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,
Dear Drs. Chad and Brenda,
I will be forever grateful that I found The Paleo Secret and started the 30 Day Challenge. My only wish is that I had known about this when I was in my 20s instead of at 61 years of age. My many years of abuse to my body resulted in an AM/PM drug container filled to the brim with medications to treat cardiac disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and arthritis.
I have made some amazing progress over the last couple of months. Prior to starting Paleo, I started Atkins again for the 3rd time in 20 years. My original goal was to lose weight and lower my A1C which was 7.6! After a month on Atkins, I happened to find The Paleo Secret and was totally engrossed by what I read, thinking to myself, “What do I have to lose?” So… I decided to make a committee to to myself to start a new way of LIVING! It is NOT a diet to me, it’s a new way of life.
The results of the last 30 days have been pretty dramatic! My extremely high A1C dropped from 7.6 to 6.2, with a fasting blood glucose reading now down from the high 150s to the 120s. It is far from where I’d like to see it, but I am hopeful that my body will reverse my insulin resistance and return to normal levels. My widespread arthritis and joint pain seems to be subsiding as I no longer feel like a cripple when I get out of bed in the morning, crawling to take my narcotic pain meds for relief. I’m still experiencing pain and stiffness but I’m improving every day.
I’m sleeping better than I ever have since I was in my teens. After being awake for 15 to 16 hours, a feeling of exhaustion overcomes me and I fall asleep immediately and stay asleep for 7-8 hours. It’s been many years since I’ve slept like this. Amazing! As a “side effect” of my new Paleo way of life, I’ve also lost 25 pounds between starting Atkins then switching to Paleo. As good as Atkins is for weight reduction, it doesn’t eliminate the poisons from the standard American diet, which increase the widespread inflammation leading to multiple health issues. I eat very well and get hungry at appropriate times, not finding a need to snack constantly.
I see my cardiologist next month and my PCP the month after. I’m hoping that they agree to reduce or eliminate some of my meds as long as I agree to continue what I have been doing and continue to monitor my vitals and blood glucose readings. My cardiologist may not want to stop Plavix because of my 4 cardiac stents, but on the other hand, may agree to eliminate it because of my use of turmeric every night. I definitely bleed easier as noted when I take my blood glucose readings.
I did not take any photos so I cannot attach them, but I can tell you that I’ve had to tighten my belt 3 extra notches and am getting to the point where I need to think about some new pants that fit. My kids made fun of me with my sagging, baggy pants, in a supportive way of course.
I have been spreading the word to friends and family about Paleo in general and The Paleo Secret and 30DC specifically.
Before I close, I want to ask your professional advice and guidance on an issue I’ve been having that none of my doctors can get a handle on. I perspire profusely with the slightest activity, including vacuuming the house and walking around taking photos for my job. With my job, I am working outside 3/4 of the time in extreme weather conditions, and find myself working in short sleeves only, when the temps are in the low 40s. The last few summers have been agonizing, having passed out from the heat several times. My body is not acting appropriately for the temps. Yes, when it’s hot I should sweat to cool my body, but I sweat all the time with minor activity and exertion. None of my doctors have any idea. My PCP offered to write a script for antiperspirant and I responded, what, and rub it all over my body? She laughed, but I failed to see the humor. My cardiologist and arthritis Doctor have no ideas or suggestions. In desperation, I sought out an endocrinologist, thinking one of my regulating hormones were out of whack. All tests came back within normal ranges, except testosterone, which was low. Well I’m in my 60s so that wasn’t a surprise. I am very desperate for answers. I need to work for several more years, but the extreme perspiration is an obstacle at this point. Can either of you suggest my next steps? I’m desperate for answers and will do whatever is necessary. By the way, I am not overly obese, weighing 186 at 5’10”.
Thank you so very much for an outstanding support mechanism. I look forward to your continued emails and input on the Paleo Secret Facebook site. I am very grateful to both of you and Andi Petty. God bless you both!
Joe (Gadgetman) Di Fede
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.
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
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.
All the best,
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.
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.
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.
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.