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November 10 2017

My Quest for Information Became Personal

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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!

 My name is Bradley Nickell, I’m 47-years-old from Bremen, Indiana and this is my story. Two years ago my New Year’s resolution was to quit using tobacco and lose a couple pounds, I was 198.5lbs at the time. I did some reading and watching shows and decided that a vegetarian diet was the way to do it. I started running on the treadmill and cut meats completely out of my diet.

A couple days later while running I had sharp chest pains and went to the ER. The chest pains turned out to be nothing, but my cholesterol was around 200 and I had high blood pressure.

After that I again thought vegetarian eating would be the answer to the cholesterol issue and even started leaning more towards vegan. A year later I was 165 my blood levels improved but I was tired all the time and irritable. So I continued reading about nutrition and started to get a better idea of what your body really needs to be healthy and what supplements you had to take as a vegan.

My thoughts were if I have to supplement then that’s not the way to eat, what would people thousands of years ago do? They didn’t have a CVS to buy B12 or iron from. I found some information on the paleo “diet” and it made a little more sense to me.

In June my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, in July my stepdad
passed away from complications from diabetes and my wife suddenly was
allergic to all kinds of food. My quest for information became personal.

I quit using alcohol and I started living the primal lifestyle in September and am enrolled in the Primal Health Coach Program. My triglycerides are 30, blood pressure usually 110/65 and I’m 150lbs. I feel great and want to help other people learn to be happy and healthy like me!

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  1. Hi! Congrats on this amazing transformation!
    Would you mind sharing with us how tall you are?

      1. And 150 pounds? I’m 6’5″and when I was 185# vultures would circle

      2. Somethings off. 6’9″ and 150 lbs? Yowsa. Are you sure you are not 69″ (5’9″)???

  2. Great story Bradley. Same age as me and looking good – great inspiration.

  3. Dang, just two years to get to where you are today, heck of a story Bradley!

  4. Wow. Now this is a success story, Bradley. It makes me sad to think that you’ve experienced so much pain with people closer to you being sick when likely a change in diet and lifestyle could have helped tremendously. You are a role model to those around you, especially the doubters! Good for you.

  5. Oh my! Short and sweet story, glad you found a way to be healthy.

    Now if only my spouse would want to live with a limited amount of grains and sugar.

    Keep up the good work and example.

    1. Thanks, I actually could have written more but if was right before work but I’m so excited that I wanted to share. I’ve found that if the grains and sugar aren’t available then you aren’t tempted to eat them?

  6. You made the correct conclusion, if you have to supplement to be healthy you’re eating the wrong diet.

    1. Eating isn’t complicated really, one of the things that happened while eating vegan is I would crave raw steak, I had no idea why. Now I know it way my body having deficiencies

  7. Thanks everyone for the support. I am 5’10 and 150 lbs. my energy level is what I really notice. I wake up ready to take on the day and it feels amazing