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Welcome to you and your husband.

I started with the following books:

1.) Primal Blueprint (Mark Sisson)
2.) Paleo Solution (Robb Wolf)

I recently purchase Chris Kresser Personal Paleo Code that I highly recommend:. here is a link to his website for more information:

... about the book:
personalpaleocode.com/

... about Chris Kresser:
chriskresser.com/

Food/recipe websites:

Chris Kresser's favorite gourmet recipe sites:
chriskresser.com/my-favorite-gourmet
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NOM NOM Paleo: (one of my favorites... she also has a book):
nomnompaleo.com/

Marks Daily Apple (Primal Blueprint):
www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-bluep
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I just started the Chris Kresser's Personal Paleo 30 day reset today. This is an excellent book to get anyone started on paleo/primal. Please check out the book because it has a checklist that you have to fill out and these answers will eventually come together so that the plan will be personalized just for you. I will post the food list of what is allowed on the reset later. But FYI, on my first reset in April 2014, I reached my 1st 10% weight loss goal and lost 17.4 pounds by June 2014 from 176 to 158!... I have another 10% goal to reach and I will have reached my weight loss goal.

Let me know if you need more information or have questions.

PS: Green beans are allowed and if they don't cause you any problems, digestive, etc... eat them freely! ~ Dee



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Hi!

My husband and I just started Paleo. This is the first time we have ever done anything like this together. So I am super excited to begin this journey with him. I cleaned out all our cabinets and refrigerator yesterday and we picked up a few things from Trader Joes last night to get a fresh start.

We went online and printed up a couple of different websites with paleo food list. Although we were a bit confused. Such as one site said no green beans ( which I love! ) and another site said green beans were on the list to eat. There were a couple of different items like that.

Is there a book, a website, or anything else that anyone would recommend for beginners?

Thanks!

Juls

Well I see a bunch of info on the team now that I have had time to skim through it.
If there's anything not listed here I would greatly appreciate any info. Thanks a bunch!!! :)

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HI! I've been on Paleo in the mast, but wound up lowering my Triglycerides, only to have my LDL skyrocket. I was wondering how to incorporate dairy. I have a copy of The Paleo Diet, but I also have other ebooks and whatnot. They all have different ideas and I don't know what to skip for good, what to eat in moderation. Even acceptable alternatives would be great.

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Hello all....

I am so excited to find this thread. I have been eating Primal/Paleo since July 17th and have lost 11# without doing much except very few grains, little sugar, and nothing with preservatives. I limit the dairy and try to eat mainly organic. I can't believe the results. I have much more energy, sleep better and exercise more (I hate exercise..LOL)

I have three books Practical Paleo; Paleo Comfort Food & The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking. I also just subscribed to Paleo magazine. I feel I have finally found a way of eating that makes sense to me.

My hubby and I are full-time RV'ers and live in our 40' motorhome with our 3 small dogs. Love the lifestyle and this eating plan is so easy to maintain while traveling all over the parts of the USA that have such delicious and cultural food offerings.

Today was the last day of a week long Sparkers mini rally that took place in Custer SD. We belong to the RV Enthusists and had 7 couples from all over the US attend. Such a fun time. I even lost 1# with all the eating we did. emoticon

Looking forward to learning a lot here.
Jude

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Morning all ... I have been trying to find a paleo/primal thread that is active and non-judgmental. Looks like I finally found it.

I have been paleo for about 3 months and have lost 10 pounds without trying. I believe that applying paleo ideas to the foods that we eat is a wonderful way of making a lifestyle change.

One of the fun things that I do is to tackle at least one new recipe every weekend, and have found some wonderful alternatives.

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Hi, I'm new here. I noticed that this group doesn't have daily activity. Will that change?

Teresa in Georgetown, Ohio

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emoticon to all the new kids on the block!... I may not be here all the time, but if you stop by my Sparkpage or send me a Sparkmail, I will definitely respond.

I wish everyone luck in reaching their goals. ~ Dee emoticon

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My name is April. I have been dabbling with Primal eating, and I want to make the full break. Just trying to work up the courage to go completely there.

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Hi all. I've been doing pretty well with a primal type transition since March. I figure I stay pretty much 80/20 .... about 80% of the time. LOL!
Looking forward to learning from and staying motivated with the members of this group!
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Had a good Primal week. Down another 2lbs . Still trying to work this program out. emoticon

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HI Bren, I hope that you are getting your questions answered. There are no easy answers and I am not an expert on the primal/paleo lifestyle, I could give you only information based on my results. There are loads of paleo websites that you could also research.

