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Cathi Testimonial

May 15th, 2017 | Testimonials

Just completed my first 30-Day Challenge!

I have cut my insulin intake in half and reduced my blood pressure medicine.

I lost 23 lbs. and have gone down a size. My husband followed the plan with me and he lost 14 lbs!

We will be continuing on the Paleo lifestyle as we both want to keep losing weight and living healthier!

Thanks for all the support and guidance. I encourage anyone who is thinking about trying Paleo to jump in! You will be amazed at how much better you will feel!

 

Cathi Laird
Spring, Texas

 

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Rose Testimonial

May 7th, 2017 | Testimonials

Greetings,

I am totally in love with my new Paleo diet! I started trying to watch my diet just before Thanksgiving. I did watch it but really didn’t stick to my guns until just before Christmas. That is when I got on the 30 Day Challenge.

It has been amazing. I feel so much better and do not have any food cravings. The Challenge tells us to eat when we are hungry – what a wonderful idea! I don’t really get hungry on this diet, so when “lunch time” or “dinner time” arrives I don’t feel like I have to eat. I used to be starving ALL the time – now I don’t stress about cooking at all.

Cooking has now become very enjoyable for me. I cook for about 3 days ahead so I always have something on hand to eat. It has been very freeing and I feel like my time is my own.

To anyone doing the Challenge, I would advise finding a partner to work with. My mother has been my partner. Both of us have been cooking for one and doing a very poor job of it. Since you don’t have anyone else to consider you can just grab anything that’s handy and it is usually some processed food that is not healthy. We started having cooking days where we get together and make up the recipes and then split them. That way we can try more of a variety and not have so many left over’s of the same thing. Planning ahead is a must.

Eating out at restaurants is easier than you think. There are lots of places that have healthy foods to eat –  you just need to be conscience of what you want to order. It has actually been easy to turn down unhealthy choices.

Now for my results:

I have lost 23 pounds since Thanksgiving and it really didn’t start coming off until I started using the 30-Day Challenge Paleo Recipes.

Thank you so much for all the great coaching advice this past 30 days. I am planning to stick to these new habits for good. My grandmother struggled with her weight and finally got it figured out at age 56. She told me not to wait that long. I didn’t listen. I wish I would have. I’m 62 now and feeling better than ever. My stomach used to hurt all the time. I had a lot of inflammation and had been of Prednisone for a number of years. I am not taking any Prednisone now and I have stopped my meds for High Blood Pressure and am weaning off the meds that controlled my High Cholesterol. I feel GREAT. I feel like walking.

Thank you again,
Rose Wiegert

 

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Judy Testimonial

May 3rd, 2017 | Testimonials

Dear Dr. Brenda and Dr. Chad,

Thank you for giving me the inspiration to take this step!

I’m 57 years old, working a desk job for the government after 30+ years of floor nursing.

I’ve always been very athletic – my whole life! I’ve never had to struggle with weight or the desire to exercise.

HOWEVER, after a series of unfortunate events…a very sad divorce, menopause, several deaths of close loved ones and an accident…things really changed.

Depression took hold and I just couldn’t shake it.  Menopause changed my body’s ability to manage my weight and energy levels and severe pain prevented me from my usual exercise.

A change in jobs to what I thought would be the job of a lifetime… which it is… turned out to be the most stressful job ever!  Not to mention the fact that the boss kept a station of chocolates readily available and well stocked to “help” us cope with the stress. And with frequent potlucks with all kinds of yummy – and fattening foods – I gained 50 pounds over about 6 years!

I worked, commuted (4 hrs. per day), came home late, ate a heavy dinner in front of the TV and then crashed. Weekends were spent doing household chores and crashing on the couch or sleeping much of my days off.

I developed high blood pressure (208/110) and high cholesterol and triglycerides. My family has a very strong history of heart disease and stroke, so I went on medications to combat these issues.

Within a few years I had developed Metabolic syndrome – including Diabetes type 2.  My blood sugar went up to 500! I felt terrible! I couldn’t sleep and was in constant pain – especially when I tried to exercise.

Frankly, I became quite suicidal. All I could think about was killing myself.  But I knew that would destroy my loved ones…especially my wonderful children.

So I took more medication – anti-depressants were added to the growing list.

I had a hard time changing my diet since I was on Insulin and so I would adjust the dose to “cope” with the extra sweets I’d eat to calm my stressed mind.

As a nurse and an avid life long athlete… I knew exactly what I really needed to do… BUT did I do it?… NOOOO!

As my weight hit 190, my blood pressure 210/ 120, my cholesterol 300 and my triglycerides at 600 and by blood sugar at an average of 220 I knew I was headed for disaster.

I had to change! And NOW was the time.

Finally I’d had enough and was ready when I saw your post on Facebook about the Paleo Secret. I started immediately.

I did not take photos, however on day 1 I weighed 191# in the morning, wore a size 14. I’m 5’9” and large boned.

