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Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 05, 2011 at 1:08 PM

How did you get to this point? It seems that folks on this site have come from several backgrounds. I see: low carb weight loss; a search for solution to health issues; and physical fitness (CrossFit) I came by way of low carb (Eades), Gary Taubes NY Times article, then GCBC, Kurt Harris and Mark Sisson blogs.

Da7dc02f6150d09197a768aff40a11f1

on June 15, 2011
at 10:25 PM

I actually have a blog on CFS too. (www.knittygrittyonlife.blogspot.com) I have never found another paleo eater who has CFS. How long have you had it? What vitamins do you take? Do you eat fruit? My gut really needs to be healed so that's why I"m doing AI.

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 13, 2011
at 10:58 AM

I didn't do the AI version of Paleo though, maybe I will try it...need to mentally prepare for it though. The hypogylcemia I get with CFS means I have trouble finding the right foods to eat when I suddenly have low blood sugar :(

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 13, 2011
at 10:54 AM

Hi there, I have CFS too...Paleo hasn't really helped all that much to be honest but CFS is a hard nut to crack. Best of luck :)

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on June 07, 2011
at 07:16 AM

so long as it's Paleo

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on June 07, 2011
at 05:26 AM

Absolutely amazing!

1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

(2231)

on June 06, 2011
at 09:34 PM

AWWW, THANK YOU!!!! actually, i am doing well. i just need to flippin calm down, i let to much overwhelm me and stress me. keep looking at food at nutrition and health rather than categorizing it good or bad...its all real food, eat it :)

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on June 06, 2011
at 07:16 PM

ditto. My story is the same.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 07:09 PM

And I think you are awesome for being strong enough to get out of your relationship and start over. Scary stuff. You are a tough lady! And smart too. <3

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on June 06, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Thank you, Melissa. <3 Yours did the same to me; I can't imagine going through what you did and losing your father at such a young age. And how you changed your life! You're an inspiration. <3

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:48 PM

Mallory, sweetie, thanks for sharing. <3 I can see that your relationship with food is still something you struggle with. Please know that you can do this, the fact that you want to be healthy is HUGE.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:46 PM

You gave me chills too, girl. I love a good story! <3

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:44 PM

When I was in my 30s I had both parents in ICUs on opposite ends of the country. That sucked. I won't do it to my daughter if I can help it. You don't give yourself enough credit, Cave Rat. Most people our age don't even question the conventional wisdom. You did and improved yourself, that's awesome!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:42 PM

I've got your back, Ben! I don't like to click on things I don't know and if it's an answer, it should answer the question. I like links for things that have been excerpted or for recipes, but they shouldn't be a stand alone answer. Plus, my filter at work will not let me on a lot of blogs, so if someone only posts a link, I have no idea what they are actually answering.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Actually, where we live now the kids are huge. HUGE! Nursing is a whole different animal than formula. My boys are so different from each other it's hard to say what's genetic and what's environmental (diet). But, my almost 5 year old got his first real cold at age 3, he eats nearly all the produce from our little garden before I can pick it (seriously, he ate most of my Rosemary plant - Rosemary!), and he voluntarily assists in the butchering of our venison, fowl and fish. He's fun to be around.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 06, 2011
at 04:29 PM

*blush* thanks, mama. you know the feeling is mutual.

5113df7e1c5a7e9c7555b6b59144de24

(920)

on June 06, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Changes in peripheral neuropathy - yes, and all positive. At my worse I was having difficulty walking and had to sleep with my feet dangling off the side of the bed. Even a sheet was too painful on my feet. The tingling and numbness was climbing up my legs and arms. After I stopped eating gluten, my pain level dropped to 0-1. My feet no longer slow me down. The tingling in my limbs subsided. My feet still have some residual numbness but recently, since I began to keep blood sugars under 120 all the time, I have noticed an increase in sense of temperature.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:51 PM

God eats beef filet medallions with bacon wrapped scallops on the side. Amen.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:44 PM

<3 x 1000 .

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(19469)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:10 PM

I keed I keed! We're all here for the same reason right? Paleo/Primal/Whatever is amazing and people need to hear about it! We are the first-movers, the wave that will carry the rest of the laggards into the new/old fitness evolution! Let's ll just get along and keep our eyes on the paleo prize!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 06, 2011
at 01:01 PM

minus 4,679 points immediately. i suppose i am the only the one that thought merely pasting a link as an "answer" and expecting people to go thoroughly read that general link to a homepage is a less-than-effective way of answering a question. Oh well.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 06, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Thanks guys. All I did was have really shitty luck for a few years, or really GOOD luck after some rough years depending on how you look at it. I dont think my MS is cured or anything, but everyday im in remission im less likely to experience major disability in the future. Good nuff for me! Paleo is right now I think one of the most important tools in my toolbox. After my next MRI I will know more about how the disease has progressed and may have to start interferon injections again, which im ok withif its necessary.

75051260ff90bccec44d6a6bbba97fd1

(80)

on June 06, 2011
at 08:46 AM

Thanks for the support

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 06, 2011
at 06:24 AM

Wow akd I'm so impressed and proud of you!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:51 AM

Wow, and wow! Good for you! I totally know about the kid thing. With my 12-year old, and being an older parent, I'm constantly thinking "by God I need to live long enough to ...." and that could be see her finish school, have her own family, see her be happy in her life. We're very close, but I can't help her or be there if I die too soon! So I'm proud of you, doing good for yourself and your family!

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(5639)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:22 AM

do you notice your kids growing up stronger and bigger than the non-paleo children around them?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:41 AM

Amazing! I'm gonna make an illegal troll account just to one up this again! (just kidding Patrik)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:28 AM

MimsySeoul, Voila! Kudos!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:12 AM

I'm even more in awe of you.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:24 AM

Looks like Ben only has eyes for you Quilt :)

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Nah, not a porn star. A neurosurgeon.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:21 AM

A pornstarn raccoon?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Seriously. CHILLS. My hair is standing up on my arms. I am so glad you found this way of eating and that it has helped improve your life so much. <3

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:51 AM

we hope you do too......and some of us will help you if you. Be persistent...

