fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, healthy fats, and seeds, nuts, cheese, dates, olive oil, are all HUGE parts of a middle eastern diet and a primal one.

  25. Great transformation. And your smile is contagious. I love Fridays at MDA.

  26. The Primal family bows down to another angel in this mad world…there is no stopping us now. We are changing the world one person at a time.

  27. lots of comments about how great you look…and you do! BUT to me, the best parts of your entry were about how you don’t have to count calories and how you love to feel strong!!!
    best outcomes in my book, regardless of what the exterior looks like. good for you!

  28. Masha’Allah!!! You are so beautiful before and even more so after. I was just praying to find a story like yours today! I’m also so glad you have taken control early in your marriage. My DH sounds like yours and can eat whatever. We married at 416 and I’m now pregnant with #3 and still at 419. Never been below 317. We’ve been married 10 years and I feel as I shortchanged our marriage thus far!

    I do have a question for you.. you mentioned Atkins before with meat and cheese… what did you change when going primal? Do you eat salads, veggies, fruits, etc now?

    And the Lebanese restaurant I used to eat at in NYC had this AMAZING soup(broth) that was served at the beginning with the bread. To be honest, the soup is amazing. I believe it is a lamb-based soup. If you perhaps know of which one I’m referring too, please share a recipe! I think it should be primal or able to tweak a little!

    Wishing you much happiness and many years to come!


    1. Hey Amanda, I don’t know what the soup is but it sounds delicious! Losing weight helped my marraige so much because it changed my confidence and happiness, my husband always thought I was beautiful and never complained about my weight, but now I FEEL beautiful too. When I went to primal I began eating alot more vegetables and fruit, instead of being scared of the carbs in them I embraced the their nutritious nature.

  29. One other question if you do not mind… did you switch to grass-fed meat or what kind of meat did you usually eat… fish, beef, lamb, chicken, pork, etc??? Did you notice eating one kind helped over the other?

    1. I didn’t switch to grassfed meat, because I do primal on a budget. Any protein is good in my book as long as it’s not processed!

  30. WOW! You are beautiful! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

  31. You look radiant, Fairuz!

    Reading your story, it struck me what a big (and often negative) role food plays in various cultures. Or should I say, the role cultures play in various food.

    My family is Ukrainian and the cultural conditioning around what to eat, when to eat and how much to eat is so powerful that suggesting anything “primal” would make you look like a loony case. Perhaps you can relate..

    Keep it up Fairuz! 😉

    1. Yes, in my pita-centric family, I was often looked at wierdly when I refused the bread, rice, beans, etc….but once they saw the results they started to all support my “crazy” diet.

  32. what a change! i love the photo in the black dress. very sexy!

  33. Wow great Fairuz! I can totally relate to the feeling of Paleo just making sense! You actually understand it. What other diet does that?

  34. Excellent job! Very inspirational. I recently started going primal and hope I have the success that you have had!

  35. You obviously came to MDA and succeeded because it’s not just another diet–it’s a compelling turn to natural primal living.

    Like everyone else here- I am proud of your success– and the encouragement to all who know you!


  36. Awesome! You really are inspiring. Congrats and keep up the good work!

  37. Awesome story, Fairuz. I am so very happy for you that you figured this out in your twenties. What a great boost for you and your emotional and physical health. Congratulations!

  38. Wonderful! Congrats! You look radiant in the before pictures and wonderful, healthy, and strong in the after. I can totally relate to food as a focus of life’s ups and downs. The hardest part of a permanent lifestyle change is making food fuel again instead of “happiness”. Thanks for sharing your story.

  39. Wow, you are absolutely stunning. Well done on your transformation… And ditch those old clothes! Girl- you will never need those again;)

  40. Thanks for having some smiling “before” pics. You were beautiful before and stunning after.

    I also recommend the myfitnesspal site for anybody who eats for reasons other than simple hunger. It’s great for increasing awareness.

  41. I ALWAYS look forward to these Friday success stories, but I never leave comments. I just want to tell you that you are BEAUTIFUL, and you look amazing! What an inspiration you will be to so many!!! (((hugs))) ~ Kristie

  42. Gorgeous lady! It’s so amazing when we discover what actually works for our body. Eating paleo/primal is effortless once you get the hang of it: the sugar cravings and binge eating practically disappear and we renew our energy and happiness naturally. Awesome job, can’t wait to see the weight-lifting follow-up story.


  43. Wow!!! Inspirational and I needed inspiration today! Way to go!

  44. This is why I love Fridays!! You look amazing, congratulations!!

  45. I’m so excited by your success, I’m going to go out and play with my dog. Congratulations!

  46. You look awesome !! Love success stories, helps keep me on track.

  47. This is an AWESOME transformation story which I will surely send out to many of my clients. Inspiring, uplifting and motivating. Big thumbs up to you, Fairuz!

