September 19 2014

Overcoming Anxiety: I Finally Feel Comfortable in My Own Skin

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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!

I have always been a fit person. In my teens and early twenties I spent countless hours both weight lifting and performing extensive cardio routines in the gym. I worked hard in all areas of my life— juggling school, work, and an excessive fitness routine. I was young and insecure and put in two (or more) workouts per day to attain an ideal figure. I was in great shape, but over-stressed and exhausted from over-training. I had issues with reoccurring anxiety attacks as well as hypoglycemia. I was a solid 120 with great muscle definition and a low body fat percentage, but I didn’t feel healthy. I often felt weak and fatigued. By the age of 22, the pressure of work-life balance was causing issues in all aspects of my life. After visiting a physician, it was determined I should be administered anxiety medication to help my stress levels. Like most medications, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) are known to cause major side effect—one of the most common being weight gain. The medication, along with my heavy carbohydrate and low protein intake, sent my weight up by 20 lbs. At the age of 23, I weighed 140 lbs at only 5’2”.

Katie Before Primal

I still remember the day I stepped on the scale. I was positive it had somehow malfunctioned. I knew I gained some weight, but I didn’t think I gained that much. My biggest gripe about the weight gain was how I felt inside. I was ashamed of my appearance and every time I looked in the mirror I just hurt. I had never experienced the insecurities and deep down hurt that comes with weight gain. When I closed my eyes, I was a beautiful, confident and strong woman. The moment I opened my eyes and saw what was in front of me, it was like looking at a stranger. That was not me. That was not who I wanted to be. I was drained, and I knew I needed to drop the weight or forever be unhappy with myself.

I ultimately decided to stop taking my SSRI medication since it was apparent it was contributing to my weight gain. It took me three months to wean myself off of the drug. If I stopped taking it immediately I would have horrible withdrawal symptoms including vomiting, tremors, muscle spasms, and seizures. Sounds healthy, right? A month after completely stopping the medication, I had episodes of vertigo and often felt nauseated. I was still at my 140 mark and decided to try the weight-loss program Weight Watchers, as suggested by a friend. I lost ten pounds, dropping my weight to 130, but I was completely dissatisfied with the program. The best way to describe it is that I felt “hangry” all the time! I was so hungry each day that I was just an ill-tempered mess to be around. I could never turn Weight Watchers into a lifestyle, so I decided to do more research and find something better suited for me.

Around the time I gave up on Weight Watchers I came across the website Nerd Fitness, which was giving praise to Mark’s Daily Apple. I went to the website and became intrigued with the idea of a primal lifestyle. After reading several articles that Mark wrote, I decided to purchase The Primal Blueprint and give primal living a go. In the book, I was shocked to find out that 80% of body composition is determined by what you eat. In previous years I had been exercising extensively when I should have been focusing more on what I was putting into my body.

I started the primal lifestyle slowly. I cut out bread and pasta and increased my protein and vegetable intake. I dropped weight slowly and steadily; about a pound per week. In the following weeks, I felt my energy increase dramatically. With increased energy, I thought, “Why not start to exercise to speed up the process?” I decided to start cycling and rode my bike each morning after breakfast. I was both seeing and feeling phenomenal results. Seeing results while feeling both emotionally happy and physically satisfied (no hunger pains to be found), I removed even more unnecessary foods from my diet. I felt like I no longer needed legumes or dairy, and I started purchasing my produce from local farmers.

Katie After Primal

By the summer of 2013, I weighed 110 pounds without portion control or calorie restriction. I was absolutely ecstatic! I continued to do research and make minor adjustments here and there while exercising when and how I wanted to. I was still cycling daily, loving the fresh air and the gratification after a long ride. I added hiking to the mix and interval sprints every so often, whenever I felt like I needed a boost of exhilaration. Weekly yoga sessions helped calm my mind and my stress level was minimal.

Katie in Key WestNow, as of July 2014 at 25 years old, I fluctuate between 100-105 lbs. I haven’t had an anxiety attack in years and I feel satisfied with the primal lifestyle. I made friends who are also into primal living and we have dinners together every month—sharing new recipes and enjoying natural and wholesome foods. I have no intention or desire to ever go back to conventional eating or over-training. Many people who ask about my diet and exercise habits scoff at primal living, yet they are also the ones that are lethargic and overweight. I’m proud to have started such a journey in my life and I’m glad that I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I feel like myself again.

