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Paula Raudenbush Testimonial

June 20th, 2018
30 Day Challenge
Hello. I just finished the 30-day challenge and here are my results:
First, I didn’t do this to lose weight. I did it because I knew I needed to clean up my diet. I’ve been very diligent about getting my meat/chicken/pork/etc from a local butcher who sells only local, grass-fed meat. I personally know the chickens who provide my free-range eggs. I’ve used only grass-fed butter and ghee and extra virgin olive oil. Our local farmers market provides all the organic veggies and fruit I could ever want. We have a great supermarket (Wegman’s) that has a huge organic selection. It’s been easy to get what I need. That said, I really don’t know how to cook very well so I’ve been learning which has turned out to be fun.
I thought that giving up sugar would be the hardest thing, but sugar was not a problem. What was more difficult was bread. Not so much for the bread itself but because it was always (along with crackers) a “carrier” for meat and cheese. The thing I really craved most was cheese. There was one time when I had a very small piece of birthday cake to celebrate with my 95-yr-old friend. I felt awful afterward. I also had a small bit of lasagna when it was that or go hungry. Again I didn’t feel too well after.
One thing I noticed almost right away was how much better my food tasted. Another thing that happened about 8 days in was my energy level soared. It has stayed high and feels great. My blood pressure, for which I take medications, is at a record low.
And, the main reason I started this program was to downgrade the inflammation in my spine. I still have some back pain but the pain in my knees and hips has disappeared totally.
I didn’t take any photos but I did check my weight and I lost 8 pounds.
I intend to continue with this program. There’s no denying how much better I feel so I know it’s working and I’m enjoying my food so much more that I’m sure it’s going to stick. Also, since I’m not buying so much junk food, my grocery bill hasn’t really changed all that much even though what I’m buying is more expensive. I’m looking forward to trying new things and learning more about cooking.
Thank you for the encouraging emails. It helped to know I wasn’t doing this all by myself even though it never really felt difficult. I never had cravings. I didn’t tell many people what I was doing  but I found it hard not to talk about it. My friends have noticed the difference. Now I’m encouraging others to try it—especially the people who could benefit most from it—but I’ve waited till I could speak from personal experience.
Thank you for helping me change my life.

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