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:51 AM

awesome........plus one

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Watch out.....ben will be coming to down vote ya soon! Plus one and thanks for sharing!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:49 AM

I respect Patrik.....he emailed me and explained it to me. Appreciate the support Thomas. This internet thing has too many social rules of etiquette that I apparently am clueless about. I am a quick study.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:46 AM

love this inspirational story

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:25 AM

what a beautiful, succinct, elegant answer. thank you!

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(19469)

on June 05, 2011
at 10:16 PM

Books are mostly indigestible cellulose so although they technically have carbs, there is a negligible effect on blood sugar.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:48 PM

I wonder how many carbs in a book. :>

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:38 PM

Yes they do ALL THE TIME! But I stopped worrying what others think a long time ago. It's what my kids think thats important.

75051260ff90bccec44d6a6bbba97fd1

(80)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:19 PM

Wow you went through a whole lot it seems. I am sure it's hard to live life with tattoos on your face. I bet people judge you a lot.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:17 PM

right? I was never really into being veg, i knew i was just experimenting. i've always been curious about food. and i ate tons of dairy with high protein when i was veg so i did pretty OK.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 05, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Great story! Strong azz b*tchs unite!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Your site, but I disagree. The Quilt did not use the thread as a means to promote a supplement or a book. He has information elsewhere on the web that pertains to the topic at hand. It just so happens it is on his website. If it had been another person's story on another website, would you have deleted? I don't think so.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 05, 2011
at 07:27 PM

LOL!!!!!!!!!!plus one.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 07:16 PM

I actually enjoyed doing the Zone back then because it appealed some of the scientist in me. I loved doing all the calculations and I even had it figured out to how many weeks it would take before I reached 15% bodyfat and exactly what my weight would be. On the predicted date, I weighed exactly that. It worked well but it's a done-deal and I can't be bothered with all that stuff now. Now Im into all the burgeoning data from people like Gary Taubes, the Healthy Skeptic and I think Deep Nutrition by Dr Cate is my current all-time favorite.

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

(2369)

on June 05, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Gluten-free for me as well. Going gluten-free got rid of all joint pains, almost all migraines, brain fog, weird skin ailments like the beginnings of vitiligo, fatigue, and too many more to mention. Finding Mark Sisson's site made me realize that gluten intolerance is not an illness but a normal reaction for many to neolithic foods. I feel better now at 52 than I did at 26.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 06:57 PM

What about the peripheral neuropathy? Any change on that?

D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

(1112)

on June 05, 2011
at 06:56 PM

OP here. I actually also came through the Zone Diet, too, as well as WAPF. Paleo is way more fun than either!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Uggla, all I can tell is that the God who visited me doesn't like "Fruity Pebbles".

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 05, 2011
at 06:22 PM

@TheQuilt -- ben61820 is right. This falls into blatant self-promotion. Edit it your answer and abide by these guidelines going forward: http://paleohacks.com/questions/10373/meta-what-are-patrik-paleohacks-policies-when-it-comes-to-self-promotion#axzz1OQY3mNks

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 05:27 PM

It was gluten free that led me here as well!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Awesome weight loss and will power! Great job!

Da7dc02f6150d09197a768aff40a11f1

on June 05, 2011
at 05:13 PM

What made you go from vegetarian to WAPF? That's quite a leap!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:19 PM

My story is there Ben......im not going to retype it. I strongly suggest you stand down. If you dont like what I say.....avoid it and me.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Doesn't it depend on what god you follow?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Hold on, I thought God was the founder and CEO of Conventional Wisdom, Inc.?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:04 PM

Can we not blatantly promote our own blogs, please?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:02 PM

This is proof that changing a thought can change your DNA forever. That is why I will blog. Plus 100!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Thank you, I received the tattoos on my face when I was 17. I worked in a tattoo shop at the time and was young wild and free, it was my anti-society statement. I was very rebellious back then. I am now 34 years old, a wife and a mother of three. My tattoos are just reminders of my life experience, the hard road traveled, and what it took to get this far.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Thank you, I got the tattoos on my face when I was 17. I worked in a tattoo shop at the time and was young wild and free, it was my anti-society statement. I was very rebellious back then. I am now 34 years old, a wife and a mother of three. My tattoos are just reminders of my life experience, the hard road traveled, and what it took to get this far.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Your tattoos are awesome by the way. I never use the word 'awesome' but this seemed like the right moment for it

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:49 PM

That's absolutely right. He flipping hates vegans! And I should know. After all, He talks to me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Your tattoos are awesome by the way. I never used the word 'awesome' but this seemed like the right moment for it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:45 PM

That's absolutely right. He flipping hates vegans!

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:41 PM

So God's paleo then ?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Can you tell us more about your "sweet spot"? I am intrigued.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Oh yes I was and did! Lucky me that my awesome husband loved me thick and still loves me thin ;)

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:06 PM

Oh yes I did and was! Lucky me my awesome husband loved me thick and loves me thin ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Uggla, I would have never in a million years guess that you had been obese and had cancer. You are just too hot for me to even imagine it!

