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Karina Larsson Testimonial

September 2nd, 2018 | Testimonials

Hi,

My name is Karina Larsson, I’m 56 years young and I live in Madison NJ.

Before the challenge, I was eating a healthy diet but it had dairy, grains, legumes, and sugar was an addiction. I drank rose’ wine as my summer delight and it just added up. Now I feel lighter and I love the recipes and the food is very tasty.

This is not just a quick fix, I’m on this path for life and I feel great! I’ve lost 9 pounds from 146 to 137 today on the scale. I hope to lose some more as I continue on.

Thank you for this beautiful experience!

Karina Larsson

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Carol DeGrazia Santi Testimonial

September 1st, 2018 | Testimonials, Uncategorized

Dear Chad and Brenda,

First of all, Thank you both for all your help and guidance throughout this process.

When my husband and I began this challenge we did so with the intent of learning to eat in a healthy manner. I did not want a “diet” that would ultimately fail as most “diets” do.

So, the week prior to beginning I read everything you sent me. I watched all the videos and I cleaned out my cupboards, refrigerator, freezer, condiments. EVERYTHING! I then bought all organic, paleo approved, grass fed beef, etc. and we began.

My husband had 1 hiccup (he loves ice cream) I let him have a child’s cup with our grandson the last week of our challenge. He LOST 11 LBS TOTAL.  I never had a hiccup and I LOST 7 LBS TOTAL. I  understand that men seem to lose more weight faster than women. I’m fine with that.

We both feel much better. Our clothes fit looser. So, I am positive we have found our home with Paleo. I signed up for Your Health 360. Looking forward to when that starts.

Thanks for all you do for us!

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Cindy Ruggiano Testimonial

August 27th, 2018 | Testimonials, Uncategorized

My name is Cindy Ruggiano and I’m 50 years old. I started the 30 days challenge on July 26th and lost a total of 9 pounds.

In 2016, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and went from 115 to 145 pounds. I was frustrated with my weight gain and thought I was eating healthy. My whole life I always stayed slim even with very little exercise.
I was wrong and the Paleo lifestyle shows me a different way of eating especially breakfast meals.  Additional to that, I have been using the Native Path products and saw a difference in my health.  Now I have been exercising every day in addition to riding 3 miles on the bicycle that I just brought.
Thanks to the 30-day challenge I now have more energy and even stopped having my traditional afternoon naps!!
I recently had my blood work done and found out my TSH is 3.4 which is in normal range compared to 4.5 last February.  Such an improvement with the Paleo Lifestyle and 20 more pounds to go!
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Karen Hornbarger Testimonial

August 18th, 2018 | Testimonials
I was at my last straw of being sick and tired, feeling bloated, achy and not observing my bad habits.  I’m 66 and have been retired for 6 /12 months now with a 5’2” frame that was not dealing well at the consistent 131+ weight I’d been carrying. I asked Jesus for some guidance on a Sunday night and the next morning on Facebook I read about the Paleo Challenge. That Monday I started reading all about the plan and took a  leap of faith to just sign up!   For 5+ hours I read all about Paleo and got so excited while thanking God for new inspiration.

I practiced that week on my new diet path; using recipe ideas, organizing my pantry, doing Level One 3-minute Core exercises and incorporating at least a 13-minute early morning walk.
Receiving a phone call from a Paleo Secret Coach to round out my plan and getting tips and menus from Drs Chad and Brenda, bolstered me into my official start date on July 16, 2018.
Emails from Drs Chad and Brenda were always consistent with helpful and encouraging information. The workout plans that Brenda designed were cleverly set to slowly strengthen me and also helped my posture!  I never felt too discouraged because Chad’s messages helped me progress knowing that I would get better at each level!  ‘Do your best and keep it simple!’
On Tuesday, August 14 my 30th day, I weighed in at 123!  An 8+ lb weight loss!  This was huge for me and where I’d hoped to arrive!  My clothes fit better and left me not so self-conscious of my belly.
In review — My WHY for doing the Paleo 30 Day Challenge was to have a healthier lifestyle. So I don’t intend to stop here!  With all the hustle and bustle of life, Chad and Brenda brought moderation back into my life, breathing, caring for myself again and living so that I could look forward to the rest of my days with my guy; and, be an energetic Grandma for my new granddaughter due in January.
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Juli Handley Testimonial

