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My Quest for Information Became Personal

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story [1] 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 [2]. 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 [3]. 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!