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:41 AM

really long story told in a short manner: history of hard drug use, smoked a pack a day, drank a lot, didnt sleep much, never had a taste for traditionally unhealthy food but lived a pretty unhealthy lifestyle. never exercised much. punk rock kid who was young and cute and could get away with trashing my body with no immediate consequence. stopped drugs, stopped smoking, got married, left the city, found myself really, really really really tired all the time. gained some weight. tried to get pregnant and couldnt. did fertility treatments. gained some weight. got pregnant with my daughter an gained more weight. 6 months post-partum my hands went numb and i was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which explained the crushing fatigue and heat sensitivity. had a week of daily mega-dose solumedrol steroid) infusions and gained a bunch of weight in my sleep, except i enevr slept. started drug therapy. tired tired tired. my daughter had a horrible accident 2 months after i was diagnosed and we (barely) lived in pediatric ICU with her in a coma and on an intubator for a month. the most intense amount of stress you can imagine with continued exacerbation of the disease and one of the most unhealthy lifestyles you can imagine. they do not make it easy for parents of (at the time) terminal pediatric patients to survive in hell. needless to say, gained some weight. daughter pulled through, miraculously unscathed and i got pregnant again. gained a bit of weight. birthed my son, went right back on the MS drugs to avoid another flare and more steroid infusions, and my husband was laid off. STRESS. started reading about high-fat diets for MS, anti-inflammatory diets for MS. also wanted to lose infertility/MS/steroid and baby weight. a woman i know with MS told me about paleo, i tried it and after 30 days experienced a TOTAL, COMPLETE, ABSOLUTE, RECESSION OF ALL SYMPTOMS. my MS functionally doent exist, even the symptoms i was told i would experience forever. i can exercise for the first time in about ten years. no fatigue. no paresthesia, no vertigo, no nothing... so, im in it for life. i dont do the autoimmune protocal, and im probably only about 80-90% compliant, but its sure as shit working. ive liost 30 pounds, and have about 30 more to lose to where im comfortable, but im in no rush. i feel great, and my daughter lived.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:12 AM

I'm even more in awe of you.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 06, 2011
at 06:24 AM

Wow akd I'm so impressed and proud of you!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:41 AM

Amazing! I'm gonna make an illegal troll account just to one up this again! (just kidding Patrik)

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 06, 2011
at 04:29 PM

*blush* thanks, mama. you know the feeling is mutual.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 01:34 AM

Seriously. CHILLS. My hair is standing up on my arms. I am so glad you found this way of eating and that it has helped improve your life so much. <3

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 06, 2011
at 11:14 AM

Thanks guys. All I did was have really shitty luck for a few years, or really GOOD luck after some rough years depending on how you look at it. I dont think my MS is cured or anything, but everyday im in remission im less likely to experience major disability in the future. Good nuff for me! Paleo is right now I think one of the most important tools in my toolbox. After my next MRI I will know more about how the disease has progressed and may have to start interferon injections again, which im ok withif its necessary.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:51 AM

awesome........plus one

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:44 PM

<3 x 1000 .

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on June 07, 2011
at 05:26 AM

Absolutely amazing!

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8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 02:07 PM

I had cancer, was obese, had been over weight and ate poorly all my life, was addicted to drugs and drinking, was a over 20 year smoker. Lived a party hard rock and roll lifestyle filled with stress, bad eating and living habits.

What happened? I had children, it changed my life. I finally realized my self worth. And even more, I realized it was my job to be at my best for them. After all they learn from me.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:02 PM

This is proof that changing a thought can change your DNA forever. That is why I will blog. Plus 100!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:25 AM

what a beautiful, succinct, elegant answer. thank you!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Thank you, I got the tattoos on my face when I was 17. I worked in a tattoo shop at the time and was young wild and free, it was my anti-society statement. I was very rebellious back then. I am now 34 years old, a wife and a mother of three. My tattoos are just reminders of my life experience, the hard road traveled, and what it took to get this far.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:06 PM

Oh yes I did and was! Lucky me my awesome husband loved me thick and loves me thin ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:48 PM

Your tattoos are awesome by the way. I never used the word 'awesome' but this seemed like the right moment for it.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Oh yes I was and did! Lucky me that my awesome husband loved me thick and still loves me thin ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Your tattoos are awesome by the way. I never use the word 'awesome' but this seemed like the right moment for it

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Uggla, I would have never in a million years guess that you had been obese and had cancer. You are just too hot for me to even imagine it!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:59 PM

Thank you, I received the tattoos on my face when I was 17. I worked in a tattoo shop at the time and was young wild and free, it was my anti-society statement. I was very rebellious back then. I am now 34 years old, a wife and a mother of three. My tattoos are just reminders of my life experience, the hard road traveled, and what it took to get this far.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:38 PM

Yes they do ALL THE TIME! But I stopped worrying what others think a long time ago. It's what my kids think thats important.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:51 AM

Wow, and wow! Good for you! I totally know about the kid thing. With my 12-year old, and being an older parent, I'm constantly thinking "by God I need to live long enough to ...." and that could be see her finish school, have her own family, see her be happy in her life. We're very close, but I can't help her or be there if I die too soon! So I'm proud of you, doing good for yourself and your family!

75051260ff90bccec44d6a6bbba97fd1

(80)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:19 PM

Wow you went through a whole lot it seems. I am sure it's hard to live life with tattoos on your face. I bet people judge you a lot.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 02:57 PM

One day I was eating a bowl of "Fruity Pebbles" and God came to me and asked, "Thomas, why do you foul your body with 'Fruity Pebbles'?" That's how it all started. I haven't been the same since. I have been through a lot: divorce, doctors, "friends" that never return my phone calls.

Anyway, thanks for letting me share. I wouldn't have done it if I did not feel so close to my Paleo Community.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:45 PM

That's absolutely right. He flipping hates vegans!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 05, 2011
at 07:27 PM

LOL!!!!!!!!!!plus one.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Doesn't it depend on what god you follow?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:49 PM

That's absolutely right. He flipping hates vegans! And I should know. After all, He talks to me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Uggla, all I can tell is that the God who visited me doesn't like "Fruity Pebbles".

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:41 PM

So God's paleo then ?

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Hold on, I thought God was the founder and CEO of Conventional Wisdom, Inc.?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:51 PM

God eats beef filet medallions with bacon wrapped scallops on the side. Amen.

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 06, 2011
at 06:22 AM

I'm a weak and cowardly geek, and am in constant awe of the people here who have climbed virtual mountains to improve their health and repair their lives - some have recovered from debilitating illness or weight or chronically impaired health. I couldn't have done it, certainly not with the wisdom, poise, grace and determination I see in so many of the folks here. My hat is off to you all!