  48. Fairuz

    The responses to your story are cracking me up, because I have been a follower of the Friday Success Stories for awhile now, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many primal dudes drooling over the after pictures before!

    Congratulations on your transformation – you look amazing and I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as your health goes!

  49. I love waking up Saturday mornings and reading the Real Life Story (I am west coast of Oz ;)) this one is such an inspiring story. Congratulations, you are rocking it!!!!

  50. absolutely amazing thank you I need to hear this today congratulations and you do look simply amazing

  51. Beautiful and incredibly inspiring!! Thank You – I will come back to this page again many times I am sure 🙂

  52. You do not look like the same person. Must be very confusing for the passport office and others like. Wahoo for you!

  53. Fairuz – Congrats! You are an inspiration – I want to see if I can emulate your success – Will be great if you can post an example menu for a day

    1. Breakfast – 3 eggs cookied olive oil, and a couple strips nitrate free bacon.
      Lunch- 2 chicken kebobs and ALOT of kale salad with a olive oil, vinegar dressing.
      Dinner- Spaghetti squash topped with meat sauce.
      Dessert- a couple pieces dark chocolate.

  54. Fantastic story, just started living primal and only just over a week in, would love to have the same sort of success. Well done Missus x

  55. Congratulations! What a great success story to read, thanks for sharing!!

  56. What an amazingly strong woman in every sense! Utterly inspiring.

    I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last from Fairuz!

  57. You GO Girl!!! I loved reading your story and the pictures are a tribute to a beautiful and intelligent lady, I’m so happy for you and also for your husband and family…because your health and happiness MUST be contagious! All the best and CONGRATULATIONS!

  58. Awesome!! What a great testimony! You look wonderful. You were cute before you began to be Paleo but you look so happy and healthy now. I love it! Congratulations.!!

  59. Well done!! I’m sure you will hit your goal weight without a problem, weight training is the best!! You will love it 🙂

  60. Does anyone else think her husband is a one lucky bastard?! Amazing job Fairuz, keep it up!

  61. You look wonderful. Keep eating Primal and keep up the good work! I am proud of your accomplishment! Way to go!

  62. Awesome Fairuz congrats to you an your hubby .it’s stories like yours an all the positive people on this site that are helping so many others make the leap including my wife an I ,thank you so much for sharing .

  63. You look beautiful, Fairuz, and I’m sure you FEEL so much better! Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your story.

  64. wonderful! YOU are an inspiration to everyone around you. I wish you continued success in everything! 🙂

  65. Wow! Way to go Fairuz! What a great inspiration. Very happy for you and thanks for sharing your wonderful story. My sister did something very similar and when I saw her after 2years I hardly even recognized her.
    Stay Primal!

  66. What an inspiring story!! I’ve fallen off the wagon for the last few months – but your story (and amazing pictures) are motivating me to get back on it again. I miss eating Primal. Weight gain is not fun! (Is it ever? lol)

    Congrats on your awesome success! And your eyes are gorgeous btw. xo

  67. Oh what a wonderful example you are! Thank you so much. I am a mom of 11 and I am now 38. I want to lose the years of baby weight, and the last 7 have been one right after another. Like every year we were having a new little blessing. Our youngest is 3 months and our oldest is 20! I am so inspired by your story that you have given me hope that this can be done!!! Thank you for sharing, and you look beautiful and healthy!!!!!

  68. You are glory now I love your rosy cheeks and fabulous smile. You are amazing and have inspired me to do this for real I just bought the book today and just hopped on here to check things out but you really inspired me, I too have a radiant glory happy person in there!

  69. Thank you, Fairuz. I fell off of the Primal Wagon HARD toward the end of November, and have had a terrible time chasing it back down. Your story and photos remind me of where I have been, how far I have come, and what I am still capable of. Tomorrow is a new day!! Congratulations and THANK YOU!

  70. Awesome work! It’s so great to read inspirational stories of such magnitude. You look so healthy and happy!

  71. You look AMAZING! What a great story! Keep going on your goals!

  72. For anyone else who has weight problems, just think of the future overweight you or the future perfect body you, which one appeals to you.

    Note that all of them are you, and here on Mark’s Daily Apple, you will find your primal dose to keep fit. Don’t pass the opportunity, please take it.

  73. Congratulations, good to see that you had such success. It is fun to see the first picture and then the third picture – what a difference!

    And those arm muscles in the second picture, wow. I do lots of push-ups, but I think your muscles are bigger than mine. What bodybuilding do you do? I should take notes.

    1. Lol, honestly I don’t have a set routine, I just got to the weights and do whatever I can think of for like 45 minutes. Usually arnolds, bench presses, flyes, just stuff like that.