August 7th, 2018 | Testimonials
Good morning, Drs. Chad & Brenda.
I have completed my first 30-day challenge, which just flew by.  I found it very easy to stay within the boundaries of the plan, with a few small exceptions.
I love the lemon morning drink, but the straight lemon was just too much every day.   I do better incorporating another fruit to it.   I blend and strain, then pour it back in the blender and add a fresh organic peach, strawberries, blueberries, or cherries and blend again.   It keeps it interesting and less intense for me.
I have been headed in this direction for a long time.   I gave up eating sugar many years ago, so that has not been a problem for me.   I just had to look for the hidden sugars in regular, non-dessert foods and was surprised at how prevalent it is.   I have also been mostly gluten-free for several years, so a lot of these changes were not new to me.   I knew what to do, but it was just a matter of deciding to do it consistently.
I had some carb cravings the first week and made some small rosemary crackers with almond & coconut flour and nibbled a couple of those when it got bad.   It didn’t take much, and most of that batch is still in the freezer!   I cleaned out all the processed food, keep a refrigerator full of fresh vegetables, make my own salad dressing and condiments, and found a meat market that sells grass-fed clean beef.   I even take a container of my own salad dressing and real butter with me when I go out to eat!   I also got rid of all my toxic Teflon cookware and went to ceramic and glass.  I see this as my new life, not a diet.
The only two cheats I have had during the month was going to eat Mexican food with my daughter-in-law.   It’s our favorite and a tradition in the family, but there is just not much on the menu that doesn’t contain something bad.  I stuck with carné guisada (which has a little flour in it) and guacamole.   The worst part was the corn tortilla chips!   Other than those two meals, I did well.
I lost 7 pounds overall which is a good start and safe rate, my brain fog has lifted, and my energy level has increased substantially.
My primary goal overall was to work on the inflammation and joint pain.   That is some better, but I am looking for more improvement.   I didn’t get to this point overnight, and realistically don’t expect it to be reversed overnight either.   It’s a healing process.   I have started drinking the collagen with bone broth, and have ordered the turmeric blend.   I am looking forward to seeing what those do for my joints!
Just FYI – I have fallen in love with roasted sweet potatoes.   Yesterday I tried some with macadamia nut oil instead of olive oil and just lightly sprinkled them with salt after roasting.   They were fabulous!!
Thanks for all your information and support.
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Michelle Smith Testimonial

August 5th, 2018 | Testimonials

Good Morning Chad and Brenda,

My name is Michelle from Corrales, NM and I am 55 years old. I just finished my 30-day challenge!!

I lost 10 pounds and was not 100% strict with my eating plan. I do plan to continue another 30 days in hopes to lose another 10 pounds.

I started this challenge to lose weight because my knees and feet were increasing in pain. I hated to squat down because I would have to push off my knees in order to stand back up again. once standing it took a few minutes for my knees to stop throbbing.

My feet were also constantly throbbing. Since starting this new way of eating, my knees have improved almost 100% and I don’t have to push off or hold on to anything to get up. Yay! My feet still ache, but not like they used to. My energy level, pride and feeling good has skyrocketed since starting the challenge.

Your emails were very helpful and inspiring.  I also founds the recipes were of great help.

Thank you very much for the continuous support, resources, and inspiration you gave me each day and I look forward to another 30-days!

Sincerely,
Michelle S, RN

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Terry Bridges Testimonial

August 5th, 2018 | Testimonials, Uncategorized

Where is all began:

My name is Terry Bridges, I am 58 years old and I live in Pearland, Texas.

Before committing to this challenge I had done the no carb/low carb thing with varying degrees of success. In late 2015 I had a “Come to Jesus meeting” with my doctor who told me I was borderline diabetic and that if I didn’t take some drastic measures I would become a full blown diabetic. So, I immediately put my diet on “lockdown” and cut out all the bad stuff which I already KNEW I shouldn’t eat and my resolve was ironclad. My focus was on eating healthy, and by that, I mean reading the labels to see what the carb count was, not specifically on weight loss, and over the next 8 or 9 months I dropped 24 pounds, and I felt great, my energy level went back up, etc.

My doctor was pleased but said I needed to stick with it keep losing the weight. By this time it was summertime and, as humans tend to do, I began to give myself “treats” every so often, like once or twice a month, a candy bar here a bowl of ice cream there, and over the next 2 years, the “treats” gradually became once a week, then a couple of times a week until I gradually regained about half the weight I had been so diligent in losing.