I'm hugely fortunate that I was relatively healthy to start with - no severe allergies or illnesses, and I wasn't obese even though by rights I should have been. Like many I was in dismay at my increasing weight and decreasing vitality, but stayed away from diets out of a fake pride - I was smugly "too good" for diets, but in reality I was sure that I'd fail at any I attempted - and had failed the few times I tried - and didn't want to face certain failure.

I vaguely knew that refined flour was 'very bad' but couldn't eliminate it for long. What made the difference - don't laugh - was the 'Shangri-La' (god I hate that name) Diet. It was geeky, experimental, and had a very active forum of very smart people (like Paleohacks!). And to a certain degree it worked.

In following the conversations on the Shangri-La forums I had a huge education in the role of flavor, insulin, metabolism etc. One of the more brilliant participants recommended Good Calories Bad Calories. It was the most amazing book - and it literally changed my life! I went low to zero carb almost immediately, and as my weight dropped I suddenly realized: I actually can turn this around! I can't tell you how empowering that was - that I could actually make a difference in my seemingly inevitable decline? Astounding!

Once I went very-low carb and I began to lose weight, I began to read about how others were doing their own version of 'low carb'. There were plenty of recipe sites and books, but I was looking for more than that - I already had the thing to avoid (carbs) but needed something to move to - and that turned out to be Paleo. I had read some internet sites with great interest. My first book was Robb Wolf's and even though I can't stand his writing style (sorry - it's just me), it was clearly the kind of smart thinking I was looking for. So over time I've been adding more and more 'paleo' interests - reading, conversations, foods - and it's all been great.

What keeps this important for me is that I want to be there for my daughter as she grows up. I'm an 'older parent' and there are so many times I find myself counting off the years in my mind. When she graduates from High School I'll be x old. From college I'll be y. When she has her family and - if she wants - kids, will I even be alive still?? I don't want her having to tend a frail parent when she's in her twenties for god's sake. And during the time she's moved out and starting her own life I want to be active in my own and not a burden to her. And she's a fantastic kid and it's just so freaking fascinating to watch her grow and mature that I'd hate for the show to end too soon!

And of course, I've now reached the utter pinnacle of Paleo geekdom, and participate frequently on PaleoHacks - what could top that??

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:44 PM

When I was in my 30s I had both parents in ICUs on opposite ends of the country. That sucked. I won't do it to my daughter if I can help it. You don't give yourself enough credit, Cave Rat. Most people our age don't even question the conventional wisdom. You did and improved yourself, that's awesome!

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:31 AM

Several years ago, I was in an unhealthy relationship, and because I did not feel safe or stable in the relationship, I eventually developed an eating disorder that nearly killed me. I fled the relationship and to regain some semblance of control in my life, became vegetarian. Just like the ED, my thought process was that if I could not maintain the chaos outside of my body, I'd control what I put into it. Big mistake.

The combination of restricting/binge/purging and going to a high grain/soy/dairy diet absolutely destroyed my digestive system. I systematically began cutting foods out of my diet in order to seek relief: first dairy, then soy, then gluten, then finally all grains. Finally got to a point where I was literally living off fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

I was tired of being weak and bloated and hungry all the time. After poring over pages and pages of research that unequivocally determined that the Paleo diet was optimal for my health, I decided that my restrictive lifestyle would be tolerated no longer. On my 26th birthday, I satisfied an unrelenting craving for salmon. Suddenly, instead of taking food out of my diet, I was adding food back to it.

Paleo has given me so much freedom from my eating hangups and finally has permitted me to feel somewhat normal and functional. My digestive system has improved exponentially, and I'm actually able to be a viable member of society instead of staying cooped up in the house with a heating pad pressed to my abdomen, wondering when the pain in my tummy would pass. Many of my mental health issues have been resolved, too: I'm no longer as obsessive about eating, and I feel free to eat whatever I want and feel comfortable doing so. I'm much less anxious in general.

I know this is a vast understatement, but it's succinct and true: life is so much better now that I eat Paleo. :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on June 06, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Thank you, Melissa. <3 Yours did the same to me; I can't imagine going through what you did and losing your father at such a young age. And how you changed your life! You're an inspiration. <3

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:46 PM

You gave me chills too, girl. I love a good story! <3

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 07:09 PM

And I think you are awesome for being strong enough to get out of your relationship and start over. Scary stuff. You are a tough lady! And smart too. <3

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:59 PM

i came from this perspective....Evidence based medicine is based upon assumptions that are not correct in many cases. The best way to see that if you???re a patient is to follow their recommendations and see if they work at all by following your own labs and data. I do this myself now for the last 5 years. I call this my QSelf assessment. I draw quarterly labs on myself every year for the last 4 years. If my labs don???t support what I am doing based upon biochemistry and physiology I change them immediately until I get the desired result or outcome. I no longer rely on the conventional wisdom I was taught. This is how I lost my weight and dealt with my torn knee meniscus. I made the decisions to treat based upon my own customized data points. It was the only way I could gain control over my medical destiny and remove the helplessness I felt when I became a patient.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 05, 2011
at 06:22 PM

@TheQuilt -- ben61820 is right. This falls into blatant self-promotion. Edit it your answer and abide by these guidelines going forward: http://paleohacks.com/questions/10373/meta-what-are-patrik-paleohacks-policies-when-it-comes-to-self-promotion#axzz1OQY3mNks

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:04 PM

Can we not blatantly promote our own blogs, please?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Your site, but I disagree. The Quilt did not use the thread as a means to promote a supplement or a book. He has information elsewhere on the web that pertains to the topic at hand. It just so happens it is on his website. If it had been another person's story on another website, would you have deleted? I don't think so.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:19 PM

My story is there Ben......im not going to retype it. I strongly suggest you stand down. If you dont like what I say.....avoid it and me.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:49 AM

I respect Patrik.....he emailed me and explained it to me. Appreciate the support Thomas. This internet thing has too many social rules of etiquette that I apparently am clueless about. I am a quick study.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on June 06, 2011
at 01:41 AM

My dad was 56 when he died from heart failure after a heart transplant didn't take very well.

