Not Your Typical Before and Afters
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Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal
Blueprint Real Life Story from a Marks Daily Apple reader.
If you have your own success story and would like to share it with
me and the Marks Daily Apple community please contact me here.
Ill continue to publish these each Friday as long as they
keep coming in. Thank you for reading!
debating writing this for quite some time, as Im pretty shy
when It comes to sharing personal details about myself. But if I
can inspire just a single person with my story and spread the good
word even a little bit more, then its well worth sharing.
So thank you Mark for all that you do and for allowing me a platform
to spread my not so typical journey to health with others.
As a young
girl, with a family of four brothers, food was quick, cheap, and
decently healthy. Lots of big casseroles and pasta dishes, some
veggies, not much meat, cereal for breakfast, packed lunches for
school, and rarely any fast food. Despite a somewhat standard American
diet, I was a thriving, happy, and active kid.
I took an interest
in health at a young age; around 11 years old I started going on
jogs to get in shape for my competitive skating team. I did an agility
training camp in the summer months for many years (yay sprinting!),
and figure skated between 2-5 times a week for about 10 solid years.
I also managed to squeeze in soccer, softball, basketball, and tons
of outdoor playing time in between it all. To say I was active was
a bit of an understatement, and I loved every sweaty second of it.
By the time
I hit high school I was still just as active and eating healthy;
oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, apple and peanut butter for snack,
soup and salad with some meat for lunch, big salads with some protein
for dinner, with some snacking in between it all. Although I was
never overweight before, I lost some weight my senior year eating
this way and felt pretty good despite usually being hungry.
down this healthy eating path until it went a little
too far. I slowly slipped into a vegetarian lifestyle when I moved
out on my own, mostly out of restriction but also convincing myself
it was a much healthier lifestyle. That, with a combination of too
little sleep and too much drinking, wound up with me having mono
heading into my freshman year at college. I was the thinnest I had
ever been, and friends and family were concerned.
But I continued
eating this way for some time. No meat, very little fat, processed
snacks, soy milk, veggies, beans honestly I can barely remember
what I survived off of. I just remember being hungry, having several
anxiety attacks, sleeping AWFUL every night (out of hunger), being
depressed, having eczema, dry patchy skin, no period, a very slow
heart rate and very low blood pressure which frightened me, and
I was constantly cold
The list could go on and on. My body
was at an all time low.
Here I am my
freshman year in the white; my lowest weight, and lowest level of
health Ive ever been (symbolically holding a packet of Crystal
Light drink mix). For about two years my body remained at a low
weight and I had most of those symptoms on and off.
My junior year
of college things began to change. After an appointment with my
doctor, discussing some symptoms (GI issues) and low iron levels,
we considered food intolerances. I decided to cut out gluten to
see what affect it had on me, and that very day decided to add meat
back into my diet, after a 3-year hiatus. It was Thanksgiving break,
so no better time than a good home cooked meal to kick things off.
I didnt exactly hit the ground running with this diet, it
was tough, but I stuck it out (with the typical gluten free processed
foods taking a front row seat of course). But pretty shortly after,
my skin (acne) seriously cleared up, the eczema on my eye went away,
and stomach issues I was having were subsiding.
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