Robb Wolf has a great website and even a podcast that may be helpful, Author of The Paleo Solution: www.robbwolf.com

The Paleo Approach–Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, Sarah Ballantyne: www.thepaleomom.com/2013/01/announci
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Chris Kresser: chriskresser.com/category/health-hea
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I hope that these websites are helpful to you. Good luck in your journey to health!

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Hi Giys!
My name is Bren and I have been sticking to the Whole30 paleo plan for the past...54 days? Ack? I dragged it out longer since I have a rare disease ad other health ailments ad we thought I just needed more time to see results. But I have actually only gotten worse with my pain, sleep, weigh (more weight?! Not cool!).
A very kind Sparker reached out and nicely told me that I might be doing this all wrong and should try to go at it with more of a Primal approach.
So here I am. Eager to do this right and am actually happier already with the choice since I love consuming a higher fat diet (healthy fats) and don't need to monitor my non-starchy veggies (since I am a veggie whore -pardon me!!).
Hoping this is the missing item I needed to kick my cravings and shed some of this body swelling.
Thanks for listening!!!
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Just finished viewing The Perfect Human Diet. At the finish or more or less 3/4 of the film states the humans need to feed the brain protein.( The Paleo Diet) Hope I can make it fit my Weight Watchers program. emoticon

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emoticon to all the newcomers.

I wish you the best of luck to you in reaching your goal. If you have any questions let me know and also if you have any suggestions about what you would like to include in the team threads give me your suggestions.

This is your team I want this to be a place of learning and support. Again, good luck!

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Hi! :3
I'm new here and I want to eat a more healthy and natural diet!

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Hi, I've been primal/paleo for a year and have lost about 20 lbs. I love eating this way, but I want to lose those last pounds, and really tone up. I just discovered lifting with my husband, and also love to run and bike, to a lesser extent I swim a bit.

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Hi my name is Alena and just wanted to say hello. I have been following a primal/paleo lifestyle for a year, but have found myself slipping more than I want. So here I am to get back on track.

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Thanks. I'm trying to get the book now.

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emoticon Vicki... I am starting over again on January 1st myself. Are you familiar with the Primal Blueprint? If not, please go to this thread for more information and links to Mark Sisson's website:

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If you have any questions please post them here in the forum. ~ Dee emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hi,
I'm Vicki and I have 65 lbs to lose. Back in the 80's I lost 105 lbs and kept it off for over 18 years. It wasn't until I took on my husbands eating habits that I gained back all I'd lost plus more. So starting Jan. 1-2013 I'll be going back on a very low carb way of eating, to get back a more healthy body, and have a lot more energy.

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I have been on spark for 1.5 years. I have lost about 120 pounds. I am starting a paleo lifestyle today/this week.
I have been stuck lately and having trouble losing.

I am going to read the team threads. I just wanted to say HELLO


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Hi, I'm Terrie, I have been back on SPARK now for a few weeks and just wanted to take the time to say hello and introduce myself!

Love the support here!


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I found the coconut pancake recipe in Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint cookbook. Here is the recipe:

emoticon INGREDIENTS: emoticon

3 eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter or oil (... I use a non-stick anodized griddle, works great)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup or so water
*Optional additions: flaked coconut, berries, nuts cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS:

Whisk together eggs, oil coconut milk, honey and vanilla

In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients then add wet ingredients, stirring until smooth.

Add the water to thin the batter out until it reaches your desired consistency.

In a well buttered pan or griddle (... I use a non-stick griddle, adding no oil), cook pancakes until browned on both sides (about 3 minutes a side)

Smaller pancakes are easier to flip than larger ones, since the pancakes will fall apart if they are too big.

NOTE: coconut flour pancakes have a much softer consistency.

Serving size: 5 large - or - 10 large pancakes.

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Coconut pancakes sound YUMMY, is the recipe on here somewhere??

I actually went out yesterday around the Perth CBD and discovered a biltong shop - so bought some of that as well as the drywoers, dry meat sticks, also yummy. The funny thing is, when you're on a flight coming INTO Australia there is no way on this earth you can bring foodstuffs in, but going OUT is a whole other story, luckily for me.

Have a good day

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... very interesting, and challenging occupation. You will have to be creative, but the tinned fish sounds great!... maybe some type of jerky?

