Finally, I Am Me
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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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marked the one year anniversary of the beginning of my Primal Journey.
Its been a life changing year for me and my family. I finally
feel ready to tell my story. So here we go
I can honestly,
whole-heartedly say that my whole life, I felt like I was way off
course. I am smart, athletic, was always successful in school, came
from a good family, knew my career choice (teacher) at a young age
and was passionate about everything I did. Despite my normal
life, I struggled deeply with anxiety as long as I can remember.
I never felt normal, or like I could handle anything. The slightest
bit of stress sent me into a life or death reaction. I honestly
thought I was crazy, but I knew deep down that this wasnt
how I was supposed to be living my life. This wasnt ok. I
knew that for sure.
I was in constant
pursuit of changing my outlook on life, but I just couldnt
make it happen. My anxiety spiraled out of control in my mid-twenties
and I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. My doctor
suggested I go on Cipralex, a medication for anxiety and depression.
It helped with my mood and I guess life went on, but the anxiety
was always lurking in the background and it never felt right being
on medication. My husband and I decided to have a baby, so I went
off my anxiety medication. The anxiety symptoms returned full force
and I was once again feeling out of control. I continued to try
and manage it as we added a second beautiful child to our family,
but I generally could not keep myself together. It was a tough couple
of years. I was unhappy, moody, lost and felt completely alone.
On top of my
ever present anxiety and all the other struggles that came with
it (weight gain, strain on relationships, lack of sleep, isolation,
depression) I was quickly developing horrible digestion issues and
felt sick to my stomach after every meal. I had knee pain, back
pain, bad seasonal allergies, acne, tendinitis, constant migraines,
I was tired all the time, but suffered from insomnia for many years.
I felt like I was falling apart and I was only 29. I was really
struggling with my weight, which had been creeping up slowly since
high school despite being involved in many sports, and eating very
healthy according to the Canada Food guide. When I say healthy,
I mean, egg whites-whole grain bread-brown rice-oatmeal-no
fat yogurt-no fat cottage cheese healthy. We thought we were
very aware of our diets, but I just couldnt keep a healthy
body composition. I was baffled. What was I doing wrong? I was at
my worst when I should have been at my prime.
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