I was raised on Captain Crunch and Poptarts and thus I raised my teens on those things too.
I have a college education but have been blind to what should have been perfectly clear in front of my eyes.
Real food equals a real healthy body and life.
But no. I was a bread baker, I was a semi-gourmet cook. To show you how well and how much I cooked my husband and I are 100 + pounds overweight, and our children have stuggled through their teen years with being overweight.
It is a crime.
I have been on Weight Watchers 3 times. Jenny Craig, and Atkins have all been tried by my husband and myself, to no avail.
Our doctor gave us a copy of the Primal Blue Print a year ago and my first thought was…here is Atkins all tied up with a different bow.
How could I give up my mac and cheese? How could I give up baking my artisan breads?
My husband’s mother was diagnosed cancer. There it was. Now my children have cancer in their family genes.
My mother was in the hospital the week before Christmas. She had every test they could think of to see what caused her chest pain, shortness of breath, the pain throbbing in her neck, and the feeling of the top of her head being squeezed too tight.
Three days she was there, and I can't tell you how many tests all together...the verdict?
I sat in her hospital room for all thoses days, squeezed into my size 24 pants and weighing 275 pounds. I felt every single symptom she was having...all the time. It was normal for me to feel like that.
I have two teenagers, I am obese, I work for my husband, do I need to say more?
I had no idea what to do.
I knew I never could stick to a diet.
I always cheat. Every time I have started out a "new" week of living right...I made it till Wednesday...something stressful or bad would happen, and I would crumble.
I remembered the book the doctor gave us, but I couldn't read it. I didn't want to hear what I was giving up and all the studies and facts.
I instead went to Mark Sisson's web page marksdailyapple and began looking at the success stories and the amazing health turn arounds people were making.
Some people claimed that the weight just seemed to melt off of them.
Ummm...yeah...I could go for that...melting.
The thing that made me go ahead and drink the "koolaide" was his take on exercising.
You didn't have to do very much. In fact too much was a detriment to your body.
I had never heard that before. Sounded like a plan to me!
I made us all start living Primal on December 25.
I took the packages of cinammon rolls, bags of flour, boxes of instant mixes, and all the other crap to my local food pantry.
I bought coconut flour, huge bags of dry roasted almonds to make almond flour. I bought coconut oil, and made my own ghee. I made my own crackers and cookies so the kids could still feel "normal". I bought veggies I never thought I would put in my mouth in a millions years...researched how to cook them...posted the recipe on Pinterest...and enjoyed them.
The teenagers railed against every new veggie and all the things they think they miss…that was until 2 days ago.
It has been a month, so we weighed ourselves.
I have lost 18 pounds (and the aches, pains, and the chest pain I was feeling all the time) My husband lost 11 pounds, My teenagers lost 8 and 9 pounds (and I am sure they cheated).
All in one month.
We all feel better inside. Little things that I thought were normal for being 45 are going away…my children’s acne is clearing up.
I have not cheated once…I don’t want to, and I hope I never will.
I have never had this feeling inside me before.
The saying goes “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” well…I’ve never been skinny, but I sure knew how good cookies tasted.
Now I know how strength from inside feels, and I will never buy another damn rotten filth infested cookie from The System (as I call it) again.
I am starting this blog to show others who are morbidly obese like me that you can quit processed foods and sugar and never look back.
You can feel strong again.
It has only been one month...and I feel it...strength.