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!
Hi, my name is Ania and I’m an ex-Standard American Dieter.
Although I understood many health concepts and ate a notch above the average person, I still had an affinity for Doritos, frosting filled donuts, and white bread. I knew that I should eat healthy, but I didn’t truly understand why. I didn’t connect the way I felt to the food I ate.
Then one day, I got sick.
And we’re not talking a cold…months of fatigue, dizziness, nerve pain. Lyme, Fibromyalgia—these are things my doctors mentioned with more or less a conclusion of “Sorry, not much we can do.”
I quickly learned there are a lot of things mainstream medicine fails at. Vague symptoms and blood tests clearly showing inflammation and autoimmune markers didn’t seem to faze the doctors—I wasn’t sick enough for them, but I was struggling to function. I knew something was wrong with me, and wasn’t appreciating the “Maybe she’s making this up” looks I would get. They weren’t going to fix me, so I finally took my health into my own hands.
That’s when I came across Mark’s Daily Apple, the Primal Blueprint, and the entire ancestral movement. I had heard about paleo/primal diets, but never looked into it or thought much of it. I finally read what it actually was (spoiler: it’s not just eating a lot of meat) and it clicked. Thinking about diet and lifestyle from a natural perspective instantly resonated with me.
I grew up loving nature, leading backpacking trips and hiking whenever I could. I remember nights staring at the stars away from civilization and connecting with nature in a variety of ways…but somehow:
I never made the connection that food should come from nature
Or that exercise should be based on the natural movements of our ancestors
And even though I was resetting my circadian rhythm out there in the forest, I didn’t know it, and would return to a world of bright lights and late nights
When it comes to health, I failed to connect the dots about how far removed we as modern humans are from our ancestral roots
Because of my existing relationship with nature, when I realized there was a diet and lifestyle based on what nature intended, I was converted on the spot. I read books, blogs, podcasts…everything I could get my hands on. I went to Paleo f(x) and found my tribe.
It’s been close to five years since I’ve come to this realization. I had “dieted” many times in my life, never more than a month or two, and here I am, effortlessly maintaining a healthy lifestyle (okay, almost effortlessly). It’s because I connected the dots. I finally understood why something was good or bad for me. Many of the things I once thought were true were not. I didn’t have to eat low calorie garbage to lose weight, I just had to eat real food. And you know what? Real food tastes good.
And I felt better. A good 80% better. Nutrition and lifestyle changes fixed 80% of my health problems. The fact that nature can do that for you is incredible. I’m still on a healing journey, but I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t made an abrupt turn to strive for optimal health.
Healing myself and seeing firsthand how much this way of living has helped others, I knew that I had to make it a larger part of my life. I knew I wanted to be part of the movement to lower chronic disease and change lives. But I also knew I wouldn’t be going back to school for years, and even if I did…would I just be taught government mandated and industry influenced guidelines?
I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t think I had realistic options to incorporate my passion for health. I had many ideas but nothing with any real traction. And then one day, I came across an article on health coaching. What is that?!
I delved into this new world I didn’t know existed, and of course, after researching many health coaching programs, I settled on Mark Sisson’s Primal Health Coach Institute program. And now I’m a certified Primal Health Coach and a health focused entrepreneur!
I’ve since realized there’s so much more I can do than coach! Along with blogging at Live Clean Nourish, I’m doing what I love—teaching. I recently released a 10-week online course titled Paleo Lifestyle Bootcamp (Try week 1 FREE with The Paleo Mindset). I’m a mom to a toddler, so making my own rules and helping more people was the right choice for me. The options with the program are endless—I can’t believe I waited so long to get started!
My favorite part about being a Primal Health Coach? I look forward every day to spending time learning and collaborating in the Primal Health Coach graduates Facebook group. Community is so important to success (and sanity). I live and breathe this world and I’m so happy to be a part of it.
My name is Ania and I’m proud to be a primal living junkie.
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.