As I increased my protein and dark leafy veggie intake I developed gout and other, what I call, traveling arthritis pains. I realized I wasn’t drinking enough water.  I reduced the amount of red meats and dark leafy veggies and that pain is getting better.

As I stopped eating all processed sugar, reading labels, eating healthy fats and your yummy golden milk and morning drink, I started feeling so much better. My brain fog lifted, the constant burning muscle pain stopped, my dyspepsia stopped – no more proton pump inhibitors for me!  My clothes go looser and I was sleeping much better.

I began listening to my body… when I would even think of eating a scone or cookie…I could actually feel my body cringe. My mind finally respected my body and helped me to not even want these toxic foods.

Now day 30 I weigh 176 pounds, my blood pressure is 110/80, my blood sugar is averaging 100. I haven’t got my lipid panel checked yet but I’m curious to see what it is. I’ve had to purchase smaller clothes too!

I do feel so much better and am committed to continuing this lifestyle for the rest of my life.

Thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge with me.  I find your daily emails very encouraging and so helpful!

Blessings to you both.

 

Judy Somerby
Jenner, California

 

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Laura Testimonial

April 26th, 2017 | Testimonials

Hi Chad & Brenda!

My name is Laura, I’m 49 and live in Los Angeles. I just completed the 30-Day Challenge and have some good stuff to share.

First of all, thank you so much for your wonderful program. You have put a lot of love, thought, and compassion into it and made it fun to follow. I loved waking up to the daily emails with recipes, stories and support!

Second of all, I want to say that as a health-conscious, long-time student of holistic nutrition, I’m very diligent about what I put in my body, and thought I had things pretty dialed in. I was healthy on paper, but I couldn’t deny that I just wasn’t feeling good. I was often depressed and my stomach felt funky. I’d been getting this trio of headache, dizziness, and queasiness for probably 4-5 years now and didn’t know what exactly was causing it. My feet would often swell, no matter if I was sitting or standing at work all day. My big toe joint had been hurting more and more regularly. I was tired and worn out a lot. And something was making me itch like crazy. I just couldn’t figure out what the problem was, but clearly, something needed to change! I’m also entering menopause, so that’s caused a few unwanted pounds to jump on!  I’m already gluten-free and eat lots of whole, organic foods as a given, and I had tried Paleo in the past, but I wasn’t a big meat eater and ultimately stopped doing it full force just because of that. I couldn’t see myself eating wild boar and elk, haha. This time, though, when I saw your challenge, I decided to give it a try and stick with it.

For me, the main things I had to give up were rice, a modest amount of gluten-free breads and products, my sweet tooth (for “healthy” sweets, mind you!), and my favorite toxic hazelnut coffee creamer. Sigh… But, thanks to you guys, I found something better! I now use a very small amount of raw, organic honey, grass-fed butter, and hemp/almond/or coconut milk in my coffee, and I love it! I also had to add more animal protein and good fats with nuts/oils/grass-fed butter, but this time I made it my own with the foods I liked – wild-caught fish, and free-range eggs, turkey and chicken. One thing I did NOT give up was dark chocolate.

So, to the results…

Almost immediately, my stomach felt better, I didn’t feel depressed, I had a ton more energy, my big toe stopped hurting, and that annoying trio of headache/dizziness/queasiness has disappeared.  None of that has returned, and I’m very grateful for that! Also, my hair is incredibly silky, soft and bouncy! All good stuff. The only downsides were: I have only lost 1 lb total. But, I am pretty positive it’s because I haven’t been exercising, and I know it’s hard for my body to process that much animal protein if I’m not exercising. Also, my skin started itching even worse, and I thought I might be allergic to something on the diet. BUT acupuncture is starting to help that and I haven’t changed what I’m eating, so I’m encouraged by that.

What’s next for me: I will be continuing on with everything, adding more and more of the good foods, trying more of the recipes. AND, I’ll be back to my regular exercise regimen starting today, including your Flat-belly Flow program, and will report back in another 30 days let you know how it went.

Thanks so much for the program and for all you do to help people learn how to eat and get healthy!

Warmest Regards,
Laura Marshall

 

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Samantha Testimonial

April 25th, 2017 | Testimonials

Hello!

My name is Samantha Ayam from Florida.

I finished my 30-Day Challenge last week and I am 12 lbs. lighter and feeling terrific.

I am 54 and was beginning to feel that my age was catching up with me and just basically started slowing down – low energy, lethargic and easily tired. With my activity level at a minimum I started gaining weight and needed meds for high blood pressure.

I have to confess that my primary reason for starting the Challenge was to lose weight and I hoped that in doing so I could get back my active lifestyle.

After the initial withdrawal symptoms I was astounded at how energetic I felt and started looking forward to working out every day. I plan to continue for another 30 days. I kept things simple and used your recipes as a resource for ideas.

This is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to me. I no longer require meds anymore for my pressure.

Thank you Brenda and Chad for making this easily accessible to us. I do plan on continuing this as a foundation for my life.