  74. I love it that you found a great way to live while you were young and healthy enough to enjoy the rewards. Have a wonderful life!

  75. Holy cow, if that’s not inspiration IDK what is. You look amazing, keep it up!!

  76. Wow, what an inspiration! You look amazing Fairuz and have inspired me and a ton of others to stay focused. Thank you for sharing your story!

  77. Congrats! And I love how the community supports one another. Aside from diet and exercise, seems many experts cite two other things to truly be healthy and long-lived: developing passions (work, etc) and…having a community! When you post, you are supporting people in this community. Thank you Fairuz for taking time to post and inspire us!

  78. This story brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful – and incredibly inspiring story – so happy for you!

  79. I am 1/2 Lebanese and 1/2 Sicilian so I know how everything can revolve around food. It was ok when I was younger, but after 40 the pounds crept up! You look stunning and are inspiration for me to start and continue the paleo way of eating! Day 2 and so far so good! Thanks for sharing your achievements! You are beautiful… Judi 🙂

  80. Wow, you look healthy and happy! You always had a pretty face-but it looks even better with that big smile. Way to go!

  81. Great story, inspirational.
    the before and after photos are so good.

  82. I’m fascinated to know what was so different between properly doing “Primal” and previously dabbling in “Atkins” and failing.
    Surely the two plans are not SO different at the core : are the details or the attitude the big differentiators for you?

    1. I think the strict carb limit is what screwed me up with Atkins, trying to stick to 20g a day was driving me crazy, I wasn’t getting enough nutrition and I couldn’t stick too it. I like that Primal doesn’t have set rules, just guidelines, its much easier to adapt it to your life and make it a lifestyle change, rather than a “diet” I think for me that was the main difference.

  83. Congrats on your success, Fairuz! You are an inspiration to me. I’m down 20 lbs from 272 and still going. I love that pink dress and I bet I could rock it for a while until I lose more weight. Any chance you want to sell it? 😀

    1. I donated it after I took the picture! Sorry. 🙂 I got it at New York and CO.

  84. Fairuz! We have so much in common (except I am no where near as successful as you are, yet)! My mother is Lebanese! I so know what you mean about food being so important to daily life. Also, my mother’s maiden name is FARIS. How is your name pronounced?

    I also fell madly in love and married a naturally skinny man. Oh the similarities! Thank you so much for being my new inspiration!

    P.S. You look BEAUtiful.

  85. I appreciate how your husband loves you through “thick and thin” – that is real love. Hold on to that, and keep up your great work. You look amazing!

  86. Wow Fairuz, what an amazing story and transformation!
    I too, am Lebanese and my mothers’ cooking is unbelievable. I can turn down the pita, but the hummus is not as easy. i do love babaghanoush, so thats my saving grace 😉 I have started the wheat free/primal way of eating this February and it is definitely a work in progress. I applaud your hard work and success! You are an inspiration indeed. If you have any other advice, tips, etc….please share!
    If you are ever in AZ, you are always welcome to our home 😉

  87. Wow, you what an inspiration, you are! And it’s amazing how similar a lot of it is to mine, with the exception of the huge weight loss…but I’m finally getting back to it! This is a story I will definitely come back to for inspiration when I feel myself struggling (though on the Paleo diet, I find myself struggling NOT to stay on it!)

    Thank you for sharing!!

  88. Your story brought happy tears to my eyes! You have absolutely amazing will power girl! And you look stunning. Congratulations!

  89. You have transformed yourself! You have always been beautiful but now you glow! Amazing!

  90. Wow. Fairuz ~ What an amazing transformation. I mean Holy Crap! You’re very pretty in that first picture (black dot notwithstanding), and definitely looking good in the biceps pic. But that black dress number is the best. Seeing you in those dresses before & after just shows how this Primal thing really works.

    So glad you gave tips on eating at Mid-Eastern restaurants too. I love kebabs and salad so am happy I can still enjoy those from time to time.

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. 🙂

  91. Inspirational! I seriously got little tears in my eyes reading your story because I’m so proud of you. And I don’t even know you! Way to go.

  92. Well done, Fairuz! So happy to see another Lebanese person on here. I was living in Egypt for the past 8 years and went primal for a while but did not lose any weight (all other health complaints vanished, though). My life was extremely stressful so that might have been the problem. I’m in Lebanon for the time being and even though I have discovered it is extremely difficult to find grass-fed anything (I honestly thought it would be much easier than it was in Egypt, but I got here and found that nobody likes to make anything from scratch anymore and everything is imported – I remember teta making EVERYTHING from scratch!) my stress levels are much lower and I am going to get back to being primal and you have really motivated me! Thank you so much :))