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Primal eating was not a reality for
me for a very long time, I did not even hear the words until I was
27. But flash back to when I was 12-years-old, and had just found
out that I was 203.2lbs. I remember that number so clearly because
of how hard I sobbed that day on the scale at the doctor’s
office. When my 8th grade self saw that I had crossed in to
200+lbs, I immediately I lost any self worth. Media in the 90s made
it clear that being fat was social destruction and meant that you
were “less than.” Living in this culture of perfectionism, I
continued to eat and cope with my “imperfections” with sugar
addiction and exuberant amounts of terribly processed foods.
Upon entering adulthood, the word “nutrition” alone made me
uncomfortable as I did not have any real understanding of what it
meant. I was taught and believed that all fat was bad and grains
were healthy for my heart, that carbs were evil but these
“magical” grains were somehow exempt. When I moved out
at 17, I weighed 300lbs and felt miserable. My diet
consisted of lunchmeat sandwiches, egg salad, coffee and fast food.
I hated my body and avoided mirrors.
I decided that I wanted to make a change. Over the next
several years I took the “beat my body in to submission”
approach and paired it with diet plan after diet plan. I
even took diet pills (now recalled) until the side effects were too
much to for me to excuse. I ended up losing 60lbs of weight but at
the cost of my adrenal health. I traded in the sugar for coffee and
was not sleeping nearly enough for how hard I was working and
In 2011, I met and married
my wonderful husband. He had previously been a physical trainer,
and he helped teach me a lot of what he knew. It helped a lot to
understand what he shared with me, but we both still had questions
about the science of nutrition and biology. Over the next 6 years,
together we sought out the answer for our health and wellness
concerns. One of the first sources we came across (after watching
ALL the food documentaries ever) was your website. That
year, I attended Paleocon online and felt like I was drinking from
a firehose. We almost immediately became as primal as possible in
our eating and also in our lifestyle and exercise. We both
experienced the amazing results. Aside from losing weight and
feeling stronger, we noticed our skin and digestive issues were
much improved. We were also thinking more clearly, and our sleep
was much improved.
In 2015, I gave birth to my son, and over the next year I gained
back all of the weight I had lost. Postpartum depression
and anxiety encompassed my every day, and I began to spiral in to
unhealthy eating once again. By 2016, I was nearing 300lbs
again and felt so ashamed of myself. I began to go to therapy
regularly and was diagnosed with CPTSD (Complex Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder). I began working diligently with my therapist to
unpack the trauma and my body responded with anorexia nervosa,
which can be a side effect of addressing trauma.
I did not have a dysmorphic
issue, however. At the time, I was averted by any food and my
throat would restrict if I attempted to swallow. After some time, I
wasn’t able to to eat meat due to digestion. However,
sticking to a primal way of eating at the time is what kept me out
of the hospital when it was difficult to eat. I chose soft
foods, and the blender was my bestie. My ability to eat improved,
and my diet since then has mainly consisted of all organic Coconut
Oil, Ghee, Avocados, Eggs & Sweet Potatoes and other vegetables
and some fruits.
I have continued therapy and have stayed dedicated to the same
diet with the occasional deviation from my favorite bakery that
offers paleo/keto options. Over the past year, have watched my
weight plummet (with my Dr.’s supervision) very quickly.
I stand here now today 158lbs, and my mind is still
catching up with the reality of my transformation. I lost
over 100lbs this year.
The combination of therapy and sticking to a primal
lifestyle has led me to where I am today. I am still
getting to know the woman in the mirror, but I am thankful for
where I am every single day. Thank you, Mark, for providing us with
a launching pad for our primal journey and for being a constant
resource of information and encouragement. You are a part of my
The readers featured in our success stories share their
experiences in their own words. The Primal Blueprint and Keto Reset
diets are not intended as medical intervention or diagnosis. Nor
are they replacements for working with a qualified healthcare
practitioner. It’s important to speak with your doctor before
beginning any new dietary or lifestyle program, and please consult
your physician before making any changes to medication or treatment
protocols. Each individual’s results may vary.
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