Healing from the Inside Out

For so many people (as in everyone) there is a heck of a lot more involved with this paleo thing than simply changing what we eat.  Jason has written some terrific posts about aesthetic goals, Dean has jumped in and blogged about the observations he has made during his interviews with folks who have traveled for a while on this paleo path, and I have written several blog posts about making changes not only in the food that fuels you but in how we view life in general.

The purpose of this article is to share a little bit more about my own journey, struggles, and triumphs. I do not want to share these things just for the sake of writing about myself but for the simple fact that I want people to know that they are not alone and although we all have our own personal battles, we can all connect on so many levels when it comes to healing from the inside out.

I wrote about my story in my book in detail but did not entirely dissect my emotional journey. If you have not read my book, you can read a little bit about my transformation here. To make a long story short, back in 2008 on that early February morning when I woke up and decided to head down to Norcal Strength and Conditioning in hopes that Robb Wolf and Nicki Violetti could whip my ass into shape, it was the first day that I decided to love myself again.  This was the first step in my realization that in order to have fallen into the unhealthy state that I found myself in was not simply about making bad food choices but about ignoring what was really happening in my life; ignoring myself completely in fact, and feeling loads of guilt about wanting to do anything postive for myself.  These acts of self loathing were ultimately followed by feelings of guilt.  I felt guilt for knowing that so many people loved me despite of how much I did not love myself.  So the cycle, prior to that fateful February morning, went something like this: guilt, shame, bad food choices, bad life choices, more guilt, more shame, depression, lack of self worth, and lack of motivation.

There I was stuck: wanting to change but not feeling as if I deserved anything more and feeling incredibly guilty for the simple fact that my husband, my children, my friends, and my family loved me despite the fact that I had very little love for myself.

What clicked was realizing that by allowing others to love me yet not loving myself was extremely selfish and the wiser choice, although more difficult, was to look inwards and find a lot of really great things that I could be proud of!  Furthermore, I had to switch off the guilt and the regret of not being the best wife and mother that I could have been and instead focus on the simple fact that I wanted to change so badly followed by actual making the choice to take action!  Sounds easy, but it was not.  So how did I move forward?

Often we want positive change desperately but we can not quite get there because of our own psychological hang ups and rather than feeling our pain, experiencing the hard work, and having zero regrets, we choose to stuff it all away and simmer in our depressed and unhappy state hoping that someone will feel bad enough to rescue us.  Unless we wake up and make the choice to change, the chance of a real prince in shining armor coming along to make it all better is unlikely to happen.  What I discovered was the fact that I was surrounded by folks who were all willing to support and love me despite my insecurities and self doubt but it was up to ME to put forth the effort.  What made the difference was simply deciding to work hard despite my insecurities.  I clearly remember Robb telling us one day in class at the gym, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish with that extra degree of effort.” Talk about a wake up call…

So, what happened next?  A journey, that’s what happened.  I learned that by focusing on reaching goals that had nothing to do with aesthetics, I actually learned things about myself that I probably never would have, and the crazy part – I actually started to look better despite putting my appearance goals on the back burner.  Here are two poignant moments that I clearly remember during those first few months that support this statement.

1) A month or so into my journey I noticed that I could carry Rowan strapped to me in his Moby wrap, squat down and pick up a giant load of laundry, and not feel pain in my hips or out of breath from one simple act required to live my life.  That one little moment gave me hope and I realized what it felt like to really be alive – and that one little moment had nothing to do with the fact that I was still only fitting into John’s sweat pants!

2) I was able to accept a compliment.  About three months into my journey I walked into the gym at 6am as usual and Nicki looked at me with those brown eyes that could shoot lasers and love all at the same time and said to me, “Wow, look at that strong, sexy mama that just walked into the gym!!” In that moment instead of brushing her comment off or trying somehow to negate what she had said, I really let it sink in and I felt a little light starting to burn brighter inside of myself.  Heck yes, I was a sexy and strong mama – and furthermore, it was ok to feel that way about myself!! Thank you Nicki for always encouraging me…

All of these realizations on my journey to health began with proper nutrition and exercise.  Making these changes first were the gateway to several more changes and psychological hang ups along the way.  I am still transforming.  Everyday is a new discovery.  I still have doubts, I still feel afraid, I still often question myself but I will never EVER go back to that person who could hardly look in the mirror due to the shame, regret, and pain that I felt.  There’s a lot more to my journey and there is a lot more to yours but I hope that this insight helps you feel less alone.  It’s not just about the food and the exercise but those two are a great place to start, a great step forward on your path to self discovery.

