I will NEVER go back to “BEFORE”!!
I Will NEVER Go Back To “Before”!!
Written by: Pamela
I developed Hashimoto’s (autoimmune) Hypothyroidism and was searching for a way to relieve the symptoms. I had suffered significant weight gain, severe fatigue, hormonal imbalance, sleep issues, and pain in my joints, muscles – essentially all over. My doctors were of very little help beyond initial diagnosis and prescribing Levoxyl. The medication helped, but only a little.
I read a number of success stories online and was very inspired by them. I had incredible motivation in the form of a young child that needs me that made me determined.
So in September 2011, I decided to give Paleo a go – and WOW did it work! And it was not nearly as difficult as I imagined it would be!
Robb’s revelation that my gallbladder removal indicated undiagnosed celiac disease (p. 81 “Full of Bile” in The Paleo Solution) was very powerful. My surgeon told me I nearly died during that operation at the age of 27. If I had only known! I am not exaggerating when I say this information saved me. I’ve had a few close calls in my life that can now be attributed to gluten/celiac issues: nearly ruptured appendix, serious complications during gallbladder surgery, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and Hashimoto’s (autoimmune) Thyroiditis.
In addition to the Paleo dietary recommendations, I also avoid dairy and nightshades due to my autoimmunity. I also follow(ed) recommendations from GAPS (bone broth, probiotics, etc) in the healing process. My exercise consists of walking my dog and house/yard work.
I no longer suffer. I look and feel great at 60+ lbs less than my heaviest/sickest point. I went from a size 16 to an 8 in one year; I look 10 years younger with my hair color/texture returning. Additional benefits: no body odor (I now use magnesium oil as my “deodorant”) and dramatic improvement in my mood, hormonal balance, and marriage! I am 45 years old, 5’10” tall, size 6/8, and weigh just under 160 lbs.
I will NEVER go back to “before”!!
Many, many thanks and much love to Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson, Tara Grant and the online Paleo community for showing me the way to heal(th)!! I truly owe them my life.
Christopher Williams (a.k.a. Squatchy) is a paleo aficionado, educator, personal trainer, wellness coach, and hobbyist chef. He also works as part of the Robb Wolf team.
I submitted this story in hopes that it will help others – both by inspiring some to try Paleo, and to encourage others to keep on. One day at a time – it all starts somewhere!
I am incredibly grateful to Robb for sharing his work with us! His insights about autoimmunity were key to my recovery. At one point before diagnosis, I was so sick I could barely eat. I knew I was in big trouble, but had no idea what was happening. I hate to think where I would be if I hadn’t discovered Paleo. A very scary thought, indeed.
So, kudos to all of you living the lifestyle – and pass it on! There are far too many people suffering needlessly.