Before that, he was in the hospital in Florida dealing with heart problems brought on by side effects from chemo/radiation from the non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was there, in July 2004 watching them shock him back to life and was told to leave the room. I was morbidly obese, in Florida, in July. I was walking around outside the hospital, smoking and sweating and falling apart thinking my dad was up there fighting for his life and I was wasting mine because I didn't care enough to take care of myself. My daughter was 2 at the time. I didn't want her to spend her 30s in ICUs watching me die.

I went home from that trip and changed my life. I haven't looked back, not one day. It's been an amazing journey as I have learned about myself and nutrition.

I found Paleo through my last trainer. He kept telling me how awesome it was and I didn't believe him, but I figured I'd give it the 30 days to prove him wrong. I lost the last few pounds I wanted to lose and dropped my body fat even more. I didn't miss bread nearly as much as I thought I would. I kept going after the 30 days. I have now corrected my high blood pressure and no longer need medication for that.

I am not as die hard Paleo as a lot of people, but I truly appreciate the changes it has made in my health.

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C221a8c9efba0c80d03b9f84a2b3b3f9

on June 05, 2011
at 05:14 PM

I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.On Dec 15th 2000 I stepped on the scale and weighed in at 310lbs, and I had a now or never moment. At the time I was unaware of the Paleo lifestyle and Atkins was all the rage so I went for it. A few months later I stepped into my first gym,learned how to lift and got a serious high from being one strong azz b*tch. 18 months later I was down 140lbs. I have tweaked and modified my eating through the decade and have even fallen off the path on ocassion but I always come back to what is right for me,meat and veg,VLC.I am currently 52 yrs old and I feel confident that I will be rockin it hard well into the next decade.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:46 AM

love this inspirational story

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on June 05, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Great story! Strong azz b*tchs unite!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 05:25 PM

Awesome weight loss and will power! Great job!

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5113df7e1c5a7e9c7555b6b59144de24

(920)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:19 PM

I got here by first becoming gluten free. Eight years ago I was trying to find a reason for my many health problems(peripheral neuropathy, fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, etc, etc). Getting rid of gluten greatly improved my health. I then slowly realized that I felt better off all grains and sugars. For the past 2 years my diet has been low carb paleo. I have to watch my carbs because of blood sugar spikes. This is not a "diet" this is my life.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on June 05, 2011
at 05:27 PM

It was gluten free that led me here as well!

3f5bbb444498a24f1a9720d75fa7c903

(2369)

on June 05, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Gluten-free for me as well. Going gluten-free got rid of all joint pains, almost all migraines, brain fog, weird skin ailments like the beginnings of vitiligo, fatigue, and too many more to mention. Finding Mark Sisson's site made me realize that gluten intolerance is not an illness but a normal reaction for many to neolithic foods. I feel better now at 52 than I did at 26.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 06:57 PM

What about the peripheral neuropathy? Any change on that?

5113df7e1c5a7e9c7555b6b59144de24

(920)

on June 06, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Changes in peripheral neuropathy - yes, and all positive. At my worse I was having difficulty walking and had to sleep with my feet dangling off the side of the bed. Even a sheet was too painful on my feet. The tingling and numbness was climbing up my legs and arms. After I stopped eating gluten, my pain level dropped to 0-1. My feet no longer slow me down. The tingling in my limbs subsided. My feet still have some residual numbness but recently, since I began to keep blood sugars under 120 all the time, I have noticed an increase in sense of temperature.

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:07 PM

I was a fat child.

I come from a family with metabolic syndrome, alcoholism, and a penchant for indoor malls and sitting.

I got busy being active and eating "healthy" at around age 12 (Jane Fonda and low fat Snackwells) and got nothing but flak from my family.

I escaped to college, started lifting in a real hardcore gym and fell in love with being strong.

I met my husband in grad school. He has the coolest job ever which allows us to move all around the U.S. living the the most amazing places (think iconic parks). We can hunt, fish, garden and gather wild edibles (don't get me wrong I still go to Costco too).

I read the Paleo Diet in 2005 ish and never looked back (a few vacation slip ups).

I've birthed and breastfed two exceedingly healthy boys whilst living this lifestyle.

Right now, I am on the hunt to find the "sweet spot" of diet, lifestyle and exercise.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:22 AM

do you notice your kids growing up stronger and bigger than the non-paleo children around them?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 03:14 PM

Can you tell us more about your "sweet spot"? I am intrigued.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:01 PM

Actually, where we live now the kids are huge. HUGE! Nursing is a whole different animal than formula. My boys are so different from each other it's hard to say what's genetic and what's environmental (diet). But, my almost 5 year old got his first real cold at age 3, he eats nearly all the produce from our little garden before I can pick it (seriously, he ate most of my Rosemary plant - Rosemary!), and he voluntarily assists in the butchering of our venison, fowl and fish. He's fun to be around.

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1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

on June 05, 2011
at 02:21 PM

I read Ray Audette's "Neanderthin" years ago, but it didn't stick (I want to get in a wayback machine and go slap myself). Then a couple of years ago I found some paleo blogs (Free the Animal, Mark's Daily Apple) and decided to give it a try. This time I stuck with it, and it worked so well that I know this will my way of eating for the rest of my life.

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Da7dc02f6150d09197a768aff40a11f1

on June 05, 2011
at 02:04 PM

Health issues!! I've had on and off sinus issues for years and years. But I didn't really think much about all the antibiotics I took on and off. Everyone gets sick, right? I was lactose intolerant, but took lactaid pills and continued to eat ice cream. For the most part, I was in good shape, and had a lot of energy. I was working full time as a school teacher and working out at the gym 3-4 days a week. I used to eat what I thought was healthy (lots of grains, fruits, etc) and I worked out with a functional trainer. Then 3 and a half years ago, I got sick and never got better. Turns out I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Long story short, I'm trying to treat my CFS naturally and have refused to take meds. I tried a variety of diets and stumbled upon paleo. I'm currently doing the AI protocol and just really focusing on meat and veggies. Just a little over a month and I think I may have energy to go to a regular yoga class tomorrow. Woo Hoo!