Having lost my best friend, who I grew up with, to the ravages of diabetes, then my dad in June 2017, I had another “Come to Jesus meeting” with my doctor in January of 2018. He told me, he didn’t care HOW I lose the weight, but it is critical that I lose it. He explained how critical weight loss is to avoiding diabetes. I told my wife, in no uncertain terms, that I was going to take control of my health and diet and I wanted her to do it with me, but I was going to do it whether she participated or not.

Trying to avoid Einstein’s definition of insanity, l looked at what some of our friends had been doing with great results. One has lost a LOT of weight with the Keto lifestyle. But, another friend told us about the Paleo “diet” she’d been on for quite a while and how great it was. The word Paleo intrigued me, so I did some Googling just to get the gist of what it is and how it works. Then I found the 30-day challenge, or should I say IT found me.

I started watching the first video of Chad talking about Paleo, but I stopped right there because I wanted this to be a team effort and I wanted my wife and I to watch it together and commit to it together. It was about a month and a half before we finally sat down and watched that first introductory video, then probably another month before we decided to commit.

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My reasons for committing to the challenge were;

1. I wanted to change my paradigm and establish a new habit of eating. I wanted to reprogram my brain in the way I thought about food. I wanted to “eat to live” not “live to eat”. A new lifestyle, not just yet another way to drop weight which I would eventually regain.

2. By investing my hard earned money I would be more likely to “stick to it”.

3. I’ve read it takes 20-days of repeatedly doing any given thing to establish a “habit”, so a 30-day challenge seemed tailor-made for what I was trying to accomplish.

I signed up for the challenge on June 4, 2018. I committed to it and started taking action THAT day, not knowing the actual start date would be the following Monday. I weighed 231 pounds and by the actual Monday Start date, June 11th, I had already lost 2 pounds.

Each day my wife and I would read the emails, watch the videos and discuss that day’s subject. Our meals became more of a team effort to plan. We didn’t completely stop going out to eat, but we have cut down a lot and become VERY selective of WHERE we will go, only visiting those restaurants where we can get the foods which most closely conform to our new lifestyle.

We have followed, as closely as we could. Interestingly enough, my biggest challenge hasn’t been NOT eating the WRONG foods, but…now don’t laugh…CHEWING! I have always been a  fast eater. As some might say, I scarf my food down. I LOVE food. My wife has been trying to help me by reminding me to slow down and chew more thoroughly, but more times than not I’m over halfway done with my plate before she has time to say anything. So, in that area, I am a work in progress, and I am gradually catching myself sooner into the meal.

Another thing I have “battled” all my life is a sweet tooth. I don’t have cravings for sweets. So, NOT grabbing a candy bar at the checkout in the grocery store is not a matter of willpower, I just don’t have the desire for one.

Another thing about eating this way is I don’t get hungry between meals. If I eat two fried eggs and a half an avocado at 7 am for breakfast, I won’t eat lunch until at least 1 pm, and then I’m not “hungry”. I eat lunch so I don’t go so long that I DO get hungry. And, having eaten a Paleo-friendly lunch, I don’t have an afternoon crash at 3 pm or the desire for an afternoon cup of coffee!

I’ll tell you something else, I have been sleeping like a BABY! I go to bed between 10 and 11 at night, and I’ll be asleep within 10 – 15 minutes and I don’t wake up until 6 am. I set my alarm for 6 am to establish a new pattern there too, but after a few days, I’m waking up a few minutes before the alarm even goes off. Ummm…Well, I DO get up in the middle of the night sometimes to go to the restroom if I was late getting my daily quota of water completed, but then I’m right back to sleep until 6 am. And I’m talking restful sleep.

As for activity (exercise), I’m fairly active, though there IS  always room for improvement. I’ve been involved in Chinese Martial Arts for about 35 years. I teach Tai Chi and Kung Fu three days a week with the classes usually ranging from 1 ½ – 3 hours. While exercise is definitely a critical factor in being healthy, where weight loss is concerned it is NOT the thing to hang your hat on. As important as exercise is, a good workout can only burn a minimal amount of calories, ex; a mile walk will burn about 100 calories on average. There is no getting around changing your diet. And as I’ve discovered over this last 30 days, It is definitely NOT about the “how much”, but “WHAT” you eat that will cause you to lose weight.

I’ve been following Chad’s advice regarding portion size and not weighing the amount of food I put on my plate. This is day 30 and I weighed 220 pounds this morning. That’s only 11 pounds, but it IS 11 pounds and this is a journey, not a destination.  My plan is to keep sticking to this 30 challenge and gradually refining my daily life to more and more conforming to every aspect of the Paleo lifestyle.

