My paleo diet success story | a guest post from a paleo pal

Way back in September, I followed the paleo diet for a little less than 30 days. Even though I’ve since added some grains and a small about of dairy back into my day, I’m still curious about this approach to nutrition. And I know, from your questions and comments here and in response to anything I post about paleo on Facebook, that many of you are too.

Today, please welcome my friend and fellow healthy lifestyle blogger, Kerri of Fitviews, as she shares her family’s reasons for and experiences with adopting the paleo diet.


I’ve been eating Paleo for about a year and a half now. In August of 2011 I did a “Going Paleo” experiment on my fitness blog. Typical to my style I jumped in with both feet and went strict Paleo a la Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution for 30 days. It was tough, but worth it.

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At the end of that little Paleo experiment I felt AMAZING. So amazing that I was struck by how not-amazing I’d been feeling without realizing there was a problem. Paleo has become a game-changer in my life. In my health, in my fitness, and in my over-all sense of feeling well.

After that experience there was no going back. I’ve been Paleo ever since.

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A typical paleo breakfast at Kerri’s house

This wasn’t the first time I’d taken a stab at Paleo however. A year prior I’d tried Paleo and Primal both and failed miserably. I just couldn’t stick to either. What was different this time around? Why was I able to stick with it for 30 days and beyond? My husband.

You see, my husband has narcolepsy. The worst case his sleep specialist doctor had ever seen. As you can imagine it had a huge effect on his life. It was tough on all of us.

A couple of years back I began noticing that he seemed worse after eating certain foods. Through trial and error with his diet we found that Paleo (actually maybe a tad closer to Primal for him, he does some dairy) made all of his symptoms rare if not completely absent. He didn’t start out trying to go Paleo. He was simply removing foods that seemed to be an issue, but where he wound up was very much Paleo.

On Paleo my husband is now taking half the dosage of all his medications (or less) and doing 1,000 times better than we ever dreamed possible. Needless to say this was a big incentive for me. I wanted to be supportive to him, but I also wanted to see what Paleo could do for me.

It’s done a lot. Eating Paleo I feel just all-around well: energetic, clear headed, and ready to take on my days. My urge to binge eat is non-existent and my adult acne is no longer an issue (it seems to be dairy that causes that for me). It also cleared up myriad problems I’d struggled with for years with my periods, PMS, etc. Yes, I’ve lost pounds and inches too, but for me sticking with Paleo has more to do with how I feel.

Needless to say, we’ll be eating Paleo for years to come.

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Is Paleo for everyone? I won’t even pretend to know the answer to that one. What I do know is that we should all be searching for what works for us and not just following the crowd. In that quest I firmly believe we need to pay more attention to how food affects us. How it makes us feel. What physical reactions we are having to it. 3o Days of Paleo is an awesome way to do just that. Like I said, it’s tough, but absolutely worth it.

Would you ever try 30 days of the Paleo diet?

KerriheadshotKerri Olkjer is a wife and homeschooling mom from rural Colorado. Most days you can find her wrangling kids (the people kind and the goat kind) and chickens, all the while sharing her adventures via instagram and twitter. She blogs about her wanna-be-farmer ways on and fitness, family, and good food on Join her the first Wednesday of each month for #paleochat on Twitter.



  1. I’ve been eating this way for a little over a month now and I’m feeling many of the same benefits that Kerri mentioned! My boyfriend and I feel great!
    Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing recently posted…A new/old planMy Profile

    • That’s awesome Kim!

    • I am on month 2 and I will never turn back! I am still convincing my family to go all the way with me work on progress but we are close. I keep trying to convince my good friends to try this just for awhile…. Amazing how much better it all is when we eat right!!!
      Dawn in Chico, CA

      • Love hearing stories about dietary changes that work (and stick!). Congrats Dawn!

  2. Hey, I know Kerri! She’s legit!

    I’ve gone “part/most of the time” Paleo since starting CrossFit, and I’m trying to do more and more with it as I go. I love it, it’s not nearly as restrictive as I made out to be in my head, and I do feel pretty awesome doing it.
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  3. OK..I want to try the 30- Day Paleo ….what is the best link/post to read to get started?! Thanks!
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  4. Great guest post, Kerri. Wow! It is so interesting about your husband (and incredibly awesome that the paleo way of eating is helping him!). I truly believe: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
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  5. I have been Paleo for almost two months now. Funny because I was completely against the diet originally mainly because I am against diets in general. I felt it was too restrictive and it was supposed to be about lifestyle. However, two months ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, a thyroid auto immune disorder. My dr didn’t tell me to go on Paleo exactly but I wasn’t allowed to have grains, sugar, or processed food. I can only eat a limited amount of low sugar fruit. Which is of course Paleo. And guess what, I feel amazing! I go in for blood work next week but feel confident that my numbers will reflect how I feel. My symptoms are all but gone. And on the side note, I lost 18 lbs in two months. I excersie 5 times a week too. Anyway if you have thyroid issues, you may want to give this a try. All the research I have done tells me this is a great diet to help overturn the thyroid problems. But of course check with your dr first 🙂

    • Steph, I’ve never heard of Hashimoto’s Disease. Given that it’s auto immune, I’m not surprised that a paleo type diet helped. And wow, and 18 lb weight loss is amazing (given that you had the weight to lose in the first place…). Thanks for sharing your perspective!