I actually just wrote a blog post called "Why Paleo" on my new blog. http://culinarycavegirl.blogspot.com/2011_05_01_archive.html

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 13, 2011
at 10:54 AM

Hi there, I have CFS too...Paleo hasn't really helped all that much to be honest but CFS is a hard nut to crack. Best of luck :)

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on June 13, 2011
at 10:58 AM

I didn't do the AI version of Paleo though, maybe I will try it...need to mentally prepare for it though. The hypogylcemia I get with CFS means I have trouble finding the right foods to eat when I suddenly have low blood sugar :(

Da7dc02f6150d09197a768aff40a11f1

on June 15, 2011
at 10:25 PM

I actually have a blog on CFS too. (www.knittygrittyonlife.blogspot.com) I have never found another paleo eater who has CFS. How long have you had it? What vitamins do you take? Do you eat fruit? My gut really needs to be healed so that's why I"m doing AI.

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:08 AM

I'm a raccoon. I did lots of drugs, ate too much fast food, acquired what I think was probably bipolar disorder, got into natural health, blundered around with the Quinoa Crew for a bit, that probably made it worse, found Dr. Mercola, blundered around more successfully, ate a LOT of raw eggs which probably resolved some deficiencies, but wasgross, found Mark's Daily Apple, read that blog, read his book, figured out that I sucked, stopped sucking, and in the process of stopping sucking I found this place and many others. Now I'm very interested in health and committed to never suck again by being skeptical of all claims. The end. (to be continued, I hope)

clutches chest, has heart attack from sinful saturated fat and meat

...damn, I.. hope.... there... is...reincarnation...and...I...come...back..as..a...pornstar...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:21 AM

A pornstarn raccoon?

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on June 07, 2011
at 07:16 AM

so long as it's Paleo

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Nah, not a porn star. A neurosurgeon.

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Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Warning The following text was copied from my personal blog. Please do not interpret my abridged life story as shameless self-promotion. It was just easier to cut and paste instead of writing all of this out by hand..er...keyboard.

"Growing up, I was lucky enough to have parents who, by necessity and choice (mom was an original "health nut"), provided me and my sister with healthy food and plenty of opportunities for exercise. In spite of this, I was always a chubby kid; what my mom called ???husky???.

My desire to overcome what I thought was bad genetics led me to pursue a career in the Fitness Industry. I earned my Bachelor???s degree in Exercise Science, got my certification as a Health & Fitness Specialist, and have worked for the past seven years at health clubs, retirement homes, boxing gyms, yoga studios, and even hotels.

One fateful day when a client showed me a copy of ???The Paleo Diet??? by Loren Cordain. The logic of ???eat like a caveman??? was clear and convincing. I went on to literally devour (pun intended) every book that I could find on the subject and immediately began putting the principles into practice.

One month, ten pounds, and a 3% reduction in body fat later, I realized that I had stumbled upon something big."

Bottom line, Paleo works for me on many levels. I don't look at it as a "reenactment" per se, but as a reference. I read Taubes, Sisson, Cordain, Wolf, etc., etc., and take from them what I think makes the most sense in relation to science, anthropology, and my own N=1 experience.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:48 PM

I wonder how many carbs in a book. :>

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 05, 2011
at 10:16 PM

Books are mostly indigestible cellulose so although they technically have carbs, there is a negligible effect on blood sugar.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:24 AM

Looks like Ben only has eyes for you Quilt :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Watch out.....ben will be coming to down vote ya soon! Plus one and thanks for sharing!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 06, 2011
at 01:01 PM

minus 4,679 points immediately. i suppose i am the only the one that thought merely pasting a link as an "answer" and expecting people to go thoroughly read that general link to a homepage is a less-than-effective way of answering a question. Oh well.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 06, 2011
at 02:10 PM

I keed I keed! We're all here for the same reason right? Paleo/Primal/Whatever is amazing and people need to hear about it! We are the first-movers, the wave that will carry the rest of the laggards into the new/old fitness evolution! Let's ll just get along and keep our eyes on the paleo prize!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:42 PM

I've got your back, Ben! I don't like to click on things I don't know and if it's an answer, it should answer the question. I like links for things that have been excerpted or for recipes, but they shouldn't be a stand alone answer. Plus, my filter at work will not let me on a lot of blogs, so if someone only posts a link, I have no idea what they are actually answering.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 05, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Been active and lean my whole life.

Went vegetarian for abou two years seven years ago.

Then went WAPF for about two years.

Then went paleo maybe 3 years ago.

Eating grains, even 100% WAP style, never made ms feel very good. Neither did their nuts. I kind of intuitively lessened them and lessened them and then serendipitously heard of paleo. Bought Cordain's first book, read it, of course dismissed his goofy approach to fat since I was steeped in WAP and have been like this ever since.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:17 PM

right? I was never really into being veg, i knew i was just experimenting. i've always been curious about food. and i ate tons of dairy with high protein when i was veg so i did pretty OK.

Da7dc02f6150d09197a768aff40a11f1

on June 05, 2011
at 05:13 PM

What made you go from vegetarian to WAPF? That's quite a leap!

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8515be19faab037d37a788633e32b9f1

(290)

on June 05, 2011
at 01:57 PM

I came across this via crossfit and friends who are really involved in it. I have been eating paleo for 28 days! I have lost 6 pounds and I can actually jog longer than I ever have. I am not doing any exercise as of yet but I already feel fantastic. I am not a runner so jogging is best I can do right now.