 

Samantha

 

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Alison Bennet Before & After

Alison Testimonial

April 24th, 2017 | Testimonials

Hello Paleo Secret team,

I hope this email finds you well. My name is Alison, and I recently finished the 30-Day Challenge on March 27th. I’m sorry this is so late getting to you. Life has been crazy, but I felt this was an important part of the challenge process – taking a moment out to appreciate the journey thus far. Please find below the information requested:

Name: Alison Bennet
Age: 30
From: Somerville, MA

Summary: After the 30 Day Challenge, I lost 9 pounds and have noticed a considerable difference in how my clothes fit. The most empowering and uplifting aspect of my post-Challenge self is how good I feel, from the inside out. I have more energy, and my skin went from having a patch of eczema on my hand and some breakouts (my signs of stress) to completely clear. I’ve even had my friends notice that my skin is glowing. Moreover, I feel great and in control of my food choices knowing that I’m putting the best possible fuel into my body that it can use to function at it’s best.

What’s next? I’m on Day 43 now, and am down 3 more pounds – fitting into clothes I haven’t been able to in over 5 years. This is my way of life now, and I’m so thrilled that I said ‘Yes’ to this challenge.

Thank you!
All the best,
Alison

 

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Sharon Testimonial

April 14th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Sharon and I’m from Palmetto, Florida.

I joined the Paleo Secret 30-Day Challenge because my husband has been sick for years and we only recently found out that he was intolerant to gluten. I was checking the web for assistance in learning about gluten-free eating and came upon the Paleo Secret. We decided to take the 30-Day Challenge.

Your daily tips and especially your recipes have been very helpful. I was not overweight at the start of this program but I still lost a total of 10 pounds and am now at the lowest weight I have been in 25 years. I used to wear a size 10/12 and now I wear an 8, sometimes even a 6!

Being on a gluten-free, almost 100% organic, Paleo Diet has restored my husband’s health. He is now able to eat again and often takes second helpings. Prior to this – and before we understood that he was gluten intolerant – he would take one or two bites of his meal, excuse himself, and go to bed.

He would often say that his dinner looked great and smelled and tasted wonderful, but his stomach screamed “don’t put one more thing down here or I will be sick!” You wouldn’t believe how many doctors we have seen over the last 10 years to try and get to the root of his problem. Never once did they suggest we go on an elimination diet.

Next steps:

  1. We will continue for the rest of our lives to follow the Paleo diet.
  2. We have finally found a functional medicine practitioner in Sarosata, Florida who will help us in our battle to get my husband off of the toxic pharmaceuticals that the physicians fed him – in lieu of actually understanding and solving the problem.

There is clearly a light at the end of the tunnel, and I feel more hopeful than I have in years.

Thank you, Chad and Brenda, for your part in teaching us how to restore our health. I intend to keep following you guys, and only hope to continue to get healthier and feel better.

Thank you,
Sharon Heath

 

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LaVerne Testimonial

April 13th, 2017 | Testimonials

Just want to say “thank you” for your guidance, recipes, challenges, books, downloads, and encouraging emails during the last 30 days.

It is not to say that I lost the weight I had hoped to; however, I did lose more pounds than I would have alone. Your books, your recipes, your encouragement all led me to healthier eating, more awareness of what I am eating and when. It has also encouraged me to watch portions and what I am eating when I dine out with friends.

I am feeling more confident about myself, my clothes are fitting better, and I even have to buy new pants/jeans because the ones I have are too baggy. I LOVE that!

Yes, I truly have enjoyed this time spent with you both – Dr. Brenda and Dr. Chad – and all the helpful hints and materials I have received.

I look forward to a future with more weight loss and better health all around. It has even encouraged me to work on better bed time hours so that I get up earlier in the morning. I have cut back on how much time I spend on the computer and find myself signing off much earlier.

Thank you very much. It has been my pleasure to be with you.

I began with weight of 165.6, and today, I weighed in at 157. It has been a long time since I weighed under 157. As I said, I am going to continue.

God bless you.
LaVerne Seefeld

 

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Carl Testimonial

April 12th, 2017 | Testimonials

My name is Carl and just had to let you know that The Paleo Secret 30-Day Challenge is not like one of my old favorite Humble Pie songs.

First and foremost you guys are totally awesome. I’m 60 years of age and I go to the gym 4 to 5 times a week. Over the last 20 years I have seen it all – pills, drinks, shakes – you name it. I tried Paleo a little in the past so I was familiar with the program but never completed a full 30 days.

On this Challenge I lost about 10 pounds and went down two pants sizes! Your daily emails about what you are going through and what’s going on with all the toxins and sugars is truly amazing. I love the part about listening to your body and seeing what happens after you eat certain foods. Wow. I could write a book on everything I learned in the last thirty days.

You are two are truly blessed people. Thanks for helping me find out about my health and my body – just as important as losing weight and looking good.

Thank you for giving away what I think God has given you.

 

Carl Schaumburg

 

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