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Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal
Blueprint Real Life Story from a Marks Daily Apple reader.
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Ill continue to publish these each Friday as long as they
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I just celebrated
my 29th birthday, and thanks to this lifestyle, Im almost
completely pain-free for the first time in over 10 years. I made
the switch about 5 months ago, but unlike a lot of people who find
Blueprint, I wasnt looking for a change.
If you had
asked me 6 months ago, I would have told you that I was in the best
shape of my life and in the best shape I could be. I had daily gastro-intestinal
problems, debilitating migraines almost weekly, chronic back and
all-body muscle pain, and serious sleep disruptions but I
was sure that was as good as it could get for me.
At 28 years
old, I had accepted that pain was just a part of my daily life and
always would be. I felt tired and sick to some degree every day,
but I had given up on anything more than minimizing the pain and
finding ways to push through or ignore the sleep and stomach problems.
A little background:
at least back to adolescence, if not before, Ive had severe
muscle pain (mostly in my back and legs) and headaches. At my worst
in high school, I would get a migraine every single afternoon and
couldnt do anything for hours until it subsided. I also cant
remember ever sleeping completely through the night; I thought everyone
tossed and turned and woke up 5-10 times every night like I did.
I would sleep 12 or 13 hours and still feel tired. I could never
understand how other people seemed so rested with just 7 or 8 hours
Then, in late
2000 (during my senior year of high school) I found a grapefruit-sized
tumor in my abdomen that required major surgery to remove. The surgery
resulted in the loss of about 3 feet total from several sections
of both my small and large intestine.
After the surgery,
nothing gastro-intestinally ever worked right again for me. For
10 years I had daily problems, ranging from ulcer-like shooting
pains to symptoms more akin to Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I tried
to figure out what foods would cause the worst problems, but the
patterns seemed random and not linked to any one food. Both the
doctors and I wrote it all off as the unfortunate and permanent
side effects of missing large parts of my intestine.
Then in college,
I finally decided to talk to a doctor about the muscle pain, headaches,
and sleep problems, and I was diagnosed with Myofascial Pain Sydrome
(similar to Fibromyalgia). They gave me prescriptions for an antidepressant
and a migraine medicine, which helped me sleep a little better and
stop a migraine after it started, but nothing prevented the pain
or headaches. The antidepressant also made it hard to wake up in
the mornings, and I wasnt totally comfortable taking a medication
intended for a problem I didnt have.
through five more years of headaches, back pain, and stomach problems.
I am 56 tall, and 6 months ago I weighed 135 lbs. I
had been working out 3-5 times a week for several years, my blood
pressure and cholesterol were good, and I ate what was considered
a fairly healthy diet by conventional wisdom: lots of whole grains,
limited fat and red meat, plenty of fruit, no soda, etc. I was doing
everything right! And my doctors agreed: I was doing well for someone
with my kinds of problems.
Then I met
my boyfriend, who didnt see my pain as normal or under control.
He started telling me about the Primal Blueprint and the way he
ate, and he told me it could really help me with my problems. The
concept made sense to me, but when you have problems like I do,
it seems that everyone you meet has some cure-all solution youve
never thought of, so I was skeptical.
talked to me about diet at all (after all, I wasnt overweight!),
so I couldnt believe just eating differently would do anything
when doctors had already done all they could. So, on a lark and
mostly to prove this guy wrong, I decided to try it. Of course,
I didnt do any research or visit your website, even though
he told me to check it out at least 10 times (sorry, but I can be
stubborn!). I just decided to stop eating grains and to limit processed
sugars for a month to see what would happen.
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January 23, 2012
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