“Real People, Real Paleo” is a series of posts written by real people who were inspired to share their paleo story with you. There is such diversity in the challenges that bring us to a paleo diet and lifestyle and in what we hope to achieve by adopting them. These stories are intended to be a place of inspiration, written by real people, showing the diversity of our needs and our approaches to this way of eating and living, and explaining how each individual’s implementation of paleo meets their needs. By sharing these people’s stories with you on my blog, I hope to redefine what paleo success is. I do not believe that eating paleo is purely about losing weight, gaining muscle, and having 6-pack abs. I believe that paleo is about being healthy enough to thoroughly enjoy life, whatever that means for you, and about sustainability for our entire lives. If you are interested in writing up your story, please contact me using the form on this page.
As far back as I can remember, I always had a problem with my weight. I remember as a teenager, barely 16, going on my ﬁrst diet. Kids called me “the lump”. The roller coaster of yo-yo dieting became part of my life. I had fat clothes and skinny clothes. Going up and down 30-40 pounds.
At the beginning of last year, on January 1st, 2011, I started Weights Watchers, again. This time, I lost a mere 13 pounds in 3 months. I felt so discouraged, menopause had started, and I knew too well that it would be difficult to lose weight during that transition. I quickly gained the 13 pounds back and weighed in at 180lbs. At the end of my last pregnancy I was 185!! I was recently diagnosed borderline hypertensive and have been asthmatic since the mid 80’s. I felt awful, being a Naturopathic Doctor, and having all that extra weight.
That spring, I went to my annual Naturopathic Physicians convention in Vancouver. There I heard Dr. Griffith’s talk on hCG weight loss and his version of it. I was very curious, started to study it, and then tried it myself. I lost 50 lbs in two rounds, I started mid-May, 2011 and was done by the end of September. I was so happy, but terriﬁed to gain it all back again! It is while reading hCG forums and reading blogs that I came across the paleo lifestyle. I realized that phase two of the hCG protocol is very similar to a paleo diet: meat, fruit and veggies. I decided to give paleo a try. No calorie counting!
I was going on my ﬁrst cruise with my daughters, and I thought this would really be a good test! On the ship, every morning I had a big omelet, with bacon and sausage. Lunch and supper were meat and veggies. I passed on all the deserts and our table companions thought I was totally insane. Returning home, I jumped on the scale and was the exact same weight than when I left! For the ﬁrst time in my life, I can eat without gaining weight. My meals consist of roughly 30% fat, 30% protein and 30% fruits and vegetables. I have plenty of energy to run a practice, be a mom and do fun activities, such as cycling, hiking and paddle boarding. I haven’t felt this good in years, and I have a body I am very proud of!
I am a member of the Primal Docs and the Paleo Physician Network. I am excited to be teaching this lifestyle to my patients. I am a weight loss coach, and the patients that adhere to paleo have no problems maintaining their goal weight.
I am a mother of 2 girls, 11 and 13. I continued on paleo and cleaned out my pantry in January of this year, and gave my daughters plenty of warning before hand to ease them into it. I tried my best to get them on board, to do as easy a transition as possible, baking muffins and cookies. They didn’t like anything that was offered. The hard part is when they visit their dad. He eats a SAD diet, so their digestive tracts never have a chance to completely recover. It is my understanding that there isn’t sufficient evidence that the SAD diet is an addictive diet, but I swear I am observing that fact on a daily basis in my house.
Sadly, after trying to get my teenager and pre-teen on board, I recently had to give up, as the resistance was too much. I take it as a great lesson in letting go and acceptance. I do envy the young paleo parents and I wish I could have known what I know now before they were born. My 13-year old was recently diagnosed with acid reﬂux. I told her that she could either get off gluten, dairy and sugar, or take a drug for it while continuing her current diet. I also told her that in my practice, patients with GERD (gastro eosophagial reﬂux disease) recover nearly 100% when they stay away from gluten, dairy and sugar. She chose the drug. I can only respect her choice. My 11-year old suffer from mild asthma, eczema and chronic rhinitis. On two occasions, she has done a gluten free, dairy free and sugar free diet, and was nearly 80% better after 6 weeks, but she refused to continue with the program.
I will teach by example. I can only wish that my daughters will understand one day, and will be willing to try paleo for themselves. As for me, my blood pressure has now normalized. I no longer need to take asthma medication because I do not suffer from asthma symptoms anymore!
I get gratiﬁcation from happy patients whose lives are turning around once they understand and implement a paleo lifestyle. My best girlfriend suffers from an autoimmune disease and since starting paleo, she has observed wonderful changes on many levels. I told her to try it for 30 days only, and she is still eating paleo, several months after.
Finally, I am very grateful for the many paleo blogs and podcasts, ﬁlled with great stories and practical information. I am mostly excited about the new The Paleo View Podcast with Sarah and Stacy! For me, it is a lifeline!