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Christine’s 100 lb Weight Loss and Paleo Journey

February 5th, 2013
Christine Ybarra Before After

Before I learned of Paleo,
I was suffering from severe constipation, trapped gas in my chest
almost daily, acid reflux since I was 16, and hypoglycemic symptoms. I
was also diagnosed with Hypothyroidism at the age of 21. I saw a
series of doctors and other health professionals in attempt to figure
out what was going on with my body. There was a nurse practitioner who
told me to “eat more ruffage”, a family physician who diagnosed me
with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and gave me a pill to help “only the
colon” retain water, a surgeon who gave me a pointless MRI, a few
chiropractors who each helped a little in their own way, and a colon
hydrotherapist who referred me to an amazing herbalist. My herbalist
taught me so much about my body, much more than all of the
conventional doctors I saw put together.

Then I started CrossFit. After losing all that weight, I needed to
tone up and I craved the next challenge. It wasn’t until the second or
third day of my intro classes when I ate a bowl of corn bran cereal
before my workout and asked why I was so shaky. I’ll never forget the
look I got from my coach. I think that’s when he ran right over to his
stack of handouts and gave me my first bit of information on Paleo. I
fell in love with the idea and dove into learning all I could. Once I
tried it, I was hooked. It wasn’t until 2 years post-Paleo I
discovered my Hypothyroidism was really Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a
debilitating autoimmune disorder that attacks the thyroid. Even more
reason to continue my healthy lifestyle! I already knew how to eat to
support my “disease”!

With everything I learned from my herbalist and from my CrossFit
coach, I was feeling better in a matter of weeks. At the time, there
weren’t any Paleo cookbooks published, besides the recipes in the back
of The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, so I found most of my recipes and
advice online. I was fortunate to live 30 minutes from Chico,
California, home of NorCal Strength & Conditioning, which is Robb
Wolf’s gym. I sat in the front row of his very first “Paleo Solution”
seminar. I was completely star struck, but had the nerve to raise my
hand and ask a few questions regarding sweeteners and Autism. My son
had recently been diagnosed High Functioning Autistic, and I was
curious about the link between Autism and gluten. Sarah Fragoso,
author of the well-known “Everyday Paleo” blog and cookbooks also
worked there and happened to be married to my CrossFit competitor
chiropractor. I was surrounded by amazing leaders in the new Paleo
world and it inspired me. Eating strict Paleo and CrossFitting just
three times a week, I was able to shed another 5 pounds after I hit my
goal and became the fittest I’d ever been.

Now I am a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and specialize in Paleo and
CrossFit coaching. Nutrition has become my passion during my amazing
journey to health, and I look forward to helping more people discover
the health secrets I learned along the way.


Christine Ybarra (512)550-5575



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6 Responses

  1. Gef Phox says:

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sommer says:

    Inspiration! Congratulations!

  3. Nicki says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I have been paleo for a year and still suffer from autoimmune Fibro pain, and neuropathy pain daily. My thyroid is also not functioning at full volume…what foods or herbs can you recommend to add or delete to help boost my thyroid?

  4. thanks for the story. Inspirational!

  5. Corinna says:

    I am searching and finding out all the information I can about paleo and thyroid health. I am loving all the neat testimonies I have come across! I love having access right at my fingertips. Thank goodness we have technology these days. I can’t wait to start my paleo journey but I am going to wait until after Thanksgiving. ; )

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