I have made coconut pancakes and love them. When I eat primal it totally takes away my cravings, but it's the "mental" part that still lingers and I know that I am not going to 100% about it. I substitute dark chocolate, fruit, etc., when I want something sweet, and I just stay away from sweets all together unless I just want to eat something that I want to have. I am challenged when I am at work, with things that my co-workers bring in, if I have just "one" dessert it sets off the craving, no matter how long I have refrained from eating sweets!!!! emoticon

Let me know what you decide to pack with you on your trip... Good luck. ~ Dee



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Hi Dee,

Good to hear your strategy in terms of communicating what you do - I work in the mining industry so when I visit minesites, which I do a lot, there are only the typical SAD foods everywhere!! All heavily starch based meals. I'm actually off next week to West Africa for a week followed by a week in South Africa and am trying to think about how I am going to deal wtih it all foodwise......breakfasts are the big one for me next week in Mali, so have been thinking about packing some tinned fish to take with etc. I know I can chat to the guys about my dinners (meat or roast chook + veg thanks), but the lunches are diabolical - they send over platters of mini pies, spring rolls, quiches, everything is pastry-based - very yummy of course but I just don't want to go there so am going to email them this week and ask for cold meat and salad for me instead. See how far I get.......so if you've got any good suggestions for brekkie type food I can pack in my suitcase lemme know!!

I am LOVING it so far, just seems so easy. I've kept tracking, and have maintained the same calorie level, but have just changed the composition of what I am eating and I've lost 3kgs this past 10 days, so all good. Am sure this will slow down, but it's a nice affirmation that what I am doing is right. I am eating piles of food, not going for hours really hungry, and am feeling like my energy levels are so much better.

Re your ferocious sweet tooth, have you had a go at cooking any of those yummy sounding recipes online with coconut flour etc etc?? Might help satisfy that urge occasionally. ......

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You are welcome!... yes it is controversial, and yes, I tell everyone that I am following the primal/paleo lifestyle. Some think it's interesting and want to learn more, others offer advice. However, when I tell them that when I followed the SAD my LDL & cholesterol levels went up and it was very difficult for me to lose weight, but when I tried the Primal diet for 3 months my LDL level reduced from 121 to 107, my cholesterol reduced from 182 to 162, my weight reduced from 168 to 154, they were surprised, some wanted to know more, others just congratulated me and that was that. My doctor was even amazed, although she is pretty opened minded about lower carb diets, she doesn't like the fact that I am not eating grains, legumes, although I do add them in when I want them. My nutritionist is on board, I printed out my meals that I tracked on SP for 1 month and also printed visual pics of all of the meals I ate, and she was impressed. She just advised me to take a multi-vitamin and continue to take the Citracal, I take this because I am on Arimidex (aromatase inhibitor for breast cancer) and it can cause osteoporosis... anyway, she says, "if it works, and you are healthy, go for it. I will see her in January, hopefully I will have lost more weight. I am getting started again after binging on baked goods from a festival my job had 2 weeks ago. I have a ferocious sweet tooth. emoticon

I also follow Mark's 80/20 rule and when I am out and about with my son, or whomever, I go ahead and eat what I want, but I try to confine it to just one meal and not the whole day.

I love this lifestyle and I can honestly say that after all these years of trying many, many diets, I feel comfortable and at home with this one. It just feels right. How are you liking it so far?



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Thanks Dee

Did all that last week emoticon

Quite the controversial read when you think about most Government's food pyramid with good old Carbs down the bottom!!

Have you told everyone around you that you are following this as a lifestyle choice? just curious as suspect it could also be a controversial topic amongst friends and family I would imagine..........given food is such an integral part of how we socialise as a culture.

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emoticon LOSINGVICKI and MISSJANE2011 emoticon

You can learn a lot from Marks' website, "Marks Daily Apple"... Here is a link to some free e-books:

www.marksdailyapple.com/subscribe-to-blog/
#axzz2AziienEi


I would also suggest that you buy his book "The Primal Blueprint" or the Primal Blueprint 21 Day Transformation"... You will learn all the basics of what the primal lifestyle is about. He also has 3 cookbooks out now, but you can google "primal recipes" there are so may primal/paleo recipes online. I will also list recipe websites that you may find helpful.