Katie

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  1. Wow your success story really interests me because it is so similar to myself! Only I havent gone primal …yet. You have inspired me to do it. What types of meals do you have? I have the book but I do not know how to start… I also just want to say you look fantastic and its great to hear you also feel so phenomenal 🙂

    1. I choose very basic meals. Oftentimes I will do a breakfast fast followed by a big salad for lunch filled with kale, chicken, mixed greens, and lots of different vegetables. For dinner I tend to choose a protein + a vegetable; whatever I have on hand. For example, asparagus with chicken or maybe a burger with guacamole and bacon (sans bun). I oftentimes eat breakfast for dinner as well. I never seem to get tired of eggs so I’ll have them various ways. 🙂

  2. Yikes! Those withdrawal symptoms sound worse than what the original problem! All the more reason I try to avoid medication as much as possible.

  3. You look great Katie! As a shorty myself (5’1), I know that every pound gained shows up and that just cuz we’re small, doesn’t mean our appetites are! Isn’t it good to be able to eat without calorie counting, knowing that we can feel satisfied without gaining weight- a sustainable lifestyle. Congrats!

    1. Unfortunately that’s true! Because we are short our weight gains tend to be more apparent. I’m glad I don’t have to count calories and I can enjoy delicious food while still staying in a healthy weight range.

  4. I thought you looked good in the before pics but the afters are phenomenal. Great transformation.

  5. I have been primal for several years now and still couldn’t get passed my anxiety. I think SSRI’s just may be saving the quality of my life. A lot of anxiety is lifestyle choices too. Quitting my high stress job with emotionally trouble teens certainly helped as well.

    1. I do understand that some people aren’t able to stop taking SSRI’s and that’s ok. I feel like if there is a time that you’re ready, you’ll know, and be able to take steps to discontinue the medication.

    2. One thing that might help with your anxiety is increasing the amount of high quality fats you are consuming, particularly saturated fat. I have always eaten very clean, but it was increasing my fat intake that helped the most.

  6. Nice job. I’ve also noticed that people who scoff at a paleo/primal lifestyle are the ones who eat low fat foods, diet soda and are overweight.

  7. Your story is a great illustration of how Paleo and Primal living take the stress out of diet and exercise. Who knew that health and fitness were so easy to attain and maintain? I’m glad you found your answers at an early age.

    Please don’t give up on schooling others, you could could change many lives for the better, so many young people today are clueless as to health. Great job, testify!

    1. Thank you! In some ways I am glad that I ended up on SSRI’s and gaining weight. I feel like if I had not, I would have never researched nutrition and came across the primal lifestyle. I would probably still be training excessively while feeding my body less than desirable foods.

  8. Great work Katie. I’m so glad that you brought up SSRIs because at one point in my life they were very important in lessening the constant, draining anxiety. Now I still take a small dose but I often miss days and still feel ok. I did not gain any weight with them, however, and I have lost 14 pounds of fat while following a paleo diet (I’m 5′ and 113 lbs these days). I have a plan to stop taking them but not just now. I guess it would be helpful to hear how many other people associate them with weight gain.

    1. Many SSRIs can cause weight gain and even worse sexual dysfunction. I don’t see how anyone can not be depressed with those side effects.

      Bupropion, marketed as Wellbutrin (the Dr told me the name comes from ‘well but trim’) is known for no weight gain as well as no sexual dysfunction. It’s also marketed as Zyban for smoking cessation. 25 years ago I was trying to find an SSRI that would work for me, most made me buzzed and anxious with some degree of sexual dysfunction, I tried the Wellbutrin with very positive effect. I was really happy with it until I developed an allergic reaction. After that I just gave up on SSRIs, they just seemed too problematic for mild depression.

      1. Unfortunately a lot of medications are problematic in one way or another. At this point in my life I won’t even take an advil if I have a headache. I hope you were able to find alternative ways to help with your depression since SSRI’s weren’t working well for you. I have never been depressed and I couldn’t imagine feeling that way day in and day out. 🙁

  9. Congratulations Katie. I’m impressed with your ability to overcome anxiety.

  10. Great job Katie. You looked beautiful before and after but feeling good is what it’s all about. Congratulations.

    1. I think the most important thing was realizing I had gained weight and doing something about it before I became significantly overweight. It starts with five pounds and moves to ten and eventually it gets out of hand.

