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Margaret Went From Carrying a Bag of Medication to Achieving Amazing Health Results
I’ve been overweight and on medications for as long as I can remember. My first migraines (that I called sick headaches) were in Kindergarten or 1st grade, and over the years, varied from completely out of control (requiring hospitalization and ER visits) to controlled with medication with terrible side effects. Asthma and allergies were a huge struggle from my teen years on. Anxiety and depression joined the list in college. I was officially diagnosed with IBS in my early 20s after years of digestive distress of all sorts that limited how far from home I’d go to eat or whether I could travel during and after meal times. Fibromyalgia and the absolutely awful pain (and the medication that comes with that) came with the turn to my 30s. I was always active (played basketball and soccer when I was younger, hiked, ran the mile in PE with my students and even walked a half marathon in my mid 20s) but all of these health conditions were really taking a toll. I took medications every day and had a little emergency medicine bag that I never left home without (allergy meds, anxiety meds, asthma inhaler, more migraine and pain medications) for a just in case situation.
I found myself at my heaviest and largest size…squeezing into a size 26/28 from Lane Bryant. And I knew something had to change. My dad had recently had his second heart attack, this time with a 5 way bypass. While my blood pressure and other markers were just fine when I went to the doctor, I knew it was only a matter of time till I added something much more serious to my growing list of health conditions.
I used a commercially available diet that strictly limited my calories and I started walking. I lost 60 lbs pretty easily and I had a lot more energy, but I still had many of the same health concerns.
Kimberly Brown shared her story and success when she introduced me to Paleo. I started researching and just could not stop learning! I jumped in with both feet and have not looked back! Over the last few years I have lost more weight, tried group fitness classes that I would NEVER have even considered before, completed more than 14 5ks in one calendar year and a half marathon the next, but more importantly than all of that, I have taken control of my health. I see my chiropractor regularly and stick to about an 80/20 Paleo diet and I have never been in better health. I no longer take any of that medication on a regular basis. NOT A SINGLE MEDICATION. My rheumatologist and neurologist have moved me to “monitor” status, instead of seeing me every few months for migraines and fibromyalgia. My asthma has not flared in so long that I don’t even have a current prescription for an inhaler. My migraines are manageable without prescription meds. And the IBS? Turns out it was all diet induced. I sleep better, have more control over my anxiety and depression, have healthier skin, nails and hair, and I don’t get sick when any little bug comes along (a huge benefit since I work in a school!) It’s been incredibly powerful to learn how properly nourishing my body with healthy meats, vegetables, fruits, fats and nuts can have such an impact on my entire body and health.
I still have health goals I’m working toward and I’m learning to love my body for what it can do. I continue to struggle with the need for perfection and control, but I am thankful each and every day for the new and healthy outlook for the rest of my life.
Margaret is such an inspiration. Can you believe she got off all of those medications? We are so proud of you Margaret and excited to share your amazing story to help inspire and encourage others.
Are you on a journey like Margarets? Do you have a story that will inspire others like this one? We would love to hear from you and share your story.