I wish both of you the best of luck in reaching your goals, if you have questions, please post them for the team.
~ Dee emoticon

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Hi there,

I very recently "discovered" the world of Primal/Paleo living when researching on the Net for food for my diabetic dog, and somehow ended up on Mark Sisson's Daily Apple site - go figure! The same week, my CHEK trainer mentioned if he had to describe his diet in one word it would be "Paleo" and I was like , what's that? HIs reply made a whole world of sense to me, keeping off the weird food-like products and eating real food - he said "nothing that comes in a box". So I'm really lucky to have him as a support in this process as workout regularly with him.

I've been Sparking on and off for a year or two and nothing really seemed to "stick" or "gel" for me - once I got reading about the Carb/Fat story, it just seemed to click into place somewhere in my brain. I'd already cut a lot of sugar out of my diet over the last 12 months and have generally been heading in a healthier direction in terms of my food as well.

So I started off slowly about 10 days ago by just not eating those "white" carbs after 5pm, felt great, after a few days thought hey, give it a miss at lunchtime also. The only side effects I've had were a little low-level headache for a coupla days, but my energy levels have changed dramatically, just by eating clean food. I am still having a piece of my homemade organic rye bread every day for breakfast, and figure I need to see what suits me and I don't want to go cold turkey on everything as I work F/T and can't afford to feel like crap wtih Carb Flu for weeks on end!

So yes I am definitely sounding like a reformed carboholic here emoticon but am thrilled with how great I am feeling!! And loving the good I am eating - you don't get 25kgs overweight by not liking your food :-) and I would classify myself as a FOODIE. Not a foodie, but a FOODIE. emoticon . Did some experimenting over the weekend with a great Paleo cookbook I bought online from http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/store
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Looking forward to hearing about everyone's stories also, and learning from you more experienced Paleoistas/Primalistas out there!

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Hope this team an help you find some answers, Vicki! emoticon

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My name is Vicki and I'm 56 years old. I'm currently trying to lose 62 lbs over the next 14 months, with the ultimate being 100 lbs total by Jan. 1-2015.
I'm planning to do a modified low carb plan. That means I will basically be giving up 98% of the junk carbs but allowing the veggie and fruit carbs that most low carb plans frown on. For now I'm going to allow myself the 150 grams of carbs a day maximum but work to keep it lower.
I'm going to stick it out and do my best each day to eat in moderation of whatever I do eat and get in 30 minutes of some form of exercise and over time maybe add a little more. There will be days when I'm very active and then there will be days where I do good to get in the 30 minutes. It is what it is. All I can do is what I can each day.
I know this is a process but it looks like I could find something that would "click" for me and not be so friggin' hard.
But I'm not leaving and each day I'll do the very best I can.
I know next to nothing about the primal diet plan and would be interested in learning more.

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Well first, let me emoticon you to the team.

There is no need to go cold turkey. This is your journey, go at your own pace and find what works for you. You may find that you prefer or do better on a a lower carb" instead of totally paleo/primal. However, whatever you decide to do please clear it with your physician or a nutritionist.

I have been following the primal (paleo) lifestyle for a little over a year, but as of late I have not been consistent though and I am working on this because last year when I followed this lifestyle I lost from 168 to 154 in about 3 months and my LDL level decreased from 121 to 107.

Looking back on how I lost the weight, I found that although some people could eat more fat, and lose, and suggested that I increase my intake, for some reason I did not lose, instead, I gained weight! I have to follow a lower carb (not low enough to put me into ketosis), moderate fat and moderate to moderately high protein regiment.

Through trial and error you will have to find that balance, but you don't have to do so in one day, one week, etc. I would continue reading and learning as much as I could about the Primal diet and figure out what you can live with and what you are not willing to give up right now, and start from there. Although tracking what you eat is not emphasized in this diet, I have to because i am not good at estimating what I eat; keeping track also provides me with a record that I can reference, for instance, if I find that I am not making progress I can check back to see what or how much I have eaten that may have caused the problem. You can't go wrong eating loads of veggies and some fruit... emphasize these to add more fiber to your diet.

Good luck in reaching your goal(s). emoticon ... if you have any questions let me know. ~ Dee emoticon

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Good to have you here, Eileen! Looking forward to seeing your progress!