  11. Anxiety can turn life into a perpetual nightmare, in my experience diet is a crucial aspect of overcoming it. Thanks for sharing your story and enjoy the long happy life ahead of you!

  12. Whoa Katie. You look great. Where was the last pic from ..water looks gorgeous.

    1. The last picture was at the Dry Tortugas National Park off of Key West, FL. It was probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.

  13. Hi Katie! Congratulations on your weight loss and health gains :). I really enjoyed your story in part because I am also 5″2′ and I weighed 142 lbs at my highest. I have since dropped to 130 through paleo and your story is encouraging me not to give up. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Aliya

  14. This is an inspiration! Thank you for sharing!
    I feel like there’s so many similar points here to me – age, height and goals.
    I’ve been making slow and steady progress with my primal lifestyle and it’s great to see what that progress adds up to in your story and pictures!
    I’ll definitely be re-reading this when I need a boost of motivation!

  15. Thank you for your story Katie. I like the way you talked about how you lost “yourself” as you gained weight and when you became primal you got “you” back. That’s how I felt with the extra 30 pounds I had for about 15 years. They came on slowly, about 5 pounds here and there. I had been roughly the same size and weight my whole life and at 40 I was turning into this other person who couldn’t stand to see my reflection. I am a bit taller at 5’7″ but 30 pounds is too much even spread around that size. I’m glad you are “you” again when you see yourself and feel so good at the same time. Primal / Paleo can be so good for our mental/emotional/physical health. Glad you found this way of life.

  16. Katie, I really curious, I saw that you ride your bike daily. How far do you bike? I bike daily too and I go fairly slow but am still scared that it’s on the verge of chronic cardio. Also, how long did it take for you to see results after going primal?

    1. Some days I bike a mile, other days maybe five, and on days when I can’t get enough energy out I might bike 20-30 miles. I try to make attention to how my body feels. If I’m lagging, I’m not going to push my body to do something it doesn’t want to do.

      It’s hard to say when I saw results after going primal, because I did not start out primal. I slowly cut out bread and pasta and noticed a huge difference in the way my jeans fit. I also noticed my face was thinner. That got me pretty excited so I continued to remove legumes, some dairy, and various other things that I didn’t particularly need. I would say, if I went strictly primal immediately I would have both felt and saw results within a week. I knew I needed to ease myself into it, though.

      1. pay attention* to how my body feels.

        Auto-correct on my iPhone is killing me. I promise I’m literate.

      2. Thank you for answering. You look wonderful. I’m trying to lose the last ten pounds. I’ve been trying to keep my carb count lower than 50. I’ve been having gluten free bread a lot though. That’s so not good. Sigh.

        1. I agree that the last ten pounds was the most difficult for me. I found that fasting helped. I would eat dinner at six (something high in protein to keep me sustained) and then not eat again until maybe noon the next day. Eventually my body stopped feeling hungry each morning because it kind of adapted to going without the first meal of the day.

  17. Great job, Katie! You look fab! I’m in a similar situation right now as well but paleo has been SO easy to adapt to. I really don’t crave grains or processed foods ever now! You’re an inspiration!

    1. I agree. Primal/paleo is so simple to follow yet it’s so effective in weight loss and an overall feeling of well-being.

  18. Great job! So many things are cured by eating real food! You look (and clearly feel) amazing!

  19. I think the overall feeling of well-being one gets is the most under-played benefit of paleo. Hopefully the good word will spread.

    1. I agree. Many people think it’s a “fad” diet. If only they knew the positive effects other than getting down to our primal body compositions!

  20. Yay, a fellow NF Rebel! Great for you, your story is super inspiring, and I’m glad it all worked out for you. Are you on the NF forums by chance? (My username there is Leonine)

    1. I’m not! I wish I had time to write in the forums, but I go to school full time and consistently have my head in one book or another.

  21. Awesome2!! Testimony! What you’ve achieved and shared is just simply fantastic. …. What made me more happy was seeing that inner Joy yours transcending out of you by taking time to acknowledge everyone’s praises and comments and answering questions. Kudos to you.

