Written by: Sarah ElRaheb
Dear Mr. Robb Wolf,
Your book changed my life. That’s not an exaggeration or a snazzy opener to grab your attention; it’s the sober, honest truth.
Beginning in July 2011, I began to have bouts of nausea and vomiting in the mornings, seemingly unrelated to food, but extremely penetrating and invasive to my life’s usual rhythm. I’d wake up almost every day extremely nauseated, and would generally vomit 2-3 days per week. This lasted not a month, not 6 months, but for more than a year. As you can imagine, I became an expert vomiter, and a pretty desperate young lady. I’m 26 years old today, a young professional working with at-risk youth as an educator, and I otherwise have a very stress-free life. I saw doctor after doctor, specialist after specialist, and finally landed with an internal medicine specialist who became one of my biggest motivators in August 2012. He told me I needed to lose weight, because regardless of what was happening in my body, the weight needed to be shed. At this point, I had been tested for the entirety of the year, doing MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, and copious blood work, and no one could figure out what the hell was going on. My specialist assured me that I would not leave his care without figuring out what my problem was, and that promise alone helped me feel better. To give you context, I was 26 years old and was 263 lbs. I’ve always been overweight, but this was definitely my peak weight.
My best friend, who also happens to be my trainer, was going on a road trip back in August and I decided I’d load up an iPod with podcasts for him to listen to on his drive. Since he’s a strength and conditioning nutcase and is also very interested in nutrition, I came across your podcast and figured I’d download a few for him to listen to (the explicit language warning piqued my interest). When he came back from his trip (we live in Toronto), he asked me whether I actually listened to the podcasts I’d downloaded, to which I of course replied NO, since I had absolutely no interest in topics of fitness and nutrition. He raved about your podcast and then told me that I need to go buy your book. I obeyed, especially as this was after my meeting with my specialist, and went to our local Chapters (your Barnes and Noble equivalent) and purchased The Paleo Solution.
I devoured the book in two days. Every single thing I read rang true with me. I UNDERSTOOD what you were saying, and how you were saying it. Most importantly, I finally was able to identify with a voice- and your story about how you were sick and how much of an impact food intake had on changing your life. I was sold. So, beginning September 4th, 2012, I went paleo. First for the 30 day challenge, and since then, I have not stopped. Since that day 5 months ago, I have lost 46 lbs, and am sitting at 217 lbs. This is just the beginning for me- and if it weren’t for the gentle nudging of my specialist to get off my fat ass and do something, your amazingly impactful book, and the brutal training provided by my best friend (who also went paleo with me), I would not be where I am today.