Testimonial written by: Charby Ibrahim
I was a chubby lad to say the least. This trend continued into my teens and well into my twenties despite my numerous attempts at fad-diets, unhealthy eating plans, starvation, and exhausting exercise regimes.
It all came to a head one afternoon at the age of 25; I experienced acute chest pains. My GP was quick to order a series of blood tests. My liver, kidney, thyroid, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol results were dangerously out of whack; results that resembled a man two or three times my age, and in very poor health. The same GP, and two others, were quite keen to put me on blood pressure and cholesterol lowering medications. Absolutely NO frickin’ way! At 175cm and weighing in at a hefty 95kgs, I decided that enough was enough. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was quickly following in my father’s footsteps. Dad had his first heart attack at age 44, and his second at the age of 59. I was grateful for the wake-up call, but not for the nutritional misinformation that followed. I adhered to conventional wisdom for three years; adhered to the ’healthy’ food pyramid and exercised compulsively most days. I only succeeded in gaining more fat, feeling hungry all the time, and exhausting my adrenal glands further.
Enter Robb Wolf and the ’’The Paleo Solution’… amongst a couple of other life changing reads that found me at precisely the right time. Synchronicity perhaps?! I think so. This moment in time was a akin to the cliched cross-roads; start a life of ’sick care’ with endless medications, ignoring the root cause, or take control of my own health and well-being, allowing my body to repair itself? Today, at 30 years of age, weighing in at 69kg, the ripple effect continues to affect those close to me; family, friends, and a countless number of clients have benefitted from the seed that planted.
There were some less obvious changes too that I began to notice over time; I’ve stopped snoring, my anxiety has lifted, my skin is clear, I am confident, my libido has skyrocketed, I feel loads faster on the sporting field, AND I’M HAPPY!
This has had such a profound impact on my life that I decided to follow my passion. I am now a Nutritional Health Coach and Personal Trainer over at The Ancestral Body. Again – Thank you!