Paleo Success Story: I’m Getting Myself Back In Order

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Jessica wrote to me on Facebook with her story, and I knew I had to feature her because she has battled multiple miscarriages, PCOS, and infertility.
 
Having struggled with infertility myself, it is a subject close to my heart and one of my missions in life is to spread the word about addressing fertility issues with dietary changes before opting for medical intervention.
 
What a triumph it is to resume menstrual cycles naturally after years and years of absence. Please read on for her story. Jessica runs a Facebook page, Oh Bite Me.
 
Please remember that those who share their stories do so to help others find success (really, they are saving lives), so please share this story via your preferred social media outlet. Trust me, your friends will thank you! Sharing buttons are to the left and below. :-)

Here is Jessica’s summary:
    Time on paleo: Consistently since February 2013
    Results: Total of 45lbs lost since February, 60lbs since my honeymoon, 45 inches lost, menstrual cycles have returned after a 6½ year absence.
    Essential advice: TAKE IT ONE MEAL AT A TIME

jessicaweddingTell us a little about yourself (location, occupation, family, hobbies, etc.)
I am located in Georgia. I run a organic cleaning company. I have no children, but married. My hobbies are art, music, walking and helping others in the community.
 
jessicarocksWhat was the “clincher” that persuaded you to jump on the paleo bandwagon?
I jumped on the “bandwagon” after having a photo taken of me on my honeymoon. It made me cry for the entire afternoon. I was floored by how I let my weight get out of hand.
 
I was also diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and then diagnosed with infertility after multiple miscarriages. I was tired of being on medications and decided I would do what I could through food/diet. 
 
How did you approach going paleo – gradually or dive right in?
I’ve done paleo twice. The first time, I dove in and gave up quickly. This go around, I did it gradually.
 
What improvements have you noticed?  
After going 6½ years without a female cycle (they stopped after my last miscarriage) I have recently – since June – started getting my cycle back in order.  I feel I have more energy, more clarity, clearer thinking and feel more confident. I’ve lost a total of 60lbs. I feel better about taking photos; I don’t hide so much from the camera – all my photos were taken at an angle or were of just my face. 
 
How paleo are you? (80/20, 90/10, autoimmune, etc.)  
I would say I am 80/20.  I do a combo of paleo and clean eating.  There are occasions when I have sprouted grain or gluten-free products. I also use raw milk cheese on occasion.
 
How did you find out about this way of eating?
My older brother told me about it. He lost a lot of weight doing paleo. Also was told about it from other friends. 
 
Tell us about “A Day In The Life Of Jessica” – a typical day especially from an eating and exercise standpoint:
The “Day In The Life Of” me is pretty simple…I wake up every morning (obviously), I have pastured eggs, bacon and I love my H2O. I sometimes will have a spinach salad with it.  After I eat, I go walking. I do about two miles in the mornings mixed with some jogging. I have a healthy snack when I get home – usually homemade larabars or veggies/fruit. I go to work, eat on the way – I pack my lunch – chicken breast/fish, veggies, etc. Come home to go walking another two miles and do weights. Cook dinner for my hubby 🙂 The rest of the evening is spent relaxing and spending time together if we aren’t doing Krav Maga (martial arts).
 
What helped you when you were struggling?  
Whenever I am struggling I have learned that prayer, support from friends/family has always been help to me.  I know I can rely on them. 
 
What, if any, exercise routines do you do?
My exercise routine consists of spin class two times a week, walking and my exercise ball and dumb bells. 🙂 Pretty simple, but effective. 
 
What has been the reaction to your paleo success from those around you?
People around me have seriously begun to notice a change in my moods, despite the PCOS/hormone issues. I get complimented all the time on how great I look and how happy I appear. 🙂
 
How has your life changed now? (More activity, promotion at work, stronger relationship, etc.) 
Switching to a clean/paleo diet has changed my life by increasing my confidence. I feel happier. I feel better around my husband. I feel less depressed, more active. I am also not smoking.
 
What activities do you do now that you didn’t do before?
I TRY to jog…getting better. :)- I also can do my spin classes and walk five miles a day 🙂
 
What books/blogs/support groups did you use to help you?
Weightloss_PCOS on Facebook, PCOS talk groups, and friends.
 
Have you experienced anything negative as a result of your changes? (Earlier success stories mentioned having to lose certain “friends”, others have said there are restaurants they now avoid because they can’t eat their former favorites.) How have you dealt with those negatives?
I have experienced some negatives to my changes…my once puffed out tummy has deflated and I’m worried about having to have surgery. Hopefully weights and crunches will help tighten that loose skin. Also going out with friends who are on a budget like ourselves makes it a little difficult for finding foods that are safe. 🙂
 
What three practical tips would you offer our readers based on your experience?
  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself. 
  2. Listen to your body.
  3. Take it one meal at a time.

jessica afterWhat advice would you give people who are struggling with health or weight issues right now?
There is a way out of that funk, there is a way out of struggling with health and weight issues. Even if you try to clean up one meal a day from your diet to start with, do it. If you can walk for more than 10 minutes…walk those ten minutes. There is hope 🙂

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
I feel that as long as people are trying to accomplish their goals, those goals are achievable even if they are just starting out. Take it one meal at a time. 🙂
 
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Doesn’t she look great? And I love how she’s set up a Facebook page to spread the word and keep herself motivated – (smart tip! :-))
 
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Would you like to be featured as a Paleo Success Story? I am looking for success stories to feature on the blog. If you have had major health gains or inch/weight loss with paleo, or paleo and T-Tapp, and would like to tell your story to inspire and help others, please email me. Thank you!



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Alison Golden writes on the topic of paleo over at Paleo/NonPaleo. She aims to share ideas, inspire and motivate readers by teaching them how to live paleo in a non-paleo world. She is also the author of the bestselling book, The Modern, No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo, a unique tool that gives the reader hundreds of strategies to navigate the learning process to successful paleo living.

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