So I challenge you to give that extra degree of effort, to focus on your triumphs, to share with others your journey, to inspire your children to love themselves, to focus on your successes and to have zero regrets. Share in the comments – what keeps you going, what have you realized along the way, what have your triumphs been?

And as always, enjoy!!




Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. Courtney says:

    Just what I needed to hear Sarah. Things are happening. Not quite as quicky as I would like but the are happening and I am grateful for it. This was a great reminder for to celebrate the small and the large sucesses in my primal journey. Mahalo!

  2. Wow….this post really spoke to me!
    When you talked about your feelings…….the guilt, shame, lack of motivation, bad food choices (and everything else)…….that’s me. OMG, that’s me! I’ve been in the same rut for too many years and I’m not sure how or why I got to this point, but maybe reading your journey will wake me up so I can start over and regain my health again.
    I don’t know why I’ve done this for so long, but maybe it was for someone like me that you wrote this.
    Thank you for kicking me in the seat of my pants! 🙂

  3. I just wanted to say I loved your book along with Robb’s. Everything that you wrote in this blog about how you felt…..well you weren’t the only one feeling that way and like you I decided to do something about. I’ve involved my wife, my daughter and myself and we have been following Paleo for 18 days and ALL of our attitudes have improved. We find our house is much more filled with laughter now! I’ve also joined a local box and have begun my journey back to better health! Today, after two weeks of training Crossfit and following a running program on my own, I finally accomplished the RX WOD! My wife has also begun to walk if not every day every other day! It’s been great! Thanks and keep blogging!!

  4. Thank you thank you thank you for writing this.

    I needed to read this to help me battle the incredible loneliness being away from my family for work and still struggling to keep on track with good and healthy life choices.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Sara – thank you so much for all that you do! Your book, blog, & podcast are so helpful & motiviating!! I am at the end of my 30-day Paleo challenge & I feel SO much better – I really feel that my bad habits have been banished for good! My husband hasn’t jumped completely on the Paleo train just yet, but he’s at least given up all the soda! One day at a time!

    1. Stephanie O. says:

      My husband made a better commitment to this after I got him to read Robb’s book. He was onboard in theory prior to that, but reading the book has prompted him to take action and become involved in our eating, exercise etc.
      We even pack lunches together now. It is really great for me to have him more engaged in the day to day along with me.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I will have to try that- maybe Robb can get him fired up about Paleo in ways I haven’t been able to yet!! Thanks!!!

        1. Stephanie O. says:

          I knew he was really with me when he asked if he could use a highlighter in my copy of TPS. (I guess I will have to get a new copy for handing out to folks. Usually I just give away the one I have and buy a new one for my house)
          Last weekend we sat down together and chose a recipie from Sarah’s book (the easy stuffed peppers, which were delicious!), shopped together and made dinner together too.
          I think if he was willing to give up the soda (which is hard for a lot of people to do) than he is listening. Baby steps.

  6. Kerri O says:

    Wow, so well put.
    Currently I’m working very hard to put the appearance goals on the back burner. It’s tough. Thanks for the encouragement!

  7. Thank you, Sarah!! I needed to hear this too!! You’re the best!!!

  8. Love that photo of your family! How many tries did it take?

    1. About 100… LOL!!

      1. Shannon says:

        I can’t believe how high off of the ground you all are! Wow. Thanks for this post.

  9. Thanks so much for this, Sarah, it’s very encouraging. It is most definitely a journey, as you stated, and I’m finding that each day that I give my body the utmost care and respect that it deserves, the easier it becomes to keep doing it and to love myself more in the process. Thanks for reminding us that we’re not alone.

  10. It is posts like these that keep me going and make me even more inspired!

  11. Wow, that Nicki and Robb couple sure do a lot of inspiring! And that picture of you and your family is very inspiring too! I love your book for the recipes and exercise routines, but especially for sharing your transformation.

  12. cynthia says:

    Amazing article. This insight is very inspirational.

  13. Rowan is TOO cute in that pic!! Everyone off the ground but him.

  14. Such a beautiful post Sarah. Thank you for sharing your story, it is inspiring, real and helpful. I’m going to share this link on my blog 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  15. Kristen says:

    Thank you so much for your website and your book. You have inspired me to take charge of my health. I have been eating mostly paleo for a couple of months but for some reason I couldn’t throw away any of my old food in my cabinets. Well, yesterday, I finally empited out all of my cabinets and all of my old food is now in the garbage or it was donated. I haven’t lost any weight yet, but I feel so much better and I consider it a victory to have ditched all of my cereals and pasta. Thanks again! Keep up the good work.