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Hi Everyone, My name is Eileen and I just joined this team tonight. I have not actually started the Primal eating plan yet, I have been busy reading Mark's Daily apple and downloading and reading his ebooks. (Lots of information there). I messed around with it a little today I had an mushroom and onion egg owlet for breakfast but I still had one slice of marble rye toast with it. I am very leary about going cold turkey with my Breads so I think I will just cut back on them at first.
I have been trying to eat healthy for forever and cannot get under 200 anymore. My daughter started Primal about 2 weeks ago and has already lost over 10 pounds so I thought I would give this a try.
I am 66 years old and had a heart attack about 1 1/2 years ago which lead to Heart Bypass Surgery, I am also diabetic so I really need to do something. I hope I see some results.

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I would use more emoticons if I could figure out how to do multiple ones. I know it tells you, but it never works for me! Glad to be here!

Linda

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9/7/12 4:09 P

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... glad to see you guys here... We are going to rock this team!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon ~ Dee emoticon

PS:... can you tell I like the "emoticons?" emoticon



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I think there's not a theory out there more flawed than calories in/calories out. I'm currently reading Gary Taubes' "Why We Get Fat" and am finding it fascinating. I tried to get some primal/Paleo books at my library, but there are very few in the entire county and they're always out, which I think attests to their popularity. Time to reserve them! I was never heavy when I was young. Skinny, in fact, in childhood. I'm not sure what happened, though pregnancy might be somewhat involved. I figure it's got to be mostly hormonal in one way or another. I had no success trying to do low carb or Paleo (in which I was less strict than I probably should have been). I felt fine, but I wasn't losing weight. The one thing that has really worked for me is the dreaded hCG protocol, which I'm doing under the advice of a very good doctor. No internet scam stuff here! In a few days, I add the fat back in and do a Paleo-style diet with no starches or sugars and hopefully with a brand-new weight setpoint. I'm really excited about it.

Linda

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Yea, Dee!!!! ...in the short time I've known you, I can witness to your fierceness and your benefit to any team you are on... we are very blessed to have you!

For everyone else, I'm Ramona... I'm in my 50's and have been ill all of my adult life. My weight became an additional concern about 8 years ago (before then, I was always in normal weight range)... even though I have always eaten unprocessed, whole, fresh food... it started to climb at an alarming rate, and nothing I did seemed to make any difference.

Four years ago I joined SparkPeople thinking that I was just not being careful enough, but soon discovered that everything which worked for everyone else (calories in/out) wouldn't work for me... and though I did stop gaining, I couldn't get below 200 lbs. and I spent most of my time 'plateauing'. I tried to tell my doctors that I felt something 'break'... I can almost pinpoint the exact time things shifted... and Primal Body, Primal mind explains it all perfectly, and I've found a hormone specialist who 'gets it'.

Four years later, while attempting to find solutions for my daughter's health issues, I ran across Mark's Daily Apple, and here I am... Living Primal in a Modern World! The benefits to me and my family have been amazing, and I look forward to the continued journey, and to getting ot know all of you!


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NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!

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Hi, Dee! Glad you stepped up to lead the team. I'm assuming the name change means the team focus has broadened a bit, which I think is a good thing. Thanks for letting us know a little about you, and best of luck in your new adventure!

Linda

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My name is "Dee" and I was invited by BOOKWYRMB (Sharon) to take over this team.

I would like to tell you a little about myself. As of this month, I am a 6+ year breast cancer survivor, warrior, gladiator, etc. I have had many challenges over these past 6 years and one of them is achieving my weight loss goal. I have tried many, many nutritional programs without much or any success. My oncologist tells me that if I lose weight and reach a healthy BMI that it will help prevent the breast cancer from recurring. Seems simple enough right, eat right, exercise... i.e., "calories in, calories out"... except that fhis concept didn't and doesn't work for me.

One of my dear Sparkfriends, MELTNSUE introduced me to the Paleo Solution and the Primal Blueprint. At first I was skeptical about trying it, but I thought that the worse that could happen is that it won't work... but then, the nutritional program I was currently following was obviously not working... so I thought, "why not give it a try!"... I am so glad that I did because I actually started losing weight like never before. In the course of 2 months I lost from 168 to 154 and my LDL level decreased from 121 to 107!... needless to say, I was sold!

Well, I must admit that my success was short lived because over the past Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays I gained all of the weight back. So here I am today, starting again for the nth time to reach my goal. I am an ex-smoker and now I am addicted to sugar. This lifestyle is perfect in conquering this addiction but I have to be consistent.

... so as I take over as team leader I just want you to know that I am dedicated to reaching my goal before the year is out and I hope that you all will join me in my journey.

emoticon ~ Dee

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