My Healthy Lifestyle Was Killing Me
Mark’s Daily Apple
by Mark Sisson: When
Listening to Your Body Doesn’t Work
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of the holiday parties near the end of 2010, my BMI tipped from
normal to overweight. Concerned that at age 52 my luck might be
close to running out in evading the type 2 diabetes, high blood
pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease that run in my family,
I decided that it was time to lose weight. Ive never had a
major weight issue, but 20+ years of treatment for endometriosis,
the onset of menopause, and 20+ years of living the suburban, increasingly
sedentary life with an obese spouse had finally caught up with me.
I set a realistic goal of losing 20 lbs by April of 2011.
believed in diets since I have seen what happens in
the overwhelming majority of cases follow the diet,
lose weight, back to the same-old-same-old, pack on more pounds
than before. So I decided to be sensible and follow conventional
wisdom. By instituting sustainable changes to my diet (counting
calories, adding more healthy whole grains, less fat, less junk
food) and a manageable exercise routine (worked up to chronic cardio!),
I met my goal. By mid-April 2011 I was down 23 lbs and 2 sizes.
Woo hoo! I should have been ecstatic, but I knew I had a problem.
the weight, but I was feeling weaker and had experienced a couple
of really scary incidents of severe diarrhea which lead to incapacitating
dehydration compounded with hypothermia. I had to be rushed to the
emergency room twice over a two-month period. After numerous tests
and consultations between my GP and the ER doctors, the diagnosis
both times was stomach virus. Great. They were clueless.
incident had been worse than the first. By the time the paramedics
arrived (quicker than the first time) my veins had already started
collapsing and I was non-responsive. I didnt feel too confident
about surviving a third bout. I learned to become aware of the initial
signs of dehydration and was able to manage it by drinking ridiculous
amounts of water (12 16 glasses a day!) supplemented with
Gatorade. There had to be a better way. Of increasing concern to
me was that over the next three months I dropped another 10 lbs
without trying, and started developing sagging skin a sure
sign of muscle loss. Being small-framed and with a family history
of osteoporosis, this was not good.
Somehow I stumbled
upon MDA. As I started reading, a lot started making sense. The
exercise portion was a lot like what I did as a kid. Having grown
up in NYC with no car in the family, my feet were a basic mode of
transportation. Sprints were how my friends and I got to elementary
school (had to wait for mom to catch up to cross the street), lifting
heavy things was how we got groceries home and up the stairs, and
lets not forget going up and down stairs (2 or 3 steps at
a time weighted down with books in Jr. and Sr. high school) in the
train stations, as well as regularly climbing 2-5 flights of stairs
to reach family members and friends apartments (elevators
were not an option).
Primal Blueprint (the only “diet” book I had EVER purchased),
I came to the realization that my “healthy” lifestyle was going
to kill me, literally! I must admit that even in spite of that,
I had a lot of trepidation about going without the grains and legumes
and increasing my fat intake. I had no problem dropping processed
foods because my dad didn’t consider anything out of a can or pre-frozen
to be “food,” and my mom made the distinction between real food
and party (i.e. junk) food. For over 50 years I had eaten oatmeal
or cream of wheat as part of my healthy breakfast almost every day.
Breakfast without grains just did not seem like it would fill me
up. Being of Caribbean ancestry, rice and beans had also been lifelong
staples. However, on July 23, 2011, I decided to give this Primal
thing a try for a week. One week later I was down another 3 lbs,
but, in spite of my husband’s concerns about my “anorexia” – no
worries – I was also down one full size! Using one of the online
body fat calculators, I estimated that my body fat had gone down
about 3%, which correlates well with the 3 lb weight loss. Over
the next few weeks I took a few forays back into the world of SAD
foods, because who the heck was this Mark Sisson guy to deprive
me of my old comfort foods. I quickly discovered that what Mark
had to say didn’t matter because my body was saying the same things
loudly and clearly.
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