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1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

(2231)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:34 PM

come from a background family history of alcohol, depression, temper and anger issues

grew up quiet, unsocial, conservative...was never breast fed.

had no microwave/processed food or internet until college

went to college, drank my ass off and ate conveience food/cafeteria....instantly fell in love with junk and solely ate 100% junkfood diet(had no idea it wasnt healthy)

was a cheerleader in college, uniform got to small(to say the least), people made comments and a switch was forever flicked in my head

starved myself(would say it was stress relieving, controlling and calming) from about 130 to 80ish

died a handful of times, somehow im still around

used low carb to gain up to 105 and then went zerocarb for a year, relapsed and went primal...gained up to 125 this past winter. sprained both MCL's and meniscus' beginning of last year and have suffered bone pain/joint problems post 6 weeks in straight casts. currently my hard earned weight is trickling away because i am becoming OCD and orthorexic about food. the more variety(fruit/carbs) i add the less i seem to be able to keep weigh ton. learning to accept(again) and realize hope lies in fear

im here still because my one desire in life is children, something i remind myself of every single day. i am now looking to primal as a weight and menstruation restoration "medicine"- plus, i have high hope with Dr Kurse's new blog

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 06, 2011
at 05:48 PM

Mallory, sweetie, thanks for sharing. <3 I can see that your relationship with food is still something you struggle with. Please know that you can do this, the fact that you want to be healthy is HUGE.

1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

(2231)

on June 06, 2011
at 09:34 PM

AWWW, THANK YOU!!!! actually, i am doing well. i just need to flippin calm down, i let to much overwhelm me and stress me. keep looking at food at nutrition and health rather than categorizing it good or bad...its all real food, eat it :)

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on June 06, 2011
at 04:59 AM

I was raised in a whole foodie/ gourmet household, though we ate lots of pasta. I was a chubby preteen and decided to lose the weight via vegetarianism and bulimia, much to my parent's chagrin. Needless to say I suffered from depression, anxiety, but I was thin! In high school I took it a step further and went vegan and my depression became much worse, but to me I was healthy because I was slender. In college I started eating small amounts meat again but by then I was on 3 different psych meds and even ended up in a psych ward for a few nights after a particularly bad week. Meanwhile every year since I gave up veganism I gained another 10-20 pounds.

Anyway, fast forward to about a year and a half ago and I was trying to get pregnant but the excess weight on me was keeping me from my goal. I went to a fertility clinic and I went on Atkins and in a month, literally 3 days away from starting on Clomid (fertility drug) and after a year of trying I found myself pregnant!

I tried to keep my carbs under around 150 during my pregnancy to avoid gestational diabetes since I was already heavy but was still not aware of the nutrient dense food concept so I still ate some grains and soy but I found myself bingeing on some very strange items. Marrow bones, Salmon roe, jewish style chopped liver, and I ate eggs every day and I only gained 15 pounds during my pregnancy. On my ninth month my sister introduced me to WAPF and I was incredibly intrigued. It really spoke to me. I had braced myself for Post Partum depression, having known my mental health history and it never happened. In fact, despite my c-section and a few life changes I suddenly had energy and happiness. Real contentment, not hypo-mania or uncomfortable zippiness. WAPF led to a couple weeks on 4 hour body which led me to Paleo and here I am.

I've lost about 30 lbs and I have another 70 to go. I still have a ways to go with my body chemistry but the biggest change for me has been the complete eradication of my mood swings. I had gotten off the pharmaceuticals about 4 years ago but lived with the on and off again symptoms. It's only been 6 months since I gave birth but the very fact that I skipped my usual winter blues in a particularly long winter this year speaks volumes. Unlike other diets I've tried, I feel like I could do this for the rest of my life. I think my life depends on it. I think my husband's life depends on it.

I watched my healthy 6 month baby boy gnaw on a lamb bone tonight. He's never had formula, jarred food, or cereal in his body. Just breastmilk, little fistfuls of veggies off my plate and now a little bit of lamb. He's never been sick, which I attribute to making sure his vitamin D levels are high enough and the breastfeeding. I'm so happy that I found out about ancestral eating so I can possibly prevent many of the problems his father and I have experienced even though we aren't yet 30.

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on June 05, 2011
at 03:49 PM

ever increasing food allergies, leaky gut, non existent metabolism, constant fatigue, bad eating habits due to food issues/allergies....7 years and I had enough!!

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on June 06, 2011
at 07:16 PM

ditto. My story is the same.

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on June 05, 2011
at 02:18 PM

I'd been doing low carb on and off since the mid 90's, and then started to focus on whole foods and natural eating in the past 2 years. I still eat on the low carb side, but am tweaking things for weight loss and energy.

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on June 05, 2011
at 02:01 PM

I came to it thru the blood-type diet, the maker's diet, and WAPF, eventually landing in Sisson Land in search of healing from an immune deficiency, digestive disorders, and amenorrhea (possibly/probably caused by 13 years of vegetarianism/veganism). Success all around!

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on June 05, 2011
at 01:38 PM

Been doing CrossFit for some time now and decided to try Paleo. No stunning results yet (some 40 days now), but I feel okay ;) No other diets before this.

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on June 06, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Four years ago I was caring for my Mother who had just gotten a breast cancer diagnosis and because my Grandmother had had it too, I began to look seriously at the causes and health protocols for prevention.

I was reading a lot of online medical stuff and having lots of blood tests which were telling me that even though I felt ok I needed to look at the path I was on and take more drastic measures to improve my health.

I had low adrenal function, low cortisol, Low vitamin D, low cholesterol, high triglycerides, estrogen dominance, liver not functioning to remove bad estrogen, fibroids and low iodine.

Luckily I found a great Naturapath and WAPF and supplements and finally Paleo which has helped me change many of these test results to where they should be. I feel better and am less stressed out about health and the future.

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on June 06, 2011
at 02:41 AM

The fear of eventually losing a foot to diabetes and getting sick of not being able to exercise and not being able to lose weight no matter how hard I tried in conventional ways.