This is a journey, not a destination and the videos are a HUGE help! Especially the one where Chad explains WHY after eating these processed, high carb foods, we get hungry again so soon and crave those same foods. How they affect brain chemistry so that it THINKS we’re starving when we really aren’t. It is the reason high carb foods are so insidiously addictive. That was a “V8” moment for me and really helped solidify my “reprogramming” effort in my way of thinking about different foods. Maybe I’m going a bit overboard but one of my goals is to reassociate food. Instead of my old way of looking at a particular food and thinking, “Oh boy that really looks delicious” to “boy, that’s a bunch of toxic ingredients masquerading as good food”, and from a diabetic standpoint “eating that will eventually kill me.” If that sounds radical, I’m sorry, but that’s why I signed up. I’m looking to make a radical change in direction, not just a fix for an immediate problem. None of us are promised tomorrow, and I don’t want to be guilty of the saying, “If I’d have known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself”, I’ve already gone far enough down that path.

I don’t know if this will be inspirational to anyone else, but writing this down has been a great exercise for me in really assessing this whole process and its effects on me.

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Julie Sexton Testimonial

July 28th, 2018 | Testimonials

Thank you for the excellent support and encouragement through the 30-day challenge!

My goal was to get my gut healthy, reverse Fatty Liver Disease, get off of prescription drugs for Gerd, and to lose weight.  I can proudly say I started out with both your Probiotic along with a Krill oil supplement and followed the program precisely each and every day.

This resulted in an elimination of my digestive symptoms, eliminated the need for Gerd medication, and a weight loss of 21 pounds!  I will not know about the fatty liver until my next appointment with my Doctor, but I am confident the liver enzymes are greatly improved.

 I believe another key to my success was to follow your advice about exercise.  Going from an admitted “couch potato” to an active lifestyle.  I start by “waking up” my muscles first thing in the morning on my home exercise equipment, and follow through after work by walking my dogs, or bicycling before a nutrition-packed Paleo meal.

 I had been ending my day with “yellow milk” before bedtime.  However, I have had sleep issues so I am holding on the yellow milk to see if I can get better sleep results.

All in all, it has been and will be an excellent journey toward my complete transformation to a healthier, happier, and lighter me!  I can now look forward to an active retirement in 18 months!

Thank you so much for putting this program together.  I can’t wait to see what’s next . . . . . . .

Love,

Julie

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Ellen Jones Testimonial

July 28th, 2018 | Testimonials, Uncategorized
Hi Chad, 
 
I am beyond thrilled with the results of my 30-day challenge! Losing a total of 14 pounds and my joints (and all of the aches and pains I have been suffering from for years) feel better than they have in years.
Continuing on with my second 30-day challenge today because I have more weight to lose and not to mention I feel so much healthier! This challenge is so easy to follow and not difficult at all.
Always having a sweet tooth I have never gone a day without some type of cake, cookie, candy etc. I am most proud of the fact that I did not cheat, even once, during this 30-days, and feel like I can refrain from my unhealthy eating habits moving forward.
Excited to begin round number two and will keep you posted.
Thank you so much!
 
Sincerely,
Ellen Jones, 54
Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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Julie Sexton Testimonial

July 25th, 2018 | Testimonials, Uncategorized

Thank you for the excellent support and encouragement through the 30-day challenge!  My goal was to get my gut healthy, reverse Fatty Liver Disease, get off of prescription drugs for Gerd, and to lose weight.  I can proudly say I started out with both your Probiotic along with a Krill oil supplement and followed the program precisely each and every day.

This resulted in an elimination of my digestive symptoms, eliminated the need for Gerd medication, and a weight loss of 21 pounds!  I will not know about the fatty liver until my next appointment with my Doctor, but I am confident the liver enzymes are greatly improved.

I believe another key to my success was to follow your advice about exercise.  I have gone from an admitted “couch potatoe” to an active life style.  I start by “waking up” my muscles first thing in the morning on my home exercise equipment, and follow through after work by walking my dogs, or bicycling before a nutrition packed Paleo meal.

I had been ending my day with “yellow milk” before bed time.  However, I have had sleep issues so I am holding on the yellow milk to see if I can get better sleep results.

All in all, it has been and will be an excellent journey toward my complete transformation to a healthier, happier, and lighter me!

I can now look forward to an active retirement in 18 months!

Thank you so much for putting this program together.  I can’t wait to see what’s next . . . . . . . .

Love,

Julie

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