July 6, 2013   By Kelly Bejelly

3 books that helped me lose 60lbs

 

Before I went Paleo, I was a vegetarian.  I know, it’s quite a leap but after 9 years on the diet, I was dealing with some bad health issues.   It was actually my stint as a raw vegan that lead me to raw milk and Sally Fallon Morrell, aka, one of my favorite people on earth.     Anyhow her book Nourishing Traditions was a huge eye opener on traditional diets and the importance of fat and, well, meat.  I started eating meat again and soaking my grains and making every kinda ferment I can get my hands on.  I did start to see some improvement in my mental health and some weight loss – maybe 10 pounds but I was still eating way too much sugar so I was still dealing with lots of anxiety, depression and the weight was not budging (shock right?).

Anyhow, I’m not sure how I came across Mark’s Daily Apple but I felt a major call to the Primal diet.  I know at the time I was looking into insulin resistance having just found out my sugar levels were out of control and I was pre-diabetic.  I ordered The Primal Bluepint and I stuck to the plan and also eliminated 95% of sugar from my diet and for the first time in years I started to feel alive again.  I stopped waking up in the middle of the night from night terrors.  I stopped thinking about death and the dark patches of skin on my neck disappeared.  My blood sugar levels also went down to normal.  I will admit that I was 100% focused on my diet as I wanted to get pregnant and start my family.  I lost those last  50 lbs by eliminating grains, legumes and most sugars from my diet.

The last piece of the puzzle is the book The Mood Cure by Julia Ross.  There are times even with the low sugar and no grains that I just feel off.  Pregnancy was tough for me because of all the crazy hormones just made me crazier.  Anyhow,  this book helps you heal some of the mood issues you have through the use of amino acids.   I’ve found 5 htp very helpful to keep me balanced (especially during the time of your moon)  and get in sleep when I need it which is helpful for weight loss.

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  • July 7, 2013 at 2:29 am

    60 lbs is an amazing accomplishment!

  • July 7, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Sounds like I need to add to my reading list!

    • July 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks. I have a bit more to go but I will get there.

  • July 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    It’s interesting to see the combination of books that helped. Congrats on the weight loss!

  • July 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I want to read the Primal Blueprint.

  • July 7, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    That is awesome, congrats on your weight loss

  • July 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    That’s amazing! I’m going to look for these books.

  • July 7, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I have PCOS and know that a paleo or primal diet would be much better for it — I am planing to start when we return from our vacation in a couple of weeks.

    • July 7, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I can wait to see your journey! A lot of my issues from PCOS went away when I went primal 🙂 I still deal with some stuff but it’s way better.

  • July 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I need to look into the mood cure, I feel like I have been all over the place lately. Congrats on the amazing weightloss!

    • July 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Lolo 🙂 It’s a great book and it’s helped my husband also immensely.

  • July 7, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I definitely need to check out The Mood Cure. My daughter, oldest son and I all have ‘issues’ and I firmly believe that if we altered our diets, we’d be happier, unmedicated individuals.

    • July 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

      It’s amazing book. I’m not sure how it would suggest to treat kids though. I know diet is the biggest factor – i.e. reducing sugar, supplementation and such, are the better routes to go with kids. I know there are Doctors in PDX who treat with amino acids.

  • July 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I really should check these out at the library – I’m not sure I’m ready to make the leap yet, but maybe if I read about it I’d be more likely to make an effort.

  • July 8, 2013 at 8:36 am

    What a wonderful weight loss accomplishment! I always seem to feel my best when I am limiting starches and sweets.

    • July 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Marcie 🙂 Starches and Sweets are my waistline killer, lol.

  • July 9, 2013 at 5:10 am

    I’m going to check out The Mood Cure…for obvious reasons. 🙂

  • July 9, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wow! 60 lbs is awesome! Congrats, Kelly! I really need to cut down on the sweets.

  • July 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    It’s nice to have a book list recommended by someone who has walked the walk. Congrats on everything you’ve accomplished!

  • July 12, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Wow you did a great job!!! Thanks for the book list, I may have to check them out sometime.

  • July 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    That’s amazing that you have lost 60 lbs. The Primal Blueprint sounds like a really interesting read.

  • July 16, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    you’ve accomplished so much and have lost so much weight. Good for you

  • July 25, 2013 at 12:02 am

    I’ll have to check one of these out. I really want to get on it once I have the baby.