  6. I’ve been “loosely paleo” for about 4 months & it’s been a game changer. Always satisfied & feeling more “lean” than ever. It truly can be an amazing experience!
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  7. I am not Paleo but I eat a lot of the same foods. I just don’t eliminate any foods from my diet except ones I already know cause me issues. As I always say – to each their own & find what works for you. I know many love this. For me, I have some loves I am not willing to give up long term so I don’t see myself doing this.. PLUS I am LAZY in the kitchen & all that cooking & stuff! 😉

    I am happy for those that love it & it works for them! i have read the opposite where this has not worked for some so it is always great to experiment & see what works for you. 🙂
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  8. Hey, so fun to find you here today.

    You know I have been loving the paleo way of eating since doing a Whole30 in January. Now, still at it with the addition of some red wine occasionally.

    I am so happy that you found something that works! and for your husband too.

    And I love your #paleochat on twitter, too.

  9. These recipes look good. I’m bookmarking this since I’m going strict paleo from Apr 7 – May 7. Thanks!

  10. so interesting to hear how much it’s helped your husband. that’s awesome!! i don’t think paleo is for everyone, but i do think some people can do well with it…and i’m glad to hear it’s working for you guys!
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  11. I’m currently doing the Whole30 experiment after fiddling around with a few paleo ideas for the past couple months and noticing how much better I felt. I’m enjoying Whole30 so far and am finding it so interesting to notice the difference not having those foods anymore. Great post, I’ll have to follow along more closely for paleo ideas and paleochat!
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  12. Been paleo/primal for 10 years. Love it. Love it. I would never turn my back on it! I find it so very interesting that diet is soooooo directly related to health issues, even narcolepsy! Interesting story and I am thrilled to see that you’ve both seen success! 🙂
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  13. Agree 100%! I had a similar experience of diving into Robb’s recommended 30 day trial, and I was AMAZED at how good I could feel, especially just by removing wheat alone. Like you, I realized that how I felt before going paleo was not normal, and not healthy, and wasn’t necessarily a given. I didn’t have to feel lousy all the time. Awesome!
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  14. I did a 30 day paleo challenge back in September and am so happy I did. Food impacts the way I feel more than anything, and I’ve found that Paleo has turned back the clock on my body. Its definitely not for everybody, but I’m totally fine with being ‘that guy’ with the dietary restrictions as I’d much rather have a smile on my face all of the time than feel lousy all of the time. Thanks for the great post!
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  15. Great story! I love hearing these success stories… the farther I’ve gotten into my nutrition studies, the more I’ve convinced that paleo works. Not that it is perfect for everyone- but the emphasis is on the foods that are best for our body. As a very active person and runner, I struggle to give up all grains, but try to stick to whole grains (not whole grain bread, but real whole grains!) and feel so good on it. Right now I’m working on eliminating that piece of dark chocolate… which turns into half a bar. 🙂
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    • I hear you about the dark chocolate Laura; at least it’s better than chocolate chips!

  16. Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing
    all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say superb blog!
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  17. Wow! I love the recipes that you have added. Definitely loving the whole paleo diet, been on it for a long while now and planning to keep on going for a longer time.

    It has changed my whole lifestyle, I hope more people gets into it as well.

    Thanks for the wonderful article, Tamara!
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  18. I am going paleo on the 1st of May… after my birthday, need to enjoy all the cake first. Setting myself a three month challenge, hoping for some good results with my health. Thank you for the blog, it was a good read and got a few ideas from the photos too.

    • You’re so welcome! Those pictures made me hungry too. Stop by and tell us about your experience! ~ Tamara

      • I sure will, I am in the process of trying to write down a week or two worth of meal plans to get my started. Will let you know how I get on after then first month 🙂

        • Thanks Thomas! Always curious to know how others do with plans like this!

          • Hi Tamara,

            Well today is the end of month one, it has been fairly easy after the first few days, not too many cravings. I have lost just over a stone and 2inches off my stomach.

            I am going to be incorporating more exercise this month and see if I can continue to lose, another 18lbs to go for me to reach my target.

          • Thomas, how much is a stone? 22 pounds? Regardless, that’s a great first month!
            What types of exercise are you planning on adding? Think about some strength training and come back and let me know how it’s going! ~ Tamara

          • 14lbs. I am going to be incorporating some full body kettlebell workouts and working on increasing my pullups, as at the moment, I am pretty shocking at those haha.

  19. This was a great post! I’m four months into my Paleo life.

    • Leslie, has it been great for you? I always love to hear different people’s perspectives on paleo…

  20. I started Paleo 2 months ago. Here’s what happened so far:
    1. I lost weight with the help of exercise.
    2. My blood pressure went down from 140/90 to 110/70. I stopped taking medicine to control my blood pressure.
    3. My cholesterol went down from 241 to 168.

    That’s it for me. It’s Paleo for me from here on out.

    • Wow! Those are great numbers Jim! No wonder you’re sticking with it. I love hearing about people who’ve experiment with diet and exercise and found what really works for them. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Really great article, especially for someone who is new to the paleo diet.


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