    1. Heather says:

      Good for you getting rid of that food. Honestly, that will make it so much easier for you. Set yourself up for success by surrounding yourself with Paleo options, and anything you create will work! By making a bunch of Sarah’s recipes, I have been introduced to many different spices and veggies that I didn’t know existed. (I can recall countless times of shamelessly go into the produce department at the grocery store and ask if someone could show me various veggies! I “cleverly” began to ask if they carried certain ones after admitting my ignorance so many times!) The point is, though, now I can throw meals together in less than 15 minutes by always having staple items in the kitchen.

      To answer Sarah’s question about what keeps me going and staying on the Paleo track, I guess I adopted a philosophy a long time ago as an athlete to energize my body with food to support the demands I was putting on it physically, like good karma in a sense. I thought I was doing that before I discovered Paleo (i.e. eating oatmeal, pasta, and other whole grains), but I’m still astonished by how good eating Paleo makes me feel. I can’t tell you the last time was that I got sick (It’s been months since I’ve had so much as a sniffle.), and I feel like I’ve developed a keen awareness for my body now that I never had before.

      The social aspect is still tough sometimes, but my closest friends and family understand that this is just the way I eat. Despite telling them about it, none have fully converted. I just continue to lead by example all the while knowing that if they could feel this good for 5 minutes they’d change their diets and lifestyles instantly.

      I also love the online Paleo community; it serves as an integral part of my journey.

      Thanks, everyone!

  16. Pam S. says:

    For me changing the diet part was easy. I just went cold turkey and once I began to feel physically better eating this way I knew I would never look back. Sure some days it is tough if I start thinking about the things I’ll never eat again, but I try to push those thoughts away and just focus on what I can eat. I look at my plates of food and see how beautiful they all are, no more boring “brown” food on there, just all colorful veggies and juicy meat.
    The hard part for me continues to be the exercise. I know I need to do it but I’m having a hard time being motivated to do so. Lifting weights and stuff was never my thing. I haven’t yet figured out what my mental block is here.

    1. I completely agree with you. I have to exercise at home. I cannot currently afford or have a Crossfit close by. The eating is the somewhat simple part. The exercise. It take some diligence to go walk and lift weights when I have to do it in my living room.

      1. hey emily, I just wanted to say that I have created all my results working out from my living room as well. There are many ways to improve our physical abilities. I prefer to say I do living room crossfit.

        1. Can I really just tone up and lean out in my living room? I’m not looking for PR’s in squats, dead lifts, etc. I just want to be able to pick up my almost 40 pound 3.5 year old (and she isn’t fat at all she is one lean full of muscle little girl. She has better abs than most people I know!!) with ease and to have some definition. Can simple exercises really work?

          1. Heather says:

            You’d be amazed by what you can do with just the resistance of your own body weight. Think tabatas. I’ve even held planks while reading a book on the floor with my niece!
            I also suggest investing in a kettlebell, set of dumb bells, and a jump rope for home workouts.(Jump ropes are extremely easy travel companions, too.)

            Hope this helps!!

  17. Triumph for me was realizing that caring enough to fuel my body with the right things actually changed EVERYTHING! It took away fatigue, depression, 40 pounds (so far), insomnia, asthma, excuses, lack of self worth, fear of failure…more than I could have ever imagined. Sarah, the story in your book is a large part of what pushed me down the road. I read it, related, and appreciated your willingness to bare your soul. Keep it up girl – you are an inspiration to many more than you could know!

  18. Shannon says:

    Lovely post. I once had a doctor tell me not to feel guilty about the time it takes to exercise and cook healthy meals. Instead, he said to view it as time you are GIVING your kids by having more energy, a better attitude and living longer. Then he wrote out a prescription for exercise on his Rx pad, to drive home that it was just as, if not more, important than the actual medicine. That 5 min. Conversation has done so much for my health. You gave me such great tools to feed my family and make my time in the kitchen count. BTW, I still exercise and cook, per dr.’s orders, but no longer need the meds. 😉

  19. Sarah,
    Great post and great inspiration. The food and exercise are just the start. I am only 8 days into a 30 day challenge after really starting off slow 3 months ago. I lost 4 lbs this past week and I caught myself feeling uncomfortable with getting thinner. For me, this journey will also be about letting myself succeed, knowing I’m worth it.

