Written by: Kepa
My story isn’t quite like the other testimonials I’ve read on here, so congrats to all the other paleople (paleo people). Back in 2009 after my second daughter was born, I got to my heaviest ever weight 80 kg. Now I know that might not seem much to you, but I was supposed to be around the early 60 kgs mark being only 5’5” and skinny most of my life. It was pretty shocking to me to be that heavy. Both my parents died at the age of 63, my mum from cancer, and my father from a heart attack. They were both over 100kgs, and shorter than me. So I made up my mind that I wouldn’t follow in their footsteps (well not in their health footsteps, they were both teachers, so am I). I had always thought that if you just exercised enough, you could eat anything you wanted. Which is true to an extent, but what I didn’t realize, until now, you gotta work damn hard to get those layers of fat off, and then even harder to keep them away if you’re on a western staple diet of processed carbs. I had heard about the ancestors way of eating promoted by a famous former All Black captain Rugby player in 2010, and thought ”this is interesting, but not quite me”, and then disregarded. I took a lot of pride because I ate ”healthy” foods like cheerios and wholemeal bread (how gullible are we?). Then my brother had been on this paleo diet ”thing” when he started Crossfit around about Feb 2012. He would come to work/school and cook all of these wonderful meals, mainly steak, eggs, and veggies, but it still didn’t quite dawn on me until Nov 2012. Two weeks before I started Crossfit I started the Paleo diet on the recommendation that if you were to train or start an exercise regime you should try changing your diet first, so I did. Two weeks later I dropped weight even before I started at Crossfit. I was pretty stunned, but deep down it made sense to me why. My ancestors (Maori) have only just stopped eating like I am now from the 1940’s. In World War II Stalin stated that if he had “1500 Maori Soldiers, he could rule the world”. Their physique and fearlessness were unmatched, and in 70 short years we now have the worst cases of autoimmune diseases, a familiar story that echoes many indigenous peoples that have been introduced to the western diet.
Anyways, I haven’t lost as much as other people 8kg (numbers are nothing to me) but I’ve nearly gained a physique I’ve always dreamed of and I feel stronger than I ever did in my 20’s.
I was always a very happy, positive, and passionate person, and very spiritual, so I meditate a lot. I thought I felt good, and all in all well rounded (well my belly was lol) until I started eating ”real food” like my ancestors. 4 months later and after reading The Paleo Solution and about 10 other paleo books, I know that this information would have saved my parents lives. So thank you Robb and all of the other people that took the time out to save lives through educating themselves and then us, it has inspired me to do the same.