Monday, October 14, 2019

I Realized I Didn’t Need To Deprive Myself Anymore

It’s Monday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Monday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

Yup, success stories are back! And I’m looking for more. Follow-ups, mid-progress reflections—every story at every stage has the potential to inspire folks out there who are getting started or contemplating a new beginning. Contact me here to share your story—long or not so long. You never know who you’ll impact by doing it. Enjoy, everyone!

Like many followers of the primal diet and lifestyle, I am an athlete and health enthusiast. Unfortunately, I didn’t always have the healthiest habits.

My journey started during my days as a competitive figure skater, where I struggled with poor body image, restrictive eating, and excessive chronic exercise. Figure skating is an aesthetic sport that involves performing physically challenging maneuvers on the ice while creating a beautiful artistic impression. The ideal body type for this sport is lean, strong, and light, so I strived to fit this perfect figure skating physique.


However, my yo-yo dieting and chronic exercise regimen led to a carbohydrate addiction and poor immune function. After winning the Danish National Championships, participating in the Junior World Championships in Ice Dancing in 2012, and touring in ice shows with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a professional show skater, I decided to stop skating and become a figure skating coach.

Even after stopping competitive skating, I still struggled with unhealthy dieting and exercise habits.

That’s when I came upon Mark’s Sisson’s book, The Primal Blueprint. My dad recommended the book to me after he started eating primally to improve his blood pressure and overall health. This book opened up a whole new world for me and I am forever grateful to him!

I realized that I no longer had to deprive myself. I decided to start taking proper care of my body, rid my body of toxic, processed foods (the “fake” foods I once thought would help me keep my weight down), and stop my obsessive calorie-counting and chronic exercise patterns.

The Primal Blueprint taught me to slow down, enjoy nutrient-dense, home-cooked meals, and engage in easier workouts like yoga and nature hikes. I also enjoyed remarkable health benefits from eating a ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting with the help of Mark’s Keto Reset book.

After happily following this lifestyle for a couple of few years, I decided to make primal an even bigger part of my life by enrolling in the Primal Health Coach Institute program—and now I’m a certified Primal Health Coach!

I have a true passion for health and fitness and love helping other people. Health coaching is truly my dream job! Right now, I’m enjoying the process of growing my health coaching business, using all the tools and skills I learned in the PHCI program.

I’ve been lucky enough to help my close family members improve their health as well. I am proud to say that my own dear mother has lost 50 pounds (and kept it off) with my coaching program!

My biggest accomplishment, however, is maintaining a primal lifestyle during my current pregnancy. Our baby boy is due this summer, and I’ve managed to keep up my energy and fitness levels, avoiding cravings and extreme weight gain by eating primally and exercising consistently. In fact, I was running 4 miles until 26 weeks, and at 35 weeks pregnant, I could still do three sets of 20 push-ups!

I admit that there was a bit of nausea and food aversions in my first trimester, but I didn’t let myself get off track. Even when most vegetables, eggs, and grass-fed meats were impossible to eat, I found ways to sneak in healthy foods by making green smoothies and soups.

With just a few weeks left, my husband and I are excited to bring this little human into the world, and nourish him with the same primal lifestyle and diet that we both thrive on.

– Stephanie Snider

Stephanie’s listing in the Primal Health Coach Institute Directory

Connect with her at Primal Mind Body and on Instagram

Have a story to share? Email me here. Thanks, everybody, and have a great week.


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Kids, Candles, Countryside

Thomas and I were just saying how we feel that fall is whipping by and we have yet to do any “fall activities.” Between Birch’s long naps (which we are very thankful for!), Mazen and our soccer schedule, and splitting time with dada, we don’t seem to have wide open days to do things like corn mazes and pumpkin patches. I’m also flying out of town next Sunday, so we are going to have to schedule something fun for Saturday and then pack a lot into the big birthday weekend following! But November is a good fall month too, so hopefully it doesn’t start snowing too soon!

At least the pumpkin beer consumption has been on point

Friday Lunch at Tilman’s

Just a quick little outing with some babies and mamas on a beautiful day!

Friday Sushi Party

We dropped the ball on dinner and decided to order sushi. Mazen has recently announced he likes sushi “but only with soy sauce” so we were excited for him to have it. He ate the shrimp tempura roll but wasn’t too into any of the fancier styles.

Little boy LOVES bath time! (Big boy hates it)

Friday Night Candlelight

Blog reader Sarah works at The Candle Lab and sent me a sampler pack of some of their best smelling options. The candles are hand poured in-store every day using natural soy wax, pure fragrance oils, and cotton-paper wicks. They have over 140 fragrances to choose from on the website. For those of you who live in the Columbus, Cincinnati, or Pittsburgh areas, they have stores were you can pour your own custom-scented candle. I love all of the scents Sarah “scent” me (haha) and my favorites are Christmas Tree and Bamboo.

Use the code KATHEATS25 for 25% off your first purchase (shipping is free over $40)


One lucky person will win a $50 gift card. To enter, visit The Candle Lab and comment with the scent of candle you’d most like to try! 

Saturday morning workout

I enjoy my Saturday morning gym escape so much! Thomas made the boys French toast while I sweated for a fast 45 minute sesh.

Refueled with cheesy eggs, half a pumpkin spice bagel and strawberries.

Soccer Sat

After naps and a playdate for Mazen, we piled into the car for Mazen’s soccer game. He scored THREE goals this time – he’s in turbo mode!

Late Lunch at Lampo!

As we were heading home from the soccer game we saw T’s mom at Lampo and the timing worked out for us to join her for a fast lunch! Nothing like a surprise visit to Lampo. One of our favorite restaurants!

Afternoon by More Candlelight

I got real cozy on Saturday afternoon and watched TV (#DCC) and took a nap. It’s the time of the week I give myself 100% permission to do absolutely nothing.

A Trip To The Countryside

Saturday evening we headed to the country for a housewarming party for one of Thomas’s clients. His company built the custom home, and it was so cool to see it all decorated and complete! Also, is this not the best picture ever?!

Cheese plate + apps for din!

Look at the hilarious face Birch was making. He actually does like being on my back!

Mmmm human baby tastes so good!

This is how we relax

We were home and in lounge clothes by 8:00. I commented: “Someday, when the kids are older, we will have end tables again!” But for now we have to use chairs for our tea!

Sunday Happenings

  • Biscuits for breakfast
  • Soccer (2 hours, no subs) at 11
  • Vineyard with some girlfriends for a part of the afternoon
  • Football
  • Family dinner

Hope y’all had a great weekend!

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