    Your blog is a great source of info and inspiration!

  20. That was Awesome very well put. I have been eating paleo for about a year now. I have been so frusterated about my emotions. You struck the nail on the head with that. Thanks for sharing. I agree it is a selfish act to not love yourself when all the amazing people around you do. Thats going to put some pep in the step today:) I just started reading your blog a few days ago its amazing I love it! Sounds like I may need to get your book too.

  21. [I have] fallen into the unhealthy state that I found myself in was not simply about making bad food choices but about ignoring what was really happening in my life; ignoring myself completely

    These are your words but they ring so true for my life. I can’t imagine how long it will take me to right my ship but I’m on my way. I have been eating (mostly) paleo and even started to exercise. Although the exercise is slow going because I am sore as hell. I know already how much better I feel when I don’t eat grains which makes it even easier to exclude them. Anyway, I’ve ignored myself for 23 years, died unto myself too many times to count. I have loads to unload, the eating to live and exercise is only a small portion of what needs to change in my life… but it is something. Hopefully the rest will come. The rest will come.
    So thanks for expressing what I have been feeling.

    1. Heather says:

      Congratulations, Chris!

      To help yourself recover, become acquainted with Kelly Starrett, and make a foam roller your new best friend 🙂 The recovery process is equally as important as the exercise itself, so don’t underestimate it; it’s time well spent.

  22. Hi Sarah,
    What a wonderful post, very timely for me. I am in the process of investigation for MS or similar disease, I am currently finding it difficult to exercise very intensely due to alternate numbness/spasms/weakness problems with my right leg/side and serious fatigue, feels like walking through mud. I keep beating myself up as 3-4 months ago I was exercising every day, sprinting, body weight work, core work and walking long distances, semi-paleo, now I feel embarrassed by my current disability. I also ignored some warning signs early on (for about 3 years but didn’t realise the problems I had were neurological) and then bang it hit me hard. I have gained weight due to this, I have started the AI paleo but have not lost any weight yet, I am hoping I will as carrying the extra weight makes it harder to get around, I am watching fat/protein portions closely and uping the veges to fill, sometimes I feel nauseated and find meat hard to eat. I think I need to put the body image issues on the backburner whilst I deal with my neurological symptoms first. I keep saying the wrong things to myself like ‘now I am overweight and disabled’, I would never ever say this or think this about another person. I am never judgemental of others but terribly judgemental of myself, I feel I am letting others around me down by being sick. I think it is a Type A personality thing. I haven’t got your book yet as finances are low due to being sick but love your blog and podcast. I hope to get your book in the future as the exercises look like they might suit my current limitations, I have Robb’s and Cordains books. Anyway sorry for the long rant, just wanted to let you know what you share is touching others, and it can really keep people going on a tough day. I hope to check back in in the future and report how much my health has turned around. Take Care thanks again for all you do Zak from Australia xx

    1. Cynthia says:

      I have had MS since 2004. I just did the angioplasty ccsvi procedure and am finally feeling good enough to exercise. I just started eating paleo 5 days ago. I know having MS sucks and when your body doesn’t do what you used to be able to do, it can be really depressing. I try and focus on what I can do. Now I am trying to focus on what I can eat. Hang in there and keep fighting the fight. Here’s to both of us feeling better after eating Paleo!!!

      1. Thanks Cynthia for your post. It is great to hear you are feeling better after the Ccsvi prodedure, I haven’t researched much on it as yet, been looking at LDN though, can probably obtain it from a Doctor about 4 hours away. I would love to stay in touch since we are both battling the same fight and taking a similar approach. If you would like to let me know, we can become friends on Facebook or similar. I will have to start looking at Ccsvi, I have final exams for uni at the moment so trying to stay away from MS research. I have my tests a week from tomorrow so should know a more definative answer about what is happening. Let me know if you would like to stay in touch and we can find each other on facebook. Cheers Zak

  23. Great post! I have had a lot of triumphs in my paleo journey. I feel so strong – both physically and psychologically. I feel like I can handle what I’m doing better. I love knowing that I am fueling my body well, and it is responding by being more capable. My loving, supporting husband has been the reason I love myself today. It also helps that he’s joined me on this paleo conquest!

  24. Quick question – do/did you do anything specific to tone your abs, or just crossfit? My stomach seems to be the part of me most resistant to changing, and I’m starting to step up my strength training, but wondered when I would see results around that area? Any suggestions?

