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FOUR Years of Paleo Living!


Wow, my 4-year anniversary of going Paleo…

I didn’t realize it had been that long until Sarah Ballantyne, The Paleo Mom
posted about her own 4-year anniversary, which is shortly before mine.

A lot of changes have happened in those four years!

Healed from two autoimmune conditions (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiac),
lost 65+ lbs in the process, regained my fertility and had a baby at the age of 47!
Whew!  (Baby just turned One, btw.)

As I said in my Success Story published by Robb Wolf in 2012, I will NEVER go back to “Before”!

From this:

To this:

1st bday gift 5a

Mommy (48 years old) and Max on his First Birthday 09/09/2015

#TBT: I will NEVER go back to “BEFORE”!

#TBT – My Story for those who have not read it.


I will NEVER go back to “BEFORE”!!

It all begins with this story...

It all begins with this story…

RobbWolf.com Testimonial: BEFORE

I Will NEVER Go Back To “Before”!!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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.


November 8, 2012 at 8:08 am
Thanks, Everyone!

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.

:) Pamela

Happy 14th Birthday to our Paleo Kitties!

Happiest 14th Birthday to our fluffy furbabies!
Panda & Raven enjoyed a Paleo Kitty breakfast of pastured raw egg yolks and raw chicken liver with a bit of their usual grain-free kibble/Stella & Chewy’s mix.  Happy Kitties!

Birthday Girls 14b


The Paleo View Comes to Minneapolis! #TPVBookTour

Stacy Toth and Dr. Sarah Ballantine

It was such a thrill to meet two of my Paleo heroes: Stacy Toth of Paleo Parents and Dr. Sarah Ballantine of The Paleo Mom!  Thank You for coming to frozen Minneapolis on your tour!

All three of the books presented at the signing are outstanding resources for anyone starting or continuing their Paleo journey, especially those with autoimmune conditions.  As someone who has been through the healing process from two autoimmune disorders (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Celiac) I can attest to the effectiveness of this lifestyle change.

Nearly four months ago, I gave birth to a healthy, happy baby boy at the age of 47.
Testimony to the healing power of the Paleo lifestyle, if ever there was.  And I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight by Christmas, without “dieting” or “exercise” – as a matter of fact, the pants I’m wearing in the picture fit better now than before I got pregnant last year.

I highly encourage you to peruse both websites and all the books, as they have been of great help to me these past three years living the life.  [The Resources tab at the top of this page provides a list and links to the many great contributors I personally respect and follow online.]

Happy New Year!  I wish you HEALTH, wealth and happiness.
(Health most of all, because without it, the rest is moot.)

I met Sir Kensington…and Fell in Love

I recently discovered Sir Kensington’s condiments at our local Sur la Table in Edina.


This is some good stuff – in more ways than one!  The ketchups, mustards, and mayonnaises are about as close to Paleo as you can get, short of making them yourself.
Quality ingredients, non-GMO and gluten-free!  And VERY tasty!  Check them out:

The Originals:


And the Newcomers:

SK mustards

I think it’s time to fire up the grill!  :d