Written by: Sean Bowley
I wanted to write in and let you know how much the Paleo Solution has changed my life. I apologize up front for the long testimonial…
I was diagnosed with a severe case of type 2 diabetes about a year ago. On my initial visit to my doctor, he advised me I had about 10 years to live based on my current condition. He requested that I remove my shoes to check for possible amputee of toes/feet on the spot. He told me that my pancreas was completely shot and wanted to inject me with insulin right there in the office. He put me on an EKG as well (all on my initial visit). I laid there waiting for the EKG results thinking I can’t take any more bad news.
He was a bit mystified by the fact that I was even “able to get out of bed” and function. I told him he was crazy, but with the lab work in my hands and all the positive subjective symptoms, I had no doubt that he was correct in his diagnosis. In addition, to type 2 diabetes, I also had high blood pressure and really low testosterone. So, I was immediately put on Metformin, Onglyza, Lisinopril, and Androgel. (Of course, my insurance company denied the Onglyza. My doctor called and spoke to their medical director and advised them that he was going to note my chart and when I die, the wrongful death lawsuit was heading their way. After faxing my chart to my insurance company, I was approved until the year 2099 and had 9,999 refills!)
With the better than normal EKG results, he decided to give me 30 days to turn things around with diet and exercise. He gave me the standard diabetic diet…lots of whole grains and low fat. I spent the 2 ½ hours in the grocery store the first day and my cart was empty, because every label I read, turns out was no good. I was so frustrated I threw the paperwork in the trash and went to my KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) method. Eat anything with no labels… Veggies, fruit, nuts, dairy and meat.
Now, this worked wonders for me. Within 60 days, I dropped 40lbs and dropped my blood sugars and blood pressure to within normal levels. Even my doctor had no answers how this was possible. He even sat down in his office and apologized for possibly “misdiagnosing me” and actually took out a pad and wrote down everything I ate and supplements I took. I assured him that I did not feel it was a misdiagnosis. This was my first insight into what diet can do.
As good as I was doing, I have always struggled with “dawn phenomenon” where my blood sugar was the highest first thing in the morning. This put my body in a struggle the whole day to lower it, but I did it day in and day out, but some days it took quite a toll on me. My doctor had no real answer for this cause, in fact, he didn’t even know about the condition and I was told to just test later in the morning.
I stuck with this for the next 8 months, was a fit 195lbs, but never solved the dawn phenomenon problem and never quite “felt right” on the inside. Energy up and down, still had mood swings, etc…
After a hectic fall/winter work schedule, I fell off the wagon earlier this year for a few months and stopped testing and eating right and gained about 20lbs back.
I decided in the beginning of June that I was going to tackle this hard again. I was talking to a friend in Starbucks about my condition and my KISS method. By pure chance, a guy named Jeff was sitting next to me and politely interrupted and asked if I have ever heard of Paleo? I said no, I know nothing about it. He told it was a hard thing to do for some people, but it was amazing. I told him I’m stubborn and always do things the hard way and tell me more. He said I was basically doing it with my KISS method, but needed a few tweaks. He directed me to your website and a few others and I could not get enough.
I didn’t order your book right away (anyone reading this…order the book first!), but I went out and shopped for the right foods, prepped my meals beforehand and went for it.
11 days in, my wife asked me how much weight I have lost. I told her I have no idea. I told her this is not a “get rich quick” plan were it’s all about weight loss. I told her it’s about changing your whole life…inside and out (She jokes that I sound like some kind of Paleo cult member… I told her it’s called a tribe!), but because my jeans were falling off me and to satisfy her curiosity, I weighed myself. Lost 13lbs in 11 days.
I continued to test my blood sugars through-out the 30 days and they were up and down…more down than up. Dawn phenomenon kept kicking my butt and in the 3rd week I had finally ordered and received your book.
For the first time, I found out why dawn phenomenon was occurring and why what to do about it (Read page 124 starting at “Cortisol”). My new friend Jeff, kept on giving me advice and encouragement along the way.
On the 27th day, my blood sugar tested 214 in the morning. Completely deflated, but I did not lose hope. I accepted the fact that my body has been under assault for years and it was going to take some time to undo all the abuse.
However, overall, I felt incredible… I lost the 20lbs I gained and even more important, gained solid lean muscle. Muscle I have not seen on me for over 20 years! I starting noticing little things, like for some reason, my skin was really soft (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the guy who has a much of a beauty/grooming routine), my focus and awareness was way up, not being sore for days after a workout, and for you older guys out there like me… my “drive” is in overdrive!( I forgot to mention that I went off the testosterone way before I even went on the Paleo Solution.)
Then on the 31st day something amazing happened. I tested myself at 6:21am… 117. I cried for about 5 minutes quietly to myself. Not only within an acceptable range, but stayed right there all day… 119 in the afternoon and 101 before dinner. On day 32… 115 down to 99 before dinner. Day 33… 124 down to 102 and so on.
I’m on day 41 of the rest of my life! There are other things (pills, diets, exercise programs, etc.) out there you can try… most will change your exterior (for a short time), but only this will change your body from the inside/out…for life.
Robb…I thank you and my family thanks you… especially when a year ago, my doctor said I would not live to see my daughter graduate high school.
PS: I have an appointment scheduled with my doctor for the week of my 60th day into your ”30 day challenge” for a check-up and follow up labs, but honestly… the appointment is more to really blow his mind. That look on his face alone will be worth the $25 copay!