  25. Sammie says:

    Thank you for sharing Sarah! It really does help to know I am not alone on this journey (with the above posters, too). I have just realized I have adrenal fatigue and am on my way with treating that. I heard you talk about it on your podcast and did some investigating on my own. It explains so many things about the last 20 years of my life. My lack of energy I just accepted as normal, worked my life around it, but would criticize myself for it too, like I was too lazy or didn’t have any motivation to exercise or do everyday stuff. Now I realize I am not lazy or unmotivated. It’s time to start loving myself and stop the criticism and let go of the past, the hang-ups. You are such an inspiration to me. I have been paleo since Feb 2011, dairy free since June, lost 35 lbs, but have hit a wall now. Its like you said “healing from the inside out” not about what the scale reads. Thanks for helping all of us on our journeys, sharing them together!

  26. Love your book, Love your Blog. 3 months along on my paelo lifestyle change and 35 pounds down. Thanks again for your recipes and insight.

  27. Almost eight years ago I was diagnosed with severe rheumatoid arthritis. When the meds weren’t helping I started seeing a naturopath who put me on an elimination diet and kept me there until we started seeing changes almost a year later. The combo of meds and diet seemed to make the difference. Since then I have been in remission and then back out. I am almost there again. (The last year I have been strict paleo). What I remember feeling after my first visit with my naturopath was this powerful feeling that I DO have control over this disease. I can make changes to help my body heal. At first I was only making these changes for myself, but soon my immediate family was feeling the effects and then my extended family and friends were making changes. The diet to control my RA became more than just controlling it but about so much more. I met up with a meat coop right around the time of my diagnosis which made me also change the way I thought about the food I was eating and serving my family. I cooked more at home and realized that the meals I feed my family are a gift I give to them each day and something I am proud of rather than a dreaded chore. I saw my daughter’s eczema heal simply by eliminating gluten – after years of feeling like a crappy mom who was not able to help my daughter despite seeing numerous doctors. I have grown over the last eight years to realize that food is so much more than just a meal. It provides and nourishes us. It is political and I have strong views about it. It is fun. It is something I have been lucky to share with my kids as they help me prepare meals. I remember the first meal where we realized we knew exactly where every dish was from – meat from coop and all veggies from CSA. It was an awesome feeling and something I feel proud that I have given my children! As teens they carefully consider the food they eat. I have realized that disease can sometimes lead you on the path that you were meant to follow. I feel lucky!

    1. I too have been battling RA for years. I started eating Paleo a few months ago. I find it suprising how easy it was at first, I was proud to take control, loved experiencing new foods and old foods that I thought I hated but just simply didn’t know how to cook. But have been surprised over the last few weeks on how I have been downplaying how much better I have been starting to feel because I simply want to add in some “forbidden” item.

      Sarah, love your recipes, simple, good food. I actually ordered your book because I wanted more recipes with veggies in it, had no clue what Paleo was nor did I think I would eat this way all the time. Now I want to do it permanently (most of the time…).

      I do find that when I get fatigued I want to just give up and eat a bowl of cereal. I think the “honeymoon” is over and I want everything to be easier. Truly whining. Not going to give up but just wishing I could afford a private chef!

  28. Sarah, thank you for sharing this. I think the emotional and psychological effort of making a total life change (paleo) is ignored a lot of the time. We all have so much wrapped up in food, appearance, willpower, success, and failure, that it’s really easy to lose perspective and lose hope. Thanks for reminding us that it’s not just about the food.

  29. Lovely post. Thank you for sharing your personal story, Sarah. Truly inspiring.

  30. “Often we want positive change desperately but we can not quite get there because of our own psychological hang ups and rather than feeling our pain, experiencing the hard work, and having zero regrets, we choose to stuff it all away and simmer in our depressed and unhappy state hoping that someone will feel bad enough to rescue us.”

    This. Is. 100% familiar to me. I thought I was the only one who not only felt like this, but KNEW this was what I was feeling and that it was stupid and wrong, and yet continued to let myself feel like it anyway. And yeah, for me it took throwing myself into paleo (and getting surprising results right away) to come around to believe that I can really help myself.

  31. Before finding the paleo lifestyle I did not really have weight to lose and could pretty much eat whatever I wanted without gaining weight. The problem, as you can well imagine, was that I did not FEEL good. Being “thin” but having adrenal fatigue and depression is no way to live. Focusing on feeding my body and my soul with good things – focusing on being truly healthy from the inside out – has given me the added bonus of looking better too.
    Thank you for the inspirational message! I love your book and blog.