    I would encourage others to do the same … interactions is also at times therapeutic! I thank you!

    1. Thank you for your positive comments. I know when I first started my primal journey I had so many questions. I valued strangers taking the time to answer my questions about their success, and I feel like it’s noble to return the favor.

  22. I think the transformation is great, but one line really bothered me: “Many people who ask about my diet and exercise habits scoff at primal living, yet they are also the ones that are lethargic and overweight.”

    I would suggest, as someone who was lethargic and overweight and didn’t really understand nutrition, that we ALL be mindful of our hasty assumptions. I’ve read many times that it takes numerous impressions before a change can occur. I would hope that you are a positive impact rather than a judgmental/negative one.

    I, too, used to ask seemingly effortlessly fit folks HOW they did it and I got many negative and rude comments. I’ve had many judge me on my outward appearance and make assumptions that I was lazy (not true, I’ve run 5ks sub 10 min mile at 250 pounds!) or ate fast food constantly (not true! I eat a very good diet of clean foods). The worst is when I’m in the gym and working out by lifting very heavy things and I get stares and rude comments.

    I guess I just want the world to be kinder and less harsh. Be a teacher/motivator/helper. You might just be the key to unlocking the mystery for someone!

    Have a good day.

    1. just trying to understand / clarify — are you suggesting katie was be judgemental / negative in her statement that those who scoffed at primal living were lethargic and overweight?

      i found her story inspiring and motivating for my own journey towards primal (i’m not there yet, but i’m educating myself and slowly weaning myself off “bad” (nutritionally unnecessary) foods…

      when people comment on my changed appearance and ask (not all do), i just tell them i’ve been eating better. if they ask more specific questions, i’ll answer more specifically; otherwise, i go on my merry way. 🙂

      1. My point was that you just never know what you might say that will spark someone. If they’re asking questions, they must be interested and maybe they will be encouraged to do some research! 🙂

        1. good point, and yup, i’m generally careful with what i say and how…

          mostly, i just have to watch i don’t go around telling everyone to stop eating sugar and grains and killing themselves (and in those words)… 😛 (especially because i’m still struggling with cutting those out completely — that’s why i’m going the slow transition rather than cold turkey route) 🙂

    2. I wasn’t trying to imply that all people who have weight issues are ignorant and lazy. I know many people who eat very healthy and still struggle to lose weight. When it comes down to that, it’s usually a metabolic or hormonal issue (from what I’ve learned in pathophysiology). I would never say hurtful things to someone at the gym, nor would I guess that they eat poorly based on appearance.

      What I was referring to is ignorance. For example, at school I had a girl ask me how I stay so lean and fit. I told her about primal living and she actually started laughing. She then informed me that it’s unhealthy to exclude grains and that I am lacking nutrients in my diet. While she is telling me this, I kid you not, she is drinking a diet soda and eating a bag of chips. I feel like a person shouldn’t scoff at something they know nothing about. Openmindedness is always appreciated.

  23. Congrats, Katie! That’s amazing. I have a very similar story. I went on SSRIs (started on Zoloft) in 2010 after I was diagnosed with Bipolar Type II, social anxiety, PTSD, and agoraphobia. Over the course of a year and a half, I gained 60 pounds, which ruined my self esteem.

    When I figured out it was the medication causing the issue, I decided to come off. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. I came off over the course of a month with a method called a “Prozac bridge” (info available if you Google), but I still got very sick and had to miss a lot of work.

    I’ve been strict paleo for three months and have lost around 17 pounds. Better yet, my moods are more stable than they ever were on high doses of psych meds. I still have a lot to lose, but I know it will come off eventually.

    I know exactly how hard it is — dealing with the shame of gaining weight after just trying to feel better, then realizing your “medicine” is poisoning you, and then feeling like death during withdrawal. But it’s SO great here on the other side, isn’t it?

    Congrats again. You look stunning! And I’m sure you feel great, too.

