Going Primal Saved My Life
Going Primal saved my life, but not just for the obvious reasons. While changing my lifestyle has presented me with the physical health benefits you'd expect, Primal living has provided me with the tools necessary to work on my mental health as well. You see, I suffer from depression and anxiety...
It's really not as bad as many of you are assuming. I'm functioning, though I'll admit, at a lower level than I could (and occasionally do). Actually, nearly one-half of people diagnosed with depression also have an anxiety disorders, so I've got lots of company.
I once read that having anxiety and depression is alternating between feeling paralyzed in the present, and scared shitless about the future. I've never read anything that summed up my life so perfectly. I used to eat terribly for myself, "needing" the food in the moment to feel alright with myself, but hating my perceived future of being overweight and unhealthy.
I can't explain what changed. I had tried to get healthy hundreds of times, but was never able to stick to anything. Until now, anyway. Finding the Primal lifestyle helped simplify the fitness and nutrition aspects of my life which would often cause tremendous struggles with my anxiety.
I noticed a change in my mood, my energy levels, and my mental clarity. Not constantly worrying about a number of calories or carbs in a day reduced the stress I felt relating to weight loss. And spending half the time in the gym has allowed me to feel like working out isn't stealing big chunks of the limited free time we get nowadays.
At one point, I had hit a plateau in my weight loss where stress and career were a real struggle. I worked 9 hour days at a tech company. My office was 2 hours from my house. That was 13 hours a day alone, in a car, in commuter traffic. It got so bad that I would often think of hurting myself, or worse. Fortunately, all I ever did was fall back into my same comfort - food.
My wife suggested I start blogging as a release. Instead of eating, I could distract myself by creating content. She originally thought I'd do some blog that's basically someone's online diary, but I wanted to be more helpful. I want to help people discover and learn about Primal living in hopes that it will save their lives, too, one way or another.
I hope you enjoy reading my regular blog posts and recipes, and I apologize for all the feelings I let get out in this post. I just wanted to express how happy I am that anyone at all is reading this. If I'm able to help just one person, this is all worth it. I enjoy cooking and testing recipes, I enjoy planning workouts and meals, but above all else, I enjoy helping people learn how to live Primal.
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