  32. Hi Sarah, thank you for sharing your heart with all of us, I think you have probably touched more people then you will ever know. It’s amazing to me how this Paleo life style that we have taken on, can truly heal folks from all sorts of issues, and not only heal, but how we are then able to grow and change……All your posts speak to me, but this one especially, once upon a time I had reconciled myself to being 50ish and finishing out my life as it was..kinda sad actually (before Paleo and CPC). But then EVERYTHING changed as I learned about this life style. At almost 52 my life has just begun and so happy for another shot at it..this time around, I am doing it right… :)…Deb

  33. A lovely read. Helps motivate people to think about the longterm goals not just the immediate returns. Effort put in now is an investment into a brighter happier future.

  34. Great post Sarah, totally understand the ‘put yourself last’ thoughts, I think it’s a mother thing.

  35. I was just telling a friend how this new way of life has healed my mental state and that looking better is just an added bonus. Thanks for being brave enough to post. Paleo has changed my family’s life.

  36. Needed this today! Thanks for the inspriation.

  37. Jennifer says:

    Great article! I enjoy it so much when you share a part of your life with us. I have had a hard time saying thanks to the “you look good” comments since the birth of my daughter. I have begun to accept the compilments. Knowing there is no way I’d ‘look good’ if was not for my Paleo Lifestyle and CrossFit Mom throughout pregancy.
    Another note: Thanks for the Moby Wrap link. My shoulders couldn’t have taken much more of my Maya Wrap. I am sure my 6 week old will enjoy her new ride once it arrives.

    1. Rowan literally lived in his Moby wrap up until he could ask me to get down! LOL! I learned how to nurse him while he was in there also which made taking care of two other kids so much easier. Love the Moby wraps!!

  38. Sarah thanks so much for sharing your story. You have made so many awesome changes!

  39. Jen DB says:

    Thanks for sharing so much personal information Satrah. I never felt depressed before I went Paleo, yet in the past 3 month eating Paleo I have never felt better and I find myself more happy and confident. Even my boss said I seemed different and “lighter.” which I thought described how I feel perfectly. Your blog keeps me motivated and I really appreciate the time you dedicate to post and respond to the blog. If I ever win the lottery I will move to Chico!

  40. Thanks for this post Sarah, I am currently working with Dean as one of his 5 women on the 90day program. We had a big talk this morning about this kind of stuff and he told me to read this post. I just wanted to share with you how much easier it is to relate to someone who admits that they aren’t ‘there’ yet. Thanks for writing about how you felt about yourself and your body, I am there now but you are inspiring me that I can succeed.

  41. this really resonated with me. i read it yesterday and came back again to read it tonight. i’ll probably be back again tomorrow.

    thank you for being vulnerable and honest with your own heart in an open forum, it gives all of us the courage to grow.

  42. Thank you, Sarah! I am working on my emotional hang-ups along with my diet. I choose to use energy healing methods such as EFT, The Healing Codes, and The Emotion Code, and techniques for balancing my energy meridians. The former methods help address the emotional hang ups that cause me to feel that I am not worthy of health and abundance; the latter techniques help my body integrate the emotional changes and keep my energy flowin. I still have work to do with willpower when it comes to how I eat, and motivation for exercise. I take it each day at a time and try to celebrate my accomplishments rather than berate myself for slip ups. Your post made me realize that when my husband tells me I’m sexy, I need to believe it–not think, “Well, he thinks so, but if such-and-such body part looked ‘better’, THEN I’d really be sexy.” Thank you for this encouraging post!

  43. hi and thanks for your great site! i’ve been looking for what percentage you eat of meats, veggies low and high carb, and fruits? any grains at all? which oils? also how you and your family are doing on bloodwork? and what your feelings are about saturated fat, because i usually do not feel well at all when i eat it. except my thyroid seems happier…i also have hashimoto’s. i currently react to a lot of foods with thyroid, autoimmune, and adrenal symptoms.

  44. oops, i meant buy the book, not join, above. : ) and i thought of a few more questions, if you can answer here: have you ever had trouble digesting meat? do you know people on paleo who have beaten hashimoto’s without hormone supplement? and do you have any interest in green smoothies etc nowadays, or do they not sit well with you? because there are a limited number of greens i can currently handle. i hope to hear from you here or by email, and really appreciate anything you can share to help me sort out what works for me! thanks in advance.

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