    1. It really is great on the other side. The withdrawals were almost unbearable. It’s still amazing to me how my diet actually corrected my stress issues. I thought they were something I would have to live with forever. I also think it’s great you’ve lost 17 pounds in 3 months! It’s good to let it come off gradually and naturally. Mine did not come off fast by any means, but even slow and steady results kept me motivated to continue to lead a primal lifestyle. Now it’s merely second nature to eat the way I do. 🙂

    2. Another great Primal oriented site is “Evolutionary Psychiatry” by Psychiatrist Emily Deans M.D. She tackles issues from depression & anxiety to more complex ones like Bipolar. David Perlmutter M.D. (Author of ‘Grain Brain’) also addresses these issues on his website. (Another good site is by Paul Jaminet, author of ‘Perfect Health Diet’).

      I Love hearing about people who have found some relief through Primal/ Paleo living. Sometimes the biggest challenge is trying to lovingly convince people you care about to Try Primal living. I think that many psychological problems are at least partly rooted in a physiological base. Our brains are affected by food choices (Saturated fat from grass fed/ wild caught meat, butter, coconut oil…), gut biome, exercise, social connection & so much more. The interaction of all this is complex, but it all comes together pretty naturally when people choose to live primally in a modern world.

      Both of your stories are absolutely inspiring!

      1. Thank you! You know who else totally rocks in this space? Kelly Brogan. She’s a holistic psychiatrist who uses primal/paleo principles to help her clients. Her blog is full of excellent information. She also has a lot of great videos floating around on YouTube, etc: http://kellybroganmd.com/

        I am a firm believer that psychiatry is a catch-all for many symptoms that have physiological roots. I am not saying that there isn’t a place for psychiatry, but psych meds are grossly overprescribed.

        1. Holly, thanks so much for the Kelly Brogan info. I have a 25 year old son with anxiety & depression + a family friend w/ bipolar. So, I’m always on the lookout for good info. sources. Now if I can just get my son to listen!

  24. I had anxiety and panic attacks that resolved since eating more fat, especially animal fat, and cutting out the gluten. I also stop crashing and have a lot more energy in general — used to just feel tired and like I never had much energy for life.

  25. I ended up gaining a lot of weight and felt super anxious and had to go on SSRI’s. The good thing is that it gave me the energy to start exercising regularly and eat healthier. I ended up just quitting cold turkey because I had some side effects that I didn’t like at all. Luckily I haven’t had to go back on them. That was awhile back but I just discovered marks daily apple and I’ve been avoiding grains for the past couple of weeks. The awesome part is that my Doctor had to stop my blood pressure medication because it was getting too low. I never thought I’d be able to get my blood pressure down or even be off medication. I’m a Christian so what helped me manage my anxiety was faith and prayer :). It’s awesome that you overcame your anxiety and living a healthier life! Keep it going and never quit :).

    1. Congratulations on leading a healthier lifestyle! Have you ever read the book Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Remen? I think as a Christian starting a new primal path you would enjoy reading it. It’s spiritual and inspiring. 🙂

      1. Thank you! I haven’t read kitchen table wisdom yet but I’m definitely going to check it out :). What did you do to keep yourself inspired throughout your path?

        1. I think what kept me on my path was both seeing and feeling results. I felt good and I was starting to look better, and that was enough motivation for me.

      2. That’s awesome! I’m honestly feeling better than I ever did in my life. I started training in Brazilian jiu jitsu before my K-17 kenpo karate class and its a 4 hour long class. I never imagined being able to work out for 4 hours straight and be able to move the next day haha. I read kitchen table wisdom and it was an awesome book!! Definitely made me rethink how powerful our will to live and get healthy is :).

  26. Katie you look great! You are an inspiration! I am slowly getting into primal eating and it has been challanging. I am in week 2 and I am trying to find things to eat so I dont eat the same stuff everyday. I am also a short girl and do not like when I have an extra 10-20 pounds on me. You have inspired me to keep trying and not give up.

    1. Keep going! My body felt so “strange” when I first cut down my heavy carbohydrate intake. Eventually that feeling goes away and you’ll feel energetic and get a bit of a mood boost. A lot of recipes I use I got from Mark’s cookbooks. They’re easy and delicious. Many blogs also offer recipes that adhere to the primal/paleo lifestyle. You can always alter them to your own needs/tastes. 🙂

  27. Hi Katie, congrats, and to satisfy my research-brain, I am very curious about how your work and relationship life was…i mean re stress or lack of it. I guess I think that having a clear purpose/work, and supportive relationships, are also key elements to creating health…but I wonder if u pulled it off without those. My view is that nutrition IS very powerful (like the 80% idea u offered) but we tend to put things down to ‘one cause’, when really the results in our life are multi-causal. So, for ex, u might have also made changes to things like your sleep routine…or other primal lifestyle shifts…