Also, besides health issues: my husband of nine years dumped me at a very bad point in my life, which was also at my heaviest and most unhealthy point physically. I had just lost a job I had for a while and also a career that I hated but was once rather secure. My father was diagnosed with sarcoma and one of my sisters was started to have the same health problems I was having. Part of my personal rebirth is taking control of my body, feeling attractive and most importantly, loving and taking control of myself. Food wasn't making me feel better, and I knew it would be harder to meet new people, establish a new career and a new life if I wasn't healthy and happy with myself. I knew that what I was trying before wasn't working, so if my old life was a bad fit, then that also included my diet and lifestyle.

And yes - in a very small, petty way - an "oh yeah, well look what you're missing out on, loser," to him and have come out of the divorce with the longer end of the stick, but even though he's gotten the message, I continue on because I feel good now. I can handle stress better. I can move around and I feel a sense of autonomy because I know what I'm eating, how I am moving and am overall more confident to make decisions for myself. Life has more yes's and maybe's than no's. It's strange to credit this to a diet and an exercise routine, but I feel that not being carb-dependent allows me to have more control and think clearly. It heals my body as it heals my mind. It helped me reach my goals during my sojourn in South Korea and I'll be heading back to the States revitalized and ready to make my dreams come true, and why not? I made one come true - to be healthy, active and wearing single-digit sized clothes - that I thought was a long shot.

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(78467)

on June 06, 2011
at 03:28 AM

MimsySeoul, Voila! Kudos!

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:18 PM

I had been overweight all my life I was on atkins and that in time brought me to Paleo. Hope to lose more weight I am at a stand still.

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:51 AM

we hope you do too......and some of us will help you if you. Be persistent...

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on June 06, 2011
at 08:46 AM

Thanks for the support

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 05, 2011
at 06:07 PM

Early 70s and out of the army for a few years and started putting on weight. Atkins was a new diet back then so went on it for 6 weeks and lost 20 pounds.

Gradually went off Aktins and put on weight after several years so went on Atkins again for 6 weeks and again lost 20 pounds. Working out in a gym all this time so this was beneficial for muscle mass.

Later 70s met a vegetarian girlfriend and together we opened up a vegetarian restaurant based on the book "Diet for a Small Planet" by Francis Moore Lappe. Absolute diaster. Lost muscle mass, even following the principles in the book and got so skinny, they told me I had to run around in the shower to get wet. If I stood sideways and stuck out my tongue, I looked like a zipper. Not good for someone 6'4". Got hypoglycemic from all the carrot juice. I now eat vegetarians but they have to be slow cooked.

Went off vegetarianism to eating chicken maybe threes times a week and evntually slid over into the USDA food pyramid and this went on for years. Naturally had been doing mucho grains all these years. Had always been a runner since the early 70s but with the weight gain from the USDA pyramid, my mileage gradually decreased down to grunting out two miles and thinking I was just getting old. Even had a treadmill now because running only two miles made it not worth going to the beach for a run. I was winding down and done for.

Mid-90s a fellow employee gave me "The Zone" by Barry Sears. I read the first three chapters and gave it back and bought my own copy. Lost 32 pounds of fat weight, gained 4 pounds of muscle weight and my running mileage got back up to 5-6 miles and my times were approaching 7 minutes per mile and I was in my early 50s. Life was not over by any means. My triglicerides which had been sky-high most of my life dropped 400 points.

Followed The Zone for the next dozen years, closely sometimes, not so closely at others and I have been able to watch blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglycerides and all the other vital signs move in relation to how I was eating. If I stick to it, I have the blood pressure of a teenager and my normal pulse is around 50 from all the aerobics over the years.

But Sears has you throwing out egg yolks and such and early experience with Atkins was still fresh in my mind. I've always had a tendency to keep up with nutrition trends and read books and for the last several years, Paleo has been on the horizon, especially since The Zone is a gateway and I was pracitally there anyway. This is just more fun than The Zone.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Ed

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on June 05, 2011
at 06:56 PM

OP here. I actually also came through the Zone Diet, too, as well as WAPF. Paleo is way more fun than either!

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on June 05, 2011
at 07:16 PM

I actually enjoyed doing the Zone back then because it appealed some of the scientist in me. I loved doing all the calculations and I even had it figured out to how many weeks it would take before I reached 15% bodyfat and exactly what my weight would be. On the predicted date, I weighed exactly that. It worked well but it's a done-deal and I can't be bothered with all that stuff now. Now Im into all the burgeoning data from people like Gary Taubes, the Healthy Skeptic and I think Deep Nutrition by Dr Cate is my current all-time favorite.

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on June 10, 2011
at 04:10 PM

I have a bulging disc at the L5 - S1 area in my lower back which causes considerable pain down the entire sciatic nerve. My father suggested using the Tiger Balm (http://tig​erbalm.50w​ebs.com) pain patches. They give immense relief to even the most intolerable days. I have highly recommended this product to my friends. One added extra is the menthol and camphor helps to relieve my sinus problems at the same time!

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on June 07, 2011
at 07:54 AM

I was looking for a solution to losing weight and found a lot more...

I remember some random twitter post talking about paleohacks a couple of weeks ago, and I was intrigued. I've found my favorite website, by far. Lots of answers to my questions, and I've been able to 'hack' my body far more effectively than before.

I've spent my life overweight, sick, diagnosed with low thyroid, adrenal fatigue, cortisol issues, sleep apnea, and a non-alcoholic fatty liver. Not to mention emotional issues with food (security, comfort, etc) and binge eating.

I have done every diet known to man, worked my butt off in the gym, and never saw a change. I found Mark's daily apple and free the animal, and started investigating. I finally changed my diet several months ago, and am loving the results so far. Except for the end of the 30 day challenge experiment, where I found out I was gluten intolerant. Not fun :(

Not quite at the point I want to be (100 pounds left to lose), but I see paleo/archevore being where I'm comfortable with my food, and I'm working for the point where I can be happy with my results.

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