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September 14 2018

Proud To Be a Primal Living Junkie

By Mark Sisson
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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!

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.

– Ania Drosnes

Websites: livecleannourish.compaleolifestylebootcamp.com
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  1. Just read your “About” page from your website… you’re a wonderful writer and the bit about your second passion (i.e. I hit 50 countries recently and have been to 49 states (damn you Alaska). I took a year off a few years back and traveled the world. Swam in a lake with a million jellyfish, toured Mongolia in a rickety old Russian van, and trekked the Himalayas in Nepal.) is just awesome. You’re clearly making your mark in this world Ania… lean in!

    1. Alaska has to go on that bucket list. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise in the summer, and you can reset your circadian rhythms under the Northern Lights in winter. You can catch your own wild salmon and fine-tune your stress response by getting chased by a bull moose or grizzly bear.

      1. So all I need to do to attune to my stress response is getting chased by a grizzly bear? Ha, thanks for the tip, gonna try it this weekend! At what distance between me and the bear should the chase start?

        1. Well, how fast can you run? For me the bear should be in Alaska and I’ll be here in Oregon…..
          Just an example for you.

  2. I love these Success Stories, I love hearing about normal people in the world going primal and making a difference in they’re lives, it keeps me motivated in my own journey. Good on you Ania.

  3. Thanks, Ania, for sharing your primal living experience. It’s awesome to know how primal living changed your life and help you to be a healthy one.