This is part of an ongoing series of real life success stories from people all over the world who have been impacted by the Paleo lifestyle and The Paleo Solution. Read Chet’s story below.
My story starts in 1995, at the age of 38, when I finally got clean and sober. I had been carrying a 300# Costco weight set around with me for years, that I never used. In the desire to “get my life right”, I started lifting and working out. I was never a cardio type of guy, so it was strictly power lifting with a little bodybuilding. I got married in 1997, to a great woman and I started eating “better”. Little did we know. Also a good job with benefits, so doctor appointments. What a plus. At that time my cholesterol wasn’t that great, but my doctor wasn’t to worried.
By 2005, at 195lbs, I was squatting over 400lbs, and benching 355lbs, with an incline bench of 325lbs. (Sorry, I haven’t gotten use to metrics, yet.) Doc kept a good eye on my blood work and was giving warnings, always telling me that it was heredity that was probably causing my elevated cholesterol levels. We would eat good, but a lot of breads, dairy, and of course, sugar.
By November 2009, my blood work was off the charts. Doc said that we could do one of two things. Go on a cholesterol med, or do a stress test and check my carotid arteries for blockage and if that was pretty good we would check again in three years. I told my doctor that I would try to lower my cholesterol levels by eating better. He agreed, but add that people just don’t stick with it.
At our Thanksgiving dinner, my son in law, Marshall VanBeurden, said I should read Protein Power by Dr’s Eades. I immediately stop the 4 pieces of toast before bed, pasta, and started a high protein diet, which I had to drag my wife to accept. She said, “there’s no way you can lower your cholesterol by eating eggs and meat.” So I had her read Protein Power and we went on their two week diet (which I did for a month and got great blood work results). Doc was pleased and said keep it up.
Then it was probably Aug when Marshall said we had to read The Paleo Solution and introduced us to CrossFit, and Jules Marsh. (What a gem, with an amazing story herself.) We were hooked. We started eating HG, which resulted in a weight loss for me of 30lbs. I can’t believe how common sense it all is. I tell people of our journey, and it scares them to death. No bread, pasta, milk, sugar! If you want your health, give it a try.
At my last doctor’s appointment, Doc told me that I never looked better and my blood work hasn’t been better.
At 5’4″ and 53 years old (almost 54) and 160lbs, I’m still squatting 385lbs and dead lifting 350lbs. Jules is working on Oly lifting with wife and me. I never felt better and believe it or not, I like eating Paleo. If you want good good health and a better future, not only read “Paleo Solution” but do “Paleo Solution.” Thank you Robb Wolf!
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