I Feel More Confident, Strong, Grounded and Energized

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!

My doctor introduced me to Paleo eating in 2013 when I presented with symptoms of brain fog, low energy, anxiety, and mood disorder stuff that was destroying my life and career. He told me that he could not help me if I didn’t start eating meat again, and put veganism behind me.

Up to that point I had been a vegan for 13 years. I got into vegetarianism for asthma/allergies as a teenager, which lead me to being vegan. The allergies/asthma didn’t go away until I moved away from my family despite my best efforts to eat vegan and do tons of fasts, cleanses, and meditation.

In my 20s I was your typical ungrounded nice guy on a spiritual journey living in my car, trying to transcend the pain and anger of having been raised in a broken home. Though, at the time I had no idea I was actually doing what is known as spiritual bypassing.

Dawson_ProfessionalI heard about Mark’s Daily Apple and your work from The Primal Blueprint. This was the first book I read when I started educating myself about Paleo.

In general I find that overeating, eating dairy, grains, nightshades, too much nuts/seeds/fruit, and repressing feelings doesn’t work. Eating plenty of greens and vegetables, balanced with fat/protein, and staying active works best for me. The Paleo Autoimmune Protocol combined with a low carb approach in particular has been great for me. This is often more effective than just Paleo where eggs, nuts, seeds, and nightshades are not excluded with grains and beans.

My journey has also led me to pursue psycho-dynamic therapy. Many of my challenges seem to have a psycho-emotional root cause or component. This is one of the biggest things I’ve learned and continue to learn.

Since I started eating Paleo I feel more confident, strong, grounded, and energized then I did in my 20s. I’m in my mid 30s and better off now than I was back then. I also notice that I get more definition and muscle tone the closer I stay to Paleo, and I don’t even hit the gym. This is with a full time career in landscaping and gardening.

Thanks again for the invite to share my story and give to our tribe!

James Dawson


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  1. Thanks for sharing your story, James. A vegan/vegetarian diet doesn’t wok for everyone. I lasted only 3 weeks before I had to admit my efforts at vegetarianism were making me tired, crabby, and unhealthy. I liked it from a moral standpoint and because groceries were cheaper, but it just didn’t work for me. I’d guess that most of us who eat meat do so because our bodies need it for optimal health.

  2. That was one of my favorite personal stories of transformation. So clear and direct and powerful. Thank you.

  3. Congrats on your success with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol James. I was a vegetarian for about 12 years, but not vegan, I ate a lot of eggs and drank whey protein drinks back in those days. I do eat nuts between my two primal meals and 90% of the fruit I eat is berries.

  4. Thanks for sharing James! It great how you pointed out that Paleo is not one size fits all. So glad to hear the autoimmune protocol is working well for you. And I can totally relate to the vegetarian thing. I was vegetarian/sometimes vegan for over 30 years. Feel so much better following a primal lifestyle!

  5. I can relate to your story and working through my own family problems. Without fixing this I’ll never be truly happy regardless of the diet.

    I was vegetarian for a year and was often hungry and lacking energy, it’s only until I introduced animal foods and healthy fats when I can sustain mental clarity throughout the day and always wakes up thinking clearly.