    1. Hm. Good question! I have to agree that my health is multi-causal. I’ve always had support from friends and family when starting something new. I also had a steady sleep schedule and incorporated some fitness into the mix of things later on in my journey. I do have to mention that during the beginning of my primal journey I was in an incredibly unhealthy relationship and I was overstressed with my studies. I have been out of that relationship since December 2013. Those are factors that could have altered my health. Maybe the support from friends, family, as well as good nutrition and a steady sleep schedule balanced it out at the time. Although I do have to admit, since being out of that relationship, I do feel and look healthier. It’s amazing what outside factors can do, even when having a pristine diet.

  28. Hi katie,
    Happy for you. Having anxiety attacks too,so I am wondering how were you able to eliminate it using primal lifestyle. Take care hope you can email me back marshwilliams@gmail.com.

    Thank you and God bless!

  29. Katie, I’m also interested to know what ultimately helped your anxiety. I’m prone to panic attacks myself…

    1. From what I’ve studied, it seems to be an increase in fat, and specifically animal fat. I’m not sure why that is exactly, but if I don’t get enough in a day I don’t feel “right.”

  30. Hi Katie, did you naturally just not want dairy anymore after being primal for a duration of time? Also, were you hungry a lot? I find that it takes a ton of food in order to feel full on primal, and that ultimately leads to my downfall as I say, what the heck, I’ll have some bread, I’m hungry! 🙁

    1. I have never really liked dairy products. The only thing I really struggled with is cheese. Who doesn’t love cheese?! I think what keeps me away is the digestive issues it causes. I think I’m slightly lactose intolerant because it causes stomach cramping after consuming.

      As for hunger, I am not hungry often. Something that helps me keep full until the next meal is to increase protein or to increase fat. Fat can do wonders for tackling my cravings. You should try it out and see if it works well for you, too!

  31. wow, this was very inspiring to me. I’ve dabbled in primal on and off and have been unable to stick to it consistently. I, too, suffer from horrible, sometimes debilitating anxiety (and its partner, depression). I’m your same height, although I’m older, I’m in my 40’s, and you are close to my ideal weight! :). I have put on some extra weight in the last few years because of my anxiety (eating whenever I feel stressed or depressed). I’m not on medication at the moment, although I have been in the past and did not like the side effects. Anyway, well done and what an inspiring story! What you eat sounds like something I may start trying just to get myself started! 🙂

  32. Hello,

    I just wanted to comment on how inspiring your story is to me. I have been searching for someone else whose weight was affected by SSRI’s and was able to pick up the pieces.

    I am 26 y/o and have been on SSRI’s for almost 8 years due to depression and anxiety. In high school I was a healthy 115lb (I am 5’3) because I was on dance team and was getting about 2 hours of workout time every day. After high school, the weight just started to pile on because I no longer had a dance team to keep me accountable.

    I was extremely depressed and the way I describe how I felt was as if I was “me inside of a mascot suit”… I felt SO clunky and big and not in control of myself. It was the worst feeling and I was ALWAYS tired.

    In the past 4 months I have slowly weaned off of my SSRI medication and I feel a new sense of being “present”. I finally started feeling prepared to make healthy choices for myself.

    I started looking into the Paleo lifestyle after signing up for Personal Trainer Food which is a food program similarly aligned to Paleo (focuses on meat proteins and veggies, no sugars and no gluten). I only kept to the Personal Trainer Food program for about a month because the food was pre-packaged and bland (IMO). I then started to buy meats and veggies myself and prepare them in ways I found recipes online for that were Paleo-aligned.

    I have only begun to work toward Paleo lifestyle since last Wednesday but I can already tell a HUGE difference in how I feel. Usually after I get off work I would head home, eat dinner, and then fall asleep around 9:30pm. Now, I’ve been going home, jogging 1-2 miles, preparing & eating dinner, and I don’t get tired until around 10pm. I also wake up with NO ALARM! I wake up and I feel ready to go in the mornings, not drowsy at all! and after I eat meals I feel fueled, not tired. I am amazed and I really really hope I can keep to this lifestyle change.